Behind the seams
with fashion designer
bliss in Bali
A luxe table setting & festive eats
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DEC/JAN 2019 - 2020
WHY DON’T YOU ...
4 ‘Tis the season to be jolly ...
7 A trio of brilliant books for the holidays
8 Oh ... how we love a touch of green!
10 Make-up madness
11 Inspired by beauty
12 Fashion forward
13 Cuppa for CANSA
14 Shené Olivier tells us more about her green fingers, a famous
lookalike and how she got to know herself
16 Kevin Britz shares his tips for surviving the festive season
24 Pastry Chef Phillimon Mugwambani chats about his
dream job and humble beginnings in Zimbabwe
20 This festive season we’re going to shine!
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
22 Last minute stocking stuffers!
FOOD & DRINKS
26 If ever there was a time to drink, eat and be merry, it’s now.
30 We’re sipping on these wines all summer long!
32 A luxe table setting
36 Charming chalk paint projects
40 We’ve put together our top garden tasks and tips
48 The spirit of Bali
9 A cake of your choice
30 A hamper of four Robertson wines, plus a yoga mat
36 A hamper of Tjhoko Paint’s three new colours
50 Win 70 bottles of Roodeberg wines
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A hot date!
‘Tis the season to be jolly ...
Bring the family along for the
Wonderland of Lights at
the Walter Sisulu National Botanical
Garden from 6pm to 10pm from 1
December to 4 January. With over
100 imported Christmas lights on
display, The Wonderland of Lights
will outshine any other family holiday
activity this festive season. Bring a
picnic basket and blankets or stroll
through the stalls and food vendors
with your family. Cost: R200 for a
family package (two adults and two
kids). Details: www.miid.co.za.
West Side Craft & Food
Market from 10am to 3pm
at Ramkiki Country Restaurant &
Conference Centre. Secure parking,
no entrance fee and pets welcome.
Details: Chanelle on 081 500 6884.
Celebrate the start of the
festive season at Ngwenya
Country Market, Muldersdrift from
9am to 4pm. Enjoy the market in the
countryside just in time to shop for
Christmas gifts and treats. Entrance is
free. Details: 011 796 3000.
No need to worry about going to the beach as Silverstar will bring
the Beach Festival to you this holiday! The beach party will be
going strong from 5 December to 11 January. Enjoy the cool water,
relax on the beach or with a sunset cocktail. There will also be crazy
carnival rides and live entertainment, so everyone in the family is
sure to be entertained. Cost: R35 for adults, R10 for children and R20
for pensioners. Details: www.tsogosun.com/silverstar-casino.
Christmas experience at the
Real Life Church (86 Viljoen
Street, Krugersdorp North) on 4, 5
and 6 December from 6pm to 10pm
daily. Spectacular lights, kids activities,
live characters, Christmas market,
delicious food, Christmas Carols, mini
train rides and much more! Cost: R10
per person (all proceeds go to the
Door of Care and Safety).
Cradlestone Mall Night
Market on 5 and 20
December from 5pm to 9pm. Don’t
miss out on the good food, great
vibes, amazing Gin and much more!
Cedar Tree Craft Night
Market from 6pm to 10pm
at Khosa Sports Club, Krugersdorp.
Secure parking, no entrance fee and
pets are welcome. Details: Chanelle on
081 500 6884.
West Side Craft & Food
Night Market from 6pm to
10pm at Ramkiki Country Restaurant
& Conference Centre. Secure parking,
no entrance fee and pets welcome.
Details: Chanelle on 081 500 6884.
Visit Cedar Tree Craft Market
from 10am to 3pm at Khosa
Sports Club, Krugersdorp for their
monthly market. Secure parking, no
entrance fee and pets are welcome.
Details: Chanelle on 081 500 6884.
Get ready for two days of all
things wedding at the Bridal
Expo, Oakfield Farm on 25 and 26
January from 9.30am. There will be
more than 180 wedding vendors,
a free fashion show, great food,
live entertainment and great prize
giveaways. Cost: R100 per person
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A trio of brilliant books for the holidays
Oh my. Joy of joys! A new book
from Jojo Moyes, just in time for the
holidays. Inspired by a remarkable
true story, the book is described
as ‘the unforgettable journey of
five extraordinary women living in
extraordinary and perilous times’.
The Giver of Stars is the story of
Alice Wright, a woman who leaves
England for America, only to discover
that swapping the twitching curtains
of suburbia for being the wife of an
American businessman and living in
the wild mountains of Kentucky isn’t,
actually, the answer to her prayers.
Then she meets Margery O’Hara, a
woman who isn’t afraid of anything
or anyone. And a woman
on a mission! The pair, along with
three others, join up and, ignoring
obvious dangers and loads of social
disapproval, travel hundreds of
miles a week to deliver books to
isolated families. When a body is
found in the mountains, and one
of the group becomes a suspect,
their newly formed friendship is put
to the test. The Giver of Stars is
unputdownable. Penguin, R270
Ever since reading the marvellous Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight, we’ve
pounced on any new Alexandra Fuller with delight (unlike her mother, who
thinks they’re ‘dreadful’). Just released is Travel Light, Move Fast, a tribute to
Alexandra’s father, who died unexpectedly – and not with the drama the family
expected – in Budapest, ‘the poor man’s Paris’. Read in equal parts of envy and
horror – her parents launched from one calamity to the next, fuelled with gin
and in a haze of cigarette smoke, along with the children, a handful of dogs and
a collection of orange Le Creuset pots – the memoir jumps from present to past.
Alexandra tells of the lessons her father taught her. Lessons about life, love, loss
and tragedy. Lessons that led her to cope with the loss of her father, of the fallout
with her sister, and of the unbearable final bereavement she reveals in the final
chapter, when you may find yourself, as we did, holding the book further away
than normal, so as to distance yourself from the grief she pours into the pages.
Brilliantly written, heartbreaking, and often laugh-out-loud funny. You don’t need
much more from a great read, really. Profile Books, R300. • If there was ever anyone
as glam as the marvellous Jackie Kennedy Onassis, it was her sister, Lee. One of
the most iconic women of her time – and the favourite of their rakish father, John
‘Black Jack’ Vernou Bouvier – she lived in the shadow of her older sister, their
mother’s favourite. Both had a keen eye for beauty – in fashion, design, painting,
music, dance, sculpture, poetry – and both were talented artists. Both loved
prerevolutionary Russian culture. Both adored the blinding sunlight, calm seas and
ancient olive groves of Greece. But the two, although extremely close, were hugely
competitive and their relationship included much rivalry and jealousy. When Jackie
died and her will was read, Lee discovered that cash bequests were left to family,
friends and staff, but nothing to her. ‘I have made no provision in this my Will for
my sister, Lee B. Radziwill, for whom I have great affection, because I have already
done so during my lifetime,’ it read. The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters by Sam Kashner
and Nancy Schoenberger, who had many candid interviews with Lee, explores the
tragic and glamorous lives of these two fascinating women. HarperCollins, R310.
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Oh ... how we love a touch of green!
Shop local online
Tania Sutherland Boutique’s online
shop has taken the West Rand by storm.
They offer versatile and easy-to-wear
timeless styles for your wardrobe. Plus
... they stock everything from the new
two-tone infinity dresses and jumpsuits
to Olga Bolga shoes, kimono wrap
jackets, trendy handbags, pillowcases,
Busy Bitch Collection, and coffee mugs.
The boutique premises shared with the
Stitching Studio Academy, offering notto-be-missed
monthly workshops on
how to refashion your clothing as well
as styling your image for your body
shape. Details: 082 566 0602, www.
taniasutherland.co.za or follow them on
Facebook, ‘Tania Sutherland Page’
Dish up your
them for R350
from Poetry at
Clearwater Mall or
Heading to the beach
this holiday? For a
successful (and light
on the arm) beach
day, we all need the
perfect bag to throw
in all of the essentials:
a towel, the latest
read, and a bottle of
canvas shopper bag
for only R99 from
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Zero just happened
We’re mad about the new Zero Bar shampoo … a proudly
local product that’s concentrated, water-free, plastic-free
and cruelty-free. Designed to last through between 55
and 70 hair washes, outlasting most bottled shampoos,
there are four to choose from (called the four Bar Bros)
… a Argan bar (liquid gold, filled with nutrients), Jojoba (a
real hair booster), the Moringa bar (which strengthens and
rejuvenates your hair) and Wild Desert Melon (surprisingly
light, with easily absorbed oil). All four have loads of
nutrients, vitamins and minerals, and promise to clean,
enrich, moisturise, condition, shine, strengthen, nourish,
soothe and repair. Only available on line at the moment,
they cost R75 each, or R300 for a pack (all the same, or one
of each). Details: www.zerobar.co.za.
Zesty grapefruit with just a hint of
bitterness. This summer we’re drinking the
just-launched Fitch & Leedes Grapefruit
Tonic. This coral-hued drink with a delicate
fizz is perfect for those who’re avoiding
alcohol … a slice of grapefruit, a sprig
of thyme, loads of ice and you have a
refreshing mocktail. For those who like
a little merriment in their glass, it’s also
really great with premium vodka or tequila.
And it’s sensational for a crisp, refreshing
G&T. Try it with Hope on Hopkins African
Botanical Gin, with a few muddled berries
and mint. Bliss. Lovely at lunchtime in the
sun, fabulous for sundowners … it’s our
new fave! About R55 for a six-pack of cans,
R50 for a four-pack of glass bottles. Details:
A slice of Christmas
We admit we love a traditional
fruit cake. But not everyone does,
so we always make sure we’ve got
something special for our Christmas
lunch … something guaranteed to please
everyone. This year we’re fancying this lovely
got a voucher
for one reader to win
a cake of her choice. To
enter, visit our Get It Joburg
West Facebook page, like
the competition post, tag a
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Vanilla Dream torte, layered with Chantilly cream and topped with
white chocolate shavings, from Chateau Gateaux. Add a few sprigs
of appropriate greenery and some festive pomegranate seeds
and … voilà … Christmas on a plate. Other cakes we’re stocking
up on for the festive season are the Southern Red Velvet cake
(looks Christmassy with no effort at all) and their Passionate Lemon
Cheesecake (a heavenly combo of passion fruit and lemon on a
golden gingerbread crumble base … perfect for when it’s too hot
for anything heavy). Details: chateaugateaux.co.za.
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Almarie Katzke and
Janine Ferreira and Rosa van Niekerk
Ryno Mulder and
Mieke Korff and
Charmz Noordheuwel offered make-up
lovers the opportunity to experience a
masterclass hosted by the very talented
Ryno Mulder from Makeup by Ryno at
Hoërskool Monument. With his worldclass
skills he demonstrated everything
from contouring, highlighting, and
soft glam, to his glamorous signature
celebrity make-up look, sharing all his
beauty secrets ... It was a delightful
morning of fun, make-up and
exceptionally good company!
Bianca du Plessis and
Maritza Herbst and Therese Pretorius
Nadia Meiring and Chineque Bekker
Sonja Uys and Daleen Burger
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van Rensburg and
Riva Schoeman and Annemarie Swart
Ernust and Lizel van der Westhuizen
Inspired by beauty
SA’s Glam Guru, Hannon Bothma, is the epitome of class and
sophistication, and his new cerise pink rose is an extension of that style ...
The Hannon rose, cultivated and grown by Malanseuns, was unveiled to
the world in the company of celebrities such as Brümilda van Rensburg
and Lizz Meiring during a fabulous high tea at Garden World.
Annelize and Frank Campher
Esther Swanepoel and Karia Brits
Jimie Malan, Panda du Preez and Jolandi Malan
Lana Vorster, Rita Geldenhuys and Bernice Swanepoel
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Rufaro Samanya and Phumzile Ntsibande
Philda Samanga and Maureen Mabilo
Two student designers from the Stitching Studio Academy launched their
own fabulous designer collections during the long-anticipated opening of
Tania Sutherland's online Boutique & Gift shop. Inspiring women of all ages,
Philda Samanga and Maureen Mabilo showed that it's never too late to realise
your dreams and step into the fashion industry. Philda's African collection and
Maureen's plus-sized clothing were modelled during the opening and received
many well-deserved ohs and ahs from the crowd.
Busisiwe Mkhonza, Lindokuhle Mkhonza and Tshepiso Mxasa
Audrey Ngema and Rainy Mashitisho
Inez Barnard and Carin Berrington
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Caren Grobler, Ria van Niekerk and Estelle van Niekerk
Lelanie Marais and Grethe
Lyndie Vorster and Chené Bredenhann
Cuppa for CANSA
Shack Express at Antique Shack,
Muldersdrift hosted an incredible
Cuppa for CANSA with the theme
'Spring Hat Flair'. Sonia Pretorius,
CANSA's Global Hero of Hope
2019, shared her inspiring cancer
story and the rest of the morning was
spent enjoying a motivational talk by
Danielle Steynvaardt and indulging
divine eats and treats. The women
dressed up in crazy Spring-inspired
hats for the best hat competition
while valuable pieces of art were
auctioned in aid of CANSA.
Nicole and Nadine Houlson
and Angelique Brits
Text: JACO-MARI HAASBROEK. Photographer: JACO BOTHMA. Hair: ANTOINETTE DE BEER. Make-up: KAILA BOTHA.
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Krugersdorp North's busy
bee fashion designer,
Shené Olivier is radiant,
sincere and full of fiery
passion for her career …
She tells us more about her
green fingers, a famous
lookalike and how she got
to know herself.
Shené was born to
design. She was
privileged to discover
her love for designing
very early in her life
when she used to
cut up dresses and
clothes to make new
outfits as a little girl.
‘I always knew I
wanted to design clothes, so naturally,
I went on and studied BA Fashion
Design. I wasn’t sure what exactly I
wanted to design because I realised
that commercial clothing isn’t for me,
so I tried making beautiful one-ofa-kind
creations. I fell in love with
making dresses and the rest is history.’
She started making dresses in 2016
and opened Shené Vyver Couture
in 2017. She and her assistant make
more than 100 dresses every year
(yes, 100 dresses!). Most are for
clients, but she has a few of her own
passion-projects ... Her designs are
truly breathtaking and make every
matriculant, model and bride that
wears them feel fabulous, feminine
and unique. At 25, Shené has already
established her own style and a lot
of people can recognise her designs.
She uses a lot of floral patterns,
beads, lace, and layers. What makes
her designs stand out above the rest,
is how she combines the different
details in the dress.
‘I got married a year ago and was
lucky enough to be able to design
and make my own wedding
dress as well as dresses for my five
bridesmaids, my mother, and my
grandmother. I was under a lot of
pressure because everyone expected
a spectacular dress. At the end of the
day, I decided not to worry about
what everyone else said, as long
as I felt beautiful. It was loads of fun
to make my own dress and I had a
What made her day even more special
was her mother wearing one of her
dresses. She describes her mother
as a 'plain Jane', though she looked
spectacular on Shené’s wedding day.
‘Anyone can make a beautiful dress,
but what matters most is how it makes
that person feel. I know the dress I
made for her meant a lot to both of us
and that’s why it’s my favourite dress
I’ve ever made.’
She sees herself as being privileged in
every aspect of her life. From the very
start of her career, her parents have
supported her by helping her study
and start her business.
‘I would not have come this far in my
career at such a young age without
their emotional and financial support. I
love them to bits.’
She has also done her fair share of
modelling and we have to admit, she
has the face for it. As soon as she got
comfortable in front of the camera,
she got involved with Reflekt Model
Management where she shares her
knowledge and judges competitions.
‘With one foot in the fashion industry
and the other in modelling, I also got
the opportunity to design outfits for
Top Model South Africa which was
very good exposure for me and
In 2017, she appeared on the television
screens of many South Africans
during the first TV-series of kykNET’s
Sarie Voorbladgesig. It was the fourth
time Shené entered the competition
and she made it to the Top 10. It was
also the first time the competition
was broadcast on TV, and although
she didn't win, she learned a lot
‘Seeing yourself on TV makes you
realise how other people see you
and in my case, it was a very good
thing. It was very inspiring and
empowering, because the show sent
the message that anyone can look
fabulous when their hair and makeup
are professionally done. The whole
experience made me a stronger
woman and I’ll do it again any time.’
Shené is one of the few people we
have ever met that looks just as good
barefoot as in glamorous heels. She
calls herself a flower child, not only
because she is obsessed with pretty
Shené’s gorgeous wedding dress.
Image: Celeste Cilliers Photography.
floral patterns, but because she also
loves to get her hands dirty.
‘I have green fingers, so I unwind by
taking a walk through the garden or
even doing a bit of gardening. I share
my garden and home with my Bengal
kitten and handsome hubby. After a
year of married life, I can say that it
is not what I expected at all, but I
enjoy every second of sharing my life
Her husband says she looks like Nigella
Lawson and ironically, she is just as
good a cook ... ‘I love hosting people
in our home. We make enough food
for an army and it’s usually Pinterestinspired
meals. Our friends and family
usually come and stay over for a whole
weekend because they don’t want to
miss out on any of the food.’
Shené might be down to earth, but
she adds a bit of sparkle to everyone’s
day, especially her clients. A lot of
What is #1 on your bucket
list? A month-long vacation
without my phone.
What is your biggest fear?
Dying without leaving
What is the biggest life
lesson you’ve learned?
Always be kind because
you don’t know what
people are going through.
Who do you want to design
an outfit for? The iconic
and fabulous Nataniël …
people have specific career goals but
Shené just wants to do what she loves
and help people through it. She says
that her career is an extension of her
personality and as long as she can
keep on creating beautiful dresses for
special women, she’ll be happy.
‘Yes, creating dresses for my favourite
celebrities would be exciting but
being a designer is much more than
that. I work with a lot of women and
they share a lot with me. Self-esteem
plays a big role in any woman’s life
and I believe that the world would
be a better place if we all gave
ourselves a break. For me, success is
building relationships with my clients,
contributing to their special days and
helping them build their self-esteem
by just being a friend to them.’
or follow her on Facebook, 'Shené
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Weltevreden Park’s Kevin Britz is not only the voice behind the iconic Steve from the 'Beep
Bank’ advert, he is also a formidable businessman. This behavioural, performance and
wellness coach from Business by Design shares his tips for surviving the festive season.
Image: RESONATE PHOTOGRAPHY.
How did you start a successful business
using your skills as a telemarketer,
singer/songwriter, voice-over artist,
and neurolinguistic programmer?
Since I can remember, I’ve wanted to
help people but instinctively knew that
I needed to help myself before helping
anyone else. Having been on stage
for most of my life and learning about
neurolinguistic programming in my
20s and again in my 30s, I wanted to
share useful information and a version
of what I believed worked for me. With
all my experience in voice, sales and
neurolinguistic programming, I created
a product and sold it on Gumtree to
my very first client at Nedbank. Today, I
train, coach and facilitate training and
What did you want to be when you
grew up? I wanted to become a doctor
or Michael Jackson. Both options
seemed quite lucrative and fun, but I
didn’t do either. I’m glad my choices
changed as I got older.
Steve from 'Beep Bank' is one of SA's
most iconic radio ads. Are there any
similarities between you and Steve?
I think the only similarity between
Steve and me is persistence. Damn ...
he was persistent. I find that in business
it comes with the territory, as an
unspoken rule. Other than that, Steve
and I are completely different. I’m also
quite the recluse and love my own
time, quiet time and nature.
What is your inspiration for helping
others achieve greatness? Being a dad
is my inspiration. I wouldn't be the
man I strive to be if it wasn't for my
daughter. Being a parent often carries
quite the juxtaposition in life. It can
be completely unforgiving, and the
greatest moment of your life, all at the
Is hypnotherapy like we see it in the
movies? Umm… No! People have
a hugely misguided notion of what
hypnosis is. Hypnosis is to a large
degree a guided learning state. It also
allows you to connect more specifically
to the subconscious that drives 95
per cent of our lives. Neurolinguistic
programming practitioners use
hypnosis to learn, guide and elicit
information, always with the aim
and love my
of helping individuals understand
behaviour and themselves more
specifically. Hypnosis is a great way
to relieve stress, deal with emotional
states and help people practically.
What was the last gift you gave
someone? I gave my fiancé a birthday
cake. He’d never received a cake for
his birthday before, so I decided to
wake him up with a cake, while singing
'Happy Birthday'. Naked.
Tell us more about your love for beer,
travel, and music … I have been
fortunate enough to travel to a few
countries in the last two years and my
love for beer stems from travelling. I
love experiencing new cultures and
the history of a country, and beer just
happened to be one of the major
ones I brought home with me. My
love for music stems from a very early
age when I had asthma. I was put on a
ventilator at night when I was younger
and my mother didn’t know how to
keep me occupied at 2am. She would
give me headphones and let me play
all the LPs we owned, like the Bee Gees
and Elvis, while she lay on the floor
next to me sleeping. I think this may be
the reason I love music so much – and
my mom was my hero.
What three things would you not be
able to live without when stranded on
an island? My daughter, my cellphone
(with signal ...) and an asthma pump – I
would be the worst Survivor candidate.
What’s the most interesting thing
you’ve ever read? Law of Success by
Napoleon Hill. He writes about 'the
ether'. The ether being about the
spaces in between the spaces, which
we human beings can’t see.
Pick a song title that best reflects the
story of your life … I am the One and
Only by Chesney Hawkes.
If you could have any superpower,
what would it be and why? I would
love to have the power of flying. I don’t
like traffic and travelling would be
such a joy!
Reading on the beach, wandering
around an art museum or scuba
diving? I love art museums near a
beach in Hawaii. Options are key!
If you could be a slogan on a T-shirt
– what would it say? 595 ... The 5–95
rule (spend 5 per cent of your time
planning, and 95 per cent of your
Details: 084 414 1852, kevin@
businessbydesign.co.za or www.
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Clear e r
Nothing feels els as
good as getting i g rid of
things that you u haven’t
used in six months. So many
people won’t have anything
to share and you could give
something you don’t
use to someone who
might need ed it.
Surviving the January blues
Inherently, we compare January to gloomy, dull and boring Monday mornings
filled with meetings that could have just been an email, and concentrate on the
slightly overweight and underpaid moments of January. We've been taught to
not have enough. To not be happy enough, to be hard on ourselves for every
misdemeanour during the past holiday. Take a moment and stop doing this!
A great way to get through January is:
Bargain hunt: Plan how you are going to stick to a budget and take some
time to find bargains in your local area.
Carpool: If you work with someone who lives nearby, why not carpool. It
just saves money and it’s good for the environment ...
Connect: Join a group that inspires you in some small way and not
something that meets misery head-on. Remember, misery loves company.
Ideally, a parkrun would be best because it will not only help you deal with
the extra weight and empty wallet – it will also connect you with people.
Coping with the holiday season
We tend to miss the people who are not with
us any more, we stress about the money
we don’t have for things we can’t buy and
invariably it’s a challenge for many.
Stay connected: A challenge we face in
the world today is connecting to people
around us. Family and friends seem close
on Facebook but yet so very far away.
Take some time, schedule a catch-up or go
for a family walk. Connecting is good for
Keep to a routine: Very often we tend to
fall into debilitating habits like eating too
much or too much sleeping. Check your
daily habits and stick to them.
In-laws: Just the thought of having your
in-laws spend Christmas with you this
holiday season may send some people
over the edge, but this year, just let it be.
Take a step back, watch and listen. Some
studies show that listening enables more
communication than talking, since we can
hear faster than we speak. So, when the
mother-in-law criticises your parenting
skills or how much weight you’ve gained
since she last saw you ... just listen.
If you are alone this Christmas
• Create a feelings journal and take some
time to write down everything you feel
every day. Just pay attention to yourself
and pay attention to what you pay
attention to. Thoughts create things and
the more you take the time to think and
contemplate and understand, the more
you build self-awareness.
• Set a timer for five minutes and
complain. Scream, shout and complain as
much as you want, but only for those five
minutes and then laugh at how well you
complained. This works for crying too.
• It will come as no surprise that people
don’t know what they want, because they
never took the time to plan how to get
it. Give yourself options for how to get to
where you want to go. The more options
you have to choose from, the more routes
you have to get there.
• Laugh, laugh and laugh some more ...
Laughter affects our bodies and brains in
ways we can’t even begin to understand.
Some research shows that when your
body is in a certain state, it functions from
that same state – it’s almost impossible
for your brain to connect happiness and
laughter to the state of anger, fear or
panic. So go to a comedy show, watch
some YouTube or find every possible
opportunity to laugh.
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Sparkling eyes ... we’re besotted with
this Clarins Eyeshadow ... and admit
this season we’re wearing it day
and night. Because ... holiday!
R355 from Woolworths.
Silver or gold? One of each please! Essence Shine Last and Go gel varnish
in a sparkling silver (shade 28) or glam gold (shade 40), R29,95 each from
Dis-Chem • Four AMAZING shimmery shades in this Sorbet Eye to Eye
Smoky Jo eyeshadow quad. R179,95 from Sorbet salons or sorbet.co.za.
A touch of midnight blue always attracts
(the right kind of ) attention. Try NYX
Chromatic Lip Gloss in Midnight Chaos
(R179,99 from Clicks), and Mavala Crayon
Lumiere Eye Shadow in Bleu Saphir (R187
We’re wearing just one
fragrance this festive
season ... and it’s Azzaro
Wanted Girl. A Floral
it’s massively desirable.
From R940 at your local
Compiled by: KYM ARGO. Photographer: MEGAN BRETT
TheraVine Face Relaxant
Ampoules are great for reducing the
appearance of wrinkles, especially
those on the forehead and around
the eyes. Each ampoule contains
a ready-to-use dose. Simply twist,
squeeze, apply and bye-bye lines!
R872 from theravine.co.za.
Perfect party-ready looks need great prep. We’re fans of this Vichy trio ... Aqualia
Thermal Dynamic Hydration Pot Light Cream (R395), LiftActiv Supreme
Serum 10 (R575) and Mineral 89, a daily booster which fortifies and plumps
(R450). All from Clicks and Dis-Chem.
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Three of the six pretty party shades in NYX Ultimate Edit
eye palette, R240 from Clicks.
When the stars
come out to play
Midnight skies and twinkling stars ... we’re in the mood to
party. And this festive season we’re going g to shine!
in shade 60,
Malva Mini Nail Colour in Austin ... a lovely shiny silver. R87 from Dis-Chem and Woolworths • Wrinkles. Firmness. Radiance.
Dark Circles. Puffiness. Tick, tick and tick. All sorted with Filorga NCEF-Reverse Eyes, a supreme, multi-correction eye cream
that really does work. Beautifully! R1 115 from Edgars and Clicks • Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish really is
a game-changer in the realm of exfoliators ... it’s by far one of the best we’ve ever tried. This face scrub polishes your skin to
a gorgeous, silky softness ... pores and dark spots are visibly reduced. LOVE! R995 from dermastore.co.za • For gorgeous hair ...
Biosense Spoil Super Powerful Oil, R280 from splush.co.za/brand/biosense.
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Gucci Bloom Acqua Di Fiori Eau de
Toilette (50ml), R1 485, Edgars.
SoyLites Energise Maxi-Lite (200ml)
with Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Geranium
& Ginger, R200, www.soylites.co.za.
Bordallo Pinheiro Leaves Banana Leaf
Platter, R1 299, Yuppiechef.com.
Winging It book,
phone case, R199
Last minute stocking stuffers!
Pick n Pay
Pelican Menagerie luxury
cushion cover, R550,
R1 399, Poetry.
Sorbet Tranquil Green Tea Body
Souffle (250ml), R99, Clicks.
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The SWEET life
Diepsloot's Tichaona Phillimon Mugwambani has come a long way in his culinary career.
He chats about his dream job and humble beginnings in Zimbabwe.
Text & main image: JACO-MARI HAASBROEK. Food images: RIALIEN FURSTENBERG.
His love for all things
sweet started at a
young age as he
grew up with a
mother who baked
cakes and made
daily. Now he is a qualified pâtissier at
Dolci Café – a quaint traditional Italian
restaurant in the city.
'I've always had a sweet tooth and
even before I went to school, I knew
I wanted to create immaculate desserts
because it was a prominent part
of my childhood. One of my most
memorable experiences as a child was
eating my mother's amazing red
When we say he had humble
beginnings, we mean it. After high
school, he worked for a construction
company for about a year. When
he moved from Zimbabwe to
Johannesburg, he started as a sculleryhand
in a hotel in Fourways and
never thought that he would one day
become a pastry chef ...
'I was just a scullery-hand but showed
great interest in food, especially
desserts, and I started to help out
in the kitchen after I'd washed all
the dishes. I was later promoted to
assistant baker. All my dreams were
starting to come true.'
After three years as an assistant baker,
he joined Dolci Café. He has been
part of their team of brilliant chefs for
the last two years while completing a
diploma in patisserie at the HTA School
of Culinary Art.
'Working with cakes, pastries, and
desserts is the best part of my job
because I get to play around and
create something new that tastes
wonderful. I can work on my own and
experiment until I have perfected a
new recipe. A lot of the special desserts
on the menu are my own creations.'
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Short & sweet:
Your favourite cuisine ... Italian - I love pasta!
The secret to being a successful pastry chef ... patience, loads of it.
Team player or lone wolf ... I’m definitely a team player.
Your favourite dessert ... cream horns.
Your friends would describe you as ... always happy.
Your favourite ingredient to work with ... icing sugar.
While he is a master at creating and
baking delicious desserts, he also
has a knack for making them look
almost too good to eat. He prides
himself on being creative and
having an eye for detail. He loves to
play around with the plating and
presentation of his desserts.
At 30, he is not only an
accomplished pastry chef but a
family man as well ...
'I have a lovely wife and three very
cute daughters. Our twins are
four years old and the youngest is
nine months old. I spend my free
time with my family or watching
soccer. I've been a part of the
Diepsloot community for three
years and by now, everyone in my
neighbourhood asks me for desserts
or cakes because of my job.'
He appears to be a very reserved
person but he gets very enthusiastic
when he talks about his job – that's
when he gets just as vibrant as the
buzzing café he works at.
'Being a pastry chef is my dream job
and I would tell anyone who wants
to follow this career path to do it.
It's best to do it professionally and
get the qualifications, even if it takes
time. A pastry chef should have a
lot of patience because it takes a lot
of trial and error before a recipe is
perfect, but it is worth it in the end.'
Phillimon says that his culinary
journey is far from over.
'I'm qualified but that doesn't mean
that I know everything. I'm always
learning from other chefs. I'm always
trying to learn and create more.'
Try these sweet delights made by Phillimon:
Cream cheese apple coffee cake
125ml butter, softened; 125ml brown
sugar; 60ml white sugar; 1 egg; 60ml
vegetable oil; 2,5ml vanilla; 375ml flour;
2,5ml bicarbonate of soda; 2,5ml baking
powder; 1,25ml salt; 5ml cinnamon;
375ml finely chopped apples.
Cream cheese layer ingredients:
230g cream cheese; 5ml vanilla; 45ml
180ml white sugar; 60ml brown sugar;
125ml flour; 5ml cinnamon; 2,5ml
baking powder; 0,5ml salt; 90ml
Preheat oven to 180 °C/ 350 °F and
grease a 20 x 20cm square pan.
Combine the butter and sugars for the
cake and mix until fluffy. Add the egg,
oil and vanilla, and mix until combined.
Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda,
baking powder, salt and cinnamon
and stir into the butter mixture until
combined. Stir in the apples and spread
into the square pan.
For the cream cheese layer, mix the
cream cheese, sugar and vanilla and
spread over the cake batter in the pan.
Combine all the streusel ingredients
using your hands or a pastry blender
until well combined. Sprinkle over the
cream cheese mixture.
Bake for 45 minutes or until the
topping is browned.
Serve with a scoop of ice cream.
Amarula crème brûlée
10 egg yolks; 250g sugar; 1 litre fresh cream; 1 shot Amarula.
Heat the cream in a medium saucepan just until bubbles
form around the edge.
In the meantime, whisk the egg yolks, Amarula and sugar
by hand until pale in colour. Very gradually, lightly whisk in
the hot cream. Skim off any surface bubbles.
Strain into small heatproof dishes, wider than they are
deep. Place in a roasting pan or baking dish with enough
hot water to come halfway up the sides of the dishes.
Bake at 160°C for 30 minutes or until a tester inserted in the
centre comes out clean. Cool, then chill well.
Before serving, sift about a tablespoon of castor sugar over
each custard. Place in a roasting pan filled with ice, then
slide under a hot grill until the sugar melts and caramelises.
Alternatively, use a blowtorch to melt and brown the sugar.
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If ever there was a time to drink, eat and be
merry, it’s now. And on the menu? A feast of
baked cheese, glazed ham, stuffed mushrooms,
butter cookies and chocolate tart.
You’ll need: 100g frozen cranberries;
150g Staffords cranberry jelly; 1tsp
chilli flakes; one 250g wheel of
Camembert or Brie cheese; 50g
walnuts; 3 sprigs rosemary
To make: Preheat oven to 180˚C. In a
small saucepan combine the frozen
cranberries, 100g Staffords cranberry
jelly and chilli flakes. Cook over low
heat until the cranberries are soft
and the sauce has thickened slightly,
about 5 min. Set aside.
On a baking tray, score the wheel
of cheese in a 2cm by 2cm pattern.
In the grooves insert the rosemary
leaves ... do this evenly throughout
the wheel. Spread 50g of Staffords
cranberry jelly evenly over top of
the wheel. Tie a piece of kitchen
twine around the outside of the
wheel to prevent it breaking apart
too early. Sprinkle the walnuts
around the wheel.
Bake for 8 to 10 min or until it has
become soft in the middle. This will
vary depending on the age of the
cheese. Remove from oven and
place on a serving dish. Spoon over
some of the cranberry chilli sauce
and place the rest in a dish to serve
on the side. Sprinkle with toasted
walnuts and more fresh rosemary
Serve immediately with crusty sliced
bread like sourdough or baguette.
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Honey mustard glazed ham
You’ll need: 3kg leg of ham, trimmed and
skin removed; 250ml smooth orange
marmalade; 60ml Staffords honey; 125ml
orange juice; 45 ml Staffords Dijon
mustard; cloves for studding; sage
To make: Preheat oven to 180˚C. In a
saucepan combine the marmalade, honey,
orange juice and mustard. Cook over
low heat until the glaze has thickened
slightly – about five to seven minutes. Set
aside but do not allow to cool completely.
If needed reheat over low heat for one
to two min. Score the trimmed leg of
ham into a 2cm diamond pattern. Push
a single clove Into the centre of each
diamond. Only stud the top of the ham,
or whichever side you’ll be presenting.
Place on a rack above a lined baking
sheet. Generously brush ham with glaze
and place on the lowest rack of the oven.
Every 10 min remove the ham from the
oven, rotate and brush on more glaze.
Repeat this until ham is golden brown,
about 40 to 60 minutes, depending on
the oven. If the top begins to brown too
quickly, loosely place a piece of tinfoil over
top. Once cooked, remove from oven and
allow to cool slightly. Sprinkle with sea salt
flakes and serve on a large dish (sliced or
whole) and garnish with fresh sage.
Cinnamon sugar holiday
tree with cinnamon sugar
For the tree you’ll need: Staffords
cinnamon sugar shaker; 2 rolls storebought
For the cookies you’ll need: 500ml flour;
2,5ml baking powder; 2,5ml salt; 170g
butter, softened; 200g sugar; 1 large
egg; 2,5ml vanilla; Staffords cinnamon
To make: Preheat oven to 180˚C. For the
cookies: Whisk together flour, baking
powder, and salt in a small bowl. Beat
together butter and sugar in a large
bowl until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg
and vanilla until smooth. Add flour
mixture and mix until just combined.
Wrap dough in clingwrap and chill in
the fridge for 2 hours. When chilled,
roll dough into ½ cm thick sheet, cut
out star-shaped cookies and place on a
lined and greased baking sheet. Brush
tops of the cookies with melted butter
and sprinkle generously with Staffords
cinnamon sugar. Bake cookies at 180˚C
for 12 to 15 min or until the edges
begin to brown. Remove from oven and
transfer onto a cooling rack.
For the tree: On a lined baking tray spread out one roll of puff pastry.
Generously sprinkle Staffords cinnamon sugar in a generally tree-shaped
area. Roll out the second piece of puff pastry and place over the first piece
of puff pastry. Press down gently to bond the two pieces. Cover with plastic
wrap and place in fridge for 20 minutes. When pastry is chilled, return tray
to working surface (do not remove from the lined tray). Cut out tree shape
with special attention to the trunk, which should be wider at the bottom
than the top. Cut the sides of the tree to form branches every 2cm, with a
1cm gap between each branch. Remove pastry from the 1cm wide gaps to
allow pastry to expand slightly. Do not cut all the way to the top, allow
2–3cm of flat pastry at the top. Twist each branch as many times as you
can, depending on the length of each branch.
Brush 'trunk' of the tree and areas not twisted with melted butter and
sprinkle those areas with Staffords cinnamon sugar. Bake the tree at 220˚C
for about 20–25 minutes or until the pastry has fully 'puffed' and turned
golden brown. Once baked, remove from oven and serve with star cookies
placed as baubles along the branches and top of the tree.
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Big brown mushrooms stuffed
You’ll need: 6 large brown mushrooms; 2 large
shallots, sliced; 4 cloves garlic, finely diced;
200g baby spinach; 125ml crème fraîche; 1
x 400g tin Staffords artichoke hearts; 500ml
cooked wild rice; olive oil; salt; freshly ground
black pepper; pinch of cayenne pepper; 18
balls bocconcini mozzarella
To make: Preheat oven to 180˚C. Line a baking
sheet with baking paper. Remove core from
mushrooms and place mushrooms on
Sauté shallots in a drizzle of olive oil until soft.
Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add baby
spinach and cook until wilted. Add crème
fraîche and stir well. Drain artichoke hearts and
slice into chunks. Add artichokes to the pan
and season well with salt, pepper and cayenne
pepper. Stir through the wild rice and remove
Fill each mushroom with a few generous
spoonfuls of the filling. Top each mushroom
with 3 torn bocconcini balls.
Bake in the oven for 20–25 minutes until
the cheese is melted and golden and the
mushrooms are cooked through.
Chocolate raspberry tart
You’ll need: Chocolate pastry – 170g cake flour; 50g icing sugar;
60ml cocoa powder; 2ml salt; 100g cold butter, cubed; 1 egg
yolk; 60ml water. Filling – 200g raspberries; 500ml cream; 60g
castor sugar; 100g Staffords milk choc discs; 150g Staffords dark
choc discs; 5ml Staffords vanilla extract with seeds; 3 eggs, lightly
whisked; 10ml cocoa powder, for dusting
To make: For the chocolate pastry, sift the flour, cocoa powder and
icing sugar into a mixing bowl and add salt. Add cold butter and
work into the flour, using your fingertips, until mixture resembles
breadcrumbs. Beat egg yolk with water, add to the flour mixture
and mix until dough comes together. Turn out onto a lightly
floured surface and knead briefly until smooth. Wrap in clingfilm
and place in the fridge for 20 minutes. Then roll the pastry out on
a lightly flour-dusted surface and line a 25cm loose-bottomed tart
tin. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 190°C. Blind
bake the pastry case for 12–15 minutes. Remove from oven and
allow to cool.
To make the filling, reduce the oven temperature to 160°C. Reserve
a third of the raspberries for decoration and use remainder to line
the baked tart case. Place the cream and sugar in a pan and gently
bring to the boil. Stir until sugar dissolves, then remove from heat,
add milk choc discs, dark choc discs and vanilla extract with seeds
and stir until smooth. Allow to cool for five minutes, then stir in the
eggs. Transfer the tart case to a baking sheet and pour chocolate
filling over raspberries. Bake the tart for 25 to 35 minutes, or until
the filling is cooked but still slightly wobbly in the middle. Allow
to cool at room temperature until set. Decorate with remaining
raspberries and a dusting of cocoa powder round the edges.
For more holiday recipes, visit
Festive cooking – gosh, any cooking – is easier (and tastier) when you use the condiments, baking and specialty products
from the Staffords range. From baking to braaiing, going fancy or keeping it simple, there’s a Staffords product that will
add a little extra punch. You’ll find them at your local supermarket.
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The much-loved coffee and chocolate
notes of the Original Diemersfontein
Pinotage make it a wine worth
savouring … although a great partner
to rich lamb casseroles and gentle
Malay curries, the best companion
for this wine is a rich, decadent
chocolate dessert. Try it with a Molten
chocolate lava cake or Chocolate
Pecan brownie … absolute heaven!
You’ll find it online for R127. Details:
having a little love
affair with rosé wines at the
moment, and have fallen head
over heels with Gabriëlskloof’s of’s
Rosebud Rosé. This dry, light and
deliciously moreish Provençal-style
rosé has equal amounts of Syrah
and Viognier, and is described as
the ‘little darling’ of Gabriëlskloof’s s
Estate Range. It’s lovely to drink
by itself, but also pairs well with
light dishes. Buy it online for
about R80 a bottle. Details:
What’s not to
love? The just
2019 is all heady
notes of passion
fruit and guava
and cooler notes
melon, and is
Blanc for a
day. Drink on
its own, or
We’re sipping on these wines all summer long!
A hamper of
the four wines, plus
a lovely yoga mat. To
enter, simply visit our Get
It Joburg West Facebook
page, follow us, and like
the Robertson post.
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This summer we’re being sensible. We’re still celebrating
everything summer has to offer with lovely wines, but
we’re choosing those with lighter alcohol levels
and fewer calories. Without, obviously,
sacrificing quality or taste. First on our list
to try is the Robertson Winery Light
Cultivar range, which is showing off
great new design, too. With about 9 per
cent alcohol instead of the average 12
or 13 per cent, there’s a Sauvignon
Blanc 2019 (refreshing, dry, zesty,
about R55), a Chenin Blanc 2019
(off-dry, all yellow apple, pear and
floral notes, about R55); a Pinotage
Rosé (a beautiful pale coral off-dry
rosé), and a Merlot (think ripe
plum and sweet black cherry
flavours). All between R50 and
R55. Details: robertsonwinery.co.za
or join the Robertson community
on Facebook, Instagram and
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Venue: CRADLE VALLEY, WWW.CRADLEVALLEY.CO.ZA.
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This year, curb the urge to use those same old red and green holiday decorations.
Krugersdorp's decor guru, Tasha Schoeman shares a few jolly good tips for setting the
ultimate festive table.
rowing up with the love of making things pretty, Tasha dove into the
events industry very early in her life. Doing everything from flowers
to photography and event decor, she has made a name for herself.
‘Doing flowers will always be my first love. I always say that flowers
chose me, and I never chose to work with flowers – it’s what I was
born to do. Besides that, I’m also obsessed with helping women look
and feel beautiful at my boutique and shop.’
At 32, she is also the owner of Hoppy Hearts & Hartz-verloren in Krugersdorp
North and co-owner of Events Inspirations in Muldersdrift. In between all of
her business ventures and events, she still finds time to be the perfect hostess
and hosts unforgettable dinner parties ... Tasha is a people person and enjoys
spending time with friends and family who are welcome to put their hair in a bun
and kick off their shoes as soon as they enter the Schoeman residence.
‘We’re a close family and do almost everything together. While I set the table, my
hubby does the cooking ... No matter what, there should always be a balance
in your life. It’s counter-productive to overwork yourself, so you need a balance
between work, family and relaxing. That’s what I’ll be doing this festive season.’
Details: Hoppy Hearts on 079 313 5638 and Event Inspirations on 011 668 3113.
Lifehacks for a festive
• Don’t worry about matching
tableware. You don’t have to go
out and buy brand new cutlery
and drink ware – just mix and
match what you have until you
find the perfect combination.
• Create different spaces like
a picnic area, the dinner table
and comfy couches where your
guests can mingle.
• Use plants and flowers from your
garden as centrepieces.
• Adding some candlelight will
automatically help your guests
relax and set the mood.
• Make sure there are both
alcoholic and non-alcoholic
• You don’t have to stick to green,
red and gold during the festive
season either – go with any colour
scheme you want.
• Move your dinner party outside
– it gives you and your guests the
opportunity to get some fresh air
while enjoying great company
and a starry sky.
• Don’t worry about assigned
seating and let everyone sit
where they feel comfortable.
• Keep the kids entertained with
some healthy snacks like cheese
and fruit, and fun board games.
DEC/JAN 2019 - 2020 Get It Joburg West 33
with this fruity
You’ll need: 2l Sprite; 250ml
pineapple juice; 1 sachet Sweeto
Raspberry; 250ml ginger ale,
seasonal fruits; fresh mint.
To make: Mix together and
serve ice cold.
Say it with cheese:
Choose one of each type of cheese
Soft cheese: Mozzarella or Brie
Semi-soft: Stilton or Gouda
Hard cheese: aged Cheddar
or Sage Derby
Add fresh bread
and crackers, fresh
dips and spreads,
and cold meats.
Spend some time with your guests instead
of spending the whole evening preparing
dessert in the kitchen. A classic ice cream
and fresh fruit will do just as well.
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LIVING IN COLOUR
Colouring-in is not just for children anymore as chalk paint has changed the way crafters
do, well, everything! Nadine Vosloo, the brains behind Tjhoko Paint in Randfontein,
shares a few easy DIY projects you can try at home this holiday.
Text: JACO-MARI HAASBROEK. Image: HANNERI DE WET.
You could be
the lucky winner
of a hamper of Tjhoko
Paint’s three new colours
in 500ml quantity. Visit
our website at www.
She is very creative and
also a people person, says
the vibrant Nadine. She
combined her love of the
two and came up with
Tjhoko Paint – a proudly
South African chalk paint
with its own story.
‘I’ve always been creative
but I have come a long way to be
where I am today. I used to be an
interior designer before I studied
psychology to understand my husband
better. That didn’t work, haha … so I
tried being a stay-at-home mom and
later ended up in the education sector
where I got to use my creativity a lot in
the classroom. When the opportunity
to start Tjhoko Paint crossed my path, I
found my true calling.’
The product is like a child to her.
She even calls herself Mama Tjhoko,
although her official job title is Creative
Director. When she’s not busy with a
project or coming up with new
creative concepts, she spends time
with her husband, two teenagers, and
The 39-year-old Nadine gets excited
easily over small things and says that
her friends would describe her as being
grateful and positive.
‘Inspiring yourself is very important.
If everything around you is beautiful,
even the worst days can be better
and brighter. Painting is one of my
hobbies and I like to relax by creating
a masterpiece on a canvas. I really love
what I do and I will never get tired of it.
There have been so many highlights in
my career but my proudest moment
was when I realised that Tjhoko makes
a difference in people’s lives. ’
Tjhoko Paint has been manufactured
by Paint Master since 2017, and what
makes it different is that it can be
used on almost any surface, it’s safe
for children and pets, and you only
have to seal the product when used in
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the bathroom, kitchen and outdoors.
What makes Tjhoko even more special
is that it’s packaged by hand, and
because every employee is unique
and makes such a big contribution to
the company, each one has a colour
named after him or her.
‘Tjhoko originated from a vision to
establish a job-creation programme as
well as an empowerment programme.
Our story is one of success, starting
with a team of two in 2017 and
building it up to be an immaculate
business with 300 distributors in South
Africa and even as far as Botswana,
Namibia, Zimbabwe and New Zealand.’
Their product and projects have been
featured in Via!, kykNET, Home Channel
as well as Home and Ideas magazines.
‘I attribute our success to involving
everyone actively. It’s a family business.
My husband, my brother and his wife,
and my other sister-in-law are all part
of the team. Those who aren’t family
are very close friends.’
She is extremely excited about the
future. Tjhoko will be launching three
new colours as well as a texture paint,
wallpaper, and a material range.
‘We will be doing a step-by-step
makeover of a property in the North
West on our YouTube channel in
2020. We want to show how different
spaces can be transformed upward
with a bit of paint, we want to inspire
people and send the message that you
can do a lot with very little money. In
between everything, I’m also writing
a book about the people behind the
names of our colours.’
Details: 011 708 3166 or follow her on
Facebook, ‘Tjhoko Paint’
PROJECTS TO TRY AT HOME THIS HOLIDAY
Chalk-painting your picnic theme
You will need:
tree rounds (stepping stones), available at nurseries; a stencil in
the design of your choice; Stencil of Paris; paint scraper (50mm
wide); Tjhoko Paint (Jane’s Jade, Simon Says and Cloud White);
paintbrush (50mm wide); Antique Brown Glaze; mutton cloth
the size of a tea towel
Place the stencil on top of the tree round. Apply some of the
Stencil of Paris evenly over the stencil with the paint scraper.
Remove the stencil while the paste is still wet (take care not to
smudge the paste) and rinse the stencil with water.
Wait about two hours for the Stencil of Paris to dry completely,
then paint it with the Tjhoko Paint colour of your choice. We
painted some of the tree rounds with Jane’s Jade and others
with Simon Says.
Allow at least four hours to dry.
Stir the Antique Brown Glaze well and pour 100ml into another
container; dilute with 30ml water. Carefully apply the glaze over
the paint with a paintbrush.
Wipe off with a damp cloth immediately until you’re satisfied
with the weathered effect.
Wait about 30 minutes, then apply Cloud White paint over the
Antique Brown Glaze. Use a dry brush (wet just the tip of the
brush with a tiny bit of paint) to brush lightly over the glaze.
As seen in Tuis/ Home. Photos by ER Lombard.
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Tips for using chalk paint
for the first time:
• Trust yourself and don’t be
scared to try something. We are
all creative and we just need a
bit of inspiration.
• Play with colours – go bright
• Make sure the surface is clean
and oil-free before you start to
paint. Thinners does the job
• Make sure you use a goodquality
brush that doesn’t lose
any hairs while you paint.
• There is little to no prepping
necessary. Chalk paint sticks to
just about any surface without
• Chalk paint gives a very rustic
feel and that means that you
don’t have to be a pro to use it.
You don’t have to worry about
getting even layers of paint or
the perfect technique if you’re
• You can distress any piece of
furniture with light sanding.
• Create a two-tone distressed
look by painting two colours
over each other, followed by
sanding the top layer.
• Use wax to seal the product
if necessary, or just to
• You can use chalk paint on
just about everything, including
exterior walls, garden furniture,
metal, concrete, matte plastic,
terracotta, indoor walls, wooden
floors, tiles, wood furniture and
couches (yes, you can paint on
damp material with chalk paint!).
• You can paint one piece of
furniture or focus wall, or you
can transform an entire room
with chalk paint.
• Start with something old,
cheap and insignificant – don’t
start with a set of drawers that
has been in your family for
generations. Take it easy and
start off with something simple
until you feel confident enough
to move onto more significant
pieces of furniture.
• Stencilling can be tricky, so
don’t use this technique on your
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Transform your kitchen
You will need:
Tjhoko Paint (Sherif's Stone, Olivia's Pale), Glaze Clear; sponge roller (160mm);
embellishments; Alcolin Super Glue; paintbrush (50mm wide); artist's brush;
damp cloth; wax.
Clean the cabinets with a rag dipped in paint thinners and allow to dry
completely – wait at least 20 minutes.
Mask off any sections you don’t want to paint.
Apply the base colour paint with a sponge roller, making sure the paint is evenly
distributed; wait another 20 minutes before applying the second coat.
Paint the embellishments you wish to apply in the same colour; allow them to
dry completely and then position them using Alcolin Super Glue.
Wait for the glue to dry and apply an accent colour to small sections of the
embellishments with an artist’s brush. Using a damp cloth, wipe with circular
movements over the painted areas to blend the paint on the embellishment
with that of the cupboard door.
Wait about four hours after you’ve painted before sealing the cupboard with wax.
As seen in Tuis/ Home. Photos by ER Lombard.
Chalk-painting your inspiration space
Jazzing up a room is as easy as one, two, three! By adding a
bit of colour to a wall or making your own rustic furniture,
you can transform any area into an inspiration space.
The wall: Paint the wall using Simon Says, a stimulating
Drawers for shelves: Paint each drawer a different
colour (Nade, Karema, Cloud White, True Blue, Sherif’s
Stone); Stencil patterns on drawers using Stencil of
Paris (it can be painted over when it’s dry); Create a
‘distressed’ look for the drawers by painting them in
Cloud White and sanding them.
Table: Use an old door as a tabletop.
Paint the door using Simon Says and True Blue;
Afterward, lightly sand it to allow the yellow to show
through here and there, and to create a weathered
effect; Use two old crates to support the tabletop;
Whitewash the crates with a mixture of equal amounts
of Antique Brown Glaze and Vinia Stone rubbed on with
a damp cloth.
Chair: Make a seat from an old petrol drum by cutting it
in half, adding wheels and painting the drum in Karema;
Cover a cushion in a natural, woven, cream-coloured
fabric and paint it with Nade, True Blue, and Karema,
creating the stripes with masking tape.
Convert a few baskets into lampshades and paint them
different shades of blues.
As seen in Idees/Ideas. Photo’s by Hanneri de Wet.
You will need:
Tjhoko Paint (Lorain’s Cream, Coral Stone, Cloud White,
Comfort’s Blue, Elvis Mix; masking tape; stencil paint roller;
paintbrush (50mm wide); Stencil of Paris; paint scraper.
Paint the wall with the base colour (Lorain’s Cream). Apply
two coats of paint; wait for the first layer to dry completely
before applying the second layer (about 30–40 minutes
between coats). Then leave overnight before doing the
stenciling, as the masking tape used for keeping the
stencils in place might pull off the fresh paint.
Paint the squares with your first stencil – the stencil has
square cut-outs that create the tile effect. Position the
stencil with masking tape. Using a sponge roller, paint
the squares with the Coral Stone. The roller must not be
dripping wet, and the paint must be spread evenly over
When the squares are dry, take a dry 50mm paintbrush
or a stencil brush and apply a dry-brush technique in
Cloud White to each alternate square. Wait until dry, then
remove the stencil. Repeat across the entire wall until every
alternate square is painted a lighter background colour.
Position the patterned stencil with masking tape on the
exact spot where the ‘squares’ stencil was placed.
Tip: Make small pencil marks at the end of step 2 so that
you know where the second stencil must be placed.
Using a stencil brush, apply Comfort’s Blue to each
alternate square (those with the Cloud White background).
Mix 5ml Elvis Mix with a pot of Stencil of Paris. This paint will
tint the Stencil of Paris to a soft beige.
Using a paint scraper, spread the Stencil of Paris evenly over
all the open squares painted with Coral Stone in step 1. Lift
the stencil carefully from left to right after each application.
Make sure the stencil is clean before repeating the pattern
(rinse it in lukewarm water and dry well) across the entire
wall. The Stencil of Paris takes 2–3 hours to dry completely.
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We’ve put together our top garden tasks
and tips for December and January.
• Water early morning or
late afternoon, to minimise
evaporation • Lightly mulch beds
to keep plant roots cool and moist
for longer • In hot, dry weather,
don’t cut the lawn too low. Leaving
it longer shades the roots • Trim off
dead flowers to encourage new
flowers • Fertilise annuals and
perennials with an organic
granular fertiliser in
Best for patio and indoors:
Impatiens ‘Clockwork’ is a pot-impatiens (Impatiens hawkerii) with a wide colour range,
including the two-tone Pink Star and Orange Stripe. Great for instant colour indoors and
in pots or hanging baskets on the patio. Plants have the ideal compact growth (25cm
high and 30cm wide) for pots. Plant in a good-quality potting mix, with a controlledrelease
fertiliser. Indoors, the best position is bright light. Keep soil moist but not
waterlogged. For patios, place in a position with morning sun or dappled sunshine.
Water pots once a day in midsummer and feed with a liquid fertiliser once a month.
Who grows there?
Candide is an app on
what gardeners will find
inspiration and knowledge
about all things gardeningrelated.
You’ll find places
to visit, information about
plants, problems, 'how to'
guides and pictures from the
community, sharing what’s
going on in their gardens.
Candide is free for download
in the Google Play Store and
Apple’s App Store. Details:
Get your children to
Garden World for an
workshop on 8
December at 11am.
They will paint their own
Christmas pot, plant and
decorate a Christmas
tree, and make cookies
to take home! Cost:
R190 per child, which
includes a goodie bag,
everything needed to
create the Christmas
trees (pot, paint, tree, soil
and decorations) as well
as the Christmas cookies.
Booking essential with
Corné or Magriet on 011
957 2545 or magriet@
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We’re planting …
Hot pink, fiery fuchsia, sizzling orange and
knockout yellow are the colours of the samba,
the rumba and Portulaca Nano, a heatloving
groundcover that is always covered
with flowers. Although not indigenous, it is
extremely drought and heat tolerant, and
able to keep flowering through times of low
rainfall. Plants do best in full sun and grow in
ordinary garden soil. The flowers open early in
the morning, creating a ball of colour well into
the evening. It is an easy to care for summer
annual that will perform as a perennial in frostfree
areas. Use it as a garden groundcover
or on pavements, in hanging baskets and
window boxes and as a ‘spiller’ in mixed
containers. Details: www.ballstraathof.co.za.
Pencil in your diary!
How to create a security
hedge with hardy shrubs
at Random Harvest
Indigenous Nursery from
10.30am to 12 noon. The
talk will be about the
many hardy indigenous
shrub species you can
use to create a security
hedge and the spacing
and positioning to create
the most effective,
impenetrable barrier to
your property. Cost: Free
of charge – just support
the nursery or tea garden
during your visit. What
to bring: A notebook and
pen, your questions on
the topic, and a friend!
Details: 011 957 5354,
co.za, or visit them at
Plot 57, Kontiki Road,
Keith Kirsten and horticulture
are inseparable. Happily, his
best-known book, Gardening
with Keith Kirsten, fully revised
and updated, has just hit the
shelves … perfectly timed for
Christmas. This fourth edition
has more info on indigenous
species, locally bred hybrids
and waterwise plants. In addition
to sections on garden
design, maintenance, as well as
dealing with pests and diseases,
the bulk of the book consists of
directories with comprehensive
details about growing more
than 2 000 plants (trees, shrubs,
creepers ... you name it). It’s the
perfect pressie for a garden
enthusiast, or you could treat
yourself? Struik Lifestyle, R350.
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THE SPIRIT OF BALI
If you love eating spicy food, singing karaoke, getting to know colourful cultures
and smoking Shishas (hubbly bubblies), Bali is the perfect holiday spot for you. Our
journo, Jaco-Mari Haasbroek chats about her experience during their honeymoon.
We booked our holiday through Thompsons for Travel
(www.thompsonstravel.co.za) and our package included return
flights, four nights accommodation at Fontana Hotel in Kuta and
another four nights at Pertiwi Resort and Spa in Ubud, as well as
transfers to and from the airport, hotel and resort. The deal came
to R26 000 for me and Francois. We spent about R10 000 on
food, activities, and souvenirs and I have to say that we enjoyed
ourselves to the fullest and we were quite spendy ...
Text & images: JACO-MARI HAASBROEK.
The view of the green rice fields
near Ubud left us speechless.
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Bali is a breathtakingly beautiful Indonesian island
with colourful streets, a very interesting culture and
loads to do. Kuta and Ubud are the tourist hot spots
so that's where we stayed. While Kuta is close to
the bustling Legian Beach, Ubud is close to scenic
waterfalls and rice fields. We stayed in the lively Fontana Hotel
during our stay in Kuta and got the chance to relax at the
tranquil Pertiwi Resort and Spa in Ubud.
I have to warn you that when you first visit Bali, the traffic will
be something to get used to because they don't really follow
road rules. You can count the traffic lights on the island on
your fingers and there are no road signs. As long the drivers
keep more or less to the left side of the road and allow other
road users to turn in front of them, they are good to go.
There are probably 20 scooters for every car on the road,
which makes the roads very crowded but their system works
somehow – just don't attempt to drive there yourself. The
taxis are very easy to flag down and they are relatively cheap
but it is lovely to walk around and visit local restaurants and
shops on your way.
As you dodge the cars and scooters on the roads, you should
also be careful not to step on daily offerings. Businesses and
households give daily offerings and sometimes even put
them on the sidewalk. The offerings usually consist of flowers,
incense and whatever they have to offer that day (you can
expect to see everything from sweets to food and even
cigarettes). It is disrespectful to walk over these daily offerings
while the incense is still burning, so you should always watch
where you walk.
If all the walking sounds tiring, I have
good news for you! Almost every
second building in Bali is a restaurant,
bar or coffee shop ... We drank plenty
of coffee and beer and ate loads of
spicy foods while in Bali ... The popular
Kopi Luwak coffee is produced in
Bali – coffee beans are fed to a Luwak
monkey and the coffee beans that
come out in their excrement are used
to make some of the most expensive
coffee in the world (we didn’t have the
guts to try it though).
Bali has quite a few locally produced
beers, of which the refreshing Bintang
was our favourite. Most pubs have live
bands or karaoke nights, so you will be
entertained every step of the way. The
more traditional Balinese meals consist
mostly of fruit, noodles and spicy meat
sosaties and are regularly served in BBQ
buffet style. You can also rent a Shisha
to enjoy with your food and drinks at
Although many families vacation in
Bali, it's ideal for a group of friends or a
couple, because the busy nightlife will
make you want to stay up ’til dawn. If
you thought New York was the city that
never sleeps, you were wrong. At 3am,
we still found many restaurants, bars,
and even coffee shops open, which
makes Bali the best destination for barhopping
without worrying about the
You can also relax and unwind at one
of the countless Balinese spas ... Most
hotels and resorts have their own spas
but you can also pop into a spa on
your way to dinner for a quick massage.
The pool area at the Pertiwi Resort
and Spa in Ubud was the perfect
spot to cool off in the heat.
I suggest you visit
the Australian –
owned Billy’s Bar
and Restaurant in
Kuta for cocktails
with a kick and
names – the staff
are a treat and the
drinks are out of
the world. And if
you find yourself
in Ubud, please
try a bowl of
goodness at the
If your hubby, like mine, won’t ever set
foot in a spa, he can grab a beer while
you get pampered but there are loads
of spas that offer couples massages.
More good news ... Bali is very cheap.
Everything costs more or less the same
as it would cost in South Africa, but you
feel like a big spender because R50 in
Indonesian Rupiah is about Rp50 000.
The island is also known for its exquisite
architecture. Most traditional buildings
have a lot of open space and attention
There are also a lot of traditional
temples all over but tourists should
wear appropriate attire to enter. We
booked a few of the many tours
available during which our tour guides
shared a bit of their rich history while
showing us the island's pride and joy.
Using the GetYourGuide app to book
your tours is seamless and affordable.
We went on the Tulamben: USAT
Liberty Shipwreck Full-Day Snorkeling
Trip and Ubud: Jungle Swing Private
Tour, which included seeing the
TukadCepung Falls, visiting the
Pengelipuran Village – one of the
cleanest and most traditional villages in
the world, swinging on a jungle swing,
and visiting bamboo forests as well as
coffee and rice fields. We paid R800
and R1 300 per person respectively for
the tours, which included pick-up and
drop-off (so we didn’t have to worry
about transport) as well as sight-seeing
and activities. It was interesting to get
to know the culture straight from our
Balinese tour guides while we spent
the whole day with them.
There is so much to do and see that
we fell in love with the island all over
again every day. More highlights of our
honeymoon in Bali include swimming
in the blue sea and relaxing on the
white beaches of Legian and Sanur,
getting a sunkissed tan, looking at
the volcanoes (from a safe distance)
and visiting the feisty monkeys of the
Sacred Monkey Forest.
I can testify that Bali has it all ...
Relaxation, luxury, drinks, and activities
to keep you entertained from the
moment you arrive until you board
your plane back home.
Details for your stay in Kuta: www.
Details for your stay in Ubud: www.
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Seventy reasons to enjoy
Roodeberg this festive season
Roodeberg, the legendary red blend
that has been bringing friends together
since 1949, celebrates its 70th anniversary
this year. A true South African original
that’s stood the test of time, the wine was
developed by a pioneer of the SA wine
industry, Dr Charles Niehaus, and was
one of our country’s biggest export wine
brands. It wasn’t until 2004 that it became
readily available to us here at home ...
and for a long while, locals could only get
their hands on a bottle through a wine
farming acquaintance with a KWV quota.
The stories go that bartering sought-after
test match tickets, biltong and the like in
return for a bottle or two was a common
occurrence. For many, Roodeberg still
conjures up fond memories of people,
places and occasions, and of sharing
special life-changing moments with family
and friends, often with rare vintages
squirrelled away. Catch all the action of
Roodeberg’s 70th anniversary year by
joining the Roodeberg community on
Facebook or follow @Roodeberg_Wine on
Instagram and Twitter. For one incredibly
lucky reader, this party season is about to
get a whole lot more festive. To celebrate
Roodeberg’s 70th birthday, we’re giving
away 70 bottles (nope, that’s not a typo).
One reader, 70 bottles. One amazingly
happy festive season. To stand a chance
of winning, simply visit our Get It National
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Roodeberg Spoil post. We’ll be drawing
the prize early ... so get your entries in
before December 15. Cheers!
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