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Features 22/ The Hip-Hopper & the Suit
The Making of a Luxury Wine
Entrepreneurship Should Start Early
On Trend for Summer Entertaining Beetroot Inc
Flagstoneâ€™s Velvet Red Blend
Harnessing Blockchain Technology to Transform Global Cyber Security
Foster Business Skills in School
Fly on the Wall
Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
House Viewings: Should You Stay or Should You Go?
Why Africa Needs to Focus on Mental Health
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Need to Know
Bits & Pieces
Wild Winners – The Best of the Bush
Dinner & A Movie
Turn it Up!
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Meet the Crew
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As SA Express continues on its journey to full recovery, the airline’s board and management are confident that they are on the right path towards rebuilding this vital carrier to a level that all its key stakeholders can be proud of – one that delivers on its promises and which puts its customers at the epicentre of its operations. Having recalibrated its compass and rigorously interrogated all its systems, your favourite domestic and regional passenger and cargo carrier has come back stronger, more focused and energised after resuming operations in late August following the temporary May grounding. The critical role that SA Express plays in the broader South African aviation ecosystem cannot be overemphasised. The airline connects secondary destinations to major airport hubs. It connects businesses and people to each other. After more than two decades in the business, this airline remains a strategic asset to the country and an essential cog in South Africa’s regional aviation wheel for both business and leisure. Our October edition of Indwe coincides with Transport Month, which this year is aptly themed: “Transport, the Heartbeat of Economic Growth and Social Development.” This theme rings true for aviation and more especially for the regional and domestic markets that SA Express services. In the spirit of Transport Month, we at SA Express have committed ourselves to going back to the basics that made us great. The return to service of the airline was, and continues to be, in a phased approach to ensure that we deliver the best service. This prudent approach has delivered optimal results, as we continue to deliver a customer focused SA Express premium economy offering.
We are delighted to announce that since returning to service on 23rd August 2018, SA Express has managed to register an impressive On Time Performance (OTP) averaging over 90 % daily. This is a huge milestone and a concerted effort by the airline to ensure that we deliver the service you can trust, as well as value for money. SA Express has gradually resumed operations to some of its major local and regional routes. These include flights between Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, Lubumbashi, Kimberley, Gaborone, Richards Bay and Walvis Bay. We will continue to roll out additional domestic services such as Hoedspruit in October. As regrettable as the past few months have been, they have also provided the airline with a critical period of reflection and contemplation – leading to difficult but important business decisions aimed at steering the airline out of the challenging times in which we found ourselves. As an organisation, we are deeply mindful of the inconvenience we caused you, our customers, as you had to experience disruptions to your travel plans and cargo movement. Rest assured, however, that the entire SA Express staff, management and board of directors are working tirelessly every day to ensure that your needs as customers will not be compromised again. Indeed, our job is very clear: to get you to and from your destinations, safely, comfortably and on time – without fail. This means that you can now sit back, relax and enjoy our hospitality as we fly you to your destination, confident that you really are in very good hands.
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In Full Bloom
Polo For A Purpose
12TH TO 14TH OCTOBER SANLAM HANDMADE CONTEMPORARY FAIR, HYDE PARK, JOHANNESBURG
27 TH OCTOBER PROTEA PARTY, ANTHONIJ RUPERT ESTATE, FRANSCHHOEK
3RD NOVEMBER CINTRON PINK POLO, VAL DE VIE ESTATE
This month, the rooftop of Hyde Park Corner will be transformed into a mecca of design, food and wine from the best artisans on the African continent. Now in its ninth year, the 2018 Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair (SHMC) will celebrate a “return to making”, which seeks to amplify the journey of how products are made while highlighting the unique stories told through their craftsmanship. New participating exhibitors include some of the most respected names in local design, food and wine: Houtlander, Karu, Manaka Coffee, Lukhanyo Mdingi, Khokho and Chocoloza. Familiar brands such as Pichulik, Bena Group, Richard Bosman, Jorgensens, Skinny laMinx, and Steenberg Wines will also be returning this year. Early-bird tickets will be available via www.sanlamhmc.co.za for R130 each, or at the door for R150 (kids under 12 enter free).
Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s annual Protea Party celebrates the estate’s much-loved Protea wine range with an exclusive event that combines creative design, inspired seasonal cuisine, and superb wine. The Protea range – which consists of eight single varietal wines – is synonymous with elegant design and value for money. The theme for the 2018 celebration is “Contemporary Floral”, and takes inspiration from the international trend of large-format floral wallpapers, fabrics and prints. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted with Protea cocktails to enjoy as the sun sets on the estate. Dinner – a generous three-course, harvest-style feast of seasonal winelands produce – will be served at long tables beneath an expansive marquee. Entertainment will be provided by a live band and hitting the dance floor is a must for working off all those calories after dinner. Tickets cost R695 per guest. For bookings email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +27 21 874 9019.
Regarded as The Sport of Kings, polo has been played and supported by royalty, aristocrats and captains of industry over the centuries. Guests at this year’s Cintron Pink Polo, presented by Vodacom, can look forward to a day in the picturesque Winelands worthy of royalty and filled with all things pink and polo-inspired – from the fashion to the food and drinks offerings. Many memorable moments will be in store, including a fashion show by acclaimed designer Elrico Zarr Bellingan, and signature Cintron cocktails. The event also pays tribute to the survivors of breast cancer and serves as a platform to raise awareness for the disease. For the first time in the history of the event, the Children Cancer Foundation South Africa (CHOC) will benefit from the Pink Food Truck Fair area, where R100 per ticket sold will be donated to CHOC.
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Come and meet an aerial Big Five when Nemo, Squid, Octopus, Red Teddy and Bertie the Worm take to the skies at the 24 th Cape Town International Kite Festival. Africa’s biggest kite festival sees participants from around the world flying incredible kite creations in support of Cape Mental Health, South Africa’s oldest mental health organisation. Bring along your own kite to fly in the public arena, buy a kite at the festival or make one – there are several free kite-making workshops on both days. There is also live entertainment (dance, music and comedy), a tea garden, food trucks and fairground rides. At just R40 per person (and R15 for children 12 years and younger) this spectacular event offers affordable, fresh-air fun for the whole family, while simultaneously helping those affected by mental health problems. Tickets are available at the gate or via //WWW.QUICKET.CO.ZA .
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SA’s premiere consumer wine show will again bring an exceptional line-up of premium wine brands to the heart of Jozi. Trendsetters and wine lovers should plan to pamper their palates with all that is new and exciting in the world of wine at the single largest gathering of the country’s A-list wineries and influencers. Beautiful stands, eye-catching labels, awardwinning wines, engaging exclusive time with the winemakers in the RMB Private Bank Tasting Lounge, and delicious tapas tastes provided by Mastrantonio and select food exhibitors, all form part of the RMB WineX experience. RMB WineX also provides the opportunity to stock up on must-have wines via the Shop@Show facility managed by fine wine retailer Norman Goodfellows.//WWW.WINEX.CO.ZA
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Makumu Private Game Lodge has recently added a tented bush camp to its accommodation offerings in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve in Hoedspruit, Limpopo. The Makumu Tented Bush Camp, which has no permanent facilities and comes with a near non-existent eco-footprint, brings you back to a safari experience of old Africa. Located in a remote part of Makumu’s concession, the camp consists of the basic bush luxuries of canvas dome tents, a crackling campfire, open-air bucket showers and legendary bush hospitality. Explore the mysterious wildlands of the Klaserie on foot or in an open game-drive vehicle with one South Africa’s top guides, Alan McSmith. Guests can learn more about the bush, and search for a diversity of wildlife, from elephant, lion and antelope to the more elusive nocturnal animals like leopard and porcupine. The Tented Bush Camp is available from March to September and is available on an exclusive-use basis only.
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Dinner & A Movie
Hale & Hearty After three years of serving up some of the best wild boar mac ’n cheese in Parktown North, The National will be closing… but, not for long. Chef James Diack is giving his Parktown North speakeasy a facelift and transforming it into a wine and food bar – Douglas + Hale. The name pays homage to James’ grandfathers – Douglas Diack and Mathew Hale. “Douglas + Hale will serve an incredible range of fine wines,” says James.
“We’ll also have some absurdly good cocktails made by our in-house mixologist.” For the food, James is keeping it simple but delicious, plus fans of The National will be excited to see some of their favourite dishes making an appearance on the menu. Douglas + Hale’s relaxed atmosphere is set to become a favourite location for after work cocktails, pre-meal drinks, or a night cap. For bookings, contact +27 11 327 3030.
Papillon Based on the international best-selling autobiographical books Papillon and Banco, the movie Papillon follows the epic story of Henri “Papillon” Charrière (Charlie Hunnam), a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life
in the notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who in exchange for protection agrees to finance Papillon’s escape.
Butterfly Bubbly South African bubbly Papillon celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Founded and still produced by Van Loveren Family Vineyards in the Robertson Wine Valley, the range has proven, by steadfast popular vote, its eminent suitability for any occasion. Now, Papillon marks the event of its birthday with dramatic new packaging as well as a new addition. The Papillon Chardonnay-Pinot Noir Brut Rosé is the latest musthave addition to the portfolio, which comprises a Brut and Demi-Sec as well as two alcohol-free variations. The success behind the range has always been its broad appeal, which caters for tastes from dry to sweet. Papillon can be enjoyed by itself or with food, among friends and family, or as a simple and stylish refresher at the end of a long day. Papillon is available from retailers countrywide as well as online from
Turn it Up! Multi-talented singer and songwriter, Zandie Khumalo, is finally taking centre stage as a leading solo artist, with the release of her debut album Izikhali ZamaNtungwa. The younger sister of vocalist Kelly Khumalo, Zandie has now stepped out of her elder sister’s shadow to show her fans exactly what she is made of on Izikhali ZamaNtungwa, her debut Afrosoul album. The title means “Weapons of the maNtungwa”, and is inspired by her clan name. Her heritage and identity are close to her heart, and as an Afrosoul singer, keeping it real and soulful are part of the deal. First out of the blocks of the 13-track album is “Nangu Makoti”, which is anchored in the rich traditional rhythms inspired by traditional wedding songs. It’s a fun, simple and uplifting sing-along song with infectious celebratory beats. The rousing single “Nami Ngiyalifuna” is a love song dedicated to all the singles wishing to find love one day. Love is a golden thread that runs through Izikhali ZamaNtungwa. “I sing about the simplicity of love. The little things that we women pay attention to; the phone calls until 3am, flowers, holidays and those kind of treats,” she explains. “Ungenzani” is another celebration of love as a woman shares her innermost thoughts and feelings about how her loved one makes her feel. Zandie was born in Thokoza, on the East Rand, but grew up in Nquthu, KwaZulu-Natal, before returning to Gauteng, where she moved around a lot. This nomadic life taught her to adapt to change fast. The experience also made it easy for her to straddle the vastly different worlds of modest rural KwaZulu-Natal, the vibrancy of a township, and the sophistication of city life – all these elements influence her music and the subjects she touches on. After spending many years as her sister’s stylist, backing vocalist and manager – and with much persuasion from her husband and Kelly – Zandie finally stepped into the recording studio herself. “I thought I was just singing and recording for myself, but a beautiful song came out of it called ‘Themba’, which was my first single in 2016. It went to radio and I have never looked back since then,” she explains. “I just hope this album gets me where I want to be – I dream of being on big stages overseas with the biggest names ever.” Zandie Khumalo @zandie_khumalo_gumede @zandie_khumalo
The Hip-Hopper & the Suit
LAYZIEHOUND COKA Layziehound Coka is the quintessential South African artist. He uses societal norms and rap music to enrich his works, creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Text: Charlotte Rogers Images © ODA Gallery
/ Have you ever looked at a suit? Really looked at a suit and wondered why we place so much importance on this humble set of garments? Is it the status that it carries? Is it the money that we imagine the wearer has? Why does this collection of cloth carry so much importance? Local artist Layziehound Coka examines the modern societal climate of South Africa with a special lens pointed at the timehonoured corporate uniform: the suit.
“Suits are a metaphor for any man or woman who operates in the corporate system, be it political or commercial,” Coka says. “The suit is a garment of honour. People are trusting when one appears in a suit. But in today’s society it’s a sheep’s skin used by wolves to lure unsuspecting individuals. Suits are about robbing others of the little they have. Suits hide eloquent and crafty conmen with deadly tricks.
“Once in a while, sometimes once in a lifetime, you meet a good suit that makes you shut your big mouth, and makes you forgive all suits. But that’s a mistake. People on the ground suffer a lot of emotional abuse, intimidation, exploitation and undermining from the suits. The power and the reverence that comes with the cloth radiates wealth, dignity, and trustworthiness – so much so that the people in the suits are
Coka works primarily in charcoal pencils, pastels, and oil paint, which is partly the reason he’s able to work in such intricate detail. His use of colours and textures makes a statement. abusing their powers. Suits have become untouchable, thanks to the economic and political power they possess.” In his 2016 work titled, A Suit on Lunch and the Blogger, geometric lines are interwoven amongst the bright colours used to portray the blogger. The blogger is vibrant, young, and eccentriclooking, alluding to creative capacity and potential. The “suit” (and of course the person in it) is painted in black and white, with few embellishments. This stark contrast highlights the huge difference between these two worlds: the corporate and the creative.
Selfie Reflection Dreams, mixed media on canvas, 110 x 85 cm, 2017
My Arms Lack Their Purpose in Your Absence, mixed media on canvas, 100 x 120 cm, 2017
AN EYE-OPENING MOVE Coka was born in Bilanyoni Township in Paulpietersburg, KwaZulu-Natal, in 1982. Coka grew up in the apartheid system of a segregated South Africa, and so his art is informed by the social plight of being a South African. Like most post-apartheid artists, the responsibility of representation weighs heavily on him. In 2001, he moved to Gauteng and studied engineering at Pretoria Technikon. In 2005, Coka made the drastic decision to give up his studies and transfer to the Artist Proof Studio in Newtown, Johannesburg. “As far back as I can remember I have always looked for ways to express my thoughts,” he recalls. “As a young man from an undeveloped part of the country, everything felt new to my senses when I left home and went to boarding school. This was a true eye-opener. I never saw life as it was again. Hip-hop and I became one.”
With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies, mixed media on canvas, 100 x 150 cm, 2017
FEEL THE BEAT Hip-hop is a huge influence for Coka, who works lyrical verse into his art from start to finish, from title to imagery. “Hip-hop is similar to visual art in some ways,” he says. “There is a strong law of attraction. It can speak for the voiceless and is a great companion to loners and the broken. It’s a gun to a soldier, a teacher to a student, a GPS to a traveller, a rhyme to a poet, and meditation to a monk. It’s informative and full of stories. You can either relate to it or learn from it, or both. “The music continuously questions the system – the way of the suit – and its operational flaws, so it’s a great custodian of public opinion and independent thinking,” he says. The culture of the genre appeals to him “because it is so vibrant” and “full of spirit and authenticity”, which helps him to create the intricate scenes and stories that we see on his canvases. Coka works primarily in charcoal pencils, pastels, and oil paint, which is partly the reason he’s able to work in such intricate detail. His use of colours and
textures makes a statement. His inspiration comes from multiple artists, across various forms, including Francis Bacon for his “radical and daring artworks”, and JeanMichel Basquiat for “his genius and for the way he viewed himself in the world”. He also singles out Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Pablo Picasso, and Conor Harrington. His local influences are too many to mention, but Vladimir Tretchikoff, Diane Victor, Norman Catherine, Bambo Sibiya, Themba Khumalo, and Goodlord Shoyisa all make the list. SHOCK VS SUBTLETY When asked about his opinions on shock tactics in art, and how they are employed in a South African context, Coka had this to say: “Shock and vulgarity has its place. It takes a brave artist to draw like that with confidence. He or she stands to lose not only a sale, but patrons and the favour of critics. But I think it also takes a great artist to be modest and subtle in his execution, and to depict his or her disgust poetically.
That’s diplomacy – the art of telling someone to go to hell so that he looks forward to the trip.” The direction of local art has changed dramatically in the recent past, from sometimes clichéd portrayals of local life, to moving (and sometimes aggressive) commentaries on society. “Yes, it’s changing, but the world is changing,” Coka says. “We’ve gone explicit, about almost everything. Everyone is impatient or an extremist of some sort. It’s our currency. We’ve become crude, ruthless, and rude – even to our own audience.” Like so many artists, Coka makes art to move people, to challenge people, and to encourage them to think and fight. His art lays bare the issues that normal South Africans face daily, and never has art like his been more needed. The artworks displayed in this article are available at the ODA Gallery, 42 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek. Contact Patrizia at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +27 21 876 3809 For more information, or visit www.odagallery.co.za. /
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DO-IT YOURSELF Adventure One of the best ways to experience the unspoilt southern African wilderness is on safari. And for those safari enthusiasts who don’t know where to visit, where to stay or what to do while on their African adventure, Avis Safari Rental has the solution. Text & Images © Supplied
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PICK YOUR PREFERENCE Nine-Day Botswana Self-Drive Camping Safari: This drive starts in Maun and ends in Kasane. Along the way, you will explore the Okavango Delta’s grassy plains, which become a lush paradise teeming with game during flood season (end of November to early March). You can see great elephant herds along the Chobe River in winter, or experience bird-viewing in living colour during the summer months. From here, you will
move on to the enchanting Victoria Falls, and after you’ve been mesmerised by this World Heritage Site, head to Chobe National Park, to admire giraffes, sable and Cape buffalo. The 10-Day Wet and Wild Self-Drive Camping Safari: Starting in Johannesburg, your first stop is the Waterberg Biosphere where you’ll feel like you’re going back in time. Artefacts discovered here date back to the Stone Age, and relate to the origin of mankind. Next up is a visit to the
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is the only known mass breeding ground for pink flamingos in Namibia. A few days later, in Damaraland, you can marvel at red sandstone formations covered with approximately 2,000 works of stunning rock art. The 15-Day Wet and Wild Self-Drive Camping Adventure Safari: After visiting the Waterberg Biosphere and the iconic Kruger National Park, you will pass through Swaziland, which, despite being one of Africa’s smallest countries, has a large variety of landscapes to marvel at. Then head on to Mozambique’s Maputo Elephant Reserve, home to about 300 elephants, and Maputo Bay, to admire all the beautiful water birds that live in this tropical paradise. The 16-day Botswana Self-Drive Camping Safari: Starting and ending in Johannesburg, this tour explores
South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana, including the fascinating Okavango River Delta. Botswana has the biggest elephant population in Africa, with numbers exceeding 50,000. Enter Botswana elephant country from South Africa’s Waterberg Biosphere. Later, you can take a helicopter ride over the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe before heading back to Botswana and the Chobe National Park, where the Savuti Marsh attracts numerous bird species, and migrating zebras. Another highlight is the beauty of the central Kalahari, home to a variety of different wildlife. The 16-Day Namibia and Botswana Overlanding Self-Drive Camping Safari: From Windhoek, explore the central Kalahari’s sprawling terrain, dominated by grasslands and home to giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs.
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Entering Botswana, you can visit the spectacular Okavango Delta, as well as the Chobe River, before going on to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Within Namibia, the Caprivi Strip is a habitat for endangered African wild dogs. It also provides a corridor for African elephants moving between Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Stop at the Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve, a salt pan situated in the middle of the dry savanna of north-eastern Botswana. The pan is all that remains of the once enormous Lake Makgadikgadi. The 17-day Namibia North and South Self-Drive Camping Safari: Starting in Windhoek, explore the northern and southern regions of Namibia and journey through the Namib-Naukluft National Park, part of one of the world’s oldest deserts, the Namib Desert, and see the Naukluft mountain range. Pass Sossusvlei, Namibia’s best-known attraction, with its magical, towering red dunes. The red sand shimmers during sunrise and sunset, and creates a stunning scene to admire on your drive. In contrast, Deadvlei, a white clay pan located near Sossusvlei, creates a horizon of white, red and green that you can’t experience
anywhere else in the world. Make your last stop at Hardap Dam, the largest dam in Namibia. The 22-day Namibia North and South Overlanding Safari: Experience Namibia in all its splendour on this trip. Meet the Himba people from the Kunene region and explore the Kunene River, one of just five perennial rivers in Namibia. Don’t miss Palmwag Conservancy’s spectacular, flattopped mountains and stark plains, and be sure to stop off in the charming town of Swakopmund, with its colonial German architecture and endless stretches of beaches. Drive to the world famous Etosha National Park to explore pans full of seasonal bird life. Spend two days at Pupa Falls, and transit at Palm Wag Conservancy where you will have ample time to track the rare desert-adapted Black Rhino. It wouldn’t be a safari if you didn’t catch a glimpse of Brandberg, a mountain that looks like it’s on fire when the sun sets. With these easy to book safari packages, Avis Safari Rental can really make your African dream safari come true. Visit www.avis.co.za to find out more. /
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ACTING UP Warren Masemola
Actor Warren Masemola speaks in a voice so rich and syrupy it gives you an instant sugar rush. When he orders a pot of ginger tea, his velvety tones elevate it to the most enticing item on the menu and the waitress gives a grin of recognition. Text: Lesley Stones Images ©Suzy Bernstein & Be Phat Motel Films
At 35, Masemola is one of South Africa’s best young actors, with a voice and rugged face destined for Hollywood. He can sing, dance and act in five different languages, and you’ll have heard him on countless voice-overs too. “Give that man a Bell’s,” he purrs, and the waitress and I both melt a little. THE VILLAIN OR THE HERO? But let’s cut to the chase: Is he a nice guy? He scared me witless as a volatile armed robber in the thrilling movie iNumber Number by Donovan Marsh, and as a gunslinger in the stylish Western Five Fingers for Marseilles by Sean Drummond. And on stage, he’s morphed through a series of characters, including a warlord holding an aid worker hostage in Mike van Graan’s play When Swallows Cry. Actually, he would far rather be spreading the love than spreading fear, he says. “I’ve got an audition now and I had the option of two different characters, and I chose to audition for the character who’s not a bad guy. I don’t believe I’m only made to play the bad guy, and it’s too much of a comfort zone to know that people love you for one dimension when I know I can stretch myself further than they imagine.” He’d far rather play more inspiring characters that encourage people to think differently. His favourite character so far has been MaFred in SABC1 drama, Tjovitjo, which earned him a Best Actor award in the South African Film and Television Awards – his third SAFTA so far. “MaFred is a pantsula dance group leader who tries to nourish the group’s passion and give them hope that through dance they can get off the streets and out
He’s performed in children’s theatre, spent three years touring Europe with choreographer Robyn Orlin, and appeared in TV shows like Ses’Top La, Saints and Sinners, Scandal!, Intersexions, Ayeye and Ring of Lies.
of that community, and become the better people they hope to become. It portrays a real-life experience for poverty-stricken black people, and I love it because the character stands for the voiceless and faceless communities where people don’t have anything else to get by on other than their talent.” ART IMITATING LIFE? I ask if the role reflects his own life, or whether he was fortunate enough to come from a decent background. “What’s decent?” he asks. “I had food every night and a bed to sleep on, but in my community I’d see other impoverished people and how difficult it is for them to get to where I am now. For the majority of black children in townships it’s seven times harder to achieve their dreams,” he says. “MaFred is my favourite character because he advocates love, and if we love enough, we can reach out to each other and touch lives in a positive way. I want to bring change in the world, and with my talent being acting people will get to know what I stand for – and it’s all love.” Masemola grew up in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, and as a kid he was a great street dancer. “Townships have a lot of dances and if you know them, you become famous as quite the dancer,” he says. “Then my cousin at drama school told me I had the talent to be an entertainer and took me to audition for [dance company] Moving into Dance Mophatong.” He trained in contemporary dance for a year, then studied drama at the Market Theatre Laboratory in Johannesburg. Since then he’s performed in children’s
Opening Spread and Third Page Top: A moody Warren Masemola in the film Five Fingers for Marseilles. Third Page Bottom: Warren Masemola in When Swallows Cry, a play by Mike van Graan.
theatre, spent three years touring Europe with choreographer Robyn Orlin, and appeared in TV shows like Ses’Top La, Saints and Sinners, Scandal!, Intersexions, Ayeye and Ring of Lies. THE LURE OF THE STAGE He enjoys theatre the most because it challenges him to tap into the emotions of a character and hold it throughout the show without fluffing or anybody calling “cut”. “I’m always excited to perform, especially in theatre because I let go of myself 100 %. It’s really exciting to portray a different character and embody it without bringing myself into that character.” But theatre doesn’t pay the bills, so he survives by diversifying. “There isn’t much money in theatre and theatre work doesn’t come around often, but voice-over work comes because every day people need to advertise something. So I have a jackof-all-trades approach. When I’m not shooting for television, I’ll be shooting a film, and in-between I do voice-overs, and that’s how I live.” For the past five years Masemola has moved almost constantly from one job to the next, making him a rarity of success in the industry. His place in the global spotlight is looking bright too. “I see myself in
international work and specifically Hollywood in the future. I’m gearing myself towards that time, so when the opportunity comes I’ll be prepared,” he says. “I was lucky to go to the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 where
we had the world premiere for two films I’m in, Five Fingers and The Number, which hasn’t been released yet. The love I got in Toronto and how people were speaking to me about how they’d enjoyed the films they’d seen me in makes me believe it’s possible.”
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MÉCHANT OU HÉRO ? Mais permettez-moi d’aller à l’essentiel : Est-ce que c’est un type bien ? J’ai eu une peur bleue quand je l’ai vu dans le rôle d’un voleur armé instable dans iNumber Number de Donovan Marsh, et dans celui d’un flingueur dans le Western tendance Five Fingers for Marseilles de Sean Drummond. Il a joué de nombreux
rôles sur scène, ceci incluant celui d’un « seigneur de guerre » ayant pris en otage un travailleur humanitaire dans la pièce de Mike van Graan du titre de When Swallows Cry (Quand les hirondelles pleurent). Il explique qu’en fait, il préfère de loin partager l’amour plutôt que de répandre la peur. « Je vais bientôt aller passer une audition et j’avais le choix entre deux
personnages : j’ai choisi d’auditionner pour le rôle du personnage qui n’est pas celui du méchant. Je ne considère pas être fait uniquement pour les rôles de méchants ; on atteint une certaine zone de confort quand on sait que l’on est aimé pour un aspect particulier de son talent, mais moi, je sais que je sais que je peux faire tellement plus. »
Il préfère de loin jouer des personnages exaltants qui incitent les gens à penser différemment. Jusqu’ici, son personnage préféré est celui de MaFred dans la série de SABC1 du nom de Tjovitjo, rôle qui lui a permis de remporter le prix du Meilleur acteur aux Cornes d’Or (South African Film and Television Awards) – sa troisième récompense aux SAFTA jusqu’à maintenant. « MaFred est le leader d’un groupe de danse « pantsula » qui, par le biais de la dance, essaie d’alimenter la passion du groupe et de donner à ses membres de l’espoir dans le but de quitter la rue et de s’améliorer comme ils le souhaitent. Cette série dépeint l’expérience vécue de populations noires vivant dans la pauvreté, et ce que j’aime c’est que le personnage donne une voix et un visage aux communautés qui n’en ont pas et dans lesquelles les gens n’ont rien d’autre que leur talent pour arriver à joindre les deux bouts. » L’ART QUI IMITE LA VIE ? Je lui demande si le rôle reflète sa réalité ou s’il a eu la chance de naître dans un milieu convenable. Qu’est-ceque vous voulez dire par convenable ? demandet-il. « J’avais à manger tous les soirs et un lit dans lequel dormir mais
dans ma communauté, je voyais bien les autres démunis et combien il était difficile pour eux de réussir comme j’ai pu le faire. Pour la majorité des enfants noirs des bidonvilles il est sept fois plus difficile de réaliser ses rêves comparé aux autres enfants, » explique-t-il. « MaFred est mon personnage préféré parce qu’il préconise l’amour et que si l’on aime suffisamment, on peut s’ouvrir aux autres et avoir une incidence positive sur leur vie. » Masemola grandit à Soshanguve au nord de Pretoria, et enfant il était un excellent danseur de rue. « Dans les bidonvilles si l’on sait danser toutes les différentes danses des rues, on devient célèbre, » dit-il. « Et puis mon cousin qui était dans une école du spectacle m’a dit que j’avais du talent et que je devrais devenir un artiste. Alors il m’a emmené passer une audition pour faire partie [de la troupe de danse] Moving into Dance Mophatong. » Il se forma à la danse contemporaine pendant un an puis il fit des études d’art dramatique au Market Theatre Laboratory à Johannesburg. Depuis lors il s’est produit dans des spectacles pour enfants, a passé trois ans en tournée en Europe avec la chorégraphe
Robyn Orlin et a tourné de nombreuses séries télévisées telles que Ses’Top La, Saints and Sinners, Scandal!, Intersexions, Ayeye et Ring of Lies. L’ATTRAIT DE LA SCÈNE Ce qu’il aime le plus c’est le théâtre, parce que c’est un enjeu qui le force à exploiter les émotions d’un personnage et à y rester fidèle pendant la représentation entière sans faillir, sans que qui ce ne soit ne crie « Coupez ! ». « Je suis toujours très heureux de jouer un rôle, plus particulièrement lorsqu’il s’agit de théâtre parce que je me laisse aller à 100 % et que je deviens mon personnage. » Mais faire du théâtre n’est pas suffisant pour payer les factures alors il survit en diversifiant ses activités. « Il n’y a pas beaucoup d’argent dans le théâtre et le travail reste rare mais on trouve toujours du travail de voix-off parce les gens ont tout le temps besoin de promouvoir quelque chose. Quand je ne suis pas en train de tourner pour la télévision alors je suis sur un tournage de film, et entre les deux je fais des voix-off. » Depuis cinq ans, Masemola passe constamment d’un job à l’autre ce qui est une rareté dans cette industrie. Sa place sous les projecteurs des media internationaux s’annonce aussi prometteuse. « Je me vois très bien faire du travail international dans l’avenir, plus particulièrement à Hollywood. Je m’y prépare, comme ça quand l’opportunité se présente je suis prêt à la saisir, » dit-il. « J’ai eu la chance d’aller au Festival international du film de Toronto en 2017 pour la première mondiale de deux films dans lesquels je jouais, Five Fingers et The Number. L’affection que l’on m’a manifesté à Toronto et la manière dont les gens me disaient combien ils avaient aimé les films m’incitent à croire que tout est possible. »
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LUXURY WINE Flagstone’s Velvet red blend is a harmony of authenticity and prestige. It embodies a commitment to a wine-making tradition that continues to evolve, but which is still firmly anchored by a philosophy that speaks to deeply rooted dedication. Wine making is a journey that cannot be hurried and where there are no short cuts.
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/ “At Flagstone, we are committed to making honest, handcrafted wine that is an authentic reflection of its provenance. That means care at every touch point, from the viticulture strategy for each of the vineyards we use, to the creativity we employ once the grapes arrive at our winery,” winemaker Gerhard Swart explains. “Our Velvet is made from three vineyards in different cool-climate regions that are chosen for their terroir. Two of these vineyards are at high altitude, whilst the third is in close proximity to the ocean in False Bay. This results in a fresh, natural acidity and low pH that gives this wine longevity, and will allow it to mature gracefully over the next 10 to 20 years if stored correctly.” This blend is a decadent expression of Shiraz, Mourvedre and Viognier, with alluring top notes of cinnamon and spice above a decadent concentration of intense dark red berries. These complement the dark, ripe aroma of soft black plums. The rich, velvety smooth tannins serenade a burst of red berry and cherry on the palate, followed by an intriguing hint of smooth dark chocolate. Flagstone’s Velvet is housed in a striking purple gift box, designed to reflect the luxuriousness of the wine as an expression of creativity. Flagstone’s Velvet Reserve Red is available from R630 (Vat incl) at the Flagstone Cellar Door in Somerset West. It is also available from Big 5 Duty Free stores at OR Tambo and Cape Town International airports, and other selected wine retailers. Find Flagstone Winery at Paardevlei, WR Quinan Boulevard, Somerset West, Cape Town. /
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/“As the season approaches, we look to the catwalks of New York and London for inspiration. Lifestyle trends almost always have their origins in fashion, and they permeate the world of design throughout the year. So, let’s have a look at what’s ‘instore’ for summer 2018–2019,” says Elize van der Berg, CEO of Beetroot Inc. ON COLOUR There are two ways to go: strong, vibrant and bright; or sweeter, lighter icecream pastels. “The neutral classics remain grey, sand and off-white, and how you choose to embellish these is up to you,” Van der Berg explains. Add interest to your neutrals with splashes of bold red, mellow yellow, indigo blue or ultra violet. Alternatively, you could choose to tone it down and create a softer space with the likes of
milky mint, rose, pink or lilac. “We’re also still seeing the growing trend of ombre neutrals with metallic accents,” Van der Berg adds. ON FABRICS It’s all about texture this season – thick cottons, macramé and fringes. Van der Berg remarks: “At Beetroot Inc. we’ve gone for something a bit different: wax print. It’s a tactile, no mess, no fuss fabric.” ON FURNISHINGS “We aren’t all fixated on trends. Some of us have our favourites, while others stick to the classics, but if you are going trendy, you don’t have to go to massive expense to change it up a little this summer,” says Beetroot Inc.’s Creative Director, Jeanne Badenhorst. “Most of us lean toward the classic neutrals, in which case you can
accessorise with brights or pastels by way of a few new wall frames, scatter cushions or a table cloth. “If you have decided to go bigger for summer entertaining, it’s a good idea to invest in a multi-purpose piece of furniture in a neutral colour that matches your home. For example, one of our utility trolleys can be used in any room of the house for a number of different functions, and can be accentuated by your chosen colour palette. “We can also custom-make a patchwork fabric using different shades of the same colour and different textures, for larger pieces like couches, tub chairs or wingbacks. For the ultimate in affordability, we can take a beloved piece of your furniture and customise it to match your new summer palette,” Badenhorst says.
ON LOCAL International trend predictor WGSN Insights reports seeing “a growing consensus towards responsibility, which refers to the personal involvement needed to improve the world we live in”. They say that brands are looking to gain and retain great staff who fit their cultural values by creating an eco-system that fosters employee experience. “We are a company that is heavily focussed on people – the individuality
and dreams of our customers, as well as the well-being and experience of our employees. Our range of furniture and furnishings are inspired by South Africa, made by South Africans for South Africans, and using locally sourced reclaimed wood and eco-friendly materials as far as possible,” Van der Berg concludes. Visit your closest Beetroot Inc. store in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal or the Western Cape to see what’s on offer, or visit www.beetrootinc.co.za./
ABOUT BEETROOT INC. Beetroot Inc. markets a homegrown range of furniture, homeware, novelties and personal attire that articulates the lighter and brighter side of beautiful living. It was launched in Pretoria in 2013 with job creation as its main objective. The company now employs more than 50 people and collaborates with numerous small entrepreneurs who supply products to the company. Beetroot Inc. boasts four stores in Gauteng (Menlyn Maine Central Square, Waterkloof Corner, Springs and Fourways Mall), one in KZN (Ballito Junction) and two in Cape Town (Tyger Valley Centre and Table Bay Mall). All products are locally made and can be customised to suit individual taste. The Eco Range of furniture (which includes bookcases, storage solutions, patio furniture, servers and utility trolleys) is made from eco-friendly reclaimed wood.
WILD WINNERS We are blessed to live in a country – and on a continent – teeming with amazing wildlife, game reserves and game lodges. So just how do you narrow them down for your next trip? It’s no easy feat, but hopefully some of our favourites will become favourites of yours too.
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BEST PLUNGE POOL When the African heat hits full force, having your own plunge pool is the ultimate luxury. The plunge pools at Azura Selous (www.azura-retreats.com) – in Tanzania’s best kept secret, the gigantic Selous Game Reserve – distinguish themselves not due to their specific make-up, but rather to their setting. The Ruaha River is home to large families of hippo, whose distinctive grunting are the soundtrack of any stay here. As each of the suites overlooks the river, a dip in your pool is usually mirrored by a hippo or two having a wallow of their own, and mere metres from you. It is a surreal and wonderful experience. Special Mention: When you take a dip in The Royal Suite’s pool at The River Lodge @ Thornybush (www.thornybush.co.za) there is always the chance that an elephant or two may sidle up to have a drink with you.
BEST SUNDOWNER SPOT If you’re like me, one of the highlights of any game drive is the afternoon sundowner stop – toasting the setting sun while in the middle of the bush. Some sundowner spots add a touch of dramatic scenery to the mix, and few could beat the one from atop Lanner Gorge in the Makuleke Concession, bordering the northern Kruger National Park. The gorge is a spectacular monument to the power of nature, as the Luvuvhu River has carved out its steep sides – in some places as high as 150 m – over millennia. They’ve even found dinosaur fossils here. The lovely staff from Pafuri Camp (www.returnafrica.com) put on a delicious spread to complement the spectacular view, and you may have a visit from the resident elephant shrew who has learnt that sundowners mean snacks!
BEST LODGE WATERHOLE There are two options of rooms to choose from when you stay at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge (www.seasonsinafrica.com) – those looking over the expansive plains of the Madikwe Game Reserve, and those at the foot of the kopje overlooking the waterhole. At first glance, you may think the room with the view would be the preferable option, but you’d be wrong, because this waterhole is something special. Here, virtually any animal you can think of stops by for a drink – you need only sit on your deck and wait for them to wander past. Giraffe, antelope, warthog, zebra, a host of bird species… But perhaps the most entertaining are the herds of elephants – in their number – who stroll by, especially if they have young calves with them. Few things can beat watching the joy of a baby ellie rolling in the mud, spraying water everywhere and trumpeting in delight.
Special Mention: Botswana’s Camp Kuzuma (www.campkuzuma.com) overlooks a waterhole that is a hive of activity all year round. So much so that it was listed as one of the 25 most interesting Earthcams in 2015.
BEST CHANCE OF SEEING LEOPARD The Karongwe Private Game Reserve (www.karongweportfolio.com) borders the Greater Kruger National Park, but its real claim to fame is that it has the highest concentration of leopard of any reserve in South Africa. That does not necessarily mean that you will see these beautiful, elusive creatures, but you have a better chance here than possibly anywhere else. The reserve offers a number of lovely accommodation options, but our favourite is the newest addition, the five-star Becks Safari Lodge, which has wonderfully warm staff and décor that’s a little different from the rest.
BEST BUSH ACTIVITIES No trip to Botswana’s Okavango Delta would be complete without a traditional mokoro ride through the river channels, keeping your eyes peeled for birds, reed frogs and animals – perhaps you may even spot the shy Sitatunga antelope. The river guides from Wilderness Safaris’ Xigera Camp (www.wilderness-safaris.com) in the Moremi Game Reserve are superb. KwaZulu-Natal’s Kosi Bay lake system is best explored by motor boat in case of a run-in with a grumpy hippo, but for a quieter experience, Kosi Forest Lodge (www.kosiforestlodge.co.za) offers canoe rides up one of the smaller channels where you glide past water lilies, serenaded by the sound of raffia palms in the wind, and keeping your eyes peeled for the endemic palm nut vulture. While most people don’t necessarily think of the sea when they think of the bush,
iSimangaliso Wetland Park combines both. Wilderness Safaris’ Rocktail Camp (www.wilderness-safaris.com) offers guided forest walks, trips to Lake Sibaya, some of the best scuba diving in the country, and the opportunity to see Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles laying their eggs on the beach in season.
BEST OUTDOOR BATH While once the selling point of many a game lodge, outside showers have become the norm these days, and instead, an outside bath has become the ultimate indulgence. Royal Chundu Island Lodge (www.royalchundu.com) takes outside wallowing to a whole new level. Situated on a private island overlooking a serene stretch of the magnificent Zambezi River, each suite boasts an expansive wooden deck, and with it a deliciously large bathtub. Come back from a sunset cruise and you will find your deck lit by the soft flickering
of paraffin lamps, your bath filled with bubbles, and a bottle of bubbly chilling on ice nearby – heaven! Special Mention: Azura Quilalea Private Island (www.azura-retreats.com) in Mozambique also offers a fabulous outdoor bath, set up on your deck overlooking the ocean and covered in a mountain of bubbles decorated with tropical leaves and flowers.
BEST NOCTURNAL ANIMAL SIGHTINGS While South Africa is touted as the home of the Big Five, there is something to be said about ticking off some of the smaller, lesser known bush inhabitants from your “to see” list. Many of the most exciting ones wait till nightfall before they make an appearance, and undoubtedly one of the best places to spot some of these notable nocturnals is at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve (www.kwandwe.com) in the Eastern Cape. As night falls and the spotlight comes out, you will often see scrub hares bouncing across the road, plus there is always a chance that a bat-eared fox may make an appearance, or perhaps a porcupine. If luck is really on your side, you may spot the termite-eating aardwolf, which is related to the hyena, or the other termite-munching mammal, the elusive aardvark.
BEST WALKING SAFARI Exploring the bush on foot is a completely different experience from that of seeing it from the back of a game drive vehicle. For one, you are closer to the ground so that you can actually touch the plants you brush by, see the various tracks on the animal “highways” that intersect the bush, poke a fresh midden of rhino dung, and smell the unmistakeable smell of the bush. More and more lodges are offering these types of walks, but Rhino Walking Safaris (www.rhinowalking.co.za) in the Kruger National Park boasts one of the best “sleep out” experiences of these. An afternoon walk from the main camp brings you the sleep out platforms, built on elevated stilts overlooking a watering hole. While it is rustic, you can enjoy a drink around the fire before you feast on
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dinner from the braai and then crawl into your sleeping bag in your tent – the sides of which are made of shade cloth to allow you an unimpeded view of the stars and perhaps even a herd of elephants lit by only the light of a full moon.
BEST CULTURAL EXPERIENCE Wilderness Safaris’ Kalahari Plains Camp (www.wilderness-safaris.com) is a tiny dot of a settlement in the northern part of Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve – Southern Africa’s largest game reserve, but possibly one of its least explored. It is also home to a number of bushmen settlements and what makes any stay here so special – in addition to dramatic scenery, unparalleled star-gazing and fantastic animal sightings – is the opportunity to learn more about the traditions of Southern Africa’s original indigenous people. Several members of the community visit the camp to show guests their favourite games, dances and songs. But by far the most exciting activity is to join them on a bushwalk where they will show you which plants can be used for medicinal purposes, as well as how to catch scorpions, snare birds and small animals, hunt larger ones (for show only), store water and start a fire using only sticks. They also share stories of their lives with such humour and openness, it is a truly life-changing experience.
BEST MASSAGE While just being in the bush itself does wonders to relax weary city dwellers, having a massage or two in-between game drives is certainly a worthwhile added touch of pampering. The spa at Camp Ndlovu (theresidenceportfolio.co.za) in the Welgevonden Nature Reserve sits nestled in amongst the trees, its one side permanently open so that you can look out onto the stream that meanders by, and listen to the sounds of antelope feeding on the grass outside, while the resident massage therapist works her magic. These massages, by therapists trained in Johannesburg at the camp’s sister property, The Residence – which incidentally offers arguably the best massage in the city – are a cut above the rest. /
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RE-THINKING THREAT INTELLIGENCE Arguably, today’s cyber-security experts are not properly incentivised to keep scouring for the millions of potential cyber-threats that exist or are being developed. As a result, malware often falls through the cracks in established antivirus solutions – leaving companies and individuals vulnerable to attack. With this in mind, US-based Swarm Technology Inc. has created a decentralized IT security marketplace called PolySwarm. The marketplace is designed to bolster innovation and
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Swarm Technologies believes that a crypto token could be used to close the insidious gaps in modern cybersecurity measures more efficiently. Spinning out of the security firm Narf Industries, which recently completed a blockchain identity management project for the US Department of Homeland Security, Swarm Technologies believes that a crypto token could be used to close the insidious gaps in modern cybersecurity measures more efficiently. In late February 2018, the company launched an initial coin offering (ICO), with the public token sale running until 22nd March 2018. Notably, PolySwarm raised an initial $15 million in funding from backers, which included Science Blockchain. The PolySwarm market runs on Nectar (“NCT”), an ERC20-compatible utility token that reportedly makes it easy to submit and classify potential threats on the PolySwarm market. In a media statement, the company noted that Nectar essentially “replaces traditional,
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/ Usually, there are three factors taken into consideration whenever the car-buying bug starts to bite – rubbernecking charm, brand perception, and near-bulletproof built quality. So, just how does the new Swift fare? Well, to be frank, South Africans tend to gravitate toward other Japanese
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that there’s ample space in both the back and the front. Both the Swift and its stablemate Dzire retain the 61 kW and 113 Nm 1.2-litre naturally aspirated engine and, on paper at least, it looks to be somewhat uninspired. However, give it some right-footed encouragement, and it’s bound to impress thanks to a power-to-weight ratio of 70 kW per tonne. It’s much the same on the
torque-front; while its fullest potential is only accessible at 4,200 r/min, the Swift also has plenty of turning and twisting grunt lower down the rev spectrum. The Suzuki Swift is priced from R159,900 for the base GA model, while our pick, the GL, comes with a price tag of R175,900. It is also available in an auto derivative that costs a rather pricey R189,900.
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people the skills they need to create their own businesses and generate work for themselves or others outside the formal job market. And a large body of research from around the world has shown that entrepreneurship education should start from an early age. We set out to see whether Botswana and South Africa could make some inroads into their youth unemployment problems by introducing entrepreneurship into their schools’ curriculum. South Africa’s youth unemployment rate stands at about 55 %. While Botswana’s is around 34 %.
Botswana offers an optional subject called design and technology from junior high school level (pupils in these grades are aged between 12 and 15). In South Africa, technology is offered as a compulsory subject at various phases of the school curriculum. We found that the current curricula in both countries do not include explicit entrepreneurship content. On top of this, teachers in these subjects aren’t trained to pass on knowledge or information about entrepreneurship. This is a real missed opportunity given that in Nigeria and Kenya the subject of technology is a good vehicle for supporting and developing pupils’ entrepreneurial skills. ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN SCHOOLS MAKES SENSE In Botswana and South Africa, entrepreneurship-related programmes are offered to people who have already left school. Botswana’s government has introduced initiatives like the Youth Empowerment Scheme and the Youth Development Fund to encourage and empower young people with entrepreneurial and survival skills such as fostering interpersonal relationships, risk
taking, emotional intelligence, as well as being able to identify opportunities, and financial skills in general. In South Africa, the National Youth Development Agency includes an entrepreneurship development programme. This aims to help young entrepreneurs access the relevant skills, knowledge, values and attitudes needed to develop and create their own businesses. But entrepreneurship programmes are not coordinated and often not managed well in South Africa. So very few young people actually benefit from them. In principle, the programmes are good. But they haven’t worked because the people they’re meant to benefit don’t have the right skills to take advantage of what’s being offered. This could be addressed if entrepreneurial skills were being instilled at an early age – in the school curriculum. USE EXISTING RESOURCES So why don’t schools in Botswana and South Africa simply introduce an entirely new subject that’s devoted to entrepreneurship? The reason, as we point out in our research, is that the school curriculum
is a hugely contested space in any country. Many subjects are competing for space and recognition, and it’s a long, complex process to introduce an entirely new subject. That’s why we suggest that the southern African neighbours could learn from Kenya and Nigeria by merging entrepreneurship education with an existing subject. Technology, or design and technology, is the ideal home for this since these subjects already incorporate a number of skills any good entrepreneur needs. These include problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork and production skills, which learners develop in technology when they design and physically make a product. When learners can see the results of applying their knowledge and skills to create actual products – which could be sold or somehow used to create an income – their learning immediately becomes more valuable. Technology teachers will need to be trained in entrepreneurship education. But this is a worthwhile investment, both for the individual teachers and their own skills, and the value they’ll be able to add for their pupils. /
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/ This trend is often compounded by three factors: ignorance about the extent of mental health problems, stigma against those living with mental illness, and mistaken beliefs that mental illnesses cannot be treated. Absence of treatment is the norm rather than the exception across the continent. The “treatment gap” – the proportion of people with mental illness who don’t get treatment – ranges from 75 % in South Africa to more than 90 % in Ethiopia and Nigeria. Yet there are several reasons to give greater priority to mental health. These include the fact that doing so delivers other health benefits; that it helps tackle socioeconomic challenges; that
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Meet the Crew Have you ever wondered who is flying the plane when you travel on SA Express? Or wanted to know more about what a job as a cabin crew member is like? Well, now’s your chance! Every month we will introduce a few members of our SA Express family, because by getting to know them, you become part of the SA Express family too. Text & Image © Supplied
Karabo Rakale Cabin Crew Member Length of Service With SA Express: 20 months Tell us more about yourself. I am an introvert to strangers and an extrovert to the people I know. I treat people the way I want to be treated. All in all, I am a very funny person, and I like to surround myself with positive energy. What is your favourite part of your job? The flexible hours. What do you find most challenging about your job? Honesty speaking, I am not a morning person, and I still find it difficult, to this day, to get up at 03h00 to sign on at 05h00. That is the most challenging aspect of my job at the moment, and I don’t think I will ever get used to it. What do you like about working for SA Express? The unity, and the understanding of the crew as a whole – united we stand. You know that you are never alone. What would people find surprising about your job? That we’re able to deliver babies mid-air! Have you ever had any funny incidents or encounters on board? I forced a crying and kicking two-year-old boy to fasten his seatbelt before landing – for his own safety, of course. When I was finished buckling him in, he said the F word to me and his mom. I just silently walked to the galley but I laughed about it afterwards.
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Safety Information Health regulations Health regulations at certain airports require that the aircraft cabin be sprayed. The spray is harmless, but if you think it might affect you, please cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief.
Canadair Regional Jet 200 BER Manufacturer: Bombardier Maximum cruising speed: 474 knots/545mph/879kmph Engines: Two General Electric CF34-3B1 Range: 1,662miles/3,080km Maximum altitude: 41,000ft/12,496m Seating capacity: 50
Crew: Two pilots, two cabin crew Wing span: 69ft 7in/21.21m Overall length: 87ft 10in/26.77m Overall height: 20ft 5in/6.22m Maximum take-off weight: 51,000lb/23,134kg Minimum runway length: 6,295ft/1,919m
De Havilland Dash 8 Series Q400 Turboprop Manufacturer: Bombardier Maximum cruising speed: 360knots/414mph/667kmph Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A Range: 1,565 miles/2,519km Maximum altitude: 25,000ft/7,620m Seating capacity: 74
Crew: Two pilots, two cabin crew Wing span: 93ft 3in/28.42m Overall length: 107ft 9in/32.83m Overall height: 27ft 5in/8.34m Maximum take-off weight: 64,500lb/29,257kg Minimum runway length: 4,580ft/1,396m
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
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. 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.
Flight schedule JOHANNESBURG - BLOEMFONTEIN FLT SA SA SA SA SA
NO 1001 1003 1005 1011 1013
DEP 06:10 08:00 09:25 13:50 15:30
ARR 07:15 09:05 10:30 14:55 16:30
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH$ DH4
JOHANNESBURG - HOEDSPRUIT FLT NO SA 1225 SA 1227
DEP 10:15 12:15
ARR 11:15 13:15
A/C DH4 DH4
JOHANNESBURG - KIMBERLEY FLT SA SA SA SA
NO 1101 1103 1107 1113
DEP 06:10 09:20 13:35 17:20
ARR 07:15 10:35 14:50 18:30
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
JOHANNESBURG - LUBUMBASHI FLT NO SA 1797
JOHANNESBURG - RICHARDS BAY FLT NO SA 1201 SA 1213
DEP 06:10 16:55
ARR 07:20 18:05
A/C DH4 DH4
JOHANNESBURG - WALVIS BAY FLT NO SA 1701
JOHANNESBURG - GABORONE FLT SA SA SA SA SA
NO 1761 1763 1765 1775 1779
DEP 06:40 07:25 09:55 15:45 18:45
ARR 07:35 08:20 10:50 16:40 19:40
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
CAPE TOWN - BLOEMFONTEIN FLT NO SA 1082 SA 1058
DEP 08:15 18:40
ARR 10:00 2025
A/C CR2 CR2
CAPE TOWN - WALVIS BAY FLT NO SA 1721
BLOEMFONTEIN - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA SA SA SA SA
NO 1002 1004 1006 1012 1014
DEP 07:40 09:40 11:55 15:25 17:00
ARR 08:40 10:40 13:00 16:30 18:00
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
HOEDSPRUIT - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA SA
NO 1226 1228
DEP 12:00 13:55
ARR 13:00 14:55
A/C DH4 DH4
KIMBERLEY - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA SA SA SA
NO 1102 1104 1108 1114
DEP 07:35 11:05 15:20 19:00
ARR 08:45 12:15 16:30 20:10
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 CR8
LUBUMBASHI - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA
RICHARDS BAY - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA SA
NO 1202 1214
DEP 08:05 18:40
ARR 09:20 19:55
A/C DH4 DH4
WALVIS BAY - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA
GABORONE - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA SA SA SA SA
NO 1762 1764 1766 1776 1780
DEP 08:10 08:50 11:25 17:15 20:10
ARR 09:05 09:45 12:20 18:10 21:05
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
BLOEMFONTEIN - CAPE TOWN FLT SA SA
NO 1081 1057
DEP 06:00 16:30
ARR 07:30 18:00
A/C CR2 CR2
WALVIS BAY - CAPE TOWN FLT SA
PLEASE NOTE: THE SA EXPRESS FLIGHT SCHEDULE IS AN ACTIVE SCHEDULE THAT CHANGES AS AND WHEN CAPACITY IS ADDED TO A ROUTE, OR WHEN A PARTICULAR ROUTE IS RETURNED TO SERVICE. THIS PRINTED SCHEDULE WILL NOT REMAIN A TRUE REFLECTION OF THE SCHEDULE AS CHANGES MAY HAPPEN DAILY. PLEASE REMAIN MINDFUL OF THIS FACT AND VISIT WWW.FLYEXPRESS.AERO FOR UP-TO-DATE CHANGES TO THE FLIGHT SCHEDULE.
Passenger Letters Hi SA Express I am a regular traveller between Kimberley and Johannesburg and am familiar with challenges faced by the airline. Despite this, I have also noted that some employees are working very hard to maintain the dignity of the airline, and to promote the brand by ensuring that all its customers are treated like dignitaries. Earlier this year, I was travelling to Johannesburg as usual, and only realised that morning that my travel arrangements had been mixed up. On arrival at Kimberley Airport with a confused and worried face, one employee, Ms Lois Sakoor, immediately approached me and asked if she could help. I told her my predicament and she assured me that she had noted the challenge already, and was working on trying to ensure that I would be on the next flight. (Talk about knowing your customers!) Whilst waiting I was approached by Mr Johannes Malule, who also assured me that they would ensure that I would be on time for the meeting I was attending that afternoon. He told me that I would be placed on standby and not put on a waiting list as per the message from my travel agent, and he explained the difference between the two. Both these employees constantly came to reassure me with calming smiles on their faces that all would be fine. To cut a long story short, I got a ticket and was on time for my very important meeting. These employees are truly valuable assets to this airline and must be commended. Service at its best! Regards Mohlouwa Sease Congratulations to Mohlouwa Sease who wrote our winning letter this month, and walks away with a Samsonite Flux 55 cm spinner suitcase valued at R2,699.
Hi SA Express In February, the flight from Richards Bay was significantly delayed due to a bomb scare at OR Tambo in Johannesburg, followed by low cloud in Richards Bay which meant a diversion to Durban. On arriving at the airport in Richards Bay, I was immediately impressed by the information shared and the positive and friendly attitude of the staff. This started at the car rental returns where they advised I keep my keys in case I wanted to drive somewhere. The SA Express ground crew brought me up to speed, advised me to sit down and make myself comfortable, and said they would update me when they could. Eventually we were bussed down to King Shaka Airport with water and snacks being distributed before departure. On arrival we were escorted through the formalities and kept informed. This friendly and professional attitude continued throughout the flight. The nett result? Despite a delay of over four hours (closer to seven, for some), a 130 km bus journey and arriving at OR Tambo around 22h30, the passengers were all quite relaxed, and no one showed any real tension. It is a tribute to all those involved, too numerous to mention, as each contributed to a smooth recovery from factors beyond anyoneâ€™s control. Well done and a fine example to all in the service industry! Pete Williams
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