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00 Get It Sandton • Rosebank Month 08

OCTOBER 2019

WHY DON’T YOU...

4 Explore gorgeous gardens in aid of good causes, run a beautiful race,

enjoy a hearty laugh or catch Pieter-Dirk Uys in full fascinating action

7 Read inspiring stories or chilling thrillers guaranteed to keep you

glued to the pages

WISH LIST

8 October takes on many a rosy hue

SOCIAL

10 Kids get creative with Canon and Get It

12 Our first Pages & Wine event a huge hit with readers

14 Shoppers have fun and raise funds at moonlight market

PEOPLE

16 Candice Robbertze digs in to help communities grow

health-giving veggies

18 Plaxedes Makura delivers knock-out blows to cancer

20 Life in the limelight is Clive Maistry’s idea of bliss

BEAUTY & FASHION

24 Choose bright and beautiful make-up shades this summer

27 Heavenly spa treats in Highlands North

28 On your marks, get set for fashionable fun in the sun

FOOD & DRINK

32 Wine. Cocktails. Rib-eye steak. Oysters. Pinotage ice cream.

How to wine and dine in style

DECOR & GARDENING

36 Designing Miss South Africa’s apartment crowns Joy and Garron

Greenberg’s interior decor career

38 Create a sophisticated yet light-hearted look in your home

40 Get outdoors – it’s time to celebrate Garden Day. (More on page 5)

TRAVEL

47 Nostalgia reigns with these vintage-style travel poster prints

48 Wallow in luxury at a glorious beachside KZN North Coast home

WIN

5 Tickets to the Mulligatawny Farm Open Garden

27 Spa vouchers worth a whopping R50 000

50 A hamper of NUXE French beauty products

COVER LOOK

Candice wears an outfit from What Ladies Luv • Stylist: Razeena Docrat

• Hair: Tanaz Hair. Details: 011-786-2976 • Make-up: Laura Pisanello •

Photographer: Peter Whitfield

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A hot date!

Occasions to celebrate this October

If you have a date for the Get It diary page, email the info at least a month in advance to daniellap@caxton.co.za

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Known for making audiences

laugh at some of life’s

uncomfortable truths, Jason Goliath

takes to the stage as a newly-wed

to share some of these truths about

relationships in Manstruation:

Surviving a Wife. Brace your stomach

muscles for laughs. Auto and General

Theatre on The Square. Until October

12. R150. Details: tickets.computicket.com

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There’s just no way it’ll be a

blue October with the world’s

funniest conservationist, Benny

Bushwhacker (aka Ben Voss) coming to

town. In Benny Bushwhacker: Human

Nature, he’ll describe just what it takes

to survive the African bush. The Studio

Theatre at Montecasino. Until October

20. From R130. Details:

tickets.computicket.com

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Ready. Set. Run ... in Joburg’s

most beautiful race, the SPAR

Women’s Challenge. A definite

highlight on the sport and social

calendar, you can run a breezy 5km

or a tougher 10km route. Our Face of

the SPAR Women’s Challenge winner

and finalists will be there. Take along

old or new takkies for the Drop Off a

Pair and Show You Care campaign for

those in need. Marks Park Sports Club.

October 6 from 8am. R110 for late

entries. Details: sparjoburgrace.co.za

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Take a journey down memory

lane and experience live

entertainment at the Balalaika Hotel

as many did 50 years ago! Live at the

Balalaika Hotel – Pop-up Theatre is

a must and a top pick is The Echo of a

Noise – a one man memoir by Pieter-

Dirk Uys ... it could be the satirist’s most

intimate show yet! 20 Maude Street

in Sandton. Until October 19. R195.

Details: tickets.computicket.com

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One of the most anticipated markets of the year is here ... just before

silly season hits! From our past experiences of the By Word of Mouth

Festive Market we know we can expect a well organised event with 40

incredible stalls – think decor, accessories and clothing. There’ll be delicious

foods, entertainment and a kids’ area. The Polo Room, Inanda Club in Sandton.

October 5 and 6, from 9am. Tickets are R70. Details: 011-553-7600.

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A crusade against breast cancer is a terrific reason to dust off those takkies

and hit the tarmac ... and the annual Avon Justine iThemba Walkathon

is an opportunity to do just that! The walkathon is now in its 14th year and it’s

bound to be an awesome day out. Choose to run or walk 5km or 8km. Marks Park

Sports Club, Emmarentia. October 20. R175 for adults, R115 for children aged two

to 12. Details: ithembawalkathon.co.za

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Swirl, sip, swish. Forget three ... we’re giving 20 cheers to celebrate 20 years

of the RMB WineX. The exhibitor line-up will include at least 30 wineries

from the inaugural show as well as next-generation winemakers. The RMB Private

Bank Tasting Lounge is said to be hugely anticipated and you can learn from

winemakers as they host small-group tastings. The Pavilion, Sandton Convention

Centre. Until November 1. From R180. Details: winex.co.za


Five fabulous floral finds and a chance to win tickets to explore the Mulligatawny Farm

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It’s time to stop and smell the roses ... and we know just where we’ll find

the prettiest – at the annual Gold Reef Rose Society Rose Show. The

show signals the first weekend of October and we just can’t wait to see this

year’s exhibition. Two accredited rose judges will weigh in on the flowers, so go

along and learn a thing or two. Morningside Shopping Centre. October 4 and 5.

Free. Details: goldreefrosesociety@gmail.com

Garden lovers, support a good

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cause while treating yourselves

at the Johannesburg Garden Club’s

open garden. Explore the magnificent

grounds of Westcliff’s first house at 34

Pallinghurst Road, never before seen

by the public. There’ll be a tea garden

as well as a classy champagne and

smoked salmon bar. October 5 and 6,

from 10am to 4pm. R50 for adults, free

for kids under 12. All proceeds go to

Johannesburg Child Welfare.

Details: johannesburggardenclub.co.za

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Surely there’s no better way to

celebrate the warmer weather

than by dressing up and stepping out

to explore a pretty garden. And the

Garden of St Christopher Spring

Open Garden gives us a terrific excuse

to do just that! It’s a great one to pencil

into your diary – and all proceeds go

to the SA Guide-Dogs Association.

Garden of St Christopher, Hyde Park.

October 20 from 10am to 4pm. R150

includes Prosecco, a wrap and coffee

or ice cream.

Details: gardenofstchristopher.com

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A whopping 130 species

of waterlilies. A garden

cathedral. And SO much

more to explore at the

Mulligatawny Farm Open Garden. It

really is glorious, and for two days it will be

open to the public to explore (yay!). Look

forward to viewing thousands of roses,

irises, crab apples and a large collection

of bamboo varieties along with wetlands,

a flowering meadow, sculptures and

wonderful bird life. Totally worth the drive!

Mulligatawny Farm S6, Skeerpoort, near the

Cradle of Humankind. October 12 and 13.

R100 to R200. Details: webtickets.co.za.

We’re giving five lucky readers two tickets

each to explore this amazing garden ...

to enter, simply visit our Get It Joburg

North Facebook page, like our post on the

Mulligatawny Farm Open Garden and you’ll

be in the draw. Entries close October 9.

Picture sipping fine bubbly as you relax in a really pretty garden. We’d

forgive you if you’re picturing the Cape ... but we guarantee this is even

better! Constantia meets Joburg (yay!) at the fabulous Steenberg Garden

Party. Expect a day of delicious wines from Steenberg Vineyards, one of the

jewels of the Constantia Wine Route – it’s just too good to miss. You’ll explore

magical gardens and snack from the harvest table to the sounds of live music.

The Kitchen | L’antico Giardino in Lanseria. October 5 from noon to 5pm. R600.

Details: webtickets.co.za

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Book club

Brilliant books to keep you busy this month

Painful. Honest. Utterly heartbreaking.

You’ll read every page of Get Me to

21– all 436 of them – with your heart

in your mouth. It’s Gabi Lowe’s

agonizing, courageous story about

trying to save her daughter’s life.

Jenna – who became the face of

organ donors in South Africa with her

#GeMeTo21 campaign – was young,

bright, articulate ... and had a rare,

degenerative lung disease. Pulmonary

arterial hypertension finally took her life

in June 2015 ... four months before her

21st birthday. An extraordinary tribute

to an extraordinary young girl, written

by a brave mother who hopes the

book will help others facing loss, pain,

challenges and adversity. MFBooks/

Jacana, R265

Jessica Pan was an unhappy introvert.

She wasn’t, she’s quick to point out,

unhappy because she was an introvert.

But she needed to do something about

the depression she was sinking into.

When she found herself in a sauna

– weeping, clutching a copy of Men’s

Health, ‘dressed as an assassin, reading

a guide to 8-minute abs’ and screaming

profanities at a spa employee, all to

win a free gym contract, she knew

something had to change. What would

it be like if, for one year, she lived as an

extrovert? Knowingly, willingly putting

herself in perilous social situations ....

those she’d usually avoid at all costs?

Sorry I’m Late - I Didn’t Want to Come

is Jess’s story of this painful, hilarious

year. Penguin, R320

Also well worth reading ...

Having two autistic children is every parent’s nightmare. Saving My Sons is Ilana

Gerschlowitz’s story, told with Marion Scher, of her determination to find a way

to help her sons.. Her tenacity bore fruit in the form of answers from international

experts and she has gone on to greatly improve the lives of her own two boys

as well as to help countless children facing learning challenges. Essentially, she

discovered that autism is a treatable illness and that early intervention is vital.

BookStorm, R320

Steph is a federal agent ... one who

knows her job. She knows how to

interview people, and how to tell when

they’re lying. So when she finds a gun

in Zachary, her teenage son’s room, and

finds out he’s been in contact with a

terrorist group via email, she questions

him, and is convinced he’s telling the

truth that he has no idea about what’s

going on. But who, then, is setting up

her son? And why? Or is she just being

a typical mum and not seeing the truth

about her son? Keep You Close will

keep you guessing ... a chilling read by

Karen Cleveland. Penguin, R290

Another thriller for October ...

Megan Miranda’s The Last House

Guest keeps you on the edge of

your seat from the very first page.

Alternating between the summers of

2017 – when a young woman is found

dead on the beach while her friends

are celebrating at an end-of-summer

house party – and 2019, when her best

friend is still not convinced the death

was an accident, this is a chilling thriller

– with a wicked twist! Corvus, R313

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Wish list

We’re oh-so-pleased with pinks, purples and plums

We’re oh-so-pleased with pinks, purples and plums

Now here’s something to hang

on to ... House of Cinnamon has a

new range of sleek animal-print

clutch bags in handmade leather

designs that are sure to complete

the ultimate luxe look. From R1699.

Details: houseofcinnamon.com

We LOVE dressing up our home with trendy new bits and bobs, so when our

favourite material girl, Lou Harvey, teamed up with retail home décor specialist,

Mr Price Home, in the Lou Harvey ColabCollection our purse strings knew a

shopping spree was coming ... and it did! The range is colourful and incorporates

Lou’s much-loved designs. You’ll find a selection of soft furnishings, like gorgeous

velvet bolsters and bedroom scatters, a printed velvet ottoman and oversized

beach towel. There are handy kitchen accessories, crockery and even some

stationery, all designed with oversized florals in pinks, reds and oranges and a

touch of leopard print. So go on ... treat your home to this gorgeous new range.

From R69.99. Details: louharvey.co.za and mrphome.com

You’re bound to catch eyes and turn

heads with the stunning designs of

the new framed artwork prints from

Block & Chisel ... terrific for adding

colour, texture and visual intrigue to

a wall or two. We’re giving our living

room a splash of colour this month

with this gorgeous flamingo piece ...

but there are others to choose from,

along with a host of beautifully-framed

mirrors. With these items in your home,

it’s sure to be the fairest of them all in

Joburg! Prints from R1295, mirrors from

R895. This framed bird print is R2995.

Details: blockandchisel.co.za

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If you’ve recently

stepped into the Levi’s stores

in Sandton City and Fourways

Mall, you’ll have noticed they

have a fab new look ... and

what’s a refurb without a brilliant

new range? Enter Levi’s Made

& Crafted Spring/Summer

2019 Collection, Russian

Rodeo. We’re loving this white

and black with a pop of red

round-up trucker jacket. R2999.

Details: levi.co.za

Express your creativity

through carefully sourced

(and really lovely) pieces

It was in the belief that every woman

should ‘look and feel beautiful,

confident and radiate her unique

self through the clothing she wears’,

that Imelda Laurie started the oh-sofashionable

MEL in Parkhurst. And her

clothing range truly allows women

to express their individuality, grace

and elegance. Imelda says, ‘MEL is an

extension of myself, my emotional

connection with fashion, fabric and

design, it’s the product of my vision’.

And with the backing of working with

some of the biggest global fashion

houses and local retailers for the past

22 years, she says with confidence, ‘I

offer my love, experience, advice and

unique eye for style, colour, fabric and

design to each person who shares

this experience with me.’ How lucky

are we! There’s a range of new items

in stock which we seriously urge you

to take a look at. We also recommend

you follow MEL on social media for

some wardrobe inspiration. Prices

range from R300 to R3000. Corner of

4th Avenue and 11th Street, Parkhurst.

Details: melx.co.za or melx on Facebook.

Thanks to Shakespeare,

we know all about A

Midsummer Night’s

Dream ... and this October,

we’re ready for Hendrick’s

Gin to enchant us with its

delightfully floral, limited-edition

Midsummer Solstice. As we

step out to garden parties, we’ll

sip this refreshingly floral gin ...

it’s sure to quench our thirst with

zesty juniper and an undertone

of orange blossom. Perfect for

cocktails! R520 from Makro.

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Simon and Jamie Kearns

Kids get

creative

Daniel, Carin, Olivia and Noah Egdes

There was a seriously creative vibe at the

beautiful Longmeadow Farm in Fourways as

Get It teamed up with Canon for a morning of

arts and crafts at the annual Canon Creative

Park event. The vibe was electric as kids (and

their parents) got to work cutting, pasting,

colouring and taking photos to produce some

top-notch design work, with the help of the

materials supplied by Canon. Parents scooped

some terrific prizes in a lucky draw (think a

Glad hamper and Canon Zoemini printer) and

everyone left with goodie bags to round off a

picture perfect day. Details: creativepark.canon

Dejané Poil, Norman Dawe, Daniella Potter, Geshika Vorster

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Ilda and Skylo Dalton

Claudia and Mila Botha

Lianie Jacobs, Lee-anne Letcher

Banathi and Abenathi Ndlovu

Jurgen Klein


Three

cheers

Fiona Snyckers’

latest novel, Lacuna,

is a novel response

to JM Coetzee’s

Disgrace from the

point of view of the

main character,

Lucy Lurie. Pan

Macmillan,

R270

When we here at Get It first considered the

idea of hosting our Pages & Wine events,

we thought: Insights from guest authors,

dinner with bottomless wine and an excuse

for a night out with friends ... what could

be better? And boy were we right! Our

first event was a huge success at The Raj in

Sandton’s Michelangelo Towers in August.

Our guest author was the fabulous Fiona

Snyckers who beguiled our reader attendees

with her latest novel, Lacuna. Superb prizes in

a lucky draw and terrific goodie bags were a

huge hit with Get It readers who attended.

Details: getitmagazine.co.za/joburg-north

Debbie Jowett, Isabella Strong

Fiona Snyckers

Lesego Modise, Neo Matlhola

Gerard and Marion Guinee

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Jessica Webster, Frances Beyer, Michel Bayley

Janine Martin, Natalie Arthur, Heather Blackstock

Corne van de Venter, Debbie Barret, Mary-Jo Bancroft


Anja Wiggett, Marli Delport, Lize Kloppers

Shop in

moonlight

Bubbly on arrival (yes please), a range of popular local

bespoke brands and a chance to raise funds for a worthy

cause ... the Kamers/Makers Gala Moonlight Market at

St John’s College was a seriously stylish affair. The evening

was a terrific night out for friends and families to shop up

a storm (we did!). There were some really creative stands

... we just adored the handmade light fixtures (so crafty)

and organic skincare products. The funds raised on the

evening went to teacher intern programme, Realema.

Oh, what a night! Details: kamers.co.za

De Waal and Tizanne de Villiers

Michele Le Roux Lowdon, Marinette le Roux

Liza Kleinloog

Taren Naidoo, Tracy van Ginkel, Renée Reinecke

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Check out Candice

Robbertze’s company at

calorieconscious.co.za

and head to the contact

page if you’d like to

donate to the GROW

initiative.

Text: TAYLA BLAIRE. Photo: PETER WHITFIELD. Make-up: LAURA PISANELLO. Stylist: RAZEENA DOCRAT. Outfit: WHAT LADIES LUV

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GROWing

a nation

You may not be familiar with Candice

Robbertze’s lovely face but chances

are you’re familiar with her company,

Calorie Conscious, as it distributes

to more than 500 clients, including

Checkers, SPAR and Food Lover’s

Market. The company’s great-tasting

and health-savvy products are a

shopping cart staple but Robbertze

wasn’t satisfied with commercial

success – she wanted to take success

to those who need it most too. The

former Mrs SA finalist started the

Candice Robbertze Foundation in

2018 and one of the charity’s most

recent projects is the GROW initiative.

GROW stands for GRANT people at

their RESIDENCE the OPPORTUNITY

to WORK.

To understand the name, one first

needs to hear how this idea started.

‘In 2017 I was a finalist in Mrs SA,’

Robbertze says. ‘Together with the

Aganang Foundation, we did a food

parcel activation. My dear friend

Brenda Burges explained the need

people have for fresh vegetables

and she also explained that with her

background, she’d be able to teach

people to grow vegetables. As an

entrepreneur my brain went into

overdrive and the idea was born to

utilise the offcuts from my factory and

grow little plants from them. I called

my veg supplier and asked for the

pumpkin seeds and the offcuts of all

the other veggies it was processing

for customers.’

These seeds and seedlings then go to

various communities where people

are taught how to grow vegetables

all year round. Robbertze’s company

buys back some of the vegetables,

but the surplus is sold by the newlytaught

farmers/entrepreneurs in

order to provide for themselves and

their families, thus making the project

fully sustainable. ‘To me, sustainability

means the ability to support your

This Mrs SA finalist is

not just a pretty face in a

beauty pageant – she’s

digging in to ensure as

many people as possible

have healthy food and

sustainable businesses

family and yourself, and at the same

time to do less harm to the planet. We

supply the skills, the knowledge and

the start-up. I love to give the support

and encouragement people need.

When we started our first business,

Calorie Conscious, there was nobody

who could hold our hands to assist

us when we failed at something,

so I try to assist others wherever I

can.’ Calorie Conscious specialises

in super-healthy, gluten-free, lowcarb

and Banting products, so the

journey into vegetable-growing was

quite a departure from the norm for

Robbertze, who’s more comfortable in

a boardroom than a pumpkin patch

(but that doesn’t stop her rolling up

her sleeves when necessary). Her

business acumen is apparent in the

zero-waste policy GROW follows.

Whatever isn’t used to grow seedlings

goes into the compost heap to

nourish the vegetable gardens.

Various other offcuts are donated

to up-and-coming pig farmers to

feed their livestock, which ensures

no unnecessary waste is created. A

team of six staff has supported more

than 100 families with this initiative

and a further 50 people are fed each

day with what’s bought back from

the farmers. This is in addition to the

feeding scheme and soup kitchen

Robbertze’s foundation runs, which

ensures that organic vegetables

form a central component of each

meal provided. This is increasingly

important in South Africa as our

country has a problem with obesity,

largely due to the affordability of

higher calorie, unhealthy foods and

the comparatively high cost of fresh

(but perishable) fruit and vegetables.

But this is just the first step. Robbertze

has big plans for the GROW initiative.

‘I’d like to take the GROW project all

over South Africa, helping thousands

if not millions of people,’ Robbertze

says. ‘This project could assist some

of our South African entrepreneurs to

become self-sufficient. I really believe

that if people feel worthy, they get

up, dress up, show up and never give

up. It only takes one opportunity,

one person or one deal to change

everything. I believe in empowering

with passion and empowering

the nation.’

So how can we get involved?

Donations in the form of seeds,

plants, equipment or money are all

useful but it’s easy to see how simple

the GROW initiative is. If you have

a green thumb, you could start by

growing your own vegetables and

donating any surplus produce to a

nearby charity. ‘The whole world is

moving towards health. ‘Organic’ is a

buzzword. Imagine receiving a box of

organic veggies once a week, grown

and nurtured by an entrepreneur

somewhere in the middle of SA.

Firstly, that entrepreneur would be

doing a happy dance because they

made a sale and can feed their family

and grow their business. Secondly,

you’re feeling healthier because you’re

eating organic vegetables. And thirdly,

you’re part of assisting our beautiful

country and its people to decrease

the unemployment rate and crime.’

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TO THE

POWER OF PLAX

Text: LISA WITEPSKI. Photo: PETER WHITFIELD. Make-up: GESHIKA VORSTER. Hair: BLUSH HAIR BAR

‘I don’t want to be known as the girl

who had cancer,’ Plaxedes Makura

muses. Not that it’s likely. Being

remembered as the girl who was twice

nominated as one of the Top 50 Future

Female Leaders (a global ranking, by

the way) – sure. The girl who, at just

37, heads a team of 20 people at an

international law firm – definitely. The

girl who turned her hand to fundraising,

and successfully changed

someone’s life because she felt she had

a responsibility – yup. It’s only this last

accomplishment – a rather outstanding

one – that focuses attention on an

even greater achievement: Choosing to

fight against a disease that, just like the

trainers she takes on in the boxing ring

(her favourite hobby), insisted on going

round after round.

Plax’s journey with cancer started in

May last year, when she noticed a

lump above her left breast. With no

family history of the disease and no

reason to think she was anything but

perfectly healthy (having recently

started her boxing regime, she was

feeling superfit), she ignored it. Even so,

she couldn’t silence the nagging fear

that something was wrong, so a few

weeks later, she found herself tearing

up while telling her friend, Justine, of

her discovery.

Coincidentally, Plax had a gynae

appointment the following week. She

was tremendously relieved when the

doctor told her everything looked

fine, despite the lump. Then the gynae

suggested that, as she’s a worrier, she

might as well have further tests done –

after all, she was already at the hospital.

A mammogram and sonar were both

clear, but the radiologist recommended

a biopsy, just in case. Five days later,

when Plax hadn’t heard from the

doctor, she decided to check in. ‘He

told me the results hadn’t yet been

delivered and phoned the radiology

department. He phoned back and

asked if I’d like to come in – but I told

him he should just tell me what he had

to say. He wouldn’t have asked me to

see him if the news was good.’

With her family scattered around the

world, from Zimbabwe to the UK

and Germany, Plax’s first move was to

phone Justine, who left work to meet

her and later accompanied her to

her first appointment with a surgeon.

‘Although I’d broken down when I first

heard the news, I still couldn’t believe

I had the disease until my surgeon

gave me a book about surviving breast

cancer. That’s when it became real.’

Too often we take

things for granted,

including the fact

that we’ll be here

tomorrow

Plax had surgery to remove the

lump, as well as her lymph nodes,

as soon as possible, and embarked

on a course of Herceptin (immunetargeted

treatment) because her

cancer diagnosis showed she was HER2

positive. ‘I had a lot of ups and downs at

the time,’ she recalls.

‘My first thought was: I’m dying. I’d

never been exposed to cancer before,

so I didn’t know there are a host of

treatments and options. After a while, I

realised there are no guarantees in life,

but you can at least try to fight.’

One of her greatest weapons in

the fight was exercise. ‘People

underestimate the power of

endorphins,’ she says, noting that

exercise – even if it was nothing

more than a light weights session –

helped to manage the side effects of

chemotherapy. ‘Often, I faked feeling

better than I really was, because I didn’t

want the people around me to worry.

At the same time, I was determined

my life wasn’t going to degenerate

into a pity party. I still went out with

my friends, I still wore heels, I started

wearing more make-up so I didn’t look

sick when my hair and eyebrows fell

out.’

Then came the hardest blow – during

a routine check-up, Plax’s doctor

found another lump. ‘I told my closest

friends what had happened, then I

switched off my phone and checked

out. I couldn’t understand why this had

happened – I was on chemo,

for goodness’ sake! I also

couldn’t fathom what the

point was and why I should

continue my fight.’

Ironically, that dark

thought turned into a

shining light. ‘I realised

I didn’t want my fight

to have been in vain. I wanted

to be able to look back on this time

and be able to say, “Oh, that’s why it

happened,”– not just accept it as the

most difficult period in my life to date.’

The idea for Pink Power was born

out of this determination to create

meaning from her experience, and

from conversations she had with

friends and her boxing trainers at EFC

Gym Sandton. So the first Pink Power

event came about – a fund-raising

fitness event put together in just

four weeks which successfully raised

R46 200 for a fellow cancer patient.

‘I was lucky – I had a good job and

was on medical aid, yet there were

still times when I battled financially. I

wanted to be able to help someone

who didn’t have those advantages –

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Lawyer, philanthropist, global go-getter and cancer survivor, Plaxedes

Makura (or Plax, as she’s better known) shows there’s nothing more

powerful than a reason to live

not someone who could make a

plan, but someone who was in real

need.’ Her beneficiary was a woman

who’d been forced to stop her

hormone therapy early because she

could no longer afford it, and who’d

recently been diagnosed with spinal

cancer.

Plax says she cried when she read

her beneficiary’s thank you, and

was humbled by the thought that

a team of people had brought

about a change without waiting

for a charity to take action. To her, it

proved the power of possibility.

Although Plax will be on hormone

therapy for the next five years

to balance the excess

oestrogen levels cancer

cells thrive on, her cancer

is in remission and

she’s setting her sights on

raising even more funds through

Pink Power – at least R100 000.

Her determination is typical of her

energy – she’s always asking, ‘What

next?’ And what’s next is pretty

big –why stop at an annual event,

she asks, or one that’s limited to

Johannesburg?

The palpable energy that envelops

Plax was undoubtedly honed

during her fight with cancer: ‘My

motto is, Dum spiro, spero (While I

breathe, I hope). Too often we take

things for granted, including the

fact that we’ll be here tomorrow,

and so will our loved ones. Or we

stop ourselves doing something we

want to do because we worry about

what others will think. I don’t want

to live like that. I want to look back

and know I made the most of every

moment.’

Pink Power Fitness Day takes place

on October 12 at The Park, House of

Events on 7 in Hyde Park.

Details: Follow Pink Power on

Instagram (pinkpower_2018) or email

Plax on plaxmakura@gmail.com to

donate, sponsor or participate.

Tickets available via

quicket.co.za

How to help

Plax’s tips for supporting a friend with a

cancer diagnosis:

• It’s OK to be vulnerable – you can cry.

After all, you love your friend, so this

affects you, too. Don’t feel you need to

apologise for being sad.

• Give her the space to deal with

her emotions instead of constantly

reassuring her that everything will be

all right. Let her be angry and sad when

those feelings arise.

• Let your actions speak for you – they

mean so much more than words.

• Keep her involved. Let her decide for

herself if she isn’t up to going out –

don’t make that choice for her.

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Lights, camera,

20 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs October 2019

Media personality Clive Maistry

shares the thrills of his exciting life

and spills on insights from his career

that spans radio and television

He gets a thrill from the butterflies and highs when the

producer counts down lights, camera, action. He loves

the perks of the entertainment industry ... like freebies.

And he values the need to stay humble.

With a career spanning television, radio, modelling and

acting, Clive Maistry surely needs little introduction.

You’ll probably recall his voice from the weekend

breakfast show on 5FM where he entertained alongside

Elana Afrika and Mark Gillman, or from seeing him on

SuperSport Blitz and guest appearances on Egoli – Place

of Gold as an intern doctor.

Most recently, SABC3’s lifestyle and entertainment show,

Mela, welcomed Clive as its newest presenter and he’s

also the male promo voice of Zee World on DStv.

What makes the entertainment industry one you

enjoy?

I think what stands out the most for me is that no day

is the same and everything could change in seconds –

especially when it comes to live TV! I think I also get a kick

out of the butterflies and highs I get from seconds before

the producer counts me down and it’s lights, camera,

action. Love that feeling!

What does a typical day look like for you?

My typical day, I assure you, is not one to envy. My alarm

goes off at 4am as call time for my first studio gig of the

day is at 5am. Then it’s a full day in studio with other

related duties from voice-overs to checking graphics,

getting approvals on content and seeing clients inbetween

that. This, while fitting in my gym sessions and

five meals followed by an evening HIIT session. It ends

with a very long shower and meal prep for the next day.

Is it an insane schedule? YES! Would I want to be doing

anything else? HECK, NO!

When did you first discover your passion for

presenting and what was your first gig?

It’s something I’ve always enjoyed! I used to perform for

my family and they somehow let me ‘waste their time’

watching ‘Clive Live in Concert’ for an hour sometimes!

The first actual gig I landed was on Egoli – Place of Gold. I

played an intern alongside Paul Buckby’s character and I

was blown away by just how much more goes on behind

the scenes than you’d think!


action

Do you believe TV presenters need specific skills?

I’d say a passion to communicate should be a given.

One isn’t born with a ‘skill’ per se as that’s nurtured. But

what I’d say you should already possess is a natural

charm, a great personality and a killer smile to win over

viewers!

What important lesson have you learned since being

in the entertainment industry?

Always be humble and stay true to who you are as a

person, because when those cameras and lights switch

off, you have to face yourself in the mirror at the end of

a long day.

What are some of the positive perks of being in the

entertainment industry?

FREEBIES! Who doesn’t like free stuff? That, and meeting

some of the most interesting people you could ever

imagine having the opportunity of meeting!

What are some of the challenges faced in the

entertainment industry?

The fact that anyone thinks they can be a presenter.

Also, I’ve seen major productions skimp on budget

and want someone who isn’t as experienced, due to

costs. In seconds a production that took months of

preparation can fall apart.

If you could present alongside any celeb, who would

it be and why?

I’ll probably get sidelong looks for this, but I honestly

think Khloé Kardashian would be a whole mood! I’ve

watched her present on America’s Got Talent and she

nailed it! I love her off-the-cuff approach and think it

would be an amazing chemistry on-screen.

How do you select the presenting jobs you get into?

I’d say it all comes down to opportunity and the market

the producers are aiming to promote the show to.

Don’t get me wrong, every presenting gig does come

with a plus, as it’s more to add to your CV. But I think

one should know the market you’re being presented to

and be selective and say ‘no’ if it’s not on-brand.

Who do you respect most within the entertainment

industry and why?

I love the diversity of our industry as well as the

teamwork within it. That’s something I can respect the

most. A solid crew putting differences aside with the

aim of creating an incredible production. It’s funny to

watch but so satisfying to see everyone getting along

like clockwork when the director calls ‘action’.

What’s one must-know fact about you?

Melktert is my kryptonite!

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Meet the Face of SPAR

Women’s Race runner-up

She’s an actress with dreams of having

her name in lights ... and after being

named a runner-up in the Face of the

SPAR Women’s Race, she’s on her way.

Holly Gxubane shares her positive

outlook and why she’s a health ‘hunny’

Text: ANEESA ADAMS. Photographer: PETER WHITFIELD. Stylist: KATE ARGO. Makeup: GOSH.

From a small town in KwaZulu-Natal to the bright lights of

Joburg, Holly Gxubane is fit, fabulous and a finalist in the Face of

the SPAR Women’s Race. (She never imagined she’d be a runnerup

in such a glamorous competition ... in fact, she’s never

entered a race before!)

‘It’s crazy to think I’ve not been part of any race because, well

... I couldn’t afford to enter,’ explains Holly. Now, she’s proud to

represent the SPAR Women’s Challenge Joburg on October 6.

‘This is worth all the times I haven’t been able to enter the race.’

She’s come a long way since she first moved to Joburg. The

aspiring actress recalls how she journeyed to the big city with

a mere R50 in her pocket. With nowhere to go and no one she

knew, Holly spent two long days at Park Station. But with just

R12 left, she managed to secure a place to stay. ‘Ever since then,

I’ve been working towards my career goals and running has

helped me find balance while doing that.’

It’s no surprise her running shoes are the favourite items in

her wardrobe. ‘They’re very special. They were among the first

things I could afford to buy and they’re the first thing I spent

more than R100 on! I use them in so many ways.’

She takes in every day like a breath of fresh air and has a specific

morning routine that helps her get through the day. (Of course,

it includes running!) ‘When I get up, I take 10 minutes for my

spiritual enhancements and breathing exercises. Then I put on

my jogging shoes and clothes, grab a bottle of water and I’m

out on the road. When I return, I have a healthy breakfast and

write down my goals for the day.’

The hard working, strong and independent 25-year-old believes

hard work and a positive mindset can help you in the office and

on the road. ‘When I’m running, I block out everything bad and

focus on the good. Don’t look for the black dot on the white

sheet – just see the light.’

The optimistic Holly had an extremely positive start in life and

drew much inspiration from her parents, who were performers

and magicians – she’d get a thrill from helping them. She was

popular at school and, as the second-born, says she was always

outspoken – a skill she’s now building into a career as an actress

and voice-over artist.

Holly’s also overcome some harsh adversity. When she was in

her early teens, her world was rocked when her Dad was shot

12 times. Her pregnant mum moved Holly and her six siblings.

‘It was really tough. We went to a rural area. It was a whole

new ball game from living in the suburbs and having running

water to going down to the river to fetch water.’ She also found

challenges at her new school. ‘I was mocked for a whole lot of

things from the way I spoke to reading, because the kids in my

area didn’t read and they still don’t.’

Although her classmates made fun of her acting aspirations,

performing brought out the best in Holly. She followed her

passion.

One of her other aspirations was to run the SPAR Women’s

Challenge Joburg, and, inspired by the women who took part

in the Face of the SPAR Women’s Race last year, Holly decided to

enter the competition. She says she ‘took a chance and entered

and the rest is history. I’m here now.’

October 2019 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs 23


Lancôme’s new Hypnose Palette gives you five flattering shades

of highly-pigmented eyeshadows, making it easy to create natural

to dramatic eye make-up looks. There are seven hugely appealing

palettes to chose from ... we’re massive fans of these shades of

pinks and purples range (palette No 6). They don’t smudge, crease

or flake during the day, and if you wet them, you get a more

intense colour. R780.

Want standout eyes? Just swipe on

a few quick coats of Urban Decay

Double Team Special Effect Coloured

Mascara to get a high-impact look in

seconds. It packs two shades in every

tube, and comes in five must-have duos

(trust us, you’ll want them all.) Supervivid

colours, metallic finishes ... all eyes

on you, this summer. R360.

Matte. Satin. Sparkle.

Whichever you want,

Clarins delivers. We’re

loving these Mono

Eyeshadows, with an

exceptionally smoothing

effect and nine stunning

shades. R355.

Urban Decay’s ultrashiny Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion

Lipgloss glides on cushiony soft, is long-lasting and

comfy – not tacky. Plus, it’s laced with vitamin E and

peppermint oil, leaves your lips feeling nourished and has

an immediate plumping effect. Oh ... and it comes in blaring

brights and soft neutrals, in four different effects ... metallic,

holographic, cream and sheer cream. With its yummy

vanilla-mint flavour, it’s our go-to gloss for summer. R290.

Make it matte, make a blast. That’s Lancôme’s L’Absolu Rouge

Drama Matte’s declaration to all those wanting to make a

lip statement. If you love playing with colour and extreme

finishes, it’s a great choice ... combining extreme matte finish

with bold, luminous colours and a highly comfortable texture.

Which are we wearing this summer? The three that stand out

... the orangey red 157 Obsessive Red, the magenta 388 Rose

Lancôme and the purple 507 Dram’Atic. R420.

Add dramatic colour with just one stroke. Clarins Waterproof Pencil accentuates and opens up the eyes. There are six

eye-catching shades to choose from. R335 each. Oh ... and try the new Wonder Perfect Mascara 4D, too. Stunning volume,

endless length, incredible curl, high definition and rose wax which makes lashes longer, stronger, thicker. R360.

24 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs October 2019


Go bright or go home

Massive hits of solid, bright colour ... we’re going

big, bold and very beautiful this summer

Amp up the colour to match

your mood. Clarins’ Joli Blush

is a strong-hold blush for a

truly colourful experience.

With special tint pigments, it’s

airy, fine, soft and lightweight

(allowing your skin to breathe),

and smooths the skin’s texture

by blending into the surface.

Irresistible cheeks in four

cheeky shades. R470.

October 2019 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs 25


Relaxed. Refreshed.

REVIVED!

A large, square, matte black building on a busy corner in Highlands North with

a rather ordinary parking lot off a side street and an unassuming glass door ...

no massive excitement here. But inside ... whoopee ... we found a spa well worth

travelling for.

Revive Wellness Spa is floor after floor of heavenly spa treats. We’re talking open,

spacious mani and pedi centres, floatation hydrotherapy pools, rasul chambers

and a steam room, ozone therapy spa baths and outdoor day beds, relaxation

and decompression lounges and so, so much more.

There are all the obvious – waxing and massages and facials, as well as specialist

treatments like microneedling, Botox, and body contouring. There’s an amazing

hair salon, great buys (the spa stocks some top-notch products), and there are

some extra-special packages worth exploring.

We love the kids’ centre ... what fun to have a little princess party, with manis

and pedis and colour therapy rooms, heated spa baths and interactive facials, a

choose-your-own-scent station and a milkshake bar. Bliss for babes!

Great space, great staff ... we highly recommend it. Plus it’s open daily ... including

Sundays ... a huge bonus for busy working men and women. You’ll find Revive

Wellness Spa on the corner of Athol Street and Randjeslaagte Road, Highlands

North. Details: 011-887-2123, revivewellnessspasa.co.za

Five readers

R50 000 spa vouchers

Woo-hoo!

We’re giving five incredibly lucky

readers the most beautiful prize

ever! Each of the winners will

receive a R2000 Revive voucher

every month for five months. That’s

beauty treatments worth R10000

each. To win, simply visit us online

(getitmagazine.co.za/joburg-north)

where you’ll find all the deets.

Good luck!

October 2019 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs 27


Fun in the sun

Fashion accessories for the whole family to step out in style

Small tortoiseshell cat eye

sunglasses R160 from Woolies.

The Elizabeth – fedora-style hat,

R690 from Elizabeth Summer.

Sequin statement

toucan earrings,

R220 from Lovisa.

Details:

011-268-0257.

For a more formal summer lunch party, you can’t beat something pretty from

Ted Baker. This palest pink dress shot with coral and touches of turquoise is the perfect

option for a garden party or a daytime wedding. Love it! R4780 from Ted Baker, Sandton

City. Details: 011-450-1156.

Striped frill shirt, R349 from Country

Road Kids in Woolies.

Details: woolworths.co.za

28 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs October 2019


Cheeky bikini bottoms, R320

from Granadilla Swim. Details:

granadillaswim.com

Sequin hummingbird

statement earrings,

R230 from Lovisa.

Details: 011-268-0257.

Moroccan raffia slides, R890 from Elizabeth Summer.

Shark bucket hat, R279 from

Country Road Kids.

Minimal open back

costume in Cotton

Candy, R890 from

Granadilla Swim.

Baudo bag, R2750 from Elizabeth Summer.

Details: elizabethsummer.com

Tropical pelican swim shorts, R750 from Temple of

Reason. Details: temple-of-reason.com

October 2019 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs 29


PROMOTION

HOME-STYLE MEALS

(without the effort)

Midweek supper with

the children. Friday

night dinner with

friends. A glam dinner

party celebration. We’re

all for serving the best

possible home-style

fare ... without setting

foot in the kitchen!

We know (and LOVE) By Word of

Mouth – winner of Best Caterer in

the annual Best of Joburg’s Readers’

Choice Awards year after year after

delicious year. So when we heard

Karen Short was taking her clients’

requests seriously, and giving them

the same exceptional meals in a ‘take

home’ version ... well, swoon! And

trust us, Frozen For You is well worth

swooning over. Everything from

quiche to Spicy Thai Fish Cakes. Simple

chicken dishes to lovely light summer

salads that are easy to serve. There’s

Apple Cake in Caramel Sauce (mmm)

and the best Tarte Au Citron ever (trust

us). From Karen’s kitchen to yours ...

and never mind cooking ... you don’t

even have to drive! The meals – made

with quality ingredients, using simple

traditional methods – are conveniently

delivered. ‘Come for dinner’ has never

been this easy!

To shop the products, visit a Frozen

for You store in Dainfern Square,

Coachman’s Crossing, The Square

Farrarmere, Morningside Shopping

Centre, Tyrone Fruiterers in Parkview or

The Club Pretoria. Alternatively, Frozen

for You delivers online orders 7 days

a week. Details: frozenforyou.co.za to

place your order.

Home from Monday night soccer practice ... and

a family-sized Quiche Lorraine is ready.

Glam dinner? Starters are served

... Spicy Thai Fish Cakes.


Midweek family fare

Friday night dinner with friends made easy

A light yet tasty meal to enjoy is the Sticky Chicken with a side of Couscous

Salad. (You’ll not only be licking your fingers but the plate too!)

A glam dinner party celebration

Everyone’s favourite ... Chicken

Enchiladas, followed by drool-worthy

Chocolate Brownies.

A French classic ... Ratatouille, and (left) Traditional Baked

Cheesecake served with cream, seasonal fruit and Berry Coulis

(yip ... you can order the coulis, too!). Oh ... and in case you’ve got

guests who prefer something meaty ... fret not. There are loads of

lovely meat options which are bound to impress!


WINE & DINE

Warm weather makes us want to step out and live it up ... and here’s how to do just that

Unique art for unique wine

What do you most look out for when

choosing a wine from the shelf? The

blend? The age? Do you consider how

attractive the label is? If you do, then

we’re sure the new Odd Bins 618 –

the first Odd Bins magnum – will be

in your shopping trolley. (It’s in ours!)

Talk about making art accessible ... the

label on this bottle is the masterpiece

of Orange Grove artist, Quintin Budd.

(Three cheers for this Joburg North

resident whose artwork was chosen

from hundreds of entries in the

Odd Bins Future Artist competition

launched by Checkers.)

Energy. Passion. Unconventional in

style – words said to sum up Quintin’s

works, and boy, do we see these traits

come through in the label! By playing

around with light and atmosphere, he

creates a sense of energy and the

mostly self-taught artist captures

brush strokes and palette knife

marks in oil paint. His works

are thought to be deeply

evocative, yet they’re also

open to interpretation.

(How do you interpret the

pictured Odd Bins label?)

The themes of art and

wine really do team up

when it comes to Odd

Bins, as we’re told, ‘Each

Odd Bins wine is like a

piece of art, and like art,

each Odd Bins wine is

unique. Once the bin is

sold out, the number is

never repeated so there’s

always something new

to try.’ Odd Bins 618

is a Shiraz from Paarl.

Expect aromas of black

cherry, truffle and black

pepper with a velvety

plum palate. R119.99,

exclusive to Checkers

and Checkers Hyper.

32 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs October 2019

First Thursdays are for rocking out!

And that’s just how we kicked off September, thanks to The

ROCK Design Quarter First Thursday experience. It’s no

secret that we love to wine and dine (ahem, just look at these

pages!), so when The ROCK Design Quarter invited us to its

September First Thursday, we were game, of course! And

now we’re officially sold ... who wouldn’t want to kick off the

month by sitting back with a glass of something delicious

in a beautiful setting with live music by local performers?

Yep, it’s a totally desirable evening ... and here it is in a

nutshell: As Matthew Gold got the evening started, so did

we, with a tasty cocktail – there’s nothing like a good ol'

fashioned bourbon with bitters, lime and orange zest! The

vibe? Relaxed. The seating? Plenty of choice ... we opted to

sit outside where all the action was at this contemporarydesigned

casual dining spot. And the food? Moreish! The

Mediterranean-inspired meals combine traditional and

new combinations to excite your taste buds. You can

order just about anything from the diverse menu, from

something a little lighter – like the beef trinchado cooked

in a scrumptious red wine sauce – or share a pizza with

your mates. But the ribs are a serious drawcard. We tucked

into some succulent pork cage ribs with sweet potato

fries. And. They. Were. DE-LISH-OUS! Nothing like a good

wine to complement your meal ... the wine list is extensive

(there are a whopping 12 Sauvignon Blancs alone!). As we

sat back sipping, the night rocked on with The Kiffness

taking centre stage and we thought ... we’ll be back next

month for sure! (And we highly recommend you go too.)

Diarise October 3 from 7pm. Afro Caribbean Project will

entertain. Details: The ROCK Diner Facebook page


I scream. You scream. We

seriously scream for a

Pinotage ice cream recipe!

A recipe for grown-ups – Pinotage ice

cream! Who could possibly resist?

125ml Pinotage (or other red wine); 7

large egg yolks; 375ml full cream milk;

375ml double thick cream (ordinary

cream will work too); 180g castor

sugar; 1 vanilla pod; (optional – 1 tsp

pink food colouring if you’re not happy

with the colour of your ice cream).

Pour wine into egg yolks and whisk

until combined. Place milk, cream and

sugar in a pot over medium heat. DO

NOT BOIL – you just want the sugar

to melt. When melted, remove pot

from heat. Cut vanilla pod lengthways,

scrape out seeds and add to the hot

milk/cream. Stir. Slowly pour the hot

liquid into the wine/egg yolk mixture

and stir until well combined. Strain

through a sieve into a clean container.

This is your ice cream (or custard).

Place a piece of cling film right on the

surface of the custard and leave to

cool at room temperature. Once cool,

place in the fridge and allow to rest for

a minimum of 12 hours. When rested,

pour into your ice cream making

machine or start the manual churning

process. Once churned sufficiently,

allow ice cream to set for 6 hours in

the freezer before serving. (Note: To

churn ice cream manually, remove

it from the freezer and whisk it for a

few seconds every 20 minutes over 3

hours, returning it to the freezer after

each whisking.) Recipe from Lesego

Semenya’s Dijo – My Food, My Journey.

From process engineer to acclaimed

chef is a mind-boggling leap – but it’s

one Lesego Semenya has successfully

negotiated as his cookbook, Dijo

– My Food, My Journey, reveals.

Lesego’s aim is to take the snobbery

out of food and with simple, reliable

recipes for bone broth, scones and

good ol’ fish and chips, he’s spot

on. He expands into making your

own bread and pasta (gnocchi with

Parmesan crème and wild mushrooms

anyone?). By the time you reach his

mouth-watering versions of springbok

shank, lamb rack, quail, or bacon

wrapped sole, you can’t wait to get

started (and start munching!). As for

Semenya’s Mozambican-style prawns

... they’re temptation on a plate.

Jacana, R353

Put a cork in it ... no, we’re not being

rude, we’ve found a trio of really

nifty cork products for our wine in

the Kikkerland Cork Wine Set. You’ll

find a corkscrew and bottle opener, a

nested stopper and spout as well as a

thermometer. A handy gift for a wine

lover. R275 from Faithful to Nature.

Details: faithful-to-nature.co.za

Oysters and champers to celebrate ... well, anything!

An oyster, dressed simply with a classic shallot, white wine vinegar and white

pepper dressing, with a glass of bubbly. Is there a better way to celebrate the

warm weather? We think not. Which is why we’ll be skipping down to Shucked –

An Oyster Bar in Craighall Park more than once this month. Fresh oysters flown

in from Saldanha are shucked to order and served every which way ... from raw

with the simplest dressing of salt and lemon to grilled with one of half-a-dozen

dressings. For those – and we know there are many – who just can’t face an oyster,

fret not ... there are other great gastro pub-type dishes. We’ve tried – and loved –

the upmarket fish and chips (we’re talking kingklip with oversized chips and mushy

peas). There are pies that change depending on what’s in season, and a really

sensational rib-eye steak which comes with a rich, moreish marrowbone butter.

Not a bubbly drinker? (We can’t imagine why not!) There’s an amazing cocktail

selection to keep you happy. The wine list’s more than adequate too. The setting is

Instagramably pretty ... all pink and green with lush hanging plants. A fabulous spot

for a celebration. 357 Jan Smuts Avenue (just a hop, skip and jump away from our

offices, actually ... how handy is that!). Details: 082-883-0195.

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‘Wine makes all things possible,’ so

this personalised wine bottle holder

tells us (and we obviously agree). It

makes a really great personal gift

for a friend who loves wine when

you add their name to the wooden

balancing wine holder. R139.95 from

Netflorist. Details: netflorist.co.za

How’d you like to taste some of the

very best wines from Stellies without

leaving Joburg? We knew you would! You

can do just that at the Stellenbosch

Wine Festival Joburg presented by

Pick n Pay. You’ll be able to swirl, sniff

and sample wines from more than 40

Stellenbosch wine estates – like Kleine

Zalze, Spier and Kaapzicht – and you

can taste a delicious selection of food

from the Pick n Pay Fresh Food Market.

Chefs and winemakers can teach you a

thing or two in the food and winemaking

sessions. There’ll be live entertainment

too. Wanderers Club Cricket Fields, Illovo.

October 5 and 6 from noon to 6pm. From

R225. Details: webtickets.co.za

34 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs October 2019

Cheers to rhinos & ellies

We’re rather loving the trend of

winemakers supporting nature

conservation ... and this month

we’re drinking Van Loveren Family

Vineyards’ latest vintage Rhino

Run wines. It’s a superb range of

great quality wines, celebrating the

magnificent rhino and the efforts

being made to save it. There are five

wonderful wines in the range … the

Rhino Run Chardonnay 2017

(slightly wooded, mediumbodied,

created in honour

of the white rhino, and ideal

with creamy pasta dishes,

grilled sole, crayfish, or

chicken); Rhino Run Chenin

Blanc 2018 (the perfect

partner to herbed mussels,

grilled chicken or pork);

The Rhino Run Ian Player

2016 (a blend of Cabernet

Sauvignon and Merlot …

all ripe berry, cassis and

redcurrant); The Rhino Run

Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

(enjoy with rich meat

dishes, pork or venison)

and The Rhino Run

Pinotage 2017 (perfect

with red meat, rich

stews, curries and

smoked foods).

Prices from around

R60 to around R71.

For a real treat,

look for the sixth

wine ... a limited

release collector’s

item, The Last

One Shiraz 2013.

Only 1215 bottles

were released ...

they sell for R1215

each and each

is hand-bottled,

waxed and

labelled, featuring

the signature

of cellar master

Bussell Retief

on the label,

and beautifully

presented in a

rhino-inspired

box. Details:

rhinorunwine.co.za.

Balance, the quirky range of

generous, everyday wines, has

been relaunched after a stylish

makeover ... and besides looking

(and tasting) good, also supports

desert elephant conservation. With

Hank the elephant as the wine’s

mascot, Balance has adopted

the Elephant Human Relations

Aid (EHRA) as a Corporate Social

Investment initiative. For every

bottle sold, a contribution is

made to fund the EHRA PEACE

project, an educational

programme promoting

the peaceful cohabitation

of local communities

with desert elephants in

Southern Africa. Taking

the project even further,

the wine’s packaging

uses digital technology

linked to an exciting

online game to support

this initiative ... play and

you can win Balance

Bucks to buy more wine,

and a donation is made

on your behalf. There

are two ranges ... the

affordable Classic easydrinking

range and the

Balance Winemaker’s

Selection range ... all

really lovely wines for

a summer celebration.

Available from your local

bottle store or online for

between R47 and R67.

Details: Play the game

and buy the wine on

balance.wine


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Décor fit for a

beauty queen

Text: Tayla Blaire. Photo: PETER WHITFIELD

If you recently

watched Top

Billing you’ll have seen

the gorgeous Miss

South Africa, Zozibini

Tunzi, give the country

a tour of her exquisite

Sandton apartment,

with all décor and

design sponsored

by mother-and-son

team, Joy and Garron

Greenberg, of Mia Bella

Interiors.

‘We were approached

by the Miss SA

organisers to furnish

the apartment for the

2019 winner,’

Joy says.

‘We had a meeting on site to see the

unit and were blown away by the

apartment and the incredible light,

energy, space and views.’

Despite 30 years of industry

experience, there was one significant

challenge when it came to designing

the apartment. ‘In normal interior

decorating and design, one meets the

client and gets to know their taste,

style, personality, likes and dislikes.

‘We usually meet with clients a few

times before coming to a final decision

about the look and feel they’d prefer.

The challenge with the Miss SA project

was not knowing any of this. We knew

it would be for a beautiful young

woman who would be the ‘people’s

queen.’ But it would still be a while for

the new Miss SA to be crowned and

subsequently move into the Sandton

apartment which will serve as her base

during her reign.

‘The apartment needed to have a

feminine touch and have a friendly,

warm and welcoming atmosphere.

We started with the dining room and

lounge as it’s a beautiful open plan

36 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs October 2019

Interior design experts,

Joy and Garron Greenberg,

make sure Miss South

Africa sports an extra

special (and unusual)

crown in her elegant new

Sandton apartment

area. The theme was an urban-modern

one, using shades of saturated greys

with a pop of yellow in accent chairs

and decor. Throughout there are

patterns, textures and tones which

bring the design together. The chairs

around the beautiful, natural reclaimed

wooden dining room table are all a

variety of greys and charcoals (the

fabric and style of chairs differ, creating

an interesting look). The embossed

wallpaper has a geometric design. Every

scatter cushion is made up in a totally

different fabric with different designs,

pulling all the colours together.

‘There’s the most sensational patio

with an uninterrupted view of the

breath-taking Sandton skyline. Here we

chose neutral colours with practical,

weatherproof outdoor pieces where

our Miss SA could put her feet up, drink

a glass of wine or cup of coffee and

relax. The bedroom has huge windows

and wonderful natural light. As it was

for Miss SA, we knew she’d need space

to move around and get dressed up

for all her appearances, so the key was

not to clutter. The headboard was

inspired knowing it would be a bed

for a beautiful queen, so we designed

it to look like a crown. The bedroom is

one’s private space to relax, regroup,

chill and unwind, so tranquillity is most

important.’

The Greenberg’s ethos is to create

beautiful, functional and meaningful

spaces while conducting themselves

with professionalism, commitment,

organisation and passion for their

work. While the curation of décor for

Miss South Africa is very high profile,

Mia Bella furnishes private homes,

apartments, hotels, office blocks and

corporate spaces, with no project

being too big or too small to take on.

Budgets and style can be adapted to

the client’s preference and they can

be as hands-on or hands-off as they

please.

‘If a budget is really tight, start with the

rooms that will be most important to

you,’ Joy suggests.

‘A splash of fresh paint or an accent

wall getting a vibrant wallpaper can

make a huge difference, while not

breaking the bank.’

Joy also urges us to look local

while making décor decisions.

‘It’s always best to work with local

manufacturers. We believe in building

relationships and partnerships with

people and supporting our country.’

That said, don’t be afraid to get

inspiration from overseas. ‘We travel

to the international shows to bring

back new trending concepts and

the latest ideas. It’s important to stay

ahead of the game and know what’s

in and out of fashion in the furniture

industry.’

While on the subject of what’s in

fashion, Garron acknowledges the

importance of green, sustainable

living. ‘We used a variety of pieces of

furniture and accessories in the Miss

SA apartment made from reclaimed

wood, plastic, bamboo, cork and

coconut,’ Garron says. ‘Wherever we

could, we tried to incorporate as much

of this as possible.’

Details: miabellainteriors.co.za or

joy@joyco.co.za


Mother-and-son team, Joy and Garron Greenberg, of Mia Bella Interiors.

Seven foolproof décor tips

to revive any home

1. Less is more – don’t overclutter.

2. Group in odd numbers (vases,

cushions etc) to create visual interest.

3. Wallpaper brings instant life to a dull

area – play with bold colours or shapes.

4. Scatter cushions (with varied

patterns, colours and textures) provide

instant va-va-voom.

5. Rugs give immediate pizazz. They’re

practical, create warmth and are

comfortable to feet and eyes.

6. Go green. Plants add life,

colour, shape and texture while

cleaning the air.

7. Decorating a home is like getting

dressed. First the clothes, then the

jewellery later – so get the big pieces in

place, then accessorise.

Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi’s Sandton apartment bedroom.

October 2019 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs 37


WHISPERS OF

PASSION

They say a red rose whispers of passion and

we’re blushing over gorgeous rosy decor pieces.

By adding pops of pink, red and rust to your

space, you’ll create a sophisticated yet

light-hearted look.

We love this fresh look by The Private House Company ... with touches of Moroccan-inspired pieces. It’s a great example

of how adding blush tones to an all-white space really can make it lively! Details: privatehouseco.co.za

38 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs October 2019


Kai pod chair, R8695

from Weylandts.

Details: weylandts.co.za

Diptyque tubéreuse candle,

R1180 from Skins Cosmetics.

Details: 011-883-1350.

The saying goes, ‘As pretty as a picture’, and this

print really is! It’s sure to catch eyes on the wall

of your home! It’s printed with Japanese archival

ink on a matte Hahnemühle paper and you’ll find

it in two different sizes: 70cm x 100cm for R2990

or 112 x 158cm for R7500 from Pezula Interiors.

Details: pezulainteriors.co.za

Edison lounge chair, R7995 from

Weylandts.

Burgess table lamp

R1690 from SHF.

Details: shf.co.za

Pax cushion cover in rust,

R149 from Superbalist.

Ladder cut vase, R1195

from Weylandts.

Velvet couch, POR from Tonic. Details: 011-262-4506.

October 2019 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs 39


party

The garden

Join the garden party ... we’re celebrating Garden Day this month.

40 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs October 2019


Here comes the sun – and we can’t wait to grab a blanket to picnic and play in the

garden. We’ve put together a few floral finds perfect for a good cup of botanical tea or

gin and tonics on the lawn with friends

Finery Grapefruit Infused gin,

R345 from bottleshop.co.za

Sunbird rooibos tea, R115.

Details: faithful-to-nature.co.za

Pressed plastic

high ball

glasses perfect

for the garden,

R59.95 from

Woolies.

Turn any sundowner into a

fundowner by adding your choice of

Botanical Bombs to a shot or two

of gin, vodka or rum. Top up with ice

and 250ml ice-cold tonic water, dry

ginger ale or soda. Stir gently. Let the

Botanical Bomb infuse for a couple of

minutes. Sip, savour, surrender. R199

from sundownersociety.com

We’re celebrating Garden

Day this month

Sunday October 20 is Garden Day in

South Africa ... a day when all gardeners

and lovers of plants are encouraged to

wear a flower crown, get outdoors and

enjoy nature. It makes no difference if

you’re a beginner gardener, an indoor

plant guru, a patio potterer or a wild

weeder ... it’s a day when you should

hang up your gloves, set aside your

shovel and appreciate your plants.

The day was created by Candide

– a gardening app that connects

gardeners with fellow plant lovers,

public gardens and plant nurseries

and features an extensive knowledge

base of plants, news articles, plant

identification, growing tips and virtual

garden tours. Honestly, if that’s not the

BFF of choice for gardeners, we don’t

know what is! So on October 20, why

not host a celebratory event … with

tea and cake, a botanical G&T, a plant

swap or lunch on the lawn … as long

as you’re surrounded by greenery and

toasting the goodness our gardens

give us all year round. Details: For

loads of ideas and downloads, visit

www.gardenday.co.za and follow

@GardenDaySA on Facebook,

Instagram and Twitter.

We’re planting ...

regal pelargonium Novita for its

knockout colours and neat, bushy

growth. It looks good anywhere – in

large containers, in the garden in full

sun or semi-shade, even in coastal

gardens. It doesn’t get leggy like older

varieties used to do and is a great

bloomer. The colour range is purple,

violet, dark red with a purple eye and

a pink bicolour. The medium-sized

flowers cover the bush. Plant in welldrained

fertile soil and protect from

frost in colder areas. Garden plants

need regular watering but allow the

soil to dry out before watering again.

Plants in containers need watering

more often. Fertilize monthly with

Vigorosa fertilizer.

Details: ballstraathof.co.za

October 2019 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs 41


LMC ginger &

lemongrass tea, R59.

• LMC pure rooibos

tea, R59, both from

Poetry. Details:

poetrystores.co.za

Tea cup, R79 from H&M Home.

Details: 086-069-0707.

Heath & Heather organic

lemon balm and liquorice

tea, R62.10 from

faithful-to-nature.co.za

Galvanized

watering can,

R149.99 from

Woolies.

42 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs October 2019

The Duchess Floral, a nonalcoholic

gin & tonic, crafted

with the fragrant extracts of

citrus blossoms, primrose and

the indigenous honeybush.

R429 for case of 24. Details:

drinktheduchess.com

Garden tasks for October

• Plant summer colour. Annuals that

grow quickly and easily from seed are

alyssum, cosmos, lavatera, portulaca,

California poppy, and nasturtium. They

all do best in full sun.

• Trim back invasive groundcovers to

give other plants room to grow.

• Renew containers. Replace the

potting soil and fill with summer

annuals, trailing groundcovers or

grasses.

• Fertilize perennials with Vigorosa or

granular fertilizer 3:1:5 or 5:1:5, and

annuals with a liquid fertilizer. Use

either pink or blue hydrangea food for

hydrangeas.

• Water regularly and spread a layer of

mulch over beds to conserve water

and keep the roots cool.

• Mow lawns at least once a week,

but if it’s very hot and dry, mow less

frequently and set blades higher.

Perfect for patios ...

snack-sized sweet orange peppers

are easy to grow in pots on the patio

or on a sunny windowsill. Sweet

Snack pot peppers produce loads of

crunchy, delicious fruit, about 25 to

30 fruits in two flushes. It’s a healthy

snack for kids and good for chopping

into salads, platters and stir-fries.

The more you pick the better they

produce. The plants are just as pretty

and stay compact (50cm high). They

just need regular watering, plant food

once a week and a warm, sunny spot.

Details: ballstraathof.co.za


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The

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Glamorous, vintage-style

posters of iconic places

The African Journey is a collection

of 18 gorgeous, vintage-style poster

prints Honestly. of some Is there of Africa’s anything most iconic

destinations more dramtically ... from wonderful Cape Town as ,

Kruger an African and the sunrise Karoo or to sunset? Etosha,

Victoria We think Falls not! and Zanzibar. Designed

and illustrated by the massively

talented Duncan Butchart, they’re in

the lingé claire style of Hergé, creator

of Tintin, and are reminiscent of the

glamorous posters used by travel

agents in the 1950s and 60s. We’re

starting a collection of places where

we’ve been (and maybe where we

plan to go, too) ... and they make

exceptional gifts for international

visitors or friends living far from

home. They’re sold unframed, and

cost R300, R600 and R1200 for A3,

A2 and A1 posters respectively.

Details: dbnatureworks.com

October 2019 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs 47


BEACH HOUSE DREAMS

There’s 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

what beach house dreams are made of ...

avish without being

pretentious and reminiscent

of a magnificent beach villa

somewhere in Europe,

the six-bedroom

holiday home boasts

incredible views over

the Zinkwazi lagoon and the main

beach of this quaint North Coast

village. Sleeping up to 24 people, it

offers private boat mooring and direct

access to the main beach, as well as all

the modern conveniences one would

expect from a home of this calibre.

Here are our top five reasons to book

a holiday at this beautiful ocean-side

abode ...

48 Get It Joburg Northern Suburbs October 2019

Located on the Zinkwazi

lagoon directly in front of the

main beach, the views from the

home are simply magnificent.

Text: LEAH SHONE. Photographer: CHRIS ALLAN PHOTO. Details: chrisallanphoto.co.za


5 reasons 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 main beach.

A glass of bubbly in hand wouldn’t

hurt either.

2THE MOD CONS

Think automated, remote

controlled rolling doors

(and blinds), which open the

home completely to the exquisite

180-degree sea views, air conditioning

in all the rooms, Wi-Fi, smart TV, two

dishwashers and security alarm with

external and internal beams. This home

has all the modern conveniences you

need to ensure your coastal getaway is

A welcome gift waits

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.

3THE STYLE

With a contemporary coastal

look and feel, the beautiful white

and natural wood décor is perfectly

complimented by the blue, grey

and white subtly nautically-inspired

furniture. The massive solid wood

dining table and captivating, oversized

wooden chandeliers add a wow factor

to this otherwise clean, simplistic

interior.

4THE SPACE

Two of the six bedrooms feature

eight bunk beds 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 granddads 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

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 often the small things 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 five-star holiday rental

management company, Luxury Coastal Escapes’ (LCE), year-round collection.

LCE has in its large portfolio some of the best beach houses on the KZN North

Coast and the Western Cape.

Rates are from R6500 a night (out of season mid-week) going up to R13 000

a night (mid-season) and R18 500 a night (high season). There’s a minimum

booking of two nights for mid-week and low season, a minimum of 7 nights

mid-season and minimum 14 nights high season. All bookings include a maid

five days a week, fresh linen and towels, Wi-Fi, DStv and a welcome basket.

Details: luxurycoastalescapes.com/thewhitehouse,

louise@luxurycoastalescapes.com, 079-517-7353.

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Spoil

October

Win a hamper of the

most agréable French cult

beauty products

Let’s be honest ... French women really do

always seem to get it right. And one of

their favourite ranges is ours, too. We adore

the NUXE range of products, and can’t live

without the French cult multi-purpose dry

oil, Huile Prodigieuse, which has botanical

oils that nourish, repair and protect your

face, hair and body. Each of the NUXE Rêve

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the honey-scented Super Skin Repair Balm

which works wonders to soothe areas

which need it the most (think windburned

chin or sides of the nose, dry elbows and

heels ... and though we’re not often keen to

share our creams, this one really does work

for the whole family. The products, which

cost between R370 and R695, are available

from Woolworths, Truworths, Edgars and

Foschini stores. We’re giving away a hamper

of these NUXE products ... to stand a chance

of winning, simply visit our Facebook page

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Singer-songwriter Kahn

from Parlotones' fame, live

in concert with full band.

Tim Plewman is back with

the internationally renowned,

hilarious date comedy.

Possibly the satirist's most

intimate show yet, "The echo

of a noise" has played to soldout

audiences since its launch .

Rocco de Villiers brings his

latest production, "Kortbroek,

langkouse" to entertain as

only he knows how.

TO ENQUIRE ABOUT SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION

PACKAGES PLEASE CONTACT THE BALALAIKA HOTEL:

TEL:

EMAIL:

ADDRESS:

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INFO@LIVEATBALALAIKA.CO.ZA (ANNERI)

20 MAUDE STREET, SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG

All show times commence at 20:00 in the evening,

All shows

except Sunday 13th Oct and Saturday 19th Oct which

Incl. VAT

are matinee shows and begin at 15:00.

R

195

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Newly refurbished * Enjoy some

of the best steaks in Johannesburg

Peruse the extensive wine list

Sip a signature cocktail at the Dollar Bar

Safe parking

hoose from any standard menus

Starting at * ustomise your menu

Large and small parties can be accommodated

Great atmosphere * Great food * Great people

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TO ENQUIRE ABOUT BOOKINGS OR

TO BOOK YOUR YEAR-END FUNCTION CONTACT:

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