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LOWVELD<br />

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Say hello to a<br />

SUN-KISSED<br />

CHRISTMAS<br />

Raise a toast to<br />

Megan<br />

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Bright young thing<br />

HAZYVIEW’S<br />

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SHOPPING, PEOPLE AND LIFESTYLE IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD<br />

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contents<br />

Why don’t you...<br />

04 Attend a jazz festival, visit a gin bar or spoil yourself at a local craft market<br />

06 Indulge in yummy wine while spending the hols surrounded<br />

by our fab reading choices<br />

WISH LIST<br />

08 From seashells to shwe-shwe, we are looking mighty fine<br />

people<br />

10 Megan Lagerwey talks to us about why you should live life to the fullest<br />

14 Festive cheer with the Breytenbachs<br />

BEAUTY & Fashion<br />

16 It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas<br />

18 ‘Tis the season to be glam<br />

FOOD<br />

20 Our cocktail (and mocktail!) pages will keep you<br />

ultra-cool this summer<br />

28 Jingle bells<br />

30 Burgers and cheese are bound to please<br />

decor & gardening<br />

32 Wreathful delights<br />

COMMUNITY<br />

34 With you every step of the way<br />

36 Building upwards<br />

38 The perfect time to buy local<br />

TRAVEL<br />

44 We visit a grand old dame in the heart of Hazyview<br />

Win<br />

48 A Clarins hamper worth R3 775 for one gorgeous reader!<br />

COVER LOOK<br />

Megan Lagerwey<br />

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

Make-up: Bianca van Wyk; Oh, Honey<br />

Flower crown: Pearly Bothma; Mbombela Florist<br />

Shot on location at The Blue Gate, Mbombela<br />

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A hot date!<br />

Pencil in these events into your <strong>Dec</strong>ember 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 />

03<br />

Come let you hair down and enjoy a girls’ night out<br />

with a paint and wine evening. Hosted at Adega<br />

in Mbombela, the event is from 7pm to 10pm. Tickets<br />

cost R250 and include one glass of wine and all paint<br />

equipment. Booking is essential. Details: 084-785-3598.<br />

05<br />

Secret Sunrise <strong>Lowveld</strong> hosts a tribal-themed<br />

event at its home ground on Longmere in White<br />

River featuring Justin Behrendt. From 7:30am to 9am,<br />

tickets can be bought via Quicket from R80 and up. Bring<br />

the whole family. Details: Natascha Cope on 072-530-9795.<br />

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In need of Christmas gifts? Or just keen on<br />

a morning out and about? Don’t miss the<br />

I Love Local Market at Crossing Centre in Mbombela<br />

from 8am. You’ll find anything and everything local,<br />

home-grown, homemade and locally sourced at this<br />

gorgeous market. Details: Peta de Wet on 082-331-0712.<br />

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Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong><br />

wishes all its readers<br />

a fantabulous festive<br />

season and wonderful<br />

New Year! May the year<br />

ahead sparkle and shine<br />

for you and yours.<br />

13<br />

We are so excited for the Pink Floyd tribute at The<br />

Barnyard White River. Doors open at 5pm and the show<br />

starts at 7pm. Tickets cost R150 and can be bought via Quicket.<br />

Cash bar and catering are available. Details: 076-027-3402.<br />

19<br />

Join us at the exclusive grand opening of Woodsluck<br />

Distillery in Pilgrim’s Rest and the official launch of<br />

Woodsluck Gin. The event starts at 1pm with exciting artists,<br />

Moonshine Country Blues Band and Dan Patlansky, to entertain<br />

crowds until 6pm. There are only 100 tickets available, so don’t<br />

miss out on a gintastic experience. They cost R300 per person<br />

and can be bought via Quicket. Details: 013-768-1066.<br />

23<br />

Are you ready for some soulful sounds? The fourth<br />

annual Mbombela Jazz Festival takes place at<br />

KaMhlushwa Stadium in Nkomazi. A total of 500 tickets will<br />

be on sale at Computicket. R295 for general, R350 at the gate<br />

and R2 500 for VIP.


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Book club<br />

We’ve got your holiday reading sorted!<br />

Newly promoted Detective Sergeant William Warwick has been reassigned to the drugs squad.<br />

His first case ... to investigate a notorious South London drug lord known as the Viper. As he and<br />

his team close the net around the criminal network, he’s also faced with an old enemy, Miles<br />

Faulkner. It will take all William’s cunning to devise a means to bring both men to justice ... a trap<br />

neither will expect, one that’s Hidden in Plain Sight. This is Jeffrey Archer’s second thriller<br />

featuring Warwick – it follows on from Nothing Ventured but reads well as a stand alone story.<br />

Full, as Archer fans would expect, of thrills and twists and turns. • Oh, joy for fans of The No 1<br />

Ladies’ Detective Agency series. A new instalment, just in time for the hols. Alexander McCall<br />

Smith’s How to Raise an Elephant allows readers to catch up on the latest from Mma<br />

Ramotswe, Mma Makutsi and other favourites. The book starts off nice and easy ... in fact,<br />

Precious Ramotswe wonders whether rising heat in Gaborone could be the reason that<br />

business is particularly slow. But add some new neighbours who, by the sound of it, have a<br />

rather volatile relationship, a distant cousin who arrives at the agency with a plea for help,<br />

and a hair-raising night-time expedition, and things heat up pretty quickly. But nothing<br />

that can’t be sorted out over a slice of Mma Potokwani’s fruit cake. • You know what you’re<br />

going to get in Together By Christmas. Girl meets boy, heart-wrenching dilemmas,<br />

some long buried secrets and a whole lot of romance. But that doesn’t take away from<br />

the sheer hedonistic joy of a chick-lit novel to read on a sun lounger this <strong>Dec</strong>ember.<br />

Karen’ Swan’s latest love story is just lovely.<br />

As it’s time for the holidays, a wine from Journey’s End boutique winery seems<br />

appropriate, particularly a bottle of Destinations Chardonnay 2018. The<br />

vineyard, owned by the Gabb family, has just released its rebranded top-tier<br />

Precision Series ... this gold medal Chardonnay is rich and full and creamy and a<br />

complete treat for the last book club of the year. It’s a limited edition – only 20<br />

barrels were produced – and is vegan-friendly. R280 from good bottlestores and<br />

online from shop.journeysend.co.za.<br />

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In Peter James’ Find Them Dead, Roy Grace gets a tip-off about a drug ring operating out of Brighton, and is investigating<br />

what appears to be a senseless murder. His investigations lead him into the sinister sphere of influence of a ruthless, evil<br />

drug dealer on trial, a man who’s prepared to order the death of anyone it takes to enable him to walk free. One of the jurors<br />

is a woman who’s just getting her life back together after a car crash that killed her husband and son. While she’s doing<br />

jury duty, her daughter is off on a gap year, travelling round South America with a friend. A few days into the trial, she gets<br />

home – and lying on her kitchen table is a photograph of her daughter in Ecuador. Then the phone rings. She’s told if she<br />

wants to keep her daughter alive, all she has to do is make sure the jury votes not guilty. We’re massive fans and this book<br />

simply races along, dragging you with it. • All is not calm on Mustique. A tropical storm is heading its way, and most of the<br />

villa owners have left the island, with just a few young socialites staying behind, not wanting summer’s partying to end. One<br />

of these thrill-seekers, an American heiress, disappears after an early morning swim. When her body’s found, the investigation<br />

turns from one of missing person to murder ... and things turn even nastier when the storm hits and someone else<br />

disappears. Murder on Mustique by Anne Glenconner is full of glamour and mystery ... another great beach read. • If you’re<br />

one of the many, many Jeremy Clarkson fans, here’s your Christmas gift, sorted. Can You Make This Thing Go Faster? is the<br />

latest in The World According to Clarkson series, and is just as funny, rude and sharp as the previous seven. Full of strange<br />

and diverse issues that perplex Clarkson – why saving the planet means soggy straws, why fishing is for people who hate<br />

kids – irrelevant but entertaining.<br />

If you’re in need of an adrenalin shot these hols, pick up a copy of<br />

Robert Pobi’s Under Pressure, which will deliver in spades. A tech<br />

company is holding a private gala event at New York’s Guggenheim<br />

Museum. Lots of cocktails and air kisses and an impressive holographic<br />

and laser display. Lots of blood and gore, too, when a thermobaric<br />

explosion brings an end to the evening, and to more than 700 guests’<br />

lives. Move over to Dr Lucas Page, an astrophysicist whose mind is<br />

exceptional, but body not so much ... an accident has left him with<br />

a prosthetic arm and leg and only one good eye. He’s called in to<br />

help find the person behind the bombing, and those that follow. An<br />

action-filled plot, with some laugh-out-loud moments (Pobi’s wicked<br />

wit and spot-on descriptions are terrific), this is a follow on to last<br />

year’s City of Windows thriller, but reads easily as a stand alone. It’s fast,<br />

sharp, and gruesome. Everything you want from a holiday thriller.<br />

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Wish list<br />

Palm groves and oyster shells ...<br />

we’re longing for the romance of the ocean<br />

These work just as well at a glam poolside<br />

lunch as they do at a sunset cocktail party. Gold<br />

shell earrings, R99.95 from Woolworths; and<br />

gold conch shell choker necklace with a single<br />

white shell, R299 from takealot.com<br />

Compiled by KYM ARGO<br />

This glorious Palm Grove graphic is printed on archival<br />

watercolour paper, using pigment-based archival ink. You can<br />

have it printed in the size of your choice, and framed however<br />

you wish ... it’s right at the very top of our Christmas wish list.<br />

Prices depend on size and framing.<br />

Details: pezulainteriors.co.za<br />

Whether you’re fortunate<br />

enough to be having a<br />

seaside break or not, you<br />

can still breathe in the<br />

intoxicating, stress-releasing<br />

scent of the ocean. Soothing<br />

Seaweed Bath Crystals<br />

have been made with the<br />

nourishing, soothing and<br />

hydrating properties of<br />

seaweed extract. Pour a<br />

handful into your bath, and<br />

follow up with the matching<br />

Body Souffle. Bonus ... you<br />

won’t get dunked! R240 and<br />

R189 from Woolworths.<br />

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The suggestions for how to<br />

use this faux giant clam shell<br />

include filling it with bath salts<br />

in the bathroom, or with fruit in<br />

the kitchen. We think it would<br />

be an eye-catching salad bowl<br />

on your lunch table if you’re<br />

having a beachy theme. R805<br />

from bespokehome.co.za •<br />

We’re completely besotted with<br />

these hand-crafted silver mussel<br />

shell risotto paella ervers. Big<br />

enough to dish up a healthy<br />

portion, glam enough to be<br />

the centre of attention. For your<br />

next seafood lunch, you need<br />

them! R970 for the pair from<br />

hauteedit.com<br />

Oysters at sundown. Serve them with a bottle of Stellenbosch Hills 1707<br />

Reserve White 2019 – a premium wine (just 3000 bottles were produced)<br />

that’s elegant and voluptuous. A blend of 70 per cent Chardonnay, 20 per<br />

cent Semillon and 10 per cent Viognier, it’s lively and crisp and in addition to<br />

oysters, pairs well with sushi, fish curry, mussel soup, risotto, grilled chicken<br />

and cream-based dishes. R135 from stellenbosch-hills.co.za<br />

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Life<br />

by<br />

intuition<br />

Born in Durban, Megan Lagerwey has called the <strong>Lowveld</strong><br />

home for a while now. After completing her film and media<br />

production studies in Cape Town, she started working in the<br />

corporate industry as a copy editor.<br />

Megan Lagerwey<br />

fter a few years, Meg left<br />

the corporate world and<br />

started freelancing,<br />

which she still does<br />

from her lovely<br />

<strong>Lowveld</strong> home in<br />

Mbombela.<br />

“I love my work,”<br />

she smiles.<br />

“The pace<br />

of life here is very different to that of<br />

Cape Town, it’s more relaxed and less<br />

competitive. You can breathe a bit<br />

easier, it isn’t quite as frantic.”<br />

While she adores copywriting, her<br />

true passion is health coaching,<br />

specifically regarding digestive issues.<br />

A complete natural in front of the<br />

camera, you would think Meg was<br />

the poster girl for many a fashion<br />

shoot. Appearances, however, can<br />

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Text: MELLISSA BUSHBY. Photographer: BELINDA ERASMUS<br />

be deceiving, and for a long time she<br />

struggled with a number of maladies,<br />

none of which could be accurately<br />

diagnosed. “I was so sick. Fatigue<br />

and bloating were my constant<br />

companions, and I endured brain fog<br />

to the point of barely being able to<br />

function.”<br />

Meg eventually ended up in hospital<br />

and was told that she had severe food<br />

intolerances to dairy, egg and gluten.<br />

“I cut everything that I was told to cut<br />

out, to the point where my diet was<br />

so bland and boring. My digestive<br />

issues eased slightly, but I knew that<br />

this wasn’t a lifelong approach. It didn’t<br />

sit well with me that I’d have to get rid<br />

of my favourite foods. The last thing I<br />

wanted was to eliminate everything<br />

long term, which is why I started to<br />

look into the concept of gut health.<br />

And this is how The Good Gut Guru<br />

came about.”<br />

A restrictive diet is not Meg’s idea<br />

of healthy eating, food freedom is<br />

an important part of what she gives<br />

credence to - the important thing is<br />

balance. “A diet consisting of whole<br />

foods is key. I don’t believe in the<br />

restriction of any kind, unless you<br />

are struggling with major food allergies and intolerances,” she says. “Did you<br />

know that there are trillions of bacteria in the gut? If you took the Milky Way and<br />

multiplied it by 100, you still wouldn’t be close to the number of microorganisms<br />

living in the digestive tract. And all of them have to be aligned for your body to<br />

thrive. As soon as the gut is out of whack, everything else goes too. Skin, hair,<br />

nails, general well-being and healthiness are all dependant on good gut health.”<br />

Her diet is 80% plant-based and she tries to eat 30 different types of fruit,<br />

vegetables, nuts, pulses and grains every week. “Food sensitivities can present<br />

themselves when your microbiome is damaged, resulting in strange reactions<br />

‘A diet consisting of whole<br />

foods is key. I don’t believe in the<br />

restriction of any kind’<br />

Meg and her husband, Paul<br />

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Megan and Buster the dog<br />

to certain foods. But the key is to heal<br />

a damaged microbiome, not cut out<br />

the foods. And the best way to do<br />

that is to eat more plants. I do believe<br />

supplements have their place, but<br />

my first step when helping clients is<br />

always to start on the plate. Gut health<br />

starts there!”<br />

Apart from her focus on this, Meg is<br />

also incredibly active, supplementing<br />

her healthy eating plan with highintensity<br />

functional body training.<br />

She also loves running. So much so<br />

that Asics chose her to be part of its<br />

front runner team, representing the<br />

company as an ambassador. However,<br />

her running has taken a bit of a back<br />

seat lately, as she and hubby, Paul, are<br />

expecting their first kiddo in May.<br />

You might wonder where she will<br />

find time for a baby, but Meg’s flexible<br />

lifestyle is perfectly suited to the arrival<br />

of a new addition. While his (or her)<br />

impending appearance has already<br />

changed the couple’s lives in so many<br />

ways, they cannot wait to incorporate<br />

this little bundle of joy into their<br />

lifestyle.<br />

‘We are enjoying<br />

the ride and<br />

are so looking<br />

forward to the<br />

baby’s arrival’<br />

The family can’t wait to welcome their new arrival in May <strong>2021</strong><br />

As many expectant mothers will tell<br />

you, babies have their own way of<br />

doing things, and it doesn’t always<br />

tally with expectations. “It’s been<br />

quite tough,” Meg sighs, nibbling on<br />

a cracker. “At the moment, I need to<br />

rest quite a bit. Whatever pregnancy<br />

maladies are out there, you can bet I’m<br />

having them! But it is starting to get<br />

easier now that I’ve passed the first<br />

trimester,” she laughs. “No matter what,<br />

we are enjoying the ride and are so<br />

looking forward to the baby’s arrival.<br />

As with everything, you adapt, and<br />

between us and the baby, we’ll learn to<br />

just roll with it!”<br />

Details<br />

Follow Meg on Instagram:<br />

@the_good_gut_guru<br />

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Johan, Saartjie, Ronel, André and Charl<br />

A family Christmas<br />

Text: MELLISSA BUSHBY. Photographer: BELINDA ERASMUS<br />

After rather an arduous year for many,<br />

it is finally time to deck the halls and<br />

prepare for Christmas. We catch up<br />

with the Breytenbachs - Johan, Ronel,<br />

André and Charl - to find out each<br />

one’s take on the festivities, and what<br />

it means to this Mbombela family to<br />

celebrate together.<br />

“Christmas with the Rooikatte is quite<br />

a busy time. Arriving home after<br />

work, we firmly believe in quality over<br />

quantity time with our loved ones,<br />

and have come to accept that while<br />

others are on holiday, we are still on<br />

the go - this is simply the nature of<br />

our industry. Having said that, when<br />

we do get together, it’s quite an<br />

event,” says Johan.<br />

On <strong>Dec</strong>ember 24, despite being quite<br />

worn out, the family usually meet at<br />

one of their respective homes and<br />

are greeted by little ones who are<br />

anxiously awaiting their presents.<br />

“We build on their excitement by first<br />

getting into the tune of the festivities<br />

by singing a few Christmas songs. Inbetween<br />

we’re snacking on the finger<br />

foods my mother and our wives have<br />

prepared. The favourite among these<br />

is my mother Saartjie’s secret mustard<br />

sauce served with beef tongue (a national champion). One of the brothers<br />

usually takes on the role of Santa Claus, complete with a bell and a bag full of<br />

presents swung over his shoulder. From here on, our main focus is spending<br />

time with the kids and sharing the meaning of Christmas with them.”<br />

Having a business in the liquor industry that all the Breytenbachs are involved<br />

in means that they have to go the extra mile to ensure they have quality family<br />

time. “Due to long work hours, the amount of free time we have for this is<br />

limited,” says Ronel. “We remain a family that values tradition, such as sharing<br />

meals and enjoying one another’s company when we can. When we as the<br />

Agenbags gather, quality time with our children is a priority. With the kids no<br />

longer being little and the youngest completing matric this year, we enjoy<br />

spending time together on the stoep or cooling down in the pool.” During these<br />

get-togethers, the deboned chicken flatties Ronel’s husband, Gerrie, braais are<br />

an all-time favourite, “they are extra juicy!” she laughs.<br />

Served with salads and her mother Saartjie’s hit recipe from her trusted<br />

recipe book, malva pudding and ice cream, the meal is always memorable.<br />

Not forgetting the liquid refreshment, the children love to experiment with<br />

cocktails. “They are so eager for us to try out their new concoctions,” she smiles,<br />

“but our go-to is still an ice-cold strawberry daiquiri. When Gerrie and I are by<br />

ourselves, we explore the neighbouring towns on the Harley-Davidson. We<br />

enjoy travelling and discovering new scenery. Playing golf together is another<br />

favourite, which ensures that we truly appreciate and enjoy the free time we<br />

have together.”<br />

The family firmly believe that Christmas is a time for connecting, and getting<br />

together, a celebration with family and friends. “Our philosophy is to keep it<br />

simple, but also welcoming, with a touch of elegance. We decorate the table<br />

in a minimalist style and make a big deal about the Christmas tree! The kids<br />

normally decorate it at the beginning of <strong>Dec</strong>ember with everything that we<br />

have collected over the years,” says Cora, Charl’s wife. Each member always<br />

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puts something special on the tree,<br />

something that is significant to them,<br />

and fairy lights are a must, inside<br />

and outside. “Oh yes, and we love<br />

popping crackers! We don’t always<br />

sit down to a full-on home-cooked<br />

Christmas lunch or dinner, we like to<br />

serve all kinds of snacks (warm and<br />

cold) with a variety of wine (white and<br />

red) and champagne. Non-alcoholic<br />

champagne for the children is always<br />

something they look forward to<br />

and enjoy!”<br />

Snacks are always a winner. They love<br />

to make new things for the Christmas<br />

table, normally everyone brings<br />

something that they’ve made and<br />

love to eat and share. “Then, we end<br />

the festivities off with different kinds<br />

of nice, snacky deserts. After a hectic<br />

<strong>Dec</strong>ember 24 at Rooikat, it is always<br />

nice to relax on Christmas Day and<br />

enjoy it with loved ones. I love to see<br />

the kids’ faces during this time, their<br />

eyes light up with joy when they see<br />

the table filled with festive goodies;<br />

how excited they are to celebrate. It<br />

is a tradition that the story of Jesus<br />

Christ’s birth is told. We all gather<br />

together around the tree while one of<br />

the family members reads the story,<br />

and afterwards we sing Christmas<br />

songs. The gifts of time and love are<br />

the basic ingredients of a truly merry<br />

Christmas!”<br />

The festive season and especially<br />

Christmas Day, are significant for three<br />

reasons when it comes to André and<br />

his family. “From a spiritual point of<br />

view, of course, it is of great import,”<br />

he says. Christmas Day and the days<br />

leading up to it are spent together,<br />

remembering the significance of the<br />

holidays. “In such a fast-paced and<br />

commercial world, we need to show<br />

the respect and honour that is due,”<br />

André says. “Then there is the fact that<br />

being in a family business means that<br />

Christmas Day falls under the two<br />

busiest weeks of the year for us, but<br />

this time also gives Dad a chance to<br />

take a breather - even if it is just for<br />

one day,” he laughs.<br />

The third reason is the opportunity<br />

to spend the day with the rest of the<br />

family. “Christmas Eve was always such<br />

a treat for the children as they got to<br />

see Santa Claus (usually the brother<br />

STRAWBERRY DAIQUIRI<br />

Ingredients<br />

• One cup of frozen strawberries<br />

• 4 blocks of ice<br />

• ½ cup of sugar<br />

• ½ cup of lemon juice<br />

• ¼ cup Lemon Twist<br />

• ¾ cup Bacardi rum.<br />

Instructions<br />

Pour into a blender and blend<br />

until smooth. Here is the secret:<br />

serve it in a classy cocktail glass<br />

with a straw and a few fresh<br />

strawberries. Delicious!<br />

MA SAARTJIE’S GINGER<br />

BEER<br />

Ingredients<br />

• 5L warm water (not hot)<br />

• 4 cups of sugar<br />

• 2 tsp ginger<br />

• 1,5 tsp cream of tartar<br />

• 1,5 tsp tartaric acid<br />

• 1,5 to 2x 10g sourdough<br />

• A handful of raisins.<br />

Instructions<br />

Pour the sugar into the<br />

water and once it has<br />

dissolved, add the rest<br />

of the ingredients. Leave<br />

it to stand overnight.<br />

Drain the mixture using<br />

a cheesecloth. Bottle and<br />

enjoy chilled.<br />

whose figure most resembles that of the old man himself ), who, dressed in<br />

the traditional red North Pole clothing, had the task of telling the youngsters<br />

how well behaved they were and handing out gifts. I made sure I ate healthily<br />

throughout the year so as not to be assigned the task. Now that the kids have<br />

grown up, there is much less pressure!”<br />

The family’s Christmas feast is distinctive to the Afrikaner culture, complete with<br />

beer bread, home-made ginger beer and cold beef tongue served with Ouma’s<br />

famous mustard sauce. And in true festive fashion, this is accompanied by lots of<br />

laughter, stories and masses of cheer.<br />

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Everyone needs a signature scent ... and this season, ours is Mont<br />

Blanc Signature. This eau de parfum is chic, addictive and above all,<br />

ultrafeminine. It’s all sparkling clementine, enchanting magnolia and<br />

ylang-ylang, sensual vanilla and musk. 50ml R955 at Mopani.<br />

Wet n Wild cult-favourite Photo Focus has just launched Dewy Foundation ... weightless, super-nourishing, with<br />

natural, all-day wear. Also easily buildable, so works from day to night. R99. Add a little shimmer with the Hello Halo<br />

Blushlighter in After Sex Glow, R99. Both exclusive to Clicks • And for golden eyes, also look out for Pretty by Flormar<br />

Stars Baked Eyeshadow in Golden Party ... it’s long lasting, works wet or dry and adds a glam shimmer. Also in Silver<br />

Blaze. R99.95 each, only from Foschini.<br />

It’s beginning to look a lot like<br />

Christmas<br />

The party season’s here. Perfectly prepped skin,<br />

a slick of metalic, a touch of shimmer. Get your glow on!<br />

Compiled by: Kym Argo<br />

Glow girl. Stila Heaven’s Hue<br />

Highlighter is a radiance-enhancing<br />

highlighter ... gossamer-light, it melts<br />

into your skin for a barely-there feel,<br />

and gives a soft, luminous, naturallooking<br />

glow. R610 • Stila Shimmer<br />

& Glow Liquid Eyeshadows come in<br />

gold and bronze party shades ... think<br />

Kitten Karma, Bronzed Belle, Retro<br />

Rosegold and Perlina – rich, beautiful<br />

colour with a high shimmer sheen,<br />

minus the glitter! R395. Stila available<br />

at Woolworths.<br />

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Filorga Skin Perfusion<br />

SHP Youth Cream<br />

is a rejuvenation<br />

cream crammed with<br />

ingredients that improve<br />

skin firmness and<br />

elasticity, reduce wrinkles,<br />

improve hydration,<br />

restore and protect skin<br />

barrier function, stimulate<br />

skin regeneration and<br />

also has a wound healing<br />

agent. A long list of<br />

reasons to try it. R1720.<br />

For a list of stockist<br />

near you email<br />

info@filorga.co.za<br />

There comes an age when we can finally feel<br />

beautiful and confident just the way we are<br />

… naturally radiant. So we’re loving the new<br />

range from Clarins, devoted to the ‘silver’<br />

generation. The Nutri-Lumière range has<br />

four new exceptional skin care products to<br />

deliver a complete pro-ageing nutrition action.<br />

All nourishing and revitalising, there’s a day<br />

cream, a day emulsion for those who prefer a<br />

lightweight lotion, a comforting, melting night<br />

cream and a renewing treatment essence.<br />

Clarins Nutri Lumiere day R1 795, night R1 845,<br />

renewing essence R760at Mopani.<br />

Stila<br />

Heaven’s Hue<br />

Highlighter,<br />

R610.<br />

RM-MOPA1250N


Festive<br />

glam<br />

We all need a reason to glam up and<br />

feel good about ourselves - and the<br />

festive season gives us exactly that!<br />

Whether it’s a new hairstyle, freshly<br />

painted pretty toes or an aesthitic<br />

skin treatment to give yourself a<br />

healthy glow... we say go for it... you<br />

deserve it!<br />

Look forward to <strong>2021</strong> and get a GLAMorous GLOW<br />

for the features that SHOW. The eyes are the<br />

windows to the soul...<br />

Refresh, Relax, Revitalise with BEAUtox, Dermal fillers<br />

and various anti-aging treatments like the Vampire<br />

Facial®. Rewind, refresh and restart your skin’s history.<br />

Leave dull, devitalised skin in <strong>2020</strong> and get GLOWing<br />

with The Aesthetic Doctors. Details 072-893-6132<br />

Anti-ageing mesotherapy is the ultimate treatment for dull and<br />

ageing skin. Mesotherapy focuses on treating and improving<br />

its loss of brightness, density, suppleness and dehydration.<br />

In addition it improves your overall skin tone, without any<br />

downtime or need to avoid the sun afterwards.<br />

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

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Oliver’s Wellness & Beauty Centre<br />

offers a panoramic view of the<br />

surrounding farmlands, river and<br />

golf course, providing the perfect<br />

setting for relaxation, revitalisation<br />

and rejuvenation! We have a team<br />

of professional therapists and our<br />

centre consists of two massage<br />

rooms for couples, two rooms for face<br />

and body treatments, a dedicated<br />

room for waxing, an indoor manicure<br />

and pedicure station as well as an<br />

additional pedicure station on our<br />

veranda which offers spectacular<br />

views! Our spacious wellness area can<br />

easily cater for pamper parties, bridal<br />

showers, a birthday surprise or even<br />

just a chance for a group of friends to<br />

relax and unwind while being spoilt<br />

together. Be on the lookout for our<br />

monthly specials! Details: 013-750-0479<br />

or wellness@olivers.co.za.<br />

The Dermapen4 treatment involves a virtually<br />

painless microneedling technique where multiple<br />

fine channels are created in the skin which on<br />

healing leaves you with a tightening, lifting and<br />

rejuvenation effect. It is the five star treatment now<br />

available at Berry Body for virtually all skin problems,<br />

including advanced anti-aging to pigmentation<br />

and acne scaring. Our trained somatologist will<br />

assist you with the best possible options. It is highly<br />

recommended by our inhouse Dermatologist Dr<br />

Edward Berry.<br />

For more information on the products, phone us on 013-<br />

752-5615, 013-752-5935 or WhatsApp us on<br />

072-260-7887. Alternatively drop us a mail on admin@<br />

drberry.co.za. You can also follow us on Facebook and<br />

Instagram under Berry Body.<br />

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Say cheers to<br />

SUMMER<br />

sips<br />

Let the fun be-GIN!<br />

Gin & Co, situated in the stunning country<br />

garden setting of Casterbridge Lifestyle centre<br />

in White River, Mpumalanga, is not only the<br />

home of Dollie Gin, but also of a number of<br />

craft gin brands, along with boutique wines;<br />

champagne; local craft beer and selected<br />

craft spirits. Here, at our very own brick and<br />

mortar distillery you can experience delicious<br />

tastings; browse our comprehensive range; or<br />

simply sit back and relax with one of our many<br />

classic pairings, after all, a G & T is nothing if not<br />

timeless!<br />

064-980-7284<br />

Sonpark Boulevard,<br />

Sonpark, Mbombela<br />

081-739-4637<br />

Sonpark Boulevard, Sonpark, Mbombela<br />

Enjoyed best under the<br />

African Sunset<br />

André Okes 079-942-1899<br />

andre@mosquitocoast.co.za<br />

Facebook: Mosquito Coast Beverage Co<br />

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Alluring blue, six times scientifically distilled, craft gin, created by the Kruger<br />

cousins. Subtle aromas of spicy juniper and blueberry sweetness, layered with<br />

rhubarb and botanicals. delicacy contributing to the clear waters of the Blyde<br />

and the significance of the Drakensberg mountains.<br />

Prime gin, from farm to bottle – PRIMOS<br />

sales@primosgin.co.za<br />

Local liquor outlet<br />

Mexico meets<br />

Mozambique<br />

An upside down<br />

R&R in a classic<br />

frozen margarita.<br />

GRASKOP GORGE<br />

L<br />

I F T<br />

C O<br />

066-305-1572<br />

Situated just outside of Graskop on the R533<br />

towards Hazyview (on the opposite side of the gorge<br />

to the Big Swing)<br />

Cheeky tiki rum<br />

A distinctly attractive<br />

cocktail containing<br />

rum, pineapple, lime,<br />

coconut and Blue<br />

Lagoon served in a tiki<br />

glass.<br />

RED BULL<br />

SMASHCOOLER<br />

Bulldog Gin,<br />

Red Bull Energy<br />

Soda, Grapefruit<br />

& Rosemary<br />

Tiki tea time<br />

Jägermeister, berry<br />

tea and raspberry<br />

served in an<br />

authentic tiki glass.<br />

Watermelon and<br />

mint gin fizz<br />

A deliciously beautiful<br />

pink cocktail with<br />

Bombay Sapphire,<br />

watermelon, lime, mint<br />

and tonic.<br />

show us love<br />

on facebook<br />

Get your<br />

smash delivered<br />

Get in touch<br />

061 216 8768<br />

Rocomamas I'Langa Mall,<br />

Corner Flamboyant & Bitterbessie Street, Mbombela<br />

064-686-8817<br />

i’langa Mall, corner of Bitterbessie and Flamboyant streets, West Acres, Mbombela<br />

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all the fun<br />

without the hangover<br />

Mocktails. Phwa. There’s nothing mock about these. Whether you’re not<br />

drinking for personal or health reasons, or have been designated as the driver<br />

for the night, there’s no reason to hold back on festive cheer.<br />

These non-alcoholic options scream party, without the morning-after woes!<br />

Compiled by: Kym Argo<br />

From G&T to cocktail, in one easy (garnish) step<br />

If you’re planning a party, add a dozen bottles of The Duchess non-alcoholic gin<br />

& tonic to the bar station, and go mad with the garnishes. For the horticulturist<br />

guest ... a few sprigs of freshly cut rosemary and thyme enhance the gardeninspired<br />

extracts in The Duchess Greenery. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon<br />

juice, loads of ice – ideal for a sunny day in the garden. Romance in the air?<br />

The Berry Burst is simply a few raspberries and a sprig of mint<br />

in The Duchess Floral, garnished with lime zest. For a very<br />

Christmassy drink, pour The Duchess Botanical into an icefilled<br />

glass and add either a sprinkling of star anise seeds and<br />

some thin orange peel, or some cardamom seeds and one or<br />

two cinnamon sticks. Details: drinktheduchess.com<br />

Dress up that drink<br />

Garnishes can make or break a<br />

cocktail ... alcoholic or otherwise.<br />

Some of them are purely for aesthetic<br />

reasons, others add aromatics and<br />

flavour. A glass of soda with a splash<br />

of flavoured syrup goes from ho-hum<br />

to let’s-do-the-salsa with the addition<br />

of a mint sprig and a lime wedge. Set<br />

aside a little spot on the bar, make a<br />

display and let your guests go mad.<br />

Easiest (and most common) is a<br />

citrus peel – orange, lemon, lime or<br />

grapefruit. Make sure you give it a<br />

good twist before dropping it into the<br />

drink, allowing the oils to spray and<br />

add flavour. A bowl of maraschino<br />

cherries is a must, as are fresh berries<br />

– strawberry, blackberry, blueberry,<br />

raspberry. Pomegranates are great,<br />

and very festive. For tutti-frutti<br />

cocktails, have slices of pineapple,<br />

peach, melon balls and coconut<br />

meat. Balance<br />

all the sweet<br />

options<br />

with olives,<br />

cucumber ribbons,<br />

and have loads<br />

of herbs – mint,<br />

rosemary, basil and<br />

thyme all work well.<br />

And don’t forget<br />

the pretties ... rose<br />

petals, pansies, violas,<br />

lavender,<br />

nasturtiums.<br />

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Our drink of the season is this lime & coconut<br />

flavoured syrup, mixed with sparkling water or soda<br />

(or still water, if you’re not into fizz). Pretty up with<br />

mint, shavings of coconut, loads of lime and ice and<br />

sip away all day. R73.49 from Woolies.<br />

Have you<br />

tried Schweppes<br />

Mojito? You’ll find this<br />

mint and lime drink in cans<br />

at your local supermarket and<br />

it’s a delicious way to enjoy<br />

an alcohol-free version of the<br />

classic Cuban cocktail. Add<br />

fresh mint and a wedge of<br />

lime to dicky it up.<br />

Move over G&T, it’s time for a spritzer. The new<br />

Duchess Spritz doesn’t need much doing to it ... just<br />

pour into an ice-filled wine glass and you’re good to<br />

party. There are two flavours of this de-alcoholised<br />

wine spritzer ... Elderflower White (crisp, sparkling<br />

and refreshing, with a definite wine ‘tang’) and Berry<br />

Rose (pink, sweeter … add a strawberry to the glass<br />

for a pretty touch). Both at local supermarkets like Spar,<br />

or online from yuppiechef.com for around R79 for a<br />

case of four. • We’re massive fans of the Monin range<br />

of syrups ... which add all sorts of exciting options to<br />

our mocktails. Our latest craze is the Mojito – born in<br />

the sultry bars of Havana, it’s a sexy drink made with a<br />

simple syrup muddled with lime and mint leaves and<br />

local rum. For our non-hangover version, we take the<br />

easy way out and use this delicious Monin Mojito/<br />

Wild Mint Syrup (available in one litre bottles, so we<br />

never run out) added to soda or club soda with a good<br />

squeeze of lime. <strong>Dec</strong>orate with fresh mint leaves from<br />

the garden and it’s all hola-Havana-nights. R180 from<br />

onlinebeveragestore.co.za • Fluére is the latest nonalcoholic<br />

spirit to arrive on the shelves. Three options ...<br />

Original (a floral blend of botanicals), Amber (a spiced<br />

cane dark roast – think dark roasted coffee, cocoa,<br />

liquorice, tonka beans and toffee), and Pink (all fresh<br />

raspberries in flavour). Serve with tonic water, ice and<br />

garnished with a few sprigs of lavender and juniper<br />

berries. Around R299 from local bottle stores.<br />

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Profanity alert ... there’s<br />

a little swearing. But if<br />

you’re broad-minded,<br />

this Classy as F*ck<br />

Cocktails, with 60 damn<br />

good recipes, is fun to<br />

have. With it’s gold foilstamped<br />

cover, and with<br />

Calligraphuck’s expletives<br />

sprinkled throughout,<br />

the recipes are not too<br />

complicated, the book is<br />

frivolous and irreverent<br />

... just what we need this<br />

festive season. R335.<br />

Jingle<br />

bells<br />

rock<br />

Nothing like a little glitz and glamour – and a sparkling cocktail<br />

or two – to get the <strong>2020</strong> festive party started. Have fun.<br />

Copmpiled by KYM ARGO.<br />

Not just for kids.<br />

Christmas isn’t the<br />

same without a<br />

candy cane ... on your<br />

place setting, tied to a<br />

gift, hanging from the<br />

tree. R17.99 each from<br />

Woolworths.<br />

Joy to The World ... these festive<br />

treats – two dozen of them – are<br />

certainly a joy. Created by Silke<br />

Martin, the book has recipes for<br />

cookies and biscuits from around<br />

the world, perfect to serve at<br />

teatime or give as sweet gifts R170.<br />

And if you can’t be bothered to<br />

make your own .... Woolworths (as<br />

always) to the rescue. The festive<br />

Holiday Treats collection is a<br />

sweet as can be ... we love this DIY<br />

braai soetbroodjie jar, R149.99.<br />

WOOD1250NN


Burgers<br />

& cheese<br />

are bound to please<br />

2 X 100g Smashed Beef, American Cheese,<br />

Tomato, Butter, Lettuce & Yomayo<br />

show us love<br />

on facebook<br />

Get your<br />

smash delivered<br />

Get in touch<br />

061 216 8768<br />

Rocomamas I'Langa Mall,<br />

Corner Flamboyant & Bitterbessie Street, Mbombela<br />

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Abeega monster burger<br />

Try this square burger (because round is so boring and nothing about our<br />

food or flavours is boring.) Freshly baked buns straight from our bakery.<br />

Garnished with the finest and freshest lettuce, tomatoes, onions and<br />

gherkins straight from our local farmers. Two 200g home-made pure<br />

beef patties, topped with cheese and our very own secret burger<br />

sauce. All of this served with a generous portion of chips.<br />

062-095-7698<br />

Nelspruit City Centre<br />

Cnr Andrew Street<br />

and Madiba Drive<br />

Mbombela<br />

Best Greek burger<br />

Enjoy a home-made patty with<br />

lettuce, tomato and Greek pickles.<br />

013-741-5371, 7 Faurie Street, Sonpark, Mbombela<br />

The peanut burger<br />

Indulge in a handmade 150g beef patty topped<br />

with melted cheddar on a fresh bun with peanut<br />

butter, lettuce, caramelised onion, pickles and<br />

sweet chilli sauce served with potato wedges.<br />

060-768-4818<br />

10 Jones Street<br />

Mbombela<br />

Jock’s burger<br />

Don’t miss out on a 200g chargrilled beef patty<br />

with bacon, cheese, lettuce, egg, gherkins,<br />

onion rings and home-made sauce.<br />

081-340-3714<br />

R40, Moseley Farm<br />

Barberton<br />

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Wreathful delights<br />

Concrete and Garden Creations tells us this edition’s<br />

DIY succulent wreath will keep you creatively<br />

engaged over many a weekend. It does, however,<br />

demand some detailed work and the fabricating of<br />

the wire ring, that forms the base for the project,<br />

might be a bit tough on the hands, so be sure to<br />

wear gardening gloves. The wonderful thing about<br />

this succulent wreath is that once it has served its<br />

decorative purpose, it can be placed in the garden<br />

where it will provide a beautiful focal point.<br />

Shopping list<br />

• Hydrocache - improves water<br />

retention and also ads carbon to<br />

your soil<br />

• Coir lining<br />

• Wire: +/- three millimetres thick<br />

and thinner galvanised iron coil<br />

• Stockings<br />

• Paper clips<br />

• Succulent pot mix<br />

• Kebab stick<br />

• A variety of succulents.<br />

Step 1<br />

From your sheet of cover lining, cut a<br />

ring with about a 45-centimetre outer<br />

diameter and about a 35-centimetre<br />

inner diameter (as per the illustration).<br />

Make two wire circles/rings, one<br />

slightly smaller than the other. Lay<br />

them down on top of your cover<br />

lining.<br />

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Step 2<br />

With scissors, make short cuts - on<br />

the inner and outer side - around the<br />

edge of the cover lining.<br />

Step 3<br />

Fold the cover lining over the wire<br />

(on both the inner and outer edges)<br />

and, using thin wire, and in a zig-zag<br />

manner, fasten it around the wire<br />

rings. Do it in such a way that you<br />

keep a wide space between the outer<br />

and the inner ring.<br />

Step 4<br />

Mix a handful of hydrocache with<br />

your succulent pot mix.<br />

Step 5<br />

Take the stockings and fill them with<br />

the potting mix. Tie it down at the<br />

end once filled and place it on top of<br />

your wreath frame.


Text and photographer: MATTHYS FERREIRA<br />

Step 6<br />

You will need to have another pair of<br />

stockings filled with potting soil to<br />

complete your soil base on top of the<br />

wire one.<br />

Step 7<br />

Next you have to tie your stockings<br />

to the wreath base with thin wire.<br />

Steps 8 and 9<br />

Now it is time to plant the various<br />

succulents you have chosen in the<br />

stockings. You will need a kebab stick<br />

or something similar. Make a small<br />

hole in the stockings and press your<br />

succulent firmly into the soil mix.<br />

Step 10<br />

Should the base of your plant be a<br />

bit short, push a paper clip (as per<br />

the illustration) through the base and<br />

then plant the succulent.<br />

Step 11<br />

For longer type succulents, you will<br />

need to make an angled hole to<br />

firmly plant the succulent.<br />

Step 12<br />

Arrange it out along the stockings<br />

and secure the other end with a<br />

paper clip.<br />

Step 13<br />

Complete the planting process.<br />

Step 14<br />

You can now add some “old man’s<br />

beard” (air plant) and a candle.<br />

Step 15<br />

Place the wreath on your table. Once<br />

it has served its decorative purpose,<br />

you can take it as is and install it in<br />

your garden where it will establish a<br />

little island of succulents from where,<br />

in due time, you can once again<br />

harvest cuttings.<br />

If you are going to keep this<br />

indoors, water it well once a week.<br />

Do this outside and allow for the<br />

water to drain properly before you<br />

bring it inside again.<br />

This is one of those DIY projects<br />

that will reward you with much joy<br />

and gratitude for many months to<br />

come. Enjoy!.


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was designed<br />

to world-class<br />

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focus on safety,<br />

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Safety is one of our priorities and for<br />

this reason we put immense effort into<br />

ensuring a safe route for all N4 road users.<br />

We monitor our road closely and take<br />

corrective action to improve safety at<br />

prominent accident spots, working hand<br />

in hand with law enforcement authorities<br />

and emergency services personnel.<br />

We believe in being proactive, rather than<br />

reactive, and therefore daily route patrols<br />

are conducted by TRACAssist which, with<br />

the TRAC Helpdesk, is available 24 hours<br />

a day, 365 days a year to assist road users<br />

with emergencies, incidents, accidents<br />

and queries. The TRAC Helpdesk is a<br />

core element of our operations as it is<br />

the link between the motorists and the<br />

different departments of the company. It<br />

also facilitates communication between<br />

TRACAssist, state and private emergency<br />

assistance stakeholders and road users.<br />

TRACAssist is our emergency roadside<br />

and accident response unit. Teams are<br />

stationed along the N4 Toll Route and<br />

are on call 24/7to assist with any roadrelated<br />

emergency, incident and situation<br />

(including breakdowns). The TRAC<br />

Helpdesk is the mediator between the<br />

road users and TRACAssist, meaning that<br />

assistance on the N4 Toll Route is simply a<br />

phone call away.<br />

TRACAssist’s roadside assistance service<br />

is free of charge, meaning that there<br />

is no call-out fee! Motorists will only<br />

have to pay for the additional services/<br />

items that are required to<br />

solve their emergency (like<br />

petrol, tow truck or a new<br />

tyre). However, our teams can<br />

facilitate the acquisition of these<br />

for road users at no extra cost.<br />

Furthermore, they offer members<br />

of the public the peace of mind,<br />

and comfort, of “never being<br />

alone” in any situation on the<br />

N4 as all officers are trained to<br />

secure accident and incident<br />

scenes to ensure the safety of all<br />

road users.<br />

TRACAssist and the TRAC<br />

Helpdesk are available in both<br />

South Africa and Mozambique.<br />

Details<br />

South Africa: 0800-872-264 or<br />

082-881-4444. Mozambique:<br />

(+258) 84-343-4346. Solange Soares<br />

on 013-755-3316, 076-021-2524 or<br />

sssoares@tracn4.co.za<br />

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Daniel Stemmet and Lebogang Sihlangu<br />

upwards<br />

They say it takes a village to raise a child. For Lebogang Sihlangu, however, it<br />

took a village and a very strong matriarch. As managing director of Fountain<br />

Square Construction, he credits his success to his grandmother and mother<br />

who fostered in him an entrepreneurial spirit which shines as bright as his eyes<br />

when he speaks of his passion for construction.<br />

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Lebogang’s journey started at the tender age of<br />

seven when he would buy and sell jelly beans to<br />

the neighbourhood kids. It was, however, only after<br />

hearing his mom and gran in conversation about<br />

profit and gain that he realised his small operation<br />

would be much better run if he actually sold the<br />

sweets at a higher price that what he had bought<br />

them for. From that day he’s been making ends meet<br />

by understanding the delicate relationship between<br />

buying and selling for gain. It became a lesson that<br />

Lebogang vowed to share with his community.<br />

Upliftment has been a major part of how he conducts<br />

his business.<br />

Fountain Square Construction is a CIBD level 7<br />

certified company and executes its projects with<br />

competence, effectiveness and relentless attention to<br />

detail. Over the years it has built a team of extremely<br />

resourceful and capable staff who complete each<br />

undertaking to the highest standards. Projects<br />

span over multiple provinces and include public<br />

infrastructure, commercial developments, residential<br />

developments, civil engineering operations and<br />

government capital works.<br />

The road to the proud company it is today was not<br />

paved with roses and Fountain Square Construction<br />

suffered its fair share of disappointments over the years.<br />

“It has been a tough journey for us,” says Lebogang<br />

about this cut-throat industry. “In this business it is about<br />

survival of the fittest, and we are blessed that this ship is<br />

still a-sail.”<br />

During tough times the company has relied heavily on<br />

close business relationships to make it safely across stormy<br />

waters. BUCO Nelspruit has been one such strong ally and<br />

he speaks with gratitude how it has always been by his<br />

side. With humble honesty he describes the times when<br />

BUCO would go the extra mile to help him face the storms.<br />

Lebogang again brings up how his grandmother, who was<br />

illiterate, built her legacy on relationships and a definite<br />

partner strategy. Another lesson from the matriarch: you<br />

are only as strong as those you associate yourself with.<br />

There is no quality construction without quality suppliers<br />

which deliver on time and according specification. It is<br />

no secret that this builder, with his keen eye for detail,<br />

would not have been able to deliver according to his own<br />

standards without BUCO Nelspruit’s dedicated account<br />

manager, Daniel Stemmet. He understands the needs of<br />

this client better than anyone.<br />

As we sit at the construction site and watch the mounds<br />

of cement roll buy in wheelbarrows, you get a clear sense<br />

of purpose from each staff member as they go about their<br />

day. Determination and dedication have flowed down<br />

through generations and washed over everyone in the<br />

family circle, a circle that includes BUCO Nelspruit.<br />

Zenele Nkosi and Lebogang Sihlangu<br />

Daniel Stemmet, Kenneth Masango<br />

and Lebogang Sihlangu<br />

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BUY LOCAL<br />

It’s the season of giving and there’s no better way to do your part than<br />

to shop locally this year. You may have heard talk about buying from<br />

local suppliers and wonder, what’s all the fuss all about?<br />

<strong>Lowveld</strong> Soap Company is passionate about<br />

making soap and we invite you to contact<br />

us for that special, thoughtful and useful gift.<br />

With your soap, wrapping and labels can be<br />

customized to produce a truly unique gift.<br />

We also collaborate with local businesses<br />

and artists to create delightful hampers to<br />

suit any budget or occasion!<br />

There are plenty of great reasons to shop in the <strong>Lowveld</strong>. With a variety<br />

of industries, and a stunning range of local businesses in every town, the<br />

region is blossoming with options. But those aside, when you buy locally,<br />

your contribution has a massive effect all-round. From securing jobs<br />

to keeping the money in the <strong>Lowveld</strong>, shopping from a locally owned<br />

business creates a “Multiplier Effect”. This means that an amount of R100<br />

could easily end up producing at least six times its value in goods and<br />

services as the money will continue to circulate among local businesses<br />

and families.<br />

Join our Buy Local <strong>Lowveld</strong> movement and become part of the change!<br />

Visit our Facebook page to register your business on our database for<br />

FREE and chat to us about how you can get involved.<br />

The Farmers Box: Born from the necessity of adding to the<br />

value of family time, The Farmers Box delivers specially<br />

packed boxes and hampers directly to your door. Choose<br />

from a wide variety of seasonal farm vegetables, meats,<br />

cheese, eggs, locally produced preserves and more!<br />

Perfectly packed, portioned and personally checked.<br />

Details: Visit www.thefarmersbox.co.za to build yours or<br />

call 082-465-9848.<br />

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Camp & Gas: For 39 years, Camp & Gas has been the<br />

<strong>Lowveld</strong>’s leading outdoor and gas store. Managed<br />

by its current owners since 1990, you are guaranteed<br />

a wealth of experience and personal service. Perfectly<br />

located in Mbombela just off the N4, it’s easy to stop by<br />

on your holiday journey to stock up on all your camping<br />

and equipment needs.<br />

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The Roasting Company: For the past 12 years we have<br />

been supplying the hospitality trade with our products.<br />

Our clients include many five-star safari lodges that<br />

are frequented by international guests. Check out our<br />

exciting products on offer on our website or at the local<br />

markets over weekends.<br />

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

CREATE: We chase<br />

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holiday food. Mix and<br />

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products and create<br />

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Contact us for the full<br />

range of products.<br />

Details: Claudia on<br />

083-325-1621.<br />

<strong>Lowveld</strong>.Today: An online events hub born from a<br />

love of the <strong>Lowveld</strong> and a passion for the local events<br />

community. Every successful occasion starts with the<br />

right date, and knowing what is happening around the<br />

<strong>Lowveld</strong> is the first step. They created an events calendar<br />

that’s super easy to navigate and even simpler to list and<br />

manage your event for free. From here, you can decide<br />

if you’d like to sell tickets or register participants through<br />

their online sales hub.<br />

Art by Murray: This<br />

is a local business in<br />

White River. The gifting<br />

range consists of coffee<br />

mugs, serviettes, table<br />

runners, hand-painted<br />

trays, hand-engraved<br />

wooden serving platters<br />

and more. This is the<br />

artwork of Michelle<br />

James, the woman<br />

behind Art by Murray.<br />

Details: 083-391-6691 or<br />

michellemurrayjames<br />

@gmail.com.<br />

L O W V E L D . T O D A Y<br />

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For all events:<br />

sporting | entertainment | business |<br />

cultural | food & drinks | fundraisers<br />

We Offer:<br />

Online Event Calendar<br />

Entries & Tickets<br />

Planning & Marketing<br />

Visit lowveld.today to get started!<br />

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Old<br />

world grandeur<br />

Set in the heart of the bustling town of Hazyview, the Numbi Hotel and Garden<br />

Suites is an oasis of sorts. Pools of water, alive with glistening multicoloured koi<br />

fish and sheltered under the sublime coolness of mighty fig trees, it is a haven<br />

away from home. Mellissa Bushby tells us more.<br />

stablished<br />

in 1963,<br />

Numbi is<br />

arguably the<br />

oldest familyowned<br />

and -run<br />

establishment<br />

in the <strong>Lowveld</strong>.<br />

Started by Willem<br />

Fick and now<br />

in its third generation, the family’s<br />

passion for hospitality and quality<br />

service is evident in their commitment<br />

to the comfort of their guests. From<br />

the spacious executive suites to the<br />

comfortable en suite hotel rooms, this<br />

grand old dame offers home-grown<br />

and down-to-earth cosiness.<br />

As a child, I used to stay here with my<br />

parents, always en route to the game<br />

reserve. I have memories of enormous<br />

trees, overgrown jungles teeming<br />

with birdlife, large, leaves and fragrant<br />

flowers, incredibly beautiful gardens<br />

and balmy evenings spent under the<br />

African sky.<br />

Entering the grounds, we discovered<br />

that not much has changed. The<br />

gardens offer an abundance of trees<br />

and birdlife, a welcome respite from<br />

the busy street just outside, muting<br />

the sounds of traffic rushing past<br />

The executive suite<br />

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‘Our guest suite<br />

opened onto a<br />

semi-private<br />

garden with a<br />

swimming pool,<br />

in the shade of<br />

a great jacaranda<br />

tree’<br />

with flowing water, cool breezes and<br />

birdsong. We felt as though we had<br />

stepped back in time to an era of<br />

old-world grandeur, where sweeping<br />

staircases and patrons dressed for<br />

dinner were the norm, and tall, ice-cold<br />

drinks were served on the terrace on<br />

long, languid afternoons. The fish<br />

ponds are a revelation, with massive<br />

koi lazily sweeping their tails back and<br />

forth through the shadowy water,<br />

emerging from the depths with flashes<br />

of gold and pearl-white iridescence to<br />

break the surface before once again<br />

descending into their twilight world.<br />

The Wild Fig pool deck<br />

Numbi is renowned for its beautiful fish ponds<br />

The stately Olive & Vine Restaurant<br />

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We were situated in Main House, our<br />

guest suite opening onto a semiprivate<br />

garden with a swimming<br />

pool, in the shade of a great<br />

jacaranda tree. Beautiful, scented<br />

blossoms adorned the ground in a<br />

swathe of lilac, leading a pathway to<br />

the inviting blue water, a welcome<br />

escape from the <strong>Lowveld</strong> heat.<br />

Afternoons are best spent lazing<br />

about, napping, reading and<br />

generally pondering whatever takes<br />

your fancy. We indulged in an early<br />

evening walk around the gardens,<br />

discovering a rather full campsite<br />

area, and then continuing on past<br />

the garden suites, cosily tucked<br />

away in their own little alcoves. Old<br />

man’s beard is a common sight<br />

here and adds a certain charm to<br />

the grounds, with their whimsical,<br />

delicate tendrils.<br />

There are two restaurants on the<br />

premises, the Olive and Vine, and<br />

Wild Fig restaurant and pool deck.<br />

The former immediately brings to<br />

mind the works of Agatha Christie,<br />

with wooden panelling and royal<br />

blue plush finish. Dinner is a set<br />

menu, and for those more partial<br />

to a bit of variety, it is best to eat<br />

elsewhere as the choices are rather<br />

limited. Topolino’s, situated at Perry’s<br />

Bridge which is just a kilometre<br />

from the Numbi, is an excellent<br />

alternative and serves a variety of<br />

pizza and pasta meals.<br />

Our stay at Numbi was laid-back<br />

and relaxed - a welcome and<br />

pleasant antidote to what has been<br />

a stressful time for so many, one<br />

which has affected the entire world.<br />

Establishments such as these, which<br />

have been around forever and<br />

weathered many storms, have been<br />

hard hit by Covid-19. The tourism<br />

industry in South Africa now has<br />

to claw its way back, one guest at<br />

a time. Fortunately, a number of<br />

them have managed to rally and<br />

are doing just that, and with our<br />

warm and welcoming South African<br />

hospitality, splendid old ladies such<br />

as the Numbi, with so much to offer<br />

in the way of old-fashioned charm<br />

and comfort, will be around for a<br />

long time to come.<br />

Details<br />

013-757-7301<br />

The garden suites<br />

Executive family suite<br />

Relax in the executive family suite jacuzzi<br />

after a day of game viewing<br />

<strong>Dec</strong> <strong>2020</strong> / <strong>Jan</strong> <strong>2021</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 47


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