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.”
Arts news this month takes us up the Cape West Coast to !Khwa ttu San culture centre where photographer Paul Weinberg is presenting an exhibition documenting southern Africa’s San tribes. And back in the city, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes top international soloists for its autumn symphony season.
In business news, Alistair King of King James Group is awarded Top Chief Creative Officer at the prestigious Loeries, Phumlani Dlongwana is saving the planet through his business Waste 2 Food, and ten African start-ups are leading the way through innovative fintech.
Are you ready for another month of delicious content?
Greg Zeleny, founder of [spasie], talks about the underground restaurant’s exciting plans for the year while Stelio Nathanael, founder of Chesa Nyama, shares details about the braai franchise launching overseas. And while we’re on the subject of good food, Abalone House and Spais pairing brandy with a menu from celebrity chef Reuben Riffel, Darling Brewis pairing meals with its award-winning craft beer, and Sxollie Cider is starting a revolution with apples and pears.
In travel news, choose one of South Africa’s top team-building retreats if you have to travel with your colleagues. And if you have to travel with your family? Sail away on an MSC cruise, which might inspire you to follow in the footsteps of rescue swimmer Robin Fortuin.
Back on dry land, take a drive up the West Coast to explore the historic buildings of Mamre or travel to West Africa and learn the story of Ghana’s Kente cloth. You could also take some advice from Tommy Hollard on his Namib Living 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.”
It’s the month of love and what’s not to love about fine cuisine?
Elunda Basson of Pongrácztalks about the iconic brand’s three varieties of Méthode Cap Classique; Scot Kirton of La Colobme is honoured to be crowned Eat Out’s Chef of the Year; and Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen of Restaurant JANin southern France becomes the first South African to ever receive a prestigious Michelin star.
Speaking of stars, why not experience the best local talent on the stage? Grant Almiralltalks about his performance in the splash-tastic Singin in the Rain while Bianca le Grange, who many remember as a finalist in the first season of Idols, is now starring in David Kramer’s ‘Kanala’ musical tribute, which marks the 50th anniversary of District Six.
In business news, FIFA-accredited sports agent Karabo Mathang is one of only five local ladies in the BBC 100 Womenlist; Joy Olivier of IkamvaYouthtalks about how the non-profit organisation is uplifting youth across the country with the power of peer-to-peer education; and Olivia Kennaway and Alice Heusser of Lalessoare using ethical fashion to improve lives across Africa and beyond.