October 2016: 10 stories in 9 publications

In cultural 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, while the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra is performing its series of symphony concerts for spring.

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.

If you’re ready to go global, savour the cultures and cuisines of Delicious Mauritius. You could also discovery a new generation of South Africa’s wine talent with the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme or take a bite of DV Artisan Chocolate, the country’s first bean-to-bar chocolatier.

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.

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Bois Cheri Tea Factory in Mauritius (Copyright: Eugene Yiga)
Bois Cheri Tea plantation in Mauritius (Copyright: Eugene Yiga)