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Contents Features 41/ Beading for Bread
53/ Local Is Lekker
The Coffee King
Keep It Close to Home This Christmas
Gcobani Gogoba of Barista Cup
Retro is Back
For the Animals of Africa
The Kindness of Strangers Surgeons for Little Lives
89/ A World of Whisky In SA
The James Sedgwick Distillery
The Vintage Frame Trend
94/ A Drink For Every Occasion Drinks Gift Guide
115/ Overcoming Overtime Abuse Tips for Managers
104/ Sail of the Century Volvo Ocean Race
Contents / Regulars
Need to Know
In Search of Waters Less Travelled
Bits & Pieces
Uncovering the Hidden Helderberg
Dinner & A Movie
From Old to New, To Oldenburg
Turn it Up!
Give the Gift of Education this Christmas
136/ Meet the Crew 138/ Airline Information 140/ Flight Schedule 143/ Passenger Letters
101/ In a Wheelchair, Will Still Travel
/ Airline Info
Living on Sunshine – Sunplace Lodge
Mum Knows Best – Suzuki Ignis X Marks the Spot – Nissan X-Trail
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FESTIVE CHEER TO ALL! A warm and festive welcome aboard your SA Express flight. Whatever your destination this festive season, remember that at SA Express #WeFlyForYou! As always, our friendly and efficient cabin crew are available to make sure that your journey is comfortable and enjoyable. Should you require any kind of assistance, please do not hesitate to ask. 2017 has been a remarkable year. There have been triumphs, challenges and lessons, and – unbelievably – an entire year has come and gone. As we prepare to enjoy the merry season in the company of loved ones and friends, it is important to pause for a moment and reflect on the year that has passed. The SA Express team has taken the time to gauge how far we have come, and what still needs to be done in order to accomplish the goals we have set for 2018. In order to face the future with confidence, we need to glean lessons from your feedback – as you are our most important investor. My personal highlights include fostering better relationships with important stakeholders, namely our passengers and suppliers, as evidenced by the positive feedback we continue to receive. This means that through better communication, we have been able to improve on many aspects of our service offering, and aim to do more to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations. The touch points that I have mentioned in a previous letter continue to be the yardstick with which we measure our performance. Our airport operations are one example of this. The team is focused on improving our pre-flight checks, customer service value chain, effective communications amongst stakeholders, and real-time customer communications. We are gaining traction in making our re-envisioned SA Express a reality while striving for continuous improvement in these areas. Your patience and support have insured that we know what our passengers want and appreciate from our airline. Thank you for immeasurable support in this period of transformation.
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These lessons have meant that we have also had to review other relationships with our stakeholders, including our suppliers. I am pleased to announce that the application for liquidation against the airline was withdrawn. While the legal process was due to a dispute pertaining to the quantum, it is important reassure you, our passengers, that SA Express will continue to be an important contributor to the South African economy and aviation industry, and we will stick to our undertaking of continuous improvement for financial and operational sustainability. December is also a time that we as a nation observe 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children. This period also includes Universal Children’s Day and World AIDS Day. SA Express and its employees fully support this year’s theme: “Count me in: together moving a non-violent South Africa forward.” The campaign continues to raise awareness amongst South Africans about the negative impact of violence against women and children on all members of society. As a proudly South African state-owned company, we pledge our support to this cause. As we look forward to 2018 – a new year promising a fresh start, and a new opportunity to do things right – we have set an objective of considerably improving on our on-time performance. This is more than a New Year’s resolution, it is our promise to you, our passengers, who remain our most valued investors. I wish to personally thank you for your continued support this year and look forward to hearing from you, so please tell me about your SA Express experience on email@example.com.
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From the SA Express family to yours, we wish you a prosperous and happy New Year. Dithoriso Victor Xaba Acting Chief Executive Officer Q2 2017 21,553
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Give the Gift of Education
As we head into the Festive Season and companies around the country start vying for branded pens, lighters, calendars and wine coolers, make your company stand out from the rest with something different â€“ a voucher that clients can use to make a difference in the education of a needy South African child. Text & Images ÂŠ Supplied
According to Angie Motshekga, Minister of Basic Education, there are over three million school children who are struggling to learn without the use of a school desk. This means that they are forced to use the ground as a working surface, painfully kneeling for long periods of time, making it virtually impossible for them to learn and develop to their full potential. DeskBags, a Non-Profit Company (NPC), has developed an innovative answer to the problem â€“ a hybrid satchel that functions as a school bag and portable desk. Made from the vinyl of advertising billboards, their hardy design has a front flap that is reinforced with durable ABS plastic and, when folded open, becomes an instant desk. DeskBags are perfect for either within an overcrowded classroom or at home, where many children have no tables to do their homework on. â€œDeskBags are not only useful as a desk, and for storing school books and materials while walking to and from school, they are also eco-friendly as they are made from recycled material, keeping vinyl out of brimful landfill sites. Additionally, the bags are handmade by women from underprivileged backgrounds, helping them to
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earn a sustainable living, which has further changed many lives,” says Shannon Roscher, Managing Director of DeskBags. Once your company places an order for DeskBags at a cost of R150 per bag, the NPC will provide you with a list of all the schools in your requested area that are in need. Once you select your recipients, DeskBags will organise a handover ceremony where you and your colleagues will be able to experience the joy of the children whose lives you are changing. DeskBags will also assist you in generating awareness for your company by inviting the local media to your handover, and will send a photographer along so that you
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Traditional With a Twist 25TH DECEMBER CHRISTMAS LUNCH, OUDE WERF HOTEL, STELLENBOSCH
No one does tradition with a twist like Oude Werf, South Africa’s oldest continuously running hotel. Gather your friends and family for a merry traditional Christmas lunch. As starters, guests can look forward to the likes of gravadlax salmon with a potato, garlic and spring onion cake, or ham hock and mustard terrine with caper berries and ciabatta wafers. For mains choose between festive maple-andcranberry-glazed turkey or baby chicken – both served with sliced gammon, roast potatoes, sage-and-onion stuffing and squash fritters. Finish off with a traditional, warm Christmas pudding with a scoop of yummy peach ice cream and dollop of brandy butter. The Christmas Lunch costs R375 per person. For reservations, email email@example.com.
All That Jazz!
Let the Countdown Begin
15TH TO 21ST DECEMBER PLURISM TOUR, JHB, EL, DBN, KING WILLIAM’S TOWN, PE & CPT
31ST DECEMBER CASINO ROYALE NEW YEAR’S EVE, TURBINE BOUTIQUE HOTEL AND SPA, KNYSNA
Contemporary jazz collective Plurism is back on South African soil this December. This will be their second tour, having visited in July, which saw them playing to sold-out venues and standing ovations. The multi-faceted collective will present their third album, More Fufu!, in a backto-back six-city tour across South Africa. The collective consists of Swiss drummer Dominic Egli in collaboration with legendary South African trumpeter Feya Faku, bassist Fabien Iannone and Ganesh Geymeier on tenor saxophone. Described as a “colourful declaration of love to Africa”, More Fufu! pays homage to the continent’s melting pot of musical and culinary offerings. The music expresses the band’s creative approach to jazz, which incorporates complex driving grooves and eruptive solos. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ring in the New Year at Knysna’s lovely Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa at a Casino Royale-themed event with a sumptuous dinner and a live DJ on the decks. For starters choose between smoked salmon rosettes on a creamy avocado and tomato concasse tower; a Parma ham, fig and brie spring roll; or ceviche of prawns in a watermelon curry. Soy-glazed Scottish salmon, balsamic marinated duck breast, and lamb shank rillette will make choosing your main course a little tricky. And even more so your dessert. Sweet-toothers will be tempted by chocolate macadamia tartlets, rum balls rolled in castor sugar, passionfruit cheesecake, Mille-feuille or assorted local cheeses and preserves. Each of the course options has been paired with an optional wine to really get the party started. For bookings, email email@example.com.
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Bring on the Bubbly 25TH & 31ST DECEMBER CHRISTMAS DAY & NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS, TINTSWALO AT WATERFALL, JOHANNESBURG
Celebrate Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve with your loved ones at the luxurious countryside setting of Tintswalo at Waterfall, in the heart of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs. Priced at R495 per person, the hotel’s lavish Christmas Day Lunch includes a Christmas cracker and glass of bubbly on arrival, followed by a generous lunch buffet. The mouthwatering selection features healthy salads and a Harvest Table filled with rustic homemade artisan breads and toppings, as well as festive season favourites, from glazed gammon and roast turkey to Christmas pudding and mini trifles. Come the last day of 2017, Tintswalo at Waterfall will celebrate the year gone by and ring in the New Year with an extravagant five-course New Year’s Eve Dinner. Priced at R600 per person, the evening includes a glass of bubbly to toast the arrival of 2018. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mother City of All Laughs 3RD TO 10TH DECEMBER ARMCHAIR COMEDY FESTIVAL, OBVIOUZLY ARMCHAIR THEATRE, OBSERVATORY, CAPE TOWN
The week-long Annual Armchair Comedy Festival once again promises a stellar line-up of some of South Africa’s top comedians. Known for its homegrown style comedy, the Armchair has been home to many top comedians on the South African scene. Comedians such as Riaad Moosa, Marc Lottering, Mel Jones, Kurt Schoonraad and Nik Rabinowitz all made their comedy debut at the Obviouzly Armchair Theatre and always enjoy returning to entertain their local crowd. Prior to the festival, the theatre will be running a social-media competition in search of Cape Town’s next rising star. Entrants will need to post a clip of themselves performing a short set and the top 20 will then battle it out on social media. The winner will have the chance to perform at the festival alongside well-known comedy acts.
It’s Tina Time 15 TH DECEMBER TO 7 TH JANUARY TINA: SIMPLY THE BEST, SIBAYA CASINO, DURBAN
Tina: Simply The Best is set to recreate the powerful and energetic vocals and stage presence of the Queen of Rock, Tina Turner. This live rendition features all the popular tracks that had audiences on their feet, as well as the soulful and rhythmic blues songs that had everyone belting their hearts out. She’s one of the world’s mostloved female rock legends. The show will feature the songstress’ greatest hits, including: “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, “River Deep, Mountain High”, “Proud Mary”, “(Simply) The Best”, “Nutbush City Limits” and more. South African-born songstress, Caroline Borole, will take on the role of Turner in this dazzling two-hour show. Backed by a world-class live band, Borole will perform over 15 of Turner’s most popular tracks.
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Touched by an Angel 10TH TO 27 TH DECEMBER THE ANGELS TEARS EXHIBITION, GRANDE PROVENCE, FRANSCHHOEK
Hosted by The Gallery at Grande Provence, the Angels Tears Exhibition will take you into the realm of angels in all their magnificence as portrayed by some of South Africa’s most important artists in a variety of mediums and styles. These include Grace da Costa’s bronze Chrysalis and Talitha Deetlefs’ sculpture entitled Winged Muse. To complete your cherubic encounter, The Tasting Room invites you to savour “A Taste of Heaven” with a bouquet of enchanting pairings of Angels Tears wines and handmade nougat. As a gift from the angels, visitors to Grande Provence will be able to purchase a twin pack of Angels Tears wines for just R70 for the duration of the exhibition. For more information on the exhibition, email email@example.com.
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Sunset Serenading 3 RD JANUARY LOUISE CARVER & ARD MATTHEWS SUNSET CONCERT, STANFORD HILLS ESTATE, HERMANUS
Two of South Africa’s most talented singer/songwriters have decided to come together to create a magical sunset concert this January. Louise Carver is one of the country’s most popular and glamorous singer-songwriters. She has 16 top 10 radio hits, four international number ones and 11 SAMA nominations under her belt. As the frontman of South African band Just Jinjer, Ard Matthews’ indelible lyrics and melody arrangements led to the incredible success of their debut album title, becoming one of South Africa’s biggest-selling rock albums. Matthews now plays regularly as a solo act, as well as still fronting the original Just Jinjer. This unique oneand-a half-hour show will include many of Carver and Matthews’ well-known hits plus some very special collaborations between them.
End of Year Celebrations 24TH, 25TH & 31ST DECEMBER FESTIVE EVENTS, THE TWELVE APOSTLES HOTEL AND SPA, CAPE TOWN
There is no merrier way to get into the festive spirit than with a Christmas Eve Dinner at the Azure Restaurant or Atlantic Terrace Marquee at Cape Town’s The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. Guests will be welcomed with a glass of Sangria on arrival before settling in for an indulgent five-course set menu. The restaurant will also be hosting a deliciously extravagant Christmas Lunch Buffet on 25th December, including all the festive season favourites, from mulled wine, gammon and turkey to mince pies and fruitcake. Father Christmas will be there along with Christmas crackers, festive hats, and live entertainment. Round the year off in style by donning your brightest festival gear and saying goodbye or despedida (in Portuguese) to 2017 in Rio Carnival style with oodles of bubbly and a decadent six-course meal on New Year’s Eve. To book, contact +27 21 437 9029 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Circle of Life Lokai infuses its trademark bracelets with elements sourced from the highest and lowest points on Earth. The white bead is filled with water from the heights of Mt Everest and represents life’s highest moments – when you’re on top of the world, it reminds you to stay humble. The black bead contains mud from The Dead Sea and reminds you to stay hopeful during life’s most difficult moments. Lokai also donates 10 % of its net profits to numerous charity partners: yellow to The Pediatric Cancer Foundation; pink to the Breast Cancer Research Fund; green to The Nature Conservancy; and red, blue, green and white mixtures to the International Rescue Committee supporting refugees. This way Lokai has helped to fund schools, build clean water wells, support research for diseases, and much more – talk about the gift that keeps on giving!
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In the Pilanesberg National Park
Less than two hours’ drive from JHB, you could have your very own private luxury lodge within Bakubung Bush Lodge, which is known as one of South Africa’s iconic bushveld resorts and is situated in the stunning, Big 5, malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park. The Bakubung Villas project is a very unique property investment opportunity which rarely presents itself, allowing investors to acquire their very own piece of this prestigious resort for themselves, with only 22 private stands. Investors can now enjoy the best of both worlds, by owning your very own private lodge with the Big 5 roaming within meters of your patio, yet still enjoy all the incredible services and facilities offered by the resort and its hotel. Some of which include a luxurious new day spa, a variety of dining experiences and bars, wildlife centre, game drives and bush walks into the park, direct daily shuttles into Sun City. Investors will also have the option of incorporating their lodge into Legacy’s commercial rental program, providing owners with an immediate financial return. In terms of ownership, accessibility, as well as the broad array of services and facilities both onsite and neighbouring the resort, you will struggle to find a similar property opportunity which offers you what the Bakubung Villas do.
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Dinner & A Movie
Fine-Dining Street Food Situated in the heart of Jozi, Urbanologi is a warehouse-styled eatery offering Asian food artistry of the highest quality. All dishes come alive through experimentation with typical street food techniques as mastered by Head Chef Jack Coetzee. Urbanologi are never afraid to experiment and their new menu is no exception. With their state-of-the-art Mad Giant Brewery in-house, no Urbanologi experience is complete without a beer in hand, and the new innovative menu boasts boldly flavoured dishes that pair
well with all the Mad Giant beers. Expect tapas-style plates with heirloom baby carrots, teriyaki poached sweet potato, and kumquats. There is an abundance of Japanese and Asian influences throughout the new menu, with the flavours of soy sauce, okra, and miso paste featuring regularly. While most of the ingredients are locally sourced, foreign components are always given a South African twist – think steamed mosbolletjies with whipped farm butter and dukkah spice.
Battle of the Sexes
The year was 1973, in the wake of the sexual revolution and midway through the rise of the women’s movement. The tennis match between women’s World No. 1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex men’s champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as “The Battle of the Sexes”. It became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between
King and Riggs kicked into high gear, offcourt each was fighting their own personal, more complex battles. King was struggling to come to terms with her sexuality, and Riggs was wrestling with his gambling demons. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.
A Burst of Flowers Prosecco has taken the world by storm over the past decade. Accessibility, value for money and a sense of celebration is key to the growing success of prosecco, as wine lovers worldwide discover the welcome lack of formality that defines this uniquely Italian sparkling wine. For those new to prosecco, the best place to begin is the Valdo Prosecco DOC Extra Dry, a timeless prosecco with a classical bouquet of apples and pears underpinned by an elegant palate. But this Summer, you simply can’t go wrong with Valdo Rosé Floral Brut with its eye-catching bottle designed especially for Milan Fashion Week. Made from a unique blend of Glera and Nerello grapes, this rosé-styled prosecco marries sweeter notes of ripe red berries perfectly with crisp apple aromas, making it perfect for summery picnics and garden parties.
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Turn it Up! The musical trio Swing City consists of Lonehill Estate’s Nathan Ro, whose love for swing music has always filled the pop/rock singer’s iPod; Graeme Watkins, whose background in music and theatre started as a swing singer long before his success on Idols or in his indie rock band The Graeme Watkins Project; and Loyiso Bala, whose classical training saw the singer as part of the TKZee crew, the Bala brothers in classical song, as well as in his own successful career in the pop world. On the back of their successful debut album, Well Swung, the Rat Pack-inspired trio are back with a new album. Under the musical direction of composer, David Cousins, Swing City have carefully selected 12 new songs to include in their new album, cheekily titled Now Listen Properly.
The band first formed in 2013 after a flippant remark made around a braai. Four years and two albums later, the trio – backed by a seven-piece jazz band – are sounding better than ever. With an ever-growing repertoire of swing evergreens and Top 40 jazz-spun favourites, audiences and fans can look forward to a mix of love songs, home-grown tributes and dance numbers. The album is available on iTunes and Apple Music as well as from Musica and other good music stores. Follow Swing City Band @SwingCityBand @SwingCityBand @SwingCityBand
Fine Food, Fine Wine
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In Search of WATERS LESS
TRAVELLED It’s sun and sea time, but who says a holiday in KwaZulu-Natal needs to be crowded?
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why would you want to fight for a tiny square of sand to lay your towel on, when you could potentially have an entire place to yourself?
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Growing up in KwaZulu-Natal, I learnt from a young age about the bi-annual migration of the lesser spotted “Vaalies” from their landlocked homes to our province’s sunny beaches. Easily spotted thanks to lily-white skin, Transvaal number plates and their ubiquitous Venter trailers, us locals often rolled our eyes as the traffic on the highways tripled over holidays, and once quiet shops suddenly had no parking. Having subsequently become a Vaalie (or Gauteng-a-lenger) myself, though, I fully understand the compulsion to leave the city behind, throw off your shoes and spend a week or two wriggling your toes in the sand. That said, I have still retained my aversion to crowded beaches. After all, why would you want to fight for a tiny square of sand to lay your towel on, when you could potentially have an entire place to yourself?
Stretching for over 400 km from Durban to the Mozambican border, the KZN North Coast boasts a virtually uninterrupted swathe of golden beaches, punctuated by river mouths and estuaries, and bordered by a string of lakes, including spectacular Lake St Lucia, the more intimate Lake Sibaya, and the picturesque Kosi Bay Lake system. Coral reefs dot and dash their way along the coast, also making this the country’s top province for scuba diving. The undisputed Mecca of bubble blowers is undoubtedly Sodwana Bay, thanks to its multiple reefs teeming with life. Unfortunately, these reefs teem with a larger form of life come December and Easter when boat load after boat load of divers descend on this little town. You’ll still tick off that sting ray sighting you so desperately wanted, but you’ll probably have to wait in a queue to do it.
SUN & SEA LUXURY This seems so senseless when one considers that the same idyllic seas and pristine reefs can be found less than 50 km north of Sodwana as the crow flies. Part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this area’s protected status means that you’ll find only a few campsites, and two lodges along this stretch of coastline. The first, Isibindi Africa’s Thonga Beach Lodge (www.thongabeachlodge.co.za), sits perched a short walk from a wide stretch of beach, ideal for long walks and building sand castles. Even better, as the lodge only sleeps 24 people, the knights from your sand castle will have quite a trek to enact diplomatic relations with the knights of anybody else’s. And it’s not only the sand castle knights who sleep in luxury here. King-sized beds, expansive bathrooms,
air conditioning – essential in the sticky summer months – and beautiful sea or forest views ensure that all guests feel like the kings of their own castles. Some of the rooms boast their own private plunge pools, while there is a larger communal pool for more social dips. This is also where you will find the dive centre, with its rows of brightly coloured fins and the enticing smell of neoprene. The boat launches here are very much dependent on the tides, but once through the breakers, most of the dive sites are only a short boat ride away. Drop down and you’ll be met by large coral outcrops dotted along the sandy bottom, lovely warm water temperatures, and the kind of superb viz that’ll mean you watch awe-struck as a loggerhead turtle sails past 6 m away just as well as you can make out the delicate details of a tiny shrimp 6 cm from the end of your nose. Non-divers are also catered for with snorkelling and boat trips along the coast, as well as outings to nearby Lake Sibaya. In season (November to February) you can join a turtle tour in search of the magnificent Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles who lay their eggs on the Maputaland shore. Plus, should the scuba bug bite, you can also opt to do your open-water training while you are here. A DIVER’S PARADISE Situated at neighbouring Rocktail Camp (www.wilderness-safaris.com) – the only other lodge in this part of the park – Mokarran Dive Charters (www.mokarrandivecharters.com) also offers training, as well as Ocean Experience trips to go out in search of different types of dolphins, turtles and whales, depending on the season. Thanks to a sheltered cover the boat launch here is considerably smoother than at Thonga – a bonus for nervous seafarers. Like Thonga, though, there are a string of dive sites to pick from, all within fairly close proximity of each other and of the shoreline. In fact, you could spend weeks here, and still find somewhere new to dive on every day, or something new to discover on “old favourites” sites like Gogos and Pineapple. While there is always the possibility of seeing larger mammals, turtles and schools of pelagic fish, the highlight of diving from Rocktail is the proliferation of “littlies” you can find, from perfectly camouflaged paper fish, and diminutive pipe fish with their seahorse-like faces, to miniature porcelain crabs and psychedelic-looking mantis
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shrimps. There is also, arguably, no better underwater feeling than giggling through your regulator while an army of cleaner shrimps get to work giving you a manicure! All of that underwater excitement certainly works up an appetite, and so to climb up a sand dune to find a full breakfast buffet spread waiting for you is diver heaven! What else is heaven, is heading back to your room for a hot shower overlooking the pristine coastal forest. Rocktail’s tented suites are all perched on platforms in amongst the trees, giving them a rustic treehouse feel… with oodles of creature comforts, that is. This is also lazy beach bum country, and while the walk to the beach is quite a bit longer than Thonga’s, it does give you a chance to explore the many indigenous trees you’ll find here – especially if you sign up for a walk with local legend, Gibson Mkhize. Now in his late 60s, Gibson is a wealth of knowledge on the local fauna and flora, having spent his whole life in this part of KZN. If you have a tummy ache, lost your toothbrush, need some help in the bedroom, or perhaps some palm wine for an upcoming party, Gibson will show you just which tree or bush will solve all your problems.
In fact, as we left Rocktail and headed north to Kosi Bay, we passed the time pointing out “toothbrush bushes” along the way! LAKE COUNTRY The Kosi Bay Lake system offers a watery holiday of a totally different kind. While beautiful snorkelling spots and golden sand beaches also abound here, the lake system ensures that visitors have
a far more varied smorgasbord of aquatic activities to pick from. Isisbindi Africa’s Kosi Forest Lodge (www.kosiforestlodge.co.za) offers trips to the Kosi Bay mouth, as well as full day boat trips through the lake system. Here you can marvel at the intricacies of the famous Tonga fish traps, specially designed to still allow fish to move to Lake 4 to breed and for juvenile fish to pass through on their way back up to Lake 1, thereby maintaining the reproductive
The Kosi Bay Lake system offers a watery holiday of a totally different kind. While beautiful snorkelling spots and golden sand beaches also abound here, the lake system ensures that visitors have a far more varied smorgasbord of aquatic activities to pick from.
balance of the fish population here. Talk about clever conservation! You can also spot hippo and crocodiles, as well as a host of different bird species, including jacanas and kingfishers. Perhaps the most exciting bird to tick off your list is the Palm nut vulture which is endemic to this part of KZN. Living up to their name, these elusive birds can sometimes be seen perched on the tops of the many swaying Raffia palms that border the lake system. The lodge also offers a walk through a raffia palm forest. While it is unlikely you’ll spot the vultures through the dense foliage, it is a fascinating and somewhat primordial experience to wander through the dark shadows under these gigantic trees. As they sway in the wind, they create a very distinctive sound – one which is often the main soundtrack to a canoe ride along one of the channels leading from Lake 4. This is a must-do activity when at Kosi Forest Lodge as there is nothing quite as relaxing as gliding past banks of giant trees and through fields of lily pads, listening for the distinctive call of a Fish eagle. Even better – you don’t have to do any of the paddling!
Back at the lodge, your very own cabin in the woods awaits where you can truly assimilate with your surroundings by wallowing, hippo-like, in a large outdoor sunken bathtub with only a canopy of leaves above your head. Sounds idyllic, right? Or, of course, you could also swap it for beach heaving with people. No? Thought so!
The New Kid on the Block Recently opened a short drive from Rocktail Beach Camp, Gugulesizwe Dive Camp is an eco-tourism venture run in conjunction with the KwaMpukane community. Facilities include beautiful rooms with en suite bathrooms, a well sized communal kitchen, a swimming pool and a fully equipped bar, with the option of filling your time scuba diving, snorkelling and canoeing. The camp also aims to develop an ecological and cultural knowledge exchange, where university students can come to learn about the ecology and traditions of the area, and community members can acquire useful life skills in their own language. Facebook: @gugulesizwedivecamp
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BEADING for Bread Built around the traditional art of African beadwork, Monkeybiz is a life-changing NPO that has grown into an international sensation.
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Mankosi Modise was an unmarried woman who lived in the Eastern Cape. Devastatingly, both her brother and sister passed away from AIDS, leaving Mankosi to take care of her nieces and nephews all on her own. But with a household full of young children, how could she manage to earn a living? She learnt a very valuable skill during her childhood: African beadwork. Her skills were put to good use when she was discovered by local NPO, Monkeybiz – a brand that sells traditional African beadwork items to international markets, and distributes the profits to the local bead-workers. In Mankosi’s own words: “If I didn’t know how to do beadwork, I would be eating from the trash cans.” THE BEAD OF AN IDEA Mankosi, who sadly passed away very recently, was just one of the many lives that have been transformed thanks to Monkeybiz. The NPO, which provides a basic income to many families who would otherwise have been left destitute, started back in 1999 with one idea and the shared vision of two remarkable ladies: Barbara Jackson and Shirley Fintz. These woman – who were both South African ceramicists and art collectors at the time – were inspired by the simple beauty of a small beaded doll they had in their possession. REVIVING THE ART OF AFRICAN BEADWORK The pair hoped to start a project with traditional beaders that would uplift the local community by reviving the dying art of traditional African beadwork. Beadwork has a long history in Africa and is an important cultural symbol. Not only is beadwork used to adorn the body, it also has various symbolic meanings. Different colours mean different things. For example, pink denotes poverty and would therefore be an inappropriate wedding gift. The size of the beads are also symbolic. A necklace made of fine beads is said to be treasured as it is thought to impart positive spiritual energy. Central to the training of Sangomas (traditional healers), beadwork also reflects the various phases of initiation and rites of passage.
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However, because of urbanization and modern living, much of the traditional methods and meanings behind African beadwork has been lost. Contemplating this while considering the beautiful beaded doll they had, Jackson and Fintz came up with the idea to revive this tradition. The brief was: “Can you make a doll like this that looks unique?” Jackson and Fintz’s parttime student, Mathapelo Ngaka (who has from the beginning been one of the pivotal points of connection between Monkeybiz and the beaders), took the beaded doll home to her mother, Makatiso, a skilled bead artist, and the rest is history. Sadly, Jackson passed away some years ago – Kate Carlyle has since taken over as GM – but her legacy lives on through this thriving altruistic organisation. “Years ago, Monkeybiz was started to help impoverished people and to continue the African tradition of beadwork. Since then, Monkeybiz has exceeded our wildest intentions and dreams,” says Jackson’s family, who now form part of the board that oversees the operations of the NPO. MONKEYBIZ MAKES IT BIG From their humble beginnings with just four beaders (Mathapelo, Makatiso, Beauty, and Phumla) and selling the first pieces from Jackson’s own ceramic studio, Monkeybiz has grown into an international brand with
a broad product catalogue and a register of 300 – 400 local beaders who supply the NPO with art works. Their products are currently sold through various retailers across Africa, the USA, Canada, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, and have even featured in a sell-out exhibition at Sotheby’s in London. What is more, MonkeyBiz held a wonderful collaboration with the Haas Brothers, which exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt’s Design Triennial, in New York City. The brand has gained its large support with help from the YouTube films Bigger than Barbie and Monkeybiz art that makes a difference, as well as from endorsements from the likes of inspirational and influential personalities such as Deepak Chopra and Desmond Tutu. In the words of the Archbishop: “No one likes to be poor. No one likes to depend on hand-outs, or the charity of others. A project such as Monkeybiz addresses a very deep human need, in that it helps people to help themselves.” Monkeybiz also practices strict quality control on all of their handcrafted products. Monkeybiz pays the beaders according to the quality of their work, encouraging improvement and inspiring higher standards from all who work for them. This means that you are ensured a durable, quality product whenever you purchase an item from their brand.
GET YOUR OWN BEADED BEAUTY In the spirit of Christmas, why not help your fellow man by purchasing your own Monkeybiz product? Not only does it make for a great gift, it also goes a long way towards reducing poverty in our country and safeguarding our traditional culture. If you find yourself in Cape Town, pop into their shop on Wale Street. Alternatively, visit their online store at www.monkeybiz.co.za.
Uncovering the Hidden Helderberg A new boutique hotel in the Cape is not only dishing up a delightful new destination, but is also showcasing just what makes the often overlooked region of the Helderberg so special.
Text: Nicky Furniss Images ÂŠ Silver Forest Boutique Lodge & Spa, Vergelegen Estate, Morgenster Wine & Olive Estate, Lourensford Estate, Waterkloof Wines & Nicky Furniss
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A TAIL-WAGGING WELCOME Arguably the best way to be welcomed anywhere is with a wagging tail. And Fudge has wags in spades. The unofficial ambassador for the recently opened Silver Forest Boutique Lodge & Spa in Somerset West, Fudge is a people per . . . er dog, if ever there was one. A long-haired Welsh Jack Russell, Fudge has spent the majority of his life as the family pet of the Rodenhurst family, the proud owners of beautiful Silver Forest. Now in the golden years of his life, it turns out that his true calling is actually in hospitality. Fudge loves his new home, and so he is keen to show guests around, as he is convinced that they will love it too. And to be honest, it’s certainly not a hard sell. Perched on the slopes of the Helderberg
mountain, pretty gardens filled with flowers and trees frame a magnificent view of Strand in the distance, making the hotel as pretty outside as it is inside, where the forest theme continues. All of the common areas as well as each of the eight suites boasts striking wallpaper depicting forest scenes of all manner of trees. It instantly adds a sense of calm to every space, particularly in the rooms, which combine this sense of quietude with cosy furnishings (including a log-burning stove for chilly winter’s nights), and possibly the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on (we may very possibly be hitting the hotel up for their stockists’ details in the near future!). Night cap surprises every evening make turning in extra special – but not before a drink at the bar and a delicious dinner. The dining room is Fudge’s central command station, and this is where he really turns up the charm. He is adept at sharing his time equally with each table of guests, although he clearly has an eye for dog people (or should that read suckers?). And as a reward, all he asks is the odd nibble of something tasty from the menu – while his mum isn’t looking, of course. Concerned for his waistline, his mum, Penny, has popped a discreet note in the guest info book asking visitors not to feed him, but that is easier said than done when he turns his adorable face at you and pops the puppy dog eyes on megawatt status. Luckily, his job as guest relations manager keeps him busy and fit, so we didn’t feel too guilty about the piece of bacon we slipped him at breakfast. THE HIDDEN HELDERBERG While Fudge is keen to encourage visitors to Silver Forest, his mum, Penny, wants to extend the welcome a little wider to include the surrounding Helderberg region. The “Hidden Helderberg” she calls it because, though there is a wealth of fantastic attractions, top restaurants
Waterkloof Wine Estate
and wine estates right on Silver Forest’s doorstep, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are still top of mind when people talk about great food and wine regions. This is something Penny, a successful entrepreneur who is used to the world of brand building, is keen to rectify. As such, she is the biggest proponent and cheerleader of this region, often coming up with great itineraries for her guests and even ferrying a few of them – us included – around to show off her favourite spots. These trips have proved so popular that she is looking at making them a formal part of Silver Forests’ offering. LUNCH WITH A VIEW A herd of goats welcomed us to Waterkloof Wine Estate, heading off to play their part in helping to make the winemaking process here as natural as possible. Working in tandem with nature forms such a big part of the estate that their restaurant – often referred to as the glass box – boasts floor-to-ceiling walls of glass so that you can marvel at the view, whether you are enjoying a meal at the award-winning restaurant or sampling a bevy of wines from the estates’ extensive range. While the view from Waterkloof is legendary, fewer people know of another spectacular setting perched on top of an adjacent hill – that of Idiom. The road that leads to the estate is long and winding and if we weren’t with Penny, I might
Idiom have thought that we were lost. But once we finally emerged at the top we were greeted by a beautiful indigenous garden, those aforementioned views, and a wonderful collection of artwork, displayed both in the garden as well as in the tasting room and restaurant, which once again serves up lovely wine-paired cuisine in front of large, light-filled glass walls. THE HELDERBERG HEAVYWEIGHTS From the relative youngsters of the area we moved on to the undisputed Grande Dame: Vergelegen Estate. The estate has been making its mark on the country’s history and wine heritage since it was founded in 1700. Little wonder then that is has played host to a number of auspicious guests over the years, including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and Beyoncé.
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Not surprisingly, the wines here are renowned, as is its fine-dining restaurant, Camphors. But the estate’s attractions extend far beyond the viticultural and culinary, and you would be remiss not to dedicate at least half a day to explore the estate’s 18 beautiful gardens. When in bloom, the camellia garden, the only International Camellia Garden of Excellence in Africa, is spectacular, and year round the venerable 300-year-old camphor trees are mind-boggling – just imagine what they have seen during their lifetime. For a small glimpse of this, there are a number of historical buildings and museums to explore, including the 201-year-old wine cellar which houses a library of rare books that will have any bibliophile’s heart racing. A hop, skip and a jump from Vergelegen is Lourensford Wine Estate – not surprising when one considers that they used to be part of the same estate. Like Vergelegen, Lourensford deserves a at least a few hours of your day, as there is much to explore, including a coffee roastery, two art galleries – one dedicated to the work of Frans Groenewald and the other to the work of South African Old Masters – a deli, and the Millhouse Kitchen for one of their famous rustic dishes. Guided hikes are on offer through the picturesque estate, and for those with a slower day in mind, there is the option of grabbing a craft beer at the onsite ABRU taproom. Save some space for a wine tasting though. This is wine country after all, and the estate’s Wine and Chocolate Pairing is delicious. AN OLIVE BRANCH For a change of pace, we ended our Helderberg tour with a visit to Morgenster Wine & Olive Estate. A little more intimate than the previous two estates, you can expect fantastic personalised service while enjoying lovely views of the clouds rolling in over the mountain backdrop. Morgenster makes some fantastic wines which are on offer to taste, but for something out of the ordinary, opt for the olive oil tasting instead. I never thought I would see the day when I would be sipping olive oil like wine, but very soon your palate starts to adapt and you can appreciate the different flavours of the oil much like you would with any wine tasting. The lemon-infused and truffleinfused varieties are really something special, and we are still enjoying ours at home months after our visit.
Lourensford Wine Estate
Morgenster Wine & Olive Estate SPA YOUR WORRIES AWAY As evening drew near, it was time to head back to Silver Forest. But the fun was far from over as we headed to the spa to languish in the sauna, sip bubbly in the Jacuzzi and then rub and scrub ourselves with lovely smellies in the Rassoul chamber, which ends each session with a delicate rain shower. Afterwards we were pampered with massages and pedicures so that by the time we were finished, we were so relaxed, the thought of swapping our robes for clothes was decidedly unappealing. Luckily spa robes are deemed acceptable attire for the intimate dining room, so that’s just what we wore while enjoying a delicious three-course meal, a bottle of wine, and the room’s cosy candlelit ambiance. As we finished and got up to leave, Fudge appeared on cue to escort us to
our room. Missing our own dogs at home, we invited him in to have a cuddle, but he declined. After all, a guest services manager’s job is never done.
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Keep It Close to Home This Christmas ’Tis the season to be proudly South African. Local really is lekker and Deziree Smith, director and creative genius behind Whimsical Collection, a popular African Gift range, highlights the benefits of keeping our Christmas goodies local.
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When purchasing local gifts items, it’s nice to know that they come with great stories behind them – from the materials they are made with to the business owner who has invested great time and effort into lovingly producing them. This holiday season, let’s support local businesses and add a special touch of Africa under the Christmas tree. HERE ARE FIVE REASONS WHY WE SHOULD KEEP IT LOCAL You can help boost the local economy: Keeping it local not only supports our economy, it also helps to diversify it by encouraging more entrepreneurs and more unique businesses such as Whimsical and other creative artists, as well as remarkable products and food items that larger commercial stores cannot provide. You can help create jobs: Small businesses provide almost one third of employment (27 %) to the local economy, but 38 % of them do not make a profit. By supporting local, you create and retain jobs in your area. You can buy original, one-off gifts: Made with love, locally handcrafted and quality items are sure to get the response you are looking for. Local arts and crafts create amazing once-off pieces for the holiday season. Whimsical Collection, for example, is a celebration of African animals. It creates fun, memorable designs on practical products. This year the team has introduced a new Christmas range comprising of dinner placemats, cards and envelopes, and beautiful gift tags. Best of all, local products come with a local price tag. Generally, the pricing is competitive and you can even save! You can help the environment: Less money spent on fuel and packaging means a lower carbon footprint. Less time in the car means more time with family and friends, enjoying life. You can support local charities: Local businesses support local organisations and charities – Whimsical Collection has supported The Rhino Orphanage for many years. But without consumer support, local businesses can’t give back and help local causes, promote holiday entertainment, and all of the special things that make up a unique and caring business community. With local businesses and small independent shops offering environmentally friendly, ethical and locally made products at competitive pricing, it’s no wonder local is lekker and makes a popular Christmas gift choice for us South Africans.
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From Old to New
TO OLDENBURG Located in one of the most stunning locations in the Cape Winelands, an hour’s drive from Cape Town and just 10 minutes from Stellenbosch, Oldenburg Vineyards is a hidden gem tucked away in the Banghoek Valley.
Text: Olivia Johnson Images © Oldenburg Vineyards
An independent, family-run boutique winery, Oldenburg boasts some of the very best mountain terroir in the area. The custodians of this gem, Adrian and Vanessa Vanderspuy, believe that by sharing the farm – whether for a unique tasting of their delicious handcrafted wine or a stay at the historical Homestead – they are not only able to share the joy of the space, but are also able to better connect the overall encounter; creating such a unique experience for visitors. The beauty of the farm, warm family hospitality, boutique wines, and the rich history of the Homestead all work together to create what is one of the most perfect hideaways in the Winelands. HISTORY The Vanderspuys are the proud custodians of Oldenburg Vineyards and although they only bought the farm in 2003, Oldenburg has been an integral part of Adrian’s life since he was a child. Soon after arriving from India in the early 1950s, Adrian’s family came to the Banghoek Valley (“banghoek” means “scary corner” due to the wild Cape leopards that roamed the area at the time), and his grandmother, Dorothy, lived on a small section of the land, as she was completely struck by the beauty of the valley.
child to live abroad in 1967, returning each year to spend Christmas with his grandparents at Oldenburg. After Helmut’s death in 1993, the much-loved farm went into a state of decline and, in 2003 Adrian and his wife, Vanessa, decided it was time to bring the magic of Oldenburg back to life and restore the land to its former glory, focussing particularly on the captivating beauty of the valley and excellent potential of the signature terroir. The rest, as they say, is history.
At the time, the main bulk of the present-day farm was called Rondekop, named after the very distinctive round hill that still forms the backdrop of the vineyards today. Originally a fruit farm, the first vineyards were planted in the 1960s and the fantastic terroir soon showed itself off, producing some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in the region. Adrian Vanderspuy was born in the valley but left South Africa as a young
WINES After making the decision to completely replant the vineyards, Adrian adopted some modern viticulture practises as a way of leveraging the unique mountain terroir. In 2007, Oldenburg produced its first maiden vintages, a Syrah and a Cabernet Franc – both of which indicated that they were onto something special. In 2010 the first whites were produced at Oldenburg. Now, the small quantities of handcrafted wines, using the highest quality grapes from the estate in a sustainable manner, extends to red and white wines from both Bordeaux and Rhône varietals. Offerings include a Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and a Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2010 saw the maiden release of the flagship Rhodium Bordeaux-style red blend. These award-winning, boutique wines can all be enjoyed in Oldenburg’s new Tasting Room, an elegant yet homely space designed by architect Simon Beerstecher and decorated by interior designer, Kelly Hoppen. A truly tranquil and peaceful environment, the Tasting Room offers a bespoke experience with personalised attention. Guests can enjoy tasting the signature wines while enjoying magnificent views of the mountains and the vineyards in a serene space where the wine has the opportunity to speak for itself.
THE HOMESTEAD The original family home of Oldenburg Vineyards, the Homestead, dates back over 200 years. It has been lovingly restored and renovated whilst still maintaining the charm of the Cape Dutch aesthetic and its rich history. The Vanderspuys believe that a stay at the Homestead provides guests with a truly unique, unequivocal experience of Oldenburg. The Homestead has a beautiful large garden and sweeping views of the mountains and vineyards. Ideal for groups of families and friends, or for a romantic, private getaway, this magnificent doublestorey house can sleep up to 12 guests in six luxurious bedrooms with all the amenities of five-star accommodation. Two large outdoor entertaining areas, each with tables and lounging areas, are located off the reception and kitchen respectively, and a glistening gated pool (which can be heated on request) offers the perfect space to relax and enjoy a glass of Oldenburg’s finest. The ground floor of the Homestead, where the reception lounge can be found, also features a formal dining room, eat-in kitchen, guest cloakroom and lounge area. Large open fireplaces are found in the reception lounge as well as in the living and dining rooms – perfect for cozy winter’s evenings. Guests can enjoy the kitchen facilities and open braai areas to entertain or cook for themselves, or they can take a short drive to some of South Africa’s best restaurants. Breakfasts are provided during a stay at the Homestead and are cooked to every guest’s preferences. For a truly unique experience, visit Oldenburg Vineyards and share the beauty of this incredible farm. Adrian and Vanessa Vanderspuy’s dream to restore this magnificent gem in the mountains has come true – and there really is no better hideaway around. For more information, please visit www.oldenburgvineyards.com.
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The COFFEE KING Meet the man who is introducing coffee culture to Cape Town’s townships.
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Gcobani started dreaming of opening his own coffee shop just three years after pouring his first cappuccino.
In South Africa’s suburbs, coffee is everywhere. Joggers stop in for an Americano before they head back to their runs; harried moms grab cappuccinos to go; tired businesspeople rely on their noon espressos to power them through the rest of the day. But in the township, coffee means straightforward filter coffee. An espresso-based cup of joe? Not so much. So, what made Gcobani Gogoba of Barista Cup think it would be a good idea to open a coffee business in Nyanga, Cape Town? A PASSION PROJECT Passion, for a start. Not that Gcobani is overly fond of coffee himself – he usually sticks to just one cup a day. What he does love, though, is the ceremony behind serving a cup, making sure that each customer takes away a little bit of happiness. The process has fascinated him since he first received barista training back in 2009 when he was a 21-year-old waiter at a Cape Town hotel. In fact, this was his first real experience of coffee – growing up, it wasn’t really on his radar. The new relationship was a happy one. So much so that Gcobani started dreaming of opening his own coffee shop just three years after pouring his first cappuccino. “I never did anything about it, though, because I was scared,” he says. Without the benefit of business training (he dropped out of his accounting course because the class times didn’t fit in with his work schedule), it seemed wiser to choose the security of a job. It wasn’t until 2015 that he finally overcame that fear. By then, Gcobani had moved on from the hotel and was working in a cheese boutique in Cape Town’s CBD. His new place of work had come about because his boss’s love of cheese was strong enough to overcome his misgivings about becoming an entrepreneur. And watching the venture grow, Gcobani finally believed that he, too, could enjoy the same success.
NOT AN EASY START That was in September 2015. What followed next was a difficult few months, as Gcobani and his wife, Ntombizodwa, struggled to find an appropriate site for their undertaking. At first, they had their sights set on the Nyanga train terminus – an idea they had to discard once they were informed they would be obstructing the busiest part of the station. They next settled on Nyanga Junction, but their efforts were again thwarted when the station authorities refused to let them use its electricity. Drawing on the resourcefulness which has since become his trademark and the cornerstone of the business, Gcobani decided to purchase a generator to heat the coffee. Although Barista Cup now serves up to 200 cups of coffee a day, makes regular appearances at events like weddings and sports tournaments, and has grown to include a store on Roland Street, it would be a stretch to say that the business was
an overnight success. To the contrary, sales started off at a snail’s pace, with just four cups sold each day. A CUSTOMER-CENTRIC APPROACH How did Gcobani manage to move forward? By innovating. First, he introduced a loyalty card. Then he reviewed his target market. The problem with appealing to commuters, according to his initial strategy, is that they’re fresh out of coffee funds by the end of the month. Taxi drivers, on the other hand, are in a permanent hurry – but they’re also always in the mood for coffee. Gcobani estimates that this market now accounts for around 95 % of his sales. To make sure he was giving them exactly what they wanted, he took everything he had learned during his barista training – and discarded it. “In the townships, we like our coffee hot and sweet,” he says. Understanding this has helped him to get ahead of his competitors. While Barista Cup’s rivals serve their coffee in a mug which has to be returned, the company’s coffee is poured into takeaway cups so that taxi drivers can enjoy it on the run. Gcobani has also introduced a production line of sorts to answer the drivers’ need for speed. He prepares the coffees ahead of time, adding the three sugars he knows his customers enjoy. Gcobani has also driven business by constantly seeking areas where he can cut costs. For instance, he’s connected with a Burundian farmer whose enthusiasm for coffee is evidenced in the quality of the product he cultivates, but whose costs are lower than those of Gcobani’s previous supplier. This allows him to keep his prices well within his customers’ budgets. “This is important at our Roland Street outlet, where most of our trade comes from the neighbouring CPUT [Cape Peninsula University of Technology]. You know students – they think nothing of spending hundreds of rand on beer, but they don’t have the same budget for coffee! By making sure our product is affordable, we’ve built up a loyal following.” READY TO ROAST The next step? Setting up his own roastery. This will mark a milestone, as when Gcobani started out, he roasted beans on a gas stove in his garage. He’d roast 300 g at a time, then peel each bean by hand. It was time-consuming, to say the least, taking an entire day to roast 6 kg. As demand grew, he had to phase out the home brew, renting a commercial
roaster that he believes makes for a more professional product. Gcobani is also considering opening more outlets. Since his product and customer service are on par with anything offered by the larger coffee brands, he’s confident that he could take them on in
their own turf: the suburbs. Right now, he’s dreaming about establishing a takeaway kiosk in Constantia. He’s in no hurry, though. “We’ll take things slowly, but we’ll keep growing. I believe in myself. There’s no turning back.”
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With décor inspired by New York’s chic interiors, the hotel consists of 210 generously appointed suites, all of which include spectacular views of Cape Town. Facilities at the hotel include, among others, the intimate Odeon cinema, a fully equipped gymnasium and a swimming pool with panoramic views. Cayenne Spa, tucked away on the 8th floor of the hotel, offers sanctuary for guests with its modern décor and eclectic menu of treatments. Located on the ground floor is Pepperclub’s exclusive Paparazzi Bar & Lounge and in-house restaurant, Sinatra’s, which combines a stylish and contemporary setting with a menu inspired by European continental cuisine. The hotel also offers guests scheduled complimentary shuttles to the V&A Waterfront and Camps Bay, home to one of South Africa’s most picturesque beachfronts. It is here that you will also find the hotel’s beach club facilities. Hotel
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THE KINDNESS of strangers Surgeons for Little Lives It is hard enough when your child is sick, you donâ€™t have to then want to worry about their receiving sub-standard care. Luckily a kind-hearted group of medical professionals and volunteers is helping to change that for a number of lucky children in Gauteng.
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Surgeons for Little Lives has become a wonderful success story, contributing positively to the healthcare of children requiring surgery in Gauteng. INDWE
Surgeons for Little Lives is a Johannesburg-registered non-profit organisation committed to saving the lives of sick children. Established in 2015, the organisation is run by a group of paediatric surgeons and lay volunteers and is chaired by Professor Jerome Loveland, Head of Paediatric Surgery at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital and The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. “South African doctors are amongst the best in the world – but, through circumstances beyond their control, they can’t always provide the standard of care they would like to. Unfortunately, because available resources are extremely limited, the level of care given to our young patients and their families in the large, over-burdened state hospitals is very basic,” Professor Loveland says. Surgeons for Little Lives is focused on raising the level of care given to patients in the paediatric surgery wards of state hospitals so that it matches the level of expertise of the medical professionals working within these environments. The organisation relies entirely on its own fundraising initiatives and donations from individuals and corporates to meet this aim. In the short time that the organisation has existed, it has started two very significant projects. In July 2016, a worldclass paediatric surgery and outpatient clinic (including a sleepover facility for caregivers) was launched at Soweto’s Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital – a first for the hospital. The hospital’s existing
paediatric surgery clinic currently draws people from across Sub-Saharan Africa and requires essential improvements to serve the catchment area of 10 million people. The planned two-level clinic is designed to support 2,000 outpatients and 300 inpatients every month, and opened in November this year. In addition to facilities for patients and their families, the new paediatric surgery clinic is also designed to be a training facility. Surgeons for Little Lives’ second project, launched in September 2017, aims to raise funds to build a Lactation Unit and Milk Bank at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital. The unit will have four components: An educational facility for antenatal and postnatal education; a lactation facility where mothers and donors can express in a supported environment; a milk pasteurising plant; and a breast milk bank. “Surgeons for Little Lives has become a wonderful success story, contributing positively to the healthcare of children requiring surgery in Gauteng. This has been made possible by our generous partners who have contributed on so many levels,” Professor Loveland says. The organisation is involved in numerous additional initiatives to enhance the lives of patients and improve the medical facilities at state-owned hospitals in Gauteng. For example, Surgeons for Little Lives has successfully implemented an expressive art, movement and music programme at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, helping traumatised,
injured or sick children express their pain and fear through creativity and play. This helps them feel more hopeful and happy, in turn boosting their immune systems and aiding the healing process. “These activities also help to keep children mobile and flexible, which is essential for the other therapies the children may be receiving from occupational therapists, physiotherapists and the nursing staff,” adds Jan Rech, an expressive-arts facilitator who runs the programme in the paediatric burns and surgery wards. Arrival and discharge packs have also been put together for the patients, who often arrive at the hospital with nothing but the clothes they are wearing. The packs contain pyjamas, basic toiletries, treats and clothing. “A project like this requires ongoing support to make it sustainable, as we admit great numbers of patients. These packs make an enormous difference to their stay in hospital,” Professor Loveland says. Surgeons for Little Lives has also installed a playground at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, and has carried out repairs and upgrades to medical equipment. “We encourage people to get involved with our organisation in any way they can, even if it’s simply to visit the ward to read to the children – not all assistance needs to be in the form of monetary donations. We are positive and excited about the impact we are making on the lives of our young patients,” Professor Loveland concludes. Visit www.surgeonsforlittlelives.org for more information.
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The Vintage Frame Trend People turn to vintage clothes to escape the monotony of mass-produced fashion, so why not mix up your look and also go for a retro vibe with your glasses frames?
Vintage eyewear is characterised by frames with a ’50s, ’60s, or ’70s look. Themes typically found in retro-style eyewear include original brow lines, cat eyes and thin wire frames. BROWLINE FRAMES The term retro refers to the style of a frame rather than the shape of a frame. Certain shapes, such as the Browline, have bold plastic coverings that cover the top half of the lenses in order to mimic the wearer’s natural browline. The Browline shape for both specs and sunglasses is considered to be retro and is part of the most recent “hipster style”, which has brought back rock ’n roll fashion trends from the ’50s and ’60s.
CAT-EYE FRAMES If you’re a real retro fan, you’ll know that the cat eye is the quintessential shape to transport your look back to a golden age. A feminine style in the 1950s, the cat-eye has recently made a comeback in many popular women’s frames. Each lens comes to a pronounced point at the temple endpoints and mimics winged eyeliner. Think Hollywood glam, bombshells, and pin-ups. Even a simple outfit can pack a punch when worn with this statement style. WIRE FRAMES There’s no school like old school. Wire spectacle frames are bang on trend with the current 90s fashion revival. From aviators to round frames, this playful look is perfect for the bespectacled minimalist.
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For the ANIMALS OF AFRICA Wildlife tourism in Africa generates billions in revenue each year, boosting local economies and providing muchneeded employment. But what is the cost of this to star attractions? Mismanagement of parks across the continent, poor funding, and a lack of education are putting animals and entire ecosystems at risk. So what can we do about it?
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It is no secret that wildlife across the African continent is under siege. Every year, elephants are being hunted for their ivory, rhinos for their horns, and lions for their trophy status. The numbers speak for themselves: The great African elephants now number around 350,000, down from 10 million just over a century ago, and there are fewer than 25,000 rhinos left on
the entire continent. If this is not cause for major immediate concern, what is? Wildlife habitats are also under siege â€“ savannahs, wetlands, woodlands and forests are now almost entirely restricted to African national parks due to the demands of an ever-increasing human population. Entire ecosystems and biomes urgently need to be conserved before they are lost forever. This
is terribly scary stuff but, fortunately, there are teams of angels in the form of wildlife conservationists that are dedicating their lives to trying to put a stop to it. A GLIMMER OF HOPE African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that is taking on complete responsibility for rehabilitating dying
African Parks has practically eliminated poaching in Zakouma in Chad, and have documented 80 new elephant calves, bringing the total population there to over 500. national parks, and providing long-term management plans in partnership with governments and local communities across Africa. African Parks was founded in 2000 in response to the dire mismanagement of parks due to a lack of funding and education, resulting in the dramatic decline of protected areas and wildlife. African Parks
currently manages 12 national parks and protected areas in eight countries, covering a whopping seven million hectares. These parks and protected areas are in Benin, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Zambia. The goal is to manage 20 parks by the year 2020, protecting more than 10 million
hectares. Because of the vast stretches of land and range of unique ecosystems, this will be the most ecologically diverse portfolio of parks under one management on the entire continent. A CONSTANT BATTLE African Parks faces an uphill battle, though, not least of all due to the very real conservation calamity that is currently occurring around the globe. This crisis is leading to a catastrophic loss of countless species and the fast-tracked destruction of wild landscapes. Parks that are mismanaged will inevitably be lost and those that manage to survive will find themselves highly valued and, as a result, possibly even more threatened. But what exactly is the reason for all of this? It all boils down to human demand for three key things: high-value commodities; protein; and land. As mentioned, high-value commodities such as elephants, rhinos and lions are being brutally slaughtered across Africa by increasingly militarised poaching networks. These networks are motivated by a staggering annual $20 billion made off the illegal wildlife market. The demand for protein, in the form of bush meat and fish, is another influence which is escalating as the human population increases. In the absence of strong sanctions against hunting and formal law enforcement,
huge areas are being completely emptied of wildlife. Another staggering statistic reveals that in the Congo Basin alone, roughly five million tons of bush meat is taken from the forest every year. And then there’s the land. Natural habitats – which, once destroyed, are near impossible to return to their original states – are being converted at an alarming rate for human development. Whether for space, agriculture or energy in the form of coal and firewood, humans are annihilating natural habitats, resulting in a severe loss of wildlife and ecosystems. The problem is real. SUCCESS STORIES The good news, however, is that – thanks to teams like African Parks – the opportunity does exist to secure large areas of land and change the spiralling trajectory of conservation in Africa, utilising methods that are sustainable and effective for the long term. By combining habitat management, wildlife introductions and translocations, monitoring programmes and relevant research to inform all these actions, African Parks is doing exceptional work. In 2016 alone, they conducted nine wildlife surveys in eight parks and collared and tracked 175 animals – including elephant, rhino, lion, cheetah, giraffe, eland, buffalo, hyena and the unusual-looking (and rather terrifying) shoebill stork. This
Ker & Downey African Parks has recently partnered with Ker & Downey Africa, an adventure travel company. Their mission – to challenge, connect and leave a positive legacy for Africa – ties in perfectly with the ethos of African Parks, and thus they have pledged to help African Parks achieve their goal of managing 20 parks by the year 2020. By developing an average of two or three trips a year with a strong focus on various products under the African Parks portfolio, the team hopes to attract adventurous philanthropists and those passionate about Africa, offering them access to these remote and very special areas to educate, spread awareness, and assist in funding these incredible endeavours. For more information, go to www.ker-downeyafrica.com.
year, they brought rhinos back to Akagera in Rwanda, cheetahs back to Liwonde in Malawi, and they have completed the historic translocation of 520 elephants to Nkhotakota in Malawi (for more on this remarkable feat, visit 500elephants.org). African Parks have also practically eliminated poaching in Zakouma in Chad, and have documented 80 new elephant calves, bringing the total population there to over 500 – the first increase recorded in more than a decade. Apart from reintroducing wildlife, teams from African Parks also: secure park boundaries through fencing; mitigate conflict; and, most importantly, implement extremely stringent law enforcement and anti-poaching practises to ensure that the parks are secure and safe. All of this is done with one central aim: To preserve ecosystems and naturally occurring ecological processes which will result in clean air, healthy watersheds, food security, and overall better health for people and wildlife alike. Sounds like something I’d be immensely proud to stand behind and support. To learn more about African Parks and how you can be a part of this incredible initiative, visit their website: www.african-parks.org. Donate today and let’s save Africa together.
In order to stay ahead of the times, Citizen has entered into a new chapter of watchmaking and craftsmanship by fusing leadingedge technologies with the pursuit of ideal beauty.
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Since its foundation in 1930, Citizen has been spearheading a revolution of innovation in watchmaking. Among their prominent achievements is Eco-Drive, an original light-driven technological breakthrough. Citizen’s progressive Eco-Drive technology harnesses the power of light – from any natural or artificial light source – and converts it into energy. This means that it recharges continuously, so you’ll never have to replace a battery. Fewer batteries also means that you will be making a positive contribution towards saving our environment and creating a sustainable future. As an innovation that has changed the way watches are powered today, Eco-Drive has no equal and inspires great potential for state-of-the-art technology and exquisite design. Look out for, amongst others, Citizen’s advanced satellite synchronised watches and radio controlled watches, not to mention their range of advanced dive watches, like the Eco-Dive Aqualand
diver’s watch (R45,999) pictured. The Eco-Drive Aqualand is an authentic evolution of the world’s first ever diver’s watch. With features such as a water pressure sensor, a rapid ascent warning alarm, a depth metre and a maximum water depth hand, this watch is the perfect companion for underwater adventures. This top-of-the-range Aqualand watch is water proofed to 1,000 m for saturation diving. For more info, please visit www.citizenwatchsa.co.za or connect with Citizen on facebook/citizenpromaster.
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SUNSHINE The drive for a more sustainable way of living is becoming increasingly necessary in today’s world. Attempting to reduce our carbon footprint by altering the way we eat, use energy and get around, can drastically improve our current situation. Gauteng’s Sunplace Lodge follows these principles while also providing a beautiful setting for a quiet getaway.
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All are welcomed with open arms to live the experience and consider making lifestyle changes of their own.
Sunplace Lodge is a family-owned farm, situated in the cleft between the Magalies and Witwaters mountain ranges overlooking the magnificent Hartebeespoort scenery. A mere 50-minute drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria, this is the ideal location for those seeking a holiday, a quick weekend escape, or a stop-over for business travellers who want to be out of the city. Fully sustainable, environmentally friendly and off the grid,
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magical here was instant. Leading the Department of Architecture at the University of Pretoria at the time, Professor Dieter Holm was also a specialist in passive design (which maximises the use of natural sources when building), renewable energy, and energy sufficiency. He decided against connecting the farm to the national electricity grid or municipal services and, instead, looked at alternative ways of living sustainably whilst maintaining a sense of modernity and style. A rather remarkable feat for that period, Dieter installed features like solar water heating, solar cooking, solar electricity, a biogas system, grey water use for flushing the toilets, rain water harvesting and recycling. It became the first ever self-sustainable home in South Africa and has always been open to anyone interested in learning more about adopting this way of life.
tubes as rail designs for the balconies prove that functional innovation can be stylish and contemporary. Each of the rooms is equipped with a queen size bed, a comfortable chair and a wardrobe. The bathrooms – each with a shower, wash basin and toilet – are decorated with mosaic art to add a splash of colour and fun to the space.
ETHICAL ACCOMMODATION Sunplace Lodge was born in 2006 as an idea that began with owner and architect, Henning Holm, following in the footsteps of his pioneering father. Together with his wife Thea, an environmental educator, the two decided to create a venture that would incorporate the idea of sustainable tourism into the space, and use the lodge as a means of creating awareness by demonstrating the ideals of an alternative, off-grid lifestyle. The lodge consists of 11 en suite bedrooms, each providing a warm, natural atmosphere with antique-style furniture
SHARING KNOWLEDGE With the aim of improving guests’ knowledge about sustainable living, the lodge offers facility tours, sustainability tours, classes, workshops and “do-ityourself” experiences. Henning and Thea have also reached out to the local community and are working hard to help local tourism thrive in the area by getting involved in community projects and facilitating school educational projects on sustainable development. Sunplace Lodge is a truly unique space and one that is shining a light on a way of life which is within our reach. Not only does it offer guests a beautiful space in which to relax and unwind, it also provides an insightful look at this wonderful way of life – removing preconceived notions of sustainable living and proving not only that is it accessible to everyone, but also that it is comfortable, inviting and familiar. The space, like the entire Holm family, represents beauty, passion for nature, and a respect for the land. It is a symbol for living consciously and sustainably and, when you’re there, you’ll get a true feel for what it really means to live off the sunshine. For more info, visit www.sunplace.co.za.
• The entire farm – consisting of the lodge, blacksmith workshop, family home and outbuildings – is completely powered by solar energy for its electrical and hot water needs as well as underfloor heating. • Water is supplied by harvesting rainwater, which is stored in tanks all over the premises. • All structures are designed to utilise various natural elements for maximum energy efficiency, including sky lights in bathrooms and on the northern side of the roof of the main building. • Various antique, reclaimed and second-hand materials are used throughout the interior of the lodge. The headboards were made from recycled floorboards and the bedside tables and kitchen cupboards are reclaimed cabinets from the University of Pretoria after it was refurbished. • No import fill soil was used during the construction process. • Natural paint was used for painting most of the interior of the lodge. • Indigenous plant life has been preserved, or moved and re-planted when necessary during construction. • All light bulbs are LED or CFL with electronic starters and motion detectors at certain points for maximum energy efficiency. • All sewage water goes through a reed-bed system for re-use in the flushing of toilets as well as watering the green area around the lodge. • Suitable waste food goes to a worm composting bin, producing liquid as well as soil compost for the gardens. • Most waste is recycled, resulting in sending only one bag of waste to the landfill each month! • They use environmentally friendly/ biodegradable cleaning materials. • Training sessions and sustainable trips are hosted to educate the community, including the next generation of consumers, our children, on living more sustainably.
The long grass swishes as an elephant’s leathery mass edges past our camp. The African wood owl’s affectionate hooting serenades me from its perch in the mahogany tree. Then . . . there’s a crunching sound not far from my tent.
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It may sound a little scary to some, but for those looking to experience Africa in all its glory, Zambia’s Busanga Plains is one of the finest places to go. I am fortunate enough to travel the length and breadth of Africa in search of great wildlife and wilderness experiences, and my first taste of Busanga was refreshing to say the least. The Kafue National Park is enormous – 22,400 hectares to be exact – and one of the largest reserves in Africa. It is positioned right in the middle of the “left bulge” of Zambia and is fed by and protects significant lengths of key rivers. The Lufupa River drains across the Busanga Plains into the impressive Kafue River as these waters all head south to the mighty Zambezi. MAGICAL BUSANGA I am often asked what makes Busanga so special. Aside from the remote wilderness feeling, I think it’s the
unpredictable mix of what you may find whilst out on game drives. On arrival, making our way from the airstrip to the camp, we spent time with a hunting serval. Then we found a shy young female leopard as well as herds of the normally scarce roan antelope. This was before we’d even had a beer to watch the elephants march right through the brick-red sunset! I have never seen seven different water mongoose in one night drive before, and then there were the five honey badgers we saw on one of the morning game drives. These mostly nocturnal animals are the sort that Africa-philes dream of seeing. Busanga is also one of the best places to find and photograph a range of antelope not easily found in other parks – roan, red lechwe, puku, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, oribi and, for the lucky, the swampdwelling sitatunga.
BIRDS OF A FEATHER For the twitchers, there is an endless array of species to find. The floodplain specialists are the exquisite Rosy-throated longclaw, the stately Wattled crane and the Swamp nightjar. To the uninitiated, the latter is a brown, medium-sized bird that travels the floodplain at night in search of its insect prey. Its call goes “chop-chop-chop-chop” throughout the night, bewildering anyone unfamiliar with the world of nocturnal birds. In the riverine woodland the special birds to find are the Bohm’s bee-eater, Blackthroated wattle-eye, and Schalow’s turaco. The only bird endemic to Zambia is the Chaplin’s barbet which – with
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some searching â€“ can be found in the stands of massive sycamore figs. There is also a lot on offer for raptor enthusiasts, from the diminutive African hobby falcon to graceful Pallid harriers and massive Martial eagles. KINGS OF THE PLAINS And then there are the lions. Big, thickmaned male lions draw photographers from all over the world to snap them climbing trees and bounding through the floodplains. Our guides, Isaac and Idos, know these plains like few others do and, sure enough, delivered the goods as we tracked down one of the prides in the setting sun. Battle-scarred, but not broken, is how I saw them. With the very open terrain here, it is possible to watch Busanga lions hunting lechwe and puku from start to finish. UP, UP AND AWAY Another highlight of a stay here is taking a hot-air balloon ride at dawn. We drifted
effortlessly past stately Acacia palm islands and massive Sausage trees dotted over the landscape. The vultures were mostly still perched on the trees waiting for the day to kick into gear as the balloon floated past them. The pods of hippo grunted and honked from the pools below us. The lions are often spotted from up here, though we didnâ€™t see them that morning. Routinely the vultures will spot them first and simply follow and wait in anticipation of the coming carnage! A PLACE TO LAY YOUR HEAD There are different camps at which to stay in Kafue and even in the Busanga region, but none come close to the Wilderness Safaris camps of Shumba and Busanga Bush Camp. These small, intimate camps are perfectly positioned to access the best of Busanga. This safari operation is making a difference simply by being here. The positive impact on local tourism employment is one aspect, alongside the provision
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WHISKY IN SA It’s not only Scotland, Ireland, Japan and the US who make whisky – South Africa also knows how to distil its own versions of the amber liquid. And if whisky intrigues you, then you certainly don’t have to visit a foreign country this Festive Season to witness how whisky is made.
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The James Sedgwick Distillery, the only commercial whisky distillery in Africa and home to internationally award-winning Three Ships Whisky and Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, is open to the public, and is where whisky-lovers can experience the “angels’ share” first hand. The distillery is situated in the picturesque Boland town of Wellington, an hour’s drive from Cape Town’s City Centre. Tastings and tours are usually limited to ten people at a time, but during the Festive Season will be extended to 20. On arrival, enjoy a whisky cocktail, followed by a tour to witness first-hand how the whiskies are crafted through the various stages, from
DID YOU KNOW? There are three types of whisky •M alt whisky: made from malted barley and distilled in copper pot stills. •G rain whisky: made from maize or wheat and distilled in a column still. •B lended whisky: a combination of both malt and grain whisky. Although the romance of the whisky industry lies in malt whisky, it is the blended whiskies which are by far the most popular. The lighter and softer grain whiskies mellow the full-bodied malts and create a whisky which appeals to a much wider audience thanks to the ease with which it can be enjoyed.
raw material to distillation and maturation. Back at the tasting room, you will be presented with a tasting of four whiskies paired with five sample dishes. Once you have discovered the aromas of your favourite South African whiskies, you can purchase these before departure. Limited-release whiskies, only available at the Distillery, will from time to time be offered for purchase, allowing you to continue the extraordinary experience you had at home or to share the moment with someone special in the form of a gift. The James Sedgwick Distillery was awarded Best Brand Innovator in Whisky Magazine’s 2011 Icons of Whisky awards,
as well as being named Best International Whisky Distillery at the New York International Spirits Competition in 2015, so it promises to be an interesting and entertaining day out. Tours cost R350 per person, take roughly two-and-a-half hours and are run on Fridays and Saturdays from 10h00 to 14h00. Booking and payment is essential 48 hours in advance by visiting www.webtickets.co.za. No bookings can be made at the distillery or on arrival. All tours and tastings are for over 18’s only. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +27 72 415 3440.
blue cheese sauce, liver pate on toasted baguette, and smoked chicken. Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish: The whisky’s soft honey, vanilla, cinnamon spice and ripe pear notes will match well with flavourful charcuterie such as Parma ham, creamy goats’ milk cheese or slightly fatty meat cuts such as slow-roasted beef brisket. Three Ships 10 Year Old Single Malt vintage 2005: The complex combination of pepper, spice, sweet oak, dark toffee and fruit makes this rich whisky a match to mature cheddar, seared tuna and pork belly. It’s also heaven with dark chocolate!
FOOD & WHISKY PAIRING SUGGESTIONS Everyone appreciates a really good whisky. Add food, and you have an extraordinary taste experience. The golden rule is to match the intensity of the whisky with the intensity of the dish. So if the food has a sweet or spicy undertone, try a blend
or a lighter styled whisky. More complex whiskies, such as single malts, will benefit from fuller flavoured dishes. Three Ships Premium Select 5 Year Old: The beautiful smokiness and complexity of the whisky will pair well with fillet steak with
Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky: The only whisky in the world to be made with South African maize calls for a local dish. Its sweet vanilla and cinnamon flavours are the perfect match to traditional South African milk tart! It’s also great served with smoked salmon or yellowtail.
Q&A WITH MASTER DISTILLER ANDY WATTS How long have you been making whisky? I’ve been making whisky for over 28 years. I originally came to South Africa from the UK in 1982 as a young professional cricketer. After three seasons of back and forth I decided to make South Africa my home and joined the Stellenbosch Farmers’ Winery (SFW), now Distell, and spent time in Scotland and on the isle of Islay off the Scottish West Coast learning all there is about whisky. It was whilst in Scotland that I met some of the most influential whisky leaders at that time and their enthusiasm and love for making and enjoying whisky ignited my drive to show the world that South Africa too can make world-class whisky. Tell us about whisky in South Africa. Our industry is very young – 40 years, to be exact. South Africa’s first whisky brand, Three Ships Select, was launched in 1977 and we’ve come a long way since then. We’ve made many mistakes whilst learning, but now we have a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities and we’ve invested in upgrading the distillery. One of our main advantages in South
Africa is our higher temperature. Being a relatively warm climate, it plays a role in the maturation process, where we can lose up to 5 % of the alcohol per annum through evaporation – what is known as the “angels’ share”. The higher temperature accelerates the interaction between the wood, air and spirit, allowing us to make whiskies that portray themselves as very smooth and mature but at a younger age. How is SA whisky performing compared to those globally? We have been astounded by the interest,
have received gold and double gold medals at all of the major international whisky competitions – from London and New York to China. Momentous highlights over this period were when the Three Ships 5 Year Old Premium Select was named the World’s Best Blended Whisky, and Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky the World’s Best Grain Whisky at the 2012 and 2013 World Whiskies Awards held in London. If you consider that 300 whiskies are tasted blind over three rounds, then beating whiskies from all the traditional whisky-making countries is
and over the past ten years our whiskies
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EVERY OCCASION 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.
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ALLÉE BLEUE BRUT ROSÉ 2014 This fresh and lively MCC is filled with flavours of strawberries, rose petals and candyfloss with a clean and refreshing palate. R130
ANTHONIJ RUPERT WYNE’S PROTEA RANGE This range of eight wines has been created for immediate enjoyment but also with unique packaging that has been designed with “upcycling” in mind as the distinctive bottles can be used as vases or transformed into cups, candle holders and plant pots once empty. From R50
BIOSTILLA ORGANIC GIN Biostilla Organic Gin marks the first time a certifiedorganic premium gin has been available on local shelves. Expect sweet juniper, citrus and floral notes on the palate, giving way to a pleasing hint of bitterness in a lingering finish. R350
GRANDE PROVENCE ANGELS TEARS SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017 Characterised by layers of tropical fruit and hints of green pepper, this refreshingly dry Sauvignon Blanc is a great companion to salads, light seafood dishes or grilled chicken. R40
FENTIMANS MIXERS Whilst tonic waters are the ideal way to enhance the flavours of even the simplest of drinks, Fentimans mixers, such as Rose Lemonade, Pink Grapefruit Tonic Water and Ginger Beer & Muddled Lime, offer a unique twist on old favourites.
THE MACALLAN 12 FINE OAK Treat yourself to a bottle of The Macallan 12 Fine Oak in a limited edition gift box complete with a whisky glass and water jug. The box’s beautiful etched design is inspired by the oak used to craft The Macallan’s casks. From R599
THE NICOLAS FEUILLATTE BRUT RÉSERVE This elegant champagne is a blend of 20 % Chardonnay, 40 % Pinot Noir and 40 % Pinot Meunier and is aged for at least three years in the cellar. R540
PIERRE JOURDAN BRUT A classic blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this MCC is characterised by fresh citrus and berry flavours with a lovely fresh mousse. Approx. R115 DE KRANS PREMIUM RED MOSCATO PERLÉ This sweet red wine is made predominantly from Muscat de Frontignan grapes for a fizzy taste and a pleasant exotic spice on the aftertaste. Use it as an aperitif, served chilled, or as an accompaniment to cheese, red meat and desserts. R55
KLEINE ZALZE MCC BRUT This traditional MCC shows elegance and complexity with a long finish. Strawberry and blackberry fruit flavours are complemented by a classic biscuit bouquet and a lively fine mousse transforms this wine into an unforgettable sparkling sensation. R130
BELLEVUE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017 This Sauvignon Blanc promises an explosion of tropical flavours such as pineapple, granadilla and litchi followed by a lingering freshness on the palate which ensures that it pairs well with salad, seafood or poultry dishes. R60
JOHN DEWAR & SONS 12-YEAR-OLD Known as “The Ancestor”, Dewar’s Scottish 12-year-old single malt grain whiskey is aged in hand-selected oak casks for a minimum of 12 years. It has a palate of honey, toffee apples and fudge, with a nose of fresh citrus, subtle vanilla and melted caramel. R299
CBC RASPBERRY AND PEACH KRYSTAL WEISS CBC’s fruity beer mix drinks, Raspberry and Peach Krystal Weiss, both contain 97 % Krystal Weiss and 3 % natural fruit syrup. The resultant fruit flavours are refreshing, with a well-balanced flavour-experience of sweet and sour. R124.95 per six pack
BOLLINGER CUVÉE ROSÉ 2006 An enchanting salmon pink colour, the Bollinger Cuvée Rosé 2006 is delicately perfumed with enticing notes of rose petals, raspberries and quince and is the first limited edition vintage that Champagne Bollinger has dedicated exclusively to a rosé. Approx. R1,500
BOLLINGER CUVÉE ROSÉ 2006 The Christina Cabernet Sauvignon is produced in small quantities from single vineyard blocks, making this limited edition wine a must have this Festive Season. Approx. R170
SAVANNA BLACKBEARD This Festive Season, swap your usual cider for a rum-flavoured Savanna Blackbeard. Infused with the sweet flavours of rum it also surprises the palate with hints of raisins, spices and fermented honey. From R79.95 per six pack
HERRADURA REPOSADO TEQUILA From one of Mexico’s most renowned tequila producers, Reposado tequila is made from the finest blue agave and aged to perfection in medium-char American white oak barrels for 11 months. With hints of anise, dried fruit and spices on the nose, Reposado is sweetsmelling with a smooth finish. R499.95
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THE PAUL CLUVER SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017 The perfect summer aperitif, the Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2017 enhances the flavours of salads as well as lighter meat dishes, and pairs beautifully with seafood dishes and cheese platters. R90
KRONE NIGHT NECTAR DEMI-SEC ROSÉ 2016 This blend of 85 % Pinot Noir and 15 % Chardonnay pairs beautifully with prawns, pork belly, and strawberry cream cake thanks to its spun sugar nose laced with expressive notes of raspberries and cranberries. Approx. R120
THE ROBERTSON WINERY LIGHTLY SPARKLING WINES The Robertson Winery Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir Rosé are “lightly sparkling wines” produced from top quality grapes, with fresh fruit flavours and an added dazzle of tiny bubbles to delight the senses on a hot summer’s day. R55
PURA SODA PURA Soda has one third of the sugars found in other sodas and is available in five delicious flavours, including Cucumber & Lime, Seville Orange and Pomegranate – ideal for quenching your thirst without threatening your bikini body. Approx. R12
THE SPIER SECRET SPARKLING The Spier Secret Sparkling is the perfect summer drink for sundowners or on a hot day beside the pool and is available in a beautiful Festive Season gift pack. R79
SCOTTISH COUSIN This range of premium Scotch whisky is crafted and bottled in Scotland, and distributed in SA by Four Cousins. It is available in three delicious variants, each aged to perfection: Scottish Cousin 5 Year Old, 8 Year Old and 12 Year Old. From R199
REYNEKE BIODYNAMIC SYRAH 2015 Reyneke’s Syrah is certified organic – grown without any pesticides or herbicides using biodynamic methods. The palate is fresh and vibrant with layers of red fruit and spices. Pair it with charcuterie, oxtail, lamb shanks or grilled game fish. R175
DESIDERIUS PONGRÁCZ 2009 Made in the French tradition of bottle fermentation, this award winning MCC is a blend of Chardonnay (70 %) and Pinot Noir (30 %) grapes hand-picked from two selected vineyard blocks. The combination of fresh fruit, lively bubbles, almonds and rich buttery bread is a delight to the senses. R450
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Good Access In a Wheelchair, Will Still Travel For most people, travelling is exhilarating and sometimes just a little bit frightening. But for people who are wheelchair-bound, or who have mobility issues, the frightening part may greatly outweigh the exhilarating one. For me, though, coming from a travelloving family where the choice between the main route or the back roads was always met with gleeful cries of ‘back road!’, the exhilarating has always – even now that I’m quadriplegic, in a wheelchair – won out. Text: Briony Chisholm Images © Airbnb, iStockphoto.com, Iwan Baan, Zeitz Mocaa & Wikimedia Commons/Mulungu95
Having travelled to Sicily this year, I was reminded just how many people with disabilities are not travelling because the thought of all the potential barriers is just too daunting. What many people don’t realise – purely because they don’t need to – is that travelling as a person with a disability requires a lot more planning than that required for an able-bodied person. It’s not just about finding accessible accommodation, but finding it close to accessible transport routes and close to places of interest that are accessible. Coming home to South Africa, with all it has to offer visitors, I realised that I needed to explore tourism for people with disabilities in my own beautiful country. I decided to spend two days being a tourist in my home town, Cape Town, to see how it fared when it comes to accessibility. A HOME AWAY FROM HOME First things first: accommodation. Where to stay that would be fully accessible? I didn’t just want to stay in a run-of-the-mill hotel room, I wanted to immerse myself in the city, to feel part of the community. With this in mind, my logical first choice was Airbnb. I searched the website and sent mails to a couple of hosts to make sure that their idea of “accessible” met my needs, and that the host lived on or near the property, in case I needed help. The fact that Airbnb lets you communicate with your host for weeks ahead of your stay really takes a bit of the fear out of the booking process, because by the time you get there, you pretty much know the lay of the land.
Checking in was easy, with a friendly host on hand to help with anything I needed and to give a short history of the area and the house. Bookshelves filled with an array of books contributed to the feeling of being at home away from home. Added to that, a balcony with breath-taking views across the city almost made me stay in for the full two days, simply to sit and admire the view. ART AND ARTFUL VIEWS I was here to be a tourist though, so a little excursion up Table Mountain was the order of the day on Day One. So up to the top we went to take in the views. The good news is that everything was perfectly accessible, so this is definitely something I would recommend to other disabled travellers. If I thought the view from our balcony was good, from up there, it was spectacular.
I decided to spend two days being a tourist in my home town, Cape Town, to see how it fared when it comes to accessibility. Then it was time for a little culture as we headed to the V&A Waterfront and the newly-opened Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, which is also fully accessible. The museum showcases incredible art from across Africa in a building – converted silos – that is, itself, a work of art. An amble through the Waterfront and sundowners
afternoon. Planning this immersive experience was easy, and again, all accessibility queries were answered before I even got there. I joined a brother and sister from the UK – another bonus of doing such things, the meeting of like-minded travellers – and Philip guided us through the history, the making and the tasting of coffee.
looking across to Table Mountain finished off a fabulous day of being a tourist in my own city.
Run Rabbit Run Coffee is in the beautiful old art deco building The Bijou, in bustling Lower Main Road. The space is cosy, easily-navigable in a wheelchair, and kitted out with fabulous furniture and all the coffee machinery required to make truly good coffee. Philip took eight months off to learn how to roast to perfection and now supplies a range of carefully roasted and blended coffees. He plans to expand slowly into a coffee shop and, maybe, some bites to eat, but here the focus is on good coffee and great conversation. There will be no Wi-Fi – which sounds utterly blissful! After a roasting demonstration, we headed down Albert Street to one of Cape Town’s favourite coffee spots, Rosetta, in the hip Woodstock Exchange. Here we tasted three different espressos from three different coffeegrowing regions, to demonstrate how different they really are. Armed with our new knowledge, heightened coffee-tasting skills and caffeine-induced energy we said goodbye to our new friends and headed home, happy in the knowledge that my country – with just a little extra planning and using “community-centric” platforms like Airbnb – can offer disabled visitors an array of fantastic activities and places to stay.
A TRIP BACK IN HISTORY Continuing our cultural tour the next day, we decided to visit the District Six Museum in Buitenkant Street, only to be faced by a flight of stairs at the entrance. Luckily, a woman going in saw us and, within minutes, they’d opened up a side door, led to by a ramp, to let us in. Although access at first seemed daunting, the problem was easily solved. Once inside, we saw a heart-wrenching, but beautifully curated museum that documents the rich cultural history of the area before the forced removals in 1966. I also highly recommend the District Six Museum Café where they served up the best bobotie I’ve ever tasted, followed by delicious home-baked malva pudding with custard. Suitably sustained, we headed off toward Observatory for our afternoon activity. COFFEE CULTURE Hipsters are big in Cape Town and where there are hipsters, one expects to find good coffee and great places to drink it in. With this in mind, it seemed only right to join the Airbnb Experience “Coffee Roasting: From Bean to Cup” with Philip from Run Rabbit Run for the
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NTURY As the Volvo Ocean Race comes calling for its traditional stopover in Cape Town, Mike Wilson profiles the toughest, roughest race on earth, bar none.
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Now in its 13th incarnation, the Volvo Ocean Race comes to Cape Town for the 11th time this month. Having already crossed the equator for the first of four times, contending with trade winds and the doldrums, the seven-strong fleet will be repairing damage from the second leg from Lisbon, Portugal, as well as competing in an America’s Cup style in-port race under the watchful eye of Table Mountain. This all whilst getting ready for the gruelling 6,500 nm third leg to Melbourne, Australia, with the leaders arriving just in time for Christmas. Having set sail from Alicante in Spain, the fleet of identical 65-foot Volvo Ocean Race racing yachts are crewed by a variety of male and female sailors drawn from the best in the business. They have already have gone head-to-head in two in-port races, in Alicante and Lisbon, as well as a 700 nm middle-distance race from its Spanish home to the Portuguese capital, before being let off the leash for the traditional 7,000 nm full-speed-ahead southbound cavalry charge across the equator towards Cape Town. THREE RACES IN ONE The Volvo Ocean Race is a marathon, a middle distance and a sprint race, all rolled into one. As the yachts are identical, the abilities and tactics of the skippers and crew are the sole difference – notwithstanding an intervention from Lady Luck – between winning and losing. Like Formula 1, it’s truly global, but the similarities between
the two end there. Unlike the yachts, in F1 the wealthiest teams can afford the best engines and chassis, the most sophisticated aerodynamics and IT, as well as the pick of the drivers. These teams invariably win – money talks. In Formula 1, mechanics and medical help are a matter of minutes away, while a racing incident deep in the Southern Ocean or mid-Atlantic – such as striking an iceberg or discarded sea container in the dead of night in a Force 10 gale, or a broken mast in a North Atlantic storm – can spell disaster and put lives at risk. Rescue is several days as opposed to minutes away. In this race, it is the all-important relationship between power generated and the weight of the machine, as well as the optimum use of sail-power which invariably sorts out the podium places from the alsorans. At 65 ft (20 m) long and 18’37” (4.78 m)
wide, the Volvo Ocean race yachts weighin at 12,500 kg, with a mast reaching 100 ft (30.5 m) skywards. Such is the premium attached to keeping these ocean-going racing machines operating at optimum speeds of almost 40 knots, that crew members will cut their toothbrushes in half and remove treasured family photographs from their frames, just to stay light. A UNIQUE TEST OF ENDURANCE It’s hard for ordinary mortals to imagine – hurtling in the dead of night, pitch black in gale force winds, and in a Southern Ocean swell as high as the mast itself, looking to avoid collisions with whales, sea containers or small but lethal icebergs called “growlers”. Whether on board and on watch, or trying to get some sort of sleep in a cold, damp bunk down below, this is like
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of the toughest, roughest race in world sport has never been easier. Some sailing junkies sit up all night watching these tiny pin-pricks on a vast global seascape plot and plough their way around the most expansive, challenging and potentially dangerous race track there is. Meanwhile, watching all five cameras, monitoring key data from all seven yachts, keeping abreast of short, mid- and longterm weather predictions is Race Control, deep in the bowels of Volvo Ocean Race HQ in Alicante. This is manned 24/7, with specialist help – medical, mechanical and meteorological – always on hand. Not only does this ensure fair play and adherence to the rules, as well as compliance with the spirit of sailing, but Race Control also relays key information to the skippers and crews,
making them a cross between air traffic controllers and sports officials. Invariably, the team that performs best on average across all 11 legs – marathons to sprints and 11 in-port races – will prevail. But, unlike Formula 1 with drivers earning multi-million dollar salaries and massive prize money for teams, the winners of the 13th Volvo Ocean Race will win what all other champions have won before them: the Volvo Ocean Race trophy and the total respect of the sailing community worldwide. The Volvo Ocean Race Village on Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is open from 24th November – 10th December, with the in-port race taking place on 8th December 2017. Please visit www.volvooceanrace.com for more information.
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Les skippers et les équipages participant à la Volvo Ocean Race doivent aussi faire preuve d’une endurance et d’une vitesse sans précédent pour pouvoir faire face à des parcours allant de 7,600 nm comme celui de la course d’Auckland à Itajaí au Brésil, ainsi qu’à des in-port races courtes et intenses, ou bien à des étapes de distances moyennes allant de 700 nm à 1,300 nm qui ont été incluses juste pour faire bonne mesure.
Maintenant dans sa 13ème édition, la Volvo Ocean Race fera halte au Cap cette année pour la 11ème fois. La flotte, forte de sept éléments, s’occupera de réparer les dommages subis lors de la seconde étape de la course au départ de Lisbonne tout en se préparant à la troisième étape exténuante de 6,500 milles nautiques vers Melbourne. Ayant débuté la course à Alicante en Espagne, la flotte de bateaux de course de 65 pieds identiques dispose d’équipages composés d’hommes et de femmes qui sont parmi les meilleurs au monde. TROIS COURSES EN UNE The Volvo Ocean Race est à la fois un marathon, une course de demi-fond et un sprint. Comme les yachts sont identiques ce sont les compétences et les tactiques des skippers qui - mis à part la chance font toute la différence entre la victoire et la défaite. Comme la Formule 1, la course est véritablement mondiale mais les similitudes s’arrêtent là. En Formule 1, les mécaniciens et l’assistance médicale sont toujours très proches mais un accident de course qui se produit au milieu de l’océan austral ou en plein Atlantique peut être synonyme de désastre et mettre des vies en danger compte tenu du fait que les secours sont situés à plusieurs jours de navigation. Contrairement aux bateaux de course plus petits de 20 m de long et 4,78 m de large, les yachts de la Volvo Ocean Race pèsent 12,500 kg et sont munis de mâts s’élevant à 30,5 m. On attache une telle importance au rendement optimal de ces machines de course de haute mer fonctionnant à une vitesse de pointe de presque 40 nœuds, que les membres d’équipage en arrivent à couper leur brosse-à-dents en deux et à retirer leurs
précieuses photos de familles de leurs cadres juste pour être plus légers. UNE ÉPREUVE D’ENDURANCE UNIQUE Il est difficile pour le commun des mortels de pouvoir imaginer naviguer à toute allure au cœur d’une nuit d’encre, bravant des vents violents, tout en cherchant à éviter une collision avec une baleine, un conteneur maritime ou de petits icebergs meurtriers du nom de « Growlers ». Que l’on se trouve sur le pont ou sur une couchette froide et humide en train d’essayer de dormir, cela équivaut à demander à un pilote de F1 de faire une course d’obstacles dans le noir. Décider de la meilleure trajectoire dans les limites d’un « circuit » de milliers de kilomètres de large est un art aussi bien qu’une science. L’acuité et l’instinct du navigateur, associés à l’interprétation des données météorologiques détaillées et des données sur les courants, peut constituer un avantage tout autant qu’un désavantage d’une douzaine de milles nautiques en un seul jour, transformant rapidement une défaite en victoire et inversement.
LES RÈGLES DE LA HAUTE MER Avec plus de 75 marins des deux sexes venus de 20 nations différentes qui participent à la course et qui travaillent sans relâche de manière optimale dans un espace très réduit et sous une pression intense - le langage universel de la voile, ainsi qu’un équipage discipliné et un skipper capable de diriger son équipage sont des éléments fondamentaux qui font toute la différence entre un bateau qui se bat pour la gloire et un autre qui ne fait que participer. Et pourtant la règle d’or de la haute mer veut que même si un skipper et son équipage sont en tête, ils sacrifieront toujours leur position de leader pour porter assistance à un rival en difficulté, et ceci sans aucune exception. FILMÉS SUR LE VIF 24 H/24 7 J/7 Chacun des sept bateaux est muni de 5 caméras de télévision haute-définition qui filment en flux continu chaque moment de chaque étape de la course, ce qui signifie que se tenir au courant des nouvelles relatives à la course la plus pénible et la plus éprouvante du sport mondial n’a jamais été aussi simple. Certains accros de voile n’hésiteront pas à passer leurs nuits à regarder les équipes planifier leur trajectoire sur le circuit de course le plus vaste et le plus potentiellement dangereux qui soit.
OVERTIME ABUSE Overtime can be a contentious issue – especially when workers exploit overtime systems. Fortunately, the law provides clear guidelines that can assist those in charge to manage the hours that employees work. Text: Amanda Visser/finweek Images © iStockphoto.com
Overtime is not only considered one of the biggest ongoing expenses for companies but, if managed incorrectly, it can also mean expensive lawsuits, low morale, and even abuse of company time and money. It is one of the most contentious issues in the labour market. Sometimes managers expect workers to be available at all hours and workers often resent doing overtime, especially if it is for reasons beyond their control. Amy Bailey, who is in charge of finance and human resources at the US company TSheets, says in difficult economic times employees are eager to prove themselves as hard workers who do not mind working a little longer – without necessarily including some or all of those extra hours on their timesheets. “And many employers have either tacitly or explicitly endorsed this attitude. However, businesses should not see this type of behaviour as a good thing,” she
says in an online article published by TheBalance.com. Turning a blind eye or encouraging this type of behaviour can have disastrous financial repercussions should those same employees decide to pursue legal action for misclassification or time worked without pay, Bailey says. Anastasia Vatalides, head of Werksmans Attorneys’ labour and employment practice, says that in South Africa there has been limited litigation in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, which regulates overtime. WHO SHOULD GET PAID FOR OVERTIME? Vatalides says in terms of the Act certain categories of employees could be required to work overtime, but would not be entitled to payment for the additional hours they put in. The number of overtime hours allowed – without compensation – is limitless. Those who do not qualify to be paid overtime include:
• Senior managerial employees (they have the power to hire and fire people); • Employees who travel, like sales representatives; • Employees who work less than 24 hours a month; and • Employees who earn more than the annual turnover threshold of R205,433.30 (R17,119.42 per month). People who are paid for overtime are those earning less than the annual turnover threshold. However, the overtime is limited to ten hours per week. This is quite ironic, says Vatalides, as this means that lowerpaid employees have a limit to the amount of extra income they could potentially earn. Employers must have a provision or agreement in the employment contract stipulating that overtime will be required from employees. If it is not stipulated, employees can justifiably refuse to work extra hours. “We also advise that even if there is a requirement to work overtime, employees should not be allowed to
work overtime as and when they please. A company should only be paying for overtime work in circumstances where the employer has approved it.” Vatalides says if the overtime goes beyond ten hours a week, it must be done with the permission or special arrangement of the employer or the union. In tough economic times people are tempted to push for more overtime in order to make ends meet, but there are also those who stretch the envelope simply to benefit financially. HOW TO MANAGE OVERTIME Circadian, a company providing solutions for businesses that operate around the clock, offers some guidance. Watch out for “overtime hogs”. It is not uncommon for companies to have 20 % of their employees working 80 % of the overtime. Its advice is to set an “annual cap” to prevent “excessive overtime cycles”. Vatalides says that the employer must be vigilant about how people are working. “Are managers actually encouraging people to work overtime by not managing their performance during working hours? It is expensive if you pay people overtime for work that might have been done during working hours.” Many companies only offer access to the internet and social media on company devices and on company IT systems to those who need it for work-related matters. “These are mechanisms that employers can use, must use and do use to monitor the conduct and behaviour of employees whom they cannot specifically see all the time.” Bailey suggests tracking employees’ time. The average American worker, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, works slightly more than four hours of overtime per week. Expectations
must be clearly communicated. It is also essential to cross-train teams to spread the burden when there is an overload, or in case of emergencies. TSheets has developed software that allows employees to clock in and out on their desktops, laptops, or mobile phones using smartphone applications. HOW TO DETECT ABUSE Companies have to reasonably accommodate personal circumstances. “You cannot expect people not to make personal phone calls, visit a doctor or a dentist or their bank, or tend to a sick child,” Vatalides says. “Companies take the abuse of overtime quite seriously because it is a huge expense. The law determines that overtime be paid at 1.5 times or double the rate.” If that is being abused, it is tantamount to fraud. “You are getting a financial benefit out of lying to your employer,” Vatalides says. THE EFFECT OF ABUSE Despite the economic consequences of overtime abuse, it can also affect morale in the company. Efficient workers may feel that their efficiency is not rewarded. “They are being paid less than those who are breezing through the day with long lunches and coffee breaks. It is not always deliberate, but it could demotivate efficient workers and encourage a culture of milking the system,” she explains. Overtime should be the exception rather than the rule. If a company’s employees are continuously and justifiably working more than ten hours of overtime a week, it is indicative of a staff shortage. HOW TO PREVENT ABUSE Yolandi Esterhuizen, compliance manager at Sage, says the reward for an employee must be the task and not the
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My mum recently bought a new car. This is not a common occurrence in the Furniss household – her previous car was over 10 years old – and so she approached it as she does everything: with great thought and practicality. Not one to be slavishly attached to any particular brand, I was still a little surprised when she told me that she had settled on a Suzuki – a first for our family. But once my own Suzuki Ignis test car was delivered recently, I can certainly see why this little compact crossover won the day.
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IT’S GOT THE LOOK In fact, I have no doubt that the Ignis will win a lot of potential buyers over, not least of all because of its distinctive looks. It’s compact and even a little chunky – some might say “muscular” – in classic A-segment style, but at the same time its high roofline, generous 180 mm ground clearance, increased visibility and bold wheel arches speak more to a roughand-tumble SUV pedigree. And this is just what you’ll get with the Ignis – a highly
manoeuvrable little hatchback perfect for town driving and that is also capable of the odd outdoor adventure. IT’S GOT THE PRACTICALITY While my mum is not much of an offroad enthusiast, the increased ride height attracted her attention too – firstly by making it easier to see the road while driving and secondly because as she gets older, she says that it will be easier to get in and out of the driver’s seat, being the
perfect height to not have to fall down into or climb up on. Used to driving a slightly bigger car, she was loathe to sacrifice too much interior space, and yet while its exterior dimensions may be compact, its interior is surprisingly roomy – and not just for my diminutive mum, as my almost sixfoot frame recently discovered. The boot will easily fit in a month’s worth of groceries and – with the rear seat folded down – even a large haul of plants and bags of compost from the local
nursery (as mum is wont to do). The cabin continues this feeling of spaciousness thanks to its clean lines and uncluttered dashboard, which – thanks to its striking two-tone black-and-white treatment – mixes modern with a little bit of a 70s retro vibe. This will make it appeal not only to the hipsters of today but also to the hipsters of several decades ago, like my mum. All hipsters like their tunes, and Ignis boasts a MP3-compatible CD receiver with FM/AM tuner, as well as a USB socket and 12V power outlet. A centrally mounted, fullcolour touch-screen display which can be linked to iOS and Android smartphones, as well as Bluetooth Connectivity are also available – if you opt for the higher specced GLX model. Mum is less worried about Bluetooth than she is about fuel-efficiency though, and the Ignis, at a petite weight of only 850odd kg, certainly will save her at the pumps. It has a combined fuel consumption cycle of just 5.1 l/100 km for the manual version and an impressive 4.9 l/100 km for the auto. IT’S GOT THE DRIVE Thankfully – for myself and for many other younger drivers – this fuel economy doesn’t come at the cost of performance. Its K-Series four-cylinder, 1.2 l engine kicks out 61 kW at 6,000 r/min (thanks in part to the car’s low mass) and has a top speed of between 155 and 165 km/h. This makes it a nippy and responsive little dash-around-town car that manages hills with a fair amount of ease and holds its own on the highway.
Safety is taken care of thanks to Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT), which includes crumple zones that efficiently absorb the impact of a collision, a chassis that efficiently distributes the impact energy, and a rigid passenger safety cell. Not to mention dual front airbags, ABS anti-lock brakes with EBD, and child-proof rear door locks. IT’S GOT CHOICES The Ignis is available in two derivatives. The entry-level 1.2 GL Manual is the more affordable option, yet comes complete with colour-coded bumpers, door handles and mirrors, a full-sized spare wheel, electrically operated windows and exterior mirrors, and remote central locking. For those looking to pimp their ride a little bit more, the 1.2 GLX (available with either a
five-speed manual gearbox, or a five-speed Automated Manual Transmission) comes with striking piano-black alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, keyless starting, and a multi-information display which indicates fuel consumption, average speed and driving range. Roof rails also add a sporty touch. For an even sportier touch, you can even opt for a two-tone colour combo – Uptown Red Pearl Metallic with a black roof or Tinsel Blue Pearl Metallic with a white roof. Mum went for the Arctic White Pearl Metallic – white being the safest colour, after all – but I still think she looks pretty bad ass driving around in her funky, fun Ignis. So bad ass, in fact, that my father – forever a German sedan kind of man – just bought one too! How’s that for a convincing sales pitch?
The Nissan X-Trail has always had a large following thanks to its conventional design, reliable engines and value-for-money offering. As the perceived pioneer in the SUV/Crossover segment, the X-Trail has attracted many customers who have remained loyal to the brand to this day. And to emphasise its strong “family vehicle” roots, the latest model is now also available in seven-seater configuration.
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The X-Trail’s ability to soak up indentations and potholes while clinging to the road surface at dramatic speeds augers well from a safety point of view.
TECHNOLOGY With cars getting more complicated by the day, and with the march of technology in full swing, Nissan has wisely seen to it that its more advanced models take full advantage of these developments. Features include blind-spot intervention which alerts the driver to the presence of vehicles diagonally behind their car. Intelligent lane intervention – regarded as an intrusive nuisance by some (depending on the methodology) – warns the driver when straying across lanes. Increasing urban traffic density and limited parking space are dealt with by cross-traffic alert which warns of traffic from behind, while the relentless move towards autonomous driving now includes radar-based emergency braking. This works hand in hand with forward-collision warning, and the added advantages of automatic headlights which respond to oncoming traffic at night. The new X-Trail’s impressive list of technology is rounded off by the inclusion of an around-view monitor system which displays the car’s position in relation to its surroundings. THE DRIVE Two engine configurations were on offer during the recent launch drive in the Eastern Cape. The 2.5 normally aspirated four-cylinder continues in the Nissan
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Pack Up & Go New to the K-Way travel range, the Carry-On 40L Travel Bag (R899) is a light carry-on bag with substantial space for all your packing requirements. Amongst its many features it has a small front pouch for keys or a wallet, a front organiser and spacious main compartments, as well compression straps for load stabilisation. Furthermore, side mesh pockets, a padded back system and ID or pass card slot make for convenient travel, no matter what stamp you’re hoping to add to your passport. The perfect pairing for this is the K-Way Clothes Bag (R250) from Cape Union Mart which allows you to separate clean clothes from dirty ones, helping to organise and simplify travel, wherever your adventure may take you.
WIN One lucky INDWE reader will win a K-Way Carry-On 40L Travel Bag and clothes bag from Cape Union Mart. To enter, SMS the word INDWE followed by the word KWAY and your NAME and EMAIL ADDRESS to 35131. Cost per SMS is R1.50. Free & Bundled SMSs do not apply. Competition closes 31st December 2017. Ts & Cs apply.
Meet the Crew Have you ever wondered who is flying the plane when you travel on SA Express? Or wanted to know more about what a job as a cabin crew member is like? Well, now’s your chance! Every month we will introduce a few members of our SA Express family, because by getting to know them, you become part of the SA Express family too. Text & Image © Supplied
Velile Mthembu Cabin Crew Length of Service With SA Express: 12 months Tell us more about yourself I’m a happy person, fun to be around and also a sports fanatic. I don’t participate in any sports myself, but I love to watch sporting fixtures on TV. What is your favourite part of your job? I like staying in different cities (having a hotel room to myself with all the amenities you can think of) for a few days every month. I also like meeting very important people like celebrities and politicians. What do you find most challenging about your job? Unexpected turbulence – you just never get used to it but you still have to keep a smile on your face and look professional. What do you like about working for SA Express? It feels like I’m at home while I’m at work… it really is like a second home to me. What would people find surprising about your job? That I sometimes leave home at 19h00 and come back from work at 07h00 the following day – they actually think that I work throughout the night. Have you ever had any funny incidents or encounters onboard? I once flew with a particular South African radio personality. He was sitting at an emergency exit but said that he was not willing to help in the event of an emergency. He added that the only way he was going to move was if I physically picked him up and put him in another seat!
BEAT THE SUMMER BLUES.
Experience excitement with reduced SA Express fares. With two incredible destinations to choose from, this Festive Season doesnâ€™t have to be a drag. SA Express makes it affordable to add adventure to your holidays. Book your seat and fly from 15th December 2017 to 31st March 2018.
SUN CITY - from *R80 MAHIKENG - from *R100
Prices quoted are for one-way only, Valid for travel and sales until 31st March 2018. Book now on www.flyexpress.aero.
*Terms & conditions apply. Subject to seat availability. Fares exclude all levies, taxes and/or surcharges.
SA Express is a proud member of the SAA Voyager programme. Visit www.flyexpress.aero for domestic flights to Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, East London, George, Hoedspruit, Johannesburg, Kimberley, Mahikeng, Pilanesburg, Port Elizabeth and Richards Bay; and regional flights to Gaborone, Harare, Lubumbashi, Lusaka and Walvis Bay.
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Airline information SA Express fleet
Safety Information Health regulations Health regulations at certain airports require that the aircraft cabin be sprayed. The spray is harmless, but if you think it might affect you, please cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief.
Canadair Regional Jet 200 BER Manufacturer: Bombardier Maximum cruising speed: 474 knots/545mph/879kmph Engines: Two General Electric CF34-3B1 Range: 1,662miles/3,080km Maximum altitude: 41,000ft/12,496m Seating capacity: 50
Crew: Two pilots, two cabin crew Wing span: 69ft 7in/21.21m Overall length: 87ft 10in/26.77m Overall height: 20ft 5in/6.22m Maximum take-off weight: 51,000lb/23,134kg Minimum runway length: 6,295ft/1,919m
De Havilland Dash 8 Series Q400 Turboprop Manufacturer: Bombardier Maximum cruising speed: 360knots/414mph/667kmph Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A Range: 1,565 miles/2,519km Maximum altitude: 25,000ft/7,620m Seating capacity: 74
Crew: Two pilots, two cabin crew Wing span: 93ft 3in/28.42m Overall length: 107ft 9in/32.83m Overall height: 27ft 5in/8.34m Maximum take-off weight: 64,500lb/29,257kg Minimum runway length: 4,580ft/1,396m
Remain seated As a safety precaution, passengers are requested to remain seated with seatbelts fastened after the aircraft has landed, until the seatbelt sign has been switched off by the captain. Portable electronic equipment The use of personal electronic devices domestic and regional flights on the Q400. Passengers will be permitted cell phones, e-readers and electronic
(PED’s) will apply to all CRJ700/200 and DH8 to use PED’s such as tablets in flight-mode.
Cellular telephones Cellular telephones may be used on the ground while passenger doors are open. Cellular telephones, smartphones or any device with flight mode must be switched off as soon as the cabin doors are closed and when the senior cabin-crew member makes an announcement on the publicaddress system. Laptop computers Laptops with CD ROM and DVD drive, handheld calculators, electric shavers and portable personal listening devices may not be used on the ground during taxi but may be used during the flight when the seatbelt signs are switched off and with permission from the captain. Should circumstances dictate otherwise, a public-address announcement cancelling this concession will be made by a crew member. Prohibited equipment Portable printers, laser pointers, video equipment, CB/AM/FM/FHF/satellite receivers, two-way radios, compact disc and mini-disc players, scanners, remote-controlled toys and power converters are prohibited for use at any time. Safety pamphlet Read the safety pamphlet in the seat pocket in front of you and take note of your nearest emergency exit. Smoking In accordance with international trends, smoking is not permitted on board any SA Express flights. Seat belts Please fasten your seat belt whenever the seat belt signs are illuminated. For your own safety we suggest that you keep it fastened throughout the flight.
Canadair Regional Jet 700 Manufacturer: Bombardier Maximum cruising speed: 473 knots/544mph/875kmph Engines: Two General Electric CF34-8C5B Range: 1,477m/2,794km Maximum altitude: 41,000ft/12,496m Seating capacity: 70
Crew: Two pilots, two cabin crew Wing span: 76ft 3in/23.2m Overall length: 106ft 8in/32.51m Overall height: 24ft 10in/7.57m Maximum take-off weight: 72,750lb/32,999kg Minimum runway length: 4,580ft/1,396m
SA Express’ aircraft are made by Bombardier Aerospace
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
Special services Special Meals Passengers with special dietary requirements are provided for through the following special meals: kosher, halal, Muslim, Hindu, low-fat and vegetarian meals. Orders for special meals should be placed at the time of making flight reservations. The airline requires a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to departure in order to assist with confirmation of requests. Only available on selected flights. Passengers requiring special attention Requirements for unaccompanied minors (passengers under the age of 12 years) or passengers requiring wheelchairs should be stated at the time of making the reservation. Owing to the size of the cabins on our aircraft types, the airline is not in a position to carry stretcher passengers or incubators. Cabin baggage SA Express will accept one piece of cabin baggage not exceeding a total dimension of 115cm and 7kg in weight. For safety reasons, cabin baggage must fit into approved stowage spaces: either the overhead luggage bin or under the seat. Owing to limited storage space in the aircraft cabin, cabin baggage may be placed in the Skycheck at the aircraft for hold stowage. Skycheck This is the airline’s special hand-luggage facility that assists with in-flight comfort, speedy boarding and disembarking. When boarding one of our flights, simply place any hand luggage that will not be required during the flight on to the Skycheck
cart at the boarding steps of the aircraft. Your hand luggage will be waiting for you as you disembark from the aircraft at your destination. Baggage liability Valuable items such as cameras and accessories, computers – including laptops and notebooks – mobile telephones, perfumes, aftershaves, colognes, legal and company documents and legal tender – including cash, credit cards and cheques – bullion, leather jackets, all types of jewellery and any other items with a value in excess of R400 must be removed from either checked-in or Skycheck baggage as the airline is not liable for loss or damage to these items. Verified baggage claims are settled on the basis adopted by IATA (International Airlines Transport Association): payment of US$20 per 1kg of checkedin luggage, to a maximum of 20kg ($400) We Fly For You SA Express Airways prides itself on aiming to offer incomparable service standards. In addition to building on our motto to express excellence and consistently striving to provide the best service, we know that “you” is the most important word in our airline. SA Express proudly launched its new brand on 2 December 2009 at OR Tambo International Airport. The new brand is set to ensure that it’s distinctive and positioned to build awareness and affinity in the domestic and regional markets. The new proposition “We Fly for You” is set to position SA Express as a premier intra-regional African brand. The main objective of the re-brand is to ensure that SA Express is distinctive yet still aligned to the country’s mainline carrier. SA Express’s unique positioning as an airline that
provides a bespoke, personalised travel experience was the rationale behind the proposition “We Fly for You”. The new brand mark is in line with the symbol and colours of the national flag, encouraging national pride. The new brand will be applied to all brand touch-points throughout the operation as well as the staff uniform. Awards SA Express has won the AFRAA Regional Airline of the Year Award at the end of 2009, and the Allied and Aviation Business Corporate Award. Our airline was also the recipient of the Annual Airline Reliability Award from Bombardier at the end of 2007. Other previous awards include the International Star Quality Award, which indicates our commitment to service excellence, while our prominence as one of the top 500 best managed companies is proof of our success as a business. Onboard service The airline’s onboard service is unique and offers passengers a variety of meals or snacks. The airline pioneered its unique meal-box concept, and meal choices are frequently updated and designed using balanced food criteria: appearance, taste and nutritional value. Passengers can also enjoy a wine and malt service on specified flights as well as refreshments on all flights. Light snacks will be served on selected flights. Our customers can expect a safe, comfortable, quality air-travel experience, with the added benefits of frequency, reliability, on-time departures and unmatched value for money.
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.
Flight schedule JOHANNESBURG - PILANESBERG FLT NO SA 1131
JOHANNESBURG - BLOEMFONTEIN FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
NO 1001 1003 1005 1005 1011 1011 1013 1017 1021 1023
DEP 06:10 08:00 11:20 11:20 13:50 13:50 15:30 16:45 18:25 18:30
ARR 07:10 09:05 12:20 12:25 14:55 14:55 16:30 17:45 19:20 19:30
A/C CR8 DH4 CR8 DH4 CR2 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
JOHANNESBURG - EAST LONDON FLT NO SA 1409 SA 1409
DEP 17:55 17:55
ARR 19:25 19:25
A/C CR8 CR2
JOHANNESBURG - GEORGE FLT SA SA SA SA
NO 1501 1503 1503 1509
DEP 06:40 07:40 08:00 15:50
ARR 08:35 09:50 10:05 17:40
A/C CR8 DH4 CR2 CR8
JOHANNESBURG - HOEDSPRUIT FLT NO SA 1225 SA 1227
DEP 10:15 12:15
ARR 11:20 13:20
A/C DH4 DH4
JOHANNESBURG - KIMBERLEY FLT SA SA SA SA SA
NO 1101 1103 1105 1107 1113
DEP 06:20 09:20 13:30 14:35 17:30
ARR 07:30 10:25 14:35 15:45 18:40
A/C CR8 CR8 DH4 CR8 CR8
JOHANNESBURG - MAHIKENG FLT SA SA SA
NO 1123 1125 1125
DEP 07:10 15:20 15:45
ARR 08:05 16:00 16:30
A/C EM2 EM2 CR2
PILANESBERG - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA
BLOEMFONTEIN - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
NO 1024 1002 1004 1006 1006 1012 1014 1018 1022
DEP 06:25 07:40 09:35 12:55 13:00 15:25 17:00 18:20 19:40
ARR 07:25 08:40 10:40 14:00 14:00 16:30 18:00 19:20 20:40
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
EAST LONDON - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA SA
NO 1410 1410
DEP 20:00 20:00
ARR 21:40 21:40
A/C CR2 CR8
GEORGE - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA SA SA SA
NO 1502 1504 1504 1510
DEP 09:20 10:30 10:45 18:10
ARR 11:10 12:45 13:00 19:50
A/C CR8 DH4 CR2 CR8
FLT SA SA
NO 1226 1228
DEP 12:00 13:55
ARR 13:00 14:55
A/C DH4 DH4
NO 1102 1104 1106 1108 1114
DEP 07:55 10:55 15:05 16:15 19:05
ARR 09:05 12:00 16:10 17:25 20:10
A/C CR8 CR8 CR8 CR2 CR8
NO 1124 1126 1126
DEP 08:30 16:20 17:10
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 09:30 17:00 18:10
A/C EM2 EM2 EM2
MAHIKENG - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA SA SA
KIMBERLEY - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA SA SA SA SA
HOEDSPRUIT - JOHANNESBURG
*Please note that SA Express may deviate from the published schedule over the holiday period and will operate reduced schedules in December and January
JOHANNESBURG - RICHARDS BAY FLT SA SA SA SA
NO 1201 1203 1207 1213
DEP 06:10 08:30 13:15 16:55
ARR 07:25 09:45 14:30 18:10
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
JOHANNESBURG - WALVIS BAY FLT NO SA 1701
JOHANNESBURG - GABORONE FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
NO 1761 1763 1765 1767 1775 1769 1775 1783 1779
DEP 06:55 07:55 09:55 11:30 12:40 13:00 14:30 15:45 18:45
ARR 07:50 08:50 10:50 12:20 13:35 13:50 15:25 16:40 19:40
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4 DH4 DH4
JOHANNESBURG - LUBUMBASHI FLT NO SA 1797
CAPE TOWN - BLOEMFONTEIN FLT SA SA SA SA SA
NO 1081 1083 1087 1087 1091
DEP 06:00 08:00 11:45 12:00 16:30
ARR 07:30 09:30 13:15 13:20 18:00
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
CAPE TOWN - EAST LONDON FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA
NO 1361 1363 1369 1371 1373 1375
DEP 06:00 08:00 12:25 13:05 16:40 17:20
ARR 07:25 09:25 13:50 14:30 18:10 19:05
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 DH4
RICHARDS BAY - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA SA SA SA
NO 1202 1204 1208 1214
DEP 08:05 10:30 15:05 18:40
ARR 09:20 11:45 16:20 20:00
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
WALVIS BAY - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA
GABORONE - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
NO 1762 1764 1764 1766 1768 1776 1770 1776 1784 1780
DEP 08:30 09:20 09:20 11:25 12:55 14:00 14:25 16:05 17:15 20:10
ARR 09:25 10:15 10:15 12:20 13:50 14:55 15:20 17:00 18:10 21:05
A/C DH4 DH4 CR8 DH4 DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4 DH4 DH4
LUBUMBASHI - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA
BLOEMFONTEIN - CAPE TOWN FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA
NO 1082 1084 1088 1088 1092 1092
DEP 08:15 10:15 14:00 14:15 18:30 18:40
ARR 10:00 11:55 16:00 15:55 20:20 20:20
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
EAST LONDON - CAPE TOWN FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
NO 1362 1364 1372 1372 1374 1376 1376
DEP 08:00 10:00 14:20 15:10 18:40 19:40 19:50
ARR 09:40 11:40 16:00 16:50 20:20 21:40 21:50
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 DH4 DH4
*Please note that SA Express may deviate from the published schedule over the holiday period and will operate reduced schedules in December and January
SA EXPRESS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE, SUSPEND OR AMEND THIS PUBLISHED SCHEDULE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION. EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO OPERATE AS PER THE PLANNED SCHEDULE
Flight schedule CAPE TOWN - PILANESBERG FLT NO SA 1253 SA 1255
DEP 10:00 12:10
ARR 12:10 14:20
A/C CR2 CR2
CAPE TOWN - PORT ELIZABETH FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
NO 1801 1803 1807 1813 1813 1819 1821 1821 1827 1823
DEP 05:55 07:30 10:10 10:40 14:20 15:00 16:45 17:00 17:30 18:30
ARR 07:25 08:40 11:40 12:10 15:50 16:30 17:55 18:10 18:40 20:00
A/C DH4 CR2 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 CR2 CR2 CR2 DH4
CAPE TOWN - HOEDSPRUIT FLT NO SA 1241
CAPE TOWN - WALVIS BAY FLT NO SA 1721
DURBAN - EAST LONDON FLT SA SA SA SA
NO 1301 1305 1305 1309
DEP 06:00 12:00 13:30 16:50
ARR 07:05 13:05 14:35 17:55
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
DURBAN - PORT ELIZABETH FLT SA SA SA SA SA
NO 1330 1334 1336 1340 1348
DEP 06:00 08:25 09:50 13:35 17:40
ARR 07:20 09:45 11:10 14:55 19:00
DURBAN - GEORGE FLT NO SA 1351
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
PILANESBERG - CAPE TOWN FLT SA
PORT ELIZABETH - CAPE TOWN FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
NO 1802 1804 1808 1804 1814 1820 1822 1822 1828 1824
DEP 08:00 09:20 12:10 12:40 16:20 17:00 18:30 18:40 19:10 20:30
ARR 09:40 10:40 13:50 14:20 18:00 18:40 19:50 20:00 20:30 22:10
A/C DH4 CR2 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 CR2 CR2 CR2 DH4
HOEDSPRUIT - CAPE TOWN FLT SA
WALVIS BAY - CAPE TOWN FLT SA
EAST LONDON - DURBAN FLT SA SA SA SA
NO 1302 1306 1306 1310
DEP 07:35 13:35 15:00 18:25
ARR 08:35 14:35 16:00 19:25
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
PORT ELIZABETH - DURBAN FLT SA SA SA SA SA
NO 1331 1335 1337 1341 1349
DEP 07:50 10:15 11:45 15:35 19:55
ARR 09:05 11:30 13:00 16:50 21:10
GEORGE - DURBAN FLT SA
*Please note that SA Express may deviate from the published schedule over the holiday period and will operate reduced schedules in December and January
SA EXPRESS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE, SUSPEND OR AMEND THIS PUBLISHED SCHEDULE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION. EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO OPERATE AS PER THE PLANNED SCHEDULE
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
Passenger Letters Dear Editor Often, nervous flyers are anxious about travelling on smaller aircraft. On my recent flight with SA Express, I observed some elderly passengers who were clearly nervous about boarding the plane. The professional service and big smiles of the cabin crew quickly turned their fear into comfort, and it wasn’t long before I saw big grins on their faces as we were taking off from Johannesburg. The food, service and cleanliness on board are all to be commended, and I would happily fly and recommend others to travel with SA express – they really do fly for you! Cheers Andrew Varvel
Congratulations to Andrew Varvel who wrote our winning letter this month, and walks away with a Samsonite Flux 55 cm spinner suitcase valued at R2,699.
Dear SA Express I would like to recognise two of your amazing cabin crew. After the most horrific day, these two ladies, Magessa Dean and Moeketsi Keitumetse, changed my mood completely with their professional, friendly and caring attitudes. And I wasn’t the only one, as you could see how delighted all the passengers were with the way the ladies carried out the service. A lot of other cabin crew members could learn a thing or two from them! Also, when it came to image and uniform, I believe they were on standard and looked beautiful, with perfect hair and make-up! I hope to fly with lovely crew like this on every SA Express flight. Kind regards Anneke Malan
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The writer of the winning letter in the January edition of Indwe will receive a Samsonite Flux 55 cm spinner suitcase valued at R2,699. Experience Flux is the next generation of zipped polypropylene cases and Samsonite’s first hardside range offering hidden expandability on all sizes, assuring even greater packing volume. This collection was designed to make travelling easier thanks to its smooth-rolling double wheels, doubletube wheel handle and fully lined practical interior in which to arrange your belongings. The Flux range is available in black, navy, ocean blue and tangerine red from Samsonite stores and online from www.houseofsamsonite.co.za. For more information, follow @HouseofSamSA on Twitter and @houseofsamsonite on Instagram, or call +27 31 266 0620.
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