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Our Riverside Mall store will open on 28 April <strong>2021</strong>. The launch will include shop-exclusive,<br />

time-limited promotions, and gorgeous hamper giveaways. Don’t miss out!<br />

Nhlanhla Kubhayi<br />

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opening a fifth store in Riverside Mall, complete with a gorgeous luxury fragrance<br />

Our Mopani Pharmacy family of four is growing even more!<br />

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05 Mothers, daughters and a handful of thrilling reads for <strong>May</strong><br />

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WISH LIST<br />

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06 Wishing our mums a day that’s bright, bold, brave and beautiful<br />

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The judges’ Michack decision is final. Prizes Fakude<br />

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

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

winners, who will be contacted telephonically<br />

and need to collect their prizes from Caxton<br />

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

forfeited. Prizewinners names are published on<br />

our Facebook page monthly.<br />

MAY <strong>2021</strong><br />

SOCIAL<br />

08 De Hallen’s grand opening<br />

09 Xela’s class of 2020<br />

people<br />

12 Caro de Witt is a mum who hustles<br />

16 The new face of Riverside<br />

BEAUTY & Fashion<br />

20 Spoil yourself with our choice of autumn hues<br />

FOOD<br />

24 The joy of love and plants<br />

decor & gardening<br />

36 Small changes, big differences with Nitali Re-Invented Decor<br />

COMMUNITY<br />

38 A force to be reckoned with<br />

TRAVEL<br />

40 Experience magnificent Mdluli<br />

44 Explore the treasures of Africa through the pages of a book<br />

growing Our Our Mopani even more! Pharmacy family of of four four is is g<br />

Win<br />

30 - 35 Amazing giveaways for mum, including six must-have wins!<br />

43 An incredible one-night stay at Mdluli Safari Lodge<br />

48 A bottle of truly luscious Guess Bella Vita scent<br />

g Centre In addition In stores, we we to are<br />

to areour White White River, River, Steiltes, Steiltes, i’langa i’langa Mall Mall and and Crossing<br />

gorgeous opening luxury a fragrance fifth a fifth store store in Riverside in Mall, Mall, complete with with a go a<br />

prominent and and cosmetics shopping boutique area, we we and and coffee coffee MOTHER’S shop. shop. DAY With FEATURE With a store a store in every in every pr<br />

y. are are accessible, close close by and by 26 and - 35 ready Gifts, ready giveaways to serve to and serve spoils you, galore you, for our mum! our community.<br />

COVER LOOK<br />

Caro de Witt. Make-up: Zuandri Jonker - Edge Beauty SA.<br />

Photographer: Belinda Erasmus -<br />

Belle-Grace Photography.<br />

unch will Our Our include Riverside shop-exclusive,<br />

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

A hot date!<br />

Pencil these events into your <strong>May</strong> diary right now!<br />

The ever-popular Radio Raps presents #Wedirrit at<br />

01Blue Moon outside Mbombela. There will be two<br />

shows, 3pm and 7pm. Tickets cost R250 per person and are<br />

available via iTickets. There will be a cash bar. Details: Lizette<br />

Jonker on 066-256-4515 or Ansie Mitchell on 072-014-9494.<br />

Make sure you don’t miss out on “Love is<br />

01-23a Dangerous Drug”, a solo exhibition by<br />

John-Anthony Boerma at White River Gallery. Details:<br />

Dana MacFarlane at dana@whiterivergallery.co.za or visit<br />

www.whiterivergallery.co.za.<br />

Don’t miss out on a great night’s entertainment<br />

07at Rocking the Beat with Voodoo Kudu. Held at The<br />

Barnyard White River at Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, this<br />

event is in aid of the White River SPCA. Tickets cost R80<br />

(plus dog food or any other donation). They are available at<br />

the White River SPCA or email chairman@wrspca.co.za.<br />

It starts at 7pm. Details: Estelle on 083-664-7505.<br />

<strong>Lowveld</strong> Secret Sunrise - Botanical Bliss awaits<br />

08you and the whole family as we celebrate with a<br />

yoga dance in the <strong>Lowveld</strong> National Botanical Garden in<br />

Mbombela. The event is from 8am to 9:30am. Tickets start at<br />

R100 and can be bought via Quicket. Details: 072-530-9795.<br />

We’re super excited for the <strong>2021</strong> Mopani Barberton<br />

08XCM Mountain Bike Challenge. All races will start<br />

and finish at Barberton High School. To enter, visit www.<br />

barbertonxcm.co.za. All registration, briefings, prize-giving,<br />

stalls, beer garden and formalities will be held at the high<br />

school, too. Details: 071-284-7444 or info@barbertonxcm.<br />

co.za.<br />

15<br />

Lace up your tekkies as it’s time for the Hybrid Race<br />

at GZ Adventures Mankele outside Mbombela. This<br />

family-friendly run/walk is hosted by Zero2Hero Events<br />

and tickets can be bought via Quicket from R60. The<br />

event starts at 7am. Details: 083-743-8593.<br />

Keen for a night out with the girls? Or just need<br />

29 an idea for date night? Well, make sure you book<br />

to see the sensational Nicholis Louw at Greenway Woods<br />

Resort outside White River. Tickets cost R180 for adults<br />

and R100 for kids. The show begins at 6pm. Proceeds<br />

go to Africa Spear Safaris. Details: Maryna Steenberg on<br />

082-430-4721.<br />

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8-9<br />

It’s time to spoil our mums! Join us at<br />

Orange Restaurant in Mbombela for<br />

a weekend of Mother’s Day treats<br />

accompanied by the beautiful sounds of<br />

Natascha C. Book for dinner (8th) or lunch<br />

(9th), or both, at R550 per person. This<br />

three-course a la carte set menu includes<br />

a complimentary glass of bubbly and<br />

chocolates. Details: 013-744-9507.


Book club<br />

Mothers. Daughters. And a handful of thrilling reads.<br />

Mother. Daughter. Angel. Monster? When Lisa Jewel, one of our favourite authors,<br />

endorses a book, saying ‘Set my nerves jangling,’ you know it’s a not-to-be-missed<br />

read. The Push revolves around mother Blythe, who wants to give her first child,<br />

Violet, all the love she deserves … all the love her own mother withheld. But<br />

Violet’s not an easy child, demanding, fretful, unsmiling. And for Blythe, it’s a case<br />

of motherhood being not at all what she hoped for, and everything she feared.<br />

Dark, disturbing, gripping … Ashley Audrain’s debut novel is all that and more.<br />

• She wanted a child, so she took one. Call Me Mummy (another debut novel,<br />

this one by Tina Baker) kicks off as Mummy – a glamorous, uptight woman who<br />

has everything except a child, kidnaps five-year-old Tonya (Mummy’ll have to<br />

change that name, so common). But Tonya’s not the perfect child Mummy was<br />

expecting … in fact, she’s a foul-mouthed mini version of her real mum, Kim,<br />

who’s been labelled ‘scummy mummy’ by the media, and thinks she deserves to<br />

have her other children removed from her care too. Thrilling, harrowing, bleak …<br />

and unputdownable. Both available from exclusivebooks.co.za<br />

Glen Carlou Gravel Quarry Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is a<br />

sophisticated and powerful wine … all layers of ripe<br />

blackcurrants, dark berries, dark chocolate and hints of<br />

bramble and cedar. It’s full and complex … like a few of the<br />

books on this page. You’ll find it for R440 at glencarlou.com<br />

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Wish list<br />

Wishing our mums a day that’s bright and bold and<br />

brave and beautiful ... just like they are!<br />

Botanical art ... this<br />

antique French botanical<br />

print comes in five sizes<br />

(from A4 to A0), is printed<br />

on canvas, and can be<br />

framed in natural, white<br />

or black. From R480 from<br />

jasperandjute.co.za<br />

Glam jewelled Alice bands in<br />

glorious shades of aqua and<br />

lavender, lime and orange, peach<br />

and yellow. R280 each, from<br />

elizabethsummer.com<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

Shower mum with love. And<br />

apricot oil And energy (after all,<br />

what mum doesn’t need a little<br />

extra energy?). We’re all over this<br />

Clarins Extra-Firming Energy<br />

Day Cream. It nourishes your skin,<br />

leaving it feeling comforted, and<br />

assists in reflecting light and so a<br />

more radiant compexion. R995<br />

from Mopani<br />

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Mum’s going out with the girls. Credit card. Keys. Phone.<br />

And a rich regal blue, soft lux feel velvet Rona Jessie fold over<br />

clutch. R390 from ronajessie.co.za • And if she’s more a<br />

hands-free mum, she’ll be as besotted as we are with<br />

this navy quilted crossbody bag. And really, it’s R179 from<br />

miladys.com ... gorgeous and amazingly affordable.<br />

If there’s a more glorious range of home and fragrance products, with packaging that simply makes you happy, we’ve yet<br />

to find it. Glasshouse Fragrances has delightful oversized soy candles and elegant diffusers and lovely little travel-size<br />

fragrances with joyous scents like passionfruit and lime (One Night in Rio), amber and orchid (Rendeazvous), camellia, lotus<br />

and pineapple (Kyoto In Bloom). From R499 to R999 from Woolworths.<br />

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De Hallen,<br />

luxury and<br />

convenience<br />

in one<br />

The <strong>Lowveld</strong> who’s who were recently out in<br />

full force for the unveiling of the stunning new<br />

kid on the block, De Hallen. This super-stylish<br />

new hub is ideally located and is the perfect<br />

neighbourhood convenience centre, from the<br />

accessible KWIKSPAR, stylish TOPS, sophisticated<br />

Italian Barber or funky Mozambik restaurant –<br />

among others. The ribbon cutting was done<br />

with great aplomb while the guests enjoyed the<br />

glorious view with bubbly in hand.<br />

Jan Cronje and Reiner Förtsch<br />

Martin Webber<br />

Kerneels Kunneke, Laticia Lauwrens and Cornell Kennet<br />

Anton Botha<br />

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Cheers, class of<br />

2020!<br />

At last, after a very long and challenging<br />

final year, the class of 2020 recently held<br />

its graduation ceremony at Xela College<br />

of Design in Mbombela. Despite the<br />

lockdown of 2020, there were a few<br />

outstanding achievers, and thanks to their<br />

hard work and the supreme effort put in<br />

by their lecturers, every student graduated<br />

with flying colours!<br />

Top achievers: Mogau Mathebula, pattern cutting, Siphesihle Nkosi,<br />

most improved, Suneth Zitha, garment manufacturing, and John<br />

Thwala, dux student and illustration technical drawing<br />

Annestine van der Merwe presents Suneth<br />

Zitha with the best women’s garment award<br />

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New kid on the block<br />

De Hallen in Mbombela is quite literally the place to be right now, and<br />

with its vibey, modern feel and classic lines, combined with efficiency and<br />

convenience, it has already become quite a hub of activity. Still in phase one,<br />

with work on phase two approved for 2022, we predict a long and happy<br />

future for De Hallen and its tenants.<br />

Italian Barber<br />

Jim Bouzir, owner of Italian Barber, is the real McCoy.<br />

He has been passionate about men’s grooming from<br />

the age of 16. The barber business has been a part<br />

of Jim’s family for four generations and he vows to<br />

proudly uphold its traditions. Italian Barber offers<br />

today’s progressive man a haven where he can sit back,<br />

relax and experience the world-class art of grooming<br />

and service in a definitive gentlemen’s atmosphere,<br />

therapeutic and professional, with an air of masculinity.<br />

Trading hours: 8am - 6pm<br />

Details: 076-010-8044<br />

Mobile Planet<br />

Meet Irsalan Arif of Mobile Planet, a guy who loves tech! Mobile<br />

Planet strives to be your one-stop shop, making sure your phone<br />

is well protected, while at the same time always keeping up with<br />

the latest trends.<br />

Trading hours: 8:30am - 6:30pm<br />

Details: 067-289-9997<br />

De Hallen: 013-752-4710 or www.dehallen.co.za<br />

TOPS at SPAR<br />

Locally owned, De Hallen<br />

TOPS at SPAR offers a range<br />

of carefully chosen local and<br />

international brands, with a<br />

focus on its substantial wine<br />

selection as well as the option<br />

of future wine tastings. Watch<br />

this space!<br />

Trading hours: 8am - 8pm<br />

Details: 013-591-3873<br />

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KWIKSPAR<br />

Oh, how we love our KWIKSPAR being so convenient! But it’s more than that. It’s<br />

a culture of community, and as all <strong>Lowveld</strong>ers know, community is like family.<br />

With the freshest of produce and granny-approved baked goods all at the right<br />

prices every day, who can resist? Thanks to KWIKSPAR’s owner being a local, they<br />

have a complete understanding of what the guys need for their weekend braai<br />

and what moms are looking for to fill those daily lunch boxes. Trading hours: 6am -<br />

9pm. Details: 013-591-3873<br />

Text and photographer: MELLISSA BUSHBY<br />

Natural Glow<br />

Hairdressing<br />

Dané Strydom has been passionate<br />

about her hair craft since she can<br />

remember. Being a hairstylist means<br />

being creative every single moment,<br />

and her talent is to awaken the beauty<br />

of everyone who walks through her<br />

salon. She loves engaging with and<br />

getting to know clients, understanding<br />

their lifestyle and personality to bring<br />

out the best of themselves. Dané<br />

enjoys bringing out a bit of bubbly or<br />

slice of milk tart to spoil her clients, a<br />

wonderful extra in our opinion! After<br />

all, hair treatment is about more than<br />

just hair, it’s about the experience.<br />

Trading hours: Monday - Friday: 7am -<br />

5pm. Saturday - Sunday: 8am - 3pm<br />

Details: 076-969-8236<br />

Mozambik<br />

Garth Snyman is a well-known face around Mbombela, having been in the<br />

industry and a part of the community for the past 10 years. Garth’s excitement<br />

at bringing Mozambik to our valley is palpable, and if the talk around town is<br />

anything to go by, it’s the place to be! Mozambik is loaded with lekker flavour<br />

and good vibes. Garth and his team are passionate about friends and family, so<br />

bring the whole bunch!<br />

Trading hours: Monday - Saturday: 11am - 9pm. Sunday: 11:30am - 5pm<br />

Details: 087-057-3383<br />

The Treatment Room<br />

Hantie Henn comes from a corporate wellness background that saw the value<br />

of creating an environment where you can breathe, escape, recharge, and get<br />

treatments for health and skin issues that add stress to your day-to-day life.<br />

After spending time overseas, she studied theology and as a sideline did an<br />

international massage course to earn extra money. Hantie fell in love with the<br />

industry and decided to further her studies in wellness. She started her own<br />

corporate wellness company, which was so fulfilling she decided to specialise in<br />

skincare. She has been in the industry for 18 years, and as her clients know, this<br />

beautician never stops doing courses on skin health. Hantie gets so much joy out<br />

of helping her clients with result-driven treatments and a safe place to escape to<br />

from the stresses of life.<br />

Trading hours: Monday - Friday: 7am - 5pm. Saturday - Sunday 8am - 3pm<br />

Details: 013-752-3552<br />

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A mother’s love<br />

Celebrating a fabulous mum<br />

Balancing being a successful businesswoman,<br />

mother and wife – while still retaining a<br />

healthy sense of sanity – is something that has<br />

become the norm rather than the exception.<br />

Mbombela’s Caro de Witt, well-known<br />

psychiatrist, wife, and mom to Liam (7) and<br />

Lienke (3), is no stranger to this phenomenon,<br />

and with Mother’s Day approaching, we catch<br />

up with her for her take on being a mum who<br />

hustles.<br />

Caro is the youngest of three siblings, all of<br />

whom went into healthcare. Her mother<br />

balanced two jobs while still helping with<br />

homework, soothing broken hearts and<br />

managing various extracurricular activities.<br />

“Come to think of it,” Caro flashes us a dimpled<br />

smile, “I’m not sure how she managed all this!<br />

Now there is a supermom!” Growing up, Caro<br />

wanted to follow in her mother’s footsteps<br />

and go into teaching, but fate intervened.<br />

She was exposed to psychiatry training and<br />

soon discovered her passion lay with mental<br />

healthcare. “Psychiatry suits my personality,”<br />

she explains. “It involves building rapport with<br />

patients, working closely with them and their<br />

families and helping them to find balance. It<br />

also requires teamwork and having a holistic<br />

perspective towards a patient and their needs, a<br />

collaboration which I value greatly.”<br />

This interest in and care for her patients is a<br />

direct result of Caro’s innate love for people.<br />

Spending time with family and close friends<br />

while listening to good music, making good<br />

food and being outdoors in nature, is what<br />

makes her tick. “The detail in God’s creation<br />

never ceases to amaze me, from the beautiful<br />

wildflowers you find on a hike to the coloured<br />

pebbles in a rock pool. This is when the<br />

universe makes sense to me!” In fact, time spent<br />

together as a family is what makes the De Witt<br />

world go around, and Caro’s eyes sparkle as<br />

she talks about her kids, clearly smitten. “Liam,<br />

my firstborn, is a kind and gentle soul who has<br />

taught me so much about myself. He loves<br />

Caro de Witt<br />

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

adventure and catching spiders, fish,<br />

geckos or frogs is all in a day’s work!<br />

Much to my horror, he loves keeping<br />

these creatures as pets at home for an<br />

afternoon before setting them free.<br />

His latest endeavour involved looking<br />

after four lizard eggs he found in the<br />

garden, until they hatched. Rather<br />

a morning lark, Liam has taught my<br />

husband and I the best hours of the<br />

day for an adventure are between 4am<br />

and 6am. It took us four whole years<br />

to recover from his sleep-depriving<br />

adventures, at which point Lienke<br />

was born!”<br />

Caro smiles fondly, as she talks about<br />

her strong-willed little princess. “I am<br />

filled with euphoria at the sight of her<br />

running around or laughing,” she says.<br />

“She can frequently be heard singing<br />

out loud to herself in the house and<br />

‘If I could only<br />

be half the<br />

mother to my<br />

children my<br />

mom has been<br />

to me, I would<br />

be very proud!’<br />

lights up any room when she enters.<br />

She loves playing the princess in all the<br />

adventures Liam plots out for them.<br />

But she very much has a mind of her<br />

own and does not hesitate to speak it.<br />

She knows exactly what she does and<br />

does not like!”<br />

Working in an industry where you<br />

absorb other people’s problems for<br />

a living means this support system<br />

is an important part of maintaining<br />

good boundaries, and managing to<br />

compartmentalise work and home<br />

life is crucial to well-being. Fortunately<br />

for Caro, her family know the value<br />

of laughing out loud, having fun and<br />

spending time together. Dwain, her<br />

husband, introduced her to deep-sea<br />

diving when they were dating, and<br />

it’s been a lifelong love affair ever<br />

since. “The silent and deep, tranquil<br />

blue water, combined with the thrill<br />

and excitement of the magical things<br />

you see down there, remains a firm<br />

Lienke, Caro and Liam<br />

Caro, Lienke, Dwain and Liam<br />

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favourite with us,” smiles Caro, but she’s quick to add that<br />

company trumps scenery any day! Hiking, cycling and<br />

visiting the Kruger Park are also favourite pastimes, and<br />

Dwain has an impressive knowledge of birds and nature,<br />

making any outing with him interesting and insightful. These<br />

are cherished times spent making memories and being<br />

together as a family, from collecting wildflowers and creepycrawlies<br />

to marvelling at a magnificent <strong>Lowveld</strong> sunset.<br />

Having said that, no matter how incredible your support<br />

base is, finding a balance in your own life isn’t always easy - it<br />

remains a dynamic, changeable and unpredictable process.<br />

“It’s like a juggler managing to keep all the balls in the air<br />

at any given time, constantly needing to be aware of his<br />

surroundings and the position of each ball, and that is what<br />

we are doing most of the time,” Caro says. “Whether we are<br />

mothers, wives or CEOs, life is about keeping things in the<br />

air, and being human, we are sometimes going to drop<br />

something. Our situations may be unique, but we all need to<br />

acknowledge that no matter the circumstance, sometimes<br />

we lose the rhythm and forget how to tango! It’s part of the<br />

human experience, and completely normal.” And as Covid<br />

has shown us, sometimes the unexpected happens, and we<br />

are reminded that we are not in control, no matter how hard<br />

we try to be.<br />

Caro is philosophical about this chapter in our history; she<br />

understands that seeing the silver lining around a dark cloud<br />

is a viewpoint that helps many stay positive. “There are so<br />

14 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong>


many people who have seen their<br />

share of dark clouds in this time, all<br />

over the world, and the trauma and<br />

loss have impacted them in so many<br />

ways. We are likely to see Covid’s<br />

ripple effect on mental health for a<br />

long time to come,” she says, “and<br />

because the incidence of depression,<br />

suicide and anxiety has dramatically<br />

increased, the demand for mental<br />

health support and intervention<br />

has increased, too. I am determined<br />

to help people identify their silver<br />

lining, now more than ever.”<br />

Fortunately, Caro has the support<br />

base to do this. While her workload<br />

has increased significantly in<br />

response to the crisis, Dwain has<br />

been bearing the brunt of all the<br />

responsibilities at home, looking<br />

after the children while working<br />

full-time in a remote capacity. “He<br />

deserves a medal!” Caro says. “It has<br />

really brought home how privileged<br />

I am to have a family who I love, and<br />

who supports me.” Her two older<br />

siblings are her biggest cheerleaders<br />

and friends, and Dwain’s family is a<br />

wonderful and close-knit group of<br />

people, fiercely loyal and supportive.<br />

Caro’s father sadly passed away when<br />

she was 26, but she is deeply thankful<br />

to still have her mother. “Anybody<br />

who knows my mom will testify she<br />

is just incredible,” says Caro. “She is a<br />

tremendous emotional support to<br />

me, and she has been a very valuable<br />

mentor for me in both my personal<br />

and professional life. Frankly, if I<br />

could only be half the mother to my<br />

children she’s been to me, I would be<br />

very proud!”<br />

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The new look of<br />

RIVERSIDE<br />

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Text: MELLISSA BUSHBY. Photographers: SVEN MUSICA, HENNIE HOMANN AND BELINDA ERASMUS<br />

Not many know the history behind<br />

the Riverside area, even though they<br />

experience it in some way or another<br />

on a daily basis, by driving through<br />

it or visiting one of the well-known<br />

companies or retail outlets situated<br />

along or within its boundaries. Now,<br />

after nearly 30 years, the Riverside<br />

model is going through some<br />

changes, and the brand that has been<br />

known as both Riverside Industrial<br />

and Riverside Precinct is going to<br />

merge and become one, falling under<br />

the new brand, Riverside.<br />

Conceptualised in the early ‘90s, the<br />

Riverside node came about when<br />

Halls Properties saw the potential in<br />

the land and the possibilities it held.<br />

At that time, the then Nelspruit was<br />

competing for capital status at the<br />

dawn of our new democracy, and<br />

Halls was approached to find out how<br />

it could assist. The company offered<br />

to donate land for the provincial<br />

government complex which would<br />

be located in Nelspruit should the<br />

town successfully achieve capital<br />

status, which it did, after which the<br />

real planning of Riverside Precinct<br />

started. The vision was to create a<br />

mixed-use regional node, one that<br />

would attract investment and bring<br />

development into the new capital<br />

city, leaving an urban legacy for future<br />

generations.<br />

While Riverside Park was still in<br />

the planning stages, the city also<br />

required additional land for industrial<br />

development, which resulted in<br />

two townships being approved in<br />

1995 - Riverside Park and Riverside<br />

Industrial. The former was kick-started<br />

and anchored by three significant<br />

developments, namely, the provincial<br />

government complex after the<br />

James Aling, Executive Director, Spaces Places & Partnerships<br />

The vision was to create a mixeduse<br />

regional node, one that would<br />

attract investment and bring<br />

development<br />

site was selected through a competitive bid process, Riverside Mall and Tsogo<br />

Sun casino and hotels. These three complexes still form significant anchors<br />

of the precinct, but it has grown considerably from 1995 to what it is today, a<br />

significant mixed-use regional node, serving both the city and the region. In <strong>May</strong><br />

2000, the City of Mbombela promulgated a by-law for the establishment of city<br />

improvement districts (CIDs), which was (and still is) the only local legislation<br />

relevant and prevalent for the establishment and management of urban areas.<br />

In October 2004, Riverside Park was established and registered as a non-profit<br />

property owners association (POA), and in 2008, the POA collectively decided<br />

to start providing supplementary services that required the introduction of<br />

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levies payable on a voluntary basis.<br />

This marked the start of Riverside Park<br />

becoming a managed urban node.<br />

Given the POA’s decision to introduce<br />

supplementary services, it was only a<br />

natural progression for the Riverside<br />

Park POA to formalise the intervention<br />

and adopt the CID operational model.<br />

Following a successful application<br />

in November 2004, Riverside Park<br />

Phase 1 became a legislated CID,<br />

but only became operational in<br />

2009. In March 2010, the council<br />

approved an amended business<br />

plan, which essentially expanded<br />

the previously legislated Riverside<br />

Park CID boundaries to include both<br />

Phase 1 and 2, with Phase 1 being<br />

east of Madiba Drive and Phase 2<br />

west thereof. With the signing of a<br />

service level agreement in November<br />

2010, the partnership between the<br />

City and the Riverside Park CID was<br />

cemented. As part of the conditions<br />

of approval to the expansion in 2010,<br />

the City requested the Riverside Park<br />

CID to explore the establishment of a<br />

CID in Riverside Industrial, adjacent to<br />

Riverside Park. The Riverside Industrial<br />

one was then created as a separate<br />

CID in 2015 after the application for<br />

CID establishment was approved by<br />

the City.<br />

Property owners’ levy contributions<br />

fund the CID, which also includes<br />

a 10% rebate from rates and taxes<br />

paid back to the CID by the City in<br />

recognition of the services rendered<br />

and investment made in the public<br />

areas. The aim is to preserve and<br />

enhance property values in the<br />

medium to long term. Attracting<br />

new business and retaining tenants<br />

is of paramount importance to<br />

landlords. Many people don’t realise<br />

the significance of CIDs, which are<br />

effectively urban management entities<br />

that work in partnership with the local<br />

municipality to manage the public<br />

space in a defined precinct or area.<br />

Urban management and place-making<br />

consist of several interventions, actions<br />

and services to secure, enhance and<br />

promote the various developments<br />

and activities in the precinct. In the<br />

case of the two Riverside precincts, this<br />

would include:<br />

• Daily cleaning, including litter and<br />

graffiti removal, sweeping of sidewalks,<br />

etc.<br />

• Landscaping establishment and<br />

maintenance in public areas.<br />

• Security with camera surveillance in<br />

and around the precinct and a reaction<br />

vehicle to ensure the area is safe and<br />

secure for visitors and business owners.<br />

• Marketing and hosting of events in<br />

and around the precinct, such as the<br />

recent Eggstravaganza held in the<br />

<strong>Lowveld</strong> Botanical Garden for families<br />

over the Easter weekend.<br />

• Other interventions to turn an<br />

ordinary place into an exceptional one<br />

where visitors, shoppers, residents and<br />

business owners want to be.<br />

Fundamentally a CID focuses on<br />

“clean, green and safe”. Once that is<br />

achieved, it looks deeper at aspects<br />

like programming, promotion,<br />

environmental impact as well as<br />

special capital projects that will boost<br />

the area even more by turning it into a<br />

welcoming space. This year the CID is<br />

looking at the theme of our combined<br />

area and the experience it offers to the<br />

public upon visits.<br />

The reality is that you feel different<br />

when you drive into Riverside. The<br />

roads are swept and the landscaping is<br />

maintained, and in some public places<br />

even installed by the CID(s). There are<br />

licence plate recognition, PTZ and<br />

infrared cameras in predetermined<br />

places, along with a dedicated<br />

response vehicle in the area, 24/7.<br />

We market the area as a whole and<br />

will focus on our pillars of offerings to<br />

enhance this even further. Water leaks,<br />

streetlights and any other municipal<br />

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Jessica Prim: Marketing Coordinator, Avhatakali Mamaatsharaga: Riverside Park Precinct Association CID Board<br />

Chairman, Shivon Wiggins: Riverside Park Precinct Association CID Manager, Derek Todd: Riverside Industrial CID<br />

Board Chairman and Lihandri Maritz: Riverside Industrial CID Manager<br />

infrastructure damages are reported<br />

to the respective departments. We<br />

want the public to spend its time<br />

here, so we look at anything that can<br />

possibly benefit the area… from big<br />

bunnies and nice gardens to take<br />

pictures, to rubbish bins to keep<br />

litter down. Bollards keep vehicles<br />

from wrecking property owners’<br />

landscaping and chicanes slow traffic<br />

down. Basically, we identify a need<br />

and address it in the best possible<br />

way to lead to long-term solutions.<br />

Another way in which the CID<br />

benefits the community, and<br />

especially the neighbourhood, is<br />

its preservation of the wetlands.<br />

A significant part of Riverside’s<br />

vision of leaving a legacy for future<br />

generations, is conserving and<br />

protecting our environment in and<br />

around the precinct. This includes<br />

preserving and rehabilitating<br />

wetlands in the precinct and<br />

investigating ways of integrating our<br />

green spaces around the precinct<br />

with the developed space. In this<br />

regard, Riverside and several other<br />

key stakeholders, such as Halls<br />

Properties, the township developers,<br />

the botanical garden and University<br />

of Mpumalanga, are working on the<br />

Greater Riverside Biodiversity Initiative<br />

It became a natural progression<br />

to give the two areas one strong<br />

identity that offers a range<br />

of experiences and unique<br />

destinations<br />

(GRBI) which aims to rehabilitate and integrate the green riverine areas and<br />

other green spaces in and around Riverside and the botanical garden into one<br />

integrated green space that will become available to the residents of Mbombela<br />

to enjoy. The first phase of the GRBI to kick-start this very exciting initiative is<br />

expected to be rolled out over the next six months.<br />

Merging the two precincts makes sense on many levels, such as giving the<br />

two areas one strong identity that will be home to many offerings. Given the<br />

adjacency of the two CIDs, the overlap of land uses the existing synergies that<br />

already exist and the strong geographical sense of place, namely, Riverside. It<br />

became a natural progression to give the two areas one strong identity that<br />

offers a range of experiences and unique destinations. Riverside is a growing<br />

node and, in this regard, the recent boundary expansion of the Riverside Park<br />

CID to include the new Phase 3 townships to the west and north of the existing<br />

CID, is testament to the continued growth and expansion of the node. The<br />

first developments in the new Phase 3 townships include Curro Academy and<br />

a planned residential development adjacent to the new school, which will<br />

strengthen the residential offering in the precinct.<br />

We envisage Riverside becoming synonymous with convenience, excitement,<br />

enjoyment and success, as it transitions from a great place to a truly exceptional<br />

urban one. One that we as citizens of the city can be proud of, and know that we<br />

have created an urban legacy for future generations.<br />

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Autumn<br />

hues<br />

As the weather cools down, we turn to<br />

shades of soft fawn and mushroom, of<br />

lush chocolate and cappuccino … with<br />

rich textures to nourish and protect.<br />

An uplifting scent for the season … Elizabeth<br />

Arden My Fifth Avenue EDP, R925 from<br />

Mopani • Brand new Clarins Everlasting<br />

Foundation and Everlasting Concealer –<br />

24-hour wear, matte finish, high coverage but<br />

super lightweight, and with skincare benefits.<br />

Not much you can ask for, really. R520 and<br />

R385 from Mopani<br />

We love this East India Islands range for men from EarthSap …<br />

there’s a body wash, R109, and hand and body lotion, R79. Both from<br />

madebynature.co.za • Intense, affordable skincare … win-win.<br />

Skin Oil from Africa’s Coconut Oil Intensive Skin Care moisturises<br />

hydrates, is geat on scars and stretch marks and is excellent for dry and<br />

ageing skin. R75 from takealot.com • Just because the weather’s cooler,<br />

doesn’t mean you can go without suncare. Sothys Sensitive Zones<br />

Protective Fluid SPF50 gives high protection against solar radiation …<br />

wear it every single day. R675. For stockists, ring 021-701-2900.<br />

Play up your eyes with<br />

Elizabeth Arden High<br />

Drama Eyeliner in<br />

Espresso, R265, from<br />

Mopani • Staying with<br />

the matte look, and with<br />

ingredients that nourish,<br />

hydrate and protect,<br />

we’re loving this<br />

RVBLAB Matt & Velvet<br />

Lipstick in No 33, R330.<br />

Stockist details:<br />

021-701-2900<br />

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Mini bottles of nail perfection. These<br />

Mavala varnishes are perfectly sized<br />

… just 5ml, so you’ll finish the bottle<br />

before you get bored with the shade. For<br />

Autumn, we’ve chosen Brown Break. R85<br />

from Mopani. • NUXE Reve de Miel Lip<br />

Balm is concentrated and full of benefits.<br />

It combines honey, vegetable oils and<br />

Propolis, a rare and precious ingredient<br />

from the hive, and immediately relieves,<br />

intensely nourishes and repairs very<br />

dry and damaged lips. Lovely melting<br />

texture and grapefruit<br />

scent, too.<br />

R250 from Woolworths,<br />

Truworths and Foschini.<br />

Neutral tones work<br />

well for dressing<br />

between seasons.<br />

Great relaxed styling,<br />

too, for WFH and<br />

school lifts and<br />

coffee dates with a<br />

girlfriend. R799 from<br />

poetrystores.co.za<br />

This Bodycare range from Africa Savanna Shea is one<br />

of our new top buys. The range includes body scrubs,<br />

lotions and butters, hand and body washes, and bath salts.<br />

With shea butter and vitamin E, they are top quality, and<br />

really affordable (priced from R49.95 to R84.95). You’ll find<br />

them at selected Pick n Pay and Checkers stores, or online<br />

bodycarefromafrica.co.za<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

<strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 21


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&<br />

We’ve mastered meat-free Mondays. Now let’s take it a step further.<br />

Love plants<br />

Embracing a plant-based lifestyle<br />

The daughter of a goat farmer, Tammy Fry saw<br />

how, day after day, the goats were sold for<br />

slaughter. But she realised that if she named<br />

the individual goats, they crossed the line from<br />

being ‘units of currency’ to pets. So she started<br />

naming as many of them as possible.<br />

The same goat farmer, many years later, swore<br />

off meat forever, and in the early 1990s, he and<br />

his wife started The Fry Family Food Company,<br />

known internationally for its range of plantbased<br />

food products.<br />

Tammy, recently named as one of the top eight<br />

women changing the world through food,<br />

and founder of Meat-Free Mondays here and<br />

in Australia, knows all too well the challenges<br />

of choosing a plant-based lifestyle … and<br />

discusses them, and the solutions, in her first<br />

book Made with Love and Plants. More than a<br />

recipe book, it’s full of really useful, thoughtful<br />

information … from why you should choose a<br />

plant-based diet to transitioning (don’t go cold<br />

turkey!), answering questions – where do you<br />

get your iron (beans and legumes and broccoli<br />

and dates), and giving essential tips (navigating<br />

the supermarket and decoding labels).<br />

There are nearly six dozen really great recipes,<br />

that quickly dispel the idea that this diet is<br />

boring or restrictive.<br />

There’s a breakfast carrot cake (Carrot cake.<br />

Breakfast. Swoon) and glazed, grilled fruit<br />

skewers with chocolate sauce to get your<br />

day off to a sweet start, the prettiest, tastiest<br />

Vietnamese rice paper rolls with hoisin-peanut<br />

dipping sauce or loaded homemade nachos<br />

for midday Summer snacking, and a West<br />

African coconut curry that’ll have you dishing<br />

up seconds in no time.<br />

Tammy suggests you milk coconuts, not cows,<br />

and so there are recipes for rice, coconut,<br />

almond and cashew nut milk, and a whole<br />

section on treats and lunch box ideas.<br />

If you’re thinking of going the plant-based<br />

route, we bet this book will sway you; if not, it’s<br />

worth a buy for recipes for you to keep meatfree<br />

Mondays interesting. Simple. Delicious.<br />

Healthy. All you want, really. For more from<br />

Tammy, visit seed-blog.com.<br />

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Vanilla nice cream with cookie crumble<br />

This one makes the nice list. Nice to eat, nice to make, nice ’n’ healthy too.<br />

You’ll need: 3 frozen bananas; 1 Tbsp maple syrup; a few drops natural<br />

vanilla extract; 1 Tbsp cocoa powder (optional for making chocolate ice<br />

cream); quarter cup coconut milk (if necessary); crunchy oat and choc<br />

cookies (recipe in the book, or use any other vegan cookie, crumbled)<br />

To make: Add the bananas, maple syrup, vanilla extract and cocoa<br />

powder (if using) to a powerful blender and blitz until smooth. Add<br />

small amounts of the coconut milk, if required for a smoother texture.<br />

Serve in a bowl or a cone, topped with crumbled cookies.


Breakfast carrot cake<br />

Not all puddings are equal. Take this one for example,<br />

technically a cake, eaten at breakfast, no refined sugar,<br />

no dairy and nutrition in every spoonful. Breakfast<br />

doesn’t get better than this. This makes enough for two.<br />

You’ll need: 1 cup each of coconut milk, water and rolled<br />

oats; 2 cups peeled and grated carrots; 2 bananas,<br />

mashed; 4 Tbsp raisins or dried goji berries; 2 Tbsp<br />

maple syrup; 1 tsp each of ground cinnamon and vanilla<br />

spice/essence; half a tsp each of ground ginger, ground<br />

nutmeg, ground cloves; and half a cup coconut cream<br />

For the toppings, you’ll need: shaved coconut; maple syrup<br />

(to taste); and pineapple pieces<br />

To make: In a small pot over a medium heat, bring the<br />

milk and water to a simmer. Add the oats and bring to a<br />

slow boil, then reduce the heat and allow to simmer for<br />

3 minutes. Add the grated carrots, bananas and raisins or<br />

berries, as well as the maple syrup, vanilla essence and<br />

spices. Cook for another three to five minutes. Pour in<br />

the coconut cream and stir well, allowing to simmer for<br />

approximately five minutes until the liquid is absorbed<br />

and a thick consistency is reached. Add the toppings<br />

and decorate as desired. Enjoy the ‘cake‘ warm.<br />

We admit. We’ve<br />

taken the three<br />

sweetest options<br />

from Made with<br />

Love and Plants.<br />

But trust us …<br />

there are loads<br />

of savoury dishes<br />

that are equally<br />

as delicious.<br />

Yum. Yum. Yum.<br />

Penguin, R290.<br />

Cinnamon not only tastes amazing when added to<br />

desserts, smoothies and savoury dishes, but it’s one of<br />

nature’s superfoods. This spice has powerful medicinal<br />

benefits as a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.<br />

Just a quarter teaspoon a day can lower the risk of some<br />

chronic diseases. Tammy admits she might be trying<br />

too hard here to make muffins look like health food.<br />

But who could blame her? These cinnamon and walnut<br />

muffins take less than half an hour from start to finish<br />

… you’re meant to leave them to cool on a rack before<br />

eating. We didn’t. Get the recipe on getitmagazine.co.za.<br />

You’re welcome.<br />

<strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 25


Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

Well. Mum certainly is the word this month … with our massive Mother’s<br />

Day giveaway hamper. It’s crammed – overflowing – with everything<br />

we think would make our mum very happy indeed. And it’s valued at<br />

a whopping R7220. Just look what we’ve got … • An on-trend Kubu<br />

rectangular basket (R299) from Biggie Best, which is great for storage<br />

in your home, and to store all these goodies. Biggie Best has also<br />

added a white orchid (R79), from their particularly exceptional<br />

collection of faux flowers and plants. Details: volpes.co.za • From Lou<br />

Harvey, SA’s homegrown designer and decorator, a Gusset Vanity<br />

(R435) and Long Tom Cooler (R460) in the brand new Python print<br />

(which is giving the ever-popular Leopard a run for its money). It’s<br />

one of the new collection of designs … which also includes iconic<br />

paisleys and florals so loved by LH fans. Details: louharvey.co.za • A<br />

duo of Densitium Skin Care essentials. This anti-ageing range from<br />

French skincare brand SVR is dedicated to slowing down and treating<br />

ageing skin (not, Mum, that we think you’re ageing … you’re beautiful!).<br />

There’s a Densitium Bi-serum, formulated for the face and neck for the<br />

treatment of sagging skin, wrinkles and dryness (R954) and Densitium<br />

Crème Riche, which targets dryness, thinning skin, lack of elasticity<br />

and loss of definition (R424). Details: info@filorga.co.za, or buy online at<br />

absoluteskin.co.za / riekiemedaesthetic.co.za • Sunnies for the coolest mum<br />

on the block. Our hamper includes a pair of Baker Eyewear sunglasses<br />

(R1499), which is exclusively available at Execuspecs … it’s a<br />

quality, stylish range for people who see the world differently.<br />

Details: execuspecs.co.za • Kids have their school packs. Mum<br />

needs a stylish Thule Achiever Backpack 20L (R1399). It has<br />

much-needed organisational solutions for mums on the go,<br />

protects your laptop, loads of space for your other daily gear,<br />

great colours (think Asphalt Camo, Black, Burgundy or Seneca<br />

Rock), and is really durable and tough, so built to last in the urban<br />

jungle. Details: thulestore.co.za • A bottle of Fluere (R269) … a<br />

distilled ‘spirit’ without a trace of alcohol. It’s a blend of botanicals,<br />

based on essential oils of juniper, lavender, coriander and lemon<br />

peel, and is perfect to create non-alcoholic long drinks and<br />

mocktails. For mum, we’ve got the Spiced Cane option,<br />

lovely notes of chocolate and coffee with a sweet, complex,<br />

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earthy palate. Details: available from takealot.co.za •<br />

Staying with the non-alcoholic theme (homework<br />

nights!), there’s also a bottle of Abstinence (R229)<br />

in the basket. Locally produced, sophisticated and<br />

showcasing some of Cape Town’s finest indigenous<br />

flora, there’s not only no alcohol but also no sugar, no<br />

colouring, no flavouring, so it gets full marks from us.<br />

Details: available from takealot.co.za • Friday night … so<br />

no school lifts in the morning. Time for a G&T. Mum’ll<br />

love Bloedlemoen (R395). Pronounced Blue’d Le Moon,<br />

it’s an award-winning handcrafted, small-batch local gin<br />

made from 10 natural botanicals; a quintessentially<br />

South African gin made from the delicious Tarocco<br />

blood orange, and proudly boasts as the first blood<br />

orange gin in the World. The fruit is sourced locally<br />

from our growing partners in the Western Cape of<br />

South Africa. Details: Available at takealot.co.za • Mum will<br />

think you’ll have whisked her off to a tropical island with<br />

this one. She can imagine sitting on a beach, sipping<br />

on her Don Papa rum (R499) cocktail. This premium,<br />

small-batch, single-island, aged rum from Negros in<br />

the Philippines, is aged for seven years to produce a<br />

light and fruity, amber coloured rum that is perfect<br />

for sipping alone or as the key ingredient in epic<br />

cocktails. Details: available from takealot.co.za<br />

• And at the end of a long day … a soft, fluffy towel to<br />

wrap around you after a long, scented bubble bath.<br />

From Volpes, we’ve got a set of Indulge White Towels<br />

(R329) … 100 per cent cotton, highly absorbent, super<br />

luxurious and with a double-stitched hem for durability.<br />

Heaven. Details: volpes.co.za • Whether your mum’s a<br />

homemaker or a board member, stressed from no sleep<br />

with a toddler or a teen (both, we know, cause sleepless<br />

nights), a young new mum or an experienced gran, a careful<br />

teetotaller or a lover of exotic cocktails … we know one<br />

thing – she’ll be a jolly spoilt mum if you win this hamper for<br />

her. To enter, simply visit our Facebook or Instagram page<br />

(getitnationalmagazines), find the Mother’s Day post, and<br />

follow the instructions. Entries close <strong>May</strong> 28.


treat mum<br />

There’s no-one quite like mum. And there’s nothing<br />

quite like this month’s give away. We’ve got a hamper,<br />

overflowing with stylish goodies from our favourite<br />

brands, worth more than R7000, to give away.<br />

Happy Mother’s Day, with<br />

love from Get It.<br />

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Indulge<br />

yourself!<br />

Put a smile on your face<br />

At van der Walt dental practice we strive to provide our patients with quality dental<br />

treatment at affordable prices. Our focus is to treat the whole family and to make it a<br />

fun and positive experience.<br />

Quality dentistry medical aid rates<br />

• Dr Liezl van der Walt • Dr Kiewiet Pienaar • Dr Dylan Jenkins • Dr Nadia Rust • Dr Abigail Ferreira<br />

One lucky reader will receive teeth whitening to the value of R2 600!<br />

To enter, go to Van Der Walt Dental Practice on Facebook, and send a<br />

message with your contact details and the words “Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong>”.<br />

Details: van der Walt dental practice. 71 Van Wijk Street, Mbombela.<br />

013-744-3520. www.vdwdental.co.za / info@vdwdental.co.za<br />

Brush up your pearly whites<br />

Healthy, beautiful teeth are an essential part of a healthy<br />

person. Teeth and gums that are unhealthy will have a<br />

direct effect on the entire body, causing pain and<br />

discomfort when you least expect it. Teeth<br />

that are well looked after and healthy<br />

are a major boost to your appearance,<br />

improving your confidence and<br />

overall quality of life. Between<br />

them, Dr Auke van der Meulen and<br />

Dr Karen Kromhout have many<br />

years of experience, and offer all<br />

dental services including implants,<br />

orthodontics, aesthetic dentistry and<br />

CEREC cad-cam dentistry at their<br />

practice.<br />

Cause a scent-sation<br />

Explore more than 70 quality French<br />

fragrances, and discover why South Africa<br />

loves and uses our products. Fragrant<br />

House has sourced the finest scents from<br />

the most discerning perfumers in France.<br />

Our suppliers are all professionals who<br />

are recognised as leaders in their field.<br />

Together we are committed to excellence<br />

and strive to provide our clients with the<br />

very best in generic fragrances.<br />

Spend R580 and you’ll be entered into the<br />

draw to win a supply of perfume for six months<br />

(terms and conditions apply).<br />

Details<br />

Shop G4-5, Casterbridge<br />

Lifestyle Centre, White River.<br />

013-751-3144 or 081-487-3443.<br />

admin@mysmile.co.za/<br />

www.mysmile.co.za<br />

Details<br />

i’langa Mall, Shop UG 27,<br />

Mbombela. 013-742-2005.<br />

www.fragranthouse.co.za


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Mothers are timeless<br />

Nelspruit Watchmakers &<br />

Manufacturing Jewellers is your<br />

one-stop shop when it comes to<br />

design, manufacture and repairs<br />

to all types of jewellery, including<br />

engraving and valuations. We also<br />

do all your watch repairs, services,<br />

batteries, glasses, straps, etc on all<br />

types of watches.<br />

Details: 013-752-6539 or<br />

watchandjewelsnst@gmail.com<br />

Love your locks<br />

Get a professional hair treatment, blowout or styling<br />

done on the go. No cuts or colour - just wash, blow<br />

and style. Details: Crossing Centre, cnr Madiba Drive & N4,<br />

Mbombela. 013-755-5536 or mopani.co.za<br />

i’langa Mall – home of the perfect Mother’s Day gift<br />

On Sunday <strong>May</strong> 9, we celebrate the mother of the family,<br />

as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence<br />

of mums in society. Fortunately, you are spoilt for choice at<br />

i’langa Mall with over 140 stores, 11 restaurants and a full<br />

complement of entertainment to make mum’s day beyond<br />

special. From fragrance to flowers, chocolates to charms -<br />

i’langa Mall has the perfect Mother’s Day gift for you. Create<br />

magical moments and spoil her with a delightful breakfast,<br />

lunch, or dinner at one of the restaurants in the piazza or food<br />

and entertainment court. You might even be the lucky winner<br />

of a R1 000 shopping voucher. Keep an eye on the i’langa Mall<br />

Facebook page for Mother’s Day gift ideas and giveaways.<br />

i’langa Mall would like to wish all the mums out there a calm<br />

and relaxing Mother’s Day.<br />

Treat yourself at BUCO<br />

BUCO Nelspruit has an exciting range of DIY, decor<br />

and craft products that will convince you that<br />

hardware stores are not just for dads! Be sure to visit<br />

the paint department or choose a new mirror for<br />

your bathroom. BUCO stocks cleaning, Rooibaard<br />

and outdoor products and there is a hairdresser and<br />

coffee shop, too. We are giving away a BUCO hamper<br />

to the value of R1 000! To stand a chance of winning,<br />

head over to BUCO Nelspruit on Facebook and like<br />

and share the post. All products are available online.<br />

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Editor’s<br />

choice<br />

A swoon-worthy treat for any<br />

mum, our editor simply loves the<br />

divine SkinCeuticals’ advanced<br />

professional skincare range,<br />

available exclusively from<br />

The Aesthetic Doctors,<br />

Mbombela.<br />

SkinCeuticals’ mission is to improve skin health. Dedicated to this<br />

purpose, they make one simple promise - to provide advanced skincare<br />

backed by science. Born from decades of skin cancer research that led<br />

to pivotal breakthroughs in antioxidants, their high potency formulas are<br />

concentrated in pure actives and proven to penetrate optimally into skin.<br />

SkinCeuticals’ skincare philosophy centres on three main pillars: Prevent.<br />

Protect. Correct. These principles work synergistically to correct signs<br />

of ageing, protect healthy skin, and prevent future damage. They have<br />

recently introduced the Silymarin CF, a breakthrough vitamin C serum for<br />

oily and blemish-prone skin. This oil-free formula is clinically demonstrated<br />

to reduce oil oxidation by up to 76%, as well as reduce oiliness, refine skin<br />

texture, and visibly improve skin clarity and fine lines.<br />

• Provides advanced antioxidant protection from environmental aggressors<br />

• Helps prevent oil oxidation that can lead to breakouts<br />

• Reduces oiliness<br />

• Minimises pore appearance and refines skin texture<br />

• Improves skin clarity, radiance, and uneven skin tone<br />

• Improves the appearance of fine lines<br />

Tried and tested at The Aesthetic Doctors. Follow us on Instagram to<br />

see its incredible results.<br />

Here at The Aesthetic Doctors we believe in exceptional skincare for each<br />

patient’s individual skin needs and that is why we have SkinCeuticals’<br />

advanced professional skincare as part of our cosmeceutical skincare<br />

range. We are indeed privileged to be an exclusive stockist of SkinCeuticals’<br />

advanced professional skincare in the <strong>Lowveld</strong>. Details: The Aesthetic<br />

Doctors on 072-893- 6132<br />

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Celebrate in style<br />

Fiesta Farm Restaurant at El Roi<br />

Guest Lodge outside White River<br />

is offering each mum a free gin<br />

and tonic when they book for<br />

Mother’s Day lunch. The cost for<br />

the lunch is R200 per adult and<br />

R100 per child and will include a<br />

plated starter, main course and<br />

dessert. Details: 082-774- 9455 or<br />

www.elroiguestlodge.com<br />

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A meal made with love for mum<br />

Comfortably set on the picturesque banks of the<br />

Gladdespruit, Kingfisher Country Kitchen & Smokehouse<br />

outside Mbombela is surrounded by serene bushveld<br />

and beautiful birdlife. We offer a true country-dining<br />

experience, where fresh food is cooked from the heart, so<br />

come and spoil mum for Mother’s Day with our threecourse<br />

carvery feast at R195 per person. Our kiddies play<br />

area will keep the little ones busy while live music will<br />

keep mum entertained. Details: Kyro on 066-320-5556 or<br />

Neale on 071-625-9661<br />

It’s fiesta time!<br />

Hey, amigo! Your Mami<br />

deserves to be spoilt this<br />

Mother’s Day, and what<br />

better way than with a<br />

fiesta at Salsa Mexican Grill<br />

in i’langa Mall. Order one<br />

of our delicious main meals<br />

and her first watermelon<br />

frosé will be on us! Now that’s<br />

how you say I love you in<br />

Mexican! Happy Mother’s Day,<br />

Mami’s. Ts & Cs apply. Only<br />

available on Sunday <strong>May</strong> 9.<br />

Details: 064-686-8817<br />

Get It<br />

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

wishes all our amazing mums<br />

a very happy Mother’s Day,<br />

with treats and spoils galore!


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We have two bottles<br />

of Primos Gin to give away!<br />

One Citron and one Arandano.<br />

To enter, send your details to<br />

competitions@getitlowveld.co.za<br />

with “Primos” in the<br />

subject line to reach us by<br />

<strong>May</strong> 28. Good luck!<br />

Deliciously refreshing, deliciously Primos<br />

In Spanish, “primos” means “cousins”. In Italian, it<br />

means “first”. This intriguing combination makes<br />

it the perfect name for a lemon-fermented gin<br />

that’s the first of its kind in South Africa, expertly<br />

crafted by two cousins: Marnus and Rossouw<br />

Kruger. As third-generation citrus farmers, their<br />

families have been perfecting the art of growing<br />

grapefruit, oranges and lemons for decades.<br />

Surrounded by this juicy, vibrant bounty, they<br />

took some of the lemons they’d harvested and did<br />

something completely unexpected: they decided<br />

to make gin. But Primos is not your ordinary gin.<br />

Instead of fermenting grain, they ferment lemons<br />

harvested from their farm to produce the alcohol,<br />

which is then double-distilled with a Brazilian<br />

strain of juniper berry. This means that it is lemonfermented<br />

instead of lemon-infused, with the<br />

fruit forming the very foundation of the spirit. As<br />

a result, Primos Gin’s lemon flavour is intrinsic,<br />

rather than simply layered on top. Expect subtle<br />

aromas of spicy juniper and fresh citrus zest, with<br />

a dry finish. Not too sweet, not too bitter – Primos<br />

is perfectly balanced, a true tribute to the cool<br />

clear waters of the Blyde River and the dramatic<br />

Drakensberg Mountains.<br />

High G&T<br />

Join us for a high G&T<br />

every Saturday and<br />

Sunday this <strong>May</strong> from<br />

11am to 2pm, and<br />

indulge in the tinklings<br />

of our pianist. Our gin<br />

bar stocks more than<br />

30 different gin brands,<br />

craft beer, bubbly, wine,<br />

rum and whisky. Limited<br />

high tea platters are<br />

available which include<br />

a selection of savoury<br />

and sweet treats so<br />

book in advance to<br />

avoid disappointment.<br />

Details: 013-750 -1969.<br />

www.gincompany.co.za.<br />

Gin & Co, Casterbridge<br />

Centre, White River


Keeping mums full of beans<br />

Kaybee Malele’s working environment might leave you green with envy. As the<br />

manager of the new Swing Café and chief barista at the Graskop Gorge Lift Co,<br />

Kaybee loves interacting with guests while expertly brewing cups of locally grown<br />

coffee and says he never tires of the endless views of mountains, trees and, of<br />

course, the Motitsi Waterfall. A Graskop resident, Kaybee has the touch when it<br />

comes to creating foam art. “I love that when I turn cappuccino froth into artwork, it<br />

makes customers smile and even photograph their coffee to share on social media,”<br />

says Kaybee. His other great passion is music. “I love making music, writing my own<br />

lyrics and recording my songs. I also shoot, direct and edit music videos and have<br />

been doing so for years.” The barista has a quick smile and great sense of humour.<br />

“Here’s an anonymous but very true quote for all the moms out there,” he laughs,<br />

“‘<strong>May</strong> your coffee be stronger than your toddler’!”<br />

WIN! Mums, indulge in Graskop Gorge<br />

Lift Co’s aromatic coffee while enjoying<br />

the unforgettable views. To celebrate the<br />

<strong>Lowveld</strong>’s mums this Mother’s Day, Graskop<br />

Gorge is giving away four Lift Experience<br />

tickets, along with a cup of local coffee,<br />

lovingly brewed by Kaybee, and a slice of<br />

cake for each winner. To enter, send an<br />

email to competitions@getitlowveld.co.za<br />

with “Kaybee Coffee” in the subject line. The<br />

closing date is <strong>May</strong> 28 and the prize is valid<br />

for six months, excluding public holidays.<br />

WIN<br />

ME<br />

1<br />

How to enter:<br />

2<br />

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Attie<br />

Raymond<br />

Sonette and Hugo<br />

Small changes,<br />

Sonette de Beer’s story began with retrenchment in lockdown... and a big dream.<br />

Upon her retrenchment at the end of <strong>May</strong> 2020, her husband, Hugo, said, “Now,<br />

you will do you!” And she decided to do just that.<br />

The first thing she did was to phone<br />

up Sakhile Madonsela. “Sakhile and I<br />

worked on a project together more<br />

than three years ago,” she says. “It was<br />

creative, satisfying and a huge success,<br />

and back then we both knew this<br />

could become something. So, the two<br />

of us decided to join forces, and that<br />

was the start of a new dream.”<br />

During this time, Sonette joined a<br />

paint group on Facebook, TjhokoPaint<br />

#tjhokocrations, where she shared her<br />

decor projects. “The community was<br />

unbelievably supportive and boosted<br />

our ideas, and we reckoned, why not?<br />

Let’s go for it! I became a Tjhokopaint<br />

ambassador, and being part of such<br />

an incredibly supportive community<br />

is a blessing in itself,” Sonette enthuses.<br />

“From there, I immediately sent the<br />

message to all my friends, telling them<br />

that for any project they had in mind,<br />

to buy the material - we woud do the<br />

work. At no charge!” She laughs, saying that she and Sakhile made the decision to<br />

hang in there, stick together and to push through no matter the outcome – good<br />

or bad. “It was for our families, mainly, but also to do what we loved, what we<br />

wanted to do. We soon realised that our getting together was a blessing from day<br />

one. And so Nitali Re-Invented Decor began!”<br />

They started their first project on June 15, 2020, woodworking with Tjhokopaint.<br />

“We loved it! Now all we needed to do was to take photographs of our first official<br />

makeover and get ourselves on the map.” The duo completed three fairly large<br />

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projects in June and August, bringing in more oppurtunities. By<br />

then they realised they needed a bit of help, and Sakhile brought<br />

in his nephew, Given. “He decided there were other things I could<br />

be doing, instead of assisting him while he was busy building,” she<br />

smiles. “The three of us completed a few more projects, and by the<br />

end of October/November we needed another pair of hands to<br />

help us out, especially with painting, as we had now added painting<br />

walls and ceilings to our repertoire. That’s when Dumisani joined the<br />

team.”<br />

During November, Sonette had the opportunity to meet the people<br />

from Paintmaster/Tjhokopaint in person, inspiring even more new<br />

ideas and plans. “Our projects grew,” she muses, “and we eventually<br />

just ran out of space as time passed. Also, rainy weather kept us<br />

from being 100% productive. We had to make a decision – go<br />

big or go home. At the end of January, we made the decision to<br />

find premises to work from; quite a leap of faith, because we went Sakhile<br />

from no rent to rent, and of course everything that that entails. But<br />

we took the leap and were rewarded with more shop. None of these people had employment due<br />

blessings - the team has grown to 11 people to Covid, but they all had plenty of hope and big<br />

in <strong>2021</strong>! The new premises in Mbombela will dreams. And now, every one of them is happy to help<br />

house a woodworking and upholstery factory, with all your reinvented decor ideas.”<br />

workshop space for classes, a paint shop<br />

Trading hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm. Sat: 9am-1pm.<br />

(Paintmaster and Tjhokopaint), and a decor Details: Sonette on 082-569-6588<br />

big differences<br />

Photographer: LUME REITER PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Biyosi Lolo Lumé<br />

Sipho<br />

Given Matthew Dumsani<br />

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It is a dreaded event in anyone’s life. And one that often hits the hardest at<br />

the most inconvenient of times! A burst geyser or suprise fountain in your<br />

kitchen is a matter that cannot wait. You’d want it sorted out, swiftly!<br />

o would Lasea<br />

Swift, owner and<br />

manager of local<br />

plumbing, electrical<br />

and construction<br />

company Swift<br />

Group. Her motto<br />

in life is simply<br />

to serve and make<br />

a difference. For this<br />

reason, Swift is your best bet when<br />

a plumbing or electrical disaster hits<br />

the moment you’re least prepared.<br />

It has a 24-hour call-out service that<br />

guarantees customer-focused service<br />

365 days a year.<br />

Swift is a treasured company in the<br />

<strong>Lowveld</strong> that has had Lasea at the<br />

helm for over 10 years now. She’s a<br />

strong woman with a heart full of<br />

kindness who believes that business<br />

is a vital avenue for upliftment. Swift is<br />

involved with numerous community<br />

outreaches and educational initiatives<br />

that give learners an opportunity<br />

to improve their circumstances.<br />

These community projects are often<br />

conducted with the support of<br />

BUCO Nelspruit.<br />

Lasea herself is a force to be reckoned<br />

with and disproves the notion that<br />

women cannot have it all. While<br />

building the company, she also raised<br />

two daughters. The eldest, Lonita, has<br />

just started her vocal career and we’re<br />

sure to see a lot of her in the future.<br />

Younger sister Bianca is not far behind,<br />

and is already performing with her<br />

older sibling.<br />

It has not always been plain sailing,<br />

however. A few years ago, the<br />

company fell on hard times. It was<br />

then the local community which it had<br />

served with so much passion returned<br />

the favour. Lasea tells of the helping<br />

hand that BUCO lent during this time,<br />

and she credits Pottie Potgieter and his<br />

team for playing a vital role in Swift’s<br />

survival.<br />

Since then, it’s been a relationship of<br />

mutual understanding and Swift Group<br />

can be proud of the gusto it showed in<br />

overcoming trying times.<br />

The company’s services include<br />

any plumbing and electrical repairs,<br />

maintenance and services. It also<br />

does minor construction work and<br />

renovations. It currently manages<br />

more than 600 call-outs per month.<br />

All of which are wholeheartedly<br />

supported by BUCO Nelspruit and<br />

its sales representative, Ollie Oliver.<br />

Their willingness to help surpasses<br />

the clients’ usual expectations and the<br />

company has been there every step of<br />

the way. Swift’s 24-hour service is<br />

a success because it has a supplier<br />

which cares.<br />

Lasea is a formidable woman and<br />

Swift Group is a formidable company.<br />

Suddenly you realise that living in the<br />

<strong>Lowveld</strong> has yet another a great perk:<br />

when the proverbial pawpaw hits the<br />

proverbial fan in the middle of the<br />

night – and it seems you may both sink<br />

and swim in an electrical storm – you<br />

will not have to fear, because Swift is<br />

just a phone call away. And if it needs<br />

to bring in some extra reinforcements,<br />

it’ll have BUCO on its side.<br />

Lasea Swift and Ollie Oliver<br />

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A force to be<br />

reckoned with<br />

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Magical<br />

Mdluli<br />

Traversing a bumpy road on the southern border of<br />

the Kruger National Park is always a highly anticipated<br />

adventure, especially when the end destination is<br />

Mdluli Safari Lodge. Mellissa Bushby tells us more<br />

about her recent trip into the heart of tranquillity.<br />

Mdluli Safari Lodge is accessed via a<br />

tree-lined private road after you enter<br />

the park through the Numbi Gate. On<br />

arrival, you are greeted by the superefficient<br />

and incredibly friendly team<br />

members at reception, who advise you<br />

to park your car and check in. We were<br />

assisted by Audrey Malomane, whose<br />

warm smile and friendly manner<br />

immediately made us feel at home,<br />

along with operations manager Lisa<br />

Soine, who was on hand to personally<br />

welcome us to Mdluli. A petite and<br />

bubbly woman who clearly loves what<br />

she does (and really, who wouldn’t?<br />

This pod chair is just heavenly<br />

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The place is magnificent!), she<br />

explained the story behind Mdluli<br />

to us while our luggage was being<br />

offloaded onto a golf cart, ready to<br />

be taken to our tent.<br />

Just below the reception area<br />

a rather large statue of a<br />

distinguished gentleman<br />

with his hand<br />

outstretched awaits<br />

guests, as if personally<br />

receiving them into<br />

his home. Which, in a<br />

way, he is. This is Inkhosi<br />

MZ Mdluli, whose vision<br />

was to see the Mdluli<br />

community benefiting<br />

through employment,<br />

education and communal<br />

development. After a long<br />

land restitution journey, this<br />

dream was realised, resulting<br />

in the Mdluli community<br />

having the freehold title of<br />

850 hectares of land inside<br />

the borders of the Kruger<br />

National Park. The lodge was<br />

established with the purpose<br />

of sustainably developing the<br />

infrastructure and lives of the<br />

Mdluli community, which receives<br />

financial, social and economic<br />

benefits from the daily running<br />

of the lodge. Unfortunately, the<br />

chief has passed away, but his<br />

legacy is alive and well in his son<br />

Inkhosi MI Mdluli, who picked up<br />

where his father had left off. Apart<br />

The statue of Inkhosi MZ Mdluli


from generating numerous other business<br />

opportunities, such as beading and artwork,<br />

the lodge itself employs nearly 200 men and<br />

women, 90% of whom are from the local<br />

community.<br />

“This is something we are very proud of,” Lisa<br />

smiles. “Our chief is a huge part of our success<br />

story. Our staff are completely invested in the<br />

success of Mdluli; we are like a family here.”<br />

She proudly shows us the beautiful beadwork<br />

displayed on the walls, all created by local<br />

craftspeople, as well as the wire artwork<br />

that runs across the entire back wall of the<br />

restaurant. “This is something interesting,” she<br />

explains. “At first it seems to be an abstract<br />

sculpture, but it is actually a representation of<br />

the granite rock that we have on the property,<br />

just behind the lodge.” Interesting indeed;<br />

we jump at the offer to see the granite rock<br />

after offloading the luggage and unpacking.<br />

At Mdluli, you can walk to wherever you are<br />

going within the camp or you can opt for a<br />

ride. You cannot drive your car to your tent,<br />

but the pathways are wide enough for a casual<br />

stroll or a golf cart, the main mode of transport.<br />

Luggage is taken to your tent and offloaded,<br />

and from there it’s up to you. We chose to hop<br />

on the cart; who doesn’t love a jaunt on one,<br />

especially through indigenous bush? The tent<br />

itself is beautiful, a welcome respite from the<br />

midday heat, and with a lovely view over the<br />

surrounding bush. An envelope with Mellissa<br />

and family greeted us when we unlocked the<br />

door, propped against a silver ice bucket with<br />

two glasses and a bottle of excellent red wine;<br />

tempting indeed and a lovely touch.<br />

The attention to detail inside the tent is<br />

impressive, from the white bedecked bed,<br />

a rather massive affair with a voluminous,<br />

delicate mosquito net draped over the corners,<br />

to the strategically placed - and plumped -<br />

cushions. The outdoor shower was particularly<br />

intriguing, and I promised myself that before<br />

I left, I would make use of it, with its quirky,<br />

vintage-style bronze taps and open-air appeal.<br />

Apart from the view, the deck boasts a pod<br />

Welcome to Mdluli<br />

The ever-so spectacular infinity pool<br />

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chair, hotly contested between the kids. Not that I blame<br />

them; who can resist the gentle, swaying motion of a<br />

hammock-style chair on a long, lazy afternoon? I guarantee<br />

it will keep you within its embrace far longer than you<br />

expect, especially with an ice-cold beverage in hand and<br />

the wind sighing through the trees. It was tempting… but<br />

the stunning, azure infinity pool I spotted earlier beckoned,<br />

and besides, it was time to explore a bit.<br />

The pool didn’t disappoint. The water was icy cold at first,<br />

but soon warmed up to an enticing temperature. After<br />

rather a lot of splashing about (that was the kids) and<br />

gazing over the edge into the surrounding grasslands,<br />

picturing the romance of a bygone Africa (that was me),<br />

time – and sunsets, alas – waited for no one. It was time<br />

to dry off and to head out for a trip up to the famous rock<br />

with Lisa. This specific area in the Kruger is well-known<br />

for its granite rocks, especially around Pretoriuskop Rest<br />

Camp. They were formed around 3 500 million years ago<br />

when molten rock pushed its way up through the crust<br />

of the earth. The wire artwork on the back wall of the<br />

restaurant immediately makes sense; little swirls of rock,<br />

small, unformed boulder shapes and hollow cups of stone<br />

all tumble together in an amalgamation of shape and form<br />

unique to the earth. Walking up the rock and looking over<br />

the camp was an incredible, breathtaking moment, the<br />

view forever compelling me to stay, to sit down on the<br />

warm granite and to soak in the last rays of the sun and<br />

the wisdom of the world that surely dwells in the trees that<br />

stretch into infinity before me. I turned and watched the<br />

sun as it slowly sank behind the canopy of trees. This is the<br />

ideal spot for a sundowner, perhaps a G & T, to celebrate<br />

the aforementioned romance of a bygone time.<br />

After heading back to camp, we returned to our tent to<br />

anticipate dinner, which was to be held at the boma. In<br />

the restaurant, weekend dinners are usually held under the<br />

stars, weather permitting. Fires are lit, lanterns ignited and<br />

Out of Africa-style chairs placed in the soft sand. Braziers<br />

burn high as the night sounds surround the camp and the<br />

meal is served under the watchful gaze of the Milky Way.<br />

The food was well-prepared and there is something for<br />

everyone to enjoy. Lisa and her husband, Etienne, kept a<br />

watchful eye on the proceedings, making sure everyone<br />

was well fed and happy. It’s the perfect end to the day.<br />

Except in our case it wasn’t quite the end.<br />

We took a leisurely stroll along the pathway back to<br />

our tent while the children ran ahead. After the day’s<br />

excitement and a hot shower, it was time for them to wind<br />

down a bit before wandering off to the world of dreams.<br />

And it was time for me to open the bottle of red, climb into<br />

the pod and sway quietly in the cool air, listening to the<br />

earth sigh and the trees whisper their night-time secrets<br />

to one another. At times like these, life makes perfect<br />

sense, as it always does in this ancient land of wonder and<br />

enchantment, among nature. Here, the earth seems to<br />

share a few of her secrets and reveal a little of her mystery.<br />

The Mdluli clan certainly have a treasure here, but then I<br />

suspect they’ve known that all along.<br />

Details: 087-980-0431, info@mdlulisafarilodge.co.za or<br />

www.mdlulisafarilodge.co.za<br />

Luxury awaits you<br />

Sit back and relax<br />

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Win!<br />

We are giving away one<br />

night’s accommodation for<br />

two adults, on a dinner,<br />

bed and breakfast rate, and<br />

it includes a game drive.<br />

To enter, send an email to<br />

competitions@getitlowveld.<br />

co.za with “Mdluli” in the<br />

subject line to reach us by<br />

noon on <strong>May</strong> 28.<br />

Please note: Rate<br />

will exclude the KNP<br />

conservation levy,<br />

community levy, beverages<br />

and any other personal<br />

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The prize is valid for six<br />

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Treasures of Africa<br />

We’ve got wild flower reserves and red-necked spurfowls. Walking safaris and the<br />

most trafficked wild mammal in the world. And we’ve got big sky country. Explore the<br />

treasures of Africa though the pages of these great books.<br />

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Walking safaris are one of the best ways to explore our<br />

parks and reserves, and Walking Safaris of South Africa<br />

is a great place to start. With close to 60 guided walks,<br />

there’s everything from short dawn and dusk walks to<br />

multi-day backpacking trails, from ultra-luxurious to<br />

wild camping under the stars. There are stories by hikers<br />

Hlengiwe Magagula and Denis Costello of tracking lions<br />

and elephant snacks (to inspire or scare) and masses of<br />

jolly useful info. Struik. • Gamebirds of Africa boasts being<br />

the definitive field guide, and this full-colour handbook<br />

includes everything you need to know to identify the<br />

89 species, and is a useful addition to the libraries of bird<br />

enthusiasts. Jacana. • In Pangolins – Scales of Injustice,<br />

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as close as possible to what’s likely to have happened on<br />

a journey of a pangolin poached in Zimbabwe and taken<br />

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methods and stats of the trade, explains the links between<br />

wildlife and Covid-19, and details China’s response to the<br />

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Coast explores a captivating part of South Africa, and<br />

reveals a bounty of treasures that give the West Coast, or<br />

Weskus as locals call it, its particular allure. Leon Nell takes<br />

you on a trip through seaside villages and inland towns,<br />

exploring the history, fauna and flora and interesting<br />

attractions along the way. Struik.


Big skies. Vast plains. Scrubby bushes and hardy trees. Flat-topped mountains and conical hills<br />

and secluded valleys. The Karoo. A place where dreams are born, legends are made, and outcasts find sanctuary.<br />

A place where human lineage predates any written history, whose story is revealed through geology, fossils<br />

and artefacts. Those of us who’re lucky enough to have travelled through and stayed in the Karoo know its<br />

beauty … a beauty that’s been captured through a series of astonishing photo-essays in Hidden Karoo.<br />

This coffee-table book offers readers a snapshot of the region, with a glimpse into towns and villages, farms<br />

and churches, public buildings and private homes, all against a backdrop of awe-inspiring landscapes.<br />

Patricia Kramer and Alain Proust’s book will delight fans of the area … and tempt those who’ve never been to<br />

explore the incredible Karoo (which derives from the Khoekhoe word karus, meaning dry, barren or thirsty land). It’s<br />

a book you’ll spend hours reading, with fascinating new facts on every page. Magnificent! Struik.<br />

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