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Why don’t you...

04 Attend Night of 1000 Stars, listen to Refentse

or visit a local market


06 Go on a pub crawl, sip sublime wine

or invest in a classic timepiece


08 The CANSA Community Fair wows the crowd

10 Strutting their stuff at the Sunrise Women’s Awards

12 A concert to remember

13 Creativity and consciousness come together


14 Jenna Clifford on creating an empire

18 We talk to Rafik Gardee about the beauty of diversity

20 Give a listen to Rise FM’s Sibo Pilson


22 A shot of vitamin C


26 Indulge in a taste of tradition this Heritage Day

29 Get cooking! Books to tempt your taste buds

30 Coffee worth writing home about


34 Pack and display with this month’s DIY project

36 The versatility that is Henry-John Williams


38 Bringing South Africa’s floral kingdom to life


56 This little Chubby Pig went to the river

60 Cooking on the magnificent geotrail


64 A gorgeous Lou Harvey spring-inspired cooler


We look at what it takes to be a tot or teen in today’s world


Jenna Clifford.

Photographed by Daniel West

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A hot date!

Pencil these events into your September diary right now!

Book club

Enjoy these thrilling September reads

If you have a date for our diary, email the info at least a month in advance to


Celebrate the new season

with a delicious Spring Day

buffet at Café Crust in Lydenburg.

Guests will be entertained with live

music by André Swiegers. From 12pm

to 4pm, this is not to be missed. For

more info, contact 013-235-3344.


Join us for Out of Africa with

the much-loved Refentse

at KMI Airport outside Mbombela.

Tickets cost R200 per person, and an

additional Citybug bus ticket costs

R80. In aid of Moving Mountains, the

show begins at 7pm. For more info,

contact Izelle on 082-410-7779 or



Live music. Mountain

boarding. Food stalls.

Cash bar. This is what Dirty Dayz

2019 has in store for you. The main

event will be held at Hamilton Parks

in Hazyview, where accommodation

will be available, as well as at

Hazyview Adventure Backpackers.

Tickets cost R50, kids under 12 get

in for free. The weekend begins on

Friday at 10am and ends on Sunday at

11pm. There will be no card facilities.

For more info, contact 082-543-3594.


We're so excited for the third

annual Mbombela Jazz Fest

at Mbombela Stadium. With a stellar

line-up of artists such as Syleena

Johnson (USA), Micasa, Lady Zamar

and Ringo to keep you entertained,

you don't want to miss out. Ticket

prices start at R275 and can be

bought via Computicket. Gates

open at 3pm. For more info, contact

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It's time to sparkle and shine. This

year's Night of 1000 Stars

presents Rio Rhythms. Held

at Sonpark Boulevard in

Mbombela, the event starts

at 6:30pm. Tickets cost R360 per

person. It is in aid of CANSA. For

more info, contact 013-741-5294.


Make sure to visit the Lowveld

Market @ Nadine's at the

old Nelspruit Airfield. This fun-filled

event has something for the entire

family. From 10am to 3pm, you are

bound to find the best that the

Lowveld has to offer. For more info,

contact 082-975-6817.


Boktown Castle Rugby

Championships come

alive at Emnotweni in Mbombela.

Supporters will gather to watch the

Boks versus Namibia at the GlassBar.

The game will be live on the big

screen while sharing the gees with

friends and family. Your entry ticket

will only cost you R30 and will give

you a complimentary beer, cider,

glass of wine, soft drink or water to

start the festivities.


The Squirewood Trail Run in

Dullstroom has your name

on it. Hosted by Entsika Athletics

Club, the event begins at 9am. You

can enter either the 15km (R150) or

30km (R200). All proceeds are going

to the Dullstroom Epilepsy Centre.

For more info, contact Pat Hamlett at or


It was a good day to be free of prison.” So

begins David Baldacci’s One Good Deed...

his latest release which, as always, keeps

readers’ adrenalin running high. When

Aloysius Archer gets out of prison, he heads

for Poca City, with just the clothes he’s

wearing and an appointment with his parole

officer. A chance meeting sees him offered

a job as a debt collector - but all’s not above

board, and if Aloysius wants to avoid heading

back behind bars, he’s got his work cut out

for him. Macmillan, R299.

• A new home in the suburbs offers a fresh

start to a family of four. It’s in a quiet, leafy

road, with good schools, and is close to the

sea and a comfortable commute to London.

Perfect. All bar the fact that it appears to be

the hunting ground for a serial killer. Fiona

Cummins’ The Neighbour is as thrilling as it

gets. Macmillan, R290.

• Blood in the Water by Jack Flynn is set in

Boston’s underworld, where the harbour

chief, his 19-year-old daughter and a homeland

security agent are caught up in deadly

game of cat and mouse with international

terrorists. Macmillan, R299.

Tom Kennedy and his young son, Jake,

have just moved to a quiet village,

hoping to heal the hurt after the loss

of their wife and mum. The place they

choose to live, Featherbank, has a dark

past... 15 years before, a serial killer,

known as The Whisper Man, abducted

and murdered five young boys.

The killer was caught, and this history

doesn’t worry Tom and Jake. Until

another boy goes missing. And Jake

says he hears whispering at his window.

Described as gripping, moving

and brilliantly creepy... an outstanding

new psychological thriller. Penguin,



Wish list

Get cooking, tell the time or go pub crawling

Forever timeless

We simply adore this Casio stainless

steel men’s wristwatch. It’s elegant,

water-proof up to 50m, and this

classic timepiece will make sure you

are always stylishly on time. Available

from Nelspruit Watchmakers, R950.

Details: 013-752-6539.

Sensuous and strong

Tom Ford’s new floral aldehydic

fragrance, Metallique, is a heady mix.

Think embroidered metal, or armour

dressed in delicate white blooms.

Addictive and opulent, it is light and

crisp, featuring top notes of vert de

bergamote and pink peppercorns,

middle notes of lily of the valley,

hawthorne and heliotrope, and

base notes of sandalwood, vanilla and

peru balsam. Metallique is available in

50ml (R1 900) and 100ml (R269), from

Mopani. Details: 013-755-5500.

Journey’s End Tales Series

Don’t you just love the stories behind the labels? The new (and very appealing)

labels on the Journey’s End Tales Series tell the story behind each wine.

Weather Station Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (all ripe fruit and full flavours), is

named after the “Weerstasie Kloon” (Weather Station clone) in Stellenbosch

where the SB11 Sauvignon Blanc clone was first propagated in the 1920s.

Haystack Chardonnay 2018 (for those who love oak and fruit wines) is

named after the age-old practice of planting wheat between the rows of

vines. The Huntsman - Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier 2017 (full bodied and

smoothly luscious) is named after the original kennels the Gabb family found

on their farm dating back to 1822, and where the Journey’s End winery now

stands. Pastor’s Blend - Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc

2018 (elegant and versatile) pays homage to the Reverend from the local

village of Sir Lowry’s Pass who regularly delivers Sunday communion at the

foot of the Journey’s End vineyard. Details:

If you, like us, relish the

Mediterranean way

of eating... everyone

tucking into breads

and dips, tapas and

salads, gorgeous roasts

and seafoods... you’re

going to want to get a

copy of the gorgeous -

GORGEOUS, we tell you

- Cape Mediterranean

by Ilse van der Merwe.

This Stellenboschbased

foodie says, “In

South Africa, especially

the Western Cape, we

love the culture of lingering, social lunch tables. We savour

coming together to celebrate local, seasonal and sustainable

ingredients.” Fortunately you don’t have to live in the Cape to

make, and enjoy, the dishes in her book... Winelands grape

pizza bianca with feta and thyme will taste just as good

in Ballito, Bo-Kaap harissa paste will be yummy in Bloem,

and Cape seafood stew will go down a treat in Sandton.

There are more than 75 amazing recipes that most of us will

manage with ease. There are those here we’ll make again

and again... this is without a doubt our hot buy for spring

and summer. Struik, R280.


The Great Nelspruit Post Pub Crawl is back and is sure to knock your

socks off, so diarise September 28! Pub crawlers form teams or can

participate individually and have to visit all of the pubs in a designated

time, usually an hour per pub. On the day of the event, merely show up

at the bar where you want to start. The Wednesday prior to the crawl, a

map will be published in Nelspruit Post. Copies will also be available at

the participating pubs. You need a map. Then obtain a stamp from the

barman at each pub on the map when you buy a drink, alcoholic or not.

Each hour will contain a mini happy hour, dubbed a “happy moment.”

Should you participate in this at any given pub you receive an additional

stamp. The next hour you visit a different pub and repeat the process.

Everyone gathers at one central pub as the final destination. Here prizes

will be given, including a prize for best-dressed entrants and best team

spirit. There is no limit on how big or

small your team can be, starting

with a minimum of one

person. There is no prior

entry. Simply show up

with your map and start. Entry is free,

but your drinks are for your own account.

You participate at your own risk.

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Jenna Clifford, Brenda Archdeacon, Megan Palmer and Chanelle Clifford-Kotze

Tyler-Ann Bowker, Donald Ngwenya, Matthew Bezudeinhout and (back) Robert Vercueil

Sunshine days

The second CANSA Community Fair was held in

aid of CANSA Lowveld Care Centre at Baronmere

Farm outside White River, the home of jewellery

designer, Jenna Clifford. The organisers (Clifford,

Megan Palmer and Brenda Archdeacon) hosted this

successful event under the theme “Winter Picnic”.

Queen Semokwane

Jenna Clifford, Irma Green and Angie Bunyard

Toktokkie and Sarah-Jane Dongo

Mika and Tyla Abel

Cemone Byleveldt and Frieda Prinsloo

Natasha Wales, Carla Neto, Izabella Carvalho, Kiara Wales

and Simoné Neto

Jennifer Pott

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the feminine

Women from all walks of life were celebrated

at the fourth annual Sunrise Women’s Awards,

recently held at eBundu Lodge outside Mbombela.

The theme was “She’s not bossy, she’s the leader”,

and many women from different categories

walked away with awards applauding their hard

work and dedication to the local community.

Moria Phathwa and Kurhula Hlebeya

Prudance Chiloane and Kurhula Hlebeya

Roxy van Bruwaene

Winnie Malele and Gugu Shube

Eulender Nanni

Thelma Wopula

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Dee and Peter Retief with Linda Wattrus

Walter Fourie

A gem of

a concert

Aukse Trinkunas and Eugene Joubert were

joined on stage by Walter Fourie for the recent

spectacular concert, Spanglish, which was held

at the Penryn Chapel outside Mbombela. They

performed stage favourites such as “Granada” and

the “Seguidilla” from Carmen, to the Olympic hit,

“Amigos para siempre”, as well as music inspired

by musical theatre greats such as Andrew Lloyd

Webber, George Gershwin, Stephen Flaherty and

many more!

Ken and Diny Young with Susi Evans

Nokwanda Shabangu

Melissa Ley

Runaway fun

Local fine modelling talent was displayed during the 2019 Ramps-to-

Runway annual exams and creative designs event that was recently

held at Southern Sun Emnotweni in Mbombela. The guests were

entertained by dancers from Pulse Dance Studio and the participants

were judged on a variety of aspects.

Theresa Prinsloo and Gerrit Haarhoff

Wendy Deary and Marolien Luthbert

Keira Jacobs

Sesi Nkosi

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Jenna Clifford is one of

the Lowveld’s gems, and

visiting her is quite an

experience. We chat to

her about turning 60 and

her life’s passions.


Jenna’s exquisitely designed jewellery

pieces are a feast for the eyes and

provide for a mesmerising look into

a world of colour, style and glamour.

The precious gemstones she uses

are renowned for their quality and

you cannot help but ponder on the

fact that this may also apply to Jenna


The word “diamond” is derived from

the Greek “adámas”, which means

“unbreakable” and the high dispersion

of light gives the gemstone its characteristic

“fire”. Jenna certainly seems

to be invincible and she shines with

a fire for life that will not easily be

extinguished. And just like a diamond

is born from exposure to immense

pressure, this stunning woman has

not been crushed by circumstances,

but has rather emerged victorious.

Jenna was born in the 1950s into a

world where patriarchy ruled and

women were deemed second best

to men. Her father was a strong male

figure and she grew up under his

strict authoritarian rule.

As a child, she was under constant

pressure to excel in sport and she

spent many hours training. “My

father’s high demands could have

made or broken me,” she says. “But I

have not until now and never shall go

down without putting up a tremendous


This is exactly what Jenna is known

for - not only in the world of business,

but also in her personal life and her

ceaseless battle for women’s empowerment.

Over the years she has made

a huge difference in the plights of

many a woman and parity is one of

her passions.

Jenna herself has experienced disparity

because of her gender many

Chanelle Clifford-Kotze, Shayna McAllister, Jenna Clifford, Summer Clifford-Kotze and Ebony

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Nelson Mandela and Jenna Clifford

times over the years. “In order to be

heard as a woman, I had to be louder

than men,” she says. “And I did not

only have to develop a loud voice for

myself, but also for other females.”

‘The whole

perception of

women’s inferiority

was born

from a patriarchal


She is adamant that women are not

inferior to men and that they should

be treated equally. “Nurses and

teachers, for instance, are underpaid

and overworked, because it is usually

women who are teachers and nurses.

The whole perception of women’s

inferiority was born from a patriarchal

system and they were literally written

out of the law.”

Jenna turns 60 this month and six

decades have brought on a renewed

consciousness of the fact that it is

far more gratifying to give than to

receive. “Many people realise with a

shock that they have matured and

that things should start happening

when they turn 30,” Jenna says. “Sixty

is double that, and I must say that it is

a sensible, wholesome age to be.”

She has raised three beautiful, strong

daughters, Chanelle, Shayna and

Summer, who bring her immense joy.

“The girls did not grow up in Johannesburg,

but just outside White River

on a farm. I was a strict mother and

never allowed them to become ‘mall

rats’. I have always been of the opinion

that malls are not safe for children

and that many a disagreeable teen

trick is born in shopping centres.”

Motherhood and the role mothers

could and should play in their children’s

upbringing, especially in that of

their daughters, is another of Jenna’s

passions. She believes that mothers

who are strong of mind, soul and

intellect send high-quality human

beings into the world. This is no easy

feat, as kids demand love, energy and

money and people who are not willing

to make these sacrifices should

rather not have them.

On a lighter note, Jenna speaks of her

granddaughter, Savannah. She lives

with her parents in the UK, but visits

frequently. “Being a grandmother

really is wonderful. I can now enjoy

motherhood without the huge

responsibility that goes with raising

a daughter.”

Jenna has always loved the Lowveld

and commutes between Johannesburg

and White River, where she lives

on a farm close to Longmere Dam.

The property boasts stunning views

of one of the most picturesque parts

of the area. Her love of nature is

apparent in the way the farm is run.

Numerous animals and birds, both

tame and wild, roam the property

and Jenna and a team of dedicated

workers, without whom it would not

have been possible, have planted

thousands of indigenous trees in

order to restore the land to its former

beauty. “Everyone in the Lowveld

should do their part to save the

environment,” she says. “Only a very

small patch is needed to bring about

some form of change.”

Jenna loves animals - visitors are

greeted by her beloved poodle and

Belgian Malinoises, and the house

is entered through the stables. She

jokes that her place has become sort

of a rescue centre for abused animals

and many horses and donkeys

happily occupy the property, living

the good life.

She is not only drawn to the Lowveld

by its natural beauty, but also by the

local people. “Lowvelders tend to be

more natural,” Jenna says. “They are

not as masked as many city dwellers

and do not usually parade around like

supermodels on high heels.” Well, we

certainly agree. The Lowveld is not

known as the Slowveld for nothing.

The area is more relaxed and easygoing

than the city.

When her success is mentioned,

Jenna ponders on the fact that the

meaning of the word “success” is

skewed. “People measure success

against things and things are nice

and sometimes necessary, except

when it comes at a cost. We should

remember that the most important

things are the feel, the emotion,

which is, after all, the reality. Love,

caring and sharing are omnipotent

things and should be the axis around

which success revolves.

“Ambition, accumulation and

wantonness are sometimes seen as

bad, but it is handy to remember that

they are part of the human experience

and could be employed in a

positive way.”

Jenna Clifford

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of diversity

Rafik Gardee has a fascinating story

to tell. Get It visits him to talk about

practising as a medical doctor during

apartheid, his years in Scotland and

his eventual return to South Africa.

Rafik’s life story starts with his grandfather,

Mohammed Ismail Gardee, who moved to South

Africa from India in 1908 and eventually settled in

the White River area.

Mohammed was a philanthropist and involved in

many community upliftment projects of which

co-establishment of the Plaston Clinic was but one.

The clinic, which served the black community for

more than 50 years, closed when Themba Hospital

was built in 1974.

Rafik continued his grandfather’s legacy. After

matriculating from the Johannesburg Indian High

School, he studied medicine in Dublin, Ireland at

the Royal College of Surgeons and returned to the

Lowveld in 1970. In those times the increasingly

oppressive apartheid laws dictated that non-white

general practitioners could treat only non-whites.

Sadly, the government clinics in rural areas were

ill-equipped and resources were scarce.

He saw this as an opportunity to make a difference

and established decentralised primary healthcare

clinics within his area of practice in the Lowveld.

These clinics provided essential healthcare for the

then “undeserved, impoverished and disenfranchised

non-white community”, marginalised by the

apartheid regime.

“My team and I did not only diagnose and treat, but

also initiated a unique childcare programme,” Rafik

says. Every child was issued with a handheld clinic

card that gave easy access to their health records.

According to him, it was a first in South Africa and

he is justifiably proud of what they achieved.


Rafik remembers the seven years

spent in rural areas as exciting rather

than frustrating, and he was well loved

and respected. He tells how several

boys were named after him - in those

days black people tended to name

children after people they cared for

and respected. “One day I went on a

house call and one of a group of boys

asked me what I was doing there,” he

laughs. “The boy’s mother came out of

the house, klapped the youngster, and

told him that he must love this doctor

who delivered him in difficult circumstances,

in a field near the house.”

The joy came to an end when his

activities came under the attention

of the authorities and his clinics were

frequently raided. Rafik was compelled

to leave South Africa and moved to

Glasgow, Scotland where he completed

his specialist training in public

health medicine, with particular

interest in the health of minority

ethnic communities.

‘We did not need

special privileges,

but special considerations


on differences in

culture, religion

and skin colour’

He did not only advocate for better

measures to overcome language

barriers experienced by non-Scottish

patients, but also for better opportunities

for medical professionals of

all ethnic groups. “We did not need

special privileges, but special considerations

based on differences in culture,

religion and skin colour,” Rafik says.

“Following our review of institutional

racism within the Scottish NHS, the

government acted by establishing a

national resource centre for ethnic minority

health which subsequently had

quite a positive impact on the system.”

He obtained a master’s degree in

public health and became a fellow of

public health medicine at Glasgow

University. He mentored nearly 3 000

postgrad students during his years

overseas and has been a visiting

professor at numerous institutions

worldwide. Rafik was honoured as

a Member of the British Empire at

Buckingham Palace for advocacy

in NHS Scotland which included

minority communities.

His knowledge of medicine and public

health structures is impressive. “My

years of work in primary healthcare

have taught me that the well-known

concept of prevention is better than

cure is truly at the heart of how we

must approach healthcare,” Rafik says.

“Also, the constant empowerment

and support of front-line healthcare

workers are just as important as the

need for community engagement

and participation. Higher education

establishments must play a proactive

role in this.”

A conversation with Rafik quickly

shows that it is not only this noteworthy

understanding of his field

that commands respect. Apartheid

has given him many reasons to be

bitter and unforgiving, yet he chose

to forgive and move forward. He

really seizes life and every opportunity

to make a difference and has

played a proactive facilitating role

in many healthcare initiatives


Rafik and his wife, Rashida, moved

back to the Lowveld in 2007. He

loves this country's people and the

natural scenery which, according to

him, “represent a huge evergreen

garden of extreme beauty easily

comparable with the natural scenes

of Scotland, Canada and Switzerland”.

Although Rafik has lived abroad for

over three decades, there is no place

like home. “As South Africans we

must remember that our strength as

a nation lies most of all in embracing

the diversity in ethnicity, religion and

race,” he says. “A love of and celebration

of this diversity should be the

foundation of our society. A strong

one will lead to unity, success and

prosperity. We must realise that this

does not only depend on politicians,

but also requires commitment from

young people who are, after all, our



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Sibo Pilson is a well-known face within the Mpumalanga

entertainment industry

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Listening to Rise FM’s

Drive Show, you will hear

a fresh new voice along

with Thebigzill. Since the

beginning of last month

Sibo Pilson has joined him

to present the action-packed

afternoon radio show. For the

creative, energetic 27-yearold

Queen of the Weekend, it

is a dream come true.


Sibo grew up in KaBokweni and matriculated

at Lowveld High School. “My love

of radio started when I was still at school,”

she says. “My mom would pick me up very

late as I was busy with various activities.

On the way home we would listen to

5FM and I loved the Roger Goode Show.

I enjoyed the conversation and to listen

to DJ Fresh made me realise that this was

something that I wanted.”

When she enquired about a position at a

local radio station, she became conscious

that her vernacular wasn’t exactly up their

standards at the time, and it remained a

dream. In 2014 she and a friend realised

that they were not really happy in their

professions. Sibo was working as a safety

and health practitioner at the time, but

agreed with her friend that they

should try and make a change, so

she sent her demo to Rise FM.

“After going back and forth with

Tony Murrel, who was then head of

programming, he agreed to take me

in and trained me for a while before I

was ready. He gave me the weekend

early morning show and after six

months I was moved to the weekday

early morning show. In my second

year I got my own show, Rise FM Weekend

DayTimes, where I was until the

beginning of August,” she says.

Speaking to Sibo it is clear why the

listeners just love her. Not only is she

funny, bubbly and confident, but she

is also focused on serious issues that

need to be addressed. In 2016 she

started off with a series called

“Womandla Talks”. Having had to deal

with an abusive partner herself, she

knows exactly what it means to be

in that situation, move on and get

back on your feet again. “I would like

women to share their experiences

regarding abuse, because there is

so much healing to be found in the

sharing of stories,” she says. This year

Sibo is planning to do a video

bringing awareness to abused

women that they don’t go through it

alone. She also loves to send out the

message that women shouldn’t think

the abuse was their fault.

“I think society fails to bring across

that these men are dealing with their

own issues and their own demons

which they can’t control. Unfortunately,

they then become physical

and aggressive. Women need to

know that they deserve to find joy

and deserve to be loved,” she says.

This year Sibo had a project aimed at

giving back her time in honour of the

67 years that Nelson Mandela spent

to make the world a better place. Her

“67 dignity bags for Mandela Day”

focused on three schools in KaBokweni.

In partnership with Lekhu Pilson

Attorneys in Mbombela, she was able

to hand out dignity bags filled with

toiletries at these schools - 67 per


This was also the launch of her

“Twelve45 Youth in Action” movement.

With this, she and a few friends

give their time to the young children

who received the dignity bags. Not

only girls, but also boys too. This

is a major effort to make sure that

children in this rural township know

about opportunities that will be available

to them after school, even if they

remain in the township.

Sitting behind a radio microphone

is definitely not the only thing that

keeps Sibo busy. Apart from these

mentorship programmes, Sibo is also

often the MC for big events, but the

other leg of her career, that she

absolutely loves, is DJing.

Although Sibo mostly DJs in

Mbombela, she has already had

the opportunity to do so in the

North West and soon she will get

the opportunity to DJ in Joburg. Her

five-year plan is to be a national DJ

who has played in three of our

neighbouring countries.

On the question of how it happened

that she started to DJ, she laughs

and says she has always loved music.

“Playing music is so easy for me and

it is easy to adapt to my crowd. I will

play whatever people want to hear.

When I DJ at a club like Legends in

Mbombela, I always realise that it is a

nice mixture: black, white, coloured

and Indian. I don’t play for just one

particular group, but love it when

everybody has a nice time,” she says.

‘Playing music

is so easy for

me and it is

easy to adapt’

Sibo says all the feedback from happy

listeners, colleagues and friends,

congratulating her on her new

partnership with Thebigzill is such

a major honour. She is now at a

wonderful place in her career as

well as her personal life. “I really don’t

take this for granted. I am genuinely

appreciative and know that this is a

serious step for my career. Everyday I

count it as an incredible blessing, that

I am able to do what I love!”



20 Get It Lowveld September 2019

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New INOAR 2-in-1 Shampoo & Shower Gel comes in a whopping one litre bottle, is 100% vegan and has a relaxing

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NuSkinnovation originated in Centurion, Pretoria and is a clinic well known for

its world-class laser and IPL systems, which give incredible results within one

session. NuSkinnovation is passionate about the aesthetic industry, a drive

which is motivated by clinic owner Nicolene Pelster. Her incredible ambition,

success and eye for excellence led to the franchising of her brand. Megan Wauts,

a fully qualified Candela and Fotona operator, locally and internationally

trained laser specialist, opened our first franchise in Mbombela due to the

high demand in Mpumalanga. Megan’s passion for people and beauty is the

main driving force behind NuSkinnovation Nelspruit. Sophia Loren once said,

“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.”

They therefore strive to not only make each and every person who walks into

their clinic feel beautiful on the outside, but on the inside as well.

NuSkinnovation is dedicated to providing the latest and most effective

skin and laser treatments, making each client feel comfortable with

and happy in their own skin.

While ageing may be a part of life,

looking your age does not have to be!

What we offer

• Photo rejuvenation • Venous lakes • Tattoo removal

• Hair removal • Onychomycosis (nail fungus)

• Age spot removal • Leg vessels • Poikiloderma of civatte

• Solar lentigo spots • Rosacea • Port-wine stains • Acne vulgaris

• Telangiectasias • Warts • Facial pores • Surgical scars

• Skin resurfacing • Wrinkle reduction • Acne scarring • Striae

(stretch marks) • Skin texture • Melasma (hyperpigmentation).

Fotona StarWalker

The Fotona StarWalker won all the awards for best aesthetic

laser system in Europe in 2017. NuSkinnovation is currently

the only owner of this incredible system in South Africa.

Its groundbreaking adaptive structured pulse (ASP)

technology represents a cosmic shift forward in the

medical and aesthetic laser industry. This thirdgeneration

technology combines the unsurpassed

range of pulse duration modes of Fotona’s variable

square pulse technology with the revolutionary

capability of ASP technology to adapt the temporal

structure of laser pulses to the biophotonic dynamics

of laser tissue interaction.

StarWalker’s unique transverse mode discrimination laser

oscillator technology combined with the ASP pulse control

delivers very short (five nanonsecond) Q-switched pulses

consisting of a high energy train of ultrashort bursts of

energy in trillionths of a second, enabling photomechanical

impact to shatter tiny skin targets without injury to the

surrounding skin. StarWalker’s technology thus combines

the high-energy capabilities of nanosecond lasers

with the ultrashort pulse peak powers of traditional

24 Get It Lowveld September 2019

Owner: Megan Wauts

picosecond lasers.

The unique MaQX high-energy capability of Star-

Walker enables the generation of a higher energy

photoacoustic effect at the treatment site, leading

to more effective and faster treatments. Additionally,

with high MaQX energies, larger spot sizes can be

used, resulting in more homogeneous treatments of

even deeper lying skin pigments, and therefore with

reduced risk of unwanted side effects. It is one of the

safest way to treat clients with melasma (hormonal


It also removes tattoos scar-free due to the fact that

it has a special method preventing the skin from

heating up. The Nd:YAG penetrates the skin up to

the second layer and therefore forces it to produce

new collagen. This helps to rebuild your skin

structure and also aids in destroying acne bacteria

due to heat and oxygen which are forced into the

area. We have Dr Dylan Jenkins on board who

provides medical aesthetic treatments such as

anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, chemical peels,

PDO threads and PRP injections. We are

currently seeking a qualified permanent make-up

and lash specialist for our clinic.

Candela Nordlys

The Candela Nordlys is a Candela product which

uses third-generation technology in intense

pulsed light (IPL). IPL is a widely used cosmetic

dermatology treatment, making use of light therapy

to treat countless skin issues for therapeutic and

aesthetic purposes. These treatments include

uneven skin tone, blemishes, removal of all

epidermal pigmentation like freckles and it

softens wrinkles, skin redness and large pores.

Hair removal, photo rejuvenation and dermatologic

diseases such as acne are also alleviated by these

treatments. IPL incorporates vibrating light pulses

which are customised to your skin’s needs, and can

be used on the face, body or hands. The procedure

is entirely noninvasive, requires no recovery time

and can improve the appearance of your skin for

up to 12 months. IPL and laser treatments both

make use of light and heat to destroy their targets.

However, unlike lasers, IPL uses a broad spectrum

instead of a single wavelength of light which allows

it to target several conditions. It is an amazing skin

rejuvenation treatment that gives your skin a

beautiful glow and skin tone.

The system also has the Nd:YAG laser which is

designed to treat leg vessels up to 3mm as well as

vascular lesions such as venous lakes and portwine

stains. The Frax 1550 provides the deepest

rejuvenation with a wavelength that restores your

skin and remodels your epidermal layer. Frax 1550

is designed for non-ablative skin resurfacing and

treatment of acne scars, surgical scars and striae

Co-owner: Annalese van Aswegen

(stretch marks).

Founder: Nicolene Pelster

September 2019 Get It Lowveld 25




During this year’s Innibos Art Festival, Henry-John Williams once again had the opportunity

to show off his wonderful talent. As an entertainer, he delights wherever he goes.

Creativity has many avenues. Like

a true artist, Henry-John easily slips

from one creative role to the other.

This Mbombelan earns a living as

an interior designer, designing kitchens,

entertainment areas and even

furniture for Brett Stephen Design.

The other side of his creativity comes

alive when he sits behind a keyboard,

writing songs, or accompanying

other musicians on stage. Add to that

his ability to write the anchor text for

musical shows, his directing skills and

beautifully wide-ranged voice, and

you will find a multitalented man.

For Henry-John it all started in a

creative home environment. When

he was still very small, his mother

bought them an organ, but he wasn’t

interested in playing at all. His older

sister on the other hand, figured it

out for herself and loved to play

music. In grade nine, things changed.

“One morning I woke up with a

26 Get It Lowveld September 2019

sudden urge to play music, but I

didn’t have any idea where to begin.

One of my good school friends,

Marian Steenkamp, had been

attending music lessons from an early

age and she promised to teach me

everything about music theory. Back

at home I used the organ to figure

out what I had learnt,” he explains.

A wonderful opportunity came

Henry-John’s way when he joined

a group, Jubelatum Singers, after

matric. During the year he learnt a lot

about the entertainment business

and working behind the scenes.

He also got an opportunity to work

alongside Lizz Meiring for three years.

Lizz is a well-known Afrikaans actress

and compère and for three years he

acted as her driver, sound engineer

and technical help at shows. This was

a wonderful learning curve.

“Touring with Lizz was fantastic! I

have never laughed so much in my

life! She really taught me to always

The cast of Dis Afrikaans, My Kind,

Henry-John wrote and directed this

musical production in 2018

enjoy the ride and be adaptable.

When I work with artists, I always

remind them of those two things.

Having had a father with a business

mind and a creative mother left me

well-balanced. It might sound like a

wonderful benefit, but sometimes it

is a heavy burden.

“Usually creative people live bohemian

lifestyles, not caring too much

about what lies ahead. The moment

that I start to think about a full-time

career in the arts this little voice

inside my head goes, ‘No, Henry-John!

You like to drive a decent car and

prefer to stay in a beautiful environment!

Everybody knows that unless

you are Ed Sheeran or Elton John, you

will barely survive. So, stick to your

day job’ .”

A few years ago, when Henry-John

and singer/performer Natascha C

started to work together on musical

productions, they decided to

showcase their performance on the

stoep of a friend who lives in West Acres. They invited a

few friends and acquaintances and these final “repetitions”

in front of an audience soon became very popular. When

Henry-John and his partner moved back to Mbombela, he

started using their home as a concert venue, calling it the

Konzert Huis. The basic idea is to put on an intimate show

in the comfort of a house and guests bring their own food

and drinks, and pay a small entrance fee.

“The moment we sent out the invitation via email, everybody

jumped to book a seat. There really is a big need

for a theatre in Mbombela. People just love the intimacy

and interaction of shows on such a small scale and paying

R100 or less for a ticket is very affordable. Last year I had

to relocate and unfortunately the venue is no longer

available. We are currently looking for the right spot to do

the next house concert, as I already have ideas for two

concerts up my sleeve. Anybody is welcome to join the

mailing list of Konzert Huiz to find out when a new event

is advertised. The plan is to find a permanent spot for a

small theatre by 2020,” says Henry-John.

In 2018 he went through an extremely difficult time in

his life, but now he has put it all behind him. Time helps

and he has come to the point where he has the courage

and energy to tackle anything that comes his way, always

doing his very best. “I believe that no one will come back

as a cat or the pope or a post box. You only have this one

life. One day I don’t want to look back and regret anything.

My motto in life is to do anything to the best of my ability,

whether I am busy designing something or whether I am

busy performing. If it is not my best, I’d rather not do it!”

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Mieliepap and sheba served with braaivleis are as South African as biltong, melktert

and koeksisters. What better time to celebrate these South African mainstays than

Heritage Month? Liezel Lüneburg tells us more.

It will be difficult to find anything more delicious than pap and sheba sauce

September is the ideal

time of year to try

traditional South African

dishes, of which pap and

braaivleis are certainly

not the least. Pap is enjoyed by

all South Africans, irrespective of

culture or race, and plays a part of

our heritage as a nation. One of my

most vivid childhood memories is

of my father, Piet, stirring a black

cast iron pot of krummelpap in a very

28 Get It Lowveld September 2019

precise manner, best described as

“with cutting movements”. “You boil

water, add salt and pour the maize

meal into the pot so that one third

is visible above the surface of the

water,” he taught me and my two


No pap is really pap without a

yummy sheba sauce to serve with

it, and since I can remember, my

mother, Retha, has cooked sheba to

go with the pap.

Another favourite memory is of

my beloved Gogo Liesbet, who

worked for my parents for 36 years

and played a huge role in my

upbringing. When I was still a child,

my mother took pottery classes

every Wednesday morning and

Gogo cooked traditional stywe pap

and boerewors with sheba sauce for


My father, mother and Gogo share

their recipes:


You will need

• 1½ cups water • 2 cups maize meal/braaipap

(I could never quite master the “one third” rule

and have figured out a workable pap/water

ratio) • Salt to taste • 1 can of creamy-style



• Bring the water to a boil and add the salt.

• Add the maize meal/braaipap to form a

pyramid in the water. Do not stir at this


• Put the lid on the pot and let the pap

simmer for 10 to 12 minutes at a low heat.

• Now it is time to mix the pap. Use a large

braai or meat fork to stir the meal and

water until it is loosely crumbly and fluffy.

• Put the lid on and steam at low heat until

the pap is cooked. Although it will be ready

after half an hour, the pap will definitely be

tastier if it is cooked for longer. Piet cooks

his for up to 2 hours.

• Mix in the sweetcorn and cook for another

15 minutes or so.

• Enjoy with sheba sauce and, of course,

braaivleis! Or with milk or butter and sugar.

If you are brave, you could also eat it with


Gogo’s sadza/stywe pap

You will need

• 2 cups of water • 1½ cups of fine maize meal •

Salt to taste.


• The method for krummelpap and stywe

pap is nearly the same, with only a few


• Bring the water to a boil and add the salt.

• Add the maize meal to form a pyramid in

the water. Resist the urge to stir.

• Put the lid on the pot and let the pap

simmer for 10 to 12 minutes at a low heat.

• Use a wooden spoon to mix the meal and

water until it is well mixed to form a firm

pap without any lumps.

• Put the lid on and steam at low heat for

approximately 1 hour until the pap is


• Enjoy with sheba sauce. You can roll the

pap into small balls and dip it in the sheba.

Krummelpap should be stirred with ‘cutting-like’ movements

Gogo Liesbet enjoys balls of stywe pap with sheba sauce

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My Vegetarian Braai. Gasps of

horror from the carnivores! But this

lovely book by Adele Maartens is not

about trying to convert meat eaters...

rather to show there is more to braai

than boerewors. With the growing

trend of plant-based eating, there’s

an excellent chance one of your

guests is going to be vegetarian...

so here are a host of delicious meals

to dish up. With a few vegan recipes

too, so everyone’s catered for.

Penguin, R325.

Tasty sheba sauce

Sheba sauce

You will need

• Oil for sautéing the onions • 1 large onion or 2 medium ones, finely

chopped • 1 tbs curry powder - use hot, medium or mild powder and

add more or less, depending on taste • 1kg of tomatoes, chopped (any

type will do fine - you could also use three cans of chopped or whole

tomatoes, it is not necessary to peel them) • 2 tbs Worcester sauce

• 3 tbs chopped fresh herbs - use a combination of basil, marjoram,

oregano, parsley or rosemary • ½ a cup of chutney • Salt and pepper to



• Heat the oil and sauté the onions until translucent.

• Add the curry powder and fry for a minute longer at low heat to

enhance the flavour. Stir continuously to prevent the curry from

sticking to the pot or burning. Add more oil if necessary.

• Now add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for approximately

1 hour at a low temperature. Stir every now and again.

• And voila! You have a pot of delicious sheba to enjoy with your



• Uphuthu (isiZulu) or krummelpap roughly translates to

“crumbly porridge” and sadza (Shona) or stywe pap to “stiff

porridge”. Sheba sauce is a tomato relish and is also called

tamatiesmoor in Afrikaans.

• Braaipap meal is usually coarser than ordinary maize meal

and makes a wonderful, crumbly krummelpap.

• Yellow maize meal is made from yellow corn and slightly

30 Get It Lowveld September 2019

more nutritious than white

maize meal, which is made

from white corn.

• A cast iron pot or a pot with

a heavy bottom works best.

When the bottom is too

thin, the pap tends to burn.

• Stirring the pap could be

tricky, but do not lose all

hope when you do not get

it perfect the first time. Just

keep on trying.

• Don’t worry too much if the

pap burns. The burnt taste

gives a different flavour

to the pap which is not

unpalatable at all. And the

pieces of burnt pap sticking

to the bottom of the pot are

delicious when eaten with



Get cooking!

With half a dozen yummy

new cookbooks on the

shelves it’s going to be a

delicious September

Twin sisters Fatima Sydow and Gadija

Sydow Noordien bring the taste of

South African Malay-style cooking

to your kitchen in this spicy new

cookbook, Cape, Curry & Koesisters.

You’ll find recipes for masalas, soups,

light meals and snacks (samosas

or pickled salmon and onion salad

anyone?). Rice, sambals and atchar

feature (of course), followed by the

big guns of curry, breyani and ahkni.

Here we dithered happily between

butter chicken curry, frikkadel curry,

slow braised lamb chops with apricot

chutney and steak and potato braise.

All look too, too scrumptious for

words. Puds like melktart and malva,

along with luscious cakes (koesisters

coming up), round off the book

in diet-breaking style. Human &

Rousseau, R330.

Rebecca and Kate Lund, aka The Delish Sisters, are constantly inspired by the

everchanging food industry and love to create beautiful food experiences for

clients, friends and family. They enjoy experimenting with new and exotic spices

and ingredients, and encouraging people to be adventurous, too! The recipes

in their book are fresh, wholesome, colourful, seasonal and “mostly”healthy... so

while there are indulgent dishes and treats, they keep everything as balanced

and as inclusive as possible... so also loads of sugar-free, gluten-free recipes,

delicious vegetarian options and tasty vegan food. Penguin, R300.

September 2019 Get It Lowveld 31



Coffee. It needs no introduction and no excuse to be enjoyed. But when there’s a

greater good behind every cup, there’s even more incentive to savour the aroma.

The berries ripen from green to a ruby red

Coffee berries are dried before being sent to be roasted


Good for the environment, good for

the community and good for the

soul, Shiloh Coffee Estate in Hazyview

has achieved a hat-trick in producing

its coffee. By following farming

practices that conserve the indigenous

bush and creating jobs for

especially women and the elderly,

there is goodness in every cup.

Three years in the making, motherand-son

team Mariana and Wolfgang

Schroeder have turned Shiloh into a

productive farm and tourist

destination. But what today is a

flourishing farm with a myriad of

opportunities, started in tragedy.

The Schroeders’ macadamia farm

further down the road neighbours

a land reform farm of which the

beneficiaries were looking for a way

to create income opportunities for as

large a group as possible. In 2016 the

Schroeders decided to partner with

them to plant coffee as the climate

was conducive and the high labour

requirement meant that more community

members could be employed.

“We provided all the trees and were

on the brink of planting when a fire

broke out and everything burnt

down. The land reform community

then stopped the project and we sat

with all the trees that needed to be

planted quickly,” Wolfgang relates.

As fate would have it, a farm down

the road came onto the market and

the Schroeders jumped at the golden

opportunity to purchase it, rushing to

get the trees into the ground. Bit by

bit the farm has expanded and today

includes a coffee shop that allows

Indigenous trees provide shade for the coffee trees

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September 2019 Get It Lowveld 33

tourists to taste the very coffee they

can see growing from the restaurant’s

deck overlooking the rolling hills.

Mariana explains that when the farm

started taking off they realised there

was a need for people to taste the

product on the premises. “We

converted an old boathouse next

to the farm dam into a coffee shop

with a deck and started selling coffee

and cake.


tourists can also

take part in tours

around the


“The tranquil atmosphere and farm

vistas make for the ideal venue and

it inevitably grew from a restaurant

serving light meals to a steady stream

of tourists and locals who have

functions and meetings at our coffee

shop. We serve cakes that feature

local produce like macadamia nuts

and preserved ginger, and freshly

baked quiches.”

Inquisitive tourists can also take part

in tours around the plantation and

get a first-hand experience of what

goes into producing a cuppa Joe.

Noting a range of Hazyview’s

indigenous trees among the coffee

shrubs, Wolfgang explains that heat

affects the quality of the coffee bean,

which necessitates a certain amount

of shade in the orchards. “The higher

the temperature, the quicker the

beans grow and the lower the

density. These lighter ones offer a

less robust flavour and consequently

fetch a lower price.

“We realised that instead of clearing

the whole field to plant new coffee

shrubs, we could rely on the older

trees to provide shade, so we leave

a certain number of trees in the


Furthermore, Wolfgang preserves the

surrounding indigenous bush

as it provides a habitat for predators

of coffee pests. “Most of the

detrimental insects prevalent in

coffee plantations have natural

predators. In the indigenous forests

surrounding the plantations there are

eight different types of wasps that

feed on the coffee stem borer. If we

cleared the whole area there wouldn’t

be a natural habitat for the wasps, so

it’s important to maintain the

ecological balance.”

With the popularity of coffee on the

rise, prices paid to farmers have

Wolfgang Schroeder

The coffee shop overlooks the picturesque farm and is the ideal stop for homegrown coffee and cake

followed suit, which makes the

crop viable despite the high labour

expense. “There is much incentive

to develop this industry in South

Africa, considering the high labour

component. The workers get paid per

kilogram picked and they all achieve

minimum wage plus 50%. It’s the

ideal work for women and the elderly

because it’s not back-breaking labour.

We also find the women are gentler

in the picking process,” he says.

Once the berries are harvested the

skin, pulp and hull surrounding the

bean are removed and the beans are

dried. They are then polished and

sorted according to size and colour.

A gravity sorter is used to sort

according to density and a colour

sorter to split the different colours.

This is done at a facility in Delmas

since the farm’s volume does not yet

justify the expense of this

specialised equipment.

Roasting is outsourced to a

company in Johannesburg.

Wolfgang explains that depending on

the density of the bean, the roasting

process can take longer or shorter as

lighter ones roast quickly and denser

ones take longer. “It is important to

get this recipe right, because the

roasting process can make or break

the coffee.”

The coffee is then tasted and scored.

A score of above 90 is classified as

speciality coffee and a premium price

is obtained. A score between 75 and

90 is commercial grade and below

that is substandard. Shiloh obtains a

score of 82.

Thereafter the product is packaged

and a portion is labelled under the

Shiloh brand for sale in the coffee

shop and the rest is sold for export

under a commercial label.

He says Shiloh will eventually sell

its coffee under its label to a wider

audience once it has achieved the

necessary volume. For now, Shiloh’s

coffee can be enjoyed amid spectacular

views on the farm and beans and

ground coffee can be purchased to

share the aroma at home.


Shiloh Coffee Estate on 079-290-9567

Peter and Mariana Schroeder

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36 Get It Lowveld September 2019



Whether it’s the week’s veggies,

mounds of spring scarves or children’s

toys, this rack is not only a practical

way to add extra storage space,

but will make a feature out of your


Extra storage space never goes unwanted and when

it adds a little pizzazz to an empty wall, it’s all the more

welcome. This handy rack put together by BUCO is easy

to assemble and will have those loose items lying around

sorted in no time.

You will need

• 1 bundle of 1,2m length knotty pine planks. The

bundles can be bought pre-packed at BUCO. For

this project, you will require seven planks, but it can

be widened by using more, depending on your


• 2 wood cleats, cut the width of the pine planks that

have been assembled.

• 1 screw and wall plug for hanging up the rack.

• 4 screws for attaching the cleats.

• 3 large cup hooks.

• Wood glue.

• Paint in your choice of colour.

• Set of three baskets, available from BUCO.


How to

1. Paint the planks in a colour of your choice.

2. Once they have dried, put a thin strip of glue on the planks where they

clip into each other and clip all the planks in place. Allow the glue to dry.

3. Screw the cleats onto the back of the board to keep it sturdy.

4. Mark the board where the cup hooks must be screwed in by measuring

evenly spaced spots.

5. Drill a hole into the wall where you wish to hang the board and put in the

wall plug and screw. Hang up the board followed by the baskets.


BUCO has collaborated with Get It to feature a creative project each

month. If you require any assistance with putting this rack together or

need a bit of inspiration for your home crafts, visit Celia Swart in

BUCO’s decor section.


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Having won gold at the Chelsea Flower Show for six years running,

Leon Kluge’s successful career in show gardening sees him jet-setting from

China to France, Singapore to the United States, showcasing African flora.

We meet up with him on a rare visit to Mbombela to find out what it

takes to produce winning floral displays.


We sit under a tree in

the Lowveld Botanical

Garden, watching as

the finishing touches

are being put onto his display for

the Innibos Arts Festival. Leon has

succeeded in bringing a part of his

winning exhibit from the Chelsea

Show to the Lowveld - the only

place outside of England where it

can be seen.

This remarkable privilege bestowed

upon Mbombela is fitting, as his

father was once the curator of the

botanical garden. “I grew up in this

garden. We used to go on hikes every

weekend and I don’t think there is

a trail in the Lowveld we haven’t

walked. My favourite is Fairy Land

close to God’s Window. There is a

spectacular array of plants there that

most people don’t even know about,”

says Leon.

He divulges that staying inspired to

create winning exhibitions requires

spending as much time in nature as


“You have to hike to find new plants.

If you are not big on walking you

won’t succeed in creating inspirational


Of inspiration, there is much to

be had in South Africa’s rich floral

diversity. As such, the Kirstenbosch

National Botanical Garden has won

gold at the Chelsea Flower Show

an astonishing 37 times, the last six

years being through Leon’s leadership.

This year’s exhibition was titled

“Mountains of Abundance” and featured

a cornucopia of proteas, aloes

and indigenous grasses.

“Africa always seems to be on the

back-burner - but not in this sphere.

There is only one exhibit representing

our whole continent and it is

one of the most popular exhibits

at the show, and the biggest within

the grand marquee. People stand in

queues for hours to see our proteas,”

Leon proudly states. As the only

person in Africa who does show

gardening, Leon carries the continent’s

responsibility with gratitude

and humility. “Show gardening is

extremely important to the horticultural

sector. What the Milan runway

does for fashion, gardening shows do

for horticulture.

“I love the drama of show gardening

and how everything comes

together in a wave of colour. We

set new trends in gardening, introduce

new plants and colours, and

ultimately convince nurseries to stock

new varieties of plants.”

Attaining his position has been a

lifelong dream. With green fingers

running in the family, Leon’s foray into

the horticultural world was inevitable.

“I never dreamt of being a fireman,”

he laughs, “my interest was always in

plants. Gardening is in my blood.”

Leon studied landscaping and

horticulture and set his sights on

show gardening, something which

one needs to be invited to do rather

than applying for it. He made his

mark and after winning the Gardening

World Cup in Japan in 2014,

Leon Kluge

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September 2019 Get It Lowveld 39

Leon’s ‘Mountains of Abundance’

exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show

‘African Thunder’ was the theme for Leon’s 2018 Singapore

Garden Festival where he picked up a Best of the Show award

he caught the attention of the show garden


Then, after winning the Philadelphia Flower Show,

he was invited to be a part of the South African

team for the Chelsea Flower Show. “There is so

much to learn when you are putting a show of that

magnitude together. Logistics are a huge factor in

the success of the show as everything needs to be

imported and kept alive,” Leon explains.

‘If you are not big

on walking you won’t

succeed in creating

inspirational landscapes’

Everything for the Chelsea Flower Show is flown in

from South Africa - from the flowers to the sand.

This requires special permits, which can take up to a

year to attain. “One needs a lot of patience for all of

the paperwork. Each plant needs its own biography

and explanation for the permits.

“For plants that are endangered, like many of the

aloes, the paperwork is even more laborious. It’s a

very stressful process. This year we

lost a whole container of plants that

was destroyed by customs.”

Since the flowers are flown in a week

before the arrangements start, they

have to be kept in cold rooms. This

limits what flowers can be used, as

they have to withstand the cold.

“I often get asked why I don’t use

more flowers from Mpumalanga or

Limpopo, but most of them would

not last in the cold rooms. We test

new flowers from outside the Cape

because we do want more variety,

but most of them don’t make it.

“Furthermore, few flowers are as

showy as a protea. Look at that Barberton

daisy,” he says, pointing to the

delicate red flower on the display.

It’s beautiful, but it doesn’t make the

statement that the king protea next

to it does. We need to have an explosion

of colour and wow factor to win.

With our proteas, you can’t miss us!

“They are really remarkable - there is

just nothing else like it in the world

and many people attending the

show have never seen proteas before.

People queue for hours after the

show to get just one protea from the

installations that are dismantled and

sold off.”

The show then of course also has

far-reaching benefits for South Africa,

from tourism to farming. “The more

exposure we get abroad and the

more popular those flowers are, the

greater the demand and scope for

the industry back home to grow.

“There have also been developments

in how the flowers are cultivated and

we have found that those proteas

harvested in their natural environments

are far better than those

grown in artificial climates. So there

are projects for sustainable harvesting

of proteas and this also creates jobs

for local communities.

“Instead of turning uncultivated land

into farmland, it is preserved so that

the proteas can flourish and be harvested

sustainably. Through that the

bulbs that are dormant in the ground

also get a chance to grow and the

whole biodiversity is maintained.

“When we win gold we are also

featured constantly on European

television, so the exposure we get for

our country is huge.”

With such a deep love and appreciation

for plants, Leon says finding

flowers in their natural habitats is

what really excites him.

“Some of the most memorable

gardens I have seen are in China -

there is nothing more thrilling than

seeing something like a hydrangea

that is sold commercially all over the

world, growing in its natural environment.

You see so much in China you

have never seen before.

“But there are also so many amazing

spots in South Africa as well where

you find the most beautiful flora;

from the world’s largest daisy in Port

Elizabeth to miniature forests and

minute flowers that grow in our arid



The breathtakingly beautiful Arctic Ice protea

Leon’s concept design for his 2019

exhibit was well translated into a

colourful explosion on stage


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Fun activities to do with your child to explore the joy of

music while developing cognitive and other skills





They might frustrate and infuriate us, but our children truly are the apple of our eye, and while

times might change, bringing with more screen and less outside time, loving parents still want

to make sure their darlings get the best of both. We’ve put together a few things that we feel

are just as important now as they were back in the day when we were the little people.

The importance of music and movement in

your child’s early development

What is your favourite song? Is it something by Katy Perry? Metallica? Ed Sheeran? Ami Faku?

What is your child’s favourite song? “Wheels on the Bus”? “Twinkle Twinkle”? “Bons dat dit gons”?

It is well-known that children experience life

through their senses, which is why as babies

they need to put everything they see in their


Music is a sensorial experience too. Kids

naturally love music - especially that which

they have been exposed to in vitro. They feel

this both physically and emotionally.

Researchers have done numerous studies

as to why this happens and they tell us that

music and movement have a profound effect

on stimulating and developing the same

neuropathways in the brain that are needed

for the development of language, cognitive

thinking, motor skills and social skills. They

also stimulate the pathways your child uses

when learning to read, do mathematics, play

soccer, solve a problem and be a kind friend!

Music and movement combined are the one

activity that stimulates your child’s whole


Music and movement

• Academic - They boost your child’s brainpower! Many studies have found that music trains

the brain for higher forms of thinking. Music simply stimulates parts of it that are related to

reading, mathematics and emotional development. Do you want to give your child a mental

advantage? Music and movement can do that.

• Physical - Learning to sing, keep rhythm and move to the music develop gross motor and fine

motor skills, improve coordination and are a lot of fun!

• Emotional - Music is an art form which fosters creativity. Every kid requires an artistic outlet to

express their emotions and music and movement encourage just that!

• Social - Children who become involved in a music and movement programme, like Junior

Jive, learn important life skills, such as how to relate to others, how to work as a team and

appreciate the rewards that come from working together. This also leads to the development

of leadership skills and discipline.

• A form of discipline - Music teaches patience. We live in a world of instant gratification,

but real life demands having patience and discipline. When the children in our Junior Jive

programme play percussion instruments in a group, they are learning to wait their turn to play

as well as to work together as a group to make music.

• For life - Your kid can use their music skills throughout their life - it is a gift you are giving

them that will last their entire lives, and there is always more to learn!

1. Make up songs and sing about everything you see and do. It might seem silly and be tricky

at first, but the tone of your voice and the rhythms you sing, help children remember things

better and learn the nuances of language.

2. Sing songs that have simple hand or finger actions. Rhymes and songs like “Itsy Bitsy Spider”,

or “Wheels on the Bus,” are great to start with. For younger kids, a parent’s lap is a great place

to put music and movement together.

3. Make music. Every once in a while, grab little maracitos or claves and make your own music.

Or just grab a few pots and spoons and make music!

4. Sing in different places around the house. Let your children sing in the shower/bath, garage,

in the cupboards, outside in the garden. Singing in different places lets them experience the

acoustics of different locations and hear the echoes - or lack thereof.

5. Play with water. Here is a science lesson, and all kids love playing with water! Fill a few

glasses with different levels and let your child (gently) tap them with a spoon to create

different tones. Make up a song with the water glass instruments.

6. Play copycat rhythm games. Clap (or tap or stamp or bang) some basic rhythms (like 1-2,

1-2/1-2-3, 1-2-3) and see if your child can repeat them. With older preschoolers, let him/her

try to make up their own rhythms and see if you can repeat them.

7. Take turns choosing music to play. Make a playlist with different songs which each member

of the family enjoy listening to. Then add a few songs from genres you normally don’t

listen to. It is important to expose your child to as many different genres as possible so that

they will be able to enjoy the music more as adults. Don’t forget classical music - Mozart,

Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev have beautiful short pieces for little one to enjoy! And remember

repetition helps children learn so you can play the playlist in the car too!

8. Have a dance party. Put on your favourite music and dance around for a while. Encourage

your kid to rock, march, roll, tap, clap, and moving to the beat. Try to match your movements

to the tone and rhythms of the music.

Junior Jive Preschool music and movement programme details

Junior Jive Mpumalanga branch

Heleen du Plessis

079-886-4851 or

Junior Jive head office Johannesburg

Jennifer Morrison (founder and director of Junior Jive Preschool music and movement


072-738-9391 or



Just hearing the word leaves a sense of distaste and often anger, especially if you

are a parent who has had a kid suffer at the hands of a bully.

For the child themselves, it creates a sense of fear, worthlessness and insecurity.

Children who are bullied never forget, and often the mental anguish can

last into adulthood. Tests have shown that bullying can in some cases alter

the physical structure of a kid’s brain, and the long-term repercussions include

depression, poor academic performance, low self-esteem and increased risk for

suicide. Mental as well as physical health, relationships and economic status are

all affected.

Bullying usually takes place over a period of time and can be physical, emotional

or verbal, or all three. Sometimes the bully has a few hangers-on who encourage

and support him, usually out of fear of reprisal, ridicule or intimidation,

There are different ways in which

bullying manifests itself

• Name-calling • Hitting, pinching, kicking, pushing and shoving

• Intimidation tactics and threats • Telling lies to get someone

into trouble • Taking things, for example, lunch or lunch money

• Damaging things • Stealing • Turning friends away from you by

spreading rumours.

Warning signs of a child who is being picked

on or bullied

• Comes home with unexplained scratches, bruises, torn clothing

or damaged things • A lack of interest in going to school or

school outings, or activities that may include other children,

especially if they favoured these activities in the past • Lack of

interest in schoolwork • Is unhappy to go to school and seems

always to be ill, complaining of frequent headaches, stomach

ailments or similar • Becomes withdrawn, sad and disheartened

• Becomes irritable or moody and starts to become a bully

themselves, possibly with younger siblings • Lack of motivation

• Sleep issues • Suicidal tendencies.





or of becoming the next victim.

Often a child who bullies is acting in

retaliation, and is bullied by a parent,

older sibling or even peers, possibly

at a previous school. If, for example, a

parent bullies a child, it gives them a

sense of power and authority over that

child, which in turn the child passes on

to their chosen target.

The important thing to do if

you are being bullied is to tell

someone, whether a teacher,

parent, family member or friend.

This can be difficult, especially if

the protagonist has threatened to

harm you if you “spill the beans”,

but it is often the only way to

make it stop.

How you, as a parent, can help

• Speak to the school and your child’s teacher, make sure they understand

the situation and are prepared to deal with it

• Assure your kid that it is not their fault and that you will investigate

it immediately

• Stay calm and also remember that your child may feel embarrassed

as well as frightened

• Sometimes it is a much older child or even adult who is doing

the bullying

• Find out exactly what happened, who, when and where, and how

often, and keep a record of that as well as your interaction with the

school (if applicable, sometimes a bully is at church, aftercare or may

even be a friend’s older sibling)

Get your child to open up and talk about it, make sure he or she

understands that bullies thrive on control, hurt and intimidation

• Stress to your kid that it will be sorted out

• Make sure your child understands that it is normal to feel frightened,

angry or intimidated and that there is nothing to be ashamed of

• As tempting as it is, try not to confront the bully’s parents, this often

drives people into defence mode and does not achieve anything other

than antagonism, especially when the child in question is being bullied

at home

• Retaliation, also tempting, is not the answer either, as it against the

rules and can backfire, making it worse

• Always encourage your child to be assertive, but not aggressive

• Make it clear that bullying is never, ever acceptable, on any level.

It is crucial that parents and teachers

remain vigilant and deal with any

issues firmly and immediately,

before the situation becomes

unmanageable or dangerous.

Children should always be allowed

to feel safe and confident at school.

What schools should do

• If you notice something out of the ordinary, address the

matter immediately

• Make sure parents are always informed; whether their child is being

bullied or is the bully, it is important to speak to them and work

together to resolve the issue before it escalates

• Increase adult supervision during break times, at toilets and in

the schoolyard

• Make anti-bully laws part of the school’s code of conduct

• Have an information box where kids can report things anonymously

• Offer counselling to deal with anger issues and aggressive behaviours

• Emphasise the importance of respect, privacy and empathy

• Always make sure that there are a few teachers with an

open-door policy

• Make it clear as a school that you do not accept any form of bullying

• Remember that it is not only children who bully other children, it could

be a teacher or adult in this role.





Having a pet is a huge responsibility

and children must be made aware

of this from an early age. If your child

wants a pet, they must understand that

they are living, feeling beings that

require food, care, shelter, attention

and affection. They need to clean up

after them, feed them, give them

plenty of love and attention, take a

dog for walks and play with a cat. And

it’s a lifelong commitment, the life in

question being that of the pet.

Kids often only think of the fun part,

but a lot of patience, care, time and

effort goes into this bond. Having said

that, if you and your little darling are

still good to go, then getting your child

a pet is one of the best things you can

do for them.

A few reasons why

having a pet is beneficial

to a child’s development

• Caring for a pet helps children to

learn empathy and compassion

It also teaches them responsibility,

and that consistency is key

• Stroking an animal has been proven

to lower blood pressure and stress

levels, it also alleviates loneliness - a pet

can be your best friend in the world

• Tests show that kids who grow up

with animals are less inclined to

develop common allergies and asthma

• Pets are loyal and give unconditional


• In an age where everything is

screen-time, and one-on-one contact

is becoming more rare, pets keep kids

active, present and away from


• They help to develop impulse control

and improve self-esteem.

Bear in mind

• Set age-appropriate tasks for them, such as feeding the cat twice a day,

changing the water bowl, cleaning the sand box, going for a walk.

• Take them with to the vet. It helps them to feel like a more active part of their

pet’s life and it is also important for them to understand why vaccinations are

given or should the pet be ill, how they can help.

• Always be a good example. Be gentle and kind to animals and your children will

follow suit.

Easy-peasy peanut butter dog treats

Kids and pets, the two go

hand in hand, right? Yes,

absolutely! Although, on the

other hand, not so fast.

The following is a simple recipe for the children to try, making peanut butter dog

treats for their furry friends. They are quick and easy, smell awesome, and dogs

love ‘em! The kids might just need a bit of help with the baking bit.


• 1 1/3 cups wholewheat flour • 2/3 cup oats • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

• 2 eggs • 1/4 cup water.


• Preheat the oven to 180’C • Stir the flour, oats, peanut butter and eggs together

• Add in a tablespoon of water at a time, mixing until the dough becomes pliable

enough to roll out • Dusting with a little flour if necessary, roll out your dough

and cut out shapes using a cookie cutter, upturned glass or cut fancy shapes

by hand • Place onto a baking sheet and bake for approximately 15 to 20 minutes.


• Makes around 35 cookies, depending on how big they are • The recipes freezes

well • Keeps well in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.



eBundu kids are full of life, love to play and have big dreams for the future.

They are independant and know how to make the right food choices.

Hey mums and dads, eBundu has

put together a nutritious selection

of yummy foods for your growing

baby or toddler, the right foods for

their stage of development. From

choosing a selection of Purity to

diced and mashed veggies - or

simply make up your own plate

for the little one.





Fun kids activities at eBundu:

Put-Put, Playground & a

Touch animal zoo farm.








There are so many magnificent places to

hike, ride, ramble or drive in our

beautiful country. You simply have

to climb into the car, hop onto the

N4 and the road is your oyster.

A day trip, overnight stay or quick visit to any of the scenic

stopover points along the way make for the ideal Heritage

Day outing for a family. Of course, as with any undertaking,

it is always wise to err on the side of caution, especially

when you have kids in the car. This is true for a day trip,

holiday or trip up the road to the local shops. Many

accidents happen less than minutes away from home.

Points to remember when travelling

with young kids

• Make sure they cannot undo the buckles or squirm out

of their restraints. Remember, a happy child who is

entertained is less likely to fidget, get bored, or distract

other members of the car, including the driver.

It is illegal for a kid under the age of three to travel in a

car and not be strapped into an approved car seat.

• Remove very puffy or bulky jackets. They can give

children leverage to squirm free.

• The driver of a vehicle will be held legally responsible

for any kid under the age of 14 who is not wearing a

safety belt.

• Set a good example by always putting your seat belt

on as soon as you get into the car, and only drive away

when all seat belts are buckled up.

• If your child’s straps are twisted, stop the car and redo

them, explaining your reasons so that they grow up

knowing the importance of the safety harness.

• Pets travelling in the car should be in carriers, to protect

themselves as well as any other passengers.

It goes without saying, but it still happens. Children

should never sit on a parent’s lap while they are driving,

or resting their arms on the dashboard.

• Kids under 10 should sit in the backseat; it is the safest

place in a vehicle.

• If there is no alternative and a child must sit in the front

seat, move the chair back as far as possible to protect

from injury in case the airbags are deployed.

• Arms, legs and heads must be kept inside the vehicle at

all times.

• Activate the child-proof locks to avoid a child opening

the door while the car is in motion or getting out


• Make sure there are no loose items lying around that

could turn into potential missiles on impact.

• Remember to always put your child into and take him

out of the car on the pavement side to avoid oncoming


Child safety in the car is simple, it

means correctly fitting a seat belt

onto your older child, or ensuring

a younger one is properly strapped

into their car chair.

Ways to keep children entertained

when driving

• Chat to them as you drive. It helps pass the time and also

distracts them.

• Point out interesting things along the way, such as a roadside

stall, beautiful tree, historical landmark or remarkable

lookout point.

• Play music or audio stories.

• Remember the age-old games we all played as children

such as I-spy? Kids love those, any verbal type of guessing


• If your child has special needs, make sure they are

addressed beforehand, especially if it is going to be a long

journey - are there rest stops along the way, and if you are

planning on stopping over are there adequate facilities to

accommodate them?

• Always pack water and snacks, nothing too sticky or that

will melt, and nothing too sugary. Dried fruit, sandwiches,

nuts and fruit such as apples are perennial favourites, and a

flask of tea never goes amiss.

South Africa has a wonderful diversity of roadways to

travel, and our stunning Mpumalanga is one of the

most beautiful in the world. Practise road safety and

common sense on the roads, never, ever exceed the

speed limit and remember to give TRAC a call if you are

on the N4 Toll Route and get stuck or have a problem.

In the meantime, buckle up and enjoy the ride!

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book that’s fun and carries an important lesson for all children, as well as

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The Chubby Pig opened its doors in November 2018. You can find the quirky

eatery, gift shop, nursery and accommodation on the Panorama Route hugging

the banks of the Treur River, but there is nothing to “mourn” here. Expect good

food, friendly hosts and a view of crystal waters coursing by at a pace which is

guaranteed to make you slow down and relax.

Next to the restaurant and in front of the accommodation, a large fig tree leans over the Treur

56 Get It Lowveld September 2019

Text and photographer: MIA LOUW

After 20 years working in the

corporate world, Raynard and Melody

Ferreira decided it was time for a 360

degree shift. They both have years of

experience in marketing and sales,

but when Melody arrived from work

late one night, Raynard cooked up an

idea for her to work from home. They

opened a little restaurant next to the

Treur River on Raynard’s family farm,

30 kilometres from Graskop towards

Bourke’s Luck. The property has been

in his family for four generations.

“I’m living out my father’s dream,”

Raynard says while seated on the

restaurant’s deck, built with his own

two hands. His father envisioned

opening a resort in the ‘70s on the

opposite side of the river, but his

plans never came to fruition. “As a

teenager and even after school I

never really showed interest in the

farm. When I inherited the property,

it really sank in,” he explains. Working

and living on the farm today makes

him as happy as a pig in the mud.

Melody and Raynard Ferreira with their sons, Ayden, Levi and GC (back)

September 2019 Get It Lowveld 57

The entrance to The Chubby Pig, with the Treur River waiting for

guests in the front

A succulent-themed cottage

That is where the name, The Chubby

Pig, came from. Raynard also farms with

pigs, as well as peaches, apricots, figs

and onions; they are planning on planting

cherries too. “He absolutely loves his

pigs,” Melody exclaims. “I’ve never seen

someone who adores them as much

as he does. I often see him scratching

them behind their ears.”

Melody still works from home as a

sales executive for InsureAfrica, while

helping Raynard build The Chubby Pig

brand and run the business. She never

thought of managing a restaurant,

but instead had an idea for a padstal.

Her mom, June du Plessis, started the

Pampoen Paleis in 1979, situated where

White River’s Bagdad Centre is today.

She sold fruits, vegetables, curios and

jams. “Raynard came up with the idea

to open a restaurant instead. We both

knew I could make yummy food, but to

cook for the public felt like a step too

far,” Melody laughs.

‘We would


recommend this

type of move

in business and

lifestyle to

other families’

Besides running the kitchen, she also

produces and sources products for their

gift shop. She makes shoes and dresses

and aims to stock the shop with her

accessory and clothing brand, Melo.

She also has a creative flare for

decorating; two out of their five cottages

are ready for visitors (all five will

be complete for their first wedding in

October) and these chalets are

furnished according to botanical

themes. The succulent cottage sports

shades of green, while the protea

option has splashes of pink and red

brightening up the cozy space.

On the restaurant deck, vintage tins

are used as pot planters and after a

morning walk Melody would come

back with a posy of flowers and

plants gathered from the veld. “We

are a creative team,” Melody explains.

She decorates and Raynard focuses

on the construction. He built the

deck, the restaurant and the cottages

with a friend; and by using

corrugated iron it feels like you are

stepping back into the gold rush history

this area is known for. They have

even found artefacts like koekepanne

on their farm and an ox wagon route

used by Voortrekkers is believed to

pass through their property.

Besides the area’s history, the

surrounding scenery is also a big

drawcard for visitors, but the

remoteness has its cons. “One of the

disadvantages of living and doing

business here, is the reception - it is

terrible,” Melody admits. When her

friends finally reach her on her phone,

they respond with “thank goodness,

you have signal today!” Tourists and

city folk don’t seem to mind the lack

of reception though; it means they

can have a peaceful night without

phone calls, WhatsApp or social


Grocery shopping is another issue.

Quickly popping into the shops is

out of the question and they have

to plan ahead to avoid unnecessary

trips. “That is why we started our own

organic garden; fresh produce like

salad is an item we run out of quickly,”

Melody explains. Besides their efforts

to live off the land, The Chubby Pig

and the family’s home are off the grid

too. They use solar energy for lights

and appliances, and gas for the

cooking and showers.

“To get your kids to school can

also be a bit of a mission,” Raynard

recalls another challenge. Their one

son goes to school in Sabie and is

dropped off in Graskop to take the

bus. Luckily this means Melody can

stop by the shops every weekday,

while also making use of better

reception to check her emails. During

school holidays - and while Mom

and Dad tend to customers - the kids

play on the deck and ride their bikes

down the red sandy road leading

up to the restaurant.“They rarely get

bored,” Melody smiles. “They’re always

busy with something and they aren’t

interested in phones, tablets or the


It gets difficult at times,” Raynard

admits. “We feel guilty when the kids

want attention while we are busy

with customers. But this is our bread

and butter; and we are still building

our name.” While working in the

corporate industry, he says he felt like

he worked himself to the bone, only

for others to build up their nest egg.

“This place gives us the opportunity

to be our own bosses,” Raynard adds.

“Everything we tackle here, we try to

do ourselves and with cash to avoid


The Chubby Pig already provides a

much-needed reprieve from the

hustle and bustle of city life, but the

couple have even more plans to

improve their quaint weekend

getaway. Raynard is going to build a

floating jetty for the river and grass

will be planted on the slope between

the water and the cottages. They

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have grand plans for a kiddies play

area, a chapel for weddings and a

honeymoon suite nestled among

gargantuan trees on the banks of

the Treur.

There is a wide one-kilometre stretch

on the river, ideal for rowing up and

down; you might just spot a fish eagle,

kingfisher or an otter swimming

by. Farther down the Treur there is a

small waterfall and huge rock pool,

ideal for their guests to enjoy sunsets.

“We would absolutely recommend

this type of move in business and

lifestyle to other families,” says Melody.

It provides freedom and tranquillity,

especially if you are used to living in

a city.” They want their customers to

feel at peace here. “That’s why I am

thinking of putting up a sign,” Melody

adds. “If you are in a hurry, this might

not be the place for you.”


Melody Ferreira on 082-654-4819 or

Raynard’s on 073-991-7631 or

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Exploring the

geotrail on the

Genesis Route

between Barberton

and the


Border Post into

the Kingdom

of eSwatini has

been a top bucket list contender for

Desmond. His love of geology is only

surpassed by his love of cooking.

“Being a geologist has always been

a career for me, a beautiful one that

I enjoy, but being in the kitchen is

what I love, and seeing people smile

as soon as they take that first bite

makes me happy,” he grins.

The scenic wilderness that will

become Desmond’s playground for

the day is still pitch dark and covered

in mist as he lights the fire at the

Lebombo viewsite (25,3km into the

geotrail). His “kitchen” is often found

in nature as he finds his inspiration

for cooking in his surroundings while

basking in the first rays of daylight

while planning a unique menu.

The Makhonjwa Mountains - a geological treasure chest as

they are made up of sedimentary and volcanic rock



It’s Heritage Month, and we follow the Nom Nom Geo Chef, Desmond Tshikota,

as he talks us through the magnificent Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail,

cooking at strategic points along the way.


Breathing in the crisp mountain air

the Geo Chef starts sharpening his

knifes in preparation for cooking a

variety of root vegetables to celebrate

Heritage Month. He extends

his hand to the ancient valley with all

of its splendour and vast geological

importance. “Just wait till the sun rises

then you will see exposed rocks of

ancient formations formed more than

three billion years ago.”

Behind him lies the Barberton

Greenstone Belt with its banded

iron formation that extends towards

eSwatini. “What a beautiful place to

be at, and to celebrate culture and

diversity of beliefs. I can’t think of a

better spot that perfectly explains

ancient life and the beauty of


Desmond slowly sips his tea and

waits for the sun to rise, sitting on a

massive carbonate rock known to

geologists as dolomitic limestone, or

as locals like to call it “elephant skin”,

as it resembles that rough, weathered

hide of elephants.

“The geotrail has beautiful iconic

landscapes, astonishing wildlife and

colourful history. It is one of Mother

Nature’s greatest gifts as the history of

our planet is explained by the rocks.“

Desmond is interrupted by tourists

who arrive at the viewpoint to capture

the sunrise, but now can’t take

their eyes off the beautifully decorated

table with shweshwe cloth and

black clay plates made by renowned

potter Antjie Newton.

He is not shy to share his knowledge

of the geotrail with them. “Here you

will find the best-preserved oldest

rocks on the planet, formed more

than three billion years ago. There are

iron formations covering the earth,

rock formations that tell stories of

what happened in the past, and the

white tidal sandstone that explains

the ancient existence of beaches in

the area. It gives us hints of our first


And then comes the moment that

everyone has been waiting for, the

sun slowly raises its head and extends

a greeting in a stunning blend of

orange and yellow. Now Desmond

is truly in his element and can’t stop

laughing. “The beautiful sunrise

experience is one of a kind; I doubt

it can be compared to any other. The

place is so peaceful and quiet, it is

just you and nature. Cooking on an

open fire always reminds me of how

things used to be in the times of our

forefathers, when technology was not

around to simplify everything.”

Desmond takes us through the main

meal of the day: Pilchard Shakshuka.

“The main ingredient is pilchards,

inspired by the fact that we are celebrating

our heritage and going back

to our roots. In days gone by, this was

a luxurious meal and having it on the

table was cause for celebration.”

This was the case for Desmond and

his siblings, Marcia and Pfano, who

grew up in the small township of

Tshikota in Louis Trichardt. After

school he went to study geology at

Tshwane University of Technology

and future leadership development

at Wits Business School.

His parents, Sherly and Orbert, did

everything in their capacity to help

him grow and become an independent

young man who pursued all of

his dreams.

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One such a dream was cooking, and

establishing the catering company -

Nom Nom Geo Chef. “Nom nom”

are the sounds you make when

you savour delicious food. Desmond’s

dream came into fruition when he

combined being a geologist with

part-time cheffing, finally doing

what he loved - entertaining locals

and tourists and cooking for them

while also showing off our beautiful

Lowveld and it’s fascinating history.

The next point that Desmond visits

on the geotrail is Baryte station,

and he chooses a sedimentary rock

table to set up his dish of root vegetables.

Here there are layers of thinly

and highly folded sedimentary rock

formations. These layers are made

up of cherts and iron oxides forming

the famous and most important host

for the world’s largest gold and iron

ore deposits, called the “banded iron


He leans over and bites into one of

the roasted potatoes. “My love of food

is very deep, it just makes me happy.

I get so excited when I discover and

crack a recipe. I zone out when I’m in

the kitchen, you would even think I

am in my own world.”

‘What a

beautiful place

to be at, and to


culture and

diversity of


The sun is high in the sky as he

takes in the surrounds of his last

stop, reminiscent of a discarded

ocean. “The white sandstone tells a

tale of ancient beaches, tides and

some of the earliest life forms. What

I love about this spot is that you see

small ripple marks, evidence of the

existence of tidal currents which

moved back and forth as the tides

turned. On this station, the white tidal

sandstone inspired me to prepare

a meal dominated by white, as a

resemblance of my surroundings. I

prepared a boiled egg on crispy toast

with speciality fried spinach.”

The day comes to an end and the

Geo Chef reflects back on what it

meant to him to go back to his roots.

“You feel at peace here, on this trail.

You feel amazing, you feel at home. It

has the most captivating scenery in

Africa and tells the earth’s story, especially

the genesis/beginning of life.

It has the greatest sense of isolation

I have ever experienced,” muses

Desmond, as he gazes back at the

massive white rock formations of

what was once an ocean of water.


Follow Desmond on Instagram

@thegeochef or on call 082-888-5135

for corporate catering, private catering,

pop-up events, cooking lessons or an

exclusive private cooking class in spots

like the geotrail.

For more of

Desmond’s recipes,

and more about the

geotrail, visit


Desmond displays his dish of roasted root veggies

on a sedimentary rock table at the Baryte station

Pilchard Shakshuka

This meal takes about 30 minutes to prepare and serves about 4 people

The heritage table decorated with shweshwe

cloth, rosemary, wildflowers, traditionally crafted

coffee cups and Desmond’s Shakshuka served on

black clay plates


• 400g can of pilchards in tomato sauce • Vegetable oil • 1 onion, peeled and chopped • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

• 1 tsp (5ml) paprika • ½ tsp (2,5ml) sugar • 410g can chopped tomatoes • 410g can kidney beans, drained

and rinsed • Salt and black pepper to taste • 4 eggs • 1 small bunch fresh parsley, finely chopped • 4 slices of fresh bread,

lightly toasted.

On the trail you will find dolomitic limestone,

known by the locals as ’elephant skin’

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Desmond admires one of the geotrails secrets,

a magnificent tree next to the Genesis Route


• Place the pilchards into a bowl. Remove half of them and reserve for later. Mash the other half into the sauce.

• Heat a small amount of oil in a large saucepan and add the onion and garlic. Cook on a medium heat until softened and

golden brown. • Add the paprika and sugar and allow to caramelise for a few minutes. • Add the chopped tomatoes and

half a can of water and allow to cook gently until softened, 5 to 10 minutes. • Stir in the kidney beans and mashed

pilchards. Allow to simmer gently until the sauce thickens slightly and season with salt and pepper. • Remove from heat

and, with a spoon, create four evenly spaced wells for the eggs. Gently break the eggs into each well and push the

reserved pilchard fillets into the sauce around the eggs. • Sprinkle half the parsley into the pan and return to the heat.

Cover and cook gently until the egg whites are cooked through and the yolks are done to your liking.

• Remove from heat and serve directly from the saucepan, garnished with the remaining parsley and served with the

toast slices.

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