Set sail with the new luxurious Fairline yacht brand

During this time of global economic crisis, emerging countries are driving growth in the luxury sector, and Africa is suddenly being noticed as a strong contender. This economic stride makes us South Africans feel like we’re finally becoming part of the global luxury industry.

The number of high net worth individuals in Africa is set to double in the next ten years, according to Knight Frank’s Wealth Report.  So too will the demand for luxury goods rise exponentially. Recent sales and enquiries for multi-million rand yachts by millionaires, especially by dollar millionaires playing in the energy fields, reflect this trend.

The number of Ultra-High-Net-Worth Individuals (UHNWIs) – those with more than $30m or more in net assets – across the world has grown by 59% since 2003, but in Africa the increase has been 130% against the world average of 8.3%. This compares to 89% in Asia, 116% in the Middle East and just 44% in Europe.

“This can only mean we will see more and more luxury brands flooding our shores,” says Derrick Levy, MD of Boating World, leading boating brokers, exporters and importers specializing in luxury motor-yacht market in Sub-Shahara Africa.

A recent sale of the prestigious, R25million 65 Fairline squadron yacht, the first of its kind to be sold through South Africa into Angola, is a demonstration of this.  After weeks of meticulous fine tuning by Boating World, the exclusive agents for the prestigious British based Fairline luxury yacht brand, this glimpse of grandeur was cleared for her West Coast journey to her new home in Angola.

The yacht offers extravagant comfort and grace which ensures that it performs well on choppy seas reaching up to 35-knots. Generous living spaces flow freely from one area to the next to create an exquisite ambience in which to relax, explore and entertain. It boasts of a variety of social areas from the chaise longue, sun pad or aft-facing sunbeds to a wide-ranging seating/dining area. There’s really no need to move as one is already comfortably secluded.

Squadron flybridge yachts offer customers the security of well-proven design features and sophisticated advances in marine engineering. Every part of the yacht has been carefully considered with every luxury accounted for.

Fine craftsmanship and furnishings as well as hand-worked cabinetry are hallmarks of the newly launched Fairline Squadron S65.Nowhere are these details more elegantly expressed than in the long, wide single-level interior – a testament to the 65’s ingenious flat floor design – that is usually reserved for much larger yachts.

The sensual, al fresco-style area sums up the personality of this yacht: spacious, easy to move around in and an experienced entertainer’s dream.

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Article by Lauren Immelman


SA’s Top Mixologists Announced and Wine Tastings for The Oyster Box





 South Africa’s best regional bartenders have been announced, and will mix-off in the eagerly anticipated Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS National Final at the exclusive Marly Hotel in Cape Town from 1-3 July.

The winner of the national final will go on to compete in the WORLD CLASS Global Final in the UK in July in a quest to become the world’s best barman.

“After months of gruelling competition, the best of the best of South Africa’s mixologists will contend against one another in what promises to be the most gripping National Final yet. This will be a thrilling test of skill, craft and mettle,” says Dominic Bothner, Diageo’s National Category Development Manager.

To take part in the WORLD CLASS national final, Jeff Lopes of The Michelangelo Hotel was recently crowned Johannesburg’s best barman in the regional round after showing skill and creativity in his multi-sensory drinking experiences. Simphiwe Ngcobo, also of the Michelangelo Hotel, impressed judges with exciting signature cocktails featuring fresh flavours.

Brent Perremore of Orphanage Cocktail Emporium won the Cape Town regional rounds based on his attention to detail while runner-up Assaf Yechiel, also from Orphanage Cocktail Emporium, won a place in the national final for his playful presentations and creative combinations.

An unparalleled understanding of flavour focus in the regional rounds by winner Steven Saunders of The Oyster Box won him the title of Durban’s Best Bartender while runner-up, Haroon Haffajee of Harry’s Cocktail Bar, will participate in this, his second National Final.

Joining these six talented mixologists will be Wild Card entrant Marson Strydom of Buena Vista Social Café in Cape Town, who obtained the highest overall leaderboard score after the regional winner’s had been selected.

“The seven competing bartenders represent the highest standard of mixology expertise in South Africa. Closely matched in skill and talent, competition is set to be extremely close as these contenders vie for the crown as South Africa’s best mixologist,” adds Dominic Bothner.

The winner of the National Final will go on to compete against the world’s best bartenders at the Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS Global Final to be held in Scotland & London in July/August.

The most coveted accolade in the mixology world, since its launch in 2009, Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS has enjoyed unprecedented success to become the world’s leading, most prestigious luxury drinks training programme and not only elevates the craft of bartending but has become a global leader for setting cocktail trends, with winners instantly being propelled into the global limelight.

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Vintage ‘highlights’ from Bouchard Finlayson‘s Sauvignon blanc‘s, Pinot noir’s, Hannibal red blend and Chardonnays will be paired with some delectable canapés at The Oyster Box Hotel on Monday the 7th July.  This is one of those tastings that cannot be missed by the wine-enthusiast. Renowned Winemaker Peter Finlayson leads the tasting as knowledge is shared and these wines explored as they age with appealing composure!

We will taste 12 wines on the evening – the perfect way to wind down from your day after work and to turn to the “fun things” of life – this is what wine is all about after all!

Where: The Oyster Box Hotel, Umhlanga,  or call 031 514 5000

When: Monday, July 7th, 17:45 for 18:00 – 19:30. The tasting will commence at 18:00 – please be there on time.

Cost: R200, buys you a seat (Catering/venue cost).

Please contact us with your reservation on or on Tel: 028 312 3515 and we will supply you with banking details. Payment secures you a seat.



Almost time for The South African Book Fair




The final countdown to the 2014 South African Book Fair has begun


The annual South African Book Fair kicks off at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Friday 13 June until Sunday 15 June, providing book lovers and casual readers with the opportunity to attend a literature experience of a lifetime.

Book lovers can look forward to: exhibitions by aspiring and published authors;  book associations; book distributors; book stores; electronic book traders;  libraries; literary agents; printers; publishers; and, repro agents, all the while receiving substantial discounts on books. Amongst the prestigious exhibitors are Pearson, LAPA, ANFASA, Jonathan Ball Publishers, Pan Macmillan, Penguin Random Struik and the list goes on.

According to Mpuka Radinku, Executive Director of the Publishers’ Association of South Africa (PASA), “Visitors will be encouraged to interact with publishers, authors and books that may not be considered mainstream, but which are just as exciting and talented as their better-known peers.”

This three-day celebration of the written word will offer visitors over 120 events, access to 100 authors,  illustrators, storytellers, book critics, puppet shows, book launches and book club brunches on offer under one roof.

The Fair has been divided into nine predominant themes, to suit every book connoisseurs’ taste. Here is a breakdown of what you can expect at the 2014 South African Book Fair.

Girls love books – a three -day soiree with Susan Lewis

Don’t miss bestselling author Susan Lewis chatting about life, love and everything in between. This theme is perfect for book club babes!

Stories to inspire and entertain you

From the adventure-seeking authors of Poles Apart – Sean Disney and Vaughn de la Harpe to the lessons learnt from coaching champions with Marco Botha, author of Coach, this theme focuses on the inspirational authors of our time.

Sean Disney and Vaughn de la Harpe will discuss their journey in summiting the world’s seven highest peaks and journeying to the North and South Poles, which led to their book Poles Apart.

 Marco Botha, author of Coach, will explore what it takes to coach champions.  His book, Coach features: Heyneke Meyer, Ian Schwartz, Sherylle Calder, Brendan Venter, Paul Treu, Gary Kirsten and Paddy Upton. Join Marco Botha for a discussion where he delves into the minds, personalities and successes of these South African coaches.

The motivational authors of Books and Bricks – a success story at Manyano School, Sindiwe Magona and Harvard graduate Dr Al Witten will tell the story of a community that moved away from gangsterism, alcoholism and unemployment.

Other highlights will include a talk by award-winning Setswana author Sabata-Mpho Mokae, who will discuss how writing in his mother-tongue opened a world of possibilities for his expression and none other than Pieter-Dirk Uys, who has written not only his own memoirs but also autobiographies of his alter-egos Evita Bezuidenhout and Bambi Kellermann  will discuss the nature of autobiography.

Current affairs

Pertinent debates around issues that we as South Africans face today are also included in the line-up. Join the discussion around the future of the book and e-learning in the South African schooling system.

School Principals and parents Marc Falconer and Gavin Fish, with Obami founder Barbara Mallison will talk about what it takes to educate a child in the 21st Century.

Judge Edwin Cameron, talented author of Justice – A Personal Account will argue that the Constitution offers South Africans our best chance for a just society.

 Rolling up our sleeves – a series of in-depth panel discussions that drive to the heart of the matter

This theme will include serious and thought-provoking debates about some of the current issues that our leading thinkers are facing today – Twenty years of democracy: Can the past inform and inspire a better future for South Africa?, Muslims in the South African imagination and how the spirit of Islam manifests in food, the arts and literature and the role of homosexuality in literature today.

Featured authors that will dominate this theme include Prince Mashele, author of The Fall of the ANC, Dr Xolela Mangcu, author of Becoming Worthy Ancestors and Professor Njabulo Ndebele, author of Reconsidering the Ordinary and The Cry of Winnie Mandela.

Digital books and the future of the book

Those who prefer to catch up on their reading digitally will also find a niche for themselves, with the digital theme at the South African Book Fair.

This theme will address the future of the book as well as the classroom of the future. Ben Williams, Sunday Times books editor and founder of Books LIVE, will talk about the Future of the Book – is there one and what does it look like?

Getting published

A must for aspirant writers and publishers, this series offers workshops and presentations on everything from proofreading to translation, illustration to creative writing. Find out how successful writers write for foreign audiences and how to shoot the lights out with book sales. Also part of the programme is writing and illustration workshops for teens.

A presentation of South Africa’s vibrant Afrikaans literary world

Afrikaans literature fans will get to rub shoulders with authors Chanette Paul, Deon Meyer and Steve Hofmeyer.

 Kidzone – for kids age 3 – 7 

Kids can fall in love with books, storytelling, show-and-tell, book-inspired craft activities, pirate and princess high tea on the high seas, book breakfasts, puppet shows, and of course some of their favourite larger-than-life book characters – Peter Rabbit, Spot the Dog, Maisy Mouse, Wally, and the inimitable Gruffalo!

Tweens and teens

Young aspirant writers between the ages of 8 and 15 can join in a writing workshop to get the creative juices flowing. Marjorie van Heerden will talk them through characterisation, plot and all aspects of creating a compelling story. There is limited space, so remember, first come first served.

Described as vibrant, colourful and captivating, the Fair aims to create an unforgettable event that has something for everyone. According to Batya Green-Bricker, the Programme Director for the South African Book Fair, ‘The uniqueness of the South African Book Fair is the depth and breadth of the events on offer. There is truly something for everyone! Books offer escape, inspiration, education and entertainment. Whoever you are, whatever your reason for reading or picking up a book, the SABF is a space and time dedicated to making all sorts of books come to life.’

The programme may be downloaded directly from the South African Book Fair site via this link:

Tickets can be purchased online via the South African Book Fair website or at the door, with discounts available for Pick n Pay Smart Shopper Card Holders when purchased online and children under the age of 18 receiving free entry.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Full Price Ticket: R50.00
PnP SmartShopper: R25.00
Pensioner Ticket: R20.00
Children under 18: Free

For more information go to or call Belinda Unterslak on 011 549 8300 or email Exhibitors and sponsors may contact Louise Barry-Taylor on 011 549 8300 or email to secure their stand.