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IT<br />

MUTUAL<br />


Ty James and<br />

Farrah Cruse<br />

Spring food,<br />

wine and<br />

beauty<br />

Win!<br />

A Nuxe Bio<br />

Organics<br />

hamper<br />



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contents<br />

Why don’t you...<br />

02 Register for a webinar or attend a driving lesson<br />

06 Pour a glass of wine and kick back with our September reads<br />


08 It’s spring, and we are making a big, bold splash<br />

with tangerine brollies and bright botanicals<br />

people<br />

10 We catch up with two of the <strong>Lowveld</strong>’s hottest<br />

young stars as they prepare to take on the world<br />

FOOD & DRINK<br />

26 Treasuring our heritage<br />

28 The ultimate braai<br />

30 Joyful jar food<br />

Gardening<br />

32 How’s it hanging?<br />

34 Blooming decor<br />

ART & DEcor<br />

36 Pretty in pink<br />


38 Revolutionising homes in the <strong>Lowveld</strong><br />

40 What to do when you are shown the door<br />

42 Keeping TRAC<br />

travel<br />

46 Sitting on the deck of the bay<br />

Win<br />

48 We have a marvellous Nuxe Bio Organics<br />

hamper up for grabs!<br />

14 - 25 Looking your best, always<br />

Read our fab skincare beauty feature<br />

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Tylor-Mason James and Farrah Cruse<br />

Photographer: Belinda Erasmus, Belle-Grace Photography<br />

Make-up artist: Alecia van Graan, IKON<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 mustwatch<br />

series on Showmax. Oscar nominees Jude<br />

Law and Naomie Harris star in The Third Day, a sixpart<br />

psychological thriller set on an alluring and<br />

mysterious island. This delightfully dark show is<br />

divided into two parts. In ‘Summer’ a man visits a<br />

creepy island off the British coast and discovers<br />

a group of inhabitants intent on preserving their<br />

home at any cost. In the second half, ‘Winter,’<br />

a strong-willed outsider comes to the island<br />

seeking answers, but instead causes a battle<br />

to decide its fate. • Then we’ve got a gripping<br />

sci-fi drama on Netflix. As American astronaut<br />

Emma Green (Hilary Swank) prepares to lead<br />

an international crew on the first mission to<br />

Mars, she must reconcile herself to her decision<br />

to leave behind her husband and teenage<br />

daughter when they need her the most. As<br />

the crew’s journey into space intensifies, their<br />

personal dynamics and the effects of being<br />

away from their loved ones back on Earth<br />

become increasingly complex. Away shows that<br />

sometimes, to reach for the stars, we must leave<br />

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 />

When a missing girl returns two years to the day after she<br />

disappeared, with no memory of where she’d been or what<br />

happened to her, her best friends are delighted. But the<br />

excitement doesn’t last ... this girl is more like a stranger. Who<br />

– or what – is she? Rachel Harrison combines thriller and<br />

horror in The Return. Hodder and Stoughton • An office fire.<br />

The death of an advertising agency CEO. And three women,<br />

each with a reason for wanting revenge. Start Three<br />

Perfect Liars by Heidi Perks early on a Saturday morning<br />

and set aside the entire weekend ... full of twists and<br />

turns, you won’t put it down. Century • The story’s<br />

nothing new ... but that doesn’t make it any less<br />

enjoyable. An intern appears to be determined to<br />

undermine and sabotage her magazine editor boss.<br />

In Precious You, a terrific debut novel psychological<br />

thriller, Helen Monks Takhar tackles the Generation<br />

X vs Millennials issues in the workplace, along<br />

with ageing, feminism, and toxic obsessions.<br />

Exceptional. HQ • Another psychological thriller<br />

set in the glamorous world of a glossy magazine,<br />

The New Girl is a freelance journalist who fills in for<br />

the fashion editor who’s going on maternity leave.<br />

It’s an exceptional job, and when it’s time for the<br />

stand-in to leave, she’s not too keen to give up the<br />

position. Harriet Walker’s book is a brilliant weekend<br />

read. Hodder and Stoughton. • Good grief. More<br />

drama. Sarah Pinborough’s Dead to Her follows the<br />

story of a woman who’s a second wife, an outsider,<br />

hanging onto her fabulous life by a designer thread<br />

... and coping just fine until her husband’s 65-year-old<br />

boss comes home from a trip with a new, lovely,<br />

22-year-old wife. Fur will fly. HarperCollins Publishers<br />

With all the drama on the pages this month, we’re looking for a down-toearth,<br />

no-nonsense wine ... like Four Cousins. The revamped collection of<br />

single-cultivar wines offers something for everyone in the club ... from a gentle<br />

smooth Merlot to a fresh and fragrant Sauvignon Blanc. This month we’re<br />

serving the medium-bodied Chardonnay – all fresh grapefruit and creamy<br />

citrus-vanilla. The wines are well priced, too ... when you can buy wine again,<br />

you’ll find them for around R59.99 a bottle. Details: fourcousins.co.za<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. Made<br />

up of folksinger Elf Holloway, blues bassist Dean<br />

Moss, guitar virtuoso Jasper de Zoet and jazz<br />

drummer Griff Griffin, who were part of London’s<br />

psychedelic scene in 1967, and who created a unique<br />

sound, with lyrics that captured their turbulent times.<br />

The band produced only two albums in two years, but<br />

their musical legacy lives on.<br />

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

a 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 />

Dinner from a tin<br />

If you’re anything like us, you’ve gone through your regular recipe<br />

books a few times during this lockdown period ... so meal options are<br />

getting a little tired. Add to that the dilemma of how many times you<br />

should be going out grocery shopping, and suddenly dinner’s a palaver.<br />

Hello Take One Tin. A collection of quick, versatile meals, straight from<br />

the storeroom cupboard, with just a couple of added ingredients that<br />

you’ve probably got on hand anyway. We admit, we were sceptical<br />

(thinking baked beans on toast), but Lola Milne has given us recipes<br />

for sweetcorn cakes with green chutney, flageolet bean and artichoke<br />

gratin, peach mango and passion fruit pavlova. Recipes you can cook<br />

every day ... and ones that won’t break the bank. Bonus ... less food<br />

wastage and fewer trips to the store. Great stuff. Octopus, R340<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 />

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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Tylor-Mason James and Farrah Cruse are not what you would expect to find whiling away<br />

the lockdown hours in White River. Farrah, stunningly lovely, could easily be mistaken for a<br />

Vogue cover model, while Tylor’s leonine good looks would not go amiss behind the wheel<br />

of a sleek, pristine white yacht cruising through azure Mediterranean waters.<br />

peaking of yachts, he is indeed quite at home among them, having obtained his<br />

necessary yachting licences in 2017, and also being the photographer for the<br />

International Yacht Show in Palma de Mallorca. “I remember how it all started,” he<br />

smiles. “While in Spain I attended the yacht show as a crew member and noticed they<br />

didn’t seem to have a photographer. I found someone who ‘looked’ official and asked<br />

about taking a few shots, and he said, ‘Sure, go ahead’.” It turned out there was indeed<br />

a photographer, but they liked Tylor’s work enough to ask him to do a few videos<br />

for them. He jumped at the chance. “I had never done anything quite like it before,<br />

but I firmly believe in saying yes to opportunity, then figuring out how to make it<br />

work as you go along. Fortunately, they loved what I came up with and now I do the<br />

videography and filming every year.”<br />

This intrepid go-getter and adventure junkie has also completed his Accelerated<br />

Freefall course in skydiving, is a qualified jet ski instructor and a freediver. At the<br />

Sharing<br />

perspectives<br />


Tylor-Mason James and Farrah Cruse<br />

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A young Tylor<br />

Farrah with her dad, Greg Cruse<br />

tender age of eight, he entered<br />

and won a National Geographic<br />

photography competition, and since<br />

then has had his work published in<br />

National Geographic Wild and The<br />

Islander Magazine. While Tylor has filmed<br />

all along the Med, including Palma<br />

and Monaco - where he did a bit of<br />

freelance filming for the Grandprix,<br />

and the Monaco International Yacht<br />

Show, his heart lays firmly in wildlife<br />

and conservation work. “My long-term<br />

plan is to focus on NGO filming and<br />

conservation documenting all around<br />

the world... Building my visual artistry<br />

brand, RayIve, dedicated to rays of<br />

perspective by utilising the amazing<br />

adventures and sights I’ve been<br />

privileged enough to document. But I<br />

can tell you, there is no place like home,<br />

and the bushveld calls to me like a<br />

siren.” As an adventure photographer<br />

and travel enthusiast, Ty is constantly<br />

chasing the perspectives of light and<br />

life, growing and adapting with each<br />

sunset and sunrise.<br />

‘Education is key -<br />

the greatest gift we<br />

can give ourselves is<br />

a deeper connection<br />

with nature, and<br />

man’s relationship<br />

with it’<br />

At his side sits the lovely Farrah, a<br />

serious look on her upturned face as<br />

she watches a coral tree covered in<br />

jewel-red blooms as weaver birds skitter<br />

in and out of the branches. The sun<br />

catches her hair just so, transforming<br />

it to burnished copper, and she turns<br />

to tell Tylor something. Her smile<br />

is infectious. Farrah may be a Boss<br />

model and quite at home in front of<br />

the camera, but this young woman<br />

is going places. She has featured in<br />

magazines, television adverts, has<br />

walked for Elle, and won more than her<br />

share of modelling competitions. The<br />

top-achieving visual artist at Uplands,<br />

her artwork has a whimsical yet fierce<br />

quality. She proudly displays a piece<br />

depicting a weather beaten face with a<br />

deep gash running down one side. The<br />

image is in full colour, excepting what<br />

lies beneath the open wound, which<br />

is in stark black and white. The face<br />

appears almost in awe, apprehensive<br />

of something only he can see. “Art has<br />

always been a passion of mine. Ever<br />

since I was a young girl, I loved to paint<br />

and draw everything around me. My<br />

love of it grew as I did with age. In high<br />

school, our art studio was a safe haven<br />

and space for creativity, consisting of<br />

12 inspiring girls and our magnificent<br />

teacher, who influenced and fuelled my<br />

love of the visual arts.”<br />

It was during this time that Farrah<br />

achieved an award for top art student<br />

and received colours for culture. “My<br />

expressionist style shows evidence of<br />

texture through contour lines, and I<br />

create an out-of-world experience with<br />

the abundant colours I use. Glancing<br />

at my art enables you to enter a new<br />

realm and gather a new perspective on<br />

our world and the human body. I see<br />

myself as a storyteller as I tend to draw<br />

others in. I showcase their emotions<br />

and tell their stories rather than my<br />

own.” Her dream is to be a success in all<br />

her ambitions which include modelling,<br />

art and to open her online store of<br />

eco-friendly products, which she hopes<br />

will ultimately become an international<br />

flagship brand. Lockdown has given<br />

Farrah the chance to have some me<br />

time, doing yoga, studying kinesiology<br />

and concentrating on letting her<br />

creativity flow.<br />

Being mindful is something that they<br />

both try to incorporate into their lives,<br />

by turning every experience into an<br />

opportunity and being present in<br />

the moment. “We are both ambitious,<br />

and our dreams are far-reaching,”<br />

Ty says. “This can sometimes cause<br />

limitations to take hold. In this day and<br />

age, it seems that everyone is always<br />

hungry for more and no one is ever<br />

satisfied with what they have. Goals are<br />

important, don’t get me wrong! But<br />

while in pursuit of our dreams, we need<br />

to always be conscious of what we have<br />

Farrah has always been passionate about art<br />

and appreciate the things we have already achieved... Not to take health and wellbeing<br />

for granted. Running from achievement to achievement without stopping<br />

to appreciate the success along the way leaves us dissatisfied and empty. We both<br />

believe that only if we are willing to listen, will we be able to grow. Our goal is to<br />

influence our audience as much as possible on the needs of the world, while living<br />

mindfully and insightfully. Education is key - the greatest gift we can give ourselves<br />

is a deeper connection with nature, and man’s relationship with it.”<br />

This young couple is perfectly poised to do just this. Success in visual arts comes<br />

with the perspective that you can learn from anything and everything, if you open<br />

yourself to the possibility. Capturing, learning and adapting, drawing inspiration<br />

from every shoot, every artwork, and every day spent adventuring allow them to<br />

bring their own special brand of awareness to the world - one which is ripe for the<br />

taking.<br />

Details<br />

Tylor: 082-348-6380, www.rayive.com or @tymasonjames<br />

Farrah: 072-563-3988, www.barefootbeings.com or @farrah_cruse<br />

Follow them: @thesolarsouls<br />

Janes Jansen, Donna James, Farrah Cruse and Tylor-Mason James<br />

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eauty<br />

The essence of<br />

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D<br />

More<br />

than<br />

SKIN<br />

EEP<br />

Dr Shahien Dollie<br />

Do you ever get up feeling fresh, start your morning routine, go to work, get<br />

through your day and yet everyone keeps treating you as if you’re tired? This<br />

disconnect between the way one feels and the way one looks is exactly the<br />

sort of discrepancy that aesthetic medicine, one of the latest subspecialities<br />

of medicine, is ideally positioned to remedy. As trained aesthetic medical<br />

doctors constantly reviewing the latest literature, we take great pleasure<br />

in seeing our patients empowered and uplifted by this modern form of<br />

medicine.<br />

As aesthetic medicine is such a novel area, one of the common<br />

misconceptions the general public has is that it only deals with skin<br />

conditions. Much like achieving and maintaining healthy and youthful skin<br />

is a fundamental step to positive ageing, addressing underlying changes to<br />

tissues under the skin, the facial muscles and even the facial bones are also<br />

important to achieve this coveted goal. Aesthetic medicine has a host of<br />

medical procedures to address faces that have taken on a haggard, sagging,<br />

sad or tired look.<br />

We are quite fortunate to have been invited and able to attend international<br />

congresses and are privy to updated techniques, best practices and global<br />

trends. One of which is a growing proportion of younger patients turning<br />

to aesthetic medicine for not only specific concerns, often acne with its<br />

associated scarring and pigmentation, keloids, hair loss and the like, but<br />

also for prejuvenation, a preventative form of medicine to maintain their<br />

youthful, sprightly and attractive looks. It’s very encouraging to see that, even<br />

in our own clinic, young <strong>Lowveld</strong>er, Swazi and Mozambican patients are also<br />

following this healthy trend.<br />

Some of the procedures offered by our clinic include wrinkle-relaxing<br />

injections, dermal fillers, thread lifts, medical-grade chemical peels,<br />

mesotherapy, platelet-rich plasma<br />

therapy and autologous pericyte<br />

grafting (a cellular regenerative<br />

medical procedure). The abovementioned<br />

are minimally invasive,<br />

thus not requiring hospital<br />

admission, and the majority are<br />

“lunchtime” procedures with little<br />

downtime. This is likely the reason<br />

another misconception has come<br />

about: that these procedures can<br />

be ordered much like a menu from<br />

a restaurant or a salon. This cannot<br />

be further from the truth, and if it is<br />

that way at your doctor you might<br />

want to look to another health care<br />

provider. Imagine rocking up at<br />

your cardiologist with chest pain<br />

and ordering a pacemaker because<br />

your neighbour has one! Like all<br />

forms of medicine, we believe<br />

in fully assessing our patients,<br />

identifying their specific conditions,<br />

empowering them with knowledge<br />

of their conditions and the treatment<br />

modalities available, and then<br />

together tailoring an individualised<br />

treatment plan to meet their specific<br />

needs.<br />

Dr Zeenit Sheikh<br />

Our skin, the largest organ in the human body,<br />

represents us for life. A healthy, even-toned, radiant<br />

skin is what each and every one of us yearns for.<br />

Getting older is natural, yet it is no longer necessary<br />

for you to look older than you feel. With the<br />

advancement of technology, there are many modern<br />

tools in our aesthetic medicine toolkit to assist you<br />

with your skin journey. Helping you to age positively<br />

is our ultimate mission.<br />

Human beings are social creatures, and, whether<br />

consciously or subconsciously, we are often judged<br />

by the way we look, be it in person or by what<br />

we portray on social media. There are times when<br />

our outward appearance conveys a discordant<br />

message to what we feel inside. Others then react<br />

to our outward expressions and body language,<br />

highlighting this difference and ultimately impairing<br />

our self-assessment and self-confidence. Thus by<br />

looking healthy, well rested, relaxed, youthful and<br />

attractive we not only boost our own psyche, but also<br />

engender a more harmonious relationship with those<br />

around us.<br />

It is vital to take the time to understand each patient’s<br />

skin woes and aesthetic vision, then, like all medical<br />

doctors, examine and analyse the pathology present<br />

and finally create a possible treatment plan that best<br />

fits a patient’s lifestyle and budget.<br />

The goal is multifocal, to combine the intricacies of<br />

positive ageing, repair damaged skin and tissue and<br />

help with a few little tweakments (enhancements) to<br />

achieve the best version of yourself. Our aim is to help<br />

connect the dots in a holistic manner and guide you<br />

on your skin’s positive ageing journey.<br />

Seeing a diverse range of the population, it is<br />

important to treat skins accordingly, with safety<br />

always in mind. A mature vs young skin will require<br />

different management. Thicker, thinner, sensitised,<br />

dry, fairer, darker, heterogenic skin may need different<br />

treatments and homecare products.<br />

Having tools at our disposal does not mean we<br />

have to use them all. One of the lessons I’ve learnt<br />

from colleagues at international conferences is<br />

that the true art of aesthetic medicine lies in more<br />

than specific procedures, but instead in a carefully<br />

considered, individualised treatment approach with<br />

procedures that complement each other, maximising<br />

therapeutic effect.<br />

Everyone needs some upliftment, especially in these<br />

unpredictable and unsettling times when we are<br />

somewhat isolated and forced to look inward and<br />

take stock of our lives. Take charge of your own<br />

appearance, look the way you feel and get your<br />

confidence back to create a better (dare I say the<br />

best) version of you!<br />

Details<br />

info@drdollie.com or 072-893-6132<br />

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They say that diet and lifestyle will always be the most<br />

important aspects of timeless radiant skin, and at Earthwise<br />

we couldn’t agree more. A diet rich in nuts, seeds, fruit<br />

vegetables, wholegrains and complex carbs, and pure water<br />

means a radiant, healthy look that will have you glowing<br />

from the inside. It is just as important to avoid caffeine,<br />

sugars, refined and processed foods, alcohol and trans and<br />

hydrogenated fats and wherever possible minimise stress,<br />

environmental pollutants, blue light emitted from your<br />

cellphone and computer. Remember that smoking is a<br />

no-no, and regular exercise is essential, as is supporting<br />

a healthy liver function and to drink green tea rich<br />

in L-Theanine to lower stress. Our aim is to offer<br />

skincare products that are free of synthetic fragrances,<br />

dyes, preservatives, phthalates and controversial<br />

manmade chemicals. Products that work in harmony<br />

with your skin and support resilience, helping you to<br />

age gracefully and maintaining an ageless, radiant<br />

appearance.<br />

Supplements:<br />

Here are a few of our favourite products to help boost<br />

and protect from within.<br />

• Grape seed and pine bark extracts are the best free<br />

radical protectors for collagen.<br />

• Alpha-lipoic acid inhibits glycation (sugar<br />

damage of skin proteins).<br />

• Resveratrol is a potent anti-ageing agent.<br />

• NAD plus complex includes scientifically proven<br />

anti-ageing ingredients. It contains unique antioxidants<br />

that protect against inflammation, plus<br />

it protects DNA and the length of telomeres and<br />

has science-proven anti-ageing properties and a<br />

detoxification complex to deal with environmental<br />

toxins. It also boosts and protects collagen,<br />

promotes cell longevity, improves hydration and<br />

enhances the skin’s immune function.<br />

Skincare:<br />

Some of our favourite skin oils reduce wrinkles, fight<br />

age spots, moisturise and boost collagen, replenish skin<br />

lipids, and smooth and tighten skin.<br />

• Seabuckthorn - rich in vitamins A, E and C. Improves<br />

elasticity and protects from UV damage.<br />

• Rosehip oil - stimulates collagen, great to heal damaged<br />

skin and age spots and improves moisture, and is rich in<br />

vitamins A and C.<br />

• Raspberry seed oil - vitamin A helps with skin<br />

regeneration and smoother skin, vitamin E improves<br />

collagen and moisture, this speciality oil helps to protect<br />

skin from UVA and UVB rays.<br />

Beneficial essential oils:<br />

• Citrus oil helps to repair oxidation damage.<br />

• Sandalwood restores moisture, helps to plump up the<br />

skin and is an anti-inflammatory.<br />

• Clary sage helps to repair DNA damage.<br />

• Frankincense promotes cell growth and tones the skin<br />

and reduces wrinkles.<br />

• Rose water is a tonic water used to reduce pores and<br />

fine lines and is used as a compress to help to reduce<br />

puffiness.<br />

We recommend the following products to keep skin in<br />

tip-top condition:<br />

• Esse hyaluronic serum has an intense hydrating and<br />

plumping effect. It also improves the penetration of<br />

follow-on products. The probiotics assists the skin’s<br />

barrier function and reduce water loss.<br />

• Dr Hauschka Regenerating range makes use of carefully<br />

combined oils and medicinal plant extracts to trigger<br />

and encourage your skin’s regeneration cycle. You cannot<br />

turn back time, but you can support your skin’s vitality<br />

and encourage it to preserve moisture and create natural<br />

firmness.<br />

• The Victorian Garden ageless trio: Rosehip Healing<br />

Serum to nourish and protect, Eyebright Eye Serum<br />

for fine lines, puffiness and dark circles, and Bearberry<br />

Pigmentation Cream to reduce spots and marks.<br />

• Working indoors under fluorescent lights can cause<br />

hyperpigmentation. Sunumbra, Badger and Esse SPF<br />

are 100% free from harmful chemicals and designed for<br />

everyday protection. We always say: the sun is NOT your<br />

enemy!<br />

Details<br />

066-012-1717 or info@earthwiseliving.co.za<br />

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Marinda and Hendrik Toerien<br />

Face and Body Synergy<br />

is offering 10% off all<br />

collagen products<br />

for the month of<br />

September!<br />

But first,<br />

skincare<br />

Please tell us a bit about Face and<br />

Body Synergy<br />

Face and Body Synergy is part of a group of<br />

businesses which form Divine Junction Medi<br />

Spa. Incorporated under this roof are doctor<br />

Hendrik Toerien, who is on the GP side, and<br />

Johan Möller, a dental technician who joined<br />

Divine Junction at the beginning of the year.<br />

Face and Body’s core business is Slender<br />

Wonder. We offer a large variety of medical<br />

aesthetic procedures. The vision is to make<br />

someone feel better about themselves, and to<br />

feel comfortable and happy with the way they<br />

look and feel. We help them to pinpoint what<br />

bothers them, and from there to distinguish the<br />

reason for the problem and to the best of our<br />

ability solve it.<br />

What procedures do you offer? Please give a<br />

brief explanation of each so that our readers<br />

can make an informed decision on what<br />

direction they should take when approaching<br />

you.<br />

We offer:<br />

• Botulinum toxin (Botox) - Treatments which<br />

help to minimise fine lines and wrinkles<br />

• Fillers (Allergan) - Ideal for nasolabial folds and<br />

lips<br />

• Schlerotherapy - Treats spider veins<br />

• Plexr (plasma treatment) - Helps with baggy<br />

eyelids, tattoo removal, unsightly growths and<br />

skin blemishes<br />

• Ceccarelli lipolysis - A medical procedure<br />

which dissolves unwanted fat deposits in<br />

the body<br />

• Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment - An<br />

advanced anti-ageing treatment where a<br />

doctor injects your own platelet-rich plasma<br />

into your skin. PRP helps damaged ageing<br />

skin to stimulate and produce new collagen<br />

and elastin for a glowing, rejuvenated, more<br />

youthful-looking complexion<br />

• We make use of an IPL machine, which helps<br />

with skin lesions and pigmentation<br />

• We also have a Cooltech Fat Freeze machine<br />

which speaks for itself.<br />

Our somatologists, Florette Bezuidenhout and<br />

Nicole Golitz, run their own businesses while<br />

successfully working hand in hand with all our<br />

treatments and are always on hand to give<br />

professional advice.<br />

Please give us a rundown on mature skin, the<br />

different types, how to take care of them, what<br />

treatment and procedures you offer specifically<br />

for mature skin, and why it needs particular<br />

treatment or care.<br />

With the passing of the years, the metabolism<br />

of skin cells becomes slower, recognisable by<br />

the signs of a drier and finer skin tone than<br />

previously, along with open pores, dark age<br />

spots, fine lines and sometimes even deep<br />

wrinkles. Although we normally speak of a<br />

mature skin from age 35 and onwards, in<br />

actual fact the starting age depends on each<br />

person’s history. It comes with a price, and<br />

is exacerbated by things such as hormonal<br />

changes, exposure to the sun, stress, lack of<br />

sleep, and toxins, like tobacco and alcohol.<br />

Ideally, to prevent skin ageing you should start<br />

to look after your skin at an early age, and keep<br />

in mind there are different types of skin, such<br />

as normal, dry, oily and combination. We have<br />

a visia machine which helps the somatologists<br />

to identify problems and based on the findings<br />

recommend treatments. The skincare range<br />

we use is NeoStrata, and for mature skin we<br />

recommend their Skin Active range. And we<br />

cannot stress it enough, always wear sunscreen.<br />

Our 360 Heliocare is a winner.<br />

Florette and Nicole do a variety of different<br />

peels, all within the NeoStrata range, as well<br />

as Dermapen. The Dermapen generates<br />

new collagen and skin tissue for smoother,<br />

firmer and more toned skin. Florette also<br />

does Dermaplaning, which is an exfoliating<br />

treatment that removes peach fuzz and dead<br />

skin.<br />

In addition, we also use a product called<br />

Pro-Active Collagen. This liquid is rich in amino<br />

acids, and helps with joint, bone, skin and hair<br />

improvement.<br />

Details<br />

013-750-1406/013-751-2213 or<br />

www.faceandbodysynergy.co.za<br />

You can also contact us via Facebook or Instagram<br />

Florette Bezuidenhout and Nicole Golitz<br />

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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 all<br />

thing’s 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 />

With so many supplements on<br />

the market today, it can be hard<br />

to make choices concerning your<br />

health and well-being. Here’s some<br />

of our 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 as<br />

well! Some of the products are perfect<br />

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

for 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-aging. 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 GetItNationalMagazines on Facebook<br />

and follow the prompts. Entries close<br />

September 30. Ts & Cs<br />

apply.<br />

Compiled by: RIALIEN FURSTENBERG<br />

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Brand new on the beauty shelved, Nuxuriance Gold has four<br />

products that promise instantly brighter skin that’s nourished,<br />

supple, soft and replumped. With exceptionally melting textrues,<br />

infused with golden micro-reflectors which illuminate your<br />

compexion, start using these Absolute Anti-Aging products<br />

- all designed specifically for dry skin, weakened by age - as<br />

soon as the engagement’s announced! The range includes<br />

Nutri-Revitalising Serum with a multi-sensory velvety feel, it<br />

includes Micro-Hyaluronic Acid for fortified skin (R995);<br />

Nutri-Fortifying Oil-Cream, whichmakes the skin appear<br />

brighter after the first application, and day after day, skin is more<br />

radiant and wrinkles are smoothed (R895); Nutri-Fortifying<br />

Night Balm which is enriched with Shea<br />

Butter ... each morning signs of fatigue are<br />

diminished, yourskin appears less lined and<br />

more luminous (R850); and Radiance Eye<br />

Balm, infused with golden micro-reflectors<br />

instantly illuminates, nourishes and smooths<br />

the eye contour area<br />

(R775). Available at<br />

Woolworths, Foschini<br />

and Truworths.<br />

Ageless beauty<br />

It’s a sad fact of life. For many of us, as we’ve got to what the French kindly call ‘une<br />

femme d’un certain age’, we find we’ve lost that golden bloom. Our skin’s a little drier,<br />

a little thinner than before, and we need a lot more help than we used to. Luckily, with<br />

some extra care and exceptional products, we can prove that beauty’s ageless.<br />

For a gorgeous glow, we love this trio of LUMA products.<br />

Prep your skin with Crushed Pearl Facial Polish which<br />

promises a fresh, healthy compexion in a flash (R375). On<br />

the big day use Liquid Light Illuminating Primer for all-day<br />

luminosity (R285), and finish with Illuminating Highligher,<br />

an ultra-sheer, creamy highlighter for a<br />

fresh, dewy look. Details: lumabeauty.com<br />

Our favourite, trusted products from Clarins<br />

include Plant Gold - is a one-of-a-kind<br />

dual formula which combines Clarins Blue<br />

Orchid Oil and a melting emulsion that<br />

blend together into a lightweight non-greasy<br />

texture to nourish, repair and illuminate<br />

your skin; Double Serum a Complete Age<br />

Control Concentrate - a powerful serum<br />

which acts on the appearance of all signs of<br />

skin aging and promises a more youthful,<br />

radiant compexion; Extra-Firming Eyes, a<br />

2-in-1 balm which concentrates on wrinkles,<br />

dark circles and puffiness; and Extra-Firming<br />

Phyto-Serum, which has an instant lifting<br />

effect, making your skin look visibly younger,<br />

firmer and more sculpted. Prices from R785 to<br />

R1350. Details: clarins.co.za<br />

Collagen is the hottest supplement of the year ... and<br />

we’re massive fans. Our favourite is Collagen Lift Paris,<br />

and the newest version, Luminous Gold, is exceptional.<br />

It targets pigmentation and melesam, as well as other<br />

visible signs of aging. Made in France, this drinkable<br />

collagen contains powerful anti-oxidants, acids, vitamins<br />

and ingredients that are needed for a youthful glow and<br />

to reduce wrinkles. We’ve tested it. It works! Brilliant for<br />

nails and hair, too. We LOVE this product. R1450 (and free<br />

delivery in SA) from collagenliftparis.co.za<br />

Loaded with ingredients that targets anti-aging for all skin types, Elizabeth<br />

Arden’s Ceramide range is extensive, and known to work wonderfully<br />

on mature skins. The products contain youth-restoring lipids that help<br />

replenish youth factors skin naturally loses over time. With basics like a<br />

Purifying Cream Cleanser and Toner, capsules that include Advanced<br />

Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum and an Eye Serum, a<br />

Ceramide Premiere Intense Moisture and Renewal Activation Cream<br />

and Overnight Regeneration Cream as well as the (incredible) Overnight<br />

Firming Mask, this range really does get gold<br />

stars. Prices from 435 to R1145, from your favourite<br />

Elizabeth Arden stockist.<br />

Compiled by KYM ARGO<br />

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Treasuring our heritage<br />

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

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 farm<br />

- 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 />

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

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

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 fresh<br />

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

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

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

You’ll need:<br />

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

neck chops) • salt & pepper • 2 onions, chopped • 1/2<br />

teaspoon each whole peppercorns and whole cloves<br />

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

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

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

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

(optional) • cooked jasmin or basmati rice to serve<br />

To make:<br />

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

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

side until brown, seasoning with salt & pepper as you<br />

go. Fry in batches if necessary. Remove the meat and<br />

turn down the heat to low.<br />

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

Fry until translucent and soft, stirring often. Add the<br />

garlic and ginger and fry for another minute.<br />

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

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

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

then place the meat back into the pot and stir.<br />

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

1,5 hours or until the meat is very soft and falls from<br />

the bone. You can remove the bones with tongs at<br />

this point, if you want to. Taste and add more salt &<br />

pepper if necessary. Serve hot with fluffy warm rice.<br />

Venison salad with beetroot,<br />

cranberries, goats cheese & walnuts<br />

with Cape of Good Hope Sneeuwkrans Pinot Noir<br />

When the temperature warms up, we’ll all be<br />

looking for lighter alternatives and recipes that<br />

don’t take hours to prepare. A whole venison<br />

fillet can be prepped in advance and elegantly<br />

served as a starter or light meal within this salad.<br />

Big on flavour, beautiful as a centrepiece on your<br />

table. This serves four to six.<br />

You’ll need:<br />

50 g dried cranberries • 125 ml red wine<br />

(preferably Pinot Noir, but any dry red wine will<br />

do) • 600 g whole venison fillet (springbok etc)<br />

• 15 ml olive oil • salt & pepper • a large bunch<br />

fresh watercress • about 300 g cooked/roasted<br />

beetroot, quartered/halved • 200 g plain soft<br />

goats cheese (chevin log), crumbled/cubed • 100<br />

g whole walnuts<br />

And for the dressing: 100 ml extra virgin olive<br />

oil • 30 ml red wine vinegar • 10 ml wholegrain<br />

mustard • salt & pepper, to taste<br />

To make:<br />

Place the cranberries in a small saucepan with<br />

the wine and bring to a simmer. Cook for about<br />

5 to 10 minutes until most of the wine has<br />

evaporated, then remove from the heat and<br />

leave to cool. Place the fillet on a clean working<br />

surface, then rub all over with oil, and season<br />

the salt & pepper. Grill in a hot pan on all sides<br />

until cooked to your liking (pink in the middle is<br />

perfect). Remove from the heat. Leave to rest and<br />

cool, then slice thinly.<br />

Arrange the salad ... on a large platter, arrange<br />

the watercress, beetroot, sliced venison,<br />

goats cheese, cooled plumped cranberries<br />

and walnuts. Place all the ingredients for the<br />

dressing in a small jar, cover with a lid and shake<br />

vigorously. Pour the dressing over the salad and<br />

serve immediately.<br />

Tip: If you prefer, you could also use about 300 g<br />

thinly sliced smoked, cured venison for this salad.<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 Vallei<br />

Merlot, Basson Pinotage, Serruria Chardonnay,<br />

Van Lill & Visser Chenin Blanc, Laing Semillon,<br />

Altima Sauvignon Blanc, Southern Slopes,<br />

Caroline and Sneeuwkrans Pinot Noir.<br />

Details: For more recipes, visit getitmagazine.co.za,<br />

for more info and to order these special wines, visit<br />

capeofgoodhopewines.com<br />

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The ultimate braai<br />

Let’s be honest. We don’t need it to be September. Or Heritage Month.<br />

Or even a Sunday. We’re a nation of braaiers. Cheers to that!<br />

Light the fire. It’s time to braai. And to help you along, get your red hot hands<br />

on the newest book from Weber ... Weber’s Ultimate Braai Book. Crammed<br />

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Smashed burger with special sauce<br />

A tiny bit of sugar in this seasoning salt goes a long way towards<br />

browning the top and bottom of the burgers. This recipe is an<br />

exception to the rule never to smash the patties with a spatula. Here,<br />

the hotplate captures the juices and uses them to flavour the meat.<br />

You’ll need: Special sauce ... 1/2 cup mayonnaise • 3 tablespoons<br />

tomato sauce • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dill pickle • 1tablespoon<br />

spicy American mustard • l/4 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco •<br />

Special sauce ... 1teaspoon sea salt • 1/2 teaspoon sugar • l/4 teaspoon<br />

ground black pepper • l/4 teaspoon onion powder Burgers ... 680 g<br />

beef mince • Canola or sunflower oil • 4 sesame hamburger rolls, split •<br />

4 slices white onion, each 3mm thick • 4 slices ripe tomato, each about<br />

5 mm thick • 4 large iceberg or cos lettuce leaves, torn to fit rolls<br />

To make: In a medium bowl, stir together all the sauce ingredients. In<br />

a smaller bowl, stir together all the seasoning salt ingredients. Prepare<br />

the braai for direct cooking over medium-high heat (200°-260°C).<br />

Brush the cooking grates clean. Place a cast-iron hotplate over direct<br />

heat, close the lid and preheat until very hot (5 to 10 minutes).<br />

Shape the beef into four balls of equal size. Using your hands, press<br />

each patty firmly and evenly to flatten it into a 10-cm round patty,<br />

about 1 mm thick. Season both sides evenly with the seasoning salt.<br />

Lightly brush the hotplate with oil. Place the patties on the hot plate,<br />

spacing them well apart so you can turn them easily later. Using a<br />

spatula, smash each patty to flatten it to about 8 mm thick. This will<br />

help create a deliciously browned crust. Cook over direct mediumhigh<br />

heat, with the lid closed, for 3 to 4 minutes.<br />

Using a clean spatula, scrape the patties from the hotplate, keeping<br />

the browned crust on the underside as intact as possible, and flip<br />

them over. Cook, with the lid closed, until the second side is browned<br />

and the patties are cooked to medium – 3 to 4 minutes.<br />

During the final minute of grilling time, toast the rolls, cut side down,<br />

on the area around the hotplate. To build the burgers, spread the<br />

bottom half of each roll with some sauce, top with a patty, then add<br />

an onion slice, a tomato slice and lettuce. Spread the top half of the<br />

roll with more sauce and close the burger. Serve at once.<br />

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28 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> September <strong>2020</strong>

J<br />

Goodness in a bottle<br />

oyful<br />

ars<br />

If these unusual times we are living<br />

in have taught us one thing, it’s<br />

that our health is not something<br />

we can take for granted. A tough,<br />

no-compromise stance has to be<br />

taken when it comes to our physical<br />

well-being. There are a number of<br />

ways to do this, one of which is to<br />

make sure we eat the correct foods.<br />


Fighting off illness and disease is<br />

helped along by a healthy immune<br />

system, which gets the boost it<br />

needs from healthy, mindful eating<br />

and living. Immune-boosting fruit<br />

and vegetables include citrus, bell<br />

peppers (especially red), broccoli,<br />

garlic, ginger, spinach, almonds,<br />

sunflower and pumpkin seeds,<br />

turmeric, papaya and kiwi fruit. While<br />

it’s not always easy to eat healthily,<br />

especially when you are on the<br />

run or at work, there are ways of<br />

making it easier, which is why we<br />

recommend rustling up an immuneboosting<br />

jar.<br />

There’s a reason why jar food is<br />

such a popular thing. Economical,<br />

versatile and easy, you can whip up<br />

something yummy and nutritious<br />

the night before, and by the time<br />

you open it up for lunch the next<br />

day, it will be the perfect pick-me-up.<br />

Delicious and wholesome, it’s the<br />

next best thing to a healthy spread<br />

at home.<br />

What you put into your jar is up to<br />

you, as is your preferred order of<br />

ingredients. There really are no hard<br />

and fast rules when assembling<br />

your items. Either way, the first thing<br />

to remember is that fresh is always<br />

best. Next, concentrate on getting<br />

your prep right by making sure<br />

everything is washed and/or peeled,<br />

and diced or chopped accordingly.<br />

Our jar started off with a layer of<br />

cooked red lentils, then we added<br />

quartered tomato and bell peppers.<br />

Then our greens came into play. We<br />

used torn Swiss chard, but you can<br />

use lettuce, kale or baby spinach,<br />

whatever you fancy. Then we<br />

added sliced red onion and smoked<br />

chicken. You can also use marinated<br />

feta, smoked tofu or cubed gouda/<br />

mozzarella/cheddar, the sky is the<br />

limit. Next up is sliced avocado,<br />

but bear in mind that if you are not<br />

going to be eating your jar soon<br />

after making it, the avo must be<br />

rubbed with a little lime or lemon<br />

juice to prevent it from turning<br />

black.<br />

Last but not least is a delicious<br />

dressing, lightly drizzled over the<br />

top (see our homemade, simple<br />

vinaigrette recipe). You can also<br />

squeeze the juice of half an orange<br />

Scrummy ingredients to go!<br />

over your final ingredients. It’s<br />

delicious. The finishing touches are a<br />

scattering of nuts and seeds of your<br />

choice, such as pumpkin, sesame or<br />

sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts,<br />

peanuts or cashews. Pop the lid on<br />

and into the fridge, and your lunch<br />

for the next day is sorted, if you can<br />

wait that long!<br />

A few other items that you can<br />

put into your goodie jar are diced<br />

cucumbers, carrots, beans, broccoli,<br />

peas, corn and mushrooms. Instead<br />

of lentils you can use pasta, rice,<br />

couscous or quinoa. Planning<br />

nourishing meals around our<br />

immune-boosting guide is easy, and<br />

as appetising as you choose to make<br />

Fresh is best<br />

it. You can make salad, as we have,<br />

or you can make a soup for when<br />

the weather turns. Another firm<br />

favourite is a breakfast jar, with oats<br />

and fresh fruit such as strawberries<br />

and blueberries. The sky is the limit,<br />

so give it a go; we promise you’ll feel<br />

better than ever!<br />

Dressing<br />

• Juice from ½ lemon<br />

• 2 tsp apple cider vinegar<br />

• 5 tbs olive oil<br />

• ½ tsp dried herbs<br />

• Salt and cracked black pepper<br />

to taste<br />

• Chilli flakes (optional).<br />

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How’s it<br />

hanging?<br />

The past months have been challenging on<br />

many levels but now, with spring presenting<br />

many opportunities to bring some colour to<br />

our gardens, courtyards and even indoors,<br />

Concrete and Garden Creations outside<br />

Mbombela has a perfect, easy DIY hanging<br />

basket project to get you started.<br />

Shopping list<br />

• Flower fertiliser<br />

• Coco peat brick (Coco peat, when soaked in water, expands to<br />

15x its size. It improves water retention by holding 11x its weight<br />

in water. It is organic, made from the coconut tree and makes an<br />

excellent potting medium.)<br />

• Potting soil<br />

• Hanging basket with coir (coco) liner<br />

• Drip tray<br />

• Flower seedlings - the flowers you plant will depend on where<br />

you’ll hang the basket - indoors/outdoors/full sun/shade<br />

• 2x garden mixing buckets.<br />

1 2<br />

Soak and mix the coco peat brick in 3L<br />

of water in a mixing bucket. Next make<br />

a thorough 50/50 mix of the coco peat<br />

and potting soil.<br />

3 4<br />

Arrange and plant your flowers and<br />

then add some more of the soil mix. A<br />

general rule of thumb when planting<br />

a hanging basket is to use one plant<br />

per 50mm of basket diameter.<br />

Place the small drip tray at the bottom<br />

of the hanging basket. Fill the basket<br />

with this mix of potting soil and coco<br />

peat. Add a handful of flower fertiliser<br />

to the mix.<br />

Dunk the basket in a separate bucket<br />

of water. It is important not to wet the<br />

leaves of the newly planted flowers.<br />

Drip drain the excess water.<br />

CON0937R<br />

Text and photographer: MATTHYS FERREIRA<br />

5 6<br />

Hang the basket where the flowers<br />

will receive adequate sunlight. Water<br />

twice a week by dunking the basket.<br />

Top 10 plants for hanging baskets<br />

Enjoy your flowers and the blessings of<br />

your hanging garden.<br />

• Ivy leaf geraniums • Dichondra “silver falls” • Lotus berthelotii<br />

• Evolvulus “blue my mind” • Calibrachoa “million bells” • Petunias<br />

• Philodendron scandens • Begonia • Euphorbia “diamond frost”<br />

• Plectranthus cilliatus.<br />

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What to do in the garden<br />

• Sow annual herbs like basil,<br />

coriander and rocket. Trim back<br />

perennial herbs and enrich the beds<br />

with compost.<br />

• Increase watering from once a week<br />

to twice a week as the temperatures<br />

rise, especially for vegetables.<br />

• Keep deadheading, watering, and<br />

fertilising pansies, violas and primulas<br />

and they will continue flowering<br />

until early October.<br />

• Plant bedding begonias for nonstop<br />

summer colour ... they’ll grow in<br />

semi-shade or full sun.<br />

• Lift and divide flowering perennials.<br />

• Fertilise lawns with 5:1:5 and begin<br />

regular weekly mowing – but set the<br />

blades high so that the grass can<br />

establish deep roots.<br />

• Veggies to sow this month are<br />

cabbage, spinach, Swiss chard,<br />

lettuce, root veggies, green beans,<br />

brinjals, cucumber, peppers, bush<br />

and trailing squash, sweetcorn,<br />

and tomatoes.<br />

We’re planting …<br />

Osteospermum Flowerpower Magic<br />

Orange 20, a glowing orange daisy<br />

with sunny yellow tips ... a bright<br />

perennial which flowers mainly in<br />

spring and autumn. This hybrid of<br />

the spring-flowering,<br />

indigenous Cape daisy<br />

is hardy and vigorous,<br />

tolerating cold and rain.<br />

It is a well-branched,<br />

low-growing plant that<br />

is covered with masses<br />

of flowers, so excellent for<br />

garden borders, beds,<br />

and containers. For<br />

a real show-off bed,<br />

group three to five<br />

plants together ... lovely.<br />

Plant in full sun or partial shade<br />

in well-drained soil, and water<br />

regularly, for consistently<br />

moist, but not soggy, soil.<br />

You should also fertilise once<br />

a month during the flowering<br />

season and removed faded<br />

or dead flowers to prolong its<br />

blooming. Once established, the<br />

weeds will struggle to push through.<br />

Details: ballstraathof.co.za<br />

In the veggie garden, we’re<br />

planting beetroot – an<br />

excellent early-spring crop<br />

since it germinates in cool<br />

soil. Chioggia (pronounced<br />

kee-OH-jee-ah) Guardsmark<br />

is not just any beetroot. The<br />

plants have bright green<br />

leaves with light pink stems,<br />

and when sliced open, it’s<br />

candy-striped. This Italian<br />

heirloom variety produces<br />

medium-sized beets that<br />

also work well as baby beet<br />

... its mild, sweet flavour<br />

becomes super sweet when<br />

roasted, so lovely used in<br />

salads. It can be sown yearround<br />

in warmer areas, a<br />

spring planting matures in<br />

about two months, and you<br />

can order seed online from<br />

Gro-Pak. Details: gropak.co.za<br />

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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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 />

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<br />

Rochere 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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It has been said that you can succeed<br />

best and quickest by helping others<br />

to do the same. The solid partnership<br />

between BUCO Nelspruit, Bateleur<br />

Estate and Nelspruit Construction<br />

is the perfect example of how<br />

something incredible happens when<br />

teamwork is involved. Things change<br />

when everyone is equally invested<br />

in the overall purpose and goal.<br />

This extraordinary partnership<br />

has reached a stage where these<br />

companies are revolutionising<br />

innovation, which in turn has led<br />

to a performance that has since<br />

skyrocketed.<br />

BUCO Nelspruit and Nelspruit<br />

Construction were part of the<br />

team that made Jakkie van Heerden’s<br />

dream of an exceptional retirement<br />

estate for <strong>Lowveld</strong>ers a reality.<br />

Bateleur is a 200-hectare adult<br />

lifestyle estate that offers<br />

unparalleled and secure country<br />

living just outside Mbombela. It<br />

provides approximately 60 hectares<br />

of pristine nature incorporated into<br />

the open spaces of undeveloped<br />

green areas. Bateleur offers full<br />

retirement facilities that encourage<br />

an active outdoor lifestyle.<br />

“It was a dream of Nic van Zyl Snr<br />

of <strong>Lowveld</strong> Trust” says Jakkie,<br />

“to develop a proper and safe<br />

environment where <strong>Lowveld</strong><br />

residents could retire.” Today,<br />

Bateleur offers its own Eden with<br />

typical <strong>Lowveld</strong> serenity where<br />

residents can enjoy their daily<br />

activities.<br />

Jakkie explains that one of their<br />

greatest considerations was to<br />

conserve as much of the natural<br />

environment as possible. “The natural<br />

fauna and flora thrive against the<br />

backdrop of a breathtaking and<br />

unparalleled landscape where small<br />

game still grazes undisturbed.” Estate architect, Gerhard Jooste ensures that<br />

exquisite architectural features are implemented throughout the estate.<br />

Jakkie explains that as developers, the Chateloja Group did not only<br />

put Bateleur on the map, but also has 30 years’ experience in residential<br />

developments. Jakkie and his group have established many sought-after<br />

complexes that include Boulders Estate, De Hoek, Heuwelsig and Berg ‘n Bos.<br />

And BUCO Nelspruit has been there all along, partnering these exceptional<br />

developments. The collaboration originated decades ago when BUCO was still<br />

known as Laeveld Bou.<br />

Jakkie, originally from Pretoria, laughs that one day he decided the traffic in<br />

Pretoria was too much and he applied for the job as deputy city engineer in<br />

Mbombela. Pottie Potgieter, BUCO Nelspruit’s manager, confirms that they<br />

value him as a client. “He always knows exactly what he wants. Basically, we<br />

supply all the products they need for development, except for sand.” He<br />

emphasises that they are the developers who create opportunities for BUCO,<br />

and this in turn has a chain reaction that<br />

continues to grow. “This is definitely a<br />

very close-knit, long-term supply chain.”<br />

Pottie feels strongly that the recipe to<br />

the success of their long road together<br />

is that they offer the best prices, but also<br />

that at BUCO their customers become<br />

extended family.<br />

The third leg of this exceptional<br />

partnership is Nelspruit Construction.<br />

This company is an old favourite in<br />

the <strong>Lowveld</strong> that was started in 1992.<br />

It offers a comprehensive range of<br />

construction services in residential,<br />

commercial and industrial areas. It also<br />

excels at warehousing, resorts and game<br />

lodges, as well as specialised buildings<br />

such as hospitals and clinics. Johan van<br />

Biljon is the mind who keeps Nelspruit<br />

Construction always striving for even<br />

better quality and performance. “The<br />

coalition between BUCO, Jakkie and us<br />

is like an aeroplane that is taking off; it<br />

still has not reached its apex. I foresee<br />

a great future, just as it has been a<br />

great journey up to now.” The family<br />

bonds run strongly, and it is obvious<br />

that there is a wonderful and mutual<br />

respect between the role players in<br />

this successful partnership. In Gerhard’s<br />

words, “The people of the <strong>Lowveld</strong><br />

always stand together, no matter what.”<br />

Details<br />

013-753-5300 / 4 Old Pretoria road,<br />

Nelspruit<br />

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Shown the door<br />

In an already dreadful business year, being laid off is, quite frankly, terrifying.<br />

We find out how to accept, move on and perhaps learn from the experience.<br />

Laid off. Let go. Retrenched. Axed. It doesn’t matter how you word it ... it is one of the hardest, harshest experiences to<br />

endure. Yet, like any and all life experiences, it passes and life moves on. But for life to go on, you need to get through<br />

this. We spoke to life coach Graeme Butchart, and asked how to deal with, and get past being retrenched.<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

Understanding the role of acceptance<br />

In order to move on, understanding the role of<br />

acceptance becomes very important. For if you don’t,<br />

or can’t accept, then moving forward may well be<br />

harder than the retrenchment itself. For moving on<br />

is what you have to do. If you linger, you faulter and<br />

perish. You fail to regrow.<br />

Know it’s not personal<br />

If acceptance is the starting point, the second is to know,<br />

importantly, that it’s not personal. Hard to do – but<br />

this isn’t about your person. This is purely economics,<br />

circumstances and very often – most often – the roll of<br />

the dice. If you get stuck on ‘why me?’ then you get stuck<br />

in the history of the event and that holds us back. It’s<br />

paralysing and pointless. There is no value in feeling sorry<br />

for yourself or looking for pity. A period of reflection may<br />

be valuable, to take stock, to take account, but that should<br />

be based on what you can learn and act on. Deal with<br />

this mental aspect quickly, be mindful you have to keep<br />

moving forward. We need to acknowledge you are not<br />

faulty, wrong, or broken in any way. You have skill sets. You<br />

have evidence of prior successes. You have value which<br />

you can still add. That’s the thinking required to move into<br />

the present. To acknowledge and reaffirm what you have<br />

to offer – is to reframe your view of self, from a limiting,<br />

negative view back into the positive. It’s the same mental<br />

framework that separates success from failure.<br />

Remember to be grateful<br />

Regulating the emotional disturbance of loss, hurt,<br />

wound, is critical and failure to do so will lead to negativity,<br />

anxiety and depression. It helps here to be mindful of<br />

what you should be grateful for. So, if the emotional<br />

challenge becomes all possessing then counter it by<br />

writing what you are grateful for – a gratitude list – and do<br />

it daily to support the move back into positive territory. It<br />

keeps you in action and in the present.<br />

Ready. Steady. Action.<br />

Now’s the time to act. So, all that practical stuff that you<br />

already know you should be doing – do it. Update CVs<br />

and bios. Network. Make phone calls ... yes actually speak<br />

to people, don’t just send emails. Emails don’t secure jobs,<br />

conversations do. Be open and be honest. Don’t ever feel<br />

ashamed. Engage and get straight to the point.<br />

‘Hi Jo, unfortunately, I was retrenched and I am looking<br />

for an opportunity, can you help me – or do you know of<br />

anyone else who could?’<br />

Being direct, will communicate a great deal about<br />

your state of mind and confidence. And to be clear –<br />

most, if not all the work we secure, is from people we<br />

already know and those who know of us. It’s all about<br />

networking and leveraging our social network, so get all<br />

that stuff done and sorted. Reach out and ask for help. Be<br />

vulnerable. Be human.<br />

Learn new skills<br />

Sometimes, the retrenchment highlights that we have<br />

to up our game. So think about learning new skills or<br />

acquire new tools. One of the positives of the global<br />

lockdown is that all learning and development has gone<br />

online – and a lot of those courses are absolutely free.<br />

Udemy, LinkedIn Learning, and many others, provide<br />

excellent short programmes. So use the moment to<br />

improve the version of who you are. Put the effort in and<br />

the reward will soon show itself.<br />

Become more relevant<br />

Part of that renewing of who you are and what you offer<br />

the world may require coaching. Again, this is about you<br />

becoming more relevant to the market place, increasing<br />

your market value, your marketability. Products, services<br />

and businesses have to reinvent and innovate all<br />

the time to stay competitive in their marketplaces.<br />

People are no different. Invest in your development.<br />

Reinvent yourself.<br />

As one door closes ...<br />

Don’t underestimate the power of the universe. It is said<br />

as one door closes, another opens. But that can only<br />

occur if you take the right actions, take care of all the<br />

mental challenges and – importantly – believe, have faith<br />

that it will all work out. And then let it do just that.<br />

In a nutshell<br />

“Accept, move on, prepare and network, invest in the<br />

development of a better version of who you are,” sums<br />

up Graeme, adding “be grateful of the opportunity – it<br />

may prove that this retrenchment turns out to be the<br />

best thing that ever happened to you. It was for me.”<br />

Details: graeme@graemebutchart.com<br />

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TRAC keeps track<br />

with Endangered<br />

Wildlife Trust<br />

The N4 Toll Route between Tshwane<br />

and Maputo forms the backbone of<br />

the Maputo Corridor. It is essential<br />

to the economy of Mozambique<br />

and several landlocked provinces of<br />

South Africa. The economies of the<br />

areas along this route, including the<br />

<strong>Lowveld</strong>, have benefited substantially<br />

from this corridor, which is the<br />

brainchild of a former Mpumalanga<br />

premier, Mathews Phosa, and came<br />

into effect in 1998.<br />

However, although quality road<br />

development is vital for social and<br />

economic development, it can come<br />

at a price for the fauna which habitat<br />

the areas where infrastructure is being<br />

developed.<br />

The flow of vehicles on roads such as<br />

national highways, particularly when<br />

reckless driving is involved, can have<br />

a direct negative impact on wildlife.<br />

This results in animals being at risk of<br />

wildlife vehicle collisions and death<br />

(aka roadkill).<br />

To curb this problem, the Endangered<br />

Wildlife Trust (EWT) developed the<br />

Road Ecology Research Project.<br />

This initiative provides scientific<br />

advice on how to minimise<br />

adverse environmental impacts of<br />

transportation when constructing<br />

new, yet essential roads. In 2017, the<br />

EWT and Trans African Concessions<br />

(TRAC) - the concessionaires of the<br />

N4 Toll Route - formed a partnership<br />

focusing on the establishment and<br />

management of a wildlife incident<br />

database through data collection<br />

from the N4.<br />

TRAC’s patrol teams, which travel<br />

the route daily, form an intrinsic part<br />

of this collaboration as one of their<br />

tasks is to ensure that the road is clear<br />

of debris, including roadkill. At the<br />

start of the venture, every TRACAssist<br />

patrol team member received training<br />

relating to on-the-ground research<br />

of wildlife road kills. They were also<br />

trained in other modules including<br />

wildlife incident data collection,<br />

species identification, snake handling<br />

and data collection methods. This<br />

training enabled them to effectively<br />

and continuously keep record of the<br />

number and type of wildlife killed<br />

daily on the N4.<br />

The findings are to this day shared<br />

with EWT, which aims to determine<br />

the best solutions in ways of<br />

eventually reducing roadkill.<br />

However, as the environment<br />

is everyone’s responsibility and<br />

everyone uses the road, the public is<br />

requested to assist in this initiative.<br />

Road users can do this by reporting<br />

road kills on the N4 to the EWT. This<br />

can be done by email (roads@ewt.<br />

org.za) or via the EWT Road Watch<br />

app which can be downloaded from<br />

iTunes and Play Store.<br />

Details<br />

Solange Soares on<br />

076-021-2524 or<br />

ssoares@tracn4.co.za<br />

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Sitting on the<br />

deck of the bay<br />

Sitting right on the water’s edge at Hobie Beach – one of the best-rated locations in<br />

Plett – The Bungalow, Plettenberg Bay is a fusion of sun, sea and sand, with lashings<br />

of luxury and touches of seaside chic... the perfect spot for beachside living. And it’s<br />

where we want to be the minute the travel ban lifts.<br />

A quiet corner. A firepit.<br />

The shade of a milkwood.<br />

Happy days.<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

We’re not breaking the<br />

law. It’s a virgin cocktail!<br />

This privately owned bed and breakfast may be five star, but it’s not<br />

stuffy. In fact, it’s the perfect spot to kick off your flip-flops at the<br />

door, collapse on a sofa, and sip something cool while letting the<br />

kids have fun.<br />

There’s sophisticated, but laid-back accommodation – cool and<br />

breezy, sea-facing, luxuriously furnished rooms. There’s a fabulous<br />

family suite, but also a cleverly designed ‘Pod’ room, where the kids<br />

sleep in bunk-like compartments.<br />

There’s a lovely, casual restaurant, where the kitchen’s open all day<br />

... dishing up holiday fare nachos, sushi and signature pizzas.<br />

When the weather’s warm, you can relax in the sun on the pool<br />

terrace, finding shade under the beautiful indigenous milkwood<br />

trees, or head on up to the rooftop deck which overlooks the<br />

entire bay. For cooler evenings, you can gather up the family and<br />

sit round a cosy fire in the private tranquil boma area, with comfy<br />

beanbags and oversized scatter cushions.<br />

If you can bear to tear yourself away, there’s a beach just a pebble’s<br />

throw away and loads of other attractions ... think hiking through<br />

the Robberg Nature Reserve, taking a cruise on the Keurbooms<br />

River, swimming, surfing, whale, dolphin and seal watching,<br />

boating, fishing and kayaking - The Bungalow supplies kayaks, surf<br />

and body boards to guests. . Good grief, there’s more ... try cycling<br />

and golfing, or a spot of birdwatching.<br />

After the stressful months we’ve all had this year, we think falling<br />

asleep to the soothing sounds of the sea are just what we need ...<br />

see you there!<br />

Rates are from R2400 for two sharing a room.<br />

Details: The Bungalow, Plettenberg Bay is one of Cape Summer Villas’<br />

boutique collection of exclusive accommodation properties in the<br />

Western Cape. Phone 044-533-1864 or capesummervillas.co.za<br />

Take a surfboard and<br />

catch the perfect wave.<br />

If we’re going to sit on a<br />

deck ... this is the one!<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 at<br />

absoluteskin.co.za. To win<br />

a hamper, visit our Facebook<br />

page (GetItNationalMagazines),<br />

and like our NUXE post.<br />

Entries close 25 September.<br />

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