July 2017: 12 stories in 7 publications

Winter is here but you can warm up with the best drinks for July, cook up a storm with Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen (the first South African chef to receive a Michelin star), or attend the monthly Whisky Wednesday dinners at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

Speaking of Cape Town, now’s also a good time to book your tickets for the spring season with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the second half of the Cape Town Concert Series. But if this is your first time attending a live performance, it’s a good idea to learn the seven rules for theatre beginners before you go.

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.

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A black-and-white ruffed lemur in Madagascar (Copyright: Eugene Yiga)