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WHY DON’T YOU ...
4 Indulge in German tradition at the Deutsche Internationale
Schule Pretoria’s Oktoberfest, see Jeremy Loops in action or shop
until you drop at The Flair Baby and Toddler Market
6 Read more about the hottest new releases and do not forget to
join our book club
8 The hottest buys we’re crushing on this September
10 See who attended the SPAR Women’s Challenge
12 How many times can you apply lipstick in an hour? Lynné de
Jager has a new world record
14 Willem Botha dishes on his new music and love for
16 Melissa Willering is jonk, energiek en die ster van die
splinternuwe Fiela Se Kind
18 Rose-hued buys just in time for spring
20 Our favourite flower power fashion buys
22 Laser therapy is all the rage - here are a few of the benefits
24 Home cooking recipe books that will have you looking
like a pro
28 Get your garden spring-ready in no time!
44 Sigh! Our beach house dreams come true
46 Win a Lou Harvey cake carrier bag along with Chateau
Gateaux cake vouchers worth R700
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Out & About
Activities galore. Events you can look out for this month!
grannies, aunts ... well, The
Flair Baby and Toddler Market
is pretty much for anyone with a
little one in their lives. Join in the
fun at Southdowns College and
shop between the 100 unique and
creative vendors from all over SA. The
ultimate family outing with lots of
entertainment for your little ones will
take place between 30 August and
1 September. Invite your friends, take
your mom and make sure to swing by.
Tickets are available at the doors at R70.
Kids under the age of 16 enter free.
Work in some stretches and get
ready for the Brooklyn Road
Race taking place on 7 September.
Enter for either the 32km, 21.1km,
10km or 5km fun run and see how
you measure against some of the
city’s top athletes. Entry fees are R130
(32km), R100 (21.1km), R80 (10km)
and R40 (5km). The race kicks off at
5:30am at the corner of Veale and
Bronkhorst streets and online entries
close on 1 September. The first 100
online entries receive a free parking
voucher. Non-registered athletes
(32km, 21.1km and 10km) must buy a
temporary licence at R40. Details: www.
The SAAF Museum Swartkop
Airshow has become a sort
of institution in the capital and this
year’s show promises to be nothing
different. Every year families and
aviation enthusiasts descend on the
Swartkop Museum for a day filled with
the best of SA aviation and of course,
loads to eat and drink. The theme
for the 2019 Airshow is ‘Collective
Heritage’ and tickets are on sale from
Computicket. Tickets sell for R80, R60
for kids between the ages of 12 and 16.
Kids under the age of 12 enter for free.
Gates open at 8am. Details: tickets.
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The Oktoberfest at the Deutsche
Internationale Schule Pretoria
is South Africa’s original
Oktoberfest and serves as a
fundraiser for the school. So get
your tickets now and celebrate
in true German tradition along
with more than 10 000 people
between 12 and 14 September.
And as always, the Die Ottertaler
Oompah band from Germany will
be live in the main tent to provide
festivalgoers a true German
experience. Great beer and food
– what more can we ask for?
General access tickets for Friday,
13 September is R80 and for
Saturday, 14 September it’s R100.
Nothing but a good time!
Broadway’s smash hit musical,
Rock of Ages, is going to set
Montecasino’s Teatro on fire! This
jukebox musical features 28 classic rock
songs from the 1980s ... think ‘Don’t
Stop Believin’, ‘The Final Countdown’,
‘Here I Go Again’ and so many more. As
the humorous high-energy storyline
unfolds, you’ll take a journey back to
a colourful era while singing along
to rock anthems that come alive on
stage. This promises to be a feel-good
stage production and it’s guaranteed
you’ll be on your feet rocking away
to the memories. With an all-SA cast,
band and production team, great
comedy, stellar performances and
amazing music it’s a seriously mindless,
ridiculously enjoyable, glamour-rock
musical that we are certainly not
going to miss. It’s on from Thursday,
26 September to Sunday, 20 October
and tickets cost from R150 at
Computicket on 083-915-8000 or
www.computicket.com. Owing to adult
themes, a PG13 is recommended.
WIN! Fancy winning a pair of tickets?
We’re giving two lucky readers two
tickets each for the 6pm show on
Sunday, 29 September ... to enter,
leave your name on our ROCK OF
AGES WIN post on Facebook before
If you are a fan of Jeremy Loops,
you definitely don’t want to miss
his performance, Jeremy Loops Live
in the Garden, at the Pretoria National
Botanical Garden. It’s a ‘Sunburn &
Wonder – For the Whole Family’ event
indeed. Tickets are available for R150
at Aroma Gourmet Coffee Roastery
and Aroma Gelato and Waffle Lounge.
Only a limited amount of tickets will
be available at the gates on the day
of the show. Details: howler.co.za/
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September 2019 Get It Pretoria 05
Half a dozen thrilling reads for September
‘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’ adrenaline 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 a
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 mom. The place
they choose to live, Featherbank, has
a dark past ... 15 years before, a serial
killer, known as The Whisper Man,
aducted 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.
In a large house in London’s
fashionable Chelsea, a baby is awake
in her cot. Well-fed and cared for,
she’s happily waiting for someone to
pick her up. In the kitchen lie three
decomposing corpses, with a hastily
scrawled note. The three have been
dead for several days. So who’s looking
after the baby? There’s little better than
finding a new Lisa Jewell book on the
shelves ... The Family Upstairs is just
FABULOUS. Penguin, R290
Also look out for ...
Daisy and Simon’s marriage is great,
particularly after the arrival of longedfor
daughter Millie. A happy little family
of three. So what if Simon drinks a bit
too much every now and then ... as
Daisy says, he’s just letting off steam.
Then one night at a party, things spiral
horribly out of control ... Adele Parks’
Lies Lies Lies is all about relationships,
marriage and secrets. A great read.
Harper Collins, R305.
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We’re in love with these spring buys, and you will be too!
GREEN TEA? YES, PLEASE!
Warmer months call for switching it up drink-wise. So instead
of hot chocolate, why not opt for a cup of tea – Cedarberg
Green Rooibos Tea to be precise. This tea boasts a fresh
crisp taste with notes of green apples and newly
mowed grass. It’s the perfect drink to start
your day, R125. Details: sunbirdrooibos.com.
While you’re making tea, why not get your
hands on a Tetsubin green 0.8L tea kettle?
This authentic oriental kettle is made from cast iron,
making it ideal for brewing your next cuppa, R899.
And of course, while you are at it, why not get your
hands on a gorgeous green Nomad travel mug from
Typo. It’s the perfect everyday accessory. It has a classic
design but the print makes for a real statement, R149.
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A HINT OF GREEN...
Want to liven up your home a bit? Well,
we found just the thing. The easiest
and most effective way to add a bit of
colour to any room or just hide ugly
already installed tiles, is with these
gorgeous vinyl wall tiles from Tilevera.
Simply stick these tile decals to any
suitable surface and peel off when you
get tired of the look. It’s that easy!
The tile decals are available in
10cmx10cm, 15cmx15cm and
20cmx20cm and as a pack of 12 or 24.
All tiles are handmade on order and
packed and supplied individually and
not in strips, thus not coming with
grout lines. A set of 24 tiles sell for R309.
Whether you are looking for a cute bag
to carry your groceries in or just need a
brand new handbag, we won’t judge.
And does it even get better than this
delicious monster shopping bag from
Style Republic? R99.
Oh, and don’t even get us started
on these green Caridee mules from
Madison. The gorgeous floral print and
tassel detail adds that little something
extra, don’t you think? R589.
Did someone say new shades? These
Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses in dark
green and gold will make you the
talk of the town, R2 389.
Bring the smell of spring into your home ...
we just love this Enchanting florals candle,
R199 from Poetry
Cause a stir in this
gorgeous Tia printed
maxi dress from
Forever New. It’s
fancy enough for
any special event
but cute enough to
wear pretty much
anytime. Who says
a girl can’t dress
up all the time?
R1 399. Details:
If you’re out and about in the Brooklyn Bridge Office Park,
you might have come across this gem - BICCCS BROOKLYN
BRIDGE. Open Mondays to Fridays from 6am till 5pm, it’s
the best place to stop for a fresh cup of coffee early in the
morning. And did we mention that their fresh bread comes
out of the oven every morning by 7am ... Yummy! Rotisserie
chickens and pasta are available for takeaway for delicious
and nutritious lunch and dinner convenience options, while
the deli contains those few products from Europe essential
in making the delicious difference to a home-cooked meal.
So what does BICCS stand for? Bread, Ice-cream, Cake,
Croissants, Coffee and Sandwiches. Everything you need to
get you through the day. Details: www.bicccs.net
September 2019 Get It Pretoria 09
All for the ladies
The Tshwane leg of the SPAR Women’s Challenge has grown
from humble beginnings to one of the world’s biggest road races.
Women felt braver, stronger and fitter at this year’s annual SPAR
Women’s Challenge Tshwane in Centurion recently and an
estimated 23 000 people took part.
Challenge spokesperson Natasja Martens said, “the SPAR race
began in 1996 with just 600 entrants racing along the University
of Pretoria’s Groenkloof campus.
“Today, around 23 000 entrants from around Gauteng ran through
Centurion’s streets along a 5km and 10km route.
“This was done to include more of our loyal and faithful
Liam and Elzabé de Wet
and Christelle Bates
Ronell Nienaber and Nellie Lourens
Ben and Renschiz van Heerden
Zelmarie and Lyzette Hoogenboezen
Cecelia, Melissa and Claire Lieutier
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Alecia Sassenberg, Michelle Killian and Chandre Botha
Marida Janse van Rensburg, Annatjie Jonk
and Christene and Ruhan Breedt
Portia Zimleni and Mutondi,
Khumbuoho and Fulufhelo Phuriwa
Eve Mashao, Kholofelo Nkoana
with Tebogo and Mosa Letsoalo.
Local businesswoman and former Mrs South Africa
2012 Lynné de Jager can now also add a world
record to her name after she applied lipstick to a
thousand people’s lips in an hour at a recent event
at Brooklyn Mall. Organiser Gavin Prins said the
previous record was 535 women in an hour.
‘It was madness, but it was amazing,’ he said.
Prins said they are ecstatic that Lynné managed to
break the record in her first-ever attempt.
The proceeds gained from people who
participated in the challenge will go towards
Operation Smile for corrective surgery for children
born with cleft lips.
De Jager said: ‘My idea was to do something
meaningful. I wanted us as South Africans to be
part of a world record event.’
She said the real winners, however, were the
children who would benefit from the proceeds and
have their lives changed forever.
Lynné de Jager and Henda Moolman
Zane and Shannon Kleynhans
Nyalleng Thibedi and Tankiso Koman
Christine Jansen and Henda Moolman
Stoni Lawrence and Lebo Miotshwa
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Carey-Anne and Katherine Rabie with
Heleen Marx, Ilke Marx, Corli Botha and Karien du Toit
Anneke Viljoen, Natasha Coetzee, Denise Viljoen
and Altus Boshoff (front)
Jan Oosthuizen, Anwen Stander and Lynné,
Wilhelm and Alexander de Jager
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ALL IT TAKES
IS ONE SHOT!
14 Get It Pretoria September 2019
His diary is so busy it will make your head spin and his CV seems to grow by the day.
Willem Botha is a presenter, actor, photographer and musician and now fans can finally
look forward to a brand new album.
and movie screens, but even after
14 years in the industry, music
remains his first love. Yet he knows
how hard you have to work to reap
the rewards. After all, sometimes you
only get one shot to make it work.
‘You sometimes only get that one
chance to make a difference in
someone’s life. It all depends on
you and whether you grab the
opportunity and make it work,’
The singer believes in taking time
to make sure he is 100 per cent
happy with a project before releasing
it, and after more than a year’s hard
work, writing songs and recording
his brand new album, it is finally
Aptly titled One Shot, Silver Lakes
own Botha’s brand new album is
set to fly off music shelves and
downloaded and streamed like crazy.
And you only have to listen to the
title track to hear why. The hunky
singer with the million-dollar smile
has done it again.
He wrote most of the songs himself
but also co-wrote with other talented
writers like Vaughan Gardiner,
Hugo Ludik and Michael Lindt. ‘I’ve
developed quite a passion for writing
with other people,’ Willem says.
‘For my songs I get inspiration
from people. I love other people’s
stories and the things that make
them uniquely. With my work
on Kwêla I get to meet so many
interesting people. Sometimes they
are funny, but most of the time these
people are unbelievably inspiring,’
the singer says.
The music video for the title track,
‘One Shot’, has also recently been
released and Willem called in the
help of some friends to feature in
‘The concept behind the video tells
the story of a group of friends who
work together on a horse ranch
overseas. My brother worked on a
horse ranch after finishing school
– first in America for two years and
thereafter in Australia for another
three years. The stories that he
tells are legendary. Your friends
really become like your brothers
and sometimes it’s all you have in
a foreign country. During the day
we (the four friends) would work
together and at night they would get
together for a braai,’ Willem explains
the idea behind the music video.
He wanted the video and friendships
depicted to be as authentic as
possible and roped in the help of his
own friends. ‘It was the first time that
I didn’t use actors in one of my videos,
but my friends and I can always just
be our true selves and I think it brings
something special to the video,’
Willem adds. The video was shot at
Strydom Arabian stud, a horse ranch
just outside of Bronkhorspruit.
And how does the album, One Shot,
differ from his previous albums?
‘With every album I try and be as
true to my own style and taste as
I can. This album once again has a
nice country feel to it and it features
songs that tells stories. I’m crazy
about country music, so it’s the kind
of songs that I myself will listen to,
download or buy.’
Few people know this but apart from
all his other amazing qualities, Willem
is also a professional horse rider.
‘I think horse riding is just like singing.
You don’t just one day wake up and
try it. You are born with that absolute
love and passion. My horses and
animals were and always will be my
life. I started training professionally
and competing with horses when
I was 10 years old. It taught me a lot
about discipline,’ he says.
The singer got his first horse as a
birthday gift from his parents when
he was just seven years old. ‘Her
name was Patchy and she was brown
and white with a big red bow around
her neck,’ Willem remembers.
But, don’t think riding professionally
is easy. When he was training for
shows or endurance races, Willem
used to practise four hours per day,
five days a week. ‘And because my
brother and I had more than one
horse, we had to put in extra work.
My parents taught me from a young
age that the only way you can be the
best is if you work the hardest,’ Willem
He still owns a few horses, but his
favourite, Smilde Cyclips, has since
retired and lives on his parent’s farm
in Riversdal. ‘He is fat and round
and gets spoiled way to much,’
When he is not busy shooting TV
inserts for the TV programme Kwêla,
behind the scenes taking the most
beautiful photographs of people
or busy with shows, Willem loves to
spend time in the garden. He also
loves to make his own furniture.
‘I’ve made my dining room table as
well as my television stand. Being
creative relaxes me,’ Willem explains.
Spending some alone time amidst a
busy schedule is something Willem is
very passionate about. ‘There was a
time when I just didn’t ever say no to
projects, no matter how tired I was.
Now I make sure to take at least a
day or two off, every second or third
week,’ he says.
And of course he needs time for
the newest member of the Botha
household. Little Seven. She’s the
cutest little Yorkie. ‘Yorkies are just
full of love and these days I tend to
get a bit homesick when I have to
be away from home for a long time.
So my amazing managing team and
I made the arrangement that if we
do a show three hours from home or
closer we drive back after the show.
There is just nothing better than your
own home and bed,’ he says.
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Text: MARIËTTE VAN NIEKERK / Cover and profile photographer: ANTHONY HORAK PHOTOGRAPHY / Hair and make-up: FOLLICE INC / Location: STRYDOM ARABIAN STUD
STIL MAAR PASSIEVOL
Jy sal haar van die kykNET-sepie, Getroud met Rugby, as die jong Chrissie Bekker herken,
maar Melissa Willering is eersdaags ook op die silwerdoek te sien.
Die verhaal van Fiela se Kind uit
die pen van Dalene Matthee is
alombekend – as boek en film.
Nou, meer as 30 jaar later, kan
boekwurms en fliekflooie uiteindelik
weer uitsien om dié ikoniese verhaal
op die silwerdoek te sien wanneer dit
op 13 September uitgereik word.
Die verhaal van Fiela se Kind is die
storie van ’n bruin vrou wat in die
dorre Karoo woon en ’n verlore
wit kind inneem en as haar eie
grootmaak. Nege jaar later word die
seuntjie uit haar sorg verwyder en
word hy geforseer om in die Knysnabos
te leef saam met ’n familie
houtkappers wat beweer hy behoort
Melissa Willering, beter bekend as die
jonge Chrissie Bekker van Getroud
met Rugby, vertolk die rol van die
ouer Nina van Rooyen, ook bekend
as die boskind en ‘simpel meisiekind’.
Sy vertel dat toe sy van die film hoor,
sy eenvoudig net vir ‘n oudisie moes
‘Fiela se Kind is so ‘n ikoniese verhaal
dat ek definitief wou oudisie; die kans
om in so groot storie te speel kom
nie elke dag oor ’n mens se pad nie.
Ek moes net dadelik die geleentheid
aangryp,’ vertel Melissa, wat
aanvanklik die nuus moes stilhou. ‘Ek
het heel eerste vir my ouers vertel
– dit was so ’n onwerklike gevoel –
maar ek moes dit baie stil hou en
het toe ook net my naaste vriende
daarvan vertel,’ vertel sy opgewonde.
Haar karakter, Nina, het ’n
ongelooflike liefde vir die bos, is ’n
sterk meisie en staan op vir haarself,
veral teen haar pa, Elias. ‘Ek en sy deel
’n groot liefde vir die bos. Dit is ook
die een plek wat my baie rustig kan
maak en ek geniet dit vreeslik om
deur die bos te stap en tyd daar deur
te bring,’ gesels sy.
“Die moeilikste deel van om die rol
16 Get It Pretoria September 2019
van Nina te vertolk is dat die gehoor
reeds ’n vooropgestelde idee van
Nina se karakter het, omdat daar
reeds ’n vorige film gemaak is. Dit
is moelik om almal se verwagtinge
te oortref en ek het nie dieselfde
vertolking gegee as die eerste Nina
nie, omdat die teks baie verskil van
die vorige een. Ek het probeer om ’n
ander weergawe van haar te skep en
dit was ’n uitdaging. Die maklike deel
was natuurlik om vir twee weke in die
mooi Knysna-bos te skiet!’ lag Melissa.
Kykers van die eerste Fiela se Kindfilm
kan ’n hele ander weergawe
verwag. ‘Die twee films is so anders
van mekaar dat ek eintlik nie dink die
twee films met mekaar vergelyk moet
word nie. Dit moet heeltemal apart
gesien word van mekaar. Hierdie film
is meer kunstig geskiet. Dit fokus
baie meer op Fiela en haar verlies
en Zenobia vertolk Fiela in ’n baie
sagte en moederlike manier, wat van
die eerste film verskil. Ek dink mense
moet hierdie film gaan kyk omdat
die storie tydloos is en omdat dit
weer ander aspekte van die boek na
vore bring wat nie in die eerste film
vertel is nie. En die fliek is dan ook so
pragtig geskiet,’ vertel sy.
Die voormalige Dirk Postma-leerder
is gebore en getoë in die Moot. As
laerskoolleerder het sy in pouses haar
eie stories vir haar maats opgevoer
en in graad 8 begin sy dramaklasse
‘Ek het toe reeds vir seker geweet
dat dit is wat ek vir die res van my
lewe wou doen. Daar was net hierdie
bevrydende gevoel wanneer ek op
die verhoog gestap het en ek kon
nie wag om elke week dramaklas toe
te gaan nie. Dit was my ontvlugting,’
Direk na matriek val sy by die
Getroud met Rugby-span in as die
karakter Chrissie Bekker, en begin
ook deeltyds deur Unisa aan haar
sielkundegraad studeer. Sy maak
hierdie jaar klaar en begin volgende
jaar aan haar honneursgraad werk.
Maar Getroud met Rugby was nie
die eerste sepie waaraan sy gewerk
het nie. Op 16 neem sy deel aan
Villa Rosa en ATKV se Sterrejagkompetisie
en slaan ’n vakansierol
in die sepie los. ‘My karakter was
’n emo/rebelse tiener wat vir haar
stiefsussie en boetie gaan kuier het
in die gastehuis. Ek was vir so week
of twee op stel gewees. Dit was ’n
wonderlike ervaring om al op skool
te kon hê en ek het daar net weer
besef dat ek dit my loopbaan wou
maak,’ gesels sy.
En hoe gemaak as die senuwees op
stel begin lol?
‘Sodra ek eers op stel is en begin
toneelspeel, word ek baie rustig. En
ek moet sê die senuwees help my
eintlik om beter te speel,’ sê Melissa.
As die karakter Chrissie het Melissa
sepiekykers aand na aand met haar
tipiese tienerdrama vermaak; maar,
sê Melissa, daar is amper geen
ooreenkomste tussen haar en dié
karakter nie. ‘Behalwe natuurlik dat
ek ook soos Chrissie altyd my eie
kop wil volg en sal volhard tot ek
my drome nagevolg het. Ek en sy
het ook albei ’n groot passie vir kuns
en klere. Maar ek is nie so voor op
die wa soos Chrissie nie. Ek is baie
skaam en teruggetrokke en baie stil,
waar Chrissie nie twee keer sal dink
voordat sy iets sê nie,’ verduidelik sy.
Wanneer Melissa nie agter haar
sielkundeboeke sit of voor die
kamera werk nie, kruip sy graag
tussen die bladsye van ’n boek weg
of spandeer tyd saam met haar
familie. ‘Maar ek verkies dit om hard
te werk eerder as om te ontspan
– as ek te lank ontspan, raak ek
senuweeagtig,’ gesels sy.
September 2019 Get It Pretoria 17
Text: MARIËTTE VAN NIEKERK/ Photography: BURGER MEYER
Catrice ICONails Gel Lacquer in East, West, Pink’s
Best and Nails on Fire, R59.95 from Dis-Chem
Pretty eyes ... Clarins 4-Colour Eye Palette
with four rosy shades, R595 • Mix it up with
nine pretty shades from GOSH, R285
from Edgars • Mavala Mini
Nail Colour in Glacier, R87
from Clicks, Dis-Chem
Oh-so-jolly pretty! We love Elizabeth Arden
Eyeshadow Trio in Oh So Pink, R390
We’re having a rose-hued
Rose Diffuser, R285
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Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, R305 • Elizabeth
Arden Beautiful Colour Moisturizing Lipstick in Pretty Pink,
R325 • Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick in Rose Lancôme,
R420 • Mavala lipstick in Nagoya, R180 from Clicks and Dis-Chem
• Essence Velvet Matt Lipstick in 02, R49.95 from Dis-Chem •
(Back) Elizabeth Arden Plush Up Lip Gelato in Candy Girl, R299
The Densitium by SVR range is perfect for mature
skins ... we’re loving this moisturiser that firms
and strengthens, R330 from Clicks • Gatineau
Aquamemory Serum restores plumpness and water
levels to your skin, R885 from Woolies, Truworths
and Edgars • NUXE Gentle Exfoliating Gel with
rose petals, R305 from selected Woolies, Edgars and
British cult-favourite organic
skincare brand Skin and
Tonic London has just landed
here, and we’re obsessed! Try
this Rose Mist ... described as ‘a
flower shower’! It’ll cool, hydrate
and tone your skin, and set your
make-up. All with a rose scent to
perk up your mood! R442.75 from
Blush is a
the tea rose.
From R805 from
Pure rose heaven ... Rose EDT by Solinotes, R298 from Foschini • Intense and sensual with a floral heart ... Giorgio Armani Si
Passione, R1 560 from Edgars, Foschini, Truworths and Woolies • Alien Fusion by Mugler ... an oriental floral spicy creation, from
R950 from your favourite fragrance stores • Feminine, floral, oriental ... Fleur de Mûrier by Karl Lagerfeld, R715 from Clicks
September 2019 Get It Pretoria 19
Mixed resin earrings in peach,
R399. Details: shop.mango.com/za
Enchanted garden floral midnight and
rose gold watch from Olivia Burton,
R1 959. Details: bellaluna.co.za
Spring is finally here and we couldn’t be
happier! There are blooms all around and
of course, the floral trend has blown over
to the fashion front. Check out some of our
favourite floral fashion buys.
Preppy floral check
The touch of sensual materials
like Silk is all we desire this
From Milk and Honey.
Prices available on request.
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Sadie folk floral scarf, R199.
Yellow floral print top, R599.
Floral satin skirt in black by Milla, R999.
Michie floral kimono,
in blue from
Petite Lana lace-up mini dress, R1 299.
September 2019 Get It Pretoria 21
If you’ve ever wondered about the countless laser therapy options available, we’ve got
you covered. We caught up with Skin Laser Lab in Moreleta Park’s Jolanda Greyling to
find out more about this beauty craze.
Laser therapy’s popularity is
increasing by the day and with so
many treatment options available, it’s
no wonder that many women opt for
this revolutionary beauty treatment
‘Laser therapy can treat a wide
spectrum of conditions. Treatments
that usually required a lot of down
time (with only surgery as option)
can now safely be done with a few
laser sessions and has minimal or
no downtime. The scarring risk
is also reduced and if done by a
professional, laser therapy can have
major and long-lasting results,’
Jolanda Greyling of Skin Laser Lab in
Moreleta Park explains.
How does it work?
‘Laser stands for light amplification
by stimulated emission of radiation.
Laser light has three unique
properties that distinguish it from
1. Laser light is collimated: It travels
in a single direction with very little
2. Laser light is monochromatic: It
consists of one colour or a narrow
range of colours. This property allows
laser light to have a very specific
effect on tissue.
3. Laser light is coherent: All of the
light waves move in phase in both
time and space. This property allows
laser energy to be delivered in an
extremely precise and controlled
manner,’ Jolanda explains.
‘Laser treatments are defined by
the laser beam parameters, the
target surface area, the light contact
pattern and the speed at which
the beam moves across the tissue.
The wavelength and power density
of a laser beam determine its
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effect on tissue,’ she adds.
In layman’s terms, when receiving
laser therapy the laser light is
absorbed, transmitted, reflected and
scattered by tissue (your skin, fat,
etc.). Only when properly absorbed
will the therapy produce significant
What are the benefits of laser
Laser resurfacing can decrease the
appearance of facial fine lines. It
can also treat loss of skin tone and
improve your complexion if you
have scars or sun damage. Lasers are
useful for removing unwanted hair
from the face, leg, arm, underarm,
bikini line and other areas. Benefits of
laser hair removal include precision
– lasers can selectively target dark,
coarse hairs while leaving the
surrounding skin undamaged.
Laser treatments is also a dermal
remodulation of the skin rather than
a superficial treatment, meaning
results last much longer and fewer
treatments are needed to get the
Are laser treatments really safe?
‘Yes, laser treatments are safe if
done by a trained therapist or
doctor who understands laser
physics and laser tissue interaction.
I would recommend to go for a
full consultation and to do some
research and ask as many questions
as possible before proceeding with
any laser treatments. There is some
contraindication for laser treatments,’
With all medical procedures there
are, however, a few common
contraindications that include
epilepsy, pregnancy, previous
radiation on the area to be treated,
hyperthyrosis if the neck area is to
be treated, diabetes 1 and 2, and
Medication for acne, antidepressants,
antibiotics and hormonal and
birth control, may also cause
hypersensitivity to light or other
effects. It is advised to test the
treatment on a small area before
performing full treatment.
Are there any risks involved?
Possible side-effects that you might
experience include discomfort
during and/or after the treatment,
mild to moderate pain during and/
or after treatment, a bit of redness
and/or swelling, delayed healing,
bleeding, tissue burns, blistering and
How often can you undergo laser
It all depends on what treatment
you do. Treatments like fungi on
nails, acne and fat pocket sculpting
are treated every six days and five to
eight sessions are recommended,
whereas resurfacing and tightening
laser treatments are done in six-week
to 12-week intervals.
How long is the typical treatment?
Treatment time depends on what
treatment is being done, but can
range between 15 minutes to two
hours per session.
What problem areas/ beauty
issues can laser treatments help
Laser treatments can effectively
improve conditions including
thinning hair (proper medical and
lifestyle history will be considered
beforehand), acne scarring, active
acne, ageing, skin tightening (all
areas on body), uneven complexion
and skin texture, nail fungi, stubborn
fat pockets, enlarged pores, sunspots,
veins on the face and body, rosacea
How do you prepare for
Avoid tanning or heavy sun exposure
for at least four weeks prior to your
treatment. Avoid chemical peels,
microdermabrasion and the use of
Retinol for two to four weeks prior
to your treatment. Avoid photosensitising
medication for at least
72 hours prior to your treatment.
If you have a history of herpes (oral
cold sores, genital) or shingles in
the treatment area, let your doctor
know and start your antiviral
medication (valacyclovir, acyclovir)
as directed (usually two days prior
to treatment) and continue for three
days after treatment. Discuss possible
downtime with your treating
specialist to prepare yourself. Shave
areas to be treated with laser hair
removal the night before.
Make sure your outfit is comfortable
and not tight-fitting if body areas
are to be treated. Make sure you
understand the aftercare and how
much it will cost so that you can
afford to add it to your treatment.
Don’t book your treatment during
or close to your menstrual cycle and
also if you are not feeling well.
What does the average laser
The cost is between R600 and R3 000,
depending on the treatment time
and area to be treated.
Is there any downtime or healing
time involved after treatments?
Depending on the treatment you do,
some treatments have no downtime
whereas others need about seven to
14 days to heal.
More about Jolanda
For about 15 years, Jolanda’s dreamt
of opening her own Medical
Aesthetic Clinic and in February
2019 her dream became a reality.
‘My passion was to make a difference
and to help people with desperate
skin concerns such as melasma,
acne, scarring, hair thinning, rosacea,
eczema and so forth. I wanted to
give people a chance to come and
treat their skin concerns without
feeling that they are being taken
advantage of because of their
desperate situation,’ Jolanda says. She
has worked in the industry for many
years and found that the common
feeling/concern clients have was
that treatments and products were
pushed down on them even if it
wasn’t necessary, and that in most
situations client aftercare, in order
to improve their severe condition,
wasn’t always a main priority.
To book your treatment, visit the Skin Laser Lab in 825 Rubenstein Drive, Moreletapark. Details: 012-111-8499 (landline),
066-285-5487 (WhatsApp), firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 2019 Get It Pretoria 23
My Vegetarian Braai. Gasps of
horror from the carnivores! But this
lovely book by Adele Maartens is
not about trying to convert meat
eaters, but 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
With half a dozen yummy
new cookbooks on the
shelves, it’s going to be a
24 Get It Pretoria September 2019
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 (samoosas 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, slowbraised
lamb chops with apricot
chutney, and steak and potato
braise. Everything looks too, too
scrumptious for words. Puds like
melktert 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 encourage people to be adventurous, too! The recipes in
their book are fresh, wholesome, colourful, seasonal and ‘mostly’ healthy ... plus
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
In Summer Food, chef Tjaart Walraven
celebrates the long, lazy days of
our South African summer. With
the emphasis on easy entertaining
– including outdoor cooking – he
includes everything from great
breakfast dishes to kick off the day
to sweet desserts to end it. Loads of
background stories, great photos and
plenty of tips ... we love summer, and
we love this cookbook. Penguin, R350
With an explosion of colour and
taste, Jamie Oliver shows just
how tasty veggie meals can be.
The recipes in VEG will, he says,
leave you feeling full, satisfied
and happy – and not missing
meat from your plate. From
simple suppers and family faves
to weekend dishes for sharing
with friends, from embracing
a meat-free day each week to
living a vegetarian lifestyle, or
for those simply just wanting to
try some brilliant new flavour
combos, VEG has something for
everyone ... and it’s crammed
with Jamie-style tips and tricks
that will excite the tastebuds.
‘It’s all about celebrating really
good, tasty food that just
happens to be meat-free,’ he
says. Penguin, R430
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 Stellenbosch-based
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.
Featuring more than 75 amazing
recipes that most of us will manage
with ease, there are recipes here we’ll
make again and again ... this is without
a doubt our hot buy for spring and
summer. Struik, R280.
September 2019 Get It Pretoria 25
Celebrate Heritage Day around the braai with this yummy
In addition to the first spring blooms,
September is also known for the
mouth-watering braais we have
on Heritage Day, a day dedicated
to celebrating our cultural roots and
Next to boerewors and salads, kebabs
(aka sosaties) are essential to any
braai. Why not try something new
this 24 September with this yummy
flavoursome rosemary kebab recipe?
It’s super easy and the kids can help.
What you will need
Rosemary branches from your garden, chicken breasts, 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon
juice, 2 tablespoons of garlic paste, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, finely chopped basil
leaves, sea salt, skewers, large mixing bowl, wooden spatula.
Preparing the rosemary kebabs
Cut your chicken breasts into small pieces, then use the skewers to make holes
through the chicken pieces so it will be easy to push the rosemary branch through.
Mix the garlic paste with the lemon juice in a mixing bowl. Then add basil leaves and
black pepper. Lastly, add the sea salt to taste and let it stand for 15 minutes.
Place the chicken pieces in the marinade paste and use a wooden spatula to mix
the chicken and marinade paste. Leave for 30 minutes to an hour. For best results,
marinade and leave overnight.
Push the freshly picked rosemary branches through the
chicken pieces. Then place on the braai and cook to
Share with your family and friends. Enjoy.
Recipe courtesy of www.lifeisagarden.co.za
August 2019 Get It Pretoria 27
Spring is finally here and we can’t wait to get our hands dirty. What better way to
celebrate the new season than to get your garden ready for the most beautiful blooms.
WE’RE PLANTING …
The new bedding impatiens ‘Beacon’ that blooms from
spring to the first frost and is highly resistant to downy
mildew. Busy lizzies (Impatiens walleriana) used to fill shady
gardens, until the fungus disease wiped them out. After
years of breeding and collaboration, seed growers have
finally bred a highly resistant variety. It was successfully
trialled overseas and in Joburg last year’ it got the thumbs
up for its release this spring. ‘Beacon’ does not require any
special treatment. It does best in shade to semi-shade,
requires well-composted soil and regular watering. Fertilise
once a month with a liquid fertiliser to encourage plentiful
flowers. Flower colours are Bright Red, Orange, Violet Shades,
Salmon, White and Coral as well as a mix. This highly resistant
impatiens is identifiable from other varieties by a colourful
‘Beacon’ label. Details: www.ballstraathof.co.za.
BEST FOR PATIOS…
If you don’t have a big garden, no problem. With so many
gorgeous plants and blooms to choose from, it’s easier
than ever to still add that bit of spring colour to your patio.
Verbena peruviana ‘Firehouse’ is perfect for hanging
baskets and containers because it forms a mound of
flowers that easily fills a hanging basket or patio planter.
What’s different about this verbena is that it doesn’t cycle
in and out of flowers. New flowers are opening as the
old ones die. The foliage is tough and disease resistant
too. Place in a position that receives morning sun and
afternoon shade. Baskets require daily watering in summer
and containers every second to third day. Fertilise with
a liquid fertiliser for flowers twice a month. Plants are
available in eight different colours including purple fizz
and lavender. Details: www.ballstraathof.co.za.
Impatiens Beacon Coral
Verbena Firehouse Red
28 Get It Pretoria September 2019
GROW YOUR OWN
Microgreens are some of the easiest
edible plants that you can grow
indoors – and some believe even
easier! Also known as “vegetable
confetti,” microgreens are a generic
term for immature greens, harvested
soon after their sprouting stage,
typically within 10-15 days when
the first two seed leaves, also known
as cotyledons, have formed. Big on
nutrition and flavour, microgreens can
be expensive to purchase. However,
they can be grown cost-effectively
at home, in a tiny space and with
simple supplies. If you have a sunny
windowsill, a shallow container, some
potting mix and suitable seeds, you’ve
got all the essentials for growing your
Salad greens, leafy vegetables, herbs
and even edible flowers can be
grown as microgreens, though some
varieties are better suited than others.
Beginners often start by growing
one type of seed, such as broccoli,
cauliflower, cabbage, mustard, radish,
swiss chard, sunflower or cress —
among the easiest-to-grow varieties of
microgreens — in a single container.
You can easily grow different seeds
in several containers and mix your
microgreens after harvesting.
HERE’S HOW TO GROW MICROGREENS INDOORS:
Start by ensuring you have a warm, sunny windowsill and some small, clean
containers. Plastic take-out dishes work well, as do clear fruit or salad boxes. If
your chosen container doesn’t have built-in drainage, poke a few drainage holes
in the bottom. Then, prepare to plant:
• The easiest way is to get a salad mix packet of seeds. Read the seed packet to
see if there are any special instructions.
• Cover the bottom of the container with a layer (approx. 3 – 4cm) of moistened
potting soil or germination mix. A good option is coco peat, palm peat or coco
husk. Peat, which is an organic growing medium, has a good water retention
quality and allows germination to happen considerably faster. Flatten and
level it with your hand or a small piece of cardboard, taking care not to overcompress
the medium. Scatter seeds evenly on top of the soil or peat and
gently press in, using your hand or the cardboard.
• Cover the seeds with a thin layer of vermiculite which will act like a warm
blanket for the seeds and promote fast-acting germination. Dampen the
surface by spraying a little bit of water. (Use a spray bottle with a fine mist).
• While waiting for sprouts to appear, usually within three to seven days, use the
mister once a day to keep the soil moist but not wet.
• Once seeds have sprouted, continue to mist once a day.
• Microgreens need about four hours daily of direct sunlight to thrive. In winter
months, some may need even more. Leggy, pale greens are a sign of not
enough sunlight. If your space is too shaded, consider investing in a grow-light.
Depending upon the type of seeds you’ve selected, your microgreens will be
ready to harvest about two to three weeks after planting. Look for the first set of
“true leaves” as a sign of readiness. Then grab your scissors and snip the greens
just above the soil line. Don’t forget to repeat the process as you can’t use the
germinated seedlings once you have harvested the micro leaves.
To serve, wash the microgreens with water and dry with paper towels or a salad
spinner. Harvest and serve them immediately for the freshest flavour, and add to
soups, salads, sandwiches or main dishes. Store remaining cut microgreens in a
plastic bag in your refrigerator.
September 2019 Get It Pretoria 29
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married the entire world waited with bated breath to
see the dress, the crown and of course witness a real-life fairytale taking place. During the month of
October, the happy couple will be visiting South Africa and we can’t wait!
So what would you do when
coming face-to-face with a
member of the royal family?
We’re of course talking about
the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit
to South Africa, Malawi, Angola and
Botswana during the month of October.
This had us wondering ... what kind of
flowers would be fitting in welcoming
the royal couple to our shores? We’re
of course giddy with excitement and in
honour of their visit, we decided to ask a
few local floral wizards to share with us
what they will include in a posy fit for a
No ordinary bunch of flowers will do.
And speaking about meeting the royal
couple. Do you know what to do when
catching a glimpse of the happy royal
couple? No worries. Here’s what you
need to know. If you are a guy, when
greeting the Duke or Duchess, the
appropriate greeting is a neck bow
(from the head only) whilst women do
a small curtsy. Others prefer a simple
handshake in the usual way.
When greeting male members of the
royal family the same rules apply, with
the title ‘Your Royal Highness’ to be
used first and subsequently ‘Sir’
thereafter. For the Duchess you will
first formally address her as ‘Your Royal
Highness’ before referring to her as
‘Ma’am’ (like in jam) thereafter.
We’re desperately hoping to catch a
glimpse of the Duke and Duchess
but if you spot them before we do,
Candlewoods Boutique Venue
Sorting the floral arrangements for your big
day or function has never been easier or more
beautiful thanks to Willie van Zyl and his team
at Candlewoods Boutique Venue. The royal
couple’s table setting would include:
Proteas : Representing South Africa
Jasmin: Meghan had it in her wedding bouquet
Roses : Representing “the English Rose”
Carnations: A loved flower in England
Magnolia: Celebrating Meghan’s heritage
“Fynbos” – From the Cape – as the smell of
fynbos is very unique and only available in
South Africa. He will also add crystal glasses,
real silver and an embroidered damask
tablecloth. Details: 072-645-3232/
Bell’s & Blossoms (Eeufees)
At Bell’s & Blossoms, you’ll find floral
arrangements fit for a prince and a princess. For
the Duchess of Sussex, Dorothy and her team of
floral experts will make three arrangements.
A posy – for an English princess with traditional
A classic table arrangement with white Proteas
and lots of truly SA greenery.
And, an arm posy, so the Duchess can rest the
posy on her arm instead of holding it in her
hand. For this posy, Dorothy will stick to a Bell’s
& Blossoms classic, using indigious plants like
the King Protea along with Blushing Bride. She
got inspiration from a saying her dad always
said: ‘Walk with kings but never lose your
Details: 067-076-3598 / Facebook: @DossieBell
Eros Florist (Hatfield)
Prince Harry – Duke of Sussex has a history and passion for
South Africa and many can’t wait to get a glimpse of the royal
family on their visit to our sunny side of the world. In honour of
the Duchess’s first visit to our beautiful country, florist
Beatrice Archer decided to create a true South African floral
tribute. Using a combination of indigenous flowers, such as Pin
Cushions, Strelitzia, fragrant Freesias and Cape greens in a compact
design, she will add some dried Montbreezia seed pods and a few
succulents for texture. A green wool collar will make this hand-posy
easy to handle. The colours used express the warmth of our South
African hospitality, while the colourful beads represent our diverse
culture. Details: 012-430-2203/www.floristonline.co.za
KKuu Floral (Menlyn)
It’s no secret. The Duchess of Sussex has
glamour, sophistication, elegance and poise, a
passion for dogs and lots of guts to take up the
very challenging role. Legend has it that owner
of KKuu Floral, Kathy Kunneke, has a very
distant relation to the royal family through her
paternal grandfather, a British subject.
Her posy for a princess will include:
A touch of South Africa with dainty indigenous
Blushing Bride taking centre stage. Pink
Carnation which symbolize a mother’s undying
love. Baby’s Breath for Prince Archie, lavender
for spring, Anthyrium known to remove toxic
elements from the air, and Cape fynbos.
Note the distrinctive refreshing herbal
and forest smell. Details: 082-680-9421/
Put the spring back into your skin
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Tucked away in the outskirts of Shere lies Sherewood Lodge Boutique Guest House, a real hidden
gem when it comes to tranquil escapes and delicious out-of-this-world cuisine..
Conveniently located against a rocky
hill in the east of Pretoria near Silver
Lakes and Lombardy Estates, this
Afro-European style guesthouse is
surrounded by beautiful indigenous
bushveld with fever, rock fig and acacia
trees. Sherewood Lodge’s design is
inspired by Africa as seen in the use
of natural materials of stone, wood
and slate. The nine luxurious rooms,
decorated with natural materials, are
well appointed with private patios and
Sebesebe is a Sesotho word that
describes the feeling of rest, peace and
tranquillity, and that is the experience
our guests have whether they stay, eat,
marry, meet or celebrate here.
If you’re someone constantly looking
for ways to escape the hustle and
bustle of city life, then Sherewood
Lodge Boutique Guest House is the
place to be. The relaxed bushveld feel
will have you unwinding in no time.
During the spring and summer months,
the lodge is very popular for functions
and conferences among guests from
the office parks in the nearby estates.
Pretorians and guests from outside
the city also favour the lodge when
looking for a place to stay for the
night or a getaway for the weekend.
Plus, with their added mobile spa
treatments in partnership with two of
the neighbourhood spas, you know
you’ll be in for a treat. With prior
arrangement guests can relax in
nature under the covered gazebos; the
hilltop deck and hilltop veranda and
receive their treatments from qualified
Sherewood Lodge also has its own fully
licenced onsite bistro by the name of
Swartskaap (‘Black Sheep’). It’s a firm
favourite among local foodies and the
perfect location for hosting special
occasions such as birthdays, bridal
showers, and intimate weddings.
Swartskaap Bistro’s operating hours
are Tuesdays to Fridays from 07:30am
until 5pm and weekends from 8am
until 12pm and always on prior
arrangement. The menu changes with
the seasons and available produce
and can be described as al fresco style.
The dinner menus are set menus and
change daily with the mood of the
chef and the weather. It is therefore
advisable to book for dinner.
Owner and chef Liza Strauss wanted
to be a chef all her life and in 2008 she
A view of the pool deck.
Sherewood Lodge boasts nine gorgeous rooms.
The picturesque garden.
Canapés and functions terrace.
completed her BTech in Hospitality
Management (cum laude) at the
Central University of Technology (CUT)
in the Free State. She started her career
at Le Quartier Francais and The Cape
Grace Hotel before being appointed as
a lecturer’s assistant at the CUT from
2007-2009. She was also working as
a part-time chef for the Upper Crust
Catering company, working specifically
after hours or over weekends to stay
in touch with the industry. In 2009
she was promoted to junior chef for
culinary studies at the CUT and in 2013
again, this time as head chef of the CUT
Through the CUT, Liza was given
the opportunity to travel abroad
and broaden her horizons. Liza also
operated her own private catering
company on the side in her time being
employed at CUT. During annual leave,
she worked at establishments like
La Motte’s Pierneef Restaurant to stay
on top of current trends.
Liza has a real passion for education as
well and spent a part of her career in
the hospitality education industry.
In 2012 she got married and relocated
to Cape Town where she worked as
sous chef at Roxanne Floquet Cake
Design and as sous chef at Edward
Nathan Sonnenberg’s (ENS) before
starting up the Diploma in Patisserie
for the International Hotel School (IHS)
at the Cape Town campus. Two years
later she relocated to Pretoria, where
she was appointed as head of the
professional cookery department at
the Capital Hotel School and Training
She soon joined the start-up team
at Ivory Manor Boutique Hotel, and
finally completed her master’s degree
in Higher Education Studies (M.A. HES)
through the University of the Free
State. In 2018, she decided to throw
caution to the wind and invest in
herself and Sherewood Lodge Boutique
Guest House and Swartskaap Bistro
was the end result. And, yes, if you
were wondering, Liza and her team
also offer cooking classes!
And you know Liza’s food is to die for!
The cooking classes are hosted every
last Friday of the month and each
month has a different theme, varying
from canapés to vegetables to baking
to meat and festive treats. To see
when the next cooking class is, follow
Sherewood Lodge on Facebook or
Swartskaap on Instagram at
so close to the city, Sherewood is easily
accessible for public transport like
Uber and close to access routes, OR
Tambo International Airport and major
The team at Sherewood Lodge
Boutique Guest House also strives to
be as sustainable as possible and are
starting to grow their own vegetable
and herb garden for Swartskaap Bistro’s
kitchen. They also have an all year
round indigenous water-wise garden.
Did you know that Shere is one of three
places in the world where the critically
endangered golden mole, also named
“Neamblysomus julianae”, occurs?
Sherewood Lodge offers more than the
eye can see and their ratings speak for
itself, boasting a 9.3 rating on Booking.
com and a 9.2 rating on TripAdvisor.
For more information or to make
a booking, please visit www.
Chef Liza Strauss.
Vanilla panacotta, peach
soup and fresh berries.
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Seared salmon, asparagus,
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100 Cole Road, Shere (close to
Silver Lakes and Lombardy)
If you’re looking for clever and unique ways to spruce up your home décor, simply head to Beetroot
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brighter side of beautiful living.
Beetroot’s signature patchwork
furniture (couches, wingbacks and tub
chairs) have been described as works of
art – or paintings with fabric. The way
in which the Beetroot Inc. designers
combine colours – as well as the
technical construction of the patchwork
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The rest of the product offering in the
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stackers, utility trolleys and cupboards
(that are all made from reclaimed wood)
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The novelties that are on offer include
cheese boards, picture frames,
ceramics, coasters, pencil cases, aprons,
and tableware (like placemats and
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In addition, you will always find a solid
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of floor scatters (ranging from square
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cushions) on the floor.
One of the nice add-ons offered by
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sketch with the measurements and a
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for a quote. Or if you want a custom
table or trolley table to fit into a specific
space, that can also happen. You just
follow the same procedure.
If you don’t want to get rid of your
favourite couch or chair, but would love
to have it redone in the original Beetroot
Inc. style, there is more good news. All
you need to do is to take a picture of your
couch and the Beetroot Inc. one that
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co.za for a quote. If you accept the quote
and pay a deposit, arrangements will be
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couch. It’s as easy as that.
Where to find Beetroot Inc.
You will find Beetroot Inc. in Menlyn
Maine Central Square – the boutique
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Casino – on the corner of Corobay
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one store down from SuperSpar – and
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website at www.beetrootinc.co.za.
To get notified about the specials
register for Price-Pick-Of-Week on
the landing page.
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There is something very special about the luxurious white holiday home that sits
perfectly positioned on the Zinkwazi beach lagoon. The White House, as it’s known, is
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avish without being
pretentious and reminiscent
of a magnificent beach villa
somewhere in Europe, the sixbedroom
incredible views of the
Zinkwazi lagoon and
the main beach of this quaint North
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Sleeping up to 24 people, if offers
private boat mooring and direct
access to the main beach, as well as
all of the modern conveniences one
would expect from a home of this
calibre. Here are our top five reasons
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Located on the Zinkwazi
lagoon directly in front of the
main beach, the views from the
home are simply magnificent.
5 reasons why we adore
The White House
1THE SUPERB LOCATION
The view, as you make your way
through the elegant plantation
shutter front doors, through the
length of the house towards the
deck, is nothing short of gasp-worthy.
Situated on the lagoon in front of the
main beach, you simply couldn’t ask
for a better location for a beachside
holiday. One can imagine spending
hours in the warm summer sunshine,
sprawled out on sunbeds alongside
the swimming pool (set into the
deck), watching as the kids frolic in
the lagoon or swim across to the
main beach. A glass of bubbly in hand
wouldn’t hurt, either.
Think automated, remotecontrolled
rolling doors (and
blinds), which open the home up
completely to the exquisite 180-degree
sea views, air-conditioning in all the
rooms, WiFi, smart TV, two dishwashers
and a security alarm with both external
and internal beams. This home has all
the modern conveniences you need
to ensure your coastal getaway is
A welcome gift is waiting
for you on arrival.
The oversized dining table and large wooden chandeliers
add a wow factor to the contemporary coastal interior.
comfortable and entirely relaxing. The
home also comes fully serviced with a
lovely permanent live-in maid named
Gloria who is friendly and quick to offer
help wherever needed.
With a contemporary coastal
look and feel, the beautiful white
and natural wood décor is perfectly
complemented by the blue, grey
and white subtly nautical-inspired
furniture. The massive solid-wood
dining table and captivating,
oversized wooden chandeliers add
a wow factor to the otherwise clean,
Two of the six bedrooms feature
eight bunkbeds each, two have
queen beds and the last two feature
king-sized beds and views over the
sea and lagoon with stacking doors
that open out onto the deck. All the
rooms have en-suite bathrooms and
built-in wardrobes. This is the ideal
location to spend family holidays
with enough space for grannies and
grandads and all the cousins.
5THE LITTLE THINGS
A lovely welcome gift waiting
for you on arrival and a goodie
bag packed with local magazines and
pamphlets offering information about
things to do in Zinkwazi and the
surrounding areas. A kitchen stocked
with all the top-class appliances,
crockery and accessories you need.
Two ice machines. Staff who come
in quietly and position the outdoor
furniture and ensure everything is
neat and tidy at the start of each day.
It’s the small things, often, that really
make a holiday memorable and, in
this department, The White House
comes out tops.
The lovely Gloria is
always there to help
with a friendly smile.
ABOUT LUXURY COASTAL ESCAPES
The White House is one of the homes in the year-round collection of five-star
holiday rental management company, Luxury Coastal Escapes (LCE) . LCE has
in their large portfolio some of the best beach houses on the KZN North Coast
and the Western Cape. Rates are from R6 500 per night (out of season mid-week)
going up to R13 000 per night (mid-season) and R18 500 per night (high season).
There is a minimum booking of two nights for mid-week and low season, a
minimum of seven nights mid-season and minimum 14 nights high season. All
bookings include a maid five days a week, fresh linen and towels, WiFi, DSTV and
a welcome basket.
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