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CONNECT WITH CAPE TOWN With the MyCiTi bus, getting there is half the fun, so climb aboard for an adventure at Cape Town’s fabulous fun spots this summer.
Shop till you drop The city centre, V&A Waterfront and Canal Walk at Century City are all on MyCiTi bus routes, so you can get all your festive season shopping done. Note the extended hours of MyCiTi services on routes serving these retail hubs.
Feed the squirrels in the Company’s Gardens Every day hundreds of visitors explore the sights and sounds of the central city. The Company’s Gardens is a perfect playground for the children, with squirrels to feed, giant trees, fish ponds, shady paths and spacious lawns to run on. There’s free Wi-Fi and a great restaurant for the grown-ups too.
Picnic in the park Relax in the amazing Green Point Urban Park next to the Cape Town Stadium. With lawns, outdoor gym equipment and plenty of space for the children to play, it’s the ideal picnic spot to enjoy. Then stroll along the Mouille Point beachfront, with its play parks, mini-golf and maze.
Linger in the city Enjoy the light evenings in the central city, view the festive lights and enjoy a meal or a drink in one of the many bars and restaurants in the city centre, before catching one of the later buses home.
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Escape from the hassles of traffic and parking with a scenic bus ride along the coast to Hout Bay. Take the youngsters, granny and grandpa for crispy hake and chips at the water’s edge at the harbour.
It’s time for buckets and spades! The fabulous beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay are now only a MyCiTi bus ride away. Make a day of it with family and friends – not forgetting your hats and sunscreen.
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Experience one of the most magnificent sights in the world with MyCiTi. Take the bus to the Kloof Nek stop and then transfer to the free MyCiTi Table Mountain service, which takes you to and from the Lower Cableway.
Start your visit to the V&A Waterfront at the world-class Two Oceans Aquarium, then take a boat ride, have lunch and catch the variety of holiday entertainment on offer.
Get a myconnect card Buy a myconnect card for R30 and load it with money to travel. You can load money as Standard or save 30% on fares with Mover points. Children under four travel free!
Catch a wave at Blouberg Transfer at Table View station to the Blouberg route that gives you picture-postcard views of Table Mountain and plenty of sand and sea to enjoy. In the off-peak and on weekends you’re welcome to bring your surfboard (or your bike) on the bus.
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For family and friends without myconnect cards, there are single-trip cards for R35, for one journey anywhere on the system, including transfers. Remember to buy another one for your return journey. These are available from MyCiTi station kiosks and dispensing machines in some stations. Visit www.myciti.org.za to plan your journey to these and many more exciting destinations, with the comfort and convenience of MyCiTi.
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Welcome aboard your SA Express flight and thank you for choosing us as your preferred carrier. As we enter the month of March I thought it pertinent to spare some time to reflect on the importance of this month to this airline, as well as to our beloved country. The end of March marks the end of the airline’s financial year, and offers us the opportunity to look back at the year that was and the work that was accomplished during that period. It is also a time where we initiate the plans for the financial year to come. As you may be aware, our vision is to be a sustainable, world-class regional airline with an extensive footprint across Africa – which means offering superior customer experiences, and ensuring that we are a reliable, on-time airline. Great customer experience is not merely lip service, but part of our overall strategy, and is central to SA Express’ culture. Living our vision also means that we are consistently innovating and looking for new ways to connect people across Southern Africa to their destinations comfortably and safely. SA Express Technical has a strong reputation for the high quality of its maintenance and repair (AMO) work, and has been a major contributor to the outstanding safety record of the airline. It is also important to note that SA Express Technical is the first Approved Bombardier Aircraft Service Facility on the continent. We also celebrate Human Rights Day on 21st March. This national holiday is an unambiguous reminder of the tragic Sharpeville Massacre, and an opportunity to celebrate South Africa’s extraordinary constitution. This day is to me an opportunity to commemorate how far this beautiful
country has come, its picturesque landscapes and its rich diversity – all of which contribute to the love of what we do here at SA Express. The SA Express team and I are also proud of our view on transformation, and for being advocates for creating opportunities for people from all walks of life. In fact, I am happy to say that we pride ourselves on being the most transformed airline in the country. We have surpassed both national demographic and industry targets in Employment Equity. The airline has, over the years, implemented strategic development programmes like the Cadet Pilot Scheme and the Apprenticeship Training Programme for Artisans, which have played an instrumental role in facilitating transformation in the industry. In the wise words of John F. Kennedy, “The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” It is with this thinking in mind that we at SA Express aim to contribute to the success of this beautiful country we live in. We are very enthusiastic about all of our plans for this year and all that these plans will yield for our airline. We also realise that it is through your continued support that we are able to look towards the future positively. We look forward to continuously surpassing your expectations of our performance at every one of our touch points, and to showcasing how SA Express makes flying easy and comfortable. Until next time! Fondest regards, Inati Ntshanga
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Events North Jump for Joy Nissan Easter Festival, Kyalami Equestrian Park
South Africa’s top show jumpers are preparing themselves for what is set to be a fiercely competitive Nissan Easter Festival. The first weekend will concentrate on dressage classes, while the rest of the show will feature show jumping leading up to the main class, the 2016 Nissan SA Outdoor Grand Prix on 28th March. While the country’s top riders and horses are undoubtedly the main attraction, the festival offers much more for the whole family. Plenty of entertainment will be provided with a variety of food and market stalls, child-friendly activities, the Nissan test drive station, and a selection of arena entertainment. Free entrance and secure parking allow families, friends and sporting fans to relax and enjoy the live action as it unfolds, with each day offering more excitement, bigger wins and plenty of fun.
14th, 16th & 17th April Albert Hammond, Cape Town and Johannesburg Legendary Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter, Albert Hammond, will be visiting South Africa to perform three concerts during his 2016 Songbook tour. Following the success of Hammond’s 2014 concerts at the Aardklop National Arts Festival, as well as in Johannesburg and Cape Town, local promoter, Charl van Heyningen, decided to treat fans once again to hits such as It Never Rains in Southern California, Free Electric Band, I’m a Train, and Peacemaker performed live. Concerts will kick off in Cape Town at the Artscape Opera House (14th April), and will then move to the Teatro at Montecasino in Johannesburg (16th & 17th April). // www.computicket.com
Get CARRied Away 9th April Jimmy Carr, Emperors Palace, Johannesburg Comedy Central, in association with Emperors Palace and Real Concerts, presents the award-winning comedian, Jimmy Carr, on stage at the Centre Court this April. The hysterical EnglishIrish comedian, who recently visited the country to perform in Gagging Order and the roast of “sushi king”, Kenny Kunene, will return to South African shores to perform his latest stand-up show, Funny Business. Renowned for his distinctive and jovial laugh, Carr’s Funny Business will be jam-packed with comical stories, anecdotes and gags that promise a hilarious night out. Guaranteed to raise a few eyebrows, the stand-up comic will perform to over 200,000 fans across the globe during his tour.
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27th Easter at La Petite Ferme, Western Cape A guided Easter egg rally hunt for the children will be hosted at La Petite Ferme this Easter Sunday, exploring the gardens and quaint cellar while searching for an array of delicious Easter eggs all the way from Switzerland. A giant Easter egg will mark the centre point of the exciting occasion, with the Easter bunny himself popping in for a special visit. While the children are being kept well entertained, a decadent four course lunch will be served at the La Petite Ferme restaurant. The al fresco Tapas Bistro is now also open for guests to enjoy the flavours of delicious dishes inspired by countries from around the world. Parents are invited to relax in the outdoor dining area while they watch their little ones make the most of this memorable occasion. For more information, email email@example.com.
Thrilling Theatre Until 9th April Sweeney Todd, Theatre on the Bay, Cape Town Starring Jonathan Roxmouth and Charon Williams-Ros and featuring sublime theatrics, a thrilling, chilling story, suspense, passion, deliciously dark humour, and an iconic score, Sweeney Todd is musical theatre at its best. It tells the outlandish tale of urban legend, Sweeney Todd, who famously murdered his clients in his barber chair, whereafter his whacky neighbour and partner in crime, Mrs Lovett, turned them into much sought after meat pies. Set in 19th century England, Sweeney Todd looks at what drives a man to this sort of extreme obsession, and considers what tragedy lies in his dark and mysterious past. This gripping musical features the classic songs Pretty Women, Johanna, and The Ballad of Sweeney Todd. Sweeney Todd won both the Tony Award and the Olivier Award for Best New Musical when it was first produced in 1979, and became a major motion picture by Tim Burton.
Bunnies in the Vineyards Easter Sunday at Webersburg, Stellenbosch Spending Easter in the Stellenbosch Winelands? Webersburg Wine Estate, between Somerset West and Stellenbosch, welcomes guests to a day filled with family fun this Easter Sunday. Guests can expect an indulgent three course lunch at the hands of Executive Chef Nadia Roux, with dishes like a succulent slow roasted pork belly, quaint Scotch quail eggs, and flavourful frangipane tartlets among the options for the day. An à la carte children’s menu will also be available for the little ones. Parents can kick back and sip on a glass of Webersburg wine while the kids enjoy an array of activities, including a jumping castle, Easter egg hunt, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and an opportunity to feed the ducks on the Webersburg dam. Live entertainment will ensure a festive atmosphere throughout the afternoon.
Events In Between Books at Their Best Knysna Literary Festival The four-day Knysna Literary Festival promises an enthralling programme of current affairs, politics, history and adventure, centred around best-selling local and international authors, who will entertain and delight audiences with readings, conversations, debates and workshops. A children’s interactive programme will include children’s theatre, as well as the annual Young Writer’s Award, a creative writing competition for various age groups which attracts entries in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa. The line-up of authors includes Hugh Masekela, whose autobiography, Still Grazing, was released recently; Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls, Zoo City, Moxyland and Broken Monsters; Ferial Haffajee, editor of the City Press newspaper; and Pete GoffeWood, celebrity chef, MasterChef South Africa judge and author of Kitchen Cowboys. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Pop 'till You're Pap Mieliepop Boutique Music Festival, Mpumalanga Mieliepop is back in 2016 and comes complete with a three day camping experience, over 50 live acts on three stages at a one-ofa-kind venue, with food stalls, hot showers, and lots of additional outdoor activities.The line-up includes Bittereinder, BCUC, Black Cat Bones, Black Math, George Town, Hellcats, Late Night Fox, Mr Cat & the Jackal, New Academics, Tidal Waves, The Moths, The Nomadic Orchestra, and We Are Charlie. Plus festival goers will have the benefit of some spectacular scenery with crystal clear waters, green hills, lilies, and magical caves to keep them refreshed and energised all day long.
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Kevin Hart’s What Now? Comedy Tour, Cape Town, Durban & Johannesburg Savanna Premium Cider is firing up the comedy scene by bringing one of the world’s hottest names in stand-up, celebrated American actor Kevin Hart, on his first ever tour to South Africa. Billed as the biggest comedy tour of all time, the Kevin Hart What Now? Comedy Tour made its debut in Texas in April last year with sell-out performances throughout the USA, Canada, UK and Australia. The South African leg of the tour kicks off in March with shows in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. A prolific entertainer, Hart is one of the most hardworking performers in show business today, with comedy tours, hit movies, television show and prime time TV appearances. He has more than 30 films to his credit, the most recent being The Wedding Ringer.
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Fine Wine, Fine Art, Fine Food
Art lovers and foodies alike can bask in the culinary and cultural wonders that are abundant at La Motte Wine Estate’s signature restaurant, Pierneef à La Motte. The name, inspired by renowned, iconic South African artist, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886 – 1957), is testament to the restaurant’s theme of serving up mouth watering traditional fair, but with a modern twist. Enjoy the delicious cuisine on offer in the restaurant, which blends seamlessly with the natural beauty of the area, or relax in the tranquil, lush gardens under grandiose oaks. The menu is seasonal, ensuring that only the finest, freshest ingredients are used when preparing the unique selection of delectable options available. Head Chef, Michelle Theron, has truly created a gem in this majestic space. This is definitely a place worth stopping at the next time you’re on a Winelands adventure.
Don't Pass This One Up The Nelson Mandela Bay Pass Card makes exploring Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) even more convenient and affordable. The smartcard access card provides you with free and discounted admission to a variety of attractions and activities in NMB. This includes museums, game reserves, scuba diving, art galleries, sightseeing tours and much more. It also entitles you to some great discounts in selected stores for shopping, activities and entertainment. Previously the NMB Pass would need to be purchased and collected in a card format to enable use. The process has, however, been simplified even further, because it can now be emailed and works just like the physical NMB Pass card. The 5-in-1 pass includes any five of the attractions and activities advertised, and can be used on any day within a three-month period. The unlimited itinerary passes are valid for one, two, three or seven days, depending on the period you want to purchase it for.
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Bits & Pieces West Coast's Got Game Thali Thali, situated on the Cape’s West Coast, is a pristine, privately owned game and fynbos reserve which is home to abundant bird- and wildlife. Here, visitors can enjoy a day out and opt for various activities on offer on the farm, such as game drives or an archery experience. As there are no predators in the park, guests are also free to explore the beauty of the reserve on foot. The reserve boasts various accommodation options, as well as a cosy restaurant in which to enjoy delightful meals before or after activities. Thali Thali is also the perfect venue for conferences, weddings and celebrations of all kinds, accommodating up to 60 guests in the restaurant, or up to 100 guests in the adjacent marquee.
Blockbuster Birthdays The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa’s fun lunch and movie “Blockbuster Birthday Party” takes the stress out of organising a kids’ party, and is sure to be a hit with children and teenagers looking to do something special on their big day. Available for between 10 and 16 children (8 – 12 years at R275 per person) or teenagers (13 years and older at R325 per person), the package includes a fun feast lunch in the Café Grill, followed by the movie of the birthday girl’s or boy’s choice in the hotel’s private cinema. Once the little party-goers get comfy in the cinema, they will be treated to celebratory cupcakes as well as popcorn, a milkshake or hot chocolate and a Magnum ice cream, plus a selection of sweets. To top off the perfect five-star party, the birthday guest of honour will further receive a special gift from the hotel – and is sure to dream about his or her special day long after the credits have rolled! To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All About Events Finding the ideal venue for anything from a small dinner party to a wedding or conference can be challenging. Whether it’s a simple room with a view or a huge outdoor arena, the arrangements are more easily overcome once the venue box is ticked. A new site, EventRoom, is dedicated to providing the easiest way to find and book just about any venue in the country. The site features an impressive and growing list of exciting venues, with private mansions, restaurant cellars, the Oyster Box Hotel, luxury yachts and the Castle of Good Hope being among the 400 spaces already listed on EventRoom nationally. All you need to do is search for venues based on size, location, type of event and amenities, and then you’ll be able to book venues for anything from kiddies’ parties to weddings, corporate functions, film or photo shoots
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The Sound of Happiness Only one sound truly epitomises the childlike happiness of the Easter season – the telltale ring of the golden bell that adorns every Lindt Gold Bunny. A true icon of Easter, the Lindt Gold Bunny was created by a Lindt Master Chocolatier in 1952, after his son became mesmerised by a small bunny in their garden, which scampered off, never to return. In order to cheer up the distraught boy, he fashioned the first ever Lindt Gold Bunny from the finest Lindt milk chocolate, fastening a golden bell to his neck with a red ribbon to ensure he never got lost. This Easter, children in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban will have the opportunity to embark on the ultimate Easter hunt, as the Lindt Gold Bunny Gardens make their way to all three major cities over the holiday period. These enchanting gardens will play host to a series of Easter hunts, during which children will be able to fill their baskets with delicious Lindt treats.
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Smooth Operator Sir Fruit has recently launched a new delicious smoothie range. Distinctively thick, and full of tasty bits, Sir Fruit smoothies will include four variants: Strawberry & Banana, Mango & Passion Fruit, as well as Apple, Yoghurt, Oats & Cinnamon, and Berry, Yoghurt, Oats & Honey. The new range offers on-the-go convenience, with the satisfying consistency of the oat flavours serving as the perfect breakfast-in-a-bottle. Sir Fruit is all about simplicity, which is why their smoothies are less processed, using actual whole-blended fruit, and preserving as much of the original flavours and nutrition as possible. The Sir Fruit smoothie range will be available nationally in top retail stores, as well as in select hotels, restaurants and coffee shops.
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The tradition of High Tea has been observed by royalty and commoners alike since the mid-1800s. It comes as no surprise, then, that it has become a tourist attraction at Cape Town’s luxury hotel, The Table Bay. Pastry chef, Bobby Kumar, is renowned in the industry for his delicious sweet delicacies. His citrusy lemon and granadilla meringue tart is legendary; the green tea and vanilla Swiss roll delicious; and his saffron and cardamom Crème Brûlée sublime. The first course consists of savoury treats, with samoosas, spring rolls and quiche on offer. The second course comes with scones and buns, while the third course is a buffet of scrumptious cakes, baked goods and sweets. These come served with a wide selection of teas, including white, green and black teas, as well as exotic blends including Geisha Blossom, Red Balloon and Jasmine Monkey. The Table Bay’s high tea is available between 14h30 and 17h30 from Monday to Sunday.
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Musical Communication The Cape Town International Jazz Festival Text: Sarah-Claire Picton Images © Courtesy espAfrika / Jeffrey Abrahams, espAfrika / Shalini Tewari
The Cape Town International Jazz Festival, also known as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering”, will be celebrating its 17th year of producing stellar music at the beginning of April. Held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the 17th Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) will play host to more than 37,000 music lovers on 1st and 2nd April. The largest music event in Sub-Saharan Africa, and produced by top events management and production company, espAfrika, this year’s CTIJF will grace its five stages with over 40 artists, both local and international, each storytellers in their own right. “Jazz is a means with which we tell our stories,” commented the Minister of Arts & Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa, in December 2015. Mthethwa believes: “Events like the CTIJF, where the living legends of jazz rub shoulders with younger local artists, play an important role in providing for a cross pollination of knowledge, skills and talents.” A musical genre that serves as a platform – one that gives voice to both the individual and the collective – jazz has powerful symbolism for South Africa, a country in which it continues to gain traction. Heritage sits in the front row
when it comes to this annual gathering, which transcends notions of glamour and revelry.It is also about investing in the future of South Africa and her people. Fundamental to this enrichment – and forming a vital element to the festival – is the CTIJF Sustainable Training and Development (T&D) programme, which runs for the four weeks prior to the festival. The focus is one of inclusivity, in other words to give back and ensure that the event steps off the red carpet, reaching out further to nurture the talent of local musicians. Through education and by sharing knowledge and offering training, the T&D programme is setting the stage for the future. “The T&D programme is extensive and grows every year with many of the international artist conducting workshops both in the centre of the city and in the townships,” says Carenza van Willingh, espAfrika’s Media and Marketing Manager. Four additional events will be inviting the public to embrace the arts, in all its marvellous forms. These
events are due to set the city alive with a spirit of innovation. They are the Duotone Photographic Exhibition (29th March – 2nd April), Free Community Concert (30th March), Fashion & All That Jazz Gala Dinner (31st March), and a Golf Day (31st March). Like previous years, the objective of the festival is “to create a platform where known and sometimes unknown artists share the same stage”, says Festival Director, Billy Domingo. In keeping with festival tradition, the balance between local and overseas artists is maintained, and the solo and group performances will take festival-goers on a journey across the world with sounds that explore the influences and intricacies of jazz and its subgenres, from hiphop, soul and funk to blues, afro-pop and classical. Since its inception, the festival has brought to its stages such greats as Abdullah Ibrahim, Miriam Makeba, Erykah Badu, Louie Vega, Lauryn Hill, and Robert Glasper. This year’s diversity of musical craftsmanship reflects Domingo’s words, that this is an event which “has the ability to speak to every demographic and music-lover on the continent”. This year, Cape Town will welcome overseas artists like three-time Grammy-nominated American soul songstress
Angie Stone; five-time Grammy Award winner, American bassist, composer, producer and author, Victor Wooten; Grammy-nominated afro-blues duo Amadou & Mariam from Mali; Santoor and classical artist Rahul Sharma from India who’ll be performing with American jazz saxophonist and composer, George Brooks; and hailing from Cuba, jazz pianist Roberto SOLO Fonseca. The USA has a palpable presence in this year’s line-up, which also presents American singer and songwriter Cassandra Wilson; multi-award winning singer-songwriter and percussionist, Sheila E (Sheila Escovedo); and ten-time Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist and vocalist, Meshell Ndegeocello. The stages are also set for sharing the energy of South African talent. Some “home-grown highlights” this year include award-winning jazz pianist Nduduzo Makhathini’s Listening to the Ground Project featuring Eddie Parker; three-time SAMA winners Mafikizolo featuring Tsepo Tshola; SAMA-nominated pop group MuzArt performing with award-winning hip-hop artist Khuli Chana; and Mbokodo Award “Women in Jazz” winner Thandi Ntuli. Felix LaBand, after a ten year break from the music scene,
First Page: Music legend Al Jarreau performs on the Kippies Stage at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival Top Left: A young performer taking part in the festival’s Sustainable Training and Development Programme Top Right: Jason Miles presents “To Grover with Love”
will perform alongside local guitar virtuoso, Derek Gripper. Considered to be “the vanguard of a new generation of hiphop artists” is rap quartet Driemanskap (El Nino, Ma-B, Redondo and Dla), while electronic producers Christian Tiger School (Luc Veermeer and Sebastiano Zanasi) are sure to infect the crowd with their shared love for hip-hop and jazz. Like the line-up, the beat goes on. Music has the power to stir, and the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is a movement that doesn’t just bring people together, it forms a network of genuine connection between them. The event cultivates a platform for sharing music, passion, thought, conversation, laughter and deep appreciation for the many changes – socio-cultural, political, economic – that jazz has been both a witness and a catalyst to, both in South Africa and overseas. Honouring this, Cape Town’s Executive Mayor, Patricia De Lille, says: “The Cape Town International Jazz Festival become an institution which breaks down barriers and gives us the opportunity to celebrate our shared love of music, together.” For more information about the 17th Cape Town International Jazz Festival, visit www.capetownjazzfest.com.
CAPE CASCADES Western Cape Waterfalls Text: Sarah-Claire Picton Images ÂŠ Liezl Roux, Richard Starke, Jane Forrester & Cape Nature
Holding onto summertime feelings, this March we went in search of some of the Western Capeâ€™s many beautiful waterfalls and natural rock pools.
The Western Cape, especially in summer, is a haven for spending time splashing in waterfalls, rivers, and natural pools. Whether it’s whetting your senses with magnificent views, swimming in natural pools, or jumping off waterfalls, we’ve got you covered when you get “uncovered”!
pool below. A 5 m jump from the top of the waterfall evokes feelings of pure freedom. But beware, this natural rush can be addictive! Although Petervale Guest Farm does not allow day visitors, people wanting to experience the waterfall are more than welcome to book an overnight stay. For more information, visit www.petervale.net.
‘God’s Bathtub’ – Petervale Guest Farm, Ceres Valley Your trail begins in a large pine forest at the foot of the beautiful Skurweberg mountains in the Ceres Valley. Located about a two hour drive from Cape Town, the road takes you past the vineyards and fruit orchards, to the home of the Roux family’s farm, Petervale Guest Farm. Two large dams offer ideal daytime dipping temperatures, while moody nights are prone to seeing shooting stars across the Milky Way. A trail (40 – 45 minutes) takes you from behind the campsite and up the mountain range to a beautiful waterfall – aptly named “God’s bathtub” – which flows into a deep rock
Leopard’s Gorge and Disa Kloof – Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens, Betty’s Bay Take a stunning drive from Cape Town – just over an hour – along the R44 coastal road to reach the Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens in Betty’s Bay. Set in the epicentre of the Cape Fynbos region, within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, is a sanctuary where mountains and oceans greet you, along with vibrant coastal fynbos and magical forest walks. The Kogelberg’s 900 m high sandstone peaks promise spectacular views, while the Gardens’ amber pools, deep gorges, streams and waterfalls attract visitors
First Page: A time for peaceful reflections at Petervale Guest Farm in the Ceres Valley. This Page Left: Leopard’s Gorge (Kloof) waterfall at the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, Betty’s Bay. This Page Right: Discover more natural splendour at the Disa Kloof waterfall at the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. Last Page: Swim in rock pools, meander through indigenous forest and reach two waterfalls on the Krom River Hike in the Limietberg Nature Reserve.
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from near and far. Although no swimming is allowed in any of the Gardens’ water bodies, the various trails rank high on our waterfall “must-sees”. To reach the striking Leopard’s Gorge waterfall, you’ll need to acquire a permit from the entrance, on a first-come first-served basis, before 14h00, and pay a deposit of R50. A reasonable fitness level is required, as this forested walk will have you climbing some ladders along the way and is a 3 km walk there and back. Richard Starke of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve Company comments: “The walk takes you to three idyllic pools, each with their own waterfall, ending at the highest waterfall, which pours into an exquisite pool, where you are surrounded by indigenous remnant forest.” Other trails include Fynbos, Zigzag, and the very popular waterfall trail, Disa Kloof. The latter – only 950 m from the entrance to the waterfall – is currently under maintenance. However, once opened (which is estimated to be around June), it will be accessible to wheelchairs and prams. For a taster of the spectacular Leopard’s Gorge, search for Harold Porter Botanical Garden at www.360cities.net. For more information, visit www.kbrc.org.za or www.sanbi.org.
A Splash More! Here are a few more Western Cape waterfall trails to whet your interest. Cederberg Wilderness’ Waterfalls (www.cederberg.com) The rivers of the central and southern Cederberg Wilderness offer ideal spots for a picnic, with waterfalls and deep rock pools for swimming, such as at Algeria Forest Station and Maalgat. Cecelia Forest Cecelia Forest hiking trail in Newlands, Cape Town, offers a welcome respite from the summertime heat, and takes you through Cecilia Forest and up along Constantia Nek. A second route – slightly more difficult – leads you to the Cecelia Waterfall. Both routes start from the Cecilia Forest car park where Hohenhort Drive meets Rhodes Drive. Meiringspoort Waterfall (www.princealbert.org.za) Travel the Meiringspoort Pass to the quaint town of De Rust in the Klein Karoo to find the town’s flagship feature – the Meiringspoort Waterfall. Celebrated for its exquisite geological formations, you may also catch a glimpse of the fabled Karoo Mermaid when taking a dip in the waterfall’s bottom pool. Crystal Pools Hiking Trail Boulder-hopping, climbing and swimming are the names of the game for this popular, seasonal hike near Gordon’s Bay (closed for winter from 1 st May). The Steenbras River Gorge and Crystal Pools Hiking Trail is found within the boundaries of Steenbras Nature Reserve, which forms part of the greater Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. To book your permit, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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With this month’s inaugural RapidLion Film Festival aiming to become Africa’s answer to Cannes and the Oscars, we look at the travails of the South African film industry. It’s a telling sign when you’re sitting in a public cinema and the moment a recognisable South African actor, location or accent appears on screen, most of the audience titters with amusement, fascination and awe. Scores of foreign films – made with overseas money – are shot here every year, and when we recognise some trace of our own reality in the final product, it’s unexpected and thrilling. What’s far rarer, though, is stepping into a cinema to watch a quality South African movie, made by us, about us. Statistically, we’ll spend money on Leon Schuster-type films or perhaps a cheap-and-light Afrikaans romantic comedy that’s aimed at a tiny niche market, but the bulk of our home grown movies barely make it onto our own screens. And when they do, box office takings seldom make it possible for the film to last more than a week. Frequently, South African films receive more attention when they’re screened abroad, often in the context of festivals where audiences specifically seek out films made outside Hollywood. Even animated films like Khumba and Zambezia, which did in fact manage to tap into the local box office, ultimately made bigger sales in parts of Europe than they did at home. Aside from rare exceptions – such as Tsotsi or perhaps a Mandela biopic – that manage to capture global attention, it is highly unusual for serious South African movies to garner any kind of box office respectability. This doesn’t mean, however, that South African filmmakers lack the creative will and energy to produce incredible movies. Many great South African films spend years touring the global festival circuit before finally being released (for very short, profitless runs) on the local circuit, or going straight to television. Our filmmakers are capable of making captivating films. We’ve seen this in the Hollywood inroads made by local directors such as Neill Blomkamp (director of District 9, Elysium and the slightly embarrassing Chappie) and Gavin Hood (who made Tsotsi, the country’s
first Oscar winner for Foreign Language Film). We also have perfectly gripping plots capable of challenging the notion that all our films are based in slapstick or politics. A case in point is iNumber Number, a crime thriller made by Spud director, Donovan Marsh. The film not only enjoyed a US cinema release (under the title Avenged), but has been optioned for a Hollywood remake. Marsh says his success has been built on a solid career spent adhering to a vision of creating the best possible films using available resources. Marsh describes iNumber Number as an African heist film that he modelled on Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. Thinking cleverly about budget meant it took two years to develop a film that plays off mostly in a warehouse where the characters plan a heist. And Marsh got it right. “Local audiences flipped out for the film,” he says, “and it’s been very successful overseas.” It was, in fact, the first ever South African film to sell remake rights and made sales all over the globe – a rare feat. After 22 years in the industry, Marsh says iNumber Number was the film that finally launched his career internationally, earning him an invitation to pitch for a big directing gig with a major studio in Los Angeles. He is also attached to direct the film adaptation of the Lauren Beukes novel Zoo City, and is writing and developing new ideas with local and international companies. “It’s a golden time,” he says, “which I am well aware could last all of 15 minutes.” Marsh says that, while there are more local films being made, there’s an urgent need to produce films that can travel and do business overseas. Aspirant filmmakers often claim that the “trouble with our industry” lies with funding (or rather lack thereof), but many are starting to realise that it’s possible to forgo big budgets in favour of out-the-box, creative solutions. One such breakout success story is Thina Sobabili: The Two of Us, which was an official South African entry for the Foreign Language category at this year’s Oscars.
The film didn’t make the final nominations shortlist, but is nevertheless an example of bravura filmmaking. Made on a non-existent budget, it serves as an excellent example of an emerging ethos driving young filmmakers eager to make their films despite difficult odds. Director Ernest Nkosi and his dedicated crew shot the film in a mere seven days. That’s a tight schedule by anyone’s standards, but after four years of trying to find financing for the project, Nkosi’s team self-funded and even sold T-shirts to get the movie made. The result is a story that’s raw and real. Set and filmed entirely in Alexandra, it tackles some very hard-hitting issues with gritty, cinematic flair, and spares no punches. Importantly, while it may not be the most even or perfect film, it’s a superlative demonstration of the kind of commitment taken to make a film in the first place. And perhaps it suggests a model for South African cinema – where creative passion trumps economics. Certainly, it’s a remarkable time for South African cinema, with more films being produced than ever before, and emerging filmmakers like Nkosi looking to alternative budget and production models in order to get their films made. What’s needed is for the industry to hit
a tipping point where there’s sufficient interest in Mzansimade movies that South Africans are encouraged to make efforts to watch them. Over and above the hard slog taken to get films made, what’s urgently required are marketing and distribution platforms that more successfully compel local audiences to support local filmmakers in the same way we support our sports teams. This month’s inaugural RapidLion Film Festival in Joburg is aiming to be part of the solution, using a high stakes award to bring visibility to locally made films. And not only South African movies, in fact, but films from across the continent and from territories within the African diasporas. RapidLion’s founder, Eric Miyeni, believes that the awards show – with its red carpet buildup and ambition to become Africa’s Oscar equivalent – has the potential to stimulate the cultural economy. The event, also known as The South African International Film Festival, will honour films and filmmakers in 15 different prize categories. The statue created for the award is a lioness rising up on her hind legs, standing on Africa’s Adinkra symbol of excellence. Whereas Oscar statuettes are gold-plated, says Miyeni, RapidLions are platinum and almost 4 kg heavier.
Opening Page: Charlenè Brouwer in Dis ek, Anna This Page Top: A scene from Mauritania’s first Oscar-contender, Timbuktu This Page Bottom: Thina Sobabili, shot on location in Alexandra Opposite Page Top: A spotlight on Africa’s Afrikaans-speaking scatterlings in The Boers at the End of the World
Highlights of RapidLion 2016 RapidLion (www.rapidlion.co.za) is a weeklong showcase of quality filmmaking. Here are four films worth catching from 12th – 19th March at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. • Dis ek, Anna The film touched a nerve late last year, due to its provocative handling of a bold story about child abuse. Directed by Sara Blecher, it spares no punches. • Boers at the End of the World This is a documentary feature film about a 113-year-old Afrikaans-speaking community in a remote corner of Patagonia. • Thina Sobalili: The Two of Us Critics have deemed it one of the most authentic films ever to come out of South Africa. It follows a young woman and her strained relationship with her over-protective brother. • Timbuktu Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar last year, Timbuktu looks at the impact of religious fundamentalism on a family of cattle herders living near the Malian city of Timbuktu.
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A Cut Above the Rest Terenzo Hairdressing International Text & Images ÂŠ Terenzo
Local and internationally celebrated stylist, Terence Jansen van Vuuren, the owner and founder of Terenzo Hairdressing International, Terenzo Professional Haircare and a Brand Ambassador for Lâ€™Oreal has, through his creative talent and vision, exceptional business acumen and sheer hard work, become one of the youngest superstars in the South African hairdressing industry. Indwe 41
“I come from a family of hairdressers,” he says. “After my schooling, I studied hairdressing as well as a degree in Retailing and Marketing Management, which has proven to be invaluable in the running of my business.” After a three-year apprenticeship, he opened his first salon in Melville, Johannesburg, in 1993. Now, together with a team of award-winning stylists, he has salons in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The Johannesburg salon in Dunkeld is tucked away in a tranquil haven of green foliage, while the Sea Point salon is a mere stone’s throw from the ocean, nestled between Signal Hill and the Atlantic Seaboard. Terence explains what sets Terenzo Hairdressing International apart from other salons: “We indulge you in an ‘experience’, not just a hair service. It’s not only about technique and skill, it’s also about listening to our clients and understanding what works for them individually – and that’s what we do so well. We cultivate a warm, friendly atmosphere and always make our clients look their absolute best.” So, you can be assured that your visit to a Terenzo salon will be an unforgettable one! Terence enjoys pushing the boundaries, and an example
of this was the development of hair products (specifically designed for different hair types) under the brand name, Terenzo Professional Haircare. To give back to the industry he loves, he has instituted the Terenzo Hairdressing International Learnership Programme. “I believe strongly in the importance of training and nurturing apprentices. Staff education is my top priority,” Terence explains. His work has been featured on Top Billing, Carte Blanche, Expresso, 702, 5fm, Radio Today, De Kat and Cosmopolitan, amongst others. Currently he presents the series Familie Foto’s (Family Photos) on DStv’s Afrikaans lifestyle channel 147. His international travels as an L’Oreal Professional International Ambassador have given him “incredible opportunities and the honour and privilege of working with the best hairstylists around the world”. This, in turn, has influenced his own salons, where one is guaranteed top class treatment.
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Kicking It in Keurboomstrand Text: Julie Graham Images ÂŠ Hog Hollow Country Lodge & Bramon Wine Estate
Untouched wilderness, beautiful coastal vistas, small town hospitality, and a laid back vibe make Keurboomstrand the perfect place in which to get away from it all.
As someone who is constantly seeking new places to explore, I often find myself road tripping. The exhilarating feeling of getting behind the wheel and taking off with no real destination in mind and a couple of weeks to kill is both exciting and extremely addictive. Recently, I decided to venture out of Cape Town and take on the renowned Garden Route, most famous for its wild beaches, rivers, lagoons, lush forests, and busy seaside towns. I took a friend along, and off we went, in search of a pleasant mix of R&R, some good food and a bit of fun. After about five hours on the road, and a couple of stops along the way to admire the picturesque coastal scenery, we arrived in Keurboomstrand. Keurboomstrand is a small seaside town, located just outside of Plettenberg Bay, on the other side of the Keurbooms River. Named after the famous Keurboom tree, which produces magnificent purple flowers in summer, the area is most famous for its long beaches, ragged rocky outcrops, great fishing and swimming (even though the currents are notoriously strong), coastal forests, and an abundance of nearby places of interest to explore. We settled
ourselves into a cottage right on the beach and with no internet access, no TV, and no desire to be in communication via mobile phone, we switched off and spent our days totally immersed in our environment. A great way to explore the area and get away from even the slightest hint of another human, is to equip yourself with some sturdy shoes (the rocks are completely unforgiving and will tear your flip-flops to pieces!), plenty of water and sunblock, and go hiking. The Keurbooms River Nature Reserve stretches a distance of over 2,500 ha and is a hikers’ paradise. After crossing the estuary, you will come across the famous Arch Rock, which – as the name would suggest – is shaped like an arch with a hole in the top. Local legend has it that if you can throw a rock through the middle of the hole without it touching the sides, you will have everlasting luck. Needless to say… we didn’t. Despite not having the promise of eternal luck on our side, the hike was an incredible experience (minus one painful bee sting that politely only swelled up upon our return to the cottage), and we returned six hours later
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rustic luxury at its finest! A timber walkway leads down to the river, and the panoramic views of the Tsitsikamma Mountains and Keurbooms River gorge are spectacular. Exploring the natural beauty of the area most certainly works up an appetite, and in amongst our multiple sunset fish braais, we managed to find some time to go out for a few dinners. Ristorante Enrico (www.enricorestaurant.co.za), located right on the Keurbooms Beach (their logo even says “any closer and you will get wet”), has panoramic views of the ocean and is a prime spot for dolphin and whale watching. Couple that with incredible, authentic Italian cuisine, and a great outdoor vibe, and you simply can’t go wrong. Don’t leave without trying Fish Enrico – fresh line fish baked with olive oil, white wine, garlic, parsley, and lots of authentic Italian flair. And if you thought you needed to be immersed in the Cape Winelands to experience great wine, think again. The area is slowly but surely making a name for itself as a wine haven. The family run Bramon Wine Estate (www.bramonwines.co.za) produces award-winning Methóde Cap Classique, as well as delicious Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. One tasting and you’ll be sure to walk out with a few bottles of your own. Everything in Keurboomstrand is in close proximity, and the relaxed vibe lends itself to feeling as though you’re refreshed even when taking part in activities. We left feeling invigorated, well-fed, recharged, sun-kissed and relaxed. And will most certainly be back!
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completely invigorated by the natural wonders we had experienced. The area is truly magical. Think long beaches with not a single other person in site; rugged rock structures and caves; blue rock pools; and shaded, coastal forests with incredible winding pathways and views to die for. It was a good day indeed. The next day our legs were weary, so we decided to hire a canoe and explore a different route: the Keurbooms River Trail. Located near the Tsitsikamma National Park and Plettenberg Bay, the Keurbooms River Nature Reserve is intersected by the Keurbooms River. Flowing through inland mountainous valleys into a magnificent gorge, the river is surrounded by the beauty of the natural coastal forest, and is dotted with beaches. Though the river is also used by those with motor boats, once you get past a certain point, only canoes and kayaks are allowed. This is where Mother Nature is at her best. Kingfishers and Loeries are abundant and the awe inspiring river gorge is teeming with beauty and wildlife. You may even hear the occasional fish eagle in the distance, echoing through the canyon. 7 km upstream, you will come across the Whisky Creek log cabin, tucked away in the forest. This overnight accommodation is only accessible by canoe. After securing your canoe to the floating jetty, take a walk 500 m through lush coastal forest and you will soon come across this little paradise, completely cut off from the rest of the world. The cabin is fully equipped, with an outdoor kitchen with all the necessary amenities, a big open plan bedroom that can sleep up to ten people, a large wooden deck with a fireplace and braai, and a flush toilet – everything is solarpowered and fresh rain water is available to drink. This is
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Orchestrated Melodies Kelebogile Besong Text: Levi Letsoko Images © Supplied
The 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World finalist, Kelebogile Besong, shares with Indwe her remarkable transition from local stages to international productions. The past year has been magical for one of South Africa’s most renowned opera singers. After gracing some of the most prestigious stages in the world, Kelebogile Besong still dreams of spreading her wings even further. Having toured countries such as Denmark, Finland, Italy, Germany, France, Holland, Austria and Slovakia over past the 12 months, Kelebogile is currently eyeing the United States and Australia as her next pinnacles to reach.
The First Note Kelebogile began her singing career at the age of 13. “One day our school’s principal (at Hebron Tech) was looking for members to join the school choir for an upcoming competition. That is how I was discovered to represent my school,” says Kelebogile. “My most memorable performance was when I sang the Mozart aria Come Scoglio from Così Fan Tutte; securing 90 points out of 100 (at the 2003 finals), as well as the Mozart Or Sai Chi
L’onore from Don Giovani (2004), scoring 89 points.” While in high school, Besong went on to represent her school as a soloist soprano, and landed provincial awards in four consecutive finals, making her the first junior artist to list the North West Province amongst the national victors.
Art Meets Education The provincial competitions turned out to be the ideal platform to set Kelebogile on her path to fulfilling her dreams. As a result of these, she was awarded a full scholarship to study Vocal Arts at TUT (Tshwane University of Technology). Growing up in a township, opera was an unpopular art form, especially among young people, so what lured her to this genre? “Opera allows me to be authentic. It is a form of expression that gives vocalists the liberty to express themselves differently, and to also get in touch with the emotions one has inside,” she explains.
Kelebogile’s Top Five Productions
• Musetta in La Bohème at the Grange Park Opera in the UK • Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte with The Bregenz Festival in Austria • Aïda in Giuseppe Verdi’s Aïda with Malmo Opera in Sweden • Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with Tampere Opera in Finland • Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata with Opera National de Montpellier in Franceprogrammes that are available online.
“The productions that I have had the opportunity to be a part of also became platforms of self discovery, as I got to learn many things about myself and opera as an art form. I’ve learnt that talent is important, but to deliver an outstanding performance one needs a heartfelt connection in order to reach the audience.”
Talent and Mentorship While talent and passion have driven Kelebogile to accomplish most of her goals within a set time frame, she is also quick to credit the mentorship and support she has received over the years. The singer expresses gratitude for the solid foundation set by her grandmother while she was growing up, as it helped her to build a strong sense of identity from an early age. “The training and coaching I received at TUT exposed me to all the possibilities that are out there for me. I was blessed with the opportunity of working with vocal trainers such as Thami Zungu and Elizabeth Lombard, and received guidance from Prof. Hein De Villiers,” she explains. She adds: “The encouragement and support that I get from my husband is equally important. The key lesson
that I picked up early was that it is imperative to have a stable relationship in this industry, as that could prove to be a difficult goal should one strive to build one once their career has peaked.”
The Future of Opera in SA After being awarded the 2012 Standard Bank Young Artists Award for Music, Kelebogile’s career catapulted to greater heights as a result of years of commitment and dedication. Currently residing in Malmo, Sweden, the 2013 Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Business & Government for Arts & Culture winner believes that opera in South Africa can do with added support from various sectors (public and private) to help promote it as an artistic and economic industry. “There is an immense amount of talent, complemented by a proficient pool of trainers. However, I believe that we can still do more as a country for this particular form of art,” says Kelebogile. “Without all these factors in place, many performers might not be as fortunate as I have been, because opera is still not receiving the adequate support it needs for artists to have flourishing careers in South Africa.”
Fine Dining, Durban Style Text: Nicky Furniss Images ÂŠ Supplied
While good old Durbs may be known for its chilli bites, bunny chows and soft serve ice creams on the beach, it also has much to offer discerning diners in search of an exciting culinary outing, but one that still retains that laid back KwaZulu-Natal charm. Three such restaurants recently opened in the seaside city, and are well worth skipping the samoosas for.
14 on Chartwell
It’s a Saturday night in Umhlanga and Chartwell Street is a hive of activity. One of the latest additions, 14 on Chartwell, is alive with the bustle of people. We walk past the Parisian-like tables spilling out onto the sidewalk, take in the expansive bar in pride of place in the middle of the restaurant, and pick a table with comfortable sofas in which to sink. Potted palms and tropical motif cushions – not to mention Umhlanga’s famous balmy weather – give 14 on Chartwell a distinctly upmarket Miami feel. Perhaps the hardest thing about visiting “14” is making a selection from the extensive drinks list, which clearly designates the restaurant as a discerning gastro pub of the highest order. There are an impressive number of craft beers and artisanal ciders available – both bottled and on tap – as well an unusual selection of craft small batch spirits, including Inverroche gin and Jorgensen’s vodka. Wine lovers are also catered for, but thanks to the warm evening I opted for a refreshing cocktail. For those who battle to make up their minds, the beer flight offers four mini craft beers to sample paired with a cheese board or German sausage bites. It would be remiss to fill up on snacks though, as the innovative menu is worth making the effort to squeeze three courses in.
To start, we opted for the delicious salt and pepper calamari with chilli ginger jam, along with the cider soaked mussels (even the name is mouth watering), which is perhaps one of the best dishes I have ever had. In homage to days gone by, this is likely one of the few places in South Africa you can find jaffles on the menu, along with the perennial crowd pleasers of BBQ pork ribs, burgers, fish and chips, steak, and a variety of pies. It may sound like pub food, but be prepared for beautiful presentation and unexpected culinary twists – case in point, a traditional mac and cheese, laden with, of all things, lobster. Those with a sweet tooth are well catered for with the likes of hot fudge sundaes, Mojito cheesecakes and Eton mess, while you simply can’t leave without sampling one of the decadent spiked milkshakes – the salted caramel and Kahlua one was a dream. 14 on Chartwell also pride themselves on their coffee (thanks to a very impressive imported coffee machine). One sip of a perfect cappuccino, and you’ll see why. It was the cherry on top of a simply delicious evening.
14 on Chartwell is open daily from 11h00 till late. For bookings call +27 31 561 1017 or email email@example.com.
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Down the road, another newcomer is also attracting droves of new patrons drawn by a delicious array of tapas, a relaxed, mellow vibe and welcoming staff. Black and white geometric tiles and bright yellow bar stools frame the bar, which runs the length of the restaurant, leading diners from sunshine soaked tables on the deck outside to a cosy interior. Drawing on the décor of traditional Spanish restaurants, the lighting is moody, but warm. Richly upholstered booths line the wall, offering snug corners for intimate conversations, while the traditional Spanish red colour palate has been updated to a surprisingly appealing deep pink, which effectively marries new and old influences. But perhaps its greatest décor accomplishment is its undeniably warm ambience – stylish though it may be, it feels wonderfully relaxed and laid back. It’s the perfect place to settle in on a lazy weekend afternoon with a good drink and a never--ending supply of tasty tapas or pintxos (as they are known in the Basque region of Spain) to nibble on. Pintxada is the end result of a long cherished dream for owners Martin Lombard and Jose Goncalves, who were inspired by road trips to Iberia. “In some ways it chose us. We had lived on top of it for some years, always eyeing it, measuring and visualising – perhaps one day it could be ours. We wanted a great space to live, eat and drink in, because this is after all not a job, it’s a way of life.” This passion is evident in every aspect of Pintxada, but none more so than in the lovingly created food, in which Chef Dan Evans
shines. While there are options for main courses – including succulent roast chicken straight out of the rotisserie oven – the real star of the show is the tapas. The blackboard menu changes daily based on the availability of the seasonal ingredients, while some soon to become perennial favourites can be found on the small menu. For true decadence, you can’t go wrong with the succulent pork belly, while the chef is a master with seafood, mixing fresh mussels with touches of spice, and calamari with chorizo. We also opted for the golden crouquetas that were deliciously hot and crunchy, and served as a good counterpoint for a creamy risotto. Each successive plate that arrived on our table was more beautiful than the previous ones, with such a riot of flavours that our mouths (and tummies) were singing by the end. But a meal here can’t rightfully end without a little something from the dessert menu. There is something so satisfying about dipping crispy churros into molten chocolate, while the crème brûlée transports you right back to Barcelona and your very first taste of Crema Catalunya. Pintxada is a delicious taste of Spain that is sure to attract a fiercely loyal following and shouts of “Ole!” after every visit.
Pintxada is open daily from 12h00 to 23h00. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +27 82 688 1310 for more information.
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The Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill
Let’s be honest, in the past, hotel restaurants were not traditionally the kind of places diners would choose to frequent, unless they were hotel guests in search of a bite. Increasingly, however, hotels across the country are becoming home to fine restaurants which serve as a destination in their own right. An excellent case in point is golf legend Ernie Els’ latest culinary venture, The Big Easy Durban, located in the city’s Hilton Hotel. While it is bound to be a hit with guests, as well as with anyone conveniently attending functions or events at the Durban ICC next door, once word gets out, it’s sure to attract the city’s culinary astute in search of a great menu and a warm ambience. Els has garnered a reputation for excellence, as well as a laid back attitude. The Big Easy Durban is no different. Contemporary décor, muted lighting, and a striking floor to ceiling “bottle wall” (filled to bursting with an extensive collection of fine wines, including vintages from Els’ own estate) create a sophisticated setting, while the open kitchen, a welcoming bar, a wall of golfing memorabilia, and large screen TVs for watching (what else?) golf, add a touch of relaxed homeliness.
During the day, diners have the choice of eating outside on the leafy terrace, while at night, the restaurant’s hand crafted furniture, wood-beamed ceilings, and comfy leather upholstery lends itself to cosy and intimate candlelit dinners. Head chef Janine Fourie has crafted a menu full of such South African favourites as steak, grilled prawns, burgers (including Els’ favourite Big Easy burger), and even mini boerie rolls, interspersed with a selection of salads, wraps and – because this is Durban, after all – curries. For truly mouth watering dining it’s worth selecting something from the chef’s signature dishes, like the unusual, but lip smackingly delicious oxtail and marrow fritters, the heavenly Saldanha Bay black mussel pot or the Springbok pie. And should you feel nostalgic for a little traditional Durban cuisine, there’s even a bunny chow on the menu, filled with lamb shank, no less. We left the Big Easy relaxed, full, and with taste buds tingling with happiness – it was “easy” in every sense of the word.
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Finding Balance in the Bush Text: Michèle Meyer Images © Shumbalala Game Reserve
It was a desirable opportunity, yet it seemed like a nuisance at the time. I was expected to spend a weekend at Shumbalala Game Lodge in the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, with my husband and three colleagues from the UK. A weekend in the bush. No working, no networking. Just being. Great concept, but hardly practical. Monthend, burning eyes, frayed nerves. Two days can allow for quite a bit of backlog. A firm twist of my arm, however, and I took the bait. Lifting off from OR Tambo International Airport for Hoedspruit did suddenly contain a whiff of escape. The descent, a swift 40 minutes later, revealed a rugged carpet of 50-something shades of green where the dense bushveld sprawled below. A comfortable road transfer took us into Thornybush, via Waterside. As the game-viewing vehicle’s nose turned north on the dirt road, slowly, like an antelope testing the wind for scent, a collective quiet descended on the bedraggled rat-racers. En route to Shumbalala, the extended welcoming committee included zebra, a rather chubby warthog, and the omnipresent impala. However, these locals could not outdo the beaming smiles awaiting us at the reception area of our home for the weekend. Greeted like royalty, offered
refreshing aromatic guest towels, and promptly taken to our rooms, we surrendered our last wisps of doubt about coming, along with the urge to check our inboxes. Stepping into a riverbed-facing superior suite of the unfenced lodge, one enters a realm of opulent safari style. I must confess that I did expect, if only for a moment, to see Robert Redford nonchalantly lounging on the deck. It must have been the heat. Thick Persian rugs underfoot, impeccable white linen on the wooden four-poster bed, and French champagne in the chiller. Much more civilised than another session on the laptop. The wooden ceiling fan worked to dissipate the heat of the languid afternoon. I yawned, my husband yawned, and I swear somewhere in a tree across the riverbed a yellowbilled hornbill yawned too. As we regrouped on the communal viewing deck for high tea, the air became tangibly alive with the promise of rain. Gusts of wind dramatically flung dust around in
whorls, and clouds flickered across the darkening sky like old-school slides in a struggling projector. At home I would fret about whether or not to pluck my laundry from the line, feverishly unplugging any devices that had not yet been destroyed by the fickle nature of Gauteng’s electricity supply. Here, on the plump leather sofa overlooking the Monwana riverbed, I remained serene despite the nearing storm, nibbling on a delicate kebab, revelling in the stickiness of its basting. Our game ranger wisely decided to sit out the downpour at camp. The tough gamble was whether to run for cover to our delightful rooms, or to laze together in the lounge. Unanimously, the guests chose to risk neither being wet nor thirsty, and a spirited Shiraz made its way from the wellstocked Shumbalala cellar into our midst. As our glasses tinkled the first toast, lightning cleaved the horizon and the first fat drops of rain plopped onto the sand, sending fragrant tufts of dust into the rapidly cooling air. From the luxury of the spacious sitting area we watched, transfixed, as the thunderstorm smashed its anger against the backdrop of the thirsty bush behind the glass panels leading onto the veranda. Nothing on a flat screen can equal the splendour of nature throwing a tantrum right outside one’s door. It was over as suddenly as it had exploded over the camp. We were then herded onto the viewing vehicle, and equipped with ample protection against the cold and wet. Leaving behind the elegance and comfort of our lodge and venturing into the wet reserve felt like folly, but only for about a minute. Everything green stood proudly rinsed, crisp in its glory, and the earth offered her robust, seductive perfume, in which lingered the vow of great things to come. Thanks to our gifted tracker and ranger we witnessed an array of creatures in pristine surroundings. No sooner had we stopped “oohing” about some buffalo brawling in their mud bath, when we happened upon the thrilling sight of a pride of lion, including three cubs, feasting on a hapless wildebeest. The star of the drive, though, was a breathtaking young male leopard lazing in the shade. Unusual sightings kept coming, including a Mozambican spitting cobra slithering up a tree, and a shy bush baby. When the sun took its final dip towards the western horizon, we indulged in a very sophisticated sundowner session in a clearing among fragrant grasses. A table was set up, beautifully dressed with linen, and romantically adorned with candles and gleaming glasses. Toasting was fast becoming our new thing. Back at Shumbalala the hospitality continued as we sat down to the chef’s gourmet dinner. Later, gathered around the fire, we grew quiet as stars vied for our attention and a spotted nightjar repeated its whimsical call. Upon being bade goodnight by the ranger who escorted us to our room, the sight of the freshly turned down bed enrobed in its mosquito net was a welcoming one. Minutes later I blissed away in the bath, barely conscious of my husband’s shriek of joy as he stepped into the outside shower. Reaching for a fluffy white bath towel, I smiled. Simply being. In the bush. At Shumbalala. For more information visit www.shumbalala.co.za.
A Technicolor Trip Through Time Namibia's Most Famous Ghost Town Text: Nicky Furniss Images ÂŠ iStockphoto.com
Flying over the Namib Desert, you can still see the remnants of diamond mining camps, with their lonely houses and abandoned ox wagons sitting eerily silent and forgotten in the desert. Kolmanskop, the countryâ€™s most famous ghost town, however, while long ago abandoned and now slowly being swallowed up by the desert, feels just as alive today as it did over a century ago when those in search of precious stones descended on it in droves.
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Situated in the South of the country, 10 km from the sleepy town of Luderitz, Kolmanskop sits perched among the shifting sand of the desert in an area still known – somewhat enticingly – as the Sperrgebiet or “forbidden territory”. In its heyday, the town was a modern, bustling settlement, and now, more than 50 years after the last inhabitants left, is one of Namibia’s most famous tourist attractions, which sees scores of visitors once again walking its streets. In the no man’s land west of the town towards Aus and Keetmanshoop, other things flourish in the desert. Iconic quiver trees cling to the rocky soil and spread their sturdy trunks upwards to the sky, while scores of beautiful wild horses – thought to have originated from domestic horses abandoned by German soldiers after the Second World War – roam the plains, subsisting solely on lichen and shrubs. In a place where things bloom and thrive in the desert, Kolmanskop once did, and still does today. The town owes its name, fittingly, to a sand storm which forced transport driver, Johnny Coleman (or Kolman in Afrikaans), to abandon his ox wagon on a small incline nearby. A more suitable name, however, would have been Zacharias Stad, as it was thanks to the sharp eyes of Zacharias Lewala, an former Kimberley railway worker, who noticed the telltale glitter in the sand he was shovelling near the railway line at Grasplatz. The silly man shared his find with his supervisor, August Stauch, a German railway inspector. Stauch took a more pragmatic approach and tried to keep the discovery to himself, but news spreads fast in small places, especially when the whiff of money – and diamond dust – is in the air.
Fortune seekers flocked to the area, drawn by what turned out to be a rich alluvial deposit of diamonds, washed across the sand by the retreat of what was once an inland sea. Unlike the more famous diamond town of Kimberley, the prospectors here weren’t forced to endure the back-breaking labour of mining through earth and rock to find their prizes. Instead they had the relatively easy task of simply sifting through the sand – often in the form of long lines of men, leopard crawling through the desert with handkerchiefs over their mouths to stop any opportunists from swallowing a precious stone as they went. Like Kimberley, however, the newly found fortune of the area led to many modern developments. So while the “Big Hole” was the first place in the Southern Hemisphere to boast electric street lights, Kolmanskop was the first to have an x-ray station. While ostensibly for use in the hospital, it was also convenient to check whether any stones had made their way past the handkerchiefs. While this mod con was impressive, perhaps more remarkable was how the settlers coaxed life out of such a harsh and inhospitable place where even the most basic necessity – like water – had to be shipped in barrels from Cape Town and then carted by ox wagon from Luderitz. And with over a 1,000 people calling the town home at its zenith, that’s a lot of water! The constantly shifting sands of the desert were another logistical nightmare, but where there’s money, there’s labour, so they solved the problem by hiring groups of men whose sole responsibility was to sweep the sand out of the town every day – think of the frustration of waking up every morning to find it all back
again overnight! And for the relentless heat of the sun? Well, a public swimming pool filled with seawater solved that issue. That said, the town, perched as it is in a sea of hot sun bleached sand, was certainly not the gentile type of place preferred by German ladies of the time, and so the miners had a tough time convincing their significant others to leave the fatherland for the desert, albeit a diamond encrusted one. Eventually they were forced to get creative. One miner ingeniously painted an elaborate mural of palm trees and ocean lapped beaches to serve as the lifelike backdrop of a photo he sent his sweetheart. The poor woman was in for a horrible shock when she eventually arrived with not a palm tree in sight! Others paid princely sums to the ship captains responsible for transporting their loved ones to Africa, in
order to persuade them to time their arrival in Luderitz under the cover of darkness, so that by the time the sun rose the next morning and the true extent of the desolation of the area was discovered, the ship had already departed and there was no turning back. But while the surroundings were not perhaps ideal, the town itself had all the trappings of a modern German town. Elegant houses sprouted up, and with them came all the amenities to sustain this growing â€“ and extremely wealthy â€“ population. A furniture factory churned out pieces to furnish the palatial homes, while a German bakery and general dealer provided the flavours of home (including cheese and wine imported from France). A school and public playground catered to the settlementâ€™s more or less 40 children, and a well equipped hospital and power station to the needs of the
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inhabitants. There was even an ice factory (ingeniously built next door to the butchery in order to keep the meat refrigerated), and a soda-water and lemonade plant. The town, though not extensive, boasted the first tram in Africa – because one could not expect the ladies to have to walk through the sand on their shopping excursions, plus it was responsible for making the daily deliveries of lemonade, milk and a block of ice (for the refrigerators) to every household in town. For entertainment there was a four-lane skittle alley, a sports hall and theatre, a ballroom, and even a casino. No expense was spared and a full orchestra played at tea dances, while Europe’s best opera singers and other entertainers made appearances in the theatre. Kolmanskop may have been in the middle of nowhere, but at its peak, it was the centre of all the action. And then the diamond price plummeted after World War 1 and the numbers of precious stones found at Kolmanskop dropped right along with it. The cracks in the shiny veneer of the town started to show, with the death knell being the discovery of a much richer deposit of alluvial diamonds in Oranjemund. The town began to break up as the prospectors left to chase the next big rush, and with them, eventually, the townspeople drifted away too, leaving their empty houses in their wake. In 1956, the hospital closed its doors for the last time, and Kolmanskop officially swapped its human inhabitants for ghostly ones. In the intervening decades, the carefully swept sand has reclaimed its rightful place, burrowing under doors and through windows, and settling in drifts in the corners of the once palatial mansions, or luxuriating in the claw and ball bathtubs. The desert wind and searing sunlight has stripped some of the walls of their beautifully patterned wallpaper, though enough remains to give an indication of just how opulent these homes once were. The school teacher’s house has been almost entirely swallowed by a sand dune, while the hospital is eerily silent, except for the sound of the wind through the corridors. The midday sun casts harsh shadows through broken roofs and across worn staircases –shadows which are softer and more luminous at first light when the town becomes a photographer’s dream. In 1980 De Beers established a museum and restored a number of the original buildings, so that visitors can now walk through the theatre, admire the skittle alley, and even wander through one of the houses which has been completely refurnished in keeping with the style of the time. Tour guides bring the town to life with fascinating stories of its workings and its people, as do the evocative ruins of its once vibrant buildings. Sadly, the tram is no longer functioning, so there’s no respite from wading through sand in order to explore the town, but it is well worth the effort, as every nook and cranny yields a new snapshot or unexpected discovery. Sitting on a dune overlooking the little town, the desert spreads out in all directions, bleak and barren, while the bleached skeleton of Kolmanskop sits quiet and unmoving. But if you listen very carefully, you can hear the tapping of feet in the ballroom, the clinking of glasses in the casino, and the sound of the tram rattling by. Hurry! You wouldn’t want to miss the lemonade delivery! Due to its location in a restricted area, visitors need to buy permits at the gate, before joining one of two tours (09h30 and 11h00) offered each day from Mondays to Saturdays or at 10h00 on public holidays and Sundays. For more information on visiting Namibia, contact Namibia Tourism on email@example.com (South Africa) or firstname.lastname@example.org (Namibia) or visit www.namibiatourism.com.na.
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Kolmanskop, la ville fantôme la plus célèbre de Namibie, semble être aussi vivante aujourd’hui qu’elle ne l’était il y a plus de cent ans quand les chercheurs de diamants y débarquèrent en masse.
Située au sud du pays à 10 km de Luderitz, Kolmanskop est nichée dans les sables du désert dans une zone qui porte encore le nom de Sperrgebiet ou « territoire interdit ». À son apogée, la ville était débordante d’activité et maintenant plus de 50 ans après le départ des derniers habitants, elle est devenue l’attraction touristique la plus célèbre de Namibie. C’est grâce à un cheminot du nom de Zacharias Lewala, qui remarqua les signes indicateurs de la présence de diamants dans le sable alors qu’il travaillait à la pelle sur la ligne de chemins de fer, que tout arriva. Le pauvre homme décida d’en informer son superviseur, un inspecteur des Chemins de fer du nom d’August Stauch. Stauch adopta une approche bien plus pragmatique et essaya de garder la découverte secrète mais les nouvelles vont vite dans les petits endroits, surtout quand il y a de la poussière de diamants dans l’air. Les chercheurs de fortune se ruèrent sur la région, attirés par ce qui se trouva être un riche dépôt alluvial de diamants dans le sable. La seule chose que les prospecteurs aient eu besoin de faire c’était de tamiser le sable, tous les hommes travaillant à quatre pattes, alignés dans les sable, leurs visages recouverts de mouchoirs afin d’éviter d’avaler de précieuses pierres
au fur et à mesure de leurs explorations. Tout comme pour la plus fameuse ville de Kimberley, la découverte de diamants entraîna de nombreux développements modernes. Alors que le « Big Hole » fut le premier endroit de l’hémisphère sud à pouvoir d’enorgueillir d’avoir un éclairage électrique, Kolmanskop fut la première localité à avoir une machine à rayons X. Bien que cette machine ait été destinée à l’hôpital, elle était aussi utilisée pour s’assurer qu’aucun diamant n’avait réussi à passer outre les mouchoirs recouvrant les visages des mineurs. Cet équipement était en effet impressionnant mais ce qui l’était plus encore était la façon dont les colons arrivèrent à s’adapter à un lieu si rude et inhospitalier alors que même leurs besoins essentiels tels que l’accès à l’eau n’étaient pas couverts ; l’eau devait être transportée dans des tonneaux depuis le Cap, puis acheminée en charrettes à bœufs depuis Luderitz pour être ensuite utilisée par les quelques mille personnes vivant à Kolmanskop. La zone sablonneuse constamment en mouvement faisait de ces expéditions un cauchemar logistique mais lorsque des fonds - et de ce fait de la main d’œuvre - sont disponibles, alors le problème se règle en embauchant des groupes d’hommes dont la
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des habitants. En 1956, l’hôpital ferma enfin ses portes et Kilmanskop troqua ses derniers habitants humains pour des spectres. Durant les décennies qui suivirent le sable reprit possession des rues si bien entretenues, se frayant un chemin sous les portes et par les fenêtres, et colonisant chaque parcelle des maisons jadis grandioses. Le vent du désert déshabilla les murs autrefois recouverts de magnifiques papiers peints et l’hôpital demeura sinistrement silencieux. En 1980, De Beers fonda un musée et restaura un certain nombre de bâtiments d’origine. Aujourd’hui les chroniques fascinantes de la ville et de ses gens contées par des guides insufflent à la ville une certaine vie, tout comme les ruines évocatrices des édifices jadis plein de vie qui sont devenus le rêve des photographes. Depuis une dune dominant la ville on peut contempler le désert qui ne cesse de s’étendre, alors que le squelette de Kolmanskop demeure silencieux et immobile. Toutefois, si vous écoutez attentivement vous entendrez le bruit des chaussures sur le sol de la salle de bal, le tintement des verres au casino et le cliquetis du tramway qui passe. Faites vite ! Il ne faudrait pas manquer la livraison de limonade.
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seule responsabilité est de balayer la ville chaque jour. Et bien que le coin n’ait pas été idéal, la ville possédait cependant tous les attributs d’une ville allemande moderne. D’élégantes maisons furent construites un peu partout ainsi qu’une usine de meubles pour les garnir, une boulangerie allemande et un magasin général approvisionné en produits du pays (ceci incluant des fromages importés de France). Une école, une aire de jeux publique, un hôpital bien équipé et une centrale électrique subvenaient aux besoins des habitants. On y trouvait même une fabrique de glace (qui avait été ingénieusement construite près d’une boucherie pour garder la viande à basse température) ainsi qu’une usine de soda et de limonade. La ville possédait le premier tramway d’Afrique qui était utilisé quotidiennement pour livrer à chaque ménage de la limonade, du lait et un bloc de glace pour les réfrigérateurs. Pour ce qui est des divertissements, on y trouvait un terrain de jeux de quilles, une salle de sport, une salle de dance et même un casino. Aucune dépense n’était épargnée et un grand orchestre jouait lors de thés dansants, alors que les meilleurs artistes européens se produisaient dans les théâtres. Le nombre de diamants qui furent trouvés à Kolmanskop diminua après la Première Guerre mondiale et un gisement diamantifère plus important fut découvert à Oranjemund. La ville commença à se désagréger lentement alors que les prospecteurs quittaient la ville à la recherche de la prochaine chasse aux diamants ; peu à peu disparurent avec eux le reste
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Gautrain vs Driving The below cost comparison tables are based on living in Pretoria and working in the Johannesburg CBD while driving a 2012 Nissan Livina at R2.44 per km (AA calculator), given a 5 day working week per month.
Travelling with Gautrain from Pretoria to Park station for work. Monthly Gautrain ticket
Home to station
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Driving from Pretoria to Johannesburg CBD for work. Cost per km
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Of the 750 Volvo S60 Polestar cars ever built, South Africa is getting 25. That’s 3.33 % of the full production run of the first vehicle to come out of the collaboration between Volvo and its now wholly owned subsidiary and racing partner, Polestar. We tested it at the Red Star Raceway in Gauteng at the car’s South African debut.
Everyone loves a limited edition sports car. The status that comes with owning a Porsche 918 Spyder Edition, or Ferrari 458 Italia, for example, raises your social standing to Level: Expert in one fell swipe of your American Express Black card. So, if you’re not quite in that league yet, how does a young South African car enthusiast best invest his hardearned cash into a social self-upliftment project? The answer, up to very recently, was simply to pull a BMW M3, Mercedes-AMG C63, or an Audi S4 out of a box at a local dealership. Now that Volvo has finally brought its Polestar contender to local shores, cash flush connoisseurs were (albeit very
briefly) fortunate enough to expand their choice of weapon to include the 258 kW Swedish super sedan. Fortunate, because of the very limited run of this car, and brief, as most of the 25 units allocated to South Africa were pre-sold weeks before the cars even arrived in the country. Although the chances of anyone reading this report actually finding an original S60 T6 Polestar for sale at the moment is relatively slim, it is worth understanding why this car is an important milestone for the Volvo brand in South Africa. The S60 Polestar is by far the most exciting addition to the S60 range since the car’s local introduction in October 2010. Delivering a thrilling 500 Nm of torque, and whooshing past the 0-100 km/h mark in just 4.9 seconds, the S60 Polestar is
every driver’s exclusive delight. So confident are the Swedes of the fact that this is a true driver’s car, that Polestar claims it to be “the car that our racing drivers drive to work”. While this is a huge claim to make, Volvo imported their 34-year-old star racing driver and reigning triple Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) champion for Polestar Cyan Racing, Thed Björk, from Sweden for the occasion of the local launch. Thed has vast experience of various racing championships around the world, such as Le Mans, DTM, Formula 3, GT cars and many more. He has claimed the STCC title four times in total, and was crowned FIA SR2 Sportscar Champion in 2001 and Formula 3 Nordic champion in 1999. With these credentials, it is no wonder that only a S60 Polestar would suffice for the daily commute. It is also no wonder that Volvo decided to unleash Thed on the Red Star Raceway with the media riding shotgun, just to make sure we all got a full view of exactly what these Polestars are capable of doing. For the most part, Red Star is a neck-numbing collection of short turns and semi-straights, of the kind that would have the experts calling it “technical”. Although the Polestar is not intended to be a track car, this racetrack gave the assembled media an opportunity to push the limits more than we probably would have on the open road, quickly revealing the car’s strengths. Besides being an extremely engaging toy on a racetrack, the Volvo S60 Polestar is designed to carry through Polestar’s
engineering philosophy and deliver a precise and confident driving experience in all weather, on all roads and in all seasons. This is not a car that you only take out on special occasions, or perfectly sunny days. It is a car to be enjoyed 365 days a year. To identify this bad boy, look for the front splitter, rear spoiler, rear diffuser, model-specific 20” wheels, black grille, and Polestar badges on the fenders and boot lid. Not that you would be able to miss it in the Polestar signature Rebel Blue colour… Inside, there is some nice blue stitching on the leather upholstery and steering wheel, carbon-fibre-look trim on the centre console, a supportive seat, and more brag badges, but the Volvo’s instrument cluster and conservative interior design survive the transformation. Volvo has spared no testing in getting this track-focussed Swedish delight ready for their most discerning customers – their racing drivers – meaning that very few of us mere mortals will ever push a Polestar even close to its limits. Instead, enjoy this car for what it represents as an everyday sports sedan, and if you already own one, remember that, in this country at least, it is almost as rare as a Ferrari 458. Equipped with all the best gizmos available on a nonSPA platform Volvo today, there aren’t many sedan alternatives we would punt ahead of the S60 T6 Polestar in its price bracket. Coming in at R735,000 a pop, it is no wonder that the serious Volvo loyalists have snapped up the full allocation available in this market.
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One year, 52 weeks, 8,760 hours and 525,600 minutes ago, Bidvest Car Rental was born. Since those first baby steps, we’ve grown up fast.
It all began as an idea. Not just an idea, a fact. Travellers don’t have time to hang around. When you’ve reached the car hire pick-up point, you just want to go. So we decided to be the people who remember exactly how you feel. And do something about it. “Because every minute counts” is an attitude and a recognition, and it keeps us on our toes. That’s why we gave all of our staff running shoes, why we are now celebrating our first birthday with our heads held high, and why we have captured 19 % of the car rental market. Right now, we’ve got 120 locations across Southern Africa, including Namibia and Botswana. Our wide range of services includes van and truck rental, chauffeur drive, Door2Door transfers and coach charter – all with a spring in our step.
Over the past year, we’ve been proud and happy sponsors of SA Cricket and the Indian Premier League. Our recent sponsorship of the South African Rugby Union and the Springboks as their official car rental partner has been a particularly exciting start to 2016. This is part of our commitment to being a South African brand and company that wants to make Mzansi count. Another big point of pride is our ongoing support of Pink Drive, in order to raise breast cancer awareness across the country. In the end, our customers are people who value their time, and we value them. Thank you for making this a great year, and for making the car rental company we love, a continued success story. We appreciate it and look forward to spending another year making car rental easier for you. Because we love it and because every minute counts.
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Ergotherapy Solutions now offers desk bound office workers a chance to “stand up” for their health with a range of innovative and ergonomic office innovations. To enjoy a healthy lifestyle, physical activity is vital. Recent research suggests that we should also strive to reduce the amount of time we spend sitting. Studies have proven that there is a link between excessive sitting and serious health issues, including obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, insomnia, arthritis, osteoporosis, and so much more. So, in many ways, sitting is the new smoking. One such study compared subjects who spend less than two hours a day watching television or taking part in other screen-based entertainment, with those who engaged in these activities for four hours or more per day. The results were shocking. And don’t think your daily workouts will protect you. Chronic sitting is an independent risk factor, meaning that all the risk correlations hold true, no matter how much you exercise. So if sitting is the problem, is standing the solution? Popular in the United States and almost a standard feature in many Scandinavian offices, South Africans are (finally) discovering the advantages of standing desks in their own working environments, making ergonomic office furniture the norm. Standing desks have been around for longer than
one might think. Well-known creatives, such as Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway, were fans of the standing alternative, but were seldom seen in traditional office settings. Medical studies show that utilising a standing desk stimulates the metabolism, assists in weight control, and reduces risk of illnesses related to an inactive lifestyle. Now available in South Africa, Varidesk is exclusive to Ergotherapy Solutions. Say goodbye to lazy days sitting at your desk, while simultaneously relieving the tension in your neck and back. The easy-to-use and adaptable Varidesk is designed to work together with existing workstations. Pre-assembled, the springloaded system allows you to go from sitting to standing in just three seconds. That’s basically a push-up. Varidesk users report a decrease in fatigue and workrelated back, neck and shoulder pain, and an increase in productivity. Take a stand for your health and say “No!” to excessive sitting and the health issues that come with it.
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Youâ€™ve just graduated and started working, and now you have access to a salary. What should you be doing with your newfound financial freedom? Experts share their tips on how you can be a good steward of your finances.
Apart from realising that you won’t be raking in the big bucks immediately after graduating, being in your 20s is still a good time to start building your wealth. After entering the world of work, you will likely have access to a constant flow of income. But how can you dispense this income in a way that allows you to meet your financial commitments and still enjoy your life? “Did I have money to do anything in my 20s?” asks Riaan Strydom, portfolio manager at PSG Wealth Port Elizabeth. A fair question, given that 20-somethings often find that the bulk of their income goes towards new expenses once they enter the working world. Once you’ve paid rent and living expenses, medical aid, car instalments, and possibly the instalment on your student loan, what should you do with the remainder of your salary (if there’s anything left)? Financial advisers are unanimous in saying that saving tops the list of things to prioritise. “Even if you can’t start big, at least start saving as early as possible,” says Strydom. Once you start earning a salary, set a goal to allocate a portion of your salary towards your savings, and then adjust that as your salary increases. “This is useful, because in your 20s your salary increases are likely to grow faster than the rate of inflation,” adds Karin Muller, head of growth market solutions at Sanlam Personal Finance. Establishing a habit of “paying yourself first” becomes easier to do over time, says Muller. Candidate attorney Ildiko Gyarmati (24) uses this method as a savings tool and transfers a portion of her income into an investment account, she says. Unit trusts and tax-free savings accounts are also good savings vehicles for future goals, says Muller. If you delay saving, it might become harder to start at a later stage once a need arises, says Desiré Engelbrecht, financial planner at Consolidated Financial Planning. Setting goals for yourself, such as building up a deposit for a house, future travels, or furthering your education could help incentivise saving behaviour. Priya Gopal (24), who has been working in the banking industry for the past two years, agrees and has been saving towards “major future expenses” such as a house, a possible wedding, and international leisure travel. Gopal’s saving habits means that she has immediate access to funds in the case of an emergency. “Save to build up an emergency fund which is three to six times your salary,” says Muller. Saving half a year’s worth of money may seem like a lot, but “life happens”, and you don’t want to have to create debt when there’s a crisis like a burst geyser or a car that needs fixing. Saving early will also make it easier to achieve your retirement and investment goals, says Strydom. In your 20s you have time on your side, which means that you can reap the benefits of compound interest, says Muller. Someone who saves R1,000 every month from the age of 20 until the age of 30, and then leaves the investment to grow at an annual rate of 12 % until the age of 60, will earn R5 million more in returns than someone who starts saving and investing R1,000 monthly from the age of 30 until the age of 60, explains Strydom. This is without considering adjustments such as salary increases and bonuses. Secondly, in your 20s, risk planning is essential, given the risky behaviour of young people, says Strydom. “You have
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• Have a budget: This allows you to see what you are spending your money on and how much you are saving. “Keeping track of your expenses will highlight if you are overspending and living beyond your means,” says Strydom. • Cut costs: Once you identify where you have been overspending, prioritise your costs. One way could be to adopt a healthy lifestyle. “Quitting smoking or going to the gym could bring down the premiums of your life cover,” says Strydom. • Understand your employment benefits: “Instead of blindly filling in forms at your new place of employment, ask questions and make sure you understand what you are agreeing to,” says Muller. You are making important decisions about how your pension will be invested, and this will determine your retirement outcome. • Get a financial adviser: A professional will give guidance on what you should prioritise and how to allocate your funds. “Find a financial adviser you can trust and build a relationship that grows as you grow from a saver to an investor,” says Strydom. • Educate yourself: “Learn as much as you can,” says Muller. Financial decisions are going to be with you throughout your working life, so make sure you educate yourself about them. Angela de Loureiro (25) follows financial publications and does “lots of googling” to equip herself with financial know-how. Try subscribing to financial newsletters and financial literacy programmes that are available online.
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your whole life and career ahead of you. Your biggest asset is your ability to generate income for the rest of your life.” You need to protect yourself against the risk of disability and injury, he says. Having risk cover is essential if something should happen that results in your no longer being able to provide for yourself while you still have living expenses to cover, says Muller. “You are financially dependent on you.” Risk cover is also essential if you have other financial obligations, like family responsibilities. Consider life insurance only if you have dependents that need to be financially protected in the event of your death, says Muller. When it comes to making big investments, such as purchasing a home, having a good credit record is useful to prove your creditworthiness. However, Strydom cautions that taking on debt requires responsibility and discipline. If you have a credit card, make sure it has a low credit limit and that you pay it off timeously. Always remember that when you buy something on credit, you are paying more for it than the price stated on the item due to interest rate charges, says Muller. Make sure to meet your payment obligations, and do not delay payment. “Don’t spend money on something if you can’t pay for it in cash,” says Muller. “You shouldn’t buy on credit if you don’t believe that you can make the payment at a later stage,” says Engelbrecht. Pay more than what the minimum amount stipulates. Debit order contributions are also useful in building a credit record. Make sure that you have sufficient funds for them. Also check your own credit record, which is accessible once a year, free of charge.
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Somewhere for each of us, a Volksie Bus, Kombi, or Microbus has played a role in our childhood development. Whether on holiday or in our daily lives, this VW is one of the most iconic cars in the country, having sold over 280,000 units here since the production of the Type 2 started at the Volkswagen plant in Uitenhage in 1955. Local production of the T-Series in Uitenhage ended in 2002 at the end of the lifecycle of the venerable T3, and now, the T6 series will continue the heritage and sales success story of the T-Series model range in South Africa. Available in two derivatives – Kombi and Caravelle – it has become increasingly difficult to tell the T5 apart from the T6. The new model has crisper lines, but it is still more or less a neatly tailored box. Oddly, this is what we like most about it. Volkswagen knows a good thing when they sell hundreds of thousands of them and, thankfully, this has motivated their engineers to keep the bus’ winning formula intact.
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A Genetic Fortune Teller DNAnalysis Text: Nicky Furniss Images © iStockphoto.com
Genetic testing is paving the way for personalised medicine that makes it possible to manage your health in the best way possible for you.
How Well Do You Know Yourself? By now I’m sure you think you know yourself pretty well. You know what your favourite food is, whether you’re a night owl or a morning person, what will make you cry and what will push your buttons. You probably know yourself like, well, the back of your hand. But do you really? Do you really know every tiny bit that makes you, you? Do you know how your genetic variation of the MTR gene affects your ability to repair your DNA, for example? Or whether your particular GSTMI gene variance helps or hinders your ability to detoxify your body? Probably not. But imagine if you did. Imagine if you could get the “inside scoop” of how you are made up, and of just how your personal DNA makes you tick. With that kind of insight, by knowing your particular genetic strengths and weaknesses, you could, to a certain extent, mitigate your weak points – or at least help them along with the correct diet, exercise, and supplements. As Dr Kruger, one of the doctors at Health Renewal, explains: “Your DNA loads the gun, but it is your behaviour and lifestyle that pulls the trigger.”
The Test Luckily, personal DNA testing is becoming increasingly more available to the general public, with one of the first taking the form of a screening test called DNAnalysis. I made my appointment to see Dr Kruger at a Skin Renewal Medical Aesthetic Centre in Fourways, Johannesburg (they have branches in major centres around the country). Your first consultation involves the filling out of a comprehensive medical background which the doctor then goes through with you. Even from this he can make predictions of what kinds of things the DNA test is likely to uncover. He also explains the intricacies of the test. A swab (albeit a vigorous one) of your cheek is all that is needed to extract enough DNA to be sent off for analysis. Once at the lab, a process called the Polymerase Chain
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How It Works For those of you who can’t remember your school biology lessons, the ample literature that DNAnalysis provides gives a quick explanation of genetics and what the test looks for. “Genes are segments of DNA that contain instructions your body needs to make each of the many thousands of proteins required for life. Each gene is comprised of thousands of combinations of ‘letters’ which make up your genetic code. The code gives the instructions to make the proteins required for proper development and function. With the exception of identical twins, all people have small differences (variations) in their genetic code. These variations can lead to changes in the resulting proteins. It is these differences that make each of us unique.” It goes on to add: “Variations should not be considered good or bad, rather, genetic variations are simply slight differences in the genetic code. The key is to know which form of the variation you carry in order to make appropriate lifestyle choices.” Tailoring your lifestyle to your particular genetic code is the main aim of DNAnalysis, and thus the test seeks to identify mainly those genetic variations of which the affects are not “set in stone”. With this in mind, it does not test for the type of recessive genes that may be responsible for passing on hereditary diseases, for example, or for things such as variations in the notorious BRCA gene – found to be linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and made famous by Angelina Jolie, who, after being diagnosed with this high risk variation, elected to undergo a double mastectomy. For these kinds of DNA testing, traditional genetic counselling is necessary. The information from this particular test, in contrast, is not designed to be the bearer of bad news, but rather a blueprint by which to live your life in the best possible way to enhance your “good” genes and to mitigate
your “bad” ones. With this in mind, I was excited to receive my results, particularly as I have never been a fan of a “one size fits all” approach to health.
The Results Back at Skin Renewal a few weeks later, Dr Kruger presented me with three very comprehensive reports. The first looks at your general health by isolating gene variations that can have a significant effect on your susceptibility to such chronic conditions as osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, while also looking at how your body metabolises various compounds, responds to various foods, and uses insulin. Each set of genes is divided into categories, and then each gene is assigned an icon to indicate whether it has a beneficial impact, no impact, or an impact ranging from mild to moderate. Ideally, you want as many no impacts or mild impacts as possible, with a beneficial impact being a bonus. For example, I discovered that I have a reduced risk of insulin resistance and excellent bone health. Of more importance, however, are those variations that have a moderate or high impact, for these are the ones that will dictate how you should behave in the future to ensure continued optimal health. I, for example, have a propensity to metabolise fats badly, while on the other hand I’m well suited to metabolising carbohydrates. Finally! An explanation as to why, when the entire country was gripped in Banting fever, that the diet had made me feel constantly ill and had resulted in a sizeable weight gain and increased cholesterol. It was a huge relief – especially when faced with adamant opposing opinions of the fat vs. carbohydrate debate – to now know conclusively what is best for my body. Plus it was a huge relief to be able to eat carbs again, albeit it unprocessed, sugar free, gluten free carbs (thanks to the results of some of my other gene variations), but as far as I am concerned, a carb is a glorious carb, whichever way you get to it! And I must say that the health benefits of changing back to a low fat diet are already apparent. The second report focuses on oestrogen, as increased exposure to the hormone has a high correlation to the development of breast cancer. Again, should you happen
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The Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled By Ruby Wax Five hundred years ago no-one died of stress: We invented this concept and now we let it rule us. Ruby Wax shows us a scientific solution to these modern problems: mindfulness. But Ruby’s definition of mindfulness isn’t about sitting erect on a hillock, legs in a knot, humming mantras. It’s something that can help us all: learning to notice your thoughts and feelings so you can truly experience life. Outrageously witty, smart and accessible, Ruby Wax shows ordinary people how and why to change for good. With mindfulness advice for relationships, for parents, for children and for teenagers, as well as a six-week course based on her studies of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy with Mark Williams at Oxford University, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled is the only guide you need for a healthier, happier life.
Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole By Allan Ropper and BD Burrell What is it like to try to heal the body when the mind is under attack? In this gripping and illuminating book, Dr Allan Ropper reveals the extraordinary stories behind some of the life-altering afflictions that he and his staff are confronted with at the Neurology Unit of Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Neurologists diagnose and treat serious illnesses of the brain by combining the hard science of medical knowledge with the art of intuitive reasoning. The unique challenge they face is that their primary sources of information – the patients’ brains – are quite often altered, sometimes bizarrely, as a result of disease. Like Alice in Wonderland, Dr Ropper inhabits a place where absurdities abound: A sportsman who starts spouting gibberish; an undergraduate who suddenly becomes psychotic; a salesman who drives around and around a roundabout, unable to get off. Dr Ropper takes the reader into a world where lives and minds hang in the balance.
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Have you ever wondered who is flying the plane when you travel on SA Express? Or wanted to know more about what a job as a cabin crew member is like? Well, now’s your chance! Every month we will introduce a few members of our SA Express family, because by getting to know them, you become part of the SA Express family too. Mpho Kgomo Senior Cabin Crew Member Length of Service: Nine years Tell us more about yourself: I’m a fun-loving, carefree individual who lives for travelling. I have a passion for people who exhibit great character and knowledge. What is the most exciting part of your job? Meeting world icons and personalities on board our flights and knowing that I am responsible for their safety. What do you find most challenging about what you do? Having to reprimand someone ten years – or more – older than I am.
Why do you like working for SA Express? My company has opened my eyes to the world and all that it holds – from people and countries, to courses and experiences. It has all been amazing, and has helped to mould me into who I am today. Have you ever had any funny incidents or encounters in your job? During the 2010 World Cup I had the opportunity of flying with the Spanish team and met all of the players. Needless to say I was star struck, but I kept my composure. At the end of our flight I had scored a Spanish top signed by the team and eight tickets to one of their games. I also scored some major brownie points from the friends who tagged along with me! Words of wisdom that you live by? “Carpe Diem” – Seize the day!
We have a bunch of flights to Bloemfontein. Whether youâ€™re travelling to Bloemfontein for business or pleasure, SA Express flies you there from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Your journey will be safe, hassle-free and a pleasure. Because we fly for you.
SA Express is a proud member of the SAA Voyager programme. Visit www.flyexpress.aero for domestic flights to Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, East London, Nelspruit, Kimberley Hoedspruit, George, Johannesburg, Richards Bay, Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and regional flights to Lubumbashi, Gaborone, Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Lusaka and Harare.
Now flying direct from Mahikeng to Joburg. Twice a day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Visit www.flyexpress.aero for domestic flights to Bloemfontein, Port elizabeth, East London, Kimberley, Hoedspruit, George, Johannesburg, Mahikeng, Pilanesberg, Richards Bay, Cape Town, Durban, and regional flights to Lubumbashi, Gaborone, Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Lusaka and Harare.
Airline information SA Express fleet Canadair Regional Jet 200 BER Manufacturer: Bombardier Maximum cruising speed: 474 knots/545mph/879kmph Engines: Two General Electric CF34-3B1 Range: 1,662miles/3,080km Maximum altitude: 41,000ft/12,496m Seating capacity: 50
Crew: Two pilots, two cabin crew Wing span: 69ft 7in/21.21m Overall length: 87ft 10in/26.77m Overall height: 20ft 5in/6.22m Maximum take-off weight: 51,000lb/23,134kg Minimum runway length: 6,295ft/1,919m
De Havilland Dash 8 Series Q400 Turboprop Manufacturer: Bombardier Maximum cruising speed: 360knots/414mph/667kmph Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A Range: 1,565 miles/2,519km Maximum altitude: 25,000ft/7,620m Seating capacity: 74 Crew: Two pilots, two
cabin crew Wing span: 93ft 3in/28.42m Overall length: 107ft 9in/32.83m Overall height: 27ft 5in/8.34m Maximum take-off weight: 64,500lb/29,257kg Minimum runway length: 4,580ft/1,396m
Canadair Regional Jet 700 Manufacturer: Bombardier Maximum cruising speed: 473 knots/544mph/875kmph Engines: Two General Electric CF34-8C5B Range: 1,477m/2,794km Maximum altitude: 41,000ft/12,496m Seating capacity: 70 Crew: Crew: Two pilots, two
cabin crew Wing span: 76ft 3in/23.2m Overall length: 106ft 8in/32.51m Overall height: 24ft 10in/7.57m Maximum take-off weight: 72,750lb/32,999kg Minimum runway length: 4,580ft/1,396m
SA Expressâ€™ aircraft are made by Bombardier Aerospace
We fly for you About us SA Express is a domestic and regional, passenger and cargo carrier which was established on 24th April 1994. The airline has since become one of the fastest growing regional airlines in Africa with route networks covering major local and regional cities. SA Express plays a significant role in the country’s hospitality, travel and tourism industry and is a vital contributor to the country’s socioeconomic development. SA Express prides itself in aiming to offer incomparable service standards. In addition to building on our motto to express excellence and consistently striving to provide the best service, we know that “you” is the most important word in our airline. With our consistent and seamless service, our customers can be assured of stellar customer service that will exceed their expectations. Vision To be a sustainable world-class regional airline with an extensive footprint in Africa. Purpose A sustainable, integrated regional airline connecting secondary and main airports.
Core values Safety first We never compromise on safety, no matter what. Customers Our customers are our most important investors. Partners We partner with people across all operations. Speed & Quality We deliver with speed without compromising on quality.
Improvement We strive for continuous improvement. Simplify We keep it simple.
Special services Special Meals Passengers with special dietary requirements are provided for through the following special meals: kosher, halal, Muslim, Hindu, low-fat and vegetarian meals. Orders for special meals should be placed at the time of making flight reservations. The airline requires a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to departure in order to assist with confirmation of requests. Only available on selected flights. Passengers requiring special attention Requirements for unaccompanied minors (passengers under the age of 12 years) or passengers requiring wheelchairs should be stated at the time of making the reservation. Owing to the size of the cabins on our aircraft types, the airline is not in a position to carry stretcher passengers or incubators. Cabin baggage SA Express will accept one piece of cabin baggage not exceeding a total dimension of 115cm and 7kg in weight. For safety reasons, cabin baggage must fit into approved stowage spaces: either the overhead luggage bin or under the seat. Owing to limited storage space in the aircraft cabin, cabin baggage may be placed in the
We Fly For You SA Express Airways prides itself on aiming to offer incomparable service standards. In addition to building on our motto to express excellence and consistently striving to provide the best service, we know that “you” is the most important word in our airline. SA Express proudly launched its new brand on 2 December 2009 at OR Tambo International Airport. The new brand is set to ensure that it’s distinctive and positioned to build awareness and affinity in the domestic and regional markets. The new proposition “We Fly for You” is set to position SA Express as a premier intraregional African brand. The main objective of the re-brand is to ensure that SA Express is distinctive yet still aligned to the country’s mainline carrier. SA Express’s unique positioning as an airline that provides a bespoke, personalised travel experience was the rationale behind the proposition “We Fly for You”. The new brand mark is in line with the symbol and colours of the national flag, encouraging national pride. The new brand will be applied to all brand touch-points throughout the operation as well as the staff uniform.
Skycheck at the aircraft for hold stowage. Skycheck This is the airline’s special hand-luggage facility that assists with in-flight comfort, speedy boarding and disembarking. When boarding one of our flights, simply place any hand luggage that will not be required during the flight on to the Skycheck cart at the boarding steps of the aircraft. Your hand luggage will be waiting for you as you disembark from the aircraft at your destination. Baggage liability Valuable items such as cameras and accessories, computers – including laptops and notebooks – mobile telephones, perfumes, aftershaves, colognes, legal and company documents and legal tender – including cash, credit cards and cheques – bullion, leather jackets, all types of jewellery and any other items with a value in excess of R400 must be removed from either checked-in or Skycheck baggage as the airline is not liable for loss or damage to these items. Verified baggage claims are settled on the basis adopted by IATA (International Airlines Transport Association): payment of US$20 per 1kg of checked-in luggage, to a maximum of 20kg ($400).
Awards SA Express has won the AFRAA Regional Airline of the Year Award at the end of 2009, and the Allied and Aviation Business Corporate Award. Our airline was also the recipient of the Annual Airline Reliability Award from Bombardier at the end of 2007. Other previous awards include the International Star Quality Award, which indicates our commitment to service excellence, while our prominence as one of the top 500 best managed companies is proof of our success as a business. Onboard service The airline’s onboard service is unique and offers passengers a variety of meals or snacks. The airline pioneered its unique meal-box concept, and meal choices are frequently updated and designed using balanced food criteria: appearance, taste and nutritional value. Passengers can also enjoy a wine and malt service on specified flights as well as refreshments on all flights. Light snacks will be served on selected flights. Our customers can expect a safe, comfortable, quality air-travel experience, with the added benefits of frequency, reliability, on-time departures and unmatched value for money.
Safety Information Health regulations Health regulations at certain airports require that the aircraft cabin be sprayed. The spray is harmless, but if you think it might affect you, please cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief. Remain seated As a safety precaution, passengers are requested to remain seated with seatbelts fastened after the aircraft has landed, until the seatbelt sign has been switched off by the captain. Portable electronic equipment The use of personal electronic devices (PEDâ€™s) will apply to all domestic and regional flights on the CRJ700/200 and DH8 Q400.
Passengers will be permitted to use PEDâ€™s such as cell phones, e-readers and electronic tablets in flight-mode.
Cellular telephones Cellular telephones may be used on the ground while passenger doors are open. Cellular telephones, smartphones or any device with flight mode must be switched off as soon as the cabin doors are closed and when the senior cabincrew member makes an announcement on the public-address system. Laptop computers Laptops with CD ROM and DVD drive, handheld calculators, electric shavers and portable personal listening devices may not be used on the ground during taxi but may be used during the flight when the seatbelt signs are switched off and with permission from the captain. Should circumstances dictate otherwise, a public-address announcement cancelling this concession will be made by a crew member.
Prohibited equipment Portable printers, laser pointers, video equipment, CB/ AM/FM/FHF/satellite receivers, two-way radios, compact disc and mini-disc players, scanners, remote-controlled toys and power converters are prohibited for use at any time. Safety pamphlet Read the safety pamphlet in the seat pocket in front of you and take note of your nearest emergency exit. Smoking In accordance with international trends, smoking is not permitted on board any SA Express flights. Seat belts Please fasten your seat belt whenever the seat belt signs are illuminated. For your own safety we suggest that you keep it fastened throughout the flight. Important When in doubt, please consult our cabin crew.
For your comfort and security, please comply with the above safety regulations at all times while on board
Route map SA Express: Johannesburg Bloemfontein Cape Town Durban East London Gaborone George Hoedspruit Pilanesberg
Kimberley Lubumbashi Lusaka Harare Port Elizabeth Richards Bay Walvis Bay Windhoek
Flight schedule Johannesburg - Pilanesberg Flt No SA 1131
Johannesburg - Bloemfontein Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1001 1003 1005 1011 1013 1017 1021 1023
Dep 06:15 08:00 11:20 13:50 14:55 16:45 17:55 18:30
Arr 07:15 09:05 12:25 14:55 16:00 17:45 19:00 19:35
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 CR7 CR7 DH4 DH4
Johannesburg - East London Flt SA SA SA
No 1403 1409 1411
Dep 07:15 17:30 18:40
Arr 08:45 19:00 20:10
A/C CR8 CR2 CR8
Johannesburg - George Flt SA sa SA SA
No 1501 1503 1503 1509
Dep 06:40 08:20 08:20 15:50
Arr 08:40 10:15 10:30 17:40
A/C CR7 cr2 dh4 CR7
Dep 10:15 12:15
Arr 11:20 13:20
A/C DH4 DH4
Johannesburg - Kimberley Flt SA SA SA SA sa SA
No 1101 1103 1105 1107 1111 1113
Dep 06:20 09:20 13:10 14:25 16:45 17:20
Arr 07:25 10:25 14:15 15:30 17:45 18:25
A/C dh4 DH4 CR2 DH4 cr2 CR7
Johannesburg - Port Elizabeth Flt SA SA SA
No 1459 1457 1457
Dep 17:30 17:30 17:50
Arr 19:10 19:30 19:35
A/C cr8 DH4 cr7
Johannesburg - mahikeng Flt sa SA sa SA
No 1123 1123 1127 1127
Dep 07:10 07:10 16:25 16:30
Arr 07:50 07:55 17:05 17:10
A/C CR2 cr2 cr2 cr2
pilanesberg - mahikeng Flt No SA 1125
Bloemfontein - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1024 1002 1004 1006 1012 1014 1018 1022
Dep 06:20 07:40 09:35 12:55 15:25 16:30 18:20 19:30
Arr 07:25 08:40 10:40 14:00 16:30 17:35 19:20 20:30
A/C DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4 DH4 CR7 CR7 DH4
East London - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA
No 1412 1404 1410
Dep 06:45 09:15 19:50
Flt SA SA sa SA
No 1502 1504 1504 1510
Dep 09:20 10:50 10:50 18:10
Arr 08:25 10:45 21:35
A/C CR7 CR7 CR2
Arr 11:10 12:40 13:00 19:50
A/C CR7 CR2 dh4 CR7
Flt SA SA
No 1226 1228
Dep 12:00 13:55
Arr 13:00 14:55
A/C DH4 DH4
No 1102 1102 1104 1106 1108 1112 1114
Dep 08:00 08:15 11:20 15:05 16:20 18:50 19:05
Arr 09:05 09:20 12:25 16:10 17:25 19:50 20:10
A/C dh4 dh4 DH4 CR2 DH4 cr2 CR7
Kimberley - Johannesburg Flt SA sa SA SA SA sa SA
Hoedspruit - Johannesburg
Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA
No 1460 1460 1458
Dep 06:10 06:20 20:00
Arr 08:00 08:00 21:40
A/C DH4 CR8 CR7
mahikeng - Johannesburg Flt SA sa sa sa SA
No 1124 1124 1124 1128 1128
Dep 08:20 08:40 08:50 17:45 17:50
Arr 09:05 09:20 09:30 18:30 18:30
A/C cr2 cr2 cr2 cr2 cr2
mahikeng - pilanesberg Flt sa SA
No 1121 1223
Dep 07:30 08:20
*Please note that SA Express may deviate from the published schedule over the holiday period and will operate reduced schedules in December and January
SA EXPRESS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE, SUSPEND OR AMEND THIS PUBLISHED SCHEDULE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION. EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO OPERATE AS PER THE PLANNED SCHEDULE
George - Johannesburg
Johannesburg - Hoedspruit Flt No SA 1225 SA 1227
pilanesberg - Johannesburg
Arr 08:05 08:55
A/C cr2 cr2
Flight schedule Johannesburg - Richards bay Flt SA SA SA SA SA
No 1201 1201 1203 1207 1213
Dep 05:35 06:10 08:30 13:15 16:55
Arr 06:50 07:25 09:45 14:30 18:10
A/C dh4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
Johannesburg - walvis bay Flt sa SA sa
No 1703 1701 1705
Dep 07:20 11:55 13:30
Arr 09:45 14:10 15:55
A/C cr2 CR7 cr2
Johannesburg - windhoek Flt No SA 1731 SA 1731
Dep 05:55 06:10
Arr 07:10 07:25
A/C CR2 CR2
Johannesburg - Gaborone Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1761 1763 1765 1767 1775 1775 1783 1779
Dep 06:55 07:55 09:55 11:55 13:30 14:30 15:45 18:10
Arr 07:50 08:50 10:50 12:45 14:25 15:25 16:40 19:05
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
Johannesburg - Lubumbashi Flt No SA 1797 sa 1795
Dep 09:20 13:10
Arr 11:45 15:55
A/C CR7 cr2
CAPE TOWN - bloemfontein Flt SA SA sa SA SA SA
No 1081 1083 1087 1087 1091 1091
Dep 06:00 08:00 12:00 13:20 16:55 16:55
Arr 07:30 09:30 13:45 14:50 18:20 18:40
A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 DH4 DH4 CR2
CAPE TOWN - east london Flt sa SA SA SA sa SA SA SA
No 1361 1363 1363 1371 1371 1371 1373 1375
Dep 05:55 07:00 08:00 11:00 12:25 13:05 16:25 17:20
Arr 07:20 08:25 09:25 12:45 13:50 14:30 17:55 18:45
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 dh4 cr2 CR2 cr2 CR2
Cape Town - Pilanesberg Flt No SA 1255
Richards bay - Johannesburg Flt sa SA SA SA SA
No 1202 1202 1204 1208 1214
Dep 07:20 08:05 10:30 15:05 18:40
Arr 08:35 09:20 11:45 16:20 20:00
A/C dh4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
walvis bay - Johannesburg Flt SA sa sa
No 1704 1702 1706
Dep 10:15 14:45 16:30
Arr 12:30 16:55 18:45
A/C CR2 cr8 cr2
windhoek - Johannesburg Flt SA
Gaborone - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1762 1762 1764 1766 1768 1768 1776 1776 1784 1780
Dep 08:30 08:45 09:20 11:25 13:10 13:10 14:55 16:05 17:20 19:45
Arr 09:25 09:40 10:15 12:20 14:05 14:05 15:45 17:00 18:30 20:40
A/C DH4 dh4 DH4 DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
Lubumbashi - Johannesburg Flt SA
bloemfontein - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1082 1084 1088 1088 1092 1092
Dep 08:15 10:30 14:15 15:30 19:00 19:25
Arr 10:00 12:15 16:00 17:15 20:45 21:25
A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 DH4 CR2 CR2
east london - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA sa sa SA SA SA
No 1362 1364 1364 1372 1372 1372 1374 1376
Dep 08:00 09:00 10:00 13:25 14:20 15:10 18:30 19:50
Arr 09:40 10:40 11:40 15:25 16:00 16:50 20:10 21:30
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 dh4 cr2 CR2 CR2 CR2
Pilanesberg - cape town Flt SA
*Please note that SA Express may deviate from the published schedule over the holiday period and will operate reduced schedules in December and January
SA EXPRESS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE, SUSPEND OR AMEND THIS PUBLISHED SCHEDULE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION. EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO OPERATE AS PER THE PLANNED SCHEDULE
Flight schedule Cape Town - Hoedspruit Flt No sa 1241 SA 1241
Dep 09:10 10:10
Arr 12:30 12:50
A/C dh4 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2
CAPE TOWN - port elizabeth Flt SA SA SA SA sa SA SA SA SA
No 1801 1807 1813 1813 1813 1819 1821 1821 1823
Dep 06:00 10:10 10:40 13:45 14:20 15:00 16:00 16:30 18:30
Arr 07:30 11:40 11:55 14:55 15:50 16:30 17:30 17:40 20:00
A/C dh4 dh4 DH4 CR2 dh4 DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4
Cape Town - Walvis Bay Flt No SA 1721
durban - East London Flt SA SA SA
No 1301 1305 1309
Dep 06:00 12:00 16:50
Arr 07:05 13:05 17:55
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2
durban - Port Elizabeth Flt SA SA SA SA SA
No 1330 1334 1336 1340 1348
Dep 06:00 09:15 09:50 13:35 17:40
Arr 07:20 10:35 11:10 14:55 19:00
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
durban - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA
No 1850 1854 1854 1858
Dep 06:10 12:00 15:00 15:35
Arr 08:25 14:15 17:15 17:50
durban - lusaka Flt No SA 1601
durban - Harare Flt No SA 1603 SA 1611
Dep 09:10 10:20
Arr 11:35 12:45
Hoedspruit - Cape Town Flt sa SA
No 1242 1242
Dep 13:10 13:20
A/C dh4 CR2
port elizabeth - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA sa SA sa sa SA SA SA
No 1826 1802 1808 1814 1814 1814 1814 1820 1822 1822 1824
Dep 07:00 08:00 12:10 12:40 15:00 15:25 16:20 17:00 18:00 18:10 20:30
Arr 08:40 09:40 13:50 14:00 16:40 16:45 18:00 18:40 19:40 19:30 22:10
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 dh4 dh4 CR2 dh4 dh4 dh4 CR2 DH4
No 1302 1306 1310
Dep 07:35 13:35 18:25
Arr 08:35 14:35 19:25
No 1331 1335 1337 1341 1349
Dep 07:50 11:05 11:45 15:35 19:55
Arr 09:05 12:20 13:00 16:50 21:10
No 1851 1855 1855 1859
Dep 09:05 15:00 17:45 18:15
Arr 11:05 17:15 19:45 20:15
lusaka - durban Flt SA
Harare - durban Flt SA SA
No 1612 1604
Dep 13:25 15:15
SA EXPRESS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE, SUSPEND OR AMEND THIS PUBLISHED SCHEDULE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION. EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO OPERATE AS PER THE PLANNED SCHEDULE
Arr 15:50 17:40
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 CR2 CR2
CAPE TOWN - DURBAN Flt SA SA SA SA
Port Elizabeth - DURBAN Flt SA SA sa SA SA
East London - DURBAN Flt SA SA SA
walvis Bay - Cape Town
*Please note that SA Express may deviate from the published schedule over the holiday period and will operate reduced schedules in December and January
Arr 16:20 15:55
Passenger Letters Dear Sir/Madam, I would like to take this opportunity to thank two of your incredible employees, who provided us with excellent service on a recent flight. While on a flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth, I had the privilege of being attended to by Lingesperi Moodley and Ayanda Mabizela. I just want to extend my sincere gratitude to these two ladies, who were absolutely amazing – from their friendly, warm smiles, to the courteous and pleasant manner in which they addressed the passengers at all times. I must make special mention of a moment that really touched me. When I entered the plane, Lingesperi Moodley welcomed me and said: “It’s so good to see you again, where have you been for so long?” I used to fly that route often, and I had met her on a few of the flights before, but it was just so special that an attendant, who sees and assists so many people, actually remembered and recognised me. I was immediately reminded of one of Dale Carnegie’s talks, on how nothing beats the human element of making a person feel special. And the most spectacular feeling is being remembered by someone. Throughout the flight both Ayanda and Lingesperi treated each passenger with such respect, and not once did they hold back on those warm smiles. So, hats off to these two ladies. And thank you to SA Express for developing such amazing flight attendants. It is evident that customer service and etiquette are non-negotiable to you, and it certainly filters down to your employees. Yours Faithfully Lee-Ann Naicker Congratulations to Lee-Ann Naicker, who wrote our winning letter this month, and walks away with an American Tourister Lock ‘n’ Roll 69 cm spinner valued at R3,399.
Good day The word “awesome” is so overused these days that I’m trying very hard to restrain the urge to type: “Flying from Cape Town to East London with you was awesome!” The truth is that I’ve driven the Garden Route and also flown over it for years, but on this clear day I found it even more spectacular. From Cape Town, with the view of Cape Point, past Knysna and all those small towns with their pretty beaches, until we landed after flying over the beautiful Nahoon River – a flight from Cape Town to East London is undoubtedly the most scenic flight in Southern Africa. I’m privileged and grateful for this experience, with compliments to SA Express. Regards, Thapelo
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Published on Mar 2, 2016