Lowveld - Aug 2020

Celebrating Women's month in style with our August edition

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IT<br />

Loving life<br />

Tribute ‘Birdie’<br />

Mboweni<br />

Local poet<br />

learns to fly<br />

&<br />

Chic<br />

comfortable<br />

Celebrate<br />

GIRL<br />

POWER!<br />

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A MEAL<br />




AUGUST <strong>2020</strong>

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WHY DON’T YOU...<br />

02 Curl up and tune in... or do a virtual workout<br />

06 Keep boredom at bay with a book a day<br />


08 Spend time with the family, enjoy scrummy tapas<br />

or become an influencer<br />

PEOPLE<br />

10 Tribute “Birdie” Mboweni on her passion for people<br />

14 Celebrating <strong>Lowveld</strong> women<br />


22 Va-va-zoom!<br />

24 Comfort + glam = fab home wear<br />

HEALTH<br />

26 The power of purple<br />

FOOD & DRINK<br />

30 Red wine and slow food<br />

34 Five-ingredient dinner ideas<br />

40 Compli-mince to the chef<br />

ART & DECOR<br />

42 Making your home office a stylish, workable space<br />


44 Peas, posies and the <strong>Aug</strong>ust garden<br />


48 Navigating poetic shores<br />

TRAVEL<br />

54 A blooming marvellous Namakwa retreat<br />

WIN<br />

56 A delicious meal to the value of R600 at Topolino’s in Hazyview!<br />

AUGUST <strong>2020</strong><br />


Tribute “Birdie” Mboweni<br />

Photographed by Katlego Mokubyane<br />

<strong>Aug</strong>ust 20 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 01

A hot date!<br />

Yoga. A wine course. Or some<br />

jolly good shows on the<br />

small screen. All your<br />

options for <strong>Aug</strong>ust<br />

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Curl up and tune in to Showmax<br />

In the mood for crime? Comedy? Drama? Look no further than our picks of<br />

the best shows and movies this month.<br />

We’re kicking off with a local film directed by Oliver Hermanus. In<br />

The Endless River, a young waitress welcomes her husband home to the<br />

small South African town of Riviersonderend after his jail sentence. When the<br />

family of a foreigner living on a nearby farm is murdered, the waitress and the<br />

grieving widower begin gravitating towards each other. Trapped in a cycle of<br />

violence and bloodshed, the two form an unlikely bond seeking to transcend<br />

their mutual anger, pain and loneliness.<br />

When Detective Felicity Dill is killed in a car bombing, her sister, Allegra Dill, an<br />

investigator working for a senator, returns home to San Bonifacio to find the<br />

killer. In the process of her investigation, she uncovers a web of corruption in<br />

the small Texas town. Briarpatch (S1) is an artistic, interesting mystery crime<br />

series based on the Ross Thomas novel of the same name.<br />

Vida (S3) returns with the two Mexican-American sisters, Emma and Lyn, who<br />

couldn’t be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force<br />

them to return to their old neighbourhood, where they are confronted by<br />

the past and shocking truth about their mother’s identity.<br />

In the Reckoning (S1) the murder of a teenager and the hunt for a serial<br />

killer in a suburban town sets two fathers on a course of mutual destruction<br />

that will reverberate through their quiet community. Explore the darkest<br />

corners of the male psyche through the eyes of two fathers, one of whom is<br />

a serial killer.<br />

It’s time, once again, to wreak some hilarious havoc on the spacetime<br />

continuum as Future Man (S3) debuts its final season to wrap things up. Josh<br />

Futturman, a janitor by day and a gamer by night, is recruited by mysterious<br />

visitors to travel through time to prevent the extinction of humanity.<br />

Hard-hitting cop show Bosch (S6) is back. The run of shows sees Harry<br />

playing a key role in trying to save his city after a medical physicist is executed<br />

and the deadly radioactive material he had with him goes missing. Finding<br />

himself at the centre of a complex murder case, a messy federal investigation,<br />

and an impending catastrophic threat to Los Angeles, Bosch must act as<br />

domestic terrorists threaten the fate of Los Angeles.<br />

The hit mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows (S2) is a look into the<br />

daily (or rather, nightly) lives of three vampires who’ve lived together in New<br />

York for more than 100 years - plenty of time to get on each other’s nerves.<br />

With the Whisperer War upon them, the collective communities must come<br />

together and possibly sacrifice all they have to find a way to silence the<br />

Whisperers once and for all. Otherwise Alpha will ensure they face a certain<br />

doom... The Walking Dead (S10) is the definitive zombie show, having won<br />

77 awards globally.<br />

I May Destroy You is a British comedy-drama television series set in London<br />

where gratification is only an app away. Arabella is a carefree, self-assured<br />

Londoner with a group of great friends, a boyfriend in Italy and a burgeoning<br />

writing career. But when her drink is spiked with a date-rape drug, she must<br />

question and rebuild every element of her life.<br />

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Netflix... for a great night in<br />

The crime comedy-drama Good Girls (S3) revolves around three<br />

mothers who upend their seemingly cosy lives and descend<br />

into the world of crime to pay their family bills. Now they return<br />

to face the consequences of last season’s high jinks. The show is<br />

dark, a little outlandish - and in its best episodes, it’s gripping!<br />

The world as we know it has ended in The Rain (S3)... When<br />

a virus carried by rainfall wipes out almost all humans in<br />

Scandinavia, Danish siblings Simone and Rasmus take shelter in<br />

a bunker. Six years later, they emerge to search for their father, a<br />

scientist who left them in the bunker but never returned. Along<br />

the way they join a group of young survivors and together set<br />

out on a danger-filled quest through an abandoned Scandinavia,<br />

searching for any sign of life.<br />

After an excruciatingly long wait, the fantasy comedy drama<br />

Lucifer is back for season five. Throughout the series, Lucifer and<br />

his allies take on a wide array of supernatural threats – but they’ll<br />

be facing perhaps their most unique challenge yet this season.<br />

Good news Lucifans... the show has officially been renewed for<br />

season six!<br />

In Secret Origins, the scene is set in Madrid 2019 where a<br />

serial killer is spreading chaos. Anonymous people with no<br />

apparent connection are being murdered while imitating the<br />

first appearances of the most famous superheroes. It is up to<br />

two detectives to put together the pieces of a game with which<br />

they’re completely unfamiliar.<br />

Vegan made easy<br />

Whether you’re thinking about taking the plant-based plunge or just<br />

want a refresher on why being vegan is amazing for your body, we’ve<br />

got you covered. Join plant-based nutrition leader and creator of<br />

The Seed Blog Tammy Fry for a virtual workshop. Get the low-down<br />

on vegan hacks, bust those all-too-common myths, learn how to meal<br />

plan for a family, get some recipes and much more. <strong>Aug</strong>ust 8 at 10am.<br />

Tickets are R50 and will be available via Quicket.co.za<br />

Release your inner superhero<br />

Grab your sidekicks and capes for the Wonder Woman Justice League<br />

virtual run. Whether you’re a single runner suffering from cabin fever<br />

and creaky legs or a family wanting to put some loving distance<br />

between one other, this fun-filled day of physically distanced running<br />

/ walking will take place in your neighbourhood... all while giving<br />

back to those who need it most, especially children! With distances<br />

of 2.5km, 5km, 7.5km and 10km, there’s something for every hero, big<br />

or small. It’s all happening on <strong>Aug</strong>ust 9, tickets from R190 a person,<br />

which include a Wonder Woman medal, T-shirt and button badge.<br />

Details: justiceleagueseries.co.za or on Facebook - Justice League Series.<br />

Stuck inside. Bored out of your mind. Desperate for things to do. You need<br />

The Self-Isolation Activity Book. Written by Ian Doors, a man who<br />

says he’s spent all his time alone in his apartments long before you all<br />

started, it’s filled with quick and easy activities... games, mental exercises,<br />

colouring-in, handy hints and kitchen / pantry food and drink tips...<br />

everything you need to survive your time inside. Orion, R240.<br />

04 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>Aug</strong>ust 20

Record breaking concert...<br />

and you’re invited!<br />

Who said you can’t have a great deal of fun watching a live<br />

stream concert at home? No standing in long queues, eight feet<br />

tall people blocking your view, getting pushed from all sides,<br />

using signals to communicate or being so far away you can<br />

barely see the artist on stage. Not for us. Instead, we’ll be getting<br />

a front row seat for a COVID Secret Session live stream concert<br />

by local legendary rock band, Prime Circle. Not only will they<br />

produce a world-class show but they aim to set a record<br />

globally for the most tickets sold for a live stream rock concert!<br />

It’s on <strong>Aug</strong>ust 8 at 7pm. We’ll be there... join us! Bonus: Ten per<br />

cent of the money raised will be in aid of charity. Get your ticket<br />

for R120 from Computicket.com or head over to their Facebook<br />

page @PrimeCircle to keep updated.<br />

Time<br />

to wine down<br />

Wine lovers... this is your chance to<br />

sip, sniff and swirl your way through an<br />

edutaining Local is Lekker wine course by<br />

the Tops at Spar Wine Show. Wine educator<br />

Cathy Marston will take you on a humorous,<br />

interactive journey that’s more like a wine club<br />

than a wine course! Think interesting wine<br />

theories, practical tips and guided wine<br />

tastings. Four online Zoom sessions (each<br />

with its own theme) of an hour will<br />

take place over two weeks. R295.<br />

Details: wineshow.co.za/<br />

courses/<br />

Try a virtual workout... we’ve found exercise classes made for your living room<br />

Fortunately, there are tons of top-notch ways to<br />

work out at home. To help you get going, we’ve<br />

rounded up the best online exercise classes you<br />

can do right from your living room, whether<br />

you’re craving a serious muscle burn or fun and<br />

a fast sweat. After all, a little self-care and stress<br />

relief are exactly what we need in these anxietyinducing<br />

times.<br />

• Join yoga and meditation pro Chelsey Mcluckie<br />

on the mat for a group Yoga Zoom class twice<br />

a week. She’ll show you how to calm your mind,<br />

balance your body and breathe properly, all<br />

through mindful movements. Her classes are<br />

suitable for everyone, regardless of age and<br />

fitness levels. R70 a drop-in, R110 a week. Details:<br />

chelseymcluckieyoga.co.za/online-yoga-classes/<br />

• Think you have to be an uber-fit celebrity, athlete<br />

or dancer to even consider a Pilates class? The<br />

truth is, you don’t need any previous exercise<br />

experience. So, we’re opting for an online class<br />

with the instructors from My Pilates. They offer<br />

various levels you can choose from... think a<br />

refreshing mind-body workout which emphasises<br />

proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic<br />

alignment as well as a focused concentration on<br />

smooth flowing movement. Classes are from R349<br />

a month. Details: mypilates.co.za<br />

• If you’re serious about burning the calories from<br />

last night’s banana bread, then you should join a<br />

Zoom class with the trainers from Thrive. Choose<br />

between a 45-minute move, power or flow class<br />

targeting four main areas with each workout -<br />

upper and lower body, cardio and core. No need<br />

for any fitness equipment, you can just jump right<br />

in for R50 a session! Details: thrivefitness.co.za<br />

<strong>Aug</strong>ust 20 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 05

Book club<br />

A book a day keeps boredom<br />

at bay. Add a glass of wine and<br />

you’re in for a happy <strong>Aug</strong>ust.<br />

In a tiny Italian village, life in the 1950s is a daily<br />

pageant of small human dramas. There are<br />

lippy signoras and earthy farmworkers. There’s<br />

a coffin-maker, a silkworm farmer and those<br />

who catch frogs for the town’s local delicacy -<br />

frog risotto. Then there’s Pistola, a teenage boy<br />

in love with his second cousin, Teresa, a girl<br />

who’s sadly, destined to marry the village thug.<br />

Don’t you already know Loves and Miracles of<br />

Pistola is going to be a magnificent read? Even<br />

more so, when you discover that to escape<br />

his heartache, young Pistola accepts the offer<br />

of a lifetime... to travel to South Africa to work<br />

on the trains. In lively Johannesburg, he and a<br />

group of compatriots are trained as stewards<br />

and taught to speak English - and Afrikaans. It’s<br />

not all work, mind you. The Italians set up home<br />

in Hillbrow and go partying in Sophiatown<br />

with the likes of Miriam Makeba. When Pistola<br />

falls for the spunky Malikah, a political activist,<br />

the apartheid police watch every breath of<br />

their passionate, illicit relationship. It’s written<br />

by the wonderful Hilary Prendini Toffoli, who<br />

lives in Cape Town and is known for her social<br />

satire and investigative features. Just brilliant!<br />

Penguin, R280.<br />

So many of our favourite authors this month. Book Club’s going to<br />

be great. Jeffery Deaver (love!) has just released his latest thriller, The<br />

Goodbye Man. After witnessing a shocking suicide while pursuing two<br />

armed fugitives in the wilderness, Colter Shaw’s investigations lead him<br />

to go undercover in the Foundation - a cult that promises to transform<br />

people’s lives. It’s a cult led by a charismatic leader who commands<br />

terrifying loyalty from his followers, a cult that may have only one way to<br />

escape - with your life. Harper Collins, R408.<br />

From the outside, the house in Lakeview Terrace looks perfect. And the<br />

Bigelows seem like the perfect family. The respected surgeon father. The<br />

glamorous, devoted mother. Two beautiful children. A perfect family<br />

in a perfect house, living their perfect lives. But perfect surfaces can<br />

hide dark undercurrents and behind closed doors lies a very different<br />

story. Teenager Zane and his younger sister, Britt, are terrorised by<br />

their violent father and dysfunctional mother. Too afraid to speak out,<br />

Zane does his best to protect his sister and counts the days until they<br />

can finally be free. Until the night when their father’s temper takes<br />

a horrifying turn for the worse, the perfect façade is exposed for the<br />

lie it is, and Zane and Britt manage to escape. With the help of their<br />

aunt, they rebuild their lives, creating new families and putting their<br />

past behind them. But can a past like that really be put aside? Under<br />

Currents, by Nora Roberts, is a great winter read, perfect for a Sunday<br />

on the sofa in front of a fire. Little Brown Book Group, R239.<br />

06 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>Aug</strong>ust 20

Do you remember how your heart just swelled when you read The<br />

Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?. Well, it’s time for an encore. Joyce<br />

Rachel’s Miss Benson’s Beetle is a story about a tiny insect, an exciting<br />

adventure and a deep, unexpected friendship. It’s the story of Margery<br />

Benson, whose life ended the day her father walked out of his study and<br />

never came back. Forty years later, abandoning a dull job, she advertises<br />

for an assistant, someone who will join her on an expedition to the other<br />

side of the world to search for a beetle that may, or may not, exist. Enid<br />

Pretty is not who she had in mind. But together they will find themselves<br />

drawn into an adventure that exceeds all Margery’s expectations,<br />

eventually finding new life at the top of a red mountain. Penguin, R310.<br />

Isn’t it irritating when you watch a<br />

series and someone says ‘the book<br />

was sooo much better’. Well, trust us<br />

when we tell you that when it comes<br />

to Little Fires Everywhere, the book<br />

is, indeed, so, so, so much better. This<br />

magnificently written story revolves<br />

around two families - a free-spirited,<br />

enigmatic artist and single mum, and<br />

a journalist who, with her husband<br />

and four children, lives the perfect<br />

life, where everything is strictly under<br />

control. How these women influence<br />

their own and each other’s children,<br />

and how Celeste Ng captures the<br />

angst of being an adolescent,<br />

makes for a powerful, thoughtful<br />

read and a book that’s completely<br />

unputdownable. Little Brown Book<br />

Group, R288.<br />

Twelve years<br />

ago, a child went<br />

missing. She was<br />

six years-old when<br />

she disappeared.<br />

Now she’s home.<br />

Knocking on the<br />

door. But why<br />

won’t she answer<br />

any questions?<br />

Where has she<br />

been? How did she<br />

find her way home?<br />

And who is she? SK<br />

Barnett’s Safe is a<br />

thrilling read, with<br />

twist after twist<br />

until the very last<br />

page. Penguin, R260.<br />

This is, quite simply, the most exceptional wine we could wish<br />

to enjoy this <strong>Aug</strong>ust. Elegant and complex, Glenelly Lady May<br />

is all blackberry and cassis, dark cherry and spicy plum, with<br />

dense, age-worthy tannins. R520 from glenelly.co.za<br />

Two strangers are driving across<br />

America. Cait - whose job is to<br />

transport women to safety. Rebecca -<br />

who’s trying to escape something. Out<br />

of respect, Cait never asks questions.<br />

But what if Rebecca’s secrets put them<br />

both in danger? There’s a reason Cait<br />

chooses to keep on the road, helping<br />

strangers. She has a past of her own,<br />

and knows what it’s like to be followed.<br />

And there’s someone right behind<br />

them, watching their every move. Read<br />

Jessica Barry’s Don’t Turn Around with<br />

the lights on bright! Penguin, R310.<br />

<strong>Aug</strong>ust 20 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 07

Wish list<br />

Travel, food and a touch of glam this <strong>Aug</strong>ust<br />

Tapas for real foodies<br />

Tapas with Liam Tomlin is the most<br />

heavenly book imaginable. It’s a<br />

book to drool over, to sit for hours<br />

earmarking recipes and planning gettogethers.<br />

It’s all about the style of<br />

food Liam likes to cook and the way<br />

he likes to eat... with lots of different<br />

tastes, textures and cooking styles. It’s<br />

crammed with inspiring, exceptionally<br />

styled photos of food you just long to<br />

re-create.<br />

What this isn’t, is a book for scaredy-cat<br />

cooks. Or for those with timid taste<br />

buds. It kicks off fairly safely with potato<br />

and chorizo tortilla, but before long it’s<br />

all braised pig’s head with bacon and<br />

egg, and sautéed frogs’ legs with wild<br />

mushrooms, parsley purée and truffle<br />

dressing. The Basic Recipe section<br />

includes walnut tuile and duck liver<br />

parfait and bao buns, for heaven’s sake.<br />

Delicious? Yes. But basic? Maybe not<br />

so much. You need a certain amount<br />

of skill and dedication - and time - to<br />

follow many of the recipes. Of course<br />

there are loads and loads of dishes<br />

that are less daunting... the tomato tart<br />

with Parmesan catalan, basil and olives<br />

is time-consuming but delicious; the<br />

pancetta-wrapped prawns with crab<br />

and spring onion risotto is possibly our<br />

favourite recipe from the book.<br />

Liam, an Irish chef who worked in<br />

restaurants around the world before<br />

moving to Cape Town where he’s<br />

opened restaurants including the<br />

original Chefs Warehouse 10 yearsor-so<br />

ago and more recently Chefs<br />

Warehouse Maison in Franschhoek,<br />

describes his way of cooking as<br />

being focused on technique and on<br />

extracting as much flavour as possible<br />

to create tasty and well balanced<br />

dishes. This is the second edition of<br />

his book - the first, self-published,<br />

was only available at his restaurants.<br />

An exceptional buy for a real foodie.<br />

Penguinrandomhouse, R399.<br />

08 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>Aug</strong>ust 20<br />

We’re wearing summer<br />

A starfish. A pineapple. A<br />

flamingo, ocean wave and sea<br />

turtle. Five gorgeous images that<br />

have us longing for summer. With<br />

the new, limited edition range at<br />

Pandora we can wear summer all<br />

year round. Actress Millie Bobby<br />

Brown co-designed this bold and<br />

colourful range, saying “All the<br />

symbols I chose are my absolute<br />

favourite parts of summer and<br />

each charm holds a fun memory<br />

or meaning to me.“ The Pandora<br />

Me range - four dangle charms<br />

and an earring sold as a single<br />

stud - is a limited edition, available<br />

only until December this year.<br />

Charms from R239, buy online from<br />

pandora.net/en-za/collections/<br />

pandora-me<br />

Compiled by KYM ARGO

From Soweto to Milan<br />

So you want to be an influencer?<br />

A luxurious life flitting from one<br />

fitting room to the front row on<br />

fashion week. And, with a lot of<br />

hard work, you can, says Kefilwe<br />

Mabote, one of South Africa’s leading<br />

fashion influencers. In Kefilwe<br />

Mabote Influencer de Luxe, candid<br />

autobiography-cum-guide, she<br />

reveals the secrets of her success...<br />

from her humble beginnings in<br />

Soweto, all the way to the world’s<br />

fashion capital, Milan. With loads<br />

of really useful, practical tips and<br />

real-world tools for building your<br />

digital brand, it’s an inspiring read,<br />

written by an ordinary township girl<br />

who had a goal... and went for it.<br />

Human & Rousseau, R280.<br />

Top of our wish list... to travel with the family<br />

Trying to keep up with can we buy wine, can we walk in the park, can we travel, is<br />

exhausting. But we’ve found one rather special travel option we think will work -<br />

just be sure to time your arrival before our 9pm curfew.<br />

Tintswalo Lodges has introduced a self-catering option for families and<br />

friends... exclusive-use, self-catering options are available at three of the lovely<br />

Tintswalo properties.<br />

With a choice of a safari or a coastal breakaway for a group of up to 10 people, the<br />

self-catering options are available at the Manor House at Tintswalo Safari Lodge<br />

in the greater Kruger area, the Tintswalo Family Camp in the Welgevonden Game<br />

Reserve in the Waterberg, and Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa in Simon’s Town.<br />

The Manor House at Tintswalo Safari Lodge in the Manyeleti Private Nature Reserve<br />

has spacious lounge and dining areas and deep, shady patios that are ideal for<br />

relaxation. The traditionally styled private villa has five bedrooms with en-suite<br />

bathrooms, two with outside baths for indulgent soaks under starlit skies. Welcoming<br />

children of all ages, the family-friendly destination comes with a swimming<br />

pool and rolling lawns protected by game fencing, overlooking a waterhole that<br />

offers excellent game viewing 24/7.<br />

Tintswalo Family Camp Welgevonden in the malaria-free Welgevonden Game<br />

Reserve in the Waterberg ranks among SA’s largest private game reserves and<br />

boasts a great variety of game, including the Big Five. There are five spacious,<br />

freestanding luxury units, a main lodge with lovely lounges where fireplaces<br />

keep things cosy, a swimming pool with poolside loungers and a viewing deck<br />

overlooking the waterhole. It’s child-friendly and protected by electric fencing<br />

against predators and dangerous game to allow children the freedom to enjoy<br />

the outside areas.<br />

With unobstructed views across Boulders Beach and its world-famous resident<br />

colony of endangered African penguins, Tintswalo at Boulders Boutique Villa<br />

boasts a unique beachfront location. With luxurious suites, open-plan lounges with<br />

fireplaces, a TV room, outdoor terraces, and a wind-protected courtyard with a fire<br />

pit, as well as a sea view pool on the top deck, this is indeed a luxurious getaway.<br />

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Destiny’s<br />

child<br />

Soulful singer-songwriter, Tribute “Birdie” Mboweni’s love of music is surpassed<br />

only by her passion for human environmental interaction. This originates from<br />

her early years growing up in Cunningmore near Bushbuckridge, where she was<br />

born and raised, before moving to Mkhulu.<br />

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irdie’s musical passion<br />

first came to light<br />

from around the age<br />

of eight. Reserved<br />

and rather shy as a<br />

child, fellow church<br />

congregants<br />

recognised her<br />

talent and encouraged<br />

her to sing, boosting her confidence.<br />

“All I wanted to do was sing, so I looked<br />

for opportunities to be on stage,” she<br />

smiles. “How I ended up pursuing<br />

music as a career is something that<br />

was led by my just wanting to be on<br />

stage, wanting to perform. Everything<br />

else happened all on its own. I think<br />

of myself as a soul singer, although I<br />

grew up listening to different genres,<br />

including neo-soul. This influenced the<br />

kind of music I created when I finally<br />

started writing my own songs.”<br />

Apart from singing, Birdie is an<br />

accomplished academic and<br />

conservationist, and is currently an<br />

anthropology PhD candidate at the

Tribute “Birdie” Mboweni. Photographer: Katlego Mokubyane<br />

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University of Queensland in Brisbane,<br />

Australia, which keeps her quite<br />

busy. Since she can remember, she<br />

has been involved in conservationminded<br />

programmes, which is partly<br />

what led to her love of conservation<br />

and the environment. Birdie studied<br />

ecotourism at TUT before expanding<br />

into nature conservation, later<br />

becoming a lecturer in the field.<br />

“I went on to do my work integrated<br />

learning at De Hoop Nature Reserve in<br />

the Western Cape, under CapeNature.<br />

Upon completion, I worked on Dassen<br />

Island as a field ranger, one of the<br />

most beautiful experiences of my life.<br />

Armed with enthusiasm, a telescope,<br />

notebook and a tally hanging around<br />

my neck, I was doing the weekly<br />

(penguin) moult count and a count<br />

of all the birds found in colonies all<br />

around the island (cormorants and<br />

pelicans). The privilege of living in<br />

South Africa and connecting with<br />

myself and nature is one I do not take<br />

lightly,” says Birdie.<br />

Birdie’s favourite place in the world at the moment is Mapungubwe National<br />

Park and Cultural Landscape<br />

“Music eclipses<br />

so many things,<br />

surpassing the<br />

barriers of language<br />

and bringing culture<br />

and heritage to the<br />

fore”<br />

Working in the conservation sector,<br />

she realised that there is an emphasis<br />

on the preservation of nature and<br />

people are generally a foreign agent.<br />

“I became interested in humanenvironment<br />

interactions; particularly<br />

how these play themselves out in<br />

protected areas in post-apartheid<br />

South Africa, given the country’s<br />

history of the removal of and the<br />

exclusion of black communities from<br />

places that then became protected<br />

areas and the conservation enterprise.”<br />

Birdie sees her music as one way of<br />

imparting an educational message<br />

relating to her studies. “I hope to<br />

promote a positive self-identity among<br />

Photographer: Ofentse Pilane<br />

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African youth,” she muses. “Through<br />

the use of our beautiful languages and<br />

the telling of our own stories, in our<br />

own way, I aim to make my music a<br />

channel to communicate what I have<br />

learnt through my research. Music<br />

eclipses so many things, surpassing<br />

the barriers of language and bringing<br />

culture and heritage to the fore.” This<br />

is evident at Birdie’s performances<br />

when the audience interacts on<br />

a completely different level. She<br />

incorporates different cultural aspects<br />

into her music, bringing something for<br />

everyone and uniting them in the joy<br />

of song, accentuating her love of the<br />

happiness and prosperity of people.<br />

“My life is ruled by<br />

serendipity, so I<br />

really don’t know<br />

what the future<br />

holds”<br />

“I care about the well-being of others,”<br />

she says. “I care about access and equal<br />

opportunities. This is largely why I<br />

am interested in the kind of research<br />

I am pursuing. It is important to me<br />

that we understand how these things<br />

Photographer: Blunt Moya<br />

are connected, and how they play out, even in the sector<br />

that I am in.” Birdie laughs as she says that she is actually<br />

extremely shy... “But I tend to speak a lot when things that I<br />

am passionate about come up!”<br />

When asked what the future holds, this multifaceted<br />

woman muses on what destiny has in store. “I generally<br />

do not have these long-term projections when it comes<br />

to my life,” she laughs. “There is just so much to learn<br />

and experience out there, and there are so many things<br />

I am grateful for. I look back on two of my favourite<br />

performances, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in<br />

2016, and the Atlantic Music Expo in Cabo Verde in 2017,<br />

which I thoroughly enjoyed. My studies, the people I have<br />

met along the way, the places I’ve been to...”<br />

Birdie worked on Dassen Island as a field ranger<br />

Birdie’s favourite place in the world at the moment is<br />

Mapungubwe National Park and Cultural Landscape, and<br />

there is still so much more to see, so much to still look<br />

forward to. “My life is ruled by serendipity, so I really don’t<br />

know what the future holds,” she smiles, her beautiful<br />

dimples flashing. ”All I know is that I want to continue to<br />

travel the world, see all the beauty out there, and find ways<br />

to keep doing all the things that I am passionate about!”<br />

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WOMEN<br />

IN POWER<br />

BUCO Nelspruit is a bastion in the <strong>Lowveld</strong>, and there are few<br />

people who haven’t wandered the aisles looking for a specific<br />

product, and come across their friendly and helpful staff<br />

members. In honour of Women’s Day, we catch up with a few<br />

of these intrepid individuals, and find out just what goes on<br />

behind the scenes in this well-known hardware store, that<br />

was once thought of as “a man’s world”.<br />

Mariet Erasmus<br />

Mariet might be of slight build, but looks can be very deceiving. There is simply no<br />

challenge that she will shy from. She is the person who must make sure that the<br />

pay-point side of the company runs like clockwork, every task is always done with<br />

her own personal touch. “I cash up with the cashiers, ensuring everything balances,<br />

reporting to the bookkeeper and financial manager.” She is also the person who<br />

ensures that the floats are packed correctly and that there is always enough<br />

change for the cashiers. “It keeps me busy, and I love being busy. ” She started<br />

at BUCO approximately two and a half years ago, and has gone from strength<br />

to strength since, making herself valuable not only to the company, but to her<br />

beloved customers. Her energy is palpable, and it is easy to believe Mariet when<br />

she says she loves the challenge of her job. “I love to solve problems and will not<br />

give up until there is a solution. For example, one of our biggest headaches can be<br />

when the cash up does not balance, I will sit there until I can honestly tell myself<br />

that I have exhausted all possible avenues regarding where a mistake could have<br />

slipped in.” Mariet believes that at BUCO there is a great sense of belonging. All of<br />

her co-workers agree that her sentiments could be directed right back at her. She<br />

is always friendly and one of the first to arrive and last to leave in the afternoon. It is<br />

a passion for Mariet that as a BUCO family member, she enjoys giving back to the<br />

<strong>Lowveld</strong> community and would love to be even more involved with the various<br />

community projects that the company supports, especially those focusing on the<br />

younger generation.<br />

Khanyisile Mkhabela<br />

At first glance the glamorous Khanyisile<br />

reminds you of a beauty queen. For<br />

her, it is all about interacting with<br />

customers and knowing they go home<br />

with big smiles and with the correct<br />

product to suit their individual needs.<br />

“It is very important to me that our<br />

customers leave here happy with an<br />

understanding of what they have<br />

bought.” One of her favourite memories<br />

at BUCO is when a customer overpaid<br />

his invoice, and she immediately gave<br />

back the excess money. “He was very<br />

surprised and could not stop smiling,<br />

and it is incidents like that which make<br />

it worthwhile, knowing because of how<br />

he was treated here at BUCO, that he<br />

will return.” Just like the rest of the team,<br />

Khanyisile is very driven. “I started as a<br />

student and soon after got promoted<br />

to a cashier.” She was recently advanced<br />

to a supervision and administrative<br />

position on a part-time basis. “I would<br />

love to be promoted to the debtors’<br />

department, and am working hard to<br />

achieve that.”<br />

When asked if she would ever change<br />

jobs with someone else at BUCO, she<br />

laughs and without hesitation says<br />

she would love to exchange jobs with<br />

someone in finances. It is obvious that<br />

Khanyisile enjoys interacting not only<br />

with customers, but also with her coworkers.<br />

“For me BUCO is simply the<br />

best, amazing. It is such a professional<br />

company and I cannot wait for what my<br />

future holds.”<br />

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Hanka Beukes<br />

The moment you meet Hanka you are overwhelmed by her<br />

bubbly and outgoing personality. With an infectious laugh the<br />

first thing she tells you is that she simply loves her job at BUCO<br />

Nelspruit. “How can I not? It is everything in one; personal<br />

interaction with both customers and my co-workers, the thrill<br />

of sales, and also the telephonic aspect of it. It is a different<br />

environment every day, and I love our loyal customers who<br />

keep coming back. We all know each other by name here.”<br />

Hanka’s day kicks off early by turning on the switchboard, and<br />

from the moment it is on, the phone does not stop ringing.<br />

While this might have irritated any other sane person, this<br />

simply puts her in that great mood for the rest of the day. She<br />

is a people-pleaser and everyone usually turns to her to calm<br />

down the odd irate customer who occasionally pops up. “I<br />

try to handle each situation individually and my first aim is<br />

to calm everyone down. Coffee and a friendly smile get you<br />

much further than antagonising someone.” To Hanka it is the<br />

appreciation that everyone at BUCO Nelspruit receives from<br />

the branch manager, Pottie Potgieter, who really makes them<br />

such a close-knit family. “I remember the one day he called me<br />

into his office simply to thank me for everything I do for the<br />

company, and that really made me feel very appreciated and<br />

proved to be an inspiration to give even more to BUCO.” She<br />

loves the family vibe at her workplace and the caring nature of<br />

her colleagues. “I would never (in capital letters) switch my job.”<br />

Besides her real job, Hanka is also the unofficial caterer at the<br />

company and has a reputation of not only being a great cook,<br />

but also being an ace at organising events and making things<br />

look pretty.<br />

Antoinette McDonald<br />

Antoinette grew up in the BUCO culture. When asked to explain<br />

what that culture means, she answers without hesitation: “family,<br />

loyalty and professionalism”. She elaborates and explains that even<br />

though BUCO Nelspruit is a business, it focuses on the family culture<br />

and that they aim to make all new customers part of that<br />

close-knit family. First-hand understanding of this motto is what<br />

makes Antoinette excel at her job in customer services and working<br />

with the internal sales representatives. The challenge of keeping<br />

customers happy by providing quality products is what really<br />

excites her. “I honestly love keeping customer projects going, and<br />

really aim to help even more to improve our customer service.” It is<br />

obvious that she lives for her job, and laughs that she often knows<br />

more about her customers than she does about her friends. “Our<br />

customers are more than just business to me, and I take pride in<br />

the fact that I give my all to make them happy.” Antoinette’s job<br />

description might not officially state enthusiasm and energy, but<br />

that is what she brings to the table. She simply jumps in and does<br />

something herself; from fielding endless phone calls to running<br />

around BUCO with a trolley and handpicking products to please<br />

customers, to sourcing materials that an individual customer might<br />

need. She has many long-term goals for herself, one of the biggest<br />

being to get the stock sorted in such a way that she immediately<br />

knows where what is kept. When asked if she would like to switch<br />

jobs for one day with someone else at the company, she vehemently<br />

shakes her head and firmly says no. “I love my job and I know and<br />

understand my own challenges.” Antoinette’s charm and passion<br />

obviously rub off on her performance and one of her favourite<br />

memories at BUCO Nelspruit is the day she made her first two million<br />

sales for one month.<br />

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Mariaan Neethling<br />

Mariaan’s official job description might read Personal Assistant<br />

to the Branch Manager at BUCO Nelspruit, but she is also the<br />

HR Assistant to the Regional HR Partner. She comes across<br />

as an extremely driven person who keeps updated with the<br />

comings and goings of the company, but her passion lies with<br />

the charity work BUCO does. “I am so fortunate to be part of a<br />

company that gives back so generously to its community.” One<br />

of her favourite projects is the school initiative where she always<br />

gets involved first-hand. “BUCO Nelspruit often assists not only<br />

the local schools in town, but also some very disadvantaged<br />

ones in rural areas. What I love most is that everyone here really<br />

cares about these projects, and the development of children<br />

has always been close to my heart.” Mariaan says it is especially<br />

during these difficult Covid-19 times that her manager, Pottie<br />

Potgieter, has gone out of his way to assist several businesses<br />

which were struggling financially. She admits she is a little<br />

bit of a perfectionist who can be very strict to maintain the<br />

best possible standard, but she loves working with the staff.<br />

She admires the way that BUCO Nelspruit’s management<br />

encourages growth within the company. “It is not just about<br />

having worked myself up, it is also about how much my selfconfidence<br />

has grown.” For Mariaan the fact that the BUCO<br />

culture stands for caring, is a very important factor as to why she<br />

loves her job so much. “As a branch we are driven, yet so familyorientated<br />

at the same time!” She firmly believes that is why the<br />

company is the best in the country. Her biggest challenge is to<br />

remain objective regarding staff matters as everyone feels so<br />

much like family to her. “I have to really get my head into that<br />

mode when there is the odd employee issue.”<br />

Sanet Nel<br />

Sanet has climbed the BUCO ladder for 20 years with hard<br />

work, commitment and zeal, and plans to do the same for<br />

the next two decades. She is the Inwards logistic manager,<br />

a bit of a Jill of all trades, and assists many with their<br />

responsibilities, be it marketing or ensuring that the buying<br />

function is working correctly. And taking the BUCO family<br />

motto just that little bit further, Sanet met her husband<br />

at the company. “Yes, we literally are a BUCO family,” she<br />

laughs.” One of the biggest reasons Sanet has been at BUCO<br />

Nelspruit for such a long time, is the fact that she believes<br />

that it is not only a building company in trade but also builds<br />

lives, friendships and relationships. “One of my own greatest<br />

challenges is to keep up with the things happening out<br />

there in the world, and to adapt to those challenges and<br />

then to prioritise between work and family.” She says one of<br />

her biggest dreams is to see that the company continues<br />

to grow in the way it has done up to now, and that it<br />

carries on with providing such opportunities to women in<br />

a generally male-dominated world. She also loves the way<br />

that energy flows between customers and everything at<br />

BUCO. “Sometimes it feels like a living breathing thing.” She<br />

adds that this adrenalin and energy feed her soul and in turn<br />

she will always try to give her best to stay with that energy.<br />

Sanet’s favourite BUCO memories include the many awards<br />

they have won, but most specifically how the team manages<br />

to turn every challenge into an opportunity. “I love working<br />

with my co-workers.” Sanet was recently one of only 10<br />

women to be nominated for the Celebrating Women in the<br />

Building Industry award.<br />

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Franciska Oosthuizen<br />

“I can sum up my job in one word: interesting.” Franciska started<br />

as a sales coordinator at BUCO Nelspruit in January. “I enjoy the<br />

daily challenges that working with both customers and sales<br />

representatives.” She is new to the <strong>Lowveld</strong>, but says she is already<br />

so fond of not only Mbombela, but its people. “I love working at<br />

BUCO and how the people operate as a team. You never feel like<br />

you are alone, but have several shoulders to lean on. Here you<br />

are not just a number, but very definitely a beloved member of<br />

such a driven team.” Franciska has a soothing demeanour and it is<br />

obvious why the BUCO customers adore her so much. “Yes, I do<br />

aim to stay calm and friendly no matter what,” she admits. “My goal<br />

is simple: ensure the customer is happy and returns to us on a<br />

more regular basis.” She laughs that it is often the small things that<br />

make it worthwhile in what can often be a stressful environment.<br />

“At the moment I am dealing with cement orders. Yes, cement!<br />

The demand for cement is very high, but we aim in our vision to<br />

assist every single customer.” She says what makes her day is when<br />

she can tell customers she has found some bags of cement, the<br />

joy on their faces makes it worthwhile. “That is what we are here<br />

for: to please.” One of her passions, that slots in perfectly with the<br />

BUCO motto of giving back to the community, is to work with<br />

disabled learners from local schools. “I love how we work hand-inhand<br />

with these schools to improve those children’s lives.” Franciska<br />

has already surpassed her own personal target for the month, she<br />

is extremely passionate which rubs off on her work. She enjoys<br />

meeting new customers and making them part of the BUCO family.<br />

“I am a people’s person and love how I get to work with customers<br />

and so many friendly colleagues.”<br />

Marié Deichmann<br />

Stock controllers generally have a strong sense of right and<br />

wrong, and a good work ethic. Marié is no exception and<br />

laughs that hers is often the most hated position. “I have to<br />

count stock and capture and update the system so the stock<br />

correlates with what is on the system.” When asked if she<br />

would then rather exchange jobs with someone else for a day,<br />

she simply smiles and answers with a firm no. She says she<br />

tries to be very thorough in her job and that the grass is not<br />

necessarily greener on the other side. “I understand my job and<br />

love both the challenging and good times.” One of her most<br />

memorable achievements was when she managed to keep<br />

their three-month counting cycle at 100%, an accomplishment<br />

not often repeated in this industry. Marié says it was only<br />

because she worked hard and gave her all. “What you see is<br />

what you get, I have no front to maintain and even though I<br />

push my colleagues to work hard, I will give that back twofold.”<br />

When asked to describe BUCO in three words, Marié does not<br />

hesitate and says: “successful, competitive and professional”.<br />

Almost the exact same words her co-workers use to describe<br />

her. She says her biggest challenge is to ensure that the actual<br />

stock and the stock on the systems correlates, and praises the<br />

branch manager, Pottie Potgieter, for always providing an ear<br />

to listen and a shoulder to cry on. “It is very comforting for an<br />

employee to know that your manager always has some kind<br />

of advice to give, that is what makes this team so strong.” Marié<br />

says she loves it when the target for the day was achieved.<br />

“I am very goal-oriented with most things in my professional<br />

and personal life. When we reach our targets at work I feel<br />

extremely satisfied and proud of the team.”<br />

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Louise Duvenage<br />

Even when given the opportunity to be at home Louise simply<br />

could not do it. “I have to work and stay busy, and could not be<br />

a stay-at-home housewife as the hustle and bustle of customers<br />

was calling me.” As the head of the paint department at BUCO<br />

Nelspruit, Louise does everything from orders to customer<br />

care to stock count, and she loves every minute of it. What she<br />

enjoys about the company is the opportunity given to grow<br />

and test your wings in all departments. “I actually started out as<br />

the head of the tile department, and was given the opportunity<br />

to develop my skills and creativity as the HOD of the paint<br />

department.” Louise adds that she loves the fact that every day<br />

presents a unique set of challenges and the opportunity to<br />

learn something new. She is not the kind of person who can sit<br />

still, and will easily jump in her vehicle to travel to a customer’s<br />

house to go assist on site. “I love to add that personal touch of<br />

assistance.” According to Louise, she enjoys working at BUCO<br />

Nelspruit as she can relate not only to like-minded people, but<br />

also because it is nice to “work for success, and this passionate<br />

company is very successful”. She still has many plans to move to<br />

other departments and learn to grow even more so she does<br />

not stagnate in one position. “I love to assist new employees<br />

to grow in themselves and their jobs, it is such a passion of<br />

mine.” She takes this role as mentor very seriously and gives<br />

back her knowledge freely. When asked what goals she has as<br />

a BUCO employee, she says she would like to go and assist the<br />

larger community by physically getting involved with projects<br />

to share her skills. “I would really like to expose the younger<br />

generation to the wonderful work environment I have.”<br />

As long as you have dreams, there is hope.<br />

Rose Dladla<br />

Rose has an unassuming air about her, yet her kind nature shines<br />

like a beacon in the dark. In her gentle voice she says she loves<br />

her job as tea maker and general cleaner at BUCO Nelspruit,<br />

where she has been employed for eight years now. It is Rose who<br />

ensures customers walk into a sparkling restroom when they visit.<br />

As a grandmother herself she knows exactly how to prioritise<br />

time and explains that might be her best attribute. “I know not<br />

to waste time and work economically to ensure I give my best<br />

before I move on to my next chore.” Rose’s day starts by cleaning<br />

the restroom, then doing dishes and cleaning the offices. Her<br />

co-workers think of her as a little mother bustling about. “Yes, they<br />

feel like family to me, and it is my duty to look after them,” she<br />

shyly admits. It is obvious that Rose takes a lot of pride in her work<br />

and she insists that she works in such a way that nobody can<br />

point a finger at her and tell her it was not good enough. “I always<br />

do my best.” Rose says her favourite part of working at BUCO is<br />

the fact that she knows her co-workers will always be there for<br />

her. “You know, if I had to get into financial trouble, for example, I<br />

know that these people will be there for me, to look after me and<br />

help me out.” She hates being away from work and seldom takes<br />

a day off sick. “If I am sick or not at work, they always ask where I<br />

was and that they missed me!” Rose feels very strongly that this<br />

company is the best shop in town. “BUCO is always full of people!”<br />

she exclaims. Her most memorable moment as an employee was<br />

her most recent birthday. “Ah, these people love me, I cried so<br />

much. They had a big cake for me, I will never forget it.” It is also<br />

Rose’s responsibility to make sure there are adequate stocks of<br />

cleaning materials and to ensure they are stored safely, away from<br />

food and drinks.<br />

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Anne Handley<br />

The moment an employee surpasses their one-decade mark at<br />

a company, you know you are dealing with a professional. Anne<br />

has been part of the BUCO Nelspruit family for 13 years and this<br />

shows in her in-depth knowledge of this <strong>Lowveld</strong> company and<br />

its extended family members, namely the customers. As the sales<br />

representative coordinator, Anne works with both the reps and<br />

their customers, and this includes invoicing and coordinating.<br />

“I try to get to know them on a personal level and to then just<br />

provide good service to the best of my ability.” Anne’s coworkers<br />

agree that she is one of those people who will always be<br />

friendly and supportive, no matter what the circumstances are.<br />

“I really feel like I have grown as a person in this company over<br />

the years, and got to really enjoy my job.” From invoicing and<br />

quotes and getting orders ready, to picking stock to ensuring<br />

the reps know what needs to be delivered and where, she has<br />

it all covered in her quiet and confident way. “Yes, there are<br />

always a lot of ordering of special orders placed and buy-outs,<br />

but I do enjoy the pressure of it all, I enjoy my job.” Anne loves<br />

the interaction with the clients. “Once you get to know the<br />

customers on a more personal level, understanding their needs<br />

and what they want becomes so much easier.” She adds that<br />

that is one of the biggest reasons that she always strives to go<br />

that extra mile for them. “In the end, by making the extra effort,<br />

it simply makes my own job so much easier.” Despite being a<br />

self-proclaimed introvert and reserved person, Anne’s quiet and<br />

caring nature and obvious enjoyment of her job have made her<br />

a favourite, not only among her co-workers, but also among the<br />

BUCO customers who without fail will seek her out not only for<br />

her knowledge of products, but also for her genuine concern.<br />

Rachel Venter<br />

There probably is not much that Rachel does not know about<br />

the building industry. She cut her teeth as an employee on the<br />

then Laeveld Bou, before it became BUCO Nelspruit, and was the<br />

only woman for a very long time among an all-male staff. Being<br />

the only female in such a male-dominated world simply made<br />

her more determined to succeed and to be first when it came to<br />

sales and performance. “I used to love that challenge, and today I<br />

still enjoy anything that my job throws at me,” Rachel laughs. She<br />

was recently promoted to handle all the direct special orders, and<br />

says this gives her a new kind of job satisfaction and that she is<br />

very happy with this new position. According to Rachel, despite<br />

being an old hand at this, she still learns something new each and<br />

every day and grabs at challenges with both hands. Co-workers<br />

often arrive at work to find this dedicated woman already hard at<br />

work behind her computer. “I take pride in my workplace, and try<br />

to give back the ethics of success, the best that BUCO Nelspruit<br />

gives to me.” Rachel says her job is not something she does to<br />

earn an income, but something that gives her personal joy. “I love<br />

<strong>Lowveld</strong>ers, I would move back to sales just to see more of them!”<br />

Rachel is one of those people who will go out of their way to<br />

ensure the customer receives the best possible care and service at<br />

the company. “I have a Portuguese customer in Mozambique who<br />

does not speak English, so we have a system of pictures to figure<br />

out what his order is, and so far it has worked well for both of us,”<br />

she laughs her infectious laugh. Rachel says everything at BUCO<br />

is special to her, and that there is not specifically one moment<br />

that stands out, she simply loves going to work in the mornings.<br />

“I have always given my best in everything I do, especially in the<br />

workplace.”<br />

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WOMEN<br />

in leadership<br />

Nasima Bhayat<br />

Sohela Surajpal<br />

Megan Palmer<br />

Kirsten Garbini<br />

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Hannah Chapman<br />

Innocentia Tshikomba<br />

Brenda Archdeacon<br />

Dineo Pact was started over a year ago out of a belief<br />

that the world of work has changed and so can we.<br />

We have all been submerged in toxic cultures at<br />

some stage of our careers and Dineo Pact believes<br />

that there is a better way. Perhaps you have learnt<br />

difficult lessons, and you’re exploring new ways of<br />

doing things that honour people, their skills and their<br />

potential, and perhaps you believe that learning is<br />

the new working. Dineo Pact catalyses sustainable<br />

transformation in leadership, management and most<br />

importantly, in how you and your team go about<br />

bringing your best work to the world. As a company of<br />

professionals and associates, they offer performance<br />

consulting, leadership coaching, bespoke design of<br />

transformational learning journeys, digital learning<br />

development and online learning in several key areas:<br />

• Listen like a leader: Learn these life-changing skills<br />

• Develop a leadership coaching habit: Align and<br />

develop your team’s ability moment by moment<br />

• Build team resilience (an online game for teams)<br />

• Leadership cohesion sessions: Two-hour facilitated<br />

innovation and strategic activation sessions<br />

• Agile skills for the new world of work: Stop, think and<br />

make an impact<br />

• It’s me in the mirror: Self-awareness and the BLM<br />

movement unpacked.<br />

The newest online course was launched on July 27:<br />

Get up close and personal with your money. Discover<br />

and repair the dark side of your money habits and<br />

redesign your relationship with money forever. Sign<br />

in and complete this course in your own time as you<br />

discover your financial blind spots; why you spend<br />

when you should save, and how you justify poor<br />

budgeting. Learn how to see money as evidence of<br />

your energy and ability to create value. In just one year<br />

our work has made an impact with three blue-chip<br />

financial companies, a food producer, an NPO, a forestry<br />

company, and a university. We have clients in Sydney<br />

and Ottawa, and we are set for success. Let Dineo<br />

Pact help you to learn with imagination and create<br />

excellence. Solid processes, exceptional impact.<br />

Details<br />

066-246-4779 or kirsten@dineopact.co.za

Elan Healthstyle<br />

Having known each other and worked together<br />

as associates for a number of years, it was a<br />

natural progression for Carike Camphor and<br />

Allison Blair to join forces. The pair sparked a<br />

keen interest in each other’s work acumen<br />

and approach to health, and initially used to<br />

joke about having their own practice. Neither<br />

was unhappy, but both felt that something<br />

was missing in the conventional approach to<br />

health and wellness. This is known as integrative<br />

medicine, and is a fairly new concept to the<br />

medical field. Patients are tired of the traditional<br />

blanket approach, and want more value.<br />

Allison’s focus began to shift and started to<br />

centre on aesthetic procedures, and she soon<br />

realised that when her patients got their physical<br />

confidence back, they also wanted to feel better,<br />

causing her to investigate the concept of antiageing<br />

and integrative medicine. Carike, who<br />

has always had a soft spot for children, found<br />

that as a result of her focus on child health, her<br />

direction started to incorporate moms and<br />

antenatal medicine. When an opportunity to go<br />

on their own presented itself in 2018, they were<br />

apprehensive but leapt at the chance. Starting<br />

from scratch wasn’t easy, especially with the<br />

added nightmare of renovating and decorating,<br />

and the odd criticism they occasionally face<br />

simply spurs them on to improve even more.<br />

With this positive approach, their venture has<br />

flourished, and Elan Healthstyle now not only<br />

incorporates Allison and Carike, but a team<br />

of physiotherapists, led by Dirkie Coomans.<br />

Because there wasn’t a practice in Mbombela<br />

that focused specifically on women’s health, the<br />

duo wanted to create a space where women<br />

are not judged, but understood. With Allison’s<br />

interest in non-invasive cosmetic procedures<br />

and Carike’s keen interest in children’s health,<br />

including antenatal, the focus towards women’s<br />

health was a natural development.<br />

WOMEN<br />

Allison Blair and Carike Camphor<br />

in health<br />

Women are complicated, our health changes<br />

as we age. Different health screenings are<br />

more prudent at some times than others and<br />

women often feel scared to discuss these with<br />

doctors - not to mention hormonal health! Also,<br />

sexual health is very seldom properly addressed<br />

in mainstream medicine. Elan Healthstyle<br />

encompasses all of the above - a woman can<br />

come and have her wrinkles taken care of with<br />

her annual screening and other health woes.<br />

In a nutshell, made by women, for women.<br />

Details<br />

013-590-7345 or hello@elanhealth.co.za<br />

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Promotion<br />

Va-va-zoom<br />

With more and more of us working from home, and most of our meetings being<br />

virtual... via Skype, FaceTime or Zoom, Mopani shares its tips to help you look<br />

professional, but not overdone.<br />

Get the basics right. You’ve cleansed and toned, but a<br />

quick wipe with a good micellar solution will ensure<br />

your face is clean, fresh, with no oily patches. Mopani<br />

suggests Bioderma Sebium H20 Purifying<br />

Cleansing Micellar Solution. R275 (500ml).<br />

If you haven’t had time to wash<br />

your hair, or if it’s just looking a<br />

little flat and needs some<br />

volume, a spray of dry<br />

shampoo foam works wonders.<br />

Marc Anthony Grow Long<br />

Volumizing Dry Shampoo<br />

Foam’s our fave. R169,90.<br />

Make<br />

sure you prep<br />

with a good<br />

primer, which<br />

blurs lines, hides<br />

open pores and<br />

stops shine. Essence<br />

My Skin Perfector<br />

Tinted Primer is a<br />

great product at a<br />

great price. R94,90.<br />

Choose a light<br />

foundation (to avoid looking<br />

overdone). , Clarins Skin<br />

Illusion Natural Hydrating<br />

Foundation, which gives<br />

good coverage with added<br />

beauty benefits, R495.<br />

If you suffer from oily<br />

skin, or an oily T-bar, a<br />

light dusting of Estée<br />

Lauder Double Wear<br />

Stay in Place Matt<br />

Powder Foundation<br />

SPF10 (R695) is a great<br />

add-on. Only use it<br />

where needed, or as a<br />

foundation on its own.<br />

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Promotion<br />

Last, but never least, are your<br />

lips. We’re torn here. Since<br />

you’re looking natural and<br />

unmade up, Mopani suggests<br />

a light natural shade, like<br />

Clinique Even Better Pop Lip<br />

Colour Foundation, R310. But<br />

then... no masks. So you could<br />

rock those lips with a<br />

fire-engine red Clarins Joli<br />

Rouge 742, R355.<br />

Keep your eyeshadow soft and<br />

natural, but then add lashings<br />

and lashings of mascara. We<br />

recommend Maybelline The<br />

Rocket Volume Express Mascara.<br />

It’s inexpensive (R119,90) and<br />

smudgeproof (perfect if the Zoom<br />

meeting bores you to tears).<br />

Visit the Mopani Salon<br />

situated in the Crossing<br />

Centre store for a manicure<br />

to give your hands and nails<br />

the treatment they deserve.<br />

Book your manicure during<br />

<strong>Aug</strong>ust and receive a FREE<br />

brow wax and tint! Contact<br />

Antoinette on<br />

082-920-6086 or Rozanne<br />

on 082-561-7926.<br />

Too much screen time?<br />

A few drops of SafyrBlue Eye<br />

drops will get rid of redness<br />

quickly. Apply a light concealer<br />

afterwords, like Elizabeth Arden<br />

Stroke of Perfection Concealer<br />

(R299,90). A handy tip: apply with<br />

warmed fingertips - it gives<br />

better coverage<br />

than a brush.<br />

Talking eyes... We all know that your<br />

brows frame your face so make sure<br />

yours are perfect. Ensure you’ve got a<br />

good pair of tweezers, like Mavala<br />

Tweezer Claw Deluxe Gold plated<br />

(R199,90), on hand and use a good<br />

eyebrow pencil. Mopani suggests<br />

Estée Lauder Micro Precision eyebrow<br />

pencil (R460), this dual ended tool features<br />

an ultrafine smudge resistant brow<br />

pencil complete with a spoolie brush<br />

for grooming and shaping<br />

<strong>Aug</strong>ust 20 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 23

Home wear<br />

Our <strong>Aug</strong>ust equation. Comfort + glam = exactly what we’re after<br />

Fleece joggers and trainers for the school run. Casual luxe<br />

for an evening Zoom session with friends. Worldwide<br />

there’s chaos and uncertainty and lives have been turned<br />

upside down. So this month we want to snuggle down,<br />

be safe, stay warm. Does dowdy fit the brief? Not a<br />

chance. Here’s what we’ll be wearing during what’s often<br />

the coldest month of the year. • We may<br />

be staying indoors, but do we still<br />

want to sparkle? Hell, yes! This black<br />

knit has just enough shimmer<br />

to keep us happy. Bonus... it<br />

qualifies for free delivery. R499<br />

from woolworths.co.za • Soft,<br />

luxurious and perfect to slip<br />

on over wide leg soft pants or<br />

a pair of leggings. This light grey<br />

longline cardie is a blend of<br />

merino and alpaca wool, so it’s<br />

super soft. R1999 from Trenery at<br />

Woolworths. • Are they slip-ons?<br />

Are they slippers? Who cares...<br />

we’re wearing these Fuzzalicious<br />

from Ugg, with long sheepskin<br />

uppers, lining and insoles... toes<br />

as warm as toast. R1699 from<br />

superbalist.com • You want<br />

glam and comfy? These wide<br />

leg pants fit the brief. High rise,<br />

elasticated waistline, soft Milano<br />

knit, they’re comfy enough to<br />

lounge around in at home, glam<br />

enough to wear going out. We’d<br />

rate them an essential buy. R1299<br />

from woolworths.co.za • A simple<br />

white trainer. Perfect. We love<br />

these Chelsea creeper plimsolls<br />

from Cotton On. R249 from<br />

superbalist.com • You’re planning<br />

a go-nowhere-do-nothing<br />

Sunday. These cuffed track pants,<br />

with elasticated waistband, are<br />

perfect. And if, by chance, you’re<br />

suddenly inspired to go for a<br />

walk to work off lunch, they’re<br />

good for that too. Plus... it’s a<br />

two-for-one buy, so a great deal.<br />

R220 for two pairs, online from<br />

woolworths.co.za<br />

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Compiled by KYM ARGO

POWER<br />


Greens tend to hog the limelight, but filling your plate with purple foods<br />

may be a very smart choice right now. They’re really incredible for your health.<br />

Compiled by: RIALIEN FURSTENBERG<br />

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Registered dietician at Nutri & Flora, Dr Florence Malongane lists a few of the<br />

health benefits of purple fruit and veggies.<br />

Grapes<br />

Rich in antioxidants and nutrients such as potassium, calcium, iron, folate,<br />

magnesium, selenium, vitamins A, C and B6, among other benefits.<br />

Red grape skin is very high in resveratrol, which accounts for many<br />

health benefits such as supporting heart health, cholesterol level<br />

management, prevents signs of ageing and other skin problems, offers<br />

antioxidant support and helps the body’s ability to manage healthy<br />

blood sugar levels.<br />

Blueberries<br />

Similar to grapes, blueberries are rich in dietary fibre, calcium, copper,<br />

iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, zinc, vitamins A, C<br />

and various types of vitamin B. Not only do they protect against heart<br />

disease and cancer, but help with digestion, deliver healthy antioxidants,<br />

improve skin health, promote healthy bones, support healthy blood<br />

pressure and boost brain function.<br />

Blackberries<br />

A single serving of blackberries<br />

provides about half your daily<br />

recommended intake of vitamin C!<br />

Even more impressively, they’re very<br />

high in fibre and are a great source<br />

of vitamin K. Other benefits of this<br />

superfruit include the improvement<br />

of oral health, a healthy heart<br />

and bones, full of antioxidants, an<br />

immunity booster, have anti-cancer<br />

properties and improve brainpower,<br />

including cognitive and motor<br />

function.<br />

Eggplant<br />

They’re packed with vitamins C, K<br />

and B6 and an ample amount of<br />

potassium, manganese and fibre.<br />

This vegetable (technically a fruit)<br />

also contains antioxidants that help<br />

promote heart health, control blood<br />

sugar levels, reduce cancer risk,<br />

improve cognitive function and aid<br />

weight loss.<br />

Red cabbage<br />

Packing more vitamins (C, K, A),<br />

dietary fibre, and other nutrients in<br />

a standard serving size than many<br />

other foods, this single plant can help<br />

improve the function of your immune<br />

system, fight chronic inflammation,<br />

and even improve blood clotting.<br />

Ancient Romans apparently used<br />

cabbage to restore their bodies after<br />

heavy alcohol consumption. Try<br />

munching some red cabbage the<br />

morning after!<br />

Figs aren’t only delicious, but they’re also a great way to get fibre, calcium, potassium<br />

and magnesium, all of which are nutrients many of us don’t regularly get enough of. They<br />

have many potential benefits, including promoting digestive and heart health, along with<br />

potentially helping manage blood sugar levels and promoting healthy skin.<br />

<strong>Aug</strong>ust 20 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 27

Beetroot<br />

That bright red root isn’t just a looker. Beets<br />

and beet greens are loaded with life-giving<br />

minerals, including magnesium (which has lots<br />

of benefits, including Alzheimer’s prevention),<br />

potassium (which aids heart, kidneys, muscle,<br />

nerve and digestive functions), copper, iron,<br />

and phosphorus, an essential mineral aiding<br />

cell function throughout the body - and it’s<br />

good for bones and teeth, too. Beets are also a<br />

great source of vitamins A, B, and C, as well as<br />

healthy fibre.<br />

Red onions<br />

Not only are they pretty and colourful on<br />

your plate, but they could also help give<br />

your body a health boost. Why? Because red<br />

onions are packed with vitamins and minerals,<br />

including folate, thiamine, calcium, magnesium,<br />

potassium, manganese and vitamins C, K and<br />

B6. Other benefits include that they may stop<br />

cancer cell growth, control diabetes, help<br />

ease arthritis, cure sore throats and help with<br />

constipation.<br />

Black rice (also known<br />

as purple rice) - an<br />

antioxidant-rich grain that<br />

has a nutty flavour profile<br />

- has more anthocyanins a<br />

gram than blueberries and<br />

has been found to reverse<br />

the effects of alcohol on<br />

the liver! Organic black<br />

rice, R84.95, Wellness<br />

Warehouse.<br />

Grow your own<br />

Purple cauliflower? No... it’s not some experiment gone wrong.<br />

The purple colour is caused by the presence of anthocyanins (an<br />

antioxidant), which can also be found in red cabbage and blueberries.<br />

It packs a bit more flavour, and cooks a little faster, than its white cousin.<br />

This cauliflower is a great source of vitamins C, K, B6 and fibre. Because<br />

it’s not always available you can grow your own. Shop for the seeds<br />

online for R24.99 from Woolworths.<br />

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Shop your Clarins favourites at clarins.co.za<br />

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RED WINE<br />


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&<br />

Lamb shank and oxtail and a bottle of<br />

smooth, luscious red. We’re loving winter<br />

Slow-braised Karoo lamb shank<br />

(Serves 4 - 6)<br />

Warm up with a hearty meal of slow-braised Karoo lamb<br />

shank... rich and delicious, cooked until the meat falls<br />

off the bone. The recipe was shared by Spier Hotel... it’s<br />

winter food at its best. Serve it with a bottle of Spier<br />

Creative Block 3. Subtle, perfumed notes of blackcurrant,<br />

blackberry, raspberry, pomegranate and mulberry are<br />

followed by spicy flavours of black pepper and coriander...<br />

it’s a silky, rich mouthful.<br />

You’ll need:<br />

30 ml (2 Tblsps) vegetable oil; 4 medium-large lamb<br />

shanks, trimmed of excess fat; 1 large white onion, diced;<br />

2 large carrots, peeled & finely chopped; 6 garlic cloves,<br />

finely grated; salt and freshly ground black pepper, to<br />

taste; 500 ml (2 cups) beef stock; 375 ml (1.5 cups) good<br />

red wine; 4 large tomatoes, chopped; 30 ml (2 Tblsps)<br />

tomato paste; 4 sprigs rosemary; 4 sprigs thyme;<br />

5 bay leaves<br />

Method:<br />

Preheat the oven to 160 °C. Heat the oil in a large, wide<br />

oven-proof pot over medium-high heat. Brown the shanks<br />

on all sides, then remove from pot and set aside. Add the<br />

onions and carrots to the pot and fry over medium heat<br />

until softened, then add garlic and cook for one minute.<br />

Return the shanks to the pot and season generously with<br />

salt and pepper. Add stock, wine, chopped tomatoes,<br />

tomato paste and herbs. Bring to a simmer, then cover<br />

the pot with a lid. Transfer to the oven and cook for 2 ½ - 3<br />

hours, or until the meat starts falling off the bone.<br />

Remove shanks from pot and set aside. Discard bay<br />

leaves and herbs from the sauce and place pot on stove.<br />

Simmer sauce over medium heat until thickened to your<br />

desired consistency. Add the shanks and serve warm with<br />

(optionally) herbed pap and vegetables.<br />

You can order Spier Creative Block 3 online for R179 from<br />


Oxtail with green olives and orange<br />

Winter is the time to bring out full-bodied reds, best enjoyed by the fireside or with heart-warming<br />

comfort food. New Roodeberg Reserve, a blend of the finest wines in the cellar, is the perfect<br />

freezing-day food companion... think meaty casseroles, roasts and game dishes. An intense and<br />

richly textured wine, its intricate layers of red plum, blueberries, crushed herbs and tobacco leaf<br />

with hints of dark chocolate are rounded off by soft, silky tannins. The wine infuses rich flavour<br />

when added to hearty winter dishes like this one, from foodie Elmarie Berry.<br />

You’ll need:<br />

2,5kg oxtail; olive oil; 2 onions, diced; 2 Tblsps soy sauce; a few sprigs fresh rosemary; 4 bay leaves; 1<br />

glass Roodeberg Reserve; 1 cup beef stock; finely grated rind of 1 orange; 200g pitted green olives;<br />

200g button mushrooms<br />

Method:<br />

Preheat oven to 200°C. Heat the olive oil and fry the onion until soft. Spoon it out and add oxtail<br />

to the hot pan. Fry until golden brown. Add the cooked onions, garlic, bay leaves, rosemary, wine,<br />

stock and orange rind. Place in the oven and bake for 3 to 4 hours. Check on it and add extra liquid<br />

if necessary. Add the olives and mushrooms and bake for another 1 hour.<br />

Roodeberg Reserve Red 2017 costs around R165 a bottle, and can be found at selected Pick n Pay<br />

stores, or ordered from kwvemporium.co.za<br />

Compiled by KYM ARGO<br />

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Chocolate fondant with Lindor<br />

We’re fond of a good Pinotage... the FAT Bastard Pinotage is a great<br />

choice. This deep ruby red, medium bodied wine is all lush dark fruit<br />

with hints of chocolate and mocha. Perfect to serve with one of our<br />

favourite desserts... a rich chocolate fondant. This one, created for FAT<br />

Bastard by Sam Linsell, is a wonderful way to end a winter meal.<br />

You’ll need:<br />

200g dark chocolate, chopped; 100g salted butter; 1 tsp good quality<br />

instant coffee granules or ½ tsp espresso powder; 2 free-range eggs;<br />

2 free-range egg yolks; ½ cup (110g) caster sugar; ¼ cup flour; 4 white<br />

or milk chocolate Lindt Lindor balls or 3 x squares from a slab; cocoa<br />

for dusting<br />

Method:<br />

Preheat your oven to 200°C / 400°F and grease 4 dariole moulds or<br />

ramekins ( each with an approx capacity of 250ml / 1 cup). In a small<br />

pot melt the butter, coffee and chocolate until smooth. While it’s<br />

melting, using an electric beater, whisk the eggs, egg whites and sugar<br />

until pale and fluffy - about five minutes. Add the chocolate mixture<br />

and flour and briefly mix until well combined. Divide the mixture<br />

evenly between the four moulds and lightly press the Lindt Lindor<br />

balls/squares into the mixture in the middle. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes<br />

on a baking tray until they’ve puffed up and are firm on the top. Gently<br />

scrape a knife round the edges to loosen and tip out onto plates to<br />

serve hot.<br />

This makes 4 generous fondants, so you could quite easily make 6 to 8<br />

much smaller ones. Just reduce the cooking time down to 12 minutes<br />

and halve the quantity of Lindor chocolate you add to the middle.<br />

FAT Bastard Pinotage can be ordered for around R120 a bottle from<br />

shop.fatbastardwine.co.za<br />

After-dinner coffee<br />

What was the worst thing about lockdown? Not<br />

getting our daily Starbucks fix. Even though we’re<br />

now able to pop down to our nearest Starbucks,<br />

we’re delighted that Starbucks At Home has<br />

just been launched. The same premium, instant<br />

coffee in a choice of medium and dark roast<br />

coffees we’re used to... as well as a variety of<br />

coffee beverages. An add-on to the existing<br />

range (we’re already fans of the Nescafe Dolce<br />

Gusto by Starbucks capsules), the new range<br />

is available in multi-serve tins and single-serve<br />

sachets. You’ll find them at stores including<br />

Checkers, Pick n Pay, Spar and Makro as well as<br />

convenient online platforms such as Pick n Pay<br />

Online and Takealot.<br />

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Nothing beats finding that<br />

perfect Cabernet Sauvignon.<br />

One that’s structured and<br />

accessible enough to drink on<br />

its own, but also pairs perfectly<br />

with a weekend pizza, a posh<br />

pasta dish, or a good old<br />

braai. Hello De Krans Basket<br />

Press Cabernet Sauvignon<br />

2018. You’ll smell cassis, ripe<br />

berries, fresh prunes and cedar<br />

spice; you’ll taste soft plums,<br />

mulberries and dark cherries.<br />

Really well priced, it costs<br />

around R76 a bottle and you’ll<br />

find it at your local wine store<br />

or order online - dekrans.co.za.<br />

Martin Melck Cabernet<br />

Sauvignon pairs perfectly<br />

with Ouma Annatjie Melck’s<br />

Marinated Beef Pot Roast. For<br />

the recipe - click here<br />

Every wine tells a story<br />

Every wine tells a story. This is the motto at<br />

Muratie, the historic estate tucked away<br />

in the beautiful Knorhoek Valley north of<br />

Stellenbosch. Established in 1685, Muratie<br />

is one of the oldest farms in South Africa,<br />

rich in history and heritage. And with this<br />

age comes a myriad fascinating tales of the<br />

many extraordinary characters from the farm’s<br />

colourful past, which have been proudly<br />

commemorated in the naming and labelling<br />

of Muratie’s wines. All the Muratie wines have<br />

been named after these remarkable characters,<br />

each wine with its own enchanting story<br />

described on the back label. Buy the wines,<br />

read the labels, enjoy the history.<br />

The Muratie Martin Melck Cabernet<br />

Sauvignon Family Reserve 2016 (named after<br />

the great Martin Melck who was a major force<br />

in the wine and brandy industry for more than<br />

20 years) boasts four-and-a-half stars in Platter’s<br />

<strong>2020</strong> SA Wine Guide. It has an intense ruby-red<br />

colour in the glass, opulent and polished, with<br />

the blackberries, currants and plums almost<br />

crème de cassis-like in their intensity. Even<br />

after the last sip, this red wine, with its lingering<br />

finish, will be remembered for a long time. It<br />

costs R460 a bottle and is only available at the<br />

estate or online.<br />

Muratie Martin Melck Cabernet Sauvignon<br />

2015 is classically styled and restrained. Aged<br />

for 20 months in French oak, it’s a full-bodied<br />

wine and will reward cellaring for at least<br />

another six years. Also a four-and-a-half star in<br />

the Platter <strong>2020</strong> guide, it costs R200 a bottle,<br />

and you’ll find it at wine merchants or online.<br />

Muratie Ronnie Melck Syrah Family<br />

Selection 2015/2016 (named after Ronnie<br />

Melck who, when asked to single out his<br />

favourite wine, always answered, ‘the wine in<br />

my glass’, which was often a Shiraz). A robust<br />

statement wine produced in extremely limited<br />

quantities (only 2200 bottles, each individually<br />

numbered), it’s described as expressive,<br />

intriguing and unharnessed. Rich concentrated<br />

blackberries, red currants and cherries burst<br />

onto the palate, while hints of black olive,<br />

pepper, smoke and bacon add savoury appeal.<br />

It’s only available at the estate or online for<br />

R530 a bottle.<br />

Ronnie described Muratie wines as ‘humble,<br />

honest and full of integrity, with quality being<br />

the only answer’, and the Muratie Ronnie<br />

Melck Shiraz 2016 certainly delivers on all<br />

those fronts. It’s an intensely red wine with a<br />

violet edge, offering rich floral and berry notes<br />

with hints of green peppercorns and gamey<br />

nuances, supported by a sweet spiciness with<br />

a vanilla, crème brûlée aftertaste. You can buy<br />

it at wine boutiques or online for R190 a bottle.<br />

Details: muratie.co.za/wine/buy-wine.<br />

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Working from home certainly has its perks, but somehow the day slipped right<br />

through your fingers and now you’re facing the dinner time rut. Luckily, these<br />

easy, five ingredient dinner ideas are ready to swoop in and save the day!<br />


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Chef Jackie Righi-Boyd, owner of Dolci Café, Craighall Park.<br />

Chef Jackie Righi-Boyd’s<br />

prawn pasta<br />

(Serves 2)<br />

You’ll need:<br />

1 crushed garlic clove; 5ml finely<br />

chopped chilli (or less if you’re not<br />

a spicy food fan); 100ml olive oil; 14<br />

uncooked prawns, de-veined and<br />

peeled; 350g spaghetti (or pasta<br />

of your choice)<br />

Method:<br />

Heat olive oil in a pan over medium<br />

heat. Add garlic and chilli - be careful<br />

not to burn - and fry for about three<br />

minutes. Add the prawns and cook<br />

until pink. Season with salt according<br />

to taste.<br />

In a large pot, bring water to a boil<br />

over medium-high heat. Stir in 1 tsp<br />

of salt. Add pasta and cook until al<br />

dente. Drain off excess water. Plate<br />

pasta, top with the prawns and garnish<br />

with parsley.<br />

Chef Fortunato Mazzone’s<br />

Pesce all’ Aqua Pazza<br />

(fish in the crazy water)<br />

(Serves 6)<br />

You’ll need:<br />

6 fillets of fresh white fish (hake works<br />

brilliantly); half a tin peeled chopped<br />

tomatoes; 125ml pitted black olives; 2<br />

cloves garlic, diced; 125ml dry white wine<br />

Method:<br />

Preheat oven to 180°C. Place fish fillets in a<br />

baking pan drizzled with olive oil. Season<br />

and top with tomatoes, olives, garlic,<br />

wine and mix well, making sure to coat<br />

everything. Place in the oven for 12 to 14<br />

minutes, turning the fish halfway through.<br />

Place fillets on a plate and top generously<br />

with the sauce from the pan. Add a spritz<br />

of olive oil.<br />

Serve with boiled baby potatoes doused<br />

with Maldon salt, olive oil and chopped<br />

Italian parsley. You can also add sautéed<br />

spinach seasoned with garlic.<br />

Chef Fortunato Mazzone, owner of Forti Bar & Grill, Time Square.<br />

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Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated. That’s why Jamie’s 5 Ingredients<br />

- Quick & Easy Food is sure to become your go-to in the kitchen. Every<br />

recipe uses just five key ingredients, ensuring you can get a plate of food<br />

together fast - finished and on the table super-quickly after minimal handson<br />

prep, with the oven doing the hard work for you. With more than 130<br />

recipes and chapters on chicken, beef, pork, lamb, fish, eggs, veg, salads,<br />

pasta, rice and noodles, as well as sweet things, there’s plenty of quick and<br />

easy recipe inspiration to choose from. penguinrandomhouse.co.za, R445.<br />

The recipes in this book delighted us so much we just had to share a few<br />

with you.<br />

Chicken pot pie<br />

(Serves 4)<br />

You’ll need:<br />

2 onions; 600g chicken thighs, skin off,<br />

bone out; 350g mixed mushrooms; 1<br />

bunch of fresh thyme (30g); 400g puff<br />

pastry (cold)<br />

Method:<br />

Preheat the oven to 220°C. Place a<br />

30cm non-stick ovenproof frying pan<br />

on high heat, with a smaller non-stick<br />

pan on a medium heat alongside.<br />

Pour 1 Tblsp olive oil into the larger<br />

pan. Peel and roughly chop the<br />

onions, adding them to the larger pan<br />

as you go. Roughly chop two-thirds<br />

of the thighs, finely chop the rest,<br />

and add to the onion pan. Cook for<br />

six minutes, or until golden, stirring<br />

occasionally.<br />

Meanwhile, place the mushrooms<br />

in the dry pan, tearing up any larger<br />

ones. Let them toast and get nutty for<br />

four minutes, then tip into the chicken<br />

pan and strip in half the thyme leaves.<br />

Remove pan from the heat, add a<br />

pinch of sea salt and black pepper,<br />

then stir in 1 Tblsp red wine vinegar<br />

and a cup of water.<br />

Working quickly, roll out the pastry<br />

so it’s 2cm bigger than the pan,<br />

then place it over the filling, using a<br />

wooden spoon to push it into the<br />

edges. Very lightly criss-cross the<br />

pastry, then brush with 1 tsp olive oil.<br />

Poke remaining thyme sprigs into the<br />

middle of the pie. Bake at the bottom<br />

of the oven for 15 minutes, or until<br />

golden and puffed up. Easy!<br />

WIN!<br />

We know you’d love<br />

a copy of Jamie’s book, so<br />

we’ve got two copies to give<br />

away. To stand in line to win, like<br />

our Get It National Facebook page,<br />

like our post, tag a foodie friend<br />

and you’ll be in the draw.<br />

Entries close <strong>Aug</strong>ust 30. Ts<br />

& Cs apply.<br />

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Lemony zucchini/ baby marrow linguine<br />

(Serves 2)<br />

You’ll need:<br />

150g dried linguine; 2 mixed-colour zucchini/ baby marrows; ½ a bunch of fresh mint (15g); 30g Parmesan cheese;<br />

1lemon<br />

Method:<br />

Cook pasta in a pan of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain, reserving a cupful of the cooking water.<br />

Meanwhile, slice the zucchini/ baby marrows lengthways, then again into long matchsticks with a knife or julienne<br />

peeler. Place a large non-stick frying pan on medium-high heat with 1 Tblsp olive oil, then add the zucchini/ baby<br />

marrows. Cook for four minutes, tossing regularly, while you finely slice the mint leaves, then stir them into the pan. Toss<br />

the drained pasta into the zucchini pan with a splash of the reserved cooking water. Finely grate in most of the Parmesan<br />

and a little lemon zest, squeeze in all the juice, toss well, then taste and season to perfection with sea salt and black<br />

pepper. Dish up, finely grate over the remaining Parmesan and drizzle with 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil before tucking in.<br />

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Meltin’ mustardy beef<br />

Although very easy to prepare, you have to start early as this is slow cooked for<br />

four hours. But it’s worth the wait!<br />

(Serves 6)<br />

You’ll need:<br />

900g beef shin, bone out (ask your butcher for the bone); 500g carrots; 2 onions,<br />

125ml Worcestershire sauce; 2 heaped tsps wholegrain mustard<br />

Method:<br />

Preheat oven to 160°C. Place a large shallow casserole pan on high heat, with<br />

a large non-stick frying pan on a high heat alongside. Dice the beef into 5cm<br />

chunks and toss with a generous amount of black pepper and a pinch of sea salt,<br />

then dry fry in the hot frying pan with the bone for eight minutes.<br />

Meanwhile, wash and trim the carrots, chop into 5cm chunks, and place in the<br />

casserole pan with 1 Tblsp olive oil. Peel and quarter onions and break apart into<br />

petals, straight into the pan, stirring regularly.<br />

When meat is nicely coloured, tip it into the casserole pan, then stir in<br />

Worcestershire sauce and mustard, and cover with 800ml<br />

boiling kettle water.<br />

Cover, then cook in the oven for<br />

four hours, or until the beef is<br />

meltingly tender. Loosen<br />

with a splash of water,<br />

if needed. Taste,<br />

season to<br />

perfection,<br />

and serve.<br />

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Sticky lamb chops<br />

(Serves 2)<br />

You’ll need:<br />

6 lamb chops, French-trimmed (600g total); 200g baby rainbow carrots; 8 cloves garlic; 3 oranges; ½ a bunch of fresh<br />

thyme (15g)<br />

Method:<br />

Score fat of the lamb chops, season with sea salt and black pepper, then line them up, like a rack, and sit them<br />

together fat edges down in a large shallow casserole pan on medium-high heat.<br />

Leave for five minutes to render and crisp up. Trim and add the baby carrots (halving any larger ones) and the<br />

unpeeled garlic cloves alongside, turning the carrots regularly.<br />

Gently turn the chops onto their sides, to cook for two minutes on each side, or until golden but still pink in the<br />

middle. Meanwhile, use a vegetable peeler to peel strips of zest from one orange. Sprinkle them into the pan with<br />

the thyme sprigs, and toss together for just 30 seconds to get the flavours going. Remove chops to a plate to rest,<br />

then squeeze the juice from all three oranges into the pan.<br />

Let the juice bubble and reduce until sticky, quickly toss the lamb chops back in with their resting juices, then hey<br />

presto, time to dish up.<br />

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Compli-mince<br />

to the chef<br />

Give mince a makeover with this magnificent recipe from rising culinary star, chef Ruth<br />

Marovatsanga. We’ve also got a few nifty mince tips up our sleeves to share...<br />

When 27-year-old Rutendo Ruth Marovatsanga<br />

scooped up the coveted Young Star Chef of the<br />

Year Award at the One&Only Reaching for Young<br />

Stars project in 2018, little did she realise it was<br />

the start of what was to become the culinary<br />

adventure of a lifetime.<br />

As part of her prize, Ruth jetted off to Dubai to<br />

take up an intense mentorship experience at the<br />

One&Only The Palm and the One&Only The Mirage<br />

in Dubai.<br />

Her time in Dubai included a spell working in<br />

various restaurants under the wings of executive<br />

chefs and she further built up her culinary<br />

experience in 12 bars and restaurants, one of these<br />

being the three Michelin star restaurant, Stay, with<br />

chef Yannick Alléno.<br />

Ruth barely had time to unpack her bags before<br />

she flew off to the US to take up a six-month<br />

work experience opportunity at Winslow’s<br />

Tavern, a highly-rated restaurant in Cape Cod,<br />

Massachusetts. This top heritage restaurant,<br />

housed in a historic building, is run by South<br />

Africans, chef patron Phillip and Tracey Hunt.<br />

‘My <strong>2020</strong> plan includes increasing my knowledge<br />

in the front of house aspect of a restaurant<br />

and paying more attention to food and wine<br />

pairing. Now I’ve gained sufficient experience<br />

and knowledge about the food, it’s time to<br />

also understand the wine and service side of a<br />

restaurant. Within the next few years, I want to be<br />

a restaurant manager who can roll up her sleeves<br />

when the commis chef doesn’t show up for duty,<br />

as well as a chef who can easily recommend a<br />

wine to pair with the food.’<br />

If Ruth had the opportunity to cook for five famous<br />

people, she’d make beef Wellington for Gordon<br />

Ramsey; southern fried chicken for Michelle and<br />

Barack Obama; something sweet - maybe a toffee<br />

pudding - for Jamie Oliver and chicken biryani for<br />

Alex Guarnaschelli, the executive chef at New York<br />

City’s Butter restaurant.<br />

Ruth shares her favourite mince recipe with us.<br />

From<br />

exceptional<br />

burgers to her<br />

own terrine recipe,<br />

Ruth’s cooking<br />

up a culinary<br />

storm.<br />

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Chef Ruth’s terrine<br />

This works really well for a light lunch<br />

and can be prepared three days ahead<br />

and stored in the fridge. Simply bring it<br />

to room temperature before serving.<br />

(Serves: 8)<br />

You’ll need:<br />

350g rindless streaky bacon rashers;<br />

250g chicken livers; 300g minced<br />

pork; 450g minced beef; 1 large finely<br />

chopped onion; 2 cloves crushed<br />

garlic; 5ml dried oregano; 2.5ml ground<br />

allspice; 115g unsalted melted butter;<br />

120ml dry sherry; salt and ground black<br />

pepper according to taste<br />

Method:<br />

Preheat the oven to 180°C.<br />

With the back of a knife, stretch the<br />

bacon rashers. Use them to line the<br />

terrine dish or other ovenproof dish,<br />

leaving the rasher ends hanging over<br />

the sides.<br />

Finely chop the chicken livers and mix<br />

with the minced pork, minced beef,<br />

onion, garlic, oregano, allspice, and<br />

melted butter. Stir in the sherry and<br />

season with salt and pepper.<br />

Spoon the mixture into the dish and<br />

fold the ends of the bacon over the<br />

top. Cover tightly with foil or a lid,<br />

then stand the dish in a deep roasting<br />

tin. Fill the tin with enough hot water<br />

to reach halfway up the sides of the<br />

terrine dish. Cook in the oven for 90<br />

minutes, then remove and cover with<br />

fresh foil. Place a weight on top and<br />

leave to cool, chill for up to 24 hours,<br />

then turn out and cut into slices.<br />

Serve with warm crusty bread or toast,<br />

topped with gherkins.<br />

Tips for jollying up your mince<br />

It always pays to keep mince on hand. It’s your budget-friendly bestie, ready to<br />

help out with quick-and-easy meals. Think cottage pie, spaghetti bolognese (kids<br />

love it!) and bobotie. From Italy... lasagne, from SA... vetkoek with curried mince.<br />

There are also sausage rolls and burgers, chilli con carne, tacos, meatballs and<br />

meatloaf. All you need is a kilo of mince, with chopped onions, garlic, salt and<br />

black pepper, oregano, basil and coriander - and you’re already halfway there!<br />

We found these five great tips to master mince.<br />

1. By swapping to a leaner mince, traditional recipes can become healthier. For<br />

classics like spaghetti bolognese, cottage pie and chilli con carne, a lean mince<br />

is the best choice. For burgers and meat loafs, mince with a higher fat content<br />

helps to achieve the right texture.<br />

2. Looking for a simple way to spice up your beef mince? Just add dry onion soup<br />

mix. Loaded with onions and a variety of other spices, who knew a little packet<br />

could pack so much punch?<br />

3. If you like the salty, tangy flavour Worcestershire sauce gives your meat, why not<br />

try substituting it for soy sauce? If the soy sauce is making your meat a little too wet,<br />

just add a few bread crumbs or... peanut butter! Think of it like beef satay.<br />

4. To brown mince correctly, you should only put some of the mince in the pan<br />

at a time, not all of it. Adding too much mince at once reduces the temperature<br />

inside, meaning it won’t brown. It also causes all the beef’s liquid to be released,<br />

making it turn grey and tough.<br />

5. Browning meatballs before baking them gives extra flavour, and coating them<br />

in a tomato sauce as they cook helps keep them nice and juicy. Meatballs, along<br />

with a bowl of spaghetti, a glass of red... and dinner’s served!<br />

Compiled by: RIALIEN FURSTENBERG<br />

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Make it work...<br />

a stylish home office<br />

For many of us, working from home is a new situation, and it’s one that’s probably<br />

going to be around for a while. Whether you’re looking for some temporary solutions to<br />

home office space, or thinking long term, here are some workable options.<br />

Accessorise your desk with a Manikin<br />

Man (he’s like your own little work<br />

colleague), and a set of pencil pens,<br />

R99.99 and R50, both from Typo.<br />

Details: cottonon.com/za<br />

Keep track of the (over)time<br />

with this Country Road Della<br />

desk clock (R449). And if you<br />

do end up working late, you’ll<br />

need a good desk lamp...<br />

this one is stylish and functional,<br />

(R1099). Both from Woolies.<br />

Here’s a dual purpose<br />

buy. Use this matte black<br />

planter on a wooden<br />

stand on the corner<br />

of your desk to keep<br />

pens, pencils, rulers and<br />

stationery while you’re<br />

working from home,<br />

once you’re back at<br />

your office, plant it up<br />

with something green<br />

and lovely. R250 from<br />

Woolworths.<br />

We really like this slender writing<br />

desk from Houtlander. It’s great<br />

as a work station, but then will fit<br />

happily elsewhere in the house.<br />

R8500 from houtlander.co.za<br />

Yes. We know it’s a drinks<br />

trolley. But now, you’re going<br />

to use it as a spot to keep<br />

your storage boxes of papers,<br />

files and whatnot. No longer<br />

working from home... you’ve<br />

an elegant spot to keep the<br />

gin! R1699 from home.co.za<br />

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Another desk lamp...<br />

elegant LED lamp,<br />

R299 from woolworths.<br />

co.za<br />

Keeping notes of the rules and<br />

regulations is a full time job! A4<br />

recycled notebook, R99 from<br />

Typo. Details: cottonon.com/za<br />

Stylish Noah<br />

magazine rack,<br />

R495 from<br />

weylandts.co.za<br />

If you’ve had to set up in the corner of a sitting<br />

room or dining room, this wicker screen is<br />

fabulous. Pop it up in front of your work station<br />

and... you’re off duty. R3999 from home.co.za<br />

For ideas, inspiration and exceptional office buys, pop into your closest Weylandts, or visit their online site. Great<br />

home office set-ups... desks and office chairs, and really stylish shelving options too. Perfect if your home office is<br />

here to stay. Details: weylandts.co.za<br />

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44 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>Aug</strong>ust 20<br />

Compiled by KYM ARGO

Peas<br />

v&<br />

posies<br />

Veggie of the month<br />

Heirloom sugar snap pea Cascadia is a cool<br />

season vegetable for sowing this month. It<br />

produces unusually sweet, crunchy, edible<br />

pods which are perfect for eating straight<br />

off the bush or adding fresh to salads, but<br />

equally delicious steamed, sautéed, or stirfried.<br />

It’s an easy-to-grow vegetable for<br />

beginners, is a compact vine type, and has<br />

extra disease tolerance to powdery mildew<br />

and mosaic virus. The 7cm to 9cm long, dark<br />

green pods are a produced in abundance,<br />

almost smothering the plant. Be sure to plant<br />

it in a position that receives full sun and has<br />

well-composted soil. For good germination,<br />

soak the seeds overnight before sowing.<br />

Space the plants about 20cm apart, and<br />

keep the soil moist during germination. Pods<br />

should be ready for harvest 60 days from<br />

germination. Depending on the garden’s<br />

micro-climate, Cascadia can be germinated<br />

indoors in seed trays, or sown direct into the<br />

soil. Order online from gropak.co.za<br />

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This month we’re planting...<br />

Geranium Marcada in hanging baskets and containers. If, like us,<br />

you’re longing for sunshine and summer, Marcada’s dazzling<br />

magenta flowers are just the tonic you need. This is a stronggrowing,<br />

semi-trailing geranium that spreads up to 45cm,<br />

spilling flowers prettily over the edges of pots and<br />

baskets. It grows and flowers well in cool, as well as<br />

hot, conditions and is drought tolerant, needing<br />

to be kept drier than other geraniums. Being selfcleaning,<br />

the dead flowers drop off easily, so there’s<br />

no need to trim. Details: ballstraathof.co.za<br />

Garden tasks for <strong>Aug</strong>ust<br />

Fertilize spring flowering annuals<br />

with a liquid fertilizer for flowers.<br />

Increase watering as the temperature<br />

rises.<br />

Wait until the last frost has passed<br />

before sowing summer annuals and<br />

perennials like marigolds, alyssum,<br />

cosmos, Californian poppy, gaillardia,<br />

sunflowers and zinnias.<br />

Fork compost round summer<br />

flowering perennials, fertilize and<br />

water well.<br />

Prune winter flowering shrubs and<br />

neaten evergreen shrubs with a trim.<br />

Clean and weed pathways, driveways<br />

and treat and fix wooden furniture<br />

and garden benches.<br />

Sow spring vegetables like lettuce,<br />

peas, cabbage, spinach and Swiss<br />

chard into trays or small pots and<br />

keep them in a warm, sheltered area<br />

that’s protected from frost.<br />

Prevent snail and slug damage by<br />

using organic snail bait like Ferramol<br />

and eradicate aphids with an<br />

organic insecticide.<br />

Whether you have a large garden or a tiny apartment, you can (and<br />

should) grow herbs. They’re easy to cultivate and it’s hugely rewarding to<br />

be able to pick a few fresh leaves to use when you’re cooking.<br />

Jane’s Delicious A-Z of Herbs is a beautifully illustrated, handson<br />

guide to growing and using herbs. There’s info on more than 80 of<br />

them... planting and growing, medicinal and culinary uses, as well as<br />

healing properties. Sunbird Publishers, R292 from Exclusive Books.<br />

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Our indoor plant for <strong>Aug</strong>ust...<br />

While it’s still nippy outdoors, enjoy the spring fragrance of<br />

Lavandula Stoechas indoors. Besides being very pretty, the scent is<br />

also a natural stress reliever... so whenever you walk past the plant,<br />

rub its leaves to release the delightful fragrance. Stoechas flowers<br />

are unlike other lavenders. The bracts on top of each bloom<br />

resemble bunny ears, or the open wings of a butterfly. Grown<br />

indoors, Stoechas lavender needs bright light and can take some<br />

morning sun. Let the soil dry out moderately between watering<br />

and snip off dead flowers to encourage more. In warm, bright<br />

conditions, such as a patio or living area, it may flower for up to<br />

three months. After flowering, you can lightly trim it, then plant in<br />

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Bilkis Moola<br />

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Navigations<br />

along poetic shores<br />

A spell of six years has passed since the publication of Bilkis Moola’s first anthology,<br />

Wounds and Wings: A Lyrical Salve Through Metaphor. Her personal navigation weaved<br />

between her home town, Volksrust, and Mbombela where her professional profile<br />

as an educator shifted to a promotional position as a senior education specialist who<br />

presently works for the Mpumalanga Department of Education.<br />

Bilkis’ first anthology was received throughout South Africa<br />

and launched her poetic persona. Recognition for her poetry<br />

soon reached an international platform where she has been<br />

published in In So Many Words: A Collection of Interviews and<br />

Poetry from Today’s Poets and Indiana Voice Journal in the<br />

United States. Her poetry has been published in India in<br />

Glomag Monthly Online Poetry and Prose Magazine, Women<br />

Poets: Within and Beyond Shores and Verses in Racism, Resistance<br />

and Refugee Crisis.<br />

In the In So Many Words collection, an evocation of her<br />

interior world is revealed. She says that she began writing<br />

seriously in July 2011. While she might have dabbled in<br />

creative writing and poetry as an adolescent, Bilkis says she<br />

did not commit to any literary genre as she regarded her<br />

efforts as mediocre and insufficient for development.<br />

She scribbles images or<br />

lines spontaneously when<br />

inspiration beckons<br />

When asked on her favourite writers who serve as her<br />

significant inspirations, she states that Sylvia Plath’s difficulty<br />

with relationships and grievous crusade against depression<br />

embody the Achilles heel in her poetry. Plath’s suicide two<br />

weeks after the publication of her novel The Bell Jar, at the<br />

age of 31, reached its 50th anniversary while The Bell Jar that<br />

was originally published under the pseudonym Victoria<br />

Lewis has sold millions of copies globally. The woman who<br />

endured self-torment and would have been 85 today,<br />

tragically did not survive to realise her immense contribution<br />

to literature as well as her impact on the lives of millions of<br />

people.<br />

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The attempt for personal affirmation<br />

launched Bilkis’ identity as a poet. She<br />

describes the writing of poetry as an active<br />

pursuit to document the observations<br />

of her interior and external landscapes.<br />

The appreciation of a breathtaking dawn<br />

or the glimpse of a magical sunset finds<br />

expression as the sensory and emotional<br />

arrest of images onto paper.<br />

With regard to her published books,<br />

Wounds and Wings: A Lyrical Salve Through<br />

Metaphor is an anthology of poetry that is<br />

structured in three parts. The analogy of a<br />

caterpillar’s transformation to a butterfly<br />

reflects the parallel process of personal<br />

transformation. Each stage of transition<br />

Maymoena Arnold and Fouzia Sibda at the launch of Bilkis<br />

Moola’s Wounds and Wings: A Lyrical Salve Through Metaphor<br />

at Timbuktu Books, Cape Town<br />

William Wordsworth’s expression of “heightened perception” invigorates<br />

the poet’s voice when scenically located while the poetry of Gerard<br />

Manley Hopkins galvanises her use of alliteration. “Preludes” by TS Eliot<br />

in her now tattered copy of his Collected Poems 1909-1935 is her most<br />

beloved possession.<br />

Bilkis explains that she has an eclectic selection of favourite writers.<br />

Authors who inhabit her popular fiction shelf are Dan Brown and Gillian<br />

Flynn. She refers to Karen Armstrong for reference on world religion<br />

and Alain de Botton is her chosen contemporary philosopher. Malcolm<br />

Gladwell’s “cultural commentaries and intellectual adventures” as<br />

depicted in his introductory biographies, satiate her thirst for non-fiction<br />

while David Nicholls’ One Day and Us appeal to her escapades for the<br />

throes of love and the pitfalls of romance.<br />

When asked when she does most of her writing, Bilkis says she reserves<br />

Monday afternoons and evenings for the structured composition of her<br />

poetry. Nevertheless, she scribbles images or lines spontaneously when<br />

inspiration beckons. This occurs for her, most often before falling asleep<br />

when she will rise from her bed to note the thoughts floating in her<br />

mind.<br />

Bilkis explains that she separated from her ex-husband at the end of<br />

October 2010 after four years of an emotionally, verbally, psychologically<br />

and physically abusive marriage. Her divorce was finalised in February<br />

2011. The effects of divorce are traumatic and result in the processing of<br />

deep pain, the recovery of self-worth and the struggle to acquire a fresh,<br />

empowered identity with the need to face the future without bitterness<br />

and with positivity and hope. Writing poetry served as a refuge. The<br />

expression of emotion transferred through images upon paper allowed<br />

a catharsis to occur as healing materialised from the processing of<br />

experiences and feelings.<br />

The attempt for<br />

personal affirmation<br />

launched Bilkis’<br />

identity as a poet<br />

reveals the series of changes and events<br />

that emerge from introspection and unfold<br />

as a sequence of discovery and growth.<br />

This anthology is an exploration of the<br />

emotional pastures and wastelands that<br />

encompass the intimacy of celebratory and<br />

tragic human experiences as articulated<br />

in the figurative expression of poetry. Ebb<br />

and Flow of Love is Bilkis’ second anthology.<br />

The online launch of her new collection of<br />

poems was unveiled in June and can be<br />

viewed on YouTube.<br />

The progression of themes in Ebb<br />

and Flow of Love is artistically sketched<br />

along the spiritual path of essence,<br />

reminiscence, luminescence, translucence<br />

and transcendence. Each melody is a<br />

rhapsody of the poet’s song. “She bowed<br />

before words - her reigning monarchy of<br />

revelation where her fortunes hold dear”,<br />

captures her essence while, “In memory,<br />

the past exists - a canvas in the mind’s<br />

eye of wonder and woe” is reflective of<br />

reminiscence. “Like the flower from the<br />

Greek for tending towards the sun” is<br />

symbolised in a heliotrope that reflects<br />

luminescence while translucence is<br />

evoked in a stream of water that flows<br />

and floats, an arousal of a heart kindled by<br />

the sensation of prose. Transcendence is<br />

captured in the poem:<br />

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The Ebb and Flow of Love<br />

The ocean spreads before his gaze<br />

where he rests his eyes.<br />

The sea serenades his fortunes<br />

calm and bountiful -<br />

swept by the sky’s shade of blue,<br />

grey’s brush of cloud and sunset’s<br />

golden hue.<br />

Twinkle, twinkle little star<br />

beckons his memory -<br />

destiny’s waves flow in tides<br />

lit by moonlight’s glow and<br />

sunshine’s gleam.<br />

His feet rise to reality<br />

from the dream of his gaze -<br />

where he rests his eyes.<br />

He will return -<br />

to the sea where his wish is<br />

kissed,<br />

calm and bountiful -<br />

to rest his eyes,<br />

his fortune is met in<br />

the ebb and flow of love.<br />

Sheereen Moola and<br />

her daughter, Bilkis<br />

Bilkis concludes her navigation along<br />

poetic shores with the rendition of her<br />

poem:<br />

Weeds Are Beautiful Too<br />

Surreal wisps scattered -<br />

in the breath of final moments<br />

as the gentle breeze of life<br />

extinguishes heartbeats that fluttered,<br />

fluttered and raced -<br />

throbbed,<br />

raced and throbbed<br />

crushed underfoot<br />

then was no more.<br />

“Weeds are beautiful too,” he said<br />

as he departed<br />

to which she replied,<br />

“Roses have thorns” .<br />

Details<br />

Contact Bilkis on 084-516-0101 or<br />

at bilkismoola@yahoo.com<br />





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