SEP 2020 - Ballito Umhl

If you were under the impression that all dentists are dull then you’re going to be blown away by our September cover star. Ballito dentist Dr Rohini Bisaal is also adancer and professional model … and she drives a bright red Porsche named Pepper! Can you say #goals? We also chat to some pretty inspiring men this month, including an award-winning engineer who has a host of sporting achievements under his belt, a couple of very successful car detailing brothers and an incredible handcrafted knife maker. We also show you how to refresh and rejuvenate your health this season and give you some very cool Heritage Day inspired recipe ideas! Make sure you read all about the ‘floating forest fantasy’ home and get check out our great ideas about where and how to spend time being active outdoors as the weather warms up!

If you were under the impression that all dentists are dull then you’re going to be blown away by our September cover star. Ballito dentist Dr Rohini Bisaal is also adancer and professional model … and she drives a bright red Porsche named Pepper! Can you say #goals? We also chat to some pretty inspiring men this month, including an award-winning engineer who has a host of sporting achievements under his belt, a couple of very successful car detailing brothers and an incredible handcrafted knife maker. We also show you how to refresh and rejuvenate your health this season and give you some very cool Heritage Day inspired recipe ideas! Make sure you read all about the ‘floating forest fantasy’ home and get check out our great ideas about where and how to spend time being active outdoors as the weather warms up!


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Beauty, brains<br />

a red porsche<br />

Meet Dr Rohini Bisaal&<br />

WIN!<br />

A handcrafted knife<br />

valued at R2 150<br />

SPRING<br />


Architectural<br />

excellence<br />

in a floating<br />

forest home<br />


<strong>SEP</strong>TEMBER <strong>2020</strong>

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GET IT<br />

Editorial<br />

Phone 032 946 0276<br />

Email leah@getitnc.co.za<br />

<strong>Ballito</strong> Business Centre • <strong>Ballito</strong> Drive<br />

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Nicole von Metzinger<br />

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Advertising Justine Douglas<br />

justine@getitnc.co.za<br />

082 454 9222<br />

Sales and Online Support Lisa Smith<br />

lisa@getitnc.co.za<br />


National Group Editor and National<br />

Sales Kym Argo<br />

082 785 9230<br />

kyma@caxton.co.za<br />

Distribution<br />

10 000 copies monthly<br />

Get It <strong>Ballito</strong> • <strong>Umhl</strong>anga is distributed<br />

free of charge in <strong>Ballito</strong>, Salt Rock, <strong>Umhl</strong>ali,<br />

Umdloti, <strong>Umhl</strong>anga Rocks, <strong>Umhl</strong>anga<br />

Ridge and Gateway<br />

Published by The North Coast Courier<br />

Competition rules<br />

The judges’ decision is final. Prizes cannot be<br />

transferred or redeemed for cash. Competitions<br />

are not open to the sponsors or Caxton<br />

employees or their families. Get It Magazine<br />

reserves the right to publish the names of<br />

winners, who will be contacted telephonically<br />

and need to collect their prizes from Get it <strong>Ballito</strong><br />

branch within 10 days or they will be forfeited.<br />

Prize winners’ names are published on our<br />

Facebook page monthly.<br />

Why don’t you…<br />

2 Take an advanced driving lesson or curl up with a good read<br />

Wish List<br />

6 Lust-worthy Spring spoils for the warmer months<br />

People<br />

8 Meet beautiful <strong>Ballito</strong> dentist, model and dancer Dr Rohini Bisaal<br />

10 Salt Rock engineering and environmental geologist Dr GV Price<br />

wins a well-deserved prestigious award<br />

14 The dynamic <strong>Umhl</strong>anga-based Salomon Brothers share their<br />

car wash business success story<br />

16 What better time to clean up our beaches than the start of Spring?<br />

Health & Beauty<br />

18 It’s time to hit the refresh button - time to Spring clean your health!<br />

20 Collagen - not just a fancy health buzz word!<br />

Food & Drink<br />

22 David Hoehler has turned his childhood hobby into a successful<br />

handmade kitchen knife-making business ...<br />

24 Celebrate National Braai Day with some yummy spoils<br />

from Lifestyle SuperSpar<br />

26 Three talented North Coast chefs share their<br />

quick & easy SA-inspired recipes<br />

30 Love a good smoothie but not the mess and fuss of making one?<br />

We’ve found the perfect solution ... Summa Smoothies!<br />

32 Wonderful wines and tasty recipes to celebrate our heritage<br />

Home and gardens<br />

35 Architectural excellence - a floating forest fantasy home<br />

40 Michelle Gouldon artwork is more than just pretty pictures ...<br />

42 Shades of a pink for a beautiful Spring table setting<br />

Travel & OUTDOORS<br />

46 As the weather warms up it’s time to get active and enjoy<br />

our amazing North Coast outdoor lifestyle<br />

Cover: Dr Rohini Bisaal<br />

Shot by: Chris Allan Photo: 083 441 3144,<br />

www.chrisallanphoto.co.za<br />

Shoot location: Elaleni Coastal Forest Estate:<br />

087 195 1167, www.elaleni.co.za<br />

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Modern contemporary home with great street appeal.<br />

4 3 2<br />

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Invest. Intelligently.<br />

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A hot date!<br />

Words, wheels, and edge-of-your-sofa thrillers<br />

Words ...<br />

If ever you needed a nudge to pick up a book, now is the time. Be part of<br />

the latest book launches, author Q&As and more, that are happening via<br />

Zoom by checking Exclusive Books’ Facebook page. It is free of charge; all<br />

you need to do is register for the webinar!<br />

While on the topic of books, don’t miss this year’s South African Book<br />

Fair virtual event. A mix of poetry sessions, author-led panel discussions,<br />

SMME skills development workshops, kids-related programmes such as<br />

online storytelling, and puppet and theatre shows will form part of the<br />

fair. Pencil the 11th to 13th in your diary. For the full programme and<br />

tickets, visit www.southafricanbookfair.co.za<br />

Are you a budding young author looking for a challenge? Enter this year’s<br />

Word Warrior competition and you could walk away with R1 000 cash and<br />

books to the value of R5 000 for your school. If you’re nine to 16-years-old,<br />

you can enter by writing dialogue for a play or a movie about the foxy<br />

detective Inkomba. Details: 087-237-7781 or visit www.read.org.za<br />

Wheels ...<br />

So you think driving on our highways, byways<br />

and dodging potholes make you a good<br />

driver, right? Well, even the most seasoned<br />

driver can benefit from an advanced driving<br />

course. Spending time with a professional<br />

driving instructor will help you gain insights<br />

into defensive driving, road safety, hijacking<br />

defence, as well as teach you how to get the<br />

best performance from your car – safely.<br />

Speed on over to Google, search for one of<br />

these great training schools and learn how<br />

to really drive. adrenalindrivingacademy.<br />

co.za; amgdrivingacademy.co.za;<br />

bmwdrivingexperience.co.za; ford.co.za;<br />

toyota.co.za; vw.co.za and landrover.co.za.<br />

Vroom vroom.<br />

And a thrill a minute<br />

We’re on the edge of our seats with this<br />

must-watch series on Showmax. Oscar<br />

nominees Jude Law and Naomie Harris star in<br />

The Third Day, a six-part psychological thriller<br />

set on an alluring and mysterious island. This<br />

delightfully dark show is divided into two<br />

parts. In ‘Summer’ a man visits a creepy island<br />

off the British coast and discovers a group of<br />

inhabitants intent on preserving their home at<br />

any cost. In the second half, ‘Winter,’ a strongwilled<br />

outsider comes to the island seeking<br />

answers, but instead causes a battle to decide<br />

its fate. • Then we’ve got a gripping sci-fi drama<br />

on Netflix. As American astronaut Emma Green<br />

(Hilary Swank) prepares to lead an international<br />

crew on the first mission to Mars, she must<br />

reconcile herself to her decision to leave behind<br />

her husband and teenage daughter when they<br />

need her the most. As the crew’s journey into<br />

space intensifies, their personal dynamics and<br />

the effects of being away from their loved ones<br />

back on Earth become increasingly complex.<br />

Away shows that sometimes, to reach for the<br />

stars, we must leave home behind.<br />

Away<br />

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Book club<br />

Nothing but time ... to read and drink wine<br />

There’s no doubt that when it comes to her novels, Karin Slaughter<br />

has a sick and twisted mind. Quite possible our favourite thriller writer<br />

ever! In The Silent Wife, we jump from present day Atlanta, Georgia,<br />

where medical examiner Sara Linton and Will Trent – GBI investigator<br />

and Sara’s boyfriend – are investigating the brutal murder of a young<br />

girl. The investigation takes a wild and unexpected turn, and readers are<br />

taken back a decade to Grant Country, and a case being investigated<br />

by Jeffrey Tolliver –Sara’s husband ... and jumps back and forth between<br />

the cases and the two decades. Just JOY for those who started the<br />

Grant Country books from the beginning, with Blindsighted. Wicked<br />

twists, as there should be, a little love story to keep things sweet, a<br />

thriller we could. not. put. down. HarperCollinsPublishers. • It’s been a<br />

good month for tense reads. Massively edge-of-your-seat, beautifully<br />

written and also with a great big unexpected twist, Sarah Vaughan’s<br />

Little Disasters looks at issues of mothers not coping, friends and trust<br />

issues, families keeping secrets. Very believable, with characters you<br />

just ache for. Simon and Schuster • Lesley Pearce. Perfect for an easy,<br />

weekend read. She’s just released a new thriller titled Liar, revolving<br />

around a young woman who is desperate to be a reporter (the closest<br />

she’s come is selling advertising in the local paper!). When she discovers<br />

the body of a murder victim near her home, and hears the lies the<br />

police and reporters are spreading, she convinces the local paper’s<br />

editor to let her tell the true story. And when another body is found,<br />

she thinks she may be the one to solve the mystery and stop more<br />

murders. Michael Joseph • Staying with thrillers – that November 2019<br />

tour! Siya Kolisi – Against All Odds by Jeremy Daniel tells the story of<br />

the boy from the Zwide township who beat the odds and followed his<br />

passion from the African Bombers Club to his appointment as first black<br />

Springbok captain. Thrilling indeed. Jonathan Ball Publishers<br />

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Wish list<br />

Are we going bright for Spring? Hell yes!<br />

Dreams, drugs and stardom<br />

make for one helluva tale<br />

Have you heard of the British band Utopia<br />

Avenue? Don’t worry ... neither had we.<br />

Made up of folksinger Elf Holloway, blues<br />

bassist Dean Moss, guitar virtuoso Jasper de<br />

Zoet and jazz drummer Griff Griffin, who were part<br />

of London’s psychedelic scene in 1967, and who<br />

created a unique sound, with lyrics that captured<br />

their turbulent times. The band produced only two<br />

albums in two years, but their<br />

musical legacy lives on. And<br />

this is their story. One of a<br />

brief, blazing journey from<br />

Soho clubs and draughty<br />

ballrooms to the promised<br />

land of America, just when<br />

the Summer of Love was<br />

receding into something<br />

much darker. It’s a multifaceted<br />

tale of dreams, drugs,<br />

love, sexuality, madness and<br />

grief, of stardom’s wobbly<br />

ladder and fame’s Faustian<br />

pact, and of the collision<br />

between youthful idealism<br />

and jaded reality as the<br />

sixties drew to a close. It’s<br />

a story that celebrates the<br />

power of music to connect<br />

across divides, define an era<br />

and thrill the soul. Hodder &<br />

Stoughton, R355<br />

Sensational Spring spoils<br />

We’re all being kind to ourselves and enjoying a little spoil every<br />

now and then … and very few things are as decadent and<br />

indulgent as the new luxurious Lindt Creation range. Absolute<br />

heaven for chocolate lovers, the Creation range comes in a variety<br />

of flavours and each chocolate is filled with exquisite ingredients<br />

… like nuts, wafer, caramel, mint and crème brulee! The range is<br />

available exclusively at Woolworths and Lindt chocolate boutique<br />

stores, R69,95 a slab. Our favourites? Creation Milk Hazelnut,<br />

Creation Wafer and Nut and Creation Caramel! Details: www.lindt.<br />

co.za or follow them on social media: IG @LindtSA; FB Lindt<br />

Even a Spring<br />

shower won’t bring us<br />

down ... we’ll whip out our<br />

Tropical Tangerine umbrella.<br />

R621 from rosehipdesign.co.za<br />

Compiled by KYM ARGO<br />

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When it comes to bright and<br />

cheerful, Lou Harvey’s always top<br />

of the game. She’s just teamed<br />

up with Mr Price Home for<br />

her second Creative Colab<br />

Collection ... it’s all brilliant,<br />

bright and botanical. Soft<br />

furnishings, kitchen and<br />

bathroom accessories, crockery<br />

and stationery in oversized bold<br />

florals, sunbirds and paisley. You’ll<br />

find the range in store, or on online.<br />

Details: mrphome.com<br />

Wild about Spring<br />

Our favourite season of the year<br />

... and apparently the fave of the<br />

Macaroon crew too, who every<br />

September launch their new<br />

range ... each one better than<br />

the last. This year it’s all about<br />

Wild Wreaths. They’re dressing<br />

the animal kingdom – think<br />

apes and ellies, leopards and<br />

lions – in blossoming crowns<br />

of wild flowers. Available online<br />

this month on macaroon.co.za<br />

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Text: Leah Shone | Photographs: Chris Allan Photo | Shoot location: Elaleni Coastal Forest Estate | Hair: Carlton Hair <strong>Ballito</strong><br />

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spreading smiles<br />

If it wasn’t for her incredibly approachable nature and friendly smile, one might be<br />

slightly intimidated by <strong>Ballito</strong> dentist Dr Rohini Bisaal. Apart from having her own<br />

dental practice and being a strikingly beautiful model and dancer . . .<br />

she also drives a red 718 Porsche Cayman!<br />

t’s hard to believe that<br />

someone as beautiful,<br />

confident and successful as<br />

Rohini grew up with a very<br />

low self-esteem after being<br />

bullied and teased at school.<br />

However, she believes that<br />

it was this experience that ultimately<br />

led to her choosing her career path<br />

and creating a life she is now very<br />

proud of.<br />

Based at the Active Care Medical<br />

Clinic at the <strong>Ballito</strong> Junction Regional<br />

Mall, Rohini’s dental practice offers a<br />

range of services from basic dentistry<br />

to paediatric and specialist dentistry,<br />

as well as aesthetic dentistry. She<br />

will soon be offering other aesthetic<br />

services such as Botox and fillers.<br />

Originally from Durban, Rohini<br />

matriculated from Durban Girls’ High<br />

School and went on to study dentistry<br />

at the University of the Western Cape.<br />

While at school, she was often teased<br />

about her ‘bunny teeth’, and ended<br />

up not wanting to smile in front of<br />

people. “My parents came to my<br />

rescue and got me braces when I was<br />

13. That was a game-changer and I<br />

was incredibly fascinated by the entire<br />

process.”<br />

It was inevitable, she says, that she<br />

would one day end up studying to<br />

become a dentist. “I guess becoming<br />

a dentist was a very personal decision<br />

as I knew first hand what it felt like not<br />

being able to smile confidently and<br />

seeing how my life was changed with<br />

orthodontics. I knew then that this<br />

was what I wanted to do – change<br />

people’s lives by spreading smiles.”<br />

Aside from her professional career,<br />

Rohini has also seen success in the<br />

world of modelling and dancing.<br />

She was crowned first princess at<br />

I knew then that this was what I wanted<br />

to do - change lives by spreading smiles.<br />

the Miss India South Africa pageant while at university and modelled in various<br />

advertising campaigns, and also did middle-Eastern and ballroom dancing in<br />

various performances both locally and overseas.<br />

“Dancing will always be a part of me. It is a language of the soul. It keeps me<br />

grounded and makes me feel alive at the same time. My goal for dancing is to<br />

one day learn the art of salsa! My modelling career began when I was in Grade<br />

8. I graduated with Models International and then signed up with D&A Model<br />

Management in Cape Town during my third year of studies. This definitely<br />

contributed to my overall independence and growth as an individual.”<br />

Rohini is also passionate about practising yoga and meditation. She says both<br />

keep her grounded, focused and healthy and allow her to connect with her inner<br />

self – especially when life gets a bit busy and haphazard. “I listen to motivational<br />

podcasts every morning while getting ready for work and feel this sets the tone<br />

for how I start my day.”<br />

Probably the most interesting and unexpected of Rohini’s passions and hobbies<br />

is her car – a gorgeous bright red 718 Porsche Cayman. “I used to play Playstation<br />

when I was a kid, especially a game called ‘Need for Speed Most Wanted’. One<br />

day when I unlocked the Porsche Cayman, I immediately fell in love with it! I<br />

stuck a picture of a red Porsche on my vision board in 2013 and, fast-forward five<br />

years later to 2018, at the age of 23, I took ownership of my very own red 718<br />

Porsche Cayman. I named her Pepper!”<br />

“I don’t see her as just a materialistic possession, but rather a symbol of hard<br />

work, determination and perseverance. She serves as a reminder to me that<br />

anything is possible and this motivates me to work harder every day. This car was<br />

a true ‘dream come true’ for me.”<br />

Asked what she loves most about the work she does Rohini says, “I love the fact<br />

that I can make another individual smile. It’s priceless when you hear patients tell<br />

you they are either out of pain, or they can smile again. Dentistry is a beautiful<br />

industry to be in because every single case is different and I am learning and<br />

developing every day as a clinician. There is always space to grow in the industry.”<br />

The only challenge she has faced in her industry, Rohini says, is the fact that<br />

people are sometimes apprehensive when they find out she is a young, female<br />

dentist. “There is a misconception that older, male dentists are superior. Dentistry<br />

is a five-year degree, which includes both academic and practical work, and we<br />

are graded according to our ability. I look at it as a positive challenge though, to<br />

help young female dentists break the stigma and show the world that we are not<br />

less competent, but are equal to our male colleagues.”<br />

Details: Dr Rohini Bisaal, Active Care Clinic, <strong>Ballito</strong> Junction Regional Mall, 032 586<br />

1819, IG: rohinibisaal<br />

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A lifetime of<br />

achievement<br />

A man of many skills, <strong>Ballito</strong><br />

engineering and environmental<br />

geologist Dr GV Price is a husband<br />

of 46 years, a father, grandfather<br />

and an avid sportsman. We chatted<br />

to him after he recently received a<br />

very prestigious award.<br />

Text: Leah Shone | Photo: Chris Allan Photo<br />

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is lists of<br />

achievements, both<br />

professional and<br />

sporting, are long<br />

and impressive.<br />

But GV’s most<br />

recent award, from the South<br />

African Institute for Engineering &<br />

Environmental Geologists (SAIEG),<br />

is certainly one of the most<br />

prestigious.<br />

Receiving the SAIEG Gold Medal<br />

Award is not something that<br />

happens every day - or even<br />

every year. It is the premier award<br />

of the Institute and, according to<br />

the official citation, “is presented<br />

in recognition of outstanding<br />

lifelong service by an individual<br />

to the profession of Engineering<br />

and Environmental Geology<br />

in South Africa.” The award is<br />

only given out in years where<br />

a suitable recipient has been<br />

recognised. One just has to take<br />

a quick look at his impressive<br />

CV to understand why GV was<br />

presented this award.<br />

After matriculating from Queens<br />

College Boys High School in<br />

1970, GV completed his national<br />

service and then studied geology<br />

at Natal University. Afterwards,<br />

he did a Master’s degree in<br />

engineering geology at the<br />

University of Pretoria and finally<br />

a PhD in engineering geology in<br />

1991.<br />

Asked why he decided to study<br />

engineering GV says, “I chose this<br />

field because ever since I can<br />

remember I had a fascination<br />

with the earth’s crust. As a small<br />

boy I picked up pebbles and<br />

rock fragments and carted them<br />

home. I used my pocket money<br />

to buy strangely shaped and<br />

coloured mineral rock specimens.<br />

Engineering Geology has allowed<br />

me to combine geology and<br />

engineering as a life skill.”<br />

Throughout his career GV<br />

has worked on a number of<br />

impressive projects around Africa,<br />

Afghanistan, Nepal, Papua New<br />

Guinea, Indonesia and Ireland. His<br />

job over the years, he says, has<br />

involved interrogating anything<br />

of a civil engineering nature<br />

below the surface.<br />

“Foundations for buildings,<br />

bridges and dams and tunnel<br />

investigations to predict not only<br />

rockmass conditions but also<br />

stability of a newly opened void.<br />

I chose this field<br />

because ever since I<br />

can remember I had<br />

a fascination with<br />

the earth’s crust.<br />

Also, stability of deep excavations<br />

in soil and rock, prospecting<br />

for materials with which to<br />

use in building all of these<br />

and investigation of problem<br />

foundations such as compressible<br />

(or expansive) clays, sands with<br />

a collapsible grain structure,<br />

sudden sinkholes in dolomitic<br />

areas ... the list goes on.”<br />

But despite his many work<br />

achievements, GV’s true passion,<br />

it seems, remains his family. Asked<br />

why he decided to settle in <strong>Ballito</strong><br />

he simply says, “my life partner<br />

of 46 years, Lil, is originally from<br />

Estcourt and always yearned to<br />

be back in KZN. Of course, what<br />

a beautiful lady wants is what a<br />

beautiful lady gets!”<br />

The couple’s daughter Taryn and<br />

son-in-law Russell live in Salt Rock<br />

with four of their five grandsons.<br />

His son Shane lives in Australia.<br />

“When WorleyParsons asked me<br />

to run their Eastern operations<br />

from Durban, it was a chance to<br />

live near Tat and family. Besides<br />

that, we love the North Coast.<br />

Warm weather, beautiful beaches,<br />

chilled and happy people, close<br />

family and good friends … an<br />

obvious choice!<br />

GV is also an accomplished<br />

sportsman, with a particularly<br />

impressive canoeing background.<br />

“I have a soft spot for canoeing.<br />

It’s amazing going down a river,<br />

enjoying the excitement of<br />

the rapids, camaraderie with<br />

friends and nature (including<br />

the occasional crocodile!).” He<br />

has completed 40 Dusi Canoe<br />

Marathons, with his last one<br />

being a highlight. “My son-in-law<br />

and I did it together and had to<br />

complete the final 22 kilometres<br />

swimming, climbing, walking and<br />

dragging our broken boat all the<br />

way to Durban. All that without<br />

one bad word and still finishing<br />

in time!”<br />

Other sporting highlights include<br />

his 10th Comrades, the Iron Man<br />

in PE (he was already in his midfifties!),<br />

kayaking in Antarctica and<br />

completing 20 Fish River canoe<br />

marathons. He also achieved his<br />

provincial colours for canoeing.<br />

“Oh, and importantly, I have<br />

completed at least one Dusi<br />

canoe marathon with my wife<br />

and both my children!”<br />

Still very active GV canoes three<br />

times a week with a group<br />

called the ‘Salty Dogs’ and<br />

mountain bikes regularly with<br />

the ‘Canebrakers’ at Holla Trails.<br />

He also does karate twice a week<br />

where he is working his way to<br />

his purple belt and runs with his<br />

‘speedy spouse’, “but she is far too<br />

fast for me,” he laughs.<br />

When asked how he feels about<br />

receiving a Gold Medal Award GV<br />

says, “it’s been a very humbling<br />

experience. Its such an amazing<br />

honour to be recognised by<br />

your peers and when I look at<br />

the names of past recipients, I<br />

can’t believe I can be in the same<br />

elevated space as them! I’m<br />

certainly honoured. No other way<br />

of looking at it.”<br />

September <strong>2020</strong> Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhl</strong>anga 11



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Dynamic duo<br />

Not only do they run a successful car detailing and cleaning business, but they also<br />

have a training academy and more than 17 percent of their staff members are hearingimpaired<br />

or deaf. We found out a little more about the dynamic Salomon brothers.<br />

hen brothers<br />

Dominic and<br />

Alex told their<br />

mother they<br />

were giving up<br />

their respective<br />

professional careers to wash cars, she<br />

cried. Of course, she could never have<br />

known the success her sons would<br />

see with their car detailing business<br />

over the next seven years.<br />

The Salomon Brothers currently<br />

operate out of three branches: at<br />

BMW Durban, Mini Rocks <strong>Umhl</strong>anga<br />

and SMG at the newly constructed,<br />

remarkable <strong>Umhl</strong>anga Arch. They<br />

employ more than 85 staff who wash,<br />

maintain and fix up literally thousands<br />

of vehicles every month.<br />

Things didn’t start out like this though.<br />

In fact, when they became partners<br />

and opened their business (which was<br />

then called Geeky Clean Detailing)<br />

it was just the two of them, washing<br />

cars at people’s homes.<br />

Brothers Dominic and Alex can often be<br />

found working on the vehicles themselves<br />

Text: Leah Shone<br />

Their training academy allows<br />

staff members to upskill and<br />

work their way up in the business<br />

Although they both came from<br />

different career backgrounds -<br />

Dominic was in finance and Alex a<br />

chef – the one thing they always had<br />

in common was their obsession with<br />

cars and motorbikes. So, in 2013, the<br />

two self-proclaimed ‘petrol heads’<br />

decided to quit their jobs and follow<br />

their bliss . . .<br />

“We both love cars and bikes and<br />

we literally grew up in a garage. As a<br />

result, we got really good at cleaning<br />

cars,” says Dominic who is also the<br />

company CEO.<br />

Apart from being good a cleaning<br />

cars, they also learnt how to<br />

disassemble and put things back<br />

together, which meant they could<br />

offer more than just a basic car wash.<br />

And they weren’t cleaning just any<br />

cars either.<br />

“Our goal was to only work on<br />

extremely high-end vehicles. We were<br />

going for the ‘less is more’ approach,<br />

where we could do a few detailing<br />

jobs on exclusive vehicles that the<br />

owners weren’t comfortable with<br />

taking just anywhere.”<br />

They worked as a fully-mobile, owner<br />

operated team for three years before<br />

deciding it was time to put down<br />

some roots. “A friend of ours who was<br />

a used car manager helped us get a<br />

foot in the door with the McCarthy<br />

brand and we put forward a proposal<br />

to take over the service cleaning<br />

side. Slowly we started growing our<br />

business step-by-step.”<br />

Although their core business remains<br />

cleaning, they also offer a wide range<br />

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The Salomon Brothers offer their clients<br />

so much more than just a car wash<br />

of other specialised add-on services like window and<br />

headlight tints, vinyl wraps, paint protection film and<br />

loads more.<br />

They are also passionate about their staff and decided to<br />

start a training academy to ensure each staff member is<br />

trained up properly and able to work their way up in the<br />

business.<br />

“We are able to train people who come straight off the<br />

street and have no income and bring them up to a level<br />

where they are earning R250 a day. It’s very physical work<br />

in the beginning as we wash and hand over a car every 15<br />

minutes, for nine hours every day. But they can work their<br />

way up and learn new skills within the business.”<br />

Something they are very proud of, Dominic says, is the<br />

fact that a significant portion of their staff are deaf or<br />

hearing impaired. “We drove past a place called eDeaf<br />

in Musgrave one day and decided to stop and check it<br />

out. It was an employment agency for deaf people and<br />

we knew we wanted to get involved. Initially we had just<br />

three deaf people in the academy, but now 17 percent of<br />

our staff are deaf,” says Dominic. “It’s been amazing to see<br />

how quickly and easily they integrate with the hearing<br />

staff and some of our staff members have even picked up<br />

sign language. It’s humbling and uplifting being around<br />

them, as they are such positive people despite their<br />

challenges.”<br />

Although COVID-19 has had an effect, business has<br />

picked up somewhat as people want to have their<br />

vehicles sanitized. “Sanitizing is not new for us, it’s<br />

something we have been doing for years, so our cleaning<br />

practices haven’t changed all that much.”<br />

Working so closely as brothers has its challenges at times,<br />

especially with their fiery Argentinian background, but<br />

the brothers agree that they know how to handle each<br />

other and work well together. And while they probably<br />

could sit back and let their staff do all the hard work, you<br />

are more likely to find them getting their hands dirty and<br />

physically working on their clients’ vehicles themselves,<br />

ensuring they have the best possible experience. “Our<br />

business is family run and our roots are deep. We hold our<br />

titles as owner-operators close to our hearts as we believe<br />

we are the heartbeat of the business.”<br />

Details: 031 536 2030, sales@salomonbrother.co.za<br />

September <strong>2020</strong> Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhl</strong>anga 15

Clean up<br />

give back<br />

As the weather starts to warm and Spring<br />

&<br />

awakens, there is no better time to turn<br />

our eyes towards the ocean and beaches<br />

and consider what we can do to clean<br />

things up than right now. Litter4Tokens<br />

founder Clare Swithenbank-Bowman<br />

tells us how her organisation is<br />

making a difference.<br />

Litter4Tokens founder Clare Swithenbank- Bowman with a<br />

Mermaid Tear Catcher. Photo: Leticia Cox photography<br />

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A nurdle trommel is used to separate the microplastic<br />

from the sand and companies can purchase<br />

trommels and arrange their own beach clean ups<br />

Litter is exchanged for<br />

tokens used to buy food<br />

Text: Leah Shone | Photo: sam maber photography<br />

Billions of nurdles, or ‘mermaid’s<br />

tears’ (tiny pellets of plastic) end<br />

up on our shores every year<br />

There is a fair amount of ‘doom and<br />

gloom’ and an increasing amount<br />

of poverty around us every day. It<br />

can be hard to stay focussed on the<br />

positive or believe that we can make<br />

a difference. But, according to Clare,<br />

we all can.<br />


When she founded Litter4Tokens in<br />

2015, Clare’s goal was to help prevent<br />

ocean-bound plastic from reaching<br />

our oceans while creating a platform<br />

for unemployed people to feed their<br />

families at the same time. And that’s<br />

just what she has managed to do.<br />

She says more than 2.7 million<br />

kilograms of plastic have been<br />

collected and over 105 600 people<br />

fed since they launched.<br />

The Litter4Tokens concept is simple:<br />

community members collect litter,<br />

which they can then exchange for tokens to buy dry goods from the token<br />

shops. The token shops are kept stocked through various donations and<br />

partnerships. “The aim of the Litter4Tokens campaign is to instil pride and<br />

cleanliness by putting respect back into the communities, and encouraging<br />

hard work whilst employing and educating the nation. This campaign is also<br />

addressing climate change, global public health, and global poverty at the same<br />

time,” says Clare.<br />


If you made your way down to <strong>Ballito</strong>’s main beach during last year’s <strong>Ballito</strong> Pro<br />

you would’ve no doubt seen people collecting nurdles. Nurdles, also known<br />

as ‘mermaid tears’, are tiny pellets of plastic used to make most of our plastic<br />

products. Billions of these end up on beaches every year.<br />

“In 2017 Durban’s eyes were opened to the global threat nurdles pose to our<br />

oceans when a freak storm resulted in two billion nurdles spilling into the<br />

Durban harbour and quickly spreading along the entire KZN coastline.”<br />

In response, Litter4tokens came up with an award-winning product called a<br />

Mermaid Tear Catcher (a small frisbee-like disc used to sift plastic from the sand),<br />

which they launched at last year’s Pro.<br />

“The total impact of the collection over the <strong>Ballito</strong> Pro was over 240,000 mermaid<br />

tears (or 2.4kg) at the seven-day event. This was a huge awareness campaign,<br />

while at the same time making the most impactful difference in the environment<br />

by preventing these plastic nurdles from being in our food chain and being<br />

eaten by birds and sea life!”<br />

Litter4Tokens is the SA manufacturer of nurdle trommels (hand-powered sifting<br />

machines used to separate micro plastic from beach sand) for Nurdle SA and<br />

the Mermaid Tear Catcher’s, which means all funds from these goes to stocking<br />

up the token shops. These are branded for companies, who are encouraged to<br />

organise their own team beach clean ups.<br />


Like so many other things, COVID-19 has had a negative effect on recycling and<br />

Litter4Tokens is currently partnering with local companies and schools to have<br />

their recycling rebates redirected to support the Litter4Tokens token shops.<br />

“We have partnered with the <strong>Ballito</strong> Lifestyle Centre and Ashton and <strong>Umhl</strong>ali<br />

Preparatory and all their rebates from recycling are coming to support the token<br />

shops. We are heavily reliant on donations.”<br />

Clare says Zimbali recently ordered a Nurdle Trommel, which they will use for<br />

a beach clean up on 29 November (lockdown restrictions permitting) and<br />

Plastic SA have also ordered a Nurdle Trommel to clean up the micro plastic in<br />

Cape Town. If you are interested in ordering Mermaid Tear Catchers or a Nurdle<br />

Trommel, or helping out in any way in a token shop, contact Clare.<br />

Details: clare@litter4tokens.co.za<br />

September <strong>2020</strong> Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhl</strong>anga 17

Refresh&<br />

rejuvenate<br />

Life has been pretty stressful of late and, chances are, we haven’t all been putting our<br />

health first. As we enter the season of change, it’s time to take a deep breath and focus on<br />

that which is most important.<br />

Promotion<br />


Therapeutic reflexologist,<br />

Dawn Kruger<br />

Therapeutic Reflexology is not just<br />

a foot massage. It encourages the<br />

body’s own healing ability using pressure<br />

points on the feet. The ancient<br />

practice of reflexology is suitable for<br />

anyone, from babies to the elderly<br />

and reflexologist Dawn is passionate<br />

about helping her patients achieve<br />

their health goals. Also offering<br />

complimentary therapies like Auricular<br />

Therapy and Vietnamese Facial<br />

Reflexology, Dawn says that any time<br />

is the right time to detox the body<br />

from stress and toxins.<br />

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Lasersure and Dr Frances<br />

Prinsloo Inc.<br />

If the COVID-19 pandemic has left<br />

you feeling dreary and you feel like it’s<br />

time to brighten up your appearance,<br />

it’s time to visit the team at Lasersure.<br />

Our favourite Dr Frances and the newest<br />

member of the team, Dr Michelle<br />

Blom (who is well-known in the <strong>Umhl</strong>anga<br />

area), can effectively address<br />

your concerns with their vast experience<br />

and sound knowledge, helping<br />

you decide what best suits you and<br />

your individuality. Allow them to put<br />

the sparkle back in your eye and smile<br />

and rest assured that you will be treated<br />

with care in a ‘COVID-19-compliant’<br />

environment. Details: info@lasersure.<br />

co.za, 032 946 0424.<br />

Details: dawnkruger10@gmail.com, 087<br />

354 9041<br />


Speech and Language Therapy<br />

This is a team of Speech and Language<br />

Therapists who are passionate<br />

about communication skills in young<br />

children. Offering assessments and<br />

intervention both at their offices in<br />

Salt Rock and at schools in the area<br />

allows the therapists to provide holistic<br />

intervention and ensure that both<br />

classroom and home performance<br />

improve. They work with paediatric<br />

and school-aged children and are<br />

passionate about early childhood<br />

communication, auditory processing<br />

difficulties, fluency (stuttering), speech<br />

and language delays and literacy difficulties,<br />

including reading and spelling.<br />

Details: Eden Health, Eden Village, Old<br />

Fort Road, Salt Rock. annalize.gould@<br />

gmail.com, 079 378 0088 (Annalize<br />

Gould), 082 577 7220 (Roxanne Grey)<br />

and 081 330 2887 (Rinay Kullen)

Collagen<br />

hype<br />

Collagen products are<br />

booming right now …<br />

drinks, powders, capsules<br />

and creams - you name it,<br />

it’s out there. Consuming<br />

it may have a variety of<br />

health benefits, so read on<br />

to know why there is such<br />

a hype around it.<br />

Collagen is a fibrous protein that’s a<br />

vital part of your skin’s health, keeping<br />

it youthful, elastic and resilient. But<br />

this protein, found throughout our<br />

bodies, has many more far-reaching<br />

benefits than simply helping to<br />

reverse the effects of ageing.<br />

From your muscles and bones to your<br />

skin and tendons, collagen provides<br />

the strength and elasticity that allows<br />

you to function. In essence, collagen<br />

is the ‘glue’ that both holds you<br />

together and helps you move.<br />

We chatted to skin therapist and<br />

owner of Heaven on Earth Skin,<br />

Body, Laser Studio, Rachel Rodriguez,<br />

who gave us the scoop on allthings-collagen.<br />

‘Your body naturally produces<br />

the collagen it needs when you’re<br />

young but production starts to<br />

decline at about the age of 30, so it is<br />

worthwhile to invest in high-quality<br />

collagen products,’ she says. But, she<br />

added, while it might seem more<br />

convenient to pop a pill daily, the best<br />

way to take collagen is via a liquid<br />

supplement, that is, a collagen drink.<br />

‘Sipping collagen, rather than<br />

applying it topically or injecting it,<br />

provides the entire body with the<br />

foundational and building blocks<br />

it needs to support the creation<br />

and repair of the body’s connective<br />

tissues. Providing your entire system<br />

with collagen can help kick start its<br />

developmental abilities again.’<br />

It’s important to look for hydrolysed<br />

collagen - it’s a process whereby<br />

collagen is broken down into small<br />

peptide chains that make it more<br />

bioavailable – that means your<br />

body can use them more quickly<br />

and easily. They’re more effective at<br />

helping to repair muscles, improve<br />

skin elasticity, and keep joints<br />

healthy.<br />

For the highest quality, choose<br />

collagen products made from<br />

organic and grass-fed cows, or<br />

sustainably sourced seafood. Pure<br />

collagen should be colourless when<br />

mixed with water and virtually<br />

tasteless - unless, obviously, you’re<br />

using a blend that includes flavours,<br />

extracts, or other ingredients. If it has<br />

a yellowish or brownish colour or an<br />

‘off’ taste, it’s likely lower in quality.<br />

To get the most out of your<br />

supplement without ingesting the<br />

evils of artificial sweeteners or sugar<br />

additives, the smartest choice would<br />

be to go for an unsweetened, sugarfree,<br />

and unflavoured form.<br />

Benefits may - and often do - include<br />

the improvement of skin, hair, nail,<br />

gut, joint and muscle health and may<br />

aid in weight loss or management.<br />

When is the best time to take<br />

collagen? Some recommend<br />

consuming collagen on an empty<br />

stomach before your stomach acid<br />

has the chance to break down the<br />

collagen peptides. Others believe<br />

it’s best to take collagen right before<br />

going to bed since your body<br />

replenishes your skin as you sleep.<br />

The truth is, collagen can be taken at<br />

any time of the day.<br />

Add some collagen to your morning<br />

coffee, or mix some into a smoothie.<br />

Over time, you’ll be pleasantly<br />

surprised by what this little protein<br />

can do.<br />

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With so many supplements on the<br />

market today, it can be hard to make<br />

choices concerning your health and<br />

well-being. Here are some of our<br />

fave products:<br />

Pure collagen quality ...<br />

just a click away!<br />

We’re loving the huge variety of collagen<br />

products available from The Harvest<br />

Table – from creamers, powders and<br />

granules to an easy-to-follow starting<br />

kit. They even have a vegan option!<br />

Some of the products are perfect to<br />

add to smoothies and shakes, some for<br />

baking and cooking. Try the Collagen<br />

Loading Kit – 30 day transformation<br />

which includes two packets of 700g<br />

Pure Collagen Granules (R1 410). Or go<br />

with the Pure Collagen.X that contains<br />

age-defying Astaxanthin. It is six thousand<br />

times stronger than Vitamin C, plumping<br />

out wrinkles, smoothing pores and<br />

nourishing you from deep within, making<br />

you stronger. R520 for 325g. We’ve tried<br />

this brand, and it works wonders on hair<br />

and nail growth. Details: harvesttable.co.za<br />

For vivacious vegans<br />

Natural Living’s Vegan Collagen<br />

Boosting Protein Powder is formulated<br />

using 100 per cent plant-based<br />

ingredients to naturally promote collagen<br />

production. It is a blend of superfoods<br />

consisting of all nine essential amino<br />

acids, vitamins and minerals your body<br />

and skin need to boost your collagen<br />

level and build fibroblasts. R275 for 250g.<br />

Details: naturalliving.co.za<br />

Also definitely worth a try:<br />

• Beauty Gen Pure Hydrolysed Peptan<br />

Collagen Sachet in Blueberry flavour<br />

is good for your skin, hair and nails.<br />

R27.50 from Dis-Chem • Mojo Me<br />

Pure Collagen Peptides is a highly<br />

bioavailable source of 18 amino acids<br />

which are essential for the strength<br />

and lustre of skin, hair, nails, tendons,<br />

joints and bones. R339 from www.<br />

faithful-to-nature.co.za • Collagen Lift<br />

Paris Red Carpet is a drinkable collagen<br />

supplement containing hyaluronic<br />

acid. Providing plumpness, it is clinically<br />

proven to reduce wrinkles by 50 per<br />

cent and contains no sugar. R995 from<br />

Dis-Chem. • Enjoy a Golden collagen<br />

latte that packs 10g of Hydrolysed<br />

Bovine collagen, and functional<br />

ingredients like Magnesium and<br />

Selenium for restful sleep, healthy skin<br />

and joints and digestive support. R299<br />

from www.plushy.co.za<br />

A helpful lift for men<br />

Men are becoming more and more interested in anti-ageing. And why<br />

shouldn’t they? Men deserve to look their best too! So Collagen Lift Paris<br />

developed drinkable collagen just for men to target the areas men need it<br />

most – skin, hair, stamina, energy and immunity.<br />

When you’re young, high levels of collagen provide smooth, plump, glowing<br />

skin but as you age the body produces less which leads to the visible signs<br />

of ageing with wrinkles and sagging skin. Now lost collagen can be replaced<br />

with Collagen Lift Paris Men. It is clinically proven to reduce wrinkles by up<br />

to 50 per cent and increases the skin’s hydration and elasticity. Its formula<br />

contains a unique combination of Collagen, Biotin, Zinc, Guarana, Glutathione,<br />

seaweed and Vitamin C.<br />

• Biotin is good for healthy hair, skin and nails and the body needs keratin and<br />

biotin to provide this.<br />

• Zinc is an important supplement for men as it supports and promotes<br />

natural testosterone levels and can help with sexual health and the libido.<br />

Zinc promotes more endurance and energy and helps to boost the<br />

immune system.<br />

• Guarana is well known for its ability to boost energy, reduce fatigue and<br />

improve mental focus.<br />

• Glutathione is important and is probably best known for its protective<br />

abilities as a powerful antioxidant and is frequently called the body’s ‘master’<br />

antioxidant.<br />

• Seaweed is an essential micronutrient which stimulates collagen production,<br />

protects elastin and provides skin with essential amino acids, antioxidants and<br />

minerals. It is also beneficial in soothing dry and irritated skin.<br />

• Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which helps to protect cells from damage<br />

caused by free radicals and is vital in the synthesis of collagen in the skin.<br />

The packs, available at DisChem, cost R850 for a four week supply. Also<br />

available from www.collagenliftparis.co.za<br />

WIN!<br />

You’ve read what it<br />

can do for you so we’re sure you’re<br />

amped to give it a try. Enter our Collagen<br />

Lift Paris Men competition by heading over<br />

to GetItMagNC on Facebook and follow the<br />

prompts. Entries close September 30.<br />

Ts & Cs apply.<br />

Compiled by: RIALIEN FURSTENBERG<br />

September <strong>2020</strong> Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhl</strong>anga 21

Blade<br />

maker<br />

From as young as he can remember,<br />

David Hoehler has had two passions...<br />

knives and food. Now the former chef<br />

and father of two is combining his<br />

talents and skills to produce some of<br />

the best quality custom made kitchen<br />

knives in the country.<br />

Text: Leah Shone | Photo: MARY-ANN PALMER<br />

Humble, humorous and hard working.<br />

These are just a few of the words you<br />

could use to describe David. He is<br />

also confident and passionate about<br />

his craft and proud of the beautiful<br />

handmade knives he creates. And so<br />

he should be.<br />

Each one of his knives are carefully<br />

moulded and shaped using high<br />

quality materials and then skilfully<br />

and lovingly finished off to its future<br />

owner’s exact specifications.<br />

As we sit and chat in David’s<br />

workshop - a converted garage<br />

adjacent to the Sheffield Beach home<br />

he shares with his wife Karin and their<br />

two children - he tells us a bit about<br />

his childhood and his journey to<br />

becoming a chef and knife maker.<br />

“I spent the first 18 years of my life in<br />

the South of Johannesburg. School<br />

was hard for me as I suffered terribly<br />

with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity<br />

Disorder (ADHD). I found my solace in<br />

sports though. I achieved a number<br />

of sporting accolades, specifically<br />

for rowing and shooting while I was<br />

attending Parktown Boys High School.”<br />

Despite being offered full bursaries<br />

to attend university because of his<br />

rowing, David decided against it.<br />

He says it would have been wasted<br />

on him. “The classroom never made<br />

sense to me. I had two passions as a<br />

kid – knives and food. I have always<br />

loved cooking.”<br />

Which is why he ended up going to<br />

Fern Hill Hotel and training college<br />

after school. And he loved it. “I got<br />

to cook and play with knives all day!<br />

The best thing to come out of my<br />

years at college though,” David says,<br />

“was meeting my wonderful wife.<br />

We started dating three months into<br />

college and have been together ever<br />

since.”<br />

David pursued his career as a chef,<br />

first spending six months working<br />

as a line chef in West Palm Beach<br />

Florida, before returning to South<br />

Africa where he worked in a number<br />

of top restaurants. His last cooking<br />

job was at the Umami restaurant<br />

in Dunkirk Estate. “The year I spent<br />

there changed my cooking and work<br />

ethic forever. It was a steep learning<br />

curve, but I learnt so much under the<br />

amazing chef Tayla Cockerell.”<br />

He moved away from the kitchen<br />

after he and Karin got married and<br />

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he took up a job as a sales rep at the North Coast Courier newspaper. David’s<br />

cooking background came in handy during his time at the Courier, landing him<br />

the role of resident restaurant critic!<br />

For the last year though, David has been a full time knife-maker. “My earliest<br />

memories are of knives. My late father was a gun and knife collector and I was<br />

given my first Swiss Army knife when I was six years old. I’ve had a knife in my<br />

pocket ever since.” It was almost inevitable that David would pursue a career<br />

where his most important tool was a knife.<br />

“I always thought knife making was something you did when you retire, until<br />

I met a dear friend, Terry Smith. He sparked my interest six years ago. Slowly I<br />

started meeting other local knife makers and when well known local chef and<br />

restaurateur Brett Michelin ordered a chef knife from me, it opened the door for<br />

my business. Brett has been an amazing friend and customer.”<br />

David doesn’t make just any knives. All the knives he produces are specifically<br />

made for use in the kitchen - something only a handful of knife makers in the<br />

country do.<br />

According to David, a custom made knife can take anywhere from five to 45<br />

hours to complete. Production, store-bought knives are made by the thousand<br />

and the result is a cheaper, softer knife.<br />

“Much more care and attention goes into producing a handmade knife. From<br />

heat treating to edge geometry and fit and finish … handmade will always cost<br />

more, but it’s for a reason. When you buy one of my knives you are paying for the<br />

years of practice it’s taken to get to where I am.”<br />

The process of making a knife is a complicated one that includes cutting,<br />

marking and drilling holes and heat treating the stainless steel (making the knife<br />

hard enough to stay sharp). There are various other complex steps in the process,<br />

which culminates in the final stage - making the handle. “I like durable materials<br />

for handles like fibreglass laminate, but more than 70 percent of my knives<br />

have beautiful African hardwood handles (like wild olive, African black wood or<br />

tamboti). The fanciest handle material I ever worked with was woolly mammoth<br />

tooth!”<br />

WIN!<br />

David is offering<br />

one reader the chance<br />

to win a 6-inch Hoehler<br />

handmade chef knife with a<br />

purple haze handle, valued<br />

at R2 150. Enter on our<br />

Facebook or Instagram<br />

pages<br />

When he’s not working hard on his<br />

knife-making business David enjoys<br />

spending time with his family, fishing<br />

or walking on the beach and, of<br />

course, cooking!<br />

We asked him to share a few tips for<br />

the home chef to consider when<br />

buying knives. “Try to handle the<br />

knife a bit before buying it. Buy<br />

trusted brands (Youtube has lots<br />

of information). You don’t have to<br />

spend a fortune on a knife for it to<br />

be good, but will spend around<br />

R750 to R1000 for a decent chef’s<br />

knife.” Details: Contact David on:<br />

078 639 8356, dhoehler@gmail.com,<br />

FB: Hoehler Handmade Knives, IG:<br />

hoehlerhandmade<br />

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more wines are available from Lifestyle<br />

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open Mondays to Thursdays, 9am - 5pm.<br />

MacValley Nuts, locally grown<br />

in the <strong>Umhl</strong>ali Valley, are the<br />

perfect natural appetisers.<br />

End off the perfect braai<br />

with King Candy Flamin’<br />

Mallows, ‘cos who doesn’t<br />

love s’mores?

Tasty<br />

SA-inspired spoils<br />

We’re celebrating Heritage Day with a few quick and easy South African-inspired dishes from<br />

some of our favourite North Coast chefs. Here are the recipes … enjoy!<br />

Brett Michielin<br />

Mozambik restaurant<br />

Brett Michielin has a passion for food and an inimitable love<br />

of people. It was almost inevitable that he would become<br />

a restaurateur. For him, Mozambik is a dream realised. The<br />

perfect addition to a braai day menu, Brett shares this quick,<br />

easy and tasty sauce recipe:<br />

Chimmi Churri Sauce<br />

Ingredients:<br />

1 Bunch Italian flat leaf parsley (chopped), 6 Cloves of<br />

garlic, chopped, 50ml Olive oil, 50ml Brown sugar, 1 Tbsp<br />

Oreganum, Salt and pepper to taste<br />

Method:<br />

Mix all ingredients together and serve with a great piece of<br />

red meat - straight off the braai!<br />

Brett’s Chimmi Churri Sauce<br />

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Nomfundo Mcoyi<br />

Boardroom to the Kitchen<br />

Very few things are as inspiring as a CEO who<br />

is also an amazing chef and cookbook author.<br />

Nomfundo Mcoyi is all of these. Founder and<br />

CEO of Icebolethu Group, Simbithi-based<br />

Nomfundo launches her first cookbook,<br />

Boardroom to the Kitchen with Nomfundo<br />

Mcoyi, this December! Referring to herself as<br />

a cooking enthusiast, rather than a cooking<br />

expert, Nomfundo’s book is filled with easyto-intermediate<br />

recipes with a strong South<br />

African influence … just like this one:<br />

Lamb potjie with dumplings<br />

Ingredients:<br />

1kg lamb Knuckles, 10 baby Potatoes<br />

baby carrots/ 5 medium carrots, 750ml lamb<br />

stock, 2 onions, 1 tsp garlic, 1 cup green beans,<br />

4 tbsp olive oil, 10 brussel sprouts, 1 tbsp<br />

paprika, 1 tbsp tumeric, 1 tbsp curry powder, 1<br />

tbsp Garam Masala, 1 tbsp geera, Salt (to taste)<br />

1 tbsp fresh mint chopped and fresh coriander<br />

Method:<br />

Heat the oil in a large, heavy black pot. Add<br />

ginger, garlic and onions and fry until brown.<br />

Add all the dry spices/curries. Add meat and<br />

keep stirring until meat is done. Add mint and<br />

coriander. Add stock, veggies and two cups of<br />

water and allow to boil. Divide the dumpling<br />

dough* into equal portions and place on top<br />

of the stew. Close the lid and cook<br />

for 30 to 40min.<br />

* To make the dumplings: In a bowl mix<br />

together 4 cups flour, 2 tbsp sugar, pinch of<br />

salt and 1 tbsp yeast. Add water to combine<br />

the mixture. Cover and set aside until<br />

ready to use.<br />

Lamb potjie with dumplings<br />

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Verushka Nair<br />

Toast, <strong>Ballito</strong> Lifestyle Centre<br />

Although young, 24-year-old chef Verushka’s<br />

experience and training have led to her<br />

running the kitchen at Toast restaurant<br />

at the <strong>Ballito</strong> Lifestyle Centre. Having<br />

inherited a passion for food from her father,<br />

Verushka studied at the international hotel<br />

school before training under Steven Chris<br />

Kruger. “Working at Toast has given me the<br />

opportunity to broaden my horizons and<br />

allow my creativity to flow. Look out for<br />

revamped menu, launching soon!”<br />

Tasty Banana Bread<br />

Ingredients:<br />

3 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed, 1/3<br />

cup melted butter (salted or unsalted), 1 tsp<br />

baking soda, Pinch of salt, 1 cup sugar, 1 large<br />

egg, beaten, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 ½<br />

cups all-purpose flour<br />

Method:<br />

Preheat the oven to 175°C and butter a 4x8<br />

inch loaf pan. In a mixing bowl, mash bananas<br />

with a fork until completely smooth. Stir the<br />

melted butter into the mashed bananas. Mix in<br />

the baking soda and salt. Stir in the sugar, egg<br />

and vanilla. Mix in the flour. Pour the batter<br />

into loaf pan and bake for 1 hour or until ready.<br />

Allow to cool and serve with topping<br />

of your choice!<br />

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Great mood,<br />

local food

Wholesome<br />

convenience<br />

Healthy eating and fitness have always been a priority for personal trainer and<br />

entrepreneur Candace Butler. Drawing from her years of experience in the health industry,<br />

she has a range of very yummy pre-packed smoothies that we are already massive fans of!<br />

Text: Leah Shone | Photo | rebecca rottcher photography<br />

Almost everyone loves a smoothie.<br />

Packed with all the healthy goodness<br />

you need to fill your tummy and<br />

satisfy your taste buds, smoothies<br />

are great for a quick breakfast, lunch<br />

on-the-go or a mid-afternoon snack.<br />

But making them can be messy and<br />

time consuming and not always very<br />

practical.<br />

Enter the Summa Foods pre-packed<br />

smoothie range. Packed with<br />

goodness, super tasty and quick and<br />

easy to whip up … there is nothing<br />

not to love about them!<br />

Having always been passionate about<br />

health and wellness, Salt Rock founder<br />

and owner of Summa Foods, Candace,<br />

started the range with the goal of<br />

offering people a healthy, convenient<br />

way to add vitamins and minerals to<br />

their diet.<br />

Born and bred in KwaZulu-Natal,<br />

Candace says health has always been<br />

a priority in her life. “I worked for a<br />

few companies while trying to figure<br />

out what I wanted to do with my life,<br />

and that was when I fell in love with<br />

fitness and personal training. Being<br />

a personal trainer allowed me do<br />

the things I loved, while helping and<br />

motivating others achieve improved<br />

fitness and health.”<br />

After running her own business for a<br />

few years, Candace took a position<br />

at top <strong>Umhl</strong>anga-based software<br />

development company, Derivco, as<br />

their personal trainer to staff and gym<br />

manager.<br />

It was in her early twenties, Candace<br />

says, that she discovered how food<br />

could boost her fitness. But, she<br />

realised, eating healthy isn’t always<br />

convenient or easy.<br />

“Our range allows people to have a<br />

freezer full of pre-packed smoothies,<br />

which they can rely on to give them<br />

their daily or weekly fruit and veg (and<br />

superfood) intake. It also alleviates<br />

some of the stress that comes with<br />

feeding fussy toddlers and planning<br />

meals when you have a busy<br />

schedule.”<br />

Candace, who is a wife, mom, step<br />

mom and business owner, believes<br />

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Candace developed all the<br />

Summa Smoothies recipes herself<br />

her range is perfect for a number<br />

of different target markets. These<br />

include on-the-go moms who are<br />

looking for convenient and affordable<br />

products, busy employees who work<br />

from 8am to 5pm and often rely on<br />

convenience food, health fanatics<br />

who hold their health in high regard<br />

and are keen to try new products to<br />

support their exercise workouts and<br />

individuals who live on their own<br />

and don’t always want to fuss with<br />

cooking for one.<br />

Candace is particularly proud of<br />

her newly launched kids range.<br />

Each smoothie has a fun name and<br />

‘personality’ that forms part of the<br />

‘Super Squad’ team of healthy heroes.<br />

The range includes Mr Na-Na, Miss<br />

X-Strawdinary and Captain Cocoa-cool!<br />

When it comes to the adult range<br />

Candace says the Nutty Choc is a<br />

firm favourite. And we can attest<br />

to its yumminess! The is simply the<br />

most delicious smoothie (it tastes like<br />

dessert), crammed with almond nut<br />

butter, banana, coconut milk, cacao<br />

nibs, dates, cinnamon, cocoa powder,<br />

chia seeds and almonds. So delicious.<br />

The energizer smoothie, called Seeds<br />

the Day, is also a firm favourite –<br />

especially if you need a boost! It has a<br />

blend of beetroot, coconut, flax seeds,<br />

strawberries, ginger, berries, red apple<br />

and mint. Other flavours in the range<br />

include the Green Cleanse (great for<br />

cleaning our your gut), the Power<br />

Protein smoothie (to accompany your<br />

workout), the Flu Buster (so good for<br />

everyone right now when we need<br />

an immune boost) and the Kickstarter<br />

(which includes a sneaky caffeine<br />

kick!).<br />

Candace developed all the recipes<br />

herself and the smoothies are<br />

made with top quality ingredients.<br />

Preparation and packaging are all<br />

done quickly to ensure freshness and<br />

everything takes place locally in Salt<br />

Rock, ensuring Candace remains at<br />

the helm of the production process.<br />

When she’s not working on her<br />

business Candace enjoys spending<br />

time with her family, who are all active<br />

both in the gym and outdoors. “When<br />

I’m not enjoying the outdoors I love<br />

being in the kitchen, experimenting<br />

with different ingredients and recipes<br />

and cooking for friends and family.”<br />

Details: www.summafoods.co.za<br />

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Treasuring our heritage<br />

... and celebrating Heritage Day with the exceptional Cape of Good Hope wines<br />

SA<br />

Pan-fried<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

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is celebrating Heritage Day this September ... and what better way to celebrate than by<br />

enjoying a meal with the family ... one that includes a taste of South Africa and a nod of<br />

approval to the extraordinary Cape of Good Hope wines. The Anthonij Rupert Wyne<br />

farm - which dates back to the early 1700s, boasts an impressive wine portfolio, the most<br />

noble being the Cape of Good Hope range, which forms part of South Africa’s Old<br />

Vines Initiative. Initiated by Johann Rupert in 2007, this is regarded as a valuable<br />

contribution to the protection of South African heritage, and mirrors the Rupert<br />

family’s contributions in the preservation of heritage in other fields such as iconic<br />

art and architecture. To celebrate Heritage Day, food writer Ilse van der Merwe<br />

worked with Anthonij Rupert Wyne to develop a handful of wonderful dishes ...<br />

each that pays tribute to South African tastes.<br />

trout with naartjie<br />

and dill butter sauce<br />

with Cape of Good Hope Serruria Chardonnay<br />

Locally farmed rainbow trout is quick and<br />

easy to prepare. Ask your fishmonger to pinbone<br />

the fillets for a completely boneless<br />

experience that’s popular with the whole<br />

family. Also an elegant choice for a dinner<br />

party. Serves 4.<br />

You’ll need:<br />

125 g butter •1 clove garlic, finely grated •<br />

juice of a naartjie • juice of half a lemon •<br />

a handful fresh dill, finely chopped • salt &<br />

pepper, to taste • 30 ml olive oil, for frying<br />

• 600 g fresh trout fillets (rainbow trout or<br />

salmon trout), cleaned and pin-boned, cut<br />

into portions • a crisp green salad, for serving<br />

To make:<br />

Make the basting sauce: in a small saucepan<br />

over medium heat, melt the butter, then<br />

add the garlic, naartjie juice, lemon juice and<br />

dill. Season with salt & pepper and stir until<br />

mixed. Boil briefly, then remove from the heat<br />

and set aside.<br />

In a large non-stick pan, heat the olive oil over<br />

medium-high heat. Place the trout portions in<br />

the pan skin-side down and fry for about 2 to<br />

3 minutes, seasoning the flesh side with salt<br />

& pepper. Turn over briefly and fry for another<br />

30 seconds - don’t overcook the fish, it should<br />

still be slightly pink in the middle.<br />

Remove the fish from the pan and plate up,<br />

spooning the sauce over the fish generously.<br />

Serve at once with a crisp green salad.

Classic Cape tomato bredie<br />

with Cape of Good Hope Riebeeksrivier Syrah<br />

The perfumed fragrance of this humble Cape<br />

favourite will seduce you into second<br />

helpings. Don’t substitute canned tomatoes for<br />

fresh ones - the magic lies in using fresh.<br />

Use a food processor to help with the dicing if<br />

you want to skip some labour. Serves six guests.<br />

You’ll need:<br />

45 ml olive oil • 1,5 kg lamb/mutton rib<br />

chunks (or neck chops) • salt & pepper • 2<br />

onions, chopped • 1/2 teaspoon each whole<br />

peppercorns and whole cloves • 4 whole<br />

cardamom seeds • 2 cinnamon sticks • 2<br />

cloves garlic, finely grated • a knob of fresh<br />

ginger, finely grated (1-2 tablespoons) • 1,2 kg<br />

ripe tomatoes, diced • 5 ml sugar • 4 medium<br />

potatoes, diced (optional) • cooked jasmin or<br />

basmati rice to serve<br />

To make:<br />

In a large heavy based pot over medium-high<br />

heat, add the oil. Add the rib chunks and fry on<br />

the fatty side until brown, seasoning with salt<br />

& pepper as you go. Fry in batches if necessary.<br />

Remove the meat and turn down the heat<br />

to low.<br />

Add the onions, cloves, cardamom & cinnamon<br />

sticks. Fry until translucent and soft, stirring<br />

often. Add the garlic and ginger and fry for<br />

another minute.<br />

Add the tomatoes and sugar (and potatoes,<br />

optionally), and stir to loosen any sticky bits on<br />

the bottom of the pot. Bring the mixture to a<br />

simmer, then place the meat back into the pot<br />

and stir.<br />

Cover with a lid, then simmer over low heat for<br />

about 1,5 hours or until the meat is very soft<br />

and falls from the bone. You can remove the<br />

bones with tongs at this point, if you want to.<br />

Taste and add more salt & pepper if necessary.<br />

Serve hot with fluffy warm rice.<br />

The range ...<br />

The heritage-inspired range includes the two<br />

latest additions - Riebeeksrivier Chenin Blanc<br />

and Riebeeksrivier Syrah, as well as Parel<br />

Vallei Merlot, Basson Pinotage, Serruria<br />

Chardonnay, Van Lill & Visser Chenin Blanc,<br />

Laing Semillon, Altima Sauvignon Blanc,<br />

Southern Slopes, Caroline and Sneeuwkrans<br />

Pinot Noir. Details: For more recipes, visit<br />

getitmagazine.coza, for more info and to order<br />

these special wines, visit capeofgoodhopewines.<br />

com<br />

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“Supporting a business like ours<br />

is supporting your economy<br />

and fellow people.”<br />

This Spring, Lula Boutique brings with it a fresh new look in a<br />

brand new beautiful shop, which is situated next to La Piazza at<br />

the Well in <strong>Ballito</strong>. Every item in store is locally manufactured and<br />

we have a wide selection of gifting options (perfect for friends,<br />

teachers and little ones … or even just a spoil for yourself!) Our<br />

range includes unique cushions, accessories, leather bags, shoes<br />

and on-trend clothing.<br />

lula<br />

Insta: lula_clothing_boutique | Fb: Lula Clothing Boutique<br />

www.lulaclothing.co.za | lulaclothing@mweb.co.za

Floating forest fantasy<br />

The house is like a boat floating in a sea of forest. Designed by top North Coast architect<br />

Julia Rutherfoord, this remarkable Salt Rock home is modern, unique and perfectly<br />

suited to the people who live there.<br />

Text: Leah Shone | Photos: Chris Allan Photo<br />

Julia stood on the large tree-engulfed property as she listened to her clients<br />

describe what they had in mind for their future home. As they spoke about their<br />

lives and the fact that they worked in the yachting industry for many years, her<br />

imagination began to take over.<br />

“I started to imagine the story of their lives in this house and immediately an image<br />

of a boat floating above a sea of forest canopy came to mind.” And that is how the<br />

design of this four-bedroom Salt Rock home, later affectionately nicknamed the<br />

‘floaty boat’ house, started to take form.<br />

The house is situated on a huge stand in a tropical, boutique security estate. It<br />

has open-plan living areas, a large covered veranda, an open fire pit and a long<br />

swimming pool, all of which face and open up onto the adjacent coastal forest.<br />

The property has a number of beautiful trees, including a giant fig tree, which were<br />

all retained and included in the design by Julia and her team. “The fig tree offers<br />

The living area is essentially the<br />

underside of a boat with the owners<br />

living in a sea of forest.<br />

Architect Julia Rutherfoord<br />

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The kitchen was done by<br />

Kingston Kitchens<br />

The bedrooms open up to<br />

face a long pool and the forest<br />

on either side - one wing clad in<br />

timber, the other in rock. These,<br />

she says, are the stays that hold the<br />

floating roof down on either side - like<br />

the jetty for a boat.<br />

Naturally, some elements of the<br />

design were particularly tricky to<br />

construct. The floating roof design<br />

and large expanse of glass as well<br />

as the cantilever roof were all very<br />

technical. Luckily, Julia says, there<br />

were a number of top experts in place<br />

to ensure things went smoothly. “The<br />

execution was delivered expertly<br />

by the builder, Gary Wise from Wise<br />

Construction, who has a careful eye<br />

for detail.”<br />

Renowned for her design of<br />

sustainable homes, Julia says this was<br />

an important part of the process<br />

privacy from the street and we used<br />

another tree, which stands in the<br />

courtyard, as a ‘feature’ of the home.<br />

We always endeavour to keep the<br />

trees on forested properties,” says Julia.<br />

“Their positioning helps me design<br />

the home and create interesting<br />

courtyard spaces for focal points.”<br />

There are a number of interesting<br />

aspects to the home, which were<br />

used specifically to keep within the<br />

‘floating’ theme. “The ceiling is clad in<br />

timber like the underside of a yacht<br />

with giant sliding doors along the<br />

length facing the forest on both sides<br />

of the house,” says Julia, “and the living<br />

area is essentially the underside of a<br />

boat with the owners living in a sea of<br />

forest.”<br />

The bedroom wings are positioned<br />

Different textures like wood, glass and rock were<br />

incorporated to tie in with the ‘floaty boat’ metaphor<br />

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They retained the beautiful trees on the property<br />

and used them as features of the home<br />

for the ‘floaty boat’ house. The house<br />

is ‘green’ with the use of solar power<br />

for electricity, gas for heating the<br />

water instantly, water harvesting tanks<br />

and a closed-circuit pool filtration<br />

system. They also used locally-sourced<br />

materials, including local pine timber<br />

and rock cladding from the <strong>Umhl</strong>ali<br />

quarry.<br />

“I loved that the clients were happy<br />

for us to incorporate textures to follow<br />

the floaty boat metaphor of wood,<br />

glass and rock. The garages are set<br />

away from the house so that it sits<br />

pavilion-like in the forest. Like a boat<br />

in a sea of forest. There is no driveway<br />

- one arrives to the garage on grass<br />

blocks, making the garages look as<br />

though they are sitting on a lawn.”<br />

Somewhat of a dream build for<br />

Julia and her team, designing this<br />

home allowed her to create a story<br />

that is unique and intertwined with<br />

their clients’ lives, profession and<br />

experiences. “We took their story<br />

and weaved it into the fabric of the<br />

property, the orientation and the<br />

trees ... I am very grateful to have had<br />

such amazing clients who were so<br />

supportive of this creative journey<br />

and very encouraging throughout the<br />

process.”<br />

Details: Architect - Julia Rutherfoord:<br />

julia@rutherfoordarchitect.co.za; Builder<br />

- Wise Construction; Engineers: JA NEL<br />

and Associates; Landscape architects -<br />

Uys & White; Kitchen - Kingston Kitchens;<br />

GT Aluminuim<br />

There is no driveway and the garage is set away from<br />

the home, allowing it to sit pavilion-like in the forest<br />

Julia drew inspiration from the owners’ life story and<br />

weaved it into the fabric of the property<br />

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Blooming Spring<br />

The weather’s warm,<br />

flowers are blooming,<br />

it’s our favourite<br />

season of the year!<br />

Order now, plant and reap<br />

the (beautiful) benefits<br />

The Dahlia Cornel – perfectly formed,<br />

dark cherry-red velvety flowers,<br />

productive and reliable – is, according<br />

to Adene Nieuwoudt, hands down<br />

the best red variety in the world. Well,<br />

we think Adene’s job is hands down<br />

one of the best in the world. She’s<br />

the passionate force behind Adene’s<br />

Farm Flowers, a working flower farm<br />

dedicated to producing high-quality,<br />

beautiful and long-lasting cut flowers.<br />

And it’s from their website that you<br />

can shop for seeds and tubers ...<br />

Amaranthus and lace and dahlias<br />

(swoon) and sunflowers ... a collection<br />

of the most magnificent blooms<br />

imaginable, for you to grow at home.<br />

There’s also linen and pretty floral<br />

masks for those who don’t have green<br />

fingers. Details: adeneflowers.co.za<br />

From pod to plate<br />

We know we’re not the only ones embracing growing our own herbs and<br />

veggies ... and we know you’re going to love our new discovery as much<br />

as we do. Vegepod gives the average person (that’s us) a simple and easy<br />

way to grow veggies at home. Boasting to be an award-winning Australian<br />

designed product, these are raised gardening beds (no more crouching<br />

down with stiff knees), which have a self-watering, built-in mist irrigation<br />

spray (so plants last weeks without you having to do any watering), and<br />

a permeable mesh canopy, which keeps out bugs, and helps manage<br />

temperature. It comes in three sizes, so will suit every household, and<br />

you can choose to have it on a permanent stand, or a trolley on wheels –<br />

massively helpful if you have a small space. The pods cost from R2799 to<br />

R5999, depending on size, with stands and trolleys starting at R1499. You can<br />

also buy gardening tools and accessories online, as well as RAW seed packs –<br />

the Summer Seed 10 Pack costs R300 and has all the veggies and herbs you<br />

need for the season. Really fabulous idea ... we’re massive fans.<br />

Details: vegepod.co.za or email info@vegepod.co.za.<br />

Compiled by KYM ARGO<br />

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Beauty redefined<br />

A piece of art is often about more than just the paint on the canvas. Sometimes it is part of a<br />

healing process and an emotional journey for its creator. In <strong>Ballito</strong> artist Michelle Goulden’s<br />

case, it is exactly this for both her and, very often, the subject she is painting.<br />

Text: Leah Shone | Photo: MARY-ANN PALMER<br />

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When Michelle creates a piece of<br />

artwork, it’s about more than just<br />

making a pretty picture. In fact, she<br />

takes great care in ensuring the<br />

beautiful nude figures she recreates<br />

in acrylic are as close to the exact<br />

images supplied by her models as<br />

possible. Her goal is to stay true to the<br />

person she is representing. And they<br />

are always amazed at how beautiful<br />

they look.<br />

“I love giving women the opportunity<br />

to see themselves differently and<br />

hearing them say, ‘oh wow, I really can<br />

look pretty.’”<br />

Originally from Pietermaritzburg,<br />

Michelle spent 12 years living in<br />

Saudi Arabia where, she says, creating<br />

artwork like this would have been<br />

completely taboo. Perhaps that is<br />

exactly why, when she returned to<br />

South Africa last year, the mother<br />

of two changed her painting style<br />

from ‘picture perfect’ botanicals and<br />

landscapes to something a little more<br />

risqué, fun and liberating.<br />

Michelle studied fashion design<br />

after school and went straight into<br />

the fashion industry, even creating<br />

designs for SA fashion week. She<br />

I love giving women the opportunity to<br />

see themselves differently and hearing<br />

them say, ‘oh wow, I really can look pretty.’<br />

always painted though.<br />

“I was teaching and painting in Saudi, but when I came home last year I decided<br />

to try something different. I had always wanted to try painting figures and I find<br />

acrylic very therapeutic.”<br />

Michelle says after posting one or two of her pieces online she suddenly had<br />

huge interest from friends and family members – both in South Africa and<br />

overseas – who wanted her to do commissions of them.<br />

“My models have to send me photographs of themselves (I encourage them to<br />

get their husband or partner to take the photos) and then I change it to black<br />

and white and crop it and work from there. For many women just having the<br />

photograph taken and sending it to me is a huge deal,” she says.<br />

“It’s about more than just the end result. It’s a process, which often takes a lot of<br />

bravery. But the result is always so worth it and it can be hugely cathartic and<br />

liberating. And at the end of the process, the clients has a really beautiful image<br />

they can proudly hang on their wall.”<br />

Michelle says the process has been extremely therapeutic for her as well. “A little<br />

bit of myself and my own emotions definitely goes into every piece I create. I<br />

love working with acrylic in that every time I pick up the brush I can add to and<br />

change the painting in some way until one day I stand back and say, ‘okay, I’m<br />

done.’”<br />

Details: IG: michelle_heather_art<br />

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Pretty in pink<br />

Shades of pink make for the prettiest Spring table ... perfect for a Spring al fresco lunch<br />

Stylish tablescapes<br />

Aloes and Proteas in hot summer<br />

shades. Cool Amalfi Coast inspiration.<br />

Tables with blue and white<br />

willow pattern plates, with green<br />

cabbageware, with pink Spode<br />

crockery and local linen. Half the<br />

beauty of having a lunch or dinner is<br />

setting the table, says Susan Greig ...<br />

and is giving us the most marvellous<br />

inspiration through her Instagram<br />

Table Tops posts. Her tablescapes<br />

really are fabulous ... she mixes old<br />

with new, pricey with cheap-andcheerful,<br />

layering textures and colours<br />

and adding loads of flowers ... many<br />

straight from the garden. She’s worth<br />

following ... you’ll find her stories on<br />

susan_greig. Once your table’s looking<br />

grand, click on Susan’s website and<br />

book for one of her cooking classes.<br />

You (and your guests) can thank us<br />

later. Oh ... and she stocks some of the<br />

crockery she uses ... ask her about it.<br />

Details: susangreig.co.za<br />

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Getting the look<br />

Susan has used the Serena Ikat print in pink and<br />

red on oatmeal linen from Botanica Trading<br />

as her tablecloth (botanicatrading.com or via<br />

Instagram). We’re thinking of going classically<br />

French, with this provincial stripe tablecloth<br />

(from R1085 depending on size), and the<br />

Mungo Huck Kitchen Cloth (R240) for napkins,<br />

both from mungo.co.za (where you’ll find<br />

loads more lovely table linen). On her table,<br />

Susan has used her Spode crockery (we’re<br />

green with envy), but we’re using platters<br />

and plates from the Maxwell and Williams<br />

Contessa range, alongside this, this lovely,<br />

palest pink New York Stoneware, which we<br />

found at Mr Price Home (R19.99 - R29.99).<br />

Tip: Now’s the time to go through gran’s<br />

kitchen cupboards!<br />

We adore these La Rochere<br />

Lyonnais amethyst<br />

goblet glasses, inspired by<br />

the Florentine<br />

Renaissance. R594<br />

for set of six (and free<br />

delivery). And from<br />

British lifestyle designer<br />

Katie Alice, this embossed glass goblet<br />

is all blooming English country gardens<br />

and vintage heirlooms. R199 each. Both<br />

from yuppiechef.com. The Maxwell and<br />

Williams Contessa range is perfect for<br />

this pretty pink look.<br />

Plates, platters, and this elegant cup<br />

and saucer in rose, R199 each from<br />

maxwellandwilliams.co.za<br />

These natural woven grass placemats are<br />

similar to the ones used on Susan’s table.<br />

R219 for a set of two from yuppiechef.com.<br />

You’ll find really inexpensive ones at Mr Price<br />

Home, and @Home too. And finally ... here’s<br />

a statement piece for the centre of your<br />

table. Large, chunky, blown art vase in deep<br />

shades of purple and pink, just shouting out<br />

for a big bunch of fresh blooms. R4000 from<br />

guidovanbesouw.co.za<br />

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Get moving . . . get outdoors!<br />

It’s time to wake up, shake up and get outdoors! Yes, lockdown has been hard and yes, it’s<br />

been a bit cold and dreary … but Spring is here and we can’t think of a better reason to get<br />

out and enjoy our exquisite North Coast scenery. Here are some of our favourite ways to get<br />

active outside (while sticking to all social distancing regulations, of course).<br />

Exploring the trails at Holla<br />

If you haven’t yet, then it’s time<br />

to hire a bike, pop on a helmet<br />

and hit the trails. Mountain<br />

biking is a wonderful way to<br />

get some exercise while being<br />

able to enjoy the natural beauty<br />

around you. Holla Trails has<br />

routes marked out for every<br />

level of rider and their team are<br />

always on hand to offer advice. If<br />

you’re not keen on wheels then<br />

let your feet do the work and<br />

hit the running trails. Whether<br />

you’re looking for a relaxed 5km<br />

walk or run through farmlands<br />

or a challenging long distance<br />

race at top level, they have it<br />

all. Holla Trails has a variety of<br />

different size bikes for rental,<br />

all in good condition and the<br />

rental cost includes a helmet<br />

and the trail permit. Details: www.<br />

hollatrails.co.za, 082 899 3114<br />

Photo: Chris Allan Photo<br />

Kids fishing with Ray<br />

This one’s for the kids! Professional<br />

angler Ray De Bruyn’s kids fishing<br />

academy is a great opportunity to<br />

get your kids outside into the fresh air<br />

and learning a new skill. Ray’s course<br />

includes teaching kids about knots<br />

and traces, baits, casting, fishing and<br />

fish identification and safety on the<br />

beach. The four-lesson course is R650<br />

and aimed at kids ages 8 years old<br />

and up. All kids receive a free tackle<br />

box filled with all the goodies required<br />

to participate in the course, including<br />

bait and traces. Fishing rods can be<br />

supplied if needed. Limited space is<br />

available. He also offers personalised<br />

one-on-one parent and child courses.<br />

Details: 083 655 5864<br />

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SUP’ing and surfing<br />

with the Betties<br />

When you live as close to the warm<br />

Indian Ocean as we do, it seems<br />

almost unforgivable not to get into<br />

the water every now and then. The<br />

Blue Betties are a group of women<br />

who come together once a month<br />

to enjoy (and do their bit to protect)<br />

the ocean. The group was founded<br />

by Umdloti’s Jade Harding as a way<br />

of encouraging people, specifically<br />

women, to fall in love with and<br />

ultimately protect the ocean. The<br />

group aims to help build women’s self<br />

confidence and get them back into<br />

the sea, regardless of their age or level<br />

of skill! The Betties host once-a-month<br />

SUP sessions at the Umdloti lagoon<br />

(and sometimes others), surfing<br />

sessions in Durban and other fun<br />

excursions - and anyone can join. The<br />

cost is R250 per session and includes<br />

a coffee! Details: wwwbluebettylife.com,<br />

079 514 4875. IG: @blue_betty_life<br />

Sunrise yoga<br />

Nothing connects the mind, body<br />

and soul quite like yoga. And when<br />

you’re doing it on the beach at<br />

sunrise, well, it’s perfection. Kerry<br />

Cassere has been practising yoga for<br />

over 10 years and teaching for five of<br />

those. She was an yoga instructor at<br />

the Virgin Active gym until COVID-19<br />

struck and gyms were forced to<br />

close. She now offers private lessons,<br />

injury-specific sessions, small group<br />

sessions, kids yoga and, of course,<br />

the amazing sunrise yoga sessions at<br />

Thompson’s Bay Tidal Pool. Her times<br />

vary according to the season, but<br />

classes are currently at 7am. Yoga is a<br />

great way to keep your body fit and<br />

supple, but is also amazing for stress<br />

and anxiety. Details: 083 420 6480, IG:<br />

kerry_yoga_cassere<br />

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Spoil<br />

September<br />

The force of nature<br />

Socially responsible. Organic. Green. Three reasons why we’re massive<br />

fans of NUXE. But for so many other reasons too. Nature is the main<br />

source of inspiration and innovation for this French brand, which we<br />

first discovered when they introduced Huile Prodigieuse natural beauty<br />

oils to the SA market. Since then, they’ve become one of the leaders<br />

in natural anti-ageing skincare. This month, with advances in<br />

green technology, the new Nuxe Bio Organic ranges will be<br />

launched ... an exceptional, certified organic, vegan skincare<br />

range with luxurious ingredients ... think hazelnut, chia<br />

seeds, citrus. Textures, with 100 per cent naturalorigin<br />

scents, melt into the skin, making this<br />

a joy to use. There are nine products in<br />

the range – suitable for men and<br />

women – from anti-puffiness and<br />

anti-dark circles reviving eye<br />

cream and rich moisturising<br />

day creams, to a micellar<br />

cleansing water and<br />

an antioxidant serum.<br />

Available at select<br />

Woolworths, Truworths<br />

and Foschini stores and<br />

selected independent<br />

stockists, and online<br />

at absoluteskin.co.za.<br />

To stand in line to win a<br />

hamper, visit our Facebook page<br />

(GetItMagNC), and like our NUXE<br />

post. Entries close 25 September.<br />

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Located in Scottburgh, KwaZulu-Natal, Renishaw Hills is a mature lifestyle village and true coastal gem<br />

that offers quality, lifestyle, value and community. For us, it’s business as usual as we show discerning<br />

buyers around our piece of paradise complete with strict safety and hygiene protocols. If you’re ready<br />

to see what all the fuss is about, why not take a drive down the true coast? Enjoy a stroll amongst the<br />

flowering aloes, see our glorious gardens, expansive nature trails, wide-open spaces and find out more<br />

about our low-touch activities. Dreaming of a retirement that feels like a vacation every single day? You<br />

could soon make it a reality from as little as R1.6 million.<br />

Email sales@renishawhills.co.za to book your private tour today or If you’d prefer to stay home, visit our<br />

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