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WHY DON’T YOU ...
6 Take the kids to the Super Hero Family Festival, get tickets to see Barry
Hilton live in action or get ready for the Rand Show
7 Read more about the hottest new releases
8 A peek at some of our favourite wish list goodies
10 A morning at the Pretoria Boeremark is an absolute must
12 Despite hardship Jaenette Jacobs is making all her dreams
come true, one step at a time
14 His new movie is hitting cinemas in March and Shaun Smit is
definitely an actor to keep your eye on
16 Add the necessary moisture to your skin with these fab buys
18 Autumn fashion looks to die for
20 Learn to cope with stress by striking a yoga pose
22 A few of our favourite local eateries
32 Escape to the bushveld and enjoy the tranquil magic of
34 One lucky reader can win a 365-Skin Workout pack
March 2020 Get It Pretoria 05
Out & About
Grab your calendar and book your tickets
Love superheroes? Then the
Super Hero Family Festival
taking place at the Heartfelt Arena
is not to be missed. The festival runs
between 13 and 15 March and is
the perfect place to dress up in
your favourite superhero costume.
Costumes are not compulsory. The
festival will have amusement rides,
robot costumes, food stalls, markets,
children’s crafts, kids clothing and
more. There will be three adventure
sessions per day, (10am-2pm, 2pm-
6pm and 6pm-10pm), but please
note that tickets will only be valid for
one four-hour session. Some of the
activities offered include kids face
painting, a jumping castle, a pool
table challenge, a table tennis
challenge, dance performances and
a giant water slide. Booking is essential
as there are only limited tickets
available. Tickets sell for R75 (Adults)
and R65 (Kids). The first 500 ticket
bookings will get a free amusement
ride. Details: superheroticketing.com
Bring the family and the pups
and take part in the Smuts
House Dog Walk hosted by the
Pretoria Dog Rescue taking place at
the Smuts House Museum. Enjoy the
fresh air and get in some exercise
(2km and 5km) while supporting a
good cause. The Pretoria Dog Rescue
is raising funds for vet bills and kennel
fees. Look out for the stalls, especially
the charity’s stall selling pre-loved
items. And for the pups, there is a
doggy lucky-dip where your dog can
search for his or her own treasures.
There is also a pet-friendly restaurant
onsite so don’t rush off afterwards,
grab a bite. The walk starts at 7am
and entrance is R40 per person, R10
per dog and R10 for parking. You
don’t want to miss out. Details: @
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We’re all in need of some
laughter in our lives from time
to time. And who better to get you
giggling than Barry Hilton himself?
Book your tickets to see the “cousin“
live in action at the Menlyn Barnyard
as part of the Barnyard LIVE Tour
2020. And for those who do not
know, Barry was recently awarded
the Lifetime Achiever Award by local
comedians at the annual Comic’s
Choice Awards. His dedication
to clean, accessible humour is
guaranteed to lighten up even the
cloudiest of days! So if you’re having a
bad week (or month), you know what
to do. Tickets sell for R150 per person.
Slowly but surely Pretoria is
becoming known as the party
capital and if you’re in the mood
to let your hair down, the first-ever
Love Music Festival is taking place
at the Pioneer Museum which is the
place to be. The festival boasts big
names like Shimza, Ryan Murgatroyd,
Jullian Gomes and Trancemicsoul
and support acts include 2Lani The
Warrio, Weston & Engine, Guy Herman
and more. Tickets sell between R120
and R200 for general access and
between R200 and R320 for VIP access.
Only a limited amount of tickets will
be available at the door so book
beforehand. Food will be for sale at the
event. Details: www.lovemusic.co.za
There is no denying, the Rand Show is one of the country’s most iconic
events on the annual entertainment and exhibition calendar. Eeeeek...
we can’t wait. This year’s show will be held at the Johannesburg Expo
Centre between 8 and 13 April 2020 and will consist of six zones offering
interactive activities, shopping and food. Bring the family and discover
a new passion and make memories that will last a lifetime. Tickets sell
for R150 at the door or R135 online (until 31 March) and R150 (after
31 March). Details: www.randshow.co.za #MyRandShow
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Great books. Award-winning wine. Happy days!
Robin Cook’s medical
thrillers are always
disappoint. Chief Medical
Montgomery has her
work cut out for her
when the body of a
10-week pregnant social
worker shows up on the
autopsy table. No-one
knows who the father is,
or if he’s involved in her
death. Laurie turns to
using DNA tracking to
try to catch the killer.
Great books deserve a great wine.
And Groote Post 2019 Seasalter
is just that. The 2019 vintage of the
estate’s flagship Sauvignon Blanc
has been released to high acclaim,
and has already snagged a place in
the 2019 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top
10 competition. It’s all citrus, stone
fruit and green apple, with hints of
fynbos and kelp, sea breeze and a
touch of oak. Excellent with food,
particularly seafood. You’ll find it at
good wine stores for
around R145 a bottle.
We haven’t had a Clarkson book for a while.
Oh joy. Jeremy’s back, with Really? We
discover the Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost is not
so much wild horse as mild pony, how the
Alpina B5 is grown-up thrills in a light-speed
La-Z-Boy, and what, exactly, is the point of a
driverless car? Michael Joseph, R320 • When
James Mercer’s family is financially ruined
by the institutions they trusted, they were
shattered, and he sets out to recoup what
they’re owed. It’s not theft... it’s payback. Andy
McNab’s Whatever It Takes is the gripping
tale of how James’s solo crusade falls foul of
the very people he seeks to rob – the people
who own most of the world’s wealth. Packed
with relentless action that (scarily) shows the
world as it really is. Bantam Press, R297 • Adam
Hamdy’s Black 13 could well be the most
frightening book you’ll read all year. Why?
Because it‘s about the way hate, generated by
radical extremists, is the world’s rising – and
most terrifying – destroyer. It’s the story of ex-
MI6 agent, Scott Pearce, who’s lured into the
deadly fight to protect Britain from this new
menace, and is a glued-to-the-pages read.
Pan Macmillan, R299
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Beautiful, yummy and absolutely must-haves
SOAK UP THE LAST BIT OF SUN
Oh how we miss those relaxing summer beach days... Sigh.
Just before the autumn chill sets in, we are soaking up
the last bit of sunshine and it
doesn’t get better than this
yellow Selmark swimsuit
from Barclay & Clegg.
Swimwear prices from
R1 800. Details: www.
This is the coolest bubble bath we’ve ever seen.
Yes, this reusable lemon bubble brush from Lush
creates bubbles with every paint stroke. Simply
take your brush and hold
it under running water to
get the bubbles going. The
lemon bubble brush will
create swishes of zesty lemony
bubbles and bright yellow
bath waters while the lime
and sweet wild orange oils
will refresh, body, mind and
soul. Plus, did we mention
that it’s plastic-free? R89.
Quirky yet functional. How cute is
this Happy Hour Gin & Tonic Lip Balm
in lemon flavour? It’s the
perfect gift idea for the gin lover,
R29. Available in two other slogans.
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Brownie Bomb is a raw date brownie ball oozing
with all kinds of exciting centre and covered in
rich dark chocolate, R20 each. Details: nanuki.co.za
Ever heard of craft tea? Über Flavour’s honey and lemon
craft rooibos ice tea has the smoothness of honey, the zing of
lemon and the tang of rooibos tea. Yum! Just like true Japanese
tea masters, it is brewed using only natural ingredients –
honest-to-goodness honey, lemon and cinnamon with no
chemical in sight, R138 for a case of six bottles, 330ml.
Take your love of tea to a whole new level with this
functional and beautiful Ibili Tea Box from Yuppiechef,
R359. It consists of six or nine departments and made is
from pine wood, R359. Details: www.yuppiechef.com
YOUR OWN HONEY BEE
New wheels never looked this good. We’re, of course, talking about the Kia Picanto Street in
honey bee yellow. It comes with electric heated door mirrors, front and rear electric windows,
a driver safety window, a 7” infotainment radio, Apple car play and Android auto, steel 14 inch
with full size wheel covers and more. It’s pretty cute, hey?
Prices range between
R179 995 and R202 995.
R4 000 cash back on the
whole Kia Picanto range for
the month of March. Details:
Looking for the
ultimate girls’ day out?
Goddess Café in
Waterkloof is trendy, quirky
and the ultimate hightea
venue. And it’s most
Indulge in an espresso
macchiato topped with
frothed pink milk, a lucky
fortune latte (coffee latte
topped with crunchy rice
crispies and cheerios)...
Oh and do give their
American pancake stack
(Ferrero Rocher chocolate
sauce, thick cream,
muscovado sugar, berries,
pomegranate, syrup and
toasted coconut) a try.
March 2020 Get It Pretoria 09
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Sybrand Harris amd Suzanne Loots
Marize Vogel and AJ Hugo
If you’ve never been to the Boeremark on a Saturday morning,
it’s time to check it out. Not even a drizzle can keep shoppers
away. The market sells everything from agricultural to hand-made
products and the market has been growing from strength to
strength since its inception in October 1992. There has even been
international interest. “We started off with about 15 or 20 stalls.
We now have about 250 to 260 vendors at any given time,” Johan
Van Wyk, manager of the Boeremark says. The market is attended
by about 5 000 people every Saturday between 5am and 10am.
You can grab a coffee, shop and go on with your regular Saturday
morning activities by 7am. See you at the next market!
Christian du Plooy and Michelise Swart
Robin and Suzanne Sabran
Heinrich, Aldrich and Chris Prinsloo
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Read more about Jaenette at
Text: MARIËTTE VAN NIEKERK / Cover and profile photographer: MARILIZE COETZEE PHOTOGRAPHY
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UPWARDS AND ONWARDS
She’s always dreamt of working and being part of the entertainment industry and
for the past year, Jaenette Jacobs is living it. We find out more about her goals, road
to success and future plans.
Her smile stretches from ear to
ear and it’s hard not to miss the
twinkle in her eyes when she
speaks. Heads definitely turn
when Jaenette Jacobs walks into a
room, making it very easy to see why
32-year-old Jaenette is a successful
model and television personality.
But don’t think it’s all glitz and
glamour. Life has knocked her down
more than once and Jaenette is no
stranger to heartbreak.
In 2004, when she was in grade 11,
Jaenette’s dad passed away after
being killed in a freak shooting
incident that took place at the
family’s home. “We were having a
Sunday braai and our neighbour
at the time was for some reason
fiddling with his gun. It accidentally
went off when he turned in my
father’s direction and my dad was
tragically ripped from our family,”
Her dad was her role model who
loved and cared for everyone around
him. “The biggest lesson I’ve learnt
from him was to always stay humble,
know the value of manners and to
unselfishly care about others,” the
She always knew she wanted a
career in the entertainment industry.
“I think my love for the industry
comes from the many music
videos I featured in over the years,
a love for the camera, old romantic
relationships and of course, the
many businesspeople I was fortunate
enough to meet throughout the
years also contributed,” Jaenette says.
She was discovered when she was
19-years-old while working as a
waiter at Wimpy in the Moot. “I used
to serve this one lady who was a
photographer. One day she gave
me her card and told me to go to
her studio for a photo session. After
a two-hour session the images
appeared in the PIX magazine, sold
in CNA at that time. After that I was
regularly invited for workshops in
Swaziland and that’s how my career
as a model started,” she says. She
was favoured by some of the best
photographers in the business and
even appeared in FHM.
For three years in a row she was listed
on FHM’s Top 100 most beautiful
women in the world and graced the
pages of the magazine alongside
other well-known celebrities like
Minki van der Westhuizen and
Jennifer Lopez. Her career took off
and she’s since then appeared in 18
In 2019 after her relationship with
local singer Juan Boucher came to
an end, Jaenette decided to enter
Apprentesses 2019 (Sterstatus), a
competition aimed at giving one
lucky lady a foot in the door of the
entertainment industry, and her
whole world changed.
“I went through a very difficult and
sad time after my engagement
was broken off but I dusted myself
off and became the best version
of myself I possibly could be.
Through the experience I realised
that so many women do not have
voices to speak out and do not
believe in themselves. I entered the
competition for those women. To
show them that no matter what you
go through in life, just look up to
God. Even when you fall, it is never
too late to start over. It is never too
late to chase your dreams and make
a difference. You are blessed so you
can bless others,” Jaenette says.
The competition ran for six months
whereby the contestants had to
go through numerous tests like
acting, ramp walking, photoshoot
challenges and many more. The
contestants were constantly watched
and evaluated until a winner was
finally announced. As winner,
Jaenette got sponsors for nails,
hair, events, clothing, and much
more. She will be the presenter for
Apprentesses (Sterstatus) 2020 series to
be aired on VIA channel 147.
“The challenges had me stressed
quite a lot. Not everyone does well
in all the challenges and if you
didn’t perform you were voted out,”
For others wanting to make it big in
the industry the model and television
personality has some sound advice.
“Never change your values and
norms or lose yourself as a person.
Be yourself, believe in yourself, keep
dreaming, work hard and grab every
opportunity that comes your way
with both hands. And of course, most
important of all – stay humble.”
But it’s also a lot of fun. Like being
able to attend some of the biggest
and glitziest events, meet your
favourite celebs and learn from
the best. Jaenette even had the
opportunity to visit the stage
production Aspoestertjie and
mingle with the cast and crew
behind the scenes.
Apart from her work with
Apprentesses (Sterstaus) and
modelling, Jaenette who boasts
a BCom Accounting degree is also
an entrepreneur working on her
own marketing company. She’s
also involved in the health and
Her dream is to one day open her
own modelling school but for now
Jaenette is focused on her new
business venture, her book and a
brand new blog.
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TAKE BACK YOUR POWER
There’s a brand new movie out this month and the aim is to de-activate the stigma
surrounding the word and title of the film, Moffie. We caught up with one of the
local actors, Shaun Smit to find out more.
Born and bred in Pretoria,
cinematographer, actor, model,
colourist and film editor,
Shaun Smit was made for the
If you are a fan of The Rocky Horror
Picture Show, you might even
recognise him as Rocky, from the
2014 to 2015 production that
was showcased at Pieter Toerien’s
He started his professional acting
career in Henry Mylne’s theatre
production of Vaselientjie at the
Aardklop and Woordfees festivals
and has been making his mark in the
entertainment industry ever since. He
has been working behind the camera
the last few years, but his first love
will always be acting.
Growing up, the 28-year-old’s family
moved all over the capital city and
he attended Laerskool Hermanstad,
Laerskool Wonderboom, Laerskool
Danie Malan, Hoërskool Pretoria-
Noord, Hoërskool Waterkloof and
After finishing matric he enrolled at
the University of Technology to study
Musical Theatre, but soon found his
way to Cape Town and the rest, as
they say, is history.
The Pretorian will be seen during
the month of March in a brand
new Afrikaans movie, Moffie. Yes,
the name is a bit risqué but the film
promises brilliance and touches on
some serious topics that need some
discussion. But don’t let the name
fool you. It’s not just a film about
being gay. It’s a film with tremendous
power that aims to de-activate the
stigma surrounding the word ‘moffie’.
It’s intentionally chosen and is used
big and boldly on the movie poster
to help the word lose its power.
The movie tells the story of Nicholas
Van der Swart who has long known
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he is different. There is something
shameful and unacceptable in
him that must stay hidden, denied
even. But South Africa’s minority
government is embroiled in conflict
at the Angolian border and all young
white men over 16 must serve two
years of compulsory military service
to defend the Apartheid regime and
its culture of toxic racist machismo.
The ‘black danger’ is the real and
present threat; what is wrong with
Nicholas and others like him can be
rooted out, treated and cured like
a cancer. But just when fear pushes
Nicholas to accept unspeakable
horrors in the hopes of staying
invisible, a tender relationship
with another recruit becomes as
dangerous for them both as any
Shaun first found out about
the movie through his agent and
just knew he had to audition. After
a year of auditions for various roles,
call-backs and chemistry reads,
he finally got cast in the role of
Dewald Van der Merwe. “I actually
fell in love with the character, with
his good and worse character traits.
Empathy with your character is in
my view one of the easiest ways to
portray a believable character,”
To prepare for his role, the talented
actor spent weeks figuring out who
Dewald was: his history, his dreams,
what made him sad, on which side
he slept better, how he felt about
other people. “I tried to picture him
as realistically as possible in my
mind. I also did research and spoke
to people who were in the army to
get as much information about the
period in South Africa’s history as
possible,” Shaun adds.
Filming took about six weeks, says
Shaun but it felt more like a lifetime
when comparing the weight of the
story and the lifelong friendships
that were made.
He describes the movie as “beautiful,
heartbreaking, touching, honest
The film has been shown
internationally in England, North-
America, Greece, and Morocco and
Shaun says it has reached audiences
he’s never even dreamt about.
His favourite movie premiere was
at the Venice International Film
Festival. “A group of us attended
and to see the movie’s name in
all the festival programmes was
amazing. Festivalgoers saw the word
‘moffie’ and had so many questions
and I could speak with such pride
about the film. If it wasn’t for all the
photos and videos on my phone I
sometimes think it didn’t happen,”
“The border war and what happened
during that specific time period
is something that often gets
overlooked – those that were
there don’t want to speak about
it. The movie is for everyone in
our country. It will help you better
understand the time, your parents,
and grandparents; no matter which
side of the gun they stood. For me
personally, it’s a work of art, frame to
frame,” Shaun says.
He further explains the many themes
the film touches: social systems and
the effect its having on lives, the
army, love, oppression, life, death,
shock, sadness, what it takes to be
a man, family’s influence in your life,
friends and more.
Whether the people of South Africa
will be ready for a movie like Moffie,
Shaun is adamant. “Without a doubt.
It’s time,” he says.
Being an openly gay man himself,
Shaun had to endure a lot of
criticism over the years. “Over the
years it’s been a very difficult and
sad experience. Never mind the
negative comments from others,
but even more so I had to accept
myself for who and what Shaun is,”
Any advice for others being
criticised or judged for their sexual
orientation? “If I can look you in
the eye I would say to immediately
stop caring what others say about
you. There is nothing wrong with
you, and you are not going to hell.
But remember, don’t let yourself
be labeled. Be who you want to be,
not just in what you wear or how
you style your hair, but also in who
you choose to love. The people
that criticize you will get fewer and
you will only get stronger. Also
remember that certain things you
love now might just be because
of your surroundings, school, TVprogrammes
you watch, etc. Always
be open to get to know yourself
better,” he says.
One look at him and it’s easy to
see why he’s also a successful model.
He was part of campaigns for
Men’s Health, Calvin Klein and Uber.
So how does he stay in such good
shape? “Balance, balance, balance.
You don’t have to eat a carrot a day
and exercise for three hours – it
will make your soul unhappy, and
that, in turn, will affect your physical
health. Don’t eat McDonalds every
day but after a Saturday night party
and you’re in the mood for
a McFeast, go for it. You don’t have
to spend every day in the gym to
When Shaun is not busy working, he
loves to listen to music, make music,
discover new music, gym with
music, drink wine and enjoy music,
find old music and share music with
friends. Yes, he loves music.
He might be only 28 years old but
Shaun knows how to work hard.
Anything he cannot do? “Well, I
can’t cook. But slowly but surely I
am learning the ways of the stove.
I just sometimes get too creative
and then the food is very pretty
but doesn’t taste too great. I usually
get Kauai or get food wherever I’m
shooting on the day,” he laughs.
MOVIE MOFFIE IN
Text: MARIËTTE VAN NIEKERK / Photography: SUPPLIED
March 2020 Get It Pretoria 15
Laboratoire SVR’s Hydraline
Riche is an intense moisturising
cream, promising 24-hour
hydration, comfort and radiance.
R210. Laboratoire SVR
Physiopure Micellar Water is
perfect for women looking for
make-up removal in a single step.
It works on face, eyes and lips
and has a non-sticky finish. R277.
Available from Clicks.
NUXE Crème Fraiche de Beauté
Cream is a moisturising cream
with plant milks and algae extract
and promises a whopping 48-hour
hydration. It also soothes and
protects the skin from pollution,
leaving the skin looking fresh,
soft and full all day long. R495
from Woolworths, Truworths and
For a moisture-loaded
cream for your face,
try Filorga Hydra–
which helps the skin
to self-regulate its
moisture levels and
also prevents moisture
from being lost. R905
Micellar Solution is an
formulation that allows
you to clean your skin
and remove make-up
in one single step, with
no need to rinse. R450.
Both from Edgars.
Compiled by: KYM ARGO.
365 Skin Workout‘s Skin Hydrating Serum deeply moisturises and re-plumps skin
to diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Great for refreshing the delicate eye area, too. R775.
The Ultimate Day hydrates and promotes a healthy skin barrier, visibly improving the
appearance and texture of the skin. R530. Both from Sorbet stores. • Elizabeth Arden
Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex is a lightweight, oil-free gel cream
that provides continuous hydration for a full 24 hours. It also evens skin tone and texture
and minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. R315 from Edgars, Foschini
and Woolworths • Exuviance Deep Hydration Treatment is a water-gel formula that
simply melts into your skin, refilling deep moisture reserves and neutralising daily
environmental damage while you sleep. R920. Details: genop.co.za/stockists
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moisturise is our
mantra this month
For moisture-loaded products for hair, we love Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream (R485) and Weighless Hydrating
Mask (R555), just two of the incredible products in this range. It’s one of those ranges where you just can’t go wrong.
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(R180) are regular products in our shower. Details: biosense.co.za • For powerful anti-ageing without irritation, try the Bio-
Hydrating Cream from NeoStrata’s Restore range. High strength, it’s designed to reduce the visible signs of ageing,
exfoliates and restores a healthy looking texture and is suitable for even the most sensitive skin. R531 Details: genop.co.za/
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levels, providing immediate and long-lasting relief for tight, dry skin. R930, from Woolworths, Truworths & Dis-Chem. • GOSH
Copenhagen’s Micellar Cleansing Water (R195), which purifies the skin while reducing shine and visible pores, is one of
the exceptional products in this range. Also look out for the 24 Hour Moisture Cream (R395) and 24 Hour Moisture Gel
(R395). You’ll find them at Edgars.
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With the new season
rolling in we definitely
won’t mind a wardrobe
overhaul. To help us
shop the latest autumn
and winter fashion
trends we enrolled the
help of the style team
at The Box Fashion.
Brown is the new black
and it’s not as boring as
it sounds. Head-to-toe
outfits in cream, beige or
camel were first spotted
in spring 2019, but for the
colder seasons, you can look
forward to warmer tones
of tans and golden browns
paired with mustard yellows
and opulent jewel tones.
While fashion is turning
more towards nature for
inspiration, it’s not ignoring
the impact that technology
has on our lives. Digital
colours like lilac pinks, deep
mints and darker reds are all
part of this trend and pairs
well with lighter colours.
As the temperatures drop
you can also expect to see a
lot of darker browns such as
Tree Bark and Truffle as well
as slate and charcoal for the
more classic looks.
the power of a
good print. If you’re
struggling to put
an outfit together,
start with a print and
combine items in
colours found in
the print for a
polished and coordinated
season we are seeing
florals and leaves that
mimic the changing
of the seasons.
Florals are usually
associated with spring,
but if you keep to
more muted tones it is
guaranteed to go with
all your transitional
And for winter…
don’t get rid of any
check prints you
might have. Traditional
tweeds and tartans are
definitely here to stay.
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The slouchier shape in a powdery pink
colour will definitely make a statement.
SHOP THESE STAPLES
Who says suits are strictly for the
boardroom? Follow suit with one of
the biggest trends this season - the
power suit. Matching coloured suits
are available in various fabrics, colours
and silhouettes. Wear it during the
week with strappy block heels or with
sneakers and a tee over the weekend.
A matching suit always gives a
polished look, but you can also wear
the blazer and trousers separately
to open more options. Wear your
blazer with skirts and dresses or your
trousers with blouses and knits.
If you have a bolder style, a suit in a marvellous
marigold colour makes for a sartorial showstopper.
The days of having a summer and
winter wardrobe are over! Why would
you want to pack some cute summer
pieces away if you can wear it all year
long? The secret to this is layering 3-4
pieces. Pick carefully because you should
be able to wear each piece on its own or
together with one other item to ensure
that your outfit stays interesting. For
example, a collared shirt, knit, jacket and
scarf. As the day gets warmer, you can
either remove your scarf and jacket or
even your knit and jacket – and you
will still look polished.
If you are fuller figured, colder seasons
can be daunting. Instead of layering
up with thick jackets or knits that add
unnecessary volume, rather opt for
a thin thermal vest or tank top that
keeps your body heat in and then add
a normal shirt, blouse or dress over.
Just make sure the tank top or vest is
not visible, as that is not the look you’re
necessarily going for.
What is The Box Fashion?
The Box Fashion is South Africa’s first accessory membership service for women who want to look good and feel
great, but don’t necessarily have the time (or energy!) to go from shop to shop to update their wardrobe. Each season
members receive a box filled with the latest high-end accessories together with expert style advice on how to wear
the accessories according to their style personality and body shape. The Box Fashion recently launched their
Autumn 2020 Box. For more information on how to become a member, visit theboxfashion.co.za.
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Hair & Make-up: LIEZL LE FAY AND ANNICE ROUX GERBER / Assistant: LIZE DE KLERK / Venue: THE WHIPPET MELVILLE
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YOGA FOR A
The year kicked off with a bang but it’s important to find time to slow down and not let
stress get the best of you. Local yoga coach, Linda van der Walt from Li Yoga shares why
yoga is the perfect way to ease stress and live a more confident life.
“Yoga is a systemic science, method,
and form of teaching to understand
your body and your mind. And not
only that, but also what is beyond the
body and mind. In practicing yoga
you’ll learn how to live in nature with
harmony. It’s a way of reconnecting
with your body and mind,” Linda van
der Walt, local yoga coach and owner
of Li Yoga in Lynnwood explains.
After a long week at the office,
handling daily stress tends to become
a way of life. But what if there’s a way
to deal with stress and get some
exercise in? We definitely want in.
“Stress is not a condition created by
nature... it’s the human mind. It’s our
daily busy lifestyles, our conditioning
and our expectations that are the
major cause of stress but in yoga,
we are reconditioning what has
been conditioned through physical
exercise (Asana) , pranayam (breathing
exercise) and meditation (relaxing the
mind). In time and through practice
we release the tension and stress from
our body and mind and slowly come
back to your natural being,” Linda says.
As a form of exercise, yoga is a natural
way to increase serotonin production.
The production of serotonin, in
turn, plays a role in the treatment of
depression. It is also believed to play
a major role in happiness and can be
very effective in developing coping
skills and reaching a more positive
outlook on life.
“With the incorporation of meditation
and breathing, yoga can help improve
a person’s mental well-being. Regular
yoga practice creates mental clarity
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and calmness and even increases
body awareness,” Linda adds.
Linda continues to explain that
through yoga one realises that you
can’t control all things at the same
time. But, you can control your own
self and respond to life and situations
mindfully. The breathing and
meditation will help.
Interested? Here are a few things you
need to know about yoga.
WHAT ARE THE PHYSICAL
BENEFITS OF YOGA?
- Reduces stress
- Helps anxiety and depression
- Improves energy and sleeplessness
- Improves respiration and vitality
- Improves flexibility, strength, and
- Reduces body pain
- Maintaining metabolism
- Weight reduction
WHAT ARE THE MENTAL BENEFITS
- Manage stress
- Coping skills
- Improve mental well-being
- Mental clarity and calmness
- Increases body awareness
- Relieves chronic stress patterns
- Relaxes the mind
- Centres attention
- Sharpens concentration
HOW MANY CLASSES PER WEEK
IS NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE
Three classes per week are advisable
and classes normally run between
30 and 45 minutes per day. “Here the
quality and quantity support each
other which means the more time
you put in the more efficient the
results will be. But don’t stress about
your body in the beginning. Allow the
body and the mind to adapt to yoga
at your own pace,” Linda advises.
CAN ANYONE PRACTICE YOGA?
It doesn’t matter how old you are -
7 or 70. Without any restrictions,
anyone can start practicing yoga
without any special skills. All you
need is an open mind, can-do
attitude, acceptance and adjustment.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT CLASSES
FOR DIFFERENT LEVELS?
For beginners the slow Hatha and
warm-up series are great. Thereafter
you can start with the more intense
Ashtanga series and then move
into the Vinyasa Flow for the more
advanced practitioners. “It is also a
personal preference, I absolutely love
Hatha yoga and some people prefer
to stick to one type so the body
can gradually adapt to the Asanas
exercises,” Linda says.
WHAT EQUIPMENT AND
CLOTHING ARE NEEDED TO
“We call it props and as a beginner
you only need a yoga mat. Yoga belts,
cushions and bricks can also be used.
Bring comfy clothes and a smile to
class, we supply the rest,” Linda says.
HOW MUCH DOES A CLASS COST?
Class costs varies. Linda offers digital
yoga classes to busy moms or
working woman who have limited
time to exercise at R199 per month
and it can be done in the comfort
of their own homes. Weekly group
classes are R320 per month and drop
in classes are R110 per class.
WHAT DO CORPORATE
“It’s very beneficial for corporates to
look after their staff’s well being. By
offering an onsite yoga class, you
are making an investment in your
organization. You are demonstrating
a concern for your employees which
translates to increased morale.
You are providing a teambuilding
opportunity; employees relate to
one another outside the confines
of their roles in your organization,
relationships and contributing to
increased productivity. I offer
30 min weekly sessions and it can be
facilitated either indoors or outdoors
at the company.
WHAT IS A YOGA PARTY?
With more and more people
becoming more mindful and
approaching health in a more holistic
manner, a yoga party is a great way to
spend a birthday, bachelorette or any
special occasions with friends.
“At Li Yoga we offer green smoothies,
a healthy breakfast table, floral crowns
and a 60 minute yoga session at your
party venue/home. We can provide
theme coloured mats and assist as
much or as little as required,” Linda
says. For more information or to book
a class, get in contact with Linda at
YOGA WITH HEART
Linda has started a community
outreach project where she offers
yoga classes to people who may not
have ever tried yoga. She’s in the
process of registering her NPO and
is currently working with a group of
25 refugees in PTA CBD. “The impact
that this weekly class and interaction
has made on their lives are beautiful
to see. My goal is to expand my
community yoga to orphanages,
elderly homes and female inmates.
I truly believe by assisting the body
we are opening the mind and growth,
so transformation and happiness
can take place,” Linda explains. To
get involved please contact Linda at
The reverse prayer/penguin pose is
an upper body posture that helps
strengthen your arms, shoulders and
targets your arms and abdomen.
Singing bowls make a vibrating
sound and are often used to promote
relaxation at the end of sessions.
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Images: CRESCENT STUDIO
When last did you and your love (or a group of friends) sit down for a
delicious meal at a fancy restaurant? Well, there’s no time like the present.
Here are a few of our favourite local foodie hotspots. Enjoy!
THE SOCIAL GRILL
Situated just outside of town in Pretoriuspark,
The Social Grill is a must visit. Grab a drink or sit down
for a meal with the family at this tranquil hotspot.
Surrounded by nature, you are sure to relax and unwind
while the classic food creations (with a modern twist)
will most definitely tickle your taste buds. Oh, and then
there’s the braai areas…
The extensive menu includes yummy options like the
Voortrekker salad (mixed greens, dukkah, butternut,
biltong, avo slices and feta), Spatchcock (700g chicken
flattie marinated in creamy peri-peri sauce, flame grilled),
baby beets (pickled baby beetroot topped with feta,
mint and balsamic glaze with wholegrain mustard) and
tiramisu. On Sundays, they have #SouvlaSundays – a
Greek-styled feast so make sure to swing by.
Trading hours: Tuesday to Thursday 11am till 10pm, Friday
to Saturday 11am till 11pm, Sunday 11am till 6pm.
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Created with the aim to become completely selfsustainable
by creating an entire “ecosystem” - from the
fish and vegetables to the livestock used, Fermier creates
a dining experience where not only the tender cuts are
used, but rather the whole animal (head to tail cooking).
Even the building seems to have ‘organically’ grown from
the earth as soil from the area has been used to build
rammed earth walls, poles as the skeleton and recycled
wood for the classing and doors. The overall feel – farm
life. To enhance the look and feel the crockery, tables
and chairs have all been designed and handmade by
the artisans from the Karoo Yard where the restaurant is
situated. Their nine-course menu will set you back R650
per person and a wine pairing is R350.
Trading hours: Tuesday to Saturday set seating time is 7pm.
Book now: 076-072-5261 or send an email to
Ask any true foodie about Central. and they won’t
be able to stop gushing. Located in the heart of
the Village, Hazelwood, the restaurant has been 25
years in the making. If you love Mediterranean food,
then Central. is the place to be. As the origins of the
name suggest, Central. is all about family, food and
love, all that is central to owner Dino Retosos’ heart.
Their menu is pretty impressive and they have
quite the meat selection. Vegetarian?
No problem, try the Shiitake Mushroom Moussaka,
Spring Rosotto or the Big Green Central. Bowl.
Even the drinks menu will have you impressed: nonalcoholic
options, beers (local, international and
craft), cocktails, gin, wine, whisky and more.
Trading hours: Monday to Saturday 8am till 4pm
Book now: 012-340-0123 or send
an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ever felt like you just want to escape the hustle and
bustle of city life? What if we told you that you could
do just that without actually leaving the city’s borders?
Yup! Swartskaap Bistro, situated at Sherewood Lodge in
Shere is just the place to grab a coffee and something
to eat when daily life gets too hectic. The team has a
simple and fresh homemade food philosophy while
the relaxing and casual atmosphere that Sherewood
has to offer makes for the perfect backdrop to any
event – dinner with your love, coffee with the girls,
or birthday celebrations. Choose between the many
breakfast options, snacks and sandwiches, freshly made
salads, Swartskaap’s homemade pie and sweet treats.
Or just fall in for a glass (or two) of wine.
Trading hours: Tuesday to Friday 07:30am till 5pm,
Saturday to Sunday 8am till 12pm. Open for dinner
Thursday and Fridays, booking is essential.
Call: 012-809-2398. Details: www.sherewoodlodge.co.za
WHISK WINE BAR
This laid-back venue offers quality and delicious food
and drinks in a relaxed environment. Oh, and this isn’t
your typical wine bar either. They have a large outdoor
play area, so you can bring the kids along. How cool is that? It’s
a firm favourite among Irene residents and the bar boasts one
of the widest varieties of spirits in the Pretoria area, so you know
you want to swing by for a taste. The menu includes a few family
secret recipes and the venue is perfect for all kinds of events
and functions, including kids parties. Choose between gourmet
sandwiches and wraps, pies, grills, salads, burgers, pizzas, pasta or
their hearty meals. And their desserts. Oh, the desserts!
Von Pickartz waffles, deep fried Oreo cookies with Nutella sauce
and ice-cream (Milk & Cookies), deepfried cheesecake springrolls
with cream or ice cream (Cheesarillos) and more. Yum!
Trading hours: Monday to Thursday 7am till 11pm,
Friday 7am till midnight, Saturday 8am till midnight
and Sunday 8am till 5pm.
Details: 012-667-2883 or visit www.whiskwinebar.com
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Inside the Chapel
The Banquet Hall
1769 Candlewood Lane, Louwlardie, Centurion
LUXURY AND ROMANCE IN
THE HEART OF CENTURION
If you’re looking for the perfect venue to tie the knot at, you’ll absolutely
fall in love with Candlewoods Boutique Venue in Centurion.
It has everything from the beautiful landscaped gardens, tranquil environment and picturesque
buildings which screams romance.
“Candlewoods Boutique Venue is the most beautiful venue, in a quiet suburban area. Driving
past on numerous occasions created dreams inside me, and as an old friend of mine always
says, ‘If you can dream it, you can do it!’ The owners have known me for quite some time, and
they offered me a lease agreement from March 2019 where I operate as business owner, Willie
van Zyl explains.
From the first step onto the property it’s easy to see why so many couples decide to get married at
Candlewoods Boutique Venue. The property boasts the most beautiful architectural features that
gives the venue a contemporary classic feel. The chapel features the most beautiful stained-glass
windows and the venue has the most impressive imported chandeliers. “The venue already had
so much character, we only changed the menu and service according to our business standards,”
The Candlewoods Chapel officially opened on 1 December 2009 and the venue followed suit
So what sets Candlewoods Boutique Venue apart from all the other wedding venues in and
around Pretoria, you might ask?
“Definitely our beautiful classic venue, personal attention, attention to detail and our mouthwatering
menus. Every function is special to us and we want to put our signature on each,” Willie
explains their philosophy.
Candlewoods Boutique Venue is the perfect venue for weddings, conferences, corporate
functions, birthday functions, year-end functions, launches, team building and more. If you have a
celebration, Candlewoods is the place to be.
For a formal function the venue can accommodate up to 180 guests and the minimum guest
count for a function is 60. Conferences can be booked for between 15 and 100 guests.
Chapel wedding packages include chapel hire, the podium, a red carpet, rose petals as confetti,
décor, flowers and more while the banquet hall package includes everything from welcoming
drinks to flowers, the wedding cake and a cash bar. Trust us, their in-house catering and décor
specialists will ensure an unforgettable experience.
Candlewoods also offers off-site catering and events. The in-house coordinating team will assist in
all aspects of planning and logistics to ensure your event goes off without a hitch.
And don’t forget about the guesthouse on the estate. It has 17 rooms and a bridal cottage for you
and your guests to stay at after partying the night away. Candlewoods Guest House is a Victorian
style building with a pich roof and wooden windows. It dates back to 1859 and is built on a farm
originally owned by Rasmus Erasmus. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and a great view over
Centurion it’s the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is situated close to
Centurion Mall, SuperSport Park, the Pretoria City Centre, Midrand and Johannesburg.
Oh, and while you are there make sure to check out the Spa de la Veille. Treatments include back,
neck and shoulder massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, a romantic package for two, tanning
treatments and a Roman Bath.
Bookings are essential and do keep an eye out on the Candlewoods Boutique Venue Facebookpage
for dinner and theatre events hosted from time to time. It’s a real treat.
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Magic of Makalali
Some of the best sightings SA reserves can offer. Charismatic field guides
and charming bush textures. An authentic African experience awaits...
Compiled by: Daniella Graham
From seeking big and small game to telling bushveld tales, the field guides
take you on an extraordinary African adventure.
There’s something wonderfully romantic about Makalali River Lodge and
the bathtubs that overlook the reserve are one of the highlights.
A Land Cruiser’s engine roars into
action. Hippos groan. Buffaloes grunt.
These are (some of ) the sounds of
Africa. They surrounded us recently as
we sat at a waterhole in the
26 000-hectare Aha Makalali Private
Game Reserve near Hoedspruit.
What was that? A lion growling? No,
it was someone’s stomach grumbling
… time for sundowners. It wasn’t
long before we were standing with a
cool G&T in one hand and a stick of
dry wors in the other. Aware of the
wildness around us.
On our first afternoon game drive we’d
already spotted two of the Big Five
and, during our short stay, we’d go on
to see a further two of these big game
animals, as well as a pack of wild dogs
We couldn’t possibly take credit for
spotting the game first – the field
guides and trackers are excellent. They
have a great sense of humour – they
tell us they ‘eat their carrots’. When the
message, ‘We want to see a spotted
leopard,’ reached our field guide during
a game of broken telephone, he
laughed heartily and joked, ‘Oh, you
want to see a spotted leopard? Today
we were going to look for a plain one!’
We learn the tourism group, Tourvest
is educating even more field guides
through a fully-sponsored course at
the Tourvest Field Guide Academy,
based at the reserve.
The field guides make sundowners
far from ordinary. On our last evening,
lanterns were set up in a circle at a
spot in the reserve. A gin bar to one
side. Comfy cushions scattered in the
middle. It was ‘Bush TV’ at its finest.
Impalas and wildebeest grazed a little
distance away, while daring blackbacked
jackals crept close to the
snack table, hoping to score a piece
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The game-viewing experience continues at the
lodges, even while you take a cool splash in the pool.
Pictured here is the Main Lodge pool.
of biltong. They didn’t! As darkness
fell, we heard an unfamiliar sound…
another of the Big Five!
Yes, we’re bragging... but with some
of the best game viewing South
African reserves can offer – trust
us – it’s tough to leave the game
drives. But the bush adventures
continue at Makalali. You can
choose to stay at the Main Lodge
or River Lodge – both are set in the
reserve without a boundary fence
which fuels your authentic African
experience. The décor, design and
textures at these lodges scream
bushveld, and swimming in any of
the pools becomes a game-viewing
experience. We watched warthogs
wallowing in the mud near the Main
At night, an African tale and piece
of sweet fudge was placed by our
turned-down bed. One night, we
found a little decorated box with
a cute handmade pottery animal
inside - ours was a zebra and there
are six others in the collection. This
lovely keepsake was crafted by artists
from Gala Star – a company that
enables underprivileged people to
improve their lives by making art
that’s sold in the tourism market.
The luxurious rooms at the main
lodge are hotel-like and cosy with
a spacious bathroom… and an
outdoor shower. You can get two
rooms with an inter-leading door –
handy for families.
Planning a romantic getaway?
Book the River Lodge. Perfect
for a honeymoon! And fret not
when they don’t give you a key for
your room – you don’t need one!
The rooms’ design and décor are
charmingly bona fide bushveld –
think a mosquito net-draped bed,
cosy fireplace and comfy seat on
the veranda. And you’ll probably feel
very, very clean because who could
resist a splash in the oh-so-appealing
outdoor shower, indoor shower and
bathtub overlooking the reserve. The
bathrooms are so impressive they
Make a booking
have a bay window seating area, for
A bush holiday isn’t really complete
without dinner in a boma… try the
sweet home-made bread and the
venison meat dishes which have
a uniquely African touch – think
kudu potjie or crocodile sosaties.
It’s definitely a ditch-the-diet kind
of holiday… in-between brekkie,
lunch and dinner there are pre-game
drive snacks – like decadent chocchip
cookies in the mornings and
afternoon high tea – as well as bush
coffees and sundowners in
In short... when the toughest part
of your day is dodging wayward
hanging branches as your field guide
seeks a terrific sighting, you know
you’re in a magical place.
Main Lodge superior rooms from R4 520 a person sharing, for a maximum of two
people a room and one child under the age of three in a cot. There are interleading
rooms for a maximum of two people a room and children over the age of
two will need their own bed, and are charged at 50 per cent of the adult-sharing
rate. River Lodge suites from R6 225 a person sharing with a maximum of two
adults a suite. There’s one family suite for two adults and three children under the
age of 12, charged at 50 per cent of the adult-sharing rate. These rates include
all meals, two game drives daily and a one per cent tourism levy, but exclude
conservation levy. Details: 010-442-5888, aha.co.za and firstname.lastname@example.org
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