“In conversation with” guests. 20-24 July, 2020

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"In conversation with" has been broadcast since May 2020, and has been proving to be very popular with Travel & Things viewing audience. I get to chat to people from within the tourist industry as well as entertainers, writers and sundry interesting folk. It is a non COVID-19 space where we can be positive, share a hot beverage and hold entertaining conversations.

 

Charity Mkone, a clinical psychologist. Charity spoke about the effect that the long term lockdown is having on people and also what signs to be aware of when trying to offer help to those who might not think that they need it. As she pointed out, we are all allowed to have bad days, but when days stretch to weeks, then family and friends need to be concerned.

 

Robert More, CEO and co-founder of the More Family Collection. The More family have deep roots in the tourism industry, with several properties around South Africa. Included in their portfolio are hotels in Cape Town and a Field Guide College situated in Marataba. He is intent on bringing the tourism industry back online.

 

Jacques Smit, Marketing manager of Sabi Sabi. With several properties in the Sabi Sabi portfolio, Jacques spoke about the highlights of each and what expectations they have once the lockdown travel ban has been lifted. Their iconic Earth Lodge has recently undergone a major renovation and the staff is waiting to welcome the first post-lockdown arrivals.

 

James Steyn, manager of Senalala.Being in lockdown in an area like The Klaserie does have its advantages. But being on-site with no guests also means that there is work to be done and improvements to be carried out.

 

The first “In conversation with” milestone…the 50th guest!

Comedian Vittorio Leonardi spoke about comedy, copywriting and travelling to Outer Mongolia. And lots of stops along the road.