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Gardens of the Gods

Making Radio Waves

Business Opportunities in Sustainability

Beautiful Botanical Gardens

Naledi Moleo

Barloworld

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Cattle of the Ages

Welcome to Estate Living 4.0

Stories & Portraits of the Ankole Cattle of Southern Africa

68/ Capturing the Spirit of the Wild Bruce Little

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Blythedale Coastal Estate

72/ A Charming Accessory Idun Denmark

57/ A+ Education

The School Turnaround Foundation

85/ Corporate Cannon Fodder Do the Innocents Survive a Corporate Scandal?


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Need to Know

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Into the Wild – Reserved George

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Bits & Pieces

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An African Dream Come True

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Drinks & A Movie

The Palace of Possibilities

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Turn it Up!

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Gadgets

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CEO Letter

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True Grit - The Christopher Jooste Story

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Family Getaways in Namibia

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Mercedes-AMG E43 Powerstar Launches New FT Range


CEO Letter SA EXPRESS Customer Care Department Tel: 0861 729 227 Email: customercare@flyexpress.aero Twitter: @flySAexpress Facebook: SA Express Airways Reservations Support Tel: +27 11 978 9905 Email: groupsales@flyexpress.aero Group Reservations Tel: +27 11 978 5578 Email: reservationslist@flyexpress.aero Sales Office Email: sales@flyexpress.aero INDWE

QUALITY PEOPLE = QUALITY ORGANISATIONS Ladies and gentlemen, welcome aboard your SA Express flight. Thank you for choosing us as your preferred airline and whatever your destination today, remember that at SA Express #WeFlyForYou. November 2017 marks my sixth month at the helm of the airline and as I reflect on our progress, as well as the hurdles we still face, I am in awe of the “never-saydie” attitude of the SA Express Team. The team gave me a warm welcome when I started, and through our daily interactions, I am increasingly aware that my colleagues are my “everyday heroes”. The industry in which we operate is both highly competitive and stressful, and this team that I am proud to lead always seems to find a way to dig even deeper. Their unrelenting spirit and pursuit of excellence humbles me. November being “Quality Month”, I saw it fit to celebrate our organisation’s most important resource: its people. I am a firm believer in the adage by Neil Beyersdorf: “An organisation’s journey to excellence begins once it ceases to sacrifice quality for speed.” I know that the re-envisioned SA Express is possible only through the consistent hard work and dedication of its employees. In my endeavours to navigate our obstacles, I am continuously reminded of Clem Sunter’s book The Mind of a Fox and how it describes the survival of the fittest. This book references approaches to life in general by categorising people’s leadership styles to that of a hedgehog or fox. A fox, as you know, is judicious and perceptive, enabling it to discern the best approach for its survival. The industry and time in which we operate requires that we apply that level of agility to our dayto-day operations if we are to remain relevant in the future. Our ability to transform relies on a few factors, namely: Adapting to new technology; creating equitable opportunities; the type of thinking that is happening at a leadership level; and, most importantly, consideration for people – both staff and passengers. I believe that all airlines, foreign and domestic,

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Cover Image © iStockphoto.com Images © iStockphoto.com & Quickpic Publisher Bernard Hellberg | bernard@tcbmedia.co.za Marketing and Communications Manager Pam Komani | pam@junecommunications.co.za

have an integral role to play in advancing aviation. At SA Express we have the enviable advantage of being the development hub and talent pipeline for aviation in South Africa. This means that we need to be at the forefront of training talent today for the future aviation business. We have a mandate to unearth the talent which will be utilised to fill the gap we envision in the future. The true test is how we, in the industry, best utilise our talent. Recently SA Express, the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA), and Status Aviation collaborated to fill a future gap in skills development and to empower aviation talent. A pilot programme was developed with the aim of equipping pilots with management and leadership competencies within the aviation industry. I am proud to say that we now have our first graduates of the Bachelor of Commence in Aviation, First Officer Christopher Jooste and First Officer Lerato Chappie. These pilots from formerly disadvantaged communities overcame great challenges to achieve first their dreams of being pilots, and now to hold the first ever BCom Aviation qualification in South Africa. When you are introduced to First Officer Jooste – in one of our articles this month – you will understand the meaning of true grit, the power of positive thinking, and of seizing the opportunity of a lifetime within the lifetime of the opportunity. First Officer Christopher Jooste is but one of many of my colleagues at SA Express who exemplifies true grit. Quality people make a quality organisation and I am proud to be a member of the “never-say-die” team. Please don’t forget to share your quality SA Express experience with me on victor.xaba@flyexpress.aero.

Editor Nicky Furniss | nicky@tcbmedia.co.za Layout and Design Ryan Abbott | ryan@tcbmedia.co.za Features Editor Julie Graham | julie@tcbmedia.co.za DIRECTORS Bernard Hellberg l bernard@tcbmedia.co.za Pam Komani | pam@junecommunications.co.za ADVERTISING SALES Tel: +27 12 425 5800 National Sales Manager (Regional & SADC) Bryan Kayavhu | bryan@tcbmedia.co.za +27 83 785 6691 Manager: National Sales & Business Development Chantal Barton | chantal@tcbmedia.co.za +27 79 626 0782 Senior Account Managers Nikki de Lange | nikki@tcbmedia.co.za +27 83 415 0339 Calvin van Vuuren | calvin@tcbmedia.co.za +27 82 5826873 Gertjie Meintjes | gertjie@tcbmedia.co.za +27 82 757 2622 DISCLAIMER: All material is strictly copyrighted. All rights are reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without prior permission from the publisher. Opinions expressed in Indwe Magazine are not necessarily those of SA Express. Information has been included in good faith by the publisher and is believed to be correct at the time of going to print. No responsibility can be accepted for errors and omissions.

Until we meet on board! Victor Dithoriso Xaba Chief Executive Officer (Acting)

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Bloemfontein

Durban

East London

Lusaka

Johannesburg

Hoedspruit

George

Harare

Lubumbashi

Mahikeng

Port Elizabeth

Gaborone

Richards Bay

Cape Town

Kimberley

Pilanesberg

Walvis Bay

17 Destinations all over Southern Africa, non-stop. You could choose other ways of getting to your holiday spot but flying with us is easy and non-stop. Flying with us is also convenient, because we fly to major destinations and smaller cities all over Southern Africa and the DRC, every day. Taking a break? Then make the most of your time o. Because we fly for you.

Visit www.flyexpress.aero for domestic flights to Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, East London, Kimberley, Hoedspruit, George, Johannesburg, Mahikeng, Pilanesberg, Richards Bay, Cape Town, Durban and regional flights to Lubumbashi, Gaborone, Walvis Bay, Lusaka and Harare.


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True Grit The Christopher Jooste Story

Imagine if you were a young boy playing barefoot in the sunshine, the backdrop, one of the rolling green hills unique to the KwaZulu-Natal landscape. Looking to the sky you see an aeroplane cut through the clouds and think to yourself, “One day that will be me flying that plane”. Text & Images © SA Express

This is the story of First Officer Christopher Jooste, a pilot at SA Express. This is also a story about a journey of perseverance, passion and true grit, as well as of achieving one’s goals and dreams. The legacy of South Africa’s political past is one of gross inequality and restricted access to education, resources and opportunities. Yet, in true South African fashion, people continue to strive to achieve what was once thought to be impossible. Christopher is one such South African. A CHILDHOOD DREAM Growing up in Newlands East, Durban, Christopher always dreamt of being a pilot. After school he read towards a Diploma in Travel and Tourism, and then moved to Johannesburg to begin his quest to one day become a pilot. Eighteen years ago, Christopher was in the first group of male cabin crew trained and recruited to SA Express – he was determined to fly any which way he could. An inquisitive person by nature, Chris soon made friends with the SA Express pilots and asked questions while on the flight deck. This only served to strengthen his determination to become a pilot. CAMPAIGNING FOR CADETS In 2005, he began a five-year letter writing campaign to the SA Express board of directors and management at the time, including then CEO, Siza Nzimela. He asked that SA Express start a Cadet Pilot programme, similar to that of SAA. He penned a research study on the upcoming shortage of pilots that would happen by

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Grit is the raw endurance, perseverance and passion that keeps you going despite obstacles.

2015; a case study highlighting the extreme shortage of black pilots and the need for immediate action. In 2010, he heard that SA Express was recruiting their first candidates for the brand new Cadet Pilot Programme. The first intake was of unemployed pilots who already had their commercial licenses, and so he did not qualify for it. It was with the next intake of cadets for the MACH I programme – for aspiring pilots without previous experience or licenses – that that he was finally able to apply, and was called in for an interview. This was the opportunity he had been waiting for. CHALLENGES FACED & OVERCOME There were substantial challenges ahead though. Among them was the fact is that he did not have Matric Maths and had a family of his own to support when participating in the programme meant that he would have to give up his cabin crew salary to pursue his dream. At the age 30, he had to prepare his wife and three children for

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the substantial changes that the next 24 months would bring. Determination won out though, as Christopher completed a two year course in 18 months. Currently Christopher has 2,600 flying hours, an Airline’s Transport Pilot’s License (ATPL) and has just completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Aviation, with distinction. The first of its kind in South Africa, the BCOM Aviation course – a collaboration between SA Express and the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) – is a leadership programme aimed at developing elite pilots with the highest chance of success in the aviation industry while also equipping them with managerial competencies. The degree is customised for the pilot profession and Christopher

Jooste is a proud holder of this qualification. When asked what drove him to success, Chris is clear – he believes in South Africa, the South African public and SA Express Airways and he wants to be part of positive change. “I believe that this is my opportunity to help the airline soar,” he says. “I do not plan on running away or immigrating, I want to give back to my country and my airline.” Chris also credits his extended family for his success as their support meant he could focus on his dream. The motto that gives Chris the courage to reach for his dreams is simple: CEIVE – If you can conceive it and perceive it, you can receive it! Envision your better place and believe it can happen.


Need to Know

The Summer of ’17 10TH DECEMBER BRYAN ADAMS IN CONCERT, TIME SQUARE, MENLYN, PRETORIA

Legendary rocker Bryan Adams will be heading to Pretoria in December as part of his Get Up! world tour. Fans can brace themselves for a spectacular concert featuring his top hits and songs from Get Up!, his 13th studio album. For the new album, he reunited with his original songwriting collaborator, Jim Vallance, who was his co-writer on some of the most important songs of his career, like “Cuts Like a Knife”, “Summer of 69” and “Heaven”. Bryan Adams has spent the last three decades making music history and has sold over 65 million records, earning a slew of awards along the way. His outstanding live concerts have also established him as one of the world’s great rock singers, with over 120 concerts a year. Tickets are available from Computicket and // WWW.BIGCONCERTS.CO.ZA.

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Play Your Part 11TH & 29TH NOVEMBER HORSES FOR CAUSES, CAPE TOWN

Horses for Causes hosts events every year to raise money for a selection of charities. Coming up on 11th November is the “On the Lawn with Horses for Causes” event – an elegant afternoon high tea and fashion show at Riverside Boutique Hotel in Hout Bay on 11th November. Guests can look forward to lawn games, spot prizes, fashion shows, live music, a delicious high tea, and pink gin cocktails. The Horses for Causes Annual Golf Day will take place on 29th November at Atlantic Beach Course in Cape Town. All golf lovers and potential champions-in-the-making are encouraged to sign up by emailing preventssa@gmail.com.

// WWW.HORSESFORCAUSES.ORG.ZA

Strip, Rattle & Roll 10TH TO 25TH NOVEMBER THE FULL MONTY, GRANDWEST CASINO, CAPE TOWN

You loved the film, now come and celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Full Monty by experiencing the musical live on stage at the Roxy Revue Bar at GrandWest Casino. Six out-of-work and out-of-shape men have families to support and bills to pay. After noticing a group of male strippers raking in the cash, they come up with a crazy plan to go one better – they will go “the full monty” for one night only. The Full Monty is a pop-rock comedy full of heart. It’s about overcoming gender prejudices, insecurities and fears of inadequacy as the men eventually find strength in each other. Laura Bosman directs an award-winning cast in this heart-warming musical that will keep you wondering right until the end if the six lovable misfits will really go all the way.

// QUICKET.CO.ZA


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Need to Know

An Effervescent Event 2ND & 3RD DECEMBER THE MAGIC OF BUBBLES, FRANSCHHOEK

Dress to impress in your “Black and White with a Splash of Summer”-themed outfit for the social calendar event of the year: the Magic of Bubbles Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival. With the iconic Huguenot Monument providing a spectacular backdrop, you’ll have no excuse not to sit back, relax and sample some of the many local MCCs and handpicked French champagnes on offer. Mingle with local MCC producers as well as a handful of international brands in the grand marquee, and treat your taste buds to world-class food offerings from a selection of local restaurants. Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za.

// WWW.FRANSCHHOEKMCC.CO.ZA

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Making the Most of 40

Utterly Illuminating

4TH, 10TH, 11TH, 12TH & 18TH NOVEMBER LIFE BEGINS, NEWCASTLE, DURBAN & EMPANGENI

8TH DECEMBER FESTIVAL OF WHITE LIGHTS, SPIER WINE ESTATE, STELLENBOSCH

Does life really begin at 40? Comedian Riaad Moosa tries to figure this out with his hilarious one-man show, Life Begins – a snapshot into his life as a 40-yearold, a father of three kids, husband, comedian and actor, with all the current cultural and political issues thrown in too for good measure. As an award-winning comedian, actor, writer and presenter, Riaad Moosa is one of South Africa’s most popular and acclaimed funny men. Plus he also happens to be a qualified medical doctor. Known as the “Comedy Doctor”, he certainly seems to have the remedy for the nation’s ills: a healthy dose of laughter, straight up – and hold the aspirin! Sounds like just what the doctor ordered!

Gather your family and head to The Werf, Spier’s restored historic farmyard, for Spier’s annual Festival of White Lights. Here you’ll find a bevy of sculptures as well as various light installations illuminating a diverse collection of artistic performances choreographed by Jay Pather. Enjoy a picnic from the Spier Farm Kitchen (book yours in advance from picnics.spier.co.za), or tuck into hearty farm-style food from PJ Vadas’ Hoghouse BBQ and Bakery on The Werf. Afterwards, warm yourself up with a complimentary glass of wine from Spier’s acclaimed range of blends, Creative Block. Tickets are available through Webtickets.

// WWW.SPIER.CO.ZA


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Need to Know

Wellness at Welgevonden 20TH TO 25TH NOVEMBER DETOX & YOGA SAFARI, MHONDORO GAME LODGE, LIMPOPO

Mhondoro Game Lodge has teamed up with a renowned international yoga instructor and detox specialist to present an exclusive six-day Detox and Yoga Safari at the five-star lodge in the Welgevonden Game Reserve. The package includes five nights’ luxury accommodation and a complete detox programme with healthy meals and three detox juice-fasting days. Guests will also receive personal coaching, yoga and meditation sessions, and go on daily safaris, bush walks and mindfulness walks, as well as three spa treatments. Guests who prefer a less strict diet, may opt for a Healthy Eating programme, based on a detox menu, but excluding the three juice days. The Mhondoro Detox and Yoga Safari will be hosted by Monique Christiaans of Yoga Zenzo in the Netherlands.

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Who Needs Santa Anyway? 21ST NOVEMBER TO 3RD DECEMBER CAPE GIFT MARKET, SEA POINT CIVIC CENTRE

Come and stock up on fruit cakes, rusks and plenty of other festive and delicious goodies for the forthcoming holidays – all made the way granny would approve of – at the annual Cape Gift Market. As well as yummy food, there will also be a large selection of crafters from around the country selling a variety of unique products – making this the perfect opportunity to not only start ticking things off your Christmas list, but to finish it too! Oh, and to pick up a new outfit for yourself as the hall’s stage will be converted into a clothes boutique with exceptional locally made products. Visitors can also look forward to a variety of entertainment to keep the whole family entertained.

Big Screen Adventures 3RD TO 12TH NOVEMBER BANFF INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL, CAPE TOWN, DURBAN, JOHANNESBURG, PRETORIA & PE

Cape Union Mart will be bringing the Banff International Mountain Film Festival to South Africa for the 12th year in November. Once again, audiences will get the chance to explore and experience some of the world’s most epic adventure locations – from Iceland’s frosty surf spots and Utah’s canyon country, to Siberia’s snowy slopes and the plains of Patagonia – all from the comfort (and safety) of their cinema seats. The 11 films which form part of the world tour will be shown at Ster-Kinekor cinemas in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria. Featuring exceptional filmmaking talent from around the globe, the festival offers something for everyone thanks to a mix of topics and cinematic styles that will both inspire and entertain. Book online at www.sterkinekor.com.

// WWW.CAPEUNIONMART.CO.ZA


SOARING ON THE

Wings of Excellence The South African Civil Aviation Authority prides itself in maintaining sound governance principles and high performance against set targets, as attested to by its noteworthy achievements: • • • • • • • •

Five consecutive Auditor-General Clean Audit Awards Achieved 100% against set targets for three consecutive years No. 1 civil aviation authority in Africa and No. 34 globally Best performing institution at the Department of Transport Annual Transport Awards for three consecutive years Public Service Award winner at the 2017 Oliver Empowerment Awards Top Performing Public Service Award Director of Civil Aviation, Ms Poppy Khoza, received the Top Empowered Public Service Leader of the Year Award at the 2016 Oliver Empowerment Awards Ms Poppy Khoza was the Best Chief Executive Officer in Transport in 2015

Such recognition encourages us to continue to excel in our endeavours, and to confidently live up to our slogan:

Keeping you safe in the sky!

SACAA is an Agency of the Department of Transport

Also follow us on

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Bits & Pieces

For Delicious Bath Times

French Flair

Morlage & Yorke is a traditional English Heritage Range of lotions, soaps and sprays that are exquisitely fragranced to delight and awaken the senses. Unique floral extracts and vitamin complexes are professionally combined to assist in nourishing the skin, leaving it feeling soft, smooth and delicately fragranced. We loved their range of soaps – which are as beautifully packaged as they are beautifully scented. You can pick from such heavenly fragrances as: Frangipani & Ylang, Fresh Linen & White Jasmine, Moroccan Rose & Argan, and Vintage Poppy & Spring Rain. The range is available at @Home stores for R59 each.

Rest your fingers gently on a Lipault bag, and you’ll immediately know what sets it apart. It’s a question of style, a certain finesse, a timeless elegance, a delicious frisson of minimalist French flair. Now, Inès de La Fressange, one of France’s most iconic fashion personalities, has joined forces with this premier Parisian brand to create a range of bags and luggage items with unmistakable sophistication and quality. The new range is a fluid synergy between duffle bags, backpacks, toiletry bags and wheeled suitcases. All are easy to use, comfortable to carry, and a fashion statement in their own right. The Lipault Inès de La Fressange range is available in red and navy from House of Samsonite stores or online at www.HouseOfSamsonite.co.za.Please call +27 31 266 0620 for your nearest stockist.

Horsing Around Khotso Lodge & Horse Trails is the ideal place from which to explore the breathtaking southern Drakensberg and the quaint town of Underberg. Khotso, the Sesotho word for “peace”, is situated on a working sheep and horse farm, with panoramic views of the surrounding incredible landscapes. Thanks to over ten years of experience running regular oneday and bespoke multi-day cross-border horseback expeditions into Lesotho, Khotso is ideal for the wild at heart, as well as those seeking peace and quiet in an idyllic setting. Accommodation options range from the rustic backpackers’ selfcatering rondawels or pristine camping sites to a magnificent hand-built log cabin which is ideal for larger groups. Khotso should be on the top of your list for one-of-a-kind experiences in this magical region. For more information, contact +27 82 412 5540.

// WWW.KHOTSO.CO.ZA

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Drinks & A Movie

Paying Homage to Wine Pay your respects to the long forgotten wines of yester-year at the “Cemetery of Forgotten Wines” by booking the Cellarmaster’s Reserve Tasting at Mellasat Vineyards. Home of the white Pinotage, Mellasat Vineyards in Paarl has introduced yet another a unique experience: A wine tasting of both new and old wines in its “wine library”. The tastings are kept intimate, with a maximum of eight

people per tasting, and are held in the newly renovated underground cellar which adds to the ambience of the experience. Five premium Mellasat wines are each paired with a snack, and is presented by one of their knowledgeable winemakers. Please phone +27 21 862 4525, or email tastingroom@mellasat.com for bookings.

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Murder on the Orient Express What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel of the same name by best-selling author Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express tells the tale of 13 strangers stranded on a

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train, where everyone’s a suspect and one man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an allstar cast, including Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Avondale Wines has recently released the 2010 vintage of their acclaimed Armilla Blanc de Blanc MCC which is sure to add a dash of sparkle to any occasion. Made from 100 % Chardonnay grapes, this fresh, versatile Brut is full of the verve that comes from Avondale’s holistic way of making delicious, natural wines. It embodies Avondale’s celebration of life on the farm. Armilla is rich and round on the palate – a perfect balance of warm hazelnut bread, fresh quince and green apple. Its fresh effervescent acidity is complemented by a full, velvety mouth feel with hints of citrus. The Armilla Blanc de Blanc 2010 can be purchased at the cellar door for R260 per bottle or online at

// WWW.AVONDALE.CO.ZA.


DISCOVER DURBAN Durban, a dynamic, progressive city on the East Coast of Africa is fast becoming the refreshing destination to explore and experience in South Africa. A global city on the rise with new international direct flights, innovative product offerings and key tourism developments. The City is built around one of the busiest ports in Africa and its multi-cultural people are its pride and wealth. Durban has recently achieved the global status of being a New 7 Wonders City of the World. Travellers get to experience the sights and sounds of this typically African city which is both alluring and fascinathing, with a wealth of influences to entertain and enrich with authentic zulu tradition, unique culinary flavours and colonial heritage

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Turn it Up!

This summer sees the release of Zahara’s much anticipated fourth album. Mgodi was recorded in Johannesburg with Mojalefa “Mjakes” Thebe at the mixing desk, and released on all formats last month. “My life has come full circle. I know where I’m going, and I am happy – and really proud of this album,” says the multiplatinum-selling artist. “I have graduated, but I’m still a village girl and my plan is to bring hope to every girl who thinks they cannot make it”. Zahara’s debut album, Loliwe was released in 2011 and certified double platinum only 17 days after release, making it the second-fastest selling album in South African history after Brenda Fassie. It subsequently went on to sell in excess of 350,000 copies, garnering eight South African Music Awards (SAMA) – including “Best Female Artist” and “Album of the Year” – along the way. This was followed by numerous awards nominations and wins for her first live DVD The Beginning Live and her follow-up album, Phendula. Three albums, and much critical acclaim into her career, this superstar is now setting her sights on the future and further success with her latest creation, Mgodi, leading the charge. Follow Michael Lowman: @Zahara @ZaharaSA @Zaharasa

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Fine Food, Fine Wine

Luxury in every way Great Mediteranean cooking is something to be savoured, treasured and remembered. For no other cuisine can match the exotic, yet subtle flavours that make up the favourite dishes of the region. Fortunately East London is blessed with Grazia fine food & wine, a perfect venue with a superb view over the Indian Ocean just as you might expect from a world-class restaurant with a reputation for serving the finest authentic dishes, accompanied by a wide selection of wines. Te l: 0 4 3 7 2 2 2 0 0 9 ¡ 0 4 3 7 2 2 2 0 1 0 w w w. gra zi a fi n e food. c o. za


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Gardens of

THE GODS Gardens are like our cities’ lungs – places where the air is just a little clearer and the hum of traffic is shut out by the rustle of the wind in the trees. Whether or not you’d call yourself a city person, there is something restorative about being in a botanical garden, and those dotted around our cities are places to breathe deep, take stock and learn a little about the flora around us.

Text: Will Edgcumbe Images © Supplied & iStockphoto.com

Criss-crossed by paths and streams, an amble through Makaranga should be done at a slow pace so as to take in as much detail as possible.

FREE STATE NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN, BLOEMFONTEIN Spanning a valley, dry watercourses and a wetland area between dolerite koppies, Free State National Botanical Garden in Bloem’s northern suburbs is a lovely place to seek a bit of tranquillity. Covering 70 hectares, the garden is home to about 400 species of plants, predominantly from the Free State, Northern Cape and Lesotho. There are splashes of colour all year round, from the clivias in spring and summer to the aloes and wild pomegranates in winter. You’ll best be able to appreciate the variety of the flora by walking either of the Motshetshe or Garden View trails, each of which is about 2 km long. www.sanbi.org MAKARANGA, KLOOF With 30 acres of garden to explore, Makaranga in misty Kloof near Durban is popular with the locals, yet you might find that you have much of it to yourself thanks to its clever design and densely vegetated sections. Criss-crossed by paths and streams, an amble through Makaranga should be done at a slow pace so as to take in as much detail as possible – especially the many rare and exotic species of orchids, camellias and rhododendrons. The birdlife in the garden is fantastic too, so take your time and make a day of it. Grab a picnic basket from the deli, find a quiet spot and soak it in. www.makaranga.com

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You’ll want to bring your camera, because the views of mountains and sea at Harold Porter National Botanical Garden not far from Cape Town are dramatic. WALTER SISULU BOTANICAL GARDEN, ROODEPOORT Possibly the one place in Joburg where time actually slows down, Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden is a remarkable place. Its 300 hectares are home to more than 600 naturally occurring plant species, 220 bird species and even jackal and small antelope. The garden is most famous for the Witpoortjie Falls, and a pair of Verreaux’s (black) eagles that nest in the Roodekrans Ridge alongside the falls – be sure to bring your binoculars! www.sanbi.org HAROLD PORTER NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN, BETTY’S BAY You’ll want to bring your camera, because the views of mountains and sea at Harold Porter National Botanical Garden not far from Cape Town are dramatic. With 10 hectares of cultivated fynbos garden and 190.5 hectares of pristine natural fynbos, there’s plenty of plant life to see, including proteas, ericas and restios galore, not to mention irises, daisies and orchids. Several kilometres of nature trails provide scenic views, so bring your walking shoes. www.sanbi.org

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GARDEN ROUTE BOTANICAL GARDEN, GEORGE Bordering mountain forests and the Outeniqua Nature Reserve, with the Outeniqua Mountains as a backdrop, Garden Route Botanical Garden has a nice bit of drama about it. The garden aims to conserve, promote and research the rich but threatened floral diversity of the coastal region from Gouritz River to Van Staden’s River and the Little Karoo, and is home to the Southern Cape Herbarium, which has been collecting and surveying the region’s indigenous vegetation for the past 17 years. If you fancy a spot of walking there are trails ranging from 10-minute walks to full day hikes. www.botanicalgarden.org.za HANTAM NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN, NIEUWOUDTVILLE Covering a vast 6,000 hectares, Hantam National Botanical Garden in the Northern Cape is as much a nature reserve as a botanical garden. The obvious option is to visit in spring when the flower season makes the landscape seem to burst with colour, though things get pretty colourful in autumn too when the Brunsvigia flower species bloom. Regardless of the time of year, on one of those clear Karoo days, it’s worth finding a spot by yourself to take in the garden’s stillness and arid beauty. Nine trails can be followed through the garden’s various habitats where more than 150 bird species have been recorded, including the secretary bird and blue crane. www.sanbi.org

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On one of those clear Karoo days, it’s worth finding a spot by yourself to take in the garden’s stillness and arid beauty.


DURBAN BOTANIC GARDENS, DURBAN Africa’s oldest surviving botanical garden – established in 1849 – covers 15 hectares at the junction where the city and suburbs meet. The garden has extensive collections of cycads, ferns, orchards and bromeliads, and a fantastic variety of trees, including some simply massive figs. The banyan tree in particular is pretty staggering. Paths criss-cross the garden, and a large pond is home to lovely birdlife – you can expect to see pelican, pygmy kingfisher, thickbilled weaver and spoonbill. A must-see is the Wood’s Cycad, brought to the garden in 1903. No other examples of the plant have ever been found in the wild and as a male plant, it can’t reproduce, making it effectively the loneliest plant in the world. www.durbanbotanicgardens.org.za

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Making RADIO WAVES Naledi Moleo is a dynamic South African who has made her mark in many industries in the country. Her inspiring story is characterised by a positive attitude and a desire to have a positive impact on her country.

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It is no surprise that Naledi Moleo chose the adjective “bright” when asked what word best describes her. With her warm smile and positive outlook, as well as her determination and drive, she has made her name synonymous with success in many spheres of the entertainment industry. From TV producer and presenter, to award-nominated radio show host and entrepreneur, Moleo is an inspirational woman who has garnered major success. And it seems there is no stopping this dynamic 31-year-old who wants to “brighten the lives of others”. Indwe recently caught up with Moleo for a chat. Indwe: In what ways do you think your upbringing shaped you as a person? Naledi Moleo (NM): I grew up in so many difference places – Alexandra Township, then Honeydew in Roodepoort, and then Rustenburg. I had a very simple upbringing, raised by my grandmother who worked incredibly hard as a domestic worker to give me everything I needed. We knew we didn’t have much, but we never focused too much on that. My upbringing was full of fun, family, and loads of love and optimism. It’s this optimistic mind-set that has shaped my outlook on life – that, regardless of how tough things get, there is always something to celebrate. If you’re willing to put in the work, there is always something to look forward to. Indwe: You were extremely successful in the television industry, having hosted Make Your Move and being a producer and presenter on Youth Expression. Currently you’re a talk show host on SAfm. What do you prefer, television or radio? NM: I still struggle with this question and I suppose it’s because the answer to it changes so often. I loved my time on television, and radio is so different that there really is no comparison. In radio, you must be quick on your feet and there is no amount of make-up that can hide a bad attitude or a bad day. Radio is just so honest. No frills! Loads of freedom but massive responsibility. That said, if the lights and cameras called me back, I wouldn’t say no. Indwe: What were some of the important lessons you learned from your years in television that have helped your career moving forward? NM: Television taught me how to find my place in the world. The fame is fun but it doesn’t change your life. The thing that really brings about growth is the ability to figure out what you want to do with that

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platform. Thanks to television and my talk show, Youth Expression and then Make Your Move, I realised that I want to be that voice that reminds every viewer and listener of their power to improve their own lives and the lives of others. Television taught me that what you show to others of yourself can have great impact on how they view themselves.

Indwe: What do you attribute to the great success of your radio show, The Mash Up? NM: The Mash Up is a platform for poets to share their work. The show is my passion project. After only four months on air we received a Liberty Radio Award nomination. The show is a success because it allows musicians an


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opportunity to show off their versatility, which is liberating for many of them. I truly believe that there aren’t enough public spaces for poets to share their work with the country. Poetry has the power to make us interrogate what is wrong with our country and to celebrate what is right. Artists say the things we are all afraid to say, but statements that need to be made. The success of this show belongs to Vusi Mahlasela, Pops Mohamed, Vangi Gantsho, Makhafula Vilakazi, Napo Masheane, Lebo Mashile, and all the other artists that have been generous with their craft and given themselves over to a process where they are asked to be vulnerable, and to create on the spot for us all to hear on live radio. Indwe: What do you love most about your career? NM: I am fortunate enough to have interacted with all sorts of people. I have interviewed people that had served time for murder, and victims of violence and abuse. I have met leaders of industries and governments from all over the world. I have even interviewed a man in Diepsloot who runs a shelter for abused women. All these different personalities have given me a rounded view of the world. I know now that we are all the same. Our backgrounds and pockets may be different, but where we go in life is all

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about what decisions we make about the next step we take. Indwe: Tell us more about some of the other projects and initiatives you’re involved in. NM: Le Laka Media is working on a few projects. We provide facilitation and content compilation for government and private sector conferences and seminars. All too often people attend conferences and the dialogues never really give the attendees a way forward after the last speaker has spoken. My business has helped organisations really focus their work and report back on what has been achieved. I also want to tell African stories from the rest of the continent, but you will just have to wait to hear more about that! Indwe: What are some of the challenges you’ve had to overcome in your career? NM: Well, first let’s agree that all these challenges are lessons that we should in fact celebrate. I will say that I have had to work incredibly hard to be recognised as a credible voice as the youngest presenter on SAfm. I can’t complain about that because at some point we all have to prove ourselves. As an entrepreneur, I have faced many rejections of projects I have been quite passionate about, but I have also found opportunities that have succeeded.

The point is to roll with the punches and to keep on moving forward. Indwe: What characteristics do you attribute your success to? NM: I am a risk taker. I push myself beyond my comfort zone. People think being a talk show host means you’re a wonderful speaker, but I try my utmost to listen more than I talk. Curiosity is also one of the greatest attributes to have – I always want to know more. Indwe: You are passionate about nation building. What are some of the things that ordinary people can do every day to have a positive effect on South Africa? NM: I am going to touch on perspective again. If South Africans interacted more across colour lines and social standing, we would understand each other so much more and then get a lot more done for our country. We need to listen more to each other. Indwe: What advice do you have for the youth of South Africa who would love to follow in your footsteps? NM: Take a chance. Hunt for that opportunity. Get out of your shell and chase. You will never regret it. ‘The Mash Up’ is broadcast every Saturday night at 20h00 on SAfm. The Talk Shop is broadcast Mondays to Thursdays at 19h00 on SAfm.


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Reserved George The town of George is liberally ringed with nature reserves and wilderness areas. Forests, mountains, coastline, the odd wetland – the range of wild places is simply staggering, and may warrant more than one return trip to do them all justice.

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Each of the park’s three main sections – Wilderness, Knysna Lakes and Tsitsikamma – has multi-day trails as well as short day walks, some coastal, some forested, some a mix of both.

GARDEN ROUTE NATIONAL PARK www.sanparks.org Established by amalgamating the Tsitsikamma and Wilderness National Parks and a few other bits and bobs, Garden Route National Park is a fairly spread out affair, with its sections running all the way from Wilderness to Storms River and a fair distance inland too. It combines large chunks of gorgeous indigenous forest, long stretches of coastline, fynbos, lakes and waterways – but to take it all in, you’ll want to lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails. Each of the park’s three main sections – Wilderness, Knysna Lakes and Tsitsikamma – has multi-day trails as well as short day walks, some coastal, some forested, some a mix of both. It’s here you’ll find the famous Otter Trail, a five-day, 42 km trail between the Storms River mouth and Nature’s Valley. The waiting list for the Otter Trail is considerable, so if you’re impatient, you could consider the Outeniqua Trail, which can be attempted as a series of day walks over seven days while overnighting in various rustic cabins along the way. If hiking just isn’t your thing, there are picnic sites, famous trees, a selfdriving 4x4 route, mountain biking and fantastic birding.

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OUTENIQUA NATURE RESERVE www.capenature.co.za If you’re staying in George, Outeniqua Nature Reserve is right in your back yard. This lovely reserve spans a staggering 38,000 hectares encompassing the mountain ranges that fall between the coast and the semi-arid Klein Karoo. Walking trails crisscross the reserve, and San paintings can be found on rock faces throughout the reserve (please treat these with respect by not touching them). Proteas and ericas cover the hillsides, and when they bloom in spring the mountains seem to come alive. While you’re in the area, it’s extremely worthwhile driving Montagu Pass – the oldest unaltered pass still in use in South Africa. GAMKABERG NATURE RESERVE www.capenature.co.za About 30 km west of Oudtshoorn, Gamkaberg is a rugged, craggy area marked by deep ravines and lovely rock formations, and is home to four biomes: fynbos, succulent Karoo, subtropical thicket, and evergreen forest. Proclaimed in 1976 to protect the Cape mountain zebra (there were just five left in the area at the time), the reserve is also home to honey badgers, klipspringers, red hartebeest and eland, not to mention lovely birdlife. The reserve has comfortable self-catering, safari-style tents pitched on decks, as well as rustic huts, and if you stay in the reserve you’ll have access to its phenomenal rock climbing – there’s a comprehensive guidebook available for download or at the reserve office which details the various routes. Two 4x4 trails, and a series of short walks and multi-day hikes round out the main attractions, making this an adventure lover’s dream destination. ROBBERG NATURE RESERVE www.capenature.co.za Jutting into the sea, Robberg Nature Reserve is a windswept, rocky peninsula that helps to make Plettenberg Bay an actual bay. About 4 km in length, the shoreline is home to loads of Cape Fur seals, and depending on the time of year you’re likely to get good dolphin and whale sightings, particularly from the higher viewpoints. You may also spot blue duikers – South Africa’s smallest antelope – which hide in the thickets. There are three circular routes ranging from a 30-minute stroll to

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Jutting into the sea, Robberg Nature Reserve is a windswept, rocky peninsula that helps to make Plettenberg Bay an actual bay.


a strenuous 9.2 km trail. Whichever trail you take, don’t stand near the cliffs, particularly if the wind is strong – for obvious reasons. KEURBOOMS RIVER NATURE RESERVE www.capenature.co.za Just a few kilometres north of Robberg Nature Reserve as the crow flies, Keurbooms River Nature Reserve couldn’t be more different. With its lovely river gorge, kloofs and thick indigenous forest, it’s a striking counterpoint to its sister reserve. The forest is home to beautiful examples of the western keurboom, Cape beech, stinkwood and Outeniqua yellowwood, and common bird species include the Knysna loerie, giant kingfisher and Knysna woodpecker. Undoubtedly the best way to experience the reserve is by undertaking the two-day canoe trail, overnighting in a small cabin tucked into the forest with a 180-degree view of the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the river gorge. BAVIAANSKLOOF www.baviaans.co.za South Africa’s third-largest protected area, the Baviaanskloof is nothing short of spectacular. The R332 is the only road through the Baviaanskloof. The road follows the Baviaanskloof River, with the eponymous range of mountains to the north and the Kouga Mountains to the south. Make sure you have your camera at the ready, because the rock formations, folded mountains, sweeping vistas and twisted rock formations will have your Instagram feed clogged with comments. You’ll want to traverse it in a 4x4 – if there’s any rain, a 4x2 may be found wanting – and don’t be afraid to take your time. Accommodation options include converted caves, campsites, guest farms and lodges, and the hiking and mountain biking trails could fill many return trips.

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in Sustainability In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, climate change and the effects of global warming are once again topping the agenda in both political and business forums. Far from being merely an environmental issue for policy makers and environmentalists to grapple with, working to minimise climate change through managing environmental footprints is fast becoming a business imperative that every forward-thinking leader has to consider and plan for.

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“The rising global average temperature is associated with widespread changes in weather patterns,” notes the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Scientific studies indicate that extreme weather events such as heat waves and large storms are likely to become more frequent or more intense with humaninduced climate change.” Today, environmental sustainability is a hot-button issue. Leaders are recognising that geopolitical stability and economic growth are intrinsically linked to sound environmental practices – and that ignoring scary statistics is grossly irresponsible. From an industry and private sector point of view, business leaders are under increasing pressure to ensure that they follow sound environmental best practices – or risk severe reputational and financial damage in the long term. THE RISE OF SUSTAINABILITY Yet there is a hugely positive side to the environmental sustainability question for businesses, argues Liesl de Wet, sustainability champion at supply chain specialist Barloworld Logistics. “Sustainable business practices are going to become as important as the creation of shareholder returns, and whilst this may impact operations in the short term, the implementation of environmentally sound processes will provide incalculable benefits in the long term,” De Wet explains. “As a result, [environmental] sustainability is moving from a nice-to-have to a core strategy.” Indeed, as both local and international businesses begin to recognise the importance of putting sustainability strategies in place, opportunities are emerging for businesses to achieve cost savings, spur innovation, gain consumer support and boost bottom line growth. HOME-GROWN SOLUTIONS Locally, in an initiative to reduce carbon emissions and road congestion, for example, Transnet Freight Rail and Barloworld Logistics have partnered to shift cargo from road to rail. This will ultimately lead to reduced carbon emissions as well as greater efficiencies for all the supply chain stakeholders. “Without doubt, local companies are increasingly paying close attention to how they can put sustainability practices in place that now go beyond the factory gate,” De Wet says. “They are understanding that

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they need to look at their impact across the supply chain, and that rigorous measurements should be put in place to drive the process.” As awareness grows, however, companies will need guidance around which measurements to put in place, how to benchmark progress, and how to ensure that sustainability becomes woven into the fabric of everyday business operations. “You cannot manage or measure what you don’t know or understand,” De Wet notes. “Businesses need to physically measure their footprint, and the tools and best practices are certainly available to do so right now.” COLLABORATION IS KEY The first step, says De Wet, is to begin to benchmark your entire supply chain. As a business, it’s critical to really understand what your key energy drivers are and where the hot spots lie. In most cases, transportation is a huge element and leaves the greatest footprint. “It’s important that businesses work with their partners to look at the entire supply chain, and not just sections of it,” she advises. “There are so many players and stakeholders within a supply chain, so it is imperative that everyone is aligned and working towards a single goal.” The major challenge, she notes, is that sustainability is not a “cut-andpaste” exercise, and one needs to work with supply-chain specialists who can innovate and tailor-make solutions to specific scenarios. Admittedly, the volatile and uncertain economic environment is making it very difficult for businesses to invest in new technology and expertise to drive the sustainability agenda – yet there are many “small wins” that can translate into cost savings. Simply using LED lighting in a warehouse, for example, can immediately reduce overhead costs.

SUSTAINABILITY SCORECARD Looking ahead, De Wet says that putting in place a sustainability scorecard will be instrumental in helping local businesses achieve sustainability, and to spur internal innovation. “We really need such a scorecard – with clear targets in place that businesses can work towards with suppliers in a collaborative manner,” she argues. “Supply chain managers themselves need to innovate around key solutions, and it all has to be put down in writing.” Notably, sustainability is already becoming a feature in integrated reports, which South African companies are beginning to embrace and use as a key benchmark for overall progress. “We cannot move into the future without incorporating this into our businesses,” De Wet says. “There are massive opportunities here to innovate within businesses, supply chains, and even to establish entirely new industries connected to sustainability.”


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CATTLE of the Ages

Stories and Portraits of the Ankole Cattle of Southern Africa In Cattle of the Ages, a beautiful new coffee table book, Cyril Ramaphosa reveals his passion and love for cattle as he introduces readers to the magnificent Ankole cattle, originating in Uganda and now, through his intervention, flourishing in South Africa.

Text: Jacana Images Š Daniel NaudÊ from the book Cattle of the Ages

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Ramaphosa reflects on the legacy bequeathed him by his father, Samuel Ramaphosa, who had to leave his cattle herd in Venda behind to find work as a migrant worker in Johannesburg. Life in the city was tough and demanding, weakening Samuel’s links with his ancestral origins and resulting in the loss of his herd. The love of cattle runs deep in South Africans and Ramaphosa is doing more than restoring his father’s loss, he is instilling a new pride for South Africans with

these remarkable cattle. A few years ago the Nguni reigned supreme, but now the attention and focus has moved to the regal Ankole with their impressive horns. World acclaimed photographer Daniel Naudé first met and fell in love with Ankole cattle while photographing cattle around the world. His prints, of the Ankole in particular, have been bought by the likes of Paul Allen of Microsoft and Mary Slack of the Oppenheimer family. This photographic collection moves

a little from the classic portraits of single animals Naudé is known for and includes portraits of herds – images encapsulating the movement of these cattle who carry their horns like crowns. A magnificent collaboration between Ramaphosa and Naudé, beautifully designed by Gabrielle Guy, Cattle of the Ages is destined to become a collector’s piece on many a coffee table both locally and abroad.

Cattle of the Ages was released by Jacana in October 2017 and is currently available – for a recommended retail price of R850 – from bookstores nationwide. Alternatively, you can order a copy directly by emailing orders@booksite-afrika.co.za.

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DUSTING OFF SOUTH AFRICA’S NATURAL SCIENCE COLLECTIONS … The field of natural science without ‘natural science collections’ is very much like a human being without a back-bone. The Natural Science Collections Facility or NSCF is one of 13 projects being implemented by the Department of Science & Technology as part of the South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap. Because South Africa is a “megadiverse” country, its biodiversity is of great scientific interest and the natural science collections are considered as important research infrastructure both nationally and internationally. These collections are housed in vast storerooms out of the public eye, and their value is largely unknown beyond the pool of researchers who work on and care for them.

South Africa’s more than 100 000 species, many of which play an important role in ecosystems that sustain life, or that have economic, food security or health benefits. The collections enable the identification of biological material, including agricultural pests and disease vectors, and the collection data are critical for informing decisions about areas that are important for conservation, and for understanding past and future global change impacts on biodiversity. Modern technologies are creating exciting opportunities for innovative research using the collections and data.

The NSCF is a network of museums, universities and research institutes across South Africa that together hold more than 30 million preserved specimens such as animal skins, skeletons, pinned insects, birds eggs, snail shells, dried plants, tissue and DNA samples and fossils collected over almost 200 years and covering 500 million years of life. These specimens represent

The NSCF is co-ordinated by SANBI and the network of institutions is working towards achieving a common set of objectives that include research that is relevant to society, providing access to data and using the collections for education and citizen science projects to promote understanding of South Africa’s biodiversity assets. Images © SANBI & Iziko Museum


Welcome to Estate Living 4.0 On the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast

Blythedale Coastal Estate is embracing new technologies for safer, greener, smarter community living. Text: Blythedale Coastal Estate Images © Blythedale Coastal Estate & iStockphoto.com

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is redefining how we live, work and relate to one another. “Revolution” sounds dramatic but it’s fitting for the rate and scale of change ripping through economies, business, society and individual existence. In his book, The Fourth Industrial Revolution, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, creates a framework for thinking and responding to a world where physical, digital and biological lines are blurred. Similar to revolutions before, noone knows how things will turn out and technology is neither good nor bad by

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nature. At Blythedale Coastal Estate, the belief is that the Fourth Industrial Revolution presents an opportunity to reimagine how we choose to live. EMBRACING THE FUTURE Heading towards the twenty-twenties, they are anticipating future lifestyles. Will the “sharing” economy eliminate the need for personal garages? Should they plan for smaller, driverless cars, and charging stations? Where will the delivery drones land? How do they configure community spaces if free time is dominated by “virtual” recreation and gaming? Can world-class services such as healthcare and education

be delivered remotely to the estate? The developers of Blythedale Coastal Estate envisage a green, frictionless community where technology enables cashless, keyless convenience. Owners on the estate already have their own app and smart technologies. Face recognition and the internet of things are already being incorporated into the estate’s security and access control, transactions, communication and resource management. LIVING WITHIN THE PLANET’S MEANS A total of 17 new technologies will be used to reduce reliance on public


utilities such as municipal water supply, the national electricity grid and waste disposal to landfill. After a thorough study, consulting engineers, Royal Haskoning DHV, presented a blueprint which takes advantage of technologies to integrate water, sanitation and energy management. The benefit of this is not only long-term sustainability, but a reduction in upfront infrastructure capital costs. By harnessing new technologies, water usage can be reduced and alternative sources accessed. Rainwater harvesting, greywater systems and wastewater treatment are all excellent sources of secondary quality water. Situated at the coast, desalination is a particularly viable option for the supply of drinking water to the estate. Work has started on the installation of a modular desalination plant which will produce up to 12 megalitres of clear water daily at full capacity. Solar energy from photovoltaic panels will assist in powering the plant, which will produce

desalinated water during sunlight hours and store it in a water reservoir. This water will then be used by homeowners and replenished during the day. Energy plans also include the use of technologies which reduce consumption and harness alternative sources. Solutions such as smart lighting, heating and cooling, smart metering, and utilising solar and gas power as alternatives to electricity. Waste will be managed responsibly through implementing a hierarchy system. The hierarchy will start with source-based separation, and move down through the recovery of easily recyclable materials, to composting, thermal treatment of waste, and finally to anaerobic digestion. Schwab calls himself a “pragmatic optimist” in projecting the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Each “tipping point” megatrend brings possible negative or positive impacts. Blythedale Coastal Estate is firmly behind taking advantage of the positives and exploiting the opportunities for a greener, more efficient, open and transparent society.

BEAUTIFUL ESTATE LIVING Located just 15 minutes from burgeoning Ballito and 40 minutes from King Shaka International Airport, Blythedale Coastal Estate is situated on 1,000 hectares of prime KwaZulu-Natal North Coast real estate. With 320 hectares of indigenous coastal forest, and over 3 km of unspoilt beaches and pristine river frontage, the estate features milkwoods, coastal scrub, and tangled mangroves which support abundant birdlife and numerous antelope species. Spectacular views over the Indian Ocean often include dolphins and whales in season. Browse the interactive map at www.blythedale.co.za for more info on land availability and to book a site visit. Also visit them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with developments on the estate. For more information, please visit www.blythedale.co.za.

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A+ EDUCATION The School Turnaround Foundation

A good education can mean the difference between a purpose-driven life and one where you can barely provide enough food to feed your family. With 80 % of South African schools often described as dysfunctional and underperforming, what can be done to overcome this ongoing crisis in education? A local NGO, called the School Turnaround Foundation (STF), is providing innovative solutions which transform dysfunctional and underperforming schools into functional schools and, ultimately, into schools of excellence.

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If teachers believe every learner can be successful, then their approach to teaching and learning will change.

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Despite good intentions, South Africa continues to propagate a twotier educational system characterised by vast disparities between black and white educational opportunities – one system for children of the rich, and another for the children of the urban and rural poor. The School Turnaround Methodology (STM) incorporates a deep understanding of these contexts. CORE PRINCIPLES The solutions are based on a School Turnaround Methodology designed by Dr Muavia Gallie, who spent seven years developing the systems change approach in our schools. The methodology is rooted in a core belief that all learners were created to be successful and, within this belief, STF provides the educational steps and processes to achieve this positive goal. Consequently, all their learners are set to achieve above 50 % in all subjects, including mathematics and science, as well as to achieve a Bachelors pass. This is linked to their second core principle: “For learners to be successful, adults must change.� If teachers believe every learner can be successful, then their approach to teaching and learning will

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change. This change in teaching requires that all teachers engage in daily lesson planning to ensure that learning takes place. The NGO strongly believes that teaching without any learning is a waste of time. GUIDELINES FOR SUCCESS Over the past five years, their model has been successfully piloted in Limpopo, Gauteng and the Western Cape. The STF approach is unique and challenges all role-players to do things differently, for example: 1) Every school must use a minimum of 170 days for teaching and learning. This requires every teacher to have a lesson plan for every day. This is critical as research has shown that our schools teach, on average,

less than 100 days of the year! 2) A  no homework policy. In many schools the implementation of homework is often based on a few assumptions: that all learners have a place called home; that there is a place to work; that there is time to work (there are numerous child-led homes where no adult is present); that there is someone to help; and that every teacher will provide feedback on all homework tasks. The STF asserts that classroom time must provide the greatest learning opportunity for all children. 3)  Teachers are encouraged to teach with equity in mind and not equality. Equality is based on a one-size-fits-all approach which, the NGO states, does not work. Rather, the teacher must take the diverse needs of learners into consideration and teach accordingly.


4) Individual target-setting approach. Every learner has a target in every subject and these targets are set to provide the learner with a pathway to achieving their dreams. TEACHING RESOURCES The STF approach incorporates data-driven decision-making into processes that would ordinarily be limited by the capacity of the human resources involved. Accordingly, Dr Gallie developed software called the School Intelligence System (SISOPEN) to manage traditional aspects of learning – such as attendance, lesson planning and timetabling – in a transparent and proactive manner.

The program also helps learners discover, visualise and make real progress towards their dreams, as well as tackling social and emotional learning aspects by helping learners to achieve realistic, individualised improvement in their performance. And the students respond accordingly, as these comments from learners show: • “I want to make my parents proud of me. I want to become a doctor. Being at Zwelethemba High has changed my life. I am very proud of myself.” • “Zwelethemba High has changed me in a positive way and taught me about discipline and the importance of education.”

POSITIVE RESULTS STF’s success has been demonstrated in six high schools in Somerset West near Cape Town where Grade 12 pass rates have increased by up to 21 % in less than a year. STF has also been directly involved in the creation of Worcester’s Zwelethemba High School which opened its doors in January 2017. In less than six months, the number of learners achieving at the lowest performance level at the school (level 1: 0-29 %) has been reduced by 40 %, and those achieving at the top performance level (level 7: 80-100 %) has increased by more than 65 %. Our youth deserve a future that is very different from our past. They deserve a chance to realise their dreams.

Support the work of the School Turnaround Foundation and help learners access quality education and a supportive learning environment by emailing STF at eugene@schoolturnaroundfoundation.org.za or see www.schoolturnaroundfoundation.org.za for more information.

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Malgré de bonnes intentions, l’Afrique du Sud continue de promouvoir un système éducatif à deux vitesses qui est caractérisé par d’énormes écarts entre l’accès à l’éducation des enfants blancs et celui des enfants noirs – un système pour les enfants de riches et un autre pour les enfants pauvres des zones urbaines et rurales. La School Turnaround Methodology (STM) intègre une compréhension approfondie de ces contextes. PRINCIPES FONDAMENTAUX Les solutions reposent sur la « Méthodologie pour le redressement des écoles » conçue par le Dr Muavia Gallie qui a passé 7 ans à développer une approche pour la transformation du système utilisé dans les écoles. La méthodologie repose sur la conviction profonde que tous les élèves ont le même potentiel de réussir et, se basant sur cette certitude, la STF propose des mesures d’ordre éducatif et des processus d’apprentissage qui ont pour but d’achever cet objectif tangible. Par conséquent l’objectif visé est que tous leurs élèves obtiennent plus de 50 % dans toutes les matières, ceci incluant les maths et les sciences, ainsi qu’au Bac. Ceci est lié à leur second principe fondamental : « Pour aider les élèves à réussir, les adultes doivent adopter de nouveaux comportements. » Si les enseignants croient en la réussite de chaque élève, leur approche de l’enseignement et de l’éducation changera. LIGNES DIRECTRICES POUR LA RÉUSSITE Au cours des cinq dernières années, le projet a été mis à l’essai avec succès dans les régions du Limpopo, du Gauteng et du Cape occidental. L’approche de la STF est unique et met tous les intervenants au défi de faire les choses de manière différente. Par exemple : 1)  Chaque école doit assurer enseignement et instruction pour un minimum de 170 jours par an. Cela requiert que chaque enseignant planifie ses leçons chaque jour. Ceci est essentiel car la recherche indique que les écoles n’enseignent en moyenne que 100 jours par an ! 2) Pas de devoirs à la maison. Dans de nombreuses écoles l’exécution des devoirs repose sur les prémisses : que chaque élève a un domicile ; que l’élève a un endroit où il/elle peut faire ses devoirs ; que l’élève a le temps de faire des devoirs (de nombreuses

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familles ne comprennent pas d’adultes) ; que quelqu’un est là pour aider l’élève ; que chaque enseignant corrigera les devoirs et fournira du feedback. La STF affirme que le temps passé en classe constitue pour tous les enfants la meilleure période d’apprentissage. 3)  On encourage les enseignants à enseigner de manière équitable. L’enseignant doit prendre en compte les besoins variés des élèves et enseigner en conséquence. 4)  Chaque élève a un objectif dans chaque matière, et ces objectifs sont formulés pour lui donner une chance d’achever ses rêves. RESSOURCES PÉDAGOGIQUES L’approche de la STF incorpore la prise de décisions axée sur des données à des processus qui seraient habituellement


limités par la capacité restreinte des ressources humaines engagées. Par conséquent, Dr Gallie a développé un logiciel du nom de School Intelligence System (SISOPEN) (ou Système de renseignements pour les écoles) pour que la gestion d’aspects traditionnels de l’enseignement comme l’assiduité, la planification des leçons et les emplois du temps se fasse de manière transparente et proactive. Le programme aide également les élèves à découvrir et à visualiser leurs rêves ainsi qu’à faire de réels progrès pour concrétiser ces derniers ; il les encourage aussi à affronter les aspects sociaux et émotionnels de l’apprentissage en les aidant à obtenir des améliorations de performance réalisables et personnalisés. BILAN POSITIF Le succès de la STF a été démontré dans six lycées de la région de Somerset West dans lesquels le taux de réussite au Bac a augmenté de 21 % en un an. La STF as aussi participé directement à la création de la Zwelethemba High School (lycée) qui a ouvert ses portes en Janvier 2017 à Worcester. En moins de six moins le nombre d’élèves ayant obtenu les résultats les plus bas (niveau 1 : 0 – 29 %) a été réduit de 40 %, alors que le nombre d’élèves ayant achevé les meilleurs résultats (niveau 7 : 80 – 100 %) a augmenté de 65 %. Nos jeunes méritent un avenir qui est très diffèrent de notre passé. Ils méritent d’avoir la chance de réaliser leurs rêves.

Soutenez le travail de la School Turnaround Foundation en contactant la STF par email à eugene@schoolturnaroundfoundation.org.za ou en visitant le site www.schoolturnaroundfoundation.org.za pour de plus amples informations.

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AN AFRICAN DREAM COME TRUE Ever fantasised about owning your very own escape in the heart of the African bush? That fantasy could become a reality thanks to Bakubung Villas, an exciting new opportunity presented by the Legacy Hotel Group.

Text & Images © Magic Breakaways Property Developments Less than two hours’ drive from Johannesburg, you could have a private retreat at Bakubung Bush Lodge, which is known as one of South Africa’s iconic Bushveld resorts and is situated in the stunning, malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park. The park was also recently awarded the title of South Africa’s most popular game reserve by the South African Tourism Board. “The Bakubung Villas project is a unique, rare property investment opportunity. It allows investors to acquire their very own piece of this iconic resort and make it their own,” says Ewan Dykes, sales and marketing manager at Magic Breakaways Property Developments. This project is made up of just 22 private stands, all of which are situated within the Pilanesberg National Park, making this an exclusive offering. “Investors can now enjoy the best of both worlds, by purchasing a stand and designing their own private lodge, with the Big Five roaming virtually on their doorstep, yet still enjoy all the incredible services and facilities already offered by the resort and its hotel,” Dykes says. Bakubung’s facilities include a luxurious new day spa, a variety of dining experiences and bars, children’s playgrounds, and the ever-popular Junior Ranger’s Programme. There are also superb conference facilities,

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a wildlife and game drive department, tennis courts, and a number of other facilities and services to make use of and enjoy. What’s even more appealing about buying a Bakubung Villa is that the entire investment is structured on a turnkey, hassle-free basis that’s driven and managed by the Legacy Hotel Group. Therefore, everything – from the initial construction of your lodge to the day-to-day operations and management thereafter – is taken care of by one of Africa’s leading hospitality brands. “Owners also have the option of incorporating their lodge into the resort’s commercial rental pool whereby we will completely service, market and manage your lodge, providing you – as the owner – with an immediate financial return. The year-on-year annual tourism rate is on the increase in the park, and the launch

of the new Pilanesberg Airport means our guests and owners will be able to fly from Johannesburg and Cape Town directly to Pilanesberg and back,” Dykes says. “In terms of ownership and accessibility, as well as the broad array of services and facilities both onsite and on neighbouring Bakubung, I think one would struggle to find a similar property opportunity which ticks as many boxes as the Bakubung Villas do,” Dykes concludes. Knowing that you have a place in the magnificent African bush that you can escape to whenever you wish, where housework and maintenance aren’t your responsibility, and one that can even earn you money? Sounds like a dream come true. For more info on this development, please visit www.bakubungvillas.co.za or call Ewan Dykes on +27 83 755 8944.


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SPIRIT OF THE WILD From his first piece of an oversized dung beetle to an enormous lion sculpture, Bruce Little is a self-taught, instinctual sculptor who creates his wildlife pieces to capture the spirit of the animals he has observed and guarded for most of his life.

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When it comes to his artistic style, Bruce focuses less on strict anatomy in his sculptures, but more on capturing the deeper meaning of animal behaviour.

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I met with Bruce in his gallery, situated in the centre of bustling Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands, to find out more about his journey as a sculptor. THE EARLY DAYS Bruce developed an early passion for the South African wilderness through his childhood spent in the Bushveld. He became a conservationist and professional game ranger, working at the famous private game reserves of Londolozi and Singita in the South African Bushveld. Summing up the start of his artistic journey, Bruce says: “I was in the Sabi Sands when I started sculpting. Although I was extremely busy, I needed an outlet for my creativity. Until then, I’d never done an art class in my life. I’d seen some sculptures in a gallery in Johannesburg and I told my then girlfriend – who is now my wife – that I’d love to do that. So I went to see my friend who is a sculptor in the Natal Midlands. And he said to me: ‘Don’t waste your time.’ So, of course, I had to try it! I sculpted a piece and took it to the foundry to get cast but it was too expensive. Luckily, he liked the piece so much he said he would do three for me for free, and I then sold them in the shop – and that was the start . . .” The 20 years he spent in the wilderness have given Bruce invaluable insight into the subjects he holds so dear. After spending time in the Sabi Sands area, he lived on a

private conservation project in the Eastern Cape where he restored Hopewell, a former beef and sheep ranch, to its original wilderness state. Bruce continued to work in the wildlife industry while also sculpting, but six years ago he realised the eco wildlife industry had become too taxing, and he made the decision to move back to his family. “Since then I have been sculpting full time,” he says. CAPTURING A FEELING When it comes to his artistic style, Bruce focuses less on strict anatomy in his sculptures, but more on capturing the deeper meaning of animal behaviour and what he has observed during his lifetime. “For me it’s more about capturing the movement, the power, the presence, or the plight of an animal. I don’t think my style has changed. I think it’s been pretty consistent. Each piece I sculpt to a point where I feel it’s talking to me.” One of the key tools that Bruce uses within the first stages of creating his works is photography, which has always been one of his passions. From his earliest days in the bush, he used his camera to document and study the landscape and animals. In his sculptures, he “freezes” the movement of what he anticipates will happen within the wild. “As you start to sculpt, you don’t just look at the animal anymore. You look at how it moves, how

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its muscles are reacting. I study anatomy quite a lot. And I have been very fortunate in that I have hand-raised some animals. I raised two cheetah and released them into the bush. Also a caracal.” Bruce says his time spent in the wild is why his sculptures are so authentic. “And that has come from spending thousands of hours with animals. When it comes to actually understanding the animals, you have to spend time with them.” CAST IN BRONZE All of Bruce’s sculptures are cast in bronze by specialist foundries using the “lost wax” method. Bruce explains that the process is lengthy, so it is extremely costly. The first step in this process involves making a latex mould of the original clay sculpture at his studio. The latex mould is then used to create a wax replica of the clay original which has wax pipes attached to it to form tubes. These will allow the molten bronze into the mould during the pouring. The completed wax mould is then coated with refractory clay and allowed to dry. The refractory mould is then heated to allow the wax to drain out. The mould is then heated again, this time to a temperature close to the melting point of bronze, and the metal

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is poured into the mould and allowed to cool. The refractory mould is then chipped away to reveal the new bronze sculpture, which – as a final step – is coated with beeswax and polished. All of the pieces he creates are close to Bruce’s heart, but there are a few which are extra special, such as the Monumental Leopard. “I absolutely love leopard. They are the most incredible creatures.” But then there are also some of his smaller pieces, such as the series of sunbirds, which he adores. “It’s also about the finesse.” PAYING IT FORWARD Bruce is acutely aware of the increasing pressure from man on the habitat of the animals he sculpts. “If my art can inspire a greater empathy and appreciation for these creatures, I will have contributed something valuable to our relationship with nature.” Last year Bruce’s works raised nearly R15 million for conservation. A large portion of this amount came from a mammoth lion sculpture which was commissioned by Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth of the Longleat family estate, whom Bruce met during one of his trips to the UK. The piece was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary

of Longleat Safari Park. Though Bruce has sculpted numerous life-size and even larger pieces, this monumental lion is, to date, his biggest yet. Off the back of the enormous success of the Longleat venture, Bruce was invited to auction the lion at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala event in St Tropez, where the piece achieved an auction bid of $1 million. The funds raised were donated by Bruce to the foundation, which focuses on various environmental projects. Bruce has also recently started presenting talks on his experiences. “One of the big messages I try to get out is that we can all make a difference. Everybody thinks conservation is someone else’s problem. It’s not someone else’s problem. Every single one of us can make a difference. We arrive naked into this world, and we leave naked. You can’t take anything with you. What legacy do you leave behind? I think the legacy I want to leave behind is of someone who made a positive difference through art.”

Bruce Little’s bronze sculptures has been exhibited internationally for the last 11 years on five continents as limited editions and private commissions. His latest exhibition will be held in London at the Mall Galleries from 7th to 12th November 2017. A selection of Bruce’s works can also be viewed at the Stellenbosch Gallery on the corner of Bird and Church streets. For more information, visit www.brucelittle.com.


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A short complimentary shuttle drive from OR International Airport, D’Oreale Grande Hotel is a five-star resort situated adjacent to the Emperors Palace Casino. Its grand entrance is reminiscent of ancient Rome and its high ceilings, painted murals, marble floor tiles, and striking archways define the spaces which you will come to call your home for the duration of your stay. The front desk is manned by friendly, competent staff who greet you as if you

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are an old friend who has just returned after a long absence. The hotel has 182 rooms and suites, ranging from Classic, Deluxe, and Superior Rooms or Suites, to a Special Assist Room, Club Rooms and an Executive and Junior Suite. All of the rooms have a distinctively modern Roman feel about them, but “when in Rome” there is always far too much to do, so it’s unlikely you will dally too long here. ENTERTAINMENT GALORE Of course, there is the obvious way of spending your day. The casino is connected to the hotel via a rather enticing hallway filled with 19th Century artwork, and provides an entirely too easy way of losing all track of time. If the thrill of betting on slot machines and roulette tables does nothing for you, head to the gaming arcade for a 3D virtual reality ride instead. This actionpacked ride is a great way to get your adrenaline pumping without the threat of having to part with any more than R40 of your hard-earned cash. The best course of action after all that excitement is to head to Octavia’s Day Spa. Named after Octavia, the sister of Emperor Augustus, the spa has a distinctly classical air about it. After changing into your robe, you are asked to wait by the heated pool which is reminiscent of the public bath houses belonging to that era. Painted murals cover the walls and curved ceiling, and bronze-coloured pillars of marble stand plush against the walls, giving you plenty to gaze at before you are whisked away for a relaxing treatment. Alternatively, you may choose to while away the day by lounging next to the outdoor pool with its grand fountain. A FEAST FOR THE SENSES Dining options at Emperors Palace are as plentiful as its entertainment options. If you are planning on seeing a show later in the evening (which I highly recommend you do), it is perhaps better to opt for a restaurant within Emperors Palace itself so that you are closer to the theatre. Tribes Restaurant is a must-try. Styled to provide an upmarket, authentically African experience, the restaurant is filled with natural woods and accents of orange and the menu boasts a range of hearty meal options. If, however, you have more time to allow for a leisurely dinner, Aurelia’s Restaurant – located at the hotel – serves up an expansive à la carte dinner menu.

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Elements of molecular gastronomy are paired with a fusion of new-age Mediterranean and South African cuisine. The name Aurelia (which means “golden”) stems from a plebeian family who lived in Ancient Rome and acquired much wealth over the years. The restaurant reflects this heritage, serving up meals which are simple yet rich in flavour. It is well worth ordering a three-course meal here, so make sure you have enough time to enjoy all that this fine-dining restaurant has to offer. Only then, once you have experienced all that this “Palace of Dreams” has to offer, will you remember that pesky element of time, and wish to retire to your chambers for a night’s rest that could be the envy of the gods themselves. For more information, or to book your stay, visit www.emperorspalace.com.


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One of the definitions of romance is ‘a feeling of mystery, excitement, and remoteness from everyday life’. According to this beautiful definition, Namibia might just be the most romantic destination on the planet. This isn’t a Disney sort of romance, but rather one that transforms your relationship with yourself and with your travel companions. It is a romance one has with remoteness and a sense of discovery. Text: Nirvani Pillay Images © Wilderness Safaris

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You are guaranteed to fall utterly in love with Namibia for its rolling sand seas, starstudded night skies and its warm, friendly people. Plus it is the ideal destination for a family holiday. In this age when all we do is rush toward deadlines and are constantly distracted by technology, Namibia – in its vastness and stark beauty – helps visitors to rediscover quality family time, and the art of just being quiet and soaking it all in. AMONGST THE DUNES Sossusvlei – meaning dead-end marsh – is definitely the place to romance the family. Wilderness Safaris Kulala Desert Lodge is the closest camp to the Sossusvlei area, and within easy proximity of the famous red sand dunes. The most attractive thing is that children of all ages are welcome at this lodge, and the doting

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That evening, your entire family can sleep out on the rooftop sky-bed and count the number of shooting stars. There is no man-made light which means that the sky is so uncluttered that you feel like you can almost touch the Milky Way. Plus there’s sumptuous food, tear-inducing sunsets, and even post-dinner scorpion safaris using only an ultraviolet light! UP, UP IN THE SKY A hot-air balloon ride over the dunes offers another perspective of just how vast the Namib Desert really is. These dunes, popularly referred to as the oldest in time, are actually visible from space via satellite photographs of Earth. There’s so much to learn about the formation of dunes, and about life in this desert system which forms part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. From your hot-air balloon, you can oftentimes see a lone oryx scaling a dune, or an ostrich wandering in search of something to eat.

Back at camp you can grab a bike (solarpowered electric bikes have just been introduced) and enjoy a ride around the Kulala Reserve – privacy is guaranteed in this concession. The location of the reserve means that Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity are not the order of the day, allowing you to disconnect from the fast pace of technology and reconnect with your family. Wilderness Safaris guides are passionate and knowledgeable individuals who love to showcase fun activities in a learning environment where children can discover the most unexpected desert-adapted life. Children at the camp receive ageappropriate Bush Buddy bags, including a few safari tools, and an activity book to keep them entertained. A PREHISTORIC LANDSCAPE Another ideal family destination is Doro Nawas Camp in the Damaraland region. A startling contrast to Sossusvlei, the Damaraland area swaps the dunes of the


desert for chains of rugged mountain ranges. This land feels prehistoric and is home to some fascinating wildlife, including elephant and giraffe who have adapted superbly to the desert. You can do nature drives and walks, and also include a visit to a San rock art site, Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site. This camp is a joint venture partnership with the Doro !Nawas community, and most travellers leave the camp with resonating memories of the soulful voices of the staff who serenade you during dinner. If that’s not impressive enough, what about rolling your entire bed onto the veranda of your room for another star-studded sleep out? And, if for any reason you’d rather leave your snoring travel buddy outside, then you can just roll yourself back in… that is, unless you’re the snorer in the room. The clean air really does induce the most delicious slumber.

Namibia is romantic, adventurous, and breath-taking with its dramatic and ever-changing scenery, best appreciated as you move from the sinuous sands of Sossusvlei to the rugged mountains of Damaraland. To book stays at these and other Wilderness Safaris luxury camps, visit www.wilderness-safaris.com.


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When a corporate scandal is exposed, the focus is on the company – its reaction to the scandal, public opinion of the company, and whether it will survive the scandal. But very little is said about the immediate emotional impact of the scandal on the “innocents” within the company, or the future impact on their careers. In recent times South Africa has had its fair share of company scandals, with the latest being when audit firm KPMG admitted that some of the work it did for, amongst others, SARS, “fell considerably short of KPMG’s standards”. As a consequence of its public announcement, several senior leaders of the firm have left, with the company being threatened with legal action. There are even rumours that it may be blacklisted, which means it will no longer be able to get contracts from certain stakeholders in future.

THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL Conroy Fourie, independent coach, says once the “insidious impact of the unacceptable behaviour” reaches breaking point and all is exposed, people who felt secure suddenly find their world crashing down around them. “The fallout from the public exposure of untrustworthy, perceived immoral behaviour triggers an ending. The mystical spell has been shattered. People experience shock, and may still briefly flirt with denial,” Fourie says. Emotionally, people become numb at this stage. Then anger sets in. There is explicit or implied blame, and employees may feel that “others have done this to us”. They may start blaming themselves – even beating themselves up – for not seeing it coming, for not speaking up, or for not trying to leave when the first rumours started.

“Distrust may become pervasive. By now the stress responses have impacted the affected people to such an extent that their ability to remain creative in their jobs have been compromised. They may become immobilised by fear.” Fourie, who calls himself a change and transition catalyst, says the employees then feel they have lost support from within the company, and if friends and family start asking difficult questions, the innocents may feel that they themselves are under attack. Professor Leon van Vuuren, executive business and professional ethics director at The Ethics Institute, says the real danger is when people become despondent and the despondency turns into apathy. It may even escalate to the point where affected employees sabotage the company. “When people reach that stage, they feel entitled to freebies, like stealing time and property such as stationery from the company. They feel the company owes them,” he says. THE NEUTRAL ZONE People may even experience depression and anxiety about their future. Eventually, they reach the point that Fourie calls the “neutral zone”. In the neutral zone, people realise they need support. “Make use of whatever support structures your organisation has in place, such as confidential employee wellness services,” he advises those who are caught up in such a situation. Fourie says any organisation of worth will make it an absolute priority to shore up employee support structures to an even higher level during this time of organisational trauma. Employees in organisations such as KPMG are likely to be people who consider themselves to be resourceful and self-reliant. “Now is not the time to let ego trip you up,

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THE NEW BEGINNING Fourie advises people not to make rash decisions. “Get yourself back on track in performing your job tasks as professionally as possible, even if you may have begun the process of divorcing yourself from the organisation to find another avenue for the expression of your professional abilities.” Academics at the Harvard Business School recently did a comprehensive study on the effect on executives from scandal-riddled companies and how they are perceived in the job market. The research indicated that executives from such companies pay a penalty in the job market, even if there was clearly no wrongdoing on their part. “Overall, these executives are paid nearly 4 % less than their peers. Given that initial compensation in a job strongly affects future compensation, the difference can become truly significant over a career,” the study found. The team noted in their article – The Scandal Effect published by Harvard Business Review – that stigma, which may be fair or unfair, undermines a person’s credibility in the social role they are attempting to play. The academics looked at “organisational stigma”, which occurs when a company’s actions are widely seen as fundamentally flawed or immoral. People who have worked for a tainted company will find it quite difficult to shake the stigma associated with their former employer.

The Harvard research team found that considerations such as the culture of the country where the scandal occurred, the role, seniority and gender, as well as the level of education of the innocents, and the industry culture all play a part in people’s abilities to bounce back. The Harvard study refers to three steps to bounce back from a corporate scandal: • Forthrightness: Truth is the best friend of the innocent. •R  eputation: Draw on your own reputation and legitimacy from people who believe in you. •R  ehab: Take a rehab job that you can do with one hand tied behind your back – the purpose is to create a persuasive story to compete with the scandal narrative. Fourie says remaining leaders should be role models and an inspiration to others in the aftermath of a scandal. “If you assess the situation and believe the company can recover, and you want to remain, commit to being part of the solution. If you cannot, and want to engage in bad talk, it is time to move on.” Van Vuuren warns that companies with fear-based cultures are “sitting ducks” for ethical violations. Writing policies that allow and encourage people to speak up and not to hide mistakes may take a month, but establishing a trust-based culture takes years. INVESTMENT

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How many of us have dreamed of casting aside everyday life and running off to a villa in Tuscany, Italy to soak up the perfect sun-dappled views by the unique Italian coastlines while the cocktails and wine flow and the pasta bowl never seems to empty? Si Signora??? Yes, I know I am not the only one. Unfortunately that dream is usually rudely interrupted by the alarm clock which quickly brings us back to the reality of the hot and landlocked country that we call home. While we may not be able to do much about our inability to visit and experience the beautiful Italy, Gaborone based BASILICO - Italian Restaurant has brought the true flavors of Italy to our shores, affording us the opportunity to indulge and enjoy the best of Italian cuisine anytime the mood strikes. Located in the heart of Gaborone and a stone throw from the residence of the first citizen, BASILICO - Italian Restaurant is a sophisticated fine-dining restaurant which offers traditional, genuine Italian food and is open every day from 12 noon to 22:30 from Monday – Sunday. Upon arrival at the neatly tucked away, almost secretive villa, one cannot help but gasp at the feeling of teleportation straight to the heart of Italy; from the wooden fencing, to the large yard and elegant Italian farm house style restaurant… one can’t help but almost shout buon pomeriggio upon entry and expect the waiters to respond in native Italian, which I am sure they probably would seeing as they went through a rigorous selection and training program on the food and culture of Italy prior to the opening of the restaurant in June 2016. The restaurant prides itself in providing warm, friendly and elegant service expected from the ancient tradition of a

truly Italian restaurant, creating an enchanting and comfortable environment which will make its customers satisfied and wanting to return again and again. The décor which adds to the ambience of the venue features an elegant Italian farm-house atmosphere, with floral pattern cast iron patio and bar, face-bricks internal walls, lintels and door frames, in style light fittings and smart table settings, reminiscent of the Italy we see on television. Basilico is a fascinating restaurant overlooking a cheery garden, which, during the summer, enriches the experience of tasting creative cocktails unique to Basilico. The physical attributes of the restaurant however only set the tone and mood of what the restaurant is all about; fine Italian dining. The menu comprises of savoury starters, delicious pastas, tasty meats and fishes, complete with a wide variety of home-made desserts and pastries that are served throughout the day. A selected and rich drinks menu which features a sophisticated selection of worldwide famous Italian wines, like Barolo, Brunello di Montalcino and Prosecco; whiskeys and cocktails completes the out of Botswana experience of discovering traditional and authentic Italian flavours in a contemporary flair. The fine dining restaurant is perfect for romantic meals, group lunches, corporate gigs as well as the occasional family get together

under the stars. To add to its variety offering of events, every so often the restaurant plays live music creating the perfect get away ambience for exquisite wining and dining after a long day at the office. Its central location and proximity to both the Main Mall and the CBD makes it the ideal pit stop for a good meal and some wine with clients or colleagues while waiting out the Gaborone traffic. With all that within reach and in the city centre, who needs a bag load of money to enjoy and experience Italy? Step into Basilico and experience a taste of Italy right in the heart of Gaborone. In my opinion, Basilico has definitely achieved its goal of creating an authentic and genuine ‘corner’ of Italy in the international context of Botswana, affording every Motswana the opportunity to live out the Italian fantasies at reasonable prices.

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You’ve made it in life and the time has come for you to pick a more classappropriate car. But the time has also arrived for you to ditch whatever fourcylinder options you may have considered before, and go for the ultimate prize – the effortless Mercedes-AMG E43. In this scenario, you leave behind the E350, Merc’s top turbo-four option that, if we’re honest, betrays the idea of driving a Mercedes E-Class somewhat, given that its engine strains just a tad too much under a relentless right foot. The E43 delivers the smooth power and effortless acceleration that one expects from an E-Class. Combined with a delectable nine-speed automatic gear box and a rear-biased (to the tune of 69 %) 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, the result is sublime, if not inspirational. SOPHISTICATED STYLING Looking at the E43, it is clear that the exterior design is the product of restraint – as it should be with this class of car.

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Tempted as they must have been to go all-out in styling terms, the engineers responsible for keeping the classic E-Class lines at the front of the car have done a fantastic job. It was a stroke of genius to opt for the slicker silhouette of the standard E-Class, rather than the bulging hulk of the E63’s bonnet and GT-like grille design. At the rear too, the bellicose diffuser on the bigger AMG makes way for a subtler rear bumper design on the E43. Our test car carried matt brown wood trim, with subtle aluminium accents bringing enough brightness to the dark cabin. Like any Merc, the interior is ludicrously customisable, although the contemporary finish in our test unit gave it a stately, yet sporty feel, without being overbearing. The front seats were optionally heated and cooled as well, and the Burmester 3D surround sound system – blasting 1,450 watts of flawless sound through 23 speakers – was a welcome addition to the cockpit experience. Also included in our test car was Mercedes’ entire suite of driving automation and active safety technologies, a surround view system, active high beams, and keyless entry. AMG’s Active Multi-contour front seats completed the premium luxury picture. MODE OF CHOICE Like most other sporty Mercs there are four driving modes – Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ – as well as a driver-set individual option. Eco – which sets stop/ start to be more aggressive and uses a glide function to, effectively, declutch the transmission – just doesn’t belong in a six-cylinder. More so in this six-cylinder. Comfort mode is likely to be the go-to setting for most drivers. Gutsier drivers would either opt for Sport or Sport+, or skip the former altogether and go for the full AMG experience that the + affords. Ultimately, that is why you turned your back on four-pot-power to begin with, no? The individual setting allows the driver to configure engine, transmission, and suspension settings, but most drivers will probably not fiddle with this option too much, and are far more likely to flick between Comfort and Sport+ as circumstances dictate. Apart from tighter steering, switching to Sport+ mode instantly readies the big sedan for action by raising the engine speed, contracting gearbox shift-times and ratios, and

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The new Powerstar FT range will be built at the Pietermaritzburg plant in KwaZulu-Natal with the same high-quality technology as is used for the current Powerstar range, including excellent aftermarket parts and service. The range is powered primarily by Cummins engines feeding torque through ZF transmissions. Since 2014, Everstar Industries has focused on offering transport solutions across the construction equipment/vehicle spectrum, from Shantui bulldozers, frontend loaders, and forklifts to heavy and extra-heavy commercial trucks (Powerstar and Powerland truck tractors, tippers and mixers) and colossal off-road, heavy-duty rigid dump trucks. With this range on offer, either through agent agreement or joint venture, Everstar Industries is able to provide end-to-end solutions to more customers. “We are strategically equipped to handle a broad range of vehicles, in the sales arena and in

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Boom Tunes The ultra-cool Wonderboom portable Bluetooth speaker packs a surprisingly big punch for its size and price, with crisp, clear sound and incredible bass to boot, all in the palm of your hand. It offers ten hours of wireless playback between charging, and a mobile range of up to 33 m. The Wonderboom is IPX7 rated, which means it can be fully submerged in depths up to 1 m deep for as long as 30 minutes. So, whether you’re the accident-prone type or simply enjoy a dip in the pool with your tunes by your side, this speaker can handle it. Available in a range of cool colours, including fireball red and cashmere pink, you can find the Wonderboom at Logitech retailers nationwide for a recommended retail price of R1,499. This includes a two-year manufacturer’s guarantee.


Mesmo no coração da área comercial e de restaurantes da Cidade de Maputo, com quartos espaçosos e suítes para todas as necessidades, o Hotel Cardoso é o local de escolha para os viajantes de negócios e de lazer, oferecendo salas de reuniões e eventos multifuncionais, Wi-Fi rápido e grátis e, claro, o seu pôr-do-sol como sua marca. Right in the Heart of Maputo´s business and restaurant district and boasting spacious bedrooms and suites to suit all needs, Hotel Cardoso is the venue of choice for the discerning business and leisure traveler offering multi-functional meeting and events facilities, Fast-Free-Wi Fi and of course, its trademark sunset.

CARDOSO HOTEL Acomodação Piscina Conferências & Banquetes Ginásio Business Center Restaurantes

Accommodation Swimming Pool Conference & Banqueting Gym Business Center Restaurants

Avenida dos Mártires de Mueda nº 707 - Maputo - Telefone: 21 491 071/5 Email: info@hotelcardoso.co.mz; Website: www.cardoso-hotel.com


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

Katlego Maifala Cabin Crew Length of Service With SA Express: 12 months

Tell us more about yourself I am a food enthusiast – anything that has to do with food intrigues me. I also love reading in my spare time. What is your favourite part of your job? Travelling to different places and meeting new and interesting people, and getting to interact with them. What do you find most challenging about your job? I don’t think I’ll ever get used to waking up at 03h00 for early flights. What do you like about working for SA Express? My colleagues – they are great to work with and they make long days seem very short. What would people find surprising about your job? That our main role on-board an aircraft is not to serve food, but rather to be a safety officer.

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Airline information SA Express fleet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SA Express’ aircraft are made by Bombardier Aerospace

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Important When in doubt, please consult our cabin crew.

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


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

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

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

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

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Flight schedule JOHANNESBURG - PILANESBERG FLT NO SA 1131

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NO 1001 1003 1005 1005 1005 1011 1011 1011 1013 1017 1021 1023

DEP 06:10 08:00 09:30 11:20 11:30 12:30 13:50 13:50 15:30 16:45 18:25 18:30

ARR 07:10 09:05 10:30 12:20 12:30 13:30 14:55 14:55 16:30 17:45 19:20 19:30

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JOHANNESBURG - EAST LONDON FLT NO SA 1409

DEP 17:55

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JOHANNESBURG - GEORGE FLT SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1501 1501 1503 1503 1509

DEP 06:40 06:50 07:40 08:20 15:50

ARR 08:35 08:45 09:50 10:15 17:40

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JOHANNESBURG - HOEDSPRUIT FLT NO SA 1225 SA 1227

DEP 10:15 12:15

ARR 11:20 13:20

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JOHANNESBURG - KIMBERLEY FLT SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1101 1103 1105 1107 1113

DEP 06:20 09:20 13:30 14:35 17:30

ARR 07:30 10:25 14:35 15:45 18:40

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NO 1123 1125 1125

DEP 07:10 15:20 15:45

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NO 1132

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NO 1024 1002 1004 1006 1006 1006 1012 1014 1018 1022

DEP 06:25 07:40 09:35 12:55 13:00 13:00 15:25 17:00 18:20 19:40

ARR 07:25 08:40 10:40 14:00 14:00 14:00 16:30 18:00 19:20 20:40

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NO 1410

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GEORGE - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA SA SA SA

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DEP 09:20 10:30 10:50 18:10

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FLT SA SA

NO 1226 1228

DEP 12:00 13:55

ARR 13:00 14:55

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NO 1102 1104 1106 1108 1108 1114

DEP 07:55 10:55 15:05 15:20 16:15 19:05

ARR 09:05 12:00 16:10 16:30 17:25 20:10

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NO 1124 1126 1126

DEP 08:30 16:20 17:10

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

ARR 09:30 17:00 18:10

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JOHANNESBURG - RICHARDS BAY FLT SA SA SA SA

NO 1201 1203 1207 1213

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JOHANNESBURG - WALVIS BAY FLT NO SA 1701

DEP 11:55

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NO 1761 1763 1765 1767 1775 1769 1775 1783 1779

DEP 06:55 07:55 09:55 11:30 12:40 13:00 14:30 15:45 18:45

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

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JOHANNESBURG - LUBUMBASHI FLT NO SA 1797 SA 1797

DEP 09:20 09:20

ARR 11:45 11:45

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NO 1081 1083 1087 1087 1091

DEP 06:00 08:00 11:45 12:00 16:30

ARR 07:30 09:30 13:15 13:20 18:00

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CAPE TOWN - EAST LONDON FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1361 1363 1369 1371 1373 1375 1375

DEP 06:00 08:00 12:25 13:05 16:40 17:20 17:20

ARR 07:25 09:25 13:50 14:30 18:10 18:45 19:05

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 DH4

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RICHARDS BAY - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA SA SA SA

NO 1202 1204 1208 1214

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ARR 09:20 11:45 16:20 20:00

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NO 1762 1764 1766 1768 1776 1770 1776 1784 1780

DEP 08:30 09:20 11:25 12:55 14:00 14:25 16:05 17:15 20:10

ARR 09:25 10:15 12:20 13:50 14:55 15:20 17:00 18:10 21:05

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NO 1798

DEP 12:30

ARR 15:00

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NO 1082 1084 1088 1088 1092 1092

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

ARR 10:00 11:55 16:00 15:55 20:20 20:20

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2

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EAST LONDON - CAPE TOWN FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1362 1364 1372 1372 1374 1376 1376 1376

DEP 08:00 10:00 14:20 15:10 18:40 19:40 19:40 19:50

ARR 09:40 11:40 16:00 16:50 20:20 21:40 21:20 21:50

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 DH4 DH4

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

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

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Flight schedule CAPE TOWN - PILANESBERG FLT NO SA 1253 SA 1255

DEP 10:00 12:10

ARR 12:10 14:20

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CAPE TOWN - PORT ELIZABETH FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA

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

DEP 05:55 07:30 10:10 10:40 14:20 15:00 15:00 16:45 17:00 17:20 17:30 18:30

ARR 07:25 08:40 11:40 12:10 15:50 16:30 16:10 17:55 18:10 18:30 18:40 20:00

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

M

CAPE TOWN - HOEDSPRUIT FLT NO SA 1241

DEP 09:10

ARR 12:30

A/C DH4

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CAPE TOWN - WALVIS BAY FLT NO SA 1721

DEP 10:55

ARR 13:05

A/C CR2

DURBAN - EAST LONDON FLT SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1301 1305 1305 1305 1309

DEP 06:00 11:30 12:00 13:30 16:50

ARR 07:05 12:45 13:05 14:35 17:55

A/C CR2 CR2 ERJ CR2 ERJ

DURBAN - PORT ELIZABETH FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1330 1334 1334 1336 1340 1340 1348

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

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

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PILANESBERG - CAPE TOWN FLT SA SA

NO 1256 1257

DEP 14:40 14:40

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PORT ELIZABETH - CAPE TOWN FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1802 1804 1808 1804 1814 1820 1822 1822 1828 1828 1824

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

ARR 09:40 10:40 13:50 14:20 18:00 18:40 19:50 20:00 20:20 20:30 22:10

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

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HOEDSPRUIT - CAPE TOWN FLT SA

NO 1242

DEP 13:10

ARR 16:20

A/C DH4

WALVIS BAY - CAPE TOWN FLT SA

NO 1722

DEP 13:35

ARR 15:35

A/C CR2

EAST LONDON - DURBAN FLT SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1302 1306 1306 1306 1310

DEP 07:35 13:20 13:35 15:00 18:25

ARR 08:35 14:35 14:35 16:00 19:25

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2

PORT ELIZABETH - DURBAN FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1331 1335 1335 1337 1341 1341 1349

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

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

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

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ARR 17:00 17:00

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

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Passenger Letters To SA Express This year, I have travelled a few times on SA Express to George and Bloemfontein, both before and after Mr Xaba took over as the acting CEO. When I read the interview with Mr Xaba in Indwe magazine, I was immediately inspired by him and his vision for the airline. I love the S.O.A.R. concept. Being a leader in my work environment, your strategies have also helped me in my role as a leader, and I am inspired to do more to reach greater heights. Looking after the people you work with is the first step to succeed, whether it is in a business or military (my work environment) setting. Seeing the positive changes in your crew members shows that your strategies are yielding good results. I have to say that now I look forward to flying with SA Express, as the service one receives is amazing. Your crew members are really seeing your vision. Indeed, you are soaring to new heights. I also loved the article on Bonang Mohale. We need more of these articles that really connect to us and challenge us to give back, or rather to inspire young South African adults to strive to become entrepreneurs and employers, not employees. The article encourages us to be innovative in our thinking. As you say in your CEO letter: Until we meet on board! Tiisetso Sekgobela Congratulations to Tiisetso Sekgobela who wrote our winning letter this month, and walks away with a Samsonite Flux 55 cm spinner suitcase valued at R2,699.

Dear SA Express Your Acting CEO, Victor Xaba, writes not only eloquently but with great passion and obvious insight. His commentary on October as Transport Month and the implementation of S.O.A.R. as your continuous transformational improvement programme caught my attention. It made me feel proud to be a regular flyer on your Cape Town, PE and Durban routes. Not only do I fully support this inspiring initiative, but the fundamentals of this programme resonate with my own involvement as a general manager of a well-known wine estate. The similarities between our business objectives is uncanny. I wish you all the success with achieving your goals and offer my support as an ongoing and extremely satisfied customer. May you SOAR to new heights. Sincerely, Karl Lambour

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

The writer of the winning letter in the December edition of Indwe will receive a Samsonite Flux 55 cm spinner suitcase valued at R2,699. Experience Flux, the next generation of zipped polypropylene cases and Samsonite’s first hardside range offering hidden expandability on all sizes, assuring even greater packing volume. This collection was designed to make travelling easier thanks to its smooth-rolling double wheels, double-tube wheel handle and fully lined practical interior in which to arrange your belongings. The Flux range is available in black, navy, ocean blue and tangerine red from Samsonite stores and online from www.houseofsamsonite.co.za. For more information, follow @HouseofSamSA on Twitter and @houseofsamsonite on Instagram, or call +27 31 266 0620.

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