Aug 2019 Jhb West





those years ...

An eye-to-eye encounter

with wildlife at Mhondoro

The dirt on all

things succulents


a two night stay

in the Natal




A quirky hip hop artist & a running-in-heels image consultant


August 2019

Race begins and ends at


Judith Road, Emmarentia, Joburg

GPS co-ordinates: S 26.1648° E 28.0041°


6 OCT 2019






SPAR Women’s Challenge Joburg



the JOBURG SPAR Women’s Challenge forms part of the

SPAR Women’s Challenge 10km Grand Prix Series

Enter online | Enquiry line: 087 097 0011


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6 Shake off the winter chills and pencil in these events

9 Curl up with a terrific read


10 Winter outings and cosy finds this August


12 For men on the go

13 Hello new you!


14 Claudia Witbooi might be young and petite but she has moved

many mountains through her music and activism

18 Nqobile Nkosi believes that you need more than smoky

eyes and killer high heels to look great ...


16 We find out what chemical peels are and who needs them


22 Satisfy your comfort food cravings with smashing, hearty favourites


24 Not all plants are high maintenance ... In fact, some are happier if

you leave them alone and water them less often!

26 We’ve put together our top garden tasks and tips


32 We love a bush getaway ... and one where ellies drink from the pool


17 Win a chemical peel valued at R480

34 Take a partner for a two night, midweek break at

Brahman Hills


Make up and hair by Antoinette de Beer. Photographed by Jaco

Bothma at Avianto. Flowers by Event Inspirations.

June 2019 Get It Joburg West 03

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

A hot date!

Shake off the winter chills and pencil in these events


Woman’s Day at Die

voete van Jesus Coffee

and Gift Shop (2 Eduard Bok Street,

Monument, Krugersdorp) from 9am

to 4pm. There will be demonstrations

by professionals on quick and easy

make-up applications, a motivational

talk on womanhood, a new skincare

range and how to give your image

a boost without breaking the bank.

Delectable cakes, pancakes and curry

and rice will be available. Talks are free

but booking is essential. Details: Sanet

on 082 853 4021.


Empowerment self-defence

workshop at Cradlestone Mall

in the Woolworths Court from 10am

to 11.30am. Cost: R100 (mother and

one child). Booking essential. Details:

084 494 4054, 082 854 1958 or


Visit Cedar Tree Craft Market

from 10am to 3pm at Khosa

Sports Club, Krugersdorp for their

monthly market. There will be secure

parking, no entrance fee and pets

are welcome. Details: Chanelle on 081

500 6884.


Jan Blohm is known as the

Rock King of Heart but his

latest album, Die Liefde Album, is not

filled with sweet lyrics that drip with

honey, but rather the raw truth that

only Jan can grasp. At 8pm at the

Barnyard Theatre, Silverstar. Tickets:

R150 per person. Details: www.


The Clearwater Mall Lego

exhibition, with over 50

tables of brick-filled goodness, is sure

to be a weekend filled with fun and

excitement. There will be a fascinating

variety of Lego models built by the

members of zaLUG (The South African

LEGO User Group). Entrance is free.




Join the West Side Craft & Food Market from 10am to 3pm at Ramkiki

Country Restaurant & Conference Centre. There will be secure parking,

no entrance fee and pets are welcome. Details: Chanelle on 081 500 6884.

Big Bugs! exhibit at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden will

entertain children and adults alike until 8 September. This Giant Creature

World Expo exhibit with 10 gigantic animatronic bugs and other creatures has

never been seen in South Africa. Various packages are available. Tickets from R85

per person. Details: or


The Festival of Ales 2019 from 10am to 6pm at the Greensleeves

Medieval Kingdom, Sterkfontein. This year’s festival is sure to bring you

more knight battles, delicious craft beer, wine, and gin. Tickets from R25 for

children and R210 per adult. Details: or


Minimalist interiors, bold wallpapers, dried botanics and reinvented

archways … Decorex Joburg is ready to introduce you to all the

latest trends set to take over home and office interiors across the city.

Taking place at the Gallagher Convention Centre until 11 August from

10am daily. Tickets: R120 per person. Details:

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Spoil the women in your

life with our Women’s

Month promotion

Our signature Love and Gratitude

Journey includes:

30min facial, which leads into a

60min full body warm rose

quartz massage

Light lunch and 30min steam

room session for FREE!

All for only R950 per person!

To make a booking, contact us by

telephone on 010 010 5026 or

063 692 0665, or email us at

Valid for bookings in August 2019 only and not valid

on Saturdays and public holidays.

010 010 5026 · 063 692 0665 ·

Book club

Curl up with a terrific read this August

Sheila O’Flanagan’s novels are always

fabulous options for those who love

a little chick-lit (don’t we all?). In Her

Husband’s Mistake, perfect couple

Roxy and Dave McMenamin first

kissed when Roxy was 16, and they’ve

been in love ever since. They have

a great marriage and wonderfully

happy life. Until the morning after

Roxy’s father’s funeral, when she

walks in on Dave in bed with their

next-door neighbour. Time, it seems,

for Roxy to make some big, lifechanging

decisions. Lovely, warm,

funny ... a wonderful book for a

weekend read. Headline UK, R325.

Also look out for the best

Jack Ryan thriller yet!

Tom Clancy’s Oath of Office, written

by Marc Cameron, is a roller-coaster of

heart-stopping action ... a thriller that

will get your adrenalin going from

the first chapter to the last. When

US President Jack Ryan asks his new

Secretary of Homeland Security what

frightens him, Mark Dehart answers

‘Three things’. Which three? ‘Any three.

If they all happen at the same time.’

From a quiet beach in Portugal where

a beautiful woman kills a French

arms dealer, to protests against the

oppressive regime in Iran, to the

Russian troops and ships massing

on the borders of the Ukraine, across

the world a conspiracy is brewing ...

one so darkly brilliant that no one has

joined the dots. There’s a madman

with a plan ... a plan more devastating

than President Ryan can imagine.

This is the latest (and may well be the

best) in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series.

Penguin, R275.

Oh. A new Catherine Alliott novel.

Yay! Just the thing for a chilly

weekend curled up on the sofa

with a box of biscuits. In A Cornish

Summer, Flora’s been in love with her

husband, Hugo, for two decades. Just

a small problem ... for 15 of those years

he’s been married to someone else.

Now she’s been invited to paint her

ex-father-in-law at the family home in

Cornwall. It promises to be a blissful

summer ... except for her awful exmother-in-law,

and ... oops ... it appears

her ex-husband and his (admittedly

lovely) second wife are going to be

there too. Not so blissful after all. A

few lovely twists, great characters,

many laugh-out-loud passages and

you’ve a brilliant chick-lit read. LOVED

it! Penguin, R290.

A nine-month-old baby is hard work. Sleep-deprived Carolina and

uncommunicative Aksel are having a tough time, but know things will get

better. One evening they go to sleep, Carolina thinking ‘we have thousands of

days ahead of us’ ... but they don’t. Aksel dies in his sleep, leaving Carolina’s world

upside down. Based on author Carolina Setterwall’s own experiences, Let’s Hope

For The Best is all about life’s small moments. It’s about motherhood and family,

love and death. An emotional, honest, unforgettable read. Bloomsbury, R295 .

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Wish list

Check out our roundup of fab finds

The Hartz-Verloren

Body & Soul range

consists of hand and

body wash/ cream,

soap, bath salts, room/

linen sprays, scatter

cushions, jewellery

pouches and luxe

tablecloths. Their

gorgeous handbags

immediately caught our

eyes – R795 from Hoppy

Hearts & Hartz-verloren.

So many beautiful reasons to be hoppy!

The quaint, French-inspired Hoppy Hearts & Hartz-verloren gift boutique

and coffee shop on Viljoen Street is every bunny-hugger and fashion

lover’s dream. Between their breathtaking décor items and clothes, you

will be sure to walk away with a shopping bag and a smile. Most of their

décor has a vintage feel and you will fall in love with the cute and timeless s

bunnies that they are known for. Whether you’re a trendsetter or a plain

Jane, you will find the perfect clothing item for your wardrobe. Don’t

forget to take a look at their jewellery section before you leave – you

might just find chic earrings to go with your new outfit ... Details: Visit them

at 29 Viljoen Street, Krugersdorp or visit

10 Get It Joburg West August 2019

Design for

your sign

We’re so buying the

ceramic astrology cup

range from Love Milo

… Why? It has customdesigned


for each star sign

decorating the inside

as stars spill out over

the edges, giving you

a galaxy of magic and

knowledge between

your hands as you sip

on a cuppa. R300 for the

cup and saucer. Details:

Freshest fragrances EVER ... this

sensational Solinotes range

includes Pomelo and Oranger.

LOVE! R298 from Foschini.

SoyLites Lip Balm with lemon

essential oil is fresh and leaves

your lips feeling as if they’ve

just been kissed by nature.

R55 from

A duo of

great wines

Right now we’re really

enjoying Pinotage, and

are just loving the latest

vintages released by

Delheim … the new

Delheim Pinotage 2017 is

a wine of alluring mystery

and complexity, while the

Pinotage Rosé 2019 is

fun and floral in character.

You’ll find the Pinotage

Rosé for between R80 and

R85, and the Pinotage

for about R145 to R150.


When you go against the (rye) grain, you

end up with a hand-crafted American

bourbon with a signature smooth, full,

flavour. Topped with one-of-a-kind red

wax – the Maker’s Mark – this easy

to drink, full-flavoured bourbon came

about when the brand founder, Bill

Samuel, replaced rye grain with soft red

winter wheat, resulting in the delicate

sweetness the drink is known for. It’s

the perfect choice for a chilly winter

day … choose from the four variants

– Maker’s Mark (R329), Cask Strength

(R485), Maker’s Mark 46 (R2 195) and

Private Select (for sale on request at the

distillery). Details:

Pencil in your diary!

There’s nothing better than

a snifter of brandy to put

some fire back into your

veins. Which is why we were

thrilled to discover that KWV

will be part of a brandy and

Frey chocolate pairing in the

Summerhouse Restaurant at

Misty Hill Country Hotel on 3

August, from 6.30pm. R395 per

person includes the pairing

with a five-course meal. Details:

011 950 6000 or

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Martin Headger and

Nonhlanhla Kunene

Kesantha Naidoo and

Terence Mthembu

For men on the go

Sorbet Man Clearwater

celebrated its store-opening

with complimentary treatments

like male grooming, haircuts,

manicures (and the list continues!)

and excellent skin-and-haircare

tips and advice by Dermalogica

and Blue Beards Revenge. Offering

the full gamut of on-trend male

treatments at value-for-money

prices, Sorbet Man, with its

unintimidating and inviting space,

is the place to go for any gent.

Armand du Plessis

Theodore Jantjies

Leo Da Silva and Kyle Clark

Alisha Mahmood and Georgina Kanyanda

Pat Mochapa and Kele Maimane

Lesley Mofokeng and Emmanuel Tjiya

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Sheila Ndamase, MC Coetzer and Alice Mohutsiwa

Mariska Potgieter, Anri Smith and Bianca Botha

Hello new you!

Ansa Basson and Adri Schutte

Hair by Anri and Hello Beautiful have relaunched in

celebration of the new and exciting expansions and

upgrades at their salon situated at the much-loved Hoppy

Hearts in Krugersdorp. They now have a Hello Beautiful

team, who are master make-over specialists, and boast some

stunning renovations to make your beauty experiences even

better than before. The morning called for champagne, eats

and envy-worthy prize giveaways at the pop of a balloon!

Tuané du Preet, Shané

de Koker and Rudi Fett

René and Maryke Scheepers

Hanelle Vrey, Nuschka Schutte and Karin Barnard

Tania Smith and Tasha Schoeman

Karen Bredenkamp

and Lois de Wet

Vasti and Carmi Kruger

August 2019 Get It Joburg West 13


Q ueen


14 Get It Joburg West August 2019

Don't underestimate

Krugersdorp's Claudia

Witbooi. She might be

young and petite but

she has moved many

mountains through her

music and activism. We

caught up with her in

between her studio time

and mommy duties.

This dainty gal shocked the

country with her honest lyrics and

unique beats when she made a

name for herself as award-winning

Afrikaans hip hop artist, Yoma. She

is bright, playful and has a heart

of gold. One of the songs on her

brand new album, Moedertaal,

is called My Blom, and is all

about growth.

'We grow as women and as

mothers. During my own

pregnancy, I grew on an

emotional and spiritual level and

I realised that no matter what

happens in your life, God will

help us grow and we will all

eventually bloom.'

Music with a message is what got

her through some of the toughest

times in her life. She said that

music has always been a part of

her life but things only started to

fall into place a few years ago.

'I don't remember my very first

special encounter with music but

my mother told me how I used

to put on a show for the whole

family when I was little. My love

for music never stopped. I wanted

to be a singer but my family made

it clear that I didn't have a singing

voice so that dream was out the

door. I loved writing poetry and

decided to use this talent and

freestyle rap over a rap beat, and

that's when the magic happened.'

Back then, there weren't a lot

of female hip hop artists in her

hometown and Claudia couldn't

imagine doing something that

hadn't been done before.

'A family member introduced me

to the hip hop crowd. My mind

was blown when I learned more

about the hip hop culture because

what they do is use rhythm and

poetry in a very special way to

address issues in their community.

‘I love hip hop, because it is honest

and that's why people resonate

with this type of music. My music is

honest. It is who I am.'

Unfortunately, her family was

nervous about her becoming a

hip hop artist so she had to study

somatology after school to at least

make a living while pursuing her

dream career. Claudia changed her

family's minds when she started to

make a name for herself. One of the

things that make her stand out in

the music industry is that fact that

she always takes chances.

‘People have a

misconception that

hip hop is noisy and

a bunch of


'I stepped out of my comfort zone

with every song I recorded on

my recent album. People have a

misconception that hip hop is noisy

and a bunch of gibberish. If that's

the case, I do a bit of a cappella and

people realise that this genre isn't

that bad once you get used to it.'

She has crossed paths with a

lot of interesting people. Claudia

works with Besembos Productions

and is honoured to have met and

worked with Giga, Hooflig, Ixa, Oxijin,

Coenie de Villiers, Whaden Johannes,

DJ Ready D and Hemelbesem.

Originally from George, Claudia fell

in love with Pasella presenter Simon

Witbooi, also known as Hemelbesem,

when she met him at the annual

African Hip-Hop Indaba in Cape

Town. The two love-birds finally got

hitched and moved to Krugersdorp

in 2016. When they aren't working

on new music together, they are

raising their beautiful daughter.

Motherhood hasn't slowed her

down – instead, she is glowing.

Claudia was pregnant when she

recorded her recent album and was

still performing two months before

she gave birth. Her precious baby

has been at her side ever since she

was born.

'She is only 18 months old but she

loves to dance to her mommy's

music. She has helped me grow and

since she came into my life, I have

grown closer to God as well.'

Claudia has always had a soft spot

for children, but since her baby was

born, she feels like a mother to all

children. Through her work at the

ATKV Crescendo, she also helps

children who dream of being in the

music industry.

Through all of this, she found the

time to be a MUD ambassador and

to write a blog for Rooi Rose during

her entire pregnancy. Right now, she

is also an activist for women.

'Women should help build up other

women. There are a few different

issues which I raise while addressing

women and the youth. The general

message I want to give women is

that everything you need is already

inside you. This message is powerful

because once you realise this, you

won't be searching for acceptance

in the wrong places. Women carry a

big responsibility in the way Mother

Earth functions. The whole world

will be a better place if we all knew

what our value is.'

Before meeting her hubby, she was

searching for acceptance in the

wrong places and was stuck in an

emotionally abusive relationship for

two years.

'I didn't understand why it

happened or why I didn't leave

earlier, but at least I got out. There

are a lot of other women in the

same painful situation and I want

to give them hope. I will be raising a

lot more awareness on this topic in

the future.'

After their break-up, she had to build

herself back up again. During this

time, her family and friends were

her rock.

'I have friends that have been with

me since as far back as preschool.

My friends and my mother are

always there for me and they are

my anchor when things get tough.

Family and friends are what keep

me going.'

Claudia might seem larger than life

but she is a down to earth mother

and wife who enjoys cooking for

her family, cleaning the house and

getting creative with a brush and

a canvas. In the next 10 years, she

hopes to become a much better

painter and be the best of the best

in the music industry.

'One day, I will get on stage

and the crowd will be so big that

there won't be space for a single

extra person.'

She has done more in 26 years

than most people do in a lifetime.

Claudia's boldness is contagious

and her future is big and bright.

We look forward to watching her

change the world over the next

few years.

Moedertaal is available at Musica, all

digital platforms or can be ordered

from Besembos Productions. Details:

078 246 5799 or

/ or follow her

on Facebook, YOMA.

Short & sweet:

1. If you could share the stage

with anyone, who would you

choose? Singer, songwriter and

rapper Lauryn Hill.

2. What is your guilty

pleasure? Whiskey and a good

red wine.

3. What are your pet peeves?

I love my husband dearly but I

dispise the way he stirs coffee

because the sugar never

dissolves. I also can’t stand it

when people are dishonest.

4. What do you always have

with you when you leave

the house? It might sound

superficial, but I can’t leave the

house without my cellphone!

5. What would you do if you

won R1 million tomorrow? I’d

be disappointed because it’s so

little money. Haha, I’m joking

... When I get any amount of

money and all my needs are

met, I always think of who

needs a blessing.

August 2019 Get It Joburg West 15


Miracle of


With 29 years of experience in the beauty industry, Ruimsig's

Rachel Rodrigues surely knows all the ins and outs of facial

treatments. We had a quick chat with her to find out what

chemical peels are and who needs them.


16 Get It Joburg West August 2019


Peels remove the outer layers of dead skin,

revealing a new skin layer with improved

tone, texture and colour. A series of peels can

help treat a range of skin issues. They are very

popular because they offer nearly immediate

results and can be performed during a lunch

break. I think chemical peels are great, and

I'm not saying that just because they are part

of my repertoire as an aesthetic therapist. I

like to think of them as a reboot for your skin,

allowing healthy skin to appear.



Anyone wanting to alleviate acne, smooth

wrinkles, improve skin texture, eliminate age

spots and reduce the effects of sun damage

can benefit from having a chemical peel.



People who get cold sores should start

on antiviral medications one week prior

to treatment and continue taking these

for two weeks after therapy to prevent

reactivation of the cold sores. All patients

are encouraged to use high SPF sunscreens

prior to and after peeling. Those with darker

skin may also require pre-treatment to avoid



Generally, it is best to get a peel every four to

six weeks. But if you suffer from acne there are

some peels that you can do every two weeks

until you get the results you want. It is a great

idea to buy a series of four or five peels up

front so that you can achieve the treatment

results that you want.


The skin may feel warm directly after your

treatment. Depending on the peel that

you have had you might experience some

superficial flaking that could last for two to five

days. It is essential to stay out of the sun

during and after the healing process as the

skin may remain sun-sensitive for some time

after the peel.

Rachel Rodrigues, owner

of Heaven on Earth


Although rare, the complications of chemical

peels include scarring, infection, reactivation of

herpes simplex infections and post-traumatic


Always do your research before you have

more advanced treatments. Check that the

products being used are of a high standard

and a recognised brand. Don’t be scared to ask

questions, because you are placing your best

feature in the hands of someone else. Always

ask for relevant qualifications before receiving

treatment. All too often we see that unqualified

people are passing themselves off as therapists

without the relevant training or experience.

Details: Heaven on Earth – Skin, Body, Laser Studio

on 011 662 2473 or visit them at Ruimsig Country

Office Park on Hole-in-One Avenue.

Rachel is giving away two chemical peels valued at R480 each to

two readers. To enter, visit Facebook (Get It Joburg West), like the

competition post and you’ll be in the draw. Entries close 23 August.

August 2019 Get It Joburg West 17

Fiercely feminine

Text and images: JACO-MARI FUTCHER.

Trending now ...

Coral is the new black and

it is so hot right now. It also

looks like the burgundy

trend is going to stay with

us through all the seasons.

Firstly, you should find a

shade that goes well with

your skin tone. If you can’t

find anything that suits you,

you can always bring in a pop

of colour by accessorising.

A burgundy belt or a coral

scarf can jazz up your

whole outfit.

18 Get It Joburg West August 2019

Constantia Kloof’s fashionista, Nqobile Nkosi believes that you need more than smoky

eyes and killer high heels to look great ...

After chatting to Nqobile, we

can honestly say that she is the

embodiment of style. Not fashion.

Style! Which is that rare combination

of intelligence, beauty, grace and

wit. After 17 years she has kissed the

comfort of a corporate job goodbye

to pursue her lifelong dream of

combining her love for all things

fashion with her desire to help

women. Nqobile founded Divine

Elegance Image Consultancy in 2008

and has since used this platform

to empower women and young

girls through fashion and public

speaking. Between her job and her

family, she always finds the time to

dress as if she is about to conquer

the world. This ambitious mother of

three works hard to be a role model,

not only for her own two daughters

and son, but for every woman in

her community.

How did you go from being

a banker to becoming an

image consultant?

Beautifying women has been

my dream job for as long as I can

remember. While I still had my

corporate job, I attended women's

gatherings during the weekends and

talked about beauty. But the biggest

turning point was when I was doing

ministry work and visited the Chris

Hani Baragwanath Hospital. They

had a special ward for women who

were depressed and stressed out.

The women I spoke to in that ward

had been in abusive relationships

or had a tough time overall and had

given up on life. That made me think

that I could help women like this if I

pursued my true passion.

How do the two career paths

compare to each other?

What I do now doesn't feel like

work at all. I enjoy talking to people

and seeing their faces light up. I

enjoy contributing to somebody's

happiness or their acquisition of new

knowledge. The beauty industry is

quite inundated and you have to

find a way to stand out.

How do you support, mentor and

train the young women?

I've seen a lot of young women with

no plans for the future, and women

getting involved with men who are

trouble, because they need money.

To solve this problem, I train young

women to do make-up and nails. This

way, they can make their own money

and contribute to their households.

What role does fashion and makeup

play in your own life?

My mother always said to me that you

are as old as you want to feel. When I

got married, she told me that I should

never stop dressing well and looking

beautiful. August is my birth month

and I will be 43, but a lot of people say

that I look so much younger. That's

because I am always conscious of how

I look after myself and how I dress. I will

never follow trends, because fashion

comes and goes, but my unique style

is who I am.

What is the one thing that people

don’t know about image consulting

but definitely should?

Most women think that in order to go

and see an image consultant you have

to earn a lot of money. Other women

say that they dress appropriately

and are fine with their make-up

routine, but they don’t realise what

a difference using the correct makeup

for your skin tone or the correct

clothing for your body type can make.

Image consulting is about all of you.

It starts with the inside, because what

you feel inside shows on the outside.

My business mantra is ‘Bringing out

your inner beauty’ and you certainly

don’t have to break the bank to look

and feel good.

What drives you to continuously

empower women through

public speaking?

I love people and making a difference

in a person's life makes me feel so

fulfilled. I do a lot of public speaking

but I also help other women public

speakers to look their best, be

confident and excited before going on

stage by helping them with make-up

tips suited to their skin undertones,

and also styling tips suited to their

body shape and size. This will help

them make a lasting impression.

What big challenges have you faced

and how did you overcome them?

Working with a lot of women, I have

realised that not every woman is

interested in wearing make-up. I

respect that, so I show them how

to pull off a minimalistic make-up

look that they will be comfortable

with. All women are beautiful but

sometimes we need a little make-up

to help us look fresh, professional

and youthful. On the business front,

I find it challenging that I have to

convince some people to pay for

image consultancy services because

they don't all realise the importance of

taking care of yourself.

Details: Nqobile on 083 567 8581, or follow her on

Facebook, NqoDivineImage

One on one with Nqobile...

How would your friends describe you?

I am a person of excellence and very particular about how things are done.

On the other hand, I’m a visionary and I’m open to change. It’s always good

to have a Plan B.

Are your children following in your footsteps?

My eldest daughter is 22, my son is 17 and my youngest daughter is six. My

eldest daughter is a fashion designer and assists me at big events. The little

one is obsessed with watching YouTube videos about make-up and says that

she wants to be a vlogger.

With August being Women’s Month, what important message do you

have for your daughters about womanhood?

Take care of yourself. Take care of how you see yourself and how the world

sees you. Make sure you are healthy and happy. The world needs strong

women. We do so much for everyone else, but we need to focus on

ourselves sometimes.

August 2019 Get It Joburg West 19

EST. 1991




Same Quality. Same Service. New Look !


Rock Cottage Center, Honeydew

082 855 0700



What started out as a way to

earn pocket-money soon turned

into a passion and lifelong

career for the talented creator of

fine jewellery … Pedro da Silva.

Designing beautiful things has been in his

blood from a young age as Pedro began

collecting crystals and gemstones at the

age of 10, making jewellery on request

from his school friends for pocket-money.

When he was about 13 years old, he used

to watch his brother-in-law design and

create gorgeous handmade jewellery.

‘I fell in love with the industry and knew

from that moment that it was going to be

my dream career. Now … 28 years later,

I am still here … designing high-quality

pieces of jewellery that are irresistible and

will mesmerise you once you see them.

Pedro owns a charming business in

Honeydew and after all these years his

favourite part of his job is the reaction

he gets when a client sees their jewellery

for the first time. ‘Special moments like

that puts the whole team on such an

emotional high. It’s one of the greatest

feelings, knowing that you put a smile on

someone’s face.’

Pedro is always up for any challenge and

said that the large variety of designs they

make keeps the work interesting. His aim

is to make every person who wears his

jewellery feel special.

‘We value our customers as important

and special. We manufacture our

jewellery with special attention to the

craftsmanship and we put huge amounts

of effort and care into our jewellery so

that we can offer something unique and


After 28 years, Pedro decided to use the

Da Silva family crest as their logo and

so their new look was born. ‘My family

crest has always been important to me

and I wanted to share our longevity and

trusted name in the jewellery industry in a

more personal way. I am proud that now,

people see my name alongside my family

crest. What hasn’t changed is our service,

quality and expertise and the shop

interior which is still loved by whoever

visits our store.’

His proudest achievement came about

when they ran a survey among all their

clients in 2018 and asked them if they

thought that their shop was the best

manufacturing jewellers in Johannesburg

and more than 1 000 voted 'yes'.

‘We are very proud that our clients think

so highly of us. What sets us apart from

other jewellery designers is loads of effort

and consistent hard work.

We put masses of effort and love into

our manufacturing, our quality and our


Details: Call Pedro da Silva on 082 855 0700,

email him at, visit

his website at or

visit him at Shop 16, Rock Cottage Centre,

corner of John Vorster and Christiaan de

Wet Roads, Honeydew.

Pedro at work:

I’m inspired by … Harry Winston, a

famous diamond dealer and jeweller.

My favourite metal is … platinum.

My favourite stone is a … fancy

yellow diamond.

Would like to design a jewellery

item for … Jeannie D.

Biggest engagement and wedding

trend now … rose gold is creeping

in and diamonds are still the most

popular stone by far.

EST. 1991





Satisfy your comfort food cravings with smashing, feel-good,

hearty favourites at Shack Express – Coffee & Art.


Waffle stacks – for dessert or breakfast? You decide ... Fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside and topped with fresh bursts

of blueberry, perfectly creamy ice cream and a dash of syrup.

22 Get It Joburg West August 2019

Take a look at what

we found, tasted and



Art is the perfect country-style

eatery for those who want to feel

like they’ve escaped the city while

remaining in it. We can easily

define their food as homely, heartwarming

and belly-filling … the

kind of nosh that is well worth the

drive. We were hugely impressed

by their simple menu – not too

many choices but enough to cater

for everyone’s taste. Smashing

breakfasts, consistently good

coffee, Cheezas, a Shack-style

burger (made with a freshly baked

waffle instead of a bun), gourmet

shakes (think lavender and rose or

coconut Lindt!) and cake tasting

platter are well renowned. A lovely

nursery offers a perfect excuse

to do some plant shopping, not

to mention the home décor shop

– there’s local hand-made and

painted art, antique finds, pots,

concrete décor, chalk paint … the

list is endless! And bring the kids

along – there is a dedicated play

area and loads of space to run

around! Head on over, you will not

be disappointed! Details: Contact

them on 082 824 6960 or visit them

on the M5, Muldersdrift.

The chicken, fig, halloumi and blue cheese really make this salad sing.

Cheeza with bacon, feta

and peppadew


1 slice of bread (any of your choice);

250ml grated Cheddar; 45–60ml tangy

mayonnaise; 1 spring onion (green and

white parts), finely chopped; 125ml

chopped bacon; 125ml roughly chopped

peppadews; Danish feta; salt and pepper

to taste


Heat the oven to 160°C.

Fry the bacon until cooked.

Mix the cheese, mayo, spring onion, salt

and pepper well.

Spread a little butter on the slice of bread.

Spoon the mixture onto the slice of bread

as evenly as possible, ensuring that you

cover the bread right to the edges.

Place the bread in the oven for about five

minutes or until the cheese in the centre

starts to melt. Top with the peppadews,

bacon and feta. Garnish with microgreens.

August 2019 Get It Joburg West 23





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Not all plants are high maintenance ... In fact, some are happier if you leave them

alone and water them less often! Succulents are those plants ...

Avoid killing your succulents

LIGHT: You’d think that cacti and other

plants that are found naturally in hot,

dry climates would like as much sun

as possible. Not quite. Try to find spots

where your succulents are close to a light

source, but not in the hottest direct sun,

which can burn tender, fleshy leaves. Play

around with your pots and take notice of

which succulents do best in certain spots.

You’ll know if your plant isn’t getting

enough light because it will ‘stretch’

toward the light, with leggy, long stems

that look like they’re leaning. You can

avoid this by moving your plant closer

to the light and/ or rotating the pot now

and then to expose both sides.

WATER & DRAINAGE: We’ve all heard that

succulents don’t require as much water

as other plants. And over-watering can

indeed be a problem, because succulents

store water in their fleshy stems and

leaves. Too much water can cause plants

to rot. But less water doesn’t mean no

water. Your succulents need a little love

24 Get It Joburg West August 2019

to flourish. For smaller pots, water about

once a week, or when the soil feels dry.

For larger pots, about once every two

weeks, or when the soil feels dry. If your

pots have drainage, put them in the

sink or tub and give them a good soak.

You can skip moving your plants if they

have a tray or dish for runoff. If your pots

don’t have drainage holes (think antique

wooden crates, coffee cups or terrariums),

give them a drink, enough to wet the soil

without water pooling at the top.

SOIL: Succulents need soil that drains,

so regular potting soil or dirt from your

garden won’t do. Mix potting soil with

sand, pumice, or perlite. The key to the

success of any soil mix for succulents is

crumbly structure. To test your soil mix,

moisten it and then squeeze with your

hands: the mixture should not form a

lump, but instead should crumble loosely.


If you notice large gaps on the stem

in between the leaves, your succulent

isn’t getting enough light. Move it to

a sunnier position.

Succulents love the

direct sun, but if yours

are sitting in the same

spot day after day, it’s

probable that only

one side is getting

enough light. Rotate

the plants often.

Succulents will lean

towards the sun, so

rotating them

will help them stand

up straight.

Crassula muscosa or ‘Rastafari) grows

10–15cm high and is named for its dreadlock-like

stems covered in overlapping

scales. It’s happy in sun and semi-shade.

Its unusual texture and colour make a

good contrast to other crassulas in mass

plantings. Get it for R29 and R295 for

the planter from the Rusty Rose Nursery.

Details: 064 686 0669, rustyrose.nursery@ or visit them at Antique Shack

on the M5, Muldersdrift.

Gasteria is a medium-sized succulent

that grows 18cm tall. Typically it has dark

green, sharp, triangular leaves, channelled

on their upper surface and with

sharp points at their tips. Gasteria succulents

need little water. Fertiliser should

be limited to once in spring, both for

houseplants and those planted outdoors.

Get both the succulent and planter for

only R200 from the Rusty Rose Nursery.

Details: 064 686 0669, rustyrose.nursery@ or visit them at Antique Shack

on the M5, Muldersdrift.

Spread the love


Using a clean, sharp blade, cut the stem where your plant is trying to grow a

shoot. Take your cutting, let it callus over for a few days, and then place it in a

container with succulent-specific soil. Gently cover it with the soil, without fully

burying it. Just as you do with your full-grown succulent plants, don’t over-water

these delicate babies.


The key to this method is to gently pluck off the plump, healthy leaf, right where

the leaf meets the stem. Be sure not to break or rip it – if you do, it won’t grow.

As with the stem cuttings, allow the leaves to callus over before placing them on

top of a bed of soil. Don’t cover them with soil, just keep them damp. After three

or so weeks, baby succulents will sprout, and eventually the mother leaf will dry

up and fall off. This is an indicator that the baby plant needs to be potted.

Succulents are very

trendy right now

and can be used

in wedding decor,

bridal bouquets or as

thoughtful gifts for

guests. They can give

a wedding a rustic feel

and you don’t have

to worry about your

flowers wilting before

your big day is over.

Hoya kerrii is a semi-succulent, with

thick waxy leaves, flowers and stems

and is extremely easy to care for.

They like to live in bright sun (but can

tolerate bright indirect light) in a welldrained

pot and don’t need tons of

water. Water every two or three weeks,

or when soil is completely dry and the

leaves start to wrinkle. Happy to climb

up a trellis or cascade over the sides

of its pot, Hoya kerrii is one of those

must-have plants for any collector. R25

from the Rusty Rose Nursery. Details:

064 686 0669, rustyrose.nursery@gmail.

com or visit them at Antique Shack on

the M5, Muldersdrift.

August 2019 Get It Joburg West 25



We've put together our top

garden tasks and tips for the month.

We’re planting …

Osteospermum ecklonis (sometimes referred to as African

marguerite) ‘Purple Sun’, a new variety with vivid flowers that

announce the beginning of spring. The blooms feature several

shades of orange that fade into a deep purple ring at the centre

of the flower. Forms a compact, well-branched plant, 25cm high

and 40cm wide, with an abundance of flowers. Grow ‘Purple Sun’

in full sun and in ordinary garden soil that’s been well composted.

They also look good in containers and hanging baskets. In coastal

gardens, plants should be sheltered from the wind. Fertilise in

spring and again in autumn. Water regularly but don’t over-water

as the plant can tolerate moderately dry soil.

Garden tasks:

August is a windy

month; secure

climbers and stake

newly planted

trees. Check the

ties of standard roses

and all other standard

plants that are supported

by stakes.

• In very cold areas, delay

winter rose pruning

until the middle or

end of August.

• Increase watering to

once a week for most


• Fertilise all plants. Flowering

plants should get 5:1:5 or

3:1:5 and shrubs and trees 2:3:2

(or their organic alternatives).

Fuchsias like a nitrogen-rich

fertiliser at the beginning of

the season.

• Remove the spent flowers of

primulas, petunias, pansies and

violas to encourage them to keep

on flowering.

• Give the lawn its spring treatment.

Rake out all the dead grass and then


cut the lawn with the lawnmower

on its lowest setting. The compacted

ground can be spiked with a garden

fork or a hollow tine fork. Apply lawn

fertiliser and water in well.

• If the lawn has hollows, is uneven or

there are dead patches, level it with

lawn dressing. Fertilise and water well.

• Remove leaves from gutters and fix any broken

ones. Why not call in a plumber to set up a system

that diverts rainwater from the gutters into a tank?

• Clean the garden furniture and treat any wooden

garden furniture. Check with your paint shop for

suitable products.




26 Get It Joburg West August 2019

The amazing Porkbush

According to the gardening guru, Garden World’s

JJ Jansen van Rensburg, we have all heard about

the amazing Spekboom/ Porkbush, but here are a

few reasons why you should plant one ... today!

1. Indigenous – Everybody loves planting

indigenous and what better plant than this

wonderful versatile indigenous beauty.

2. Waterwise – With it being a succulent, it

most definitely is waterwise, meaning it needs

a lot less water than most plants to survive.

This makes it drought tolerant and unknown to

most, it can also withstand a lot of wind.

3. Carbon footprint – So what exactly does the

Porkbush have to do with our carbon footprint?

This plant has the ability to absorb and store 100

times more carbon than most other plants of

the same size – neutralising and absorbing our

overproduced CO₂ air pollution.

4. Edible – Yes! This sour-tasting leaf makes a

wonderful salad and conversational topic for any

dinner party.

5. Does well in most gardens – this is very true.

You could live on a koppie, in a valley, close to

the coast or way inland in the Free State, and

this plant will grow and thrive with you.

6. Firebreak – Yes, if you are able to plant a

wide hedge around your smallholding, this

will help to prevent smaller veldfires burning

through to your property.

7. Could be used as a container, garden,

focal or general plant – No excuses! We

should all be planting this in our gardens.

Even more fantastic is the fact that it makes

stunning clusters of white or pink flowers in

summer, so yes, it is not only beautiful to us, but

it brings in an abundance of wildlife.

Indoor/ patio plant of the month …

Is the beautiful indoor mini arum lily (Zantedeschia) that

is now available in sizzling shades of pink, deepening into

burgundy. The trumpet-like flowers are available in eight

different colours and many varieties have shaded or speckled

leaves. They enjoy a warm, sunny room as plants can take

some morning sun. Water the plants as soon as the soil’s

surface is slightly dry. During spring and summer, add liquid

fertiliser to the water about every two weeks. The leaves are

toxic to cats and dogs so keep the plants out of reach.

Diarise this!

It is that time of the year again – when

art, design and nature have merged

to bring you loads of gardening ideas

and inspiration at Garden World's

Spring Festival until 1 September.

Both the new and make-over designer

gardens will showcase the latest

garden trends and clever solutions

for small outdoor spaces, using a

diversity of plants and natural hard

landscaping products. The emphasis

in the make-over designer gardens

section is on re-invent, re-decorate

and re-vamp. This section will offer

plenty of inspiration for gardeners

with a limited budget. Plus ... there are

loads of super-interesting workshops

taking place, so keep an eye on their

Facebook page, Garden World Nursery.

Details: Contact them on 011 957 2545

or visit

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We love a bush getaway ... and one where ellies drink from the pool,

the rooms are OTT comfy and the food’s five-star really is a special treat.

When you’re sitting having lunch on the verandah and an ellie

strolls past, stopping to drink from the pool in front of you, you

know you’re at a special spot.

More so when an hour later on a game drive you see a leopard

stalk, then chase and bring down a springbok, her five threemonth-old

cubs chasing after her as if to cheer her on.

We’ve just spent a couple of days at Mhondoro Safari Lodge &

Villa in the Welgevonden Game Reserve, and it was indeed a

special treat.

Although the

area’s malaria-free,

mosquito nets still

drape the beds. Very

Out of Africa!

The Honeymoon Suite ...

romance in the bush

Very casually strolling by ... the ellies are

regular, and hugely welcome, visitors to the

lodge and, more specifically, the swimming pool.

32 Get It Joburg West August 2019

The Welgevonden area is fairly

rocky and hilly, but the lodge is

built overlooking a flat plain, with a

waterhole in front to which animals

drift all day ... families of warthog

and a dazzle of zebras ... the ellies

appear to ignore it completely and

head straight for the pool, much to

the delight of the guests – most of

whom are international, so imagine

the thrill!

Besides what turned out to include

some sensational animal sightings,

a highlight of our stay was also the

food ... this five-star lodge prides itself

on the fine dining options offered,

and deservedly so. While the boma

dinner was been-there-eaten-that,

other meals were exceptional ...

think eggs Benedict with truffle oil

hollandaise or French toast with

thyme-infused honey and nuts for

breakfast, or later in the day a dish of

beetroot elements (pickled beetroot

and beetroot sorbet, goat’s cheese

and rocket, topped with pumpkin

seed ... bliss), a wonderful wild

mushroom risotto with truffle oil and

Parmesan, and quite possibly the

best rack of lamb we’ve ever eaten.

As much of this as possible comes

from the lodge’s large, flourishing

veggie and herb garden – and it’s

leaning towards being totally selfsufficient

and off-the-grid within the

next year or so.

Accommodating just 26 guests in

total, there are a few chic-African and

edgy European-decorated suites to

choose from, as well as a romantic

Honeymoon Suite, which has a

Honestly. Is there anything

more dramatically wonderful

than an African sunrise or

sunset? We think not!

Fine dining with a view.

heated plunge pool and outside

deck with day bed that overlooks

the waterhole. The suites – think

mosquito-net-draped beds and

roaring fireplaces – sleep either

two or four guests ... but there’s a

magnificent three-bedroom villa. A

marvellous choice for a family or

group of friends, the villa comes with

a private butler, chef and ranger,

is exceptionally equipped with a

pool, lounge, dining and outdoor

entertainment areas, (it even has its

own gym, for heaven’s sake).

Other standout features at the

lodge, where children of all ages are

welcome, include the underground

waterhole hide, which is connected

to the main lodge by a tunnel,

allowing you to safely race off and

see the animals close up, a lovely

spa for those who need even

more spoiling than being out in

the bush provides, a heated pool

and sauna and two great areas

for youngsters – one indoors, one

out. There’s a shooting range, and

rock art excursions, bush walks and

rhino tracking, and really brilliant

yoga retreats can be arranged – get

together six or more yoga friends

and experience yoga in the bush at

dawn or sunset ... how amazing!

Rates range from R5 675 a person

a night, sharing, with children under

two free; three to nine paying 50 per

cent of the adult fee, 10 upwards

paying full rate. The Villa exclusive-use

rate is R45 455 for four guests, R9 091

per extra adult and R5 051 per extra

child between three and 11. There are,

however, often specials, so keep an eye

on the website. All rates are inclusive

of meals, selected house drinks, two

game drives a day and reserved

entrance, as well as scheduled transfers

from the Welgevonden main gate.

Children can’t go on regular game

drives, but Bumble Drives can be

arranged and there are babysitters,

as well as fun activities. The area is

malaria-free, and the drive is a little less

than three hours from Joburg and OR

Tambo airport – unless you happily

drive along in a daze and miss the N3

turn-off, when you could, as we did,

take the road (much) less travelled, in

which case add, oh, say two hours or

so to your drive time!


087 150 2314,

August 2019 Get It Joburg West 33



A two night stay for two

in the Natal Midlands

If you’re jolly lucky, you’ll have already visited Brahman Hills in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

This spot, in the 1 000 hectare Blue Crane Reserve, has for a while been a top choice for weddings,

conferences and idyllic country escapes. Now the 4-star destination has just added a new option we can’t

wait to experience ... Springholm Cottages. Just four-and-a-half kms from the hotel, these cottages are

self-catering, but you’re close enough to the main venue to enjoy, if you wish, the extensive facilities - we’re

talking two great restaurants, two lovely chapels (the Glass Chapel overlooking a lake, and the new Valley

View Chapel, built partially underground), a purpose-built venue for conferences and private functions, and

a state-of-the-art spa (trust us, you’ll want to book something relaxing and pampering here). If you can

bear to leave, you can visit the Midlands Meander and the neighbouring The Windmills Kitchen. Details: or 033 266 6965. We’re giving one reader the change to take a partner for a two

night, midweek break in one of these new self-catering Springholm Cottages at Brahman Hills. The prize, on

a bed and breakfast basis, includes a dinner at 89 on Copper. To enter, simply visit Get It National Magazines

on Facebook, like our Springholm Spoil post, and tag a friend. Entries close August 25.

34 Get It Joburg West August 2019

Couple: Lothar & Jeanette

Photograph by: Chantelle Van Der Merwe Photography

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