The wonderings and wanderings of Dakin and Company

[Article I wrote to promote Kinfundi.] Getting back into the swing of things after the December holidays is always a bit of a challenge. Even more so for those who are unsure of their financial stability or how they’re going to afford the new expenses of the new year. Kinfundi is a way to alleviate some of that strain. Employers now have the power to send their employees and their relatives back to school. Kinfundi is a new type of employee fringe benefit that bosses can offer to their staff to help them save for future tuition fees for their families. In a country such as South Africa, with increasing income inequality and stagnant upward mobility, it is important that every person and business that can, offer their staff helping hands where they need it most. And with the cost of education increasing at nearly double the rate of inflation,...
[A post I wrote for SoulSeekers] In the last moments before our annual sunset, I can’t help myself but sit in the warm glow of dusk and reflect on what’s been. Numerologically, 2017 was the first year of a new cycle. It broke anew from the rough — and for many, painful, torturous — end-of-cycle that was 2016. It was like that for me; a rebirth on so many fronts and in a lot of wonderful ways. 2018 is going to be the year of living each day for that day’s sake. This is not necessarily in the numbers, but it is in my heart and in my resolve. That means I’m going to untether myself from all of the lovely things I’ve just finished gathering, raise my eyes to the horizon and walk, as bold-footed as I’m able, towards the next thing. I feel like I’ve always speed-dated my...
[Press Release I wrote for Stellenbosch Brewery]   Media Release September 2017   Stellenbosch Brewing Company’s Honderhok Bock is this year’s winner of the South African National Beer Trophy Competition. In addition to winning the coveted Beer of the Year award, the same brew also won a Gold medal and the trophy for Best Beer in the Amber Category. Their Stellies Mass Hoppiness IPA won a silver medal. These stunning victories were achieved in a very competitive field: 199 beers entered the competition from 64 breweries in six provinces. The victory was even more profound because Stellies beat other, more established brewers like Devil’s Peak, CBC, Darling Brew and Mitchell’s. And it was only their second year of partaking in the competition. “This is an amazing achievement,” said Bruce Collins, Founder and Master Brewer of Stellenbosch Brewing Company. “It still feels completely surreal. I’ve always believed in our products but...
[Blog entry written for NananTravel] Luxury trains redefine excellence and adventure There’s a soft knock on the door of your cabin. You’re gently pulled out of your smiling dreamland into the morning sunlight. You roll over on your plush mattress, the thick cotton sheets wrapping softly around your rested body, and lift your cheek off the fluffy pillows. “Come in,” you whisper loudly. A smiling attendant slides your door open, carrying a tray with a steaming coffee plunger, two coffee cups and an assortment of baked goodies. The sharp, sweet smell of the freshly roasted coffee delights your senses as you welcome the new day. Outside the landscape is flashing by in bright greens and blues and yellows. You get excited about the new places you’re going to discover today as you pour yourself and your lover/spouse/partner/friend a welcome cup of morning brew. Where are you? The answer is simple....
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