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No Water? No Problem The Young Entrepreneur Behind DryBath

Aviation Festival Africa

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Tapping Into the Earth’s Abundance

What’s Up in the World of Whisky?

Bigfoot Express Freight

Africa’s Important Archaeological Sites

Permaculture

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Leadership Lessons from Antarctica

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Courier Solutions

New Trends For the Timeless Tipple

85/ Budget Beautifying

Make Your Apartment Selfie-Ready

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Getting Back to Basics in the Drakensberg

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Imagine the Possibilities – TravelIT

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Dinner & A Movie

When the Bushveld Calls – Rhulani Safari Lodge

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A Waterberg Wonderland – Mabula Game Lodge

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There’s Always Something to Do in Durban

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Sport for Peace & Development in Zambia

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The Lofts Boutique Hotel

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CEO Letter 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 Group Reservations Tel: +27 11 978 5578 Email: reservationslist@flyexpress.aero Sales Office Email: sales@flyexpress.aero INDWE Cover Image © iStockphoto.com

The B eginning of a New Era at SA Express I am delighted to welcome you aboard your SA Express flight and thank you for once again making us your carrier of choice. SA Express has undergone a number of changes in the last month, of which I am sure some of you are well apprised. The most significant and notable of course is the departure of Inati Ntshanga as CEO of SA Express. Having served in the airline for 13 years, Inati will be missed by all of us at SA Express, however, we remain positive regarding our future as his contribution to our strategy and vision has provided us with a solid launch pad from which to lift off and soar. To this end, I joined SA Express in April as the Interim CEO, tasked with guiding the organisation through these challenging times. Although the enormity of the responsibility is daunting, it is both an honour and a privilege and I look forward to working closely with Team SA Express and with you, our loyal customers, in order to ensure that service expectations are met and standards are not compromised. As SA Express, we are heavily invested in a continuous improvement. In our industry, the service we offer is only as good as our customers’ last experience with us. Therefore, we appreciate that we need to aim high to provide exceptional customer service throughout our company. Jan Carlzon, former CEO of Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and renowned for transforming the way in which airlines view customer experiences, was quoted as saying: “Anytime a customer comes into contact with any aspect of a business, however remote, is an opportunity to form an impression.” Carlzon called this the “moment of truth” – the intersection between customer experience and a company’s touch points.

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With our new financial year coming into effect from last month, we have set performance targets that hinge heavily on how well we manage your “moments of truth” with our airline, whether it is through your first contact with our call centre, your interactions with our ground staff at the airport, or your welcome on board by our crew. These individual experiences are strong indicators as to whether or not you will do business with us in the future, and are, therefore, something I do not take lightly. I acknowledge that SA Express faces a number of fundamental challenges that have, on occasion, impeded our efforts to deliver the high level of service you expect. It is by this virtue that I have made my first priority understanding what your experiences with our airline are, so that I have first-hand knowledge of your criticisms and also where we have surpassed your expectations. That said, I would like to encourage twoway communication with you in order to better our customer relations, and to improve on the SA Express experience offering. Great customer experience is not merely lip service but part of our overall strategy, and central to SA Express’ culture. I would to thank you for your commitment and loyalty to this airline, and trust that you will give us the opportunity to prove ourselves worthy of your support. I know that this will require a lot of hard work on our part, but I am convinced that we have the capabilities and the passion to make this a reality. We at SA Express know that our only true asset is a satisfied customer.

Kind regards Victor Xaba Interim CEO

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Need to Know

An Even Playing Field

All About The Bots

15th to 17 th May Canon South African Disabled Golf Open, Cape Town

Until 28th May Transformers Animatronics: The Exhibition, Emperors Palace

Hosted annually by the South African Disabled Golf Association, the prestigious Canon South African Disabled Golf Open attracts the world’s top golfers with disabilities. In 2016, 30 % of the field boasted single-figure handicaps and more than half of the competitors have handicaps of 18 or lower. The tournament offers a platform for disabled golfers to pit their skills against some of the best in the world in a credible competition that has at its heart the goal to inspire and unite players, and acknowledge their achievements. Many talented international golfers have already confirmed their participation in the tournament, including Bob MacDermott (Canada), Martin Williams (Wales) and George Mecs (France).

For the first time on the African continent, Transformers Animatronics: The Exhibition will touch down to wow and excite fans of the globally popular movie, TV series, comic book and toy-line franchise. Meet Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, Star Scream and many other bots in the flesh – or rather metal. A minimum of 2,500 m² of floor space is needed over a 20-day build-up to bring the sculptures and statues to life, displayed against the scenery of the legendary planet, Cybertron, all brought to life through eye-popping performance technology. Autobots and Decepticons will also feature prominently, accompanied by the latest Dino Bots and Rescue Bots. Kids can even build their own Transformers using waste materials. The exhibition will be in South Africa for 11 months, exhibiting in three cities: Johannesburg, Centurion and Cape Town. Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za.

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Lace Up Your Takkies, Ladies! 11th June Durban Spar Women’s 10/5 km, Kings Park, Durban

Every woman has a unique story to tell about their own inner and outer beauty, strength and determination. In short, every woman is a Super Hero of some kind and Spar looks forward to welcoming these fabulous heroes to this year’s Durban Spar Women’s 10/5 km where they can showcase their determination and collective energy in one of the most talked about, and certainly the most beautiful, running/walking events in town. An exciting addition to the KwaZulu-Natal series is that the Pietermaritzburg Spar Women’s 10/5 km which takes place on 20th August is now also included in the National Spar Grand Prix Series, with great prize money up for grabs.

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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. Te l : 0 4 3 7 2 2 2 0 0 9 ¡ 0 4 3 7 2 2 2010 w w w. g r a z i a f i n e f o o d . c o. z a


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25th to 27 th May The Tops at Spar Wine Show, Montecasino, Johannesburg

26th to 28th May South Africa Bike Festival, Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, Gauteng

Kicking off the 2017 national tour, the Tops at Spar Wine Show is back in Johannesburg – and for the first time at Montecasino – to present its 12th spectacular “pourformance” of South Africa’s most loved wines and bubbly. Visitors can look forward to the exclusive Café Cru Sparkling Wine Bar hosted by Miguel Chan, head sommelier for the Tsogo Sun group. Here you can immerse yourself in the glitz and glam that’s synonymous with bubbly. Also on show is the interactive and edutaining Wine Theatre. There’s also a range of VIP packages over and above general access this year – think exclusive and private tastings of premium wines and fine food pairing, VIP lounge access, a special gift, snacks and canapés. Tickets are available from Ticketpro.

Whether you are a dedicated motorcyclist, motor enthusiast or just looking for an exciting fun-fuelled day out for the whole family, the South Africa Bike Festival is the two-wheeled event of the year you don’t want to miss. This year will see even bigger pit garage activations and circuit test rides from Harley-Davidson, Ducati, BMW, Suzuki, KTM, Husqvarna, Indian and Yamaha, as well as an accessories expo hall with the very best festival offers and discounts from top industry players. You can also look forward to night-time FMX performances with laser lights, music and death-defying tricks from the Monster Energy riders, as well as a custom bike build championship and a classic motorcycle display. South Africa’s top 1000 cc superbike riders will also battle it out in two rounds of the SuperGP Champions Trophy series.

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Until 23rd July Incredible Illusions, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Internationally acclaimed 3D artist Kurt Wenner’s Incredible Illusions exhibition is currently wowing visitors at the V&A Waterfront Watershed. Wenner was inspired by anamorphic perspective, but had to invent an entirely new geometry in order to create his astonishing 3D pavement art images, and even worked as an advanced scientific illustrator for NASA, creating conceptual paintings of future space projects and extra-terrestrial landscapes. The exhibition includes an educational zone that shares the history of pavement art and how geometry plays a pivotal role in 3D painting, immersive and interactive art pieces. To conclude your experience there is a “Art Jamming” zone where visitors can learn the basics of 3D painting and express themselves. Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za.

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Clink, Clink! 16th & 17 th May Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

Much-fêted by the media for its tastings and talks by the industry’s cellar-celebs, visitors to this year’s Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival can taste the latest vintages, discover dozens of quality labels, discuss everything from wine evolution to regional differences with leading producers, or simply learn how to distinguish a Chenin Blanc from a Chardonnay and discover the unique nuances found in wine regions. This year’s interactive experience will enable you to “take your palate on a voyage” and discover how colour, texture, and temperature affect your taste buds. Visitors can expect unsurpassed social interaction with the country’s top cellarmasters and producers in an up-market, intimate venue.

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Hurrah to Hump Day! Until February 2018 Whisky Wednesdays, Ginja, Cape Town

Everyone is already familiar with Cape Town’s very popular First Thursdays, and now Capetonians also have Whisky Wednesdays to look forward to. On the last Wednesday of every month, Ginja restaurant at the V&A Waterfront will be hosting a whisky and food pairing event, presented by various whisky personalities and Keepers of the Quaich. Ginja Executive Chef, Stefan Muller, has crafted ingenious food combinations for some of the rare whiskies that will be presented at Whisky Wednesdays. For the passionate whisky lover, a competition will run throughout the series for entrants to win individual prizes and to be entered to win a grand prize at the end of the series: a trip to Scotland to see and enjoy whisky distillation first hand. Tickets are available from Webtickets or directly from Ginja.

Tickled Red 27 th May Shiraz & Charcuterie at Anthonij Rupert Wyne, Franschhoek

This year’s Shiraz & Charcuterie at Anthonij Rupert Wyne is the perfect opportunity to taste Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s range of Shiraz wines, which include the Anthonij Rupert Syrah, the Cape of Good Hope Riebeeksrivier Shiraz, and the Protea Shiraz. Joining these wines will be a selection of Syrahs paired with tasty charcuterie and other delicious artisanal fare. Participating producers include Rust en Vrede, Waterford, Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, Hartenberg Wine Estate, Simonsig and Thelema. Ideally suited to the colder months, savour your glass of Shiraz with one of the hearty winter-inspired dishes on offer. Drawing inspiration from the Rhône Valley, food choices include a traditional French onion soup and homemade saucisson served with braised cannellini beans.

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Bits & Pieces

The Sparkle in Her Eye

Salt of the Earth

Living Designs

Spoil your mom this Mother’s Day with a twinkling representation of just how much you love her. Every piece of Georgini jewellery is handcrafted from the highest quality 925 sterling silver with rhodium, 18 ct gold or 18 ct rose gold plating, and is delicately handset with the finest cubic zirconias. The Georgini jewellery range fuses modern elegance with fashionforward design, making every item in their collection the perfect solution for adding that last bit of je ne sais quoi to an outfit. Dainty bracelets, ideal for layering, as well as an array of statement earrings, rings and necklaces form part of the range.

Oryx Desert Salt is unrefined desert salt, free from any additives and chemicals, while still containing all the essential minerals and trace elements that exist naturally in salt – including magnesium, zinc and potassium. It provides your body with the correct balance of sodium chloride and minerals to be utilised and absorbed for optimal vitality and health. The salt is harvested in an environmentally sustainable way, and is available in recyclable packaging with the option of refill boxes to encourage consumers to reuse their grinders. Oryx has created supplier relationships with several local enterprises in order to empower local communities, while for every product sold, a percentage is donated to the Khomani San and Mier communities who own !Xaus Lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Oryx Desert Salts are available from Pick n Pay, selected Woolworths stores and www.yuppiechef.com.

Swissline Design was established ten years ago, when founder Marc LĂźdi realised that there was an increasing demand for timber frame homes that could be completely manufactured off-site and then, in very little time, be transported and assembled, ready to be connected up to the various servitudes. The company draws on the five years of master carpentry studies the owner completed in Switzerland, as well as his experience in the European timber building trade. Clients are completely involved in the project and have the opportunity to inspect their new home or office at Swissline before it is transported and assembled onsite by specialised installation teams.

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Dinner & A Movie

Food at its Finest

Situated on the picturesque Avondale wine estate near Paarl in the Western Cape Winelands, FABER restaurant is a harmonious blend between countryside simplicity and fine-dining sophistication. The restaurant was named FABER – the Latin word for artisan or craftsman – because Head Chef Eric Bulpitt believes that all chefs are craftsmen. This is certainly proven true when you taste his meals. Beautifully plated, yet never

overly complicated, every dish is prepared with passion and gastronomic excellence. Dedicated to sustainability, FABER draws inspiration for its menu from the seasons, the land, and locally available produce. The restaurant is open for lunch from Wednesday to Sunday, and for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday. For bookings and more info, email faber@avondalewine.co.za, or phone +27 21 202 1219.

Rules Don’t Apply It’s Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich), who is engaged to be married to his seventh grade sweetheart and is a deeply religious Methodist. Their instant

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attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes’ no. 1 rule: No employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress. Hughes’ behaviour effects Marla and Frank in very separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives changed.

Save Our Elephants Every day 96 elephants are killed for their ivory which means that – should this continue – the estimated 400,000 left in the world will be extinct by 2030. Amarula’s efforts to save the African elephant from extinction have intensified since it launched the “Name Them, Save Them” campaign in October last year. The campaign drives awareness through a webisode shot in Kenya’s Amboseli Park which directs viewers to a virtual digital savannah (amarula.com/trust/) where they can design and name a digital elephant, each representing one of the elephants left in the wild. These digital elephants have now been brought to life with 400,000 bespoke Amarula bottles available for purchase – one for each of the Earth’s remaining African elephants.

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Turn it Up!

Linkin Park

Linkin Park’s latest album, One More Light, will be launched on 19th May while their new single “Heavy”, featuring Kiiara, is already available to stream and download, much to their fans’ excitement. One More Light, which can be preordered from Linkinpark.com, is the band’s seventh studio album. Their first album, Hybrid Theory, is the best-selling debut of this century in their home country and certified diamond (10 million). They have won two Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, four MTV VMA Awards, ten MTV Europe Music Awards and three

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World Music Awards during their illustrious career as a band. Linkin Park have sold out stadiums around the world and headlined some of the UK’s biggest music festivals, including Download and Reading and Leeds. They are also the biggest band on Facebook – with over 62 million followers – and with the much anticipated release of One More Light, the multi-platinum Los Angeles group will no doubt deliver an unforgettable treat for millions of fans around the world.


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history Africa’s Important Archaeological Sites

From Great Zimbabwe to Nubian pyramids along the Nile River, Africa, as the Cradle of Humankind, holds many of the world’s greatest archaeological treasures. Lying untouched and hidden for thousands of years, they can sometimes provide us with some understanding of who we are, as Africans, today. Here are five of the most significant.

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The Stone Circles of Senegal and Gambia Spread across thousands of miles in Senegal and Gambia, these four large stone constructions are also referred to as the Senegambian stone circles and date back to 300 BC. Judging by the discovery of nearby graves and the evidence of communities, the construction of these sites indicate prosperous and organised societies, especially when one considers the amount of labour required to build such structures. The stone circles consist of over 30,000 laterite stones, 17,000 monuments and 2,000 home sites. Experts believe that much like obelisks, the stones were arranged purposefully for either religious or communal reasons. Finding, transporting and shaping the laterite, it is understood, would have required some kind of

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understanding of geology and intricate tool work. At the largest of the sites, at Sine Ngayene, Senegal, evidence of iron smelting and quarries has been unearthed. Layered evidence in the ground indicates a timeline of more than 700 years when communities lived, worked and worshipped in the area. Meroë, Sudan An ancient city of palaces, iron production and pyramids along the east bank of the Nile, Meroë dates back to 800 BC. Embracing sophisticated Egyptian culture and possessing fertile land and abundant iron deposits, the city became a prominent trading post, renowned as far as Rome, Greece and Persia. It is mentioned in the book of Genesis (by the name Aethiopia) as a prominent,

yet vulnerable centre of commerce. The city traded with the Roman Empire and, it has been suggested by archaeologists, even with early Indian and Chinese explorers. Residents even farmed elephants to be exported for foreign armies. Its vulnerability and prominence made it a regular target for marauding armies over seven centuries. Eventually losing its Egyptian influence and culture, Meroë developed its own language, religions and customs that were all lost to history when the city was finally destroyed in 330 AD. The ruins lay untouched and undiscovered until 1821, when archaeologists excavated the first of its 200 distinctive Nubian pyramids. The written language of Meroë remains one of the world’s greatest undeciphered languages.


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Great Zimbabwe Stone Houses, Zimbabwe Dating back almost a millennium, this three-compound stone construction covering 18,000 acres was built using a sophisticated form of stone masonry not found in the surrounding region at the time. The complex was home to 18,000 people and is believed to have taken 300 years to construct. Operating as a proto-city, Great Zimbabwe contains evidence of a monarchy, religion, commerce and mining. Mystery surrounds its decline, with some experts speculating that the rapid depletion of nearby gold mines may have been the ultimate cause. Great Zimbabwe is recognised as a Unesco World Heritage Site. The Lalibela Churches, Ethiopia Once considered one of the holiest places in Africa, the 11 Lalibela churches were built in the 12th century for the burgeoning popularity of Christendom in the region. Inspired by their connection to King Solomon, early African Christians, unable to make pilgrimages to Jerusalem, were able to travel here to pay homage. The design of the complex resembles parts of Jerusalem. The site consists of monolith churches of varying sizes, each


Meroë, Sudan carved out of volcanic basalt and intricately decorated with early Christian iconography. The largest of the churches, the impressive Bete Giyorgis (Church of Saint George), is considered to be the most finely executed and best preserved church in the world. While Lalibela was partially destroyed by Muslim armies in the 16th century, much of the site survived intact and has grown over the past 400 years to become a mediumsized town.

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Bakoni, South Africa The Bakoni Ruins of Machadodorp, Mpumalanga, are one of the world’s greatest unsolved archaeological puzzles. Dating back more than 200,000 years, this “lost city of Africa” is a large collection of complex stone terraces with evidence of settlements, fields and roads, as well as

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signs that advanced technological and agricultural innovation existed long before the arrival of Europeans in the region. Case in point is the site’s most prominent feature, Adam’s Calendar, a 30 m stone circle with positioned monolith rocks within it. The monoliths are aligned to match the movement of the Orion’s Belt star formation, and are presumed to be an early indicator of charted time. Viewed from the air, the ruins create a vast design of mazes and passages intricately connected over hundreds of kilometres. Needless to say, archaeologists are bewildered by the site. One of its few provable theories is that the age of the ruins indicates that the ancient Bakoni people who built the complex settlement may have been around much earlier than first believed. But the site, its age and designs are also popular with so-called pseudoarchaeology theories, including the idea that it might have been constructed by an ancient alien civilisation. Whatever the theories, the Bakoni Ruins supplement the more provable theories surrounding the Cradle of Humankind in the North West province that the southern region of Africa was inhabited by early humans much earlier in prehistory than first thought.


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No Water?

No Problem The Young Entrepreneur Behind DryBath Like most South Africans, you probably didn’t give much thought to water until restrictions forced you to put away the hosepipe and put up with a dirty car. But Ludwick Marishane, inventor of DryBath and founder of Headboy Industries, is nothing like most South Africans.

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Marishane admits to being “obsessed with water”. That, plus his innate entrepreneurial flair, helped him to come up with the idea for DryBath when he was still at school. Essentially, the product works in much the same way as the waterless hand-cleanser that moms keep in their nappy bags: You rub it on your skin, and the germ-killers and moisturisers inside the gel do the rest. It’s a great alternative to filling a tub, which means that the applications are virtually endless – from drought-stricken countries and nations battling with bacteriaborne disease, to campers and busy moms trying to keep their kids clean. Like many of the world’s cleverest entrepreneurial innovations, the idea for DryBath was sparked by a real-life scenario. In this case, it was a friend who – like many teenage boys – didn’t view personal hygiene as a priority. Where others might have spotted an opportunity for teasing, Marishane honed in on a chance to make money. Imagine if you could create a product that negated the need to bath or shower, he thought. Intrigued by the idea, he googled on his cellphone all he could about water and personal care, and finally came up with the DryBath formula. This is where his passion for water had a part to play. “I think about water in the same way that Rockefeller thought about oil. He came to own the oil pipeline because he looked at all the different ways that oil could be used, beyond the obvious. That’s how products like Vaseline came about. In the same way, I looked at the many ways that water touches our lives, and the most obvious use – besides hydration – is personal care. My aim is to grow DryBath into a waterless hygiene customer segment that produces substantial value for society. That’s important, because given its scarcity, I

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believe that water will come to be more valuable than oil.” It’s an insight that certainly helped to launch his entrepreneurial career. Yet without his inherent curiosity, the concept would have failed to launch. Marishane says that it was a move from Johannesburg to Limpopo when he was seven years old that sparked this trait. “My father’s Johannesburg yard was as big as the yard of the high school I went to – which just goes to show how small the school was. When I was young, my dad always encouraged me to be ‘scientifically curious’; to think about why things are the way they are. When I moved to my mother’s house in Limpopo, I saw the world from a different perspective. Here, the big question was, How can you make things happen when you have nothing? I doubt my entrepreneurial streak would have developed if I had stayed in Johannesburg.” Having the savvy to spot a niche is one thing; having the capital to turn your hunch into a viable business proposition is quite another. Marishane admits that this is the aspect of entrepreneurialism he has found most challenging. “When you start out as an entrepreneur, your first priority is to raise risk capital so that you can experiment with prototypes and find the best version of your product. Then you need mentors and advisers who can guide you to mature from thinking like a broke schoolboy towards being wise to your value as a societal resource. I didn’t have the latter, so I learned the hard way and made many mistakes. I was also set back because I worked as a one-man band for five years, when it would have been valuable to have access to the skills of a team. Then there’s the final hurdle you face: gaining access to market.” Marishane says that as much as financial capital is crucial throughout this cycle, social capital is just as important – and it’s an area

where black entrepreneurs often fall down, lacking as they do well established networks of potential business associates. Not that he’s allowed any of this to stand in his way. In lieu of a substantial marketing budget, Marishane has raised the profile of his company by entering (and winning) entrepreneurial competitions, such as the 2011 Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award. What keeps him going when times are difficult? “My love of this project. And my conviction that the opportunity will continue to grow for the next 20 years. As there are few people playing in this space, we have first mover advantage.” Even so, there’s much work to be done. Marishane is trying hard to garner support from institutions such as hotels, prisons, clinics and schools. It’s a market he thought would have snapped up DryBath with alacrity, especially in South Africa, thanks to its water-saving potential. Interestingly, though, most custom hails from the United States, followed by Europe, Australia and the UK. DryBath is also included in kits distributed by the UN. “Pricing continues to be an issue,” he notes, but affordability notwithstanding, the company increased the number of export destinations from five to ten during the past year. While Marishane strives to improve business by tweaking funding models, Headboy Industries is keeping busy with other projects, including the launch of a bursary support programme, and the introduction of a new sporting code at South African schools. His innovations give food for thought: Could commercialising that one hassle that slows you down every day turn you into a business behemoth? Drybath is available from TakeAlot.com, Headboy.org, and Clicks stores nationwide.


The BITRI Centre for Material Science The Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI) is a parastatal under Botswana’s Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, established with a Mandate to identify, develop and/or adapt appropriate technology solutions that provide sustainable innovative solutions through co-creation and collaboration in line with national priorities and needs of Botswana. The technologies will as much as possible maximize the use of local materials to ensure efficiency and affordability. BITRI has established a world-class Centre for Material Science (CMS) with state of the art laboratory facilities, such as XPS, XRD, XRF, SEM, high resolution GC/MS, LC/MS and ICP/MS. The CMS has synthesis capabilities for metal nano particles, electrospun nano fibres and materials characterisation that will serve the research needs as well as the commercial materials analysis needs of Botswana and Africa across a variety of sectors. BITRI invites all interested parties to use the facilities for a fee. For more information, contact Thatayaone Tladi Contacts cms@bitri.co.bw Telephone: (+267) 360 7619 Mobile: (+267) 77 537 379 Head Office: Maranyane House: Plot 50654, Machel Drive Gaborone, Botswana: Telephone: (+267) 360 7500 Fax: (+267) 360 7624 Email: communications@bitri.co.bw Website: www.bitri.co.bw


Cave

Dwelling Getting Back to Basics in the Drakensberg We may have come a long way from our early ancestors’ cavemen days, but you can still experience what it’s like to overnight in the mountains in some of the Drakensberg’s many caves.

Text: Will Edgcumbe Images © Antbear Lodge & Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife

I’ve come to realise that in many respects my life serves as a cautionary tale, for no other reason than poor planning. One of my chief mistakes was accepting an invitation to overnight at Grindstone Cave in the Injisuthi area of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, and giving zero thought to what I should bring to make it enjoyable. My mistakes were legion: I wore old, semi-broken takkies that were impossible to walk in; it was summer, so I didn’t bring a waterproof jacket (a vicious storm caught

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us out in the open, leaving me soaking and freezing); my sleeping bag was designed for balmy nights on the coast, not the mountains; and I didn’t bring enough food. Suffice to say, I was a sorry sight – particularly as the rest of the people in my party had every item of gear imaginable, from high tech gas cookers to carbon fibre walking sticks to boxes of what looked like astronaut food. I suspect I’m not alone in those mistakes, and fortunately they didn’t dampen my enthusiasm for overnighting in the

Drakensberg. My subsequent experiences have been fantastic, and my plan is to slowly work my way towards staying in most of the caves in the area. This will likely take some years, as the Drakensberg is riddled with caves one can overnight in, and they come in a variety of sizes and settings. They’re also extremely popular, and so need to be booked well in advance. Some can sleep only two, and others up to 12, so bear this in mind if you want exclusive use of a cave, or don’t mind sharing with other intrepid hikers.


Spoilt for Choice There are in the region of 60 caves one can overnight in scattered along the length of the Drakensberg range (and hundreds more besides to visit on hikes). Some are easy to get to, some arduous, and some need to be visited as a series of overnight stops. If you’re new to this, find a hike to match your pace, prep well and enjoy the magical feeling of waking up to the sun rising over the foothills below you. One of the easiest caves to reach is Sherman’s Cave en route to Cathedral

Peak in the northern Drakensberg. It’s just a 3 km walk from the trailhead, and there’s a small, reliable stream nearby to take care of your water needs. The cave sleeps ten and with its low roof it provides good shelter from the rain. The Cathedral Peak trail is very popular, so it’s not the most private of caves, but if you’re new to cave overnighting it makes for a relatively easy first experience. Injisuthi, in the central Drakensberg, is a great base from which to explore the mountains, allowing hikers to head

both north to Cathedral Peak and south to Giant’s Castle. But even exploring the immediate wilderness area is special, and one can overnight in one of three nearby caves, namely the Lower Injisuthi, Marble Baths and Grindstone. Marble Baths is really popular. Named for the mediumsized pools and chutes which cut through sandstone bedrock in the river below (great for swimming and sunbathing), the cave sleeps eight people at a squeeze and has some lovely views of the escarpment. In the Garden Castle area in the

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Safety Matters Hiking is one of the best ways to experience the outdoors and a measure of solitude, but things can go pear-shaped pretty quickly if you’re irresponsible or unprepared. Take note of the following basic safety tips to make your overnight hiking experience memorable in the right way: •S  ign the mountain register going in and on the way out so the authorities know if you’re still on the trail. •T  ake sunblock and a hat – even on overcast days, the mountain sun can roast you. •M  ake sure you take a map, and familiarise yourself with your route – it’s easy to get lost or mistakenly take a game trail instead of the hiking path. •T  ake a warm waterproof jacket even in summer – conditions can change very quickly. •T  ake plenty of drinking water. You can likely fill up from streams along the way, but don’t rely on this. • Never hike alone. •A  lways take a first aid kit and cellphone with the relevant emergency numbers. • Wear comfortable, worn-in hiking boots.

southern Drakensberg is one of the biggest and most popular caves for overnighting, Sleeping Beauty Cave. This large cave sleeps 12, and has a high roof and big flat areas for sleeping – it even has a stream passing through it. Whilst it’s only 4 km from the Garden Castle entry point, it’s 240 m higher in altitude, so the walk up to the cave is quite strenuous. The views are gorgeous though, so it’s worth taking your time and keeping an eye out for the radiant malachite sunbirds that flit about the grassland. Luxury Caving? If you fancy sleeping in a cave, but can’t fathom the idea of lying on

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hardpacked earth and scratching around in the bush to relieve yourself, you may just be in luck. Though it’s not quite in the Drakensberg proper, Antbear Lodge is set in the foothills on the way to Giant’s Castle, and they’ve converted a cave on the property into a luxury suite. Complete with handmade furnishings, king size bed, open fireplace, Jacuzzi and wooden deck, it doesn’t lack for creature comforts. Best of all, folding glass doors open up to give you a 180-degree view from Giant’s Castle to the Amphitheatre. Just spare a thought for the people in their sleeping bags using rocks for a pillow.

Protecting the Wilderness There are some basic rules to follow which apply to all caves in the Drakensberg area. Follow these, and you’ll enhance the experience for those who come after you: • No fires are allowed, even inside caves. •T  ake out what you take in – don’t leave litter behind. •R  elieve yourself at least a five-minute walk away from any cave, campsite, forest, watercourse or path. •N  o overnight camping is permitted in caves containing San paintings. Contacts Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife www.kznwildlife.com/ +27 33 845 1000 Antbear www.antbear.co.za / +27 76 441 2362


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TravelIT is Tourvest Travel Services’ online travel management solution that serves all its operating brands, namely American Express Global Business Travel South Africa, Seekers Travel, Maties Travel, and lndojet. Tourvest Travel Services developed this internal platform to be much more than just a booking solution. Designed for the African corporate marketplace, it manages and seamlessly integrates every aspect of the travel management process to improve oversight and reduce travel spend. “We can customise and integrate the solution to meet your exact business

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

bookings become simple; travel documents are received five minutes after booking approval; bookings can be changed online without consultants; everything is on one page; and GPS co-ordinates accompany hotel and guesthouse vouchers. This system is user-friendly and fast. The traveller never has to leave the one screen, regardless of how simple or complex the booking is. Yet, when support is needed, expert consultants are only a click or call away. For more information, please visit www.travelit.co.za.


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Head to Rhulani Safari Lodge in the North West province’s Madikwe Game Reserve for Africa’s best bush relaxation retreat. Text: Brian Berkman Images © Rhulani Safari lodge

When the rain hits the cracked earth at Rhulani Safari Lodge, which overlooks the 75,000 hectares that make up the Madikwe Game Reserve, a scent like no other lifts to the heavens which – as future evenings will attest to – are scattered with bright and plentiful stars that sit like a vast crystal chandelier high above. It’s easy to wax lyrical when thinking about the bush in general, and particularly about this section of it near South Africa’s western

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border with Botswana, being famed as it is for its wild dogs, lions and its malariafree status. For Rhulani’s globe-trotting owners, Rolf Steiner and Marisa Silva – each a leader in their corporate fields – Rhulani is their ideal kind of lodge. It offers space to feel the bush and step away from the noise of the world while still enjoying pared-down luxury comfort and digital connectivity, if you really want to.

In 2013 they further invested in the look and feel of the property with a focus on up-cycling and reusing what they already had, ever mindful of their environmental impact. Marisa explains: “We kept our colour palette – brown, beige and terracotta – that was inspired by the changing colours of the earth, with added splashes of red and yellow. The addition of yellow and coral red symbolises the African sunrise and sunset, while our earthy tones are embedded in


nature. In much the same way, Rhulani was designed and built to blend as much as possible into its surroundings. It is only when you are here and observe its incredible wildlife that you truly appreciate how perfectly all the elements of nature interact – as they always have.” In talking about the upgrade, Marisa acknowledges that it was a complex and subtle job: “We are a luxury five-star lodge with all the services and amenities of a five-

star hotel – but we want our guests to feel, smell, see and hear the bush, so we take great care in creating the perfect balance of stimuli. Our objective is to create a unique Rhulani feeling.” She also comments about the choice of works by South African artist Sharon Boonzaier: “A central part of the renewals were the new paintings we acquired for the private chalets. We found that Sharon’s beautiful works of art fit perfectly into our new design concept. Her themes of nature and African culture, based on traditional schemes, but with refreshing elements, were fully in line with our plans. We also had the opportunity to incorporate in the art a touch of our new colour yellow, symbolising the sunrise.” So, with the sunrise as a renewed focus, comes the early morning game drive – an opportunity to be out as the first rays warm the earth and release the medicinal oils from the bush into the environment. At this Big Five bush lodge, the depth of luxury is matched only by the breadth of knowledge of the lodge’s field guides

and the sophisticated service offering from Rhulani’s team of executive butlers, trained by the renowned South African Butler Academy. After your game drive, take time to enjoy the free-form pool set into the rock face or, if you prefer, enjoy the privacy of your own splash pool while you look out over the bush. From Rhulani’s main lodge and dining area the waterhole attracts the free-roaming game to within easy spotting distance of Rhulani’s guests. With fine-dining options in the evening and wholesome breakfasts and lunches, it seems fitting to dine under the shade of Marula trees or beneath the stars. The unique mix of savannah and semidesert makes this part of the world very special. And in light of the fact that today’s travellers don’t want to take medication when not necessary, its malaria-free status is a definite plus. For more information, please visit www.rhulani.com, search for Rhulani Safari Lodge on Facebook or @Rhulani_lodge on Twitter.

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Flying

HIGH Aviation Festival Africa

From a small gathering with a handful of exhibition stands, to a large conference with over 200 airlines represented, the Aviation Festival Africa – which takes place this year on 13th and 14th June at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg – has grown to become Africa’s leading aviation conference and exhibition.

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The festival is best summed up by the words once famously used by motivational speaker, Les Brown: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” With 1,500 attendees from 45 countries, 80 conference speakers, 300 conference delegates, and 40 exhibition booths, this event is sure to propel the career of all attendees to astronomical heights. This festival is the perfect opportunity to make connections with top executives and learn more about the industry. Representatives from African operators, airlines, and Government will be there to source the latest technologies and solutions for their networks. The event also makes it the perfect platform for attendees to reach new customers with their brand, message, and sales people.

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Beyond selling services or products, attendees will have the opportunity to hear the inside scoop on the industry from expert guest speakers such as Aaron Munetsi, Acting Chief Commercial Officer of South African Airways; Subash Devkaran from the South African Civil Aviation Authority; and Yanik Hoyles, Director of the NDC Programme from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Topics covered will include: Putting Africa’s aviation industry on the map; how to spot future disruptors to your business; how to maximise profit on passengers and cargo; and how to deal with growing customer expectations while seeking sustainable profitability, as well as how to improve airport performance.

Aside from attending informative presentations, attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in speed networking sessions. The Aviation Festival Africa is the perfect platform for those looking for their big break in the African aviation industry. Mark your calendar, and be sure not to miss this incredible opportunity to shoot for the moon. Book your conference pass today. For more information, please visit www.terrapinn.com/avfestafrica.


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AN AGELESS LAND, where countless generations of desert people have left their collective footprint. Endless skies, amber dune-scapes, and a Great River, all set within a landscape brimming with dramatic beauty. And people so real, you will feel the vibration of Mother Nature when they shake your hand. This is the Northern Cape – REAL CULTURE, REAL PEOPLE AND REAL NATURE. Now come and experience it for yourselves and make memories to last a lifetime. FIVE MUST DO REASONS TO CHOOSE THE NORTHERN CAPE AS YOUR NEXT SOUTHERN AFRICAN HOLIDAY DESTINATION: 1. REWARDING CULTURAL ADVENTURES The distinct cultural groups that make up the Northern Cape are as rich as the country’s history. Unlock the secrets of the African bush in the company of the oldest human inhabitants of the region, the ‡Khomani San near the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Swim in the hot pools of Riemvasmaak, discover the ancient wisdom of the Nama of the Richtersveld, a world heritage site. Explore living villages, shop at craft markets, indulge in regional authentic cuisine at local eateries and be transported to the world of our ancestors through campfire storytelling and dancing. It’s the best way to experience the heartbeat of the province and to take some of the soul of the Northern Cape with you on your return journey home. 2. ADVENTURE EXPERIENCES OFF THE BEATEN TRACK For the active, it’s an ideal environment for exploration and adventure. We have an awe-inspiring setting for any enthusiast. Whether you are stargazing in Sutherland, hunting for fossils in the Karoo or searching for San rock art deep in the caves of the Diamond Fields, experiencing the world’s richest floral offering in Namakwa, camping deep in the bush surrounded by wildlife and the famed black-maned lion of the Green Kalahari, or Kayaking down the mighty Orange River, the Northern Cape is more than an adventure, it’s an enriching life experience. 3. FAMILY ADVENTURE EXPERIENCES The Northern Cape has always been a family- friendly destination. Its mix of culture, adventure, wildlife and wide

accommodation choices, offers family fun that is both entertaining and educational. The province is home to six national parks and two of the country’s largest rivers, which makes it perfect for fun activities the entire family can enjoy. These include game safaris, bird watching and leisure hikes and walks to safaris, museum visits and archaeological discoveries to disconnect reconnect and rediscover! 4. NATURAL BEAUTY AND WILDLIFE ADVENTURE EXPERIENCES The Northern Cape is arguably South Africa’s most beautiful and naturally real province. Visitors are hard-pressed to choose between our UNESCO Richtersveld World Heritage Site and two Transfrontier Parks, the Kgalagadi and the |Ai|Ais Richtersveld with its red and golden sand dunes. Share the intimate bush knowledge of a Nama or San Bushmen guide/tracker. The Northern Cape’s natural beauty is enhanced by it’s an iconic wildlife. From the small five to the big five, watching wild animals at dose range is something truly unforgettable. There are walking, horseback, 4x4, little five and many more safaris to incorporate in your trip in one of the 6 provincial reserves or any of the other four national parks and transfrontier parks. 5. A FLORAL EXPERIENCE Each spring, the dormant and arid winter plains of the Northern Cape’s Namakwa region are transformed into a kaleidoscope of color with the arrival of the flower season. The wild flowers of the Namakwa are definitely a natural phenomenon and best discovered on foot, which makes it ultimately appealing to hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.

As the only arid hotspot in the world this region contains more than 6 000 plant species, 250 species of birds, 78 species of mammals, 132 species of reptiles and amphibians and an unknown number of insects, making it the world’s most diverse, arid environment. This floral diversity has also made the Namakwa the richest bulb flora arid region in the world. Best times to visit is end July to early October. A dedicated hotline in operation from 1 August to 30 September will provide insights to flower hotspots and flower sighting updates, call the flower hotline on +27 (0)79 294 7260 FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT www.experiencenortherncape.com or E. marketing@experiencenortherncape.com E. dianna@experiencenortherncape.com NorthernCapeTourism

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The Emerald

Desert Kalahari. The very word conjures images of a dusty moonscape simmering in the midday heat, pockmarked perhaps by the odd skull bleached by the sun. Whilst this may be apt for much of the Kalahari’s 900,000 km², the Orange River winds its way slowly westward through the heart of it, and has created a meandering greenbelt of irrigated farmland. Called the Green Kalahari, its very name seemingly an oxymoron, it is a place of startling beauty, big skies and down-to-earth people.

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In this part of the Kalahari, vast tracts of land are under fruit, vegetables and – most exciting of all – grapes. For a stretch of about 350 km there are more vineyards than one can unsteadily shake a finger at – further proof that there is no more noble transformation than for water to be turned into wine. Fruit of the Vine If the Green Kalahari has a beating heart, it’s the town of Upington. The centre of the

area both geographically and commercially, Upington has a long agricultural history and, fittingly, it’s also where Orange River Cellars is based. The largest wine cooperative in the Southern Hemisphere – and the second largest in the world in terms of tons harvested – Orange River Cellars has a membership of some 850 farmers in the greater area, with each farmer owning shares in the company. The farmers supply grapes to five cellars scattered about the area – in Upington, Kakamas, Keimoes,

Grootdrink and Groblershoop. Thanks to the experience and knowledge of each cellar’s expert wine maker, Orange River Cellars produces more than 30 products, from dry red to sweet dessert wines. As most of the farmers only supply to the cooperative, not many farms have their own private labels and so aren’t open to the public. Each of the five cellars, however, are open for wine tastings and tours, but it’s best to phone ahead to check, because the tours are generally only offered during

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First Page: The Old Mission church in the sweet Kalahari town of Keimos. This Page (clockwise from top): Declared a National Monument in 1978, this restored Persian waterwheel is still in use on an irrigation canal along the main road of Keimoes; wine tasting at Die Mas Boerdery and Resort; clever irrigation means that life springs from the dust at Orange River Cellars; Augrabies Falls thunders 56 m into the gorge below. Last Page: Expect a warm welcome at Bezalel Wine & Brandy Estate, between Upington and Keimoes.

harvest season from January to March. Wine tasting is offered year-round, so if your interest is purely consumptive you needn’t worry about missing out. The five cellars are spread out geographically, so don’t be afraid to visit them over a couple of days. Bezalel Wine & Brandy Estate, on the N14 between Upington and Keimoes, is owned and managed by third and fourth generation family members, and you can expect a warm welcome if you visit. The estate produces wine, brandy, liqueur, mampoer and witblits, which you can sample at the estate’s tasting room from Mondays to Saturdays. It’s worth going during harvesting season (between December and March) to witness the wine cellar and distillery in full swing. Nearby, near Kakamas, is Die Mas Boerdery and Resort, a 1,500-hectare family farm with some 100 hectares under vineyards. It supplies Orange River Cellars, but also has its own private cellar which produces a range of wines, as well as port and brandy. The estate is open for wine tasting from Monday to Saturday, or you can phone ahead and book a guided tour of the cellar and distillery by expert wine maker Danie van der Westhuizen. Over three hours he takes visitors through the entire production process. The tour also includes tastings of six wines and a brandy.

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An Island in the Desert If you’re into a nice “dorp” rather than a nice “dop”, then even just driving around – better yet, walking around – the little towns of the area is fascinating. The locals are friendly, the hospitality is amazing, and if you drop by a little padstal (farm stall) you’re bound to pick up something amazing to eat. Towns like Keimoes and Kakamas seem to operate at a different pace to the rest of the world. There are also the sorts of places that are so unusual they don’t seem real. Take Kanoneiland, for example. It’s the largest island in the Orange River – so large, in fact, that it is home to several farms and an amazing guesthouse. African Vineyard Guesthouse is a luxurious place to stay that champions slow living with hearty food, comfortable furnishings and an emphasis on taking it easy. Book in advance because

it’s extremely popular passing through.

Orange River Cellars – +27 54 337 8800 / www.orangeriverwines.com Bezalel Wine & Brandy Estate – +27 54 491 1325 / www.bezalel.co.za Die Mas Boerdery and Resort – +27 54 431 0245 / www.diemasvankakamas.co.za African Vineyard Guesthouse – +27 83 461 1724 / www.africanvineyard.co.za Augrabies Falls National Park – +27 54 452 9200 / www.sanparks.co.za Witsand Nature Reserve – +27 53 313 1061/2

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Life Abounds Even away from the Orange River, there is a startling array of life. A host of birds, plants, reptiles, mammals and insects have all evolved to not just cling to life, but thrive in this hardscrabble environment. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in Augrabies Falls National Park. It might look like the surface of Mars, but the bird and animal life is rich – though you may need to know where and how to look to spot it. The park is home to the famous quiver tree, but the main attraction is, undoubtedly, Augrabies Falls, a 56 m high waterfall which absolutely thunders when the river is in full flow. At the foot of the falls is an 18 km long gorge, and you can take advantage of some arresting views from various viewpoints.

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Just outside of Keimoes is Tierberg Nature Reserve. It may only be 160 hectares in size, but during winter and spring respectively the aloes and succulents burst into bloom. It’s like seeing a massive tapestry laid out in front of you, shimmering in the breeze. Due east of Upington is a highly unusual place. Witsand Nature Reserve is one of those places that few know of but all who come here say is a must-visit. The reserve’s pale white sand dunes are said to “roar”, though it’s perhaps more of a rumble. Essentially, the billions of grains of sand rub together, emitting a “hum” – it really is utterly fascinating and a little eerie. The reserve is home to fantastic birdlife, not to mention meerkat, pangolins, aardvarks, kudu, gemsbok, aardwolves, bat-eared foxes and more, which don’t seem bothered by the chatty sand at all.


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Mabula Game Lodge, a luxury lodge just two hours from Johannesburg, is situated in the malaria-free Waterberg region of Limpopo. This magnificent gem is home to the Big Five as well as a range of rare and beautiful plant and animal species. Indulging in memorable #mabulamoments is the order of the day when visiting this exquisite piece of nature.

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Like most encounters with nature, one never really knows what to expect, but Mabula prides itself on being able to offer their guests a few guarantees, comfort and relaxation being foremost. Their luxurious accommodation offers visitors a selection of single and double rooms as well as a spacious family suite. With thatched roofs, soft, earthy colours throughout, and significantly sized windows, Mabula

manages to bring the African wildlife experience indoors. The carefully planned dĂŠcor ensures that guests enjoy exceptional comfort while still experiencing the authenticity of the bush. Here, guests can enjoy an afternoon snooze, soothe weary muscles in a large stone bath, or take a refreshing shower in time for an afternoon game drive. While each room offers a television set, it


Imagine the raw scent of Africa complemented by warm rays of sunshine, as you drive through vast thickets where the Big Five roam freely alongside other predators like hyena and jackal. At Mabula Game Lodge you can step into this authentically wild experience of a truly African safari.

is unlikely that you will find the chance to use it. The marvellous sights and sounds that lie outside of the screen are simply too enthralling to ignore. Guests can expect to spot warthogs as they scurry their way through the garden, listen to the chirps of beautiful birds and, as the sun sinks behind the mountains, the laughter of hyenas as they scavenge on a carcass.

Despite its distinctive beauty and tranquillity, the bush can sometimes become somewhat mundane for adrenaline junkies or those with an adventurous spirit. Mabula ensures that there is something for everyone. Sunrise and sunset game drives cater to the tastes of the majority of guests. But for the more daring, a closer, more intimate encounter with the animals might be just what you are after. Mabula

Game Lodge offers visitors the opportunity to participate in an eco-adventure trail or a horseback safari. During an eco-adventure trail, guests can expect to enjoy a guided trail on a quad bike, where your sightings could range from an exquisite bird perched high up on a tree, to an ellie enjoying a quiet snack alongside the road. Do not despair if a quad bike is not for you, as you have the option of a relaxing

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horseback safari too. Offering a different perspective for wildlife viewing, a horseback safari provides the ideal height and mobility for game sightings – especially for those special sightings that are otherwise not visible through the thickets. Not looking to get that up close and personal with nature? Then spend some time at the main lodge where you can soak up the sun, enjoy a dip in the sparkling blue pool, or pamper yourself at the Mabula Spa. If your mini-me is experiencing the niggles, pop into the Mabula Cubz Club, where children can learn all about wildlife, or play games under the supervision of professional child-minders. As the sun sets behind the mountains, the Mabula Terrace Deck and Mabula Whisky Bar come alive with guests enjoying a few pre-dinner drinks, before indulging in a scrumptious three-course dinner, prepared by internationally renowned Chef George and his team of experts. The variety of dishes available on the buffet and á la carte menu caters to just about everyone’s taste buds, and includes a wide selection of game, beef, as well as chicken and vegetarian dishes. Mabula also offers a classic Boma Dinner Experience complemented by live African entertainment. Mabula Game Lodge is the epitome of a naturally wild experience, with something to offer for everyone – from couples on a romantic getaway to corporates looking to host conferences or teambuilding activities. Mabula is the epitome of happiness. Come and sip on a cool drink, indulge in a pampering spa session, spot some of Africa’s iconic wildlife and create #mabulamoments that will last a lifetime. For more information, please visit www.mabulasafaris.co.za.

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First Page: The Guerilla House team facilitates workshops as fellow learners, which means that everyone can contribute to the group. The workshops cover subjects such as water harvesting, soil fertility and growing your own food. This Page: The workshops immediately follow the theory portion of the event with a practical application. The workshops are very hands-on, so be prepared to get your hands dirty. Third Page: Imraan Samuels (pictured) runs Guerilla House along with Josh Potgieter.

Long considered something only socalled hippies dabbled with, what it really is, is a new way of thinking in order for people to provide food for themselves, and to share the surplus. To quote the “father of permaculture”, Bill Mollison, “The word permaculture refers to an integrated, selfsustaining system of perennial agriculture... which is a large diversity of plant and animal species… designed to minimise maintenance input and maximise product yield. In permaculture, little cycles are set up and the system virtually keeps itself going.” It’s more than subsistence farming (which in itself isn’t necessarily sustainable if damaging or destructive practices are used), but is a simple way in which families and communities can supplement or even wholly provide their food needs, selling or sharing the surplus, whilst also protecting the soil, harvesting water and using it efficiently, and even making their own cleaning agents and cosmetics. Guerilla House, based in Cape Town and run by the two-person team of Imraan Samuels and Josh Potgieter, is a registered NPO which runs workshops and consults on regenerative activities informed by the permaculture way of thinking. “Our primary belief is that we are embedded in a world of abundance,

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accessible only when we remove the internal structures which prevent us from realising the full truth of this concept. These structures stem from a core ideology of disconnection – disconnection from the natural world around us which sustains us, disconnection from our fellow humans through which our complex needs are met, and disconnection from ourselves resulting in destructive health practices and emotional behaviour,” Imraan says. “If we remove these structures, not one by one but rather synergistically, in community, we tap into that abundance. “Our initial idea was that we’d be implementing food gardens and water harvesting systems and helping people to achieve abundance in that way. We soon realised that this whole thing was way more multi-faceted than that, though, and where we’ve found our niche is in the ability to hold space for people to find that abundance through community; through connection to each other.” Guerilla House’s workshops cover subjects such as growing your own food (in an urban and suburban context), soil fertility, plant propagation, and starting your own backyard nursery, making your own biodegradable cosmetics and detergents, installing grey-water systems, water harvesting and more.

“Our focus is the urban space, and we operate under a permaculture framework. This simply means we aim to create a permanent culture of humanity, synergistically embedded within its surrounding ecology, and using the ethics of people care, earth care, and surplus share as its guiding tenets,” says Imraan. “We launched Guerilla House after experiencing a gaping hole in the regenerative market. We struggled to find quality education and experience in this field as it was both expensive and required time commitments which were not realistic for ourselves as working class or low-income individuals. We saw that many others were also chomping at the bit to engage in this kind of work and bring regeneration into their own lives, but there were these clear access issues. Secondly, as much as information abounds on the Internet as to how one could apply oneself, we saw that the sheer amount of information is paralysing – turning many off as they struggle to select exactly which information to apply.” “Faced with these challenges, the solutions stared us in the face. Provide a space where people can learn and, more importantly, practice regenerative


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activities, at a price which low-income individuals can afford and which are conducive for your average working-class individual. The result has been a costeffective platform which we facilitate (as fellow learners and not teachers), which pools the financial resources of a group of people together to fund a hands-on learning experience for all, covering a wide variety of regenerative activities.” Guerilla House offers its one- and two-day workshops on weekends to give community members the opportunity to attend outside of standard working hours. “The core focus of all our workshops is to foster connection to the topic being explored and how it affects our lives and the world around us, and to foster connection to each other. We follow a general pattern in our workshops of exploring the topic theoretically, and then immediately applying what was learnt by practically implementing something relating to the topic, for example installing a grey-water system as a group, or making soap together, or implementing a food forest or veg garden,” Imraan says. “Hands-on learning is critical to us. The learning environment is also very organic, and we emphasise that it’s a cocreated shared learning event by everyone present. So we use processes which ensure space for all to express their views, understandings and questions, creating rapid feedback and determining the focus of the workshop as we go. “Our design and consultancy service was launched in January this year, and we cater

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to clients who have a need to implement some regenerative practice in their lives (food growing, waste management, water harvesting, or grey-water systems), but are not keen to attend a workshop to learn how to do it themselves, or would prefer our guidance as they implement.” It might be tempting to think of permaculture as a way to withdraw from society and become self-reliant, but in its true sense it allows for community building to occur in a real and practical sense – and community building is something South Africa desperately needs.

“I believe that if the core ethics of permaculture – earth care, people care, and surplus care – can be adopted by a critical mass of people around the world, we will begin living in a society which is not fundamentally based on lack but rather abundance, not fear but rather love, and this society would be a positive self-reinforcing loop which engenders more abundance and more love as it goes,” Imraan says. You can find out more about Guerilla House’s workshops and consulting on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ theguerillahouse.


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There’s Always Something to Do in Durban Durban is a city unlike any other – after all, where else can you feast on an original Durban bunny chow and shisanyama on the same day? The city has also recently launched a number of exciting new experiences, including the Station Road precinct and Durban Green Corridor, not to mention a number of new eateries and restaurants in and around the city. Here is a selection of just a few of the fun things that you can experience while in Durban. Text: Durban Tourism Images © Durban Tourism, Abhi Indrarajan & iStockphoto.com

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Sangoma Experience At iSithumba Adventure Park, in the Valley of a Thousand Hills, you can take a guided tour of a quintessential rural Zulu village. The guides are all local people who know the area intimately, and who have incredible knowledge and fascinating stories about traditional Zulu culture, rituals and customs. Visit the chief of the village and pose your questions to him, meet the spiritual healer and find out what he does for the local village people. Visit a shebeen (bar) and the local store and you may even be welcomed by a traditional Zulu meal cooked by one the local ladies. If you choose to spend the night, you can wake up to see the sun rising over the beautiful rolling hills. The tour includes a guide and a light traditional lunch. For more information, contact +27 31 322 6026/7 or email info@durbangreencorridor.co.za. Bunny Chow Experience Durban’s must-taste experience is the bunny chow. A hollowed out loaf of fresh bread filled with Durban-style curry is the city’s most unique culinary invention, and no visit is complete without sampling one. They are sold throughout the city, from five-star hotels to local eateries. eNanda Culture Shock Tour Tour the sacred Shembe Village and also meet local Rastafarians who sleep and worship in caves in a lush green valley with a mesmerising and dramatic waterfall en route. Traditional Zulu culture and food can be enjoyed here too, as well as a stopover at a local homestead or one of the local B&Bs.

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For more information, please visit www.durbangreencorridor.co.za or contact +27 31 322 6026/7. Oriental Walkabout The Oriental Walkabout is one of Durban’s most authentic tours. Visit the Victoria Street Market, walk through the maze of the central business district, and then visit the Grey Street Mosque (the oldest mosque in South Africa) as well as the oldest church in the province. The tour covers Durban’s rich Eastern and African heritage, as well as fascinating tours of the muti (traditional medicine) market, meat and fish market and the famous Victoria Street Market. Tours run twice daily during the week and once in the morning on Saturdays. Contact +27 31 3224205 for bookings. Floating Restaurant La Vue is the only floating restaurant and events venue in South Africa. Open six days a week, this 85-foot luxury catamaran offers a variety of recreational entertainment options. Set sail on this magnificent 200-seater passenger vessel, and live your own “city experience”. La Vue operates a scheduled dining cruise around the harbour and along the sea front all year round, offering fresh food, live entertainment and spectacular Durban city sights. All food is prepared and cooked freshly on board and using seasonal South African produce. Each cruise features a fascinating look at Durban’s metropolitan skyline and the landmarks that make Durban a popular tourist destination. For bookings, please contact +27 83 327 7418 / +27 62 450 3170 or email bookings@la-vue.co.za. Wavehouse South Africa’s biggest supertube – at Wavehouse Durban – is not to be missed! You’re in for a thrilling experience on this 180-m Spaghetti Junction supertube which shoots you up a lift before slipping into a pitch-black funnel, followed by a drop into luminous tubing and then a plunge into the pool. Surf fans can also ride the Wavehouse’s “flow rider” – the perfect never-ending wave – while Pumptrax is perfect for adventurous guys and gals of all ages who enjoy anything on wheels. Families can bring their push bikes, BMXs, mountain bikes, skateboards, scooters and roller skates to try out the 250-m asphalt pump track.

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The Wavehouse is situated at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping. Please Contact +27 31 584 9400 or email enquiries@wavehouse.co.za for more info. Durban Ice Arena The Durban Ice Arena offers a range of fun-filled recreational ice skating activities, including a host of team-

building exercises, birthday parties, group parties, school events and excursions, ice shows, ice hockey lessons and ice skating and figure skating lessons – all under one roof. The Durban Ice Arena is open daily. Contact +27 31 332 4597 or please email info@durbanicearena.co.za for more information.


Umgeni Steam Railway Take a trip on the Umgeni Steam railway’s 100-yearold steam train as it chuffs its way from Kloof Station to Inchanga Station and the Country Craft market. It runs on the last Sunday of every month. Email bookings@umgenisteamrailway.co.za or phone +27 31 7771422 / +27 31 7771940 for bookings. Cappeny Estates Strawberry Farm Cappeny Estates is the province’s most popular strawberry farm, located just five minutes away from Ballito CBD. The farm offers direct selling of fresh and frozen strawberries to the public all year round, as well as the opportunity to go strawberry picking every Saturday during strawberry season. Visit www.cappenyestates.com or please contact +27 32 815 1168 for more information. Horseback Beach Adventures Explore Durban’s beaches and natural beauty on a horse ride with Gary’s Horses. They can accommodate all ages and experience levels, and also offer riding lessons. Contact +27 84 205 979 or email coetzee3@polka.co.za for more information. Durban is your only choice for an awesome #FunSeason experience. Follow @DBNTourism or please visit www.durbanexperience.co.za for even more ideas of what to do in this vibrant city.

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Sport

for Peace & Development Zambia Shows How It Can Be Done Sport has the potential to change lives. High profile examples of individual sportsmen and -women often receive significant publicity, like the 10 refugee athletes who competed at the Rio Olympics in 2016, or the charitable work done by football stars who use their fame to support their communities. But sport is also changing lives through community projects all over the world – far more quietly and below the media radar.

Text: Iain Lindsey: Lecturer in Sport Policy and Development, Durham University; Davies Banda: Senior Teaching Fellow in Sport Policy, University of Edinburgh; Ruth Jeanes: Senior Lecturer Sport and community development, Monash University; Tess Kay: Professor of Sport and Social Sciences, Brunel University London / www.theconversation.com Images Š iStockphoto.com

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That’s why 6th April each year is marked as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Organised by the United Nations, it celebrates projects that value “the positive influence that sport can have on the advancement of human rights, and social and economic development”. Our recently published book, Localizing Global Sport for Development, focused on such projects in Zambia. We wanted to understand sport for development and peace as it is organised and experienced in Zambia by local staff, volunteers and young people. The projects use sports such as netball, football and volleyball to get young people active, develop their leadership skills, and provide them with support networks outside their homes and schools. Sport has been recognised by the United Nations as an important enabler of sustainable development and a way to empower young people. So these organisations’ experiences – both their successes and their challenges – can offer valuable lessons to similar initiatives elsewhere in the world. Opportunities and Experiences In Zambia, as with sport for development and peace initiatives elsewhere, sport’s key contribution is to provide the context within which a range of development issues can be

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addressed. Adapted sporting activities and practices encourage active learning and peerled discussions on key development issues such as HIV/Aids. Specific empowerment programmes for women and girls are also organised to challenge traditional gender stereotypes through female participation in football, to promote local female role models, and to offer educational scholarships for female peer leaders. Our research focused on the work of two non-governmental organisations: Sport in Action and EduSport. They work in communities across Zambia and especially in the capital city, Lusaka. Their activities engage boys and girls from primary school age right through to young adulthood. We spoke to many young Zambians involved in the projects. Their enthusiasm for simply participating in sport stood out – there were few other positive recreational opportunities available in their communities. For some, getting involved in the projects gave a focus to otherwise unstructured lives, and created a feeling of belonging. One young woman told us: “The friendship and being part of a team is very important. If it wasn’t for sport I wouldn’t have met so many girls, who I now consider to be my extended family, and that has been very important. We share our differences and learn from one another.”

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The projects also gave young people a safe, more open space to learn about things like HIV/Aids. They found the sporting context very different to their experiences in formal settings, such as in school and in church. The non-authoritative settings allowed them to speak more freely to adults – and to support each other in coping with situations that put them at risk of infection. Many of the young women were participating in sport despite initial resistance from their families and communities. Although they became more confident, empowerment on the sports field didn’t necessarily transfer to their wider lives. As one young woman put it: “I play football and I feel strong. We are showing that in our communities, that we can do the same things that men do… But men still do not include us in community matters, we still have no say in what happens. It is changing a little, but very slowly.” Both organisations had also selected and trained committed participants to take on positions of responsibility. They became peer leaders, acting as coaches, educators and organisers. They were volunteers and were motivated by helping to improve their communities. The peer leaders developed skills and confidence, and gained valuable experience. But they, like the young people

they were mentoring, struggled to translate these benefits into their everyday lives. Youth unemployment rates are at 25 % in Zambia, and the peer leaders’ skills didn’t help them to achieve their goal of finding regular, paid work. Local Matters There’s one area in which the Zambian projects really stand out though: They have adopted a locally-orientated ethos that strengthens community bonds amongst young people, while simultaneously trying to challenge regressive social norms. Though social change may come slowly, a localised approach seems the right way to spark it. Young people recognise the social problems they face in their own communities and, through supportive projects, can work together to attempt to address them. Other sport for development and peace organisations should be encouraged to adopt a similarly localised approach in their work. In this way, sport really can keep changing lives – and contribute to the sustainable development of nations in the future.

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Industrial Elegance The amazing details of the original historical boatshed building, combined with new architecture and modern décor, add to the ambience of this truly one-of-akind boutique hotel. The Lofts’ atrium is the essence of relaxed sophistication, industrial elegance, flexibility and interaction between all these elements. In this space, a small bar offers coffee, drinks and snacks, and is the ideal place to swap ideas and be inspired. In the same building, guests can find a boutique selling organic foods, a health spa and the famous Ile de Pain artisanal bakery and café, where breakfast is served. Each guest room is uniquely appointed with gorgeous fabrics and bed linens

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designed to make your stay luxurious and comfortable. Guest rooms include exclusive lagoon suites, luxury loft rooms and luxury two-bedroomed, fully equipped selfcatering suites. Explore and Experience When not enjoying the comforts of the hotel, you can explore the lagoon in a kayak or enjoy whale-watching and a ferry cruise. As a golfer you will find the location of The Lofts on Thesen Island a convenient hub from which to explore more than seven world-class golf courses in the area. Additionally, the vast forests of Knysna offer easy to challenging routes for any level of walker or mountain bike rider. The

famous Knysna elephants are said to still be roaming here, so be sure to bring your camera just in case you are lucky enough to spot one. Not Just a Place to Sleep The Lofts Boutique Hotel understands the concept of holidays very well and so has strived to ensure that it is not just a place to sleep. Even if you desire an active holiday, fill in the gaps with a spell on a comfortable sofa with a book, browse in the interesting shops, take a dip in the splash pool, or just relax and gaze at the hotel’s amazing lagoon views. For more information, please visit www.knysnahotel.co.za.


What’s Up in the World of

WHISKEY? Whisky, like food and fashion, is a passion point. As such, it’s possible to identify trends in whisky drinking behaviour, especially when a significant number of South Africans love their whisky: 4.1 million to be exact.

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While South Africa only produces two whiskies – Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky and Three Ships, both globally renowned and award-winning – we are the seventh largest export market in the world for Scotch whisky by volume. South Africans consumed over 18.5 million bottles of Scotch whisky (worth £39.9 million) in 2015, according to the latest report from the Scotch Whisky Association. So what’s on trend in the whisky world in 2017?

of the Cape Town preliminary round and owner of SIP Exclusive, a premium mobile bar company, picked up on global trends not only by choosing whisky as the base of his cocktail, but also by getting innovative with fresh, homemade ingredients normally associated with fusion food. His winning cocktail, The Smoking Gun, includes such nuanced flavours as South African Pinotage fortified with Bulleit bourbon, wild berry sugar syrup and Lapsang Souchong tea!

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Bourbon is Best Based on bourbon’s comeback in 2016, both in South Africa and abroad, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it is the backbone of The Smoking Gun, right down

to bourbon-infused cocoa nibbs blended with aromatic bitters. We can expect to see more bourbon-based cocktails on menus in 2017and more brands available at bars across the country. Look out for Wild Turkey, Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek and Devil’s Cut, to name a few. Good Old Fashioned While there is a place for cocktails that fuse seemingly bizarre ingredients, the opposite trend is also emerging. “There is a nostalgia for cocktails of yesteryear reimagined with fresh ingredients,” O’Reilly says. Jeremy Thompson, Marketing Manager for Distell’s international whiskies portfolio, says that the Black Bottle Old Fashioned was a huge hit

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in 2016. “Stir two parts of Black Bottle Whisky, two dashes of Angostura Bitters and 20 ml of sugar syrup over ice. Add a twist of orange zest over the glass to release the orange oils, and there you have it! It’s so appealing in its simplicity,” he explains. Expect more of the same sophisticated simplicity in 2017 as the mixology industry heads back to basics and delights increasingly fussy palates with the best possible quality ingredients. Premium Whisky Sundowners Just as the increased number of whiskybased drinks is noticeable on cocktail menus at trendy bars across South Africa, so is the number of whisky bars. A couple of years ago it may have been somewhat dangerously “niche” to open a bar specialising in whisky. Nowadays whisky bars like Bottega in Parkhurst, Johannesburg, the Da Vinci’s new whisky bar, and the whisky bar at the top of the Southern Sun Hyde Park are abuzz for after work drinks. “My whisky club has grown to the point that we will soon be opening a special Whisky Library above the restaurant to accommodate our 400 single malts,” says Saverio Cardillo of Bottega. “Our club is so popular that we have taken it online and applications to join are coming in weekly!” Irish Whiskey Reflecting global trends, Irish whiskey consumption is on the rise in South Africa. Jameson is the best-selling Irish whiskey globally and has reported double- to tripledigit growth particularly in the USA, South Africa and Russia. Both Pernod-Ricard and DIAGEO – competing spirits giants – recently announced plans to invest considerably in Irish whiskey production capacity in the coming months. Aside from Jameson Irish whiskey, South Africans were delighted by the likes

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of Midleton, Powers John’s Lane, Yellow Spot and Green Spot at the 2016 Whisky Live events – a reliable barometer for South African whisky trends. Joining the popular Whisky Live circuit in 2017 will be The Pogues, the official Irish whiskey of the legendary Celtic rock band, and West Cork. All are available for sampling at Whisky Live in Pretoria from 4th to 6th May at Brooklyn Square and in Durban from 1st to 3rd June at Gateway. Go to www.whiskylive.co.za for more information and book tickets at www.ticketpros.co.za. Whisky and Tech Where there is a passion, there’s a need to engage likeminded individuals,

and the Whizzky Whisky Scanner App is the perfect solution for those in search of a social platform on which to save their favourite whiskies, tasting notes and collections. It also enables curious newcomers and would-be connoisseurs to scan whisky bottle labels and receive everything that they need to know to sound knowledgeable about a dram. Best of all, users can create invite-only whisky clubs using the app. Launched in November 2015, the South Africandeveloped app already has over 16,000 users, 40 % of whom are from outside South Africa. Download Whizzky Whisky Scanner on iOS and Android to see what all the fuss is about.

The Smoking Gun by Owen O’Reilly Ingredients • 60 ml Bulleit bourbon • 25 ml homemade smoky vermouth (South African Pinotage fortified with Bulleit, wild berry sugar syrup and Lapsang Souchong tea) • Four dashes of homemade chocolate bitters (cocoa nibbs infused with Bulleit bourbon and blended with aromatic bitters) Method: Toss the cocktail between two tins to aerate and mix all the ingredients together while chilling the drink with minimal dilution. Top with lemon and bitter orange foam and garnish with absinthe mist and hickory-smoked Amarena cherries.


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du whiskey? Un nombre significatif de sud-africains aiment le whisky : 4,1 millions pour être exact, qui ont consommé plus de 18,5 millions de bouteilles de whisky écossais (d’un montant total de plus de 39,9 millions de livres sterling) en 2015, selon the dernier rapport de la Scotch Whisky Association. L’Afrique du Sud est le septième plus grand marché d’exportation du monde pour ce qui est du whisky écossais en matière de volume. Alors quelle est la tendance coté whisky en 2017 ?

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Confectionner des mélanges un peu fous World Class de DIAGEO est un programme global de boissons de luxe qui consiste en un Concours de cocktails pour les barmans professionnels et un programme de formation de haut niveau. Owen O’Reilly, le gagnant de l’étape préliminaire du Cape et propriétaire de SIP Exclusive – une société de bars mobiles de luxe – s’est inspiré de la tendance mondiale non seulement en choisissant le whisky comme base de ses cocktails mais aussi en innovant grâce à l’utilisation d’ingrédients frais et faits maison que l’on associerait normalement avec la cuisine « fusion ». Son cocktail gagnant, le Smoking Gun, renferme des saveurs nuancées comme celles du Pinotage sudafricain supplémenté de bourbon Bulleit, de sirop de baies sauvages et de thé Lapsang Souchong. On ne fait pas mieux que le Bourbon SI l’on se base sur le comeback du bourbon en 2016 on peut s’attendre à trouver bien plus de cocktails à base de

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bourbon sur les menus en 2017, ainsi que plus de marques disponibles dans les bars du pays. Suivez de près les marques telles Wild Turkey, Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek ou Devil’s Cut pour n’en nommer que quelques-unes. Les bons vieux cocktails Bien que les cocktails offrant des mélanges apparemment étranges aient une place, une tendance inverse émerge aussi. « On trouve une certaine nostalgie pour les cocktails d’antan réinventés à partir d’ingrédients frais, » explique O’Reilly. Jeremy Thompson, Directeur marketing du portefeuille de whiskies internationaux chez Distell, raconte que le cocktail du nom de Black Bottle Old Fashioned fut un énorme succès en 2016. « Mélangez deux mesures de whisky Black Bottle, deux doigts d’Angostura amère et 2 cl de sirop de sucre sur de la glace. C’est d’une simplicité ultra séduisante, » explique-t-il. Attendez-vous à plus de cette simplicité sophistiquée en 2017 vu que le secteur de la mixologie fait un retour aux sources et régale les palais

les plus exigeants par le biais d’ingrédients de la plus haute qualité. Whiskies d’exception à déguster en soirée Il y a quelques années seulement il aurait été quelque peu risqué de se spécialiser dans un créneau aussi étroit que celui du bar a whisky. Aujourd’hui les bars à whisky tels Bottega à Parkhurst à Johannesbourg, Da Vinci ou bien Southern Sun Hyde Park sont remplis de buveurs se donnant rendez-vous après le travail. « Mon club spécialisé dans les whiskies s’est développé à un tel point que nous allons bientôt ouvrir une « réserve de whiskies » au-dessus du restaurant qui hébergera notre collection de 400 single malts, » explique Saverio Cardillo de Bottega. Les whiskeys irlandais L’augmentation de la consommation de whiskeys irlandais en Afrique du Sud reflète bien la tendance mondiale. Jameson, qui est le whiskey irlandais le plus vendu au monde, a enregistré une croissance à deux


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solution. They are able to make good on these claims by having a modern fleet of over 200 GPS tracked vehicles, which are maintained by the relevant agents who make use of only original parts and new tyres. Bigfoot’s strategically placed branches provide an extensive national footprint which is linked by state of the art, industry specific software which allows for constant monitoring and managing of cargo. Value added services such as internet and inhouse solutions provide further benefit to clientele. Last year, the Gauteng branch relocated to a new 8,000 m² warehouse facility at 101 Springbok Road in Boksburg. Botswana is also now serviced by Omega Couriers, which is a subsidiary of Bigfoot Express Freight. Clients can place their collections nationally by calling the Toll Free collections number 0800 244 366.

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Leadership Lessons from Antarctica The harsh environment of the South Pole inspired MBA graduate Daleen Koch to investigate the mindset of South Africans regarding leadership styles. Her research contains surprising but valuable tips for business leaders. Text: Natalie Greve / finweek Images Š iStockphoto.com & Supplied

Few would imagine that travelling to the world’s coldest, driest, windiest and most sparsely populated continent would deliver important lessons on how to be a better boss. But University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) MBA graduate Daleen Koch has undertaken fascinating research into how the unique challenges offered by an isolated environment with limited infrastructure and an unforgiving climate can teach South African corporate managers critical leadership skills. Koch, an engineer by profession, arrived in Antarctica in 2007 after being appointed as space physics support engineer for the South African National Space Agency as part of an International Polar Year project. She spent 14 months living and working

at South African National Antarctic Expedition (SANAE) IV, the South African base in Antarctica, between 2007 and 2009, and participated in maintenance voyages to Marion Island and Gough Island, where South Africa manages two more research stations. This inspired her, as part of her MBA research, to investigate the mindset of South Africans in terms of leadership styles, and the expectations placed on them as leaders by themselves and others. Her research is based on a survey of 180 multidisciplinary team members of various ages who participated in overwintering expeditions between 1961 and 2015. Some 15.6 % of the participants were women and 84.4 % were men. The participants

were required to have spent at least 12 uninterrupted months at Gough Island, Marion Island or one of the SANAE bases in Antarctica, and comprised scientists, engineers, doctors and personnel who were specialists in various disciplines such as physics, biology, geology and oceanography. Leadership Requirements Currently employed by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology as a technical engineering officer, and a third of the way through her second winter on the Antarctic continent, Koch believes the Antarctic station environment offers unique perspectives on leadership because of the close proximity of the work and social environments.

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and social intelligence. “In South Africa, trust is integral for leaders who take their organisations through tough times. Business leaders need to be emotionally intelligent in order to manage themselves and when working with others, and also socially intelligent to build a personal bond to further facilitate trust,” Koch explains. Additionally, the format of the Antarctic station team resembles that of a project or company team in South Africa, comprised of multidisciplinary members

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“It is the one place where it is extremely difficult to keep your work and social life separate,” she explains. “A quick comparison between the Antarctic work environment and the environment back home makes it seem like two very different environments. On the one side you have 10 to 20 individuals living and working together in a remote and inhospitable environment, compared to a normal employee who goes into work for a set time per day and then goes home to friends and family. However, when you start digging deeper, some similarities start to emerge.” According to Koch, the Antarctic station leader is required to maintain a strict balance between their task and supportive roles. The leader is responsible for achieving the outcomes of the Antarctic Programme, but also looking after the wellbeing of the team members. “The same holds for an organisation in South Africa, where the manager must implement and achieve organisational goals, but also develop the people in their teams,” she says. The ideal Antarctic station leader also needs to be trustworthy, skilled at conflict management and a good communicator, while possessing a high level of emotional

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who are required to contribute and work collaboratively towards their survival in the harsh and unforgiving Antarctic. “A project team in South Africa is also multidisciplinary, and works together to achieve the goal of the project or organisation. Should they fail, their organisation and potential employment – thus livelihood – are put at risk. The interdependence on one another for survival and the need for good leadership are some similarities these two very different groups share,” she notes. A key theme that emerged from Koch’s research was the need for an Antarctic station leader to possess a more participative leadership style, which sees a leader acting as a facilitator and allowing the team to be part of the decisionmaking process, thereby fostering a greater commitment to decisions and goals. This is in stark contrast with many hierarchical organisations in South Africa where decisions are still taken in isolation without consulting subordinates. “A more participative approach by South African organisations can potentially see more employee buy-in, and greater commitment to the organisation when you feel more like a partner,” Koch says.


Having observed South Africans’ working practices in comparison to several other nationalities – including those in Russia, the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, Nepal, Germany, Norway, China, and Sweden – she considers the South African work ethic as among the greatest strengths of its diaspora. “We are free thinkers who solve problems using logic and a go-getter attitude. The South Africans I have worked with in Antarctica were excellent at multidisciplinary work environments, and were able to put on many hats at the same time,” she observes. “In terms of leadership style, South African leaders still tended to be more authoritative than participative in their approach. It is thus interesting to see that team members actually value a more participative leader, which could create a disconnect if there is a difference between expectation and reality.”

Koch’s Biggest Leadership Lessons • Employees prefer a participative management style in which they feel they have influence over the direction and strategy of the organisation. • Team members indicate the need for a personal relationship with their leader, rather than purely formal interactions. • A ranking matrix revealed that trust, communication and conflict management were the most important personal attributes of a leader. • During periods of organisational distress, it is better for leaders to retain decision-making autonomy.


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After splurging on big-ticket items like couches, tables and appliances, there may not be enough left over to decorate and make your apartment feel like a home. Fortunately, there are simple and costeffective ways of creating a unique and well put together space. Property development company, Blok, shares some tips on how to do this. Text: Property24 Images © iStockphoto.com

Maximise Your Space To make the most of a small apartment, don’t over-complicate the space by cluttering it with a lot of stuff. Think about what you really need to furnish the space. There are many items that can be used to store personal effects. Consider using beds with drawers, under stair storage and beautiful baskets to keep small trinkets in.

everything together, as you want the space to feel continuous and effortless. If your general colour palette is fairly neutral, you can have a bit of fun by adding colourful accessories. Mixing materials can look great and add a dynamic feel to the space. Position your furniture in a way that encourages flow and best suits the main purpose of the room.

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Liven Up the Walls A free-standing shelving unit is a good way to add interest and layer up a wall. It

can then be styled with books, interesting objects and even pretty containers which can double as storage solutions. Revamp Old Furniture You can revive old wooden furniture by stripping it down and painting it. White is always a great option if you want to give old furniture a lift. This will also give your furniture a more modern and fresh look. Old upholstered items can be recovered or covered in slip covers, which can be exchanged every now and then for a new look.

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Adding Colour on a Dime Colour can easily be incorporated in the final finishes and accessories of your home. Add large scatter cushions to add colour and texture. You can also add other styling layers like beautiful books, a darker toned wall behind your bed, a geometric rug or drawings and prints. Invest in Lighting Lighting is an important aspect of any space and can completely alter the feel of a room. A neutral or slightly warm light will be a lot more inviting then a cold blue one, for example. Select areas to focus on. Adding down-lighters in functional areas such as the kitchen is a good option. From there, you can add pendant lights over a dining room table, for example, to help define the area. Table lights create a cosy feeling, while LED strip lights can be used to add a nice wash under shelving, enhance a feature or add an extra detail to an island unit. Add Greenery Plants and greenery are great for any interior. They add an instant fresh feeling, giving life and colour to a space. Herbs in pretty pots will add a splash of colour to your kitchen interior. Not only are these useful to have in the kitchen, especially if you enjoy cooking, but they also provide a lovely connection to the outside. Add Finishing Touches Use scatter cushions, art prints, books and crockery to style your apartment and add that personal touch. Think about how you display everyday items, as you can use these to revamp your apartment without needing to spend money. Kitchens are easy to work with – simply displaying glasses, mugs, plates, bowls and teapots in a clever way can be a fun feature. Spruce up your living room by showing off your books and plants. Candles and throws can be added to a bedroom, and complemented with art, scatter cushions and a carpet. Use Paint to Make a Difference Paint is a wonderful low-cost solution to add an extra dimension and tone to a space. Use a slightly different colour for the woodwork and joinery than you do for the walls. These colours should have the same tone, but your interiors will look more attractive if they offset each other. For more tips on decorating and other lifestyle topics, visit Property24.com.

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Shumbalala Game Lodge - An African Dream In the vast wilderness of South Africa’s hot northern plains, adjacent to the famous Kruger National Park, deep within an ancient tapestry of natural wonder, you will chance upon SHUMBALALA GAME LODGE. From your early morning game drive or bush walk in the Big 5 Thornybush Game Reserve to lazy afternoons at the pool and a sunset safari, tales of the day are told in the wine cellar as you prepare for a sumptuous dinner fireside al fresco or candle-lit indoors. Choose from four luxury suites or the Presidential Suite, all of which have private viewing decks and picture window bathrooms. Wake up knowing that each day will allow for the adventure and peace of Africa to enter your soul – in a place where the lion sleeps. Reservations: Tel: +27 (0)11 253 6500 • Fax: +27 (0)11 803 7350 • sales@thornybush.co.za

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As the owner of a 2015 GLX five-speed manual, I was both delighted and surprised when the 2017 version was delivered for a week long evaluation.

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The most notable difference was in the front where a “Dynamic Shield” design has replaced the familiar “Big Grin” with a new grille which is significantly more prominent than the previous version. This design departure connects the upper and lower sections of the bumper into one single air intake for a more aggressive and assertive effect, according to the importers. The Interior Other changes include redesigned seat cushions that have been fashioned with long-distance passenger comfort as the main priority. The GLX manual

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transmission with Rockford Fosgate sound system in our test car, also featured a full-colour touchscreen infotainment system, heated leather seats in front (with the controls having been moved from a between-seat position to low down on the dashboard), while the full electric adjustment for the driver’s seat has been retained. The steering wheel has undergone small cosmetic changes, and still provides multi-functionality in terms of cruise control, audio controls and smartphone Bluetooth. A full-length glass panoramic roof, together with all-electric windows, keyless operation, and a rear-view camera

add to the feeling of luxury. The Rockford Fosgate sound system, with its impressive whoofer in the luggage compartment, is said to add dramatic enhancement to the enjoyment of the sound system. The conventional system is still excellent, though, so I would certainly think twice before hauling out an additional R15,000 for this feature. Safety Boasting a five-star EuroNCAP safety rating, the Mitsubishi ASX has no fewer than seven airbags, an impact safety reinforced body shell, ABS brakes, electronic brake force distribution, and emergency brake


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The Power The frontal appearance may have changed radically, but the power unit is still the same 2-litre petrol fourcylinder which is good for 110 kW and 197 Nm of torque, and which delivers fairly good performance and long-distance fuel economy in the region of 7.43 l/100 km. This means that the 63 l fuel tank should provide a range of almost 850 km. Travelling from Pretoria on the N1, therefore, one should able to see the lights of Beaufort-West before having to refuel. Driving through the front wheels via the five-speed manual gearbox, the ASX, in my view, has no need for the CVT which will add some R35,000 to the price. The Verdict At R414,900, the Mitsubishi GLS with RF sound, represents exceptional value for money when measured against its rivals. At this price, one gets a vehicle that’s superbly reliable and cheap to run with service intervals every 15,000 km, a five-year/90,000 km service plan, as well as a three-year/100,000 km warranty. The Mitsubishi ASX is generously equipped in terms of safety and luxury features, and should sell much better than the current average of 100 units per month. In fact, it regularly outsells Honda’s slightly more elaborately equipped (and more expensive) CR-V. It’s a typical “best buy” vehicle, and along with Mitsubishi’s other SUVs and off-road models, enjoys an unequalled ownership loyalty. A pity, though, that something as basic as LED running lights are only available as standard on GLS models.


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Falling within the light commercial (bakkie) vehicle segment of the market, the short wheelbase JMC Carrying is one of the few light commercial vehicles under R240,000 that is crammed with luxury features such as air conditioning and electric windows (Lux model) as well as power steering, and a brilliantly short turning circle – all while being so uncomplicated to operate that a standard Code B driving license will suffice.

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In addition to being kitted out with drop sides for easy loading and unloading, the SWB Carrying is capable of transporting a payload of 1,630 kg. Leg- and head-room is available in abundance because of the cab-over-engine design, and the entire cab tilts forwards and upwards to provide easy access to the engine, transmission, air conditioner, turbocharger and other crucial components. Versatility is the name of the game, and contractors, builders and artisans will appreciate having a choice between a van body, standard specification, and even a long wheelbase version with dual rear wheels capable of transporting a 2,800 kg payload. Powering the Carrying is a robust 2.8 turbodiesel that produces 84 kW at a leisurely 3,600 r/min as well as 235 Nm of torque which kicks in from as low as 2,300 r/min. This engine has been the top engine in the light commercial sector in China for the past 12 years and is exported to 110 countries worldwide. The transmission is a conventional five-speed manual unit which drives through the rear wheels, while stopping power is provided by rather old-fashioned hydraulic front and rear drum brakes. Road Manners Although somewhat jittery when unladen – as most bakkies are wont to be – the SWB Carrying displayed stable road manners when transporting 1.6 tons of bricks, sand and cement on a delivery run, while the 5.2 m turning circle was a joy in tight spots. The simple, ladder-frame chassis is virtually maintenance free, while the uncomplicated leaf spring suspension and telescopic shock absorbers have been constructed with years of trouble-free heavy duty work in mind. Peace of Mind At the back of every potential owner’s mind is the question of longevity. How reliable is this Chinese-built vehicle, and how long will it last? Well, the warranty is nothing short of excellent, and covers five years/120,000 km including a free top up warranty. Additional peace of mind is provided by 24-hour roadside assistance which is stretched over four years, as well as a three-year/90,000 km service plan.

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Service intervals are set at a rather modest 10,000 km, but before you criticize this, remember that Toyota follows the same strategy. Load Bay The load bay is large and completely flat, with an optional added extra rubberised surface for increased tensile strength. A sturdy cab protector frame with loadholding stubs is positioned just behind the cab, and the entire load bay area is rubberlined – which should go a long way towards preventing damage that ultimately leads to rust spots developing.

Final Verdict If you are somewhat strapped for cash but need a reliable vehicle to keep the business flourishing, the JMC Carrying, with its many advantages, may very well feature high on your shopping list. It’s a rugged, unpretentious vehicle that should provide many years of reliable service because of its robust construction and good quality materials used in the manufacturing process. It may not win fashion and design awards, but the Carrying, despite the quirky name, should provide many years of reliable service.


How Well Managed Is your IT? Managed Services (MS) has been around for a number of years in South Africa. With the adoption of cloud services, many small and medium companies are now taking up highly affordable Managed Services packages to reduce their IT costs and increase productivity.

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What is MS? We’ve all been through the agony of waiting a few hours for an IT technician to arrive so that he can scurry about under desks and work his magic while we impatiently wait to get on with our work. After all, we all know computers only go crazy five minutes before a board level report is due, or as you’re about to hit the button to do the salaries run. Managed Service Providers (MSPs) use state-of-the-art software that sits idly on your company’s computers, monitoring an array of things to spot potential problems before they occur. In the background, they notify the MSP’s call centre technicians that there’s something happening which could lead to downtime. The technician can then notify the user and log onto their machine and fix the problem immediately. Sure, there are times where you may not have network or Internet connectivity for some reason and a technician will still need to come out to site. Parts will still need to be replaced in person too, but the availability of a technician online and ready to solve your problems proactively or as they happen is a tremendous leap ahead of the old break-callfix model.

The cost savings are equally attractive. No travel charges, no delays and billing in 15-minute segments rather than the full hour. Clearly one can see why small and medium companies are taking this route to ensure continuous operation of their systems. A number of companies around South Africa have even replaced in-house IT departments with Managed Services and “rent a tech” to complement this. The renta-tech concept is effectively the hiring of a technical resource to be on site for a fixed number of days per month. In this time, the technician attends to physical problems, helps with user-level training and advice. Depending on the assigned technician’s skill level, they’re also often able to offer advice at management level on the growth of the company’s IT systems. No sick leave, no annual leave and no salary burden – a simple pay-for-what-you-need concept. With a combination of Managed Services and rent-a-tech it’s easy to see how companies are maximising their IT spend to get the best bang for their buck in a tough economic climate. Craig Pedersen is a freelance writer and businessman and powered by pure caffeine. Find out more at www.craigpedersen.co.za.


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Welcome To Our New

cabin crew Please welcome our new cabin crew members to the SA Express team. This group of intelligent, passionate and dynamic individuals embodies the spirit and values of our airline. We asked our new members to chat about themselves and their experiences with SA Express. Text & Image © SA Express

Vhahangwele Mudau: “I thoroughly enjoy working with and serving people from different walks of life. Knowing that I can help people and ease their travelling experience is rewarding. This job has also taught me responsibility as I have to be accountable and reliable for all the patrons – you learn to be selfless and considerate. I have also learned to emulate professionalism and friendliness.” Khutso Tsheogo: “Every day I work to improve myself and my skills and consistently set goals for myself. Once I’ve defined my benchmarks, I take necessary steps to achieve those milestones. I don’t let my past and where I come from define who I am.” Simphiwe Masuku: “I love my job so much and am really grateful for such an experience after all I’ve been through – this is proof enough for me that my God is able to do just what he says he will do.”

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Ayanda Mhlongo: “Being a cabin crew member at SA Express has been a lifechanging experience. I have only been with the company for a few months and already feel like I’m at home.” Ashleigh Naidoo: “When I’m not going on book-shaped adventures, I’m thinking about them or dreaming about my next travel destination.” Charmaine Tshitambo: “There is always a disparity between how things seem to be and how things actually are. Being a flight attendant pushes you out of your comfort zone.” Lesego Lepota: “Growing up where I did, aviation was not something I looked into as a possible career, but when I moved to Gauteng in 2009 I found that I was really interested in it and wanted to know what it was all about.” Sibongile Mkhanya: “I have learnt so much since I joined SA Express. I still thank God for the opportunity and I am blessed beyond measure to be doing what I love.”

Zanele Mabija: “I will forever be grateful to have been given this opportunity. What I like the most about SA Express is the unity – we are just one big family.” Thabo Shakoane: “Knowing my responsibilities as a cabin crew member allows me to be a social and safetyconscious individual. I am honoured to be part of the dynamic and beautiful team of SA Express.” Boitumelo Mashike: “I am motivated by the different seniors I have flown with, and aspire to be as accomplished as they are. I do everything with love and try not to limit myself in life.” Katlego Maifala: “The experience at SA Express has been great so far; everyone has been very welcoming and very helpful.” Dane Smith: “I am a young artist who enjoys the nuances of aviation, an avid writer, and all-round people’s person.”


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Airline information SA Express fleet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SA Express’ aircraft are made by Bombardier Aerospace

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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

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

No 1001 1001 1003 1005 1011 1013 1017 1021 1023

Dep 05:55 06:10 08:00 11:20 13:50 15:30 16:45 17:55 18:30

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

A/C DH4 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

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Johannesburg - George Flt SA sa sa

No 1501 1503 1509

Dep 06:40 08:20 15:50

Arr 08:35 10:15 17:40

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Johannesburg - Hoedspruit Flt No SA 1225 SA 1227

Dep 10:15 12:15

Arr 11:20 13:20

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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

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Johannesburg - Port Elizabeth Flt SA SA SA

No 1457 1457 1457

Dep 17:30 18:10 18:40

Arr 19:15 20:10 20:40

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Johannesburg - mahikeng Flt No SA 1123 sa 1125

Dep 07:10 14:55

Arr 07:55 15:40

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pilanesberg - Johannesburg Flt sa

No 1132

Dep 13:40

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

No 1024 1002 1004 1006 1012 1014 1018 1022

Dep 06:30 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

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East London - Johannesburg Flt sa SA

No 1410 1410

Dep 19:20 19:40

Arr 21:10 21:10

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George - Johannesburg Flt SA SA sa

No 1502 1504 1510

Dep 09:20 10:50 18:10

Arr 11:10 12:40 19:50

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Flt SA SA

No 1226 1228

Dep 12:00 13:55

Arr 13:00 14:55

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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

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Kimberley - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA sa SA sa

T

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Hoedspruit - Johannesburg

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Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg Flt SA SA sa

No 1460 1458 1458

Dep 07:00 20:00 21:10

Arr 08:50 21:40 22:50

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mahikeng - Johannesburg Flt sa sa

No 1124 1126

Dep 08:20 16:10

*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 09:05 16:50

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Johannesburg - Richards bay Flt SA SA SA SA

No 1201 1203 1207 1213

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

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

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Johannesburg - walvis bay Flt No SA 1701

Dep 11:55

Arr 14:10

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

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

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Johannesburg - Lubumbashi Flt No SA 1797

Dep 09:20

Arr 11:45

A/C 735

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CAPE TOWN - bloemfontein Flt SA SA sa SA SA

No 1081 1083 1087 1087 1091

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

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

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

No 1361 1363 1371 1371 1371 1373 1375 1375

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

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

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Cape Town - Pilanesberg Flt SA SA SA

No 1255 1255 1255

Dep 10:30 11:00 11:30

Arr 12:40 13:10 13:40

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2

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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

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

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walvis bay - Johannesburg Flt sa

No 1702

Dep 14:45

Arr 16:55

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

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

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Lubumbashi - Johannesburg Flt SA

No 1798

Dep 12:30

Arr 15:00

A/C 735

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bloemfontein - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA

No 1082 1084 1088 1088 1092 1092

Dep 08:15 10:15 14:00 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

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

No 1362 1364 1372 1372 1372 1374 1376 1376

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

Arr 09:40 11:40 14:15 16:00 16:50 20:20 21:40 21:20

A/C CR2 cr2 CR2 cr2 cr2 CR2 cr2 cr2

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Pilanesberg - cape town Flt SA

No 1254

Dep 14:10

Arr 16:30

A/C CR2

M

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

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

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

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

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Cape Town - Hoedspruit Flt No sa 1241

Dep 09:10

Arr 12:30

A/C dh4

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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

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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

durban - lusaka Flt No SA 1603

Dep 09:10

Arr 13:10

durban - Harare Flt No SA 1603 SA 1611

Dep 09:10 10:20

Arr 11:35 12:45

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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

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

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Hoedspruit - Cape Town Flt sa

No 1242

Dep 13:10

Arr 16:20

A/C dh4

walvis Bay - Cape Town Flt SA

No 1722

Dep 13:35

Arr 15:35

A/C CR2

East London - DURBAN Flt SA sa SA SA

No 1302 1306 1306 1310

Dep 07:35 13:20 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

No 1331 1335 1335 1337 1341 1341 1349

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

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

lusaka - durban Flt SA

No 1604

Dep 13:40

Arr 17:40

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 15:50 17:40

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Passenger Letters Good day, I just thought I’d take a moment to express my gratitude for the continuous high level of service I’ve experienced every time I fly SA Express. For the past three years, almost once a month, I’ve flown SA Express from Durban to East London and have been amazed with the consistently high level of service I have experienced, irrespective of who the flight attendants are. I assume that it has everything to do with your training and company values. Whatever it is, please keep it up! Your staff are always friendly, professional, willing to assist and so patient – it’s amazing. From time to time, we unfortunately read negative stories about SA Express, but I think it’s time that your “good story to tell” is told. You make me proud to be a South African. SA Express can truly deliver a world-class service to the world. Continue to make South Africa proud! Kind regards, Tholo Dikobe

Congratulations to Tholo Dikobe who wrote our winning letter this month, and walks away with a Samsonite Octolite 55 cm spinner.

Dear SA Express I recently accepted a new job which required me to fly back and forth between home and head office for six consecutive weeks. Needless to say this was a tough time for me being away from my family. However, SA Express – with their quality pilots, dedicated staff, and caring crew – made the journey an absolute pleasure. The airline also flew me safely to and from my destination each time so I could, once again, see my beautiful wife and little baby boy smile as they welcomed me home. Thank you to all at SA Express, and a special mention to Kholofelo for her great on-board service. Kind regards, Kelvin Muller

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 June edition of Indwe will receive a Samsonite Octolite 55 cm spinner. Taking a 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 and @houseofsamsonite on Instagram, or call +27 31 266 0620.

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