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CONNECT WITH CAPE TOWN With the MyCiTi bus, getting there is half the fun, so climb aboard for an adventure at Cape Town’s fabulous fun spots this summer.

Shop till you drop The city centre, V&A Waterfront and Canal Walk at Century City are all on MyCiTi bus routes, so you can get all your festive season shopping done. Note the extended hours of MyCiTi services on routes serving these retail hubs.

Feed the squirrels in the Company’s Gardens Every day hundreds of visitors explore the sights and sounds of the central city. The Company’s Gardens is a perfect playground for the children, with squirrels to feed, giant trees, fish ponds, shady paths and spacious lawns to run on. There’s free Wi-Fi and a great restaurant for the grown-ups too.

Picnic in the park Relax in the amazing Green Point Urban Park next to the Cape Town Stadium. With lawns, outdoor gym equipment and plenty of space for the children to play, it’s the ideal picnic spot to enjoy. Then stroll along the Mouille Point beachfront, with its play parks, mini-golf and maze.

Linger in the city Enjoy the light evenings in the central city, view the festive lights and enjoy a meal or a drink in one of the many bars and restaurants in the city centre, before catching one of the later buses home.


Fish and chips in Hout Bay

Have fun in the sun

Escape from the hassles of traffic and parking with a scenic bus ride along the coast to Hout Bay. Take the youngsters, granny and grandpa for crispy hake and chips at the water’s edge at the harbour.

It’s time for buckets and spades! The fabulous beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay are now only a MyCiTi bus ride away. Make a day of it with family and friends – not forgetting your hats and sunscreen.

Take a trip up Table Mountain

Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium

Experience one of the most magnificent sights in the world with MyCiTi. Take the bus to the Kloof Nek stop and then transfer to the free MyCiTi Table Mountain service, which takes you to and from the Lower Cableway.

Start your visit to the V&A Waterfront at the world-class Two Oceans Aquarium, then take a boat ride, have lunch and catch the variety of holiday entertainment on offer.

Get a myconnect card Buy a myconnect card for R30 and load it with money to travel. You can load money as Standard or save 30% on fares with Mover points. Children under four travel free!

Catch a wave at Blouberg Transfer at Table View station to the Blouberg route that gives you picture-postcard views of Table Mountain and plenty of sand and sea to enjoy. In the off-peak and on weekends you’re welcome to bring your surfboard (or your bike) on the bus.

Call the Transport Information Centre (toll-free 24/7) 0800 65 64 63 www.myciti.org.za dial *120*1040#

For family and friends without myconnect cards, there are single-trip cards for R35, for one journey anywhere on the system, including transfers. Remember to buy another one for your return journey. These are available from MyCiTi station kiosks and dispensing machines in some stations. Visit www.myciti.org.za to plan your journey to these and many more exciting destinations, with the comfort and convenience of MyCiTi.

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Features

Airline Content

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Oceanic Exposures iSimangaliso Sodwana Bay Shootout

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A Cultural Awakening The Cape Town Art Fair

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Out of the Blue Azure Restaurant

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Hey Sugar, Sucrose! Sugar Alternatives: The Good, The Bad & the Tasty

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Romancing the Stone The Five Diamond Essentials

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Overseas and In Touch Don’t Get Stranded Without Connectivity Abroad

Cover Image: © Peet J van Eeden On the Cover Photographers who entered the recent iSimangaliso Sodwana Bay Shootout captured the incredible diversity and fragile beauty of this World Heritage Site.

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Sunshine Shots Golfing in KZN

Business 83

Seize the Day! The Best Time to Buy in a High-Priced Market

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Saying ‘I Do’ to a Joint Bond Romantic Practicality

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Build a Brand-New Brand Tips On Small Business Branding

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CEO Letter

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Meet the Crew

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SA Express Fleet

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We Fly For You: Our Visions and Values

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Safety and Route Map

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Flight Schedule

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Passenger Letters


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Motoring

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Events North, South, and In Between

Bits & Pieces Travel Tips & Gorgeous Goodies

Bites Restaurants & Taste Experiences

Books New releases and Must Reads

Gadgets Must Haves for Technophiles

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A Modern Classic Ford Mustang

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Moving Forward Renault South Africa

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A Beachin’ Beauty Richards Bay

HapPE Travels Downtime in the Friendly City

The Wild Side Bloemfontein’s Green Spaces

More Than Just a Stopover Exploring Harare

Game Driving and Beyond nThambo Tree Camp and Ezulwini Billy’s Lodge

A Friendly Welcome The Authentic Nelson Mandela Bay


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Ceo SA EXPRESS Head of Department: Communications Refilwe Masemola Tel: +27 11 978 2540 Email: rmasemola@flyexpress.aero Customer Care Department Tel: 0861 729 227 Email: customercare@flyexpress.aero Twitter: @flySAexpress Facebook: SA Express Airways Reservations Support Tel: +27 11 978 9905 Email: groupsales@flyexpress.aero Group Reservations Tel: +27 11 978 5578 Email: reservationslist@flyexpress.aero Sales Office Email: sales@flyexpress.aero

Welcome aboard your SA Express flight and regardless of your destination today, we trust that your experience with us will be a pleasant one. As always, our friendly and highly efficient cabin crew are available to make sure that your journey is as pleasant, comfortable, and enjoyable as possible. Should you require any sort of assistance, please do not hesitate to ask. It is clear that the year is already in full swing because I can hardly believe that we are already in February. Needless to say that we at SA Express have been working feverishly in order to ensure that we consistently deliver on our brand promise: “We fly for you.” As discussed in recent columns, among our primary objectives this year is to supersede all your expectations regarding customer service, safety and on-time performance, and in terms of delivering high quality service speedily. We do not take for granted the faith that you have put in us to get you to your destinations timeously and safely. “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together”, an African proverb, is therefore an applicable mantra for us here at SA Express. My team and I understand that in order for you, our customers, to feel like our most valued investors, we have to function with Swiss-like precision at every touch point across our value chain. It is by recognising the significance of the impact of our customer experiences and

mitigating against any frustrations that we can realise our ultimate goal of turning our beloved airline into a sustainable, world-class airline. With that said, I am happy to inform you that our OTP (on-time performance) for the month of January was 83 % and 88 % for 10 minutes and 15 minutes respectively. OTP provides definitive measurement criteria of whether an aircraft has closed its cabin doors and started push back procedures on time, as advertised by the airline, and within the slot time allocated by airport authorities. ACSA carries out its measurement in accordance with the Local Access and Transport Area universal standard benchmark, which considers a 15-minute deviation from the scheduled time as an on-time departure. This achievement fills me with a tremendous amount of pride, as it proves that we are already on our way to achieving our goal of providing you with reliable, prompt and efficient service. Thank you once again for all your support over the years, and please remember that I would love to hear any suggestions or advice that you may have relating to our airline or the industry in general. I look forward to hearing from you, and enjoying your continued support. Until we meet on board! Fondest regards, Inati Ntshanga

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Hoedspruit

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

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


Events North

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14th Valentine's Day, Bollywood Style Shreya Ghoshal, Emperors Palace Bollywood superstar, Shreya Ghoshal, is set to take fans on an unforgettable musical journey in the Centre Court at Emperors Palace this Valentine’s Day. The popular performer is considered to be one of the most versatile singers of her generation, and has showcased her musical variations through such hit songs as “Chikni Chameli”, “Ooh La La Ooh La La”, and “Radha on the Dance Floor”. With Twitter fans exceeding 3.3 million and over 24 million likes on Facebook, Ghoshal has also clinched numerous awards, including four National Awards. She recently also became the only Indian singer to sell out at the Royal Albert Hall, twice in the same year. During the course of the show, Ghoshal will perform her biggest charttoppers, fan favourites and some of the evergreen songs of Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle.

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Champers in the Capital 20th February Brooklyn Bubbles, Brooklyn Mall, Pretoria Summer is in full swing, and so are the bubbles at Brooklyn Mall. Don’t miss out on the chance to sample over 15 of the country’s finest Methodé Cap Classiques at this year’s Brooklyn Bubbles. Relax on the top floor of Brooklyn Square, as you sip, sample and savour the delicious bubblies on offer while dressed in your most elegant white attire. Live music, sushi, oysters, delectable charcuterie, and a choice of local and imported cheeses add the final touches to what promises to be a social calendar highlight. Tickets cost R200 per person and include entry to the event, a complimentary tasting glass, as well as tasting coupons. // www.webtickets.co.za

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Events South

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Wine & Dine Your Valentine Valentine’s Day at Anthonij Rupert Wyne For the ultimate romantic experience, Anthonij Rupert Wyne in Franschhoek will be hosting two intimate Valentine’s Day events over the Valentine’s Day weekend. With outdoor movies growing in popularity, this is the perfect opportunity to treat your loved one to a special screening of A Good Year on 13th February. Tickets cost R480 per couple and include a sumptuous picnic basket and a glass of L’Ormarins Brut MCC on arrival. Alternatively, treat that someone special to an unforgettable Valentine’s Day Brunch on 14th February in the comfort of the stylish Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room. The cost is R180 per person and includes brunch, your choice of artisanal coffee, and a glass of L’Ormarins Brut.With High Tea as the inspiration, look forward to beautifully presented treats, including: yoghurt and muesli cups; potato cakes with smoked salmon and cream cheese; and crumpets with cinnamon and maple syrup. Email tasting@rupertwines.com for reservations.

Antiques for Everyone

12th – 14th February The SAADA Expo Cape Town, V&A Waterfront SAADA – the South African Antique, Art & Design Association – is changing the perception that antiques and art expos are exclusively reserved for the elite. As well as antiques, a wide range of exhibitors will also showcase art and design from all eras, with items which are light on the pocket, as well as more expensive investment pieces. While the list of exhibitors is still to be confirmed, previous events have seen the likes of Bancroft Vintage, who specialise in vintage estate jewellery; Unicorn Antiques and Kunsthandel HWC Dullaert, who offer a fine selection of museum quality treasures of a European and Oriental origin; and The Old Corkscrew, a silver dealer of international renown. One of the highlights will be the “Find the Fake” competition. A forgery will be placed somewhere within the exhibition hall and those who can ferret it out could win some amazing prizes.

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Anyone for Polo? Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2016, Val De Vie Estate The city will be painted yellow when Veuve Clicquot brings the “sport of kings” back to Cape Town for the sixth year with the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo. The event will feature an international polo line-up, with teams from around the world competing for the cup. Inspired by Madame Clicquot, the theme for this year’s event is “Let Life Surprise You”. In honour of this the champagne house intends to bring a luxurious, playful, bright and innovative spirit to the day’s celebrations. As with most equestrian sports, the fashion worn on the sidelines is part of the atmosphere of the event. Inspired by Veuve Clicquot’s bright and bold yellow label, the dress code for the 2016 event is “Polo Chic” in bright and bold, with prizes for the best dressed. The day will end with an after party hosted by Shimmy Beach Club. // www.computicket.com


Events In Between Royally Raucous The Kings and Queens of Comedy, Durban ICC The Kings and Queens of Comedy have buffed their comical armour and sharpened their witty swords in preparation for their return – by popular demand – to the Durban ICC in February. Comedy lovers can look forward to a stellar line-up of some of South Africa’s funniest stand-up comedians as they take laughter and hilarity to the next level. Leading the pack as the evening’s MC is Darren Maule, who will be hosting the show’s 11 comedians. In the royal court representing the kings are Carvin Goldstone, Chester Missing, Dillan Oliphant, Kagiso Lediga, Muthu Murugan, Rory Petzer and Yaaseen Barnes, while the belles of the ball include Angel Campey, Celeste Ntuli, Krijay Govender and Tumi Morake. With this royal flush of South African comedy giants, this is guaranteed to be a show of hysterical proportions.

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The Five-Star Treatment February

Events at The Oyster Box, Umhlanga The Oyster Box is the place to be this month. On 11th February, Cat Simoni’s new show, Love Changes Everything, will celebrate the well-known hits from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic West End musicals Evita, Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Chess and Aspects of Love, amongst others. Tickets are R350 per person and include dinner and the show. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, romance will be on the menu at three Dinner & Dance events in the Grill Room on 12th, 13th and 14th February. At R950 per person, guests can enjoy a six-course plated menu and dancing to a live band, as well as a gift to take home with them. The hotel has also recently launched their monthly House of Moët Wine Cellar Dinners. Guests will spend the evening in the exclusive wine cellar, enjoying a superb six-course dinner which will be paired with Champagne from the Moët portfolio. A representative from Moët will also be on hand to talk through each pairing. For more information or to book, email restaurants@oysterbox.co.za.

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Bits & Pieces There IS Such a Thing as a Free Ride Smirnoff fans will now be able to Explore the Night, free of charge, courtesy of Smirnoff and Uber. Users who arrange a cab via the Smirnoff Explore the Night app will receive an Uber promo code. Copying the code via a single touch launches the Uber app automatically with their drop-off and pick-up locations pre-populated. To redeem the ride, users simply need to paste their promo code in the Uber app, which should be installed on their phones. Operating times are between 19h00 and 02h00 on Friday and Saturday nights. Each user will receive a maximum of two promo codes per a night, with each code valued at R150. Head over to Google Play or App Store, download the Smirnoff Explore the Night and Uber apps, and enjoy a free ride to your night out on Smirnoff and Uber.

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Boxes of Flavour

How likely are you to buy a wine or gourmet food product that you have never heard about, let alone tasted? The reality is that we generally buy treats once we have sampled and enjoyed them. The OOH! Box provides a personal tasting journey delivered to your door every month. Every box is filled with the finest selection of wines, as well as a variety of artisanal coffees, teas and other condiments and gourmet goodies. Filled with unusual offerings you may not otherwise have purchased, the box is a real spoil, and an excellent gift idea.

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Win! Three lucky Indwe readers will each win an OOH! Box of tasty treats. To enter, SMS the word INDWE followed by the word OOH and your NAME and EMAIL address to 35131. Cost per SMS is R1,50. Competition closes 31st January 2016. Terms and conditions apply.

Beautiful Beachwear The energetic duo behind the health and fitness blog, Wellness in the City, have teamed up with luxury brand Nicole Martine Beachwear to inspire the must have summer essentials this season. Coming in at the top of the summer wish list is The Capri Neoprene Tote bag, which doubles up as the perfect gym bag and is durable, insulated, and water and UV resistant. It is also washable, making it ideal for carrying sandy beach bats and wet swimwear and towels after hitting the surf. The go-to swimwear for beach activities is the classic Marie Louise white plunged one-piece and the halter high neck Gabriel black one-piece – minimalist style with maximum impact for playing volleyball, surfing, or even just a sunny beach stroll. The La Flora Bandeau is the perfect bikini to soak up some Vitamin D in. The strapless top is ideal for avoiding tan lines, while still feeling feminine with the sweetheart shape, centred bow and a gold clasp back detail. // nicolemartine.com/shop/

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Bits & Pieces Trinkets to Treasure Beautiful Australian jewellery brand Georgini is now available in over 100 stores in South Africa, and is priced with affordable luxury in mind. The brand’s latest range, The Hamptons Collection, captures the style and attitude of the Hamptons with its chic, yet relaxed seaside lifestyle. The range features strong geometric forms, as well as abstract silhouettes that embrace contemporary beauty and femininity, giving the collection a sophisticated and modern look. The collection includes rings, pendants, earrings and necklaces, all of which are handcrafted from 925 sterling silver with either rhodium or rose-gold plating, delicately hand set with the finest quality cubic zirconia. // www.georgini.co.za

Put Your Best Foot Forward FitFlop believe that you shouldn’t be held back. Not by obstacles, nor by your fears, and especially not by your shoes. This is why they have created the world’s best footwear, with equal parts logic and magic, and by mixing a splash of fashion on top with super engineering underneath. Really cool shoes are not the killer heels you wear twice and then consign to your closet. They’re the shoes you wear until they fall apart, because they’re good-looking, comfy, versatile, timeless, and make you feel unbeatable. FitFlop is happiness at your feet. For more information or to find a retailer near you, visit www.fitflop.co.za or call +27 21 510 4428.

Maturing Like a Fine Wine

Late last year, The Franschhoek Cellar launched an array of new spaces on the property. The Platform is a fully enclosed outdoor function area that is able to accommodate up to 80 people. Named after a train platform, with décor to reflect this, it includes a beautiful shaded garden overlooking the vineyards. Guests can expect a carriage-like feel, with all the bells and whistles (literally), including a vintage copper bar. The Platform serves tapas style food and flatbreads as well as the estate’s delicious range of wines. Another new addition is Mountain View, a very sophisticated space, set amongst the barrels in the red wine maturation cellar and the perfect location for private, in-depth tastings. Above this is a private function area, suitable for weddings, gala dinners, conferences and other private events. There is also an enclosed play area for children, which is overseen by a child-minder, making the estate perfect for the whole family.

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Bites Sugar and Spice Tsogo Sun’s Jeera restaurant has added some spice to the famed tradition of afternoon tea with a wide selection of unique specialty teas, including the aromatically spiced Bombay and Masala chai, served alongside delectable sweet and savoury offerings. Crafted by executive chef Sandren Govender, guests will be spoilt for choice with sweet delights such as burfee shortbread; cinnamon éclairs; delicate rose macaroons infused with fragrant rose petals; and poli truffles – a modern twist on a traditional Indian favourite, blending chocolate, coconut and cardamom. If savoury indulgences are your preference, the offering extends to an equally wide selection, including smoked salmon bagels with paneer cheese, cucumber and cumin finger sandwiches, and butter chicken cigars. High tea is served daily between 14h00 and 16h30 for groups of four or more (R150 per person).

Wine by Nature

Coasting Along Balducci Restaurant at the V&A Waterfront, is a devotee to what the doyen of Italian food, Marcella Hazan, described as “the Italian art of eating”, which requires “generosity, patience, and the best raw materials”. Influenced by Italian culture, as well as that of the East, the establishment offers dishes with added flair that reflect the traditional elements of food and culinary taste. The recently refurbished establishment has also introduced its new Banting menu, offering low carb lasagne, burgers and a selection of pizzas. Balducci offers lunchtime specials year round, and if you are not in the mood for Italian inspired cuisine, pop in next door for some Eastern fare at the Asian Tapas, Noodle & Sushi Bar adjacent to Balducci. Either way, you may indulge in the art of eating while enjoying the stunning location and views. // www.balduccis.co.za

Avondale Wine really is something out of the ordinary. Nothing here is done by the book. Instead, they produce wine in an extraordinary way, approved by Mother Nature. Avondale farm is a dynamic living system where soil, water and energy, as well as plants, animals and people – and even buildings – are part of a complex web of relationships and networks, interconnected and interdependent. The wine itself is made by bio-dynamic agriculture and is certified organic, one of the few such wines in the country. Do not miss the chance to visit the farm, and once there, opt for the eco safari which will take you on a truly fascinating experience through the farm and its surrounding winelands.

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BE PART OF THIS INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

Metals Industrial Cluster Kuruman – Northern Cape Description of cluster Metals Industrial Cluster: A cluster is a set of businesses, and related institutions, that operate in close proximity to one another. These businesses tend to be interconnected and focus on similar industries. Location 2km outside Kuruman CBD, along the N14 Size 50ha demarcated Service roads 10 km

Perimeter fence 3080 m Time scale Short term: year 0-2 Medium term: year 3-6 Long term: year 7-20 Space utilization (% of plot area) Buildings 71% Parking 4% Landscaped area 10%

shareD services: Special processes Specialised Operations that can change or affect the mechanical properties, including toughness, of the materials under production. Manufacturing special processes include specialised welding, forming and the application of protective treatments. Testing facilities Includes chemical analysis, mechanical testing, metallurgical analysis, and specialized testing and services such as witness testimony and consulting, failure analysis, reverse engineering, fastener testing, mine services, materials and process problem solving and critical component testing Warehousing and storage Environmentally controlled warehousing for inbound and outbound materials and products for all entities in the cluster. Includes sections

for more stringent storage requirements in terms of temperature and humidity. Modern computerised inventory management system, accessible by all cluster entities. Security services State of the art perimeter and intrusion control, access control and CCTV cluster monitoring. ICT services High speed wired and wireless connectivity with appropriate data security levels. Entities protected by individual firewalls as required. Common Services Entrance/Exit; Administration; Parking; Scrap / Waste Management; Skills & Knowledge Development Centre; Conference & Facilities Centre and an Incubation Centre

Benefits of the cluster • Local and national government incentives • Improved access to inputs and end markets • Greater profitability based on cluster economics • Support from incubators and a cluster management company • Free land and/or discounted rentals • Lower operational cost • Tax incentives

• Grants for manufacturing • Shared services • Economies of scope/scale • Closer suppliers • Investment opportunities • Increase innovation, • Supportive environment for SMMEs (start-ups and growing business)

Mr. Yanda Gqabaza 082 339 9340 | 053 830 4831 gqabaza@gmail.com


Oceanic Exposures iSimangaliso Sodwana Bay Shootout Text & Images Š Supplied

Photographers who entered the recent iSimangaliso Sodwana Bay Shootout captured the incredible diversity and fragile beauty, both above and below the ocean, in this World Heritage Site.

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Originally an underwater competition, the categories were expanded in recent years to enable nondiving photographers to enter the Land category, with photographs eligible from anywhere within iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This resulted in an interesting mix of images, including ones of the recently introduced lions in the uMkhuze section of the park. The overall winning photograph, of a Midas blenny (Ecsenius midas), was taken by seasoned professional photographer Dr Geoff Spiby, who travelled from Cape

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Town with family and friends to participate. Geoff also won the Advanced Underwater category with his portfolio entitled “At home where I usually live on the reef”. His prizes totalled around R60,000, and included underwater camera housing equipment and a shark diving trip to Fiji. His son, Kevin, scooped the prize for photographing the most fish species during the six-day competition – 135 of the more than 1,200 species that are known to occur in this section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.


Opening Page: Boat in golden sunlight by Estienne Janse van Rensburg Opposite Page Top: Colourful Nudibranch by Chris Pienaar Opposite Page Bottom: Striking Arthropods by Wilhelm van Wyk This Page: Diver amongst the coral by Geoff Spidy Next Page Top: Motion in the ocean by Jean Tresfon Next Page Bottom: Eye contact by Geo Cloete


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standard of photography once again make this event of world class standard. We hope to see this become the premier South African underwater photography contest, with the support of all South African and international underwater photographers.” According to event organiser Brian Ring of Reefteach, one of iSimangalio’s licensed Sodwana-based dive operators: “The event went off extremely well and once again showcased not only the natural attractions of this coastal jewel, but also provided a great fun, family event with environmental education, informative talks by marine specialists and a range of musical entertainment.”

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Professional photographer Allen Walker, a past winner and one of the judges of the competition, said: “The iSimangaliso Sodwana Bay Shootout 2015 powered by Nauticam is one of only a handful of competitions around the world held at a specific location, where all the competitors compete in the same conditions, with the same rules and amount of time. Entrants need to produce world-class portfolios over a five-day shooting period, and at the end of the day the best underwater photographer is judged the overall winner. This is the truest test of any underwater photographer’s skills and the fairest form of competition amongst competitors from South Africa and around the world. “Sodwana Bay did not disappoint, with a week of outstanding diving conditions and, with some top notch photographers back in the competition, we saw the

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A Beachin’ Beauty Richards Bay Text: Sarah-Claire Picton Images © Rudi Stadler – www.darkwhitephotography.com

Sun, sea, and surf. Welcome to South Africa. With over 3,000 km of coastline, our country is a global go-to destination for those seeking an “Endless Summer”. And with summer weather most of the year, the port town of Richards Bay is a beachin’ beauty just waiting to be kissed.

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drinks that’ll replenish you after a sweltering day of ocean entertainment. A dolphin viewing platform, located at the end of the North Breakwater Pier, offers a special opportunity to view the Humpback dolphins that frolic in the waves of the Richards Bay coastline. Alkantstrand is a shoreline gem that reels in an ever-growing number of people, especially considering its sheltered areas which provide sanctuary on windy days, as well as its wheelchairaccessible pathways. On the western side of Alkantstrand, divided by a pier which supports a lighthouse, Newark Beach also boasts shark nets and lifesavers, and attracts beach lovers who desire either a dip ‘n’ dive or a surf on the ocean’s “white horses”. If riding the waves isn’t your thing, and you prefer “catching” some of the delicious fare that gets served up at Richards Bay’s many restaurants, then you’ll find that surf-fishing off the long stretches of beach North of the harbour delivers daily fresh catches, including kingfish, kob and grunter. Two Mile Beach and Five Mile Beach are both superb fishing locations and, while reachable by road, a four-wheel drive puts you in gear to truly engage with the area. Two Mile Beach, situated between Soetwaterstrand and Vyldevallei, is close to Kampstrand, as well as the suburban area of Meerensee, or Meer en See (Lake and Sea in Afrikaans). Kampstrand is surrounded by lush vegetation and is also a great fishing beach, as is Soetwaterstrand. Popular beaches nearby to Richards Bay include Mbonambi Beach and Mtunzini Beach, which are both well known for swimming and fishing. Happy beachin’!

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Located on the eastern coastline of South Africa in KwaZulu-Natal – about 180 km north-east of Durban – Richards Bay is the tourist gateway to Zululand and Maputaland. Home to South Africa’s largest harbours, Richards Bay is situated on a 30 km² lagoon of the uMhlathuze River, and boasts stunning wetlands and magnificent bird-spotting areas. Thanks to a strong tourism infrastructure, a buzzing marina life, and warm Indian Ocean waters, Richards Bay is where locals and travellers come to mix business with pleasure. There are water activities are aplenty, highlights being the Marina at Tuzi Gazi Waterfront, Naval Island and Pelican Island, as well as the city’s various beaches, namely Alkantstrand, Newark, Two Mile Beach, Five Mile Beach, Kampstrand, and Soetwaterstrand. Swimming, surfing, sailing, fishing, water-skiing, yachting, kayaking, deep-sea angling, and dolphin viewing – Richards Bay welcomes you with a refreshing coastal cocktail. Alkantstrand washes up friendly, sunshine guaranteed vibes. The name is Afrikaans and means “both sides”. Alkantstrand offers characteristic Richards Bay subtropical splendour, and its warm waters make it an ideal beach for swimming throughout the year. This highly popular beach gives you both on- and off-shore safety with lifeguards on duty, plus shark nets. Alkantstrand is famed for its countless activities available for visitors of all ages to enjoy. With more than 150 days of reliable, decent waves, surfing is one of its highlights. Lunchtime relaxation is best spent unpacking a picnic or tending to a braai. For those who prefer to take the flavours inside, there is a restaurant that serves delicious fare and


Exploring Richards Bay

In between your seaside soirée, take time to explore Richards Bay and its unique sensory portfolio. Marina Lifestyle at Tuzi Gazi Waterfront Richards Bay’s Small Craft Harbour at the Tuzi Gazi Waterfront development bursts with local and international activity. Here you’ll find Tuzi Gazi Marina – delight in a bonanza of shops and local crafts, as well as cafés and restaurants that cater to most palates and pockets.For more information, visit www.tuzigazi.net. Extend Your Stay at Richards Bay Walking distance from the main beach, Bay View Lodge is an ideal location for tourists and businessmen. The lodge is just 13 km from Richard’s Bay Airport and 8 km from the town centre. For more information, visit www.bayviewlodge.co.za. Book an African Adventure Depart on an unforgettable Southern African experience with Outdoor Africa, a Richards Bay-based “professional safari company that specialises in custom designed photographic tours.” Options include birding safaris, wildlife and photographic safaris, and day safaris, as well as the option to design your trip. For more information, visit www.outdoor-africa.com.

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A Cultural Awakening The Cape Town Art Fair Text: Julie Graham Images © Supplied

The 4th edition of the Cape Town Art Fair, which will take place from 19th to 21st February, promises to be nothing short of world-class. As one of the leading international art fairs on the African continent, showcasing the very best contemporary art from Africa and around the world, the fair has attracted both local and global interest from collectors, leading galleries, and public institutions. Cape Town’s vibrant and ever-growing art scene, as well as its reputation as a top-class global tourist destination, makes it a compelling city for national and international art aficionados to congregate in. Taking place this year at the expansive Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), the fair is bringing all the top galleries under one roof, and promises an exciting three day programme of talks, curated walkabouts and more. “The Fair will feature a diversity of work that represents the forefront of innovation, bringing together contemporary art from Africa and the world,” says Matthew Partridge, the fair director. According to Partridge, “The art fair is a commercial platform which is responsible to its clients, as well as to building a cultural economy.” The appeal of the fair is content-focussed, as well as being geographically driven, and aims not only to showcase the new trends in contemporary art and to expose galleries to collectors and collectors to new, emerging artists, but also to adapt the very best international practises to help grow a specific economic platform for the art market. An art fair is important because it gives one an overview of what a marketplace is doing. “Contemporary African art was on the tips of the world’s tongues at the recent 2015 Art Basel, and the 2016 Cape Town Art Fair is the perfect platform from which to continue the conversation,” says Partridge.

So, who goes to an art fair? The best galleries in South Africa and Africa are invited to participate in the event, as well as artists (both local and international), collectors, art world professionals, and members of the general public. For those who are not well versed in the art world, the curated walkabouts are a must. These are led by a knowledgeable curator who can explain the different forms, mediums and concepts, and thereby enable a better understanding of what is being exhibited. In addition to this, the Talks Program, which features a host of local and international participants, will address and reconsider the relationships of art fairs, cultural institutions and intercontinental exchange, while placing specific focus on Africa and its ever-growing global conversation around contemporary art production. International speakers include: Founder and Director of Biz Art in Shanghai, Davide Quadrio; Curator of International Art at London’s Tate Modern, Kerryn Greenberg; Clare Lilley, Director of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Curator of the Frieze Sculpture Park 2015; Alia Swastika, Director of the 13th Biennale Jogja Yogyakarta; Commissioner and Artistic Director of the Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art in Ekaterinburg, Russia, Alisa Prudnikova; and artist Zhuang Hui from China. They will be joined by Curator of Special Projects at the Wits Art Museum, Fiona Rankin-Smith;

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Raphael Chikukwa, Chief Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe; and Christopher Till, Director of the upcoming Javett Centre for the Arts at the University of Pretoria and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. One of the Fair’s special projects, Tomorrows/Today, will be co-curated by Azu Nwagbogu and Ruth Simbao, who will be joined by a jury panel comprising the Visual Art Curator at the Steirischer Herbst Festival in Graz, Austria, Luigi Fassi; Curator of Contemporary Art at the Iziko National Gallery, Ernestine White; and Collector/ Producer of SABC’s Generations, Mfundi Vundla. The project will feature eight solo representations by artists who are at the cutting edge of experimental contemporary art production. This year, the Cape Town Art Fair is proud to coincide with Art Week Cape Town, which also aims to shine a light on the vibrant and exciting contemporary art scene in Cape Town. This will open in the week leading up to the

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Art Fair and close on 25th February with Iziko Museums’ Open Museums Night, something that will enlighten audiences to the importance of museums in the art world and the strong need to keep them alive. “Art is there to change our perspectives and to make us see the world a little bit differently. The point of a fair is to bring people together to unify a previously rather disparate part of the world,” explains Partridge. Last year’s fair attracted over 7,000 visitors with over R20 million in sales recorded. This year, at the new expanded venue, the Cape Town Art Fair hopes to increase these figures and bring about a new awareness to the art world in Africa.

For more information on the Cape Town Art Fair, contact either Liza Dyason on +27 76 550 1422 or capetownartfair@fieramilano.co.za; or Katie Brock on +27 21 702 2280 or art@fieramilano.co.za. Alternatively visit www.capetownartfair.co.za.

First Page: Worldart by Dion Cupido This Page: The Hyena Men of Kano, Nigeria 2005 by Pieter Hugo Opposite Page Top: Why Do You Spurn the Good Philosopher by Penny Siopis Opposite Page Bottom: She Wears It Well Baby Girl by Shoshanna Weinberger


HapPE Travels Downtime in the Friendly City Text: Keith Bain Images © Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism

Plot a whirlwind romance with Port Elizabeth, the Sunshine Coast’s laidback capital.

Hobie Beach On the Waterfront PE’s sundrenched beaches see a lot of action, so start the day with a seaside walk, commencing from MacArthur Baths, a pool complex on King’s Beach in Humewood. As you head south along paved promenades and raised boardwalks, you’ll weave between surfers, joggers and sun-worshippers, passing the Boardwalk casino complex and Shark Rock Pier, before eventually hitting Cape Recife Nature Reserve, where you can stop at SAMREC to gape at rescued penguins being nursed by volunteers (samrec.org.za). If you’d rather drive, you can also follow the circular Ibhayi Sunshine Saunter, a scenic route continuing all the way to Schoenmakerskop and beyond, into the countryside. The drive also takes you to the enormous dunes of Sardinia Bay, a superb picnic beach and also the start of the 8 km Sacramento Trail coastal walk. Back in town, opposite Humewood Beach, you’ll find Bayworld (www.bayworld.co.za), incorporating a snake park and oceanarium, as well as a museum featuring a reconstruction of local dinosaur Algoasaurus, and bits of shipwrecked galleons. For something a bit more adventurous set off with Raggy Charters (www.raggycharters.co.za) to explore St Croix Island marine reserve where 20,000 African

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penguins breed. From June through early January, Humpback whales – which mate and calve in Nelson Mandela Bay – can be spotted.

Step Back in Time Donkin Reserve is an open public space where Sir Rufane Shaw Donkin, one-time governor of the Cape, built a memorial to his wife, Elizabeth. She died in India before Donkin came to South Africa and he named Port Elizabeth in her memory. The Reserve, with its lighthouse and stone pyramidal memorial, is the starting point for the Donkin Heritage Trail, a 5 km self-guided walking route covering 47 key historic points in PE’s old Hill area. Grab a map from the lighthouse office, and explore Donkin Street, a row of quaint Victorian houses collectively declared a national monument. On the sixth floor of 44 Strand Street a small museum dedicated to black-consciousness leader Steve Biko is housed in the room where he died while being interrogated by security police. The Heritage Trail takes in mostly colonial-settler architecture, but you can also follow modern sculptures along the pathway down to Market Square. Here, behind Queen Victoria’s marble statue, PE’s beautiful Gothic-style Main Library features awesome stained glass windows,


Blue Waters Cafe elevated walkways, countless books and several ghosts, so step inside for a bit of a Harry Potter moment. Nearby stands Africa’s oldest opera house, and right around the corner is the entrance to the decrepit-looking Stage Door pub (phoenixhotel.co.za). Go upstairs for a drink amidst the plethora of Fifties’ Americana. The divestyle restaurant-cum-bar is a motley concoction packed with paraphernalia and whimsy, with sawdust on the floor, wood stained by decades of spilled drinks, and displays of everything from ancient cameras and personalised number plates to record players and sewing machines.

Down in the Valley, Up on the Hill South End – aka “The Valley” – is where a former paint factory was transformed into the light-filled Bridge Street Brewery (www.bridgestreet.co.za), which sports an allday café, bar and bistro. Connoisseurs of the strong stuff will probably want to sample the Black Dragon Double Chocolate Stout that’s brewed on site by microbrewing pioneer, Lex Mitchell (who started Knysna’s Mitchells Brewery), along with his premium pale pilsner, bitter ale, and dry cider. Sink your teeth into thin, crispy pizzas or order up lots of tapas to share. Nearby, Colonial Kitchen is a family-friendly, all-

day restaurant (serving innovative pastas, a pizza with prickly pear preserve, and such unusual offerings as goat curry potjie) with craft beer and regular live music events on Friday evenings, and on Sundays, they have “Jazz by the River”. Also in the Valley is Friendly Stranger, an atmospheric café in a converted 150-year-old building with rough, exposed brick walls, antiques and mismatched furniture. It doubles as an art gallery, does dinner three times a week, and has live music performances occasionally. Until a decade or so ago, Richmond Hill was a virtual slum. But prostitutes and drug peddlers have been replaced by hipsters and lunching ladies, mostly thanks to the arrival of buzzing restaurants. The original Vovo Telo – now a nationwide bakery and restaurant chain – is here, and still offers some of the best people-watching in town. Most of the Richmond Hill action, though, is on Stanley Street – take your pick between Sticky Fingers with its spare ribs and rib-eye steaks; SoHo Fushin Lounge (fushin.co.za), a trendy sushi bar; or Two Olives, which is known for its inventive tapas. Better still, turn onto Bain Street and step into Flava to sample John Burger’s creative cooking. This former butcher loves inventing (tasty burgers made with beef, lamb,

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honey and four different pesto’s and then smothered with Roquefort, bacon and brie), and prepares beautifully aged steaks that aren’t on the menu – so just ask.

Sundowners, Supper, and Schmoozing From the Radisson Blu Hotel’s ocean-facing pool deck, which extends out of the hotel’s chic bar lounge, Tabú, you can witness sunset with a cocktail in hand. Alternatively, head for iconic Shark Rock Pier and prepare for crowds of beach lovers, surfers, sea kayakers, runners, strollers and voyeurs gathered on and off Hobie Beach. A great vantage is from Blue Waters Café (bluewaterscafe.com), which is unpretentious and incredibly welcoming. Wildly popular with families is Charlie’s Pizza & Pasta (charliespizza.co.za), which uses organic ingredients and a wood fired oven – their signature fennel sausage or Greek lamb shank pizzas will knock your socks off. If you want something fancier, upmarket Ginger (www.ginger-restaurant.co.za) does old fashioned dishes (like duck à l’orange) alongside succulent meat and fresh seafood. Up for a party? In Walmer, you could check out BaliZZa for a proper nightclub boogie with a largely younger crowd. Otherwise, head for Parliament Street in central PE and take your pick of bars and clubs serving mostly “doofdoof” music. Or check out Humewood’s Gondwana Café, with a mix of DJs and live entertainment back near the beach where your day started.

• No. 5 Boutique Art Hotel (www.no5boutiquearthotel.com) is an ultraluxurious Art Deco delight with immaculate bedrooms, a spa, a venerable South African art collection, and even its own mini-cinema. • The Windermere (www.thewindermere.co.za) is a nifty and wonderfully intimate space. Book room no. 9, which has a private balcony and the best view. • Radisson Blu Hotel (www.radissonblu.com/hotel-portelizabeth) boasts a lovely pool deck and bar, and every single room faces the ocean, so the higher you go, the better the views. • Singa Lodge (www.singalodge.com) combines Eastern and African elements with a slightly exotic atmosphere. The outdoor lounging areas will have you thinking you’ve landed at a faraway resort. • Belvedere & Doncaster Cottages (www.belvederecottages.co.za) offer self catering and elegantly decorated accommodation in Richmond Hill. • Forest Hall Guest House (www.foresthall.co.za) boasts luxury at extremely reasonable rates. The rooms are immaculate, occupying an old English manor house on a sumptuous estate that feels as though it’s in the countryside.

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HapPE Travels Faire la pause dans une ville accueillante Texte : Keith Bain Images © Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism

En route pour une belle romance avec Port Elizabeth, la capitale décontractée de la Sunshine Coast (la Côte ensoleillée).

Donkin Reserve Sur le front de mer Les gens s’affairent beaucoup sur les plages ensoleillées de PE alors pourquoi ne pas commencer la journée par une balade au bord de mer en débutant à MacArthur Baths, un complexe aquatique se trouvant sur King’s Beach à Humewood. Si vous prenez la direction du sud, longeant d’abord le complexe du casino de Boardwalk et

la jetée de Shark Rock, vous rencontrerez des surfeurs, des joggeurs et des amoureux du soleil, avant d’arriver à la réserve naturelle de Cape Recife dans laquelle se trouve SAMREC (un centre de réhabilitation de pingouins) où vous pourrez admirer le travail des bénévoles avec les pingouins (samrec.org.za). Si vous préférez conduire alors vous pourriez prendre

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Donkin Heritage Trail le Ibhayi Sunshine Saunter, une route pittoresque circulaire qui vous conduira à Schoenmakerskop. La balade vous mènera aussi aux gigantesques dunes de la baie de Sardinia, ainsi qu’à une magnifique plage idéale pour les pique niques, et au départ du sentier côtier de randonnée pédestre de Sacramento, long de 8 km. De retour en ville vous pourriez vous rendre à Bayworld, qui associe un parc à reptiles et un océanarium, ainsi qu’un musée. Le musée vous permet d’apprécier des reconstitutions de dinosaures telle celle de l’Algoasaurus, autrefois une créature de la région, et vous permet aussi d’admirer des morceaux de galions naufragés. Pour les plus aventureux Raggy Charters propose des sorties en bateau dans la réserve marine de St Croix dans laquelle se reproduisent plus de 20,000 pingouins africains.

Un saut dans le temps La réserve de Donkin, avec son phare et sa stèle commémorative pyramidale, est le point de départ du Sentier du patrimoine de Donkin (Donkin Heritage Trail), un circuit pédestre autoguidé de 5 km de long qui vous permettra d’apprécier 47 jalons historiques importants du quartier de Old Hill de PE. Vous pourriez aussi aller chercher une carte de la ville au bureau du phare et explorer Donkin Street, une rangée de maisons victoriennes pittoresques déclarée Monument National. Le long du Sentier du patrimoine (Heritage Trail) vous trouverez surtout des bâtiments de l’architecture coloniale mais le chemin menant à Market Square propose des édifices plus modernes. C’est là que se trouve la magnifique Main Library (bibliothèque) de style gothique qui comprend de superbes vitraux, des passerelles surélevées, un nombre incalculable de livres et de nombreux fantômes – l’endroit rêvé pour se croire dans un roman de Harry Potter. Non loin de là se trouve le plus vieil opéra d’Afrique

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et au coin de la rue se tient l’entrée décrépite du pub Stage Door (phoenixhotel.co.za). Pourquoi ne pas aller prendre un verre dans ce décor rempli d’objets américains des années 50. Sont exposés dans ce restaurant-bar toutes sortes de vieux objets tels des appareils photo, des numéros d’immatriculation personnalisés, ainsi que des tourne-disques et des machines à coudre.

Dans la vallée et sur la colline Dans le quartier de South End, dit « La Vallée » (the Valley), se trouve une ancienne usine de peinture qui fut transformée en une brasserie gorgée de lumière du nom de Bridge Street (www.bridgestreet.co.za), qui abrite aussi un café ouvert toute la journée, un bar et un restaurant. Les amateurs de bières auront probablement envie de goûter à la bière blonde plisner, à la bière rousse et au cidre sec, ainsi qu’à la Black Dragon Double Chocolate Stout (bière brune forte), toutes brassées sur place. Non loin de là se trouve le Colonial Kitchen, un restaurant pour toute la famille ouvert toute la journée (ce dernier sert des plats de pâtes originaux, des pizzas à la confiture de figues de barbarie, et des mets inhabituels comme le ragoût de chèvre au curry) qui propose des bières artisanales et de la musique live de façon régulière. Dans le quartier de la Vallée se trouve aussi le Friendly Stranger, un café d’ambiance installé dans un bâtiment reconverti vieux de 150 ans qui comprend des murs rustiques en briques exposées, des antiquités et du vieux mobilier dépareillé. Le café, qui fait aussi office de galerie d’art, est ouvert pour le dîner trois fois par semaine. Jusqu’à il y a environ une dizaine d’années, Richmond Hill était un quartier mal famé. Les prostituées et les dealers ont été remplacés par des jeunes branchés et des dames sortant déjeuner, principalement grâce à l’ouverture de restaurants à la mode. Le Vovo Telo d’origine – qui est devenu une chaîne de boulangeries et de restaurants au


Summerstrand niveau national – s’y trouve encore et reste l’un des meilleurs endroits de la ville pour observer les gens. À Richmond Hill, l’action se déroule principalement a Stanley Street où l’on trouve le restaurant Sticky Fingers (Doigts collants) qui propose des spareribs et des entrecôtes, le bar à sushi SoHo Fushin Lounge (fushin.co.za) et le Two Olives, connu pour ses tapas originales. Mais pour mieux encore, dirigez-vous vers Bain Street et allez goûter aux créations de John Burger au restaurant Flava. Cet ancien boucher aime inventer et créer, et il offre - sur demande car elles ne sont pas sur le menu - de merveilleuses viandes.

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Couchers de soleil, diners et bavardages Depuis la terrasse de l’hôtel Radisson Blu faisant face à la mer, qui s’etend de la piscine à Tabù, le lounge bar chic de l’hôtel, vous pouvez profiter du coucher du soleil tout en sirotant un cocktail. Le Blue Waters Café (bluewaterscafe. com), sans prétention mais très accueillant, vous offre aussi un point de vue superbe. La cuisine de Charlie’s Pizza & Pasta (charliespizza.co.za) qui est très appréciée des familles avec enfants, est préparée avec des ingrédients issus de l’agriculture biologique. Leurs pizzas sublimes, comme par exemple celle à la saucisse au fenouil – leur spécialité - ou celle à l’agneau à la grecque, sont cuites dans un vrai four à pizza. Si vous avez envie d’être plus sophistiqué alors allez chez Ginger () qui vous propose des recettes à l’ancienne ainsi que des viandes succulentes et des fruits de mer frais pêchés. Envie de faire la fête ? À Walmer, vous pourriez aller vous déhancher au night-club BaliZZa dont la clientèle a plutôt tendance à être jeune. Autrement, dirigez-vous vers Parliament Street au centre de PE et vous n’aurez que l’embarras du choix pour ce qui est de bars et de clubs. Vous pourriez aussi aller au Gondwana Café dans le quartier de Humewood, tout près de la plage où votre journée a commencé, qui propose des soirées animées par des DJ ainsi que des spectacles.


Out of the Blue Azure Restaurant Text: Julie Graham Images © Supplied

Located at the luxurious five-star hotel The Twelve Apostles in Cape Town, the award-winning Azure restaurant is, quite simply, a culinary star. Known for its fine dining and incredible views, this showstopper has the majestic Table Mountain National Park and the Twelve Apostles mountain range as a backdrop, with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Situated on one of Cape Town’s most scenic routes, just five minutes from Camps Bay beach, it is no wonder that diners flock to Azure, not only for its memorable views, but also to dine on the exquisite dishes prepared by award-winning executive chef, Christo Pretorius. Under his leadership the restaurant has won not one, but two American Express Platinum Fine Dining Awards (2014 and 2015). Whether it is a relaxed English breakfast you’re after, an à la carte lunch with friends, a top notch dinner, or a weekend buffet, Azure has it all. Meals can be enjoyed in the nautical themed restaurant, or on the spacious outdoor terrace. Pretorius serves up a selection of international cuisine with notable South African influences. His focus is on using fresh, seasonal produce, and sustainably caught seafood, all of which he prepares in the classic French style with a contemporary flair. The a la carte menu pays homage to the founder and president of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, Beatrice Tollman, and includes a selection of her favourite dishes. Guests can opt for a selection of tasting menus or for something off the traditional à la carte menu. Chef

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Christo’s Menu, one of the tasting menu options, starts off with a delicious ostrich tartare which is complemented by a pickled egg yolk, red wine gel, sour dough wafer, caper berry mayo, thyme and ricotta. The second course is a baby calamari risotto with roast calamari broth, crispy tentacles and a squid ink cracker, followed by a slow cooked egg with a pea and mint velouté, spring garden salad, crispy pancetta and crispy onion flakes. For mains, the springbok loin with baked celery root, savoy cabbage, crispy bacon and fermented berries is a treat. And it is all rounded off with the Strawberry Field, a strawberry pudding with basil sorbet and salted peanut sponge. From the à la carte menu, some of the Tollman-inspired favourites include the crayfish and prawn cocktail, which is a firm family favourite, and is made with fresh crayfish and queen prawns with lettuce, rocket, avocado and lime segments, dressed with a piquant Marie Rose sauce. Another firm favourite is the legendary grilled seafood platter which consists of local West Coast crayfish, prawns, medium langoustines, fresh fish, grilled baby calamari tubes and mussels, with steamed basmati rice, a green salad, and traditional peri-peri, garlic and lemon


butter sauces. Gregory Mutambe is the restaurant’s Head Sommelier and is always eager to assist guests in making the perfect pairing choices for their meals. The extensive wine list, which, year on year, is awarded the Diamond Certification by Diners Club in its Wine List Awards, is world class and pays homage to local as well as international wines, and includes a vinoteque with a private selection of aged wines. Movie lovers will thoroughly enjoy Azure’s Dinner and Movie Night, where guests can enjoy an incredible three-course dinner from a selected menu, and then escape to the hotel’s privwate cinema to enjoy a selection of silver screen films, ranging from great classics to comedies and foreign films. This ultimate movie viewing experience includes plush leather seating, surround sound, and an array of tasty goodies to enjoy during the film. Azure is not just a culinary extravaganza, but an all round experience. The setting, ambience, warmth of the staff, and general attention to detail make it a unique and memorable outing. World class cooking, fine wines, and the most spectacular sunsets create a magical world for guests, and a place where time stands still while your senses are given an opportunity to indulge in the finer things in life. For more information, visit www.12apostleshotel.com.

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The Wild Side Bloemfontein's Green Spaces Text: Will Edgcumbe Images © Bernard Dupont, Gariep Dam Nature Reserve & Black Mountain Lodge

Look at Bloemfontein on a map, and you’ll see that the roads radiate outwards from the city like a sunburst. Along most of these roads, game reserves, small nature reserves, dams and stretches of arid wilderness can be found to explore. Linked up by various regional and provincial routes, with some lovely towns along the way, you’ll need a couple of days to explore the surrounding wilderness with Bloemfontein as your base. Plus you’ll be glad you took the time.

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Black Mountain Lodge Closer to Home Even though Bloemfontein is a growing city, the natural world is very much a part of the city, from its tree-lined avenues to Naval Hill in the Franklin Game Reserve. One of only two city based wildlife reserves in the world, this 250 ha reserve is slightly unusual, in that if you look past a blue wildebeest, zebra or giraffe, you’re likely to see the city’s skyline. It’s incongruous in a way, but you get used to it pretty quickly, and a walk around the reserve or a drive up to the top of Naval Hill to take in the view is a great way to take a breather from the bustle (or relative bustle, at least) of Bloemfontein.

To the North Just a 45-minute drive north of the city on the R700 is Krugersdrift Dam, fed by the Modder River and surrounded by the Soetdoring Nature Reserve. With a name that translates to “sweet thorn”, you’d expect to see a lot of acacias… and you will. Soetdoring’s 7,500 ha of thornveld, grassland and wetland is home to large pockets of the aforementioned tree, with its three distinct ecosystems also home to a variety of animal and birdlife. Some 290 bird species have been recorded here, including little bitterns, goliath herons, melodious larks, green-backed herons and Kalahari scrub-robins.

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The game includes gemsbok, eland, black wildebeest, springbok and zebra, and there is a separate enclosure (away from the herbivores) that’s home to lion, cheetah and wild dog. Bring along a picnic or braai stuff and set up at one of the spots along the dam, or pack some comfortable shoes and walk one of the easy hiking trails.

Where the Sun Rises About 70 km to the east of Bloemfontein, on the N8, is the small town of Thaba ‘Nchu (which means “black mountain”, named for the eponymous mountain nearby). Maria Moroka Game Reserve is set a little to the south of the town around the Montloatse Setlogelo Dam, and is home to eland, black wildebeest, red hartebeest, springbok, blesbok, zebra and white rhino. The birdlife is fantastic, with the most notable occasional visitors being large flocks of blue cranes. With its gently undulating grassy plains, acacia wooded hills, and the (relatively) imposing mountain watching over the park, it’s quite dramatic, especially when a summer storm rolls through in the evening. The clear air also makes the sky feel spectacularly big, as if the earth were flat. If you get caught up in it all, you needn’t necessarily drive back to Bloem the same day – the reserve’s Black Mountain Leisure & Conference Hotel is supremely comfortable, and makes for a nice treat for a night or two.


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Where the Sun Sets If you set out early from Bloemfontein you can check out Mokala National Park in a day. It’s a two-and-a-half hour drive due west on the N8, but absolutely worth the effort. With its wide plains broken only by small hills and camel thorn trees, this 26,000 ha park has a network of 70 km of roads, and is home to more than 20 animal species, including Cape buffalo, black and white rhino, Tsessebe and roan antelope. If you leave Bloem really early, the birding is fantastic from sunrise until about 09h00, with the sandveld and rocky hillocks ringing with the calls of endemic species such as the black-chested prinia and chestnut-vented tit-babblers.

South Side An easy two-hour drive south of Bloem on the N1 is the Gariep Dam, the country’s largest dam with a surface area of 370 km² when full. Only a dam this big could have three nature reserves adjacent to it. Totalling 85,000 ha, the Oviston Nature Reserve, Tussen-die-Riviere Reserve and the Gariep Nature Reserve are home to some fantastic wildlife, including aardvark, aardwolf, African wild cat, bat-eared foxes, brown hyena, Cape clawless otters and Cape foxes. Birders can look out for black eagles, blue cranes, secretary birds and Steppe buzzards, while anglers can try their hand at a spot of fly fishing, with the waters home to largemouth and smallmouth yellow fish.

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Contact Details Franklin Game Reserve: +27 51 412 7016 Soetdoring Nature Reserve: +27 51 433 9002 Maria Moroka Game Reserve: +27 51 873 2427 Black Mountain Leisure & Conference Hotel: +27 51 871 4200 / www.blackmountainhotel.co.za Mokala National Park: +2712 428 9111 / www.sanparks.co.za Oviston Nature Reserve: +27 51 655 0000 Tussen-die-Riviere Reserve: +27 51 763 1000

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More Than Just a Stopover Exploring Harare Text: Paula Rabeling Images © iStockphoto.com

Many view Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city, as a short stopover en route to safari adventures in the country’s game reserves. But Harare as a city should be considered as much more than just an in-between destination. With beautiful gardens and parks, markets in which to shop up a storm, and restaurants to indulge in traditional Zimbabwean cuisine, a trip to this city is well worth it.

While the country as a whole often gets a pretty bad rap sheet in the media, Harare is an attractive, relaxed city full of activities and sights. The city has a natural feel to it thanks to its tree lined streets and the many parks and gardens that dot this metropolis. The Harare Gardens are a great place for a leisurely walk in nature, and is also home to the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. This is a must-visit for art enthusiasts who want to see a visual representation of African culture. The exhibits, which change monthly, feature a mix of contemporary local art, as well as work from artists across the continent. All different mediums and techniques feature here, including paintings, sculptures, carvings, and photography.

On the shores of Lake Chivero is Kuimba Shiri Bird Park, the only bird park in Zimbabwe, and an establishment with the first free flying bird display in Africa, and over 460 species of indigenous birds. The birds that call this sanctuary home are orphaned, injured, or abandoned. Viewing other game in the national park is also an option while cruising the Chivero by boat. Waterfront chalets and camping grounds are on offer for those who wish to make a full retreat out of the experience. The National Botanical Gardens is perfect for nature lovers, as it has over 900 species of plants from all over the country. To see a variety of animals – such as impala, zebra, giraffes, wildebeest and eland – make your way to Mukuvisi Woodlands, which has over 250 ha of

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jewellery from up-and-coming artists, as well as from some of the gallery’s favourites. Founded in 2009 by Esther Ilsink-Steijn, who had the idea of presenting top quality Zimbabwean made cane furniture, it has become a platform for artists from all over the country to showcase their works to the buying public. Visit Patrick Mavros for exquisite jewellery and silver sculpture pieces. Taking inspiration from wildlife and the natural beauty around him, Mavros creates distinct pieces that will be a reminder of your time in Zimbabwe. What is a trip to another country without indulging in their local cuisine? In Zimbabwe, sadza is to the locals what pap is to South Africans. This dietary staple, made from cornmeal, is eaten with relish (a kind of vegetable stew) and meat. Peanuts are found in many traditional dishes. One such meal is dovi, which is a peanut butter stew with vegetables and meat.

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preserved natural wilderness to explore. Wild is Life is a sanctuary for rescued, orphaned, and protected animals. They offer close up experiences with the animals, with a responsibility towards the welfare of both the guests and their wild residents. Their motto is: “Respect the individual, see, sense, and save, one by one.” Since its inception over 18 years ago, when they began with a few rescued orphans in their back yard, they are now a quality animal sanctuary providing a safe refuge to many animals in need. Wild is Life is made up of two branches: The Wild is Life Trust and the Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery. If you are looking to burn a hole in your pocket, venture to Mbare Market, the ideal place to get all kinds of shopping done – from fresh produce to artistic wooden crafts. Kiki’s, a stylish gallery in Umwinsidale, is home to a range of furniture, ceramics, leather products, and


Goat, as well as game, such as springbok and kudu, is on the menus of many traditional establishments in Harare. At some restaurants, you can also expect such unusual offerings as crocodile tail and warthog. In the city’s markets, mopane worms are on offer to those with an adventurous palate. For traditional Zimbabwean cuisine, visit Garwe in Harare for either lunch or dinner. Under the thatched roof, seated around a large fire, you can enjoy sadza with either guinea fowl, goat, or a medley of vegetables. For more of an international, fusion dining experience, make your way to Amanzi. The restaurant is set in an old colonial house with local art adorning the walls and African décor creating a lively atmosphere. Diners can enjoy meals out on the patio – weather permitting – overlooking the garden waterfall. Next time you think “African travels”, do not hop straight onto a connecting flight after landing in Harare. Take a few days to explore this vibrant and distinctive city instead.

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Game Driving and Beyond nThambo

Tree Camp and Ezulwini Billy's Lodge Text: Paula Rabeling Images © Jochen Van de Perre, Shannon Benson, & Em Gatland

Thanks to its exceptional game viewing opportunities, The Kruger Park has a plethora of accommodation options for the many visitors who flock to the park each year. Some are certainly better than others, and two such superb options are nThambo Tree Camp and Ezulwini Billy’s Lodge, both of which are dedicated to ensuring that guests have the best possible time. nThambo Tree Camp nThambo Tree Camp consists of five separate rooms on stilts, each surrounded by trees and with a balcony overlooking the plains beyond – an ideal place to enjoy a drink and watch some wildlife inhabitants pass by, which they will, as the camp is unfenced. It is also not uncommon for an elephant or two to come right up to the communal area to take a drink from the splash pool. Intimate and cosy, the camp can accommodate ten people, so dinners are enjoyed together around a table in the dining area where either your game ranger or tracker will join you. The twice daily game drives are obviously the main feature at nThambo, with each vehicle coming complete with both a game ranger and a tracker. They make a formidable team, and not much passes them unnoticed. As we drove down the dirt road, they stopped to investigate some marks in the dust. “Looks like something was

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dragged across here,” says the ranger. So off they went to find the source of the tracks, which turned out to be a duiker which had been dragged by a leopard and deposited in a dry ravine. The ranger promised to return during the afternoon game drive to try and catch the leopard returning to finish his meal. And we did. True to their word, the ranger and tracker found the leopard in question taking his meal to a better hiding spot. I had never seen a leopard before, so this was an extremely special game drive for me, and I am sure for the rest of the guests. On the second day we headed to a popular watering hole, where we were rewarded with sightings of a herd of buffalo numbering around 300, as well as a herd of about 200 elephants who were taking turns (although, not in a friendly manner) at the water’s edge, with a giraffe on the outskirts patiently waiting his turn. If you want to immerse yourself in nature, while still


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Ezulwini Billy’s Lodge having a comfortable bed and delicious meals, then nThambo Tree Camp is ideal.

Ezulwini Billy’s Lodge After two days at nThambo, I was off to Ezulwini Billy’s Lodge 45 minutes away. Comprising six villas – three of which are luxury options, each with its own splash pool – Ezulwini is a mix of modernity and African-style décor and design. The villas have air cons which quietly banish the heat in the open plan lounge, kitchen, and bedroom. The bathrooms looks out onto the plains, so you can relax in the spacious tub while looking out at the spectacular view. Meals are eaten in the communal dining room and, on favourable days, out on the deck overlooking the wilderness. Breakfast, after the 06h00 game drive, is a choice of eggs with sides, accompanied by a buffet of fresh fruit, juices, and coffee. Lunch is a spread of homely dishes, while dinner – served after the afternoon game drive – is a delicious three course affair.

As with nThambo, game driving is the name of the game here. The rangers and trackers are also equally dedicated to ensuring that you get to as much as possible. Continuously speaking on the radio with other rangers to get leads on the reserve’s inhabitants, the ranger will race to the other side of the reserve if needs be to catch something spectacular. It is because of this that we were able to see a black rhino – a rare, incredible experience – as well as a pride of lions, complete with a bigmaned male, playful cubs, and watchful females. Something that truly sets Ezulwini apart is their “wine cave”. The wine cellar is set against the natural rock face of a cave and surrounded by historical African items. Our game ranger showed off his varied talents by explaining all the different vintages, as well as the historical items on display. Knowledgeable guides, Africa’s incredible animals, and beautiful accommodation set against the backdrop of the wilderness, nThambo Tree Camp and Ezulwini Billy’s Lodge offer the ideal getaway for relaxation and gaming adventures.

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Hey Sugar, Sucrose! Sugar Alternatives The Good, The Bad & the Tasty Text: Supplied Images © iStockphoto.com

So much for Mary Poppins! All those spoonfuls of sugar are contributing to the biggest health threats facing humanity – diabetes, obesity, heart disease… The list is long. The bottom line is that sugar is bad for you. Although a valuable fuel for our cells, it can be toxic when consumed often and in the incorrect forms.

“The sugar debate has been lively in recent years and has increased awareness of the importance of a healthy diet in preventing and treating disease and improving wellbeing,” says world-renowned psychologist and nutrition expert, Patrick Holford. “But, at the same time, many people are understandably confused by the substantial differences between what various experts advocate as being healthy. Some foods, for example, contain healthier sugars and are actually better for you than foods that are ‘sugar free’,” he says. Coupled with this confusion is the difficulty of cutting the craving for sweetness out of our lives completely – which is where, for the conscious minded, sugar alternatives come in. The question is: How do you know which are good, which are bad, and how much you can have? “It is important to understand how sugar works, which natural sugars will help sustain level blood sugar levels and which artificial sweeteners to steer clear of. That way

you can satisfy your sweet tooth, without suffering the consequences,” says Holford.

Understanding Sugar The sugar our bodies run off is glucose. The body is designed to break down natural sugars into glucose, which then enters the bloodstream to power our cells. Most fruit, for example, provides the body with a natural sugar called fructose. Fructose has to be converted into glucose by the liver. It is more slow-releasing than cane sugar, with a Glycaemic Index (GI) of 23. Glycaemic Index is the measure of the speed at which a sugar raises blood glucose levels. Glucose, by definition, has a GI of 100. While the GI of a food tells you how quickly its sugars raise your blood sugar levels compared to glucose, the Glycaemic Load (GL) is a better measure, because it tells you what a specific amount of a sugar does to your blood sugar.

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The Sugars in Our Food Nature never provides fructose (found mainly in fruit, but also extracted from corn) without fibre. This means that when you eat the whole food, your liver gets drip fed fructose, which it converts into glucose. However, if you have a direct and excessive supply of fructose (like in a can of Coke), it puts pressure on the liver and can be turned directly into fat. “Any source of refined fructose, from fresh juice to Sprite, is best limited,” says Holford. White sugar, or sucrose, is a glucose and a fructose molecule with a GI of about 70, which makes it faster releasing than fructose, but slower than glucose. Honey, molasses and maple syrup have a similar GI to regular sugar – brown or white. Milk sugar is called lactose and is made up of a unit of glucose and a unit of galactose. It has a GI of 46, which is faster releasing than fructose. There are also sugar alcohols. These usually end in “-tol” – maltitol, xylitol, lactitol, mannitol, sorbitol, isomalt. Some, like xylitol, are naturally occurring and healthier. They are sweet tasting, but have a fraction of the calories and a fraction of the effect on your blood sugar. Others, like maltitol, are manmade. The synthetic sugars sorbitol, mannitol, isomalt, lactitol and erythritol all have very low GI scores, below 10, and are often used to sweeten processed foods. You’ll find sorbitol, for example, used in children’s chewable sweets and even vitamins. While not “natural”, the only real side-effect of sugar alcohols at high doses is the potential for loose bowels. Xylose, the precursor of xylitol, is the predominant sugar in berries, cherries and plums. These are the best fruits to eat, as they have the lowest GI score and have little effect on your blood glucose. Apples and pears contain mainly fructose. Dates, grapes and raisins, however, have simpler sugars and a GI as high as white sugar. Patrick Holford warns us to not be fooled by the sugar industry, who exploit this by using grape juice concentrate as a “natural” sugar or adding dates, raisins and banana to “sugar free” bars and smoothies.

Artificial Sweeteners Xylitol is the best natural sugar alcohol with a GI of just eight. That means that nine teaspoons of xylitol has the same effect on your blood sugar as one teaspoon of regular sugar. It is good for cakes, jams, or added to cereal or teas. Another interesting natural sugar, which comes from a South American root, is Yacón. It is high in insulin, which also helps lower blood sugar effects. There are many manmade artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, that have no GI, but there are health problems associated with their excess use. Patrick Holford recommends avoiding these. “The most important thing,” says Holford, “is to have less sugar overall, and get your sweet kicks primarily from whole foods. You can wean yourself off having a sweet tooth by gradually decreasing the level of sweetness in foods and drinks. Also, by combining protein with carbohydrate foods, you can slow down the speed at which the sugars are released, lowering the GL of the food.”

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Relax, do business!

A multi-million rand refurbishment, new offerings and a fresh new attitude mean Birchwood is going one way - UP! Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre is making some new waves in the conference and hospitality game. If you haven’t visited recently, a walk through the grounds will tell you many things. Everywhere is evidence of fresh vision and progress. For starters the brand new identity is elegant and modern. This reflects in the refurbishments throughout the rolling property. New signage among the boulders and cascading waters of the naturally landscaped Silverbirch accommodation is illuminated in the afternoon sun, making the layout very navigable. A golf cart pulls up outside a room to collect a well dressed businessman for his complimentary airport transfer to OR Tambo, just 7km away. These rooms are spacious, upmarket and designed with the discerning business traveller in mind. Silverbirch @ Birchwood is proving so popular that there are another 82 rooms currently under construction. The new rooms will be even more spacious, and include a bath and a shower.

The workstations will be larger, and little extras have been added especially for women, like full length mirrors with power outlets nearby for the high powered hairdryers provided. Paths meander through the manicured gardens and shady birches to reveal stunning indoor and outdoor venues, with more than 60 to choose from. The largest of these (The Terminal) can host up to 3000 people. Clearly, there are few events too big or too small for Birchwood to take on, and with the passion and focus of Birchwood’s restructured team, the sky is the limit! For more information: 011 897 0000 www.birchwoodhotel.co.za facebook.com/birchwoodhotel twitter.com/birchwood_hotel


The Authentic Nelson Mandela Bay Text & Images © Supplied

Nelson Mandela Bay provides an authentic travel experience for those looking for a holiday destination that has it all.

Many times we visit a destination ticking off all the mainstream activities on our “To Do” list. But have we ever pondered what makes one destination more favourable than the other, or why it leaves you with that feeling that this was the holiday of a lifetime and a place that you will return to? This occurs when a destination has revealed its authentic self to you. To fully experience a destination and its attractions, one must truly revel in the opportunity to meet its locals and accept their warm hospitality, and they will, in turn, perhaps share the secrets to the hidden gems of their city with you.

One such authentic destination is Nelson Mandela Bay, which incorporates Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch, and that has everything a visitor could expect to find on a South African holiday. The only city that is home to the Big Seven (elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion, leopard, Humpback whale and Great White shark) is also known for having over 40 km of coastline, that boasts a multitude of blue flag beaches and hours of sunshine in which to enjoy them in. Nelson Mandela Bay is also known as the Mohair Capital of the world, as well as the Five Biome City. The city is fondly referred to as the “Friendly City”

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due to the warm hospitality of its residents. Here you are able to “Experience the Spirit of Freedom” (Ikhaya lenkululeko) through the free smiles of the people, the city’s wide open beaches, endless wildlife viewing, and an abundance of activities and attractions to explore. Nelson Mandela Bay is also known as the “City of Freedom”, which visitors can experience through freedom stories and freedom routes such as the popular Route 67. This route is symbolic of the 67 years Madiba dedicated to the freedom struggle. Nelson Mandela Bay is a destination which is easily accessible by road, air, rail and sea travel. Popular among many visitors and locals is the “gift of time” because, with little traffic congestion and the close proximity of attractions, accommodation facilities and restaurants, one can experience a multitude of activities in a short time

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frame. This is further enhanced by the Nelson Mandela Bay Pass card that, once purchased, allows free and discounted entry into a variety of attractions and activities. Through a great social media campaign, Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism has created a platform for locals and visitors by using the #Sharethebay hash tag. Authentic images and experiences are shared, allowing visitors from around the globe to view the authentic Nelson Mandela Bay. To join the fun visit www.nmbt.co.za or one of these social media sites: Nelson Mandela Bay-South Africa @NMandelaBay Insta

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First Page: Local shores shown off to their best with a beach sunrise (@tg_isithombe on instagram) This Page Top: Beautiful Skies over Algoa Bay Yacht Club (@Marshyphotography on instagram) This Page Left: Families enjoying exploring Route 67 and the artwork at The Donkin Reserve (@louwliezel on instagram) This Page Right: Fun for young and old at Holmeleigh Farmyard (@jaceys_mom on instagram)


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Romancing the stone The Five Diamond Essentials Text & Images © Browns the Diamond Store

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Solitaire Diamond Ring Browns has fashioned its Protea Diamond Solitaire Ring after the King Protea, South Africa’s national flower. The Protea symbolises courage, flexibility and transformation. This collection celebrates nature’s astounding adaptability, and is a reminder that growth and change are essential elements in building a lifetime together. The patented design of the delicate petal setting sets this solitaire apart. The petals cradle and protect, while optimal light enhances the diamond’s brilliance and shine.

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The Tennis Bracelet The tennis bracelet has been termed the “little black dress” of diamond jewellery. During the 1987 US Open, tennis player Chris Evert changed the course of history when her diamond bracelet clasp came undone and scattered her bracelet onto the court. The match was paused until her bracelet was found and that moment subsequently inspired the name of this fine piece of jewellery. Since that day, the tennis bracelet has become one of jewellery’s most definitive and sought-after pieces. Browns has designed a tennis bracelet that is flexible and smooth with a tapered setting to emphasize each diamond. It is one of the ultimate objects of desire. An astounding 58 diamonds are set in the Browns 5 ct tennis bracelet.

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The collection comprises three different rings: the Rose Gold Angel; the Two-Tone Gold Angel; and the Full Diamond Angel. Each one is unique. The design features a host of shimmering angels floating around your finger in 18 ct gold. Exceptional craftsmanship is seen in the detail of these designs, and each ring interprets the angel motif in a different and creative way. The extraordinary full diamond dress ring is set with 73 diamonds, and showcases angels created with pear and marquise shaped diamonds. The Two-Tone ring features diamond pavé angels and solid gold ones in the rose gold ring. The dress ring is worn on the right hand as a statement of a woman’s individuality and free spirit, while the left hand ring represents the responsible role a woman plays of mother and wife. These rings are true to the nature of an angel – soft and feminine while also being a bold celebration of light.

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A Modern Classic Ford Mustang Text: Bernard Hellberg Snr Images Š Quickpic

The long awaited return of Ford’s historic halo car, the Mustang, has turned out to be one of the most eventful launches of the last few months. As a sharp handling performance car with a rich, 50-year tradition behind it, the Mustang has retained its muscular, no-nonsense visual impact which, for five decades, has had people stopping in their tracks.

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The return of the two-door Mustang, the only Ford product not sporting the Blue Oval, was turned into a festive event when the South African media came to view, photograph, and drive a car which, initially, was launched five decades ago and which has managed to capture the hearts of more than nine million buyers since then. The launch to mark the return of the Mustang was much more than a nostalgic trip, however, since the car is not what it used to be. The Mustang, with its fourcylinder 2.3-litre engine as an option, will still appeal to traditionalists and lovers of American muscle cars though, since the V8 has been retained – sounding just as rough and gruff as it did in days gone by. As a car with a pedigree as long as your arm (the Mustang has starred in many movies, as well as in music videos and video games) the Pony Car (to use its favourite nickname) has also proven itself on racetracks all over the world, while achieving fame as a soughtafter collector’s car. But what is it that makes the Mustang such a cult symbol? Is it the sound of the V8 doing 5,500 r/min, or the feeling of the wind in your hair (for those who still have some) in ragtop guise? Perhaps it is the intuitively sharp handling and tremendous acceleration? My guess is that it is all of the above, and more. Take the new 233 kW 2.3-litre EcoBoost option as an example. Instinctively, it sounds like the engine will not be powerful enough for the Mustang’s hefty

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reputation. Yet, it effortlessly achieves the Holy Grail of automotive engineering – 100 kW/litre engine capacity. Little wonder, then, that although it is seen as a departure from the V8 norm, the EcoBoost certainly is my favourite – if you can live without the V8’s guttural sound effects. Other clues which indicate that the Mustang is no longer a sloppy-handling Yank Tank may be found in the fully independent, all-round suspension and the balanced weight distribution (54 % at the front for the 5-litre, and 53 % in the case of the EcoBoost). The result of this engineering excellence? A car that can compete on level terms with its European rivals when it comes down to the 0-100 km/h sprint, as well as at top speed. Whether you are on challenging, narrow Chapman’s Peak Drive or on the racetrack, the new Mustang is a technological tour de force. There is an all-aluminium bonnet, front wings, and suspension components – augmented by high-strength steels, laser welding, and hydro-forming techniques for a stiffer body, an enhanced driving experience, and more than adequate safety. Available as either a fastback or a convertible, specification levels are high and inclusive. There are no hidden add-ons, apart from a modest R750 should you really, really have to have metallic paint. Key elements of the new Mustang, as one would expect, centre around two aspects: looks and performance. Here, the designers have brilliantly retained key elements of the original Mustang, including


the long, sculpted hood and the short rear deck. What the Ford PR people call an “aviation-inspired” cockpit is yet another indication that the new Mustang, in a sense, is vastly more European than American. Selectable drive modes include Normal, Sport+, Track, and Snow – another indication of Europe’s influence on this American icon. However, in typical and sensible American fashion, the boot can accommodate two golf bags and the drive is still to the rear wheels, even for the 2.3. “None of this silly front wheel-drive stuff for a Mustang,” one can almost hear the engineers saying. Having dealt with the beautiful and powerful aspects of the Mustang, it is time to reflect on the justification for a model range which starts at some R700,000 and advances to an impressive R900,000.

Is it worth it? The answer to this, surely, lies in the fact that this Mustang, like its predecessors, is destined to become an icon. It has all the attributes – quality, performance, a stunning and user-friendly interior, and envy creation – to make it a must-have for those fortunate few who will be able to afford one. Had I a choice, my vote would go to the EcoBoost Convertible Auto, an “affordable” fun car at a mere R779,900. This, in my view, is the one destined to become a new cult favourite among Mustang enthusiasts. Service intervals are every 20,000 km, the warranty is good for four years/120,000 km, and there is a fiveyear/100,000 km service plan. Even more reason to get your name on the waiting list now.


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Seize the Day! The Best Time to Buy in a High-Priced Market Text: Schalk Louw/Finweek Images Š iStockphoto.com

Investors are constantly bombarded with conflicting information on how companies, sectors and economies are performing. So when is the best time to invest?

It doesn’t matter what time of day you tune into the news, events all around the world will be positive one moment, only to be followed by a negative report seconds later. It reminds me of the story about the man who fell from the aeroplane: The good news was that he was wearing a parachute. The bad news was that it was defective. The good news is that there was a haystack on the ground below him. The bad news is that there was a

pitchfork standing upright in the haystack. The good news is that he missed the pitchfork when he fell. The bad news is that he also missed the haystack... Great results are released by select companies, only to be followed by reports about struggling large and well-known companies, banks and mines. One moment, international relations seem peaceful (even Iran and North Korea are calm), then suddenly we are confronted with

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disturbing images of bomb attacks and shootings in Paris while Russian aeroplanes are being shot down by the Turks. To make matters worse, we are being told of the good growth on shares over the past three years, only to read report after report about the bubbling price-toearnings ratios (P/E) and declining returns and dividend yields. Surely a correction or even a collapse is imminent? In these conditions, a new investor must feel like a cow on artificial turf. So when is a good time for new investors to invest? The short answer is now. Today. Why? Because even when general expectations remain fairly bleak (as they are at the moment), that’s just what they are: expectations based on probability. Experts cannot predict what will happen to any given share price in the future with any degree of certainty. If we turn back the clock, however, the past supports my message that if you have the capital to invest and your allocation and risk tolerance has been determined, it will serve you to invest rather than to wait. It has

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happened four times since 1980 that the local stock market has declined by more than 30 % in value in the year following a peak. As horrible as that may have been for investors, you still would have been able to outperform both money market and inflation in all four cases, had you been in the unfortunate position of investing your capital at each peak. In fact, if you had invested in a moderate portfolio consisting of a 60 % investment in local shares and a 40 % investment in local bonds, you would have outperformed inflation by an average of 6 % and outperformed the money market by an average of 5 % in all four of these instances, which were characterised by extremely poor market conditions (all figures excluding taxes). And so my advice brings me back to Warren Buffett’s most famous outlook: Always invest for the longer term. It doesn’t matter how volatile market conditions may be in the near future, the best time to start investing for the long term, is today. Schalk Louw is a portfolio manager at PSG Wealth.

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Moving Forward Renault South Africa Text: Monique Vanderlinden Images © Renault South Africa

Renault South Africa is known as one of the country’s most prolific and fastest growing car manufacturing brands. With figures showing off industry-leading sales, such as private car sales growing by 92 % within the first half of 2014 and increasing sales by 51.5 % in the overall market during 2014, as well as an array of new models entering the market each year, there is little doubt that Renault South Africa is currently moving in the right direction. However, it is widely accepted that Renault was not always a brand revered by many in this country. The history between Renault and South Africa dates back to 1953 when the 4CV was first imported. Five years later, Renault Africa was established, but in 1985 Renault decided to divert from the South African market because of the political climate, while still importing vehicles through Imperial Cars Imports. It was only in the early 2000’s that Renault once again

decided to re-enter the South African market by establishing Renault South Africa. Since then, the car manufacturing company has been able to re-establish their brand with encouraging results. Today they offer an extensive passenger and commercial range, including the popular Clio, Duster, Captur and the Sandero, with the latter an ongoing competitor in the top ten passenger vehicles sold each month, according to the NAAMSA reports.

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Clio 55kW Authentique New Clio Blaze Limited Edition 66 kW Turbo Clio 66 kW Turbo Expression Clio 66 kW Turbo Dynamique Clio 66 kW Turbo GT-Line Clio 88 kW Turbo EDC Expression

The Clio One of the main competitors in its class and the vehicle which put the brand on the map in South Africa by taking the title of Wesbank Car of the Year in 2000, is the Clio. With a striking face inspired by the manufacturer’s DeZir concept car, and a body with enough curves to make other cars blush, the fourth iteration Clio turned heads and made its B-segment rivals look a little old school when the vehicle hit the streets two years ago. During the last quarter of 2015, Renault launched two new derivatives into the already popular Clio line-up: the Clio Expression 88 kW Turbo EDC, and the Clio Blaze 66 kW Turbo Limited Edition. It is good to know that access to advanced engines is no longer the preserve of more expensive vehicles, as illustrated by the Blaze’s 66 kW turbo petrol engine. The powerhouse

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provides a proven and powerful edge by allowing energetic acceleration from low speeds, thus avoiding excessively frequent gear changes. At 4.5 l/100 km, the Clio Blaze also boasts best-in-class fuel consumption. The updated Clio Expression is powered by Renault’s Formula 1-inpsired 1.2 litre, 4-cylinder 88 kW Turbo engine. This is a low capacity engine that delivers ample power and torque, and allows for great driving flexibility. Together with the much-anticipated six-speed Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) auto gearbox, a combination of two parallel half gearboxes which work closely together, it delivers a fuel-efficient drive together with seamless gear changes. The ride is sturdy, especially on windy patches, and the vehicle handles well on the road. Together with its seductive styling and smart tech, as well as top-notch safety features, it is no wonder that the Clio is a front-runner in its segment.

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Captur Expression 66 kW Turbo Captur Dynamique 66 kW Turbo Captur Dynamique 88 kW EDC Turbo

The Captur Renault has expanded its South African SUV line-up with the addition of the Captur crossover. The Captur concept debuted at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show and is aimed at South Africa’s ever-growing crossover market, with three derivatives and two turbo-petrol engines. The vehicle does not boast 4x4 capabilities, but it does offer a little more ground clearance for a comfortable ride on gravel roads. The vehicle is a high-riding crossover model that is designed to rival the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008 and Ford EcoSport. It uses the same underpinnings as the Clio, aiming to deliver tough SUV styling cues with low running costs. It is also available with a wide range of customisation options, which is great for buyers looking to personalise their vehicles. The Captur keeps things contemporary with modern

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features, including the new 1.2 litre EDC petrol turbo which boasts Formula 1 technology. The line-up offers two five-speed manual derivatives, the 66 kW Turbo Dynamique and Expression, with the top-of-the-range Dynamique equipped with a six-speed auto. The EDC is capable of 88 kW at 190 Nm, reaches a top speed of 192 km/h, with fuel consumption rated at 5.4 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 125g/km. Geared towards cruising comfort rather than delivering a thrilling and sporty drive, this “revved up” Clio, so to speak, is slap bang in the middle between Renault’s B-segment buy and the bigger Duster – with added trendy sophistication. Entering the New Year, the vehicle is sitting steady at number ten on the NAAMSA report for passenger vehicle sales. Who knows? The Captur might just create a few more crossover fans.

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Saying ”I Do” to a Joint Bond Text: Property24.com Images © iStockphoto.com

Nothing says “commitment” like a joint bond. Buying property is something most people aspire to, but as fulfilling and exciting as it can be, making homebuying a reality can be near impossible for individuals looking to do so alone, especially with the current turbulent economic times. This has given rise to an increase in the number of people buying property together. And for unmarried couples, this is arguably an even bigger commitment than tying the knot. Property24 offers some wise words to make sure that the romantic image of joint homeownership blooms. Indwe 93


There is a clear benefit to buying property jointly. Combining resources means being able to afford a bigger apartment or house, or a home in an area that might otherwise be out of your financial reach – it’s somewhat of a win-win situation. South Africa is seeing a growing trend of buyers entering the property market in joint-ownership partnerships, and while some may prefer to avoid this, it does offer many people greater opportunities, although careful planning and the drawing up of an agreement is required. Drawing up a contract of property co-ownership, as with an ante-nuptial agreement, may not be the most romantic way to begin this journey. But instead of seeing it as focusing on the worst case scenario, look at it as an opportunity, while you are both happy and on the same page, to put down in writing how you want to deal with various hypothetical scenario’s. Once this is done, you can file the document away, and if all goes according to plan, you will never have to look at it again. When drawing up a contract of co-ownership, it is always advisable to have your agreement checked by an attorney to ensure that all aspects comply with South African law. The agreement should specify: • Who will be responsible for the initial payments, such as the deposit and transfer fees, and how these costs will be

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split between both parties. • The amount that each person is responsible for paying on an ongoing basis. This includes bond payments, rates and levies, as well as any maintenance that needs to be done to the property. • What proportion each person will own of the property. • Who is allowed to occupy the property? • How the proceeds from the sale of the property should be split. • What needs to be done if one party wishes to sell their portion of the property? • What happens to the property and ownership in the property if the relationship ends, as well in the event of the death or incapacity of one of the parties? • How the agreement may be terminated. Always be cognisant of the fact that the property may not be absolutely ideal for either one or both parties, or what you might have had in mind in the first place. There will be moments where differences of opinion will be voiced, but with enough positivity, sound compromising and maintaining open channels of communication, you’re well on your way to taking this to a whole new level of commitment. With these points taken care of, you can relax and get swept up in the excitement of this home-buying journey, and find your perfect home on Property24.com.


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Build a Brand-New Brand Tips On Small Business Branding Text: Darlene Menzies, CEO of SMEasy Images Š iStockphoto.com

Your brand is one of your small business’s most important assets. It gives potential clients an idea of who you are and what you do, as well as an understanding of what sets you apart from competitors and makes your business stand out from a multitude of others in the industry.

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If you aren’t sure where to even begin in branding your new business, here are a few tips from Darlene Menzies, a seasoned entrepreneur and CEO of SMEasy. She has grown several successful businesses and is well qualified to help you get started. • How to get started on branding: First and foremost you need to ensure your brand is clearly defined in your own mind. Take time to write down what it is your business is going to do and what product/ service you will be offering. Think about what the benefits are and who your prospective clients are who you want to sell to. Once this is clear, you are ready to start deciding on an appropriate, catchy company name and thinking about the look and feel of your logo, business cards and website. • Deciding whether or not to use a brand specialist: While brand specialists are experts at building a strong company image, a lot of small businesses simply don’t have the money to hire one. If this is the case with your business, utilise the talent and expertise you may have at your disposal, such as friends and family. Ask them to give you ideas about good business names to consider, and what they think

the look and feel of your logo should be. Once you have this, you can pay for a one hour consultation with a specialist to help fine tune the ideas you have. • Company name: Keep it simple. A company name that is difficult to pronounce or spell is a company name that is easy to forget. By overly complicating your company name, you are only making it harder for potential clients to find you. It can be helpful to choose a name that gives an indication of what the business does, such as AdminEasy Pty Ltd, which is a company that helps small businesses to sort out their admin and filing. • The logo: Too often small businesses spend too much time and money on a logo. Although a strong logo will help pull your brand together, many small businesses change their logo after trading for a few months as their business matures. Remember not to overcomplicate your logo and always ensure it works on a white background. • The strapline of the business needs to say what it does: It’s helpful to think of a short tag line that describes your business, describing your business/ product in four or five words. This is known as a

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strapline. The best straplines are short, simple and “on-brand”. A strap line should summarise what your company stands for or does in just a few words. It doesn’t have to be overly descriptive, but it needs to communicate what you are about. • Attitude: Remember that how you interact with and respond to clients and potential clients also forms part of your brand. You may have a great logo and positive strapline that describes who you are, but if your attitude isn’t great, your business won’t be either.

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Overseas and In Touch Don’t Get Stranded Without Connectivity Abroad Text: Craig Lowe, Founder of execMobile Images © iStockphoto.com

When planning to take overseas trips for either business or pleasure, most people will undoubtedly be too focused on issues like the weak Rand and navigating busy airports to give much thought to their mobile connectivity. Chances are, however, that once they have finally made it to their destination, staying connected online – and particularly while on the go – will become a major concern. Who can fathom a trip abroad without social media, not to mention Uber?

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Moreover, given today’s high-pressure work environment, many leisure travellers will still need to stay connected with work. So while the kids insist on constant access to Facebook and Instagram for real-time sharing capabilities, many parents will be answering work emails and checking in with colleagues or bosses (well, between updating their Facebook status and posting foodie pictures on Instagram). Yet despite this growing need for – and insistence on – mobile connectivity, most South African travellers continue to use “traditional” and expensive means to stay connected when abroad. For example, many people still turn to prepaid SIM cards for smartphones – in the (mistaken) belief that this is the savviest way to stay connected overseas. But given how many key functions, such as Internet banking, are tied to one’s local SIM card, this presents a security risk on many levels. If travellers don’t have access to their normal mobile numbers when abroad, it leaves them exposed to possible identity theft and fraud. It must be noted, however, that using prepaid SIM cards for use in tablets does make sense, as travellers can use the data for email and voice services (Skype, Viber, FaceTime, etc.), while still being securely connected to their local services with their regular SIM cards in their smartphones.

So What About Hotel Wi-Fi? While we’re busy busting some myths around mobile connectivity, we also need to tackle one of the biggest: hotel Wi-Fi. Almost without fail, most overseas travellers soon discover that hotel Wi-Fi is a poor option. As the 2013 iPass Mobile Workforce Report revealed, over 80 % of respondents reported having had a bad experience with hotel Wi-Fi, even though most hotel guests now consider Wi-Fi a basic need and expect hotels to provide “adequate service”. So for travellers who need to remain connected for business purposes (not to mention the need to stay connected with family and friends back home) this can be hugely problematic. Indeed, as the same report highlighted,

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“vacation time is connected time”. The iPass report found that workers aren’t disconnecting when they go on vacation: The majority (91 %) stay connected wherever they go just so they won’t fall behind while they’re away. And more than half “continue regular daily project work while they’re on vacation, and log in several times a day to work”.

Staying Connected on the Move Looking beyond security and reliability factors, the other major failing of hotel or public Wi-Fi is that it’s obviously not mobile. And what is a trip nowadays if one does not have constant access to “essential” apps such as Uber, Google Maps and FaceTime? The good news for today’s savvy traveller is that there are now an increasing number of secure (and affordable) options beyond the usual prepaid SIM cards and public Wi-Fi. PocketWifi, for example, enables travellers to enjoy the benefits of both mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity. And given the bloated costs of international roaming, it also presents a cost effective way of staying connected – both socially and professionally – when overseas. So while the weak Rand and usual pains of air travel might be out of everyone’s control, today’s traveller can at least remove one headache and find consolation on social media when dealing with the inevitable flight delays and travel hiccups.

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Sunshine Shots Golfing in KZN Text: Julie Graham Images Š Supplied

The lush landscapes and magnificent natural beauty of KwaZuluNatal lends itself to golf, with some of the best championship golf courses in the country, not to mention a fair number of happy golfers who get to play them.

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Durban Country Club Durban The cosmopolitan city of Durban is a naturally sun-kissed paradise renowned for its stunning coastline and subtropical climate. It is also home to one of the most iconic golf courses in the province, namely the historic Durban Country Club (DCC), which has been rated as one of the top courses in the province for over a century and one of the top 100 golf courses in the world. The DCC is located 1 km north of the Golden Mile beachfront and has incredible views of the ocean, lush green landscape, and the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium. Established in 1922, the club boasts an extremely proud history, and is renowned for its classic Cape Dutch gabled clubhouse, which has been the venue of choice for many important celebrations. The course itself has also played host to no less than 17 SA Open Championships. It is considered to be one of the most unique and challenging in the world, and the course’s signature 3rd hole is rated to be the very best in the world. The 468 m, par 5 requires players to hit their tee shot from the highest point on the course into the vast valley below, thereby exposing their drive to the gusty winds off the Indian Ocean. Definitely geared for the more experienced golfer, this challenging course will most certainly be enjoyed, but never mastered. Tees and greens are guarded by large bunkers and

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an array of tropical flora and tall trees, while strong onshore winds blow consistently through the valley. It is, however, a must for golf enthusiasts visiting Durban!

North Coast The KwaZulu-Natal North Coast region is a golfing holiday dream. For those wanting to combine the beauty of nature with unspoiled beaches and wildlife, this is the perfect destination. The Prince’s Grant golf course is among the finest on the North Coast, and is ranked among the best in South Africa. The coastal scenery, large, artfully designed greens, hazards and bunkers, as well as the impressive fairways create a completely unique and challenging experience for golfers of all abilities. The course, designed by Peter Matkovich, is a links/parkland layout and is laid out over four ridgelines overlooking the Indian Ocean. The course is also part of a magnificent residential estate which includes a four-star lodge, and was voted Top Golf Development in South Africa by the World Property Awards in 2011. It has proudly been named a site of ecological importance by KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife because of its impressive replanting program of indigenous tree species, transforming a sugar cane monoculture back into a coastal forest ecosystem. The course has played host to Sunshine Tour events, as


Zululand A drive further up north to Zululand offers golfers a spectacular opportunity to see some of South Africa’s big game animals in their natural environment. This, coupled with rich cultural history, immaculate golf courses and locally brewed Zulu Blonde beer make it a must for golfers travelling to KZN. The golf course at Eshowe Hills Country Club, opened in 1907, is one of the oldest clubs in South Africa that is still active on its original site. The course boasts five water features and an incredible boardwalk, which takes golfers and golf carts from tee to green on the 8th hole to a height of 5 m through a spectacular forest canopy.

South Coast The coastline in this region offers golden swimming beaches, holiday resorts, and a series of top golf courses, including the groomed impala-studded fairways of San Lameer Country Club. San Lameer is a nature-lover’s paradise and a conservation haven, with over 190 different bird species, plentiful wildlife, and beautiful indigenous flora. The 18 memorable holes on this course are a dream to play, weaving through open glades, wetlands and forests with the Indian Ocean, once again, as a magnificent backdrop. Designed by Peter Matkovich and Dale Hayes, it is sculpted around some of the last remaining wetland forests on the South Coast, and specifically designed to avoid areas of sensitive vegetation. The course has just been upgraded and the response has been overwhelmingly

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positive. It is now, undoubtedly, a top quality sporting venue in South Africa. “The course is progressing very nicely and looking good. The levels are great and the grass has tightened up and is thriving. The greens have matured, and the course has progressed far beyond what we even hoped for,” remarks Matkovich. Enjoy a round of golf on the challenging 18-hole championship course or opt for a more relaxed nine holes on the Pitch and Putt course – there is something for everyone!

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Travel inland and you will be blessed with the majestic Drakensberg Mountain range, as well as some of the most beautiful courses in the country. The championship course at Champagne Sports Resort – rated as South Africa’s most beautiful golf course – is the top-rated course in the Berg, and offers players spectacular views of the mountains, as well as an exceptional, world class playing field. The greens are of the highest quality made with L93 bent-grass, which is great for the region, as they remain green during the harsh, dry winters. The course is challenging and badly misdirected shots are inevitably going to be punished – particularly in the wetlands and at the water holes – but the fairways are wide and bordered by light rough. This oasis in the beautiful Drakensberg also offers a top class resort with an array of facilities making it extremely popular among golfing enthusiasts, nature lovers and families alike.

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What a Way to Go Poke the Box

By Julia Forster

By Seth Godin When was the last time you did something for the first time? Starting a new project is one of the most daunting experiences any person can go through. But if you’re stuck at the starting line, you don’t need more time or permission, you just need to poke. Poke the Box is a call to action about the initiative you’re taking in your job or in your life. Godin will help you contribute more, risk more, and face the possibility of failure without dread. Poke the Box just may be the kick in the pants you need to shake up your life.

Harper Richardson’s parents are divorced. Her mum got custody of her, the Mini, and 500 tins of baked beans. Her dad got a mouldering cottage in a Midlands backwater village and default membership of the Lone Rangers single parents’ club. Harper got questionable dress sense, a zest for life, two gerbils, and her Chambers dictionary, as well as the responsibility of fixing her parents’ broken hearts. Set against a backdrop of high hairdos and higher interest rates, pop music and puberty, divorce and death, What a Way to Go is a warm, wise and witty tale of one girl tackling the business of growing up while those around her try not to fall apart.

Lunch With the FT By Lionel Barber From film stars to politicians, tycoons to writers, dissidents to lifestyle gurus, Lunch With the FT is a selection of classic interviews conducted in the unforgiving proximity of a restaurant table. Meet the rich and famous, the weird and the brilliant, the brave and the virtuous, brought to you by the Financial Times’s global network of columnists and correspondents.This book brings you right to the table to decide what you think of Angela Merkel or Martin Amis, George Soros, Angelina Jolie or Jimmy Carter. Meet oligarchs and royals, the tycoon who will pay African presidents to quit, and one of the Arab world’s most notorious sons. 

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Fancy adjusting the lighting in your home with the touch of an app button? How about playing music through a light bulb so you have tunes in every corner of your house? With the smart light bulb range available on www.hi-online.co.za, smart living is a click away. The Playbulb Colour Smart Light Bulb (R1,649) is a 2-in-1 smart colour LED light bulb and wireless Bluetooth speaker – simply use the free Playbulb X app on your smartphone to control the light and play music, whichever room you are in. Now, with the touch of a button or a flick of the wrist, you can change the colour of your lighting to suit your mood, and even set your lights on a timer to lull you to sleep with soft lighting and ambient sound, or wake you up with your favourite music.

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Enjoy a delicious meal accompanied by a glass of Chamonix wine, whilst overlooking the private picturesque surroundings of Racine restaurant situated right on the foot of the Franschhoek Mountains. Aptly named after the French word for root, Reuben Riffel returns to Chamonix where he started his culinary career to create simple sophisticated bistro style cuisine of international standards. The Miso Braised Beef Cheek is fast becoming a signature dish of the establishment, and for those who prefer less complicated meals you can rest assured to know that each and every one of the seventeen dishes on the menu permeates with natural flavours and melt in your mouth texture. In addition to exquisite gastronomy you can take advantage of the fantastic deli section in which you can purchase a wide range of quality condiments and preserves.

Racine Restaurant – Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek • Western Cape • South Africa T: +27 21 876 2393 • E: racine1665@gmail.com


Meet the Crew Text & Image © Supplied

Have you ever wondered who is flying the plane when you travel on SA Express? Or wanted to know more about what a job as a cabin crew member is like? Well, now’s your chance! Every month we will introduce a few members of our SA Express family, because by getting to know them, you become part of the SA Express family too. Pier Hemy Senior Cabin Crew Member Length of Service: SAA for 20 years and SA Express for 18 years in August. What is your favourite part of your job? The flexibility of my working hours. Sometimes you have a ten hour day, other times you are done by 09h30. The only problem is that you end up in traffic on the way home – traffic consisting of people who are only just going to work. I also like working with different colleagues and different passengers. What do you find most challenging about your job? Getting up at 03h00, especially in winter. Sometimes we also have deal with unhappy passengers due to issues with seat reservations or special meals or families not being able to sit together. The best way to handle this is just to listen and then try to come up with a possible solution. That way there is usually a “happy ending” to the incident. What would people find surprising about your job? The training we undergo on a regular basis including live firefighting, first aid, evacuation drills, and the handling of dangerous goods – all of the things that passengers don’t really think about

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until something goes wrong. Fortunately this happens once in a blue moon, but we still need to be prepared for any eventuality. Have you ever had any funny incidents or encounters onboard? The funniest incidents could never be published. Many times, though, I have been told I should write a book. But I think if I did, I would be fired. Or sued. Or both. Not quite sure in which order! One morning during the breakfast service in my SAA days, an elderly gentleman, who introduced himself to us as “Oupa Smit”, told us that he had left his dentures on his dinner tray. It was a nightmare as we to go through 300-odd dirty dinner trays looking them. Luckily we found them and returned them to Oupa Smit. Ten minutes later another elderly gent came with the same story but we had only found one pair. While clearing the cabin, Oupa Smit gave me a bag of sweet papers and general rubbish he had accumulated during the night. Right on top were his dentures – he was wearing the other gent’s teeth! It took quite a while to convince him that he was wearing the wrong ones as he was adamant that they fitted perfectly. To get them out of his mouth and have him fit his own teeth was (literally) like extracting teeth. When he eventually took them out to try his own ones, the second gent grabbed them, and I have never seen anybody put false teeth into his mouth so fast – scrambled egg and all!


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Get the best view of the Garden Route. Incredible and breathtaking views make any trip to George memorable. So whether you go for a round of golf, business or a holiday with the family, choose SA Express to get you there.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

SA Express’ aircraft are made by Bombardier Aerospace

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

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

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

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Special services Special Meals Passengers with special dietary requirements are provided for through the following special meals: kosher, halal, Muslim, Hindu, low-fat and vegetarian meals. Orders for special meals should be placed at the time of making flight reservations. The airline requires a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to departure in order to assist with confirmation of requests. Only available on selected flights. Passengers requiring special attention Requirements for unaccompanied minors (passengers under the age of 12 years) or passengers requiring wheelchairs should be stated at the time of making the reservation. Owing to the size of the cabins on our aircraft types, the airline is not in a position to carry stretcher passengers or incubators. Cabin baggage SA Express will accept one piece of cabin baggage not exceeding a total dimension of 115cm and 7kg in weight. For safety reasons, cabin baggage must fit into approved stowage spaces: either the overhead luggage bin or under the seat. Owing to limited storage space in the aircraft cabin, cabin baggage may be placed in the

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Kimberley Lubumbashi Lusaka Harare Port Elizabeth Richards Bay Walvis Bay Windhoek

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Flight schedule Johannesburg - Pilanesberg Flt No SA 1131

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

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

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Arr 14:15

George - Johannesburg

Johannesburg - Hoedspruit Flt No SA 1225 SA 1227

pilanesberg - Johannesburg

Arr 08:05 08:55

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

No 1201 1201 1203 1207 1213

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

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

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Johannesburg - walvis bay Flt sa SA sa

No 1703 1701 1705

Dep 07:20 11:55 13:30

Arr 09:45 14:10 15:55

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Johannesburg - windhoek Flt No SA 1731 SA 1731

Dep 05:55 06:10

Arr 07:10 07:25

A/C CR2 CR2

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

No 1761 1763 1765 1767 1775 1775 1783 1779

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

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

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Johannesburg - Lubumbashi Flt No SA 1797 sa 1795

Dep 09:20 13:10

Arr 11:45 15:55

A/C CR7 cr2

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CAPE TOWN - bloemfontein Flt SA SA sa SA SA SA

No 1081 1083 1087 1087 1091 1091

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

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

A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 DH4 DH4 CR2

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

No 1361 1363 1363 1371 1371 1371 1373 1375

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

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

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 dh4 cr2 CR2 cr2 CR2

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Cape Town - Pilanesberg Flt No SA 1255

Dep 11:30

Arr 13:40

A/C CR2

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Richards bay - Johannesburg Flt sa SA SA SA SA

No 1202 1202 1204 1208 1214

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

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

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walvis bay - Johannesburg Flt SA sa sa

No 1704 1702 1706

Dep 10:15 14:45 16:30

Arr 12:30 16:55 18:45

A/C CR2 cr8 cr2

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windhoek - Johannesburg Flt SA

No 1732

Dep 08:15

Arr 11:15

A/C CR2

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

No 1762 1762 1764 1766 1768 1768 1776 1776 1784 1780

Dep 08:30 08:45 09:20 11:25 13:10 13:10 14:55 16:05 17:20 19:45

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

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Lubumbashi - Johannesburg Flt SA sa sa

No 1798 1798 1796

Dep 12:30 12:50 16:30

Arr 15:00 15:20 19:15

A/C CR8 cr8 cr2

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bloemfontein - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA

No 1082 1084 1088 1088 1092 1092

Dep 08:15 10:30 14:15 15:30 19:00 19:25

Arr 10:00 12:15 16:00 17:15 20:45 21:25

A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 DH4 CR2 CR2

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

No 1362 1364 1364 1372 1372 1372 1374 1376

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

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

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 dh4 cr2 CR2 CR2 CR2

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Pilanesberg - cape town Flt SA

No 1254

Dep 14:10

Arr 16:30

A/C CR2

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

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

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

Dep 09:10 10:10

Arr 12:30 12:50

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

No 1801 1807 1807 1813 1813 1813 1819 1821 1821 1823

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

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

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

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Cape Town - Walvis Bay Flt No SA 1721

Dep 11:15

Arr 13:25

A/C CR2

durban - East London Flt SA SA SA

No 1301 1305 1309

Dep 06:00 12:00 16:50

Arr 07:05 13:05 17:55

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2

durban - Port Elizabeth Flt SA SA SA SA SA

No 1330 1334 1336 1340 1348

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

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

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2

durban - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA

No 1850 1854 1854 1858

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

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

durban - lusaka Flt No SA 1601

Dep 10:10

Arr 12:45

durban - Harare Flt No SA 1603 SA 1611

Dep 09:10 10:20

Arr 11:35 12:45

Hoedspruit - Cape Town Flt sa SA

No 1242 1242

Dep 13:10 13:20

A/C dh4 CR2

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

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

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

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

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

Flt SA

No 1722

Dep 14:00

Arr 16:00

No 1302 1306 1310

Dep 07:35 13:35 18:25

Arr 08:35 14:35 19:25

No 1331 1335 1337 1341 1349

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

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

No 1851 1855 1855 1859

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

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

lusaka - durban Flt SA

No 1604

Dep 13:40

Arr 16:30

Harare - durban Flt SA SA

No 1612 1604

Dep 13:25 15:15

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

Arr 15:50 17:40

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CAPE TOWN - DURBAN Flt SA SA SA SA

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walvis Bay - Cape Town

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

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Arr 16:20 15:55


Passenger Letters Good day I would like to compliment the staff onboard a recent SA Express flight from Bloemfontein to Cape Town. I fly a lot and come from a hospitality background, but Pierre Hemy and Li Marie Deysel absolutely stunned me as well as my the fellow passengers on this flight. They were outstanding; attending to everybody’s needs before we even realised what we needed. They made the flight enjoyable and I can only hope that you hold onto these two superstars. Great work and keep it up team. Regards Rayden Congratulations to Rayden, who wrote our winning letter this month, and walks away with an American Tourister Lightway 55 cm spinner worth R1,999.

To whom it may concern I was recently booked on a flight from Walvis Bay to Johannesburg, and then on to Nairobi later that night. My driver totally misjudged the pick-up times though and, as a result, it seemed like it would be unlikely that I would make the flight. I phoned SA Express at Walvis Bay Airport and was assisted by Michelle. I explained my situation and told her that I would still come to the airport and if the flight had already left, I would then rebook for the next day. Michelle did everything she could and made it possible for me to get on the flight. I was even happy to pay the rebooking fees as she had to cancel my flight in order to avoid a “no show” and loss of the ticket. I would like to thank Michelle for going out of her way to assist me and for making the impossible possible. Kind regards Anja Kreiner

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

The writer of the winning letter in the March edition of Indwe will receive an American Tourister Lock ‘n’ Roll 69 cm spinner valued at R2,899. Curved lines paired with sporty colour accents give the Lock ‘n’ Roll case a dynamic appearance. Its design will stand out anywhere and won the Red Dot Product Design Award 2015. Produced in Europe, the Lock ‘n’ Roll collection is made out of 100 % polypropylene which creates the perfect synergy of strength and lightness, with the Spinner 75 cm weighing only 4.6 kg. The cubic shape provides more packing space than you could ever wish for. The three-point TSA approved locking system keeps your belongings safe and secure against theft, while the case promises improved protection against water and dust. The Lock ‘n’ Roll is available in seven eye catching colours from leading luggage stores nationwide. For a stockist near you, call +27 31 266 0620.

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