Nov 2019 - Jhb North


Glitter, gold & festive delights


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4 Catch mirthful musos or a panto, invest in art, sip very special wines

or go Christmas shopping for a good cause

6 Start turning the pages of a trio of thought-provoking reads


8 Plan for the party season with gorgeous gold and regal ruby


10 Get It Canon Wildlife Photographic Safari a rip-roaring success

12 Readers snap up opportunity to take perfect foodie pics

14 Guests tickled pink at Penny Mason’s birthday bash

16 Folk get festive at posh Inanda market

17 Beautiful runners flock to join SPAR’s beautiful race

18 Baby rhinos benefit from fab Hyde Park fund-raiser

19 Cookbook launch feeds fans’ foodie fantasies


20 Candice Levy and Natalie Roberts turn dancing on air into an art

22 Rachel Smith’s ‘ginspired’ creations win awards and fund bursaries


24 Get set to glow for a radiant party season

26 Look like a star with a touch of shining fashion


28 Go for gold with these gorgeous winning gifts

30 Celebrate the school hols with books, movies & tasty treats


34 Multitalented Ntabiseng Nti Ramaboa blows up a cooking storm

36 Gather round the table to tuck into a fabulous feast


40 Bold. Sophisticated. Eclectic. Lynne Blumberg’s designs win acclaim

42 The smallest room in the house gets a glam makeover

46 Metallics and shades of green add a luxury look to the garden


63 Coastal accommodation an absolute gem for the whole family

64 Explore Big Five country on foot then camp out

under (stylish) canvas


29 A hamper of Skyline Late Harvest wine plus a pair of sunnies

66 A whopping 70 (yes, 70) bottles of Roodeberg wine


Personality: Chef Nti. Make-up: Athenkosi Ngoro. Clothing stylist: Troy

Molaiwa • Photographer: Peter Whitfield

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A hot date!

’Tis the season to add some festive flair to November

Picture choosing Christmas

American modernist author and

01 decorations and gifts atop 01 poet, Gertrude Stein (whose 06

majestic Westcliff Ridge. You can do

just that at the gorgeous Glenshiel

Christmas Fair. More than 70 smallbusiness

owners will offer a host of

spoils like crafted bags, jewellery,

cosmetics and tasty treats. All profits

go to St John South Africa. Glenshiel,

19 Woolston Road, Westcliff. Until

November 3 (preview evening on Oct

31). From R75. Details:


A poor country boy. Magic beans. An enormous beanstalk. These are just

three of the essential ingredients to the giant of a pantomime, Jack and

The Beanstalk which is sure to wow on the Joburg stage. The unfriendly

giant and his evil henchman, the good fairy and the enchanted hen that

lays the golden eggs all play a role in bringing to life this story where good

is set against evil. It’s packed with a hefty dose of wit and charm along with

the magic of the story. A great outing for the whole family. The Mandela at

Joburg Theatre. Until December 22. From R225. Details:

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friendship group included Hemingway

and Picasso!), had an extraordinary

relationship with her lifelong partner

Alice B. Toklas. Explore how they

inspired each other and their ups and

downs in the evocative play, Gertrude

Stein and a Companion. Auto &

General Theatre on the Square. Until

November 16. R100.




Art fans ... this one has your

name all over it, and it’s sure to

impress. In celebration of the diversity

of southern African contemporary

art, carefully selected works by 60

renowned, as well as emerging, artists

will be exhibited at SEED-1. If you’re

really taken by a piece, you can bid

for it at the auction. Villa Arcadia in

Parktown. Until November 17 with the

auction on November 19. Free.



Four hands. One piano cabaret

act. And more than a million

YouTube hits. We’re in for one helluva

sensational evening when British piano

musical comedy duo, Steven Worbey

and Kevin Farrell, bring their new show,

Rhapsody, to the stage. They’ll use their

instrument in unconventional ways to

mimic the sound of a full symphony

orchestra. Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino

Theatre. Until November 17. From R100.


The festive season is here and

we’ve found a wonderful way

to have a jolly good time. How does

sipping some of the best wines, bubbles

and spirits sound? This is exactly what

the PnP Festive Season Wine Evening

entails. Go on, grab your group of mates

and make it a date. PnP Good Food

Studio, Sandton. From 5.30pm. R180.


When a rock ’n roll band teams

up with the magical voices of

a choir, what do you have? A musical

feast! So we really don’t want to miss a

performance by The Parlotones and

The National Youth Choir. Aptly titled

Choraltones, the band will take us on

a musical journey of their hits, reimagined

with larger than life sounds.

Expect to see Majozi and Bard. Teatro

at Montecasino. From 8pm. From R180.


Let’s light

the magic

of Christmas!

Clarins has curated the most

memorable selection dedicated

to you and your loved ones.

Find the perfect gift









For you. About you.


Book club

A trio of terrific reads for November

The long awaited sequel

to A Handmaid’s Tale

In A Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret

Atwood envisioned a world in

which the US had become Gilead,

a totalitarian world ruled by

Commanders in which women

were totally subservient. Told by one

handmaid, Offred, it describes how

women are forbidden to learn to read

or write and are solely there to serve

men in all ways, including sexually.

The sequel, The Testaments, is set 15

years later and is told by three women

– Aunt Lydia, a trainer and manager

of handmaids, and two of Offred’s

daughters, Agnes, who became the

privileged child of an elite family,

and Nicola, who was smuggled out

to Canada. Resistance is growing

in Gilead and Lydia is plotting its

downfall... At a time when women

are increasingly protesting against

femicide, rape, unequal pay and often

worse injustices at the hands of men,

this book hits an extremely sensitive

nerve. Chatto & Windus, R360.

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Secrets. Affairs. Revenge.

It’s all going on in the

suburbs ... where everyone

has something to hide

Shari Lapena’s Someone We Know

is set in a small suburb, where

everyone is polite and friendly and

neighbourly. When newcomers arrive

in town – a handsome man and his

extraordinarily attractive wife – the

main conversation appears to be how

much of flirt she is with the men in

the area. Then she’s found murdered,

and more than one man is ‘a person

of interest’ to the police. At the same

time, a family’s teenage son has been

breaking into some of the houses ...

not to steal, but to practise his fairly

impressive computer hacking skills.

With secrets and affairs and revenge,

Lapena keeps you guessing until the

very end. Penguin, R290.

Chosen as one of the best

thrillers of summer, this

legal thriller is exceptional

They were a perfectly ordinary family.

Interesting jobs. Yoga, basketball and

trips to the library. Takeout on Fridays

in front of the telly and a bottle of

wine with their friends. Until the

murder. Chosen as one of the best

thrillers of the summer by the New

York Times, A Nearly Normal Family

is M. T. Edvardsson’s psychological,

legal thriller that asks what would

you do if your daughter was

suspected of murder? How far would

you go to protect her? Would you

believe her, or the evidence against

her? The father believes his daughter

has been framed. The mother

believes she’s hiding something. And

the daughter believes they have

no idea what she’s truly capable of.

Could. Not. Put it down! Brilliant.

Macmallan, R299.

Discover the magic

of Christmas!

Immerse yourself in a world of enchantment

and joy with our memorable gift selection.

Discover more at and

participating Clarins beauty counters.

12 iconic must-have Clarins products

hidden in this Advent Calendar

R890* | Valued at R2,100

Sparkling freshness

Eau de Jardins Gift Set

R625* | Valued at R1,080

Something for Dad...

ClarinsMen Hydration Collection

R815* | Valued at R980

Everyone’s favourite!

Double Serum Collection

R1,330* | Valued at R1,700

It’s on everyone’s list…

Eau Dynamisante Collection

R625* | Valued at R1,080

Let it Glow! Let it Glow!

Bright Plus Gift Set

R910* | Valued at R1,500

All eye want for Christmas

Wonder Perfect 4D Gift

R380* | Valued at R545





Mommy’s kissing Santa Claus

if she gets this Holiday Beauty Cracker

R320* | Valued at R495

The gift of youthful skin

Super Restorative Deluxe Collection

R3,260* | Valued at R4,300

For you. About you.

*Recommended Retail Selling Price

Wish list

Go bold with elegant shades of gold and merry pops of ruby


The best way to step out...

When Joburgers really need to bring

on their A-game and put a little

oomph in their stride (when don’t

we?) ... where do they turn? Aldo ...

which doesn’t only stock gorgeous

footwear but some really fine

accessories too. How do we know

this is our city’s favourite? Because

Joburgers told us so! The votes

poured in for Aldo as Best Shoe

Store in the 2019 Best of Joburg

Readers’ Choice Awards. We can

totally see why ... it has it all, whether

you’re looking for something casual,

sporty, funky or really glam ... like this

Trerraniel pointy-toe stiletto heel with

ribbon wrap-arounds (R1899) – love!

So go on ... join Joburgers and kick

back with some fancy footwear this

festive season. Details: aldoshoes. (We’d also love you to read all

about the other best things to buy,

places to visit and things to do in

our City of Gold, so check out our

2019 Best of Joburg booklet and visit

A (really pretty) spoon(ful) of sugar helps ... everything!

In time to celebrate its Sweet Sixteen this year – and give us a seriously big

reason to jump for joy come mid-November – Kirsten Goss is launching the

ABODE collection. We love, love, love (and always turn to) this jewellery brand

and now the new collection will allow us to indulge in some pretty items for

our homes. The company tells us, ‘This is a natural extension of our jewellery

brand; our signature shapes and meticulously-crafted metalwork will scale

up to become considered implements and objects for living.’ So what can we

expect? Brass and sterling silver cutlery and serving ware make up the core of

the collection ... think spoons for espresso, mustard, condiments, sugar and jams

as well as pickle forks and salad servers. We want (need) them all! There’ll also

be some stationery and two signature SOY candles, along with luxurious liquid

hand soap and a lush hand and body cream. We’re putting these at very top of

our wish list for Santa! Happy Sweet Sixteen, Kirsten Goss. Prices range from R300

for the brass items to R6000-plus for solid silver. Shop 3, 64 St Andrew Street,

Birdhaven. Details:

Girls ... our look is never

really complete without a

little bag to carry our musthaves.

... and this party

season will surely be no

different. We’re oohing over

this neat little Taylor suede

pouch from Poetry ... and

the store has just marked

its 10th anniversary. We’ll

shop to that! R399. Details:

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Oh honey! Now here’s a

mirror that’s the fairest

of them all. It’s a brass

honeycomb mirror

from Weylandts ... and

there’s a whole range of

others to choose from.

Happy shopping! R5995.


Ring in the fun times

Playful. Feminine. Bold. That’s

our mantra as we ring in

the festive season ... but

we’ll embrace a touch of

elegance too. And that’s

why we’ll be wearing Della’s

new SS2019 Collection. (It’s

a limited edition, so – ahem –

hurry!). These rings and earrings

are sure to elevate your daytime

outfit and make your transition to

a party effortless. Designer Pippa

de Charmoy – who’s the creative

mind behind Della – says, ‘While its

important to have a well-rounded

collection, no matter how many

statement earrings you own, the

jewellery that gets the most wear

are those simple, everyday pieces

that make you feel good the

moment you put them on.’ Amen!

How could we not feel fabulous

wearing these pieces with the

prettiest blue opal, jade, black onyx,

malachite, opalite and pink-andwhite

chalcedony gemstones. And

to think they can be delivered to

your door after just a few clicks!

Your hardest decision is which one

to choose ... but by going for any

one of them, you’ll lend support to

the Project Dignity/ Subzpads in

a bid to empower young women,

as a percentage of each sale is

donated to this initiative. Prices

range from R450 to R650. This Kiran

ring, set with a citrine gemstone, is

R500. Details:

Glitter and gold are all the rage but to really make a statement this season, go for this very

berry Ariana one-shoulder dress from Forever New. There’s no better time to opt

for ruby hues than the season to be jolly. So with a ho, ho, ho ... go, go, go and pick up this

little number to really turn heads. R1699. Details:

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Close up encounters thrilled!

Nadine Mingard, Lynda Wolfson


Sue Vacy-Lyle, Wayne Hinde, Anthea Goldwain

Our Get It Canon Wildlife Photographic Safari

at the exceptional Thanda Tented Camp in

Zululand’s Big Five country was a roaring (see

what we did there!) success. More than two dozen

keen photographers spent the weekend with top

Canon and wildlife photographers, who shared

their tips, expertise and entertaining stories about

capturing wildlife. The animals – large and fierce,

small and pretty – joined the party ... obligingly

showing off their best sides for the cameras. You

can see all the shots – including the spectacular

winning photo of the weekend by

Sue Vacy-Lyle – on

Matthew and Petra Blewett

Dana Eitzen, John and Dawn Champman

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Heather and Tony Grizic

Engela Uys, Rico de Marigny

Lize and Stephan de Klerk, Warren Nicholas


Ian and Susan Omand, Christiaan Sperka

Stephen Monareng

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Lisa Miller, Kirsty Fouche

Glad products assist with the food styling.

Style pics


Ronel and Sarah McAlpine

Watch out Instagram ... there are a host of new food

stylists in the northern suburbs. Get It recently hosted

its Picture Perfect with Canon event at which a food

stylist and expert photographers showed readers just

how to style a perfect foodie picture. Excitement filled

the air at the really pretty – and very new – Blueberry

Hill Hotel in Honeydew as our readers learned tips from

the pros. Then it was their chance to style foodie treats

– and win scrumptious prizes! Everyone went home

with something special in the extravagant goodie bags.

It was a real taste bud-tingling day! Details:

Rentia and Abbey Veale

Solvejg Fugard-Gous, Lebo Chinkhombe

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Gay Mitchell, Dejané Poil, Kym Argo

Teresa Slacke, Debbie Brenner

Garth Campbell, Jaco de Villiers, Claytan Campbell

Matt, Nix, Penny and Ant Mason

A punch of

pretty pink

Pink posies too!

Fuchsia. Magenta. Coral. Pink was hot at this 50th

birthday celebration. From guests rocking pink feather

boas and wigs to the pretty flamingos, flowers and

pompom decor to the (fairly potent) pink gins, this

was as stylishly glam as you can get. Obviously, since

Craighall Park’s Penny Mason simply oozes style!

Happy birthday to you!

Abbey, Nick and Emma Schilperoort

Photographer: ASHLEIGH ROSE

Jane Chapman, Ali and Sue Schilperoort

Ann-Louise Lombaard, Gwen Hamlyn,

Fiona Mclean-Banks, Nola Beaver

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30 minutes to a

better you!

The perfect amount of “me” time,

when you need it most!

Experience an exciting new retail concept…

The Clarins OpenSpa

In partnership with Woolworths Fourways Mall, Clarins has

concentrated all its skin care expertise and plant-based

knowledge into an offering of seven different treatments,

for immediate results and a wonderful feeling of well-being.

Experience semi-private 30-minute luxury spa treatments

with our expertly trained Abigail or Lerato for only R295 each.

You’ll leave looking beautiful and feeling great.

Clarins OpenSpa

Woolworths Fourways Mall, Upper Level, Beauty Department

For you. About you.


Kate Owen, Fabia Stark, Steffi Varoli

Sally Downie, Sarah O’Brien, Heather Harington

Leila Mohamed


Ma-gi-cal! That’s the only fitting description

for the magnificent By Word of Mouth

Festive Market on October 5 and 6. With

huge experience in the catering industry,

By Word of Mouth founder, Karen Short and

her team, put signature special touches to

every bespoke element and fine detail at The

Polo Room, Inanda Club. From the decor to

jewellery, fashion accessories and more on

sale, we can truly say our festive shopping is

done. Then we kicked back with fab foodie

delights. Now that’s a perfect market!


Oonagh Morgan, Sam Sporides

Saxokay Afrojazz, John Osindele

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You are


A beautiful spring day. A beautiful challenge. And the

most beautiful runners ... no wonder the SPAR Women’s

Challenge Joburg is dubbed ‘Joburg’s most beautiful race’!

This year’s YouAreBeautiful hashtag cemented just that.

Emmarentia’s streets were flooded with women (and some

men) on October 6 as they took on the 10km and 5km races.

Among them were the four finalists and winner of SPAR and

Get It’s Face of the Race competition who each rocked up

with huge piles of takkies they’d collected for the ‘Drop a

pair and show you care’ campaign for children who need

them most. The vibe at Marks Park Sports Club was electric

throughout the morning and there were smiles galore.


Alicia Walters, Holly Gxubane, Sarah Ayres, Busisiwe Nobela, Chwayita Gugwini

Thulethu Ngqokwe,

Ipi Thibedi

Melissa and Anika Kuun, Chanelle Uys, Curt le Roux

Nina Groenewald, Lizelle Wentzel

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Shandhir Lachman, Ateeyah Mohamed, Akhin Lalloo

David Vincent, Simon Allenberg

Glam affair

to lend help

Danica Groenewald, Bev Loyd

A glamorous fund-raising dinner for The Rhino

Orphanage held at Ferguson’s on 5th in Hyde Park did

a whole lot more than delight guests’ taste buds ... it

secured a much-needed ventilator for the orphanage.

Arrie van Deventer, the orphanage’s founder, pulled

at guests’ heartstrings as he described the effect on

a calf when its mother is poached, and shared how

the non-profit organisation needed a ventilator. To his

amazement, the marketing manager of BMW Sandton,

Danica Groenewald, confirmed the company had

bought it. Tears of joy and a whole lot cheers followed.

What a great night! Details:

Stephanie Heywood, Ali Bowes

Averyl Haddon, Jackie Richarson, Madeleine Zwaneveld

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My Modern African Kitchen


foodie fun

Glitz and glam. Literature and music. And a whole lot of

fabulous talk about food. This was all the rage at the launch

of Chef Nti’s new cookbook, My Modern African Kitchen.

The renowned chef recently wowed foodies and celebs at

Exclusive Books in Hyde Park Corner, many of whom were

clamouring to get their hands on the must-have recipes

and cooking tips. Guests were also treated to a lively Q&A

with award-winning entrepreneur, author and musician, DJ

Sbu. Details: @chef_nti on Instagram

Tisetso and Nomathemba


Tintswalo Ngwenya, Kgalemo Molaudi

Kefilwe Mabote

Lesley Mofokeng, Emmanuel Tjiya and William Kwakwa

Shameelah and Lehaz Cassim

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Dancing in the air

When Natalie Roberts and Candice Levy aren’t performing jaw-dropping routines

around the world, they’re teaching the magic of aerial dance at their Fourways

studio ... ‘where ordinary people do extraordinary things.’


Candice Levy balances on Natalie Roberts in an impressive move as they share their love for aerial performance.

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ost people love the circus. It’s filled

with thrills, feathers, magic, top hats

and fantasy. It’s filled with singing,

dancing, extravagant fashion, deathdefying

stunts, magical acts and

aerial acrobatics where boundaries

are pushed. It also requires tons of

dedication and involves plenty of

pain, sweat and tears.

Natalie Roberts was born with a love

of dancing and has been working

in the world of performing arts and

circus companies for more than 20

years. Natalie’s performance career

began when she joined Jazzart’s

Professional Dance Company in

Cape Town and she’s trained in

contemporary, tap, rhythm and

gumboot dancing. She was also one

of the initial aerial artists for Madame

Zingara’s Theatre of Dreams.

Natalie’s expertise has led her to

perform internationally and to create

a performance company called Art

of Synergy. It was founded in 2015,

with the vision of creating a platform

to promote contemporary circus arts

across Africa, to empower the human

spirit and to break boundaries. Natalie

runs the company with her new

performance partner, Candice Levy.

Natalie and Candice’s strong hellohugs

at their new studio in Fourways

speak volumes about their dedication.

Their finely-tuned physiques are proof

of a profession in fitness

and performance.

Candice’s right arm

is covered in animal

body art with a leopard

pattern as the focal

point. ‘Leopards are

my spirit animal –

they’re fierce warriors

and hunters and are

also known for their

quiet roaming and

elusiveness. The sleeve

tattoo started with the

leopard print and from

there the rest of the animal kingdom

followed.’ She says her leopard tattoos

symbolise agility and strength,

much like aerial dancing. ‘I have an

enormous passion for these graceful,

reclusive, nocturnal big cats.’


performance is

a combination

of acrobatics

and art, it’s like

dancing in the air

Candice was a ballerina for 17 years

before she took up pole dancing.

‘After I hung up my pointe shoes I

decided to take up pole dancing

and was hooked from the first spin!’

She says pole dancing is widely

recognised as a highly beneficial form

of physical and mental exercise, just

like aerial acrobatics. ‘Pole dancing is

an intense full-body workout and I

was obsessed with the stamina and

sheer power needed. It requires total

strength from head to toe, surpassing

your own expectations – a similar

element to the aerial performance I’ve

come to love.’

Aerial training is also about growth,

discipline, fitness and breaking

through barriers. Rising to a challenge

and going beyond your own

expectations is the most empowering

thing a person can do, says Natalie.

‘Aerial performance is a combination

of acrobatics and art, it’s like dancing

in the air.’

The duo first started performing

in 2012 for Urban Circus – a fusion

of nationalities and circus skills.

‘Circus life is dedication, along with

plenty of pain, sweat and tears. But

more than that, it’s a multicultural

workplace where stories of hope

get told through performance.’ They

both say breathing helps with scary

routines and they always talk to each

other during an act. ‘But we trust our

bodies and of course, we trust each


When this talented duo is not

performing jaw-dropping aerial acts

like Silk, Lira and Cube around the

world, they’re teaching the magic of

aerial dance at their studio, ‘where

fitness meets art and where ordinary

people do extraordinary things’.

Candice and Natalie say the most

important thing for a student to

receive from an aerials class is the

accomplishment of their own goals.

‘It’s hard work but you need to come

back. That effortless look we all strive

for takes time to cultivate and it’s

always important to keep training

and do classes. It’s an art that keeps

on growing,’ says Natalie.

They offer various circus classes

at which you’ll realise your fitness

training will never be the same again.

For more information about these

circus classes and workshops visit

their website.


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This is just the beGINning

Yummy Smiths

Bramble cocktail recipe

Rachel shares one of her

favourite cocktail recipes,

Smiths Bramble, with us.

50ml of any variant of Smiths

SA craft dry gin; 15ml blackberry

liqueur; 30ml fresh lemon juice;

15ml simple sugar syrup (ratio of

sugar to water = 1:1)

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

Add the selected gin, lemon

juice and sugar syrup. Shake and

strain over fresh ice into a short

tumbler, pour the blackberry

liqueur on top and garnish with

a blackberry or lemon twist.

Rachel Smith of Smiths Gin/Bursary Spirits with one of her favourite cocktails, Smiths Bramble.

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Making award-winning craft gins is not enough for

Rachel Smith, who ‘garnishes’ her cocktail of talents with

food industry bursaries for talented individuals

What does it take to be an award-winning craft gin entrepreneur? We chatted

to Rachel Smith of Smiths Gin/Bursary Spirits to find out more about the

ginspiration behind the brand.

Rachel started out as a sales graduate at Brandhouse and, after a few years working

in the alcohol industry, she was looking to partner with an existing brand. ‘This

wasn’t an option for the brands I engaged with, so decided to develop my own

brand from scratch using the experience and industry network I’d developed over

the years,’ Rachel says. The result? Three craft gins, all of which walked away winners

at the SA Craft Gin Awards of 2019.

Elderflower (a classic, floral dry gin) took double gold as did Spice (a bold marsalalike

dry gin reminiscent of a spice emporium) and the third variant, Citrus (a vibrant,

fresh mix of grapefruit, lemons and oranges) took gold. ‘The gins were entered into

the inaugural South African Craft Gin Awards,’ Rachel explains. ‘Out of 110 individual

gin entries, each variant of Smiths South African dry gins won at the event.

Samples of each variant were blind tasted by a panel of six judges, then scored to

discover the top South African craft gins.’

We all know gin is having a serious moment in South Africa (and across the globe).

It’s gone from being a drink we associate with our grandmothers to being the

fastest-growing category in the South African market. ‘Thanks to gin’s versatility

and accessible price, it’s allowed many experimental consumers to enjoy gin in

other ways beyond a classic G&T. The flavour spectrum and variations appeal to a

much wider demographic group with their different expectations for a product –

colourful, aged, blended, neat, shimmery etc.,’ Rachel says.

But the gin boom comes with its own set of challenges. ‘Most retailers are

apprehensive about listing new brands, with their gin category being either

saturated with many brands, or filled with slow-moving lines,’ Smith explains.

‘Many have undergone category relays which prohibit any new gins being listed

for a period in order to let the slow lines sell out, or are allowing only a select

number of gins within the category.’

So how can a ‘new kid on the block’ make its mark (besides winning multiple

awards, of course)? ‘When I developed Smiths, I wanted it to be fun-loving,

creative and adventurous, which I was not seeing in-store, with most gins having a

clear bottle with a white label,’ Rachel says.

‘Using advanced printing technology and the magnification effect of the gin

inside the bottle, I was able to accentuate the bright designs by the team at A Love

Supreme for each variant to really shine. I’ve also ensured that every type of gin

consumer is satisfied by offering a variant with each gin, as specified by many tonic

pairing wheels such as the Fever-Tree pairing wheel.’

What really sets Smiths apart from the competition is its sense of social

responsibility, something of a first in this industry. ‘Understanding that economic

growth comes from innovation and education, I decided to take the opportunity

to grow the South African economy through funding bursaries in the hospitality

industry,’ Rachel says.

‘Through my company, Bursary Spirits, applications will be open bi-annually for

talented individuals to apply for funding towards furthering themselves in this

vast, multi-level industry. I hope to take people from bartender to front house

management or even help talented individuals develop their own brand and

hospitality outlets. These bursaries don’t require any return on the Smiths brand

and equip individuals to progress upwards.’ Details: @smithsginza

Perfect pairing

The gins are also ideal for the

epicurean consumer, with

suggested food pairings readily

available. ‘Our Spice gin with

tonic, on the rocks or with soda

water, pairs perfectly with biryani,

shrimp or pork dumplings,

bobotie, Cape Malay curry or milk

tart. It can also be added as an

alternative in hot drinks such as

a Dom Pedro, Irish coffee or Chai

tea,’ Rachel says.

‘Our Elderflower gin with

cranberry juice or iced tea is

magnificent served with malva

pudding, red velvet cake, carrot

cake or koe(k)sisters.

Lastly, our Citrus gin with tonic,

ginger beer or still/sparkling

water, together with vetkoek,

braaivleis/shisa nyama, Gatsby,

fish and chips or a kota is a match

made in heaven.’

That said, Rachel recommends

a slice of lemon/lime and a

mint leaf as a classic garnish. ‘It

cuts through and balances any

sweetness from the mixers paired

with the gins,’ Rachel advises.

You can find Smiths gin

variants at The Bottle Shop,

Norman Goodfellows and at

select Checkers liquor stores.



November 2019 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs 23

Shimmer, shine and stand out from the party

crowd. For our nails we’re loving Essence

Glitter on Glitter Off (so clever ...

peel off nail polish) R54.95, and

Shine Last and Go (priced

perfectly for a party ...

R29.95) both from Dis-

Chem. And for eyes, this

WOW Sparkling Corals Palette

is exactly that ...

wow! R180 from

Perfume Gallery,


Last minute party? A quick spritz of Biosense Dry Shampoo and you’ll be good

to go. R180 from • Loaded with vitamin E and

seven precious vegetable oils, Inoar Kalice Oil is used on hair, body and face ... it

moisturises, nourishes, restores, softens and protects. R780 from • Eau

Thermale Avène has just launched DermAbsolu, a range specifically formulated

for mature skin. The star product is this Serum .. a highly concentrated serum-inoil.

Used twice daily, it unveils an illuminating effect, and leaves the skin toned and

radiant, with facial contours visibly reshaped. R499 from

Four AMAZING shimmery shades in

this Sorbet Eye to Eye Cocoa Crush

eyeshadow quad. R179.95 from Sorbet

salons or

Compiled by: KYM ARGO

If you’re looking for hot eye shades, brace yourself. The new Urban Decay Naked Heat palette is sweltering! A dozen all-new,

can’t-live-without, amber-hued neutrals – from warm browns and burnt oranges to deep red eyeshadows. These shades look

insanely flattering on any skin tone, and there’s everything you need ... including a full-size mirror and a double-ended brush,

one for blending, one for precise application in the crease. R860 from

24 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs November 2019

Ready, steady


We’re feeling festive ... so we’re

sharing a few of our star beauty

finds for the party season

. Explosive. Alluring. Delectable. But never too sweet! We’re wearing

just one fragrance this festive season ... and it’s Azzaro Wanted

Girl. It’s a Floral Oriental Gourmand, and is massively desirable.

From R940 at your local fragrance store. • It’s a cult product for a

reason. It’s just unbeatable. YSL Touche Éclat is a fave with top

make-up artists, models, celebs worldwide (one is sold every

10 seconds!). This golden pen is not just a concealer ... it’s a

highlighter that emphasizes radiance over coverage for a more

natural, luminous complexion, and does not mask the skin.

R610 from Yves Saint Laurent in Sandton City. • Sparkling eyes

... we’re besotted with this Clarins Eyeshadow ... and admit this

season we’re wearing it day and night. Because ... festive! R355.

Glow all through the party season. This Vichy

Ideal Soleil Self Tanner with Vitamin E gives

you a really natural-looking tan in just one

hour, and keeps your skin hydrated for eight

hours. R245 from Dis-Chem.

Party in a pot ... Catrice Bouncy Bronzer

Caribbean Vibes, R79.95 from Dis-Chem.

Shimmer and shake

... glowing gold

bronzer from

WOW, R75.

Prep your skin

... this Sunlight

Light Correcting

Serum Primer

from Catrice

works like magic.

Reasonably priced,

too. R92.95 from


Love an





Lumiere Eye

Shadow in

Beige Biscuit is our

go-to for party eyes.

R187 from Dis-Chem.

November 2019 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs 25

It-girl belt, R449 from XO Accessories.


Compiled by: KATE ARGO

Ever since Audrey Hepburn appeared in Breakfast at Tiffany´s, New

York has become the city we turn to when we’re looking for glamour

and luxury. And it’s The Big Apple where Pretty Ballerinas shot its

Summer 19 campaign (featuring Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece

– @olympiagreece). We’re coveting a pair from this Pretty Ballerinas

Classy Pearls Collection. Classic, beautiful, timeless. LOVE!

Details: 011-325-5411

Boots made for (elegant) walking … leather

high heel ankle boots, R1799 from Zara.

26 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs November 2019

Gold sunburst

earrings, R375

from Lovisa.



Investment buys are always a good idea. A classic Gucci

shoulder bag lasts forever. This one comes in suede or

leather, from R25 400. Details: 011-326 7928.

Bejewelled padded

headband, R359

from Zara.

Shiny bow, R189

from Zara Details:


Festive f.inds


All that glitters, sparkles or shines ... we want the lot!

Inexpensive – but they make

quite a statement! Pack of

three mini metallic hair clips,

R49.95 from Woolworths.

Shine on … love this

glitter W•BEAUTY Gel

Nail Polish, R59.95

from Woolworths.

When the party’s going to be big, ditch the heels and opt for

comfort. Gold Superga fashion sneakers, R1299 from

Spoil yourself…

18ct yellow

gold citrine and

diamond drop

earrings, POR

from Charles

Greig. Details:

November 2019 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs 27

You can’t go wrong with a Christmas

decoration for a festive-loving friend

... and Typo has a whole range of lustworthy

items. This Harry Potter golden

snitch (R99.99) works with our colour

theme, but there’s a host of others too.



gift guide

Spoil your loved ones with these seven fabulous

finds ... and we’ve thrown in a treat for you!

A gift for thinkers... To be brilliant you

have to be irrational, according to Rory

Sutherland, Ogilvy advertising legend.

He proves his point in Alchemy –

The Surprising Power of Ideas That

Don’t Make Sense. Using behavioural

science and jaw-dropping stories, he

explains why we don’t always make

logical decisions based on evidence. An

illuminating read. WH Allen, R328.


We’ve got our eye on so many of the gorgeous items in H&M Home’s new

summer collection ... and they’re sure to make really inspired gifts for your

friends and family. This large vase with handles would surely become th e focal

point of any area. Love! R329. Details:

28 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs November 2019

Body yogurts from The Body Shop are

trending ... and make a luxurious treat.

This Almond Milk Body Yogurt is light

and absorbs instantly but keeps you

feeling moisturised and smooth. R150.


You are my angel...

In the spirit of the festive

season – but really all year round

too – we think these guardian

angel pendants in rose, yellow

and white gold from


Jewellers – The Diamond

Store make really special gifts.

‘The Browns Angel Collection is

inspired by the miracles which

happen all around us each

day. Every angel holds a

promise of guidance and

protection,’ the Browns

website tells us. R8495.


A make-up or travel

bag is always welcome

... and this gold leaf

and white essentials bag

from Knus is really glam

and practical too, with

waterproof lining and

protected outer fabric.

R375. Details:

All things will surely slide into place

You really can’t go wrong with pretty clips for all the girls

out there ... and these glitzy stone and pearl hair slides

from Poetry are sure to be a hit. They’ll really pull a look

together for the party season ... not to mention they’re ohso-handy

too. Three in a pack for R99.


Sweet sipping for you

We’re fans of a semi-sweet wine ... it’s

gorgeous chilled, topped with soda

and served with ice on a warm evening.

It’s a classic match with rich liver paté

or parfait and is brilliant with desserts

... think cheesecake or crème caramel,

an apricot tart or glazed fruit Pavlova.

The just-released Skyline Late Harvest

(named for SA’s great cityscapes) is a

delicious option ... all smooth honey

and fruit, it’s full-bodied and rich, made

from Chenin Blanc grapes harvested

late in the season, when natural sugars

are concentrated in the fruit, so has no

added sugar. Around R49.99 a bottle,

and R134.99 for the convenient threelitre

bag-in-a-box. Fancy winning a

sweet prize? We’ve got a Skyline hamper

to give away ... half a dozen bottles of

Skyline and a pair of sunnies in an eyecatching

shopping bag.

To win, simply visit

our Get It Joburg North

Facebook page, follow us,

like the Skyline Late Harvest

post and tag a friend in

the comment section by

November 25.

November 2019 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs 29



We popped

past Maverick

and Jane at the

Rosebank Zone

and couldn’t resist

trying the Bountyflavoured

popcorn. A

delish combo of chocolate

and coconut coats handcrafted

Nebraskan corn that’s

popped to perfection. Snacking

never tasted this good – and it’s a

treat not only the littlies will enjoy –

you will too! Details: 072-234 -825.

‘In a galaxy far, far away...’ Oh yes, Star Wars fans, get excited!

Levi’s has teamed up with Disney and Lucasfilm to create a

collection that celebrates the history of Star Wars ... just in time

for the new film Star Wars: The Rise of The Skywalker. We know it

won’t only be teens lusting for the Star Wars x Levi’s Spring/

Summer 2019 collection. Expect to find classic Levi’s faves

like tees, hoodies, trucker jackets and pairs of jeans with iconic

elements from the Star Wars galaxy (think graphics of characters

and starships, and more!). You’ll also find recognisable quotes

embroidered on some of the pieces. Now that’s a way to turn

heads. In stores from November 1. Details:

Jolly great

goodies for


School holidays are just around the corner

... so we’ve found a few festive treats to

keep looks trendy, minds active and sugar

levels up for the kids, teens – even you!

Add a little swagger to your kid’s look with this

daisy denim jacket from Cotton On Kids ... it

screams attitude! R399. Details:

30 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs November 2019

A duo of kids’ books

Hyena’s sad. Nobody loves and

admires her so she tries hard to be

like elephant, lion and leopard. But

nothing she tries works. Then leopard

gives her good advice and she

decides to be the best hyena possible.

I Don’t Want to be a Hyena by Avril

van der Merwe is a delightful tale with

gorgeous, quirky illustrations by Heidi-

Kate Greeff. Puffin, R98.

Everyone starts to read by first learning their ABC.

Nicolaas Maritz has added a perky African twist in

South African Animal Portraits A-Z. Even more

fun – from African darter to the zebra spitting cobra,

more than one creature is illustrated for every letter of

the alphabet. There’s extra interest too, in the use of

more than one language (did you know tlou means

elephant in Pedi and seSotho?). This ABC will keep littlies

enthralled for ages. David Philip Publishers, R160.

The excitement is building ...

the kids just can’t wait. Why?

Because some must-see

movies are hitting the big

screen next month. Yay! In

celebration, Disney has

some fabulous Frozen 2

toys like this snow globe

surprise. There are Star

Wars-inspired goodies

too. We’re sure they’ll

be top of the kids’ wish

lists. Find the snow globe

surprise at Toys R Us, Toy

Kingdom for R299.

Movie to thrill and inspire

Be sure to check out this animation treat for the whole

family. Manou, the swift, has his world turned upside

down in Birds of a Feather when he realises he’s not a

seagull, like the rest of his feathery family. As the young

swift learns to fly, he takes us on a journey of courage

and self-discovery ... particularly when he finally meets

birds of his own species and finds out who he really is.

When both seagulls and swifts face a dangerous threat,

Manou becomes the hero of the day. Kate Winslet,

William Dafoe and Josh Keaton lend their vocal talents

to the Christian Haas-directed movie.

(In cinemas November 15.)

Flavour meets fun for you and the little ones

When we first came across pics of the decadent ice cream

sandwiches on the Insta account of Crumbs and Cream, we

thought, ‘Oh YUM!’ ... and just like that, we were in the car and

found ourselves drooling over the menu in the Illovo store.

Four ice cream sandwiches later, we feel we can say with

certainty that you and your kids absolutely have to try one (or

more) of these treats for yourselves. What you need to know

... there are three simple steps to creating these taste budtingling

sensations. Step one, choose any two cookies (we urge

you to try the macadamia white chocolate cookie – de-LISH).

Step two, select your ice cream. The kids will surely go crazy for

the bubblegum-flavoured Oreo monster ice cream. Step three,

decorate with your favourite topping. Vegans, you can have a

taste too as there’s a scrumptious vegan wild berry ice cream

that pairs with vegan heaven cookies ... indeed, this combo

tastes pretty celestial! Prices range from R35. Open daily from

11am to 11pm. Details: 081-343-2761;

November 2019 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs 31




of the neighbourhood!

What a prize!

Tasneem Coovadia won a Canon

PowerShot SX540 HS worth R3999.

She’ll be able to use her camera to

really zoom into her shots as it has a

50x ultrazoom with ultrawide angle. It

doesn’t only take stunning photos …

it’ll even record short clips (in full HD)

with playback effects. This connected

bridge camera allows for flexible

shooting and easy framing (in fact it can

be as simple or advanced as you like).

It’s ideal to get snapping on holidays

and at special occasions … and it’s

sure to help her to effortlessly capture

memorable moments.

And the regional winner is ...

Once again, we received an overwhelming response to our Canon

Snapshot of the Neighbourhood competition … and this year,

Greenside’s Tasneem Coovadia’s photo of the autumn hues on a row

of trees at the Johannesburg Botanical Garden caught the eyes of

Canon’s experts.

Having dabbled in capturing and documenting special moments

visually, Tasneem has honed her skills to bring to life the wonders of

the landscapes that surround her. Her scenic shot of the botanical

gardens shows the beauty that’s right in our neighbourhoods and

immerses the viewer in nature. Tasneem excellently captured the

garden’s spectacular golden hour, which is a total beauty all year

round – and especially gorgeous in autumn when the leaves change

colour and the park is ablaze with red and orange hues.

‘I love experimenting with my photography and sometimes the story is the journey of how

I captured the image. I’ve also found more recently that photography has been my therapy,’

she says. This hobbyist draws inspiration from her children, neighbourhood and nature. She

says she enjoys spending time at Emmarentia’s botanical oasis, picnicking, going for long

walks or simply sitting on a bench admiring the view. ‘I’ve always enjoyed all things creative

… but photography is the one that brings me the greatest joy. I hope I never lose that

feeling!’ a delighted Tasneem says.

Now feeling on top of the world at having won the Joburg North leg of the competition,

Tasneem plans to continually learn, experiment and have fun while she captures and

preserves the moments of today for tomorrow’s memories.

For more pics

from readers, visit


A renaissance



Food, fashion designer,

entrepreneur, author –

Nthabiseng Nti Ramaboa

is undoubtedly up there

with the best when it

comes to awe-inspiring

multitasking skills

34 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs November 2019

She’s a TV chef, an MC, fashion

designer, restaurant owner,

entrepreneur and now a published

author … really, what can’t

Nthabiseng Nti Ramaboa (better

known as Chef Nti) do?

Her latest endeavour saw the

publishing of her cookbook My

Modern African Kitchen, which is set

to become a Mzansi home staple.

‘My mom taught me to cook,’ Chef

Nti says.

‘I grew up in Soweto with my mom

and sister. Cooking was one of the

chores and my sister didn’t care

much for it so I cooked. I wanted my

story to lead the recipes, so we went

back to my childhood, my troubles,

my time in Italy, my life… And, I

think, back to the food that made

those memories – then the recipes


Her recipes showcase home-grown

ingredients in an accessible way,

while still enhancing the skills of the

home chef.

‘Growing up eating pap and

pilchards used to feed my soul – and

it still does,’ Chef Nti explains.

‘The book takes a traditional

favourite like pap and tinned fish

(especially important with our

economy being so tough these

days), then elevates them with a

modern take by turning them into

a tart. That tart moves from oven to

table, is sliced and shared with those

you love and tastes like home. You

can find it on Page 68!’

The cookbook also sees Chef Nti

incorporating aspects of her time

living abroad. These recipes have

Asian and Mediterranean fusion

aspects. For example, seafood paella

makes an appearance but instead of

rice, samp is substituted, adding a bit

of South Africa to global influences.

‘It takes what we love every day, then

gives it a twist, making it something

special,’ Chef Nti says.

Given the opportunity, she’d expose

everyone abroad (and every foreign

visitor to South Africa) to pap. ‘I have

an entire chapter in my cookbook

dedicated to maize meal!’ she says.

‘It’s an ingredient that unites us as a

country and it’s so special to me, to

my childhood. Ask me who I am and

I’ll take you to that chapter. That’s the

grain I first started cooking with.’

The recipes are designed to be

accessible to everyone, with no dish

being particularly technical or fiddly.

‘The toughest dish for a chef to cook

is the dish you’re not excited about,’

Chef Nti says.

‘Food is a form of expression and

if you’re not feeling the process

or you’re feeling defeated, you’ll

have a tough time in the kitchen.

Confidence makes anything possible

in cooking. You have to learn to have

fun with it.’

If there’s anyone who’s an authority

on the subject of confidence

making anything possible, it’s

Chef Nti. ‘My business wiped out

(as businesses do) in 2013 and I

had to start over. While rebuilding

myself, I documented everything

on social media to try to live

an honest life. I didn’t want to

hide anything. You can go from

driving a Porsche to not having

a car at all. I’m proud of my

journey and where I am today.’

Where she is today is … well,

all over the place. She balances

being a professional chef with

running a restaurant, a fashionapron

line and a saucemanufacturing

business. ‘My

apron business started when

I became a professional chef,’

Chef Nti explains.

‘I thought the aprons around

me weren’t cute enough! I figured

I have a background in the fashion

industry, so I made fancy aprons

that complement the fashionista

look in the kitchen. Then came Taste

Kitchen in Maboneng. We’re having

a good time, we’re busy, we make

sauces in-house … then found

guests were just loving the sauces so

we decided to seize the opportunity

and sell them.’

Where to next? ‘A TV show! Yes! Food,

travelling Africa, beautiful things …

I think also more products further

down the line.’

As for Chef Nti’s festive plans, the

focus will be on family. ‘I try to wrap

up work by December 19, then

it’s family, family, family.’ When it

comes to the big day, the star of the

show, for Chef Nti, is the turkey. ‘It’s

like lipstick. You do your make-up

and you look good, but you’re not

complete until that perfect colour is

on your lips. So for Christmas, have

everything on your table – and buy

the biggest turkey you can.’

Details: @chef_nti on Instagram

A duo of handy kitchen tips from Chef Nti:

1. Bananas ripen quickly so to prevent that, separate them from the

bunch, then wrap the open end with cling wrap. It looks bad but

you’ll also have perfect bananas for ages.

2. Check if your eggs are fresh by dropping them in water. When

they sink to the bottom, the egg is fresh. If it’s in the middle, it’s

getting to its last legs and if it floats … stay away!

Get your Christmas inspiration from Chef

Nti’s Instagram at @chef_nti and doll up your

festive menu with recipes from My Modern

African Kitchen, available at Exclusive Books.

R320. Details:

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If ever there was a time to drink, eat and be

merry, it’s now. And on the menu? A feast of

baked cheese, glazed ham, grilled broccolini,

butter cookies and chocolate tart.

Baked cranberry


You’ll need: 100g frozen cranberries;

150g Staffords cranberry jelly; 1tsp

chilli flakes; one 250g wheel of

Camembert or Brie cheese; 50g

walnuts; 3 sprigs rosemary

To make: Preheat oven to 180˚C. In a

small saucepan combine the frozen

cranberries, 100g Staffords cranberry

jelly and chilli flakes. Cook over low

heat until the cranberries are soft

and the sauce has thickened slightly,

about 5 min. Set aside.

On a baking tray, score the wheel

of cheese in a 2cm by 2cm pattern.

In the grooves insert the rosemary

leaves ... do this evenly throughout

the wheel. Spread 50g of Staffords

cranberry jelly evenly over top of the

wheel. Tie a piece of kitchen twine

around the outside of the wheel to

prevent it breaking apart too early.

Sprinkle the walnuts around the


Bake for 8 to 10 min or until it has

become soft in the middle. This will

vary depending on the age of the

cheese. Remove from oven and

place on a serving dish. Spoon over

some of the cranberry chilli sauce

and place the rest in a dish to serve

on the side. Sprinkle with toasted

walnuts and more fresh rosemary if


Serve immediately with crusty sliced

bread like sourdough or baguette.

36 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs November 2019

Honey mustard glazed ham

You’ll need: 3kg leg of ham, trimmed and

skin removed; 1 cup smooth orange

marmalade; quarter of a cup Staffords

honey; half a cup orange juice; 3 Tblsps

Staffords Dijon mustard; cloves for

studding; sage for garnish

To make: Preheat oven to 180˚C. In a

saucepan combine the marmalade,

honey, orange juice and mustard.

Cook over low heat until the glaze has

thickened slightly – around five to seven

minutes. Set aside but do not allow to

cool completely. If needed reheat over

low heat for one to two min. Score the

trimmed leg of ham into a 2cm diamond

pattern. Push a single clove Into the

centre of each diamond. Only stud the

top of the ham, or whichever side you’ll

be presenting. Place on a rack above a

lined baking sheet. Generously brush

ham with glaze and place on the lowest

rack of the oven. Every 10 min remove

the ham from the oven, rotate and brush

on more glaze. Repeat this until ham is

golden brown, about 40 to 60 minutes,

depending on the oven. If the top begins

to brown too quickly, loosely place a

piece of tinfoil over top. Once cooked,

remove from oven and allow to cool

slightly. Sprinkle with sea salt flakes and

serve on a large dish (sliced or whole) and

garnish with fresh sage.

Cinnamon sugar holiday

tree with cinnamon sugar

butter cookies

For the tree you’ll need:

Staffords cinnamon sugar shaker; 2 rolls

store-bought puff pastry

For the cookies you’ll need: 2 cups flour;

½ tsp baking powder; ½ tsp salt; 170g

butter, softened; 200g sugar; 1 large egg;

½ tsp vanilla; Staffords cinnamon sugar


To make: Preheat oven to 180˚C.

For the cookies: Whisk together flour,

baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.

Beat together butter and sugar in a large

bowl until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg and

vanilla until smooth. Add flour mixture

and mix until just combined. Wrap dough

in clingwrap and chill in the fridge for 2

hours. When chilled, roll dough into ½ cm

thick sheet, cut out star-shaped cookies

and place on a lined and greased baking

sheet. Brush tops of the cookies with

melted butter and sprinkle generously

with Staffords cinnamon sugar. Bake

cookies at 180˚C for 12 to 15 min or until

the edges begin to brown. Remove from

oven and transfer onto a cooling rack.

For the tree: On a lined baking tray spread out one roll of puff pastry.

Generously sprinkle Staffords cinnamon sugar in a generally tree-shaped

area. Roll out the second piece of puff pastry and place over the first

piece of puff pastry. Press down gently to bond the two pieces. Cover

with plastic wrap and place in fridge for 20 minutes. When pastry is

chilled return tray to working surface (do not remove from the lined tray).

Cut out tree shape with special attention to the trunk, which should

be wider at the bottom than the top. Cut the sides of the tree to form

branches every 2cm, with a 1cm gap between each branch. Remove

pastry from the 1cm wide gaps to allow pastry to expand slightly. Do

not cut all the way to the top, allow 2-3cm of flat pastry at the top. Twist

each branch as many times as you can, depending on the length of each


Brush ‘trunk’ of the tree and areas not twisted with melted butter and

sprinkle those areas with Staffords cinnamon sugar. Bake the tree at

220˚C for about 20-25 minutes or until the pastry has fully ‘puffed’ and

turned golden brown. Once baked, remove from oven and serve with

star cookies placed as baubles along the branches and top of the tree.

November 2019 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs 37

Griddled broccolini with

sweet thick soy glaze

You’ll need: 200g asparagus spears;

200g broccolini spears; 45ml black

and white sesame seeds, toasted;

black pepper

For the glaze 30ml olive oil; 60ml

Staffords sweet thick soy sauce;

15ml rice wine vinegar; 5ml

Staffords garlic paste

To make: Trim the asparagus and

broccoli spears and blanch in a pot

of boiling water for 1 minute. Drain

and cool under cold running water,

then pat dry using a clean tea

towel. Heat a griddle pan on the

stove. Whisk the glaze ingredients

together in a small bowl and use

to baste the vegetables. Sear the

vegetables in a single layer, on the

griddle pan for 1-2 minutes a side.

Transfer to a serving plate and

scatter the toasted sesame seeds

over the top.

Chocolate raspberry tart

You’ll need: Chocolate pastry - 170g cake flour; 50g icing sugar; 60ml cocoa

powder; 2ml salt;100g cold butter, cubed; 1 egg yolk; 60ml water. Filling - 200g

raspberries; 500ml cream; 60g caster sugar; 100g Staffords milk choc disks; 150g

Staffords dark choc disks; 5ml Staffords vanilla extract with seeds; 3 eggs, lightly

whisked; 10ml cocoa powder, for dusting

To make: For the chocolate pastry, sift the flour, cocoa powder and icing sugar

into a mixing bowl and add salt. Add cold butter and work into the flour, using

your fingertips, until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Beat egg yolk with water,

add to the flour mixture and mix until dough comes together. Turn out onto

a lightly floured surface and knead briefly until smooth. Wrap in clingfilm and

place in the fridge for 20 minutes. Then roll the pastry out on a lightly flourdusted

surface and line a 25cm loose-bottomed tart tin. Chill in the fridge for 20

minutes. Preheat oven to 190°C. Blind bake the pastry case for 12 – 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool.

To make the filling, reduce the oven temperature to 160°C. Reserve a third of

the raspberries for decoration and use remainder to line the baked tart case.

Place the cream and sugar in a pan and gently bring to the boil. Stir until

sugar dissolves, then remove from heat, add milk choc disks, dark choc disks

and vanilla extract with seeds and stir until smooth. Allow to cool for five

minutes, then stir in the eggs. Transfer the tart case to a baking sheet and pour

chocolate filling over raspberries. Bake the tart for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the

filling is cooked but still slightly wobbly in the middle. Allow to cool at room

temperature until set. Decorate with remaining raspberries and a dusting of

cocoa powder round the edges.

For more holiday recipes,


Festive cooking – hells bells, any cooking – is easier (and tastier) when you use the condiments, baking and specialty

products from the Staffords range. From baking to braaiing, going fancy or keeping it simple, there’s a Staffords product

that will add a little extra punch. You’ll find them at your local supermarket.

38 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs November 2019





Award-winning interior designer Lynne Blumberg of

Lynne Blumberg Interior Design talks about building

a business, becoming a star in the international

world of design, and what it takes to create a home

that stands the test of time.

‘I woke up one day in 1981 and told

my husband I was bored. It wasn’t that

I didn’t adore him and our two kids,

but I needed a new challenge.’ That

whim is what set Lynne on a path to

international acclaim – although she

admits she had no design training

at the time. However, her passion for

style, design and fabric was sparked

by her parents early in her childhood:

Lynne’s mother designed the dresses

she sold in her boutique, Lady Cotton,

while her father provided protective

clothing. ‘I was just two years old

when he taught me about fabric.

He made a game of it, showing me

different swatches and telling me how

much each weighed. Then he’d hide

them behind his back, switch them

around, and ask me to tell him which

was the heaviest. My love started

there. Touching and really feeling

the fabrics made me aware of the

importance of texture.’

40 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs November 2019

Lynne’s upbringing also gave her a

boldness and maturity beyond her

years – which may be why her lack of

a formal qualification in interior design

didn’t deter her for an instant. ‘I simply

printed out 200 business cards and

went on my way,’ she laughs. If she

needed proof of the soundness of her

decision, she received it in a queue at

Pick n Pay. ‘A fellow shopper told me

she loved my sense of style and asked

what I did for a living. I handed over

one of my new business cards and

she immediately hired me to do her

home’s interiors.’

A little daunted by the scope of her

first job, Lynne called on a designer

friend to help – but he refused,

telling Lynne she had to seize the

opportunity. Which she did so well

that her name was soon spread

around Johannesburg’s home-loving

circles. ‘Although my friend taught me

how to read plans, I still couldn’t draw.

I used to see clients in my dining

room and discuss the plans at the

table – but the one thing I seemed

to do really well was hook into what

made them tick. That’s important,

because sometimes clients don’t

actually know what they want’

After her beloved husband was killed,

Lynne’s life changed dramatically –

along with her view of her business.

No longer simply a fulfilling source

of satisfaction, it became her entire

livelihood as she did all she could to

support her two children.

Her abilities and insight helped her

grow the company to the point

where she was able to employ a

team, and now offers a turnkey

service. Her design style mirrors

the eclectic look she personally

favours; in fact, she takes pride in the

fact that Lynne Blumberg Interior

Design has no signature look. That

said, her trademark is boldness and

sophistication. ‘Everything we do

is totally bespoke – we meet with

you, you tell us what you like and we

create the magic, according to your

wishlist and working around your

lifestyle, whether it’s contemporary,

relaxed or glam.’

Apart from designing envy-inducing

homes, Lynne also adds the x-factor

to corporate and retail spaces, and

loves the challenge of larger projects

like boutique hotels, lodges and other

hospitality establishments.

Lynne’s approach was recently

recognised at the International

Hotel & Property Awards, where

she scooped top spot for Luxury

Residence under five million pounds.

‘It had started out as the worst day

– I’d lost my earrings and watch in

Naples and we were late catching

the ferry to Capri, where the awards

were being held. I had no idea I’d win

the category – all I knew was that I’d

been shortlisted, and if you’re not

there to collect the award, it goes to

someone else.’ The only South African

participating in the awards, Lynne

knew no one – although she was

more daunted by the prospect of

navigating Capri’s notorious cobbles

in her high heels! ‘I chatted to a few

industry members I’d just met and

was thrilled when many told me

they’d voted for me to win the prize.

Then the award was announced and

everything became a blur. All I knew

was that the room exploded – I got a

standing ovation from 500 of the best

designers from around the world!’

Joining these august ranks was,

obviously, a career highlight – but

Lynne says her greatest joy derives

from her everyday interactions with

clients. ‘My work is so diverse. I’ve

been part of projects around the

world, from Israel to Angola and

Sydney. You can’t say that what we do

isn’t important, because we change

people’s lives. Making a home for

someone is holding a mirror to their


Lynne changes people’s lives in other

ways too. She’s a keen supporter

of charity and this year undertook

a massive renovation for Hospice,

transforming a shabby building into a

warm home from home; a comforting

sanctuary for patients.

Going forward, Lynne’s excited to

help more people realise their design

dreams, with plans to perhaps host

her own television show. ‘I adore

engaging with people, so I want to

spread my wings and experience

more,’ she says.

The most important lesson she’s learnt

on her journey? ’Enjoy every single

day as if it were your last, because one

day it will be.’

Lynne’s design tips

• You don’t have to spend a lot

on your home, but you should

invest in the bones – like tiles and

lighting – as these will stand the

test of time.

• Take things slowly. You don’t have

to do your entire house all at once.

Creating a new look for just two

rooms a year will help you reach


• Never match your art to your

furnishings. Your home is not a

hotel. A Kentridge in an antique

home? Fabulous. An antique

painting in a modern home? Even


• Your bathrooms, especially the

master, must be amazing. Install

the biggest shower possible, along

with a fireplace.

• Buy the best sheets you can

afford, but remember that ‘best’

doesn’t necessarily mean the

highest thread count. This relates

to the thickness of the linen and

in hot South Africa, a high thread

count isn’t practical.

• Your home must be a reflection

of you, and you should feel

comfortable in it.

November 2019 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs 41

Luxe loos

Instagram-worthy ‘smallest rooms’ are a huge trend worldwide ...

impress the hell out of your guests with glam accessories.

Compiled by: KATE ARGO

Make your bathroom the most luxurious room in your home … with clean, urban glam, eye-catching prints and

perfectly selected accessories. All from Private House Company. Details:

42 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs November 2019

Jacquard weave

bath sheet,

R229 from H&M

Home. Details:


Black Kye

soap pump,

R249 from


Road in


This monochromatic image taken from

VOGUE, JANUARY 1961 is everything

and more ... we’re swooning! R3995 from

Weylandts. Details:

Perfect for a candle lit

bubble bath, Jo Malone

basil and neroli home

candle, R950 from Woolies.

Scrub-a-dub ... Activated Charcoal

natural soap bar, R80 from


Limonata Verde room

diffuser, R149 from the new

H&M Home Fourways Mall.

Copperplated retro bin,

R299 from Woolies.

Tuberose asserts itself, expressing

all its sunny, hazy, creamy,

indolent seductiveness... DO SON

EDP Diptyque, R2200 from Skin

cosmetics. Details:

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Lush Living

Olive greens, silvery greys and touches of

metallics to offset the naturals ... we’re

going lush meets luxe this summer


We took inspiration for the glam greens and metallics on our garden pages from this inviting arrangement.

46 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs November 2019

Cotton rope hammock, R595

from Weylandts.



hanging plant, R149.99

from Woolies.

Deluxe gold-digger hose pipe,

R2900 from

Coffee plant, R79.99

from Woolies.

Vertical Veg 4-pocket hanging

planter, R339 from Yuppiechef.


Potjie vessel vase R1495

from Weylandts.

Garden tasks

• Sow quick-growing annuals

like alyssum, dwarf marigolds,

nasturtiums, portulaca, and

California poppy.

• Lift and divide irises, water

agapanthus if the weather is hot

and dry and fertilize roses, cannas,

dahlias and hydrangeas.

• For heat-resistant bedding

colour plant vinca, Angelonia and

bedding salvia in sunny areas and

begonias in semi-shade.

• Water outdoor container plants

and hanging baskets once a day

and feed twice a month. If the

sun is becoming too harsh, move

containers into a position where

they receive afternoon shade.

November is peak time for pests.

Watch out for lily borer (black and

yellow stripes) on your clivia and

amaryllis and spray with Margaret

Roberts Biological Caterpillar

Insecticide. Protect roses,

tomatoes, and sweet peppers

with Ludwig’s Insect Spray, which

is organic.

• Succession sowing of most

summer vegetables can be

continued up until the end of this


November 2019 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs 47

Modern hurricane pendants are ohso-trendy

and complement any decor

style. The Parkhurst range from The

Lighting Warehouse hits the mark ...

it’s modern with amalgamate faint

Georgian-inspired undertones and

varied designs. These pieces work

in- and outside ... we particularly

fancy them for our patio. From R1399.


We’re planting... pretty, colourful blooms

Salvia Salmia for its superb show in the garden. This shrubby

upright perennial salvia produces endless spikes of large dark

purple, pink or orange-red blooms that attract bees and stand out

against the dark green leaves. Plants flower from spring to autumn

– even through winter in warmer areas. Growing 60 to 80cm

high and wide, it’s a good filler for beds or as a feature in a large

container. Plants are frost hardy, performing best in full sun in fertile

well-drained soil. Like all salvia it needs moderate watering and the

soil can dry out between watering. For strong growth, cut back in

spring, fertilize and water well. Details:

Patio inspo and more!

Patios are on our radar this month, so we’re

pencilling in the Home Décor Expo 2019. The

focus this year is on apartment living – great

for Joburgers – and 12 of SA’s top interior

designers have been challenged to design the

ultimate apartment interior. We’re bursting to

see what they’ve done with the patio spaces

– but you can find inspo for other rooms too.

Also check out offerings from local businesses

and entrepreneurs. The Precinct Luxury

Apartments in Midrand. November 2 and 3, 9

and 10. Free. Details:


on Instagram

There’s nothing as peaceful as

sitting outside and admiring your

garden ... and this stylish Kubu

occasional chair is a perfect perch.

R4999. Details:

Flavoursome potted edibles for your patio

Imagine having deliciously fragrant, pickable sweet basil at your

fingertips. Basil Dolce Fresca is a patio basil that grows perfectly in

a pot, keeps its compact bushy shape and doesn’t get leggy,


way garden varieties tend to do. Plants grow 30-36cm high, with an

excellent leaf yield. This basil has won horticultural awards including

the All-American Selections vegetable category for its sweet, tender

leaves and ornamental shape. Use the leaves for pesto, with pasta

and in any Mediterranean-inspired dish. A great patio edible.


48 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs November 2019

Ballito – Umhlanga


From seaside mansions and coastal

forest gems to beautiful eco-estate

bush abodes, the property market on

the KZN North Coast is flourishing.

Whether you’re relocating, buying your

dream holiday home or looking for

investment opportunities, the Ballito

Umhlanga corridor is where you should

be shopping.


Brettenwood Coastal Estate in Salt Rock offers expansive sea views

and forest vistas as well as stylish amenities and facilities.

November 2019 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs 51


Brettenwood Coastal Estate is an award winning lifestyle estate

situated along an exquisite stretch of KwaZulu-Natal coastline.

Enjoy ultimate security, luxury, tranquility, exclusivity and world

class amenities, with panoramic sea and forest views.


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outlook and ideal for those who love to

entertain. Includes: 4 en suit bedrooms,

beautiful open plan living area, as well as

a solar energy system.

With loads of natural light this 5

bedroom family home has a stunning

open plan living area with quality finishes

through out. Includes: covered patio and

spectacular sea views

A very private and secluded area in

Brettenwood. This is the last property in

the retirement village that is directly from

the developer with no transfer duty


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T 082 789 6340


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T 062 896 1814




There are very few things that make a parent as happy as seeing their child run free in

the fresh air, playing outdoors and just ‘being kids’. Nowadays however, many people are

sacrificing space for security and living in gated estates with small or sometimes no gardens.

The world is a busy, stressful place and

children and adults alike are spending

more time in front of screens than

ever before. Gone are the days when

families came home and spent time

tending their gardens, playing with

their pets and reconnecting with each

other and their natural surroundings.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

According to the developers of

Springvale Country Estate (situated

in Sheffield, just outside Ballito on the

KZN North Coast), more and more

people want to go back to a ‘country’

lifestyle where they can have their

own veggie gardens, chickens to lay

eggs and spend time with their children

and pets in their own back yard.

Director of sales, Stuart Graham, says

there’s a growing demand among

buyers for ‘farm-style’ living on large

plots, without sacrificing the security

and amenities that come hand-inhand

with living in an estate.

‘The health implications of children

spending too much time in front of

screens and not enough outside, playing

in the sand and climbing trees, are

becoming more evident,’ he says.

Stuart refers to an article he recently

read online, highlighting the importance

of outdoor play for children

to reduce the risk of stress and even

mental illness as they get older. ‘The

article showed studies have proved

that children raised in more ‘rural’

environments, exposed to animals

and even bacteria-laden soil, grow

up to be healthier with more resilient

immune systems.’

However, he says that doesn’t mean

you have to pack up and move to

a rural area far from civilisation. Nor

According to studies, children who spend more time

outdoors, playing in nature and getting dirty, have

better immune systems and reduced stress levels.

does it mean giving up the first world

security we’ve become accustomed

to in gated estates.

Springvale is just one of a few

developments in the country that

offers large homestead plots (averaging

2600m² going up to 4800 m²),

allowing owners to create a modern

farm-style home with pets, surrounded

by beautiful waterways, trees and

indigenous buck and birdlife.

What sets Springvale apart from most

developments, however, is the affordability

factor. Prices start at R1.3m

for 2200m² with the average piece

of land selling for around R1.65m for


A family-owned development, Stuart

says he and his family are creating a

place where they too would want to

live and raise their children. ‘We’re focusing

on the values we hold dear like

space, water, animals, trees, security

and freedom.’

With 121 free-standing, single-storey

homes on nearly 58ha of land, Springvale

is also moving away from the

very ‘stringent’ rules often put in place

in estates. Springvale is close enough

to the hub of Ballito for residents

to enjoy the ease and practicality

of being close to schools, hospitals

and shops, and offers the benefits

and amenities of estate living such

as a clubhouse, swimming pool and

tennis courts.

‘Your home should be your sanctuary.

The place you go to de-stress and reconnect

with your family and natural

surroundings . . . and a place where

your children can get muddy, explore

and enjoy being kids!’

Details: Springvale Country Estate:; info@;


November 2019 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs 53




Whether you’re looking for a great investment opportunity or your dream holiday home,

the KZN North Coast’s ever-booming property market is where you should start your search.

A lifestyle of luxury

Offering on-site reception and

concierge facilities, as well as

entertainment choices suited to

the entire family, Zimbali Lakes

Resort is the perfect place to enjoy

your coastal holiday. With access

to a host of destination dining,

premium and boutique retail within

the Zimbali Lakes Resort, the Ocean

Club is an ideal opportunity to own

an exclusive, relaxed lifestyle with a

Zimbali address. Studios, as well as

one and two-bedroom apartments

available, with prices from R1.2

million. Details: oceanclub., 087-095-2742.

A new chapter in the legacy

Zimbali Lakes Resort is the

paradigm of multi-generational

living, offering retirees, young

professionals and families the

opportunity to live the Zimbali

lifestyle. Zimbali Lakes Resort is

a stylish assembly of some of

the finest and most desirable

amenities seen within a gated

estate, offering unparalleled

choice to residents at any stage

of life. It’s the perfect choice

in luxury estate living. Land

available from R1,5 million.



54 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs November 2019

Wakefields Ballito

Wakefields branch manager Linda Govender and sales

consultant Priscilla Naidoo have almost two decades of

real estate experience between them and have worked

the KZN North Coast with great success. Both have

specialised in selling and letting in all major estates,

including Zimbali, Simbithi, Palm Lakes, Port Zimbali,

Seaward and Hilltop, and are currently marketing the

newest estates on the North Coast such as Zululami and

Elaleni. Contact them for your next home or investment

purchase. Details: Linda Govender, 071-878-8639, lindag@ and Priscilla Naido, 078-325-3050,



Plots between 2100m 2 – 4800m 2 from R1.3 Million

Located in Sheffield on KZN’s North Coast, discover a return to

farm-style living with expansive homestead plots ranging from

2100 m² – 4800 m².

At Springvale Country Estate, your family will have the space and

choice to have more than two dogs, some chickens and your very

own veggie garden. Enjoy all this and estate facilities designed to

bring the family together within a safe haven featuring

first-class security.

Pet Policy

4 dogs & 2 cats



We encourage

lay chickens

Clubhouse with pool,

pizza oven & braai area




fishing dams within

the estate

Kids’ play centre

and paddling pool

Cycling & running trails with

separate path for prams

Access to

first-class fibre


Home & Country Property

‘I’ve been privileged to call the North Coast home for 20

years and take full advantage of what it has to offer.’ Mark

Harris has been part of the highly successful Home &

Country Property team on site at Brettenwood for a year

and, coming from a professional sporting background,

his enthusiasm for sport has given him a strong drive to

succeed. Details Mark:,


The depictions herein are for illustration purposes only and are subject to change without prior notice.



Exquisite 2 & 3-bedroom

apartments from R2,029 million

Situated on KwaZulu-Natal’s booming North Coast

region, Zululami Luxury Coastal Estate has introduced

the ultimate outdoor, family lifestyle. It is home to

an array of residential opportunities including Aura;

a sectional title opportunity that is characterised by

nature-inspired, open-plan living.

Aura presents 44 apartments consisting of spacious

2 and 3-bedroom options surrounded by indigenous

nature. It offers investors a secure, lock-up-and-go

property option that is within walking distance of KZN’s

prestigious beaches.

Whether you are looking to invest or live in Zululami,

Aura is a magnificent opportunity that speaks to

individuals who enjoy connecting with nature and

exploring the outdoors. Aura residents will have a

private pool pavilion with braai facilities available to

enjoy, while also having access to the holistic Zululami

facilities, including tennis courts, cricket nets, an

eco-designed swimming pool, an amphitheatre, kid’s

park and catch and release dams, and 26km of running

and mountain bike trails.

Luxury apartments


The depictions herein are for illustration purposes only and are subject to change without prior notice.


Coastal holiday


Who said you can’t have it all – live and work in Johannesburg and have your beachside

holiday home only a short flight away? Offering an idyllic coastal lifestyle, where you trade in

your sleek suit for a flowy dress or baggies and slops, KZN is all about tropical warm weather,

beautiful beaches, hectares of indigenous forest ... and a booming property market.


There’s no denying that investing

in property on the highly soughtafter

KZN North Coast is to any

buyer’s advantage. Offering more

than just a ‘holiday home by the

sea’, the Durban-Umhlanga-Ballito

corridor was highlighted as the

fastest growing wealth market in the

country in AfriAsia Bank’s 2019 South

African Wealth report, showing a 25%

growth trajectory over the last 10

years. Developer representative of

the Zululami Luxury Coastal Estate,

Andrew Smith, agrees. ‘This region is

seeing major development, including

South Africa’s first Smart City master

plan, as well as the R76 billion master

plan that’s set to transform the North

Coast from Ballito upwards.’


You can get your home to work

Invest in a beautiful coastal forest

holiday home that will pay for itself.

for you too. With the North Coast

attracting more professionals and

holiday makers, it’s no surprise that

your potential apartment investment

can also generate a lucrative income

for you. According to Smith, Ballito’s

three-bedroom apartment rentals can

fetch approximately R3000 more than

the average apartments in Sandton

and about R6000 more than Midrand’s

average apartment rentals. ‘You

can invest in South Africa’s leading

property market and have the benefit

of enjoying a relaxed coastal lifestyle.


Situated 200m away from one of KZN’s most prestigious beaches is Zululami

Luxury Coastal Estate. The family-focused estate caters to the outdoor-loving

North Coast community with revitalised dams and wetlands, a forest pavilion,

wetland clubhouse, various other amenities and direct beach access. Aura,

nestled within Zululami, is an ideal lock-up-and-go solution for investors, with

two and three-bedroom apartments from R2.029 million.

Details:;; 086-176-4847.

November 2019 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs 57

Perfectly positioned in the heart of Ballito,

Tahari Coastal Estate is the new luxury

residential development on KZN’s Dolphin

Coast. Contemporary design and superior

position between Simbithi and the beach

gives Tahari’s discerning residents

incredible views over the Indian ocean.

Designed by award winning Metropole

architects and developed by Regency

Developments. One of the few secure

estates with optimal sea views, each home

has been thoughtfully designed around the

other, maximizing size and space whilst

preserving the outlook. The boutique

estate offers 36 homes, from 1 & 2

bedroom garden units to 3, 4 and 5

bedroom luxury homes, with 24 hour

security, and clubhouse facilities. Each

home has been designed with atriums,

sunroofs, high end finishes and meticulous

attention to detail. Tahari offers

unparalleled coastal luxury, ideal for

working professionals, property investors,

families or retirees. There really is

something for everyone.

Regency Property Group

032 946 2377 |


Coastal destinations such

as Ballito and Umhlanga

on the KZN North Coast

often have a number of

older holiday apartments

in desperate need of a

revamp. This Sheffield

Beach apartment went from

drab and dingy to light,

contemporary and superstylish

in just a few months.

This once dark and dingy kitchen

is now bright, airy and open plan

While some of the orginal furniture was kept,

alot of newer items were bought after the

revamp, including this beautiful Hertex rug.

Text: LEAH SHONE . ‘After’ photographs: CHRIS ALLAN PHOTO.

‘One of the biggest misconceptions,’

says Ballito interior designer Margaret

Berichon, ‘is that it’s hugely expensive to

remodel an apartment. If done cleverly,

it really doesn’t have to be. Hiring a

professional will save you money in the


Margaret, who has owned her own

interior design company for more than

14 years, moved to Ballito from Durban

four years ago. Her main focus is on

residential properties, either new-build

residences or renovations.

A NHBRC-registered builder, she is

passionate about buildings and houses.

Margaret’s signature interior design

style is light and simple. ‘I hate

overcluttered spaces with big, heavy

drapes on windows and dark colours.

I love white kitchens and light, airy

rooms, especially in coastal homes.’

She was very excited about tackling the

revamp of this three-bedroom Sheffield

Beach holiday apartment, which has

been owned by two families for more

than 20 years. ‘The owners wanted to

update it, but weren’t really clear on

their vision. Because they don’t live

locally, I could be someone they trusted

on site who could make decisions and

act on their behalf.’

Her goal was to lighten and brighten

the apartment, which meant knocking

out some walls and plastering. ‘The

owners pretty much gave me carte

blanche on the project, which was

lovely. We went for a white kitchen

with white duco push-open, handleless

cupboards and chamfered grooved

drawers. Most of the furniture was

custom made, with a few new items

from Weylandts and Sutherlands.’

When the project was complete,

Margaret says the owners were so

happy with the end result they decided

to no longer rent the house out but

instead, keep it for their personal use


Details: Margaret Berichon Design: / Margaret@ / 082-716-6914.

November 2019 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs 59


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A gem

at the coast

We’re fussy travellers ... and have a long list of

non-negotiables when we travel for business or

pleasure. And in Umhlanga’s The Capital Pearls,

we’ve found a real gem (see what we did there!).

It has everything, and we mean everything, we

need. There’s a selection of rooms depending

on when we visit and who we’re travelling

with (from studios when we’re there alone

for a day or two doing business, through to

between one and four bedroom apartments

when we’re with the whole family shebang ...

think noisy grandkids and tired in-laws). You can

eat in (there’s 24-hour in-room dining, and the

apartments have fully equipped kitchens) or

pop downstairs and within a stone’s throw you’ll

find dozens of restaurants for all tastes. There’s a

kids’ play area, complimentary entrance to Planet

Fitness (work off that breakfast!), and (be still my

beating heart) more than 60 shops in The Pearls

Mall. And so, so much more. Splashed champers

on your evening dress ... a laundry service. Kids

want to go back to the beach ... a comp shuttle

service within a 5km radius. An urgent work mail

... high-speed Wi-Fi. Add a resort pool, a pool

deck and bar, and Indian Ocean views to take

your breath away and you’ve got the (postcard)

picture. Rates obviously vary hugely depending

on type of room and time of visit. Details: Central

Reservations on 011-290-9700 or

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Fly camping ...

a safari for the adventurous

Compiled by: KYM ARGO

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Walking through big five country and sleeping out in the wild

So you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary. A little more adventurous.

Something special. And as we so often do (boast, boast), we’ve done all the hard work

and found something spectacular for you to experience. An authentic wilderness

adventure, where you can experience the beauty of the bush on foot and sleep out in

the wild. A fly camping safari experience is the latest activity offered at Samara Private

Game Reserve in the Great Karoo – arguably one of the most extraordinary areas of

South Africa.

Taking its name from the original safari days when explorers set up camp in big game

country with little more than a fly sheet protecting them from the elements, Samara’s

fly camping activity remains true to these origins.

WIth a maximum of six guests, your adventure begins with a guided bush walk

through Big Five territory ... fret not ... the rangers are armed and they, and the trackers,

are hugely experienced. Come dusk, you’ll arrive at your private camp, where your

tents have already been set up (thank heavens ... imagine having to do that yourself

after a long day walking in the bush!), and the fire ready to be lit. You’ll have (massively

welcome, we’re sure) sundowners followed by a traditional South African braai – think

boerewors, roosterbrood and grilled pineapple – cooked by the ranger and tracker

team. You’ll spend the evening sitting round the campfire, sharing safari stories and

listening to the starlit chorus of jackals, night birds and the occasional lion roar, before

retreating to bed. The next morning, you can continue your walk or drive back to the


This fly camping safari is only available from October to May (excluding December 15

to January 10) and is limited to guests who’ve booked a minimum three-night stay

in one of Samara’s lodges. A R7000 a night camping surcharge applies, although this

charge is included in the cost if guests book a five-night conservation package. Prices

include the services of a fully armed ranger and tracker. You do need to be 16 or older.


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Seventy reasons to enjoy

Roodeberg this festive season

Roodeberg, the legendary red blend

that’s been bringing friends together

since 1949, celebrates its 70th anniversary

this year. A true South African original

that’s stood the test of time, the wine was

developed by a pioneer of the SA wine

industry, Dr Charles Niehaus, and was

one of our country’s biggest export wine

brands. It wasn’t until 2004 that it became

readily available to us here at home ...

and for a long while, locals could only get

their hands on a bottle through a wine

farming acquaintance with a KWV quota.

The stories go that bartering sought-after

test match tickets, biltong and the like in

return for a bottle or two was a common

occurrence. For many, Roodeberg still

conjures up fond memories of people,

places and occasions and of sharing

special life-changing moments with family

and friends, often with rare vintages

squirrelled away. Catch all the action of

Roodeberg’s 70th anniversary year by

joining the Roodeberg community on

Facebook or follow @Roodeberg_Wine on

Instagram and Twitter. For one incredibly

lucky reader, this party season is about to

get a whole lot more festive. To celebrate

Roodeberg’s 70th birthday, we’re giving

away 70 bottles (nope, that’s not a typo).

One reader, 70 bottles. One amazingly

happy festive season. To stand a chance

of winning, simply visit our Get It National

Facebook page, follow us, and like the

Roodeberg Spoil post. We’ll be drawing

the prize early ... so get your entries in

before December 15. Cheers!



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