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CONNECT WITH CAPE TOWN Getting around with MyCiTi With MyCiTi, Cape Town’s popular scheduled bus service, you will be going places.

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ome of the most-visited and breathtakingly beautiful places in Cape Town are within easy reach of MyCiTi’s expanding network. From top destinations, such as the V&A Waterfront, gateway to Robben Island, and the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, to the paradise sundowner spots at Camps Bay, Mouille Point, Blouberg and Big Bay, an unforgettable experience is just a bus ride away. The world-famous beaches of the Atlantic coast, from Hout Bay to Melkbosstrand, are served by a number of MyCiTi routes. In the central city there are art galleries, museums and markets galore to explore, as well as many restaurants, cafes and bars inspired by local and global culture and cuisine. Whether it is live music you are after, or a quiet time in the natural surroundings of the Company’s Gardens or the stunning Urban Park in Green Point, MyCiTi will get you there and back. MyCiTi buses operate up to 18 hours a day, depending on the route, so you can plan a long day out and about.

Visit some of Cape Town’s most popular hotspots from the comfort of a MyCiTi bus. Find out more about MyCiTi’s routes and services by visiting the user-friendly website, www.myciti.org.za. There’s a helpful trip planner that will give you directions to stops and stations, list your transfer points, give you suggested times

and even tell you your fare for the various journeys. There’s also a call centre, the Transport Information Centre, with helpful operators available 24 hours a day every day of the week.

Get a myconnect card MyCiTi does not accept cash on the buses. All passengers aged four and over need their own myconnect card to travel. Get these for R30 at MyCiTi station kiosks and selected retailers and load with money to pay for your travel. Fares are based on the

distance you travel, with free transfers at stops and stations within a period of 45 minutes. Visitors on a budget should note that fares are more expensive in the morning and afternoon peak periods (06:45 – 08:00 and 16:15 – 17:30 on weekdays). Outside of these times you pay the off-peak Saver rate. You have two options to load money on your card, Standard or Mover. Load any amount and pay the Standard fare and also make purchases of up to R200 at retailers accepting debit and credit cards, or load Mover


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Load packages from R30. No load fees.

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Use this money to make purchases of up to R200 at shops.

Use Mover only for MyCiTi fares.

Load Standard at MyCiTi station kiosks, participating retailers and cash-accepting Absa ATMs.

Load Mover packages at selected MyCiTi station kiosks only.

Catch the free Table Mountain shuttle. packages from R30 and save 30% on all fares. There are also single-trip cards available for once-off use instead of myconnect cards. Get these at station kiosks and remember to buy two if you are planning a return trip, as there may not be a station at your destination.

Connecting with Table Mountain The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company now offers visitors a free MyCiTi shuttle to Table Mountain. Catch it from the Lower Tafelberg stop on Kloof Nek to the Cableway entrance and back again, and enjoy one of the world’s famous natural wonders. The free shuttle links with services to Camps Bay and the central city, with onward connections to Cape Town’s other must-see destinations – the V&A Waterfront, Century City, West Coast beaches, Atlantic Seaboard, Clifton and scenic Hout Bay. To transfer to and from the free service, get a myconnect card from the Cableway kiosk or a single-trip card from the vending machine at the SanParks office near the Lower Tafelberg stop.

Connecting with the Airport There is a MyCiTi station right outside the arrival and departures terminal at Cape Town International Airport travelling to and from the Civic Centre station in the heart of the city every 30 minutes. At both stations you can get a single-trip card (R85) for journeys including the Airport service. If you are arriving in Cape Town for a visit, and you

would like to use MyCiTi during your stay, it is recommended that you get a myconnect card (R30) at the Airport station and load it with money or fare-saving Mover points. From the Civic Centre there are easy connections to the entire MyCiTi network of routes, with transfers through the spacious station with luggage-friendly level-boarding platforms. If you have purchased a single-

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Features

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Fashion and the City Work | Shop | New | Town

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Festive Fair Fare Christmas Markets

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End of Year Cheers Tipple to Toast With

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Hands in the Air Police Watches and Accessories

On the Cover Christmas is just around the corner and with it the promise of presents and festive food. Instead of hitting the malls this year, why not grab a shopping basket and head to a local market instead?

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Meet the Crew

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SA Express Fleet

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We Fly For You: Our Visions and Values

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Safety and Route Map

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No More “Are We There Yet?” Keeping Kids Content While Travelling

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Dancing Up a Storm Singin’ in the Rain

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Have Papers, Will Travel How to Navigate the Rules for Travelling Minors

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One Man’s Rubbish Is Another Man’s Art Mbongeni Buthelezi

Flight Schedule

Passenger Letters

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Nest Egg Know How Retirement Mistakes to Avoid

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Hello Holiday! A Homeowner’s Holiday Guide


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Events North, South, and In Between

Bits & Pieces Travel Tips & Gorgeous Goodies

Bites Restaurants & Taste Experiences

Books New releases and Must Reads

Gadgets Must Haves for Technophiles

The New Definition of Luxury Volvo XC90 T6 AWD

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Break Away, Safe and Sound Road Trip Tips

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Best of Three BMW 3 Series

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Rough and Ready Ford Everest 3.2 XLT LTD

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A Home from Home Where the Cheetahs Roam Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Holidays At Home Staycations in Cape Town

A Walk in the Country Spa Retreats

Take a Hike On the Trail in SA

Nice & Easy Does It Big Easy Durban is Open

Untouched Africa Zambia

Pass Less Travelled Mountain Driving Around George

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The Topaz Kingdom Azura Benguerra

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An Invitation to Travel Franschhoek Country House & Villas


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Welcome aboard your SA Express flight and, regardless of your destination today, we trust your experience with us is a pleasant one. As 2015 comes to a close and the Festive Season draws nearer, one cannot help but reflect on the year that was. I hope that, like me, you are in a position to look back and proudly take stock of your accomplishments during the year. As a business, we set ourselves a number of ambitious goals for 2015, many of which were successfully achieved and some of which didn’t go quite according to plan. Nevertheless, I can safely say that as I reflect on 2015, I do so with tremendous pride and heartfelt gratitude. In keeping with the spirit of positive retrospection, I felt it important to start by thanking each and every one of you for your enduring support during the course of the year. It is phenomenal to be in a position where one can recognise and thank all of our regular passengers, as well as welcome new passengers to the SA Express family. As an airline, we understand that the services we offer are only as good as the last experience that you had on board an SA Express flight. Therefore, our commitment is to provide exceptional customer service throughout our company, whether it is your first contact with our customer care agents, interacting with our ground staff at the airport, or being welcomed on board by our crew. We appreciate that our customers are the most important element of our

business, and the very reason why we get out of bed in the morning. I would also like to acknowledge and extend a heartfelt thank you to the SA Express team, without whom we would not have been able to deliver on our promise of exceptional customer service, nor have maintained our excellent safety record. It is because of the staff’s unwavering commitment to this organisation that we were able to increase our route network by introducing flights to Mahikeng and Sun City in the North West Province, and were able to increase capacity on our Hoedspruit route by adding additional frequency. However, the biggest feather in our cap was to be voted the second largest regional airline in the Africa/Middle East Region in an independent survey conducted by Airline Business. I would also like to acknowledge and thank our advertisers for their support over the past year, and we look forward to working with you again in the coming year. To our passengers; thank you for choosing us to be part of your journey in 2015, and we certainly look forward to continuing to be your airline of choice in 2016 and beyond. At this special time of year, I would like to wish you all a safe and joyous holiday and a New Year filled with prosperity and success. Warmest regards, Inati Ntshanga

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Bloemfontein

Durban

East London

Lusaka

Johannesburg

Hoedspruit

George

Harare

Kimberley

Lubumbashi

Mahikeng

Port Elizabeth

Windhoek

Pilanesberg

Gaborone

Richards Bay

Cape Town

Walvis Bay

18 Destinations all over Southern Africa, non-stop. You could choose other ways of getting to your holiday spot but flying with us is easy and non-stop. Flying with us is also convenient, because we fly to major destinations and smaller cities all over Southern Africa and the DRC, every day. Taking a break? Then make the most of your time o. Because we fly for you.

SA Express is a proud member of the SAA Voyager programme. Visit www.flyexpress.aero for domestic flights to Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, East London, Kimberley, Hoedspruit, George, Johannesburg, Mahikeng, Pilanesberg, Richards Bay, Cape Town, Durban and regional flights to Lubumbashi, Gaborone, Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Lusaka and Harare.


Events North December

Market Yourself 4th – 13th Montecasino Christmas Market, Johannesburg Make sure Montecasino is at the top of your Christmas wish list, as Gauteng’s premier entertainment destination brings you their second annual Europeaninspired Christmas Market. The Montecasino Christmas Market will bring you all the trimmings and trappings of Christmas in one jam-packed market, set against the backdrop of an authentic Tuscan village. Come along to pick out the perfect family gifts, enjoy Christmas movie screenings on the outdoor screen, and soak up the festive ambience. For more details on Montecasino’s Christmas Village and a full list of exhibitors, join Montecasino on Facebook at www.facebook.com/montecasino or follow them on Twitter at @MontecasinoZA.// www.montecasino.co.za

Countryside Celebrations December Year End Celebrations, De Hoek Country Hotel, Magaliesburg The Festive Season is just around the corner and it’s time to treat your team to a well-earned celebration after a year of working hard. Take a short drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria to the De Hoek Country Hotel in the Magaliesburg area, and escape the buzz of city life. You can book for either the Festive Buffet Lunch which includes Christmas crackers and hats for only R325 per person, or for the De Hoek signature four-course luncheon served in the beautiful garden courtyard for only R425 per person. The third option is to book your luncheon on a Saturday in the Bridge Bistro and enjoy the simpler, two-course tasting menu for only R270 per person. With impeccable service, magnificent table decorations and Christmas décor, a year-end event here will be a memorable occasion for all. // www.dehoek.com

Rock Your World Until 10th January Rock Royalty, Barnyard Theatre, Emperor’s Palace Get ready for an explosion of music as we pay tribute to some of the most popular and outrageous music legends of our time. Rock Royalty is guaranteed to give guests a musical experience as close to the real thing as possible. Watch this ten member cast pay tribute to legends which include Chuck Berry and Little Richard; classic rock icons Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Queen; eighties rockers Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and Journey; rock divas Janis Joplin, Pink and Tina Turner; formidable rockers Alice Cooper, Mick Jagger and Meat Loaf; and evergreen rockers Elton John, Freddie Mercury and James Brown. Rock Royalty is an extravaganza of note, where personality, stage presence, flamboyant costumes and downright diva behaviour make for a rocking, shocking, and absolutely brilliant performance.// www.barnyardtheatre.co.za

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Investec Specialist Bank, a division of Investec Bank Limited registration number 1969/004763/06. Investec Specialist Bank is committed to the Code of Banking Practice as regulated by the Ombudsman for Banking Services. Copies of the Code and the Ombudsman’s details are available on request or visit www.investec.co.za. A registered credit provider registration number NCRCP9. Investec Wealth & Investment, a division of Investec Securities Proprietary Limited. 1972/008905/07. Member of the JSE Equity, Equity Derivatives, Currency Derivatives, Bond Derivatives and Interest Rate Derivatives Markets. An authorised financial services provider No.15886. A registered credit provider registration number NCRCP262. 24/7/365 Global Client Support Centre 0800 1Place (75223) Cape Town 021 416 1000 Durban 031 575 4000 Johannesburg 011 286 7000 Port Elizabeth 041 396 6700 Pretoria 012 427 8300 Stellenbosch and Winelands 021 809 0700.


Events South Toast of the Town Stellenbosch Street Soirees, Stellenbosch Immerse yourself in the inimitable food and wine culture of Stellenbosch when the City of Oaks gets painted red with its ever popular, bi-monthly Street Soirees. The first Stellenbosch Street Soirees for the season will spill onto bustling Drostdy Street on 9th December, when cars will make way for locals and visitors to sip, savour and share in the enviable lifestyle of the country’s second oldest town. It is a vibrant street party where strangers become friends over a glass of wine, with gourmet snacks by resident eateries and upbeat vibes by talented local musicians adding to a cool and casual setting. The Stellenbosch Street Soirees run from 18h00 to 20h00 and each event features a different selection of cellars and food vendors. The next events will be on 13th and 27th January, 10th and 24th February and 9th and 23rd March. // www.wineroute.co.za

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9th These Are a Few of My Favourite Things Gabriëlskloof’s Favourite Things Market, Bot River

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11th – 12th A Starry Screening Love Actually, Anthonij Rupert Wines If you loved the box office hit, Love Actually, then you won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to see it again. The Galileo Open Air Cinema will be screening this romantic favourite at the Anthonij Rupert Wine estate in December. It promises to be a night filled with stars and laughter.The sprawling lawn of the Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room will be the screening venue, with ample room to enjoy a picnic with the majestic Drakenstein Mountains as the backdrop.There will also be a food market, where visitors can shop for their picnic baskets, with pre-packed cheese and charcuterie platters, a selection of freshly prepared salad tubs, strawberries, artisanal breads, chicken liver pâté and estate cured olives to choose from.A selection of estate wines will also be available to purchase and enjoy while watching the movie.

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For a slice of the good life presented with genuine country flair, make your way to Gabriëlskloof Estate when it transforms its courtyard into a colourful celebration of favourite things – handmade, homemade, delicious and beautiful. Set to warm your heart and start your Festive Season in high spirits, this annual market features everything from handmade leather bags, earth-friendly linens, sterling silver treasures and jewellery to artisanal bread, natural herbal beauty products and creative floral gifts. Gabriëlskloof’s restaurant will also share its “greatest hits”, which will include a sumptuous market box for couples to share, gourmet burgers, and their famous salt and pepper calamari. The resident deli will also be stocked with all things decadent and delicious. Entrance is free. For more information, email nicolene@gabrielskloof.co.za.

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Events In Between The Jazz Man Hugh Masekela, The Boardwalk Hotel and Casino, Port Elizabeth Legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela is an innovator in the world music and jazz scene, and continues to tour the globe as a performer, composer, producer and activist. This December, Port Elizabeth plays host to this living legend of African music, when he will perform one show at The Boardwalk Hotel and Casino.This iconic artist is best known for his Grammy-nominated hit single,“Grazing in the Grass”, which sold over 4 million copies in 1968 and made him an international star. He later played an integral role in Paul Simon’s tour behind the classic album Graceland, which was one of the first pop records to introduce African music to a broader public. Articulate and brilliantly musical in a number of genres, Hugh Masekela continues to be a defining force in the South African and International music scenes.

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Beats in the Bay Ebubeleni Music Festival, St George’s Park Cricket Stadium, Port Elizabeth The fourth instalment of the Annual Ebubeleni Music Festival promises to be even bigger, better and louder, as it has grown to such an extent that revellers from all over the country’s nine provinces trek down to Port Elizabeth to enjoy the music and festivities. The festival boasts a family orientated theme, where kids are catered for with their own entertainment, including jumping castles, games and clowns. This year’s line-up has been carefully selected to cater for a diverse audience and includes Zahara, Don Laka, Thandiswa Mazwai, Dr Victor & the Rasta Rebels, Ricky Rick, L-Tido, Nathi and, for the first time in the Ebubeleni line-up, an international artist, New York born Steelpan Jazz musician and composer,Andy Narrel. // www.computicket.com

Saucy Festive Season Fun Until 30th December

Aladdin Grey St, Greyville Racecourse, Durban Written and directed by Darren King, this year’s adult pantomime, Aladdin Grey St, promises to be a bumper offering of good, old-fashioned belly laughs and a liberal dose of saucy gags. Take Aladdin, a street urchin, and move his story to Durban. Take his poor, long-suffering mother, the Widow Twanky, and put her laundry in Grey Street. Add one evil sultana, one lonely princess, a genie with sangoma powers, and a laundry assistant called Watch-Mi-Wanky, and you have a local production brimming with fun, nonsense and topical jokes.Whether you are looking to let off steam with your mates, or for an end-of-year function for work, your friends, colleagues and clients will feel more Christmassy than turkey after a festive helping of Aladdin Grey St. // www.computicket.com

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Bits & Pieces Worth Its Weight in Gold To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the South African Mint’s multiple international award-winning Natura 24-carat gold coin series, a new coin set has recently been released. The set, comprising four coins, depicts the black-backed jackal and various aspects of its behaviour. It also forms part of the themed series “Nocturnal Hunters”, which was originally introduced in 2014. The 2015 Natura series is available as individual coins, as a set comprising of all four coins, or as a limited launch set edition that is specially packaged in an attractive, custom-designed wooden box with a beautifully designed sun dial gift and booklet. A portion of the proceeds from its sales will be donated to wildlife conservation. The coins are available at the South African Mint’s retail outlet, Coin World, or by special order by emailing numismatics@samint.co.za.

SA's Oldest Building in Good Hands South Africa’s oldest building, the Castle of Good Hope, is due to undergo a bit of nip and tuck when renovation specialists GVK-Siya Zama start repairs on the iconic building. Over a period of 21 months, the seven buildings within the castle walls will be repainted and have new carpentry installed. The deteriorated waterproofing on the roofs and ramparts will be replaced, and the stone moat walls and banks will be repaired. The project also includes the refurbishment of murals, and renovations to the Dolphin Pool, as well as specialist plaster repairs. GVK-Siya Zama has hired and trained local people and provided them with jobs for the duration of the project. To date, over 130 people have been employed and trained as painters, bricklayers and carpenters, with 45 undergoing apprenticeships with the Department of Public Works. The R84 million project is due to be completed in September 2016.

The Power of Mother Nature Keep your skin looking and feeling its best this summer with the powerful healing properties of Africa’s rich natural resources, brought to you by Healing Earth premium spa and wellness brand. Market leaders in holistic beauty and wellness care, Healing Earth offers natural, organic products, therapies and spa concepts to discerning clients the world over. Each lovingly created Healing Earth product is made from only the purest natural active ingredients sourced from powerful minerals, flowers, herbs, fruit, seeds, and natural oils. The Healing Earth soothing summer hamper includes a cooling Aloe Vera After Sun Gel, a sleep-enhancing Shea-based Stillness Body Butter, and a replenishing and repairing indigenous African Potato Balm.

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A New Side of the Mountain Have you ever thought what hidden wonders the area around Table Mountain holds? Durbanville Hills Wines has added a private route to its Table Mountain wine tasting excursions to be experienced in the comfort of a customised safari vehicle. The historic route starts at the cableway, from where it continues along the slopes of Devil’s Peak with spectacular views of Table Bay, Lion’s Head and the Cape Peninsula. Near Rhodes Memorial the tour will include a stop-over at a breeding programme established for the protection of the Cape Mountain Zebra. At a scenic spot a wine tasting experience will be presented with a selection of the finest wine from Durbanville Hills, complemented with cheese and fresh breads. The route forms part of Durbanville Hills’ new guided experiences in celebration of the cellar’s view of Table Mountain, Table Bay and Robben Island. For bookings contact +27 76 788 4992.

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The World in Your Wallet Whether you’ve dreamt of climbing Mount Fuji in Japan, partying the night away in Brazil, or visiting the Taj Mahal in India, travelling the world has never been simpler and more accessible than it is today. Similarly, figuring out how you’re going to carry your travel money securely with you while travelling the world has never been easier, as MasterCard and Bidvest Bank have launched the perfect travel companion card. The Bidvest Bank Multi-Currency World Currency Card is a prepaid travel payment card that features the ability to load up to 17 currencies onto a single card at any time. The card allows travellers to lock in exchange rates, budget more efficiently, top-up currency both before departure and while travelling, and avoid conversion fees – ensuring they pay in the local currency. The Multi-Currency World Currency Card is available from Bidvest Bank branches or online from www.worldcurrencycard.co.za.

E is for Exotic, Exquisite, Extraordinary, Exceptional, Essential, Elite, Easy, and so much more. It was with this in mind that Emthunzini Hats recently launched their new E-Collection, with hats that are specifically designed for those occasions when you need to take your style up a notch. Inspired by our abundance of sunny days, Emthunzini hats can also help to protect you from the hours you spend in the sun. The hats are crushable, washable, and have a hidden drawstring in order to customize the fit. As the entire range is made from High Grade ARPANSA (Australian Radiation Protection & Nuclear Safety Agency) approved materials, they have been awarded the Cancer Association of South Africa’s Seal of Recognition, and offer 98 % protection from the sun. For more information, email gilly@sunhats.co.za.

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Bites Let Them Eat Cake This year The Velvet Cake Co’s seasonal gifts will once again be on everyone’s wish list. Their limited edition Christmas Hummingbird cake has three layers of moist cinnamon with chunks of banana, pineapple, cherries and pistachio nuts. Filled with cream cheese frosting, and covered in fluffy meringue and nougat, this tasty must-have cake is topped with dark chocolate ganache and wonderful Festive Season treats. The Velvet Cake Co’s festive gifts include beautiful custom made cake stands and wooden cupcake boxes, making for the perfect gifts for cake lovers this summer. The limited edition Festive Season cake will be on offer until January, and can be ordered online. // www.thevelvetcakeco.com

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Fashion and the City Work | Shop | New | Town Text: Julie Graham Images © Alistair Vlok & Diaan De Beer

With the recent opening of Work | Shop | New | Town – a hub for some of South Africa’s most talented designers – Newtown in the Joburg CBD is now the place to be for those in search of hot local fashion.

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Over the past few years, downtown Johannesburg has seen some massive changes thanks to the ever-growing and evolving regeneration project that has revived the CBD, making it a hot spot for art, architecture, entertainment, food and, of course, shopping! Property investment and development company, Atterbury Property Group, broke ground with an exceptional R1.3 billion mixed-use retail and business development, Newtown Junction, in 2012. They have just selected Trevyn and Julian McGowan, the dynamic couple behind Source – a hugely successful South African design company – to enhance the award-winning project with a cutting-edge new addition. Work | Shop | New | Town has just opened its doors, and is an absolute must-see for anyone who has the privilege of getting themselves to downtown Johannesburg this summer. Work | Shop | New | Town is a 1,200 m² ground-

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breaking, design-driven retail concept that focuses specifically on the latest cutting-edge local fashion, alongside pioneering product design and other services such as hair and nail salons and a coffeeshop. The 45 stall and store units will be open for trade seven days a week, with some of the local designers housing their studios and workshops adjacent to their retail spaces. The talent that is showcased is outstanding, and you can expect to be blown away by the likes of African Image, Amerikana, Unknown Union, Augustine, House of Cinnamon, Kat van Duinen, KuNa Children’s Clothing, Pichulik, Vernac, Wolf & Maiden, Black Coffee, Love Jozi, and Sophia Ball, to name a few. This design destination, which is situated adjacent to the hip Potato Shed, a heritage restaurant and craft brewery by Maira and John Koutsoudakis of Life fame, has been thoughtfully and meticulously designed.


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The heritage building, originally built in 1911 to store livestock and vegetables, has a unique interior architecture. Source’s Julian McGowan along with Atelier Interiors’ Adri van Zyl have created a historic and eclectic visual language for the various store options. Source have employed the consulting services of highly skilled urban strategist Alice Cabaret, director of Grind, an international network of incubator studios for startup urban regeneration research and projects, and a very familiar face around the Maboneng Precinct. Cabaret is passionate about transforming the city, and sees the potential for Newtown becoming a thriving inner-city neighbourhood like Braamfontein and Maboneng. “We are thrilled to have secured Source and Life for the project that forms part of the Newtown Junction mixeduse precinct,” says Johan Roets, Director of Leasing at Atterbury. “The heritage-inspired designs that both plan on incorporating will retain and restore historical landmarks,

while transforming the iconic potato sheds into modernday market space, reinforcing Atterbury’s vision for it to be a cutting-edge blend of art, design, fashion, heritage, inspiration and leisure.” Work | Shop | New | Town’s position alongside the recently refurbished seminal Kippies Jazz Club, named after the legendary saxophone player, Kippie Moeketsi, and the historic Market Theatre, now known as the John Kani Theatre (which opened in 1976), highlights its significance in Newtown’s cultural and entertainment hub. With safe, secure basement parking for over 2,000 vehicles, and a focus on creating a family orientated environment that lends itself to keeping both young and old amused and entertained through various weekend festivals, Work | Shop | New | Town is quite simply the place to be. Go and check it out for yourself. For more information, contact Lauren Bydawell on workshop@source-sa.com or +27 21 461 2856/2097, or visit www.workshopnewtown.com.

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About Source Trevyn and Julian McGowan, through their company Source, have been working with the development, promotion and export of South African design for over 12 years, and are responsible for advancing the African design industry in the global market. With their team of experienced staff that includes sourcing agents, product developers and designers, brand specialists, marketing agents, writers, graphic designers, project managers and logistics facilitators, they operate on multi-faceted levels to ensure professional outcomes for a wide range of design-focused activities. As an agency, Source supplies South African products to some of the most important retailers around the world. The company also acts as a consultant to commercial clients.

About Atterbury Over the past 21 years, Atterbury has become a leading name in property investment and development, and continues to be the driving force behind several landmark South African property developments. To date, it has developed more than 1.5 million m² of commercial, retail and residential properties. Newtown Junction is the first significant economic injection in the Johannesburg CBD in 40 years, and demonstrates Atterbury’s commitment to urban regeneration through its transformation of the historic Newtown precinct into a vibrant, mixed-use shopping and leisure destination.

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A Home from Home Where the Cheetahs Roam Kwandwe Private Game Reserve Text: Nicky Furniss Images © Kwandwe Private Game Reserve & Ryan Hillier

We had only just left the lodge, the sun was barely up and we were still wrapped in blankets against the early morning chill. And then there he was, walking sedately along the road – the same male cheetah we had spotted the day before. Then we had happened upon him lazing in the sunshine on the bank of one of the reserve’s dams. Occasionally he had looked up when a sound or a movement caught his attention, but it was apparent that food was not his main priority that afternoon, lying as he was stretched out languidly, nodding off in the warm rays of the setting sun.

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Today his mind was on more pressing matters, though. He was looking thin and was most definitely on the prowl. He moved swiftly, stopping often to sniff the air and scan the plains around us. We lost him in a thick wooded patch for a while, but he soon re-emerged, briskly moving through the terrain on the hunt. After we had our fill of his beautifully spotted coat and sinuous walk, we pushed on, hoping that his tummy would be full the next time we saw him. Thrilled with not one, but two cheetah sightings in two days, we would’ve been greedy to have expected a third, but not 20 minutes later, we spotted something moving in the grass. Then, suddenly, it was joined by another, and then a third – three tawny coloured fluff balls with inquisitive eyes and petite kitten faces. We had stumbled across a female cheetah with three of her cubs. Mum lay nearby relaxing under a tree, always vigilant, casting a protective eye on the little ones, who explored and romped and eventually collapsed in a heap together – a veritable cuddle puddle of cubs. It was a cheetah filled few days, but then I have yet to visit an Eastern Cape game reserve without seeing at least one. While they fade into the scrubland of the more well known game viewing areas of the north, here, the rolling plains suit their hunting style to a T, and the sparser vegetation offers visitors a much better chance of spotting them. In fact, there are a lot of things that differentiate game viewing in the Eastern Cape from other parts of the country. The indigenous Euphorbia trees stand luminous green in the landscape as they point their fleshy fingers to the sky. In flowering season aloes add splashes of orange to the picture, while the pungent smell of wild herbs and flowers add a sweet

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perfume to the air that brushes past you on game drives. In Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, just outside of Grahamstown, you can traverse a host of different landscapes in just one drive, with grassy plains, rocky plateaus and riverine forest – all home to a huge variety of birdlife which is often easier to spot thanks to the lack of thick bushland scrub. In fact, we spotted a Ground woodpecker – a bird that the twitcher on our game drive had spent over 20 years looking for. As one can imagine, there was much excitement that day, and much toasting of the sighting with champagne over breakfast. A breakfast, I might add that we were surprised with it in the middle of the bush – one complete with white bedecked tables, wine glasses and Proteas (quirkily arranged in empty Lucky Star pilchard tins), and a buffet table groaning under the weight of breads and cheeses, pastries, and cold meats, while our chef whipped up bacon and eggs on the braai. While elsewhere the highlight of a game drive may be to spot the Big Five (all of which also call Kwandwe home), here it is the smaller, often rarer, animals that really are something to write home about. Evening game drives in particular will reward you with scurrying scrub hares and rock rabbits, as well as the possibility of some truly special sightings, such as the enigmatic shaggy aardwolf or very pretty bat eared foxes. You may be lucky enough to spot a serval or a genet, and if the stars are really in your favour, perhaps even the secretive and reclusive aardvark with his distinctive snout and clawed paws. No matter what you spot, you are guaranteed to return to your lodge brimming with stories to share, either after a sumptuous buffet breakfast, or a romantic four course dinner. And spending time in the lodge is just as exciting as being out


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Où les guépards se promènent en liberté Réserve animalière privée de Kwandwe Texte: Nicky Furniss Images © Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Le jour était à peine levé et nous étions encore emmitouflés dans nos couvertures, à l’abri du froid matinal. Juste devant nous se promenait tranquillement le même guépard que nous avions repéré le jour précèdent. On l’avait trouvé étalé de tout son long, en train de se prélasser et de somnoler au soleil sur la berge de l’un des points d’eau de la réserve. Indwe 41


Aujourd’hui il semblait se concentrer sur une question plus pressante. Il paraissait bien mince et était à la recherche d’une proie. Il se déplaçait rapidement, s’arrêtant pour flairer l’air et scruter les environs. Nous l’avons suivi un bon moment jusqu’à ce qu’il disparaisse dans la broussaille, espérant bien le revoir bientôt rassasié. Nous étions aux anges d’avoir pu voir un guépard deux jours d’affilée et ne pensions pas avoir la chance que cela se produise une troisième fois, encore moins vingt minutes plus tard ! Quelque chose bougea dans l’herbe et l’on découvrit bientôt trois boules de poils de couleur fauve à la tête de chaton et au regard inquisiteur. Nous étions tombés sur une femelle avec trois petits. La maman se prélassait sous un arbre alors que les petits exploraient les environs en s’amusant, pour finir par s’endormir empilés les uns sur les autres. Nous avons eu la chance de voir plusieurs guépards pendant ce séjour mais je dois dire que je n’ai jamais mis les pieds dans une réserve du Cap Oriental sans en voir au moins un. Les plaines onduleuses sont parfaites pour leur style de chasse et la végétation peu abondante permet aux visiteurs de les repérer plus facilement. C’est une des

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nombreuses choses qui différencie le Cap Oriental des autres régions du pays pour ce qui est d’observer les animaux sauvages. Les euphorbes indigènes brillent d’un vert lumineux en toile de fond et pendant la floraison, les fleurs d’aloès oranges ajoutent des touches de couleur au décor alors que des fleurs sauvages embaument l’air de leurs senteurs sucrées. Dans la Réserve animalière privée de Kwandwe qui se trouve dans les environs de Grahamstown, on a l’occasion, lors d’une seule balade en voiture, de traverser de nombreux paysages comme des plaines herbeuses, des plateaux rocheux et des forêts riveraines. Tous ces sites abritent une grande variété d’oiseaux qui sont souvent relativement faciles à voir grâce à l’absence de brousse dense. On a même réussi à apercevoir un pic laboureur qui se trouve être un oiseau qu’un ornithologue amateur de notre group recherchait depuis plus de 20 ans. Comme on peut l’imaginer, cette découverte fut célébrée au champagne lors du petit déjeuner. Ce fut un petit déjeuner de brousse étonnant, servi sur des tables ornées de nappes blanches, pourvues de verres à vin et regorgeant de pains, de fromages, de viennoiseries et de charcuterie, alors que le chef de cuisine préparait du bacon


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et des œufs sur le barbecue. Arriver à repérer les Big Five est généralement le but d’une sortie en brousse (et ils se trouvent tous les cinq sur Kwandwe) mais ici, c’est surtout la découverte de petits animaux souvent plus rares qui réjouit le plus. Les sorties du soir en 4x4 sont souvent très gratifiantes puisque l’on peut observer des animaux exceptionnels tels les loups de terre à long poil (appartenant à la famille de la hyène) ou les renards à oreilles de chauve-souris. Vous aurez peutêtre la chance d’apercevoir un serval ou une genette, et si le ciel vous sourit vraiment alors vous pourriez voir le oryctérope du Cap (ou cochon de terre) solitaire dont le museau est si caractéristique. Quoi que vous voyiez, vous pouvez être certains d’avoir de nombreuses histoires à raconter à votre retour de balade. Passer du temps dans le lodge est tout aussi passionnant que de faire une sortie en 4x4 à la recherche d’animaux. La réserve offre aux hôtes quatre options d’hébergement spécifiques. Les neuf suites de luxe du Great Fish River Lodge sont perchées sur une colline et offrent des vues spectaculaires de la Great Fish River qui serpente paisiblement en contrebas, et sont de ce fait idéales pour une escapade romantique. Pour les familles ou les groupes d’amis recherchant une intimité totale la réserve propose aussi deux villas : les deux propriétés traditionnelles – Uplands Homestead et Melton Manor - ont chacune un 4x4 à la disposition des clients, ainsi qu’un garde-chasse, un chef

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de cuisine et un majordome. Nous avons eu la chance de séjourner à Ecca Lodge, au décor très tendance et couleurs vives, et récemment rénové. Ecca Lodge comporte les pièces les plus spacieuses de Kwandwe : celles-ci incluent un salon séparé, une grande chambre et une vaste salle de bains. Elles disposent chacune d’une façade en verre du sol au plafond et d’une terrasse spacieuse, offrant ainsi des vues spectaculaires appréciables depuis le lit King-size, allongé sur une chaise longue à l’extérieur ou depuis l’eau fraîche de votre piscine privée. Ecca Lodge est le seule lodge de la réserve à être entouré d’une clôture, et de ce fait les hôtes peuvent se promener librement, ce qui est idéal pour les familles avec enfants. Les enfants pourront profiter d’une salle de récréation débordant de jeux et de divertissements, et d’activités spécialement conçues pour eux comme par exemple des leçons de cuisine rigolotes avec les chefs. Où que vous décidiez de passer votre séjour vous pouvez être assuré que les quatre lodges vous offriront le même service excellent et une hospitalité chaleureuse, avec des employés toujours prêts à faire un effort supplémentaire pour rendre votre séjour inoubliable. Nous sommes rentrés chez nous repus, la tête pleine d’anecdotes et d’histoires d’animaux vus en safari et dans un état de relaxation totale. Ne reste qu’une seule chose sur ma liste de souhaits : voir l’inaccessible oryctérope du Cap. Cela nous donne une bonne excuse pour revenir ! Pour plus de renseignements, visitez www.kwandwe.com.


Festive Fair Fare Christmas Markets Text: Courtesy of www.thislittlepiggy.co.za Images © iStockphoto.com

Christmas is just around the corner and with it the promise of presents and festive food. Instead of hitting the malls this year, why not grab a shopping basket and head to a local market instead? Not only will you get to eat and shop to your heart’s content, but you will also be supporting local producers, and will probably have a fun day out in the process. Here are a few of our favourite Christmas markets to add to your calendar.

The KZN Christmas Market Festival Hillcrest The KZN Christmas Market Festival is set to be the biggest Christmas market KZN has ever seen, with a unique selling approach. This market will not see individual stall holders selling their wares. Rather, the Christmas shopper is welcomed to a festive auditorium filled with tables upon tables of hand crafted, high quality gifts, décor, toys, nibbles, and all things magical that will lay claim to that niggling Christmas bonus gnawing at your purse. Diverging from the standard open air market theme, they have adopted more of a retail layout, with shopping baskets and credit card facilities. Shop to your heart’s content while the little ones are entertained. They will also have a delicious range of fresh foods from the Food Court. The market aims to create a platform for local craftsmen from across KwaZulu-Natal to showcase their talent and sell to a wider audience than usual markets allow. The market will be open from 15th to 19th December.

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For more information, contact +27 83 795 0105, email info@kzncmf.co.za or visit www.kzncmf.co.za.

Shongweni Farmers & Craft Christmas Market, Shongweni The Shongweni Farmer’s & Craft Christmas Market will take place on 16th December and will run the whole day from 09h00 to 17h00. This festive Christmas market boasts an array of over 200 stalls offering mouth-watering delicacies from all over KwaZulu-Natal, as well as gifts, crafts, jewellery, shoes, clothes and toys. For more information, email info@shongwenimarket.co.za or visit www.shongwenimarket.co.za.

The Cape Gift Market, Cape Town The Cape Gift Market will be held in the Sea Point City Hall until 6th December and will feature crafters from all over South Africa and Namibia exhibiting their wares, ranging from homeware and toys to yummy food and


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art. The event will host over 140 crafters and promises to have a contagious festive flavour. The venue also offers lots of parking. For more information, contact +27 82 411 398, email geskenkemark@gmail.com or visit www.capegiftmarket.co.za.

The Peach Pip Christmas Markets Kommetjie This special market happens twice a month, usually on the second and last Saturday of each month, and is held at Rodgers Fruiterers in Kommetjie. This relaxed, but vibey market offers a selection of food, clothing, gardening, crafts, books and more, as well as live music to add to the festive atmosphere. The inspiration behind the market was the late Mrs Angie Rodgers, according to one of the organisers: “She would welcome everybody into her home and one of her many desires was to have her own market. She had many ideas as to how to bring the communities together and the planning for the market was in the pipeline for years, but somehow it all just came together shortly after her passing last year. And we know that Angie is smiling down and giving us her stamp of approval”. Over December, The Peach Pip Market will be holding markets on 6th December (11h00 – 15h00), 12th December

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(09h00 – 14h00) and 20th December (11h00 – 15h00), as well as a Christmas night market with carols by candlelight on 22nd December (17h00 – 20h30).  For more information, contact +27 72 332 4856 or email peachpipmarket@gmail.com.

I Love Yzer Feesmark, West Coast The annual “I Love Yzer Feesmark” will be held on 9th December at the Delarey Farm in Yzerfontein, from 09h00 to 15h00. The market is the biggest event in Yzerfontein, and is guaranteed not to disappoint visitors, who will find it a great opportunity for last minute Christmas shopping. There will be lots to do for the kids, as well as fabulous crafters and producers with gourmet food from the area’s local delicatessens. For more information, contact +27 82 877 6677, email eldre@iloveyzer.co.za or visit www.iloveyzer.co.za.

I Love Weskus Christmas Market Yzerfontein On 6th December, West Coast visitors and locals can enjoy the wonder of the “I Love Weskus Christmas Market” at the Vygevallei Farmstall, on West Coast Road. The market promises to be a Christmas shopper’s delight with local


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Located in the village of Modderfontein, the market (which attracted 2,500 people last year) will take place on 5th December (16h30 till late) in the streets in front of Flamingo Dam. The market offers a great family atmosphere, with a live band playing an assortment of music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, a Scottish piping band, clowns, carols by candlelight, and various other types of entertainment. Santa will also be arriving on a fire engine at 17h00 and will be seated in his grotto until 19h00 to hear exactly who has been naughty or nice this year. There will also be festive shopping and a host of delicious food and drinks available. For more information, contact +27 82 926 7373 or email peter@madikwereservations.co.za.


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End of Year Cheers Tipple to Toast With Text: Nicky Furniss Images © Supplied

With December finally here, there is much to celebrate, and whatever your drink of choice, there are plenty of delicious tipples to toast with this Festive Season. Here are just a few of our favourites. Martell Cognac The Martell Cognac product range includes Caractère, Noblige, Martell XO and Cordon Bleu. While each varietal has its own distinct character, all four bear the expertise of the house in crafting the finest cognacs – perfect to toast the Festive Season.

Carrol Boyes Shiraz 2013 Gift Pack with Bottle Stopper A stylish gift, the Carol Boyes Siraz Gift Pack consists of a 750 ml bottle of the Carrol Boyes Shiraz, and a stylish Carrol Boyes bottle stopper, beautifully presented in an elegant gift box (R410).

Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Sinatra Century Only 136 bottles of the Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century will be available in South Africa, and will be accompanied by a selection of previously unreleased Frank Sinatra tracks, packaged in a luxury gift box (R4,999.99).

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Pongrácz Brut Ltd Edition Gift Pack Pongrácz Méthode Cap Classique is now available in a limited edition gift pack with a signature Marie Antoinette glass. A classic blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Pongrácz Brut has the perfect balance of crisp acidity and fragrant green apples (R129.95).

The Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d’Or Brut Vintage 2004 The Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d’Or Brut Vintage encompasses the elegance and finesse of Chardonnay combined with the full body of Pinot Noir, and reveals intricate citrus flavours, honey and a hint of grapefruit (R1,600).

Cointreau Gift Box Cointreau, the world’s first orange liqueur triple sec, will be available in a limited edition gift box, which includes a bottle of Cointreau and a beautifully branded goblet (R289.95).

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Glenfiddich Gift Pack Glenfiddich celebrates the Festive Season with a limited gifting pack, elegantly wrapped along with a set of beautiful glass tumblers and a bottle of Glenfiddich 12 Year Old (R399).

Hennessy’s Prestige Range Hennessy’s Prestige range features XO (R1,799.95), Paradis (R999.95), Paradis Imperial (R19,999.95), Richard Hennessy (R39,995.95) and the special 250 Collectors Blend (R5,999), offering a cognac for every occasion.


Oude Meester Souverein Oude Meester Souverein is rich in texture, with a distinctively layered flavour and a pure finish of the smoothest velvet, and comes packaged for Christmas with a beautiful decanter (R999).

Delheim Grand Reserve Delheim celebrates the rebirth of its flagship red wine, Grand Reserve, after a four-vintage hiatus, with the release of its latest 2013 vintage, made with 100 % Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. It boasts flavours of ripe blackcurrant, cassis, spice, and dark chocolate (R285).

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L’Avenir Brut Rosé 2012 Cap Classique This crisp Brut Rosé offers tantalising aromas of raspberry, grapefruit, and biscuit, and is elegantly packaged in a matt silver box (R180).

Belvedere Vodka Completely free of additives, Belvedere Vodka is distilled four times for a perfect balance of purity and character. It is excellent in cocktails, or served neat over ice.

Luc Belaire Rosé Luc Belaire Rosé is a sparkling rosé wine produced in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, a region in the south of France known for producing the world’s finest rosé wines, and comes in a striking black bottle R330).

Krone “The Phoenix” Prestige Cuvée This special release is an assemblage of the best of three vintages, and is produced in unique bottles imported from France. This Cap Classique boasts flavours of fresh apple and lemon cream (R280).

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Piper-Heidsieck is spoiling consumers this festive season by launching a beautifully packaged gift box set. This elegant, limited edition gold and red pack will include a bottle of Cuvée Brut and two champagne flutes (R399).

Mokaï – a delicious sparkling vodka energy drink – comes in three flavour infusions (Elderflower, Blueberry & Mint and Forest Berries), with an energy shot of caffeine to keep the New Year’s Eve celebrations going all night long (R79 per six-pack).

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Holidays At Home Staycations in Cape Town Text & Images © Supplied

If you love Cape Town too much to go anywhere else, there’s plenty to keep you busy this holiday season. Here are some great ideas for a staycation in the Mother City.

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• Kirstenbosch (www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch) is still one of the best places to stretch out in the shade of the trees and gaze up at the back of Table Mountain.

• Watch classic movies under the stars at Kirstenbosch at the Galileo Open Air Cinema. Email hello@thegalileo.co.za or visit www.thegalileo.co.za for more details.

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You can pack a picnic or enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants. The Boomslang Tree Canopy Walkway is 130 m long and 12 m high, and offers a bird’s eye view of the gardens, plus it is included in the admission fee. There are also open-air summer concerts on Sundays, so keep an eye open for the details and book ahead (Ticket Office: +27 21 799 8782). • Green Point Urban Park (access to the park is via Bill Peters drive, Bay Road or Helen Suzman Boulevard) is a favourite picnic spot for apartment-dwellers in the city. It’s a fantastic place to get some fresh air, and boasts an outdoor gym, a play park, an adventure park, and an outdoor labyrinth. Bring along your bikes and trikes. Entrance is free. • The Company Gardens in the Cape Town CBD offers a historical walk between Parliament and the Iziko South African Museum, as well as lawns where you can hang out with the squirrels. You’ll find them at the top of Adderley Street. It’s also worth popping into the museum and the South African National Gallery, both of which are within a five minute walk of each other.

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Markets Local neighbourhood markets aren’t just hipster heaven, they’re some of the best places to discover the inner secrets of the ’hood. You can chat to the stallholders while enjoying a craft beer or an artisanal sandwich. What to expect: A tempting selection of foods, from fully prepared meals to snacks. The selections vary from place to place, but there’s bound to be something to tickle your palate, and, quite possibly, live local music to enjoy while you browse. • The Earth Fair Market is a weekly food market held on Saturdays (09h00 to 14h00) and Wednesdays (15h00 to 20h30) in Tokai (Builder’s Warehouse complex, Main Road, Tokai), and on Thursdays (11h00 to 15h00) at upper St George’s Mall in the city bowl. • The Bay Harbour Market (www.bayharbour.co.za) takes place at Hout Bay Harbour every Saturday and Sunday from 09h30 to 16h00 and includes food, arts and crafts, music and more. • The Neighbourgoods Market (+27 21 448 1438) takes place from 09h00 to 14h00 every Saturday at the Old Biscuit Mill Complex (Albert Road, Woodstock).


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• Take a train ride to Kalk Bay. It takes about an hour from the city centre and once you’re there you can explore this charming fishing village with its shopping gems and restaurants. You can also do the stroll between the sea and the railway line from Muizenberg if you’re feeling energetic. Train times can be found at http://cttrains.mobi/. • For something a little different, ride a camel and visit the shops and farmyard at Imhoff Village, Kommetjie. Email: Info@imhofffarm.co.za or visit www.http://imhofffarm.co.za/ for more information. • Skate the Sea Point Promenade. Every Monday at 18h00 there is a sunset social push/roll/skate gathering, starting at the Queen’s Beach parking lot, where locals come together to connect and share the Sea Point Promenade. Visit www.facebook.com/pages/PromenadeMondays for more information. • Get your game on and play putt-putt in either Muizenberg (The Pavilion) or Mouille Point (Beach Road). Both venues offer fresh air and space for a little competitive activity playing miniature golf. • Enjoy a wine tasting experience at one of the oldest wine producing farms in the Cape at Groot Constantia (www.grootconstantia.co.za). Cellar tours are on offer, as are wine and chocolate pairings. The estate is also

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lovely for a leafy stroll around the old buildings. • The Monday quiz night at Oblivion in Claremont will get you and your friends thinking while enjoying a beer. It starts at 20h00 sharp, and booking is advisable (+27 21 671 8522). Make the most of weekends in Cape Town by visiting www.helloweekend.capetown for a host of information and inspiration on what to do and see on weekends in Cape Town. There’s always something on! Cape Town Tourism’s Visitor Information Centres will also help you to discover the city with their friendly tips for the Mother City. Pop in at the corner of Burg and Castle Streets in the CBD or visit www.capetown.travel for more information. All you have to do to discover new places in Cape Town is jump on a train or bus or into your car and ride until you see something you’ve never visited before. A staycation in Cape Town is a holiday you’ll remember. Be sure to download the Insider’s Guide to Cape Town app from the Google Play or iStore before you set out to explore – it’ll help you to navigate your way around the city with ease.

First Page: Mark Monday evenings in your diary to skate the Sea Point Promenade for a social outing. Third Page: The Mother City boasts a host of markets where you can stock up on delicious homemade fare. This Page Left: The Company Gardens is a great place for a picnic, as well as to imbibe a bit of culture at the nearby Iziko South African Museum. This Page Right: The Boomslang Tree Canopy Walkway is the latest addition to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and offers visitors an unparalleled view.


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• From Marlboro to Linbro Park and Woodlands in Woodmead. • Weekend Shuttle to Montecasino from Sandton Station.

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A Walk in the Country Spa Retreats

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Text: Nicky Furniss Images © Supplied

At the end of a long year, everyone could do with a little timeout, which is exactly why we went in search of our favourite country getaways, complete with their own spas for some added pampering. Cascade Country Manor, Paarl Cape Town may boast its castle, but who knew that the little Winelands town of Paarl once had its very own royal connection? Set on a picturesque 23 ha farm, bordering the Klein Drakenstein Mountains and covered in olive groves, vineyards and even Buchu plantations, stands the lovely fourstar Cascade Country Manor. It is an intimate boutique hotel with an exclusive handful of beautiful suites and rooms. A century ago, however, this farm belonged to none other than the Duke of Bedford, who built the main manor house, planted the estate and created, in this far flung corner of the world, a welcome retreat from the unpleasantness of the world wars that gripped Europe at that time. Nowadays – though many years have gone by – Cascade Country Manor still serves as a retreat for guests keen to escape the bustle of their daily lives and to re-connect with nature. And re-connect with nature you certainly will. The estate is begging to be explored, either on foot or on mountain bike (the in-house activities manager is happy to coordinate outings such as trail rides, picnics and even abseiling for guests), while the nearby waterfall from which the property takes its name is a picturesque spot for a stroll, a dip on hot summer days, or even to serve as a backdrop for some early morning yoga. The owners have also created a sensory walk where you can take your shoes off, feel the earth below your feet, and touch and smell the textures of nature as you explore. The sensory journey continues at the spa, where you can take a dip in the heated pool and then get cosy in the sauna, before opting for the royal treatment – the Duchess Deluxe Warming Body Treatment perhaps, or why not the Duke’s “Terra de Afrique” Back Scrub? For a real royal indulgence you can also opt to have your massage outside, next to the waterfall, with the cascading water as the ultimate spa soundtrack. As befitting its royal heritage, the dining at Cascade County Manor is fit for a king, with intimate settings and beautifully plated food that tastes just as good as it looks. Later, when you retire to your suite for the night, you will find a fire roaring and the deluxe bathtub calling on cold nights, and expansive showers and cool linens on hot ones. Spacious and beautifully decorated, the rooms here are the ultimate indulgence – especially in the mornings when you open your curtains to the spectacular view that won the heart of a Duke, and will do the same with yours. For more information, visit www.cascademanor.co.za.

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Prana Lodge Private Beach Estate and Spa A large Buddha sits outside the spa at Cintsa’s Prana Lodge. His tummy is round and full, and he is surrounded by lush gardens that are filled with flowers and birdsong. Most noticeable, though, is that he has a huge smile on his face. But then, wouldn’t you be smiling too if you got to live here? Tucked away in the little seaside enclave of Cintsa East, about a 45 minute drive from East London, Prana Lodge offers one of the few five-star experiences in this part of the Eastern Cape. It is lovingly run by owners, Tim and Gail Davidson, who decided to turn a family holiday home into a sanctuary for the senses, combining the restorative powers of fresh sea air with verdant gardens and absolute seclusion. Driving through Prana’s gate, you can’t help but feel like you have stumbled across the hidden door to The Secret Garden, with large established trees and well tended beds bursting with life. The beauty of the garden spills out into every aspect of this boutique hotel – tables are dotted with vases of flowers, while silver urns of fern leaves border the pool. Sprigs of lavender decorate rolled up bathroom towels, and little pink daisies welcome you to recline onto fluffed pillows. A walkway leads through the trees to a wooden deck, perched high on

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the sand dunes overlooking a beautiful expanse of beach. Scramble down the sand dune, and the beach offers unimpeded walks in both directions where you will find estuaries, rock pools, and hundreds of water-smoothed pebbles and multicoloured shells. As the day heats up, the hotel’s seven suites serve as tranquil and cool havens. Each is aptly named after a different gem stone – turquoise, emerald, ruby – with colour schemes to match. Here you can dip into your plunge pool or snooze on your lounger in complete privacy. King size beds urge afternoon naps, while comfortable lounges are the perfect setting for afternoon tea – complete with a delicious morsel from the kitchen. The resident spa also serves as an oasis where you can opt for a host of stress-melting treatments and general pampering, before wandering over to the dining room for a healthy lunch. Dinner is a romantic, four course affair, complete with silver service and candle light. Beautifully plated, Prana’s cuisine is a joy, with freshly picked ingredients, interesting flavour combinations, and perfectly sized portions. Adding to the entire experience are the unobtrusive and friendly staff, who are only too happy to help with grace and a smile. For more information, visit www.pranalodge.co.za.


The The Botswana Botswana Accountancy Accountancy College College is is aa business business school school in in Botswana Botswana established established in in 1996. 1996. BAC BAC asserts asserts itself itself as as aa center center for for excellence excellence in in the the Southern African region and beyond. The college is characterised by the quality of its programs and their relevance to the global economy. Southern African region and beyond. The college is characterised by the quality of its programs and their relevance to the global economy. BAC BAC provides provides the the highest highest quality quality education education in in Accountancy, Accountancy, Computing, Computing, Business, Business, Leisure, Leisure, Insurance Insurance and and Taxation. Taxation. With With two two main main campuses, campuses, located located in in Gaborone and Francistown, the College is led by the Executive Director Mr Michael Lesolle. Gaborone and Francistown, the College is led by the Executive Director Mr Michael Lesolle. BAC BAC strives strives to to provide provide students students with with the the capabilities capabilities and and skills skills which which position position them them as as future future leaders leaders and and effective effective participators participators in the country’s wealth creation. Arguably one of only very in the country’s wealth creation. Arguably one of only very few few tertiary tertiary institutions institutions of of its its kind kind in in the the Southern Southern African African region, region, BAC offers a differentiated business model underpinned by BAC offers a differentiated business model underpinned by a a diversified suite suite of of courseware courseware in in our our portfolio portfolio of of offerings. offerings. The The diversified College College has has established established itself itself as as a a leader leader in in the the tertiary tertiary education education space space and and continues continues to to consistently consistently work work towards towards playing playing a a significant role in Botswana’s tertiary education landscape. significant role in Botswana’s tertiary education landscape.

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The The College College offers offers globally globally recognised recognised and and accredited accredited professional qualifications, qualifications, promoting promoting Botswana’s Botswana’s standing standing professional as as a a knowledge-based knowledge-based society, society, and and was was established established with with the the primary primary objective objective of of reducing reducing reliance reliance on on expatriate expatriate accountants and, in the long term, to be a self-funding project. accountants and, in the long term, to be a self-funding project. BAC BAC drives drives towards towards skills skills development development at at national national level, level, namely namely skills skills capacity capacity building building and and transformation transformation of of the the Botswana Botswana economy in line with the concept of quality performance economy in line with the concept of quality performance in in the the ‘new order’ order’ of of the the knowledge knowledge economy. economy. ‘new

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Over Over the the past past few few years years BAC BAC has has developed developed meaningful meaningful and and lasting lasting relationships relationships with with prominent prominent universities universities abroad. abroad. BAC’s BAC’s international reach reach continues continues to to extend extend outwards outwards with with positive positive international results. results. With With a a core core strategy strategy of of positioning positioning itself itself currently currently “To “To be be a a vibrant vibrant and and leading leading College College providing providing business business education, education, recognised in Africa and beyond for commitment to excellence recognised in Africa and beyond for commitment to excellence and and stakeholder stakeholder relevance relevance in in teaching, teaching, research research and and community community engagement”, engagement”, the the College College therefore therefore invests invests significantly significantly in in ensuring that it procures from the best pool of global ensuring that it procures from the best pool of global human human capital and and professional professional lecturing lecturing team team of of the the highest highest calibre. calibre. capital

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Valley Lodge & Spa, Magaliesburg When you are in the midst of rush hour traffic, racing to get to your fourth meeting of the day and trying to juggle a “To Do” list as long as your arm, you may feel as far removed from the quiet of the countryside as you are from ticking everything off that list. But luckily for frazzled Gautengers, Valley Lodge & Spa is less than an hour’s drive from Pretoria and Johannesburg. Located in the quiet area of Magaliesburg, the lodge overlooks the meandering Magalies River, which adds its babbling song to that of the rustling leaves of the many trees that shade the property and the tweeting of the many birds that sing in their branches. All combine to make a soothing country getaway which is designed to leave you calm and relaxed. There are a number of different accommodation options, but all offer comfortable beds, soft linen, soothing décor, and access to the well established garden, which is perfect for long walks and quiet reflection. Comforting surroundings have to be complemented by comforting food, and guests are guaranteed to feast on sumptuous dinner and breakfast buffets with all manner of delicious treats, both sweet and savoury, that have been prepared by the lodge’s talented chefs. In the mornings, the dining room is flooded with sunlight and its glass doors are flung open onto the patio, with views of the pool and its inviting loungers below. At night, the same space takes on a romantic air, with candlelight and the clinking of wine glasses. There are a host of activities in the area, from hot air ballooning and horse riding, to visits to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and the Sterkfontein Caves, but undoubtedly the most relaxing outing you could hope for is a mere stroll from your room, at the hotel’s spa. Choose from a long list of relaxing and refreshing treatments, and in between, you can have a dip in the pool, grab a glass of champagne and wallow in the Jacuzzi, or pop into the sauna for a bit of a steam. There are also delectable snacks to nibble on, should all of that relaxation pique your appetite. Because guaranteed, by the end of your stay here, the one thing you will definitely be able to tick off your “To Do” list is: “Relax!” For more information, visit www.valleylodge.co.za.

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Your Everyday Shopping Hotspot OR Tambo International Airport Text & Images © Supplied

At OR Tambo International Airport, not only will you enjoy safe parking, extended shopping hours and an array of services for 365 days of the year, but you will also discover exclusivity, overwhelming diversity, and plenty of bargains at over 140 shops and service providers in the vast retail space available for you to indulge in.

The lights are always on at OR Tambo International Airport, and that’s because there’s always something to do or see at this world-class shopping destination. There’s something special about shopping at the airport, and we’re not only talking to travellers. With such a great number and variety of shops to choose from, it’s no wonder South Africa’s biggest airport is fast becoming a shopping hotspot of choice for locals and travellers alike.

Shopping Extravaganza You’ll find a wide variety of competitive brand name perfumes, liquor and cigarettes, designer sunglasses, fashionable watches, trendy jewellery, fresh-from-the-press books, exclusive and unique gifts, as well as the latest electronics and gadgets at OR Tambo International Airport’s duty-free and

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retail stores. Many of the latest trends are released a season ahead only at the airport, so if you’d like to be a step ahead and take a cheeky sneak peek into future trends, visit OR Tambo International Airport.

A Taste for Everyone With such an overwhelming array of top-quality products and services to delight in, you’ll want to take a break from all that shopping to refresh and refuel. Who can resist the smell of fresh rolls, pastries and freshly brewed coffee? Whether you feel like a vitamin-packed superfood smoothie, a traditional English breakfast, some pub grub, a perfectly cooked steak, a steaming cappuccino or an icecold lager, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for at the airport, with its extensive list of restaurants and cafés


situated throughout the terminals. And why not enjoy these while surfing the net using the airport’s free WiFi – simply register and get 50 MB for half an hour for free.

Better, For Longer Did you know that all the stores at airports countrywide are open for extended hours? At OR Tambo International Airport, stores open at 06h00 every morning, and only close at 22h00. These extended hours even apply to the banks, the pharmacy, the post office and bureau de change, as well as to the hairdresser, the dry-cleaners and the spa. The airport is also home to a 24-hour travel clinic where you’ll find a nurse available 24 hours a day. Remember this, should you suffer an allergic reaction late at night, or seek medication in the early hours of the morning. And, should you need prompt assistance from the SAPS, the police station at the airport also operates around the clock.

Fabulously Fit Should you wish to miss the traffic, or squeeze in a workout before your flight or after dropping someone off at the airport, Phela Live boasts the latest equipment and world-class facilities. This modern gym, together with its tranquil and luxurious spa, is available to you for just R299 per month for a 12-month contract. Open from 06h00 until 22h00, members enjoy two hours of free parking as well as a 10 % discount on spa treatments. The gym also offers classes – from aerobics and Pilates to boxing and spinning – as well as a sauna and steam room.

Always Place to Park The ample parking available at OR Tambo International Airport has recently been revamped and is easy to use, safe and secure. State-of-the-art technology allows visitors to easily identify available parking spaces, and the parking’s trusted safety features ensure that safety standards at the airport are continually upheld. The launch of credit card paying options at the parking ticket kiosks has also been widely welcomed. Don’t forget that you can also pre-book your parking and receive excellent discounts.

Beautiful Business Do you ever need to meet clients or conduct an interview close to the airport, or with clients flying to Johannesburg? If a convenient conference room in a private, beautifully furnished and professional up-market venue is what you’re looking for, look no further than City Lodge or the InterContinental Hotel. It’s easy to book, and you are guaranteed to be impressed by the seamless service and professional facilities.

Shop Online Airports Company South Africa has taken dutyfree shopping online. The new e-commerce portal, www.dutyfreeshopping.co.za, allows visitors departing from International Departures at OR Tambo International Airport to make duty-free purchases online and collect their items at the airport on departure. The airport’s largest duty-free retailer, Big Five, is the launch partner for the portal, and offers customers the chance to make their confectionary, alcohol, perfume and cosmetics purchases online a minimum of 48 hours before departure. A collection point is situated at the main Big Five store at OR Tambo International Airport’s International Departures area to allow customers to quickly and conveniently collect their pre-packed purchases before jetting off abroad. Registering on www.dutyfreeshopping.co.za is simple and secure. You’ll need your ticket and flight details to complete your purchase.

Buy Now & Collect Later Big Five Duty Free has launched a very exciting initiative for South Africans travelling abroad. Having seen all the beautiful products on offer in Big Five Duty Free, it’s likely you’ll want to make the most of this unique shopping opportunity, but you probably won’t want to carry your purchases with you on your trip abroad. Now you don’t have to. If you are flying out of and returning to OR Tambo International Airport, simply buy on departure at Big Five Duty Free, and when you return from your travels, your purchases will be ready and waiting for you at the Big Five store in international arrivals on your return. It couldn’t be easier to make the most of duty-free shopping.

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Fine Food, Fine Wine

Luxury in every way Great Mediteranean cooking is something to be savoured, treasured and remembered. For no other cuisine can match the exotic, yet subtle flavours that make up the favourite dishes of the region. Fortunately East London is blessed with Grazia fine food & wine, a perfect venue with a superb view over the Indian Ocean just as you might expect from a world-class restaurant with a reputation for serving the finest authentic dishes, accompanied by a wide selection of wines. Tel: 043 722 2009 路 043 722 2010 www.graziafinefood.co.za 76 Indwe


No More ”Are We There Yet?” Keeping Kids Content While Travelling Text: Veruska D’Onofrio Images © Supplied

Travelling with children is an adventure all of its own. It’s a wonderful opportunity to bond with your children, to show them new places and to make memories along the way. It also exposes children to new cultures, as well as to new sights, sounds and flavours, and ignites their sense of adventure. That said, travelling with children can be a harrowing experience. Long-haul flights, waiting at airports and train stations, and long car journeys can become difficult for all family members. Before embarking on what could possibly turn out to be the trip of a lifetime, planning is essential.

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Here are some useful tips on how to keep children calm, happy and occupied on long trips.

Get Them Excited About the Trip Children generally respond to the tone that is set by their parents. Holidays are exciting and so is the journey. Explain to them what the journey will entail, so that you manage their expectations. If you’re flying, prepare them for the thrill of being in the air. If it’s a long car journey, tell them about all the things they’ll see along the way.

Keep Them Occupied Fidgeting, quarrelling with siblings and the dreaded “Are we there yet?” can test your patience as a parent. Engage your kids’ imaginations with toys and games that are ageappropriate. “There is nothing more frustrating for a child than to be playing with a toy or a game that is not at his level. If a toddler is given a toy that has been designed for a

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seven-year-old, he will get extremely frustrated. A toddler needs toys that are the right size for his hands and fingers and that he can manipulate and play with,” says Chiquita Patrizi, Marketing Executive of Prima Toys.

Play Games Together Make a list of games that can be played together. “I spy with my little eye” is a great one for long car trips. Drawing games where someone starts a picture and it is then passed around from person to person to be added to is also fun and interactive.

Handheld Devices Ian Hepplewhite, CEO of Prima Interactive, explains that there are a number of handheld devices for children that are stimulating and at the same time educational. “In South Africa, there are tablets on the market created especially for children between the ages of three and nine,


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such as the LeapFrog Epic and the LeapPad Platinum. The content and apps can be bought online, which makes them ideal for travelling. Plus the devices have cameras, so children can document their journey for themselves, which is extremely empowering.”

Listen to Audio Books Audio books allow the imagination to soar and will also help to pass the time. If you’re travelling by car, find audio books that are suitable for the whole family. These can be classic stories, fairytales, or something brand new.

Get Crafty Pack a simple craft pack for each child. Include pipecleaners, a ball of wool and a few strips of foil or paper. Often, the simplest things are the most fun. Encourage each child to create a piece of jewellery, an animal or another item from these materials.

Stretch Your Legs If you’re travelling by car or public transport, don’t avoid the pit stops. Use these as opportunities to stretch your legs and encourage your children to do the same. Allow each child to be in charge of one stretch session and let them be the instructor. If you’re travelling by plane, make a toilet break count. Let your children walk quietly up and down the aisle and raise their arms over their heads for an effective stretch.

Pack a Surprise Everyone loves a surprise, children included. A small

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item wrapped in brightly coloured paper will work wonders when you’ve run out of ideas and your children are bored and fidgety. Explain to them that they will be given their surprise gift when they’re quiet and calm. This is also a good time to encourage a nap, giving parents a break also. By planning ahead, you can avoid travel stress and ensure that both you and your children have a fun journey.

Trip Toys Toys and handheld devices can help to while away the minutes. Below are a few examples: • LeapFrog Epic: This is an android-based tablet that is customizable. It allows kids to learn as they grow with auto-levelling learning games and boasts a front and back camera with video recording capacity. It is ideal for children aged four to nine. • LeapPad Platinum: This tablet, created just for kids, is designed for interactive gameplay and learning. It is perfect for ages three to nine. • Little Tikes Rainmaker Rattle: Made for toddlers sixth months and older, this rattle is fun and stimulating, with colourful beads that tumble and twist their way up and down the tube. • Weavy Loop Keychain Set: For girls who enjoy making things, this set has all the bits necessary for crafting colourful keychains.


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Take a Hike On the Trail in SA Text: Paula Rabeling Images Š iStockphoto.com / Supplied

South Africa has long been the ideal destination for adventure seeking nature lovers. The Garden Route, Winelands, beaches, game reserves – there is something for everyone who appreciates time in the great outdoors. One such activity that South Africa offers in abundance is hiking.

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From coastal, laid-back walks, to more hardcore options that will see you holding onto chains for dear life while ascending a mountain, a myriad of choices await those wanting to don their hiking boots.

The Western Cape Platteklip Gorge leads up one of the most famous mountains in the world, Table Mountain, with spectacular views of the Mother City as a reward for those who make it to the summit. The route is strenuous because of the constant uphill, but well worth it when you reach the top. The hike can take anywhere between one to three hours – depending on how fit you are – and is about 3 km in length. The best time to conquer this gorge is on clear days, as the path can get slippery on rainy days, plus clear weather will ensure even better views. Probably one of Cape Town’s most well-known hikes is Lion’s Head. Less strenuous than Platteklip Gorge, Lion’s Head is a spiral climb that takes hikers about 669 m up the hill in about one to two hours. About halfway into the hike, there is a choice between ascending by way of using chains and ladders, and the less nerve-racking option of

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simply continuing the walk. One of the best times to climb Lion’s Head is during full moon, as the view from the top is spectacular. The Garden Route, in turn, offers plenty of options when it comes to activities. It is therefore no wonder that it is a favourite among locals and tourists alike. The oldest hiking path in South Africa, the Otter Trail, is an event that brings many to this area. Spanning 43 km over five days, the trail goes through a variety of magnificent scenery. Dense forests, waterfalls, rocky outcrops, caves, and sandy beaches are just some of the views hikers get to experience during this adventure. As the trail is extremely popular, it is advised to book well ahead of time.

Gauteng If you are looking to take a break from the constant rush of city life in Joburg, then a trip to Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve is a must. Only an hour’s drive from Johannesburg, this reserve boasts mountain ranges, valleys, and grassy plains, with a variety of animals, including wildebeest, hartebeest, zebras, and hyenas. The 11,595 ha reserve is home to 66 km of hiking trails, and one can do anything between


KwaZulu-Natal The Elephant Coast is a haven for nature lovers because of its vast variety of landscapes, including its beautiful coastline. A number of hiking routes explore this area, one being the 44 km Amanzimnyama Trail in the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve. The hike takes four days, so it is suited for more experienced hikers who are used to carrying backpacks over rough terrain. Experiencing the Malangeni Forest and Shaida River is well worth the effort, though. The Drakensberg is not to be missed for dedicated

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hikers. From valleys and lush forests, to cascading waterfalls and majestic mountains, the Drakensberg is famous for its natural beauty. One hiking option is the Amphitheatre Heritage Trail, which spans three days, and sees hikers cover around 25 km a day. This trail is perfect for those who are not exceptionally fit or experienced, and there are camps and lodges along the route to offer a hot bath and comfy bed for weary hikers.

The Eastern Cape “Unspoiled beauty� is the term that comes to mind when one experiences the vastness of the Eastern Cape. With 800 km of pristine coastline and a rich cultural diversity, this province is one of the most beautiful in South Africa. When it comes to hiking, most trails in the Eastern Cape are along the Wild Coast. One of the most popular hikes is the Wild Coast Meander, which sees adventurers spending six days and five nights walking the 56 km trail that meanders along the breathtaking coastline. This hike is ideal for people looking for an easy to moderate hiking experience, as the way consists of long stretches of beach, with the occasional river and rocky outcrop. There are hiking trails throughout South Africa that offer explorers some of the most beautiful views in the world, which is all the more reason to lace up those hiking boots.

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a one to six day trail exploration. If you are keen for the latter, there are overnight hiking huts on the routes, as well as braai facilities. In the protected Magaliesberg area, 50 km outside of Joburg, is the Uitkyk Hiking Trail, which offers scenic views over the Hartbeesport Dam and the surrounding mountains. The trail starts at a fenced parking lot on Rissik Estates and goes beneath the R560 before climbing up the mountain. The 7.5 km hike will take about five hours, depending on your fitness levels, and is made up of laid-back, easy hiking, as well as some tougher sections. There is a simple route for first timers, as well as a more scenic option for experienced hikers. Braai facilities are available, so make a day of it and enjoy the beauty of the Magaliesberg.


Nice & Easy Does It Big Easy Durban is Open Text & Images © Supplied

Big Easy Durban by Ernie Els opened its doors to diners recently, and judging by first accounts Durbanites are delighted!

“We are really thrilled with the initial response to Big Easy Winebar & Grill,” says Markus Fritz, general manager of Hilton Durban. “Diners have been most complimentary about how laid-back the restaurant is, and about the food! There is no other venue like this in the city centre, and I think this is also a pleasant surprise for guests.” With Head Chef, Janine Fourie, at the helm, the restaurant’s culinary emphasis is on fresh, locally sourced produce, free range and organic meat, and fresh seafood. With a commitment to farm-to-table delivery, the menu is a taste sensation from across the nation, delivered to perfection. The Big Easy serves a fresh, seasonally driven menu, sourcing ingredients and produce from artisan suppliers and featuring classic dishes, authentic local specialties, and Ernie’s personal favourites. The bar is stocked with an extensive collection of selected quality wines, many of which are available by the glass, and feature up and coming winemakers. Wine aficionados will also be able to enjoy the entire Ernie Els collection comprising ten wines, as well as Ernie Els Vintage wines from 2002 and 2006. To complement the wine selection, a comprehensive portfolio of local craft beer, fine whiskeys, cognacs and cocktails is available, ensuring that there is something for everyone. Sommelier, Eric Botha, is on hand to add his considerable knowledge and advice to the dining experience.

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The interior of the restaurant focuses on comfort, with a contemporary South African aesthetic. The Chefs Table and tastefully appointed private dining room are welcome additions to the usual restaurant layout. A lounge, with large screen TV monitors for watching golf (and other sporting events), and a large bar with an impressive wine bottle display forming a dramatic floor to ceiling backdrop, dominates the space at the east end, while the dining area, which looks onto the large open kitchen, is unobtrusively cordoned off by the “bottle wall”. The Els influence can be seen throughout with many personal touches, including custom-made furniture and a feature wall filled with memorabilia, replica trophies and images which give the venue a homely ambiance. In the private dining room, guests have the opportunity to sit down in comfortable style, as if in the company of “The Big Easy” himself. Outside, the stylish terrace is ideal for al fresco dining and chilling. A foliage wall, as well as locally sourced furniture and accents, honour South Africa’s rich artistic heritage and natural beauty. Over the coming months Big Easy Winebar & Grill will be introducing Sunday Jazz Sessions, regular events, and wining and dining specials. For more information, email bookings@bigeasydurban.co.za or visit www.bigeasydurban.co.za.


Dancing Up a Storm Singin' in the Rain Text: Keith Bain Images © Hagen Hopkins & Supplied

Where there’s singing, there’s dancing. And where there’s rain, there’s water. Bringing all of that together on stage is Singin’ in the Rain, a world-class musical that opens this month in Cape Town.

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It’s one of Hollywood’s iconic roles: Don Lockwood, first brought to life by Gene Kelly, who played the part for the 1952 MGM movie that’s widely heralded as cinema’s greatest musical. This month, award-winning actor Grant Almirall can be seen filling Kelly’s shoes in a stage adaptation of Singin’ in the Rain that’s spent much of 2015 touring internationally with its all-South African cast. Almirall, who was last seen as Frankie Valli in another hit musical, Jersey Boys, says it’s probably the hardest thing he’s ever done on stage. Aside from relentless choreography in a string of back-to-back numbers, there’s the daunting business of doing so on a water-soaked stage. Physically, this is among the most challenging roles in any musical, says resident director Anton Luitingh. “This is no old fashioned, fuddy-duddy version of Singin’ in the Rain. The songs are pumped up in tempo. It moves quickly and the transitions are incredibly fast.” The show captures the energy of the film, he says, which was intended to lift spirits in the wake of World War II, and was created specifically for a new generation of theatre-goer, one with demands for fast-paced, edgy entertainment. “That said,” says Luitingh, “while many big productions these days rely heavily on technology or animatronics, there are almost no gimmicks with this show. Instead, the audience

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is looking at an empty filmic sound stage. It’s like a box that stays the same for the entire show. What makes it magical is what happens inside that box.” A major component of that magic is the gruelling dancing. “It’s pretty much about the performers going fulltilt, working super-hard to execute choreography that’s incredibly intense,” says Luitingh. “What people forget, too, is that for the movie, they would have had an entire day to shoot one number and the film crew could do it over and over again, cutting and taking a break whenever necessary, so that it looks perfect on screen,” says Almirall. “But when you put that on stage and follow the arc of the story, you become aware of how close some of the dance numbers are to one another. So to do this live on stage, you need serious stamina to get through it.” “I literally saw the actors’ bodies change in front of my eyes during the six weeks of rehearsals,” says Luitingh. “Everyone we cast looked physically different as we got closer to opening night – simply because of the energy expended during rehearsals, which is also when we saw a lot of pulled muscles, twisted ankles, and other injuries. The international approach to a dancer’s discipline is pretty relentless and merciless – it’s not a hobby, they’re athletes. Their bodies become like machines. And like professional athletes, they train every day.”

First Page: Don Lockwood leads the ensemble during the showstopper finale of Singin’ in the Rain, when front row spectators get to be part of the action. This Page Left: Paying tribute to the film version, Grant Almirall kicks up the rain during the stage musical’s eponymous Act One finale. This Page Right: The musical pays tribute to the turning point in movie history – when the “talkies” changed Hollywood forever. Fourth Page: As always, there’s a romantic tale at the heart of the song and dance stage show.


Adding another layer of difficulty for the dancers, while ramping up the show’s “wow” factor, is the production’s pivotal technical element: water. Some 12,000 litres of it, in fact, that’s used to create the illusion of rain falling at the end of Act One. This much-anticipated rain-dance scene is symbolic of the film’s joie de vivre. On stage, Luitingh says it’s designed as a kind of theme park moment when people seated in front row seats get splashed by the water Almirall kicks up as he dances. It’s the show’s only big showy effect, he says, and an important tribute to the original film. Creating this requires some serious engineering and technical wizardry. While having it rain is easily achieved with overhead nozzles, what’s trickier is preventing the stage itself from getting wet, while having sufficient water amass there to create pools for Almirall to splash around in. “It doesn’t just rain from above,” explains Luitingh. “The actual performance area is slightly sunken so that it can be filled with water. Water floods from underfoot while simultaneously coming down from above, and it all gathers in a shallow swimming pool in which the dancing happens. High-density plastic is used for everything that gets wet.” Luitingh explains that the flood pool is designed to drain itself at the end of the rain sequence, and the plastic dries fairly quickly after being wiped down during the interval, so the stage is completely water-free again for Act Two. The water, which is recycled after each downpour, is stored in a pair of massive tanks in the wings. The deluge also places demands on the wardrobe and props departments, says Luitingh, since everything that gets wet needs to be specially dried – in an offstage “hotbox” with humidifiers and dryers. “We have an entire set of wet weather costumes and shoes – the girls even do an imperceptible wig change just before they get rained on. And everything that gets wet is removed and shoved into the hotboxes so that it’s ready in time for the next show, which is sometimes a

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few hours away.” Another technical element in the show is the use of black and white film sequences that echo scenes that have been performed live on stage. “These were incredibly tricky, because whatever the actors did when we shot those scenes way back in January must be recreated precisely on stage, in order to create the idea that what they’re doing on stage is being filmed and then seen immediately in the film footage. We had to shoot multiple versions of the film segments, using all the different combinations of Don Lockwood – Grant Almirall plus his two understudies – with the female lead and her understudies. There are a lot of permutations, because it’s impossible to predict who’ll be performing on the night, should there be an injury or illness.” And injuries do happen. Almirall fractured the fifth metatarsal in his foot in Singapore, knocking him out of performance for many weeks. With its high-stakes international schedule, the show must go on, though. And it did. “Every member of the ensemble has to be capable of filling in for a lead role,” says Luitingh. “Whoever lands the lead is simply the best of the best, but anyone who steps in needs to have all of the magic and ability of that lead performer – capable of filling Gene Kelly’s shoes for the night.”

Prepare for Summer Rain Singin’ in the Rain opens at the Artscape Opera House on 11th December and plays until 10th January 2016, before transferring to Montecasino in Johannesburg from 15th January to 13th March 2016. The first three rows are in the designated “splash zone”, but rain gear is provided. Tickets are available from www.computicket.com.


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Untouched Africa Zambia Text: Lesley Stones Images Š iStockphoto.com

For a country smack bang in the middle of safari territory, Zambia doesn’t get anywhere near the attention it deserves. Even its most famous attraction, the Victoria Falls, is usually visited from the Zimbabwe side. Yet Zambia has glorious wide open landscapes, massive herds of animals, beautiful safari lodges, intriguing markets, incredibly welcoming people, and remarkably few tourists, all of which serves to deliver a real taste of untamed Africa.

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Zambia’s capital and commercial centre is Lusaka, one of the fastest-growing cities in central Africa. It boasts top quality hotels, good restaurants, and a decent nightlife. Look out for Freedom Statue, a sculpture of a man breaking his chains, dedicated to freedom fighters in the struggle for independence in 1964. The small National Museum houses contemporary Zambian paintings and sculpture, as well as archaeological and ethnographical exhibits. Kabwata Cultural Village is a good place to haggle for souvenirs. Close to the city is Munda Wanga, an environmental park with lovely botanical gardens and rescued wild animals, including pangolins and owls that were saved from being used for traditional medicine. Among the park’s residents are often lions and cheetahs, and the aim is to rehabilitate them for release back into the wild. There’s also a breeding programme for genets and serval cats. You probably won’t spend long in Lusaka before you head into the bush. The oldest safari operator in Zambia

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is Norman Carr Safaris, founded by a pioneer who turned Africa’s traditional stalk-and-shoot tourism into the stalk, photograph and conserve variety. Norman Carr set up his first camp 65 years ago in partnership with the local Chief Nsefu and his people, involving the locals in managing the camp well before other companies followed suit. They also pioneered walking safaris, but it’s walking with a civilised touch, as the guides set up the daily camp ready for your arrival, including bush showers, delicious dinners, and tents fitted with comfortable beds. A highlight is a sleep-out, where you ignore the tent and sleep with only a mosquito net between you and the stars. For a water-based experience, the mighty Zambezi River is one of the best places for tiger fishing and canoe safaris. Or you can rent a houseboat on Lake Kariba, and again savour the pristine nature of this country. The Zimbabwean side of Lake Kariba has hundreds of houseboats, but there are only a few on the Zambian side, again delivering that sense of unspoilt, wild Africa, complete with glorious sunrises and sunsets. There are 17 waterfalls in Zambia, of which Victoria Falls is the most famous and most spectacular. The Falls are a short drive away from Livingstone, a historic town dating from 1905 with charming Edwardian buildings and a strong whiff

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of old colonialism. The Falls are at their daunting best from February to May when the volume of water is mind-boggling. In October and November the water is lower, for panoramic views with no mist. Don’t worry about the scary name of the best viewpoint, Knife Edge Bridge. It’s safer than it sounds, and offers fabulous views of the Falls across the gorge. While you’re in Livingstone, make sure you visit the lovely museum. There are several fascinating displays showing life in a recreated village, as well as historic maps dating from 1690 and information about the fight for independence. It ends with David Livingstone memorabilia, including the famous explorer’s writings and gems like his now woefully inadequate medical bag. For a taste of rural Zambia, visit the Mukuni Cultural Village, a royal village founded in the 13th century and home to about 7,000 Leya people. The chief allows visitors to see how his people have lived for generations, and to learn about their customs. The villagers happily show you their huts and explain how they are built, introduce you to craftsmen and get you to taste some traditional foods and beer. For something a little racier, Wild Horizons runs a brilliant ziplining operation with nine lines spanning the gorges high above the Zambezi River.

First & Second Pages: Peaceful and untouched, the Zambian side of Lake Kariba offers visitors a chance to truly get back to nature, either from the shore, or on the water. This Page Left: One of the highlights of visiting Liuwa Plains National Park is the chance to see rare Wattled cranes. This Page Right: A Nyami Nyami, the Zambezi River God or Snake spirit, stands watch over the river and is believed to protect the Tonga people and give them sustenance during difficult times.


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The regulations governing travelling minors recently implemented by the South African Department of Home Affairs were put in place to prevent child trafficking. The regulations are fairly simple to follow if you have a regular nuclear family with married parents that are travelling through an airport together (everyone in the family needs valid passports and unabridged birth certificates that name the parents of the children). But what are the implications if your family is a little more unusual in structure, but just as excited about travelling abroad? Cheapflights.co.za did the data crunching on some tricky travelling scenarios using a great online app (www.drivesouthafrica.co.za/child-visa-checklist), to help you to navigate your way through the requirements so that you can enjoy a stress-free trip through immigration.

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An adopted child is travelling with their widowed parent. Documents required: Valid passports for the travelling parent and child. Valid visa, if one is required. Death certificate of deceased parent. One of the following: An unabridged birth certificate or equivalent document that shows the details of the adoptive or biological parents; a court order confirming the adoption; or an adoption certificate.

Scenario 3 An unaccompanied child who is in a foster home or temporary safe care home. Documents required: • Valid passport for the child.

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• Valid visa, if one is required. • Letter from the Provincial Head of the Department of Social Development where the child lives, authorising them to leave the country. • Letter from the person who will receive the child in their destination country. • Proof of identity of the person who will receive the child in their destination country. • Contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.

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Pass Less Travelled Mountain Driving Around George Text: Will Edgcumbe Images © Wikimedia Commons

One of the funny truths about travel is that it’s often the simplest things that bring one the greatest enjoyment. For all the things to do there, the same can be said of the sweet town of George on the Garden Route. One of the chief pleasures in the area is to simply hop in your car and drive.

But don’t just drive anywhere. Serving as the backdrop to the town, the Outeniqua Mountains (and slightly further ranges) do more than add a touch of grandeur to the area. Snaking over the mountains’ folds, hugging sheer drops and opening up staggering vistas, various passes have to be seen to be believed. Some are a little terrifying if you suffer from vertigo, but whether you take the easier routes or bravely tackle a gravel single track, you won’t regret a day trip from George into the mountains. Bring a camera, some binoculars and take your time, because the views wouldn’t be out of place on a postcard.

Montagu Pass (P1640) Opened in 1848 and declared a National Monument in 1974, Montagu Pass, which connects George and Oudtshoorn, is a well-conditioned gravel road some 7 km

in length with sweeping switchbacks which wind their way 382 m up Cradock’s Kloof to the tiny village of Heroldt on the northern side of the mountains. The speed limit is 40 km/h for good reason – the pass is a single track and there are some tight bends, making it particularly tricky if there’s a descending vehicle. Unofficial etiquette is that ascending vehicles have right of way. Another good reason for taking it slow is not just to appreciate the view, but to also consider what it took to make the pass a reality. Built using convict labour, 250 men carved out the pass in just three years, and a few spots along the way hearken back to those times. Most famous of all are the old toll house, which used to charge one penny per wheel and per ox, and the lovely Keur River Bridge, as well as other sites of interest including Amanda’s Grave, the view from which is stunning.

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From the top of the pass it’s a short drive to Heroldt, from which you can head back to George on the tarred Outeniqua Pass.

most notably the second from the top called “Four Passes” – the view is amazing, and as the name suggests, from this point one can see four other passes (including Montagu Pass).

Outeniqua Pass (N9/N12)

Swartberg Pass (R328)

It works out quite nicely to return to George via another spectacular pass. Outeniqua Pass is relatively modern, having been built in 1951 and widened and upgraded a number of times since then. Though it may lack the rustic charm of Montagu Pass, even the most cautious driver can complete it comfortably and it’s no less beautiful. The road descends in a number of sweeping S-bends, each with an amazing view, so take it slow and soak it all in. There are a few view sites where you can stop on the way down,

The Swartberg Pass, which connects Oudtshoorn and Prince Albert on the R328, is one of South Africa’s most fabled stretches of road, and a slightly trickier proposition compared to most passes. Opened in 1888, the pass is gravel the whole way and can be treacherous in the rain, and therefore, once again, the theme is to take it slow. You’ll be glad you did, because it affords one the opportunity of appreciating the pass’s construction, most notably the original drystone walls supporting the hairpin bends, as well

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First Page: Built in the mid-19th century by convict labourers, the Montagu Pass was declared a National Monument in 1974. This Page Top: The picturesque Prince Alfred’s Pass is the second oldest unaltered pass still in use. This Page Bottom: The Swartberg Pass is characterised by its original drystone walls and striking mountain scenery. Next Page: The pretty Keur River bridge is one of the highlights of travelling on the Montagu Pass.


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Other Passes There are so many passes in the area you may even find yourself on them by mistake. Just driving into the tiny surf town of Victoria Bay is an experience, and the stretch of the N2 between George and Groot Brakrivier, called the Hoogte Pass, is a joy in its own right, as is the Groot Brak Hoogte Pass on the R102. Essentially, if ever there was a place where it can be said that getting there is half the fun, this is it.

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Prince Alfred’s Pass (R339) If you head north up Outeniqua Pass and get onto the N9 towards Uniondale, after about 80 km you’ll be able to head south to Knysna on the R339, traversing Prince Alfred’s Pass. Yet another gravel pass, at 68 km it’s the country’s longest mountain pass and the second oldest unaltered pass still in use. The road twists and turns as it follows the contours of the mountains, and just about every bend opens up another spectacular vista. It’s worth stopping just about anywhere it’s safe to do so, whether to enjoy the view or appreciate the techniques the roadbuilders used to make this road a reality, or to hop into a rock pool and cool down on one of the stretches

that follows the river. The steep gradient also means there are loads of waterfalls to see, so the real challenge is for the driver to keep an eye on the road and not gawk at the scenery. Along the way you can stop at the racily named Angie’s G-Spot (www.angiesgspot.co.za), a rustic bar and restaurant, for refreshments. It’s also worth contacting them in advance to find out if the pass is open.

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The Topaz Kingdom Azura Benguerra Text: Nicky Furniss Images © Azura Boutique Retreats

The bartenders, John and Edio, were taking turns to teach us how to play tsoro. This game, which consists of moving seeds or beads around a wooden board (or a grid drawn in the sand) is popular throughout Africa, and is known by a multitude of names and played a multitude of different ways. We were playing the Mozambican way, moving clockwise around the board, trying to manoeuvre in clever ways in order to capture our opponent’s pieces. “Maybe you should move that one?” Edio suggests. It’s a move which results in a large and very satisfying haul of his seeds. “You’re letting me win!” I accuse him. He shakes his head and smiles. I smile back, because win or lose that particular game, just being at Azura Boutique Retreat on beautiful Benguerra Island, means that I had already won.

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The road to the Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz is paved in yellow bricks; those around Azura are paved in silver. Crushed sand oyster shells (a bi-product of the local fishing industry) cover the pathways, crunching satisfyingly underfoot, and glinting prettily in silver and mother of pearl in the sunlight. Like the yellow brick road, they also lead to a gem of a place, nestled as it is in isolated luxury on one of Mozambique’s picturesque desert islands, surrounded by a fairytale blue sea. Any king or queen should be allowed the opportunity to survey their kingdom, and arriving by helicopter allows all guests at this boutique retreat to do just that. As well as the excitement of the ride, you are also rewarded with a bird’s eye view of this stretch of sea, which is painted in sapphire and topaz hues with swathes of sand creating milky swirls in the water, and patches of sea grass leopardspotting the ocean floor with dark, circular shadows. As you leave the coastal town of Vilanculos behind, the island of Bazaruto (the largest in this archipelago) sits perched on the horizon, but it is its smaller sister island of Benguerra that will serve as your kingdom for your stay. At only 11 km long, the island offers an intimate escape, and Azura even more so, with its luxury villas nestled in lush gardens overlooking the beach.

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Each villa comes with a shaggy thatch roof haircut, with tossled edges that shade the veranda. But don’t let the beachy, “bed head” vibe fool you, for step instead its blissful air-conditioned cool, and you will find a luxuriously appointed suite that is guaranteed to cater to every royal whim. Large beds (the kind you have to climb up onto, instead of sit down on) are romantically swathed in soft white netting, and look out onto a generously proportioned room, complete with a comfy reading chair and a nook with a desk – should you wish to quickly dash off a “Wish you were here” postcard. The bathroom runs the entire width of the room, with his and hers basins, a walk-in cupboard, an ample bathtub and a shower large enough even for a royal retinue. Every castle should have a drawbridge, and the villas here are no exception, with a wooden bridge that leads over a sea of aloes, to twin outdoor showers – perfect to cool off in the moonlight. Another option for cooling off is your own personal rim flow plunge pool, which even boasts a throne – yes, you heard me right – a submerged seat on which you can relax and watch the dhows sail by the beach, a stone’s throw from your veranda. These beach views can also be enjoyed from a pair of loungers nearby, or from a thatched sala that sits at the end of the garden, right on the beach.


The main lodge, as well as the villas are quite literally swimming with fish. Fish motifs paddle across the cushions on the beds; the villa door handles are silver fish; large beaded fish lamp shades swim in a school above the reception, and jellyfish ones hover above the restaurant. A large silver fish – ingeniously made from the worn cutlery from the backpacker’s lodge that once stood here – surveys the main deck. It’s little wonder though, as the sea, and the creatures in it, form such a part of life – and your stay – here. Romantic sunset dhow cruises (complete with French champagne, no less) give you insight into the traditional Mozambican way of sailing and fishing, while also giving you a wonderful view of the island. A short boat ride from the lodge, Two Mile Reef offers spectacular snorkelling with its multicoloured coral and teeming marine life, with tropical fish, moray eels, and even turtles making regular appearances. Drop below the waves, and you will discover one of Mozambique’s most picturesque dive sites – a vibrant underwater wonderland, where you could be rewarded with a multitude of magnificent sightings. Guide and dive master Paulo Vivane’s face lit up when he spoke of looking up from the sea bed to see schools of magnificent manta rays, sailing past on their giant wings, as well as swimming with magnificent whale sharks, or even spotting the notoriously elusive dugong, an animal so rare that seeing one is a true bucket list occasion. Other activities include island hopping to the very aptly named Paradise Island, and to little Pansy Island, so named because of the pansy shells that liberally dot it. You can also opt to swap your boat for a 4x4 and take a tour of the island itself, to climb sand dunes, look for crocodiles in the fresh water lakes, see the “wild side” of the island, and visit the local school, where the hotel is doing great work to assist with classrooms and educational supplies. As you go, your

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guide will tell you about the indigenous plants and the ingenious uses that the locals have found for them, including medical remedies, mozzie repellent and even shampoo! A large number of the local residents have been employed at the lodge, where they welcome guests with genuine warmth and hospitality (like Paulo Vilanculos at the front desk), and provide the kind of unobtrusive service that makes you feel completely at home. For that added royal touch, each villa is assigned their own host, who is responsible for serving them all of their meals – many of which are set up in different locations each evening, to really make for memorable dining (which is only enhanced by the superb cuisine). Our host, Ronald Nembe, set up a magical dinner for us on the deck of our villa, complete with swaying lanterns in the trees and candles on the table. Oh, and not to forget the butter – every meal came with a new picture drawn onto its flat surface wishing us a happy day or a good meal. It turns out that Ronald is quite the artist! He – as were the other hosts – was also expert at anticipating our every need, not least of all at cocktail hour, which simply wouldn’t be complete without a new kind of cocktail every evening and a plate of nibbles to accompany it. Sitting on a deck chair, cocktail in hand, watching the startling turquoise of the sea changing to inky indigo as evening falls, you can’t help but feel supremely lucky. Who needs the Emerald City, when you can have this topaz and mother of pearl kingdom instead? For more information, visit www.azura-retreats.com.

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One Man's Rubbish Is Another Man's Art Mbongeni Buthelezi Text: mediaclubsouthafrica.com Images © Mbongeni Buthelezi

South African artist Mbongeni Buthelezi recycles plastic litter, adds some heat, and melts it onto his canvases to create beautiful pieces of art. A regular exhibitor on both the local and international art scenes for almost two decades, he has been hailed as one of the country’s most innovative artists. “I (use rubbish to) create something beautiful from it. I collect something that has no value and give it new life. That’s what we can do with ourselves and our lives,” is how artist Mbongeni Buthelezi introduces himself on his website (www.mbongeni-buthelezi.com), and for 16 years he’s made a name for himself as one of South Africa’s boldest and most original artists. He chose to work with plastic during his art school days in order to draw attention to the medium, and as a way to stand out in the often crowded local art scene. The tangible method of sculpting plastic onto canvas was also a way for him to work through his creative process. He told  Euronews recently: “With watercolour and other mediums that I have experimented with in the past, there was a time where I felt that I was hitting the ceiling and was not growing anymore. I wanted to be noticed and

I wanted to attract attention, because I knew that I was moving into a career where you have to be really special to be able to even make a living out of it.” Buthelezi has been a regular and popular exhibitor on the South African art circuit for years, and has garnered positive attention from international galleries and art schools. Art lovers are intrigued by his use of discarded consumer plastic to craft vibrant and engrossing African story-portraits. In these works, he makes bold statements about the world as he sees it, addressing both social and environmental issues. An article in Live Out Loud on Buthelezi’s work described his work thus: “Reflecting humanity’s often detrimental impact on the environment, his original use of discarded objects to depict an often forgotten group of people truly sets him apart.”

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His artistic process involves melting down strips of coloured plastic onto the canvas surface, itself often also made from plastic. He understates the creation process as simple and haphazard, but his final Pollockesque pieces speak for themselves, and are enjoyable and provocative on all levels, from all distances. “I’m interested in finding the details in the painting, but also, as you step away from the piece, it really comes together,” Buthelezi told BBC News at his latest exhibition in Johannesburg recently. Buthelezi may be the only artist – that he knows of – who works in this medium, but he appreciates this singularity, as it does not give him an outside point of reference that may hinder his originality. Yet he still believes that the melted plastic method is a way to make art creation easily available to anyone who wants to experiment, but who may not be able to access or afford traditional art materials. “(Anyone) can gather waste plastic and start painting,” he says, “and construct something out of nothing.” In addition to being recognised with a number of local art awards during his career, including being a semi-finalist in the 2007 Sasol Wax Art Awards, Buthelezi has also won a Visi Design Award as well as a Mail & Guardian Green Trust award for “commitment and contribution to the environment with social conscience and creativity”. He is artist-in-residence at the Omni International Arts Centre in New York City, as well as for the South African National Arts Festival. He has exhibited in Germany, the US and Holland, and has been commissioned to make exclusive works by companies such as Mercedes-Benz South Africa and the Daimler Art Collection in Stuttgart, Germany. When it comes to appreciating the role art has played in his life, Buthelezi is philosophical, telling the BBC he sees himself as “a mirror for the society I live in”. He adds: “I want to make a meaningful impact on that society.”

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An Invitation to Travel Franschhoek Country House & Villas Text: Sarah-Claire Picton Images © Franschhoek Country House & Villas

Magnificent views of stately mountains and surrounding vineyards welcome guests at Franschhoek Country House & Villas. Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, this five-star luxury getaway – set in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley – offers an old-meets-new world L’invitation au voyage. Complemented by the on-site Monneaux Restaurant, the restored 19th century manor house and former perfumery houses a total of 26 luxury accommodation units (14 Luxury Rooms and 12 Villa Suites). It has premium facilities and services, which include a second restaurant serving complimentary breakfast, a spa (the Treatment Room), and two designer pools (one heated). The exquisitely manicured gardens are scented by rose and lavender bushes and lemon trees, and this lush, colourful affair of nature finds balance in the French-inspired décor, from stone balustrades, fountains, and arches to earthy tones and large Provençal blue shutters. All of the accommodation units offer facilities designed to please even the most discerning guest, including free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, an in-room safe, mini bar, individual air conditioning, and flatscreen televisions. Spacious country-style extravagance overflows to grandiose comfort in the interior design, felt especially in the sumptuous duvets with embroidered percale cotton linen. Set in the original manor house – dating back to 1890 – the Standard Rooms are equipped with a charming lounge area and a private balcony. The Luxury Rooms make wonderful use of inside-outside flow of space, and

also host an additional lounge area. Let time pass by on your exclusive patio or balcony, which the majority of the five Luxury Rooms have. The Garden Cottages consist of an en suite bedroom, private garden and patio area downstairs, while upstairs, a separate lounge delivers stunning views of the neighbouring vineyards. The Villa Suites span 100 m² and the amenities are outstanding. Highlights are the fireplace, in-room dining facility, music throughout the suite, adjustable lighting, air conditioning, and underfloor heating. The lounge opens up to a large private balcony offering beautiful garden views, and the bedroom (also appointed with quality percale linen) allows for utmost privacy and leads onto a second balcony. Even when inside, nature is given its own place, from the bath products to the freshly picked lavender bathroom wall features… Talk about a fresh start to one’s day! The bathrooms are fit for royalty with stand-alone baths, spacious separate showers, as well as bidets and double basins with granite tops. Time in one of the Villa Suites is an exquisite taste of luxurious country life. And when it comes to taste, the in-house Monneaux Restaurant has been highly praised for its innovative modern French cuisine and superb wine selection. This

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Explore the French Quarter On the fringes of historical Franschhoek, guests at the Franschhoek Country House & Villas are a mere kilometre’s drive from the town centre with its charming mix of boutiques, wine cellars, art galleries, restaurants, and cafes. Discover a delightful mix of sights and activities to suit all palates, including the following: Art: Franschhoek’s La Grange Gallery deals in fine art, sophisticated ethnic pieces and homeware. For more information, visit www.lagrange.co.za. Wine: Taste delicious wines at L’Ormarins Wine Estate, which is also the location of the renowned Franschhoek Motor Museum – a must for motor enthusiasts! For more information, visit www.lormarins.co.za and www.fmm.co.za. Golf: A number of golf courses are available close by, including Pearl Valley Golf Estate, Boschenmeer Golf Estate, Stellenbosch Golf Club and Theewaterskloof Country Estate.

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The New Definition of Luxury Volvo XC90 T6 AWD Text: Wilhelm Loots Images Š Ryan Abbott

The new Volvo XC90 is a technological marvel wrapped in clean, yet functional styling with an emphasis on ease of use. From the very first sketches, this car was designed with the user in mind. The Swedes are known for their elegant, minimalist designs, so it comes as little surprise that the XC90 ticks all the styling boxes.

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The entire dashboard features only eight buttons, with all other functions controlled via a large touchscreen embedded in the centre console. An intuitively tiled menu system takes the effort out of personalisation and interaction. Volvo’s new Sensus system, which features both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, delivers true connectivity with a range of useful, cloud-based applications and services that can be operated via the touchscreen, through steering wheel controls, or via the voice control system. In South Africa, Volvo adds even more assistance value with the Volvo Tracker Connect system. Installed as standard specification on all new Volvos, the system gives you access to roadside assistance and emergency medical assistance. The support can be activated by calling the call centre, via the smartphone app, or by pressing a button in the car. An emergency response will also be triggered by the built-in impact detection system. Renowned the world over for their attention to safety, Volvo added even more ingenious safety features to the XC90, which comes fully equipped with the IntelliSafe package that includes

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two world firsts – Run-off Road Protection and Auto Brake at Intersections. “We do not develop new safety systems or features to pass tests – we develop them to save lives. This is why we can confidently aim to meet our Vision 2020 goal of having no one killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car. We believe we have developed the safest SUV,” says Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President of Research & Development at Volvo Car Group. Thanks to the efficient performance delivered by Volvo’s four-cylinder Drive-E engine programme, the XC90 provides a broad range of power options. This is not a growling, gas guzzling V8, yet this power plant delivers on output despite its modest capacity. The T6 has impressive performance, with 235 kW power and 400 Nm torque that propels this seven-seater from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.5 seconds. Volvo developed brand new ride and handling characteristics for the XC90 in Volvo’s new state-of-theart chassis simulation lab. With its Four Corner Active Air Suspension system, the XC90 chassis is designed to cater for


individual driving styles in all road and weather conditions. The result is a car that delivers a smooth, nimble drive in the city, an engaging drive on country lanes, and a comfortable, solid presence on the highway. The all-new Volvo XC90 is available in five models – T4 & T5 diesel, T5 & T6 petrol, and the range-topping T8 plugin hybrid that is set for launch during the first quarter of 2016. All of the models are all-wheel drive, and can be configured to seat seven people.

Driving Impressions We put the XC90 through its paces on the Cape’s highways and byways, from the lush Winelands to the dramatic coastline, with the occasional detour into the bustling coastal villages that dot this spectacular landscape. South Africans are all still getting used to small capacity engines in big cars, yet the XC90, which is both supercharged and turbocharged, responds instantly to any

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input from the right foot, and offers a wide power band that makes for fantastic acceleration from standstill and especially when overtaking. Under acceleration the engine noise remains barely audible, and the steering devoid of any unwanted vibration. Delivering on the Volvo promise of a chassis that will inspire “relaxed confidence”, the T6 handled exceptionally well, even on the narrowest of roads and the tightest of corners that the Cape Peninsula could throw our way. This is a driver’s car in every sense of the word.

Verdict With the new Volvo XC90, the manufacturer of the world’s safest cars has created a premium SUV with excellent performance, exceptional safety features, true luxurious comfort, and convenient and intuitive driver/vehicle interaction, all wrapped in stunning Swedish design. Our verdict is simple: The Volvo XC90 is a game changer.


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Break Away, Safe and Sound Road Trip Tips Text: Monique Vanderlinden Images Š Istockphoto.com

The sweet freedom of a holiday might be a mere blink away for most, but before you hit the road to your desired destination, you need to be road trip ready.

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Road trips are synonymous with December holidays in South Africa. This translates to a time when the sun shines, and people head to the coast or other holiday destinations to spend time with loved ones and to de-stress before the start of the new year. If you are choosing not to travel by sea or by air, a car is the inevitable transportation option for the holiday season. However, car troubles and road trip blunders can easily hinder your perfectly planned break. This is exactly why you need to make provisions, especially if you are planning on embarking on an extended journey. Therefore, to really leave all your worries and woes at home, you need to take note of the following cardinal road-related tips:

Safety Comes First Before embarking on a road trip, it is important to undertake a thorough vehicle inspection to ensure that your vehicle is up to date when it comes to its services. You should check that the vehicle’s belts, hoses and tyres are intact, and that fluid levels are optimal for peace of mind during your trip.

Best to Back Up If you are relying on a GPS application on your cell phone for directions, consider taking along a car charger to ensure that your phone does not run out of battery power. And, as a back-up, it is always a good idea to be equipped with an old-school map in the case of an “if all else fails” situation arising.

The Pressure is On Tyres, tyres, tyres… These are so important, it cannot

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be stressed enough. Firstly, your tyres need to be checked. And if they are ready to go, they need to be inflated to the correct pressure. This is usually indicated by a sticker on the inside of the driver’s door or in the manufacturer’s manual. If the tyres are filled with nitrogen instead of air, it is a good idea to have a top-up, as not all fuel stations have nitrogen pumps. Check the tyre-tread wear to determine whether a tyre needs replacing. To do this, have a look at the tread wear indicator bars moulded into the tread. If these bars have adjacent tread ribs, this an indication that the tyre needs replacing.

Planning Is Key Plan your route thoroughly, including refuelling points, as you do not want to be wondering whether you will make it to the next town. You need to consider other passengers’ needs as well. If you are travelling with children, it is a good idea to account for frequent breaks. It is also important to plan for emergencies. Make sure that you have a jack, spanner, emergency triangle, and a torch. Pack a first aid kit for minor medical emergencies and, if you have a roadside assistance plan, have the phone number and your policy number on hand.

Fuel Up Pack snacks and keep hydrated. This will cut down on stops and save money, plus refreshments are a good distraction for bored passengers.

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Save the Sanity If your planning allows for this, travel on off-peak days. If you leave on the day that most businesses and schools close, you take the chance of getting stuck in gridlock traffic, and that marks a bad start to any getaway. Leaving a day earlier or later than the expected peak days can possibly save you hours of frustration, a few litres of fuel, and even your relationship with whoever is along for the ride – as well as your sanity.

Take It Easy Stagger your journey. If you are travelling from Johannesburg to Cape Town or on any similarly long route, remember that there are no awards for arriving at your destination in one day. According to Arrive Alive, fatigued drivers and drivers taking on a long road trip without adequate breaks are hugely at risk on the road. Rather enjoy the scenery and plan to stop overnight at a place you have not been to and would like to explore.

The Small Things It is important to also take note of the small things that most drivers normally overlook when preparing for a road trip, such as that your windscreen

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wipers and fog lights are in good working condition so that you are prepared for any weather conditions.

On-the-Go Tips and Tricks • Remember to keep some snacks in easy reach, and not in the bottom bag with all other bags stacked on top. • Keep extra cash aside for toll gates. • Use a binder clip to make a car stand for your phone if you are using it as your GPS. • A cereal container is the perfect no-spill trash can for your vehicle. • Bring along a lunch box as a tray-like gadget for easy eating. • Take a screenshot of directions in case your GPS signal gets interrupted. • Bring along a two-port USB charger or a multiway charger if you depend on electronics. • If you are travelling with a few people, rather pack more than one person’s belongings into one big suitcase, as it takes up less space. • Last, but not least, know how to change a tyre. If you are unsure, let someone show you how to do it and then keep instructions with you.


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Best of Three BMW 3 SERIES Text: Bernard Hellberg Images © BMW South Africa

The BMW 3 Series wears the distinction of being the founder of the modern sports sedan segment with ease and pride. Revered for its effortless performance, taut handling and sheer driving pleasure, there are few others that can match the determination of the 3-Series. Indwe discovered the virtues of the latest face-lifted model in Gauteng. It is no secret that the BMW 3-Series gets the blood flowing for thousands of eager South African executives every month. While some undoubtedly eye the car for its badge value, the enlightened 3-Series driver appreciates that she is piloting one of the most advanced sports sedans in the world, and drives it accordingly. Whether you are the switched on driver who connects with the car with every fibre of your being, or you are the brand aware driver who hopes to gain the envy of your trust fund colleagues when you pull up to Tasha’s in your new wheels, any enhanced 3-Series is a big deal. And so it should be. With over 14 million 3-Series sold over the last 40 years in 130 markets worldwide, this car is more than transport, it endows its owner with a certain lifestyle. The current generation 3-Series was introduced to South Africa in 2012. Built in the BMW Group’s number one vehicle assembly plant right here in Rosslyn, Gauteng, it is the crown jewel in the operation’s global business. Striking a careful balance between refreshing the 3-Series to retain (and enhance) its relevance in this market, without irking current 3-Series owners, BMW has made a number of subtle, yet key enhancements to the car. Up front, new headlights with slick new LED daytime running lights are most noticeable, underlined by a new front bumper design with more prominent air intakes that emphasise the car’s 1.81 m long width (2.03 m if you add in the side mirrors). A new sculpted rear apron offsets new LED light clusters

at the rear. The cabin was not overlooked for an upgrade either. New interior materials tangibly enhance the interior feel, with additional brightwork around the air vents and centre console, as well as several other switches. While ergonomic improvements have been made, I did encounter an oddity in terms of the odometer that hides itself behind the crest of the steering column. Regardless of how much I fiddled with the seat, I couldn’t find a setting where the meter showing distance travelled was not obscured. Ergonomic anomalies notwithstanding, the 3-Series interior is sublime and quiet. It is an island of calm that directly contradicts the controlled chaos of the symphonic new set of three-, four-, and hearty six-cylinder petrol engines of the 318i, 320i, 330i, and 340i respectively. All petrol mills, as well as the four-cylinder turbodiesel engine of the 320d, are now sourced from the modular BMW EfficientDynamics range of engines. This modular trend in engine design has the bonus of cutting both the time and cost of engine development, essentially allowing BMW to develop a single cylinder unit of 499 cc, and adding additional cylinder units for individual applications. This has led to the introduction of the first 1.5-litre, three-cylinder engine in the 3-Series line-up (it appears in the 318i as well as in the MINI Cooper), with a new 2.0-litre, four-cylinder now doing duty in the 320i and 330i derivatives. Although largely an aesthetic upgrade, BMW has also

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taken the opportunity to add a new model to the line-up. The 340i pulses with a brand new 3.0-litre, six-cylinder heart that beats vigorously, with 240 kW and 340 Nm of torque doing active duty. Driving this model on launch was a predictably pleasing experience. It is as if the 3-Series has taken all the lessons it has learnt over the last 40 years and applied them to the new car – especially in terms of emissions improvements and fuel consumption. These qualities are achieved with the help of BMW’s TwinPower Turbo technology with TwinScroll turbocharging, high-precision injection, variable camshaft timing, and fully-variable valve timing. State-of-the-art BMW TwinPower Turbo technology is also used on the new BMW 3-Series four- and six-cylinder diesel models. The combination of turbocharging and latest-generation common rail direct injection, with maximum injection pressures of 2,000 bar, ensures impressive torque and refinement

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combined with unsurpassed efficiency. The new 3-Series ranges in price from R409,000 for the entry level 318i with six-speed manual, and extends with several iterations through three specification levels – Sport Line, Luxury Line, and the range-topping M Sport package – topping out with the 340i M Sport with its eight-speed Steptronic ‘box for R680,600. For all of the 340i’s positively thrilling attributes, as well as the surprising smoothness and power of the new 318i, the upgraded 3-Series in general lacks the personality of some previous generation cars. It does everything perfectly, except induce goosebumps – a leg up that just about every generation of 3-Series has had over its ever-improving sports sedan rivals. Nonetheless, 3-Series fans will enjoy the new car, and it may even successfully poach some buyers from the other two German luxury automakers. Will you be one of them?


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Nest Egg Know How Retirement Mistakes to Avoid Text: Finweek Image © iStockphoto.com

Pensioners often only discover too late that their savings might not be enough to adequately support them during retirement. We spoke to a number of specialists to identify the mistakes typically made in saving towards retirement – and how to avoid them. Mistake 1: Doing nothing or thinking you are too young “If you do nothing you will have nothing. Do something. However small, it is better than doing nothing,” stresses Lionel Karp, a retirement specialist with Chartered Wealth. Worryingly, many young people adopt an attitude of “I’m still young, I’ll worry about retirement later”. Then, suddenly, later is upon them and they have lost many crucial years of saving. “You are never too young to start saving,” says Certified Financial Planner Ricky Williams of Anfield Investment Planning. “The culture of saving for retirement should start with your very first pay cheque, because this

establishes a habit of saving. The sooner you start, the better your chances of a comfortable retirement.”

Mistake 2: Messing with your pension fund and retirement annuities Long service is mostly a thing of the past, with the younger generation frequently changing jobs. Not preserving pension fund contributions by transferring these to the new employer or to a preservation fund is, says Williams, “financial suicide”. Anne Cabot-Alletzhauser, head of Alexander Forbes Research Institute, says: “Treat your pension fund as

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sacrosanct. Wealthy or not, don’t mess around with it. Treat it as though it is the only thing you will be able to live on. It is there to be your safety net and might be all you have if the rest of your wealth is wiped out.” A retirement annuity (RA) is the only retirement product that you are not allowed to touch before age 55, says Williams. “But if you stop contributing to your RA it becomes paid up. While it carries on growing, it does so at a reduced rate. Not only will you suffer an early termination penalty due to non-contribution, but you won’t have enough money at retirement.”

Mistake 3: Failing to get professional financial advice “People don’t want to pay for advice. Financial planning still has the connotation of selling life insurance and risk. There is a massive misunderstanding about the difference between dealing with a life insurance agent and a financial planner. The first deals with the risk side, such as death and disability and income protection. The latter is a specialist in retirement and financial planning,” says Karp. “Don’t try and do it yourself. There is a saying in law that a man who defends himself in court has a fool for a client. The same holds true here. The concept of taking and paying for advice is a critical part of the education process,” says Williams. A good financial planner will plan for a client’s funds to provide an income for life and even outlast them. This is generally achieved by making sure that a client’s portfolio is individually tailored, well-balanced and diversified, which ensures that a client’s money works hard for them and in their best interests. Diversification, both advisers maintain, is crucial. “You have to have a bit of cash, gilt, property and equity, and then you need to repeat the same thing offshore. As you get older, generally equity exposure is reduced to more property cum interest-bearing returns in order to mitigate risk,” says Karp.

Mistake 4: Electing to take too high a pension drawdown and eroding the capital “You should always aim to only draw down the percentage income that your funds are producing. That way you will never run out of capital,” cautions Williams. Taking a high drawdown percentage has the potential to erode capital and negatively impact the ability of that pension fund to provide an income for an increasing life expectancy. “Be aware of how much you are drawing in relation to how much it is reducing your capital,” says Karp. “In an ideal world one should obviously try and take as little as possible, but sadly, this is not always achievable.”

Mistake 5: Investing the bulk of your savings in high-risk ventures at a mature age Too often pensioners looking to bump up their retirement pots are seduced by get-rich-quick schemes. The old adage, “If it looks too good to be true, it generally is”, holds true. “A mature age is exactly the time you look to conservatism, the rationale being that if things go wrong you don’t have enough time to come back,” cautions Karp. “A young investor can bounce back from losses sustained by a high-risk investment, even if the market is down for 10 or 15 years, because they have the time to come back from that.”

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How Much Do You Need to Retire Comfortably? Advancement in healthcare has meant life expectancy has lengthened, and this longevity requires financial planners to take a somewhat different stance when planning for an income for life. Today, life expectancy is around 90 years. Let’s assume retirement at 60 or 65 equates to 25 or 30 years without a salary. Those 30-odd years don’t come cheap given that, at the very least, this is when retirees can expect increased medical costs. “It’s a guide, but I try to plan to 100,” says Karp. “When you retire, you need 20 times your annual expenditure. So, for example, if your current expenses are R30,000 per month that equates to R360,000 annually, and multiplying this by 20 means a total of R7.2 million would be required.” Whether this amount would be enough depends on whether the capital increases by at least inflation, plus the fees paid to manage that money, says Williams. “Rather than individuals asking themselves how much capital they need, the question they should be asking themselves is this: How much income will I have at retirement, and will it be able to pay my expenses for my lifetime?”

Last-Minute Strategies to Boost Retirement Income • T ry and make a higher contribution towards your savings: If your disposable income does not allow for this, look at your budget again and determine where expenditure can be cut. • Consider working longer to continue earning a salary: Working beyond retirement often depends on company rules and the concern around cost to company of keeping such an individual on company benefits. But some companies do allow this, with the individuals themselves sometimes carrying the cost of those benefits. • Become inventive about bringing in more money: This could mean consulting or finding part-time work. “While you may no longer be employable in the formal sector due to your age, there is a whole new world opening up online where you can use your intellect to provide income,” says Cabot-Alletzhauser. • Reduce frivolous spending and consider downscaling your lifestyle: Cutting back on nice-to-haves could free up a healthy chunk of cash that could be used to top up the retirement pot.

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With the launch of its most recent model, Ford has made no secret of the fact that the Everest is the one vehicle they have pinned their hopes on to grab significant chunks of market share from Toyota’s soon to be released new Fortuner. It remains a paradox why the Toyota Fortuner – basically a Hilux with a fully enclosed body that transforms it into an SUV – should be so successful, while Ford’s attempt at doing the same thing has not managed to achieve the same results. In fact, Naamsa’s September domestic sales figures show the Fortuner continuing to sell in droves (570 units), while a perusal of Ford’s figures (under passenger cars as well as light commercials) did not reveal a single sale for the outgoing Everest. The reasoning behind this phenomenon is hard to explain, but it’s probably a case of: “Let’s wait for the new one.” Neither vehicle will win awards for design, with the Fortuner appearing top heavy, and the previous generation Everest resembling a mechanical version of an elongated sausage dog. The new Everest, however, is set to change these negative perceptions.

Suddenly, it’s a beaut of a car as they say in Australia, with a large (think big American truck) grille, an aggressive stance enhanced by 230 mm of ground clearance, and a blend of interior luxury and off-road efficiency. While not a “Koakoveld killer”, the Everest certainly is rugged enough to challenge some really tough Category 3 to 4 obstacles. We tested the Everest’s off-road ability on some Category 3 gravel sections near Grabouw, where use was made of the “Crawl” mode in some sections and, alternatively, the “Mud” and “Sand” modes. These five modes (“Normal” and “Rock” also form part of the deal) are the Everest’s user-friendly secret weapons. It does not have the more advanced (for a true 4x4) 4L, but there’s an electronic locking rear differential that should keep you out of trouble. On-road, the Everest drove like a car. Acceptable

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turning circles, good door seals which kept wind noise out, and brisk acceleration from the in-line five-cylinder turbo diesel proved beyond a doubt that Ford’s engineers have done their homework. There is some body roll, but this is well managed, and the high seating position will be enjoyed by most drivers, especially those a little on the short side. I was in two minds about the six-speed automatic gearbox, however. While the gear changes were smooth and efficient, the gearbox would, on occasion, sound like a struggling CVT, which is not a pleasant sound. It’s a given that the new Everest was designed to serve a dual purpose as a SUV and passenger car while, at the same time, emphasising the current preference for masculinelooking SUVs – even when they are being driven by soccer moms fetching the kiddies from school. Sensibly, the interior – with all the knobs and controls in intuitive places – is user-friendly and easy to grasp, without having to wade through an inch-thick manual. With rear-view cameras, parallel parking assist (on the LTD), hill descent control, hill launch assist, as well as blind spot monitoring, the Everest certainly comes across as more car than bakkie. The steering adjustment was a disappointment in that it can only be adjusted up-down, without the possibility of adjusting for reach – which could prove problematic for

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those drivers with short arms and long legs! With the Fortuner currently retailing for between R399,500 and R576,00 (and who knows where prices will end up during the imminent Fortuner launch?), the Everest, unfortunately, seems to have reached a price ceiling where it is starting to move into Prado territory. This could have a negative impact on sales because, good as the new Everest is, the Prado is still regarded as bigger, better and badder than this new kid on the block. Starting at R593,900 for the XLT 3.2 six-speed automatic 4x4 and topping out at R646,900 for the higher specification LTD version, Ford will be holding thumbs that the new generation Fortuners will also fall victim to the constant depreciation of the Rand. It is almost impossible to speculate as to what Toyota has in mind with its new Fortuner, but the company will have to pull out all the stops if it wants to beat Ford when it comes to user-friendly interior ergonomics, fuel consumption – which is claimed to be in the region of 8.2 l/100 km – and 470 Nm of torque, which enables the Everest to pull a trailer weighing 3,500 kg. Other benefits – depending on your faith in the quality of modern lubricants – include 20,000 km service intervals, a four-year/120,000 km warranty, and an excellent five year/100,000 km service plan.


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Bank Your Buck

If you’re fortunate enough to receive a 13th cheque or a bonus package at the end of the year, use it to pay off any outstanding debt, as opposed to overspending during the festive season. By simply using your bonus as an additional payment into your bond, you can drastically reduce the period of your bond repayments. Although this is a longterm reward, you’ll pat yourself on the back at the end of it all.

Stay Safe and Secure

The last thing anyone wants during their sunny break is a call from the security company, neighbourhood watch or concerned neighbours informing you that your property has been burgled. Ensure that all security and alarm systems in and around your property are fully operational. To avoid any unfortunate instances, make sure that you’re well informed about your various insurance covers (including household contents insurance, home

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Keep ‘Em Neat and Tidy

Always ensure that you trim bushes and cut long grass, and if necessary, remove large trees that may be a good hiding place for burglars. Keep your yard, boundaries and driveway clean and clear, and be sure to lock away all gardening tools, including ladders, spades or lawnmowers, which can be used as tools to enter your property.

Switch on Savings

By turning off your geyser or adjusting your geyser timer, you could save yourself some money at the end of the month. This will not only help bring down electricity costs, but will also eliminate the chances of your geyser bursting. Also, protect your appliances from power surges by unplugging all appliances and electronic devices in case of unplanned power outages.


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A friend in need is a friend indeed, so make good friends with your neighbours. Inform them of your getaway plans, and have them keep an eye out and an ear to the ground regarding the happenings in your neighbourhood and around your property. If your mail is delivered to your door, ask your neighbour to collect it on a weekly basis and to store it until you get back. And for the time that you’re away, cancel any daily, weekly or monthly newspaper or magazine subscriptions that are delivered to your door. It is also advisable to invest in timers which automatically switch the lights on and off inside your house at the usual times you would have them on when you’re home. Alternatively, if you’re comfortable having your neighbour in your personal space at home, ask them to open curtains, blinds and/ or windows during the day, and to switch on a light or two on in the evenings, as a sign of occupation. It is important that homeowners take the necessary safety measures to reduce any insurance or property risks in order to fully enjoy their summer break. For more property advice visit www.property24.com.

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An ideal Christmas gift for the DIYers in your life, this book will make them look at rubbish with different eyes. Upcycling, the latest décor trend, refers to the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and beautiful. This 224-page book shows you just that – how to transform trash into treasures. Misi Overturf, well-known creative consultant, provides 50 exciting projects for your home and garden, ranging from the easy to the more advanced. Clear step-bystep instructions and beautiful pictures ensure that basic techniques are quickly mastered, with ideas for lighting, furniture, storage, the office, and the bedroom.


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Meet the Crew Text & Image © Supplied

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. Lindiwe Motha Senior Cabin Crew Member Length of Service: I have been with SA Express for almost six years. Tell us more about yourself. I am spunky and very driven and I love reading, sports and children. What is your favourite part of your job? Meeting new people – there’s never a dull moment and every day there’s a different story to tell with all the passengers we meet. What do you find most challenging about your job? Having to reprimand an older passenger for doing something wrong, when they “have been flying long before I was born”. I also don’t like dealing with emotional passengers, as it always breaks my heart – I forget about professionalism when I see tears. Why do you like working for SA Express? Simply because it is a good company. They care for their employees and have given me the chance to grow into the person I am today. They have blended my love for sport with my work, which is really awesome. I’ve had the opportunity to represent the company in the ACSA Sports Challenge and played for the King Shaka International women’s soccer team. What would people find surprising about your job? That there’s a lot of behind the scene work involved. We have

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different training every year so that we are current with the ever-changing rules and regulations. And on a daily basis there is a lot of pre-planning and work that happens before the passengers board. Have you ever had any funny incidents or encounters in your job? We have funny incidents every day. A passenger offered me a job just to make him tea, all day every day. When I asked if he wanted me to be his maid, he said no. Apparently he has a maid, he just wanted me to make him and his guests this specific tea all year round. He gave me his email address in case I changed my mind… Well, we all know how that turned out! I also had an incident where a male passenger mistakenly hit my upper thigh with his elbow while trying to tighten his seat belt as I was walking down the aisle. I had pins and needles for a while, but then I was ok. I knew it was a genuine mistake, but he apologised throughout the flight and I think the incident really upset him. On his return flight he was still apologising saying: “I don’t hurt women, please forgive me, I am totally embarrassed”. I laughed about it and totally forgave him. I hope and pray he reads this so that he knows that all is forgiven. What are the words of wisdom that you live by? • Prior preparation prevents poor performance.  • What you don’t celebrate will exit your life.  • Smile, it lightens up the room.


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Go wild in Hoedspruit. It’s a flight away. SA Express flies you direct to Hoedspruit from Johannesburg and Cape Town every day, seven days a week. You can now go on all day safari, when it suits you. Because we fly for you.

SA Express is a proud member of the SAA Voyager programme. Visit www.flyexpress.aero for domestic flights to Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, East London, Kimberley, Hoedspruit, George, Johannesburg, Mahikeng, Pilanesberg, Richards Bay, Cape Town, Durban and regional flights to Lubumbashi, Gaborone, Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Lusaka and Harare.


Airline information SA Express fleet Canadair Regional Jet 200 BER Manufacturer: Bombardier Maximum cruising speed: 474 knots/545mph/879kmph Engines: Two General Electric CF34-3B1 Range: 1,662miles/3,080km Maximum altitude: 41,000ft/12,496m Seating capacity: 50

Crew: Two pilots, two cabin crew Wing span: 69ft 7in/21.21m Overall length: 87ft 10in/26.77m Overall height: 20ft 5in/6.22m Maximum take-off weight: 51,000lb/23,134kg Minimum runway length: 6,295ft/1,919m

De Havilland Dash 8 Series Q400 Turboprop Manufacturer: Bombardier Maximum cruising speed: 360knots/414mph/667kmph Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A Range: 1,565 miles/2,519km Maximum altitude: 25,000ft/7,620m Seating capacity: 74 Crew: Two pilots, two

cabin crew Wing span: 93ft 3in/28.42m Overall length: 107ft 9in/32.83m Overall height: 27ft 5in/8.34m Maximum take-off weight: 64,500lb/29,257kg Minimum runway length: 4,580ft/1,396m

Canadair Regional Jet 700 Manufacturer: Bombardier Maximum cruising speed: 473 knots/544mph/875kmph Engines: Two General Electric CF34-8C5B Range: 1,477m/2,794km Maximum altitude: 41,000ft/12,496m Seating capacity: 70 Crew: Crew: Two pilots, two

cabin crew Wing span: 76ft 3in/23.2m Overall length: 106ft 8in/32.51m Overall height: 24ft 10in/7.57m Maximum take-off weight: 72,750lb/32,999kg Minimum runway length: 4,580ft/1,396m

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We fly for you About us SA Express is a domestic and regional, passenger and cargo carrier which was established on 24th April 1994. The airline has since become one of the fastest growing regional airlines in Africa with route networks covering major local and regional cities. SA Express plays a significant role in the country’s hospitality, travel and tourism industry and is a vital contributor to the country’s socioeconomic development. SA Express prides itself in aiming to offer incomparable service standards. In addition to building on our motto to express excellence and consistently striving to provide the best service, we know that “you” is the most important word in our airline. With our consistent and seamless service, our customers can be assured of stellar customer service that will exceed their expectations. Vision To be a sustainable world-class regional airline with an extensive footprint in Africa. Purpose A sustainable, integrated regional airline connecting secondary and main airports.

Core values Safety first We never compromise on safety, no matter what. Customers Our customers are our most important investors. Partners We partner with people across all operations. Speed & Quality We deliver with speed without compromising on quality.

Improvement We strive for continuous improvement. Simplify We keep it simple.

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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

We Fly For You SA Express Airways prides itself on aiming to offer incomparable service standards. In addition to building on our motto to express excellence and consistently striving to provide the best service, we know that “you” is the most important word in our airline. SA Express proudly launched its new brand on 2 December 2009 at OR Tambo International Airport. The new brand is set to ensure that it’s distinctive and positioned to build awareness and affinity in the domestic and regional markets. The new proposition “We Fly for You” is set to position SA Express as a premier intraregional African brand. The main objective of the re-brand is to ensure that SA Express is distinctive yet still aligned to the country’s mainline carrier. SA Express’s unique positioning as an airline that provides a bespoke, personalised travel experience was the rationale behind the proposition “We Fly for You”. The new brand mark is in line with the symbol and colours of the national flag, encouraging national pride. The new brand will be applied to all brand touch-points throughout the operation as well as the staff uniform.

Skycheck at the aircraft for hold stowage. Skycheck This is the airline’s special hand-luggage facility that assists with in-flight comfort, speedy boarding and disembarking. When boarding one of our flights, simply place any hand luggage that will not be required during the flight on to the Skycheck cart at the boarding steps of the aircraft. Your hand luggage will be waiting for you as you disembark from the aircraft at your destination. Baggage liability Valuable items such as cameras and accessories, computers – including laptops and notebooks – mobile telephones, perfumes, aftershaves, colognes, legal and company documents and legal tender – including cash, credit cards and cheques – bullion, leather jackets, all types of jewellery and any other items with a value in excess of R400 must be removed from either checked-in or Skycheck baggage as the airline is not liable for loss or damage to these items. Verified baggage claims are settled on the basis adopted by IATA (International Airlines Transport Association): payment of US$20 per 1kg of checked-in luggage, to a maximum of 20kg ($400).

Awards SA Express has won the AFRAA Regional Airline of the Year Award at the end of 2009, and the Allied and Aviation Business Corporate Award. Our airline was also the recipient of the Annual Airline Reliability Award from Bombardier at the end of 2007. Other previous awards include the International Star Quality Award, which indicates our commitment to service excellence, while our prominence as one of the top 500 best managed companies is proof of our success as a business. Onboard service The airline’s onboard service is unique and offers passengers a variety of meals or snacks. The airline pioneered its unique meal-box concept, and meal choices are frequently updated and designed using balanced food criteria: appearance, taste and nutritional value. Passengers can also enjoy a wine and malt service on specified flights as well as refreshments on all flights. Light snacks will be served on selected flights. Our customers can expect a safe, comfortable, quality air-travel experience, with the added benefits of frequency, reliability, on-time departures and unmatched value for money.


Safety Information Health regulations Health regulations at certain airports require that the aircraft cabin be sprayed. The spray is harmless, but if you think it might affect you, please cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief. Remain seated As a safety precaution, passengers are requested to remain seated with seatbelts fastened after the aircraft has landed, until the seatbelt sign has been switched off by the captain. Portable electronic equipment The use of personal electronic devices (PED’s) will apply to all domestic and regional flights on the CRJ700/200 and DH8 Q400.

Passengers will be permitted to use PED’s such as cell phones, e-readers and electronic tablets in flight-mode.

Cellular telephones Cellular telephones may be used on the ground while passenger doors are open. Cellular telephones, smartphones or any device with flight mode must be switched off as soon as the cabin doors are closed and when the senior cabincrew member makes an announcement on the public-address system. Laptop computers Laptops with CD ROM and DVD drive, handheld calculators, electric shavers and portable personal listening devices may not be used on the ground during taxi but may be used during the flight when the seatbelt signs are switched off and with permission from the captain. Should circumstances dictate otherwise, a public-address announcement cancelling this concession will be made by a crew member.

Prohibited equipment Portable printers, laser pointers, video equipment, CB/ AM/FM/FHF/satellite receivers, two-way radios, compact disc and mini-disc players, scanners, remote-controlled toys and power converters are prohibited for use at any time. Safety pamphlet Read the safety pamphlet in the seat pocket in front of you and take note of your nearest emergency exit. Smoking In accordance with international trends, smoking is not permitted on board any SA Express flights. Seat belts Please fasten your seat belt whenever the seat belt signs are illuminated. For your own safety we suggest that you keep it fastened throughout the flight. Important When in doubt, please consult our cabin crew.

For your comfort and security, please comply with the above safety regulations at all times while on board

Route map SA Express: Johannesburg Bloemfontein Cape Town Durban East London Gaborone George Hoedspruit Pilanesberg

Kimberley Lubumbashi Lusaka Harare Port Elizabeth Richards Bay Walvis Bay Windhoek

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Johannesburg - George Flt SA SA SA

No 1501 1503 1509

Dep 06:40 08:20 15:50

Arr 08:40 10:15 17:40

A/C CR7 CR2 CR7

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

T

W

T

F

S

S

W

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F

S

S

W

T

F

S

S

Johannesburg - Hoedspruit Flt No SA 1225 SA 1227

Dep 10:15 12:15

Arr 11:20 13:20

A/C DH4 DH4

M

T

Johannesburg - Kimberley Flt SA SA SA SA sa SA

No 1101 1103 1105 1107 1111 1113

Dep 06:20 09:20 13:10 14:25 16:45 17:20

Arr 07:25 10:25 14:15 15:30 17:45 18:25

A/C dh4 DH4 CR2 DH4 cr2 CR7

M

T

Johannesburg - Port Elizabeth Flt SA SA SA

No 1459 1457 1457

Dep 17:30 17:30 17:50

Arr 19:10 19:30 19:35

A/C cr8 DH4 cr7

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

T

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T

F

S

S

T

W

T

F

S

S

Johannesburg - mahikeng Flt sa SA SA

No 1121 1121 1127

Dep 06:10 07:10 16:30

Arr 06:55 07:55 17:10

A/C CR2 cr2 cr2

M

pilanesberg - mahikeng Flt No SA 1125

Dep 17:50

Arr 18:25

A/C cr2

M

pilanesberg - Johannesburg Flt sa SA

No 1121 1121

Dep 08:40 09:20

A/C cr2 CR2

M

T

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Bloemfontein - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA

No 1024 1002 1004 1006 1012 1014 1018 1022

Dep 06:20 07:40 09:35 12:55 15:25 16:30 18:20 19:30

Arr 07:25 08:40 10:40 14:00 16:30 17:35 19:20 20:30

A/C DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4 DH4 CR7 CR7 DH4

M

T

W

East London - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA

No 1412 1404 1410

Dep 06:45 09:15 19:40

Arr 08:25 10:45 21:10

A/C CR7 CR7 CR2

M

George - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA

No 1502 1504 1510

Dep 09:20 10:50 18:10

Arr 11:10 12:40 19:50

A/C CR7 CR2 CR7

M

Flt SA SA

No 1226 1228

Dep 12:00 13:55

Arr 13:00 14:55

A/C DH4 DH4

M

No 1102 1102 1104 1106 1108 1112 1114

Dep 08:00 08:15 11:20 15:05 16:20 18:50 19:05

Arr 09:05 09:20 12:25 16:10 17:25 19:50 20:10

A/C dh4 dh4 DH4 CR2 DH4 cr2 CR7

M

F

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S

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F

S

S

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S

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S

S

W

T

F

S

S

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Kimberley - Johannesburg Flt SA sa SA SA SA sa SA

T

T

Hoedspruit - Johannesburg

T

Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA

No 1460 1460 1458

Dep 06:10 06:20 20:00

Arr 08:00 08:00 21:40

A/C DH4 CR8 CR7

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

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W

T

F

S

S

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S

mahikeng - Johannesburg Flt SA SA sa

No 1124 1128 1125

Dep 08:20 17:45 19:05

Arr 09:05 18:30 19:50

A/C cr2 cr2 cr2

M

mahikeng - pilanesberg Flt sa SA

No 1121 1223

Dep 07:30 08:20

*Please note that SA Express may deviate from the published schedule over the holiday period and will operate reduced schedules in December and January

SA EXPRESS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE, SUSPEND OR AMEND THIS PUBLISHED SCHEDULE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION. EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO OPERATE AS PER THE PLANNED SCHEDULE

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Arr 09:20 10:00

Arr 08:05 08:55

A/C cr2 cr2

M


Flight schedule Johannesburg - Richards bay Flt SA SA SA SA SA

No 1201 1201 1203 1207 1213

Dep 05:35 06:10 08:30 13:15 16:55

Arr 06:50 07:25 09:45 14:30 18:10

A/C dh4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

W

T

F

S

S

W

T

F

S

S

W

T

F

S

S

W

T

F

S

S

T

W

T

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S

S

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W

T

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S

S

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W

T

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S

S

Johannesburg - walvis bay Flt sa SA sa

No 1703 1701 1705

Dep 07:20 11:55 13:30

Arr 09:45 14:10 15:55

A/C cr2 CR7 cr2

M

T

Johannesburg - windhoek Flt No SA 1731 SA 1731

Dep 05:55 06:10

Arr 07:10 07:25

A/C CR2 CR2

M

T

Johannesburg - Gaborone Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA

No 1761 1763 1765 1767 1775 1775 1783 1779

Dep 06:55 07:55 09:55 11:55 13:30 14:30 15:45 18:10

Arr 07:50 08:50 10:50 12:45 14:25 15:25 16:40 19:05

A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4

M

T

Johannesburg - Lubumbashi Flt No SA 1797

Dep 09:20

Arr 11:45

A/C CR7

M

T

CAPE TOWN - bloemfontein Flt SA SA sa SA SA SA

No 1081 1083 1087 1087 1091 1091

Dep 06:00 08:00 12:00 13:20 16:55 16:55

Arr 07:30 09:30 13:45 14:50 18:20 18:40

A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 DH4 DH4 CR2

M

CAPE TOWN - east london Flt sa SA SA SA SA sa SA SA SA

No 1361 1803 1363 1363 1371 1371 1371 1373 1375

Dep 05:55 07:00 07:00 08:00 11:00 12:25 13:05 16:25 17:20

Arr 07:20 08:15 08:25 09:25 12:45 13:50 14:30 17:55 18:45

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 dh4 cr2 CR2 cr2 CR2

M

Cape Town - Pilanesberg Flt No SA 1255

Dep 11:30

Arr 13:40

A/C CR2

M

Richards bay - Johannesburg Flt sa SA SA SA SA

No 1202 1202 1204 1208 1214

Dep 07:20 08:05 10:30 15:05 18:40

Arr 08:35 09:20 11:45 16:20 20:00

A/C dh4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

W

T

F

S

S

W

T

F

S

S

W

T

F

S

S

W

T

F

S

S

T

W

T

F

S

S

T

W

T

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S

S

T

W

T

F

S

S

walvis bay - Johannesburg Flt SA sa sa

No 1704 1702 1706

Dep 10:15 14:45 16:30

Arr 12:30 16:55 18:45

A/C CR2 cr8 cr2

M

T

windhoek - Johannesburg Flt SA

No 1732

Dep 08:15

Arr 11:15

A/C CR2

M

T

Gaborone - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA

No 1762 1762 1764 1766 1768 1768 1776 1776 1784 1780

Dep 08:30 08:45 09:20 11:25 13:10 13:10 14:50 16:05 17:30 19:45

Arr 09:25 09:40 10:15 12:20 14:05 14:05 15:45 17:00 18:30 20:40

A/C DH4 dh4 DH4 DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4

M

T

Lubumbashi - Johannesburg Flt SA

No 1798

Dep 12:30

Arr 15:00

A/C CR8

M

T

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

M

east london - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA sa sa SA SA SA

No 1362 1364 1804 1364 1372 1372 1372 1374 1376

Dep 08:00 09:00 09:10 10:00 13:25 14:20 15:10 18:30 19:50

Arr 09:40 10:40 10:35 11:40 15:25 16:00 16:50 20:10 21:30

A/C CR2 CR2 Cr2 CR2 dh4 cr2 CR2 CR2 CR2

M

Pilanesberg - cape town Flt SA

No 1254

Dep 14:10

Arr 16:30

A/C CR2

M

*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

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Flight schedule Cape Town - Hoedspruit Flt No sa 1241 SA 1241

Dep 09:10 10:10

Arr 12:30 12:50

A/C dh4 CR2

M

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T

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S

T

W

T

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S

S

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

M

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W

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S

S

M

T

W

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A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

A/C CR2

M

T

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T

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A/C CR2 CR2

M

T

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CAPE TOWN - port elizabeth Flt SA SA SA SA sa SA SA SA SA

No 1801 1807 1807 1813 1813 1819 1821 1821 1823

Dep 06:00 10:10 10:40 13:45 14:20 15:00 16:00 16:30 18:30

Arr 07:30 11:40 11:55 14:55 15:50 16:30 17:30 17:40 20:00

A/C dh4 dh4 DH4 CR2 dh4 DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4

M

Cape Town - Walvis Bay Flt No SA 1721

Dep 11:15

Arr 12:25

A/C CR2

durban - East London Flt SA SA SA

No 1301 1305 1309

Dep 06:00 12:00 16:50

Arr 07:05 13:05 17:55

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2

durban - Port Elizabeth Flt SA SA SA SA SA

No 1330 1334 1336 1340 1348

Dep 06:00 09:15 09:50 13:35 17:40

Arr 07:20 10:35 11:10 14:55 19:00

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2

durban - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA

No 1850 1854 1854 1858

Dep 06:10 12:00 15:00 15:35

Arr 08:25 14:15 17:15 17:50

durban - lusaka Flt No SA 1603

Dep 09:00

Arr 13:00

durban - Harare Flt No SA 1603 SA 1611

Dep 09:10 10:20

Arr 11:35 12:45

Hoedspruit - Cape Town Flt sa SA

No 1242 1242

Dep 13:10 13:20

A/C dh4 CR2

M

T

port elizabeth - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA SA sa sa SA SA SA SA

No 1826 1802 1808 1814 1814 1814 1820 1820 1822 1822 1824

Dep 07:00 08:00 12:10 12:40 15:25 16:20 17:00 17:00 18:00 18:10 20:30

Arr 08:40 09:40 13:50 14:00 16:45 18:00 18:40 18:40 19:40 19:30 22:10

A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 dh4 CR2 dh4 dh4 DH4 dh4 CR2 DH4

Flt SA

No 1722

Dep 14:00

Arr 16:00

No 1302 1306 1310

Dep 07:35 13:35 18:25

Arr 08:35 14:35 19:25

No 1331 1335 1337 1341 1349

Dep 07:50 11:05 11:45 15:35 19:55

Arr 09:05 12:20 13:00 16:50 21:10

No 1851 1855 1855 1859

Dep 09:05 15:00 17:45 18:15

Arr 11:05 17:00 19:45 20:15

lusaka - durban Flt SA

No 1604

Dep 13:40

Arr 17:40

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

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A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2

M

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A/C CR2

M

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A/C CR2 CR2

M

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CAPE TOWN - DURBAN Flt SA SA SA SA

F

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Port Elizabeth - DURBAN Flt SA SA sa SA SA

T

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East London - DURBAN Flt SA SA SA

W

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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

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Arr 16:20 15:55


Passenger Letters Dear SA Express Team, I have been a part of a mentoring and coaching project to capacitate women’s shelters in the Eastern Cape for the past year. At first I was very sceptical about flying in your small SA Express aeroplanes. However, on a particular trip between Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and East London recently, the journey was seamless and your staff were professional and extremely helpful. On my departure from East London back to Cape Town, a young boy was flying on his own. I was amazed at the care that was given to him by Chanelle and Justin, our flight attendants. They made sure that he understood the emergency procedures and checked on him regularly. From what I observed, I’m sure that the young boy would leave the plane as a “customer for life”. I commend Chanelle and Justin for allaying the boy’s fears as travelling alone, let alone flying, can be quite a traumatic experience. Well done once again to your team, and I would send my ten-year-old twins on their own with you any day! Warm regards, Joy Lange Congratulations to Joy Lange, who wrote our winning letter this month. She has won an American Tourister’s Bon Air 55 cm spinner valued at R1,399.

To whom it may concern, I am sure that you are not unaccustomed to receiving complaints, as people are quick to complain about bad service and very rarely take the time to commend good service. To that end I would like to compliment Deneo, who was working on the Port Elizabeth flight to Durban this morning. I was booked on another flight from Durban to Johannesburg departing 35 minutes after our scheduled landing time. Deneo really went out of her way to assist me and, thankfully, I made the flight in time. She was very professional, helpful and friendly, and is an asset to your business and a very good example of what customer service should be like. I sincerely hope that this doesn’t go unnoticed, and that she receives the necessary recognition and acknowledgement. Kind regards Karen Trotman-Pitt

Do You Have Something to Say? Let us know what is on your mind by sending an email to customercare@flyexpress.aero. Letters may be edited, shortened or translated from their original language.

The writer of the winning letter in the January edition of Indwe will receive an American Tourister San Francisco 66 cm spinner, valued at R1,199. With American Tourister, you can have stylish, high quality luggage without dipping into your spending money. With its own distinctive design DNA and a young, casual look, the American Tourister San Francisco range of suitcases comes in black, blue and red. Ultra practical, value-added features include a large, U-shaped front pocket, translucent piping corner protection, a comfortable, integrated top handle, a stitched bumper for base protection, and lockable zippers on the main compartment and front pocket. Inside, you’ll find a large mesh zipper pocket and two webbing packing straps with a buckle closure. The American Tourister San Francisco range is available from top luggage outlets. To locate a stockist, call +27 31 266 0620.

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