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WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE

A friend in need is a friend indeed. Except perhaps during wartime. And so it was that I found myself during a particularly violent battle positioned on the Israel-Lebanon border from where Hezbollah militants were firing Katyusha rockets into northern Israel. It was eerily quiet and no one dared to breathe or move. The only sound was the intermittent booming of cannons and the whistling of rockets as they crashed into the earth around me.

Suddenly, like Satan emerging from the darkness, a small olive-green Hyundai, its open windows rattling to the blaring soundtrack of St Elmo’s Fire, came careering…
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WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE

HOW ESSENTIAL IS AN MBA?

How do you know if someone has an MBA? They’ll tell you.

Jokes aside, the question of whether an MBA is necessary to gain a top corporate job is relevant for those aiming for the corner office.

Jonathan Foster-Pedley, Dean and Director of Henley Business School Africa, part of the University of Redding in the UK, says, “You never needed an MBA to be a CEO. There are many ways to become a CEO; it’s all about talent and capability. The question is: ‘Can an MBA help you become a good CEO?’ The answer is obviously ‘yes.’”

He says that taking on…
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HOW ESSENTIAL IS AN MBA?

CARIBBEAN TRAVEL 101

The Caribbean is a magical, beautiful part of the world. Consisting of constitutional monarchies, territories of France, the UK, the Netherlands, the USA, democracies and more, the region is an exciting and vibrant destination. Gorgeous beaches, beautiful water, great food and amazing people make this destination seriously bucket-list-worthy.

To help you plan, I thought a little bit of information on the Caribbean may be useful.

The region takes its name from that of the Caribs, an ethnic group present in the Lesser Antilles and parts of adjacent South America at the time of the Spanish conquest of America.

The word “Caribbean” has multiple…
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CARIBBEAN TRAVEL 101

AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO LA

Nearly 140 years ago, the area’s original 44 settlers christened it El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula (Town of our Lady the Queen of Angels of the River Porciúncula). Today, that number’s grown to some four million Angelenos – packed into nearly 1 295km2, few of whom know every inch of the city, LA.

Sure, everyone thinks they know Los Angeles: the sun-kissed beaches full of six-pack-boasting hunks and bikini beauties, every bartender or server an actress, musician, model or writer a whisker away from fame, and the possibility of seeing a movie star…
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AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO LA

Mam’ Winnie: A Timeline

This chronography highlights some milestones in Mam’ Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s life.

• 1955: After obtaining a degree in social work, Madikizela-Mandela turns down an American scholarship for a job as the first qualified black social worker at Baragwanath Hospital.

• 1957: She meets Nelson Mandela during the Treason Trial, marrying him the following year in the Transkei and moving to his small Soweto house.

• 1961: The Treason trialists are all acquitted, allowing the Mandela family (which now includes toddlers Zenani and Zindzi) a semblance of normal life for eight months.

• 1962: Mandela is captured near Howick and arrested. He’s later sentenced to life in prison…
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Mam’ Winnie: A Timeline

THE GHAN EXPEDITION

The Ghan train journey through central Australia is said to be one of the top 10 railway adventures in the world. And we realise upon arrival at Darwin Railway Station that it’s also one of the most surreal. After all, how often does one get to board a train the length of which is more than twice the height of the Empire State Building?

Standing on the platform, we can see neither the beginning nor the end of what is, at 902m, the longest passenger train in the world. With its 38 silver carriages, top-class service and facilities and powerful,…
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THE GHAN EXPEDITION