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Going, Going, Gone – Into Cyberspace

Chloride Exide Botswana

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Shaping Stories

New Developments for Gautrain

SANBI’s National Botanical Gardens

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A Growing African Metropolis

An Eye-Opening Experience South African National Council of the Blind

St Antoine Private Residence

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Are You Tough Enough?

From Door Mat to Director

Painting and Papering Two by Two

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Bringing the Power

Apollo Auctions

Katherine-Mary Pichulik

Blooming Marvellous!

On the Move in More Ways Than One

Gaborone

Developing Resilience During Times of Uncertainty

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How to Be More Assertive in the Workplace

Your Place in the Sun

Decorating Tips for Couples

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Gone Phishing?

The Travelling Golfer

Don’t get Caught Hook, Line and Sinker

Shark River Golf Club


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For the Birds – Twitching In Kimberley

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Bits & Pieces

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Ambling Around Groot Marico

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Dinner & A Movie

Garden Harmony in South Africa’s City of Roses

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Turn it Up!

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Living Up to Premier Standards

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Gadgets

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One of Africa’s Most Striking Waterways

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Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa

Hip, Hippo, Hooray! Azura Selous

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CEO Letter

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Living Life to the Full After Breast Cancer

Captur 101/ Renault Sunset Dynamique

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Ceo SA EXPRESS Head of Department: Communications Refilwe Masemola Tel: +27 11 978 2540 Email: rmasemola@flyexpress.aero 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

Moving Forward in Transport Month Dear passengers, Since 2005, South Africa has observed October as Transport Month. This year, the theme is, “Celebrating 20 years of delivering efficient, reliable and safe transport services”. Transport month is used to raise awareness about the important role transport plays in our economy. It also aims to encourage participation from civil society and business, including the provision of a safe and more affordable, accessible and reliable transport system in South Africa. Extensive campaigns showcasing the progress achieved in various transport programmes and projects are also highlighted this month. SA Express is privileged to be a key player in South Africa’s transport industry, as a transporter of passengers and freight, as well as being a leading light in the transformation of the sector. In light of the current state of the economy and the highly competitive airline industry, travellers expect value for money. SA Express strives to provide such value through a mix of on-time performance, safety, offering a wide range of destination options, as well as courteous and professional service. We want to make travel with SA Express a convenient and trouble free experience. We are fully aware of the importance of staying in communication with the industry from a national, regional and global perspective. This includes understanding cost efficiencies and profit maximisation, as well as regional consolidation or schedule rationalisation, where necessary – all without compromising the quality of customer experience we provide. Our passengers are our most important investors and we firmly believe that we are a vital contributor to the country’s socioeconomic, education and skills development programmes – provided we remain agile in an ever-changing market. As an African-based carrier, we are proud to have created the blueprint for what is required of an international carrier to succeed in Africa. An area where we are the clear leaders in the industry

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nationally is in regards to our commitment to transformation and to developing a pipeline of competent transformational leaders as part of a continuity and succession strategy. Part of that commitment is also building a talent pool for critical and scarce skills through our SA Express Cadet Pilot Programme and the SA Express Aeronautical Technicians Programme, which were both launched in 2005. These programmes are designed to encourage youth from previously disadvantaged communities to study Maths and Science in order to transform the aviation industry. We are committed to playing our part in transforming the social and economic landscape of South Africa as well as the aviation industry. As an airline, we continuously benchmark ourselves against both traditional competitors and new players in order to ensure that we can compete against any new rivals. We also look at what’s happening in adjacent or similar industries and markets and ask: “What if this happened in our industry? And if it did, what would we do?” During Transport Month, we will be even more vigilant than normal about timeously fixing any problems related to on-time performance. As always, I welcome your thoughts and invite you to share them with me by emailing inati@flyexpress.aero. This month is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month and SA Express will as usual be hosting a range of activities with the purpose of raising funds for breast cancer awareness organisation, PinkDrive, who provide free breast cancer screening and education countrywide. In the past, SA Express has raised a significant amount for this incredibly worthy cause, and we continue to reach out to all. Thank you for the continued support and we look forward to welcoming you on board again very soon. Yours in aviation Inati Ntshanga CEO of SA Express

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After Breast Cancer Vathiswa Bokwe, part of the SA Express family, wants to share the story of her battle with breast cancer, to inspire others not to give up hope.

Text & Image © SA Express Speaking at a pharmaceutical industry conference early in September, one breast cancer survivor described how important it was to have a support structure in order to cope with the rigors of cancer. She should know, she said, as the first thing that happened to her upon learning of her condition was that her husband deserted her. The case of SA Express employee Vathiswa Bokwe was quite different in this regard. She attributes much of her own survival to the fact that at every key moment throughout her illness, she received tremendous support from family, friends, her employer and the medical profession. Given that the treatment of the disease – chemotherapy and surgery – are almost more devastating than the disease itself, this support structure is essential. Shortly before her 35th birthday, Vathiswa felt a large lump on one breast. Having scarcely had a sick day in her life, she did not so much as have a GP. Vathiswa therefore went to a hospital for a mammogram, which revealed an advanced stage-four tumour. Considering her near-perfect health and sunny disposition, Vathiswa was not yet concerned, assuming that for someone as healthy as her, it could not possibly be serious. Her friend accompanied her to each medical visit and kept her faith alive. “I don’t scare easily,” she explains. However, in reality, the news was as bad it could be – she needed surgery and chemotherapy, with not a moment to lose. “One of the worst moments was having to inform my family, but what made this easier was that there were guests present. So everyone remained strong, nobody fell apart, and this helped me pull

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through that tough moment,” Vathiswa says. For all the reassurances from her doctor and surgeon that she had a good chance of recovering, Vathiswa says that having such a life-threatening illness forces you to engage in a lot of introspection about your life. “I wondered at my own seeming equanimity – no tears, no anger, no dramatics – and questioned whether I wasn’t actually numb? My faith kept me strong, as I realised if it was not me, would I rather this strike someone else? And who? I realised it could have been a lot worse.” In fact, anger affected other members of her family more than it did her, and she had to help them over it. Reading the book Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner was a good place to start. “My friends at SA Express made things so much easier for me by scheduling my work so that I did not use all my leave. Chemotherapy far exceeds anyone’s pain threshold – you need three days to recover, and I needed treatment every three weeks. When I had treatment on a Monday, I could only return to work on Thursday. Later, I began having treatment on Fridays, enabling me to recover over the weekend.” Another touching moment came when her hair started falling out and she realised she had to shave her precious locks. “My father and grandmother had their heads shaved in support. My hairdresser outright refused to do it – she had to get a male hairdresser to do the job and he was in tears.” One of the challenges was bringing about understanding among people she knew, and addressing the many misconceptions about breast cancer. It was seen as a “white person’s disease”, and also that she was too young to be suffering from it. The advanced stage of Vathiswa’s case meant that she had to start chemotherapy almost immediately and did not get the opportunity to freeze her eggs, should she wish to have children in the future. She explains that taking the maintenance hormone tablet Tamoxifen means the possibility of temporary infertility for the time period she is on the treatment, which is often for a minimum period of five years. The chemotherapy and surgery followed one after the other and lasted a year. After this she was placed on the maintenance medication for another five years. She also had to have two further operations: reconstructive surgery to give her a replacement breast, and a full year later another to ensure her replacement breast was identical to her existing one, complete with nipple. She had used a prosthetic one until then. “Chemotherapy affects people in different ways, and there are also two different types of treatment one goes through. I am fortunate in a way that I did not experience the nausea and diarrhoea that many others did, but the second bout of treatment made me feel as though someone had poured acid down my throat while something was crawling under my skin.” Vathiswa has been so grateful to survive that she has gone to great lengths to share her story, even as far as posting photos of her naked post-surgery breasts on Facebook, to reassure others that they can also survive. “I’m a very private woman, but I felt I had to share this most intimate condition, and the response I received was phenomenal. I also donated my prosthetic so that others could learn and benefit.” Her already considerable strength of character has been reinforced by the trials she has gone though. “I realised I could not allow myself to wallow in self-pity. The words of author Zig Ziglar struck me at that moment: ‘Failure is an event, it is not the person.’ I decided to live life to the full, and I have felt an obligation ever since to help other people by sharing my story.”

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Need to Know

Floral Inspired Festivities 29th October Protea Party, Anthonij Rupert Estate, Franschhoek

Now in its third year, the Protea Party – created to embody and celebrate the spirit of Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s Protea wine range – provides guests with the opportunity to enjoy an evening of fine food, wine and unmatched hospitality. With the setting sun signalling the start of the evening, tantalising cocktails of Protea Pinot Grigio and granadilla will welcome guests. The harvest-style menu of shared dishes will showcase local Winelands produce, including chargrilled asparagus with artichoke salsa, wood-fired ciabatta with trout pâté, and succulent slowroasted shoulder of Karoo lamb. Dessert draws its inspiration from the pale pink hues of the Protea Rosé, in the form of a poached guava frangipane tart with elderflower syrup and Italian meringue. Protea wines can be enjoyed throughout the evening, with live music and a dance floor completing the celebration. Tickets cost R495 per person, and include a threecourse meal, wine and live entertainment.

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A Cycling Classic 16th October Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic, Durban

The oldest classic cycling road race in South Africa is also one of the prettiest, with picturesque and challenging routes from Pietermaritzburg to Durban. There is something for everyone and cyclists can choose between the fun 35 km ride, the more challenging 65 km ride, or the renowned 106 km Classic. Although the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic is regarded by competitive cyclists as an important event on their cycling calendar, it’s also gained the reputation of being a wonderful event for social cyclists. Entries are open to anyone with a bike! Enjoy the food and festivities to be had on the route, as well as at the relaxed post-race vibe on the Suncoast lawns with live music on offer.

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A Splash of Pink 5th November Paul René Bubbly Festival, Robertson

Arrive in style with a splash of pink and indulge in beauty, simplicity and elegance at the inception of the very first Paul René Bubbly Festival at the Wonderfontein Wine Estate. Guests will be spoiled with luxury country hospitality, as well as all day bubbly and gin combinations from festival partners Hope on Hopkins. The highlight of the day will be the launch of the first ever Paul René Magnum range, and one lucky guest will win a bottle to take home. Foodies will enjoy delicious Saldana Bay oysters, Norwegian salmon and other gourmet treats. Local coffee roaster Strictly Coffee will also keep the caffeine junkies happy. Challenge a friend to a game of boules or croquet, take a drive in a motorbike sidecar around the farm, and delight in the MCC range while listening to live folk music. Tickets are available from WebTickets.

//www.paulrenemcc.co.za


Need to Know

Eye Candy for Shutter Bugs 27 th to 30th October The Photo & Film Expo, Johannesburg

The Photo & Film Expo not only caters to professional and amateur photographers, but also to enthusiasts and technology fanatics and their families looking for the ideal gift. The event provides the opportunity to compare, touch and demo more than 400 brands under one roof, from high-end camera and lighting equipment to accessories like bags, tripods, drones, underwater housings, printers and storage devices. This year’s event will showcase a large dedicated wildlife arena, as well as a wedding photography area – in addition to a wide range of interactive demonstrations and product showcases. Tickets are available at the door or from Ticketpro.

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Stop and Smell the Flowers

A Trip Through Time

27 th to 30th OCTOBER The Cape Town Flower Show, Castle of Good Hope

28th to 30th October SAADA Expo, The Wanderers Club, Johannesburg

Take some time this month to appreciate the abundant natural beauty the Western Cape has to offer at one of South Africa’s leading flower shows, the Cape Town Flower Show. By displaying the brilliant diversity of the Cape’s flora, the show is set to inspire visitors to value outdoor spaces and the environment, while also promoting the local horticultural industry. An important aspect of the festivities is an educational one: The show will provide inspiring, contextual, and relevant information as to the importance of sustaining local biodiversity as a precious natural resource. Tickets are available from Computicket or at the door.

Ever wished you could travel through time, maybe have a cup of tea with Queen Victoria, or do the  Lindy Hop in Art Deco New York? The SAADA Expo Johannesburg – which takes place from 28th to 30th October, with the highly anticipated gala evening opening the festivities on the night of 27th October –aims to exceed all expectations.  The SAADA expo is a fully vetted showcase of the best in South African antiques, art, and design. Working with the theme of “Time Travel”, guests will feel as if they are being transported through various decades via the design and antiques showcased.

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Need to Know

Piles of Presents

The Fairest of Them All

2nd to 6th November Constantia Gift Fair, SARDA, Constantia

14th to 16th October Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair, Hyde Park Corner, Johannesburg

5th November Cintron Pink Polo, Val de Vie Estate, Paarl-Franschhoek Valley

The Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair brings together limited-edition design and excellent food and wine producers. The fair’s impressive exhibitor lineup will include 120 pioneers in hand-crafted design, culinary artisans and winemakers, including Sealand Gear, Skinny laMinx, Jorgensen, Dark Horse and Honest Chocolate. This year’s theme, “Well made in Africa”, ties in well with a host of new exhibitors, many of whom come from across Africa. In an effort to bring new exhibitors to the forefront, all fresh faces will be showcased in a special area to place a spotlight on the new flavours the event has to offer. Tickets are available online via www.SanlamHMC.co.za, or at the door.

Don your fascinator, wear your favourite frock inspired by the “Rose Quartz and Serenity” theme, and enjoy the sport of kings in the beautiful Paarl-Franschhoek Valley. Think world-class high goal polo, a fashion ramp collection of note, stylish pop-up experiences and a colorful food feast complimented by couture style cocktails from the headline sponsor, Cintron. Expect a family friendly event with live entertainment including a performance by Jimmy Nevis, and a special talk by model and actress Tanya van Graan. A percentage of all sales will go to the purchase of Blossom Box Boutique’s treatment support gift box. This gifting initiative contains items, which inspire, motivate and treat women bravely fighting cancer. Tickets are available through Computicket. Email events@valdevie.co.za for more information.

The Constantia Gift Fair is a lifestyle event full of inspirational ideas and hand-picked innovative products – a celebration of gifts with a difference. There are gorgeous home and garden décor items, fashion for young and old, and delicious and exotic food gifts. Visitors to the fair can enjoy tasty food, craft beers and award-winning wines from the Constantia Wine Route whilst soaking up the magical atmosphere. There is also a kiddies’ play area to keep the children entertained while you enjoy a sensational shopping experience. For more information, email info@thegiftfair.co.za.

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Polo with Purpose


Bits & Pieces

Floral Splendour

Hilltop Views

Safari Magic

The latest addition to the Browns signature Protea Collection, the “Protea in Full Bloom” consists of a spectacular set of three diamond dress rings that pay homage to our national flower, the King protea. Some proteas can flower for up to five years. It is therefore no coincidence that this collection has been five years in the making, with each detail painstakingly considered. The design stems from a split band influenced by the bold leaves of the flower and ensures a secure and comfortable fit. The flower is brought to life through the shape of each petal as it catches the light, and is bold and striking while still keeping its delicate and feminine nature. The collection comprises the Full Diamond Protea, the Two-Tone Gold Protea and the Pink Gold Solitaire Protea. The Full Diamond Protea is set with over 200 diamonds. This is such an intricate piece of jewellery that more than 20 craftsmen are involved in the making of each ring.

As most of Botswana is made up of flat terrain, Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge boasts a unique location. Set atop a hill in the Savuti area of the Chobe National Park, the lodge aims to provide guests with a first-rate safari experience, coupled with the tranquillity and peacefulness that can only come from being in such a remote location. Eleven spacious canvas-style tents, two of which are family tents, as well as a main area with a dining room, make up Ghoha Hills, which is ecofriendly as each tent has its own solar power panel. There is no better way to welcome a new day in the Chobe than by watching the sun rise from your tent’s balcony before heading to the lodge’s main area. Here you can enjoy a delicious breakfast overlooking the watering hole where the national park’s residents are also enjoying a morning drink.

Zwahili Private Game Lodge and Spa, situated 200 km north of Johannesburg in the Bushveld area of Limpopo, has retained its TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence from 2014 to 2016, and with good reason. There is a range of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets. The main lodge consists of three en suite rooms, all with a distinct African ambience and private balconies where guests can take in the views of the reserve. To feel closer to Nature, the tented safari suites, a short walk from the main lodge, are the ideal choice. The lodge also has an executive suite as well as a presidential suite for those looking for a touch more luxury. It’s not just game drives that keep guests busy at Zwahili, the African Spa Collection is sure to assist in the relaxation process with its range of treatments. You can also experience history at an archaeological site, and go on a guided bush walk in search of the lesser seen Little Five.

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// www.ghohahills.com

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Dinner & A Movie

The Godfather of Dining Although a jealously guarded secret of Centurion residents for over 30 years, The Godfather restaurant recently took its rightful place among the best steakhouses in South Africa, by being awarded third place in The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships 2016. Judged by expert judges including MasterChef judge, Pete Goffe-Wood, to be one of the ultimate steakhouse experiences in the country, The Godfather is a must-visit dining destination for the connoisseur carnivore

who appreciates the finest 21-daymatured cuts of beef, expertly prepared market-fresh vegetables, and decadent desserts. In an effort to ensure that every dining experience extends beyond the excellent food and specially selected wines for which The Godfather is known, skilled wait staff take pride in delivering the highest standards of service. For reservations, visit www.godfather.co.za or call +27 12 663 1859.

A Noble Vintage

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger

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lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is directed by the enigmatic Tim Burton and stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield and Ella Purnell.

Situated in the heart of the beautiful Franschhoek Wine Valley, GlenWood Vineyards is home to some of South Africa’s hidden wine gems – one of these being their maiden vintage Grand Duc Noblesse. Great care and dedication was taken to create this well-integrated dessert wine with its alluring nutty and honey flavours. The richness and texture of the Semillon grapes are perfectly complemented by the freshness and acidity provided by the Sauvignon Blanc. With only 1,400 bottles available, this is guaranteed to become a collector’s item, and can be enjoyed now or left to age for a further 10 to 15 years. Grand Duc Noblesse is available directly from the Tasting Room at R220 per bottle.

// www.glenwoodvineyards.co.za


Turn it Up!

Locnville

Twin brothers Andrew and Brian Chaplin (Locnville) are making more musical memories, this time on a global scale, with their recently released third studio album, “Taste the Weekend”. Inspired by the sounds of future dancehall and the deep house scene of South Africa, Locnville, alongside such passionate South African talent as Hendrik Joerges and Sketchy Bongo, and proven International hit-makers Esjay Jones (Selena Gomez), Trey Vittetoe (Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez) and Narinder Singh (Timbaland), have produced an honest, bold coming of age statement. This album is an edgy and mostly upbeat affair with hook-

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filled new material which will drag fans, new and old, on the next leg of their journey which started in 2009 with “Sun in My Pocket”. Andrew says, “This record is the perfect amalgamation of all the sounds that you’ve come to expect from us, with a bit of experimentation in there too. We focused on making a uniquely African sound with an international flavour, which I think really comes across. It’s been almost a year in the making between South Africa and the States, and I am very proud to put our name to this.” Follow Locnville by searching for @Locnville on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


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There’s pop culture, defined by Dictionary.com as “cultural activities or commercial products reflecting, suited to or aimed at the tastes of the general masses of people”. And then there’s Pap Culture – three South African women using their YouTube channel to cast the country’s challenges under a millennial lens. Nwabisa Mda, Bongeka Masango and Themba Mahlaba explain that, as individuals, they all had an interest in creating online content. It took just a couple of dinner table conversations to tip the thought over into deed territory. “After we figured out the common interest, we decided YouTube offered us a great opportunity, especially when we realised that there is a gap for content that’s both entertaining and depicts a fresh perspective from young black females,” the ladies explain. Why the interest in popular culture? “We all live in the heart of popular culture, and it’s really consumed a lot of our time and conversations. Our timelines and WhatsApp groups are populated with all kinds of

opinions, reflecting what’s going on both locally and internationally. We’re fascinated by the idea that a lot of the content we engage with is often curated and, in a way, manipulated to depict a certain perspective.” Here’s an example: While you’re watching, say, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, you may be utterly captivated by the drama on screen – even though some part of you understands that to a degree, much of that drama has been set up and scripted. “More and more, people are hungry for authentic content that truly portrays the opinions, situations and experiences encountered daily by the ordinary Joe.” Ironically, the trio understand that if it weren’t for this tell-all culture, there would be no platform for their own opinions. Nor would their soapbox have become available if it weren’t for the existence of social media. It’s a feedback loop where the presence of one makes space for the proliferation of the other – but, they say, it’s not as if the conversations we’re having now wouldn’t take place without YouTube or Twitter.

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They would, but simply on a smaller scale. There would also be a lot more left to the imagination, as traditional media tends to portray only one view. “Non-traditional spaces have brought about an awakening that allows us to be unapologetic and honest about what we think and what value our opinion has in South Africa today.” This has an impact on how Pap Culture creates and curates content, as much of what the women discuss – from the real meaning of Women’s Month to the politics of black hair – is based on their own experience. Many of Pap Culture’s episodes hone in on what it really means to be young in South Africa right now, and although the women strive to bring in a broad perspective of youth culture, they tend to analyse their topics (from fashion and music to the importance of heritage in modern times) from their perspective as young black females. So it’s not too much of a surprise when they say that their greatest concerns about the country at present centre on the untold, incorrect and often inappropriate representation

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of women in media and society. “The struggle continues for women in all kinds of spaces, especially in recognising us as worthy contributors to society, challenging the stereotypical view that women are predominantly caregivers. As a collective, we want to encourage women (especially black women) to create, exploring work that accurately represents who we are and

Ironically, the trio understand that if it weren’t for this tell-all culture, there would be no platform for their own opinions. why our role in society is so multifaceted and important. It’s not about competing with men, but embracing who we are and taking ownership of our narrative. We feel we’ve kick-started a wave with our channel, and we encourage others to do the same in whatever way works for them.”

As for what makes them excited to be South African, they say: “The possibilities really seem endless right now.” There’s a caveat though: It seems that most of the time, young people either have to be prepared to wait for those opportunities or, as in the case of the Pap Culture sistahs, create them. This is an idea that the trio relish. “We’re young and redefining, for ourselves, the avenues that are already established in other parts of the world. As young people, it’s very important to be dedicated, focused, passionate, determined and consistent. And ultimately taking the time to really understand what you have to offer. When you’re able to put in the time and effort, you can really make something of yourself.” That’s exactly what these women are doing. “We’re taking it one step at a time, dominating the South African digital space and ultimately changing the documented narrative of African youth culture.” Search “Pap Culture” on YouTube to check out the ladies.


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rley area and the Kimbe e, m co ey th tr y as dland, vannah, woo rd rich a coun is about as bi uding open sa cl ca in ri , and Af ts h ta iv ut bi So ministrat e varied ha ern Cape’s ad thanks to its th n or io N pt e ce th ex re g natu is no Despite bein game farms, rs and dams. a number of by ed nd grassland, rive ou rr g. in ey is su for bird-watch ntre, Kimberl rticularly good industrial ce pa it g in ak m farmland, reserves and umbe t rnard Dupon Text: Will Edgc Niemand & Be in w Er Š es ag Im

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/ Even the city itself is home to two sought after species, namely the Bradfield’s swift and long-tailed pipit (which was only discovered in 1996!). The Bradfield’s swifts nest at the Big Hole, so keeping an eye out for these birds is also an exercise in exploring the city’s most famous landmark. Head a little out of the city though, and there are hundreds of species to spot – just make sure you pack your binoculars, sunscreen and reference guide. Think Pink If there’s one bird Kimberley is known for, it’s the lesser flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor). One of the world’s largest permanent populations of lesser flamingos lives at Kamfers Dam on the outskirts of Kimberley, with some 20,000 to 50,000 gathering annually to feed on the dam’s abundance of algae, and to rear their chicks on the manmade island built in the middle of the dam for them to breed on. The island is S-shaped to counter water erosion as a result of wind, with the narrow end facing the prevailing wind direction. The two

“bays” are more sheltered and have very gentle slopes for the chicks to easily access the water when the time comes for them to swim. Over the years, the population has been under threat from everything from raw sewage being pumped into the dam, to valuable water being pumped away, and the intervention of environmentalists and public interest groups has been all that has stood in the way of these birds finding other waters to call home. The best time to see the flamingos is November to April – unless there has been a lot of rain in the region, in which case they might be spread over the region’s wetlands. Currently there are no formal access points or viewing areas available to observe the birds closely, so you’ll definitely need those binoculars. Spitskop Dam Set to the north of Kimberley and directly to the west of the small town of Warrenton, Spitskop Dam is one of the largest wetlands in the Northern Cape, and

despite its relatively poor water quality (due to agricultural pollution and overgrazing) it’s a vital habitat for the local birdlife, with some 220 species recorded in the area. These include the greater and lesser flamingo, pink-backed pelican, African spoonbill, great crested grebe and Goliath heron. A good day’s birding can result in spotting 120 species, and it’s worth spending some time in the Acacia woodland around the dam’s campsite or exploring the well-vegetated bays, as you might see crimson-breasted shrike, swallow-tailed bee-eaters, malachite kingfishers, African rails or black crakes. Local Nature Reserves Kimberley is surrounded by some excellent nature reserves, game ranches and private game reserves, and these are home to rich birdlife thanks to their well-maintained bodies of water and varied habitats. Just a couple of kilometres north of Kimberley is Dronfield Nature Reserve, which is particularly significant to bird lovers as it’s home to a breeding colony of whitebacked vultures. A vulture “restaurant” has

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been established on the reserve to enable visitors to watch these large birds at close range. Some 180 bird species have been identified on the reserve, including lappetfaced vultures, secretary birds, kori bustards, martial eagles and tawny eagles. Dronfield is part of the Diamond Route (www.diamondroute.com), which comprises ten sites covering some 250,000 hectares and stretches from Namaqualand to Limpopo and into Botswana. These properties are havens for bird and mammal species, and support various environmental research projects. Another of the Diamond Route properties is Benfontein Nature Reserve, just a few kilometres to the southeast of the city. Although best known for research programmes on the aardwolf and blackfooted cat, it’s also a phenomenal place for twitchers, home to small numbers of breeding white-backed vulture, blue crane and blue korhaan. Other species which can be seen include Ludwig’s bustards, whitebellied sunbirds, secretary birds and sociable

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weavers, with their fantastic communal nests on full display. If you head east from Kimberley on the R357, you’ll find Marrick Safari (www.marricksafari.com), a private 3,000-ha game farm. It’s home to the blue crane (South Africa’s national bird), African fish eagle and the rare doublebanded courser, as well as South African shelduck, black-headed heron and greater and lesser flamingo in the farm’s pan. The pan is mooted to potentially become the permanent home of the flamingo population currently breeding at Kamfers Dam, with a permanent supply of water to be channelled to the pan, in which another breeding island will be constructed. Mokala National Park Though Mokala National Park (www.sanparks.org) is new by SANParks standards – it was proclaimed in 2007 – the 26,000-ha park is just 80 km southwest of Kimberley and has a 70 km network of roads,

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so there’s lots of park to explore and lots of birds to see, such as the black-chested prinia, rufous-eared warbler, melodious lark, freckled nightjar, short-toed rock thrush and cinnamon-breasted bunting. Raptor fans can also catch lappet-faced, white-backed and Cape vultures, as well as martial eagles and a number of owls. / First Page Top: The sandveld of Mokala National Park rings with the calls of species such as the Black-chested prinia. Second Page Left: A Violet-eared waxbill, spotted at a waterhole at Mokala National Park. Second Page Right: A Sociable weaver at Benfontein Nature Reserve. This Page Top: See the White-backed vultures at the vulture restaurant in Dronfield Nature Reserve. This Page Bottom: Greater flamingos can be spotted at various dams, vleis and pans in the Kimberley area, though Lesser flamingos are more common.


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Pour les

oiseaux Pratiquer l’ornithologie à Kimberley

On peut difficilement trouver une plus grand variété d’oiseaux qu’en Afrique du Sud, et la région de Kimberley ne fait pas exception offrant des habitats variés notamment savane ouverte, zones boisées, prairies, rivières et réservoirs.

Texte : Will Edgcumbe Images © Erwin Niemand, Bernard Dupont & iStockphoto.com Même la ville compte deux espèces convoitées à savoir le martinet de Bradfield et le pipit à longue queue (qui ne fut découvert qu’en 1996 !). Le martinet de Bradfield construit son nid au « Big Hole » ce qui permet donc d’explorer le repère historique de la ville tout en gardant un œil sur les oiseaux. Cependant si l’on sort un peu plus de la ville on peut admirer des centaines d’espèces. Pensez rose Si Kimberley est une ville connue pour un oiseau spécifique ce sera le flamant nain (Phoeniconaias minor). L’une des plus grosses populations permanentes de flamants nains se trouve au réservoir de

Kamfers dans la périphérie de Kimberley - voyant se réunir de 20 000 à 50  000 flamants chaque année - qui s’y retrouvent pour se nourrir des algues présentes en quantité dans le réservoir et pour y élever leurs poussins sur l’île artificielle aménagée dans le but de leur permettre de se reproduire. L’île est en forme de S pour contrecarrer l’érosion par l’eau due au vent, et fut conçue de façon à ce que la pointe la plus étroite de l’île fasse face à la direction dominante du vent. Les deux « baies » sont plus protégées et sont munies de pentes douces pour que les poussins puissent facilement accéder à l’eau quand le temps est venu pour eux d’aller nager. La meilleure période de l’année pour

admirer les flamants est de novembre à avril, à moins qu’il n’y ait eu de grosses précipitations auquel cas ils pourraient s’être dispersés dans les marais de la région. Pour le moment il n’y a pas de points d’accès officiels ou d’aires d’observation pour les étudier de près et de ce fait l’utilisation de jumelles est essentielle. Le réservoir du barrage de Spitskop Au nord de Kimberley et directement à l’ouest de la petite ville de Warrenton se trouve le réservoir de Spitskop qui est l’un des milieux humides les plus grands du Cap du Nord et aussi un habitat essentiel pour les oiseaux indigènes, dont 220 espèces sont répertoriées localement. Ces dernières

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incluent le flamant rose, le flamant nain, le pélican gris, la spatule africaine, le grèbe huppé et le héron Goliath. Lors une bonne journée d’observation on peut apercevoir 120 espèces et il vaut la peine de consacrer du temps aux bois d’acacia se trouvant autour du terrain de camping du réservoir ou d’explorer les baies recouvertes de végétation puisque vous pourriez y trouver le gonolek rouge et noir, le guêpier à queue d’aronde, le martin-pêcheur huppé, le râle bleuâtre ou le râle à bec jaune. Les réserves naturelles locales La ville de Kimberley est entourée de remarquables réserves naturelles, de fermes à gibier et de réserves privées à gibier, qui abritent toutes un grand nombre d’oiseaux du fait de leurs étendues d’eau bien entretenues et des habitats variés offerts. À quelques kilomètres au nord de Kimberley se trouve la réserve naturelle

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de Dronfield qui est particulièrement importante pour les amoureux des oiseaux parce qu’elle abrite une colonie reproductrice de vautours africains. Un « restaurant » pour vautours a été mis en place pour permettre aux visiteurs d’observer ces grands oiseaux de près. On a recensé près de 180 espèces d’oiseaux dans la réserve, notamment le vautour oricou, le messager sagittaire, l’outarde kori, l’aigle martial et l’aigle ravisseur. Dronfield fait partie de la Diamond Route (www.diamondroute.com) qui compte dix sites couvrant environ 250 000 hectares, et qui s’étend du Namaqualand au Limpopo, ainsi que sur une partie du Botswana. Ces domaines sont des havres pour la faune aviaire et les espèces de mammifères et soutiennent de nombreux projets de recherche environnementale. La réserve naturelle de Benfontein est une autre propriété de la Diamond Route qui

se trouve à quelques kilomètres seulement au sud-est de la ville. Bien qu’elle soit surtout connue pour ses programmes de recherche sur le loup fouisseur (ou protèle) et le chat à pieds noirs, la réserve est un endroit formidable pour les ornithologues amateurs qui peuvent y observer un bon nombre d’oiseaux nicheurs tels le vautour africain, la grue de paradis ou encore l’outarde plombée. D’autres espèces peuvent y être observées comme par exemple l’outarde de Ludwig, le souimanga à ventre blanc, le messager sagittaire, le plocéidé (un passereau) dont les nids rapprochés fantastiques sont affichés aux yeux de tous. Si vous partez vers l’est sur la R357 depuis Kimberley vous rencontrerez Marrick Safari (www.marricksafari.com), une ferme à gibier privée de 3 000 ha. La ferme abrite la grue de paradis (l’oiseau national sud-africain), l’aigle pêcheur


d’Afrique et la rare courvite à double collier, ainsi que le tadorne à tête grise, mais également le héron mélanocéphale, et des flamants roses et nains dans son étang. Il est envisagé que l’étang, grâce à un apport d’eau continu, puisse devenir un sanctuaire permanent pour la population de flamants qui utilise actuellement le réservoir de Kamfers comme aire de reproduction, et au milieu duquel une île serait bâtie à cet effet. Mokala National Park Bien que conformément aux critères de SANParks (www.sanparks.org) Mokala soit récent - proclamé parc national en 2007 – ce parc de 26 000 ha est situé à seulement 80 km au sud-est de Kimberley et comporte un réseau routier de 70 km ; il est donc possible d’explorer de nombreuses zones du parc et d’observer un grand nombre d’oiseaux tels le prinia à plastron, le prinia à joues rousses, l’alouette mélodieuse, l’engoulevent pointillé, le monticole à doigts courts et le bruant cannelle (ou bruant de roche). Les passionnés de rapaces pourront aussi y apercevoir le vautour oricou, le vautour africain, ainsi que l’aigle martial et un bon nombre de chouettes.

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Going, Going, Gone

Into Cyberspace It’s goodbye to the auctioneer’s gavel and hello to the “enter” key as the world of art auctioneering takes its next step.

Text: Lisa Witepski Images © Supplied

First it was newspapers, then stores. Now, auctions have joined the online universe, with South Africa’s Apollo Auctions pioneering the move to social media bidding. It’s a far cry from the traditional auction: the silent dignity of a room full of art aficionados, hands poised to indicate – with the most subtle of gestures – their interest in a work. But that’s precisely why social media auctions work so well, insists Apollo Auctions’ co-founder, Johann Schwella – they’re a new type of platform for a new breed of artists. By “new breed”, Schwella is talking specifically about young creatives who enjoy experimenting with aspects of pop culture. They may not have a great body of work just yet, but they have some interesting comments to make about society. And where better to make sure they’re heard than on social media, the channel that has shaped their world? The idea came to Schwella while driving home from a vacation with his friend Danielle Clough. She was lamenting the fact that, despite having exciting ideas (Danielle specialises in embroidered artwork), there was no platform for promoting and selling her art. This got Schwella thinking: It’s true that there are a lot of talented people out there, but how does anyone get to know about them? As co-founder of Between 10 and 5 – a website dedicated to South African creative talent – he already knew a thing or two about unearthing fresh thinking. He

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also has a formidable network: Brother-inlaw Blaise Janichon has been active in the art world for several years, while friend Joe de Wet has experience as an auctioneer. Put them together, and you have an artist’s dream team. The three spent several months brainstorming how their platform would function, rejecting several models – among them the gallery approach. “Galleries aren’t an option for most young artists, primarily because the galleries prefer to work with established artists. But even if they are interested in hosting an exhibition, you need a significant body of work to display. It can take up to eight months to craft, conceptualise and create this, and most people don’t have that kind of time. Added to that, galleries take a hefty commission.” Then came the launch of Instagram Media, a development which allows Instagram users to promote posts to a targeted audience, rather than sending them into the ether and hoping someone takes note. Schwella immediately realised it could be the perfect solution for all involved. This is how it works: Apollo Auctions runs several posts on Instagram, alerting its significant number of followers to the

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auction. The first post is usually a notification that an auction is going to take place. After that, the company runs calls to action informing bidders of the latest bids and advising them of the bidding deadline. The last person to post the highest bid becomes the purchaser; the artwork is packaged and shipped – and voilà! A satisfied art lover is matched to a happy artist. Schwella reveals that purchasers hail from as far afield as Peru, the United Kingdom, Dubai and Australia, which means that Apollo Auctions is meeting its goal of helping local artists to gain international exposure. As for finding artists, that’s a little more complicated. Again, the company leverages its social media profile, targeting people with roles in disciplines like graphic design. They’re invited to send pictures of their work to the Apollo Auctions trio, who then assess their suitability for the project. This isn’t necessarily as easy as it sounds. Yes, an artist may have uncommon flair, but it’s about finding the right approach for this space – generally, pop culture pieces which make the avant-garde look stale. “We’re very selective about who we work with, because if no one bids on the piece,


their confidence can take a severe knock,” Schwella explains – a sentiment giving insight into Apollo Auctions’ approach to artist development. Indeed, one of the company’s most recent successes saw it mentor Ben Mhlongo, a young township artist with no prior exposure, workshopping his ideas until they came up with a piece that would capture imaginations. Another Apollo Auction coup was industrial designer John Letherbarrow’s periscope lamp, which gained so much interest that the artist has since received bespoke commissions. The website has also featured Jaco Haasbroek’s intricate origami. The innovativeness of the concept aside, Schwella believes that this is an important platform for South African art. “There are so many tales coming out right now that need to be told – stories about emotions, feelings, anger, angst. Social media has, ironically, left a lot of people feeling isolated, and many artists are producing pieces that challenge the norms of thinking around this. It’s also essential for us to be able to give those people who have enormous talent a voice. People who feel that their art may not be good enough to be sold need to see that it is, and this is a way for them to own their talent.” To bid on your own piece of art, visit www.instagram.com/apolloauctions.

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Safety our Number 1 priority

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outh Africa’s railway network is the largest and arguably the most developed on the African continent. It transports an estimated 2.2 million commuters daily and freight exceeding 11 trillion tons per annum, making safety a priority within the sector. Since its inception in 2002 through the enactment of the National Railway Safety Regulator Act No 16 of 2002 (as amended), the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR), which became fully operational in 2005 has played a pivotal role in ensuring safety compliance in the railway industry. Over the years, the RSR has managed to bolster its regional presence, establishing three regional offices in the Western Cape; KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, covering five regions, which service the whole of country. The RSR overhauled its permit regime to better respond to the challenges of the railway industry and to make the administration of permits as easy as possible. This contributed to the increase in revenue, from R58-million in the 201112 financial year to R209-million in the past financial year. The RSR also played an oversight role in the commissioning of the first level crossings fitted with road traffic lights in

the country. These two level crossings also fitted with barriers spanning the whole width of the road, as well as road blocking devices to prevent access onto the railway line. This initiative is the first of its kind in the history of South African railways. It is also important to note that the RSR regulates in an environment with a lot of challenges. In terms of verified data from the 2014-15 State of Safety Report, the RSR recorded 109 level crossing incidents; in addition 643 people were struck by trains, while 612 people were injured on platform-train interfaces countrywide. Railway accidents cost the South African economy in excess of R590million annually. However, the biggest cost that the RSR is not able to quantify is the cost to families as a result of injuries and fatalities due to railway accidents. In 2012, an accident between a freight train and a truck carrying 44 farm workers at Hectorspuit level crossing in Mpumalanga, results in the death of 25 workers, leaving 20 others badly injured. The RSR dispatched its inspectors to the scene, and a Board of Inquiry (BOI) was appointed to investigate the occurrence

extensively. The BOI findings revealed that the driver of the truck did not obey the rules of the road and tried to beat an oncoming train on the level crossing. Other findings related to the design and maintenance of the level crossing, reemphasising the RSR’s war cry that the safety of the drivers and commuters at level crossing relies on a collective effort, not on one organisation. Fast forward to 2016, the RSR has embarked on a process to profile rail orphans countrywide and the Hectorspruit accident was chosen as a pilot. Under the guidance of the Nkomazi Local Municipality the RSR went back to the villages of the victims to establish how the affected families were coping. The loss of the breadwinners at the accident has hit the families hard, sliding them further into poverty and squalor. At a village called KaMdlala in Malelane, one of the deceased left seven-year-old twins and a four-year-old younger sister with their mother. The family was forced to move in with the deceased’s twin sister, who survives on odd jobs and has other eight mouths to feed. The household of 13 people survives with a monthly income of less than R2000.


Some of the RSR’s initiatives highlight the plight of children orphaned by rail accidents Given the poor living conditions and the negative knock-on effect on families caused by rail occurrences, the RSR has embarked on a multi-focal approach to engage all affected stakeholders within the rail industry. The approach includes railway safety meetings with commuters and spatial planning meetings with municipalities to avoid future human settlements developing close to the rail line; as well as levelcrossing technical committees to deal with safety related concerns at level crossings. In the recent past, the Presidency announced the construction of the Moloto Rail Development Corridor, to respond to excessive traffic congestion, numerous fatal road accidents and the general economic underdevelopment in the area. This means the RSR will have to work closely with relevant operators and double its efforts to provide knowledge and experience to mitigate the risks resulting from the introduction of new technologies into the rail system. To support this, the RSR also developed a regulation dealing with New or Proposed Construction and Operations. All these interventions will go a long way in ensuring that our railway are safe and secure.


Magic and

Moonshine

Ambling Around Groot Marico For a quaint, quiet, tiny hamlet in the remote North-West Province, Groot Marico has a legendary reputation built on the back of its notoriously potent home-distilled firewater and the enduring tales penned by Herman Charles Bosman.

Text: Keith Bain Images Š SA Tourism

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This Page: View from the bridge over the Marico River. Third Page: Eccentric treasures and reminders of Herman Charles Bosman’s literary legacy are on view at the Bosman Living Museum. Last Page Clockwise from Top: Quirky scenes abound in Groot Marico; entrance to the town’s Art Factory; and at M&M Mampoer, the Nels are still distilling.

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Celebrate Bosman The annual Herman Charles Bosman Festival celebrates the author who made Groot Marico famous and will be taking place from 21st to 23rd October this year. A ticket covers the weekend’s activities, including traditional meals. There are all kinds of performances and workshops, plus mampoer tours. Santa van Bart can assist with bookings at over 30 different accommodation options on offer, including camping and farm stays. For more information, contact +27 83 272 2958, + 27 14 503 0085, or visit www.marico.co.za. “Many foreigners who’ve read Bosman’s stories assume Groot Marico is a fictional place,” says Santa van Bart, who founded the Herman Charles Bosman Literary Society with her husband, Egbert. “When they visit us, they discover that it’s not only a real town, but one that’s inhabited by characters who are a lot like the ones Bosman wrote about. There are still people living here who share surnames with characters in his stories.” The little town the midst of the African Bushveld is real enough, but there is something magical about being in a place made famous by stories that have had such long-lasting appeal. Santa explains that the name “Marico” can mean either “Place of the Crocodiles” or – thanks to the numerous battles that were once fought in the area – “Place of Blood”. Today, though, it’s as peaceful a place as you could hope to find. And in the surrounding terrain, there remains a raw, untamed wildness. Terrifically green and lush in summer, in winter, the mercury sometimes drops to -7 °C. That’s when mampoer, the legendarily potent local firewater, helps to heat you from inside. Santa, who figures prominently in Groot Marico’s cultural life, manages the annual

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Bosman Festival that takes place in October, and oversees the Bosman Living Museum, a precise replica of the old Heimweeberg farm school near Zwingli where the legendary author taught during the six months he spent in the Marico District. On display in the museum are items that belonged to actor Patrick Mynhardt, who brought Bosman’s beloved Oom Schalk Lourens to life in his long-running oneman shows. Outside the museum, we meet Anna Molefe, the museum’s catering manager. She’d been baking traditional farmer’s bread, rusks and mosbolletjies using an old-fashioned wood-burning outdoor oven. During the festival, visitors get a true taste of the Marico, she says. “There’ll be a braaivleis and we cook potjies on the fire. And,” she whispers with a mischievous wink, “there’s always a little mampoer on the side.” To find this ubiquitous Marico moonshine, we headed 10 km out of town to M&M Mampoerplaas where Martiens and Hetta Nel distil all kinds of fruit into mampoer. They’ve been at it since the early 1990s. They showed us their still, told us about the process of making the 65 % proof potion, and laughed about how

quickly the stuff has been known to knock “big, strong drinking men” right off their feet. Marico mampoer can be made using anything from peaches to the fruit of the indigenous karee tree, they explained as we handed over the cash for a few bottles to take home. We headed back to Riverstill, an organic farm with guest cottages between the trees and the Groot Marico River running through it. Our host, Jacques du Plessis, is originally from Namibia and told us he’d moved to Groot Marico for the clean air and pure water. “We do have our old-fashioned farmers,” he told us, “but alongside them live plenty of enlightened and alternative people – lots of well-known artists and writers.” He speaks about Johann Moolman, the famous sculptor, and Kalahari Bridges, the painter who fills canvases with large, voluptuous women. “You’ll find loads of creative people doing their thing here, tucked away from the crazy world.” It was a hot, dry day, so Jacques told us to visit the Eye of Marico – a 17 m-deep, crystal-clear pool that is the primary source of a river that eventually wends its way through his farm. “The river starts 30 km from here,” he explains. “About two million litres gush out from the earth every day.”


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Where to Stay In and Around Groot Marico Riverstill Guest Farm has four self-catering cottages, each sleeping between two and seven people. Contact +27 14 503 1059, or visit www.riverstill.co.za. Tara Rokpa Centre is a Buddhist farm retreat with self-catering cottages in a beautiful valley 25 km from the village. There’s no cellphone reception and the farm is great for walks, bike rides and long naps without any distractions. Visit www.tararokpacentre.co.za for more information.

We drove to the spring and there we swam in the purest, freshest water we’d ever seen. For dinner, Jacques sent us to a shabbychic bohemian bistro called Marico Moon, named after one of Bosman’s stories. We ordered scrumptious “moon burgers” and afterwards hit Wag-’n-Biekie, a drinking hole where we were privy to lots of swearing and farm culture. With our first round of drinks, we were given tots of the house tipple, the “Wag-n-Biekie Nipple”, made with mampoer, cherries, condensed milk and vodka. On Saturday morning, we set off with the town’s mountain biking fundi, Colin Cooper, who not only leads cycling tours throughout the Marico, but organises big multi-day events such as the four-day Marico River Ride that starts at the Eye of Marico and follows the river for 310 km to where it merges with the Crocodile River and becomes the Limpopo River. After our long ride, we popped into Cool Hog Corner, where Jeannie Kermack sells

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about 20 different kinds of homemade marmalade along with other bottled concoctions such as her Marico Maiden Maroela Mampoer Milkshake Mix. “We have a small orchard of 50 fruit trees – not enough to make mampoer, but enough to experiment wildly, so I bottle all kinds of things,” she says. “I add mampoer and chilli to everything.” She also runs cooking classes. “I focus on local, organic, home-grown produce,” she explains. “It’s all about getting your hands dirty, pulling fresh vegetables out of the earth. We go into the garden and we pick what we’re going to cook with, and we use everything – fruit, leaves, juices, even the bark. We also make fresh yoghurt from farm milk. It’s so creamy and sweet, it tastes like sugar’s been added.” Just then, a Harley-Davidson roars into town. “That’s the local headmaster,” says Jeannie. “He rides through every Saturday, making sure that everybody sees him. A genuine character, that one!”

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We asked Jeannie to explain the appeal of living in such a tiny place where there’s not very much going on. “Groot Marico is intense,” she says, “there’s nothing tame about it. And it truly grabs people, catches hold and doesn’t let go. At night, you can sit beneath a sky bursting with stars, drinking moerkoffie off the fire out of an enamel mug, listening to a Bosman story read by a local. Or you’ll come and burn your throat and your belly on genuine Marico mampoer – you may not like it much, but you’ll burst out laughing after you drink it. The best thing to do here is nothing; just be, and absorb.” That evening, we followed Jeannie’s advice and made no plans at all. We settled onto our porch at Riverstill and took slow, deliberate sips of the firewater we’d bought as we just stared up at the stars. Before long, we were howling at the moon, and brimming with a few Bosman-inspired tales of our own.


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Asia’s Potential Role in

Africa’s Future Growth

A weaker global outlook and the impact of Brexit have created uncertainty around growth prospects. The impact weighs heavily on the world economic outlook with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicting that advanced economies will grow by only 0.2 % from 1.9 % to 2.1 % and hold steady in 2017. Against this backdrop of lethargic economic performance, some developing economies still show strong growth potential. Text: Sunil Kaushal, Regional CEO, Africa & Middle East, Standard Chartered Bank Image © iStockphoto.com Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to post growth of 4.1 % in 2017 and 5.2 % in 2018, demonstrating resilience in the face of the global economic slowdown and subdued commodity prices. Africa’s structural growth drivers – which include its attractive demographics, urbanisation and rise in consumerism – remain intact. The rising middle-class, with increasing purchasing capacity and growing consumption, are attracting investors’ attention in markets like South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya. The growth of FinTech firms and online lenders in the region are also helping to support the middle-class segment by enabling better access to credit. The power sector is another example of attractive opportunity in the continent – Africa has about 13 % of the world’s population, but half of this population does not have access to electricity. In comparison, over 80 % of the Indian population has access to electricity.   African economies which are currently performing well include, Côte d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Kenya, Senegal and Ethiopia. Senegal, for example, is outperforming most other countries in the region with a growth rate of c.6.5 %; the highest it has achieved in over a decade. These economies have in many ways benefitted from lower energy and commodity prices

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while, on the other hand, the larger economies of South Africa, Nigeria and Angola have been severely impacted by the slump in commodity prices. Their medium term prospects, however, remain good. Given this mixed picture, how will Africa continue to achieve its maximum growth potential? The West and Western multilaterals have historically played a significant role in Africa’s growth with the EU being its biggest trading partner. But the relationship between Asia and Africa has grown exponentially over the last decade. China has invested materially in Africa. Japan too has shown its interest in ramping up African investments and will be hosting the Tokyo International Conference on African Development for the first time on the African continent, focusing on ways to improve Africa’s health system. Opportunities for other Asian countries to participate in and support Africa’s growth will continue to evolve. In the wake of European growth uncertainties following the Brexit decision, this trade partnership diversification and closer ties with Asia, could prove to be prudent in the long-term and Africa is likely to look increasingly to the East for investment and expertise. China’s “One

Belt, One Road” initiative is designed to promote the connectivity of the Asian, European and African continents and their seas to enhance trade linkage. While the long-term investment potential of Africa looks promising, the near-term landscape for African-Asian trade presents many challenges. Africa’s diverse markets remain poorly understood: There are 2,000 dialects and 54 countries, all with different consumer needs to consider. Africa-Asia trade patterns also reveal the trade imbalance where investment flow is in one direction – from Asia to Africa. In order to achieve sustainable economic benefits there is a need for strategic commitment and key partnerships. There must be new determination to turn around the varying levels of conditions, ranging from infrastructure to red-tape challenges, that persist for growth to be sustainable. Investing in Africa presents diverse challenges and requires strategic commitment and local insight to ensure success. For more information, visit www.sc.com. Explore our insights and comment on our blog,  www.sc.com/BeyondBorders/. Follow Standard Chartered on  Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.


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Chloride Exide Botswana As Botswana celebrates its momentous Golden Jubilee, Chloride Exide Botswana is proud to be celebrating its Silver Jubilee at the same time. Text & Images © Supplied

Looking for distributors to sell Taurus Batteries within the region. Please send enquiries to marketing@chloride.co.bw or contact +267 3959990 www.chloride.co.bw Chloride Exide Botswana (Pty) Ltd. (CEB) was established in 1991 to produce automotive batteries for the Botswana market. Over the years the company has grown from strength to strength, and is now seen as one of the market leaders in producing automotive batteries within the region. Following a 20-year period of growth the company established a state of the art factory in Phakalane. This factory is capable of producing over 500,000 automotive batteries per annum. Approximately 70 % of the company’s output is now dedicated to the export market. A comprehensive range of batteries is now marketed in Malawi,

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Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola. Locally the batteries are marketed under the Taurus brand by partner company Taurus Batteries. CEB was one of the first few companies in Botswana to attain a BOBS ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Certification. Every process in the factory is closely monitored to ensure that the final product complies with international standards. The company produces over 50 different types of automotive batteries, and the product range is the result of many years of continuous development. Technology remains the key

to success, and improving performance through innovation and evolutionary design remains CEB’s goal in order to exceed customers’ expectations. In addition to automotive battery manufacturing, CEB is involved with the sales and marketing of Industrial and Deep Cycle batteries as master distributors for Trojan Batteries USA and Chloride Exide India Limited. These batteries are sold into applications such as telephone exchange, forklift trucks, golf carts, solar power systems, railway signalling, power distribution systems and other applications requiring standby power.


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Katherine-Mary Pichulik

Shaping Stories Close your eyes and imagine yourself in the company of a woman with a strong, inspired presence. She shares stories of exotic lands and smiles with kind, wise eyes that hint at her wicked sense of humour. Now open your eyes as Indwe introduces you to Katherine-Mary Pichulik – the founder and designer of local jewellery brand PICHULIK.

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Katherine-Mary Pichulik, a trained artist and pâtissier, launched her self-titled bespoke accessory brand after a trip to India in September 2012. PICHULIK creates statement pieces – handcrafted in Cape Town, using locally manufactured ropes and interesting found materials – which honour and adorn a global brigade of valiant women. Inspired by African and Middle Eastern ornaments, and the intimate relationship women have with jewellery, PICHULIK is full of personality and inspires wanderlust. Travel, as well as the aesthetics of religion and cultural heritage inspire PICHULIK’s bold craftsmanship and vivid imagination. The PICHULIK collections extend an invite to wear heritage, share stories, and taste cultures. So, where to next? With the launch of the new Spring/ Summer 2017 (SS17) collection around the corner, Indwe spoke to Katherine-Mary about travelling, living and loving, working, growing and designing.

Indwe: Was there a specific moment that you can point to and say, “That’s when PICHULIK was born”? Or was it more of an organic process?

Katherine-Mary Pichulik (K-MP): I was travelling through India with my then boyfriend and was enchanted by places such as Manali and Kerala. I also loved the hustle and bustle of Mumbai. The birth of PICHULIK began on a cloudy day in a Varanasi room overlooking kites dancing on rooftops. I played around with a trousseau of objects and wrapped them into neckpieces.

Indwe: You graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art (in Cape Town) in 2009. Have your studies impacted your current role? K-MP: I think not having a traditional jewellery background means I do not have a stagnant definition of what jewellery is – and I can play with these boundaries. Indwe: How did you grow PICHULIK from an “idea” into a working business? K-MP: It was an organic process whereby I built a business to meet a market demand. I was, of course, influenced by my mother and brother, who have both conditioned my business thinking through conversations in which the emphasis was on scalability,

impact profit with purpose, and building solid infrastructure and systems. I am very blessed to have had access to this thinking in my family.

Indwe: Have you incorporated any references from when you were younger into your handcrafted pieces? K-M P: My teen years were spent deep in Blues greats. The depth, texture and torment of Nina (Simone), Billie (Holiday) and Ella (Fitzgerald) encapsulated my melancholic teen heart. I loved these iconic, ballsy women who were defiant but loved greatly. For the AW16 Woman Collection, I wanted the photographs to capture the feistiness of my 70s heroines and to evoke the sounds of one of my musical heroes, Letta Mbuli. So it is a mix of the funk and soul reflected by the sassy berets Crystal Birch designed for the shoot, as well as expressing an incredibly powerful warrior-like nature. Indwe: What can we expect from the SS17 collection? K-MP: You can expect ancient feminine wisdom for modern women. This collection

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inspired by arctic beauty

is innately feminine, sensual and has an organic feel. This is our first complete range as a brand: Jewels, clothes (PICHULIK by Nadya von Stein), hats, shoes (Espadril x PICHULIK), and bags.

Indwe: Why do you believe rope is a medium for shaping stories? K-MP: Rope is like a line – you can use it to draw anything. Rope also connects things, ties things together. This is a conduit for our purpose: Connecting women and telling stories in the most ancient of feminine modalities, jewellery. Indwe: What is currently triggering your senses? K-MP: Ooh, you will have to wait for SS17! I will say that I love Oroma Elewa, Brancusi, New Mexico, Chet Baker, baba ghanoush and the smell of sandalwood. Also, women circles and sacred sharing with women. Indwe : What do you feel are the characteristics of “bold and courageous women”? K-MP: Speaking and walking your truth. Getting silent enough to hear your inner stirrings. I think the most outrageous thing you can do as a woman these days is to like yourself just as you are without changing. The beauty, fashion and even medical industry profit on our feelings of inadequacy. Bravery can start by simply growing self-acceptance and self-worth that leads to self-care. The SS17 new collection by PICHULIK will be launching online at www.pichulik.com  this month. For more information, visit www.pichulik.com.

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New Developments For

Gautrain Exciting things are happening at Gautrain, with the opening of a new dedicated kiosk at the international arrivals terminal at OR Tambo International Airport.

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Since the end of June, international passengers have been able to purchase preloaded Gautrain gold cards at the Gautrain kiosk at international arrivals at OR Tambo International Airport, in order to experience a quick, efficient and comfortable Gautrain trip from the airport to Johannesburg or Pretoria. The kiosk’s operating times are from 05h00 to 21h00 every day, which is just in time for early arrivals from places such as Lagos, Dola, Kinshasa, Dubai, Perth and Singapore. Once passengers have cleared customs, they are able to buy Gautrain gold cards using their credit cards. The kiosk will also serve as a welcoming desk, information and brand awareness centre, as well as a passenger engagement and assistance hub. This kiosk is one of the many system enhancements that have been implemented on the Gautrain system to ensure that Gautrain passengers receive

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superior customer service. Other recent enhancements include: • Extending the weekday operating hours of the Gautrain Airport Service between the Sandton and OR Tambo stations to 30 minutes earlier and 35 minutes later than previous operating times. The train now departs from Sandton to OR Tambo at 04h50 and from OR Tambo to Sandton at 05h19. • Implementation of 10 minute headways in peak periods as opposed to the previous 12 minute headways. Gautrain’s airport service has been operational for five years and is popular for its convenience, as it takes only 15 minutes from Sandton to the OR Tambo International Airport Station, and is integrated with the airport terminal. In 2014, the service competed with the best in world

and was consequently awarded the Global AirRail Alliance (GARA) Award for customer service excellence. The GARA awards are international awards dedicated to the airrail industry, recognising the best practice in intermodal travel around the world. The Gautrain service continues to receive very high customer satisfaction ratings as reflected in monthly Customer Satisfaction Surveys. This is due to Gautrain’s tireless efforts in ensuring that customers’ experience on the system is quick, efficient, comfortable and provides value for money.

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Garden Har mony in South Africa’s

City of Roses The Free State National Botanical Garden, just outside Bloemfontein, is a place of living tradition. Abundant in fauna and flora, the garden is a “must do” for wildlife enthusiasts, history fans, and travellers seeking outdoor splendour.

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The legendary JRR Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, wrote lush literary descriptions – about woodland glades, hemlock-umbels tall and fair, merry flowers, and gardens – echoing the surrounds of his birthplace: Bloemfontein. Meaning “Flower Fountain” in Afrikaans, and affectionately named the “City of Roses”, Bloemfontein is the capital of the Free State and the judicial capital of South Africa. Its location in the heart of the country

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makes it an ideal weekend stop-over when travelling from Johannesburg to the west or east coast, particularly in spring, when the city’s gardens burst with new life. One of Bloemfontein’s most renowned natural attractions lies on the outskirts of the city – the Free State National Botanical Garden. Covering a total area of around 70 ha, there is a sense of harmony about the garden. Organically vibrant and diverse, the Free State National Botanical Garden

attracts visitors to discover a wildlife utopia that is home to some 400 plant species, as well as 54 reptile, approximately 32 mammal and over 150 bird species. Beautiful wild olive and karee trees govern the garden’s grassland and woodland terrain. Most plant species here are indigenous to the Free State Province, as well as to the neighbouring Northern Cape Province and Lesotho. There are a number of celebrity “must-sees” in the garden. A wild olive tree


(Olea europaea subsp. Africana), which was planted by State President Jim Fouché to mark the official opening of the garden on 22nd February 1969, is a living tribute to the historical background of the gardens. Noble and wild, there is also a specimen of a wild olive considered to be over 200 years old, as well as a fossil tree trunk (Dadoxylon arberi) from the Harrismith area said to be between 150 and 300 million years old. Endemic to the region, and adding a splash of colour to the woodland background, are the lion’s ear/wild dagga (Leonotis leonurus), red-hot pokers, and the dwarf coral tree

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(Erythrina zeyheri). While there may be no lions roaming in the gardens, there are small mammals to spot wandering in the garden, including yellow mongoose, hares, dassies, mice, wild cats, caracal, and small grey antelope. Reptiles in the garden include tortoises, Cape cobras, and puff adders. Nature and history flow in agreement at the Free State National Botanical Garden. Ancient vestiges of pottery belonging to the site’s early Iron Age Basotho inhabitants are displayed in the Education Centre; British troops built and used the main dam during the Anglo-Boer War; and the Curator’s

house was constructed by World War II Italian prisoners of war. The dam, located at the foot of the dolerite kopjes (the small rock-capped hills distinct to the typography of the area), is now a dynamic water fixture which harbours many species of water bird. Among these are the hamerkop, hadeda ibis, Egyptian goose, blacksmith plover, red-billed teal, reed cormorant, and redknobbed coot. An ideal way to explore the garden is with a guided tour (book in advance if you are planning a weekend visit). Take a path to explore varied garden vistas, including, to


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name a few, the Succulent Garden, the Garden of Hope, and the aromatic Fragrance Garden. And make sure to pack a snack and wear comfy shoes if opting to walk the scenic pathways, namely the Motshetshe and Garden View trail. After trailing through the diverse beauty of the Free State, refuel with a delicious self-packed picnic, or enjoy traditional South African flavours at the privately run Zizi Restaurant. “The garden is at its best from October until April, when many plant species, such as clivias, are in full leaf and in bloom,” says Stemmer Ngalo, Environmental Interpretation Officer

at Free State National Botanical Garden. The highly popular Mangaung Rose Festival will also be taking place from 21st to 23rd October, which will pair nicely with a visit to the botanical gardens. Ngalo ends with a recommendation: “When travelling through or via Bloemfontein, set aside some time to visit and explore this fascinating garden, with its associated wildlife, that has been developed, nurtured and enhanced by dedicated staff for more than 45 years.” For more information, visit www.sanbi.org.

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Blooming Marvellous! SANBI’s National Botanical Gardens

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is the only South African institution mandated through the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act: No 10 (NEMBA) in 2004 to establish, manage, maintain and develop national botanical gardens in the country, classified as ‘conservation gardens’.

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Today, SANBI manages the following ten national botanical gardens in seven provinces, covering an area of over 7,500 ha and representing 25 of South Africa’s 440 vegetation types: • Free State National Botanical Garden, Bloemfontein, Free State • Hantam National Botanical Garden, Nieuwoudtville, Northern Cape • Harold Porter National Botanical Garden, Betty’s Bay, Western Cape • Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden, Worcester, Western Cape • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town, Western Cape • Kwelera National Botanical Garden, East London, Eastern Cape (Recently launched, not yet open to visitors) • KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) National Botanical Garden, Pietermaritzburg, KZN • Lowveld National Botanical Garden,

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Nelspruit, Mpumalanga • Pretoria National Botanical Garden, Pretoria Gauteng • Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Roodepoort, Gauteng Over the past 20 years, the institute has adopted the broad international definition of botanical gardens – “Institutions holding documented collections of living plants for the purposes of scientific research, conservation, display and education” – to guide its work and development. More specifically, South Africa’s national botanical gardens are classified as “conservation gardens”, which are botanical gardens which manage areas of natural vegetation in addition to their cultivated collections. The only exception is the Hantam National Botanical Garden in the Northern Cape, which is classified as a

“natural or wild garden”, conserving a large area of natural vegetation representative of the globally unique bulb diversity of the Bokkeveld Plateau and succulent vegetation representative of the Succulent Karoo Biome. All of the gardens offer a unique taste of South Africa’s rich biodiversity quietly tucked away in cities near you. The gardens’ rich biodiversity and natural environments include abundant plant species, birding spots, hiking trails, biking routes, restaurant facilities and wedding venues. Whether you are seeking Nature’s therapeutic scenery, want to walk a trail, capture special moments in an exquisite landscape, are an adventure fanatic, need a perfect venue for your events or seek an educational tour, these gardens are the perfect place! Visit www.sanbi.org.za/gardens for more information.


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“Harumphing” is what I think it’s called (although I could very easily have made that up), and the resultant hippo conversation sounds something like a mixture between a grunt and a hoarse laugh – like a geriatric who has just heard a particularly good “dad” joke. It’s actually a rather pleasant kind of utterance and one which formed the background soundtrack to a wonderful few days spent at Azura Selous Lodge in Tanzania. While the Serengeti is easily Tanzania’s most popular game-viewing destination, visitors to the country would be remiss to not dedicate at least some of their holiday to its larger counterpart, The Selous National Park. In fact, as Africa’s largest and oldest game reserve (apparently it dwarfs Belgium in size), and a World Heritage site to boot, it’s surprising that the Selous is not more well known. But then that just may be one of its best selling points, as its relative anonymity and its sheer size means that you can spend weeks here and are unlikely to bump into other people more than a handful of times. Anyone who has spent any time in the Kruger National Park will understand just how rare and special this is. While the reserve is within driving distance of Dar es Salaam, flying to Azura Selous by light aircraft (just a 45 minute flight from the capital) is a far less strenuous and more picturesque way to arrive. It also gives you the opportunity to fully grasp the sheer vastness of the reserve, which boasts a varied topography of lakes, rivers, plains and forests. At this time of year, the main palette of the reserve is a dusty brown, but when the rainy season hits in March and April, the reserve transforms into a lush, watery wonderland – so watery, in fact, that many of the lodges are forced to close as guests simply have no way of reaching them. Even in the dry season, lodges in the Selous have that inaccessible, “middle of nowhere” kind of feel… Because that’s exactly what they are. Azura Selous’ closest neighbour is another lodge 45 minutes away, while the nearest town takes five hours by car. It is therefore all the more surprising that this little oasis can provide such impeccable service, delectable cuisine and supreme comfort so far from any other signs of civilisation. And the pampering starts from the moment you alight Coastal Aviation’s little plane. Welcome drinks and ice cold towels await you, as does your host, who will serve as your “butler” of sorts for the duration of your stay, ensuring

that the same friendly face is always there to serve your meals and attend to any requests. A short drive from the runway, the comforts of the lodge await, the sheer blue of the infinity pool serving as a welcome contrast to all the dusty browns of the reserve, while the roaring river beyond, as well as being home to pods of the aforementioned hippos, also adds its own restful song to the experience. A large, airy lounge provides plenty of comfy spots from which to contemplate the view, have a snooze, or read a book, while the restaurant too makes use of the lovely river view. It’s unlikely that you will sit in it very often, though, as Azura pride themselves on their “every day is different” kind of dining, not only in terms of food (which is excellent by the way), but also in terms of location. One of our lunches was served on the pool deck; a dinner on a flood plain down by the water’s edge; and a breakfast, bush style, out on the reserve, with folding chairs and a table, delicious fare and a great view. In fact the requisite game-drive sundowners all boasted picturesque locales along with their tasty tipples. Perhaps the most dramatic dining experience, however, was a romantic paraffin lamp lit affair in the heart of the bush, complete with a bonfire, star gazing, crisp white linen and a feast of food. Thanks to the constant supply of delectable food, and the early morning game-drive starts, afternoon naps are a definite necessity. The only problem is selecting the best spot in which to have one – on the cool linen of the king-sized bed, draped along the day bed on your balcony, or face down on a massage table as you receive a toe-curlingly good massage. At the end of the massage, you are awoken by the gentle sounds of a rain stick so that your return to consciousness is not too jarring a one. As there are only 12 spaciously located tented villas, you are guaranteed absolute privacy. No worries then about enjoying a hot outdoor shower, or even skinny dipping in your personal plunge pool. There is something so freeing about wallowing in your birthday suit, while a hippo, mere metres away, does exactly the same thing (and after a few days of Azura cuisine the similarities between the two body shapes may become more apparent!). Once you’ve had your fill of wallowing, it’s time for tea at the main lodge, and then an afternoon game drive. As well as the resident hippos, there is a good chance

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you’ll spot buffalo, giraffe, elephant and lions, as well as some beautiful bird species. The reserve’s claim to fame, though, is its population of endangered wild dogs. These “painted dogs”, as they are sometimes called, certainly live up to their name, with their black and white spotty legs and mottled brindle coats – all of which we were treated to close-up when we spent an hour watching a pack snoozing next to their den. The highlight, however, was when the pack’s month old puppies – eleven in total – finally woke up and came out to play. Tottering on their unsteady legs and weighed down by comically full tummies, they were hilarious to watch as they fell over each other, played and snoozed. Jason Du Plessis, one half of the management team at Azura Selous, has rigged up a special camera buggy which allows him to get really close to the pups. The photos and footage he

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captures this way are spectacular, and well worth checking out on the Azura Retreats’ YouTube channel. Another way to get up close and personal, is to sign up for a bush walk in the early morning before the heat of the day sets in. Led by an Azura game ranger and accompanied by an armed national park ranger (who incidentally do an excellent job of keeping poaching to a minimum in the park), you may be lucky enough to have some wild encounters with some of the reserve’s inhabitants. But if not, it’s still fascinating to learn all about the various trees and plants of the reserve and what they are traditionally used for, as well as some of the area’s smaller inhabitants. It was our last afternoon in the Selous and we decided to go fishing. With a row of camp chairs lined up next to a set of rapids, I had a glass of wine in one hand, a fishing rod resting against my leg, and some

tasty snacks beside me. The late afternoon light was sublime, the hippos harrumphed happily in the river, and I had not a care in the world save for reeling in the odd tug on the line, and making sure my wine glass was regularly refilled. Eventually I got a bite that stuck and proudly reeled in my first tilapia. We removed the hook and popped him back in the river to swim away. While we too were heading home in the morning, I couldn’t help feeling that I was now also hooked on the Selous, and would remain so wherever I swam to next. For more information, visit www.azura-retreats.com

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Premier Hotels & Resorts are one of the forerunners in the South African hospitality sector.

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The company started in 1991 with a humble 40 bedroom hotel in East London, when Managing Director Samuel Nassimov bought the Carlton Hotel, which is today known as the Premier Hotel King David. Since then, the company’s portfolio has grown to encompass 16 hotels throughout the country, as well as the East London International Convention Centre. They celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2016 with a re-brand that forms part of the evolution of the company. “Premier Hotels has changed and grown much over the past 25 years,” says Nassimov. “The re-branding of Premier Hotels & Resorts will ensure that our hotels, resorts and newly developed inn-concept meet and exceed the growing expectations of our customers.” The objectives of this project, which began almost three years ago, are to correctly position the Premier branded properties in the minds of increasingly discerning consumers and to provide an update to the brand. It reflects the modern and uniquely African evolution of the brand over the last 25 years. “An understanding of our customers’ needs play a big role in our plans for the future. This next step is a direct result of our growing investment in customer engagement,” explains Nassimov. Premier Hotels & Resorts’ Group Brand Manager, Alan Campbell, explains: “We were inspired by Africa, its symbolism, artefacts, colours and light, and we felt

that this would be appealing to our local supporters, as well as our international visitors, in search of authentic Africa.” The tiering of the Premier Hotels & Resorts brand is divided into four subbrands, each with their own characteristics, namely: Premier Hotels, Splendid Inns by Premier, Express Inns by Premier, and Premier Resorts. Premier Hotels encompass all of the four-star properties that the company has to offer. It has been at the core of Premier’s success over the last 25 years, and will continue to offer luxury four-star accommodation in mainstream regional business and leisure travel destinations in South Africa. Splendid Inns by Premier houses the three-star, full service hotels in the Premier Hotels & Resorts stable. They will be rebranded to join the recently acquired Bayshore Inn in Richards Bay. These properties will provide simple, affordable and quality accommodation with worldclass conference and meeting venues. Express Inns by Premier will introduce a range of serviced apartments and three-star inns outside of the mainstream traditional business and tourism locations. These inns will focus on meeting the needs of predominantly business travellers looking for simple, quality and affordable comfort. Premier Resorts is the most exciting development for the group. It will

encompass four- and five-star resort properties that will focus predominantly on leisure travellers, whilst still offering world class conference facilities. These sub-brands will be easily identifiable, each with their own colour pantone to incorporate them into the Premier Hotels & Resorts brand. When asked about the viability of luxury markets in the current economy, Nassimov answers: “Exchange rates are going to make South Africa a very attractive leisure destination for international travellers, while making it challenging for South Africans to travel abroad.” He continues: “We believe that in providing innovative and new home-grown hospitality options, not only will we attract international travellers, but hopefully it will be a real source of value to South Africans who wish to travel within the country.” Beyond their inspiration to provide customers with world class quality and luxury facilities in an authentic African environment, their positioning statement also displays the African gemstones that represent their refined market offering. Through their new hotels, resorts and inns offering, Premier Hotels & Resorts aim to provide a holistic suite of destinations that meet the needs of both South African and international travellers. For more information, visit www.premierhotels.co.za.

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Zambezi. It’s a word that conjures up images of Colonial adventurers decked out in khaki (“Doctor Livingstone, I presume”), white water, the Big Five, yawning gorges, and a sense – perhaps in a cheesy way – of wildest Africa. Zambezi means “Great River” in the local Tonga dialect, and great it is. The fourth longest river in Africa, it flows some 2,600 km through six countries, from its source in northwestern Zambia to the Indian Ocean. Text: Will Edgcumbe Images © Bundu Adventures & River Horse Safaris

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Phrases such as “little explored” or “wild” are bandied about too often, but in many respects long stretches of the Zambezi can be described as such. The river is frequently interrupted by rapids and therefore has never been a means of longdistance travel, although it winds its way through numerous picturesque national parks and conservation areas. Split into three sections – the Upper, Middle and Lower – the river has many moods. While it’s slow flowing in the Upper Zambezi section, with a width of up to 25 km (you read that correctly) in the Barotse Floodplain area during rainy season, everything changes when the river plunges over the famed Victoria Falls and flows swiftly through the Batoka Gorge. Things slow down again when the waters reach Kariba Dam, and the stretch of river between the dam

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and the Mozambican border flows mostly through or alongside wild bush. The Smoke That Thunders Enough has been written about the Victoria Falls that the ink could probably make a decent waterfall itself, but no description of the Zambezi River could be complete without at least touching on it. Neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is nevertheless the largest in terms of the size of its sheet of falling water, which at full flood produces spray rising some 400 m high and visible up to 48 km away. The falls are undoubtedly Zambia’s most popular tourism attraction, and the area’s national parks make this an incredibly wellrounded destination – encompassing wild animals, wild water and wild experiences. The wildest experience is undoubtedly braving

Devil’s Pool at the top of the falls. During the drier months of the year, the river drops substantially, and a rock pool at the edge of the falls turns into the ultimate infinity pool. You need to be pretty fearless to brave this – the flow of the river pushes you against the side of the rock pool, and you can look out over the 100 m drop. It’s recommended that this is only done with a guide, and only when the waters are suitably low. White Water If sitting in a pool sounds a bit tame, things can get extremely hairy below the falls. The river cuts through zig-zagging gorges of basalt rock up to 250 m high, and the rapids that have formed over the millennia are considered some of the best white water rafting stretches in the world. The 120 km long Batoka Gorge is striking


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Still Water As wild as the Zambezi can be below Victoria Falls, its mood shifts 180 degrees at Lake Kariba. The world’s largest man-made reservoir by volume, it is 226 km long and up to 40 km wide in places – so big, it feels like the ocean. One of the best ways to enjoy the water is to stay on a houseboat. Unlike the Zimbabwean side of the lake, the Zambian side has relatively few houseboat operators, and the lake is big enough that you’ll have a large chunk of it all to yourself as you drift along between islands or along the banks. The sunrises and sunsets on the water are utterly breathtaking, and the waters teem with the legendary toothy tiger fish, an indigenous species of the Zambezi River system and a highly sought after sport fish. Takamaka Houseboat (www.karibainns.com),

based out of Siavonga on the eastern end of the lake, offers four comfortable twin berth cabins, sumptuous catering, a splash pool and a tender boat for excursions and fishing jaunts. Gentle Paddling East of the dam, the Zambezi winds through some gorgeous floodplains, national parks and protected areas. Here water travel is a little more leisurely, and River Horse Safaris (www.zambezicanoeing.com) offers multi-day canoe safaris along some lovely stretches of river, particularly along the Mana Pools National Park and Lower Zambezi National Park. Hippo, elephant, buffalo, crocodile, plains game and fantastic birdlife can be seen, with overnight camping on islands in the river or on sandy beaches within the confines of a gorge.


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Gaborone A Growing African Metropolis

Botswana’s seemingly laid-back capital has seen a drastic change in the last ten years or so. Shadowed by the economic powerhouse of Johannesburg, which is only an hour-long flight away, Gaborone has previously been viewed as slow and lacking on many fronts. It is, however, currently undergoing a significant facelift – to the extent that many now marvel at the development they see when visiting the city. Text & Images © Supplied

It is said that scaffolding and cranes are a reflection of major development in any country. This is also true for Botswana’s capital city. Several parts of the city have seen rapid development with buildings popping up both in residential and business spaces. Malls are also on the rise with Gaborone now being home to at least three “supermalls” to serve its population of 400,000. Whilst the country’s economy remains anchored in the mining industry – diamonds, to be specific – it is the diversification of the economy that is pushing the “boom” development taking place in Gaborone. The growth of service industries – including banking, insurance, investment and other financial services – has brought a change to the capital city’s skyline. The Diamond Trading Centre, a sales and marketing division of global diamond house De Beers Group, chose to relocate to Gaborone three years ago, which is indicative of the city’s burgeoning growth. Plush residential areas are also on the

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rise. The suburb of Phakalane has seen an explosion of luxury homes for high net worth individuals. For the middleclass, the development is no different. Gaborone, like many cities, is expanding outward. Surrounding areas have become home to the city’s working class as the centre of town becomes more expensive to live in. Areas like Tlokweng, Mogoditshane, Oodi and the like were considered villages just a few years ago, but in modern day Gaborone they are increasingly being incorporated into the city, swapping rural architecture for modern bungalows with rich finishes. The development of high-rise buildings and malls has also come with the opening of some trendy new hotspots. Young professionals converge for sundowners after a hectic day of corporate slaving at the Italian-themed restaurant Cappello. This is where you will meet some of the county’s corporate honchos having a Sex on the Beach or a cold local brew known as St Louis. For a wider view of the city while enjoying some urban music, the Sky

Lounge is the highest hangout spot in the country with a great view over Gaborone. For a touch of modern township flavour, Bona Tatso provides the best of local cuisine coupled with a good atmosphere. Apart from traditional weddings and birthday parties, the weekends in Gaborone are increasingly being characterised by social gatherings. Of late, Sunday sessions have become popular, with residents converging on public spaces to enjoy the remnants of the weekend while watching the beautiful Kgalagadi sunset. Hosted on the first Sunday of the month, along the banks of the Notwane River, Jam for Brunch invites families to relax on the lawn while enjoying live music. Other popular events include the Farmers’ Market at the Bull and Bush, as well as a Pop Up Market at the 3 Dikgosi Monument. Gaborone is well on its way to becoming a fully-fledged metro that will compete with the best on the international landscape. It has indeed become a beautiful place to live, work and invest.


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What

Dreams Are Made Of Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa A Masai warrior, in his trademark traditional dress, walks alone on the white sand beach towards me, his red shuka contrasting strikingly with the bright turquoise ocean in the backdrop. We cross paths and he smiles a wide, toothy smile and greets me. “Hakuna matata,” he says in a kind, soft voice. No worries. That’s life in Zanzibar, a magical island off the eastern coast of Africa.

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Intrigue, atmosphere and a sense of antiquity emanate from this idyllic island paradise and it is no wonder that Zanzibar has long been at the centre of the Indian Ocean experience in East Africa. Spice markets, white-sailed dhows on azure seas, palm-fringed beaches, colourful markets and the cobbled streets of the island’s capital, Stone Town, all merge to create a magical atmosphere. Known locally as Ugunja, the island is full of rich history and is at the crossroads of Arabic and African cultures, creating a wonderfully colourful fusion of influences which can be experienced with all the senses as one immerses oneself into this somewhat mystic world. Having heard countless wonderful tales of this enchanting island, I decided I simply had to experience it for myself. And so I hopped on a plane, passport in hand, buzzing with excitement, and headed to Tanzania. After exploring the island map a million times over, I decided to settle myself in Paje – a beach town situated in the south-east of Zanzibar,

known most famously for its stretches of unspoiled white sand and bright turquoise waters. Paje is also home to Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa, a resort that embodies everything this little piece of paradise exudes. Privately owned, and on a personal pursuit of sustainable luxury, this exclusive five-star resort takes hakuna matata to a whole new level. Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is unique in so many ways, but the thing that struck me the most was the careful attention paid to sustaining the local environment and preserving the island’s rich culture and magnificent fauna. Designed by respected architect, Neil Rocher, his eco-friendly vision has resulted in a sustainable sanctuary that effortlessly blends space, comfort, privacy, beauty and luxury. White-stone walls, sandy hues and aged trees create an organic fluidity to the overall look and feel of the resort, blending in perfectly with the natural landscape. The whole resort, spread over four hectares of exotic gardens and beachfront, is

powered by wind and solar energy – and even has its own water source and desalination plant. This is high-end luxury and sustainability at its finest. The resort comprises five one-bedroom villas, five two-bedroom villas and one presidential five-bedroom villa. All of the villas face the seafront and have two separate units connected by wooden walkways, a large beach garden, terrace, and private swimming pool. The beachfront villas all have private access to the white sands of Paje Beach. In keeping with the overall design, the villas’ interiors are minimalist, contemporary, and fresh with a blend of ethnic African and modern art and neutral, beachy tones. The rooms are light, spacious and breezy, and have all the amenities one would expect from a five-star, luxury hotel. An outdoor shower and bathtub are gloriously indulgent additions and great spaces to relax in under the stars after a day on the beach. A 24/7 concierge and butler, as well as attentive room service ensure that

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you really never have to worry about a thing. The lavish natural vegetation ensures utmost privacy and I often had to remind myself that I was part of the greater resort behind me and that there were, indeed, other people around. It felt like my own island, completely separate from anything and anyone else. After a visit to the beach for a quick dip, I took a lazy meander to the restaurant for dinner. The onsite restaurant, called Doors To Zanzibar, overlooks a large central pool and delights guests with delicious cuisine, blending local and international flavours and accents. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be enjoyed here, or in the privacy of your villa, where everything will be set up for you to enjoy a meal on your terrace or in your private dining area. Sundowners and drinks can be enjoyed in one of the three bars, all situated near the restaurant. The Lounge bar is stylish and chic, while the Rooftop Champagne Bar offers panoramic views of the resort, and the Beach Bar is

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perfect for a lazy cocktail and snacks after a day on the beach. Should you get restless and want to venture from your luxurious villa during the day, there are a host of activities on offer. Speak to the helpful staff about the array of tours and excursions on offer, which include snorkelling (some of the best I have ever experienced), fishing, swimming with dolphins, a visit to historical Stone Town, island hopping and spice tours. With its year-round winds, Paje Beach is also well-known as having some of the best kitesurfing conditions in the world. Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa have opened their very own high-end kitesurf club called Zanzibar Kite Paradise and which offers lessons, equipment rental, and a chill-out zone, as well as access to equipment to enjoy other activities like kayaking and stand-up paddling (SUP). After a day enjoying the wonders the island and resort have to offer, there is simply nothing

better than a little pampering. The spa is the perfect place to unwind and be completely spoilt. A sauna and traditional hammam, or steam room, are on offer, as well as a wide range of holistic treatments. In keeping with the sustainable nature of the resort, the spa uses only locally sourced products (like coconut, seaweed and spices) which are produced by the local community. Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is a true oasis of relaxation and pleasure. After six days here, I felt as though I had been on a transformative holiday, leaving me feeling rejuvenated and deeply relaxed. The island is magic and the staff at the resort leave absolutely no stone unturned, ensuring maximum satisfaction. The next time you are seeking an island getaway, I would suggest making your way to this little piece of paradise. You will, no doubt, return again and again. Karibu sana. You’re very welcome. For more information, visit www.whitesandvillas.com.


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Experience A group of cataract patients recently had an eye-opening experience at Job Shimankana Tabane Hospital in Rustenburg, in the North West Province, when a team from the Bureau for the Prevention of Blindness performed an impressive 40 cataract operations in one tour. That’s 20 sight restoration operations a day, for two days! Text & Images © South African National Council of the Blind

Blindness Knows No Age Among the 40 patients was 73-year-old Johannes Boet Koetzee, who travelled from Johannesburg to receive surgery to his left. Another patient was 15-year-old Nkosinamandla, who was beaming from ear to ear after his sight was restored. “Before, I felt sad and hopeless. But now I am very excited. I can see clearly and I can’t wait to play soccer after I heal,” he said happily. About SANCB The South African National Council for the Blind (SANCB) is a registered NPO which was established in 1929 with the vision of coordinating the services of over

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100 member organisations that serve blind and partially sighted persons. Their aim is to prevent blindness as well as to empower visually impaired South Africans to do what they dare to dream. The Bureau for the Prevention of Blindness is the eye-care division of the SANCB. It was established in 1944 with the goal of providing eye-care services to all South Africans living in underresourced communities. To date they have performed over 100,000 cataract operations countrywide. Other areas of their work include: Education through supporting 22 primary and secondary schools for the

visually impaired and Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres; SANCB’s Optima TVET College; including Orientation and Mobility training, Social Inclusion, Community Based Rehabilitation and Enterprise Development programmes. 80 % of Blindness Is Avoidable – Help Restore The Gift of Sight If you’d like to help the SANCB bring hope and healing to even more communities across South Africa, please visit www.sancb.org.za/donate, email admin@sancb.org.za, phone +27 12 452 3811 or fax: +27 86 461 0871. Registered Charity: PB0 930 001 713


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“St Antoine Private Residence will present an opportunity for South Africans to not only invest in the premium facilities that the development offers, but also in the lifestyle, economic and taxation benefits that come with investing in property in Mauritius,” explains Norbert Koenig, managing director of Red4 and developer of St Antoine Private Residence. He continues, “We spent over two years planning the project, which included an intensive market research study on what the South African market is looking for. The findings were that there is a massive shortage of products between the price range of $500,000 and $800,000 (R8 million and R12 million). Our research also revealed the demand for a development

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close to Grand-Baie in the north, offering sea views, resort facilities and great rental returns opportunities. We are confident that St Antoine Private Residence ticks all these boxes”. Invest in Mauritius To date, close to 40 % of the total investment into Mauritian developments has come from the South African market. The reason for this considerable interest is based on the significant benefits that come with investing in Mauritius, including the ability to obtain Mauritian residency, the maximum tax rate of 15 % for businesses and individuals, no inheritance tax, no capital gains tax, and tax free dividends. The interest rate is approximately 6 %, which means that rental returns have the ability

to exceed mortgage repayments after a few years if the product is well priced and appeals to a rental market. The economy is one of the strongest in Africa, provides a safe and secure lifestyle and is taking on many first-world countries in terms of private schooling and tertiary institutions. This Is Your Mauritius Comprising 100 luxury apartment and penthouses, of which only 50 will be released in the first phase, St Antoine Private Residence will offer large two-, three- and four-bedroom options from 153 m² to 245 m². Further complementing the active, outdoor lifestyle that Mauritius is synonymous with, the estate incorporates uniquely


crafted spaces for residents and families. An expansive clubhouse, resort-style swimming pool and exciting kids’ playground area will become part of everyday life at St Antoine Private Residence, whereas the deli and bar, lounge area, and spa will ensure that residents can relish in the exclusivity and luxury that the estate offers. Welcome to St Antoine Located in the north of Mauritius, St Antoine is a charming area embedded with Mauritian tradition and authentic country appeal. Only ten short minutes from the hub of Grand-Baie, there is easy access to everyday conveniences and comforts, including private schools, shopping, restaurants and bars, the

prolific Grand-Baie nightlife and all the nautical activities you could wish for. “St Antoine Private Residence enjoys the benefits of being away from the hustle and bustle of the city, yet close enough to relish the energy and top class amenities that a city like Grand-Baie has to offer,” explains Koenig. Fringed by the Indian Ocean on two sides, St Antoine boasts access to two islands on its doorstep – Ile d’Ambre and Ile aux Bernaches – as well as a jetty for easy access to the warm Mauritian waters. Exploration of these secluded islands, along with snorkelling, canoeing through the mangroves or picnicking with the family under the Casuarina trees are just some of the activities that these islands will encourage.

“The fact that residents will be able to store their boats in an on-site boatyard and have direct and easy access to the ocean and the magnificent islands only a short distance away ensures that the lifestyle at St Antoine Private Residence will be for the whole family,” explains Koenig explains. “Whether wanting a second home in which to holiday with the family, to benefit from the dollar-based capital appreciation and rental income projected, or to achieve residency in Mauritius, St Antoine Private Residence really does offer an exceptional investment opportunity”. For more information, visit www.stantoinemauritius.com.

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Developing Resilience During Times of

Uncertainty South Africa, like much of the world, is experiencing challenging times. Politics, socioeconomic factors and even climate-related problems, like droughts, make for a tough environment. This can be stressful and it’s easy to become overwhelmed and fearful. I believe, however, that we have the ability to convert challenges into opportunities.

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Every human being has a set of values that he or she lives according to – the things that you value the most. When we are living according to our highest values, we are able to self-govern and to function at a high level. We are objective and more balanced in our viewpoints, and therefore less perturbed by what happens around us. If, on the other hand, we are not engaged and living by our highest values, we are likely to be using our more “primitive” brain regions. We become vulnerable to impulse and lose our ability to self-govern. We lose objectivity and are ruled by emotions. This makes it difficult to cope well with stressful situations. Living from these brain regions, we respond to challenges with a fightor-flight response, we freeze, we live in a fantasy reality because we can’t cope with the real world, or we pursue pleasure to the point of addiction. None of these responses are healthy. Building resilience therefore begins with identifying one’s highest values so that you

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can live with intuition and inspiration instead of by instinct and impulse. There is a free tool available on my website where you can determine your values by answering 13 questions (drdemartini.com/values). Once you understand your highest values, you can ask yourself, “What are the highest priority actions I can do today to help me live by my highest values?” This ensures that no matter what happens, you are engaged and fulfilled. You have purpose and drive. The next step is to ask, “Whatever is happening to me, how can it help me to fulfil my highest values?” This shifts your thinking to seeing things as being on the way instead of in the way. This helps you to be more resilient and adaptable. Instead of resisting whatever’s happening, which creates distress, you see it as serving you. It’s important to fill your day with high priority actions that not only inspire you, but challenge you, so that you get the experience of being innovative and creative

and coming up with solutions to problems that make a difference in the world. If you don’t fill your day with challenges that inspire you, you will find that it fills up with ones that don’t. When we are living by what inspires us, we look forward to challenges that we can tackle to move us forward. People who are engaged and inspired at work are innovative and are the best problem-solvers. People who are not engaged want to avoid all challenges and look for the easiest route. Of course, there are things you won’t have control over and things that will happen to you. But you do have control over your perceptions, decisions and actions. You can always extract benefits from what’s happening to you if you can ask, “How is this experience helping me to fulfil my purpose?” You can take any crisis and turn it into a blessing if you look at the other side of the equation. This moves you from being a victim of your history to the master of your destiny.


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The tough times facing South Africa actually make engaged people accountable for caring about human beings to really meet their needs in order to sell products, services and ideas. When times are tough, we can’t superficially glance over what people’s needs are and make projections and assumptions – we truly have to be accountable to what their needs are. It makes us refine our products and manufacture them more efficiently and at a lower cost, which makes for better products. It also makes us prioritise our business actions and do those that give us the best results. Challenges force us into better efficiency, and when the cycle turns, we are able to flourish. If, however, we are not engaged and we are steered by the lower brain regions, we get into extreme, reactive, black and white thinking. The extremes of perception make us non-resilient and are a symptom of people not living in their highest values. When you see black and white thinking

and reactive behaviour, it means people are living in fear – governed by emotions, instead of by the brain’s executive centre. As Buddha said: “The desire for that which is unavailable and the desire to avoid that which is unavoidable is the source of human suffering.” It’s crucial to care about yourself enough to prioritise your life. If you’re not dedicating your life to what’s fulfilling to you, why would you expect anyone else to? Everybody’s going to try to project their values onto you, but to be resilient you need to realise that you will only lead a fulfilled life if you know what your own highest values are and consciously choose to live by them every day. Dr Demartini is a former chiropractor and current American researcher, bestselling author, international educator and public speaker on human behaviour.

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They are members of the South African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association and are one of the fastest growing independent car rental companies in South Africa. With a fleet in excess of 8,000 vehicles, they have representation at all major airports as well as downtown locations, and a total of 31 branches nationwide. Thrifty have also recently opened a branch in Mauritius. 2016 marks a year of innovation, integration and expansion for Thrifty as they celebrate 14 years of car rental in South Africa. Not only have they expanded their fleet, but have also redefined their brand portfolio with the addition of more valueoriented offerings, such as fleet rental.

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With a focus on continual improvement in customer service, Thrifty Car Rental believe that one of the keys to their success is the ability to listen and understand customer needs in this ever-changing economic environment, and to react quickly and effectively to meet their customers’ needs. This is only made possible through developing and sustaining an excellent team to continually grow the brand and deliver service excellence. Through this, they have created a collaborative environment where teamwork brings great people and great skills together. Thrifty takes pride in having a proactive attitude. For more information, visit www.thrifty.co.za or phone 086 100 2111.

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In order to emphasise the “sunset” angle, there is an abundance of trendy orange colour customisation elements on the roof and outside mirrors, plus stylish front, rear and side streamline trim in Sunset Orange with an outside colour scheme in Diamond Black. And it’s not just any old faded orange. Oh no, this is a ripe, deep orange one would see at sunset in the Kruger National Park. With Renault SA claiming – probably somewhat tongue in cheek – that only 100 units will be made available, this Dynamique version is laden with funky features, a superb ride, washable seat covers and a fairly decent performance from the 66 kW turbodiesel which. The engine, as Renault proudly states, is the brand’s most-sold engine worldwide, doing duty in various Nissan models, as well as several Mercedes-Benz versions. The seats are fairly well-shaped and reasonably supportive without really gripping you as tightly as one would experience in, say, a Volkswagen GTi Clubsport. The sound system, on the other hand, is really tricky to adjust despite being a touchscreen unit. Finding stations while travelling can be a schlep, but the sound quality was quite acceptable. The younger generation – those individuals whom Renault hopes will buy the Sunset – will also appreciate Bluetooth connectivity and the MediaNav onboard system with its 7” touchscreen, as well as satellite navigation (TomTom) and a useful USB port. There’s a hands-free key card, electric side mirrors and electric windows front and rear, as well as automatic climate control. The air-conditioning, I felt, could have done with some added volume effect, and the vent to the left of the steering wheel could have been better positioned. Rear parking sensors with a rear camera, automatic headlamps and useful steeringlinked fog lamps all point to a car which has received considerable engineering input. Even the front wipers are rain sensitive, while a tyre pressure sensor will keep you informed regarding the state of the tyres. There’s also cruise control (steering wheel adjustable), while the front disc brakes (drums at the rear) did their work

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efficiently. In addition to ABS, the Sunset also features emergency brake assist (EBA) which is activated in an emergency, and is able to shorten the braking distance by up to 9 m. The Captur Sunset also features hill start assist, while safety features include front, head/chest side airbags, anti-whiplash head rests, and three Isofix 3-point child seat anchor points. The Sunset enjoys a short turning circle, parks like a dream, and has the cool looks of a typical crossover that will appeal to the younger generation, while older people will likewise enjoy its unconventional looks and colour scheme.

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Luggage room is a good 455 l and includes a hideaway compartment. Turning the Sunset into a two-seater with the rear seats folded down will also add significantly more space – bringing the total to an impressive 1,235 l. The efficient 4-cylinder diesel insists on a low sulphur diet, making 66 kW in the process, with this power going to the front wheels via a smooth-shifting fivespeed manual gearbox. The combined fuel consumption is claimed to be a brilliant 3.6 l/100 km which means, in effect, that the 45-l tank makes it theoretically possible to travel from Pretoria to Laingsburg in the Karoo – a distance of some 1,250 km.

These figures gain some credibility when one considers that the Sunset weighs a light 1,170 kg. This advantage is also said to be the reason why the Sunset has a claimed top speed of 171 km/h. The limited edition Captur Sunset, at R292,400, offers decent value for money, given that the asking price includes a brilliant five-year/150 000 km warranty, a threeyear/45,000 km service plan and service intervals of 15,000 km. The Captur Sunset Dynamique is the ideal choice for people who appreciate avant-garde French styling in a reliable package.


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How to Be More Assertive in the

Workplace Don’t be the office doormat – learn how to stand your ground and earn the respect of your colleagues. Text: finweek Images © iStockphoto.com

Being assertive won’t solve all your problems at the office. (Barry’s bad breath probably requires medical intervention.) But by standing up for yourself, you could sort most of it out. Many people believe that by being agreeable they can avoid conflict and build a network of alliances in the office. But being submissive, constantly having your needs disregarded and feeling obliged to say yes to all demands is stressful. You may be all nice and sweet on the outside, but inside you are a seething mess of resentment, which may spill over in all sorts of passive

aggressive ways. You also risk ending up being side-lined. In fact, if you are serious about your career and personal growth, assertiveness is not optional. No one will hand you success and respect. You have to stand up for yourself, and be able to communicate clearly about what matters to you. Learning to be more assertive is the key intervention that makes the biggest difference in her clients’ lives, says Dr Marlet Tromp, a life and corporate coach in Johannesburg. “But for many of us, standing up for our interests goes against

how we are raised: to be agreeable.” She explains how you should go about amping up your assertiveness: Set Boundaries: Before automatically agreeing to a request, or with a statement, test it against your own needs and beliefs. Ask yourself what your rights are when it comes to protecting your own time and energy. This will help you to define when you should say yes to and when to say no. Prepare for Difficult Situations: Write down your thoughts and rehearse your views. Be prepared for any questions or objections. Shake It Off: Being assertive will

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inevitably lead to more conflict in your life. Your needs may not necessarily fit the needs of others, and expressing yourself may provoke criticism. When someone says something negative to you, first decide whether the criticism is constructive and truthful, Tromp says. If you don’t believe it is justified, don’t internalise the remark. “Also, repeat the criticism back to the person and ask if you understood their view correctly.” This will force them to repeat the criticism, often leading to a qualification of the first remark. Watch Your Language: Don’t undermine yourself by using tentative language. Words and phrases like “just”, “sorry”, “actually”, “I think”, “Does that make sense?” and “I’m not an expert” don’t inspire confidence in your message and will diminish your message. (A new free Gmail plug-in called “Just Not Sorry” will highlight these offending words and help you make your emails stronger.) Also, avoid filler words like “um” and “like”. Say what you want to say and don’t qualify your message. To get what you want, you will have to express it in clear language. Make sure that you don’t waffle on, but that you make your point in a logical and direct

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way. Also, use “I” rather than “you”, is Tromp’s advice. You will get a much better result if you say something like, “I feel disrespected when you don’t react to my emails”, instead of, “You never respond to my emails.” Be a Broken Record: This assertiveness technique can be surprisingly effective, says Tromp. When your view is being ignored, repeat in a calm voice the exact message you want to get across. It will help to stop you flaring up in anger, or prevent other people derailing you and taking advantage of you. Simply repeat the same phrase in a measured tone over and over again. Importantly, don’t make excuses or introduce new information. For example: “I won’t be able to take over your project.” Then: “I understand you are under a great deal of stress, but I won’t be able to take over your project.” And then: “That’s really not relevant to the issue under discussion. I won’t be able to take over your project.” Keep Calm: Don’t lose control and selfrespect by flying off the handle and saying things that will undermine your position. “The best way of being assertive is to remain calm and by being measured,” Tromp says. Don’t ever react in anger. Instead, step away

from the situation (or sit down, at least) and take time before you react. Adopt a Daily Assertiveness Regime: Move out of your comfort zone and test yourself in different situations. This can include making small talk with strangers, or asserting yourself in small decisions, like choosing a restaurant for a group of friends. Don’t Put the “Ass” in Assertive: There is a big difference between being aggressive and being assertive. Listen carefully to others and take great care to understand their opinions and beliefs. Being assertive doesn’t mean that your views are automatically right, so be respectful of and open to other views. Seek win-win outcomes that acknowledge all participants and benefit all involved. Check your body language. Sit up straight and make eye contact at all times. Adopt a high power pose: Stand tall with your chest out and your hands on your hips. Don’t Shift the Blame: By admitting mistakes and shouldering responsibility, you will earn respect. Take an Active Role: Listen carefully in meetings, ask questions and offer your opinions. Don’t shy away from responsibility; seize every opportunity to prove yourself.


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Terrific Volvo V40 & V40 Cross Country Consummately underrated, the Volvo V40 deserves more than its current share of the compact premium hatchback market.

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The Volvo V40 shifted the goalposts ahead of the German triumvirate at its launch in 2012, offering a stylish and safe alternative that, back then, oozed elegant individuality. Now, the upgrades brought to bear on the V40 and V40 Cross Country should extend its lifecycle sufficiently to keep it relevant and, perhaps, even add a percentage point or two to the brand’s share of the compact premium hatch market segment. Less Is More Cape Town offered the perfect backdrop to launch the reinvigorated V40 recently. Donning her finest weather for the occasion, the Mother City opened her arms wide to welcome a car that, according to Volvo, was so well conceived in the beginning that hardly any changes have been made to the exterior design. I largely agree with this approach, as I believe the V40 remains current enough, design-wise, to compete

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with its rivals. Secondly, because I believe that buyers often feel hard done by when refreshed versions of their cars come along looking substantially different. Instead, Volvo have brought what I believe to be their most distinctive design feature to selected models in the V40 and Cross Country ranges, “Thor’s Hammer”. Seen on new-generation Volvos like the XC90 and the upcoming S90, Volvo’s signature daytime running light (DRL) with all-LED lighting set-up makes an instant and significant difference to the front of the V40. Available as standard on some models and as an option on others, Thor’s Hammer DRLs are a must-have and are worth the investment for sheer looks alone. Also evident are upgraded grille treatments across the range – including an individualised grille design for R-Design versions that enhance its sporty appeal – while the new Volvo iron mark logo is also inherited from the XC90.

Swedish Design Volvo prides itself on its Swedish design heritage, and in creating an interior ambience in each of its cars that envelopes one in understated Swedish luxury. Old favourite soft leathers and softtouch finishes remain, alongside Volvo’s familiar charcoal, blonde and amber colour treatments. New to the range is an elegantly woven fabric option dubbed City Weave, which trendily combines a mixed blonde/charcoal interior and twotone steering wheel design, with a tweedlike textile pattern on the seats. It is fresh, and it is retro, and it might just start a new movement away from boring full-leather interiors in the premium segment. In terms of technology, the V40 retains its digital instrumentation cluster but falls behind rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz A-Class in terms of its infotainment display. Also, when compared to the unequivocal brilliance of the XC90’s tablet system that


everyone just adores, the limitations of the V40’s pre-SPA platform are, in this respect, starkly obvious. Powerful and Efficient Volvo’s Drive-E engine technology has been around for a couple of years, and now every model in the full 14-derivative line-up carries the technology at its heart. With the exception of the 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine fitted to the V40 T3 automatic, all Drive-E engines in the V40 and Cross Country ranges are of the new-generation 2.0-litre variety, whether petrol or diesel. From the 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel powering the V40 D2 which can consume as little as 3.4-l/100 km and emit just 89 g/km of CO2, to the powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit in the V40 Cross Country T5 AWD, which is good for 180 kW and 350 Nm, the Drive-E range delivers an optimal balance between driveability and efficiency. Available gearboxes continue to include a six-speed manual, sixspeed Geartronic automatic and eight-speed Geartronic transmissions.

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Making design decisions together is not always a fluent and friendly process. And although some couples expect to butt heads over their choices, this doesn’t have to be the case. In some situations, contrary forces can be complementary. So regardless of your different decorating styles, you can still create the kind of space that reflects both of your personalities. Text: Katlego Sekano, Property24 Images Š Supplied

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Focus on Function How you intend to use your space will determine how you decorate it, so have a seat with your partner and discuss the function of each room beforehand. For example, take into account whether the bedroom will be used exclusively for sleeping or could you incorporate a reading corner as well? Would there be a TV in the room or would you be leaning towards a gadget-free zone? Once you both have a clear vision of what the space will be used for, you can then go ahead and pick your furniture, paint and any other décor fixtures. Double Up Oftentimes the conflict comes from having two of everything and one or both partners not being comfortable enough to let go of their sofa or coffee tables. So if you’re aiming for originality, keep both but make sure that they are different to each

other in terms of height, shape, materials or finish. For example, if your coffee tables are not the same height, you could partially wedge one under the other to create a “stairway” effect. Pick a Consistent Colour Palette Blending an array of decorating styles is tricky but not impossible. The key is to use one dominant colour, preferably neutral, which you can bring to life by adding hard and soft accessories that have different textures, tints, shapes and finishes. Blend Collections Pool collectables to create a display worthy of compliments. If one partner collects comics and the other has made a hobby out of gathering old cameras or seashells, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t exhibit all of these collections together. So whether you arrange your

crafts on a bookcase or display them on floating shelves, merging individual interests on one platform will give visitors an idea of who you are as a couple. Keep Relationship Issues Separate From Décor Challenges When you’re butting heads over the budget or squabbling about paint choices, don’t use the disagreement as an opportunity to attack your partner on unresolved relationship issues. Otherwise, the weight and exhaustion that comes with renovating and decorating your home may start to take a toll on the relationship. As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” So don’t pressure yourselves. Make decisions together, be open and honest, compromise and – most importantly – have fun! For more lifestyle and décor advice, visit Property24’s Lifestyle section on www.property24.com.

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Swapping Blackboards for

Motherboards Selecting a Technologically Adept School

The connected world is providing children with limitless opportunities. Increasingly, schools are embracing this to give pupils a more advanced learning environment. What are some of the things you need to be mindful of as parents to pick the right school for your children, from a technology perspective?

Text: Colin Thornton, CEO, Dial a Nerd Image © iStockphoto.com Connectivity At the very heart of any technology environment nowadays is the connectivity being used. After all, you could buy your child the latest and greatest tablet, there could be intelligent projectors everywhere, and super high-tech science labs, but if the school only has an entry-level ADSL connection then it’s almost pointless. With more learning resources available online, the school should have a decent connection to provide all pupils with a satisfactory experience when accessing the Web. This isn’t just about downloading the occasional e-book, which isn’t very demanding. It’s about streaming documentaries or watching high definition videos of science experiments. The reality is that ADSL is simply not a viable option given the number of people accessing the school network at any one time. For a truly effective internet experience, the school should have fibre or high capacity wireless access. Safety First Although the internet is a wonderful learning environment with almost limitless content, it does also contain a lot of content that children should not be able to access. The school has to be able to provide parents with a level of comfort that they have the content blockers, anti-virus

software, and firewalls in place to safeguard against any adult or unsafe content. Kids are naturally curious and if the right safeguards aren’t in place they will stumble across something – deliberately or not – which is unsuitable for them to see. Apps for Learning Apps have become the building blocks of the digital age. If the school uses learning apps, it might be worthwhile for you to take the time to test them out yourself. It is always fascinating to see just how far education has come from the days when we were in school. On the other hand, you might find the apps are unsuitable or you know of better ones. The beauty of this type of learning technology is that it’s flexible. In the old days, if a school ordered piles of textbooks which were unsatisfactory, they were stuck with them. Other Teaching Aids The best thing about using technology is the level of interactivity provided. Not only does this significantly improve the learning process and make school fun (well, as fun as school can be), it often results in increased learner motivation. A study done by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (yes, the same Gates behind Microsoft) found that teachers identified six instructional purposes for which digital tools

are useful: • Delivering instructions directly to pupils • Diagnosing pupils’ learning needs • Varying the delivery method of instruction • Tailoring the learning experience to meet individual needs • Supporting collaboration and providing interactive experiences • Fostering independent practice of specific skills If your school makes use of interactive teaching tools, ensure that they are using them to their full capacity, as they can be very beneficial to the learning experience. Part of the Whole Schools need to take technology as seriously as businesses do. They need to ensure that the right policies and procedures are in place, as well as that they’re using the right hardware. If the school is uncertain of whether learners should be on Android, Windows, or iOS (or any of them), or feels that a 2Mbps ADSL line shared between 800 pupils is sufficient, then parents need to reconsider the school’s readiness for a digital environment. School is hard enough without your children having to worry about downtime, system crashes, and failed apps. They will have more than enough of that when they join the workforce.

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Gone

Phishing? It is estimated that over 90 % of cyber attacks take place through email, making it a critical area to secure for any business.

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The rise of cybercrime has resulted in improved cyber attacks on businesses. Probably the most damaging and deceptive of all, is “whaling”. Having led to more than $2.3 billion in losses over the past three years, this new form of trickery involves the cyber-criminal acting as a member of an organisation’s C-Suite, typically the CEO or CFO. The perpetrator sends an email to a recipient requesting a wire or data transfer. These messages appear highly credible – often utilising the correct names and titles of individuals using similar domain names – and are created to avoid spam filters. According to a recent study (Countdown to Compromise: The Timeline of a SpearPhishing Attack), the average company goes 229 days before realising that it has been breached. By this time, cybercriminals could have extracted important or highly sensitive data, introduced malware or ransomware, or even led to direct financial loss and impact to reputation.   Mimecast, leaders in cloud-based email security software, released research showing that 55 % of organisations have seen an increase in the volume of whaling

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attacks over the last three months with domain-spoofing being the most popular attack type (70 %). Most whaling attacks pretend to be the CEO (72 %), while 35 % were attributed to the CFO. Boost Your Business’ Cyber Resilience Alongside the implementation of advanced security software to protect users from accessing malicious URLs and email attachments and to recognise and block whaling attacks, Mimecast encourages businesses to engage with their staff and interrogate their business practices to boost their cyber resilience. • Educate employees about these types of attacks and what to look out for such as emails from the CEO or CFO requesting immediate action. • Test employees once trained by using simulations in the form of staged whaling messages intentionally sent to key individuals. • Implement advanced email gateways to “stamp” messages as “external” and raise suspicion when they seem to have come from someone inside the organisation. • Introduce specialised email threat

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Golfer Shark River Golf Club

Radical golfer, Heinrich du Preez, will be giving Indwe readers a travelling golfer’s guide to some of the best and most interesting courses in Southern Africa. In this edition, he visits the Shark River Golf Club.

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Who Is Heinrich du Preez? Heinrich du Preez has been actively involved in the golfing industry since 2006 and holds numerous world records in golf, including a few Guinness World Records, such as playing a round of golf on all six continents in just five days. He has also played a round of golf in all nine of South Africa’s provinces in one day… without flying. For more information, visit www.radicalgroup.co.za, or connect on Twitter (@radicalgolfer), or on Instagram (radicalgolfer).

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A couple of years ago I came across an article in a golfing magazine highlighting the 25 most dangerous golf courses in the world. This included courses from around the globe, with the most dangerous golf course in the world being listed as in Harlem, New York. This is the kind of course you play with the strong possibility of drive-by shootings in the background! Upon recent investigation (thanks to Google), this honour has now been bestowed on a golf course at Camp Bonifas. Camp Bonifas was a United Nations Command military post located 400 m south of the southern boundary of the North Korean Demilitarized Zone! By contrast, being in peaceful South Africa, I wanted to find not the most dangerous golf course, but rather the safest. This honour goes to Shark River Golf Club in the windy city of Port Elizabeth. The Shark River Golf Club is situated right next to the PE airport, within an active military base at Forest Hill. If you visit the club’s website at www.sharkrivergolf.com, you will note that they claim that their club is a great place to make new friends, and boasts one of the best watering holes in town. I can attest to this, as I made a number of new friends and quenched my thirst a couple of times during my visit. Phillip, the Club Captain, and Justin, who arranged my visit, will make you feel right at home – from friendly service with a smile, to “just one last one for the road”.

So, what did I think of the course? After all, as the Golf Traveller I need to tell you about the course, not just the drinks! Well, I was pleasantly surprised. Nine-hole golf courses are usually built merely to entertain the locals who want to play golf. They cannot be compared with golf courses that have huge budgets, and they normally also have only a handful of members. Having said this, I believe that our country has some of the best nine-hole courses the world has to offer. And Shark River is definitely one of these. The thing that impressed me most was their greens. Not just the condition of them, but their interesting shapes. Seldom do you find greens in South Africa that are not round in shape. The opposite is true here. It is also not a very long course to walk, as the total distance covered by men would be 5,517 m, provided that you do not stray too far away from where the lawnmowers drive. Ladies will cover a total distance of 4,917 m to finish their round. The longest hole on the course is the parfive 7th hole, measuring a total distance from tee to green of 437 m. Shortest honours go to the 8th hole, measuring in at 114 m. This is a par-72 course with a men’s rating of 70, and ladies rating of 71. Overall, I give Shark River Golf Club a double thumbs up – it’s a great value for money golf course, and boasts cheap drinks and awesome hospitality. I will definitely visit them again.

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Books Weber Hot & Spicy By Jamie Purviance South Africans love spicy food, especially when it is hot off the braai and washed down with our favourite cold beverage. Master griller Jamie Purviance’s recipes are simple to follow and take the guesswork out of cooking with chillies and spices. Handy tips provide advice where it’s needed, and the short introduction explains what equipment you will need for efficient braaiing, as well as providing information on where different chillies rank on the “heat scale”.

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Good Cop, Bad Cop By Andrew Brown Once an enemy of the apartheid police, Andrew Brown has worked as a police reservist for almost 20 years. In this book he takes the reader on patrol with him – into the ganglands of the Cape Flats, the townships of Masiphumelele and Nyanga, and the high-walled Southern Suburbs. Good Cop, Bad Cop is a personal account of the perilous and often conflicting work of a SAPS officer. Brown illustrates how difficult the job of the police is, and how easy it is to react with undue force. Yet he argues passionately that the role of the police is to be a service to communities and not a force to suppress social discontent. Gripping and thought-provoking, this is a fascinating insight into the social fabric of current South Africa.

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The Travellers’ Guide to Weather There are thousands of weather apps to choose from, but not all are equally accurate for your location. Your go-to source at home might not be the best option for your travel destination. Climendo has tracked forecasters’ accuracy around the world for years, and generates the statistically most likely forecast for any location based on both historical accuracy and level of agreement between several sources. Founded by a pair of Swedish brothers, this start-up is ranked as one of the hottest digital companies in Sweden, with their apps and website used by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. The Climendo free app allows you to compare some of the best forecasts on the same screen, and see what the weather was like one, two, five, ten, and 20 years ago, while its probability rate tells you how certain the forecast is. The Climendo app is available free of charge from the App Store and Google Play.


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

Stacey Parsiah Senior Cabin Crew Member Station: Durban Base Length of Service With SA Express: Six years. Tell us more about yourself. It may sound like a cliché but I am living my dream of being a flight attendant. I have always envisioned myself working on board an aeroplane ever since I was a little girl. On my days off, I am very involved in sport, as I play professional netball for a club as well as eight-ball pool for a social league. I have a huge personality, I’m always wearing a smile and am very talkative. What is the most exciting part of your job? It’s quite exciting being in three different provinces all in a day’s work, meeting more than 200 different people each day, and, of course, looking classy and well groomed in my make-up and uniform. What do you find most challenging about what you do? It’s always a challenge being assertive without looking or sounding rude to passengers. As the saying goes: “The customer is always right.” But unfortunately in aviation that is not always the case. Having to tell a passenger that they are doing something wrong and that it affects the safety of the aircraft without causing conflict, and still holding a gracious smile while doing so, can be quite challenging. What do you like about working for SA Express? SA Express has the most amazing “family-like” employee base. It makes it easier when you are not just a number and everyone knows each other personally. It is an honour to be a part of an airline that has been previously voted as “Regional Airline of the Year”, and when you excel in your performance, your efforts are always recognised and appreciated. What would people find surprising about your job? The rigorous annual training that we have to go through to be deemed competent to operate, as we are responsible for the safety of hundreds of passengers each day. It isn’t always about the make-up and the glamour – it takes a great deal of patience and tolerance to be a successful cabin crew member. Have you ever had any funny incidents or encounters in your job? Far too many to list, but one that does stand out, was a passenger travelling from Cape Town to Durban after a long weekend celebrating his bachelor party. Thanks to a concoction of alcohol intoxication and minimal sleep, he passed out for the duration of the flight. As we reached the parking bay and all the passengers had disembarked, I noticed his friends trying to wake him up. He was not even aware that we had already landed and his friends had to literally carry him off the aircraft because he just refused to wake up! What words of wisdom do you live by? Rather be disliked for who you are than be loved for someone you are not. Just be yourself.

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SA Express recently sponsored flights to transport learners to this year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence Show (AAD) in Pretoria.

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South African Express sponsored flights for 29 learners from rural and disadvantaged communities, across the country, to attend this year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence Show (AAD). The airline’s sponsorship is in support of the Youth Development Programme (YDP), which each year is an integral component of the AAD to raise awareness of careers in aviation and defence. The flights are valued at R148,000, and form part of SA Express’ sponsorship of educational programmes, resources and materials at primary, secondary and tertiary education levels. “At SA Express we are proud to be at the forefront of transformation when it comes to the South Africa’s aviation industry,” says SA Express Chief Executive Officer, Inati Ntshanga.

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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 SA 1131

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

Arr 07:00 07:10 09:05 12:25 14:55 16:30 16:35 17:45 19:00 19:45

A/C cr8 cr8 DH4 DH4 DH4 dh4 dh4 dh4 cr2 DH4

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Dep 07:15 17:30 18:30 18:30

Arr 08:45 19:00 20:00 20:10

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Dep 06:50 08:20 11:30 15:50

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Johannesburg - Kimberley Flt SA SA SA SA sa SA

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Dep 06:00 09:20 13:10 14:25 16:50 17:20

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Johannesburg - Port Elizabeth Flt SA SA SA

No 1459 1457 1457

Dep 17:30 17:30 17:50

Arr 19:10 19:30 19:50

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Johannesburg - mahikeng Flt sa SA SA sa SA

No 1121 1123 1123 1125 1127

Dep 06:40 07:10 07:10 14:45 15:40

Arr 07:35 07:50 08:05 15:40 16:25

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No 1024 1002 1004 1006 1012 1014 1014 1014 1018 1022

Dep 06:20 07:40 09:35 12:55 15:25 17:05 17:15 17:20 18:20 19:30

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

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No 1412 1404 1410 1410 1410

Dep 06:45 09:15 19:20 19:40 20:30

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No 1502 1504 1506 1510

Dep 09:20 10:50 14:20 18:10

Arr 08:25 10:45 21:00 21:10 22:00

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Dep 12:00 13:55

Arr 13:00 14:55

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Dep 07:40 10:55 15:05 16:05 18:50 19:05

Arr 08:45 12:00 16:10 17:10 19:50 20:10

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No 1460 1460 1458

Dep 06:10 06:20 20:00

Arr 08:00 08:00 21:35

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mahikeng - Johannesburg Flt SA sa sa sa SA

No 1122 1124 1124 1126 1128

Dep 08:00 08:40 08:45 16:20 16:50

*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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George - Johannesburg

Johannesburg - Hoedspruit Flt No SA 1225 SA 1227

pilanesberg - Johannesburg

Arr 08:50 09:30 09:30 17:10 17:30

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Johannesburg - Richards bay Flt SA SA SA SA

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

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

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Johannesburg - walvis bay Flt No SA 1701

Dep 11:55

Arr 14:10

A/C CR8

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

No 1761 1761 1761 1763 1765 1767 1767 1775 1775 1783 1779 1779

Dep 05:55 06:20 06:55 07:55 09:55 11:30 11:55 12:35 14:30 15:45 18:10 18:45

Arr 06:50 07:15 07:50 08:50 10:50 12:20 12:45 13:30 15:25 16:40 19:05 19:40

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

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Johannesburg - Lubumbashi Flt No SA 1797

Dep 09:20

Arr 11:45

A/C CR8

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CAPE TOWN - bloemfontein Flt SA SA sa SA SA SA

No 1081 1083 1087 1087 1091 1091

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

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

A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 cr2 cr2 dh4

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

No 1361 1363 1363 1371 1371 1373 1375 1375

Dep 06:00 07:00 08:00 12:25 13:05 16:25 17:20 17:20

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

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 cr2 CR2 cr2 CR2 dh4

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Cape Town - Pilanesberg Flt No SA 1255

Dep 11:30

Arr 13:40

A/C CR2

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Richards bay - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA

No 1202 1204 1208 1214

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

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

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walvis bay - Johannesburg Flt sa

No 1702

Dep 14:45

Arr 16:55

A/C cr8

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

No 1762 1762 1762 1764 1766 1768 1768 1776 1776 1784 1780 1780

Dep 07:30 07:40 08:30 09:20 11:25 12:55 13:20 14:00 16:05 17:15 19:45 20:10

Arr 08:25 08:35 09:25 10:15 12:20 13:50 14:15 14:55 17:00 18:10 20:40 21:05

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

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Lubumbashi - Johannesburg Flt SA

No 1798

Dep 12:30

Arr 15:00

A/C CR8

M

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bloemfontein - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA

No 1082 1084 1088 1088 1092 1092

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

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

A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 DH4 CR2 CR2

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

No 1362 1364 1364 1372 1372 1374 1376 1376

Dep 08:00 09:00 10:00 14:20 15:10 18:30 19:40 19:50

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

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 cr2 CR2 CR2 dh4 CR2

M

Pilanesberg - cape town Flt SA

No 1254

Dep 14:10

Arr 16:30

A/C CR2

M

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

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

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Flight schedule Cape Town - Hoedspruit Flt No sa 1241

Dep 09:10

Arr 12:30

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

No 1801 1803 1803 1807 1813 1813 1819 1821 1827 1823

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

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

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

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Cape Town - Walvis Bay Flt No SA 1721

Dep 11:15

Arr 13:25

A/C CR2

durban - East London Flt SA sa SA SA sa

No 1301 1305 1305 1309 1309

Dep 06:00 11:30 12:00 16:50 17:35

Arr 07:05 12:45 13:05 17:55 18:50

A/C CR2 dh4 CR2 CR2 dh4

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

No 1330 1334 1334 1336 1340 1340 1348

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

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

A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 CR2 CR2 dh4 CR2

durban - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA

No 1850 1854 1854 1858

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

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

durban - lusaka Flt No SA 1601

Dep 09:10

Arr 13:10

durban - Harare Flt No SA 1603

Dep 09:10

Arr 11:35

Hoedspruit - Cape Town Flt sa

No 1242

Dep 13:10

A/C dh4

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

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

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

Arr 08:40 09:40 10:10 10:40 13:50 14:20 18:00 18:40 19:30 20:20 22:10

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

Flt SA

No 1722

Dep 14:00

Arr 16:00

No 1302 1306 1306 1310 1310

Dep 07:35 13:20 13:35 18:25 19:30

Arr 08:35 14:35 14:35 19:25 20:30

No 1331 1335 1335 1337 1341 1341 1349 1349

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

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

No 1851 1855 1855 1859

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

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

lusaka - durban Flt SA

No 1604

Dep 13:40

Arr 17:40

Harare - durban Flt SA

No 1612

Dep 13:25

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

Arr 15:50

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CAPE TOWN - DURBAN Flt SA SA SA SA

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East London - DURBAN Flt SA sa SA SA sa

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walvis Bay - Cape Town

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

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Arr 16:20


Passenger Letters Dear SA Express I would like to thank and compliment Thuli at the Richards Bay reservation offices. I had an issue with checking in for a flight on SAA the following day. This effectively had nothing to do with Thuli, but she tried everything in her power to assist me. Also compliments to her colleague who gave her advice too. They were very professional and helpful! Please forward my gratitude to the two of them. Kindest regards, Corne Moll Congratulations to Corne Moll, who wrote our winning letter this month, and walks away with a Samsonite Octolite 55 cm spinner valued at R3,495.

Good day I recently had two superb flights with SA Express that left my heart full of joy. My morning flight was swift and professional and the whole crew was outstanding in their service. We also landed 15 minutes ahead of schedule, which was a nice bonus. That evening, we had a phenomenal woman as our pilot. What a stable, cool, balanced trip, coupled with such a smooth, swift landing. This experience was one of a kind and I am proud to be associated with SA Express. You always exceed my expectations, but this time you did so overwhelmingly. Well done SA Express, you really fly for us, as your slogan says. Thank you for being my airline of choice. Customer loyalty is built by these kinds of experiences and phenomenal service. Warm regards Tozie Mazitshana

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

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