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CONNECT WITH CAPE TOWN Getting around with MyCiTi With MyCiTi, Cape Town’s popular scheduled bus service, you will be going places.


ome of the most-visited and breathtakingly beautiful places in Cape Town are within easy reach of MyCiTi’s expanding network. From top destinations, such as the V&A Waterfront, gateway to Robben Island, and the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, to the paradise sundowner spots at Camps Bay, Mouille Point, Blouberg and Big Bay, an unforgettable experience is just a bus ride away. The world-famous beaches of the Atlantic coast, from Hout Bay to Melkbosstrand, are served by a number of MyCiTi routes. In the central city there are art galleries, museums and markets galore to explore, as well as many restaurants, cafes and bars inspired by local and global culture and cuisine. Whether it is live music you are after, or a quiet time in the natural surroundings of the Company’s Gardens or the stunning Urban Park in Green Point, MyCiTi will get you there and back. MyCiTi buses operate up to 18 hours a day, depending on the route, so you can plan a long day out and about.

Visit some of Cape Town’s most popular hotspots from the comfort of a MyCiTi bus. Find out more about MyCiTi’s routes and services by visiting the user-friendly website, There’s a helpful trip planner that will give you directions to stops and stations, list your transfer points, give you suggested times

and even tell you your fare for the various journeys. There’s also a call centre, the Transport Information Centre, with helpful operators available 24 hours a day every day of the week.

Get a myconnect card MyCiTi does not accept cash on the buses. All passengers aged four and over need their own myconnect card to travel. Get these for R30 at MyCiTi station kiosks and selected retailers and load with money to pay for your travel. Fares are based on the

distance you travel, with free transfers at stops and stations within a period of 45 minutes. Visitors on a budget should note that fares are more expensive in the morning and afternoon peak periods (06:45 – 08:00 and 16:15 – 17:30 on weekdays). Outside of these times you pay the off-peak Saver rate. You have two options to load money on your card, Standard or Mover. Load any amount and pay the Standard fare and also make purchases of up to R200 at retailers accepting debit and credit cards, or load Mover

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Use Mover only for MyCiTi fares.

Load Standard at MyCiTi station kiosks, participating retailers and cash-accepting Absa ATMs.

Load Mover packages at selected MyCiTi station kiosks only.

Catch the free Table Mountain shuttle. packages from R30 and save 30% on all fares. There are also single-trip cards available for once-off use instead of myconnect cards. Get these at station kiosks and remember to buy two if you are planning a return trip, as there may not be a station at your destination.

Connecting with Table Mountain The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company now offers visitors a free MyCiTi shuttle to Table Mountain. Catch it from the Lower Tafelberg stop on Kloof Nek to the Cableway entrance and back again, and enjoy one of the world’s famous natural wonders. The free shuttle links with services to Camps Bay and the central city, with onward connections to Cape Town’s other must-see destinations – the V&A Waterfront, Century City, West Coast beaches, Atlantic Seaboard, Clifton and scenic Hout Bay. To transfer to and from the free service, get a myconnect card from the Cableway kiosk or a single-trip card from the vending machine at the SanParks office near the Lower Tafelberg stop.

Connecting with the Airport There is a MyCiTi station right outside the arrival and departures terminal at Cape Town International Airport travelling to and from the Civic Centre station in the heart of the city every 30 minutes. At both stations you can get a single-trip card (R85) for journeys including the Airport service. If you are arriving in Cape Town for a visit, and you

would like to use MyCiTi during your stay, it is recommended that you get a myconnect card (R30) at the Airport station and load it with money or fare-saving Mover points. From the Civic Centre there are easy connections to the entire MyCiTi network of routes, with transfers through the spacious station with luggage-friendly level-boarding platforms. If you have purchased a single-

trip card it includes an onward journey on any MyCiTi bus from the Civic Centre station.

For more information Call: 0800 6564 63 24/7 Website: Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, has an app with multimodal travel information. Download the TCT app from major app stores.

Connect with the MyCiTi Airport station located directly outside the arrivals and departures terminal.

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Airline Content



Where Imaginations Take Colourful Flight Ardmore Ceramics


Dolls for Africa Entrepreneur Maite Makgoba


The Messenger of Love The Browns Angel Collection


Designs for Africa Southern Guild

CEO Letter


Meet the Crew


SA Express Fleet


We Fly For You: Our Visions and Values


Safety and Route Map







Cooking From the Heart Chef Guy Clark

Zoning in on Drones Getting to Grips with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Ergonomic Economics Is Your Office Design Affecting Your Bottom Line?


Fair’s Fair Ethical Buying Power and Fairtrade

Flight Schedule

Passenger Letters


Namibia’s Dream of a Logistics Hub Namport


Every Minute Counts Bidvest Car Rental


Renewable Energy Riches Going Green Saves SA Billions


Sharing Is Caring Locomute


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Events North, South, and In Between

Bits & Pieces Travel Tips & Gorgeous Goodies

Bites Restaurants & Taste Experiences

Books New releases and Must Reads

Gadgets Must Haves for Technophiles

An Xtra Exciting Addition Jaguar XE


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Going Under to Get High Rocktail Camp

Trainspotting and Stopping Riding Metrorail’s Southern Line

The Plains of Camdeboo Are Calling Samara Private Game Reserve

The Motorcycle Diaries Revving It Up in Clarens

Stay in Style The Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa

Namibia On Track Riding the Rails of the Desert Express

Road Tripping to Romansbaai Romansbaai Beach and Fynbos Estate

We keep you safe in the sky! As an entity tasked with upholding aviation safety and security; we are proud to announce some of our recent achievements… ●

The SACAA was awarded a clean audit award by the Auditor General three years in a row.

We achieved 100% in our Annual Performance Plan signed with the Minister of Transport.

The SACAA is one of the first entities globally to develop regulations for remotely piloted aircraft systems commonly known as “drones”.

The appointment of South Africa as the Chairperson of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s Aviation Security Panel represented by the Director of Civil Aviation is a demonstration of trust and faith by the global community in South Africa’s capabilities in aviation matters, and specifically aviation security.

The SACAA has played a significant role in ensuring that the South African civil aviation industry is prepared for and capable of managing the outbreak of communicable diseases such as Ebola.

South Africa continues to perform well in the various International Civil Aviation safety and security audits and has over the years maintained its Category 1 Status with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

South Africa still boasts a remarkable safety record in terms of scheduled commercial flights.

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November is here, which means that businesses are starting to wind down for the year. This is a time for reflection on the year that has passed, and planning for the year to come. Most importantly, we all have to finalise plans for our holiday breaks with our loved ones. 2015 has been another year of consolidation and growth for SA Express as a business. We turned 21 on 24th April 2015. During the course of the year, we welcomed a new Board of Directors with a new chairman, and appointed chief financial officer Mark Shelley as our permanent CFO. We moved into our new and bigger headquarters at Airways Park in Kempton Park, thereby cementing our commitment to the metropolis of Ekurhuleni. In a year of mixed fortunes for our economy, we showed resilience as an airline. The year started with low oil prices and an announcement of new entrants into the aviation space. Thanks to the efforts of our staff, as well as the cost containment measures we implemented last September, we were able to return the airline to profitability during the course of the year, despite growing competition and pressure on airline margins. Stability has been restored. And we’ve maintained our excellent safety record. The financial sustainability of the company has enabled us to continue playing our role in the economy, namely promoting business travel and tourism by connecting smaller cities with bigger ones and supporting long haul air travel. During the year, we launched two new routes as part of our growth strategy: For the first time, travellers can now fly between Gauteng and the North West Province, as well as between the North

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West and the Western Cape provinces. These new routes have been made possible by an imaginative partnership between SA Express on the one hand, and Sun International and the North West Provincial Government on the other. We have continued with our training programme as well as our corporate social investment. We’ve partnered with Government in supporting rural schools in and around Ekurhuleni. To this end, we would like to wish all students writing their examinations – particularly the “Class of 2015” – good luck. For those planning getaways with family this festive season, this is the time to finalise your travel plans. If you leave it too late, you might incur extra costs. For the early birds, we trust that you took advantage of our special 30 % discount on fares which we ran until the end of September. Don’t forget that SA Express flies to all the main holiday destinations across our country – but you must book before it is too late. I would like to thank all the customers who flew with us during the 2015 edition of the Mangaung Cultural Festival (Macufe) last month. Your support is appreciated. Finally, we would like to encourage our passengers to continue to communicating with us through social platforms to ensure that we continue to exceed expectations of what a world class airline should be. Until next month, we look forward to getting you there safely. Regards, Inati Ntshanga

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Get the best view of the Garden Route. Incredible and breathtaking views make any trip to George memorable. So whether you go for a round of golf, business or a holiday with the family, choose SA Express to get you there.

SA Express is a proud member of the SAA Voyager programme. Visit for domestic flights to Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, East London, Nelspruit, Kimberley Hoedspruit, George, Johannesburg, Richards Bay, Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and regional flights to Lubumbashi, Gaborone, Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Lusaka and Harare.

Events North Nov

Top Tastings


The Brooklyn Wine Affair, Pretoria

The Sommeliers Selection is young and fun and targets the everyday wine drinker through new and inventive ways. After an intensive judging and tasting process by a panel of esteemed South African Sommeliers, the wines were selected for this one of a kind wine list, and will be available for public sampling this November. Make your way to Weylandts at Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria, where you’ll get the opportunity to join fellow wine enthusiasts as you sip, sample and savour a selection of the listed wines. A tutored tasting, which is limited to 40 people, adds to the experience of the evening. //

A Highlight of the Social Calendar Stellenbosch at Summer Place, Hyde Park, Johannesburg



Gauteng will experience the pinnacle of Stellenbosch’s finest pleasures when Stellenbosch at Summer Place, an opulent showcase of wine, food, music and art from the City of Oaks, will get its glitz on in the City of Gold in November. More than 80 specially selected wines will be paired to perfection, as five of the finest Stellenbosch chefs will create unique gourmet sensations to match the different varietals. There will also be an inviting Brandy Lounge, with a grand selection of cheeses and sweat treats, where guests can relax in between all the tastings. Against a backdrop of live music entertainment by a pulsating Stellenbosch cast and rare art pieces from the extensive Sanlam Art Collection, Stellenbosch at Summer Place 2015 is your royal ticket to end your year on a luxurious high. //

'Tache Tastic November Movember Special, De Hoek Country Hotel During the month of November men grow moustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues and to encourage men to go for annual check-ups, early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and to adopt a healthier lifestyle. A trip out to the De Hoek Country Hotel in the Magaliesberg for lunch in the gardens, a mid-week break, or a weekend stay during the month of November will get the “man with the moustache” free biltong on check-in. The beautiful De Hoek Country Hotel is the ideal country breakaway, and is only a short drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria. It boasts abundant bird life, mountain rambles and riverside walks, archery, croquet, badminton, boules, as well as peace and tranquillity. All of this is guaranteed to keep guests coming back time after time.//

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Events South A Secret Rendezvous Le Dîner en Blanc, Cape Town From global phenomenon to highly sought-after “secret”, Le Dîner en Blanc will take over one of Cape Town’s public spaces in November for a popup epicurean event. This très chic picnic is equal parts mystery tour, popup feast and je ne sais quoi! Launched in Paris more than 25 years ago by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Dîner en Blanc Paris now attracts nearly 15,000 people each year in over 60 cities in more than 25 countries, who gather at a secret location for the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends in one of their city’s most beautiful locations. Tickets are sold in pairs and available to the public, who have registered online on by 13th November 2015. Guests are required to dress in white and to bring with them a table, two white chairs, a white tablecloth and a picnic basket comprising fine food and proper stemware and white dinnerware, as well as wine or champagne.




Stocking Stuffers Kloovenburg Wine & Olive Christmas Market Day, Riebeek Kasteel



The Kloovenburg Christmas Market Day is the perfect opportunity to stock up on produce and ideas for your Christmas table, as well as to buy stocking fillers and presents for friends and family. It serves as a showcase of the finest produce from the Riebeek Valley, and allows visitors the opportunity to taste, sample and buy all of these wonderful products in one convenient location. The estate will be transformed into a festive carnival of stalls, selling everything from quality cured meats, gourmet steak rolls and pizzas, to imported cheeses, sweet and savoury waffles, biscuits and cupcakes. There will also be a good selection of local metal work, jewellery and indigenous plant stalls to browse. Plus Kloovenburg Festive Season Hampers will be on sale containing products from their popular luxury body product range, as well as delicious olives and olive oils and the estate’s superb wines.// 

Tiny Bubbles The Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival, Franschhoek What better way to end off the year than at the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival, “The Magic of Bubbles”, presented by MasterCard, which takes place at the iconic Huguenot Monument. This year’s theme is “Black and White With a Touch of Bling”. Relax in the grand marquee or mingle with winemakers as they present some of South Africa’s finest Méthode Cap Classiques – including Môreson, Plaisir de Merle, Pongracz and Villiera – as well as France’s best Champagnes. Complementing the selection of MCCs are delectable delights offered by the local restaurants, that have firmly entrenched Franschhoek’s status as one of the world’s premier culinary destinations. Tickets cost R200 per person and are available through


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Events In Between Flights of Fancy 20th November to 6th December

Wickedly Odd – The Night Garden, Durban Botanic gardens Wickedly Odd – The Night Garden is a sensational dining and entertainment experience, perfect for year-end corporate functions. On arrival, guests will be welcomed with a glass of champagne and taken on a whimsical amble up the garden path, to the sunken summer garden, for a 1930’s “garden party” welcome drink and snack. As the sun sets, patrons will be given an hour-and-a-half to enjoy the gardens at night which will be lit up and brought to life by quirky characters, musicians, drummers, dancers and puppets with hidden bars and experiences waiting to be discovered. At 20h30, the performers will lead the guests to a Bedouin tent for dinner, hosted by Beauty Ramapelepele. Throughout dinner, the trees, birds and hidden creatures of the gardens will permeate proceedings, morphing the night into a whimsical, bewitching and fantastical blend of luscious food, crisp champagne, magical puppetry and curious delight.


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The Dino Expo, The Pavilion Shopping Centre, Durban This display of skilfully handcrafted and life-like robotic dinosaurs – from the legendary Tyrannosaurus Rex to the Saltasaurus and Triceratops – are sure to amaze and astound with their realistic sizes, movements and sounds, and a phenomenally realistic and artistically landscaped prehistoric jungle setting. As part of the expo, there will also be a host of fun activities for kids to experience, including dinosaur fossil digging, colouring and drawing, a dinosaur 5D motion cinema, as well as a 30 minute interactive dinosaur live on stage show. Other activities, which are included at a nominal fee, include dino face painting, mini-golf, paddling boats, bumper cars, as well as a venue for children to celebrate their birthdays. Tickets are available at Checkers Hyper or Shoprite Checkers stores, or online through Computicket. //

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Bits & Pieces Quaffing for a Cause Van Loveren has extended its contribution to nature conservation in South Africa with the launch of Rhino Run, an exciting new range of value-for-money, quality wines that celebrate this magnificent animal and the efforts being made to save it. Rhino Run comprises four wines: Rhino Run Chardonnay 2015, a slightly wooded, medium-bodied wine; Rhino Run Ian Player 2014, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot; Rhino Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, which has ripe berries, cassis and redcurrants on the palate; and Rhino Run Pinotage 2015, which has a complex nose of banana, cassis and strawberry followed by layers of fruit, vanilla and spice on the palate. Rhino Run will be available at reputable wine purveyors nationwide. In addition to money raised for the Player Ntombela Foundation through every bottle of Rhino Run sold, donations to this worthy cause can also be made through the Rhino Run website at

A Fitting Pair Saving the world has never been so stylish! Tom Ford will dress the suave Secret Agent 007 (played by Daniel Craig) for the third consecutive time in the upcoming James Bond film Spectre in the form of modern Tom Ford sunglasses. Daniel Craig has personally selected the eyewear styles, one of which is Snowdon FT23752N, which is distributed locally by SDM Eyewear. A fitting pair, Tom Ford epitomises the refined and contemporary style associated with James Bond. Spectre is scheduled for release in South Africa on 27th November.

Best for Baby With the new GLÜKi Organics range of mother and baby body care products, you can rest assured that your baby’s skincare is in safe hands. All the ingredients were chosen by leading scientists for their naturally soothing and therapeutic properties, and the products don’t contain harmful compounds or synthetic fragrances, making them the perfect choice for littlies who are allergy prone or have ultra-sensitive skins. The GLÜKi Travel Pack contains 10 ml tubes of the Baby Bum Cream, Baby Body Wash, Baby Moisturising Lotion, and Mother Hand & Body Moisturising Lotion, making it ideal for day trips and travelling, since everything is in one place when you need it. The GLÜKi Organics range is stocked by leading pharmacies and health shops countrywide, and is also available online.//

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Bits & Pieces Picnics with Panache Soak up the summer sun with a rustic, French-style picnic and relax under the oaks in the beautifully landscaped garden overlooking the vineyards of Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek. Executive Chef Darren Badenhorst has prepared a delightful picnic basket menu packed with mouth-watering morsels and French flair. Think baguettes with artisanal brie, locally cured saucisson, homemade preserves and butter, garden salad, and a decadent chocolate brownie, rounded off with a bottle of Angels Tears wine. By request, picnic goers can add to their brimming basket with the likes of rabbit liver parfait, seasonal fruit, wild mushroom quiche, chunky Waldorf or rocket salad, and a rose and white chocolate macaroon. To book your basket at R245 per person, email

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Show your glamorous side with Glamarula Girl, a cocktail characterised by the exotic taste of indigenous marula fruit. The cocktail consists of chilled Amarula Cream with a dash of Nachtmusik chocolate liqueur and grenadine, completed with a dollop of whipped cream and gold sprinkles. ¼ shot (6.25 ml) grenadine, chilled ¼ shot (6.25 ml) Nachtmusik chocolate liqueur, chilled 1½ shots (37.5 ml) Amarula Cream, chilled Dollop of lightly whipped cream Gently layer the shooter by using the back of a teaspoon to pour liquids into the shot glass to ensure even layers. Start with the grenadine, then add the Nachtmusik and then the Amarula Cream. Top it up with a dollop of whipped cream and garnish with sugar crystals. Also enjoy Amarula Cream on ice and in a host of other fabulous cocktails.


Movepretty is a beautiful selection of active and leisurewear which inspires women to embrace confidence and live healthier lives. Movepretty was founded by Stellenbosch locals and friends, fashion designer Annelize Kotze and professional South African triathlete Mari Rabie. The unique styles are developed by both Annelize and Mari, who ensure function meets form by creating designs that appeal to stylish, dynamic women, while still being practical and boosting performance. The movepretty range varies from activewear such as the Ginger Berry Cycling Top, to athleisurewear such as the Big City Life Pants. The range also includes “ZePants”, short hot pants, ideal for running or Pilates; the Mover and Shaker, a classic, long-sleeved running vest with thumb holes for comfort; and the Ms Bossy Bomber Jacket for an urban sports-luxe look. //

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Bites Home Cooked A good restaurant, someone once said, must make a singular connection between food, family, and friends. Without all three, it is without soul. For nearly 20 years, Balducci on the V&A Waterfront have been making this connection. Their food is based on the essentially Italian notion that the best food is found at home. And so they have created a home for their guests. Some return time and time again for a plate of the famous Balducci Pasta – a classic dish of pasta turned in a light Parmigiano cream with sundried tomatoes, olives, chilli, and garlic. Some visit only for the Asian noodles, or claim that they can’t leave the table without a plate of the Balducci Japanese Salad, paired perhaps with a Portofino pizza from the wood-fired oven, as well as a bottle of wine recommended by one of the experienced sommeliers. The restaurant has also been recently re-styled in a contemporary take on classic décor – yet another reason to pop into Balducci.//

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Pizza on the Palate The Balvenie Tun 1509 showcases the rare craftsmanship of Scotch whisky’s most experienced Malt Master, David Stewart. By expertly marrying whiskies, he has created a whisky with unparalleled character. To create the second batch of Tun 1509, Stewart selected 32 of the finest casks – 23 traditional American oak casks and nine European oak sherry casks – from the distillery’s precious aged stocks. All were transferred to Tun 1509 for several months before bottling. This allows the different whiskies to come together to create a unique expression of The Balvenie that’s greater than the sum of its constituent parts. The second batch of The Balvenie Tun 1509 is luscious with aromas of honey, orange peel, sweet oak vanilla, and a delicate ginger spiciness. To taste it is richly sweet, combining elegant honey with tangy citrus and gentle vanilla, overlain with subtle notes of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. With only 21 bottles available through selected boutique whisky stores, the Tun 1509 is priced at R4,499 a bottle.

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Eikendal eases into summer with a sizzling new Pizza & Wine Pairing experience that will provide lip-smacking action all season long. From 1st November, enthusiasts can make their way to this popular Winelands hotspot, conveniently situated between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, to tuck into a trio of bite-size pizzas, each masterfully paired with a matching estate wine. Freshly prepared by the resident Cucina di Giovanni restaurant, which is celebrated for its Italian fare with a sumptuous twist, these mini, thin-crust pizza pleasures will perk up any palate, be it vegetarian or otherwise. Eikendal will also keep the kids busy with a fun grape juice tasting, festooned with sweets and wildlife images to colour in. Or they can monkey around in the jungle gym on the spacious lawn area. Email for bookings.

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Where Imaginations Take Colourful Flight Ardmore Ceramics Text: Lisa Witepski Images Š Ardmore Ceramics

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What do Helen Mirren, Eric Clapton, Oprah Winfrey and opera star Dame Kiri Te Kanawa have in common? They’re all collectors of Ardmore, South Africa’s iconic and distinctive luxury ceramic brand. In fact, such is Mirren’s admiration for Ardmore that she ensured one of the brand’s enchanting pieces was featured in her film, State of Play. Not bad going for a venture that got its start in a quiet hamlet, the Champagne Valley, at the foot of the Drakensberg. But, according to Cath Berning, daughter of Ardmore founder Fee Halsted, the brand’s journey is part of its magic. It’s been a 30-year odyssey that has taken Ardmore from a partnership between Fee, a BA Fine Arts graduate and lecturer at the Natal Technikon, and Bonnie Ntshalintshali, her domestic worker’s daughter, to an international business. The relationship between Fee and Bonnie is one of the cornerstones of the business. Since Bonnie was left crippled after a polio infection, she was unable to participate in the usual activities on the

Halsteds’s farm, from which the ceramics range takes its name. This is how the pair came to work together, with Bonnie’s natural talent complementing Fee’s technically honed expertise. Says Cath: “Fee and Bonnie’s isolation from the city centre and artistic influences meant that they developed their own unique collaboration. With her degree in fine arts, Fee was able to direct Bonnie, who had no formal training or education – her ideas were therefore derived from her perceptions and ideas as a rural dwelling person, and this provided an interesting, unusual vision.” So, while Bonnie was responsible for the execution of Fee’s ideas, Fee was in charge of arranging exhibitions, as well as the marketing and financial side of the business. She was also the brains behind the actual designs. The design is a look which, she says, came about accidentally, as she used the riotously

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coloured animals and birds (which have become the brand’s hallmark) to cover up cracks in the tiles from which the pieces were made. “Ardmore’s look is rhythmical, bright and whimsical,” says Cath. “It has international appeal because of its relationship with nature, and because it is honest and unpretentious.” It’s clear that this isn’t simply the opinion of art collectors the world over, but a view that’s also shared by the art cognoscenti. In 1990, just five years after they embarked on their creative collaboration, Fee and Bonnie were named the Standard Bank Young Artists of the Year. This was the first time that this prestigious title had been bestowed upon a partnership. This was just the start of many highlights the brand has enjoyed. The same year, Ardmore exhibited at the VITA Arts Now Exhibition, and in 1993 made an appearance at the Venice Art Biennale in Aperto, Italy. This was followed by a four-year presence at a Christie’s exhibition in London. In 2008, Ardmore enjoyed yet another year of firsts, not only hosting the “Wonderful World of Ardmore” exhibition at Groote Schuur in Cape Town, but also achieving record prices at Sotheby’s, with a piece selling for R201,000. Since then, Cath says, the brand’s evolution has been based on the exciting extensions that have taken it out of the realm of the simply beautiful, to enter the same stratosphere as global luxury brands: 2010 saw the launch of Ardmore’s fabric range and Qalakabushka sofas (showcased at the Halsted store, which opened in Hyde Park Corner in September), as well as the publication of the brand’s first book. While Ardmore celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier this year, there will be even more reasons to celebrate in 2016, when French haute couture brand Hermès introduces its range of Ardmore-inspired scarves, jewellery and handbags. This isn’t the first time Ardmore is joining forces with an enviable lifestyle marque. Cath explains that it has, in the past, collaborated with the likes of Charles Greig Jewellers, the Carnation Group, Rovos Rail and Patrick Mavros. Today, Ardmore is being taken forward not only by Fee’s children, but also by a new generation of artists. According to Cath, painter Jabu Nene and sculptor Somandla Ntshalintshali have gained great acclaim thanks to their richly patterned vessels, while Petros Gumbi is known for his skilfully figurative works. Also in the fold are: Bennett Zondo and Alex Sibanda, whose trademarks are their riders; Betty Ntshingila, whose specialty is bird sculptures; and painters Wiseman Ndlovu, Siyabonga

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Mbaso and Sthabiso Hadebe. Although it may sound as if Ardmore’s story is one of a brand experiencing spiralling success, there is also a deeply personal and human side to the tale – and it’s not always a happy one. Bonnie was one of the first Ardmore artists to pass away from HIV/Aids in 1999, and the brand has lost many other great talents to the disease since. As might be expected from a brand that continuously salutes the joy and colour of life, rather than becoming mired in these tragedies, Ardmore has been inspired to live larger than ever before. Following Bonnie’s death, Fee established

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the Bonnie Ntshalintshali Museum in Springvale, and also implemented a feeding scheme and medical care as a means of hitting back against the pandemic. This, along with the many artists whose talent has been uncovered by Fee (an achievement which the University of KwaZulu-Natal acknowledged by granting her an honorary doctorate) is the Ardmore legacy. It is as much a part of the brand’s unique character as the fantastical forms that make the viewer’s heart lift, even as their imagination takes flight. For more information, visit

First Page: Crocodile Platter (2013) – Sculpted by Somandla Ntshalintshali, painted by Virginia Xaba. Second Page: Fee Halsted and the Ardmore artists in the Ardmore gallery. Third Page: Sunbird (1996) – Sculpted and painted by Bonnie Ntshalintshali Fourth Page Top: Punch Shabalala and Sandile Nzimande Fourth Page Bottom: Fee Halsted and Punch Shabalala. This Page Top: Crane zigzag candlesticks (2008) – Sculpted by Victor Shabalala, painted by Jabu Nene. This Page Bottom: “Moses and Fee carry a dying Punch home from Ladysmith Hospital” (2008) – Sculpted by Nhlanhla Nsundwane, painted by Punch Shabalala.

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Going Under to Get High Rocktail Camp Text: Nicky Furniss Images Š Wilderness Safaris

I tucked my hands behind my back, slowed my breathing and edged gently into the school of fish. At first they darted skittishly, but soon they fell back into their undulating formation, a giant ball of yellow, shot through with vivid stripes of blue and silver. Everywhere I looked little yellow goat fish and blue banded snapper wiggled and swam, no more than a centimetre from my mask, surrounding me in a sea of shimmering yellow. It was surreal, breathtakingly beautiful, and one of my favourite scuba diving experiences to date. And it’s not surprising that it happened here, because Rocktail offers some of the best diving on the continent, if not the world.

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We started out on our first of five dives naming all the nudibranchs we spotted (brightly coloured miniature sea slugs that are far more attractive than the name implies). Nelly, Matilda, Nelson. But by the end of our second dive, we had accumulated such an extended family of “nudis” that it was hard to remember all of the ones we had christened, let alone name any more. Elsewhere in South Africa, nudibranchs are harder to spot, but at Rocktail, these little creatures are abundant – a huge endorsement, as they only thrive on untouched, pristine reefs. And pristine it certainly is. Situated in the heart of the Maputaland Marine Reserve, this is some of the most untouched coastline in the country, and with only two hotels in the reserve – both of which are only accessible by 4x4 – it has been designed to stay that way. Rocktail Camp is run by Wilderness Safaris, a company with an admirable environmentally friendly ethos, which is readily apparent at Rocktail. Accommodation is in the form of 17 tented suites raised on wooden platforms, so as not to disturb the surrounding vegetation. But while the walls of your little Robinson Crusoe hideaway may be made of canvas, that’s where the camping aspect of your stay ends, because these are the kind of “tents” early African explorers could only dream of. King sized beds take pride of place, sliding glass doors frame the forest in which the tents nestle, which also serves as a background as you luxuriate in a hot shower with the tent flap open to allow the fresh seaside air in. Chairs on balconies allow for quiet contemplation of the view, which, if you have earned it by taking a somewhat lengthy walk to the furthest tents, includes a pretty picture of untouched forest, sand dunes and turquoise sea. While for many, a sea view is the ultimate beach holiday prerequisite, the camp is built behind the dunes, so as not to disturb the delicate dune forest ecosystem. For me, this adds to its attraction, as I prefer to tread lightly in such

beautifully pristine places, plus the forest creates a cocoonlike feeling, where you are still surrounded by the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach below, but are protected from the accompanying wind. The camp’s location does mean that the walk to the beach is a little more than a short stroll, but it is all worth it when you pop out onto the sand, look for kilometres in both directions and see absolutely no one else. There are no striped beach umbrellas and hordes of people fighting for a patch of sand to lay down their towels here. At any given time, you could quite easily find that yours are the only footprints marking the sand and, with 40 km of beach at your disposal, bumping into other people is a remote possibility, rather than a guarantee. You simply can’t put a price on this kind of solitude. That said, the waters are warm and gentle here and the beach covered in powder fine sand, making it ideal for families with little ones wanting to splash in the shallows or build sand castles on the beach, while mum and dad snooze on the sand. Undoubtedly, though, Rocktail’s best asset lies not above the waves, but below them. Thanks to its proximity to Mozambique and the warm currents of the Indian Ocean, its reefs are liberally covered with brightly coloured hard and soft corals, and inhabited by a huge array of undersea creatures, from little shrimp and molluscs, to schools of technicolour reef fish. Out in the big blue, larger pelagic fish, sharks, whales, turtles and rays also enjoy the relative safety of the marine reserve and can be found in abundance, depending on the season. Rocktail Camp offers guided snorkelling trips to Lala Nek for glimpses of these reef cities, but it’s only by hoisting a tank on your back and going under that you are really given the keys to the kingdom. Mokarran Dive Charters runs a tight ship at Rocktail – so much so that your gear is set up and waiting for you on the boat before you’ve even had time to zip up your wetsuit. Then it’s a

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quick, if occasionally hairy, launch through the surf and a short ride to any one of the 14 dive sites your skipper has picked for the morning. Owner Darryl Smith has been diving these reefs for over 12 years, and is as at home underwater as any of the many creatures he points out to his guests. While many divers come to Rocktail hoping for “Big Five” type of sightings – Raggies, whales, dolphins, turtles, or even the gentle behemoth of a whale shark (all of which are possible) – what Darryl excels in is finding the littlest inhabitants of these reefs, the tiny residents who may otherwise be overlooked. If there was such a thing as an underwater tracker, Darryl would be it. Anyone can spot an elephant, but it’s infinitely harder to find a chameleon – likewise a tiny, feisty porcelain crab nestled in its coral home ready to box with any intruders. Or a host

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of miniature cleaner shrimps hiding under a ledge, who will eventually nibble your hand clean – like an underwater car wash – if you’re patient enough. Darryl knows where to find the reclusive pipe fish tucked away in its cave. His fingers will gently unearth baby sole in the sea bed, and only he will be able to tickle a particular honeycomb moray eel under the chin. You will marvel at tiny paper fish – which, to the untrained eye, look no different than bits of seaweed in the current – and exclaim at the lumbering movements of a giant potato bass or a turtle taking a nap under a sheltering overhang. As you dive, you will have the satisfaction of watching the multicoloured pipe-cleaner-like Christmas worms disappear into their holes when you snap your fingers, and of exposing glistening white shells when you gently nudge

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Dive Seasons Spring and summer: Warm water and good visibility with pregnant ragged tooth shark sightings (December to March) and female loggerhead and leatherback turtles who beach at night to lay their eggs (October to March). Autumn and winter: The water temperature drops, but rarely lower than 19 °C. Humpback whales can be seen on their annual migration to and from Madagascar and Southern Right whales are also occasionally spotted. Bottlenose dolphins, manta rays and whale sharks can be spotted year round.

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open the outer coverings of the egg shell cowries. Every dive at Rocktail comes with a new discovery, or exciting sighting, so that most divers cannot help but surface with exclamations of “Did you see that?”and “How cool was…?”. Back on the beach, a feast of a breakfast awaits up in the dunes – diving is hungry work, after all – before you hop back on the boat for your second dive of the day. Soon, your days at Rocktail fall into a happy rhythm – up with the sun for a quick coffee at the dive centre, then onto the beach for a dive, followed by breakfast and maybe a quick nap on the sand, a second dive and a delicious lunch back at camp, perhaps at the lookout point where you can compare dive stories with the sea in the background. Afternoons are for hot showers, long naps and gentle strolls on the beach, then cocktails at the bar and hearty dinners, before collapsing into the comfort of your bed, looking forward to doing it all over again tomorrow. If there was ever the chance of the movie Groundhog Day – where you relive the same day over and over again – coming to life, I think a day at Rocktail is certainly the day I would choose. After all, who wouldn’t want to relive scuba nirvana time and time again?


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Plonger pour s'émerveiller Rocktail Camp Texte : Nicky Furniss Images © Wilderness Safaris

J’ai glissé mes mains derrière mon dos puis j’ai ralenti ma respiration pour enfin me rapprocher doucement d’un banc de poissons. Tout autour de moi, de petits rougets-barbets jaunes et vivaneaux à bandes bleues se trémoussaient et nageaient à un centimètre de mon masque m’entourant d’une mer jaune chatoyante. C’était un moment incroyable, à couper le souffle et l’une de mes plus belles expériences de plongée à ce jour. Rien de surprenant que cette expérience ait eu lieu ici car Rocktail offre quelques-unes des meilleures plongées du continent, voire du monde.

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Situé au cœur de la réserve marine de Maputaland, il s’agit de l’une des côtes les plus intactes du pays. Avec seulement deux hôtels dans la réserve (uniquement accessibles en 4x4), l’endroit a été conçu pour rester ainsi. Au camp de Rocktail, le logement se compose de 17 tentes de luxe posées sur des plateformes en bois. De très grands lits prennent une place de choix et des baies vitrées coulissantes encadrent la forêt dans laquelle les tentes sont nichées. Vous pourrez contempler ce même paysage tandis que vous vous prélasserez sous une douche chaude et que le rabat entrouvert de la tente laissera passer l’air frais de la mer. Le camp a été construit derrière les dunes de façon à ne pas perturber le délicat écosystème de dunes et de forêt. Vous êtes ainsi constamment entouré par le son des vagues qui se brisent sur la plage en contrebas mais vous resté protégé du vent qui les accompagne.

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Le camp ne se trouve qu’à qu’à quelques minutes à pied de la plage mais cette promenade vaut vraiment le détour. Lorsque vous arrivez sur la plage, vous ne verrez absolument personne. Avec 40 km de plage à votre disposition, il est possible que vous tombiez sur des gens évidemment, mais ce n’est absolument pas garanti. Les eaux chaudes et douces sont idéales pour les familles avec des enfants qui veulent barboter dans des eaux peu profondes ou construire des châteaux de sable pendant que maman et papa font la sieste sur le sable. Sans aucun doute, le meilleur atout de Rocktail se trouve en dessous de la surface de l’océan. Les récifs ici sont généreusement recouverts de coraux durs et mous aux couleurs vives, habités par de nombreuses créatures sousmarines, de petites crevettes et mollusques ainsi que des bancs de poissons de récif technicolor. Selon la saison, de plus gros poissons pélagiques, des requins, des baleines, des


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tortues et des raies nagent en abondance dans la grande bleue. Mokarran Dive Charters met un bateau à disposition à Rocktail - si bien que votre équipement est déjà prêt et vous attend sur le bateau avant même que vous ayez eu le temps de fermer la fermeture éclair de votre combinaison. Ensuite, vous vous élancerez sur les vagues et arriverez rapidement sur l’un des 14 sites de plongée que votre skipper aura choisi pour votre matinée. Le propriétaire Darryl Smith a plongé au cœur de ces récifs pendant plus de 12 ans et se sent autant chez lui sous l’eau que les nombreuses créatures qu’il fait découvrir à ses invités. Alors que de nombreux plongeurs viennent à Rocktail dans l’espoir de contempler le “Big Five” - requins, baleines, dauphins, tortues ou requins-baleines, Darryl, lui, est très fort pour trouver les plus petits habitants de ces récifs qui sont généralement ignorés. Si les traqueurs sous-marins existaient, Darryl serait l’un d’entre eux. Tout le monde peut repérer un éléphant, mais il est infiniment plus difficile de trouver un caméléon – il en est de même pour les minuscules crabes porcelaine nichés dans leur maison de corail. Darryl sait où trouver les aiguilles de mer recluses dans leur grotte. Ses doigts déterreront doucement les bébés soles dans le lit de la mer, et lui seul sera en mesure de chatouiller une murène nid d’abeilles sous le menton. Vous serez émerveillés par les petits poissons-papiers et par les mouvements patauds d’un mérou patate géant ou par une tortue faisant la sieste sous un rocher. A Rocktail,

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chaque plongée est ponctuée de nouvelles découvertes ou d’observations passionnantes afin que la plupart des plongeurs remontent à la surface et s’exclament : « Vous avez vu cela ? » De retour sur la plage, un petit-déjeuner délicieux vous attend au milieu des dunes avant de retourner sur le bateau pour votre deuxième plongée de la journée. Très vite, vos journées à Rocktail seront joyeusement rythmées : vous vous réveillerez au lever du soleil pour un café rapide au centre de plongée, puis vous partirez à la plage pour une plongée suivie d’un petit-déjeuner et peutêtre d’une petite sieste sur le sable, pour terminer avec une deuxième plongée et un délicieux déjeuner au camp. Les après-midi permettront de longues siestes et d’agréables promenades le long de la plage. Vous pourrez ensuite vous délecter d’un cocktail au bar et d’un délicieux repas avant de vous étendre sur votre lit douillet, impatient de recommencer toutes ces activités le lendemain. Si le film Le jour de la marmotte était une histoire vraie (histoire selon laquelle vous revivez la même journée encore et encore), je pense qu’une journée à Rocktail serait certainement la journée que je choisirais. Après tout, qui ne voudrait pas revivre encore et encore une plongée de rêve ? Pour en savoir plus sur le Rocktail Camp, veuillez consulter la page suivante : Pour en savoir plus sur la plongée à Rocktail, veuillez consulter la page suivante :

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Dolls for Africa Entrepreneur Maite Makgoba Text: Melissa Javan/ Images Š Supplied

Like many entrepreneurs, Maite Makgoba had to overcome a lot of challenges to get her plastic princess doll onto the market. But now she can brag on social media when stars such as Nicki Minaj compliment her product.

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Momppy Mpoppy dolls are young, trendy and uber-fashionable. They wear sky-high, neon-coloured heels and will not be seen out in public without a slew of accessories, including bangles, earrings and bags. Momppy Mpoppys are a new South African answer to the ubiquitous Barbie-type dolls found across the world – they’re black, they’re sassy and they’re beautiful. And they’re at the cutting edge of fashion. Founder and designer Maite Makgoba told TV magazine show Top Billing that for this past winter, they wore leather. Makgoba, herself a young black South African woman, was inspired by her nieces to create a fashionable doll that looks like them and dresses like them. And she is soon expanding her business to the United States. Makgoba, owner of the company Childish Trading and Manufacturing, says it is important for her dolls to keep up with trends, which is one of the reasons the dolls were created in the first place. This is important, as it allows the

young girls who own them to match their dolls. Speaking to international news agency AFP, Makgoba said that she was motivated to create the Momppy Mpoppy doll when she realised that the black dolls available on the market did not appeal to children. “They were frumpy and unattractive, some in traditional attire,” she explained. “This is not the reality of today.” Through the doll, she aimed to create self-awareness among young girls that they are beautiful with their dark skin and their afros. “We want kids to see beauty in Momppy Mpoppy and to see themselves while playing with her. Dolls are often white and people in magazines are white. This is even the case in a country like South Africa, where the majority of the population is black,” she says.

Where It All Began

Momppy Mpoppy is not the first black doll on the South African market. Nigerian businessman Taofick Okoya is

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playing in the same market. He also saw a gap when he could not find a doll for his niece and came up with the Queens of Africa and Naija Princesses dolls, which are overtaking Barbie doll sales in Nigeria. Locally, Molemo Kgomo is a South African doll maker who also went into the industry after a frustrating experience trying to find a black doll for her daughter. In response, she launched Ntomb’entle dolls. Unlike a typical Barbie-type doll, the Ntomb’entle dolls have fuller figures, curly afros and bigger eyes. They are also dressed in colourful traditional African outfits, representing the Ndebele, Sotho, Xhosa, Zulu, Tsonga, Xhosa, Pedi and Venda cultures. Makgoba says that she started researching and developing Momppy Mpoppy in 2013. “The first Momppy sample was born in April 2014 and by June, my babies were ready. June is myself and my niece’s birth month. It is this particular niece who gave me the Momppy inspiration.” She calls herself a super aunt. “I am obsessed with my nieces,” she says. “They inspire me. This (product) is from them and for them. Every aunt, mama, papa and gogo will tell you how much our princesses change our lives.”

The Name

Makgoba knew that she wanted a cute, catchy name for her dolls that young girls would find playful and which could easily be part of their lives. “It’s inspired by South African culture and is derived from the words Popo, Popie, Mpoppi and iPopi. “Everybody in South Africa gets that it’s a doll. Plus, the world could learn a thing or two about Africa through Momppy Mpoppy – she can easily be our modern South African scout to the world.”

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Makgoba says that at first, her family and loved ones did not get her vision for Momppy Mpoppy. “But now they are brand ambassadors. They are proud and full of support.” Makgoba grew up in Soweto and today most of her staff are youth from that area. “We employ them and give a sales skills workshop. You have to serve the community that raised you right.”

Her Advice to Entrepreneurs

Like many entrepreneurs, Makgoba struggled to get funding for her product. Other challenges included finding a reliable team and, of course, lack of sleep. But she had to be serious about her business. “It should have an x-factor to stand out from the rest, and it should solve social and economic problems that our country faces, like unemployment. The wilder the dream, the harder the work, so get ready,” she says. As a child, Makgoba wanted to become a cartoon character and there are links to her life now as an entrepreneur: “It’s the same thing. You have to think you can change the world, save the world or take over the world and those are similarities both cartoons and entrepreneurs have. I’m serious right now… dead serious.” Makgoba’s dolls are sold at Lilliputs Toys in Rosebank Mall, and online via, as well as through her Facebook page ( or Twitter ( that_maiteaccount) account.

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Trainspotting and Stopping Riding Metrorail’s Southern Line Text: Sarah-Claire Picton Images © Clemens van der Walt

Leave your car keys at home and choose to travel Cape Town’s Metrorail Southern Line train. It is a cost-effective, fun, and accessible way to taste the scenic and cultural pallet of Cape Town and the False Bay coastline.

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Step out of Kalk Bay station and you are surrounded by ocean, mountain and the old world charm of the town, which offers a multi-layered “bohemian rhapsody” feel. Cape Town is renowned for its “vintage everything”, but Kalk Bay is clearly the epicentre of this, where childhood nostalgia is collected and taken care of in the stores that fringe the main road, such as the Kalk Bay Trading Post and Quagga Rare Books & Art. The main road is the boutique version of Cape Town’s Long Street. From restaurants and cafés to boho-vibe clothing shops, galleries (Kalk Bay Modern Art Gallery), antique and second-hand book stores, and entertainment (Kalk Bay Theatre), the hustle is real, but the pace just a little slower. If you have time to wait for seating, The Brass Bell – an institution in town – provides the prime dining location with its “on the ocean” architectural design. As you sit across from the Kalk Bay Harbour, seagulls take chances with calamari as waves crash against the exterior, and you are reminded that you have so much you still want to do and see before you hop back on the train. Post-lunch wandering led me past a familiar symphony coming from a busker’s saxophone, and back onto the main road for a few minutes’ walk to Dalebrook Station. Public access to Dalebrook beach is available from the main road – skip down the stairs and through the short passageway and you

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“Buy the ticket, take the ride,” said the late Hunter S. Thompson. Figuratively, I’ve found this brazen approach to life to ultimately be a rewarding trip. I know that when I “buy the ticket” it’s up to me to turn the ride it into a journey. Thompson’s advice inspired me as I stood in line to purchase my Southern Line ticket at Cape Town’s CBD station. The one to go for is Metrorail’s tourist rail pass – R30 for a one-day pass and R50 for a two-day pass – which allows you limitless train trips between Cape Town and Simonstown. The trip takes approximately an hour and a quarter (no stops included) and trains run between 08h30 and 16h00. Factor in time for your journey. “They” say don’t have expectations, but there can be delays. Delays become your friend as you pass through city and suburbia, and you become a voyeur to the rhythm of coastline blues. The Southern Line takes you past False Bay seaboard destinations that include Muizenberg, St James, Kalk Bay, Fishhoek and Simonstown. Wherever you choose to get off, all of these stops offer nearby activities, both onand off-shore. Languages from South Africa, Africa, and abroad mix together on the train, and there is an infectious energy as you pass Muizenberg and head towards Kalk Bay, a fishing village and working harbour, and the off-track twist to my railway excursion.

Hop-off Here You can easily spend an entire day in one town, simply meandering through the bric-a-brac shops or frolicking in the sun along the coast. With the train times being strict (last train to Cape Town leaves at around 16h20), it’s hard to squeeze everything into one day, so why not make multiple trips? Take note of these seaside delights to try out on your next hop-off itinerary. Surfing in Muizenberg: Learn to surf at Gary’s Surf School at 34 Beach Road. Gary’s is South Africa’s oldest surf school – established in 1989 – with over 60 boards to choose from, as well as rash vests, wetsuits, leashes and boogie boards, which are available to rent. For more information, visit St James Beach: Situated between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay, St James Beach is a picturesque spot to relax and take lovely photos. Capture bursts of bright colours from the beach’s famed Victorian bathing huts, and put your “brave suit” on for a swim in the stunning tidal pool.

will arrive at this unassuming coastal treasure which is home to a popular family-friendly tidal pool and rocky beach. Slight hesitations to jump in were soon put aside, with my clothes for company. The underwater dunk hit me with an icy gasp that wiped clear my thoughts of train times and pre-planned schedules. Recovery time in the sun – my toes make smiley faces in the sand and I’m content being a friendly voyeur to the splashes of nature’s playground. I manage to snatch my sarong from the clutches of the wind and I realise with a start that it’s already 15h30. I have less than an hour before I must head back to Cape Town. The day has swallowed me up and now I’ll do the same with a creamy cappuccino. By 16h16, the extra layer of warmth I brought along is wrapped around me as I wait for the train back to the CBD. Reflection – from afternoon sun rays and from within myself – rides the rails with me. My journey had a different outcome from the one that was planned. I didn’t manage all the stops or even reach my destination, but that doesn’t mean I won’t in the future. It was a day that embraced me as much as I did it – satisfaction, sand in my shoes, and a sunburnt nose. I rode the wave of summertime, off track, but definitely en route for my idea of a journey. For more information, visit

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Diving in False Bay: Who said you should stay above land when you hop off? Head to Pisces Diving in Main Road, Simonstown, and gear up for epic underwater exploring. Book beforehand, and remember that dives are season-dependant, but ask for a trip to Rock Reef, Roman Rock Lighthouse, or Caravan Reef if possible. For more information, visit Penguin Walkway in Simonstown: Meet the Jackass penguins and slip into cute-topia at the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony. Entrance to the beach where you can swim among the tuxedoed charmers costs R60 for adults and R30 for kids – phone +27 21 786 2329 for any enquiries. If you’re tight on cash, take the route along the wooden walkway free of charge to see the penguins in their natural habitat.

The The Botswana Botswana Accountancy Accountancy College College is is aa business business school school in in Botswana Botswana established established in in 1996. 1996. BAC BAC asserts asserts itself itself as as aa center center for for excellence excellence in in the the Southern African region and beyond. The college is characterised by the quality of its programs and their relevance to the global economy. Southern African region and beyond. The college is characterised by the quality of its programs and their relevance to the global economy. BAC BAC provides provides the the highest highest quality quality education education in in Accountancy, Accountancy, Computing, Computing, Business, Business, Leisure, Leisure, Insurance Insurance and and Taxation. Taxation. With With two two main main campuses, campuses, located located in in Gaborone and Francistown, the College is led by the Executive Director Mr Michael Lesolle. Gaborone and Francistown, the College is led by the Executive Director Mr Michael Lesolle. BAC BAC strives strives to to provide provide students students with with the the capabilities capabilities and and skills skills which which position position them them as as future future leaders leaders and and effective effective participators participators in the country’s wealth creation. Arguably one of only very in the country’s wealth creation. Arguably one of only very few few tertiary tertiary institutions institutions of of its its kind kind in in the the Southern Southern African African region, region, BAC offers a differentiated business model underpinned by BAC offers a differentiated business model underpinned by a a diversified suite suite of of courseware courseware in in our our portfolio portfolio of of offerings. offerings. The The diversified College College has has established established itself itself as as a a leader leader in in the the tertiary tertiary education education space space and and continues continues to to consistently consistently work work towards towards playing playing a a significant role in Botswana’s tertiary education landscape. significant role in Botswana’s tertiary education landscape.

School School Of Of Finance Finance and and Professional Professional Studies Studies Programmes: Programmes: ••CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management (Accountants) (Accountants) ••ACCA ACCA (Association (Association of of Chartered Chartered Certified Certified Accountants) Accountants) ••AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) CIA (Certified (Certified Internal Internal Auditor) Auditor) ••CIA ••BICA BICA (Botswana (Botswana Institute Institute of of Chartered Chartered Accountants) Accountants) •• Advanced Advanced Taxation Taxation •• Insurance Institute of South Africa Insurance Institute of South Africa

The The College College offers offers globally globally recognised recognised and and accredited accredited professional qualifications, qualifications, promoting promoting Botswana’s Botswana’s standing standing professional as as a a knowledge-based knowledge-based society, society, and and was was established established with with the the primary primary objective objective of of reducing reducing reliance reliance on on expatriate expatriate accountants and, in the long term, to be a self-funding project. accountants and, in the long term, to be a self-funding project. BAC BAC drives drives towards towards skills skills development development at at national national level, level, namely namely skills skills capacity capacity building building and and transformation transformation of of the the Botswana Botswana economy in line with the concept of quality performance economy in line with the concept of quality performance in in the the ‘new order’ order’ of of the the knowledge knowledge economy. economy. ‘new

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Over Over the the past past few few years years BAC BAC has has developed developed meaningful meaningful and and lasting lasting relationships relationships with with prominent prominent universities universities abroad. abroad. BAC’s BAC’s international reach reach continues continues to to extend extend outwards outwards with with positive positive international results. results. With With a a core core strategy strategy of of positioning positioning itself itself currently currently “To “To be be a a vibrant vibrant and and leading leading College College providing providing business business education, education, recognised in Africa and beyond for commitment to excellence recognised in Africa and beyond for commitment to excellence and and stakeholder stakeholder relevance relevance in in teaching, teaching, research research and and community community engagement”, engagement”, the the College College therefore therefore invests invests significantly significantly in in ensuring that it procures from the best pool of global ensuring that it procures from the best pool of global human human capital and and professional professional lecturing lecturing team team of of the the highest highest calibre. calibre. capital

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School School of of Business Business & & Leisure Leisure ••BA( BA( Hons) Hons) Accounting Accounting & & Finance Finance ••BA (Hons) Business Management BA (Hons) Business Management ••BA (Hons) Business Entrepreneurship BA (Hons) Business Entrepreneurship & & Leadership Leadership ••BA BA (Hons) (Hons) International International Tourism Tourism Management Management ••BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management BA (Hons) (Hons) International International Saloon Saloon Management Management ••BA specialising specialising in in Beauty Beauty Therapy Therapy ••BA BA (Hons) (Hons) International International Saloon Saloon Management Management specialising specialising in in Hair Hair Dressing Dressing ••BA (Hons) International Banking BA (Hons) International Banking & & Finance Finance School of of Computing Computing and and Information Information Systems Systems School ••BSc BSc (Hons) (Hons) Applied Applied Business Business Computing Computing ••BSc BSc (Hons) (Hons) Computer Computer Systems Systems Engineering Engineering BAC BAC ICT ICT Industry Industry Skills Skills Centre Centre 1. 1. SAP SAP Academy Academy 2. Microsoft Microsoft Academy Academy 2. 3. 3. CISCO CISCO Academy Academy Along Along with with the the above above programmes, programmes, BAC BAC offers offers a a number number of of short short executive executive leadership leadership courses courses for for corporate clients, including: corporate clients, including: Enterprise Risk Risk Management Management ••Enterprise ••Islamic Islamic Finance Finance ••Certificate Certificate in in Public Public Sector Sector Procurement Procurement and and Tender Tender Process Process Management Management ••Balanced Scorecard Training Balanced Scorecard Training ••Finance Finance for for Non Non financial financial Manager Manager

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The Messenger of Love The Browns Angel Collection Text & Images © Browns The Diamond Store

Jewellery has always been an important and personal purchase, made only for someone we truly love. The Browns Angel collection is inspired by love. The word angel is derived from the Latin word angelus, which means “messenger”, and each Browns angel represents one simple, yet powerful message: love. At Browns, conveying love is so important to us that we have incorporated the angel motif into every one of our pieces. Sometimes these little messengers are created with perfectly matched pear and marquise shaped diamonds, in other pieces they are tucked away in the gold baskets which cradle centre stones, or are hidden within diamond clusters. A gift from Browns is synonymous with love, which is why we have an angel resting below our logo. The Browns Angel is a “messenger of love” and a constant reminder that someone loves you. Angel Diamond Dress Rings are the latest and most exciting addition to the Browns Angel collection. The collection comprises three different rings: the Rose Gold Angel, the Two-Tone Gold Angel, and the Full Diamond

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Angel. Each is unique in design. Each ring features a host of shimmering angels floating around your finger in 18 ct gold. The extraordinary full diamond dress ring is set with 73 diamonds in round, pear and marquise shapes. The Two-Tone dress ring showcases 58 round brilliant diamonds and the Rose Gold dress ring holds 16 diamonds. The dress ring is usually worn on the right hand as a statement of a woman’s individuality and free spirit. The left hand ring represents the responsible role a woman plays as a mother and wife. There is evidence of exceptional craftsmanship in the detail of these designs. The full diamond dress ring, for example, contains a variety of fancy shaped diamonds perfectly matched in shape, size, colour and clarity. These rings are true to the nature of an angel, soft and feminine, as well as a bold celebration of light and love. For more information, visit

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The Plains of Camdeboo Are Calling Samara Private Game Reserve Text & Images Š Supplied

Samara Private Game Reserve is situated in the malaria-free Great Karoo where time stands still, inviting you to pause, breathe, and reflect.

A passionate conservation undertaking, Samara is the leader of and a catalyst for change in the region. 70,000 acres of land have been protected and restored over 17 years, accompanied by ambitious alien vegetation removal and wildlife reintroduction programmes. Vast livestock farms have slowly been returned to their former glory, rivers run perennially and ecosystem services are flourishing. Herds of springbok, black wildebeest, Cape Mountain zebra, oryx and eland roam the Plains of Camdeboo once again. Giraffe and buffalo meander across the veld. Some 125 years after it was exterminated from the region, the cheetah reigns supreme. A maximum of 26 guests at a time can enjoy this breathtaking landscape and all it has to offer. At fivestar Karoo Lodge, luxury cottages with wraparound verandas offer secluded privacy, while en suite rooms in the restored homestead provide colonial style comfort.

The more budget-friendly inter-leading Sibella Suites overlook a waterhole visited by birds and animals alike. Feel completely at home as you relax with a good book on the lodge veranda, cool off in the pool or, if you’re feeling more energetic, engage in a walk. The luxurious five-star Manor House is an exclusiveuse villa for up to eight guests and offers total privacy. Built on the site of an old farmhouse with title deeds dating back to the days of Lord Charles Somerset, the manor is unique in its design, which incorporates local traditions with a light, modern twist. Unwind in the large, comfortable lounge where a crackling fire burns in the winter months, and the large glass doors to the patio are cast wide open in the summer. Take time to read an interesting book from the library in the cosy reading nooks, or relax in the 21 m infinity pool overlooking the mountain landscape.

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At both lodges, indulge in the delectable offerings of our Karoo kitchen: Food influenced by traditional South African cooking with a modern flair. All meals are served in magical settings, both indoors and out. Tuck into a delicious braai around the fire in the boma one night, only to be whisked away to a candlelit dinner in the riverbed the following evening. Our comfortable bar area is the perfect place to reconvene after a game drive, sample some of South Africa’s finest wines, and indulge in a nightcap around the fire. Spend a few days at Samara and you will escape the stresses of city living. Awaken in your four-poster bed to the sounds of the bush – gentle and soothing. Open the curtains to reveal views that stretch to the mountains in the distance. Breathe in the fresh Karoo air. Allow one of our spa therapists to pamper you with a soothing massage or treatment from the comfort of your suite. Unwind. Unearth the secrets of Samara as you explore the Plains of Camdeboo with your professional guides. Free

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of the restrictions of Big Five reserves, your rangers will introduce you on foot to the highly endangered cheetah, enabling you to participate in an unforgettable interaction with these graceful predators. Experience a variety of habitats and ecosystems unheard of in the Kruger National Park – from thick valley bushveld to vast Karoo plains and grassy mountain plateaus. Delight in the unexpected abundance of this part of the Karoo, which is often green and lush with flowing rivers and wild flowers. Examine fossils that pre-date the dinosaurs and well-preserved Bushman paintings, offering an insight into the fascinating pre-history of this part of the world. Visit us and discover the Africa you have always dreamt and read about, with spectacular sunsets, breathtaking scenery and starry skies. We invite you to engage with us in our mission to build a lasting social and environmental legacy, while preserving global biodiversity in this unique environment. For more information, visit

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

The Motorcycle Diaries Revving It Up in Clarens Text: Keith Bain Images © BMW Motorrad & South African Tourism

For three days this month, the “Jewel of the Free State” will be besieged by one of the most distinguished motorcycle events on the planet. BMW’s Motorrad Days is coming to Clarens. Expect a lot of leather pants, tattoos and obsessive revving. Indwe 63

In the Maluti mountain foothills, a stone’s throw from Golden Gate National Park, the gallery- and restaurantfilled town of Clarens is just about as hip as it gets in the Free State countryside. While it’s not precisely placid, it still ably pulls off its image as an idyllic getaway spot, perfect for tranquil, buzz-free weekends. For a few days this month, though, Clarens will come alive with the sound of motorcycle engines and cheering crowds as one of the world’s grandest two-wheeler events pulls into town to kick up the dust and leave behind a few premium skid marks. Billed as Africa’s first music and motorcycle festival, BMW Motorrad Days celebrates a more playful, daredevil side of the German vehicle manufacturer, which in 2014 sold approximately 123,000 motorcycles worldwide. Since 2001, the original European version of the festival has been luring enthusiasts to the southern Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where a veritable tented village springs up each year in July to accommodate some 40,000 motorbike enthusiasts who arrive to give their support and share in the fun – and mayhem – that unfolds over three engine-revving days.

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With some emphasis on showing off the sleek design and engineering wizardry that go into crafting the auto giant’s bike range, Motorrad Days isn’t exclusively for BMW riders, nor only for high-level or experienced bikers. “It’s open to all motorcycle enthusiasts no matter what their brand preference,” says Alexander Baraka, general manager of BMW Motorrad South Africa. “Our objective has been to create a festival not only celebrating our own brand, but also showcasing all the facets of the motorcycle lifestyle. We’re featuring everything from incredible live motorcycle stunt shows to a variety of riding activities.” Organisers say it’s going to be a fully loaded festival, with “a full Clarens take over” planned, transforming the main square into a hive of activity – beer gardens, live bands, exhibitors, and “the full BMW Motorrad brand experience”. Typical activities include motorcycle parades and scenic rides through the surrounding countryside. Visitors with an interest in putting BMW’s bikes to the test can book one of almost 300 on-and-off-road test rides on virtually any of their motorcycle models. There will also be beginner-level riding events for novices to participate in for the sheer fun of it.

The festival will also delve into the culture that surrounds biking and its avid enthusiasts. For the technically minded, there’ll be live bike customisations, while the creatively inclined can watch as a specialist artist adds flair to motorcycle gas tanks and motorbike helmets. An expert leather worker, meanwhile, will demonstrate how he makes a jacket or sews decals onto belts, wallets, boots, jackets and gloves. Fashion shows will showcase the BMW Motorrad clothing range. And to go with all the black leather gear, visitors will be able to get inked by some of the country’s top tattoo artists. There’ll even be a barber skilled in sculpting classic biker hairdos. Punting BMW-designed and -manufactured twowheelers is obviously a key element of the event, and for some it might be a rare opportunity to test ride industry newcomers such as the incredibly quiet C-Evolution scooter, BMW’s entry into the electric market and a clear indication that the German manufacturer intends spearheading a greener motoring industry. A likely highlight of the festivities, though – even for folks who’ve never been on a bike – will be performances by top

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international motorcycle stuntman Mattie Griffin. Among the world’s top-ranked street bike freestyle riders, Griffin is being flown to South Africa to perform his signature feats of daring tricks and gravity-defying stunts, which usually get crowds into a frenzy of admiration. In between all the motorcycle buzz, there’ll be the usual festival mainstays – gourmet food stalls and craft beer on tap. After-dark entertainers include live bands (CrashCarBurn, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Just Jinger, Shaun Jacobs, and Nomadic Orchestra), as well as DJs to keep Clarens rocking. When asked about the choice of a relatively calm Free State town to launch the event, Baraka said he couldn’t imagine a more ideal spot. “Clarens is the perfect location for an event like this because it’s close to scenic mountain passes that will make for some extraordinary riding. Plus is has great weather and a thriving social life that will greatly complement BMW Motorrad Days South Africa.” The intension, he added, is to steadily grow the festival into one of Africa’s premiere events. BMW Motorrad Days happens 6th to 8th November. For tickets and accommodation, visit

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• Clarens Brewery ( is one of the original microbreweries in the Free State. You can request a taster of its beers and ciders, which are all available on tap. • Sethuthuthu Tours ( offers guided, educational quad-biking trips through Golden Gate Highlands National Park and Clarens itself. • Ashgar Equestrian Centre ( offers outrides and horseback riding lessons on Connemara breed horses. There’s also game-viewing from the saddle on their farm, Schaapplaats, where there are also cottages to rent. • Volunteer rangers from Clarens Village Conservancy ( have marked out a series of hiking routes on nature reserves on the outskirts of town, creating some great walks. Maps of their routes are widely available around town. • Clarens Xtreme ( offers all kinds of adrenaline-pumping activities, including white-water rafting, abseiling, rock climbing and quad-bike trails. They also have enduro and mountain biking trails with negotiated traversing rights through farms and conservancies in the vicinity. • The Clarens Golf Estate ( has a scenic 18-hole riverside course interspersed with trout dams and set against a gorgeous mountain backdrop. The estate also has a pool of villas that can be rented on a nightly basis.

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Designs for Africa Southern Guild Text: Julie Graham Images Š Supplied

There is a massive appetite these days for unique, collectable and top-quality design pieces to adorn homes and to make them distinctive and special. Southern Guild, founded by Trevyn and Julian McGowan in 2008, has taken both local and international high-end, contemporary design by storm.

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The dynamic McGowan team of Source (the leading exporters of South African design to retailers around the world) have worked hard to create a platform for local designers and artists who are producing ground-breaking contemporary and collectable design. Southern Guild aims to expose their phenomenal talent and to enlighten a world market about their vibrant and unique work. Blurring the boundary between art and design, Southern Guild is dedicated to their mission, which is not only to inform, educate and stimulate debate, but also to cultivate young talent, redefine the way in which design is perceived both in South Africa and abroad, and to present top-quality work which is worth investing in. Since its inception, Southern Guild has become internationally recognised as a brand which represents brilliance and authenticity. They have had showings at Design Miami, Design Miami/Basel, Design Days Dubai and New York’s Collective. Art & Auction magazine listed the McGowan duo on its “Power 100” list of the most influential players in the art world in 2013. The McGowans are clearly a force to be reckoned with. “Craft is very old in Africa, but design is very young. Part of the global appeal of contemporary South African design is that it’s unfettered, imaginative and energetic,” says Trevyn. “In the established world of collectible design, Southern Africa has something very new to say.” In 2012, the Southern Guild collection at Johannesburg’s

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Everard Read Gallery broke attendance records, and presented design work from the likes of top names such as William Kentridge, Gregor Jenkin and Dylan Lewis. “Our vision for Southern Guild is to support the creation of iconic, investment pieces from the leading names in the country. We’re especially interested in people working in the territories between the disciplines of art and design,” says Trevyn. In 2013, they opened the inaugural show at the Museum of African Design (MOAD) in Johannesburg. And the McGowans did not stop there. When Cape Town’s World Design Capital 2014 kicked off, they saw a unique opportunity to “bring the world to Cape Town”. They did this in the form of Guild, Africa’s first international design fair. The intention of Guild is to bring together limited edition, hand-made design from the global market to South Africa – the birthplace of the “man-made object”. The Guild exhibitor line-up spans global voices, countries and continents. “More than just a fair for beautiful objects, Guild represents the coming together of highly dedicated, focused curators, designers and institutions who, with a shared vision, are striving to preserve and provoke unique, ground-breaking design,” says Trevyn. “Guild introduces highly respected design authorities from around the world, and presents their unique viewpoints to a fresh audience.” 2015 has been an outstanding year for Southern Guild. Not only has it seen the hosting of the second edition of the Guild

First Page: Beth Diane Armstrong – Reach (stainless steel) This Page: Invader and Mighty Ndebele by Justine Mahoney Third Page: Bloom (American walnut and bronze) by John Vogel Last Page: Hanging chair by Porky Hefer & Catherine Esca

International Design Fair, Southern Guild has also participated in top global collectible design exhibitions, and has opened up a permanent gallery space in Woodstock, Cape Town. The gallery represents everything the McGowans have hoped to achieve with Southern Guild, and is a space that really enables this ground-breaking design work to speak for itself. The McGowans have transformed an old warehouse space into the perfect home for some of the most innovative and extraordinary pieces South African designers are putting out into the world. “We often pair designers together, with dynamic results. We consistently choose people whose work engages the viewer, breaks new ground, shakes things up a bit. As the sole gallery representing South African limited-edition design, we find that many international curators and critics hear the unique voice South Africa brings to the world. We offer something

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grounded in social and political realities, narrative, a true bond with nature, and a sense of human connectedness. We have far less interest in trends or in the highly polished, technologically driven visions of design prevalent elsewhere,” they say. As the McGowans so aptly put it: “Dancing to our own design tune, and really valuing and exercising our uniqueness, has become our prime directive. It’s where our future lies. Through collaboration, cooperation, alliance, and refining our unique perspective, we can build and mature this arena in relevant and fascinating ways.” Watch this space! Southern Guild is truly taking South African design by storm. The Southern Guild Gallery is located at 10-16 Lewin Street in Woodstock, Cape Town, and is open Monday to Friday 10h00 – 17h00. Visit for more information.

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Upcoming Events November: United Kingdom Selected to present South African design at Christie’s auction house, London, a first for any African design gallery, Southern Guild will be showcasing 14 exceptional works by 12 South African designers, including Andile Dyalvane, David Krynauw, Dokter and Misses, Dylan Lewis, Gregor Jenkin, Ian Garrett, Porky Hefer, and Seemo – a collaboration between Peter Mabeo and Porky Hefer. Home to the most celebrated auctions in the world, Christie’s will exhibit the work until 3rd November, when it will be placed on auction. December: United States of America Returning to Florida for the third time for Design Miami, from 2nd – 6th December, Southern Guild is excited to present a focused show of its most acclaimed designers, while simultaneously introducing new talent who will all be premiering new work for the fair. Designers being represented include Bronze Age, David Krynauw, Driaan Claassen, Justine Mahoney, Madoda Fani and Xandre Kriel. “We had such a phenomenal response at last year’s exhibition at Design Miami, with an almost sell-out show, that we’re now lauded as one of the must-see galleries at the fair,” says Trevyn. “Such a reception really cements South Africa’s place amid the best design galleries in the world.”

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Stay in Style The Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa Text & Images © Supplied

If you are planning a Cape Town business trip or a getaway, the Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa is ideally situated in the heart of the old city, opposite the iconic St George’s Cathedral and just a step away from the bustle of Greenmarket Square. It represents a new space in luxury living where you can work and play in a unique environment.

Safe off-street parking offers direct access to the foyer. Upon arrival, the welcome starts with the smiles and congeniality of the staff, reflecting the spirit of “ubuntu” synonymous with the iconic Mandela name. Space is what the hotel prides itself on – no cramped quarters for our guests! In studio, one or two bed-roomed units – all equipped with elegant en suite bathrooms, and with simple, classic designs and open-plan lounges and fully equipped kitchens – guests can entertain, eat in, or simply relax with a drink while enjoying the urban landscape. The choice is all yours. For the business traveller, the hotel’s recent partnership with Regus Office Rentals offers self-catering apartment accommodation to all Regus’ business clientele, as well as a fully equipped office solution to all hotel guests.

Heavenly Food

The hotel is a foodie haven from the moment you step into the foyer. The newly renovated Doppio Zero takes you back to Italian food like Mama made, while the trendy Motherland Coffee Company provides great coffee and quick, tasty snacks. Step outside and enjoy the “Earth Fair” food market every Thursday which provides tantalising and tempting treats right under your nose in St George’s Mall. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg – the hotel is an easy stroll from a host of other establishments, offering everything from fine dining to casual street food.

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The Mangwanani Boutique Spa at Mandela Rhodes Place

blends traditional African practices and hospitality with Western massage techniques to provide a unique rejuvenating experience which blesses the body and soul. Look out for their Signature Packages on the hotel’s website. These combine a nutritious meal with rejuvenating spa treatments. If that’s not enough, the hotel’s special packages for both business and leisure stays are enticing and include free parking, Wi-Fi and a bottle of red wine. Details as well as terms and conditions can be found on

Enticing Attractions

To enjoy the Cape’s famous wines, plan a visit to the Winelands. Or if beer is your tipple, then our many craft brewers in the city offer tastings for the connoisseur. The Company’s Garden is across the road from the hotel and ringed with Iziko Museums and the beautiful Parliament buildings. Table Mountain is a short ride away and a “must” (weather permitting) on any traveller’s list. The Slave Lodge, on the bend of Adderley and Wale Streets, and the District Six Museum on Buitenkant Street offer the chance to learn more about Cape Town’s past. For the night owls, Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa is just around the corner from the street that never sleeps, Long Street, where clubs and bars abound and the nightlife is pumping! Whatever your interests, Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa is at the heart of a city that has a unique soul, and our staff are guaranteed to ensure that your stay is tailor made to you. For reservations and more information, contact +27 21 481 4000, email, or visit Alternatively find the hotel on Facebook, or connect on Twitter (@hotelmrp).

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Getting to your destination has never been easier. Gautrain will help you plan your route, assist you with bus and shuttle services as well as assist you with calculating the time and cost of visiting your destination. Finding an event, place or attraction to attend or visit makes travelling a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Log onto for more information. Shuttle Services Available.

Gauteng (Sesotho for "place of gold") is South Africa's smallest province (17 000 square kilometres) and it includes most of the towns strung east to west along the gold reef, from Springs in the far East Rand to Randfontein in the west. It runs down to the Vaal River in the South, and just beyond South Africa's capital, Pretoria, in the north.

• From Marlboro to Linbro Park and Woodlands in Woodmead. • Weekend Shuttle to Montecasino from Sandton Station.

For more information visit Gauteng Tourism Authority

Montecasino Palazzo Circle Shuttle Service on Public Holidays

Design Quarter

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Grosvenor Crossing Bryanston Centre Bryanston Crescent Pick n Pay on Nicol

Consumer Goods Council

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Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital Parktown

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Joburg Theatre Complex

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Reef Hotel


Summer Place

Thrupps Centre

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Wanderers Stadium Protea Hotel Wanderers Melrose Melrose Place Arch

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Boston Absa Bank

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College of Digital Atholl Photography Oaklands


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Wits Medical School Rosebank Mall



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Constitution Hill

Nelson Mandela Bridge


Departs Park Station. All Day – Every Day.



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Voortrekker Monument Private Nature Reserve

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Little Company of Mary Hospital

The Freedom Park and the Voortrekker Monument

Momentum Raslouw Value Spar Centre

Sandton Racquets Club

Meadowfields Morningside Shopping Centre

Eskom Megawatt Park

Garden Court Toyota Benmore Morningside Shopping Centre Southern Mushroom Farm Park Sun Barlow Park Sinosteel A&G Theatre on the Square Sandton Hilton IDC Grayston TES Protea INU Ridge Hotel 4M Office Park Atholl Square R




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Rhodesfield Bus Routes RF1: Kempton Park RF2: Emperors Palace

PRASA / Metrorail

Civic Centre

Glen Balad Mall


Arwyp Medical Centre


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Monuments / Heritage sites close to routes

Woodbridge Square

Cavendish Glen

Modderfontein Nature Reserve





LEGEND Joburg Water Tower





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Grand Central Airport



Central Park




Centurion Bus Routes C1: Techno Park C2: Rooihuiskraal C3: Wierda Park C4: Southdowns

Tilbury Business Park

Waterfall Hospital

Woodlands Business Office Park Shuttle Service Sunninghill Hospital Linbro Business Park Shuttle Service

Sax Arena



Centurion Golf Estate Love More Centre


River Club Park

Value World Centurion

Eco Boulevard


Morning Glen Mall

Byles Bridge

Southdowns College Centurion Licensing Services

Protea Hotel


Unisa SBL Main Entrance African Bank Boulders Shopping Centre Gallagher Convention Centre Town Lodge

Chilli Lane Shopping Centre

Rivonia Boulevard



Tuks Sports St. Maryʼs Campus School Garden CSIR Court World Bank City Lodge Xcelpark Lynnwood Spanish Embassy Checkers Pretoria Menlyn Lynnwood Country Park Club Shopping


Liliesleaf Rivonia Centre

Midrand Bus Routes M1: Randjespark M2: Noordwyk M3: Sunninghill

Nizamiye Turkish Masjid along the Midrand train route.

Visit Auto & General Theatre on the Square at Nelson Mandela Square.

Eco Park Estate


Sandton Station Bus Routes S2: Gallo Manor S3: Rivonia S4: Randburg S5: Fourways

Supersport Park

Highveld Shopping Centre


Waterkloof Airforce Base

Centurion Lake

Centurion Lifestyle Centre

Wierdaglen Estate

Emperors Palace


Emperors Palace

OR TAMBO OR Tambo International Airport, the busiest airport in Africa, forms the centre of a multi-nodal, multifunctional enterprise with major commercial development in Ekurhuleni and is known as South Africa’s Aerotropolis.


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The first two rail cars are for airport passengers. These cars have wider seats with special areas for baggage storage.

The underground tunnel section from Park Station to Marlboro Portal is a total length of 15.5 kilometres.




Centurion Station


Amberfield Estate


Vist to to arrange transport to one of South Africa’s World Heritage sites, the Cradle of Humankind.

Protea Hotel Waterfront

Hatfield Bus Routes H1: Brooklyn H2: Lynnwood H3: Arcadia H5: Menlyn H6: Queenswood

Queenswood OR Tambo Christian College Building

Louis Pasteur Hospital

Manhattan Hotel City Hall

The Union Buildings have lovely gardens that surrounds the new Nelson Mandela Statue.

Remember to visit Pretoria State Theatre.

State Theatre

National Zoo

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Cooking From the Heart Chef Guy Clark Text: Julie Graham Images © Julie Graham & Supplied

After making it into the top 11 in South Africa’s very first MasterChef competition, Guy Clark (known most famously for his good looks and great personality, as well as his delicious food, of course!) has been making waves internationally, and his incredible talent and passion for cooking has taken him to some wildly exotic locations. Clark is currently residing in Miami, but made a trip home recently to Cape Town. I caught up with him to enjoy a home-cooked meal and to chat about his latest culinary projects. Before MasterChef first hit our screens in 2012, Clark was working as a property auctioneer. Despite his love of cooking, he never realised his desire to work as a full time chef, until he embarked on the challenging adventure of MasterChef. “I had been cooking for friends and family since I was 13. I always loved, it but never explored it as a career. I’m not sure why to be honest, but when the adrenaline kicked in on MasterChef and I had to create flavours from nothing, I knew I had found my life passion.” Creating flavour is something Clark is exceptionally good at and his food not only sends you on a taste adventure, but is a complete sensory experience. From dynamic visual presentation to mouth-watering aromas and thoughtful textures, his culinary prowess is undeniable. I meet him at his family home in Bakoven, Cape Town, which also doubles as a wellness centre run by his mother, Di, and his younger brother, Tom. Family and friends have come to see Clark and his wife on their visit, and he is calmly chatting away and

sharing laughs while cooking up a storm in the open-plan kitchen, preparing a magnificent three-course meal. Since MasterChef, Clark has been on a number of culinary adventures before making his decision to settle in Miami. He joined Madame Zingara for a short stint, and then packed up his bags and left for India to cook and consult for wellknown millionaire businessman, Analjit Singh. Following this, he became the head chef at Uzuri Restaurant in New Delhi, before flying to Miami to be with his fiancé and to settle down there. Next, he participated in Cutthroat Kitchen, a reality cooking show in Los Angeles, and ended up winning the gruelling competition in August this year. He now hosts Saturday Night Social Lights, a cooking show on the Health & Wellness Channel which launched this month. It follows him as he prepares sumptuous dinners every Saturday night for a guest host. “The cameras will follow me as I shop, prep, cook and deliver a healthy, beautiful and delicious sustainabilityfocused meal. I am excited to lead viewers each week on my journey from farm to table, sharing my experiences while

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educating viewers on how to cook healthily, intelligently, ethically and with passion.” And these elements are readily evident in his food. First up is a starter of goat cheese and roasted fennel infused quinoa served with Rooibos tea baby beetroot, spicy caramelised cashews, fresh edible flowers and garden greens. The food is enchanting in both its presentation and flavour, and the passion that went into its preparation is palatable. The conversation is warm and seamless and everyone is smiling. Clark’s reputation for being the “nicest guy” on MasterChef season one is unmistakeably well earned – he is witty and charming, yet softly spoken and humble. He clears the plates and then serves us our main course of dill roasted Kingklip with an asparagus beurre blanc served with farm carrots, micro mushrooms and a dash of truffle oil. Having grown up in Camps Bay and Franschhoek, Clark has an innate sense of respect for nature and using local and sustainable produce. “Nature is my muse,” he says. “I love the geometry and design found in untapped nature.” His other passion is undoubtedly his lovely wife, who he eyes adoringly

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throughout the meal. “My wife is my pillar. She is so incredibly supportive, understanding and loving, and is my number one fan.” Dessert is served, and is a complete delight and a tribute to spring: An orange chocolate “soil” with seasonal fruit, smashed macaroons and a grapefruit crème anglaise. The love among Clark and his family is heart-warming. “My family (mom, dad, brother and sister) have been there for me through the ups and downs. Always ready to lend an ear or a hug,” he says. As the dinner draws to an end, I sip on my coffee and look around the table at the genuine smiles and loving respect among the Clark family, and feel truly blessed to have been a part of the evening. The food is a direct representation of this and I feel immensely satisfied and in awe of the magic that is happening in Clark’s life as a result of his authentic and loving approach to food... And to life. Follow Guy Clark’s blog on for exceptionally delicious recipes and to keep up with what he is getting up to in Miami.

Namibia's Dream of a Logistics Hub Text & Image © Namport

Namibia is a country of just over two million people, and the current development of the country’s infrastructure (new port facilities, new airports, road infrastructure, and rail infrastructure) will undoubtedly create the needed competitive edge to realise the dream of becoming a logistics hub for the 300 million inhabitants of the South African Development Community (SADC). Namibia’s competitive advantage resides in its stable and secure environment, its strategic geographical position, a generous amount of land available for development, and relatively efficient services. With its deep water depth and stable weather conditions, the port of Walvis Bay is ideally located to accelerate the growth of Namibia and the SADC region as a whole by providing a gateway to the region, thus serving as a logistics hub. The completion of the new container terminal at the port in 2017 will go a long way towards establishing Namibia as a regional logistics hub, and will further support the Namibian Government’s stated intention to develop an industrialised economy. For any port, capacity to handle various commodities is key, hence the port of Walvis Bay’s new container terminal is part of a reclaimed land project, and is Namibia’s biggest ever port construction project since independence. The project is envisaged to pave the way for the port to more than double its container handling capacity from 350,000 twenty foot equivalent measurements (TEU) to 750,000 TEU’s per year. For more information, visit

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New Container Terminal Facts • The terminal will be worth approximately NAD 4 billion once completed. • The Government secured NAD 3 billion loan from the African Development Bank for the construction of the container terminal. • Building commenced in May 2014. • Project completion is set for September 2017. • Various contractors have been used, of which the biggest is China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. • To date the project is 38 % complete, and is still on schedule. • A total amount of just over NAD 1.5 billion has been spent on the project to date. • 600 m of new quay wall is being built, with a water depth of -16 m.



















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THE PREFERRED ACCESS TO SOUTHERN AFRICA It is with great knowledge and experience that we get excited by every consignment that comes through our gateway. Though our port has the capacity to accomodate 4 000 vessels, 355 000 containers yearly and handle over 6 million tonnes of cargo, we don’t see them as just numbers. It is the endless possibilities within them that motivates our dedicated team, to deliver the ultimate port experience to our customers. To our customers it’s not just cargo, but their livelihood and we understand that because after all we are also human.

Namibia On Track Riding the Rails of the Desert Express Text & Images Š Nicky Furniss

There is something magical about being rocked to sleep by the swaying of a moving train, to the accompanying sound of the clickety-clack of train tracks. Even better, is waking up the next morning to open the curtains and look out on a completely changed landscape from the one you said goodnight to the evening before. In Namibia, where distances between destinations are vast, sleeping through the endless kilometres is by far the best way to travel the length and breadth of the country, and the Desert Express is easily one of the most comfortable ways to do this.

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We boarded the train in Windhoek, accompanied by welcome drinks and the excitement of exploring our home on wheels for the next ten days. Our cabin was ingeniously designed for its compact space, with arm chairs that folded down under beds at night, an additional bunk bed to dump suitcases and day packs on, and the world’s tiniest functioning bathroom. While it involved some contortion to fit in the shower, the moveable wash basin was a clever way of managing the small space, –and the water was always hot which is, after all, my main prerequisite for a shower! The train is scheduled for a refurbishment, and to be honest, it is showing its age a little. The carpets are slightly worn in the corners, the décor a little dated and the plumbing occasionally trying. But it has a charm about it, and being able to have a G&T or a three course dinner while watching the scenery slide by is infinitely preferable to travelling by car or bus. Plus it served as our window to Namibia – a starkly beautiful country that truly warranted the thousands of kilometres we travelled to see it.

The South Travelling overnight from Windhoek, we struck out south for the small town of Keetmanshoop. Though the town is nothing to write home about, just on its borders it boasts two incredible natural attractions. Liberally littered with large boulders, many piled precariously on top of each other, Giant’s Playground is aptly named. Nearby is a playground of a different sort, at least for lovers of flora. The Quiver Tree Forest contains a host of these striking trees, their roots penetrating the rocky soil, and their bright green leaves making beautiful silhouettes against the clear blue sky. The sky here is seldom dotted with rain clouds, and therefore testament to

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the incredibly hardy nature of these trees. This area is also the gateway to the magnificent Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world and quite a breathtaking sight to behold from the lookout point at its northern most point or – for the brave – from down below on the five day Fish River Canyon hike. Travelling west between Aus and Luderitz, the plains are dotted with herds of elegant oryx, undoubtedly one of Namibia’s most iconic of animals. More unusual to see interspersed with these, however, are the wild horses of the desert. Apparently left behind when the Germans withdrew from the area after the Second World War, they adapted to the desert conditions and now number in the hundreds – beautiful with their long coats and tails and sense of unfettered freedom. Also abandoned to the desert, is the small ghost town of Kolmanskop, once a thriving diamond town complete with a tram, electric lighting, an ice factory, a casino, and even a town swimming pool – all the more impressive considering that all water and supplies had to be transported in from the coast by ox wagon. This enigmatic place abounds with fascinating stories of the people who lived here and the lengths to which they would go to find the sparkly stones to which the town owed its existence. Fascinating too are the remnants of the houses, hospital, shops and factories that once made up the town, now in various stages of dereliction, many being gradually swallowed up by the unrelenting sands of the desert. It is a photographer’s paradise with its sand filled bathtubs, peeling ornate wall paper and its shadowy shells of buildings.

The North Retracing our steps, we travelled north, back to Windhoek, where as well as the capital’s monuments and museums, you

First Page: You are guaranteed of working up a sweat climbing to the top of Walvis Bay’s Dune 7, but the view from the top is worth the slog. First Page Insert: The Desert Express gives passengers a chance to ride the rails the length and breadth of Namibia. Opposite Page Left: Specially adapted to life in the desert, these wild horses can be differentiated from their tame cousins by their long manes and tails. Opposite Page Right: Slowly being enveloped by the sands of the desert, the ghost town of Kolmanskop is one of the highlights of Southern Namibia. This Page: The Quiver Tree Forest outside of Keetmanshoop is one of the few places where you can see these iconic trees en masse. Next Page Left: Tommy Collard can find a needle in a haystack or a Palmato gecko in the desert. Next Page Right: The distinctive colour of the soil gives everything in Etosha National Park a chalky appearance – even the elephants. Last Page: A flight with Scenic Air offers breathtaking views over Sossusvlei and the West coast, including the picturesque little town of Swakopmund.

must dedicate an evening to a Windhoek institution, Joe’s Beer House ( Covered in an astonishing array of random bric-a-brac, you can expect the food to be hearty and the drinks to flow liberally – after all, there is a sign at the entrance which proudly states “Our house wine is Jägermeister”! Travelling north from the capital, it seems the Germanic influence that exists elsewhere in the country fades as the names of the towns slowly change to wonderful words that roll harmoniously off the tongue – Karabib, Omaruru, Otjiwarongo, Outjo. Here you will also find Namibian ingenuity displayed to its fullest. Pop into the Tikoloshe root carving factory ( and discover a menagerie of weird and wonderful wooden creations all painstakingly hand carved. It is likely that – odd as they are – one may catch your fancy. After all, my mantelpiece simply wouldn’t be complete without a squiffy aardvark on it! Kristal Kellerie ( is one of only three wine farms in the country – not surprising, considering how little rain there is here. The owners, however, have overcome this obstacle and others to produce not only wine, but also a line of grappa from prickly pears and dates. The landscape between Outjo and Khorikas is particularly picturesque, with mountains and hills that rise out of the surrounding bushveld, itself liberally dotted with towering red termite mounds, their “chimneys” all pointing northwards. Vingerklip (“finger stone”) looks exactly as it sounds – a finger of rock pointing heavenwards while balancing, somewhat precariously, on the hill below it. It’s worth climbing up to its base, not only for the panoramic views it affords, but also because one never knows when a

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resident giant might pass this way, and simply flick it over on a whim. Undoubtedly the North’s biggest attraction, however, is Etosha National Park and its famous salt pans, the sheer vastness and emptiness of which is both terrifying and liberating. Most of the reserve is characterised by open plains and whitish yellow soil, which serves to throw the colours of the many animals here – like oryx, zebra, lions, jackals, elephants and ostriches – in sharp contrast, making for striking photos.

The West Back on the train at Usakos, we head west towards the sea. Just outside Swakopmund we discover a barren valley of rocks and sand, aptly named the Moon Landscape. Despite its similarities to the real thing, it is unlikely that any fake moon landing was filmed here, although the desolate desert scenes of the latest Mad Max movie were – and it’s not hard to see why. In the heart of this sea of nothing, lies the improbable oasis of Goanikontes. What was once a watering stop for oxen, is now a small restaurant and overnight stop, complete with animals for the kids to play with and gigantic pieces of homemade cakes for the adults ( As one moves closer to the sea, a dense fog can be seen on the horizon, which is a perennial feature of Swakopmund, and responsible for sustaining many of the desert inhabitants that call the surrounding sand dunes home. These include the fascinating Welwitschia plants, amazingly prehistoric looking plants wonderfully adapted to desert life. Other animals that have adapted well to this sandy habitat are little shovelsnouted lizards (who, with their webbed feet, are known as the “Ferraris of the desert”), neon coloured Palmato geckos,

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When in Windhoek Namibia’s capital city has a number of great accommodation options, but for a truly special boutique experience you cannot go wrong with the Olive Exclusive All-Suite Hotel ( The rooms are large, modern, and fitted with every possible convenience (some even have their own plunge pools). The staff are lovely and the food is exquisite. Making for another memorable stay is the Heinitzburg Hotel (, with its fairytale turrets. Perched on a hill overlooking the city, it is a favourite spot for sundowners, and its silver service, multiple course dinners offer some of the finest dining in the city.

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Arriving back in Windhoek was bitter sweet. I would miss the rocking of the train, the companionship of the tour, and the different views gliding past my cabin window. I would leave, however, with a broader view of this expansive and starkly beautiful country; one which has only piqued my interest to explore more of it. For more information on the Desert Express tours across Namibia, contact JB Tours on or visit

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sidewinder snakes, skinks (legless lizards) and, my favourite, desert chameleons. It is amazing just how much life there is in the desert if you just know where to look, and the best person to show you is undoubtedly Tommy Collard – a flamboyant desert explorer, who introduces people to his “backyard” on his Living Desert Tours ( This is a “must do” when in Swakopmund. Another must do is to attempt to summit infamous Dune 7, which looks deceivingly simple from the bottom, but is a real challenge for both the mind and the body when you find yourself sliding one step back for every two steps taken. The key is not to look up – it’s heart-breaking when the summit seems further and further away each time. But once you do finally reach the top, you will not only be rewarded with spectacular views, but also a wonderful sense of achievement. A less strenuous way to enjoy this view is to hop on one of Scenic Air’s little Cessna planes ( for a bird’s eye view of the desert on a two hour round trip to Sossussvlei, with its iconic petrified trees and striking red sand dunes. Travelling for hours with little more than sand below you stretching in every direction, really gives one an idea of the sheer scale of the Namib, as well as an unmatched view of the dunes – the ridges of which create picturesque squiggles and undulating lines across the desert. You will also fly over abandoned diamond camps, before hitting the coast with its shipwrecks and colonies of seals and flamingos, before eventually reaching the harbour town of Walvis Bay, and the lovely little town of Swakopmund, perhaps the most quintessentially German town in Namibia.

Luxury Seafront Living This new development is designed in harmony with the environment and offers 8 luxury apartments and 28 penthouses, all linked to the Platz am Meer Waterfront shopping destination with beachfront views green walkways and child-friendly play areas. Apartments are finished elegantly with open plan designs, creating a light and spacious feel with floor-to-ceiling windows which allow spectacular ocean views. The superior fittings, modern finishes, and innovative designs offer an all-round beautiful, comfortable interior.Elegance and comfort, taken to new heights by the beauty of the Namibian coastline is what makes Platz Am Meer development the place to be for future visitors in Swakopmund.

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Zoning in on Drones Text: Sarah-Claire Picton Images © Aerobotics, BigBird, and David Hurwitz

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), or the more popular name, drone. Titles aside, the drone crosses unfamiliar “knowledge territory” for many of us – from what it is and could be used for, and by whom and its role in redesigning the future. Drones are currently used in a number of different spheres, including agriculture, film, drone racing, working with the government on regulations, and even drone porn! Indwe zones in on drones by catching up with some of the leading names in the industry.

James Paterson – Co-Founder of Aerobotics James Paterson and his team at Aerobotics are using UAVs in interesting ways in the farming industry. “We have been approaching more progressive farmers to help them detect crop problems early in order to limit loss of yield. Farming is becoming increasingly technical, and most farmers now understand the benefits of using our systems. We can save the farmer a lot of time by covering 200 hectares per hour, rather than him manually checking his crops. Additionally we provide data that can’t be seen with the human eye. For example, we were able to detect areas of citrus that were under stress due to root problems. Our systems aim to identify problems long before they would have become apparent before,” says Paterson. The goal for James is to make their systems as easy to use as possible. “The drone flies itself, the data is downloaded from the drone and sent to us by clicking a button, and we take care of the data processing.” When it comes to planning the flight, the area to be flown is selected by the user on a tablet, after which the software calculates a flight path that is sent to the drone. “While flying, the drone triggers the camera suite at various GPS points to ensure that data is collected over the whole area. After the flight, the drone can be plugged into a computer, and the user clicks a button on our drone interface software to send the raw data to us through a cloud interface.” After receiving the raw data, they process it to provide high resolution visual maps, vegetation health maps, contour maps and volumetric and plant height maps. “We have developed a software package that allows the user to interact with the data, analyse it and compare it over time. For clients that want additional insights, we have partnered with consulting firms that can perform soil and leaf analysis to determine the cause

of crop stress.” And what else does Aerobotics have up their sleeve? “There are a number of other exciting potential projects, such as game counting in the Serengeti, researching baboon behaviour, and identifying Southern Right whales from the barnacle patterns on their heads.” For more information, visit

Braam Botha – Operations Manager of UAV Industries Braam Botha is the “go-to” guy when it comes to UAV regulations safety. In 2015, Braam was appointed the Operations Manager for UAV Industries (UAVI), which offers a wide selection of services to the global UAV market including establishing a flight school to train future pilots of UAVs, and securing two remote areas where UAV manufacturers can test their equipment with almost no other aviation traffic. “Within a short period of time UAVs changed from very basic to extremely advanced remotely piloted aircraft with the ability to be controlled over a longer distance with multiple features for civilian commercial benefits,” explains Braam. “This has enlarged the possible risk and safety of operating UAVs, and therefore Civil Aviation Authorities had to implement regulations for various safety reasons and to control an industry that in the very near future will take over a large sector of manned aviation,” he adds “These regulations were implemented to protect owners, show them how to operate safely and make them aware of other forms of aviation that could be affected by their operations.”   Safety means sticking to regulations, even if you’re just a hobbyist drone-owner. “Toy aircraft owners are still regulated by Part 94 of the Civil Aviation Regulations of 2011,” says Braam. And therefore it is advisable for owners to visit the SACAA website ( to familiarise themselves with their rights are with regards to flying in any area. When it comes to modernisation, Braam feels that “We are only the start of an era where UAVs will change many areas of our lives, including security, agriculture, medicine and much

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more. The more technology is advancing within the UAV sector, the more other industries will be inspired; technology will become more cost effective and the way we see UAVs will become part of our everyday lives. The future is here.” For more information, visit

Dean Engela – Founder Darkwing Aerials Darkwing Aerials ( has been at the forefront of the development and implementation of drone technology with one of the first delivery services in the world at the Oppikoppi festival in 2013, delivering beers (Beer drone). The team at Cape Town-based Darkwing Aerials has a love for film and a desire to bring a unique perspective to the viewer, through the use of a camera drone. They have been involved with the production of numerous TV commercials and documentaries. “For the past two years, we have been working on wildlife documentaries for clients such as The Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. This has been a great experience for us since we are all passionate about wildlife filmmaking,” says Dean. Alongside filming, Darkwing Aerials designs and builds custom drones and are focusing on the relatively new field of virtual reality, “where you combine multiple cameras to create a 360-degree viewing experience.” Darkwing has also been designing and developing their own

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waterproof drones. “Through development and practical testing we have come up with a 100 % waterproof, carbon fibre drone frame that houses the camera and gimbal. These drones will be released for sale to the public once Darkwing is happy that they meet our standards.” “Cinematography in the film industry has changed rapidly with the introduction of drones. Drones are in no way a replacement for helicopters, which in the past have been used for aerial cinematography. Each field has their own set of advantages and disadvantages. For example, drones have the ability to fly in close proximity to a moving subject and in the same shot fly away from the subject to reveal a larger perspective. Aerial cinematography in a confined space is also possible. These types of shots were previously not achievable,” says Dean. Their favourite job to date was a documentary they shot in False Bay, Cape Town. “We managed to capture some amazing footage that would not have been possible without the use of a drone, like massive 3,000 strong super-pods of dolphins and close up footage of various species of whales. For us I think the most exciting part of the shoot was working with Great White sharks. We managed to capture them breaching out of the water while hunting cape fur seals. That is something we will never forget.” And what’s next on their film list? “Number one on the list would be to use our waterproof drone to film narwhals and polar bears in the Arctic.”

First Page: During the documentary they shot in False Bay, Darkwing Aerials captured incredible footage of Great White sharks breaching. This Page Top: BigBird’s ever-growing family of Remote Piloted Aerial Systems are designed and built in-house for specific needs. This Page Bottom: Aerobotics’ sensor suite is carried by their Y6 hexacopter drone, or their fixed-wing drone, which are capable of sustained flight times. Last Page: By using a drone, Darkwing Aerials were able to capture amazing footage in False Bay, including 3,000 strong super-pods of dolphins.

Smashtronics Smashtronics has been in the drone industry for three years and initially began by importing parts and custom building systems for clients. In the past year, however, their supplier, DJI, has developed some very advanced systems that meet most customers’ needs. DJI is the market leader in professional, high quality, easy to operate drones which are used in many fields such as counting livestock, aerial photography, bird of prey training and filming, thermal imaging, security checks, surveying, mining, and inspections. For more information, visit, contact +27 83 463 8310 or email

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Every Minute Counts Bidvest Car Rental At Bidvest Car Rental, they understand that whether you are travelling on business or on holiday, every minute of your journey is important to you, and time is precious. The people who put these words into action are the company’s invaluable staff, who get things done day in and day out, add value to the lives of their customers, and work hard. Text & Images © Lindsay Versfeld

Bidvest Car Rental recently gave each of their staff members a pair of comfy, good-to-go running shoes, to avoid sore feet and, of course, to help keep their customers on the move without anything holding them back. The staff at Bidvest Car Rental are acutely aware that the traveller wants to get to their destination as quickly and painlessly as possible. In their eyes, travellers are busy people who need to get on their way (whether to a meeting or a long awaited holiday, or to see friends and family) as quickly as possible. These fleet-footed helpers offer weary travellers a variety of products: car rental, Door2Door transfers, chauffeur drive service, coach charter, as well as van and truck rental for any load. Bidvest Car Rental sees their vehicles as more than just transport, more than A to B. They are part of a bigger journey that each and every customer is on. They like to call this relationship with their customers a business partnership and a friendship, of which an understanding that the customer’s time counts forms an integral part.

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They offer bespoke solutions too, showing that the individual is important. Travelling and logistics is about time and efficiency, but it’s also about understanding customers, and ensuring that they make a difference in the time people spend with them. Bidvest Car Rental – because every minute counts. For more information, contact 086 101 7722, email or visit


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Road Tripping to Romansbaai Text: Thys Geyser Images © Ryan Abbott

We invited some friends to visit Romansbaai Beach and Fynbos Estate with us recently in pursuit of our quest to find the ultimate beach property where we could one day build our dream house. “Never heard of it, where is it?” was the response we got when we discussed the trip. We explained that it is a secure and private beach estate located in the Overberg district overlooking Walker Bay. We decided to make a day of it and to drive in a circular route to explore the most of this unknown area.

The trip took us over the scenic Franschhoek pass, through the small Vyeboom hamlet where the pear trees are now in full bloom and looking like a set for a wedding movie, past the Elgin station to the landmark Peregrine farm stall. This is the best pit stop for freshly ground coffee, a delightful breakfast, and their famous cloudy apple juice – all served in a matter of minutes after being seated. From here we drove about 40 km on the N2, before turning off and driving through Caledon towards Bredasdorp. The fields here are a kaleidoscope of colours, with canola blossoms in full bloom and green wheat competing for the most inspiring picture. Tuscany beware, this is what rolling fields should look like! At the R316 intersection, we took a right turn heading towards Stanford. This winding road takes you past three landmark venues: Raka Wines, Klein Rivier Cheese Farm, and Birkenhead Craft Beer Brewery. All of these have won many an award for their produce. This started to feel like a gastronomy outing, and we were all the more impressed with the new adventure. At Stanford’s gelateria we had a scoop of

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ice cream, before heading through Gansbaai, roughly 20 km on to reach the destination. What a site! Romanbaai Beach and Fynbos Estate is located on a peninsula adjacent to Gansbaai. As it is elevated, you see the blue ocean on all sides from the moment you drive through the contemporary gatehouse. It is a fynbos covered wilderness, with Milkwood trees and hundreds of species of fynbos covering this 240 ha of pristine coastal estate. We expected a pretty location, but we were totally taken aback by the views over Walker Bay towards Hermanus. Apparently this is one of the only beaches on this part of the coastline with a north-facing view over the ocean. We also later learned that it is the only gated and secure estate with a beach front between Cape Town and Mosselbay. Municipal services are installed in phase 1 and 2, and the first 20 % of these stands have already been sold and transferred. We were genuinely impressed that you could have an ocean view on two sides from a stand that only costs R500,000. The stands in the R1 million price bracket offered beach views, as well as being within 500 m walk

from the beach, which we immediately strolled down to in order to explore. The beach is protected from the prevailing South Easter and stretches out for about 3 km, flanked by a commercial abalone farm on the one side and a private nature reserve on the other. So there is no general access to the beach other than through the gatehouse, making it really private. In fact, we counted 20 private enclaves for the romantically inclined! We immediately started calculating what this dream would cost. We found it easy to visualise a home within the building guidelines, as they are strict, but design-friendly. Apparently, one could have our size of holiday house built for between R2.5 and R3 million, so we could have the dream for R4 million. They told us that they are also launching a Fynbos Village “plot and plan” product, where a three-bedroom completed property will cost just under R1.8 million. This was now starting to look like a potential resettlement option, and not just a holiday home. With a set of documents and a blank offer to purchase, we left the estate and drove next door to Kleinbaai for drinks

at the local village hotel, where we discovered that we were in the shark and whale watching capital of the area. On the way back we picked up the Overberg “To Do” list, and made mental notes of what we could do, realising that you would need a few holidays to work through them all. From beach walks, beach cycling and bird watching, to art routes and wine tastings, the area offers so much more than what we could ever imagine. Driving home, we opted to have a bite at Stanford, where they have six great restaurants, including one with a Michelin starred chef! Bowled over and breathless, we drove home through Hermanus and took about two hours to reach Cape Town. What a wonderful way to spend a day. And what a lot it has left us to consider about where we ultimately want to live and holiday – Romansbaai may very well be the best option. For more information on Romansbaai Beach and Fynbos Estate visit

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An Xtra Exciting Addition Jaguar XE Text: Bernard Hellberg Snr Images © Jaguar South Africa

Traditionally, Jaguars have been large and imposing, but urban clutter (such as smaller parking bays and traffic jams) has seen a move towards more compact vehicles. The XE is the company’s first compact sports sedan offering, and Indwe recently took it for a spin. Few buyers realise that it is entirely possible to choose between some 34 different Jaguar models when deciding on a new set of wheels. The entire range – from the XF 2-litre diesel to the mighty 5-litre V8 Supercharged Autobiography at an eye-watering R2.4 million – is, perhaps, one of the reasons why Jaguar continues to sell in relatively modest numbers. Other reasons may be that customers who do not have a specific loyalty towards British cars, may only regard the retail price bottom line when considering a purchase, and this, perhaps, is where the German “big three” still have the edge. This is about to change with the recent introduction of the beautifully designed and comprehensively equipped Jaguar XE, a supercharged 3-litre V6 which ticks virtually all the boxes in terms of passenger and pedestrian safety, traditionally luxurious appointments, and a supple ride that belies its designation as a sports sedan. Its smaller-engined,

2.0-litre four-cylinder stablemate will save you more than R270,000 at purchase. Equipped with the same engine found in the F-Type, this super smooth unit produces an impressive 250 kW and 450 Nm of torque – leading to a 0-100 km/h sprint time of a mere 5.1 seconds, which places this particular version of the XE firmly in sports car performance territory. There was initial scepticism in respect to the 2.0-litre, yet this was quickly dispelled, as the car seemed to effortlessly keep up with the imposing V6 on the open road. Both cars are capable of a (electronically) limited top speed of 250 km/h, with the 3-litre V6 a mere 1.7 seconds quicker in the 0-100-km/h sprint. However, power without control is meaningless, and in this regard liberal use is made of aluminium to keep the weight down and add further benefits in the form of dramatically lowered fuel consumption figures and much

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improved acceleration times. As the stiffest, most aerodynamic Jaguar passenger vehicle ever built, this traditionally rear wheel-drive sports sedan made light work of the challenging Franschhoek Pass. Significantly, the first Jaguar to be equipped with electric power steering still produced pin-sharp handling in tight curves, despite the view held by some “experts” that this steering aid would result in a dead and unresponsive feel. If anything, I was happy to be in the XE on a day when fog had closed in on the pass and visibility was reduced to no more than 12 m on occasion. When exterior conditions become tough and downright dangerous, the reassuringly safe ambience of the cabin helps to settle matters and calm nerves. Centre stage is an 8-inch touchscreen that offers drivers easy access to media and navigation features. The ASPC (All Surface Progress Control) is yet another brilliant development that works perfectly on low-grip surfaces such as those experienced on the Pass. Aimed squarely at rivals such as the BMW 3 and 4 Series, the XE is loaded with emotional appeal, design innovations such as head-up display that works efficiently even in direct sunlight, and even a deployable bonnet for enhanced pedestrian protection. Entering the XE for the first time is a sensory experience,

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provided by the all-leather, hand-stitched seats, the modern and ergonomically friendly dashboard layout and, once you’re underway, by a comfortable ride, without compromising the car’s sporty nature. Competing in this select category, however, means that you are up against some impressive opposition. The Mercedes-Benz E200, as well as the E400 come to mind, while the BMW 340i could be the one to beat. The Audi A5 Sportback 3.0T Quattro, likewise, is positioned to make life difficult for Jaguar. Ultimately, the individual who decides on a Jaguar XE, whether the 2-litre or the 3.0 supercharged V6, will be buying it because he/she loves British craftsmanship and likes owning a car that is not found around every second corner, and is so comprehensively kitted out that there are no surprises by way of optional extras. The Jaguar XE range is less bulky and more agile and dynamic than its larger brothers. Still a fairly large car by all accounts with an impressive weight reduction bringing the XE (2-litre) down to 1,540 kg, the Jaguar XE, at last, is the model that should change matters around for the South African importers. It is the model that should have been on showroom floors three years ago but, then, it is never too late to take on the opposition with something this good.

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As power-hungry South Africa waits for the endlessly delayed thousands of megawatts from Eskom’s new Medupi and Kusile coal-fired plants, cheap, renewable energy is quietly piling on capacity. Eskom’s desperate drive over the past seven years to bolster energy availability has seen a slew of mostly independently funded wind and solar projects being launched, many of which are already feeding the country’s grid. By June this year 1,800 MW of renewable power had been added, while the Department of Energy has allocated another 7,000 MW for procurement from independent power producers (IPPs).

Falling Costs The cost of power production from renewable sources has plummeted since the Department of Energy opened the competitive bidding process in 2009. In the firstround bids six years ago, wind power was snapped up at 115c/kWh, but by round two, bids came in at 100c/kWh. Round three saw companies bid their power at 74c/kWh, and by the time round four was reached in August 2014, the bid price had dropped to 62c/kWh. The cost of solar power dropped from 275c/kWh in round one to 79c/kWh in round four. In contrast, the expected cost of coal-fired power generation from Medupi is in the region of 128c/kWh, while the final costs of nuclear power are forecast to be more expensive than coal.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) reported last month that renewable energy provided around R4 billion in benefits to South Africa in just the first half of this year. The numbers were quantified by calculating how much the country would have lost − or would have been forced to spend − without access to these power sources. In the report, the CSIR said the 2TWh (terawatt hours) produced by mostly wind and solar energy had replaced the electricity that would have otherwise been generated from the open-cycle diesel-fired turbines and coal-fired power stations. The research body calculated this to have been a saving of around R3.6 billion. In addition, power from the country’s solar and wind projects saved the economy R4.6 billion by negating the need for intensive power users to shut down operations. The research body worked out that 203 hours of curtailment − also called “unserved energy” − had been avoided, particularly in January when the supply was desperately tight. Between January and June, renewable energy helped delay load-shedding, enabled lower stages of load-shedding, or enabled Eskom to avoid implementing load-shedding at all. According to Johan van den Berg, CEO of the

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South African Wind Energy Association, the cost to the economy of load-shedding stands at around R75/kWh. The benefits of renewable energy come at a cost, however. Tariff payments to IPPs amounted to R4.3 billion from January to June this year. And because of Eskom’s empty coffers, at least one functioning renewable power station cannot be connected because the utility cannot afford to put up the required transmission lines. This situation − costing Eskom about R2 million a month − began in October 2014, but the infrastructure is expected to be functioning soon.

A Closer Look at the Perceived Negatives And while renewable energy might be cheap and clean, the downside is that it isn’t always reliable. The sun doesn’t always shine, the wind doesn’t always blow as hard as it is required to, and in periods of low rainfall, hydro power becomes increasingly unavailable. Critics say that for every megawatt of power renewables produce, another megawatt needs to be made available from traditional sources like coal, gas and diesel as insurance against the vagaries of the weather. However, Van den Berg says that this criticism isn’t entirely accurate. Around two years of continuous assessment of wind availability and speed is carried out before a decision is taken to put up a plant. Van den Berg also says that a range of wind-harnessing technologies are now available. The choice of wind-harnessing technology depends on the norms established over the assessment period, and the success has been such that private sector funding has financed much of the second round of projects. Evan Rice, CEO of GreenCape, a non-profit organisation that supports green businesses in the Western Cape, admits that the drawback to solar power is that “principally it works only when the sun shines”.

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He says that this issue can be circumvented, however, by including a storage system, although this doubles the upfront costs. Rice rationalises the energy limitation by saying that the electricity system is “comprised of various technologies designed to operate for a certain percentage of the time”. He says, in any case, more capacity than is needed is always required to be installed.

Other Advantages of Green Energy Renewable sources of energy also have significant secondary benefits. Eskom’s acting CEO Brian Molefe announced in April that the Sere Wind Farm, the first Eskom-funded large-scale renewable energy project to come on line, would reduce the country’s carbon footprint by around six million tons of greenhouse gas over its 20-year life span. This reduction increases exponentially with each 100 MW renewable plant that is established. Sere’s average annual energy production of 298,000 MWh is “enough to supply about 124,000 standard homes”, says Molefe. Billions of rand in social benefits also flow from the renewable energy plants to local (and often deeply impoverished) communities. The Northern and Eastern Copy courtesy of ‘Finweek’. Cape regions, where there is an abundance of sunlight and Call 0860 103 911 to subscribe. wind, are some of the poorest in the country, and it is this possibility of change that Van den Berg says is the “most exciting”. With 3 % of revenue from the plants required to go to social upliftment, communities within a 50 km radius can expect approximately R70 billion in the next 20 years. In March, in a show of confidence in solar power operations, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) spent R22 billion for 20 % stakes in the Ilanga and Xina solar power stations respectively. The power stations, which are located in the Northern Cape, are expected to add 200 MW of power to the grid. The PIC also lent R600 million to the Ilanga project.


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Peugeot South Africa seems to be on quite the product offensive of late. This year has not only seen the introduction of the 308 – which, as we had predicted, is a finalist in the 2016 WesBank / SAGMJ Car of the Year competition – but also of the thoroughly updated 208 subcompact hatchback.

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The new range is a re-energised, assertive player in this hotly-contested segment of the market, getting a refreshed nose and tail, but also a range of new, highly efficient, PureTech engines and an advanced automatic gearbox. If sportiness is what you’re after, then the new GT Line model adds enough zing to keep most boy racers smiling. As was expected, the baby Peugeot’s innovative i-Cockpit has also been refined some. Three models with two new engines, two transmissions, and two trim levels make the range. A flexible little 1.2-litre 3-cylinder PureTech engine forms the base power train for all three models, with the entry model being normally aspirated, while the two top performers get turbo power. The normally aspirated 1.2-litre engine employed in the 208 1.2 Active is even more frugal, recording a combinedcycle fuel consumption figure of 4.3 litres/100 km, while the CO2 emissions dip to just 99 g/km. The three-cylinder is credited with 60 kW of power at 5,750 r/min, and 118 Nm at 2,750 r/min. The turbo version of the same 1,199 cc PureTech mill won the coveted Engine of the Year award in the 1.0-litre to 1.4-litre category, and produces a

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maximum of 81 kW of power at 5,500 r/min, together with maximum torque of 205 Nm at 1,500 r/min. Compact and chic, the 208 will be quite the head turner in a segment where form, sadly, often follows function. At the top of the update list are new headlights with black and chrome elements, creating a sharper, more assertive expression, while LED daytime running lights are included on the Active and GT Line models. These changes, together with repositioned fog lamps, give the 208 a wider look that really highlights its dynamic character. A key feature worth mentioning is Peugeot’s innovative optional textured finish that is exceptionally durable and resistant to micro-scratches. Textured paint also has a pleasing, tactile appeal and emphasises the contours and colours of the car to great effect, especially in various light conditions. A world first on a production model, the textured paint requires no special washing instructions or special treatment (and should never be waxed). It is available in Ice Silver and Ice Grey. As mentioned, the innovative i-Cockpit concept,

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finished exhaust tailpipe, red Peugeot lettering, and privacy glass for the rear windows. While the GT Line is the undisputed flagship of the new Peugeot 208 range, all four models benefit from a comprehensive standard execution. A high level of standard spec is evident from the entry-level model, which even gets halogen headlights with daytime running lights and a followme-home function. Interior spec includes the i-Cockpit control system, an MP3-compatible CD player with multiple speakers, a trip computer, electric power steering, air-conditioning, electric front windows, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, height and reach-adjustable steering wheel, and a refrigerated glove compartment. Inside, the most notable addition to the 208 Active is the 7” colour touchscreen display that centralises key functions and features via an intuitive user interface, while the steering wheel gains multifunction controls. The sound system includes both Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Finally, the GT Line’s equipment list is truly full house and includes everything on offer in the Active model, but adds fog lamps with a cornering function and leather interior trim. The Peugeot 208 pricing includes a three-year/100,000 km warranty, while the Active and GT Line models also get a fiveyear/60,000 km full maintenance plan. Peugeot have always excelled at expert styling, and the new 208 is no exception, especially in the interior where leather trim and tactile dashboard finishings give the 208 a luxe feel far exceeding its price bracket. Add to that, a responsive and spirited driving experience and frugal fuel consumption, and the new 208 is, like its potentially award winning larger 308 sibling, tres magnifique.

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Carsharing seems to be the way of the future, and Locomute is helping to make this a reality in South Africa. Environmental concerns, insurance costs, road congestion – there are many reasons why car ownership is becoming less desirable. According to Susan Shaheen and Matt Christensen’s article “The True Future of Transportation Has Two Big Barriers to Entry” on, the need for more flexible transport arrangements are in demand. “With a growing population of multi-modal travellers and the development of shared-use transportation, the demand for seamless access to different modes is rising, particularly as environmental and socio-economic pressures mount.” Though South Africans are quite car-centric, with the rise of new improved forms of public transportation like the Gautrain and MyCiti Bus services, as well as app-based taxi service, Uber, more people are putting down their car keys and making use of these services. The next step to take seems to be “carsharing”. It is just like it sounds: People booking a car to take them where they need to go, and then dropping it off again for the next person in need of transport. According to the Carsharing Association, the aim of this “movement” is to: “Decrease personal car ownership, reduce vehicle distance travelled, improve urban land use and development, provide affordable access to vehicles for all constituencies, as well as motivate residents to walk, cycle and take buses and trains, and decrease dependence on fossil fuels while reducing the emission of greenhouse gases.” The United States has seen a huge increase in the use of carsharing services in urban areas. IBISWorld states that the industry has an annual growth of 41.3 %. With more and more people seeing the benefits of carsharing services, the industry is expected to grow worldwide. Two South Africans that saw this trend coming are Tumi Marope and Ntando Kubheka, founders of Africa’s first carsharing company, Locomute, which opened this year.

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Locomute allows members access to a number of cars in South African cities every day, no matter the time. Locomute takes care of petrol, insurance, parking, and those pesky eTolls – which translates to fewer worries for members. This is not a business that only cares about profits, they understand that this enterprise will have an impact on many spheres. “We are inspired by the understanding that this is something bigger than all of us, something that allows us to contribute meaningfully to our communities, the economy, and our environment.” With their business model based on international car rental companies, such as Zipcar, which has around 900,000 users, Locomute offers short-term use of vehicles for as little as one hour at a time at 25c per km. Locomute users register online and download the app. There is a R499 registration fee and a monthly fee of R45, in addition to the hourly and per-km costs. Through this app, you can see where Locomute vehicles are (the cars are parked in specific locations and business zones), make a booking, and even unlock the vehicle using a type of “smartcard”. Once you no longer need it, you can park the Locomute car – which is a Fiat 500L – at the nearest Locomute parking facility or designated business zone at airports, transport stations, and shopping malls (all known as Locoparks), or, if you do not mind the extra charge, you could leave it somewhere more convenient for you, should a Locopark not be nearby. Although currently only available in Centurion, Menlyn, Hatfield, Morningside, Fourways, and Midrand in the Gauteng area, Locomute soon plans to expand to the city areas in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. All about offering customers convenience, Locomute is sure to be a hit with those not wanting the burden of owning their own car. For more information, visit

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Tricks of the Trade Make Your House Sellable Text: Property24 Images Š

Selling your house can be a challenging process and, with the market becoming increasingly competitive, properties that remain on the market for an extended period of time can often fade into the background. With these simple and affordable updates, you can help your house stand out from the others, and thus make it more sellable.

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Curb Appeal

Starting from the exterior, look at your house through the eyes of an outsider with no emotional connection to the property. Make sure that the garden and verge are neat and tidy, and to bring a bit of colour into the picture, consider planting a few flowers or flowering shrubs. Wash down your garage doors, security gates and your front door, and do the same to exterior walls – a high-pressure power sprayer can be useful for this job. Wipe down light fittings and make sure that any pathways leading to your front door are clean. Also, loose and sagging gutters can give a bad impression so mend these before a show day and make sure that the house number is clearly visible in order to avoid any frustration in terms of potential buyers being able to find the right house.

Clutter Free

Keep in mind that from the moment a potential buyer walks through your front door, they start to imagine how their possessions will occupy the space. To encourage this, it’s wise to make sure that your house is clutter-free, so begin by getting rid of any unwanted items by throwing them out or donating them to a charity. Pack away unnecessary items and make sure that packed boxes are out of sight, by storing them neatly in the garage or a storeroom.

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Smaller rooms such as bathrooms and bedrooms can appear cramped with a bulky dresser or unsorted items in the way, so be conscious of this too. Make sure that important areas such as the kitchen and bathrooms are spotless, clutter-free and smelling fresh – these are often the rooms that have the biggest impact on a potential buyer. To give the best impression of the kitchen, clear dishes from the dishwasher and sink. It can also be very effective to place a bunch of fresh flowers, a bowl of fresh fruit or a pot plant in these rooms to give the space colour and life. Also, by simply replacing or updating handles, you will be surprised at the improved appearance of kitchen cupboards and the impression it will leave on potential buyers. Remember, a clean house makes a better impression.

Neutral Colours

The colour of walls, doors and fittings is a matter of personal preference. Bright purple, red or black walls are seldom a good idea if you want to sell your house quickly. Where possible, paint walls a neutral colour. Not only is this restful and pleasing on the eye, but it will give potential buyers a clean canvas to work with and makes rooms appear bigger. For more décor and selling advice, visit


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Employee absenteeism costs the South African economy between R12 billion and R16 billion each year, according to research by workplace health and safety company, Occupational Care South Africa. These figures could be reduced and productivity increased if more companies adopted ergonomic workplace design.

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Ergonomic design is about more than having a flashy office to brag about. It means that workstations and office layout are designed in such a way as to reduce fatigue, increase comfort, and maximise productivity, as well as employee wellness. Nokuphila Nkosi, founder of occupational health and safety advisory start-up Ergoworld Consulting, says that South Africa has not done enough research to determine how many workplace accidents and ill health reports are ergonomics-related. She attributes this to a lack of knowledge about ergonomics, or because people choose to be ignorant. Countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States of America have done significantly more research on this subject. In these countries, ergonomic hazards account for the highest percentage of claims for injuries. “In these countries, they understand the significance of ergonomics and South Africa needs to follow suit,” says Nkosi. Cherine Leishman, sales and marketing director of the Dauphin HumanDesign Group – the company which designed the first chair to be endorsed by the Ergonomics Society of South Africa – says that in Germany, companies that employ a certain number of staff must have a resident ergonomist.

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Leishman has noticed that the South African market is becoming more conscious of health and safety issues, as well as employee wellness. The South African Government

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is recognising that ergonomics is no longer something that is only trendy, but essential. To address this, the Department of Labour is developing legislation to address workplace ergonomics. “We now know how an office environment that is ergonomically sound in all aspects, such as lighting, desk setup, seating and technology, as well as the integration of these can provide a holistically ergonomic, healthy and productive environment,” says Leishman. She says that statistics show that the majority of lost working days are due to muscular and skeletal stress, and the most common complaint is backache. “The way people sit plays a particularly important role in the office environment, and experts estimate that we spend 80,000 hours of our lifetimes in a seated position, which is deemed the most unnatural,” she adds.

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Ergonomic design also helps to create a culture of collaboration in corporate environments. Linda Trim, director of Giant Leap, a company that specialises in workplace interior design, says that new office buildings acknowledge the importance of spaces that foster informal encounters and exchanges among employees. “Over the past few years, open plan, collaborative spaces are proving to be popular in South Africa, as more companies are seeing the benefits of them,” says Trim. A recent IBM study found that extensively collaborative companies performed better than their peers, and companies that

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Joy Turnbull, managing director of sales at AngelShack, a South African furniture producer, says that ergonomic design can start with assessing the quality of chairs in an office: • No slouching: Ergonomic chairs should have a lumbar adjustment (for both height and depth) to support the inward curve of the back. • Get comfortable in it: The material should have enough padding to be comfortable to sit on for extended hours. However, it should not be too soft, because it needs to aid back support. An office chair should have enough width and depth to comfortably support and accommodate all staff. • A one-size-fits-all chair is not healthy: The seat height should be easily adjustable. Ergonomic chairs with a pneumatic adjustment lever below the seat are the easiest way to do this. • Your back should be supported: The backrest of a chair must support the natural curve of the spine. If the chair has the seat and the backrest together as one, then the backrest must be adjustable with a locking mechanism to secure it.

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Fairtrade is a common-good philosophy that aids better trading conditions for producers and the export of their products (particularly in Africa). It also promotes sustainability, and works by holding both the manufacturer and consumer to higher social and environmental standards.

What Is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is a non-governmental organisation that sources and co-ordinates the ethical certification of products and their producers. It is aimed at promoting equality and sustainability in farming sectors in the developing world, including Africa, the Middle East and South America. Dating back to the 1960s, Fairtrade began with small initiatives by individuals and communities who wanted to make a difference in developing countries. They sought to buy their products in an ethical manner, through paying fair prices, establishing direct trading partnerships with these producers, and sharing knowledge and information on production, market and quality requirements. In the 21st century, the Fairtrade philosophy has become a worldwide trend, with Fairtrade practices on every

continent, in all regions. Fairtrade is also finding traction in Africa and South Africa, where support for local farmers and small-scale production is a meaningful contributor to employment and the economy. Throughout the process – from the labour used to manufacture the products, the contents of the products, to the selling mechanisms used to market the final product – Fairtrade promotes the equality and sustainability of smallscale agriculture, trade and manufacturing.

What Products Are Fairtrade?

A product that carries the Fairtrade certification stamp has met the organisation’s rigorous standards. These insist that profits from the sale of Fairtrade goods must be worked back

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Fairtrade and South Africa • South Africa Fairtrade was launched in 2010 and market demand has grown five-fold since then. • R287 million worth of Fairtrade goods and products have been sold in South Africa. • There are 113 certified Fairtrade farms in South Africa. • South Africa produces the majority of Fairtradecertified wine from over 20 farms.

to producers and farmers to improve labour conditions, promote sustainable, environmentally friendly farming and manufacturing techniques, and invest back into the business and its people. While most Fairtrade products (96 %) are agricultural goods (such as coffee, cocoa, bananas, cotton, sugar and flowers), they also include clothing, cosmetics and beauty products and consumable goods, such as soft drinks, wine and ice cream. Popular companies that produce or use Fairtrade products in their manufacturing include American ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s, chocolatier Cadbury’s, and over 100 global clothing retailers. In South Africa, Fairtrade products made locally and from Africa include Ciro coffee, Cadbury’s, and several established and emerging wine farms, including Fairvalley, House of Mandela and Palesa. Fairtrade products are available from Woolworths –(one of Brand South Africa’s 2015 Top 10 Most Valuable Brands), selected specialist food stores, and some larger retail supermarkets.

The Business of Fairtrade The Triple Bottom Line

Fairtrade is based on the non-traditional commercial framework of the triple bottom line. Unlike the more traditional profit or loss bottom line, it looks at three levels of impact of products manufactured, marketed and sold: social, environmental and financial. Simply put, Fairtrade focuses on items that prioritise the people behind the product, followed by the positive impact the manufacture and consumption of the product has on the environment, and then on whether a profit is made from the product. In South Africa, the triple bottom line means that what is produced from the business, goes back into the operation at all levels. Profits are used to attend to the educational and social needs of the workers, including schooling, housing, social awareness, health and welfare. This, in turn, leads to more sustained job creation and employment security. This philosophy falls in line with the ideals of South Africa’s National Development Plan, particularly in the areas of social cohesion, creating more inclusive economies and encouraging active citizenry. 

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Fairtrade in Figures • 1.5 million farmers and workers in 74 countries follow Fairtrade practices. • Fairtrade products are sold to 125 countries. • 30,000 Fairtrade products are produced globally. • 64 % of all Fairtrade farmers come from Africa and the Middle East. • More than half the bananas sold in Switzerland are products of Fairtrade. • A quarter of all flowers sold in Germany are sourced by Fairtrade. • While the hallmark of Fairtrade has been the export from source country to another region, over the last four years there has been an increase in domestic sales, keeping the Fairtrade cycle local. • Demand for Fairtrade products is growing exponentially in Brazil, India and Kenya.


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Suzelle DIY took South Africa by storm and this Internet persona’s YouTube videos are regularly watched by thousands of people. Suzelle DIY:The Book gives a humorous twist to DIY projects where things mostly go right, but sometimes also go a little wrong. Suzelle shows us how to deal with household chores, maintain our cars, live green, make Braai Day a day to remember, and how to minimise our time in the kitchen… And, of course, how to do real DIY projects without running into any trouble. Her friend, Marianne, joins her and takes a special interest in our furry friends.The DIY diva also shares her beauty secrets. And to top it all, the book contains lovely recipes for sweet and savoury dishes and snacks. Because, as Suzelle says, “anybody can”.

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Have you ever wondered who is flying the plane when you travel on SA Express? Or wanted to know more about what a job as a cabin crew member is like? Well, now’s your chance! Every month we will introduce a few members of our SA Express family, because by getting to know them, you become part of the SA Express family too. Alana Gulston Senior Cabin Crew Member Length of Service: I have been a cabin crew member at SA Express since May 2001. Tell us more about yourself. I’m a fun loving person with a great sense of humour. I’ve been called a drama queen by many, many people, so I guess that’s true. I’m a mother to five-year-old identical twins. I’m passionate about flying, and for me it’s more than just a job, it’s a lifestyle. What is your favourite part of your job? I love the crew that I work with, especially those with a great sense of humour. The fact that I interact with so many different passengers on a daily basis is a part of my job I enjoy as well. What do you find most challenging about your job? I find waking up at 03h00 for a 05h00 sign-on very challenging, and sometimes difficult passengers can be a challenge. My job also gets quite challenging when we’re experiencing a delay, because I have to explain and apologise to passengers, despite having no control over what is happening.

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Why do you like working for SA Express? SA Express is an integral part of my life. I’ve grown up at SA Express, and it’s been the one constant part of my life when I’ve faced many challenges. When I was on maternity leave, I couldn’t wait to get back onto an aircraft again because I felt so lost being at home for so long. I remember feeling like “me” again once I was back at work. So yes, I love working for SA Express as it is “home”. What would people find surprising about your job? I think people would find it surprising that there is a lot of training and studying that goes into being a cabin crew member. I think most passengers think we’re simply waitresses. Have you ever had any funny incidents or encounters in your job? The funniest encounter I’ve had was when an American passenger asked me to marry him and begged me to return to the States with him. He was relentless! What would you miss most about your job if you stopped working for SA Express? I would miss the crew I’ve met over the years the most. I’d also miss the aircraft in our fleet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We fly for you About us SA Express is a fast-growing airline business operating primary and secondary hubs between domestic and regional destinations within Southern Africa. Our objective of improving intra-Africa travel is in line with South Africa’s mandate to increase aviation’s contribution towards sustainable economic growth and job creation. The flexibility and reliability presented by the airline’s FACT principle (Frequency, Availability, Competitive rate and Timing of flights) affords both consumers and service providers a unique and convenient service. The FACT principle is important to us as it enhances the country’s prospect as a preferred air travel destination and major trade and tourism capital. Our vision is supported by the airline’s aspirations and strategy. Also underpinning this vision is our set of core values and unique selling propositions that drive profitability. Vision To be a sustainable world-class regional airline with an extensive footprint in Africa. Purpose A sustainable, integrated regional airline connecting secondary and main airports.

Core values Safety first We never compromise on safety, no matter what. Customers Our customers are our most important investors. Partners We partner with people across all operations. Speed & Quality We deliver with speed without compromising on quality.

Improvement We strive for continuous improvement. Simplify We keep it simple.

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

We Fly For You SA Express Airways prides itself on aiming to offer incomparable service standards. In addition to building on our motto to express excellence and consistently striving to provide the best service, we know that “you” is the most important word in our airline. SA Express proudly launched its new brand on 2 December 2009 at OR Tambo International Airport. The new brand is set to ensure that it’s distinctive and positioned to build awareness and affinity in the domestic and regional markets. The new proposition “We Fly for You” is set to position SA Express as a premier intraregional African brand. The main objective of the re-brand is to ensure that SA Express is distinctive yet still aligned to the country’s mainline carrier. SA Express’s unique positioning as an airline that provides a bespoke, personalised travel experience was the rationale behind the proposition “We Fly for You”. The new brand mark is in line with the symbol and colours of the national flag, encouraging national pride. The new brand will be applied to all brand touch-points throughout the operation as well as the staff uniform.

Skycheck at the aircraft for hold stowage. Skycheck This is the airline’s special hand-luggage facility that assists with in-flight comfort, speedy boarding and disembarking. When boarding one of our flights, simply place any hand luggage that will not be required during the flight on to the Skycheck cart at the boarding steps of the aircraft. Your hand luggage will be waiting for you as you disembark from the aircraft at your destination. Baggage liability Valuable items such as cameras and accessories, computers – including laptops and notebooks – mobile telephones, perfumes, aftershaves, colognes, legal and company documents and legal tender – including cash, credit cards and cheques – bullion, leather jackets, all types of jewellery and any other items with a value in excess of R400 must be removed from either checked-in or Skycheck baggage as the airline is not liable for loss or damage to these items. Verified baggage claims are settled on the basis adopted by IATA (International Airlines Transport Association): payment of US$20 per 1kg of checked-in luggage, to a maximum of 20kg ($400).

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

Safety Information Health regulations Health regulations at certain airports require that the aircraft cabin be sprayed. The spray is harmless, but if you think it might affect you, please cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief. Remain seated As a safety precaution, passengers are requested to remain seated with seatbelts fastened after the aircraft has landed, until the seatbelt sign has been switched off by the captain. Portable electronic equipment The use of personal electronic devices (PED’s) will apply to all domestic and regional flights on the CRJ700/200 and DH8 Q400.

Passengers will be permitted to use PED’s such as cell phones, e-readers and electronic tablets in flight-mode.

Cellular telephones Cellular telephones may be used on the ground while passenger doors are open. Cellular telephones, smartphones or any device with flight mode must be switched off as soon as the cabin doors are closed and when the senior cabincrew member makes an announcement on the public-address system. Laptop computers Laptops with CD ROM and DVD drive, handheld calculators, electric shavers and portable personal listening devices may not be used on the ground during taxi but may be used during the flight when the seatbelt signs are switched off and with permission from the captain. Should circumstances dictate otherwise, a public-address announcement cancelling this concession will be made by a crew member.

Prohibited equipment Portable printers, laser pointers, video equipment, CB/ AM/FM/FHF/satellite receivers, two-way radios, compact disc and mini-disc players, scanners, remote-controlled toys and power converters are prohibited for use at any time. Safety pamphlet Read the safety pamphlet in the seat pocket in front of you and take note of your nearest emergency exit. Smoking In accordance with international trends, smoking is not permitted on board any SA Express flights. Seat belts Please fasten your seat belt whenever the seat belt signs are illuminated. For your own safety we suggest that you keep it fastened throughout the flight. Important When in doubt, please consult our cabin crew.

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

Route map SA Express: Johannesburg Bloemfontein Cape Town Durban East London Gaborone George Hoedspruit Pilanesberg

Kimberley Lubumbashi Lusaka Harare Port Elizabeth Richards Bay Walvis Bay Windhoek

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Flight schedule Johannesburg - Pilanesberg Flt No SA 1125

Dep 16:25

Arr 17:05













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

No 1001 1003 1005 1011 1013 1017 1021 1023

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

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





Johannesburg - East London Flt SA SA SA

No 1403 1409 1411

Dep 07:15 17:30 18:40

Arr 08:45 19:00 20:10



Johannesburg - George Flt SA SA SA

No 1501 1503 1509

Dep 06:40 08:20 15:50

Arr 08:40 10:15 17:40

























Johannesburg - Hoedspruit Flt No SA 1225 SA 1227

Dep 10:15 12:15

Arr 11:20 13:20




Johannesburg - Kimberley Flt SA SA SA SA sa SA

No 1101 1103 1105 1107 1111 1113

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

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

A/C dh4 DH4 CR2 DH4 cr2 CR7



Johannesburg - Port Elizabeth Flt SA SA SA

No 1459 1457 1457

Dep 17:30 17:30 17:50

Arr 19:10 19:30 19:35

A/C cr8 DH4 cr7




















Johannesburg - mahikeng Flt sa SA SA

No 1121 1121 1127

Dep 06:10 07:10 16:30

Arr 06:55 07:55 17:10

A/C CR2 cr2 cr2


pilanesberg - mahikeng Flt No SA 1125

Dep 17:50

Arr 18:25

A/C cr2


pilanesberg - Johannesburg Flt sa SA

No 1121 1121

Dep 08:40 09:20

A/C cr2 CR2




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

No 1024 1002 1004 1006 1012 1014 1018 1022

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

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





East London - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA

No 1412 1404 1410

Dep 06:45 09:15 19:40

Arr 08:25 10:45 21:10



George - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA

No 1502 1504 1510

Dep 09:20 10:50 18:10

Arr 11:10 12:40 19:50




No 1226 1228

Dep 12:00 13:55

Arr 13:00 14:55



No 1102 1102 1104 1106 1108 1112 1114

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

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

A/C dh4 dh4 DH4 CR2 DH4 cr2 CR7































Kimberley - Johannesburg Flt SA sa SA SA SA sa SA



Hoedspruit - Johannesburg


Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA

No 1460 1460 1458

Dep 06:10 06:20 20:00

Arr 08:00 08:00 21:40





















mahikeng - Johannesburg Flt SA SA sa

No 1124 1128 1125

Dep 08:20 17:45 19:05

Arr 09:05 18:30 19:50

A/C cr2 cr2 cr2


mahikeng - pilanesberg Flt sa SA

No 1121 1223

Dep 07:30 08:20

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


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Arr 09:20 10:00

Arr 08:05 08:55

A/C cr2 cr2


Flight schedule Johannesburg - Richards bay Flt SA SA SA SA SA

No 1201 1201 1203 1207 1213

Dep 05:35 06:10 08:30 13:15 16:55

Arr 06:50 07:25 09:45 14:30 18:10

A/C dh4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4














































Johannesburg - walvis bay Flt sa SA sa

No 1703 1701 1705

Dep 07:20 11:55 13:30

Arr 09:45 14:10 15:55

A/C cr2 CR7 cr2



Johannesburg - windhoek Flt No SA 1731 SA 1731

Dep 05:55 06:10

Arr 07:10 07:25




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

No 1761 1763 1765 1767 1775 1775 1783 1779

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

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




Johannesburg - Lubumbashi Flt No SA 1797

Dep 09:20

Arr 11:45




CAPE TOWN - bloemfontein Flt SA SA sa SA SA SA

No 1081 1083 1087 1087 1091 1091

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

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

A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 DH4 DH4 CR2


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

No 1361 1803 1363 1363 1371 1371 1371 1373 1375

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

Arr 07:20 08:15 08:25 09:25 12:45 13:50 14:30 17:55 18:45

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


Cape Town - Pilanesberg Flt No SA 1255

Dep 11:30

Arr 13:40



Richards bay - Johannesburg Flt sa SA SA SA SA

No 1202 1202 1204 1208 1214

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

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

A/C dh4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4














































walvis bay - Johannesburg Flt SA sa sa

No 1704 1702 1706

Dep 10:15 14:45 16:30

Arr 12:30 16:55 18:45

A/C CR2 cr8 cr2



windhoek - Johannesburg Flt SA

No 1732

Dep 08:15

Arr 11:15




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

No 1762 1762 1764 1766 1768 1768 1776 1776 1784 1780

Dep 08:30 08:45 09:20 11:25 13:10 13:10 14:50 16:05 17:30 19:45

Arr 09:25 09:40 10:15 12:20 14:05 14:05 15:45 17:00 18:30 20:40

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



Lubumbashi - Johannesburg Flt SA

No 1798

Dep 12:30

Arr 15:00




bloemfontein - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA

No 1082 1084 1088 1088 1092 1092

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

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

A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 DH4 CR2 CR2


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

No 1362 1364 1804 1364 1372 1372 1372 1374 1376

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

Arr 09:40 10:40 10:35 11:40 15:25 16:00 16:50 20:10 21:30

A/C CR2 CR2 Cr2 CR2 dh4 cr2 CR2 CR2 CR2


Pilanesberg - cape town Flt SA

No 1254

Dep 14:10

Arr 16:30



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


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

Dep 09:10 10:10

Arr 12:30 12:50

A/C dh4 CR2



























































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

No 1801 1807 1807 1813 1813 1819 1821 1821 1823

Dep 06:00 10:10 10:40 13:45 14:20 15:00 16:00 16:30 18:30

Arr 07:30 11:40 11:55 14:55 15:50 16:30 17:30 17:40 20:00

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


Cape Town - Walvis Bay Flt No SA 1721

Dep 11:15

Arr 12:25


durban - East London Flt SA SA SA

No 1301 1305 1309

Dep 06:00 12:00 16:50

Arr 07:05 13:05 17:55


durban - Port Elizabeth Flt SA SA SA SA SA

No 1330 1334 1336 1340 1348

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

Arr 07:20 10:35 11:10 14:55 19:00


durban - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA

No 1850 1854 1854 1858

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

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

durban - lusaka Flt No SA 1603

Dep 09:00

Arr 13:00

durban - Harare Flt No SA 1603 SA 1611

Dep 09:10 10:20

Arr 11:35 12:45

Hoedspruit - Cape Town Flt sa SA

No 1242 1242

Dep 13:10 13:20

A/C dh4 CR2



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

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

Dep 07:00 08:00 12:10 12:40 15:25 16:20 17:00 17:00 18:00 18:10 20:30

Arr 08:40 09:40 13:50 14:00 16:45 18:00 18:40 18:40 19:40 19:30 22:10

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

Flt SA

No 1722

Dep 14:00

Arr 16:00

No 1302 1306 1310

Dep 07:35 13:35 18:25

Arr 08:35 14:35 19:25

No 1331 1335 1337 1341 1349

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

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

No 1851 1855 1855 1859

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

Arr 11:05 17:00 19:45 20:15

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


Arr 15:50 17:40






















































A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 CR2 CR2




Port Elizabeth - DURBAN Flt SA SA sa SA SA



East London - DURBAN Flt SA SA SA



walvis Bay - Cape Town

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

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Arr 16:20 15:55

Passenger Letters To Whom It May Concern Recently I flew from Port Elizabeth to Durban and back again on SA Express, my favourite airline. I fly often, but prefer your smaller planes because of the cosiness of the leather seats, the friendly service, and the informative captains. Many of the letters to this magazine state similar experiences, but this is not why I am writing this letter. My reason is about an article that was in your on-board magazine, Indwe. It was about the free calculators that SA Express is distributing to schools. I am a scientist and lectured Physics and Maths at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University for many years. I am a great exponent for the use of calculators, and found that students who could use them properly usually fared well in their courses. Forget about tablets or other smart devices given for free to schools. The proper understanding of the capabilities of one’s calculator, coupled with the correct use of its built-in functions, expands the logical approach to problem solving. For as long as I can remember I was hoping that some company would support a programme such as this, and I must congratulate SA Express and its CEO for this marvellous gesture. On a personal note, I would like to offer my services for free in any way that I could be of assistance to sustain or expand this program. Yours faithfully Ronnie Mulder Congratulations to Ronnie Mulder, who wrote our winning letter this month. He has won an American Tourister San Francisco 66 cm spinner, valued at R1,199.

Dear SA Express I wish to praise the good work and professionalism that was accorded to myself and my colleague, Prof. Moalosi, by Ms Hally Mphaloane. Her dedication to her work, as well as her patience and communication made me feel honoured and uplifted. She made me feel as if I was receiving first world service, when the reality was that I was in Africa. She also made me smile, even though I was on the brink of crying. Despite the bad experiences that I have had on several occasions with SA Express, Ms Mphaloane’s commitment to customer satisfaction has made me change my negative perception about your brand to one that is beyond positive. Though her supervisor did not want to talk to us about our case, Ms Mphaloane’s attitude gave us hope until we were finally able to board the plane. This is the spirit of a well-rounded officer who knows why they applied for their job. She knows the aim of being at the front desk, and to always represent her company’s brand positively. Well done Ms Mphaloane and may God bless you. Thank you, Kaboyaone Hiri-Khudu

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

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Africa’s Talent Revealed

Cape Cormorant taken in Walvis Bay, Namibia by Karen Larsen

A fairytale mushroom, the Fly Agaric, in Tokai Plantation, Cape Town by John Rayner

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Wild flowers in Katanga Province, DRC, by David Cox

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In this issue:Stay in Style-The Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa.Destination:Namibia-Riding the Rails of the Desert Express.