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Contents Features 28/ Hitting the Right Note

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Joy of Jazz

The American Express Platinum Card

The Way to Travel

The First Lady of Wine

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Trees for Our Future

Kenya’s Museums Take to the Cloud

The Comeback Kid

Arbor Week 2017

Ntsiki Biyela

Chad Saaiman

Preserving History for Future Generations

75/ Gin’s Renaissance

How the Industry Has Been Given a Good Shake-Up

The Immune System Superhero

93/ DIY Design on a Dime With Property24

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83/ Garlic

Value Staff, Not Cents

Manage Your Most Precious Resource Better

100/ Online Offspring

How Should We Teach Our Children to Use Digital Media?


Contents / Regulars

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Need to Know

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PE for Art Lovers

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Bits & Pieces

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Garden Route Game Viewing

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Dinner & A Movie

East of the Norm

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Turn it Up!

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Books

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The Great Swazi Adventure

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Gadgets

Worth All the Nuts – Camp Kuzuma

/ Motoring / Airline Info

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Changan Star III

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CEO Letter

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A New Contender – Subaru XV

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SA Express Investing in Our Future

112/ Meet the Crew 114/ Airline Information 116/ Flight Schedule 119/ Passenger Letters

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I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you on board this SA Express flight, and once again, thank you for choosing us as your preferred carrier. I trust that regardless of your destination today, your experience with us will be a pleasant one. September marks the beginning of Spring, a season bringing new beginnings, as well as opportunities to reap rewards from the hard work and preparation put in over the previous months. It is also Heritage Month in South Africa, and we commemorate Heritage Day on 24th September, while Botswana celebrates 51 years of independence on Botswana Day on 30th September. World Tourism Day is on 27th September and this year’s theme is “Sustainable Tourism: A Tool for Development”. To this end, SA Express is a member of the UN Global Compact, supporting the United Nations’ strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. This means that we, as an airline, are committed to a holistic approach to sustainability, as we recognise the direct correlation between successful businesses and ethical practices coupled with good management. At the beginning of 2017, the Department of Tourism forecast that the country’s tourism sector would experience significant growth, with travellers the world over coming to explore our beautiful country. This is evidenced in the 2017 Virtuoso Luxe Report, which lists South Africa as the No 1 destination for adventure in the world, as well as the second best global destination overall and the fourth top emerging destination. Here at home, we are encouraged to explore our own country, from the picturesque shores of Durban to the alluring beauty of Port Elizabeth and the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg. SA Express operates between these hubs, offering seamless connections between major and secondary cities. Sustainable development has been defined in many ways, but the most used definition highlights the need for present needs to be met without compromising the ability for future generations to meet their needs. Ours is an approach governed by the principle of prudence and the idea that prevention is better than cure – in

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essence, “First do no harm”. It is more cost-effective to prevent environmental damage than to try and repair it. Our continuous efforts in investing in production methods that are sustainable (methods that do not deplete resources and degrade the environment) have a higher, long-term return. SA Express is also committed to development, and one of the key tenets at the airline is to be a talent pipeline for the country’s aviation industry. To achieve success in this area we need to encourage the youth to explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). As such, the airline’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiatives are dedicated to this cause. Initiatives such as the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day© and MADA’s Boys2Men Engi-Tech Career Path Programme are special to us as the learners are able to fully engage with the workplace, discover the reality behind specific careers, and make informed decisions about their future. Projects such as these supplement our development efforts, centred on our commitment to be an incubator for Skills Lead Transformation in the Industry. Futhermore, we are also able to learn from these youngsters, because they will comprise 50 % of the global population by 2020, and attracting the very best of them is crucial for the long-term sustainability of our airline. The Cadet Pilot and the Technical Apprenticeship training programmes have also been used by SA Express as vehicles to achieve transformation within the industry. These programmes have successfully created a career path for both pilots and technicians in the industry. SA Express prides itself on being a leader in transformation. We are also committed to environmental sustainability for a better South Africa for the benefit of all Africans. Please continue to send me feedback and ideas on victor.xaba@flyexpress.aero. I look forward to hearing from you.

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IN OUR FUTURES The history of South Africa is one of inequality. According to the South African Institute of Race Relations (SARRI), you are more likely to be raised in a single-parent household if you are poor and black. Poverty disrupts familial stability and correlates strongly with class and race. The statistics are even more alarming when you consider that 60 % of South African children have absent fathers and more than 40 % of South African mothers are single parents.*

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As an airline, SA Express is determined to be a leader in transformation in aviation, but remains cognisant of the challenges South Africa and other Sub-Saharan countries face with regards to access to information and education, as well as the required resources to ensure that learners are able to pursue careers in aviation. One of the key tenets at SA Express, as a strategic asset of the South African Government, is to be a talent pipeline for the aviation industry in the country, and to achieve the success we need to encourage

the youth to explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). As such, the airline’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiatives are dedicated to this cause. To further the airline’s commitment to development, SA Express participates in projects and programmes that empower young people to seek and pursue careers in aviation. Two such projects are the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day and the Moving Ahead Development Agency (MADA) in the Boys2Men Engi-Tech Career

Path Programme. For Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day, SA Express hosted 23 young leaders from LEAP Schools in Alexandra, Garankuwa and Diepsloot for a day of aviation, exploration and adventure. The learners were introduced to First Officer Refilwe Ledwaba, a pilot with an inspirational story and an MBA, as well as to aircraft mechanic Anna Mohitshane. These young, black and gifted leaders have life stories that are similar to the learners’ own. In July 2017, the airline joined forces

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with the Moving Ahead Development Agency (MADA) in the Boys2Men EngiTech Career Path Programme, which saw 45 Grade 9 boys – all being raised without fathers and all with minimum marks of 80 % in Maths, Science and English – from all nine provinces visiting the airline’s heavy technical department for a day of fun and learning. The programme for both days included the learners – most for the first time – boarding an airplane. They sat in the flight deck with a pilot to explore the instruments and controls that guide the aircraft. Avionic and mechanical engineers helped them explore all aspects of a working machine and what it takes to get it signed-out and safe to fly. Competitions spawned rivalries as the learners wanted to impress each other – and most looked ready to join the exhilarating world of aviation! According to Mamochite “Rex” Mapholo, a mechanical technician, it was an experience to remember, as his interaction with both the girl and boy

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learners was a true reflection of the excitement and complexity of the aviation industry. “I enjoyed the fact that I can truly say I made a difference in their lives.” Rex headed the team of SA Express engineers and technicians that took part in the programmes. “Many of the learners did not know what the aviation industry has to offer young people like themselves. Their questions were insightful and most of all, they were interested!” Boitumelo Tlala, SA Express CSI, sponsorships and events coordinator, emphasised that for her, CSI must add value and cannot be a tick-box exercise. “It was inspiring to have learners from different townships across the country who are striving to excel and uplift themselves through education. The future looks bright for the African child. This year SA Express exposed the learners to different career paths that can be pursued in Aircraft Engineering – and wow, what an eyeopener!” Tumi’s takeaway message?: “We can all dream beyond our circumstances.”

SA Express prides itself in its role as a developmental hub in the aviation industry of South Africa. An area where we are the clear leaders in our field nationally and within our industry is our commitment to transformation, and developing a pipeline of competent transformational leaders as part of continuity strategy and succession planning. In the words of SA Express Acting CEO, Victor Xaba, the responsibility of current leadership is to mould and create a better environment for future leaders, which is why he is passionate about projects such as these. His message for the all learners was as follows: “There is always a hero near you. Find them, follow their example, or be greater than them!” Investment in the future of the country starts with its youth. SA Express remains committed to development and a sustainable future. * Human Sciences Research Council – HSRC- 2015


Need to Know

Rocking the Capital 24TH SEPTEMBER CAPITAL DAY FESTIVAL, HARLEQUINS CRICKET OVAL, PRETORIA

Celebrate Heritage Day (24th September) this year at Pretoria’s Capital Day Festival with some of South Africa’s chart topping artists and awe-inspiring collaborations. The line-up includes Die Heuwels Fantasties, Soweto Gospel Choir, JR, Matthew Mole, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Cara Frew, Aewon Wolf, Kyle Deutsch, Shekhinah and Sketchy Bongo. The day promises to be filled with fun and excitement for the whole family – you can pre-order a braai pack (which will be braaiied for you by braai masters onsite) and there will also be a secure kid’s play area. Tickets are available from www.capitalday.co.za or www.Jacarandafm.com and range from R315 – R620. Gates open at 12h00. Be sure to check out the Capital Day social media pages for updates and exciting news leading up to the festival.

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A Born Performer 24TH AUGUST TO 24TH SEPTEMBER 30 YEARS, 90 MINUTES, EMPERORS PALACE, JOHANNESBURG

Ageless South African muso and performer extraordinaire, Nataniël, celebrates three decades on stage (if you can believe it) in his latest show spectacular, 30 years, 90 Minutes. Running from 24th August to 24th September, the talented and accomplished Nataniël will be joined on stage by fellow performers, Charl du Plessis (pianist), Juan Oosthuizen (guitarist), Werner Spies (bass player), Hugo Radyn (drummer), Dihan Slabbert (vocals), and Nicolaas Swart (vocals) in the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace. The show will start at 20h00 from Thursdays to Saturdays, and at 15h00 on Sundays. Tickets are available from Computicket.

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Put Your Best Fit Forward 30TH SEPTEMBER FRESHPAK FITNESS FESTIVAL, CLANWILLIAM

Scenic outdoor surroundings, challenging routes, camaraderie and a sense of accomplishment are the reason athletes come back year after year to compete in the Freshpak Fitness Festival’s various sporting challenges. The day kicks off with a 1.5 km or 3 km swim in the beautiful Clanwilliam Dam. This is followed by the duathlon (5 km run/20 km cycle/2.5 km run) and biathlon (5 km run/20 km cycle) where participants put their speed and endurance to the test through the varied and challenging terrain. The main event is a sprint triathlon (800 m swim/20 km cycle/5 km run) – a crowd favourite. All athletes can compete individually or as part of a team in a relay. The younger kids can look forward to the FitKids challenge (1 km run/200 m swim/1 km run) and the Run for Fun (1 km).

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Need to Know

Run, Randburg, Run! 10TH SEPTEMBER THE ADRIENNE HIRSCH RANDBURG HARRIERS CHALLENGE, RANDBURG SPORTS CENTRE

Soak up the sun and join in on the running action on one of the scenic 21.1 km, 10 km or 5 km routes at the Adrienne Hersch Randburg Harriers Challenge. This race provides the ideal chance to test your legs on the legendary hills of Randburg while enjoying the community’s camaraderie. Festivities at the finish line make this event a wonderful day out for the whole family and include a beautiful market, a VIP lounge hosted by Hello Joburg, tasty food, a festive beer garden, and live entertainment. The Adrienne Hersch Randburg Harriers Challenge is race three of four in the Vitality Series and will offer Discovery Vitality members between 800 and 2,000 points for completing the race. R50,000 worth of prizes is up for grabs and all entrants will receive a goodie bag.

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Heritage Hijinks

Go Wild, Darling!

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14TH TO 17 TH SEPTEMBER THE 100TH DARLING WILDFLOWER SHOW, DARLING, WESTERN CAPE

It’s time for some heritage fun at Gabriëlskloof when this wine and olive estate invites you to savour ubuntu spirit in true Overberg style with its monthlong offering of proudly South African treats, which will culminate in a Longtable Heritage Braai Feast. For the entire month of September, the Gabriëlskloof Tasting Lounge will showcase homegrown flavours with a truly unique Mzansi Tapas Taster, featuring familiar snack bites with a local twist, paired with four estate wines. Think Snoek ’n Patat croquettes with amasi foam and chakalaka; bobotie poppers; tangy pickled fish tacos; and biltong in red wine. On 24th September the family-friendly Long-table Heritage Braai Feast will put Executive Chef Frans Groenewald centre stage as he applies his gourmet touch to the grill. Reservations are essential. Email restaurant@gabrielskloof.co.za or visit www.gabrielskloof.co.za.

The Darling Wildflower Society has been around for more than a century and this year’s show will be their 100th. The Centenary Show will focus on the Wildflower Society’s development through the past 100 years, as well as their herbarium project. Visitors can also look forward to orchid displays, rides on a tractor-drawn wagon to see the pristine wetland of Oude Post, a range of workshops, live music, a craft and gourmet food market, kids’ entertainment and, of course, lots of flowers! In addition, there will be a shuttle driving through Darling and stopping at places of interest, including the Darling Museum, Evita Se Perron, Duckitt Nurseries and the Renosterveld Reserve. Tickets can be bought online at www.quicket.co.za.

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Need to Know

The Spice of Life 20 TO 24 SEPTEMBER ROBERTSONS POP UP RESTAURANT, MELROSE ARCH, JOHANNESBURG TH

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Robertsons, “The Spice People”, will be hosting a five-night immersive spice experience. This will include a popup restaurant that changes its name, ambience, menu, chef – and everything else – everyday! This exclusive, once-off sensorial experience will delight the taste buds of 80 lucky guests per evening (two seatings of 40 guests each). Each evening will celebrate a Robertsons spice as well as the country from which it is sourced. The hero spices include chilli (India), pimento (Mexico), nutmeg (Indonesia), marjoram (Egypt) and paprika (South Africa). To reserve your place, email us at discovermore@robertsons.co.za and visit the Robertsons Facebook Page @RobertsonsSpices for more information. Bookings open from 6th September.

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Bring on the Beer 15TH & 16TH SEPTEMBER THE THOUSAND SENSATIONS CRAFT BEER, SPIRITS & FOOD FESTIVAL, GEORGE

The 4th Thousand Sensations Craft Beer, Spirits & Food Festival returns to The Wilderness Hotel near George this September. It is the Garden Route’s most notable craft beer festival: 40 craft brewers will showcase more than 170 handcrafted beers and ciders, to an anticipated crowd of over 3,000 visitors. Joining the brewers will be eight craft distilleries – including Tapanga Rum, Six Dogs, Black Mountain and Fynbos Distilleries – that will be presenting whisky, brandy, vodka, gin and rum to those who prefer their tipple a little stronger. The Wilderness Hotel and 10 gourmet food stalls will keep stomachs full and satisfied throughout the weekend, while musical talents Riaan Smit, Kevin Leo, Behind Two Jays, Jonty Hendrix & Wade and others will take care of the entertainment.

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A Unique Pairing 5TH TO 7 TH OCTOBER THE CAPE DUO CHALLENGE, WESTERN CAPE

A first of its kind cycling experience aimed at road riders and mountain bike enthusiasts will kick off this October. A portion of the proceeds will go to Ground Level Projects, an organisation aimed at helping young children escape poverty. The Cape Duo Challenge features teams of two tackling a variety of scenic routes across paved roads and mountain bike track, with the race beginning in the Slanghoek Valley, moving through Welbedacht in Wellington and ending on the scenic Rhebokskloof Wine Farm in Paarl. The event takes cycling’s two disciplines and brings them together to answer a simple question: Who is able to conquer both skill sets and emerge fastest overall? The Cape Duo is aimed at mid-level to experienced riders and is open to only 600 riders. Enter at capeduo.com/packages.


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Bits & Pieces

Bee Happy!

A Culinary Gem

The Bee Effect, in partnership with Reel Gardening, has made feeding our local honey bees quick and easy with their new Bee Food Boxes. Choose winter or summer flowering plants, plant them in your garden or in pot plants, and you will be feeding honey bees the diverse diet they need to maintain optimum health. Healthy honey bees are more resilient to the negative effects of toxins and pests, as well as to the stress from the effects of climate change and monoculture exposure. Just like humans need a good balanced diet, so too do honey bees. These Bee Food Boxes are a perfect start to planting a diverse, bee-friendly garden. Bee-centric and order your boxes from

Prana Lodge Private Beach Estate and Spa, situated in Chintsa East in the Eastern Cape, is well known for its idyllic location and five-star hospitality. A lesser known jewel in Prana’s crown is its culinary prowess. The lodge’s nouvelle cuisine falls perfectly in line with its other upmarket offerings. With five chefs and only eight suites, it is clear that much emphasis is placed on ensuring that guests enjoy an exquisite dining experience. Under the guidance of award-winning Head Chef, Jaycee Ferreira, Prana’s young and talented chefs are dedicated to preparing wholesome dishes characterised by bold, palate-delighting flavours. Typical dishes include creative and fresh seafood dishes from sustainable fish suppliers, prime cuts of succulent meat and poultry (the duck is one of the signature dishes), and on the sweeter side of things, homemade sorbets and ice-creams paired with delicate dessert pastries and seasonal fruit.

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Proudly South African Skincare Aloe Unique combines the best of ancient and modern technology, and is the first range to blend vitamins with ecologicallyharvested Aloe Ferox (Cape Aloe). The aim of this family-run business is to deliver affordable and high-quality local skin care products, both locally and worldwide. Wild and indigenous, Aloe Ferox is one of nature’s strongest survivors, thriving for centuries despite the harsh, arid environment. Harvested by local South Africans in Albertinia (“The Home of the Aloe”) in the Western Cape, the brand is creating jobs and a sustainable future for the community and the environment. Aloe Ferox contains twice as many amino acids as Aloe Vera and as it grows wild you don’t have to worry about pesticides or chemicals. There are 27 products in total, from hand and nail cream and agedefying aloe serum to exfoliating facial scrub and aloe and honey gel mask. All of the products are Paraben and alcohol free.

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Dinner & A Movie

Make a Date for Great Steak The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships 2017 saw over 150 steakhouses competing to be crowned South Africa’s Steakhouse Champion. The top 10 finalists, as voted by the public, were visited unannounced by expert judges led by Pete Goffe-Wood, well-known MasterChef personality, and assessed according to a strict score sheet that focussed on the quality of steak served, as well as side dishes and hospitality. Ultimately it was debut entrant Rare Grill in Kenilworth, Cape

Town, that claimed top honours (as well as being named Newcomer of the Year). The runner up, Little Havana in Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal, had been the winner in 2015. In third place was The Local Grill in Parktown North, Johannesburg, which has an incredible three titles to its name. The Steakhouse Legend of the Year was awarded to The Godfather in Centurion, a stalwart in the industry, and Steakhouse Chain of the Year went to the Cattle Baron Group.

Story Time

American Assassin Based on the mega-bestselling book series by the late Vince Flynn, American Assassin introduces film audiences to one of contemporary fiction’s most popular heroes working in the shadows: CIA superagent Mitch Rapp. When Rapp’s promising future is torn apart by a shocking burst of violence, it ignites his career as a clandestine warrior on the frontlines of

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the Age of Terror. Now he must discover how to turn his blistering rage into fuel for hunting those who would destroy others’ dreams. The film brings together rising star Dylan O’Brien – who creates the noholds-barred Rapp for the first time on screen – and Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Michael Keaton as legendary CIA trainer Stan Hurley.

All great wines have a story to tell. They speak of the soils where gnarled vines send down their roots, and leafy canopies are cooled by fresh sea breezes. And they tell of the generations of cellar masters who have shaped these wines, a steady hand guiding the age-old process from vineyard to barrel to bottle. For acclaimed Stellenbosch estate Neethlingshof those generations stretch back over two centuries, to 1788. The history of the estate is reflected in its Short Story Collection – a portfolio of reserve red and white wines including The Owl Post Pinotage and The Maria, a Noble Late Harvest. We particularly enjoyed The Caracal, an elegant Bordeaux-style red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. A fullbodied and powerful wine, it boasts firm but supple tannins and notes of blackcurrant, cherry, oak and vanilla. For more information, visit

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Turn it Up!

Four years since his last release, songwriter Michael Lowman has released his new album, PopRadio. In between finding love and a discovering a slight sense of independence, Michael wrote PopRadio in just under a month. Co-produced by Howie Combrink, the album was recorded at The Hit Lab in Johannesburg and at Michael’s home studio in Cape Town. Inspired by external perception, he set out to write an album which showcases the different sides to him that people are unaware of. “Most people think I’m the guy who plays acoustic guitar in my room, melancholy tears dripping onto one of many scribbled out notebooks – and they’d be almost exactly right. But I’m so much more than that. I love pop music for the cleverness of its melody. I love hip-hop for its passion and beats. I love D&B for the way you lose yourself in it. I am so much more than the acousticguitar-playing muso you thought I was. PopRadio is meant to change that perception.” PopRadio is not just a departure of genre for Michael, it is a testament to his growth as a musician since the release of his previous LP. The album sees him experimenting with sounds and arrangements, playing around with vocal layers and harmonies for the first time, and pushing his musical abilities to their limits. He decided to co-produce the

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album to intentionally throw himself into a world he previously had no experience of. He wrote from the heart, resulting not in a new beginning for Michael Lowman, but a continuation, a new chapter. “When I say the name PopRadio I see all the colours on the album, I feel exactly what the album is. I see 80’s neon pink and I love it! It’s a collection of songs about discovery… in music and in self. This album has something for everyone – or no-one. But that’s okay.” PopRadio also features another new avenue for Michael: collaborations with the likes of Karlien van Jaarsveld, Khuli Chana, Ross Jack and Lelo. “My expectation for this album isn’t to sell a million copies, or to break new ground. I’m not trying to be ‘the next big thing’. Sheesh, I’m not even trying to get ahead… I just want PopRadio to make you question who you thought Michael Lowman was. I want you to know that this album is the gate holding back the flood that is my musical capabilities, and that when it drops, there’s nothing anyone can do or say that will stop the torrent of music that will accompany the rest of my life.” Follow Michael Lowman: michaellowmanmusic Michael_Lowman michael_lowman youtube.com/michaellowmanmusic


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RIGHT NOTE Jazz music, born in the Americas in the early 20th century, has a rich artistic heritage. It is the product of a meeting of cultures and a universal language that fast became a powerful vessel for expression around the world. It is hard to describe the sound of jazz with its range of diversity, interpretation, richness and beauty. It is a musical form that is, instead, best experienced by feeling, for these are sounds that speak directly to the heart of the listener.

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The 2017 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz had a launch earlier this year where – amongst flash mobs, fireworks, brass bands and bubbles – jazz lovers and musicians celebrated that 2017 will mark the festival’s 20th anniversary. If you’re a lover of smooth jazz riffs and sultry, sexy blues, I would recommend you pencil in this auspicious celebration of music which will run from 28th to 30th September at the Sandton Convention Centre, and promises to be better than ever. Here’s why: CELEBRATING 20 YEARS Since its humble beginnings 20 years ago in Pretoria, the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival has grown in leaps and bounds. Attracting visitors from around the world, as well as radio stations from the United States, United Kingdom and Germany, the festival has become an international event and is doing wonders for the local music scene, as well as the country’s economy. Attracting over 50 local and international musicians and artists and over 25,000 visitors, it just keeps getting bigger – and better. Celebrating both established and developing artists and offering a platform for young talent, the festival, true to its name, pays homage to the real joy of jazz. This year, the festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary with four stages – Dinaledi, Conga, Mbira and Diphala – and over 30 starstudded performances.

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AN EXCEPTIONAL LINE-UP T-Musicman’s Peter Tladi, the executive producer of the event, believes that this is the best line-up yet and will show the hard work and passion that has gone into building South Africa’s oldest jazz festival. “We, as festival producers, spend a great deal of time both here and overseas seeking out artists who we believe will appeal to a wide spectrum of music fans. We want to present a diverse range of jazz styles, including both the giants of jazz and the upcoming young lions,” Tladi says. “There is something for everyone in this year’s line-up which, we believe, is of an international standard and truly inspirational. The event reinforces its status as South Africa’s foremost jazz festival, and one of the best on the African continent, thanks to our stellar line-up of musicians.”

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HIGHLIGHTS Opening night is set to enthral with American jazz singer, composer, producer and six-time Grammy Award nominee, Nnenna Freelon, wowing audiences from the Dinaledi Stage. This jazz icon will be joined by celebrated local jazz vocalists, Tutu Puoane, Thandiswa Mazwai, Ramsey Lewis, Roy Ayers, and the Belede Jazz Project featuring Nduduzo Makhathini, Herbie Tsoaeli, Ayanda Sikade and Mthunzi Mvubu. A night to remember indeed, and the perfect way to open this auspicious occasion! A range of well-known South African greats will feature in the festival this year, each with a huge part to play in paving the way for the development of jazz in the country. Abdullah Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela, Jonas Gwangwa, Caiphus Semenya, and guitarist, composer, producer and teacher Selaelo Selota will be taking to the stage and are not to be missed. Other local performances include acts by: the charismatic and highly-skilled Benjamin Jephta (Standard Bank Jazz Award winner), who has solidified his place as one of South Africa’s premier jazz double bass and electric bass players; Zoe Modiga (Samro Overseas Scholarship winner); the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band; and the great gravel-voiced,

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What Does Jazz Mean to You? We asked two local talents the question: What does jazz mean to you? This is what they had to say: • “Jazz means having the freedom to express myself through improvisation. Being able to be myself by having my own voice heard, but also getting to know others with theirs.” – Benjamin Jephta • “Jazz to me is an expression of heart through music. It simply means being expressive and truthful in a way that gives me freedom to interpret my music in a way that’s authentic and truthful to who I am, my culture and my beliefs.” – Brenda Mtambo afro-soul singer, Brenda Mtambo. Special guest appearances will be made by afro-jazz singer, Phinda Mtya-Matlala, and saxophonist, Sisonke Xonthi. That’s not all. Threetime Grammy Award winner, saxophonist and composer, Branford Marsalis, considered to be “arguably the most respected living US jazz instrumentalist” will take to the stage at this year’s event and is guaranteed to wow visitors. Also included are: sax maestro Joshua Redman accompanied by his quartet; the MAC Power Trio with Geri Allen, David Murray and Terri Lyne Carrington from the United States; international jazz

muso Christian McBride; popular Mali star Salif Keita; and American singer and songwriter, Musiq Soulchild, with his distinctive composite of jazz, gospel, R&B, funk and blues fused with hip-hop. Sounds like this year’s festival is hitting all the right notes. Jazzlovers and cultural aficionados alike are set to be blown away by an incredible weekend of soul, blues, jazz and amazing talent. You don’t want to miss this. Tickets are on sale from Computicket: R700 for the opening night, R795 for a day pass, and R1,350 for a two-day pass. For more information, visit www.joyofjazz.co.za.

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PE FOR ART LOVERS If you prefer gawking at artworks rather than shop fronts and would choose a heritage or graffiti walk over people-watching, then pack your bags for a weekend of art and history in Port Elizabeth.

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DAY 1 08h00 After breakfast walk along the promenade to Shark Rock Pier. Here you’ll see surfers getting their daily adrenaline fix and fishermen casting their lines into the Indian Ocean. 09h00 Head to Mastertons (114 Russell Road), Port Elizabeth’s oldest coffee roasters and

tea specialists who have been around since 1924. This family-run business is famed for its hand-roasted Arabica coffee. If you stay long enough, one of the family members will surely tell you the story of founder Ronald John “Jock” Masterton. 10h30 Grab your walking shoes and smartphone. The free Travel Guide to Nelson Mandela Bay app will be your personalised tour guide. It features comprehensive audio

guides, walking maps and photographs of the Donkin Heritage Trail and Route 67. Or you can hire a guide at the Donkin Reserve Visitor Centre (Lungelo Ngabaza: +27 63 166 2997). The 5 km-long Donkin Heritage Trail links 51 places of historical interest along the old Hill area. It’s a three-hour, openair lesson on the area’s indigenous people, the 1820 Settlers, as well as modern-day history through Port Elizabeth’s timeline as you walk the old city centre.

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Admire the Victorian architecture as you begin at the main library in the shadow of Queen Victoria’s statue and make your way past the City Hall, Old Museum, Horse Memorial and end off at St Mary’s Anglican Cathedral. 13h30 Grab a bite to eat at the Friendly Stranger on Bridge Street in the Baakens Valley. Because the cafe has no storage space (don’t blame it – it’s one of the oldest building in Port Elizabeth), fresh produce is bought each day and the meals are made from scratch. After you’re well fed, owners Kim and Amy Barnard will point you in the direction of various examples of street art by Steven “Joff” Carter in the valley nearby, starting with one of his original murals on their wall and two others a few metres away. 16h00 If you can’t find them all, you can ask Joff for their exact location. You’ll find Joff in his studio on the corner of Alabaster Street and Lower Valley Road in the buzzing Baakens Valley Precinct. It’s a mix of creative spaces and Chicky’s Yard entertainment hub is surrounded by a selection of food outlets. Browse the various stores where you can buy woodwork and pottery or peek into art studios. Then start off with a rumbased drink at Brickmakers Distilling Co, or a craft beer brewed and bottled on site at the Richmond Hill Brewing Co. Later take your pick of Asian street food at Foong’s, Italian specialities at Remo’s or gourmet boerie rolls and hamburgers at Frederick & Son. Leave space for dessert at Han-Made Ice-Cream. DAY 2 09h00 Route 67 is a collection of 67 public artworks by local artists. The collection symbolises Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of political work for South Africa’s freedom, alongside other freedom fighters. This self-guided walking tour is a celebration of the city’s history, heritage and diversity, as expressed through art and colour. The app will guide you as you start below Donkin Reserve at the Campanile Monument, before passing below Settlers Way flyover with its colourful portraits of young South Africans. Donkin Reserve is probably the most loved part of the route – and for good reason. Here the world’s largest South African flag (12 m x15 m) flaps on a 60-m high flagpole above the stunning 40 m2 mosaic that leads to the lighthouse. From its window you’ll understand why Donkin Reserve is called the “balcony of the Bay”. The stone pyramid next to it was built

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by Sir Rufane Shaw Donkin (governor of the Cape Colony from 1820 to 1821) in memory of his late wife Elizabeth, after whom the city is named. It’s a tragic love story I’ll leave you to discover when you visit. Though there are many beautiful artworks and sculptures at Donkin Reserve, the one that gets the most attention is undoubtedly the evocative life-size, steel voting line with Madiba’s clenched fist in the air. 11h00 Pop into artEC (36 Bird Street) along the route. This non-profit organisation and community art centre boasts a vibrant mural

by Bongani Njalo and Gabriel Chaponda. Open-call exhibitions are held throughout the year and showcase the work of less established and rural artists in the region. It’s also a space for artists from nearby informal settlements as well as school children to work, train and exhibit. Spend an hour exploring the artists’ studios and check out the schedule for the live music and poetry readings artEC often hosts. 12h30 Take your pick of any of the three Blue Flag beaches in PE (King’s Beach, Hobie Beach or Humewood Beach) for sun, sand and ice-cream, followed by lunch at a nearby beachside restaurant.


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15h30 In the six decades that the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum at St George’s Park has been open, it has accumulated an extensive collection of local artworks. It specialises in local art, craft and design, though it also displays British art, international prints and Oriental art, such as Indian miniatures, Japanese prints and Chinese textiles. The Africana collection dates back to the 18th century and includes works by Frederick Timpson I’Ons, one of South Africa’s earliest professional artists. You’ll find works by Gladys Mgudlandlu and Dorothy Kay on its walls, as well as dazzling examples of beadwork of the Southern Nguni people. 17h00 Ginger Restaurant on Port Elizabeth’s beachfront serves sea-view sundowners from its wooden deck. They are famed for their Ginger Mojito, while the restaurant serves a three-course tasting menu that is tweaked weekly based on season and availability. Dishes can be also be paired with local award-winning wines. Cheers to discovering Port Elizabeth’s arty side.

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First Page: Port Elizabeth is known for Shark Rock Pier. Second Page Top: Donkin Reserve is undoubtedly an art lover’s favourite stop. Second Page Bottom: Souvenir shopping is a breeze in PE. This Page Top Left: The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum showcases an extensive collection of local artworks. This Page Top Right: PE isn’t called The Friendly City for nothing! This Page Bottom Right: Richmond Hill is often a hive of activity. This Page Bottom: Feather Market Centre along the Donkin Heritage Trail is a national monument.


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GARDEN ROUTE Game Viewing Gondwana Game Reserve

The start of spring and the third quarter of the year has officially begun. In the Southern Cape the sun is coming out more often, and slowly but surely the weather is getting warmer as the flowers start to bloom.

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One of the most popular destinations for visitors during spring is the Garden Route – synonymous with beautiful forest areas and awe-inspiring ocean views. Plus there is Ulubisi House in Gondwana Game Reserve – the latest and most exclusive offering on the reserve. Offering luxury at its finest, Ulubisi House is a private villa resting on an enclosed 1,000 hectare protected walking area inside the private, 11,000 hectare reserve. Surrounded by rolling hills overgrown with indigenous fynbos, small game as well as indigenous fauna and flora as far as the eye can

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see, the reserve is watched over by the Outeniqua and Langeberg Mountains. The contemporary villa can accommodate six to eight people, and boasts the services of a field guide, a private chef and a butler for the convenience of guests to enjoy their stay at leisure, and experience game drives and delicious cuisine on their own schedules. The spacious villa is perfect for inside-outside living. Sliding doors lead from the open-plan lounge and kitchen area, as well as from the two groundlevel bedrooms, to the patio where the pool and hot tub overlook the veld

dotted with zebra, eland and the lesserspotted bontebok. Once you are relaxing in the pool with a glass of wine in hand, basking in the sun, it is fairly difficult to motivate yourself to get up, get dressed and partake in the activities that the rest of the reserve offers. But it is well worth the effort. As the only free-ranging Big Five private wildlife reserve in the Southern Cape, guests can expect to spot a myriad animals on the reserve during game drives, including lions, red hartebeest, the endangered Cape mountain zebra, springbok, kudu, buffalo, and perhaps even cheetah. Guests can


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providing a beautiful backdrop to any sunset or sunrise, and even the Indian Ocean peeping out on occasion. Back at Ulubisi, an early or evening walk or mountain bike ride is a safe way to explore the protected walking area around the house and experience the micro ecosystem, as well as the small game that abound. Whether you are a traveller seeking an ultra-luxurious experience in a pictureperfect setting, or a nature lover seeking a safari holiday to encounter the Big Five, Ulubisi House at Gondwana offers it all on one of South Africa’s most popular getaway routes.

- The name is derived from “Gondwana Land” – the land mass that existed 120 million years ago. The Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains that overlook the reserve are the last visible evidence of the former Gondwana Land after the giant continent split. - Gondwana Game Reserve is the only free-ranging Big Five private wildlife reserve in the Southern Cape. - Fynbos – the primary vegetation on the reserve – is endemic to the Western Cape region and exists nowhere else in the world, drawing unique bird-life and mammals. - The Gondwana Conservation Foundation (GCF) is a non-profit organisation that contributes to the conservation of South Africa’s threatened and endangered wildlife and vegetation relevant to the Southern Cape of South Africa. It does this through active management, training and skills development of the local people.

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THE FIRST LADY OF WINE Ntsiki Biyela

How do you go from working as a domestic helper to launching your own wine label – and being the first black female to do so? If you’re Ntsiki Biyela, you simply make the most of the opportunities that come your way. You work hard to build relationships with others in the industry. And you operate, always, with authenticity and faith. Text: Lisa Witepski Images © Supplied & iStockphoto.com

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When you think about South Africa’s wine industry, chances are your mind conjures images of centuries- old manor homes, standing proud guard over acres of vineyards. It’s a scene that’s very different from Mahlabathini, the village in rural KwaZulu-Natal where Ntsiki grew up. It’s not surprising, then, that wine didn’t feature at all in Ntsiki’s childhood ambitions. Rather, her goal was to study engineering – but when she found that she didn’t have the money to do so, she worked instead as a domestic worker. This was interrupted when her guardian, Jabulani Ntshangase, recruited her to study winemaking at the University of Stellenbosch, with SAA coming on board to offer her a bursary in viticulture and oenology. Ntsiki candidly admits that wine was not her passion. If anything, the first time she tasted it, she thought it was “absolutely horrible”. “I was more interested in the opportunity I had been given to change my life. It didn’t matter what I was studying!” Her outlook started changing, however, when she got a part-time job at Delheim Estate outside Stellenbosch. Not only did she begin to enjoy wine’s special character; she also came to see it for the fascinating, changeable substance it is. “The wine you’re sipping tonight will taste completely different tomorrow,” she observes. After her studies, the girl who grew up knowing next to nothing about wine became the industry’s first black female winemaker when she took up a post at Stellekaya Wines, an estate which specialises in reds. All of a sudden Ntsiki found herself not only an ambassador in the wine industry, but a poster girl for feminism, too. And, yes, it was as difficult and daunting as it sounds. “I remember having a conversation with Beryl Lello [sister of Dave, the owner of Stellekaya] about how I just didn’t know how to be a role model. I felt like I had to do everything just right. She told me that I should actually be living my life exactly the way I want to. Instead of seeing my position as a burden, I should see it as an opportunity to express myself and to learn. After all, if I made a mistake, I would be helping someone else avoid the same pitfalls.” It helped, too, to know that the entire Stellekaya team was behind her.

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Even so, Ntsiki often found it difficult to break into industry cliques. Since she didn’t exactly fit the profile of the typical winemaker, she had to work extra hard to build bridges and forge relationships – but the effort she invested in this area was well worth it. “I think that we have preconceived ideas about people, and these make us look at our lives in a different way. But the reality is that you need to get past these ideas. Some of the friends I have made in the industry are extremely different from me, but when you listen to them and get to know them, you find they have hearts of gold.” Ntsiki believes that women’s natural ability to create friendships in this way is an asset, regardless of their industry. “I think that we get intimidated because we think that people know more than we do. We forget that we are also experts in our own right. The key is to listen to what everyone has to say; talk to them, get their advice.” Collaboration of this nature is also what led her to establish Aslina, her own wine brand, earlier this year. Ntsiki says that she had always wanted to own her own business, even as a student. So when an

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importer in the United States invited her to join forces with a winemaker in California, she used this as a stepping stone towards creating her own legacy. Named after the grandmother who raised her – a woman who embodied love, a nurturing spirit and faith, the very qualities Ntsiki wants to see entrenched Aslina – the label has already experienced significant success with its 2017 releases of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Umsasane, a Bordeaux blend. Ntsiki chose these four as her debuts because, having had extensive experience in reds at Stellekaya, she wanted to try her hand at whites too. The Chardonnay was a nod to her personal preference for big, bold flavours. She is currently at work on her next vintages, which will be released shortly. What’s next for Ntsiki? Development is her next big focus and she’s currently a board member of the Pinotage Youth Development Academy, which provides training for previously disadvantaged youth. She’s also involved in a number of other initiatives which allow her to “give back”. Cheers to that!


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THE NORM Tired of visiting the same old tourist attractions in every town you pass through? Here are some unexpected ways to enjoy your vacation if you find yourself in East London.

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Visiting monuments, museums, and acclaimed restaurants seem to be people’s default setting when exploring new destinations. While there is merit in this habit, it doesn’t inspire much excitement. When I return from a trip, on the other hand, I want to have a quiver full of jaw-dropping, adventurous stories ready to draw out during dinner parties, rather than an Instagram account filled with clichéd images of all of the tourist hot spots that everyone else has.

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East London is the perfect spot to put unconventional tourism into practice. Situated between the Nahoon River in the north and the Buffalo River in the south, East London is the second largest city in the Eastern Cape, so there is a vast array of options available for travellers. The key for any avant-garde traveller is to find a way to spice up the ordinary. At the end of the day, tourist attractions have a draw for a reason – they are worth seeing.

East London is known for its incredible beaches, such as Bonza Bay Beach and Orient Beach, so you don’t want to miss out on the chance to visit at least one of them. If you are not one to just laze away the day in the sun, there are plenty of ways to transform an ordinary beach day into an extraordinary experience of sun, sand, and memorable moments. Dive into unknown territory and give surfing a try at Nahoon Beach with Learn2Surf. Private and group


beginner lessons are available and all equipment is provided. For more information, visit www.learn2surf.co.za. To book a lesson, whatsapp or SMS +27 83 414 0567. If you are a romantic at heart, create your very own Mills & Boon moment, and go horseback-riding on the beach. Nothing beats the feeling of the sea breeze on your skin as you gallop off into the sunset. There are various companies offering this incredible experience in East London,

one of which is Wild Coast Horseback Adventures. For more information, visit www.wildcoasthorsebackadventures.com. The Buffalo River is another one of East London’s attractions. As this is one of the few navigable rivers in South Africa, East London was actually established around it in order to ferry soldiers from the coast to where all of the action was happening further inland during the infamous Frontier Wars. Ballyhoo Cruises offers a one-hour cruise down this

historical river. For more information, visit www.ballyhoocruises.co.za. For an even closer look into East London’s history, pop into Glamorgan Prison. Fort Glamorgan was established in 1848 along the Buffalo River, and was used as a troop barracks and to guard the supply line to King Williams Town. Named after the Earl of Glamorgan, Fort Glamorgan stands within the Glamorgan prison grounds. You’ll need permission from the Department of

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Correctional Services before you can visit the fort. If you are looking for a more interactive way to learn about the history and culture of East London, then pencil a visit to Khaya La Bantu cultural village into your itinerary. Located on a working cattle ranch about 30 km outside the city centre, Khaya La Bantu offers a fascinating insight into the way of life of the local Xhosa people. Once in the village, guests are treated to a lively performance of song and dance by the Xhosa residents. One of the traditionally dressed residents will then guide you through the main attractions of the village, including the kraal where major meetings are conducted, ritual huts, the traditional healer, and the communal kitchen. Guests are then treated to a traditional lunch of pot-baked breads, meat stews, and local vegetables accompanied by some more traditional dancing. Visitors can browse the craft centre, and stay at the small guest lodge if they wish to overnight. One last stop on your unconventional tour of East London has to include a visit to one of the beautiful game reserves in the area. If a traditional open safari drive is too tame for you, rent a quad bike at Areena Riverside Resort, and tear through the wilderness on your very own safari adventure. For more information, visit www.areenaresort.com. Traditional sight-seeing can be overrated and underwhelming. It is often better to take the more unconventional route and absorb all of what East London has to offer in a way that fills your soul with excitement and wonder. For more information on the city, visit www.eastlondon.org.za.

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TREES FOR OUR FUTURE Arbor Week 2017

There seems to be consensus that the first Arbor Day was celebrated in 1872 in the United States territory of Nebraska when Mr J Sterling Morton persuaded the local agricultural board to set aside a day for planting trees. In South Africa, Arbor Day was first celebrated in 1983. It rapidly became such an appealing annual event that the national government was inspired, in 1999, to extend the celebration to a National Arbor Week, from 1st to 7th September each year.

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National Arbor Week Events The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), as the official custodian of forestry in South Africa, takes responsibility for the National Arbor Week campaign. Many organisations, including the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), work in partnership with DAFF during this week. But there are also hundreds of other organisations – governmental (such as schools), nongovernmental and community-based organisations, the private sector and the pubic – which facilitate their own events across the country. The National Arbor Week events usually include planting trees and/or greening within communities. However,

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the events also aim to raise awareness on the value of trees to humanity, as well as to other living organisms. For example, we obtain products from trees (building materials, fibres, paper, medicines, fruit and nuts); trees provide simple scenic beauty; they act as windbreaks, sound barriers and dust filters; and they provide shade. Trees also provide oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide; provide habitats for animals and certain plants; contribute to soil fertility; and reduce soil erosion as well as flooding. National Arbor Week 2017 The theme for National Arbor Week 2017 is “Forests and Water”, and everyone is encouraged to not only plant water-

wise indigenous trees, but also to use water-saving methods for the planting and maintenance thereof. The need to conserve indigenous forests and threatened indigenous trees should also be highlighted. For 2017, the common tree of the year is Ziziphus mucronata, also known as the hairy buffalo-thorn tree, and the rare (uncommon) tree of the year is Euclea pseudebenus, or ebony tree. This year, SANBI will once again be facilitating National Arbor Week events nationally with schools and communities, especially the many disadvantaged communities who live in areas that have lost most of their biodiversity due to urban development.


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Kenya’s Museums TAKE TO THE CLOUD Kenya is digitising its national museums with the help of Amazon Web Services, Intel and non-profit Digital Divide Data, with the hope of creating a free, open-source digital archive of one of the Earth’s largest records of human evolution.

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Imagine a world in which the largest record of human evolution – a collection comprising of fossilized human remains spanning from the last six million years, and 3.3 million years of humankind’s cultural evolution, as well as millions of fossils spanning over 27 million years – is freely accessible online to anyone, anywhere. A world where your children can interact in the comfort of your lounge with virtual-reality renditions of some of the Earth’s oldest fossils, stone tools and ancient artefacts. This world will soon be a reality. Kenya is the custodian of one of the Earth’s largest records of natural history, cultural heritage, human evolution, and some of the best preserved hominid specimens, including Turkana Boy – an almost complete fossilised Homo erectus skeleton of about 1.5 million years old. The National Museums of Kenya (NMK) – which oversees numerous regional museums, sites and monuments of national and international importance, as well as priceless collections of the country’s living cultural and natural heritage – has realised the need to collect, study, preserve and document Kenya’s history digitally. So as to live up to its motto, “where heritage lives on”, NMK is partnering with Amazon Web Services, Intel and Digital Divide Data – a non-profit with expertise in the digitisation of cultural heritage collections – to digitise its archaeology and palaeontology collections in the Earth Sciences Department into interactive websites, hosted on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. These will serve as virtual museums. Amazon Web Services believes in the importance of helping to preserve significant records of human origins. “The huge collection – which includes thousands of human remains – show that our earliest human ancestors evolved in eastern Africa and used tools to acquire their food, respond to natural threats, develop social relations with other members of their species, and flourish on this planet,” says Dr Fredrick K Manthi, Head of Earth Sciences at NMK. These specimens include, among others, stone tools belonging to the Lomekwian Industry (3.3 million years old) from west of Lake Turkana, as well as the earliest member of the genus Australopithecus anamensis (4.19 million years old), discovered at Kanapoi. By mapping and

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storing online records associated with the archaeology and palaeontology collection, Kenya will curb the risk of losing invaluable data. Digitising collections across multiple subjects is a continuous process, since new collections are added every year, and the whole process may take up to seven years. “Over time, our goal is to expand coverage to include key collections from all other research departments at the NMK, as well cultural heritage collections from the more than 20 museums under the NMK,” Dr Manthi says. There’s also the possibility of virtual-reality experiences in subsequent phases of the project. Dr Betty Radier, CEO of the Kenya Tourism Board and also a board member of NMK, hopes that the project will not only preserve the country’s history and heritage, but will also attract many more international travellers to the country as, she says, “a lot of travel planning happens online”. She adds: “We’re excited as it’ll put our museums at the forefront in terms of interest and access, and will showcase what else Kenya has to offer beyond its beaches and safaris.”

Once developed, the online information will target digital-first natives, such as Generation Z-ers and Millennials, with searchable archived material being accessible from anywhere in the world on any smart device. Not only will it facilitate future research on human evolution, but the database will also help to train the next generation of researchers. “The worldwide scientific and research community will be able to virtually access complex and detailed data sets, GIS information, 3D models on specimens and artefacts through the digital archive,” Dr Manthi says. “This will act as a catalyst to accelerate research and data analysis and hopefully provide opportunities for new research projects and discoveries.” While the website will be predominantly open access, some technical and geospatial information will be behind a paywall and only accessible to academics and the research community. He says that the project will also teach valuable next-generation digital skills to Kenyan youths and provide long-term employment opportunities. “It will provide competency-based


training to young Kenyans in digitisation, cloud services, mobile technologies, and database administration, as well as workforce development and capacitybuilding opportunities.” A central digital repository of records and collections, based on universal standards and best practices, will assist in the curation of future collections in other museums around the world. “Collaboration is always at the heart of a museum’s success and relevance. Resources, geography and language can be barriers to broad collaboration among museums and academic intuitions, but technology and access through the cloud help to remove these barriers and allow museums to share, collaborate and even innovate together,” Dr Manthi adds. A world where you can go to your local museum, or sit in your lounge to observe and interact with relics from the ancient world is only years away.

Director General of National Museums of Kenya, Dr Mzalendo N Kibunija (left) and President of Digital Divide Data, Frank Heitmann (right).

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THE NUTS Camp Kuzuma

“Squirrel!” Many of you who have watched the animated movie Up will no doubt remember Dug, the talking dog who had a somewhat distracting obsession with squirrels. Mid-sentence he would suddenly freeze, point in the opposite direction and shout “Squirrel!” before resuming his conversation. On a recent trip to Camp Kuzuma – an intimate five-star camp in Botswana’s picturesque Kazuma Forrest Reserve – I found myself constantly channelling this rodent-obsessed canine because the camp and its surrounds have more than their fair share of these cute bushy-tailed creatures. Text: Nicky Furniss Images © Camp Kuzuma & Nicky Furniss

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They dart along the wooden walkways that link the main camp to its five sumptuous tented suites, they chatter in the trees overlooking the nearby waterhole, and early in the mornings while still deliciously fast asleep in feather-soft king-sized beds, you will likely be roused by the nimble scampering of little toes across the roof of your tent. One afternoon, after I had already dozed off the rigours of the morning game drive and the extensive and delicious brunch that had awaited us back at camp, I snuggled up in an armchair with a book which I had every intention of reading, except for the fact that the many little visitors that popped their noses curiously into our room were far too distracting – and enchantingly so. In fact, as I languished in the Victorian-style bathtub that evening, I couldn’t help thinking that the only thing that would make my soak any better would be a squirrel sitting on the end of the bath to chat to. Located as it is in a lush reserve in the northern part of Botswana where multiple countries intersect, the area is rich with flora and fauna, and the squirrels weren’t our only visitors. Giant dung beetles often came trundling past, kingfishers swooped and darted in and out of the camp’s pool, tree frogs hopped across the bar where our aptly named tracker, Beer, was pouring us G&Ts, elephant came at night to drink from the water hole, and we were even graced with the rare sighting of an elusive honey badger going about his business. One evening, as we sat around the fire, tempted by the heavenly aroma wafting out of the

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pot of vegetable curry simmering on the coals, our game ranger, Gary, identified a myriad of bird calls for us. This included ones from Pel’s fishing and Giant Eagle owls who often perch on the trees adjacent to the camp, the lights of which attract the insects that are their favourite food. The reserve is, indeed, teeming with life, and guests have a chance to experience even more of it on the morning and evening game drives, where – at the right time of year – you are almost guaranteed of seeing elephant, giraffe, buffalo, lion, zebra and a whole variety of antelope, not to mention birdlife. June is an excellent month for birding and we were spoilt with a list of sightings that any twitcher would, er… get in a twitch about, including secretary birds, hornbills, carmine bee-eaters, vultures and fish eagles. We were also lucky enough to happen upon a herd of 600 buffalo, ambling – and at times stampeding – across the border from Zimbabwe into the park. The camp also offers guests staying three or more nights, a half day trip to nearby Kasane, where you can go on a leisurely private boat cruise along the Chobe River spotting crocodiles and hippos, accompanied by the requisite game-viewing drinks and snacks – after all, no game-viewing experience would be complete without something to toast your sightings with. Animal sightings aside, just being in the bush – in such a lush and seemingly untouched place – is balm for the soul. Here, you can forget about time and deadlines and responsibilities for a while and just soak in the fresh air, the sound

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of insects or lapping water, and perhaps day-dream away while watching the tall thatching grass wave in the breeze. All of this relaxing is hungry work though, and the small, efficient and friendly team at the camp are always ready and waiting to dish up yet another tasty meal – whether it’s full English breakfasts with fresh-out-of-the-oven bread, a traditional vetkoek afternoon snack, or perfectly cooked steak followed by rose

petal infused chocolate fondant for dinner. But that is the beauty of a place like Camp Kuzuma: Your only job is to eat, sleep, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings – SQUIRREL! – and all who live in it. For bookings and special local residents offers contact Shan Harker at Camp Kuzuma Reservations on +27 60 961 8584. For more information, please visit www.campkuzuma.com.

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Camp Kuzuma’s adjacent water hole is a hive of activity throughout the year. So much so that EarthCam joined up with the camp to provide a constant stream of animal encounters beamed straight from the camp to the rest of the world. As this area forms part of a busy elephant corridor that joins the Chobe National Park, Botswana and Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, the ellie sightings here are particularly spectacular – in fact, Camp Kuzuma was listed as one of the 25 most interesting Earthcams in 2015. Visit www.earthcam.com/world/botswana/ chobe/ to see for yourself.

Other than the months of December, January and February when the camp is closed due to the rainy season, there is never a bad time to visit Camp Kuzuma, although each month offers different attractions. - March to June: Excellent for birding. -J  uly to October: Amazing wildlife viewing opportunities where guests will literally be tripping over an Eden of animals. During this time, August and September offer the most temperate and pleasant temperatures. - November: Again, lots of animals to see, and this month heralds the start of the rainy season.


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COMEBACK KID Chad Saaiman

South African singer, songwriter and recording artist, Chad Saaiman took a long hiatus from the music scene after a traumatic event in 2011. He has since made a stunning comeback as one of the hottest acts in the country, and is sucking the marrow out of every experience that comes his way.

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Chad Saaiman is smooth. There is no doubt about that. And his humble, down-to-earth personality and delightful demeanour make him even more likeable. This talented musician – who was born in Portlands in Mitchell’s Plain outside Cape Town, and grew up in Crawford, Athlone – oozes charm when he takes to the stage. The emotional connection he has to the lyrics he writes mesmerises his audiences. A prolific songwriter, Saaiman has penned radio singles for some of South Africa’s biggest artists and his debut album, Chasing Melodies, received a SAMA nomination for Best English Pop Album in 2009. In 2014, after a three-year hiatus from the music industry, he came back with a bang and released his second album, The Flight, which cemented his status as a well-respected, talented musician who continues to rise on the South African music scene. “Untouchable”, the most notable track off the album, was produced by two-time Grammy Award-winner Ron Feemster, who is renowned for his work with musical icons such as Mary J Blige and the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The last few years have also seen Chad gracing the pages of leading magazines and even making it onto Destiny Man’s list of the country’s most remarkable men under 40. Indwe recently caught up with Chad to find out a bit more about what makes him tick.

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Indwe: You studied at the University of the Western Cape and obtained a BA Degree in English Literature and Communications. Did you know you wanted to get into the music industry then? Chad Saaiman (CS): At that point I did know that I wanted to do music, but my parents advised me to go and study so

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that I had a solid foundation. Soon after I finished my degree, I discovered my ability to write songs whilst living in Spain in 2005. Indwe: Do you remember the first song you ever wrote? CS: It was something pretty cheesy! I think it was called “Angels Cry�.

Indwe: You have been performing professionally for over a decade now. What have been some of your biggest highlights? CS: I would say having the opportunity to play in the UK, Spain and a few other countries, and sharing my music with audiences who really loved it. Also,


being back on the charts now with my last two singles, after what I’d call a relatively quiet patch of working a few things out. Indwe: In 2011, you experienced an extremely traumatic event that almost ended your career. Can you tell us about this and how it influenced where you are today? CS: I was shot in a botched hijacking. The bullet went through five of my organs and it’s safe to say that I am only alive today by God’s grace. I took the situation and turned my life around. I now live a positive, motivated and inspiring life. I live as if every day is my last. Indwe: Your latest solo single release, “Belief”, is something of a declaration to the naysayers who told you at the beginning of your music career that you wouldn’t make a success of it. Can you tell us a bit more about this? CS: It’s inspired by a woman who was in the industry, who told me that I’d never be able to have a career writing my own music. It was hard to hear at first, but then it motivated me to succeed. This song is about confidence and belief, and how I want people to go out and reach their full potential. Indwe: And you certainly have done just that! You have performed with some incredible local and international artists. Who have been some of the most memorable to date? CS: Brian McKnight, Tevin Campbell and Eddy Grant. Indwe: What advice do you have for budding musicians who want to get involved in the industry? CS: Learn more about the industry before you enter it. Understand the business – because it’s often the things you don’t understand that will get you into unnecessary situations. Work harder than anyone you know. Indwe: Who or what inspires you the most? CS: My seven-year-old daughter, Summer, is a huge inspiration and motivating factor to me. As well as thriving as a musician, Chad Saaiman also co-owns an artist management company called Stereotype Talent Management where he works with some incredible acts, developing talent and providing world class entertainment solutions. Connect with him on social media (@chadsaaiman) to find out more.


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SWAZI ADVENTURE A mere four hour’s drive from Johannesburg lies the Oshoek Border Post leading into Swaziland. Though it is right on our doorstep – make that in our living room – many South Africans don’t consider Swaziland a top holiday destination such as Mozambique or Mauritius. But clearly we’re all missing out – as I recently discovered.

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North of the border crossing, not far from the capital Mbabane and en route to Piggs Peak is Malolotja Nature Reserve. Known for its Highveld beauty and abundant fauna and flora, this nature reserve is said to be the last unspoilt mountain wilderness left in the country. It stretches over 18,000 hectares in the north-west part of the country, making it the largest proclaimed protected area in the Kingdom. The reserve offers a majestic mountain escape like no other as visitors can also enjoy the view from the top by partaking in the adrenaline-pumping (yet safe) activity of a canopy tour, consisting of 11 elevated forest platforms, 10 slides and a 50 m long suspension bridge across the Majolomba River. Here visitors get a chance to view the natural wonders of the reserve from another perspective and perhaps even spot some of the area’s mammals, birdlife and flora. Maguga Lodge, set on a hill overlooking the spectacular Maguga Dam, is the perfect retreat for a night’s stay as it is relatively close to the border as well as other central tourist sites. The lodge offers comfortable rooms, self-catering cottages, as well as Wi-Fi for those who loathe to be disconnected. We gathered at the restaurant that evening where we enjoyed some local beer and comfort food and listened as our enthusiastic Swazi guide talked about his childhood in Swaziland, making us that much more excited for what was yet to come. The following day’s travels began with a visit to the Mantenga Cultural village, where we enjoyed traditional songs and dances as well as a tour through a traditional Swazi village to learn about the country’s fascinating history and the Swazi way of life.

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The nearby Mantenga Falls is a great location for hiking and picnics. If you haven’t packed a picnic, Malandelas Restaurant is situated at House on Fire which is also home to the very popular annual MTN Bushfire Music Festival. Walking around the garden between concrete sculptures is an experience I will never forget, and made me realise that the festival is a must-visit at least once in my lifetime. The day was almost shorter than our itinerary, so we quickly headed off to Swazi Candles to marvel over these handmade creations before heading for an overnight stay at Mantenga Lodge. Located between Manzini and Mbabane, Mantenga Lodge is set in the lush, green Ezulwini valley at the foot of the

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Sheba’s Breasts Mountains overlooking the legendary Execution Rock. The lodge serves up dishes incorporating Swazi ingredients and flavours with a mix of European influences, as well as their very own Mantenga wine blends imported from South Africa. An exquisite local dish to definitely try is the Iyasha Inyama – delicious! The next morning we were off to Hlane Royal National Park for a game drive where we came face to face with a pride of Swazi lions before heading to Mkhaya Game Reserve – a sanctuary for endangered species on the eastern side of the country closer to the Mozambican border. I tend to enjoy life’s luxuries, so I was not sure how I would feel about staying at a lodge

sans electricity, but it turns out this is one of Swaziland’s best kept secrets. We arrived at night, after a successful game drive, to find what looked like a fairy tale setup with lanterns fringing the pathway to our lodgings – which were essentially made of rock walls and an elevated thatch roof, allowing for a wondrous unimpeded view of the veld all around. Dinner was set up around the fire, where the gracious hosts also performed Swazi songs and dances after dinner. One unforgettable experience is sitting around the fire until the early hours of the morning star-gazing to a soundtrack of nocturnal animals communicating and pattering about. After yet another successful game drive the following morning, we ventured back


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First Page: Go back in time at a traditional Swazi Village. Second Page Top: Elephants roaming in one of Swaziland’s big game parks. Second Page Bottom Left: A vibrant Swazi market in Mbabane. Second Page Bottom Right: Let your hair down at Malolotja Canopy Tours. This Page Top: Tap into the heartbeat of the country by watching traditional Swazi dance. This Page Bottom: Swaziland promises a wild time to all those lucky enough to visit it.


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GIN’S RENAISSANCE

How the Industry Has Been Given a Good Shake-Up How do you like your gin? Traditionally dry, with full-bodied juniper made in the good old English style? How about with lashings of punchy floral and fruity notes for a modern twist? Perhaps, like many drinkers, you don’t like gin at all. At least, you think you don’t.

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Despite being one of the world’s oldest drinks with a storied history, gin had faded in popularity and lost ground to alternatives like vodka, Jägermeister, tequila and rum which are poured, splashed and tossed into mixed drinks and served by the bucket-load at the clubs, pubs and eateries around South Africa. But if the modern hipster wants anything, it’s the ability to start new trends, and gin has enjoyed an overwhelming resurgence in the last five years, with the Mother City leading the charge.

Take Pienaar and Son, a small distillery off Roeland Street in the heart of Cape Town’s CBD. Its chief distiller is Andre Pienaar, a twenty-something musicianturned-chemist who fronted the indie band Ashtray Electric. Now he’s producing fresh, beautiful spirits, and with his finger on the pulse of the nightlife scene, he’s just the right person to erode the image that gin is as an antiquated drink reserved for the stodgy and the British. Gin’s history goes a long way to explaining why it is seen through a narrow

lens. The spirit first emerged in 10th century Italy, yet it was in France and Belgium where it was commonly consumed under the name “genever”. During Britain’s fight against France on Dutch soil, British soldiers discovered the drink and drank it for courage – coining the term “Dutch courage” in the process. Enamoured with their find, the soldiers took genever back to England and christened it “gin”, but that love of the bitter juniper berry spiralled out of control when the government allowed unlicensed

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distillers to sell badly-made concoctions. Soon, great swathes of the population were getting killed from drinking cheap offshoots. Licensing laws were duly tightened towards the end of the century and in 1769, the definitive gin-making authority was born: Gordon’s, a brand that single-handedly gave the market a professional front that has endured in the centuries since. Yet if your idea of gin is a drink that’s dry and bitter and frankly hard to stomach, you’ve limited your palate to a very small cross-section of the market. “In reality, gin is a lot more versatile than other spirits,” Andre tells me from his distillery, where neatly ordered silver barrels and gleaming pipes work quietly in the background. “There are almost an endless number of flavour combinations you can play with to produce a drink that tastes nothing like the bitter spirit you’re thinking of.” Take one of his bottled gins, Orient, which is spliced with spices and fruit that pay homage to the Eastern spice trade that influenced Cape Town culture and cuisine. It’s a world away from the gin and tonics mom and dad enjoyed. It turns out that gin is almost entirely open to experimentation and only needs a predominant taste of juniper (a “seed cone” produced by the juniper family of plants) and an alcohol content of 43 % in South Africa to be considered “gin”. Bold new flavour combinations have begun to invigorate the palates of young drinkers, reinvigorating gin’s image. Hip spots like the Gin Bar on Wale Street, a few kilometres from the Pienaar and Son distillery, are helping to bring gin up to date. Since opening its doors in 2015 right behind the Honest Chocolate café, the Gin Bar has sought out the most diverse selection of flavours imaginable. “I’ll often meet people who tell me they don’t like gin,” Angelique Smith, manager of the bar, tells me. “And I’ll say: ‘Stop, I’ll change your mind – there is always something new to try.’ ” The Gin Bar is famous for infusing its drinks with South African botanicals – like fynbos – or concocting worldwide favourites, like the Negroni, which combines gin with Campari liquer and vermouth rosso, topped off with an orange peel. Angelique notes that people like the idea of small-scale providers who offer an intimate experience. Andre agrees. Artisanal businesses are growing in popularity in a day and age where advertising follows us

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everywhere we go. In the end, people tend to shun big companies and look local, safe in the knowledge they’re getting something genuine. Modern distillation equipment also means that it’s easier for independent businesses like Pienaar and Son to get going. The hard part is changing the perception that you need to have been selling gin for 300 years to make a good product. “Distilleries have come a long way,” Andre tells me, “and new technology allows us to make a better product – a fresh, new, interesting product.”

Words like “age-old”, “trusted”, “antique” and “heritage” are regularly used to sell alcohol, but they’re the work of copywriters in an advertising boardroom. Take the common phrase “triple distilled”. It’s designed to make you think of heritage, but the truth is that new technology has meant that the spirit is distilled once – perfectly. So long as there’s demand, Andre says he will keep experimenting with flavour combinations and having fun. With a hip new clientele, the face of gin today is very different indeed.


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Bien que le gin soit l’une des boissons les plus anciennes au monde, sa cote de popularité a baissé et il a perdu du terrain face aux alternatives comme la vodka, le Jägermeister, la tequila et le rhum, qui sont versés, transvasés ou mélangés pour former des boissons mixtes, et servis en grande quantité dans les clubs, les pubs et les restaurants d’Afrique du Sud. Mais les gens branchés n’ont qu’une envie qui est de pouvoir lancer une nouvelle tendance, et depuis environ cinq ans le gin est de retour en force, la « Cité-mère » (le Cap) menant la charge. Prenez Pienaar et Fils, une petite distillerie sur Roeland Street au cœur du quartier d’affaires du Cap. Son chef distillateur est André Pienaar, un musicien devenu chimiste d’une vingtaine d’années et ancien leader du groupe indie Ashtray Electric. Il produit maintenant des spiritueux originaux et exquis, et ayant le pouls sur la vie nocturne de la ville, il est exactement la personne qu’il faut pour éroder l’image du gin comme boisson réservée aux gens en manque d’inspiration. L’histoire du gin explique dans une grande mesure la raison pour laquelle il est perçu à travers un prisme déformant. Ce spiritueux fit son apparition au 10ème siècle en Italie mais c’est cependant en France et en Belgique qu’il était couramment consommé sous le nom de « genièvre ». Au cours d’une bataille opposant l’Angleterre à la France sur le sol hollandais, les soldats anglais découvrent la boisson et la burent pour se donner du courage – inventant par la même occasion le terme « Dutch courage » (se donner du courage par la boisson). Les soldats aimèrent tellement leur découverte qu’ils l’emportèrent en Angleterre et lui donnèrent le nom de « gin » ; mais cette affection pour le genièvre amère augmenta de façon vertigineuse quand le gouvernement autorisa les distillateurs sans permis à vendre leurs concoctions de mauvaise qualité. Bientôt de larges franges de la population commencèrent à mourir après avoir consommé de la mauvaise liqueur bon marché. Les lois régissant l’octroi des licences furent dûment renforcées et en 1769, l’autorité absolue gouvernant la distillation du gin naquit : Gordon’s, la marque qui a à elle-seule donna au marché une image professionnelle qui subsiste aujourd’hui encore. Si votre idée du gin est une boisson sèche, amère et franchement indigeste, vous n’avez limité votre palais qu’à un tout petit échantillon du marché.

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« En réalité le gin est bien plus versatile que les autres spiritueux, » me dit André depuis la distillerie à l’arrière de laquelle de nombreux fûts argentés alignés avec soin sont à l’œuvre. « Il existe un nombre incalculable de combinaisons de saveurs avec lesquelles on peut expérimenter pour produire une boisson qui n’a rien de comparable à la boisson spiritueuse amère à laquelle vous pensez. » Prenez par exemple ce gin du nom d’ « Orient », qui est relevé d’épices et de fruits et qui rend hommage au commerce oriental des épices. Il est à des années lumières du gin tonic que papa et maman aimaient boire. Il se trouve que le gin est presque entièrement ouvert à l’expérimentation et qu’il ne nécessite qu’un goût prédominant de genièvre et une teneur en alcool de 43 % pour être considéré comme « gin » en Afrique du Sud. De nouvelles combinaisons de saveurs audacieuses ont commencé à exciter le palais des jeunes buveurs et à donner un nouvel élan à l’image du gin. Les coins branchés comme le Gin Bar sur Wale Street contribuent à la mise du gin au goût du jour. Depuis son ouverture en 2015 juste derrière le café Honest Chocolate, le Gin Bar s’est employé à chercher la plus grande sélection de goûts possibles et imaginables. « Je rencontre souvent des gens qui me disent qu’ils n’aiment pas le gin, » me dit Angélique Smith la gestionnaire du bar. « Et

je réponds toujours : N’en dites pas plus. Je vais vous faire changer d’avis. » Le Gin Bar est bien connu pour son gin infusé aux plantes sud-africaines – comme le fynbos – et pour ses concoctions « coup de cœur » du monde entier comme le Negroni qui combine gin, Campari, vermouth rosso, le tout agrémenté de zest d’orange. Angélique explique que les gens aiment l’idée de petits établissements qui proposent une expérience intime. André est d’accord avec elle. Les entreprises d’artisanat connaissent un succès grandissant parce que les gens commencent à éviter les grandes sociétés et à soutenir les petites entreprises locales, avec la garantie d’obtenir un produit authentique. Les équipements de distillation modernes font qu’il est plus facile pour les petites entreprises indépendantes comme Pienaar et Fils de passer à l’action. Le plus difficile, c’est d’arriver à changer la perception des gens qui est que pour faire un bon gin, il faut avoir été dans le métier depuis 300 ans. « Les distilleries ont fait d’énormes progrès, » me dit André, « et les technologies nouvelles nous permettent de fabriquer un meilleur produit – un produit original, nouveau et attrayant. » Tant que la demande existe, André dit qu’il continuera à expérimenter avec les combinaisons de saveurs et à s’amuser. Avec une nouvelle clientèle branchée, l’image du gin est aujourd’hui bien différente.


Garlic: The Immune System

SUPERHERO Not only is garlic a much-loved daily culinary staple, adding flavour to most recipes – it’s also good for you. Text: Supplied Images © Supplied & iStockphoto.com

PAST TO PRESENT For thousands of years, dating back to at least 2000 BC, people the world over have hailed garlic as an elixir of good health. Its cloves were said to help treat the common cold, keep the plague at bay, and even ward off vampires! Today, despite its notorious bad odour, garlic remains a low-calorie, immunity-boosting superhero. WebMD states that one clove contains calcium, potassium and more than 100

sulphuric compounds, including Allicin, which are powerful enough to wipe out bacteria and infection. It’s for this reason that garlic was used to prevent gangrene in both world wars. Raw garlic is most beneficial for health since heat and water inactivate sulphur enzymes, lowering garlic’s antibiotic effects. In clinical trials, garlic’s toxin-fighting ability seems to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and kill parasites in the body.

Research findings from the Dole Nutrition Institute indicate that garlic’s sulphurcontaining antibacterial compounds fight infection by clearing away toxins and germs. In addition, garlic consumption seems to enhance the activity of white blood cells and T-helper cells, which are integral to a robust immune response. Healthcare information company RealAge reports that garlic enhances immune response in cells in the laboratory. At low to moderate

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doses, one of the compounds formed when garlic is heated appears to make certain cells of the immune system more active against cancer cells. A study published in the journal Advances In Therapy found a daily garlic intake can reduce the occurrence of colds by 63 %. Plus, the average length of cold symptoms in the study were reduced by 70 %, from five days to 1.5 % days in the garlic supplement

group. Now that’s nothing to sneeze at! Take two to three cloves of raw or cooked garlic a day, brew your own garlic tea with a splash of honey or ginger for taste, or lavish your daily meals with it and relieve a stuffy nose or sinusitis, knock a cold on its head, and fortify your immune system. Just remember, the health benefits of

garlic, cooked or raw, are only experienced when the clove has been crushed – this is when Allicin is released. One of the recommended ways to take garlic is to just put it between your teeth, crush it gently so that it breaks and then swallow. Easy!

PARMESAN, BASIL AND GARLIC SPAGHETTI

Good Garlic vs Pungent Pong Although this little herb offers us amazing health benefits, we often avoid garlic due to its pungent odour. Let’s face it, we all fear being that “smelly person” socially or at work, let alone being left un-kissable thanks to whiffy garlic breath. There is a solution though – Garlict odourfighting capsules have just launched in South Africa so we can enjoy garlic and still smell like a dream. The capsules contain parsley seed oil, green tea extract, chia seed oil and peppermint oil. As well as fighting bad breath, these ingredients oxygenate and cleanse the blood, aid digestion, detoxify free radicals and provide a rich source of fibre to flush the digestive system of toxins. Just take two capsules after your next garlicy meal – and voilà! Garlict is available from Pick n Pay Pharmacies, Dis-Chem stores and select independent pharmacies.

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Ingredients 400 g spaghetti 150 g butter (salted or unsalted) 3 cloves garlic, minced 30 g fresh basil, finely chopped 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1 pinch salt 1 pinch black pepper 1 tablespoon fresh chilli, minced (optional) 2 tablespoons Parmesan shavings Method Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water, drain well but do not rinse

the pasta after cooking. In another large pot, combine the butter, garlic, salt, pepper and chilli (optional) over medium heat until the butter has completely melted. Using a whisk stir the mixture until the foam disappears and the butter turns golden brown. Add the cooked pasta, grated Parmesan and basil to the butter mixture. While on the heat stir the sauce through the pasta until well mixed. Flash fry the pasta for 1-2 minutes on a medium to high heat before removing. Stir pasta once more and serve immediately, garnishing with Parmesan shavings.


VALUE STAFF not cents

Manage Your Most Precious Resource Better Financial capital is relatively abundant and cheap. According to Bain & Company’s Macro Trends Group, the global supply of capital stands at nearly 10 times global GDP. As a result of capital super-abundancy, global quantitative easing and relatively low demand for investments in research and development and capital projects, the after-tax cost of borrowing for many companies is at or near inflation, making the real cost of borrowing close to zero. In contrast, today’s scarcest resource is human capital, as measured by the time, talent and energy of your workforce. Time is finite. Difference-making talent is also scarce.

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The average company considers only about 15 % of its employees to be difference makers. Finding, developing, and retaining this talent is hard – so much so that the business press refers to a “war” for talent.

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Human energy is also difficult to come by. Though intangible, it can be measured by the number of inspired employees in your workforce. Based on our research, inspired employees are three times more productive than dissatisfied employees,

but they are rare. In most organisations, only one out of eight employees is inspired. So: financial capital is abundant but carefully managed; human capital is scarce but not carefully managed. Why?


How Can We Manage Human Capital Better? Measure it. As the adage goes, you can’t manage what you can’t measure. A veritable alphabet soup, such as ROA and RONA, exists to measure our financial capital. To measure human capital, you can deploy metrics such as a productive power index – which looks at the cost of organisational drag, and the benefits of effective talent and energy management on your overall productive power. You can measure the amount and value of the time that you put in against projects or initiatives, and you can measure the return on that time. You can actively measure the amount of differencemaking talent that you have in your organisation. Invest human capital just like you invest financial capital. For financial capital, the business world has developed concepts such as the opportunity cost of capital, which is reflected in a company’s weighted average cost of capital. We measure the lifetime value of investments, and establish hurdle rates before deploying a single dollar of capital. For human capital, we need to start thinking about the opportunity cost of a lost hour. One way is to measure the cost of meetings. Our colleagues at Bain discovered that a weekly executive committee meeting at one company consumed 300,000 hours a year in support time from departments across the company. We should think about projects in terms of hours and rands as well, and before taking on a new meeting or new initiative, include the opportunity cost of time and talent in the hurdle rate. Monitor it. Teams of financial planning and analysis professionals measure actual and expected results for financial capital. Investment management committees evaluate new investments. Capital expenditure plans are subjected to detailed board reviews. Similarly, for human capital we should do periodic reviews of how much controllable organisational drag we have

in our organisation and what actions we are taking to compress it. Many big data tools, such as Microsoft Workplace Analytics, can provide detailed reviews of how we use time. For talent, we need to know who our difference makers are and whether they are deployed in mission-critical roles and initiatives. Recognise and reward good management of time, talent and energy. Historically, successful investment of financial capital can make someone’s career. Variable compensation is often tied to some measure of economic value added. Even though most companies no longer offer lifetime employment, they should still find a way to create a lifetime of assignments for their difference-making talent, and work hard every day to re-recruit them by creating a working environment that is inspiring and results-orientated. Leaders should be measured and rewarded on their inspiration quotient. They should also be measured and rewarded for building a talent balance sheet: How many high-potential individuals have they recruited, developed, and retained? And what is the trade balance of talent – that is, the net imports of high-potential talent into their group minus exports? A company’s actual values, reads Netflix’s famous HR playbook, “are shown by who gets rewarded, promoted, or let go”. Tiaan Moolman is a partner in Bain & Company’s Johannesburg office where he leads the local Organisation Practice. Eric Garton is a partner in Bain & Company’s Chicago office and leader of the firm’s global Organisation Practice.

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The secret is to use décor you connect with. Like interior designer, Nate Berkus, once said, “A home should tell our stories.” The way we do that is through our possessions. Here is how you go about creating a designer home without breaking the bank. Control the Clutter Decluttering is a free and easy way to get the high-end look. No one will care about – let alone notice – your home’s beautiful décor if your house is a mess, so start by containing the clutter by using beautiful baskets and other storage solutions. Canvas and woven baskets work well for children’s toys, while stylish trays can be used to store household keys and remotes. You can shop for these on the cheap at local markets. Before you go shopping, just be sure to take some time to create an inspiration board which will help you to pin down the look you want to create.

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Shop for ‘Rich’ Accessories Instead of investing in a lot of small accessories, opt for a handful of large statement pieces. To achieve an upscale look, shop for items that mirror designer products but without the hefty price tags. It may take a while to track these down, not to mention result in tired eyes from scouring the internet and sore feet from searching flea markets for bargain goods, but your wallet will thank you for it. As well as using accessories made of glossy, reflective materials like trays with mirror surfaces or bowls with sparkly finishes, be sure to bring in natural elements. Whether it’s a wood picture frame, crystal geodes or slices of agate,

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With modest monthly sales usually in the order of 90 to 100 units (with the Forester accounting for about half of these), the recent introduction of the attractive new XV should boost Subaru’s fortunes in our country.

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The all-new XV brings with it the renowned 2-litre boxer engine which has served the company well since its introduction in 1965 as a 1,000 cc unit. The latest Subaru engine generates 115 kW at 6,000 r/min, and delivers 196 Nm of torque from 4,200 r/min. This is more than adequate under normal operating conditions and, together with claimed average fuel consumption figures of 7.3 l/100 km, the VX continues the tradition of legendary Subaru reliability. In fact, this reputation led to manufacturing giant Toyota acquiring a share of the company, and also getting their hands on Subaru’s boxer engine, which is currently doing duty in the Toyota 86. Unusually, since Subaru is famed for its all-wheel-drive system, the 86 (and the Subaru BRZ version) only feature rear-wheel drive. Models Available in two specification levels, buyers may either choose the 2.0i CVT entry-level model or the 2.0i-S ES CVT which features 18” wheels rather than the standard model’s 17-inchers. The entrylevel XV will also forego such delectable features as rear cross traffic alert, precollision braking, lane sway and departure warning, as well as adaptive cruise control.

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How Should We Teach Our Children to Use Digital Media? Any time a new technology is introduced, it disrupts values, routines and behaviours. This goes back to well before the printing press replaced oral histories or the telephone replaced face-to-face conversations, but is evident today in our regular habits of checking our smartphones for notifications. Kids are growing up with the expectation of autoplaying streaming videos and having access to our phones when we need them to be quiet.

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Human anxieties about these changes can take years to resolve, as we slowly figure out how to control the technology to meet our values and needs, rather than being controlled by it. With the rapid pace at which new digital products and services are being developed, parents in particular report feeling overwhelmed. They fear missing out on what benefits tech might hold for their families, yet don’t fully trust that electronic devices and apps are designed or marketed with their child’s best interests in mind. We doctors used to urge parents to discourage media use under the age of two, and to limit kids’ use to two hours a day, at most. But we have now arrived at a more nuanced understanding of the various ways in which children use digital tools. Through review of the updated science, interviews and focus groups with parents from diverse backgrounds, and our own clinical experience, we are now recommending that parents use media as a teaching tool – a way to connect and create – instead of just to consume. As a developmental behavioural paediatrician, parent of two young boys and lead author of the new American Academy of Paediatrics policy statement “Media and Young Minds”, I hope to help parents shape tech use in their homes based on their human ideals and values. MAIN PRINCIPLES TO KEEP IN MIND This new policy statement represents the best medical research and academic scholarship about electronic media and health and development of children from birth through to age five. Along with the associated family media-use planning website, it focuses on how parents can use electronic media together with their young children to encourage family connection, learning and digital literacy skills, in several ways: •  We emphasise teaching children that media use means more than just entertainment. It can also involve connecting with others. Videochatting, for example, is fine at any age, although infants need their parents’ help to understand it. Another great use is creating and learning together – letting the child take photos and record videos or songs, as well as looking up craft ideas. We hope parents will feel comfortable

seeing digital media as a tool to meet their parenting needs, and not the thing-in-itself that controls us or our children through the attention economy or gamification. •  As far as entertainment goes, we recommend trusted content producers such as Sesame Workshop and PBS Kids, who design apps with the child’s and parent’s needs in mind. There is also Common Sense Media, a great site for finding information on digital products and answering any tech-related parenting question you can imagine. •  We recommend having unplugged spaces and times of day so that both parent and child can play, be bored, or talk without distraction or feeling a need to multitask. •  We ask parents to test apps and watch videos with their children to determine if they are good fits for their child’s temperament, rather than letting the child make all of these choices. Parents are the best people to decide whether a particular app or video is appropriate for the child’s current stage of development and knowledge. • Parents should not feel pressure to introduce their children to technology early in life for the sake of seeking a competitive advantage. Kids will catch up when they are older or in school. But if parents want to introduce media early, the youngest age we recommend is 18 months. At that age, it’s important to note, parents must play or view along with the child for there to be any educational benefit, such as learning new words. Otherwise, that expensive tablet may just be a portable TV or cause-and-effect toy. TIME LIMITS AND RULES REMAIN IMPORTANT We still recommend time limits (one hour of entertainment media per day – which does not include videochatting, taking pictures, using with parents as a learning tool and the like) and rules, for several reasons. First, paediatricians are trained to be child advocates, making us naturally protective. In our day-to-day experiences with families in clinics, we see children having difficulties with sleep, obesity, school, relationships or exhibiting

behaviour that appears to be intertwined with problematic media habits. We hear parents asking for concrete guidance from us about the role digital devices might play in their families’ lives. They want to know what to let their child watch and how much of it. They ask about how to make sure their child can be techsavvy without ending up in a position where the child prefers and will choose digital play to the exclusion of other important activities. Parents also tell us that they don’t want their child to be spoon-fed information by online media. In addition, they’re concerned about apps determining their child’s play ideas. And they want help finding alternative activities to really encourage the creativity, persistence, and cognitive and social-emotional skills kids need to flourish in school. Overall, the research still shows that excessive media use is associated with poorer sleep, higher obesity risk and developmental outcomes such as poor executive function (the “boss” of our brain that helps us focus, control impulses and plan). So we want parents to prioritise unplugged, social and unstructured play as much as possible. Parents have always been interpreters of the world for young children. If kids are to grow up with a healthy concept of what digital tools are and how to use them effectively, creatively and kindly, we need to teach them. This means both guiding them directly and modelling with our own behaviour from the very start. The longerterm goal is to raise kids who see us, their parents, as guides when they encounter weird stuff online or have negative interactions on social media. We want to raise kids who neither react to negative emotions by spewing out their feelings – sometimes at others’ expense – online, nor binge on videos or games. We want to raise kids with good sleep habits, healthy bodies, a variety of interests and curiosity about the world, who feel good about their learning and their relationships, both on- and offline. We hope our new guidance can help us all – parents, medical professionals and children alike – achieve that.

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

Ashleigh Naidoo Cabin Crew Length of Service With SA Express: Ten months

Describe yourself in one line. I never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. What do you believe is the most important skill required by a member of the SA Express cabin crew? The ability to smile through everything. Why did you choose this career? As part of this job, there are always new places and new faces without the commitment of having to move away from home. There is a quote which says: “I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.” What do you find most challenging about what you do? The sheer weight of responsibility for the safety of an aircraft full of people. Why do you like working for SA Express? It doesn’t feel like work when you’re treated as a friend. What languages do you speak? English. I only understand bits of other languages at their most basic. What are your interests? I like to read, write, design, and teach. What would people find surprising about your job? We don’t overnight in other cities as often as you’d think we do.

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Hoedspruit

Go wild in Hoedspruit. It’s a flight away. SA Express flies you direct to Hoedspruit from Johannesburg and Cape Town every day, seven days a week. You can now go on an all day safari, when it suits you. 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, Kimberley, Hoedspruit, George, Johannesburg, Mahikeng, Pilanesberg, Richards Bay, Cape Town, Durban, and regional flights to Lubumbashi, Gaborone, Walvis Bay, Lusaka and Harare.


Airline information SA Express fleet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SA Express’ aircraft are made by Bombardier Aerospace

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Important When in doubt, please consult our cabin crew.

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


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

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

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

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

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Flight schedule JOHANNESBURG - PILANESBERG FLT NO SA 1131

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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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DEP 06:00 08:00 08:05 10:35 12:25 13:05 16:40 17:20 17:20

ARR 07:25 09:25 09:35 12:00 13:50 14:30 18:10 18:45 19:05

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

M

FLT SA SA SA SA

NO 1202 1204 1208 1214

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

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

A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

W

T

F

S

S

W

T

F

S

S

W

T

F

S

S

T

W

T

F

S

S

T

W

T

F

S

S

WALVIS BAY - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA

NO 1702

DEP 14:45

ARR 16:55

A/C CR8

M

T

GABORONE - JOHANNESBURG FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1762 1764 1766 1768 1776 1776 1784 1780

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

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

A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 ERJ ERJ

M

T

LUBUMBASHI - JOHANNESBURG

W

T

F

S

S

T

W

T

F

S

S

T

W

T

F

S

S

CAPE TOWN - BLOEMFONTEIN

RICHARDS BAY - JOHANNESBURG

FLT SA

NO 1798

DEP 12:30

ARR 15:00

A/C 735

M

T

BLOEMFONTEIN - CAPE TOWN FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA

NO 1084 1082 1088 1088 1092 1092

DEP 10:15 10:20 14:50 15:30 18:30 18:40

ARR 11:55 12:05 16:30 17:15 20:20 20:20

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2

M

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

NO 1362 1364 1372 1372 1372 1374 1376 1376

DEP 08:00 10:00 12:35 14:20 15:10 18:40 19:40 19:40

ARR 09:40 11:40 14:15 16:00 16:50 20:20 21:40 21:20

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 DH4

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

INDWE /119


Flight schedule CAPE TOWN - PILANESBERG FLT NO SA 1255

DEP 10:00

ARR 12:10

A/C CR2

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

T

W

T

F

S

S

T

W

T

F

S

S

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

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

DEP 06:00 07:00 07:30 10:10 10:40 14:20 15:00 16:45 17:00 17:20 17:30 18:30

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

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

M

CAPE TOWN - HOEDSPRUIT FLT NO SA 1241

DEP 09:10

ARR 12:30

A/C DH4

M

PILANESBERG - CAPE TOWN FLT SA

ARR 13:05

A/C CR2

FLT SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

FLT SA SA SA SA

NO 1301 1305 1305 1309

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

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

A/C CR2 CR2 ERJ ERJ

M

NO 1330 1334 1334 1336 1340 1340 1348

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

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

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2

T

W

T

F

S

S

NO 1802 1804 1804 1808 1804 1814 1814 1820 1822 1822 1828 1828 1349 1824

DEP 08:00 08:40 09:20 12:10 12:40 12:40 16:20 17:00 18:30 18:40 19:00 19:10 19:55 20:30

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

NO 1242

DEP 13:10

NO 1722

DEP 13:35

NO 1302 1306 1306 1310

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

M

W

T

F

S

S

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

T

W

T

F

S

S

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

T

W

T

F

S

S

M

ARR 16:20

A/C DH4

ARR 15:35

A/C CR2

ARR 08:35 14:35 14:35 19:25

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2

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

NO 1331 1335 1335 1337 1341 1341 1349

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

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

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

120/ INDWE

ARR 09:40 10:10 10:40 13:50 14:20 14:20 18:00 18:40 19:50 20:00 20:20 20:30 21:10 22:10

EAST LONDON - DURBAN FLT SA SA SA SA

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

A/C CR2

WALVIS BAY - CAPE TOWN FLT SA

DURBAN - EAST LONDON

ARR 17:00

HOEDSPRUIT - CAPE TOWN

CAPE TOWN - WALVIS BAY DEP 10:55

DEP 14:40

T

PORT ELIZABETH - CAPE TOWN

FLT SA

FLT NO SA 1721

NO 1254

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

A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2

M


Passenger Letters Until We Meet on Board! As an already seasoned but first time flyer on this route (Walvis Bay to Johannesburg) on SA Express, I must take a moment to compliment the staff, management and leadership of the airline. I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced such professional engagement and attention to detail outside of First Class, but passengers on this trip were privileged to enjoy the excellent service delivered by hostess Shelley Lillebo and her team. What a treat. One is left wondering which five-star airline’s executive training program SA Express is recruiting from. If they’re modelling the growth and development of their staff on these standards, the other airlines are in for a hiding. Having read so many CEO introduction letters and seen so much grand rhetoric, repetition and self-praise, the message from acting CEO Victor Xaba in the online magazine, Indwe, was truly refreshing. Perhaps more than that, it was actually inspiring. Ditching lofty empty statements, Mr Xaba wrote profusely and in an active tone about customer service. He clearly outlined the airline’s vision for the future. He openly addressed the current challenges that pose a threat to the successful operation of this airline, and to his clients’ (whom he refers to as investors and partners) convenience. The clearly articulated company statement and vision for the future have got to be a source of inspiration for all the staff members of this airline. Which CEO in his right mind invites passengers to directly keep him informed as to whether their airline is living up to the standards it has set itself, and then proceeds to share his email address? I don’t think he is acting. Clearly Mr Xaba is on a mission to win back the credibility of the airline. He’s gone back to basics and is actually going to pull it off. If you think about it, it’s in his name. Regards, Loic Bellet Congratulations to Loic Bellet who wrote our winning letter this month, and walks away with a 55 cm Samsonite Cosmolite suitcase valued at R6,495. Dear SA Express On a recent return from a trip to PE, through my own fault I found myself running late for my flight. I lurched into the car rental return, abandoned my vehicle and hurtled to the gate. Finding myself lost in the airport, with my case flying behind me, I knocked over a huge advertising stand, narrowly missing two bemused travellers, and screeched into security. With ten minutes to departure, I “excuse-me’d” myself to the front, and made the gate with seconds to spare. Upon clambering up the stairs onto my flight I was met by the wonderful smiles of Robyn-Lee and Freddie – and relief poured out of me like a torrent. Thank you, SA Express, for bringing me home, and my thanks to those who let me pass, and apologies to those whom I did not even have a chance to ask. Kind regards Peter Johnston

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 a Samsonite Octolite 55 cm spinner valued at R2,695. Taking a new and progressive approach to luggage design, Octolite offers what frequent travellers demand: lighter weight, increased durability, and maximum manoeuvrability. Octolite’s eye-catching exterior is modern, with a striking geometric design and a matte finish. Available in red, white or black, it also features an integrated carry handle, built-in address tag and fixed combination lock. The interior is divided into two halves: one featuring crossed ribbons, while the other is secured with a zip-in divider featuring a convenient side pocket. To maximise manoeuvrability, Octolite has a double-wheel design that provides smooth all-direction movement. The Octolite Collection is available at leading luggage stores nationwide. To locate a stockist near you, visit www.houseofsamsonite.co.za, follow @HouseofSamSA on Twitter and @houseofsamsonite on Instagram, or call +27 31 266 0620.

INDWE /121


A f r i ca ’s Ta l en t R ev ealed The Valley of Desolation Bernard K Hellberg

A Special visitor Kirste Kriel

Blooms in Nieu Bethesda Vicky Knoetze

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INDWE /123


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Indwe september 2017  

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