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Inside<br />

Celebrating<br />

fatherhood<br />

Victor Picoto Jr is<br />

#superdad<br />


june <strong>2021</strong>



Charles Bukowski wasn’t an easy person to know, but he is an easy person to imitate<br />

when it comes to cocktails. His favourite drink was a Boilermaker, which is quite<br />

simply a lager beer and a shot of bourbon.<br />

Ingredients<br />

60ml bourbon<br />

500ml light beer<br />

How to make it<br />

Fill a shot glass with bourbon. Pour the light<br />

beer into a beer glass, then add the shot of<br />

bourbon. Repeat if necessary.<br />

Not For Persons Under The Age Of 18.<br />

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contents<br />

Why don’t you...<br />

04 Get into the swing of things, go on a treasure hunt<br />

or meander around an arts festival<br />

05 Thrilling reads and a BIG bottle of wine for Dad<br />


06 Grand gifts for men, from sought-after vino<br />

to a once-in-a-lifetime timepiece<br />

SOCIAL<br />

08 Unveiling the new Riverside<br />

10 High 5, Mopani!<br />

11 Boldly Bembom<br />

people<br />

12 We chat to Mbombela dad Victor Picoto Jr on his road to glory<br />

BEAUTY & Fashion<br />

16 Invest in yourself with Skin Creations<br />

FOOD<br />

36 What’s cooking, good looking?<br />

decor & gardening<br />

40 Get on board, Pops!<br />


42 A local dream team<br />

TRAVEL<br />

44 The <strong>Lowveld</strong> is the ideal place to get on your bike<br />

Win<br />

06 A stylish hamper from Motus Toyota<br />

07 Two bottles of must-have wine from Rooikat<br />

17 A back facial and foot peel for one lucky father from Skin Creations<br />

27 A R1 000 voucher from i’langa Mall<br />

48 Our Spoil this month is a distinctive bottle of eau de toilette,<br />

The Bluebeards Revenge<br />


18-35 Gifts, giveaways and spoils galore for Dad!<br />

JUNE <strong>2021</strong><br />


Victor Picoto Jr. Photographer: Tanya Erasmus -<br />

Something Timeless Photography.<br />

Shot on location at Sheppard Boutique Guesthouse, Mbombela.<br />

<strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 03

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>June</strong> diary right now!<br />

Let Jesse Clegg warm you up this winter with a<br />

4-5 hot performance at Yoons Eatery in White River.<br />

It costs R480 per person, which includes dinner. A cash bar<br />

will be available. 6:30pm. Details: 063-478-6846.<br />

5Get into the swing of things with the SCCT Annual Day/<br />

Night Golf Day at Sabie Country Club. The day field<br />

is 18 holes (shotgun at 11am) and costs R260 per person –<br />

IPS format. The night field is nine holes (shotgun at 6pm)<br />

and costs R280 per person. Corporate holes cost R2 500<br />

(includes a fourball for day or night). All fees include dinner.<br />

Details: Nicole on 072-230-1086 or Joy on 082-493-3814.<br />

Pro-Life Pet Rescue, Rehabilitation and Adoption<br />

5 Agency outside Mbomebla is bound to get tails<br />

wagging with a family-fun treasure hunt. Registration is<br />

from 9:30am, the treasure hunts begins at 10:30am. Tokens<br />

cost R10, and every token wins a prize. Boerewors rolls, cold<br />

drinks and snacks will be on sale. There are loads of goods<br />

up for grabs, suitable for all ages. Details: 079-498-7971.<br />

Don’t be too eager to pack away those trainers! Join<br />

12 Run for a Child, a fun run at Friends Café outside<br />

Mbombela, hosted by CMR Nelspruit, to create awareness<br />

for National Child Protection Week. Entry fees are R50 for<br />

the 1,8km, R70 for the 5km and R100 for the 10km trails,<br />

with automatic entries into a lucky draw for great prizes.<br />

Details: 013-752-5013.<br />

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20<br />

Calling all boffins and brainiacs, join us for Jock<br />

21Pub & Grill’s pub quiz. Gather your teams and<br />

come and enjoy an evening filled with laughs and<br />

good entertainment in Mbombela. Teams consist of six<br />

people, and it costs R25 per person. 6:30pm for 7pm<br />

sharp! Details: 013-755-4969.<br />

We’re so excited about the Dullstroom<br />

18-20Arts Festival. Meet and interact with<br />

the artists, enjoy fine music, fine wine and fine cuisine.<br />

The festival will feature live artists who will be creating<br />

and interacting with visitors at the different centres<br />

throughout the village. In the evenings restaurant<br />

patrons will be entertained by a diverse selection<br />

of musical artists. Each of the many restaurants will<br />

offer extraordinary culinary delights which will be<br />

complemented by wine tastings from various estates.<br />

Details: 083-309-8140.<br />

Armour up for the Battle of Troy fundraising<br />

24event in aid of the Mpumalanga Association of<br />

Persons with Disabilities and the Meyer Beukes Warriors<br />

on Wheels Foundation. It costs R400 per person and<br />

includes a three-course meal and a welcome drink.<br />

Enjoy live performances and shatter some Greek<br />

plates – opa! The event is held at the Greek Kouzina,<br />

Mbombela. Details: 013-741-5371.<br />

Join Dad as he gets giddily excited at the<br />

annual Classic Car Father’s Day event<br />

at Sonpark, Mbombela. This “Dads and<br />

their toys” themed charity event is in aid of<br />

CANSA and Huis Betlehem. A collection of<br />

classic cars and bikes will be on show. Join<br />

the poker run up to Kaapsehoop - R150 for<br />

cars and R120 for bikes. Enter the raffle to<br />

win a weekend in Marloth Park. Enjoy the<br />

live music and entertainment, kids’ playing<br />

area, bar and street-style foods. Details:<br />

Wessel Strydom on 071-683-9411.

Book club<br />

Thrilling reads and a (big) bottle of wine<br />

A kidnapped heiress, a robbery, an escape. And a 20-year-old cold case – the FBI<br />

has no leads, no clues, no success. Until two decades later, when a murdered<br />

man is found in his apartment, along with one of the stolen items and a suitcase<br />

with the initials WHL3. Windsor Horne Lockwood III. Or Win, as he’s called by his<br />

few friends. And what Win has, and the FBI doesn’t, is a personal connection to<br />

the case, a large fortune, and his own unique brand of justice. Harlan Coben,<br />

with his signature twists and turns, keeps the adrenaline going in Win, his latest,<br />

massively gripping thriller. Century. Available at exclusivebooks.co.za • A five-yearold<br />

child missing in the woods, his nine-year-old sister who’s known to stretch<br />

the truth. An imaginary friend, deceitful husband, and a best-selling author<br />

… all come together in a thriller that keeps you guessing from start to finish.<br />

To Tell You The Truth by Gilly Macmillan is another unputdownable read … one<br />

boasting a final page that leaves you desperate for more. Penguin.<br />

Win a magnum of The Old Man’s Blend<br />

There are some big, bold, gripping reads this <strong>June</strong>. Which call for a big, bold wine.<br />

A big, bold magnum of wine. Hello Groote Post’s The Old Man’s Blend Red<br />

2019. This wine is a blend of 50 per cent Merlot and 25 per cent each Cabernet<br />

Sauvignon and Shiraz. ‘This is a fantastic vintage. The three varietals all reached<br />

optimal ripeness in perfect timing for the harvest’, says winemaker Lukas Wentzel.<br />

This is a down-to-earth, ripe-fruit-driven blend. Captivating red fruit notes delight<br />

the senses, most notably cherry, raspberry and cranberry, with soft tannins giving<br />

a smooth finish. R215 from groote-post-wines.myshopify.com/collections/all.<br />

Fancy a magnum for your next book club (or nick it for your dad … you’ll be his<br />

favourite). Simply pop over to GetItNatinalMagazines on Facebook, find our post<br />

and follow the prompts. Entries close <strong>June</strong> 15.<br />

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Wish list<br />

Oh boy … have we found grand gifts for men this <strong>June</strong>!<br />

It may be a little later than planned, but the<br />

Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is finally on<br />

its way, kicking off next month. And<br />

while the athletes make their final<br />

preparations, the Official Timekeeper<br />

is unveiling a very special timepiece<br />

in tribute to the occasion. The<br />

OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M<br />

Tokyo 2020 delivers a unique colour<br />

scheme inspired by the Tokyo 2020<br />

Olympic Games emblem, along<br />

with the very best in watchmaking<br />

technology. It’s a hefty R105000, but it’s a<br />

once-in-a-lifetime buy. Details: For stockists,<br />

visit omegawatches.com<br />

We are giving away a Toyota Hilux<br />

hamper to the value of R1 500 to<br />

one lucky dad! Send your details to<br />

competitions@getitlowveld.co.za<br />

with “Toyota” in the subject line,<br />

to reach us by <strong>June</strong> 30.<br />

We’re mad about these gentlemanonly<br />

accessories … black fedora<br />

(R259), mock suede and leather<br />

gloves (R349), and scented candle<br />

(139), all from woolworths.co.za<br />

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The Dunhill man is<br />

accomplished, inspirational,<br />

sophisticated. So just like<br />

dad then. Dunhill London<br />

Icon Racing Red is an<br />

amber-woody fragrance,<br />

with mandarin orange and<br />

grapefruit top notes. If dad’s<br />

race-ready, this one’s for him!<br />

R1899 from Truworth, Edgars,<br />

Foschini, Dis-Chem and Clicks.

Port for the win<br />

A superb meal. Exceptional family and friends. And a fine port. All the ticks for<br />

a perfect Father’s Day. And while we can’t take care of the first two, we’ve can<br />

help out with the third. We’ve a three-bottle carry pack of some jolly splendid<br />

port from De Krans to give away. What’s in the pack? De Krans Premium Cape<br />

Ruby … a dark ruby port full of the rich flavours of cherries and ripe plum fruit<br />

with hints of chocolate and spice (it’s best enjoyed at room temperature during<br />

these chilly winters days, and is great paired with most cheeses and chocolate<br />

desserts) • De Krans Cape Vintage … a rich, deep, almost inky purple-red port,<br />

which has beautiful aromas of violets, red berries, vanilla and dark chocolate,<br />

and full and rich flavours … think red fruits, dried prunes, cocoa and spice (it’s<br />

lovely with almost all baked desserts or served as a sauce over ice cream, and<br />

is excellent on its own or with well-matured cheese) • De Krans Cape Pink …<br />

a rose petal pink port that has the smooth elegant taste of cherries, plums and<br />

a hint of candyfloss (this is perfect to have after a lazy al fresco lunch in the<br />

winter sun). One - or all - of these would make the perfect gift for dad … you’ll<br />

find them from R66 to R118 at dekrans.co.za. To win a hamper, pop over to our<br />

Facebook page (GetItNational) and follow the De Krans Port post prompts.<br />

Entries close <strong>June</strong> 14.<br />


Lihandri Maritz, James Aling, Shivon Wiggins and Jessica Prim<br />

Riverside brand<br />

unveiling<br />

Avhatakali Mamatsharaga<br />

The launch evening of the recent Riverside Park and<br />

Industrial One Brand was recently held at Emnotweni<br />

in Mbombela to great aplomb. Elegant, stylish and<br />

sophisticated, the organisers went to town, ensuring<br />

that from the delicious food to the incredible<br />

screen performance, guests experienced a night to<br />

remember.<br />

Dieter Klesse, Sabine Walker and Pieter Jacobs<br />

Khangi Nekhumbe<br />

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Jacques Flemix brews a cup of Ciro<br />

The new Mopani Riverside is ready to serve the community<br />

High 5, Mopani!<br />

Mopani is no stranger to the <strong>Lowveld</strong>, and recently held the grand<br />

opening of its fifth store, with people coming from near and far<br />

to celebrate. Visitors to Riverside Mall in Mbombela can now look<br />

forward to more of the same friendly, efficient treatment we have<br />

come to expect from this well-known brand.<br />

Bongi Sandlane,<br />

manager of the coffee<br />

shop at Mopani Riverside<br />

Amanda Myunga,<br />

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HANNON<br />


Boldly<br />

Bembom<br />

Portuguese-style deli, coffee shop and<br />

bakery, Bembom recently opened its<br />

doors at The Grove Shopping Centre in<br />

Mbombela, and with hearty traditional<br />

cuisine and scrumptiously flaky pastries on<br />

the menu, guests were spoilt for choice!<br />

Johan and Wihann<br />

du Preez<br />

Claire and Sadie Barnard with André Oakes<br />


Natasha Morgado, Loren Carrico<br />

and Nayana Morgado

Dad<br />

His first hero<br />

and her first love<br />

It’s almost time to celebrate Father’s Day, and what better way than to catch up<br />

with new dad, Victor Picoto Jr, who tells us what it’s like to build an empire while<br />

managing both a two-year-old and a two-month old!<br />

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

Victor grew up in Mbombela, living the<br />

ideal little boy’s life. “My childhood was<br />

like no other!” he smiles, “Seriously, it<br />

was any child’s dream. I started racing<br />

motocross at the tender age of five; it<br />

was all I wanted to do, what I dreamt<br />

of doing. It’s everything my childhood<br />

was about - going with my parents to<br />

the races, riding on the weekends and<br />

travelling all over the country to watch<br />

or compete in the different events. My<br />

brother and I were super competitive,<br />

which helped us to push each other to<br />

new boundaries and made for good<br />

racing.”<br />

This was only the start for Victor,<br />

who went on to race professionally<br />

when he left school. He moved<br />

to Belgium and raced for the KTM<br />

Diga racing team. For seven years in<br />

Germany he continued his career,<br />

racing in the World Championship,<br />

European Championship and German<br />

Championship, after which he decided<br />

to come back to South Africa. “I hadn’t<br />

made it into the top 10 in the world<br />

by the age of 25, which is old for<br />

motocross, and I wanted to reunite<br />

with my family, so I came home,”<br />

he says.<br />

It was a good thing he did, because<br />

shortly afterwards, he met his future<br />

wife, Raylene, at Innibos. He laughs and<br />

says, “It’s such a funny story! Raylene<br />

and my birthdays are on the same day.<br />

We met just six years ago just before<br />

Innibos, shortly after our birthday. I had<br />

actually known her for ages, from my<br />

early racing days, as I used to race with<br />

her brother! We dated for two years<br />

before I proposed to her in Ballito, and<br />

we got married a year later.” The couple<br />

travelled to Vietnam shortly afterwards,<br />

exploring the caves, and then went on<br />

to Australia’s Gold Coast. A month later<br />

they found out Raylene was pregnant<br />

with Grayson, who has just turned two.<br />

The latest addition is baby Brooklyn,<br />

and at the tender age of two months,<br />

she already has her dad wrapped<br />

around her tiny little finger.<br />

Grayson and Brooklyn are the apple<br />

of Victor’s eye, evidenced by his<br />

absolute delight when he talks about<br />

or interacts with them. “My little G,” he<br />

laughs,” is two and full of beans! He is<br />

the love of my life; I’m enjoying him<br />

so much. He is such a little character<br />

and the older he gets the more love<br />

he has to give. He takes so much joy in<br />

Raylene, and Victor Picoto Jr<br />

Grayson, little G, is full of beans<br />

Brooklyn already has her dad wrapped around her tiny little finger<br />

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Victor is on a mission to obtain his NPC Pro Card<br />

Photographer: Michael Alexander<br />

Grayson,Victor and Raylene<br />

everything around him, he loves jumping<br />

on the trampoline and playing with<br />

balls, oh, and he loves tools, especially<br />

screwdrivers. And his favourite food is<br />

pasta! My little Brooklyn is an angel. She is<br />

a lot better behaved than her big brother!<br />

She’s the first girl in our family, which is<br />

definitely something new to get used to,<br />

but we love every moment of it.”<br />

Along with being a mum to Grayson and<br />

Brooklyn, Raylene is a huge help to Victor<br />

in his current endeavour, which is to get<br />

his NPC (National Physique Committee)<br />

Pro Card. Massively dedicated to his cause,<br />

Victor trains twice a day, following a strict<br />

diet and exercise regime. “When I came<br />

back from Germany I was overweight<br />

and wanted to get back into shape,” he<br />

says. “CrossFit had just started, and that<br />

was the direction I wanted to go in, but<br />

the injuries derived from it just didn’t do<br />

it justice for me. I started bodybuilding<br />

to achieve my goal of a better body,<br />

‘It’s about<br />

the love I have<br />

for them, the<br />

role model I<br />

want to be for<br />

them, the dad I<br />

want to be’<br />

and found I had a love and passion for<br />

it.” Victor admits that it isn’t an easy road<br />

to walk, and dedication and self-control<br />

are the name of the game. “I do miss the<br />

odd glass of red wine,” he laughs, “but<br />

every calorie counts and my willingness<br />

to succeed beats the fleeting longing for<br />

a glass of wine hands down. And Raylene<br />

has been super supportive, especially<br />

before we had the bambinos,” he smiles.<br />

“She’s found her groove, she’s is very<br />

involved with the filming side, recording<br />

all my YouTube videos and keeping my<br />

photographic record up to date.”<br />

Now that the bambinos are here, life may<br />

have changed for the couple, but they<br />

are up for the challenge and Victor is<br />

quite sure on the way forward regarding<br />

his children. “It takes responsibility and<br />

commitment to raise two children,” he<br />

says. “You have to ensure that you look<br />

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out for them, but at the same time<br />

not be overprotective. You need to be<br />

able to discipline them effectively, but<br />

not be too hard on them. You need<br />

to always maintain an awareness of<br />

what sort of future you create for them,<br />

what habits you teach them, what<br />

you allow them to get away with and<br />

what you won’t stand for, the friends<br />

they choose, the goals they want to<br />

reach and the opportunity to give<br />

them what they want, but still make<br />

them work hard for it. You also need to<br />

balance being there for them, but then<br />

sacrifice spending time with them,<br />

to make sure you have a career to<br />

support them later. All of these things<br />

need to be taken into consideration.<br />

“But having them in my life has changed everything; I’ll never see myself in the<br />

same way again. It’s about the love I have for them, the role model I want to be<br />

for them, the dad I want to be when I fetch them from school, do things or go<br />

places with them.” The Picotos are also big on family time, and with Brooklyn<br />

being so young, quite a lot of it is spent bonding at home. They also don’t want<br />

to take any chances with Covid, so family time is pretty much bound to the<br />

house at the moment, but they love taking the kids over to Victor’s parents for a<br />

braai, or spending time with friends at Vygeboom Dam.<br />

It sounds like Victor has his hands full. Along with the journey to get his pro card,<br />

he is also focused on building up his business, DIGIT Nelspruit, which provides<br />

money-saving solutions, vehicle tracking, fleet management control, CCTV,<br />

vehicle camera systems and electrical fencing. All this and still being the best dad<br />

he can be is a tall order, but with his lovely Raylene at his side, and Grayson and<br />

Brooklyn cheering from the sidelines, we have no doubt he will attain his goals<br />

and then some. This dad is definitely one to watch!<br />

Details<br />

To find out more about Victor, check out Victor Picoto Fitness on YouTube<br />

The Picotos<br />

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Win!<br />

We are giving away a<br />

back facial and foot peel<br />

to one lucky dad! To<br />

enter, send your details to<br />

competitions@getitlowveld.<br />

co.za with “Skin Creations” in<br />

the subject line to reach us<br />

by noon on <strong>June</strong> 30.<br />

Invest in<br />

yourself<br />

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We know that confidence is linked<br />

to great skin, and knowing your skin<br />

is the first step. At Skin Creations in<br />

Mbombela, we believe that your skin<br />

is an investment, and we take you<br />

on a journey that is highly effective<br />

and personalised to your specific<br />

skin needs. We are dedicated to<br />

providing you with the most effective<br />

treatments and products available.<br />

We know that skin varies, and every<br />

one needs to be approached in a<br />

unique way.<br />

Skin Creations is an aesthetic centre<br />

that offers aesthetic and medical<br />

treatments for all skin types, ranging<br />

from problematic skin to intense<br />

rejuvenation for ageing skin. Our<br />

highly educated aestheticians will<br />

answer the all-important question,<br />

“Why do I have the skin I have?”<br />

in a free 15-minute face-to-face<br />

consultation with your first visit.<br />

This will ensure that the prescribed<br />

journey fits your lifestyle, budget and<br />

time availability, making it easy to<br />

commit to the investment you make.<br />

Our aestheticians revisit the original<br />

prescriptions as part of your skin<br />

journey and alter them as the skin<br />

improves.<br />

Together with a well-known<br />

Mbombela dermatologist, Edward<br />

Berry, who offers a full spectrum<br />

of specialised skincare that<br />

includes management of acne and<br />

pigmentation, UVB treatment, laser<br />

and cosmetic procedures. Edward has<br />

been in private practice since 2003.<br />

His present interest revolves around<br />

general anti-ageing modalities, so<br />

watch this space.<br />

We recognise the need to offer the<br />

usual, but also the latest and most<br />

advanced, available body and skincare<br />

technologies to improve overall wellbeing.<br />

Skin Creations offers an assortment of<br />

beauty treatments, massages, waxes,<br />

eyelash and brow shaping and body<br />

contouring treatments. We also do<br />

reduction of facial lines and wrinkles<br />

with botulinum toxin, fillers, threads<br />

and aesthetic beauty treatments.<br />

Apart from our wide variety of beauty<br />

and aesthetic treatments, we also<br />

offer a variety of nail services, from<br />

pedicures to manicures and nail<br />

enhancements.<br />

Other services offered are DermaPen4 and PRP treatments, chemical peels,<br />

I2PL and laser, mesotherapy, LED light treatments, female wellness and skin<br />

tightening, and radiofrequency and acoustic wave therapy. Skincare ranges<br />

we offer include Essel, NeoStrata, Heliocare, MD Lash factor Pro-active Liquid<br />

Collagen and pHformula.<br />

We provide a friendly, personalised service through a team of highly skilled<br />

and creative professionals. Skin Creations is where beauty and relaxation meet<br />

medical aesthetics.<br />

We look forward to welcoming you to our brand-new body and anti-ageing<br />

centre situated at Crossing Shopping Centre close to Mopani on floor 3A 1.<br />

Details: Contact us on 013-752-5935/5616 or WhatsApp us on 063-705-6576.<br />

Alternatively, drop us a mail at admin@drberry.co.za. Follow us on Facebook and<br />

Instagram under Skin Creations.<br />

<strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 17

Antoinette McDonald, Calie Olivier, Annelie Oosthuyzen and Carel Olivier<br />

A Father’s love<br />

Calie Olivier<br />

“I am BUCO and BUCO is me.” – Calie<br />

Olivier<br />

Calie has been involved with BUCO<br />

Nelspruit since its inception in 2011.<br />

This modern-day Father Abraham<br />

views BUCO as part of his family, and<br />

he’s seen many employees grow<br />

up, fall in love, start families, and<br />

even grow old in front of his eyes.<br />

His own beautiful children, Annelie,<br />

Antoinette and Carel, also grew up<br />

in the store that started as Laeveld<br />

Bouhandelaars in 1981. Oom Calie,<br />

as he’s affectionately known, has<br />

five grandchildren as well. There is a<br />

peaceful harmony between the BUCO<br />

and Olivier families.<br />

We listen intently as he describes each<br />

child’s special quirks. Annelie (39) is<br />

the worker bee who has a special<br />

18 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

If there is one thing that can be said for BUCO, it’s that it is a family.<br />

We take a closer look at some of the company’s dads, and get a little<br />

perspective from those who count – their kids!<br />

relationship with time. Antoinette (36) is the shopper of the family and Carel (34)<br />

is the one who kept Mom and Dad on their toes.<br />

Each child sent us a personal note about their feelings for their father:<br />

“My pa is my steunpilaar en my raadgewer, en hy ondersteun my altyd in my<br />

besluite wat ek moet maak. As ek onseker oor iets is of ‘n groot besluit moet<br />

neem (soos om my eie onderneming in die middel van ‘n pandemie te begin)<br />

dan kan ek altyd na my pa toe gaan vir sy raad. Hy is ‘n wonderlike oupa vir my<br />

twee kinders en ‘n goeie skoonpa vir my man. Hy hanteer almal altyd dieselfde, of<br />

jy nou vir hom werk of nie. By BUCO dink ek voel die mense dieselfde; hy is altyd<br />

bereidwillig om te luister. Dankie, Pa, lief Pa baie.” – Annelie<br />

“The man I call my father... My dad. There are lots of words that can describe him.<br />

Honest, caring, respectful, loving and ever the optimist, he can see the positive in<br />

any situation and the challenge in any bad time. He has the ability to encourage<br />

you, no matter what is going on in your life. Whether it is a personal or business<br />

matter, he is always ready to help, support and see you through any and every<br />

situation! My dad is an awesome father and grandfather, and we love him so<br />

much.” – Antoinette<br />

“Daar is soveel om te sê oor my pa. Hy is vir my die perfekte voorbeeld van<br />

pawees en Christenwees. Altyd daar vir ons. Almal wat hom ken, ken die persoon<br />

wat altyd sal help en raadgee. Die wysheid en ondervinding wat hy oor die jare<br />

opgebou het by Laeveld Bou, nou beter bekend as BUCO, deel hy graag...” – Carel

Pottie and Ané Potgieter<br />

Christiaan Potgieter<br />

Pottie Potgieter<br />

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more and<br />

become more, you are a leader and an amazing father.” – John<br />

Quincy Adams<br />

True success is measured in many ways, and although Pottie<br />

will most likely tick most of the boxes as a man who has earned<br />

success, it is his ability to balance life and work that makes him<br />

a personal role model. Time is a challenge to most dads, but<br />

Pottie has always been adamant about making time for family.<br />

He is also very influential in promoting family values within the<br />

BUCO Nelspruit branch. Pottie invites his employees to bring their<br />

children to work with them to experience their work environment.<br />

It helps kids understand why parents are sometimes tired or too<br />

busy to assist with certain things.<br />

Pottie’s favourite part of fatherhood is to be involved in the lives of<br />

his children and to steer them in a direction that not only ensures<br />

a bright future, but also leads to happiness. For him, fatherhood is<br />

as much about being a friend as it is to be a mentor. He also places<br />

a lot of value on creating for his children a culture of knowing the<br />

difference between right and wrong. He sees his own children,<br />

Ané (18) and Christiaan (16), as part of the legacy that he wants to<br />

leave behind.<br />

Ané wrote to us about her father:<br />

“My dad is my role model, because he lives by the rule that out of<br />

everything bad comes something good. He helps wherever he<br />

can, but is stern when necessary. My dad treats his co-workers as<br />

family and gladly shares his values with love and patience. In my<br />

eyes, this makes him a shining example of a good leader.”<br />

Christiaan said:<br />

“My dad plays a very big role in my life and from him I learn new<br />

things every day. I agree with my sister, he is an excellent example<br />

for us. I hope and believe that I will be like him when I am working<br />

and have my own family.”<br />

Anton Schoerie<br />

“You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. But if<br />

you treat them like heroes, that’s what they’ll<br />

become, even if it’s just in your own eyes.”<br />

– Unknown<br />

Anton spends his days ensuring that BUCO<br />

Nelspruit’s woodstore is a “cut above the<br />

rest”. When the dust has settled for the day,<br />

he goes home, where an eager seven-yearold<br />

live wire waits for him to start their usual<br />

virtual car racing extravaganza. Anton admits<br />

it’s a challenge to conserve enough energy<br />

during the day to have what it takes to take<br />

on such an avid opponent. Luan will easily<br />

remind Anton that the racecars are not<br />

lawnmowers as soon as he dare loses his grip<br />

and rides off the track. A work/life balance<br />

is important to every father, and Anton<br />

applauds his employer for allowing time off<br />

to be involved in Luan’s afterschool activities.<br />

There’s an unmissable sparkle in Anton’s eye<br />

when he speaks about his treasured son.<br />

We turn our attention to Luan to see what<br />

his understanding is of Daddy’s day job, and<br />

the response is adorable! He reckons Daddy<br />

works with planks all day. He is proud to<br />

announce that his father also “sometimes”<br />

builds cupboards for houses, but not theirs,<br />

only other people’s. Luan loves that Daddy<br />

works for BUCO. When asked if he’d want<br />

Anton to do anything else, he just replies<br />

with a definite “no”. He, however, impressed<br />

as he is with Dad’s skills, will not be following<br />

in his footsteps, as he has already decided<br />

that he would rather be a firefighter. As he<br />

has a special love of all things water-related,<br />

this seems like an attainable dream. Luan<br />

and Anton can often be found fishing or<br />

swimming for father-son activities, and Anton<br />

supports Luan’s aspirations wholeheartedly!<br />

Wherever the dreams of this little man take<br />

him, there’s no mistaking that he will have his<br />

Dad by his side every step of the way.<br />

Luan and Anton Schoerie<br />

<strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 19

Michael Gunn-Henderson<br />

“When my father didn’t have my hand, he had my<br />

back.” – Linda Poindexter<br />

A proud father of one, Michael, sales manager<br />

of BUCO Nelspruit, declares his six-year-old<br />

daughter, Caitlin, to be a daddy’s girl before<br />

saying anything else about her. To ensure<br />

continuous sales in the post-Covid environment<br />

is something that doesn’t get done easily, but<br />

Michael is confident about the future; one he<br />

feels burns very brightly for his little Caitlin. He<br />

tells us of her newfound skill, reading, and how<br />

excited she is to tell them of her daily learnings<br />

at school. Michael admits he may be a little<br />

overprotective. They have come to a point where<br />

Caitlin will immediately turn to Michael and<br />

assure him she’s OK whenever she takes a tumble.<br />

We asked this little lady a few questions about<br />

Dad’s career at BUCO. She’s very sure that he<br />

works hard, but she’s not really sure what he does.<br />

What she can tell us is that Michael helps people.<br />

When she tells us of her future plans, she’s<br />

adamant to also be part of the staff compliment<br />

at BUCO one day. She does, however, much to<br />

everyone’s surprise, nod confidently when we ask<br />

if she thinks she’ll be able to do Dad’s job better<br />

than him! We didn’t dare ask why she thinks that,<br />

but I’m sure Dad’s adoration for his princess has a<br />

lot to do with her confidence.<br />

He’s not a man of many words, but Michael is<br />

undoubtedly smitten with his little girl. With her<br />

love of reading and her absolute enthusiasm<br />

about learning new things, we might be looking<br />

at a future leader here. Word of warning to future<br />

suitors, though: this daddy is not letting Caitlin<br />

out of his sight!<br />

Danté, Quinton and Amoré<br />

Quinton Schoerie<br />

“Blended families: woven together by choice, strengthened together<br />

by love, tested by everything but each uniquely ours.” – Unknown<br />

Fatherhood is a challenging experience for most newcomers to the<br />

title, but choosing to be the broad shoulders that carry no fewer than<br />

five children is “next level”, as the kids say. Quinton heads up his family<br />

of seven with as much gusto as he does his day job. It comes as no<br />

surprise that he also leads one of the busiest departments at BUCO<br />

– hand and power tools. When it’s time to down tools, though, he<br />

returns home to spend time with Leander (11), Xandrich (13), Amoré<br />

(15), Danté (16) and Mari-Shaan (19). You can’t help but feel a tinge<br />

of sympathy for the man when you realise that the majority of the<br />

bambinos are teenagers! However challenging the job, he says his<br />

children are the most important thing in his life and he appreciates<br />

that BUCO supports family values.<br />

To get the details on this undoubtedly brave man, we speak to Danté.<br />

She laughs shyly when she talks about how successful he is at what<br />

he does. Danté has big plans for her future, as she wants to travel<br />

through Europe and spend some time au pairing abroad. She admits<br />

that her stepfather works hard and long hours, but says when he<br />

returns home, he’s the same friendly man on the BUCO sales floor<br />

that clients have come to love and appreciate. Amoré agrees that<br />

he is a successful salesman because of how much he loves what he<br />

does. She says BUCO is part of who they are as a family. She, too, has<br />

big dreams for the future, as she’s an aspiring actress.<br />

Michael and Caitlin Gunn-Henderson<br />

This family is proof that love is the most powerful tool of all. They are<br />

big dreamers who take their lead from the man who proudly speaks<br />

of their dynamic. It seems there really is strength in numbers.<br />

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Well<br />

groomed<br />

Optiphi<br />

Body Curve<br />

Cleanse and<br />

Shave offers<br />

improved<br />

shaving<br />

comfort while<br />

also cleansing<br />

the skin. Love<br />

a double-use<br />

product!<br />

R350 from<br />

optiphi.com<br />

• Longmarket<br />

Barber Hair<br />

Wax is a<br />

conditioning and<br />

sculpting wax for<br />

hair and beard.<br />

R99.95 from<br />

Woolworths.<br />

Montblanc Legend Eau de Parfum is the<br />

reinterpretation of the Montblanc Legend<br />

fragrance. Elegant and sophisticated, it’s all<br />

bergamot and violet, jasmine and<br />

geranium, with base notes of moss, and<br />

wood. From R1299, from Truworths, Edgars,<br />

Foschini, Dis-Chem and Clicks.<br />

Jules Dedet, the renowned<br />

street artist, is the aptly<br />

chosen face of this new<br />

Jimmy Choo Urban Hero<br />

fragrance – a nod to the<br />

confident, mysterious<br />

man with a hint of<br />

rebellion. It gives<br />

off intense woody<br />

notes, think grey<br />

amber and leather<br />

accord, which<br />

mix with warm<br />

black pepper and<br />

sensual rosewood,<br />

and fresh lemon<br />

caviar. From R1299,<br />

at Truworths,<br />

Edgars, Foschini,<br />

Dis-Chem, Clicks.<br />

What is it with men’s products? They’re all<br />

easy-to-use, multipurpose, two-in-one … we<br />

should take lessons. The Glow Man is a<br />

two-in-one (obviously) body wash and peeling<br />

glove. Oh. And it has an ergonomic shape.<br />

Because … boys! R199 from Woolies.<br />

22 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

Bentley Momentum Unlimited<br />

is as lush as the sleek interior of<br />

a Bentley motorcar! The first rev<br />

is a burst of bracing grapefruit<br />

and tart green apple, with the<br />

citrusy brightness of cardamom.<br />

As it reaches cruising altitude, the<br />

heart notes take a new direction,<br />

with the wood and leather notes<br />

inspired by the luxurious interior<br />

of Bentley cars. After that, it’s<br />

all skin musks and ambroxan, a<br />

quintessentially masculine ambery<br />

note. You’ll find it at Truworths and<br />

Dis-Chem, for R1499.

Barbering’s new-found popularity, and an appreciation for traditional<br />

grooming products, has seen the revival of hair tonics … a product<br />

that’s been associated with old-school barbering for more than a<br />

century. For a while, they’ve been overlooked for more modern<br />

alternatives … but they’re back. And for good reason. These<br />

no-gimmick, energising elixirs help to reinvigorate the scalp, provide<br />

vigour and freshness, promote a natural shine and offer a light hold<br />

to help set and define simple styles. They help to protect your hair<br />

from heat during blow-dry styling and, when massaged intensely into<br />

the scalp, help to condition and moisturise the hair while stimulating<br />

circulation. The effects of this pampering session are sleek and healthy<br />

locks, less dandruff, and repaired split ends. The light hold created by<br />

these luscious liquids also makes hair easier to work with for<br />

professionals and can create the vital foundation needed to build<br />

extravagant hairstyles. The Bluebeards Revenge Hair Tonics,<br />

available in the brand’s iconic Classic and Cuban scents, also grant<br />

their users with hair that smells irresistible … the classic has a sweet,<br />

modern, barbershop-inspired fragrance, the Cuban packs a punchy<br />

exotic scent – the perfect combo of British barbering and Caribbean<br />

cheer. R310 from Sorbet MAN stores.<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

<strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 23

Ways to<br />

SPOIL<br />

Dad<br />

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It makes sense to treat Dad’s skin with<br />

targeted male grooming products. The<br />

Body Shop has developed an extensive<br />

range for men’s skincare, Maca Root & Aloe,<br />

specifically designed to help you cleanse,<br />

shave and protect. Ingredients include<br />

maca root, a rich source of skin minerals and<br />

nutrients, and community trade Brazil nut<br />

oil. Details: The Body Shop, 013-742-2124<br />

WIN!<br />

We are giving away an<br />

i’langa Mall voucher to the<br />

value of R1 000! Send your<br />

details to competitions@<br />

getitlowveld.co.za, with<br />

“i’langa Mall” in the subject<br />

line. Entries close <strong>June</strong> 30.<br />

Good luck!<br />

Spoil your dad, the king of the braai, with Jan Braai<br />

accessories. The Jan Braai two-piece tong set has<br />

been perfected over a lifetime of braaiing and is<br />

the only tongs Dad will ever need. The heavy-duty<br />

and durable Jan Braai cast iron pots are famed<br />

for being used on almost any heat source –<br />

even over grill and campfire. Its heat retention<br />

makes it ideal for grilling meat, seafood<br />

or vegetables with minimal oil. Details:<br />

Woolworths, 013-742-9100<br />

The K-Way CORE Range down jacket is made<br />

from 100% recycled down feathers. Ideal for cold<br />

weather protection during Dad’s outdoor pursuits.<br />

Details: Cape Union Mart, 013-742-2281<br />

Make<br />

sure Dad<br />

steps out<br />

in style on his<br />

hunting trip with a pair<br />

of handmade vellies - proudly South African.<br />

Available in a variety of colours. Details: Jola<br />

Boutique, 082-556-1951<br />

Prada is a globally recognised<br />

brand in bold, statement-making<br />

designs. The men’s collection has a<br />

variety of understated frames that<br />

reflect Prada’s remarkable eye for<br />

glamour. The perfect gift for the<br />

coolest dad in town. Details: Classic<br />

Eyewear, 013-742-2300<br />

This high-quality, genuine<br />

leather Boris Weekender Bag is the<br />

best choice for the dad who knows the<br />

value of adventure and the importance<br />

of arriving in style. Details: Old Khaki,<br />

013-742-2280<br />

26 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong>

A luxurious and sensual fragrance of<br />

rich, dark accords and an alluring potion<br />

of black orchids and spice, Tom Ford<br />

Black Orchid is both modern and timeless.<br />

Bottled in fluted, black glass, Black Orchid<br />

makes an unforgettable statement of iconic<br />

style and worldly glamour. Details: Mopani<br />

Pharmacy, 013-742-2225<br />

Spoils<br />

for Dad at<br />

Let Dad walk<br />

his journey in<br />

Bathu shoes. Its<br />

latest design collaboration,<br />

BathuXSomizi, was with the South<br />

African “King of Bling” Somizi. He drew inspiration<br />

from precious metals and gems for the designs,<br />

which is why the sneakers are available in four<br />

luxe shades: gold, diamond, platinum and ruby<br />

red. Details: Bathu, 010-880-4319<br />

A Fish named Fred is<br />

a fresh lifestyle brand<br />

with original and<br />

colourful designs for<br />

men. The impeccable<br />

fabric quality enhances<br />

the beautifully intricate<br />

art-inspired designs<br />

available in a variety of<br />

styles. The perfect gift<br />

for your stand-out dad.<br />

Details: Nevills Clothing,<br />

013-752-6800<br />

The epic new Courtney adventure,<br />

Legacy of War by Wilbur Smith.<br />

Beloved characters Leon Courtney,<br />

Centaine De Thiry and Shasa Courtney<br />

return in the action-packed and<br />

gripping sequel to Courtney’s War,<br />

and the epic conclusion to the<br />

Assegai sequence. Send Dad on<br />

an adventure with this must-read<br />

novel. Details: Exclusive Books,<br />

013-742-2106, Bargain Books,<br />

013-742-2375<br />

Give Dad the boost he deserves. The<br />

IV Bar immune booster is a powerhouse<br />

performer that will boost energy, mood,<br />

immune system, performance and skin<br />

tone, all while detoxing and rehydrating<br />

his body from within. Includes vitamin B12,<br />

vitamin B complex, magnesium, vitamin C,<br />

glutathione and electrolytes packed into 1L<br />

of rehydrating fluid for additional electrolytes<br />

and complete rehydration, or in 200ml of<br />

saline for a quicker drip time. Details:<br />

The IV Bar, 066-224-5423<br />

A silk tie for Dad! It is the perfect<br />

accessory to complete a stylish<br />

and professional look. Davisons<br />

boasts a wide range of exclusive,<br />

high-quality suits, shirts, ties,<br />

trousers, belts, jerseys and<br />

jackets. Details: Davisons<br />

Men’s Boutique,<br />

013-742-2318<br />

<strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 27

Bringing the<br />

gentlemen’s club<br />

to Mbombela<br />

28 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

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

Located in the Sonpark Boulevard, Urban<br />

Lounge and Cigar Bar brings a pulsating,<br />

avant-garde look and feel to the heart<br />

of this bustling Mbombela street. Part of<br />

Urban House, well-known for its strong<br />

lines and contemporary feel, Urban<br />

Lounge is the quintessential gentlemen’s<br />

club, with a dark, classic interior, sleek,<br />

elegant furniture and air of timeless charm.<br />

Vibrant colours vie for attention with<br />

carved skulls, bold classic prints and<br />

exotic cocktails, while luxurious couches<br />

promise indulgent comfort. Urban Lounge<br />

boasts an array of the finest cigars, singlemalt<br />

premium whiskies, cognac and<br />

champagne, meaning that even the most<br />

sophisticated connoisseurs will not be<br />

disappointed, no matter their preferred<br />

tipple.<br />

It also boasts an upmarket eatery, where<br />

guests can take their pick of the tasty<br />

meals on offer. Along with its ambience<br />

and vibe, Urban Lounge is the place to<br />

be for people to feel welcome and to<br />

socialise in a classy, upmarket setting.<br />

Perfect for private functions such<br />

as bachelor’s parties, Urban Lounge<br />

is the ideal intimate venue in the<br />

heart of Mbombela, and the ultimate<br />

in sophistication. It will attract the<br />

trendsetters and on-the-rise high rollers<br />

of the city and visitors from all over.<br />

Urban Lounge is situated at Shop 59,<br />

Faurie Street, Sonpark Boulevard.<br />

Details<br />

013-880-0321, 064-980-4435,<br />

urbanhousembombela@gmail.com,<br />

Facebook: urbanhouse Mbombela,<br />

Instagram: urban_house_mbombela

<strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 29

Afrikaans, one of our 11 official<br />

languages, is as rich in culture,<br />

history and sense of belonging<br />

as our other 10. In Afrikaans,<br />

through wine, we celebrate all our<br />

languages as a cornerstone of our<br />

rainbow nation. Afrikaans is made<br />

to be accessible but structured<br />

with rich, ripe fruit to appeal to the<br />

palate and encourage another sip.<br />

A red and a white wine for every<br />

occasion, without complication,<br />

without pretension. Welcoming<br />

and exuberant, Afrikaans is made<br />

for sharing. A poem entitled My<br />

Taal (My Language) adorns the back<br />

label of the wine. Volume III was<br />

written by renowned singer Elvis<br />

Blue, it speaks eloquently of the<br />

Afrikaans language, and through its<br />

words, brings the wines to life.<br />

of Black Forest gateau in Afrikaans Vol III 2019’s red wine. Notes of mulberry<br />

and cedar are complemented by sweet and savoury spice, with hints of clove<br />

and black pepper bringing complexity to the fruit. Bold black cherry, mulberry<br />

and cassis follow on the palate, with nutmeg, cinnamon and toast. Polished and<br />

seamless with fine, dry tannins and a touch of freshness that keeps the wine<br />

interesting.<br />

Win! We are giving away two bottles of Afrikaans, one red and one white. To<br />

enter, send your details to competitions@getitlowveld.co.za to reach us by<br />

noon on <strong>June</strong> 30.<br />

Editor’s<br />

choice<br />

Afrikaans Vol III 2020’s white<br />

wine has aromas of zesty lemon,<br />

white pineapple, and subtle notes<br />

of honeysuckle accompanied by<br />

tropical notes of fresh guavas and<br />

sweet melon. The tropical fruits<br />

come to the fore on the palate,<br />

melon and passion fruit provide<br />

balance to the delicate acidity.<br />

Clean and fresh on the palate<br />

with a lovely soft texture and silky<br />

mouthfeel that makes this wine<br />

infinitely drinkable.<br />

Pronounced aromas of cherries<br />

and mocha bring to mind a slice<br />

Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> wishes all our<br />

wonderful dads a happy Father’s Day!<br />


Text: MATTHYS FERREIRA. Photographer: MOTORPRESS<br />

Scan for more photos<br />

Drive in style<br />

South Africans love their bakkies. It does not matter what<br />

your first car is, a great many people aspire to own a<br />

double cab. And the Hilux is often the preferred choice.<br />

Hilux is a combination of two words, “high” and “luxury”. The first Hilux, produced<br />

at the Hamura Plant, was released in 1968. It was fitted with a 1.5-litre engine<br />

and a four-speed gearbox. It was replaced in 1972 with a slightly larger Hilux.<br />

The base model now sports a 1.6-litre engine and the top-of-the-range model a<br />

2.0-litre one producing 79kW.<br />

The third generation, released in 1978, offered standard-sized bodies and four<br />

long ones. It presented improved ride comfort and many car-like features.<br />

Although the coil springs at the front were replaced with a torsion bar, it<br />

inherited the 1.6-litre 12R-J engine of the previous model.<br />

In October 1979, Toyota released its first four-wheel drive model, fitted with a<br />

2.0-litre 18R-J engine. By this time the Hilux had already proved its tough status in<br />

various environments - nature, commercial and for the entrepreneur.<br />

But let’s fast-forward. Every new generation brought more refinement and<br />

improved toughness. The eighth generation (2015) presented a more occupantfocused<br />

approach, motivated by customer feedback, and more refined and<br />

quieter cabins.<br />

At the time Hiroki Nakajima, the<br />

executive chief engineer behind the<br />

Hilux, said, “Our entire development<br />

concept was centred on ‘redefining<br />

toughness’. We aimed to make the<br />

new Hilux ‘tougher’ based on a much<br />

broader interpretation of that word.<br />

The message we want to deliver to our<br />

customers is embodied in our slogan<br />

for the vehicle: ‘A new era for pickup.<br />

Every inch a Hilux.’”<br />

The Hilux design, although still bold<br />

and masculine, now became a little less<br />

edgy and a lot more attractive - inside<br />

and out.<br />

The technology built into these bakkies<br />

never stops to amaze. When is enough<br />

enough? There is probably no definitive<br />

answer to this question. As people’s<br />

needs for both adventure and comfort<br />

evolve, so will technology, and OEMs<br />

are set on providing what the market<br />

demands.<br />

The world’s most revered bakkie will<br />

keep on evolving. The latest line-up<br />

offers an extensive model range - 32<br />

derivatives at the last count. This really<br />

spoils prospective buyers for choice,<br />

though for the uninformed enthusiast<br />

it may well prove somewhat confusing.<br />

Be that as it may, the “woke” diehard<br />

Hilux buyer knows what they want and<br />

Toyota will oblige!<br />

The latest generation 2.8 GD-6 engine<br />

now delivers 150kW and 500Nm (auto).<br />

Fuel economy has been improved. The<br />

new generation six-speed automatic<br />

gearboxes are super smooth - in<br />

fact, they are so good that manual<br />

gearboxes really does not make sense<br />

anymore. The 2.4 GD-6 4x4 can now<br />

tow up to 3,5 tons, matching the<br />

2.8 GD-6 4x4.<br />

The Hilux, depending on the model,<br />

now packs luxury car-like features like<br />

Electrochromatic (auto-dimming) rearview<br />

mirrors (standard across all Legend<br />

models). Double cab 4x4 models<br />

have leather interior trim, electrically<br />

adjustable front seats, a nine-speaker<br />

audio system with dash-mounted<br />

speakers, keyless entry and pushbutton<br />

start. The list of safety features is<br />

equally impressive.<br />

The long and the short of it is this: fit a<br />

Hilux, any derivative, into Dad’s Father’s<br />

Day stocking and he will forever be in<br />

your debt.<br />

He’d love to be the owner of an awardwinning<br />

bakkie...<br />

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Navara goes<br />

above and beyond<br />

Text and photographer: QUICKPIC<br />

The locally-produced Nissan Navara is set to roll off of the production line at<br />

Nissan’s Rosslyn plant this <strong>June</strong>. With prices starting at R311 000 for the Navara 2.5<br />

Petrol XE SC, and R474 000 for the Navara 2.5D SE MT DC, the modernised line-up<br />

is well-positioned to compete in most of the one-ton pickup segments, according<br />

to Stefan Haasbroek, marketing director of Nissan South Africa.<br />

The new Navara single cab 2.5l DDTi Diesel mid-output (XE and SE Grades), with<br />

its 2.5-litre dual overhead camshafts with direct injection, turbocharged with<br />

intercooler diesel engine producing 120kw of power and 403Nm torque, is already<br />

proving to have the most powerful engine in the class, and is a popular choice for<br />

South African pickup drivers.<br />

“It’s an amazing achievement to see the full set of exciting models for the next<br />

generation Navara that offer customers a choice of both single, and double-cab,<br />

2WD and 4WD options, and a choice of automatic and manual transmissions too,”<br />

Haasbroek said. “This is a fiercely competitive segment, and we are determined to<br />

meet and exceed customer needs,” he added.<br />

A comfortable ride across all of South Africa’s spectacular terrains<br />

Drivers of the all-new Navara will experience significantly enhanced balance,<br />

superb handling, and heightened performance, both on-road, and off the<br />

beaten track thanks to the successful combination of a new chassis with revised<br />

mountings for less vibration; increased rear height; better shock absorber<br />

damping; and a new dual-rate, five-link coil suspension that was designed to<br />

ensure a comfortable ride across all of South Africa’s spectacular terrains.<br />

Tough 4X4 power for difficult terrain<br />

Choose 2WD for maximum efficiency, or shift to 4WD (4H) at speeds up to<br />

100km/h with the Navara’s shift-on-the-fly 4x4 gearbox. Achieve maximum<br />

performance as Nissan’s 4H constantly monitors conditions and adjusts the<br />

balance of power between the front and rear axles to maintain traction, while<br />

the Active Brake Limited Slip Differential system manages power delivery and<br />

wheel braking between the front and rear axles and between the left and right of<br />

the vehicle, depending on traction and speed. New Navara drivers also have the<br />

option to select low range 4WD (4LO) for difficult terrain.<br />

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Giving you a bigger and more<br />

balanced payload<br />

Perfect for delivering building supplies to<br />

site or squeezing an extra tent in when<br />

you’re camping in the Tankwa Karoo<br />

National Park, the all-new Navara’s payload<br />

is now 100kg bigger, thanks to an increase<br />

of 36mm in the front, and 64mm in the<br />

rear of the height of the load-box.<br />

“We have invested substantially in<br />

improvements to the noise, vibration, and<br />

harshness reduction for a very quiet and<br />

comfortable drive, which bears testimony<br />

to improvements made on suspension<br />

range and powertrain capability. The<br />

Navara line-up also features additional<br />

safety technology through Nissan<br />

Intelligent Mobility, and offers a host<br />

of cabin features including an 8” touch<br />

screen with NissanConnect, Android<br />

Auto, and Apple CarPlay all to delight and<br />

empower our customers,” said Haasbroek.<br />

With its bold masculine design, the<br />

new Nissan Navara offers customers<br />

good value for money, has low running<br />

costs, competitive parts pricing, and<br />

competitive fuel efficiency, strong<br />

aftersales service, all designed to help<br />

your business’s bottom line, while being<br />

rugged and tough enough to do the<br />

job right, minimising downtime, and<br />

maximising uptime.




Sidetrack Investra 8 is a construction company that has<br />

been dedicated to the industry for decades, the “father” of<br />

the enterprise having over 40 years’ experience.<br />

This family-owned business has a mission - to not merely<br />

survive, but to thrive. Our objective is to establish not<br />

only houses, but homes, in the <strong>Lowveld</strong>, and our goal is<br />

to do it right the first time - after all, budgets have no room<br />

for error!<br />

Our team consists not only of dedicated and capable<br />

workmen, but of certified and qualified experts who<br />

operate like a well-oiled machine.<br />

We are excellent at what we do, and we always follow<br />

through on our commitments, taking pride in the fact that<br />

we bring brilliance and superior quality to our work.<br />

Sidetrack Investra 8 is exceptionally excited about what the<br />

future holds!<br />


LUCKY dad!<br />

Let’s be honest. He does so much for us … and we don’t always show<br />

our appreciation as much as we should. So this year we’re going all<br />

out … with gifts for the most important man in our lives. From Irish<br />

Whiskey to travel bags to softest ever after-shower towels … here’s<br />

our dad-day round-up. And … a massive win coming up.<br />

We’re giving away everything on this page to one lucky dad.<br />

Raise your glass to dad with Bannermans Scotch Whisky. Beautifully fruity flavours to enjoy neat,<br />

on the rocks or mixed. It’s made using older, more aged malt whisky, with a blend of exceptional five<br />

to six-year-old whiskies, which gives it a bolder, more complex flavour than other blends and helps<br />

create its wonderfully smooth, rich character. R199. Details: takealot.com<br />

Sexton Irish Whiskey is a new and unexpected single malt. Rich in hue, approachable in taste and<br />

memorable in character, it’s made from 100 per cent Irish malted barley that is triple distilled in<br />

copper pot stills for smoothness. The finish is a perfect balance of dried fruits and subtle oak notes<br />

and aromas of nuts and dark chocolate followed by marzipan, spice and fruit with a mellow honeyed<br />

taste of malt and oils. The rich, sophisticated liquid is matched by its striking, hexagonal dark bottle.<br />

Details: trumanandorange.com<br />

Dad may not make it to The Med this year, but he can take in the very essenza dell’ Italia with Ginato<br />

Italian Gin. A sunshine-drenched way of life distilled in a bottle. It combines the finest quality<br />

produce from world-renowned terroir … think juniper berries from Tuscany, citrus bursting with<br />

Southern Italy’s unique Mediterranean sweetness, and Italian grapes grown alongside northern Italy’s<br />

idyllic lakes. Mix these and you get the very spirito d’Italia. Details: takealot.com. To mix … we use<br />

Fever-Tree, which has no artificial flavourings or sweeteners. Love them!<br />

Details: fever-tree.com<br />

For travellers – business or pleasure – these Thule Compression Packs are brilliant for packing<br />

smarter and staying organised. The durable compression zipper eliminates excess air between<br />

clothes to maximise space-saving – perfect for pants, shirts and sweaters. Details: thulestore.co.za<br />

Help dad hibernate in style during the colder months. This Volpes Cloud Blanket is part of a brilliant<br />

selection at Volpes … loads of blankets and throws in a variety of colours and textures. We’re gifting<br />

our dads with a luxurious faux fur Cloud blankets (the snuggle is real), and adding some brushed<br />

cotton pillowcases and sheeting with a beautifully patterned quilt. Details: volpes.co.za<br />

WIN! We’ve got a hamper, overflowing with gifts from our favourite brands to give away.<br />

Happy Father’s Day, with love from Get It. To enter, simply visit our Facebook or Instagram page<br />

(getitnationalmagazines), find the Lucky Dad post, and follow the instructions. Entries close <strong>June</strong> 28.<br />

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<strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 35

What’s cooking<br />

good looking?<br />

Annatjie Melck, foodie<br />

legend and chatelaine of<br />

Muratie, has a treasure<br />

trove of her own very<br />

special recipes and loves<br />

to explore the very best<br />

pairings with Muratie’s<br />

wines. These two, for us,<br />

are winners.<br />

Every wine tells a story<br />

at Muratie, the historic<br />

Stellenbosch Estate that dates<br />

back to 1685. In the case of<br />

Muratie Mr May Grenache<br />

Noir 2018, the story is of<br />

Cornelius, or Mr May as he<br />

was affectionately called,<br />

who planted and pruned<br />

many a vine at the estate,<br />

and whose attention<br />

to detail and ability to<br />

predict the weather, long<br />

before technology, is<br />

legendary. ‘He taught us<br />

that whenever we saw a<br />

silver cloud lying on the<br />

south-west-facing side of<br />

Simonsberg mountain,<br />

it would rain in two<br />

days' time. Today still,<br />

in memoriam, we have<br />

yet to prove him wrong',<br />

says Rijk Melck. The wine,<br />

aged in French Oak<br />

barrels for 18 months,<br />

is all raspberries and<br />

pomegranate rubies, and<br />

a hint of white pepper<br />

spice. It’s R230 and you<br />

can order online from<br />

muratie.co.za<br />

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Annatjie’s marrow bones on toast<br />

So easy, so quick, and amazingly tasty. This works as well for a<br />

dinner party starter as it does for snacks around the braai or a<br />

Sunday night don’t-feel-like-cooking dinner.<br />

Ingredients:<br />

You need the middle sections of the long bones (ask your<br />

butcher for 5cm lengths); salt and freshly ground black<br />

pepper to taste; toast<br />

To make:<br />

Preheat the oven to 230˚C<br />

Rinse the marrow bones thoroughly under cold water, and<br />

dry well with kitchen paper towel. Cover an oven pan with<br />

foil and place marrow bones on top.<br />

Sprinkle salt and pepper over the bones and bake for 15 to<br />

20 minutes.<br />

Marrow bones are cooked when the marrow starts pulling<br />

away from the bone and the clear fat starts to drip from<br />

the bone.<br />

Remove pan from the oven and let it cool down slightly.<br />

Use a knife to remove the marrow from the bones and<br />

spread on the toast. Add a little salt according to your<br />

liking and serve immediately, with a glass of Muratie’s<br />

Mr May Grenache Noir.

Annatjie’s salmon with tarragon and cream sauce<br />

If dad’s a fisherman, he’ll probably fancy Annatjie’s salmon dish … served simply<br />

with some lovely baby potatoes, it’s lovely for a dinner party with friends.<br />

Ingredients:<br />

2 salmon fillets; salt and freshly ground pepper to taste; 1 Tbsp (15ml) sunflower oil;<br />

half a small onion, finely chopped; 2 Tbsp (30ml) fresh tarragon, finely chopped; 4<br />

Tbsp (90ml) thick cream; 2 Tbsp (30ml) fresh parsley, finely chopped<br />

To make:<br />

Preheat the oven to 160˚C.<br />

Season the salmon on both sides with salt and pepper<br />

Heat the oil in a heavy-duty pan until hot and cook the salmon (skin-side up) for<br />

three minutes until light brown, then turn it over and cook on the skin side for<br />

another two minutes.<br />

Place the salmon in an oven-safe dish and sprinkle the onion and the tarragon over<br />

the fish.<br />

Add the cream to the dish and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the salmon is<br />

cooked.<br />

Sprinkle parsley over the dish and serve with boiled baby potatoes.<br />

Enjoy with Muratie Isabella Chardonnay 2019.<br />

And the story behind this wine … For Rijk and Kim Melck, there could be only one<br />

name for their Burgundian-style Chardonnay, the name of their first child, Isabella,<br />

who today, as a young woman, is classic and elegant, just like the Chardonnay.<br />

The wine, which was matured for nine months in 500L French oak barrels, is a<br />

beautifully fresh, understated and elegant Chardonnay, with an enticing peachblossom<br />

fragrance, ripe stone fruit, melon and citrus flavours with hints of<br />

hazelnuts and vanilla cream from subtle oaking. You can buy it for R220 a<br />

bottle at muratie.co.za.<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

<strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong> Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> 37

Gifts for gourmet dads … a Jan Braai knife and<br />

sharpener, R649 and a Jan Braai stainless steel<br />

grid, R729. Both from woolworths.co.za<br />

Winter on a plate<br />

(and in a glass)<br />

Beef and Cabernet Sauvignon … is<br />

the perfect winter hygge. Cosy up to<br />

Tokara Reserve Collection Cabernet<br />

Sauvignon and a hearty beef<br />

bourguignon for the ultimate winter<br />

comfort food and wine experience<br />

… best enjoyed by a roaring fire.<br />

While this traditional dish may be<br />

considered old-school, classic French<br />

cuisine never fails to satisfy. Neither<br />

does the full-bodied, richly textured<br />

Tokara Reserve Collection Cabernet<br />

Sauvignon 2018 … with a mouthful<br />

of dark cherry, redcurrant and fynbos<br />

scrub. It’s the perfect wine to serve<br />

with Drizzle and Dip foodie Sam<br />

Linsell’s rendition of French beef<br />

bourguignon. It’s a lengthy recipe,<br />

and you’ll spend quite some time<br />

in the kitchen – three hours, to be<br />

honest, but trust us, it’s time well<br />

spent! You’ll find the recipe on<br />

getitmagazines.co.za, and you’ll find<br />

the wine for R350 a bottle at leading<br />

stores or online at tokara.com.<br />

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Compiled by: KYM ARGO


Get on board,<br />

Pops!<br />

What dad doesn’t need<br />

his very own tray, made<br />

especially for him (albeit<br />

with a little of his help!) by<br />

his devoted family members?<br />

Perfect for cutting biltong on,<br />

serving all his favourite cheese<br />

and biscuits, or simply to put<br />

on display in the kitchen, this<br />

is the ideal project for the kids<br />

(and mum) to get their teeth<br />

into for Father’s Day.<br />

40 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

You will need<br />

• 2x Ensign brushes • Raw wooden pallet tray (we used 3 planks)<br />

• Tjhoko paint: 4 colours (we used Elvis Mix, Vinia Stone, Godfrey’s<br />

Glimpse and Don’s Wash) • Tjhoko: Stencil of Paris • Tjhoko: Antique<br />

glaze • Stencil brush • Vaseline • Cloth (old T-shirt or microfibre<br />

cloth) • Putty knife • Stencil of choice • Masking tape • Sandpaper.

Step 4<br />

Use the Vaseline again and brush here and there. Cover the Vaseline with coat 3<br />

(next colour). We used Godfrey’s Glimpse. Let it dry. Sand away once more and<br />

look at the great reveal!<br />

Step 1<br />

Secure your first stencil of choice to<br />

the top plank of the tray with masking<br />

tape. Using the stencil of Paris, apply it<br />

with the putty knife onto the stencil.<br />

Remove the stencil and let the stencil<br />

of Paris dry (min 40 minutes).<br />

Step 2<br />

Paint the bottom section with one of<br />

your other colours while waiting for<br />

the top part with the stencil of Paris to<br />

dry (we used Elvis Mix). Let it dry for 15<br />

to 20 minutes. You can test it by touch.<br />

Step 5<br />

Back to step 1. Cover the dry stencil<br />

of Paris with a solid colour (we used<br />

Godfrey’s Glimpse). Let it dry. Sand over<br />

the stencil of Paris to reveal the white<br />

coming forth.<br />

Step 6<br />

Use the antique glaze (do not dilute).<br />

Apply to the cloth, and wipe on the<br />

remaining raw timber section, staining<br />

the wood (and sealing it). You can<br />

continue and wipe the antique glaze<br />

delicately over the complete board<br />

to seal. Sand lightly on the edges, and<br />

wherever you need to distress.<br />

Step 7<br />

Lastly, when all is dry, you can apply<br />

another stencil motif with paint. Secure<br />

the stencil with masking tape. Using<br />

the stencil brush, dip it in a little paint<br />

(we used Don’s Wash) and wipe some<br />

off afterwards as well (dry brush). Use<br />

circular movements to “paint” the<br />

pattern on the surface.<br />

Step 3<br />

Take your extra paintbrush and use the<br />

Vaseline to brush a little here and there<br />

on the first coat. Paint over the Vaseline<br />

with a second coat and second colour<br />

(we used Vinia Stone). Let it dry.<br />

Use the sandpaper and sand away<br />

the paint that covered the Vaseline,<br />

unveiling the first coat colour.<br />

All tools and<br />

materials<br />

needed for<br />

this project<br />

are available<br />

at Nitali Re-<br />

Invented Decor,<br />

Mbombela.<br />

Mon-Fri: 8:30am-<br />

4:30pm. Sat:<br />

9am-1pm.<br />

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Michael Gunn-Henderson and Hugo van Coller<br />

Collfin Group is a household name<br />

in the <strong>Lowveld</strong>, a father-and-sons trio<br />

that’s been going from strength to<br />

strength over the past 30 years. When<br />

Henk van Coller moved his family to<br />

the <strong>Lowveld</strong> in 1990 he continued<br />

property development. And later it<br />

became an opportunity for Henk to<br />

work with his two sons, Wouter and<br />

Hugo. Each with their own unique set<br />

of skills, they make up a formidable<br />

team that doesn’t shy away from a<br />

challenge.<br />

Their current development, KaMagugu<br />

Extension 4, will eventually have<br />

515 housing units spanning over<br />

27 hectares of lush green <strong>Lowveld</strong><br />

vegetation. The project offered an<br />

opportunity to invest in the local<br />

community. Ample job opportunities<br />

are created and major upgrades to<br />

the area’s infrastructure are being<br />

made. The housing will further serve<br />

the public by allowing for shorter<br />

commutes to Mbombela’s hub for<br />

residents. The Van Collers plan to<br />

complete the project in four years.<br />

It was, however, not always a given<br />

that Henk would be working with his<br />

42 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

sons. Neither seemed overly interested<br />

in their father’s business. Undeterred<br />

by their underwhelming enthusiasm,<br />

the boys were offered holiday jobs on<br />

site and soon their love of construction<br />

started to blossom.<br />

Hugo and Wouter both attended<br />

Stellenbosch University. Wouter, with<br />

a head for figures, looks after all things<br />

financial and runs the company’s<br />

administration efforts. Hugo prefers to<br />

get more involved in the technical side<br />

as Collfin’s projects director. Their dad,<br />

a lawyer by trade, deals with financing<br />

and legal matters.<br />

They pride themselves on the<br />

relationships they have built with<br />

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

In many instances the secondgeneration<br />

Van Collers are dealing<br />

with second-generation suppliers/<br />

consultants where Henk originally<br />

dealt with the first-generation business<br />

owners.<br />

One such unique relationship exists<br />

between Collfin and BUCO Nelspruit.<br />

As a client of BUCO, they have been<br />

“friends in business” for over 30 years.<br />

The relationship is one of mutual trust<br />

that developed over the years. The<br />

company offers Collfin a fast, effective<br />

and reliable service. It is also the goto<br />

supplier for odd requests - BUCO<br />

will source products for Collfin that it<br />

doesn’t carry as general stock. Hugo<br />

comments on the seamless admin<br />

process that ensures they keep up with<br />

the client’s fast-paced environment.<br />

In the spirit of Father’s Month, we<br />

ask Hugo and Wouter for a special<br />

message to the man who started what<br />

has now become their livelihood.<br />

“We wish our dad, Henk, a very happy<br />

and healthy Father’s Day. May you<br />

grow old enjoying your family and<br />

especially your grandchildren growing<br />

up around you. Thank you for the<br />

values that you have taught us.”

Dream<br />

team<br />

Wouter and Henk van Coller<br />

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Two-wheel ride<br />

Take to the road and explore local on your bike<br />

Local road trips and holidays are on the up, and with our beautiful <strong>Lowveld</strong> scenery,<br />

cultural history and unique flora, biking holidays and exploring on two wheels have always been<br />

a popular choice as a way for local families to enjoy the great outdoors together.<br />

Once you’ve done the research and found the perfect destination for your next family bike<br />

vacation, the hardest part is out the way. Next is to line up all your family’s gear and get packing!<br />

Packing for your bike adventure<br />

It starts with the helmets, rain jackets, shoes and then, next thing you know, you’ve packed way<br />

too many outfits and loads of stuff that your kids will never need. Let’s be honest, packing for a<br />

week away or just one night with your family often means the same number of bags.<br />

Fortunately, the team from Thule is here to help trim down your packing list and,<br />

more importantly, make a checklist that’s right for your family.<br />

Start with a duffel for essentials. A bike trip can go downhill fast – and not in a<br />

good way – by forgetting to pack helmets and riding gear. Stick to the basics<br />

and set aside one go-to duffel for all the gear you can’t live without.<br />

Then you can use other bags, like rolling suitcases or backpacks, for clothes,<br />

shoes, and activities for the kids. But you can’t have a great bike trip<br />

without the essentials, so find a spacious, durable duffel bag to store<br />

all your must-have items.<br />

Giving the kids a great ride<br />

When you’re away with your family, making sure you<br />

can explore everything on your list means pedalling for<br />

plenty of miles. For the little ones, just coming along for<br />

the ride can be fun for them and you’ll be happy knowing<br />

they are safe, cosy and not missing a moment while<br />

riding around in a new place. A multisport bike trailer is<br />

the perfect addition to any young family’s vacation with<br />

bikes and is the best way to ensure you see all the sights<br />

with the kids on board. They will be happy and comfy in<br />

their spacious cockpit … plenty of windows, pockets for<br />

snacks, and a five-point harness to keep them safe. Bonus<br />

… some trailers conveniently convert from a bike trailer to<br />

a stroller, perfect for when you reach your destination.<br />

An alternative is to invest in a good child bike seat that<br />

will allow you and your treasured cargo an opportunity to<br />

enjoy the everyday bike rides – safely, easily and in style.<br />

With front and rear seats available, it’s a great choice for<br />

letting your child see the world from your bike.<br />

Keep hydrated<br />

A good pack is not only a great way to stay hydrated,<br />

but it’s also an easy way to carry many of the<br />

essential items on this list. A hip belt is also a really<br />

convenient way to access phones safely and is<br />

added storage for essential tools or nutrition.<br />

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Most importantly … getting the bikes there!<br />

The final step on the packing list is the most important and the one thing you really can’t do without on<br />

the trip. The bikes, of course! But before you just strap any bike rack to your trunk, you need to choose<br />

the correct bike rack for your car and your requirements. From hitch-mounted bike racks that tilt out of<br />

the way for easy access to your trunk to easy-to-use platform racks that grab onto the wheels for simple<br />

loading and unloading, there is bound to be a perfect option for you and your family. The new Thule<br />

OutWay 2 and 3 Bike Carriers are premium rear-door mounted bike racks (no tow bar required) for an<br />

easy getaway. These carriers can be mounted to a variety of vehicles and not only do they lock to your<br />

vehicle, they also include locks that lock your bike to the rack. There has also been a huge growth in sales<br />

of e-bikes for those who want to enjoy biking without doing too much hard work. The Thule EasyFold<br />

XT Bike Rack (now also available in a black version) is a fully foldable, compact, and easy-to-use towbarmounted<br />

bike rack for all types of bikes, including e-bikes. No matter how far away you plan to take that<br />

next bike vacation, making sure your bikes make it to and from your destination safely is the only way you<br />

can drive with confidence, knowing you and your family are on the perfect trip! Details: thulestore.co.za<br />

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