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Get your work-life balance in place and win a copy of Legendary Safari Guides by Susie Cazenove

Legendary Safari GuidesWork-life balance is an ongoing challenge. In this ever more pressured age, the tensions arise as we inhabit our technology infused days but yearn to view the starry night sky from the wilds of nature.

The challenges of managing time and space, work and leisure, are explored by Wayne Windell in the February issue of The Catalyst.

Small business entrepreneurs are particularly challenged to accommodate both their own and their staff’s needs in the arena of work-life balance.

If you find that you spend most of your time working, and tend to feel overwhelmed by duties and responsibilities, it is recommended that you reserve time for your family, friends and yourself when you plan your day or week. Dedicating daily time to fun and relaxation will lower the production of additional stress hormones, which give rise to poor mental and physical wellbeing.

The Catalyst is giving away three copies of Legendary Safari Guides by Susie Cazenove, because even if you can’t go on safari this week or next, you can probably claim an hour or two for reading about it.

Armchair travellers will delight in this book, which Travel Africa editor, Craig Rix, describes as “wonderful”.

To stand a chance of winning one of three copies, all you have to do is subscribe to The Catalyst and share their post on your social media.

The deadline for entries is 29 February, 2016.

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Jonathan Jansen’s Trip to Zimbabwe Sparks Reflection on Freedom and Education

How to Fix South Africa's SchoolsWe Need to ActJonathan Jansen, co-author How to Fix South Africa’s Schools: Lessons from Schools that Work and author of We Need to Act, has written a blogpost on his experiences in Zimbabwe, comparing a trip 23 years ago and again this year.

Jansen says there is a contrast between the fear he found in Zimbabwe 23 years ago and the sadness and guardedness he noticed on his recent trip. He says that although it seems that much has changed in the country, the underlying mood of suspicion and paranoia remains.

Jansen is Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State. As Zimbabwe has some of the best schools in Africa, he went to recruit potential university students. His trip led him to reflect on the relationship between freedom and education.

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I was excited to return last month, this time on a mission to recruit potential university students from Zimbabwe’s legendary school system.

“What would happen,” I asked my Zimbabwe students from our university, “if I went to speak to those people on the streets?”

They would be reluctant to talk to me, I was told, because of fear. They do not know me, and would be suspicious of why I was approaching them.

Several students warned: “No political jokes, professor. It could land you in trouble.”

Images of Chikurubi prison flashed through my mind. Of course I ignored them. I realised you could tell the degree of freedom in a country by the number of standup comedians in business. A country that cannot laugh at itself takes on a sad, morose, depressing complexion.

Despite the familiarly warm hospitality of Zimbabwean friends and colleagues, I could not help but notice the underlying sadness, the lack of spontaneity, the carefully camouflaged guardedness. What had not changed in the political culture of the country is the fear of the state as an instrument of control and coercion. The stranger is not a friend to embrace but a possible source of surveillance.

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Find Out What Makes for the Ultimate Wildlife Experience with Legendary Safari Guides by Susie Cazenove

Legendary Safari GuidesNew from Bookstorm – Legendary Safari Guides by Susie Cazenove:

What makes for the ultimate safari experience? Your guide is the difference between an indifferent experience and a life changing experience.

Legendary Safari Guides is a new edition of Licensed to Guide published in 2004. 24 safari guides are profiled by experienced safari travel promoter, Susie Cazenove. She tells us their stories of adventure and dreams – of following their passion into the wild and of making their guests see Africa in a new light.

Read of the antics of the guides in the early days of Londolozi, of guests having to cling to trees in the face of charging rhinos, of safaris with Mary Leaky and legends of the Masai warriors. The tales tell of a wilderness under increasing threat and these guides’ determination to share the privilege of a truly wild experience with their guests. The stories take the reader from South Africa to Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and Namibia in search of legendary safari guides.

About the author

Susie Cazenove was born and brought up in South Africa before moving to the UK with her English husband. She started work in the travel business in 1988, specialising in African holidays. With her fierce passion for Africa as her inspiration, Susie quickly realised that the success of a safari holiday is largely dependent on the quality of the guides. She has been privileged to travel with some of the best safari guides Africa has ever produced. She first published some of these stories in Licensed to Guide in 2004.

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