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CONNECT WITH CAPE TOWN Getting around with MyCiTi With MyCiTi, Cape Town’s popular scheduled bus service, you will be going places.
ome of the most-visited and breathtakingly beautiful places in Cape Town are within easy reach of MyCiTi’s expanding network. From top destinations, such as the V&A Waterfront, gateway to Robben Island, and the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, to the paradise sundowner spots at Camps Bay, Mouille Point, Blouberg and Big Bay, an unforgettable experience is just a bus ride away. The world-famous beaches of the Atlantic coast, from Hout Bay to Melkbosstrand, are served by a number of MyCiTi routes. In the central city there are art galleries, museums and markets galore to explore, as well as many restaurants, cafes and bars inspired by local and global culture and cuisine. Whether it is live music you are after, or a quiet time in the natural surroundings of the Company’s Gardens or the stunning Urban Park in Green Point, MyCiTi will get you there and back. MyCiTi buses operate up to 18 hours a day, depending on the route, so you can plan a long day out and about.
Visit some of Cape Town’s most popular hotspots from the comfort of a MyCiTi bus. Find out more about MyCiTi’s routes and services by visiting the user-friendly website, www.myciti.org.za. There’s a helpful trip planner that will give you directions to stops and stations, list your transfer points, give you suggested times
and even tell you your fare for the various journeys. There’s also a call centre, the Transport Information Centre, with helpful operators available 24 hours a day every day of the week.
Get a myconnect card MyCiTi does not accept cash on the buses. All passengers aged four and over need their own myconnect card to travel. Get these for R30 at MyCiTi station kiosks and selected retailers and load with money to pay for your travel. Fares are based on the
distance you travel, with free transfers at stops and stations within a period of 45 minutes. Visitors on a budget should note that fares are more expensive in the morning and afternoon peak periods (06:45 – 08:00 and 16:15 – 17:30 on weekdays). Outside of these times you pay the off-peak Saver rate. You have two options to load money on your card, Standard or Mover. Load any amount and pay the Standard fare and also make purchases of up to R200 at retailers accepting debit and credit cards, or load Mover
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Catch the free Table Mountain shuttle. packages from R30 and save 30% on all fares. There are also single-trip cards available for once-off use instead of myconnect cards. Get these at station kiosks and remember to buy two if you are planning a return trip, as there may not be a station at your destination.
Connecting with Table Mountain The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company now offers visitors a free MyCiTi shuttle to Table Mountain. Catch it from the Lower Tafelberg stop on Kloof Nek to the Cableway entrance and back again, and enjoy one of the world’s famous natural wonders. The free shuttle links with services to Camps Bay and the central city, with onward connections to Cape Town’s other must-see destinations – the V&A Waterfront, Century City, West Coast beaches, Atlantic Seaboard, Clifton and scenic Hout Bay. To transfer to and from the free service, get a myconnect card from the Cableway kiosk or a single-trip card from the vending machine at the SanParks office near the Lower Tafelberg stop.
Connecting with the Airport There is a MyCiTi station right outside the arrival and departures terminal at Cape Town International Airport travelling to and from the Civic Centre station in the heart of the city every 30 minutes. At both stations you can get a single-trip card (R85) for journeys including the Airport service. If you are arriving in Cape Town for a visit, and you
would like to use MyCiTi during your stay, it is recommended that you get a myconnect card (R30) at the Airport station and load it with money or fare-saving Mover points. From the Civic Centre there are easy connections to the entire MyCiTi network of routes, with transfers through the spacious station with luggage-friendly level-boarding platforms. If you have purchased a single-
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Transport Month In South Africa, October is Transport Month. It brings attention to all modes of transportation, and particularly the intrinsic role transport has to play in the domestic economy, as well as in securing South Africa’s place in the global economy. Key to any economic growth is the ability to offer efficient transport infrastructure and policies that are critical to economic development, both globally and nationally. Located as it is at the bottom end of the African community, the distance between South Africa and its global trading partners has made the need to provide a world class transport infrastructure central to the state’s developmental focus. The level of spending on airports in the last five years – thanks partly to the World Cup in 2010 as well as to offer seamless travel to all travellers – has been of great benefit to the airline. Transport’s contribution to economic development includes the following: • Network effects: South African Express offers key linkages between secondary and primary markets, enabling the airline play a principle role in opening secondary economies. • Performance improvements: Reducing cost and time for existing passenger and freight movements increases transport’s contribution to economic growth. It is noteworthy that, although air transport is regarded as an “exotic” means of transport, the airline continuously seeks to attract more people to experience this mode of transport. • Reliability: By improving on-time performance and reducing loss and damage – thus reducing economic drag – SA Express continuously looks at improving customer interaction and interface. The airline continues to operate in a highly fragmented and competitive sector, where both domestic and international airlines are competing for scarce resources. This, in turn, affects the demographics of the workforce. The airline has continued to train both pilots and technicians and,
as a result, is regarded as the most transformed airline in the country with regard to previously disadvantaged individuals, with a focus on young black female candidates. This focus on transformation is aligned to the Government’s transformation agenda. It is the view of its Board and management that SA Express should build a workforce that will ensure sustainability, as well as the ability of our airline to compete in the global arena. You may also be aware that the development of the aviation industry in South Africa is faced with a plethora of challenges, among which is a shortage of critical skills, which has continued to remain acute among previously disadvantaged individuals. It is due to this focus that we have the MACH 1, MACH 2 and Learnership programmes – I encourage you to visit www.flyexpress.aero for more information. In the November edition of Indwe we will feature cadets and technicians who have benefited from this developmental focus. We have also recently introduced new routes, the newest being the commencement last month of the Johannesburg to Mafikeng route which effectively connects Gauteng with the North West province. Now, tourist and business travellers no longer have to drive from Johannesburg to Sun City, they can just take one of our flights there. October is also an important month for the Free State Province, as the Mangaung African Cultural Festival (MACUFE) will be held in Bloemfontein from 8th to 10th October. It is one of the largest cultural events on the continent and, as SA Express is the anchor airline at Bram Fischer International Airport, we will be the airline partner of this festival. This is a threeyear relationship and the airline continues to pursue relationships with all the municipalities in which we proudly operate. I encourage you to take a flight on SA Express to Bloemfontein to enjoy this internationally acclaimed showcase of African Culture. Visit www.macufe.co.za for more information. Sincerely, Inati Ntshanga
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Events North Celebrating Craftsmanship The Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair, Hyde Park Corner, Johannesburg
9th – 11th
The Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair will once again transform the rooftop of Hyde Park Corner as it becomes home to over 120 of the country’s most exciting designers, food producers and winemakers. The Fair was the first of its kind to combine food, wine and design – all lifestyle areas that converge on high-quality production and craftsmanship. Each producer is hand-picked, and the number of participants is limited to focus on only the unique and the best. Confirmed exhibitors for 2015 include Dark Horse, YSWARA, Black Elephant Vintners, Dear Rae, Inverroche Distillery, Leafy Greens and Casalinga restaurants, Trebene Scarves, and Bunny and Clyde Children’s Furniture. Tickets are available online from www.webtickets.co.za, or at the door.// www.SanlamHMC.co.za
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It's All the Rage rAge, Ticketpro Dome, Northgate, Johannesburg Plunge into the dynamic world of gaming at the annual rAge mega-event, otherwise known as the “really Awesome gaming expo”. South Africa’s most hotly anticipated annual gaming and technology expo, and the biggest gaming gathering on the continent, rAge covers all the bases by appealing to newcomers, hard-core enthusiasts, casual gamers, young and old, futurists and fundies. Brought to you by the creators of NAG magazine (www.nag. co.za), rAge 2015 will boast a unique collection of console and PC video games, computers, technology, virtual reality peripherals, exclusive preview events for upcoming games, local game development studios, gaming apparel and accessories, international game developers, comics and cosplay. It promises to cater to thousands of like-minded geeks, gamers, technology enthusiasts, and everyone in between.// www.rageexpo.co.za
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Jack Daniels’ Boomtown Joburg, Zoo Lake Sports Club In recent years Jack Daniels’ Boomtown has established itself as the country’s leading lifestyle experience celebrating local and international hip-hop, urban, and house culture. The Johannesburg event will be a sophisticated day-turns-to-night occasion and will combine premium hospitality with local and international hip-hop legends, in a beautiful outdoor venue conveniently located in the middle of the city. Raised VIP hospitality decks, incredible stage and sound infrastructure, and different zones will combine to create an experiential world. International hip-hop icon and multiple Grammy winner T.I. will be headlining the show, which will also include a selection of South Africa’s top talent. Tickets are available from Computicket.// www.boomtownza.com
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Events South An Alcoholic Showdown Grape vs. Grain, Winchester Mansions, Cape Town
Wine has long been considered Cape Town’s preferred beverage, but as craft beer has taken the spotlight as a popular alternative, a debate about which beverage will ultimately take top spot has arisen.What better way, then, to settle the matter once and for all as part of a fun and interactive food pairing experience hosted by Harveys at Winchester Mansions? The event will take place as a sit-down dinner, with each course paired with both a wine and a craft beer. The evening will be hosted by wine expert, Cathy Marston, and beer guru, Lucy Corne, who will share their respective expertise on wine and beer before each course. Guests are invited to enjoy a light-hearted look at why each beverage deserves to be crowned victorious, with the ultimate decision left up to them, as they will have a chance to vote for their favourite pairing after each course. The evening costs R450 per person. To make a booking contact +27 21 434 2351 or email email@example.com.
An Uplifting Day Out 31st October & 1st November
Cape Town International Kite Festival, Muizenberg The Cape Town International Kite Festival – the largest kite festival in Africa – is a fabulous family outing featuring some of the most spectacular kites in the world. The day also promises live entertainment on-stage, free kite-making workshops, delicious food, and craft stalls. The event is hosted by Cape Mental Health. This non-profit organisation provides innovative and effective mental health services to people in poorly resourced communities in the Western Cape. At just R30 entry (R10 for children 12 years and under) it is affordable, fresh-air family fun in support of a very good cause. Visit www.capementalhealth.co.za for more information on the work that they do.
Chukkas for a Good Cause Cintron Pink Polo, Val de Vie Estate, Paarl The sixth annual Cintron Pink Polo event, in support of breast cancer awareness, will present guests with a thrilling match of world-class polo, as well as other entertainment, such as a fashion show and a luxury car display. Guests will also have the opportunity to dress in their finest pink-and-white outfits while picnicking in the sun. This year, funds generated will go to “Reach for Recovery”, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families. The event thus offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe. Tickets are available from Computicket. //www.valdevie.co.za
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Events In Between The Power of Love 9th October to 7th November
Jennifer Rush In Concert, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe International singing superstar and 80’s icon Jennifer Rush is set to tour Southern Africa with a series of concerts across South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe. The tour ties in with the 30th anniversary of her mega hit “The Power Of Love”, which is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best selling single by a female solo artist in the history of British pop. The run of intimate shows will be spread across eight cities (Pretoria, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, Bloemfontein, Harare and Windhoek), and will feature an all South African band which will add a fresh 21st century twist to her iconic 80’s songs, as well as some of her more recent material. Her other familiar hits include “Ring of Ice”, “Madonna’s Eyes” and “Destiny”. Tickets are available from Computicket. // www.jennifer-rush.com
The Thrill of the Ride
Tsogo Sun Amashova Cycle Challenge, Durban Offering prize money of over R100,000, the Tsogo Sun Amashova Cycle Challenge – one of South Africa’s largest cycling events – runs from the Pietermaritzburg City Hall to Durban through spectacular scenery, ending at Masabalala Yengwa Avenue, with the prize giving at Tsogo Sun’s Suncoast Casino. The main Tsogo Sun Amashova race is 106 km long, with a shorter “fun ride” option of 35 km, from Hillcrest to Suncoast Casino, and a 65 km half challenge, which starts at Cato Ridge and also ends at Suncoast Casino. All three races will have full road closure. Once again, the fun Mini Shova for children will take place at Suncoast the day before the big race, with distances of 1 km for three- to five-year-olds and 5 km for over-fives to give the kids the opportunity to share in the thrills of the weekend. Visit tsogosun. com for accommodation options.
On Screen Adventure 23rd October to 2nd November
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, Ster Kinekor, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg & Pretoria From Antarctica to Iceland, the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour visits 44 countries to bring a selection of films on exploration, adventure, culture and environment to growing audiences. For the tenth year, Cape Union Mart will host the screening of the films at Ster-Kinekor cinemas around the country. Eleven awardwinning and audience-nominated films, selected from hundreds of submissions, will be shown at each screening. They include a mix of topics and styles that are entertaining, inspiring and thoughtprovoking.These films range in duration from the intense, two-minute kayaking video Into the Ditch, to the 37-minute documentary film And Then We Swam, winner of the “Best Exploration & Adventure Film” category. Shows start at 20h00, and all 11 films will be shown at each screening. Tickets are available online from www.sterkinekor.com.
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Pembe Club is a new line of luxury fashion jewellery, designed and handcrafted in Tanzania using natural and sustainable elements. Founder and designer, Yasmine Haji, sources wild seeds, recycled glass and handmade wooden beads, all of which are personally sourced to benefit local artisans and villagers. A percentage of each purchase goes directly to selected organisations chosen for their work on the anti-poaching frontline. Pembe Club’s debut collection comprises a range of handcrafted necklaces and bracelets made from gold plated beads, old East African coins, wild grass seeds, ostrich eggs, recycled glass beads, pyrite and black onyx.
No More Podgy Pooches Obesity is the biggest health problem facing South African pets. Many owners believe a “little extra padding” is not serious, but overweight pets have shorter lives, are at higher risk of diseases like arthritis, urinary conditions, heart disease and cancer, and are ultimately less happy. Rather than putting your pet at the risk of obesity-related diseases, ask your vet for a professional opinion. During National Obesity Week (15th to 19th October) many practices are offering free weight assessments. Should your pet benefit from losing some weight, expert help is available. Over 350 vet practices (in South Africa and Namibia) run weight loss clinics, as well as the highly effective Hill’s Pet Slimmer programme which has helped thousands of cats and dogs to regain their optimum weight. For a list of participating practices and to be inspired by the ten finalists in the 2015 Hill’s Pet Slimmer of the Year competition, visit www.petslimmer.co.za.
Trendy Toddlers From Top to Toe The Superga Kids SS15 collection is all you need to take your kids’ look from bland to fashion-forward this summer. The secret to the success of Superga kiddies’ sneakers is the fact that they are so comfortable and durable that your child can still experience the joys of childhood without feeling restricted. And all while looking fabulous! Metallic, Macrame lace and Denim are the key trends this season, and are all available in the Superga SS15 collection. The collection also boasts a range of variants, including high tops, slip-on sneakers and classic sneaker styles to suit any look. The SS15 Superga Kids collection is available at all Superga Concept Stores and leading independents nationwide.
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Queen of My Heart For the hopeless romantic, the Queen of my Heart diamond engagement ring is the ultimate token of a lover’s devotion. Uniquely designed to incorporate a heart resting below a six-claw setting that forms a crown, the scintillating centre diamond is elevated above the setting and into the light. Browns’ engagement rings have been designed to be perfectly matched to their selection of diamond eternity rings, and much like the couples they represent, they truly are made for each other. // www.brownsjewellers.com
Early Detection Saves Lives Recently, PinkDrive, a non-profit breast cancer community carer, made history by launching their third Mobile Mammography unit. Mammo3 has a separate horse and trailer system, which means more space for the state of the art mammography equipment. Like Mammo2, this truck also has facilities for gynaecology services, thus enabling Mammo3 to offer a full, all-inclusive women’s health offering. PinkDrive believes that mammography screening should be available to all women, and so they are determined to build more mobile units with the aim of providing much needed women’s health care services across South Africa. All PinkDrive units travel to semi-urban and urban areas around South Africa with the aim of providing disadvantaged communities access to women’s health services. These services include free education on women’s health, free mammograms, free Pap smears, free clinical examinations and information on how to do breast self-examinations.
Halloween doesn’t only have to be for the enjoyment of kids. So gather your friends around for a frighteningly good time with Two Oceans Wines and a fun, tongue-in-cheek pairing with some of your favourite Halloween candy to make sure adults can also match their trick or treat. The lovely strawberry and raspberry flavours of the Two Oceans Shiraz Rosé are devilishly delicious, with the pink fruitiness of strawberry rattlesnakes, berry Dracula teeth, pink scull faces, berry marshmallow mice and candy floss. Add some stick-on eyes to apricot sweets and team them up with the following interesting combinations: green and orange slimy worms, green and red jelly snakes, and green apple lollypops. These make the perfect match with the pear, green apple and litchi aromas of the Two Oceans Pinot Grigio. The range of Two Oceans Wines is available nationwide at all supermarkets and liquor outlets.
Bites Decadence Defined Since 1824, The Macallan name has been a guarantee of unrivalled craftsmanship and quality. And now there is a new whisky bearing this name, a single malt born from this unwavering endeavour: Macallan Rare Cask. Rare Cask is a truly individual Macallan whisky. It has been crafted from whiskies selected from 16 individual cask profiles – the most ever used in a single Macallan whisky. Owing to the number of cask types involved and the length of time it takes to identify them, Rare Cask takes longer to create than any other The Macallan. Rare Cask has been crafted from Spanish and American sherry seasoned oak casks, a high proportion of them being first fill, including some of the most precious and scarce casks. Collectively, these factors have given rise to an exquisite whisky with a splendidly rich and resonant hue, an unmistakably woody taste, and a rewarding complexity of flavour. The Macallan Rare Cask will be available at R2,999.
Truffles for Africa Woodford Truffles South Africa has recently confirmed the discovery of the first Black Perigord Truffle in the Western Cape on the farm Altima, one of the properties within the Anthonij Rupert Wyne portfolio. After six years of the required nurturing and care by the managers at Altima, their Truffler, aka Clyde the Jack Russel, recently sniffed out the 200 g truffle. Woodford Truffles South Africa’s dog trainers have been on the prowl for the elusive truffle for the past two years. Italian truffle guru, Prof Alessandra Zambonelli, predicted the imminent appearance of truffles in the area after a thorough on-site root inspection of the orchard trees earlier this year, before it was discovered by Clyde’s clever nose in July. The orchard will now be monitored on a weekly basis until the end of the harvest season. This will be done by Clyde and his furry companions, Bonnie and Zippy. South Africa’s first black diamond truffle was unearthed in Mpumalanga in January this year.
A Little Piece of Paris Green Point’s newest little treasure, Café Royale, recently opened its doors. This French Riviera style café emulates a true taste of the architecturally Parisian Cape Royale Luxury Hotel at which it’s based, in the bustling epicentre of the Mother City. Open for breakfast, lunch, coffee and drinks, with Chef Phillip Castle at the helm, the French style café serves seasonal fresh eats and baked goods accompanied by legendary Hausbrandt Coffee (one of the oldest original Italian coffee roasters, dating back more than 120 years). The bistro boasts a cosy indoor setting for those looking to huddle up to a cup of something delicious, while those who prefer al fresco dining may enjoy the delightfully green and lush, yet comfortably private, outdoor patio. Whatever your appetite, Café Royale certainly caters for many a palate. For reservations, contact +27 21 430 0500.
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Arderne Cork Oak (Cape Town) The Arderne Gardens were designed and built around a series of Japanese-style ponds and dams. This cork oak leans heavily as it extends halfway across one such pond.
We Are the Champions The Champion Trees of South Africa Text & Images ©Enrico & Erna Liebenberg
The recently published coffee table book Champion Trees of South Africa provides beautiful, full-colour photographs, text and accurate GPS co-ordinates of all of South Africa’s 75 Champion Trees, as well as the latest seven nominees, making this the perfect book for tree-lovers, conservationists, and anyone who believes in protecting South Africa’s natural heritage for future generations.
Paul Roos Gymnasium Trees (Stellenbosch) A cluster of very tall lemon-scented gum trees adorns the school grounds of The Paul Roos Gymnasium and date back to 1885.
The collection of Champion Trees is protected under the National Forests Act of South Africa. Yet no other record, apart from this book, exists with an extensive and complete collection of full-tree photographs of the natural and national tree heritage of this country, which deserves to be preserved for future generations to admire. When Enrico and Erna Liebenberg left their corporate careers in 2009, they had no intention of venturing into the world of professional photography. They wanted to follow their passion of travelling the continent, and only
subsequently expanded this passion to photographing the natural life they encountered. By coincidence they were drawn into the world of trees, discovering that South Africa has the only project on the continent that records and protects very large and very old trees by legislation. At first, they started photographing these giants â€“ some of which are as tall as 80 m and others that have a canopy spread of over 65 m â€“ simply to offer the custodian of the Champion Tree project a photographic record of the trees. They soon realised, however, that information about
Tsitsikamma Big Tree (Garden Route National Park) The Tsitsikamma Big Tree is said to be the most visited tree in the country. More than 80,000 people walk the winding forest boardwalk each year to see this Outeniqua yellowwood.
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Commonwealth Plantation (Haernertsburg) Three varieties of gum trees were planted on an eleven hectare plot in 1914. In 1939 the Commonwealth Forestry Commission held its annual conference in South Africa and was so impressed with the forest that it was dedicated to the Commonwealth Forestry Commission.
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Tim woke me up in the middle of the night. Curled up in my sleeping bag with only a shade cloth “tent” between us and the stars, the full moon illuminated the surrounding bush with a soft glow that made it possible to make out the trees and bushes surrounding our little camp. Raised up in the air on wooden platforms, we had an unimpeded view of the water hole. “Look!” he whispered, handing me the binoculars. There, around the waterhole, was a large herd of elephant, possibly 15 in total, shuffling and murmuring, quenching their thirst by the light of the moon. “I couldn’t not wake you up for that!” whispered Tim. And he was right. Watching those majestic animals from our little moonlit tent in the sky was one of the best bush experiences I have ever had. We had walked to the “sleep outs” the previous afternoon. Led in single file by our boisterous and authoritative guide, Bernard, rifle slung nonchalantly over his shoulder, we had strolled through the bush, our overnight packs on our backs and our eyes peeled for animals. Game viewing on foot is a totally different experience from doing so by vehicle. Everything is automatically more immediate, more tangible. The pungent smells of flowering potato bushes, fresh dung, and parched earth create heady aromas that are not whisked away by the wind whipping through an open-top 4x4. There is the satisfying crunch of dead grass under your feet and the opportunity to soak in the relative silence of the bush, with only the odd bird call, the buzz of insects or rustle of leaves to pierce the quiet. On foot, you are also afforded the opportunity to learn the intimate rituals of the bush. Dung and droppings and middens have their own stories to tell about which animals frequent that area, when they last passed by, and which ones are territorial. Paw prints in the sand – pointed out to us regularly by the guides – tell even more stories, and serve as a veritable newspaper gossip
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Discuss Your Plans With Your Insurance and Financial Services Providers An important place to start is to alert all of your insurers. This is not only necessary when you are travelling by car and perhaps need to alert your short-term insurer that you plan to cross the border, but it’s also important to alert your long-term insurer for your life and disability cover. While your life insurer may still provide cover for the country you travel to, it is important to let them know that you are travelling. This will help you to understand if your cover will be affected while you are away, or if any premium loadings apply for this period. Should a loading be applicable, it’s important to let your insurer know once you are back from holiday so that this loading will no longer be applied. And then, while discussing your holiday with your insurer, you should evaluate if you have the right cover in place to protect yourself, as well as your family. This is something that should be reviewed regularly, especially if any significant life changes have taken place, as your cover amount may not be as sufficient as when you initially purchased it.
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The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands has always had something of a magical feel to it. Pastoral scenes of rolling green hills dotted with wild flowers and large, established trees, under which lowing cows shelter from the midday sun, mixed with the wonderful creativity of the many artists, potters, leather and iron workers and other artisans who have chosen to set up their studios and workshops along the famed Midlands Meander route. In autumn, the Pin Oaks and Liquid Ambers cloak themselves in a blaze of vivid oranges, crimsons and yellows. In winter, the smell of wood smoke fills the air and with it comes the promise of cosy sofas and steaming hot drinks in front of the fire. Spring brings with it the evocative mists that steal in across the fields, adding an ethereal and mysterious quality to the landscape, while summer is a riot of lush green, the picture of abundance and fecundity. I cherished our trips to the Midlands for all of these reasons when I was a child, and allowed the landscape to fuel my imagination. For surely if fairies and dwarves were to choose to live anywhere, it would be here? As would the little woodland creatures from my story books – like little Granny Mouse. Granny Mouse’s Country House was thus a favourite venue. Its little, confusingly intertwined rooms – made cosy thanks to fireplaces, low ceilings, wood accents and tartan sofas – as well as its location, nestled on a little hillside overlooking a curve of the Lions River which sang as it gurgled over its pebbles, seemed the ideal place for a mouse to live. And to entertain, with some of the best cream teas on the Midlands. I didn’t know when I was a child that in fact the country house had been named after “Mouse” Poynton, one half of the husband and wife team who originally built the hotel (and who now run Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse, also in the Midlands). But irrespective of the origin of its name, this little B&B had a charm and a warm hospitality that made one want
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It is becoming increasingly difficult to find new places from which to explore South Africa’s exquisite natural beauty, especially so when one wants to combine it with a sporting activity. The Shayamanzi Houseboat experience offers it all – picturesque scenery, luxury, and the chance to snag an elusive tigerfish. World-renowned golfing legend, Jack Niklaus, once remarked: “There are always new places to go fishing. For any fisherman, there’s always a new place, always a new horizon.” True though this may be, finding those places is not always easy in a saturated tourism landscape. That makes our recent discovery of the Shayamanzi Houseboat experience all the more magnificent, as it offers the perfect synthesis of world-class luxury travel and an individually catered living experience, set within the splendid beauty of Northern KwaZulu-Natal. Traversing Lake Jozini (also known as Pongolapoort Dam), Shayamanzi I and Shayamanzi II are by far the best vantage
points from which one can enjoy the superb wildlife to be seen on the shores of this vast natural expanse. Lake Jozini is located close to the bustling town of Pongola, and is a comfortable, yet brisk drive – on relatively good roads – from either Johannesburg or Durban. Shayamanzi is launched from the jetty at the world-class Jozini Tiger Lodge, where there is ample secure parking and a shuttle that ferries you and your luggage to the shore. Once on board Shayamanzi Houseboat, guests can soak up the stunning scenery of the Lebombo Mountains and Pongola Game Reserve, and either enjoy calm serenity on the water or the thrill of Tiger fishing.
Meaning “to hit the water” in Zulu, the Shayamanzi experience is more than a trip on a boat on a lake. Shayamanzi II’s luxurious cabins, stylish upper deck bar and dining facility is a holiday haven for everyone, whether you are one of Mr Niklaus’ fishermen visiting the lake for the abundant fishing opportunities, or not. If attracting “tigers” on the fly is your game, then Jozini Lake is the place to be – in fact, it is the only place to be in South Africa to attract the striped “water dog”. Within minutes of boarding Shayamanzi II on our recent visit, both the experienced as well as the novice anglers in our group were bending their rods from either of Shayamanzi II’s three powered tender boats, as the “tigers” lit up the water surface. Situated in the heart of the Zulu Kingdom, with its rich heritage and natural beauty, Jozini Lake is fed by the Pongola River which is its only water source. Its extreme Northern tip creeps into Swaziland and the rest of the northern area and the entire western and southern banks are bordered by nature reserves. If you think fishing is best left to more experienced anglers, the surrounding Pongola Game Reserve and Phongolo Nature Reserve provide spectacular game viewing from the water’s edge. A large variety of wildlife can be viewed from the Shayamanzi decks or the tender boats, and even birders will find the area’s 350 species very enticing. Bush birds, raptors and water birds are plentiful, as are cormorants, herons, ducks, storks and many more. Shayamanzi I and Shayamanzi II were the first houseboats in South Africa and are designed to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience. Manned by experienced
staff and, in our case, the charming skipper, Bramson, a trip on a Shayamanzi is all about taking time out to appreciate the special wonders of the area in comfort and style. All meals served on board are prepared to the highest standards. A hearty breakfast will prepare you for the day’s many activities, while a sumptuous lunch is the perfect way to spend an early afternoon recalling the morning’s tall fishing tales. In the evenings, the on-board chef will prepare a stylish three-course dinner, or even a braai under the stars. The fully stocked bar is open until late, while bottomless tea and coffee is available all day, accompanied by freshly baked rusks or other treats. On-board accommodation is in one of ten cabins serviced daily by the deck hands. Six comfortable cabins are situated on the lower deck, and offer spectacular views of the surrounding Lebombo Mountains through large sliding doors that open onto the lake. The houseboats’ catamaran design allows for four more en-suite cabins – two per pontoon – each with generously sized windows. With all cabins occupied, Shayamanzi II can accommodate up to 20 passengers, while Shayamanzi I will easily quarter up to 12. Every Shayamanzi adventure is to be savoured and can be enjoyed by both young and old. Perfectly suited for corporate getaways or special family celebrations, the Lake Jozini experience on board Shayamanzi will change your perception of this local holiday and call you back to “hit the water” again and again. For more information on the Lake Jozini experience aboard Shayamanzi, visit www.shayamanzi.co.za.
So You Think You Can Skate? Thrashin’ Kimberley Text: Katie Bigelow Images © Rudi Jeggle & Sam Clark, courtesy of Kimberley Diamond Cup
This month, Kimberley hosts the Skateboarding World Championships. That’s right: Kimberley. In the Northern Cape. This grand prix of street skateboarding is the world’s richest skating competition, and attracts a phenomenal contingent of first-class athletes. The championship events form part of the Kimberley Diamond Cup (KDC). It is hosted at Kumba Skate Plaza, Africa’s finest skate park which was built not only to facilitate international competition, but to stimulate skateboarding as a sport for everyone. News on the street is that this month’s competitive skateboarding jamboree in Kimberley will attract the biggest international skating field in history. Organisers of the KDC anticipate that skaters from at least 50 countries will compete in the five World Championship events. Last year’s Cup drew 250 skateboarders from 38 countries, and saw Brazilian skater Kelvin Hoeffler win the World Champion street title, not to mention his share of the $500,000 prize money. It’s that incredible purse, in fact, that makes it possible for the Northern Cape capital to attract so many stellar athletes, ensuring that just about every serious street skater in South Africa endeavours to make the pilgrimage here, whether to participate or give support. “It’s the best skateboarding in the world,” says Andrew Nero, founder of Africa Skate, an online platform connecting skaters across the continent. “It rivals X Games and Street League, both massive international contests. Professionals are flown in from all over the world, and many of the world’s best amateurs compete. It’s amazing. “It’s the world’s biggest skateboarding competition with the highest purse,” says Marco Morgan, chairman of the National Skateboarding Federation. “I’ve been going since its inception. There’s such a buzz. It’s really catalytic and inspirational. Plus, there’s a full-year programme that goes to all the different cities, so it activates the culture and then brings it all together once a year.” The programme Morgan refers to is a series of KDC Grand Slam regional qualifiers that happen in four hubs, plus the outreach-style Skateboarding for Hope Tour which has 17 stops through the year, and actively works to introduce young
people – particularly underprivileged children – to the sport. “We visit different towns, many of which aren’t typically exposed to skateboarding,” says Markus Museler of Old School Productions, which manages all the events. “We get pro skateboarders to come on tour with us, and we do clinics with youths from underprivileged homes. They get skateboarding lessons as well as life skills lessons, plus a cool day out where they can watch a pro contest and get products from our sponsors. It’s all about showing them what’s possible with skateboarding. “Even in towns where there’d previously been no skating scene at all – places like Postmasburg, Kathu and De Aar – the impact over the four years since we began is very evident. We’re seeing many more youngsters on skateboards. We used to have 30 kids entering the competitions, now there are close to 150. There are youngsters who skated for the first time with us in 2011 who are now making it onto the podium, winning contests. That started with us giving them a board and an introductory clinic. And there are some who have progressed through the various levels of KDC and are competing internationally now.” Enthusiasm and interest generated by the touring arm of the Diamond Cup has also meant that new skate parks have been built in places like Springbok, Kuruman, De Aar and Upington. “Growing up, I had a board, but never did anything with it,” says Kuruman-born Erwin Lyon. “There was no skateboarding in Kuruman. Now that Kuruman has a skate park, there’s a community of active skaters.” Lyon, whose own interest in skateboarding was fuelled
First Page: Limit-pushing skateboarding champion Jono Schwan makes it look easy on the vert ramp at the 2014 Kimberley Diamond Cup. This Page Top: Youngsters discover a new way of expressing their freedom during a training session at the Upington leg of the KDC’s country-wide Skateboarding for Hope tour. This Page Bottom: Jubilation at the podium on the final day of the Kimberley Diamond Cup last year. Next Page: Brazilian pro skateboarder Sandro Dias executes a flawless backside air on the vert ramp at KDC 2014.
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Kimberley – is the way skateboarding is being used as a way of uplifting the local community. “Before the Diamond Cup, there might have been five skateboarders in Kimberley,” says Nero. “Now there are hundreds. Many of them don’t have skateboards or shoes, but at Kumba they’ll be loaned a skateboard and have free access to skate. They draw children from the local townships and get them skateboarding. They’re equipping the community with all they need to get into the sport.” Managing Kumba for the last three years has been young Ohio-born skateboarder, Mike “Chinner” Koroczynsky, whose primary role is to mentor the youngsters who come to the park. “We run a monthly programme of competitions, weekly skating lessons and skateboarding clinics for the community,” he says, “and we’ve been involved with local government working with disadvantaged youths, and children with mental disabilities. We’re actively drawing attention to skateboarding, promoting it as something for young people to do, other than getting involved in drugs and other antisocial activities.
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by the Skateboarding for Hope Tour, is now assistant manager at Kumba Skate Plaza, Kimberley’s state-of-theart skate park where the KDC is hosted. Lyon explains that, back in 2010, Northern Cape government officials went to the USA looking for sports events to fit into a plan to transform their province into South Africa’s “extreme destination”. There, they identified skateboarding as a sport with development potential, and made a deal to bring an American skateboarding contest – then known as the Maloof Money Cup – to Kimberley. In order to facilitate the competition, California Skateparks was commissioned to design and build a world class skating facility. “It cost R5 million, and it’s the best in Africa,” says Nero. “It’s beautiful. Absolutely smooth, perfectly level, and it doesn’t chip.” Plus it’s got the biggest ramp on the continent. “Just dropping in on the Kimberley vert(ical) ramp is the most insane feeling you could ever imagine”. Aside from its glorious design and functionality, though, perhaps the real triumph of Kumba Skate Plaza – and the most satisfying side-effect of the Diamond Cup being hosted in
“I’m here primarily to motivate these youngsters to continue skating and help them with their attitude, keep them grounded, teach them life lessons. We get on average around 600 to 1,000 children per week and many more during school holidays. Almost 95 % of them come from disadvantaged areas, and they come every day. For a lot of them it’s an escape, but for some of them, it’s their life.” According to Tim McFerrin, president of the World Skateboarding Federation, the Diamond Cup has played a significant role in the dramatic rise in popularity of skateboarding in South Africa in recent years. “The explosion of skateboarding in South Africa is something we’ve tried to orchestrate,” he says. “When we first brought the competition to South Africa, skateboarding wasn’t in the top 20 preferred sports, but in an economic study we conducted last year, skateboarding was the third most popular, behind soccer and rugby. “South Africa probably isn’t among the world’s top five skateboarding countries yet, but I bet you it’s close,” says McFerrin. “Yahoo Sports called South Africa an emerging market for skateboarding two years ago. I think it’s going to be a hotbed. There are now 11 other African countries that will be able to participate in the Skateboarding World Championships in October, and that’s phenomenal. Nobody knows how good these skateboarders will be, but the mere experience will help grow skateboarding across the continent. I think everything we’ve done in South Africa serves as a model for the rest of the world.”
The Kimberley Diamond Cup will take place from 7th to 10th October at Kumba Skate Plaza in Kimberley. Visit kimberleydiamondcup.com for more information.
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Dreams Fulfilled Luvo Ntezo Luvo Ntezo – Head Sommelier at the prestigious One&Only Resort in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town – joins us to engage in a dialogue about his life, his undying love for his children, family and best friend, and his many dreams that are now reality. Text: Sarah-Claire Picton Images © Supplied Luvo Ntezo does not compromise on who he is. This is an individual who lives true to what you’ll read on his Twitter description, which he repeats to me: “Character is who you are when no one is watching.” There is no hiding behind closed doors for Luvo Ntezo. He is consistent in his honesty, integrity, humility and passion. His first job as a pool porter at Steenberg Estate was also his unofficial introduction to the world of wines by Steenberg’s wine-maker, John Loubser. But it was at the Twelve Apostles Hotel in Cape Town where his nowfamous nose made some noise. Luvo, a dishwasher at the hotel at that time, was given the opportunity to taste a new wine, and, after a thorough sniff, he was able to tell that the wine was corked. Highly impressed by this remarkable smelling ability, the hotel sent Luvo to study at the Cape Town Wine Academy. The wheel of life soon kicked it up a notch and “Luvo Ntezo” became a name that everyone wanted to get a taste of. During his six years at the Twelve Apostles he won various awards, including South African Sommelier of the Year in 2008. In 2011 Luvo was appointed Head Sommelier at the One&Only, where he has racked up a further spate of awards. It hasn’t all been smooth sailing, though. 2013 was a watershed in Luvo’s life: “I went to a private clinic and said: ‘I have an eating disorder and a drinking problem.’” He is proud of the changes he has since made in his life, and while it was an “extremely difficult, painful, emotional journey – it was an enlightening experience nonetheless. I did (and still don’t) regret that I had an eating disorder and a drinking problem, but chose to embrace the fact that I could see my problems from a different angle, and accept help, accept change, and say ‘this will be me’.”
There might have been expectations for him to keep these challenges to himself, but Luvo held his head high and chose the path of honesty: “I am going to build dignity in my life, and I did.” His eyes do not look down, his guard is not up. “We all have our own lives, we all have our different ideas of how we want things to be done in our lives. You cannot be a principle authority of life, and once we realise that, we start to live on our own terms.” Luvo admits to being quite a workaholic, and is highly passionate about his job, where he spends time doing various wine-related activities, such as regular drives to wine farms to discover new wines. Away from the “wine world”, he loves hiking, with Skeleton Gorge being his all-time favourite hike. Snakes also come up on his “love list”, as does conversing in debates with very smart people – “not emotionally driven debates, but thoughtful, important, life conversations.” He loves watching tennis, PGA championships, and learning things he does not know – his most recent being chess, which his son is teaching him to play. We reflect on the different dreams he had growing up: “To live in a decent house and eat a plate of food and be full.” As he grew, so too did his dreams: “Driving a convertible with the rooftop down, on my own, and listening to Meat Loaf.” Luvo eventually went on to live this dream, and many others. “I am happy with my life, I am completely satisfied with everything I have, and satisfied with all the errors I have made – every single mistake I ever made in life – as they have shaped who I am.” His best friend, who is a waiter he has known for several years, is spoken about with such reverence. He is referred to as the welcomed “home-invader” who is there to misbehave (as best friends do!) and tips Luvo with priceless advice: “‘Luvo, if they offer you a drink, just say: ‘Not anymore.’ And trust me, they should appreciate never having seen you drunk!” He knows his challenges, his weaknesses and his
strengths – they travel to wine farms together for tastings – and they laugh about the past. There are so many dreams that have come true for Luvo Ntezo. 2015, however, has been an especially good year for him. “I saw something I have always wanted to see. I saw a memory of my mother honoured and embraced through my daughter.” She is also named after his mother (Krjstina Mbali). “We are not Zulu, but Mbali in Zulu means ‘a flower’ or ‘a rose’, and Mbali in Xhosa means ‘legacy’. When I saw my daughter I knew that I would love, honour, embrace and cherish her – for as long as I cherish the memory of my mother.” Another dream that has also come true for Luvo is the ability to say: “I still cherish my childhood dream, every day – to have a plate of food, on my own, and eat until I cannot finish it because I am full. I now live that dream.” It was also a dream for Luvo to finally be comfortable with who he is, which he feels is one of the most challenging things in life,– the ability to “be who we are”. As someone who has been all over the world, the words he follows resonate even more deeply: “We travel the world, going to new places and discovering new things, having this vast information about the world, and yet we don’t take the time to travel ourselves, and access that knowledge of ourselves.” Luvo is proud to have reached a point when he can say: “This is the new me. I am willing to learn and discover new things, and to have a job that I serve with integrity, passion, and love. I am excited to be here every single day. It is so effortless to be here, I do not see it as a job, it is part of my life.” And finally, to hear the words, said to him by his sons: “We love you, Dad, and you look much better now that you do not drink anymore.” He pauses, and then adds one more: “I guess it is also one of my dreams to sit here, and do an interview, but not fake my identity.”
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Lawhill Luxury Apartments in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront has recently been voted “Africa’s Leading Serviced Apartments” in the 2015 World Travel Awards – recognised globally as the most prestigious, comprehensive and sought after awards programme in the travel and tourism industry. The award winners were unveiled at the Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2015 held at the Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare on 20th June. Lawhill was singled out as the winner in this category for its five-star accommodation mix, superlative concierge service and idyllic setting at Cape Town’s buzzing Waterfront. The Africa winners now move forward to the Grand Final in Morocco later in the year. Overlooking Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront marina, Lawhill offers travellers a taste of luxury living at the “hottest address in Cape Town”. It’s the ideal base from which to explore the Mother City and all it has to offer, with easy access to the Waterfront’s shopping malls, the Aquarium and other exciting entertainment venues. Guests at Lawhill can enjoy elegant accommodation with a real “home-awayfrom-home” feel, while enjoying complete privacy. Large, exclusive balconies and patios afford breathtaking views of the marina, the canal and the adjacent One&Only Hotel where Lawhill guests have direct access to the hotel’s facilities, including its award-winning spa and restaurants, while some
of Cape Town’s finest nightspots and restaurants are within easy walking distance. A dedicated reception desk, concierge service, daily housekeeping and 24-hour security ensure that guests are left wanting for nothing. Lounge at your leisure around your private pool, walk to some of Cape Town’s famous restaurants, head out for some serious retail therapy, or invite family and friends for dinner served on your own private patio. Children are welcome at Lawhill, and babysitting services may be arranged to give Mom and Dad some well-deserved time out. Lawhill comprises of 28 spacious one-, two-, and threebedroom apartments, and two three-bedroom penthouses, each of which are elegantly furnished, offering world-class hospitality and services. Each apartment features a fully equipped kitchen, dining area and open plan lounge, with complimentary tea and coffee facilities, air conditioning and Wi-Fi access. Several apartments boast private plunge pools, while five pools on the estate are available for the enjoyment of all guests. Lawhill Luxury Apartments are simply the ultimate place to stay and enjoy Cape Town at its best!
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Breaking Cycles of Violence – One Wave at a Time Waves For Change Text: Julie Graham Images © Hannah Maule-ffinch & Waves for Change
The idea that experiencing the ocean on a surfboard can be beneficial to both one’s physical and mental health should not come as a surprise to anyone who has experienced the joys of surfing. Studies have proven surfing not only has the ability to improve a person’s mood, but it can also alleviate stress and depression. Surfing has been used around the world as a way to help individuals cope with mental and physical illness and, in 2011, this concept was introduced in South Africa in the form of Waves For Change, an initiative that uses surfing to provide therapeutic benefits to youngsters in some of Cape Town’s most unstable and violent communities.
The program’s founder, Tim Conibear, is extremely passionate about the cause, and has grown the organisation into an award winning surf therapy initiative that reaches around 250 young people each week, and is making huge developments in implementing change in individuals and communities alike. Targeting areas in and around Cape Town which are known to have some of the highest instances of violence around the world, Waves For Change is committed to their aim of stabilising young adults impacted by emotional and physical trauma in order to increase their long-term prospects for social acceptance and inclusion. Areas in which the program is active at the moment are Masiphumelele (launched in September 2011), Khayelitsha (launched in July 2012) and Lavender Hill (launched in September 2014). Young people from these areas face regular exposure to both community as well as domestic violence, which adds to the existing stress caused by the social impact of poverty.
With over 150,000 active gang members, Cape Town is one of South Africa’s most violent cities. Young South Africans from violent communities where gangs run rampant and poverty is a very real problem, experience up to 15 traumatic incidents a year, compared to their UK or US counterparts who are said to only experience between three and five in a lifetime. This kind of continuous trauma has a massive effect on the way youngsters behave, learn, and respond to their environments. Perpetuating cycles of violence, engaging in high-risk behaviour (mostly sexual) and poor attendance at school are all commonplace, and just add to the instances of social exclusion that take place as a result. Conibear, originally from Oxford in the UK, has been passionate about surfing for years and wholeheartedly believes in the psychological benefits of being in the water. After studying, he started working at the Harlyn Surf School in Cornwall, where he was first exposed to the notion that positive social and mental development could come from
surfing. This was made even more evident in his work with mentally handicapped children from a nearby school. After a few trips to South Africa, he started taking youngsters from the local townships with him to the beach to surf. He quickly found that the bond formed between them was unbreakable, and that their response was something that could not be ignored. With the assistance of Waves For Change co-founders, Apish Tshetsha and Bongani Ndlovu, they developed the programme in Masiphumelele township and started getting more and more kids into the water. Surfing is a sport that requires time, patience, perseverance, and commitment to learning. It is not an easy feat. The rewards, however, are enormous, and the idea of proving to yourself that you can achieve goals that at some point you didn’t believe were attainable, creates a sense of self-worth – something most of the youngsters from these violent communities lack. Waves For Change has created and developed a unique form of therapy which combines surfing with humanistic and cognitive behavioural approaches designed specifically for youths who have learning and behavioural problems (often due to exposure to emotional and psychological trauma). The
surfing coaches are often from the same communities as the kids and have been trained specifically to become mentors, and even to deliver basic counselling. This not only provides job opportunities, but also introduces vital skills into communities that are heavily under-resourced. From Tuesday to Saturday, Waves For Change takes youths – who have been specifically chosen by teachers and social workers – out to nearby beaches to spend time in the water with them. The response to such a dramatic change in environment, as well as the one-on-one attention given to each of the children, creates a sense of hope that inspires them to keep coming back week after week. Positive changes can be seen in their school attendance and their grades, as well as in general changes in lifestyle, such as choosing to opt out of the gang culture. 18-year-old Lwandile Mntanywa is one example of a success story. Growing up in an abusive home and being exposed to violence regularly from a young age resulted in Mntanywa developing acute symptoms of anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder. He started surfing with Waves For Change when he was 14 years old, and is no longer part of a
gang, his grades have improved, and he is on track to graduate soon. His newly found passion for surfing has helped him to deal with his past. “Your past doesn’t go away, man. It’s always on your mind. But when I’m on the beach, I always think about the waves,” he says. Mntanywa, who couldn’t even swim before joining the Waves For Change program, is now a qualified lifeguard and works at Camps Bay Beach. Waves For Change is making remarkable strides in implementing change in these violent communities and, since their inception in 2011, they now have a collection of mental health and developmental professionals, as well as an evergrowing team of trainee auxiliary youth care workers – who also surf. This program is a massively positive step in changing the cycles of violence in communities where violence is rife and the opportunities for success are rare. Conibear and his team are doing incredible work, and the positivity they are inspiring in the youth of this country is remarkable. For more information on this incredible project, and to find out how you can get involved by sponsoring a project, donating, or simply surfing, go to www.waves-for-change.org.
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The first thing that struck us about “Gabs” was the friendly people. Everyone seems happy and relaxed. Gaborone is such a dichotomy. It boasts a very modern and clever urban design, with increasing international corporate investment and economic growth, while still having a wonderfully laid-back African vibe that makes it a wonderful spot to visit. So whether you are visiting for business, or using Gaborone as an entry point to the game reserves in the north, make sure to spend some time in this fascinating city. AVANI Gaborone Hotel and Casino
Centrally located and the perfect base for business or exploring, the AVANI Gaborone Hotel and Casino (formally known as the Gaborone Sun) was a welcome spot of luxury after our family’s two weeks of camping in the north of Botswana. Enjoying a welcome drink near the sparkling pool, we were impressed with the staff, who were welcoming and helpful. And they certainly had their hands full – the hotel was at capacity, hosting many of the golfers
participating in the Nomads National Tournament held at the neighbouring Gaborone Golf Club. Hotel visitors enjoy a complementary round of golf, too, so we will need to plan more time for that the next time we visit. We were happy to relax in the well-appointed suites and while away a few hours on the sun loungers around the pool. For the more energetic, there’s a gym, as well as tennis and squash courts, which are needed to work off all the eating and drinking you’ll be enjoying in any of the hotel’s three restaurants. We enjoyed a special dinner at the more upmarket and very elegant
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Gabarone city skyline Mahogany’s Restaurant, with a three-course meal and five-star service. After dinner, our teenagers retired to their rooms to enjoy the hotel’s free Wi-Fi, while my husband and I tried our hand at the tables and slot machines in the casino. For more information, contact +267 395 1111 or email email@example.com.
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I recently embarked on a solo road-trip from Johannesburg to Cape Town. With 1,400 km to cover in the space of two days and no one to keep me company, I approached friends for advice on forms of entertainment for the journey. Someone said: “You should download some podcasts.” Podcasts? My ignorance had led me to believe that this form of audio media was reserved solely for people who found long-winded educational talks a source of “entertainment”. I was so wrong.
Since its inception in the mid-90’s, the Internet has evolved at the speed of light. Suddenly, the whole world seems smaller. The information super-highway is being infiltrated with massive amounts of data every second and a global revolution continues to take place every day. Podcasts are a big part of this revolution. I decided to chat to two “podcast aficionados” about the onset of podcasts, and pick their brains for some insider information: Brett Rogers, presenter, developer and co-founder of the Balcony Sessions podcast; and Sean Drummond, screenwriter, filmmaker, international coordinator of Shnit International Short Film Festival and co-founder of Space Life (and Other Dumb Ideas) online radio show and podcast Julie Graham (JG): What is a podcast? Brett Rogers (BR): I would hesitate to give a final definition, but the way I see it podcasts are an equal opportunity digital broadcasting format, allowing anyone to create audio on topics that that they wish to talk about or music that they wish to share. Podcasts are the great equaliser… cheap to make, easy to download, personally curated programming. Sean Drummon (SD): Sheesh, that is an interesting question. The easy answer is that it’s on-demand radio content that people can access in their own time, own space, and in different forms like music, arts, talk, comedy. But it’s more than that, I think. It’s an exciting new medium that is pretty expansive in its reach – from academics, education, hard-hitting audio documentary and investigative reporting, to storytelling and pure expression. JG: When did you start developing an interest in podcasts? How were you introduced to them? BR: I started getting interested about seven years ago when I got
bored on iTunes and was looking for new music to listen to. In the end I landed up abandoning the idea of listening to music and found comedy, science and education instead. SD: I actually started off listening to obscure music podcasts from Europe and Japan, as well as film-related and screenwriting podcasts. And got deeper into it from there – science and tech is an interest, so a lot of those. And humour. It actually probably started off with an interest in Internet radio in general, talk formats and really good international programming. And that live format evolved into podcasting. JG: Tell me a bit about your podcasts? BR: The Balcony Sessions started about four months ago, and is an interview style podcast where James de Rothschild and I interview
Brett • WTF with Marc Maron • Caustic Soda • Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History • 99% Invisible • Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank Sean • Radiolab • The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith • WTF with Marc Maron • The Moth • This American Life
interesting people about their lives. We don’t take much interest in their work, but rather who they are, and what their philosophies on life are. It’s one hour long, casual and enjoyable. SD: Myself and the Space Life crew knew we wanted to do a talk show that was irreverent, and as closet geeks this was the best place to get together to talk about science, pop-culture and the things we love. We’re the open-minded idiot in the room, and our guests are experts in their fields who open up new worlds of knowledge to us and the audience in an informal, funny forum. And over the years a greater narrative has developed, where really the show is trying to dig into the nature of humans, modern life, who/what we are and where we are going. One of the reviews we got on iTunes was something along the lines of “pretty funny, kinda dumb, but really kinda smart.” I like that.
interesting international guests. In South Africa, I think I’d like to hear something more socially and even politically engaged. I’d like to hear some great local music podcasts and some narrative stuff too. I’ve heard rumours that the band Mr Cat & the Jackal are working on a narrative musical radio drama series. How cool would that be? If they aren’t doing it, they should. Hear that? You should!
Download the Balcony Sessions on http://thebalconysessions. libsyn.com/. Listen to ‘Space Life & Other Dumb Ideas’ on Mondays from 19h00 to 21h00 CAT on Assemblyradio.com, and the podcast a week later on iTunes, Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/lalela-audio) and all good podcast platforms. Or visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/ spacelifeandotherdumbideas.
JG: Why should people listen to podcasts? BR: Imagine you can listen to whatever you want, whenever you want. That’s why. SD: So many reasons... entertainment, education, accessibility, the fact that there’s so much good stuff out there, there’s something for you no matter what your interests are. And there’s a world’s worth of content, too. We’re not restricted by borders, maybe language, but not geography. We’ve got listeners in 146 countries! I don’t even know who’s listening to us in Vietnam or Afghanistan, but someone is! It’s mad. JG: What would you like to hear more of? BR: I’d like to hear people whose taste in music I respect make podcasts. I think it’s probably very difficult, though, considering copyright laws. Until that changes, I don’t have much hope. SD: Probably more South African podcasts in general, or maybe more international collaboration podcasts – we don’t need to restrict to our own regions content-wise, we’ve had some really
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Often there is almost no better way to discover the beauties of one’s own country than by venturing out onto the road on a good day with nothing but good company and a trusty vehicle. The new Opel Mokka, the brand’s first ever compact SUV, has been receiving unprecedented acclaim around the globe, and we were lucky enough to be able to head out with this “new German” on a road trip stretching all the way from Cape Town to the majestic landscape of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Taking on such a long road trip over a period of five days is quite challenging, so we took off early on the first morning to complete the longest stretch of the drive, all the way to the small town of Kakamas in the Northern Cape – a good 850 km. After a journey of about 12 hours, which included stopping at all the little gems along the way, we arrived at our accommodation for the evening, Vergelegen Guesthouse, which is ideally situated on the N14 in the small town of Kakamas. The guesthouse, located on the banks of the Orange River, is perfect for visitors who are stopping over en route to a further destination. We were tired, of course, but the Mokka makes even the long stretches on the dreary N7 seem less tedious, thanks to features such as cruise control, an IntelliLink infotainment system, and
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The next morning, following a lovely rest, we gave ourselves a bit of a break and only took to the road midmorning for our final destination. A mere four hours later, we arrived in a land of seemingly endless sand dunes, dotted with shrubs and blackthorn trees as far as the eye could see, as well as the entrance of Kgalagadi Lodge, where we were due to spend the next few days. Situated in the beautiful landscape of the Kalahari Desert, right where South Africa meets Botswana, the range of activities in the Kgalagadi area are abundant – we never could have imagined the desert would have this much to offer. With a hands-on, hospitable approach, the owners of the lodge – the Koortzens – had planned a lovely itinerary for our threeday stay, which of course included the stand-out reason one visits Kgalagadi Lodge: to experience the beautiful Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. On our last morning in the Kgalagadi we visited several San cultural villages en route to the lesser known Kanoneiland (which is the largest inhabited island in South Africa) via Upington, where we truly discovered a gem in the African Vineyard Guest Farm – an absolute must-visit for anyone travelling through this area. Opel’s 1.4-litre turbocharged engine, which powers all four derivatives of the Mokka, is sturdy, and makes overtaking on
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Saving for retirement is one of the most important things you can do throughout your life. Unfortunately, many leave this critical financial objective to the last minute, scrambling to ensure that they have enough funds to retire comfortably. Below, we look at some of the issues you need to keep in mind when saving for your golden years. Indwe 93
While you should effectively take advantage of the benefit of compound interest while retirement is still far off – compound interest is when interest earned on the money you save accrues interest itself, thus essentially causing your funds to snowball – there are many other factors to be aware of when planning your retirement. It is also vital you choose the right savings vehicle to suit your needs. Jeanette Marais, Director of Distribution and Client Service at Allan Gray, says: “When investing for retirement, it is important to plan for future increases in prices and future increases in your standard of living. “Price inflation is a general increase in prices and a corresponding fall in the purchasing power of your money. Salary increases that keep pace with price inflation allow you to maintain a fixed standard of living over time. However, salary increases that exceed price inflation may increase your standard of living and therefore your cost of living. You can think of this as ‘lifestyle inflation’, which is the increase in your standard of living over time.” She says that as you become accustomed to a certain lifestyle, you will need to increase your retirement savings to maintain this standard of living, or otherwise risk spending far beyond what your retirement savings will allow. Another factor you need to keep in mind is market volatility, as this can affect the longevity of your savings. While market volatility is to be expected – it is a normal part of investing – it is something you need to take into account and effectively combat to ensure optimal performance of your retirement vehicle. “To achieve above-inflation [real] returns, you need to be comfortable taking on some risk. History has shown that over the long term, equities provide the best return. While returns do not come in a straight line, fluctuations smooth out over time. If you invest in equities, you need to be comfortable with a bumpy ride,” says Marais. Spreading your risk by investing in various sectors and industries will ensure you are adequately equipped to tackle market volatility. Says Mark Lapedus, Head of Product Development at Liberty Investments: “Market conditions in general have an impact on all investments, including retirement savings. Inflation will contribute to the client’s income goal increasing over time, and market volatility will affect the value of the savings and, as a result, the benefit that this can produce. “Having said that, this is not necessarily a bad thing – consider a client who only invests in cash where the volatility is very low. He will probably have a worse outcome over the long term, compared with a client in a portfolio that can produce returns ahead of inflation, even if the portfolio is volatile.”
Keep in mind, says Braam Fouché, a financial adviser at PSG Wealth, that investment returns are a net result of asset allocation – your choice of assets – less fees. He says you need to “ensure your savings vehicles are costeffective, completely transparent and reviewed regularly, with a clear indication of contributions, costs and returns. Some companies furnish you with an elaborate annual statement that includes all but your real results.” It’s never too late to save. Ensure your financial independence during retirement by starting today. Do this by consulting a financial adviser and looking into savings vehicles. Says Fouché: “Through careful planning and allocating your capital to diverse assets, you can achieve a comfortable retirement. Savings are not only the fixed debit-order or employment-based retirement plan you sign up for, but also the assets you acquire along the way, like property and equity. The combination of these plus personal savings and employment-based savings should be focused collectively to generate this exact result [a comfortable retirement].”
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The South African freelance workforce continues to expand, with pioneering minds that fill up cafes, bistros, and bars – working, networking, and interacting with one another and their environment. If you are a freelancer in search of the ultimate work space, here are some of the crucial elements to factor in: free Wi-Fi, iEverything-accessibility, a friendly vibe, energy-boosting and affordable menu options, large cappuccinos, beer and creativity on tap. Inspired spaces are not a formula you find online, and stimulation can be found in many forms, and from the most unlikely of places.
Work-Friendly Jaunts in Joburg Colleen Balchin of Broaden A New Sound kicks off this freelance tour with highlights on where to go to be inspired when you’re freelancing in the City of Gold. As the second oldest bar in Johannesburg (launched in 1906), Kitchener’s on 71 Juta Street deserves a spot on the list. Okay, so there’s no Wi-Fi, but it’s an institution and cannot be left out! Go there for socialising, networking, DJs on decks,
food in the belly, and familiar faces. Situated in Randburg, Warm & Glad is a neighbourhood café and bistro that’s a favourite among those in this northern suburb, and serves culinary comfort with a Portuguese and Asian influence. Father Coffee on 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein, is a roastery and espresso bar and makes the list too, but get there early to secure your spot. Also, the coffee is really strong, so if you’re writing an action movie it’s perfect. POST, also in Braamfontein, has a wide menu, gentle cappuccinos, and an outside bench. Vovo Telo in Norwood has a great vibe, while Motherland Coffee Company in Braamfontein and Rosebank are good for quick in and out stops.
Freelance Havens in Durban Katherine Kali of Bad Yogi takes over as we move east to the warm waters of welcoming Durban. Two favourites when it comes to shared workspaces are Green Door on Cato Road, and Open Plan Studios on
First Page: With a bar as well stocked as this, who wouldn’t want to spend some “working” time at Clarke’s. This Page: Clarke’s offers enticing green spaces, a view of popular Bree Street and the perfect cup of creamy coffee. Next Two Pages: Durban’s The Glenwood Bakery is famous for its homemade breads, weekend Eggs Benedict and of course spaces to get your creative juices flowing.
Station Drive. If we’re talking work and Wi-Fi-friendly, The Glenwood Bakery (www.glenwoodbakery.co.za) is Durban’s highlight, and Adam Robinson, “the hands behind the bakery”, is known to take his Hollandaise sauce very seriously which can you experience firsthand if you order the Eggs Benedict (available only on Saturdays and Sundays). This is very much a café and not a restaurant, with a small, ever changing, menu which is a tribute to simplicity. Other inspiring spaces include The Factory Café in Umbilo, where they have been serving coffee and putting smiles on faces since 2011, as well as The Coffee Tree.
Creative Corners in Cape Town Cape Town-based freelance photographer Wikus de Wet gets in front of the lens to offer insight on the best spots you can visit in the Mother City. Arnolds on Kloof Street has the best breakfast special in town before 07h00, while Honest Chocolate on Wale Street and Vovo Telo on Kloof Street both offer tasty treats in a conveniently central location. No parking fees in Kloof Street is also a major bonus for those looking to churn out maximum hours of work!
While it may not be a Wi-Fi-friendly café, or a café at all, De Waal Park is a relaxing outdoor place in which to do admin, especially on a lovely day when there are always dogs running around to cheer you up… Stop off at the Engen on Orange Street and get some fruit and a snack before you, err, “park off”. Clarke’s Bar & Dining Room on Bree Street offers refreshing homemade lemonade to keep you focused. Over the next few months, the space at the back of Clarke’s will also see some changes to make it more conducive to a work and meeting environment during the day, while still offering great food, including our current favourite: smoked tomato soup and grilled cheese. The Power & Glory on Kloof Nek Road in Tamboerskloof, Field Office in Woodstock, The Woodstock Exchange, and Yours Truly on Kloof Street also make our list for great spaces to get your creative juices flowing. Uplifting energy is infectious, and it is especially important when it comes to your work environment. The “new” workspace is dynamic and layered with unique factors – from technology and the architecture to familiar faces and the flavours of freshly baked homemade bread. These are the spaces that create a platform where we can harvest fresh ideas and positively challenge outdated ones.
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In a country that is passionate about sport, the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum displays the full story of rugby in South Africa. Sport is close to many a South African’s heart. Soccer, rugby, cricket, athletics, among any number of other sporting codes, get the adrenaline racing and the heart pounding. The nation takes immense pride in its sportsmen and -women, many of whom excel in their fields. Now South Africa’s love for rugby has expanded into the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum in Cape Town. “We’re proud of our sport and our heritage, so we wanted to take that out to the public and let people get close to it,” Andy Colquhoun, the general manager of corporate affairs at the South African Rugby Union (Saru), told Cape Town Magazine about the museum.
Wild Excitement A world away from the stuffy houses of historical facts and figures of old, a huge lure for visitors to the rugby museum is the high level of interactivity. “It delivers a technology-driven ‘wow’
experience for visitors, combining iconic objects, interactive games and a rich audio-visual component to tell South Africa’s story through the eyes of its most powerful sport.” “As you enter through the Springbok tunnel, moving shadows of players walking beside you, you’re plunged head first into the experience,” reads Cape Town Magazine. “A crowd cheers overhead, and a giant screen shows rugga (rugby) action before you.” Colquhoun said that the “big goal was to have wild excitement and movement and colour, not something static. It’s much more than just display cases and text.” He described the experience as immersive. Travel blogger Tamlyn Amber also praised the interactivity of the museum: “There are even fun, rugby ball-shaped facts (which you flip up to read the answer) dotted here and there, that all serve to make for a more enjoyable and engaging experience. This is the perfect example of a modern museum.”
The Good and the Bad The museum contains a host of artefacts that commemorate rugby’s highlights. Think of the boots Joel Stransky wore when he kicked that famous drop goal; the flag signed by the entire squad when they played New Zealand in 1937; and the No. 6 jersey Francois Pienaar wore in the 1995 World Cup. On the other hand, it also keeps in mind the darker aspects of rugby – how it was once used as a force of division. “The exhibit effectively weaves together the traditional account of white rugby with the often ignored tale of the development of black and coloured rugby before unity in 1992. So, even those who think they’re the ultimate fan are likely to learn about a side to the game they never knew existed,” says Cape Town Magazine.
Recognition and Reception In 2014, the museum was nominated for the International Award in the UK’s Museum and Heritage Awards. “Visited the museum on our trip from New Zealand,” wrote Brian Damon on the museum’s Facebook page. “What a spectacular experience. Everything was so impressive and made me very nostalgic. This is a must to see for overseas visitors. Keep up the good work.” The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum is open from 10h00 to 18h00 every day except for Christmas Day. For more information, visit www.sarugby.net/springbok-museum.
The Rugby World Cup In 1995, South Africa was basking in its new democracy, with Nelson Mandela as its first democratically elected president. During the same year, it also hosted rugby’s biggest event, the World Cup, which became a necessary unifying force for a nation recuperating from years of segregation. At the final between South Africa and New Zealand in Johannesburg, Mandela wore the Springbok jersey of the team captain, Francois Pienaar, a white Afrikaner. They embraced, and that image became a symbolic gesture of racial reconciliation. It was met with a joyous uproar from the packed stadium. At the end of the tournament South Africa walked away with the ultimate prize, the Webb Ellis Cup. The Springboks once again hoisted the trophy in 2007 after beating England 15 – 6 in a hard fought match, and they are hoping to make it third time lucky at the tournament this year, which will run until 1st November. All eyes will be on the Boks as the tournament unfolds, and the nation will watch with bated breath to see if the boys in green and gold can once again bring home the prize.
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Each year the month of October is dedicated to raising awareness about mental health and reducing the stigma that people with mental illness are often subjected to. But is 30 days really enough? Statistics raise a red flag about the mental health of South Africans. What Do the Statistics Say? The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that depression will become the leading cause of disability worldwide by 2030. The statistics about the state of South Africans’ mental health are sobering and reflect these global trends. According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), as many as one in six South Africans live with anxiety, depression or substance-abuse problems. These figures do not include more serious conditions such as Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia.
Earlier this year a study by health and economic research company, Hexor, revealed that 24% of South Africa’s workforce had been diagnosed with depression in the past 12 months. The research focussed on people between the ages of 18 and 64, ranging from support staff to executive level employees. Tienie Stander, CEO of Hexor, explains that the aim of the study was not to determine the cause of the participants’ depression, but to understand just how serious the problem is. The study found that skills, field of expertise, job ranking or income bracket did not play
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pasco Invest in 1,000Ha property with a 10-sleeper lodge, within a pristine 5000Ha wildlife estate on the North Eastern slopes of the Waterberg Mountains in Limpopo. Perched in a valley on the upper slopes of the main river flowing through the property the lodge is an ideal retreat, offering generous space, privacy and an entertainers dream braai area. This secluded African paradise boasts habitat to a wide variety of animals and more than 300 bird species, as well as reptiles, insects and 1656 flora species. Your soul will find rest in the gentle morning breeze, whilst relaxing on the deck of your spacious 5 en-suite bedroom thatch house, built among beautiful African trees canvassed with breath-taking views. One main and three smaller seasonal rivers flow through this mountainous property, offering enticing ponds for swimming, or simply spending time relaxing watching the sun set from countless viewpoints or enjoy some cycling, running or hiking. The property has a resident manager with staff and includes five owners each holding title to 1,000Ha with fully embedded traversing rights (except lodge areas). Included in this piece of paradise, you will find a swimming pool, workshops in a common area, along with a guest lodge and camps for use by owners.
This 1,000Ha property is on offer for R9.8m (excluding vat and moveableâ€™s). Owner will consider syndication subject to sufficient interest from buyers. Contact owner on 083-251 4661.
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Gadgets Darkly Desirable Express your dark side with a stripped out Harley-Davidson Iron 883 or Forty-Eight, the newest additions to the Harley Dark Custom range. Start with a dark canvas. Add horsepower and soul. Then make it your own as part of your quest to find freedom and self-expression. Both the 2016 Iron 883 and Forty-Eight motorcycles are hard-nosed machines that offer an authentic, affordable experience to a new generation of riders. Forged, pressed, and machined to minimalist perfection, the Iron 883 and Forty-Eight models balance function with style that can stand on its own or spark a fire of custom inspiration. “With Dark Custom, we embrace the beauty of the basic motorcycle structure,” says HarleyDavidson Styling Director, Brad Richards. “Dark Custom reaches back to our styling roots, but also invites the rider to move forward, to make the Dark Custom motorcycle his or her own.” // www.H-D.com
For the Ride of Your Life The new TomTom Rider is designed to make every motorcycle ride more exciting. For the first time, bikers can choose the level of twists and turns they want to ride to create their own adrenaline-filled adventure. Simply select an area to ride on the map, and TomTom Rider will suggest the most exciting roundtrip. The Rider comes pre-installed with a full map of Africa with 57 African countries and free lifetime map updates. The map coverage includes over seven million kilometres of roads and off-roads, and more than one million points of interest such as campsites, petrol stations and national parks, making it the perfect travel companion. It has a glove-friendly, interactive screen to make it easy to find and explore new places, and Bluetooth enabled audio instructions delivered to the headset or helmet gives bikers more freedom to just enjoy the ride. // www.tomtom.com
One to Swatch
Sw a t c h loves art and working with artists. The most recent contributor to the world’s largest art gallery on the wrist is renowned artist Soonja Han, who has dedicated her artistic life to the circle, exploring its fundamental simplicity in a great variety of ways, from painting and drawing to sculpture and video. Circles influence her new work for Swatch as well. “This is My Map” (SUOZ1985S) presents a multi-coloured map of the world. From the dial it reaches across the bezel to the tips of the strap. Coloured circles appear at different spots on the map, and orange hour, minute and second hands offer a bright contrast as they sweep across the dial. The new Swatch Art Special comes in special packaging, a round box covered with the same multi-coloured map and more coloured circles. The watch will be available in a limited numbered edition of 2,525 pieces from Swatch stores nationwide. www.swatch.com
Books Must Read
Megastructures and Masterminds
By Tony Murray
Rachel Nyaga, a Mozambican domestic worker living in Johannesburg, is forced to make a life-changing decision after her young daughter dies while under the care of her South African employers. She can either leave her job and return to poverty stricken Mozambique, or continue working for the people responsible for the death of her child. Trapped by circumstance, she decides to stay, but things become even more complicated when she finds out that the Jordaans are expecting their first child. Rachel Weeping is a contemporary drama that explores the themes of motherhood, loss and forgiveness through the experience of three victims of a horrible accident.
Megastructures and Masterminds takes you inside some of the most remarkable construction projects in Southern Africa. Each chapter is a fascinating look into the construction of major structures, including the Du Toitskloof Pass and the Huguenot Tunnel, as well as the Victoria Falls Bridge, Kariba Dam, Durban harbour and the Agulhas lighthouse. It also tells the stories of the civil engineers behind these projects, and how through imagination, inspiration, persistence and technical expertise they literally changed the face of Southern Africa.
By Brett Michael Innes
Whatâ€™s Wrong With Management and How to Get It Right By TonyÂ Manning The role and responsibilities of business today are different than they were in the past. More than any other social institution, it is businesses that will determine our future. Yet companies worldwide continue to underperform. In his latest book, top strategy consultant Tony Manning brings managers the insights and advice they need for the coming decades of turbulence and hyper-competition. Drawing lessons from 100 years of management history, he highlights the failure of the management advice industry to produce new ideas, showing how most management theory is distracting, rather than helpful. He then identifies eight critical strategy practices that have stood the test of time, and explains how to apply them. Based on extensive research and practical experience, this fascinating and practical advice is a must-read for anyone interested in improving business results.
Meet the Crew Text & Image © Supplied
Have you ever wondered who is flying the plane when you travel on SA Express? Or wanted to know more about what a job as a cabin crew member is like? Well, now’s your chance! Every month we will introduce a few members of our SA Express family, because by getting to know them, you become part of the SA Express family too. Lizette van der Riet Senior Cabin Crew Member Length of Service: I have been a cabin crew member at SA Express since August 1997.
What do you find most challenging about your job? Getting up at 03h30 in the middle of winter and looking like you are loving every minute of it – which you perfect with years of practice!
Tell us more about yourself. I am extremely fortunate to be living out my passion of being a flight attendant. I am fun-loving and easy-going, but I also like to be organised and disciplined.
Why do you like working for SA Express? Once again, the flexibility. Plus most of your colleagues are friends, more than just someone you are working with for the day. It makes an 11 hour day so much easier.
What is your favourite part of your job? I like the flexibility of my working hours. I have days off during the week instead of only on weekends, which enables me to get involved in things like the volunteer work I recently did at the Drakenstein Lion Park (www.lionrescue.org.za) and the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds or SANCCOB (www.sanccob.co.za). Both are internationally acclaimed non-profit organisations that help with the rehabilitation of animals and seabirds that have been rescued from horrific captivity or are ill, have been injured, abandoned, or are endangered. Drakenstein Lion Park provides lifetime care to all the animals it rescues, and provides them with an environment where they can live out their lives in dignity. Independent research confirms that the African penguin population is 19 % higher thanks to SANCCOB’s oil wildlife response efforts. They also train people to care for birds, and they educate the public to develop behavioural patterns to benefit marine life. They have treated more than 90,000 penguins since being established in 1968.
What would people find surprising about your job? The training we go through. Many people don’t realise that we are not just there to hand out peanuts and serve drinks. It is a very fortunate fact that half the training we go through on a regular basis will probably never have to be put to the test. Like fire fighting, CPR and other aspects of First Aid when there is nobody medically qualified to help you, as well as emergency and evacuation drills. We play nursemaid to the sick, temporary mom or dad to the unaccompanied minors, and reassure those who are terrified of flying.
Have you ever had any funny incidents or encounters in your job? I had a flight I did “for fun” years ago when I wore a very expensive and natural-looking wig and my colleagues did not recognise me until I opened my mouth. What a giggle we had!
We have a bunch of flights to Bloemfontein. Whether youâ€™re travelling to Bloemfontein for business or pleasure, SA Express flies you there from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Your journey will be safe, hassle-free and a pleasure. Because we fly for you.
SA Express is a proud member of the SAA Voyager programme. Visit www.flyexpress.aero for domestic flights to Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, East London, Nelspruit, Kimberley Hoedspruit, George, Johannesburg, Richards Bay, Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and regional flights to Lubumbashi, Gaborone, Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Lusaka and Harare.
Airline information SA Express fleet Canadair Regional Jet 200 BER Manufacturer: Bombardier Maximum cruising speed: 474 knots/545mph/879kmph Engines: Two General Electric CF34-3B1 Range: 1,662miles/3,080km Maximum altitude: 41,000ft/12,496m Seating capacity: 50
Crew: Two pilots, two cabin crew Wing span: 69ft 7in/21.21m Overall length: 87ft 10in/26.77m Overall height: 20ft 5in/6.22m Maximum take-off weight: 51,000lb/23,134kg Minimum runway length: 6,295ft/1,919m
De Havilland Dash 8 Series Q400 Turboprop Manufacturer: Bombardier Maximum cruising speed: 360knots/414mph/667kmph Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A Range: 1,565 miles/2,519km Maximum altitude: 25,000ft/7,620m Seating capacity: 74 Crew: Two pilots, two
cabin crew Wing span: 93ft 3in/28.42m Overall length: 107ft 9in/32.83m Overall height: 27ft 5in/8.34m Maximum take-off weight: 64,500lb/29,257kg Minimum runway length: 4,580ft/1,396m
Canadair Regional Jet 700 Manufacturer: Bombardier Maximum cruising speed: 473 knots/544mph/875kmph Engines: Two General Electric CF34-8C5B Range: 1,477m/2,794km Maximum altitude: 41,000ft/12,496m Seating capacity: 70 Crew: Crew: Two pilots, two
cabin crew Wing span: 76ft 3in/23.2m Overall length: 106ft 8in/32.51m Overall height: 24ft 10in/7.57m Maximum take-off weight: 72,750lb/32,999kg Minimum runway length: 4,580ft/1,396m
SA Expressâ€™ aircraft are made by Bombardier Aerospace
We fly for you About us SA Express is a fast-growing airline business operating primary and secondary hubs between domestic and regional destinations within Southern Africa. Our objective of improving intra-Africa travel is in line with South Africa’s mandate to increase aviation’s contribution towards sustainable economic growth and job creation. The flexibility and reliability presented by the airline’s FACT principle (Frequency, Availability, Competitive rate and Timing of flights) affords both consumers and service providers a unique and convenient service. The FACT principle is important to us as it enhances the country’s prospect as a preferred air travel destination and major trade and tourism capital. Our vision is supported by the airline’s aspirations and strategy. Also underpinning this vision is our set of core values and unique selling propositions that drive profitability. Vision To be a sustainable world-class regional airline with an extensive footprint in Africa. Purpose A sustainable, integrated regional airline connecting secondary and main airports.
Core values Safety first We never compromise on safety, no matter what. Customers Our customers are our most important investors. Partners We partner with people across all operations. Speed & Quality We deliver with speed without compromising on quality.
Improvement We strive for continuous improvement. Simplify We keep it simple.
Special services Special Meals Passengers with special dietary requirements are provided for through the following special meals: kosher, halal, Muslim, Hindu, low-fat and vegetarian meals. Orders for special meals should be placed at the time of making flight reservations. The airline requires a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to departure in order to assist with confirmation of requests. Only available on selected flights. Passengers requiring special attention Requirements for unaccompanied minors (passengers under the age of 12 years) or passengers requiring wheelchairs should be stated at the time of making the reservation. Owing to the size of the cabins on our aircraft types, the airline is not in a position to carry stretcher passengers or incubators. Cabin baggage SA Express will accept one piece of cabin baggage not exceeding a total dimension of 115cm and 7kg in weight. For safety reasons, cabin baggage must fit into approved stowage spaces: either the overhead luggage bin or under the seat. Owing to limited storage space in the aircraft cabin, cabin baggage may be placed in the
We Fly For You SA Express Airways prides itself on aiming to offer incomparable service standards. In addition to building on our motto to express excellence and consistently striving to provide the best service, we know that “you” is the most important word in our airline. SA Express proudly launched its new brand on 2 December 2009 at OR Tambo International Airport. The new brand is set to ensure that it’s distinctive and positioned to build awareness and affinity in the domestic and regional markets. The new proposition “We Fly for You” is set to position SA Express as a premier intraregional African brand. The main objective of the re-brand is to ensure that SA Express is distinctive yet still aligned to the country’s mainline carrier. SA Express’s unique positioning as an airline that provides a bespoke, personalised travel experience was the rationale behind the proposition “We Fly for You”. The new brand mark is in line with the symbol and colours of the national flag, encouraging national pride. The new brand will be applied to all brand touch-points throughout the operation as well as the staff uniform.
Skycheck at the aircraft for hold stowage. Skycheck This is the airline’s special hand-luggage facility that assists with in-flight comfort, speedy boarding and disembarking. When boarding one of our flights, simply place any hand luggage that will not be required during the flight on to the Skycheck cart at the boarding steps of the aircraft. Your hand luggage will be waiting for you as you disembark from the aircraft at your destination. Baggage liability Valuable items such as cameras and accessories, computers – including laptops and notebooks – mobile telephones, perfumes, aftershaves, colognes, legal and company documents and legal tender – including cash, credit cards and cheques – bullion, leather jackets, all types of jewellery and any other items with a value in excess of R400 must be removed from either checked-in or Skycheck baggage as the airline is not liable for loss or damage to these items. Verified baggage claims are settled on the basis adopted by IATA (International Airlines Transport Association): payment of US$20 per 1kg of checked-in luggage, to a maximum of 20kg ($400).
Awards SA Express has won the AFRAA Regional Airline of the Year Award at the end of 2009, and the Allied and Aviation Business Corporate Award. Our airline was also the recipient of the Annual Airline Reliability Award from Bombardier at the end of 2007. Other previous awards include the International Star Quality Award, which indicates our commitment to service excellence, while our prominence as one of the top 500 best managed companies is proof of our success as a business. Onboard service The airline’s onboard service is unique and offers passengers a variety of meals or snacks. The airline pioneered its unique meal-box concept, and meal choices are frequently updated and designed using balanced food criteria: appearance, taste and nutritional value. Passengers can also enjoy a wine and malt service on specified flights as well as refreshments on all flights. Light snacks will be served on selected flights. Our customers can expect a safe, comfortable, quality air-travel experience, with the added benefits of frequency, reliability, on-time departures and unmatched value for money.
Safety Information Health regulations Health regulations at certain airports require that the aircraft cabin be sprayed. The spray is harmless, but if you think it might affect you, please cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief. Remain seated As a safety precaution, passengers are requested to remain seated with seatbelts fastened after the aircraft has landed, until the seatbelt sign has been switched off by the captain. Portable electronic equipment The use of personal electronic devices (PEDâ€™s) will apply to all domestic and regional flights on the CRJ700/200 and DH8 Q400.
Passengers will be permitted to use PEDâ€™s such as cell phones, e-readers and electronic tablets in flight-mode.
Cellular telephones Cellular telephones may be used on the ground while passenger doors are open. Cellular telephones, smartphones or any device with flight mode must be switched off as soon as the cabin doors are closed and when the senior cabincrew member makes an announcement on the public-address system. Laptop computers Laptops with CD ROM and DVD drive, handheld calculators, electric shavers and portable personal listening devices may not be used on the ground during taxi but may be used during the flight when the seatbelt signs are switched off and with permission from the captain. Should circumstances dictate otherwise, a public-address announcement cancelling this concession will be made by a crew member.
Prohibited equipment Portable printers, laser pointers, video equipment, CB/ AM/FM/FHF/satellite receivers, two-way radios, compact disc and mini-disc players, scanners, remote-controlled toys and power converters are prohibited for use at any time. Safety pamphlet Read the safety pamphlet in the seat pocket in front of you and take note of your nearest emergency exit. Smoking In accordance with international trends, smoking is not permitted on board any SA Express flights. Seat belts Please fasten your seat belt whenever the seat belt signs are illuminated. For your own safety we suggest that you keep it fastened throughout the flight. Important When in doubt, please consult our cabin crew.
For your comfort and security, please comply with the above safety regulations at all times while on board
Route map SA Express: Johannesburg Bloemfontein Cape Town Durban East London Gaborone George Hoedspruit Pilanesberg
Kimberley Lubumbashi Lusaka Harare Port Elizabeth Richards Bay Walvis Bay Windhoek
Flight schedule Johannesburg - Pilanesberg Flt No SA 1125
Johannesburg - Bloemfontein Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1001 1003 1005 1011 1013 1017 1021 1023
Dep 06:00 08:00 11:20 13:50 14:55 16:45 18:05 18:30
Arr 07:05 09:05 12:25 14:55 16:00 17:45 19:05 19:35
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 CR7 CR7 DH4 DH4
Johannesburg - East London Flt SA SA SA
No 1403 1409 1411
Dep 07:15 17:30 18:40
Arr 08:45 19:00 20:10
A/C CR8 CR2 CR8
Johannesburg - George Flt sa SA SA SA SA
No 1511 1501 1503 1505 1509
Dep 06:00 06:50 08:20 11:25 15:50
Arr 07:55 08:40 10:15 13:15 17:40
A/C cr8 CR7 CR2 CR7 CR7
Johannesburg - Hoedspruit Flt No SA 1225 SA 1227
Dep 10:15 12:15
Arr 11:20 13:20
A/C DH4 DH4
Johannesburg - Kimberley Flt SA SA SA SA sa SA
No 1101 1103 1105 1107 1111 1113
Dep 06:00 09:20 13:10 14:25 16:45 17:20
Arr 07:05 10:25 14:15 15:30 17:45 18:25
A/C dh4 DH4 CR2 DH4 cr2 CR7
Johannesburg - Port Elizabeth Flt SA SA SA
No 1459 1457 1457
Dep 17:30 17:30 17:50
Arr 19:10 19:20 19:25
A/C cr8 DH4 cr7
Johannesburg - mahikeng Flt No SA 1121 SA 1127
Dep 07:10 16:30
Arr 07:55 17:15
A/C cr2 cr2
pilanesberg - mahikeng Flt No SA 1125
pilanesberg - Johannesburg Flt sa SA
No 1123 1121
Dep 09:20 09:50
A/C cr2 CR2
Bloemfontein - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1024 1002 1004 1006 1012 1014 1018 1022
Dep 06:20 07:45 09:35 12:55 15:25 16:30 18:20 19:30
Arr 07:25 08:40 10:40 14:00 16:30 17:35 19:20 20:30
A/C DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4 DH4 CR7 CR7 DH4
East London - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA
No 1412 1404 1410
Dep 06:45 09:15 19:40
Arr 08:25 10:45 21:10
A/C CR7 CR7 CR2
George - Johannesburg Flt sa SA SA SA SA
No 1512 1502 1504 1506 1510
Dep 08:35 09:20 10:50 14:05 18:10
Arr 10:20 11:10 12:40 15:45 19:50
A/C cr8 CR7 CR2 CR7 CR7
Flt SA SA
No 1226 1228
Dep 12:00 13:55
Arr 13:00 14:55
A/C DH4 DH4
No 1102 1104 1106 1108 1112 1114
Dep 07:40 11:20 15:05 16:20 18:15 19:05
Arr 08:45 12:25 16:10 17:25 19:15 20:10
A/C dh4 DH4 CR2 DH4 cr2 CR7
Kimberley - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA sa SA
Hoedspruit - Johannesburg
Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA
No 1460 1460 1458
Dep 06:10 06:25 20:00
Arr 08:00 07:45 21:35
A/C DH4 CR8 CR7
mahikeng - Johannesburg Flt SA SA sa
No 1124 1128 1125
Dep 08:45 17:45 19:05
Arr 09:30 18:30 19:50
A/C cr2 cr2 cr2
mahikeng - pilanesberg Flt SA SA
No 1223 1221
Dep 08:20 08:35
*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
Arr 10:00 10:30
Arr 08:55 09:10
A/C cr2 cr2
Flight schedule Johannesburg - Richards bay Flt SA SA SA SA
No 1201 1203 1207 1213
Dep 06:10 08:30 13:15 16:55
Arr 07:25 09:45 14:30 18:10
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
Johannesburg - walvis bay Flt sa SA sa
No 1703 1701 1705
Dep 07:20 11:55 13:30
Arr 08:45 13:10 14:55
A/C cr2 CR7 cr2
Johannesburg - windhoek Flt No SA 1731 SA 1731
Dep 05:55 06:10
Arr 07:10 07:25
A/C CR2 CR2
Johannesburg - Gaborone Flt SA SA sa SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1761 1763 1767 1765 1765 1767 1769 1775 1775 1783 1779
Dep 06:55 07:55 11:25 09:55 09:55 11:55 13:00 13:30 14:30 15:45 18:10
Arr 07:50 08:50 12:20 10:45 10:50 12:45 13:50 14:25 15:25 16:40 19:05
A/C DH4 DH4 dh4 DH4 DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
Johannesburg - Lubumbashi Flt No SA 1797
CAPE TOWN - bloemfontein Flt SA SA sa SA SA SA
No 1081 1083 1087 1087 1091 1091
Dep 06:00 08:00 12:00 13:20 16:55 17:00
Arr 07:30 09:30 13:45 14:50 18:20 18:45
A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 DH4 DH4 CR2
CAPE TOWN - east london Flt sa SA SA SA sa SA SA SA
No 1361 1363 1363 1371 1371 1371 1373 1375
Dep 06:00 07:00 08:00 11:00 12:25 13:05 16:30 17:20
Arr 07:25 08:25 09:25 12:45 13:50 14:30 17:55 18:45
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 dh4 cr2 CR2 cr2 CR2
Cape Town - Pilanesberg Flt No SA 1255
Richards bay - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA
No 1202 1204 1208 1214
Dep 08:05 10:30 15:05 18:40
Arr 09:20 11:45 16:20 20:00
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
walvis bay - Johannesburg Flt SA sa sa
No 1704 1702 1706
Dep 09:15 13:45 15:30
Arr 12:30 16:55 18:45
A/C CR2 cr8 cr2
windhoek - Johannesburg Flt SA
Gaborone - Johannesburg Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1762 1764 1766 1768 1768 1776 1776 1784 1780
Dep 08:30 09:25 11:25 13:10 13:10 14:50 16:05 17:20 19:45
Arr 09:25 10:20 12:20 14:00 14:05 15:45 17:00 18:10 20:40
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4 DH4 DH4 DH4
Lubumbashi - Johannesburg Flt SA
bloemfontein - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA SA SA
No 1082 1084 1088 1088 1092 1092
Dep 08:15 10:30 14:15 15:30 19:00 19:25
Arr 10:00 12:15 16:00 17:15 20:45 21:25
A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 DH4 CR2 CR2
east london - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA sa sa SA SA SA
No 1362 1364 1364 1372 1372 1372 1374 1376
Dep 08:00 09:00 10:00 13:25 14:20 15:10 18:30 19:50
Arr 09:40 10:40 11:40 15:25 16:00 16:50 20:10 21:30
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 dh4 cr2 CR2 CR2 CR2
Pilanesberg - cape town Flt SA
*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
Flight schedule Cape Town - Hoedspruit Flt No sa 1241 SA 1241
Dep 09:10 10:10
Arr 12:30 12:50
A/C dh4 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2
CAPE TOWN - port elizabeth Flt SA SA SA SA sa sa SA SA SA SA
No 1801 1807 1807 1813 1813 1819 1819 1821 1821 1823
Dep 06:00 10:10 10:40 13:45 14:20 15:00 15:00 16:00 16:30 18:30
Arr 07:30 11:40 11:55 14:55 15:50 16:15 16:30 17:30 17:40 20:00
A/C dh4 dh4 DH4 CR2 dh4 dh4 DH4 DH4 CR2 DH4
Cape Town - Walvis Bay Flt No SA 1721 SA 1721
Dep 11:15 11:20
Arr 12:25 12:30
A/C CR2 CR2
durban - East London Flt SA SA SA SA
No 1301 1305 1305 1309
Dep 06:00 11:30 12:00 16:50
Arr 07:05 12:40 13:05 17:55
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
durban - Port Elizabeth Flt SA SA SA SA SA
No 1330 1334 1336 1340 1348
Dep 06:00 09:15 09:50 13:35 17:40
Arr 07:20 10:35 11:10 14:55 19:00
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
durban - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA
No 1850 1854 1854 1858
Dep 06:10 12:00 15:00 15:35
Arr 08:25 14:15 17:15 17:50
durban - lusaka Flt No SA 1603
durban - Harare Flt No SA 1603 SA 1611
Dep 09:00 10:20
Arr 11:25 12:45
Hoedspruit - Cape Town Flt sa SA
No 1242 1242
Dep 13:10 13:20
A/C dh4 CR2
port elizabeth - CAPE TOWN Flt SA SA SA SA SA sa sa SA SA SA SA
No 1826 1802 1808 1814 1814 1814 1820 1820 1822 1822 1824
Dep 07:00 08:00 12:10 12:40 15:25 16:20 17:00 17:00 18:00 18:10 20:30
Arr 08:40 09:40 13:50 14:00 16:45 18:00 18:20 18:40 19:40 19:30 22:10
A/C DH4 DH4 DH4 dh4 CR2 dh4 dh4 DH4 dh4 CR2 DH4
No 1302 1306 1306 1310
Dep 07:35 13:15 13:35 18:25
Arr 08:35 14:15 14:35 19:25
No 1331 1335 1337 1337 1341 1349
Dep 07:50 11:05 11:45 13:40 15:35 19:55
Arr 09:05 12:20 13:00 14:55 16:50 21:10
No 1851 1855 1855 1859
Dep 09:05 15:00 17:45 18:15
Arr 11:05 17:00 19:45 20:15
lusaka - durban Flt SA
Harare - durban Flt SA SA
No 1612 1604
Dep 13:25 15:15
SA EXPRESS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE, SUSPEND OR AMEND THIS PUBLISHED SCHEDULE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION. EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO OPERATE AS PER THE PLANNED SCHEDULE
Arr 15:50 19:40
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2 CR2 CR2
A/C CR2 CR2 cr2 CR2 CR2 CR2
CAPE TOWN - DURBAN Flt SA SA SA SA
Port Elizabeth - DURBAN Flt SA SA sa SA SA SA
East London - DURBAN Flt SA SA SA SA
walvis Bay - Cape Town
*Please note that SA Express may deviate from the published schedule over the holiday period and will operate reduced schedules in December and January
Arr 16:20 15:55
Passenger Letters Excellent Service I recently flew from Johannesburg to Cape Town and then from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. I had never done this trip previously, but had heard about the discomfort of travelling on small planes. I was expecting the worst, especially as I struggle with cabin pressure changes and the effect it has on my ears. However, I was pleasantly surprised several times on this trip. It started with check-in at Cape Town. The consultant at the check-in counter took the trouble to notice the fatigue on my face and offered to seat me at the front of the plane to provide me with extra leg space and to ensure that I disembarked as quickly as possible. I was very appreciative of this. At the boarding gates, three of my colleagues were slightly delayed and the staff members were really helpful by getting the bus to the plane to wait a few minutes for them. Again I was impressed. The flight was pleasant, to say the least, and there was not even any sign of blockages in my ears. The cabin crew were amazing and as if that were not enough, I was the first to disembark and my baggage was already waiting at the carousel for me when I got there. Thank you SA Express – clearly the little brother with the BIG heart. I have now changed my mind about the so-called small planes on your routes. Fareed Mohammed Khan Congratulations to Fareed Mohammed Khan, who wrote our winning letter this month. He has won an American Tourister’s Bon Air 55 cm spinner valued at R1,399.
Good day I recently flew from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth and would like to compliment Mr Vakele Sitshinga, our cabin attendant, who was so nice and helpful. After offering me something to drink, he even came back to ask if I was fine. He must keep up this standard, as his service was excellent. He deserves an award, as it was my first time flying and I was rather stressed, but his friendliness helped me to relax and enjoy the flight. Regards Lusanda Mazinyo
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Published on Oct 2, 2015