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Contents Features 24/ A Story of Triumph
A Curator of African Fashion
Travel the Convenient Way
An Extra Special Best Friend
All Roads Lead to Botswana This Month
Nurturing Mind, Body, and Spirit Wellness Getaways
Why Browns Diamonds Are Unique
Gaborone International Music & Culture Week
86/ Experience Creators
Should You Get an MBA?
Putting People and the Environment First
The Science of Feelings
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Secrets to a Super-Clean Home
The Travelling Golfer
Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate
Contents / Regulars
Need to Know
Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve on Foot
Bits & Pieces
Richards Bay: Mixing Business with Pleasure
Dinner & A Movie
How Green Is My Gallery â€“ The Nirox Sculpture Park
Turn it Up!
The Project Nelson Mandela Bay Movement
Zimbabwe Got Game
Manor Living at Its Most Serene
Protea Hotel Ndola Opens
The Unforgettable Forgotten Island
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Celebrating Women Welcome aboard your SA Express flight. August is a special month for all the women across South Africa and Africa. This month marks the 60th anniversary and commemoration of the women’s rights march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria which took place on 9th August 1956. We honour stalwarts Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa, Albertina Sisulu and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn – courageous women of all races who led the march of approximately 20,000 women from across the country to protest the legislation that required black South Africans at that time to carry a “pass”. Since Women’s Day was first inaugurated in 1994, along with a free, democratic South Africa, every year on 9th August, South Africans celebrate this public holiday which pays homage to the women of our nation – the mothers, wives, sisters and daughters who fought bravely against tyranny. Today, we still pay homage to women as oppression continues to exist in many parts of the world in the form of gender discrimination and human rights abuses in many social and business situations. In the corporate world, highly educated and skilled women are united in a common struggle for equal pay and to break into the ranks of management. It is therefore with some pride that I am able to say that at SA Express we sharply increased the number of women in management positions from 26 % to 34 % – within a single year. The reality of course is that the aviation industry is one of those sectors which has traditionally been a male-dominated environment and remains largely so. However, we are committed to changing perceptions that exclude or hinder women from building a career in the aviation industry. For example, 14.2 % of our pilots today are female. This is an important statistic which makes us industry leaders in this respect. In addition to our internal initiatives, we are also passionate about raising awareness among female learners, so that they may consider aviation as a viable and highly attractive career option. This is so at all levels of the industry, whether flying, technical support or administration and management. For instance, for the past three years we have been a gold sponsor of Girl Fly Programme in Africa (GFPA), a key initiative of Southern African Women in Aviation and Aerospace Industry (SAWIA). GFPA hosts an Aviation and Space Camp for high school learners each year, and this
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year it was held from 19th to 24th March. We are pleased that SA Express has enabled many girls to attend, and look forward to at least some of them flying our commercial aircraft in the coming years. The impact of such initiatives by SA Express underscores why we are the most transformed carrier in the country. As a proudly South African airline we intend to continue striving to achieve the transformation objectives and goals as set out in the National Development Plan and the African Union Commission’s Agenda 2063. We aspire to develop a diverse and empowered workforce through various human capital initiatives, with special emphasis on women and people with disabilities. One is our “mentorship programme” where junior employees are given the opportunity to shadow managers in other departments, exposing them to the different areas of operations, thereby accelerating their development. Another is the encouragement of the active participation of women, as well as people living with disabilities, in the technical environment. I cannot let this month’s Indwe pass without mentioning our participation in Mandela Month in July. This year was particularly special for us and our staff as we partnered with Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa. Forty of our Team Express members participated at a Carnival City event on 19th July, as together we spent 67 minutes packing food parcels which were then distributed to early development centres throughout the country to help curb the scourge of malnutrition. On behalf of myself and all our crew, I wish you a pleasant flight and thank you for choosing SA Express as your airline of choice! I enjoy hearing from you, as our most valued investor, so if you wish to get in touch, please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you. Yours in aviation Inati Ntshanga CEO of SA Express
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A Braai to Die For 14th August & 4th December Bottelary Hills Pop Up Lunches, Western Cape
Grilled, charred, smoked and scorched, The Bottelary Hills Wine Route is all fired up for a sizzling series of Pop Up Lunches, when Chef Bertus Basson will fan the flames for a superb Sunday lunch prepared on an open fire on 14th August and 4th December. This acclaimed chef – and judge on the Ultimate Braai Master TV show – has teamed up with the wine folk of this prime winegrowing area northwest of Stellenbosch to celebrate the flavours of fire with a contemporary twist. Each of the Pop Up Lunches will be hosted at a different wine estate and will feature a different meat, with pork making an appearance in August and fresh fish in December.
Thyme for Tea 9th August Cape Fynbos Tea Ceremony, Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, Franschhoek
Discover the delights of the Cape Floral Kingdom and join Grande Provence on National Women’s Day for an intimate Cape Fynbos Tea Ceremony. During this unique 90-minute tea journey – inspired by Eastern tea ceremonies – guests will be treated to a feast of fynbos flavours, including traditional favourites such as Honeybush, Rooibos and Buchu as well as the more unusual, yet increasingly popular Cancer Bush, Rhino Bush, Snow Bush and velvet mint Pelargonium. After the tea ceremony, Executive Chef Darren Badenhorst will present a selection of canapés incorporating elements of ginger, star anise, dill, mint, cinnamon and cardamom that blend seamlessly with the intricate flavours of each tea. One lucky guest will also be taking home a beautiful Shimansky 18-carat white gold pendant valued at more than R40,000. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +27 21 876 8600 for bookings.
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Rock Gardens 13th & 14th August Prime Circle in Concert, Pretoria & Johannesburg
After a gruelling tour schedule including festival appearances alongside Iron Maiden, Garbage, Slayer and Iggy Pop, Prime Circle is set to showcase the Deluxe Edition of Let the Night In to Gauteng fans with two picnic-style concerts at the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens and the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in August. These two shows are set to welcome the band back to South Africa and prove that after 15 years in the game, Prime Circle are as relevant in the world of rock as they have ever been. Tickets for the Pretoria show are R120 per person online at Plankton.mobi or R150 at the gate, and for the Johannesburg show are R150 per person online or R170 at the gate. Children under 12 can enter for free. Concert goers are welcome to bring picnic baskets and blankets, while on-site restaurants are available and will serve alcoholic beverages.
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Wine with Design 18th & 24th August Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase, Cape Town & Johannesburg
Taste rare, individually crafted wines at the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase to be held in Cape Town on 18th August, and Johannesburg on 24th August. These public tastings give wine enthusiasts the opportunity to taste these unique collectors’ wines crafted exclusively in small volumes for the 2016 Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction by the Guild’s 47 members. In addition to tasting this year’s CWG auction lineup that will go under the hammer in Stellenbosch on 1st October, the showcase is an excellent interactive platform to engage with the winemakers. Visitors will also have the opportunity of contributing towards the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust by bidding on rare signed bottles from previous Guild auctions during the silent auction.
Cuisine for Chilly Days Until 31st August Winter Lunch by the Sea, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town
Fine dining restaurant Azure at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa has introduced a special Winter Lunch by the Sea menu, combining a delectable two-course lunch with a glass of top quality red or white wine and breathtaking views of the Atlantic. Available Mondays to Thursdays until 31st August, the lunch offers an indulgent mid-week treat at only R295 per person, and can be enjoyed close to one of two warming fireplaces on chilly winter days. Created by Executive Chef Christo Pretorius, guests may choose between a seafood and meat, or vegetarian set menu, and can order either a starter and main course, main course and dessert, or even a starter and dessert. Guests also have a choice of a glass of Bouchard Finlayson Blanc de Mer 2014 or Dombeya Boulder Road Shiraz 2012 to accompany their lunch. Contact restaurant reservations on +27 21 437 9029 or email@example.com.
Think Pink 9th August Totalsports Women’s Race, Newtown, Johannesburg
The streets of Johannesburg will be buzzing with excitement on National Women’s Day when thousands of runners, walkers and outdoor enthusiasts join the Totalsports Women’s Race movement in support of PinkDrive. A Non-Profit Company, PinkDrive is committed to improving breast cancer awareness and education, as well as providing free services to the medically uninsured across South Africa. PinkDrive will join the events and will be offering free clinical breast examinations while educating women on the importance of self-examinations, as early detection saves lives. Entrants can choose between a 5 km run/walk and a 10 km run/walk, and are encouraged to dress in pink.
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Poetry for the Soul 26th to 28th August Poetry in McGregor, Western Cape
Join the fourth annual Poetry in McGregor to feast on the resonant sound of the human voice. McGregor is the perfect venue for a celebration of poetry. All the venues are in gentle walking distance from one another and include the soulful gardens of Temenos, the homely backyard D’Amphitheatre and the unique Wahnfried Theatre. The poets in attendance will include Elisa Galgut, James Matthews, Kobus Moolman, Khadija Tracey Heeger, Margot Luyt, Daniel Hugo, Diana Ferrus and Lara Kirsten. Last year`s winner of the Poetry Competition, Louise Westerhout, will also be taking to the stage, as will the poetry groups of the UWC poets, Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement and Mothertongue. As usual, a number of Open Mic sessions will take place and anyone wishing to recite their poetry is welcome. Tickets are available from Computicket.
Peace and Love… and Music 1st to 4th September Woodstock Festival SA, Hartebeespoort Dam, Johannesburg
We all know about the infamous Woodstock Festival that took place in New York state in 1969, but now it is time for the spirit of the festival to grace South Africa when Woodstock SA comes to Johannesburg in September. This fourday festival promises to be an event filled with peace, love and music. Woodstock SA will consist of seven dance floors, with DJs performing various genres of music per floor, while artists who will be performing at the festival include: All Will Fall, Bittereinder, Crash Car Burn, Dirty Moonshine, Gunslinger, Justin Miller, Monark, Newtown Knife Gang, Ryan The DJ, The Ceramics, and Wayne de Souza. The festival will also include a variety of day events, including an X Fighters motocross show, carnival rides and other exciting activities.
Hometown Hospitality 2nd to 4th September Spring Weekend, Bot River, Western Cape
The close-knit winemaking community of the small town of Bot River is set for its annual Spring Weekend which promises an authentic bouquet of all things exceptional and exclusive. Bot River features 11 wine farms – most of them family-owned and run – and during the Spring Weekend each will share something unique to their “farm cupboard”, including olive oils, fresh produce, deli offerings, wine, farm fare, indigenous greenery or local talent. It will be a sumptuous showcase of Bot River’s brimming “pantry of delights”. But this heart shaped town offers far more than just fine wines and fresh air and it is during this weekend of homegrown goodness that visitors will experience its distinct, laid-back character and quirky country charm whilst interacting with its amicable farm owners and winemakers. Tickets are available from www.quicket.co.za.
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Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has taken Duty Free Shopping online at www.dutyfreeshopping.co.za. The easy-to-use portal gives international travellers the chance to buy exclusive confectionary, limited-edition whiskies, cognacs and big-name cosmetics brands in variations and sizes which are often not available anywhere else in South Africa. The site allows visitors travelling through Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport to make their purchases online from Big Five Duty Free a minimum of 72 hours before departure. Customers will then be able to quickly and easily collect their pre-packed purchases at the main Big Five Duty Free store before jetting off to their international destinations. Registering on the site is simple and secure, and customers need only enter their ticket details to complete the purchase.
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Middle Eastern Eats in the Mother City Experience exotic Middle Eastern flavours at Cape Town’s latest foodie hotspot, Shego, which recently opened at the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel. Start your taste tour with baba ghanoush (roasted, mashed eggplant), muhammara (spicy tomato paste), hummus and the best falafel in town. For mains, choose from a variety of Middle Eastern dishes, such as maqluba (lamb cubes cooked with spiced rice and layered with fried aubergine). Traditional Turkish ravioli,
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The Macallan, one of the world’s most admired and awarded single malt whiskies, will be launching its triple cask matured Fine Oak Range in South Africa in August, which will be available in two new expressions – Fine Oak 12 and the 18. The Fine Oak range is matured in a combination of European oak sherry casks, American oak sherry seasoned casks and American bourbon casks, delivering a more diverse, yet subtle style of whisky, whilst maintaining The Macallan’s core DNA which is a focus on sherry seasoned oak casks, natural colour, and rich, fruity, fullbodied flavours and mouth feel. The Fine Oak range will sit alongside The Macallan 1824 Masters Series, including Rare Cask, Reflexion, No. 6 and M, offering The Macallan fans in South Africa an even wider choice of whiskies from the portfolio. // www.themacallan.com
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Grammy Award-winning, multiplatinum pop superstar Meghan Trainorhas recently released her second full-length album, Thank You (Epic Records). She introduced Thank You with the smash single, “NO,” which recently received an RIAA platinum certification for digital sales in excess of 1 million. In addition to topping the iTunes Overall Top Songs chart, it also hit no. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Meghan Trainor continues to break records, make history, inspire countless fans, and change the landscape of pop music and culture. She began 2016 by winning “Best New Artist” at the Grammy Awards as well as “Favourite Album” for her chart-dominating album, Title, at the 2016 People’s Choice Awards. Last year, Title not only reached no. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, but it became the first number one full-length debut from
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Sh i rl e y Z i nn A S t o r y o f Tr i u m p h In honour of Women’s Month in August, Indwe chatted to Professor Shirley Zinn, a mentor to countless women across various industries and author of Swimming Upstream: A Story of Grit and Determination to Succeed. Born and raised in the Cape Flats, and now one of South Africa’s leading human resources professionals, Zinn’s journey inspires one to defy the odds and not let your past determine your future.
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Growing up in Steenberg in the Cape Flats under Apartheid rule, Zinn refused to relinquish her dreams and would ultimately go on to complete a Doctorate in Education from America’s prestigious Harvard University. Former Human Resources Director of Standard Bank South Africa and Deputy Global Head of Human Resources for the Standard Bank Group, Zinn is currently the Group Head of Human Resources at Woolworths Holdings Limited and also runs her own company, Shirley Zinn Consulting. Echoing her business’ focus – transformation, leadership and education – her beautifully written biography, Swimming Upstream, was published by KR Publishing in November 2015. Zinn found her feet by learning to walk in humble shoes, has worn many “career hats”, and holds an array of degrees, awards, and accolades. A recent addition to her collection came from CEO Magazine for Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government 2016, where she was awarded as the winner in South Africa for SMEs. She spoke to Indwe about her book and her journey so far.
Indwe: The first chapter in your biography is titled “Everyone has a story”. While this may be true, what made you become a storyteller? Shirley Zinn (SZ): About ten years ago I was asked to share my personal and professional story with young graduates. I spoke at the first event and was quite nervous and vulnerable about sharing my personal journey. The feedback was so overwhelmingly positive that I was asked to do this for many years after. I was told that people felt inspired and motivated to reach for a dream despite the odds. I was encouraged to write my story by many and decided that if it could inspire, especially young people, I would do so. Indwe: What are the core elements that make your story accessible and relevant to South African readers? SZ: As Prof Jonathan Jansen [ViceChancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State] put it: “She proved that the typical story of a girl from the Cape Flats – that of gangsterism, alcoholism, and teenage pregnancy – didn’t have to be her story. Instead she relentlessly
pursued her own goals and forged an impressive academic career even when she faced significant odds. And when she’d done that, she set out to conquer the world of business.”
Indwe: Do you feel that, even from a young age, you were recognising the traits of a leader? SZ: Absolutely. If it were not for the guidance and advice of my parents, teachers, professors, friends, and husband, life might have taken a different trajectory. Unleashing the potential of people and letting people know that they have the ability to do so much more ignited the fire of overcoming huge adversity within me, and enabled me to achieve academically, professionally, and personally in ways I had never imagined. I believe that this is possible for many more people who are dedicated, determined, and diligent about their vision and personal goals. Indwe: During the process of writing about your journey, what did you discover – about yourself, business, or life in general? SZ: Writing the book has been cathartic
and healing. It has enabled me to reflect on the realities of life and on what is possible in seemingly impossible circumstances. It has enabled me to extend hope to those who need a hand up in life. I was asked at one of the book launches, “How do you inspire hope in the millions of youth who are unemployed and living in poverty?” This is an incredibly difficult question. I thought about my own life, and if I did not take the first steps of the journey, based on a spark of hope, I might never have made the journey. And it is not over yet.
Indwe: Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel commented about the book: “Swimming Upstream is the compelling story of Shirley Zinn, who took life’s pain, who bounced back and is still rising.” SZ: I hope to continue with the work of making a difference. This goes beyond bigger roles, more money and power, [and] more accolades and awards. It goes to the very essence of what makes life worth living, and how we create a better life for all in a turbulent world. This is my purpose which I am “still rising” to. Indwe: You mention in the book: “We have to be receptive to what emerges…” How did you get to this point, and was there a particular milestone in your journey? SZ: I had no idea I would ever go to Harvard. I received a small advertisement that my mother-in-law clipped from a newspaper which was inviting applications for the scholarship. I was blown over that she thought that I could do this, and in her words, “Nothing
ventured, nothing gained.” So I took the leap of faith and applied, never quite thinking that I would be considered. But it was in taking the first step, and removing the “I can’t” message from my mind, that the opportunity presented itself. The interview was rigorous and challenging, and, weeks later, I was told that I had been selected. I believe that many opportunities are missed if one is not tuned in or receptive to the possibilities that may exist or that may emerge. I have learned that life is not linear, it is multi-dimensional.
Indwe : What ultimately led you to success? SZ: Support and enablement from my parents, family, friends, teachers, and professors. Education was key to my liberation. Continuous learning remains central to my growth. Remaining optimistic even in the face of huge diversity and setbacks is critical. Values and principles that give guidance to behaviour, and respect for others also led me to success. Indwe: What message can you offer to the women of South Africa as we celebrate Women’s Month in August? SZ: I have to quote from the great Nelson Mandela: “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lies defeat and death.”
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/ I am not by a long stretch “brave” or “fearless”, nor am I even remotely “intrepid”. I have a giddy fear of heights. I tremble at the sight of snakes on TV. And no-one I know is more petrified of shopping malls. These are all pretty common fears, I guess, but in no way compare with the mounting trepidation I felt in the weeks leading up to a five-day walk in the wilderness area of KwaZulu-Natal’s Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve. My mind kept inventing vivid scenes in which I was being skewered by rhinos, flattened by elephants, and treated as a one-man buffet after being ripped apart by lions. My fears were inexplicable. I’d been on plenty of walks through game reserves before. I’d tracked rhinos in the Kruger National Park and paddled through hippoand croc-infested water in the Okavango Delta. And when a Maasai warrior led me through the Kenyan outback on foot, we spent hours trailing a bull elephant in musth. But somehow this was different. This was five days in an unpredictable wilderness, and the stakes seemed high. This wasn’t some petting zoo or pretty nature sanctuary we were heading into. The area between the White and Black Umfolozi rivers is known to have some of the highest concentrations of large dangerous game on earth. The first proclaimed protected wildlife area in Africa, it was once the private hunting ground of Shaka Zulu, and later became globally famous as the place where white rhinos were brought back from the brink of extinction. It occupies a very special place in the hearts of conservationists, but knowing this did little to stem the tide of anxiety I felt as our minibus made the journey north from Durban. “If you want to back out, now’s your last chance,” said Peter, our lead guide, at the end of the eye-opening safety briefing he gave our group as we prepared to set forth. As it turned out, I wasn’t alone with my jumpy nerves – all six of us understood that we were heading off grid with little recourse to the outside world. There was an emergency cellphone, but – even if our guides could find a signal – it would take several hours for the helicopter to arrive from Richards Bay. Peter made it patently clear that this wasn’t some walk in the park or cushy game lodge safari experience. The dangers were real and we’d be at the mercy of the elements, without access to the comforts of the world we’d grown accustomed to. But nobody gets that far only to turn back just as things are about to turn real. So there we were with our backpacks full of food and just enough gear to see us through. We left behind all gadgets and distractions and filed into the bush with a singular aim: to connect with a primitive environment. We were there, Peter told us, Indwe
to be part of this world, to live among the beasts on their terms – not merely as safaristyle observers, but as our ancestors once did, before towns and cities and fences. We set off into the unknown, untamed bush, following the instruction to walk in single file, following our two guides who each carried a rifle. We walked in silence, with a system of finger snaps and tongue clicks to catch one another’s attention. The whole point was to fit in, to become part of the environment. At least as much as that’s possible when you’re a lumbering primate on two legs, covered in clothes and sunscreen, noisily trudging through unfamiliar terrain. At first the sense of freedom that accompanies simply walking into the bush is
slightly disorienting. As urban creatures with daily routines and deadlines and the bustling frenzy of human life around us, we’re so used to being bombarded with information and choices, that escaping into nature is a bit of a shock. It took a while for the weight of the world to melt away, but then I felt myself easing into the pleasurable realisation that I was in a majestic, wondrous world with no timeframe or appointments, no need to answer to anyone, not even any pressure to spot animals as is usually the case when you’re on a 4X4 game drive. No, this experience was simply about being there and accepting things as they were. By day, we slipped into a casual semi-
routine that involved walking, napping under trees, and digging for water to drink, cook and wash with. Walks were slow and meditative – this wasn’t a hike where covering distance or reaching the destination was important at all. We had no schedule, other than paying attention to the weather and making camp by nightfall. At night, darkness came quite suddenly. And we didn’t linger too long around the fire once we’d eaten. Lying in my sleeping bag, I spent long moments staring at the stars, imagining the distances between them, searching for meteorites blazing trails through the blackness. These dead hours weren’t dead at all – the sky was busy and the bush was alive with life and
strange sounds. Each night, we took turns keeping watch, making sure the fire didn’t go out and patrolling our campsite with a powerful torch, scanning every potential pathway for lurking predators, or anything large that might unwittingly be padding in our direction. Each shift was an hour long, and proved a time of deep personal meditation with little beyond snores, the crackle of the fire, and a ceaseless opera of croaking frogs and insect chirrups for company. And, occasionally, there’d come the loud grunting of amorous lions from somewhere in the distance, and I could pick out the clown-like guffaws of hippos echoing through the darkness. Soon after the first night, having witnessed dawn’s magnificent unfolding and the elegant way in which the day’s rhythms set in, I suddenly felt utterly at home. Quickly, all my earlier anxieties dissipated. Fears were replaced by a sense of being utterly alive. If anything, I felt free, at ease, and intimately connected with the world around me. I discovered that once I’d surrendered to it, given myself over completely to the wilderness, its effects were like transcendence or time travel. Fitting in didn’t mean switching off or becoming complacent, however. There were times when heavy surges of adrenaline reminded me that the placid-looking rhinos we were walking past were the same ones
from my scary visions, and I’d feel that familiar knot in my stomach and hold my breath. Silently, I’d try recounting the advice we’d been given during our introductory briefing. If charged, must I hide behind a tree or climb up it? And when, precisely, did I last climb a tree? For the most part, though, the creatures whose world we’d entered simply became part of our reality. We’d eat breakfast while watching wild dogs chase nyala across the dry riverbed below. And drink tea as hyenas loped about hoping to feast on the spoils of someone else’s hard toil. There were sunsets when we’d sit, staring down at
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the bend in the river and witness scenes straight out of The Lion King. A family of elephants would sashay in one direction, while rhinos ambled myopically in another, and around the next bend, a herd of buffalo amassed in their hundreds. By the end of it all, my soul was restored, my batteries recharged, my spirit refreshed. It had nothing to do with bravery and everything to do with connecting with myself. Back at the airport, though, I wasn’t sure if I was brave enough to face the bustle and mayhem of modernity’s ceaseless rat race. Civilisation, I thought, is a very scary place. /
Rewire in the Wild Wilderness guide, Peter Raimondo, is a graduate of the Wilderness Leadership School (wildernesstrails.org.za), founded by conservation pioneers Dr Ian Player and Magqubu Ntombela. The school is a non-profit organisation and offers guided multi-day wilderness walks with the aim of helping participants rediscover nature by engaging with it on its own terms. Peter is also founder of the Purely Wild Foundation (purelywildfoundation.com) and he designs and leads exclusive trails into select wilderness areas around Southern Africa. His trails (usually sold out a year in advance) are designed to facilitate personal transformation through time spent in primal environments. Theyâ€™re popular among foreign corporate leaders seeking to overhaul and reinvigorate their business environments.
D r Pa c ha n g a A Curator of African Fashion
An artist, entrepreneur, designer, but ultimately a curator, Johannesburg-based Jean-Rene Onyagunga, also known as Dr Pachanga, was born in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and wears a smile that will challenge any cloudy day. Indwe called up the “Last King of Congo” for a catch-up about his current ventures, the revolution happening in African fashion, and what South Africa can look forward to come Spring/Summer.
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Dr Pachanga is renovating perceptions on what fashion represents. August and the upcoming months will reveal all the hard work he has recently invested into his many projects, such as his new range which takes inspiration from La Sape – an abbreviation of the phrase Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes (the Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People) and hinting at the French word “sape”, which means “attire”. And adherent of La Sape, which is prevalent in the Congo, is called a sapeur. In South Africa, Onyagunga’s brand Dr Pachanga can be found at Work Shop New Town, while La Sape – a sub-brand of Dr Pachanga – is located at the vibrant 44 Stanley Avenue in Milpark, Joburg. When this year started, Onyagunga was quoted as saying: “When there is an even number on
both sides (20 and 16), the gods are with me. It is going to be an exciting year – a prosperous one for South African art, and I believe I can make a huge change to the South African industry in art and culture.” And it seems he was right. Onyagunga describes Dr Pachanga as “…a walking brand, he is a living person. Pachanga means ‘good times’, so the brand has evolved around the ideas of happiness, joy, and having a good time. And about life: to work for life, rather than life working for you.”
Indwe: Where do you draw your inspiration from? Dr Pachanga (Dr P): Currently my inspiration is coming from La Sape, which I am slowly introducing – not in a direct form but more the chic side of La Sape, so Africa is definitely motivating me. I am also
enjoying taking control by designing and manufacturing on my own.
Indwe: Tell us more about La Sape in the Congo. Dr P: La Sape is a Congolese tradition. From a young age I had uncles who were musicians and loved clothes. I started wearing suits around the age of four. Now, however, the perception of La Sape is transforming. No longer is it just about people wearing big name brands, but about pairing items in the right manner, or making them their own to move beyond just wearing European brands. Sapeurs are the new stylists, curators, and fashion designers – they have created a new form of expression where they showcase their work as an art form. I would actually call them artists.
Indwe: How will your new range of clothes incorporate the essence of La Sape? Dr P: It reflects how I perceive La Sape and is about moving away from all the fancy-named brands, and rather creating your own unique style, and representing your own creativity. Indwe: Do you feel that South Africa – and Africa in general – is evolving in terms of style, fashion, and design? Dr P: With the Internet and online knowledge, we are learning so much – and rapidly so – and, at the same time, what is developing is a more distinguished sense of fashion and creation. Whereas before we looked to the Harajuku fashion in Japan or to European fashion brands, such as Versace, but now they are using African fabrics and
design concepts. I think we are ahead of our game, but will only realise where we truly stand in the next five years or so.
Indwe: What is “in store” in the near future for both brands, and personally for Dr Pachanga? Dr P: For my range, and across both my stores, I am working with a client in France, Doza, who is spreading the news about us for their August release. I move at a very fast pace and I cannot always predict what will happen, but am always open to new innovations, designs, and types of business. With the brand Dr Pachanga, and also La Sape, we will be releasing a lot by the end of August… When the sun comes out, the fun comes out and the Doctor will be there – directing, pushing forward, and educating.
Indwe: Who is the real Dr Pachanga? Dr P: While I am still a designer, I am essentially a curator. I am working in every possible medium, and looking at both local and international influences, as I believe inspiration should come from different nations, cultures, countries, and continents. That is what makes a strong curator or artist – not sticking to one bracket, but exploring different fields, places, knowledge, and stories so that you can translate it into your own form of work. For more information, follow @dr_pachanga (Dr Pachanga) and @LaSape_za (La Sape) on Instagram and Twitter.
GAUTRAIN The Convenient Way to Travel Since its launch, the Gautrain has changed traveling patterns for both business and leisure travellers in Gauteng. A few years ago the idea of travelling from Sandton to OR Tambo International Airport in 15 minutes was just a dream – the trip averages between one to one-and-a-half hours by car, depending on the time of day. Today it is a convenient reality with thousands of people making this journey every day.
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The service has made fast, convenient, comfortable and efficient transport a reality in Gauteng. Gautrain’s internationally award-winning Airport Service is Africa’s first and only air rail link extension, and offers a world class customer experience by being integrated into the airport terminal. There is a train every 12 minutes during peak times, and every 20 minutes during off-peak hours. In order to continue offering a safe, convenient and efficient service to passengers, earlier and later trains were introduced from OR Tambo International
Airport to Sandton in mid-August 2014 and again in February 2015. Currently, the construction of the Gautrain airport station platform extension is in its final stages. Once completed, passengers will be able to embark and disembark on a four-car train. A cash-free ticketing system and the use of reloadable smart cards, or Gold Cards, makes travelling on the Gautrain quick and convenient. Passengers can buy their Gold Cards at any Gautrain station as well as at approved service outlets. Buses and shuttles are available to
transport passengers during weekdays to and from all stations, excluding the OR Tambo International Airport station. Since the start of operations in June 2010, the service has delivered 99 % train availability and 98 % train punctuality. Approximately 55,000 passengers use trips utilise the Gautrain train service on any given day and on average 21,000 bus passengers are recorded on a daily basis. For more information, visit www.gautrain.co.za, or contact the Call Centre on 0800 42887246.
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RICHARDS BAY A unique and inviting retreat just two hours north of Durban, come and experience the relaxed hospitality and convenience of this centrally situated hotel. Indaba Lodge Richards Bay combines the beauty of this warm, lush, subtropical region with the rolling savannah of the many game reserves. Take in the experience of Zulu traditionalism along with tranquil walks on miles of pristine beaches along the TuziGazi Coast.
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About 180 km North of Durban, located on the sunny eastern coastline of South Africa, Richards Bay serves as the sub-tropical tourist gateway to Zululand and Maputaland. Situated on the 30 km² lagoon of the uMhlathuze River, the town welcomes visitors to experience its vibrant mix of sights and activities. Highlights being its beautiful wetlands and bird-spotting areas, pristine beaches, strong tourism industry, lively marina life (particularly the Marina at Tuzi Gazi Waterfront), and warm Indian Ocean waters. While established on the eve of the ’70s, the town’s heritage dates further back, to the 19th century, beginning as a makeshift harbour set up by Sir Frederick Richards, Commodore of the Cape, during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. Today, however, there is nothing crude about the town’s harbour status, considering it is home to one of South Africa’s largest. The two rivers flowing into the harbour – namely,
the uMhlathuze and the Mzingazi – form the inspiration behind the name “Tuzi Gazi”. Situated west of the beaches, its waters home to luxurious yachts, the Tuzi Guzi Waterfront (www.tuzigazi.net) is a meeting point for tourists, locals, and jet-setting sailors. Richards Bay’s Small Craft Harbour at the Tuzi Gazi Waterfront development bursts with activity. Here you will find the Tuzi Gazi Marina. Delight in a bonanza of shops and crafts, as well as cafés and restaurants that cater to most palates and pockets, including Porky’s Waterfront, Mustangs Pub & Grill, Jacks on the Bay, and The Dros – a restaurant whose tagline reads: “’Cause you can’t get too much of a good thing!” The locals at The Dros seem to grasp the reason why many flock to Richards Bay. With summertime most year round, the town is a prime destination for swimming, surfing, sailing, fishing, water-skiing, yachting, kayaking, deep-
sea angling, and dolphin-viewing. Your go-to beaches are Alkantstrand, Two Mile Beach, Five Mile Beach, Kampstrand, and Soetwaterstrand. For soaking up the endless summer rays, swimming, and surfing, Alkantstrand (Afrikaans for “both sides”) ranks most popular among locals, visitors, and also Google! Be sure to visit the end of the North Breakwater Pier near Alkanstrand, where you will find a dolphin-viewing platform, and, if you’re lucky, you might just catch sight of the dolphins who are renowned visitors to the Richards Bay coastline. Worth the bumpy drive to get there, the beach at Pelican Island is relaxation haven – especially out of season. Pelican Island loves company too, so bring along your kids, parents, grandparents, and even your dog. Not content to just lie on the beach? Richards Bay is also a fisherman’s paradise and surf-fishing off the beaches north
of the harbour present fresh catches of kingfish, cob, and grunter. Centrally located, both Five Mile Beach and Two Mile Beach are excellent fishing locations, while those with deep sea fishing boats can be found at the Richards Bay Ski Boat Club (www.skiboatclub.co.za) and Meerensee Boat Club (www.meerenseeboatclub.co.za). Discover part of South Africa’s most exquisite wetland scenery at The Richards Bay Game Reserve, which serves to protect the area’s various lagoon animals, from aquatic birds to hippos and crocodiles. According to BirdLife South Africa, the sanctuary area of Richards Bay contains over 10,000 water birds, with habitats ranging from thornveld, papyrus swamps, open freshwater lakes, mangroves, and dune forest to mudflats, open sea, and sandbanks. Do some bird homework before your departure, as the entire area is a twitching hotspot, and in summertime make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the
Crab plover and Broad-billed sandpiper. If a tailored African safari is more your style, jump on board with Outdoor Africa (www.outdoor-africa.com), a Richards Bay-based “professional safari company that specialises in custom designed photographic tours”. Options include birding safaris, wildlife and photographic safaris, day safaris, and even the option to design your own safari. If you need a breather and cup of coffee, head to the Boardwalk Shopping Centre – an ideal pit-stop before heading to your accommodation. Walking distance to the main beach, the budget-friendly Bay View Lodge (www.bayviewlodge.co.za) is just 13 km from the Richard’s Bay Airport and 8 km to the town’s centre. The lodge – much like the town itself – is an ideal location for both tourists and businessmen: A winning combination of a friendly atmosphere and a stunning location.
Giving Girls Their
Refilwe Ledwaba, a black female pilot at SA Express, established the Southern African Women in Aviation and Aerospace Industry (SAWIA) in 2009. As a pioneer in a male dominated industry, Refilwe has taken up the challenge of being a role model to many young girls from formerly disenfranchised and vulnerable communities.
Text & Image © SA Express “This organisation is intended to make it easier for others”, says Refilwe, adding that when she qualified there was very little help or information available. Flying wasn’t her first career choice, which is not surprising, as girls were not encouraged to pursue careers in aviation and there was almost no aviation career guidance available to her at the time. Refilwe says that the aim of SAWIA is to provide a platform for women to grow, to find mentorship and guidance, and also to fund opportunities to join the sector in the future. Growing up in Lenyenye, Limpopo, Refilwe had been groomed for a more traditional career as a doctor. In fact, it was a flight from Cape Town (where she was studying at UCT) back home that sparked her interest in aviation, when she learned that the plane was being flown by a black, female pilot – and she realised she too could become a pilot. Nevertheless, she dutifully completed her B.Sc. degree, but then went to work for an airline as a cabin attendant, intent on a career in aviation. “My biggest challenge was finances,” she says, “as I simply didn’t have the money for flight training, nor did I know where to apply for scholarships or bursaries.” It is vital information and resources such as this that SAWIA aims to provide to aspiring female pilots. Refilwe eventually qualified as a helicopter pilot. “The first time I got into
one, I fell in love with them,” she explains. Refilwe joined the South African Police Service in 2004, as their only black female pilot, where her skills were tested to the full. As a female pioneer she experienced everything from having no uniforms to fit her petite frame, to outright prejudice. “I had to carve my own path with no female role models or mentors,” she says. It was each of these experiences which prompted her to form SAWIA, a non-profit organisation endorsed by the country’s aviation industry authority, the Civil Aviation Authority South Africa (CAA). It was so that others would not have to learn the hard way, as she had. “My experiences in the industry and my passion for the training of female pilots are the reasons I saw the need for the organisation,” she explains. Girl Fly Programme in Africa (GFPA) is an initiative of SAWIA that is aimed specifically at Grade 10 to 12 high school pupils, and is held four times a year during school holidays. SA Express is a Gold Sponsor of SAWIA Girl Fly Programme and over the past three years, the airline has funded flights to the venue enabling many girls to participate, all with a view of fuelling their interest in one day qualifying as commercial pilots. Each year, the programme puts 20 pupils through a comprehensive course, providing them resources to assist their pursuit not only of aviation careers, but also in related science and technology disciplines. The girls can also be matched with mentors to
help them focus on specific targets. The GFPA Aviation and Space camps aim to combine technical education with a lot of fun. Held at the Paramount Conference & Adventure Centre in March, the latest camp offered learners exposure to Delta Darts building, flight simulator training, a robotics workshop, the manufacturing and design element of aviation, hot air balloons, exercise and obstacle courses to build team spirit and self-esteem, drones in action, paragliding, a career workshop, and a gala dinner and prize-giving ceremony to close off what was an awesome week. “I would like to express my gratitude towards the instructors and SAWIA,” said Lurayi Nyebo, a GFPA 2016 Aviation and Space graduate. “I got to make new friends, from all kinds of backgrounds, and it truly humbled me. Each and every one of the friends I made has a passion for a different future and we all seem pretty determined to get there.” Echoing the dreams and aspirations of her fellow GFPA graduates, Ndyebo aspires to becoming a pilot and future camp instructor and mentor. “Thank you so much to the SAWIA team!” Refilwe has received two awards for her work in women’s development – for the Aviation, Aerospace and Defence category of the South Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards, as well as a South African Youth Award in the Social Entrepreneurship category.
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I feel it in my back, I feel it in my shoulders, and I feel it in my mind. This is not a phantom ailment I am describing and I’m not the only one struggling with it. I am sure many, if not most, of you reading this have first-hand experience of what I am describing: stress. Work stress, relationship stress, family stress – general life stress – can catch up with you and create physical and mental issues that, if left untreated, will fester. Because of this, every now and then, when it feels like the stress is a lowering ceiling about to crush you like something from an Indiana Jones movie, it may be worth checking out of life for a while. There is no better way to do this than by signing up for a retreat that is designed to clear the mind and body and assist you in tackling the next rolling boulder of life. Here are a few of our favourites. Cascade Country Manor, Western Cape In the Paarl Winelands lies Cascade Country Manor. Here, regular “Health
Weeks” give guests time to focus on their wellbeing through holistic approaches. In order to banish the results of a stressful lifestyle, these weeks are filled with intermittent treatments, steam sessions, aqua-aerobics, Pilates classes, and forest hikes. Dietician, Mariza van Zyl, plans all the meals, so everything is made especially to assist in promoting wellness from the inside out. Surrounded by the Drakenstein Mountains, olive groves and vineyards, the beautiful natural setting also aids in guests’ relaxation journeys. www.cascademanor.co.za Prana Lodge, East London This beachfront estate has refurbished their wellness centre into a holistic spa, offering guests the ultimate in rejuvenating treatments. The goal was to create a space where patrons are not only pampered in the traditional sense, but are also uplifted and released from their stresses. With a range of massages, reflexology treatments,
aromatherapy, steam showers, and skincare treatments, an experience here is of the five-star variety. Natural ingredients are used in the treatments, with many of the herbs coming straight from the onsite, organic herb garden. Prana Lodge is on its own stretch of private beach, so a walk along the coast with the glistening ocean as the backdrop is the ideal accompaniment to a spa wellness journey. www.pranalodge.co.za Satori Farm, KwaZulu-Natal At the tip of the Southern Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal lies Satori, a private lodge offering specialised retreats which include
couples retreats, self-empowerment retreats, and meditation and stillness retreats. Depending on the chosen retreat – which run for between two to three days each – the activities consist of meditation, silent walks, informative talks, as well as art and drumming workshops. The atmosphere at Satori is very laidback, so guests are encouraged to make the kitchen their playground and to make wholesome meals, and chat over a glass of wine. According to the owners, they want their guests “To kick off their shoes, walk barefoot, play, laugh a lot, and enjoy being in the moment, and to find balance in themselves.” Satori offers guests the ultimate in switching off from
the stresses of everyday life and connecting with nature. www.satorifarm.co.za. Emoyeni, North West Situated on the northern side of the Magaliesburg, Emoyeni – which means “Place of the Spirit” in Zulu – is a nonprofit organisation offering retreats based on Buddhist principles. With the aim of promoting peace and tranquillity, upcoming retreat options include Walking the Buddhist Path (2nd to 4th September), Nia: Letting Mindfulness Flow into Movement (9th to 11th September), and Stoep Zen Retreat (21st to 25th September).
For a full list of upcoming retreats, visit www.emoyeni.org.za. Hoogland, Gauteng Just an hour’s drive from either Pretoria or Johannesburg, you can escape the madness of city living to take the time to reconnect with yourself, get a kick start to a healthier lifestyle, and “therapy” your stress away. Hoogland is a family run and owned establishment, in the Skurweberg Mountains surrounded by nature. It offers packages relating to health and wellness, including relaxing retreats, pamper packages, supervised water fasting programmes, weight management packages, stress management, as well as
holistic detox programmes. Couple one of these retreat programmes with hikes through the nature reserve, and you will feel relaxed and re-energised by the time you leave. www.hoogland.co.za. Whatever your definition of relaxation is – whether it be completely switching off from the outside world, being utterly pampered into a stress-free coma, or revitalising your body and mind with exercise – there is a place for you.
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To your average Joe, art can often be seen as a bit too ‘highfalutin’ for its own good, and perhaps even impenetrable. But what is inscrutable at first often turns into something incredibly moving and lovely once what the artist is trying to convey sinks in – which is why efforts to demystify art for the general public are commendable.
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Sculpture, with its tactile, threedimensional nature – and aeons-old history – is in many respects not seen in quite the same light as painting. Perhaps it’s because it’s not often given the same airtime in the public discourse, or maybe it’s the broadness or familiarity of the medium – regardless, few works are as striking as a powerful sculpture. Just ask anyone who’s stood in front of Jane Alexander’s The Butcher Boys. Or Michelangelo’s David. Or even Easter Island’s Moai (the famous monolithic stone statues). Sculptures can be interactive, overpowering, aweinspiring, temporary, and permanent – and use as many or as few substances as can be moulded or shaped. As such, the sheer scale and variety of sculpture, especially when confronted with it in a setting devoted to it, is something special. The Nirox Sculpture Park in the Cradle of Humankind is unlike any other gallery, and for many people it has served as a gateway to a new world of appreciating art in general, and sculpture in particular. Set in a beautiful 15-ha garden, it’s an absorbing, tranquil and fascinating place, located within the Khatlhampi Private Reserve, a privately owned nature reserve home to grasslands, caves, indigenous forests, ridges and koppies, which is populated by indigenous game such as antelope, otters, zebras and vervet monkeys. The park has been transformed from its previous life as a trout breeding and fishing farm, and features some phenomenal landscaping, making the most of the natural features and creating a setting that is serene and beautiful, enhancing the works on display. The sculpture park provides a unique platform for artists to realise and exhibit outdoor sculpture and installations. Some look like part of the landscape, and some are almost incongruous, but all inspire a reaction of sorts, from joy to shock to wonder. Interestingly, most of the works are not on permanent display, meaning that each visit to the park will yield new pieces to take in, and new opportunities to recontextualise the park and the pieces in relation to each other. Arguably the park’s primary function is to offer residencies, providing studio and living space for local and international artists. Facilities include the principal residence, a large two-bedroom house with a 100 m² double volume studio and office, a lounge, dining area and entertainment facilities; the cottage, a two-bedroom self-contained cottage with 40 m² adjoining studio; an
80 m² sculpture workshop adjoining the principal residence; and the coolroom studio, a 170 m² independent garden studio with screening room. There is little in the way of prescription – Nirox simply provides the space, the surrounds supply the inspiration, and the artists follow their own processes and whims. The foundation encourages artists to collaborate or exchange ideas with local artists, scientists, institutions and communities, and the works produced speak to this, informed in some way by the surrounds and the people who call it home. These residencies have contributed to the park’s growing permanent collection, which is available for viewing by special appointment. These include works by Richard Long, Willem Boshoff, Caroline Bittermann, Valerio Berruti, Rebecca Chesney, Priyanka Choudhari, Rosenclaire and Thomas Mulcaire. And sculpture isn’t the only art from the park supports, it also hosts regular jazz, acoustic and classical concerts in its lawn amphitheatre, which seats 1,000 people and overlooks a two-tier lawn stage across a stream. Not a bad setting at all, and concert-goers can also avail themselves of whichever exhibition is showing currently. Whether or not you visit as part of an event, do yourself a favour and give yourself as much time as possible to wander through the grounds, appreciate the beauty of the surrounds and contemplate the works in their context. It’s a moving experience, and one to cherish. For more information visit www.niroxarts.com.
When to Go The sculpture park is open for free to the public on weekends and public holidays from 10h00 – 17h00 (note that the entrance gates close at 16h00) during the course of exhibitions, and is otherwise closed. The park also hosts regular public concerts and other special events, from jazz concerts to poetry readings. The artists’ residencies and studios are strictly private and may only be visited by prior arrangement with the artists in residence.
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Pour l’homme de la rue, l’art peut souvent être perçu comme un peu trop ‘prétentieux’ pour son propre bien, et peut-être même impénétrable. Mais ce qui semble insondable à première vue se transforme souvent en quelque chose d’incroyablement émouvant et charmant une fois que ce que l’artiste essaie de transmettre est compris, et c’est pourquoi les efforts visant à démystifier l’art pour le grand public sont tout à fait louables.
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La sculpture, avec sa nature tactile, tridimensionnelle et son histoire ancienne est à bien des égards pas tout à fait vue de la même manière que la peinture. Peutêtre est-ce parce qu’on ne lui accorde pas suffisamment d’attention dans le discours public, ou encore se peut-il que ce soit l’aspect général ou familier de la forme d’art. Il va sans dire que peu d’œuvres sont aussi frappantes qu’une sculpture puissante. Il suffit de le demander à quelqu’un qui s’est trouvé devant The Butcher Boys de Jane Alexander. Ou David de Michel-Ange. Ou même les Moia de l’île de Pâques (les fameuses statues en pierre monolithiques). Les sculptures peuvent être interactives, accablantes, grandioses, temporaires et permanentes et utilisent autant ou aussi peu de substances qui peuvent être moulées ou façonnées. La confrontation à l’ampleur et la variété de la sculpture, en particulier dans un cadre qui lui est consacré, est quelque chose de spécial. Le Parc de Sculptures Nirox au Berceau de l’Humanité se distingue de toute autre
galerie et sert pour beaucoup de gens de passerelle vers un nouveau monde d’appréciation d’art en général, et de sculpture en particulier. Situé dans un beau jardin de 15 ha, c’est un endroit absorbant, tranquille et fascinant à l’intérieur de la Khatlhampi Private Reserve, une réserve naturelle privée composée de savanes, grottes, forêts indigènes, crêtes et koppies, et peuplée par des animaux sauvages tels que les antilopes, les loutres, les zèbres et les cercopithèques d’Éthiopie. Le parc a été complètement transformé de sa vie antérieure comme domaine d’élevage et de pêche de truites et comporte quelques paysages exceptionnels qui lui permettent de tirer le meilleur parti des éléments naturels et de créer un cadre serein et beau pour améliorer les œuvres exposées. Le parc de sculptures offre une plateforme unique aux artistes en vue de réaliser et d’exposer des sculptures et des installations extérieures. Certaines font partie du paysage alors que d’autres semblent presque incongrues.
Cependant, chacune d’elles suscite une réaction certaine, passant de la joie au choc à la merveille. Fait intéressant, la plupart des œuvres ne sont pas exposées en permanence, ce qui signifie que les œuvres changent à chaque visite au parc, et que de nouvelles possibilités se présentent pour recontextualiser le parc et ses différentes parties. La fonction principale du parc est sans doute d’offrir des résidences aux artistes locaux et internationaux en mettant à leur disposition un espace de vie et un studio. Les installations comprennent la résidence principale, une grande maison avec deux chambres à coucher et un studio-bureau à double volume de 100 m², un salon, une salle à manger et des installations de divertissement ; le chalet, un chalet autonome avec deux chambres et un studio contiguë de 40 m² ; un atelier de sculpture de 80 m² à côté de la résidence principale ; et le studio de refroidissement ‘coolroom’, un jardin indépendant de 170 m² avec salle de projection.
La prescription est presque absente Nirox fournit tout simplement l’espace, les environs inspirent et les artistes suivent leurs propres processus et caprices. La fondation encourage les artistes à collaborer ou échanger des idées avec des artistes locaux, des scientifiques, des institutions et des communautés, et les œuvres produites, inspirées en quelque sorte des environs et des gens qui y vivent, en sont la représentation. Ces résidences ont contribué à la collection permanente croissante du parc qui peut être visitée sur rendez-vous spécial. Il s’agit notamment des œuvres de Richard Long, Willem Boshoff, Caroline Bittermann, Valerio Berruti, Rebecca Chesney, Priyanka Choudhari, Rosenclaire et Thomas Mulcaire. Et la sculpture n’est pas le seul art appuyé par le parc. Il accueille régulièrement des concerts de jazz, acoustiques et classiques dans son amphithéâtre de pelouse de 1,000 places et surplombe une estrade de pelouse à deux niveaux à travers un ruisseau. Pas mal du tout comme cadre car les personnes venant aux concerts peuvent aussi visiter les expositions présentées actuellement. Que vous vous y rendiez à l’occasion d’un événement ou non, faites-vous plaisir et donnez-vous le plus de temps possible pour vous promener dans les jardins, apprécier la beauté des environs et contempler les œuvres dans leur contexte. C’est une expérience émouvante à chérir. Pour plus de renseignements, visitez www.niroxarts.com.
uand y aller L’entrée au parc de sculptures est libre au public pendant les weekends et les jours fériés de 10h00 à 17h00 (à noter que les portes ferment à 16h00) au moment des expositions. Sinon, le parc est fermé. Le parc accueille régulièrement des concerts publics et d’autres événements spéciaux, tels que concerts de jazz et lectures de poésie. Les résidences des artistes et les studios sont strictement privés et ne peuvent être visités par arrangement préalable avec les artistes en résidence.
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full-time jobs but who give freely of their time for the future of the city. They include marketing manager of the city’s urban renewal arm, the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), Luvuyo Bangazi; public relations doyenne Michelle Brown; businessman Kobus Gerber; private banker Robyn Watermeyer; and project coordinator Manusha Reddy. Rather than a corporate social responsibility initiative, Gerber described the project as “a logical business intervention to help boost the city’s economy, create new job opportunities for the more than a million inhabitants, and improve the city’s marketability and standing”. The project is organised into several focus areas, including the Smart City iGEMS, Safe City, Connected City, Clean City, Madiba Meander and 12 Active Months teams, each of which reports to a team leader as they drive their specific objectives (see sidebar). Project NMB as a whole was inspired by a “Put PE on the map” series of talks given by Abel, a former resident, to municipal and business leaders back in 2012. “I believe big
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Project Nelson Mandela Bay at a Glance • Connected City The Connected City team has developed an Android app that allows users to connect to the city and discover hidden gems. • Smart City iGEMS The Smart City initiative aims to “incubate great engineering minds” and has established a number of strategic partnerships for maths and science tuition for promising Grade 11 and 12 pupils. • Clean City A thriving city is a clean and functioning one. Clean City aims to collaborate with the business sector to clean up specific areas. • 12 Active Months The objective is to have at least one major event per month on the local calendar, which will attract tourists to the city and contribute to the economic development of the region. • Madiba Meander The objective is to establish a tourist route on the western outskirts of the city, similar to the Midlands Meander in KwaZulu-Natal. • Safe City The Safe City team meets regularly to share ideas and initiatives by organisations like Business Against Crime Eastern Cape, MBDA and the Community Safety Forum, and to provide input into the development of a municipal safety strategy for the metro.
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The journey started 15 years ago. “We had a shopping centre development in the Bushbuckridge area (Mpumalanga), as well as a large-scale community development program. As a result, I often visited the local schools to deliver effective learning courses,” explains Lisa. “Due to the amazing reputation we had as a family, we were asked to tender on the Manyeleti Reserve development plan, which we won. This is where it all began.” From a successful tender that saw the development of Tintswalo Safari Lodge and Manor House came two more extremely fruitful endeavours, resulting in Tintswalo at Waterfall in Gauteng and the incomparable Tintswalo Atlantic, at the base of Chapman’s Peak in Cape Town. Gaye personally runs Tintswalo Safari Lodge, as she loves the bush and has a vested interest in its success. Meanwhile,
Lisa runs Tintswalo at Waterfall, as she is based close by and loves the bustle of city life. Tintswalo Atlantic is a shared labour of love. “Neither of us is willing to let it go, so it is a team effort, for sure. Other than both heading up lodge operations together, I handle PR and social media, while Gaye focuses on marketing, sales and finance,” says Lisa. Lisa and Gaye are definitely a team to be reckoned with! When asked what the pros and cons are of working together, Lisa comments: “We both think we are the boss and we both have strong personalities! We love being in charge, but somehow we never cross each other and the business relationship seems to run like a well-oiled machine. When you work closely with someone, especially your mom, you start thinking like them, and so our decisions are predominantly the same in every case. The
downside is our poor husbands have to deal with two matriarchs!” Ernest Corbett, Gaye’s husband and Lisa’s father, and Warwick Goosen, Lisa’s husband, are also inextricably involved in the business, but mom and daughter take the reins, meaning there are many dynamics at play – family and spousal – which can make things tricky. “Oh definitely,” agrees Lisa, “But we all know that behind every successful man is a wife who knows what is going on! We are indeed a powerhouse team and because we all have our responsibilities defined, working together is much easier. I would never want to work without my husband – what on earth would we talk about? We have an incredible marriage and having parents like mine sets an example to strive for.” “The secret to running a successful family business is to always know what your responsibilities are and to never stop giving
each other the benefit of the doubt,” says Gaye. “The hospitality industry can be fickle, but I think that all of our products are located in amazing settings and we have outstanding staff at each property, which sets us apart. Our reputation has taken years to build but it stands us in good stead now.” The best advice for fellow entrepreneurs? “Have a good plan in place and know what you would like to achieve, then getting there is easier,” says Lisa. “Also, never ignore the achievements along the way. The trait of a perfectionist is to always be unhappy with your results, but you should never ignore achievement. If you have taken a step and achieved something – you’re on the right path. The development of Tintswalo Atlantic was an incredible achievement for us. Better still was the incredible feat of having to rebuild it after it was destroyed in a fire in 2015, by bringing back not only its original splendour, but surpassing our greatest expectations. This is my mother’s achievement and we have all hung on the coat tails and enjoyed every minute of it.” “And never overlook your people! We put a lot of attention into our staff,” adds Gaye. “We always recruit only the best in the industry and we care about them, their families and their wellbeing. It makes a huge difference.” Besides being pioneers for women in business, Gaye and Lisa are both dedicated mothers and wives, which is a lot to balance. “If you think we are a power team now, wait until my daughter joins the business,” laughs Lisa. “Honestly, having a family is never something that should be a balancing act. Family is your balance and sometimes mothers with careers lose sight of that. Family is what creates the stability you require to be the entrepreneur you need to be and we should never take them for granted.” “My advice to women in business is: Never agree with the pre-conceived idea that women cannot do what men can, but never let that define you. Success should come from the desire to succeed and not the desire to prove the others wrong.” Lisa concludes. With an attitude like that and sass to boot, it’s easy to see why this motherand-daughter team continues to take the business from strength-to-strength. For reservation enquiries, contact Tintswalo Lodges on +27 11 300 8888 or by email on email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com. Tintswalo Lodges celebrated women in business at a networking dinner at Tintswalo at Waterfall in June. Thank you to Uber for sponsoring transport for all the lovely women to and from the event.
All Roads Lead to Botswana
This M on th The Third Annual Gaborone International Music & Culture Week The Gaborone International Music & Culture Week (GIMC), Botswana’s biggest music and art festival, makes its third comeback this year, from 27th August to 3rd September.
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The event has grown in leaps and bounds since its inception in 2014. Africa. com and the International Association of African Festivals listed GIMC as one of the top ten festivals to attend in Africa. This is an endorsement that was forthcoming, looking at the array of artists that have graced this event in the past. The list includes the likes of Mafikizolo, Judith Sephuma, Zahara, Gareth Cliff, Zimbabwe’s Jah Prayzah, comedian Basketmouth, and Flavor from
Nigeria, to mention just a few. The 2016 show coincides with the 50th anniversary of Botswana’s independence, and what better way to kick-start those celebrations than with a week of entertainment? GIMC 2016 will feature heavyweight artists, including the likes of Jonathan Butler, Black Coffee, DJ Fresh, Riky Rick, Donald, and Skizo. Lebo Mashile will headline the poetry show; while Salvado from Uganda, Trevor Gumbi (South
Africa) and Doc Vikela from Zimbabwe will headline the comedy aspect of the festival. This is truly an event not to be missed. According to event founder, Fish Pabalinga, the organisers are expecting a huge attendance from neighbouring countries like South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia, this year. This is testimony to the growth of this regional event that is fast taking its place amongst the major festivals in the continent. Visit www.gimc.co.bw for more information.
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If tranquillity, serenity, and the bespoke touch of safari villa living entice you to the African bush, then retreating to the cossetting embrace of Melton Manor in the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is just the thing.
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When considering big game experiences, we tend to cast our eyes north, to where the bush landscape of the Lowveld draws millions of sun-starved tourists each year. Yet, the often overlooked grassy plains and jarred knolls of the Eastern Cape offer equally mesmerising and, some would suggest, a superior experience of South Africa’s wild hinterland. This premise is especially true where bespoke safari holidays are concerned. Stitched together from a collection of untouched landscapes and denuded farmland, the reserve itself is worldrenowned for its exquisite scenery, rich wildlife stocks and the kind of hospitality that will melt the heart of even the most hard-nosed travel veterans. Four award-winning lodges dot Kwandwe’s pristine private wilderness, each welcoming the safari-weary in its own peerless way. The graceful old-world charm of Uplands Homestead juxtaposes the contemporary style of Ecca Lodge, while the spaciousness of the Great Fish River Lodge sets the scene for the pièce de résistance, Melton Manor. Melton Manor is set on 22,000 ha of the dense thicket, scrubby grasslands, and deep ravines that comprise the Kwandwe
Private Game Reserve near Grahamstown. Overlooking the Afromontane forests of the reserve, Melton Manor is a distinctive potpourri of warm South African frontier house living, where the lavish landscape is outdone only by the generous proportions of the four en suite rooms assembled around the embrace of the homestead’s u-shaped courtyard. Far from the anxieties of the daily grind, this luxurious single-use safari villa is more than an overnight stay. While the subtle colonial décor blends perfectly with abundant wildlife references and plush furnishings to create an environment wherein your soul cannot but be recharged, it is the personal touches added by the Melton Manor team that truly bring the residence to life. Managed by a team of hand-selected professionals, Melton Manor provides every whim you have imagined and some that you have not, expertly blended into unforgettable experiences that provide a lifetime of memories. Taking pride in planning the smallest detail of every stay, the highlight or our visit was indisputably Chef Brenda who, to everyone’s delight, was always at the ready to transform every mealtime into a culinary feast. Her mouth-watering cuisine can be
enjoyed at the dining table, on the terrace, or in the relaxed environment of the ox wagon boma. Naturally, withdrawing to the bush does not mean that there isn’t any excitement in the air. Lodge facilities include swimming in the large courtyard pool, tucking into a great read in the library, or placing yourself in the expert hands of experienced guide and tracker teams who stand at the ready to whisk you away on a private safari experience at your leisure. Kwandwe is renowned for its Big Five encounters, bird sightings, impala, aardvark, and thousands of other species. Game drives, guided walks, fishing, canoeing, bush picnics and rhino tracking also form part of the outdoor experience and are conveniently included in the room rate. Archaeological drives can also be arranged but are charged additionally. Melton Manor is all about sharing Africa’s abundance with friends and family. Whether you plan to while away the hours ensconced in your personal space, or to share meals and laughter around the enormous farmhouse table on the terrace, you can celebrate the richness of life in true manor house style. Visit www.kwandwe.com for more information.
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Protea Hotels Zambia was established in the year 2000, with the first Protea Hotel in the country being Protea Hotel Safari Lodge. Protea Hotels Zambia has now grown to be the largest hotel chain in Zambia, and it opened its eighth hotel in Ndola in July 2016.
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Protea Hotels Zambia is known for its affordable accommodation, high standards of service, and excellent conference facilities. Each hotel provides free Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel. The new Protea Hotel Ndola is in the country’s Copperbelt region and is conveniently located opposite the world class Levy Mwanawasa Stadium. The hotel combines African chic with warm Zambian hospitality for a truly comfortable stay. Guests are invited to dine at the stylish restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or enjoy a drink at the bar and unwind alongside the sparkling swimming pool. Stay in Style Guests can relax in one of 80 spacious rooms, complete with chic décor and a range of modern amenities designed with comfort and convenience in mind. All rooms feature satellite TV, airconditioning, a telephone for local and international direct-dialling, tea- and coffee-making facilities, electronic safes, electronic door locks and Wi-Fi. The 58 Double Deluxe Rooms can
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They call Sumba the “forgotten island”. Even amongst Indonesians themselves, our mentions of flying to Sumbawa were met with puzzled stares and the inevitable: “Where?” Chinese and Arab traders stripped the island of its sweet-smelling sandalwood centuries ago, so by the time Dutch and British colonialists sailed by, all they saw was a somewhat desolate island – at least in comparison to its more verdant cousins of Bali, Java and Sumatra – so they just kept going. And should they think of returning, the stories of fierce warring tribes, headhunting and “skull trees” kept them at bay. Last century, when the Indonesian government decreed that the entire population should subscribe to one of the national religions, the Sumbanese – thanks to a few intrepid missionaries who had braved the island – chose Christianity, while the majority of the country chose Hinduism or Islam. Nowadays most of the Sumbanese sport old-fashioned Christian names like Carlos, Johannes and Maximillian. But many still cling to their animist beliefs: The ancestors are believed to live in the eaves of their tall, pointy-roofed houses; water buffalo are sacrificed at funerals and they form parts of dowries, in much the same way as cattle do in African cultures. During the annual Pasola ceremony armies of men on horseback charge fiercely into “battle”. While the government has insisted that the
traditional spears be swapped for wooden staffs, the festival is not considered a success without a significant amount of bloodletting, as it’s believed the spilling of blood on the ground ensures a fruitful harvest. It was precisely because they were “forgotten” that the Sumbanese have managed to retain so many of their traditions, and why the people remain some of the loveliest and most genuine you are likely to meet. And it is the spirit of the Sumbanese themselves – more so than five-star fixings and haute cuisine – that recently garnered the island’s only hotel, Nihiwatu Resort, the title of the Top Hotel in the World by Travel+Leisure. Robbed of its sandalwood, Sumba is not big on resources and most of the people rely on subsistence farming and fishing to survive. However, what it is big on is waves. And it was precisely these waves that lured intrepid Australian surfers, Claude and Petra Graves, several decades ago. Drawn by the perfect break, and undeterred by the remoteness of the island, they returned every year, eventually building a small guesthouse as word got out amongst the surfing community. Year after year the surfers came back – not enough to even count as a tourism industry, but it was a start. Plus it heralded the establishment of The Sumba Foundation, which continues to do admirable work in the community of West Sumba in its efforts to reduce the
infant mortality and malarial infection rate, which were once some of the highest in the world. In 2012, the Graves started looking for a partner in order to expand the resort. Attracted by the island’s wild beauty, American entrepreneur Christopher Burch and South African-born hotelier, James McBride, acquired Nihiwatu and spent the next four years crafting a magnificent ecoretreat that is rustic, yet luxurious at the same time. In fact the phrase “the edge of wildness” is an apt and oft used reference to Nihiwatu. Part of the charm of Sumba is the fact that one doesn’t need to compete with hordes of tourists to enjoy a patch of beach. The owners of Nihiwatu Resort would like to keep it this way and so only 33 villas were built. But what villas they are. Each is unique, and they cater to every kind of visitor, from family groups who need expansive patios and private plunge pools for the kids to play in, to honeymoon couples who want to hide away up in the hills, with magnificent sunsets to toast every night. Keen surfers can opt for villas with a good view of the ocean, so that they can keep a constant eye on the break, while the young at heart can even sign up to live, Swiss Family Robinson style, in a tree house! All come with the requisite five-star mod cons, expansive bathrooms and the feeling that you’re the only person in the
whole hotel. Oh yes, and let’s not forget, a butler. While our butler, Yohan, was ostensibly there to assist us with any requests our hearts could desire, he proved himself far more valuable in terms of his proud wealth of information on Sumba and its culture, his kind and considerate heart when my partner became sick, and as an ambassador for the natural hospitality of the Sumbanese people. As James McBride says: “People come here for the waves, but they return because of the special connection they have with the people.” And indeed I still miss the sound of Yohan addressing us as Ibu Nicky and Bapak Tim. I will also miss my daily ritual of waking up every morning at 06h00 – the only people awake before me being the staff
and the die-hard surfers – to check the turtle hatchery. The hotel buys turtle eggs from the locals – rather that than they end up in someone’s dinner – and re-bury them in a protected sanctuary. Four out of the five mornings yielded nothing, but finally I found a single, solitary little soul wriggling on the sand. It was a dream come true to hold that little creature and then release him into the sea with many wishes for a long and happy life. And that’s just what many of them have, as the turtles that we spotted during our beautiful dives on the hotel’s house reef are testament to. When not exploring beneath the waves or surfing on top of them, guests are also given the enviable opportunity of getting to know this largely untouched island. A steep but rewarding hour-long hike takes
you through virgin rain forest, emerging at its end to the gusts of wind and neverending roar of an impressive volume of water pounding over verdant cliffs into a large pool below, the colour of which has given its name to this natural wonder – the Blue Waterfall. It is a spectacular sight, and an unrivalled location for a picnic, perched on a bamboo platform on the rocks, cooled by the fine spray of the falls. Another trek will take you to “Rice Island”, which offers a spectacular view of a different kind, made up a veritable patchwork quilt of rice paddies, dotted here and there with the brightly coloured clothes of the people tending to them. It is these people who are the highlight of another trek, this time through a local village, where small children wave shyly from behind their
mothers or shout “Daa!” (hello) from the bamboo balconies of their houses. Here, life continues as it always has – the men tend to the crops, while the women rule domestic life, fetching water from the river, weaving and preparing food. It is a simple but hard life, and it was a privilege to be welcomed into their village. A short walk beyond the village waits a welcome of another kind, at Nihi Oka, an offshoot of the hotel and another little piece of paradise. In a tree house structure perched on the cliffs, you can eat breakfast – straight off the fire – while watching gigantic waves break on the private beach below. Should you not wish to leave once you have finished your cup of delicious Sumbanese coffee, you can opt to spend the entire day on a “Spa Safari” at this
wonderful location. After getting changed into a kimono, you are shown to your very own personal “bale”, complete with massage tables, a day bed, and more of those incredible sea views. After your feet and hair are washed with coconut water, you are presented with a spa menu and given delicious carte blanche to indulge in as many treatments as the hours of the day will allow. You know how you never want a massage to end? Well, here it doesn’t have to! We spent the day being massaged and scrubbed, treated to facials and hair masks, and dozing off on the day bed, lulled by the fresh sea air and the exquisite reflexology we were receiving. We paused only long enough to indulge in a delicious spa-inspired lunch, and to sigh at intervals and exclaim at the sheer beauty
of the place and at just how fortunate we were to be there. In fact, every moment at Nihiwatu and every experience of Sumba and interaction with its people feels like a blessing. And this is why it is the best hotel in the world, and why – though the island may have been forgotten for centuries – it will never be forgotten by us. Visit www.nihiwatu.com for further details.
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From conferences to glamorous gala events, Jacaranda Events is committed to turning any event into an unforgettable experience, allowing the client to focus on what is really important, such as enjoying the event, networking and doing business.
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The Conference Hub The Conference Hub, situated in the heart of the Tshwane Events Centre in Pretoria, is more than just your run-of-themill conference facility. It offers clients a blank canvas, ready to fill with excitement, vibrancy and originality.
What Does Jacaranda Events Offer? Event Turnkey Solutions The turnkey division offers comprehensive event logistical services. Apart from physical equipment and décor requirements, this division also offers comprehensive logistical and project planning services. The scope of these services can range from basic stock and delivery monitoring to project planning an event in its entirety on behalf of the client. Products offered: • Event décor solutions such as draping, carpeting, and décor condiments • Event furniture solutions • Staging and AV products
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There are many reasons why the Toyota Hilux has entrenched itself in the hearts of South Africans as a tough working vehicle, and why it is the leisure vehicle that remains the envy of friends and family alike. One of the reasons is that the Hilux finely combines these two attributes in every model, thereby adding versatility to the list of its unique selling points. Toyota recently unveiled a Hilux that takes this characteristic to a new level, and what better place to test it than Namibia? From the sand dunes around Walvis Bay, to the secluded confines of Solitaire and Namibgrens, and on to Windhoek, we subjected the new Hilux 2.4 to a stringent test over more than 500 km of dirt roads. Along the way, we played in the sand dunes at Dune 7, and at the Namibgrens Mountain Camp we tackled the dongas and rocky inclines on a 4x4 trail that would challenge even the most experienced off-road enthusiast. The new Hilux took everything in its stride as it negotiated the most daunting obstacles in its way, from sand to water and every imaginable obstacle in between. The most notable aspect of the new mid-range Hilux 2.4 is undoubtedly its
impressive power and torque outputs. The new 2.4 litre Global Diesel (GD) engine replaces the previously employed 2.5 litre D-4D, and brings with it a vast range of improvements in performance, refinement and fuel efficiency. Two iterations of the new 2,393 cc unit are offered, with the standard version delivering 110 kW of power and 343 Nm torque between a barely audible 1,400 and 2,800 r/min. This represents a 35 kW increase in power compared to the old model, and a colossal 143 Nm increase in torque. A higher output variant of the 2.4-litre is also on offer, delivering the same peak power with a boost in torque to 400 Nm, available between 1,600 and 2,000 r/min. Surprisingly, the new diesel features a reduction of compression ratio compared to the outgoing 2.5 litre engine, which makes for a much smoother and quieter engine. This was particularly evident on the seemingly endless stretches of road through the interior of Namibia, and it makes for a splendid drive, even on dirt roads. Fuel efficiency on the new 2.4 litre GD engine has been improved by 9 % over the previous unit, with Toyota claiming
class-leading fuel efficiency of a mere 7.3 l/100 km. Forming the link between the advanced new engine and the wheels is an all-new slick six-speed manual transmission. The European spec vehicles we tested in Namibia also featured the very impressive six-speed automatic transmission. Toyota certainly did their homework when designing the new transmission, as the gear ratios of the new six-speed manual has been optimised to feature a 10 % lower first gear for enhanced low-speed torque delivery, with a 23 % higher top gear for more relaxed high-speed cruising. A world first for the segment is the fitment of the intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) that effectively incorporates rev-matching technology on both the upshift and the downshift, providing a smooth drive while also ensuring a smooth take-off. On the open road, the power delivery of the Hilux 2.4 “feels” very similar to that of the larger calibre Hilux 2.8. Ascending the sand dunes that litter the landscape around the famous Dune 7 outside Walvis Bay, the Hilux 2.4 inspired confidence as it negotiated the steepest of inclines with ease, even in rutted
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system, which reduces the pitching motion of the body, thus improving ride comfort and handling. Taking the new Hilux off road is an absolute pleasure thanks to the new system that features an electronic rotary 4WD switch housed within the dashboard. Using the 4WD changeover switch, you can now select between 2WD, 4WD and 4WD with low range. The system also allows the driver to switch between twowheel and four-wheel high range on the fly, at speeds of up to 50 km/h. Add to this Toyotaâ€™s revered Active Traction Control system (A-TRC) found in the Land Cruiser family, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), and Downhill Assist Control (DAC), and you
have yourself a 4x4 vehicle even more capable than its predecessors. During our trip across Namibia I reminisced about my old 1999 Hilux 3000 D that carried me for more than 350,000 km through the most inhospitable places in Africa, never letting me down. The new Hilux is cut from the same cloth and a worthy successor to all the models that went before it. It builds upon the rock solid reputation of its predecessors, and delivers a bakkie that is as tough as ever before, while at the same time providing the necessary comfort, refinement and features of a modern passenger car.
Spring purSuitS in the northern Cape Dance with the daisies in the early spring. Fall into step on the Nama Riel at the Williston Festival. Sift through the shipwrecks on the Diamond Coast. Listen to the tales of Kimberley. Follow the old Anglo-Boer War trails. Track the gemsbok of the Kgalagadi. Stoep-sit on a Victorian verandah in Calvinia. Drink in the magic of the Northern Cape. More info visit www.experiencenortherncape.com Five reasons why you should choose the Northern Cape this Spring.
4. RiVER SAFARiS Take a walk on the wild side and go paddling on the Orange River. South Africa’s longest river presents a perfect playground for family paddlers, whether in a kayak, river raft or canoe. The river provides a sharp contrast against the surrounding arid landscape and you can spot an abundance of birdlife and even startle some antelope coming to drink. Spend star-lit nights in the open on the river bank before continuing your journey downstream. There are several river operators offering day trips and overnight river adventures along the Orange through the Richtersveld National Park.
1. FAMiLy ExpERiENCE The Northern Cape has always been a family-friendly destination. Its mix of culture, adventure, wildlife and wide accommodation choices, offers family fun that is both entertaining and educational. The province is home to six national parks, five provincial reserves and two of the country’s largest rivers, which makes it perfect for activities the whole family can enjoy ranging from game safaris, bird watching and leisure hikes to winery tours, museum visits and archaeological discoveries.
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2. FLoRAL SpLENDouR oF NAMAKWA Namaqualand is a stunning section in the Northern Cape, famous for its 6,000 plant species, 250 bird species, 132 reptile and amphibian species, and 78 mammal species. An astonishing 40% of the species found here are endemic – they do not exist anywhere else on earth. Keep an eye out for the Namaqualand famed flowers from July to early October! Start in the capital of Springbok and visit the Goegap Nature Reserve where you can explore the Hester Malan Wildflower Garden in a guided open truck tour. The 103,000 hectare Namaqua National Park is well worth a visit. Two unique overnight accommodation choices are available during the flower season and a must for nature lovers to experience. The luxurious tented Namaqualand Beach Camp situated on the coastline near the Groenrivier entrance and the Namaqua Flower Skilpad Camp situated
Akkerendam Nature Reserve in Calvinia is a proclaimed bird sanctuary with 10 floral species unique to the Hantamberg area with two lovely walking trails. Just outside Nieuwoudtville a must see is the Quiver Tree Forest and the Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve with 533 plant species and extravagant displays of wild flowers during the months of July to September. Flower Tips Hotline +27(0)79 294 7260, or Namakwa Tourism +27(0)27 712 8035/6.
5. gREAT WEATHER The mild temperatures of the months July to October are perfect to visit the Northern Cape and enjoy the vast array of family outdoor experiences.
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In the past, there was a single answer to a diverse range of career dilemmas. Stuck in mid-management? In your twenties and not sure how to fast-track your career? Faced with a midlife crisis, but not keen on an affair or to take up cycling? The answer was pretty clear: Get an MBA. Very expensive and a bit painful, it was seen as the three-letter solution to jump-start your career and catapult you into the C-suite. Times have changed, however. While an MBA is still coveted, these days some of the biggest global businesses in the world are either ruled by university dropouts (like Mark Zuckerberg) or chartered accountants. Currently, the most useful skills for future success seem to be computer coding and staying on the good side of robots. So will an MBA really make a difference in your career? Here are five questions to ask yourself before you embark on an MBA.
How meaningful will it be in your line of work? While an MBA is a great addition to a CV and sends a strong signal about your ambitions, it will not necessarily add to your professional value in all lines of work. “If you are in credit control, an MBA won’t catapult you three levels higher into financial management,” says Heidi Duvenage, head of Sage Talent Solutions, the recruitment division of the global payroll and integrated accounting group, Sage. A more specific financial qualification that strengthens your domain knowledge would have helped you to progress more in a specialist field. Often an honours or master’s degree in your specialisation will have a more direct application and will make you more valuable, Duvenage says. Are you far enough along in your career? A good MBA programme will give
The Case for an MBA The MBA is still standing strong after it was first awarded 108 years ago and remains a qualification that has global recognition. Supporters say the main aim of an MBA is to equip those with specialised knowledge in a certain field to move into a more general management position. At the University of Stellenbosch Business School, for example, one in every five students is from an engineering background. The courses themselves are also adapting to the faster pace of business. In South Africa, admission requirements for an MBA have become stricter, but the duration of the courses is shorter. This is a worldwide trend. This year, for the first time ever, the Financial Times ranked a one-year MBA as the top course in the world, with Insead’s MBA trumping Harvard Business School.
An MBA Can Have These Benefits • It will boost your pay cheque. The latest Financial Times annual survey of MBAs showed that three years after graduating from the MBA programme of the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, participants’ pay had increased by 68 %. (These graduates earn the 26th highest average salaries among MBA graduates in the world.) • An MBA gives you a new perspective. Often you need to take a step back from the daily grind to get a fresh view on the opportunities in your business. You will also gain instructive experience of how things work in other industries that can help you chart a new direction for your company. • It plugs you into a powerful network. Not only will you forge relationships with classmates from across the business spectrum, but you will also be part of an influential alumni group.
participants thorough business grounding, but the biggest value of the degree is providing crucial softer skills like leading a company and managing people, Duvenage explains. “An MBA will also equip you with being able to see the bigger picture. It provides participants with a more holistic viewpoint to devise business strategy.” This won’t help an awful lot when you are a 20-something foot soldier in a corporate behemoth. Often young people who are just starting out will have to wait eight to ten years before they actually start using the skills they learnt about in the MBA programme, she says. “The best time for an MBA is later in your career, when you have some experience under your belt and you can directly apply the skills in your working life.” How
reputable is the MBA you are considering? All MBAs are not created equal. Make sure you are considering a well-regarded programme by doing thorough research, including speaking to alumni to find out what their experiences were and whether
their MBAs helped them in their careers. Other serious things to consider are the stature of the lecturers, the strength of the programme’s alumni network and its global exposure. How risky will it be to take a break from your career? If you are in an industry – like IT or ecommerce – which moves very fast, taking time off to do a full-time MBA may actually disadvantage you in the long term. The same goes if you are an entrepreneur with a burning business idea – it may be best to barrel ahead. In business, experience often counts more than post-graduate qualifications, says Duvenage. Should you not consider a management development programme instead? Shorter programmes offered by business schools are growing increasingly popular, explains Duvenage. These are gaining recognition as an efficient way to equip mid-career professionals for management roles.
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Why are some people more successful than others in work, life, or both? Their emotional intelligence (EI) is most probably very high, says Dr Dorrian Aiken, who lectures part-time on the MPhil coaching programme at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB). Text: Supplied Images © iStockphoto.com “EI plays a critical role in determining your happiness and success, and determines how we manage, apply and regulate our emotions and our impact on others. It has been proven scientifically that, on their own, a traditional IQ and personality test cannot assess executive competency, as intrinsic emotional engagement and motivation are key indicators of high performance.” Dr Aiken says that people have both interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligence.
“The former is the ability to relate to others by seeing their perspective, with a sense of empathy, and understanding their moods, temperaments, motivations and intentions. Intrapersonal intelligence, on the other hand, refers to your ability to accurately understand personal feelings: This relates to self-awareness, self-reflection and spiritual awareness.” To many researchers in human behaviour, EI is seen as essential to a
successful life, as it greatly assists you in any interpersonal situation. Dr Aiken maintains that having a high level of EI equips leaders to be more efficient. “Emotions are contagious and this is a critical realisation for leadership, let alone parenting or managing relationships such as marriage. A leader’s mood and behaviour have a significant impact on everyone else. A cranky and ruthless boss (or life partner, for that matter) can create a toxic environment likely
to result in negative underachievers who ignore opportunities. An inspirational and inclusive leader is supportive, inspiring and encourages those they lead to view any challenge as surmountable.” Are we born with a capacity for EI, and can it be taught? Dr Aiken says that there has been much debate around the subject for many years. “Are people born with certain levels of empathy, for example, or do they acquire empathy as a result of life’s experiences? The answer is both. The bottom line is that emotional intelligence can be learned, and our predisposition for emotional intelligence competencies is a blend of nature and nurture. Babies are believed to be born with a predisposition for empathy, with a desire to love and to be loved. The Guardian (in Britain) recently reported that research with very young babies suggests that the roots of compassion, empathy and moral reasoning might be in place from birth. The environment that greets them at birth is a strong determining factor in whether empathy blossoms or withers within them.” To enhance emotional intelligence, Dr Aiken suggests experiential learning, and many iterations of practice in self-observation until people are aware of themselves in the moment. This is the kind of awareness where you recognise: “Ah! That’s what triggers me when I behave like that. Now I know the trigger, I can consciously choose to change
my behaviour instead of lapsing into a kneejerk reaction.” Also, once you recognise the trigger and the emotion in yourself, you become more skilful at identifying it in others and are able to address a situation with much more emotional sensitivity and thought. She says you would initially need a coach or a trusted friend who you are open to receiving feedback from, and with whom you are willing to explore your blind spots, and then take on self-observation practices on a daily basis in order to grow self-awareness. This should be followed by increasing your emotional self-control, in other words the ability to keep disruptive emotions and impulses in check and bring flexibility and resilience in managing change. “Many excellent leadership and self-help books actually change very little in the lives of most readers, no matter how excited and lifechanging they find the contents,” according to Dr Aiken. “The appeal is at the cognitive level and bypasses the crucial experiential emotional learning that needs to happen over and over again before emotionally intelligent behaviour is really embedded.” With the fast pace of life, many lose touch with their emotions, and their reactions to events and situations are far more likely to happen subconsciously. But when you pay attention to your emotions, you can come to trust your ability to not only manage them, but manage relationships better as well.
Dr Aiken says that emotional intelligence starts with “me”. “As we raise our own levels of emotional intelligence, we increase our circle of positive influence in our world, be it at work or at home. It’s not rocket science: With daily practice and attention, we can grow EQ to bring wellbeing to ourselves and others.”
Become More in Tune With Your Emotions • Take time to notice how you are feeling – on the way to work, in the car, or at a meeting. • Note what your body is telling you about how you feel. • Notice times when you have taken responsibility and made a positive difference in someone’s life. • Try to acknowledge uncomfortable feelings and notice what causes them. • Recognise patterns or connections with your present and your past. • Notice when you are judgmental or critical and when you are withholding empathy. • Keep a diary and write down events in your day and the feelings they trigger. Reflect on the extent to which you have been aware of yourself: Did you manage emotions well? What were you aware of in interactions with others? Which relationships did you manage well today or not?
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Their Habits Are in Order Tidy people don’t have to scrub and polish their homes from one corner to the next, day after day. By simply having a tidy and organised lifestyle, cleaning habits will develop which will be easier to maintain from the time you move into your home to the day you move out.
paperwork at the end of each month, try paying attention to each letter, or document, as soon as you receive it. Remember that pretty picture your daughter drew at school? File it or frame it. Those retail letters requesting that you open an account? Toss them! Handle your admin responsibly to avoid a heap of paper clutter.
They Aren’t Afraid to Ask for Help If it’s within your means to get additional help around the house, hire a housecleaner to assist every other week. If your housecleaner can handle the bigger tasks such as washing the windows, scrubbing the shower or polishing the floors, it frees up some time for you to do the smaller tasks around the house. Another good way of dividing household tasks is to group them and create a spreadsheet of all the things that have to be done, and then assigning family members to do each minor task.
They Don’t Leave Dishes Overnight… Add this to your set of house rules: No one goes to bed unless the kitchen is tidy and the dishes are all done. Let’s admit it, no one has the energy to get up in the morning and tackle an untidy, dirty kitchen, especially before work. Not only is it unhygienic to have a dirty kitchen but it will also attract insects – which will only end up making your job tougher!
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… And Neither Do They Struggle With an Oil-Spattered Kitchen If there’s one unsightly image when walking into a kitchen, it’s an oil-spattered stove that soaps and sponges just won’t clean. Instead, pour a few drops of vegetable
oil onto a paper towel, wipe down the greasy surface and voilà! When you’re done, simply wipe the surface again with a clean towel. They Make Their Beds Immediately Nothing says messy like an unmade bed. It only takes a few minutes, so belt out your favourite song, make your bed, hang up the clothes you left lying around and before you hit the chorus, you’ll be done. They Clean Up Easily After a Braai Onions aren’t always the bad guys. Cut an onion in half and pierce a fork on the outer (smaller) part of the half onion. Use this to rub your braai rack while waiting for your coals to get crackling. The onion will dissolve cooking juices and remove any leftover solid pieces on the rack, while also adding some extra flavour to that braai meat!
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When you Google Jack Nicklaus, the very first article that pops up is on Wikipedia, from which I would like to quote the following: “Jack William Nicklaus (born 21st January, 1940), nicknamed “The Golden Bear”, is a retired American professional golfer. He is widely regarded as the greatest golfer of all time, winning a total of 18 career major championships, while producing 19 second-place and nine thirdplace finishes over a span of 25 years”. The phrase that stood out most for me was: “He is widely regarded as the greatest golfer of all time…” Let’s just ponder this for a moment. He competed with world greats like Gary Player and Arnold Palmer and still managed to notch up 18 career major championship victories to his name, which is incredible. Jordan Spieth has won two so far, Jason Day (current world number 1) only one, and the great Tiger Woods is still four behind Nicklaus with his tally of 14. This month I feature one of the Gauteng golf courses that Nicklaus himself designed, the magnificent Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate, which is currently ranked no. 24 in the Top 100 Golf Courses in South Africa rankings.
Firstly, let’s start off by answering a simple question: How do you recognise a Nicklaus design? Some golfers refer to Nicklaus designs as sandy golf courses, with some grass in between and, yes, Uncle Jack liked his bunkers! Thus the most recognisable feature of a Nicklaus design is the sheer number of bunkers the course has – Pecanwood Golf Course near Hartebeespoort Dam boasts an impressive 138 sand traps! This means that in order to get around a typical Nicklaus-designed course, you have to be able to get out of a bunker or two, or attempt to avoid them entirely. When the Serengeti Golf Club was opened in June 2009, it joined an elite group of 300 courses worldwide that carry the Nicklaus name, but is the first 27-hole signature course in Gauteng. The 27-hole design allows for the course to cater for their members as the “member’s 9” can still be incorporated on busy days like Saturdays. The 18-hole course, named Masai Mara, is rugged grassland and sand. You can expect some trouble for any errant shots on this course because the beautiful
layout incorporates a fair number of water hazards, as well as those treacherous bunkers we just spoke about, plus the houses on the golf estate are also in play. Once you have successfully navigated all of these obstacles, however, a very stylish and modern clubhouse invites golfers to relax, have a cold one, and see the fourball behind you finish on the final green. Talking about a “cold one”, you will get this at no charge after your game as part of the package. Serengeti is, however, what we call a “dry course”. You are allowed to drink alcohol at your halfway stop, or after the game, but no alcohol is allowed on the course itself – which is probably just as well, considering all those bunkers! Serengeti is also very popular for golf days. A large number of corporate companies make use of the Serengeti Golf Club for their annual golfing events. This may have something to do with the fact that Serengeti is one of only a few golf courses in Gauteng that offers golf carts to all players. As a South African golfer, the Serengeti Golf Club is a must on your golfing bucket list. Happy golfing!
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Meet the Crew 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. Text & Image © Supplied
Justin Samson Senior Cabin Crew Member Length of Service: Nine years with the SA Express Family and 14 years in aviation in total. Please tell us what your job involves: Being a cabin crew member mainly involves the safety and comfort of our guests. To me the safety part is the most important, which is why I am always prepared to take on any situation as I have been trained to do. What is your favourite part of your job? I like meeting so many different types of people. It is always nice seeing people happy and enjoying their flight. That is the most rewarding feeling for me. Always being well groomed and professional is another aspect of my job that I like. What do you find most challenging about what you do? I find abnormal situations challenging, such as when you have to deal with unpleasant situations. But, at the end of the flight, things always work out thanks to the smiles, empathy and respect shown. Why do you like working for SA Express? At SA Express, we are a family. Flying for SA Express opened the world to me, plus it is the kind of job where you still have time to have a good and balanced lifestyle. What would people find surprising about your job? The amount of annual training that we are required to complete in order to be deemed competent. We also have to be fit and healthy to enable us to operate in any situation. Have you ever had any funny incidents onboard? Funny incidents – where do I start? There have been so many but let me just say, “What happens in the sky, stays in the sky.” Because we fly for you! What would you miss the most if you ever stopped working for SA Express? I’d really miss the cabin crew and especially the passengers – their stories and funny antics. Sometimes they do funny things but you are not allowed to laugh as you would laugh if you were at home. Those are things I’d really miss.
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Mandela Day Forty Team SA Express members arrived at Carnival City to do duty on a chilly winter’s morning on 19th July in Brakpan, in Gauteng’s East Rand, to personally celebrate the legacy of former president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela on International Mandela Day and to play a role in changing the lives of fellow citizens.
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This year, we at SA Express focused our Mandela Day efforts on an exciting worldwide effort, with the focus as always on combatting poverty and malnutrition. This initiative, in partnership with Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa, spanned the globe and involved countless people. “International Mandela Day 2016: Stop Hunger Now Worldwide ‘Follow the Sun’ Meal Packaging Event” was part of the Global Movement to eradicate hunger held on International Mandela Day. The theme – “Follow the Sun” – saw meal packaging events commencing in the East with the rising sun and tracking the sun’s progression into the West. First to get busy was Stop Hunger Now Malaysia, with the initiative ending in the West with Stop Hunger Now US, with Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa
in the middle. In recognition of our special relationship with Nelson Mandela, South Africa ambitiously set itself a target of packing two million meals during the day, out of a global target of ten million. To meet its target, Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa hosted events across no fewer than seven cities in South Africa: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Nelspruit and Pietermaritzburg. Team SA Express was in good company as they worked side by side with staff from many other South African companies, during the now iconic 67 minutes, to meet this ambitious target. The parcels were then distributed to needy early childhood development centres throughout the country. Mandela Day is an inspiring event and a testament to the great statesman,
politician, humanitarian and philanthropist that was the great Madiba. It has become an incredible international movement, and we would like to encourage all South Africans to volunteer and give 67 minutes next year. Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18th July 2009 by unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices. His words were: “It is in your hands now.” “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela
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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.
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
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 domestic and regional flights on the Q400. Passengers will be permitted cell phones, e-readers and electronic
(PED’s) will apply to all CRJ700/200 and DH8 to use PED’s such as 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 cabin-crew member makes an announcement on the publicaddress 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.
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: 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
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
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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 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
We fly for you About us SA Express is a domestic and regional, passenger and cargo carrier which was established on 24th April 1994. The airline has since become one of the fastest growing regional airlines in Africa with route networks covering major local and regional cities. SA Express plays a significant role in the country’s hospitality, travel and tourism industry and is a vital contributor to the country’s socioeconomic development. SA Express prides itself in aiming to offer incomparable service standards. In addition to building on our motto to express excellence and consistently striving to provide the best service, we know that “you” is the most important word in our airline. With our consistent and seamless service, our customers can be assured of stellar customer service that will exceed their expectations. Vision To be a sustainable world-class regional airline with an extensive footprint in Africa. Purpose A sustainable, integrated regional airline connecting secondary and main airports.
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 checkedin luggage, to a maximum of 20kg ($400) 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 intra-regional 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. 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.
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Flight schedule Johannesburg - Pilanesberg Flt No sa 1131 SA 1131
Dep 09:35 12:30
Arr 10:10 13:05
A/C cr2 CR2
Johannesburg - Bloemfontein Flt SA SA SA SA SA sa SA SA SA sa
No 1001 1003 1005 1011 1013 1013 1017 1021 1023 1023
Dep 06:00 08:00 11:20 13:50 15:30 15:30 16:45 17:55 18:30 18:50
Arr 07:00 09:05 12:25 14:55 16:30 16:35 17:45 19:00 19:35 19:50
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 dh4 dh4 dh4 cr2 DH4 dh4
Johannesburg - East London Flt SA SA SA sa
No 1403 1409 1411 1411
Dep 07:15 17:30 18:30 18:30
Arr 08:45 19:00 20:00 20:10
A/C CR8 CR2 CR2 dh4
Johannesburg - George Flt SA sa SA SA
No 1501 1503 1505 1509
Dep 06:50 08:20 11:30 15:50
Arr 09:00 10:15 13:25 17:40
A/C dh4 dh4 cr2 CR8
Dep 10:15 12:15
Arr 11:20 13:20
A/C DH4 DH4
Johannesburg - Kimberley Flt SA SA SA SA sa SA
No 1101 1103 1105 1107 1111 1113
Dep 06:00 09:20 13:10 14:25 16:50 17:20
Arr 07:05 10:25 14:15 15:30 17:55 18:25
A/C dh4 DH4 CR2 DH4 cr2 dh4
Johannesburg - Port Elizabeth Flt SA SA SA
No 1459 1457 1457
Dep 17:30 17:30 17:50
Arr 19:10 19:30 19:50
A/C cr8 DH4 dh4
Johannesburg - mahikeng Flt sa SA sa SA
No 1121 1123 1125 1127
Dep 06:50 07:10 14:55 15:40
Arr 07:35 07:50 15:40 16:25
A/C CR2 cr2 cr2 cr2
Flt sa sa
No 1132 1132
Dep 10:45 13:40
A/C cr2 cr2
Bloemfontein - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA SA sa sa SA SA SA
No 1024 1002 1004 1006 1012 1014 1014 1014 1018 1022
Dep 06:20 07:40 09:35 12:55 15:25 17:05 17:15 17:15 18:20 19:30
Arr 07:25 08:40 10:40 14:00 16:30 18:10 18:15 18:20 19:20 20:30
A/C DH4 cr8 dh4 DH4 DH4 dh4 dh4 dh4 dh4 cr2
East London - Johannesburg Flt SA SA sa SA sa
No 1412 1404 1410 1410 1410
Dep 06:45 09:15 19:20 19:40 20:30
Flt SA SA sa SA
No 1502 1504 1506 1510
Dep 09:30 10:50 14:20 18:10
Arr 08:25 10:45 21:00 21:10 22:00
A/C CR7 CR8 dh4 CR2 cr2
Arr 11:30 12:40 16:10 19:50
A/C dh4 CR2 cr2 CR8
Flt SA SA
No 1226 1228
Dep 12:00 13:55
Arr 13:00 14:55
A/C DH4 DH4
No 1102 1104 1106 1108 1112 1114
Dep 07:40 10:55 15:05 16:05 18:50 19:05
Arr 08:45 12:00 16:10 17:10 19:50 20:10
A/C dh4 DH4 CR2 DH4 cr2 CR7
Kimberley - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA sa SA
Hoedspruit - Johannesburg
Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA
No 1460 1460 1458
Dep 06:10 06:20 20:00
Arr 08:00 08:00 21:35
A/C DH4 CR8 cr2
mahikeng - Johannesburg Flt SA sa sa SA
No 1122 1124 1126 1128
Dep 08:00 08:45 16:10 16:50
*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 11:20 14:15
George - Johannesburg
Johannesburg - Hoedspruit Flt No SA 1225 SA 1227
pilanesberg - Johannesburg
Arr 08:45 09:30 16:50 17:30
A/C cr2 cr2 cr2 cr2
Johannesburg - Richards bay Flt SA SA SA SA
No 1201 1203 1207 1213
Dep 06:10 08:30 13:15 16:55
Arr 07:25 09:45 14:30 18:10
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
Johannesburg - walvis bay Flt sa sa SA
No 1701 1701 1701
Dep 10:25 10:35 11:55
Arr 13:20 13:20 14:10
A/C dh4 dh4 CR7
pilanesberg - mahikeng Flt No SA 1125
Johannesburg - Gaborone Flt sa sa SA SA SA sa SA SA SA SA SA sa
No 1761 1761 1761 1763 1765 1767 1767 1775 1775 1783 1779 1779
Dep 05:55 06:20 06:55 07:55 09:55 11:30 11:55 12:35 14:30 15:45 18:10 18:45
Arr 06:50 07:15 07:50 08:50 10:50 12:20 12:45 13:30 15:25 16:40 19:05 19:40
A/C dh4 dh4 cr2 DH4 DH4 dh4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 dh4
Johannesburg - Lubumbashi Flt No SA 1797
CAPE TOWN - bloemfontein Flt SA SA sa SA SA SA
No 1081 1083 1087 1087 1091 1091
Dep 06:00 08:00 12:00 13:20 16:55 16:55
Arr 07:30 09:30 13:45 14:50 18:20 18:40
A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 cr2 cr2 dh4
CAPE TOWN - east london Flt sa SA SA sa SA SA SA sa
No 1361 1363 1363 1371 1371 1373 1375 1375
Dep 06:00 07:00 08:00 12:25 13:05 16:25 17:20 17:20
Arr 07:25 08:25 09:25 13:50 14:30 17:55 18:45 19:05
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 cr2 CR2 cr2 CR2 dh4
Cape Town - Pilanesberg Flt No SA 1255
Richards bay - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA
No 1202 1204 1208 1214
Dep 08:05 10:30 15:05 18:40
Arr 09:20 11:45 16:20 20:00
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
walvis bay - Johannesburg Flt sa sa
No 1702 1702
Dep 14:10 14:45
Arr 16:55 16:55
A/C dh4 cr8
mahikeng - pilanesberg Flt sa SA
No 1121 1223
Dep 07:30 08:20
Arr 08:05 08:55
A/C cr2 cr2
Gaborone - Johannesburg Flt sa sa SA SA SA sa SA SA SA SA SA sa
No 1762 1762 1762 1764 1766 1768 1768 1776 1776 1784 1780 1780
Dep 07:30 07:40 08:30 09:20 11:25 12:55 13:20 14:00 16:05 17:15 19:45 20:10
Arr 08:25 08:35 09:25 10:15 12:20 13:50 14:15 14:55 17:00 18:10 20:40 21:05
A/C dh4 dh4 cr2 DH4 DH4 dh4 dh4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 dh4
Lubumbashi - Johannesburg Flt SA
bloemfontein - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1082 1084 1088 1088 1092 1092
Dep 08:15 10:30 14:15 15:30 19:00 19:25
Arr 10:00 12:15 16:00 17:15 20:45 21:25
A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 DH4 CR2 CR2
east london - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA sa SA SA sa SA
No 1362 1364 1364 1372 1372 1374 1376 1376
Dep 08:00 09:00 10:00 14:20 15:10 18:30 19:40 19:50
Arr 09:40 10:40 11:40 16:00 16:50 20:10 21:40 21:30
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 cr2 CR2 CR2 dh4 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
A/C CR2 CR2
CAPE TOWN - port elizabeth Flt SA sa sa SA SA sa SA SA SA SA
No 1801 1803 1803 1807 1807 1813 1819 1821 1827 1823
Dep 06:00 07:00 07:30 10:10 10:40 14:20 15:00 16:30 17:20 18:30
Arr 07:30 08:15 08:40 11:40 12:10 15:50 16:30 17:40 18:30 20:00
A/C dh4 dh4 cr2 dh4 DH4 dh4 DH4 cr2 CR2 DH4
Cape Town - Walvis Bay Flt No SA 1721
durban - East London Flt SA sa SA SA sa
No 1301 1305 1305 1309 1309
Dep 06:00 11:30 12:00 16:50 17:35
Arr 07:05 12:45 13:05 17:55 18:50
A/C CR2 dh4 CR2 CR2 dh4
durban - Port Elizabeth Flt SA SA sa SA SA sa SA
No 1330 1334 1334 1336 1340 1340 1348
Dep 06:00 08:25 09:15 09:50 13:35 13:35 17:40
Arr 07:20 09:45 10:35 11:10 14:55 15:05 19:00
A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 CR2 CR2 dh4 CR2
durban - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA
No 1850 1854 1854 1858
Dep 06:10 12:00 15:00 15:35
Arr 08:25 14:15 17:15 17:50
durban - lusaka Flt No SA 1601
durban - Harare Flt No SA 1603 SA 1611
Dep 09:10 10:20
Arr 11:35 12:45
Hoedspruit - Cape Town Flt sa
port elizabeth - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA sa sa SA SA sa sa SA SA SA
No 1826 1802 1804 1804 1808 1814 1814 1820 1822 1828 1824
Dep 07:00 08:00 08:40 09:20 12:10 12:40 16:20 17:00 18:10 19:00 20:30
Arr 08:40 09:40 10:10 10:40 13:50 14:20 18:00 18:40 19:30 20:20 22:10
A/C DH4 DH4 cr2 cr2 DH4 dh4 dh4 dh4 cr2 CR2 DH4
No 1302 1306 1306 1310 1310
Dep 07:35 13:20 13:35 18:25 19:30
Arr 08:35 14:35 14:35 19:25 20:30
No 1331 1335 1335 1337 1341 1341 1349 1349
Dep 07:50 10:15 11:05 11:45 15:35 15:35 19:55 20:30
Arr 09:05 11:30 12:20 13:00 16:50 17:05 21:10 22:00
No 1851 1855 1855 1859
Dep 09:05 15:00 17:45 18:15
Arr 11:05 17:00 19:45 20:15
lusaka - durban Flt SA
Harare - durban Flt SA SA
No 1612 1604
Dep 13:25 15:15
SA EXPRESS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE, SUSPEND OR AMEND THIS PUBLISHED SCHEDULE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION. EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO OPERATE AS PER THE PLANNED SCHEDULE
Arr 15:50 17:40
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 dh4 CR2 CR2 cr2
A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 cr2 CR2 dh4 CR2 dh4
CAPE TOWN - DURBAN Flt SA SA SA SA
Port Elizabeth - DURBAN Flt SA SA sa sa SA sa SA sa
East London - DURBAN Flt SA 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 I often fly to Johannesburg and have noted that the SA Express staff are always friendly and helpful. I would like to share my recent experience at the SA Express OR Tambo offices on 27th June. I was boarding a flight to Mafikeng when I heard from our head office that all of the meetings had been cancelled and that I should head back home to Bloemfontein. I had to disembark and some stress ensued trying to retrieve my luggage from the aircraft, as I had already checked in. The friendly staff at the gate initiated a baggage search and directed me to the baggage counter. Although the ACSA baggage counter tried to recover my luggage it could not be found, and it became evident that I might go home that evening without it. I was then sent to the SA Express offices. Fazel Makatla assisted me and focused on finding my luggage. He went out of his way and even collected my luggage himself after locating it at Arrivals, following numerous phone calls and searches on the computer system. He even collected my new boarding pass and then assisted me with checking in my newly found luggage. Wow! A huge thank you and accolades to Fazel for his impressive commitment to customer care and helpfulness. Keep up the excellent service! He deserves a bonus! Kind regards Henry Pieters Congratulations to Henry Pieters, who wrote our winning letter this month, and walks away with a Samsonite Octolite 55 cm spinner valued at R3,495.
Good afternoon I have just sent a complaint regarding a booking. That being said, when I missed my flight recently, two of your employees were more than helpful. Nomaxabiso Rala noted that my baggage was still waiting to be collected and called me over the intercom. Both her and Abongile Ntsikwe assisted me in getting another flight and, in addition, organised for me to sit in your business lounge. I would like to thank them for their assistance and professional attitudes. I do hope they get recognition for this. Kind regards Tanya Duffield
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Published on Aug 1, 2016