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Battle of the diets:<br />


A magic bushveld<br />

experience at Makalali<br />

Hello,<br />


Crushing on rugs<br />

BLUE<br />

TIFUL<br />


WIN<br />

A 365-Skin<br />

Workout pack<br />

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WHY DON’T YOU ...<br />

4 This month we’re in the mood for ...<br />

7 Great books. Award-winning wine. Happy days!<br />


8 Make the most of marvellous <strong>March</strong><br />

SOCIAL<br />

10 To infinity and beyond<br />

11 A cut above the rest<br />

PEOPLE<br />

12 Nadine Lubbe shares her love of colourful rugs and being<br />

a homebody<br />

14 Helen D’Oliveira explains why setting goals and standards is<br />

the secret to happiness<br />

BEAUTY<br />

16 Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise is our mantra this month<br />


18 The Pantone colour of <strong>2020</strong>, Classic Blue, is relaxed and easy to wear<br />

FOOD<br />

22 Which is better – a vegan or a whole plant-based diet?<br />

24 Vegan/ plant-based recipes to improve your health and boost your<br />

energy levels<br />

GARDEN<br />

26 Indoor plants are natural, living decor, bringing a room to life,<br />

changing the mood, and adding colour and texture<br />

TRAVEL<br />

32 An authentic African experience awaits at Aha Makalali Private<br />

Game Reserve<br />

WIN<br />

12 Win two rugs to the value of R8 450<br />

34 Win a 365-Skin Workout pack<br />

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<strong>March</strong> <strong>2020</strong> Get It Joburg <strong>West</strong> 03

A hot date!<br />

This month we’re in the mood for ...<br />

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

01<br />

Join us at Garden World for a<br />

fantastic afternoon with great<br />

music by Rocco de Villiers from 2pm.<br />

Tickets: R160 per person. Booking<br />

essential with Magriet on 011 957<br />

2545 or magriet@gardenworld.co.za.<br />

05<br />

Whether you need ideas and<br />

materials to indulge your<br />

creativity, or if you are looking for fun<br />

ways to de-stress, or want to make<br />

money from your hobby, Hobby-X is<br />

your go-to expo! Taking place at the<br />

Ticketpro Dome until 8 <strong>March</strong>, the<br />

show has a different mix of exhibitors<br />

and products that may include<br />

mosaic work, paper crafts, wool, yarns<br />

and needlecrafts, scrapbooking,<br />

beads, jewellery-making, cake<br />

decorating and more. Tickets: R100<br />

per person. Details: www.hobby-x.co.za.<br />

14 & 15<br />

Who says weddings need to be stressful? If your wedding is meant to<br />

be the best day of your life, we believe the build-up should be part<br />

of the fun. The Wedding Expo in partnership with Old Mutual is<br />

all about bringing the magic of weddings to life! Taking place at The<br />

Sandton Convention Centre from 10am to 5pm daily. Come and tick<br />

stationery, flowers, table decor, photographers, caterers, financial<br />

and legal advice off your to-do list. Peruse the dreamy wedding<br />

gowns, sit down with talented jewellery designers and design your<br />

wedding finery or find your perfect honeymoon. Get together with<br />

the people who are dreaming about your wedding with you – your<br />

partner, your bridesmaids, your mum. Tickets available at www.<br />

wedding-expo.co.za, quicket.co.za or at the door for R145 per adult,<br />

children under 10 enter for free. Details: www.wedding-expo.co.za.<br />

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05<br />

ACSI National Educators<br />

Conference at Glenburn<br />

Lodge until 7 <strong>March</strong>. The conference<br />

will provide insight and practical<br />

applications for your spiritual,<br />

psychological, emotional and physical<br />

well-being. Some of the speakers<br />

are Trevor Hudson, Dr Mark Manley,<br />

Marius Dohne and Mmusi Maimane.<br />

Cost: R3 600 to R4 400 (depending on<br />

membership). Details: www.acsi.co.za/<br />

Events-News.<br />

06<br />

Silverstar will be hosting two<br />

Cansa Shavathons from 9am<br />

to 6pm on the 6th, and from 10am<br />

to 6pm on the 7th at the main hotel<br />

entrance. All Shavathon donations will<br />

go towards Cansa’s care and support<br />

programmes for patients, caregivers<br />

and loved ones.<br />

07<br />

Make sure you don’t miss<br />

A Viking Thing from 10am<br />

at Rusty Hook, Honeydew. This<br />

event serves as a fundraiser for the<br />

South African medieval fighters<br />

who will soon be taking part in the<br />

International Medieval Combat<br />

Federation Championship <strong>2020</strong> in<br />

Spain. There will be plenty of food<br />

stalls, quiz challenges, a Viking quest,<br />

as well as Viking Games like archery,<br />

axe-throwing, tug of war and the<br />

farmer’s walk. Tickets: R80 per person<br />

and R40 for children under 12. Parking:<br />

R20. Details: www.quicket.co.za.<br />

08<br />

Cedar Tree Craft & Food<br />

Market will take place from<br />

10am to 3pm at Khosa Sports Club,<br />

Krugersdorp. There will live music,<br />

and pets are welcome. Entrance is fee.<br />

Details: 081 500 6884.<br />

08<br />

Centenary Car Club will be<br />

hosting an Any Wheels Day<br />

at Monument Primary School from<br />

7am where locals will not only get the<br />

chance to see classic and veteran cars,<br />

but an exciting motor show as well.<br />

This is an annual event that promises<br />

entertainment for the whole family.<br />

Entrance is free. Details: 079 502 5098.<br />

08<br />

Save this date if you don’t<br />

want to miss Jessica’s Pet<br />

Expo <strong>2020</strong>. This day, dedicated to<br />

your fur babies and four-legged best<br />

friends, will take place at Jessica’s<br />

Eagle Canyon Country Club from 9am.<br />

Details: events@jessicasrestaurants.com.<br />

13<br />

Cedar Tree Night Market will<br />

take place from 6pm to 10pm<br />

at Khosa Sports Club, Krugersdorp.<br />

There will live music, and pets are<br />

welcome. Entrance is fee. Details: 081<br />

500 6884.<br />

14<br />

Dancing Queen is a ballet<br />

and ballroom dance show<br />

with a cute cast of little and big kids,<br />

inspired by the beautiful music of<br />

Freddie Mercury and Queen. Join<br />

them at the Roodepoort Theatre at<br />

2pm or 5pm to relive your dance<br />

memories! Tickets between R50 and<br />

R150, available at Webtickets or the<br />

theatre. Details: 084 515 5561.<br />

14<br />

South African rock band<br />

Prime Circle will be taking the<br />

stage at Barnyard Theatre, Silverstar, as<br />

part of their Innocence Tour. Bring your<br />

friends along for an evening filled<br />

with good music and meaningful<br />

lyrics. Tickets: R200 per person. Details:<br />

tsogosun.com/silverstar-casino.<br />

29<br />


Don’t miss Craft Mania<br />

with Heidi Coetzee and<br />

Elani Pelser of Kunsvlyt at Urban<br />

Herbs, Tarlton, where they will be<br />

giving a class on creating mixedmedia<br />

canvases. The day will be<br />

filled with fun, laughter and crafting,<br />

and maybe a surprise or two. These<br />

master crafters will do each project<br />

with you step by step, so beginners<br />

are welcome. There will be a session<br />

at 9am and another at 1pm. It will<br />

cost you R450 per session or R800<br />

for both (includes materials needed<br />

per project; refreshments and lunch).<br />

Limited space available, so book your<br />

seat asap! Details: heidi.cas@gmail.com<br />

or 071 732 1571.<br />

29<br />

<strong>West</strong> Side Craft & Food<br />

Market from 10am to 3pm<br />

at Ramkiki Country Restaurant &<br />

Conference Centre. There is no<br />

entrance fee and secure parking, live<br />

music, and pets are welcome. Details:<br />

081 500 6884.<br />

The Rand Show is one of the most iconic annual events on our calendar<br />

– taking place from 8 to 13 April at Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec. A<br />

brand new journey awaits … Discover new on-trend content, a greater<br />

variety of experiences, activations and shows distinctive to the Rand Show.<br />

The kids are sorted too. The Marvel Find Your Power Junior Super Hero<br />

Training Academy will be there to teach the children some superhero<br />

moves, or immerse themselves in an exclusive to the Rand Show Disney<br />

Frozen 2 experience or search for Easter eggs in the giant Beacon maze. Rush<br />

Esports will be there to wow gamers at the Festival of Gaming. And there<br />

will be a feast of games, tech, geek culture and cosplay to indulge your inner<br />

geek. You can also tantalise your taste buds with exciting food and drink<br />

experiences, and learn all about farm-to-table meal prep at the Organic<br />

Farmers Market, or settle in for the Jacaranda Clash of Kitchens – a reality<br />

cooking challenge. There’s plenty for shopaholics too, with the show’s vast<br />

home makeover and shopping hall showcasing all the best brands. Buy your<br />

tickets online before 31 <strong>March</strong> and you’ll qualify for big savings for you and<br />

your family! Details: www.randshow.co.za.<br />

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Book club<br />

Great books. Award-winning wine. Happy days!<br />

Robin Cook’s medical<br />

thrillers are always<br />

unputdownable ... and<br />

Genesis doesn’t<br />

disappoint. Chief Medical<br />

Examiner Laurie<br />

Montgomery has her<br />

work cut out for her<br />

when the body of a<br />

10-weeks pregnant social<br />

worker shows up on the<br />

autopsy table. No one<br />

knows who the father is,<br />

or if he’s involved in her<br />

death. And Laurie turns<br />

to using DNA tracking to<br />

try to catch the killer.<br />

Macmillan, R299.<br />

Great books deserve a great wine.<br />

And Groote Post 2019 Seasalter<br />

is just that. The 2019 vintage of the<br />

estate’s flagship Sauvignon Blanc has<br />

been released to high acclaim, and<br />

has already snagged a placing in the<br />

2019 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10<br />

competition. It’s all citrus, stone fruit<br />

and green apple, with hints of fynbos<br />

and kelp, sea breeze and a touch of<br />

oak. Excellent with food, particularly<br />

seafood. You’ll find it at good wine<br />

stores for around R145 a<br />

bottle. Details: grootepost-wines.myshopify.<br />

com .<br />

We haven’t had a Clarkson book for a while.<br />

Oh joy. Jeremy’s back, with Really? We<br />

discover the Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost is not<br />

so much wild horse as mild pony, how the<br />

Alpina B5 is grown-up thrills in a light-speed<br />

La-Z-Boy, and what, exactly, is the point of a<br />

driverless car? Michael Joseph, R320 • When<br />

James Mercer’s family is financially ruined<br />

by the institutions they trusted, they were<br />

shattered, and he sets out to recoup what<br />

they’re owed. It’s not theft ... it’s payback. Andy<br />

McNab’s Whatever It Takes is the gripping<br />

tale of how James’s solo crusade falls foul of<br />

the very people he seeks to rob – the people<br />

who own most of the world’s wealth. Packed<br />

with relentless action that (scarily) shows the<br />

world as it really is. Bantam Press, R297 • Adam<br />

Hamdy’s Black 13 could well be the most<br />

frightening book you’ll read all year. Why?<br />

Because it‘s about the way hate, generated by<br />

radical extremists, is the world’s rising – and<br />

most terrifying – destroyer. It’s the story of ex-<br />

MI6 agent, Scott Pearce, who’s lured into the<br />

deadly fight to protect Britain from this new<br />

menace, and is a glued-to-the-pages read.<br />

Pan Macmillan, R299.<br />

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Wish list<br />

Make the most of marvellous <strong>March</strong><br />

It’s Show time!<br />

The 34th Randfontein Show promises<br />

yet another great outing for the whole<br />

family! It offers an extravaganza of<br />

non-stop fun, a variety of scrumptious<br />

food, beer gardens and top-notch<br />

entertainment from 5 to 8 <strong>March</strong><br />

at the Greenhills Stadium. It is the<br />

<strong>West</strong> Rand’s biggest food and music<br />

festival, has hundreds of stalls and a<br />

vibe like no other! Dog shows, camel<br />

rides, Champions Pro Wrestling, Chaos<br />

Strongman Show, a KidZone, Tjiff &<br />

Tjaff, a dramatic air show by the Flying<br />

Lions Aerobatic Team, a host of funfair<br />

rides and the exhilarating Sky Flyer ...<br />

But that’s not all! Live entertainment<br />

includes Die Campbells, Kurt Darren,<br />

Dirk van der <strong>West</strong>huizen, Petro de<br />

Villiers (The Voice) Vincent Gordon,<br />

Sgoob Kwela, Demi-Lee Moore, Robbie<br />

Wessels, Theuns Jordaan, Jay, Willem<br />

Botha, Early B, Nicholis Louw, Die<br />

Wildberries, Juan Boucher and Fatman<br />

to name but a few. Bands include<br />

Spoegwolf, Saarkie Rock Band, Bob<br />

Ffole, and Hennie de Bruyn and Die<br />

Kitaarkêrels. Details, programme and<br />

tickets: 011 412 2878/ 1562 or www.<br />

randfonteinshow.co.za.<br />

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Fabulous lashes<br />

Big dramatic lashes are so hot right now, but<br />

who has the time to visit the salon for lash<br />

extensions every few weeks, or to struggle<br />

with lash glue that gets everywhere except on<br />

the eyelid? That’s why we love the hassle-free<br />

magnetic lashes from Magnetic by ZelZel. It works<br />

with an easy-to-use eyeliner, which means you<br />

can get luxurious length and volume in no time –<br />

without damaging your lashes. These lashes can be<br />

used up to 20 times and give you the glam effect<br />

without the glue. What makes this product even<br />

more amazing is that it’s imported by Krugersdorp’s<br />

Zelda Kruger. R350 at magneticbyzelzel.co.za.<br />

Keeping your home earth friendly<br />

We’ve been using Woolworths’ Earth Friendly cleaning products for more<br />

than 10 years, and are chuffed as can be with the new essentials they’ve<br />

added to the range. With our ever-increasing concerns about the impact the<br />

products we buy have on our health – and the planet – we do all we can to<br />

reduce harmful products and plastic. This new range<br />

– everything from laundry pods to no-flush toilet<br />

drops, from handwash to surface wipes – are<br />

free of potentially harmful substances, are<br />

endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty, and<br />

come in fully recyclable packaging.<br />

The<br />

range has<br />

Beeswax Food Wraps<br />

and PVC-free Silicone<br />

Food Covers, travel mugs<br />

and utensil sets made from<br />

wheat straw, and stainless steel<br />

silicone straws. Embrace this<br />

new way of earth-friendly,<br />

plastic-free living … easily.<br />

Details: Woolworths.<br />

co.za.<br />

Roberto Cavalli Paradiso<br />

Azzurro is a sparkling<br />

celebration of the<br />

beauty of the<br />

Mediterranean<br />

coast. A mix of soft<br />

and delicate dewy<br />

floral notes, with<br />

intense aromatic<br />

hints of a crisp<br />

and embracing<br />

sea breeze …<br />

R1 036 for 50ml<br />

at Woolworths.<br />

We’re in love with this fabulously<br />

feminine dress style from<br />

the<br />

vibrant creations H&M has<br />

collaborated on with Colombian<br />

designer Johanna Ortiz. The main<br />

collection will be in stores this<br />

month and we simply cannot wait!<br />

Pair<br />

the dress with minimal sandals,<br />

lavish earrings and a straw bag ...<br />

Sorted! Details: h&m.co.za.<br />

Who says rum is reserved<br />

for tropical vacations?<br />

We’re quite loving Cape of<br />

Storms’ The Great White<br />

Rum. It can be enjoyed<br />

neat, and it plays nicely<br />

with a variety of mixers,<br />

including many tonics,<br />

lemonade and ginger beer.<br />

R349 from Yuppiechef.com.<br />

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Adele Wotherspoon, Janine van<br />

Loggerenberg Ferreira, Jannie van<br />

Loggerenberg and Chantell Jonker<br />

Vanessa Henn, Charmaine Agrew and Erika Visagie<br />

To infinity and beyond<br />

Infinity Group SA was introduced to the world during a fabulous launch at the<br />

Randfontein Rugby Club where shimmering drinks, cold bubbly, cheese and great<br />

entertainment were the order of the day. Looking for a great deal for your next<br />

international trip? They have it! Dreaming about a designer dress for your next event?<br />

They can find it! This brand-new Randfontein-based business specialises in<br />

pageant training, travel and events, as well as beauty and fashion, and if they<br />

do business like they throw an opening party, they won’t disappoint. int.<br />

Marie Vermaak, Margaret Mpshe<br />

and Erika van Schalkwyk<br />

Marie and Jaco Bothma<br />

Dalien Steenekamp<br />

Chamese Holtzhausen<br />

and Etienne Swart Lynda Schenker and Mari Dreyer Rosa and Jacobus van Niekerk<br />

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Kamo Moth and Xolo Busakwe<br />

Hazel Stilianou, Anneke Potgieter and Nadia Godridge<br />

A cut above the rest<br />

Oh ... we were in for a delectable treat at the grand opening of The<br />

Husser Grill at Silverstar! Not only did we sample some of the best dishes<br />

on their menu (think cured springbok loin carpaccio, Tomahawk steak<br />

and Hollandse Bitterballen, just to name a few) but we sipped on their<br />

heavenly in-house creation, Chocolate Vodka Martini. A warm, friendly<br />

atmosphere and good service await you at this 200-seater restaurant. They<br />

also boast a private dining room, which is ideal for large family gatherings,<br />

birthday parties, business meetings, corporate functions and so on.<br />

Heather Hook<br />

Mmmmm ... need we say more?<br />

Shona Jonsson and Peter Smanjak<br />

Sabastian and<br />

Calleen Thompson<br />

Edward Chamberlain-Bell<br />

and Lauren Venter<br />

Vanessa Naude and Dallace<br />

Rickson Jolly<br />

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Text: JACO-MARI HAASBROEK. Photographer: JACO BOTHMA. Make-up & hair: ELAINE BOSHOFF.<br />

We’ve<br />

got an<br />

amazingly fab give<br />

away ... One reader can<br />

win two Studio Luxury Shag<br />

014 Mauve Runners to the<br />

value of R8 450! Made in Turkey,<br />

these rugs are made of 100 per<br />

cent Micro Polyester so it is<br />

delectably soft. Visit our<br />

website at getitmagazine.<br />

co.za/joburg-west/<br />

to enter.<br />


OF RUGS<br />

Featherbrooke’s Nadine Lubbe quit her logistics career to turn her hobby into a business.<br />

This incredible businesswoman shares her love of colourful rugs and being a homebody.<br />

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Is there anything more blissful than a soft, fluffy rug<br />

beneath your toes? We don’t think so... and Nadine’s<br />

home is tastefully decorated with every rug you can<br />

think of. We are talking shags, Persians and rugs that<br />

bring a pop of colour to the room.<br />

She quit her job in the logistics industry in 2017 when<br />

she decided to turn her hobby of importing rugs from<br />

all over the world into a unique niche business, which<br />

she runs from a home office.<br />

‘My business, Rugs & Such, started as a few Facebook posts;<br />

however, I soon realised that people love rugs but that they don’t<br />

know where to find them or simply don’t have the time to look<br />

for them. I saw a gap in the market and designed a website with<br />

an incredible search engine, so interior decorators and everybody<br />

else can find their dream rug in no time.’<br />

Her love of rugs evolved over the years as she moved from home<br />

to home, and finally had more space. Each move brought the<br />

opportunity to play with colours and patterns as she furnished<br />

each new home.<br />

‘I love how a rug can just tie a room together. I get overly excited<br />

about some of the rugs my clients order and I will go to the ends<br />

of the earth to find them the perfect rug because I know it is<br />

going to be a special addition to their homes. I spend most of my<br />

time barefoot on the floor so I feel most at home on a soft and<br />

pretty rug. I want to share that feeling with the world.’<br />

She has created the largest independent online website, just<br />

for rugs. Not only can you choose from any shape and size<br />

imaginable, but her newly launched ‘Custom Design Studio’<br />

provides the opportunity to create your own rugs.<br />

Although she has a love affair with rugs, her husband and three<br />

children are the loves of her life.<br />

‘Family is very important to me and travelling is a priority for our<br />

family. We try to go skiing in the snow as a family at least every<br />

year but my husband and I have also done a lot of travelling. My<br />

favourite travel destinations we’ve been to are America, Italy,<br />

France, Austria, Croatia, Vienna, Portugal, Mauritius and Turkey. I’m<br />

very excited that we are going on another ski trip later this year.’<br />

Nadine is not afraid of working hard and in her free time, this<br />

44-year-old builds unique lights, exercises or catches up on sleep.<br />

‘You don’t get a lot of free time when you are a mother and a<br />

business owner, but my current goal is to prepare to run another<br />

Two Oceans marathon.’<br />

She has a very close-knit group of confidants because she<br />

believes in having a deep friendship with a few people rather<br />

than having a huge circle of friends. Her twin sister is her<br />

best friend and they share a connection she is yet to find in<br />

another friendship.<br />

‘I’m very loyal and I’ll mess up anyone who tries to hurt my<br />

loved ones. I’m also very invested in everything I do, and I tend<br />

to overdo some things in all aspects of my life but I don’t see<br />

anything wrong with that – it’s just who I am.’<br />

Being a creative soul, her Bohemian and Moroccan styles reflect<br />

not only in her clothes, but also in her home decor and in her<br />

favourite rugs.<br />

‘I just want to be happy and when I’m being creative with rugs, I’m<br />

in my happy place ... I hope that one of our children will someday<br />

take over this business as the empire I know it will become.’<br />

Details: 082 338 0299 or follow her on Instagram, ‘rugs_and_such’<br />

and Facebook, ‘Rugs & Such’.<br />

Nadine’s tips to selecting the<br />

perfect rug for every space<br />

in your home:<br />

• Measure twice, check thrice!<br />

• The most important point in selecting a rug<br />

for a dining room is that the chairs should never<br />

move off the rug when being used. Be sure to<br />

consider the size of the chairs as well. If you have<br />

a table with extensions that are often used, it is<br />

best to consider a slightly larger rug.<br />

• When selecting a rug for an oval dining table<br />

allow at least 70cm to 90cm around each<br />

side of the table so that the chairs can be<br />

accommodated.<br />

• To find the perfect rug for your bedroom, it<br />

is crucial to decide the layout that you prefer<br />

and the feel that you want under your feet in<br />

the morning. By having a 70cm to 80cm border<br />

around the bed, you help your body transition<br />

from a soft bed to your busy day.<br />

• A bigger rug allows for warmth throughout the<br />

room, and leaves room to play with your space<br />

and enlarge the appearance of your setting.<br />

• The living room is the perfect space to show<br />

your own personal style and to explore new<br />

design aesthetics. You can decide on one rug to<br />

anchor the room, or several smaller ones to work<br />

with the space. This allows you to rearrange later<br />

on if you decide you want a change, but want to<br />

work with what you already have.<br />

• There are different padding options to allow a<br />

rug to breathe, avoid unnecessary damage and<br />

wear; or just add luxurious padding to create an<br />

even more plush effect.<br />

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A POT OF<br />

'GOALS'<br />

Text: JACO-MARI HAASBROEK. Photographer: JACO BOTHMA.<br />

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Meet Helen D’Oliveira, an<br />

artsy businesswoman and<br />

mom from Muldersdrift<br />

who did the Camino de<br />

Santiago by herself. She<br />

explains why setting goals<br />

and standards is the secret<br />

to happiness.<br />

The word ‘can’t’ isn’t in<br />

Helen’s vocabulary. Goaloriented,<br />

determined<br />

and feisty, she has<br />

completely shattered the<br />

stereotype that creative<br />

people are disorganised<br />

and all over the place. We have never<br />

met a woman quite like Helen who<br />

knows exactly where she is heading<br />

in life.<br />

She has been involved in building<br />

Avianto Venue and Hotel’s brand<br />

for the past 15 years and is the<br />

mastermind behind For Goodness<br />

Sake, Mustardseed and Moonshine,<br />

Affordable Adventures Team Building,<br />

Event Inspirations with partner Tasha<br />

Schoeman, and her newest project, For<br />

Goodness Bake, will be opening soon.<br />

When we sat down for a quick cup of<br />

coffee, Helen produced a journal full<br />

of profound messages and tips for a<br />

happy life.<br />

‘I have started journalling daily – it’s<br />

one of the many habits that you must<br />

learn to be happy. You should also try<br />

to be positive and kind, and of course,<br />

eat healthily and exercise a lot.’<br />

She discovered this recipe to<br />

happiness while researching teambuilding<br />

for her own staff.<br />

‘We are stuck in the lives we live

ecause of the standards we set for ourselves. To<br />

change that, you should start new daily rituals that will<br />

contribute to your success. That is why I decided to do<br />

the Camino de Santiago on my own in 2019.’<br />

The Camino was everything but easy for this 46-yearold.<br />

Second to raising her three children, this<br />

800km walk she completed in 35 days was the most<br />

challenging thing she has ever done.<br />

‘When I started, I realised I was a bit overweight and<br />

unfit, and there were a lot of seasoned walkers. I<br />

was quite intimidated and the first 10 days were the<br />

hardest. I wanted to give up almost every day but every<br />

time I felt like quitting, my husband phoned me and<br />

convinced me to put out my boots and clothes, go to<br />

sleep and get up the next morning and walk again …<br />

And I did it.’<br />

She documented the whole experience on her blog<br />

www.helendo.co.za throughout her journey and for<br />

her, the best part and the worst part of the experience<br />

were finishing.<br />

‘I learned a lot about myself during the trip and I<br />

realised that setting small goals and consistency were<br />

key to completing it. I think that’s how you should<br />

handle everything in life.’<br />

Being a working mom is hard work, but Helen<br />

wouldn’t have it any other way. She also teaches her<br />

children to set goals for themselves and work hard to<br />

achieve them.<br />

‘When you are a mom, you are raising actual human<br />

beings and you have to remember that every day,<br />

especially when they are teenagers. I’m very proud of<br />

who they are and the women they are growing up to<br />

be. We recently set a new rule in our home that we have<br />

to eat at least one meal together a day so we can be<br />

more involved in each others lives.’<br />

When Helen isn’t busy with her projects, businesses<br />

or parenting, you can find her on a tuk-tuk or in a<br />

restaurant in some side street in another country.<br />

‘I enjoy seeing and experiencing culture, so when I<br />

travel, I travel differently from other people. Rather<br />

than driving in a car and staying in a luxurious hotel,<br />

I’d be on a bicycle or motorcycle, taking it all in.<br />

America, China, India and Thailand are just some of<br />

my most memorable trips ... I try to get to know the<br />

community. One thing I learned from travelling, is<br />

that we are all people and we all experience the same<br />

things. It doesn’t matter if you are the queen or if you<br />

are Angelina Jolie, we all have to eat, sleep, brush our<br />

teeth, go to the loo and raise our children. We are all<br />

just human.’<br />

Helen is the definition of a creative genius and has a<br />

talent for making something beautiful out of nothing.<br />

She is always busy making jewellery, dresses or pots,<br />

but she also likes to work in the garden or create<br />

delicious dishes in the kitchen.<br />

‘My style is a bit eclectic and I’m not scared to try new<br />

things. My love of earthy tones and raw material reflects<br />

in my personal style as well as my creations. I don't<br />

believe in following trends because I make my own.'<br />

We will be keeping an eye out for Helen's future<br />

projects as well as the opening of For Goodness Bake.<br />

Helen visiting the wine tap at Bodegas<br />

Irache along the Camino de Santiago.<br />

Quick facts about Helen:<br />

Do you prefer food, travel or art? I can’t<br />

choose between the three so if I had it my<br />

way I’d be eating in an art gallery in an exotic<br />

country.<br />

What is one thing no one knows about<br />

you? I met my husband through a magazine<br />

(... in the days before Tinder).<br />

In what clique were you in school? I was a<br />

nerd, but an exciting one.<br />

Who is your hero? My husband.<br />

Rain vs sunshine? Sunshine all the way.<br />

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Dermatological French<br />

Laboratoire SVR’s Hydraline<br />

Riche is an intense moisturising<br />

cream, promising 24-hour<br />

hydration, comfort and radiance.<br />

R210. Laboratoire SVR<br />

Physiopure Micellar Water is<br />

perfect for women looking for<br />

make-up removal in a single step.<br />

It works on face, eyes and lips<br />

and has a non-sticky finish. R277.<br />

Available from Clicks.<br />

NUXE Crème fraîche de beauté<br />

cream is a moisturising cream<br />

with plant milks and algae extract.<br />

It promises a whopping 48-hour<br />

hydration. It also soothes and<br />

protects it from pollution, leaving<br />

it looking fresh, soft and full all<br />

day long. R495 from Woolworths,<br />

Truworths and Foschini.<br />

For a moisture-loaded<br />

cream for your face,<br />

try Filorga Hydra–<br />

Filler Pro-youth<br />

Boosting Moisturiser,<br />

which helps the skin<br />

to self-regulate its<br />

moisture levels and<br />

also prevents moisture<br />

from being lost. R905<br />

Filorga’s Anti-ageing<br />

Micellar Solution is an<br />

anti-ageing cleansing<br />

formulation that allows<br />

you to clean your skin<br />

and remove make-up<br />

in one single step, with<br />

no need to rinse. R450.<br />

Both from Edgars.<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO.<br />

365 Skin Workout‘s Skin Hydrating Serum deeply moisturises and re-plumps skin<br />

to diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Great for refreshing the delicate eye area, too. R775.<br />

The Ultimate Day hydrates and promotes a healthy skin barrier, visibly improving the<br />

appearance and texture of the skin. R530. Both from Sorbet stores. • Elizabeth Arden<br />

Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex is a lightweight, oil-free gel cream<br />

that provides continuous hydration for a full 24 hours. It also evens skin tone and texture,<br />

and minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. R315 from Edgars, Foschini and<br />

Woolworths • Exuviance Deep Hydration Treatment is a water-gel formula that simply<br />

melts into your skin, refilling deep moisture reserves and neutralising daily environmental<br />

damage while you sleep. R920. Details: genop.co.za/stockists.<br />

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Just add<br />

WATER<br />

Moisturise, moisturise,<br />

moisturise is our<br />

mantra this month<br />

For moisture-loaded products for hair, we love Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream (R485) and Weighless Hydrating<br />

Mask (R555), just two of the incredible products in this range. It’s one of those ranges where you just can’t go wrong.<br />

Details: moroccanoil.com/za • Great, too, is the Biosense range ... this Hydrate Shampoo (R170) and Hydrate Conditioner<br />

(R180) are regular products in our shower. Details: biosense.co.za • For powerful anti-ageing without irritation, try the Bio-<br />

Hydrating Cream from NeoStrata’s Restore range. High strength, it’s designed to reduce the visible signs of ageing,<br />

exfoliates and restores a healthy looking texture and is suitable for even the most sensitive skin. R531 Details: genop.co.za/<br />

stockists • Gatineau Aquamemory Concentrate is an intensive light-weight serum designed to dramatically boost moisture<br />

levels, providing immediate and long-lasting relief for tight, dry skin. R930, from Woolworths, Truworths & Dis-Chem. • GOSH<br />

Copenhagen’s Micellar Cleansing Water (R195), which purifies the skin while reducing shine and visible pores, is one of<br />

the exceptional products in this range. Also look out for the 24 Hour Moisture Cream (R395) and 24 Hour Moisture Gel<br />

(R395). You’ll find them at Edgars.<br />

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Of course you can wear classic blue only, such as classic blue jeans and an upper outfit<br />

in the same blue. However, if you want to have some fun and create a more chic<br />

look, we suggest you try to pair classic blue with baby blue, which is a little<br />

unexpected but harmonious colour pairing. Vivid baby blue makes<br />

calm classic blue look more chic and vibrant. These two<br />

colours are the perfect complement to each other.<br />

Flower stud<br />

earrings, R19,99,<br />

Mr Price<br />

Maybelline<br />

Diamond Glow<br />

eyeshadow in<br />

blue drama,<br />

R100, Clicks<br />

Bow blouse,<br />

R299,95, Edgars<br />

Danica ankle<br />

strap heel - R499,<br />

Superbalist.com<br />

Straight leg jeans,<br />

R279,95, Edgars<br />


The Pantone colour of <strong>2020</strong>, Classic Blue, is a timeless and deep shade<br />

of blue. It can be characterised as minimal and simple yet striking,<br />

especially in fashion. This shade of blue is relaxed and easy to wear.<br />

Roodepoort's personal brand stylist, and hair and make-up artist, Erin Smylie, loves<br />

Classic Blue. She describes the shade of blue as cool and relaxed, and says every<br />

person probably already owns a piece of clothing in this shade.<br />



•<br />

Classic blue is a bold, versatile colour to wear. Bodysuits and jumpsuits are an easy<br />

way to make a big statement with this fun colour trend. If you need something more<br />

formal, a well-tailored dress will be a great piece. For a slightly casual feel, a blue blazer<br />

with a white T-shirt and jeans will be perfect.<br />

• Bringing a trending colour into your wardrobe through accessories is easy.<br />

You can jazz up any outfit with a blue cellphone cover, jewellery, a handbag or<br />

notebook. Hair accessories are also a fun way to play with colour, and we have<br />

so<br />

many great options at the moment – from headbands to hair clips, scrunchies<br />

and hair scarves ... You can play with different<br />

accessories and see what works best with<br />

your outfit.<br />

• Shoes and bags are a good way to add a pop of<br />

blue. Blue and black go perfectly together, so you<br />

don't have to worry about what colour to wear it<br />

with, and you can just buy a beautiful handbag or<br />

classic stilettos and that's perfect for a night out.<br />

• If you are adventurous, you can play around<br />

with a blue eyeliner, or mascara. Adding a blue<br />

colour pallette as a solid colour on your nails or<br />

in<br />

some nail art is also edgy.<br />

Details: Contact Erin on 082 681 0642 or visit<br />

www.erinsmylie.co.za.<br />

Erin Smylie<br />

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Essie Aruba blue<br />

nail polish, R99,<br />

Superbalist.com<br />

Drawstring<br />

sleeve v-neck<br />

dress, R480,<br />

Woolworths<br />

Embroidered<br />

scarf, R120,<br />

Contempo<br />

© <strong>2020</strong> Jockey International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Jockey is a registered trademark of Jockey International inc.<br />

V-Neck<br />

camisole, R599,<br />

Forever New<br />

Scrunchie, R49,<br />

Cotton On<br />

Colette by Colette<br />

Hayman Milly<br />

wristlet purse,<br />

R339,50, Foschini

Vegan<br />

Plant-based<br />

All of us are into healthy living and eating clean, but which is better – a vegan or<br />

a whole plant-based diet? Krugersdorp’s dietitian, Chene van Rensburg spills the<br />

beans on the good, the bad and the ugly of both diets.<br />

Sharing her extensive experience in community nutrition,<br />

clinical medical nutrition therapy, food service<br />

nutrition therapy and nutrition research, Chene is<br />

making the <strong>West</strong> Rand a lot healthier, one meal at<br />

a time.<br />

She is a registered dietitian and although many<br />

people see dietitians as ‘food police’, Chene can be<br />

tempted with a pizza any time. We are glad to hear<br />

that just like any person who loves food (... who<br />

doesn’t?) dietitians do enjoy the occasional<br />

guilty pleasure.<br />

‘I have worked in the industry<br />

for seven years.<br />

I am the new Pure<br />

Health Dietitian<br />

in Krugersdorp<br />

and the new<br />

Living Links<br />

Dietitian<br />

in Randfontein. In addition, I am part of an amazing<br />

dietetic team at Netcare Krugersdorp Private Hospital.’<br />

Chene is a people person and uses her passion for the<br />

science of nutrition to make an immense contribution<br />

to the community through nutrition advocacy, education<br />

and clinical nutrition interventions.<br />

‘The best overall health tips I can give someone is to<br />

avoid processed foods and go back to fresh, whole<br />

foods without added sugar, salt, preservatives, colourants,<br />

flavourants and chemicals.’<br />

She believes that a whole plant-based diet that excludes<br />

processed foods and food products will be one<br />

of the most prominent health trends in <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

‘I think diets like the Mediterranean Diet will make a<br />

huge comeback since it is the ultimate example of a<br />

whole plant-based diet where meat and animal products<br />

are consumed in small amounts and not daily.’<br />

Details: Pure Health Centre, Krugersdorp on 011 954 6091<br />

or Living Links, Randfontein on 076 611 1131.<br />

Chene van<br />

Rensburg<br />

Hot tip: Chene suggests that if you want to make the<br />

switch to a vegan or whole plant-based diet, you should<br />

start by gradually reducing meat and dairy intake, eating<br />

an entirely plant-based meal once a week or swapping out<br />

one animal product for a plant-based one.<br />

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Vegan diet<br />

Donald Watson coined the term ‘vegan’ in 1944 to describe<br />

someone who fully abstains from all animal products for<br />

ethical reasons. Over time, more and more people have<br />

started to adopt the vegan diet for reasons other than<br />

animal welfare, such as their health and the environment.<br />


• A vegan diet is strictly against animal products in every<br />

form. Not only do vegans not eat meat, chicken, fish, dairy,<br />

eggs, animal fats, gelatine derived from animal sources<br />

or honey, they also do not wear animal products or use<br />

products tested on animals.<br />

• This diet is known for the higher nutrient content of the<br />

foods consumed, weight loss, stabilisation of blood sugar<br />

levels, improved kidney function, protection against cancer<br />

and cardiovascular diseases, and a reduction in inflammatory<br />

conditions such as arthritis – if followed correctly.<br />

• Although some people thrive on a vegan diet, it is<br />

considered an extreme diet because of how many foods it<br />

excludes, as well as the potential for nutritional deficiencies,<br />

which can lead to hormonal disruptions, increased<br />

risk of leaky gut syndrome, risk of anaemia, greater risk of<br />

depression, vitamin B12 and zinc deficiencies, too much<br />

carbohydrates, and risk of eating disorders such as orthorexia<br />

which is characterised by an over-fixation on healthy<br />

eating patterns.<br />

Whole plant-based diet<br />

With a whole plant-based diet, the vast majority<br />

of food comes from plants. There is no ethical<br />

connotation to this diet and it doesn’t necessarily<br />

mean that you have to eliminate animal<br />

products completely.<br />


• This diet is centred on whole, unrefined or<br />

minimally refined plant foods and excludes or<br />

minimises meat, dairy products, eggs, and highly<br />

refined foods such as bleached flour, refined<br />

sugar, and oil.<br />

• Nutrition research has found that plant-based<br />

eating diets that offer all the necessary protein,<br />

fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals for<br />

optimal health are often higher in fibre and phytonutrients,<br />

and reduce cardiovascular disease,<br />

metabolic syndrome, diabetes, certain cancers,<br />

depression, and in older adults, a decreased risk<br />

of frailty, along with better mental and physical<br />

function.<br />

• Unfortunately, this diet also has risks such as<br />

deficiencies in nutrients such as vitamin B12, iron,<br />

protein and omega-3 fatty acids, but it can be<br />

readily overcome by choosing the right plantbased<br />

foods and, when necessary, supplements.<br />

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EATING<br />

CLEAN<br />

To improve your health and boost your energy<br />

levels, Weltevreden Park’s chef from Everything<br />

Healthy, Alexandra Sparrow shares some of<br />

her favourite vegan/ plant-based recipes.<br />

Chickpea avocado tacos<br />

Ingredients: 5 tortillas or large lettuce<br />

leaves; 1 can chickpeas, drained and<br />

rinsed; 1 ripe avocado, mashed; 70ml<br />

fresh cilantro, finely chopped; 250ml<br />

shredded slaw mix or thinly chopped<br />

cabbage and carrots; 2,5ml crushed red<br />

pepper flakes; salt and pepper to taste;<br />

sliced jalapeños (optional); Sriracha sauce<br />

Method: Mix all the filling ingredients in<br />

a bowl and lightly mash until everything<br />

is well incorporated. Heat the tortillas in<br />

a large skillet for about a minute on each<br />

side. Scoop some of the filling mixture<br />

into each tortilla or lettuce leaf. Drizzle<br />

with Sriracha sauce and add extras.<br />

Alexandra Sparrow<br />

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One-pot red lentil dal<br />

Ingredients: 750ml water; 500ml dried red lentils; 1 can<br />

coconut milk; 15ml curry powder; 10ml turmeric; 5ml<br />

cumin; 5ml ginger; salt and pepper to taste<br />

Method: Bring water to a boil, then add lentils and<br />

coconut milk. Return mixture to a boil then reduce<br />

to simmer. Cook for 10 minutes, until the lentils have<br />

softened, then stir in spices and cook for another 5<br />

minutes. Serve with quinoa, cauliflower rice, white/<br />

brown rice.<br />

Butternut quinoa salad<br />

Ingredients:<br />

250ml dried quinoa; 425ml water;<br />

5ml garlic powder; 6 cups butternut,<br />

peeled, seeded and diced into<br />

small cubes; 1 medium red onion,<br />

diced; 15ml olive oil; 125ml dried<br />

cranberries; 125ml raw pecans; 2<br />

handfuls of baby kale; 60ml orange<br />

juice; 2,5ml cinnamon; mineral salt and<br />

fresh ground pepper, to taste; a handful of<br />

pomegranate seeds (optional)<br />

Method:<br />

Heat the oven to 200°C. Spread the<br />

butternut and onion on a baking sheet<br />

lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with<br />

oil, sprinkle with 2,5ml of the garlic powder,<br />

the mineral salt and pepper. Roast for about<br />

20–30 minutes, stirring once or twice. When<br />

tender, remove from the oven and sprinkle<br />

the cranberries on top.<br />

In a medium pot, bring the quinoa, water<br />

and the other half of the garlic powder to a<br />

boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer<br />

to a gentle boil for 15 minutes. Remove from<br />

heat, uncover and let rest for 15 minutes.<br />

In a small bowl, combine the orange juice<br />

and cinnamon.<br />

In a large serving bowl, add the quinoa,<br />

butternut squash mixture, kale and pecans.<br />

Drizzle with the dressing, and toss to<br />

combine. Season with salt and pepper.<br />

Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled.<br />

No<br />

time (or not<br />

in the mood!) to<br />

make healthy food?<br />

Alexandra can make<br />

your very own pre-packed<br />

vegan meals. Simply<br />

mail her at alexandra@<br />

everythinghealthy.<br />

co.za for more<br />

info.<br />

Chocolate chia pudding<br />

Ingredients:<br />

250ml almond milk; 60ml chia seeds;<br />

30ml cocoa powder; 15ml maple<br />

syrup; 2,5ml vanilla extract; pinch of<br />

sea salt<br />

Method: Whisk ingredients in a bowl<br />

or glass jar. Let it sit for a few minutes<br />

and then whisk again to prevent the<br />

chia seeds from clumping together<br />

as they absorb the liquid.<br />

Let the mixture chill in the fridge for<br />

at least 30 minutes or overnight.<br />

When you’re ready to enjoy the chia<br />

pudding, gently mix and scoop into a<br />

bowl. Top with berries, chopped nuts,<br />

flaked coconut, banana or granola.<br />

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Indoor<br />

elegance<br />

Indoor plants are natural, living decor, bringing a room to life, changing the mood, and<br />

adding colour and texture. Here’s how to use it to create a beautiful, tranquil space.<br />

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Trending trees<br />

Indoor trees are the<br />

hottest trend in interior<br />

scaping. Weeping Fig<br />

(Ficus benjamina) is<br />

a popular indoor tree,<br />

growing up to 2m,<br />

with arching stems and<br />

glossy green leaves.<br />

Good for a light corner,<br />

on either side of a<br />

window, well-lit passage<br />

or patio. Plants need<br />

moderate watering, and<br />

liquid fertiliser once a<br />

month in summer. Spritz<br />

the leaves to keep them<br />

dust-free. Light-green<br />

leaves indicate a lack<br />

of nutrition. Leaf drop<br />

may be caused by under<br />

or over-watering, or a<br />

change in temperature.

The dark side<br />

ZZ plant (Zamioculcas) grows just about<br />

anywhere, including in areas of low light,<br />

although it does better in brighter light. It<br />

is also valued for its air-purifying qualities.<br />

Plants can survive an amazing amount<br />

of neglect, because they need very little<br />

water, especially if grown in low light. Let<br />

the soil dry out between watering. A spritz<br />

of water on the leaves helps with humidity<br />

and removes dust. Give them a liquid feed<br />

once in spring and again in summer.<br />

Peace in the home<br />

The peace lily (Spathiphyllum) not only<br />

removes certain household toxins but also<br />

filters unpleasant odours and produces<br />

clean oxygen. This compact, well-shaped<br />

plant fits any decor style. Needing only<br />

low light to grow, it’s ideal for bathrooms,<br />

bedrooms and kitchens. Water once a week,<br />

and don’t over-water. It is sensitive to cold.<br />

Indoor elegance<br />

There is nothing more<br />

graceful or elegant than<br />

Phalaenopsis (Moth<br />

Orchid). Grow plants in<br />

glass containers to display<br />

the roots. Plants flower<br />

for up to three months<br />

and are easy to care for.<br />

They need strong, bright<br />

indirect light, and high<br />

humidity for the best<br />

growth and flowers. Drop<br />

two ice-cubes on the top<br />

of the plant once a week;<br />

this will supply enough<br />

water. Alternatively,<br />

run water through the<br />

potting mix for one<br />

minute every three to 10<br />

days, depending on<br />

the season.<br />

Good for beginners<br />

Sansevieria ‘Golden Futura’ always looks elegant, doesn’t<br />

wilt, and doesn’t take up much space, which is why it has<br />

become such a popular indoor plant with interior designers.<br />

It is happy in a well-lit room or home office, and only needs<br />

watering when the potting mix feels dry.<br />

Indestructible<br />

anthuriums<br />

You don’t need green fingers to<br />

keep anthuriums alive. They last<br />

indoors for many years, needing<br />

bright indirect light in a warm<br />

room. Let the soil dry out slightly<br />

between watering and don’t let the<br />

plant stand in water. There are large<br />

as well as dwarf varieties in a great<br />

colour range – from dark red/ black,<br />

to salmon, pink, yellow, shades of<br />

red, white, as well as bicolours.<br />

#SpekboomChallenge!<br />

This challenge is set to make big waves on the<br />

local eco-conservation scene. Growing your own<br />

Spekboom is as easy as breaking off a shoot of the<br />

plant and potting it in some well-drained soil.<br />

Ensure that your plant gets enough sunshine and it<br />

should maintain its bright green appearance for years<br />

to come.<br />


Start in your garden (or on your balcony) by planting<br />

and propagating Spekboom.<br />

Challenge friends – Take a picture of your Spekboom<br />

plants and post it on social media. Add the hashtag<br />

#Spekboomchallenge and tag friends and family to<br />

challenge them to plant Spekboom plants too.<br />

Make it a team project – Do you have access to a<br />

communal garden where you live or work? Find out<br />

if you can implement a #Spekboomchallenge and<br />

invite colleagues or neighbours to help beautify the<br />

space with Spekboom. It’s a great way to get to know<br />

your colleagues and neighbours better.<br />

Plant Spekboom at schools – Find out if<br />

your children’s school is taking part in the<br />

#Spekboomchallenge and how you can help.<br />

Are you in?<br />

Fun fact: The Spekboom plant only requires<br />

250 – 350ml of water per year to survive!<br />

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Some of the best sightings SA reserves can offer. Charismatic field guides.<br />

And charming bush textures. An authentic African experience awaits ...<br />

Compiled by: Daniella Graham<br />

From seeking big and small game to telling bushveld tales, the field guides<br />

take you on an extraordinary African adventure.<br />

There’s something wonderfully romantic about Makalali River Lodge, and<br />

the bathtubs that overlook the reserve are one of the highlights.<br />

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A Land Cruiser’s engine roars into<br />

action. Hippos groan. Buffaloes grunt.<br />

These are (some of ) the sounds of<br />

Africa. They surrounded us recently as<br />

we sat at a waterhole in the<br />

26 000-hectare Aha Makalali Private<br />

Game Reserve near Hoedspruit.<br />

What was that? A lion growling? No,<br />

it was someone’s stomach grumbling<br />

… time for sundowners. It wasn’t long<br />

before we were standing with a cool<br />

G&T in one hand, a stick of dry wors<br />

in the other. Aware of the wildness<br />

around us.<br />

On our first afternoon game drive we’d<br />

already spotted two of the Big Five<br />

and, during our short stay, we’d go on<br />

to see a further two of these big game<br />

animals, as well as a pack of wild dogs<br />

hunting impalas.<br />

We couldn’t possibly take credit for<br />

spotting the game first – the field<br />

guides and trackers are excellent (they<br />

tell us they ‘eat their carrots’) and<br />

they’ve a great sense of humour. When<br />

the message ‘We want to see a spotted<br />

leopard,’ reached our field guide during<br />

a game of broken telephone, he<br />

laughed heartily and joked, ‘Oh, you<br />

want to see a spotted leopard? Today<br />

we were going to look for a plain one!’<br />

We learnt tourism group, Tourvest<br />

is educating even more field guides<br />

through a fully-sponsored course at<br />

the Tourvest Field Guide Academy,<br />

based at the reserve.<br />

The field guides make sundowners<br />

far from ordinary. On our last evening,<br />

lanterns were set up in a circle at a<br />

spot in the reserve. A gin bar to one<br />

side. Comfy cushions scattered in the<br />

middle. It was ‘Bush TV’ at its finest.<br />

Impalas and wildebeest grazed a little<br />

distance away, while daring blackbacked<br />

jackals crept close to the<br />

snack table, hoping to score a piece

The game-viewing experience continues at the<br />

lodges, even while you take a cool splash in the pool.<br />

Pictured here is the Main Lodge pool.<br />

of biltong. They didn’t! As darkness<br />

fell, we heard an unfamiliar sound …<br />

another of the Big Five!<br />

Yes, we’re bragging ... but with some<br />

of the best game viewing South<br />

African reserves can offer – trust<br />

us – it’s tough to leave the game<br />

drives. But the bush adventures<br />

continue at Makalali. You can<br />

choose to stay at the Main Lodge<br />

or River Lodge – both are set in the<br />

reserve without a boundary fence<br />

which fuels your authentic African<br />

experience. The décor, design and<br />

textures at these lodges scream<br />

bushveld, and swimming in any of<br />

the pools becomes a game-viewing<br />

experience. We watched warthogs<br />

wallowing in the mud near the Main<br />

Lodge pool.<br />

At night, an African tale and piece<br />

of sweet fudge were placed by our<br />

turned-down bed. One night, we<br />

found a little decorated box with<br />

a cute handmade pottery animal<br />

inside – ours was a zebra and there<br />

are six others in the collection. This<br />

lovely keepsake was crafted by<br />

artists from Gala Star – a company<br />

that enables underprivileged people<br />

to improve their lives by making art<br />

that’s sold in the tourism market.<br />

The luxurious rooms at the main<br />

lodge are hotel-like and cosy with<br />

a spacious bathroom … and an<br />

outdoor shower. You can get two<br />

rooms with an inter-leading door –<br />

handy for families.<br />

Planning a romantic getaway?<br />

Book for the River Lodge. Perfect<br />

for a honeymoon! And fret not<br />

when they don’t give you a key for<br />

your room – you don’t need one!<br />

The rooms’ design and decor are<br />

charmingly bona fide bushveld –<br />

think a mosquito net-draped bed,<br />

cosy fireplace and comfy seat on<br />

the veranda. And you’ll probably feel<br />

very, very clean because who could<br />

resist a splash in the oh-so-appealing<br />

outdoor shower, indoor shower and<br />

bathtub overlooking the reserve.<br />

The bathrooms are so impressive,<br />

Make a booking<br />

they have a bay window seating<br />

area, for goodness sake!<br />

A bush holiday isn’t really complete<br />

without dinner in a boma … try the<br />

sweet home-made bread and the<br />

venison meat dishes which have<br />

a uniquely African touch – think<br />

kudu potjie or crocodile sosaties.<br />

It’s definitely a ditch-the-diet kind<br />

of holiday … in-between brekkie,<br />

lunch and dinner there are pregame<br />

drive snacks – like decadent<br />

choc-chip cookies in the mornings<br />

and afternoon high tea – as well as<br />

bush coffees and sundowners in the<br />

reserve.<br />

In short ... when the toughest part<br />

of your day is dodging wayward<br />

hanging branches as your field<br />

guide seeks a terrific sighting, you<br />

know you’re in a magical place.<br />

Main Lodge superior rooms from R4 520 a person sharing, for a maximum of two<br />

people a room and one child under the age of three in a cot. There are interleading<br />

rooms for a maximum of two people per room. Children over the age of<br />

two will need their own bed, and are charged at 50 per cent of the adult-sharing<br />

rate. River Lodge suites from R6 225 a person sharing with a maximum of two<br />

adults per suite. There’s one family suite for two adults and three children under<br />

the age of 12, charged at 50 per cent of the adult-sharing rate. These rates include<br />

all meals, two game drives daily and a one per cent tourism levy, but exclude<br />

conservation levy. Details: 010 442 5888, aha.co.za and cro@aha.co.za.<br />

<strong>March</strong> <strong>2020</strong> Get It Joburg <strong>West</strong> 33

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