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Contents 33/ Who’s the Oldest of Them All?

Animal Discoveries Reveal the Secrets of Long Life

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Are You Obsessed with Your Health?

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Growing from Strength to Strength

The Cult of Saint Jude

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In Phones We Trust

The Boss of Everybody

Does Your Smartphone Make You Less Likely to Trust Others?

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Veranda Veggies

Technology Trends to Watch

Grow Your Own Produce in Pots

A Rising Star

2016 New Harvest Award

Good to Know For Your Business

How to Deal with a Narcissistic Manager

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Need to Know

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Proudly South African Coffee

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Bits & Pieces

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Unlocking Jozi’s Best Kept Secret Spots

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Dinner & A Movie

A Decade of Growth Predicted for Global Travel

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Turn it Up!

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Books

A Night in the Bush

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Lubumbashi Lowdown

The Best Yet in Plett

Shumbalala Game Lodge

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CEO Letter

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Ceo SA EXPRESS Customer Care Department Tel: 0861 729 227 Email: customercare@flyexpress.aero Twitter: @flySAexpress Facebook: SA Express Airways Reservations Support Tel: +27 11 978 9905 Email: groupsales@flyexpress.aero

Onwards and Upwards! Dear passengers Welcome aboard your SA Express flight. As always, we are grateful for your continued support and endeavour to deliver you to your destination, on time, in comfort and, above all, safely. The month of March bears great significance to us as it marks the beginning of autumn – a season synonymous with change and transformation. Additionally, it is the last month of our financial year, which means that, as a company, we have to reflect on the year that was and also bolster our plans for the 2017-’18 financial year. As with any business approaching their financial year end, we are taking stock of what we learned from last year as we look forward to a year of growth and opportunities. The overarching aim of our corporate strategy is to work our way back to regaining our unassailable reputation by living up to our loyal clients’ expectations of exceptional service on each and every occasion. I am of the firm belief that by putting our customers at the centre and forefront of our business model, we will be well on the way to achieving our goals! Although 2016-’17 was a challenging year, we can proudly say that we contributed to the country’s goals for growth and development, as outlined in the annual State of the Nation Address (SONA). I wish to highlight two directives in Government’s nine-point plan which have particular relevance to SA Express. The first is unlocking the potential of Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs), cooperatives, townships and rural enterprises. During the 2016-’17 financial year, SA Express contributed significantly towards this by spending just over R1 billion on the local procurement of goods and services. Procurement expenditure is projected to increase 5 % in the current financial year. As part of our long-term sustainability strategy, named 20:20 Vision, the airline aims to develop and integrate more local suppliers into its value-chain and to increase local spend. There will be specific emphasis on SMMEs within the aviation sector and related services. Additionally, SA Express is proud to host a number of learning programmes which are strategic vehicles toward achieving transformation within the aviation industry.

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Group Reservations Tel: +27 11 978 5578 Email: reservationslist@flyexpress.aero

This speaks to the directive of state reform and boosting the role of state-owned companies. For example, our cadet pilot and the technical apprenticeship training programmes have successfully created a career path for pilots and technicians. Historically, pilots from SA Express who have qualified through the cadet programme have been absorbed into SAA and Mango. In this manner, we are transforming not just SA Express, but a large part of the South African aviation industry. SA Express, in conjunction with Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS), has embarked on training ten learners in station management and ground handling. These programmes have successfully created a skills pool for these core careers in the industry. A further ten learners have received training in air transportation management. SA Express’ bursary for B. Com Business Management Degree in Applied Aviation is a first in the industry. Ten pilots, including eight black cadet pilots, were selected to study the degree course to prepare them for management positions. 21st March is an important day for South Africa as it recognises the contribution of the heroes who marched against the discriminatory pass laws in 1960. These pass laws restricted movement for the majority of the South African population. Our purpose as South African Express is to provide seamless connectivity between primary and secondary domestic and regional destinations in South Africa and five other countries in the SADC region – and that is why we remain committed to the freedom of movement. March also plays host to several important commemorative days. We wish our Namibian passengers an enjoyable Independence Day on 21st March. Zambians also recognise two important milestones this month: International Women’s Day on 8th March and Youth Day on 12th March. Whatever the month of March has in store for you, we wish you many happy miles on SA Express. Yours in aviation Inati Ntshanga CEO of SA Express

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Travellers frequently marvel at how the price of a flight can vary quite considerably from date to date and destination to destination. Flying from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein can cost anything from R950 to R3,400. Similarly, a flight to Lubumbashi can cost either R2,000 or R5,500. Text: SA Express Image © iStockphoto.com

An airline’s priority is to operate as close to full capacity as possible. To accomplish this, it prices tickets according to market segment, channel and demand. At South African Express, this responsibility falls to the head of revenue management and scheduling, Brad Dickson. He uses every one of his 24 years of aviation experience to maximise revenue for the airline. He started at the bottom, pushing wheelchairs for another South African airline, and has since worked

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his way up, having worked for most of the local airlines. He’s handled everything in sales and marketing, and with his commercial pilot’s license he also captains the odd flight. “My job is about getting maximum revenue from every single flight, while offering a value-for-money product,” he says. A revenue optimisation tool assists him in looking at the historical data relating to each flight so that objectives on future flights can be set and the sales team aligned

to this objective. He explains that SA Express operates on a “variable pricing model” which calculates pricing on each ticket based on several criteria: • How early a ticket is purchased • The time of day or night of the flight • Competitive behaviour of other airlines “The actual pricing strategy therefore depends on the strength of demand for a route, and whether we or any other airlines are actively pushing sales.”


The majority of SA Express’ passengers are business travellers, which limits the passengers’ flexibility as to when they fly. It is flexibility, though, that wins the best price, says Dickson. Nonetheless, he offers the following tips to travellers wanting to buy the best-priced ticket. “You do have to be flexible. The easiest way to get the best price is to travel out of peak time. If you absolutely have to fly at 06h00 you won’t get the bottom price, but you may if you fly after 09h00. In addition, we offer a limited number of advance purchase specials. This means that if you buy your ticket as early as possible, you would also get a better price. Airline pricing has become a completely transparent activity today, and I would recommend that all travellers do their own market research online. Use the ‘calendar search’ function on our website (www.flyexpress.aero) which will direct you to the best fare.” Even when doing your own research, Dickson recommends you include travel agents in your research as SA Express, for instance, usually reserves a number of special-priced tickets for them. However, the downside of getting an advance purchase ticket, and in fact many of the lower-cost ticket options, is that the traveller often has to pay immediately upon booking. Random market factors can also influence sales. Dickson is constantly on the lookout for current issues potentially influencing pricing strategy – such as a sporting fixtures or political events. These mean a certain number of people have to fly to a certain destination. Even something as seemingly unrelated as the death of Springbok Joost van der Westhuizen can influence pricing. Dickson points out that this is unlikely if it is a high-demand destination, though “it would rather have an influence on a destination such as Bloemfontein or George”. Another component of his job is scheduling, both long-term and short-term. SA Express consistently researches new market niches, and scheduling decisions are made four to 12 months ahead. “We study trends to see what traffic volumes will be like in the future and whether we need to increase or decrease capacity, as well as the type of aircraft we use.” This includes regular review of the total capacity within the network with SAA and Mango, and even the wider alliance. Dickson’s department also monitors consumer feedback on scheduling and service. “Customer satisfaction is of course our primary aim in terms of our brand, but the feedback we get is also vital in terms of scheduling and finding that sweet spot that suits the customer. Everything we do is aimed at finding out how to get the customer to fly with us repeatedly.” With this in mind, Dickson admits that schedule interruptions are what keep him awake at night, and he says that improving the ontime performance of the SA Express fleet is consequently driving the entire strategy of the airline at the moment. His worst nightmare – and fortunately it’s not happened yet – would be for SA Express’ central reservations system to go down for any length of time. “Passengers needn’t worry though,” he concludes, “SA Express always has contingency plans because #Weflyforyou.”

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Need to Know

Sporting Fun for Everyone!

SA Music Legends in Action

24th to 26th March The Cape Argus SportShow, Cape Winelands

Real Concert Series 7 th & 8th April, Montecasino, Johannesburg

In late March, Sandringham will play host to a three-day sporting showpiece that encompasses live shows, appearances by sporting celebs, clinics, exhibitors and games for young and old alike. From tag rugby, cricket, golf, netball and paintball to water sports, BMX biking, obstacle courses and even drone racing, the SportShow promises to be bigger than ever. Team players and individuals are welcome to sign up for fixtures on the day of the event, or simply soak in the action on offer. Clinics and seminars will help players hone their game, while the Gary Kirsten Cricket Academy will be in town to dispense invaluable advice. Inside two sprawling halls, sporting exhibitors will be on hand with gear and technology for sale. Tickets are available from Computicket.

This April, two of South Africa’s most iconic bands will be performing a special show together at Montecasino, along with one of South Africa’s hottest up-and-coming artists, Tailor. With six studio albums, several chart-topping singles, a string of awards and countless sold-out gigs, Prime Circle have earned their status as South African rock royalty. They will be joined on 7th April by Just Jinjer – one of the biggest rock band exports in South African history, having sold more than a quarter of a million albums to date – and Tailor, who boasts three SAMA nominations to her name. On 8th April, Ard Matthews – front man of Just Jinjer – will represent for the band, once again performing alongside Prime Circle and Tailor.

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Décor By Design 18th to 21st March Decorex Durban, Durban Exhibition Centre

A vibrant selection of inspired trends will be showcased at KwaZulu-Natal’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition, Decorex Durban 2017. Echoing the province’s serene lifestyle, the four-day expo encourages a tranquil, calm living space which provides a comforting retreat away from the fast-paced world. Themed “Make your space your living dream”, visitors will have access to a variety of globally influenced designs and trends which have been localised to suit the South African home. Not to be missed this year, the Pop Up Night Market will take place on 20th March. This vibrant, one-night only event will feature a wide variety of quality artisanal offerings, including homeware, clothing, food and craft beer, with fantastic live music creating a truly festive atmosphere. Tickets are available from www.computicket.co.za and at the door.

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Worth Singing About

When the Stars Come Out

31st March to 9th April La Traviata – The Ballet, Joburg Theatre, Johannesburg

1st April Life of Pi Under the Stars, Anthonij Rupert Wyne Estate, Franschhoek

Joburg Ballet’s first production of 2017 will be the long-awaited return of celebrated choreographer Veronica Paeper’s La Traviata – The Ballet,  which was last performed in Johannesburg to public and critical acclaim in 2008. Originally created in Cape Town in 1990,  La Traviata – The Ballet  is based on the 19th  century story of the Lady of the Camellias.  A deeply moving portrait of a woman who sacrifices all for the man she loves, the ballet is set to the unforgettable music of Verdi’s opera,  La Traviata. The sweeping score has been arranged and adapted for the ballet by conductor Allan Stephenson. Ticket prices remain unchanged from 2016, with all seats discounted by 50 % on opening night and midweek morning performances at only R80 a ticket. Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za.

The Galileo Open Air Cinema returns to Anthonij Rupert Wyne estate at the beginning of April for a special screening of the box office hit  Life of Pi. The Tasting Room’s sprawling lawn will provide ample room to enjoy the movie and a picnic with the Drakenstein Mountains as a backdrop. A marquee will create a marketplace feel, allowing visitors the opportunity to shop for a fine selection of picnic ingredients, including pre-packed cheese and charcuterie platters with artisanal breads, freshly baked chicken and exotic mushroom pies, as well as special prepacked picnic boxes for the young ones. A selection of estate wines, as well as the popular L’Ormarins range of Methode Cap Classique, will also be available to purchase.

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A Bollywood Bigwig 25th and 26th March Adnan Sami Live in Concert, Durban and Johannesburg

After four years, Bollywood maestro, Adnan Sami, is returning to South Africa for a much-anticipated concert. Regarded as one of the fastest keyboard players in the world, the internationally renowned singer, musician, music composer and actor will return to the stage for an unforgettable evening at the Durban ICC on 25th March and at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, on 26th March. Audiences are in for a treat as he performs a collection of his Bollywood hits, including “Kabhi To Nazar Milao”, “Bhardo Jholi Meri” and “Lift Karaa De”. Apart from being the first person in musical history to play Indian classical music on the piano in a style he pioneered and created through the Santoor (a unique Indian instrument), he can also play over 35 musical instruments, including the guitar, accordion, saxophone, sitar and violin. Tickets are available from Computicket.


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Fun in the Forest 10th to 12th March & 17 th to 19th March Reforest Fest, Hermanus

In March 2017, Greenpop will be hosting its seventh annual Reforest Fest in the ancient Platbos Forest Reserve. The Family Weekend (10th to 12th March) was created for parents and children to connect in nature while planting trees. The second – the Friends Weekend (17th to 19th March) – is ideal for people who would like to get their hands dirty and make a positive impact on the environment. As well as planting thousands of trees, festival goers will enjoy eco-talks, yoga, live music, and much more. Part of the beauty of the Reforest Fest is camping under the stars, so bring a tent and camp in the general campsite. Tents will also be available for rent.

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Dare to Bare 24th March Hollard Daredevil Run, Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Mbombel

The epic Hollard Daredevil Run 2017 will take place at 15h00 on 24th March across the country, and invites men of all ages, shapes and sizes take to the streets in dashing purple Speedos to run cancer out of town! Now in its eighth year, the Hollard Daredevil Run is a fun 5 km run with a difference – promoting early detection of male cancers to save lives. Participants over the age of 40 are also provided with free Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) tests. Tickets cost just R160 for adults, and proceeds go towards cancer screening and awareness initiatives across the country. Register online and find out more about this courageous event at www.daredevilrun.com.

A Celebration Worth Toasting 25th March ATKV Oesfees, Solms-Delta, Franschhoek

The ATKV Oesfees at Solms-Delta, Franschhoek, will be celebrating another year’s successful wine harvest in March. Join the workers of the valley, along with thousands of other music, food and wine lovers to share in the joy of this diverse cultural event, featuring some of South Africa’s most popular artists and bands. An annual ATKV Oesfees highlight is a performance by winners of the ATKV Rieldans Final. The Betjies from Betjiesfontein were the winners of the Junior category last year and will take to the stage to entertain the crowd with their impressive footwork. Traditional food and excellent wines from the Solms-Delta farm will be on sale and there will also be a special area for kids, managed by a professional events company, Cre8tive Kids, who will have a host of playful activities on offer all day.

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Bits & Pieces

Great News For Future Fliers Finally, some good news for cash strapped commuters. Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) recently announced that a new permission, which takes effect on 1st April 2017, sets out aircraft landing fees, aircraft parking fees and the passenger service charges that ACSA is allowed to levy. The permission was determined by the independent industry Regulating Committee and will result in a reduction in airport charges of 35.5 % for the 2017’18 financial year. These charges will then rise by 5.8 % in the 2018-’19 financial year and 7.4 % in the 2019-’20 financial year. This will see passenger service charges for departing domestic passengers dropping from R127 to R82, and those for international departing passengers from R346 to R223, while passengers departing from Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia or Swaziland will now pay R169 as opposed to R263.

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It’s All About the Shoes Need a gift for that special guy in your life? Why not give him a pair of stylish brogues from Clarks. Clarks draws on over 190 years of expertise as well as current design trends to seamlessly fuse the past and the present. The result is an exciting and surprising collection that celebrates effortless British style. The Summer collection sees a combination of tailoring and technology embodied in a hybrid “athleisure” style. This range offers a unique combination of art and artisanship, innovation and imagination, resulting in stylish shoes that are a pleasure to wear. We love the Hawkley Walk (R2,490) which brings vintage style to a casual summer look. Rich leathers and premium suedes are given a lightly distressed finish, whilst unlined uppers keep the shoes fresh and comfortable.

Arrive, Unlock, Drive Bidvest Car Rental has just introduced South Africa’s first keyless car rental fleet with the launch of their app, Snappdrive. Snappdrive combines flexibility and convenience, free of any queuing and human intervention, and allows for a seamless transition from plane to car saving customers valuable time whenever they travel. The app will allow users to locate their car via their phones’ built-in GPS, as well as unlock and start their vehicles without a physical key. Users receive an SMS prior to when the car is due back – this provides an opportunity for customers to extend their rental period, should they wish to do so. The app is available for both android and Apple devices. Initially it will be available only to Bidvest’s Car Rental Corporate customers at OR Tambo, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and King Shaka airports, and later will be rolled out to premium vehicle groups and other markets.


Dinner & A Movie

Historic Charm, Contemporary Quirkiness

Quirky and contemporary, with a splash of history, The Grey in Cape Town’s De Waterkant is a boutique hotel ideal for those who want to be in the centre of things in the city. Comprising 13 rooms, two bars, a bistro, as well as a Japaneseinspired fine dining restaurant, The Grey is a heritage building from the 19th century. While refurbishments were done in order to get the establishment hotel ready, it still retains that historic charm. After you’ve checked in, head

up to the Skybar to take in the city views as well as a cocktail or two beside the splash pool. Afterwards, the downstairs Piano Bar is the perfect spot for a glass of wine and a plate of snacks – late afternoon means happy hour. SHIO should be your next stop. The onsite restaurant serves up tapas-style portions of contemporary Japanese cuisine – do not forget to accompany your meal with one of their signature cocktails. For more information, visit www.thegreyhotel.co.za.

Miss Sloane In the high-stakes world of political powerbrokers, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is the most sought-after and formidable lobbyist in Washington DC. Known equally for her cunning and her track record of success, she has always done whatever is required to win. But when the head of the powerful gun lobby calls on her to help convince women to oppose a bill that will impose new regulations

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on the sale of firearms, she turns him down flat and instead joins a scrappy boutique firm representing the backers of the law. Alongside the firm’s CEO (Mark Strong) and a group of young up-and-comers, Miss Sloane schemes, manoeuvres and manipulates her way to what could be a stunning victory – but her zeal for winning threatens both her career and the people she cares about.

The Taste of Victory Africa’s most iconic drink, Amarula Cream, recently walked away with two international awards. Amarula received a Gold Liqueur Masters Award at the Global Spirits Masters competition in London, and also went on to claim another prestigious Gold at the New York International Spirits Competition. Amarula is made with marula fruit which grows wild in Africa. Says Dino D’Araujo, Distell’s Amarula Global General Manager: “Amarula is handcrafted with the best ingredients nature provides. It’s an honour to receive these awards as it reminds us how important it is to stay true to our roots – grounded in Africa and proud of our unique heritage.” Experience the award-winning taste of Amarula yourself; available in leading liquor stores nationwide.


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Turn it Up!

Kehlani

Rising R&B star Kehlani recently announced the release of her eagerly anticipated debut album, SWEETSEXYSAVAGE. Kehlani’s self-actualization comes as the result of an unbelievable journey that began in 2014 with her debut mixtape Cloud 19. A year later, the 19-year-old got the world talking about 2015’s “You Should Be Here”. After bowing out at #5 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart and at #1 on the iTunes Top R&B Albums Chart, the mixtape garnered a 2016 Grammy Award nod for Best Urban Contemporary Album. Acclaimed by Complex as “a special talent, making the kind of personal music that speaks to her fans as much

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as it functions as a therapeutic release for her”, Kehlani received her first RIAA gold certification last year for the massively popular track “Gangsta,” which was featured on Suicide Squad: The Album. Directed by Benny Boom and featuring the Bay Area-based R&B star in full Harley Quinn regalia, the track’s companion video has proven an equivalent sensation, amassing over 125 million views on YouTube alone. Little wonder, then, that Complex recently named SWEETSEXYSAVAGE one of the 50 most anticipated albums of 2017. For more information, visit kehlanimusic.com, www.youtube.com/user/kehlanimusic, and www.atlanticrecords.com.


Fine Food, Fine Wine

Luxury in every way Great Mediteranean cooking is something to be savoured, treasured and remembered. For no other cuisine can match the exotic, yet subtle flavours that make up the favourite dishes of the region. Fortunately East London is blessed with Grazia fine food & wine, a perfect venue with a superb view over the Indian Ocean just as you might expect from a world-class restaurant with a reputation for serving the finest authentic dishes, accompanied by a wide selection of wines. Tel: 043 722 2009 ¡ 043 722 2010 www.graziafinefood.co.za


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Coffee has been grown in South Africa for decades, but it’s been a bit of a stopstart affair, commercially speaking. Though many have tried to do it profitably, it is a labour-intensive crop with high startup costs – plus the trees need a specific climate to flourish, imported coffee is relatively cheap, and there isn’t a coffeegrowing organisation to help the farmers. So, in other words, our coffee growers are entirely on their own. But everyone loves to root for the scrappy underdog, and in a sense, that’s what our local coffee is. It may not have the glamour attached to it of a singleorigin Ethiopian bean, but the quality of locally grown coffee is high, and it’s great to be able to see how coffee is grown and processed with your own two eyes. It’s truly bean to cup – seed to tree to fruit to harvesting to processing to roasting to grinding to cup, with a few other steps in-between.

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Not in KZN? That’s okay, if you head to the Lowveld in Mpumalanga you’ll find South Africa’s fourth – and only other – coffee farm. Sabie Valley Coffee has been growing and roasting Arabica in the Hazyview area since 1984, and has just opened a new roastery and coffee shop at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre in White River, where you can sample their coffee, grab a bite to eat and enjoy a roastery tour.

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Deep in the Hills About an hour inland from Durban, in the Valley of a Thousand Hills, is Assagay Coffee farm. A family owned Farm, Assagay Coffee has been producing since 1992, when owner, Rick James, bought a small plot of trees and built a roaster out of an old tumble dryer, roasting the beans in his garage and selling his coffee to a few shops in the area. In 2002 he bought a larger farm further inland at Harrison Valley, and now has 30,000 trees planted on 100 acres, producing up to eight tons of roasted coffee beans a year. Although it’s not far from Durban, it feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere, and has lovely views of the surrounding countryside. It’s really worthwhile heading here for a guided tour

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of the farm, which Rick leads himself. Rick takes visitors into the plantation to see the trees, and – depending on the season – you might even see the flowers or berries. After explaining the growing and harvesting process, Rick takes visitors through the process of turning berries into ready-to-grind beans, including de-skinning, fermenting, drying, de-husking, grading and roasting. Best of all, the tour ends in a little coffee shop where Rick will make you a cappuccino himself, plus you can pick up some bags of coffee to take home. Farm tours are run by appointment only, so booking is essential (R60/head including coffee tasting). Assagay Coffee is available at Spar, Pick n Pay and Food Lovers Markets nationwide, and can also be purchased directly from the Assagay Coffee website.

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Them All? Animal Discoveries Reveal the Secrets of Long Life

For the local Pangnirtung Inuit people, the Greenland shark is an animal that does not die easily. Dad used to say to me that sharks’ flesh has a hard time dying. The shark can be rotten, even sticky rotten, and when you touch the skin or the meat it still moves. This might sound rather gruesome, but it turns out that this reputation has an element of truth to it. With an estimated lifespan of 400 years, the Greenland shark has just been reported to be the longestlived vertebrate on the planet.

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theconversation.com This is only the latest of a series of recent findings that push the boundaries of animal longevity, and it raises the perennial question of what factors enable some animals to achieve what we might call extreme longevity – lifespans that can be measured in centuries. The key to becoming a long-lived species is for individuals to regularly die of old age (and not from disease or being eaten) in the first place. Experiencing agerelated degeneration allows a species to evolve resistance to it. So an effective defence mechanism against predators, such as a thick external shell, must be in place first. Once this “safe space” has been achieved, living longer becomes a way to produce more offspring in the most efficient way – especially when the food supply is intermittent. Here are five of the longest-living animals ever recorded. The Greenland Shark As well as being a top predator itself, the Greenland shark has developed a

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defence against predators in the form of its highly toxic flesh. Not being hunted in its early years allows the shark to pursue a more relaxed reproductive strategy. Females don’t reach reproductive maturity until an estimated age of 150 years. At the high latitudes where the shark lives, the limited amount of light during the winter means fewer plants and algae for other creatures to feed on, which can affect the amount of nutrients right up the food chain. So the ability to withstand the poor years and reproduce during the good years is key to the sharks’ survival, and a long lifetime is a great way to maximise the number of good years. The Ocean Quahog The clam species Arctica islandica holds the record for the longest-lived animal known to science. We can measure its exact age by counting the annual bands in its shell, and this is how we identified a specimen (now popularly known as “Ming”) collected from Iceland that had lived for 507 years.

In common with many species of mollusc, A. islandica grows more slowly and lives longer with increasing latitude. North of Iceland, they regularly live more than 300 years, while further south in European and North American waters (where nutrients are less limited) their age limit is about 250 years. As with the Greenland shark, this is a useful reproductive strategy in nutrient-poor waters when there is no threat from predators. The Bowhead Whale A Bowhead whale collected during a whaling expedition off Alaska in 2007 was found to have the head of a late 19th-century harpoon embedded in its neck blubber. Its age was estimated by radiocarbon dating to be 211 years, making this the longestlived mammal so far identified. Unlike other whales, the bowhead lives entirely in cold Arctic and subarctic waters. Once again, this suggests a strategy that uses longevity to compensate for low nutrients in the winter. Analysis of Bowhead whale DNA suggests that the lack of natural predators has enabled


Giant tortoise

the whale to evolve natural mechanisms to resist age-related decline. For example, cancer, while occasionally present, is extremely rare. Giant Tortoise The only terrestrial animal known to live beyond 200 years, the giant tortoise, is now confined to a few islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. An individual Aldabra giant tortoise died in a Kolkata zoo  in 2006 at an estimated age of 255 years. The oldest giant tortoise living now, a Seychelles tortoise called Jonathan, is reportedly 184 years old. The giant tortoise employs a “belt

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and braces” approach to predators, and maintains its thick shell even while living on isolated, predator-free islands. Without the fear of predators, the animal can – like the Greenland shark and A. islandica – slow its metabolic activity right down, helping it to survive periods of drought when food supply is limited.

Homo sapiens Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122, was the oldest person (and probably the oldest land mammal) ever to have lived whose age has been precisely verified. In fact,  Homo sapiens is the only terrestrial mammal known to live for more

than 100 years, and it is an interesting question whether this was the case even before the advent of organised agriculture. One indicator of longevity in mammals seems to be brain size. This reflects an increased ability to adapt to a changing environment and, of course, is also an effective defence against predators. It seems that even early humans, if they could survive childhood, commonly lived to 70 or 80 years – significantly longer than the other great apes. The frequency with which modern humans live beyond 100 years may also be related to modern medical practice, or may simply reflect the sheer number of humans in the world.


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Frances Baard Renowned as the home of the Diamond Fields, nestled in the north – eastern corner of the Northern Cape Province, a place of wide – open spaces, where golden savannahs stretches, a place of arid natural beauty, where resilient green cactuses and tenacious thorn trees fill the landscape. Five gushing rivers divide this landscape; the Vaal, Orange, Modder; Harts and Riet which gives life to the region and its inhabitants.

KIMBERLEY – “THE CITY THAT SPARKLES” This diverse city is the capital of the Northern Cape Province and the epicentre of the Frances Baard District. Its history began some 150 years ago when an 83-carat diamond was discovered on Colesburg Kopje. The kopje (hill) soon became a ‘Big Hole’, as excavators mined the earth in search of the precious stones. The prospecting rush lead to Kimberley becoming the first large-scale industrialised city in southern Africa. Today Kimberley is a peaceful place full of memorials to its rather turbulent and exciting past… DISCOVER THE KIMBERLEY JEWELS: • The Big Hole & Kimberley Mine Museum – The largest hand dug excavation in the world, spectacular site to behold. • Vintage Tram – Located at the Big Hole, it was the first tram service in South Africa and the only tram still running in the country. • Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre – Visitors can view more than 400 preserved San engravings on a sacred hill, the centre also showcases a collection of contemporary San crafts, artwork and prints. • Kamfers Dam – Situated just two kilometres north of Kimberley is a tranquil perennial wetland that supports 35,000 lesser flamingos, the largest permanent population in the southern Africa. The wetland is a renowned birding area, supporting over 200 bird species.

DISCOVER THE BARKLEY WEST JEWELS: • Barkley Iron Bridge – The first bridge built over the Vaal River, and it still stands as testament to the engineers and explorers of old. • Gong-Gong Waterfall - The unusual name is derived from the San word given to the area, the unique GongGong Waterfall is hidden up the Vaal River. • Nooitgedacht Glacial Pavings – The fascinating slabs of rock were forged 250 million years ago when freezing glaciers spread over ancient rock formed by the Ventersdorp lava. • Game Viewing - Good Hope and Mattanu Private game reserves offer excellent game viewing, unique flora, endless horizons and beautiful sunsets. DISCOVER THE WARRENTON JEWELS: • Vaal-Harts Dam – Located on the Vaal River just east of Warrenton, this dam was built as part of the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme. Today it’s a popular fishing and boating destination and offers various recreational facilities. • Class 19D Train – Located on the Magareng municipal grounds, the 19D’s were used as passenger trains travelling between Warrenton and Mafikeng and were also used as work shunters on various South African Railway systems. • Nazareth House Mission Station – The first Roman Catholic Church built in the area by missionaries who travelled from Kimberley by donkey -cart.

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DISCOVER THE HARTSWATER JEWELS: • Bokamoso Recycling Project – An intriguing craft project, locals from Ganspan Settlement have been trained to create unusual artwork made out of recycled bottles and other found material. • Hartswater Wine Cellar – This cellar was established in 1978 and produces a variety of award-winning wines. Enjoy wine-tasting and buy local wines bottled under Overvaal en Elements labels. • Women’s Memorial – Located at the entrance of Hartswater, the memorial was built to acknowledge the hardships women endured during the great Depression


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from Strength to Strength Tru-Cape Grower Wins 2016 New Harvest Award Tru-Cape grower André Cloete, a farmer from the Overberg region in the Western Cape, was the recipient of the 2016 New Harvest of the Year award. The New Harvest competition recognises the most promising young farmer from a previously disadvantaged background. All entrants are nominated by various businesses or associations in the agricultural sector.

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Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing Managing Director, Roelf Pienaar, says that in 2013 – when Tru-Cape director and grower Rossouw Cillé won Farmer of the Year – André Cloete won the national award for best new entrant to commercial farming. “André’s recognition again this year in the Toyota-sponsored award makes all of us at Tru-Cape very proud.” Cloete farms with apples, pears, oats, barley, sheep and cattle on the Klein Ezeljacht farm situated close to Greyton. He was nominated by the Western Cape branch of the African Farmers’ Association of South Africa (AFASA). Cloete, who has 28 years of practical farming experience, started as a farm manager until he entered into a rental agreement with the owners of Klein Ezeljacht to farm and manage the land himself. He is also actively involved in the

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farming community and is the chairperson of the Caledon North Farmers’ Association, and a director of the Deciduous Fruit Development Chamber (DFDC), as well as the South African Apple and Pear Producers’ Association (SAAPPA). Furthermore, he is a mentor for other up-and-coming farmers in the area and often looks for opportunities to employ more people and uplift their social status. AFASA describes Cloete as: “A professional farmer who understands all the different facets of business. He manages his business like a corporate business and takes great care of his product and people. He is recognised by the industry and government as a role model for other farmers.” In talking about the win Cloete explains: “There were a total of 42 candidates in all nine provinces and I was selected in the top five and then as the overall winner at the

gala evening held in Johannesburg. Two-aDay and Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing play vital roles in our business because of the services they render as well as the support they have given us since the start almost nine years back. Their open-door policy at Two-a-Day, in particular, also plays a huge role.” For more information, visit www.Tru-Cape.com.


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The Cult of

Saint Jude If anyone at this month’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival stands out from the crowd, it’s Dope Saint Jude, the experimental hip-hop performer whose outspoken identity politics and larger-than-life persona have her earmarked for greatness.

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One so-called “criticism” that’s been levelled against Cape Flats rapper Dope Saint Jude is that her music sounds more like art than hip-hop. Which hardly sounds like criticism at all. If anything, it signals her uniqueness, her experimental edginess, her defiance to fit inside any easily defined box. Unafraid to swim against the tide, she is an artist who refuses to conform. Which might explain why she’s on the bill at this year’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival – not quite the typical stomping ground for someone who’s blazing a trail on the hiphop scene. “The easiest way to describe me is that I am a performance artist using hip-hop as my medium,” says Catherine Saint Jude Pretorius, who added “Dope” to her second name to create a stage persona that’d sound more “kwaai” (angry) in a kind of homage to the hip-hop stereotype. Catherine, whose second name is a tribute to Jude the apostle (who became the patron saint of hopeless causes), says she’s quite similar to the persona she becomes on stage, but at the same time, taps into a different part of herself when she performs. “I hype myself up and get to the point where I am completely uninhibited,” she says. Catherine uses her Dope Saint Jude alter ego to voice her commentary about relevant and substantial issues – she speaks fervently about gender, race, and class. She claims her performance is a kind of aesthetic manipulation, seducing people to step up and hear what she has to say. Her questioning of the status quo and of social injustices is inherent in her lyrics – she’s in-your-face, and she doesn’t hold back. She raps unapologetically in a vernacular Cape accent that distinguishes itself immediately from the wannabe American-style hip-hop adopted by too many musicians trying to be something that they’re not. There’s a richness, a textural depth, and a degree of enchantment at work as her words weave together a torrent of simultaneously personal and universal signifiers. And while her lyrics have an unmistakable political edge, Catherine claims her music, which she creates using a live music production software package called Ableton, is all about feeling. “I care very much about what each instrument makes you feel,” she says. “I will only add a drum if I decide that it will bring out a new type of feeling. I usually try to find a melody that works and I feel my way through it.” The music itself is studiously crafted, a layering of sampled sounds, music, and her own

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Dope Saint Jude is on the bill of the 18th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival from 31st March to 1st April at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Also performing are the likes of En Vogue, Darren English, Judith Sephuma, Laura Mvula, Gretchen Parlato, Manu Dibango and Moreira Chonguiça, Soweto String Quartet, The Rudimentals and VuDu. Tickets are available through Computicket. Visit www.capetownjazzfest.com for more information.

rapping, to create a tapestry of meaning. Catherine had no formal musical training, but began rapping when she was a teenager, first creating lyrics that she would rap over songs by other artists. Back then she was already tapping into issues and concerns she felt needed addressing. As a child, she also taught herself to play the guitar, as well as sound production. “I would sing for my family when I was little,” she says, “although I had to go through a process to overcome my shyness.” Overcome it she did, and while studying politics and public policy at the University of Cape Town, she founded the country’s first drag king troupe, Bros B4 Hos. That was in 2010, and she developed a character called Saint Dude with the intension of creating a dialogue around misogyny in the music industry, particularly within mainstream hip-hop. Her intention was to provoke and challenge gender norms. Identifying herself as “genderqueer”, Catherine says that she defines herself as neither “boy” nor “girl”, and Saint Dude was a vehicle for her to radically explore and

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experience gender as performance. “I have struggled in the industry because of my identity,” says Catherine, “but I don’t make a habit of seeing these challenges. I tend to use people’s perceptions of me to my advantage. Generally, though, I am quite privileged because I get many opportunities because I am good at creating them for myself.” Those opportunities have been coming thick and fast since Catherine embarked on her solo career. She first garnered attention with the 2014 song “Hit Politik”, and then came “The Golden Ratio”, followed by 2015’s “Keep in Touch” which featured Angel-Ho. Last year, she released her first EP, Reimagine, and aside from a growing stable of fans and followers, she’s also received attention from social commentators, having been credited with singlehandedly “transforming South African hip-hop” by bringing a queer dimension to a genre that has always been predominantly male and heterosexual. “It is my intention to be honest,” Catherine says. “I create music that is honest and reflective of how I feel. I don’t really have

any specific message. However, I know that my aim is to make people feel something. Sometimes I make songs because I need to get things off my chest. For example, I made ‘Brown Baas’ because I was feeling frustrated with race politics in my country. I am just being honest. It is not my intention to be political. I am simply making music that means something to me.” This combination of a fresh sound, honesty, and authenticity has made her a sought-after cultural asset with growing international appeal. Her touring engagements have seen her performing in the US and in Paris, and now she’s poised to rock Africa’s biggest jazz festival, alongside the likes of Judith Sephuma, En Vogue, and Laura Mvula. Is she surprised to be joining such a prestigious line-up? “I think that while hiphop is unexpected at the jazz festival, hiphop is not a ‘pure’ genre’,” she says. “It’s a genre that is made up of and influenced by so many different sounds and many of its roots are, in fact, in jazz. Ultimately, the Jazz Festival is for people who appreciate music of all kinds.”


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Le culte de

Saint Jude S’il y a quelqu’un qui sort du lot au du Festival international de Jazz du Cap c’est bien Dope Saint Jude, une artiste expérimentale de hip-hop à la politique identitaire fervente et à la personnalité débordante qui semble vouée à la gloire.

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Une pseudo-critique faite à l’encontre de la rappeuse Dope Saint Jude des Cape Flats (zone étendue du sud-est du Cap avec une population à majorité métis) serait que sa musique relèverait davantage de l’art que du hip-hop. Cela ne semble guère être une critique. À défaut cela dénonce un refus obstiné d’entrer dans le moule. Elle n’a pas peur de nager à contre-courant et se veut une artiste non conformiste. Ceci pourrait donc expliquer la raison pour laquelle elle

se trouve à l’affiche du Festival international de Jazz du Cap de cette année – pas exactement le terrain de prédilection d’une pionnière de la scène hip-hop. « La meilleure façon de me décrire serait de dire que je suis une artiste de scène qui utilise the hip-hop comme vecteur de communication, » explique Catherine Saint Jude Pretorius, qui rajouta « Dope » à son deuxième prénom pour pouvoir créer un personnage qui serait perçu comme

« kwaai » (en colère) pour rendre une sorte d’hommage à l’image stéréotypée du hiphop. Catherine, dont le second prénom fait honneur à l’apôtre Jude - le Saint patron des causes perdues - dit qu’elle est assez similaire au personnage qu’elle incarne sur scène mais qu’elle puise parallèlement dans une autre partie d’elle-même quand elle se produit. « Je me retrouve dans un tel état d’exaltation que j’en arrive à être totalement désinhibée, » dit-elle.

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Catherine utilise son alter ego Dope Saint Jude pour exprimer avec ferveur ses opinions sur des questions pertinentes et fondamentales comme le sexe, la race et la classe sociale. Elle affirme que sa performance est une sorte de manipulation esthétique qui lui permet de séduire les gens pour qu’ils réagissent et écoutent ce qu’elle a à dire. Sa remise en question du statu quo et des injustices sociales est inhérente à ses textes – elle fait preuve d’agressivité et rien ne l’arrête. Elle rappe sans réserve avec son accent typique du Cap qui est se distingue immédiatement du simili hip-hop à l’américaine adopté par trop de musiciens qui se prennent pour ce qu’ils ne sont pas. Catherine n’a aucune formation musicale mais commença à rapper quand elle était ado, en écrivant d’abord des textes qu’elle rappait sur des chansons d’autres artistes. À cette époque, elle exploitait déjà des sujets et des émotions qui lui semblaient nécessaires d’aborder. De même elle apprit seule la guitare quand elle était enfant. « Je chantais pour ma famille quand j’étais petite, » dit-elle, «mais il a quand même fallu que je travaille dur pour me débarrasser de ma timidité. » C’est bien ce qu’elle fit, et pendant qu’elle étudiait la politique et les affaire d’intérêt publique à l’Université du Cap elle fonda le tout premier groupe de « drag kings » (femmes déguisées en hommes) du pays du nom de Bros B4 Hos. Ceci eut lieu en 2010 et elle créa par la suite un personnage du nom de Saint Dude (Saint Mec) dans le but de provoquer et de remettre en questions les normes sexospécifiques. Catherine explique qu’elle ne se définit ni en tant que « garçon » ni en tant que « fille », et que Saint Dude lui a permis d’explorer et de faire l’expérience du « genre ». « J’ai été confrontée à des difficultés dans l’industrie du spectacle à cause de mon identité, » explique Catherine, « mais je n’ai pas pour habitude de m’attarder sur ce genre d’obstacles. J’ai plus tendance à utiliser les perceptions que les gens ont de moi à mon avantage. Mais de façon générale je me sens assez privilégiée parce que de nombreuses possibilités s’offrent à moi et ceci du fait que je sais me créer des opportunités. » Ces opportunités se succèdent à bon rythme depuis que Catherine a commencé une carrière solo. Elle commença à faire parler d’elle en 2014 avec les chansons « Hit Politik » et « The Golden Ratio », qui furent suivies

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de « Keep in Touch » en 2015, figurant Angel-Ho. L’an dernier elle a sorti son premier EP intitulé Reimagine , et à part un nombre croissant de fans et de « followers », elle a aussi reçu beaucoup d’attention de commentateurs sociaux qui affirment qu’elle a à elle seule « métamorphosé le hip-hop sudafricain » en réussissant à combiner une dimension « gay » à un genre musical ayant toujours été à prédominance masculine et hétérosexuelle. « Je fais une musique honnête qui reflète mes sentiments. Je n’ai pas vraiment de message précis à faire passer. Je sais cependant que mon but est de faire en sorte que les gens ressentent quelque chose. Il m’arrive d’écrire des chansons parce que j’ai besoin de me soulager de ce que j’ai sur le cœur. Par exemple j’ai écrit « Brown Baas » (le patron a la peau foncée) parce que je ressentais de la frustration face à la politique raciale de mon pays. Je suis juste quelqu’un d’honnête. Je n’ai pas l’intention de faire de la politique. J’aime tout simplement faire une musique qui signifie quelque chose pour moi. » Ce mélange de son nouveau, cette

intégrité et cette authenticité ont fait d’elle atout culturel recherché doté d’un attrait international grandissant. Ses tournées l’ont menée aux États-Unis ainsi qu’à Paris, et elle est maintenant sur le point de se produire au plus grand festival de jazz d’Afrique aux cotés de gens comme Judith Sephuma, En Vogue et Laura Mvula. Est-elle étonnée de se joindre à une affiche si prestigieuse ? « Je pense que bien que le hip-hop puisse surprendre à ce festival de jazz, ce n’est pas un genre musical ‘pur’, » dit-elle. « C’est un style de musique qui est façonné et influencé par un grand nombre de sons différents, et un bon nombre de ses racines se trouvent en effet dans le jazz. En fin de compte, le Festival de Jazz est destiné aux gens qui apprécient toutes sortes de musiques. »

Dope Saint Jude est à l’affiche du 18ème Festival International annuel de Jazz du Cap du 31 mars au 1er avril à l’International Convention Centre du Cap (CTICC). Les billets sont disponibles sur Computicket. Pour plus d’informations visitez www.capetownjazzfest.com.


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Unlocking Jozi’s Best Kept

Secret Spots What’s better than knowing about the latest hot spot? Knowing about the hideaways that aren’t in anyone else’s address book. But hold on – we’re about to out Jozi’s best secret spots.

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Lindfield House If ever you’ve dreamed of sending the children off with Nanny while you take tea on the lawn and enjoy a spot of croquet, this is the spot for you. Although not a restaurant, Lindfield House serves high tea on the veranda of a home that seem to have been frozen in time – the Victorian era, to be precise. Take a tour of the house first. You’ll be fascinated by household items once commonplace, which seems so wondrously luxurious today – like a china teacup specially equipped with a moustache guard or a foldout bed for the footman guarding the family silver in the butler’s pantry. Leave that cellphone at home, it has no place here.

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Chez Fong Chef Su-yen Thornhill’s monthly pop-up is a restaurant unlike any other. High in the hills of Houghton, she cooks up a feast of up to ten courses right in front of diners, taking the theatre of cooking to a whole new level. The best part? You never actually know what you’re going to be served, as Su-yen decides on the day. You could find yourself tucking into anything from salt and pepper calamari and aromatic duck to an icy blast of frozen grapes in vodka, or even Spanish-influenced croquettes stuffed with crab. The surprise is always a good one. Su-yen also donates a portion of the bill to a charity that provides meals to vulnerable children in Limpopo, so it’s food that does good. The Gentlemen’s Arthouse There is absolutely nothing ordinary about this Newtown eatery, housed in a heritage building dating back to 1911. Expect utterly over-the-top extravagance, from the décor (carefully contrived to recall a bygone era of burlesque decadence) to the menu (crocodile ceviche, anyone?). As in the tradition of the best Victorian secret societies, the Gentlemen’s Arthouse isn’t open to just anyone: it’s by reservation only, making it the ideal spot for landmark celebrations. Book your Uber early, as a night here is bound to be one to remember. Table d’Hote France has gifted us one of the world’s most wonderful cuisines. It’s also the birthplace of the table d’hote concept, where diners pay a fixed price for a fixed menu. The idea has been faithfully replicated in the Blairgowrie home of Peter and Marie, where “sessions” are hosted for up to eight people at a time once a month. The team promises to offer not just a culinary experience, but a social one too – so, while

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the food is cooked by Marie, who learned kitchen arts at the side of her French family, you can count on the intimate atmosphere to inspire lively conversation. Copper Bar Hands up: Who enjoys a rooftop bar? Yes, we thought so. Copper Bar fits the bill with its sweeping views over the faroff Magaliesberg. It’s just the place for toasting an electric Jozi sunset. There is a catch, though: This is a private venue, so the only way to experience the magic is by purchasing a ticket in advance for a Thursday evening session, when the bar is open to the public. Down to Earth Feasts Enid Blyton fans may remember Anne of the Famous Five insisting that food always tastes better outside. This is a sentiment shared by the organisers of Down to Earth Feasts. Every occasion (hosted on a monthly basis) celebrates the great outdoors at moving locations like greenhouses, community gardens, farms or forests – and the food is similarly robustly wholesome, prepared using fresh farm produce with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients. Dine communitystyle at a long table with a view that will make city stresses disappear as quickly as the sumptuous meal vanishes off your plate. Foxwood House This is another vintage gem that will make you yearn for a time when ladies bent their Marcel-waved heads as gentlemen lit the cigarettes clasped between gloved fingers in ebony cigarette holders, the ladies’ fox stoles draped elegantly around their shoulders. Buffets and à la carte meals are served in the 1920s dining room or the fairy-lit gardens (watch out for the meandering swans), after which you may watch a show in the intimate theatre. Ice Cream Sundays Love ice cream? Then Ice Cream Sundays is an event not to be missed. Hosted on the first Sunday of every month by Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream, each occasion is a witty and creative tribute to everyone’s favourite treat, featuring exciting themed desserts. For example, November’s theme, Trump That, was inspired by the US elections, and saw guests tucking into concoctions like the Mexican Wall (New York-style chilli ice cream cheesecake topped with a sugared cream and white chocolate snow) and The Comb-over (mini corn dogs served with sweet corn and mustard ice cream).

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Adventure? A Decade of Growth Predicted for Global Travel Global travel is on the rise, and many believe that the adventure travel industry is will be taking the biggest slice of the pie. Text & Images Š Supplied

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A 2014 travel industry study written by Oxford Economics states, “The global travel industry is poised for a period of sustained growth over the next decade.” More specifically, “the industry [is] projected to outstrip global GDP by some 2 %; growing 5.4 % per annum”. While this growth is predicted to be driven primarily by emerging markets such as Asia and the Middle East, Europe and the Americas are also forecasted to trend positively over the same period. An industry-wide positive trend is always good news, but leaves the players in the market with an important question to answer: Which area or areas of the travel industry will be the major contributor(s) to the growth? The tour operators and travel agents that are the fastest to arrive at the answer – and execute

well on the need it presents – are likely to most successfully capitalize on this industry growth. Lee Kelsall, CEO of pioneering African travel company, Ker & Downey Africa, has placed his bet on adventure travel as the travel niche that he believes is most likely to be a major contributor to this growth, and with good reason: The 2013 Adventure Tourism Market Study “estimates the value of the global outbound adventure travel sector to be $263 billion [2013], excluding airfare, up from $89 billion [2009] first reported in the benchmark consumer study” – according to Adventure Travel News. Lee, who is at the helm of an adventure travel company that doubled in size year on year, notes that: “The trend toward adventure travel is clear to see in the statistics, yes, but

more than that, the need for something deeper from travel became clear to us when speaking to our clients at the outset. When you take the time to understand why it is that people seek out the furthest corners of the Earth, you find that travel isn’t just about comfortable pillows and fine silverware. People travel to find themselves, to push their boundaries and to create memories that last. We believe so strongly in this that we’ve invested heavily into the development of our Luxventure Experience category, our once in a lifetime adventure focused trips that push our clients’ boundaries in incredibly unique, experiential ways – experiences that aren’t just nice getaways, but rather trips that change people’s lives.” Ker & Downey Africa works with partners

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Who Is Lee Kelsall? Lee is a law graduate of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge. He is a fitness fanatic and a born adventurer. In 2009, he spent a month living and working with a Masai tribe in Kenya which ignited his love for the people of Africa and the wildlife of the African bush. Lee then left the promise and bustle of London to head up an adventure travel company in Cape Town named Ker & Downey Africa. For more information, visit ker-downeyafrica.com.

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around the globe that are noticing the same trend of tourists looking for oncein-a-lifetime adventure experiences as opposed to the run-of-the-mill been there, got the T-shirt type trips. A partner in East Africa, Sarah Tjeenk, of Inspired Journeys, comments: “As a macro development in the industry we will likely see a continuation of the trend towards experiential (or the latest word used is ‘transformational’) travel, where travellers are looking for their trips not only to make a positive impact on their environment, but also on their personal enlightenment and understanding of this world.” Similarly, Marc Telio of Entree Destinations, operating out of Alaska, notes: “We’re definitely seeing more and more guests who are looking to be in remote wilderness, disconnected and at one with nature and wildlife. Our wildlife viewing programs sell out, and we continue to see big interest in destinations that are off the grid, vast and remote.” With consensus from operators across multiple continents, and with the market’s statistical trends backing the probability of a good return on the adventure travel bet, it’s clear why so many operators are rushing to meet the increasingly adventurous needs of global travellers. With travellers’ focus shifting from comfortable hotel rooms and fine dining to remote locations and thrilling adventures, the pressure on travel companies to create highly unique experiences for their clients is greater than ever. When asked how Ker & Downey Africa continues to push the boundaries of adventure travel in order to meet the increasing demand of the market, Lee responds: “I believe it all starts with a change in focus. The travel industry has traditionally been entirely destination-focused. We know you want to visit Kenya, so we’ll find a fivestar lodge for you there, and as a bonus that lodge offers game drives. Today, that doesn’t cut it anymore. We realised this early on in the evolution of Ker & Downey Africa, and so we don’t create our trips with a focus on the destination. We start with a focus on the customer, and in particular what adventure our customers want to experience. Then we build our LuxVenture Experiences around that moment they’re chasing, rather than around a routing or a hotel room. That’s made all the difference to those who travel with us.”   For the global tourist, the enthusiastic response of companies like Ker & Downey Africa to the evolving needs of the market is encouraging to see, as it promises increasingly exciting and unique travel experiences for the modern traveller.


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Plettenberg Bay, or more commonly referred to as “Plett”, is a resort town with spectacular ocean views. Here, the water always seems to sparkle and the sunsets are unforgettable. The perfect start to any trip to Plett is to take to the Robberg Trail. Situated at the south end of the bay, hikers are able to see the entire town from this beautiful peninsula. As you make your way around the point, you can learn more about the history of the area through its rocks. These exposed rocks – which look a bit like

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cobblestones – are over 150 million years old. They were created as high pressure and temperature cemented the grains and cobbles together to form sandstone and conglomerate. This then became exposed as a result of plate-shifting on fault lines. Further down the trail is The Gap, the thinnest part of the trail – where the path loops around and brings you back towards where you began. The trail becomes more arduous as metal handrails appear to guide you up the steep cliffs. If you stand on the bench on

the wooden platform above the trail, you can see the entire “island” (the tip of a hill sticking out of the water). From here the trail becomes much easier, and flatter. Now that you’ve got your terrestrial views ticked off, you would be remiss not get a view of Plettenberg Bay from the water. And the best seat in the house is in an ocean kayak, as you sit in open water – undisturbed – while taking in the view of the beautiful summer homes perched on the beachfront. Depending on the time of year, you have a great chance of seeing


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action out at sea. The area is known for its warm and shallow water which is favoured by Southern Right whales who come to birth their calves and nurse them here. Bryde’s whales and humpback whales also pass through the area, as do dolphins – plus there is a permanent seal population. If you are looking to see more wildlife, be sure to visit Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve. Here, close to 40 species of African wildlife coexist in this 2,200-ha reserve, including springbok and the very rare golden buffalo. The reserve offers horseback safaris for up to 15 riders, with tours twice daily from 10h00-12h00 and 15h00-17h00. Be sure to make a quick stop at Monkeyland and Birds of Eden before leaving Plett. Once through the gates of Monkeyland, the forest envelopes you and guests are transported into paradise as monkeys are seen swinging from trees and scurrying around at your feet. Monkeyland is the largest monkey reserve of its kind and it is a truly unique experience to be able to see these monkeys in an environment that is as close to “in the wild” as you can get without having to trudge through the bush. Feeding platforms, covered in fruit, are where the various monkeys congregate and eat, including capuchins, lemurs, squirrel monkeys, and howler monkeys. Previously kept in captivity, either at zoos or as pets, all of these monkeys came to Monkeyland in order to provide them with a brighter future. Just next door is Birds of Eden. This is the largest free-flight aviary in the world. After entering the large tent-like structure, you begin to make your way down a ramp leading deeper into the forest. As you walk through the attraction you will discover over 3,500 birds, some of which are hiding in plain sight, while others curiously peer down at you through the trees. Once across a wooden suspension bridge, you really begin to appreciate the huge variety of birds that live here as the path continues on to feeding stations where different species of birds can be seen using alternative techniques to feed. Considering everything this beautiful area of the Garden Route has to offer, there is no question as to why it is such a popular place to visit. Its balance of serene beauty, adventure and wildlife serves as a testament that it is, quite simply, not to be missed.

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A Night in

the Bush It might seem like an oxymoron, but wilderness luxury does exist, and you cannot experience a more luxurious way to stay in the bush than by spending some time at Bushmans Kloof in the Western Cape. Text: Kayla Cloete Images Š Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat

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Nestled between the Cederberg Mountains, only 270 km from Cape Town, lies an award-wining sanctuary offering relaxation and restoration. Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat is renowned for superb service and generous hospitality, as well as its surrounding open plains, ancient sandstone formations and clear waterfalls – all creating a natural playground in which

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to reconnect with the essence of life. Fitted with all of the conveniences of city living – such as under floor heating, airconditioning, and Wi-Fi access throughout – Bushmans Kloof seamlessly combines the luxuries of civilisation with the restorative nature of being in the bush. The lodge is situated in a majestic garden overlooking rock pools, towering cliffs and rock formations, with pebbled pathways

leading to the 16 individually decorated rooms and suites. Each of the seven luxury rooms feature a flatscreen TV, while the seven deluxe rooms now feature iPod docking stations, flatscreen TVs and DVD players, adding a decidedly modern touch. The reserve’s spa makes the most of the calming effect of its natural surroundings. Inspired by the healing essence of Africa, here in the heart of Rooibos country, The Spa at Bushmans Kloof reflects the very latest advances in global spa and wellness trends. Designed in natural muted tones of whites, creams, beiges, stones and marble, it exudes a calming, light and spiritual ambience, where guests can succumb to tranquil pampering. Apart from soothing, rejuvenating and pampering massages and beauty treatments, the gentle surroundings provide the perfect environment to enjoy painting, yoga and meditation. A South African Natural Heritage Site, Bushmans Kloof is also home to many exceptional Bushman rock art sites. Enjoy specialised presentations in archaeology, the eco-system and the animal kingdom. Other outdoor activities include guided rock art walks, as well as nature drives, mountain biking, hiking, canoeing, swimming in rock pools, fishing and archery. The cuisine served at the reserve is also steeped in tradition. At Bushmans Kloof, it is pure pleasure that motivates the cuisine team. Executive Chef Ryan Weakley brings contemporary Cape cuisine to all the culinary aspects at the lodge, with a menu that reflects the eclectic flavours of this region. A fusion of simple, honest cooking made from fresh seasonal produce and organically homegrown fruit and vegetables, the cuisine at Bushmans Kloof is multi-layered, having evolved from traditional recipes brought by settlers from Europe. These include the aromatic spices and sweet accents introduced by the Malay slaves in the 17th century, which has proved to be the most lasting influence on Cape cooking. Bushmans Kloof has also had a lasting influence in South African tourism, and boasts a long list of awards. Most recently, in 2016, Bushmans Kloof was voted The Best Luxury Wellness Spa in South Africa by World Luxury Spa’s and number three in the Top Resorts in Africa by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. A visit to the bush might be all you need to recharge your soul and to indulge in your desires for the finer things in life. For more information, visit www.bushmanskloof.co.za.


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Uplands College and Preparatory School Established 1928

Today’s thinking child is tomorrow’s achiever Uplands is an independent, English-speaking school offering schooling to boys and girls from Grades 000 to 12, with boarding from Grade 5 upwards. Children receive a broad-based education founded on Christian (Anglican) values. A walk around the peaceful 110-hectare estate will give you a sense of the rich history, with the Preparatory School opening in 1928 and the establishment of the College in 1997. We offer an exceptional all-round education that has provided our graduates with the platform to launch their careers in South Africa and around the world. Indwe Prep: +27 13 7513806 | College: +27 13 7513141 | www.uplands.co.za

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We Have an Emergency Are You Obsessed With Your Health?

Illness anxiety disorder is a serious mental health condition – but it can be treated.

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Most of us worry about our health at some point. You may notice a new symptom or change in your body and become convinced it’s a sign of a horrible illness, or a loved one might become ill and you might worry it could also happen to you. In fact, it can be helpful to be concerned about your health. This is the type of concern that might motivate you to visit your doctor to check a sore back, apply sunscreen to prevent skin cancer, eat well, exercise or drink enough water. Usually, worries about your health are short-lived and disappear after symptoms go away or after you receive the all clear from your doctor. But for some people, what starts as a normal health concern can tip over into a serious mental health problem you might know as hypochondria, health anxiety or – to give it its official title

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– illness anxiety disorder. So how can you tell if your health concerns are helpful or harmful? And where can you go for help? What Is Illness Anxiety Disorder? Illness anxiety disorder is an overwhelming, disabling and crippling fear of illness and is a new psychiatric disorder listed in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known as the DSM-5. Illness anxiety disorder replaced the  contentious diagnosis  of hypochondriasis in  previous versions of the DSM. The new label – also sometimes referred to as severe health anxiety or health anxiety for short – is less stigmatising, and better reflects the fact that anxiety about illness is at the heart of this condition.

How Do You Know If You Have It? Like any mental health condition, answer the following questions to see if your anxiety has become a problem: • Is it lasting too long, occurring too often and difficult to control? • Is it out of proportion to the actual danger or seriousness of the physical symptoms? • Is it distressing or affecting your quality of life, well-being and relationships? • Do you ever google your symptoms or check your body a lot for illness signs and symptoms? • Are you very careful about what and where you eat because you are afraid you might get sick? • Do you seek a lot of reassurance from friends, loved ones or health professionals about your health, or go


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straight to the doctor as soon as you notice a change in your body? Or do you simply spend a lot of time thinking about your health, dreading the idea you may become sick? These things aren’t necessarily a sign of anything unusual, but if they happen too often or start affecting your quality of life, they might be a signal you need to seek help and support. Illness Anxiety Is Common We published data from an Australian population survey that found illness anxiety affects 5.7 % of Australians at some point in their lives. That’s over one million people. As well as placing a burden on the individual, it places a burden on society due to excessive health care use. There is also little community awareness that it exists. And it is often misdiagnosed as a “personality trait”, rather than a treatable condition.

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Illness Anxiety Comes in Many Shapes and Sizes The illnesses people fear are vast and varied. While the creative ways the mind interprets what is going on the body can be fascinating, it’s also troubling how debilitating this condition can be. Some people are terrified of having cancer, heart defects, HIV or other STIs, despite repeated reassurance and negative test results. Others are anxious they have neurological conditions and dementia despite all evidence pointing to the contrary. Some are convinced they have parasites, mental illnesses and even Ebola. Most people with illness anxiety frequently seek health care, with higher overall rates of health service use  in people with illness anxiety compared to the general population. But people may also  avoid health care  because they are terrified of finding out that they are sick.

Where Can You Find Help? Illness anxiety can be successfully treated using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), a kind of therapy that teaches new ways of thinking and behaving. In CBT, we teach people how to recognise the symptoms of illness anxiety, and arm them with practical strategies to overcome the thoughts, worries and unhelpful behaviours (like excessive counterproductive body checking) that make illness anxiety worse in the long term. The aim of CBT is not to take away all anxiety but to help people live a normal, healthy life without the dread of illness hanging over them. If you are considering CBT, the first step is to see a doctor you trust for a general health check, and to rule out any serious illnesses. You can receive CBT in face-to-face sessions at specialist anxiety clinics  or with experienced psychologists. Recent research shows selfhelp  and  online treatment  also have excellent results.


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A Wild Weekend

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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. Text: Michèle Meyer Images © Shumbalala Game Lodge

Great concept, but hardly practical. Month-end, 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 yellow-billed 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 well-stocked 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

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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

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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.


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We Trust Does Your Smartphone Make You Less Likely to Trust Others?

Imagine you are visiting a new city and get lost on your way to that famous must-see museum. In times of yore – actually just about ten years ago – you might have had to consult a friendly local to direct you. Today, with all the friendly locals still very much around you on the street, you might find yourself reaching for the powerful fountain of information in your pocket – your smartphone. Directions to the museum, recommendations for the best places to have lunch – and much more – are literally at your fingertips, anytime and anywhere you go.

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Such convenient access to information is no doubt useful. Our map apps might well be more reliable (and more likely to be in our native language) than the confusing directions of a stranger. And we run zero risk of getting into an unpleasant interpersonal interaction. But could there be costs to this technological convenience? Contrary to people’s expectations, casual social interactions even with strangers can be surprisingly enjoyable, and a powerful

tool in building a sense of connection, community and belonging. Economists sometimes refer to these impalpable links that hold society together as “social capital”. But as intangible as they may be, these bonds between members of a society have very real consequences. When trust between people in a country goes up, for example, so does economic growth. At the individual level, people who trust others more also tend to have better health and a

higher level of wellbeing. Could our increasing reliance on information from devices, rather than from other people, be costing us opportunities to build social capital? To examine this question, my collaborator, Jason Proulx, and I looked at the relationship between how frequently people used their phones to obtain information and how much they trusted strangers. We looked at data from the World Values

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theconversation.com Survey – a large, nationally representative US poll. Respondents reported how frequently they obtained information from various sources, including TV, radio, the Internet, other people and their mobile phones. We found that the more often Americans used their phones to obtain information, the less they trusted strangers. They also reported feeling less trust in their neighbours, people from other religions, and people of other nationalities. Importantly, using phones for information had no bearing on how much people trusted their friends and family. It’s the Phone, Really This pattern of results suggests that there is something about relying on phones for information that might be eroding trust specifically in “outsiders”. It could be that by substituting screen time for interactions with strangers, we are forgoing opportunities to build a general sense of trust in others. But another possibility is that there is nothing special about obtaining information through phones. Rather, the information we consume – regardless of the medium – might somehow lead us to trust others less. To be sure, mass media is replete with stories about the negative elements of human nature, from wars to terrorism and crime. Perhaps, then, it is the information itself that is eroding trust. However, we found that getting information from other media – such as TV, radio and newspapers – was associated with trusting others more, not less. It was even true for people who got

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their information online over the Internet but through a laptop computer rather than a mobile device. This pattern points the finger right back at our phones. So what’s unique about phones? They provide access to on-demand information unrivalled by any other device or medium. If you tried to use your laptop to obtain directions, you would first need to find internet access, somewhere to sit or put the laptop as you search, and so forth. With your phone, all you need to do is take it out of your pocket, tap a few times, and be on your way. In the evolutionary tree of information technology, smartphones are an entirely new species, allowing access to on-demand information anywhere we go – even when a friendly stranger is passing us by right as we need directions or a local recommendation. Double-Checking Ourselves Frankly, these results surprised us. We were sceptical, and did everything we could think of to identify other, non-phone reasons that might be causing the results we got. We adjusted for a wide range of demographic variables, like age, sex, income, education, employment status and race. We explored whether where people lived might be involved. Maybe people in rural regions used phones less due to poorer coverage, or trusted people more than people in urban regions – or both. But even when we accounted for all of these differences, people who used their phones to get information trusted strangers less. Of course, no matter how we look at

this correlational data, we can’t clearly establish cause and effect – just a noteworthy commonality. It is certainly possible that people who trust outsiders less also become more likely to use their phones for information. But if this is true, we might be in the midst of a vicious cycle. As the wider public increasingly relies on smartphones for information, we might be missing opportunities to cultivate a sense of trust. Then, because we trust others less, we might rely on our phones even more. This possibility would be worth exploring in the future. So is it time to go back to our flip phones? Not so quickly, perhaps. The effects we observed were relatively small, accounting only for a few percent in how much people trust others. But even a tiny statistical effect can have great practical significance. Consider the effect of aspirin on reducing heart attacks. Taking aspirin daily has a tiny effect on reducing risk of heart attack, explaining as little as 0.1 % of the probability of having a heart attack. Yet, when used by millions of people, it can save thousands of lives. Similarly, small factors that reduce trust might have large effects on our lives and our society. As information technology continues to make our lives easier, our findings highlight the possible social costs of constant information access. By turning to convenient electronic devices, people may be forgoing opportunities to foster trust – a finding that seems particularly poignant in the present political climate.


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With a population of about 1.7 million people, Lubumbashi is the country’s second largest city (after the capital, Kinshasa). It is also the mining capital of the DRC, and the primary town of the Katanga Province. Its humid subtropical climate lends itself to warm, rainy summers and dryer winters – ideal for enjoying the city’s day to day goings-on, which are as diverse as horse riding and golf, as well as its sight-seeing lures, including the botanical garden, the Lubumbashi Zoo (Zoo de Lubumbashi), and its restored Art Deco buildings wrapped in history. Although the official language of the DRC is French – and you will find many people in Lubumbashi do communicate in French, as well as other languages, including English – the primary lingua franca in the city is Swahili. Invest time in learning a few accurate phrases, and then put your notebook away to engage in a genuine conversation. Lubumbashi is a city that can charm and entice. Find familiarity on a human level in a city that holds, perhaps, many unfamiliar treasures. Soak up cultural knowledge and natural wonders that will enrich your senses and lead you to an Africa rendezvous. So, without further ado, welcome to our Lubumbashi lowdown.

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Explore: Sights, Activities and Street Markets Heritage and change greet you in the streets, and modernisation is very much present – in talking, trading, laughing, and engaging. Some of the city’s most prominent colonial architecture can be seen in the Art Deco historical buildings that have been restored since the 1900s, including the Palace of Justice, the Grand Hotel, and the Catholic Cathedral. Famed tourist attractions include the National Museum of Lubumbashi (Musée National de Lubumbashi), which showcases regional archaeological and ethnological exhibits, and the botanical garden, where you will come across some rare plant species, a few of which can only be found in the DRC. Founded in 1932 and based in

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central Lubumbashi, the Lubumbashi Zoo offers a fun, exotic daytime excursion. After gazing upon the wild beauty of – among others – lions, tigers, and monkeys, refuel with a light meal at the café inside the zoo, before making your way to the central supermarkets or mixing with the locals at the street markets and stands. Market Meanders and Foodie Hot-spots Join in the hustle, bustle (and barter) that unfolds amid the city’s street markets that serve you a palate of diversity – from the organic to the man-made. If the opportunity arises, be sure to visit the market Marche de Katuba. Meander through street stalls to find copper and brass bracelets and rings, clothing, religious figurines, animal figures carved from ivory or wood, and

nearly anything else in-between. Delight in a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables at one of the many street stands. Budget wisely and explore the city centre’s popular fast food joint Katanga Fried Chicken, or dive into Lubumbashi’s culinary diversity and go on a taste adventure that includes Chinese, French, Greek, Indian, Italian, and Congolese cuisine. A “must-try” and noted for its superb bakery and pistachio ice cream is the bistro, La Brioche, located in the heart of the city. Two “FYIs” that may be helpful when filling up that shopping basket are that the local currency in the DRC is the Congolese Franc (CDF), and that you should stick to walking, when possible, otherwise hire a 4x4 (check up on required licences) if you are planning to go “off track”.


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Celebrating Cultural Diversity Once your belly is full, the next places to venture are the local cinemas, Cine Betamax and Cine Eden. Hollywood productions are usually on the billing, although films about Congolese and recent African history are also screened. The University of Lubumbashi’s communication department has also collaborated with Cine Betamax to show students’ films. Keeping on topic, The Halle de l’Etoile – a cultural centre with a perfect central location – promotes cultural diversity, and is doggedly committed to evolving Katangan’s talented artists through means of film screenings, art and

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photography exhibitions, as well as by hosting music concerts. When Sleeping Beauty (or Beauty Sleep) Calls… The evenings in Lubumbashi beckon for entertainment – clubs and bars thrum with a beat matched by happy faces and energy. However, when you wish to call it a night, there are a host of accommodation options available in the city, but bear in mind the fluctuating prices of central city hotels opposed to those in surrounding areas. If you are feeling somewhat nostalgic, stay in the South African family-owned Bougain Villa

Guesthouse on 5859 Lukonzolwa Avenue in the epicentre of Lubumbashi’s lush Golf Area. Tucked away from the city rush and near major shops, cafés, and banks, Bougain Villa Guesthouse is an inviting option. For inquiries, email the guesthouse at bougainvillaguesthouse@gmail.com. In this copper-mining city, you will discover hidden golden moments. Immerse yourself in the landscape, engage with the locals, and find your inner wanderlust as you embark on your African journey. Lubumbashi is a developing city of raw natural beauty. This city is busy taking flight – you had better board soon!


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Often charming, always toxic – a narcissist won’t tolerate dissent and can make your life a misery. Here’s how to manage a very tricky relationship.

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Towards the end of 2016, a group of psychiatry professors sent a letter to former President Barack Obama with a formal request that newly elected President Donald Trump be subjected to a neuropsychiatric evaluation before being allowed to take office. They had concerns about his mental stability, and implied that he may suffer from a clinical personality disorder. Many other psychologists have been open about their belief that Trump presents with a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), a clinical condition that involves delusions of grandeur, an obsessive need for admiration, lack of empathy, a volatile personality and, importantly, aggressive and impulsive responses to any perceived threats to their ego. Not ideal characteristics for someone in charge of 7,000 nuclear warheads. Also, NPD is pretty much incurable. People with the disorder will not readily accept help and lack insight into their interpersonal style, says Anton Böhmer, a clinical psychologist at the Panorama Psychiatry Centre in Cape Town. “They believe that no one will match them in intelligence, and that their problems can only be understood by a select few very

skilled individuals.” It is not uncommon that they will have a brush with the law or end up with criminal records, as they try to maintain the illusion of success. There is, however, a big difference between a functioning narcissist and someone who has NPD. While selfabsorbed and low on empathy, your garden variety narcissist may be able to recognise when their actions are inappropriate or hurtful. Still, while they probably won’t trigger nuclear destruction after someone looked at them funny, even the most benign narcissists are difficult to work with. Often charming and very ambitious, narcissists will typically climb the corporate ladder at speed. Once in power, they look out for themselves and those echoing their sentiments, while obliterating those threatening their ego. From constant belittling and actively pitting people against each other, to setting team members up for failure for their own gain, the narcissist plays according to their own rules. So how do you manage your narcissistic manager? In truth, working for a narcissistic boss is not viable in the long run, and will come at great cost to your own wellbeing.

Complete acquiescence is the path of least resistance – a true narcissist does not take criticism or questioning their ability to perform lightly. Any perceived threat to their self-esteem or self-worth opens up the so-called “narcissistic wound”, a term coined by Sigmund Freud and which stems back to childhood experiences of shame or disgrace. As a result, if you confront a NPD manager, you are most likely to be on the receiving end of hostility or targeted manipulation, Böhmer warns. Other strategies include: • Providing regular positive feedback, particularly on the aspects of themselves they are most proud of. • Persisting in trying to change their perspective by asking them to consider a situation from a colleague’s or the client’s view. Narcissists are completely wrapped up in their own wonderfulness, and to enable them to see another point of view will help them to get a more balanced perspective. • Criticising your narcissistic manager tends to unleash retribution. In order to offer an alternative to their plans, make sure that there is something in it for them. Or present a range of different solutions as options to choose from –

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How to Recognise a Narcissist • Excessive confidence in their own intelligence and abilities. • A constant need to be in the limelight and, when denied attention, displays irritation and anger. • Preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success and power. • Sense of entitlement and requires excessive admiration. • Lacks empathy and exploits others for own gain. • Believes that others are envious of their own abilities.

this way, they feel in control. • If you have earned the ire of a narcissist by puncturing their ego, don’t react to their affronts and ignore their actions, says Böhmer. “There is nothing a narcissist hates more than being ignored.” • Document any attempts to discredit you. Preserve all toxic emails and other communications. Get witness statements from your co-workers whenever possible. You may need them if the narcissist undermines your ability to perform your duties and you have to seek recourse.

• Build a support network at work. Befriend your colleagues, or try to find a champion at work – a colleague or other manager who can help promote your work against the sabotage of the narcissist. • Working with a narcissist can be demeaning, taxing, and detrimental to your own mental health as they attempt to entangle you in their lives. Accordingly, it is crucial that you draw firm boundaries to protect your personal life, says Böhmer. Don’t allow tensions from work to spill over into your home life and take care of yourself by doing

things that give you pleasure in your personal time. • Be careful when trying to befriend a narcissistic manager. Try not to share personal experiences or intimacies in an effort to ingratiate yourself. Narcissists are known to disrespect the privacy of others, and these details may be used against you.

Narcissism: Myth and Reality In Greek mythology, Narcissus was a handsome youth who rejected the many who were in awe of him, believing that they were not worthy of his attention. One of his biggest devotees was the nymph Echo, who only repeated the last words spoken to her. Narcissus enjoyed her attentions for a while, but belittled her loving embrace. Eventually, Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in a pond. In one version of the myth, he drowns from trying to get closer to his image. In another, he commits suicide out of despair of seeing his ageing features in the water. As in the myth, narcissists surround themselves with “echoes” – people who reflect back what they say and believe, says clinical psychologist Anton Böhmer. “Dissent is not tolerated.”

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What a

Pleasure! The New Volvo S90

It was a lovely rainy day in Franschhoek and we were enjoying the view of the surrounding mountains while sipping coffee and nibbling pastries, sunk deep in comfy armchairs in the conservatory of one of the area’s most beautiful houses. Usually a car launch is a somewhat jam-packed affair with presentations, Q&As and long hours spent driving. But this simply isn’t Volvo SA’s style. After all, their cars speak for themselves.

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Being a brand synonymous with luxury, it also made sense to launch the new Volvo S90 in the kind of opulent, yet understated setting where you are likely to find these cars once they have been driven off the showroom floor and into someone’s daily life. Volvo have marked their return to the large executive sedan segment with a car that not only offers the kind of cutting-edge safety technology that the brand has become famous for, but also a raft of other technical wonders, all wrapped up in a supremely comfortable package, made pretty by minimalist and striking Scandinavian design. The S90’s svelte profile – which is longer, wider and lower than its competitors – gives potential buyers the best of both worlds. It is a look reminiscent of a sports coupe coupled with the comfort of a sedan. Oh, of course, not to mention space – 500 litres of it in the

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boot alone, as well as ample leg and head space for both front and rear passengers, who will, no doubt, also marvel at the car’s beautiful interiors. The height of sophistication, the doors and dashboard feature three-dimensional décor inserts which are available in a variety of materials, including walnut, polished Birchwood and metal mesh. Other touches – including the signature frameless rear view mirror, “air blade” air vents and diamond-cut knobs on the audio system – once again serve as testament to the Swedes’ famous eye for detail. Mounted in pride of place on the dashboard, the Sensus Connect interface controls most of the car’s functions (including entertainment, climate control and navigation), but does so without the need to fiddle excessively with menus and different landing pages – which, in my opinion, is a hazard on the road. Instead, this system is intuitive and user-friendly, and

even has the option of customisable shortcuts so that the most used functions are the quickest to find. Satellite navigation comes standard, as does Bluetooth, USB, aux and radio functionality, plus the option of connecting to a smart device’s network or an external Wi-Fi network so that you can play your favourite podcasts or online radio station during your morning commute. Speaking of smart devices, Apply CarPlay and Android Auto are both available in the Smartphone Integration package, while voice control comes standard – and has been programmed to understand a variety of South African accents, nogal! I have known a few Swedes in my time and they have always been the most relaxed of people – and not, as I have come to realise, because they are slapgat, but because they are always extremely prepared. It’s easy to be relaxed when you know everything is under


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control, which is why driving the S90 is about as stress-free a driving experience as one could hope for… In fact, it almost drives itself. Which, actually… it does! Semi-autonomous driving is now standard in all S90 models. Adaptive cruise control uses radar and a camera to manage the car’s speed in relation to the car in front, and is even capable of bringing the car to a complete stop if necessary. Impressive, huh? Now add to this the wonderfully technologically advanced Pilot Assist which actually steers the car at speeds of up to 130 km/h – provided that there are clear lane markings on both sides of the car. While the driver still has to have one hand on the steering wheel and both eyes on the road, with the car’s speed and steering largely taken care of, the driver can relax somewhat, especially in traffic.

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The aforementioned safety features are also there in spades for added peace of mind. These include six airbags, hill start assist, traction control, Volvo’s Side Impact Protection System and Whiplash Protection System, as well as a range of standard “Intellisafe” safety systems. These include: pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection; run-off road mitigation; rear collision warning; distance alert; and lane-keeping aid. Even the front seats feature a unique impact-absorbing mechanism to minimise the potential for spinal injuries in the event of an accident The S90 is available with both petrol or diesel engines as well as the choice of frontor all-wheel drive, all mated to a smooth eightspeed Geartronic automatic transmission. All of the models produce the kind of “umph”

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Thanks to inflation and the effects of the current drought, food is getting increasingly expensive, so why not save some money and eat healthily by growing your own herbs and vegetables? Even if you don’t have a large garden, both of these can be grown in pots and containers right on your balcony.

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If you have a north- or east-facing balcony, you can successfully grow your own vegetables. The space doesn’t have to be that big either, as you can comfortably grow vegetables, salad greens and herbs in pots. Even veggies that twirl and twine like cucumbers and butternut can thrive in contained spaces. Because weight is an issue for balcony gardens, it is recommended that you use lightweight plastic pots that are also highly affordable. Kathy Varney, Marketing Executive from Ball Straathof, a supplier of horticultural services and products, shares some tips. Location, Location, Location Most vegetables need at least six hours of sun a day, but in summer, unless some shade is provided using screens, west-facing balconies are generally too hot for plants. East-facing balconies that receive morning sun, as well as north-facing balconies are best for growing vegetables. Bigger is Better As soil dries out faster in containers, the larger the container, the longer it will stay moist. Veggies like tomatoes, brinjals and cucumber need bigger pots, while herbs can be grown in smaller pots. Ideally, pots for vegetables should be a minimum of 30 cm in diameter and have good drainage holes. Quality First Buy good quality potting soil (a mix of organics) and add a sustained release organic fertiliser. Make sure that the fertiliser is not salt-based, as it will dehydrate your plants in hot, dry conditions.

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Plan for Watering In summer, water every day during the hottest months and every second to third day as it cools down. The soil should be moist but never waterlogged or completely dry. If you’re worried about water draining onto the floor, place the pots on saucers. After the water has drained through, empty it into a bucket for reuse. Alternatively, fill the saucer with stones and stand the pot on the stones. This will add to the humidity but the pot won’t get waterlogged. Move It The angle of the sun changes as summer moves towards winter. Place a wheeled pot trolley – available from garden centres – under a large pot and move it to follow the sun. Recycle While a balcony is not the place for a compost heap, it will accommodate a wormery. Vermicompost is high in nutrients, and a little goes a long way. All the worms need are household vegetable scraps and newspaper. Wormeries can be ordered on the internet or through garden centres. What to Grow When planting vegetables on a balcony, go for dwarf varieties like cherry tomatoes (Tumbler, Tumbling Tom Red, Tumbling Tom Yellow), mini vine cucumbers (Patio Snacker), mini sweet pepper (Cute Stuff Gold and Cute Stuff Red) and dwarf capsicum jalapeño (La Bomba). You can also grow butternut (Honeynut), eggplant (Patio Baby), gold Zucchini (Easy Pick) fruit, mixed salad and Asian greens.

Top Tips for First-Time Veggie Growers Start with Herbs These are easy to grow, and if bought in a large enough pot, they don’t need transplanting but can be used immediately. Make sure they get enough sun. Rosemary prefers drier soil and fewer nutrients, while basil needs more fertiliser and water. Herbs have always been a traditional balcony plant and the Simply Herbs  range includes a compact sweet basil (Dolce Fresca), a pot of three different basils, as well as parsley, oregano and rosemary. Go Green Salad greens are the simplest vegetables to grow and the Simply Salad range has six different mixes. Salad leaves can be harvested every three weeks by cutting back.  The leafy mixes include red and green lettuce, rocket, endive, radicchio, Asian greens and kale. Be Choosy with Tomatoes There are many tomato varieties but, for pots, the best are dwarf varieties that are determinate, which means that they grow to a certain size and bear all their fruit in a few weeks. Cherry tomatoes produce sweet, small fruit and are a good fit for balconies because they’re not that heavy.


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Despite South Africans’ penchant for large SUV-type vehicles and double cabs, there’s always space in the marketplace for something smaller – something that sips fuel and is ridiculously easy to park, while still managing to turn heads with its funky retro styling.

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This space is currently occupied by the largely unknown, yet very competent little Fiat TwinAir Pop Auto with its tiny (875 cc) turboenhanced twin cylinder engine. It manages to produce all of 62 kW for a claimed top speed of 173 km/h and a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 11 seconds. Impossible, one would think, to get so much performance out of such a tiny power unit? After all, some cynics will jokingly claim that there are lawnmowers out there with bigger engines. I must confess to initial scepticism myself when I first set eyes on the quaintly-named Pop. Nevertheless, it certainly delivered on its power promises. It is also a rather cute head-turner which will be easy to find in vast parking areas where every other vehicle is not only larger, but usually only available in either white or silver. But cuteness alone won’t sell cars, and the TwinAir Pop manages to bring added value to the equation with miserly fuel consumption (3.8 l/100 km), a low body mass of 940 kg for added performance and agility, and air conditioning which works rather well in our South African summers. Unfortunately, there’s one design flaw: The material cover under the glass sunroof doesn’t quite manage to keep the fierce African sun at bay – and wearing a cap or hat to avoid sunburn while inside the Fiat Pop didn’t seem like

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such a good idea at the time. But in this price-sensitive era, with retail sales figures dropping, the question prospective buyers will ask will always focus on the value-for-money component. At an asking price of R190,900, the owner will not only get striking retro design, but also a car which handles very competently on its 185/55 R15 tyres. The spare, given the car’s fairly compact dimensions, is a space saver. The Goodies The Fiat Pop has a fairly decent audio system with additional USB input, an on-board computer, electric windows and electrically adjustable mirrors. The beautifully designed steering wheel (small enough and thick enough) of the test model was leather-covered (optional) and is adjustable for rake only. Features which one would not expect at this price include a five-star EuroNCAP safety rating, ISOFIX child seat mountings, brake assist and electronic traction control. No fewer than seven airbags will help to keep passengers safe. Hill start assist is also standard for those nervous at the possibility of rolling back into the vehicle parked too closely behind. Exterior Alloy rims add to the good looks, and the TwinAir is kitted out with LED daytime

running lights, while a high-mounted brake light adds peace of mind given the car’s diminutive stature. The classic rounded shape, which pays tribute to the original Topolino (little mouse), sets the Fiat Pop apart from other econoboxes with their bland “one shape fits all” designs. Overall Impression The Fiat TwinAir, with its unique and technologically advanced twin-cylinder engine, leads the pack when it comes to efficiency, as well as offering a rather gruff, off-beat exhaust note which most enthusiasts will find appealing. However, there’s a fly in the ointment – the gearbox. Fiat have gone to great lengths to produce a five-speed, clutch-less semi-automatic ’box – an idea which must have seemed great at the time. The gear changes are not as smooth as one would expect, though, and there’s a certain amount of hesitation before the next gear comes into play – almost as if the gearbox wants to consider its options before choosing a cog it’s happy with. Admittedly though, during the seven-day test period, I learnt to manage this rather quirky semi-automatic well. The warranty is good for three years/100,000 km, and the Fiat also enjoys the advantages of a maintenance plan which covers the same time and distance.


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Sage Chief Technology Officer, Klaus-Michael Vogelberg, says: “As every business – big or small – is transforming more or less intensively into a tech-enabled business, today’s entrepreneurs should be on the lookout for the opportunities these technological developments can bring to their business.” Vogelberg sees six major trends in 2017 that could make a big difference to the way business builders will work this year and beyond. Trend #1: Chatbots and Autonomous Interfaces Autonomous interfaces such as chatbots or digital agents will become increasingly common on different devices and user interfaces which entrepreneurs use to manage and control their businesses. These interfaces will

dramatically change the way that humans and computers work and interact with each other. While, in the past, people used a keyboard or mouse to interact with their PCs, they will gradually start talking with their systems or using gesture control such as hand, head or eye gestures to interact with them. The user experience will not only become more convenient but also more enjoyable – these systems will work autonomously and have selflearning capabilities. Eventually, software could act without user intervention, or ask a certain question only once and use this information for all further activities. In June 2016, Sage launched the first accounting chatbot, Pegg, which acts as a smart assistant that allows users to track expenses and manage finances through messaging apps such as Facebook messenger and Slack. Pegg hides the

complexities of accounting and lets entrepreneurs manage finances through conversation, making the process as simple as writing a text. By digitising information at the point of capture, it takes away the hassle of filing receipts and expenses, eliminating the need for paper and data entry. Trend #2: Artificial & Collective Intelligence According to Vogelberg, artificial and collective intelligence is another major trend to look out for, even for smaller companies. With mushrooming data volumes being generated by all sorts of sensors and devices on the one hand (see trend #6), and computer power and special analysis software and intelligent agents becoming increasingly affordable and powerful on the other, companies

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need to find ways to extract knowledge from today’s wealth of Big Data. Vogelberg therefore advises that SMEs (small to medium enterprises) “team up”. “If small and medium-sized enterprises join forces and – while considering their corporate data protection policies and personal rights laws – share, for example, computer power and data with other companies in a structured and systematic manner, they could profit from this collaboration by receiving a better and larger data pool and superior data intelligence. Similar to crowdsourcing mechanisms, this enriched data pool would enable companies to better understand how customers behave, what they need, what to offer them and the business areas to invest in.” Trend #3: Blockchain – Or How to Create Trust in the Digital Age According to Sage, business builders should also carefully analyse if, and how, the new blockchain technology could impact their current business models. Particularly all those industries which work as intermediaries between two parties – such as lawyers, notaries, or real-estate and financial brokers – could be affected by this new, innovative approach. Bookkeepers and accountants might also be affected in the way they

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do business in the future, as blockchain has the potential to eliminate a significant part of the workload – such as checking and booking transactions, transferring money or paying invoices. Blockchain organises transactions of digital assets between two parties in a radically new way. Instead of using middlemen or intermediaries such as banks, notaries, state authorities or trading platforms to legitimise the exchange of certain assets – such as digital properties, digital trading goods, digital contracts, or even financial transactions via digital currencies such as Bitcoins – blockchains allow individuals to transfer these assets in a direct, safe, secure, and immutable way between each other. A decentralised, distributed ledger (essentially an asset database shared across multiple participants), combined with crypto-economic algorithms serves as the technological basis of a blockchain. All participants of a blockchain (so called nodes) have access to the distributed ledger, which contains an inventory of all the relevant digital assets. All parties within this network have their own identical copy of the ledger. Any changes to it are applied to every copy in a matter of minutes or even seconds. Thus, the system is transparent and creates trust among all nodes without the need for legitimisation by any other third party authority.

Trend #4: Revolutionizing the Movement of Money The way people use money and transfer their payments from one account to another has already changed dramatically. At the front end, in-app payment solutions nowadays enable users to effortlessly make one-click payments and purchase goods via mobile devices or websites. This functionality is already available in many apps today. But at the back end, systems such as accounting software are less user-friendly and less integrated. For example, companies currently have almost no possibility to make one-click invoice payments or easily manage their financial transactions between partners, suppliers and their bank with a fingertip. In 2017, more and more new solutions will allow companies to establish an endto-end payments value chain with their suppliers and customers. These new solutions enable ubiquitous anytime, anywhere, immediate and omni-channel payments and will be fully integrated into the financial accounting systems of tomorrow’s enterprises. All parties, such as e-commerce platforms, banks, fin-techs or partners, will profit from open API standards which will be used for creating new services and enable seamless, fully-automated processing of


payments and financial transactions. At Sage Summit in July 2016 Sage announced its partnership with US Bank, a technical example for this paradigm change in payments. The AP Optimizer for Sage Live that Sage built in partnership with US Bank marks a first truly digital accounting and payment solution that enables start-up and scale-up businesses to manage their cash flow through dynamic integration with customers. AP Optimizer is integrated in Sage Live and determines, for example, the best time to pay bills and the best method for payment to optimise cash flow in near real-time, and then carries out the payment. Trend #5: Platform-based Infrastructure In 2017, more and more SMEs will replace their stand-alone, on-site software systems with integrated, cloudbased software solutions that operate on global Cloud platforms such as Salesforce.com who are offering their users access to a wealth of business apps and integrated services. Moreover, companies will also benefit from mobileapp platforms such as the one operated by the Apple Mobility Partner Program. “The big benefit of these platforms is that they give even smaller companies access to innovative business software solutions and services which these companies would not have been able to afford five years ago. To some extent, these types of Cloud platforms are democratising the way in which

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companies gain access to state-ofthe-art apps and smart and scalable technologies,” says Klaus-Michael Vogelberg. “They allow business builders to discover new ways of working and give them the infrastructure needed to receive every kind of data from partners or the Internet of Things, analyze it, and then – in a “citizen developer”-style – create something new and productive,” Vogelberg says. Trend #6: Internet of Things Will Create New Services and Job Profiles SMEs should be on the lookout for new possibilities that emerge with the realisation of the Internet of Things. Multiple data streams originating from all sorts of sensors built into machines, cars, mobile and immobile goods, clothes or even human beings (for medical monitoring purposes, for example) will result in a treasure trove of data, thus creating all sorts of new services. SMEs should think about how to use these data streams to grow their business: • Mechanics will develop new services such as predictive maintenance for all sorts of technical infrastructures. • Logistic companies will optimise, for example, the navigation of their truck fleets by using traffic data from many different sources, including smart city data from traffic lights, streets or other vehicles.  • Concierge services will develop surveillance services with the realisation

of new smart home technology. • Retail companies and shop owners might connect to smart home devices such as refrigerators or Amazon-style dash buttons to supply customers automatically and predictively with goods and services. • Mobile medical care services will innovate their work with the assistance of all sorts of new devices, for example, to improve their support of elderly people living alone at home. Early last year Sage demonstrated its partnership with TomTom telematics, which enables Sage Live customers to keep track of vehicle journeys, and feed data into the accounting process in real time. In summary, Vogelberg says: “Every business will need to start thinking of itself as a technology business. To stay competitive, they will need to grasp the opportunities that this development brings with it and change almost every aspect of today’s more or less traditional ways of working. The good news is that this technology means that we believe that very soon, business admin could become completely invisible, as easy as messaging a friend, or even completely automated, as machines learn like humans. This will empower entrepreneurs to stay focused on building their businesses, driving growth in the economy and contributing to their communities, as opposed to focusing on basic admin.” For more information, visit www.sage.com.


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One of the first steps to addressing a public health crisis is taking the shame out of it. This, for example, was something that had to be learned during the early days of the AIDS crisis in the United States. Science cannot operate and hard problems cannot be solved without data and open discussions regarding the problem at hand. In many countries it appears that a similar stigma still exists in the area of IT security breaches – and the related lack of disclosure contributes directly to a lack of understanding and action by businesses and government. And despite the fact that cybercrime is on the rise in South Africa, with R2.2 billion in losses annually according to The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC), those most affected by cybercrime are still reluctant to step forward. The Gemalto Breach Level Index revealed that just five data breaches were registered in South Africa in 2015. For businesses, this instinctual drive to keep quiet about a breach is compounded by the weight of expectation – the expectation that they are doing everything

they can to keep their customers’ and partners’ data safe. With the rich variety of security tools out there, there appears to the uninitiated to be little excuse to let a breach happen. Unfortunately, though, in the real world, there is no such thing as 100 % effective security. Cyber-attackers have spent years evolving and perfecting their techniques and technology to infiltrate even security conscience enterprises. The stigma around getting hacked only feeds on itself, giving weight to the misconception among targets that they are the only ones to have experienced it. Is it any wonder then that individuals and businesses alike are reluctant to step forward, to become one of the rare public disclosures? We know from the work of those in the public health space, that de-stigmatisation is the first step towards transparency and an ultimate treatment. And we can see that this has largely happened with security discourse in the United States and many parts of the Western world. This is because security breaches are disclosed, voluntarily or involuntarily, in such quantity that people

feel much less shamed by them than they did years ago. From Apple and Yahoo to the US government itself, no organisation is too big to avoid having been compromised at some point. This has accelerated action by industry, government, and law enforcement to address the problem through education, technology, laws, and law-enforcement actions. There is a long way to go to solve the problems of cyber security, but without the sense of shame slowing public discussion, there is a real chance for progress. It’s testament to the power of open and honest dialogue around security – and should inspire other regions where the stigma is still having far-reaching impacts. The first step is to acknowledge that breaches can – and do – happen to anyone, and that businesses are not alone. Let’s encourage organisations to recognise that disclosure around security breaches isn’t a source of humiliation at all, but a path towards deeper understanding. To find out more, visit www.mimecast.com.


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Books Must Read

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A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg By Harry Kalmer This is the story of Sara, who poses stiffly for a photo with her four children at Turffontein concentration camp in 1901, and of Abraham, who paints the street names on Johannesburg’s kerbs. It is the tale of their grandson Zweig, a young architect who has to leave Johannesburg when he falls in love with the wrong person, and of Marceline, a Congolese mother who flees to the city only to be caught up in a wave of xenophobic violence. Spanning more than 100 years, A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg  is a novel that documents and probes the lives of the inhabitants of this incomparable African city – the exiled, those returning from exile, and those who never left.

They’re Your Rules, Break Them! By Douglas Kruger Some rules help us, but some don’t. Do you know which to ditch? And do you know how to create a dynamic learning culture that doesn’t rely on blind bureaucracy? Elon Musk did it with Tesla and Space-X. Pixar does it too. The Israeli Defence Force and US Navy SEALS have been doing it for decades, and their results have been astonishing. This book offers 50 innovative ways of looking at your business as a long-term, dynamic, progressive entity. Here you will find 50 ways to ditch the atrophying forces and create an achieving, high-performance culture in your organisation. In a world of exponential organisations, rule-bound dinosaurs will fall and fade. But you don’t have to.

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Taste the Future Launched from Apple world, 12forward by White Guide is now available for Cape Town. This digital guide leads you to the world’s  truly “food forward” restaurants across the globe and can be downloaded from the iPhone App Store. The freemium version offers Copenhagen, Berlin and Tokyo, whilst more cities – such as London, New York, Stockholm and Singapore – are available for in-app purchase, with new ones introduced on a continuous basis. The listings are limited to 12 eateries in each city, so when a new trailblazer enters the stage, an older one is knocked off. In Cape Town, the restaurants are led by The Test Kitchen, widely recognised as the African continent’s best restaurant thanks to the extraordinary talent of Chef Luke DaleRoberts. Also included are The Shortmarket Club, Ash, and Camphors at Vergelegen. 12forward identifies each restaurant’s claim to fame, what’s really forward, the main reasons to go, and what to look out for.

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

Sasa Mokoene Senior Cabin Crew Member Length of Service With SA Express: 13 Years Tell us more about yourself. I’m a family person – I’m a mother and wife and have two adorable girls, aged 16 and eight. I prefer my private life to remain private at all times. Being the firstborn at home, the habit (of being in charge) is hard to break, so I tend to try to support, advise and guide some of my fellow cabin crew members whom I hold dear to my heart. What is the most exciting part of your job? I get to work with different cabin crew members every day. I also love my work flexi hours – I wouldn’t cope with an eight to five office job. What do you find most challenging in what you do? When I have encounters with our passengers regarding delays, especially the ones beyond our control, such as the terrible weather conditions we have been experiencing lately. Why do you like working for SA Express? It’s a company that has great potential when it comes to expansion, and also offers its employees great opportunities. I do my work with passion because I’m happy doing what I’m doing. Have you ever had any funny incidents or encounters in your job? When the captain makes a PA announcement to the passengers that we will not be able to take off anytime soon due to thunderstorm activity at and around the airport. Then, afterwards, the passengers will be asking us at the back: “Why are we still waiting?” When by that time it’s pitch black outside and raining heavily! Words of wisdom that you live by? Always try to do the right thing, even when nobody is watching.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Important When in doubt, please consult our cabin crew.

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


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

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

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

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

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Flight schedule Johannesburg - Pilanesberg Flt No SA 1131

Dep 12:30

Arr 13:05

A/C em2

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

No 1001 1003 1005 1011 1013 1017 1021 1023

Dep 06:10 08:00 11:20 13:50 15:30 16:45 17:55 18:30

Arr 07:10 09:05 12:25 14:55 16:30 17:45 19:00 19:30

A/C cr8 DH4 DH4 DH4 dh4 dh4 cr2 DH4

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Johannesburg - East London Flt No SA 1409

Dep 17:30

Arr 19:00

A/C CR8

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Johannesburg - George Flt SA sa SA sa

No 1501 1503 1505 1509

Dep 06:40 08:20 11:25 15:50

Arr 08:35 10:15 13:20 17:40

A/C cr8 cr2 CR2 cr8

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Johannesburg - Hoedspruit Flt No SA 1225 SA 1227

Dep 10:15 12:15

Arr 11:20 13:20

A/C DH4 DH4

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Johannesburg - Kimberley Flt SA SA sa SA sa sa

No 1102 1103 1105 1107 1111 1113

Dep 06:20 09:20 13:10 14:35 16:45 17:30

Arr 07:30 10:25 14:15 15:45 17:50 18:40

A/C dh4 cr8 cr8 dh4 cr2 cr8

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Johannesburg - Port Elizabeth Flt No SA 1457 SA 1457

Dep 17:30 18:10

Arr 19:15 20:10

A/C cr8 dh4

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Johannesburg - mahikeng Flt No SA 1123 sa 1125

Dep 07:10 14:55

Arr 07:55 15:40

A/C em2 em2

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Johannesburg - Richards bay Flt SA SA SA SA

No 1201 1203 1207 1213

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

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

A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4

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pilanesberg - Johannesburg Flt sa

No 1132

Dep 13:40

A/C em2

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

No 1024 1002 1004 1006 1012 1014 1018 1022

Dep 06:30 07:40 09:35 12:55 15:25 17:00 18:20 19:30

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

A/C DH4 cr8 dh4 dh4 DH4 DH4 dh4 dh4

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East London - Johannesburg Flt sa SA

No 1410 1410

Dep 19:20 19:40

Arr 21:10 21:10

A/C dh4 CR8

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George - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA sa

No 1502 1504 1506 1510

Dep 09:20 10:50 13:45 18:10

Arr 11:10 12:40 15:35 19:50

A/C cr8 CR2 CR2 cr8

M

Flt SA SA

No 1226 1228

Dep 12:00 13:55

Arr 13:00 14:55

A/C DH4 DH4

M

No 1102 1104 1106 1108 1112 1114

Dep 08:00 10:55 15:05 16:15 18:15 19:05

Arr 09:10 12:00 16:10 17:25 19:20 20:10

A/C DH4 CR8 cr8 dh4 CR2 cr8

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Kimberley - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA sa SA sa

T

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Hoedspruit - Johannesburg

T

Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg Flt SA SA sa

No 1460 1458 1458

Dep 07:00 20:00 20:40

Arr 08:50 21:40 22:30

A/C DH4 cr8 dh4

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mahikeng - Johannesburg Flt sa sa

No 1124 1126

Dep 08:20 16:10

Arr 09:05 16:50

A/C em2 em2

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S

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Richards bay - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA

No 1202 1204 1208 1214

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

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

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

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Arr 14:15

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

A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4

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Johannesburg - walvis bay Flt No SA 1701

Dep 11:55

Arr 14:10

A/C CR8

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

No 1761 1763 1765 1767 1775 1775 1779 1779 1783

Dep 06:55 07:55 09:55 11:30 12:40 14:30 15:45 18:10 18:45

Arr 07:50 08:50 10:50 12:20 13:35 15:25 16:40 19:05 19:40

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

M

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Johannesburg - Lubumbashi Flt No SA 1797

Dep 09:20

Arr 11:45

A/C 735

M

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CAPE TOWN - bloemfontein Flt SA SA sa SA SA

No 1081 1083 1087 1087 1091

Dep 06:00 08:00 11:45 13:20 16:30

Arr 07:30 09:30 13:15 14:50 18:00

A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 cr2 cr2

M

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

No 1361 1363 1363 1371 1371 1371 1373 1373 1375 1375 1375

Dep 06:00 07:00 08:00 10:35 12:25 13:05 16:30 16:40 17:20 17:20 17:30

Arr 07:25 08:25 09:25 12:00 13:50 14:30 17:55 18:10 18:45 19:05 19:15

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

M

Cape Town - Pilanesberg Flt No SA 1255

Dep 11:30

Arr 13:40

A/C CR2

M

No 1801 1803 1803 1807 1813 1813 1819 1821 1821 1827 1823

Dep 06:00 07:00 07:30 10:10 10:40 14:20 15:00 16:45 17:00 17:20 18:30

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

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

M

Flt sa

No 1702

Dep 14:45

Arr 16:55

A/C cr8

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

No 1762 1764 1766 1768 1776 1776 1784 1780 1780

Dep 08:30 09:20 11:25 12:55 14:15 16:05 17:15 19:45 20:10

Arr 09:25 10:15 12:20 13:50 15:10 17:00 18:10 20:40 21:05

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

M

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Lubumbashi - Johannesburg Flt SA

No 1798

Dep 12:30

Arr 15:00

A/C 735

M

T

bloemfontein - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA

No 1082 1084 1088 1088 1092 1092

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

Arr 10:00 11:55 15:40 17:15 20:20 20:20

A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 cr2 CR2 CR2

M

east london - CAPE TOWN

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

walvis bay - Johannesburg

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

No 1362 1364 1364 1372 1372 1372 1372 1374 1374 1376 1376 1376

Dep 08:00 09:00 10:00 12:35 14:20 15:10 15:10 18:40 18:45 19:40 19:50 19:50

Arr 09:40 10:35 11:40 14:15 16:00 16:45 16:50 20:20 20:20 21:40 21:30 21:50

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

M

Pilanesberg - cape town Flt SA

No 1254

Dep 14:10

Arr 16:30

A/C CR2

M

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

No 1826 1802 1804 1804 1808 1804 1814 1820 1822 1822 1828 1824

Dep 07:00 08:00 08:40 09:20 12:10 12:40 16:20 17:00 18:30 18:40 19:00 20:30

Arr 08:40 09:40 10:10 10:40 13:50 14:20 18:00 18:40 19:50 20:00 20:20 22:10

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

M

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

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

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Flight schedule

Cape Town - Hoedspruit Flt No sa 1241

Dep 09:10

Arr 12:30

A/C dh4

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A/C CR2 CR2 cr2

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Cape Town - Walvis Bay Flt No SA 1721

Dep 10:55

Arr 13:05

A/C CR2

durban - East London Flt SA SA SA sa

No 1301 1305 1305 1309

Dep 06:00 11:30 12:00 16:50

Arr 07:05 12:45 13:05 17:55

A/C CR2 CR2 erj erj

durban - Port Elizabeth Flt SA SA sa SA SA sa SA

No 1330 1334 1334 1336 1340 1340 1348

Dep 06:00 08:25 09:15 09:50 13:35 13:35 17:40

Arr 07:20 09:45 10:35 11:10 14:55 15:05 19:00

A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 CR2 CR2 erj CR2

durban - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA sa

No 1850 1854 1858

Dep 06:10 15:00 15:35

Arr 08:25 17:15 17:50

durban - lusaka Flt No SA 1603

Dep 07:10

Arr 11:10

durban - Harare Flt No SA 1603 SA 1611

Dep 09:10 10:20

Arr 11:35 12:45

Hoedspruit - Cape Town Flt sa

No 1242

Dep 13:10

A/C dh4

M

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A/C CR2 CR2 cr2

M

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walvis Bay - Cape Town Flt SA

No 1722

Dep 13:35

Arr 15:35

A/C CR2

East London - DURBAN Flt SA sa SA SA

No 1302 1306 1306 1310

Dep 07:35 13:20 13:35 18:25

Arr 08:35 14:35 14:35 19:25

A/C CR2 cr2 CR2 CR2

Port Elizabeth - DURBAN Flt SA SA sa sa SA sa SA sa

No 1331 1335 1335 1337 1341 1341 1349 1349

Dep 07:50 10:15 11:05 11:45 15:35 15:35 19:55 20:30

Arr 09:05 11:30 12:20 13:00 16:50 17:05 21:10 22:00

A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 cr2 CR2 erj CR2 erj

CAPE TOWN - DURBAN Flt SA SA sa

No 1851 1855 1859

Dep 09:05 17:45 18:15

Arr 11:05 19:45 20:15

lusaka - durban Flt SA

No 1604

Dep 11:40

Arr 15:40

Harare - durban Flt SA SA

No 1612 1604

Dep 13:25 15:15

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

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

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Arr 16:20

Arr 15:50 17:40


Passenger Letters Good day, I am a regular SAA and SA Express passenger. Recently, I woke up early to catch a SA Express flight at 06h00. It was my first work visit to East London. I had a great working day in East London and in the afternoon I wanted to explore a bit before I headed back home. My colleagues recommended I visit Hemingways Casino and, boy, did I have a great time – it really is an exciting spot to visit when you are in the area. I then headed back to the airport to catch my SA Express flight back to Cape Town. I was very tired and wasn’t interested in talking. I just wanted to get home. After taking my seat, a flight host called Freddie passed by and, with a massive smile, greeted me and asked me how my day was. I replied, of course, that I had had a great day. But something about this gentleman really stood out for me: It was evening, but he seemed upbeat and interested to know how I was as a passenger. That really “hit” me, and throughout the flight he was engaging, smiling and helpful to all the passengers he came in contact with – that really left a mark on me. I fly regularly but it is not every day that I meet someone like Freddie – someone who is energetic, engaging and passionate about their job. I know he will not remember me, but I hope he will receive my complimentary note. Fantastic lad, really! Regards Thokozane Nala Congratulations to Thokozane Nala who wrote our winning letter this month, and walks away with a Samsonite Octolite 55 cm spinner valued at R3,495.

Good day I would like to share my sweet experience with SA Express flight attendant Ms Shounese recently on my way from Johannesburg to Richards Bay. She personally greeted and welcomed everyone on board, including my two-year-old baby. As it was hot inside the cabin, she apologised and informed us that the air conditioning would start working shortly – this is something I have never seen done on other airlines. The flight was delayed as announced by the pilot, and Shounese immediately gave us each a bottle of water to cool down. The 25-minute delay in departure was explained and apologised for by the pilot and Shounese in a timely fashion, and this proactive approach ensured that none of the passengers were dissatisfied. Although the departure was delayed, we landed safely in Richards Bay and on time. Kudos to Shounese and the pilots on board for flying the image of SA Express high. Please convey my sincere thanks to them for making my flight a memorable and enjoyable one. I am eager to fly SA Express again. With Best Regards S Saravanani

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

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

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