31 May 2008. Kulula have an in-flight magazine called "comic life". The magazine starts off with taking a (well deserved) dig at state-owned enterprises, celebrating the fact that the state-owned carriers (SAA & Mango Airlines) now only have 40% of the South African market compared to 100% a decade or two ago...but bemoaning the fact that the privitisation drive has slowed down - "private businesses have no choice but to perform because if they don't, it's game over". [Ed: SouthAfrica.to's fully behind them on this one].
Kulula interviewed one of their catering staff, who described her job as being an "on-board baggage negotiator, marriage counsellor, nappy changer, travel consultant, babysitter, entertainer and psychologist". It involves waking up at 5am and sometimes ending around midnight. Sounds like you've got to be a jack of all trades and be able to tolerate a shifting sleeping pattern, to cope with life as an air steward.
Kulula never miss a chance to advertise their spinoffs and it's no different for their in-flight magazine, where they take the opportunity to advertise their:
Kulula beds at Protea Hotel
Vitality Discovery members get 30% off Kulula flights
There was also a bunch of advertisements external to the Kulula group:
Aquila Private Game Safari, which offers horseback safaris (in my opinion the best way to go on safari) near Cape Town.
Air Travelmax which offers flights from Lanseria Airport
Auto Freight to freight your car between Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Durban.
Belthazar restaurant at Cape Town's V& A Waterfront
Breede River Lodge in the Western Cape Province
Cape Town's Balducci's restaurant
Cape Town opera at the Artscape
Ebotse golf and country estate
eDegree through the Edinburgh Business School
Express Employment professionals
FormaViva Jewellery for Life
Garfield jigsaw puzzles
Glycine Swiss watch
Innjoy Guest House
Investec Capital Markets
Jive lite cooldrinks
Linctagon for colds and flus
Liquid home home loans (part of Imperial Holdings Limited, finance through Investec Bank Limited)
Monaghan farm stands
Netcash electronic payment services
Outsurance - direct cover for your business
Palm Lakes Estate
Pam Golding Properties
Private property - web-based property sales (we sold our townhouse using them - saved us a chunk of commission)
Trumps Grill on Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, Johannesburg
Tsunaminet offers 2 months free web hosting if you fly Kulula
Voice on one communications
Upper East Side, Ravenswood - city living near Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport and the East Rand mall.
Not sure what's in it for a southern-african only airline to be writing about the UK but they did:
average price of a 1 night stay in a UK hotel was R1717 in 2007
the top five most visited cities in the UK are London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham.
There's an interesting article on internet property rentals - renting out your property via the internet. This seems attractive, as using a letting agent costs around 4.5% of the monthly rentals. Possible sites to use are the gumtree, private property or rentaspot. Rentasport provides you with access to credit checks and allows you to download a lease agreement.
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