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04 Pour a glass of red and flip through half a dozen reads
06 The search is over … we’ve found gorgeously grand gifts for guys
08 A feast for the eyes and senses at the KAMERS Makers artisanal market
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10 Three years ago, Jana Nel decided to take up ceramic classes at night.
Today she is living out her dream of creating one-of-a-kind ceramics
12 Willem Boshoff inspires people through his art and his latest
exhibition Word Woes exceeds all expectations
15 King of Comrades Bruce Fordyce shares his top tips for those
starting their running journey
16 Hair tonics. Body washes. And fresh fragrances. All your man needs
to look and feel his best
22 Gourmet food-and-wine recipes to knock your guests’ socks off!
20 Plant pretty primulas promptly
30 Put the pedal to the metal on a biking holiday
32 Explore Africa’s treasures from the comfort of your armchair
04 A magnum of Groote Post’s The Old Man’s Blend Red 2019
09 A three-bottle carry pack of some jolly splendid port from De Krans
11 We’re giving away a gorgeous hand-formed salt and pepper gift set
from Jana Nel Design
15 A signed copy of Winged Messenger
18 A manly hamper of goodies
34 A bottle of The Bluebeards Revenge
Personality: Jana Nel
Photographer: Jaco Bothma
Hair & make-up: Antoinette de Beer
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Half a dozen reads and a (big) bottle of wine
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A kidnapped heiress, a robbery, an escape. And a 20-year-old cold case – the FBI
has no leads, no clues, no success. Until two decades later, when a murdered
man is found in his apartment, along with one of the stolen items and a suitcase
with the initials WHL3. Windsor Horne Lockwood III. Or Win, as he’s called by his
few friends. And what Win has, and the FBI doesn’t, is a personal connection to
the case, a large fortune, and his own unique brand of justice. Harlan Coben,
with his signature twists and turns, keeps the adrenaline going in Win, his latest,
massively gripping thriller. Century. Available at exclusivebooks.co.za • A five-yearold
child missing in the woods, his nine-year-old sister who’s known to stretch
the truth. An imaginary friend, deceitful husband, and a best-selling author
… all come together in a thriller that keeps you guessing from start to finish.
To Tell You The Truth by Gilly Macmillan is another unputdownable read … one
boasting a final page that leaves you desperate for more. Penguin.
Win a magnum of The Old Man’s Blend
There are some big, bold, gripping reads this June. Which call for a big, bold wine.
A big, bold magnum of wine. Hello Groote Post’s The Old Man’s Blend Red
2019. This wine is a blend of 50 per cent Merlot and 25 per cent each Cabernet
Sauvignon and Shiraz. ‘This is a fantastic vintage. The three varietals all reached
optimal ripeness in perfect timing for the harvest’, says winemaker Lukas Wentzel
Lukas. This is a down-to-earth, ripe-fruit-driven blend. Captivating red fruit notes
delight the senses, most notably cherry, raspberry and cranberry, with soft
tannins giving a smooth finish. R215 from groote-post-wines.myshopify.com/
collections/all. Fancy a magnum for your next book club (or nick it for your dad …
you’ll be his favourite). Simply pop over to GetItPretoriaMagazine on Facebook,
find our post and follow the prompts. Entries close June 15.
Twisted. Dark. Suspenseful (oh, so suspenseful). Lisa Jewell’s books are always
edge-of-your-seat, and The Night She Disappeared is a tremendous
psychological thriller. From the very first page, you’re enveloped in a sense of
doom … you just know there’s going to be no happy-ever-after ending. There’s a
young couple who disappears after a night partying at a massive country estate,
leaving a much-adored baby behind with his gran, a group of not-so-desirable
youngsters who are meant to be their friends but are not terribly concerned
or helpful, and two awful mothers who leave a lot to be desired. There are
drugs and love, secrets and lies, cryptic clues and many, many twists and turns.
Honestly, don’t start it at bedtime … you will not be able to put it down. Penguin
• An isolated, luxury hotel high up in the Swiss Alps, recently converted from an
abandoned sanatorium where, years before, patients were treated (not always
terribly humanely), is the setting of The Sanatorium. An uneasy atmosphere, an
engagement party, a blizzard … and a missing fiancée. It appears someone is
killing off guests, and his – or her – sadistic methods are similar to those used
on the sanatorium patients years before. Fortunately, one of the guests
happen to be a detective, but she’s got demons of her own to deal with.
Dark, sinister, creepy … Sarah Pearse’s debut novel is a Gothic thriller that
will scare the bejesus out of you. Penguin, available from Exclusive Books.
For a feel-good hedonistic read, you
can’t beat Catherine Alliott … her
books are always a treat. In Behind
Closed Doors, she writes the story
of Lisa Palmer … who has the perfect
life with loving children, a dashing
husband and a gorgeous home. But
suddenly it’s all broken marriages,
swopping snazzy London living for a
rural farmhouse retreat, parents who
are growing old disgracefully, and an
old flame popping up unexpectedly.
Great fun, really witty, a brilliant book
for a lazy weekend. Michael Joseph /
Penguin, available from Exclusive Books.
A small town in America, just filled with hate and secrets and abuse
and despair. Tall Bones is Anna Bailey’s debut novel, and she writes
like a dream …. sucking you into the lives of the characters, some
indescribably awful, others who’ll break your heart. The story revolves
around the mystery of a teenager who disappears after a party in the
woods. There are unhappy families with appalling secrets, a fire-andbrimstone
preacher who lords over his flock of God-fearing religious
fanatics, a sheriff ‘who looks like he’s been carved from wood and
then left out in the rain’, who’s also missing a few fingers on his
bear-trap-mangled hand (he pretty much sums up the town, to be
honest). You read with bated breath, as desperate as the townsfolk to
discover what happened in the woods that night, a discovery that’s
going to be the spark that sets this tinder box of small-town rage
alight. An agonising ending for readers who like everything tied
up in a neat little bow! Brilliant. Penguin.
Compiled by: KYM ARGO
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Oh boy … have we found grand gifts for men this June!
We’re mad about
accessories … black fedora
(R259), mock suede and
leather gloves (R349), and
scented candle (139), all
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This chess/checkers set is the perfect gift for dads who appreciate a little
old-school fun. Soft suede, and in a range of smart colours (sand, tan, black
and royal navy), each mat has a concealed tube in which counters and dice
can be stored. You can (and should) also have it monogrammed.
There’s a backgammon set too. R880 from journeyleather.co.za
It may be a little
later than planned,
but the Olympic Games
Tokyo 2020 is finally on its
way, kicking off next month.
And while the athletes make their
final preparations, the Official Timekeeper is
unveiling a very special timepiece in tribute
to the occasion. The OMEGA Seamaster
Diver 300M Tokyo 2020 delivers a unique
colour scheme inspired by the Tokyo 2020
Olympic Games emblem, along with the very
best in watchmaking technology. It’s a hefty
R105000, but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime buy.
Details: For stockists, visit omegawatches.com
The Dunhill man is
just like dad then.
Icon Racing Red is
and grapefruit top
notes. If dad’s raceready,
this one’s for
him! R1899 from
Port for the win
A superb meal. Exceptional family and friends.
And a fine port. All the ticks for a perfect
Father’s Day. And while we can’t take care
of the first two, we’ve can help out with
the third. We’ve a three-bottle carry pack
of some jolly splendid port from De Krans
to give away. What’s in the pack? De Krans
Premium Cape Ruby … a dark ruby port full
of the rich flavours of cherries and ripe plum
fruit with hints of chocolate and spice (it’s
best enjoyed at room temperature during
these chilly winters days, and is great paired
with most cheeses and chocolate desserts)
• De Krans Cape Vintage … a rich, deep,
almost inky purple-red port, which has
beautiful aromas of violets, red berries, vanilla
and dark chocolate, and full and rich flavours
… think red fruits, dried prunes, cocoa and
spice (it’s lovely with almost all baked desserts
or served as a sauce over ice cream, and is
excellent on its own or with well-matured
cheese) • De Krans Cape Pink … a rose petal
pink port that has the smooth elegant taste of
cherries, plums and a hint of candyfloss (this
is perfect to have after a lazy al fresco lunch in
the winter sun). One - or all - of these would
make the perfect gift for dad … you’ll find
them from R66 to R118 at dekrans.co.za. To
win a hamper, pop over to our Facebook page
(GetItPretoriaMagazine) and follow the De
Krans Port post prompts. Entries close June 14.
Compiled by: KYM ARGO
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Lynette Fouché, Nicolene Meijer
Antoinette and Samanthea Rossouw
It was a feast for the eyes and senses at
the KAMERS/Makers artisanal market
@Menly Maine. From sipping on the most
exquisite Turkish rose gin, satisfying the
sweet tooth with a strawberry and basil
macaron to the most gorgeous fashions
finds, décor, gifts, skincare, ceramics and
jewellery … just to name a few highlights.
It was a morning well spent … sigh, and
worth the much-depleted bank account.
See who we spotted there.
Brenda Botha, Annelize Geldenhuys, Ebeth van der Westhuizen
Elizma Stoltz, Audrey Lisik
Beeuwen Gerryts, Louise Kruger Gerryts
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Kirsten de Wet, Corlandi Bezuidenhout
Nielia Blignaut, Savannah Klee
Centaine Alice, Kyle Volschenk
Erinn Schmidt, Taegan Hunn
Carli-Jeanne Coetzee, Zetske and Ayla Grobler
Linda and Lilize Wonigkeit
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Willem Boshoff grew up in a small town with almost
no exposure to the art world. And in those days there
was no internet or even decent TV documentaries to
learn more about art from. But, what he did have was
an inspiring art teacher, Henry Pretorius, who sparked
Willem’s interest. So much so that, as a teenager, he had
no doubts about what he would like to become one
day, an artist. Ultimately he has become a conceptual
artist who challenges us to become much more aware
of how we use the languages we live by, every day.
‘I was hungry to learn as much as I could about art. So,
I made myself a series of scrapbooks with pictures and
articles I cut out of the old magazines I got from the
local café owners.’
His decision to follow a career in art did not meet with
wide approval. His parents allowed him to study Fine
Arts only if he qualifies as an art teacher also. The result?
Since 1996 he’s been a renowned teacher and a fulltime
practising artist in South Africa and internationally,
and still has strong ties with many academic institutions.
And nowadays he teaches as a fine arts professor at the
University of the Free State part time.
Well-known as a brilliant conceptual artist, Willem has
a huge passion for language … a passion he uses as
inspiration to create different kinds of art. Sculptures
in wood and granite, graphic art and large twodimensional
assemblage pieces are just some of the
masterpieces he makes. But that’s not where this genius
wordsmith’s talent stops. ‘I also write dictionaries, some
are published and some I do in the form of artworks
like The Blind Alphabet Project and The Death of Afrikaans,
both on view at my retrospective exhibition Willem
Boshoff: Word Woes at the Javett Art Centre. The Blind
Alphabet is a three-dimensional dictionary. Inside rows
upon rows of steel, lidded boxes are wooden sculptures,
each a three-dimensional depiction of a particular word
from the Oxford English Dictionary.
‘Now, as a sighted person, I do not allow you to open
the box and see the sculpture. For you, the rows of
boxes are like a silent graveyard. You need a blind or
visually challenged person, to get my permission to
open the lid of each box, take out the sculpture and,
A P L A Y O N
Word artist, father, professor and plant lover. Willem Boshoff can be seen as a
jack of all trades, but he is definitely a master of the arts. He inspires people
through his art – even the blind – and his latest exhibition exceeds all expectations.
Willem donated the work Windrose (2011) to the Afrikaans
Hoër Meisieskool in Pretoria, part of which is visible above.
Text: JEAN-ELIZE MARAIS. Images: SUPPLIED.
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The Javett Art Centre at the University
of Pretoria is open Tuesday to Sunday
from 10am to 5pm. Entrance is R150
for adults, R50 for children, R70 for
pensioners and free for all South
African university students (with a
valid student card). Guided tours are
available, but must be booked at
least 48 hours in advance. They have
various free entrance days, the next
being June 16. South Campus, 23
Lynnwood Road, Hatfield.
Details: 012-420-3960, javettup.art
The etching Word Woes (2014) also
inspired a letter brick wall.
by feeling its form, explain the concept it
interprets for you. On the lid of each box,
the definition of the word is presented
in Braille. For the blind guide, the rows of
back boxes are like an open book.’
With the combined wealth of experience
of curator Helene Smuts and Willem, Word
Woes is, quite simply, a must experience.
The title, taken from a signature work by Willem, is
understood in English and Afrikaans. In either language,
the two words look identical, but their meanings differ
sharply. ‘In English, it means issues of language, or the
same words in Afrikaans could encourage you to take a
chance … to be a little wild!’
An enormous brick wall built of letter bricks that spells
out hundreds of words spelt identically in English
and Afrikaans, but which have completely different
meanings, encouraged this exhibition and it portrays five
decades of work.
‘The original etching, through which I developed this
idea, is on display and all these are everyday words, which
become very entertaining when you realise how relative
their meanings are.
‘As part of the education programme around the
exhibition, we will also be developing crossword puzzles
for parents and children to complete together as they
move through the exhibition. The answers to clues are
hidden in the artworks themselves!’
So … who is the man behind the art? ‘A plant lover who
spends most of my free time reading books and listening
to music. I love my collection of potted plants and
nothing excites me more than working with them and
classifying them by their botanical names.’
Yet, his love for arts can simply not be tamed as all his
hobbies form part of his ‘interdisciplinary research and
art-making.’ An antiquarian is he indeed. ‘Actually, I
The Blind Alphabet (1991 and ongoing). Inside the lidded boxes are
wooden sculptures, each a three-dimensional depiction of a particular
word from the Oxford English Dictionary.
have a very large collection of rare objects, such as antique
tools used for a wide range of purposes … from carpentry,
medicine, dentistry and even including divination practices
all over the world. I love all these possessions, along with my
collection of books and music.’
Don’t for one moment think Willem is sitting still. He is already
busy developing new art for both local and international
exhibitions. We cannot wait to see what is next!
In the meantime, if you’re a lover of language, inspired by
art or even someone who just merely wants to explore
the absurd meaning of words and have fun, then this
exhibition is just for you! It’s at the Javett Art Centre and
will run until January 2022.
Details: willemboshoff.com, javettup.art, email@example.com
Willem & fatherhood:
How to be the best father for your children? To love and
be there for them and to allow them to be themselves.
How do you manage to balance fatherhood and being
an artist? My two worlds go hand in hand! I have four
children, ranging in ages from 24 to 40. Although I never
really encouraged them to do so, they have all developed
careers related to the arts. Very often they have participated
in the making and exhibiting of my work.
What has your father taught you? My father was a
carpenter. I learnt a lot of my skills from him! And my son
Martin has inherited these skills of working with his hands.
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The BEAUTY of
Text: RIALIEN FURSTENBERG. Photographer: JACO BOTHMA. Hair & make-up: ANTOINETTE DE BEER.
After nine years of working
8 to 5 (what a way to make
a living), Jana Nel traded the
mundane sense of security
a corporate job offers, to
finally live out her dream
… one of creating gorgeous
Everything was planned
down to a tee. Ferocious
to-do lists were made.
But then a pandemic
hit and it was sink
or swim. And
Jana swam …
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ana Nel’s perfect three-month kick-off
plan, which included workshop events,
markets and projects, simply crumbled
at the hands of a virus, which made her
question the brave – or crazy – decision to
resign from her safe corporate job.
‘It made me fall into a spiral of doubt, disbelief
that pursuing my dream was still a valid and
sensible path to pursue … until I realised this
unperfect situation of uncertainty is something
every entrepreneur faces daily. Uncertainty is now
my new normal – even without the impending
coronavirus. Embracing the unperfect and uncertain
… there is an opportunity hidden in every challenge.’
Jana was born with a fiery creative passion. And although
working in a corporate career, more specifically in IT and
then later on medical aids, she made sure to live out her
creativity after hours.
‘Baking, photography, oil painting – I’ve tried it all. Until three
years ago, a friend and I decided to take up ceramic classes
at night. Ceramics has always been a process I wanted to
learn how to master. There are so many steps and quite a bit
of chemistry involved that you need to understand to make
sure your pieces come out exactly the way you want them.
‘The beginner classes were wonderful but I very quickly
came to a point where I wanted to learn and experiment
more. So I started to experiment in my home studio. Roughly
80 per cent of my knowledge and skills are self-taught.
I’ve also found a wonderful resource called The Ceramics
School (a global platform for ceramicists) and they offer an
incredible range of tutorials for any aspiring ceramicist.
Jana mostly works with stoneware and occasionally with
porcelain because ‘these clay bodies offer beautiful stonelike
textures and colours. I love a neutral colour palette and
prefer to work with the clay’s natural colour and texture as
opposed to covering it with a brightly coloured glaze. In
essence, clay is a piece of glorified mud, and to be able to
hand-form functional objects from such a simple material
gives me loads of joy.’
WIN! Who wouldn’t love to have a Jana Nel Design item in
their home? So, we’re giving away a salt and pepper gift
set. It is hand-formed from stoneware clay with a beautiful
ivory glaze on the inside and adorned with Jana’s signature
22-carat gold logo mark. Enter our competition by liking
Getitpretoria on Facebook and tag a ceramic lover in the
comments section. Entries close 21 June.
A perfectionist at heart, Jana’s journey with ceramics has
challenged her to abandon the unrealistic expectation
she always had to be perfect.
‘My new-found wabi-sabi philosophy has taught me to
appreciate the beauty in imperfection, not to force a piece
of clay into something it’s not meant to be, but rather let
it take up its own form and character. Many uncontrollable
and external factors influence each piece’s end result
… The clay’s organic characteristics, the natural air-dry
process, the high firing temperatures (some pieces are
fired up to 1260°C). This all plays a role in the becoming
of a beautiful art piece. It’s these natural-uncontrollable
influences that make each piece unique.
‘Pursuing a career in ceramics has most certainly given me
a whole new level of perseverance. Which was also the
most important lesson my father taught me. We share a lot
of similarities, one being that when we put our minds on a
dream, we won’t quit until we feel we’ve reached our goal.’
With a flair for design and an eye for beautiful things,
you simply cannot pass up a gorgeous Jana Nel Design.
So it came as no surprise that H&M approached her to
collaborate on their Conscious Exclusive Collection Range
that launched last year.
‘I had the amazing privilege to hand-form stoneware cups
and create custom gift boxes. It was such a wonderful
project to work on, and it showed how dedicated H&M
are to support local artisans and promote artistic talent in
South Africa. I’d say it was a blessing that fell straight from
heaven into my lap. My biggest fist-pump moment so far!’
When Jana is not creating art pieces, she loves to be in the
kitchen, cooking and entertaining people at home. And
from what we’ve heard, she really goes all out.
“Yeah … for me there is no such thing as just a braai or
dinner. I want to create an experience, from the moment
you set foot into the house. So, I love having a theme, and
everything, from the table décor to the food, will all add to
the entertaining experience. It is my way to show you how
much I care.’
Details: Shop her latest collections online, jananel.com and
follow her Facebook and Instagram, @jananeldesign
Jana’s seven tips for entertaining:
• Always have some bubbly in the fridge. South Africa
has such a wide variety of really good MCCs. • Fill your
dinner table with a bunch of beautiful, handmade
candles, they add a beautiful charm to the aesthetic
of your table. • A good sprinkle of flaked sea salt and
cracked black pepper is the best accompaniment. • A
good quality olive oil is superb on just about anything,
from a fresh burrata, or dipping a fresh piece of bread
into a pool of olive oil. • Make sure you choose a menu
where you can prep most of the ingredients ahead of
time so you don’t have to spend a whole lot of time in
the kitchen when your guest arrive.
Visit our website, getitmagazine.co.za/pretoria for two of Jana’s
favourite recipes ... Yotam Ottolenghi’s beetroot, caraway and goat’s
cheese bread and a homemade fragrant roasted garlic hummus.
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for those starting their running journey
In 1976, Bruce Fordyce was a young
student at Wits University in Joburg,
and against a background of the
country being in the grip of apartheid,
isolated from the rest of the world
and with revolution in the air, decided
he needed to take control of his
life and give himself a purpose. He
challenged himself to run SA’s most
famous long-distance race, the 90km
Comrades Marathon. A gruelling race,
and one he would go on to win five
years later, and eight more times after
that, too, arguably making him one of
the greatest Comrades runners in the
history of the race.
He went on to win so much more …
the famous London to Brighton three
times, setting the world record in 1983
which stood for more than 30 years, the
100km Challenge race in Stellenbosch
in 1989 (another world record!), the
State President’s Gold Award for Sport
from Nelson Mandela in 1997. He’s also
launched the Parkrun concept in SA
– with close on 200 Saturday morning
5km free timed runs and more than
one million registered members.
Bruce still runs – although now with
a dodgy knee, saying he estimates
he’s run well over 200 000km in his
life. His latest achievement … Winged
Messenger – a guide, written in the
first person, aimed at other keen
runners, but specifically novices, which
includes his personal 1976/77 training
diary (right from his very first jog
around the Wits rugby field on June
8, 1976) as well as anecdotes from the
time he spent training for that first race.
10 tips from the king of Comrades, Bruce Fordyce
1 CONSISTENCY: Nothing improves our running more than consistent regular
running. Regular running, (more than four times a week) builds a wonderful
foundation from which to build even greater fitness.
2 QUALITY: Always choose quality over quantity. While (L.S.D) long slow distance
still helps, really sharp fitness is improved by running faster or by running hilly
courses. Try and run a speed or hill session at least once a week.
3 LOGBOOK: Keep a logbook/training diary. I started recording my running
from the first day (a 10-minute jog around the Wits university rugby fields, June
8th 1976). Logbooks serve as a wonderful source of reference, and a source of
guidance for the future.
4 COACH: Once we start to get serious, it is advisable to find a reliable and
trustworthy coach. I have one regret from my early running days and that is that I
was self-coached. I made too many mistakes. A coach would have helped a lot.
5 INJURIES: Every runner gets injured from time to time. It takes great maturity
to admit that we are injured and that our aching calf muscle is not just a minor
niggle. Confront an injury head-on and find a good doctor or physiotherapist to
help correct the problem.
6 DESPERATELYKEENTITIS: Understand that injuries are not mysterious ‘acts of
God’. They don’t just happen. We get injured because we push our bodies too
hard. We catch an enthusiasm disease which I have named ‘desperatelykeentitis’.
This enthusiasm drives us to do too much, too soon, too fast and too frequently.
The only cure for desperatelykeentitis is to try and blunt the enthusiasm. Creating
a fit runner takes time and patience, rather like the process of creating a really
7 REST: For many runners, rest is a four-letter swear word. But rest and recovery
are the stepping stones to increased fitness. Never be afraid to have an easy day
or even to take a day off running
8 GOOD SHOES: We runners are fortunate in that our sport is relatively cheap.
However, it is worth investing in a good pair of running shoes. For the correct
advice I always go to a specialist running store. I may pay a little extra but
the advice I receive is invaluable.
9 TRAIN WITH FRIENDS: Our sport is a social sport and we need the company of
friends. And besides, shared discipline is a lot easier than individual discipline.
10 DON’T OVERRACE: Training builds our fitness, racing breaks us down. Too
many of us want to run marathons and long-distance races as often as possible.
The world’s most successful champions are very selective in their racing. They
choose two or three major races a year and peak specifically for those events.
Win a signed copy of Winged Messenger
The mistakes. The successes. The progress and journey towards that first
Comrades Marathon. Winged Messenger is a training guide and a fascinating
glimpse into the life of Bruce Fordyce. You can buy the book for R220 on
brucefusion.com, Amazon and Goodreads, or win one! We’ve got three
signed copies to give away. Simply hotfoot it over to Get It Pretoria Magazine
Facebook page, find the post and tag a training friend in the comments section.
Entries close 30 June.
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the skin. Love
Wax is a
wax for hair and
Montblanc Legend Eau de Parfum is the
reinterpretation of the Montblanc Legend
fragrance. Elegant and sophisticated, it’s all
bergamot and violet, jasmine and
geranium, with base notes of moss, and
wood. From R1299, from Truworths, Edgars,
Foschini, Dis-Chem and Clicks.
Jules Dedet, the renowned
street artist, is the aptly
chosen face of this new
Jimmy Choo Urban Hero
fragrance – a nod to the
man with a hint
of rebellion. It
gives off intense
think grey amber
mix with warm
black pepper and
and fresh lemon
caviar. From R1299,
What is it with men’s products? They’re all
easy-to-use, multipurpose, two-in-one … we
should take lessons. The Glow Man is a
two-in-one (obviously) body wash and peeling
glove. Oh. And it has an ergonomic shape.
Because … boys! R199 from Woolies.
Bentley Momentum Unlimited
is as lush as the sleek interior of
a Bentley motorcar! The first rev
is a burst of bracing grapefruit
and tart green apple, with the
citrusy brightness of cardamom.
As it reaches cruising altitude, the
heart notes take a new direction,
with the wood and leather notes
inspired by the luxurious interior
of Bentley cars. After that, it’s
all skin musks and ambroxan, a
quintessentially masculine ambery
note. You’ll find it at Truworths and
Dis-Chem, for R1499.
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Barbering’s new-found popularity, and an appreciation for traditional
grooming products, has seen the revival of hair tonics … a product
that’s been associated with old-school barbering for more than a
century. For a while, they’ve been overlooked for more modern
alternatives … but they’re back. And for good reason. These
no-gimmick, energising elixirs help to reinvigorate the scalp, provide
vigour and freshness, promote a natural shine and offer a light hold
to help set and define simple styles. They help to protect your hair
from heat during blow-dry styling and, when massaged intensely into
the scalp, help to condition and moisturise the hair while stimulating
circulation. The effects of this pampering session are sleek and healthy
locks, less dandruff, and repaired split ends. The light hold created by
these luscious liquids also makes hair easier to work with for
professionals and can create the vital foundation needed to build
extravagant hairstyles. The Bluebeards Revenge Hair Tonics,
available in the brand’s iconic Classic and Cuban scents, also grant
their users with hair that smells irresistible … the classic has a sweet,
modern, barbershop-inspired fragrance, the Cuban packs a punchy
exotic scent – the perfect combo of British barbering and Caribbean
cheer. R310 from Sorbet MAN stores.
Compiled by: KYM ARGO
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Let’s be honest. He does so much for us … and we don’t always show
our appreciation as much as we should. So this year we’re going all
out … with gifts for the most important man in our lives. From Irish
Whiskey to travel bags to softest ever after-shower towels … here’s
our dad-day round-up. And … a massive win coming up.
We’re giving away everything on this page to one lucky dad.
Raise your glass to dad with Bannermans Scotch Whisky. Beautifully fruity flavours to enjoy neat,
on the rocks or mixed. It’s made using older, more aged malt whisky, with a blend of exceptional five
to six-year-old whiskies, which gives it a bolder, more complex flavour than other blends and helps
create its wonderfully smooth, rich character. R199. Details: takealot.com
Sexton Irish Whiskey is a new and unexpected single malt. Rich in hue, approachable in taste and
memorable in character, it’s made from 100 per cent Irish malted barley that is triple distilled in
copper pot stills for smoothness. The finish is a perfect balance of dried fruits and subtle oak notes
and aromas of nuts and dark chocolate followed by marzipan, spice and fruit with a mellow honeyed
taste of malt and oils. The rich, sophisticated liquid is matched by its striking, hexagonal dark bottle.
Dad may not make it to The Med this year, but he can take in the very essenza dell’ Italia with Ginato
Italian Gin. A sunshine-drenched way of life distilled in a bottle. It combines the finest quality
produce from world-renowned terroir … think juniper berries from Tuscany, citrus bursting with
Southern Italy’s unique Mediterranean sweetness, and Italian grapes grown alongside northern Italy’s
idyllic lakes. Mix these and you get the very spirito d’Italia. Details: takealot.com. To mix … we use
Fever-Tree, which has no artificial flavourings or sweeteners. Love them!
For travellers – business or pleasure – these Thule Compression Packs are brilliant for packing
smarter and staying organised. The durable compression zipper eliminates excess air between
clothes to maximise space-saving – perfect for pants, shirts and sweaters. Details: thulestore.co.za
Help dad hibernate in style during the colder months. This Volpes Cloud Blanket is part of a brilliant
selection at Volpes … loads of blankets and throws in a variety of colours and textures. We’re gifting
our dads with a luxurious faux fur Cloud blankets (the snuggle is real), and adding some brushed
cotton pillowcases and sheeting with a beautifully patterned quilt. Details: volpes.co.za
WIN! We’ve got a hamper, overflowing with gifts from our favourite brands to give away.
Happy Father’s Day, with love from Get It. To enter, simply visit our Facebook or Instagram page
(getitpretoriamagazine), find the Lucky Dad post, and follow the instructions. Entries close June 28.
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Veggie of the month
Kale Storm is a Winter superfood that is rich in vitamin C and iron. A colourful
mix of three different kale varieties with purple, green and blue leaves, each
with different textures, it really is almost too pretty to eat. The ready-to-eat
mix comes in a 17cm pot and doesn’t need to be planted out. Simply keep
the kale in its pot, place it in a position that receives at least four hours of sun
a day, water daily and feed with a nitrogen-rich liquid fertiliser at half strength
every two weeks. Plants grow up to 60cm and can be treated like spinach by
harvesting the outer leaves. Kale ‘Storm’ lasts longer in your patio planter than
lettuce and it won’t bolt, and can also be planted in the ground for all-season
harvesting. To prepare kale for cooking, cut out the midrib, shred the leaves and
cook like spinach. Details: ballstraathof.co.za
Garden tasks for June
• Feed Winter flowering annuals with liquid fertiliser. • Remove dead
blooms of calendulas, sweet peas, pansies, and Iceland poppies to
encourage new flowers. • Tidy up perennials, shrubs, and trees by
removing dead leaves and old flowers. • Do not let daffodils and other
Spring-flowering bulbs or shrubs, like azaleas, camellias or magnolias dry
out otherwise they will not flower. • Water Winter pot plants like cyclamen,
pot primulas, cineraria, and spring bulbs
every two to three days and feed with a
liquid fertiliser. • This is the best month
for transplanting roses, other perennials,
shrubs and even trees that are in the
wrong position. • Use all your
garden waste to make compost
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of the month
Monstera adansonii – also
known as monkey mask – is
a smaller, and slower-growing
version of the traditional
(Monstera deliciosa). The
unusually lobed leaves gave
rise to its common name
and, although smaller in size,
it certainly makes a big impact. It trails
or climbs, being suitable for hanging
baskets, to fill a corner or cascade down
from a shelf. Being a tropical plant, it
needs a warm, humid room, and bright
indirect light but not sun on its leaves.
Place it a metre or so from a north or
east-facing window. Water once a week,
don’t let the soil dry out but keep it
slightly moist. A drench and drain once a
week will flush out any salts that build up.
Feed with a liquid fertiliser at half strength
once a month in Spring and Summer to
maintain the bright green, healthy leaves.
Yellowing leaves is a sign that the plant lacks
nutrients. Details: lvgplants.co.za
We’re planting …
Primula obconica original that has all the
flower power of fairy primulas but with
bigger flowers in strong, bright colours and on
thick, firm flower stems, good for picking and
long-lasting in the garden. Plants are available
in single colours of blue, violet, deep orange,
pink, red and white as well as a mix. True to the
primula nature, this variety flowers abundantly,
has lush green leaves and grows robustly,
20cm high and wide. A standout flower for
semi-shade or morning sun that also works
well as a patio plant in 17cm pots.
Compiled by: ALICE COETZEE
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good looking ...
Annatjie Melck, foodie
legend and chatelaine of
Muratie, has a treasure
trove of her own very
special recipes and loves
to explore the very best
pairings with Muratie’s
wines. These two, for us,
Every wine tells a story at Muratie,
the historic Stellenbosch Estate
that dates back to 1685. In
the case of Muratie Mr May
Grenache Noir 2018, the story
is of Cornelius, or Mr May as
he was affectionately called,
who planted and pruned
many a vine at the estate,
and whose attention
to detail and ability to
predict the weather, long
before technology, is
legendary. ‘He taught us
that whenever we saw
a silver cloud lying on
side of Simonsberg
mountain, it would rain
in two days' time. Today
still, in memoriam,
we have yet to prove
him wrong', says Rijk
Melck. The wine,
aged in French Oak
barrels for 18 months,
is all raspberries and
and a hint of white
pepper spice. It’s R230
and you can order online
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Annatjie’s marrow bones on toast
So easy, so quick, and amazingly tasty. This works as well for a
dinner party starter as it does for snacks around the braai or a
Sunday night don’t-feel-like-cooking dinner.
You need the middle sections of the long bones (ask your
butcher for 5cm lengths); salt and freshly ground black
pepper to taste; toast
Preheat the oven to 230˚C
Rinse the marrow bones thoroughly under cold water, and
dry well with kitchen paper towel. Cover an oven pan with
foil and place marrow bones on top.
Sprinkle salt and pepper over the bones and bake for 15 to
Marrow bones are cooked when the marrow starts pulling
away from the bone and the clear fat starts to drip from
Remove pan from the oven and let it cool down slightly.
Use a knife to remove the marrow from the bones and
spread on the toast. Add a little salt according to your
liking and serve immediately, with a glass of Muratie’s
Mr May Grenache Noir.
Annatjie’s salmon with tarragon and cream sauce
If dad’s a fisherman, he’ll probably fancy Annatjie’s salmon dish … served simply
with some lovely baby potatoes, it’s lovely for a dinner party with friends.
2 salmon fillets; salt and freshly ground pepper to taste; 1 Tbsp (15ml) sunflower
oil; half a small onion, finely chopped; 2 Tbsp (30ml) fresh tarragon, finely chopped;
4 Tbsp (90ml) thick cream; 2 Tbsp (30ml) fresh parsley, finely chopped
Preheat the oven to 160˚C.
Season the salmon on both sides with salt and pepper
Heat the oil in a heavy-duty pan until hot and cook the salmon (skin-side up) for
three minutes until light brown, then turn it over and cook on the skin side for
another two minutes.
Place the salmon in an oven-safe dish and sprinkle the onion and the tarragon over
Add the cream to the dish and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the salmon
Sprinkle parsley over the dish and serve with boiled baby potatoes.
Enjoy with Muratie Isabella Chardonnay 2019.
And the story behind this wine … For Rijk and Kim Melck, there could be only one
name for their Burgundian-style Chardonnay, the name of their first child, Isabella,
who today, as a young woman, is classic and elegant, just like the Chardonnay.
The wine, which was matured for nine months in 500L French oak barrels, is
a beautifully fresh, understated and elegant Chardonnay, with an enticing
peach-blossom fragrance, ripe stone fruit, melon and citrus flavours with hints of
hazelnuts and vanilla cream from subtle oaking. You can buy it for R220 a
bottle at muratie.co.za.
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Gifts for gourmet dads … a Jan Braai knife and
sharpener, R649 and a Jan Braai stainless steel
grid, R729. Both from woolworths.co.za
Winter on a plate
(and in a glass)
Beef and Cabernet Sauvignon … is
the perfect winter hygge. Cosy up to
Tokara Reserve Collection Cabernet
Sauvignon and a hearty beef
bourguignon for the ultimate winter
comfort food and wine experience
… best enjoyed by a roaring fire.
While this traditional dish may be
considered old-school, classic French
cuisine never fails to satisfy. Neither
does the full-bodied, richly textured
Tokara Reserve Collection Cabernet
Sauvignon 2018 … with a mouthful
of dark cherry, redcurrant and fynbos
scrub. It’s the perfect wine to serve
with Drizzle and Dip foodie Sam
Linsell’s rendition of French beef
bourguignon. It’s a lengthy recipe,
and you’ll spend quite some time
in the kitchen – three hours, to be
honest, but trust us, it’s time well
spent! You’ll find the recipe on
getitmagazines.co.za, and you’ll find
the wine for R350 a bottle at leading
stores or online at tokara.com.
Compiled by: KYM ARGO
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Take to the road and explore local on your bike
Local road trips and holidays are on the up, and with our beautiful scenery,
cultural history and unique flora, biking holidays and exploring on two wheels are fast
becoming a popular choice as a way for families to enjoy the great outdoors together.
Once you’ve done the research and found the perfect destination for your next family bike
vacation, the hardest part is out the way. Next is to line up all your family’s gear and get packing!
Packing for your bike adventure
It starts with the helmets, rain jackets, shoes and then, next thing you know, you’ve packed way
too many outfits and loads of stuff that your kids will never need. Let’s be honest, packing for a
week away or just one night with your family often means the same number of bags.
Fortunately, the team from Thule is here to help trim down your packing list and,
more importantly, make a checklist that’s right for your family.
Start with a duffel for essentials. A bike trip can go downhill fast – and not in a
good way – by forgetting to pack helmets and riding gear. Stick to the basics
and set aside one go-to duffel for all the gear you can’t live without.
Then you can use other bags, like rolling suitcases or backpacks, for clothes,
shoes, and activities for the kids. But you can’t have a great bike trip
without the essentials, so find a spacious, durable duffel bag to store
all your must-have items.
Giving the kids a great ride
When you’re away with your family, making sure you
can explore everything on your list means pedalling for
plenty of miles. For the little ones, just coming along for
the ride can be fun for them and you’ll be happy knowing
they are safe, cosy and not missing a moment while
riding around in a new place. A multisport bike trailer is
the perfect addition to any young family’s vacation with
bikes and is the best way to ensure you see all the sights
with the kids on board. They will be happy and comfy in
their spacious cockpit … plenty of windows, pockets for
snacks, and a five-point harness to keep them safe. Bonus
… some trailers conveniently convert from a bike trailer to
a stroller, perfect for when you reach your destination.
An alternative is to invest in a good child bike seat that
will allow you and your treasured cargo an opportunity to
enjoy the everyday bike rides – safely, easily and in style.
With front and rear seats available, it’s a great choice for
letting your child see the world from your bike.
A good pack is not only a great way to stay hydrated,
but it’s also an easy way to carry many of the
essential items on this list. A hip belt is also a really
convenient way to access phones safely and is
added storage for essential tools or nutrition.
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Most importantly … getting the bikes there!
The final step on the packing list is the most important and the one thing you really can’t do without on
the trip. The bikes, of course! But before you just strap any bike rack to your trunk, you need to choose
the correct bike rack for your car and your requirements. From hitch-mounted bike racks that tilt out of
the way for easy access to your trunk to easy-to-use platform racks that grab onto the wheels for simple
loading and unloading, there is bound to be a perfect option for you and your family. The new Thule
OutWay 2 and 3 Bike Carriers are premium rear-door mounted bike racks (no tow bar required) for an
easy getaway. These carriers can be mounted to a variety of vehicles and not only do they lock to your
vehicle, they also include locks that lock your bike to the rack. There has also been a huge growth in sales
of e-bikes for those who want to enjoy biking without doing too much hard work. The Thule EasyFold
XT Bike Rack (now also available in a black version) is a fully foldable, compact, and easy-to-use towbarmounted
bike rack for all types of bikes, including e-bikes. No matter how far away you plan to take that
next bike vacation, making sure your bikes make it to and from your destination safely is the only way you
can drive with confidence, knowing you and your family are on the perfect trip! Details: thulestore.co.za
Compiled by: KYM ARGO
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Treasures of Africa
We’ve got wild flower reserves and red-necked spurfowls. Walking safaris and
the most trafficked wild mammal in the world. And we’ve got big sky country.
Explore the treasures of Africa through the pages of these great books.
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Walking safaris are one of the best ways to explore our
parks and reserves, and Walking Safaris of South Africa
is a great place to start. With close to 60 guided walks,
there’s everything from short dawn and dusk walks to
multi-day backpacking trails, from ultra-luxurious to
wild camping under the stars. There are stories by hikers
Hlengiwe Magagula and Denis Costello of tracking lions
and elephant snacks (to inspire or scare) and masses of
jolly useful info. Struik. • Gamebirds of Africa boasts being
the definitive field guide, and this full-colour handbook
includes everything you need to know to identify the
89 species, and is a useful addition to the libraries of bird
enthusiasts. Jacana. • In Pangolins – Scales of Injustice,
Richard Peirce blends facts with fiction – keeping the story
as close as possible to what’s likely to have happened on
a journey of a pangolin poached in Zimbabwe and taken
to Joburg to be sold to a waiting trafficker. He includes
methods and stats of the trade, explains the links between
wildlife and Covid-19, and details China’s response to the
unfolding drama of the pandemic. Struik. • Beginning at
Melkbosstrand just north of Cape Town, and ending where
the Orange River meets the Atlantic Ocean, The West
Coast explores a captivating part of South Africa, and
reveals a bounty of treasures that give the West Coast, or
Weskus as locals call it, its particular allure. Leon Nell takes
you on a trip through seaside villages and inland towns,
exploring the history, fauna and flora and interesting
attractions along the way. Struik.
Big skies. Vast plains. Scrubby bushes and hardy trees. Flat-topped mountains and conical hills
and secluded valleys. The Karoo. A place where dreams are born, legends are made, and outcasts find sanctuary.
A place where human lineage predates any written history, whose story is revealed through geology, fossils
and artefacts. Those of us who’re lucky enough to have travelled through and stayed in the Karoo know its
beauty … a beauty that’s been captured through a series of astonishing photo-essays in Hidden Karoo.
This coffee-table book offers readers a snapshot of the region, with a glimpse into towns and villages, farms
and churches, public buildings and private homes, all against a backdrop of awe-inspiring landscapes.
Patricia Kramer and Alain Proust’s book will delight fans of the area … and tempt those who’ve never been to
explore the incredible Karoo (which derives from the Khoekhoe word karus, meaning dry, barren or thirsty land). It’s
a book you’ll spend hours reading, with fascinating new facts on every page. Magnificent! Struik.
Compiled by: Kym Argo
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When it comes to men’s fragrances,
it’s definitely not one-size-fits-all.
Which is why we’re mad about
The Bluebeards Revenge range
of three brand new eau de toilettes
for men … three signature scents
designed to let men express their
personalities and stand out from the
crowd. Each of the long-lasting scents
– Original, Classic and Cuban – has a
distinctive scent profile, giving men
real variety when it comes to
choosing a fragrance that
matches their character and
aspirations. Great, chunky,
100 per cent recyclable glass
bottles with hand-drawn
illustrations, packaged in
sturdy gift boxes that feature
a selection of classic flash art
illustrations, give these an
extra punch of personality!
R810 each from Sorbet Man
stores. To stand a chance of
winning a bottle, simply pop
over to GetItPretoriaMagazine
on Facebook, find our Bluebeards
Revenge Spoil post and follow
the prompts. Entries close
June 30. Good luck (and Happy
Father’s Day to all our dad readers).
A trio of men’s fragrances
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