Author: Iwan

Linda Makhanya Tailored Suits

Who is LINDA MAKHANYA and why Tailored Suits are a major part of your life. I was born and bred in Durban Umlazi, raised by my grandparents in a household where my grandfather was the kind of man who wore a suit every day. It was from his gentlemanly approach of dressing that I mustered a passion for style. Along with this came the values and wisdom which govern a gentleman and these are principles that I live by till today. Why did you start a suit tailoring business? Being in the fashion industry for almost 8 years now,...

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H. E. Juan Sells, Spain

Embassy Direct: When I talk of Spain, I refer to it as ‘la madre patria’, the motherland. Today, I have the great pleasure of being in the company of my good friend, Juan Sells, Ambassador of Spain to South Africa. Ambassador, how are you? H. E. J Sells: Hola Rodrigo. I am fine, thank you. Excellency, as the Spanish ambassador accredited to five countries in Southern Africa (Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius and South Africa), how would you describe your diplomatic tour in the region? What specific moments or events have stood out? I’ve been here for close to 5...

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H. E. Mrs Safiato Djia, Senegal

The Western most country of the Old World, Senegal gets its name from a river that crosses the country, and it means “our boat”. Embassy Direct sits down with Her Excellency Mrs Safiato Djia, Ambassador of Senegal to South Africa. Embassy Direct: It’s a pleasure to have you here, your Excellency. H. E. S Djai: Thank you for having me. It’s a wonderful atmosphere to be in and I’m excited to talk about ideas of historical and cultural heritage. Your Excellency, as Ambassador of Senegal to South Africa, could you tell us a bit about your diplomatic tour in...

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Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, 
Mr Solly Msimanga.

‘Democracy’, a term inherited from the ancient Greeks, is alive in Africa. South Africa, specifically, proved this during the 2016 local government election. Embassy Direct gets the opportunity to sit down with the opposition-led Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, Mr Solly Tshepiso Msimanga. Embassy Direct: Executive Mayor, you have the great challenge of being the first Mayor of the opposition elected in the Capital City since democracy in 1994. How would describe your posting, and what have been the challenges thus far? Mayor S Msimanga: Thank you very much. One of the greatest things we can celebrate...

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THE SEED THIEF, Jacqui L’Ange

Cape Town based author Jacqui L’Ange publishes her debut novel The Seed Thief to great acclaim. Over the last twenty years, Jacqui’s award-winning writing career has spanned advertising, journalism, multimedia, film and television series, but has recently found its way back to her first love of books. The Seed Thief, published by Umuzi in August 2015, tells the tale of Botanist Maddy Bellani’s quest to find a rare seed in Brazil. This ‘entrancing’ novel is described as ‘a modern love story with an ancient history, a tale that moves from the flora of Table Mountain to the heart of...

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