October 2017: 15 stories in 8 publications

In business news this month, non-profit organisation Book Dash is on a mission to make sure every child in South Africa owns at least a hundred books by the age of five while ethical fashion company I Scream & Red is on a mission to change the world one stitch at a time. There’s more from The Voice Clinic with tips on how to overcome the fear of public speaking while I offer ten leadership lessons from Machiavelli.

In entertainment news, Danelle Malan chats about the fifth anniversary of web comic Cottonstar while Travis Pastrana continues to perform around the world with the Nitro Circus. And in drinks news, Bottega is giving South Africans a taste for ‘la dolce vita’ thanks to its Italian prosecco while the Breedekloof Valley is producing award-winning wines and local drinks.

It’s almost time for the holidays and there are a lot of ideas on what to do. If you want to travel locally (to avoid the nightmare of applying for a visa) Daniel Adidwa is promoting cultural and community tourism with Tour2.0. You can also discover luxury on your doorstep at Steenberg Farm near Cape Town, Oldenburg Homestead near Stellenbosch, or Satori Africa’s yoga and meditation retreat.

More travel news features Jochen Zeitz and his Segera Retreat in Kenya as well as going off the grid with a chartered sailing holiday in Madagascar. As captured well in Solitude by Michael Harris:

“Outside the maelstrom of mainstream chatter, we at last meet not just the bigger world but also ourselves.”

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Sailing the islands of northern Madagascar (Copyright: Eugene Yiga)