Clearly, there’s a lot to disocver if you take your time. Tommy Collard said it well in his Namib Desert Tour: “If you drive fast, you’ll see only plants and sand. But if you slow down and look closely, you’ll see that the desert is full of life. You just have to train your eyes to see it.”
There are more inspiring entrepreneurs all over the country, including Reel Gardening, Grove Audio, and Mellowcab. So if you want to be a success too, always remember that nothing insurmountable is standing in the way of you and your dreams.
In business news, Tshepo Sedumo is crafting handmade boomboxes inspired by nostalgia with Grove Audio, Jen Gurecki is using small loans to make a big impact on the lives of rural Kenyan women with Zawadisha, and career coach Ben Fanning has practical advice to help you love a job you hate.
Travel news this month takes us on a winter escape to the Tintswalo Atlantic boutique hotel in Hout Bay as well as on a laidback sailing trip with MadagasCaT Charters & Travel. Indeed, as I discovered on my train trip with Rovos Rail, taking time out to slow down and relax is the greatest luxury of all.
It might be cold outside but you can warm up with the 10 best red wines for winter. And speaking of fine wines, Charles Back of Fairview Wine and Cheese talks about winning the annual 1659 Honorary Award (the most prestigious accolade in the wine industry) while Ntsiki Biyela reflects on her journey to becoming the first black female winemaker in South Africa.
What about you? If you’re feeling a bit worn out at this half-way point of the year, career news this month covers how to handle depression and stress at work while Tshepo Sedumo of Grove Audio has some useful job advice: “It’s good to be safe but it’s better to be happy. It might be harder to reach your goals but once it pays off everything else will follow.”
Speaking of people making a difference, Zaid Philander shares his quest to change the world through ethical fashion at I Scream & Red. And in music news, Matthew Wild of Cape Town Opera talks about his love for the stage while Neyla Pekarek of The Lumineers opens up about touring the globe.
Summer is almost over for those of us in the southern hemisphere but there’s still time to enjoy the sunshine. So take a sip on Sxollie Cider or join Motherland Brewers at Cape Town’s brand new craft beer bar. And while we’re on the subject of good food and drinks, Andrea Mullineux talks about winning an award for winemaker of the year, Scot Kirton is serving up something special at his new Foxcroft restaurant, and my latest Edgars Club column highlights the best drinks for March.
As Leo Babauta writes in Zen Habits, right now could be the moment you’ve been waiting for: “What if we stopped working for something later, and instead started paying full attention to right now? What if we stopped thinking happiness is coming soon, and tried to see what was in front of us, and find happiness in that? What if this were the moment we’ve been waiting for all along?”
Speaking of the world, there’s a lot to discover with this month’s travel stories. DJ Black Coffee opens up about how spinning the globe has changed his life, VoiceMap is offering authentic self-guided tours with its innovative app, Ghana is sharing its vibrant culture, and Mamre is giving visitors to the West Coast a taste of a town untouched by time. All you need to do is follow the traveller’s guide to luggage, pack your bags, and get ready to go!
In theatre news, the three leads of West Side Story talk about their journeys to the stage while Sandra Prinsloo and John Kani are set to appear in a local adaptation of Driving Miss Daisy. And speaking of things to get excited about, entrepreneur Zibu Masotobe is proud to be included in President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.
In arts news this month, the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg is hosting Air: Inspiration – Expiration, the final instalment in a series inspired by the four elements of the natural world. And in music news, soprano Pretty Yende is making her mark on opera stages around the world while Catherine Lückhoff of NicheStreem is connecting artists and fans with an innovative streaming app.
In the world of drinks, the new Black Cellar Club is spreading wine knowledge across Africa, David Donde shares the secret blend of success at TRUTH Coffee, and Charles Hopkins reflects on his career as cellar master at De Grendel Wine Estate. And if you’re looking for a top restaurant in South Africa, here’s the latest list from the Eat Out Awards.
It’s almost time for the holidays, which means it’s time to get away. If you’re in the mood for a luxury safari, escape to Mhondoro Game Lodge in Limpopo or Founders Lodge in the Eastern Cape. Or pick one of the top travel destinations for 2017. In the words of DJ Black Coffee: “Save money, book a flight, find a hotel, and go to a place you’ve never been. It’s such an eye-opener. You always come back a different person. And the more you do it, the more you learn.”
Speaking of classical music, soprano Noluvuyiso Mpofu talks about winning big at the 35th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition. And in business news, Heike le Cordeur is creating innovative floral designs with Fleur le Cordeur, while Thuleka Duze’s ATG EKASI Handbags and Clothing is spreading African fashion around the world.
No matter what you have planned for the rest of the year, take the time to do it well. One of my lessons from two years of CrossFit is that we’re capable of so much more than we think. And one of my lessons from a day with fire-fighters is that we can always bring an element of bravery into our work. The world expects better of you. And you should demand better of yourself too.