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Malibongwe igama labafazi! At the outset, let me thank everyone who participated in International Mandela Day last month. All of our combined good deeds contributed to making 18th July – Madiba’s birthday – the global success that it was. With each year that passes, our pain of losing him on 5th December 2013 eases. But it is acts such as Mandela Day that make our memories of him even fonder. This month is dedicated to the recognition of women in our country. 9th August is Women’s Day. It was declared Women’s Day as a tribute to the thousands of South African women who marched to the Union Buildings on this day in 1956 in protest at the extension of the pass laws to women. Great progress has been made by Government to advance gender equity in the last 21 years. Our legislature and executive are amongst the most gender transformed in the world. Since the dawn of democracy in 1994, we have had two women (Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Ms Baleka Mbete) serving our country as deputy presidents, and both houses of our parliament are currently led by women. Boards of a number of state-owned enterprises are ably chaired by women, dispelling the longstanding myopic myth about women being inferior to men. Independent research shows that more progress in female advancement has tended to be made in the state sector. The private sector has a distance to travel before catching up with the public sector, though. Even though progress has been encouraging, notably in the number of women in senior positions, women continue to experience
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Events North The Art of Anniversary Celebrations 20th to 25th August
The Hennessy 250 Tour, Circa Gallery, Johannesburg Hennessy superior cognac is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year and marking the occasion with the Hennessy 250 Tour. Curated by Hervé Mikaeloff and featuring internationally renowned artists, photographers, filmmakers and designers, including Charles Sandison, Anton Corbijn and Xavier Veilhan, the exhibition will touch down in four locations around the world, including Guangzhou in China, Moscow in Russia and New York in the USA. The Circa Gallery in Johannesburg was selected to represent the African leg of the tour, and will also feature the work of South African artist Dineo Bopape. Visitors are also invited to the Hennessy 250 Tour Time Barrel installation to send a digital text or video message to the future. This 21st century time capsule will preserve these messages in Hennessy’s historic cellars in Cognac, until the Time Barrel is unsealed on the occasion of Hennessy’s next anniversary celebration in 2065. // www.hennessy.com/en-africa
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George Ezra, Carnival City, Johannesburg One of music’s biggest breakthrough artists, 21-year-old George Ezra, will be touring South Africa at the end of August. The unassuming folk singer from Hertford, England, will be performing at the Durban Shongweni Polo Club on 28th August, at Durbanville Racecourse in Cape Town on 29th August, and outdoors at Carnival City in Johannesburg on 30th August. With his boyish looks, and signature soulful and deep voice, George Ezra has gone from being a relatively unknown artist to a global music phenomenon virtually overnight. With a top 10 single in 11 countries and his #1 album, Wanted on Voyage, already basking in world-wide success, Ezra has been marking a trail of sold-out shows across the globe. South African audiences will be treated to one of the biggest rising stars in music today when this massive talent hits our shores this August.
A Day Out in the Country 6th September
Cellar Rats Spring Wine Festival, The Old Mill, Magaliesburg With an emphasis on tasting South Africa’s best wines in a tranquil outdoor setting, the Spring Wine Festival will once again offer a fun day out for the whole family, with profits in aid of the Woodland School in Magaliesburg. Visitors can look forward to more than 100 producers who will present in excess of 600 products for the tasters’ enjoyment. There will be plenty of entertainment for the kids, including a jumping castle, sporting activities, and animal and plant displays, while mum and dad can stretch out and enjoy the lush green lawns, shady trees and cool spring breeze of the historic Old Mill, while enjoying some of the finest wines South Africa has to offer. Picnic baskets are also available for purchase for those who want to make a day of it.Tickets are available from Computicket.
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Cape Homemakers Expo, Cape Town From modern bathroom fittings and the latest in kitchen design and appliances, to beautiful new furnishings and the best in DIY, you’ll find it all at the Cape Homemakers Expo at the CTICC. Incorporating a wide spectrum of South Africa’s leading brands and industry professionals, exhibits range from essential home improvement products to dazzling décor accessories. Exciting feature areas will once again include the Kitchen Specialist Association, Design Project 2015, alfresco living, tuis | home Kitchen and DIY workshops, as well as the Barista Showdown.
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A Banting Banquet Banting Feast, The Table Bay, Cape Town
The Table Bay’s dynamic Executive Chef, Jocelyn Myers-Adams, will join forces with South Africa’s foremost Banting advocate, Tim Noakes, for an intriguing Banting-compliant feast to kick off Spring. Noakes will motivate guests with inspiring insights into the benefits of the Banting way of eating, and share helpful tips for keeping on track, while Myers-Adams takes guests on a revealing journey of delicious Banting-friendly dishes. Each course will be perfectly paired with a carefully selected whisky. The eye-opening feast features innovative dishes that will satisfy even the most hardened carb-lovers, such as seared Karan beef with green peppercorn sauce, and herb roasted free range whole chicken with herb jus. There’s even dessert, in the form of orange panna cotta with toasted walnuts and pineapple carpaccio, and warm coconut confit pears with vanilla clotted cream. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings.
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Chefs Who Share – The ART of Giving, Cape Town The black-tie charity gala “Chefs Who Share – The ART of Giving” will take place at the Cape Town City Hall in September. 14 of the country’s top chefs will lend their time and creativity to create a culinary feast for 252 guests. Paired in seven teams, they will be joined by seven acclaimed sommeliers, who will select predominantly South African wines for their menus. An exciting new addition to this year’s event is the “Young Chef Award”, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for South Africa’s up and coming chefs to cook with their culinary idols on the night. Set to be one of the highlights of the evening, an art auction will afford guests the opportunity to bid for outstanding works of art by some of South Africa’s leading artists. All proceeds will go to two charities, MAD Leadership Foundation, and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. For bookings, email email@example.com
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Events In Between Beach Chic 26th to 29th August
Durban Fashion Fair, Suncoast Casino, Durban High fashion hits the runway at the 2015 Durban Fashion Fair, presented by the eThekwini Municipality’s Business Support,Tourism and Markets Unit. Fashion shows will take place over four days, and will feature over 30 top designers from KwaZulu-Natal, the rest of South Africa, and the African continent, as well as international designer Jamal Taslaq Couture. Also included will be a fashion exhibition fair with free entrance for the public. Tickets are available from Computicket. // www.facebook.com/DurbanFashionFair
It’s All About the Classics 13th to 16th August
Klein Karoo Klassique, Oudtshoorn This festival of classical music, food, art and wine brings top international and classical musicians to this Karoo town with something for every classical taste. The highlight of this year’s Klassique will be the Mimi Coertse Galakonsert: Ons Gaan Groot with Magdalene Minnaar (soprano), Sipho Fubesi (tenor), the Vocal Ensemble of the Cape Town Opera Choir and the US Symphonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Corvin Matei. The passion and drama of the opera can be experienced through this interpretation of world-famous music such as the “Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s Turandot and the magnificent vocal quartet, “Bella figlia dell’amore”. Visitors can complement their musical experience with delicious meals at a variety of restaurants and coffee shops throughout town, and visit the town’s various galleries to see exhibitions by local artists. Tickets are available from Computicket. // www.klassique.co.za
A Wild Ride 13th to 18th August
Nedbank Tour de Tuli, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa Tour de Wilderness, the organiser of the acclaimed annual Nedbank Tour de Tuli mountain bike event, has launched the route for 2015, which will see 350 riders cycle across almost 300 km of challenging and remote terrain in Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The Nedbank Tour de Tuli attracts cyclists from across the globe, and provides them with an unforgettable opportunity to follow wildlife trails in pristine wilderness areas. Cyclists not only have the opportunity of encountering a variety of wildlife, but the route also includes magnificent scenery and cultural interactions with the local communities living on the boundaries of these protected areas. All funds raised by the Tour are channelled directly into Children in the Wilderness (CITW), a non-profit organisation that runs sustainable environmental education programmes to bridge the divide between communities and the adjoining wildlife areas they live next to. // www.tourdetuli.com
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Doggie Superheroes Sometimes we all need a little saving from the humdrum of daily life. The TEARS Animal Rescue and Hill’s #savedbythedogs project invites the city’s workers to take a monthly breather from the office blues to spend a little time with TEARS’ four-legged superheroes in the Company Garden in central Cape Town. Canine rescuers don’t need spandex or super-powers, since the healing qualities of a wet nose and a wagging tail are well documented. Spending time with the TEARS’ rescue dogs may be enough to brighten your day and possibly your life. #savedbythedogs happens once a month (12th August, 16th September, 14th October, 11th November and 9th December) between 11h00 and 14h00. For information and dates follow #savedbythedogs or contact TEARS Animal Rescue on +27 21 785 4482.
New Look For an Old Favourite Whisky aficionados who have sworn their allegiance to Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky, celebrated a new look for Glenfiddich 18 Year Old recently with a trip on Rovos Rail. The whisky brand has built up a loyal social media following, and rewarded its fans with a day spent pairing fine whisky with fine food. The new-look Glenfiddich 18 Year Old is elegantly packaged in clear glass with an embossed cartouche, and sealed with a classic wooden stopper. It’s made in small batches of 150 casks, built by Glenfiddich’s coopers from Oloroso Oak. This imparts an unrivalled richness, complexity and flavour of rich dried fruit, candy peel and dates. Glenfiddich 18 Year Old is available in luxury retail outlets for R1,249. Follow it on Twitter @GlenfiddichSMW.
Luxury in the Wild A new privately owned five-star hotel and spa has recently opened outside Haga Haga in the Eastern Cape. Overlooking the long beaches, green hills and deep valleys of the Wild Coast, Miarestate Hotel and Spa combines beach and bush with five-star facilities, gourmet cuisine, pampering spa treatments, daily game drives, local heritage, and warm Eastern Cape hospitality. Miarestate is surrounded by rolling lawns, with panoramic views from nine guest rooms, including two executive rooms with private plunge pools. Executive conferencing is available for small groups. Taking cuisine to another level on the Wild Coast, the consulting chef at the Miarestate Restaurant brings a wealth of international experience to the table with a fine dining menu designed around the finest local produce and complemented by top South African wines. Opening rates (valid to 30 th September 2015) are from R1,995 per person sharing, including all meals, soft drinks and free Wi-Fi.
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Awesome Aloe For over 4,000 years the Aloe ferox plant (otherwise known as the Cape Aloe or Bitter Aloe) has been used by the Khoisan people in the medicinal healing of skin problems. Fast forward to the present, when thankfully you don’t need to grow your own Aloe ferox in order to reap the phenomenal benefits of these plants. Its potent mineral content and high levels of calcium, potassium and zinc are captured in Simply Aloe’s Regenerating Gel. Consisting of 90 % pure Aloe ferox gel, Simply Aloe’s Regenerating Gel can assist in rejuvenating skin cells, promoting oxygenation of the blood by improving circulation, and providing relief for tired and stressed skin. Simply Aloe’s Regenerating Gel is non-greasy and easy to use, and is sold in leading pharmacies, health shops and Dis-Chem stores nationwide. // www.laboratoria.brunel.co.za
Stamp of Approval To highlight the artisanal nature of Kirsten Goss jewellery, clients can now get personal with a new collection of stamped pieces. The #GetPersonal pieces are hand stamped, adding character and texture to their otherwise minimalist style. The pieces include bangles, necklaces and pendants in sterling silver, gold vermeil and rose-gold, with rings in 18kt gold. These are available to order online and in stores. #GetPersonal also creates the opportunity for clients to have their existing pieces personalised, should the surface permit. Clients can take the items they would like personalised into the Kirsten Goss stores in Cape Town, Durban or Johannesburg. #GetPersonal will extend to the exquisite Diamond Condition collection later in 2015, using 18kt gold rings. These can be worn individually or, for a more dramatic effect, a number of stackable rings can be stamped with separate names.
Have a Birthday Boogie The School of Rock in Claremont has recently launched its new kids Rock & Roll party offering. Kids and parents will now have the option of hosting a rock inspired birthday party at the popular music school. The School of Rock instructors will teach party goers how to play an instrument, sing their favourite songs, and then end off celebrations with a memorable group performance. The party option is available for a minimum party group of six, with a maximum of 12, and is suitable for kids six years and up. The three hour party package includes two hours of full blown musical fun and an hour of social time. The package also includes nifty School of Rock party favours, such as stickers and bracelets, as well as a funky prop box. Guests are also welcome to supply their own cake, party packs and treats. For bookings contact +27 21 671 9580 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Winter Dining in the Winelands Embrace winter in the Franschhoek winelands and head to Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, where gourmands longing for an exceptional fine dining experience will find refuge at The Restaurant. At the helm of the kitchen team is Executive Chef Darren Badenhorst, who draws inspiration for each dish from the time honoured practices of French cuisine, which he combines with the bold flavours of Asia and fresh local ingredients. His signature twist of unexpected bursts of flavour, careful attention to detail, and ingredients that seamlessly meld together are the makings of an unforgettable meal. Winemaker Karl Lambour and sommelier Khuselo Maputa have also perfectly paired each dish on the winter menu with a Grande Provence wine to ensure a sensory dining experience, from starters to desserts. For reservations, email email@example.com.
Optimum Nutrition at Optimum Prices The Patrick Holford extensive range of optimum nutrition supplements are now more affordable than ever with the launch of the brand’s best sellers as discounted value packs. The value packs, which include Advanced Optimum Nutrition, Immune C, Essential Omegas, Digest Pro, and Female Balance, are available over the counter at leading pharmacies in the preferred quantity. This means that customers will be able to select the exact number of supplements they require for their health issue, and not pay for any more than they need. The value packs are also already discounted, as they are sold in bulk, which makes them a double money saving win for consumers.
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As we commemorate Women’s Day this month, we celebrate all of South Africa’s women for everything they contribute to our country, and we talk to three inspirational women who represent just the tip of the iceberg of what South African women have to offer. National Women’s Day on 9th August pays homage to the women of our nation and honours the 1956 march of approximately 20,000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country’s pass laws. The women delivered petitions that contained more than 100,000 signatures, and a song was composed in tribute of this historic occasion: Wathint’ Abafazi Wathint’ imbokodo! (Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock). Since the Bill of Rights was introduced in 1994, women have enjoyed the same rights as men, and no longer live in this country as second class citizens. South African women have always been a force to be reckoned with and, since their voices are no longer suppressed, they have risen to even greater heights. The three inspirational women below serve as example of the kind of strength and talent the women of this nation have to offer. Sinethemba Makanya Sinethemba Makanya was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, as well as the New York University Wagner Scholarship in 2010 to pursue her Masters in Drama Therapy at New York University. In addition to her studies, she found her voice in New York, and has sung in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Central Park. She subsequently became South Africa’s first black drama therapist, and now works at Themba Interactive, an NGO that uses applied drama to create awareness of HIV/AIDS, gender based violence, substance abuse, and LGBT issues. Sinethemba has also been called to be a healer, and has presented workshops
based on the integration of her drama therapy skills and spiritual healing gifts. Sinethemba is also a mother, sister, song writer, and published academic writer. I: Having travelled quite extensively abroad, what do you feel makes the women in South Africa unique? Sinethemba Makanya (SM): The diversity of the women in South Africa is definitely a defining feature. It is difficult to pin down one type of South African woman; instead you find different features in different women, expressed in different ways. I like how the women in South Africa have allowed themselves to be shaped by the different cultures around them, and as a result you find eclectic women in South Africa who can traverse “different terrains”. This makes our women beautiful, resilient and effective. I: What are some of the challenges have you faced as a woman in your field of Drama Therapy? SM: Because drama therapy in South Africa is a discipline generally dominated by women, it has been a fairly warm and nurturing environment. What has been challenging is being one of the only two black women who are drama therapists in South Africa. I generally work amongst black communities, usually with a white woman. Sometimes I worry about issues of translation, and how running therapeutic interventions in English influences the relationship between myself and my clients. It can also be challenging working in environments where there is extreme poverty because I am concerned about how effective I am dealing with emotions when people are hungry. I: What message do you have for the women of South Africa to commemorate Women’s Day? SM: The world can be truly affected by South African
women in a very positive way. The more we embrace our unique “South Africanness” and not try to emulate other nations, the faster we can change the world. Annalet Steenkamp Annalet Steenkamp is a gritty documentary filmmaker and television series director. Some of her most recent work includes Girl Eat World and My Story, a documentary for M-Net. Her feature length documentary I, Afrikaner won Best Director at the 35th Durban International Film Festival in 2014, and she also won a SAFTA in 2015 for best directing for the film. I, Afrikaner will have its digital launch later this year on Vimeo on Demand. Indwe (I): As a filmmaker, where do you draw your inspiration from? Annalet (AS): I draw inspiration from an everchanging country, a country where apathy is rife, and storytellers are very important – we reflect the scars but also the healing. Our stories need to reflect with empathy the enormous strides we’ve made as a nation, but also how much more there is to be done. Art needs to stir. The true meaning of art is to make ripples and to move people. My debut feature film, I, Afrikaner, documents four generations of my Afrikaner family, over the course of nine turbulent years, as they cling to their identity. My grandmother flees the family farm and my mother sleeps next to an automatic weapon. At the same time, my niece Shanel is a born-free and speaks fluent Sesotho, raising the hopes that change isn’t around the corner – it is already here.
I: What are some of the challenges you have faced as a woman in the film industry? AS: People still look strangely at a woman operating a camera, and the industry is still very much a “boys club”. In general, women are still fighting for their place in professional fields, but the best way to deal with these challenges is to never back down, to demand equality, and to remain true to yourself. Never prescribe to roles. I: How do you feel the role of women in South Africa has changed since 1994? AS: I think we must move beyond stereotypes. Yes, I was brought up with Afrikaans as a language and culture on the farm, but I have lived many lives. We all have. An identity should never be fixed, it is something that should evolve and that is earned. The role of women in our country is enormous, we are the fibre holding everything together; we are the daughters, mothers, teachers, engineers, nurses, scientists, doctors and policy makers. I firmly believe that the patriarchal domination will come to an end. Women are better leaders, as we have an enormous capacity for empathy. Lwazi Manzi A doctor, jazz singer and granddaughter of a famous Zulu struggle heroine, Dr Lwazi Manzi is a multiskilled woman and a force to be reckoned with. When she is not in the resuscitation room or on call as a medical doctor, she can be found in her production office or in front of a microphone in a studio. Lwazi saves lives on a daily basis, and her creativity has taken her from the screen to the stage to the operating table
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and her voice is being heard. Loud and clear. I: You work in a pretty male-dominated industry. What are some of the challenges you have faced as a woman? Lwazi Manzi (LM): Well, the good news is that male domination in the medical fraternity will soon be a thing of the past, as our universities are currently boasting a 60 % strong female contingent of graduates. Having said that, being a black female still makes me a minority entity (in the medical field). The only way to stop any prejudiced attitudes in its tracks is to ensure that I am academically strong, and that my clinical acumen is sharp and well respected. Fortunately in medicine you’re either right or wrong, and there is no room for unfounded opinions, so I ensure that I am beyond reproach in all my clinical work. I: How do you feel the role of women in South Africa has changed since 1994? LM: I believe that the role of women has not changed through time – it’s just been illuminated now. As those who bear and rear children, women are natural leaders. Women have always been in charge of the economy, since women are in charge of the running of the basic unit of society: the household. Women have always been powerful and influential as it is has always been a woman’s job to guide and advise. A woman’s virtue defines a man, a household and therefore a nation. Nations are judged by the virtues of their women, not the power of their men. I: What message do you have for the women of South Africa to commemorate Women’s Day? LM: Never be afraid of being a woman. Never define yourself in relative terms. By that I mean do not see yourself in relation to men, other races, and so on. Celebrate femininity and all that it contributes to humanity. Know your power and worth, as you instil power and worth in others.
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South Africa is synonymous with wildlife and popular attractions like Table Mountain, the Winelands and Robben Island. However, our country also boasts amazing alternative adventures, guaranteed to delight any traveller.
Spend a Night in Soweto Situated in to the heart of bustling Kliptown, The Soweto Hotel on Freedom Square is one of Soweto’s first four-star establishments and hosts hundreds of local and international guests each month. Jazz and historical memorabilia feature prominently in the hotel’s décor, and visitors can expect to enjoy luxurious accommodation, traditional South African cuisine and soulful jazz music at this unique retreat. Visitors can also embark on professionally guided tours of Soweto and discover more about this world-famous township’s turbulent history and vibrant culture.
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Paddle With Penguins Simon’s Town, in the Western Cape, is home to the famous penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Here you can enjoy a swim with the hundreds of Jackass penguins who relax and replenish themselves here. The penguins are endangered and the area is a protected sanctuary, but that doesn’t stop these carefree birds from plonking themselves down on your beach towel or scooting around your legs as you take an invigorating dip in the ocean.
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Nestled in South Africa’s Western Cape region, Oudtshoorn is widely recognised as the “ostrich capital of the world” and the town’s economy is primarily reliant on ostrich farming and tourism. Here visitors can observe large flocks of ostriches, cuddle cute chicks, or hand feed one of these fascinating big birds. If you are feeling particularly brave, you can even attempt to ride an ostrich at farms like Cango Ostrich Show Farm, Safari Ostrich Show Farm and the charming Highgate Ostrich
Cage diving with Great White sharks is a relatively new adventure sport in South Africa and is becoming increasingly popular with locals and visitors alike. Most South African cage diving companies operate in the area known as “shark alley” near Gansbaai, a small fishing village about two hours away from the city of Cape Town. Professional cage diving operators like Marine Dynamics Shark Tours and White Shark Safaris teach clients about these majestic marine creatures and allow them to view
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First Page: Boulder’s Beach in Simon’s Town is the perfect place to get up close and personal with penguins Second Page Left: At 2,200 km long, the Orange River plenty of opportunities for exploring Second Page Right: Earn a badge of honour in Oudsthoorn by trying your luck at ostrich riding Third Page Top: Cape Town is best viewed from the sea, and if you’re on board a luxury, all the better Third Page Bottom: Adrenaline junkies can test their mettle shark cage diving in Gansbaai Last Page: Take a jump off Soweto’s Orlando Towers
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Combining Italian design and Swiss watchmaking perfection, Officine Panerai constantly and consistently re-interprets its passion which, for more than 150 years, has been the creation of high-precision instruments with a distinctive aesthetic and functional identity.
The manufacturer has its origins in Florence, Italy, where Giovanni Panerai, a businessman, craftsman and innovator, opened the city’s first watchmaker’s shop in 1860. Panerai launched several exquisite new models at this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), among them the Mare Nostrum Titanio 52 mm, the Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanio 47 mm, the Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic 47 mm, and the Radiomir Firenze 3 Days Acciaio 47 mm.
Mare Nostrum Titanio 52 mm The name “Mare Nostrum” has been used twice already in Panerai’s history: Once by Guido Panerai back in 1924, for what was likely the manufacturer’s first chronograph, though all traces of this first model are lost; and again in 1943 for a chronograph created for the deck officers of the Royal Italian Navy “Mare Nostrum”. Several prototypes of the 1943 chronograph still exist, and were used to reconstruct, with great accuracy and similar aesthetic traits, the new Mare Nostrum Titanio 52 mm. The metal used for the Mare Nostrum’s tonneau-shaped case is brushed titanium, a material that combines excellent nonallergenic properties and greater lightness than steel, with the structural toughness needed to resist high pressure, external stresses and corrosion. Two classic push buttons, also
of brushed titanium, control the chronograph functions, while the central seconds hand and a subsidiary minute counter dial at three o’clock indicate the readings. The continuous second hand rotates in a subsidiary dial at nine o’clock. The new version of the Mare Nostrum has a hand-wound manufacture movement: The OP XXV calibre, which is a high-quality watchmaking calibre, hand-finished, with top-ofthe-range technical details such as the column wheel and swan neck regulator. The bridges, which boast a sophisticated Côtes de Genève finish, are made of Maillechort, a nickel silver alloy particularly difficult to work with. Protected by a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment, the dial is made in two levels and, as opposed to the dark green of the vintage model, is a rich tobacco brown, perfectly accentuated by the brown leather strap with ecru stitching. The new Mare Nostrum Titanio, water-resistant to three bar, is a Special Edition comprising just 150 units.
Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanio 47 mm Like all Panerai watches, the main world of reference for the Luminor range is the sea. The new Luminor Submersible 1950 watches – water-resistant to 30 bar – have a large Luminor 1950 case, with a diameter of 47 mm. The iconic design of the case, immediately
recognisable by the device protecting the winding crown, is integrated with an element of which the historic origins date back to the model created by Officine Panerai in 1956 for the Egyptian Navy: the unidirectional rotating bezel for calculating the time of immersion. The flyback chronograph, another function of the new Luminor Submersible 1950 that originates from requirements which arose in the military field in the 1930s, enables the chronograph hand that is already moving to be zeroed and instantly restarted by a single pressure. Two versions are available: One with a bezel made entirely of brushed titanium, and the other with a special bezel of titanium to which a matt-black ceramic disk has been applied, with linear markers and dots in titanium. Both models are supplied with a black rubber strap, ideal for an underwater watch, and personalised with the OP logo in Panerai blue.
Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic 47 mm Panerai presents a remarkable new technical innovation with this watch. The Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech has a case made of carbotech, a composite material based on carbon fibre and never before used in watchmaking. As well as offering exceptional technical performance, carbotech has an uneven, matt-black appearance that varies according to how the material is cut. To form the plates of carbotech, thin sheets of carbon fibres are compressed at a controlled temperature under high pressure together with a high-end polymer, Polyether Ether Ketone, which binds the composite material, making it strong and durable. The carbon fibres used are very long, and the sheets are superimposed and pressed together in such a way that the fibres of each layer are set at different angles to each other. With this structure, the mechanical properties of carbotech are much higher than other materials, such as ceramics and titanium. The screw-in titanium caseback is engraved with elements characteristic of the Panerai brand, such as “Florence 1860” (the city and year of birth of Panerai watchmaking), and the image of a Slow Speed Torpedo (SLC), the notorious “pig” on which, in the 1940s, the commandos of the Italian Navy sailed the depths of the sea on their missions while wearing instruments made by Panerai.
Radiomir Firenze 3 Days Acciaio 47 mm The brushed steel case of the Radiomir Firenze, 47 mm in diameter, has the same dimensions as the first watch created by Officine Panerai in 1936. It is fully decorated with engraving carried out by hand by expert Italian craftsmen, the designs inspired by motifs recurring in Florentine iconography. The lines form geometric figures, covering the caseband and the winding crown, creating a harmonious whole in which details of great symbolic significance stand out, such as the Florentine lily, the emblem of Tuscany’s most important city since the 11th century. Each case requires more than a week of work by one engraver, made even more difficult by the hardness of the stainless steel. The handcrafted Florentine engraving on this model makes each watch distinctive in that no two are exactly alike. The watch has a power reserve of three days, is water resistant to 10 bar, and comes fitted to a black alligator strap with contrasting ecru stitching. Only 99 will be available, exclusively from the historic Panerai boutique in Florence, Tuscany.
Where Bush Meets Ocean The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Text: Keith Bain Images © &Beyond, Isibindi Africa
otting the coast north and south of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal’s holiday towns are where many South African beach pilgrims flock, but if you’re looking for a degree of isolation and remoteness, coupled with pristine coastal wilderness, head farther north, into the country’s most diverse World Heritage Site.
From the Umfolozi swamps in the south, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park stretches northward, all the way to Mozambique, some 280 km away. Within its 332,000 ha are found not only Africa’s largest estuarine system, but also dry savannah and thornveld, ancient sand dunes, magnificent coral reefs, and the majority of South Africa’s remaining mangrove swamp forests. The latter are where patient birders might spot rare Pel’s fishing owls and palm nut vultures. Hippos and crocs are found in abundance, and besides close access to inland game reserves, the ocean here affords superb whale- and dolphin-spotting. Most incredible of all, each year between November and February some of the most precious turtles in existence arrive to lay eggs on specific spots along some of the most unblemished beaches in the world. The most accessible part of iSimangaliso is Lake St Lucia – just 78 km from Richards Bay. A 38,882-ha expanse of water dotted with islands, it’s at the centre of a habitat for Nile crocodiles, hippos, rhinos, elephants, leopard, buffalo, and giraffe, as well as a host of water birds, including pelicans, flamingos, kingfishers, geese, ducks, herons, fish eagles, and storks. Flanked on the west by typical bushveld terrain, the lake’s eastern shore comprises some of the highest forested dunes in the world. These, incidentally, contain large deposits of titanium and zirconium, a natural resource that sparked a furious long-running battle between mining consortia and conservationists seeking to protect the 25,000-yearold dunes. The conservationists, mercifully, won. Lake St Lucia has sunset cruises (aboard the 85-seat Santa Lucia), but if you fail to spot at least one of the estimated 2,000 Nile crocs that lurk in the lake, then the informative Crocodile Centre 2 km north of touristy St Lucia village
houses all of the African croc species, including dwarf and long-snouted crocodiles. It’s by far the best crocodile sanctuary (and research facility) in the country, with lots of snakes on display, too, as well as a cycad garden. Perhaps the best reason to pass through the village is the two-hour drive further north, to secluded Cape Vidal. Here you can set off on trails over the tallest vegetated dunes in the world, and there’s safe swimming and snorkelling thanks to the offshore reef. There’s also a whale-watching tower providing excellent views of passing marine mammals – whale sharks measuring up to 18 m in length are frequently spotted. Farther north still is Sodwana Bay. It’s South Africa’s diving Mecca, where the warm Agulhas current brings in some 1,200 varieties of fish – apparently second in number only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The coral-covered reefs are inundated by tropical fish and virtually all shark species have been spotted here, not to mention several photographed sightings of coelacanths (which occur 115 m below the surface). Sodwana is arguably the best place in the country to pick up a diving qualification, not least because of the undersea treasures on offer. But if you’d rather just bob around in the warm Indian Ocean, there’s great snorkelling at Jesser Point. This part of Zululand – inland from St Lucia and Sodwana – is also home to the majority of KZN’s game reserves, including Africa’s oldest wildlife sanctuary, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi, and Phinda, a lush and varied private Big Five reserve adjoining Mkuze. Phinda benefits from having seven distinct ecosystems, including sand forests, mountains, wetlands, and river valleys, while proximity to iSimangaliso means staff can arrange diving trips so that you can vary your adventure between game drives and sea-going
First Page: Phinda boasts seven distinct ecosystems and a host of animal spotting opportunities This Page: Thonga Beach Lodge offers guests access to one of South Africa’s most pristine stretches of coastline and some of its best dive sites Last Page: Visitors to Kosi Bay are often spoilt with wildlife encounters, from hippos and crocodiles to elusive Palm Nut vultures
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Au nord et au sud de Durban, le long de la côte du Kwazulu-Natal, se trouvent de nombreuses stations balnéaires où les sud-africains amoureux de la plage se retrouvent mais si vous voulez vous éloigner de tout et vous retrouver dans une nature sauvage intacte alors il vous faudra aller plus au nord, vers un site des plus variés classé au patrimoine mondial.
L’iSimangaliso Wetland Park s’étend des marécages de Mfolozi au sud jusqu’au Mozambique au nord, sur une distance de 280 km. Sur une surface de 332 000 hectares on trouve non seulement le plus grand système estuarien sudafricain mais aussi des savanes sèches, des étendues recouvertes d’épineux de toutes sortes, des dunes anciennes, des récifs coralliens extraordinaires et le plus grand marais à mangroves demeurant en Afrique du sud. Dans ce dernier les ornithologues amateurs armés de patience peuvent parfois apercevoir une Chouette-pêcheuse de Pel ou un Vautour palmiste. À iSimangaliso on trouve des hippopotames et des crocodiles en grand nombre, et l’on peut admirer dans l’océan maints baleines et dauphins ; on peut aussi voir chaque année entre novembre et février des tortues de mer arriver sur les plages les plus immaculées du monde pour pondre leurs œufs. Le Lac Sainte-Lucie est une étendue d’eau de 38 882 hectares parsemée d’îles et d’îlots. Le lac est flanqué de savane tropicale typique à l’ouest et de dunes boisées parmi les plus hautes du monde à l’est. On peut faire des croisières au coucher du soleil sur le Lac Sainte-Lucie (sur un bateau de 85 places appelé le Santa Lucia) mais si vous n’arrivez pas à repérer l’un des 2 000 crocodiles du Nile se cachant dans le lac alors vous pouvez vous rendre au fascinant Crocodile Centre qui abrite toutes les espèces de crocodiles trouvées en Afrique, ceci incluant le crocodile nain et le crocodile au nez allongé.
À deux heures de route au nord se trouve le très isolé Cap Vidal. De là vous partir pouvez faire des randonnées sur les dunes recouvertes de végétation les plus hautes du monde, ou vous pouvez choisir de nager ou de faire de la plongée libre sur le récif au large. On trouve aussi une tour d’observation des baleines qui offre une vue magnifique de nombreux mammifères marins incluant le Requin-baleine, souvent repéré, qui peut faire jusqu’à 18 m de longueur. Sodwana Bay, la Mecque des plongeurs en Afrique du Sud où les courants chauds d’Aghulas attirent quelque chose comme 1 200 espèces de poissons, est apparemment au deuxième rang juste après la Grande barrière de corail d’Australie. On y trouve pratiquement toutes les espèces de requins possibles sans oublier que l’on y a plusieurs fois vu des cœlacanthes, avec preuve photographique à l’appui. Sodwana est probablement le meilleur endroit du pays pour obtenir sa licence de plongée sous-marine mais on peut aussi faire de la plongée libre à Jesser Point. Cette région du pays des Zoulous accueille aussi la plus grande partie des réserves à animaux sauvages du KwaZulu-Natal, ceci incluant le sanctuaire animalier le plus vieux d’Afrique du sud, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi, et Phinda, une réserve privée luxuriante jouxtant Mkhuze dans laquelle on trouve les Big Five et de nombreux autres animaux. Phinda bénéficie de sept écosystèmes distincts incluant des forêts de sable, des
montagnes, des marécages et des vallées fluviales, et sa proximité à iSimangaliso permet d’organiser des sorties de plongée. Sur les 23 000 hectares de Phinda on trouve des animaux plus rares tels le guépard et le rhinocéros noir. Si vous recherchez un isolement enchanteur alors vous pouvez partir le long de la côte du Maputaland. La côte abrite des tribus telles les Tonga, les Tembe et les Madubu et de nombreuses zones du littoral ne sont accessibles qu’à pied, à cheval, en canoë ou bien en 4 x 4. La côte est sauvage et immaculée et c’est son inaccessibilité qui l’a jusqu’à maintenant protégée du développement. Mabibi, qui est l’une des plages les plus belles et les plus isolées d’Afrique, est desservie par Thonga Beach Lodge, un joli refuge offrant l’opportunité d’admirer le coucher de soleil sur le Lac Sibaya, le plus grand lac d’eau douce d’Afrique du Sud. Ayant pour décor une dense forêt de Sideroxylons inermes et pour vue la plage sauvage, la loge se compose de chambres individuelles au toit de chaume avec salle de bain particulière, conçues avec soin pour minimiser l’impact sur l’environnement et pour respecter l’intimité des clients. On peut partir tôt le matin faire des sorties en kayak sur le lac Sibaya, prendre un bateau pour aller voir les baleines, aller faire de la plongée libre avec les dauphins, de la plongée sous-marine ou tout simplement lézarder sur la plage. Entre Mabibi et la frontière mozambicaine se trouve la réserve estuarienne de Kosi. Kosi Forest Lodge est nichée dans la forêt de dunes côtière le long de la rivière Siyadla. Les quartiers réservés aux clients sont faits d’un mélange de bois et de toile sur pilotis surplombant une clairière, avec à disposition des lampes à kérosène et des meubles façonnés en bois sauvage ou recyclé. Quand vous n’êtes pas en train de vous reposer dans un hamac vous pouvez visiter les quatre lacs interconnectés de Kosi Bay remplis de paniers de pêche Tonga faits à la main – une vision inchangée depuis sept siècles. Vous avez l’option de faire une expérience inoubliable avant même de prendre votre petit déjeuner : une promenade en canoë sur les différents canaux de l’estuaire à la surface lisse comme un miroir, où vous aurez peut-être la chance d’apercevoir l’insaisissable Vautour palmiste. C’est un lieu qui se trouve totalement hors des sentiers battus et qui vous permet de recharger vos batteries comme aucun autre endroit en Afrique du Sud.
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On the slightly chilly morning of 16th May, hundreds of young people queued down Hillcrest Avenue, Johannesburg, not really sure what was in store for them. What lay behind the steel gates of the head office of Browns The Diamond Store was an opportunity of a lifetime. Browns The Diamond Store held an open call for unemployed youths aged 19 to 25, to find young people with no prior experience interested in learning about the jewellery industry. “What makes this model so unique is that it was a prerequisite that none of the candidates had any previous jewellery experience. We specifically wanted to give this opportunity to fresh, young talent who displayed natural aptitude.” explains Albert Maree, head of production at Browns. “Our company has very specific processes and extremely high standards. It is often very difficult for individuals with previous experience to adapt to our strict methodology of controls and quality assurance. Bad habits are often very difficult to break.” The 200 individuals who applied for the academy were put through extensive aptitude testing. 50 candidates demonstrated the correct combination of aptitude and attitude, and were put through to the program. Two groups of 25 students were selected and each group was put through a carefully designed, intensive, hands-on training
course which lasted three weeks. During this time, the students were taught everything from how to use specialised jewellery tools to manufacture jewellery, to the final polishing of fine jewellery pieces. During the course the students were paid a stipend to cover their transport and basic expenses. At the end of the course the top students from each group were selected to create a final group of 24 highly motivated and talented individuals. These 24 students have subsequently advanced to a three month course in specialised jewellery manufacturing in the Browns Workshop. “At its core, Browns values growth and opportunity, hence over and above the chosen 24 students, an additional 16 students were identified and employed in administrative positions within the company,” Albert adds.
Above: Browns BLA Students taught by Albert Maree
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A Place of Many Names Mafikeng Text: Lesley Stones Images ÂŠ iStockphoto & Wikimedia Commons/Diverman
The town of Mafikeng has a notoriety that has travelled far beyond the borders of South Africa.
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It’s also an area of diverse wildlife, and Mafikeng Game Reserve is one of the country’s principal breeding parks for white rhino. The reserve also boasts a wide variety of other game, including buffalo, gemsbok and giraffe, and sprawls across Kalahari grassland and acacia thorn scrub. Another attraction is Manyane Resort, which features a lion enclosure and a crocodile camp. Or you can head 30 km west of the town to Botsalano Game Reserve, which is a popular weekend attraction for game viewing. Wildlife of a smaller variety can be found at the bird sanctuary at Cooke’s Lake on the Molopo River, where recycled water is used to keep the dam full. A large variety of waterfowl live at the lake, and an educational programme for young people has been introduced to promote conservation in the area. If you drive out of town on the Vryburg road, you soon reach the Lotlamoreng Dam Cultural Reserve and Montshiwua Dam, where there is a cultural village, a recreational area and a waterfall. Nearby is Modimola Dam, a spot that’s popular with anglers. In the town itself you’ll find the provincial parliament and the impressive government offices, known as the Garona, in the western suburbs. Golfers have a choice of two challenges: Leopard Park Golf Club in the western suburbs and Mafikeng Golf Club. Leopard Park is a championship course designed by Peter Matkovitch and Dale Hayes, who cunningly placed water features to avoid at eight of its 18 holes, culminating in an island green at the 18th. It also has a very attractive Victorian style clubhouse. The Molema Surgery – which is open to visitors – commemorates one of South Africa’s first qualified black doctors, Silas Modiri Molema. Dr Molema qualified at Glasgow University in Scotland and practiced in Mafikeng as one of three doctors in the town during the 1899-1900 siege. The Molema family also established a school in 1878 for the local Barolong children. A camel thorn tree with the original school bell stuck in the tree marks the original spot. Accommodation in Mafikeng is nicely varied, with a selection of hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs, as well as the Tusk Mmabatho Casino Resort. One of the newest hotels is the four-star Protea Hotel, just 15 km from the airport and 150 km from Gaborone in Botswana. For more information, visit www.tourismnorthwest.co.za.
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History buffs around the world know it as the site of a battle in the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902, when a small British garrison under the command of Colonel Baden Powell held out for 217 days against Boer forces who had them surrounded. Nowadays, the town is a peaceful and unassuming place, although memorabilia of the Anglo-Boer War is on display in the Mafikeng Museum. The museum is based in the old town hall, which was built in 1902 and also has extensive ethnographic exhibits, including a replica of the famous Mrs Ples skeleton found at the Cradle of Humankind. The town’s name was originally Mahikeng, which means “the place among the rocks”, and was given to the area by early Barolong chiefs who settled along the Molopo River. A monument honouring Barolong warriors who died during the Mafikeng siege stands beside a monument of Kgosi Besele Montshioa, who led their regiment during the siege. Also nearby is the Mafikeng Siege Cemetery and the Kgotla, a semi-circular meeting place that serves as the seat of the Chiefdom and Royal House of the Barolong. At its centre is the granite totem of the tribe. The site can only be visited by prior arrangement with the tribal authorities. A short distance from the town is Kanon Kopje (Cannon Hill), a fort built during the Warren Expedition of 1885, which was a British military expedition to assert sovereignty in the face of encroachment from Germany, and to suppress the Boers. Several sites also link the famous writer Sol Plaatje to Mafikeng at the time of the siege, including his house, as well as his newspaper office and printing works. Over the years, the town’s name has gone through several spelling variations. British settlers subverted the original name of Mahikeng to Mafeking, until it altered to Mafikeng in 1980, and back to Mahikeng in 2010. Most local residents still refer to the place as Mafikeng, though. It lies in the North West Province, close to the border with Botswana. The North West is adventure territory for rugged travellers, with expansive skies, a glorious climate and opportunities for white water rafting, canoeing, hiking, horse riding, birding, fishing, rock climbing, abseiling, and even hunting. To the east of the town is Wondergat, a vast underwater network of caves that have become a popular inland diving venue used by scuba diving schools.
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Close to Johannesburg is an ancient place of universal importance. So important, that it could just prove that one of the places that human life on earth started was right here in South Africa.
A series of caves in the foothills of the Magaliesberg, just outside Johannesburg, is the world’s richest hominid site. So far over 600 hominid specimens have been recovered from this protected area, which includes the Sterkfontein Caves and 12 other sites in the Kromdraai Paleontological Reserve. The Cradle of Humankind was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO back in 1999 because: “The area contains an exceptionally large and scientifically significant group of sites,
which throw light on the earliest ancestors of humankind. They constitute a vast reserve of scientific information, the potential of which is enormous.” So humankind could have started out life right here in South Africa. The rock that makes up the Sterkfontein Caves dates back 2.5 billion years, to when the interior of South Africa was submerged under a warm, shallow sea. In parts, the seabed hardened to form dolomite limestone rock, which was then
worn away by water action to form deep reservoirs. And when the sea retreated about 30 million years ago, the reservoirs were transformed into dark, airy caves. Then, about 3.5 million years ago, the first entrance to the underground limestone cave at Sterkfontein opened and began to fill with debris from the surface. Fossils preserved in these infills indicate that erect-walking creatures roamed the landscape there over 3 million years ago, together with other animals which are also now extinct. One ape-man, or hominid, fossil has also been identified in this deposit. Dubbed “Little Foot”, the fossil boasts four articulating foot bones, which indicate that approximately 3.2 million years ago our ancestors had feet with both human and ape characteristics – they could walk upright and climb trees. This find focused the world’s attention on South Africa as the possible cradle of humankind. In 1948, Dr Robert Broom discovered the complete skull of Australopithecus africanus, better known as Mrs Ples, in the Sterkfontein Caves. This ape-man is believed to have lived about 2 million years ago, and stood just 1.35 m tall, with short legs and long, powerful arms. Quite accurately Dr Broom once described the Sterkfontein Caves as “the anthropological treasure house of the world”. Australopithecus is the genus that lived between the worlds of ape and man. This ape-man being was a strong, dark-skinned creature with a skeleton reminiscent of that of modern-day humans, just a little shorter. Characteristically, it had an ape-like face, but with a jutting, deep jaw and human-like teeth. It also had a heavy brow, a bandy gait and a brain just a third of the size of ours. Australopithecus evolved from being a vegetarian to including eggs and meat in its diet, though it still rested in trees. Although there is no surviving evidence, it is believed that these ape-men used leaves, twigs, branches and possibly even stones as tools
– as some ape communities still do today. Over 3,000 tools in stone and bone have so far been unearthed at Sterkfontein, and they reveal the very beginnings of human culture and tool use. Quartz was the stone of choice, as it is easy to chip into shape by smashing it with other rocks. The chips and flakes could then be used for cutting and scraping. Choosing quartz for tool making also indicated that these early humans were intelligent enough to choose the stone most suitable for tools. This talent for making stone tools effectively marked the beginning of the Stone Age. Homo ergaster, who lived about 1.5 million years ago, took tool making a step further and made cleavers and hand axes, evidence of which can be seen at the Swartkrans and Kromdraai sites in the World Heritage Site. Later, between 25,000 and 10,000 years ago, stone tool making became even more advanced. After 10,000 years ago bow and arrow hunting – with wood and bone arrowheads – became the norm in and around The Cradle of Humankind. Rock painting and rock engraving was also an important feature during this Late Stone Age period, and formed an integral part of the belief system of the San people of the area. The San are credited as being the first contemporary South Africans, and our last living link with the Late Stone Age period. Excavation work continues at The Cradle of Humankind in the search for further clues to our human ancestry. While fossil dig sites are closed to the public, other caves – like Wonder Cave – are open. Here a Madonna and various vegetable-like formations have been created by stalagmites, so they are on permanent exhibition. Visit and you will be enchanted. Bring along your imagination, and you’ll be transported to another very ancient world. Visit www.maropeng.co.za or www.gauteng.net/cradleofhumankind for more information.
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A New Old Favourite The Oyster Box Hotel Text: Nicky Furniss Images © Supplied
With a mixture of new and old, colonial and modern, international and local, Umhlanga’s Oyster Box Hotel offers a little something for everyone.
Those who haven’t been through Umhlanga in the last decade or so would be surprised by just how much this little seaside enclave has changed. While you can still find the requisite neighbourhood fish and chip shops, the main centre of the town is now covered in swanky glass and steel high rises, and large buildings emblazoned with the logos of many of the country’s top performing companies and banks. This isn’t called the Sandton of KZN for nothing, after all. Stroll down to the beachfront, though, and less has changed. The weather beaten blocks of timeshare apartments are still there, and the romantic white and red striped lighthouse still guards the coast and looks towards the pier, which still juts out into the sea, albeit with new curved spokes rising up on either side so that you feel like you’re walking within the rib cage of a large whale as you amble to the end and back. And perhaps Umhlanga’s most iconic and well loved building, The Oyster Box Hotel, still stands in its place overlooking the sea, as it has for decades. But step inside and those who fondly remember the old girl from seaside holidays and dinner dances of the last century will find that much has
changed. Like the town’s CBD, The Oyster Box has been given a new and modern makeover, while still retaining everything that made it so well loved in the first place. While it is never polite to mention a lady’s age, The Oyster Box was starting to show the sag and wrinkling of time when she was taken over by Red Carnation Hotels in 2006, and given a complete refurbishment. The best makeovers, however, enhance what is already there, and the hotel still retains its romantic colonial feel of old, but now boasts all the expected mod cons. It has a slick international feel, but leaves one in no doubt that this is still very much a Durban hotel. Pith helmeted doormen smile a warm welcome as you arrive, but should you encounter the resident cat, Skebenga, you are unlikely to receive as warm a reception – especially if you have the misfortune of sitting in his chair! Priceless paintings and objets d’art were sourced from the finest auctions across the world to adorn the reception and guest areas, while deference is still made to days gone by by repurposing the raffia fans from the most iconic of colonial hotels, Singapore’s Raffles Hotel, to cool the black and white tiled Palm Court,
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is nothing quite like the juxtaposition of a samosa and chilli bite with your Earl Grey tea! The tastes of Durban continue on the Ocean Terrace for dinner, where you can either order from the à la carte menu or opt for the popular curry buffet, which boasts a host of different curries from around the world (including a signature and very spicy Durban curry), complete with rotis, naan bread, and different types of rice, as well as delicacies straight out of the tandoori oven. Conclude your culinary journey the next day with possibly Durban’s finest breakfast – where else can you eat your fill of fresh oysters and smoked salmon, before hopping over to the dedicated pancake chef (yes, pancake chef) to whip you up some pancakes or a waffle? And should you still get nibbly – heaven forbid – there are large glass jars of sweeties and dried fruit scattered throughout the hotel. And here you are actually encouraged to stick your hand in the cookie jar and partake! This is just one of the many touches that make The Oyster Box feel like a true home away from home, while still being undoubtedly Natal’s most beautiful and lavish hotel. Just like Umhlanga itself, The Oyster Box has a shiny look and modern additions, but at its heart, it’s still the much loved seaside destination of yesteryear. Why else would Skebenga guard it so jealously? For more information, visit www.oysterboxhotel.com.
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and to fan those who opt for a glass of bubbly and a fresh oyster or two in the Oyster Bar. Walk towards the suites, and the jaunty and bright art deco-esque mosaics of a past owner still adorn the walls, reminding one of the slightly kitsch (but fun) side of seaside holidays. Lest you forget you’re at the beach, there is always Durban’s characteristic humidity to remind you, which is why the hotel’s sparkling pool is a popular spot, while you will be most grateful for the arctic air con in your room. As will you be for the romantic soft furnishings, the giant bed and – should you be lucky enough – the unbeatable sea view. The hotel’s spa is also a respite from the heat and humidity – unless you choose to have a steam in the hammam, that is – with a restful, inviting interior and a host of pampering treatments to choose from, most of which make use of the spa’s B|Africa signature products, which smell simply heavenly. In between treatments you can take a dip in the plunge pool, relax in the tranquillity lounge, or nibble on some healthy snacks – while making sure you leave some room for the hotel’s other sumptuous culinary offerings. The afternoon tea is a very refined and sophisticated affair, served in The Palm Court on rose patterned Royal Dalton china. The buffet table groans under the weight of a host of dainty and delicious (for the eye and the taste buds) tea titbits, including finger sandwiches, petit fours, cakes, scones and fruit. And lest you forget where you are, there
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Shipwreck Shiraz is the wine that was retrieved from that French Oak barrel that survived 15 months underwater at a depth of 12.5 m, enclosed in a 2.5-ton reinforced concrete case. In December 2010, this became the world’s first underwater matured wine. Marine maturation is a well-known technique that whisky-makers use in Scotland. They leave their barrels on the quayside for the waves to crash over them, allowing flavours of the sea to infuse the barrels. “But no one has matured wine using this technique, so I decided to try something new and make the sea part of the winemaking process. Then we planned the entire operation over two years,” Hidden says. Adrian Flack, a director at Stefanutti Stocks Marine’s engineering division and his MD, Simon Allen, engineered the project. The concrete casing was specially designed by marine engineers to allow sea contact with the barrel, while being able to withstand high pressure and powerful wave action. “The casing had openings which made it possible for the sea to come into contact with the barrel, but obviously not to contaminate the wine,” Hidden says.
What Happened When the Team Retrieved the Barrel From the Ocean? Winemaker Emma Moffat and anxious staff waited with baited breath as the sea-weathered concrete cube was pulled out of the ocean and carefully opened. “We wondered if the wine would be worth it, but it was. It was in perfect condition and, even though the concrete cube was covered in molluscs and marine debris, the wine survived and thrived,” Hidden says. “In a blind tasting you can actually taste the sea in this wine – it is a collector’s item.” Hidden Valley Wines produced only 290 individually numbered bottles of Elim 2009 Shipwreck Shiraz. It sells at R3,500 a bottle. And if you want to own a piece of history you are in luck, as there are about 50 bottles left. “It is a museum piece, but I always tell people that they mustn’t keep it – go ahead and enjoy it,” he says.
So Where Does the Hidden Family History Fit Into This Tale? It is a beautiful historical romance story. When Dave Hidden (owner of the farm) chose the spot for his submersible wine cellar, he had no idea
that the area had a special place in his family history. In 1946, at the end of World War II, his father, Major Charles Richard Hidden, was determined to find a passage from England to South Africa to reconnect with his sweetheart, Dave’s mother, Pat Wishart. Major Hidden spotted an advert in The London Times for paying crew to sail to Cape Town aboard The Merasheen, a small (barely seaworthy), converted, diesel-powered wooden boat. In December that year, after a dangerous journey, she successfully docked at Cape Town harbour. The Merasheen remained in use as a fishing vessel on the Cape coast until she sank in 1947 on the Southern Cape coast at Blombos. Coincidentally, and unknown to Hidden at the time, the resting place of Shipwreck Shiraz was just 100 km away from the wreck of The Merasheen. And that’s the beautiful story of Shipwreck Shiraz.
Finding a Safe Haven at Cape Agulhas Dave Hidden asked a local diver, Martin van der Merwe, to help him to find the perfect location for his underwater project. The concrete-encased barrel was sunk onto a rocky reef to ensure that they could find it again – otherwise the heavy container would sink into soft sand. The team also deliberately placed the barrel in a Great White shark breeding area to protect the maturing wine from poachers. Hidden adds that Cape Agulhas was the ideal home for the barrel of wine. Superior red wines need to be matured in oak casks at consistent temperature and humidity for a long period of time. “This underwater cellar was the perfect place to achieve this,” he says.
What Does It Taste Like? Johan Grobbelaar and Kallie Mostert were responsible for growing the Shiraz grapes on the Lands End farm near Elim, situated only 12 km from the Cape of Storms. Shipwreck Shiraz winemaker Emma Moffat says that when you taste the wine, it has a delicate salty aftertaste. Wineconcepts.co.za describes Shipwreck Shiraz as “inky black with powerful aromas of black cherry and liquorice”. Allan Mullins, a wine consultant for Woolworths, says that the wine has all the spice, pepper and lush fruits of a fine Shiraz, as well as the extra dimension of an intriguing sea tang.
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Situated in the heart of the world famous Kruger National Park, the iconic Jock Safari Lodge has links with pioneer politician and author, Sir Percy Fitzpatrick who, with his equally famous dog, Jock, travelled the area between the current Pilgrimâ€™s Rest and the then Delagoa Bay (now Maputo).
Their exploits in the 1880s were captured in Fitzpatrick’s best-seller Jock of the Bushveld, which was first published in 1907 and has seen almost 100 impressions, in addition to being translated into five other languages. Today, the legacy continues in that, remarkably, the outlines of this concession closely resemble the side profile of the legendary Jock. Situated in pristine, untamed wilderness where the Big Five regularly come calling while guests watch them, drink in hand, from the safety of a raised deck, the lodge boasts 12 individually thatched rooms which sleep two people per room. Each room, naturally, is configured in ultra-luxurious fashion, and offers guests full air conditioning, a private mini bar, a private plunge pool, and an en suite bathroom, as well as an outdoor shower which, presumably, enables the animals on the other side of the river to have a good look at the two-legged creatures going about their ablutions. But it’s the exceptional standard of service that sets Jock apart from similar establishments. Offering understated oldworld, almost colonial luxury, there’s nothing bling about the lodge. All the fittings and furniture are truly authentic, and even the piano in the dining room has had its ivories tickled in years gone by by the rather well-known “Cockney Liz”, who was a prominent “entertainer” during the Barberton Gold Rush. Keeping up with the decidedly upmarket ambience, dining at Jock is a highlight in itself. The wine list is well chosen, featuring some of our country’s finest across a broad range, while my own personal rule of thumb – judging the quality of the coffee served as well as the Eggs Benedict – saw Jock’s chefs pass this test with flying colours. Evening dining, after a fascinating day of hunting down the
Big Five (with a camera), is yet another adventure, with more local ingredients forming the basis of bush dining in the boma – to be followed the next night by an unsurpassed fine dining experience in the dining facility overlooking the confluence of the Biyamiti and Mitomeni Rivers. The original bush camp was built by the descendants of Sir Percy, the Niven family, and turned into a five-star lodge by the Shamwari Group, and it stands like a beacon in the bush, with indigenous trees providing shade and shelter, and plenty of opportunity for bird-watchers to indulge their passion. As an exclusive lodge, Jock Safari Lodge caters for discerning locals, as well as foreigners who have developed a love and passion for the African bush, but who, by the same token, prefer to avoid crowds and mediocre service – excellent service being an area in which the well-trained staff at Jock excel. Although certainly not cheap, this lodge oozes charm and history, while the superbly trained staff are always discreetly available to cater to your every whim. The rangers deserve special mention: They have an uncanny eye for spoor, and a knowledge of mammals, birds and plants that boggles the mind. Being with them on game drives is an education in itself, and their guests are taught that the African bush is a magical place where the unexpected and unconventional will be made available to those who are prepared to embrace this environment with its serene beauty, as well as its harsh and unforgiving nature, where survival of the fittest is par for the course. Put Jock Safari Lodge on your must-do list, and give them a call on +27 13 010 0019, or visit their website at email@example.com. As part of the renowned Shamwari Group, a stay at Jock Safari Lodge is guaranteed to be a delightful experience.
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Reasons to Visit Zimbabwe Text: Nonsikelelo Mugumira Images © Zimbabwe Tourism
Because of its past political upheavals, travellers often tend to overlook Zimbabwe as a destination of choice, but ask the locals and they will give you many good reasons why good old “Zim” is worth another look.
Wonderful People & A Vibrant Culture
Rich History and Heritage
Hospitality and etiquette are the flagships of traditional Zimbabwean culture. Generally, people are friendly, kind, accommodating, and willing to initiate conversation. Don’t mind the occasional stares you may receive when strolling the streets, as this is more often than not the effect of being too shy to welcome you in a more personal manner. The culture of Zimbabwe is rich and amazingly diverse. Religion is a major attribute of the Zimbabwean culture and has had an influence on the arts, music and dance of its people. Mbende-Jerusarema is a unique Shona dance which has been awarded the Intangible Heritage for Humanity status by UNESCO. In the west, the Ndebele are renowned for their artistic abilities, and the annual Intwasa Festival is one not to be missed. During your visit to Zimbabwe, do not miss out on a true taste of Africa. Zimbabwe could soon become a fine gastro-tourist destination, as its cuisine is wholesome and often wholly organic. The mopane worm is a crunchy treat, while a goulash of mixed animal offal tastes better than it sounds.
Explore the abundant history of the people of Zimbabwe that dates back over 30,000 years, and is preserved in various museums such as The Natural History Museum in Bulawayo, the Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences in Harare, the Mutare Antiquities Museum and the Gweru Military & Police Museum. You can also experience it by witnessing the world renowned ancient African rock paintings scattered all over beautiful Zimbabwe. Over 2,000 known painted caves and sites have been recorded, with the most beautiful being the Nzwatugi Caves in the Matopos.
The Majestic Victoria Falls One of the things on many people’s bucket list is a visit to the majestic Victoria Falls. Being one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Mosi-oa-Tunya is an acclaimed World Natural Heritage Site of incomparable beauty. It is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa, with a huge range of activities, including white water rafting and bungee jumping, available for adrenaline seeking tourists. Lunar rainbows, otherwise known as Moonbows, are another beautiful reason to visit the falls.
First Page: Lake Kariba is a marvel of human engineering and a great place to spot some of Zimbabwe’s diverse wildlife Second Page: Travel back in time and visit an ancient civilisation at Great Zimbabwe Third Page Left: The Mbende-Jerusarema dance has been recognised for its cultural importance by UNESCO Third Page Right: Zimbabwe boasts a host of game reserves and protected areas where you can see the splendour of the Big Five in their natural environments
Wilderness safaris in Zimbabwe’s game parks are a great thrill because of the high possibility of encountering the Big Five. Hwange National Park is one of the leading game reserves in the world, and the largest in Zimbabwe. It is home to over 100 species of mammals and over 400 bird species. Mana Pools National Park is offers spectacular sightings of lion and some of the country’s last remaining black rhinos.
The Mystical Eastern Highlands The Eastern Highlands mark the peak of Zimbabwe, with the highest point being Mount Nyangani. Thanks to their altitude, the weather here is cool and pleasant throughout the year. The Eastern Highlands abound with not only scenic views – such as the magnificent series of cascading Nyangombe Falls, or the highest waterfall in Zimbabwe, the two-tier Mtarazi Falls, or
Mythical Kariba and the Mighty Zambezi Lake Kariba is one of the largest manmade lakes in the world, and comes complete with its own mythical river god. Legend has it that Nyaminyami, the protector and guardian of the lake, who had the body of a snake and a fish’s head, made occasional charity appearances above the water’s surface and paused for the locals to slice pieces of meat off its back before returning underwater! God or no god, watching the spectacular African sunset from the water’s edge of Lake Kariba, or game viewing from its famous houseboats, will leave an indelible mark on your favourite memories of Zimbabwe. The “Mighty Zambezi” is Africa’s fourth largest river. It passes through six countries, and happens to be Africa’s only major river to flow east into the Indian Ocean. Tourists that feel the need for an adrenaline burst should try their hands at the extreme activities available on the river, including white water rafting, kayaking, and canoe trips. All in all, Zimbabwe is “a world of wonders”, and the chances of returning home disappointed by a visit to this beautiful country are close to nil.
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Great Zimbabwe The name Zimbabwe and its variant, Dzimbahwe, derives from the Shona words “Dzimba dzamabwe”, which means “houses of stone”. The heritage of the “Stone City” can be seen today at Great Zimbabwe, an architectural marvel that has remained from a civilization of extraordinary visionaries. You can take a trip through time here, back to the medieval era, and experience the rich history of Zimbabwe by exploring the maze of ruins of this World Heritage Site.
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Whether you’re dreaming of a holiday in Mauritius, or wanting to provide for your children’s education, it’s always a good idea to save. And by planning how much you save each month, you can turn wishful thinking into reality. South Africans on the whole aren’t the best savers in the world. Our country only manages to save 14 % of our GDP, which is paltry compared to China’s 51 % and India and Russia’s 30%, according to World Bank figures. In fact, only Government and the private sector are saving, with households on a whole not saving anything. In a recent Financial Mail article, Khanyi Nzukuma, CEO of Metropolitan Retail, laments: “It’s a common cause that South Africans are notoriously poor savers, with only 20 % of adults invested in a savings product from a formal financial institution – one of the lowest such rates in the world.”
Of course, it’s tough to save, especially if you don’t earn a lot of money. As Nzukuma says: “The tough economic environment makes saving difficult for lowincome earners, but it is critical to change the mindset and make everyone aware that every little bit can count, and that it’s essential to not just provide for funeral costs, but also for education, health and retirement.” The good news is that from March, Government has introduced tax-free savings accounts, available from most financial institutions, which should make saving more appealing to South Africans. In addition, changes to retail savings bonds will make them available to
stokvels (informal savings societies), offering members a fixed or inflation-linked return.
Plan Your Saving There are many different ways you can save, whether you set money aside in a deposit account, a retirement annuity, an investment fund, or as cash. Gerald Mwandiambira, chief strategist at the SA Savings Institute, says that before you embark on saving, you need to first analyse your budget and cut down on wasteful expenditure. He describes five types of saving which consumers should be aware of: Emergency Fund This is your “rainy day” or buffer fund which protects you from life’s little shocks, like retrenchment or your car breaking down. Typically, it should amount to at least three months of your salary. This is particularly important if you are self-employed or your income is variable. “A 30-day deposit account is excellent to store your emergency funds, as the money is readily available, but you have to wait 30 days or risk paying a penalty before spending it,” says Mwandiambira. Retirement Most people put off saving for their retirement, much like kicking a can down the road. This is unfortunate, because the earlier you save for retirement, the more interest you earn on your investment. Conversely, if you don’t save enough early on, you will put too much pressure on yourself later on in life and may need to delay your retirement. Financial abundance coach Vangile Makwakwa believes that you should set aside at least 10 % of your gross income per year towards your retirement. Other experts recommend saving as much as 15 %, given the reality of longer life expectancy. Mwandiambira recommends using a retirement annuity for your retirement savings, although there are other products available on the market, which you can discuss with your financial advisor.
Education Even if you don’t want to study an MBA or do a course in interior design, it’s worthwhile to set aside money for your children’s education, given that high school and tertiary institution fees are increasing by 10 % every year. Shop around for the best savings product to suit your needs, and commit to setting aside a regular amount for each child every month. Investment “All investments are a form of saving where the money invested is allowed to grow in time, either because the underlying asset has increased in value, such as a house or shares, or because the money has generated interest which is re-invested and continues to grow,” explains Mwandiambira. This type of saving carries risk in that the money invested can appreciate or depreciate over time, which is why it’s worthwhile consulting a certified financial planner before choosing an investment product that matches your risk profile. Targeted Saving This is generally saving for something specific in mind and for a short period of time. For instance, you may want to splash out on a 40 th birthday party at an upmarket hotel in a year’s time, or you may want to surprise your spouse with a wedding anniversary in an exotic destination. “Instead of not planning and winding up with debt, this type of saving instils discipline and brings fulfilment when a goal is attained,” says Mwandiambira. The feel-good factor of saving is huge. Security in knowing you are planning for your future needs will motivate you to continue saving and trimming your spending habits. And you’ll also unwittingly be giving the economy a much-needed boost. As Mwandiambira puts it: “Every factory, shopping mall or engineering project requires investment capital to convert it from an idea into reality. The more South Africans save, the greater the pool of investment capital we create and the more the economy can grow.”
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Motoring enthusiasts and petrol heads around South Africa are eagerly awaiting the launch of the new Ford Mustang. But what few realise, is that there is a team of women who have been involved in the development of some key aspects of this iconic sports car.
The motoring industry has traditionally been thought of as a male dominated environment. But things are changing as women are increasingly making their presence felt, succeeding both internationally and locally. At Ford Motor Company there has been a realisation that, in some cases, the best man for the job is, in fact, a woman. Susan Lampinen is one of the many successful women appointed to key positions at Ford. She has held the title of Group Chief Designer at Ford in the USA for the past decade. It is her role to oversee the teams of designers who create the colour and material design strategies of the interior of each Ford model. The touch and feel inside every vehicle, along with the exterior visual appeal, are Lampinen’s areas of expertise. Ford is on top of the latest in colour trends, and as an art enthusiast Lampinen is particularly passionate about the use of colour. “People are surrounded by colour,” Lampinen
says. “And whether they realise it or not, colour helps them connect and form emotional bonds and attractions. At Ford we understand this, and that’s why we place so much thought into the colour ranges a particular model of Ford will come out in.” Lampinen is driven by various new challenges every day. “Balancing creativity with the realities of the automotive industry is interesting,” she says. “It’s an incredibly competitive environment that is always innovating. One of my key internal objectives is to keep energy levels high and inspire a working environment that drives innovation, diversity and new thinking.” From beautiful interiors and eye-catching exteriors to subtle communication cues that are distinctive enough not to be drowned out, yet subtle enough to not become annoying, is something audio engineer Jennifer Prescott needs to be
equally aware of. Her job is to create the sound alerts that let you know when a door hasn’t been properly closed, lights have been left on, or a seatbelt hasn’t been fastened. “The science behind vehicle chimes creates an unspoken language between you and your vehicle. Chimes, beeps, buzzes and other audible alerts are your car’s way of speaking to you,” says Prescott. Ford vehicles use a selection of 26 chimes, each designed to convey a message that will be received intuitively by drivers and passengers. From the ticktock of the turn signal indicator, to the more jarring alert that is part of Ford’s Park Assist System, every chime is designed with a purpose. In South Africa we also have our share of women taking on traditionally male-orientated careers. Victoria Machete works at Ford’s Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria. Machete started her career with Ford in 2003 as an operator fitting mirrors on the trim line. At only 32 years old, Machete is a highly skilled Material Planning and Logistics (MP&L) launch engineer, and is tasked with developing the strategy and plans to launch overlapping MP&L programmes. Her experience lies heavily in the launching of new models on the factory floor. She has played a vital role in delivering change management processes to ensure stability and support and drive change within manufacturing. “Change is a tricky thing that makes many people uncomfortable, but in a factory within an industry that is ever-changing in terms of technology, customer demand and fierce competition, change is paramount and, if managed properly, can result in great returns,” says Machete. Women throughout Ford Motor Company are driving the motor industry into the next phase of exciting engineering and technological advancements. It’s no longer just a man’s world.
Clockwise from top left: Victoria Machete, Jennifer Prescott and Susan Lampinen.
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Onwards and Upwards Being Resilient in the Workplace Text: Willie Visser/Finweek Images ÂŠ iStockphoto.com
The workplace of today is often infused with fast-paced change, uncertainty, complexity and stress. There are the pressures of work backlogs, demanding clients, and the lingering threats of restructuring that bring job insecurity and the accompanying financial implications of losing an income.
Welcome to the modern workplace. All of these kinds of situations ask for some kind of adaptive response, which might – if the blows all come at the same time – reduce your ability to deal with them. How do you keep confident and motivated without being overwhelmed and unable to perform? This is where resilience comes into play. Resilience is the ability to overcome crises or bounce back from difficult times and stresses. It is about responding with inner strength to the demands, having the ability to absorb turmoil, and staying competent while at the same time renewing yourself.
Things That Will Help You Thrive During Difficult Circumstances • Stay positive and optimistic, even though things are not going as you would like them to go. Optimistic people have a positive and hopeful view of the future and they expect that things will work out well in the end. • Face your hardships. Do not shy away from your problems, but rather face up to them, even though they seem unpleasant at the time. Make a deliberate choice to do something about your difficult situation, while at the same time ensuring that your emotions do not become negative. • Be determined. Refuse to accept failure as an option and persevere, even when you experience setbacks. Face and deal with the obstacles that come your way, one by one. • One of the most important skills of resilient people is that they do not get involved
in negative thinking patterns about themselves or the problems that they face. Do not ruminate about your problems. Make an active choice to stop moaning and groaning about them. • Seek out the support of your friends and family. If people complain too much about their problems, they will cut themselves off from a potential protective factor, namely finding some form of social support. Rather listen to other people’s perspectives on what can possibly be done to resolve problems. Remember the expression: “Misery likes company, but company does not like misery.” The next time you are in a tight spot, ask yourself the following: • Am I staying positive and optimistic about this situation – what can I do to stay positive and optimistic? • What small step can I take to solve this problem right now? Doing something, however small, will give you hope and motivation to carry on. • Do I believe that things will work out well in the end? • Am I determined to overcome this problem? • Do I complain about my current problems? • Do I have a good friend to talk to about the situation that I am facing?
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Isuzu KB Serengeti Text: Bernard Hellberg Sr. Images ÂŠ GMSA
The ever increasing popularity of the South African bakkie has local manufacturers clamouring to come up with bold colour schemes, appealing model names and enhanced styling in order to grab a slice of the action. Indwe 95
I fondly remember my first Isuzu 4x4. It was a primitive beast, comprehensively underpowered by a 4-cylinder, 1.6 litre petrol engine with manual hubs, which you had to engage when tackling the beaches of Sodwana Bay. Yes, those were the days when men were men, and beach driving was not a capital offense. Yet, even back in 1982, Isuzu was a brand that commanded respect. Low on looks, but high on mechanical integrity and design, the Isuzu nameplate quickly developed a loyal following. With modern buyers increasingly steering clear of “ugly” vehicles, the Isuzu KB has managed to keep up with the times in terms of design, even adding a touch of style with the limited edition versions of the KB, including the Midnite series in August 2014. In line with the brand’s philosophy to keep the KB fresh in the buyers’ minds, Isuzu now introduces the KB Serengeti, aimed squarely at buyers who need a rugged and capable bakkie, but do not want to compromise on creature comforts. Based on the flagship KB 300 LX Double Cab, this
special edition continues Isuzu’s legacy of bringing great value models to South African buyers. As a high testosterone version of its “regular” stable mates, the Serengeti not only makes a bold lifestyle statement, but imparts a sense of adventure to go with its good looks. Exterior enhancements include bumper guards and side steps with silver accents, B-pillar blackout, silver roof rails and a chrome sports bar. Add a towbar, 18” alloy wheels and all-terrain tyres, and you are good to tackle the real Serengeti. Of course, the Serengeti badging also sets it apart from other bakkies in the KB line-up. The interior, likewise, is also quite attractive, with lots of black, brushed silver and chrome trim. Special edition Serengeti carpets and chrome doorsill plates separate the special edition from its more conventionally attired stable mates. A major feature, which will remind gentlemen drivers of the luxury saloons they left in the garage back home, are the fully leathercovered seats with power adjustment. Wisely, GM engineers have simplified matters by using
only one engine derivative for all three models in this exclusive range – the proven Isuzu 130 kW 3-litre D-TEQ mill. Two of the three models are rear wheeldrive only, with a choice between 5-speed manual and 5-speed auto transmissions. The top-of-the-range 4x4 is fitted with Isuzu’s truly excellent terrain command rotary switch, which allows the driver to change between 2H rear wheel-drive, four wheel-drive (4H) with rear differential locking, and 4L low range for really tough and demanding conditions. Although the Serengeti Special Edition is aimed at the discerning buyer, it retains all the traditional values of ruggedness, reliability and comfort that have enabled the brand to sell more than a thousand units per month on average. In fact, Isuzu’s new aggressive marketing approach has
seen figures in May shoot up to 1,255 sales. If GM were to adopt the same aggressive marketing strategies as Toyota and the market leading Ford Ranger, there is every possibility that sales could regularly reach the 2,000 units per month target. All KB models feature a comprehensive five-year/120,000 km warranty, as well as a five-year/90,000 km service plan. The anti-corrosion warranty is also good for five years, and service intervals are every 15,000 kilometres. Derived from the Maasai word serengit (which translates as “endless plains”), the Serengeti is world renowned for large animal migrations and, similar to its namesake territory, GMSA would obviously like to see its latest KB derivative migrating in vast numbers out of their showrooms.
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As South Africans appreciate and celebrate the diversity of women this month, what better way to enjoy this public holiday than in your own spruced up home? With a wealth of DIY articles, tricks and tips on Property24.com, you can now take charge of your home maintenance, spare yourself unnecessary expenses, and show off your strength and independence by picking up those helpful tools and unleashing your inner handy self.
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• Clean and clear the areas where you’re about to apply the sealant, and wait until the surface is dry. • Using thick adhesive or masking tape, place parallel strips on either side of the gap that needs to be filled. This will ensure that the sealant is applied neatly. • Carefully apply the sealant on the affected areas around the bath and flatten with a plastic spoon. • Now you can go ahead and peel the tape off. Make sure to peel it off while the sealant is still wet. • Now all that’s left to do is to stand in awe of your handiwork.
Are those sealing gaps between your bath and wall tiles becoming an eyesore? Here’s one way to apply sealant around the bathtub without it becoming a sticky situation! • With the help of a paint scraper or a small razor, carefully scrape out the old sealant around the bath.
Fats, oils and grease can block your sink’s drain, but unblocking it doesn’t have to be messy or difficult. With a few kitchen essentials and a bit of time, you’ll have your drain
Home maintenance need not cost an arm and a leg if you’ve got the basic instruments needed to tackle simple tasks. A tool box should at least have the following basic tools to get those small jobs done: safety goggles and gloves to keep you protected, screwdrivers, a flashlight, a spirit level, pliers, a hammer, a hand saw, a step ladder, sand paper, a hand drill, measuring tape and, in case all else fails, glue.
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breathing again. Throw about a quarter cup of bicarbonate of soda down the drain, followed by half a cup of vinegar. Allow the mixture to sizzle as it gets down to work. After one to two hours, pour boiling water down the drain. It’s that easy.
Ready, Set, Drill Create a lovely feature wall with all of your unforgettable photographs or proud accolades. To get started, it’s important that your safety goggles are securely in place and your hand drill, with its fitted bits, is ready. Ensure that all your necessary pieces are within close reach. If you’re drilling into a wall, be certain that there are no electrical wires or pipes that you may not be aware of. If the wall is shared with another room, remember to check what electrical fittings there might be on the other side of the wall. With a pencil, mark the spot where you are about to drill, and if you’re drilling more than one hole, use a spirit level to ensure that your markings are in line with each other. Once you’re ready, slowly and securely drill a pilot hole. The trick is to move the drill in and out in a smooth motion while it is running, as trying to pull the stationary drill back might break the drill bit. Remember to keep your drill at a 90-degree angle
and do not stop halfway through. If you’re not sure how far to drill into the wall, mark off the measurement by wrapping some tape around the drill bit and using that as a marker.
Clever DIY Hacks Spotted a small hole in your window? No problem! Use your clear nail polish and fill the hole by brushing over it. Wait for it to dry and then continue until the hole is neatly filled. Hate the dust that drilling makes? Stick a post-it note directly underneath the spot where you’re about to drill, then fold it upwards creating a little V shape. The post-it note will gather all the dust, leaving you with less of a mess. Do you suspect that your toilet might be leaking? This could cause you an even larger water bill at the end of the month. Find out by dropping some food colouring in your toilet cistern and leaving it for an hour. You’ll either find that the water in the toilet bowl is clear or coloured. If coloured, you know you have a leak. Keep your metal tools rust-free by placing a couple of sticks of chalk in your toolbox. Chalk absorbs and retains moisture.
For more useful tips on home DIY, as well as fun and trendy décor tips, visit Property24.com.
SANBI wishes the imbokodo of the organisation and South Africa a happy Women’s Month! At home you are a mother, wife, partner, granny, sister, aunt, nanny, nurse, teacher, tutor, caretaker, chef. At times you solve mysteries – you are a detective… Here at SANBI you are the spine that holds together our uGreat values and nurture South Africa’s biodiversity wealth. In South Africa, our motherland, you are the rich soil that nourishes our plants. Wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo – You strike a woman, you strike a rock.
The Fountain of Youth Keep Ageing at Bay Text: Julia Lamberti Images ÂŠ iStockphoto.com
Many people struggle to retain the glow and energy of their younger days. We explore some top tips to help you look and feel your best, even as the years pass. Indwe 103
Eat Yourself Young Eating the right foods ensures healthy cell renewal and a body that looks and feels younger. In fact, there are ten particular foods with potent anti-ageing properties, says nutritionist and author, Lisa Drayer, in her book, The Beauty Diet: Looking Great Has Never Been So Delicious. Lisa lists the following age-busting foods and why they help you feel and look younger: • Wild salmon contains antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids which keep skin flexible. • Yogurt is rich in protein, vitamins and calcium, which build strong bones, teeth and hair. • Oysters are an excellent source of zinc, needed for skin renewal and the production of collagen. • Blueberries are rich in anti-oxidants and vitamin C, which protect the skin, neurons and blood vessels. • Kiwifruit contains vitamin C, which is important for collagen production, the maintenance of healthy skin and fewer wrinkles. • Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins and beta-carotene – a powerful antioxidant that protects skin against wrinkles. • Spinach has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. • Tomatoes are an excellent source of lycopene, which is rich in antioxidants. • Walnuts are rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids that keep
skin smooth and combat inflammatory skin diseases. • Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants, increases the flow of blood to the skin, reduces roughness, and protects skin against sun damage.
Be Smart With Supplements Many supplements provide vitamins and minerals – like vitamin A, B6, B12, C, E, zinc and selenium – which are powerful antioxidants and help to neutralize free radicals and prevent damage to the skin. The following supplements are also recognised for their age-fighting properties: • Co-enzyme Q10 can help slow ageing, increase energy and lower blood pressure by regulating the breakdown of fats and sugar into energy. • Ginseng may reduce the signs of ageing, boost the immune system, increase energy and act as an antioxidant. • Beta-carotene supplements help repair skin cells and boost the immune system. • Folic acid and foliate are potent antioxidants, immune boosters and help repair damaged skin. • Green tea contains antioxidants and helps keep skin cells healthy. Just remember to consult your doctor before taking any anti-ageing supplements, as some may react negatively with certain medical conditions or medications.
Proud to be Building Africa for 60 Years Use Sun Protection Many of the changes seen in ageing skin are actually caused by sun exposure. Thus, it is imperative that you avoid direct sun exposure between 10h00 and 16h00, wear protective clothing and always apply a sunscreen with an SPF higher than 15, before venturing outdoors. This will not only help prevent premature ageing, but also lower your risk of skin cancer.
Get Moving! Exercise not only helps you to lose weight, tone muscle, build healthier bones and boost endorphins, but research has proven that regular exercise also promotes better brain power. In fact, walking for just ten minutes a day can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s by a whopping 40 % and reduce stress and anxiety – both of which have an ageing effect on your brain. Try to aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise, at least three to four times a week, to keep your brain and body in optimal condition.
Sack the Sugar! Cutting sugar from your diet will not only keep excess weight off, but also help to prevent wrinkles. When blood sugar levels are high, a process called glycation occurs, which damages the collagen in your skin, leading to wrinkles and sagging and making the skin more vulnerable to UV light.
Control Your Stress Levels Stress increases the concentration of the hormones cortisol and norepinephrine in the bloodstream, raising your blood pressure and suppressing your immune system. Constant stress can also lead to hardening of the arteries, and have a negative effect on your mood and energy levels. Compromised memory capacity and an inability to learn are also a result of long-term stress, and all of these factors can age you prematurely. Try to reduce your stress in the following ways: • Learn better time management techniques. • Get enough sleep. • Eat nourishing foods. • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol. • Exercise regularly. • Enjoy time socialising with others. • Ask for help. • Schedule time for activities you enjoy.
Connect With Others Reach out to family and friends through emails, phone calls, and time spent together. Stress can age the body and mind, but research shows that people who are socially connected cope with stress better than those who aren’t.
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Ageing is a natural part of living and, while the process cannot be avoided, making the right lifestyle choices today will allow you to step into each new decade feeling and looking fantastic, and could ultimately add years to your life.
Local Manufacturer in the Limelight
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Bell Equipment, South Africa’s leading heavy equipment supplier, will pull out all the stops from 15th to 18th September when it exhibits at Bauma Conexpo Africa 2015 at the Johannesburg Expo Centre – undoubtedly the largest trade show in Africa geared towards the construction industry. According to Terry Gillham, Director of Sales and Marketing at Bell Equipment Sales Africa (BESA), the company will be located outdoors at stand ES 230, where it will showcase itself as a “one-stop shop” for quality construction equipment by displaying a large array of equipment across the company’s various alliances. Over the past six to eight years Bell Equipment has strategically aligned itself with other major global manufacturers to expand its product range and become Africa’s leading premier heavy equipment supplier. A large part of this expansion has been geared towards the construction industry through partnerships with Bomag, Liebherr and Finlay to complement the company’s long standing partnership with John Deere, as well as its own locally manufactured product range. Gillham explains: “Bomag, Liebherr and Finlay are globally recognised and respected brands in the construction industry. The entire Bomag range is construction related, and through this alliance we have been able to participate quite heavily in the asphalt recycling of roads, which has become a popular method of road rehabilitation. Through Finlay we are able to offer a mobile crushing and screening plant, which is also very much focused on the construction industry. Add to this our Liebherr excavators and large dozers, as well as
our well established John Deere construction equipment – TLBs, wheeled loaders, graders and smaller dozers – and construction is our single largest opportunity and market segment after mining.” Commenting on the construction industry in Africa, Gillham believes that South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) is the single largest opportunity for the country’s construction industry. “The NDP is all-encompassing, from major infrastructure, roads projects and housing to power developments. If Government implements that plan, not necessarily in its entirety, but at least 60 % to 70 % of the plan, that would certainly be a massive boost for the construction industry in South Africa.” In addition to substantial opportunities created by the need to develop Africa’s road infrastructure, Gillham says that power supply will present massive opportunities in the next 20 to 30 years. “Power will be one of the continent’s biggest opportunities for the construction industry. Apart from coal-fired power stations, there are also large hydroelectric schemes planned, as well as wind and solar farms. Even nuclear power stations, which might not be great business for heavy equipment suppliers because there’s not a lot of earthmoving required, involve large-scale civil construction,” he says.
Bell Equipment was a key exhibitor at the inaugural Bauma Africa in 2013 and is gearing up for the show’s return as Bauma Conexpo Africa in September where it will showcase its wide selection of equipment for the construction and mining industries.
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gadgets Pics on the Go The HERO4 Session is the smallest, lightest and most convenient GoPro yet. 50 % smaller and 40 % lighter than GoPro’s best-selling HERO4 Black and Silver cameras, HERO4 Session packs GoPro’s Emmy Award-winning image quality and performance into an exciting new low-profile form. HERO4 Session benefits from a durable waterproof design that eliminates the need for a separate housing, and features simple one-button control to make capturing immersive photos and video quicker and more convenient than ever before. The HERO4 Session captures GoPro-quality 1080p60, 720p100 and 1440p30 video along with eight megapixel photos in Single, Burst and Time Lapse modes. It features many of the same innovative features found in GoPro’s best-selling HERO4 Black and Silver cameras, including SuperView, Protune and Auto Low Light recording modes. Retailing for R6,499, the HERO4 Session will be available from Cape Union Mart, Sportsmans Warehouse, Outdoor Warehouse and Incredible Connection. // www.omnico.co.za
Eye Spy Garmin recently announced their first portable navigation device with dashcam and advanced driver warning aides. The nüviCam LMT’s integrated dash cam continuously records and automatically saves files on impact, acting as an eyewitness in the event of an accident. What’s more, the device is advanced enough to help you avoid incidents, and includes Forward Collision Warning2 and Lane Departure Warning2. With its 6” pinch-tozoom glass display and high-definition dash cam built into the back of the device, the nüviCam LMT continuously records on the included 4 GB microSD card. Other device features include voice-activated navigation, Bluetooth, and the latest version of Garmin’s LIVETraffic routing service. The Garmin nüviCam retails for R4,999 at select retailers countrywide.
Light Up Your Life With ever-increasing load shedding, and an unreliable and interrupted power supply, it is becoming increasingly commonplace for the average South African consumer to investigate alternative sources of power. With this in mind, the Solsave my-powa solar power bank is able to quickly generate power with a world record efficiency panel. Ten hours of direct sunlight provides enough power to charge all essential devices, including phones, tablets, cameras, MP3 players, eReaders, GPSs, action cameras and smart watches. Solsave’s my-powa can also be charged via a conventional USB wall charger for maximum convenience. The mypowa solar power bank retails for R499 and is available from a range of stores nationwide, including Takealot.co.za, Outdoor Warehouse and Sportsmans Warehouse. // www.solsave.com
books Must Read
Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX & Tesla Is Shaping Our Future By Ashlee Vance South African born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it. The personal tale of Musk’s life comes with all the trappings one associates with a great, dramatic story. Elon Musk is the Steve Jobs of the present and the future, and for 12 months, he was shadowed by tech reporter, Ashlee Vance. Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of Spacex and Tesla Is Shaping Our Future is an important, exciting and intelligent account of the real-life Iron Man.
Go Set a Watchman By Harper Lee Go Set a Watchman is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, some twenty years later. Scout has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.This is the most highly anticipated book of the decade and is set to become an instant classic.
Curry Take your taste buds on a global curry adventure. Invite top chefs, writers and cooks into your kitchen, from Vivek Singh (The Cinnamon Club), Das Sreedharan (Rasa Restaurants) to David Thompson (Nahm) and they’ll share their secrets for authentic, taste-tingling curries that are easy to create at home. Learn how to make authentic dishes like Thai green jungle curry, chicken makhani, and South African bunny chow. You’ll discover which ingredients make each dish special, and follow step-by-step techniques that make every recipe clear. This updated edition comes with 20 brand new recipes with new step-by-step sequences.Tried and tested by experts using readily available ingredients and exquisite flavours, red hot results are guaranteed every time.
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Positioned in the most romantic valley on earth, Franschhoek Country House & Villas is an exclusive boutique hotel reminiscent of a village in Provence yet with an elegant Cape sensibility. Set in gardens of lemon trees, lavender and vines â€“ with fynbos draping the nearby mountains â€“ the original, charming country maison includes 14 standard and luxury rooms as well as the award-winning Monneaux Restaurant while the 12 Villa suites are havens of privacy & understated opulence. Swimming pools, a candle-lit cellar, a treatment room and sun-down verandas are all a traveller needs as you live la vie extraordinaire.
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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. Tshepo Moagi Cabin Crew Station: Durban How long have you been working for SA Express?
Why do you like working for SA Express? SA Express has an open door policy, so we can communicate with our superiors freely. The staff is friendly and crazy, and I also love the benefits of being a SAX employee.
What would people find surprising about your job?
Tell us more about yourself.
The hours we work are flexible and the training we get is beneficial, even in our own lives.
I’m a self-driven individual who pays attention to details. I love travelling and exploring, have good interpersonal and communication skills, am fun and love music.
Have you ever had any funny incidents or encounters in your job?
What do you like about your job? My job has taught me to be a more responsible man, in terms of the fact that every passenger who gets on board is my responsibility and I have to ensure their safety and comfort. I also get to travel for free, which is a bargain.
What do you find most challenging about what you do? I find it challenging if I can’t offer passengers the refreshments they ask for due to shortages from the supplier, and when I have to take responsibility for delays and technical problems that are beyond my control.
Yes, a passenger once gave me a safety briefing about the emergency exit as I was about to brief him. He said he knew what to do, so I asked him to elaborate and he said the safety briefing verbatim. I found that fun and it shows that the passengers do listen and pay attention to us.
Words of wisdom that you live by? Life isn’t about finding yourself; life is about creating yourself. You are the author of your own life.
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€™ aircraft are made by Bombardier Aerospace
We fly for you About us SA Express is a fast-growing airline business operating primary and secondary hubs between domestic and regional destinations within Southern Africa. Our objective of improving intra-Africa travel is in line with South Africa’s mandate to increase aviation’s contribution towards sustainable economic growth and job creation. The flexibility and reliability presented by the airline’s FACT principle (Frequency, Availability, Competitive rate and Timing of flights) affords both consumers and service providers a unique and convenient service. The FACT principle is important to us as it enhances the country’s prospect as a preferred air travel destination and major trade and tourism capital. Our vision is supported by the airline’s aspirations and strategy. Also underpinning this vision is our set of core values and unique selling propositions that drive profitability. 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€™s) will apply to all domestic and regional flights on the CRJ700/200 and DH8 Q400.
Passengers will be permitted to use PEDâ€™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 1261
Johannesburg - Bloemfontein Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1001 1001 1003 1005 1011 1013 1017 1021 1023
Dep 05:55 06:00 08:00 11:20 13:50 14:55 16:45 18:05 18:30
Arr 07:00 07:05 09:05 12:25 14:55 16:00 17:45 19:05 19:35
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 CR7 CR7 DH4 DH4
Johannesburg - East London Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1403 1403 1407 1413 1409 1411
Dep 07:15 08:30 13:15 15:00 17:30 18:40
Arr 08:45 10:15 14:45 16:30 19:00 20:10
A/C CR8 DH4 DH4 CR2 CR2 CR8
Johannesburg - George Flt SA SA SA SA
No 1501 1503 1505 1509
Dep 06:50 08:20 11:25 15:50
Arr 08:40 10:15 13:15 17:40
A/C CR7 CR2 CR7 CR7
Johannesburg - Hoedspruit Flt No SA 1225 SA 1227
Dep 10:15 12:15
Arr 11:20 13:20
A/C DH4 DH4
Johannesburg - Kimberley Flt SA SA SA SA SA
No 1101 1103 1105 1107 1113
Dep 06:00 09:20 13:10 14:25 17:20
Arr 07:05 10:25 14:15 15:30 18:25
A/C dh4 DH4 CR2 DH4 CR7
Johannesburg - Port Elizabeth Flt SA SA SA SA SA
No 1453 1455 1457 1457 1459
Dep 07:10 10:00 17:30 17:50 19:35
Arr 08:45 11:55 19:20 19:25 21:15
A/C CR8 DH4 DH4 cr7 cr8
pilanesberg - Johannesburg Flt SA
Bloemfontein - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1024 1002 1004 1006 1012 1014 1018 1022
Dep 06:20 07:45 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 SA SA SA SA SA
No 1412 1412 1404 1404 1408 1414 1410 1410
Dep 06:45 06:45 09:15 11:00 15:30 17:00 19:40 19:40
Arr 08:25 08:25 10:45 12:40 17:00 18:30 21:10 21:10
A/C CR7 CR7 CR7 DH4 DH4 CR2 CR2 CR2
George - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA
No 1502 1504 1506 1510
Dep 09:20 10:50 14:05 18:10
Arr 11:10 12:40 15:45 19:50
A/C CR7 CR2 CR7 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 1114
Dep 07:40 11:20 15:05 16:20 19:05
Arr 08:45 12:25 16:10 17:25 20:10
A/C dh4 DH4 CR2 DH4 CR7
Kimberley - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA SA
Hoedspruit - Johannesburg
Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA SA
No 1460 1460 1454 1456 1458
Dep 06:10 06:25 09:20 12:30 20:00
*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
Arr 08:00 07:45 10:55 14:20 21:35
A/C DH4 CR8 CR8 DH4 CR7
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 No SA 1701
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 SA SA
No 1761 1763 1765 1765 1767 1769 1775 1775 1783 1779
Dep 06:55 07:55 09:55 09:55 11:55 13:00 13:30 14:30 15:45 18:10
Arr 07:50 08:50 10:45 10:50 12:45 13:50 14:25 15:25 16:40 19:05
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
Johannesburg - Lubumbashi Flt No SA 1797
CAPE TOWN - bloemfontein Flt SA SA SA SA SA
No 1081 1083 1087 1091 1091
Dep 06:00 08:00 13:15 16:15 17:15
Arr 07:30 09:30 15:00 18:00 18:45
A/C CR2 CR2 DH4 DH4 CR2
CAPE TOWN - east london Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1363 1363 1363 1371 1371 1373 1375
Dep 07:00 08:00 08:00 13:05 13:30 16:30 17:20
Arr 08:25 09:25 09:55 14:30 14:55 17:55 18:45
A/C CR2 CR2 DH4 CR2 CR2 cr2 CR2
Cape Town - Pilanesberg Flt No SA 1255
Richards bay - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA SA
No 1202 1204 1208 1214 1214
Dep 08:05 10:30 15:05 18:40 18:40
Arr 09:20 11:45 16:20 20:00 20:00
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
walvis bay - Johannesburg Flt SA
windhoek - Johannesburg Flt SA
Gaborone - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1762 1764 1766 1768 1768 1770 1776 1776 1784 1780
Dep 08:30 09:25 11:25 13:10 13:10 14:20 14:50 16:05 17:20 19:45
Arr 09:25 10:20 12:20 14:00 14:05 15:10 15:45 17:00 18:10 20:40
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 CR2 dh4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
Lubumbashi - Johannesburg Flt SA
bloemfontein - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA SA
No 1082 1084 1088 1092 1092
Dep 08:15 10:30 15:40 18:30 19:25
Arr 10:00 12:15 17:40 20:30 21:10
A/C CR2 CR2 DH4 CR2 CR2
east london - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1362 1364 1364 1372 1374 1376
Dep 08:00 09:00 10:00 15:10 18:30 19:50
Arr 09:40 10:40 11:40 16:50 20:10 21:30
A/C CR2 CR2 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
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2
CAPE TOWN - port elizabeth Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1801 1801 1807 1807 1803 1813 1813 1813 1819 1821 1821 1821 1823 1823
Dep 06:00 06:00 10:10 10:10 10:40 13:00 13:00 13:45 15:00 16:00 16:00 16:30 18:30 18:30
Arr 07:30 07:30 11:40 11:40 12:10 14:30 14:30 14:55 16:30 17:30 17:30 17:40 20:00 20:00
A/C dh4 dh4 dh4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4 DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4 DH4
Cape Town - Walvis Bay Flt SA SA SA
No 1721 1721 1721
Dep 11:15 11:15 11:20
Arr 12:25 12:25 12:30
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2
durban - East London Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1301 1301 1305 1305 1305 1309 1309
Dep 06:00 06:00 11:00 12:00 12:00 16:50 16:50
Arr 07:05 07:05 12:05 13:05 13:05 17:55 17:55
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
durban - Port Elizabeth Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1330 1334 1334 1336 1340 1340 1348 1348
Dep 06:00 07:15 09:15 09:50 13:35 14:10 17:40 18:00
Arr 07:20 08:35 10:35 11:10 14:55 15:30 19:00 19:20
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
durban - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA SA
No 1850 1852 1854 1858 1854
Dep 06:10 08:00 12:00 15:35 15:00
Arr 08:25 10:15 14:15 17:50 17:15
durban - lusaka Flt SA SA SA
No 1601 1601 1601
Dep 08:00 10:10 10:10
Arr 10:50 13:00 13:00
durban - Harare Flt No SA 1611 SA 1613
Dep 10:20 10:20
Arr 12:45 12:45
Hoedspruit - Cape Town Flt SA
port elizabeth - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1826 1802 1808 1810 1814 1814 1814 1820 1822 1822 1824
Dep 07:00 08:00 12:10 14:00 15:00 15:00 15:25 17:00 18:00 18:10 20:30
Arr 08:40 09:40 13:50 15:20 16:20 16:40 16:45 18:40 19:40 19:30 22:10
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 CR2 CR2 CR4 CR2 DH4 dh4 CR2 DH4
No 1302 1304 1306 1310
Dep 07:35 10:05 13:35 18:25
Arr 08:35 11:05 14:35 19:25
No 1331 1335 1337 1341 1349
Dep 07:50 11:05 13:40 15:35 19:55
Arr 09:05 12:20 14:55 16:50 21:10
No 1851 1853 1855 1859 1855
Dep 09:05 10:45 15:00 18:15 17:45
Arr 11:05 12:45 17:00 20:15 19:45
lusaka - durban Flt SA SA SA
No 1602 1602 1602
Dep 11:30 13:40 13:40
Arr 14:20 16:30 16:30
Harare - durban Flt SA SA SA
No 1612 1614 1612
Dep 13:25 17:00 17:00
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 19:25 19:25
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
CAPE TOWN - DURBAN Flt SA SA SA SA SA
Port Elizabeth - DURBAN Flt SA SA SA SA SA
East London - DURBAN Flt SA 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
Passenger Letters Dear SA Express We recently had the privilege of experiencing the great wilderness of South Luangwa National Park in early July, and were delighted with the direct flights between Durban and Lusaka. For us KwaZulu-Natal folk, exploring Africa can be a time consuming and costly exercise when having to connect via OR Tambo, however SA Express has made life simple with your direct flights. On our return journey, we were further “blown away” by our aircraft leaving 15 minutes early! In 22 years of air travel, this was a first for me. Seeing that all passengers were on board, SA Express and Lusaka air traffic control made an early departure possible. We also arrived 30 minutes early, so well done on another great feat. On board, we had a solo air hostess. She made the flight very pleasant with excellent customer service. No request was too much, and her prompt and efficient solutions-based approach made the flight an absolute delight. Well done to SA Express and team. We will be using you more often now with your expanding flight destination schedule and world class level of service, both on the ground and in the air. Mention must be made of the staff at the check-in counters in Lusaka International Airport. Both ladies had a great sense of humour, which is always wonderful when travelling. Kind regards Brad Jacklin Congratulations to Brad Jacklin, who wrote our winning letter this month. He has won an American Tourister Lock ‘n’ Roll 69 cm spinner valued at R2,795.
Good day I recently had my faith restored in customer care by the staff at SA Express. I needed to collect urgent documents in Kimberley. Because there were no early flights available, I had to book my return flight on the same aircraft I had used to fly to Kimberley, so you can imagine the pressure of collecting my documents in Kimberley and then making it back in time for the turnaround flight! I managed to collect the documents and as we were driving into the airport, I received a phone call from SA Express enquiring about my whereabouts. I told the lady that we were about to stop at the airport. The calm manner in which she handled my situation, assuring me that I would make the flight, was absolutely amazing! I boarded the flight and the documents reached their destination in time. Thank you SA Express for caring beyond expectations for your customers. I will continue to make use of SA Express as my first choice of airline. Best regards, Johan Nel
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Published on Aug 1, 2015