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An eye-to-eye encounter
with wildlife at Mhondoro
The dirt on all
a two night stay
in the Natal
A quirky hip hop artist & a running-in-heels image consultant
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WHY DON’T YOU ...
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
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
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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.
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 email@example.com.
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
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: www.howler.co.za or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: www.howler.co.za or email@example.com.
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: www.decorex.co.za.
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Spoil the women in your
life with our Women’s
Our signature Love and Gratitude
30min facial, which leads into a
60min full body warm rose
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
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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.
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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Check out our roundup of fab finds
Body & Soul range
consists of hand and
body wash/ cream,
soap, bath salts, room/
linen sprays, scatter
pouches and luxe
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 www.hoppyhearts.co.za.
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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
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 soylites.co.za.
A duo of
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: www.makersmark.com.
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 mistyhills.co.za.
August 2019 Get It Joburg West 11
Martin Headger and
Kesantha Naidoo and
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
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
and Lois de Wet
Vasti and Carmi Kruger
August 2019 Get It Joburg West 13
Text: JACO-MARI FUTCHER. Photographer: JACO BOTHMA. Hair and make-up: ANTOINETTE DE BEER. Venue: AVIANTO. Flowers: EVENT INSPIRATIONS.
OF HIP HOP
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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
'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
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
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
'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
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
'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
After their break-up, she had to build
herself back up again. During this
time, her family and friends were
'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
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
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
Moedertaal is available at Musica, all
digital platforms or can be ordered
from Besembos Productions. Details:
078 246 5799 or email@example.com
/ firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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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.
Text: JACO-MARI FUTCHER. Right hand page image: RIALIEN FURSTENBERG
16 Get It Joburg West August 2019
WHAT IS A CHEMICAL PEEL?
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.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A
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.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO BEFORE
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
HOW MANY PEELS WOULD I NEED?
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.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
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
THE POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS?
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
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
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
How did you go from being
a banker to becoming an
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
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,
email@example.com or follow her on
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
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AFTER 28 YEARS, WE HAVE DECIDED TO REBRAND
Same Quality. Same Service. New Look !
Rock Cottage Center, Honeydew
082 855 0700
A CUT ABOVE THE REST
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, visit
his website at www.pedrodasilva.co.za 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
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.
Satisfy your comfort food cravings with smashing, feel-good,
hearty favourites at Shack Express – Coffee & Art.
Text and images: RIALIEN FURSTENBERG.
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.
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Take a look at what
we found, tasted and
SHACK EXPRESS – Coffee &
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
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
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
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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
will help them stand
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@
gmail.com 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@
gmail.com or visit them at Antique Shack
on the M5, Muldersdrift.
Spread the love
PROPAGATE FROM CUTTINGS
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.
PROPAGATE BY LEAVES
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.
• August is a windy
climbers and stake
trees. Check the
ties of standard roses
and all other standard
plants that are supported
• 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
• Remove the spent flowers of
primulas, petunias, pansies and
violas to encourage them to keep
• 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
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
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.
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 www.gardenworld.co.za.
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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
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.
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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
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, mhondoro.com
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:
www.brahmanhills.co.za 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.
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Couple: Lothar & Jeanette
Photograph by: Chantelle Van Der Merwe Photography
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