August 2016: 14 stories in 9 publications

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.

In business news, economist Francois Stofberg explains how to fight the effect of rising interest rates, while Denise Dogon of Dogon Group Properties reflects on building one of the country’s top real estate companies. More entrepreneurship news comes from The Department of Trade and Industry, which continues to empower small businesses, and inspiring start-ups like Bumka Scooter Rentals and I Scream & Red, both changing the world in their own ways.

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.”

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Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park in Accra, Ghana (Copyright: Eugene Yiga)