May 2016: 15 stories in 9 publications

In this month’s business news, Monique Rissen-Harrisberg of The Voice Clinic offers four ways to improve your public speaking skills, Nick Caripis of BNC Technology talks about building smart homes of the future, and Lumko Mphande of Bumka Scooters wins a top entrepreneurship award from Three Ships Whisky.

Speaking of achievements, Bosman Family Vineyards is reaping the rewards for its ethical initiatives, wineries in Stellenbosch are celebrating the Kingdom of Cabernet, and South African neuroscientists launch the world’s first NeuroWine.

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 Spa is inducted into a prestigious international society for top concierges, while Ryan Sandes is making his mark in trail runs and ultra-marathons across the globe.

In other travel news, you can spend a night at the Menlyn Boutique Hotel in Pretoria, which is the perfect choice ahead of a luxury train trip with Rovos Rail. And if you want even more luxury in the Western Cape, escape to Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, where it’s clear that responsible tourism works.

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.”

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Ancient rock art at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat (Copyright: Eugene Yiga)
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat (Copyright: Eugene Yiga)