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GET<br />


IT<br />

Precious<br />

porcelain<br />

The creations<br />

of Nina Bosch<br />

TAKE<br />

A HIKE<br />

<strong>Lowveld</strong><br />

lifestyle<br />

Local artist<br />

captures<br />

the light<br />

Exclusive<br />

offer for our<br />

readers for a<br />

magical bush<br />

escape<br />

It’s time for a<br />



<strong>NOV</strong>EMBER <strong>2020</strong>


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contents<br />

Why don’t you...<br />

04 Watch a prime South African band, wear funky socks for charity<br />

or attend Pro-Life’s ninth birthday<br />

06 Go armchair adventuring, drink scrummy wine and indulge<br />

in swoonworthy chocolate<br />


06 Enjoy liquid sunshine, cook with a hint of France in the air<br />

and wallow in magnificent imagery of Africa from above<br />

people<br />

10 Ceramic jewellery artist Nina Bosch is following<br />

in her family’s footsteps<br />

BEAUTY & Fashion<br />

14 From intense colour to sublime scents, we think these<br />

beauty products are worth squawking about<br />

decor & gardening<br />

16 Get sticking with water-slides<br />

art<br />

34 Local artist Mariana de Jager talks to us about<br />

capturing the light<br />


38 Children love TRAC’s road safety message<br />

40 Rome wasn’t built in a day<br />

42 Now is the time to buy local<br />

Win<br />

48 A case of delicious Garden Route<br />

Sauvignon Blanc 2019<br />

24 - 37 IT’S TIME FOR A HOLISTAY<br />

Read our fab guide to wonderful bush escapes<br />

while staying at home<br />


Nina Bosch<br />

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A hot date!<br />

Pencil in these events into your November diary right now!<br />

If you have a date for our diary, email the info at least a month in advance to jess@lowvelder.co.za<br />

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We’re so excited to see Danny<br />

Smoke live at Mbombela Golf<br />

Club. Presented by Skor at Life, tickets<br />

cost R150pp. The show starts at 7pm.<br />

Details: Johan Pretorius on 082-334-<br />

9679 or Hennie Skorbinski on 076-425-<br />

6439.<br />

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Join us for Pro-Life’s ninth<br />

birthday party and <strong>Lowveld</strong><br />

Market at Pro-Life Pet Rescue,<br />

Rehabilitation and Adoption Agency<br />

outside Mbombela. The event is from<br />

10am to 2pm and there’s no entrance<br />

fee. So bring the whole family, there’ll<br />

be something for everyone.<br />

Details: 079-498-7971.<br />

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Who’s ready for some live<br />

music? We sure are! Don’t miss<br />

out on South African rock legends<br />

Prime Circle when they perform at<br />

The Barnyard White River. Tickets<br />

cost R200pp and can be bought via<br />

Quicket. Doors open at 5pm and the<br />

show begins at 7pm. This is a standing<br />

show, there will be limited seating<br />

available. Details: 076-027-3402<br />

or thebarnyardwr@gmail.com.<br />

The <strong>2020</strong> Sabie<br />

Xperience (originally<br />

scheduled for May) is finally here!<br />

Hosted at Floreat Riverside Lodge<br />

in Sabie, you don’t want to miss<br />

this. Come and experience a stage<br />

race in beautiful, but challenging<br />

surroundings. Organisers have created<br />

an event that isn’t only demanding, but<br />

fun too. The best part is it’s affordable<br />

and family-friendly. Details: Sandy on<br />

013-764-3500.<br />

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27<br />

<strong>Lowveld</strong>ers, get into the swing<br />

of things with the Silly Socks<br />

Golf Day in aid of Nelspruit Hospice at<br />

Mbombela Golf Club. Tee-off is from<br />

10am. The format is a fourball alliance<br />

and the event is proudly sponsored by<br />

Imperial Toyota. Details: 013-744-0952<br />

or nelspgc@mweb.co.za.<br />

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Keen for an old-fashioned<br />

country fair? Well the White<br />

River Country Fete is just up your<br />

alley. There will be lots of goodies on<br />

sale, delicious food to sample and<br />

rocking music to listen to from 10am<br />

till late. Held at Da Loose Mongoose<br />

outside White River, entrance is R10<br />

per vehicle. Come support the White<br />

River SPCA. Details: Estelle de Villiers on<br />

083-664-7505.<br />

The BFM Xmas Market is the perfect place to find the perfect Christmas<br />

gift. Hosted at Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre outside White River<br />

from 8am, you’re bound to walk away with that special something. Choose from<br />

artisanal products, handmade crafts, jewellery, ceramics, plants and toys, or try<br />

scrumptious home-baked goods, fresh produce, sweet treats, food and drinks,<br />

and so much more. This market never disappoints.<br />

20-22<br />

How does wine tasting, a pop-up<br />

wine dinner, a ghost hunting tour<br />

and a gold rush bubbly breakfast<br />

sound? Divine, we know. Get your<br />

tickets to the R533 Gold Rush<br />

Wine Route in Pilgrim’s Rest.<br />

Tickets start at R100 and can<br />

be purchased via Quicket. Visit<br />

www.pilgrims-rest.co.za for more<br />

information regarding the history<br />

as well as for accommodation and<br />

other activities in the area.<br />

Details: 083-646-3686.<br />

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Book club<br />

Real life thrillers and dreamy chick lit<br />

and great wine and a box of chocolates. Swoon<br />

The Family Holiday by Elizabeth Noble is just the most delightful book we’ve<br />

read in ages. It’s light and easy, with lovely characters you long to be your newbest-friends.<br />

Teenage angst, family tragedies, new wives and single dads and<br />

a holiday in a gorgeous luxury retreat in the country... a warm, witty and really<br />

wonderful weekend read. • Equally as light and enjoyable is Sophie Kinsella’s<br />

irresistible new novel about falling in love with someone - but not necessarily<br />

with their life. A writing retreat in Italy and a holiday romance sounds lovely.<br />

But back home - with his eccentric, naked-sauna-loving family and her terribly<br />

behaved, shirt-shredding dog - things don’t look as rosy. We love a good chick lit<br />

read, and Love Your Life is really fun.<br />

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There is so much to love about Groote Post Seasalter wine... the elegance and purity of<br />

fruit, the vibrant acidity, the oyster shell minerality and saline finish, typical of Sauvignons<br />

from the maritime cool-climate Darling Hills terroir. Even the name captured the essence of the<br />

wine. Seasalter <strong>2020</strong> has just been released... and it’s a summer beach escape in a bottle. Think<br />

grapefruit and zesty lime with hints of fynbos, sea-breeze and a touch of oak. Serve it with<br />

seafood, of course. Around R150 from wine merchants or groote-post-wines.myshopify.com

We’ve all done it. Thought<br />

about what we’d do if we won<br />

a couple of million on the Lotto.<br />

Who we’d share with. What we’d<br />

buy. Charities we’d support.<br />

For years, three couples have<br />

played the same six numbers<br />

on the lottery... never winning<br />

more than a tenner. They’re<br />

the best of mates, until an<br />

untruth causes a small rift. And<br />

soon after that, bingo... the<br />

six numbers come up... just<br />

under 18 million pounds. One<br />

couple’s got the winning ticket.<br />

And they don’t want to share.<br />

In Just My Luck, Adele Parks<br />

looks at the dark side of money,<br />

at friendship and betrayal and<br />

good luck gone bad.<br />

We know Book Club’s all about<br />

books and wine. But salted caramel.<br />

And milk chocolate. And Lindt. As<br />

they say... irresistible. They’re new,<br />

and you’ll find them at Woolies.<br />

Deep-cover police agents. Drug lords, smugglers and corrupt cops. International drug ring busts and foiled bank heists.<br />

Attempts to destabilise the country and threats to life and accusations of being an apartheid spy. Cop Under Cover reads<br />

like a fast-paced thriller. It’s the story of RS536... a terrific read by Johann van Loggerenberg. • Petrified flesh. Frozen cheeks.<br />

Breaking speed records to ensure survival in a harsh Antarctic winter. Scaling Dome Charlie, one of the highest summits on<br />

the Antarctic Ice Sheet. A hellish race against death. But also a childhood dream come true. A story of overcoming adversity<br />

through sheer willpower. Of seeing what’s possible when one has the support and love of family and friends. Dream of a<br />

Lifetime: Crossing Antarctica is Mike Horn’s story of crossing the South Pole unassisted... a journey across 5 100 km (being<br />

the longest, most challenging route) by kite-ski and sled alone. It’s a daredevil’s first-hand account of realising a crazy dream.<br />

• From real life tension to the latest Tom Clancy thriller, with Jack Ryan Jr. When an unexpected - and unusually unfriendly<br />

- meeting with an ex-girlfriend in a Barcelona cafe ends with a bomb exploding, Jack stumbles into an international<br />

conspiracy that could well be something more than he can handle. Written by Mike Maden, Tomy Clancy’s Firing Point is<br />

gripping from start to finish.<br />

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Wish list<br />

Summer time... and the living’s so easy<br />

These beaded wrap bracelets are the prettiest way to accessorise<br />

a Summer outfit. Made from Japanese Miyuki glass beads in<br />

gorgeous colours (we fancy this teal and aqua option), and<br />

dainty charms, they’re elasticated and wrap comfortably<br />

round the average wrist six times. Wear one, or a few, for a<br />

colourful boho look. R350 from themakerycollection.com<br />

A breath of French air<br />

There’s a recipe in Jan - A Breath of French Air, for a biltong<br />

and crisp sandwich. Made with simple fresh white bread and<br />

Mrs Ball’s chutney, Jan get tears in his eyes when he eats it.<br />

There’s also one for a naartjie panna cotta with Rice Krispies<br />

chocolate rocks. Tastes of home in Nice, France. Lots of them.<br />

Cape seed loaf and mosbolletjies and his mother’s souttert.<br />

Loads and loads of more sophisticated dishes too... many of<br />

them suprisingly easy. No surprise at all that they’re delicious.<br />

This, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen’s second book, is page<br />

after page of deliciousness... and there are dishes you’ll make<br />

again and again. We’re off for a biltong and crisp sarmie.<br />

Penguin Random House, R490<br />

Tastes of Clifton<br />

Sun-bronzed skin. A warm Summer breeze. Soft golden<br />

sand. Icy, clear water that refreshes like no other. That’s<br />

Clifton. And we don’t need to be heading there these<br />

summer hols... we can just make ourselves a cocktail with<br />

the new Clifton gin. Created by SA born Silvana Bottega<br />

(who describes it as liquid sunshine in a sip), the gin’s<br />

already won two gold medals. There are two versions...<br />

Clifton 1 and Clifton 2 (just like the numbered protected<br />

coves of Clifton beaches). Clifton 1 is a sipping gin, all<br />

orange and lemon peel, lavender and fynbos, and is best<br />

served on the rocks. Clifton 2 - the cocktail gin - is eminently<br />

mixable. With hues of the sea, it’s all about marine and<br />

fynbos botanicals, cucumber and buchu, all working in<br />

harmony to capture the spirit of the Atlantic Ocean. The<br />

gins cost between R429 and R498 a bottle and you’ll find<br />

them at good bottlestores or on cliftongin.com<br />

Compiled by KYM ARGO<br />

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Taking inspiration from nature<br />

We’re lusting over this Wanderland Collective Oceanum round<br />

pouch bag. Made of velvet fabric printed with a hand-painted<br />

design inspired by the ocean - shells, textured mosses, algae and<br />

darting jellyfish - it comes with a detachable tassel and<br />

gold-coloured chain strap, which is long enough so the<br />

bag can be worn cross-body. It’s just the right size for your<br />

phone, lipstick and credit card. Plus it ticks the<br />

‘support local’ box... it’s made here, with the design by<br />

local textile designer and artist Nicole Levenberg. There<br />

are few colours and designs to choose from... we fancy<br />

this Moss version. R785 from equilibrio.co.za<br />

Africa from the air... a collection of extraordinary images in one magnificent book<br />

The continent of Africa has always held an irresistible allure and fascination for aerial photographers Jay and Jan Roode,<br />

who, when they’re not taking visitors on bespoke aerial safaris, roam the skies, capturing awe-inspiring images of the natural<br />

wonders of far-flung regions. The pair have spent thousands of hours in their specially modified aircraft, and for more than a<br />

decade have flown to, and photographed, some of the most remote and spectacular wilderness areas of southern Africa. The<br />

magnificent Aerial Art is the culmination of their remarkable journey. With a vibrant collection of wild and enchanting images<br />

that are instantly recognisable by their unique style and approach, the photographs convey an intimacy with, and reverence<br />

for, the wilderness that reflects their passion for the conservation and preservation of the landscapes they’ve flown over. The<br />

book has a magnetic clip hardcover case, 65 glorious double-page spreads as well as a comprehensive index with a thumbnail<br />

of each image and a brief description at the back of the book. The book costs R980, but there’s also a limited run of 200 copies<br />

with an alternative cover, which costs R1960, which includes a R1000 gift voucher which can be used towards the purchase of<br />

a fine art print of any image in the book. You’ll find the book at Exclusive Books or order online from hphpublishing.co.za<br />

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10 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> November <strong>2020</strong>

Prett<br />

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Nina Bosch comes from<br />

a long line of creatives.<br />

Apart from her parents,<br />

Anton and Hanlie,<br />

and aunt, Esra, her<br />

grandfather, Esias, was<br />

well known and loved in<br />

the area, and an artist par<br />

excellence, renowned for<br />

his beautiful tile murals<br />

and porcelain ware.<br />

Nina’s grandparents, Esias and Valerie<br />

Bosch, made the <strong>Lowveld</strong> their home<br />

in 1960, where he started his studio<br />

in Plaston on the outskirts of White<br />

River. Growing up, clay was second<br />

nature to the young Nina, who, along<br />

with her siblings, loved to experiment<br />

in her father’s studio. “We painted on<br />

tiles, made little figurines and rolled<br />

and painted clay beads. It was always<br />

extremely exciting to see what would<br />

Nina Bosch<br />

November <strong>2020</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 11

come out of the kilns,” she smiles.<br />

“My grandmother was a porcelain<br />

jewellery maker, and I have always<br />

been interested in fine porcelain.<br />

I also always knew I wanted to do<br />

something creative as a career, but I<br />

never imagined I would have my own<br />

porcelain jewellery design business,<br />

which only came after studying in a<br />

completely different creative direction!”<br />

While Nina never realised that her<br />

hobby would end up being her career,<br />

she started receiving more and more<br />

attention for her pieces, appearing<br />

in various publications, including VISI<br />

magazine. The public’s interest in her<br />

work escalated. Before she knew what<br />

was happening, Nina Bosch Porcelain<br />

Jewellery was born, to great acclaim.<br />

“I started exhibiting my work at various<br />

markets countrywide and also took<br />

part in international exhibitions. Soon<br />

I was stocking stores both locally and<br />

internationally. I’ve even had Meghan,<br />

the Duchess of Sussex, wear my<br />

earrings!” she says proudly.<br />

'I’m proud of<br />

each piece I<br />

create and<br />

believe<br />

individuality<br />

is key’<br />

Nina, like her grandmother before<br />

her, has always loved fashion and<br />

accessories. She enjoys working with<br />

and making fine and delicate jewellery,<br />

so designing and creating statement<br />

pieces was a natural path to follow.<br />

“I’m proud of each piece I create and<br />

believe individuality is key. Each one<br />

is handmade by me, and because<br />

kiln firing may cause variations in<br />

the glaze colours, no two are ever<br />

the same. I love what I do, creating<br />

so freely is definitely not ‘just a job’. I<br />

have a passion for my work and find it<br />

both exciting and challenging. If you<br />

are happy in your work, then you can<br />

surely be happy in your life. There’s<br />

nothing more therapeutic for me than<br />

rolling out clay and creating designs<br />

with my hands.”<br />

Inspired by nature and being<br />

passionate about the environment,<br />

Nina, Anton and Hanlie<br />

Nina and her partner, Nick Bowen<br />

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‘This period has<br />

taught me the<br />

importance of<br />

patience,<br />

gratitude for<br />

small things<br />

and kindness'<br />

Nina actively encourages people to take<br />

responsibility for their actions, especially<br />

regarding recycling and waste. She is<br />

also highly motivated by people with<br />

a strong work ethic, and is devoted to<br />

friends and family. She is quick to say<br />

that coffee and red wine come a close<br />

second!<br />

Growing up in the <strong>Lowveld</strong> meant a<br />

carefree existence outdoors, and she<br />

loves spending time in the garden and<br />

growing anything edible. While no<br />

longer a local resident - she recently<br />

moved to the fairest Cape to join her<br />

partner, Nick - she does miss home. “The<br />

<strong>Lowveld</strong> has the perfect climate, and<br />

of course, I miss my family. However,<br />

it is very exciting to be in the Cape.<br />

The winter weather is a challenge...”<br />

she laughs. For now, she is having<br />

a wonderful time exploring all the<br />

beautiful places the region has to offer<br />

and is loving every moment.<br />

Lockdown and Covid-19 have not left<br />

Nina untouched, but her optimism is<br />

inspiring and infectious. “It has been a<br />

greatly challenging time for everyone,<br />

for the whole world, and like every<br />

other company I have felt the impact.<br />

However, now that restrictions are<br />

lifting, business is picking up again. This<br />

period has taught me the importance<br />

of patience, gratitude for small things<br />

and kindness - always kindness.”<br />

There is still plenty that this young<br />

artist wants to achieve. Expanding<br />

the business and attending more<br />

international markets are just two<br />

things on her list. A never-ending<br />

dream of hers is to have a large studio,<br />

in which she would be able to train and<br />

empower local women. “I’d also love<br />

my own store - now that would be so<br />

exciting!” she laughs. Watch this space.<br />

We think the Duchess of Sussex is just<br />

the beginning, and we cannot wait<br />

for this local entrepreneur to take the<br />

world by storm.<br />

Details<br />

www.ninabosch.co.za<br />

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Who’s a<br />

Pretty<br />

polly<br />

Beauty products worth<br />

squawking about<br />

We admit, we’ve gone a little bird<br />

mad this month. We’re loving -<br />

and took inspiration from - this<br />

vintage Broad Tailed<br />

Parrot print... available in<br />

loads of sizes to suit<br />

your space. From<br />

R480 to R4980 from<br />

bespokehome.co.za<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

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Wink, wink, kiss, kiss. For dramatic<br />

eyes, Elizabeth Arden High Drama<br />

Eyeliner in Midnight Dream, and for<br />

our favourite gloss... Elizabeth Arden<br />

Beautiful Colour Liquid Lip Gloss<br />

in Red Door VIP. R265 and<br />

R295 respectively from<br />

Mopani.<br />

Let’s be honest. If you’re looking for intense colour, you<br />

don’t really need look much further than MAC. This, In the<br />

Shadows vibrant blue eyeshadow, is highly pigmented for<br />

pure colour and fits neatly into the MAC Pro Palette case.<br />

R150. And if green with envy’s more your scene, then this<br />

New Crop vivid hunter green powder eyeshadow with<br />

pearl will do the trick. It applies evenly, blends well, and<br />

ticks the eye-catching box. R280 from maccosmetics.co.za<br />

One for the boys. Amouage has just unveiled Interlude Black Iris Man. Inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s famous painting of<br />

the eponymous name, Black Iris is spicy, woody Eau de Parfum... with the pay-off line being ‘tranquillity born in a moment of<br />

chaos’. Very apt. R5550 from Woolworths, Truworths and Edgars • Created by French perfumers, Artistique Magnolia en Fleurs<br />

is one of three new fragrances from Avon. This one’s a symphony of Chinese magnolias... a joyful scent with dewy notes<br />

and soft musks. R600 from myavon.co.za • A fiery, seductive fragrance, Narciso Rodriguez Rouge is a bouquet of Bulgarian<br />

rose and iris, with vivid amber woody notes. R1070 from Mopani • The latest creation from Hermés, L’Ombre des Merveilles.<br />

Packaged in an intense and luminous blue bottle resembling a magnifying glass, the fragrance was inspired by the union of<br />

day and night... it’s mysterious, woody, oriental and enveloping. From R1905.<br />

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Get<br />

sticking<br />

Text and photographer: MATTHYS FERREIRA<br />

Have you ever seen<br />

a beautiful picture<br />

and wished you could<br />

display it on a door,<br />

fridge or otherwise?<br />

Developments in the hobby and<br />

art industry now make it possible<br />

to jazz up your fridge and/or<br />

cupboard doors, as well as other<br />

surfaces, with visuals that uplift<br />

your mood and make you smile<br />

with delight.<br />

This process is called waterslides,<br />

and November is the<br />

perfect month to start with the<br />

renovation of different surfaces<br />

in your house making use of this<br />

technique.<br />

Be mindful to apply it to smooth,<br />

non-porous surfaces only.<br />

Untreated surfaces will absorb<br />

the glue that is used, impairing<br />

the longevity of your picture.<br />

Shopping list<br />

• Chalk paint<br />

• Water-slide picture(s) - these can<br />

be bought from an art shop or<br />

Concrete and Garden Creations<br />

just outside Mbombela on the<br />

Barberton Road<br />

• A serving tray large and deep<br />

enough to accommodate the size<br />

of your picture<br />

• The object you wish to use<br />

• Paintbrushes<br />

• La Lacquer sealer<br />

• Water.<br />

We used an old cupboard door<br />

for this project.<br />

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Step 1: Choose your water-slide<br />

pictures and decide how you<br />

want to arrange them on the<br />

chosen surface.<br />

Step 2: Clean the surface and<br />

then paint it with your chosen<br />

chalk paint. Allow time for it to<br />

dry properly, then seal the surface<br />

with one coat of La Lacquer<br />

sealer. Let it dry completely.<br />

Step 3: Once the surface is dry<br />

and ready, add enough water<br />

into the serving tray to allow you<br />

to soak the water-slide picture. It<br />

may curl up when you put it into<br />

the water.<br />

Step 4: Gently stretch and<br />

smooth it out while ensuring<br />

that the whole surface/picture is<br />

soaked. This will take less than a<br />

minute.<br />

Step 5: While the picture is still<br />

in the water, gently start to shift/<br />

move the bottom layer from the<br />

top as soon as it starts to lift.<br />

Step 6: Wet the surface (in this<br />

case the door panel) slightly and<br />

evenly with water.<br />

Step 7: Lay/position the picture<br />

onto the door surface and<br />

smooth it out while cautiously<br />

and completely removing the<br />

bottom (the base) layer from the<br />

picture.<br />

Step 8: Once completed, crumble<br />

the base in your hand and use it<br />

to smooth out the picture on the<br />

new surface.<br />

Step 9: These pictures are<br />

fairly robust, so it is possible to<br />

reposition or straighten them.<br />

Step 10: Allow it to dry for 24<br />

hours and then paint it with a thin<br />

layer of lacquer to seal the surface<br />

and make it water-resistant and<br />

easy to clean.<br />

It is possible to place these water<br />

slide pictures onto glass surfaces/<br />

objects.<br />

Wet the glass object before you<br />

transfer the picture, place the<br />

object in the oven and switch<br />

it on. Set the oven to 160°C<br />

and as soon as it reaches the<br />

temperature, bake/dry it for 20<br />

minutes. It must also be left in the<br />

oven to cool down.


of the<br />

ARTIST<br />

18 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> November <strong>2020</strong>

Mariana de Jager was born to be an artist, and has been<br />

creating things ever since she can remember, including<br />

drawing on her grandfather’s floors with crayons.<br />

Mariana de Jager<br />


“I<br />

got into so much<br />

trouble!” she laughs<br />

at the memory. “But<br />

then I got clever,<br />

and drew inside the<br />

cupboards, so my<br />

parents wouldn’t<br />

see. I just wanted<br />

to make pictures!” Unfortunately, as<br />

is so often the case, she strayed from<br />

her calling, thinking she couldn’t<br />

possibly make a living from painting.<br />

The siren call was strong though. In<br />

2018 Mariana made the decision to<br />

become a full-time artist, working<br />

from her studio on the beautiful<br />

Claremont Road outside Mbombela,<br />

where there is no shortage of<br />

inspiration. “I paint every single day of<br />

my life, or at least draw something if I<br />

don’t have a lot of time. And believe<br />

me, you do need time!” she laughs. “I<br />

always say I’m just going to paint for<br />

10 minutes, but then find that four<br />

hours have passed!”<br />

Mariana studied art as a subject at<br />

school, but found it extremely boring.<br />

She went into fashion design at the<br />

Technikon Pretoria and obtained<br />

her national diploma. She worked<br />

as a designer for a couple of years,<br />

but then decided to change careers.<br />

Mariana started working at a printing<br />

company as a graphic designer -<br />

this prompted her to do a course<br />

in it. “I love to learn new skills and<br />

techniques,” she smiles, but painting<br />

is ultimately where her heart lies.<br />

Her medium of choice is oils, which<br />

she has been using since her school<br />

days. “I love how the paint glides<br />

smoothly over the canvas; it’s almost<br />

a sensual feeling. Every now and<br />

then I use watercolour, but my first<br />

love will always be oils.” Mariana also<br />

adores Chinese ink sticks - you have<br />

to make up the ink before you can<br />

use it, but she finds it extremely<br />

therapeutic.<br />

“Working in the art field is a calling,”<br />

she muses. “It’s something you have<br />

to do to keep sane, certainly in my<br />

case. It makes me whole. But you<br />

also have to treat it like a business;<br />

otherwise you would never sell<br />

anything. Actually, you straddle a bit<br />

of both worlds, but it is never ‘just a<br />

job’, I enjoy it way too much. I do have<br />

‘bad days’ where nothing I do looks<br />

good, and I just have to stop and let it<br />

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go. But those are very few luckily.”<br />

This artist likes to use different styles in one<br />

artwork, paint bits that are soft and realistic,<br />

while incorporating parts that are more bold,<br />

expressive and textured. She believes that this<br />

makes the painting more exciting, rather than<br />

making use of just one style. “I feel every bit of<br />

canvas must be visually interesting to the viewer,<br />

and there has to be a balance between calm<br />

and chaos. I like it if people want to touch my<br />

paintings, to me it means they have been drawn<br />

in and want to use all of their senses to explore<br />

the artwork. I also like to deliberately break the<br />

rules of composition. I’m a bit of a rebel,” she<br />

laughs.<br />

Mariana’s non-conformist approach is an<br />

inspiration. She is motivated by everything she<br />

sees, from sunsets to fallen leaves, and true to her<br />

artistic nature collects all sorts of fallen objects,<br />

such as sticks, rocks and stones, seeing the<br />

beauty of nature in their form, and the pictures<br />

they create within themselves. She is passionate<br />

about animals, and they form a large part of her<br />

portfolio. “Frankly,” she says, “I cannot imagine life<br />

without my puppies. I tell them what I’m doing,<br />

and speak to them constantly; of course they<br />

understand everything I say.”<br />

Part of a successful animal - or human -<br />

composition, is often the artist’s rendering of the<br />

eyes, and since she can remember Mariana has<br />

been fascinated by them. “It’s the colours, the<br />

subtle shapes and shadows, the reflections and<br />

wateriness that I love,” she says. “How they look<br />

like volcanos with little electric lights around the<br />

edges when you look closely. If I get the eyes<br />

right, the rest isn’t that important. Lately I have<br />

been trying to capture them with as little detail<br />

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as possible, and still make them look alive. It’s quite<br />

true what they say; eyes are the window to the<br />

soul.” She also paints flowers and other objects, but<br />

portraits, both human and animal, are her favourite<br />

subjects.<br />

While this artist likes to take every day as it comes,<br />

she has a few aspirations and plans for the future. A<br />

solo exhibition is one and having her paintings in<br />

every country is another. “I have done commissions<br />

that went to the US, the Netherlands, Canada<br />

and Australia,” Mariana says proudly, but why stop<br />

there? She may take things day by day, but is<br />

constantly working on her goals. “I always find that<br />

in reality things don’t work out as you plan, but I<br />

still grab every single opportunity that comes my<br />

way. And I do believe that you have to make your<br />

own luck!”<br />

We are watching this <strong>Lowveld</strong> creative with a<br />

beady eye. While it may be true that you make<br />

your own luck, fortune also favours the brave, and<br />

if these bold, expressive works are any indication.<br />

we can expect to see that solo exhibition in the<br />

very near future.<br />

Details<br />

Contact Mariana on 083-479-3323<br />

or at imagine.sign@gmail.com<br />

or follow her, @kanditsomoeilikwees

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24 Get It Magazine November <strong>2020</strong>

Soothe<br />

your soul with bush therapy<br />

26 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> November <strong>2020</strong>

The entire world has one thing in<br />

common - we never want to relive<br />

<strong>2020</strong> again. Since March our lives<br />

have been turned upside down and<br />

many have faced turmoil, extreme<br />

stress and by now feel tired and<br />

weary. A bit of bush therapy may be<br />

exactly what the doctor has ordered.<br />

Irma Green shares her recent<br />

experience in the heart of the Kruger<br />

National Park.<br />

s we pulled up to the front of Imbali Safari<br />

Lodge, the friendly staff awaited us with a<br />

handcloth, sanitiser and did the necessary<br />

paperwork required to adhere to<br />

Covid-19 lockdown regulations. After<br />

quick introductions we were led to<br />

the main reception area while our<br />

luggage was taken care of.<br />

The grim circumstances of our<br />

current situation, disappeared into thin air as we walked<br />

through the lodge and were greeted by a herd of<br />

elephants drinking at the waterhole, with only a dry<br />

riverbed between us. It was as if the Kruger had sent us<br />

a world-class marketing team to handle the welcoming<br />

ceremony.<br />

The lunch table was already set and we were served our<br />

first feast of many to follow in the next few days. We were<br />

joined by a few tourism operators and the CEO Sales and<br />

Marketing of Extraordinary, Cindy Sheedy Walker, who<br />

represents 16 exclusive lodges and hotels in South Africa.<br />

Excitement was tangible as the tourism industry had<br />

started to reignite and bookings were slowly starting to<br />

come in. “We can’t event begin to explain how we have<br />

suffered, but we are now looking forward and will rise<br />

from the ashes,” Cindy said optimistically.<br />

Imbali, Hamiltons Tented Camp and Hoyo Hoyo Safari<br />

Lodge all fall within a 10 000-hectare private concession<br />

operated by Extraordinary. All three lodges are worldrenowned<br />

for their exclusivity and super luxurious settings.<br />

“We are usually fully booked months in advance<br />

and mostly by overseas visitors. At Imbali we offer<br />

12 immaculate suites of unrestrained luxury, while<br />

both Hamiltons and Hoyo Hoyo only have six suites<br />

each where our guests are treated like royalty,” Cindy<br />

explained. The pandemic with its travel restrictions has<br />

offered an opportunity for local tourists to also experience<br />

the tranquillity and bliss that a few days in the bush<br />

can guarantee.<br />

November <strong>2020</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 27

Imbali<br />

Imbali Safari Lodge is set on the banks<br />

of the Nwatswitswonto River in the<br />

central Kruger. All suites are steeped<br />

in modern-day opulence and luxury.<br />

Beautifully appointed with only the<br />

finest furniture, imported linen, and<br />

fine mosquito netting gracing the<br />

interiors, you are guaranteed a good<br />

night’s rest. Each suite has a plunge<br />

pool with stunning views over the<br />

riverbed and onto the plains beyond.<br />

During our stay we saw elephant and<br />

buffalo stroll past, unaware of our<br />

existence as we just admired the smells<br />

and sounds of the bush. The main<br />

lounge area also has a swimming pool<br />

which overlooks the waterhole with<br />

game frequenting throughout the day<br />

to enjoy a cooling drink.<br />

Our meals were served on the deck<br />

and in the dining room where an<br />

impressive jackalberry rises through<br />

the decked floor. The cuisine was<br />

world-class and served with a selection<br />

of the best South African wines.<br />

Mornings started early with a wakeup<br />

call, coffee and then we set out<br />

on safari vehicles to explore what the<br />

bush had to offer. As the saying goes,<br />

“The early bird catches the worm”<br />

and we were blessed with stunning<br />

sightings. In some plain areas we saw<br />

up to five species together. At one<br />

stage we followed the king of the<br />

jungle for kilometres as he strolled on<br />

either the road or just next to it.<br />

During our first sunset drive we were<br />

spoilt by Hoyo Hoyo with sundowners<br />

accompanied by the most delicious<br />

canapés, while being entertained by<br />

a lazy elephant sipping water at the<br />

waterhole in front of us.<br />

Hoyo Hoyo<br />

This lodge with six luxury “beehive”<br />

suites is built in the style of Tsonga<br />

architecture with earth-coloured<br />

walls, outdoor showers and private<br />

game viewing decks all charmingly<br />

decorated with African fabrics, decor<br />

and art sourced from local Tsonga<br />

communities. Here one can also enjoy<br />

Nomadic African Spa treatments. On<br />

our second afternoon’s game drive<br />

our guide stopped at the beautiful<br />

Hamiltons Tented Camp, named<br />

after Colonel Stephenson Hamilton,<br />

who played an instrumental part in<br />

establishing the Kruger National Park.<br />

'Hamiltons takes you back to a<br />

bygone era of balmy evenings<br />

sipping on a drink dressed in<br />

white cotton’<br />

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

Hamiltons Tented Camp<br />

Expect the unexpected and be<br />

prepared to forget about connection<br />

with the outside world. There is neither<br />

Wi-Fi nor cell phone signal at both<br />

Hamiltons and Hoyo Hoyo. Hamiltons<br />

epitomises luxury with an outstanding<br />

safari experience. The magnificent<br />

tented suites boast teak floorboards,<br />

outdoor showers and slipper baths<br />

that overlook the seasonal river where<br />

we saw a herd of elephant bathing<br />

and drinking water. The suites and<br />

main lodge are connected with raised<br />

timber walkways among the ancient<br />

jackalberries. The camp epitomises<br />

colonial lifestyle and I felt as if I was<br />

on the set of the epic movie Out<br />

of Africa in which Meryl Streep and<br />

Robert Redford played the lead roles.<br />

Hamiltons takes you back to a bygone<br />

era of balmy evenings sipping on a<br />

drink dressed in white cotton. After<br />

leaving, another surprise awaited<br />

us in a dry riverbed not too far from<br />

the camp, where a delectable gin<br />

tasting was set up with only lamps<br />

lighting up the area and our guides<br />

keeping an eye out for uninvited<br />

guests. We reminisced and chatted<br />

with guests from the other camps and just wallowed in the beauty of Africa with<br />

a million stars looking down on us. Back at Imbali later that evening we couldn’t<br />

stop talking about the amazing experience of the past two days. We were, in<br />

all honesty, not ready to leave yet and just wanted to linger a bit longer in a<br />

world where your conversations are dominated by comparing animal sightings,<br />

identifying tree and bird species, and enjoying delicious food and drink.<br />

Exclusive package for Get It readers from November 1 to December 24<br />

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Rates include all meals and two safaris daily. Selected local beverages are also<br />

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Details<br />

res@extraordinary.co.za or 011-516-4367<br />

November <strong>2020</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 29

Interesting places to visit in the land of the<br />



Mpumalanga is home to a diverse range<br />

of options for day trips, weekend getaways<br />

and interesting stopovers. There are any<br />

number of bird and hiking tours, trips to<br />

the numerous stunning waterfalls and<br />

nature reserves, and the amount of fauna<br />

and flora available to view is astounding.<br />

There is no need to leave home for faraway<br />

regions, simply check out our handy<br />

Holistay guide and be amazed at the<br />

wonder that awaits you on our very own<br />

doorstep.<br />

The Barberton Makhonjwa Mountainland,<br />

a World Heritage Site, is one of the oldest<br />

geological structures in the world, with<br />

rock structures going back 3,5 billion years.<br />

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The geotrail is a fascinating and beautiful route depicting what the world<br />

looked like before the dinosaurs roamed the earth. Rocks found here occur in<br />

two places on earth, and this is the only accessible place.<br />

Blyde River Canyon, the largest green canyon in the world, is a magnificent<br />

explosion of nature at its best and includes famous landmarks such as Bourke’s<br />

Luck Potholes, God’s Window, the Three Rondavels, The Pinnacle, and the<br />

Lisbon and Berlin falls.<br />

The Graskop Gorge Lift descends 51 metres down the face of the gorge<br />

into a veritable woodland, where visitors are transported into a paradise of<br />

indiginous forest by a wooden walkway and suspension bridge.<br />

Pilgrim’s Rest is a quaint village steeped in the history of the gold rush era,<br />

complete with gold panning and ghost tours. A must is a drink at Church Bar<br />

at the famous Royal Hotel.<br />

Goliath’s Footprint is ostensibly proof that giants once existed, on what is<br />

now a farm near the town of Ermelo. Legend says the footprint belonged<br />

to a 10-metre-tall woman who was killed by an erupting volcano as she ran<br />

towards her lover, leaving behind an imprint that remains visible 100 million<br />

years after her death.<br />

The megalithic stones of Adam’s Calendar in the quirky village of Kaapsehoop<br />

are a revelation. Believed to have existed for over 200 000 years and said by<br />

some to be the oldest man-made structure in the world, the edifice precedes<br />

the pyramids of Giza and Stonehenge by thousands of years. Deeply<br />

entrenched into the earth, the uncommon stones align to the cardinal points,<br />

solstrices and equinoxes, and are not from the area.<br />

A few others worth a mention...<br />

• SA’s very own Lake District at Chrissiesmeer, consisting of approximately<br />

270 lakes and pans<br />

• The glorious Long Tom Toboggan, a 1,7-kilomtere wild ride down the<br />

mountainside<br />

• The oldest dolomite caves in the world, the Sudwala Caves, have been around<br />

for 240 million years<br />

• The famous two-million hectare Kruger National Park, which needs no<br />

introduction<br />

• The Skukuza Golf Course, where your golf balls are as likely to be swallowed by<br />

crocs as batted about by lions.<br />


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Pinehurst Place and Penny’s Place<br />

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visit such as Graskop’s<br />

big swing, the lift<br />

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Bourke’s Luck<br />

Potholes, the Three<br />

Sisters, Kaapsehoop<br />

and many more. For<br />

the more adventurous<br />

there is hot air<br />

ballooning, quad biking,<br />

hiking, cycling trails and bungee<br />

jumping in close proximity. Within three<br />

kilometres are the quaint shopping<br />

complexes of Bagdad and Casterbridge<br />

which host a cinema, vintage car<br />

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and numerous fine restaurants.<br />

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either serious about pursuing a career in it or those<br />

looking for an educational and meaningful gap year.<br />

Discover the<br />

wild with<br />

EcoTraining<br />

What is a field guide?<br />

This person is essentially the facilitator between safari<br />

guests and the natural world. Using skills to share<br />

knowledge and enhance experiences, helping people<br />

to reconnect with the wilderness. A role of a field<br />

guide is unique and extremely diverse; he/she needs<br />

to be a great communicator, narrator, empathetic<br />

decision maker and above all an ambassador for<br />

conservation. Each day bring new experiences and<br />

adventures.<br />

How do I become qualified?<br />

Knowledge is vitally important; however, a field guide<br />

needs to have the skills in which to deliver knowledge<br />

in a digestible, fascinating and interesting way to<br />

guests. To become a field guide you will need to learn<br />

how to combine knowledge with skills. All of this you<br />

will learn on the EcoTraining professional field guide<br />

course. For one year you will be exposed to diverse<br />

ecological and geological terrains, landscapes, wildlife<br />

species and so much more at wilderness camps in<br />

Watch this video to find out more. It will give<br />

you a holistic view of what to expect on this<br />

comprehensive and life-changing course:<br />

https://youtu.be/p07Zbm1tiPM.<br />

34 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> November <strong>2020</strong>

emote places such as the Kruger<br />

National Park and Botswana. You will<br />

gain knowledge from experienced<br />

instructors who have a combined<br />

120+ years’ real life bush experience. In<br />

an untamed wilderness overflowing<br />

with life, you will come face to<br />

face with the Big 5 as well as other<br />

spectacular animals. During this year,<br />

you will be exposed to life-changing<br />

experiences in Africa. If this is not<br />

enough, you will create friendships<br />

forged around the camp fire and<br />

memories that will stay with you for a<br />

lifetime.<br />

What does an EcoTraining professional<br />

field guide course entail?<br />

Up to five months of theoretical and<br />

practical training with highly qualified<br />

instructors will qualify you with various<br />

certificate courses. The following five<br />

to six months will be at a lodge where<br />

you will work with experienced guides<br />

and lodge managers, mentoring<br />

you and developing your newly<br />

acquired skills. At the end of the<br />

course you will not only be qualified,<br />

but will have also gained invaluable<br />

working and practical experience.<br />

Even better is that for this year of<br />

adventure, environmental education<br />

and conservation, you walk away with<br />

national accreditation by CATHSSETA,<br />

an endorsement by the Field Guide<br />

Association of Southern Africa<br />

(FGASA). Doing this course has many<br />

benefits, especially with EcoTraining.<br />

The professional field guide students<br />

comprise a group of up to 20 people<br />

from all around the world. You want to<br />

learn a new culture? You have 20 from<br />

which to choose. Not to mention the<br />

culture of nature and its inhabitants.<br />

Living in the bush has a magical way<br />

of harnessing the best version of you.<br />

Your vision becomes clearer, your<br />

instincts become sharper and not<br />

to mention the close observation<br />

encounters of wild animals passing<br />

through the camp! So, if you love the<br />

idea of taking guests from all over the<br />

world out on walking and game drive<br />

safaris into Africa’s wild places, finding<br />

wildlife for them, teaching them<br />

fascinating facts about the animals<br />

and ecosystems, then EcoTraining’s<br />

professional field guide course is<br />

for you.<br />

To learn more about the professional field guide course, visit www.ecotraining.<br />

co.za/programs-courses/professional-guide/. Programme locations: Southern<br />

Africa (South Africa and Botswana). Website: www.ecotraining.co.za.<br />

Admissions contact: enquiries@ecotraining.co.za. Telephone: +27-13-752-2532.<br />

Follow us on social media: Facebook: EcotrainingAfrica, Twitter: @ecotraining,<br />

Instagram: @ecotraining and YouTube: EcoTraining TV.<br />

November <strong>2020</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 35

Hiking by numbers<br />

Energetic and challenging or slow and rambling, depending on your mood<br />

and fitness levels, there’s not much to beat getting outdoors and enjoying a hike.<br />

Still suffering a little fear of going out? Definitely. Fear of heading to the great outdoors? Never. While the world’s topsy turvy,<br />

one thing will never change. The joy of getting out on gorgeous warm day, taking a hike, and enjoying one of the amazing<br />

hiking trails our country has to offer. Be a it a soul searching solo walk for a few hours, or a day out with the family, having<br />

fun without a screen or a digital device in sight, you’ll come back maybe a little stiff, hopefully a little tired, and certainly a lot<br />

happier and less stressed than when you set out. We chatted to Thule’s resident hike enthusiast, who gave the low down on<br />

the gear we need.<br />

Three things to look for<br />

when buying a hiking backpack:<br />

1. A hiking backpack needs to distribute weight evenly.<br />

The most important factor to keep in mind is comfort. No<br />

matter how many cool features it has, if the bag does not sit<br />

comfortably on your back and shoulders, then it is not the<br />

right hiking bag for you.<br />

2. Size does matter. The size of the backpack is all important<br />

- work out if you’d prefer a bag that is wider and shorter<br />

or longer and thinner. Obviously a bag that isn’t absurdly<br />

huge is first prize, but think about the duration of your<br />

hikes and how much you would practically need to take<br />

with you for a short day hike (snacks and water) versus a<br />

full-day hike (light lunch, water, additional clothes). Internal<br />

storage becomes a big component here, as it means the<br />

difference between having enough room or potentially<br />

having to take multiple bags.<br />

3. Padding. The key to a comfortable backpack is a balanced<br />

load. Too little padding will not protect your body from the<br />

strains of weight and can cause painful chafing. Similarly,<br />

too much padding will cause awkward and uncomfortable<br />

pressure against your body, which might lead to soreness<br />

… or you standing in a strange way to ease the pressure. A<br />

decent backpack should have padding on the back panel,<br />

shoulder straps and hip belt strap.<br />

Six hiking essentials ...<br />

1. Comfortable shoes and socks<br />

2. A hat which covers your face and the back of your neck<br />

3. Sunscreen - the higher SPF the better<br />

4. Water<br />

5. Snacks or a light lunch<br />

6. A Thule hiking backpack and accessories<br />

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4 of the best hiking routes to try out in<br />

Mpumalanga<br />

Num-Num Hiking Trail<br />

This is a self-guided, multi-day hike that takes you through<br />

immeasurably diverse topography, from ancient grasslands and<br />

magnificent waterfalls to sandstone mazes and indigenous<br />

forests. This is the terrain of the Highland escarpment, and<br />

there is abundant bird and wildlife to see all along the way.<br />

There are a few steep bits requiring moderate fitness, and the<br />

36,5km hike can be completed over three, four or five days.<br />

From R220 per person, per day.<br />

Details: 082-950-2417/071-710-8835<br />

Blyderivierspoort Hiking Trail<br />

Arguably one of the most beautiful hikes in the <strong>Lowveld</strong>, this<br />

trail runs through the third largest canyon in the world. A total<br />

of 60km long, it starts at God’s Window and ends at Bourke’s<br />

Luck. Along the way you will encounter magnificent views and<br />

a diverse range of fauna and flora.<br />

Details: 013-759-5373/013-759-5432 or reservations@mtpa.co.za<br />

Fanie Botha Hiking Trail<br />

Stretching along the Drakensberg escarpment, Fanie<br />

Botha incorporates several waterfalls such as Mac Mac and<br />

Lone Creek. One of the longer several-day hiking trails in<br />

Mpumalanga, there are three options - a two-day, three-day<br />

or five-day type. The hike can be strenuous, especially in the<br />

summer heat, and is best done during the cooler months of<br />

spring or autumn. R150 per person.<br />

Details: 013-754-2724<br />

Queen Rose Hiking Trail<br />

Nestled between Barberton and eManza (Badplaas) in the<br />

Nelshoogte Forest Reserve, you’ll find the Queen Rose Hiking<br />

Trail, a haven for nature and bird lovers. Meandering between<br />

the mountains of the eastern escarpment where the Queen<br />

and Montrose rivers meet, the 26km, two-day hike passes<br />

through timber plantations, indigenous forest, over mountain<br />

passes, and along the Queens River, incorporating river<br />

crossings, a suspension bridge, and natural pools. For a day<br />

hiker, it is R90 per person. One-night stayover costs R320 per<br />

person and a two-night stayover is R440 per person.<br />

Details: 072-604-960.<br />

4of the best backpack<br />

collections from which to choose<br />

The Thule AllTrail collection is a must for a day hike,<br />

as it gives you a singular pack for all your hiking needs.<br />

An adjustable torso fit is built into the back panel and<br />

combined with breathable shoulder straps, hipbelt<br />

padding and back panel to make even the toughest<br />

day hike extra comfortable - and allow you to stay cool.<br />

All your gear is within reach thanks to the easy access<br />

side zippers and front shove-it pocket. The dedicated<br />

hydration sleeve frees up space for other essentials<br />

like keys and snacks. There’s even an integrated rain<br />

cover. This versatile all-rounder is available in men and<br />

women specific models and comes in various sizes for<br />

you to choose what works best for you.<br />

For something more lightweight, look at the Thule<br />

Stir range. A simple, clean design offers quick<br />

access via the top zippered mesh pocket and über<br />

organization for all your items. If you want it even<br />

more streamlined, simply remove the sternum strap<br />

and hip belt. Stash water bottles and other essentials<br />

in the expandable side pockets. With a weather<br />

resistant coated nylon fabric and the breathable<br />

backpanel and shoulder straps to keep you cool, it is<br />

a bag that will see you through all seasons of outdoor<br />

adventures. Again, different sizes and men and women<br />

specific models.<br />

For the ultimate in comfort, opt for the Thule<br />

Capstone collection. The tensioned mesh back<br />

panel provides unparalleled breathability, keeping<br />

you cool on your trail, while the high-visibility rain<br />

cover keeps your gear dry during storms. There’s<br />

even a customizable hipbelt that is compatible<br />

with interchangeable VersaClick accessories (sold<br />

separately). There are a host of pockets – on the top<br />

and the side – to keep all your items for the day, no<br />

matter how many family members you are keeping<br />

things for. You can even lash gear to the front of the<br />

pack using the durable button hole webbing.<br />

If you’re hiking with young kids the Thule Sapling<br />

(and Sapling Elite) is an absolute lifesaver. This child<br />

carrier is safe and comfy, plus quick and easy to adjust<br />

to fit both parents, so you can take turns carrying.<br />

On-the-go adjustments are made even easier, as<br />

you can load your child from the top or the side of<br />

the carrier. The deployable sunshade means that<br />

your precious cargo is protected from the harsh sun.<br />

Store water, nappies, clothes and other bigger items<br />

in the zippered compartment and use the extra<br />

roomy zippered mesh pockets for emergency items<br />

like snacks, toys and keys. The ergonomic seat is<br />

height adjustable - the Elite model even comes with<br />

removable stirrups for your little one to rest their feet<br />

on and a viewing mirror – and a breathable padded<br />

backpack and support at critical contact points for<br />

you. All this means a cool and comfortable trail for<br />

everyone. Details: Available online from thule.com<br />

November <strong>2020</strong> Get It Magazine 37

Since the initiative started, TRAC<br />

has reached more than 10 000<br />

pupils across the route<br />

In a country where road accidents<br />

and fatalities are a dime a dozen,<br />

teaching children to respect and<br />

observe road safety protocols is<br />

critical. Today’s young ones are<br />

tomorrow’s adults, and TRAC believes<br />

education is the basis of creating a<br />

culture of responsible, respectable<br />

and courteous road users.<br />

With this in mind, we, as the<br />

concessionaire of the N4 Toll Route,<br />

launched the TRAC School Road<br />

Safety project in 2014, and continue<br />

to present it annually at both urban<br />

and rural schools along our route. The<br />

initiative is aimed at children aged<br />

four to nine and focuses on basic<br />

road safety. It is led by TRAC’s mascot,<br />

which has become an icon along the<br />

570-kilometre transborder road.<br />

During the project’s pilot phase, only<br />

passenger safety was highlighted.<br />

However, when the initiative gained<br />

momentum, pedestrian safety<br />

became another focus point. The<br />

latter was decided after statistics<br />

from Arrive Alive indicated that<br />

approximately 40% of road deaths in<br />

South Africa are pedestrians.<br />

Both the passenger and pedestrian<br />

road safety shows feature a 30-minute<br />

educational performance starring<br />

Sipho and his “friends”. Through<br />

acting, singing and child-friendly road<br />

safety signs they are taught easy-toremember,<br />

basic road rules.<br />

Since the initiative started, TRAC has<br />

reached more than 10 000 pupils<br />

across the route. The project has<br />

become such a success, that these<br />

days we are often requested by<br />

schools to come present it to their<br />

learners as part of their road safety<br />

curriculum.<br />

Details<br />

Solange Soares on 013-755-3316<br />

(switchboard), 076-021-2524 (cell) or<br />

sssoares@tracn4.co.za<br />

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Children<br />

love TRAC’s<br />

road safety<br />

message<br />

November <strong>2020</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 39

George Nel and Petrus Mdhluli<br />

R ome<br />

wasn’t built in a day... or alone<br />

42 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> November <strong>2020</strong>

It’s a cold and misty morning when<br />

we arrive on site at The Rest Nature<br />

Estate in Mbombela to have a quick<br />

preview of Nel Developments’ newest<br />

residential property project. For the<br />

builders on site, the cool <strong>Lowveld</strong><br />

morning comes as a welcome relief<br />

from the usually sweltering days they<br />

spend in the sun crafting 700sqm<br />

masterpieces. There are some of<br />

us who forget when we sit in our<br />

air conditioned offices that some<br />

industries are tougher than others.<br />

The owner and founder of Nel<br />

Developments, George Nel, builds<br />

with passion. He turns bricks,<br />

cement, roof tiles, wooden beams,<br />

cornices, skirtings, sand, water and<br />

hours of manpower into functional<br />

and welcoming works of art. Like<br />

monuments of his dedication to<br />

quality work and homes to be proud<br />

of, his completed structures can<br />

be seen all over Mbombela. When<br />

meeting this unassuming father of two<br />

you immediately realise that his love<br />

of building homes is not only a means<br />

to earn an income, it is also a way to<br />

provide job security for his staff and to<br />

support local businesses.<br />

George arrived in Mbombela in<br />

2002 and started building residential<br />

properties in 2006. He began by<br />

building spec homes from building<br />

packages to later establishing<br />

residential properties as completely<br />

managed projects. George and his<br />

team of loyal staff, whom he has been<br />

working with since 2006, share an<br />

apprecation for construction. They also<br />

share a love of their main supplier and<br />

George is grateful for his partnership<br />

with BUCO Nelspruit.<br />

“You actually can’t do any of this<br />

without their support and service,”<br />

he says as he affectionately taps<br />

Craig Handley, BUCO’s internal sales<br />

representative, on the shoulder.<br />

A quiet fellow with a permanent smile,<br />

Craig looks after the Nel Developments<br />

account. He doesn’t talk much, but you<br />

know that George relies heavily on his<br />

“just a phone call away” approach to<br />

service delivery.<br />

“We don’t often get a chance to thank<br />

BUCO for their excellent service. It is a<br />

company that cares and from Pottie<br />

at the helm, to Wayne at deliveries, no<br />

one is ever too busy to listen,” George<br />

says regarding the communication needed between client and supplier, to be<br />

able to churn out only the best. He has much of which to be proud. His work<br />

is completed to perfection and often within constrained time frames. Clients<br />

can call on George at any time if they have an issue with his craftsmanship. He<br />

will always be there to make sure that they and every resident of the property<br />

thereafter, live in a home that is safe, neat and comfortable.<br />

It comes as no surprise that Nel Developments and BUCO have a special bond.<br />

Both have the same ethos and share a vision of perfection, passion and product<br />

satisfaction. Each one provides essential pieces to the puzzle. In the end, like<br />

George says, it cannot be done alone.<br />

Nel Developments and BUCO Nelspruit build together.<br />

Craig Handley, George Nel and Franciska Oosthuizen<br />

November Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 43

It’s time to<br />

BUY LOCAL!<br />

Now more than ever we need to shift our buying power to businesses in the <strong>Lowveld</strong>.<br />

Covid-19, and its subsequent impact, has had a devastating effect on the economy and local<br />

businesses in the region have felt the pinch. In light of this, Buy Local <strong>Lowveld</strong> was launched six<br />

months ago, aiming to stimulate and promote our local economy by encouraging people to<br />

support home-grown businesses, owned and run by <strong>Lowveld</strong>ers.<br />

How can you get involved?<br />

1) Register your business:<br />

Register and become a part of our database. Registration<br />

is FREE and takes 30 seconds to complete. Scan this<br />

barcode and complete the quick online form.<br />

2) Get your business branded:<br />

Brand it with the Buy Local <strong>Lowveld</strong> logo and become<br />

part of the movement that recognises<br />

locally owned businesses in the area. Through this<br />

branding you are showcasing yourself as a proud<br />

<strong>Lowveld</strong> business that commits to quality products and<br />

services at a fair price, with honesty and values that your<br />

customers can trust. Scan this barcode to find out what<br />

the branding options are.<br />

Meet Janine Venter!<br />

Our coordinator and Brand<br />

Ambassador for Buy Local <strong>Lowveld</strong>.<br />

Get in touch with Janine at:<br />

info@buylocallowveld.co.za.<br />

3) Join our Business Boost event:<br />

Buy Local <strong>Lowveld</strong> presents Business Boost! Join us<br />

on November 20 as we chat all things local with<br />

prominent business leaders in the <strong>Lowveld</strong>. Do not<br />

miss this opportunity to get in touch with other<br />

businesses and to show your support for our local<br />

economy. Scan this barcode to receive more<br />

information about our upcoming event.<br />

Some of our proud Buy Local members<br />

42 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> November <strong>2020</strong>

More about Buy Local <strong>Lowveld</strong><br />


WHY<br />

We stand for excellence and aim to spread<br />

the spirit of ubuntu within our community. We<br />

believe that Buy Local <strong>Lowveld</strong> will in the long<br />

term encourage and grow a vibrant and inclusive<br />

small- and medium-size business sector that will<br />

allow our region to flourish.<br />

We are a non-profit initiative passionate about<br />

creating a sustainable, locally owned business<br />

community, with the knowledge that money<br />

spent on local goods and services will:<br />

• Keep the money in the <strong>Lowveld</strong><br />

• Grow existing businesses<br />

• Identify new business opportunities<br />

• Create job opportunities<br />

• Support our surrounding community.<br />

Proud supporters of<br />

Radio Laeveld Wallet<br />

Download and install the Radio Laeveld<br />

Beursie App for free and you’ll be able<br />

to shop at a wide variety of participating<br />

stores in the <strong>Lowveld</strong> and nationally.<br />

By using the Radio Laeveld Wallet on<br />

your phone, this gives you access to<br />

any of the special deals or coupons<br />

and discounts offered by our partners,<br />

and instantly receive CashBack on your<br />

purchases. Click on the QR code or go<br />

to radiolaeveld.co.za for more info.<br />

I Love Local Market at Crossing<br />

Upcoming dates:<br />

• Nov 14<br />

• Dec 12<br />

• Feb 13<br />

Farmer’s Market at Sonpark<br />

Upcoming dates:<br />

• Nov 6 & 7<br />

• Dec 4 & 5<br />

Thank you!<br />

A big thank you to Radio Laeveld for<br />

partnering with Buy Local <strong>Lowveld</strong> and<br />

providing us with a fantastic platform to show<br />

support for local businesses! Each week we<br />

nominates two Businesses of the Week that<br />

get an opportunity to promote their business<br />

live on air. In the past six months Buy Local<br />

has successfully nominated and hosted over<br />

40 businesses which have benefited from<br />

this amazing campaign. Thank you, Radio<br />

Laeveld! To get your business nominated,<br />

get registered. Once your business is on the<br />

database you automatically get added to the<br />

list to be identified for this great opportunity.<br />

The multiplier effect<br />

When we spend our money at a locally owned<br />

business we cause a Multuplier Effect.<br />

What is it?<br />

Imagine an amount of R1 000 entering our local<br />

economy which is then spent on other local<br />

goods and services. Say each of these local<br />

vendors go out and re-spend that money on<br />

more local goods and services. Now, envision<br />

this cycle happening several times over before<br />

this money is finally spent on goods or services<br />

from outside our region. In this case, the R1 000<br />

could easily end up producing several times<br />

its value in goods and services by increasing<br />

revenue and income opportunities for our local<br />

businesses!<br />

November Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 43


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Spoil<br />

November<br />

Summer in a glass<br />

High up above the picturesque Gamka River Valley<br />

near Calitzdorp, you’ll find the De Krans Wine Cellar...<br />

a farm with history dating way back to 1890. With the<br />

first grapes being planted mainly for the production of<br />

raisins and some sweet wine, De Krans quickly became<br />

well-known for quality ports and Muscat sweet wines,<br />

as well as dry table wines. The vineyards lie between the<br />

peaks of the impressive Outeniqua Mountains, planted<br />

in rocky granite soils on four wire Perold trellis more<br />

than 600m above sea level. And the wines are among<br />

some of our favourites. This month we’re drinking the<br />

wonderful Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc 2019.<br />

This wine, with its clear, crisp translucent colour, has a<br />

lovely bouquet of beautiful fresh green pepper, cut grass<br />

and fynbos, with a little passion fruit and guava fruit<br />

salad. You’ll taste fresh tropical fruits and cut grass and<br />

a hint of green pepper. It’s really excellent with something<br />

like fresh cob or stumpnose, served with a lime dressing, but<br />

also works well with any pâté or salads... so perfect for these<br />

long warm summer days. R75 from dekrans.co.za. We’ve<br />

got a case to give away... to stand in line to win, simply<br />

like our Facebook or Instagram page (Get It National<br />

Magazines), tag a white wine-loving friend in the<br />

comments section and you could be one of our winners.<br />

Entries close November 25.<br />

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