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.
In the mood for some travel tales? Grant Lottering successfully completed his third major cycling tour after a serious accident almost killed him a few years ago; Chris Bertish is preparing to stand-up paddle board across the entire Atlantic Ocean; and Emmanuel de Merode continues to save a slice of Africa in his work as director and chief warden of Virunga National Park.
In cultural news this month, the Cape Town Concert Series presents its second season of the country’s best chamber music, while the Matisse exhibit at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg draws to a close. In food news, Simon Widdison and Wesley Randles speak about opening The Shortmarket Club restaurant in partnership with Luke Dale-Roberts of The Test Kitchen, while celebrity chef Neill Anthony talks about his journey to becoming a television star.
Staying in the culinary world, Ntsiki Biyela of Stellekaya Wines shares what it took to become South Africa’s first black female winemaker, while the fourth annual Inter Hotel Challenge crowns a new generation of hospitality industry talent. And staying in the travel world, Emmanuel de Merode of Virunga National Park opens up about saving mountain gorillas in the DRC, while Adrian Landry of the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra offers insight into why Ghana is a country going for gold.
Feeling inspired? Perhaps it’s time for you to start something new. No matter how many times you win or lose, it’s always important to learn from failure and success: “If we learn from our mistakes, we can use them as lessons to guide us forward. And as long as we constantly strive to better ourselves, no failure will be for nothing.”
Speaking of the finer things, Giuliana Abrahamse of Profumi D’Italia is giving South Africans a taste of premium Italian sparkling wine with Bottega, while Federico Freschi from the University of Johannesburg offers an insight into the Matisse exhibit now on at the Standard Bank Gallery. In other design news, Olivia Kennaway and Alice Heusser are making an impact with luxury African fashion and lifestyle brand Lalesso, while Zaid Philander of I Scream & Red is on a mission to save the planet (and empower people with disabilities) on stitch at a time.
So why not raise a glass to Kleine Zalze as the Stellenbosch estate celebrates two decades of award-winning wine? And another one to the riel dancing troupes of Bushmans Kloof as they continue to win top awards on the international stage?
Speaking of celebrations, Masood Sadulla of the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa wins Concierge of the Year from Red Carnations Hotel , while Ryan Sandes is making his mark in trail runs and ultra-marathons across the globe. And in other travel news, Daniel Adidwa of Tour2.0 is a firm believer that the growth in community tourism will benefit tourists and trade, while Aaron Yeboah Jr. is using photography to tell authentic African stories through African Lens.
So no matter what you’re doing or where you are, take a minute to disconnect from technology and appreciate the outside world. One of my lessons learned from missing a train is that it’s far worse to be missing out on everything else.
Staying in the world of cuisine, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen of Restaurant JAN reflects on his journey to becoming South Africa’s first Michelin-starred chef, while Jessica Bonin, who gave up her job in advertising to create Lady Bonin’s Tea, launches South Africa’s first dedicated Tea Bar.
There are more achievements in the world of travel. Masood Sadulla of the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spais inducted into a prestigious international society for top concierges, whileRyan Sandesis making his mark in trail runs and ultra-marathons across the globe.
As general manager James Basson says: “There is something about the Cederberg that is spiritual and calming. It might sound like a cliché but you become one with nature here and you realise what is important to you in life.”