September 2015: 19 stories in 12 publications

In the world of food and drinks, join Hennessy’s spirit of adventure to celebrate its 250th anniversary, and read the inspiring story of chef and television personality Lentswe Bhengu. Speaking of inspiring people who love to cook, Jamie-Lee Saunders, the commis chef at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, speaks about winning the inaugural Chefs Who Share Young Chef Award.

Hungry for more? Read the cover story on Delicious Mauritius and learn about the six Stellenblog wineries in the annual Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction. Staying in the winelands, take a bite of Tokara Deli or pay a visit to Bosman Family Vineyards, who share five tasty recipes that you can make at home. #yum

In travel news, learn about how tourism boards and destination marketers are embracing the rise of the travel blogger or take some tips from the pros on how to be a travel blogger yourself. But before you pack your bags, make sure you follow these three simple steps to create words that win. And make sure you plan in advance so that you avoid the drama of applying for a visa. Life’s just too short.

Feeling inspired to follow your dreams? Free diver and conservationist Hanli Prinsloo talks about her love for the sea (and five ways sharks are like dogs); surfer and motivational speaker Chris Bertish shares a story of ordinary people doing extraordinary things; and volunteer rescue swimmer and lifeguard Robin Fortuin explains what it’s like to save lives at home and abroad.

Back on dry land, Lynelle Kenned and Emily Child speak about the obstacles they overcame to find their feet on the stage while Zibu Mthiyane, a recipient of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, reflects on her journey from poverty to prestige. (“Wow!!” she responded on Twitter. “That article is life to my dream, I am inspired do more.”)

Finally, Linchpin by Seth Godin offers these inspirational words:

“The economy is ruthlessly punishing the fearful, and increasing the benefits to the few who are brave enough to create art and generous enough to give it away. In a world that relentlessly races to the bottom, you lose if you race to the bottom. The only way to win is to race to the top.”

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Sun and sea in Mauritius (Copyright: Eugene Yiga)
Sun and sea in Mauritius (Copyright: Eugene Yiga)