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“Best of South Africa” is a celebration of the crème that our country has to offer, a tangible reminder and visual celebration of what makes South Africa great, a country people truly fall in love with -locals and international visitors alike.

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  • 1. Volume 5
  • 2. 2 Best of South Africa
  • 3. Welcome to Volume Five of ‘Best of South Africa’ We all look forward to 2010 as the world focuses their attention on South Africa. We will be there well in time with copies of “Best of South Africa” vol. 5 in the leading hotels and our online portal www.gvpedia.com showcasing all the success stories in this edition to an audience of 200 000 unique readers from 140 countries as per our latest online readership results. What we do “Best of South Africa” is a celebration of the crème that our country has to offer, a tangible reminder and visual celebration of what makes South Africa great, a country people truly fall in love with - locals and international visitors alike. Thanks Our sincere thanks must go to the wonderful participants showcased in our fifth edition; representing the “Best of” in their respective fields. We profile these individuals, companies and organizations with much pride and celebrate their success which in turn helps us all to promote and showcase South Africa to our dedicated partners and clients across the world and at home. Our Belief The continued growth and sustainability of South Africa is largely thanks to the patriotic nature in all our blood, which enjoys an unbreakable optimism ensuring this nation succeeds against any odds. We are extremely proud to play a part in promoting our country and will continue to do so. Celebrating Success! “Climb high; climb far, Your goal – the sky, Your aim – the stars” Publisher Giá Bischofberger Sales Team Emma Nyschens, Allana Smith and Katya Pappalardo Editor Peta Krost Maunder - Mediak Creative Direction Peter Batistich, www.deepfried.co.za Images MediaClubSouthAfrica.com, Walter Boermeester and capespirit.com Information Sources Brand South Africa, the dti and MediaClubSouthAfrica.com ISBN # 978-0-620-39819-0 Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in The Best of South Africa Vol. 5. Neither Best of South Africa nor GVPedia Communications cc take any responsibility for errors or omissions. All rights reserved: No part of this publication shall be reproduced, copied, transmitted, adapted or modified in any form or by any means. This publication shall not be stored in whole or in part in any form in any retrieval system. Contact details: E-mail: gia@gvpedia.com Website: www.GVPedia.com PO Box 391, Paulshof, 2056 Platinum Sponsor Gold Sponsor Best of South Africa 3
  • 4. BEST OF THE WORLD Welcome to the world’s premier platform for showcasing and Growth and Opportunity networking governments, leading companies and entrepreneurs in business, tourism and lifestyle. Through our Best of publishing Exchanging knowledge, skills and economies of scale in media series and gvpedia.com we showcase an ever expanding Atlas of Success and Sustainability across multiple continents and With regional head offices in 5 continents, the organisation is currently industries. involved in more than 30 territories where the ‘Best of’ series is published. GVP has a 5-year growth plan to develop a further 150 economic territories organically, through each continent’s regional head Brand Image office, and through partnerships with companies and individuals that have the expertise to showcase their city, state or country. Branding a Nation, a City and its People GVP brands and builds the image of the world’s most exciting Corporate Social Responsibility economic regions to affect a change in the perception of a nation, a city and its people by the rest of the world. This then promotes the region There is no success without ethics and sustainability in terms of its investment opportunities, key industries, innovations, people, culture, tourism potential and international objectives. The best of world business, travel and lifestyle within the Global Village is dependent on more than monetary profit. There is no success without core values such as sustainability, integrity and Corporate Product - The Books Social Responsibility (CSR). GVP’s exclusive client base is selected by invitation only based on these criteria, with the added focus of Celebrate your success dedicated chapters covering CSR, sustainability, green innovation and giving back to the community. The ‘Best of…’ publishing series produces annual maxi format book publications in over 30 territories, from Bangalore to Belgium. These detail success stories of people and companies making positive inroads into the commercial fibre of both mature and emerging markets. The books showcase entrepreneurial spirit; establishing powerful global networks and the creation of individual brand awareness by bridging cultures. The result is the ultimate interactive corporate gift and P.R. marketing tool for governments, companies, hotels and business people providing leading products and services for their region. REGIONAL HEAD OFFICES = Bangalore = Brussels = Cairo = Casablanca = Copenhagen = Dubai 4 Best of South Africa
  • 5. GVPedia.com Success, Sustainability and Culture Add Your Business Join the Global Village Business Network We are identifying leading companies and organisations across 100 industry sectors that are able to profile their economic and environmental sustainability in order to provide a global network of the most reliable companies to do business with. Please apply by adding your company profile online to the Global Village Business Network: Full Company Profile includes: - 100 word summary / value proposition - 2 large images or logos - 1000 word company description - full contact details and website link - company address pin pointed on a google map - anti-spam contact box - search engine optimised categories and key words linked to your company site - use of the "Top Company" widget library to enable links to your profile from any website or email Product - www.gvpedia.com Connecting the world’s most interesting people and organisations The portal provides GVP customers an interactive Public Relations Box managed by a user friendly ‘Enterprise Content Management System’ that allows clients to upload their value proposition, photos, fast facts and management profiles. The latest networking add-ons and social media applications are integrated within the site providing maximum reach and feedback. The value proposition for subscribers to gvpedia.com essentially covers four elements: exposure, expertise, exclusivity and networking. Success is a Choice! = Johannesburg = London = Santiago = Singapore = Sydney = Washington DC Best of South Africa 5
  • 6. ChapterS Best of South Africa Travel & Tourism Hotels, Lodges & Resorts 44-67 68-87 Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Mall Destinations Fashion & Jewellery 106-119 120-133 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Corporate Profiles Medical Healthcare 152-187 188-201 Chapter 10 Chapter 9 6 Best of South Africa
  • 7. Luxury Lifestyles Dining & Nightlife 88-95 96-105 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Décor, Design & Interiors Beauty & Wellness 134-141 142-151 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Conferencing & Exhibitions 202-217 Chapter 11 Best of South Africa 7
  • 8. South Africa at a glance Nowhere else in the world can you combine business with pleasure as you can in South Africa. A magnificent climate, a passion for nature and the great outdoors, a menagerie of wildlife, world class sporting facilities – including superb golf courses – where a rich social, cultural and political history combine to create a unique experience for the world traveler and a country us South Africans are proud to call home. 8 Best of South Africa
  • 9. Capitals Health Cape Town (Legislative), Pretoria Top-quality healthcare is available throughout (Administrative), Bloemfontein (Judicial) the country, although basic in rural areas. Inoculations are only required for those Total Land Area travelling from yellow-fever areas. Malaria 1 219 912 square kilometers, (471 011 square precautions are necessary in some areas. miles) A comprehensive medical service including 24 hour medical treatment and disaster Head of State management will be provided by the President Jacob Zuma department of health in every host city for 2010. An improved infrastructure that will Population continue to benefit all the residents of South 49 052 489 (July 2009, est.) Africa beyond 2010. Time Zone Banks & Foreign Exchange GMT + 2hrs South Africa’s financial institutions are world- class, with no shortage of banks, bureau de Currency change and automatic tellers. The banks Rand. R1= 100 Cents generally open from 9am to 3.30pm Mondays Coins come in denominations of 5c, 10c, through Fridays and 8.30 to 11am on 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5 and notes in Saturdays. Banks at the airports adjust their denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and hours to accommodate international flights. R200. Credit Cards and Cash International Dialing Code All major credit cards can be used in SA. + 27 Embassies Official Languages Most countries are represented in South Africa Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, by embassies. Please refer to the telephone isiZulu, Sesotho sa Leboa, Sesotho, directory or Yellow pages for up to date details. MediaClubSouthAfrica.com: City of Durban Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. Climate Religion South Africa is famous for its sunshine. Almost 80% of South Africa’s population Although SA’s climate varies considerably is Christian. Other religious groups include across its various regions and environments, Hindus, Muslims and Jews. A minority of temperatures remain comfortable throughout South Africa’s population regard themselves the year. Climate can be described as mostly as traditionalists or of no specific religious semi-arid, subtropical along the east coast, affiliation. with sunny days and cool nights. Best of South Africa 9
  • 10. South African Overview MediaClubSouthAfrica.com: Chris Kirchhoff The National Anthem The national anthem is a combined version of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika (God Bless Africa) and Die Stem (The Call of South Africa) National Flag South Africa’s national flag was launched and used for the first time on Freedom Day, 27 April 1994. The design and colours are a synopsis of the principal elements of the country’s flag history. It is a powerful symbol of unity and progress. National Symbols National animal: Springbok MediaClubSouthAfrica.com: Chris Kirchhoff National bird: Blue Crane National fish: Galjoen National flower: King Protea National tree: Real Yellowwood South Africa has 12 public holidays New Year’s Day – 1 January Human Rights Day – 21 March Good Friday – Friday before Easter Sunday Family Day – Monday after Easter Sunday Freedom Day – 27 April MediaClubSouthAfrica.com: Government Communications & Information Systems Workers’ Day – 1 May Youth Day – 16 June National Women’s Day – 9 August Heritage Day – 24 September Day of Reconciliation – 16 December Christmas Day – 25 December Day of Goodwill – 26 December If any of these days fall on a Sunday, then the following Monday becomes a public holiday. Join football enthusiasts from around the world when they descend on South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and you will be making history. For the first time ever this legendary tournament will be hosted in Africa – a land that has spawned many celebrated football stars. Soak up the glitz, glamour and raw excitement of the World Cup and 10 Best of South Africa
  • 11. then take time out to explore the untouched Mercy, will be ready in time for the 2010 Fifa African bush, something no other FIFA World World Cup. Cup could offer. The project has provided jobs for around 12 000 people and once finished, 8 000 Infrastructure people will take up permanent employment As your hosts South Africans have been at the airport. This is 3 000 more than sweating it out under the African sun to build the current staff complement of Durban and refurbish stadiums designed to impress International to date. even the toughest guests. By June 2010 In addition the year 2010 has been the these 10 stadiums will be ready to seat over inspiration to accelerate South Africa’s use half a million fans. of intelligent transport systems in order to By 2008, the build up to 2010 FIFA manage congestion, incident response and World Cup had already created 80 000 job travel demand. In the main cities money is opportunities in the local hospitality sector. being spent to improve road infrastructure, that will connect all of South Africa’s major It is estimated that by 2010 this sector will build a rapid transport system and the centres. employ an additional 116 000 people. While Gautrain (South Africa’s first rapid transport This network, will provide almost formal employment in the construction train service). Wherever you are visiting from infinite bandwidth capacity to carry more industry has grown to 100 000, providing you will find a trip on the Gautrain a truly information (voice and data) at higher valuable skills to the economy beyond 2010. world class experience. speeds over greater distances. Vodacom In addition low income households earned On completion the Rail Link will transport and Telkom are also investing heavily over R2 billion in income as a direct result of 100 000 commuters a day, offering seamless in infrastructure in order to satisfy ever the stadium construction. integration with both Gautrain, Bus Link increasing demand for quality voice and Infrastructure projects will help to keep services and the new Bus Rapid Transport data services. the economy buoyant in times that are system. All offering security and modern “This (optic fibre) project once completed clearly challenging. Government and State comforts. will redefine the telecommunications owned enterprises will spend a whopping This ambitious project is running to landscape in South Africa and the rest of R787 billion over the next three years on schedule and has also exceeded a number Africa” says A Jay Pandey , CEO and MD diverse developments. The funds have been of social economic objectives, including of Neotel. allocated to projects that will significantly job creation, skills training and SME advance industrial operations and public development. Securemail service delivery. They include improving rail Securemail provides a swift and safe and road infrastructure, an innovative bus Telecommunications delivery method for high-security items rapid transit system, as well as the building With extensive landline phone networks and such as shares and credit cards. It handles of clinics, school and housing for the poor. four mobile phone service providers with far more than 2,5 million credit cards a year, reaching coverage. Public telephones are has significantly reduced credit-card Transport either coin operated or card operated. The theft and has won an award from the Work is in progress to upgrade South African once underserviced telecommunications International Association of Financial Crime airports to cope with the deluge of visitors industry continues to develop at cyber Investigators for its performance. for 2010. The R5.2 Billion project will see all speed. Neotel, South Africa’s second fixed international airports offer facilities, comforts line operator made deals worth one billion South African Post Office and security on a par with the best in the rand in its first year of operation. With even The first post office in South Africa was world. bigger numbers in the offering. Neotel and opened in the Castle in Cape Town in 1792. South Africa’s newest airport, King Shaka mobile service provider MTN have joined Today, the South African Post Office (Sapo) International situated north of Durban at La forces to roll out an optic fibre network delivers almost six million letters per day to Best of South Africa 11
  • 12. MediaClubSouthAfrica.com: Government Jeffrey Barbee Health and Beauty According to the Bill of Rights, as contained in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes: • freedom of the press and other media • freedom to receive or impart information or ideas • freedom of artistic creativity • academic freedom and freedom of scientific research. Several laws, policies and organisations act to protect and promote press freedom in South Africa. In 2008, South Africa was ranked as the 36th most free country in terms of press freedom in the world. Broadcasting South Africa has an extremely diverse broadcast media sector catering for the unique demands of the local market. Television South Africa has by far the largest television audience in Africa, with more than four 10 million addresses in South Africa. It has The business centres provide a bureau million licensed television households. The more than 2 660 outlets covering the length service with facilities such as photocopying, SABC’ national television network comprises and breadth of the country. The principal faxing and Internet access. South Africans three full-spectrum free-to-air channels function of Sapo is to provide postal who live in rural areas can now make new and one satellite pay-TV channel aimed at services inside and outside South Africa. technology part of their everyday lives. audiences in Africa. Combined, the free-to- air sound-broadcasting stations reach a daily Business Centres Media diversity adult audience of almost 20 million people Sapo has established 25 business centres Media diversity in any country is regarded via the terrestrial signal distribution network that provide a dedicated, specially designed as a measure of the depth of its democracy. and a satellite signal. Between 50% and 60% one-stop shop inside existing post offices Every citizen should have access to a diverse of all programmes transmitted are produced in most rural areas. range of media. in South Africa. Locally produced television 12 Best of South Africa
  • 13. programmes are augmented by programmes purchased abroad, and by co-productions undertaken with other television programming organisations. The SABC’s terrestrial television channels devote between 18% and 20% of their airtime during prime time to news and news-related programmes. M-Net the first private subscription television service in SA, broadcasts its array of general entertainment and niche channels to more than 50 countries across Africa and the adjacent Indian Ocean islands. Development of the local film and TV industries is a priority for M-Net and is supported by various projects such as EDiT, which gives final-year film and television students the opportunity to produce programmes for broadcast on M-Net. MultiChoice Africa (MCA) was formed to manage the subscriber services of its sister company, M-Net. It became the first African company on the continent to offer digital satellite broadcasting. Operations include subscriber-management services and digital satellite television platforms broadcasting more than 50 television and 40 audio MediaClubSouthAfrica.com: Anglogold Ashanti channels, 24 hours a day. The country’s first privately owned free- to-air television channel is e-tv. Independent TV audience surveys confirm that e.tv is the second-largest channel in the country. e.tv’s terrestrial signal reaches 80,5% of the South African population. It appeals to all races, all ages and income groups and is the most viewed English language channel in the country. e.tv was the first channel in South Africa to secure the rights to the Union of European Football Association’s Champions Print Advertising League Football. Technical handling of the print media in The Loerie Awards are the best-known South Africa rates among the best in the South African awards recognising Radio world. This is one reason why newspapers excellence in advertising. The Association Radio, which plays a large role in the media and magazines have held their own in a of Marketers established these awards industry is flourishing. The SABC’s national volatile information era, characterised by in 1978 to coincide with the advent radio network comprising of 15 public the vast development of various new forms of commercial television in South broadcast-service radio stations, and three of media-delivery platforms via the Internet Africa. The Loerie Awards ceremony commercial radio stations, broadcasting in through modern ICT. sees excess monies being ploughed 11 languages, as well as an external radio This must be viewed against the general back into the industry in the form of service in four languages that reaches an trend in the rest of the developed world bursaries for underprivileged advertising average daily adult audience of 19 million. that saw dropping circulations and the and marketing students via the Loerie Copy supplied to radio news amounts to cutting back on costs or closing down of Education Trust Fund, and as a donation almost a million words a day, and is compiled newspapers. to the Advertising Benevolent Fund. The around the clock into a weekly total of 300 The country’s vibrant economy, the main objective of the Loerie Awards is to bulletins and 27 current affairs programmes. introduction of regional tabloid newspapers encourage creative advertising. Programmes are produced weekly in 11 and the glut of new magazine titles languages on the SABC’s radio services. have helped to feed the popularity of Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) There is a public broadcasting-service radio newspapers and magazines in Africa’s The ASA is the protector of the ethical station for each language group. Channel largest economy. High consumer spending standards of advertising in South Africa broadcasts live on three platforms: has coincided with strong circulation in Africa, and protects consumers against shortwave, satellite and the Internet. The specific newspaper genres, particularly manipulative advertising and unfair claims. shortwave broadcast covers south, east, tabloids and free-sheets. Globally The ASA is an independent body central and west Africa. The satellite competitive IT systems, especially among established and funded by the marketing- broadcast covers the sub-Saharan region, the large media houses, have helped to communication industry to regulate although it can be picked up as far as London. improve the overall technical quality of print advertising in the public interest by The Internet broadcast is accessible from media, and have also positively affected means of self-regulation. The ASA co- anywhere in the world. As well as a number distribution and circulation reach. There is operates with government, statutory of private radio stations that have also been a range of general and specialised news bodies, consumer organisations and granted licences, these stations cater for a websites which, in terms of the speed and industry to ensure that advertising wide variety of languages, cultures and niche breadth of their coverage, are on a par with content complies with the Code of markets. the best in the world. Advertising Practice. Best of South Africa 13
  • 14. and businesspeople. Many lucrative possibilities, arising from South Africa’s wealth of natural resources, and almost unlimited export and import opportunities, exist in the country. Costs of doing Business The cost of doing business in South Africa compares favourably to other emerging world markets. According to an annual World Bank study, titled the Ease of Doing Business, South Africa ranks 32nd out of 181 of the economies surveyed in 2009 for ease of doing business. The country boasts the lowest electricity prices in the world and despite looming challenges in this sector, doubling its electricity price will still place the country as the cheapest provider. South Africa’s labour costs are significantly lower than those of other key emerging markets. It also has a favourable corporate tax rate compared to other emerging markets. The costs for labour, land, rental, human resources, transportation and general living expenses do, however, vary from province Why Invest in South Africa? one of the highest ranking developing to province. The South Africa of today is one of economies and surpasses countries such the most sophisticated and promising as Hungary, Italy, Brazil and Thailand. The Skills emerging markets globally. The unique country leads the continent in industrial South Africa possesses a large resource combination of a highly developed first- output (40% of Africa’s total output) and base of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled world economic infrastructure and a huge mineral production (45% of total mineral labour. The South African government emergent market economy has given rise production) and generates most of Africa’s has introduced wide-ranging legislation to to a strong entrepreneurial and dynamic electricity (over 50%). promote training and skills development investment environment. and fast-track the building of world-class South Africa is the economic Macro Economic Stability skills and competences. powerhouse of the African continent, South Africa has achieved a level of A strong network of universities and with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of macro-economic stability not seen in the other tertiary education institutions is R1,9 trillion (US$283bn) - four times that country for many years. Such advances home to a host of leading international of its Southern African neighbours, and create opportunities for real increases in academics and researchers, with the comprising 30% of the entire GDP of Africa. expenditure on social services, and reduce majority of research and development in The World Economic Forum’s Global the costs and risks for all investors, laying South Africa, undertaken at the country’s Competitiveness Report 2008/09 of the the foundation for increased investment universities. World Economic Forum, ranked South and growth. By 2009, the economy was Africa 45th out of 134 global nations. stronger than at any time over the past 20 Financial Infrastructure South Africa’s GDP grew at a healthy years. South Africa is one of the world’s favourite 5,2 % in 2007 and a lower 3,1% in 2008, emerging markets, offering investors due to the impact of the global economic Market Opportunity sophisticated financial infrastructures and crisis. South Africa is one of the most One of the chief reasons for South Africa exceptional investment opportunities. sophisticated and promising emerging becoming one of the most popular trade The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) markets, offering a unique combination and investment destinations in the world oversees the banking services industry in of highly-developed first world economic is due to the country ensuring that it South Africa. The non-banking financial infrastructure, with a vibrant emerging can meet specific trade and investment services industry is governed by the market economy. South Africa is also requirements of prospective investors Financial Service Board (FSB). 14 Best of South Africa
  • 15. Transport and Logistics Infrastructure net food exporter. Major import products South Africa boasts one of the most modern include wheat, rice and vegetable oils. and extensive transport infrastructures in Despite the farming industry’s declining share Africa. This infrastructure plays a crucial role of GDP, it remains vital to the economy, and in the country’s economy and is depended development and stability of the Southern on by many neighbouring states. The African region. Over the past five years, government recently announced large-scale agricultural exports have contributed on upgrading of the country’s infrastructure, average about 8% of total South African as well as investment in new infrastructure. exports. Transnet, a state-owned enterprise, is South Africa’s main transport operator and the Taxation holding company for Spoornet (rail transport), The South African tax system has changed Autonet (road transport), Petronet (liquid from a source-based to a residence-based Foreign visitors and residents are able to petroleum), Portnet (port authority) and Fast system with effect from the 1 January 2001, purchase fully serviced properties at a Forwards (container shipments). The national in keeping with international trends. This significantly lower cost compared to similar airline carrier, South African Airways (SAA), means that South African residents will be properties in the western world. is an incorporated public company owned taxed on their world-wide income. Non-South The low cost of living, the availability of by the South African government. The airline African residents will still be taxed on income first-world health care, education, sporting serves more than 700 destinations globally from South African sources, subject to the and recreation facilities and other modern and carries more than 7 million passengers a double taxation agreements with the different conveniences and luxuries, make the South year. countries. The principle taxes imposed in African lifestyle one of the most attractive in South Africa are direct and indirect taxes, as the world. Natural Resources follows: South Africa produces 14% of the world’s Investor Issues regarding the Quality of Life in gold, and has 41% of the world’s known • Direct Taxes include income tax, South Africa are: reserves. It is estimated that 21 000 tonnes secondary tax on companies (STC), capital • Sophisticated cosmopolitan cities, e.g. of undeveloped resources - about one fifth gains tax (CGT) and donations tax. Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and of the world’s un-mined gold - still remains. • Indirect Taxes include value-added tax Durban These ores are increasingly difficult to exploit (VAT), estate, stamp and transfer duties, • Excellent living standards and medical due to the great depths at which they are the latter on real estate, customs & excise services situated and their fairly low-grade quality duties, marketable security taxes, skills • English is commonly spoken produce. Over the past few years, South development levies, municipal taxes on • International schools African mining houses have transformed owners of real estate, airport taxes and • World class living conditions into large, focused mining companies that fuel levies. • Superb recreational and cultural include Anglo Platinum, Anglogold, De possibilities Beers, Implats and Iscor. South Africa is the Living and Working in SA since 1994, South • Attractive international tourism destination world’s largest producer of gold (after China) Africa has emerged as a sophisticated and and platinum. The country is one of the promising investment destination. The unique Education leading producers of base metals and coal, combination of a highly developed first- The South African education system is seen accounting for a significant proportion of both world economic infrastructure and a huge as pivotal to contributing quality of life and to world production and reserves. The country’s emergent market has given rise to a strong building a democratic nation. The aim is to diamond industry is the third largest by value, entrepreneurial and dynamic investment provide equal access to life-long education. and the sixth largest by volume in the world, environment, with many global competitive Education is enshrined in the Constitution with Russia and Botswana leading in both advantages and opportunities. Thus, living as a basic human right. The South African categories. and working in South Africa presents education system comprises over 12,3 The agricultural sector is well developed, exciting opportunities and challenges for million learners, including 300 000 university and secondary manufacturing in the agro- the entrepreneurial and energetic business students and 190 000 technikon students. processing industries is pervasive, evidenced community. by many locally-produced food items found in food retail outlets. Quality of Life Sources: Today, South Africa is not only self- South Africa offers diverse and abundant www.thedti.gov.za; sufficient in virtually all major agricultural natural splendour and a year-round temperate www.southafrica.info.co.za; products, but in a normal year, it is also a climate. www.mediaclubsouthafrica.com Best of South Africa 15
  • 16. Gautrain – Africa’s beauty for people on the move A new energy is buzzing in the streets of Gauteng. The people in the province of gold cannot wait for Gautrain. Stations and tracks are taking shape near favourite hot spots and soon Gautrain will take the first commuters to new places, new dreams, new opportunities and a new legacy in public transport. 16 Best of South Africa
  • 17. In schools and offices, in hotels and shopping malls, people are talking about a new way of life that this Golden Train will bring. Ambitious and upwardly mobile, the people on the move will soon enjoy the freedom of arriving on time for a lunch appointment in Rosebank, a quick movie in Hatfield, binge shopping in Jozi, sundowners in Sandton and at home in Centurion a few minutes later. The people of Gauteng will sit back and relax in the comfort of a world- class train that will get them there safely, conveniently and on time every time. All-day traffic jams and stressors such as parking shortages, escalating vehicle insurance premiums, regular maintenance and rising fuel prices belong the past. Instead, Gautrain will become the daily mode of choice for commuters pressed for time and convenience. What is more, there is also a fleet of Gautrain feeder buses to use if walking to and from a Gautrain station is a little too far away. Gauteng is the place to be. Gautrain is the way to get you around province of gold. An economic powerhouse of the continent, Gauteng will boast a population of around 14,6 million people by 2015. Having the vision to provide economic mobility for its people, the Gauteng Provincial Government is at the forefront of infrastructure development that will transform Gauteng into a truly competitive global city region. Furthermore, is expected that an additional two million job opportunities can be created in Gauteng during the period 2005 to 2025 should the economy of the province grow at an average annual rate of between 4,5% and 5%. By attracting new investments and changing the lifestyle and landscape of the province of gold, Gautrain will contribute significantly towards the provincial government’s economic growth forecasts. Already, Gautrain has exceeded initial targets set for job creation, local skills development and capacity building with an estimated total of 92 900 direct, indirect and induced jobs created to date. It is estimated that Gautrain will create and/ or retain about 93 000 direct, indirect and induced jobs during the design, construction and commissioning of the project and more than 2 700 jobs per annum during the operation and maintenance of the project. Furthermore, it is estimated that an additional 40 000 jobs will be created due to developments in the vicinity of the stations. Best of South Africa 17
  • 18. Key Features • Trains every 12 minutes during peak periods during the first three years; thereafter, at ten minute intervals during these peak periods • Only 15 minutes between OR Tambo International Airport Station and Sandton Station • Only 42 minutes between Johannesburg Park Station and Hatfield in Tshwane • A maximum speed of 160 kilometres per hour • 24 separate four-car trains • Tight security on trains and stations through access control, electronic surveillance (over 650 CCTV cameras) and visible policing • Bus feeder and distributor services for passengers up to ten kilometres from stations. • The bus and train schedules will be synchronised. 18 Best of South Africa
  • 19. • Smart card electronic ticketing needing only one ticket for the train, bus and parking • Ten stations on an 80 kilometre route, between five and eight kilometres apart • The two forward rail cars on the airport service will comprise special airport cars Project timeline with fewer but wider and more luxurious seats and special areas for baggage Construction started at the end of September storage near the doors. 2006. Gautrain will be completed in two • Quick 30 to 45 second stops at stations phases: • Passengers can transfer easily between The first phase will be completed in June Gautrain and other forms of transport, 2010. It includes the route between the OR such as the new Bus Rapid Transport Tambo International Airport and Sandton. It services, planes, taxis, Metrorail trains and also includes the train and bus depot and cars operations control centre located south of • Park-and-ride facilities with more than 10 Allandale Road in Midrand. 000 parking bays at stations The second phase is scheduled for • To increase capacity after the initial completion by the end of March 2011. That 22 Milky Way Ave, period, an increasing number of train sets includes the remainder of the route and Linbro Business Park will be operated as eight-car train sets, stations such as Hatfield, Pretoria, Centurion, Marlboro comprising two four-car units coupled Midrand, Rosebank and Johannesburg Park Call centre: +27 11 891 7108 together. Station. www.gautrain.co.za Best of South Africa 19
  • 20. Nelson Mandela President, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and statesman, Nelson Mandela, the world’s icon of reconciliation, compassion and goodwill, turned 91 on Saturday 18 July 2009. Those 91 years have been remarkable. © Courtesy of Nelson Mandela Foundation. Photographer Matthew Willman. After spending 27 years in apartheid’s Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and started as an HIV awareness campaign prisons, Mandela became South Africa’s Rural Development. These organisations is now an international fund-raising first democratically elected president embody the spirit of reconciliation, ubuntu vehicle for the Mandela charities. This in 1994. He united a fraught and fearful and social justice, working through year, his birthday was commemorated country, bringing together blacks and whites strategic networks and partnerships to as Mandela Day, celebrated worldwide. when South Africa was living through violent capture the vision and values of Mandela’s It is hoped that the day will become an and troubled times. life; they develop programmes and international movement for good in which His legacy is enormous, and most partnerships to protect and improve the ordinary citizens contribute their time to tangible in the Nelson Mandela Foundation, lives of children and youth and nurture assisting less advantaged people to always the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, the African leaders through scholarship remember the sacrifices Mandela made for Mandela Rhodes Foundation and the programmes. The 46664 initiative, which peace and reconciliation. 20 Best of South Africa
  • 21. Friendships “For all the public exposure and media Known affectionately by his clan name attention Madiba remains an enigma to all but of Madiba, Mandela has friends across his most intimate circle,” concludes Kathrada. the world – Bill Clinton, Bono of U2, Naomi Campbell among others. But his In his honour closest friendships were with his political Nelson Mandela has the freedom of 45 cities comrades such as Walter Sisulu, Oliver around the world, and honorary citizenship Tambo and Ahmed Kathrada. Kathrada of 11 cities. In Johannesburg, Madiba’s and Madiba are the only two surviving image is cast in a 6m high bronze statue and accused from all three of South Africa’s stands preserved in his famous jive in Nelson main political trials: the 1952 Defiance Mandela Square. Campaign Trial, the 1956 Treason Trial and Speaking at the statue’s unveiling in April the 1963 Rivonia Trial. 2004, Ndileka Mandela, Madiba’s eldest In his autobiography Memoirs, granddaughter, said: “This is a very happy Kathrada recounts that he and Mandela statue. The dancing stance pays tribute to affectionately called one another madala, the spirit of joy and celebration inherent in the isiZulu for old man. people of South Africa.” “Charming and charismatic, he has The countless tributes to him around both a magnetic personality and a the world are without precedent. He has 23 commanding presence,” writes Kathrada. schools, universities and institutions named “An uncommon amalgam of peasant after him; 25 halls, buildings, monuments and and aristocrat, he is a living paradox: a housing developments; 13 stadiums, squares, democrat par excellence, with just a touch plazas, parks and gardens; 91 streets, of the autocrat; at once proud but simple; roads, boulevards and parks; 32 bursaries soft yet tenacious; obstinate and flexible; and scholarships, foundations and lectures. vain one moment and humble the next; Thirteen statues, sculptures and artworks infinitely tolerant but also impatient.” carry his name. Kathrada and Mandela spent 18 years Madiba had collected dozens of accolades together on Robben Island and a further from around the world: 18 sports-related seven in Pollsmoor Prison, along with honours and awards, and 115 other awards. Sisulu. Madiba was separated from them He has a range of strange items named in December 1988 when he was moved to after him: a landfill site, a spider, a seaslug, a Victor Verster Prison from which he was protea, a tea, an orchid, a rescue dog, and a released on 11 February 1990. racehorse. Best of South Africa 21
  • 22. South African Icons South Africa is a nation of heroes who have overcome hardships in so many spheres, be it on the sports field, in business or the political arena. But true icons stand head and shoulders above the rest. They stand out because they have done something remarkable and with great significance. President Jacob Zuma Recently, a South African Icon, Miriam their behalf at the United Nations. In 1986, something and you put your mind to it, then Makeba – known as the greatest songstress the United Nations awarded her the Dag you’ll get it done.” of our time – died while performing in Italy. Hammarskjöld Peace Prize and she later won Pistorius was named one of Time She was nicknamed “Mama Africa” because the Gold Otto Hahn Peace Medal. When Magazine’s Most Influential People of 2008. for many years her songs represented this Nelson Mandela brought her home after 30 When he was selected, it was said that he continent to the world. years in exile, she became South Africa’s has challenged the perception that living with In the 1950s and 60s, when few in Europe Goodwill Ambassador to the UN. a disability is a disadvantage. or the US considered South African talent, But this country is not short of living In the same list of most influential was Makeba was an international celebrity legends. Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius , Jacob Zuma who has triumphed against singing to packed audiences. She even sang known as “Bladerunner” and “the fastest man adversity to become South Africa’s president. alongside Marilyn Monroe on former US on no legs”, has let nothing get in the way of Born in KwaZulu Natal, Zuma’s father died President John F Kennedy’s birthday. breaking 26 world records. He is determined when he was five and he could not afford She used her fame to fight for human to race against able-bodied runners at the any formal education. He joined the ANC rights and became the one distinguished next Olympics. “You can’t say that you can’t at 17 and was later convicted of conspiring voice of the African people, speaking on do something,” he says. “If you want to do to overthrow the government and spent 10 22 Best of South Africa
  • 23. Oscar Pistorius Helen Zille Miriam Makeba years on Robben Island alongside his mentors was chosen for being a “national role model William Kentridge was also honoured. Veteran Nelson Mandela and Govan Mbeki. for making a real difference and giving people international rock icon Lou Reed wrote He worked his way up in the ANC and hope” as the then Cape Town Mayor. Zille is that Kentridge has the “ability to express was elected Deputy President in 1999 and known to pull no punches and fight to the end that for which there may be no words” and held that position until he was fired in 2005. for whatever she believes. that he has “an expression for the most In December 2007, he won a landslide In 1977 Zille, then a political journalist, inexpressible”. victory and was elected president of the exposed the truth behind black consciousness Kentridge is South Africa’s best known ANC and in April 2009 he became the fourth leader Steve Biko’s death in police custody. artist whose work is in demand all over the democratically elected president of South She joined the political fray in 1990, was world. He works mainly in charcoal drawings Africa. MEC for Education in the Western Cape with touches of pastel colour. He is also His opposition, Helen Zille – the leader before being elected as mayor and leader a theatre director and documentary film of the Democratic Alliance (the opposition of her party in 2007. Following the 2009 producer. He has won much acclaim for his party) and Premier of the Western Cape – was national elections, she became Premier of the multi-media theatre productions using hand chosen as World Mayor 2008 by the City Western Cape. In the 2009 Time Magazine’s puppets and is best known for his charcoal- Mayors, an international urban thinktank. She Most Influencial list, South African artist drawn animated films. Best of South Africa 23
  • 24. Mark Shuttleworth SA Icon When Mark Shuttleworth became South Africa’s first internet billionaire at 26, he gave each of his 16 employees R1-million rand for their loyalty. When he became the first African in Space in 2002, he used his journey to benefit the world by doing invaluable science experiments while in outer space. This business icon lives his life making He also makes it look so easy. “Every time He was 23 when he started his internet sure that whatever he does helps many I go for a jog I end up huffing and puffing consultancy in his parents’ garage in Cape other people. He is the consummate and thinking ‘hell, if I was a bit fitter, this Town that he would sell four years later for unconventional IT (information technology) would be easier’,” he says. “But the reality R3.58-billion ($575-million). With some of geek who is generous with his substantial is that if I were fitter, I would just want to that money, he spent training for two years wealth and determined to make a run further or faster, and end up huffing and in Russia to become the world’s second difference in this world. puffing anyway.” space tourist. “A big part of willpower is 24 Best of South Africa
  • 25. having something to aspire to, something to live for,” he says. In April 2002, he fulfilled his dream of flying in space, as a cosmonaut crew member of the Soyuz mission to the International Space Station. Although he has lived in London since 2001, he is proud of being a South African entrepreneur and is determined to helping previously disadvantaged South Africans. His investment company Here Be Dragons (HBD) Venture Capital invests only in South African companies that have potential to serve a global market. His non-profit Shuttleworth Foundation funds projects that improve the quality and reach of maths and science education in Africa. In 2004, Shuttleworth made headlines when he founded the Ubuntu Project to produce free operating desktop software. Ubuntu – meaning “humanity to others” - is the fastest growing and most celebrated version of the Linux operating system, with more than 10 million people running it. Shuttleworth has become a guru in internet technology, not least of all for taking on Microsoft’s Windows with Ubuntu. He claims, though, his only interest is spreading the use of free technology. He says: “A computer is not a device anymore. It is an extension of your mind and your gateway to other people.” Best of South Africa 25
  • 26. South Africa - A Hosting Nation After a sensational Rugby World Cup final in Johannesburg in 1995, Nelson Mandela famously donned the Springbok’s green-and-gold jersey before handing the winning trophy to their captain, Francois Pienaar. The Rainbow Nation went wild and tasted the future where South Africa would be the outstanding host to non-stop giant sporting events. A year later, Nelson Mandela was on hand again to present the winning trophy to the jubilant South African soccer team, Bafana Bafana, who triumphed at the continent’s premier football event, the African Cup of Nations. World-class facilities and impeccable management has seen successive tournaments that are electric, vibrant and well-supported, and has shown that South Africa is not only capable of hosting big sporting events, but able to make really big successes of them. Over the years, cricket-lovers have been spoilt with unbridled action – cricket’s showcase tournament, the ICC Cricket World Cup was first, and more recently, the uber-exciting Twenty20 World Championships. Wildly successful, the event is indelibly imprinted on the international psyche as the most exciting cricket event, ever. When the world’s biggest Twenty20 tournament, the Indian Premier League (IPL), needed a new arena, it was the perfect opportunity for South Africa to proudly show the world how well it can host a major event – with just 20 days to prepare – and shine it did, with cricket fever infecting local and international fans alike. Always a rugby-hungry nation, the country has welcomed numerous bone- grinding rugby tours, the most recent being the British Lions tour where the Springboks came up trumps. Truly set up to facilitate the very biggest global sporting events, South Africa has made a bid to host either the 2015 or 2019 Rugby World Cup again. A sell-out crowd of close to 105 000 fans lined the especially built street circuit in Durban for all the thrills and spills of the esteemed A1 Grand Prix, making it the one of the biggest sporting events in Durban’s history. Called South Africa’s “coastal playground”, the scenic beachfront circuit was voted the best round of the season in the World Cup of Motorsport by the competing nations. The event Media Club - Photographer Chris Kirchhoff has now moved to the Kyalami circuit in Johannesburg which also facilitates the adrenalin-pumping World Superbike Championship. An uncharacteristically rainy Johannesburg has played host to the World Cup of Athletics and Durban has welcomed the Paralympic Swimming World Championships, and is a regular stop-off on the Fina Swimming World Cup short-course 26 Best of South Africa
  • 27. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0 Media Club - Photographer Chris Kirchhoff Media Club - Photographer Khanyi Magubane http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0 The country recently showcased the Fifa Confederations Cup which exploded on an international audience with colour and energy. Orchestra’s of vuvuzelas pulsated to packed stadiums – a fantastic dress rehearsal for the upcoming mother of all football events, the FIFA 2010 World Cup. circuit, drawing some of the world’s best Besides the growing list of international The Rainbow Nation is ticking off the days swimmers and letting local stars like Ryk competitions, a number of homegrown to this highly prestigious, most watched of Neethling and Natalie du Toit excel. sporting events have become international international sporting events. Believing that Golf supporters have been wowed events in their own right. From “Africa’s this World Cup does not belong to South with the World Cup of Golf, President’s Major”, the annual Nedbank Golf Challenge, Africa alone, but to all of Africa, the nation Cup (rated one of the best-organised and to the world’s greatest ultra-marathon, the is waiting to show the rest of the world that most exciting golfing events ever), and the Comrades, many consistently attract a Africa is no longer the “dark continent” but Women’s World Cup of Golf which South world-class field and thoroughly impress a fascinating, vibrant, intoxicating land, alive Africa has hosted for several years running. with their professionalism and comraderie. with a fusion of cultures. Best of South Africa 27
  • 28. Tribute to SA sport After South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, the Rainbow Nation burst into the international sporting arena with enthusiasm and confidence and has churned out a long list of superstars and incredible winning teams that have made the country very proud. The electric 1995 Rugby World Cup heralded Victor Matfield is known for his exceptional the birth of this new era where a capacity skill at disrupting opposition line-outs home crowd watched Joel Stransky kick the and was a cornerstone of South Africa’s drop goal of a lifetime and win the final for 2007 World Cup success where he was the Springboks against New Zealand 15-12. crowned International Rugby Board (IRB) The iconic moment where Nelson Mandela player of the tournament. Bryan Habana presented the Webb Ellis Cup to South was another superstar, scoring eight tries in African captain Francois Pienaar will be the championship and consequently being forever etched onto the global memory. named the 2007 IRB Player of the Year. The Percy Montgomery was the leading point Boks, under the steady captainship of John scorer in the 2007 Rugby World Cup held Smit – one of South Africa’s most successful in France, playing a key role in the Boks’ captains ever and the most-capped captain successful march for the second time to in international rugby history – powered the Webb Ellis Cup. Montgomery’s 893 Test through the field to beat England 15-6 in points gives him well over twice as many the final. The Springboks were named 2008 points as the player in second place on the Team of the Year at the prestigious “Sport all-time Springboks points list, Naas Botha, Oscars” – the Laureus World Sports Awards who played in only 28 Tests compared to – and are currently ranked number one in the Montgomery’s 102, as most of Botha’s prime IRB World Rankings. years were in South Africa’s era of isolation Many of South Africa’s rugby heroes from world rugby. have been inducted into the International 28 Best of South Africa
  • 29. Rugby Hall of Fame including one of the most influential South African rugby players ever, Danie Craven; legendary “The Boot” Naas Botha; Morné du Plessis; Francois Pienaar and Joost van der Westhuizen. Recent South African rugby triumphs include thumping Australia in Johannesburg by 45 points, winning in New Zealand for the first time in 33 years, inflicting the worst ever defeat on England at Twickenham, and coming up trumps in the much celebrated 2009 British Lions tour. South Africa is also a well deserved winner in the 2009 Tri Nations Series against the southern hemisphere rugby powerhouses, Australia and New Zealand. The Boks won an epic victory over New Zealand to clinch the title and have now won the Series three times. South Africa won the IRB Sevens World Series for the 2008/09 season led by Mzwandile Stick and thanks to the winning combination of players like Vuyo Zangqa and Gio Aplon. This means South Africa now hold the “World Champions” title in both 15-a-side and Sevens rugby – the first time the two cups have been united in a single trophy cabinet. South African cricket icons like Alan Donald, Shaun Pollock and Hansie Cronje have become household names and no one will ever forget the flying Jonty Rhodes who shot to fame in a game against Pakistan during the 1992 Cricket World Cup when he dived full length, ball in hand, to break the stumps and effect a run out. Pakistan’s innings faltered from then on and South Africa won by twenty runs. The current Proteas team is under the stewardship of captain Graeme Smith and the team has gone from strength to strength beating New Zealand, the West Indies, Pakistan and Bangladesh in test matches, as well as drawing a series in India and winning their first test series in England since 1965. Pace bowling sensation Dale Steyn currently holds the second best bowling strike rate in Tests and was awarded the prestigious ICC 2008 Test Cricketer of the Year Award. The world’s biggest Twenty20 tournament, the Indian Premier League (IPL), came to South Africa’s shores in 2009 with much fanfare and allowing top South African players like AB de Villiers to shine for all to see at the ‘Challenge of Champions’. Legendary Gary Player is one of the icons of golfing worldwide. With his nine major championship victories, he is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of golf and is one of only five players to win golf’s “career Grand Slam”. In 2000, Player was voted “Sportsman of the Century” in South Africa. Player is succeeded by Ernie Els and Retief Goosen, both top professional players who have won major championships including several U.S. Open titles. Els won the World Match Play Championship a record seven times, held the number one spot in the Official Best of South Africa 29
  • 30. World Golf Rankings and has been ranked in the top ten for a record 750 weeks. Goosen started the 2009 season well with two wins on two major tours. South African swimming showed that it is a force to be reckoned with, when the dream team won the prestigious men’s 4x100 metre freestyle relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics. The incredible four consisted of Roland Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns, Darian Townsend and Ryk Neethling. Neethling currently holds several South African and world records, and Schoeman is the former World Record Holder in the 50 m Freestyle. A hero of exceptional courage and ambition is Natalie du Toit who qualified as the first female amputee swimmer ever to qualify for the Olympics, where she placed 16th in a field of 24 at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 10,000 metre swim. She is best known for the gold medals she won at the 2004 Paralympic Games as well as the Commonwealth Games. 30 Best of South Africa
  • 31. The 2009 International Association of the FIFA Confederations Cup where they of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World narrowly lost 1-0 to Brazil. South Africans Championships in Berlin saw two South rallied behind football in a unified show African stars shine – Mbulaeni Mulaudzi filled with wonderfully noisy vuvuzelas powered through to win the men’s 800 and pimped-up construction hats called metres gold medal and Godfrey Khotso makarapas – the event was celebrated as an Mokoena jumped to a silver medal in the hotly excellent dress rehearsal for the upcoming contested men’s Long Jump. FIFA 2010 World Cup. Soccer is the sport of the masses in South As the first football World Cup to be held Africa and has churned out icons like Doctor on African soil, the government has invested Khumalo, Lucas Radebe, Jomo Sono and billions of Rand to ensure that the FIFA 2010 Gary Bailey. The current superheroes, Benni World Cup South Africa will be the best McCarthy, Shaun Bartlett, Quinton Fortune one ever. Five spectacular uniquely-African and Steven Pienaar, have all been snapped stadiums have been built – the unforgettable up by the illustrious European football clubs. Soccer City Stadium has been built to The continent’s premier footballing event, look like a vast cooking pot simmering the African Cup of Nations, took place above a ring of fire – and other venues and on home soil in 1995 and saw a jubilant infrastructure are being massively upgraded. Bafana Bafana and captain Neil Tovey being As all eyes turn to South Africa, the Rainbow presented the winning trophy by mighty Nation will be hoping the home crowd Madiba. More recently, the boys did the advantage will power Bafana Bafana to nation proud as they powered through some victory and continue to make South African tough opposition to reach the semi-finals sporting history. Best of South Africa 31
  • 32. Homecoming Revolution President Jacob Zuma told the World Economic Forum 2009 how the international financial crisis has provided an opportunity to reverse the ‘braindrain’. “Many economic emigrants have for a better life than they had in South But all who return will tell you just how now discovered that the grass is not Africa and then returning home when they much they missed their strong family necessarily greener on the other side, and realised what they had was what they networks, old friends, familiarity and the will hopefully come home soon to assist really wanted. weather, says Martine Shaffer, managing with planning for our recovery,” he said. Each returning emigrant has their own director of Homecoming Revolution, an But South Africans overseas were story. Some left home with big career organisation aimed at reversing the South already coming home in their droves. For dreams after university and others sought African skills shortage. There has been most of them, it was a matter of searching refuge from crime and a weakening rand. a definite increase in folks returning, 32 Best of South Africa
  • 33. would most like to spend their lives. When have to readjust their expectations and your income is under threat, you look at take smaller packages.” where you will feel the most secure and First National Bank sponsors the generally that is in the place you know, Homecoming Revolution and helps with the people you love.” expatriates set up bank accounts, secure The expatriates are returning with loans and start businesses. “We would international experience and skills that are like to see South Africans returning from so desperately needed in South Africa, abroad, rolling up their sleeves and according to Shaffer. “Mostly, despite finding new and relevant ways to make the economic climate, they don’t have this country even greater,” says FNB CEO problems finding work” she says. Michael Jordaan. Paton Personnel – who specialise in top- And the returnees are clearly keen to do end job placement in the financial sector – just that. has noticed the influx of expatriates. “There has been a spike in interest in finding work here,” says Paton’s chief operating officer Allison Gillson. “Some people were affected when working in the big global according to Brad Barker, joint CEO of banks but others just want to come home Elliott International. “From January to because there is a sense that we will be May 2009, 41% of our import shipments more cushioned from the crisis here.” were returning South Africans,” he says. A few come home with jobs lined up, but “I believe it has a great deal to do with the most just arrive. “We were asked to quote deteriorating economic climate.” on 20 families living in Western Australia Shaffer says, “The crisis has made who were retrenched by one company,” people reassess their lives and where they says Barker. “They will find work. They may www.homecomingrevolution.co.za Best of South Africa 33
  • 34. South African Arts & Culture The arts have exploded in the past decade and audiences both locally and internationally continue to be thrilled by the unmistakable flavour of the country that emerges out of such a rich cultural kaleidoscope. 34 Best of South Africa
  • 35. Opera Africa copyright - Chorister - Princess Magogo In 2008, South African music made a big impact internationally: dub-rockers BLK JKS, electronica band Goldfish, Flat Stanley, and the countries biggest selling rock group, Just Jinger, all signed major international record deals. The much celebrated Ladysmith Black Mambazo scooped their third Grammy in 2009 in the Best Traditional World Music international festivals and markets. One of Album category. The group has earned 13 the latest offerings is ‘Jerusalema’, written Grammy nominations – the most for any and directed by Ralph Ziman and produced South African band. The renowned Soweto by Tendeka Matatu, the film has been Gospel Choir were also nominated for a submitted for consideration in the category Grammy in 2009. of best foreign language film at the 2009 The South African film industry has Oscars. enjoyed unparalleled growth with top- ‘Jerusalema’ joins a growing list of quality productions present at all the South African productions at the Oscars. Best of South Africa 35
  • 36. ‘Yesterday’, by Darrell Roodt, was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film in 2005. Gavin Hood’s ‘Tsotsi’ won the Oscar in this category in 2006. Shot in Johannesburg, sci-fi film ‘District 9’, which is directed by South African-born computer-graphics whiz, Neill Blomkamp, has taken the US box office by storm, earning the number-one spot and raking in US$37-million (R302-million) during its opening weekend in August 2009. The influential 2009 Cannes Film Festival has selected South African filmmaker, John Barker, as one of the world’s top young directors for his latest script, ‘The Umbrella Men’. Barker’s 2006 urban-comedy ‘Bunny Chow’ was received positively worldwide, and selected to participate in various International Film Festivals. The South African theatre production – ‘the Magic Flute / Impempe Yomlingo’ – won the 2008 Best Musical Revival at the prestigious Laurence Olivier Awards and has been sold-out from Cape Town to London to New York. The production features Pauline Malefane, star of ‘U-Carmen eKhayelitsha’ which won the Frances Kendall coveted Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear. The internationally acclaimed Zulu opera, ‘Princess Magogo’, has also toured the world and is recognised as one of the most 36 Best of South Africa
  • 37. exciting and innovative musical events ever. South African art has been fetching fabulous prices worldwide. In 2007, Bonhams of London established their first- ever auction solely devoted to South African art and each year artworks fetch record sales. The top seller at the 2009 auction was Maggie Laubser and two record bids were also achieved for Walter Battiss and Anton van Wouw. In 2005, South African Marlene Dumas became the world’s most expensive living female artist for selling a painting for $3.34-million, a status she maintained for one year. South Africa has a rich history of literary output – two of the most notable being Nadine Gordimer and JM Coetzee - both receiving the Nobel Laureate in Literature. Other well known South African authors include Alan Paton (Cry, the Beloved Country); Credo Mutwa; André Brink (A Dry White Season); and Athol Fugard (My Children! My Africa!). Best of South Africa 37
  • 38. Calendar of Events Calendar of Events January It includes a 1.9 km sea swim, a 90 km cycle Midmar Mile and a 21.1 km run. The Midmar Mile is in it’s 37th year and has Dusi www.ironman703.co.za attracted over 17000 annual entries over Take to the waters with the legendary Hansa the last few years. Now officially the largest Powerade “Dusi” canoe marathon that runs Audi Joburg Fashion Week open water swimming event in the world from Camps Drift near Pietermaritzburg Autumn/Winter 2010 Collections will grace and recognised by the Guinness Book of through two river systems, the Umsindusi the catwalk as the annual Audi Joburg World Records as the world’s largest open and the Umgeni, to finish three days later Fashion Week returns for the fourth year water swimming event. near Durban. at Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention www.midmarmile.co.za www.dusi.org.za / www.canoesa.org.za Centre. The four day fashion showcase features the nation’s best designers Up The Creek Festival J&B Met unveiling their creative forecast of the This Music Festival is a get-together of The stage is set for a record day in every season’s trends, to a global audience musicians, fans, friends, party-animals, respect when the gates open at Kenilworth of media, fashion buyers, and fashion upcoming talent, golden oldies, rockers, Racecourse in Cape Town, for one of South consumers. revelers and generally all other electrifying Africa’s biggest summer racing, fashion www.africanfashioninternational.com things that you can pack into the intimate and entertainment occasions, and Africa’s festival spot next to the Breede River in hottest horseracing event - the R2-million, February Swellendam. Grade 1 J&B Met. www.upthecreek.co.za www.jbmet.co.za MTN Sabie Classic Mountain Bike Race The venue for this breathtakingly beautiful March Spec-Savers Ironman 70.3 South Africa event is the rolling hills of Mpumalanga, Triathlon where the splendor of the scenery contrasts The Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour Popular with athletes and great training with the tough and unforgiving nature of the This Cycle Tour, is one of the world’s largest events for the full distance events, the course. individually timed cycle races - and the first Spec-Savers Ironman is held in Buffalo City. www.sabieclassic.co.za event outside Europe to be included in the 38 Best of South Africa
  • 39. International Cycling Union’s Golden Bike Spec Savers Ironman South Africa Series - sees over 35 000 cyclists tackling The punishing Ironman Triathlon, held a 109km route around Cape Town that is as in the beautiful surrounds of Nelson spectacular as it is grueling. Mandela Bay, includes a 3.8 km swim, a www.cycletour.co.za 180 km cycle and a 42.2 km run that tests the endurance of athletes to their limits. Cape Town Festival www.ironmansouthafrica.com As per tradition the Cape Town Festival is back again, celebrating the diversity of The Swazi Xtreme Adventure Race the Mother City. By inviting popular artists This race has a proud tradition of from throughout the continent Cape Town challenging competitors with race is showcased as a proudly African city. The routes that incorporate awesome natural Cape Town Festival, born out of the ”One features, friendly rural people and an City, Many Cultures” campaign, will be atmosphere of risk and reward. The event reaching out to the continent in line with our has also been consistently innovative countries hosting of the 2010 Soccer World in its mission to keep the adventure Cup. in adventure racing and to avoid this www.capetownfestival.co.za becoming an elitist ultra distance athletic sport. Time of the Writer Festival www.ar.co.za/sx This 12th international writers festival, hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts, Jomba! Contemporary Dance will bring together South African, African Experience and international writers in a week-long This 11th dance experience promises programme of stimulating literary events. dynamic days of contemporary dance, www.cca.ukzn.ac.za featuring top South African, African and International dance groups. Workshops, April master classes, fringe and youth fringe performances, and many more activities Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon will be presented. This event has earned a reputation as www.cca.ukzn.ac.za the world’s most beautiful marathon. The event attracts close to 26 000 participants My Coke Zero Fest across the ultra, half marathon and the fun Coca-Cola Zero™ brings an runs and provides them with a mixture of unprecedented international and local breathtaking scenery, a gruelling test of line-up of the hottest rock bands, with 12 fitness for both the elite and recreational hours of rocking music and unbelievable runner, and an unrivalled race organization experiences, making it the most and atmosphere. adrenalin-fuelled festival in South Africa. www.twooceansmarathon.org.za www.mycokefest.co.za Best of South Africa 39
  • 40. Health and Beauty ABSA Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees Kick up some dust and celebrate Afrikaans Culture in Oudtshoorn. The fun-filled Klein Karoo Nationale Kunstefees is a merry event that stages new Afrikaans talent as well as old favourites and has grown to a gathering that attracts around 18 000 festival buffs. The event started as an Afrikaans arts and culture festival, but has evolved into an inclusive multi-cultural and multi-lingual arts festival, celebrating the diversity of South Africa. www.kknk.co.za The Cape Town International Jazz Festival This festival, known as Africa’s Grandest Gathering, has grown into a hugely successful international event. The festival will be in its 11th year when it takes place in 2010 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. www.capetownjazzfest.com May Comrades Marathon With over 80 years of history, the Comrades Marathon is one of the Worlds most famous ultra-marathons, run over an 89.3 km route through rolling countryside between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. www.comrades.com Bell’s Fort Nottingham Highland & Traditional Games The 4th Bell’s Fort Nottingham Highland and Traditional Games takes place on Saturday, May 15 at the Fort Nottingham Fields near Nottingham Road in KwaZulu Natal’s midlands. This highly popular celebration of Scottish and Celtic traditions has become a firm favourite for the midlands and promises to be a wonderful, spirited community event once again, attracting 6000 people on one day! www.fortnottinghamhighlandgames.com South African Music Awards This Awards event is South Africa’s premiere music awards ceremony, recognizing accomplishment in the South African recording industry by celebrating those groups and individuals who have excelled across the many genres and various facets of the industry. www.samusicawards.co.za 40 Best of South Africa
  • 41. June FIFA World Cup South Africa regularly hosts major international sporting events, and since 1994 has successfully managed some of the biggest - but the Football World Cup, the world’s biggest sporting event after the Olympic games - in terms of television audience, bigger than the Olympics - is in a class of its own. For four weeks in 2010 (11/06 – 11/07), South Africa will be the centre of the world. The eyes of billions of television viewers, an estimated three million international visitors and the cream of the world’s sporting media will be focused on the southern tip of Africa. Grahamstown National Arts Festival This Arts Festival is annually held in the university town of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. The event is Africa’s largest and most colourful cultural event that offers a choice of the very best of both indigenous and imported talent. www.nafest.co.za ARISE Cape Town Fashion Week our continent presents an opportunity to where cinemas are non-existent. The festival AFI has worked alongside the Cape Town stimulate the continent’s creative economy will also offer an extensive seminar and Fashion Council as they have tirelessly and showcase the rich, deep cultures workshop programme featuring local and executed a sophisticated curatorship that inform and infuse our existence here. international filmmakers. programme designed to ensure that fresh Fashion transcends culture and ethnicity. www.cca.ukzn.ac.za fashion talent is given an opportunity to www.africanfashioninternational.com shine. Cape Town is also home to many of Stellenbosch Wine Festival Africa’s most established couturiers and July One of the biggest and oldest food and wine a significant tranche of its fashion media festivals in the Cape. Join this year’s festival and models. As such, we draw on what Vodacom Durban July goers as they enjoy a special selection of the city has to offer us that is unique and This is Africa’s greatest horseracing event. over 500 wines and gourmet delights from innovative to be presented in this fashion It is held at the Greyville racecourse in 170 top exhibitors all under one roof. week. Kwazulu-Natal on the first Saturday in July www.wineroute.co.za www.africanfashioninternational.com each year. The annual outbreak of “July Fever” makes its regular appearance in August ARISE Africa Fashion Week mid-April and grows in intensity as the Africa has long been a muse for the arts days pass, becoming a national epidemic. BMW International Polo Series throughout the world, most recently in www.vodacomdurbanjuly.co.za This Polo Series, played against a touring fashion, with the world’s top designers international team, is the highlight of the choosing to look towards African Durban International Film Festival South African Polo calendar. The first Test techniques, designs and materials to The festival will present over 200 screenings (always on a Sunday) is played at Shongweni, ensure that their collections appeal to a of films from around the world, with a near Durban and the second Test, played wider global audience. The world-class special focus on films from South African a week later, is held at the Inanda Club in platform that AFI is providing the designers and Africa. Screenings will take place Sandton. from the north, east, west and south of throughout Durban including township areas www.sapolo.org.za Best of South Africa 41
  • 42. Health and Beauty September Darling Wild Flowers Show The beautiful town of Darling in the Cape has hosted a wildflower show almost every year since 1917. The Wildflower Society, organisers of the show, aim to promote the conservation of flowers in the region and display this natural wealth for visitors to enjoy. www.darlingwildflowers.co.za Hermanus Whale Festival This Festival, is the only enviro-Arts festival in South Africa, it is held annually to celebrate the return of the Southern Right Whales to the waters of Walker Bay, our magnificent environment and the arrival of spring! www.whalefestival.co.za Soweto Festival This festival is the principal event in Soweto that draws together business, SMMEs, youth, community organisations, consumers and all the people of Soweto on an annual basis to celebrate Soweto’s richness and diversity. The Festival provides a vehicle for businesses in Soweto, South Africa’s largest township, to reclaim their rightful share of this spending by placing local enterprises and SMMEs side by side with some of the country’s leading brands. www.sowetofestival.co.za October The Avis South African Derby The most anticipated event on the equestrian and social calendar. Besides the thrilling Show jumping Derby, there is also Dressage, 42 Best of South Africa
  • 43. Equitation, Driving, and Showing, held at the Kyalami Equestrian Park. www.ghsinfo.co.za Joburg Day Music Festival 94.7 Highveld Stereo and Santam invite all Joburgers to get together for a day of celebration and quality South African music. It’s about bringing the city together in the biggest musical festival of the year! www.highveld.co.za Poetry Africa International Festival The week long program features more than twenty poets, predominantly from South Africa and elsewhere on the African continent, and includes performances, readings, music and book-launches weekly at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre (University of KwaZulu- Natal) with a festival finale at BAT Centre. Day activities include seminars, workshops, open mic opportunities, and school visits. As well as a schools poetry competition taking place. www.cca.ukzn.ac.za November 94.7 Highveld Cycle Race Sponsored by 94.7 Highveld Stereo and Pick ‘n Pay, Gauteng’s premier cycle challenge is now in its 12th year getting Joburg residents onto their bikes. Over 30 000 cyclists take part in “Joburg’s safest race”, which is 94.7 kilometers in length. www.cyclechallenge.co.za December Nedbank Golf Challenge The Nedbank Golf Challenge is where the world’s best golfers battle it out at Sun City’s Gary Player Country Club. With a total prize pool of more than $4 million up for grabs. www.nedbankgolfchallenge.com Women’s World Cup of Golf According to the WWCG website, “Officials from the Women’s World Cup of Golf, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and the Ladies European Tour (LET) have made a joint decision to pursue moving the date of the 2010 event to the end of the season instead of opening the season with it in January, as has been tradition for the past three years. The event organizers will look to host the event towards the end of the season to create the best possible chance of attracting the world’s top players to South Africa.” www.womensworldcupofgolf.com Lipizzaners Carols By Candlelight Join our South African Lipizzaners in a Christmas Performance with Carols By Candlelight performances. The magnificent white Lipizzaner stallions will be performing with singers from the Welsh Male Voice Choir incorporating Christmas Carols to ring in the Festive Season. www.lipizzaners.co.za Best of South Africa 43
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  • 46. Travel & Tourism Travel & Tourism South Africa is a place of remarkable contrasts, offering lush subtropical forests, vast and arid desert plains, high-energy cities, hopelessly hippie beaches, abundant wildlife, a rich and fascinating history, friendly people and, pretty much everywhere you go, spectacular natural beauty of all kinds. 46 Best of South Africa
  • 47. Legacy projects • Constitution Hill Project: The Old Fort Prison in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, was Monuments, museums, plaques, outdoor developed into a multidimensional and art, heritage trails and other symbolic multipurpose precinct that houses the representations create visible reminders of, Constitutional Court and accommodates and commemorate, the many aspects of various constitutional commissions. The South Africa’s past. Constitution Hill Project involved the Government has initiated several national development of the Constitutional Hill legacy projects to establish commemorative precinct to accommodate the CC, the symbols of South Africa’s history and to Constitution Museum, the Women’s Jail, celebrate its heritage. the Old Fort and a commercial precinct. The legacy projects include the: • The Sarah Baartman National Heritage Site in Hankey in the Eastern Cape • Women’s Monument: On 9 August 2000, and the Sarah Baartman Human Rights former President Thabo Mbeki unveiled a Memorial in the Western Cape. monument at the Union Buildings in Pretoria to commemorate the contribution of the women of South Africa in the struggle for freedom. • Chief Albert Luthuli’s house in KwaDukuza, KwaZulu-Natal: This house has been restored by the Department of Arts and Culture as a museum with a visitors’ interpretative centre. • Battle of Blood River/Ncome Project: Following the unveiling of the Ncome Monument and Wall of Remembrance on 16 December 1998, the Ncome Museum was opened in 1999. The structures honour the role played by the Zulu nation in the battle. • Samora Machel Project: The Samora Machel Monument in Mbuzini, Mpumalanga, was unveiled on 19 October 1998. The second phase was completed in 2005. • Nelson Mandela Museum: This museum in the Eastern Cape was opened 1n 2000. It is being developed as a single component comprising three elements, namely a museum in Mthatha, a youth centre at Qunu, and a visitors’ centre in Mvezo, where former President Mandela was born. Best of South Africa 47
  • 48. • Freedom Park Project: Construction of the Freedom Park Project, a memorial to the anti-apartheid struggle at Salvokop in Pretoria, began in 2002. The first phase of the R560-million memorial site was handed over to government in 2004. This phase, costing R45 million, involved the design and construction of the Garden of Remembrance in honour of the country’s departed freedom fighters. • The Khoisan Heritage and Culture Institution in Hankey, Kouga Municipality, as part of the Khoisan Legacy Project. An estimated R5 million was allocated for the first phase. Other projects underway are the 1981 Matola Raid Memorial in Maputo, Mozambique; the rehabilitation and development of the Lock Street women’s prison in East London into a museum; development of the former apartheid state security Vlakplaas farm into a heritage memorial site; and the OR Tambo Memorial Project in Bizana in the Eastern Cape. 48 Best of South Africa
  • 49. Cultural villages • the Mapoch Ndebele Village in Mbeki, and a place of both extreme poverty, Winterveld, north-west of Pretoria and extreme beauty. Most tourists visiting South Africa are eager • the Gaabo Motho Cultural Village in Like the rest of South Africa, the Eastern to explore the country’s cultural diversity. Mabopane Cape has wildlife-rich national parks and At the same time, an increasing number of • the Rainbow Cultural Village, west of the other conservation areas - but with a unique local tourists want to learn more about the Hartbeespoort Dam, North West advantage. In the Eastern Cape, there is people they were separated from under • Botshabelo in Middelburg, Mpumalanga no risk, as there is in other natural areas, of apartheid. • Shangana in Hazyview, Mpumalanga. malaria. The province’s attractions include the Various projects around the country offer Addo Elephant Park, which contains five of insight into South Africa’s cultural wealth, Provinces South Africa’s seven major vegetation zones, ranging from traditional dances and rituals in and a unique combination of the Big Seven - rural areas, to excursions into the urban and South Africa is divided into nine provinces. elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, whales township milieux that give South Africa its The provinces, with their own distinctive and great white sharks, plus a rich heritage defining features. landscapes, vegetation and climate each rich of archaeological and historical sites. The in history, culture and diversity that makes reserve also has the largest coastal dune field These include: South Africa the rewarding destination for the in the southern hemisphere. • Khaya Lendaba near Port Elizabeth tourist and business traveller alike. It is a land Jeffrey’s Bay is said to be one of the top • the Basotho Cultural Village situated of opportunity and promise! Today, different three surfing spots in the world. The town’s in the QwaQwa Nature Reserve near cultures and races live in harmony, weaving other attractions are scuba diving, rock Harrismith, Free State a colourful tapestry in the busy urban streets fishing, dolphin and whale spotting, and the • the Makhosini Cultural Village and and the quite rural landscapes. dazzling Gamtoos River valley, noted for its Tourism Initiative in the Valley of Kings at bird life. Umgungundlovu in KwaZulu-Natal Eastern Cape Grahamstown, originally a military outpost, • the Lesedi Cultural Village near with its Georgian and Victorian buildings, is Johannesburg The Eastern Cape is a study in contrasts: the where the 1820 British settlers came ashore • Tlholego in Magaliesburg political womb of the country, the birthplace as part of the British colonial government’s • the KoMjekejeke Cultural Village, north of of the country’s first two democratic efforts to populate the interior with white Pretoria presidents, Nelson Mandela and Thabo people from England. These days is it best Best of South Africa 49
  • 50. Health and Beauty known for the annual National Arts Festival, are buried, the result of the disastrous 1857 the largest of its kind in Africa. Grahamstown Nongqawuse prophesy to slaughter their is also a vibrant university town, home to entire stock of cattle and destroy their crops, Rhodes University. and in return the ancestors would ensure that In the interior of the province is Cradock, white settlers would be blown into the sea. a Karoo town known for resistance politics. It Some 25 000 Xhosas subsequently died of is also the place where Olive Schreiner lived, starvation. best known for her novel The Story of an Some 60km west of King William’s Town African Farm. She is buried in the hills outside is Fort Hare, originally a multiracial college the town. set up by missionaries, and the place where Also near the town is the Mountain Zebra Tanzania’s Julius Nyerere, Zimbabwe’s National Park, a conservation success story, Robert Mugabe and Nelson Mandela were saving the mountain zebra species from educated. extinction. On the northern edge of the Eastern The historic town of Graaff-Reinet, with Cape is Rhodes. San rock paintings can be a town centre preserved largely intact from explored in the vicinity of the town, while 1786, was the birthplace of Robert Sobukwe, winter skiers make their way through Rhodes founder of the Pan Africanist Congress. to Tiffindell, the country’s only ski resort, Graaff-Reinet is in the centre of the 14 500ha set up against the southern Drakensberg Camdeboo National Park, in the Great Karoo. mountains bordering Lesotho. Nieu Bethesda is a little dorp north The remote and undeveloped Wild of Graaff-Reinet, a place that may have Coast, stretching from East London to the disappeared from the map if it weren’t for beautiful Mkambati Nature Reserve, consists Helen Martins, a reclusive and obsessive of unspoilt beaches, lush forest, green, artist generally disliked in the village during undulating hills, complimented by hospitality her lifetime. For many decades of the early from the local Xhosa community. 20th century, Martins worked tirelessly on The town of Mthatha (previously Umtata) cramming her small home, today known as is in the middle of the Wild Coast region, and the Owl House, with visionary sculpture made is home to the Nelson Mandela Museum. The from the prosaic materials of cement and museum offers guided tours to the nearby parts of glass bottles. village of Qunu, where Mandela grew up. King William’s Town marks a significant The remains of his primary school, the rock element of Xhosa history. A mass grave in he used to play on and the graveyard where the cemetery is where hundreds of Xhosa family members are buried are highlights. 50 Best of South Africa
  • 51. Free State its stunning mountain views and gorgeous ravines. Black wildebeest, eland, blesbok, Bloemfontein, the capital of the province, is oribi, springbok and Burchell’s zebra can be the home of the Supreme Court of Appeal, seen in the park, as well as the rare bearded but also the birthplace of JR Tolkien, author vulture (lammergeier) and the bald ibis. of The Lord of the Rings. Clarens is well known as an arts and crafts The city is on the route between mecca, popular for its cafes and galleries. Johannesburg and Cape Town, and has The Witsieshoek Mountain Resort a number of interesting museums and art gives access into the high Drakensberg galleries, including the Oliewenhuis Art escarpment, with a hike to the top of the Gallery, the National Afrikaans Literary grand Amphitheatre and the Mont aux Museum, and the National Women’s Sources, at 3 278m, the source of the Tugela. Monument and War Museum. The Basotho Cultural Village is nearby, Two interesting personalities have showcasing Basotho traditions. associations with the province. Emily The Free State also has a World Heritage Hobhouse, who campaigned on behalf of Site - the Vredefort Dome, the result of the Boer concentration camp internees during two billion-year-old meteorite of 10km in the 1899-1902 Anglo-Boer (South African) diameter that hit the earth about 100km War, is buried at the foot of the National southwest of Johannesburg, creating an Women’s Monument. enormous impact crater. Laurens van der Post, explorer, writer The world has about 130 crater and soldier, grew up in Philippolis, a town indentations of possible impact origin. The 160km south of Bloemfontein. Seventy-five Vredefort Dome is among the top three, of the town’s houses have been declared and is the oldest and largest clearly visible national heritage sites, consisting of a mix meteorite impact site in the world. of flat-roofed Karoo and Cape Dutch gabled houses, and Victorian broekie-lace gems. Gauteng The Highlands Route, a road along the Lesotho border for some 280 kilometres, Although South Africa’s smallest province, runs around the northern tip of Lesotho, from Gauteng is the most industrialised and Phuthadijhaba (Witsieshoek) to Wepener, densely populated. The name of the province taking in impressive rock formations. The means “place of gold”, and the metal route passes through Clarens and the accounts for its concentration of wealth and Golden Gate Highlands National Park, with its 40% contribution to the country’s GDP. Best of South Africa 51
  • 52. Gold is the reason for Johannesburg’s was discovered in 1886. It still attracts establishment, and the city is defined by its immigrants, and the result is a lively mix exploitation - although fast disappearing, of cultures, languages and cuisines. It can the southern section of the city is littered be a dangerous city, but has an energetic, with large mine dumps and scattered vibrant pace that soon becomes addictive. headgear. An earlier mine, shaft 14, now The city is home to the country’s super incorporated into the theme park, Gold rich, and the desperately poor. Upmarket Reef City, offers trips 226m below ground. shopping malls abound, together with 70% On the same site is the Apartheid Museum, of South Africa’s corporate headquarters, a powerful place commemorating and the stock exchange, a significant Art Deco recording the country’s appalling history of collection, casinos, theatres, museums, art racial discrimination. galleries, flea markets, splashes of water Further south is the iconic township and some 10 million trees. Soweto. Here the unravelling of apartheid Residents jive to the sounds of a host of began in 1976, with schoolchildren rebelling musicians, from Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, against apartheid education, and losing Hugh Masekela and Johnny Clegg to their lives along the way. June 16, 1976 has Sibongile Khumalo and Yvonne Chaka been memorialised in the Hector Pieterson Chaka. Several orchestras, numerous Museum and Memorial, remembering the kwaito, rap, jazz, maskanda and mbaqanga death of Hector Pieterson, who was the artists keep Joburgers’ feet tapping. The first child to die on the day, becoming the city has several major dance companies, symbol of repression and police brutality. from ballet to Afro-fusion. Several annual The township was home to Nelson music and dance festivals - the joy of jazz, and Winnie Mandela; their home is now arts alive, dance umbrella - keep residents a museum. Nobel laureate Archbishop on their toes. Internationally recognised Desmond Tutu has a home in the same artists living in the city include William street. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela still lives Kentridge, Sam Nthemhetha, Edoardo in the township. Villa, Penny Siopis, David Koloane, Cecil Tours of the township take in the Skotnes, Robert Hodgins, Willem Boshoff, Kliptown Square, where the Freedom and Pat Matlua. Charter was ratified in 1955, shebeens Joburg has several large soccer and indigenous restaurants, and the Chris stadiums, and is to host the opening and Hani Baragwanath Hospital, the biggest in final matches of the 2010 Fifa Football southern Africa. World Cup. The Constitutional Court has found a To the north-west of the city is the home in the city, on the site of a set of jails, Cradle of Humankind, consisting of the the place of incarceration of two of the Sterkfontein caves and Maropeng, the 20th century’s icons, Mahatma Gandhi and former the source of some of the world’s Nelson Mandela, and many thousands of most significant hominid fossils, the latter apartheid petty offenders. visitors’ centre and museum set in a huge Johannesburg is a cosmopolitan city, structure signifying the historical importance attracting immigrants from the day gold of the area in the beginnings of humankind. 52 Best of South Africa
  • 53. The Sterkfontein Caves are where Mrs Ples, dating back 2.5-million years, and Little Foot, an almost complete ape-man skeleton just over 4 million years old, have been found. The 47 000-hectare Sterkfontein valley consists of around 40 different fossil sites, 13 of which have been excavated. Just beyond the Cradle is the KwaZulu-Natal Magaliesberg mountain range, with the Crocodile River running towards this This province has a bit of everything: moderately high range on its way to the beaches washed by the warm Indian Hartebeespoort Dam , to become the Ocean, plentiful wildlife in well-organised Limpopo River. game parks, significant battlefields, and Gauteng’s other major city is Pretoria, two World Heritage Sites: the (Greater St founded around a Boer farming community Lucia) Wetland Park and the iSimangaliso in 1855, and the country’s administrative uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. capital since 1910. The home of president Durban, the country’s largest harbour, Paul Kruger, its reputation as the bastion offers the visitor a mix of cultures: Zulu, of apartheid was exploded when President Indian and English, with temples, Victorian Nelson Mandela was inaugurated in 1994 at architecture and Zulu crafts, particularly the iconic Union Buildings. The city’s Church clay pots and beautiful woven baskets, Square consists of elegant, colonial-style abundant in the city. The weather is buildings, a meeting place for Afrikaners for subtropical and can be very humid but its Mahatma Gandhi was thrown out over 100 years. The Palace of Justice and beaches offer swimming all year round. of a first-class train, on his way to the Raadsaal are the oldest buildings on the Not to be missed is the uShaka Marine Johannesburg. square, built in grand, neo-classical style World, a new entertainment park near the Another personality linked to the city is with Joburg’s early gold revenues. Durban harbour. It offers a spectacular Alan Paton, author of the acclaimed novel South of the city is the University aquarium, thrilling water rides, tubing on Cry the Beloved Country. Paton was born in of South Africa, the country’s largest a canal that winds through the park and the city in 1903, and his study, documents correspondence university. Further south under the shark tank, and dolphin and and personal memorabilia are preserved in is the Voortrekker Monument, perhaps seal shows, where the animals display the Alan Paton Centre on the University of the most symbolic statement of Afrikaner their remarkable intelligence. There are KwaZulu-Natal campus. nationalism in the country. also a number of restaurants, bars and The city’s best museum is the Tatham Art North of the city is the Tswaing Crater, shops. Gallery, with works by Pablo Picasso, Edgar one of best-preserved meteorite craters KwaZulu-Natal’s Tugela, Umgeni and Degas, Henri Matisse alongside works by in the world. Some 220 000 years ago a Umkomaas are three of the country’s South Africans. meteorite hit the earth, creating a crater of great rivers. Heading north from Pietermaritzburg is just over one kilometre in diameter. It is one Some 80km north of Durban is the Midlands Meander, a route that takes in of around 170 impact craters in the world Pietermaritzburg, a well-preserved a number of crafts stalls, tea shops, pubs, and one of four known impact craters in Victorian city, with a lively multicultural trout-fishing farms, country hotels and South Africa. community. This city is the one where B&Bs. Best of South Africa 53
  • 54. The N3 road through the midlands roughly traces the last journey of Nelson Mandela before he was arrested in 1962, and sentenced to jail for 27 years in the Rivonia Trial. Most visitors head inland, up the north coast to Zululand and Maputaland, home of the great Zulu kings Shaka and Dingaan. There are several of the country’s great game parks in the area - Ithala, Mkuze and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi - well stocked with rhino, as well as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a 2 700km patchwork of five distinct ecosystems. This World Heritage Site protects a lake, dunes, a marine zone, papyrus and reeds, and dry savannah and thornveld. The famous Zululand battlefields provide a graphic reminder of the battles between Boers and Zulus, British and Zulus, and Boers and British, either as do-it-yourself or organised tours. Places such as Rorke’s Drift, Isandlwana, Gingindlovu, Blood River and Spioenkop are where many men’s blood flowed, and where the history of the province was written. Alternatively, the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, 243 000 hectares in size, stretching 150 kilometres down the western spine of the province, offers great hiking, camping, horse-riding, San rock art, luxury hotels, and majestic views. Its remarkable geology and unmatched wealth of San rock art, makes it a mixed cultural and natural World Heritage Site. For more than 4 000 years the San lived in these spectacular mountains and created a vast body of rock art - the largest and most concentrated collection in Africa. There are some 600 sites and 35 000 individual images. Limpopo Limpopo province abuts South Africa’s northern border with Botswana and Zimbabwe, and was the entry point of the original Bantu people into the country around 300AD. The province consists of thornbush- scattered lowveld, lush mountain areas, clusters of baobabs, wetlands and a lake district, and a profusion of game farms. The Limpopo river divides South Africa from its neighbours; its origins can be traced to a spring in Johannesburg. The Drakensberg mountain range rises in Limpopo, and sweeps down through Letaba, an area of lush forests, lakes and waterfalls, into Mpumalanga and KwaZulu- Natal. But there are two mini mountain ranges in Limpopo - the Waterberg and the Soutpansberg. The Waterberg mountains, in the west of the province, are a Unesco- proclaimed savannah biosphere with malaria-free big five game viewing, while the Soutpansberg mountains in the north are sub-tropical, and home of the legendary Rain Queen. 54 Best of South Africa
  • 55. The northern section of the province has The Soutpansberg mountains, named by the significant history - the Mapungubwe site Voortrekker pioneers, previously salt pans is now a World Heritage Site. The recently but now enjoying a sub-tropical climate, formed Mapungubwe National Park is rich produces exotic crops like macadamia nuts, in biodiversity, great scenic beauty and the avocados, mangoes and bananas. Other cultural importance of the archaeological parts of the range offer unspoilt mountain treasures of Mapungubwe. retreats with around 250 different tree The park is the site where an African species. civilisation prospered between 1000 and The Waterberg, once an area of lakes and 1290 AD. The area was already inhabited by swamps, now hosts a diversity of vegetation, a growing Iron Age community from 900 AD supporting cattle farming, hunting, and and became rich through trade with Egypt, various conservation projects. It is now a India and China. This is the place where Unesco Savannah Biosphere Reserve and is archaeologists excavated the famous golden malaria-free. rhino and other evidence of a wealthy African The Marakele National Park lies within the kingdom. Waterberg mountains, and contains an Sandstone formations, mopane impressive variety of wildlife, yellowwood woodlands and unique riverine forest and and cedar trees, five-metre high cycads and baobab trees can be seen in the park, while tree ferns. Probably the largest colony of impressive Khoi/San rock art shelters have endangered Cape vultures (more than 800 also been uncovered. breeding pairs) in the world, can be found The province has several other game here. parks and nature reserves offering good The Lapalala Wilderness Area has the game viewing opportunities. Bela-Bela in the world’s only rhino museum. Lapalala also has south offers tourists a chance to relax in hot rhino orphans, in particular Bwana, who lives springs, pumping 20 000 litres at 50°C every in the owners’ back garden. hour. The VhaVenda people, a culturally and Wetlands can be found at Nylsvlei, a linguistically distinct African group, are 160km² nature reserve which attracts some known for their mystical legends and their 150 bird species, among them some of the arts and crafts. They have traditionally lived country rarest indigenous water birds. in the abundant north-eastern corner of the Although now deceased, the Rain Queen province, a place of lakes, lush forests and Modjadji, the hereditary female monarch of waterfalls. Not surprisingly their legends are the Lobedu people with the power to make linked to water and water creatures. rain, lived in the misty mountains of the Venda chiefs are buried near Lake Modjadji Cycad Reserve. The province is Fundudzi and the Sacred Forest, an area scattered with baobab trees, one of which of dense indigenous forest north of the contains a pub, close to this reserve. Soutpansberg mountains. The nearby Best of South Africa 55
  • 56. Dzata ruins contain the remains of the royal kilometres, over 400km from north to the Drakensberg that falls down into the kraal of the kings of VhaVenda, dating from south, with up to 150 species of mammals lowveld, a tropical fruit growing area. Along 1400. and over 500 bird species, and 14 well- the tip of the escarpment are three famous Venda arts and crafts are well known, run rest camps from which to observe this viewpoints - God’s Window, Bourke’s particularly clay pots with distinctive wildlife. A number of private parks abutting Luck Potholes and Three Rondavels. angular designs in graphite silver and the western border of Kruger provide a Nearby is the Blyde River Canyon, with ochre. Woodcarver Jackson Thugwane is more exclusive game-watching experience. stunning views and great hiking and river famous for his wood sculptures while Noria Summer temperatures (between rafting. A five-day hiking trail through the Mabasa does clay and wood sculptures. December and February) can hover around Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve starts at The north-eastern corner of the province 30ºC to 40ºC, with winter temperatures God’s Window, and takes in the views and offers entry to the Kruger National Park, at a more tolerable mid-20ºC. In winter the flora and fauna of the reserve. which borders Limpopo for 70 kilometres. there are virtually no mosquitoes, and the Further north is Pilgrim’s Rest, a Punda Maria and Pafuri are the most vegetation is thinner, making game easier restored gold-mining town. The town is northernly gates to the famous park. to spot. the site of South Africa’s first gold rush, The park is divided into three sections: the in 1873, and although on a small scale, it Mpumalanga southern, with the greatest concentration lasted for around 100 years. Gold is still of game, the central section offers good mined in the hills south west of the town. Mpumalanga, on the far eastern edge of game viewing, while the northern section Further south is Barberton, another the country, is the home of the southern offers less game but more of a sense of gold-mining town. In the 1880s gold was section of the Kruger National Park, wilderness. discovered and is still mined in the town, arguably the best game park in South Mpumalanga has spectacular scenery where mining tours, including trying some Africa. Kruger covers over 20 000 square around the escarpment, a section of gold panning, can be taken. 56 Best of South Africa
  • 57. Walter Boermeester Northern Cape By 1914 when the mine closed, over huge granite gorge in the landscape. The 14,5 million carats of diamonds had been Augrabies Falls National Park consists of 55 The vast Northern Cape is the largest removed from the earth, from the hole 383ha of semi-desert terrain bordering the province of South Africa, stretching from the which descends into the earth 800 metres. Orange River. Atlantic Ocean in the west to Kimberley in The Kimberley Mine Museum consists of Another attraction of the Northern Cape the east. Covering one third of the country, the old diamond-rush town, with shops, is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, a it is dominated by heat, aridity, large empty bars, banks and churches. combination of two parks: South Africa’s spaces and long travelling distances. Diamonds are still mined from two Kalahari-Gemsbok National Park, and The long Orange River separates the mines on the outskirts of the city, and tours Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park. It’s a Kalahari and the Great Karoo, two semi- underground are available. vast desert sanctuary abundant in game, desert regions that make up the interior Kimberley is the site of the country’s first set against a landscape of red dunes and of the province. It was this landscape township, Galeshewe, a tour of which takes hardy vegetation, and stretching for some that led in the 1870s to the discovery of in the grave of Sol Plaatje, the country’s first 38 00 square kilometres, nearly twice the diamonds in Kimberley, and each year, to black writer and a founder member of the size of the Kruger National Park. the blooming of the Namaqualand flowers ANC, as well as the house where Robert On the north-eastern border of the in the western section of the province. Sobukwe, founder of the Pan African Northern Cape and North West is Kuruman, The province’s capital, Kimberley, dates Congress, lived after his release from famous because of Robert and Mary back to the early 1870s when diamonds Robben Island. Moffat. This intrepid couple built a mission were discovered between the Vaal and Upington is in the central northern station, and although not successful Orange rivers. Dug in the rush frenzy, the section of the province, on the banks missionaries, Robert Moffat translated the 500m wide Big Hole is now the biggest of the Orange River, which flows over bible into Tswana in the 50 years that they attraction of the otherwise ordinary town. the spectacular 56m Augrabies Falls, a lived in these harsh conditions. Their eldest Best of South Africa 57
  • 58. daughter, Mary, married explorer David Namibia and most of the present-day Livingstone. Western and Northern Cape provinces. The land of the Nama people, Khoikhoi herders, who gave their name to North West Namaqualand, is the place of an annual display of multi-coloured daisies in August Most well known for the Sun City gambling and September. Some 4 000 species and casino resort and its neighbouring come to life after the winter rains and big-five Pilanesberg Game Reserve, only in temperatures higher than 16ºC, in North West’s first inhabitants were hunter- spectacular displays. gatherers. They were displaced by Iron The Namaqua National Park is home to 3 Age peoples from the north around 1 000 500 plant species, 1 000 of which are found years ago, who settled in the far northern nowhere else in the world. The park is home corner of the province. to the world’s only arid biodiversity hotspot. The province is mostly flat terrain Port Nolloth on the Atlantic Coast, at the broken by the rocky kloofs and streams of mouth of the Orange River, is a diamond the Magaliesberg mountain range, dotted town. Rich bird life and a lichen forest are with holiday resorts and hiking trails. attractions of the town. Sun City consists of four hotels, a North of Port Nolloth is the Richtersveld golf course, a water park, and assorted National Park, an area of 1 600 square entertainment venues. Built in the 1970s kilometres, a fierce and rugged landscape, apartheid era, it offered white South the country’s only mountain desert, and Africans a place to gamble legally in now, South Africa’s latest World Heritage Bophutatswana, a spurious independent Site. “homeland”. In 1994 gambling was The Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical legalised and the resort’s fortunes Landscape covers 160 000 hectares of dwindled but these days it offers visitors dramatic mountainous desert. A unique a decadent oddity in a vast, natural feature of the site - both in South African landscape that contrasts sharply with its and international terms - is that it is owned glitzy attractions. and managed by a community that until The 55 000ha adjoining Pilanesberg recently had very little to call its own. Game Reserve offers excellent game Characterised by extreme temperatures, viewing, with the big five visible along with the landscape affords a semi-nomadic hippo, giraffe and cheetah, and a large pastoral livelihood for the Nama people, range of bird life. descendants of the Khoi-Khoi people who The tiny but quaint dorp of Groot Marico once occupied lands across southern is on the way to the capital of the province, 58 Best of South Africa
  • 59. Mafikeng. Groot Marico is now a landmark Used for centuries as a place to house after well-known writer Herman Charles unwanted people - prisoners of war, Bosman based his delightful short stories criminals, leprosy sufferers, mentally on his short experience as a teacher in the ill patients, a military base, apartheid town. An annual literary weekend in his prisoners, among them Nelson Mandela name is attended by his fans. and Walter Sisulu - for many the island’s The capital Mafikeng, with a smattering associations are of isolation and inhumane of graceful buildings, was made famous treatment. Paradoxically, it’s also a place during the South African War of 1899- of sanctuary for around 132 bird species, 1902. The Siege of Mafikeng happened in some of which are endangered. The African 1900, when Colonel Robert Baden-Powell penguin, once close to extinction, breeds (of Boy Scouts fame) defended the town prolifically on the island. Around 23 species against the Boers for 217 days, along with of mammals, including many types of hundreds of local Barolong. buck, ostrich, lizards, geckos, snakes and The cruel tragedy of the siege was that tortoises, also live on the island. British regiments were given armfuls of Cape Town itself has much to offer: medals while those Barolong who survived 150km of beaches, hikes and walks, despite meagre rations, were never windsurfing, paragliding, cycling, great recognised for their role in the battle. restaurants, unique flora, and the One of the country’s first black writers winelands. and a founder member of the ANC, Sol Settled by the Dutch in 1652, the city Plaatje, recorded his poignant observations is a reflection of the different cultures of the siege in a diary. that established themselves below the mountain: European, Dutch and Malay. An Western Cape active slave trade, with some 63 000 slaves imported from East Africa, Madagascar, Cape Town is undoubtedly one of the India and Indonesia, has resulted in Cape world’s most beautiful cities. Its striking Town having a unique flavour. Table Mountain overlooks the city and The Western Cape was originally one of the country’s World Heritage Sites, occupied by San hunter-gatherers, then the Robben Island, lies about 12 kilometres off pastoral Khoikhoi, before Europeans made the mainland. it their home. Best of South Africa 59
  • 60. Cape Town has many significant old buildings: the Castle of Good Hope, the country’s oldest building, as well as the Old Town House, Palm Tree Mosque, Long Street Baths, the South African Mission Meeting House Museum, St George’s Cathedral, the South African Museum, Koopmans-De Wet House, De Tuynhuys, the South African National Gallery, the Great Synagogue, and the Houses of Parliament. The suburb of Bo-Kaap houses the Muslim community, in brightly coloured 19th century Dutch and Georgian terraces. It’s a distinctive community, with its own Afrikaans dialect. The District Six Museum tells of the lively coloured community that lived in the suburb, dismantled in the name of apartheid in the 1970s. Other places of interest are the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the Gold of Africa Museum, and the Two Oceans Aquarium. The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in Newlands is the oldest and largest botanical garden in South Africa with over 22 000 indigenous plants. It attracts botanists and researchers from around the world. The dramatic Table Mountain has been a beacon to ships for centuries. The Table Mountain National Park stretches from Signal Hill to Cape Point and includes the seas and coastline of the peninsula. There are 1 400 species of flora on the mountain, and fauna includes baboons, dassies or hyraxes, Himalayan tahrs and porcupines. The mountain is crisscrossed with hiking trails. It is one of the country’s natural World Heritage Sites. Constantia was Cape Town’s oldest wine farm, started by Simon van der Stel in 1685. These days it consists of four wine estates: Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia, Steenberg and Buitenverwachting. Muizenberg, St James, Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town are quaint villages dotted along False Bay, south of the city. Chapman’s Peak Drive hugs the spectacular coastline until Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, around 60km from the city centre. Some 2 256 species of fynbos are to be found in the reserve. Cape Point is not the most southerly point of Africa - Cape Agulhas, some 300km south of Cape Town, is where the Indian and the Atlantic oceans meet. One of the Western Cape’s biggest attractions is the winelands, with over a dozen wine routes, and hundreds of estates, extending to the Karoo and into the Northern Cape. The wine regions closest to Cape Town are those surrounding Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek and Somerset West. Sweeping mountains, Cape Dutch architecture and green valleys characterise the towns and their surrounds. Other great Western Cape attractions include the hot springs in Montagu, the ostriches in Oudtshoorn, the nearby Cango 60 Best of South Africa
  • 61. Caves, Prince Albert and the Swartberg On the eastern edge of the Garden Route Pass, the extremely isolated valley of is the Tsitsikamma National Park, a place of The Hell, the Karoo National Park, whale forest, fynbos, rivers and the Storms River watching at Hermanus, the fishing village of Mouth, a five-kilometre estuary stretching Arniston, and the many charming towns of into spectacularly wild ocean. The park the Little Karoo. conserves inter-tidal life, reef and deep-sea The Garden Route, billed as “South fish, including dolphins and porpoises, and Africa’s paradise”, stretches 200km from a red data species of bird, the African black Mossel Bay to the Storms River Mouth. The oystercatcher. area was once a vast African forest, the The Storm’s River Mouth is also the remnants of which can be found around starting point for South Africa’s most popular Knysna and in the Tsitsikamma National Park hiking route, the Otter Trail. at the Storms River Mouth. For adrenalin freaks, a highlight of the It was at Mossel Bay in 1488 that the first region is the Bloukrans River bridge, which Portuguese sailors, captained by Bartolomeu offers the highest professionally supervised Dias, first set foot on South African soil. The bungee jump in the world - a long and fast ancient Post Office Tree, where for centuries 216-metre drop. mariners left messages for passing ships, The west coast of the Cape contains can still be seen in the town. the West Coast National Park, just inland Knysna has a unique beauty. Although the from the secluded harbour of Saldanha coastal town lacks beaches it is a beautiful Bay. Thousands of seabirds roost on place, with a vast lagoon gated to the sheltered islands, pristine beaches stretch ocean by steep promontories known as the endlessly and salt marshes are home to vast Heads, a surrounding natural forest and local concentrations of migrant waders. Up to 4 game reserve. It’s a charming and trendy 000 wild flowers can be seen in the park and town, offering coffee shops, craft galleries, surrounding areas. street traders and oyster restaurants - and Other small harbour towns are host to a spectacularly indulgent annual Langebaan, Lambert’s Bay, Paternoster and oyster festival. The town’s forest, formerly St Helena Bay. Vasco da Gama first set foot a magnificent woodland and home to Khoi on South African soil at St Helena Bay. clans and herds of elephants, is still lovely, with tall indigenous trees and set among streams flowing to the sea. Source: www.mediaclubsouthafrica.com Best of South Africa 61
  • 62. The Blue Train The Blue Train has been synonymous with luxury hospitality, tourism and leisure since 1946. It offers a unique way of experiencing some of Southern Africa’s magnificent landscapes and landmarks. On board the train, guests indulge with definition of everything your heart desires. All suites on board The Blue Train come fine cuisine accompanied by some of You’ll feel it from the moment you step equipped with a writing desk, ideally the best wines South Africa has to offer. into your suite, transformed from an positioned next to the window, where Around-the-clock personal Butlers see to elegant, spacious lounge by day, into you can note the view in style. Each the guests’ every need for the duration a sanctuary of comfort and slumber by suite is a world on its own, with an of their experience; be it in the comfort night. individually controlled air-conditioning of their private suites or at any one of our system and a private entertainment exquisite lounges. The De Luxe suite offers you a choice centre with a choice of movie channels between twin beds (with shower) or and radio stations. The Luxury Suite On Board Amenities double beds (with bath). takes the choice even further, with an inviting selection of compact disks and On The Blue Train luxury assumes a Luxury suites are more spacious and offer movies on video and DVD. You can also new dimension, becoming the working twin or double beds with bath facilities. tune into the driver’s eye view camera, 62 Best of South Africa
  • 63. and watch the world ahead as you swiftly glide along. The Blue Train is synonymous with the luxury of personal service that comes as standard with a dedicated Butler at your beck and call to ensure the ultimate definition of luxury in motion. Description of routes and off-the train excursions Pretoria – Cape Town – Pretoria The route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a 27-hour journey through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery the sub-continent has to offer. Southbound, off-the train excursions include the diamond town of Kimberley where one can explore the Big Hole and the Diamond Museum. Northbound, visit the historical town of Matjiesfontein where the Victoria buildings and original nineteenth century London lampposts impart to the traveller, the uncanny sense of entering a colonial time warp – an oasis suspended in a different age. Tailor-made charters Why not charter The Blue Train for strategic meetings, product launches, VIP breakfasts, lunches, dinner and cocktail parties, weddings and more. You can also book a charter with a difference such as a Golfing or Safari charter through the unique beauty of the “Valley of the Olifants” along the Kruger The Blue Train, National Park, or to other attractions of the Mpumalanga or Kwazulu-Natal A Window To The Soul Provinces. Charters are not limited to the charter options or the routes mentioned Of South Africa. above. Charters are dependant on rail network’s compatibility with The Blue Train’s technology. For more info, visit us on: Internet: www.bluetrain.co.za So take a journey into a timeless world E-mail: info@bluetrain.co.za of grace, elegance and romance, Pretoria: Tel: + 27 12 334 8459 where spectacular scenery stirs your Fax: + 27 12 334 8464 imagination and luxurious comfort Cape Town: Tel: + 27 21 449 2672 soothes your body and soul. Fax: + 27 21 449 3338 Best of South Africa 63
  • 64. ExecExpress – Love getting there! Travel & Tourism ExecExpress was founded in 2004 and has grown from strength to strength in a very competitive market. We attribute this to our unwavering passion to provide excellent service, with a focus on exclusivity and personalisation. This is key to our business and is something we monitor very closely through client surveys, to ensure that we consistently offer our clients the service they have come to expect. ExecExpress offers a range of services with tailor-made packages to suit everyone’s needs. Irrespective of the package chosen, you can be assured that every journey will be comfortable and memorable. Our tours are very popular – we offer a range of packages to popular destinations, but we’re always up to the challenge of new destinations if you have something else in mind. Whether you are an adventurous tourist, or a local 64 Best of South Africa
  • 65. that would simply like to experience diamonds – our tours to the Cullinan more of our beautiful country, put us up Diamond Mine are very popular. to the challenge of creating the perfect, Our range of tours is certainly not memorable tour for you. Our guides limited to the above. As mentioned, we are pleasant, well presented individuals are always keen for a challenge if you with experience in a number of parts had something more unique in mind. in our country. They take each tour As part of our commitment to personal seriously and will make it their personal service, we offer a 24 hour call centre undertaking to make each experience service which allows clients to book that interactive and insightful. last minute transfer, when needed. We The most popular tours range from also pride ourselves in a state of the art guided game drives in the beautiful booking system that allows appropriate, Kruger National Park or the Lion and timeous communication between Rhino Park, through to the rich cultural ExecExpress and the client. experience of Soweto or the Lesedi Make ExecExpress your preferred Cultural Village. For the individual transfer’s operator and enjoy peace of Tel: +27 11 791 4097 that prefers the dazzle of lights, we mind knowing you and your family are in Fax: +27 11 792 4305 offer tours to the capital city Pretoria good hands. A/H assistance: 083 445 0459 and adventurous tours to Sun City. Email: reservations@execexpress.co.za Don’t forget the allure of the sparkle of Love getting there! Web: www.execexpress.co.za Best of South Africa 65
  • 66. Visit the Elephant Sanctuary … Just an hour from Johannesburg and Pretoria, wrinkly grey giants walk the earth. The Sanctuary offers guests exhilarating elephant driven programmes, with the focus of their operations on happy elephants and satisfied guests. As the Elephant Sanctuary’s focus is on education through interaction, guests will not only learn a lot about elephants, but also get to touch, brush and walk trunk-in-hand with these magnificent pachyderms. The Sanctuary is open seven days a week and offers several programmes during the day. Guests can also book an intimate overnight stay in one of the two lodges. Booking is essential. Tel: +27 12 258 0423 or +27 12 258 0332 www.elephantsanctuary.co.za 66 Best of South Africa
  • 67. Protea Hotel The Ranch PROTEA HOTEL Walk with the Lions! THE RANCH Walking with lions is an experience that will be treasured by all those who want to fully understand the world of the African lion. The Lion Kingdom is part of the 1 000 ha conservancy that surrounds Protea Hotel The Ranch in Limpopo Province, a hotel that has been under the personal management of the Shearer family for fifty years. By special arrangement, this one and a half hour walk across the savannah with expert guides, will allow each guest the unique opportunity to personally experience a special bond with the proud and magnificent King of Africa. For further information and reservations Protea Hotel The Ranch POLOKWANE ~ Limpopo Province South Africa Tel: +27 15 290 5000 Fax: +27 15 290 5050 E-mail: reservations@theranch.co.za www.theranch.co.za Best of South Africa 67
  • 68. CHAPTER 2 Hotels, Lodges & Resorts 68 Best of South Africa
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  • 70. Emperors Palace Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort Conveniently situated alongside OR. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Emperors Palace combines timeless classical elegance and sheer excitement. With luxurious accommodation in four Emperors Palace has a further three hotels, convenience of smart cashless gaming unique hotels, a glorious health and beauty the deluxe 4-star Peermont Mondior that - no queues, no fuss, just sheer gaming spa, a magnificent casino with unparalleled sets an exciting new standard in world- enjoyment. Bets are placed and adrenalin gaming enjoyment, the finest in dining class business, conference and leisure soars in the Fortuna Poker Room, South options, spectacular entertainment choices accommodation, the newly refurbished Africa’s finest poker experience. Be one including state-of-the-art cinemas, world- Peermont Metcourt Suites and the new of the privileged to get in on the high- class conference facilities, and impeccable 3-star chic and affordable Peermont stakes excitement inside our signature service, Emperors Palace has it all. Metcourt. This gem caters specifically to Palace Court Privé offering tables and The Peermont D’oreale Grande, a the demand for large groups and creates slots and the combination of seclusion and magnificent 5-star hotel of elegance a new standard of modern, contemporary amenities discerning gaming enthusiasts features 196 beautifully designed and convenience and functionality. seek. impeccably appointed guest rooms and With every flip of the card and roll of The superbly appointed Theatre suites, all fitted with state-of-the-art the dice, the Emperors Palace casino of Marcellus hosts world class dance facilities and surround you with the utmost deals a winning combination of luxury extravaganzas, musicals and shows. The sophistication and regal comfort. This and invigoration. We have the widest Odeon Showbar offers a glittering cabaret hotel’s comfort is not only in its furnishings, range of denominations on slots and a revue as the main highlight, while comedy, but also in the impeccable levels of service variety of popular tables games such as jazz and screened major sporting events which anticipate individual needs and Roulette, Blackjack, Poker and Midi Punto are also regular features. Meet in the wishes. Banco. Emperors Palace offers you the stylish Marc Antony’s Cigar Lounge where 70 Best of South Africa
  • 71. you can savour some of the world’s finest Octavia’s Sensorium is a haven where cigars, cognacs and premium whiskies. the physical, the mental and the spiritual Emperors Palace is also the home are equally cared for. For conference of South African boxing, hosting many and exhibition planners, there is only one world title fights and quality tournaments place to meet. Whether it’s an executive featuring local and international boxers. boardroom meeting, a trade show or Emperors Palace also caters for families a banquet, our venues, facilities and with a fun-filled children’s entertainment attention to personal detail sets us apart. Peermont Central Resevrations: facility and special entertainment events Tel: 0860 777 900 (SA only) and shows are scheduled for school Recent Awards: +27 (0) 11 557 0777 holidays. • World Travel Awards 2009: Fax: +27 (0) 11 557 0888 Emperors Palace boasts the largest Africa’s Leading Casino Resort Email: reservations@peermont.com cinemas on the African continent. The • World Quality Gold Crown Award 2008: www.peermont.com Pantheon seats over 500 people along Peermont D’oreale Grande with a permanent 3D cinema and • PMR Diamond Award 2008: Emperors Palace more. When it comes to wining and Best Executive Hotel – Peermont Tel: +27 (0) 11 928 1000 dining, Emperors Palace offers a global D’oreale Grande Fax: +27 (0) 11 928 1001 experience with a variety of international • PMR Diamond Award 2008: Email: info@emperorspalace.com flavours. Best Casino – Emperors Palace www.emperorspalace.com Best of South Africa 71
  • 72. Mondazur Resort Hotel at San Lameer The ultimate beach and golf destination! The modern 4-star Peermont Mondazur Deluxe Rooms, two Superior Rooms, two Resort Hotel is situated on a lagoon within Executive Rooms and two Suites. the most sought-after and secure beach and golf coastal reserve estate in South Be enveloped by effortless beauty, luxury Africa, namely San Lameer. Located on and tranquillity the beautiful South Coast of the KwaZulu- Mondazur also manages the rental of more Natal Province, Mondazur is just off the N2 than 20 selected private villas cocooned highway, 140km or 90 minutes south from in luxurious vegetation. These villas were Durban International Airport. designed in a simple, rustic, Mediterranean style. Care and effort was taken in the The art of harmonious living layout of the area, ensuring perfect With decorations greatly influenced by sub- blending with the surrounding natural tropical flowers, colours and silky materials, environment, as well as quick and easy each room envelopes you in an Indian access to all available facilities. Ocean dream. The fresh minimalist style of décor provides a harmonious and relaxing Manicured greens, rolling fairways and ambiance. The emphasis has been firmly winding waterways placed on providing maximum in-room The centrepiece of the Estate’s magnificent comfort and space. The hotel offers eight domain is the 18-hole Championship Golf elegantly appointed Classic Rooms, 26 Course. The layout winds through pristine 72 Best of South Africa
  • 73. coastal flora and the tastefully constructed cold exotic cocktail and the magnificent villas. Besides the impenetrable bush, view of the lagoon. there is an abundance of water on the course, but conservative bail-outs are Immerse yourself in tropical tranquillity always available. It has often been said A sanctuary for the senses – set on 16 that no finer collection of par threes exists hectares, the estate has something for anywhere, and the fourth hole, interestingly, everyone. For the sporty: tennis and squash is almost a carbon copy of Augusta courts, open air action cricket and volley National’s famous twelfth. ball, a bowling green, mashie golf, canoes Peermont Central Resevrations: and paddle boats. For the nature lover, San Tel: 0860 777 900 (SA only) Cuisine that reflects the sun Lameer, including the one kilometre Blue +27 (0) 11 557 0777 At Mondazur, each meal is an inspired Flag beach, adjacent tidal pool and sand Fax: +27 (0) 11 557 0888 celebration, presented by attentive waiters. dunes, is a proclaimed nature reserve, so Email: reservations@peermont.com The Lagoon Grill is open for breakfast, wildlife is abundant, a maze of nature trails, www.peermont.com lunch and dinner, and serves the freshest indigenous flora, and with more than 195 bird and the most exquisite local product species it is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with Mondazur seafood and á la carte cuisine. The pool a pair of breeding crowned eagles nesting Tel: +27 (0) 39 313 0011 deck or the Lagoon Bar are perfect places high in the palms. The Indian Ocean’s warm Fax: +27 (0) 39 313 0157 to spend a lazy afternoon, whilst enjoying Mozambique current also guarantees year Email: info@sl.mondazur.com a delicious lunch on the promenade, an ice round pleasant sea bathing conditions. www.mondazur.com Best of South Africa 73
  • 74. Graceland Hotel Casino Country Club Discover Graceland and experience the charm of grand old southern style. Graceland, an astonishing mansion built in facilities perfect for banquets, product tribute style to the grand old age of Colonial launches, conferences, seminars, weddings, southern America, is located in Secunda, teambuilding and other special events. Mpumalanga, approximately 1 ½ hours from Johannesburg and Pretoria. Graceland presents absolute entertainment for the whole family, conferencing, superb relaxation and recreation experiences. The graceful 4-star Peermont Walmont hotel offers 98 rooms and suites, all featuring panoramic views Peermont Central Resevrations: over the golf course or pool terrace. The Tel: 0860 777 900 (SA only) Graceland Country Club features a Gary +27 (0) 11 557 0777 Player designed, 18-hole championship Fax: +27 (0) 11 557 0888 inland links-style golf course. Email: reservations@peermont.com Wine and dine at the elegant Blue Bayou www.peermont.com serving a la carte meals while American Café serves a choice of light meals. Graceland Entertainment includes the spectacular Tel: +27 (0) 17 620 1000 Graceland Casino and the delightful Buffalo Fax: +27 (0) 17 620 1567 Bill’s Showbar. Graceland also features Email: info@graceland.co.za a convention centre with state-of-the-art www.graceland.co.za 74 Best of South Africa
  • 75. Mmabatho Palms Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort Rising out of Mafikeng, the capital of the North West Province, is Peermont’s Mmabatho Palms Hotel Casino Convention Resort, fresh from a R20-million revamp that represents everything you’d expect from a luxury resort. With sky high palm trees, lush green grass exquisite meals from the buffet spread or a and an azure blue swimming pool, all public la carte menu. The tennis court, full-sized ares of the resort have been completely soccer field and two sparkling pools are upgraded, offering business and leisure bound to keep any family entertained. travelers a haven of entertainment, relaxation Parents can relax as children have fun and business facilities. The upgrade has under the watchful eye of trained caregivers at transformed the Mmabatho Palms into an the Jolly Giraffe kiddies corner. The gaming oasis of entertainment. experience at Mmabatho Palms is second to Peermont Central Reservations: The 4-star Peermont Walmont hotel, none in the North West Province with a variety Tel: 0860 777 900 (SA only) with its welcoming and warm ambiance, of slot machines and table games including +27 (0) 11 557 0777 boasts 150 rooms that combine modern Roulette, Blackjack and Poker. Visitors to the Fax: +27 (0) 11 557 0888 contemporary design with superior style, casino can take advantage of the resort’s Email: reservations@peermont.com quality and comfort. convenient card system which eliminates www.peermont.com Mmabatho Palms offers non-gaming the need to carry cash. Food festivals, side- entertainment alternatives suitable for the splitting shows by leading South African Mmabatho Palms whole family. A pianist entertains guests in comedians and other entertainment highlights Tel: +27 (0) 18 389 1111 the resort lobby with soothing contemporary are on the cards, placing Mmabatho Palms Fax: +27 (0) 18 389 1661 music three days a week, while the new firmly on the “must-do” list for locals, business Email: info@mmabathopalms.co.za Motswedi Terrace Restaurant and Bar offers and leisure travelers. www.mmabathopalms.co.za Best of South Africa 75
  • 76. Moloko Strathavon Hotel The Moloko Strathavon is Johannesburg’s conveniently just minutes away from two of need of the modern traveller, with high-speed latest upmarket boutique hotel, catering Southern Africa’s most elite shopping malls, internet access, telephones, fax machines, for the discerning business and leisure Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square. coffee machines and mini bars. traveller. In a class of its own, this 5-star Easy freeway access allows guests Each superbly appointed bedroom has its hotel combines international elegance and to travel to OR Tambo International, own private terrace, overlooking the stream sophistication with South African hospitality Johannesburg or Pretoria city centres within or the internal pond. Standard suites also to offer guests a unique and memorable 30 minutes. The nearest Gautrain station, have a lounge area and a small screened-off experience. South Africa’s first rail subway servicing kitchenette. Executive and presidential suites The hotel is part of the Moloko Investment the Johannesburg and Pretoria areas and are located separately, allowing for additional Group’s portfolio of hotels and resorts. Says scheduled to open mid-2010, is only minutes privacy and private access. Group Chairman Advocate Richard Moloko away from the hotel. Décor and furnishings are warm and “Our vision is to provide an unprecedented The hotel is divided into smaller structures inviting and of the highest quality. Materials level of comfort and service that goes beyond connected by a single storey walkway which flow seamlessly from interior to exterior, the conventional 5-star offering. All our winds its way through the garden. Natural thoughtfully designed to reflect the colours guests can expect red carpet treatment 24 landscaping using indigenous plants, water of the indigenous garden. “Green building” hours a day. For those seeking comfort and features and ponds provide the tranquillity principles have been applied throughout the luxury, the hotel offers a stress-free business of a country retreat. Large trees give restful building process. trip or an extraordinary holiday experience.” views and allow natural light into buildings, The hotel’s business centre, restaurant This exclusive luxury hotel, situated in providing a sanctuary for the senses. and lounge bar, where highly trained staff a secluded residential area, is also within The 24 standard bedrooms, 20 standard provide attentive service around the clock, close proximity of the Sandton business suites, six executive suites and three are separated by a landscaped courtyard. At district – the economic hub of South Africa, presidential suites provide a home away from the restaurant guests can enjoy the ultimate the Sandton Convention Centre, and home. Each suite is equipped to meet every gourmet experience with à la carte meals 76 Best of South Africa
  • 77. inspired by international cuisine, sumptuous The latest addition to Moloko Hotels & The large suites offer a choice of extra- buffets at breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Resorts portfolio, AtholPlace which is within length king-size or twin beds with crisp white delicious snacks and light meals throughout a very close proximity to Sandton Central. percale Frette bed linen imported from Italy the day. World class shopping and restaurants are and duck-down duvets; all have en-suite A swimming pool and terrace are on the plentiful with something on offer to suit bathrooms with bath, shower, double vanity same level as the spa, which nestles below everyone’s needs. Sandton City, Nelson and under-floor heating; large doors opening a high stone wall with a waterfall flowing Mandela Square and Village Walk are all out onto a private balcony overlooking the from the restaurant terrace into the pool. within minutes from the hotel. The soon tranquil gardens and pool; air conditioning; The award winning Camelot spa provides to be completed Sandton station of the 42-inch LCD flat-screen television set with an exceptional selection of treatments with Gautrain Metro is less than a kilometre from DSTV; complimentary wireless ADSL internet, steam rooms and saunas that overlook water the hotel, with a direct link to and from OR telephone and docking station; electronic safe features and have external timber decks for Tambo International Airport. Airport transfers that can house a laptop; writing desk, lounge relaxation surrounded by a Zen garden. are also available directly from AtholPlace. chairs and sofa; minibar fridge; luxurious linen The hotel’s unique concierge service Decorated in shades of warm greys bathrobes and slippers; and 24-hour security. not only coordinates airport transfers and and cool whites, the overall style of the The hotel has a comfortably furnished and excursions, but can arrange virtually anything hotel is understatedly elegant. With only well-stocked library with built-in fireplace, a guest might desire. ten spacious suites (no room is smaller open plan lounge and dining room and large The Moloko Strathavon is opening early than 50 square metres in size) the setting pool set in beautifully landscaped gardens; 2010. is personal and private whilst warm guests can also choose to dine outside under and comfortable. Each suite has been the trees. individually designed with contemporary Reservations: +27 861 MOLOKO (66 56 56) and antique furnishings and hand-selected Reservations: +27 861 MOLOKO (66 56 56) www.strathavonhotel.co.za artefacts. www.atholplace.co.za Best of South Africa 77
  • 78. One&Only Cape Town Set to become Africa’s most Luxurious Resort One&Only Cape Town is a destination unto itself — an urban chic waterfront resort providing an unprecedented level of luxury in South Africa. In the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront with captivating views of Table Mountain, this contemporary resort features the largest accommodation in all of Cape Town, with a stylish island design and African flair accentuating the 131 spacious guest rooms and suites. Forty of the resort’s spacious suites are set on an adjacent lush green landscaped island in the marina itself, giving these rooms a distinctive resort feel and convenient access to Spa Island. The resort’s rooms and suites, the largest in Cape Town with a minimum size of 63 square metres, all have a private terrace or balcony. The rooms at the 91-key Marina Rise have panoramic views of Table Mountain. 78 Best of South Africa
  • 79. The exclusive Spa Island features the One&Only Cape Town also offers a most comprehensive and expansive spa second restaurant by Gordon Ramsay in Cape Town. An oasis of serenity and called maze, showcasing the best in local privacy surrounded by water and dense seafood, game and produce with flavours vegetation, the 1,200-square metre inspired by the many cultural influences in One&Only Spa offers 12 treatment suites Cape Town. of which two have private wet areas for A spectacular tri-level wall of glass couples treatments. Two vitality pools and steel commands the entrance of complement the relaxation spaces, sauna maze’s impressive Wine Loft. Here, and steam rooms, and a hair salon and guests can discover a magnificent the celebrated Bastien Gonzalez pedicure collection of 5,000 bottles. Fine vintages and manicure studios provide additional of Cape Pinotage or Shiraz are on offer facilities. alongside undiscovered South African One&Only Cape Town also has a gems, with particular emphasis given to specially-designed KidsOnly Club for both acclaimed and undiscovered South younger guests of 11 and under, which African vintages. In the mezzanine tasting offers daily complimentary supervised room, 80 wines are available by the glass, activities including full and half-day served with suggested food pairings to programmes. For guests with business in create a truly new culinary experience mind, there is an extensive meeting and with each tasting. banqueting room measuring 260 square A third restaurant, Isola Pool metres, able to host up to 200 people for Restaurant, located outdoors on Villa Reservations: +27 21 431 5800 cocktails and 112 guests for a sit down Island is available for more casual dining. reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com dinner. The space can also be divided into Vista, the lobby bar, has a magnificent two separate rooms for a more intimate three-storey clear glass wall highlighting maze: + 27 21 431 5222 setting. An adjacent boardroom seats the scenic Table Mountain views. maze.reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com 20 and in the business centre there is a One&Only Cape Town displays the second boardroom seating 12 people. hallmarks of excellence found in all Nobu: + 27 21 431 5111 On the dining front, innovative chef One&Only resorts around the world. nobu.reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com Nobu Matsuhisa brings one of the most It offers an unparalleled commitment celebrated global restaurant brands to the finest experiences, luxurious One&Only Spa: + 27 21 431 5810 featuring his signature Japanese-inspired accommodation, lively entertainment, a spa@oneandonlycapetown.com menu, with a few South African twists, wealth of activities, warm service, a state- to Cape Town – the first Nobu in Africa. of-the art spa and unforgettable cuisine. www.oneandonlycapetown.com Best of South Africa 79
  • 80. A unique portfolio The Orion Group consists of four divisions - Orion Real Estate Ltd listed on the JSE, Orion Business Solutions, Orion Hotels and Resorts and Orion Facilities Management. Over the years, the hotel group has developed into an innovative and highly respected collection of quality properties. The group’s medium to long-term strategy is to grow its footprint in Africa and internationally. Gmeiner places great emphasis on each hotel being able to offer high standards of service combined with a style that reflects the individuality of the hotel and its location. All the hotels in the group offer flexible but professional conference and function facilities in peaceful and unique surroundings, which are organized by dedicated and experienced conference co-ordinators. The facilities are relaxed, comfortable, well managed and well equipped with an emphasis on value, quality and service. Standard or custom made conference packages, and theme evenings and teambuilding activities are available on request at all the venues. Orion Mont-Aux-Sources Hotel, Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal Just a 3 hours drive from Johannesburg & Durban, lies the romantic Mont-Aux- Sources Hotel, nestling in the warm foothills of the majestic Ampitheatre of the Orion Devonshire Hotel Northern Drakensberg. Perfectly positioned with every aspect facing the dramatic Amphitheatre with its cascading waterfalls, panoramic green hills and bordering the Royal Natal National Park. Most hotel rooms offer unsurpassed views of the Drakensberg. Self catering chalets that sleep six are ideal for family getaways. You can be sure of a superb meal and friendly service in the dining room or on the Terrace overlooking the mountains. Orion Hotel Devonshire, Braamfontein, Johannesburg Sited on the Braamfontein ridge, this elegant Johannesburg landmark dates back to the 1930’s when it was a well- known watering hole for beer lovers. Whilst the Hotel Devonshire has been totally rebuilt on the original site, it still retains its original character and charm. It is close to public transport, the University of Johannesburg and Wits, the Constitutional Court, Newtown, the Market and Alexander theatres, shopping centres and is only 20 minutes from the Oliver Tambo International airport. The hotel offers six fully air- Orion Safari Lodge Orion Safari Lodge conditioned conference or function venues. 80 Best of South Africa
  • 81. Orion Mont-Aux-Sources Hotel Orion Mont-Aux-Sources Hotel Orion Piggs Peak Hotel & Casino, Swaziland - the friendly and inviting atmosphere and sub- Set in a beautiful pine forest atop the lofty tropical climate make it the perfect place for a peaks of Swaziland, the Orion Piggs Peak relaxing getaway. Hotel & Casino is the ideal place from which to visit the many scenic sites, explore ancient rock Orion Mohale lodge, Lesotho formations, cascading waterfalls and discover Lesotho, also known as the “Kingdom a rich diversity of fauna and flora. in the Sky” is the highest country in the Every room and suite has a balcony with world. Excellent roads leading to Orion Mohale spectacular views of the surrounding hills and Lodge make it perfectly positioned for guests valley. wanting to enjoy the beauty of the magnificent Lounge at the poolside or engage in one of landscapes and skyscapes of the surrounding our exciting activities like swimming, tennis, Maluti Mountains and Mohale Dam. bowls, squash, mini golf, mountain biking and This friendly lodge with three conference volleyball. rooms is an ideal destination for those wanting After an active day, relax over a sundowner to escape the stresses of city life. For the Orion Hotel Wartburg before challenging lady lack at the Casino. more adventurous, Orion Mohale Lodge is the Orion Piggs Peak Hotel has a range of perfect base from which to explore Lesotho’s conference facilities to choose from. mountains, valleys, dams, rivers and rich cultural heritage. Whether by road, water or Orion Hotel Promenade, Nelspruit, horse / pony trail, sites of staggering natural Mpumalanga splendour await guests at Orion Mohale The Hotel Promenade, with its stately clock Lodge. tower overlooking the business centre of the region’s capital city Nelspruit, offers guests a Orion Katse Lodge, Lesotho warm, country welcome and hospitality in the The Lesotho experience embraces the heart of the Lowveld. cultures and customs of this mountainous Part of the Promenade Shopping Centre, kingdom and nowhere is this more evident the hotel is ideally located to take advantage of than at Orion Katse Lodge. The comfortable the city’s amenities, or as a base from which to accommodation at Orion Katse Lodge, 216 explore the spectacular surrounding attractions km from Maseru, serves as the gateway to like the Kruger Park, Gods Window, Pilgrims a pristine, unspoiled area just waiting to be Rest and many other attractions. discovered. Orion Piggs Peak Hotel and Casino Activities include fishing, walking, riding, Orion Safari Lodge, Rustenburg, NorthWest hiking, pony trekking, swimming and a not to Province be missed informative and spectacular tour its huge fireplace and warmth in winter and Located in the foothills of the picturesque of the award-winning 185m high dam wall. its high ceilings and cool breezes in summer, Rustenburg Kloof in the Magaliesberg Conference facilities include two venues and promises a relaxing environment for tourists, Mountains, the Orion Safari Lodge is less multiple breakaway rooms. holidaymakers or conference delegates. than two hours away from Johannesburg and The unique alpine, chalet-style Orion Hotel Pretoria. Orion Hotel Wartburg Wartburg with its Bavarian style and ambience The hotel is an ideal base from which to Wartburg, KwaZulu Natal Midlands is well known for its hospitality. The hotel explore the Magaliesberg region with its 2,5 Orion Hotel Wartburg is situated in the village provides the perfect setting for an intimate billion year old mountains - one of the oldest of Wartburg in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, conference, family getaway or as a base from mountain ranges in the world. a peaceful area surrounded by green rolling which to explore the surrounding area. The newly refurbished modern look of the hills and plantations of sugar cane, maize and Safari Kagiso Conference Centre and Entrance timber. The village of Wartburg was established Lobby has given the hotel Lodge a whole new in 1881 by German missionaries and three- For further information contact: atmosphere. quarters of the community still speak German. Jayne Govender Versatile and well positioned, the Orion Beautiful park-like gardens and window boxes Tel: +27 11 718 6410 Safari Lodge is not only an ideal venue for filled with flowers create an exceptionally Email: jayneg@oriongroup.co.za conferences, weddings and other functions inviting atmosphere. The ‘Lofty Lounge’ with www.oriongroup.co.za Best of South Africa 81
  • 82. Springbok Lodge The Springbok Lodge; as featured on “Top Billing” – Springbok icons, John Smit and Percy Montgomery present to you their Private Big Five Game Lodge... The Springbok Lodge. Escape to the pristine wilderness, wake to The Springbok Lodge is situated on rare bird species and an enviable array of the roar of the wild. Picture perfect moments Nambiti, a Private Game Reserve raptors and vultures. under the glorious African sky. All of this comprising of 20 000 acres of untouched, The Springbok Lodge is the first nestled within the heart of KZN’s historical Malaria Free bushveld. The Big Five, choice of Springbok supporters and team Battlefields. along with Cheetah and thirty species players. The Springbok Lodge epitomizes the perfect of game roam freely on a reserve safari getaway experience, with luxury tented of incredible biodiversity. Extensive suites, beautifully appointed for indulgence and grasslands mirror the plains of Central comfort. Service excellence and superb cuisine Africa. Thornveld and majestic Acacia keep our guests returning time and again. trees enhance the carrying capacity of Springbok Lodge is perfectly positioned, the reserve. just 3 1/2 hours by road from Jhb, 3 hours The abundant natural water system, from the coast of Durban and a mere hour with perennial rivers and the beautiful from the breath taking mountains of the waterfalls on the Sundays River make Drakensberg. for a unique sanctuary, attracting several www.thespringboklodge.co.za 82 Best of South Africa
  • 83. Elephant Rock Private Safari Lodge ‘Charming, luxury boutique lodge, nestled in the pristine wilderness of the Nambiti - Big 5 - Private Game Reserve’. Elephant Rock - is the romance of the wild’. Superbly sited overlooking a waterhole, veranda, outdoor shower and all have great rhino, elephant and leopard, as well as Elephant Rock is a charming boutique views of the waterhole or the bushveld. cheetah, hyena and many other species. lodge offering luxury accommodation for Enjoy the magnificent viewing deck to Bird life abounds with over 250 recorded up to 10 people. Experience the home relax whilst viewing the many species of species. Nambiti is ideally situated 2 1/2 from home true bush lodge experience for game and birdlife or just cool off in the hours from Durban and 3 1/2 hours from the entire family including extraordinary pool. Delicious meals are prepared by the Johannesburg, in the heart of battlefield game viewing, exquisite cuisine and high in-house chef and can be enjoyed in the country, including Rorkes Drift, Isandlwana standards of service all at exceptional value open boma, under the stars on the viewing and Ladysmith. for money. deck or in the comfort of the main lodge. Elephant Rock Private Safari Lodge Big Game is plentiful and roams freely boasts five well appointed luxurious two- over the Nambiti Private Game Reserve on sleeper thatched chalets, including one which Elephant Rock is situated. Nambiti is family unit. All chalets are well spaced a 10000 hectare Reserve of diverse habitat for total privacy, and include a bathroom, and includes the Big 5 – lion, buffalo, www.elephantrocklodge.co.za Best of South Africa 83
  • 84. The Grand Palm Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort Botswana’s premier business and entertainment address Hailed as the gem of the African continent, Botswana is a fascinating country of extraordinary natural beauty. Just a few minutes from the city centre of Gaborone and 12 kilometres from the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport lies The Grand Palm Hotel, Casino and Convention Centre, which, in the grand tradition of Botswana hospitality, offers luxury accommodation, dazzling entertainment and world-class conference facilities in the form of the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC). Guests can enjoy the exhilaration of the newly refurbished casino with its modern, glitzy interiors and 150 ultra modern slot machines in various denominations. The restaurants offer an unmatched experience to the connoisseurs of fine food and include the Beef Baron and Rib Room specialising in prime Botswana 84 Best of South Africa
  • 85. Beef cuts and Mokolwane Bistro, a modern, travelling executive unsurpassed business African chic restaurant serving a delectable services. international buffet. The Fig Tree is an open The Grand Palm Resort also features the thatched pool bar and the Kalahari Bar is the Peermont Metcourt Inn, a modern, chic and favoured rendezvous for guests to unwind and affordable 3-star hotel offering guests cosy, catch up on the day’s activities. and comfortable accommodation and delightful The 4-star Peermont Walmont is a hotel service. of elegance, offering Botswana’s highest The grandiose Gaborone International Peermont Central Resevrations: standards of hospitality. The distinctive Convention Centre covers 5 200 sq meters and Tel: 0860 777 900 (SA only) character and charm of the rooms and suites is one of the premier conference destinations in +27 (0) 11 557 0777 have been achieved by attention to the Africa. Fax: +27 (0) 11 557 0888 smallest detail. The Peermont Walmont is The Grand Palm’s wide range of other Email: reservations@peermont.com choicely designed and thoughtfully decorated recreational and sporting facilities include a www.peermont.com for both business and leisure guests. The health club with full gym, squash court and rooms are equipped with all the facilities saunas, 2 floodlit tennis courts, a volleyball The Grand Palm and modern conveniences that discerning court, a sparkling swimming pool, children’s Tel: +267 363 7777 travellers have come to expect. The newly playground, birding, nature walks and a Fax: +267 391 2989 refurbished Executive 5th floor, with the picturesque lake surrounded by manicured Email: info@grandpalm.bw exclusive Executive Club Lounge, offers the lawns and the beautiful African bushveld. www.grandpalm.bw Best of South Africa 85
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  • 90. Land Rover South Africa Land Rover introduces three new products that are sure to extend the boundries of the premium vehicles it produces. Discovery 4 The outgoing Discovery 3 has well over 100 international awards to its name. Improvements in virtually every aspect of the vehicle’s design and engineering have been made – some subtle, some major. The new design signals comprehensive engineering change under the skin, which now gives us the Discovery 4. The new interior has a much more premium look and feel, while gaining improvement to its functionality. The new console design, switchgear and controls positioning, and new LED Interior Mood Lighting makes the cabin more pleasant user- friendly. The interior environment is more premium too, with smoother surfaces, softer materials and close attention to critical details such, as stitching. The changes and upgrades for Discovery 4 transform many aspects of the previous generation, at the same time as enhancing the flexibility and versatility for which 90 Best of South Africa
  • 91. Discovery is famous. It can carry huge loads materials, sumptuous soft-touch finishes and combinations of performance with poise, in its spacious interior, climb mountains, superb detailing throughout. Leather is used complete command with opulent luxury, cruise across continents, haul trailers of up extensively on major surfaces, in a wider unrivalled capability and masterful design. to 3.5 tonnes, or transport seven family and choice of colours. The 2010 Range Rover is a considerable friends in comfort. Is there a more versatile To create a more sporting feel, rich dark step forward for what is already regarded as vehicle anywhere? shades ‘sandwich’ narrow sections in lighter the one of the world’s most complete luxury tones and the effect is completed by a vehicles. Powerful engines, efficiency and Range Rover Sport generous selection of stylish wood finishes. customary Range Rover refinement, coupled The Range Rover Sport’s performance, ride To enhance the clean look of the interior, with new technologies - such as the dual and handling have been transformed with the the facia now has fewer switches; the view screen, deliver a world first. Like its introduction of a new engine, transmission switches themselves are all chrome-plated. legendary predecessors, the 2010 Range and chassis systems. Combine these There are new seats front and rear, Rover is setting the pace once more. enhancements with the contemporary style featuring a deeper, more sculpted shape. and luxury of the revised interior, and it’s New ambient lighting adds to the premium clear that the Range Rover Sport remains the qualities of the cabin, with the introduction of only choice as the quintessential SUV sports white LEDs to cast subtle halos around the tourer. interior door handles and pockets, as well as The interior of the Range Rover Sport on the facia and centre console area. has been comprehensively redesigned and For more information go to: features significantly improved standards of Range Rover www.landrover.co.za quality and craftsmanship. The new Range Rover is a peerless vehicle, www.discovery4.co.za The cabin retains its popular, snug, one that continues to break many paradigms. www.rangeroversport.co.zs cockpit feel but incorporates higher quality A vehicle that embodies truly unique www.rangerover2010.co.za Best of South Africa 91
  • 92. ExecExpress – Love getting there! Luxury Lifestyles Founded in 2004, ExecExpress provides superior, personalised service for all our clients seeking exclusivity. From the very first day the company has needs. We don’t view transfers simply as a and range from standard sedans to our shown a steady growth, year on year. We mode of transport – we firmly believe that fleet of luxury sedans, mini coaches and attribute this to our unwavering passion each journey should be comfortable and coaches. to provide excellent service - something memorable. With our range of executive Our services are in no way limited we monitor very closely to ensure that we transport and informative tours, together to executive transfers – our informative consistently offer our clients the service with our commitment to service excellence, tours are also very popular. Whether you they have come to expect. we are sure to live up to all expectations. are an adventurous tourist, or a local This is key to how we operate – our The ExecExpress team takes great pride that would simply like to experience ethos is built on service, but with the in our drivers that are always punctual, more of our beautiful country, put us up notion that we provide our clients with a courteous and well presented. Our fleet of to the challenge of creating the perfect, range of packages to suit each individual’s vehicles caters to every need of our clients memorable tour for you. Our guides are 92 Best of South Africa
  • 93. experienced in a number of parts in our An ExecExpress consultant is always mind knowing you and your family are in country. They take each tour seriously and available to take your call – our clients are good hands. will make it their personal undertaking our top priority. We offer a 24 hour call to make each experience interactive and centre service which allows clients to book Love getting there! insightful. We have standard guided tour that last minute transfer, when needed. We packages that include popular destinations, also pride ourselves in a state of the art but our service is certainly not limited booking system that allows appropriate, Tel: +27 11 791 4097 to this. As our focus is on providing timeous communication between Fax: +27 11 792 4305 personalised service, we are always up for a ExecExpress and the client. A/H assistance: 083 445 0459 challenge if you had something more unique Make ExecExpress your preferred Email: reservations@execexpress.co.za in mind. transfer’s operator and enjoy peace of Web: www.execexpress.co.za Best of South Africa 93
  • 94. Helios Executive Luxury Lifestyles Helicopter Charter Change your journey from the mundane to the exotic and arrive in style 94 Best of South Africa
  • 95. Helios Executive Helicopter Charter, centrally located at Grand Central Airport in Midrand Johannesburg, is conveniently placed mid way between the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria. In association with T-Jet Helicopters we offer helicopter charter services seven days a week throughout the year. Specializing in executive helicopter charter, inter-airport transfers, trips to business meetings and visits to game parks or resorts, we also offer aerial photography for the movie industry, advertising shoots, aerial videography for geophysical surveys and environmental management, as well as flights of fancy for special occasions such as weddings and anniversaries. All flights are tailored to meet your individual needs, from being met at the door of your arriving international flight, escorted through the formalities of customs and immigration, to being taken to your awaiting helicopter right outside Johannesburg International Airport. Then, soaring above the traffic, you will enjoy a bird’s eye view of Johannesburg, arriving on-time and refreshed at your destination. Other destinations include The Palace at Sun City and the Pilanesberg National Park, the famous Kruger National Park, the beautiful Marakele National Park and the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. Through Helios Executive Helicopter Charter you have access to a range of helicopters, all of which are jet turbine powered including Bell 407, Eurocopter 350B3 and Agusta 109 and 119 types. These helicopters are designed to strike an ideal balance between safety, reliability and performance. Equipped with state of the art navigation equipment, seating is for five passengers in luxury or six in comfort. Ground transport of luggage can be arranged if necessary. You will be safely and professionally flown to your destination by highly trained and competent pilots. Experience the beauty of the South African landscape, whether your trip is business or pleasure. For more information: + 27 82 651 4766 Email: mikeb@heliosaircharter.co.za Web: www.heliosaircharter.co.za Best of South Africa 95
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  • 98. Signature Restaurant – World class dining With a difference With 10 000 customers flocking through its doors in the first two months of opening, Signature Restaurant is one of the most exciting and gorgeous new fashionable restaurants to hit the scene in South Africa. Exclusive and world class, Signature is a taste of perfection: superior culinary delights; flawless attention to detail; exceptional service; and classy entertainment – a winning formula that sets the restaurant apart from its peers. The brainchild of restaurateur extraordinaire Desmond Mabuza and his partner, entrepreneur Richard Moloko, Signature has been designed to offer an unforgettable dining experience. Personifying elegance, the décor is sophisticated and gorgeous, with floor 98 Best of South Africa
  • 99. to ceiling windows framing a 20 metre discerning palate, the restaurant is a one- is more than just a great restaurant – it is panoramic view of Sandton and setting the stop shop that aspires to the four pillars an experience that reminds you why some scene for enjoying magnificent sunsets and of hospitality: fantastic food; perfect restaurants deserve to be revered. of course, delicious Signature cocktails. ambiance, impeccable service and stylish After three months of opening, Signature Referred to as the new mecca for entertainment. As the best blues and jazz Restaurant has been honoured the ‘Best of fine dining, Signature certainly has the live music playing in the background, Johannesburg’s Readers Choice Award’. ‘wow’ effect. The cuisine is nothing less Signature Restaurant officially completes a than sumptuous with a mouth watering unique dining experience that romantically menu that pushes the envelope with its celebrates life. variety and exquisite taste. With local Situated in Morningside Shopping Tel: +27 87 940 3880 and international wines for even the most Centre, Rivonia Road Sandton, Signature www.signaturerestaurant.co.za Best of South Africa 99
  • 100. The Grillhouse – South Africa’s premium steakhouse The Grillhouse, established in 1995, is one of South Africa’s premium steakhouses, offering discerning diners a combination of choice meals, a bustling club-like ambience, attentive service and a unique selection of fine wines and malts. In 2008 the much loved Rosebank restaurant acquired a sibling, an equally upmarket establishment in Sandton – and today both are regular mealtime destinations for local and international businessmen as well as being family favourites. With their art deco furnishings and subtle lighting, reminiscent of the classic New York grillhouse, the two restaurants would hold their own in any city in the world. The décor cleverly combines raw face brick, green leather seating and a generous portion of fine timber to create a warm earthy feel. The Metropolitan Experience Accompanying the fine décor, the warm atmosphere and some of the finest service on offer, is a unique selection of wines and malts, adding to what we like to call ‘The Grillhouse experience’. Spend a little time in our wine cellar to explore the treats on offer, or relax at our hand-crafted bar and cast your eyes over our extensive malt selection. Although we are famous for our steaks and ribs our menu caters for all tastes and includes a sumptuous selection of the freshest fish and poultry and a choice of vegetarian dishes. 100 Best of South Africa
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  • 102. Katzy’s – South Africa’s finest live music club Katzy’s is South Africa’s finest live music venue. Nestled in the Firs shopping centre in cosmopolitan Rosebank it is the best place in town to hear live music, drink sophisticated whiskey and smoke the finest cigars. With resident bands performing five nights a week, an unbeatable wine list, a range of cocktails and various premium brands, including whiskeys, cognacs and bourbons to choose from, Katzy’s offers a nightlife experience that defines class and entertainment. The VIP experience The new enlarged Katzy’s, which has a wraparound patio and outdoor area, now caters for lunch as well as dinner. Purpose built as a sophisticated music venue, Katzy’s is equipped with the latest stage, sound and audiovisual equipment. The programme includes an exciting line-up of the best local and international artists. There are also facilities for conferences, launches, and viewing major sporting events. Katzy’s has launched a VIP (by invitation only) loyalty programme offering, among other advantages, preferential bookings, tasting evenings, discounts on fine alcohol, better rates on cover charges when we showcase top bands, and invitations to private evenings. 102 Best of South Africa
  • 103. Tel: +27 11 880 3945 www.thegrillhouse.co.za Best of South Africa 103
  • 104. Café Sofia – The ultimate informal dining experience Beautiful, innovative and undeniably sexy – Café Sofia pushes all the boundaries in pursuit of creating a unique cuisine experience. A novelty restaurant concept, Café Sofia is bathed in a true and unique Mediterranean flavour with a tang of Eastern European offerings, and grounded in the inventive spirit and energy of the modern South Africa. Luscious and vibrant, the restaurants energetically combine early morning café, trendy day bistro, and chic night spot. The creation of Roumen Angelo and Richard Moloko, the first boutique bistro opened its doors in Cape Town in 2006. Since then, Café Sofia has grown into five shops in Cape Town – Gardens, Rondebosch, Kloof, Sea Point, and the sensual Oyster Bar in Camps Bay – 104 Best of South Africa
  • 105. with the sixth café in trendy Greenside in Johannesburg. The intimate décor is sheer bliss for the senses – warm oranges, dark woods, beautiful fabrics – eclectic and deliciously decadent. The cuisine is a fusion of the rich and healthy eating cultures of Southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Meze, tapas, antipasto – small in size, high on taste – all shared in a ritual that brings people together from all walks of life. The heart of all the cafés Café Sofia offers the ultimate in informal is the bar, from chai latte to creative cocktails, dining – an experience you will want to repeat the dedicated staff use only the highest quality over and over again. Just add beautiful people ingredients to create scrumptious offerings to and voila! Enjoy the unforgettable magic that Tel: + 27 21 438 3660 complement any desire. is Café Sofia ‘The Art of Sharing’. www.cafesofia.co.za Best of South Africa 105
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  • 110. Liberty Shopping Centres With seven of South Africa’s leading shopping centres spread across the country, Liberty Properties knows a thing or two about shopping. A mall is so much more than just a mall - it’s an experience; a retail destination. It’s about exciting concepts, desirable brands and leading retailers. It’s knowing what is going to attract the right kind of consumer attention. It’s understanding that centres profit when tenants profit. It’s about developing and redeveloping, negotiating relevant contracts and maintaining the right environment. You’ve either got it or you haven’t; and Liberty Properties shopping centres have it in trolley loads! Owning the Sandton skyline Take Sandton City - the flagship in this prestigious property portfolio. Its position as a world class shopping and rendezvous destination for millions of local and international visitors is Sandton City unrivalled. It’s the über centre that 110 Best of South Africa
  • 111. Sandton City Interior Eastgate Nelson Mandela Square others aspire to emulate – the original, And now with a multi-billion Rand Shopping alfresco in Eastgate the benchmark, the icon. rejuvenation project underway, it’s This premier destination in Joburg’s Together with the adjoining Nelson leading the future of shopping. The first eastern suburbs has been a landmark in Mandela Square, Sandton City is the phase of the Sandton City project will the area for thirty years. Entrenched in biggest shopping centre in Africa. Last introduce a whole new dimension to the community, the fashionable Eastgate year visitors to the mega-mall equalled South Africa’s favourite place to shop. mall is an integral part of the Bedfordview close to South Africa’s total population The 30,000m² extension is transforming area - frequented by over 80,000 shoppers (47 million)! This sophisticated hub the complex into 131,000m² area of on Saturdays and over 2 million loyal showcases the very best that global retail gross lettable space, with the office shoppers a month. The recent completion has to offer with 400 leading retailers component taking the complex to of a R610 million refurbishment will ensure contributing to a shopping experience a massive 205,000m². The mall the centre remains the lifestyle experience that sizzles. Whether it’s designer brands refurbishment component will include of choice for visitors on this side of town. or café society you’re after, you can find the introduction of energy efficient The addition of an exciting open-air rooftop everything from one-of-a-kind South lighting, new floor and wall tiling, re- piazza is creating a whole new buzz, African artworks, the latest shoes from cladding of the demising columns, accentuating Liberty’s retail philosophy Milan to a 6m bronze tourist attraction as areas of new ceiling and the upgrade of of ‘meet, eat, play’. With a dramatic glass well. This is international shopping with certain lifts within the existing shopping façade that brings the outside in and a new South African style – urban, glamorous, mall. We’re talking bigger, brighter, food court, Eastgate is attracting a whole Afro-Cosmpolitan. better. lot of interested customers. Best of South Africa 111
  • 112. Midlands Mall The heart of Mitchell’s Plain Liberty Promenade has established itself as the heart of a vibrant and fast-growing community. The current R340 million extension and refurbishment project is set to reconfirm the centre’s position as the shopping destination of choice in the Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha areas. The 24,000m2 expansion includes a new family entertainment wing and additional public facilities. Liberty is proud to be bringing growth, development and quality to the local community. Ruling retail in the Natal Midlands When plans to build a multi-million rand shopping centre in the city were first proposed, nobody could have guessed five short years later, that Liberty Midlands Mall would have become the commanding presence in Pietermaritzburg that is today. The centre is the undisputed authority in entertainment and retail activity in the city with a high caliber tenant mix drawing visitors from the broader KZN interior intent on a quality shopping experience. It is also recognised for its social responsibility efforts in the area and a real concern with its customers’ well- being. Liberty Midlands Mall has received accolades for its Disabled Awareness Campaign. The construction of the adjacent StayEasy hotel on the property is creating Greenacres a mixed use development that will increase the success and vitality for all parties involved. The hotel is expected to open in April 2010. The shopping mecca in the Eastern Cape Greenacres Shopping Centre’s slogan is Live the Good Life and it couldn’t be more apt. Liberty’s real estate asset in Port Elizabeth is all about providing its customers with a feel-good experience and visitors to this retail hub couldn’t agree more. It is a magnet for over a million shoppers each month. Greenacres’ unique appeal is enhanced by shops that include reputable, national retailers side- by-side with family businesses that have served the community for generations. The shopping giant recently won a Diamond Arrow Award for the best shopping centre in the Eastern Cape, proof that a trendy atmosphere, good tenant mix and a strong Greenacres customer service ethic is a big attraction. 112 Best of South Africa
  • 113. Alberton City Alberton City Liberty Promenade This popular family destination has faithfully satisfied the shopping needs of the South-East quadrant of Johannesburg for some 22 years. Alberton City is a real community centre, providing a place to meet, eat, browse and experience a superior shopping environment. The R200 million expansion investment completed last year has created an aspirational atmosphere in this major growth area of the country. A tenant mix including big national retailers together with popular chain stores provides a rewarding shopping experience. 5th floor West, Libridge, Liberty’s secret to success in the retail 25 Ameshoff Street industry lies in the mix – a lucrative Braamfontein environment for quality tenants and a Johannesburg 2001 pleasing retreat for receptive customers. It’s why demand for space across the PO Box 31287 spectrum of it prestigious shopping Braamfontein 2017 centres remains constantly high. Tel : +27 11 408 5111 ‘Whoever said money can’t buy happiness Fax : +27 11 408 5112 simply didn’t know where to shop’ www.libertyproperties.co.za Best of South Africa 113
  • 114. Maponya Mall The 65 000m² deluxe Sowetan shopping Mecca, Maponya Mall, officially opened on the 27th of September 2007. Maponya Mall has secured strong commitment from local business people, as well as further dedication from top retailers who continue to show support by rolling out flagship stores, and providing retail ‘firsts’ for Soweto. Since inception, the Malls design was such that it guaranteed retail space not only for well known retailers but for local Sowetan businesses as well. In this way, Maponya Mall will help stem the flow of the estimated R4.3 billion per annum in potential consumers spend that is currently being spent outside of Soweto and boost the local economy. Maponya Mall is the heartbeat of Soweto. It is the hub where fashion and style meets choice and function. Where South Africa’s vibrant and trendy Sowetan 114 Best of South Africa
  • 115. community gather to shop, socialise, eat, Road to Kliptown, and is within close and to see and be seen. proximity to the station and the Klipspruit What makes Maponya Mall unique Valley Road and is close to Soweto’s is the careful selection of food, primary taxi rank at Baragwanath. entertainment, banking and shopping Catering to people across the available. It blends the world-class economic spectrum, provide convenience choice and convenience of stores like for shoppers who previously travelled to Edgars, Pick ‘n Pay and Woolworths, surrounding areas and the Johannesburg with the local flavour of some of CBD for goods and services and will also Soweto’s boutique businesses that offer provide much needed jobs, particularly professional services, such as optometry, for the youth. with bespoke fashion stores and beauty salons. This is complimented by some Gender split of South Africa’s favourite dining options • 60% female such as News Café, Primi Piatti, and the • 40% male Mugg & Bean. Visionary Richard Maponya bought Age the land in the 1980’s and waited until Average age of shopper is 28 years with the dawning of the African Renaissance 48% of shoppers younger than 35 years. and new dispensation to give his dream wings. His dream was to create the first, Language bespoke, mega-shopping centre for the 88% shoppers are able to speak, read people of Soweto - and in September of and write English. The ethnic language 2007 - his dream became a reality. groups are divided into: Today, this elegant, contemporary • SeSotho building with its enormous 65 000m² • SeTswana of retail delights attracts an average of • TshiVenda 900 000 people per month. It boast world • Isizulu class design aesthetics and exciting • IsiXhosa features not previously seen in regional • Xitsonga shopping centres’ in South Africa. • IsiNdebele Maponya Mall is also home to the • Afrikaans Hector Pieterson statue, a gift from the • IsiSwati people of Sweden and South Africa to the people of Soweto, to commemorate the RACE SPLIT historic Soweto riots - and attracts people • 70% black from every corner of the globe who • 10% Indian appreciate the fusion of African culture • 15% Coloured and international sophistication. • 2.5% white 2127 Chris Hani Road Maponya Mall is on the Chris Hani • 2.5% foreign Klipspruit Ext 5 Road in Soweto - the main arterial Soweto 1809 route through this bustling township - Segmentation Tel: +27 11 938 4448 in the suburb of Kliptown. It is easily 11% international & national tourists Fax: 086 665 0412 accessible via the Klipspruit River Road, 75% from immediate catchment regions Email: info@maponyamall.co.za the Roodepoort Road, and the Southern 89% of shoppers live in greater Soweto. www.maponyamall.co.za Best of South Africa 115
  • 116. Oriental Plaza Indulge and enjoy With 360 stores, the Oriental Plaza, a Staying in line with tradition, shoppers Square, and the new ultra modern Nelson shopping centre that is the very expression will get to indulge themselves in a variety Mandela Bridge which graces the city’s of uniqueness and tradition has been of stores, something for every individual, skyline. The Oriental plaza with over a rooted in the very heart of Johannesburg no matter what the desire; the Oriental million visitors a month offers everything City since the 1970’s. Plaza will deliver. your heart desires. The vibrant colors of The Oriental Plaza has always prided The Oriental Plaza’s reputation of being the East invites you to add color to your itself in adding value to this great the Jewel pricing Mecca of South Africa wardrobe with its rich fabrics, bringing metropolitan and never fails to add to the will continue to offer their customers the freshness to your home with its range of richness, beauty and wealth of its’ rainbow opportunity to experience High Quality, linen and homeware. nation. With its uniquely individually owned Low Prices and Great Variety. The wide range of western stores, stores, the Oriental Plaza will, as always, We are also surrounded by places stocked with international and local deliver to it customers originality in their of interest such as the Market Theatre, brands of clothing and shoes welcomes shopping experience. Mary Fitzgerald Square, the Gandhi shoppers with affordable prices to 116 Best of South Africa
  • 117. fit out their wardrobes. On entering The Oriental Plaza prides itself in shoppers can experience the brilliance offering shoppers such unique variety of the Plazas design, the experience as well as excellence in service as as though they have entered a city all promised in the past and to continue in on its own, surrounded by spicy flavors the future. that fill the air, rich colors that draws the The reputation of the Oriental Plaza heart and warm friendly and welcoming for being, an experience to remember, smiles, shoppers can relax and indulge revisit and definitely indulge in, will not themselves. fail its part in adding value to South The Oriental Plaza has facilities to Africa as a whole. Fordsburg ensure the safety of customer’s vehicles You cannot visit South Africa without Johannesburg and security to ensure you that you can visiting the Oriental Plaza. It will be an Tel: +27 11 838 6752 definitely relax while you shop. occassion to remember for all times. www.orientalplaza.co.za Best of South Africa 117
  • 118. BROOKLYN MALL A unique shopping experience 118 Best of South Africa
  • 119. Brooklyn Mall is situated in the heart of Additionally, there are 150 specialist Nouveau movie houses featuring a range of Pretoria’s cosmopolitan Embassy suburbs. retail stores including stylish international international film festivals and theatrically It combines all the right components to trendsetting shops, designer boutiques brilliant art films. Outdoor enthusiasts can create a vibrant hub of activity for the catering for the needs of globetrotters enjoy the lush gardens and a game of Capital’s most prestigious neighbourhood. in search of fashion for all seasons, Adventure Golf. Owned by South Africa’s largest listed shoe boutiques, children’s wear and Brooklyn Mall is known for its cultural property company Growthpoint Properties toys, exclusive jewellers, luggage marts, pursuits which range from symphonic Limited, Brooklyn Mall is the jewel in the furnishing and décor specialists as well as concerts, to world class fashion crown of its portfolio of prime retail centres delectable deli’s and much more. extravaganzas, prestigious wine festivals located throughout the country. The watchwords are understated style, and stylish decor exhibitions. Brooklyn Mall offers convenience elegance, quality and comfort. We believe Whether it’s designer clothing, objets of one-stop-shopping catering to the shopping should be a relaxing adventure of d’art, fine cuisine, funky décor, Persian requirements of the most discerning discovery to be enjoyed at one’s own pace. carpets or Egyptian linen, Brooklyn Mall shopper. A full complement of national Brooklyn Mall has a smorgasbord of has it all. flagship stores such as Woolworths, gastronomic delights and there is a large Edgars, Foschini, Stuttafords, Truworths, assortment of restaurants and coffee bars BROOKLYN MALL Queenspark, Clicks, CNA, Mr Price Home, catering for the most astute palette. Tel: +27 12 346 1063/4 Mr Price Weekend Material, Game and Brooklyn Mall has nine Ster Kinekor Fax: +27 12 346 1579 Checkers provide a comprehensive and Classic cinemas which present the latest Email: info@brooklynmall.co.za sound matrix of choice. big screen blockbusters and five Cinema www.brooklynmall.co.za Best of South Africa 119
  • 120. CHAPTER 6 Fashion & Jewellery 120 Best of South Africa
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  • 122. South African Fashion is so much more than Fashion & Jewellery Ostrich Feathers, Beads and Safari Chic Local designers are pushing the boundaries at home and abroad. Designer Black Coffee. Photo: Chris Saunders. Model: Cloe from ICE. 122 Best of South Africa
  • 123. Designer: Suzaan Heyns. Photo: Simon Denier Designer: Suzaan Heyns. Photo: Simon Denier Think of Africa and fashion and your mind into our brilliant craft tradition to create instinctively wanders towards safari chic. garments that are at once unmistakably You picture the seminal khaki jacket, big African, yet importantly, sit effortlessly on wooden bangles, gladiator sandals - a the global fashion stage. look that’s been around since, well, Yves Labels like Black Coffee, Lunar and Saint Laurent put it on the catwalk all the Stoned Cherrie have showed or held way back in 1966. Or perhaps you think exhibitions at international fashion weeks. something a little more modern: Matthew Black Coffee, designed by Jacques van Williamson’s Ethiopian-inspired prints der Watt and Danica Lepen, won the from his tenth anniversary collection? Or Mercedes Benz Art Award early in 2009 maybe it’s a fusion of combat and street? and was awarded a show at Berlin Fashion Designer: Suzaan Heyns. Photo: Simon Denier Something you saw in Blood Diamond? Week. Their collection of sophisticated silks Or how about a big old seventies style cat accented with local bead-work immediately print? caught the attention of international press But African, and in particular South and buyers. African fashion is no longer a mine for Stoned Cherrie’s distinct Sophiatown European inspiration or a comical costume silhouette was seen on the New York cliché. catwalk as part of the Arise Africa Fashion Over the past ten years it has moved Collective show at New York Fashion centre stage, finding a voice that is Week. And Lunar’s sophisticated simplicity immediately reflective of our unique diverse and uncompromising dedication to the cultural heritage. Designers have tapped fine organic, sustainable fabrics and Best of South Africa 123
  • 124. Fashion Designer: David Tlale. Photo Dan Lecca Designer: Stoned Cherrie Photo: Dan Lecca Designer: Stoned Cherrie. Photo Dan Lecca printing techniques have been showcased Suzaan Heyns produces Victoriana- dresses and a plethora of bling. These kids, repeatedly at London Fashion Week’s inspired form fitting pieces; Mantsho bright, that have the future of our fashion industry Esthetica exhibition - a satellite dedicated voluminous street-edged garments: and under their scissors, will only be successful at all things fashionably ‘green’. Loin Cloth and Ashes’ feel is distinctly if they truly embrace their personal history Other noteworthy designers include Bauhaus meets Africa. in order to nurture a distinct voice. A voice Stiaan Louw, Suzaan Heyns, Mantsho and Anisa Mpungwe of Loin Cloth & Ashes that will resonate locally and internationally. newcomers, Bongiwe Walaza as well as may have completed her studies in London, Like any business, fashion is cut-throat, Loin Cloth and Ashes. but she is one of a new generation of and our local consumers are only now Stiaan is the first and last word for designers, often graduating from our local waking up to the possibility of interesting, fashion-forward menswear. The Cape fashion schools – LISOF (The London good local fashion. They’re thinking beyond Town-based designer consistently International School of Fashion) and CPUT beaded bias-numbers or cheap, badly-cut, produces collections that are on trend, be (Cape Town University of Technology), who high street knock-offs. it skinny-legged jeans, high-waisted linen are challenging the established fashion Also, fashion reaches beyond the shop trousers or sparkly cardigans. elite that have held guard with bias cut floor and the impact of initiatives such as 124 Best of South Africa
  • 125. Designer: Stoned Cherrie. Photo: Dan Lecca Designer Malcolm Kluk. Photo Simon Denier Designer David Tlale. Photo: Dan Lecca the Department of Arts and Culture Fashion Admittedly there are problems; fabric Fassler and the conceptualist Clive Rundle Fusion project can not be underestimated. sourcing is difficult, and production can - have created a design aesthetic that is Fashion Fusion actively promotes sometimes be tricky due to labour and particularly resonant for international buyers in collaboration between rural crafters and skills shortages. But where South African the current global climate. People are looking designers, and has established a national design truly excels is creating an inimitable away from mass-produced ‘luxury’. They’re network of collaborative groups in all nine product by using our local resources cut and inquisitive and enthusiastic about charm and South African provinces, empowering no less designed to a modern aesthetic. innocence, but still want quality – quality of than nine hundred crafters. More so, the industry is full of extremely thought, design and production and it is here A number of Fashion Weeks take place passionate people that dedicate their lives to South Africa is excelling not as a bead-box to throughout the country at different times creating a fashion-forward world-class industry. be plundered, but as a grown-up industry in during the year. Cape Town Fashion Week, A few designers have stumbled a bit on its own right. South African fashion is far from SA Fashion Week and most recently the Arise the way, but those that have arrived, and undone. Africa Fashion Week, all provide showcases those that have led the way for decades – the for designers to show their collections. doyenne of South African fashion, Marianne Article by Emma Jordan Best of South Africa 125
  • 126. Jan Malan Headed by internationally acclaimed show director Jan Malan, Umzingeli Productions is one of Africa’s best known and most respected show production companies. © Merwelene van der Merwe Working on a wide range of fashion and entertainment related events across the continent and throughout the rest of the world,Jan Malan staged productions in more then 17 countries. Jan began working on shows in 1985, and established Umzingeli Productions, following the conceptualization and orchestration of the original ‘Face of Africa Model Search’ for MNET in 1997. This show was broadcast in over 40 countries, including the United States. The event continues to be a success and Malan is currently working on the 2009 competition. Further work throughout Africa included the launch of ‘Africa Designs’ for MNET and AngloGold, which gave African designers their first opportunity to showcase their talents at New York Fashion Week, followed by ‘Afridesia’ for AngloGold featuring Clive Rundle, Malcolm Klûk and Julian, which also culminated at New York Fashion Week. Continuing his ongoing dedication to Africa, Malan produced the inaugural on-schedule THISDAY ARISE African Fashion Collective at New York Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2009. The show, presenting four of Africa’s top fashion designers included a guest appearance by Grace Jones and featured designers Xuly Bet, Stoned Cherrie, Tiffany Amber and Momo. Umzingeli returned to New York to produce a second season entitled the ARISE Promise of Africa Collective Spring Summer 2010 in September this year featuring David Tlale, Tiffany Amber, Erica Raisina and Jewel by Lisa. Previous noteworthy productions include the launch of the ‘African Renaissance Blue Train’ on the mighty Zambezi; the finals of the Ford Supermodel of the World in the Dominican 126 Best of South Africa
  • 127. © Simon Denier © Dan Lecca © Simon Denier © Peter Morey © Simon Denier © Peter Morey © Peter Morey Republic and in Miami; POS+TIVE ROCKS for Umzingeli Productions is responsible for the P.O. Box 51422, V&A Waterfront, Sun International featuring John Legend and entire production of Mozambique Fashion Week Cape Town, South Africa, 8002 Kelly Rowland, the “models walking on water” and also staged Delhi Fashion Week in 2008 fashion show for Tyra Bank’s America’s Next and ‘09 in India. With offices in Johannesburg Cape Town Office Top Model; the Entertainment Direction for the and Cape Town, and a team of highly-dedicated Tel: +27 21 421 0701 Elton John Cape Town Ball; the annual fashion professionals Umzingeli continues to be at the Fax: +27 21 421 0719 node at the International Design Indaba Expo forefront of innovative event production. in Cape Town; the Nederburg Wine Auction; Driven by passion, and aided by an extensive Johannesburg Office the BBC Africa Radio Awards held in Kenya international contact book of celebrities and Tel: +27 11 339 4887 and selective shows for Johannesburg Fashion industry professionals, Umzingeli tailors each job Fax: +27 11 339 7001 Week, Cape Town Fashion Week, Durban directly to its client’s needs to ensure that only Email: janmalan@janmalan.com Fashion Week and ARISE Africa Fashion Week. the best possible outcome is achieved. Website: www.janmalan.com Best of South Africa 127
  • 128. 312 Couture: Fashion & Jewellery In Pursuit of Your Own Identity Fashion is an art and identity is a process. 312 Couture is all about self-worth and expressing your identity, the freedom to be yourself without fear or apologies. Providing the consumer with exclusive and luxury international brands, this stunning boutique caters for the perfect gentleman and is a new fashion force to be reckoned with. The yearning for style is constant worldwide and the last decade has seen the very same need express itself in Johannesburg and thus the concept of 312 Couture was created. From Savile Row in London, to Paris, Milan and New York, the boutique brings you sought after international trends and fashion but grounded in each individual’s culture and personal preferences. 312 means the liberty to stay in touch with your own identity. It is the passion to see people of various backgrounds dress up and be themselves. Offering aspirational Made to Fit clothing, Image Consultancy and Wardrobe Makeover services for business executives, metrosexual men and fashion connoisseurs alike. Seeing each person as original and authentic, the driving principle is “in pursuit of your own identity” and is based not only on knowledge, discovery and feelings but also on experience, contentment and lifestyle. Pleasure should go hand in glove with what you wear and you should always feel good. Great fashion happens when your being and your look exist together in perfect harmony. What makes 312 unique? Two dedicated young men who not only know the ins and out of fashion, but more crucially – they love what they do. 312 Couture is the product of fashion geniuses Mike Ilunga and Joachim Nzuzi endorsed by Richard Moloko. 128 Best of South Africa
  • 129. They have a passion for men’s fashion To be truly essential in life, one has to and are committed to improving an achieve a balance between lifestyle and individual’s image by creating personal personal image. 312 Couture is all about identity with a sense of style, class and discovering and appreciating your own elegance. unique touch and then installing a lifelong The Directors represent a wealth appreciation of your unique taste within. fashion retail and image consultancy 312 Couture can help you find your experience from working in highly identity, Jo and Mike have found theirs, it successful brands and boutiques in is now your turn. Sandton, the fashion capital of South For people who understand the Africa. Knowing that confidence and importance of well tailored garments success run parallel, the pair approach and handmade shoes, 312 Couture is business like they approach life: Be and definitely the prime destination. Knowing let the people follow… that service excellence is key, modern and sophisticated, this trend-setting boutique offers a private lounge where executives can relax while shopping – transforming business into pleasure. The boutique is located at shop 312 Legacy Corner, Sandton - the address for the perfect gentleman. Stockist of international brands including Sand, Seventy, handcrafted made to order Gaziano and Girling shoes, and FP Jeans for men and women. 312 Couture is brought to you by Moloko Fashion. Tel: +27 11 783 4881 www.312couture.co.za Best of South Africa 129
  • 130. Stoned Cherrie Stoned Cherrie, established in 2000, is an afro-urban lifestyle brand that is expressive of African urban culture in South Africa. Our vision is to become a global African inspired to innovate rather than follow. This sung and unsung, Stoned Cherrie has been lifestyle brand pioneering a Cultural has also seen Stoned Cherrie being birthed instrumental in transforming the way that Revolution in Africa. as a smooth sexy street-wise label that South Africans feel about themselves. In essence, Stoned Cherrie is a product has artfully swerved fashion stereotypes We have also partnered with various other of a repressed history and the freedom we by being old, new and futuristic at the creatives from graphic designers, beaders enjoy today - a conflation of past and present. same time. We are passionate about social and textile manufacturers to celebrate a Our aesthetic oscillates between our cultural development and believe that as Stoned thriving and dynamic creative industry. We heritage and how contemporary Africa has Cherrie grows as a brand, so too should the believe that collaboration is our new currency evolved over time. Our design signature is communities that have contributed to its and that South Africa’s creative spirit has the reminiscent of past eras: the fiery Shebeen identity. We therefore take pride in having potential to yield great ideas. Queens, the bold intellectuals, the sparkly contributed to the restoration of dignity to cover girls of the 50’s and the urban energy the lives of women from the African Feeding Tel: +27 11 447 9629 – Flagship store that swept over the ghetto’s of South Africa in Scheme by employing them as beaders and the zone rosebank difficult times. seamstresses. Tel: +27 11 402 0188 – the studio We believe in an abundant universe and By upping the humble crochet, ‘funkifying’ info@stonedcherrie.co.za it is this belief that has kept us constantly Seshweshwe and resurrecting all our heroes, www.stonedcherrie.co.za 130 Best of South Africa
  • 131. The African Romance™ Story African Romance™ is Africa’s first homegrown international luxury diamond and jewellery brand. and a state of the art diamond cutting and jewellery production facility. Diamond tours allow visitors to witness how they skilfully transform rough diamonds into multi- facetted brilliant works of art. African Romance™ have taken care to create their legendary, yet relaxed, African welcome in an environment where refreshments, friendship and congeniality are always on offer in the Ubuntu lounge and private VIP viewing rooms. Clientele can browse through the African Romance™ jewellery collections designed and manufactured on the premises, set their diamond purchases in beautifully crafted mounts or chat to one of the highly skilled designers to create a bespoke masterpiece. African Romance™ aspires to be the epitome of African sophistication. Visit them to discover excellence and the spectacular soul of Africa, timeless as ever...forever African Romance™ is viewed as a of a new era of beneficiation that is both captured in their diamonds. trailblazer in the industry, presenting sustainable and profitable, setting the national and international diamond and benchmark for mineral beneficiation in Showrooms: African Romance, jewellery wholesalers, distinguished luxury South Africa. Entrance Maude Street, clientele and tourists with a five star facility African Romance™ is situated in the CNR West Street, Sandton, 2146 at which to access an exclusive selection of heart of Sandton, the financial hub of Tel: +27 11 3845600 African diamonds and fine jewellery. Africa. Their showrooms are simultaneously Fax: +27 11 3845661 Their business model is representative an expression of African chic and luxury www.africanromance.com Best of South Africa 131
  • 132. Shemer Jewellers Fashion & Jewellery SHEMER A division of D.Carrington & Co (Pty) Ltd has a long and illustrious history. Shemer Jewellers The Shemer Family, based in Germiston in the early 1900’s started as a general dealership selling everything from bicycles to watches. Eventually the “jewellery” part of the business took off and in 1948, H Shemer & Co (Pty) Ltd was formed. The business in those days was located in President Str. Germiston. The business traded as one of the most upmarket jewellery stores in the country for many years, until it was purchased by the Fivelman family in 1977. The business continued to trade in Germiston until it was moved to Bedford Centre, Bedfordview in 1984. Bedford Centre, still our home, was to see a further change of ownership in 1998, when the Shemer name and trading store was bought by its present owners, D.Carrington & Co (Pty) Ltd, under the Directorship of Derrick and June Carrington and son Alan. A story often told by Derrick is that life often runs full circle. As an apprentice watchmaker in the late 1950’s, Derrick worked for Mr.Hymie Shemer. He then left the 132 Best of South Africa
  • 133. Shemer business to start his own business world’s largest selling and biggest luxurious and registered D.Carrington & Co in 1966, brand, ROLEX. the irony being that he now owns the Shemer The Rolex brand is complimented in store business! by a number of other leading brands, namely Omega, Ebel, Tag Heuer, Raymond Weil and Signature Collection Michel Herbelin. Each piece in the collection consists of either 18ct white or 18ct yellow gold, diamonds of Shemer Services the highest quality and the highest grade of The name Shemer Jewellers is synonymous coloured gemstones. Many of the pieces in with service. We pride ourselves in offering our the collection are made “in- house” at our clients a rich tradition in watchmaking with over on-site manufacturing workshop. 50 years experience through Derrick Carrington Our staff would be happy to help you our Managing Director in our fully fledged design and manufacture your own exclusive watchmaking workshop situated off site. We are piece to your specification using your own official service agents for all the luxury brands gold and gemstones. we stock, including being one of the few Rolex The balance of the Signature Collection is certified workshops in South Africa. imported from the most reputable factories in On the jewellery front we offer an on-site Italy and the far East. handmade jewellery workshop. In Mike Fridberg Shop U9 Bedford Centre our master craftsman we offer a service Bedfordview 2008 Time Pieces of specially designing and manufacturing Tel: + 27 11 622 4735 Shemer Jewellers is proud to present some exclusive pieces of jewellery to suit your needs. Fax: + 27 11 615 5614 of the world’s most luxurious and prestigious All jewellery repairs and insurance valuations Email: alanc@shemer.co.za watch brands. We are proud stockists of the are also undertaken. www.shemer.co.za Best of South Africa 133
  • 134. CHAPTER 7 Décor, Design & Interiors
  • 135. Culinary Equipment Co leads the way ‘Due to globalization many products we use every day are now produced in Asia instead of Europe’. Global pressure for cheap goods has lead to the demise of traditional production methods in the west leading to a flood of poor quality merchandise on our shelves. South Africa has not been immune to this shift, and products from electronics to stoves are now produced en mass in factories by unskilled labourers in countries such as China or Vietnam’. The Culinary Equipment Company, founded by Wehrner Gutstadt in 2002 has endeavoured to buck this trend. The company’s mission is to import brands only of the highest possible quality solely from Europe, thereby supporting master artisans in their traditional craft. The Culinary Equipment Co is the only company of its kind to support this ideal in South Africa. Established primarily as the importer of the world-renowned Lacanche range of French range cookers, the company has grown 136 Best of South Africa
  • 136. Culinary Commercial, lead by Wehrner Culinary A La Carte Gutstadt, is the professional arm of the Is a distributor to the trade of specialty food Culinary Group. With several large scale products from Europe and South Africa, and commercial projects on the go at any instant South African wines. Culinary a la Carte is and a history of developing restaurant based in Johannesburg with a comprehensive kitchens and concepts which go straight into distribution infrastructure nationwide. the nation’s top ten listings, it provides first- Tel: +27 11 701 2200 rate industry knowledge and experience. Email: alacarte@culinary.co.za Locations Culinary Consulting Culinary Equipment Company Culinary Consulting offers a turnkey solution Head Office and main showroom for professional kitchens needs. Our Lanseria Centre, Johannesburg specialized teams of industry specialists With over 1500 square meters of floor space, hail from a wide variety of backgrounds. a professional demo kitchen, a coffee bar Therefore offering strong understandings and cookbook library, customers are able of both the technical aspects as well as the to immerse themselves in Johannesburg’s human elements in professional kitchen finest gastronomic experience. A team of designs. Our projects successes, include highly trained experts offer tailor-advice and but are not limited to high-end dining consultancy to designers, kitchen builders, establishments, banqueting, supermarket chefs and private homeowners. retailers, bistros, and commercial production Tel: +27 11 701 2200 facilities. Email:info@culinary.co.za About our products Culinary Morningside The brands and products the Culinary Group to include over seven thousand line items. Morningside Shopping Centre, Shop L11 supports all adhere to a strict profile. All Today, forty brands make up a formidable Cnr Rivonia and Outspan Roads, products and components are produced in contingent of products that cover everything Morningside, Sandton the European Union. Brands also feature from cutlery, vegetable slicers, espresso Tel: +27 11 022 3164 the highest levels of quality, durability, machines, to copper or ceramic cookware. Email: morningside@culinary.co.za and design. Brands represent superior Information about the full spectrum of craftsmanship and dedication to their craft. products can be found at www.culinary.co.za Culinary Cape Quarter The Culinary Group headed by Wehrner With many companies finding themselves Tel: +27 21 802 4233 Gutstadt is the sole importer of all ranges, compromised by high rent and staffing Email: capequarter@culinary.co.za whereby we develop a strong active working costs, the Culinary Equipment Company has relationship with each of our suppliers. grown organically to include a small, highly- Culinary Winelands Stellenbosch Acting as sole agents for over 50 top tier trained team that is renowned for delivering Culinary Winelands is created to cater both companies means that we carry a great exemplary service, and long-standing for home enthusiasts as well as professional deal of responsibility towards each product. client relationships. Situated in Lanseria, chefs. This store offers a coffee bar, and a This commitment and responsibility is Stellenbosch and Cape Town (August culinary library. Find ranges of professional communicated to our clients. 2009) the group boasts an enormous 1500 cookware products, espresso machines, and square meter showroom in its Johannesburg range cookers. Professional restaurateurs Culinary Group is a member of the Careful headquarters – including a full commercial welcome. Carriers Group of Companies. demonstration kitchen and the facility to cater Tel: +27 21 887 7206 for high-end functions. Email: winelands@culinary.co.za www.culinary.co.za Best of South Africa 137
  • 137. Décor, Design & Interiors Cobra Watertech Background As global leaders in water control technology, and a company that is fiercely proud of being South African, Cobra Watertech (Pty.) Limited has been manufacturing stylish, top quality taps since 1951. Cobra produces one of the most In 1986, the company was one of the reputation as one of South Africa’s leading comprehensive ranges of plumbing fittings first South African enterprises to have brand names. Research and development in the world, boasting a wide variety of gained SABS ISO certification. Cobra is key to Cobra’s success, resulting in tap and mixer styles - ensuring that there has since distinguished itself further with the company incorporating the latest is an attractive product suitable for every its ISO 9001 2000 quality management technology with modern styling and purpose. accreditation, thus maintaining its affordability. 138 Best of South Africa
  • 138. internationally. The brand has recently expanded into sanitary ware and geysers, therefore offering homeowners a complete bathroom solution. While South Africa represents the majority of Cobra product merchants, the company has also been successful in penetrating the African, Asian and south American markets. The company employs nearly 1500 people through out South Africa, all striving towards the common Cobra The extensive Cobra range includes goal – “production excellence”. Social utility taps that are essential for responsibility is an integral part of For a full view of our product catalogue bringing much-needed water to rural Cobra’s business practices, a number and literature visit our website on communities, through to top quality of programs have been undertaken in www.cobra.co.za or e-mail products that grace many prestigious South Africa to improve the quality of life marketing@cobrawatertech.co.za houses and buildings both locally and for our people. or phone 0861 21 21 21 Best of South Africa 139
  • 139. Imagination meets Décor, Design & Interiors Sophistication When we talk about Persian carpet, the king of carpets, it is definitely a tale of magnificent art established over twenty-five hundred years ago. The Persian rug, from being simply articles of need, as simple as floor coverings, to protect the tribesmen from the cold and damp, has found new fans, lovers and wealthy owners, those who decorate their mansions and luxurious homes with this precious wealth Over the years, Ghorbany Carpets has supported individual tastes and needs, making ‘thousands for one’ as opposed to ‘one for thousands’. This trend has reached its peak and, moving with the times, Ghorbany Carpets helps individuals find their own path and create their own mottos through design and décor. In the past, trends were influenced by domineering philosophies and ideas. 140 Best of South Africa
  • 140. Recent years, however, have shown a huge Where does this lead the carpet industry in shift in the design industry as clientele are 2010? “My expectation for the upcoming now moving largely towards the trend of years is that this move towards dominant individuality. individuality is a very positive thing. It Currently, homeowners confirm who allows for people to be true to who they they are and what they believe in through are and make decisions based on that,” their homes and subsequent design explains Ghorbany. choices. “Having lost the effect of such Two facets emerge in the evolution strong philosophies, like communism of carpets. The first is the design and and capitalism for example, means that the second is colour. Design is evolving individuals are now expressing their from the more traditional carpets to personal philosophies and lifestyles through the revolutionary modern designs. And the décor choices they make,” explains with colour, the options are endless. “At co-owner of Ghorbany Carpets, Shervin Ghorbany, we are open to new ideas Ghorbany. and value the opinions and ideas of our Moving away from traditional ways of clientele. It is for this reason that we thinking about carpets, buyers are now provide carpets to suit individual needs,” using alternate styles and colours in their explains Ghorbany. homes. The power to make a decision Carpets are no longer wanted for ‘blend comes strongly through the types of carpets in’ purposes such as it was in the pre- that individuals create. “This is not to say 2005 period. Post 2005 until the present that the traditional styles are no longer on day illustrated carpets as statements by the market, but that a new trend has arrived themselves. They are not required to just fill on the scene; one that is not linked to a a space or add a finishing touch, they are dominant world philosophy but rather to now focal points in the home. individual ideas and opinions, creating more options for buyers,” says Ghorbany. The current motto that is running through the industry is, “Be yourself! Do as you please.” This is the best time for those who are in Tel: +27 11 465 8718 touch with who they are. www.ghorbany.co.za Best of South Africa 141
  • 141. CHAPTER 8 Beauty & Wellness 142 Best of South Africa
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  • 143. Life Day Spa – Design Quarter District, mud treatment chamber allow for further at our in house hair salon. Life Day Spa invites Fourways relaxation. Our newly renovated interactive you to “Experience your senses” in a haven Manicure and Pedicure area is the perfect that epitomises ultimate luxury. This 1100m² contemporary spa set in the heart to spend with friends on those special of Fourways, boasts indoor water features, occasions, having a luxurious treatment and triple volume ceilings and natural finishes that glass of bubbly. blend in with nature. The 17 themed treatment Our extensive list of packages will cater for rooms equip with coloured lighting and tranquil anyone’s needs although unique tailor made music offer our guest a unique experience with packages can be structured to suite the most each visit. seasoned spa visitor. Relax and unwind prior to your treatment Explore your sense of taste, in a healthy, of your of choice in our spa facilities that yet indulgent manner. Our health bar serves include an indoor heated spa pool, steam a variety of tasty beverages to the day spa rooms, saunas, Swiss showers and sensation visitor awaiting treatment. Complete your spa Tel: +27 11 465 7777 showers. Signature body rituals and a Rasul experience with a hair treatments or Blow Dry www.lifedayspa.co.za Octavia’s Sensorium Day Spa – Emperors and enjoy a range of exclusive spa treatments. Relax, unwind and be treated as royalty in Palace, Kempton Park Each treatment room boasts a unique ceiling the true tradition of health spas since their mural that mimics the relics of ancient Rome. prominence in the age of classical Rome. Residing within the D’Oreale Grande hotel at Our treatment menu ranges from individual Emperors Palace, Octavia’s Sensorium Day spa treatments, customised spa packages and Spa offers a world class health and beauty exclusive Signature treatments. spa, an unrivaled haven where the physical, The facilities range from a sauna, steam mental and spiritual are equally cared for. Relax room, 18 jet Swiss shower and an outdoor and indulge in the opulent Roman Bath, taking pool that is offered complimentary with any you back to years of splendor encapsulating treatment booked. Allow yourself to further another world with its soothing, warm waters relax and socialise by enjoying a Rasul Mud and powerful jets. Treatment Chamber with up to three of your Set around the renowned Roman Bath, this friends or float away your stress in the ancient Tel: +27 11 928 1815 11 room spa offers guests ample room to relax ruins of the floatation tank. www.octavias.co.za 144 Best of South Africa
  • 144. Renaissance Day Spa – Michelangelo spa pool, outdoor pool and sundeck, steam Renaissance Day Spa projects an image Towers, Sandton rooms, saunas and sensation showers. of relaxation in an environment of luxury, These are freely available to enjoy before or professionalism and tranquility. Situated in the exclusive Michelangelo after treatments. Towers in the heart of Sandton, this opulent, Selected treatments can be enjoyed 5 star spa has everything to offer the around the indoor or outdoor pools upon discerning spa visitor. request. A soothing beverage menu is also Relive the Renaissance Era at this available to compliment your indulgent spa contemporary spa that features painted experience. images by the famous Michelangelo. The 12 We cater to both the individual and luxury treatment rooms allow our guests to corporate clientele and offer specialised VIP enjoy a tranquil and private spa experience. memberships at discounted rates for regular Tel: +27 11 783 9904 / 0291 Our spa facilities include an indoor heated guests. www.renaissancespa.co.za Soulstice Day Spa – Silverstar Casino, Krugersdorp At the award winning Soulstice Day Spa we pride ourselves in offering a unique, customised spa experience. This 1000m2 spa is located at Silverstar Casino, Krugersdorp and overlooks the second largest musical fountain in the world. Each of our 13 treatment rooms are equipped with plasma screen TVs that portray tranquil images of nature. Enhance your mood by selecting from three music channels and enjoy the healing elements of colour therapy. Our executive couple’s suite, boasting its own hydro bath, fireplace and sensation shower offers couples a romantic getaway in an environment that is private and tranquil. The facilities match the grandeur of the spa. On offer are an outdoor pool, a heated indoor jetted pool, and outdoor heated rock pool, mosaic water lounges, indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, a unisex steam room and saunas. A floatation tank and Amethyst crystal Rasul chamber offer unique add-ons to Tel: +27 11 662 7500 your treatment of choice. www.soulsticedayspa.co.za Best of South Africa 145
  • 145. Mangwanani Beauty & Wellness Private African Day Spas MANGWANANI PRIVATE AFRICAN DAY SPAS are located in some of the most idyllic settings in South Africa and offer a rare experience of true African indulgence. Traditional healing therapies and sensual royal rituals have been weaved into unique and indulgent treatments designed to rejuvenate and revitalize the body, mind and spirit. We have branches that are located in strategic locations around the country giving everybody access to the Mangwanani Experience. River Valley Is nestled in the Valley of the Hennops River, the river runs right along side of the resort creating a tranquil and peaceful environment. Most of the treatments are done in huts and rooms situated by the river. An opportunity not to be missed, experience Africa in a relaxing and unique way through decadent spa treatments. 146 Best of South Africa
  • 146. Indaba Is situated just north of the fast culture, legend and romance, so too is paced business world of Sandton, nestled Mangwanani. beneath the vista of the magnificent All locations have various treatments Magaliesberg Mountains once inside the available to indulge in your senses, The walls of Indaba you escape to a tranquil African Revitalisation Spa, which is a full world of indulgence and decadent day package including 7 treatments, from revitalization. At your disposal are all 08h30 till approximately 17h00, The African the services available from the Indaba Moonlight Spa, three treatments, 18h30 Hotel with the multiple Conference rooms till approximately 22h30 and many more, and venues. The Mangwanani Spa is which incorporates essential oils, flowers also situated in prime Real Estate on the and spices. Welcome snacks and drinks property with an idyllic view of the natural on arrival, dinners and entertainment in disadvantaged woman from the local bush in the heart of Sandton. A great the form of African dancing, singing and communities, to be empowered by their opportunity and experience for Team drumming. Transport can be arranged from natural abilities. Building events for men and woman alike. selected locations and unique packages Mangwanani’s approach to training Zevenwacht, Located on the created to suit either your personal or and development is a holistic one, Stellenbosch wine route in Cape Town corporate needs. Mangwanani is the with the development of the previously in one of the country’s idyllic locations, perfect destination for Client Relationship disadvantaged being one of the Pillars of surrounded by vineyards and cultivated Management, Corporate events or just its transformation strategy. cheese and wines. The Dutch House that to unwind and relax and experience the Mangwanani has won Spa of the Year in has been transformed into one of South Mangwanani Magic. South Africa since inception. Africa’s top restaurants. The Mangwanani A fully detailed listing of all our available Our online products and packages Spa is located at the top of the farm which packages and branches can be booked can now be purchased through overlooks rolling vineyards of the entire either on line by visiting our website www.mangwananishop.co.za. estate. The perfect date for your loved one, www.mangwanani.co.za or calling our or a fun filled adventurous day for friends central reservations number direct and family. 0860 55 00 55. Mangwanani – Sibaya Is situated at All of our locations encompass the the Sibaya Casino and Entertainment unique décor and revitalisation that has Kingdom on the North Coast KZN where become an integral part of our lives and a Mangwanani is graced by the rejuvenating necessity to our well-being. power of the African Sun. Close to an Mangwanani is a unique African Spa international airport and North Coast resort Experience, which incorporates Wellness, locations, with magnificent sea views. Entertainment and Social Responsibility. Bashewa, Located east of Pretoria, Main focus is to empower previously Bashewa offers relaxation and the disadvantaged people in South Africa all celebration of natural well-being in trained within the Mangwanani training and Redwood hot tubs nestled in tranquil development programme. forests surrounded by wild buck feeding The original idea was born out of a grounds. preference, to establish a retreat where one Central Reservations: 0860 55 00 55 Meropa, Nestled in the enigmatic could be pampered from head to toe and Tel: +27 12 371 2100 reaches of Northern South Africa, Meropa indulge in sheer decadence. Mangwanani +27 11 465 5298 offers Sun International patrons yet another specifically wanted to uplift rural woman Fax: +27 12 371 2200 environment for True African Indulgence and not necessarily use qualified E-mail: info@mangwanani.co.za in it’s intimate Moroccan setting laden in Beauty Therapists, to allow previously www.mangwanani.co.za Best of South Africa 147
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  • 148. Ever since Cleopatra took milk baths to preserve her most effective anti-ageing skin care products in the world beauty, it has been the quest of women to improve their by employing science and research with the finest quality skin and hide the effects of ageing. Many advertisements ingredients for products that transform the skin long for skin care products make unsubstantiated claims of term. We approach skin care differently by looking at the eternal youth, promoting fad ingredients that are made out fundamentals of skin problems and treating them with to be miracle cures. Consumers are no longer fooled by Environ’s unique step up system that enables the consumer glamorous photos of air-brushed celebrity beauties, but are to climb the Vitamin A ladder according to their individual looking for products that offer real results and a beautiful requirement and achieve maximum benefits and results. We healthy radiance. know that science and attention to detail helps us to keep a meaningful promise.” Environ is a scientifically proven skin care system that provides essential vitamins and antioxidants that skin needs Environ skin care products are manufactured in a world on a daily basis. Environ’s quality skin care range ensures class laboratory and are one of the few skin care ranges in skin stays young, slows down the visible signs of ageing the world that do not have preservatives added during the and ultimately helps prevent possible malignant changes. manufacturing process. It draws on cutting edge technology, combined with proven botanicals and scientific principles to create skin Environ’s more than 70 products are only available through care ranges that effectively address different needs and professionally trained stockists including plastic, cosmetic problems for people of all races and ages. and reconstructive surgeons, dermatologists, general practitioners and skin care professionals in 66 countries Long before AHA and free radicals were talked about Dr around the world, and also through direct sales consultants Des Fernandes, world renowned plastic and reconstructive in South Africa. surgeon and founder of Environ Skin Care (Pty) Ltd, pioneered the use of antioxidants and Vitamin A in high, Says Valerie Carstens: “Just as Dr Des promised when effective doses. The introduction of Vitamin A into the he first launched Environ we are constantly updating our formulation of skin care products heralded a new era in formulae, so that we remain ahead in real skin care. We are the treatment of sun-damaged skin. Environ specifically simultaneously revitalising the Environ brand with a new targets the natural physiology of the skin and focuses on look and feel. Environ’s new image is contemporary, fresh restoring the particular antioxidants that are responsible and sophisticated but still keeps the integrity and strong for protecting the skin. It does not use “fashionable” promises of our brand at heart.” ingredients – it uses only the most effective ingredients to achieve real results. Always at the forefront of skin science “The rejuvenation of the brand is an exciting time and just it also pioneered the combination of iontophoresis and more evidence of why consumers should choose to use low-frequency sonophoresis as well as skin needling for Environ. Even in tough times like these, we continue to enhanced penetration and medical treatments. lead and are offering something new and relevant to our market.” Valerie Carstens, Environ’s CEO explains the company’s brand values: “For Environ, there are three key words... Science, Research and Results. We strive to make the www.environ.co.za Best of South Africa 149
  • 149. Laserderm Laserderm specializes in Aesthetic Dermatological procedures which enhance appearances using the latest techniques and laser equipment. • Melasma • Skin Tags / Polyps • Skin Cancer • Fine Lines & Wrinkles • Ageing Necks & Hands • Acne Scars • Tattoo Removal • Cauliflower Nose • Red Neck • Keloids & Scaring • Stretch Marks • Acne • Warts • Psoriasis • Vitiligo Laserderm has a wide variety of the most advanced laser and light based technologies specifically used to treat each of these conditions. Other treatments: • FRAXEL Laser Resurfacing • BOTOX & Fillers • Cellulite Management & Body Shaping • Microdermabrasion (Crystal or Crystal- free) • Chemical Peels Since its inception in 1997, Laserderm has Dermatologists, Aesthetic Practitioners, • PDT built a strong reputation for professionalism professionally trained Laser Operators and • Photo-Rejuvenation and excellence in the Aesthetic Industry. It Aestheticians, Laserderm offers its clients has positioned itself as a leader in Laser the widest range of non-invasive Medical For more information of these and other treatments offering a wide variety of the Aesthetic Procedures and Combination treatments – please contact one of our most advanced aesthetic, light based and Treatments including: branches for a free consultation. laser technologies available including iClear, MultiClear, Synergie AMS, Derma Genesis • Laser Hair Removal (Permanent hair Trust the Professionals Biosystems, Alexandrite Laser, Nd:YAG reduction on all skin types) with your skin and body treatments… Laser, GMax (2-in-1) Laser, Diode Laser, KTP • Blue Leg Veins Laser, Pulsed Dye Laser, Erbium Yag Laser, • Red Facial Veins CO2 Laser, Q-switch Alexandrite Laser and • Spider Veins Morningside / Sandton: +27 11 783 3110 the FRAXEL™ Laser. • Rosacea (Telangiectasia) Cresta Corner: +27 11 476 1228 • Haemangiomas / Port Wine Stain Dunkeld West: +27 11 341 0580 Endorsed by leading Dermatologists and • Pigmentation: Sun Spots, Liver Spots, Waterkloof: +27 12 460 4646 Plastic Surgeons it has gained enormous Freckles, Blotches, Pigmented or Brown Email: info@laserderm.co.za credibility over the years. With its resident Lesions www.laserderm.co.za 150 Best of South Africa
  • 150. FRAXEL™ Fractional Laser Resurfacing is the very latest in laser technology. It can deliver similar results to that of ablative resurfacing (resurfacing techniques that are very severe on the epidermis), without the discomfort and inconvenience of a lengthy healing period. Another advantage of Fractional Laser especially when used with the non-invasive Resurfacing is that the treatment is radio frequency treatment Thermage™.” Dr. performed in doctors’ rooms with a topical Vernon Ching, Plastic Surgeon Linksfield anaesthetic cream and thus does not require “The new generation Fraxel™ is definitely a general anaesthetic! The treatment takes the most innovative scientific advancement in approximately 30 minutes and has an non-surgical, skin laser resurfacing. This laser excellent safety profile. can be programmed to focus on the target Fractional Laser Resurfacing treats a areas of skin, in keeping with peer-reviewed, small “fraction” of the skin, leaving intact, published, academic principles of skin undamaged skin around each treated area science. The skin re-modeling occurs without to act as a barrier and a reservoir for rapid noticeable side effects and tissue reactions. healing. Fractional Laser Resurfacing is done It is definitely the gold standard in achieving with a Fraxel™ Laser, which passes through optimum results from a minimal downtime the dry outer layer of skin and wounds the procedure. Most of our clients are back to underlying collagen. Nearby undamaged work in 24 hours. Fraxel™ resurfacing is cells then immediately mobilise to heal the an essential office procedure to any facility wounded area. However, no visible wound is offering excellence in dermatology, plastic created, and so no wound care is required. surgery and skin care.” Dr. Dylan Naidoo, The skin may appear ‘bronzed’ and red for Dermatologist Durban a day or so but makeup can be applied “This is a fantastic, non-invasive, “no immediately. The Fraxel™ Laser is FDA downtime” way to achieve skin resurfacing, approved for the treatment of facial wrinkles, and is ideal for the South African women age spots, and sun spots, but also for skin on aged 40-65 years with some sun damaged which resurfacing would be effective, such skin too”. Prof. Don Hudson, Plastic Surgeon as acne scars, hyperpigmentation and sun- Claremont damaged skin. “At last a reliable tool for the treatment of hitherto ‘no go’ areas and difficult skin types.” Testimonials Dr. Saul Braun, Plastic Surgeon Rosebank “Fraxel is a unique treatment for two reasons; “[Fraxel™ is] patient friendly with amazing firstly its’predictability – almost everybody results even on darker skin types.” Dr. sees improvement in skin-texture and Sian Hartshorne, Dermatologist Laserderm elasticity, and secondly it is simply the safest Dunkeld and most effective treatment for “off the face”- “My patients were very happy with the indications such as neck, chest and hands.” results of their [Fraxel™] treatments and felt Dr Ean Smit, Dermatologist Cape Town that the outcome was similar to pictures seen “Fraxel™ is perhaps the best laser on the internet and in magazines. It reality did innovation for some years. It has been shown not disappoint. Although the treatments can to be the best treatment for acne scarring be painful, I have not had anyone cancel as a and helps to build up depressed scars. And result of this. On the contrary, many said they it usually helps wrinkles if they are not severe would like to extend the treatment to other enough to require a facelift. It is also a great areas.” Dr. Vivianne Jaques, Dermatologist treatment for perioral rhytides, which cannot Melrose be treated by plastic surgery and there is “Fraxel™ is an effective, safe laser no risk of hypopigmentation usually seen that gives patients glowing new skin with with deep peels. It usually helps melasma minimal downtime. Because the depth of but we select only patients over 35 with the laser can be set, it can be based to no intention of further pregnancies. It often treat more superficial conditions such as reduces other types of pigmentation as well, skin pigmentation or deeper problems such such as Becker’s naevus and café-au-lait as acne, scarring and wrinkles. Patient patches and also reduces post-inflammatory satisfaction is overall high.” Dr. Judith hyperpigmentation when the cause of the Budavari, Dermatologist Hyde Park problem is no longer active. With patience “We have had excellent results treating and perseverance, it even improves stretch pitted acne scarring in Type 4/5 skin, 60 to marks.” Dr. David Presbury, Dermatologist 70 percent improvement with no downtime Fraxel is distributed by Stern Laser – Laserderm Morningside and no post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. 082 551 5938 / 086 11 STERN ”Incorporating Fraxel™ into my plastic This has become my favourite indication surgery practice has significantly improved and the patients are thrilled with it.” Dr Sya For your nearest Fraxel Laser Clinic the aesthetic outcome of my patients, Beaton, Dermatologist Durban go to www.fraxel.co.za Best of South Africa 151
  • 151. CHAPTER 9 Corporate Profiles 152 Best of South Africa Sandton City Future Vision
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  • 153. South Africa: Open for Business Corporate Profiles South Africa is the powerhouse of Africa – as the most advanced and productive broad-based economy on the continent, the country leads the way in industrial output and mineral production. It generates about two-thirds of Africa’s electricity, is connected with approximately 40 percent of the total continent’s phones, mines over half the world’s platinum and provides 10 percent of the world’s gold. For ‘Ease of Doing Business’, South Africa was ranked 32 out of 181 countries by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation’s ‘Doing Business’ 2009 report. The annual survey measures the time, cost and hassle for businesses to operate and South Africa gained three places over last year’s survey and is regarded as a major emerging market for business and investment. Since the advent of democracy in 1994, South Africa’s economy has been based on sound macro-economic policies aimed at promoting domestic competitiveness, growth and employment and increasing the economy’s outward orientation. Key economic reforms have given rise to a high level of stability with taxes reduced, tariffs lowered, the fiscal deficit brought under control, and exchange controls relaxed. The country’s central bank, the South African Reserve Bank, maintains its independence from the government and its monetary policy has shown good results with the real interest rate stabilised and the currency remaining at competitive levels. The government has made it clear that foreign investment is welcome in South Africa, and investor-friendly policies abound. South Africa’s financial systems are sophisticated, robust and well regulated – MediaClubSouthAfrica.com - Photo Sasol - Tower the sector has long been rated among the top 10 globally. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) rates among the top 20 stock exchanges in the world by market capitalisation. South African banks have been very stable throughout the shocks experienced from the recent global economic meltdown and this stability has been attributed to prudent regulation by the South African Reserve Bank. 154 Best of South Africa
  • 154. MediaClubSouthAfrica.com - Photo Sasol - R&D man The country’s exchange rate makes it one of the least expensive countries for foreigners to live and do business in. Energy costs are still among the lowest in the world, petroleum prices are favourable, telecommunications costs are coming down and labour costs are lower than those of other key emerging markets. In terms of competitiveness, South Africa was ranked 45th out of 134 countries – ahead of Italy and India – in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index for 2008/09. Technological research and quality standards in South Africa are world- renowned, and numerous leading technologies have been developed, particularly in the fields of energy and fuels, steel production, deep-level mining, telecommunications and information technology. Manufacturing sectors are increasingly technology-intensive, and this Development Community (SADC) with a high-tech sector enjoys extensive growth. combined population of over 250-million Although the country is experiencing the people. The African market is growing and as impact of the global recession, preparations more countries and companies are gearing for the FIFA 2010 World Cup are stimulating up for business, they are looking at South increased private investment, which is playing Africa as a regional logistics hub and portal an integral part in dampening the negative for trade into Africa. The country’s seven MediaClubSouthAfrica.com - Photo Volkswagen South Africa - VW plant. impact of the global recession on the local commercial ports form by far the largest, best economy. The 2010 event is a catalyst for the equipped and most efficient network on the implementation of a number of infrastructure continent. projects, which has a further knock-on Known for its world-class, progressive effect on the economy, and is proving to legal framework, cutting-edge technology, be instrumental in leading to a relatively competitiveness and industrial capability, strong economic recovery by stimulating South Africa has enormous potential as a investment, service export growth and private business and investment destination. First- consumption. world infrastructure and high living standards Located at the southernmost tip of combine well with a vibrant emerging market the African continent, South Africa is economy to ensure good value for money ideally positioned for access to the 14 and myriad reasons for doing business in countries comprising the Southern African South Africa. Best of South Africa 155
  • 155. Liberty Properties Liberty Properties has made headlines of late for its bold expansion plans that include multi-billion rand refurbishments to its premium property portfolio and an intention to expand its footprint in Africa. Liberty Life Regional Office Century City This ambitious approach is synonymous property management, property development Three core capabilities: with the pioneering spirit that has made the and asset management. Before 2008, Liberty company a dominant force in the South Properties was purely responsible for the Liberty Property Management African property industry since 1972. development and management of Liberty The key focus is the management of The business has a retail, commercial and Holding’s property portfolio. Today, the a spectrum of prestigious retail and hospitality portfolio of over 1.5 million m2 in business services both Liberty and third party commercial properties for the Liberty size and exceeding R20 billion, of which more clients. Group and third party organisations than R17,2 billion is directly attributed to The company is driven by a need to across Africa. Liberty. maximise sustained, real returns for its policy An expert services capability which holders and investors, lucrative environments includes Leasing and Lease Administration; Overview for its tenants and superior destinations for Operations Management; Facility Liberty Properties is an independent, strategic its guests. It is also committed to developing Management; Building Administration; company operating within the broader Liberty valuable investment products for its Property Administration (Billing); Credit Holdings Group with a strong focus on intermediaries to market. Control; Procurement; Finance and Tax. 156 Best of South Africa
  • 156. company ethos is to create and invest in property ventures which make a statement and make a difference in the lives of South Africans. • Over 433,000m2 of retail space • 7 shopping centres • Over 970 shops and stores A big name in the hospitality sector Liberty Holdings is the largest owner of hotel rooms in the country. This hotel portfolio falls within the ambit of the Asset Management arm of Liberty Properties. The hotel portfolio currently includes eleven hotels, with over 2970 rooms and an open market value of R1.9bn or 12% of the total portfolio. Seven of these hotels are located in Gauteng, two in the Western Cape and one in the Eastern Cape and one in Tshwane. Managed by the Southern Sun Group, each hotel reflects an individual character and all provide quality, flair and warm hospitality. With two new hotels in development, Liberty’s dominance in this sector will increase. Both the Stay Easy Pietermaritzburg hotel and the Umhlanga Garden Court are pegged for completion in early 2010 to take advantage of the 2010 World Cup Soccer and the high occupancy levels forecast for the region and other major cities countrywide. High powered commercial portfolio Liberty Properties name coincides with a number of prime properties throughout the central business districts of South Africa, all with easy access to the main national roads, city centres, shopping centres, bus routes and taxi routes. The offices are clad in modern structural designs offering large and spacious interior and are suitable for various office set up. Beautiful garden landscapes and panoramic views complement the facilities and are a retreat for occupants. Specialist office buildings include the Undisputed retail giants Each of these centres can stake claim to Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton City Liberty Properties is recognised by the iconic the fact they contribute significantly to the Office Tower and Twin Towers. brands it includes in its shopping centre enhancement of the urban scene and the The offices, located in Gauteng, Eastern portfolio. Heading the line up is the flagship lifestyle of South Africans. Demand for space Cape and Western Cape, are leased out to investment, Sandton City with the adjoining at these premier mega-malls is high and the third party organisations - subject to availability. Nelson Mandela Square. In addition the portfolio’s retail vacancy rates remain low. portfolio includes Eastgate, Liberty Midlands The company’s current expansion plans • Over 384,000m2 of office space Mall, Liberty Promenade Mitchells Plain, will entrench the demand for tenancy, and • 11 locations Alberton City and Greenacres Shopping produce escalating rentals and property values • Over 400 tenants Centre. Situated throughout South Africa’s four – ensuring sustainable real returns above major provinces (Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal, inflation for long term investors. Liberty Property Development Eastern Cape and Western Cape), these retail By developing and operating shopping This side of the business specialises in property assets dominate their settings and offer quality centres, Liberty facilitates job creation, development, refurbishments, extensions and tenants to the communities they operate in. community and social development. The value-adding projects for the Liberty Group and Best of South Africa 157
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  • 158. Umhlanga Liberty Regional Office third party clients across Africa. In three short most prestigious retail and hospitality assets 2009 years the capability has grown from being a on the continent, boosted too by a significant Liberty Properties signs first deal with a third start-up concern to one of the largest players commercial presence. party organisation, outside South Africa within in the market with some R5 billion worth of The investment philosophy is to buy prime months of new mandate to build a fee earning approved development projects on the table. property with a long term view to develop business and expand the business to the rest and realise value. The portfolio is proactively of Africa. The deal involves developing a $200 The company is presently involved in positioned in line with these views, which million mixed-use development in Lusaka on several projects, which include: are based on a sound investment process behalf of Zambia’s National Pension Scheme • The R1,7 billion rejuvenation of Sandton City combining a top-down and bottom-up analysis Authority. This will be Zambia’s first fully complex of our investment environment. enclosed shopping mall. • R610m refurbishment and extension of Over the past five years (2004-2008), the Sandton City Shopping centre wins the Eastgate Shopping Centre. company statistics paint a positive picture. The Best Shopping Centre award for the 12th • R184m extension to Alberton City Shopping Liberty Property portfolio has averaged around year in the 2009 Leisure Options Best of Centre 17.1% on a gross basis and has managed to Johannesburg Readers’ Choice Awards. • R300m construction of an Umhlanga Liberty beat inflation by over 10% and money market Greenacres Shopping Centre in Port Regional Office rates by 6%. In light of the current downturn, Elizabeth wins a Diamond Arrow Award for the • R312m extension and refurbishment project management does not envisage the portfolio best shopping centre in the Eastern Cape. at Liberty Promenade Shopping Centre. returns dropping below average CPI and • Construction of two new hotels – the R100m money market rates, even taking into account 2008 Stay Easy Pietermaritzburg Hotel and the the negative factors hitting the commercial • R1.7 billion investment in the extension and R262m Umhlanga Garden Court investment. property market. The fund adopts a buy-to- refurbishment of Sandton City Shopping • A US$ 200m new mixed use development in hold strategy and for investors with a long- Centre announced. Lusaka, Zambia term view, continues to provide outstanding • A new 10,000m2 wing at Alberton City is risk-adjusted returns across all product launched. The Lusaka deal has empowered Liberty structures. As at 2009, over 250,000 people • Eastgate Shopping Centre wins The Star Properties vision to be considered as a have chosen to invest in Liberty’s property Reader’s Choice Awards 2008 for the Best serious player in the African market. The linked policies. Shopping Centre. third party partnership is the company’s first project outside of Africa and this and other Some history 2007 mandates give greater realisation to the The company originally made its debut Following a business restructure, Liberty company goal of growing this premium brand as Rapp & Maister Real Estate Limited - a Properties is renamed Liberty Group throughout Africa. business which invested in properties Properties (Pty) Ltd. Two new subsideries - primarily in Johannesburg’s CBD. The name Liberty Property Management (Pty) Ltd and Asset management was changed to Liberty Life Properties in Liberty Property Development (Pty) Ltd - are Liberty’s property fund represents one of the 1989 after a full acquisition of its issued share formed and registered. few investment options through which an capital by Liberty Life in 1976. Throughout individual can gain access to major shopping the decades and its many acquisitions, Construction of new Liberty Life regional centres in South Africa. When you invest into Liberty Properties continues to be a leader in office in Century City, Cape Town is this portfolio you buy into a collection of the the South African property industry. completed. Best of South Africa 159
  • 159. Mixed use Development; Lusaka, Zambia 2006 Second phase of the hugely successful Liberty Midlands Mall launches in September. 2005 In June 2005, Liberty Properties acquires Main Street 9 (Pty) Ltd’s interest – in the Sandton City complex, Nelson Mandela Square, Alberton City, Southern Sun Sandton Sun, Intercontinental Towers Sandton City and Garden Court Sandton City. 2004 Liberty Life Properties purchases Liberty Promenade, located in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town. Sandton Square is renamed Nelson Mandela Square. A huge 6m statue of Nelson Mandela is erected on the Square in his honour. Construction is unbundled in 1995 and subsequently purchased 2003 by Grinaker. Liberty Life Properties • Construction of the new Liberty Midlands acquires Bedford Village in late 1997. Mall in Pietermaritzburg, KZN is completed. • The remaining 50% share of Greenacres In the 80’s Shopping Centre is purchased, resulting in The early 80’s sees a huge scale expansion 100% ownership of the centre. of Sandton City including the addition of the Sandton Sun and Twin Towers. It also 2000 brings the start of an investment in hotels • Liberty Life Properties changes its name to that continues into the 90’s and beyond. In Liberty Life Group Properties. July 1980 Liberty Life Group becomes the • The Sandton Convention Centre is sole owner of Eastgate. In 1981 Greenacres developed and opened in September. Shopping Centre is developed. Alberton City is acquired in June 1985 and Liberty- In the 90’s Sentrum opens its doors for the first time Refurbishment of Eastgate Shopping Centre in September 1985. August 1989 sees the begins in 1990, followed by the Sandton name Rapp & Maister change to Liberty Life City refurbishment in 1992. Rapp & Maister Properties. 160 Best of South Africa
  • 160. The Norwood Pick ‘n Pay Hypermarket is acquired in September 1975, followed by the development of the Durban Pick ‘n Pay Hypermarket in July 1978. Concurrently, the group develops a large number of commercial properties, primarily on Braamfontein Ridge. These include Rennie House (an office building with residential suites on the top floors), and Libridge, which is purpose-built as Liberty Life’s extension to the Liberty Life Centre Head Office. The existing head office of SA Breweries (now SAB Miller) is acquired shortly thereafter, resulting in Liberty Life owning almost every property on the ridge. These investments, along with several other buildings, give Liberty Life Properties responsibility for at least 174,000m2 of commercial property in Braamfontein, making it the single biggest landlord in the area - today, the business is responsible for over 1,367,714m2 of gross lettable areas across South Africa. In the 70’s 5th floor West, Libridge, Liberty Properties is the first company to 25 Ameshoff Street introduce the concept of shopping centres in Braamfontein South Africa. Johannesburg 2001 With the acquisition of Rapp & Maister Real Estate, Liberty Life also gains Sandton PO Box 31287 City, which is officially opened in October Braamfontein 2017 1973. Eastgate Shopping Centre is opened in March 1979. At 86,000m2, it is far larger Tel: +27 11 408 5111 than Sandton City and twice as big as any Fax: +27 11 408 5112 other shopping centre in SA at that time. www.libertyproperties.co.za Best of South Africa 161
  • 161. Alexander Forbes Finance & Investment Alexander Forbes is a leading provider of financial, risk and insurance and multi-manager investment solutions internationally. The primary operations are based in South professional indemnity, political and credit risk, By committing ourselves to a thorough Africa and the United Kingdom. transportation and other special risks. understanding of your lifestyle and A significant network of subsidiaries As a leading independent provider of risk reacting rapidly to your ever-changing and partners ensures we provide an management services, Alexander Forbes requirements, we are geared to design outstanding level of service to our customers Risk Services has the expertise necessary and market a growing range of niche internationally. to deliver informed and innovative risk products tailored to meet your evolving Alexander Forbes’ customers include management solutions. needs. small, medium and large organisations, Our experience, gained over seventy years Our brands serve different sectors specialist groups and individuals. We focus of providing expert advice, ensures that your of the individual market and include on our customers to deliver an efficient and business risk-related needs are focused tailored household insurances innovative local service by empowered people on and your risks dealt with in the most incorporating contents, all risks, motor, wherever we operate. appropriate manner. buildings and specialised covers. We also offer personalised Group Alexander Forbes Risk Services Alexander Forbes Insurance (AFI) Schemes and approved motor brand The activities of Risk Services include AFI is a specialist, dynamic team focused and 4x4 vehicle covers. corporate insurance broking, risk management on bringing outstanding customer service For advice and information on any of and risk finance consulting, cell captive to affinity groups and individuals. We are our products and services, please call insurance facilities, claims management, represented by a countrywide network with the AFI Service Centre on and specialist areas of aviation, marine, offices in all main centres. 0860 100 000. 162 Best of South Africa
  • 162. Alexander Forbes Financial Services Trust Services invests and manages funds on Nigeria, Reunion, Senegal, Sudan, Togo and The activities of Financial Services include behalf of the dependants of deceased fund Tunisia. the administration, consulting and actuarial members. Facilitating cross-border trade through our calculations relating to retirement funds, extensive network on the African continent communication in all areas of employee African Network (AfriNet) provides a challenge which, through access benefits, asset consulting, providing Alexander Forbes is represented in nearly to the Group’s extensive skills and resource business solutions and independent 40 African countries through subsidiaries, base, Alexander Forbes is more than assessments, management of clients’ health associate companies and correspondents. equipped to meet. Our AfriNet network is the care programmes, and through the health We have offices in Botswana, Kenya, largest provider of risk, insurance broking and management division, an integrated approach Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, employee benefits in Africa. to the management of HIV/Aids employee Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and The African network is co-ordinated by absenteeism and disability. Zimbabwe. Sandton based Alexander Forbes AfriNet Services to individuals include financial We are represented by correspondents in Investments. planning, including estate planning, tax, death Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, and disability benefit services and retirement Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African and investment planning. HomePlan allows Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, DRC, retirement fund members to use a portion of Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Head Office contact number: their fund credit as security for a loan when Ghana, Guinea, Lesotho, Madagascar, Tel: +27 11 269 0000 buying or improving a primary residence. Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, www.alexanderforbes.com Best of South Africa 163
  • 163. AMEX Finance & Investment American Express Foreign Exchange offers travellers throughout South Africa the reassurance that their foreign exchange needs will be taken care of in true Blue Box fashion. With over 50 outlets strategically located support of the world’s most trusted brand throughout the country, American Express together with in-depth local knowledge, Foreign Exchange is the only name that commitment and contacts. travellers need to know. Most local travel American Express offers foreign and local agents refer their customers to American currency available in all major denominations Express Foreign Exchange, so those planning and can help you exchange your money a trip abroad can enjoy the international easily and without hassle. Travellers’ cheques, 164 Best of South Africa
  • 164. originally invented by American Express, can be purchased or sold at any of their branches. American Express debit cards allow users to perform transactions at any ATM in the local currency, safely and conveniently. Free delivery of foreign exchange and travellers’ cheques is available by arrangement. American Express Foreign Exchange branches specialise in foreign exchange. This allows the knowledgeable staff to give your money the focus it deserves, and enables you to enjoy the benefit of the company’s local and international know-how, as well as its streamlined processes. The pay-off line, “There’s nothing foreign about us,” emphasises that although foreign exchange can be confusing, clients at American Express will be made to feel right at home, and will be given confidence and peace of mind every step of the way. With highly competitive exchange rates and a full breakdown of all costs associated with the purchase or sale of foreign exchange, American Express is able to offer the best total deal every time, offering outstanding value for money as well as consistency. Top-class service is another priority. When you visit the specially branded American Express outlets, you will enjoy the kind of service that recently secured this company the ASATA Award for Best Foreign Exchange Provider for the third consecutive year. To locate your closest Amex branch, simply phone the national Call Centre on 08600 FOREX (36739). Wherever you go, whether around beautiful South Africa or around the world, make sure you have the peace of mind that comes from dealing with the world’s largest foreign Call Centre: 08600 FOREX (36739) exchange organisation, with a reputation for Head Office: +27 11 550 9000 trust, integrity and value that has been upheld Email: info@americanexpressforex.co.za for more than 150 successful years. www.americanexpressforex.co.za Best of South Africa 165
  • 165. Virgin Mobile Technology & Communications Once upon a time in a land far away… Virgin Mobile was launched in South Africa in 2006. Of course, that’s not where the story begins. That for South Africa. Perhaps it’s our shared has it roots way back in 1970 before disco swept entrepreneurial spirit, maybe it’s because we both the dance floors, before mobiles were even beat the odds and continue to dream, maybe it’s thought of and way before anyone had heard of because, as a country, we have achieved what Richard Branson. many believed to be impossible, maybe it’s just Virgin was started by Branson as a mail order our good looks. record retailer. When postal strikes threatened Whatever the reason, Branson has done more the business, Branson did what he always does than open up businesses here, he has created and adapted, opening up a store in Oxford Street opportunities. In October 2005 he took his belief London. In 1972 he signed up his first artist, Mike in and passion for South Africa and channeled Oldfield, and they released Tubular Bells in 1973. it into creating future growth. He opened the This was a raging success and since then Virgin Branson School of Entrepreneurship, aimed at Music has gone on to sign Janet Jackson, Phil giving ambitious but disadvantaged learners a Collins, Rolling Stones and other embarrassingly chance to determine their own future. famous and rich people. Being the consummate entrepreneur himself, Virgin Mobile comes to South Africa he also saw the business opportunities in the It’s no secret that Branson has an affinity country. It was no surprise, therefore, when he 166 Best of South Africa
  • 166. opened Virgin Active and then, in 2006, Virgin Virgin Mobile – A sorta definition. Money and Virgin Mobile. In its simplest form, Virgin Mobile is a mobile Internationally, Virgin Mobile operates in company. We sell time. We sell mobile phones. several countries around the world – UK, USA, But we also sell an attitude because we stand Australia, Canada, China, France and, of course, for something. We stand for the unconventional. South Africa. South Africans have always had a The guy (or gal) who is tired of being told what soft spot for Branson and his daring, no-holds- he should want and would rather hear how he barred attitude. As a result, the launch of Virgin can get what he knows he wants. We stand for Mobile into South Africa was greeted with great simplicity because bullshit doesn’t baffle brains, expectation. But the market was certainly not it annoys them. We stand for respect. an easy one to break into. With two key players To create the Virgin Mobile communication, a already firmly entrenched in the country and a visual and verbal voice was created third one trying to muscle its way in though the The rules are simple; don’t be ordinary, don’t back door, Virgin Mobile had to offer something be formal, don’t use clichés that have lost their truly unique and enticing for the South Africa meaning or overused tricks that have lost their public to sit up and take notice. power. Don’t do the expected, do take people Virgin Mobile started by asking a few key by surprise and don’t choose copy or visuals questions. so dead boring that you would rather sew your In an industry that invented personal eyelids together with mooring rope than look at flexibility, why are all the leading players so them. inflexible? arena promising to put the customer first. We By staying consistent, approachable and Why do they insist on charging for a minute realised that, in an industry that prizes profit relevant to all consumers - from first time users when people rarely talk for long? above logic, the consumer needed a champion to the most hardened and cynical mobile-addict Why should someone who pays upfront, pay – someone who would stand up for them and - Virgin Mobile has established itself as one of more than someone using credit? provide options that were affordable and simple South Africa’s most recognisable brands. People If owning a mobile is meant to make your to understand. know what it stands for and, most importantly, life easier, why are the packages so darn As a company known for renegade behaviour, relate to it. And it’s this sense of recognising complicated? the role of champion had Virgin written all over it. something in Virgin Mobile within yourself, that And finally, why should these companies get So we adopted a no-nonsense, no bull attitude gives it its unique appeal. away with offering packages and benefits that that is reflected in everything we do, say and Oh, and don’t try too hard. Virgin Mobile is only make sense to the company and not the support. And the success of this approach can about being effortlessly unique. customer? be seen in the fact that, just over a year after For more information contact 0860 000 818. To stand out from the small but entrenched launch, Virgin Mobile is opening its 20th flagship crowd, Virgin Mobile entered the South African store. www.virginmobile.co.za Best of South Africa 167
  • 167. Inala Technologies Technology & Communications ® Inala’s core competency lies in electronic engineering as applied to the telecommunications, GSM, avionics, broadcast and electronic design and maintenance industries 168 Best of South Africa
  • 168. Inala distributes and supports equipment and solutions from leading manufacturers and suppliers in these domains and contributes high-tech equipment of its own design and manufacture to this comprehensive portfolio. As a result, Inala has become a supplier of choice in South and sub-Saharan Africa. Inala Technologies is ISO 9001 Certified. Inala Distribution is the leading supplier of network test, coverage enhancement, monitoring and management solutions for wireless and fixed networks in southern Africa. Inala Distribution also specialises in complete fibre-optic solutions, power monitoring and fuel cells. Suppliers include: ADC Krone, Bird Technologies Group, Tektronix, Cellvine, Couei, Spirent, Lancier, Livingston and IdaTech. Inala Broadcast offers integrated turnkey solutions to the Broadcast, Professional HD/ remote monitoring and management of assets, supporting previously disadvantaged individuals DV, Display Technology and Surveillance environmental and access control at remote (PDIs) and communities through financial, social, industries in Southern Africa. Inala’s offerings to cellular base stations (SAM2). educational and business assistance. Inala has the broadcast and professional television and a PDI staff of 52 from a total staff complement video markets include equipment for on-air and Additional SAM2 base station applications of 103. live events, news broadcasting, audio/video include generator controllers and the SAM2 routing and networking, media management, Hybrid or Energy Conservation Control (EPCC) Andile Ngcaba, Chairman of Inala and virtual studios and digital effects solutions. function, an application used to conserve overall former Director General of the South African Inala Broadcast was contracted to supply a operational costs through intelligent remote Department of Communications, is head of the full turnkey system for the establishment of power management. BEE consortium with a 33.7% investment in the CNBC Africa facility in Johannesburg and Inala Technologies. regional Bureaus in Cape Town, Nigeria and Inala Installations is in the process of Kenya. integrating and commissioning Inala’s Systems products into the some of the largest Suppliers include Dolby, Miranda, multinational network operators in Africa. All Inala House, 557 15th Road, Grass Valley and JVC work is carried out according to prescribed Randjespark, Midrand, South Africa quality, operational and safety standards. Postal Address: Private Bag X131, Inala Service’s SANAS-Accredited Service and Halfway House, 1685, South Africa Calibration laboratories in Johannesburg and Inala Training in support of the local industry, Tel: +27 11 206 8300 Stellenbosch (No. 142, 542, 742) are certified for Inala Training takes promising graduate students Fax: +27 11 206 8333 Electrical (AC and DC), Time and Frequency as from Universities and Technikons and leads Email: info@inala.co.za well as Radio Frequency calibration facilities. them through practical training into gainful employment both in house and with customers. Stellenbosch Inala Systems gives the company the agility Tel: +27 21 880 2206 to address niche applications by creating Black Economic Empowerment Fax: +27 21 880 2675 sophisticated, innovative and high-tech Email: capeinfo@inala.co.za applications for the local and international Inala’s BEE strategy has been aligned with the telecommunications and GSM markets seven components of transformation of the ICT Durban Applications such as monitoring the complete BEE Charter. Tel: +27 82 871 4228 cellular feeder and antenna system of Base Fax: 086 677 0273 Transmitter Stations (B-MON), monitoring alarms Today, Inala Technologies is an accredited level Email: durbaninfo@inala.co.za on 2.048 Mb/s digital networks (DPAM) and the 3 BEE employer with a proven track record of www.inala.co.za Best of South Africa 169
  • 169. Galderma South Africa Corporate Profiles Galderma is the world’s leading dermatological pharmaceutical company, focusing exclusively on the research, development and marketing of therapeutic, corrective and aesthetic solutions in dermatology. Internationally Its expertise spans a broad spectrum of skin, hair and nail diseases. The company currently has global revenues in excess of €900 million. Created in 1981, Galderma is a joint venture between Nestlé and L’Oréal, its parent company Galderma Pharma is based in Switzerland, and it functions as a fully fledged multinational company. Galderma today employs nearly 3,000 people and is headed by President & CEO Humberto C. Antunes. 10 major products are distributed in over 65 countries. To drive its sustained growth, Galderma invests around 20% of revenues annually in innovation for the development of drugs and other medical solutions; and boasts the largest research centers in the world specifically dedicated to dermatology. 170 Best of South Africa
  • 170. The three R&D centers responsible for discovering new molecules and developing them worldwide are situated in France, USA and Japan. To-date 1 600 scientific publications, more than 500 inventions and 5 000 patent applications and patents have been recorded by the Company. Galderma deploys equally sophisticated high-tech production facilities in France, Canada and Brazil. International Portfolio Galderma’s ongoing development is anchored in its portfolio of highly successful dermatological products. Therapeutic areas of expertise: Acne, pigmentary disorders, skin cancer, medical solutions for skin senescence, onychomycosis, psoriasis/steroid- responsive dermatoses, rosacea. Leading products by end of June 2009: Cetaphil®, Differin®, Clobex®, Loceryl®, Oracea®, Rozex®/Metro®, Epiduo®, Silkis®/ Vectical®, Tetralysal®, Tri-Luma®, Benzac®, Metvix®. Acknowledged the world over for its expertise, Galderma aims to remain the world’s number one dermatology company. Galderma’s Global Ambition Jenny Wright, Managing Director, Galderma Laboratories South Africa (Pty) Ltd Committed to the future of dermatology, Galderma’s ambition is to be recognized local manufacturing and distribution are as the most competent and successful outsourced to local BEE partners. innovation-based company focused exclusively on meeting the needs of Galderma works closely with the dermatology patients and physicians. Dermatological Society of SA, and have set up a Dermatology Ethnic Working Group, to Locally in South Africa share information on ethnic skins, facilitate skills transfer, and assist with research Started in 1996, Galderma South Africa through a specific Study Grant allocated to celebrates 13 years of existence in the studying of black skins. The company also country as a wholly owned subsidiary and is sponsors the official Dermatology Society ranked by IMS as no 3 in Dermatology.1 website, which has a closed section for Medical Professionals, plus an open section The current focus is on prescription for the public to use. Some practices used medications for both Dermatologists and by our population still today can cause General Practitioners. The product portfolio irreversible damage of the skin and the is dominated by treatments for acne for Dermatologists are really concerned about which Galderma is market leader. The educating the general population. Through largest brands within the Galderma portfolio this website we are assisting them in include Differin® and Tetralysal®. The reaching many consumers with the correct cosmetic range (Cetaphil® cleansers and information about their skin care. moisturizers, Nutraderm® and Nutraplus®), has been specifically formulated to be Galderma South Africa has been acclaimed gentle and provide support for patients as the market leader in Dermatology by using any doctor’s prescription treatments. both Dermatologists and GP’s regarding Benzac®, Loceryl® Nail Lacquer, Retacnyl®, superior service and expertise on which Rozex® and Metvix®, completes the line-up. the company prides itself and we remain Galderma Laboratories South Africa (Pty) Ltd committed to Dermatologists, GP’s, Co. Reg. No.: 1996/000311/07 Galderma employs 28 members of staff Pharmacists and their patients in the PO Box 71150 in the South African Affiliate, dedicated to future. Bryanston the core business of Sales and Marketing, 2021 with Regulatory and Finance support. References: 1. IMS MAT Q2 2009: D+J1A+J2A. Tel: +27 11 706 2339 Many other noncore services such as COR 0909-2. Final approval date: 23/09/09 www.galderma.com Best of South Africa 171
  • 171. Best of Advertising – NET#WORK BBDO Media & Marketing In May 1994, the doors of Net#work BBDO were smashed open by two visionaries, Keith Shipley and Mike Schalit. Well-wishers and sceptics watched from the sidelines. Today, 15 years later, the well- wishers are proud and the sceptics asked for jobs. From left to right: Abdulla Miya, Joy Turnbull, Graeme Jenner, Boniswa Pezisa and Rob McLennan. Schalit found his genius in creativity and Shipley found his genius. The partnership was a balance of borderless imagination and business savvy. The combination of strategic and creative magic, emanating out the embryonic ad agency, became a magnet for young, aspirant talent which led to the current leadership strength of Group Executive Chairperson Boniswa Pezisa, Executive Creative Director Rob McLennan, his deputy Graeme Jenner, MD Abdulla Miya and his deputy Joy Turnbull. Advertising awards, the symbol of creative and effective advertising excellence, began to crowd Net#work’s mantle and it got harder for the big brothers of the industry to ignore their existence. Big brands put them on their pitch lists and creative talent kept knocking on Schalit’s door. The result was creative critical mass, 172 Best of South Africa
  • 172. its successful model to help shape future legislation. The incubation and maturation of creative talent is still thriving at Net#work. Seven members of its creative team are on The Top 20 Creative Directors’ list with Schalit at the pinnacle, a place he has held for 12 years. McLennan holds the number two position as well as Creative Circle Chairmanship, and the Loerie award for Best Young Creative has gone to Net#work mentees for the last three years. Current creative leaders of Jupiter, Grey, Joe Public, Lowe, Draft FCB, McCann’s, Ireland Davenport and new upstart Hello World all graduated through the Net#work’s ranks. Net#work BBDO is no longer singular. bigger clients and accelerated growth. What the years. From as early as 1995 onwards, Five complementary companies make Oscars are to actors, Grand Prix Loeries are it was selected as the top ad agency in up the Net#work Group that has recently to South African creatives. Winning one of its size bracket ten years in a row. Then been ranked as the country’s number these is the ultimate nod of approval that in 2004, it was named overall advertising one hothouse of diverse creativity. “Our secures an agency’s future in an industry agency of the year, then again in 2005 and strength is in our partnerships,” says that revels in rivalry. Net#work proudly yet again in 2008. Shipley. “All the advertising disciplines that and uniquely boasts a consistent record of Then it added another title – Deloittes form part of the Group are industry best- 15 Grand Prix’s, one for every year of its Best Company to Work For. From 2002 to of-breed.” existence. In industry terms, this is called 2005, Net#work was consistently ranked The Net#work management team ridiculously unbelievable. Schalit likes to South Africa’s number one advertising believes the red-thread of their success call it team#work. agency to work for. By 2005, it had risen is the talent that has walked through In a rare showing of united pride, the to the Best Small Company to Work For their doors. Miya adds: “Awards have local industry applauded Net#work twice and the fourth Best Company to Work For never been our goal, original thinkers are. when it put South Africa on the world’s in South Africa, eclipsed only by corporate Together, our focus has always been on our creative map in 2007 and again in 2009 giants: RMB, Microsoft SA and Portland clients’ work, staying creatively consistent for winning the ultimate global accolade, a Cement. and never losing our sense of adventure.” Cannes Grand Prix. This was a first in SA’s However, it didn’t stop there. In the advertising history. same year, Net#work was also selected Reputation for great creative was only by the Department of Labour as a best Tel: +27 11 912 0000 one of the labels Net#work gathered over practice employer and invited to share www.networkbbdo.co.za Best of South Africa 173
  • 173. A YEAR OF UPGRADE AND EXPANSION FOR THE ADREACH GROUP 3.6m high x 2.5m wide double-sided backlit For South Africa's fastest growing portrait signs are placed at close proximity to independently owned outdoor advertising the road traffic, making them impossible to company it has been an exhilarating year of avoid. This, combined with the repetitive introducing new products, upgrading existing advantage of 4 signs in a row, effects the media offerings, implementing improved most commanding outdoor campaigns ever operational systems and establishing an seen in Johannesburg. No other outdoor exciting outdoor media-driven SED medium more effectively combines size, programme. repetition, proximity and position to deliver the highest impact brand exposure 24 hours New products a day. Cementing its position as the country's 3rd- There are 25 prime Supalites sites available largest outdoor media player, ADreach has in Joburg. Each incorporates attractive enhanced its offering with two brand new landscaping and comprehensive high impact outdoor advertising innovations, infrastructure upgrades that form part of the namely Supalites and PlayPumps®: City's street beautification activities in preparation for 2010. Supalites Supalites will play an important role as an advertising medium in the build-up to and Supalites are illuminated 9m² advertising during the World Cup; offering FIFA sponsors signs displayed on consecutive poles on and partners with an unprecedented central road islands to deliver the most opportunity to showcase their brands to the powerful outdoor impact available on the millions of visitors and billions of spectators market. anticipated.
  • 174. PlayPumps ® PlayPumps® Supalites and PlayPumps® form part of money, Street Pole Ads remain unrivalled in ADreach's national network of more than their ability to repetitively and cost-effectively 30,000 advertising signs. Other outdoor target highly defined, captive commuter and Literally a life-saving invention, PlayPumps® pedestrian audiences. provide easy access to clean drinking water media innovations include: in rural communities that are currently among the one billion people worldwide with little or - Street Pole Ads Improved operations no access to safe water. - Sponsored Road Traffic Signs - Billboards ADreach has introduced a revised and more The PlayPumps® mechanism doubles as a - Event Flags scientific Road Grading system that merry-go-round for children. As they play - Event Ads categorises all sites according to criteria such clean water is pumped from underground - Street Name Ads as LSM's, degree of other messaging, traffic boreholes into a water storage tank above flow and proximity of poles to roads. the ground. The tank is connected to a simple Product Upgrades tap that makes it easy for both adults and Improved operational functionality includes children to draw water. A massive 18-month upgrade of Street Pole new application and flighting methods that Ads in Joburg has culminated in the delivery allow for faster and more cost-effective In addition to facilitating a sustainable supply of larger format, visually enhanced and turnaround times. of easily accessible water, PlayPumps® also standardised frames that deliver between provide a rare opportunity to advertise in 50% and 100% more advertising space. A Net Rate billing system has been outlying communities. The incorporation of Frames are now placed at a standardised introduced (in line with new Outdoor Media sponsor message boards into the height and angle to deliver a clean, industry standards in SA), with the aim of mechanism's innovative design generates consistent and unified City look and feel. establishing a more regulated and effective sufficient revenue for the maintenance of the industry that will in turn render greater long- pumps. Each pump displays multiple The larger format, slick and standardised term benefit to our clients. advertising frames that can deliver hard Street Pole Ads deliver all the benefits unique hitting advertisements to a precise target to this medium, with even greater impact. market in their homestead 24/7. Offering even more advertising value for
  • 175. Advertise To Millions, Earn Points number of Socio-Economic Development The BEESA ADreach SED Programme (SED) initiatives that BEESA promotes. Half ensures that Corporate Sponsors' SED On Your BEE Scorecard of the Corporate Sponsor's contribution goes contributions go to credible initiatives for the directly into funding the chosen SED initiative upliftment of worthy beneficiaries. Its Together with specialist BEE consulting and the other half is used to promote the advertising component generates crucial company BEESA, ADreach has developed initiative on any of ADreach's outdoor awareness for the SED initiatives; informing an innovative SED initiative that that will advertising products. (Flexibility on the potential recipients about the benefits of the expose your brand to millions while at the proportions is possible.) initiatives and how they can participate. same time boosting your company's BEE scorecard. The programme promotes the following SED Sponsors achieve solid corporate branding initiatives that focus on education and skills through effective outdoor advertising AND The BEESA and ADreach Socio-Economic transfer: improve their BEE rating by earning BEE Development Programme enables Sponsors points on their advertising spend. to cost-effectively tap into targeted markets - Student Support Services whilst earning Black Economic Empowerment - Artisan SA Brands are aligned with credible (BEE) points on their advertising spend. - Schools Resource Programme development initiatives, thus also securing - Teacher Enhancement Programme positive brand recognition and access to This is achieved through publicising credible - EBIO (assists beneficiaries with career numerous associated public relations SED initiatives on ADreach's powerful guidance and provides them with the skills opportunities. outdoor advertising boards. Companies are to access employment opportunities.) given a choice to support any one of a
  • 176. Beyond 2010 The ADreach Group is driven by an entrepreneurial mindset that motivates We are committed to supporting credible constant development and advancement. SED initiatives that promote education and skills transfer; with the aim of maximising the We continue to strive towards our vision of social and business impact of Sponsor's SED delivering outstanding street furniture contributions. innovations that contribute towards the establishment of South African streetscapes We remain proud to offer the technology, that compete with those of the best cities in experience and resources that make us the world. South Africa's market leader in innovative outdoor media alternatives. Through the BEESA ADreach SED Programme we demonstrate our support of Branches: the notion that SED is the foundation of The ADreach Group - economic growth for the South African Leading Africa into the 21st Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, economy. Century with world-class Mpumalanga/Limpopo, North Central, streetscapes. Port Elizabeth www.adreach.co.za 0800 OUTDOOR
  • 177. Boston City Campus & Business College Education. For Life Boston City Campus was founded in 1991 with the intention to better equip UNISA students to succeed in their examinations. The spectacular results obtained by Boston’s UNISA students in their examinations resulted in Boston City Campus expanding beyond expectations. Since inception, where Boston only offered tuition towards UNISA degrees, there are now over 100 different career paths from which a student can choose from. From an initial 6 learners in 1991, Boston City Campus & Business College has grown with over 25 000 learners in 2009. As Boston grew, new divisions were formed to address the specific needs of learners, these included Boston School of Finance to address the needs of the financial services industry and Boston Technology Campus to address the needs of the IT industry. Boston offers tuition on a full-time, part-time and flexible study option, to 178 Best of South Africa
  • 178. meet the individual needs of each learner. Boston is proud to be associated with Registrations are open throughout the year. the following accrediting, certifying and Boston City Campus & Business Colleges professional bodies which include: SERVICES can be found in all major cities, and these SETA, INSETA, ETDP SETA, ISETT SETA, include Alberton, Bedfordview, Bellville, FASSET SETA, SABPP, LG SETA, CompTIA, Benoni, Bloemfontein, Braamfontein, Cape PROMETRIC, UNISA, ICB, PASTEL, ACCA, Town, Durban, East London, Francistown, FMI and MICROSOFT. Gaborone, George, Germiston, Johannesburg Boston is proud of the endorsement which City Centre, Kempton Park, Kimberley, is received from CompTIA which states that Krugersdorp, Klerksdorp, Nelspruit, Orange “Boston City Campus & Business College are Grove, Paarl, Pietermaritzburg, Polokwane, showing significantly higher pass rates than Administration, HIV/AIDS and Study Wise Pinetown, Potchefstroom, Port Elizabeth, Port other training providers. Boston not only train courses. Unisa Degrees and Media Studies Shepstone, Pretoria North, Pretoria Arcadia, but also certify the most individuals” Loraine are also available at selected campuses. Randburg, Queenstown, Roodepoort, Vorster, Regional Manager for Sub Saharan Boston City Campus & Business College Richards Bay, Sandton, Stanger, Rustenburg, region. Boston is also proud of the ACCA strives to enhance, uplift and continuously Swaziland Mbabane, Swaziland Tshaneni, Gold Class status which it recently received improve the quality of life long education Springs, Tzaneen, Umhlanga, Vereeniging, and also is a MICROSOFT certified partner. and training in Southern Africa through their Welkom and Witbank. Career qualifications and short courses commitment to “Education. For Life.” Boston also offers administration and offered through 46 branches nationwide training in various learnership programmes include Information Technology, Management, and is able to assist employers in making the Marketing & Sales, Hospitality & Leisure, Boston City Campus & Business College most of their training opportunities available Service Industry, Accounting, Legal, Head Office: +27 11 485 2838 to them. Secretarial & Office Administration, Sports www.boston.co.za Best of South Africa 179
  • 179. Mediterranean Shipping Company Logistics & Supply Chain The independent Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) through its innovative, flexible and unique approach to shipping has continued to grow during and beyond the first decade of the new South Africa. The company, which was founded in 1970, has become the biggest user of the South African ports and in 2003 was given the accolade of being the second biggest container carrier in the world. With in excess of 400 container vessels, the company provides global coverage linking South Africa directly with Europe, UK, USA, Asia, Middle East, Far East and Australia as well as the key ports of Africa’s West Coast, East Coast, Indian Ocean Islands, Madagascar and Mozambique. The success of MSC is evident in its phenomenal growth over the past decade that can only be attributed to its quality management system that aims at consistently improving upon service levels within the shipping community and its willingness to initiate change to meet the requirements of clients and principals. MSC has significant investments in the South African property market. Its own characteristic office buildings, worth 180 Best of South Africa
  • 180. Opposite page: Top, MSC Head Office in Durban. Bottom left, MSC Johannesburg Office. Top left: MSC CEO, Captain Salvatore Sarno. Top middle: Port Elizabeth Office. Left: Cape Town Office. Above: Millennium Window depicting the history of MSC. Designed by Captain Sarno. R220-million, have become landmarks in Depot is currently under construction on academic subjects and are being schooled Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg and a site situated only 3 kilometers from the in all aspects of sailing and yacht building. Pretoria. The new Port Elizabeth office, Container Terminal. All the depots have Some of these students are amongst the crew which was converted from an existing Customs bond facilities. who sailed very successfully, in the America’s national monument, was opened in 2004 MSC has contributed significantly to Cup which culminated in Valencia in 2007. and the restoration alone cost R6.5-million. community upliftment and training schemes, The company undertook the principle The ‘Italian Village’ built in 1996 at the such as ABET, which have been implemented sponsorship of the SA America’s Cup 2007 Umhlanga Ridge is comprised of seven for previously disadvantaged staff members. campaign as part of its 25th Anniversary houses to accommodate MSC’s Italian Assistance has been given in the upgrading celebrations in South Africa. Without personnel and their families, and is now of community properties such as hospitals MSC’s support this challenge and the valued at R30-million. and schools with a special emphasis placed fantastic results achieved would simply not Another success has been MSC’s on Aids awareness. The company has also have been possible. diversification into the business of their participated in the ‘Habitat for Humanity’ The major success factor in South Africa own container depots. These are situated scheme for the past two years. has been the extremely close relationship that in Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg and The ‘MSC Izivunguvungu Foundation for MSC has built with clients, a strategy that will Rosslyn, Pretoria that boasts its own rail Youth’ organisation which was started in hopefully see MSC moving into the number siding as was promised to MSC’s clients, Cape Town with the cooperation of the SA one position in the world in the future. particularly the motoring industry easing Navy has benefited up to 250 previously the access to their manufacturing plants. disadvantaged youths; classrooms have been MSC House, 54 Winder Street, The newest depot is the Port Elizabeth one provided at the Simonstown Naval Base, full Durban 4001 which is situated in the Nelson Mandela time tutors have been employed and learners Tel: +27 31 360 7911 Park near Uitenhage and which became fully are provided with transport as well as their Fax: +27 31 332 9297 operational in April 2006. A second Durban meals. The youngsters are given tuition in www.mscgva.ch Best of South Africa 181
  • 181. High Octane Mass Distribution Logistics & Supply Chain South Africa’s only dedicated distribution company concentrating in the advertising, printing and point of sale industry. Our systems allow Fast and Furious to provide deliveries and service consistently higher than our competitors. “We accept the assignments conventional extreme the urgency nor the size or nature express companies avoid as well as of shipment. Since we’re not constrained by matching their service for routine items,” one-size-fits-all global procedures, we don’t says Grant Fletcher, Managing Director. “Our expect customers to fit in with standard core business is mass express distribution operating procedures and office hours.” with a bias towards the Advertising/ Fast and Furious relishes every challenge. Marketing industries and home-delivery People in the company enjoy a permanent cosmetics.” adrenalin rush. They work late. They work The company’s competitive advantage weekends. They have excellent relationships derives from meeting impossible deadlines with transporters, brokers, airlines and for all kinds of time-sensitive consignments. shipping lines that enable them to “make “We offer a customised service to deliver a plan” when a job demands extraordinary exactly what customers want, no matter how performance. 182 Best of South Africa
  • 182. “High-volume printing machines are busy Home delivery cosmetics may seem to be round the clock and some jobs have to fit worlds away but there are commonalities. into a narrow time window especially over Once ordered, high-quality cosmetics are weekends,” says Fletcher. “If a machine eagerly awaited. The consignments need to be breaks down, there is little in the way of picked, packaged and delivered to end users recovery time. The marketing sphere is secure from tampering, damage or theft. demanding. An advertisement may arrive late Similar need profiles apply to various other or the customer may change his mind about general cargo items ranging from machinery, The media industry is the most time the content and order a last-minute reprint. All equipment and engineering to chemicals, sensitive of all. Newspapers, for instance, such eventualities put tight deadlines under automotive and avionic spares, high-tech are the only products irretrievably further pressure.” equipment and fashion. worthless after their sell-by-date. The The company also tackles the distribution Fast and Furious is a New South Africa supply chain is critical as distribution is of other specialised printing and stationery company, started up under the new national worked out with extreme precision. If a applications such as annual reports and dispensation in the early 1990s. It is a magazine insert or supplement is thicker examination papers, which have to be responsible South African corporate citizen, or heavier than expected, it can throw out delivered quickly, intact and under conditions employing, assisting and encouraging owner- all the pre-planning. The volume is now of high security. drivers to build their own successful business. too bulky to fit in the delivery vehicles - or Fast and Furious is equally accomplished too heavy for safe transport. Alternative at moving full loads from source to one arrangements have to be made - generally destination or splitting the loads and arranging Tel: +27 11 552 4900 at short notice. distribution to numerous outlets. www.fastnfurious.co.za Best of South Africa 183
  • 183. Routledge Modise Setting Up in South Africa in association with Eversheds 184 Best of South Africa
  • 184. South Africa is an exciting place to do business and is attracting more and more foreign interest and investment. Progressive trade and industrial development policies and a favourable legal and business environment offer a promising economic climate for local and international firms. It is the most advanced and productive economy in Africa with sound economic policies, world-class infrastructure, industrial capability and cutting-edge technology. In spite of its progressive legal framework and legislation relating to commerce, competition, labour and disputes that conform to international norms, it is essential for a foreign investor to engage the services of a local legal partner, who understands the local market and the complex legislative processes for doing business within South Africa. When entering a new market you want a law firm that understands the country and has local expertise, a global outlook and a clients substantially increased resources and commitment to a high level of quality. expertise. Clients can tap into this wealth of Routledge Modise in association knowledge and work through professionals with Eversheds can offer you superior who know exactly what they are talking about local knowledge and broad expertise and have already achieved success for many to successfully steer you through often other investors. unfamiliar business territory. As well as Africa is the world’s last relatively offering strategic and legal advice, the firm unexploited market and South Africa is can also help you meet the right contacts. the gateway to the African continent. If you are thinking of setting up business Eversheds’ Africa Desk is run jointly in South Africa you need a local partner from its Johannesburg and Paris offices who can assist you from start to finish; step and can help you make the most of the alongside you to fully research the market, opportunities available. carry out a due diligence investigation and Routledge Modise in association with clear the way by handling the myriad of legal Eversheds has experienced professionals and other logistical requirements. in all major sectors such as construction, Routledge Modise in association with energy, finance, healthcare, mining, Eversheds can assist with all this as well as mergers and acquisitions, property, retail, call upon the Eversheds network for multi- tax, transport, information technology and jurisdictional assistance. telecommunications. By working as part of Eversheds International the firm is able to offer its www.eversheds.co.za Best of South Africa 185
  • 185. Beerbird and Fan Can Success Story Two of the very best South African products rocking the world! Directors from left to right: Greg Ivins, Barry Owen, Erich van Niekerk Beerbird cc was founded in November hundreds of retailers nationwide. In The new brand is called Fan Can and it 2006 – on a mandate to become a addition to this, Beerbird has now also is an ongoing collection of sports jigsaw manufacturer and distributor of innovative launched in the UK, Australia and New puzzles – all individually packaged in products that would satisfy unmet needs Zealand – where it is enjoying remarkable a can. All of the puzzles are officially in the marketplace. And so it was that in success. The brand is fun, striking and licensed by the relevant sports authorities September 2007, the first product, the energetic and resonates well with the and, to date, there is a Springboks Beerbird beer chicken cooking grid, was outdoor braai culture that is so pervasive Collection, a Proteas Collection and launched in South Africa. From humble in South Africa. a Bulls Collection. In addition to this, beginnings (the concept, brand and The directors of Beerbird cc are the company has also secured deals imagery were all conceived in a small determined to build on the success of to produce and sell licensed Fan Can garden in Randburg) Beerbird cc has the initial products in the company’s products in New Zealand (with the All really spread its wings and the company stable – this time with a product set to Blacks and New Zealand Cricket) and in now has award-winning products at be even bigger than the Beerbird brand. Australia (with Cricket Australia, the AFL 186 Best of South Africa
  • 186. and the NRL.) Further deals in several this should see the product being very launched anywhere in the world before other countries around the world are prominent in places ranging from the being launched in South Africa. As such, currently being finalized and this should home pub to the boardroom and from Beerbird cc really is exporting its brands see Fan Can in at least another four the school classroom to the weekly bingo to the world and is proud to be a rapidly- countries before the end of 2010. meeting! growing ambassador of South Africa! The link between sport and the As a company, Beerbird cc is a perceived educational value of puzzle leader amongst SME’s in product building augur well for Fan Can and development, marketing prowess and should make it one of the biggest retail rapid international expansion. While all of Beerbird cc success stories in the children’s market the manufacturing of the product takes Email: barry@beerbird.co.za in coming years. In addition to this, the place offshore, the company’s brands are Tel: +27 11 791 4287 puzzles are also set to be highly attractive home grown, developed and perfected. www.beerbird.co.za to sports enthusiasts of all ages and None of the company’s products are ever www.fancan.co.za Best of South Africa 187
  • 187. CHAPTER 10 Medical Healthcare 188 Best of South Africa
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  • 189. Healthcare in South Africa Medical Healthcare South Africa has a well developed public and private healthcare system that stretches from free basic primary healthcare provided by the state to highly specialised hi-tech health services available in the private sector. South Africa’s private hospital industry is a national asset with a global reputation for delivering world-class, quality medical care. At present, there are 247 private hospitals with 30 334 beds in South Africa. Substantial investments in new technology ensures that international best-practice standards are maintained in the country’s private hospitals, and in terms of quality of care, the industry was recently ranked fourth on an international scale by a 2007 Citygroup report. In the public sector, the large, urban teaching hospitals offer good care and the government’s 2009 Budget speech makes provision for increased contribution to healthcare with higher remuneration of health professionals and a continued expansion of the hospital revitalisation programme. A total of 31 hospitals are under construction, 18 of which will be 190 Best of South Africa
  • 190. completed over the next three years. In the Cipla’s innovative CSR program, Miles rural areas, over 500 new clinics now stand for Smiles, raised money for Operation in areas where formerly people had no Smile, a non profit organisation access to health services. transforming children’s lives by providing The country’s healthcare fraternity free reconstructive surgery where they can lay claim to a number of medical were suffering from facial deformities innovations, the most famous being when such as cleft lips and palates. The Dr Chris Barnard and his team made award-winning local program, Carte history with the world’s first successful Blanche, has initiated the ‘Making a heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital Difference Campaign’ where they identify in Cape Town in 1967. Since then, South the most urgently needed equipment African medicine has gone from strength to in hospitals and then persuade the strength, with milestones achieved in every corporate sector and its viewers to help facet of modern medicine. fund it. To date, the campaign has raised South Africa is also among the most approximately R55-million for life-saving sought-after destinations for foreigners to hospital equipment. receive top-quality surgical procedures at These are just a few of the incredible relatively affordable prices. This medical innovative CSR programs that the private tourism is a growing trend that is also healthcare sector has initiated and, seeing local aesthetics or cosmetic surgery through this work, they are making a providers increasingly attracting and huge difference to the nation. catering for overseas clients to have their procedures done in South Africa. A number of innovative and sustainable Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives have seen South African companies focusing on health and doing their share to increase services to those that can’t otherwise afford care. The world’s first and only primary healthcare train, ‘Phelophepa’ (meaning ‘good, clean health’) travels throughout South Africa bringing much needed medical services to South Africa’s rural poor. The 16 carriages is a vast operation that includes an onboard pharmacy, cancer screening and education, psychology and health, optometry and dental clinics, diabetes, prostate and PAP smear tests and treats over 40,000 people every year. This innovative “miracle” train is funded mainly by South Africa’s state-owned rail carrier, Transnet, and the remainder is met by a mix of corporate sponsors, charities and individual donors. Best of South Africa 191
  • 191. Medscheme Group medscheme A proud Level 3 contributor to broad-based black economic empowerment in South Africa, Medscheme is the third largest medical scheme administrator and managed care provider in the country and serves over two million people through a wide network of 19 branches. The new premises for Medscheme’s Cape Town operations 192 Best of South Africa
  • 192. AfroCentric Investment Corporation standards. This ensures that service Limited’s acquisition of a majority stake in level agreements with client partners are Medscheme’s holding company, Lethimvula consistently achieved or exceeded. Investments Limited, has positioned the Group as the largest, listed, black-owned World-class information technology healthcare company in South Africa. Medscheme’s vision is to achieve One of Medscheme’s primary business industry leadership through the delivery imperatives is to ensure that its IT of innovative, efficient medical scheme platforms and technology comply with administration and health risk management international best practice. This strategy solutions of exceptional quality. ensures that Medscheme’s IT platform The company’s unique solutions are and technology are optimised to deliver based on an intimate knowledge of the maximum business value and generate healthcare environment developed over efficiencies that improve service delivery almost four decades of experience in the to our client partners. industry. This offering is differentiated in four distinct areas: Quality, health and financial risk management Focused customer solutions and partnerships Managing financial and health risk in the context of the healthcare industry is the Medscheme is a true multi-medical scheme essence of Medscheme’s business. The administrator and health risk management company’s depth of clinical, actuarial and solutions provider that recognises that financial expertise enables Medscheme each client is unique. The organisation’s to deliver health and financial risk approach is to build mutually beneficial management solutions of exceptional partnerships with clients and, having quality that are a source of competitive developed a rigorous understanding of their advantage to our client partners. needs, to tailor unique, focused solutions that empower clients to achieve their Audited financial results demonstrate strategic objectives. that the company is financially sound with a strong balance sheet and cash Efficient, effective, quality administration reserves while corporate governance and internal audit practices are held in Medscheme’s primary objective is to high regard by external auditors and deliver efficient,quality service to its clients alike. client partners. This is achieved through the implementation of a strategy of Medscheme’s integrated offering is continuous improvement based on delivered by its two operating divisions, constant measurement of outputs Medscheme Health and Medscheme against specific stringent quality Health Risk Solutions. Best of South Africa 193
  • 193. • state-of-the-art technology medscheme • constant monitoring of quality and health efficiency • excellence in corporate governance Leaders in medical scheme and administration • a national branch network. Medscheme Health’s vision is to be The smooth running of the scheme is recognised as the leading medical scheme ensured by a comprehensive spectrum administrator in South Africa in terms of of services including fund management, service excellence and quality. dedicated call centres, scheme finance, The division delivers a comprehensive secretarial and key accounts. Similarly, series of integrated solutions which medical scheme members receive the recognise that flexibility and differentiation best possible service through a wide are paramount to remaining competitive variety of convenient client touch points in the highly competitive medical scheme which include: industry. Serving a diverse base of customers • scheme-specific call centres which include medical schemes, boards • interactive websites of trustees, scheme members as • email services well as intermediaries and healthcare • SMS services professionals, the primary goal of • Client Liaison Officers Medscheme Health is to meet the needs of its clients through sheer service excellence, In 2009, Medscheme Health achieved quality, differentiation and personalised PMR.africa’s highest award for solutions. excellence having achieved the highest overall score in an independent annual This business model is based on six pillars: survey which measures accredited medical scheme administrators across • a unique, client-centred business 24 relevant criteria. philosophy This award demonstrates • highly skilled, experienced managers Medscheme’s commitment to excellence and staff and quality in service delivery. 194 Best of South Africa
  • 194. medscheme health risk solutions New standards in health risk management Medscheme Health Risk Solutions (MHRS), Medscheme’s health risk management division, has been at the cutting edge of health risk management for 20 years. The division is now considered South Africa’s pre- eminent health risk management organisation and continues to set new standards. The discipline of health risk management aims to balance cost (price and utilisation of healthcare services) with quality of care (best healthcare results or outcomes) and access to healthcare services. Health risk management solutions are continuously evolved to ensure continued industry leadership and differentiated in the following areas to ensure MHRS continues to set the standards in health risk solutions: • “Best of breed” health risk management MHRS has consistently demonstrated MHRS’ industry leadership was recognised components. positive results in presentations to in 2009 when the business was awarded • Flexibility, client-focus and -support. clients and at national and international seven Diamond Arrow awards and one • Investment in and ongoing development conferences. Golden Arrow award for excellence in of clinical, analytical and operational managed care services. In addition MHRS (using intelligent systems) capabilities. Aid for AIDS is an example of this standard received the highest overall score in disease • A focus on new initiatives to bring about of excellence. Its clinical guidelines are management. healthcare professional and beneficiary the norm in South Africa and it boasts a behaviour change through: large and satisfied medical scheme and – Information sharing corporate client base. The quality of its – Development of scheme-specific services and the superior health outcomes reimbursement models (aligning of its enrollees have been demonstrated To contact Medscheme please call incentives). in numerous internationally published +27 11 671 2734 or visit our website at – Co-ordination of care. scientific papers. www.medscheme.co.za Best of South Africa 195
  • 195. ER24 10 Years of providing state of the art emergency medical care to South Africa that reflects realhelprealfast Confronted with a medical emergency and need realhelprealfast Call Connects you to ER24 hi-tech 24-hour Contact Centre Advanced life support services Medical emergency anywhere in South Africa Our Mission and Values The company’s primary mission is to deliver efficient emergency medical services in a socially responsible manner. In pursuit of its goal, we actively and continuously invest in the development of our people, infrastructure and technology, and simultaneously foster mutually beneficial long-term relationships. Our approach emphasises innovation at all times, in order to enhance the ER24 brand and gain a sustainable competitive advantage. ER24 is the sum of its people and the values by which we operate are people-centered: we pride ourselves on our professionalism, integrity, compassion, innovation and balance. 196 Best of South Africa
  • 196. ER24 provides a wide range of services for medical assistance tailored to meet the ever changing and diverse requirements of the Health Care sector. We provide the following products and services: Corporate Service, Medic Service, Medic Access, Schools Honors Program, International Travel Extension, Foreign Patient Repatriation and a range of specialised advice lines to cater for any type of emergency. Education & Training The ER24 National Training Academy – leaders in the training arena; provide a range of SETA accredited emergency care courses to companies and individuals. Our innovative approach to interactive teaching involves the extensive use of media aids and one-on-one instruction principles by experienced practitioners. Contact Centre Emergency calls received from across South Africa, are processed utilising state-of-the-art VOIP multimedia software. Our dispatchers rapidly direct the appropriate emergency medical teams to the identified scene, ensuring response times are minimised. Special Events The ER24 Special Events Department provide an array of high profile clients with specific solutions to meet their event requirements. ER24 Site Based Medical Services Complete risk mitigating medical assistance solutions for remote site projects throughout the mining, petroleum, engineering and related industries. For all your enquires please contact ER24 Tel: 0861 084 124 Email: info@er24.co.za www.er24.co.za Best of South Africa 197
  • 197. Cetaphil The complete Cetaphil® line includes award-winning1 cleansers and moisturizers, formulated to be gentle, non- irritating and non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), with variations available for all skin types. requiring extra attention and overnight moisturization. The Cetaphil® Gentle Cleansing Bar, a non-soap bar designed to cleanse dry, sensitive skin, was then launched into the US in 1998.2 In South Africa, Cetaphil® Cleansing Lotion was initially marketed by Alcon Laboratories. Galderma Laboratories (Pty) Ltd entered South Africa in 1996, and then took over the sole rights to market and distribute Cetaphil® Cleansing Lotion. Cetaphil® Cleansing Lotion is the ideal choice as part of a skincare regimen to address the dryness caused by topical medications used in the treatment of acne, fine lines and wrinkles.3 Cetaphil® Cleansing Lotion will not strip the skin of natural protective oils or emollients, or disturb the skin’s natural pH balance. It is fragrance- free, and non-comedogenic, making it the ideal choice for daily facial cleansing, and make-up removal. Recommended for over 20 years in South Africa, this facial cleanser is ideal for people with special skin conditions like acne, rosacea or eczema, because of the gentleness of the formulation. Cetaphil® Cleansing Lotion is gentle enough for all members of the family.4,5 The Cetaphil® Cleansing Bar followed soon afterwards, and was launched in 1998. Cetaphil® Cleansing Bar is a gentle, non-alkaline, non-soap bar designed for dry, sensitive skin, which moisturizes as it cleans. Free of harsh detergents that might dry or irritate your skin, this bar is ideal for all-over body cleansing in the bath or shower.4 Cetaphil® products are recommended by Cleansing Lotion was only available from Growth into the millennium dermatologists, pediatricians, pharmacists, select pharmacists. Due to consumer nurses and other healthcare professionals demand, more drug stores began selling New product development continued in for common skin conditions, such as the increasingly popular cleanser by the 2007, with the launch of Cetaphil® Oily Skin sensitive skin, acne, rosacea, psoriasis and 1960s. In fact, it was so effective, the Cleanser, a gentle, non-drying foaming eczema.2 original formulation has not changed at all cleanser for oily, combination or acne-prone In addition, Cetaphil® is often the over the years. By the 1980s, it became skin. The non-irritating formula of Cetaphil® recommended cleanser for individuals available at all major retail stores across Oily Skin Cleanser is designed to remove undergoing cosmetic therapies and new North America.2 surface oils, dirt and make-up without dermatology procedures whose skin may leaving the skin feeling tight or overly dry. be exceptionally sensitive.2 The 90s – a time for product innovation This foaming cleanser leaves skin feeling fresh, does not leave behind irritating The early years In the 1990s, the product line expanded residue, and is non-comedogenic.4 in North America with the introductions of Cetaphil® UVA/UVB Defense was Cetaphil® Cleansing Lotion was originally Cetaphil® Moisturizing Lotion, a non-greasy launched in 2007 into global markets, invented by a pharmacist in 1947, as a moisturizer for long-lasting relief of dry, and the line extension was launched compounding vehicle for dermatological sensitive skin; and Cetaphil® Moisturizing into South Africa in 2009. Developed for remedies. In the early years, Cetaphil® Cream, an emollient cream for dry areas highly sensitive skins, and for patients 198 Best of South Africa
  • 198. with specific conditions that react to UV formulated for sensitive and dry skin types radiation, the formulation of Cetaphil® UVA/ designed to preserve the skin’s natural UVB Defense offers best-in-class protection protective barrier and retain the essential against the harsh rays of the sun.6 In June moisture it needs daily. 2009 the beauty experts at Allure Magazine recommended Cetaphil® UVA/UVB Defense About Galderma as their product of choice for skin protection.7 In 2008, Cetaphil® Cleansing Lotion was Galderma, the manufacturer of Cetaphil®, is only 1 of just 25 brands inducted into the a global leading pharmaceutical company Allure Magazine Best of Beauty Hall of Fame, specializing in the research, development after winning the “Best of Beauty Award” and marketing of therapeutic, corrective for seven consecutive years (1999 – 2008). and aesthetic solutions in dermatology. Its This esteemed honor is given to a select expertise covers a broad spectrum of skin, number of products (out of 10 000+) that hair and nail diseases. The parent company have won the Allure Magazine Best of Beauty is based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Corporate Award for five years or more. Rather than Services are located in Paris-La Défense, selecting from a suggested list, editors and France. Galderma has subsidiaries in Europe, readers named products they truly preferred.8 the Middle-East, Africa, North America, Latin Formulated with only 8 ingredients, of which America, Australasia and Japan. 3 of the ingredients: water, cetyl alcohol and propylene glycol enhance the hydration of the skin.9 Galderma Laboratories South Africa (Pty) Ltd Cetaphil® is now the #1 Recommended Co. Reg. No.: 1996/000311/07 OTC Brand by Dermatologists and PO Box 71150 Pediatricians in the US10 and is the #1 Bryanston cleanser and emollient brand sold by 2021 Pharmacies in South Africa.11 Tel: +27 11 706 2339 All Cetaphil® products are specially www.galderma.com References: 1. http://www.cetaphil.com/TheScoop/Awards.aspx Accessed 21 September 2009. 2. http://www.argylerowland.com/www.argylerowland.comArgyleRowlandCommunications_news_46.htm Accessed 10 September 2009. 3. Sullivan J. A clinically practical approach to acne: Part 1: diagnosis, assessment and general skin care. Modern Medicine of South Africa April 2009; 34 (4): 21 – 28. 4. http://www.cetaphil.com/Products/Moisturizers.aspx Accessed 14 September 2009. 5. Schalla W et al. Cleansing Diseased and Sensitive Skin – A multicentre surveillance study with the cleansing lotion Cetaphil® Der Informierte Artz 1993; 14: 927 - 930 6. Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense SPF 50+ Product Profile. 7. http://www.cetaphil.com/TheScoop/BeautyBuzzArchive.aspx Accessed 10 September 2009. 8. http://www.eskincarestore.com/ProductCart/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=756 Accessed 10 September 2009. 9. http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/February-2006/Psst-The-Beauty-Secrets-of-Beautiful-Women/ Accessed 10 September 2009. 10. Source: Galderma Data on File May 2009. 11. Source: IMS Data MAT July 2008 – June 2009. CET 0909-1. Final approval date: 23/09/2009 Best of South Africa 199
  • 199. Providing state of the art Medical Healthcare Dental Care DENTAL MAKEOVERS the body follow. Any stained, missing or WANT WHITER, BRIGHTER TEETH? Everyone has the right to a healthy mouth chipped teeth will be held in memory and will A great option for you might be a and a beautiful smile. We wish to ensure be used to construct that First Impression – If professionally administered tooth people do not remain in the dark and that you’ve lost confidence in your smile, we can whitening system. Patients with natural they make informed decisions. help you get it back! teeth that are discoloured due to age, We have state of the art surgeries all smoking or other extrinsic staining equipped to enable the clinician to use the COSMETIC DENTISTRY factors are excellent candidates for best techniques available in Dentistry today. Have you got total confidence in your smile? tooth whitening. Bleaching does Do you have fresh breath? Are you happy not work as well on teeth that have FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE IMPORTANT with the appearance, shape and colour of intrinsic staining. The results will vary When we first meet a new person there is a your teeth? from patient to patient. Patients with subconscious way that our brains and eyes deep intrinsic stains can have other interact with this person. Normally your eyes Modern dentistry has a dazzling array of cosmetic options such as veneers and scan from their eyes, to their nose and then techniques and systems to build a healthy, crowns to help achieve the desired to their mouth. Only then would the rest of attractive and confident smile. results. 200 Best of South Africa
  • 200. would have to be extracted. In modern The dental sealant is one of the most times because of a procedure known as root revolutionary materials available for protecting canal treatment the infection can be treated, our children’s teeth. For the past 18 years, the injured nerve removed and the pain a new generation of children have been associated with such symptoms alleviated. enjoying the benefits of protective sealants. FISSURE SEALANTS KIDDY CARE DENTISTRY An increasingly popular treatment in Air abrasion provides an alternative to the DENTAL IMPLANTS dentistry is making it possible for kids to slip high-speed hand piece for removing decay The lifestyle change which can take place through childhood without a single cavity. from tooth structure. can be quite simply earth shattering. When parents ask their dentists what are Tooth loss affects millions of South the best ways to prevent their children from Its many purported advantages compared to Africans. Conventional tooth replacement getting cavities, dentists often respond traditional preparation procedures include: methods, such as bridges and dentures, “SEALANTS!” • less invasive, more conservative treatment are not always the answer for many people • reduced need for local anesthetic due to the frustration and embarrassment Kids will still have to: • earlier and more accurate diagnosis which created by poor fit or maintenance • brush reduces under- or over-treatment problems. • floss • reduction or elimination of vibration, • visit their dentists chipping, and micro-fracturing ENDODONTIC (ROOT CANAL) • pain free procedures TREATMENT Sealants can cut molar cavities by more than It used to be that if a tooth was infected or 50 percent, and can be especially helpful in Tel : 08610 (TEETH) 83384 the nerve in the tooth was dying, the tooth areas without fluoridated water. www.thedentalinstitute.co.za Best of South Africa 201
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  • 203. Conferences and Exhibitions South Africa uniquely combines the best of Africa with the sophistication of world-class hotels, venues, transport and communication structures, and is recognised internationally as a top meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) industry destination. As exceptional value-for-money merges with first-class facilities, South Africa is fast becoming a preferred business tourism destination. Voted the third favourite long-haul destination in Africa, and with more than 63 percent of all Media Club - Photographer Rodger Bosch - CTICC country by UK-based events agencies in the conference activities on the continent taking influential 2008 Meetings and Incentive Travel place in South Africa, the country is by far the magazine, South Africa is also listed in the top top meetings destination in Africa. 35 most popular conferencing destinations in Durban is consistently ranked among the the world by the International Congress and world’s top destinations and the massive ICC Convention Association (ICCA). The country in Durban, along with its adjacent Durban is aiming to break into the Top Ten global Exhibition Centre, hosts spectacular large conferencing destinations in 2010. conferences and trade shows. The Cape South Africa’s business tourism sector Town ICC is set in the heart of one of the has grown into one of the most lucrative and most beautiful cities in the world and offers healthy market segments internationally, a purpose built, state-of-the-art convention and Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban facility with high tech infrastructure. all boast world-class convention facilities. Johannesburg hosted Africa’s biggest Leading the pack are the big three – the conference to date, the 2002 World Summit Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, on Sustainable Development with an the Cape Town International Convention estimated 40 000 delegates, spread across Centre (CTICC) and Durban’s International three of the city’s premier venues: the Convention Centre (ICC). Since 2001, the Sandton Convention Centre, which boasts the World Travel Awards have named one of these most advanced conferencing and exhibition three centres as the best conferencing venue technologies available; the Expo Centre, the 204 Best of South Africa
  • 204. Media Club - Photographer Hannelie Coetzee - Inside Durban ICC Media Club - Photographer Hannelie Coetzee - Inside Durban ICC Media Club - Photographer Hannelie Coetzee - Durban ICC Media Club - Photographer Hannelie Coetzee - Sun City largest convention facility on the continent; venues throughout South Africa, including and the Wanderers Stadium. the well-known Ranch in Limpopo that offers Top event management and solutions a superior range of business facilities in Media Club - Photographer Hannelie Coetzee - Durban ICC companies abound in South Africa and one exquisite settings. Across the country, there such company, Global Conferences Africa, are more than 1700 smaller world-class has a proud track record of managing large conferencing and exhibition venues – ranging conferences and oversaw much of the from intimate bush hideaways to large-scale, logistics when the World Summit came to hi-tech convention facilities. town. Once the deal is done, nowhere else in Hotspots around Johannesburg include the world can you combine business with the elegant and exciting Emperor’s Palace pleasure as you can in South Africa. A which provides a range of multi-purpose magnificent climate, a menagerie of wildlife, venues; one of Africa’s largest one stop world-class sporting facilities all combine to conference and exhibitions facilities, Gallagher offer a wealth of leisure activities where one Estate; the Coca-Cola Dome with its non- can walk with elephants, experience African stop extravaganza of expos, concerts and culture or immerse in luxury shopping and shows; and if you are looking for exclusivity, relaxation. ideal opportunity for South Africa to market then Summerplace is the choice business, South Africa has an enviable track record itself further as an outstanding world class banqueting and conference centre. of close to 1000 international conference business tourism destination – those who will Africa’s largest and leading hotel group, events hosted annually, and as the 2010 FIFA be visiting South Africa in 2010, will certainly Protea Hotels, has high-tech conference World Cup draws near, the event presents an return soon for more. Best of South Africa 205
  • 205. Accredited International Professional Conference Organisers Since it’s inception in 1992, Global Conferences Africa has grown to become not only the leading Professional Conference Organising (PCO) company in South Africa, but also the only one with nationwide and regional branches (Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Nairobi & Windhoek). Global Conferences Africa’s area of Global Conferences Africa has many years expertise lies in Conference and Event of experience in dealing with VIP’s and Management. Having managed over high profile international delegates; Heads 400 international conferences, it’s track of State, Cabinet Ministers and captains record speaks for itself. Whether it is a of industry have attended many of the sales conference for 100 delegates, or an conferences successfully planned and international association conference for managed from conception to completion. 10,000 delegates, Global Conferences Global Conferences Africa’s clients are Africa is ready, willing and able to offer it’s given the highest level of flexibility and services in whichever capacity the client service delivery. A rapid reaction to change chooses. Global Conferences Africa offer and an aptitude for innovation are just a variety of services, from full Professional two of the reasons that well established Conference Organising, to Destination relationships continue with clients such as Management, to On-line Registration and Telkom, The South African National Roads Database Management. The Management Agency, The National Ports Authority, The Fees are tailor-made according to the National Treasury, Sasol, Murray & Roberts exact extent of the services provided. and Stanlib. 206 Best of South Africa
  • 206. Working closely with the client, Global Conferences Africa act as a conductor, bringing all the variety of services and suppliers to order, acting as a conduit between the client and all the people involved with the conference, ensuring that everyone plays to the same tune. Global Conferences Africa is an Accredited International Professional Conference Organiser (AIPCO), a patron member of SAACI (Southern African Association for the Conference Industry) and was the first PCO in South Africa to join ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association). As an 86% BEE company, with a BBBEE Level 2 Contributor status, clients of Global Conferences Africa can claim 125% in their own procurement credentials. Global Conferences Africa is 100% owned by Tourvest Holdings (Pty) Ltd, South Africa’s largest (black-owned) travel and tourism company. For more information, please visit: www.globalconf.co.za or see below for branch contact details: e-mail: enquiries@globalconf.co.za Cape Town: Tel +27 21 532 6333 Fax +27 21 532 6331 Durban: Tel +27 31 561 5916 Fax +27 31 561 4423 Johannesburg: Tel +27 11 676 3000 Fax +27 11 884 1603 Nairobi: Tel +254 20 374 2435 Fax +254 20 374 1980/8593 Windhoek: Tel +264 61 275 300 Fax +264 61 263 417 Nairobi: Tel +254 20 374 2435 Fax +254 20 374 1980/8593 Windhoek: Tel +264 61 275 300 Fax +264 61 263 417 Best of South Africa 207
  • 207. Emperors Palace Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort An opulent conference facility next to the O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg Location makes this venue the ultimate conference, exhibition and event facility. Emperors Palace offers a diverse range of multi-purpose venues and breakaway rooms with extensive technical resources including Wi-Fi connectivity. Catering for groups of eight to 3,000, Emperors Palace excels in three essential ingredients - superb cuisine, impeccable service and an elegant atmosphere. Whatever the event, presidential or private, formal or frivolous, business or celebratory, with more than 20 unique and adjustable venues, Emperors Palace is the perfect destination. Each venue is equipped with state-of-the-art audio visual equipment including multi-media capabilities and flexible lighting. No request is too large, no detail too small, everyone embraces a shared philosophy to fulfill every wish. The resort has three hotels which include the ultra luxury 5-star Peermont D’oreale Grande, the deluxe 4-star Peermont 208 Best of South Africa
  • 208. Mondior, the newly refurbished 3-star continent, seating over 500 people. Peermont Metcourt Suites and the chic and Peermont has a host of other properties in affordable Peermont Metcourt all conveniently spectacular locations in Southern Africa, situated next to O.R. Tambo International most offering the added benefit of overnight Airport (with a free shuttle service to and from facilities, your conference is guaranteed the airport). to be easily accessible, well managed and But Emperors Palace is more than just a successful. Whether you’re looking for a conference venue with its host of activities beachside resort, urban retreat or a city like the casino, restaurants, bars, a health setting, Peermont Hotels, Casinos and spa and the Odeon Showbar. It is also filled Resorts offers a plethora of destinations with flamboyant works of art, a garden grand and facilities and its properties can host enough to suit a Roman Villa and manicured everything from small sized board meetings Peermont Group Sales lawns. to large conferences and extravagant Tel: +27 (0) 11 557 0557 The perennially popular Emporium and celebrations, and are able to deliver creative, Fax: +27 (0) 11 463 6185 entertainment centre has just undergone a unique and memorable events. There is a Email: sales@peermont.com major revamp, with nearly R100 million spent choice of 14 premium, 3-, 4- and 5-star hotels www.peermont.com on brand new restaurants, entertainment each complemented by superior conferencing outlets, and children and family outlets. The facilities, world-class restaurants, indulgent Emperors Palace highlight of this re-development was the day spas, pulsating entertainment and Tel: +27 (0) 11 928 1000 opening of a spectacular state-of-the-art Nu championship golf courses, thus providing Fax: +27 (0) 11 928 1001 Metro movie theatre experience which houses superior luxury and relaxation for delegates Email: info@emperorspalace.com one of the largest cinemas on the African and partners. www.emperorspalace.com Best of South Africa 209
  • 209. For each and every occasion, there is a season. For those who know that memorable events and principal occasions merit an exceptional setting, there is a place where the most discerning demands are met, gracefully, perfectly and completely. Summer Place combines classic design, A time and space for all things of configurations of rooms, facilities and décor and ambience with sheer joie de vivre, importance services are available to set the scene for harmoniously and elegantly. Its character Summer Place is unsurpassed as strategic discussions, key negotiations, is generous rather than rich, welcoming a venue for conferences, business private break-aways or commercial its guests without overwhelming them. It functions and events. A professional celebrations. Surroundings conducive to is a place where the most distinguished of yet warm ambiance has been created, the creation of wealth, provide tangible visitors can feel contented. Truly a place for all where it is abundantly clear to see, that inspiration for sound decision-making seasons. business, truly matters. Efficient, versatile and significant action. 210 Best of South Africa
  • 210. that indoor and outdoor spaces flow naturally its personnel are closely-knit teams who into each other, adding a further sense of have each been selected for their ability to unity and togetherness. Subtlety of design contribute to a greater whole than the sum has also created space for seclusion, without of their parts. Assistance is available for requiring those in search of a moment of planning and theme management, over and private thought, to stray too far from the above the details of logistical and practical central entertainment area. considerations. If professional, discreet and considerate Where refinement of taste is customary service can be seen as an art, then here is a Banqueting facilities at Summer Place offer place where the exceptional has become the versatility and flexibility in perfect accord rule. A place that is unique and fulfilling in with excellence and tradition. Kosher and every aspect of conferencing, banqueting and non-kosher kitchens, staffed by accredited executive business facilitation, a place that caterers, are able to tantalise the most adds warmth to every occasion. discerning of palates with a variety of menu options, suited to individual preference and For laughter, joy and celebration budget. Served in gracious surroundings 69 Melville Road Set in classically landscaped gardens, with impeccable style, matched with superior Hyde Park, Johannesburg surrounding an elegant pool where sparkling crockery, silver table appointments and Tel: +27 11 447 9744 fountains splash around a magnificent bronze linen of the finest quality, every occasion at Fax: +27 11 880 2050 sculpture, Summer Place is an idyllic location Summer Place, becomes an event in itself. E-mail: info@summerplacesa.com for weddings and special occasions. The style PO Box 413555, Craighall 2024 of architecture and proportion of buildings is A place that exceeds every expectation South Africa in such harmony with the rest of the property Beyond the structures of Summer Place, www.summerplacesa.com Best of South Africa 211
  • 211. Protea Hotel The Ranch “Where hospitality is a long tradition!” This 4-star country hotel was built in 1960 and has been managed by the Shearer family ever since. It is situated on a 1 000 ha conservancy lying between the R 101 and N1 25 kms south of Polokwane. From small beginnings it has grown into one of Limpopo’s finest business and leisure hotels, and the wide variety of facilities have been expertly developed to meet the needs and expectations of discerning travellers. Protea Hotel The Ranch offers 107 en- suite bedrooms, four Executive suites and two Presidential suites. These suites rank amongst the very best in South Africa and epitomize the care and attention to detail that has made this hotel a landmark and a by-word of hospitality and service over half a century. Two excellent restaurants continue the long tradition of fine dining, and special food festivals, with celebrity chefs, are held six times a year. 212 Best of South Africa
  • 212. A major new feature, and the first of its state-of-the-art Excalibur Board Room. kind in South Africa, is the Golf Estate Country weddings are not forgotten and a and Academy. Forty self-catering chalets beautiful small chapel seating 200 people surround a 12-hole (par 3) “express” golf makes that special day quite unforgettable. course, and a top professional is on hand for Next to the chapel is the rose-garden, beginners and extra lessons for the regular a fitting tribute to the skills and the love of golfer. gardening of the Shearer family. But is not The conservancy is home to 23 antelope just the heady fragrance of roses that fills the species and, tucked away amongst the trees air. Every building is surrounded by gardens of the savannah, is the Kolobe tented camp where each season offers a brilliant new that can accommodate up to eighty guests, array of colours and scents. and the Bush Willow Entertainment Centre, a This is the ideal getaway for stressed very special venue for intimate functions and city-dwellers seeking to unwind, play some product launches. sport, go horse riding or mountain biking Game and sundowner drives are offered, and even challenge the team-building course For further information and reservations and a major attraction is the Lion Kingdom with its high ropes and other obstacles! where walking tours with the lions can be Four swimming pools (two heated), a fitness Protea Hotel The Ranch arranged. centre and a children’s Activity Centre all POLOKWANE ~ Limpopo Province As a conference and meeting venue, contribute to a hotel operation that fully South Africa Protea Hotel The Ranch has few equals. understands what each guest is seeking Tel: +27 15 290 5000 There are eleven function rooms ranging and strives to provide levels of service and Fax: +27 15 290 5050 from a venue that can seat 900 delegates traditional hospitality that far exceed the E-mail: reservations@theranch.co.za and 550 banquet guests, to the small but expectations of the guests. Website: www.theranch.co.za Best of South Africa 213
  • 213. Eskom Academy of Learning The Eskom Academy of Learning is of international standards an exquisite and practical venue. It is located on a 105 hectare farm in Midrand (Johannesburg), which ensures the necessary space and tranquillity to host your corporate or personal event. The conference centre offers world class conference facilities that can accommodate between 10 and 350 delegates with the convenience of accommodation facilities to match your budget on the premises. Conference facilities These outstanding venues are suitable for both small and large functions. The centre offers 13 syndicate rooms which can accommodate smaller meetings or workshops from as few as 10 delegates, five conference rooms seating up to 80 delegates, two advanced auditoriums seating a maximum of 350 and an executive boardroom with video conferencing facilities. All these venues have technologically advanced equipment and refreshment areas. 214 Best of South Africa
  • 214. Accommodation The Eskom Academy of Learning conveniently offers accommodation facilities consisting of 551 rooms on the premises. Not only does it offer the best views of rich wildlife but we also strive to facilitate your budget with our range of comfortable reasonably priced accommodation. Function venues Our venues range from stylish restaurants to the outdoor, pool-side feel of the Lapa and Boma. Our creative Food and Beverage staff takes pride in preparing dishes that are beyond expectation. Although our menus offer a generous choice of dishes, we are always willing to respond to special requests, wherever possible. Included in our facilities is a flat, carpeted exhibition area approximately 405m2 in size with the perfect setting and space for guests to mingle. This multifunctional venue can also be utilised for gala events, car launches and conferences. Recreation facilities The Eskom Academy of Learning also offers an opportunity for team building and relaxation with squash courts, swimming pool, three sports fields (for soccer, volleyball, and netball), a sports bar for spending a relaxing evening with colleagues and the Waterhole as an executive bar for private functions. Try us for your next, conference, exhibition, election, banquet, computer training, or stop-over. Tel: +27 11 651 6111 Fax: +27 11 651 6824 Email: conventioncentre@eskom.co.za www.ecc.co.za Best of South Africa 215
  • 215. The Gaborone International Convention Centre The Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) at The Grand Palm Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort Botswana’s premier business address The Grand Palm offers the Okavango Suite that can accommodate up to 250 Hailed as the gem of the African continent, people seated theatre-style and can Botswana is a fascinating country of be divided into two smaller rooms. The extraordinary natural beauty. Just a few Moremi Suite comprises three separate minutes from the city centre of Gaborone meeting rooms and the cinema, that can and 12 kilometres from the Sir Seretse seat 100 people, is ideal for seminars or Khama International Airport lies The Grand lectures. Palm Hotel, Casino and Convention Centre, The GICC offers the Tsodilo Suite, which, in the grand tradition of Botswana covering 1 550 m² in area and can be used hospitality, offers luxury accommodation as a single venue housing 1 040 people is and dazzling entertainment. a banquet set-up, 1 807 people in cinema The Grand Palm offers a versatile style and 1 550 for a cocktail reception. conference centre comprising of five This suite offers six varying configurations conference venues. The world-class catering to a variety of needs from Gaborone International Convention Centre banquets and conferences to music (GICC), adjacent to the Peermont Walmont concerts and major sporting events. hotel, is a state-of-the-art, multi-faceted The GICC also has four Serondela convention facility suited to the needs Rooms which can be used separately or of both international and local meetings, in combination. As individual rooms they incentives, conferences, exhibitions and host 20 people in banquet style, 30 in other events. cinema style and 18 in boardroom style. 216 Best of South Africa
  • 216. area for bar and catering services and conveniences that discerning travellers have balcony overlooking The Grand Palm come to expect and the newly refurbished Resort. Other facilities at The Grand Executive 5th floor, with the exclusive Palm include the newly refurbished Executive Club Lounge, offers the travelling casino with its modern, glitzy interiors executive unsurpassed business services. and 150 ultra modern slot machines in The Grand Palm Resort also features the various denominations. The restaurants Peermont Metcourt Inn, a modern, chic offer an unmatched experience to the and affordable 3-star hotel offering guests connoisseurs of fine food and include the cosy, and comfortable accommodation and Beef Baron and Rib Room specialising delightful service. in prime Botswana Beef cuts and The Grand Palm’s wide range of other Mokolwane Bistro, a modern, African recreational and sporting facilities include a Peermont Group Sales chic restaurant serving a delectable health club with full gym, squash court and Tel: +27 (0) 11 557 0557 international buffet. The Fig Tree is an saunas, 2 floodlit tennis courts, a volleyball Fax: +27 (0) 11 463 6185 open thatched pool bar and the Kalahari court, a sparkling swimming pool, children’s Email: sales@peermont.com Bar is the favoured rendezvous for guests playground, birding, nature walks and a www.peermont.com to unwind and catch up on the day’s picturesque lake surrounded by manicured activities. lawns and the beautiful African bushveld. The Grand Palm The 4-star Peermont Walmont is a hotel Tel: +267 363 7777 of elegance, offering Botswana’s highest Fax: +267 391 2989 standards of hospitality. The rooms are Email: info@grandpalm.bw equipped with all the facilities and modern www.grandpalm.bw
  • 217. Participators 312 Couture 128 ADreach Group 174 African Romance 131 Alexander Forbes 162 American Express 164 AtholPlace Boutique Hotel 77 Beerbird & Fan Can 186 Boston City Campus & Business College 178 Brooklyn Mall 118 Café Sofia 104 Cobra Watertech 138 Culinary Equipment Co. 136 Elephant Rock Lodge 83 Emperors Palace 70 Emperors Palace Convention Centre 208 Environ 148 ER24 196 Eskom Convention Centre 214 ExecExpress Transfers & Tours 64, 92 Fast and Furious Distribution 182 Galderma South Africa 170, 198 Gautrain 16 Ghorbany Carpets 140 Global Conferences Africa 206 Graceland 74 Helios Executive Helicopter Charter 94 Hyde Park Shopping 106 Inala Technologies 168 Jan Malan Umzingeli Productions 126 Katzys 102 Land Rover South Africa 88 Laserderm & Fraxel 150 Liberty Properties 1, 110, 150, 152, 156 Mangwanani Private African Day Spa 146 Maponya Mall 114 Mediterranean Shipping Company 180 Medscheme Group 188, 192 Mmabatho Palms 75 Moloko Investment Group Back cover, 77, 76, 96, 104, 128 Moloko Strathavon Hotel 76 Mondazur 72 Net#work BBDO 172 One&Only Cape Town 78 Oriental Plaza 116 Orion Hotels & Resorts 80 Peermont Global 70, 72, 74, 75, 84, 208, 216 Protea Hotel : The Ranch 67, 212 Routledge Modise 184 Shemer Jewellers 132 Signature Restaurant 96 Spas of Distinction 144 Springbok Lodge 82 Stoned Cherrie 130 Summer Place 210 The Blue Train 44, 62 The Dental Institute 200 The Elephant Sanctuary 66 The Gaborone ICC 216 The Grand Palm 84 The Grillhouse 100 Virgin Mobile 166 Weom Apartments 86
  • 218. Cultivate the ‘Essence of Life’ with Moloko Investment Group. Acquisition . Innovation . Growth Moloko Investment Group (MIG) is a dynamic investment company focusing on high-growth niche opportunities in the hospitality and lifestyle markets. MIG seizes sound financial opportunities which have potential medium to long-term growth prospects, based on strong entrepreneurial fortitude with a specialised management team headed by its Chairperson, Richard Thabo Moloko. The Group strives continuously to revitalise its investments, encouraging the development of new activities while maintaining high standards of corporate entrepreneurship. MIG pioneers new products, services and businesses. The Place, 1 Sandton Drive, Sandton 2146, South Africa Tel: + 27 11 944 9600. Email: info@molokoinvestmentgroup.co.za