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December 7, 2017

Travelstart buys Cape Town’s SafariNow

Two of the biggest players in online travel in Africa are hooking up. Travelstart said on Wednesday that it is acquiring a majority stake in, which it said is South Africa’s largest accommodation booking website.

The value of the deal, which will see Travelstart taking on SafariNow’s 40-person team, has not been disclosed.

SafariNow, which was founded in 1999, will stick to its core business of selling accommodation and retain its current brand, CEO, Tom Williams, and team, Travelstart said in a statement.

Travelstart and SafariNow both started operations in South Africa in 1999 and are established players in Africa’s online travel booking [...]

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December 7, 2017

Sulky kids and broken hearts: Help your kids deal with rejection with these 5 steps

If we don’t encourage our kids to open up when they’re feeling rejected, it might have negative effects on the way they deal with things later in life.

If you were to ask a little girl or boy, sulking on the soccer field or at home after a horrible day at school, “What’s wrong?”, they’d probably shrug their shoulders and pull away, unable to put into words what they’re feeling.

They’re sitting there, defeated, with a broken heart after not getting chosen as prefect or for the soccer team, or after getting bad grades, or getting rejected by the girl or boy they’d been crushing on the entire year.

But it’s important that we do get our kids [...]

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December 7, 2017

Is Christmas fever leaving you out of breath and out of pocket?

It’s easy to get swept up by Christmas fever. But if it’s leaving you deflated and stressed, perhaps it’s time to take a step back.

Christmas is a big event. For many anyway. It’s in the build-up: the frisson of carols by candlelight, Jingle Bells in shopping malls, the lights and decorations and the Christmas ads. Endless ideas on Pinterest, warm and happy feels, fizz and pop in the air.

It all becomes a bit more real when the kids come home with a toy catalogue distributed at school (I mean?), the office party comes and goes, and we say goodbye to teachers with a specially made card and present.

By now the kids are wildly excited, counting [...]

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December 7, 2017

Boks ‘better’ but only because bar set too low…

The All Blacks are the rugby union benchmark and if the Springboks have any aspirations of once again reaching the top echelons of world rugby, it’s impossible for coach Allister Coetzee to remain at the helm.

It’s a harsh statement, but one that needs to be made.

The Springbok coach was in defiant mode on Monday when he arrived back in South Africa after the team’s year-end European tour.

He was quick to point out that the Boks had won 50% of their matches on tour, having returned winless at the same stage last year.

The Boks finished the 2017 season with seven wins, four losses and two draws.

That translates to a 54% win-percentage and is no doubt [...]

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