Engineers@Leisure: The otter trail

  The Otter Trail is a popular five-day backpack route which starts at the Storms River mouth at Nature’s Valley on the Garden Route. It stretches over 42,5 km, through indigenous forests, over rivers and along kilometres of coastline. Day one of the route entails a 4,8 km hike to the first hut, past the […]

Engineers@Leisure: The wonderful hobby of flying model aircraft

  With the Geomatics Indaba held at Barnstormers Model Flying Club in August 2015 becoming a historical event, it seemed appropriate to give readers and people who attended the indaba a little bit of background to the club and the sport/hobby side of flying model aircraft. Perhaps a good place to start might be to […]

Engineers@Leisure: Beer-brewing: A beer lover’s tale of the art

  I like beer – a lot. When I was growing up, “beer” was restricted to a handful of brands from the South African Breweries (SAB) stable, thanks to trade boycotts at the time. My taste for beer grew from experimenting with those tastes. Some stood the test of time, some didn’t – do you […]

Engineers@Leisure: A whale of a time in the Western Cape

  When I was approached  with an offer to join my best friend and her family on the Whale Trail in July, it seemed like the perfect reason to book a flight to Cape Town. Driving from Cape Town Airport, I joined Kristy and the rest of the Hesom at a holiday home in Malgas […]

Engineers@Lesiure: Gotta Do Dubai

  If you are gonna work hard, then you better play hard – so I decided to go play hard in Dubai. Having visited briefly once before, I was not done with Dubai. It was the architecture that captivated me – in fact it was the Burj Khalifa building that called the loudest, followed by […]

@Leisure: Roar of a war bird

From Hurricane Road to the Bethlehem Airshow Menno Parsons’ reputation preceeds him – a man who flies rather than drives, even to his place of work. His planes and helicopters, too, are the stuff of legend. One specifically – the P51 Mustang Sally – has earned him quite the reputation on the air show circuit. […]

Engineers@Lesiure: Touching base down South

  Following the exciting four-week journey down to Antarctica on the SA Aghulas II (see part 1), which included a more than two-week navigation through the pack ice, we reached Atka Bukta (bukta means “bay” in Antarctic lingo). One of the principal missions of the SA Agulhas II to Antarctica is to act as a resupply […]

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