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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
BEAUTY & FASHION
22 A shot of vitamin C
FOOD & DRINK
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
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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
42 - 50 KIDS, THE IMPORTANT STUFF
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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
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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,
Boktown Castle Rugby
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
“It was a good day to be free of prison.” So
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Weather Station Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (all ripe fruit and full flavours), is
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Haystack Chardonnay 2018 (for those who love oak and fruit wines) is
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on their farm dating back to 1822, and where the Journey’s End winery now
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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: journeysend.co.za.
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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
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”.
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
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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
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Dee and Peter Retief with Linda Wattrus
A gem of
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
Ken and Diny Young with Susi Evans
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
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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.
Text: LIEZEL LÜNEBURG
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
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.”
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
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
16 Get It Lowveld September 2019
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
“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.
Text: LIEZEL LÜBENBURG. Photographer: JAMEEL AND HAMZA GARDEE
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
‘We did not need
but special considerations
on differences in
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
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
o n the
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.
Text: ALITA STEENKAMP
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
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.
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!”
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What about a little Sunset Orange on
your nails... one of our fave shades from
Mavala Mini Nail Colour. R85 from
Mopani, Dis-Chem, Clicks and Woolies.
Lamelle’s Correctives Vita C Lipid Serum offers the ability to deliver the age-reversing properties of
vitamin C to skins that cannot tolerate products containing ascorbic acid. An exceptional product with
20% vitamin C, plus jojoba seed oil and ginger root extract, it can be used on sensitive and dry skin with
no need to acclimatise. R849 from lamelle.co.za.
From the well-respected
Dr Hauschka range, this
Quince Day Cream is a
light daily moisturiser for
healthy, toned skin.
R629 from Woolworths,
stores and tocara4.co.za.
• Vitamin C stimulates collagen
production, reduces melanin
production, acts as a powerful
antioxidant to neutralise free
radicals and has anti-wrinkle
properties, improving skin
texture and complexion. And
Laboratoire SVR Hydracid C50 is a
micro-peeling foam mask described
as pure vitamin C in a can. R600 from
Clicks and Absoluteskin.co.za.
EVER... This sensational
A shot of
We’re having a bit of a fling with all
things orange, lemon and lime.
Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil, made from
100% plant extract, tones and restores radiance to your
complexion. R525 from Mopani.
KIEHL’S Cilantro & Orange
Extract Pollutant Defending
Masque works on three levels... it
fights skin damage, strengthens
skin and shields against pollution.
Not much more you need, really.
R695 from Edgars.
SoyLites Lip Balm with lemon essential
oil is fresh and leaves your lips feeling as
if they’ve just been kissed by nature. R55
New INOAR 2-in-1 Shampoo & Shower Gel comes in a whopping one litre bottle, is 100% vegan and has a relaxing
orange flower scent. R320 from Mopani. • This Bramley Magnolia Tissue Oil is an exceptional product and so well
priced. R36,99 from PEP. • Get a citrus and ginger kick with Earthsap Body Wash. R79 from faithful-to-nature.co.za. • All
pink grapefruit and mandarin, the Superfruit Collection Exfoliating Shower Gel is a sharp, smart option for a wake-up
shower. R70 from Checkers. • We keep Morlage & Yorke Lemongrass and Verbena Handwash in our bathrooms and
kitchen... love the sharp, fresh scent. R89 from @Home.
We can’t live without essential oils, and
SOiL has some of the best. These Sweet
Orange, Lemon and Lime are fresh and
gorgeous, and start at R33. All from
Dis-Chem or Mopani.
Love the packaging. Love the scent.
Love the product. Mies Bubble Tub
with scents of lemon and tangerine.
Yum! R250 from miesetc.com.
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ENHANCING THE FACE OF BEAUTY
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).
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
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Owner: Megan Wauts
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.
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
Founder: Nicolene Pelster
September 2019 Get It Lowveld 25
Text: ALITA STEENKAMP
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
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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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A taste of
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
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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
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.
Tasty 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
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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
With half a dozen yummy
new cookbooks on the
shelves it’s going to be a
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 &
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
TO WRITE HOME ABOUT
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
Text: LINDI BOTHA. Photographer: TANYA ERASMUS
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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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
tourists can also
take part in tours
“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
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
With the popularity of coffee on the
rise, prices paid to farmers have
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
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 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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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.
Text: LINDI BOTHA. Photographer: MATTHYS FERREIRA
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.
Text: LINDI BOTHA. Photographer: BELINDA ERASMUS
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,”
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
“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,
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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
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
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
Text: JENNIFER MORRISON
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Jive head office Johannesburg
Jennifer Morrison (founder and director of Junior Jive Preschool music and movement
072-738-9391 or email@example.com
Text: MELLISSA BUSHBY
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
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
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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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.
Text: MELLISSA BUSHBY
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
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.
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Text: MELLISSA BUSHBY
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
• 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
• 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
• Chat to them as you drive. It helps pass the time and also
• Point out interesting things along the way, such as a roadside
stall, beautiful tree, historical landmark or remarkable
• 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
• 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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her how to turn on her inner superpower. Powerful, by Alicia Thomas-Woolf, teaches
children how to deal with bad, sad, scared and angry feelings in a deceptively simple
story that could become a tool for life. It’s an anti-bullying, confidence-building songand-action
book that’s fun and carries an important lesson for all children, as well as
their parents and teachers. It comes with a CD of the song and illustrations by Karin
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A sad boy climbs a hill and flops down
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all his friends have new and shiny toys
and his only toy is a battered old panda.
Then magic happens - the tree takes
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WENT TO THE RIVER
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
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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.
type of move
in business and
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
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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geotrail on the
Border Post into
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.
Text: ZANI BARRISH. Photographer: SIMONÉ VAN ZYL
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
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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.”
to be at, and to
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
and more about the
Desmond displays his dish of roasted root veggies
on a sedimentary rock table at the Baryte station
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,
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
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