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Re-veg-olution

Protecting the Rights of Non-Nationals

An African Reverie

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The Emergence of Urban Farming

Outdoor Africa

The Help@Hand Mobile Service

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Browns The Diamond Store

The Precious Garden

A Harbour-Front Icon

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Onwards and Upwards

The Realities of Retrenchment How to Prepare

Encouraging Entrepreneurship

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The Footwear Fightback

Prep Your Place This Winter

The Travelling Golfer

New Gauteng Hub for Mazars

BBF Safety Group

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Home Maintenance Tasks

Mariner’s Wharf

The Start-Up Culture

Highland Gate Golf Club


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Need to Know

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Exploring Cape Town in Winter

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Bits & Pieces

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A Journey Back in Time on Rovos Rail

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Dinner & A Movie

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The Adventurous Side of Hoedspruit

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Turn it Up!

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Tintswalo Atlantic

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The Best of Namibia

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Gadgets

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The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara

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Mahindra KUV100

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Volvo XC90 Twin Engine vs BMW X5 xDrive 40e

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CEO Letter

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

Dear passengers Welcome aboard this SA Express flight, and thank you for choosing to fly with us today. As you may know the month of May was an extremely difficult month for us. Not only did we let you down because of our 42-hour grounding, but we let ourselves and our other stakeholders down too. Over the course of the past month, we have done some serious introspection and self-analysis (which will continue moving forward) about what went wrong in our processes and systems to lead to such a catastrophic event. We’ve literally been working around the clock, leaving no stone unturned, to find the root of the problem. While our research has revealed a host of customer service related issues that need to be addressed urgently, I can assure you that we are working on every point that is of concern to you. As the leading regional carrier on the African continent, we take your business and our stakeholders and passengers’ needs and concerns very seriously. General feedback from our passengers who took part in our social media campaign included: Our refunds process is too slow; our call centre needs attention; our communication needs to be quicker and more accurate; and we need to fix our on-time performance. I assure you that each one of your concerns is being addressed and I am holding myself and my EXCO team responsible to resolve and attend to problem areas as quickly as operationally possible, so that we can deliver a product and service that we are of. We have since embarked on an exciting national and regional drive promoting our purpose as an airline, which is, “We fly for you.” I am hesitant to refer to this as a campaign because it is an ethos that extends beyond marketing and communications “rah-rah”, and is rather a philosophy that every SA Express employee and service provider needs to live and deliver to you consistently. So, for lack of a better word, our crusade for improvement will include: online surveys; positioning mystery shoppers on all our routes so that we can

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experience what you experience every time you fly with us; as well as on-board surveys and face to face discussions about what is important to you, what works in our airline and what needs are to be addressed. We acknowledge that we need to really understand who you are, your reasons for flying and why you choose SA Express as your carrier of choice. I recognise – and do not take lightly – that we have exclusivity on certain routes so that you’re “compelled” to fly with us, but we need to ensure that you WANT to fly with us too. To assure you that we have a genuine interest in fixing this airline, we are looking for real stories about real passengers on each of our routes. If you are a regular traveller on SA Express and believe that you have an authentic story to tell about your experience with us, please email us at ccomms@express.aero. You simply need to tell us a bit more about yourself (who you are, your age, if you are married or single, what you do, how often you fly, why you fly), and very importantly, what you think works and/or doesn’t work on SA Express. In return for your help, you could win a return ticket to any one of the destinations we fly to and you could also star in our next campaign as a REAL passenger telling a REAL story. I can assure you that we are on a serious mission to address our failings, and our aim is to ensure that the service you receive – and ultimately each customer touchpoint – is something you want to share with friends and family for all the right reasons. My team and I are doing everything possible to rebuild the service promise for which we are known: safety, reliability, friendly service, and punctual departures. Thank you for the continued support, and we look forward to welcoming you on board again very soon. Yours in aviation Inati Ntshanga CEO of SA Express

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Need to Know

Art for All 14th to 17 th July The Turbine Art Fair, Newtown, Johannesburg

TAF16 aims to promote new work and talent and to create a new art audience and collector base with exhibitors – whether galleries, collectives or dealers – being invited to exhibit contemporary artwork priced below R40,000. Over 50 galleries and exhibits from across South Africa will be showcasing the finest contemporary and emerging African talent, while visitors will also be able to take part in the free daily, interactive Talk’s Programme for an opportunity to learn more about the art world in South Africa. There will also be great food, live music, and an art and play area for the kiddies hosted by Staedtler. Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za.

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Calling All Gourmands 29th to 31st July (Johannesburg) & 28th to 30th October (Durban) The Good Food & Wine Show

The Good Food & Wine Show (GF&WS) is the biggest culinary event in Africa, and it welcomes almost a million gourmets and good-life lovers through its door each year. The theme for this year’s GF&WS is “Fresh”, which is apt not only because of international food trends, but also because of the show’s fresh new look and feel. Part of the show’s lineup will be: urban farming and gardens; the move towards more sustainable lifestyles; the latest in nutrition; and a number of unique sensory experiences – not forgetting, of course, the highly anticipated appearance of select celebrity chefs. Visitors can also look forward to special tastings, wine bar talks, a wine smell wall, as well as wine and food pairing sessions – all designed to turn enthusiasts into connoisseurs.

Behind the Scenes of Parenthood 30th June to 9th July (Grahamstown) & 6th August (Mafikeng) Who’s Your Daddy?

He may be one of South Africa’s most sought-after comedians and a whiz in the kitchen (having gained the title of Celebrity MasterChef SA in 2015) but Chris Forrest’s greatest achievement is his family. In his hilariously honest one-man show, Who’s Your Daddy?, Chris sheds some light on his experiences of becoming a father. His number one rule is: “Don’t argue with a pregnant woman!” And that’s coming from experience! From pregnancy to birth, sleepless nights, dirty nappies and everything in between, the show is a clueless dad’s guide to fatherhood. This laugh-a-minute show is a must-see for anyone who is a parent, expecting a baby, hoping to become a parent or just a fan of great comedy.


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For Those True African Puppy Love With a Little Entertainment Wanderlust 8th to 10th July KZN Travel & Adventure Show, Durban Exhibition Centre, Durban

This year, the KZN Travel & Adventure Show will take place alongside the popular ECR House & Garden Show, thereby offering two fantastic shows for the price of one. 80 top exhibitors – ranging from destinations and venues to resorts and travel operators – will offer amazing specials, competitions, tips, information and an exciting array of things to do. There will also be daily promotions and activities at the show and guest appearances by the Sharks rugby team.

27 th August to 3rd September The Gaborone International Music & Culture Week, Gaborone

The Gaborone International Music & Culture Week (GIMC), Botswana’s biggest music and art festival, makes its third comeback this year. The 2016 show coincides with the 50th anniversary of Botswana’s independence, and what better way to kick-start those celebrations than with a week of entertainment? GIMC 2016 will feature heavyweight artists, including the likes of Jonathan Butler, Sereetsi and The Natives Black Coffee, DJ Fresh, Riky Rick, Donald, and Skizo. Lebo Mashile will headline the poetry show; while Salvado from Uganda, Trevor Gumbi (South Africa) and Doc Vikela from Zimbabwe will headline the comedy aspect of the festival. This is truly an event not to be missed.

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15th to 17 th July World of Cats & Dogs & Pet Expo, Gallagher Estate, Midrand

Come to the annual World of Dogs & Cats and Pet Expo (WODAC) to find out what type of pet best suits your lifestyle, as well as to learn more about horses and exotic pets, see champion dogs and cats in action, and pick up all the pet products you need to keep your companion pets in top health. Enjoy informative talks at the Demo Pavilion, watch grooming displays, and speak to animal behaviourists to learn how to keep your pets happy and healthy. WODAC also supports numerous animal welfare organisations and helps to raise funds through its very popular Celebrity Dog Jumping challenge.

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The Best of a Modern Master 13th July to 17 th September Henri Matisse | Rhythm and Meaning, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg

The Standard Bank Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of works by the French modern master, Henri Matisse (1869-1954). This will include a number of paintings, drawings, collages and prints covering all the dominant themes in the artist’s body of work, from his early Fauvist years, through his interest in exoticism and Orientalism, to the paper cut-outs that he produced in the last years of his life. The core work in the exhibition will be the full suite of 20 impressions for the prints in the artist’s book Jazz, some of the best known and most celebrated of the artist’s works. Henri Matisse | Rhythm and Meaning will be the first wideranging exhibition of Matisse’s work to be held in South Africa.

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Star-crossed Love 15th to 24th July Romeo and Juliet, Joburg Theatre, Johannesburg

For its second season at the Joburg Theatre this year, Joburg Ballet will present Romeo and Juliet for ten performances only. Inspired by Shakespeare’s tragic story of a passionate feud between two families in Renaissance Italy, the sweeping choreography is set to a magnificent score by Sergei Prokofiev. This year is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and many ballets inspired by his plays will be staged around the world to celebrate his enduring legacy. With magnificent new sets generously sponsored by Friends of the Ballet, sumptuous Renaissanceinspired costumes and Prokofiev’s evocative music, this production of Romeo and Juliet perfectly captures all the romance, drama and tragedy of Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed love.

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Truffle Temptations 4th to 6th August !NABA Food and Wine Festival, Upington

The !NABA Food and Wine Festival, a gourmet occasion held in Upington in the Northern Cape, celebrates its third year of showcasing local, quality products from the region. A “!Naba”, or Kalahari truffle, is a potato-like delicacy with intricate flavouring, and is a well suited name to the festival’s overall quintessence: local talent at its highest quality. Visitors to the festival can expect to be treated to multi-layered culinary delights, local and national wines, craft beers, liqueurs, food and food related products, demonstrations and live entertainment to showcase the Green Kalahari as one of the world’s premier food and wine destinations. Tickets are available from Webtickets.

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Gentle Giants on Glass Amarula Cream will be celebrating the African elephant and their conservation with a new bottle which will be launched in July. The new bottle features sleek new curves with the shape of an African elephant etched into the glass. While the bottle shape has changed, Amarula Global General Manager, Dino D’Araujo, reassures fans that the liquid inside the bottle is still the same Amarula Cream they have come to know and love. “In addition to upping the aesthetic elements of our packaging, the bottle reflects our on-going commitment to elephant conservation,” he says. Since 2002, The Amarula Trust has helped conservationists to study elephant behaviour and to use their findings to protect elephants within South Africa’s borders.

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Fit for a Queen

Lust-worthy Baking

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Lust Bistro at Vrede en Lust Estate is now offering an exciting opportunity for aspiring master bakers to learn the skills of the art over a three-day baking course. Expert baker Jean-Pierre Smith’s hands-on baking course includes two nights’ accommodation, as well as all daily meals for the duration of the course. Also included are an artisan baking kit, consisting of an apron, a Brötform basket (German imported proofing chamber for bread) and all baking ingredients. Course participants will learn to make artisanal breads and pastries, while learning about the technical aspects of baking. There will also be time for entertaining activities such as a tour of the estate and winery, wine tasting and dinner at one of the area’s many acclaimed restaurants. The next courses will take place from 12th to 14th July, and from 2nd to 4th August. Reservations can be made at reservations@lustbistro.com.

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darkness comes something long and tall… very, very, tall. That something is a giant who whisks Sophie away to his home in a land far, far away. Fortunately for Sophie, he is the Big Friendly Giant (BFG) and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Having both been on their own in the world up until now, an unexpected friendship blossoms.

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Anything but average, 23-year-old Capetonian singer and songwriter, Amy Tjasink, has developed her own style of folk-country and pop music with a unique vocal twist. Amy has recently taken the bold step to follow her dreams and release an eight-track debut EP, entitled Average Jane and produced by Colin Sher, which will be launched in August. The EP will showcase her incredible talent and creativity. She has created an album that is so unique and personal to her that it’s completely self-styled. With

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guitar and piano at her fingertips, her passion and zest for the music industry is what drives her to greater heights. “2016 marked a new era for me,” explains Amy. “It’s extremely exciting and daunting all at the same time because I’m showing the world a small part of me, doing this by myself, for myself. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I just hope that everyone loves and enjoys my music as much as I do.” Average Jane will be launched in Hout Bay, Cape Town, on 8th August. Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za.


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/ A friend suggested that Tracy Cooper, an enthusiastic gardener with a passion for community development, watch a TED Talk by Pam Warhurst, co-founder of the Incredible Edible movement in the United Kingdom. The presentation, titled “How We Can Eat our Landscapes”, got Tracy thinking about the many ways those small, seemingly insignificant patches of land we see everywhere – from outside the public library to people’s verges – could be put to good use, and she was inspired to establish Incredible Edible Parkhurst (Johannesburg). “There were three reasons I wanted to start this community garden,” she says. “I wanted to educate people about food; I wanted to teach children about where their food comes

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from; and I wanted to build a community.” In South Africa, where so many people don’t have enough money to buy healthy food daily, there was another, even more pressing imperative: Tracy wanted to create an avenue for people to access nutritious food, without turning to crime. That was back in 2014. Although the project started out slowly, it has gained momentum to the point where a group of enthusiastic gardeners meets regularly, using the materials, plants and resources donated by individuals and companies, to create beds overflowing with kale, tomatoes, spinach (“so popular with the community that they never grow beyond a certain point!” Tracy smiles), berries and figs.

Although the garden is promoted at events like the village fair, Tracy points out that there is no money involved – it’s simply about making food available. With food prices rocketing because of the recent drought, the need for this is greater than ever. That’s why she would, ultimately, like to see every spare piece of land taken up with veggies promoting the ethos, “Take what you need, but leave some for your brothers and sisters”. Slowly, she’s seeing this wish come true. In the areas around Parkhurst, pavements in the Johannesburg suburbs of Parktown North and Greenside are being planted with radishes rather than roses. Elise Varga, another Incredible Edible Parkhurst stalwart, isn’t surprised. “Large-scale farming is a


In Brazil, for example, the mayor of Belo Horizonte has set up markets in public spaces, where farmers can sell their produce directly to the public at a fair price.

constant war against nature; it can’t be any other way. But the problem is that, when you spray to get rid of aphids, you also lose ladybirds. Birds ingest the insects that have been poisoned, and the entire chain becomes broken. With people becoming far more sensitive to the provenance of their food, and aware of the dangers of genetically modified crops, small-scale farming is increasingly viewed as the solution.” Sheryl Ozinsky, who established the Oranjezicht City Farm in Cape Town, agrees. She, personally, won’t purchase food that’s been advertised, because manufactured foods tend to be pumped with sugar, among other additives. “It’s alarming that one in five South Africans is food insecure. That figure doesn’t only pertain to people who don’t have enough food; it also reflects people who are eating food which is processed and nutritionally poor.” She points out that overseas, several governments have stepped in to take control of the situation. In Brazil, for example, the mayor of Belo Horizonte has set up markets in public spaces, where farmers can sell their produce directly to the public at a fair price. “Since we have no such initiatives in South Africa, citizens have to take the lead,” she says. Ozinsky’s drive to set up the farm – and its weekly market – was spurred as much by her fervent insistence that “access to healthy food is a human right” as by her observation that there was a need to create a community within Oranjezicht. “I had recently moved to the suburb when I was attacked inside my home. That was when I noticed that no one looked out for each other. There was no neighbourhood watch, no one to look out for the public spaces, no one to create public events,” she recalls. Her first step was to galvanise a neighbourhood watch, and once people were feeling safe, she moved on to other initiatives that could improve their lives.

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There’s a sense of poetry in what Ozinsky and her farm co-founders Tanya de Villiers, Mark Stead, Mario Graziani and Kurt Ackerman accomplished when they set up their venture: They brought the original Oranjezicht farm, transformed into bowling greens after the trauma of the Second World War, back to its initial purpose. The farm now functions as a non-profit organisation, and has racked up some rather impressive achievements. With the weekly market supporting 25 farmers (200 people in total, if you include the market traders), and attracting up to 3,000 visitors each week,

it injects between R4 and 5 million into the local economy each year. There’s no doubt it’s been an outstanding success – but Ozinsky believes that room exists for many more such initiatives. While the Incredible Edible movement in the UK has blossomed to the extent that there is now a flourishing “veggie tourism” industry there, South Africa’s need is far more real. “People have a yearning to connect with their food and those who produce it. Imagine if we could pay our farmers to keep us well, rather than doctors to make us better,” Ozinsky concludes. /


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E x p l o r i n g C a p e To w n in Winter Winter is inevitable. When summer fades and the cold weather sets in, you may find yourself tempted to stay at home and wait out the rest of the season in hibernation. Many cities become dull and quiet during winter and tourists avoid them in favour of sunnier shores. This is definitely not the case with Cape Town, though.

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Although the primary tourist season is over by February, Cape Town doesn’t slow down or sleep during the rainy season of April to August, remaining a favourite international hot spot for travellers, thrillseekers and holidaymakers. There’s nothing off about the off-season in South Africa’s Mother City. In fact, Cape Town Tourism has such a strong belief in the cooler season that they’ve created a dedicated website with affordable winter holiday packages. Hello Weekend! (helloweekend.capetown) has a huge selection of packages to cater for every taste, including beer tasting, extreme sports, quirky shopping and art tours. Also, by scheduling your visit after the summer tourist rush, you’re opening yourself to a world of special deals and discounts at restaurants and accommodation across

Cape Town, as well as in the famed Winelands just beyond the city limits. Your holiday budget will last longer, buy you more, and take you further. Winter is the “green season” in Cape Town, the time of year when rain breathes new life into the city’s natural beauty. Gardens and parks grow verdant while Table Mountain becomes threaded with hundreds of waterways and waterfalls. The cooler weather also makes winter the ideal time to walk the trails of Table Mountain – named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – or its satellites Devil’s Peak, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill. From leisurely strolls (such as Silvermine and Cecilia Forest) to intense hikes (such as Skeleton Gorge and Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine), there is something to suit every nature lover’s tastes. Or if walking is more your pace, the

world-renowned Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden offers the unique chance to enjoy the diversity of South Africa’s fynbos and other flora. The Boomslang Aerial Walkway – voted “Most Beautiful Object in SA” at the Design Indaba Expo in 2015 – winds its way through the treetops of Kirstenbosch, providing panoramic views of Table Mountain and the city. Venture beyond the city and visit the Winelands, which in winter become a misty haven where restaurants and vineyards spoil guests in the wake of the peak holiday season. Locations such as Spier Wine Estate (perfect for the whole family) and any number of restaurants in the Constantia Valley, home to some of the oldest (such as Groot Constantia) and most prestigious venues in the country, are the perfect places to unwind in front of a roaring fire

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and indulge in fine wine drinking and fivestar dining. For those who are looking for more adventure and less relaxation, Cape Town becomes adrenaline heaven during winter. Surfers from far and wide flock to the city’s beaches, drawn by the brisk winds and challenging breaks at places such as Llandudno, Kommetjie and Big Bay, to name a few, with Muizenberg being the ideal “learn to surf” spot. Other extreme activities include tandem paragliding from Signal Hill and Lion’s Head (excellent at this time of year due to calm winds and warm airstreams, which mean that flights last longer) and shark cage diving at Gansbaai and Seal Island (sharks are at their most predatory during winter, and ocean visibility is at its absolute best). Visit www.paraglide.co.za

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and www.sharkzone.co.za to book these truly unforgettable experiences. Sharks aren’t everyone’s favourite marine animals, so for those who fancy less carnivorous creatures, whale watching is a viable (and dryer) alternative. The whole family can catch sight of Southern Right whales and Humpback whales as they calve off the shores of Hermanus and along the False Bay coast. Winter ends with the annual Hermanus Whale Festival, a whole weekend of performances, markets and guided whale-watching tours. When you’re finished venturing into the lands, skies and seas around Cape Town, return to the heart of the city itself, where the vibrant nightlife is not at all diminished by the cool weather. The city boasts a number of vibrant streets that cater to everyone’s

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Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), supported by the Praekelt Foundation and the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration from the United States, has recently launched a new low-cost mobile information service for non-nationals living in South Africa. Launched recently in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, the service is called Help@Hand.

Text: Sarah-Claire Picton & Help@Hand Images © Eric Miller

Kayan Leung of Lawyers for Human Rights says, “[Help@Hand] will benefit nonnationals who are living in South Africa. It provides them with information on their human rights as foreigners living in the country. We often find many of our over 10,000 clients coming from far outlying areas to our urban-based law clinics to seek legal assistance and through this tool, we hope to extend the reach of LHR and assist in promoting and accessing human rights.” The reality is that there is a wide spectrum of ongoing challenges facing non-nationals residing in South Africa, including xenophobia as well as having access only to very basic health and education services. These challenges continue to signal great concern to LHR, such that they remain steadfast in offering legal services – at no charge – to vulnerable

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and marginalised non-nationals, to ensure that their constitutional rights in South Africa are upheld and understood. Sharing knowledge and empowering others to help themselves can lead to pioneering results. This mindset resonates strongly with LHR and, through Help@Hand, they provide non-nationals in South Africa with the tools to build a new framework of legal understanding and the necessary know-how to pave the way to overcoming many challenges. Help@hand is not only a necessary mobile information service providing non-nationals with a way to stay informed about their legal rights, it also serves as a podium for positive change. It provides non-nationals a platform to report any issues they may be facing, such as corruption, xenophobia, and unlawful arrest. Although Help@hand is

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Founded in 2009 by Hayden Elliott and Peter Kummerfeldt, Outdoor Africa is a professional safari company offering custom designed photographic safari and adventure tours to some of the very best safari destinations in Southern Africa. Hayden and Peter launched Outdoor Africa with the fundamental purpose of providing one-on-one safaris characterised by bespoke quality and authenticity – just like the ones they experienced while growing up in Africa. The team is very much like a family, and another key member of it, who joined in early 2015, is Toby Brown. Based in North Carolina and Head of Operations in the United States, Toby’s project and operational management skills – as well as his reservoir of knowledge when it comes to the tourism and safari industry – bring a another dimension to the company’s highly personal approach to the safaris and their three key focus areas: “Safe and authentic experiences, lesserknown wildlife areas, and sustainable

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tourism practices.” Sharing knowledge, understanding their clients, and passion are key to Outdoor Africa. Previous clients, Mark and Sharon Vendshus, can attest to this: “We not only saw more animals, but saw them closer than I thought possible. Hayden, our guide who is an encyclopaedia of information, opened my eyes to an entirely different Africa.” Outdoor Africa is not in the game of mass tourism, instead taking pride in offering intimate and customised adventures to each client group. Their offices in North Carolina, America, as well as Richards Bay, South Africa, are responsible for all the correspondence and the logistics with regards to their safaris – meaning that there are no agents involved, which in turn ensures Quality control and value for money. “At Outdoor Africa we believe that the key to a superb African safari lies in top-notch guides and guiding, and the attention to detail that we offer. All of our safaris are customised to suit the

clients’ requests, as well as tailored to suit the specific group size. We cater to individuals as well as small groups who would like to enjoy the safari of a lifetime, in an authentic way, without their having to join up with a larger group in order to make it affordable.” This approach is clearly paying off, as Outdoor Africa recently received the accolade of “best tour operator in KwaZulu-Natal” for 2016 from The Luxury Travel Guide. So, time to lace up your boots, get out the bird book, and find the binoculars. Discover birding safaris (such as the ten-day KwaZulu-Natal Birding Trip that includes a visit to the Mkhuze Game Reserve and Tembe Elephant Park), wildlife and photographic safaris (opt for their 25-day long Zululand, Swaziland, Panorama Route and Kruger Safari), or day safaris (visit the 332,000 ha iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in December 1999 “in recognition of


its superlative natural beauty and unique global values”). Since its launch, Outdoor Africa has expanded and now offers its clients a true taste of Africa, not only with genuine safari experiences, but with a myriad of smartly tailored Southern African outdoor adventures and sights. Explore cultural and historical experiences, or wander into a kaleidoscope-like adventure of cities, villages, wineries, beaches, and landscapes. Whether it is laid-back luxury

under the dramatic African sky you crave, or a Big Five rendezvous, Outdoor Africa is passionately committed in delivering their mission “to create memories that will last a lifetime, and experiences that will leave you wanting more”. With Outdoor Africa, you have an opportunity to realise your own personal African dream with an exclusive safari that resonates with your soul. For more information, visit www.outdoor-africa.com.


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Jonga Born in a small mining town in KwaZulu-Natal, Bosman moved around the country with her family before settling in the Western Cape. It was here, during her final year of Drama Studies at the University of Stellenbosch, that she discovered her love of photography. Initially starting out with black and white film, she later progressed to the digital medium and started experimenting with colour. “When I shoot, I like to over-expose slightly to create more contrast for black and white images, blowing out the light areas slightly, but still keeping the dark,” she explains. “This same over-exposure has led me to discover something in colour. In a certain light, there is a sweet exposure that you find sometimes. It makes the colour in the images look very picturesque, almost like it’s a drawing or painting. I like that because I’ve always loved the Impressionist painting style and it reminds me of that.” Some time after her studies, Bosman began to long for the green, lush land of

KwaZulu-Natal, remembering her carefree time spent there as a child. Having been exposed to township life in the Overberg when she was younger, accompanying her attorney father when he had documents to deliver, Bosman was drawn to the rich, colourful life of the people. “I wanted to go somewhere in Africa because it gave me those two things: The people, rich in colour, and the green, hilly open land, a place where you can feel free. I was already connected to the Xhosa people, because of some work I did in the townships and even at university, basic Xhosa was one of my subjects,” she says. And so in 2011, Bosman headed to Coffee Bay in the Transkei where she lived in a caravan for two years, working as a volunteer English teacher and, of course, taking exquisite photographs. As Bosman immersed herself in the community, building a reading hut for the children, giving them access to books, and working in the local school, she connected to the people and got to know them on a

personal level. Living in her small caravan, experiencing the hardships of both township life and the natural elements of her surroundings, Bosman became totally integrated into her environment, experiencing both challenges and triumphs which impacted her as well as the people around her. Life lessons were learned on a daily basis, and the emotional connection Bosman developed with her subjects is evident in her captivating imagery. With such intimate portraiture work, Bosman had to gain the trust and respect of the people around her. It is not an easy feat to simply shoot and capture such raw emotion and textural detail. “People got to know me and over time they let me into their spaces. I think it is important to respect people. If you see someone as your brother or sister or mother, they sense that and they welcome you. I myself am very camera shy, so I’ll always respect that in another person,” she explains. “I used to go around taking family photos for people and then print the

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pictures and take them back to them. Every month I printed about 100 pictures. Often when I went back and gave it to them, they were much more open and wanted me to photograph them again. And sometimes then, I would stumble upon treasure.” One specific day stands out for Bosman. “Some of my favourite mamas came to me one morning, asking for a lift to the chief’s house because it was too far to walk. So I took them and we ended up waiting much longer than we thought we would. I was the only ‘umlungu’ (white person) there and 99 % of the mamas could speak no English,” she recalls. “I sat the whole day with them listening to their soothing chatter and

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making jokes with them. They welcomed me completely and made me feel so loved and appreciated. It was one of the best days of my life. They shared their lunch with me and I shared in the thankfulness of them receiving bags of plants that they could plant at home. There was joyous singing in my car all the way back to Coffee Bay. On the way home, I took the photograph Three Mamas Walking of the ladies carrying big bags of seedlings on their heads.” Bosman’s two years in Coffee Bay revealed to her the very soul of the spirit of ubuntu – the essence of being truly connected as human beings. Capturing the raw imagery of her experience, revealing

truth, emotion, character, innocence and pain, she understood this and was able to truly see its worth. Bosman has just recently been accepted for a residency programme in the Swiss mountains by the Sustainable Mountain Art Programme (SMART) where she will be working on a photo artwork project with the aim of raising awareness of the effects of climate change on mountain regions. There is truly no stopping this courageous, inspired, passionate and talented photographer. For more information, visit www.lavonne.co.za.


Girl and Baby

This Is Coffee Bay by Lavonne Bosman This small town of barefoot-trodden mud paths over hills where neighbours greet each other by their names is where life can be found in its most raw form. This is where life is born and where it dies and becomes new yet again. My heart breaks for the old mamas dressed proudly in their traditional shweshwe dresses, colourful like flowers in this broken garden where noisy yellow machines bulldoze their way through once peaceful pathways, building a highway straight through this innocent village. Where double cab bakkies and minibus taxis speed way too fast, inches away from their precious children, cows and goats. Where horses, donkeys, pigs, children and old men alike search for treasure in the trash of the Western world, scattered outside the fallen fences of the unavoidable rubbish heap, where skeletons of dogs run around, blood sucked dry by the shiny fat vampire ticks lodged at their throats. Where lively music fills the air from cellphones clutched in the hands of teenagers heading home or loud taxi speakers by the local river carwash. Where children with eternal runny noses scurry over the hills in their gaping school shoes, hungry for their daily dish of rice or samp and beans. Here is where beauty and danger collide…How can I not love this paradise lost? How can I ever turn my back and say it’s not my problem? Would I not help my own mother if she was hungry? For it is my mother, my father, my brother and sister, my child, my baby who welcomes me home in this place until someday perhaps I’ll die here too.


A Jour ney Back in Time on

Rovos Rail Clouds of white steam billowed into the air as locomotive 3360 sat at the railway siding, its metal bulk humming with restrained power. Inside, its bronze and copper dials were lovingly polished to a gleam bright enough to mirror the lively fire in its hearth, while it stood proud in its smart, dark green Rovos Rail livery, a bright red name plate in pride of place on its side. People milled around the quaint station, sipping on glasses of champagne, while staff bustled in the background loading luggage and last minute supplies for the journey. In fact, one could be forgiven for thinking that this was a scene straight out of Downton Abbey, imbued as it was with such a feeling of old world charm and Edwardian splendour.

Text: Nicky Furniss Images Š Rovos Rail

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We may have arrived at the Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria by Uber, as opposed to a horse drawn buggy, but then the equine part of the fairytale can still be experienced if Romeo – the resident, rather unfortunate-looking donkey – happens to wander by. The 60 acre station compound is both a refuge for discarded railway carriages and locomotives as well as for the odd stray animal. In fact, it is not unusual to see an ostrich or even an emu pottering around the loco shed, the tail feathers of which would not have been out of place on a guest’s hat, should the fashion of the early 20th century still be at play. The service excellence of that era was, however, still very much in evidence as we were lead to our cabin by our personal host. Our brightly coloured modern suitcases looked out of place in the cosy wood panelled room, so we quickly stowed them in the luggage shelf – which would have been more than sufficient for the odd steamer trunk or two – not before

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unpacking our evening wear for the next two nights which was quickly spirited away by our host, Michelle Naude, to have pressed it in time for dinner, by the ladies in the laundry. Though Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess would most likely not have approved of drinking at such an early hour – nor have known what to make of a mini bar – if felt fitting to pop the bottle of sparkling wine and to toast our good fortune as the train (now, sadly, pulled by a rather less romantic diesel loco) pulled out of the station with that unmistakeable train lurch. Torn between watching the world slip past our windows at a wonderfully sedate pace, and exploring our kingdom for the next three days, we opted for the latter. Our little en-suite bathroom was decked out with sweet Rooibos-smelling toiletries and a rather larger shower than expected, which we later discovered produced not only piping hot water, but also impressive water pressure. And, can

I say – at the risk of sounding indiscreet and once again scandalising the Dowager Countess – that there simply can’t be anything more fun than having a lovely hot shower on a moving train! Except perhaps for sleeping on one, and thanks to our large, comfortable and built-in double bed (no stowaway beds here), we were soothed to sleep every night by the gentle rocking of the train, as well as during lazy afternoon naps when we curled up in the squares of sunlight pouring through our large picture windows. Picture windows which still sport the engraving of a number of different South African Railway emblems from the last 100 years of train travel in this country. These bear testament to the fact that every carriage that makes up Rovos Rail has been rescued – often from scrap yards, and some dating as far back as 1911 – and given a new lease on life by the skilled artisans at the Rovos workshop. The pride they take in their work can be


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the observation car at the back of the train. Here, you would be remiss not to order a very colonial gin and tonic – or if you’re being particularly “vulgar” a delicious Amarula Don Pedro – and wander out to the open air balcony where you can feel the wind in your face as you watch the tracks slip by and the scenery change. After all that overindulgence, it is a relief to go back to your cabin to find the Rennies that have thoughtfully been stowed away in your complimentary travel bag, along with an assortment of other thoughtful items, like mozzie repellent and sunscreen for the off-train excursions, and grooming items, should you have forgotten to pack your own (we can’t all have a valet or a ladies maid, after all). There is even a mask in your drawer to protect your eyes from dust and debris, should you wish to stick your head out of the window! In fact, perhaps what is most striking about Rovos Rail is that every need is anticipated before you have even realised you needed it – like the thoughtful gift of a bottle of Amarula and two glasses to enjoy sundowners in your cabin one evening, or the fact that a drink or a butter dish are replenished by the excellent staff before you have had time to ask for it. Mr Carson, Downton’s fastidious butler, could not have been more proud. And while all of this makes one loathe to leave the train, what would a true rail journey be without an adventure or two on the way? Depending on which journey

you opt for, you can look forward to visiting the Big Hole in Kimberley, the magnificent Victoria Falls or the quaint town of Matjiesfontein, while we were privileged to experience some of the best that beautiful KwaZulu-Natal has to offer. This included an early morning game drive in the Nambiti Game Reserve, home to an array of wildlife, including the Big Five, as well as a fascinating talk about the Anglo Boer War in the heart of the battlefields at Spionkop Lodge. We ended our excursions with a visit to the famous Ardmore Ceramics Gallery surrounded by the rolling green hills of the Midlands, undoubtedly South Africa’s closest equivalent to Downton country. As we moved towards the coast and through the Valley of a Thousand Hills the scenery changed dramatically, and so too the mood in the lounge when the realisation set in that it was almost time to disembark. Leaving the train felt as sad as watching the last episode of Downton Abbey, but it is heartening to know that the many beautiful carriages and locomotives that make up Rovos Rail have not been left to rot away in their respective eras. They have been rescued to allow us the privilege of revisiting a bygone time when impeccable service, gentility and sedate, seemingly timeless travel were the wonderful norm. For more information, visit www.rovos.com.


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If ever there was a place that undersold itself by name, it would be Hoedspruit. Directly translated as “Hat Creek”, the town is supposedly owes its name to a pioneer who impulsively threw his hat into the Sandspruit River after what must have been an exhausting trek, and declared the spot home. It’s a nice story, but spend any amount of time in the area experiencing its bushveld, forest and staggering gorges, and there are a thousand more poetic names the town could have been called. But what’s in a name, right? A short drive from Kruger National Park, and quite literally surrounded by private game and nature reserves, Hoedspruit is rightly known for its bush and animal life. But clear skies, mountains, rivers and kloofs also make the town a fantastic adventure destination, so bring your sunscreen, GoPro and energy drinks and get that adrenaline pumping. All on the Line A shade under two hours by car to the northwest of Hoedspruit is the Georges Valley, home to the Magoesbaskloof Canopy Tour. This two-and-a-half-hour zip line adventure will have you hurtling through space far above the green Letaba

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River gorge below, and if you holler Tarzanstyle, no one will judge you. The tour’s 13 platforms have all been individually designed and built overlooking the river and forest floor, set high into the canopy of the indigenous forest. The tour alternates between adrenalin surges while zip lining, and tranquillity on the platforms as you contemplate the beauty of the area. There’s a lot to take in after all – there are three waterfalls along the route, each about 20 m high, plenty of birdlife to keep your eyes peeled for, not to mention an assortment of spectacular trees and wildflowers. Along the way, your guide will share some interesting facts about the ecology of the surrounds, while pointing out fauna and flora. If you have a secure strap, bring your camera, because the photo opportunities are fantastic. Despite appearing to be something only for the fit, the tour is actually suitable for anyone between seven and 70 years old, so if you can master your fear of heights, there’s no excuse not to give it a bash. Light refreshments, transport, lunch, guides and equipment are all included, so all you need bring is yourself and a hearty dose of courage.

Hoof It Yourself The Blyde River Canyon is often referred to as the greenest canyon in the world, thanks to its lush, sub-tropical vegetation. Its massive size means that there are some amazing and varied hiking trails to explore. One of the easiest ways to hike the area is to use Blyde Canyon, a Forever Resort, as your base. Day visitors can make use of the resort’s various trails at a reasonable cost – just make sure you sign the trail register and bring plenty of water to drink. The Leopard Trail is popular, thanks to its spectacular views of the Blyde River, Blyde Dam, Three Rondavels and Mariepskop. The trail takes about four hours to complete and requires a reasonable level of fitness, although if you’re an avid hiker you can also combine it with the Loerie Trail, which is often slippery and crosses the river several times. It takes one through some lovely indigenous forest, so is worth the scramble and wet feet. Up in the Air Perhaps strenuous only in the sense that it’ll put your fear of heights to the test, a hot air balloon trip is one of those rare activities that is adventurous, while also being somewhat romantic. But you need to


Useful Contacts Magoebaskloof Canopy Tour – www.magoebaskloofcanopytour.co.za / +27 83 866 1546 Blyde Canyon, a Forever Resort – www.foreverblydecanyon.co.za / +27 861 22 69 66 Sun Catchers Hot Air Ballooning – www.suncatchers.co.za / +27 87 806 2079

be up early – the hour-long flights leave at about sunrise (in mid-summer we’re talking 05h00), so you’ll need to convene at the launch site outside Hoedspruit 20 minutes before sunrise. Don’t worry though, coffee is served while you watch your balloon inflate to eight storeys high, and before you know it you’ll be in the basket and slowly rising into the air. Altitudes on the trips vary depending on favourable wind direction and speed, so you could be as high as 2,000 feet, or skimming the tree tops. Whatever the altitude, the view is stunning: The Drakensberg Escarpment towers in the distance, lit up by the sunrise, and below the basket farmland and game reserves slip by. Bring your binoculars and camera, but make sure you also spend time simply taking it all in and soaking in the peace. Landing is an adventure in and of itself – balloons tend to land at the speed of the surface wind – but the experienced pilots choose their landing sites carefully, and things are rarely too exciting. The baskets are surprisingly big, with the smallest carrying a pilot and four passengers, and the biggest carrying a pilot and ten passengers, so even if you bring the whole family, you could potentially pile into one balloon.

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Hors des sentiers

battus Le côté aventurier de Hoedspruit

Non loin du Parc national Kruger et totalement entourée de réserves à gibier privées et de réserves naturelles, se trouve la ville de Hoedspruit qui est bien connue, à juste titre, pour sa brousse et sa faune. Mais ses grands ciels clairs, ses montagnes, ses rivières et ses canyons en font aussi une destination d’aventures, alors apportez votre crème solaire, votre GoPro, vos boissons énergisantes et faites monter l’adrénaline.

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Tous en ligne À moins de deux heures en voiture au nord-ouest de Hoedspruit se trouve la Georges Valley, où l’on peut faire le Magoesbaskloof Canopy Tour (randonnée dans les arbres). Pendant deux heures et demi vous pourrez voltiger d’arbre en arbre en tyrolienne au-dessus du canyon verdoyant de la rivière Letaba, et si l’envie vous prend de pousser des cris à la Tarzan, personne ne vous le reprochera. Le parcours comporte 13 plateformes qui ont été conçues et construites individuellement dans la canopée de la forêt indigène, et qui surplombent la rivière et le tapis forestier. Le parcours alterne entre les poussées d’adrénaline induites par les tyroliennes et la tranquillité des plateformes qui vous permettent de contempler la beauté de la région. Il y a tellement de choses dont il faut s’imprégner – les trois chutes d’eau d’environ 20 m de haut le long du parcours, la quantité d’oiseaux qui captent votre

attention, sans oublier un assortiment d’arbres et de fleurs spectaculaires. En chemin votre guide vous racontera quelques faits intéressants sur l’écologie locale, tout en attirant votre attention sur des spécimens de faune et de flore. Si vous avez une sangle de sécurité apportez votre appareil photo parce que l’on peut prendre des clichés formidables. Bien que l’on puisse penser que ces parcours soient seulement pour les sportifs, ils conviennent en fait à tous entre les âges de 7 à 70 ans, et si vous pouvez maîtriser votre peur des hauteurs alors tentez le coup. Rafraîchissements, transport, déjeuner, guides et équipements étant inclus il vous suffit d’arriver armé d’une bonne dose de témérité. Découvrir le coin à pied Le canyon de la rivière Blyde est souvent considéré comme étant le canyon le plus verdoyant au monde grâce à sa végétation subtropicale luxuriante. Sa

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dimension exceptionnelle fait que l’on peut parcourir de nombreux chemins de randonnée extraordinaires et variés. L’une des façons les plus simples de faire des randonnées dans ce secteur est d’avoir comme base le Blyde Canyon, un centre de villégiature de Forever Resort. Les visiteurs à la journée peuvent utiliser les pistes de randonnée du centre à un coût raisonnable – assurezvous cependant de signer le registre et d’emporter suffisamment d’eau à boire. La Leopard Trail (piste de randonnée) est populaire du fait de ses vues imprenables sur la rivière Blyde, le barrage de Blyde, les Three Rondavels et Mariepskop. Il vous faudra environ quatre heures pour arriver au bout de la piste et une condition physique raisonnable est recommandée ; cependant si vous êtes un(e) randonneur(euse) passionné(e) vous pourriez combiner cette randonnée avec une sortie sur la Loerie Trail qui est souvent glissante et qui traverse plusieurs fois la rivière. Cette piste vous conduira à travers une magnifique forêt indigène, et de ce fait la crapahute et les pieds mouillés en valent bien la peine. Dans les airs Une sortie en montgolfière peut être intense dans la mesure où votre vertige sera mis à l’épreuve, mais c’est aussi l’une des rares activités qui amalgame aventure et une certaine dose de romantisme. Vous devrez vous lever tôt puisque le départ du

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vol d’une heure se fait à l’aube (aux environs de 05h00 en été), et qu’il vous faudra retrouver les autres sur l’aire de lancement dans les environs de Hoedspruit 20 minutes avant le lever du soleil. Toutefois ne vous tracassez pas : pendant que vous buvez le café, la montgolfière sera gonflée afin d’atteindre la hauteur d’un bâtiment de huit étages, et très bientôt vous vous retrouverez dans la nacelle qui s’élève doucement dans les airs. L’altitude que vous atteindrez dépendra de la direction et de la vitesse propice du vent, mais vous pourriez aussi bien monter jusqu’à 2  000 pieds que vous retrouver à frôler la cime des arbres. Peu importe l’altitude, la vue est renversante. L’escarpement du Drakensberg s’élève au loin, éclairé par le soleil levant avec en contrebas des terres fertiles et des réserves à gibier qui défilent. Munissezvous de jumelles et d’un appareil photo mais surtout, prenez le temps d’admirer le paysage et de profiter du silence. L’atterrissage est une aventure en soi : les montgolfières ont tendance à atterrir à la vitesse du vent de surface mais les pilotes expérimentés choisissent prudemment leur site d’atterrissage et de ce fait rien n’est jamais trop. Les nacelles sont étonnamment grandes, la plus petite pouvant accueillir un pilote et quatre passagers, et la plus grande un pilote et dix passagers. De ce fait si vous arrivez avec toute la petite famille, vous pourrez potentiellement tous monter dans la même nacelle.

Contacts utiles Magoebaskloof Canopy Tour www.magoebaskloofcanopytour.co.za +27 83 866 1546 Blyde Canyon, centre de villégiature de Forever Resort www.foreverblydecanyon.co.za +27 861 22 69 66 Sun Catchers Hot Air Ballooning www.suncatchers.co.za / +27 87 806 2079


The Precious

Gar den Imagine strolling through an enchanted garden where the flowers have petals made of precious stones and above you butterflies flutter their diamond wings. The new collections from Browns is just that – a dazzling illustration of nature’s beauty and femininity.

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Browns Precious Garden The Story of the Butterfly and the Flower The Precious Garden necklace is a celebration of the love between two people who were made for each other. Just like the butterfly and the flower; one is incomplete without the other. The extraordinary design comprises a lovely collection of precious butterflies and blossoms set amongst a shimmer of diamonds, all encompassed within the “circle of life”. Watching over the garden is the Browns Angel, a messenger of love, formed with a single pear-shaped diamond and two marquise-shaped wings. The circle hangs from three delicate white gold chains scattered with diamond and ruby dewdrops. Each flower and butterfly pair is created by hand-selecting perfectly

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Browns Cherry Blossom matched pear and marquise-shaped precious stones. It is for this reason, and due to the complexity of the design, that these pieces are extremely rare – it takes two months to complete each one. Flowers That Last Forever In Japan, cherry blossoms, or “sakura”, have been treasured for centuries. Every year the trees blossom with intense beauty, however the flowers last for only a week, serving as a reminder that we should always live life to the fullest. In this collection, each little blossom is created from four perfectly-matched pink sapphires, complemented by white diamonds – pink and white being the only two colours in which cherry blossoms

occur. The design is delicate and beautiful and a woman can’t help but feel feminine and elegant when wearing it. Pink is one of the rarest colours found in sapphires and the value of the precious stones lies in the intensity of their colours. All of the sapphires used are natural and untreated. Browns only chooses stones which are saturated with colour so that the colour is consistent throughout the stone itself. The round precious stones are diamond cut, with just as many facets as a diamond, which gives them an incredible brilliance and lustre. As part of the sapphire family, pink sapphires are also the birthstone for those born in September. For more information, visit www.brownsjewellers.com.


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Tintswalo Atlantic is the only hotel within the Table Mountain National Park and is part of the Cape Floral UNESCO World Heritage Site. Driving the renowned Chapman’s Peak Drive, it is hard to even imagine where the hotel could possibly be, as it is hidden away so perfectly that the entire structure blends effortlessly into the landscape. You park in a small lot just before the toll check on Chapman’s Peak and a shuttle service carries you down a steep, perilous driveway to the very bottom of the mountain where the hotel

is situated, right on the pebbly shoreline. It is an absolutely spectacular location with panoramic views of the ocean and mountains, guaranteed to take the breath of even the most seasoned traveller away. Tintswalo Atlantic had their big reopening in November 2015 after massive devastation. The enormous fires of March last year engulfed the lodge and burnt between 60 and 70 % of it down. Rising from the ashes, with a lot of love and hard work, the hotel is testament to the months of hard


work and incredible dedication. A significant part of the rebuild is the reclaimed wood from the burnt Milkwood trees that were such a big part of Tintswalo Atlantic before the fire. Repurposed to create signature pieces for the lodge’s interior, these beautiful platters, stools, tables and other pieces of furniture are a constant reminder of the unbelievable accomplishment of rebuilding this iconic lodge. “The soul of the trees will continue to bring great energy into the new hotel, as they have created beautiful pieces with the wood,” say the owners, Gaye and Ernest Corbett. And they are not wrong. The energy is amazing, and one cannot help but feel an emotional connection to the place as soon as you put your foot through the door. A distinctive and refreshing smell of the ocean is palpable throughout the lodge and the lapping of the waves on the rocks provides a mesmerising soundtrack. As I was led to my room, I marvelled at the elegant décor, perfectly complementing the peaceful ocean ambience. The rooms are island-themed and each one is named and decorated distinctively according to its island inspiration. I was led to “Zanzibar”, and my traditional Zanzibari door led into a light, airy room with beautiful views. When I say you are literally on the shoreline, I am not exaggerating. Looking out from the regal four-poster bed, you can’t even see the pebbled shore, giving the impression that the lodge is almost floating on the ocean. Intricate wood carvings, vibrant

colours and an abundance of handmade shell decorations and ornaments made up the chic, airy space, reminiscent of the popular East African island it represented. The bathroom, a highlight for me, comprised of a large shower and spacious bathtub, complete with natural bath salts, oils and bubbles. And, of course, in true five-star style, no stone was left unturned and every possible amenity was available to ensure maximum comfort. Dining at Tintswalo Atlantic is fast becoming the topic of conversation amongst local foodies, and their decadent breakfast, lunch and dinner options are not only limited to guests. If you book in advance, you can reserve a spot at this magical venue to enjoy a meal of your choice prepared by the extremely talented Head Chef, Jeantelle van Staden. Guests can watch Van Staden and her team at work in the open-plan kitchen, and delight in the creative way they combine delicious, seasonal flavours and present them fit for royalty. I opted to feast on the breakfast each morning, skip lunch and save space for the impeccable five-course dinner, including sunset canapés which are not to be missed. It is fine-dining at its finest – from the complexity of the flavours to the exquisite presentation that looks like fine art on a plate, this is culinary alchemy that will make your heart and your taste-buds rejoice. If you have time between the decadent dining, sunset bathing and view ogling, there are a range of activities on offer to

guests at Tintswalo. Take a wander down the pebbled footpath to the oceanfront pool. Here, you can sip on a cocktail and enjoy a dip in the heated pool. Should you wish to venture out for the day, there are a host of options to choose from. From exploring the Cape surrounds, which includes the incredibly scenic Winelands, and a whole host of beach towns and busy harbours, to a boat trip to Seal Island or retail therapy at the renowned V&A Waterfront, the staff at Tintswalo Atlantic will gladly arrange everything for you to ensure that all you have to do is enjoy! Tintswalo Atlantic is truly a special place and, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, it has risen back to life with a restored sense of energy and magic. A tradition at Tintswalo Atlantic that originated with the family who started it all, is to toss a stone over your shoulder and make a wish every time you visit. In fact, when the Corbett family first saw the property, they all tossed a stone and wished to build a magical hotel on this beautiful site. Their wish came true and so, each guest, on leaving Tintswalo, will receive a stone with their name on it. With more than a tinge of sadness I was handed my stone and, as I tossed it over my shoulder into the ocean below the deck, I made a wish – to return for yet another visit. And I intend on making my wish a reality in the not too distant future. For more information, visit www.tintswalo.com.

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Spot the Wild Horses When driving between Aus and the coastal town of Luderitz, keep your eyes open for the famous wild horses of the desert. Thought to have been descended from horses abandoned by German soldiers after WWII, instead of perishing they adapted to life in the desert where they now subsist on a diet of mainly lichen, and certainly look no worse for it with their beautiful long flowing manes and tails. See the Desert From the Air To fully grasp just how expansive Namibia’s Namib Desert truly is, Scenic Air (www.scenic-air.com) offers a bird’s eye view of the desert on a two hour round trip from Swakopmund to Sossussvlei, with its iconic petrified trees and striking red sand dunes (which is also worth seeing from the ground). The flight then turns towards the coast, flying over abandoned diamond camps, shipwrecks and colonies of seals and flamingos, before eventually passing the harbour town of Walvis Bay en route back to Swakopmund. Tackle the Fish River Canyon As the second largest canyon in the world, this is most certainly worth a detour – either to marvel at its sheer size from the lookout point, or if you’re very brave, to explore more intimately during the punishing five day Fish River Canyon hike. Eat, Drink & Be Merry While your taste buds are guaranteed to be well looked after in any part of Namibia, there are a few fascinating establishments that are attractions in their own right. Most famous of these is Joe’s Beer House (www.joesbeerhouse.com) which has now become a Windhoek institution. Covered in an astonishing array of random bric-a-brac, you can expect the food to be hearty and the drinks to flow liberally. If you are travelling in the south, pop into the Canyon Roadhouse on the way to the Fish River Canyon which serves up tasty food with a side of fascinating memorabilia, including vintage cars, old road signs and antique petrol pumps. Kristal Kellerie (http://kristallkellerei.com) near Omaruru is one of only three wine farms in the country – not surprising, considering how little rain there is here – and it’s fascinating to see how they manage this in such a harsh climate. They also do a fiery line of grappa made from prickly pears and dates.

Relive Mad Max Just outside Swakopmund you will discover a barren valley of rocks and sand, aptly named the Moon Landscape. Despite its similarities to the real thing, it is unlikely that any fake moon landing was filmed here, although the desolate desert scenes of the latest Mad Max movie were – and it’s not hard to see why. Go Back in Time at Kolmanskop This once thriving diamond town – at its peak, it boasted a swimming pool, a tram, an ice factory and a dance hall where famous European singers often performed – was abandoned decades ago to be slowly reclaimed by the shifting sands of the desert. It is worth signing up for a tour of the little town, to learn more of its history and of the fascinating people who used to live here, and then allocate a few hours at least to wandering around on your own exploring all its nooks and crannies – the ghostly town makes for spectacular photos, especially at sunrise or sunset. Stock Up on Handmade Namibian Art While you will find handmade arts and crafts all over Namibia, the Tikoloshe root carving factory in Omaruru (www.tikolosheafrika.com) is particularly interesting thanks to its menagerie of weird and wonderful wooden creations, all painstakingly hand-carved. It is likely that – odd as they are – one may catch your fancy. Karakulia Weavers (www.karakulia.com.na) outside Swakopmund is also well worth a visit, thanks to their magnificent handwoven carpets – you can even commission one to the pattern, colours and dimensions you prefer. Have a Taste of Germany in Swakopmund This little seaside town has all the charm of a small German village, and looks like one too, thanks to its characteristic architecture. As a result this, it is also the place to feast, German style, on black forest cake and other German pastries. And you would be missing out if you didn’t at least attempt to finish the eisbein at Kucki’s Pub. Marvel at the Quiver Tree Forest & Giant’s Playground With so much of the country being desert, it is all the more impressive when Mother Nature manages to carve out an existence for herself. Nowhere is this more evident than at the Quiver Tree Forest outside Keetmanshoop. These iconic trees with their luminous green spiky canopy

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and mottled trunks make for magnificent photos, their colours thrown into stark relief by their rocky surrounds. Speaking of rocks, the nearby Giant’s Playground is also worth a wander, if only to wonder how so many giant boulders came to be perched and stacked on top of each other like children’s building blocks. See Life in the Desert Tommy Collard – a flamboyant Swakopmund local and desert explorer – conducts fascinating Living Desert Tours (www.tommys.iway.na) which show that

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the desert may not be as devoid of life as it may seem. Tommy will even unearth some little shovel-snouted lizards, neon coloured Palmato geckos, sidewinder snakes and desert chameleons to prove the point. Etosha National Park Etosha National Park with its famous salt pans is one of the country’s most popular attractions. Most of the reserve is characterised by open plains and whitish yellow soil, which serves to throw the colours of the many animals here – like oryx, zebra, lions, jackals, elephants and

ostriches – in sharp contrast, making for striking photos. Climb a Sand Dune You’ll find no shortage of sand dunes to climb in the Namib, but many opt to summit the infamous Dune 7 near Walvis Bay, which looks deceivingly simple from the bottom, but is a real challenge for both the mind and the body when you find yourself sliding one step back for every two steps taken. Fantastic views and a great sense of achievement await those who finally make it to the top, though.


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Mariner’s Wharf - Hout Bay Rich in history and pulsating with character, Mariner’s Wharf must be Hout Bay’s greatest asset. As the pioneer of harbour-front developments in the Southern Hemisphere, Mariner’s Wharf is now in its 32nd year, and continues to captivate visitors with its unique array of delicacies, history, curios and collectables.

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There is an air of excitement as seagulls proudly parade along the pier and fishermen offload their morning’s catch. Lobster trawlers bob gently in the water, their cargo of crates and nets piled high, while off in the distance a group of minstrels begin their morning song and dance. It is a mix of all that a hot South African summer’s day encapsulates, while Mariner’s Wharf, situated at the entrance to Hout Bay harbour, offers visitors a truly eclectic experience. Stanley Dorman conceptualised, created and developed Mariner’s Wharf after visiting the USA in 1974 where he was inspired by the hustle and bustle of the San Francisco harbour-front. He made the decision to use his knowledge of several decades in the fishing industry to create something similar in South Africa. Having grown up in Hout Bay, this

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seemed the obvious location for his masterpiece. He started assessing waterfronts around the globe and his vision began taking shape. He wanted something very different, that was memorably South African, and authentically Western Capelike. After ten years, his thoughts evolved into Mariner’s Wharf, South Africa’s very first harbour-front emporium. Mariner’s Wharf is now world-renowned and made up of an impressive complex of outlets specialising in seafood and maritime products. The Wharf as a whole serves as a sort of working museum, with the antique shop crammed full of most things maritime, with a remarkable array of items ranging from old carved whale’s teeth, maps and bells to shipwreck artefacts. The Wharf is also home to a seafood factory, as well as the Fisherman’s Wharf

Fish Market, where the remarkable hull of the original 1940’s trawler The Kingfisher welcomes one inside. The Fish Market is stocked with delicious delicacies, including internationally renowned Cape Coast Smoked Snoek, which is produced at the factory’s smokeries. Adjacent to the Fish Market is Ye Olde Wine & Liquor Locker, the fist bottle store in South Africa to be licensed for Sunday trading. Stocking an extraordinary range of local wines, beers, liquor and imported liqueurs, one can even buy special bottles of wine made exclusively for Mariner’s Wharf, presented in fish-shaped bottles. Through extensive perusing of waterfront harbours in places like Tokyo, Seattle, Sydney and Reykjavik, Dorman acquired an unrivalled collection of maritime memorabilia, much of which


he used as décor in the Wharfside Grill restaurant. The Wharfside Grill has a distinctly historic maritime theme, and a walk through the restaurant is an absolute must, as memorabilia from days gone by dangle, decorate and delight visitors plucky enough to dodge the busy tables to look around. Divided into precincts, namely Foredeck, Captain’s Quarters, Midships and Long Room, plus six private dining cabins, the Grill also boasts a Sundeck for al fresco dining and the Crayclub Bar, where speciality drinks are served. Each of the six themed dining cabins is individually decorated with artefacts from famous liners or pieces of maritime history. The Grill’s menu is extensive and extravagant, stocking a “cargo of goods”, ranging from Hout Bay Chowder and

fresh oysters through to succulent fish and exquisite desserts. The food is indulgent and utterly delicious, and Dorman takes pride in the well-developed menu, using the slower winter months to experiment with new dishes. With the Winter Value Menu Dorman gives his chefs the opportunity to try new things. Should these prove popular on the winter menu, they may become permanent features on the summer one. In season, as many as 10,000 visitors a day pass through Hout Bay, and the 350-seater restaurant hosts up to 1,800 customers a day. That’s a right cargo-load of meals! The Wharfette Seafood Bistro is where it’s at for tasty take-outs. But be warned – because the Bistro’s reputation stretches as far as the horizon, so does the queue. Mariner’s Chest is the official stockist

of Republic of Hout Bay Passports, and overflows with ocean treasures, shells, and souvenirs. And in the Pearl Factory, visitors can harvest their own pearls by picking an oyster and cracking it open. If they so desire, the shop manager will set the shimmering sparkler in gold or silver, as a dazzling reminder of their brief treasure hunt. Recent developments include freshly made sushi direct from the Fish Market, the launch of Olde Seadog Draught Beer, and an on-site bakery producing the Wharf’s famous seed-loaves and muffins. Given the ongoing popularity and achievements of Mariner’s Wharf, it is certainly well worth a visit, besides being situated in one of the most beautiful bays in the world.

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New Gauteng Hub for

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Mazars – an integral player in auditing, accounting, tax and advisory services in South Africa – is proud to present its new Gauteng premises, which will provide the company with an integrated hub in the Gauteng region and, as it is located in Glenhove Road, Johannesburg, boasts an ideal location in the epicentre of South Africa’s business powerhouse. Text & Images © Supplied

The new H-shaped office space was designed to keep the tone of similar surrounding structures while also establishing its own identity, its strong lines and shapes standing out boldly, and sitting on a podium with the likeness of a lily pad. The new building offers extensive views of the Killarney Golf Course and boasts a rooftop entertainment deck with an unchallenged view of the Johannesburg skyline. The office includes facilities such as ample parking for staff and visitors, refreshment and catering stations, and shower stations for exercise enthusiasts. The modern design of the building is also energy efficient, reducing its carbon footprint and environmental impact. The windows, which are highly reflective glass to contribute to the control of the building’s temperature, appear almost gemlike. With two wings separated by an atrium and connected by bridges, the building is designed to allow plenty of sunlight in, but reduce heat, while also showcasing views of the surrounding vegetation. The graphics draw their inspiration from the surrounding trees, and continues in the interior design, which complements the company’s

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corporate values and brand identity. The move to the new Gauteng premises brings together 26 partners and more than 300 employees, and was necessitated as a result of the exponential growth that Mazars has seen in recent years. The integrated office has created an atmosphere of increased camaraderie. Staff now work in a cleverly designed, openplan environment that has encouraged more interaction between colleagues and is fostering a culture of collaboration. This further ensures a cross-functional and multi-disciplinary approach to tailored client solutions. “It has always been our philosophy that our employees are our biggest asset and contribute great value to our practice. We’re passionate about the wellbeing and development of our people, because it is their talents and personalities that make us, and continue to foster client relationships that thrive through mutual trust, respect and care,” says Anoop Ninan, Managing Partner of Mazars Gauteng. Mazars has a long history of professional excellence in South Africa, and employs more than 1,000 staff nationally.

Combined with the skills of 17,000 staff in 77 countries, Mazars’ clients include ownermanaged ventures, international corporate organisations, top listed groups, the public sector, and private individuals. Mazars was recently ranked the number one Reporting Accountant and number three Investment Adviser by deal value in the first quarter of 2016 by South African corporate finance magazine, DealMakers. The Gauteng hub offers a wide range of services, such as auditing, tax management consulting, corporate finance, project finance, ICTA, forensics and BEE consulting, to name just a few. The company will also continue to have an office in Pretoria to service their client base in that city. Ninan concludes, “We are very proud of our new premises and I believe this move will energise the business to the next level. We remain agile enough to provide our clients with the personalised, professional service that they have come to expect, and we look forward to welcoming them to our new home.” Visit www.mazars.co.za for more information.


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Investors Text: Wealth Management Group

The one thing certain about stocks, bonds and other financial assets is that they will fluctuate. Sometimes, fluctuations – also known as volatility – may increase as a result of various economic, financial, political or natural events. Seasoned investors accept volatility as inevitable and chart their course around it. While they do not assure success, here are five principles followed by successful investors:

opportunities to increase the potential for returns and minimise the potential for losses by making stocks cheaper relative to their earnings potential. For instance, the six-year-old and still-running bull market in US stocks, which began in 2009, has had 10% or larger corrections five times. Each time, the market rebounded to new highs, rewarding patient, longterm investors.

1. Invest for the long term Although equities are usually more volatile than bonds, they are potentially more rewarding over the longer term. While many factors affect equity prices in the short term, long-term returns are primarily driven by rising corporate earnings. History shows stocks typically outperform other asset classes over the longer term. 2. Use market corrections as an opportunity Not only are market corrections normal, they can create some of the best

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3. Avoid stop-and-start investing Instead of trying to time the market or being swayed by various market fads, euphoria or pessimism, investors would be better off investing a set amount of money at regular intervals in a systematic investment plan. This not only helps you avoid the pitfalls of mistiming the market, but also lets you gain exposure during upturns and downturns – thus, averaging out the cost of investments. 4. Diversify, diversify, diversify This strategy is borrowed from the age-old saying, “Don’t put all your eggs

in one basket”. Even the most astute of investors find it challenging to identify the market or asset classes that are likely to outperform or underperform. Owning a diversified basket of equities, bonds and other assets spread across different markets may help to shield investors from various asset- or market-specific risks, while providing long-term returns. Such a diversified portfolio is also less volatile, which may help to protect investors from volatility-related risks. 5. Don’t be swayed by short-term sentiment The final point relates to psychology – successful investing requires a dispassionate frame of mind. It is hard to remain unruffled when markets fall sharply in reaction to unexpected events. Instead of a knee-jerk reaction, a rational investor would usually study the unexpected event, weigh it against long-term investment objectives and, if required, tweak his investments accordingly.


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The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara, a five-star retreat where luxury meets nature’s purest majesty, is an escape from the ordinary, and is the ideal setting for a dream vacation – one that is guaranteed to remain etched in your memory forever. Named in honour of the famous Scottish missionary, abolitionist, physician and explorer, David Livingstone, the hotel is highly sought after for its UNESCO World Heritage location, warm hospitality, colonial-inspired décor and much, much more. It is the ultimate earthy adventure and a world-class escape into the magic and mysticism of Africa at its finest. Easily accessible from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, the Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara, set right on the banks of the mighty Zambezi, was named one of the best hotels in the world

by both Travel & Leisure and Condé Nast Traveller. It offers guests a once in a lifetime experience in a world-class location. The hotel boasts a whopping 173 en suite guestrooms, and is steeped in African custom with hints of colonial influences that are felt throughout the spacious verandas and cool courtyard retreats. The décor of the rooms captures the essence of a bygone era and a sense of the area’s rich history is maintained throughout. Guests can opt for bush views or river facing views, where they can enjoy panoramic views of the immense Zambezi River and the magnificent “Smoke that Thunders” – the Victoria Falls itself. In true five-star style, the rooms are equipped with all the necessary amenities to ensure utmost comfort. No stone goes unturned at the Royal Livingstone by Anantara. With its

vintage photographs, exquisite paintings and intricate décor details, the hotel is truly the epitome of top-class accommodation, and has seen the likes of royalty, heads of state and celebrities over the years. David Livingstone once wrote in his journal: “At 6 o’clock the sundowner ritual begins… This is a time-honoured social routine… Groups of up to a couple of a dozen would visit each other for a drink, to gossip and exchange news.” And, staying true to its namesake, the hotel has some of the most extraordinary places to enjoy this age old tradition. Sip on an ice cold gin & tonic at The Sundeck, overlooking the mighty Zambezi River and raging Victoria Falls, surrounded by nature’s splendour. It is an unmissable experience – one for the bucket list. There are also a range of first-rate spots

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to enjoy anything from cigars and whisky to high teas and fine dining at the Royal Livingstone by Anantara. A guarantee of only the finest service, freshest cuisine and unbeatable surroundings is something that keeps guests coming back year after year. Relax in comfortable armchairs and low ottomans enjoying high tea, linger with friends over port, or sink into deep planters’ chairs and gaze at the rolling lawns that end right at the river’s edge while dining on delicious fare and sipping on a drink of your choice. Yet another memorable dining activity is dinner aboard the Royal Livingstone Express. This is a unique experience combining the luxury of the Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara with the charm of rail travel. Passengers travel leisurely aboard the train as the sun sets, enjoying incredible views of the bush and its array of flora and fauna. There are two dining cars with a seating capacity for 94 passengers and a fully equipped kitchen carriage which produces five-course gourmet food. If this isn’t enough in terms of pampering,

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look no further than the Royal Spa where guests can enjoy a spa experience that echoes the very soul of Africa. Isolated in outdoor tents, overlooking the river, this exotic experience leaves guests feeling utterly relaxed and rejuvenated. Enjoy a legendary holistic body massage where the natural elements and the refreshing outdoors combine effortlessly to create a sensory experience that is simply unmatched anywhere else in the world. The Victoria Falls area is full of sights and sounds, and the innate heritage of the land is a haven for wildlife lovers, offering exceptional fishing, relaxing river cruises, and unforgettable wildlife safaris. The Zambezi River is indisputably Africa’s optimum canoeing destination, offering two distinct canoe regions, namely, the upper Zambezi and the lower Zambezi. Short canoe trails are available on the 15 km stretch of the Upper Zambezi River, while the Lower Zambezi offers numerous opportunities to view big game. For the more adventurous (and extremely brave) spirits, why not try your hand at extreme

white-water rafting, jet-boating, horseback riding, rappelling, bungee jumping, abseiling, and micro-lighting. There is an exciting activity for almost anyone at the Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara. If it’s Africa you’re after, you’ve come to the perfect place. There really is nothing that can compare to the location, setting and design of this world-famous hotel that will leave the footprint of Africa’s mystic soul on your heart forever. It is an experience like no other and an opportunity to witness, first hand, one of the most striking natural wonders of the world, the thundering Victoria Falls. As Francesca Marciano, author of Rules of the Wild, so aptly put it: “Why is it you can never hope to describe the emotion Africa creates? You are lifted. Out of whatever pit, unbound from whatever tie, released from whatever fear. You are lifted and you see it all from above.” The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara is all about seeing Africa from above. Visit www.royal-livingstone.anantara.com for more information.


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Legislature A Creation of the Constitution The adoption of the final Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in 1996 was a major milestone in achieving freedom in South Africa and in establishing a democratic state founded on principles such as the supremacy of the Constitution and the of rule of law.

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The Constitution has ensured that South Africa continues to develop as a constitutional state – one where political power is restricted in various ways and in which the Constitution serves as the golden standard for the legitimate exercise of public power. The separation of powers is one such restriction. It is a way to ensure protection of rights by way of the distribution of political power between different institutions and people. The idea is that good governance is more likely when political power is distributed to various people as opposed to one person, so that the abuse of political power is prevented. Under this principle, specific functions, duties, and responsibilities are allocated to different institutions with specific areas of jurisdiction. In South Africa, broadly speaking, this has led to a separation of public powers between the legislature (concerned

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with the making of laws), the executive (concerned with the application and implementation of laws), and the judiciary (concerned with the resolution of disputes). However, it is important to note that the separation of powers is not absolute in South Africa. Instead, the powers, functions, and institutions of the three branches of government are interrelated. Thus, the exercise of core functions of one branch may be subject to limitations, checks, and balances exercised by another branch. At national level, the Constitution provides for two Houses of Parliament consisting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces. At provincial level, nine provinces are established and each province has its own legislature. Each legislature consists of between 30 and 80 members who are elected in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 1998. The number of members per legislature is determined by a formula prescribed by the Electoral Act.

The Province of KwaZulu-Natal is one of the nine provinces established under section 103 of the Constitution. The KwaZulu-Natal Legislature currently has 80 members. In the current term of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature (2014 to 2019), six political parties are represented in the legislature. The parties are the African National Congress, (the majority party), Democratic Alliance (the official opposition), Inkatha Freedom Party, National Freedom Party, Economic Freedom Fighters, and Minority Front. A provincial legislature is elected for a five year term, unless it is dissolved earlier by the Premier or Acting Premier in exceptional circumstances provided for in section 109 of the Constitution. For example, where the legislature has resolved to be dissolved after three years have lapsed since it was elected. The Speaker is the principal presiding officer in the House, but is assisted in this function by the Deputy Speaker or, in some


instances, by the Chairperson or Deputy Chairperson of Committees. Section 116 of the Constitution vests in a legislature the power to determine and control its own internal arrangements, proceedings and procedures, and to make rules and orders concerning its business. This includes rules of procedure and of debate, as well as the consideration of legislation and conducting oversight. The rules must have regard for democracy, accountability, transparency, and public involvement. The rules under which a legislature regulates its proceedings and procedures are known as the Standing Rules. They are usually adopted at the commencement of a term and remain in operation until the end of that term. However, the legislature has the power to amend, suspend, or repeal any of its Standing Rules. As presiding officer, the Speaker must ensure that the Standing Rules are observed and that plenary meetings are conducted

in accordance with the Standing Rules and in an orderly manner. The Speaker thus applies and interprets the Standing Rules and makes rulings where required. The Speaker must also ensure that the dignity of the House and its members is upheld. Decisions before a legislature are decided by a majority of the votes cast, except where the Constitution provides otherwise, for example, where a province wishes to adopt a provincial constitution. In the latter case, at least two thirds of the members must vote in favour of the bill. The presiding officer ordinarily does not have a deliberative vote, but must cast a deciding vote when there are equal numbers of votes on each side of the question. However, where a question must be decided by a two-thirds majority, the presiding officer has a deliberative vote. The legislative authority of a province is vested in its provincial legislature. A legislature has the power to pass a provincial constitution, and to pass

legislation with regard to matters listed in Schedule Four and Five of the Constitution, as well as matters assigned to the province by national legislation and any matter on which the Constitution envisages the enactment of provincial legislation. Other than law-making, one of the core functions of a legislature is to hold all provincial executive organs of state within the province accountable to it, and to maintain oversight over the exercise of provincial executive authority. This includes not only provincial departments, but also public entities or institutions exercising a constitutional power or a public power or performing a public function in terms of legislation, but excludes a court or a judicial officer. Thus, a legislature has oversight powers over public entities created and funded by departments to carry out specific functions.

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KUV100 Cute Sub-Compact SUV From the Sub-Continent

Regarded as the world’s largest agricultural tractor manufacturer, as well as of a host of larger SUVs and Jeep lookalikes, the giant Indian Mahindra Group has now turned its attention to an increasingly popular passenger car section.

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Creating a new “sub-section” in the increasingly popular compact SUV market, the Mahindra KUV100 is a cheeky youngster with a taller stance (which will look even better if the current 15” wheels are upgraded to 16”) which offers access to SUV ownership without huge cost implications. Affordability and lower running costs are the name of the game and, while it is still available in front wheel-drive mode only, all models, whether petrol or diesel, will be emphasising the value-for-money component. Built on an all-new monocoque platform and designed in-house by Mahindra, the result is attractive front and rear views, while the side view may be rather too over the top for South African buyers. The short, tall bonnet and slimline headlights, as well as daytime running lamps (on the topof-the-range models), standard roof rails and a sporty rear spoiler add to the overall sophistication of the package. Two engines are on offer – a 1.2 l non-turbo petrol three-cylinder which produces a reasonable 61 kW at 5,500 and torque figures of 115 Nm; and an intercooled turbodiesel with the same number of cylinders which also comes in a 1.2 l. Having experienced both during the launch drive, I found the petrol engine to be somewhat underpowered at Highveld (1,600 m) altitudes. The diesel, on the other hand, was an admirable little performer which churned out 57 kW and 190 Nm of torque from as low as 1,750 r/min, resulting in some brisk overtaking and excellent

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fuel consumption figures. Mahindra claim fuel-sipping figures of 4.4 l/100 km – and I believe them. These excellent figures should offset the disadvantages of the rather silly 35 l fuel tank. Road holding was good throughout, and the suspension (independent in front with MacPherson struts, and a rear torsion beam at the back) provided a surprisingly smooth ride. Bearing in mind the rather short wheelbase (2,385 m), there was very little evidence of pitch and yaw, and the “trafficcalming” obstructions we encountered did not affect the car’s balance. Another unique design feature of the KUV100 is the completely flat floor (no transmission tunnel, since it’s front wheeldrive), and a high-mounted gear lever which worked really well, offering smooth shifts of the five forward gears. Considering the pricing, which starts at a very attractive R149,995 for the K4+ entrylevel petrol model, and goes up to R197,995 for the K8 turbodiesel, one would expect an interior devoid of everything but the basics. The opposite is true. All brakes are ABSequipped (with EBD), there are two front airbags, all models have air conditioning, the steering wheel is tilt-adjustable, under-floor storage is provided in the rear, and the more expensive models include an infotainment system with a 3.5” screen. USB plug-in points are also standard across all models. A pleasant surprise, in some models, was the inclusion of a cooled glove box and

remote locking with keyless entry – all features one does not expect at this price level. As was to be expected, luggage space is rather limited, but the rear seats may be folded down to improve matters from 243 to 473 l, which is more than adequate for the young couples Mahindra will be targeting as buyers. With a range consisting of five models spanning two engine choices and three specification levels, the value-for-money proposition is enhanced even further with the inclusion of a three-year/100,000 km warranty and a three-year/50,000 km service plan on the top-of-the-range models. More good news is that, although the Mahindra diesel engines prefer high-grade fuel (50 ppm), they are rugged and robust enough to survive in environments where only 500 ppm is available. With a dealer presence in all major centres, Mahindra has taken care to ensure that customers have their needs attended to by 55 dealerships, including some strategically placed in smaller towns as well. I must confess that, coming from the makers of tractors, I had expected the KUV to be somewhat agricultural with longevity as part of the deal but certainly lacking in sophistication. However, it turned out to be a pleasant surprise and a worthy alternative to the likes of Toyota’s Etios Cross, Renault’s Sandero Stepway, the Ford Figo and the Hyundai Grand i10. As a result, I think Mahindra can expect initial sales of at least 70 to 90 units per month.


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Getting Retrenched? This is What You Should Do How should you finance your living expenses and pay off debt when you are retrenched? In terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, employees are legally entitled to the following payments in the event of compulsory retrenchment: • Annual leave accrued but not yet taken. • Contractual notice pay in the event that the employee is not required to work their notice period. • Severance pay. The minimum amount required by law is one week for every completed year of service. • If the employee is contractually entitled to certain payments, for example a guaranteed 13th cheque, the employee is entitled to this payment or pro-rata thereof. • Note that a severance package will be taxed, though the first R30,000 of the package will be tax free. This benefit can only be claimed once, so any subsequent retrenchment benefits will be fully taxed. • Fourie advises individuals to speak to a financial adviser before they make any decisions about their retrenchment packages: “It often makes sense to pay off your personal debts with your severance package, but I would suggest that you get sound financial advice before making that decision.” Nearly 60,000 jobs have been subject to retrenchment over the past year, with the mining sector hardest hit, according to research by trade union Solidarity. These numbers are based only on media reports and retrenchment notices since April 2015, and the actual number could be substantially higher, according to the union. Solidarity general secretary Gideon du Plessis warned that the current wave of retrenchments is “very similar to the situation at the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009, which was the precursor to the recession”. With more job cuts likely, how can you protect yourself against the financial implications of retrenchment? The key is to start making a plan now, while you are still employed. Sonia du Plessis, a certified financial planner at Brenthurst Wealth Management, says that the aim should be to have three to six months’ salary saved in the money market as a nest egg. Even if there are no talks about retrenchment at your workplace, it’s a good idea to save about 10 % of your monthly

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salary towards this nest egg, she says. Once saving towards that goal is accomplished, the money can be channelled towards other things like reducing debt. John Manyike, Old Mutual’s head of financial education, says that you should chat to a financial adviser to find the most suitable savings vehicle for your emergency fund. Options include a fixed deposit at a bank, or a unit trust, and the right vehicle would depend on the individual’s risk appetite and affordability measures. Retrenchment Insurance Financial service providers also offer retrenchment insurance, which could be an option. Ideally you should be able to selffund a period of unemployment following retrenchment by using your emergency savings, but this is not a realistic option for everyone. “If one is already living from hand to mouth, then we can assume that this is probably not an option, as savings and investment would be limited. So the answer then is to insure,” says Hesta van der

Citadel’s Hesta van der Westhuizen agrees, saying an adviser will be able to help with restructuring your budget to see which expenses can be amended or dropped. The aim is to reduce living expenses as much as possible while looking for another job, and not to take on any more debt. “An adviser will also be able to help with preserving your retirement fund credit – or if you really need to take some of that money with the options available (depending on your age) and the most appropriate level of withdrawal with regard to the tax payable on the amount,” says Van der Westhuizen. It is also important to inform all your creditors of the fact that you’ve been retrenched, says Fourie. “Creditors and banks are usually much more lenient when they know about your situation beforehand than when they only learn about it when you do not have the money to pay them back.” For highly indebted individuals, debt review may be an option, but that should be a last resort, adds Van der Westhuizen.


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What Not to Do When You Are Retrenched Do not cancel risk policies. As tempting as it may be to cancel policies such as life, disability, medical aid or car insurance to save cash, Van der Westhuizen advises that people speak to their financial advisers first to see if these policies can be restructured, for example by reducing the cover or cutting some benefits in return for lower premiums. Westhuizen, advisory partner at Citadel. However, retrenchment insurance can be expensive, and there is usually a sixmonth waiting period before payments will be made. Typically, the retrenched person is paid for six months, unless they are employed again within three months. It is therefore important to read the fine print in the benefits before signing and to avoid duplicating insurance benefits, says Van der Westhuizen. Your home loan agreement can, for example, already include automatic retrenchment cover, so make sure you know what you are paying for. Some big corporates also include retrenchment cover in their employee benefits. “Retrenchment cover is offered as additions or rider benefits in both long-term insurance policies and short-term policies. So one can add the benefit to, for example, your life policy,” adds van der Westhuizen.

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Be cautious, however, of over-insuring yourself, says Manyike. Wouter Fourie, certified financial planner and chief executive at Ascor Independent Wealth Managers, says even though it’s difficult to plan specifically for retrenchment, it’s always good to plan for the unforeseen. “Special insurance products that pay out when you lose your job are usually very expensive and many of them have a waiting period, which means that it will not help you to take out a policy when you hear that you will be retrenched,” says Fourie. In terms of voluntary retrenchment, Manyike says most insurers would be cautious of insuring such a person, but he advises consumers to speak to a financial adviser to get the full details on whether the insurance underwriter would actually pay out in the case of voluntary retrenchment.

Do not cash in your retirement fund and buy something (like a new car) to feel better. “It is usually very tempting to take all the money in the pension or provident fund,” says Van der Westhuizen. But keep in mind that you will have to pay tax on this. “And once that money, which you might have been saving for years, is gone, it is gone. In order to ‘make it up’ again, you would need to also save for the loss in compound interest you would’ve earned on your retirement savings.” Do not expect to be paid unemployment insurance (UIF) immediately. It may take a couple of months for the Department of Labour to process your documents. Do not bargain on this money to tide you over – it’s best to have an emergency fund available to cover you during those first few months.


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Giants Slug It Out Volvo XC90 Twin Engine vs BMW X5 xDrive 40e As the only full seven-seater plug-in hybrid currently available in South Africa, Volvo’s sensational XC90 Twin Engine is set to change our views on fuel consumption forever, while the recently launched BMW X5 xDrive 40e will also wish to stake its claim in a market segment where the well-heeled with a social conscience do their buying.

Text: Bernard K Hellberg Images © Volvo and BMW Combining a pretty standard DOHC four-cylinder petrol engine with an added supercharger as well as a turbo, and driving the front wheels with a 9.2 kWh lithiumion battery pack (cleverly housed in the transmission tunnel space usually found in rear wheel-drive vehicles), the Twin Engine is revolutionary in its design and execution and industry-leading in terms of innovation. Despite the “40e” moniker, the BMW also features a 2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with TwinPower turbo for a total output of 230 kW – only 5 kW fewer than the Volvo, but as a combination of both petrol and battery power sources. Who would have thought that it was entirely possible to squeeze 235 reliable

kilowatts out of a 2-litre engine, and then link it up with a state-of-the-art battery pack similar to that found in cellphones? Well, this is what Volvo engineers have achieved, to the delight of motorists who relish the idea of driving a vehicle capable of consuming a mere 2.1 litres of fuel every 100 km (under certain conditions). Going out of our way during the launch drive to disprove these claims, we opted for harsh acceleration, and maximum allowable speeds where permitted. The result: only 4 l/100 km for the Volvo, and similar results in the case of the X5. Another delightful aspect of the Volvo design is that the lithium-ion battery pack, unlike the design offered by some rivals,

does not decrease the available luggage space and, in fact, its positioning lowers the car’s centre of gravity for improved handling. The BMW’s power pack, meanwhile, is situated under the luggage compartment but is cleverly positioned in such a manner that luggage space is not compromised. The Volvo’s electric rear axle drive provides an additional 65 kW and 240 Nm of torque, giving a combined output of 300 kW and 640 Nm of torque. The result is a top speed of 230 km/h and a 0-100 km/h sprint time of only 5.6 seconds. And all this from a fairly large, upright SUV with a mass of 2.2 tonnes. The BMW, on the other hand, has a top speed of 210 km/h, takes care of the 0-100 km/h sprint in 6.8 seconds, and

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registers CO2 outputs at 78 gr/km, some 50 % more than the Volvo. Once the driver has stopped admiring the Volvo’s handmade Orrefors crystal gear selector, getting underway is pure pleasure via the eight-speed geartronic automatic ’box. Buying the BMW will also give you an eight-speed Steptronic gearbox which, likewise, is super smooth when shifting. Three drive modes are available for you to choose from in the Volvo: Pure (fully electric), Hybrid (a balance between electric and petrol), and Power (both systems). Then there are also two supplementary drive modes, AWD and Off-road, which is similar to AWD but with the added benefit of hill descent control and an electronically controlled limited slip differential (only at speeds up to 40 km/h). BMW’s three modes are based on Auto, Max and Save – all useful features when looking for a particular driving style.

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The first question that usually crops up when hybrids are discussed revolves around charging time. Even in this respect Volvo engineers have developed a system which allows charging from fully flat to maximum power in three hours and at a cost of only R20 at current electricity tariffs. This should hardly ever be required, however, since the brakes transmit energy back into the car, either to recharge the battery or for immediate use. One may, if one so wishes, invest in a special home-based BMW charge station at around R25,000 which will charge the car in a similar amount of time, however, the German will also happily get its power resupply from any household source and charge overnight. The interior of the Volvo XC90 is identical to the conventional XC 90, which deservedly took the title of South Africa’s Car of the Year in 2016. Fit and finish on

both cars remain superb and top-notch. The raised driving position ensures great visibility, while safety and luxury features are the equal of, and in most cases, superior to equally expensive sedans. Volvo prices start at R1,053,400 for the “entry-level” Momentum and R1,117,700 for the top-of-the-range R-Design, with the BMW X5 hybrid range starting at R1,097,500 and going right up to R1,146,300 for the M-Sport. Which one to buy? The normally aspirated X5 sold 104 units in April this year, while the XC90 (also pre-hybrid) recorded 34 sales. Performance figures (top speed, acceleration, CO2 emissions and fuel economy) give the Volvo the edge, while the BMW has been around much longer and should appeal to conservative buyers reluctant to change brands. Both cars are brilliant, economical to run, but expensive to buy.


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The private sector has recently committed a staggering R1.5 billion to help sustain Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and to create favourable conditions for businesses to operate in. Entrepreneurship has been hailed as one of the best measures to curb unemployment, and we have witnessed increased evidence that, under conducive circumstances, this is truly the case. Entrepreneurship in South Africa According to Derrick Hlungwani, the Chief Executive Officer of New Discovery Business Solutions, entrepreneurship in South Africa is thriving, despite the many challenges it is facing. “If we look beyond the media reports, study the facts on the ground and shut out all the hovering noise, entrepreneurship is facing many obstacles, but more and more people are garnering the courage to pursue this option.” He adds, “Most entrepreneurs are making progressive strides in their own right. An economy that is struggling to create jobs presents countless opportunities

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for entrepreneurs to emerge and create their own voices.” However, Derrick does acknowledge that new entrepreneurs are facing a difficult transition and a unique set of challenges which can be addressed if they have the courage speak in one common voice. The Importance of New Business Incubation “The issue of business incubators is very complex, and as a result it varies from one incubator to the next. With the appropriate structures and properly outlined objectives, business incubators can benefit Small Medium Enterprises (start-ups) and eventually the economy in a massive way,” he says. Assistance provided for SMEs should be carried out in a manner that guarantees that the ultimate goal is achieved: job creation. While some incubators have successfully met this objective, more can still be done to ensure consistency in this regard. According to Lara Rosmarin, the Executive Director at The Seed Academy, a technology business acceleration

and incubation organization, business incubation, when done effectively, can change the entrepreneurial landscape immensely. “The role of an incubator is to ensure that the entrepreneur and her idea are well equipped to be part of the ecosystem,” she says. The Seed Academy has been consistent in fulfilling its role as the bridge between the big corporates and newly formed start-ups. “Our activations have really been innovative. Through these programs we have been able to assist entrepreneurs to develop businesses that are providing innovative solutions to critical problems within our cities.” She adds: “Our interventions are aimed at creating employment which is at the forefront of Government’s mandate and enabling South Africa through innovation to compete in international markets.” Challenges Faced by New Businesses The main objective of a start-up is to be an employment creation engine. As a result, business sustainability is key. In many


instances, the path is not as clear-cut as it is often perceived. In entrepreneurship, as in any career, mentorship is a necessity. This is where business incubators step in. Derrick believes that “a small business cannot be expected to remain a start-up for 15 years. It should be set on a path that will allow it to break out of this mould as it grows. For example, a 22-seater bus may carry three passengers on its first trip. Ultimately, however, it needs to get to a point where it carries 22 passengers on every trip. It is the same with new businesses.” Getting funding remains one of the main obstacles that faces most newly formed businesses, however, funding doesn’t

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necessarily absolve all the other challenges that come with running a business. The flipside of the funding coin is dependent on the type of business one is looking to kick-start. There are entrepreneurs that have successfully started their businesses without necessarily being funded, operating at a minimal cost. “It is very critical that a business receives constant mentoring even after the incubation; it is important for incubators to continue to offer their help in this regard,” affirms Lara. Incubation: Success Stories The Seed Academy was involved in a

collaboration with Microsoft to help source and identify 300 suitable entrepreneurs to be part of the Foundational Entrepreneurial Training programme. The programme’s key focus was to assist these entrepreneurs in helping to build their businesses, specialising in Information Communication Technology, so that these entities can be equipped to be members of Microsoft’s ICT supply chain. The highly intensive ten-week program was instrumental in bridging the gap between the technology giant Microsoft and entrepreneurs who would have never had the opportunity before to be a supplier for the multinational company.


The Footwear

Fightback Local safety footwear manufacturer BBF Safety Group (Pty) Ltd have found success in homegrown thinking, thereby taking the fight to tough, and cheap, Chinese competition.

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In the late 1980s South Africa’s footwear manufacturing industry was booming, and with 900 factories, were servicing an industry that was a model of sustainability. And then everything changed. The first wave of cheaply made Chinese imports arrived, which marked the start of a flood that would decimate the industry. By 2003, local companies were

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desperate for a solution. Homegrown safety footwear leaders Bagshaw Footwear, Beier Safety Footwear, United Frams and Wayne found themselves locked not only in a battle for survival with imported products, but also amongst themselves. “We began talking to each other. We had to,” says Alan Fleetwood, MD of BBF Safety Group. “We knew that if local manufacturing fell to less than 50 % of

market absorption, it would be almost impossible to come back. We began talking about a merger.” The process of joining forces was complicated, however. South African law states that if five or more entities hold more than 75 % of the market, it is anticompetitive. Practically, this meant that the five had to tread water, waiting for the growing Chinese presence to cut their


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of interns now having been released into the industry. The company directly employ 1,100 South Africans and support small industries that employ another 150. A total of 78 sustainable jobs have also been created. These are employment opportunities that simply did not exist before. The results speak for themselves. In the nearly two years since the merger, BBF have posted record sales for their Bova brand, with over one million shoes sold in the domestic market alone. The previously ailing Frams brand has been revived, and is now the chief competitor to entry level priced shoes, bringing a new dimension of quality to that portion of the market. While local market share fall-off has been halted, it’s abroad that even bigger success is being seen. “The key to local stimulation is international expansion,” explains Fleetwood. “The local market is finite. If we are going to truly make a difference at home, we need to learn from the Chinese and expand internationally.” In this line, the company has a new exports manager who is actively pursuing

markets outside of South Africa while building and strengthening relationships currently held with 19 other African countries, the Middle East, Australasia and the Americas. At the same time huge investments in quality machinery are being made, a strategy designed to create more jobs by opening up new opportunities. “We have a new injection moulding machine on order,” says Ceriani. “This is the first new machine brought into South Africa since 2012.” “We’re looking at re-engineering imported shoes to our standards,” adds Fleetwood. “Our world class machinery and skill allow us to buy lower end Chinese products as base material and add value, bringing it up to BBF quality levels.” Today the footwear manufacturing industry in South Africa comprises of only 134 factories, a shadow of the 900 at work in the late 80s. In the united strength of five South African companies, however, an example is being set for South African industries across the board.

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After making the biggest investment for you and your family – a home which will be your haven for the next few years to come – the need to do repairs, upgrades and replacements can be discouraging. However, winter is the ideal time to see to all the things that are either bent or broken, or may need some special attention. Tasks for Your Winter DIY List Inspect your roof regularly, especially if you have experienced strong winds, heavy rainfall or hail storms. Check for any loose tiles, possible water damage, and broken or blocked gutters and pipes. Attending to this sooner rather than later will avoid major issues such as roof leaks, damp or even damage to the foundation of your property. Electrical issues can pop up any time of the year, but electricity is even more essential during the winter periods. Make it a priority to have your home’s electrical installation checked every two years by a professional. Don’t forget about the plumbing, dripping taps and running toilets. In the heart of winter, water expands when it freezes and, once melted, can cause the pipes to burst. Just because most of it is out of sight does not mean it should be out of mind. A broken pipe can cause thousands of rands of damage to your home – which is much more than it costs to call a plumber to do a once-over of your property.

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Inspect the walls, foundation, windows and door frames for any potential damage or cracks. Also examine the insulation of your windows and doors to help keep the heat indoors, especially during a time when energy usage is higher than usual. Check your geyser for any leaks or rusty areas to avoid water damage. Help conserve energy and invest in a geyser blanket to reduce heat loss and to help lower your electricity bill. The blanket causes the temperature of the water inside the geyser to be more consistent, keeping the hot water warm for a longer period. If your home gets really chilly, consider hanging thicker, lined curtains in your bedrooms and living areas to help insulate and keep the heat indoors. You may also want to do something as simple as repositioning your furniture and plants to block the windows and limit the cold air coming in. Make sure you contact your insurance provider to confirm that your homeowner’s insurance policy is up to date, covering most of the serious problems related to your home, including weather-related damage. Covering these winter home maintenance tasks will limit your risk and the possibility of your insurance provider not covering the damage due to a lack of basic maintenance. For more household maintenance and money saving tips, visit our Lifestyle section on www.property24.com.


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Who Is Heinrich du Preez? Heinrich du Preez has been actively involved in the golfing industry since 2006 and holds numerous world records in golf, including a few Guinness World Records, such as playing a round of golf on all six continents in just five days. He has also played a round of golf in all nine of South Africa’s provinces in one day… without flying. For more information, visit www.radicalgroup.co.za, or connect on Twitter (@radicalgolfer), or on Instagram (radicalgolfer).

This month my travelling took me into the heart of Mpumalanga, which is paradise for the golfer who loves to travel. Nearly each course you pick in this province has spectacular views. From the Jock of the Bushveld golf course in Nelspruit, to the White River golf estate just outside of the town of White River – this province’s golf courses can hold their own with the best in the country, both in terms of offering great rounds of golf, as well as beautiful surroundings. According to Golf Digest’s rankings of the Top 100 golf courses in South Africa for 2016, Mpumalanga boasts two courses in the Top 50, with its Leopard Creek golf course currently ranked as the second best course in the country. The other course in the Top 50 is the fairly new Highland Gate Golf Club, which is currently ranked 21st. This Ernie Els signature design course has been around for a number of years, and I remember driving there to play for the first time when they only had nine holes. The gravel road towards the estate turns off just before you reach the small fly

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fishing town of Dullstroom and I’m glad to say that it was replaced with a tar road about a year or so ago. So let’s talk about the course. I have to start by giving the Big Easy the first word, and this is what he has to say: “When golfers say they were torn between hitting their next shot and pausing to take a photo of the golf course or the surrounding scenery, you know it has to be a very special place. Highland Gate is definitely that kind of place.” Having played this course myself I have to fully agree with Els. Every single tee box has a different view of the course, the majestic surrounding mountains, and the perfectly placed dams. The course offers a real challenge for the social golfer and professional alike, with beautifully manicured lush green fairways protected by white sand bunkers, the occasional dam, and lots of trouble waiting for your errant drive. As with other Els designs, the Big Easy has been very generous when it comes to green size, however, they are a little trickier than you would expect. Some of them are undulating, others are raised with little margin for error,

but all in all, they are great greens to work your magic on. The layout of the course can also be tricky sometimes, leaving you with a blind shot down some fairways. The Highland Gate golf course is, however, one of only a few golf courses in South Africa that features a par 5 stroke one hole. Walking this course may seem an impossible task, but for the energetic it would serve as a proper workout, while ensuring that you can order that extra beer at the 19th hole with a little less guilt. Even though this course is only ranked at number 21 for now, I’m sure it will move up quickly to find its true spot amongst the top ten courses in South Africa. I definitely give this course a double thumbs up, and it’s a must visit if you’re a golfing enthusiast or just in the area and want to experience a beautiful place. The brand new clubhouse offers a fully functional Pro Shop and restaurant, and with the town of Dullstroom a stone’s throw away, there are plenty of great accommodation options.


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Calling all closet country lovers...This is it. The best of both worlds rolled into one. Take pleasure in 3km of beach within the estate. Live securely, surrounded by Fynbos and wildlife. Drive to town within 3 minutes and enjoy access to great schools. Experience a wide spectrum of activities and outings like only the Overberg and its people can offer. Breathe with spacious living on large plots. Look out with the absence of walls and fencing. Savour the vistas - every owner gets to have a view. Buy Plot and Plan or Design yourself, you have five years to build. Romansbaai is not just a place - it’s a promise that life can be precious and beautiful. If you can dream it, we can make it.

Ocean Views from R 600 000. Beach Views from R 1 300 000 Thys Geyser: 083 452 4774 | thys@romansbaai.co.za | www.romansbaai.co.za


Books The Go-Giver Leader By Bob Burg and John David Ben is an ambitious young executive charged with persuading 500 employee shareholders to agree to a merger that will save their company. But despite his best efforts, he can’t convince anyone to buy into the deal. During his week at the company, Ben realizes that his aggressive style is actually making it harder to reach his goals. Will Ben find a way to sway the shareholders before the climactic vote? The answer may surprise you, as you follow Ben on his journey to understanding that the path to genuine influence lies less in taking leadership than in giving it.

The Scattering By Lauri Kubuitsile South-West Africa, 1904:  When German colonial authorities issue an extermination order, the Herero people are forced to flee into the desert and seek safety in British Bechuanaland. Tjipuka, a young Herero mother, escapes the massacre with her baby, but is captured and put to work in the death camps in Lüderitz. The Transvaal, 1899: When Riette’s husband is taken captive and their farm is set ablaze during the Second Anglo-Boer War, she and his daughters must face the horrors of the British concentration camps. Against the backdrop of Southern Africa’s colonial wars, The Scattering traces the fates of two remarkable women whose paths cross after each has suffered the devastation and dislocation of war.

Mzansi Zen

Must Read By Antony Osler

Mzansi Zen is an affectionate, challenging and witty blend of stories, commentaries and poems about life in present-day South Africa, threaded through a day in an actual Zen meditation retreat. The author’s familiar and authoritative Zen style inspires us to take up this life with both hands, calling us into an intimacy that is already beneath our feet. Read it. It will change your mind and open your heart. Win! Win one of three copies of Mzansi Zen. To enter, SMS the word INDWE followed by the word ZEN and your NAME and EMAIL address to 35131. Cost per SMS is R1,50. Competition closes 31st July 2016. Terms and conditions apply.

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A unique, relaxing and innovative Italian dining experience, in the heart of Botswana “BASILICO - Italian Restaurant� is a sophisticated 60 seaters fine-dining restaurant offering traditional, genuine Italian food, elegant atmosphere and impeccable service. Tel: +267 311 1202 | PLOT 5371/2, Ext.11, Kgalagadi Way, Gaborone, Botswana |

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Gadgets

An Easy Tablet to Swallow Huawei’s MediaPad T1 Android tablet – available in 7” and 10” versions – provides users with the ideal tablet to fit in with the rest of their Android devices, while boasting exceptional features and benefits. The Huawei MediaPad T1 will transform the way you enjoy entertainment on the go. Full HD video playback, HSPA and data connectivity means you can enjoy streaming video and watch movies wherever you are. It has a higher capacity battery for longer operational time, making the MediaPad T1 the perfect entertainment companion on road trips or long flights. Unlike other tablet devices, the Huawei MediaPad T1 is expandable up to 32GB with the insertion of a MicroSD card, which means that you are able to load media, like movies and music, onto a card to enjoy on the MediaPad, and swap cards as necessary. There’s also an HDMI port, which lets you connect your tablet to a smart television or any other HDMI-enabled device as a second screen.

Energy On Tap The Power Up Complete Power Supply  is Africa’s leading  off-the-grid alternative energy solution. It is an affordable single, compact, high-tech unit that puts an end to unreliable power supply issues. The Power Up generator is the size of a standard laptop, so it can be tucked discreetly away indoors – easily installed by an electrician next to your existing distribution board – while delivering twice the performance of other products of its kind on the market. The system collects power from solar panels, a windmill, the grid or your generator. The energy that is harvested is saved to crystal batteries, and is available for immediate use.

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The Future of Sound BeoLab 90 is a celebration of Bang & Olufsen’s innovative heritage and timeless design, and is the perfect mix of world-class design and acoustics in what may well be the most complete and powerful digital loudspeaker ever designed for use in the home. BeoLab 90 is fitted with Bang & Olufsen’s new Active Room Compensation technology, which makes up for the impact of your room, your furniture, the placement of the loudspeakers and the location of the listening position. By this, it is able to stage the sound so superbly that you can hear precisely where the individual band members or the actors in your favourite movie are placed. BeoLab 90 also delivers perfect sound exactly where you want it, as you can use the Beam Direction Control to steer the sound radiation to your listening location. With these groundbreaking technologies, Bang & Olufsen has created a sound experience like no other.

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Ellah Diutloileng Senior Cabin Crew Member Length of Service: 10 years

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

Tell us more about who Ellah is: I am a God-loving, God-fearing and Godserving woman with a bachelor’s degree in Ministry. I am also a wife, a mother, a daughter and an entrepreneur. What is your favourite part of your job? The flexibility that this lifestyle allows. Some days you get to be at home by 10h00 after doing a day’s work, and you have all the time in the world to run errands, when most people are at work. That translates into no traffic and no hassles. And in aviation, no two days are alike, so I always look forward to going to work. What do you find most challenging about what you do? Waking up at 03h00. Why do you like working for SA Express? Even though you do not work with your manager on a daily basis, you are still recognised for the hard work and effort that you put into your daily conduct. An example of this, for me, was when the company – through my manager’s recommendation – gave me a car for all my hard work. What would people find surprising about your job? The amount of training that one ought to go through to be a fully competent Cabin Crew Member. The initial training has the potential to leave mere mortals with grey hair – or no hair at all – and many sleepless nights. And the annual training has its own levels of stress. Have you ever had any funny incidents onboard? One of the most memorable moments was when I was helping a lady, in her golden years, down the stairs in George, and she asked me where we were. I confidently told her that we were in George as I knew that I checked her boarding pass earlier and it said George. The lady then looked at me and said: “But I’m not supposed to be in George.” To say that I was worried would have been an understatement of note. She then continued: “I am going to Herold’s Bay.” I then asked the ground staff and, to my relief, I was told that Herold’s Bay is indeed near George. What would you miss most about your job if you left SA Express? The passengers, as every seat has a story, and you grow from other people’s experiences and life lessons.

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Positioned in the most romantic valley on earth, Franschhoek Country House & Villas is an exclusive boutique hotel reminiscent of a village in Provence yet with an elegant Cape sensibility. Set in gardens of lemon trees, lavender and vines – with fynbos draping the nearby mountains – the original, charming country maison includes 14 standard and luxury rooms as well as the award-winning Monneaux Restaurant while the 12 Villa suites are havens of privacy & understated opulence. Swimming pools, a candle-lit cellar, a treatment room and sun-down verandas are all a traveller needs as you live la vie extraordinaire.

For current special offers and packages visit our website at www.fch.co.za Tel: +27 (0)21 876 3386 Email: info@fch.co.za


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

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

SA Express’ aircraft are made by Bombardier Aerospace

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

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.

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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.


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Flight schedule Johannesburg - Pilanesberg Flt No SA 1131

Dep 12:30

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

No 1001 1003 1005 1011 1013 1017 1021 1023

Dep 06:15 08:00 11:20 13:50 14:55 16:45 17:55 18:30

Arr 07:15 09:05 12:25 14:55 16:00 17:45 19:00 19:35

A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 CR7 CR7 DH4 DH4

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Johannesburg - East London Flt SA SA SA

No 1403 1409 1411

Dep 07:15 17:30 18:40

Arr 08:45 19:00 20:10

A/C CR8 CR2 CR8

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Johannesburg - George Flt SA sa SA SA

No 1501 1503 1505 1509

Dep 06:50 08:20 11:30 15:50

Arr 08:45 10:15 13:25 17:40

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Dep 10:15 12:15

Arr 11:20 13:20

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Johannesburg - Kimberley Flt SA SA SA SA sa SA

No 1101 1103 1105 1107 1111 1113

Dep 06:00 09:20 13:10 14:25 16:45 17:20

Arr 07:05 10:25 14:15 15:30 17:45 18:25

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Johannesburg - Port Elizabeth Flt SA SA SA

No 1459 1457 1457

Dep 17:30 17:30 17:50

Arr 19:10 19:30 19:35

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Johannesburg - mahikeng Flt sa SA sa SA

No 1121 1123 1125 1127

Dep 06:50 07:10 14:55 16:30

Arr 07:35 07:50 15:40 17:15

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No 1132 1132

Dep 10:45 13:40

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

No 1024 1002 1004 1006 1012 1014 1018 1022

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

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

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East London - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA

No 1412 1404 1410

Dep 06:45 09:15 19:40

Flt SA SA sa sa SA

No 1502 1504 1504 1504 1510

Dep 09:20 10:50 10:50 11:05 18:10

Arr 08:25 10:45 21:10

A/C CR7 CR7 CR2

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Arr 11:10 12:40 13:00 13:15 19:50

A/C CR7 CR2 dh4 dh4 CR7

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Flt SA SA

No 1226 1228

Dep 12:00 13:55

Arr 13:00 14:55

A/C DH4 DH4

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No 1102 1102 1104 1106 1108 1112 1114

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

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

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Kimberley - Johannesburg Flt SA sa SA SA SA sa SA

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Hoedspruit - Johannesburg

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Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA

No 1460 1460 1458

Dep 06:10 06:20 20:00

Arr 08:00 08:00 21:40

A/C DH4 CR8 ERJ

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mahikeng - Johannesburg Flt SA sa sa SA

No 1122 1124 1126 1128

Dep 08:00 08:45 16:10 17:50

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

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

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Arr 11:20 14:15

George - Johannesburg

Johannesburg - Hoedspruit Flt No SA 1225 SA 1227

pilanesberg - Johannesburg

Arr 08:45 09:30 16:50 18:30

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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

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Johannesburg - walvis bay Flt No SA 1701

Dep 11:55

Arr 14:10

A/C CR7

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pilanesberg - mahikeng Flt No SA 1125

Dep 17:50

Arr 18:25

A/C cr2

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

No 1761 1761 1761 1763 1765 1767 1775 1775 1783 1779 1779

Dep 05:55 06:20 06:55 07:55 09:55 11:55 13:30 14:30 15:45 18:10 18:45

Arr 06:50 07:15 07:50 08:50 10:50 12:45 14:25 15:25 16:40 19:05 19:40

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

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Dep 09:20 13:10

Arr 11:45 15:55

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CAPE TOWN - bloemfontein Flt SA SA sa SA SA SA

No 1081 1083 1087 1087 1091 1091

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

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

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

No 1361 1363 1363 1371 1371 1371 1373 1375

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

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

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 dh4 cr2 CR2 cr2 CR2

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Cape Town - Pilanesberg Flt No SA 1255

Dep 11:30

Arr 13:40

A/C CR2

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Flt sa SA SA SA SA

No 1202 1202 1204 1208 1214

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

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

A/C dh4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4

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walvis bay - Johannesburg Flt sa

No 1702

Dep 14:45

Arr 16:55

A/C cr8

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mahikeng - pilanesberg Flt sa SA

No 1121 1223

Dep 07:30 08:20

Arr 08:05 08:55

A/C cr2 cr2

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Flt sa sa SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA sa

No 1762 1762 1762 1764 1766 1768 1776 1776 1784 1780 1780

Dep 07:30 07:40 08:30 09:20 11:25 13:20 14:55 16:05 17:15 19:45 20:10

Arr 08:25 08:35 09:25 10:15 12:20 14:15 15:45 17:00 18:10 20:40 21:05

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Gaborone - Johannesburg

Johannesburg - Lubumbashi Flt No SA 1797 sa 1795

Richards bay - Johannesburg

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No 1798 1798 1796

Dep 12:30 12:50 16:30

Arr 15:00 15:20 19:15

A/C CR8 cr8 cr2

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No 1082 1084 1088 1088 1092 1092

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

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

A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 DH4 CR2 CR2

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

No 1362 1364 1364 1372 1372 1372 1374 1376

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

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

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Pilanesberg - cape town Flt SA

No 1254

Dep 14:10

Arr 16:30

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bloemfontein - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA

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Lubumbashi - Johannesburg Flt SA sa sa

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

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

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

Dep 09:10 10:10

Arr 12:30 12:50

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A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2

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

No 1801 1803 1803 1807 1807 1813 1819 1821 1821 1823

Dep 06:00 07:00 07:30 10:10 10:40 14:20 15:00 16:00 16:30 18:30

Arr 07:30 08:15 08:40 11:40 11:55 15:50 16:30 17:30 17:40 20:00

A/C dh4 dh4 cr2 dh4 DH4 dh4 DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4

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Cape Town - Walvis Bay Flt No SA 1721

Dep 11:15

Arr 13:25

A/C CR2

durban - East London Flt SA SA SA

No 1301 1305 1309

Dep 06:00 12:00 16:50

Arr 07:05 13:05 17:55

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2

durban - Port Elizabeth Flt SA SA SA SA SA

No 1330 1334 1336 1340 1348

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

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

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2

durban - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA

No 1850 1854 1854 1858

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

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

durban - lusaka Flt No SA 1601

Dep 10:10

Arr 12:45

durban - Harare Flt No SA 1603 SA 1611

Dep 09:10 10:20

Arr 11:35 12:45

Hoedspruit - Cape Town Flt sa SA

No 1242 1242

Dep 13:10 13:20

A/C dh4 CR2

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

No 1826 1802 1804 1804 1808 1814 1814 1820 1822 1822 1824

Dep 07:00 08:00 09:10 09:20 12:10 12:40 16:20 17:00 18:00 18:10 20:30

Arr 08:40 09:40 10:35 10:40 13:50 14:00 18:00 18:40 19:40 19:30 22:10

A/C DH4 DH4 dh4 cr2 DH4 dh4 dh4 dh4 dh4 CR2 DH4

Flt SA

No 1722

Dep 14:00

Arr 16:00

No 1302 1306 1310

Dep 07:35 13:35 18:25

Arr 08:35 14:35 19:25

No 1331 1335 1337 1341 1349

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

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

No 1851 1855 1855 1859

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

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

lusaka - durban Flt SA

No 1604

Dep 13:40

Arr 16:30

Harare - durban Flt SA SA

No 1612 1604

Dep 13:25 15:15

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

Arr 15:50 17:40

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A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 CR2 CR2

CAPE TOWN - DURBAN Flt SA SA SA SA

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Port Elizabeth - DURBAN Flt SA SA sa SA SA

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East London - DURBAN Flt SA SA SA

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walvis Bay - Cape Town

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

134/ Indwe

Arr 16:20 15:55


Passenger Letters Good day I am a foreign national (from India) and have been working in South Africa and using SA Express frequently for the last three years. I am writing this email to you to express my appreciation for the delightful customer service I received from your ground staff and flight attendant on 23rd May 2016, when I travelled from Richards Bay to OR Tambo. A group of Indian nationals were arrived at the Richards Bay Airport and were confused as to whom to approach. A ground staff member noticed, came to them and tried to help. But it seems the people were not familiar with English and unable to express their requirements. The ground staff member immediately asked for their flight tickets and helped them to check in their luggage, gave them their boarding passes, and took them to the security check-in. The person was attentive, patient, pleasant, helpful and very professional. After we boarded the flight, the flight attendant asked them what refreshments they would like to have. When they didn’t respond, she quickly assessed the situation and showed them each of the catering items so that they could choose the ones they wanted. Kudos to the flight attendant. I found time to chat with the Indian nationals when we landed in Johannesburg and they told me “dhanyavaad to SA Express” in Hindi, meaning “thanks to SA Express”, and said that they received royal treatment in a kind manner despite the fact that they could not speak English. Although I have flown with many airlines, this is the first time both a ground staff member and a flight attendant went miles above and beyond to bring smiles to their passengers’ faces. They not only upheld the brand image of SA Express, but also the image of South Africans and South Africa itself. They also changed me from a “satisfied passenger” to a “delighted and engaged passenger”. SA Express – you fly for us! With Best Regards Subramanian Saravanan Congratulations to Subramanian, who wrote our winning letter this month, and walks away with an American Tourister Bon Air 55 cm spinner.

Good morning I am writing to let you know how well one of your employees treated my wife and I recently. My wife was due to fly from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town at 07h00 one morning. We received a phone call from Clarisse the previous afternoon with the news that the flight would be delayed until 08h00. This was a shock to us, as my wife had an appointment at 10h30 that could not be changed, and which was the sole reason for her trip. Clarisse quickly calmed us down and offered us an alternative flight at 20h00 that night, and also, when asked, arranged a hotel room for the night as well as transport. When we arrived at the airport, Clarisse treated us so well that all our fears disappeared. All went well with the transfer and hotel arrangements too. Clarisse is a good role model for anyone dealing with the public. Regards and thanks Arthur Kerr-Sheppard

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 August edition of Indwe will receive a Samsonite Octolite 55 cm spinner valued at R3,495. Taking a new and progressive approach to luggage design, Octolite offers what frequent travellers demand: lighter weight, increased durability, and maximum manoeuvrability. Octolite’s eye-catching exterior is modern, with a striking geometric design and a matte finish. Available in red, white or black, it also features an integrated carry handle, built-in address tag and fixed combination lock. The interior is divided into two halves, one featuring crossed ribbons while the other is secured with a zip-in divider featuring a convenient side pocket. To maximise manoeuvrability, Octolite has a double wheel design that provides smooth all-direction movement. The Octolite Collection is available at leading luggage stores nationwide. To locate a stockist near you, visit www.samsonite.co.za, follow @Samsonite_SA on twitter or call +27 31 266 0620.

Indwe /135


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