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Back to Work – As We Have Done for Centuries

A Tasting Journey in Little France

The Yeoville Dinner Club

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Mall Revolution

Buyers (and Sellers) Beware

A Short History of the Office

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Africa On a Plate

Monneaux Restaurant

What Do We Do with Dying Retail Spaces?

Avoid Common Property Pitfalls


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Need to Know

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Meandering Through Time

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Bits & Pieces

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An African Dream Come True

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Dinner & A Movie

Cape Point Moments

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Turn it Up!

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Books

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Imagine the Possibilities – TravelIT

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Gadgets

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Africa’s Safari Hotspots

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CEO Letter

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Food Politics: Scarcity vs Abundance

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Meet the Crew

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Food Politics

Scarcity vs Abundance One third of all food produced in South Africa goes to waste during the course of production, processing, distribution and consumption. This is due mostly to poor storage facilities, market inefficiencies, and bottlenecks in the supply chain, and costs an estimated R61 billion annually. Text: Andy Du Plessis, MD: FoodForward SA Images Š Supplied & iStockphoto.com

While the food system continues to remain volatile, the negative impact on food security is huge from a cost perspective, especially when considering that South Africa is a net importer of food. Food waste also has a negative environmental impact in the form of wasted resources or input costs such as water and electricity to produce the food, as well as the cost of emissions. Most of the food waste takes place before the food even reaches the consumer, although household food waste is also a growing concern.

Yet, in the midst of all this waste, we have a significant proportion of our population living in conditions of food scarcity or insecurity. For about 14 million people, securing food is a daily struggle which leads to compromised nutrition, and involves skipping meals, eating smaller portions, and also often going without food for days. CSIR research estimates that between 9 and 10 million tonnes of food is wasted each year. These estimates exclude non-food products such as toiletries

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and detergents. Additionally, food waste disposal to landfill poses a pollution threat to groundwater resources. Although we use the term waste, we should refer to at least a large portion of this “waste” as surplus, since most of the food is fit for human consumption, and most toiletries, detergents, and personal hygiene items are perfectly usable, even well after their recommended “Best Before” or “Use By” dates. If this level of waste continues, the effects will be catastrophic in terms of the country’s emissions footprint, the costs to consumers, and the lack of access to food for the poor. Surely, where abundance exists in the food system that is unavoidable, creative alternatives should be sought to direct quality edible food to meet the challenge of feeding growing populations and addressing food scarcity. FOODFORWARD SA One such creative alternative is Foodbanking. For more than 15 years, FoodForward SA (formally known as FoodBank SA) has been partnering with manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers to do just that. They recover and reuse

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FoodForward SA recovers and reuses quality edible surplus food and usable nonfood products for redistribution to registered and vetted NPOs involved in addressing food insecurity. quality edible surplus food and usable non-food products for redistribution to registered and vetted NPOs involved in addressing food insecurity. At least 85 % of FoodForward SA’s beneficiary organisations are involved in skills development activities, education initiatives, the care of abused women, youth development, health promotion, HIV/Aids care and care for orphans and vulnerable children, in addition to their feeding programmes. In this context, Foodbanking is actually a catalyst for development, since these organisations can now use their grocery money to fund development activities. In this way, Foodbanking creates a shift towards a more circular economy, resulting in greater productivity since children are fed and have the energy to learn and adults have the strength to go out and seek employment. This is the opposite of the current linear economy, which is a “take, make, dispose” model of production. Other benefits of the Foodbanking model include: • It is restorative and regenerative by design. • Since the food is donated, the model is economical and scalable. • Once critical mass is achieved, distributing donated food to feed the hungry is much more cost effective than buying food to accomplish the same goal.

• Since most of the food and non-food groceries we receive are still well within date, it is well used, as opposed to being dumped. • Poor people have greater access to food, and much of this food will be healthy and nutritious. • The provision of food and nonfood groceries to verified nonprofit organisations allows them to focus on the important work that they do. • The impact on the environment is less severe, as the carbon footprint is reduced. While not all the industry representatives are keen to support redistribution over dumping, thankfully many wholesalers, retailers and manufacturers are open to the idea that donating food instead of dumping it is not only good for business, it’s also good business practice – contributing to the social good and preserving the environment. Here we would like to acknowledge and thank caring partners like Pick n Pay, Shoprite Checkers, RCL Foods, Nestlé, Fruit and Veg City, Mass Discounters, Cambridge Foods, Woolworths, Pioneer Foods, Kellogg’s, Albany, Clover and others for investing in people by donating surplus food and non-food groceries. The impact of this partnership, while not immediately tangible, is making a real difference to those who need it.

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Need to Know

Get Hammered

Forest Acoustics UNTIL FEBRUARY THE HOPE @ PAUL CLUVER AMPHITHEATRE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, ELGIN VALLEY

Music enthusiasts will once again get the opportunity to catch some of SA’s top artists in action at the Hope @ Paul Cluver Summer Concert Series. A majestic eucalyptus forest circles the estate’s intimate open-air arena, which has been entirely hewn from farm timber. The performances are specifically chosen to match the natural acoustics of the venue, thereby creating a truly unique open-air experience, suited to the whole family. The line-up for January includes Prime Circle (6th January), The Parlotones (13 th January) and Elvis Blue (27th January). A selection of Paul Cluver wines will be available to purchase, along with tasty morsels from a number of vendors on site, including delicious grilled vegetable and halloumi wraps, Houw Hoek pies and decadent sweet treats.

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Horsing Around 27 TH JANUARY THE SUN MET, KENILWORTH RACECOURSE, CAPE TOWN

The Sun Met is a major highlight on the African horseracing and social calendars, and is set to deliver another dazzling event with a variety of race day experiences, culinary and bar services, and a stellar line-up of A-List entertainment to be announced. Visitors on race day can expect to rub shoulders with the who’s who of local fashion, music, and entertainment while sipping on delicious GH Mumm champagne. Join the conversation on Twitter (@SunMetZA), Facebook (@TheSunMet) and Instagram (@officialsunmet).

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9TH FEBRUARY THE CAPE WINE AUCTION 2018, TOKARA WINE & OLIVE ESTATE

One of the most anticipated events on the social calendar and the opportunity to bid on once-in-a-lifetime auction lots, the Cape Wine Auction has, in only four years of existence, created a benchmark in philanthropy. It has raised a total of almost R55 million, with all proceeds going to 27 beneficiaries who make a profound impact on education and the lives of children in the Cape Winelands. Visitors will be treated to some of the finest food and wines and top-class entertainment, while making a real difference to many underprivileged children. Some of the amazing experiences that will go under the hammer this year include: A week in France for 12 people in an 18th century stone house; a five-day experience for two people to the 2018 Tour de France; tickets for Wimbledon centre-court; tickets to the 2018 US Open Golf; and VIP seats at the British Film Festival.


Fine Food, Fine Wine

Luxury in every way Great Mediteranean cooking is something to be savoured, treasured and remembered. For no other cuisine can match the exotic, yet subtle flavours that make up the favourite dishes of the region. Fortunately East London is blessed with Grazia fine food & wine, a perfect venue with a superb view over the Indian Ocean just as you might expect from a world-class restaurant with a reputation for serving the finest authentic dishes, accompanied by a wide selection of wines. Tel : 0 4 3 7 2 2 2 0 0 9 ¡ 0 4 3 7 2 2 2010 ww w.g ra zi a fi nefo o d .c o.za


Need to Know

An Exhibition with a Conscience 7 TH JANUARY TO 4TH FEBRUARY SLOW THE FLOW, THE GALLERY, RIEBEEK KASTEEL

Slow the Flow is a group eco-exhibition which aims to raise awareness of the water challenges being faced in the Western Cape and, indeed, the whole of South Africa as global warming starts to make itself felt. “Experts anticipate lower average rainfall year-on-year, and longterm solutions – coupled with a change in attitudes towards water use – need to be implemented,” says Astrid McLeod, owner and curator of The Gallery. McLeod believes that by focusing a fresh eye on problems, artists can encourage people to rethink their behaviour when it comes to using water. The exhibition promises to bring together exciting, creative and contemporary art works that draw attention to the plight of our water-sensitive future.

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The Sounds of Summer 7 TH JANUARY TO 8TH APRIL LIVE SUMMER SUNDAY CONCERTS, VERGENOEGD LÖW WINE ESTATE, STELLENBOSCH

Break away from the hustle of the city and spend the day with friends and family enjoying delicious wine, bubbly and food and, of course, great music – all set on the idyllic green lawns of one of Stellenbosch’s oldest wine estates, Vergenoegd Löw. A festive food market will be set up on the estate’s lawns with a variety of food options, perfectly complemented by the estate’s wines. Live music by Kahn Morbee, Watershed, Matthew Mole, Desmond and the Tutus, Arno Carstens and Goodluck is guaranteed to add to the jubilant atmosphere. A dedicated children’s village will keep the little ones entertained, giving parents time to relax and enjoy the celebration.

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Seasonal Sipping 3 RD FEBRUARY FRANSCHHOEK SUMMER WINES, LEOPARD’S LEAP FAMILY VINEYARDS

It’s a new year, summer is in full swing and it’s the perfect opportunity to sample seasonally inspired wines at the annual Franschhoek Summer Wines. These include a superb selection of white, rosé, Méthode Cap Classique and light red wines chosen to complement hot summer days. And what would wine be without delicious food? Chef Pieter de Jager and his team will ensure the food offerings not only match the wine, but the weather too. Live music will add the final touch to what promises to be the perfect day out in the Franschhoek Wine Valley. Tickets can be purchased via www.webtickets.co.za and the dress code is elegant white.


Need to Know

Affordable Family Fun UNTIL 31ST JANUARY SUMMER HOLIDAY FESTIVAL, EMPERORS PALACE BARNYARD

During their Summer Holiday Festival, Barnyard shows are only R100 per person, with selected “Super Tuesdays” (buy one, get one free) and Sunday “Family Days” where kids under 12 enter for free and pensioners can enjoy 50 % off the ticket price. So bring the whole family to Emperors Palace and enjoy live shows like Rocking the Globe and We Are The Champions. Be entertained with the greatest hits of our time performed by live musicians and a cast of singers and dancers. Delicious catering and a warm atmosphere are guaranteed. For more information, contact +27 11 928 1108.

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Watch Theatre in the Movie Theatre JANUARY FUGARD BIOSCOPE NATIONAL THEATRE ENCORE SEASON, CAPE TOWN

The National Theatre Encore Season is a chance to re-experience some of the most popular recorded live theatre titles of the 2017 bioscope season. Included are the best of British theatre screenings, as well as some new titles from the comfort of a Fugard Theatre seat, with its full-size, high-definition cinema screen and 7.1 Dolby digital surround sound system. The productions are filmed live, transporting you directly into the heart of the action on stage. The line-up for January includes Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (7th), Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (14th), Obsession (21 st), and Amadeus (28th). Tickets cost R100 and can be booked through Computicket or at the Fugard Theatre box office.

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The Classics Reimagined 4TH FEBRUARY ROSANTHORN CELLO TRIO, OUDE LIBERTAS AMPHITHEATRE, STELLENBOSCH

Join three innovative cellists in a concert that presents this incredible instrument in a ground-breaking new context. Featuring both traditional classical cellos, as well as electric cellos, the audience will enjoy the introspection and ebullience of diverse, original works and fresh reinterpretations of, amongst others, Vivaldi’s “Double Concerto in G Minor”, Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek” and Johnny Clegg’s “Scatterlings of Africa”. Performing alongside Rosanthorn will be special guest artists: The Idols Top 100 singer Zami Mdingi and singing sensation Lize Mynardt. Rosanthorn’s first self-titled six-track EP is available on iTunes and at www.rosanthorn.bandcamp.com. Bookings for the show can be made through Computicket or at Oude Libertas box office.

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Bits & Pieces

Embrace Outdoor Living

From Stationary to Stationery!

There aren’t many things that can beat a South African summer and, by embracing both our climate and lifestyle, Coricraft has the perfect furniture for outdoor living. Their new collection of cane furniture includes the contemporary Sedgewick Modular range. With its modern lines, it’s the perfect addition for any patio, as it is not only stylish but also extremely versatile – the modular components mean that you can customise the size of your lounge suite, plus you can choose your favourite cushions in Connel Linen, Connel Mineral or Connel Graphite. For a more classic look, opt for the traditional Jane range featuring high backs and armrests. The collection includes one-seater, twoseater and three-seater couches, all with upholstered backs and seat cushions.

Make back to school cool with colourful and quirky stationery from Pylones, like Animal Pencils (R49.95 each), which are available with a host of cute characters including foxes, ladybirds and even unicorns. Pop these in a fun Japaneseinspired pencil case (R149.95), along with a pair of Kiss Me scissors (R299.95) and a character pen (R79.95) or two. And for break time? A colourful lunch bag (R249.95) filled with scrumptious goodies. Actually, that lunch bag is really cute – maybe you could keep that one for yourself!

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The King of Steaks In a country like South Africa, where braaing is a national pastime and everyone has an opinion on how to grill the perfect piece of meat, standing out as one of the country’s best steakhouses is no mean feat. But this is just what Cape Town’s Rare Grill did when it claimed the coveted Wolftrap Steakhouse Championship late last year. This owneroperated steakhouse takes immense pride in the quality of the beef it serves, along with a host of interesting sides. Head to Kenilworth to sample them for yourself. And if you’re not in Cape Town, pop over to one of the other finalists (including Little Havana, Umhlanga Rocks; The Local Grill, Parktown North; The Cricketer, East London; Beef Boys Grill, Potchefstroom; and Jayz Grill, Pietermaritzburg) to get your superior steak fix.


Dinner & A Movie

Fotunato Favours the Flavours

Tshwane’s renowned singing chef, Fortunato Mazzone, opened his new restaurant at Time Square in Menlyn earlier this year. Forti Grill and Bar boasts a beautiful dining room and a state-ofthe-art kitchen. Guests can watch the action unfold in the kitchen through a giant viewing window – because the food really is the star of the show here. Serving elegant, Italian-inspired food of “Michelin-star standard”, you’ll be hard-pressed to pick from the many

mouth-watering options on the menu. But if you’re lucky, Forti will pop by your table and help you find the perfect pasta (made from scratch), steak (the famous marbled Wagyu beef is a winner), or seafood dish – all paired with a wine from the restaurant’s fantastic selection. The Table Dessert is a feast for the senses in every way, and you can even take some delicious flavours home with you in the form of some olive oil from the deli, or even a Cuban cigar from the humidor.

Fynbos Flavour Summer calls for lazy afternoons on the patio, sunset dips in the ocean and a classic G&T. Inverroche Gin Classic is an elegant, hand-crafted, small-batch gin infused with fynbos and bottled, labelled and numbered by hand. Inverroche Gin Classic is complex and beautifully balanced, with upfront green juniper notes that blend seamlessly with a bouquet of soft flowers on the nose. The taste is exotic and intriguing, with aromas of citrus, rose petals and assertive florals delivering a crisp, dry and spicy finish. Serve it on ice with tonic and a curl of grapefruit peel, or with a twist of lemon zest for the perfect dry martini. Inverroche Gin Classic retails for R330 per bottle.

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Father Figures Kyle and Peter Reynolds (played by Owen Wilson and Ed Helms) are brothers whose eccentric mother raised them to believe their father had died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out

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together to find their real father, and end up learning more about their mother than they probably ever wanted to know. The film also stars JK Simmons, Ving Rhames, Christopher Walken and Glenn Close.

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Turn it Up! A year-and-a-half in the making, and many late nights, good and bad songs later, Easy Freak finally released their much anticipated debut album, I’m Alright, in the second half of 2017. Easy Freak members, Dom Hurd and Jude Kenrick, recorded and produced I’m Alright independently in their home studio overlooking beautiful Durban. They shared the processes of writing and producing the album, with Dom also taking on the mixing of the tracks. “We see music as a pure form of expression. When we experience life, our reaction to that is through our music. For us to express ourselves so openly and with such vulnerability, and for people to welcome us with so much enthusiasm; that’s been really heart-warming. That inspires us to keep writing,” Dom says. The biggest theme throughout the album is love and loss – a universal theme experienced by mankind in general. The theme of God is also a recurring one and, in particular, of finding comfort in religion through tough times. In regards to the album’s title, its meaning is multi-layered. “It speaks of the masks we put on in life, about the questions and doubts that pop up, and about how life doesn’t always make sense. But through all of that we seem to come out on top; we find peace in not always knowing, in asking questions, and in not always having it together.

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Nobody’s perfect, but we’re alright,” Dom explains. The album not only features the signature elements of funky groove, futuristic sounds, heartfelt lyrics and catchy melodies ever present in Easy Freak’s music, it also includes some slower, more sensitive tracks very different from their previous singles. They wanted the tracks, filled with emotion and feeling, to evoke deeper thoughts or to make people reminisce about past experiences. The album also features a number of collaborations with the likes of Raheem Kemet (heard on their previous single “Moves On You”), Durban rapper ByLwansta, Red Robyn, Jaedon Daniel, and Kaien Cruz, a member of WolfpackX (Sketchy Bongo/Aewon Wolf). “We’re definitely excited to have a full body of music out there and we’re very proud of I’m Alright. We can’t wait to hear what people think of it,” Dom says. Easy Freak easyfreakmusic EasyFreakMusic EasyFreakMusic


MEANDERING Through Time They say that the only constant is change, and so all things evolve – even old favourites like KwaZulu-Natal’s Midlands Meander. The original Midlands Meander was started by a small group of likeminded artisans who wanted to share their art and their beautiful countryside settings with the public. Nowadays, new restaurants, studios, and shops regularly pop up on the routes that traverse the area from the Dargle Valley and Nottingham Road to Lion’s River and Curry’s Post. Many of the old mainstays are still dotted in-between their contemporary counterparts, though, making a trip here an exploration of both old and new – both well worth it.

Text: Nicky Furniss Images: © Carmen Barends (Meanderings.co.za), Terbodore Coffee, Blueberry Café, The Midlands Kitchen, Tsonga, Groundcover, ZULU LULU Arthouse & Nicky Furniss

OLD BLUEBERRY CAFÉ, NOTTINGHAM ROAD Perched on a hill just outside the little town of Nottingham Road, Blueberry Hill (blueberryhill@bundunet.com) offers visitors undoubtedly one of the best views in the Midlands – on a clear day you can see as far as the Drakensberg. Made up of two airy barn-like structures, visitors have a chance to browse for beautiful art, ceramics and furniture in the one, before being lured next door to the other for yummy nibbles and coffee. As the name would suggest, blueberries form the mainstay of the menu here, and you can indulge in blueberry lemonade, scones with blueberry jam, and one of the best blueberry cheesecakes you are likely to find. There are also delicious options for breakfast and light lunch for those in a more savoury state of mind. NEW THE MIDLANDS KITCHEN, NOTTINGHAM ROAD Just across the highway from Blueberry Café, the Windmills rest stop just added a new feather to its cap with the opening of The Midlands Kitchen (+27 33 266 7046), a truly innovative concept where the whole family (or bunch of friends) can sit at the same table, but each order completely different food from a selection of 15 separate kitchens.

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This truly is the definition of “spoilt for choice”, and will have you wandering from station to station trying to pick between French toast at The Breakfast Bar, a steak from Burger and Butcher, tacos from El Tostado or a bunny chow from Mr Bizwa’s Durban Curry. There are also chicken, pizza, coffee and gelato options, as well as one of the most comprehensive veggie menus around at Artichoke Authentic Vegan. And if you simply can’t decide, order one from each kitchen and get the table to tuck in family-style! For those who don’t have time to sit down, there is also a grab-and-go section which stays open until 20h00. Their homemade pies are legendary! OLD GROUNDCOVER, CURRY’S POST One of the mainstays of the Meander, Groundcover was founded in 1990, and has been making amazing leather products ever since. They have a huge range of shoes, sandals and boots for men, ladies and kids, ranging from sturdy hiking boots and traditional velskoene to dainty sandals – all available in a range of colours. Their wool boots and slippers are also heaven for your feet – wonderfully cosy in winter, they feel like you’re walking on a cloud. Should you not have a shoe obsession (are there really those of you out there?), you can still go home with a beautifully handmade leather bag, belt, purse, satchel or briefcase. All of the leather is sourced locally, and the Tsonga

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products are made by artisans from the local community – the real definition of local is lekker! NEW TSONGA It’s not unusual to see the odd Tsonga (www.tsonga.com) store in malls around the country, but – like most of the studios on the Meander – it had humble beginnings. Faced with a flood of cheap imported footwear at the end of the last century, Tsonga founder Peter Maree was inspired by the hand-stitching skills of the women of Lidgetton Village, and set out to create high-quality

leather footwear with a decidedly African flavour. Transforming an abandoned school building into a training centre, Peter invited a host of people from the local community to put their skills to excellent use making beautiful footwear – the same community members visitors benefit every time they buy a pair of Tsonga shoes. Everyone is a winner here, though, because Tsonga’s shoes are unique, well made and oh, so comfy, with a style to suit pretty much any foot – their flip-flops are especially comfy and such a bargain. They also have a lovely range of handbags and leather accessories.


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OLD HILLFOLD POTTERY, LIDGETTON Tucked away off a picturesque country road in Lidgetton, Lindsay Scott’s pottery studio (lindsayscott@mwebbiz.co.za) is a treasure trove of warm terracotta pots and delicate Asian-inspired stoneware and porcelain. Scott’s distinctive eye for detail can best be seen in the delicate touches – an etched swirl, a raised signature, a translucent swathe of colour – that distinguish his award-winning oil-fired pieces, many of which grace homes and ceramic collections around the world. NEW PIGGLY WIGGLY COUNTRY VILLAGE, LIDGETTON WEST Piggly Wiggly is probably the closest thing you can get to a “mall” in the Midlands as it has gathered a host of shops, studios and restaurants in one open-air village, offering visitors a feast of options to explore. Here, you find a number of the Midlands Meander’s original participants who have either moved their studios and shops here in their entirety or opened up a second retail branch here. These include Lona’s Pianos (piano@sai.co.za), which boasts a beautiful range of restored pianos as well as other antiques, and Sterlings Wrought Iron (www.sterlingswroughtiron.co.za), where you can watch Guy Sterling at work in his forge. Here he produces an eclectic range of wrought-iron products, from benches and garden gates to candlesticks and decorative items. Part of the new wave of artistic shops, ZULU LULU Art House (www.zulululu.co.za) houses a beautifully curated selection of art from some of KZN’s best ceramicists, crafters and fine artists, and a wander around their gallery will certainly have you itching to take half the pieces home to adorn your own walls and mantelpiece. If you are looking for a beautiful piece of handmade furniture on which to display one of these, head over to Homewood (www.homewood.co.za), where you will find unique pieces made from a range of African hardwoods as well as white oak.

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OLD TERBODORE COFFEE ROASTERS, CURRY’S POST ROAD While not part of the original Meander, “old guard” Terbodore (www.terbodorecoffee.co.za) has become an institution in the Midlands and is a must for all coffee lovers. This little country roastery imports raw coffee beans from 13 different countries and then expertly roasts, blends and flavours them on site. As a result, visitors are always met by the delicious aromas of freshly brewed coffee, as well as by the owners’ resident Great Danes who are often to be found lounging outside on the grass. As well as a great cup of joe, you can also stock up on a host of coffee-related paraphernalia, as well as beans to take home. And even if you are not a coffee fan, it is worth popping into the restaurant for a light lunch, a decadent hot chocolate, or arguably the best homemade scones anywhere in the Midlands. Plus, there are some wonderful Great Dane-emblazoned T-shirts and hoodies in the shop which make for great presents – for someone else or even yourself!

NEW STEAMPUNK COFFEE, LIONS RIVER It may look like something of a holein-the-wall establishment, next to a petrol station in a part of Lion’s River that has traditionally been quickly bypassed by many meanderers, but you would be remiss not to stop at least once, because Steampunk Coffee (www.steampunkcoffee.co.za) is a real gem. The décor is fantastic – quirky, hip and fun – and the staff is warm and incredibly knowledgeable about the coffee they serve. Because coffee is the name of the game here. Steampunk is incredibly passionate about its coffee – and it shows. They source traceable coffee – mostly from Africa – and apply their artisanal roasting skills to bring out the more complex flavours of each bean, making these some of the best cups of coffee you’ll ever have. Steampunk Coffee

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BACK TO WORK

As We have Done for Centuries A Short History of the Office For centuries people have been getting up, joining a daily commute or retreating to a room to work. The office has become inseparable from work. Its history illustrates not only how our work has changed but also how work’s physical spaces respond to cultural, technological and social forces.

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The origins of the modern office lie with large-scale organisations such as governments, trading companies, and religious orders that required written records or documentation. Medieval monks, for example, worked in quiet spaces designed specifically for sedentary activities such as copying and studying manuscripts. As depicted in Botticelli’s St Augustine in His Cell, these early “workstations” comprised a desk, chair and storage shelves. Another of Botticelli’s paintings of St Augustine at work is now in Florence’s Uffizi Gallery. This building was originally constructed as the central administrative building of the Medici mercantile empire in 1560. It was an early version of the

modern corporate office. It was both a workplace and a visible statement of prestige and power. But such spaces were rare in medieval times, as most people worked from home. In Home: The Short History of an Idea, Witold Rybczynski argues that the 17th century represented a turning point. Lawyers, civil servants and other new professionals began to work from offices in Amsterdam, London and Paris. This led to a cultural distinction between the office, associated with work, and the home, associated with comfort, privacy and intimacy. Despite these early offices, working from home continued. In the 19th century, banking dynasties such as the Rothschilds

and Barings operated from luxurious homes so as to make clients feel at ease. And, even after the office was well established in the 1960s, Hugh Hefner famously ran his Playboy empire from a giant circular bed in a bedroom of his Chicago apartment. But these were exceptions to the general rule. Over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, increasingly specialised office designs – from the office towers of Chicago and New York to post-war suburban corporate campuses – reinforced a distinction between work and home. MANAGING THE OFFICE Various management theories also had a profound impact on the office. As Gideon

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Haigh put it in The Office: A Hardworking History, the office was “an activity long before it was a place”. Work was shaped by social and cultural expectations even before the modern office existed. Monasteries, for example, introduced timekeeping that imposed strict discipline on the daily routines of the monks living there. Later, modern theorists understood the office as a factory-like environment. Inspired by Frank Gilbreth’s time-motion studies of bricklayers and Fredrick Taylor’s Principles of Scientific Management, William Henry Leffingwell’s 1917 book, Scientific Office Management, depicted work as a series of tasks that could be rationalised, standardised and scientifically calculated into an efficient production

Edison’s dictating machine, revolutionised both concepts of work and office design. Telecommunications meant offices could be separate from factories and warehouses, separating white- and blue-collar workers. Ironically, while these new technologies suggested the possibility of a distributed workforce, in practice, American offices in particular became more centralised. In 1964, when IBM introduced a magnetic-card recording device into a Selectric typewriter, the future of the office, and our expectations of it, changed forever. This early word processor could store information, and was the start of computer-based work – as well as early fears of a jobless society due to automation. Now digital maturity seems to be

WHY RETURN TO THE OFFICE? Anthropological research on how we interact with each other and how physical proximity increases interactions highlights the importance of being together in a physical space. The office is an important factor in communicating the necessary cues of leadership, not to mention enabling collaboration and communication. Although employers might be calling their employees back to the physical space of the office again, its boundaries are changing. For example, recent “chip parties” celebrate employees getting a radio-frequency identification implant that enables employers to monitor their employees. In the future, the office may be embedded under our skin.

regime. Even his concessions to the office environment, such as flowers, were intended to increase productivity.

signalling the end of the office. With online connectivity, more people could potentially work from home. But some of the same organisations that promoted and enabled the idea of work “anywhere, anytime” – Yahoo and IBM, for example – have cancelled workfrom-home policies to bring employees back to bricks and mortar offices.

While this might seem strange to us, it’s probably just as strange as the idea of making multiple people sit in cubicles to work would have seemed to a 15th-century craftsman. The office of the future may be as familiar as home, or even our neighbour’s kitchen table. But only time will tell.

TECHNOLOGY IN THE OFFICE Changes in technology also influenced the office. In the 19th and early 20th century, Morse’s telegraph, Bell’s telephone and

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A TASTING JOURNEY

in Little France

Whispers of French influence can be seen throughout Cape Town, but this whisper becomes a rather heavily French-accented cheer when you arrive in Franschhoek.

Text: Paula Rabeling Images © Monneaux

The iconic main street of this quaint Winelands town is lined with artisanal chocolate and truffle stores, gourmet restaurants serving up French cuisine, and bakeries. At the end of the road, an ode to the French Huguenots who braved the seas to resist religious persecution and found a home here can be found in the form of the Huguenot Monument and museum. Due to the popularity of Franschhoek among both local and international travellers, there are a host of fantastic accommodation options to choose from, one being the five-star Franschhoek Country House and Villa with its Frenchinfluenced restaurant, Monneaux. THE FRAGRANCE OF SUCCESS Set on the original site of the first parfumerie in Franschhoek, the awardwinning Monneaux Restaurant brings fine wines and exceptional cuisine together. In a town like Franschhoek, with a plethora of acclaimed restaurants seemingly on every corner, being singled out as a must-visit restaurant is a cheersworthy feat. Monneaux has been named in the country’s Top 100 list for six consecutive years, and on the Top 10 list for two years. It also has an American Express Platinum Award for fine dining to its name. The interiors of Monneaux draw guests in with contemporary décor, large windows, and a calming, neutral colour palette. In the evening, it is a perfect setting for dinner, with candlelight adding to the ambience. A perfect January summer’s day calls for a feast

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Crayfish thermidor on bruschetta with a seafood bisque, steak with béarnaise sauce chips, pork and chicken rillettes, and gnocchi with roasted butternut are just some of the options. enjoyed outdoors – for lunch, patrons can dine on the terrace under the pepper tree. SHARING IS CARING Meals here are a journey of different flavours and the restaurant advises guests to order three to five of the small plates to best experience this. However, you will be hard pressed to narrow it down to just a few. Crayfish thermidor on bruschetta with a seafood bisque, steak with béarnaise sauce chips, pork and chicken rillettes, and gnocchi with roasted butternut are just some of the options. While Monneaux has a strong French flavour, splashes of Asian cuisine can be seen on the menu in the form of: salmon sashimi with garlic, ginger, and wasabi mayo; chicken and prawn curry; and tempura prawns with kimchi. The plates can be accompanied by sides: almond rice, creamed spinach, biltongspice root vegetables, hand-cut fires, and parsley and garlic mushrooms. Artistically presented, the portions, though small, are flavourful. Going between the different ingredients and flavours makes for a meal that takes one on a varied journey from savoury to sweet. Take your pick from the chef’s salted crème caramel, dark chocolate tart with white chocolate mousse, apple tarte tatin, and sorbet salad with fresh fruit. French influenced with some international flavour, the acclaimed Monneaux Restaurant in South Africa’s Little France cannot be missed when meandering in the Winelands. For more information, please visit wwww.monneaux.co.za.

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AN AFRICAN DREAM COME TRUE Ever fantasised about owning your very own escape in the heart of the African bush? That fantasy could become a reality thanks to Bakubung Villas, an exciting new opportunity presented by the Legacy Hotel Group.

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Less than two hours’ drive from Johannesburg, you could have a private retreat at Bakubung Bush Lodge, which is known as one of South Africa’s iconic Bushveld resorts and is situated in the stunning, malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park. The park was also recently awarded the title of South Africa’s most popular game reserve by the South African Tourism Board. “The Bakubung Villas project is a unique, rare property investment opportunity. It allows investors to acquire their very own piece of this iconic resort and make it their own,” says Ewan Dykes, sales and marketing manager at Magic Breakaways Property Developments. This project is made up of just 22 private stands, all of which are situated within the Pilanesberg National Park, making this an exclusive offering. “Investors can now enjoy the best of both worlds, by purchasing a stand and designing their own private lodge, with the Big Five roaming virtually on their doorstep, yet still enjoy all the incredible services and facilities already offered by the resort and its hotel,” Dykes says. Bakubung’s facilities include a luxurious new day spa, a variety of dining experiences and bars, children’s playgrounds, and the ever-popular Junior Ranger’s Programme. There are also superb conference facilities,

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a wildlife and game drive department, tennis courts, and a number of other facilities and services to make use of and enjoy. What’s even more appealing about buying a Bakubung Villa is that the entire investment is structured on a turnkey, hassle-free basis that’s driven and managed by the Legacy Hotel Group. Therefore, everything – from the initial construction of your lodge to the day-to-day operations and management thereafter – is taken care of by one of Africa’s leading hospitality brands. “Owners also have the option of incorporating their lodge into the resort’s commercial rental pool whereby we will completely service, market and manage your lodge, providing you – as the owner – with an immediate financial return. The year-on-year annual tourism rate is on the increase in the park, and the launch

of the new Pilanesberg Airport means our guests and owners will be able to fly from Johannesburg and Cape Town directly to Pilanesberg and back,” Dykes says. “In terms of ownership and accessibility, as well as the broad array of services and facilities both onsite and on neighbouring Bakubung, I think one would struggle to find a similar property opportunity which ticks as many boxes as the Bakubung Villas do,” Dykes concludes. Knowing that you have a place in the magnificent African bush that you can escape to whenever you wish, where housework and maintenance aren’t your responsibility, and one that can even earn you money? Sounds like a dream come true. For more info on this development, please visit www.bakubungvillas.co.za or call Ewan Dykes on +27 83 755 8944.


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Less than two hours’ drive from JHB, you could have your very own private luxury lodge within Bakubung Bush Lodge, which is known as one of South Africa’s iconic bushveld resorts and is situated in the stunning, Big 5, malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park. The Bakubung Villas project is a very unique property investment opportunity which rarely presents itself, allowing investors to acquire their very own piece of this prestigious resort for themselves, with only 22 private stands. Investors can now enjoy the best of both worlds, by owning your very own private lodge with the Big 5 roaming within meters of your patio, yet still enjoy all the incredible services and facilities offered by the resort and its hotel. Some of which include a luxurious new day spa, a variety of dining experiences and bars, wildlife centre, game drives and bush walks into the park, direct daily shuttles into Sun City. Investors will also have the option of incorporating their lodge into Legacy’s commercial rental program, providing owners with an immediate financial return. In terms of ownership, accessibility, as well as the broad array of services and facilities both onsite and neighbouring the resort, you will struggle to find a similar property opportunity which offers you what the Bakubung Villas do.

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BEACHFRONT APARTMENTS where whispering dunes meet rolling waves...

This is an exciting residential and resort development offering the discerning investor the rare opportunity to purchase a luxurious apartment, located on the primary dune above the beach. When we say beach, we mean beach, with 3 km of beach to the east and 15 km beach to the west, you will certainly agree the location is very special. This is arguably the region’s most desirable and pristine coastline.

Moquini Beach can only be described as luxurious, exceptional, exuding class and extremely rare. It is situated on the Garden Route, just outside Mossel Bay, is setting new standards for developments in the area and is crafting a blueprint for the most opulent of lifestyles. The development will consist of 67 luxurious apartments and 64 hotel suites once completed. Services have been installed.

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Cape Point Moments Every Destination Has a Few Stories to Share

Whenever you visit an iconic tourist attraction, there is usually a moment when time stands still, and you think: “Wow, I’m really here.” But aside from that “a-ha” moment, many of these destinations have so much more to reveal of themselves if you just scratch below the surface. Cape Point is no different, and the Cape Point Moments series recounts intriguing and fascinating stories about this tip of the African continent. Text & Images © Supplied

Many South Africans have visited Cape Point at some stage during a school trip or holiday, and for tourists it is an absolute must-see on any Cape Town bucket list. If you have visited the area, you’ve probably walked along its paths, taken a trip on the Flying Dutchman Funicular, seen a couple of shipwrecks, and spotted some wildlife.

But have you ever delved beyond what’s right in front of you to learn more? The Cape Point Partnership with Thebe Tourism Group recently celebrated 20 years of the Cape Point concession by unveiling their Cape Point Moments series. The Cape Point Moments series details the rich and fascinating history of the

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site through a collection of stories, which speak of intrigue, isolation, devastation, heartbreak, and even paranormal activity. These moments bring to life the narrative of everything that has made the site into the celebrated destination that it is today. THE CAPE OF STORMS Imagine sailing around the Cape during a stormy winter in the 1800s, faced with jagged rocks, strong winds, and rough seas. At least 26 ships met a tragic end in the perilous waters off Cape Point. The Cape of Storms story details how many captains chose to round the Cape to avoid adding several days to their journey, but met their fate on the shallowly submerged rocks. Legendary explorer Sir Francis Drake may have described the region as “a most stately thing and the fairest Cape in the whole circumference of the Earth”, but he must have been travelling through on a clear day. Far more seafarers have described the journey around Cape Point as “treacherous” and “frightening”, and many of them sought shelter along the coast of the Cape Peninsula. The main culprits are two submerged reefs which claimed 12 of the 26 known wrecks of Cape Point: Bellow’s Rock and Albatross Rock. The Lusitania, known as the “Pride of Portugal”, was making its way around the Cape on its journey back to Lisbon

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from Mozambique on the night of 18th April 1911. The ship’s captain had spotted the lighthouse at Cape Point and set a course that would take the ship, its passengers, and its crew safely around it. But the weather worsened, bringing with it a mist that shrouded both the rocks and the lighthouse. When the captain next saw the light, it was too close, and the cliffs of Cape Point reared up before him in the black of night. A strong current had taken them off course. Just 10 minutes later, the ship smacked sickeningly into the hulking spine of Bellow’s Rock. Everyone on board was hurried into lifeboats, but it was not safe to land on Dias Beach and eight passengers from the first lifeboats attempting to reach safety were lost to barrelling waves and strong currents. The rest of the lifeboats went out to calmer waters and awaited rescue. The

Lusitania, however, remains submerged in the water to this day. It was the 71st wreck in 10 years off the Cape’s entire coast. THE CAPE OF LIGHTS The story of The Cape of Lights explains why it’s a much safer journey these days. South Africa’s extensive coastline has seen many deadly shipwrecks, resulting in lighthouses being built all along the coast in response to these tragedies. The Lusitania was arguably the most consequential wreck lost to Cape Point, as it was after this incident that the original lighthouse on Cape Point Peak was shut down and replaced with a second lighthouse further down the point. The first lighthouse was operational from 1860, but it was discovered that, despite a lot of time and effort to put it there (it took an entire decade to build), it was the least suitable location for a lighthouse. It was placed at the highest


point on the rocks at the tip of Cape Point, an area shrouded in low-hanging clouds for up to 900 hours a year. A new lighthouse was built below the cloud-line in 1919, 87 m above sea level at Dias Peak. It was a manually-lit paraffin torch, but was electrified in 1936. At 19 million candlepower, it became the most powerful light in Africa – and still is to this day. The new location still wasn’t ideal, however, as it was no longer visible to ships rounding Kommetjie and Chapman’s Peak. As a result, Slangkop Lighthouse was built a few kilometres north of Cape Point on the outskirts of Kommetjie. You can still visit the Cape Point lighthouses today, either on foot or via the Flying Dutchman Funicular. The trip is a must for any visitor. THE CAPE OF CLIMBS In 1877, when a lighthouse keeper decided to start a visitor’s book, he discovered that the walk up was less than popular with guests of the time. The Cape of Climbs tells of how Cape Point wasn’t only treacherous off-shore. One visitor wrote that the climb was a “Hades of an ascent”, while others begged for a road.

It was a far more difficult trek those days, judging by the mere 70 entries in the visitor’s book per year. Considering most visitors came in groups of five, that’s only about 14 groups making the journey. Compare this to the million or so visitors Cape Point now sees through its gates in one year alone. Fortunately, a road was built in 1915 and, as a result, visitor numbers began to climb steadily. Still, the journey from the road to the lighthouse remained “prohibitively arduous” in those days and remained that way until the funicular railway was built in 1996. Before the funicular, the Flying Dutchman bus service transported visitors from the car park to the lighthouses and other viewing sites. The bus and the funicular take their name from the legendary ghost ship that is said to still stalk the site’s shores today. THE CAPE OF GHOSTS The Flying Dutchman, captained by Hendrik van der Decken, was reported missing at sea in 1641. The ship was on its way home from a successful trading mission to Indonesia, its cargo holds full of silks and spices.

At least 26 ships met a tragic end in the perilous waters off Cape Point. The Cape of Storms story details how many captains chose to round the Cape to avoid adding several days to their journey, but met their fate on the shallowly submerged rocks.

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Van der Decken was determined to push forward through a growing storm and as The Flying Dutchman was tossed by the waves and turned by the wind, he swore an oath: “I shall round this damned Cape, even if I have to sail until Doomsday comes.” It is said that Van der Decken’s wish was granted, and miraculously the waters calmed. But the ship and its entire crew were doomed to sail the seas around Cape Point, forever cursed. If you visit Cape Point now, you might still hear the wails and cries of the crew – or perhaps you’ll even spot the glowing ship out at sea. If this happens, consider the warnings from The Cape of Ghosts story and turn away immediately. It is said that those who accept the letters and messages from the ghostly crew will soon meet their end. With all these stories, and many more, it’s understandable why Cape Point remains one of SANParks’ most popular tourist attractions. The site continues to grow in strength with record numbers of visitors – international and domestic – coming through its gates each year. Why not make sure that you’re one of them?


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CAVEMAN CHIC Indulge your inner child and spend a night in the ultimate ‘man cave’ when you book a night at Forum Homini Boutique Hotel in Gauteng. Text: Kayla Cloete Images © Forum Homini Boutique Hotel

Forum Homini Boutique Hotel rises from the ancient dust of the Cradle of Humankind. The very first ancestors of modern humans, hominids, can be traced back to this spot in Africa. It seems only fitting, then, that guests should find themselves tucked into a cave-like suite when staying here. Offering guests the opportunity to return to their roots, this five-star hotel provides an authentic taste of history. Twelve cave-chic suites have been harmoniously carved into the landscape. Tastefully decorated with rich woods, silken fabrics, and decorative stalactites, the rooms immerse you in the lost world of our ancestors – well, the more wealthy and upmarket of them, at least.

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CATERING FOR MODERN CAVE DWELLERS Each of these modern caves has their own sensual bathtub made for two, as well as a magical outdoor shower which allows guests the opportunity to wash in the open air just as nature intended. For newlywed couples, the hotel also has its own honeymoon suite, created in particular for guests who choose to have a truly historical wedding ceremony in the hotel’s amphitheatre. For those who prefer to be married to their work, the hotel also offers a Presidential suite which features a boardroom that can seat up to eight people. However, if your trip is for neither business nor nuptials, you can spend your


days lounging at the communal pool, enjoying an in-room massage, or simply sauntering around the premises to admire the various thought-provoking artworks on display, from chimp and human footprints, to a sculpture which depicts the evolution of the human brain, and an artwork which displays the Hominid family tree. EXPLORE YOUR HISTORY If you are able to tear yourself away from the comforts of the hotel, it is well worth exploring some of the most astounding fossil sites the world has to offer, such as the Sterkfontein Caves. Guests can arrange to go on Paleo Tours through various fossil sites within The Cradle of Humankind, and can even arrange with Wild Cave Adventures to go abseiling and climbing in some of the area’s many caves. But after your exploring, you simply must return for dinner. Taking us back to the days before cyber-distractions, when conversation was king, Roots, the onsite restaurant at Forum Homini, takes the focus off ourselves, and places it onto those who came before us, and those who currently surround us. Guests have more than enough time to catch up on the day’s events and reconnect over a heavenly four-course lunch or a six-course dinner served either outside overlooking a picturesque pond, or inside in the contemporary-style restaurant.

Each of these modern caves has their own sensual bathtub made for two, as well as a magical outdoor shower which allows guests the opportunity to wash in the open air just as nature intended.

FORGET PALEO, EAT HAUTE CUISINE Roots serves up a gourmet menu built around contemporary, modern cuisine with a South African twist. Dishes are served with paired wines, all handpicked from a selection of South Africa’s best wines, to complement each dish. The wines are available for purchase from the restaurant’s cellar. If you are in search of a place where you can just hit pause on all of life’s distractions, enjoy some great food and wine, and return to the simplicity of yesteryear, then a stay at Forum Homini Boutique Hotel is precisely what you need. For more information on this evolutionary hotel, or to book online, visit www.forumhomini.com.

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On a Plate The Yeoville Dinner Club

While most people give Yeoville, one of Johannesburg’s grittier suburbs, a wide berth, former radio personality Sanza Sandile is providing diners a compelling reason to visit. Text: Lisa Witepski Images © Lesley Stones & Lisa Witepski

Rebirth has become a buzz word in central Johannesburg. It’s as though the gin and craft-beer fairies have danced over areas that were once firmly considered no-go zones, transforming them into hipster hangouts. From the Juta Street precinct to Maboneng, and now even New Doornfontein – far more glamourless than glamorous – those Jozi streets that were once given over to thugs are now the domain of people serious about coffee, art, food and music.

A FORGOTTEN SUBURB But Yeoville is different. These are streets where even the most intrepid Uber driver thinks twice before venturing forth. In a sense, Yeoville has experienced a reverse metamorphosis: Had you visited during the seventies, you would have walked into a bustlingly cosmopolitan land of coffee shops and eateries, where middle-aged Jewish ladies shopping for their Friday night challah would shout a cheery hello to their Italian neighbours. Fast-forward

to the noughties, and those patrons have moved on to areas they perceive as less threatening. Even the bohemian photographers and writers who made their home here during the optimistic nineties have migrated. But that’s not to say that Yeoville’s streets are quiet. Far from it. Walking past the little spazas, their rows of Clere lotion neatly stacked under fluorescent bulbs, you’ll see tired mothers with their babies strapped to their backs. Some friends

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exchange a few words under a streetlight. A girl, still in her school uniform, hops out of a bus and a smartly suited gent steps out of a men’s outfitter. A CULTURAL MIXING POT Very few of these people are South African born. Instead, they’ve made their way from Nigeria, the Congo, and Ghana, turning Yeoville into something of a United States of Africa. And it’s their culture that Sanza Sandile celebrates at his supper club, a nightly long table where strangers share a vividly coloured buffet of African tastes. As he says, “These dinners are the story of my neighbourhood’s pride. No one ever says anything complimentary about Yeoville – even Madiba [who, incidentally, has a link to Yeoville, having sought refuge here while running from the police] turned his back on it. Even the black middle class which we nurtured ignores us.” But Sanza insists that Yeoville has a magic about it. Taste his food, and you’ll agree. Listen to the stories accompanying each serving, and your conviction will grow stronger. A PASSION FOR FOOD Sanza didn’t set out to be a restaurateur. And, much as his passion for food is so strong that he looks puzzled when asked how it started, as if he can’t quite separate his love of cooking from other parts of his personality, the Yeoville Dinner Club is as much an ode to his suburb as it is about cheffing. Sanza moved to Yeoville from Soweto as a teenager. Back then, his interest was in media – in fact, he attended film school in the very building where he now hosts his dinners. But even as he moved between mediums – sparking outrage as one of YFM’s first broadcasters, always eager to venture into a hot political debate, before working at an ad agency – he continued to stir, spice and season. “I was always cooking, selling my food at art exhibitions or on campus at Wits University. My pasta used to go for R5 a serving; you’d pay another R10 for the sauce.” FLAVOUR AND FLAVA You won’t find pasta on Sanza’s menus today though. Instead, he dishes up whatever catches his eye that morning at the Yeoville Market, where he gives

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cooking lessons – and where he gets much of his inspiration. “I might be teaching those aunties how to cook, but they’ll show me how to do something new with an ingredient.” That’s why you’ll find Nigerian melon seed sauce in a dish inspired by his grandmother, smoothies made with amasi instead of milk, or couscous fashioned from Xhosa-style pap. You might find smoked fish on the table one night. Come back the next, and you’ll be eating cabbage salad with cow hooves, accompanied by a fiery atchar.

Now four years old, the Yeoville Dinner Club builds on Sanza’s previous restaurants, Sanza’s Good Food and Eat Arabi – particularly in terms of his penchant for mashing African borders on a plate. The difference, though, is that by dishing up at a long table, guests do more than simply break bread. They break mindsets, too, as they put down their smartphones and start talking. The Yeoville Dinner Club is open every night but, since it seats only 18 guests, booking is essential. Contact Sanza on +27 83 447 4235 for more information.


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requirements. We know that we can deliver savings on your total cost of travel,” says Morné du Preez, CEO of Tourvest Travel Services. TravelIT’s holistic solution starts with bookings – online or traditional – and ends with reporting and round-the-clock support. Requisitions, approvals, travel policy enforcement, adherence to procurement processes, payments, reconciliations, and ERP integration are all managed by marketleading workflow technology. Using an online travel booking solution makes life easier. High volume domestic and point-to-point international travel

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which range from the exotic to the very simple. Tourism is one of the most important industries for the continent: It provided 12.8 million jobs, directly and indirectly, in 2011. Tourism in 2012 contributed over $36 billion or 2.8 % of the continent’s GDP. The continent’s vast and diverse nature makes it complex and difficult to decide on the best region for a safari. But the east,

central and southern parts of the continent are by far the preferred choices. These areas generally have well-developed or fast developing tourism sectors. There is an abundance of wildlife, as well as low to no visa requirements. Tourists to these regions mostly come from countries like France, the UK, the USA, Germany and Portugal. Below is a quick guide to some of the safari hotspots on the African continent.


HOTSPOTS Safari tourism in Africa is booming – and it’s little wonder when one considers the many natural gems the continent has to offer. Text: Marco Scholtz: Senior Lecturer at Tourism Research in Economic Environs & Society (TREES), North-West University/www.conversation.com Images © iStockphoto.com

The continent’s vast and diverse nature makes it complex and difficult to decide on the best region for a safari. But the east, central and southern parts of the continent are by far the preferred choices.

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EAST AFRICA East African countries are strongly reliant on the tourism industry for generating income. Strong improvements in marketing and cooperation between these nations will help to ensure the success of this vital tourism sector. Standardised criteria for hotels, restaurants and other services across these countries will make it easier for tourists to find suitable services. These countries possess various natural and cultural resources that make tourism possible. The Serengeti wildebeest migration is the main reason Kenya and Tanzania have become popular safari destinations. This migration sees millions of wildebeest, accompanied by various other animal species, move between Tanzania and Kenya. The best places to view this migration include Kenya’s Maasai Mara and Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. And while in the area, don’t forget to visit Africa’s highest mountain – Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro National Park. The Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area is also a great choice with an abundance of the Big Five – elephant, lion, rhinoceros, leopard and buffalo – and will not disappoint. CENTRAL AFRICA Civil wars and terrorist groups have made it dangerous to travel to some countries

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in this region. Many tourists still take their chances, though, as Central Africa is an area of immense natural beauty. The Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda are great places to view endangered mountain gorillas. The best places for viewing them include the Virunga National

Park in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in south-west Uganda, and Volcanoes National Park in north-west Rwanda. Various factors – including poaching, habitat loss, disease, war and unrest, and poverty – have threatened the population of gorillas. Today, due to conservation efforts,


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the number of mountain gorillas is showing steady growth. The fact that many tourists want to get up close to these animals also drives conservation efforts, since with tourism comes economic improvement. If you’d prefer to take part in Africa’s best on-foot chimpanzee encounters, visit Kibale Forest in Uganda. SOUTHERN AFRICA South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi offer very diverse wildlife because of the variety of biomes in the region. Chobe National Park is home to the biggest concentration of elephants in the world – 70,000 of them. It lies between the Chobe River and the Okavango Delta in the north-eastern parts of Botswana. Also in Botswana, the Moremi Game Reserve, in the iconic Okovango Delta, was the first reserve in Africa to be established by local residents. The Etosha National Park in the northern arid region of Namibia offers great chances of spotting endangered black rhinoceros as well as flamingos in its many salt pans. The Kruger National Park in South Africa is in its own league because of its diversity of

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animals, as well as advanced environmental management techniques and policies. iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZuluNatal was the first site in South Africa to be awarded World Heritage status. It contains most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests and is Africa’s largest estuarine system, which is a partially enclosed body of water where fresh water from rivers and streams mix with salt water from the ocean. The park borders Kosi Bay as well as St Lucia Lake, which is the only place in the world where you can find sharks, hippopotamus

and crocodiles in the same body of water. Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape is the only park where you can find the Big 7: elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, and rhino, as well as Southern Right whales and Great White sharks. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park consists of mostly unspoiled wilderness in the north of South Africa, crossing over into Botswana. This park is largely located in a desert area and is famous for animal species such as the Kalahari black-maned lions and the Gemsbok or Oryx.


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Plus de 30 millions de touristes visitent l’Afrique chaque année, attirés par la promesse d’une observation de la faune

secteurs touristiques à croissance rapide. La faune y est abondante et il n’est pas toujours nécessaire d’obtenir un visa

Tanzanie. Pendant que vous vous trouvez dans la région, n’oubliez surtout pas d’aller voir la montagne la plus haute d’Afrique –

sans égale. L’Afrique est la destination de choix pour faire des safaris allant d’une simple affaire à ce qu’il y a de plus exotique. Le tourisme est l’une des industries les plus importantes du continent : en 2011, elle procura 12,8 millions d’emplois directs et indirects. En 2012, le tourisme contribua à hauteur de 36 milliards de dollars US ou à 2,8 % du PIB du continent. Les espaces naturels du continent sont si vastes et si variés qu’il est difficile de choisir l’endroit idéal pour faire un safari. L’est, le centre et la partie australe du continent sont de loin les régions privilégiées par les touristes. Elles sont en général bien développées ou ont des

pour y entrer. Le guide rapide ci-dessous vous offre une sélection des hauts lieux de tourisme de safari du continent africain.

le Kilimandjaro – qui se trouve dans le parc national du Kilimandjaro en Tanzanie. L’aire de conservation du cratère Ngorongoro est aussi un excellent choix pour apercevoir les Big Five – éléphants, lions, rhinocéros, léopards et buffles qui s’y trouvent en abondance - et ne vous décevra pas.

AFRIQUE DE L’EST La migration des gnous dans le parc du Serengeti est la raison principale pour laquelle le Kenya et la Tanzanie sont devenus des destinations prisées pour les safaris. Lors de cette migration, des millions de gnous ainsi que d’autres espèces animales, se déplacent entre la Tanzanie et le Kenya. Les meilleurs endroits pour assister à cette migration sont le Masai Mara au Kenya et le parc national du Serengeti en

AFRIQUE CENTRALE Les guerres civiles ainsi que les groupes terroristes ont rendu la région dangereuse, certains pays en particulier. De nombreux touristes prennent malgré tout le risque d’y aller car l’Afrique centrale est une région d’une immense beauté naturelle.

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La République Centrafricaine, la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) et le Rwanda sont des endroits formidables où l’ont peut aller voir les gorilles de montagne menacés d’extinction. Les meilleurs endroits pour les observer incluent le parc national de Virunga à l’est de la RDC, le parc national de Mgahinga Gorille au sud-ouest de l’Ouganda et le parc national des Volcans au nord-ouest du Rwanda. Plusieurs facteurs font que les populations de gorilles sont menacées, ceci incluant le braconnage, la destruction de leur habitat, la maladie, la guerre et la pauvreté. Aujourd’hui cependant grâce à des efforts de conservation, la population de gorilles de montagnes connaît une croissance régulière. Le fait que de nombreux touristes veulent aller observer les gorilles de près motive les efforts de conservation déployés puisque le tourisme s’accompagne d’une amélioration de la situation économique. AFRIQUE AUSTRALE L’Afrique du sud, la Namibie, le Botswana,

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le Zimbabwe, la Zambie et le Malawi offrent une faune très diversifiée. Ceci vient du fait que la région est composée d’un large éventail de biomes. Le parc national de Chobe abrite 70,000 éléphants - la plus forte concentration au monde. La réserve animalière de Moremi

qui se trouve aussi au Botswana dans l’emblématique delta de l’Okavango, fut la première réserve en Afrique à être établie par les résidents locaux. Le parc national d’Etosha qui se trouve dans la région aride du nord de la Namibie offre de nombreuses occasions

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d’apercevoir le rhinocéros noir en voie d’extinction ainsi que des flamands roses qui vivent dans les nombreux déserts de sel. Le parc national Kruger en Afrique du Sud est unique en son genre du fait de sa diversité faunique et de ses techniques et politiques avancées de gestion de l’environnement.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park (ou zone humide) fut le premier site d’Afrique du Sud à recevoir le statut de Patrimoine mondial. Il contient la majeure partie des forêts marécageuses restantes d’Afrique du Sud et se trouve être le système estuarien le plus vaste du continent Africain. Le parc longe la baie de Kosi ainsi que le lac de St Lucia qui est le seul endroit au monde où l’on trouve des requins, des hippopotames et des crocodiles partageant le même milieu aquatique. Le parc national des éléphants d’Addo dans le Cap oriental est le seul parc dans lequel on trouve les Big Seven c’est-à-dire l’éléphant, le buffle, le lion, le léopard, le rhinocéros ainsi que la baleine franche australe et le grand requin blanc. Le parc transfrontalier de Kgalagadi qui se trouve au nord de l’Afrique du Sud, est partagé avec le Botswana et consiste principalement d’étendues sauvages intactes. Ce parc est situé en grande partie sur une zone désertique et est réputé pour abriter certaines espèces d’animaux telles le lion à crinière noire du Kalahari et l’Oryx Gazelle (ou Gemsbok).

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Samantha Barnes (SB): Working in agriculture throughout Africa is not a conventional route for a CA. What inspired this? Nick Wilkinson (NW): While studying for my articles, I kept wondering why on earth I was doing it, as I wasn’t enjoying it one bit. I’m glad that I stuck with it, though, as the qualification opens many doors. And doing articles provides exposure to many companies while getting a salary. However, I realised after a year with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange that I just wasn’t cut out for that world. It wasn’t me. SB: Why the leap into a corporate agricultural business? NW: I initially established an aircraft refurbishment business. Although lucrative, it wasn’t mentally challenging, so I was scouting around for something else to do. I declined a position with an accounting firm in Australia as my wife Brenda said, “No

ways!” Fortuitously, I was headhunted and appointed financial controller of a subsidiary of British Petroleum (BP) in Malawi. This was a stepping-stone into Africa, so I sold my business to the first buyer at a decent price. From there things moved quickly! When my career reached a ceiling at BP, I was parachuted into agribusiness for Lonrho in Malawi. SB: In what kind of farming did you gain experience? NW: My brief was to return “tired” companies to profitability. These included tea and coffee estates and mixed farming operations (dairy, pigs, tobacco and mixed cropping). These farming businesses were going nowhere, so it was a challenge! I became known as a trouble-shooter. From there, my next postings were to Lonrho Cotton Africa to assist small-scale farming and cotton-ginning operations in Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia. SB: What’s your secret for turning near bankrupt operations into successful concerns? NW: Appoint the right teams, put people in the right jobs, and have the right plan. Give each person a reference point for how to do their job better. The team must follow moral principles.

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SB: What was your toughest professional decision? NW: I got a job with a public company in Zambia who operated on a different set of principles. Four months in, I decided to cut my losses and run. The culture was not for me. SB: Is there any work in Africa that you’re particularly proud of? NW: I was recruited by the Commonwealth Development Company to fix the biggest single grain-producing estate in SubSaharan Africa. It included double cropping maize, soya beans and wheat with a wheat flour mill on an estate of 80,000 hectares, with 15,000 hectares producing grains and sugarcane production on 3,000 hectares. The business was technically insolvent, and with a great team of displaced Zimbabwean farmers we turned it around and sold it off in parts to international investors. That was the most rewarding challenge of all. SB: Why did you return to South Africa? NW: Our daughters were planning to attend Stellenbosch University and we wanted to be in the same country as them. Brenda and I decided the timing was right to buy our own farm, and we relocated in 2010. SB: What attracted you to olive-oil farming? NW: It wasn’t an overnight decision. The process of investigation took several years. Olives came out tops for several reasons: Olive farming is labour intensive; I wanted a crop that wouldn’t be stolen and olives aren’t edible straight off the tree; plus olive farming doesn’t require a cold chain. SB: Had you farmed olives before? NW: As a recreational pilot, I need to pass a full medical check every year. In 1997, my blood pressure wasn’t ideal and my doctor recommended switching to a Mediterranean diet. Living in Malawi, the family had started socialising with the Greek community and holidaying in Greece and Turkey. The culture interested me, so I started reading intensively about olives and olive farming. SB: Rio Largo Olive Oil consistently wins local and international awards. How have you achieved this? NW: Winning Double Gold in the SA Olive Association competition came as a big surprise to me and, I think, the industry, in our first year in 2010. This award signifies an oil of superior quality. We have subsequently won top honours across the

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globe in New York, Los Angeles, Italy, Dubai and Japan. There was no way I could have competed on volume against a huge Spanish olive farm. So I decided to forget about chasing retail space and compete on quality – produce olive oil of above average quality and yield. We made a good call installing a new Oliomio processing facility, customdesigned by Giorgio Mori in Italy. This Italian wizard has direct access to our work in progress and provides expertise. SB: Does Rio Largo Olive Oil have community initiatives?

Nick’s Top Tips for Success • There is no substitute for hard work • Entrepreneurs will always have a challenge – deal with it • Learn from your mistakes • Don’t deviate from your moral compass • Enjoy what you’re doing

NW: We mentored Zikhona Tefu of o’Live handmade soap who produces natural beauty products, including soap. It originated from her need to find a product which didn’t irritate her child’s eczema. Brenda introduced her to Westgro investment agency and supported her marketing efforts overseas. We also assist in marketing Sarah Taylor’s Bee Balmy natural balms as she only uses Rio Largo as the base oil in her products. We also support the Save the Rhino campaign with a specific product line. I have mentored farm labourers and taught them computer skills to the extent that they are now able to run the processing plant unattended.


How can existing malls compete with their increasingly bigger, new competitors? And what will fill all that retail space when retailers are unable to keep up with rental escalations in premium centres?

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MALL REVOLUTION

What Do We Do With Dying Retail Spaces? What happens to malls when the shoppers and retailers move on? Dwindling foot traffic could prove the catalyst for developers and property owners to think outside the retail box to make these spaces profitable again.

Text: Bronwyn Williams, Trend Translator & presenter at FluxTrends.co.za Images © Supplied & iStockphoto.com MALLS, MALLS, TOO MANY MALLS South Africa, which houses 10 million m² of retail space, is Africa’s most saturated retail market. A full 88 % of Africa’s 2,082 shopping centres are located within the borders of our country. In fact, according to the South African shopping council, South Africa has the sixth most shopping centres in the world. Yet, apparently, that’s still not enough. South African construction companies seem addicted to building ever bigger malls, competing with each other in a never-ending race to claim the title of the largest mall in the Southern Hemisphere. Of course, this construction craze has resulted in a tail-eating situation. Retailers, already battling increased competition from the emerging digital commerce industry – not to mention the second recession to hit South Africa in a decade – simply cannot afford to maintain footprints in all the malls available to them. Most retailers are forced to abandon the smaller, older malls and follow dwindling consumer foot traffic to the newer, bigger malls for the best chance of survival. As a result, the older malls struggle to find quality retail tenants for the vacant shops left behind. So what is the future of the South African shopping mall? How can existing malls compete with their increasingly bigger, new competitors? And what will fill all that retail space when retailers are unable to keep up with rental escalations in premium centres? THE MIXED FUTURE OF MALLS Globally, more and more mall space is being taken up by non-retail tenants. As grocers and apparel retailers struggle to maintain margins and pay retail rents as

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their customers migrate to online shopping channels, more service-based tenants are moving in to fill their vacated spaces. Not only do these new tenants have more margin to play with when it comes to paying rent, all indications are that mixed-use properties appeal to a far wider demographic than traditional retail-only shopping centres. The Dearborn Mall in Michigan in the USA, for example, does not have a grocer or a leading apparel brand as its anchor tenant. Instead, car manufacturer Ford is the main attraction. Ford has leased a massive 22,296 m² in the centre, formerly occupied by the department store chain Lord & Taylor, and is using the massive space as a combination of a vehicle showroom and office space. As another example, the Staten Island Mall in New York City, is adding 21,800 m² of retail space in a massive remodel. A full 54 % of this new space is set aside for entertainment operators, such as cinemas and play areas. An additional 20 % of the new floor area will be leased to food and beverage operators. Only 17 % of the space will be available to apparel tenants. The remaining space will be taken up by home-furnishing and personal-care stores, salons and other service-based tenants. All indications are that South Africa’s struggling malls will follow this trend away from consumer goods retailers towards more mixed-use, service-orientated spaces. RECYCLED MALLS Healthcare and wellness facilities in particular are taking advantage of the current oversupply of retail space. Full-scale medical treatment facilities are moving into traditional malls as landlords endeavour to diversify their tenant base. In recent years, in the USA, The Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles, Prime Healthcare in Philadelphia, UCLA Health in Woodland Hills, and the Vanderbilt University Medical Group in Nashville have all become prominent tenants in major malls. In South Africa, HEALth-worX clinics are following a similar business model, and branches occupy former retail space within local malls across Gauteng. Educational services providers are another key industry moving in on former retail space. PLG Schools, the South African affordable private schooling group which listed on the JSE in 2016, is targeting disused

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retail space for their schools, as a cheap alternative to building new school premises from scratch. Converting former shopping centres into classrooms allows them to not only keep their launch costs low, but to open up new schools far quicker than their competitors. Furthermore, shopping centres tend to be conveniently situated in locations within suburban communities, giving PLG direct access to their target market. The Fiesta Mall in Mesa, Arizona in the USA, is another example of this trend. The once popular shopping centre, with 92,900 m² of retail space, was recently sold to developers who plan to transform the withering mall into a campus facility focused on health, wellness and education. WORK, LIVE, PLAY SHOP Other malls are being converted into residential communities. The Ballston Common Mall in Washington, America, for example, is undergoing a massive renovation that will see the former shopping centre turned into a stylish apartment development. Part of the mall’s roof will be knocked down to ensure all residents have access to plenty of sunlight and fresh air. The development includes communal indoor-out-door recreational spaces, as well as a selection of restaurants and street-facing retail tenants so that residents can live, shop, play and eat without leaving the building.

Also in the USA, Rhode Island’s Providence Arcade, America’s oldest indoor mall, was recently converted into 38 trendy micro-apartments after the mall could no longer find viable retail tenants. Considering South Africa’s housing crisis, converting ailing malls into affordable residential communities could solve several problems at the same time. Whatever they decide to do when their malls run out of shoppers and retailers, South African property developers would do well to look to America for inspiration on how to make disused retail space profitable again.


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More Bakkie for Your Buck Mahindra Pik Up With the SUV revolution now also beginning to include double cab bakkies as recreational vehicles of choice, the market is preparing itself for vehicles which are affordable, robust, stylish, and equipped with enough gadgets and features to impress even the most jaded buyer. And it’s on this playground that Indian manufacturing giant Mahindra, the world’s largest tractor manufacturer, has launched its latest Pik Up. It is a robust offering that features styling best described as unusual.

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While not as sleek and stylish as most of its Japanese counterparts, Mahindra prefers to concentrate on the value-for-money aspect, without stripping the vehicle of what motorists have come to regard as their birth right, such as air-conditioning and electric windows. FROM A DISTANCE Externally, discreet changes to the grille, headlights, bonnet and fog lamps have somehow softened the Pik Up’s looks. It’s still a Mahindra with its own clear identity, but the new, curved LED daytime running lights enhance the vehicle’s appearance. Sixteen-inch alloy wheels also improve matters to a significant extent, and add to the Mahindra’s repositioning from a farm manager’s workhorse to a weekend breakaway vehicle for the entire family. The generous load bay – unfortunately not lined with scratchresistant material or available with a cover – will transport everything from suitcases to mountain bikes for a weeklong breakaway for a family of four. In fact, make that five, as the rear seat is large enough to accommodate three medium-sized adults.

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STEP INSIDE The interior has been upgraded and now includes a 6�, full colour touchscreen. The screen, in my view, should have been above the air vents, though, as well as tilted slightly forward for better visibility. The flagship has remote central locking, cruise control, navigation, and a multifunction steering wheel. Other goodies usually only available in significantly more expensive vehicles include auto wipers and ultra-robust upholstery. SAFETY The completely upgraded Mahindra has virtually all the bells and whistles – such as ABS, EBD, crumple zones, dual airbags, and a collapsible steering column on some models. All seat belts, including those at the rear, are three point as opposed to a lap strap for the middle rear passenger, and two ISOFIX anchors will secure toddlers in their seats. THE DRIVE A noticeable improvement over previous models, the much quieter engine produces 103 kW and 320 Nm of torque from 1,600 r/min with a towing capacity of 2,500 kg. Driving through a smooth sixspeed gearbox, the entire range is fitted with a mechanical locking differential as standard. Cruising at the legal 120 km/h, the willing 2.2-litre turbo, four-cylinder hardly

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raised a sweat, and purred along at a mere 2,000 r/min. FINAL SAY In the past, Indian-designed and built vehicles did not have a very good reputation in our country. Tinny, noisy, cheap and nasty, they were usually ignored by everyone but the most desperate buyers. How times have changed. Major manufacturers such as Suzuki, Ford and Honda all have plants in India, and the Mahindra Pik Up, in particular, is built like a tank. It should last at least as long as its rivals.

With service intervals only every 20,000 km, prices ranging from R188,000 for the 4x2 single cab to R355,000 for the S10 4x4, and a four-year/120,000 km warranty, as well as a five-year/90,000 km service plan, there are few, if any, rivals. The Mahindra Pik Up is a bargain which is gaining fairly good acceptance in our market with 169 units having been sold in October last year alone. This is better than the Nissan Navara or the Mitsubishi Triton/Mazda BT-50. Thanks to its price point, my prediction is that the Mahindra is set to keep on doing well in the South African market.


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Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo To me, the Porsche brand has always been about stylish and dynamic two-seaters with the reputation of being the world’s best sports cars. So I wasn’t sure how I would feel taking one of the brand’s larger models, the formidable Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo, on a weekend run from Pretoria to Malalane in Mpumalanga. How would this large vehicle be able to uphold, I wondered, the marque’s reputation as a maker of fine sports and racing cars?

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I needn’t have worried though, as not only did this 2,100 kg set of luxury wheels provide a sense of occasion and style when floating down the N4, it was a real Porsche in every sense of the word – from its “builtlike-a-tank” construction to its eerily quiet interior when cruising at speed. THE POWER Another surprise awaited under the bonnet. Here you won’t find a traditional flat four or flat six with the slightly gruff, yet distinctive Porsche sound. Instead – and this may come as a surprise – power is provided by a front-mounted V8 with a lovely V8 gurgle, especially in Sport+ mode. With its 404 kW of sophisticated power and a monstrous 770 Nm of pulling power, the bi-turbo Panamera easily achieves a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of 306 km/h. I did not attempt this on the N4 heading east, since spending the weekend in a police cell in Belfast was not on the agenda. RIDE & COMFORT The perfectly shaped, electrically adjustable sports seats are hand-stitched works of art, and will enable a typical Pretoria-to-Cape Town run in perfect comfort in a single day. Advanced details, such as foam rubber glued to the inside of the superb Michelin tyres – 275/40 ZR 20 in front and 315/35 ZR 20 at the rear – proved yet again that nothing is left to chance, and that engineers have succeeded in designing tyres which are 8 dB quieter at speed than conventional rubber. Instruments are easy to read, with the large rev counter in the centre and speeds being indicated in digital as well as analogue format. Most controls are duplicated on the superb steering wheel, and the comprehensive list of goodies include Apple CarPlay, a large touchscreen, and Burmeister concert hallquality sound. THE DRIVE A car this big could be a handful to park in tight spots, but the Panamera comes fully kitted out with park distance controls, a 360-degree view cam, as well as numerous safety gadgets, such

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as stability management and ABS with enhanced braking function assisting the ventilated disc brakes. Having a superb double-turbo-enhanced V8 under the bonnet is pure bliss. Connecting it to Porsche’s eight-speed, double clutch (PDK), automatic transmission is a match made in mechanical heaven. What became clear is that power, while dangerous in careless hands, is a vital safety benefit when overtaking. Although the Porsche Panamera prefers Euro 6 (98 RON) Super Plus fuel, it performed perfectly adequately with our 95 offering, returning a fuel consumption figure of 11.31 l/100 km over the total 1,023 km trip.

Most controls are duplicated on the superb steering wheel, and the comprehensive list of goodies include Apple CarPlay, a large touchscreen, and Burmeister concert hall-quality sound.


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‘Caveat emptor’ (let the buyer beware) is a well-known phrase from contract law that often applies in property transactions. Buyers find themselves in a position where they know less about a property than the seller and the onus has been on them to inform themselves of the true state of the property they are about to purchase. While the Consumer Protection Act has gone some way towards protecting buyers, and the new proposed Property Practitioners Bill goes further, buyers still have to beware. Text: Supplied Images © iStockphoto.com

To avoid liability for damages, the seller and their agent are currently required to inform the buyer of all defects or potential defects, even if the property is being sold voetstoots (as is). The new Bill will make it mandatory for sellers to attach a disclosure form to the agreement of sale (or lease). Some real estate professionals such as Just Property already do this. “When a property is listed

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with us, sellers are asked to complete a Seller’s Declaration – an annexure to our mandate which lists any and all defects the seller is aware of,” says Paul Stevens, CEO of Just Property. Buyers should always insist on a copy of such a document before signing an offer to purchase (OTP), Stevens advises. The seller is also required to provide an electrical compliance certificate,

electrical fence certificate, entomologist’s certificate and, if relevant, a gas compliance certificate. In Cape Town, a certificate of plumbing compliance is also required. Certain banks (such as FNB) require a compliance certificate for properties with asbestos. Stevens notes: “Transfer of the property cannot proceed without these and will be delayed until such certificates are issued.”


A reputable agent will advise sellers of these requirements and put them in touch with the suitable people responsible for issuing these certificates. But even the most scrupulously honest seller and their agent may not be suitably qualified to pick up all defects. As a result, consumer watchdogs are encouraging buyers to ensure all certificates supplied by sellers are legitimate, and to undertake extensive inspections of homes they plan to buy. The proposed bill also looks to recommend and regulate home inspections by qualified inspectors. To ensure your compliance certificates are legitimate, include the following in your OTP: • In addition to “wood-destroying insects”, insert the words “and organisms” when referring to the entomologist clearance certificate. • Add the word “verified” to the section on electrical certificates. • Add the proviso that the property passes a home inspection and any

defects found be repaired to your satisfaction before transfer. • Add the condition that “the home passes a due diligence investigation”. WHAT DO THESE MEAN? Including “organisms” in the requirements for the entomologist’s certificate expands that report to include

an investigation for fungi that can infest and destroy timber. The verified electrical certification clause means that the local provincial electrical inspection authority will be asked to re-check the entire installation. If any faults are found, the authority will require the electrician who issued the certificate of compliance to sort out the faults at the contractor’s expense.

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Any costs to remedy the installation would be for the seller, who is responsible for providing the certificate. The home inspection is payable by the purchaser, who should also choose which professional home inspection company to use. According to House Check’s John Graham, such an inspection would look for defects such as: • Poor drainage – does storm water flow away from the house, does the roof need new gutters and downpipes, is there a danger of water pooling and seeping under the foundations? • Faulty electrical, plumbing and gas installations. Wiring, DB boards, geysers, plumbing pipes, gas lines and sanitation ware are all checked. • Leaking roof, whether from poor flashing, blocked gutters or aging roof coverings. • Defective or non-existent insulation. • Poor maintenance, such as DIY plumbing and electrical fixes. • Structural damage due to settling or a moving foundation which results in roof structures, doorways, walls and support beams becoming unstable. • Water seepage through windows and doors. • Rotten window and door frames, timber floors and roofing timbers which could be an indication of borer beetles, termites and wood-destroying fungi. • Poor ventilation can lead to structural damage and health hazards. • Hazardous materials such as lead-based paint, asbestos materials and unhealthy levels of potentially toxic moulds. Home buyers informed of home defects

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in these inspections will then decide on how to proceed with the home buying process – they may request that repairs be completed or that the major repair costs be covered by the seller. A due diligence investigation would include title deed conditions, servitudes and confirmation that the structures on the property have been approved by the local authority. “Good practice is to add a clause in your OTP, under Special Conditions, that states a copy of approved municipal plans must be provided by the seller prior to registration of the property,” Stevens says. As much as this is good advice for buyers,

Stevens emphasizes that it is just as important that sellers do the same homework, even before listing their property. It can save a great deal of heartache, stress and expense down the road. Putting matters right can be expensive. There are cases of sellers having to pay considerable amounts to rectify electrical faults and plumbing improvements to reach compliance. This goes to show how important it is to keep up with the maintenance needs of your home. “People fear what they don’t understand, which makes the buying of property a pretty scary ordeal for most first-time or novice buyers,” says Carla Visagie of Just Property. “But it doesn’t have to be. Just Property has recently developed a new online tool labelled ‘Your Property Journey’ to help demystify the buying process and offer buyers insights into how to better prepare themselves for homeownership. It’s available to the public and accessible via the Just Property website. “We’ve also included a new online prequalification tool powered by My Bond Fitness that will give buyers instant results regarding their buying power, all free of charge!” For more information, please visit https://just.property.


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Cancer: A Love Story By Lauren Segal When Lauren Segal receives a call from her husband one morning in 2014, the furthest thing from mind is her biopsy results. For two years she’s been living a cancer-free existence after a double mastectomy had put her in the clear. The call shatters the foundation of her world – her cancer is back. Cancer: A Love Story is the intimately searing memoir of a four-time cancer survivor. The book magnificently tracks Lauren’s journey to come to terms with the untold challenges of facing this dreaded disease, as well as her discovery of the unexpected opportunities that cancer presents – to confront her unmasked humanity, her fears, strengths and weaknesses. Lauren’s story shows the reader how a person in any unwanted life situation can come out stronger on the other side. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Breast Health Foundation.

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Kgalagadi Self-drive: Routes, Roads and Ratings By Philip and Ingrid van den Berg, Heinrich van den Berg & Jaco Powell Kgalagadi Self-drive is the definitive guide to this fascinating part of South Africa for all who love wild places, and will appeal to readers from the most seasoned Kalahari lover to the first-time traveller. The authors have included detailed information which will make any visitor’s trip simple and hassle-free. Their trademark route ratings are refreshingly comprehensive and will no doubt influence the route choices of countless travellers, while beautiful photographs set the scene.

Mother Land By Paul Theroux Everyone in Cape Cod thinks that Mother is a wonderful woman: pious, hard-working, frugal. Everyone except her husband and seven children. To them she is a selfish and petty tyrant endlessly comparing her many living children to the one who died in childbirth. She keeps a vice-like hold on her offspring even as they try to escape into adulthood. Welcome to Mother Land, a suffocating kingdom of parental narcissism. This is an engrossing, hilarious and heart-breaking portrait of a modern family – the bickering, the conspiracies, and the drive to overcome the painful ties that bind.

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Meet the Crew Have you ever wondered who is flying the plane when you travel on SA Express? Or wanted to know more about what a job as a cabin crew member is like? Well, now’s your chance! Every month we will introduce a few members of our SA Express family, because by getting to know them, you become part of the SA Express family too. Text & Image © Supplied

Ayanda Mhlongo Cabin Crew Length of Service With SA Express: 13 months Tell us more about yourself. People think that I’m sociable because I’m a bubbly person, but I’m actually a major introvert. What is your favourite part of your job? Each day is different. I get to experience different cities and work with different crew members. I enjoy the fact that my job is not routine-based. What do you find most challenging about your job? Being away from family during special holidays. What do you like about working for SA Express? My colleagues are the best part of working for SA Express because of the pleasant working environment they create. What would people find surprising about your job? We aren’t just pretty faces, we are well trained in aviation medicine and fire-fighting, as well as other skills, in order to ensure the safety of our passengers. Have you ever had any funny incidents or encounters on board? During one of my flights, the captain spotted me giving a particular passenger special attention. Upon disembarkation the captain then asked me if that passenger was a [government] minister. I had a good laugh and told him that he was actually my father.

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East London

Lusaka

Johannesburg

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Richards Bay

Cape Town

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Walvis Bay

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

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, Walvis Bay, Lusaka and Harare.


Airline information SA Express fleet

Safety Information Health regulations Health regulations at certain airports require that the aircraft cabin be sprayed. The spray is harmless, but if you think it might affect you, please cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief.

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

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

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

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

Remain seated As a safety precaution, passengers are requested to remain seated with seatbelts fastened after the aircraft has landed, until the seatbelt sign has been switched off by the captain. Portable electronic equipment The use of personal electronic devices domestic and regional flights on the Q400. Passengers will be permitted cell phones, e-readers and electronic

(PED’s) will apply to all CRJ700/200 and DH8 to use PED’s such as tablets in flight-mode.

Cellular telephones Cellular telephones may be used on the ground while passenger doors are open. Cellular telephones, smartphones or any device with flight mode must be switched off as soon as the cabin doors are closed and when the senior cabin-crew member makes an announcement on the publicaddress system. Laptop computers Laptops with CD ROM and DVD drive, handheld calculators, electric shavers and portable personal listening devices may not be used on the ground during taxi but may be used during the flight when the seatbelt signs are switched off and with permission from the captain. Should circumstances dictate otherwise, a public-address announcement cancelling this concession will be made by a crew member. Prohibited equipment Portable printers, laser pointers, video equipment, CB/AM/FM/FHF/satellite receivers, two-way radios, compact disc and mini-disc players, scanners, remote-controlled toys and power converters are prohibited for use at any time. Safety pamphlet Read the safety pamphlet in the seat pocket in front of you and take note of your nearest emergency exit. Smoking In accordance with international trends, smoking is not permitted on board any SA Express flights. Seat belts Please fasten your seat belt whenever the seat belt signs are illuminated. For your own safety we suggest that you keep it fastened throughout the flight.

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

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

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Important When in doubt, please consult our cabin crew.

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


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

cart at the boarding steps of the aircraft. Your hand luggage will be waiting for you as you disembark from the aircraft at your destination. Baggage liability Valuable items such as cameras and accessories, computers – including laptops and notebooks – mobile telephones, perfumes, aftershaves, colognes, legal and company documents and legal tender – including cash, credit cards and cheques – bullion, leather jackets, all types of jewellery and any other items with a value in excess of R400 must be removed from either checked-in or Skycheck baggage as the airline is not liable for loss or damage to these items. Verified baggage claims are settled on the basis adopted by IATA (International Airlines Transport Association): payment of US$20 per 1kg of checkedin luggage, to a maximum of 20kg ($400) We Fly For You SA Express Airways prides itself on aiming to offer incomparable service standards. In addition to building on our motto to express excellence and consistently striving to provide the best service, we know that “you” is the most important word in our airline. SA Express proudly launched its new brand on 2 December 2009 at OR Tambo International Airport. The new brand is set to ensure that it’s distinctive and positioned to build awareness and affinity in the domestic and regional markets. The new proposition “We Fly for You” is set to position SA Express as a premier intra-regional African brand. The main objective of the re-brand is to ensure that SA Express is distinctive yet still aligned to the country’s mainline carrier. SA Express’s unique positioning as an airline that

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

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

INDWE /101


Flight schedule JOHANNESBURG - PILANESBERG FLT NO SA 1131

DEP 13:45

ARR 14:20

A/C CR2

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JOHANNESBURG - BLOEMFONTEIN FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1001 1003 1005 1005 1011 1011 1013 1017 1021 1023

DEP 06:10 08:00 11:20 11:20 13:50 13:50 15:30 16:45 18:25 18:30

ARR 07:10 09:05 12:20 12:25 14:55 14:55 16:30 17:45 19:20 19:30

A/C CR8 DH4 CR8 DH4 CR2 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4

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JOHANNESBURG - EAST LONDON FLT NO SA 1409 SA 1409

DEP 17:55 17:55

ARR 19:25 19:25

A/C CR8 CR2

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JOHANNESBURG - GEORGE FLT SA SA SA SA

NO 1501 1503 1503 1509

DEP 06:40 07:40 08:00 15:50

ARR 08:35 09:50 10:05 17:40

A/C CR8 DH4 CR2 CR8

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JOHANNESBURG - HOEDSPRUIT FLT NO SA 1225 SA 1227

DEP 10:15 12:15

ARR 11:20 13:20

A/C DH4 DH4

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JOHANNESBURG - KIMBERLEY FLT SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1101 1103 1105 1107 1113

DEP 06:20 09:20 13:30 14:35 17:30

ARR 07:30 10:25 14:35 15:45 18:40

A/C CR8 CR8 DH4 CR8 CR8

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JOHANNESBURG - MAHIKENG FLT SA SA SA

NO 1123 1125 1125

DEP 07:10 15:20 15:45

ARR 08:05 16:00 16:30

A/C EM2 EM2 CR2

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PILANESBERG - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA

NO 1132

DEP 12:40

A/C CR2

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BLOEMFONTEIN - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1024 1002 1004 1006 1006 1012 1014 1018 1022

DEP 06:25 07:40 09:35 12:55 13:00 15:25 17:00 18:20 19:40

ARR 07:25 08:40 10:40 14:00 14:00 16:30 18:00 19:20 20:40

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EAST LONDON - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA SA

NO 1410 1410

DEP 20:00 20:00

ARR 21:40 21:40

A/C CR2 CR8

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GEORGE - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA SA SA SA

NO 1502 1504 1504 1510

DEP 09:20 10:30 10:45 18:10

ARR 11:10 12:45 13:00 19:50

A/C CR8 DH4 CR2 CR8

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FLT SA SA

NO 1226 1228

DEP 12:00 13:55

ARR 13:00 14:55

A/C DH4 DH4

M

NO 1102 1104 1106 1108 1114

DEP 07:55 10:55 15:05 16:15 19:05

ARR 09:05 12:00 16:10 17:25 20:10

A/C CR8 CR8 CR8 CR2 CR8

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NO 1124 1126 1126

DEP 08:30 16:20 17:10

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

ARR 09:30 17:00 18:10

A/C EM2 EM2 EM2

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MAHIKENG - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA SA SA

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KIMBERLEY - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA SA SA SA SA

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HOEDSPRUIT - JOHANNESBURG

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

102/ INDWE

ARR 13:15

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JOHANNESBURG - RICHARDS BAY FLT SA SA SA SA

NO 1201 1203 1207 1213

DEP 06:10 08:30 13:15 16:55

ARR 07:25 09:45 14:30 18:10

A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4

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JOHANNESBURG - WALVIS BAY FLT NO SA 1701

DEP 11:55

ARR 14:10

A/C CR8

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JOHANNESBURG - GABORONE FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1761 1763 1765 1767 1775 1769 1775 1783 1779

DEP 06:55 07:55 09:55 11:30 12:40 13:00 14:30 15:45 18:45

ARR 07:50 08:50 10:50 12:20 13:35 13:50 15:25 16:40 19:40

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

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JOHANNESBURG - LUBUMBASHI FLT NO SA 1797

DEP 09:20

ARR 11:45

A/C 735

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CAPE TOWN - BLOEMFONTEIN FLT SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1081 1083 1087 1087 1091

DEP 06:00 08:00 11:45 12:00 16:30

ARR 07:30 09:30 13:15 13:20 18:00

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2

M

CAPE TOWN - EAST LONDON FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1361 1363 1369 1371 1373 1375

DEP 06:00 08:00 12:25 13:05 16:40 17:20

ARR 07:25 09:25 13:50 14:30 18:10 19:05

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 DH4

M

RICHARDS BAY - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA SA SA SA

NO 1202 1204 1208 1214

DEP 08:05 10:30 15:05 18:40

ARR 09:20 11:45 16:20 20:00

A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4

M

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WALVIS BAY - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA

NO 1702

DEP 14:45

ARR 16:55

A/C CR8

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GABORONE - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1762 1764 1764 1766 1768 1776 1770 1776 1784 1780

DEP 08:30 09:20 09:20 11:25 12:55 14:00 14:25 16:05 17:15 20:10

ARR 09:25 10:15 10:15 12:20 13:50 14:55 15:20 17:00 18:10 21:05

A/C DH4 DH4 CR8 DH4 DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4 DH4 DH4

M

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LUBUMBASHI - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA

NO 1798

DEP 12:30

ARR 15:00

A/C 735

M

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BLOEMFONTEIN - CAPE TOWN FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1082 1084 1088 1088 1092 1092

DEP 08:15 10:15 14:00 14:15 18:30 18:40

ARR 10:00 11:55 16:00 15:55 20:20 20:20

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2

M

EAST LONDON - CAPE TOWN FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1362 1364 1372 1372 1374 1376 1376

DEP 08:00 10:00 14:20 15:10 18:40 19:40 19:50

ARR 09:40 11:40 16:00 16:50 20:20 21:40 21:50

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 DH4 DH4

M

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

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

INDWE /103


Flight schedule CAPE TOWN - PILANESBERG FLT NO SA 1253 SA 1255

DEP 10:00 12:10

ARR 12:10 14:20

A/C CR2 CR2

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CAPE TOWN - PORT ELIZABETH FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1801 1803 1807 1813 1813 1819 1821 1821 1827 1823

DEP 05:55 07:30 10:10 10:40 14:20 15:00 16:45 17:00 17:30 18:30

ARR 07:25 08:40 11:40 12:10 15:50 16:30 17:55 18:10 18:40 20:00

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

M

CAPE TOWN - HOEDSPRUIT FLT NO SA 1241

DEP 09:10

ARR 12:30

A/C DH4

M

CAPE TOWN - WALVIS BAY FLT NO SA 1721

DEP 10:55

ARR 13:05

A/C CR2

DURBAN - EAST LONDON FLT SA SA SA SA

NO 1301 1305 1305 1309

DEP 06:00 12:00 13:30 16:50

ARR 07:05 13:05 14:35 17:55

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2

DURBAN - PORT ELIZABETH FLT SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1330 1334 1336 1340 1348

DEP 06:00 08:25 09:50 13:35 17:40

ARR 07:20 09:45 11:10 14:55 19:00

DURBAN - GEORGE FLT NO SA 1351

DEP 09:30

ARR 11:10

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2

M

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PILANESBERG - CAPE TOWN FLT SA

NO 1256

DEP 14:40

A/C CR2

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PORT ELIZABETH - CAPE TOWN FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1802 1804 1808 1804 1814 1820 1822 1822 1828 1824

DEP 08:00 09:20 12:10 12:40 16:20 17:00 18:30 18:40 19:10 20:30

ARR 09:40 10:40 13:50 14:20 18:00 18:40 19:50 20:00 20:30 22:10

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

M

HOEDSPRUIT - CAPE TOWN FLT SA

NO 1242

DEP 13:10

ARR 16:20

A/C DH4

WALVIS BAY - CAPE TOWN FLT SA

NO 1722

DEP 13:35

ARR 15:35

A/C CR2

EAST LONDON - DURBAN FLT SA SA SA SA

NO 1302 1306 1306 1310

DEP 07:35 13:35 15:00 18:25

ARR 08:35 14:35 16:00 19:25

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2

PORT ELIZABETH - DURBAN FLT SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1331 1335 1337 1341 1349

DEP 07:50 10:15 11:45 15:35 19:55

ARR 09:05 11:30 13:00 16:50 21:10

GEORGE - DURBAN FLT SA

NO 1352

DEP 11:30

*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

104/ INDWE

ARR 17:00

ARR 13:10

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2

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Passenger Letters Good day, My journey started on Sunday 8th October when I was scheduled to fly out of OR Tambo, Johannesburg, to Bloemfontein on flight SA1017. Thanks to my online check-in, I had a relaxed baggage drop at Terminal B – which was much needed after the mad rush that I had experienced throughout the day in order to collect all the necessary documentation I needed for my trip. Once I had passed through security, I opted to grab a quick cup of coffee and then headed down to the boarding gate on the lower level. There I discovered that most of the flights had been delayed – I assume as a result of the weather impacting inbound flights. When I was due to check in we were told that there was a 30-minute delay which ended up lasting just over an hour. As much as this was frustrating, the ground staff were tremendous at handling the passengers’ levels of anxiety and frustration, and we eventually boarded 75 minutes after our scheduled time of departure. The flight crew were extremely friendly and offered great service. The captain of the aircraft flew the plane like a champion, especially given the horrible weather, and pulled off one of my personal top two landings when we arrived in Bloemfontein. I honestly did not even realise that we had touched down. Overall, this was an extremely good experience for me in spite of the delay and the other complications that impacted the flight. Well done SA Express ground crew and the flight cabin crew of SA1017. Best regards Brendan Nash-Beresford Congratulations to Brendan Nash-Beresford who wrote our winning letter this month, and walks away with a Samsonite Flux 55 cm spinner suitcase valued at R2,699.

Dear SA Express I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you for having my bag sent from OR Tambo International Airport to Bram Fischer Airport late last year. My flight to Johannesburg was late and by the time I passed through security, I was supposed to have already boarded my SA Express to Bloemfontein, which was why my bag was left behind at OR Tambo. I had to run across the airport to get to my gate. When I arrived there, out of breath, the gentleman calmed me down, told me I was still in time to board, and that I could just catch my breath for a few minutes. At Bram Fischer Airport, Lebo and Mmamelo were incredibly professional and helpful in patiently organising my bag’s return. It arrived unscathed and I was contacted as soon as the bag landed. When I arrived, as soon as they saw me, they knew exactly which bag it was, who I was and where it was stored. We are often quick to complain about poor service, so I’d like to commend excellent service and stellar employees. Thank you for making our experience as passengers so pleasant. Warm regards Lavinia van der Linde

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

The writer of the winning letter in the February edition of Indwe will receive a Samsonite Flux 55 cm spinner suitcase valued at R2,699. Experience Flux is the next generation of zipped polypropylene cases and Samsonite’s first hardside range offering hidden expandability on all sizes, assuring even greater packing volume. This collection was designed to make travelling easier thanks to its smooth-rolling double wheels, double-tube wheel handle and fully lined practical interior in which to arrange your belongings. The Flux range is available in black, navy, ocean blue and tangerine red from Samsonite stores and online from www.houseofsamsonite.co.za. For more information, follow @HouseofSamSA on Twitter and @houseofsamsonite on Instagram, or call +27 31 266 0620.

INDWE /105


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