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Meet 16 women who are flying SAA’s flag high

From senior cabin crew members to cargo operations assistant managers, the multifaceted and dynamic women behind South African Airways certainly fly the airline’s flag high. We celebrate 16 of these formidable ladies in our August issue in honour of National Women’s Day. Read about what they do and their fondest memories with our national carrier.

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Meet 16 women who are flying SAA’s flag high

Maseru Malala aims to get black people travelling domestically

Much has been said about the role tourism could play in increasing SA’s economic growth and employment, and attracting foreign investment. According to the latest Tourism Satellite Account for South Africa report, international tourism contributed 2% to the country’s economy in 2015. However, domestic tourism has declined.

Madlala – who started her company Azibuyemasisweni Tourism in 2012 – believes the reason for this is the lack of awareness in black communities of SA’s natural, cultural, historical and environmental drawcards.

“My aim is to create a platform for black South Africans to learn more about opportunities in the tourism industry,” she explains. “I focus…
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Maseru Malala aims to get black people travelling domestically

Entrepreneur Romeo Kumalo on all things business travel

Accomplished and seasoned entrepreneur, venture capitalist, co-founder and CEO of Washirika Holdings, Romeo Kumalo has for over two decades been a formidable force in the media, telecommunications and information sectors. The Shark Tank investor shared with us how travel has influenced his career.

Speaking about what he finds to be unique and inspiring about conducting business on the continent, Kumalo emphasises the endless possibilities for development and business ventures across Africa, saying: “Africa is still largely considered uncharted territory for the business world compared to other regions, and we as Africans have the opportunity to tap into this potential and…
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Entrepreneur Romeo Kumalo on all things business travel

Rising surfing star Avuyile Ndamase new surf brand ambassador

Based in Cape Town, local surfing brand Mami Wata – which means “mother ocean” in West African pidgin – aims to celebrate the continent and her greatest gifts: surf and nature.

“From Madagascar to Morocco, Liberia to Mozambique, Mami Wata is the African water spirit who appears in the shape of a mermaid. It’s said that those who she takes as her lovers return with a new spirit and become more successful and good-looking,” says co-founder of Mami Wata Nick Dutton with a smile.

As a rising surfing star in South Africa, Avuyile Ndamase (22) has been selected as…
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Rising surfing star Avuyile Ndamase new surf brand ambassador

Loyiso Mkize: The man behind Kwezi, SA’s black superhero

Born and raised in Butterworth, Eastern Cape, Loyiso Mkize has always had a keen eye for art and an even keener one for comic art. He reckons that he already knew he was an artist from around the age of six, even though at the time he probably didn’t even know what an artist was.

“I carried that with me right through school and right through my formative years in Butterworth – and also when I then went to high school in Queenstown [Eastern Cape],” Mkize says.

“Everything around me was geared towards my artistic inclinations. This was especially true…
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Loyiso Mkize: The man behind Kwezi, SA’s black superhero

Vusi Thembekwayo on business travel

Treading boldly where few have gone before in the ever-evolving world of business, Vusi Thembekwayo has continued to cultivate successful businesses and entrepreneurs alike as CEO, director, investor and most recently, through taking on the role of mentor once again with his latest mentorship and entrepreneurship venture, MyGrowthFund (MGF).

Thembekwayo shared with us how travel has impacted his winning approach to business, his hidden African oasis for savouring some downtime and what entrepreneurs seeking opportunities on the continent should keep in mind as they navigate Africa’s diverse and complex nuances.

What is a unique, yet powerful characteristic about doing business in…
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Vusi Thembekwayo on business travel