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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Welcome aboard your SA Express flight, and thank you for once again choosing us as your carrier of choice. Happy New Year and greetings as we begin 2016! I hope that you have all enjoyed a restful break and had a memorable festive period with your loved ones. The start of any year brings with it new beginnings and a renewed sense of spirit, and 2016 already feels like a year brimming with opportunities and exciting possibilities. 2015 was a year of many victories for us at SA Express, and in the coming year we plan to build on those accomplishments in order to propel us well into the future. Some of the highlights of 2015 included exceptional business growth, as well as expanding our route network, thereby helping to make air travel accessible to as many South Africans as possible. While in the thick of things, we also managed to find time to embark on projects that benefited underprivileged children and communities. Thank you for the part that you played in an excellent year for this airline. Looking ahead, 2016 looks set to be a challenging year for South Africa. The economic climate remains tough, but I am confident that we will beat the testing trading conditions by continuing to improve, expand and innovate. More importantly, however, we recognise that the key to our success is you, our customers.
Therefore, I would like to reaffirm that our commitment to your satisfaction on board our flights is a consistent priority for our airline, as without your patronage, we would not be in a position to dream of the possibilities that await us in 2016, or have accomplished all that we did in 2015. A New Year also means New Year’s resolutions, and at SA Express we have resolved to put a number of important issues under the spotlight in 2016. Our focus areas this year include improving our on-time performance, as well as our customer service. I assure you that this year SA Express will strive to ensure that our service is prompt, our staff friendly, courteous and professional, our food and drink on board accessible and inviting, that booking a flight is an easy and seamless process, and most importantly, that our aircraft are reliable. We will also be putting specific measures in place to increase our knowledge and understanding of stakeholder issues. We know that strong relationships and open communication will allow us to continually improve the way we fulfil our functions. Lastly, I would like to thank you for your continued support, and we hope to see you again soon. Fondest regards, Inati Ntshanga
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A Pot of Gold at the End of the Holiday Rainbow Gold Reef City, Johannesburg Everyone’s favourite Joburg leisure destination, Gold Reef City, has recently been relaunched following a multi-million rand refurbishment by Tsogo Sun. Among the additions to the property are several new and upgraded restaurants, including the stylish Back o’ the Moon, which has undergone a total revamp and offers accessible upmarket dining. The property now also offers a Vigour & Verve restaurant, Spur Steak Ranch, Boston BBQ, Calisto’s Portuguese Restaurant, The Raj Indian Restaurant, Vida e Café and Col’Cacchio Pizzeria. Young Gold Reef City fans have not been forgotten, with the addition of a Magic Company 12-lane bowling alley, as well as Tsogo Sun’s movie franchise, Movies@Gold Reef City, featuring a cinema complex of six theatres themed as a Victorian train station. // www.tsogosun.com
Fiery Hits 14th January to 6th March Bonfire Hearts, Barnyard Theatre, Pretoria Bonfire Hearts is a tribute to acoustic, unplugged and Celtic rock, featuring musical moments from all decades, with songs that will appeal to all ages. The talented ten-piece cast of musicians and singers will entertain audiences with a collection of instantly recognisable and loved songs, starting with evergreens from groups in the sixties and seventies, such as The Eagles, John Denver, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Diamond, Cat Stevens and Johnny Cash. You can then sing along to modern day acoustic legends such as Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and James Blunt, as well as to all out rockers, like ZZ Top. The show also introduces lesser known instruments such as the banjo, the mandolin and the fiddle, as well as piano, acoustic and electric guitars. Some of the instrumental highlights include audience favourites “Duelling Banjos” and “The Lord of the Dance”.
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Franschhoek Summer Wines, Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards Get ready for elegance, all things white, and amazing wines at this year’s Franschhoek Summer Wines. Come and taste the Franschhoek Vigneron’s choice for summer, including white, rosé and red wines,as well as Méthode Cap Classiques.The winemakers have carefully selected their favourites and invite you to join them in sampling these superb wines. Enjoy delicious food from the rotisserie kitchen as you relax on the veranda, or on the sprawling lawn with views of the valley, while listening to the sounds of local performers. Festival goers are asked to dress elegantly in white.
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Philanthropic Polo Laureus Polo Cup, Val de Vie Estate, Paarl Defining the Narrative, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town Gallery MOMO Cape Town will be presenting a fresh range of paintings this summer in an attempt to redefine this fascinating medium in the 21st Century. Defining the Narrative intends to examine the scope and extent of paint through the gaze of emerging South African painters and mixedmedia artists. These include Alexandra Karakashian, Swain Hoogervorst, Gina Heyer, Ziyanda Majozi and Neo Matloga. In the age of technological advancements, paint continues to hold its own. It is a medium that carries an extensive history, and yet is open to manipulation and reconstruction today. In juxtaposition to this will be paintings by established painters represented by Gallery MOMO, including Florine Demosthene, Robert Pruitt, Blessing Ngobeni, Jonathan Hindson, and Kimathi Donkor. This will allow viewers to appreciate the contrasting perspectives of painters from different generations. For more information, contact email@example.com.
The Laureus Polo Cup fundraiser promises an entertaining afternoon complete with a relaxed gourmet lunch. Mingle with some of South Africa’s top sporting celebrities, while enjoying the excitement of a polo match at Val de Vie Estate in the beautiful Paarl-Franschhoek Valley. Guests can look forward to a relaxed and sophisticated day out while contributing to a greater cause. The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation funds and promotes sport as a tool for social change worldwide, enabling young people to benefit from sporting activity. Laureus has seen first-hand the positive effect that sport has in tackling some of the world’s most challenging social issues, from mental health, HIV/Aids, and substance abuse to crime, social exclusion, and violence. All proceeds from the event will go towards the foundation. // www.opulentliving.co.za
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Up the Creek, Swellendam One of the country’s most loved music festivals, Up the Creek, returns in 2016 with all of the summer fun, watery locations, colour and cocktails that it has become famous for. And not to forget the bands, of which there is a stellar line-up this year. They include: Shortstraw, Bye Beneco, The Ballistics, Grassy Spark, Al Bairre, The December Streets, Bandolero, John Savage and Slow Jack. Full weekend tickets (which will be limited to 2,700 people this year) will cost R900, and are available from http://utc.nutickets.co.za/UTC2016.
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Darling Music Experience, Peron Theatre, Darling The 11th annual Darling Music Experience’s 2016 festival will once again be enriched by an opera alla breve production when acclaimed young opera students will perform in an abridged version of Mozart’s classic opera, Der Entfuehrung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio). Directed by Francesco Nassimbeni, the 80 minute production features witty and street-smart dialogue interspersed with some of the most famous opera arias, sung by UCT students. This sparkling comedy, reshaped for contemporary South Africa, tells of a pair of girls abducted by a slimy pimp and his thugs who must be rescued. It is a story of mistaken identities, dancing girls and undercover agents, and is an exciting example of modern musical theatre. // www.darlingmusic.org
6th – 7th Dare to Bare The Hollard Daredevil Run, Cape Town, Durban, George and Nelspruit The 2016 Hollard Daredevil Run takes place every year to raise awareness of the types of cancers that are most prevalent in men. The 2016 run is expected to attract thousands of men, who will take to the streets wearing nothing but their purple Daredevil Speedos and an immense sense of pride. Men of all ages, shapes and sizes are invited to sign up and join the simultaneous runs in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, George and Nelspruit. Participants who are 40 years and older can also get their free Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening test when they sign up and collect their run packs, and it’s as simple as a tiny prick to the finger.
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For Business or Pleasure The Park Inn Hotel Sandton invites guests to enjoy a supreme setting, which offers access to both business and leisure attractions. The proximity to attractions such as the Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton City Shopping Centre, Nelson Mandela Square, and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) provides a convenient location for travellers to Johannesburg. The hotel offers 273 rooms, all stylishly decorated and boasting 24-hour room service and free highspeed wireless Internet as well as a complimentary scheduled shuttle service to the Gautrain station. The lodgings consist of luxurious Standard Rooms, Superior Business-friendly Rooms and Junior Suites. Whatever the choice, guests are guaranteed relaxation and convenience when opting to stay at the Park Inn Hotel Sandton.
Refined Living at Romansbaai A two hour drive from Cape Town and a mere 30 minutes from Hermanus, surrounded by the beauty of nature, is Romansbaai Beach & Fynbos Estate, an estate that offers residents true luxury in every way. Being an eco-friendly estate, the developers of Romansbaai Beach & Fynbos Estate have done everything in their power to build top-notch homes without compromising nature in any way. Surrounded by the splendour of abundant fynbos, the north facing estate slopes down towards an exclusive beach, ensuring that every owner hasÂ an ocean view. Residents can build their choice of architecturally designed homes â€“ the plots are all sizeable, ensuring plenty of space and privacy. Then you can sit on your patio with a drink in hand and watch the whales play in the ocean just a few metres away. Life in this estate is all about fresh air, sandy patios, and quiet time. // www.romansbaai.com
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Going to the Dogs Cape Town has recently become home to the first-ever five-star dog hotel. CEO, Frits Smit (aka Dogald Trump), and his human, Yanic Clue, opened the atFrits Dog Hotel & Daycare Centre in December last year. Hotel facilities include round-the-clock care, a salon and spa, a retail store, gourmet meals from an à la carte menu, DStv, webcams allowing owners to monitor their pets’ stay 24/7, a snack bar and a vet to keep your pooch’s nose wet and his tail wagging until you return. Whether it’s a socialising session, going for their daily 45-minute walk in nearby local dog parks, taking a nap in one of the luxurious private suites, or simply getting a “pawdicure” at the doggie spa – atFrits is a one-stop shop for your dog. // www.maxapartments.co.za
Mint & Rose is a luxury lifestyle brand that brings the essence of the beach and European summer style to the city. Best known for their espadrilles for both men and women, the collections also include sandals, handbags and beach towels. Using traditional techniques that preserve the authenticity of their heritage, the collections are made using the finest materials, which are handcrafted and hand-sewn, resulting in a line of effortlessly chic accessories that will take you from Paris to Portofino or Madrid to Mykonos. Made in Spain, the espadrilles are made from 100 % naturally hand dyed cotton canvas, some with contrasting leather toecaps. Supple leather defines the Portofino shoe, as Spanish lamb Napa leather complements the personalised cowhide heel. The softness of the material moulds to the contours of your feet as comfort seamlessly meets style. A collection of elegant and wearable bags complement the shoes each season.
Bites Harvest Time The marula harvest lasts for two to three months at most, beginning in January and sometimes extending into March. That’s when the SubSaharan plains are suffused with the heady fragrance of ripening wild marulas. Sweet and exotic, a seductive scent surfaces as the fruit turn a golden yellow. Close to Phalaborwa in Limpopo, the marulas are gathered by rural women from 25 communities and brought to various collection points. The harvesters are paid per kilo for what they pick, earning a valuable source of income for themselves and their families. Only those marulas that are fully ripened and free of blemishes are used by Amarula’s production team. The fruit is destoned and pulped, and then fermented on the skins and made into marula wine. The wine is double distilled into a marula spirit and spends two years in small French oak casks. Fresh dairy cream gives the finishing touch to Amarula Cream.
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Coasting Along Babylonstoren Estate is an oasis of natural beauty in the heart of the Cape Winelands, just outside of Franschhoek. With the Drakenstein Valley as a dramatic backdrop, the farm’s lush vineyards and orchards, as well as its iconic garden, feels like an Eden-like haven. The garden spans eight acres and has over 300 varieties of edible plants, fruit and vegetables, all of which are harvested on site and used in the estate’s restaurants to create fresh, mouth-watering dishes. Guests can experience the farm in all its splendour by spending a few nights in their five-star, farm-style accommodation while enjoying access to all the facilities, including the spa and gym. Wine-lovers can enjoy the Babylonstoren range of delicious wines to complement not only the food, but also the incredible natural beauty that abounds in this rustic paradise.
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Port Elizabeth’s The Boardwalk has recently unveiled Coast, a fresh and contemporary restaurant featuring a sumptuous menu of seafood and fish dishes. The new restaurant boasts a welcoming interior, with hues of blue contrasted with earthy tones to create a decidedly ocean-side feel. Though specialising in fresh, locally sourced and sustainable seafood and fish, Coast will also offer a selection of grill items for those who enjoy the meaty side of life, all of which can be paired with a large selection of carefully selected wines. To celebrate the opening of the restaurant, the culinary team has put together some enticing specials, including a mouthwatering seafood platter for two with two complimentary glasses of Moët & Chandon champagne for R345. The specialty platter is laden with smoked and cured salmon, fresh tuna, shucked oysters, and smoked trout. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/boardwalk.elizabeth.
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Africa casts a unique spell over many of us, and photographer Klaus Tiedge has made it his life’s work to capture as much of this continent’s magic as possible.
Opening Pages: Brotherhood 6, north east of the Masai Mara. Third Page Top: Spirit of Discovery, Masai Mara. Third Page Bottom: Ngupa, Himba in far northern Namibia. Fourth Page: Innocent Pride in the heart of Kenya. Fifth Page Top: Matriach 3, the parade along the Etosha Pan. Fifth Page Bottom: Portraying the Khoi San in their village in Namibia.
For more iconic African photos, look out for Klaus Tiedgeâ€™s book Pride of Africa or visit www.klaustiedge.com.
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optimal conditions that the region is renowned for. Although this industry has given him the opportunity to work in an incredible variety of locations, Klaus felt the urge to follow the type of photography that fulfils him. Thus, since 2008, Klaus has spent much of his time travelling in Southern and Eastern Africa, capturing the beauty and diversity of African wildlife. He enjoys the time he spends in the bush and in rural areas with local people, and then returning home with incredible photographs of Africa’s most precious creatures and fascinating people. “My curiosity for Africa hasn’t abated as I find myself travelling more than ever. Whether portraying her people, animals or landscapes, I find that Africa is good for my soul. It is rich, genuine and satisfying.”
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Born in Germany, Klaus Tiedge has been a prominent figure in the field of commercial photography for more than 20 years, having worked in numerous countries, including India, Japan, Brazil and the USA. “I have always been driven by curiosity and the desire to travel the world. My fascination is underpinned with questions such as: ‘What is life like for others and how do other people live on our planet; how diverse is nature and what else is out there?’ Pursuing answers to these questions has led me on numerous photo trips around the world where the lens becomes my eyes and I literally devour my experiences and document them forever,” says Klaus. In 2001, Klaus moved to South Africa and settled in Cape Town with his family to take full advantage of the thriving fashion and advertising industry, as well as the
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Summer is often synonymous with the picnic season, and what better way to spend a glorious summer’s day than with a picnic in the beautiful Cape Winelands.
Summer in the Western Cape means that on weekends, and even weekdays – for those who have the privilege – you may sit back, relax, and enjoy the sun in beautiful surroundings. ’Tis the season to sprawl out your chequered blanket and enjoy a picnic with a glass of wine in hand. This practice of al fresco dining dates back to the 17th century. However, almost 500 years later, it’s not quite the aristocratic affair it once was. It is now far more accessible, while offering a great deal of enjoyment for both adults and children alike. If you are based in Cape Town, or any of the Mother City’s surrounding areas, then taking a day trip to the Winelands is well worth the effort. With over 500 wine farms and estates to choose from, many of which offer prepacked picnics, Indwe has, however, made the selection easier with our picks for perfect picnics.
Uitkyk Wine Estate Uitkyk Wine Estate is situated on the south-western slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain with a lovely view of Table Mountain in the distance. This historic wine estate boasts an 18th century Georgian style Manor House (of which there are only three in the country) and offers picnics on its lawns. Sip on Uitkyk’s recently released wines, while enjoying an opulent picnic basket. The baskets include a French loaf, cheeses, patés, pesto’s, olives, a charcuterie selection, smoked salmon, fruit, a decadent chocolate brownie, and a wine of your choice. There are hidden corners, ancient trees and expansive lawns on which to enjoy this sumptuous fare. One of the added bonuses is that guests may enjoy a game of croquet in between lazing on their picnic blankets. Children are also catered for, with a wide-open grass area which is ideal for playing and exploring. Picnic blankets
Groote Post On the other side of the Cape Winelands, closer to the sea, the historic Groote Post farm in the Darling Hills boasts a rustic and rural atmosphere with undulating hills, vast
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Allée Bleue A walled grassy garden, gingham tablecloths, and views of lovely vineyards as well as the Drakenstein Mountains in the background all combine to make for the perfect picnic spot, situated within the breathtaking scenery of the Franschhoek Valley. At the charming Allée Bleue Estate, open patches of grass are especially reserved for picnic lovers with laid back, chequered cloth bedecked tables and delicious country fare. After a welcome glass of MCC you can tuck into your glorious gourmet picnic basket. Discover inside a feast of homemade farm bread served with jam, chutney, onion and aniseed marmalade, a variety of salads, soy and sesame cured beef stir-fry, as well as salted chicken served with coconut shavings and dried mango. And to top it all are artisanal cheeses with homemade mini milk tarts and farm picked fresh fruit for dessert. It’s quite a feast, but taking a walk to the farm’s famous herb gardens will relieve you of some of the calorific intake. If you pop into Allée Bleue for a picnic on a Sunday, you can expect live music at no added cost. There is also the luxury of a jungle gym, jumping castle and a trampoline to keep children amused for hours while you enjoy a leisurely lunch under the trees. Other than the standard picnic basket, they also offer a vegetarian picnic basket, as well as a kiddies picnic basket. Must try: Allée Bleue Chenin Blanc For more information, visit www.alleebleue.co.za.
open spaces, and warm country hospitality. Groote Post is a historic 18th Century farm on the Cape’s West Coast where winemaking traditions have been revived by the Pentz family. The cool climatic conditions of the Darling Hills yield superlative fruit, and Groote Post also offers spectacular views of the Atlantic coast and Table Mountain, nature walks, bird watching in the hide on the dam, and spectacular West Coast flowers in the springtime. The farm is only an hour’s drive from Cape Town, and if you visit on the last Sunday of the month (August to April), you can also enjoy the local Groote Post Country Market, where you can pick up one of Hilda’s picnic baskets. Each basket (which must be pre-booked atleast 48 hours in advance) serves two people and includes delectable treats such as Darling cured meats, local cheeses with Hilda’s relish, quiche of the day, mixed salad, crudités with Mediterraneanstyle dips, chocolate brownies with cream, and mineral water. Must Try: Groote Post Limited Release Pinot Noir Rosé (only available at the market) For more information, visit www.grootepost.co.za.
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and picnic tables are also provided, depending on how and where you choose to enjoy the day. Must Try: Uitkyk Shiraz For more information, visit www.uitkyk.co.za.
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In Search of Happiness An Emotional Make-Over for 2016 Text: Dr Liz Pretorius Images © iStockphoto.com
2016 is barely underway, yet most of us have probably already forgotten our New Year’s resolutions. There is no time like the present to kick-start those good intentions and rev up your life with a happiness make-over. It’s possible to achieve the happiness you’ve been searching for, and it starts with positive thinking. Before you think that this is another pretendto-be-positive-and-your-life-will-change article, let’s get real for a moment. Not everyone is as happy as they want to be, and there are no quick fixes for those of us who find it hard to be a regular ray of sunshine every day. That doesn’t mean that happiness is reserved for a lucky few, however, it simply means that some need to work a little harder to get their happiness on! • Don’t expect to find happiness somewhere in the future. We are inclined to think of happiness as something we will achieve one day. Happiness is the journey and not the destination. It is what you encounter on a daily basis in the small things around you – the joy of walking in the rain; smiling at someone and watching their smile grow in amazement that a stranger smiled at them; hiding your chocolate and devouring it on your own. These are the daily encounters with real happiness that we so often overlook. • Find the positive in it all. To think positively has become such a cliché that some people have stopped trying to do it altogether. Fact is, the more positivity we try to see in the experiences we have every day, the more we are able to see it. Give it a try for just one week, and see the difference. If positive thinking is the only bit of effort you need to put back in to get your happiness back, then it’s time for you to make the decision to turn
this day into one filled with hope and new possibilities. • Have a dream. It’s been said that a life lived in fear is a life half lived, but considering that some live their lives without a dream is just as sad. Everyone needs a dream to hold on to. It may be small or life changing but people need that something to look forward to. Whether it is to climb Kilimanjaro, to go hot air ballooning, or even buying a new pair of shoes, work towards achieving your dream and, once you have, find another. Don’t be afraid to give up on a dream if it is no longer a priority, as long as you replace it with another, more relevant dream. • Identify the stumbling blocks that limit your happiness and potential. We all have stumbling blocks that may keep us from experiencing happiness. These may be fear, anxiety, negative experiences in our past, feelings of guilt or resentment, and feeling that for some reason we do not deserve to be happy. Write your stumbling blocks down, examine them, understand them, and then let them go. Take the paper, tear it into tiny pieces or burn it. Let go of anything that is holding you back. If necessary, consult with a professional to assist you in addressing the issues. • Resolve to take responsibility only for what you have control over. You are not responsible for your teenagers’ failed relationships or your husband’s
reprimand at work. It is not your responsibility to fix everyone’s problems for them. Of course we want to save our loved ones from experiencing pain, but the best you can do is listen attentively, reassure them, and not interfere. Discuss the issues without judgment and give advice where it is asked, but always let them learn their own life lessons. • Your mind is the seat of your happiness. Your happiness does not depend on what your child, your partner, or your friends think of you. We all want to be accepted by other people and we all need encouragement and recognition, but we should decide whose opinion of us is important. Once you have decided on that, keep it in mind and understand that although their opinions count, they do not make you happy. What makes you happy is you, and what you think of your encounters with life. It is a simple fact of life that no new friend or partner will make you happy if you’re not happy in yourself. Take it in, understand it, and move on. • Learn to love yourself. Loving yourself is the greatest gift you can give yourself and your loved ones. Loving yourself
makes you realise you are worthy and deserve the best. • Set aside time to pamper yourself, doing what gives you joy. Go to a movie or arrange to have a facial. Arrange to go for a walk or a hike with friends (even if they are fourlegged), buy yourself a weekly bunch of fresh flowers, have quiet times, visit old age homes and sow some cheer (it will make you feel good about yourself). Develop a new hobby, replace the couch cushions, bring in some colour, or change the way you dress. • Do something different or exciting each week. This could be something small or big, something new like smiling at everyone on your way to work, ordering a new dish at a restaurant, wearing a new colour lipstick, acknowledging something your child or partner did, as well as the person at the supermarket check-out. Being happy is sometimes a case of getting happy and then staying happy more than anything else. Whatever your disposition towards life or your position in it, there will always be reasons for you to find happiness, and life itself should be your reason for staying that way. Never settle for less than your worth because, believe me, you’re worth more to someone in your life than you know.
Smug Pubs Joburg’s Best Drinking Holes Lesley Stones Images © Lesley Stones, Mariska Van den Brink & The Potato Shed
Johannesburg has a fickle attitude to socialising, with restaurants, cafes and clubs quickly slipping in and out of fashion. To stand the test of time, however, the good old pub – those timeless, welcoming places where you instantly feel at ease – should have enough character to outlive the whims of fashion, and enough atmosphere to attract some interesting human characters too. Whether you go for the company or to wind down with a quiet drink in the corner, we’ve scouted out a few gems for you.
Giles This is a great pub for after-work drinks and good food in a convivial atmosphere. In the early evenings, the socialising spills out onto the pavement in front, while sports fans hunker down in the bar to watch TV. The atmosphere fairly crackles when big sports events are on. It has quiz nights and wine tasting evenings too. Giles once had a reputation as a chat-up bar, although I’m too old to vouch for that now. Open from noon till at least 23h00, it is closed on Sundays except for the last Sunday of every month, when you can pre-book for a wine tasting evening. You can find it at 9 Grafton Avenue, Craighall Park.
Katy and James If you’re good at planning ahead, make a note to check out the unusual décor and fun atmosphere of Sir James van der Merwe and Katy’s Palace Bar, twin venues at 6 Desmond Street in Kramerville. Sir James is a classic, laid-back old bar with a billiards
room. It’s full of quirky décor that will keep you fascinated if you tire of pocketing balls and people-watching. It’s open every Wednesday from 16h00 to midnight. Katy’s boasts a funky mix of arts and artefacts from around the world, as well as great views of the Sandton skyline from its rooftop. It only opens on the first Sunday of the month from 10h00 to 18h00, with a vinyl record market and a live band too. In between, you can hire either venue for private functions.
The Potato Shed This bar may be the key that keeps people coming back to newly revitalised Newtown. It’s currently the hippest part of town after a R6 billion renovation that brought a hotel, gym, shops and offices to the area behind the Market Theatre. The Potato Shed was built in 1911, and is now a funky bar and restaurant. There are 16 craft beers and “keg cocktails”, which are ready mixed and poured from the barrel. Barrelaged cocktails have to be worth a try! The décor has a rustic, tradesman’s touch to suit the historic building with its high
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ceilings and massive doors that slide back to let the air in. The food has a market-life touch too, with lamb on the spit and potatoes presented in several tempting ways.
The Zebra Inn Also benefiting from the inner city revival, The Zebra Inn, with the run down area it once languished in now transformed by the vibrant Maboneng developments, is attracting a new generation to 252 Albertina Sisulu Road. The bar is upstairs, above a carpentry shop that the owner also runs. On the outside it’s painted in bold black and white zebra stripes, and inside the walls are hung with countless hunting trophies. It’s generally a low-key place with a traditional jukebox, but at weekends the pint of ale crowd is replaced by a wine and cocktail one, and the jukebox is silenced while a DJ takes over. It is open from noon every day.
Kitchener’s Bar Braamfontein is another back-in-fashion inner city area, full of northern suburbanites who feel smug and edgy by daring to go downtown. I’m among them, and Kitchener’s bar is one of the area’s liveliest destinations. It’s Joburg’s second oldest pub (after the Guildhall) and the old-
fashioned bar now reverberates with live music and even comedy on some evenings, making it a pub by day, party spot by night. I’d recommend going for the vibe and the drinks rather than the food, although bar meals are available. Kitcheners is an architectural gem inside and out, and on Saturdays its courtyard turns into a mini flea market. It’s easy to strike up a conversation with the barflies, some of whom look like they’ve been there since it opened sometime around 1898. It’s on the corner of Juta and De Beer Streets.
Brazen Head For live music, try the Brazen Head in Sandton. Fake Irish pubs aren’t my favourite, but this one is interesting, and offers a nice veranda and the unusual addition of a library. There’s entertainment about four nights a week, with the music ranging from solo artists to small bands performing jazz, blues and rock. The bar offers a choice of beers on tap, a variety of bottled beers, and the obligatory cocktails and shooters. A big plus is that you can dine while you watch the bands, with typical pub grub like pies, casseroles, curries and eisbein. It is located on the corner of Linden Street and Ann Crescent, Strathavon, Sandton.
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Soccer may be seen as a male-dominated world, but for Nomvano Mbathiso, getting the youth off the street to play the beautiful game was an initiative she is now turning into a business. Indwe spoke to her to find out more.
What is your background? I was born in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape. After finishing matric in 1994 and a computer course in 1998, I worked as a fish wholesaler and supermarket cashier before finding myself unemployed in 2013.
What inspired you to start the Ayatshisa Mateki (“Try Again”) Football Club? In our area, unemployment, especially among the youth, is increasing. There are so many children on the street without any formal education and young adults without any jobs. My husband and I felt a need to offer these young people a safe haven and a purpose in life to try and keep them from turning to drugs, alcohol, and crime.
Why did you choose the name? The name reflects my understanding that in soccer, as in life, there are both ups and downs and that one should never give up trying to succeed.
What was it like when you started? We wanted to do everything on our own and didn’t have much of a plan in place. When we decided to get involved in tournaments, we realised just how unfit our players were and we lost all the games. Since then we have come up with a structure and proper training programme, and we have been winning every game. And the higher up we move in the league, the better our chances of being paid for these games by the organisers.
How is it going right now? There are currently 52 active members and the club has four divisions, including a senior team and under-13,
under-15, and under-17 teams. Thanks to sponsorships we have basic equipment, and currently we are using the open space near the R300 in Mitchells Plain for practice and matches. We gather players from surrounding areas and have joined a local league association called the Mandalay league.
What impact has the academy had on the youth? Our coach, Ndiko Hardson Mavata, was previously affiliated with the Khayelitsha Football Association, and we can definitely see the improvement in our players since he started coaching the teams. We want to win this league, play in the Castle division, and then go on to play in the Vodacom National First Division (NFD), at which point our players will earn a salary.
What challenges have you faced over the years? We’ve struggled with the transportation of players, accessing training facilities, joining the league in terms of registration fees, and registering players to the South African Football Association. We won some tournaments and now have some cash, although my husband and I had to pay the rest out of our pockets. Being unemployed, it’s challenging, as I don’t have much money to put back into the club. So I know what it is like to have nothing and to struggle to survive.
How have you overcome these difficulties? At first, we never thought of charging the players, which created a massive problem for us in terms of funds. But we now have a plan in place that the University of
Stellenbosch Business School assisted us with. Players pay a membership fee as well as a monthly subscription fee to assist with the transport. Supporters also pay an entry fee to watch the games.
How did the intensive nine-month Small Business Academy course help you? The University of Stellenbosch Business School helped me a lot in terms of turning the soccer club into a business and also giving me the relevant skills to grow. Financial planning and budgeting were new to me. I didn’t even think about planning in advance and coming up with ideas on how to make money. Now I have the skills to plan, to project the required capital we need (and the ways in which to raise it), to understand the importance of marketing, and to see the opportunities available to us. More importantly, I have the confidence to know that I can run a successful business. They have made me think differently about the club.
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What are your goals for the future of the soccer club? Our goals are to reduce crime, alcohol, and drug abuse by keeping our youth busy in sport. We also want to create employment through soccer and play in the Premier Soccer League in five years.
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs? Don’t be afraid. Just do it and never give up.
The Small Business Academy (SBA) at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) aims to advance the sustainability of small businesses operating in townships by fuelling their growth and potential for job creation. Learn more at www.usb.ac.sa.
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This year, the culmination of one of the world’s most ambitious engineering projects will attempt to blast a vehicle across the Northern Cape’s Hakskeenpan. The aim is to set a new land speed record. If plans pan out, the “car” will travel faster than a bullet fired from a gun, covering a mile in just 3.6 seconds.
It’s set to be a big year for the Northern Cape. The country’s largest, most sparsely populated province is set to host a ground-breaking global event while bringing enormous focus to the region’s ambition of promoting itself as the destination for extreme endeavours. If all goes to plan, October will see the culmination of the UK’s Bloodhound supersonic car project unfolding in a far flung corner of the Northern Cape known as Hakskeenpan. This vast, flat salt pan, located in the wedge of South Africa between Namibia and Botswana, has been identified as the ideal location to attempt a breathtaking new land speed record – one that will, in just a few seconds, challenge all existing notions of what’s possible. The project, launched in October 2008, is an endeavour by scientists and engineers to create a vehicle that can travel 1,000 miles per hour – that’s 1,610 km/h. The idea is almost
unfathomable – imagine a car covering the length of four football fields in a single second. Creating a car that will move at such supersonic speeds has meant that the bodywork needs to be as tough as that of a submarine, such is the force and pressure that will be exerted on the vehicle and its driver, Wing Commander Andy Green, who drove Thrust SSC to achieve the current land speed record of 1,228 km/h. Another innovation has been the creation of wheels capable of withstanding the consequent force and torque at that speed. Standard car wheels, says project leader Richard Noble, would self-destruct under such force, so it’s taken three years to literally reinvent the wheel. Made from solid slabs of aerospace-grade aluminium and weighing almost 100 kg each, the Bloodhound’s wheels – the fastest wheels ever created – will spin over
166 times per second at top speed, meaning that the force at the wheel rim will be 50,000 times the force of gravity. Initially, it was thought that the Bloodhound test site would be Verneukpan, another vast, flat area in the Northern Cape where Malcolm Campbell made his famous land speed record attempt in 1929, only to discover the pan’s penchant for shredding tyres. When the Northern Cape Government commissioned a full survey of Verneukpan it was discovered that the shale bed underneath the playa surface was breaking up and would cause problems for the test. Some 440 km north, Hakskeenpan had initially been dismissed as an option because of a large dirt road running through it. But when the road became defunct due to the arrival of a new tarmac road, it was suddenly a very viable choice. At over 19 km
long, and 5 km wide, with a very hard, very flat surface, Hakskeenpan is in fact considered ideal. Some 300 people volunteered to clear the area of rocks, stones and debris to create the Bloodhound track, which is 18 km long and 1,500 m wide. All that remains to be seen is whether or not the Bloodhound supersonic car will be complete and ready in time for its initial 322 km/h runway tests at Newquay Airport. If all goes to plan, sonic booms are expected to be heard breaking in front of a large crowd gathered in the Northern Cape desert in October. The planned viewing areas are approximately 2 km from the “flying mile”, and will be on slightly raised ground. Global interest is expected to be enormous and tickets will be required to attend, so it’s worth keeping track of unfolding events at www.bloodhoundssc.com.
Witsand Nature Reserve (www.witsandkalahari.co.za) is a 2,500 ha island of white sands within a sea of copperred Kalahari sand. Also known as brulsand – or roaring sands – because of the eerie murmur made by the sand when disturbed, Witsand’s 10 km belt of white dunes stand mostly between 20 to 60 m tall, but can reach up to 100 m in height. The dunes are considered prime sandboarding territory, and dune boards can be rented at the entrance to the reserve with operators giving lessons to the uninitiated. Rooiduin Guest Farm (email@example.com) near the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park offers sand surfing on dunes rising between 50 and 80 m, which are suitable for beginners (it’s not uncool to lie down on your board, either). The guest farm is near Twee Rivieren and offers cosy accommodation.
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Footloose If you’d rather keep your feet on the ground, it’s worth knowing that the Northern Cape offers some of the toughest trail running events on the continent, including the utterly mad Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (www.kaem.co.za), a 250 km self-sufficient desert run that happens over seven days in six stages in October. Known as the “Big Daddy” of South African off-road races, the route traverses the Augrabies Falls National Park and traditionally also passes through farmlands and several private game reserves, including Dabaras, Khamkirri, and Thorntree. It’s a serious test of endurance and resilience, with daytime temperatures tipping 40 degrees, while after dark the mercury plummets below five degrees. But the desert scenery makes it unforgettable, and it’s widely reputed to be among the world’s best organised stage races, drawing competitors from around 18 different countries. A slightly less savage desert footrace is the Richtersveld Wild Run (www.wildrun.com), which happens in the /Ai/Ais- Richtersveld Transfrontier Park in June. The race, which covers 200 km in five stages, exposes trail runners to a dramatic landscape of rugged kloofs and high mountains, with glimpses of the Orange River and an array of unusual and unique succulents along the way.
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Waterbound Rodeo Some of the best rapids along the Orange River are found in the Northern Cape, and a number of outfits offer canoe and kayaking trips through the so-called Green Kalahari, where the country’s longest river cuts through the desert to create unexpected swathes of agricultural land. Water levels and speeds vary according to seasons and rainfall, but there is always adventure to be had as you ride through a spellbinding landscape. Based near Augrabies Falls National Park, Kalahari Outventures (www.kalahari-adventures.co.za) offers multi-day canoe trips and white water rafting starting either from the park itself, or from Southern Cross Game Reserve.
experience the Northern Cape’s spectacular landscapes from the air, and there are airborne opportunities out of both Kimberley and Upington. One of the purest ways to experience the sky, though, is paragliding, and quite a number of distance records in this adventurous sport have been set in the skies above De Aar and Kuruman, thanks to thermals rising from the hot earth below – flights as long as 350 km have been recorded. Fly De Aar Paragliding (www.flydeaar.co.za) offers winch launches from De Aar Aerodrome, as well as mountain launches from two sites on the Renosterberg Mountain.
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Bang Supersonique! Cap du Nord, Cap Des Extrêmes Texte : Keith Bain Images © Northern Cape Tourism, SA Tourism, Keith Bain
Cette année a vu la culmination de l’un des projets d’ingénierie les plus ambitieux qui soit : tenter de propulser un véhicule à travers le désert de Hakskeenpan dans le Cap du Nord, avec pour but d’établir un nouveau record de vitesse au sol. Si tout se passe bien, la « voiture » se déplacera à une vitesse supérieure à celle d’une balle tirée par une arme à feu et parcourra un mille en juste 3,6 secondes.
Cela devrait être une grande année pour le Cap du Nord. La plus grande province du pays, qui est aussi la moins peuplée, s’apprête à accueillir un évènement mondial exceptionnel et à devenir un point de convergence, ce qui lui permettra de se promouvoir comme étant la région de l’extrême. Si tout se déroule comme prévu, le moins d’octobre sera le couronnement du projet de voiture supersonique britannique Bloodhound, qui aura lieu dans un coin perdu du Cap du Nord du nom de Hakskeenpan. Ce vaste désert de sel a été identifié comme étant l’endroit idéal pour tenter de battre l’époustouflant record absolu de vitesse terrestre.
Ce projet a pour mission de créer un véhicule dont la vitesse peut atteindre 1000 milles à l’heure, c’est-à-dire 1610 km/h. Il est presque impossible d’imaginer qu’une voiture puisse parcourir la longueur de 4 terrains de football en une seule seconde. La conception d’une voiture qui peut se déplacer à une vitesse supérieure à celle du son requiert une carrosserie aussi résistante que la coque d’un sous-marin pour pouvoir résister à la force et la pression exercées sur le véhicule et le pilote ; le pilote, commandant d’escadre Andy Green, est le détenteur du record courant battu au volant de Thrust SSC à la vitesse de 1 228 km/h.
L’invention de roues capables de supporter force et couple à une telle vitesse est une autre formidable innovation. Des roues de voitures courantes s’autodétruiraient si elles étaient soumises à une telle force, et de ce fait il a fallu trois ans pour concevoir les roues actuelles. Des blocs massifs fabriqués à partir d’un alliage d’aluminium de qualité aérospatiale et pesant presque 100 kg chacun ont été utilisés pour les roues de la Bloodhound qui tourneront à une vitesse de 166 tours/seconde à vitesse maximale, ce qui veut dire que la force exercée sur la jante sera supérieure à 50 000 fois la force exercée par la gravité. Initialement, le site de Verneukpan – une autre immense étendue plate du Cap du Nord – avait été choisi comme site d’essai mais l’on découvrit rapidement que ce désert salé avait tendance à déchiqueter les pneus. À 440 km plus au nord se trouve Hakskeenpan qui, d’une
longueur de 19 km et d’une largeur de 5 km et doté d’une surface très dure et très plate, était l’endroit idéal. Environ 300 personnes se sont portées volontaires pour enlever les rochers, cailloux et débris qui jonchaient le sol, dans le but de créer une piste de 18 km de long et de 1 500 m de large pour la Bloodhound. Reste à voir si la Bloodhound supersonique sera finie et prête à temps pour son essai initial sur piste à l’aéroport de Newquay, à une vitesse de 322 km/h. Si tout se déroule comme prévu alors des bangs supersoniques seront entendus par une foule nombreuse rassemblée dans le désert du Cap du Nord en octobre. En vue d’un intérêt global colossal il faudra se munir de billets pour assister à l’évènement et il est donc recommandé de se maintenir informé sur le déroulement des évènements sur www.bloodhoundssc.com.
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À part des records de vitesse terrestre, le Cap du Nord a beaucoup à offrir si vous êtes du type aventureux.
On peut faire de l’ULM à Kimberley comme à Upington, et De Aar et Kuruman, où de nombreux records de longue distance en parapente furent battus grâce aux ascendances thermiques causées par le sol chaud (des vols de 350 km ont été enregistrés), proposent des sorties en parapente. Fly De Aar Paragliding (www.flydeaar.co.za) propose des décollages au treuil et en pente.
Rodéo aquatique Les meilleurs rapides du fleuve Orange se trouvent sur la portion appartenant au Cap du Nord. Les niveaux d’eau et la vitesse varient en fonction des saisons et des précipitations, mais il y a quand même toujours de nombreuses aventures à vivre. Kalahari Outventures (www.kalahari-adventures.co.za) propose des balades en canoé-kayak de plusieurs jours, et du rafting en eau vive.
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La Réserve naturelle de Witsand (www.witsandkalahari. co.za) peut se vanter d’avoir un massif de dunes de 10 km de long, faisant de 20 à 60 m de hauteur. Ces dunes sont considérées comme étant un territoire de surf des dunes (ou sandboarding) de premier ordre et l’on peut louer des planches à l’entrée de la réserve. Rooiduin Guest Farm (email@example.com), une maison d’hôtes qui se trouve près du Park transfrontalier de Kgalagadi, propose aussi du surf des dunes.
Sans attaches Le Cap du Nord propose des courses longue distance parmi les plus difficiles qui soient sur le continent africain comme le Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (www.kaem.co.za),, un marathon des sables de 250 km en autosuffisance alimentaire qui se déroule sur sept jours en octobre. C’est une sérieuse épreuve d’endurance et de résistance qui se déroule à des températures de près de 40 degrés dans la journée, avec des températures nocturnes plongeant jusqu’à moins 5 degrés. Le Richtersveld Wild Run (www.wildrun.com), d’une distance de 200 km, est une course à pied un peu moins éprouvante qui a lieu dans le désert du Parc transfrontalier de /Ai/Ais- Richtersveld en juin.
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In addition to its superior on-site facilities, Cypraea Sands homeowners have private beach access, offering a range of beach and water sport options, while slightly further afield, a number of championshipstandard, 18-hole golf courses beckon. “Interestingly the trend towards getting and staying active and healthy is equally - if not more - important as people near or pass retirement age,” Raleigh points out. This increasingly means that lifestyle estates must meet the health and wellness needs of people of all ages. Cypraea Sands Estate, in recognising that health issues become increasingly more important as people move through life, offers a planned medical centre that will service the entire estate and frail care unit as an element of the life-rights Seniors Village. In addition, a modern hospital is located in Beacon Bay, a suburb of East London, which is a 20 minute road trip from the gates of Cypraea Sands Estate. Start Living Now… at Cypraea Sands Estate
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Wanted: Able bodied men and women who have a passion for the outdoors and a thirst for adventure. Must be well organised, pay attention to detail, and love to be surrounded by wild animals. Positive attitude, a flair for the dramatic, and good people skills are a plus. Plenty of positions available, no experience necessary, will receive training for the job. If the above job description sounds like something you’d be interested in, then perhaps you’re a candidate to become a safari guide in Africa. It’s an occupation that offers fantastic job locations, daily surprises, and plenty of adventure. It is a career path that attracts those passionate about the bush and has become a favoured option for an educational gap year for the overseas market. The demand for experienced and well-trained safari guides continues to grow as more and more countries become popular safari destinations. Of course, not just anyone can be a safari guide. It requires a unique set of skills which can take years in the field to develop fully. But, for those hoping to join the ranks of African bush guides, there is an option for job training that is as unique and adventurous as the work itself. A South African company by the name of EcoTraining, after 22 years of existence, has established itself as the oldest and most reputable provider of quality safari guides on the African continent. Based in any of six unfenced
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Africa's Eden The Chobe National Park Text: Nicky Furniss Images © iStockphoto.com
Abundant birdlife, swathes of lush riverfront scenery, and enough animals to trip over, make Botswana’s Chobe National Park one of the most idyllic and rewarding game viewing spots in Southern Africa.
Botswana at the end of the dry season is just that – and bone rattlingly so. What little greenery there is, has either been stripped of its colour by the heat or coated in a fine layer of brown dust, like everything here. And so, as you pass through the gates of the Chobe National Park, your first glimpses of blue and green seem so improbable that you hardly believe your eyes. Rising out of the surrounding desert, the Chobe River cuts a swathe through the dusty landscape, bringing with it green islands and verdant river banks. These islands are so lush and incongruous in their surroundings that they appear like a mirage out of the shimmering heat waves that crinkle the air. But as you drive closer, you realise that not only is what you are seeing real, but it is also teeming with wildlife. Herds of antelope munch grass alongside zebras and warthogs, while baboons play lookout in the surrounding trees. Hippos happily galumph in the shallows, crocodiles sun themselves on the riverbanks, and kingfishers dart in and out of the water with tiny silver fish in their beaks. If Noah was filling an arc of animals two by two, this would undoubtedly be the place to do it!
The Chobe National Park is one of the largest national parks in Botswana, and covers approximately 10,500 km². Due to its sheer size, the park can be divided into four sections, each characterised by its own distinct ecosystem. These are: the Serondela or Chobe riverfront area in the far north-eastern corner of the park; the Savuti Marsh in the west; the Linyati Swamps in the north-west; and the dry hinterland region between Savuti and Linyati. The most popular area of the park is undoubtedly the Serondela area, and in particular the stretch of park that lies between the town of Kasane and the Chobe River. Its popularity has a lot to do with the river, which flows along the border of the park and is a major watering spot for the resident animals, particularly during the dry season (May through October). The area also boasts forests of hardwood trees and abundant birdlife, and its flood plains are the only place in Botswana where visitors can see Puku antelope. Then there is also the fact that the park boasts one of the largest concentrations of game anywhere in Africa. So much so, that game guides here merely have to drive and point, as every turn in the road or bend in the river
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One of the most memorable sights has to be seeing a family of elephants swim across the expanse of the Chobe River to reach the sweet green grass of one of its many islands. As they congregate at the water’s edge, the largest among them usually leads the way and plunges into the water, while the others fall in behind in single file, from largest to smallest, like something out of a Disney movie. In a perfect straight line, the leader wades deeper and deeper, until the water forms a perfect plimsoll line across his head, with just the tips of his ears and the top of his head visible. The smaller ellies are forced to swim, and after a while all that can be seen of the babies is their trunks sticking out of the water as they paddle along in the parents’ wake, until finally they can huff and puff themselves out of the water on the other side – slick and black from the water – with sweet green grass as their reward. Watching this is one of the great African experiences, and one which a trip to Africa’s Eden, The Chobe National Park, will certainly give you – along with many more.
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yields another miraculous sighting. Boat safaris offer wonderfully up close and personal sightings of both the river’s inhabitants and those that are drawn to it. There is nothing quite like sitting quietly watching an iguana sun itself on an outstretched ledge of riverbank, while a nonchalant buffalo peers down at you from a slope above as it chews sedately on a few blades of grass. Everywhere you look there is birdlife. Carmine bee eaters chase their prey in a whirl of constant flutter and activity, while storks and cranes wade through the shallows looking for their next meal. And then there are the elephants. Impossible to miss due to their sheer size, true, but in the Chobe they are impossible to miss quite simply because they are everywhere. The Chobe National Park is a paradise for those passionate about pachyderms, as the population of these gentle giants has been allowed to grow unchecked here – to the extent that there are now an estimated 120,000 of them in the park!
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Steve Tshwete Local Municipality (STLM) is a progressive and thriving municipality with worldclass infrastructure that is fast becoming one of South Africa’s leading municipalities. Situated less than 150 km from Pretoria and a mere 170 km from the country’s economic giant, Johannesburg, the Steve Tshwete Local Municipality is ideally located for business. It is also situated along the N4, which makes for easy access to Mozambique and the port of Richards Bay.
STLM prides itself on various aspects that put it at a level above other municipalities. These include its world-class infrastructure, the municipality’s extensive road networks which are well constructed and regularly maintained, the highest level of water management and quality, an abundance of electricity, reasonable and fair tariffs for municipal services, as well as reasonably priced residential property and serviced industrial and commercial property. Other points that make STLM a world-class municipality include: • No traffic jams. On average, it is possible for residents to reach their workplaces within five to ten minutes. • An ideal climate, with mild winters and warm summers. • Columbus Stainless, South Africa’s only stainless
steel manufacturer, is based in Middelburg. It has a production capacity in excess of 500 tons, and provides more than 2,000 job opportunities. The municipality focuses primarily on its strong industrial base, which serves both the local mining sector and Eskom. • The municipality is situated within South Africa’s maize triangle, and therefore also has a strong agricultural component. • An exemplary track record with a 100 % payment rate since 2005. As a result of this achievement, STLM has become a model of effective and highquality municipal service delivery for the rest of South Africa. For the past five consecutive years, STLM has also been awarded a clean audit status.
Right: The Acting Municipal Manager, Mandla Mnguni, is acknowledged by the MEC for Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs, Andries Gamede for winning the Provincial Greenest Municipal Competition for the 16th time.
• The municipality boasts landing space that can accommodate both small and large aircraft. • STLM was the recipient of the “Municipality of the Year Govan Mbeki Human Settlement Award”. Amongst the many awards that STLM has received, one of the most prestigious is the Greenest Municipality Award. STLM was recognised for its commitment to keeping the environment safe and the air clean – for the 16th time – at the 2015 Provincial Greenest Municipal Competition Awards, which were held on 12th November 2015. External judges joined municipal delegates on 16th October last year to visit waste recycling projects, landfill sites and waste transfer stations in both Mhluzi and Doornkop. The judges were impressed with the municipality’s waste management projects, particularly the Doornkop Solar project, which was created as a green initiative by the municipality. The municipality intends to work as a team with communities and businesses to contribute towards a low carbon future. STLM has been taking part in both provincial and national Greenest Municipal competitions, previously known as the Cleanest Town Competition. The awards
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Soul Connection Bongeziwe Mabandla Text: Sarah-Claire Picton Images ÂŠJonx Pillemer & Madelene Cronje
Hailing from the rural town of Tsolo in the Eastern Cape, Bongeziwe Mabandla, a two-time SAMA nominee, heralds the New Year with soulful, urban African-folk on his upcoming album set for release in 2016.
Having a love for the arts from an early age, it was after studying drama at AFDA in Johannesburg that Bongeziwe began to truly invest his energy, passion and time into song writing and playing live music. He has since gained recognition for his distinct “unplugged style”. It is a sound that serves as a tribute to his musical influences (Tracy Chapman, Simphiwe Dana, Jabu Khanyile and Oliver Mtukudzi), and is infused with nuances of traditional Xhosa music, mbaqanga, soul, dub, and hip-hop. Since the release of his debut album Umlilo (which means “fire” in Zulu) through Sony Music SA in 2012, Bongeziwe has been engaging audiences the world over. He sang at the Nelson Mandela tribute on SABC1 in December 2013; toured locally as well as to Australia, Germany, Spain, France, Japan, North Korea and America in 2014; and then took to Canada in 2015 to play 15 shows, including several at the esteemed Vancouver Folk Festival and Nuits D’Afrique in Montreal. With the imminent release of his new album and its first single “Mangaliso”, as well as the probability of further satisfying his touring wanderlust, 2016 carries great promise for Bongeziwe. Indwe: Have you always had a passion for art and music? Bongeziwe Mabandla (BM): I was not so good at my school work, so I had to develop another talent. From an early age I was constantly drawing and singing. When growing up in a rural place, I think you always try to get rid of the boredom factor, so there was ample playing in somewhat of a “make believe” setting, requiring a lot of creativity. Indwe: Has studying drama and your acting career influenced your music career? BM: I have been thinking about this a lot lately. I consider it a skill to stand in front of people and bare your soul. Learning theatre has allowed me to feel a little more comfortable in these areas. Also, drama is about stories, and as a writer it becomes about characters, experiences and stories. Indwe: Tell us more about your new album. BM: The process so far has been amazing. I’m still working on the album – I have finished writing it, so it’s mostly in-studio recording and listening to new versions of material I have been working on. It’s been a while since I put something out. I do have nerves, but it’s going to be ready soon, hopefully in early 2016. We are planning a release of the single “Mangaliso” before the album release. Indwe: What has your time with Black Major as management been like? BM: I was in a bad state before Black Major. Music is a tough business that can leave you feeling empty. I’m blessed to have found people who are as passionate about what I’m doing as I am. It’s still hard and I have to constantly pick myself up. I do play a lot overseas, which is great… My current thoughts are that I’m just glad to find an audience, wherever it may come from. Indwe: What are you looking forward to in 2016? BM: I want to be touring. I did not realise how much work the album would require, so I’m looking forward to being on the road. I love playing live and being with my band. This is what I want to do more of, to be further “out there”, reaching out to people and connecting in real life. For more information about Bongeziwe, visit www.bongeziwe.com or www.blackmajor.co.za/ bongeziwe-mabandla.
New Year, New Savings Focus 16 Investment Tips for 2016 Text: Marriot Asset Management Image © iStockphoto.com
The start of a new year inevitably means resolutions are made (and later broken). However, if there is one resolution you need to make – and keep – in 2016, it’s taking care of your finances and saving enough for your future. Marriott Asset Management provides us with 16 tips to consider when investing in 2016.
• Establish your life goals early on. Do you want to retire at 55? Perhaps you are dreaming of an overseas holiday, a new kitchen, or your children’s education. Whatever your goals, investing money to achieve them works best with the power of time. • Start saving as early as you can. The earlier you start saving for your goals, the more time your investments will have to benefit from the compounding effect of reinvesting income and accumulating more capital. • Ensure you save enough. This is especially true for retirement. It is a generally accepted concept that you need to save at least 15 % of your annual income for 40 years in order to have saved enough to replace 70 % of your salary at retirement. • View investing as a marathon, not a sprint. Investing your money for five years or more is generally a good idea. Investing is best suited to long-term financial goals, like saving money for your child’s college fund or for your retirement. • Don’t speculate with your life savings. Investing should not be a gamble. Speculating invariably involves buying and selling investments based on very little fundamental knowledge, and typically produces enormous anxiety and poor results in practice. • Equity exposure is key. Historically, equities (shares in companies) outperform other asset classes such as cash and bonds. Equities have generally given investors a 6 % real return (total return minus inflation) over time, compared to a 2 % real return from bonds. • Consider investing offshore. Certain companies in first world markets are giving investors a significant opportunity to generate inflation-beating returns over the next five years. Products like Marriott’s International Share Portfolio (IIP) provide investors with a simple way to access these companies. • Avoid capital erosion in retirement. Capital erosion occurs when more income is drawn from an investment portfolio than is being produced by the underlying investments (i.e. dividends or interest). By eroding capital, you reduce the ability of your investments to generate income in the future. • Don’t worry about economic variables which are out of your control. It is difficult to predict interest rates, the future direction of the exchange rate, or the stock market. Rather concentrate on what is actually happening to the businesses in which you are invested. • Diversification makes sense. Investment diversification is one of the fundamental building blocks of a solid portfolio. Diversification means investing in solid bluechip companies which are exposed to first world and emerging markets and have a broad range of products.
Diversification is just another way of saying: “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.” Never invest in anything that you don’t understand. Contrary to popular opinion, investing doesn’t have to be complicated – adopting an investment philosophy based on common sense will significantly reduce financial anxiety. And if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Invest in shares that produce consistent and reliable dividend income streams. Certain companies will continue to produce reliable and growing income regardless of global slowdowns, exchange rate volatility, and declining interest rates. Nestlé is a good example of this. Consumers around the world drink on average 5,500 cups of Nescafé every second of every day. Other examples of Nestlé brands include Maggi 2 Minute Noodles and KitKat. Over five billion packets of Maggi Noodles are sold every year and 650 KitKat fingers are consumed every second of the day. Choosing to invest in companies like this will significantly reduce the risk of an investment outcome not meeting expectations. Don’t pay too much for an investment and its income stream. Ensure the investments you make will generate enough income to offset the eroding impact of inflation over time. Find out how much your investments cost. Investment fees reduce not only the investment returns, but also the income earned from investments, and will therefore have an impact on how much income you can draw in retirement or how much income you are reinvesting pre-retirement. Seek financial advice. Although many people practise DIY investing, it does take knowledge, understanding and thorough research to make the right decisions to suit your needs. Get professional advice from a FAISlicensed financial advisor on all the points raised above and together, formulate a plan that’s right for you. Remember that, above all, investing is ultimately all about income. Capital growth may receive a great deal of investor attention. However, investing should ultimately be focused on building an income stream to fund a lifestyle. Consequently, instead of agonising over the prices of your investments on a daily basis, rather spend that time monitoring the income produced by your investments.
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The Namib – one of the oldest deserts in the world with the bleached bones of humans and animals and the rusted wrecks of ships lying silently in the ever shifting sands of the desert – is an epic undertaking, but one made easier with the help of a Toyota Land Cruiser.
To me, as a born Namibian, this was a homecoming of sorts when I was invited by Toyota South Africa to evaluate their Land Cruiser LC200 under the most extreme conditions imaginable. The six day safari started in easy mode with a vehicle allocation visit to Indongo Toyota – the biggest Toyota dealership on the southern side of Windhoek. Symbolic in a way, this location served as a portend of what was to be a trip of epic memory-making consequences and a newly found respect for Toyota’s off road products. The first section (in convoy) was an uneventful 95 km on tar trip to Rehoboth, home of the local Baster community. Refuelling was not required at this stage because the LC200’s 93-litre fuel tank, as well as the 45-litre sub-tank had consumed just over 8.5 litres by that stage. Well aware of the terrain we were about to enter, the rather subdued group of journalists, dealers and senior Toyota officials, under the leadership of senior vicepresident Calvyn Hamman, soon arrived at a quaint little bakery/general dealership/filling station and well known oasis in the Namib Naukluft Park. Going by the strange name of Solitaire, this stopover has achieved world fame with its large offerings of apfelstrudel which it serves in vast quantities to 4x4 enthusiasts from all parts of the world. Meanwhile, the LC200 was humming along with its refined six-speed automatic transmission distributing 173 kW of power to all four wheels. A dramatic night followed at Moon Mountain Inn where a desert storm wind threatened to dislodge the fivestar tented accommodation that we called home for that night. This was to be our last “civilised” accommodation before our arrival in Walvis Bay five days later. Loading up the by now dust-covered convoy the following morning before heading into the Namib proper, Uri Adventures expedition leader, Danie van Ellerwee (who goes by the name of Jakkals), briefed us as to how the Namib – unlike most other deserts – is a living ecosystem which plays host to large animals such as elephant, Gemsbok, and even the elusive Black rhino, as well as minute creatures which survive off the mist which swirls in from the Atlantic during the night and early morning.
The LC200’s many goodies, such as adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist became a never required and distant memory once we entered the red dunes. Now it was time for multi-terrain select and multi-terrain monitor (especially useful when having to check the distances between rocks and bodywork). With the red dunes looming menacingly on the horizon – and seemingly getting bigger and taller as we approached – it was time to give silent thanks for the powerful (610 Nm of torque) 4.5-litre diesel V8. Clearly, Toyota doesn’t believe in bringing a knife to a gunfight, and this powerful oil-burner was just the right tool with which to tackle, and conquer, the Namib. Next stop, with the LC200 purring along in the company of its cousins, the Prado and the 3-litre V6, was the awesome Kuiseb Ravine with its rudimentary facilities. This ravine is also home to the 300-odd pastoral Topnaar people who inhabit 13 villages within the borders of the park where they raise livestock and harvest inara melons. The Kuiseb Ravine is also noteworthy in that it forms an effective barrier, which prevents the giant red sand dunes of the Namib from spilling over onto the plains, although they still serve as magnificent sentinels that cut off the route to the coast. This means that other great features, essential for survival in the desert, such as centre diff lock, low range, and even crawl control, were brought into the equation
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Every financial decision made in the present will have a tangible effect on your future financial security. There are some core principles to abide by to ensure that your future self isn’t short-changed.
We live in an era of information overload but knowledge scarcity, almost like not having any drinking water during a flood. Why, when there is so much information available on money matters, financial management and investment considerations, do so many people find themselves in financial distress, over-indebted and dependent on others in their old age? Maybe the answer lies in an excessive focus on the complicated, and not enough attention being paid to getting the basics right, living within your means, saving on a regular basis and in a sustainable way.
The critical success factors are really quite simple: • Don’t spend more than you earn; • Save 10 % of every rand you earn to fund bigger item purchases; • Invest another 10 % of every rand you earn in a low cost, tax-efficient investment vehicle and resist the temptation to dip your fingers into it; and • Pay it forward by helping others – share your knowledge and resources to empower those around you to set them on their own road towards financial freedom.
The first step is the hardest for many people, yet the most crucial part to ensuring financial success. Spending more than you have is no different than robbing your future self. Debt has the power to destroy the best plans and, as much as the compounding of interest works in your favour in saving and investment, it also works the other way, as interest payable can compound to the point of eroding even your non-discretionary spending. Delayed gratification – the willingness to wait before expecting your reward – is a powerful differentiator between the financially free and those who remain broke. Shorter-term saving for expenditure beyond your regular monthly expenses must focus on capital preservation, rather than seeking return. What this means is that the return, or interest that you earn on these savings, is less important than the amount of money you save and resisting the temptation to spend it outside of its intended purpose. The interest saved by not incurring debt will be much more than any potential interest earned on such savings. The critical success factors for longer-term investment – whether for retirement or for building wealth – are threefold: Minimise costs, maximise tax efficiency, and never withdraw it. • An annual cost differential of one or two percent may seem insignificant on a one-year basis, but over the 40+ years of building up your wealth base, this can compound to the point of reducing your capital by as much as two-thirds. • Making maximum use of tax dispensations in a retirement annuity (RA) and tax-free savings and
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Lexus recently endowed its enduring IS sedan range with their smooth, yet powerful turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, creating a new tier of exclusivity for drivers who demand more, for less. Debuting in the stridently styled NX compact SUV, Lexus’ turbocharged 2.0-litre powerplant has been rotated 90 degrees and dropped into the brand’s IS compact sports sedan to create the IS 200t. Providing a blend of performance, dynamics and economy, the IS 200t is the ideal range companion to the 233 kW V6 IS 350 F Sport, and is available exclusively in E and EX grades.
The Car As one of the most underrated compact premium sedans in the market, the IS received barely enough recognition, despite its competitor-whipping sporty character and Lexus heritage. This may change following Lexus’ “correction” of their IS offering, with the new 200t’s smaller displacement turbocharged engine providing improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions, while still delivering a handsome 350 Nm of torque. Power has also been increased by five kilowatts from the NX’s configuration, seeing a new 180 kW high. While South African buyers are yet to fully come to terms with the global engine downsizing trend, the Lexus 2.0-litre turbo will go some way in establishing a good reputation for smaller capacity, higher output mills. At the launch in Port Elizabeth recently, the IS 200t showed not only its powerful character, but also its flexibility, bringing all of the engine’s substantial 350 Nm online from as low as 1,650 r/min (thanks to its twin-scroll turbo that enhances power output from lower revs), all the way to its 4,400 r/min peak.
The eight-speed Lexus Sports Direct Shift automatic transmission – with paddle shift – is a perfect accompaniment to power, providing high levels of driveability comparable to other rear-wheel drive configured sports sedans. Lexus has aimed the 2.0-litre IS squarely at the Jaguar XE 2.0T (R638,900) and the BMW 330i (R518,360), and have carved a value niche in terms of a high level of standard specification in this car. Both the 200t E (R518,800) and EX (R570,300) grade feature multi-spoke 17” wheels, and in terms of interior trim, are equipped with everything from seat heating and ventilation, a 7” central colour display, full leather trim and electric front seats, to front and rear park-distance control (PDC) and more. The EX grade also gets satellite navigation, an electrochromatic rear-view mirror and reverse camera. Lexus’ interior quality and superior cabin look and feel is unquestioned, as is the car’s already comprehensive safety specification. By adding rear side airbags, Lexus has increased the tally to ten supplemental restraint systems across the range, outdoing its closest rivals. An electrically adjustable steering column, which retracts automatically when the vehicle is turned off, further accentuates the sense of convenience and luxury on the E and EX models.
The Drive The IS 200t’s eight-speed SDS transmission has proven itself in the IS 350 F Sport and RC 350, and the latest iteration also boasts added electronic-control technology,
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The Verdict With its combination of sharp styling, high build quality, interior comfort, and a great new turbo engine, the Lexus IS 200t should feature on every executive’s compact premium sedan shortlist. As with the rest of the Lexus range, all models in the IS range are covered by a four-year/100,000 km warranty. The E Model also comes standard with the Lexus “Distance” maintenance plan, while the EX model gets “Distance Plan Plus”.
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Whether you’ve splurged on a summer holiday abroad or kept your Festive Season more low key, chances are you’re feeling the pinch and eagerly awaiting January’s pay cheque. Until then, here are some helpful tips from Property24 to make saving money at the start of the New Year a little easier. But don’t worry, a slightly tighter budget doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun.
Bring Out the DIY List Your home should be your happy place, but who doesn’t have a DIY list of things to do to improve their living space? Use this time wisely – save money by staying in and ticking a few things off your list in the most cost-effective way. This is not only a productive way to spend time, but can also be fun and incredibly satisfying. Property24.com has a wealth of DIY articles to help you with your household maintenance and décor ideas that are light on the pocket and can turn your
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Get Energy-Friendly We all know we should be more conscious of saving energy around the house, but take the New Year as an opportunity to put this into practice and see just how much you can save on your electricity bill. Simple ideas such as turning off lights when you’re not in the room, switching to energy-saving light bulbs, using solar jar lights for outdoor spaces, keeping showers short, and avoiding using air-conditioners as much as possible can make all the difference.
Get Organised Planning meals and shopping ahead of time saves you from the temptation that often accompanies going to the shops. Set up a weekly meal plan, write a shopping list and then stick to it – you’ll be amazed at how cost effective this can be if you don’t cheat and duck out for sushi for dinner (instead, get creative and make your own). A little self-control can also go a long way, so instead of spending that extra R20 on a coffee out, which turns into a coffee and a slice of cake, and maybe a little takeaway, turn your home into your haven. Make sure you have all the things you need for a nice catch-up coffee with a friend and maybe even a little coffee nook to entice you to stay at home.
Rally the Troops Eating out always feels like a treat – it’s social and there’s no clean-up involved. But eating in can be just as good and won’t break the bank. Bring the socialising to your home and share the load of food preparation with your friends. A potluck dinner means no one has to bear the full cost of the meal or spend hours preparing or cleaning up, and if your friends are in the same money saving mindset, they will be grateful for this suggestion. You can even set up a weekly rotating dinner plan so everyone gets a chance to host.
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Have you ever wondered who is flying the plane when you travel on SA Express? Or wanted to know more about what a job as a cabin crew member is like? Well, now’s your chance! Every month we will introduce a few members of our SA Express family, because by getting to know them, you become part of the SA Express family too. Markus Bezuidenhout Cabin Crew Member Length of Service: April 2016 will mark my sixth year at the company. Tell us more about yourself. I am spunky and very driven and I love reading, sports and children. What is the most exciting part of your job? The most exciting part for me is meeting our passengers on every flight. I’ve had passengers onboard who have made me laugh so much that my stomach hurt. I’ve experienced kind and generous souls who surprised the crew who were working over the Festive Season with Christmas cards, and I’m always humbled to witness the incredible courage displayed by the kids travelling by themselves as unaccompanied minors for the first time. What do you find most challenging in what you do? The weather at times can be quite a challenge – summer turbulence especially will have some passengers holding onto their hats! As unnerving as it may be for some passengers, they can always take comfort in the fact that our pilots are professional and
experienced aviators and understand how to navigate our skies safely. Passengers should rather enjoy watching a thunderstorm from a distance – it is spectacular. Why do you like working for SA Express? SA Express not only offers a professional working environment, but an environment where the “human element” has not been lost. The staff care about each other and we’re a corporate family. What would people find surprising about your job? On the surface it seems all “tea or coffee”, however, the reality is that we’ve all done extensive training in the safety aspects of operating in an airline. We are equipped, trained and assessed on a yearly basis by designated examiners in various safety topics and maintain those standards on every flight. Passenger safety is our primary concern. Have you ever had any funny incidents or encounters in your job? I once had a gentleman seated by himself in the very last row, while the rest of the passengers were mostly seated towards the front of the aircraft. He looked at me with a sulking lip and started singing, “All by myself… don’t want to be, all by myself...” It was hilarious!
We have a bunch of flights to Bloemfontein. Whether youâ€™re travelling to Bloemfontein for business or pleasure, SA Express flies you there from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Your journey will be safe, hassle-free and a pleasure. 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, Nelspruit, Kimberley Hoedspruit, George, Johannesburg, Richards Bay, Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and regional flights to Lubumbashi, Gaborone, Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Lusaka and Harare.
Now flying direct from Mahikeng to Joburg. Twice a day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Visit www.flyexpress.aero for domestic flights to Bloemfontein, Port elizabeth, East London, Kimberley, Hoedspruit, George, Johannesburg, Mahikeng, Pilanesberg, Richards Bay, Cape Town, Durban, and regional flights to Lubumbashi, Gaborone, Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Lusaka and Harare.
Airline information SA Express fleet Canadair Regional Jet 200 BER Manufacturer: Bombardier Maximum cruising speed: 474 knots/545mph/879kmph Engines: Two General Electric CF34-3B1 Range: 1,662miles/3,080km Maximum altitude: 41,000ft/12,496m Seating capacity: 50
Crew: Two pilots, two cabin crew Wing span: 69ft 7in/21.21m Overall length: 87ft 10in/26.77m Overall height: 20ft 5in/6.22m Maximum take-off weight: 51,000lb/23,134kg Minimum runway length: 6,295ft/1,919m
De Havilland Dash 8 Series Q400 Turboprop Manufacturer: Bombardier Maximum cruising speed: 360knots/414mph/667kmph Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A Range: 1,565 miles/2,519km Maximum altitude: 25,000ft/7,620m Seating capacity: 74 Crew: Two pilots, two
cabin crew Wing span: 93ft 3in/28.42m Overall length: 107ft 9in/32.83m Overall height: 27ft 5in/8.34m Maximum take-off weight: 64,500lb/29,257kg Minimum runway length: 4,580ft/1,396m
Canadair Regional Jet 700 Manufacturer: Bombardier Maximum cruising speed: 473 knots/544mph/875kmph Engines: Two General Electric CF34-8C5B Range: 1,477m/2,794km Maximum altitude: 41,000ft/12,496m Seating capacity: 70 Crew: Crew: Two pilots, two
cabin crew Wing span: 76ft 3in/23.2m Overall length: 106ft 8in/32.51m Overall height: 24ft 10in/7.57m Maximum take-off weight: 72,750lb/32,999kg Minimum runway length: 4,580ft/1,396m
SA Expressâ€™ aircraft are made by Bombardier Aerospace
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.
Special services Special Meals Passengers with special dietary requirements are provided for through the following special meals: kosher, halal, Muslim, Hindu, low-fat and vegetarian meals. Orders for special meals should be placed at the time of making flight reservations. The airline requires a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to departure in order to assist with confirmation of requests. Only available on selected flights. Passengers requiring special attention Requirements for unaccompanied minors (passengers under the age of 12 years) or passengers requiring wheelchairs should be stated at the time of making the reservation. Owing to the size of the cabins on our aircraft types, the airline is not in a position to carry stretcher passengers or incubators. Cabin baggage SA Express will accept one piece of cabin baggage not exceeding a total dimension of 115cm and 7kg in weight. For safety reasons, cabin baggage must fit into approved stowage spaces: either the overhead luggage bin or under the seat. Owing to limited storage space in the aircraft cabin, cabin baggage may be placed in the
We Fly For You SA Express Airways prides itself on aiming to offer incomparable service standards. In addition to building on our motto to express excellence and consistently striving to provide the best service, we know that “you” is the most important word in our airline. SA Express proudly launched its new brand on 2 December 2009 at OR Tambo International Airport. The new brand is set to ensure that it’s distinctive and positioned to build awareness and affinity in the domestic and regional markets. The new proposition “We Fly for You” is set to position SA Express as a premier intraregional African brand. The main objective of the re-brand is to ensure that SA Express is distinctive yet still aligned to the country’s mainline carrier. SA Express’s unique positioning as an airline that provides a bespoke, personalised travel experience was the rationale behind the proposition “We Fly for You”. The new brand mark is in line with the symbol and colours of the national flag, encouraging national pride. The new brand will be applied to all brand touch-points throughout the operation as well as the staff uniform.
Skycheck at the aircraft for hold stowage. Skycheck This is the airline’s special hand-luggage facility that assists with in-flight comfort, speedy boarding and disembarking. When boarding one of our flights, simply place any hand luggage that will not be required during the flight on to the Skycheck cart at the boarding steps of the aircraft. Your hand luggage will be waiting for you as you disembark from the aircraft at your destination. Baggage liability Valuable items such as cameras and accessories, computers – including laptops and notebooks – mobile telephones, perfumes, aftershaves, colognes, legal and company documents and legal tender – including cash, credit cards and cheques – bullion, leather jackets, all types of jewellery and any other items with a value in excess of R400 must be removed from either checked-in or Skycheck baggage as the airline is not liable for loss or damage to these items. Verified baggage claims are settled on the basis adopted by IATA (International Airlines Transport Association): payment of US$20 per 1kg of checked-in luggage, to a maximum of 20kg ($400).
Awards SA Express has won the AFRAA Regional Airline of the Year Award at the end of 2009, and the Allied and Aviation Business Corporate Award. Our airline was also the recipient of the Annual Airline Reliability Award from Bombardier at the end of 2007. Other previous awards include the International Star Quality Award, which indicates our commitment to service excellence, while our prominence as one of the top 500 best managed companies is proof of our success as a business. Onboard service The airline’s onboard service is unique and offers passengers a variety of meals or snacks. The airline pioneered its unique meal-box concept, and meal choices are frequently updated and designed using balanced food criteria: appearance, taste and nutritional value. Passengers can also enjoy a wine and malt service on specified flights as well as refreshments on all flights. Light snacks will be served on selected flights. Our customers can expect a safe, comfortable, quality air-travel experience, with the added benefits of frequency, reliability, on-time departures and unmatched value for money.
Safety Information Health regulations Health regulations at certain airports require that the aircraft cabin be sprayed. The spray is harmless, but if you think it might affect you, please cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief. Remain seated As a safety precaution, passengers are requested to remain seated with seatbelts fastened after the aircraft has landed, until the seatbelt sign has been switched off by the captain. Portable electronic equipment The use of personal electronic devices (PEDâ€™s) will apply to all domestic and regional flights on the CRJ700/200 and DH8 Q400.
Passengers will be permitted to use PEDâ€™s such as cell phones, e-readers and electronic tablets in flight-mode.
Cellular telephones Cellular telephones may be used on the ground while passenger doors are open. Cellular telephones, smartphones or any device with flight mode must be switched off as soon as the cabin doors are closed and when the senior cabincrew member makes an announcement on the public-address system. Laptop computers Laptops with CD ROM and DVD drive, handheld calculators, electric shavers and portable personal listening devices may not be used on the ground during taxi but may be used during the flight when the seatbelt signs are switched off and with permission from the captain. Should circumstances dictate otherwise, a public-address announcement cancelling this concession will be made by a crew member.
Prohibited equipment Portable printers, laser pointers, video equipment, CB/ AM/FM/FHF/satellite receivers, two-way radios, compact disc and mini-disc players, scanners, remote-controlled toys and power converters are prohibited for use at any time. Safety pamphlet Read the safety pamphlet in the seat pocket in front of you and take note of your nearest emergency exit. Smoking In accordance with international trends, smoking is not permitted on board any SA Express flights. Seat belts Please fasten your seat belt whenever the seat belt signs are illuminated. For your own safety we suggest that you keep it fastened throughout the flight. Important When in doubt, please consult our cabin crew.
For your comfort and security, please comply with the above safety regulations at all times while on board
Route map SA Express: Johannesburg Bloemfontein Cape Town Durban East London Gaborone George Hoedspruit Pilanesberg
Kimberley Lubumbashi Lusaka Harare Port Elizabeth Richards Bay Walvis Bay Windhoek
Flight schedule Johannesburg - Pilanesberg Flt No SA 1131
Johannesburg - Bloemfontein Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1001 1003 1005 1011 1013 1017 1021 1023
Dep 06:15 08:00 11:20 13:50 14:55 16:45 17:55 18:30
Arr 07:15 09:05 12:25 14:55 16:00 17:45 19:00 19:35
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 CR7 CR7 DH4 DH4
Johannesburg - East London Flt SA SA SA
No 1403 1409 1411
Dep 07:15 17:30 18:40
Arr 08:45 19:00 20:10
A/C CR8 CR2 CR8
Johannesburg - George Flt SA sa SA sa sa sa SA
No 1501 1503 1503 1521 1521 1523 1509
Dep 06:40 08:00 08:20 09:30 09:30 14:00 15:50
Arr 08:40 10:15 10:15 11:25 11:45 16:15 17:40
A/C CR7 dh4 CR2 cr2 dh4 dh4 CR7
Dep 10:15 12:15
Arr 11:20 13:20
A/C DH4 DH4
Johannesburg - Kimberley Flt SA SA SA SA sa SA
No 1101 1103 1105 1107 1111 1113
Dep 06:20 09:20 13:10 14:25 16:45 17:20
Arr 07:25 10:25 14:15 15:30 17:45 18:25
A/C dh4 DH4 CR2 DH4 cr2 CR7
Johannesburg - Port Elizabeth Flt SA SA SA
No 1459 1457 1457
Dep 17:30 17:30 17:50
Arr 19:10 19:30 19:35
A/C cr8 DH4 cr7
Johannesburg - mahikeng Flt sa SA sa SA
No 1123 1121 1127 1127
Dep 07:10 07:10 16:25 16:30
Arr 07:50 07:55 17:05 17:10
A/C CR2 cr2 cr2 cr2
pilanesberg - mahikeng Flt No SA 1125
Bloemfontein - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1024 1002 1004 1006 1012 1014 1018 1022
Dep 06:20 07:40 09:35 12:55 15:25 16:30 18:20 19:30
Arr 07:25 08:40 10:40 14:00 16:30 17:35 19:20 20:30
A/C DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4 DH4 CR7 CR7 DH4
East London - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA
No 1412 1404 1410
Dep 06:45 09:15 19:40
Flt SA SA sa sa sa sa sa SA
No 1502 1504 1504 1504 1522 1522 1524 1510
Dep 09:20 10:50 10:50 11:10 12:10 12:20 16:50 18:10
Arr 08:25 10:45 21:10
A/C CR7 CR7 CR2
Arr 11:10 12:40 13:00 13:20 14:00 14:30 19:00 19:50
A/C CR7 CR2 dh4 dh4 cr2 dh4 dh4 CR7
Flt SA SA
No 1226 1228
Dep 12:00 13:55
Arr 13:00 14:55
A/C DH4 DH4
No 1102 1102 1104 1106 1108 1112 1114
Dep 08:00 08:15 11:20 15:05 16:20 18:50 19:05
Arr 09:05 09:20 12:25 16:10 17:25 19:50 20:10
A/C dh4 dh4 DH4 CR2 DH4 cr2 CR7
Kimberley - Johannesburg Flt SA sa SA SA SA sa SA
Hoedspruit - Johannesburg
Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA
No 1460 1460 1458
Dep 06:10 06:20 20:00
Arr 08:00 08:00 21:40
A/C DH4 CR8 CR7
mahikeng - Johannesburg Flt SA sa sa sa sa SA
No 1124 1124 1124 1124 1128 1128
Dep 08:20 08:25 08:40 08:50 17:25 17:45
Arr 09:05 09:05 09:20 09:30 18:05 18:30
A/C cr2 cr2 cr2 cr2 cr2 cr2
mahikeng - pilanesberg Flt sa SA
No 1121 1223
Dep 07:30 08:20
*Please note that SA Express may deviate from the published schedule over the holiday period and will operate reduced schedules in December and January
SA EXPRESS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE, SUSPEND OR AMEND THIS PUBLISHED SCHEDULE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION. EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO OPERATE AS PER THE PLANNED SCHEDULE
George - Johannesburg
Johannesburg - Hoedspruit Flt No SA 1225 SA 1227
pilanesberg - Johannesburg
Arr 08:05 08:55
A/C cr2 cr2
Flight schedule Johannesburg - Richards bay Flt SA SA SA SA SA
No 1201 1201 1203 1207 1213
Dep 05:35 06:10 08:30 13:15 16:55
Arr 06:50 07:25 09:45 14:30 18:10
A/C dh4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
Johannesburg - walvis bay Flt sa SA sa
No 1703 1701 1705
Dep 07:20 11:55 13:30
Arr 09:45 14:10 15:55
A/C cr2 CR7 cr2
Johannesburg - windhoek Flt No SA 1731 SA 1731
Dep 05:55 06:10
Arr 07:10 07:25
A/C CR2 CR2
Johannesburg - Gaborone Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1761 1763 1765 1767 1775 1775 1783 1779
Dep 06:55 07:55 09:55 11:55 13:30 14:30 15:45 18:10
Arr 07:50 08:50 10:50 12:45 14:25 15:25 16:40 19:05
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
Johannesburg - Lubumbashi Flt No SA 1797 sa 1795
Dep 09:20 13:10
Arr 11:45 15:55
A/C CR7 cr2
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
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
Cape Town - Pilanesberg Flt No SA 1255
Richards bay - Johannesburg Flt sa SA SA SA SA
No 1202 1202 1204 1208 1214
Dep 07:20 08:05 10:30 15:05 18:40
Arr 08:35 09:20 11:45 16:20 20:00
A/C dh4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
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
windhoek - Johannesburg Flt SA
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
A/C DH4 dh4 DH4 DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
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
bloemfontein - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1082 1084 1088 1088 1092 1092
Dep 08:15 10:30 14:15 15:30 19:00 19:25
Arr 10:00 12:15 16:00 17:15 20:45 21:25
A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 DH4 CR2 CR2
east london - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA sa sa SA SA SA
No 1362 1364 1364 1372 1372 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
Pilanesberg - cape town Flt SA
*Please note that SA Express may deviate from the published schedule over the holiday period and will operate reduced schedules in December and January
SA EXPRESS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE, SUSPEND OR AMEND THIS PUBLISHED SCHEDULE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION. EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO OPERATE AS PER THE PLANNED SCHEDULE
Flight schedule Cape Town - Hoedspruit Flt sa SA SA
No 1241 1241 1241
Dep 09:10 09:40 10:10
Arr 12:30 13:00 12:50
A/C dh4 dh4 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2
CAPE TOWN - port elizabeth Flt SA sa SA SA SA sa SA SA SA SA
No 1801 1803 1807 1807 1813 1813 1819 1821 1821 1823
Dep 06:00 08:00 10:10 10:40 13:45 14:20 15:00 16:00 16:30 18:30
Arr 07:30 09:15 11:40 11:55 14:55 15:50 16:30 17:30 17:40 20:00
A/C dh4 cr2 dh4 DH4 CR2 dh4 DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4
Cape Town - Walvis Bay Flt No SA 1721
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
durban - Harare Flt No SA 1603 SA 1611
Dep 09:10 10:20
Arr 11:35 12:45
Hoedspruit - Cape Town Flt sa SA sa
No 1242 1242 1242
Dep 13:10 13:20 14:10
A/C dh4 CR2 dh4
port elizabeth - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA sa SA SA SA sa sa SA SA SA SA
No 1826 1802 1804 1808 1814 1814 1814 1820 1820 1822 1822 1824
Dep 07:00 08:00 10:10 12:10 12:40 15:25 16:20 17:00 17:00 18:00 18:10 20:30
Arr 08:40 09:40 11:35 13:50 14:00 16:45 18:00 18:40 18:40 19:40 19:30 22:10
A/C DH4 DH4 cr2 DH4 dh4 CR2 dh4 dh4 DH4 dh4 CR2 DH4
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
Harare - durban Flt SA SA
No 1612 1604
Dep 13:25 15:15
SA EXPRESS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE, SUSPEND OR AMEND THIS PUBLISHED SCHEDULE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION. EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO OPERATE AS PER THE PLANNED SCHEDULE
Arr 15:50 17:40
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 CR2 CR2
CAPE TOWN - DURBAN Flt SA SA SA SA
Port Elizabeth - DURBAN Flt SA SA sa SA SA
East London - DURBAN Flt SA SA SA
walvis Bay - Cape Town
*Please note that SA Express may deviate from the published schedule over the holiday period and will operate reduced schedules in December and January
Arr 16:20 15:55 17:20
Passenger Letters Good day. My recent flight to Harare was unfortunately delayed just before we took off from Durban. We were forced to return and to park, and then the doors were opened and we were offered refreshments. The cabin crew and pilot were very friendly and kept us up to date. Unfortunately the repairs were expected to take a while, so we had to go back to the terminal building. Here we were given a voucher for some more refreshments, which was also a very nice thought… Until we redeemed them at the restaurant. First they had no ice, then the food took forever to arrive and then, when it did arrive, it was cold and tasteless. But then we were welcomed on board again by your friendly cabin crew, took off, and were thankfully served a better meal on the plane. They also had ice! Although there was a delay, which was no one’s fault, the situation was made so much more pleasant by the cabin crew, who tried their best under the circumstances. A little goes a long way where customers are concerned. Thank you to the cabin crew on the flight – you were great! Dr Thomas Cason Congratulations to Thomas Cason, who wrote our winning letter this month. He has won an American Tourister San Francisco 66 cm spinner, valued at R1,199.
To Whom it May Concern I recently flew on SA Express from Richards Bay to Johannesburg. When I disembarked the plane in Johannesburg, my silver vanity case, which I had put down just outside the plane, was nowhere to be found. We spent more than two hours at the airport searching for it with the help of SA Express (my chronic medication was also in there), but with no luck. After I left the airport, one of your staff phoned me later to say that they still could not find it. Then I phoned SA Express in Richards Bay and they were very helpful. One person in particular I have to mention is Precious, who phoned me twice that day, and contacted security at OR Tambo International Airport. Thanks to her efforts, my vanity case was eventually found. Precious phoned me the following day again just to confirm that I was happy as she had been worried about me. This lady really is excellent at what she does. Please mention this to her, because she really went out of her way to help me. Thank goodness for people like her. Tania Fourie
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Refreshing Welcome to 2016
â€ŚWith Love From RTG
Per Person Sharing
Aâ€™Zambezi River Lodge
3 nights Accommodation & breakfast
Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel
Return Airport Transfers
Valid: 1 January - 31 March 2016
Sunset Cruise Tour of the Falls Sunrise cruise
Terms & Conditions: Rates are applicable to residents of South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho & Swaziland. Package is valid for new bookings only and stay before 31 March 2016. Rates are for land arrangements only, no flights included. Package excludes National Park fees where applicable. Payment should be made in the currency quoted. Commissionable to Travel Agents. The package is subject to availability at the time of making the booking. Terms & Conditions apply.
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Published on Jan 12, 2016