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B LO E M F O N T E I N CAPE KIMBERLEY GEORGE

TOW N DURBAN E A S T LO N D O N LUBUMBASHI LUSAKA WINDHOEK

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Indwe September 2015

Our Heritage on Display

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The Route Less Travelled Unusual Tourism Routes

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No Passport Required A Global Culinary Journey in SA

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The Travel Agent Effect DIY Booking VS Going Through an Agent

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The Richard Branson of SA’s Art Scene Benon Lutaaya

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Call The Valley of Life Home Val de Vie

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Science for Sustainability DNA Detective Work Combats Poaching

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The Jewel of Pietermaritzburg The Liberty Midlands Mall

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CEO Letter

Meet the Crew

Moulding Maths Geniuses

SA Express Fleet

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We Fly For You: Our Visions and Values

Safety and Route Map

Flight Schedule

Passenger Letters


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Regulars

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Tigers, Trails and a Time-Warp Town Philippolis

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Beer and Bees in ’Bethesda Sneeuberg Brewery and Two Goats Deli

Events North, South, and In Between

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The River Countries The Zambezi is Calling

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Business

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Travel

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Bits & Pieces Travel Tips & Gorgeous Goodies

Bites Restaurants & Taste Experiences

Gadgets Must Haves for Technophiles

Books New releases and Must Reads

Celebrate Spring in Full Colour The Magoebaskloof & Haenertsburg Spring Festival

Silver Service Silverbirch @ Birchwood

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Enterprising Entrepreneurial Acumen Showcasing South Africa’s Entrepreneurs

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Off to Work We Go! The Tricky Business of Job Satisfaction

Working From Home Making Your House Your Business

SexieST, FasteST, BrighteST Ford Focus ST

The Luxury of Freedom Bush Whacking With the Toyota Fortuner


BEST PERFORMING INSTITUTION IN TRANSPORT

›› WE ARE THE REGULATOR OF CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY AND SECURITY KEEPING YOU SAFE IN THE SKY The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) is an agency of the Department of Transport, mandated with controlling, promoting, regulating, supporting, developing, enforcing and continuously improving the levels of safety and security throughout the civil aviation authority. We achieve this by complying with the Standards and Recommended Practices of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), whilst considering the local context. Our oversight include, but is not limited to the following areas: Aviation Security; Aviation Personnel Licensing and Examinations; Aviation Infrastructure and Air Safety Operations. The organisation was awarded the Best Performing Institution Award amongst all modes of Transport during the inaugural Transport Awards hosted by the Minister of Transport in 2014. This award came as a result of a continued culture of excellence which has yielded positive results in various aspects of our performance. ›› We have achieved another clean audit as confirmed by the Auditor General in its financial and performance information audit for the 2014/15 financial year. This is the

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third year in a row that the SACAA is recognised for this achievement and this demonstrates that the Regulator’s financial controls are in line with the PFMA. South Africa continues to perform well in the various safety and security ICAO audits and has over the years maintained its Category 1 Status with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). South Africa still boasts a zero fatal accident rate on South African soil in the commercial aviation sector. The appointment of South Africa as the Chairperson of ICAO’s Aviation Security Panel represented by the Director of Civil Aviation is a demonstration of trust and faith by the global community in South Africa’s capabilities in aviation matters, and specifically aviation security. The SACAA is one of the first entities globally to develop regulations for remotely piloted aircraft systems commonly known as “drones” The SACAA has played a significant role in ensuring that the South African civil aviation industry is prepared for and capable of managing the outbreak of communicable diseases such as Ebola.


ceo Embrace the Strength of Our Diversity In 1994, we began writing the latest chapter in the history of our country when we voted for South Africa’s all-race democracy and freedom on 27th April. This was a journey to re-imagine the future of our country into one that is inclusive, and belongs to all who live in this geographical space – the southern tip of Africa. After those historic elections, the new administration began the task of building new symbols of the new country: We agreed on a new flag; we adopted a new national anthem; and we adopted 11 official South African languages. We did away with the old symbols that divided us, and which reminded us of our differences. Amongst the biggest gifts we inherited was a beautiful country and warm people from diverse backgrounds. As well as its vast mineral wealth and vegetation, our country is home to the Big Five animals and offers the kind of beautiful landscapes that make South Africa such a huge tourist destination. We are fortunate enough to be home to eight World Heritage Sites which are recognised by the United Nations Educational and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO) as places of outstanding cultural and historical importance. These are: • Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape in Limpopo • Robben Island in the Western Cape • Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng • The Cape Floral Region in both the Western and Eastern Cape • Vredefort Dome in the Free State • uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park in KwaZulu-Natal • Isimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal • Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape in the Northern Cape. SA Express, which was founded in April of that historic year, is privileged to fly into all of the provinces that host our heritage sites. This is a testament to the company’s vision of connecting small cities to bigger ones, and serving as a regional feeder airline in Southern Africa. So, if you are planning to explore any of these sites – and we urge you to – we strongly recommend SA Express as a partner of choice to fly you there safely. Over the last 21 years, SA Express pilots and crews, who are the most diverse among all airlines in the country, have flown millions of business people and tourists to some of these spectacular destinations. Also, don’t forget to take advantage of the special

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discount on fares we are running which come to an end this month. Details are available on our website. September is celebrated as Heritage Month. 24th September was declared a public holiday so that we may all reflect on the good that we have inherited, especially the rich diversity of all of our people. Quite rightly, the Government, SA Express’ sole shareholder, uses September to promote tourism in South Africa. Tourism is one of the natural gifts we have, and has huge job creation and revenue generation potential for the country. One of the many attractions we have is that we are amongst a few countries to boast several prestigious Nobel Peace Prize winners. In 1960, Chief Albert Luthuli was awarded the prize; in 1984 it was given to Archbishop Desmond Tutu; and in 1993 – at the dawn of freedom and democracy – it was awarded to former presidents FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela in recognition of their efforts to end apartheid and lead a relatively peaceful transition into the new South Africa. Two of those laureates, Mandela and Tutu, lived on Vilakazi Street in Soweto. This famous street has since become a huge tourist attraction. So, as we celebrate this month, I appeal to everyone to make an effort to explore the rich heritage that has been passed on to us – the land, the wildlife, and the people. Let us embrace the strength of our diversity. Without this diversity, our country will be much poorer. In this issue, we feature our Mandela Day “Making Everyday Mandela Day at De Rust”, a small village at the gateway to the KleinKaroo. We handed out over 320 calculators to the maths learners of that school in order to promote the love of maths and science in our country, and encourage more children to become pilots. It is envisaged that the “Maths Genius In The Making” initiative, combined with the airline’s careers exhibition days, will encourage students to consider aviation as a career after school. SA Express runs a highly regarded pilot training academy. As a result of this pilot training programme, SA Express’s workforce is by far the most transformed or racially diverse in the local aviation industry. Sincerely, Inati Ntshanga

SA EXPRESS Communications and PR Officer Boitumelo Tlala Tel: +27 11 978 9900 Email: Btlala@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 Sales Office Email: sales@flyexpress.aero INDWE Images © iStockphoto.com & Quickpic Publisher Bernard Hellberg | bernard@tjtmedia.co.za Marketing and Communications Manager Pam Komani | pam@tjtmedia.co.za Editor Nicky Furniss | nicky@tcbmedia.co.za Layout and Design Renier Keyter | renier@tcbmedia.co.za DIRECTORS Bernard Hellberg l bernard@tjtmedia.co.za Pam Komani | pam@tjtmedia.co.za ADVERTISING SALES Tel: +27 12 425 5800 National Sales Manager (Regional & SADC) Bryan Kayavhu | bryan@tcbmedia.co.za +27 83 785 6691 Manager: National Sales & Business Development Chantal Barton | chantal@tcbmedia.co.za +27 79 626 0782 Senior Account Managers Nikki de Lange | nikki@tcbmedia.co.za +27 83 415 0339 Calvin van Vuuren | calvin@tcbmedia.co.za +27 82 5826873 Gertjie Meintjes | gertjie@tcbmedia.co.za +27 82 757 2622 DISCLAIMER: All material is strictly copyrighted. All rights are reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without prior permission from the publisher. Opinions expressed in Indwe Magazine are not necessarily those of SA Express. Information has been included in good faith by the publisher and is believed to be correct at the time of going to print. No responsibility can be accepted for errors and omissions.


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Events North Cheers for Chukkas 20th September

Waterfall Polo Estate, Johannesburg The 26th annual BMW International Polo Series promises all the thrills, sophistication, prestige and uncompromised style that have become synonymous with this annual two-match tournament. Guests will be treated to an adrenalinecharged showstopper as South Africa take on New Zealand, with the first test taking place at the Shongweni Club in Durban on 13th September 2015. The second match will take place the following Sunday in Johannesburg, at the high-status Waterfall Polo Estate on 20th September. Anticipation is especially high, as New Zealand and South Africa have not faced each other in this Test Series since 2008. The annual BMW International Polo Series not only brings together polo devotees, fans and socialites, but guests will get to see all the action live and be treated to a showcase of BMW’s finest vehicles as part of the day’s proceedings. Tickets are available from www.itickets.co.za.// www.sapolo.co.za

Spanish Steps Until 13th September

Don Quixote, Joburg Theatre, Johannesburg Joburg Ballet’s Spring Season opens at the Joburg Theatre on 28th August with the sparkling ballet classic, Don Quixote. Set in bustling Barcelona, Don Quixote tells the story of vivacious Kitri and her love for Basilio, a poor young barber. Kitri’s father has more ambitious marriage plans for his daughter, however, and the comedy unfolds in a cascade of dazzling classical ballet culminating in the famous Don Quixote Pas de Deux and a happy-ever-after ending. As well as many of the company’s stars, the ballet features Cuban-born Jonhal Fernandez, principal dancer with the National Ballet of Ecuador, and Australian-born international guest artist, Aaron Smyth.

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A Knight to Remember 19th September

Brian McKnight Live in Concert: The Sequel, Carnival City Festival Lawns, Johannesburg After sold out shows around the country, multi-award-winning artist Brian McKnight will be returning this year to perform two shows in South Africa (in Durban on 16th September and Johannesburg on 19th September) as part of his upcoming world tour. Brian McKnight has earned himself a spot in contemporary music history, with several of his 15 albums going double or triple platinum and over 30 million albums sold worldwide. In addition to being a singer, songwriter and producer, McKnight is also a talented and charismatic personality who has hosted a number of different television and radio shows and racked up a slew of awards, including 16 Grammy nominations, as well as several American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, NAACP Image and Blockbuster Awards, and the Billboard Songwriter of The Year award. Tickets are available from Computicket.// www.marmaladeproductions.co.za

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Events South Giggling Gastronomy 19th September

Heritage Day Feast, Lanzerac Hotel, Stellenbosch Treat your taste buds to a food and wine extravaganza as Lanzerac Hotel’s Executive Chef, Stephen Fraser, and world-renowned foodie, Jenny Morris (aka The Giggling Gourmet), whip up a gastronomic feast. In celebration of National Heritage Day these two iconic South Africans, together with Lanzerac Cellar Master, Wynand Lategan, will be treating guests to an unforgettable day of delicious food, superb wines and awesome company. Upon arrival at the estate, guests will be treated to a welcome drink, as well as appetizing canapés, before being escorted to the recently refurbished Cellar Hall for a gourmet three-course meal fit for royalty. The dining experience includes an interactive food demo by Stephen and Jenny. Wines from Lanzerac’s Premium range have been carefully paired with the lunch to create the perfect culinary marriage between food and wine. Live entertainment will allow for an all round experience, as well as amazing lucky draw prizes on the day. Email winesales@lanzerac.co.za for bookings.

Vintage Inspiration Until end of January 2016

Wine Made Art, Tokara Wine Estate, Stellenbosch This September Tokara winery will release its new vintages to the public, and at the same time launch its tenth annual selection of “Wine Made Art” for viewing. Students from the Marié Stander School of Art literally transform wine into art when they dip their paintbrushes into Tokara shiraz to visually portray their interpretations of this year’s theme: “Celebrating 10 Years of Wine Made Art”. The best artworks from this year’s project will be displayed in the on-site gallery at Tokara until the end of January 2016 and will be open for the public to view.

//www.tokara.com

Fynbos Fun 26th September

Protea Party, Anthonij Rupert Estate Make your way to the Anthonij Rupert Estate for the annual Protea Party, where you will dine under the stars with the majestic Drakenstein Mountains as your backdrop. The festivities start as the sun sets over the Franschhoek Valley and guests are welcomed with a thirst quenching Protea Rosé cocktail. A harvest style Winelands feast of fresh seasonal ingredients from the Franschhoek Valley will follow, including skewers of roasted and marinated vegetables, beef empanadas and venison carpaccio, followed by slow roasted pork belly, with gourmet cupcakes and an ice cream bar with all the toppings to end. Guests can then work off their dessert on the dance floor with live music provided by the popular rocking Newton Band. Tickets cost R450 per person, including food, wine and live entertainment. Booking is essential as seating is limited. For reservations email tasting@rupertwines.com.

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Events In Between Biking Back in History 17th to 20th September

Detour Heritage Trail, KwaZulu-Natal Detour Trails has organised the ultimate Heritage Day experience this September. Fifty outdoor enthusiasts will take on some of KwaZulu-Natal’s most challenging natural trails by mountain bike, while tracing the footsteps of the British soldiers and Zulu warriors who fought in the Anglo-Zulu wars at Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. The interactive experience will be enriched by battle stories regaled by local raconteur and resident historian of four-star Isandlwana Lodge, Rob Gerrard. The experienced Detour Trails team will be leading the proudly South African riders on this unforgettable adventure to see and experience first-hand some of South Africa’s most beautiful historical sites, landscapes, wildlife and local culture. // www.detourtrails.co.za

A KZN Staple Every Saturday

Essenwood Craft Market, Durban Established in 1993, Durban’s Essenwood Craft Market is one of the region’s pioneer arts, craft, fashion, gifts, food and collectables markets and takes place every Saturday morning from 09h00 to 14h00 under the trees a stone’s throw away from the Musgrave Centre. The stalls offer a range of gift options, as well as books, music, jewellery, decor items, clothing, fresh flowers, health and beauty products, edible treats, original artwork, crafted goods and children’s wear, with more than 100 different specialist stalls. Historically, one of the market’s main attractions is the tea garden, where visitors can enjoy a leisurely meal in the shade of the enormous trees in the park alongside the children’s play area. Essenwood Market is pram and wheelchair friendly throughout, and well behaved pets on a leash are welcome. Email info@essenwoodmarket.com for more information.

Kiddie Centred 2nd to 4th October

The Herald First Choice Kids and Baby Expo, Boardwalk, Port Elizabeth The biggest family expo in the Eastern Cape is back, celebrating its sixth year at a brand new venue at the Boardwalk’s Exhibition Level. The expo promises a wonderful carnival weekend for the whole family, including special giveaways and offers, as well as product sampling opportunities. Once again, parents will be able to grab a bite and relax, or browse to their hearts’ content, as there will be lots of fun and action to keep the kids busy. Nearly 100 exhibitors will also be selling their products and services to the family market, including expectant parents, parents and teachers.

// www.facebook.com/kidsandbabyexpope

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Bits & Pieces

Out of the Box How likely are you to buy a wine or gourmet food product that you have never heard about, let alone tasted? The reality is that we generally only buy treats once we have sampled and enjoyed them. The OOH! Box provides a personal tasting journey delivered to your door every month. Every box is filled with the finest selection of wines, as well as a variety of artisanal coffees, teas and other condiments and gourmet goodies. Filled with unusual offerings you may not otherwise have purchased, the box is a real spoil, and an excellent gift idea.

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Specials for Spring This year Fancourt celebrates its 21st anniversary with a value-added spring family breakaway during the October school holidays, at only R1,999 per night for a family of four. With loads of fun and adventure for teens and young children, the getaway is also tailored to provide mom and dad with some time alone to relax. The Spring Holiday Package comprises a luxurious stay at the Fancourt Resort Hotel for two adults sharing with up to two children (under 12 years) and full English breakfast daily. Included is complimentary access to the Kidz Club and Teen Zone and participation in the special holiday programme that is packed with activities for children and teenagers alike. While youngsters are busy, parents may enjoy the spa facilities, gymnasium, Roman bath and golf driving range. This package is valid from 2nd to 12th October for a minimum two-night stay. Email Reservations@fancourt.co.za for bookings.

A Gathering Place for Glitterati L’Opulence – Sandton’s finest meeting place by day and spirited lounge by night – has officially opened its doors. With décor inspired by Dubai, it features rich navy and gold finishes to create an environment suited to those with a particular preference for living an opulent lifestyle. Catering to those who will stop at nothing to ensure their evenings and weekends are spent immersed in the good life, L’Opulence will host smooth jazz sessions on Sundays. Monthly themed events are also on the cards with DJs and dazzling nights lined up, all of which will be defined by their innate elegance, sparkling champagne, and delicious food. Not just about parties, the venue is also the perfect setting for meetings, light lunches and a break from the mundane. Guests from the surrounding hotels are expected to frequent the venue, which will cater to the eclectic tastes of the international set.

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Bits & Pieces

Inspired by a Proud Heritage Browns The Diamond Store’s latest diamond engagement ring looks a lot like their first one. Named 1934 in celebration of the company’s heritage, this vintage inspired engagement ring is a tribute to 80 years of fine craftsmanship. From the crown to the foundation, every part of the ring is an elaborate work of art. The ornate design of pavé set diamonds with fine millgrain and filigree work is reminiscent of the jewellery style of a bygone era. An 18ct Rose Gold Browns Angel rests below the centre diamond as a symbol of guidance and protection, while the side profile of the band is inspired by French lace. // www.brownsjewellers.com

For Trendy Travel Lipault luggage and handbags has arrived in South Africa. Visit their new signature store in Bryanston or selected luggage stores to add a twist of colour to the chore of packing. Lipault knows that an elegant suitcase is a fashion accessory, just like a pair of shoes. The Lipault lady changes bags and cases like dresses and coats. Joyful and daring, she mixes and matches colours and models to match her mood and coordinate with her outfit. From handbags to travel bags, briefcases to suitcases, Lipault creations are a delicious throwback to the ’60s of swinging London, pop art and Mary Quant. They’re creative, with trendy colours and hardwearing materials. This elegant and fun Lipault aesthetic is backed by Samsonite’s innovation, expertise and lightweight materials, pairing panache with comfort and ergonomics to produce luggage that can handle plenty of “wear” and tear.

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African Escapes Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson’s award-winning collection of stunning retreats, offers the ultimate African escapes. Book a Virgin Limited Edition holiday with the “Winelands and Wildlife” offer that combines an exciting safari at Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand, followed by wining and dining in Franschhoek at Mont Rochelle Hotel and Vineyard. Guests can enjoy seven nights for the price of five, including four nights of getting up close and personal with Africa’s magnificent wildlife at Ulusaba, and three nights enjoying Mont Rochelle’s unique hilltop setting and private vineyard. This offer is available until 30 th September 2015. If a Kenyan safari sounds enticing, then capture some magical moments at Mahali Mzuri with a free night offer. Since it’s located in the Olare Motorogi Private Conservancy, you will have the opportunity witness some of the most diverse wildlife Kenya has to offer. Guests will enjoy twice daily game drives and delicious meals, and if you book to stay for at least three nights before 19 th October, you get one night free.

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bites Back the Boks Join Amarula in showing your support for the Springboks in this year’s Rugby World Cup. Amarula Cream, arguably the country’s most famous alcoholic beverage export, is as synonymous with South Africa as the Springboks, so it makes sense to pay tribute to our team with the country’s favourite cream liqueur. Loved for its luxurious, creamy texture and taste of exotic wild-harvested marula fruit (indigenous to Sub-Saharan Africa), Amarula is delicious straight up over ice, or in shooters and cocktails. Be sure to try this easy (and fittingly coloured) shooter recipe as you back the “Bokke” during the 2015 Rugby World Cup:

Amarula Springbokkie Shooter

½ tot Amarula Cream ½ tot Oude Meester Peppermint Liqueur Pour a layer of Oude Meester Peppermint Liqueur in a tot glass, followed by a layer of Amarula Cream and enjoy.

Pretty Pralinés Lindt assorted pralinés are the perfect gift for those with the most refined of tastes. The Lindt Swiss Luxury Selection is a collection of exquisite chocolate masterpieces made from the finest Swiss Lindt chocolate by the Lindt Master Swiss Chocolatiers and presented in a beautiful gold box. The Lindt Mini Pralinés are smaller, yet equally refined versions of the Lindt Pralinés, each one filled with delicious ingredients and delicately hand finished. Captivatingly presented, every single Lindt Praliné is proof of the Lindt Master Swiss Chocolatiers’ unmatched passion for high quality chocolate. Tempting combinations of fine ingredients and meticulous presentation make the Lindt Pralinés incomparable in taste, as well as a pleasure to behold. Both ranges are available from leading retail stores nationwide from September 2015.

Sizzling Steakhouses This year’s Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships saw over 140 steakhouses competing to win the crown and become South Africa’s Steakhouse Champion for 2015. The public battled it out by voting on steakhunter.co.za, and their favourite 20 steakhouses went into the judges’ round. Ultimately it was Little Havana in Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal, that claimed top honours thanks to their expertise in all matters meat, as well as their consistent service and accurate grilling, while previous winner, The Local Grill in Parktown North, was judged as the very worthy runner-up. Other regional winners included The Cricketer in East London, Pioneers Butcher and Grill in Hazyview, and Theo’s Grill in Mouille Point.

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The Route Less Travelled Text: Will Edgcumbe Images © Derek Smith / Durban Tourism / Will Edgcumbe & Erwin Niemand

For the ardent traveller, well trodden tourism routes based on old hat like wine and the Big Five can seem a bit stale, despite their lasting appeal. Which is why stumbling upon something that’s slightly off the beaten track is a great pleasure, even if it caters to a pretty niche interest. Being the culturally and geographically diverse place that it is, South Africa is home to a wonderful variety of formalised and slightly ad hoc tourism routes which tell stories both deep and meaningful, or get one to appreciate some of the country’s most beautiful natural features. The Diamond Route, Northern Cape, North West, Gauteng and Limpopo Comprising ten sites covering some 250,000 ha, the Diamond Route stretches from Namaqualand on South Africa’s west coast to the Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve on our northern border with Botswana. Each site is significant to the country in terms of conservation and biodiversity, particularly as they have been rehabilitated after diamond mining activities. The sheer size of the route makes it challenging to experience every site, but it also means that if you find yourself in any of South Africa’s northern provinces, you can experience at least part of the route. Sites along the route include famed spots like Kimberley’s Big Hole, as well as low key natural delights such as Telperion Reserve with its dramatic gorges and cliffs, and Rooipoort Nature Reserve, which dates back to 1893, with its rich wildlife and many San rock engravings. Contact: www.diamondroute.com

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Woza eNanda Heritage Route, KwaZulu-Natal There’s much more to Durban than the beachfront and bunny chows, and it’s a shame so few people know about the city’s important liberation legacy. The settlements at eNanda, Phoenix and KwaMashu have a rich story to tell, featuring some of South Africa’s most iconic figures, and visiting the important sites linked to them is a humbling experience. You can visit Mahatma Gandhi’s home and printing press, which is now a museum, where he developed his philosophy of passive resistance. There’s also the Ohlange Institute, founded in 1901 by the first president of the African National Congress, Rev. John Dube, where Nelson Mandela cast his historic vote in South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. Nearby is the Inanda Seminary, the first secondary school to be founded for African girls and one of the oldest girls’ schools in South Africa. Founded in 1853, the school has educated prominent female South African leaders, including Baleka Mbete, Thandi Orleyn and Manto Tshabalala-Msimang. Contact: Woza eNanda on +27 31 519 2555

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Battlefields Route, KwaZulu-Natal The South Africa as we know it today was shaped by war, and KwaZulu-Natal was home to many of the nation’s defining battles across a number of decades and wars, from early Voortrekker-Zulu conflicts, to the Transvaal War of Independence, Anglo-Zulu War, Anglo-Boer War and the Bambatha Rebellion. In many of these places the scars of battle have long since healed, and their current peace and isolation belie the terrible bloodshed and many lives that were sacrificed. There is no experience quite like having a knowledgeable guide recount the battles and the context leading up to them, but you can also visit most sites by yourself. Arguably the two most famous and pivotal Anglo-Zulu battles occurred at Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, and these eerie sites are a must-visit. Many of the province’s towns have a number of museums and sites commemorating the various conflicts, particularly Ladysmith, Colenso, Estcourt, Newcastle and Spioenkop. Contact: www.battlefieldsroute.co.za


Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail, Mpumalanga The Mpumalanga Lowveld is a beautiful area, and the De Kaap Valley and Makhonjwa Mountains create one of the country’s most beautiful backdrops. But the beauty obscures something truly amazing – it’s here where geologists have discovered some of the oldest exposed rocks on the planet. How old, you might ask? Some 3.5 billion years! That’s nothing to trifle with. Ten geosites have been set up along the 37 km stretch of the R40 between Barberton and the Bulembu border gate into Swaziland. These sites provide fascinating insight into the geology of the area and point out features such as volcanic hailstones, lava flows, and a more than three billion year old beach deposit. The views are also stunning, so even if geology doesn’t excite you, the vistas will make you catch your breath. Contact: www.geotrail.co.za or +27 13 712 6490

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Karoo Highlands Tombstone Route, Northern Cape Tombstones don’t generally make it into the slideshows of most people’s holidays, but maybe that’s because not enough people have seen the work of master carver Cornelius de Waal. In the early 1900s he could be found plying his trade in the Karoo Highlands, spending up to nine months working on a single gravestone, smoothing, shaping, carving and chiselling until it was perfect. There’s something fitting about the work he’s left behind – the solitude, big sky and arid stillness of the Karoo suit his sad and lonesome craft, and a day spent with a guide travelling out of the village of Williston from farm to farm to see his work is utterly absorbing. Contact: Elsa van Schalkwyk on +27 53 391 3069 or + 27 72 074 0919.

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No Passport Required A Culinary Journey Around the World, Just Around the Corner Text & Images Š Supplied

We are incredibly lucky in South Africa to have such a melting pot of people, cultures and restaurants. We get a taste of Mexico in Johannesburg, enjoy delicious Mediterranean food in the Eastern Cape, or Portuguese fare in Durban. We are quite simply and deliciously spoilt for choice.

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Join us on a culinary journey around the world, right here in our own back yard.

Get a Taste of Italy at Café Del Sol Our journey begins at the hub of it all, Johannesburg, at an Italian gem called Café Del Sol. With an extensive menu featuring homemade ravioli and gnocchi, this restaurant has beautiful décor with interesting foodie quotes on the walls. The atmosphere is warm and relaxing. When visiting this restaurant you must try the porcini risotto. You won’t leave disappointed. Corner of Olive and President Fouché Roads, Olivedale Corner Shopping Centre, Randburg, Johannesburg

Party Like They Do in Brazil at Rodizio Said to be one of the best examples of Brazil’s party culture outside of Brazil, Rodizio is sure to make for a fun night. With live entertainment on the weekends, including DJs, Latin bands and dancers, make sure you arrive ready to party. The menu has a variety of

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delicious treats, but the “Meat Rodizio”, the star of the menu, is a carvery that is served right at your table, and is perfect for first time visitors. Shop 35, Village View Shopping Centre, Van Buuren Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg

Feast on French Fare at Bistrot Bizerca Bistrot Bizerca is without a doubt one of Cape Town’s best restaurants, and encompasses the unpretentiousness of a French bistro with the fine fare that comes with it. In true French fashion, Bistrot Bizerca abides by a nose-to-tail philosophy, cooking dishes like tripe and pig trotters, which are surprisingly tasty, alongside more conventional cuts of meat. Sit in the courtyard and be transported to a piazza in Paris while you enjoy fresh oysters and champagne. 98 Shortmarket Street, City Centre, Cape Town

Experience the Middle East at Bedouin Café & Deli Bedouin Café & Deli offers Middle Eastern food with a


local twist. This chic restaurant makes their own traditional labneh cream cheese, in a variety of flavours, which features in many of their dishes. Their famous bedouin chicken wrap with exotic sumac spice is a hit amongst its patrons, and if you cannot get enough of the tantalizingly tangy cheese, you can take some home with you. Shop 24, Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village, Green Point, Cape Town

See What America Has to Offer at Sanook Now let’s hop on a plane to the Eastern Cape where we find Sanook. This restaurant specialises in American cuisine, and in particular the American classic, the hamburger – in fact Sanook offers the best gourmet burgers in East London. This eatery, with its hip and vibey atmosphere, is very popular with the locals, and has refreshingly different ingredients in their burgers, such as onion rings dusted with white cheddar, and springbok carpaccio. 11 Chamberlain Road, East London

Enjoy Delicious British Delights at Kingston Farm Enjoy traditional British fare at this Eastern Cape treasure. Located in Bathurst, Kingston Farm is nestled in a classic farm-style cottage. Kingston boasts fantastic fine dining in a warm and homely environment. The food, such as their melt-in-your-mouth Beef Wellington, and decadent puddings, will have you screaming “God Save the Queen” and coming back for more. Shaw Park Road, Bathurst

Have a Portuguese Meal at Mo-Zam-Bik Pack your bags, we’re going to the beach. Ballito plays host to the delightful Mo-Zam-Bik, which specialises in Portuguese food such as peri-peri chicken. The interior is relaxed and simple, but the flavours of the food are complex and refined. After your meal, allow your food to settle with a gentle stroll on the beach. 4 Boulevard Centre, Compensation Road, Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal

Sample German Fare at Siggi’s German Restaurant Carrying on the tradition of great hospitality and excellent food, Siggi’s is a great find in KZN and boasts delicious traditional German dishes like Eisbein, and homemade bratwurst, as well as a selection of dishes for the less traditional palette. End your meal with their tasty Apfelstruedel and wash it down with one of their ice-cold, carefully selected imported German brews. 65 Basil Hulett Drive, Salt Rock, KwaZulu-Natal

Dine Like the Irish at The Pickled Pig One of our last stops is a quaint little Irish pub called The Pickled Pig in Parys. What do you think of when you think Irish pub? Beer, of course. This pub and pie house is the best in town, and offers an amazing collection of over 140 local, imported and craft beers to be enjoyed with one of their moreish homemade pies. 71 Bree Street, Parys, Free State

Indulge in Some Moroccan Spices at 7 on Kellner A distinct Moroccan influence is apparent at this fine-dining establishment through their use of flavourful and aromatic spices, such as those found in their Moroccan Pepperpot soup. 7 On Kellner is situated in an old mansion which features pressed ceilings and colourful décor, making this place warm, fun and quirky. 7 Kellner Street, Bloemfontein, Free State


Anniversary Celebration Events • Richard Cock and his chamber group will give two performances at the festival. • An imported Oompah band will provide entertainment at the German Beerfest – come hungry for authentic German cuisine and a variety of beer.

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Celebrate Spring in Full Colour The Magoebaskloof and Haenertsburg Spring Festival Text & Images © Wilma den Hartigh

results of her foresight is what visitors see on the farm today. The garden was established by just three people: Sheila, her mother, Audrey, and a Mozambican gardener called Station (he was known for having the best green fingers in the valley). Between the three of them the terraces and walks were also built using rocks from the farm. This is why exploring Cheerio Farm is best done on foot and for a couple of days – there’s just so much to see. It can rain in the mountains at this time of the year, so carry an umbrella and waterproof jacket with you. If the weather turns cloudy, however, it is unlikely to result in more than a drizzle. The soft rain and mist will only add to your experience of the forest garden. Take a stroll along beautiful flower-lined paths and look out for resting spots next to the rivers and dams where you can appreciate the serenity of the farm. And don’t forget your camera, otherwise you’ll regret not being able to capture the beauty of the flowers. Not much has changed in 30 years since people started visiting the farm. The layout is still the same, and most of the original azaleas and tree-lined walkways are still there. Years ago visitors could take their tea under a canopy of flowering Japanese maples, but now the tea room is housed in a permanent structure. Generations of families have enjoyed the farm and it is important for people to keep visiting. That’s the only way to preserve Sheila’s vision.

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In just under three hours by car from Johannesburg, you’ll find yourself in lush forest terrain in Magoebaskloof, on the R71 between Polokwane and Tzaneen. The mountainous region is known for its Afromontane forests and is the home of the Magoebaskloof and Haenertsburg Spring Festival. The festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and takes place from 19th to 27th September, when the Japanese flowering cherry trees are just coming into bloom. The azaleas will be covered in masses of pink, red, purple, white and yellow flowers and the crabapple trees with pink and white blossoms. Those in the know believe that this year the flowers on Cheerio Farm will be even more spectacular as a result of all the rain that the area has received. The story of Cheerio Gardens is well preserved in the Magoebaskloof community. It was established by a fiery woman called Sheila “Box” Thompson after she was discharged from the army in 1946. Her father bought the farm in 1918 and, other than a period of two years, it has been in the family ever since. Thompson was a botanist who loved flowers and wanted to live close to nature. She had a dream to establish indigenous plants on the 20 ha Cheerio Farm, but the valley was too cold and all the bulbs were eaten by bush pigs and porcupines. Instead, she decided to plant deciduous trees such as maples and flowering cherries, and the

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Local Craft, Art and Fresh Produce The festival is a platform where local artists, crafters and farmers can sell their goods. After all, it wouldn’t be a proper festival without yummy preserves, organic cheese, silk screen art, traditional beadwork and wooden toys. Visit the stalls at the Magoebaskloof Hotel and the Haenertsburg Village Hall.

Useful Information Where to Eat Haenertsburg is a good spot for lunch. The Iron Crown Pub and Bistro is a favourite among the locals, and Picasso’s offers a signature range of sweet and savoury pancakes. Your visit to Magoebaskloof won’t be complete without lunch at the Wegraakbosch Organic Cheese farm. A herd of Swiss brown cows and a couple of Saanen goats provide the milk used to make traditional Mutschli, Emmentaler, Havarti, Tilsiter, Feta and cream cheeses. The Ploughman’s Platter comes highly recommended. If you are feeling brave, try your hand at milking cows.

Where to Stay One of the most popular places to stay is at Cheerio Farm, but this fills up quickly, so book early. The area offers accommodation for every budget, from backpackers, camping and caravanning to self-catering, B&Bs and hotels. Visit www.springfestival.co.za for a complete list.

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In 2015, Africa’s tourism industry is still the fastest growing industry in the world, which has sparked a massive increase in new and upgraded hotels – from high-end, to midscale and budget options – that target both the business and leisure traveller. OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg serves as the continent’s gateway to thousands of business travellers a year, who either travel here to conduct business or as a stopover on their journey into the rest of Africa. And many are in need of quality hotel accommodation. But with so many excellent choices available, you need to have an exceptional understanding of their needs, and a plan to cater to these needs, if you want them to keep coming back. And this is exactly what director and founder of the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, Kevin Clarence, has done. Heeding to the thousands of businessmen and -women who pass through the Birchwood Hotel’s doors every year, Clarence has remodelled 153 rooms in a secluded segment of the 53 ha property to create

a hotel-within-a-hotel. Called Silverbirch @ Birchwood, it has been designed to cater exclusively for the particular needs of the discerning travelling corporate. Clarence, together with his late father, Brian Clarence, founded the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre in 1997 with 153 rooms. The establishment has now grown to become the largest and busiest conferencing facility in the Southern Hemisphere with 665 rooms, 60 business conferencing venues, a number of wedding venues, two restaurants, a grill house, the Mangwanani African Day Spa and a wine bar. “When you have 3,000 people checking in for a conference, the lone business traveller is easily overlooked. She struggles to check in because the queues are too long, the dining area is filled to capacity at breakfast time when she is in a rush, and the conference-goers might have disrupted her sleep the night before with their rowdy teambuilding. It simply won’t do to deliver anything less than the best, and so we launched Silverbirch @ Birchwood in 2014 for our

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discerning business travellers,” says Clarence. Silverbirch @ Birchwood – with a separate check-in area, a dedicated porter service and golf carts to transport business travellers to their rooms – is situated away from the hustle and bustle of the main hotel in a boomed-off, access controlled area. The 153 beautifully finished rooms are expressly designed to ensure a peaceful and comfortable night’s rest set away from the main hotel. Other little extras include larger workstations for laptops, unlimited and uninterrupted high speed Wi-Fi access and an elegant business centre, all designed to ensure the most comfortable stay possible for busy business travellers. A separate breakfast area also means that corporate guests are able to enjoy a quiet and efficient breakfast before their work day begins, as well as fine dining away from the crowds at the Grill @ One Twenty. Now back at the helm after five years spent abroad marketing Birchwood to their foreign clients, Clarence has

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shown his unique understanding of his clients’ needs by introducing a Recharge Package to Silverbirch’s “menu”. Rooms at Silverbirch are available to business travellers for a few hours during the day for a quick shower to freshen up, or a space to work comfortably from while they wait for their connecting flights. Birchwood also has a convenient hourly shuttle service between OR Tambo International Airport and the hotel. “The hospitality industry in the business sector has been severely diluted, and we are now working on building this back up to the levels expected of us by our customers. With the launch of Silverbirch @ Birchwood we have listened to what our clients want by focusing more on their specific needs, while at the same time retaining our conference business. We are going back to our roots with the launch of Silverbirch,” says Clarence. For more information, visit www.silverbirchhotel.co.za.


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Tigers, Trails and a Time-Warp Town Philippolis A mere two hours from Bloemfontein, beneath the unpolluted skies of the Nama Karoo, there exists not only the oldest town in the Free State, but the only wild white tiger on earth. Text: Keith Bain Images Š Joe Lategan & John Varty

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First Page: Guided exploration at Otterskloof, a wildlife reserve bordered by a vast section of the Vanderkloof Dam This page: The miracle of an expanding tiger population at Tiger Canyons Last page: The historic Dutch Reformed Church in Philippolis, the oldest town in the Free State

Tigers roaming wild in the Free State might sound like science fiction, but not far from the historic town of Philippolis there exists one of the finest sanctuaries in the world for these Asian big cats. “We’re an experiment,” says Tiger Canyons founder, John Varty, “and we’ve successfully established a wild population of tigers outside Asia, where they’re declining at a rate of one per day.” Varty began his experimental feline conservation project 15 years ago with just two tigers, and has managed to raise a population of 23, comprising three different gene lines. “We’ve also got the only wild white tiger in the world, and she has three cubs,” says Varty, who is well-known for his wildlife documentaries. Situated adjacent the huge Vanderkloof Dam, the property is imbued with extreme natural diversity, combining riverine bush, rugged mountains, and thicketed savannah grassland. The sanctuary’s Paaiskloof Gorge boasts some dramatic rock formations which are ideal for capturing alluring images of the cats. “In three days here, you can easily shoot a thousand great images in a beautiful setting with excellent light – it’s certainly the best place in the world to photograph wild tigers,” says Varty. But why tigers in the Karoo? “The Free State is the only province where the law allows me to do this project,” says Varty. “The other provinces only allow tigers in captivity.” Since the tigers are in the habit of jumping on vehicles, visitors are protected in a cage on the back of a 4X4, and are accompanied by expert guides, or by Varty himself, who is an entertaining presence, known to sing to his guests. While vehicles at Tiger Canyons are protected for the safety of guests, it’s quite a different story at nearby Otterskloof, where game drives happen in open-top vehicles. The 14,000ha family-run game reserve is home to 32 animal species, including roan, sable and giraffe, but an absence of predators means that guests are free to explore on foot or mountain bike. “When we transferred here, it involved the biggest relocation of game ever undertaken,” explains Abel Erasmus Junior, whose family moved from their established Wintershoek Game Reserve near Kimberley eight years ago. The Erasmuses acquired a number of sheep farms and consolidated them into one large property, bordered on one side by a 25 km stretch of the Vanderkloof Dam. “We’re continually restoring the natural habitat,” says Erasmus, explaining that his family chose the site near Philippolis because it is naturally beautiful and wonderfully remote. Nor is the terrain flat, as one typically imagines the Free State to be. Otterskloof encompasses large koppies surmounted by vast plateaux. There are also deep canyons, and lots of natural springs that give rise to small rivers with crystal clear water. These streams not only provide freshwater mussels and crabs, but are home to breeding pairs of otters that give the reserve its name. The dam, which is fed by the Orange River, is excellent for fishing, and kayaks are available for scenic paddles, with wildlife regularly spotted from the water. Otterskloof has two separate lodges. One is a converted farmhouse with 11 rooms, a swimming pool, and catered meals. The other – a self-catering facility – is marvellously rustic, with no grid electricity or cellphone reception, although there’s solar lighting and gas heating. Camping is also an option. While in the area, it would be a shame not to devote some time to Philippolis itself. This quirky little town is the oldest settlement north of the Orange River, and feels marvellously trapped in time thanks to its abundance of well-preserved old Karoo, Victorian, and Art Deco buildings. Philippolis was established in 1823 as a mission station for the


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Run Wild, Run Free Next month, on 17th October, Otterskloof hosts “the wildest race in the Free State”, the Otterskloof Charity Challenge (www.otterskloof.com). The trail running event has three routes – 5 km, 10 km and 21 km – and traverses superb landscape where you’re highly likely to run into non-predatory wildlife (unfortunately no tigers, either), and runners get to cross two rivers.

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the Queen after Mandela came to power. “In those days,” explains Morison, “every birth and marriage was recorded in there, so it provides a unique and fascinating record of the town’s early history.” For a good meal, everyone in town will point you towards Oom Japie se Huis, an antique bookstore and restaurant owned by Richard Proctor-Simms, who serves the finest Karoo lamb for miles. It’s also worth timing visits to Philippolis to coincide with the town’s market, which happens on the first Saturday of each month. It’s a typical country get-together, with everything from pancakes to figs on sale, and all the locals catching up on the gossip. It’s also one place you’re sure to hear Oom Jannie Cilliers making music with his saw. “Marvellous Oom Jannie!” says Morison. “He plays his saw at every function we have. Like I said, Philippolis is a time-warp!”

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local Khoi people. It was founded by the London Missionary Society, represented by Dr John Philip – hence the town’s name. Until 1972, the main road between Cape Town and Joburg passed through Philippolis, but when the Gariep Dam was built, the highway was diverted, and the town went into decline. Best known as the childhood home of writer and naturalist Sir Laurens van der Post, other aspects of the town’s history are unravelled at the recently renovated TransGariep Museum, which details the region’s multi-fangled history, starting with the Khoi and Griqua, and even touching on the town’s Jewish settlers. Along with the Laurens van der Post Library, there’s also a memorial to Emily Hobhouse, who started a weaving and spinning school in Philippolis. The town’s oldest building, once the residence of the Griqua leader, Adam Kok III, is now Jann Morison’s lovely antique shop and pewter studio. “It’s a typical old village,” says Morison. “And sometimes it feels stuck in a time-warp. But it’s a wonderful place to recharge. Within a week of moving here from Joburg, we knew everyone on our street and had enough fruit to last a month, because everybody stopped by to welcome us with gifts of fruit and cake. The first thing you notice when you get here is that everyone waves to say hello!” The focal point of the town is still the Dutch Reformed Church, a beautiful building dating back to 1869. It’s worth popping into, if only to see the old Bible, which was removed by the British during the Boer War and only returned by


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Tigres, sentiers de course et une ville figée dans le temps Philippolis Texte : Keith Bain Images © Supplied

À à peine deux heures de Bloemfontein sous les ciels immaculés du Nama Karoo, se trouve une ville qui est non seulement la plus ancienne de l’État-Libre mais qui est aussi est la seule au monde à avoir un tigre blanc en liberté.

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L’idée de tigres en liberté dans l’État-Libre pourrait sembler fantasque, mais non loin de la ville historique de Philippolis se trouve l’un des plus magnifiques sanctuaires au monde pour ces félins asiatiques. « Nous sommes un projet expérimental, » explique John Varty le fondateur de Tiger Canyons, « et nous avons réussi à établir une population de tigres sauvages hors d’Asie, où ils déclinent à la vitesse d’un animal par jour. » Varty commença sont projet expérimental de conservation de félins il y a 15 ans avec seulement deux tigres et réussit, à l’aide de trois lignées génétiques différentes, à faire monter le nombre à 23. « Nous sommes les seuls au monde à avoir une tigresse blanche sauvage, et en plus elle a trois bébés, » dit Varty, qui est bien connu pour ses documentaires animaliers. La propriété, qui se situe près de l’immense barrage hydroélectrique de Vanderkloof (Vanderkloof Dam), est dotée d’une biodiversité exceptionnelle, et la gorge de Paaiskloof, qui fait partie du sanctuaire, se prévaut de formations rocheuses spectaculaires qui sont le cadre idéal pour prendre de belles photos des tigres. Et puisque les tigres ont l’habitude de sauter sur les véhicules, les visiteurs sont protégés par une cage se trouvant à l’arrière du 4 x 4, et sont accompagnés par des guides chevronnés. Alors que les véhicules de Tiger Canyon sont protégés pour la sécurité des hôtes, il n’en n’est pas de même à Otterskloof, où

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les safaris se font en voitures découvertes. La réserve animalière familiale de 14 000 ha abrite 32 espèces d’animaux sauvages incluant des antilopes rouannes, des zibelines et des girafes, et l’absence de prédateurs fait que les hôtes peuvent explorer la propriété à pied ou en VTT. Otterskloof compte deux gîtes séparés. L’un est une ancienne maison de ferme restaurée qui comprend 11 chambres, une piscine et où les hôtes sont en pension complète. L’autre, merveilleusement rustique, est équipé pour cuisiner soi-même. Il n’est pas approvisionné par l’électricité du réseau et n’a pas de signal pour les téléphones portables, mais il est doté d’un éclairage solaire et de chauffage au gaz. On peut aussi camper à Otterskloof. Lorsque l’on se trouve dans la région il serait dommage de ne pas passer un peu de temps à Philippolis. Cette petite ville originale est la ville plus ancienne se situant au nord de la rivière Orange, et elle comprend une abondance de bâtiments de style vieux Karoo, Victorien et Art déco très bien préservés. Philippolis fut établie en 1823 comme station missionnaire pour le bénéfice de la population locale Khoi. Elle fut fondée par la « London Missionary Society » représentée par Dr. John Philip – d’où son nom. Jusqu’en 1972, la route allant de la ville du Cap à Johannesburg traversait Philippolis mais quand le barrage hydroélectrique de Gariep (Gariep Dam) fut édifié, une déviation fut aussi mise en place et la ville amorça un sérieux


déclin. D’autres aspects de l’histoire de la ville, qui est bien connue comme étant l’endroit où l’écrivain et naturaliste Sir Laurens van der Post passa son enfance, nous sont révélés au TranGariep Museum qui fut récemment rénové et qui retrace l’histoire de la région en détail. Le bâtiment le plus ancien de la ville, qui fut pendant des années la résidence d’Adam Kok III, le chef des Gricquas, appartient maintenant à Jann Morison qui en a fait un magasin d’antiquités et un atelier à étain. « C’est un vieux village typique, » dit Morison. « Et parfois on se croirait figé dans le temps. Mais c’est un endroit merveilleux pour recharger ses batteries. Après avoir quitté Johannesburg et avoir emménagé ici, il ne nous a fallu qu’une semaine pour connaître tous les habitants de la rue. La première chose dont on se rend compte quand on est ici c’est que tout le monde se dit bonjour ! » Le centre d’attention de la ville a toujours été l’Église réformée néerlandaise (Dutch Reformed Church), un superbe bâtiment datant de 1869. Elle mérite d’être visitée, mais il faut aussi s’y rendre pour voir la Bible antique qui avait été emportée par les anglais pendant la guerre de Boers et qui ne fut rendu par la Reine qu’après l’arrivée de Mandela au pouvoir. « Dans le temps, » explique Morison, « chaque naissance et chaque mariage y était inscrit, et de ce fait elle constitue une référence unique et fascinante à l’histoire de la ville. » Il est recommandé de faire coïncider ses visites à Philippolis avec le marché de la ville qui a lieu le premier samedi du moi. Ce sont des rencontres campagnardes où l’on peut acheter n’importe quoi, comme des crêpes ou des figues. C’est l’endroit idéal pour écouter Oom Jannie Cillier (« Oncle Jannie ») faire de la musique avec sa scie musicale. « Oom Jannie, quel homme merveilleux ! », dit Morison. « Il joue de la musique à chaque fois qu’il se passe quoi que ce soit en ville. Comme je l’ai déjà dit, c’est comme si le temps s’était arrêté à Philippolis ! »

Courir tout-terrain, Courir en liberté Le 17 octobre, Otterskloof accueille « la course la plus sauvage de l’État-Libre », l’Otterskloof Charity Challenge (Défi caritatif d’Otterskloof) (www.otterskloof.com). Cette manifestation de course tout-terrain offre trois parcours différents – 5 km, 10 km et 21 km à travers des paysages superbes.


The Travel Agent Effect Text: Paula Rabeling Images © Pentravel & iStockphoto.com

Booking a holiday can be a stressful, time-consuming exercise filled with uncertainty. “Is this hotel really five star?”; “Is it close to the main attractions?”; “Would I really enjoy travelling in this country?” These are all questions that could run through your mind when finalising your annual holiday adventure.

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The need for reassurance and assistance in answering these questions and booking everything from flights to hotels, is the reason travel agencies exist. They have all the information to find the best holiday to suit you, thus leaving you free to get excited about your trip. However, with the advent of the Internet and travel sites such as TripAdvisor, it seemed that the role of the travel agent would be made redundant. Surely, with the web available at one’s fingertips, one can fully research everything to do with holiday plans and have no need to go through a travel agency? One would think so, but evidently this has not yet materialised. Industry leader, Pentravel – a national leisure travel provider that specialises in bespoke land, snow, and sea adventures – has not experienced a negative impact on their business due to the Internet. In fact, Pentravel has continued to grow (734 % growth since the start of the recession), and has even opened new branches across South Africa. So, even with the wealth of knowledge that the Internet provides, enabling most people to research and book things themselves, why do businesses like Pentravel keep growing? When doing everything yourself, you have to dedicate a lot of time to researching, from the destination to possible hotels and activities. Googling questions such as “What is the best beach in Thailand?” and “Where is the best place to go diving?” is the norm, with many different suggestions popping up. An experienced travel agent, however, will be able to explain all of this to you, because, most of the time, they have been there to experience it for themselves. “Pentravel consultants travel to new destinations every year. We are proud to say that every one of our consultants has international travel experience, and 90 % of the company has been on a cruise,” says Vicky Steinhardt, Land Product Manager at Pentravel. Having someone who can tell you exactly how things work, as well as the best types of activities to do for the type of holiday

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you want at that destination (especially if you have never been to that particular country before) can be a huge help. “It is vital for the staff to experience the products and destinations themselves, to ensure they match the client with the correct product,” says Steinhardt. As travel agents regularly deal with different companies that offer cruise and tour packages, they are able to get you the best deal possible. They will know what option to book, and advise whether to wait to book a certain thing if they know a better option is on the way. This could, in turn, save you money. Having a travel agent book your holiday can be a huge weight off your shoulders, leaving you free to enjoy the build-up to a big trip, and finalise other important details such as a house sitter, someone to fill in for you at work, and shopping for that new swimsuit. However, that does not mean you will be cut out of planning your own holiday. “We focus on the customer experience from the minute we receive your enquiry. Half of the excitement when going on holiday is planning that experience, and we try and include customers in this process as much as possible, giving them a variety of recommended choices,” says Steinhardt. Pentravel’s philosophy is obviously working out well for them, as they have a 91 % customer satisfaction rate on consumer website, Hello Peter. CEO Sean Hough explains: “We do not sell holidays, we sell happiness. In other words, we go above and beyond to create extraordinary customer experiences that leave a lasting impression. In so doing, we connect with all of our customers, and make them feel special by sharing in the excitement of their holiday.” Going on a trip is an activity that most people look forward to, and taking the worry and doubt that comes with booking and researching everything yourself out of the planning definitely adds to the overall enjoyment of a well-deserved break.


AN EXTRAORDINARY SOUTH AFRICAN HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE!

Leisurely Pursuits in the Northern Cape, South Africa majestically reaching over 360 000 sq kilometers from the world-renowned kalahari Desert to the arid plains of the karoo, the Northern Cape, South Africa, offers visitors an unique experience. With its open spaces, friendly people, rich history and unique cultural diversity, this land of the extreme, promises an extraordinary tourism experience. FIVE MUST DO REASONS TO CHOOSE THE NORTHERN CAPE AS YOUR SOUTHERN AFRICAN LEISURE DESTINATION:

1.REWARDING CULTURAL EXPERIENCES

The distinct cultural groups that make up the Northern Cape are as rich as the country’s history. Unlock the secrets of the African bush in the company of the oldest human inhabitants of the region, the ‡Khomani San near the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Swim in the hot pools of Riemvasmaak, discover the ancient wisdom of the Nama of the Richtersveld, a world heritage site. Explore living villages, shop at craft markets, indulge in regional authentic cuisine at local eateries and be transported to the world of our ancestors through campfire storytelling and dancing. It’s the best way to experience the heartbeat of the province and to take some of the soul of the Northern Cape with you on your return journey home.

2. ADvENTURE off ThE BEATEN TRACk

For the active, it’s an ideal environment for exploration and adventure. We have an aweinspiring setting for any enthusiast. Whether you are stargazing in Sutherland, hunting for fossils in the Karoo or searching for San rock art deep in the caves of the Diamond Fields, experiencing the world’s richest floral offering in Namakwa, camping deep in the bush surrounded by wildlife and the famed black-maned lion of the Green Kalahari, or Kayaking down the mighty Orange River, the Northern Cape is more than an adventure, it’s an enriching life experience.

3. fAmILy EXPERIENCES

The Northern Cape has always been a familyfriendly destination. Its mix of culture, adventure, wildlife and wide accommodation choices, offers family fun that is both entertaining and

educational. The province is home to six national parks and two of the country’s largest rivers, which makes it perfect for fun activities the whole family can enjoy. These include game safaris, bird watching and leisure hikes and walks to winery tours, museum visits and archaeological discoveries.

4. NATURAL BEAUTy AND WILDLIfE

The Northern Cape is arguably South Africa’s most beautiful and naturally real province. Visitors are hard-pressed to choose between our UNESCO World Heritage Site and two Transfrontier Parks, the Kgalagadi and the |Ai-|Ais Richtersveld with its red and golden sand dunes. Share the intimate bush knowledge of a Nama or San Bushmen guide/ tracker. The Northern Cape’s natural beauty is enhanced by it’s an enigmatic wildlife. From the small five to the big five, watching wild animals at dose range is something truly unforgettable. There are walking, horseback, 4x4, little five and many more safaris to incorporate in your trip.

5. ThE fLoRAL kINGDom of ThE NAmAkWA

Each spring, the dormant and arid winter plains of the Northern Cape’s Namakwa region are transformed into a kaleidoscope of color with the arrival of the flower season. The wild flowers of the Namakwa are definitely a natural phenomenon and best discovered on foot, which makes it ultimately appealing to hikers and outdoor enthusiasts

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As the only arid hotspot in the world this region contains more than 6 000 plant species, 250 species of birds, 78 species of mammals, 132 species of reptiles and amphibians and an unknown number of insects, making it the world’s most diverse, arid environment. This floral diversity has also made the Namakwa the richest bulb flora arid region in the world. Best times to visit is end July to early October. SwiftPrint 74450


Positioned in the most romantic valley on earth, Franschhoek Country House & Villas is an exclusive boutique hotel reminiscent of a village in Provence yet with an elegant Cape sensibility. Set in gardens of lemon trees, lavender and vines – with fynbos draping the nearby mountains – the original, charming country maison includes 14 standard and luxury rooms as well as the award-winning Monneaux Restaurant while the 12 Villa suites are havens of privacy & understated opulence. Swimming pools, a candle-lit cellar, a treatment room and sun-down verandas are all a traveller needs as you live la vie extraordinaire.

For current special offers and packages visit our website at www.fch.co.za Tel: +27 (0)21 876 3386 email: info@fch.co.za

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Beer and Bees

in 'Bethesda Text: Julie Graham Images Š Supplied

The quirky Karoo town of Nieu-Bethesda may be most famous for its owls (well, the Owl House to be specific), but it’s worth popping in for its goats, bees and beer too.

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tourism activity and I needed to identify something unique that would attract more tourists and provide an income, so I decided on the beer, as I already had some experience with it. I had also been watching the growing interest in craft beer in other countries and was inspired by that. At the time I think there were about five other independent breweries in South Africa. Now there are in the region of 240.” Three different beers are produced at this artisan brewery, and all offer a unique and distinctive taste that is a result of Cillers’ careful brewing methods and attention to detail and flavour. “The Karoo Ale is our standard beer, slightly more on the bitter side with a well-balanced fruity hops aftertaste. The Honey Ale contains local honey to produce a refreshing beer with a slight honey aftertaste, while the Roasted Ale is a dark, stout-type beer, slightly heavier in body, with coffee and liquorice tones and a creamy, smooth maltiness.” The beers – all labelled Sneeuberg after the mountain range that encompasses the small town – are a true representation of everything that craft beers stand for, and maintain a sense of deep integrity to the art of brewing. This focus on local and sustainable produce and Cilliers’ desire to produce only the most flavoursome fare goes one step further in the form of the Two Goats Deli, which also doubles as a restaurant. Here, he makes a range of goat’s and

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On a recent road trip from Johannesburg to Cape Town, I decided to split my journey into two days and find somewhere interesting and somewhat unchartered to rest my weary traveller’s head for the night. As opposed to staying over in Beaufort West, which seems to be the norm for overnight travellers, I looked on my map and found the small oasis town of Nieu-Bethesda, almost half-way between the hustle and bustle of Jozi and the iconic Table Mountain city, nestled at the base of the Compassberg, the highest mountain in the Eastern Cape. This I duly did and immediately made a stop (as recommended by friends) at Andre Cilliers’ Sneeuberg Brewery and Two Goats Deli to sample some of his locally produced craft beer and delicious fare. Cilliers, previously a lecturer of Economics and Marketing at the University of Cape Town, has been living in NieuBethesda for the past 13 years and running the brewery for 12 of those years. The move from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town to the arid Karoo was inspired by a desire to be more in touch with nature, and to develop a more familyorientated lifestyle. Cilliers had been brewing beer as a hobby at home, and decided to take it further at a time when craft beer was still very unusual. “When we moved here, there was very little


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cow’s milk cheeses, including hard cheeses, brined feta and cream cheeses, which are either plain or mixed with herbs or olives. Cilliers keeps bees at the deli that produce the honey used for the Honey Ale and which is served with the cheeses. There is also a coffee roastery, and all the coffees roasted are either origin coffees or blends of different varietals. The finest quality coffee that they roast is the Arabica, which originates in the highlands of Ethiopia and thrives in higher altitudes. The three different roasts served at Cilliers’ Two Goat Deli are the lighter Breakfast Brew, the medium Karoo Blend and the darker of the three named, quite aptly, Insomnia. The care that Cilliers puts into his produce reveals a passion and love for his craft that is nothing short of admirable, and his rustic artisanal techniques ensure that only the very finest quality local produce is served. His love for this quaint, remote town is shared by the small population of locals who live here, making it a true hidden gem in the Karoo and somewhere I highly recommend stopping for a few days. “Living in Nieu-Bethesda is great for a number of reasons. What I enjoy is the relative isolation, but still interacting daily with people who are living life in the city. The people living

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here are mostly creative, which makes for a stimulating and constantly changing dynamic, plus you can’t underestimate the joy of being close to nature, experiencing the seasons, clean air, beautiful night skies, the landscape, working with animals, and producing a lot of our own food.”

For more information on the Sneeuberg Brewery and Two Goats Deli, visit www.sneeuberg.net.

Must See Another must see in Nieu-Bethesda is the iconic Owl House, which was transformed between 1950 and 1976 by Helen Martins into a glass-encrusted wonderland and statue garden. The house and garden are open to the public daily (except for Christmas day). There is also a quaint backpackers at the Owl House which is conveniently located and family-friendly. For more information, visit www.owlhouse.info.


The Jewel of Pietermaritzburg The Liberty Midlands Mall Text & Image © Supplied

The jewel of Pietermaritzburg, the Liberty Midlands Mall, echoes the lifestyle offerings of the Zulu Kingdom, its unique design having been influenced by indigenous African culture. The Liberty Midlands Mall is the largest centre in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and boasts world-class tenants. Travellers, from the berg to the beach, are regular visitors at this undisputed authority in retail which attracts approximately 700,000 people a month – little wonder, too, considering its superlative facilities and offerings.

Pensioners’ Days & Shopping Shuttle Pensioners – over the age of 60 years old with a valid ID – are given free parking from Mondays to Thursdays at Liberty Midlands Mall. All they need do is validate their ticket at the Park with Spark Desk, or at the Parking Office in the undercover parking area. The Pensioners’ Shopping Shuttle also offers a very special service to selected retirement villages in our community. This is made possible by a sponsorship from Halfway Toyota and Scottfin. Wheelchair-Friendly Facilities A campaigner for the disabled, we continuously work with the Association for the Physically Challenged to increase community levels of tolerance and respect for the physically challenged. One of the key drivers, the “It’s my Space” campaign, strives to make Liberty Midlands Mall wheelchair-friendly and to increase awareness. Our disabled parking areas are equipped with ramps leading into the mall, allowing for easy and direct access. We also have disabled ablution facilities available for your convenience. New Kiddies Trolleys Even toddlers’ shopping needs are taken care of at Liberty Midlands Mall with special kiddies trolleys. These brightly coloured trolleys provide families with a more pleasurable shopping experience by ensuring that their children are entertained and safe while they browse and shop. These Kiddie Cabs are available outside Game and in the undercover parking foyer.

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Car Wash Liberty Midlands Mall is pleased to offer a car wash facility in the parking area behind Woolworths. Customers can now conveniently have their vehicles washed while they shop. Restrooms We offer a variety of public toilet facilitates, including family toilets that allow moms or dads to accompany their children to the toilets. There are also two tastefully decorated baby changing rooms, all for your convenience. Information Desk This is strategically positioned in the Centre Court. Our friendly customer relations officers can assist shoppers with gift card purchases, store information, promotions, and any general information that they may require. Wheelchairs are also available at the desk for the comfort and convenience of our physically challenged shoppers. We value your suggestions or comments, and you may leave these in our comments book which is available at the desk. Generators Some things are more fun in the dark, but shopping isn’t one of them. With our generators it is business as usual.


“Expectation”

The Richard Branson of SA’s Art Scene Benon Lutaaya Text: Lisa Witepski Images © Supplied

It’s not often that you meet a former street urchin who expresses strong views on the transcendent and transformative properties of art. But then, Ugandan artist Benon Lutaaya is anything but ordinary.

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“My Memories” This becomes obvious as soon as he says that he is as much an entrepreneur and businessman as an artist. “People flinch when I use the words ‘money’ and ‘art’ in the same sentence,” he says, but adds that he, personally, would prefer to earn Rand than mere respect. To do this, he has worked hard to establish himself as a brand – something else which marks him as an anomaly in a world where aesthetics are supposed to trump acumen. He’s also eager to shake up the current thinking in the arts world, and isn’t afraid of this making him unpopular. Much of his willingness to court controversy stems from his background. Although he describes the hard-knock circumstances he grew up in as “the biggest advantage life has given him”, he shrugs off his story, claiming that his past is not nearly as interesting as his future. His is, nonetheless, an intriguing back story: His parents separated while he was an infant and he was raised by his grandmother. When he was older, he joined a gang of children who ran away from their village and relocated to Kampala. But Lutaaya was no ordinary street hustler: “My grandmother had always warned me that, because I was such a small child, I would never be able to make a living digging trenches! Education was my only option.” As such, he spent the money he earned from running errands on school lessons, scrounging paper from the streets to create the collages

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“Unfinished Life” which have since become one of his signature mediums. He eventually went on to study art, design and education at Kyambogo University and then, desperate to broaden his scope, he applied for a residency at Johannesburg’s Bag Factory, making a seven-day bus journey to arrive at his date with destiny. Benon says that, at the time, his life on the streets didn’t strike him as hard – it was just the way things were. Clearly, though, it has left an indelible mark, as he has given away a significant part of his earnings – almost half a million rand in three years – to charities who provide support for children, as well as art-related foundations. His generosity is something else he shrugs off. “I’m not afraid of losing anything, because I know that I’m lucky to have what I have – it’s more than most people. If I didn’t give back, I would be living against my morals and ethics.” But giving back is another way that Lutaaya is ensuring that his art remains relevant, that it has a use beyond hanging on a gallery wall. “Art is an experience between the viewer and the artist. If you love something I have made enough to part with your money, it’s only fitting that the impact of your decision lives on.” Relevance – or, rather, the lack thereof – is something that worries him deeply. “People say that visual art is dying, and I think they’re right. Today’s artists cling to an institutional


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“Remembrance” standpoint. They’re taught to focus on the academic and conceptual, rather than the expression of their ideas on paper. And because the tastemakers of today are the very people who are entrenching this mindset, these are the works that are constantly put forward. It’s why we see so many installations. We’re alienating consumers of art and creating works best suited to museums.” Lutaaya’s own process flies in the face of this trend. He says that, although other creators may experience art as “fun”, it is, for him, a painful and frustrating process. Every splash of colour, every mark and stroke is dictated by his emotions. His brain never shuts off. Although he may complete a painting in two hours, it reflects an investment of months as he investigates ways to break boundaries and improve his technical skill. “More than half the time, I’m unhappy with the finished result. But each creation teaches me something new, so hopefully I’ll hit fewer potholes the next time around.” He urges other artists to adopt this openness to constant learning. In fact, he maintains that the only way to break the visual arts stalemate is to forget everything that’s

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“Scarred but Alive” learned during your studies, and to re-educate yourself, focusing on your strengths and abilities, and how these dovetail with the needs of your community. Doing this creates a window for technical brilliance to show through, he says, and ensures that you’re able to engage with viewers in a meaningful way. He’s also insistent that artists should turn their backs on the so-called nobility of poverty. “None of my success has come about through accident. It’s all been carefully planned and came about because someone was willing to help me.” Now, he’s focused on lending his own helping hand, especially to female artists, as one of his key concerns is the fact that the winners of arts awards are very often male. His other goals? “To become a good all-rounder, so that I’m not known for my proficiency in any single medium. And to represent this continent on the international stage.” More than this, he aspires to tap into the sheer power of art. “Art has the ability to change lives and empower dreams. It’s there to inspire, connect and educate.” Not bad for a kid from the streets of Kampala.


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The River Countries The Zambezi is Calling Text: Paula Rabeling Images Š David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Marlene Marceau

There lies a river in Southern Africa that belongs to a host of nations thanks to the sheer distance it travels. Originating in Zambia, the Zambezi River flows through Angola and Namibia, then separates Zimbabwe and Zambia, and eventually travels through Mozambique, before disappearing into the Indian Ocean. After the Nile, Zaire, and Niger rivers, the Zambezi is the fourth largest river in Africa, and attracts adventurers from around the world to enjoy its offerings.

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The Zambezi creates a border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, two must-visit African destinations, not least of all because of the famous Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (meaning The Smoke that Thunders), its original name. One cannot help but be stirred by the majesty of the falls, or its beauty as the raging water throws up fine spray and delicate rainbows. The falls can be visited from either Zambia or Zimbabwe, and both countries offer travellers a multitude of exciting adventures. Zambia – Untouched Wilderness In this landlocked country, the Zambezi is often the centre of all activities. For adrenaline junkies, white water rafting is a must-do activity, as Zambia is regarded as one of the world’s best destinations to experience this thrill ride. If you prefer a more relaxing tour of the Zambezi, floating down the river with a guide is ideal, especially as it gives you the opportunity to watch out for wildlife both in the river and on its banks, including crocodiles, hippos, and elephants.

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If you are keen to get a little bit closer to the latter you can visit Zambezi Elephant Trails, where you will be able to interact with these majestic beings and even feed them. These elephants were rescued from dangerous circumstances and have been given a second chance at a more peaceful life at this lovely reserve. The explorer and missionary, David Livingstone, made a huge impact on Zambia. So much so, that the little tourist town that overlooks the falls is named after him, as are many of the hotels in the area. One of these establishments is the David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa, which is the perfect base for your Zambian adventures. The friendly staff at the lodge will be able to arrange all of the above for you, and more. The Lady Livingstone, an amazing feature of the lodge, is a three-deck river cruiser which allows you to watch the African sun go down while gently drifting down the river and enjoying a variety of drinks and delicious treats. Buffets are the name of the game when it comes to enjoying meal times at the lodge. At the Kalai Restaurant you will be able to indulge in Afro-Arabian fusion dishes, with a wide variety


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of South African and international wines, as well as cocktails. The buffet breakfasts are definitely the right way to start your day, with a variety of fresh fruit, pastries and deli meats, before heading over to the egg station where you can ask the chef to cook your choice of eggs to perfection. By far the most distinctive feature about the David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa is its little extras, though, such as the plate of fresh fruit that accompanies your turndown service along with a small, truly Zambian, gift, thus inspiring the best of African memories. Zimbabwe – A World of Wonders On the other side of the Zambezi lies Zimbabwe, which boasts the popular Mana Pools National Park, a World Heritage Site. “Mana” means “four” in Shona, and refers to the four pools that make up the park. Long Pool is the biggest pool, measuring 6 km, and is a favourite drinking destination for herds of elephant. Along with other species such as crocodiles and hippos, over 300 bird species call the park home. Back at Victoria Falls, if you are keen to see the town’s biggest attraction from a completely different angle, bungee jumping could be just what you’re looking for. Take the thrilling first step off the Victoria Falls Bridge into the Batoka Gorge, over 100 m below. If you are a first-timer and in need of some support, you are able to make the jump tandem style, but paired

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up or solo, you are guaranteed to reach speeds of up to 120 km/h for a true adrenaline rush. Follow the Zambezi River, one of Africa’s greatest rivers, and you will come across incredible cultures, thrilling adventures, and amazing wildlife. As you sit watching the African sunset on your last evening in this beautiful part of the world, you will feel privileged to have experienced the majesty of Southern Africa, and at the same time wish that you could stay for longer.

David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa Driving up to the lodge, you are greeted by beautifully carved double doors leading into a spacious entrance area. At once, your eyes are drawn to the outside area and to the impressive Zambezi River beyond. Wander outside, and you will find a picture perfect infinity pool which is the ideal place to relax during the heat of the day and watch the Zambezi drift past. For more information about the David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa, visit www.thedavidlivingstone.com.


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Just under a decade ago, the seeds of transformation were sown on 220 ha of land situated in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley. Over the years that followed, this piece of ground was nurtured and lovingly crafted into a flourishing lifestyle estate, known today as Val de Vie, “The Valley of Life”.

Less than 40 minutes from Cape Town and Cape Town International Airport, Val de Vie is positioned in such a way that residents are offered both easy access to city amenities, as well as to a country lifestyle. “The demand for property at Val de Vie Estate has been tremendous over the years and continues to rise. We’re at the point now that all Val de Vie phase one properties are sold out. There’s a lot in the pipeline in terms of the estate’s expansion, and we’re incredibly excited to be able to offer this one-of-a-kind lifestyle to even more buyers,” says Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director at Val de Vie. In the past year, Val de Vie has launched a number of new developments, including stylish lock-up-and-go suites that make up Polo Village – designed by Antoni Associates – and open-plan homes that promote open-door living, collectively known as The Vines. Most recently, Val de Vie has expanded its borders to encompass another 300 ha of land, purchased from Pearl Valley Golf and Country Estate. Staying true to its roots, Val de Vie has dedicated approximately 150 ha of this land to farmland and green areas. Tying in with this, 17 smallholding properties, comprising 13 Gentleman’s Estates and four River Reserves, were launched. These estates cater perfectly to those looking to enjoy all the perks of farm-life without any security concerns. From cultivating vineyards or olive groves to keeping horses or certain livestock, the Gentleman’s Estates allow one to enjoy an idyllic lifestyle in proximity to the city. Similarly, the River Reserves provide a unique home environment where indigenous

buck will be free to roam amidst rehabilitated fynbos, bringing the essence of Africa to residents’ doorsteps. In addition, developer plots have been launched on the newly purchased land and plans are under way to include a retirement village, an additional sports and leisure centre, and more stables. Already in a highly sought-after location, Val de Vie is also in the process of developing a bridge which will extend across the Berg River to connect with the R45, bringing access to even more excellent schools, and the University of Stellenbosch and Cape Town International Airport even closer to the estate. Having earned the title of “home to the ‘safest house in Africa’,” it’s evident that Val de Vie places a large emphasis on maintaining world-class security throughout the estate. “Life in one of the most beautiful areas in the world should be lived without restriction to the outdoors, and this is exactly the freedom that Val de Vie offers its residents,” says Neethling. Aside from the security aspect that makes Val de Vie an outstanding choice of home, a magnitude of fitness- and leisure-orientated amenities exist on the estate, including a high-quality fitness centre, tennis courts, full equestrian facilities, an indoor swimming pool, a riding arena, two polo fields, and a top-class restaurant. With all of this on offer, it’s clear that the seeds planted all those years ago continue to bear fruit of success in a valley where great heights are being reached in the world of property. For more information, visit www.valdevie.co.za.

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The solution to poaching elephants for their tusks could be found in a scientific laboratory, if the latest research findings concerning the issue are anything to go by. A study, published in the journal Science, showed that using DNA and data mapping of elephant ivory and comparing it to dung might help countries and international organisations to fight poaching. The findings were co-authored by University of Washington biologist Samuel Wasser, his colleagues, and an Interpol wildlife crime expert. It revealed how DNA mapping was able to trace and isolate the location of elephant poaching.

The Data When ivory seized between 2006 and 2014 was compared to elephant dung, the DNA data revealed that it originated from two major areas. “Wasser and his team analysed the genotypes of 1,350 samples of dung collected from 29 countries in Africa,” wrote National Geographic. “They plotted what they found – the unique genetic signatures of different elephant populations – on regional maps, creating a dung reference base against which they could compare the DNA signatures from the ivory.”

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News website Mashable noted there were two main areas of origination of forest elephant ivory and savannah elephant ivory. “More than 85 % of forest elephant ivory was traced to Central Africa’s Tridom, a protected ecosystem across north-eastern Gabon, north-western Republic of Congo and south-eastern Cameroon, as well as the adjacent reserve in south-western Central African Republic. The ivory belonging to the savannah elephant showed that more than 85 % of the ivory was traced to East Africa, primarily within the Selous Game Reserve in south-eastern Tanzania and the Niassa Game Reserve in northern Mozambique.”

Impact of the Data Wasser’s wish was that the results of the research would significantly boost anti-poaching initiatives. “I hope the results will lead to a major crackdown on poaching in the two primary hotspots we identified,” Wasser told Mashable, “and [prompt] better strategies to deal with the corruption that allowed them to become hotspots in the first place.” In the journal article, the authors reasoned that if there were as few hotspots as the data showed, it could help international law enforcement to focus efforts on those


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key areas to help reduce poaching. “Any tool that allows us to pinpoint poaching spots is critical to better deploying enforcement and putting more boots on the ground,” Jan Vertefeuille, senior director at World Wildlife Fund’s crime division, told Mashable. “[This study] confirms what our teams on the ground have been seeing.”

How It Started To obtain samples for his ivory and dung research, Wasser began by creating a network of park rangers and conservation workers. He asked them to send him samples of elephant dung tagged by their location, indicated by latitude and longitude. Wasser and his team analysed the samples they received and plotted what they found on regional maps, creating a dung reference list to compare to the DNA from the ivory. According to National Geographic, the team got shipments of seized ivory from Kenya, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malawi, Sri Lanka, Togo, and Uganda. Countries that had signed the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) agreed that if there were

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seizures larger than a ton, samples should be sent for assessment to Wasser’s lab. South Africa was one of the first countries to join Cites after it came into effect in 1975, and since then the country had been active in the work needed. In fact, the next Cites meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) will take place from 24th September to 5th October 2016 in Johannesburg.

Wasser’s Work On his profile as a contributor to The Conversation, an academic and news website, Wasser writes that his laboratory aims to use the best possible science to help direct wildlife conservation and management policies around the world. “Currently, we are collaborating with the Interpol Working Group on Wildlife Crime to investigate the origins of all major ivory seizures in the recent past.” Wasser has a Masters of Science in zoology and a PhD in animal behaviour. It is hoped his efforts in the lab will make poaching a thing of the past. The goal was to solve elephant poaching within the next two years – though preferably by next year, Wasser says.


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Enterprising Entrepreneurial Acumen Showcasing South Africa’s Entrepreneurs Text: Wilma den Hartigh Images © Supplied

South Africa has no shortage of innovative entrepreneurs who are contributing to local economic growth. The good news is that you don’t have to be a tycoon. All you need is a generous dose of tenacity and enthusiasm to build a thriving business, no matter what obstacles come your way.

SA’s First Individually Black-Owned Coffee Brand Sihle Magubane started Sihle’s Brew without any startup funding. “It is a business founded on my love for coffee,” Magubane says. He always had big dreams to be an entrepreneur, but when he became responsible for supporting his siblings at age 16, he started working as a gardener to earn money. “I’m so glad that I never gave up on my dream, because despite my circumstances I made it,” he says. Now he’s a seasoned barista and he can tell you anything about coffee. He’s worked as a coffee specialist at Pick n Pay and had a leading role in setting up the retailer’s in-store coffee shops. He sources coffee beans from Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania, and has secured contracts to supply Food Lover’s Market outlets in Johannesburg, retailers in Pretoria, as well as stores in Botswana. What is his success lesson? “Access to funding isn’t everything. Successful business is also about skills, knowledge transfer, and marketing your product.”

A Broken iPod Turned Him Into a Top Tech Entrepreneur Alex Fourie founded mobile repair business iFix seven years ago when he was a student. iFix repairs and services all Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads iPods and MacBooks, as well as Samsung smartphones and tablets.

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Alex Fourie It all started with a broken iPod that Fourie didn’t want throw away. He trawled the internet to find a solution, and found a YouTube video that showed him how to fix the device using parts he ordered from eBay. He realised that he could make money doing this, and placed an advert to promote his services. The business he started in his university dorm room now employs more than 40 people across South Africa. Fourie has also made it onto Forbes Magazine’s list of top ten most promising young Africans. “My advice is never to become complacent – always innovate,” he says. iFix developed their own accessory line and insurance product to add value to their consumer offering. In 2011 Fourie developed another business called RiCharge. This has become Africa’s leading manufacturer and supplier of mobile charging solutions and exports to 12 different countries.

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Local is Lekker Internationally Amy de Castro founded Bamboo Revolution, a business which designs wristwatches using only bamboo, three years ago with just R50. The business started as part of her Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship. The programme required students to conceptualise, design, develop, manufacture and market a new sustainable product to the South African market with only R50. She had no idea that her bamboo wristwatches would become an international fashion item sold in South Africa, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Portugal, Spain, Australia and the United Kingdom. “Business isn’t about knowing everything or having a long list of qualifications behind your name,” she says. “You can learn by doing, and I was determined to build a product, a brand and a business that I could feel proud to present to the world.”


Leeko Nkala Fiery Chunky Chilli Sauces Leeko Nkala and Mmabatho Morudi are the founders of Chilladiddo, a range of chunky chilli relishes and sauces. Chilladiddo started five years ago as a hobby in Nkala’s kitchen using chillies from her grandfather’s farm and canning techniques passed on to her by her mother. “I started experimenting with making my own sauces because I couldn’t find pickled chilli I liked,” she says. Her own chopped chilli product caters for taste buds that like really hot sauces with lots of flavour. She also creates a sustainable market for rural growers who have plenty of land, but still live below the poverty line. Through Chilladiddo’s “Made with Rural” Initiative, 5 % of the sales proceeds is used to help rural farmers become commercial by improving their farming practices and machinery. She attributes her success to hard work and the mentorship she receives from enterprise development organisation, The Hope Factory. “Sometimes we as entrepreneurs get emotionally attached to certain things because this is personal to us. Mentors help us to refocus on important matters,” she says.


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SexieST FasteST BrighteST

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The recent launch of the latest generation Ford Focus ST – a model that has been around since 2002 – has finally placed the seal of excellence on smaller-capacity high output (184 kW) engines. When the legendary Henry Ford designed and built the first Model T more than a hundred years ago, little did he realise that this primitive (but advanced for its time) passenger car with its 2.5-litre, four cylinder, petrol/ kerosene/ethanol engine would take the world by storm and make him a millionaire many times over. Now, 106 years down the line, this 15 kW engine has progressed to a state-of-the-art 2-litre, turbo-enhanced, four cylinder EcoBoost engine that demonstrates both Ford’s sporting heritage and the racing heritage behind the Blue Oval. As a total package, the latest Focus ST is squarely aimed at other “hot hatches” which are selling well in a niche market segment, and which must have influenced Ford’s decision to make an all-out effort to bring to market a car which offers levels of performance, style and pride of ownership without breaking the bank. The Focus ST is certainly more than mere raw engine power. Putting all this power on the road requires dedicated chassis engineering, and in this field, Ford has gained a great reputation for building cars that handle superbly thanks to tuned suspensions and steering. This much was noticeable during the recent launch at a private racetrack (Dezzi) near Port Shepstone on the KwaZuluNatal South Coast. Tackling Dezzi on conventional road tyres was a piece of cake for the ST. Steering response is at a high level and, even at relatively high speeds, it was possible to position

the ST perfectly when approaching a corner. The torque flexibility is sensational and sixth-gear acceleration – even from relatively low speeds – is a joy to experience. The strengthened body structure of the new ST provides the foundation for these improvements, with enhanced front-end body stiffness that reduces body flex during cornering resulting in sharper responses and greater agility. The sports suspension features all-new front springs, sportier shock absorber tuning, and model-specific antiroll bars and rear springs. Naturally, the front and rear suspension is fully independent. Ultimately, however, the ST is much, much more than a boy racer. It is a sophisticated, compact, and stylish fivedoor design that is right at home in urban traffic, as well as serving as a pleasing (and thrifty) long-distance tourer. The interior sets a high standard, and the top-of-therange ST 3 (which we drove on launch) features all-leather Recaro seats, while the lower-specced ST 1 has to settle for cloth seats, and manual adjustment of the driver and front passenger seats, which are all electric on the ST 3. Any high performance car should have as many safety features as possible, and in this regard, the ST scores in abundance. Six airbags, ABS-enhanced braking for the alldisc system, EBA, a stability programme with traction control, and Bi-Xenon HID headlamps provide peace of mind. Adaptive cornering lighting, Isofix child seat anchors, and rain-sensing auto wipers form part of this

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well-designed overall package. With most motorists nowadays stuck in traffic for extended lengths of time, the in-car entertainment also needs to be of the highest order. Sony audio with nine speakers, and an 8’’ touchscreen, two USB ports, and a leather-covered steering wheel with mounted audio controls all assist in turning the cockpit into a pleasant and safe environment. The latest ST also offers additional advantages over those available in rival vehicles. For example, who else would have been brave enough to bring to market a car painted in a striking yellow (I think) and then to call it Tangerine Scream? Likewise, the extended 20,000 km service intervals are a 5,000 km improvement on that offered by Ford’s competitors. There are a few downsides too, though. In our country, the mini spare wheel is a big “no”, while

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the Recaro seats will be a tad narrow for wider people. And forget automatic, the choice is between manual and manual. Those minor issues aside, the latest generation Ford Focus ST is all-European in design, construction, character, and performance. Its road manners are impeccable, it is quiet inside when travelling at high speeds, and there is an underlying feeling that the Ford Focus ST will provide many years of reliable service in addition to being a great looker, which will do much for the owner’s ego in his or her neighbourhood. When considering all additional specifications, the Focus ST undercuts its nearest rival, Volkswagen’s Golf GTi, by at least R35,000 – a serious consideration in these dodgy economic times. The Ford Focus ST could also very likely end up in the list of finalists for the 2016 Car of the Year competition.


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The Tricky Business of Job Satisfaction Text: Jessica Hubbard/Finweek Image © iStockphoto.com

For many of us, finding true satisfaction and fulfilment at work is a constant challenge. In conversations, we find ourselves griping about noisy offices, demanding bosses and unfair pay. Very rarely do we hear someone affirm that they truly love what they do and enjoy being at work. So is true job satisfaction a mere pipe dream for most of us? Management and employee engagement specialists believe not. It does, however, often require a change in tack on the part of both the employer and employee.

More Than Money Research has consistently shown that employers have little insight into what fosters job satisfaction among employees. According to Chantelle Blandin de Chalain, organisational development manager at Independent Counselling and

Advisory Services SA (ICAS), many employees perceive job satisfaction to be directly related to remuneration. “However, even though remuneration has a big part to play in job satisfaction, there are so many other key drivers to ensuring an employee is happy in what they do and engaged in their daily job when money is taken out of the equation,” she explains. In her view, people need to find meaning and purpose in what they do. “If they believe in what they do and the

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contribution they make to their team, company or even community, I fundamentally believe an organisation will find a workforce that is satisfied and engaged,” she says. Anton van Heerden, managing director for Sage HR & Payroll, echoes this sentiment, noting that many companies “imagine that money is the only thing that matters to employees”. “Most people want financial security and comfort, but competitive remuneration is just the start of a good relationship between company and employee,” he says. “There are few people who work purely for financial reward. Most employees also look for purpose, achievement and personal development in their careers.”

The Feedback Loop Van Heerden adds that another common misconception is that all employees can be self-motivated and work without guidance. “Most employees value feedback and direction, even if today’s workplace isn’t the hierarchical command-andcontrol environment of the past,” he explains. “People like to know what they’re doing right and where they can improve, and they also value structure in their jobs and relationships with their bosses.” To address this, he believes that companies should use informal meetings, and structures such as monthly oneon-one discussions or performance reviews to listen to employees’ views. In addition, he notes that mechanisms such as anonymous job satisfaction surveys can give insight into employees’ loyalty levels. Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO of executive search firm Jack Hammer, insists that the “first basic rule” for employers is to have “frequent, open, transparent conversations”. “Ask questions, and listen,” she advises. “Then live up to your promises and commitments, if you make any.” She adds that employers should also provide opportunities for people to “connect with one another and with you” so that, as an employer, you can develop bonds of trust. “Enable a culture of ‘safe’ mistake-making – people are much more likely to contribute, innovate and try new things if they are not fearful about making mistakes,” says Goodman-Bhyat. “And then acknowledge the input and contribution of others.” Blandin de Chalain says that the role of the manager is often key to employee engagement and satisfaction. “Managerial support is key in job satisfaction,” she says. “We often see from a retention management perspective that employees are dissatisfied with their roles due to a lack of managerial rapport and not the role itself.”

Getting Stuck In Blandin de Chalain adds, however, that the responsibility also lies with employees, and without the “dual relationship

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in terms of accountability”, enduring job satisfaction can never really be achieved. “Employees often forget that it’s a dual relationship… The feeling is often ‘if my manager changes, or I have a different manager, I will be happier’,” she explains, adding that people need to understand what job satisfaction “looks like for them as individuals”. “People perceive their role and contribution differently and it is so important that employees are aware of what their expectation is of their job, as well as from their employer,” she adds. Goodman-Bhyat agrees that employees also need to step up, and says that it ultimately comes down to individual effort. “You get what you give,” she states. “Don’t be an observer – step up and step in, and get your hands dirty. Never be someone who says ‘it’s not my job’ – going the extra mile will be noticed and rewarded in time. And even if you’re doing a routine job, make sure that each day you give it your best shot, no short cuts. Excellence is a habit, and excellence will be noted.”

Achieving Job Satisfaction Anton van Heerden provides practical tips for achieving job satisfaction: • Look for roles that interest and challenge you: The more engaged you are in your work and the more you feel challenged by it, the happier you’ll be. Find a job that stretches you and makes you learn. • Be positive: There are days that work will be frustrating or boring, but on the whole, it’s important to maintain a positive attitude. Focus on the elements of the job that you enjoy, rather than feeling disgruntled about the hour of admin you need to do every day. • Maintain positive relationships with coworkers: Try to build good relationships with your co-workers. Having people that you can bounce ideas off, collaborate with, trust and share jokes with will make you much happier in your job. • Don’t let your work become your whole life: It’s important to spend time with friends and family, to find a few hours each week for exercise and personal interests, and to sleep properly every night. If you are working so hard that it affects your health and your relationships with others, you are probably not going to be happy at home or at work.

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The Luxury of Freedom Bush Whacking With the Toyota Fortuner Text: Bernie Hellberg Images © Bernie Hellberg & Bernard Hellberg Senior

As any ranger worth his salt will tell you, exploring the African bushveld needs a tough, go-anywhere attitude, and a keen spirit to explore. However, most rangers require another indispensable tool to conquer the wild: a tough-as-nails Toyota Fortuner. You don’t have to be a game ranger to appreciate the African bush. The vast expanse of wilderness that stretches across the plains of the Kruger National Park beckons South Africans from all walks of life to experience Africa at its most essential. While early pioneers relied on horses, oxen and wagons to navigate the land, modern South Africans rely on the Toyota Fortuner to be tough enough to conquer some of the wildest terrain on the continent. To prove the Fortuner’s mettle, the Indwe team recently headed east for a weekend of adventure in the Kruger Park’s oldest private concession, Jock Safari Lodge. Rich in abundant wildlife, particularly the Big Five, the outline of the Jock concession is the exact profile of Jock the dog – immortalised in Sir James Percy FitzPatrick’s legendary tale Jock of the Bushveld. With its southern boundary the old inland-bound wagon route from Delagoa Bay, the Jock concession is the ideal terrain to put South Africa’s preferred off-roader to the test. Its sandy tributaries, rocky outcrops, and some of the thickest bushveld around proved no match for our 3.0D-4D 4x4 test vehicle. Guided by experienced ranger and Jock Safari Lodge General Manager, Louis Strauss (himself a proud Fortuner owner), we used every millimetre of the Toyota SUV’s considerable ground clearance (220 mm), scaling boulders and traversing the thick sand of the dry tributaries dotted along the property.

Even under harsh conditions – with the Fortuner’s proven off-road capability in full show-off mode – nothing could slow the progress on our round trip from the Jock main lodge. With most of the Fortuner’s 2,982 cc turbo-diesel’s torque at our disposal from only 1,400 r/min, we easily conquered kilometres of 300 mm deep sand in four-wheel drive high range, not once needing to hunt for low range. The Fortuner’s effortless reliability and proven capability to take you places others simply cannot follow, leaves you free to do more of what’s really important in the bush: Explore, without giving up on the creature comforts that we all so dearly appreciate. Leaving the security of the Fortuner behind for a moment, we explored some of the region’s best natural offerings on foot. In this region, Jackalberry trees that are older than written history form the basis of a leafy ecosystem that supports a myriad of insects, birds, mammals, and reptiles. The sheer wonder of Mother Nature at work in this microcosm makes one eager to understand more, and to experience the untouched bushveld that would be out of reach for many in vehicles significantly less capable than the Fortuner. Not content with the everyday, Fortuner owners not only demand toughness, but also expect family fun to be part of the package. Translated, this means sound systems that are a joy to the ears, proper heating when it’s cold, and a refreshing cool blast when temperatures in the bush

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shoot up into the high thirties. Along the N4 highway, the 400 km trip from Pretoria to the Malelane Gate – the Kruger’s southernmost entrance – took us less than five hours, with two rest stops on route. Making full use of the Fortuner’s convenient cruise control system and other creature comforts (including full leather interior, automatic climate control and infotainment system with Bluetooth and USB), the usually boring drive was swift and trouble-free. Moreover, at a thrifty 9.1 l/100 km, our expedition proved surprisingly affordable too.

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With its raised ride height, large windows (a photographer’s dream), ample space and comfortable yet practical interior, the Fortuner is built Kruger ready, patiently waiting to serve when the bushveld beckons. The Toyota Fortuner is, to put it plainly, perfectly suited to African conditions and offers a different kind of luxury that reaches beyond its interior – the luxury of freedom. Large and rugged enough to impress even a White rhino, the Fortuner is also civilised enough to be enjoyed when leaving the bush. It is at home in every environment.


We have a bunch of flights to Bloemfontein. Whether you’re travelling to Bloemfontein for business or pleasure, SA Express flies you there from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Your journey will be safe, hassle-free and a pleasure. Because we fly for you.

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


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Making Your House Your Business Text: Property24.com Images Š iStockphoto.com

In spite of the unfortunate economic changes such as interest rate hikes and food and fuel increases, many South Africans are still optimistic about the future of small business opportunities. With property investments proving to be a rewarding and sound venture, according to industry professionals, property owners have the opportunity to soften a financial blow by transforming their home into a business prospect and letting their home work for them. Indwe 105


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Proud to be Building Africa for 60 Years Choosing to run a Bed & Breakfast (B&B) from home can be a profitable endeavour. But before you start renovating your unused granny flat or widening the paving of your driveway, take a moment to consider what turning your home into a business actually entails.

Do Your Research Entering the hospitality industry shouldn’t be a decision that is taken lightly. It requires thorough research and planning. The possibility of around-the-clock working hours and attending to your clients in your home on a day-to-day basis can be exhausting. Start acquainting yourself with the B&B and guesthouse industry, and find out what it takes to embark on this new business venture. Evaluate whether you are fully equipped to make a success out of it, or where the areas of development may be, and work on strengthening these.

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Make sure you have a sound business plan in place and – to put your mind and pocket at ease – schedule a meeting with your financial advisor for additional advice, and to iron out any financial concerns. Take into account all of your overhead expenses, such as renovations and furnishings, marketing costs, as well as additional resources like cleaning and cooking staff. Unless you’re located in a very small town, you’ll be entering a competitive market against other established B&Bs, guesthouses and hotel chains. With all the industry research you’ve previously conducted, you’ll be able to evaluate business trends, recognise any niche markets, and get a better understanding of market rates.

Be Legally Wise Remember that your B&B is a business venture and, as such, you’ll need to ensure that you are in possession of a trading license, that you’ve notified the relevant authorities, associations and legal bodies, and completed and submitted all necessary paperwork before opening your doors to the public. It is also highly advisable that you are familiar with your local by-laws with respect to signage, permissible noise levels, traffic, as well as what to do in the event of natural disasters, for example. If you plan to make building alterations, make sure to have your plans approved by your local Town Planning Department. Don’t forget that, whether you choose to run your B&B as a company or sole proprietorship, you will need to make sure that you are registered with SARS and submit your annual tax returns.

Reap the Fruits of Your Labour Using your property to set up a B&B is not a walk in the park, as many may imagine, and requires thorough planning, anticipation and funds. But if done correctly, it can end up being profitable and rewarding.

Bell is Africa’s very own global equipment supplier. With support from our strategic partners we deliver a full range of premium machines well suited to a variety of industries and applications. Whether it’s mining, general and bulk earthworks, construction, roads and rehabilitation or waste management, our machines are all built tough for our harsh environment and are fully supported by Africa’s most comprehensive network of people dedicated to your success. Bell Equipment - a Proudly South African company that’s committed to helping businesses to realise Africa’s potential. Tel: +27 (0)11 928 9700 E-mail: sales@bell.co.za www.bellequipment.com

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My coronary arteries were occluded and I had a heart attack at the age of 32. The prescribed cholesterol medication didn’t work for me and I was afraid that I was going to die early. I have been using Cholesterolease for the past 10 years and my veins and arteries have remained healthy and plaque free. Why don’t you try it for yourself Johan Wilken ( 50 ) Owner of Cholesterolease

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• Personal EAGLE Encounters with Wahlberg’s & Verreaux’s Eagles • 4 Interactive Flying Shows daily (we fly the birds TO YOU) at 11, 2, 3 & 4 o’clock • Sonic, the lovable African Porcupine comes out to play at 11h30 & 15h10 • Wrap a giant Boa Constrictor around your shoulders – if you’re brave enough! • Come party with our amazing Dancing Barn Owls! • Hands-on fun with Owls, Bearded Dragons, Lizards, Tortoises, Dwarf Rabbits, Goats & Pigs • Kids’ Playground • Hold a Bearded Dragon on your arm • Kids’ jungle-gym & foefie slide • Award-winning Spier wines with food or chocolate pairing for the adults, while the kids enjoy a ‘kiddies’ wine tasting’. • Either pre-order your picnic basket, or visit the Eight to Go Deli for delectable picnic options (phone 021-809-1100 for picnics)

SPECIAL OFFER: TELL US WHERE YOU SAW THIS AD TO RECEIVE A FREE PERSONAL ENCOUNTER WITH WALLY, THE ADORABLE WAHLBERG’S EAGLE. Spier Wine Farm, Baden Powell Drive (R310), Stellenbosch Visit www.eagle-encounters.co.za or phone +27 21 858-1826 for more info.

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Invest in 1,000Ha property with a 10-sleeper lodge, within a pristine 5000Ha wildlife estate on the North Eastern slopes of the Waterberg Mountains in Limpopo. Perched in a valley on the upper slopes of the main river flowing through the property the lodge is an ideal retreat, offering generous space, privacy and an entertainers dream braai area. This secluded African paradise boasts habitat to a wide variety of animals and more than 300 bird species, as well as reptiles, insects and 1656 flora species. Your soul will find rest in the gentle morning breeze, whilst relaxing on the deck of your spacious 5 en-suite bedroom thatch house, built among beautiful African trees canvassed with breath-taking views. One main and three smaller seasonal rivers flow through this mountainous property, offering enticing ponds for swimming, or simply spending time relaxing watching the sun set from countless viewpoints or enjoy some cycling, running or hiking. The property has a resident manager with staff and includes five owners each holding title to 1,000Ha with fully embedded traversing rights (except lodge areas). Included in this piece of paradise, you will find a swimming pool, workshops in a common area, along with a guest lodge and camps for use by owners.

This 1,000Ha property is on offer for R9.8m (excluding vat and moveable’s). Owner will consider syndication subject to sufficient interest from buyers. Contact owner on 083-251 4661.

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ENDLESS VINEYARDS BOUTIQUE LODGE | WILDEKRANS WINE ESTATE Just an hour away from Cape Town city center, you’ll find the charming, old-world vineyard and wine estate, Wildekrans. The estate, located on rolling hills overlooking Walker Bay is unique in this part of the country. In fact, the Wildekrans wine is a story in itself, having clinched a myriad awards for its quality both in South Africa and international platforms. The farm itself is a getaway destination like no other. Called Endless Vineyards Boutique Lodge, eight old Dutch-style cottages are located on this sprawling, untouched estate flanked by a rich farm of grapevines. A warm, cosy, farm cottage look and feel, there are seven two-bedroom and one three-bedroom units on offer. All are incredibly well equipped, so the traveller has the option to self-cater, if they didn’t want to take meals in the on-site restaurant. Each cottage also has a stoep, which overlooks the vineyards and the mountain, so early morning coffee or late afternoon wine, from the estate of course, is encouraged. Take in the picturesque vista, while letting the natural surroundings heighten every one of your senses.


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WIN One lucky Indwe reader will win their own Nutribullet food extractor. To enter, SMS the word INDWE followed by the word NUTRIBULLET and your NAME and EMAIL address to 35131. Cost per SMS is R1,50. Competition closes 30th September 2015. Terms and conditions apply.

Our Heritage in the Bag Wonderbag, South Africa’s own non-electric heat retention cooker, is so proud of its local roots that they will be releasing a limited edition Wonderbag, sporting the South African flag, this September in honour of Heritage Day. The “I Love South Africa” Wonderbag will be available for purchase online at www.wonderbag.co.za and will retail for R400. Wonderbags are manufactured in KwaZulu-Natal, and all the material used to manufacture the bags is locally sourced, making this a truly proudly South African product. Not only will the “I love South Africa” Wonderbag help to cook tasty, nutritious meals for you and your loved ones but it will also help to cut down on energy usage, making it a great “green” tool to have with South Africa’s current focus on conserving energy. Some of Wonderbag’s favourite locally inspired recipes will also be available on their website to provide added inspiration during Heritage month.

Tap to Take Off To better serve passengers who commute between Johannesburg and Cape Town, a new smartphone service allows travellers to book and pay for flights between the two cities in seconds. Flapp, dubbed the “the two tap booking app”, is available to download for free from the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. The two hour skyway between Johannesburg and Cape Town is still one of the busiest routes in the world, and Flapp is designed to satisfy the individual needs of the specific group of travellers who fly this route regularly. By distilling all airline content into one, inclusive mobile app, Flapp offers customers a smooth and secure booking and payment system. The app comes with some innovative features: Real time fares from all airlines are the first thing users see upon tapping the Flapp icon, and the results can be filtered by price or departure time. Same day bookings (up to two hours before a flight departs) are catered for, and passenger and credit card details can be saved for two-tap bookings. It is also completely secure and makes the checkout process astonishingly fast.

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books Carry-on Baggage By Howard Feldman Howard Feldman truly had it all. He was the “King of Chrome Ore”, not only in South Africa, but internationally. He had six offices around the world, a strong marriage, five children, and he lived in Johannesburg, Israel, New York and Switzerland, and travelled extensively. He made piles of money and wore only top international brands like Boss, Prada, Hermès and Panerai. But then he was attacked, he got sick, his business folded and his carry-on baggage simply got too heavy to lug around anymore. The perfection was unsustainable. Feldman unpacks his bags in this book – both literally and metaphorically – and unravels all the very perfect banners he raised to the world, his family, his community and himself. Howard offers insight as to how we can survive our own existence in a positive way, without having to hide who we really are.

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Stone Rider By David Hofmeyr Adam Stone wants freedom and peace. He wants a chance to escape Blackwater, the dust-bowl desert town he grew up in. Most of all, he wants the beautiful Sadie Blood.Alongside Sadie and the dangerous outsider Kane,Adam will ride the Blackwater Trail in a brutal race that will test them all, body and soul. Only the strongest will survive.The prize? A one-way ticket to Sky-Base and unimaginable luxury.And for a chance at this new life,Adam will risk everything.

We Are the Champions: The Champion Trees of South Africa By Enrico & Erna Liebenberg The Champion Trees of South Africa boasts full-colour photographs, text and accurate GPS co-ordinates of all 75 of South Africa’s Champion Trees. The collection of Champion Trees is protected under the National Forests Act of South Africa, which is the only project of its kind on the African continent. This book does not intend to be a field guide or reference book, but rather a photographic record for the preservation of South Africa’s Champion Trees. Join Enrico and Erna Liebenberg on an armchair journey through South Africa, and be captivated by the imagery of the sometimes gargantuan and sometimes familiar sights of these trees, some of which are more than a millennium old. This book is a must-have for any tree-lover, conservationist, or anyone who is serious about protecting our natural heritage and preserving it for future generations.

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Meet the Crew Text & Image © Supplied

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. Cassandra Jackson Cabin Crew Length of Service: I have been a cabin crew member at SA Express since 2009.

special relationships with everyone I am surrounded by. I have my father figures at work, my best friends, and those who I go to for advice. And let’s not forget that SA Express is where I met my amazing husband!

Tell us more about who Cassandra is. I really love flying, but I also have a great passion for events. I have recently become certified as an events manager, which is something I could see myself pursuing sometime in the future. I also love cooking and baking and you can’t keep me out of the kitchen! Mix these two passions together, and you get a lot of dinner parties!

What would people find surprising about your job? Underneath every smile is a cabin crew member who has a mind full of safety related points, and who is constantly aware of everything around them. And when passengers ask if we are praying when we are seated at the back with our heads down for take-off or landing, we are being safety conscious by mentally going through our responsibilities in case of an emergency.

What is your favourite part of your job? I think a lot of people would expect the answer to be: “Getting to see many different places.” But for me, it’s my passengers! I get the opportunity to meet so many different people onboard my flights, which is something that not everyone has the opportunity to do. Every flight is a new adventure.

Have you ever had any funny incidents or encounters in your job? I think the funniest encounter I experienced was on an evening flight when a passenger boarded, sat down and took out a labelled beer glass. During the flight he ordered beer and then insisted on drinking it out of his own beer glass during the flight. When he disembarked, he left the beer glass behind for me with his name and number inside it. The glass really does look good in my cupboard!

What do you find most challenging about your job? Early morning sign-ons are definitely the most challenging. It doesn’t matter how long you have been flying for, when that alarm goes off at 02h55, it’s something you never get used to! Let’s just say that red, bloodshot eyes and make-up are not best friends so early in the morning. Why do you like working for SA Express? SA Express is not just a company, it is a family. I have so many

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What would you miss most about your job if you were to ever leave? I would really miss the atmosphere at work. The fun that we experience when we are in the office or onboard is amazing. We really have built great relationships with one another at work. We look out for one another, and I am truly blessed to be surrounded by so many people with hearts of gold.


Moulding Maths Geniuses Text & Image © Supplied

SA Express recently handed out hundreds of calculators to learners of De Rust High School, a rural school situated an hour’s drive north of George in the Western Cape, as part of its campaign to create maths geniuses.

The calculators, which were handed out to learners at a function attended by the airline’s executives, learners and educators, are an attempt by SA Express to facilitate the teaching and learning of maths and science, especially in under-privileged schools. They form part of the airline’s corporate social investment programme. The idea behind this initiative is to make the teaching and learning of maths and science fun and enjoyable, says Inati Ntshanga, CEO of SA Express. “This initiative is part of our modest contribution to resolving the skills crisis facing the country. We want to assist in increasing the number of learners who matriculate with a C symbol or higher in higher grade in maths and science. That way we hope to deepen and widen the pool out of which the country can train future aeronautical engineers, pilots and scientists who are badly needed to make our economy competitive.” It is envisaged that the SA Express Maths Genius in the Making initiative, combined with the airline’s career exhibition days, will encourage students to consider aviation as a career. SA Express runs a highly regarded cadet pilot programme. As a result of this pilot training programme,

SA Express’s workforce is by far the most transformed and racially diverse in the local aviation industry. The airline’s social investment programme is aimed at making a difference among the communities in which the airline has operations, and focuses on youth and education, under the banner “Making Everyday a Mandela Day” – this year’s Government theme of International Mandela Day. “This is the first, but certainly not the last, time we are working with this school. I want to thank both the leadership of the school and the community of De Rust for welcoming us, and allowing us to make this humble contribution,” says Ntshanga. “We chose De Rust High because it meets our criteria – this is where the need is greatest, and we have young minds in which we want to invest. We are passionate about working with the youth as they are our future,” he adds. Over the next few weeks, the initiative will be rolled out in other provinces where SA Express has operations. Apart from donations of cash and materials, the airline also encourages its employees to invest both their time and money in noble causes in underprivileged communities.

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

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

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

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

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

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

SA Express’ aircraft are made by Bombardier Aerospace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Kimberley Lubumbashi Lusaka Harare Port Elizabeth Richards Bay Walvis Bay Windhoek

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Flight schedule Johannesburg - Pilanesberg Flt No SA 1261

Dep 09:30

Arr 10:20

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

No 1001 1001 1003 1005 1011 1013 1017 1021 1023

Dep 05:55 06:00 08:00 11:20 13:50 14:55 16:45 18:05 18:30

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

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Johannesburg - East London Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA

No 1403 1403 1407 1413 1409 1411

Dep 07:15 08:30 13:15 15:00 17:30 18:40

Arr 08:45 10:15 14:45 16:30 19:00 20:10

A/C CR8 DH4 DH4 CR2 CR2 CR8

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Johannesburg - George Flt SA SA SA SA

No 1501 1503 1505 1509

Dep 06:50 08:20 11:25 15:50

Arr 08:40 10:15 13:15 17:40

A/C CR7 CR2 CR7 CR7

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Johannesburg - Hoedspruit Flt No SA 1225 SA 1227

Dep 10:15 12:15

Arr 11:20 13:20

A/C DH4 DH4

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Johannesburg - Kimberley Flt SA SA SA SA SA

No 1101 1103 1105 1107 1113

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

Arr 07:05 10:25 14:15 15:30 18:25

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Johannesburg - Port Elizabeth Flt SA SA SA SA SA

No 1453 1455 1457 1457 1459

Dep 07:10 10:00 17:30 17:50 19:35

Arr 08:45 11:55 19:20 19:25 21:15

A/C CR8 DH4 DH4 cr7 cr8

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pilanesberg - Johannesburg Flt SA

No 1268

Dep 16:20

A/C CR2

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

No 1024 1002 1004 1006 1012 1014 1018 1022

Dep 06:20 07:45 09:35 12:55 15:25 16:30 18:20 19:30

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

A/C DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4 DH4 CR7 CR7 DH4

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East London - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA

No 1412 1412 1404 1404 1408 1414 1410 1410

Dep 06:45 06:45 09:15 11:00 15:30 17:00 19:40 19:40

Arr 08:25 08:25 10:45 12:40 17:00 18:30 21:10 21:10

A/C CR7 CR7 CR7 DH4 DH4 CR2 CR2 CR2

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George - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA

No 1502 1504 1506 1510

Dep 09:20 10:50 14:05 18:10

Arr 11:10 12:40 15:45 19:50

A/C CR7 CR2 CR7 CR7

M

Flt SA SA

No 1226 1228

Dep 12:00 13:55

Arr 13:00 14:55

A/C DH4 DH4

M

No 1102 1104 1106 1108 1114

Dep 07:40 11:20 15:05 16:20 19:05

Arr 08:45 12:25 16:10 17:25 20:10

A/C dh4 DH4 CR2 DH4 CR7

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Kimberley - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA SA

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Hoedspruit - Johannesburg

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Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA SA

No 1460 1460 1454 1456 1458

Dep 06:10 06:25 09:20 12:30 20:00

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

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

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Arr 17:20

Arr 08:00 07:45 10:55 14:20 21:35

A/C DH4 CR8 CR8 DH4 CR7

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Flight schedule Johannesburg - Richards bay Flt SA SA SA SA

No 1201 1203 1207 1213

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

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

A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4

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Johannesburg - walvis bay Flt No SA 1701

Dep 11:55

Arr 13:10

A/C CR7

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Johannesburg - windhoek Flt No SA 1731 SA 1731

Dep 05:55 06:10

Arr 07:10 07:25

A/C CR2 CR2

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

No 1761 1763 1765 1765 1767 1769 1775 1775 1783 1779

Dep 06:55 07:55 09:55 09:55 11:55 13:00 13:30 14:30 15:45 18:10

Arr 07:50 08:50 10:45 10:50 12:45 13:50 14:25 15:25 16:40 19:05

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

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Johannesburg - Lubumbashi Flt No SA 1797

Dep 09:20

Arr 11:45

A/C CR7

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CAPE TOWN - bloemfontein Flt SA SA SA SA SA

No 1081 1083 1087 1091 1091

Dep 06:00 08:00 13:15 16:15 17:15

Arr 07:30 09:30 15:00 18:00 18:45

A/C CR2 CR2 DH4 DH4 CR2

M

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

No 1363 1363 1363 1371 1371 1373 1375

Dep 07:00 08:00 08:00 13:05 13:30 16:30 17:20

Arr 08:25 09:25 09:55 14:30 14:55 17:55 18:45

A/C CR2 CR2 DH4 CR2 CR2 cr2 CR2

M

Cape Town - Pilanesberg Flt No SA 1255

Dep 13:50

Arr 16:00

A/C CR2

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Richards bay - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA SA

No 1202 1204 1208 1214 1214

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

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

A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4

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walvis bay - Johannesburg Flt SA

No 1702

Dep 14:45

Arr 16:55

A/C CR7

M

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windhoek - Johannesburg Flt SA

No 1732

Dep 08:15

Arr 11:15

A/C CR2

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

No 1762 1764 1766 1768 1768 1770 1776 1776 1784 1780

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

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

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

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Lubumbashi - Johannesburg Flt SA

No 1798

Dep 12:30

Arr 15:00

A/C CR7

M

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bloemfontein - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA SA

No 1082 1084 1088 1092 1092

Dep 08:15 10:30 15:40 18:30 19:25

Arr 10:00 12:15 17:40 20:30 21:10

A/C CR2 CR2 DH4 CR2 CR2

M

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

No 1362 1364 1364 1372 1374 1376

Dep 08:00 09:00 10:00 15:10 18:30 19:50

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

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2

M

Pilanesberg - cape town Flt SA

No 1254

Dep 11:00

Arr 13:20

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 10:10

Arr 12:50

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

No 1801 1801 1807 1807 1803 1813 1813 1813 1819 1821 1821 1821 1823 1823

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

Arr 07:30 07:30 11:40 11:40 12:10 14:30 14:30 14:55 16:30 17:30 17:30 17:40 20:00 20:00

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

M

Cape Town - Walvis Bay Flt SA SA SA

No 1721 1721 1721

Dep 11:15 11:15 11:20

Arr 12:25 12:25 12:30

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2

durban - East London Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA

No 1301 1301 1305 1305 1305 1309 1309

Dep 06:00 06:00 11:00 12:00 12:00 16:50 16:50

Arr 07:05 07:05 12:05 13:05 13:05 17:55 17:55

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2

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

No 1330 1334 1334 1336 1340 1340 1348 1348

Dep 06:00 07:15 09:15 09:50 13:35 14:10 17:40 18:00

Arr 07:20 08:35 10:35 11:10 14:55 15:30 19:00 19:20

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2

durban - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA SA

No 1850 1852 1854 1858 1854

Dep 06:10 08:00 12:00 15:35 15:00

Arr 08:25 10:15 14:15 17:50 17:15

durban - lusaka Flt SA SA SA

No 1601 1601 1601

Dep 08:00 10:10 10:10

Arr 10:50 13:00 13:00

durban - Harare Flt No SA 1611 SA 1613

Dep 10:20 10:20

Arr 12:45 12:45

Hoedspruit - Cape Town Flt SA

No 1242

Dep 13:20

A/C CR2

M

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

No 1826 1802 1808 1810 1814 1814 1814 1820 1822 1822 1824

Dep 07:00 08:00 12:10 14:00 15:00 15:00 15:25 17:00 18:00 18:10 20:30

Arr 08:40 09:40 13:50 15:20 16:20 16:40 16:45 18:40 19:40 19:30 22:10

A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 CR2 CR2 CR4 CR2 DH4 dh4 CR2 DH4

Flt SA

No 1722

Dep 13:00

Arr 16:00

No 1302 1304 1306 1310

Dep 07:35 10:05 13:35 18:25

Arr 08:35 11:05 14:35 19:25

No 1331 1335 1337 1341 1349

Dep 07:50 11:05 13:40 15:35 19:55

Arr 09:05 12:20 14:55 16:50 21:10

No 1851 1853 1855 1859 1855

Dep 09:05 10:45 15:00 18:15 17:45

Arr 11:05 12:45 17:00 20:15 19:45

lusaka - durban Flt SA SA SA

No 1602 1602 1602

Dep 11:30 13:40 13:40

Arr 14:20 16:30 16:30

Harare - durban Flt SA SA SA

No 1612 1614 1612

Dep 13:25 17:00 17:00

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 19:25 19:25

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CAPE TOWN - DURBAN Flt SA SA SA SA SA

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Port Elizabeth - DURBAN Flt SA SA SA SA SA

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East London - DURBAN Flt SA SA SA SA

W

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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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Passenger Letters Dear SA Express During a recent flight, I was craving a cup of coffee well after the beverages had been served and the cabin cleared for descent. I tried my luck and was received with a friendly smile and an excellent cup of coffee. I thanked the hostess and expressed my appreciation. As it happened, the same crew was on duty during my next trip (a week later). This time I did not ask for coffee and just as the crew started to clear the cabin, the same smiling face paused at my seat and said: “So what about that nice cup of coffee?” I was blown away by the hospitality of the crew and the personal touch and humanity embroidered into the service. My highest praise and accolades to the crew who made me feel at home and proud to be a South African. Kind regards Henry van Rensburg Congratulations to Henry van Rensburg, who wrote our winning letter this month. He has won an American Tourister Lock ‘n’ Roll 69 cm spinner valued at R2,795.

Good day I flew on SA Express from OR Tambo to Bram Fischer International Airport recently. The flight was scheduled to take off at 14h55 but we only started boarding at 15h15 and took off at around 16h00. Despite this I appreciated the fact that your staff – from the captain to the air hostess – did not disregard the fact that we were late and instead apologised repeatedly for it. That made me feel like a valued customer whose time was of importance to them. I would like to say thank you to your considerate, kind hearted staff. Kind regards, Kgalalelo Pampoen

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 October edition of Indwe will receive an American Tourister’s Bon Air 55 cm spinner valued at R1,399. Cutting edge, practical luggage is the way to go thanks to American Tourister. The American Tourister Bon Air, a zipped polyprop collection, prevents brittle breakage. This ultra-tough material is injection moulded to produce a modern, contemporary look with contrasting horizontal lines on a combination of matt and shiny surfaces. The American Tourister Bon Air has a colour matching interior with cross ribbons and an apron zipped pocket in the bottom, as well as a divider pad with a mesh pocket and cross ribbons up top. Soft-touch carry handles and safety conscious TSA locks complete the package. The range is available from luggage outlets in Pacific blue, lime green, orange, pink, red, navy, black and white. Call +27 31 266 0620 for stockist information.

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