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JOBURG SOUTH • ALBERTON • Bedfordview • Greenstone • Modderfontein<br />

Burst back to life!<br />

Decor trends<br />

that last<br />

WIN!<br />

Best buys for baby<br />

R10 000 voucher<br />

up for grabs<br />


PITA<br />

I’m blind but<br />

not broken<br />

Tranquility<br />

awaits on the banks of<br />

the mighty Zambezi<br />

Life is about making the<br />



MARCH 20<strong>23</strong>

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contents<br />


4 Make a date with family and friends and get together at these great events<br />

6 Find a quiet corner and indulge in this month’s book club reads<br />


8 There are a whole lot of fun things you simply must have<br />


10 An experience not quite like any other at the Fire Factory<br />

11 Racing season is here - are you ready for the thrill?<br />

PEOPLE<br />

12 Jessica Pita is a firm believer that disabilities do not make<br />

things impossible, it just makes them harder<br />

14 Young model Sharon French aspires to be a role model and<br />

not a catwalk model<br />

FOOD<br />

16 A plate or two filled with real goodness<br />


19 It is time to prep for season change<br />

DECOR<br />

20 We talk dominating trends in home decor<br />


24 Teenage dancing sensation Scarlett Schutte is reaching for the stars<br />


26 Must-have products - there’s nothing not to love about these<br />


28 New mums need all the help they can get - we’ve got the<br />

goodies you’ll need<br />

29 Enhance natural bacteria for children’s healthy growth<br />

TRAVEL<br />

31 Summer is the best time to get your family involved in<br />

all things nature-inspired<br />

32 A luxury wilderness adventure on the banks of the mighty<br />

Zambezi awaits<br />

SPOIL<br />

34 Only the best is good enough for baby - a R10 000 Thule<br />

voucher could be yours<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch 20<strong>23</strong><br />

COVER<br />

Arien Photography<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch 20<strong>23</strong> Get It Joburg <strong>South</strong> • Alberton • Bedfordview • Greenstone • Modderfontein 3

If you have a date for the Get It diary page, email the info at least one month in advance to albertongetit1@caxton.co.za<br />

A hot date!<br />

Get your diary. You are in for great treats this month<br />

Brackendowns SAPS in<br />

11 conjunction with the Community<br />

Policing Forum are inviting<br />

you, your family and your fur-babies<br />

(on leashes) to join them in<br />

a community walk. The march,<br />

which is in support of International<br />

Women’s Day, will be from Brackendowns<br />

police station to Jackson<br />

Dam. There will be a mini market<br />

and the community is encouraged<br />

to stay and have a picnic in the<br />

park. They will meet at the station<br />

from 7.30am, to start walking at<br />

9am, a 5.5km walk and the walk is<br />

estimated to be about 90 minutes.<br />

The walk will take place on <strong>Mar</strong>ch<br />

11 and locals are urged to bring<br />

along a bottle of water, a hat and<br />

sunscreen. Details: Warrant Officer<br />

Gerhard Cornelius on 071 676 1112.<br />

-12 The Handicapped Scuba<br />

10Association of <strong>South</strong> Africa<br />

(HSASA) is proud to announce the<br />

seventh annual Dive-a-Thon, taking<br />

place from <strong>Mar</strong>ch 10 to <strong>Mar</strong>ch 12<br />

at Bass Lake. This year’s event is set<br />

to be bigger and better than ever<br />

before, and they are calling on all<br />

scuba divers to book their slots now.<br />

The goal of this charity event is to<br />

drive awareness around the concept<br />

of “Diving Despite a Disability”<br />

and to showcase the capability of<br />

people with disabilities in the scuba<br />

diving community. The dive-a-thon<br />

will run for 50 hours straight, with<br />

a minimum of two divers in the<br />

water at all times. Scuba divers are<br />

invited to book their slots and join<br />

the cause at R150 per dive slot – all<br />

donations are payable to the charity.<br />

Please note community members<br />

are most welcome to join. There will<br />

be activities for divers and non-divers.<br />

Details: Visit hsasa.org.za or<br />

email melissa@hsasa.org.za<br />

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Catch Georgetown live at the Fire Factory on <strong>Mar</strong>ch 4, at 5pm. At the Fire Factory<br />

not only good music awaits but also brilliant food prepared over an open<br />

fire. Note, this is not for those who prefer porcelain and silver as a table setting.<br />

But one thing is for sure, you are in for a good time. The Fire Factory is situated<br />

at 19 Statler Road, Alrode <strong>South</strong>. Book your tickets to the show including a full<br />

meal at R290 now. Strictly no U18s. Details: 011 867 0404 or 078 133 8069.<br />

04<br />

The Cantare Community Awards is an annual event that celebrates<br />

04 and recognises a year of excellence in the Alberton community.<br />

The awards acknowledge and share our pride in the students, community organisations<br />

and the greater community for their dedication to building meaningful<br />

relationships, embodying social change and celebrating community engagement.<br />

At the event, they acknowledge those who build bridges through<br />

interventions aimed at the public and the transformation of the town and beyond.<br />

The event also reflects on the past and celebrates selfless contributions<br />

and successes that we might have missed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.<br />

Join them on <strong>Mar</strong>ch 4 at 6pm at the Alberton Civic Centre. Guest artist Kyle<br />

Grant Whiteside, honoured guests and representatives from the mayoral office<br />

will honour individuals who contributed to the betterment of our community.<br />

You are also invited for snacks and drinks. Tickets at R150 a person are available<br />

at www.cantare.org.za/events. Details: 082 257 1407 or admin@cantare.org.za

04<br />

SA Guide Dogs Association for the Blind is excited to announce its annual Family<br />

Fun Day fundraising event that will be held on <strong>Mar</strong>ch 5 on the premises of<br />

the Association in celebration of their 70th birthday. The associations’ puppies<br />

in training are practicing hard to put their best paw forward. Kennel staff are<br />

getting ready to share information with visitors and exhilarating demonstrations<br />

from their assistance, service and guide dogs await spectators. There<br />

will also be dog races which will add lots of fun and laughter. The orientation<br />

and mobility team are preparing interesting activities where visitors will be<br />

challenged to step out of their comfort zone and into the shoes of a visually impaired<br />

person. The Kids Zone promises for loads of fun. Visitors can enjoy all the<br />

entertainment in the arena while sipping on some bubbly at the beer garden<br />

and enjoy the tasty food and various interesting items for sale from the many<br />

vendors. They are proudly sponsored by Suzuki Kyalami and Mix Fm will be live<br />

broadcasting from their premises, 126 Wroxhan Road, Paulshof from 10am to<br />

4pm. Cost is R50 per adult, R20 for pensioners and free entry to children under<br />

12. Regret no pets allowed except for assistance dogs. Details: www.guidedog.<br />

org.za or NicoleB@guidedog.org.za<br />

18<br />

The beloved <strong>South</strong> African multi-platinum selling<br />

acappella group, The Soil, returns by popular<br />

demand to the Theatre of <strong>Mar</strong>cellus at Emperors<br />

Palace on <strong>Mar</strong>ch 4. After a successful run of<br />

sold-out shows in June last year at the venue, the<br />

group is bringing their signature blend of traditional<br />

African rhythms and contemporary grooves<br />

in a beautiful storytelling experience celebrating<br />

their past 18 years of making music together. Fans<br />

can expect to hear some of the group’s biggest<br />

hits as well as new and exciting material. The Soil’s<br />

live performances are known for their energy and<br />

passion and this upcoming show is sure to be no<br />

different. The Soil strives to fuse their voices to<br />

deliver melodic and harmonious messages aimed<br />

at uplifting and healing souls worldwide. Details:<br />

Ticketpro<br />

For those starting the year on<br />

13 a healthier foot, Carnival City<br />

in Brakpan was added as a parkrun<br />

event and destination, end of last<br />

year. Parkrun is a free, community<br />

event that takes place every Saturday<br />

at 8am, for walkers, joggers and<br />

runners of all ages, to hit the road together<br />

to complete 5kms at their own<br />

pace. All you have to do is register.<br />

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

Well-known Afrikaans singer,<br />

16 Ricus Nel, will perform at<br />

Laerskool Randhart during their men’s<br />

evening, <strong>Mar</strong>ch 16. Tickets are R7<br />

500 per table of 10 people and this<br />

includes a ‘spitbraai’ dinner and a gift.<br />

Details: Corli Carratu 084 402 6592 or<br />

info@lrok.co.za<br />

Group 1 Nissan & Renault The<br />

18 Glen are hosting their sixth<br />

Birthday CARnival and CANSA<br />

Shavathon on <strong>Mar</strong>ch 18 from 10am<br />

to 1pm at the corner of Lois Road and<br />

Skukuza Avenue, Bassonia. Come and<br />

enjoy a day filled with carnival games,<br />

do your bit for the CANSA Shavathon,<br />

stay for a braai and great birthday<br />

deals. Details: 011 210 7600.<br />

You will find one of the best<br />

18 hidden treasures in Henley on<br />

Klip. The Big Little Shop (a Hospice<br />

charity shop) sells quality designer<br />

clothes, shoes and jewellery at a<br />

fraction of the cost of the originals.<br />

The shop is open from Thursdays to<br />

Saturdays. Details: Norma on<br />

083 290 3407.<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch 20<strong>23</strong> Get It Joburg <strong>South</strong> • Alberton • Bedfordview • Greenstone • Modderfontein 5

Book club<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch (already!) and our shelves are groaning with<br />

the weight of brilliant book club reads<br />

Judge Julia Cummins had no obvious<br />

enemies. There was no forced entry<br />

to her apartment, where the bodies<br />

of her and her bodyguard are found<br />

brutally murdered. Her ex and her<br />

teenage son both have strong alibies,<br />

the neighbours heard nothing, and<br />

the killer left behind a strange calling<br />

card. It’s up to FBI agent Amos Decker<br />

to investigate ... kicking off with the<br />

question as to why the judge felt she<br />

needed a bodyguard in the first place.<br />

And while he investigates, he’s also<br />

dealing with personal baggage ... the<br />

suicide of a close friend, the receipt<br />

of a letter concerning a personal,<br />

and possibly life-changing, issue,<br />

and a new partner. Long Shadows is<br />

another superb American detective<br />

tale from David Baldacci. Macmillan,<br />

available at Exclusive Books<br />

Paserene is a small Franschhoek estate with an impressive portfolio of awardwinning<br />

wines in three high-end luxury ranges – The Elements, The Paserene<br />

and The Shiner – each with their own unique features. At this <strong>Mar</strong>ch Book Club<br />

we’re serving Bright 2021 from the Elements range - the drawing of a swing<br />

on the label perfectly representing Paserene’s playful side. The ideal mid-week,<br />

easy-drinking wine, it’s made from 100 per cent Chardonnay grapes, with fresh<br />

citrus-centric aromas, which carry through to the palate, this lighter styled<br />

Chardonnay is lovely on its own or with a light seasonal salad, any type of<br />

poultry dish or with fresh tuna and salmon. Available directly from the Tasting<br />

Lounge at R190 per bottle. Details: paserene.com<br />

6 Get It Joburg <strong>South</strong> • Alberton • Bedfordview • Greenstone • Modderfontein <strong>Mar</strong>ch 20<strong>23</strong>

Kyla Zhao wrote The Fraud Squad at the height of the<br />

pandemic, while studying in California. Set in Singapore, it’s the story<br />

of Samantha, a working class girl who dreams of having her own<br />

byline in a high-society magazine. Instead, she works at a drab PR<br />

firm and lives vicariously through her socialite co-worker Anya, and<br />

her new friend, Timothy, the disillusioned son of one of Singapore’s<br />

elite families. With the help of both, she infiltrates high society and<br />

her dreams all start to come true. Until the arrival of a reporter on<br />

the prowl for high-society gossip, which could see her exposed! Kyla<br />

started writing in secret, not confident she’d finish the book ... then it<br />

was snapped up in a six-figure deal. Love it! Headline<br />

Aeons and Ancients. Outcasts and<br />

crazies. Witches back from the afterlife.<br />

Suzanne Wright’s The Wicked In Me isn’t<br />

for the fainthearted. Piatkus • Legends<br />

and Lattes from Travis Baldree is all high<br />

fantasy, ancient magic, delicious pastries<br />

... and a perfect cup of coffee. Macmillan<br />

• There are two sides to every story.<br />

And then there’s the truth. In Sandie<br />

Jones’ The Blame Game, a psychologist<br />

specialising in domestic abuse - and<br />

who finds it hard to not become overly<br />

invested in her clients’ lives - helps a<br />

middle-aged man make the decision to<br />

leave his wife. But she may have gone<br />

too far. Macmillan • The dynamics are<br />

simple in the Wolf family. Kill or be killed.<br />

The owner of a business empire has<br />

been found dead ... his daughter finds<br />

herself the new head ... but her brothers<br />

are trying to take over. All of them<br />

have reason, and motive, to kill. Murder<br />

runs in the family of House of Wolves<br />

by James Patterson and Mike Lupica.<br />

Century • A mother disappears from a<br />

busy festival, leaving her baby alone in a<br />

pram, never to return. Full of suspense,<br />

mystery and twists, Exiles by Jane<br />

Harper is a rip-roaring read. Macmillan<br />

• From local author Ron Irwin, My Side<br />

of the Ocean revolves around an<br />

American artist and a surfer who meet<br />

when the two are tracked by a great<br />

white shark in the ocean, leaving them<br />

deeply traumatised. An affair follows ...<br />

does the artist stay with the man who’s<br />

reawakened her passion for art, or return<br />

to New York with her wealthy husband?<br />

Macmillan All these titles available at<br />

Exclusive Books.<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch 20<strong>23</strong> Get It Joburg <strong>South</strong> • Alberton • Bedfordview • Greenstone • Modderfontein 7

Wish list<br />

Save water, walk the dog and kiss a frog!<br />

(and other fun things to do this <strong>Mar</strong>ch)<br />

If your taste is a little offbeat, you’re going to love Shnook ... who describe<br />

themselves as the site which is a safe space to allow your weird tastes to<br />

run wild. Fabulously fun cushions, totes and quirky vinyl stickers ... like<br />

this Queen Frog (for those looking for a fairy tale, there’s<br />

a King Frog too, worth kissing). The I’m a Pansy tote bag<br />

is made from slightly stretchy fabric, to fit everything you<br />

could imagine! Bags R180, stickers from R10 each from<br />

shnookthebrand.com<br />

8 Get It Joburg <strong>South</strong> • Alberton • Bedfordview • Greenstone • Modderfontein <strong>Mar</strong>ch 20<strong>23</strong><br />

Getting your vitamins and minerals<br />

is now as easy as popping a<br />

translucent sticker onto your wrist.<br />

Vitamin patches, also known as<br />

transdermal patches or vitamin<br />

skin patches, are an easy way to<br />

deliver a dose of vitamins, minerals<br />

or even medication, through your<br />

skin and into your bloodstream.<br />

The Patch Brand has options<br />

of Sleep, Immunity, Stress Relief,<br />

Energy and Focus. R<strong>23</strong>0 each from<br />

thebeautybag.co.za and Dis-Chem.

Our dogs are all wagging tails and strutting their stuff on their<br />

daily walks since they’ve been boasting these Clifton 1st<br />

beaded collars and leads from Chommies. Delicately beaded,<br />

but not delicate, they’re brightly coloured, hand beaded by<br />

Zulu beaders (each collar takes more than a day to make,<br />

with leads taking two) and for those of you who like to play<br />

matchy-matchy with your pooch, there are key rings and<br />

bracelet cuffs to complete the walkies ensemble! Find them on<br />

chommies.com, follow on Instagram @chommiescom<br />

The little big solution<br />

to your water needs<br />

Besides being climate friendly and<br />

helping cut costs, water tanks are<br />

becoming almost as important as<br />

inverters, with water outages striking<br />

hard. Harvesting and storing may,<br />

in our future, be essential ... there’s<br />

already an increasing demand from<br />

buyers and renters for off-the-grid<br />

and back-up solutions. But generally<br />

it’s only larger homes that have space<br />

for big tanks, with smaller properties<br />

and townhouses losing out. So ... a<br />

small solution for a big problem. The<br />

new Slimline tanks from JoJo are<br />

ideal for limited spaces. Smallest of<br />

the range is the 1000-litre SuperSlim<br />

tank ... perfect for city living, where<br />

limited space requires a snug fit into<br />

corners and down narrow walkways.<br />

It attaches to a wall to keep it secure<br />

and is supplied with the basics<br />

required for installation. Designed for<br />

ease of use, it has various connection<br />

options to ensure seamless<br />

installation into your setup, can be<br />

installed with some simple DIY, and if<br />

you’re a renter or selling up, you can<br />

remove it and take it with you. Jolly<br />

nifty ... and available in a couple of<br />

colours, too. Details: jojo.co.za<br />

Compiled by : KYM ARGO<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch 20<strong>23</strong> Get It Joburg <strong>South</strong> • Alberton • Bedfordview • Greenstone • Modderfontein 9

Neels and<br />

Michelle Erasmus<br />

Front: Karien Kretzen and<br />

Corné Botha. Back: Jackie<br />

Kretzen and Adri <strong>Mar</strong>ais<br />

Richard Smith and<br />

Carol Gardner<br />

Riaan Bornman<br />

and Desray Minné<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>co Benadé and<br />

Jaco Greyvensteyn<br />

It is time to light<br />

those braai fires<br />

If you are in for a rustic experience and don’t expect to dine at tables<br />

laid in silver and porcelain, then a visit to the Fire Factory is an absolute<br />

must. We did not quite know what to expect but can assure you a real<br />

treat. In true Brafia style, Corne Bornman braved the heat of open flames<br />

where a whole pig cooked (or will that be braaied?) to perfection in the<br />

fire pit and chickens roasted over the flames in a chain cage. Dished<br />

up with salads, pap and relish and bread rolls, well, let’s just say, those<br />

guests who could handle seconds would most certainly have dished up<br />

again. To top a really good evening off, the Fire Factory added good live<br />

entertainment by Bacchus Nel. Oh, and let’s not forget they also offer a<br />

platform for local artists to exhibit their work. Currently on exhibition are<br />

photographs by <strong>Mar</strong>ius Henning and paintings by Ronell Kellerman.<br />

Chantelle and<br />

Bennie Botha<br />

Front: Grant Botha and<br />

Chantal Jacobs. Back: Roelien<br />

Brakhoven and <strong>Mar</strong>k Swartz<br />

Wynand and Suzani Erasmus<br />

Karen and Jacques<br />

Diemieniet<br />

10 Get It Joburg <strong>South</strong> • Alberton • Bedfordview • Greenstone • Modderfontein <strong>Mar</strong>ch 20<strong>23</strong>

Riza Gene Botes and<br />

Jessica Hofmeyr<br />

Catch the thrill of<br />

racing season<br />

The Championships season kicked off with a bang at Turffontein<br />

Racecourse as 4Racing hosted the first race day of the season, Gauteng<br />

Guineas Day. The highly-anticipated race day lived up to expectations,<br />

with several close races that had punters and racegoers on their feet<br />

throughout the day. Guineas Day was the first of a series of five big race<br />

days set to take place as part of The Championships inaugural season<br />

over the next three months. And as per usual, patrons were dressed to<br />

the T for the occasion.<br />

Sandy Wilson, Kristen Kelly and Natasha Soma<br />

Gwendelynne MacGregor, Kelsey<br />

Humby and Mukund Gujadhur<br />

Fundi SIthebe, 4Racing CEO<br />

Lynn <strong>Mar</strong>x and<br />

Candice Valiatham<br />

Wilma Pailman, <strong>Mar</strong>tin<br />

Lebethe and Wanetta Wentze<br />

Broson Nassif, John <strong>Mar</strong>tino, Gabriel Soma, Dylan Soma<br />

Khethang Morimoholo, Lesedi Seripe,<br />

Masego Rantao, Lungelo Mke<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch 20<strong>23</strong> Get It Joburg <strong>South</strong> • Alberton • Bedfordview • Greenstone • Modderfontein 11

Young, unbreakable and<br />

unstoppable<br />

Jessica Pita lost her vision<br />

when she was only 11<br />

years old, but her outlook<br />

is to focus on what she<br />

can do rather than what<br />

she can’t do. We catch<br />

up with Jessica at one<br />

of her favourite hangouts,<br />

George’s Bakery, to<br />

find out more about this<br />

young content creator,<br />

motivational speaker and<br />

actual show-stopper.<br />

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One can tell right away that Jessica is going to inspire you as<br />

soon as you meet her. It is impossible to tell that she has a<br />

disability because of her inner beauty. She’s simply a bubbly<br />

person inside and out. The story of her life is one of accepting<br />

what life throws at you and making the most of it. The words<br />

from Carrie Underwood’s song ‘I’m invincible, unbreakable,<br />

unstoppable, unshakeable’ are among her favourite quotes,<br />

and this is exactly how Jessica describes herself.<br />

Losing her sight<br />

Jessica was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2014 and at the<br />

age of 11 lost her vision after the removal of the tumour.<br />

‘It all started with an optometrist appointment, showcasing<br />

my abnormally swollen optic nerves as the main feature.<br />

‘This, in turn, led to me being rushed off to an ophthalmologist.<br />

At this appointment, the spotlight was focused on the<br />

new roommate my brain was sharing its home with, a brain<br />

tumour,” Jessica says.<br />

Doctors gave her six to 12 months chance of survival if the<br />

tumour did not get removed.<br />

Soon Jessica underwent an 11-hour surgery which is ironic<br />

as the length of her operation represented her age.<br />

‘My family said those 11 hours felt like forever. Nevertheless,<br />

everyone was jubilant once the surgeon came out<br />

proclaiming it had ended successfully.’<br />

One thing the Pita’s discovered was that Jessica’s eyesight<br />

was damaged to the point of her being proclaimed blind.<br />

‘We thought over time it would heal but no luck, it became<br />

my new normal. I got used to it pretty soon. These weeks<br />

passed in a flash although they had the greatest effect on<br />

my and my family’s lives.<br />

‘We all tried to get back into a routine once I returned<br />

home. As I was only 11 there was still school to consider<br />

but the doctor wanted me to stay home and allow my<br />

brain to heal completely.<br />

‘One thing he didn’t consider was that not only was I blind<br />

but I was also extremely stubborn and bored with nothing<br />

to do at home so I was able to twist his and my parents’<br />

arms in letting me go back to school.’<br />

With the new news that she was blind, people automatically<br />

assumed that Jessica should be going to a school for<br />

the blind.<br />

‘My automatic thought was on the total opposite side<br />

of that spectrum. I was still able to function like all the<br />

abled-bodied people in my school, and the only thing<br />

missing was my eyesight.’<br />

It was her determination that kept her on the path she wanted<br />

to follow. Some things, like her friends reaching milestones<br />

such as getting their first car, made her realise that it will<br />

never happen to her. It made her sad, but she always finds a<br />

way to get through and move on.<br />

‘It has been hard. As her mother, I wish I could give her my<br />

sight, or, you know, whatever she needs just to live her life.<br />

Seeing how others have treated her broke my heart, but at<br />

the end of the day it was Jessica who helped me to<br />

move past it because nothing brings her down,’ says her<br />

mother, Paula.<br />

Her school years<br />

Her mother dropped everything and helped Jessica to finish<br />

primary school.<br />

She went to school with her every day taking notes and<br />

helping Jessica.<br />

‘She would copy everything off the boards into my books.’<br />

For her high school career, Jessica applied for a scribe and a<br />

few concessions.<br />

‘We then purchased desktop magnifiers called Topaz which I<br />

was able to use to read and write. I got my first formal scribe<br />

along with the extra time concession thereafter.<br />

‘As I progressed through my school career, I realised the irony<br />

behind my life. I was in an amazingly academic school, yet<br />

the understanding of my disability was so low. As it was not<br />

necessarily seen as a disability, excuse the pun, I was accused<br />

of faking my disability.<br />

‘I trained myself to memorise my surroundings to be able<br />

to be independently mobile. Thus, because ‘the blind girl’<br />

was seen walking alone, I was a liar. People would tease<br />

and laugh behind my back when I had my ‘blind girl’ awkward<br />

moments.<br />

‘I was accused of cheating because it was assumed my scribe<br />

would do my work for me instead of me doing it myself.<br />

Blindness affects the eyesight, not the hearing, so I couldn’t<br />

stop myself from hearing what people thought about me.’<br />

Finding her niche<br />

Moving into tertiary education though, she found that people<br />

are so much more mature and accepting which brings<br />

her the utmost joy.<br />

‘I know that there is never going to be a moment where I<br />

don’t come into contact with someone that does not completely<br />

understand.’<br />

Throughout her journey, she kept standing because of her<br />

strong support system. ‘My support system just made things<br />

a little easier. It was nice knowing that I still have people on<br />

my side.<br />

‘I want to increase the number of people that are willing to<br />

accept everyone for whom they are. I want to obliterate the<br />

discriminatory treatment of people who may seem different<br />

just for being who they are.’<br />

Flying Blind was started by Jessica to inspire people with<br />

disabilities and let them know they are not alone.<br />

‘I’ve found some healing through being a motivational speaker<br />

and inspiring others.<br />

‘The same respect and dignity should be accorded to them<br />

as everyone else.’<br />

The future holds big plans for Jessica as she is waiting for<br />

feedback from varsity on her eligibility to study nutrition. She<br />

also wants to grow Flying Blind.<br />

Her dream is to one day start a foundation that assists people<br />

with disabilities financially.<br />

As Jessica points out, a disabled person has access to many<br />

things that make life easier in some way, but money is usually<br />

the biggest barrier.<br />

Disability does not make things impossible, it just makes<br />

them harder, and if she could change the world’s perspective<br />

about people with disabilities, she would remove the stigma<br />

that they are worthless.<br />

‘An empathy-based approach is better than a sympathy-based<br />

approach. You make the world and your life what<br />

you want it to be.’<br />

Be sure to visit her website flyingblindsa.com and learn more<br />

about this unstoppable young woman.<br />

Follow her on social media:<br />

facebook.com/Flying1Blind<br />

www.instagram.com/x_flyingblind<br />


<strong>Mar</strong>ch 20<strong>23</strong> Get It Joburg <strong>South</strong> • Alberton • Bedfordview • Greenstone • Modderfontein 13

Confidence is key<br />

Although she dreamt<br />

of being a model since<br />

a young age, Shannon<br />

French has discovered<br />

that she does not want to<br />

be a supermodel but<br />

a role model<br />

who inspires<br />

others to<br />

reach for<br />

the stars<br />

and<br />

never<br />

back<br />

down.<br />

Growing up and looking at Victoria’s<br />

Secret runway shows in magazines,<br />

she knew modelling was something<br />

she wanted to do.<br />

‘When you are a child, especially a<br />

girl, your mother is one of your most<br />

influential role models.<br />

The modelling industry was something<br />

my mother did when she was<br />

younger and is now something<br />

both of us are passionate<br />

about.’<br />

The model talks about<br />

her career aspirations<br />

and why she chose this<br />

field.<br />

The secret to modelling<br />

is not being<br />

perfect<br />

Before Shannon’s<br />

modelling career,<br />

she was a dancer.<br />

‘I started dancing at<br />

the age of three and<br />

did all styles like ballet, modern, hip<br />

hop, jazz and Spanish. I danced for 15<br />

years and did multiple competitions<br />

and exams that enabled me to qualify<br />

as a teacher.<br />

‘Unfortunately, in 2020, I stopped with<br />

the pandemic and did not finish my<br />

last exams. I still dance in my free time<br />

and do competitions because I love<br />

dancing,’ said Shannon.<br />

‘In 2018, I started my modelling career<br />

and won my first show six months<br />

later. Thereafter, I never stopped.’<br />

In the same year, she walked away as<br />

the national model of the year in the<br />

fashion division.<br />

‘In 2019, I won the international<br />

model of the year and, in 2021, I won<br />

national model of the year in the skills<br />

division.’<br />

2021 was a big year for her because<br />

she also won the Face of Talent Africa.<br />

A highlight she is proud of is winning<br />

the Miss Alberton pageant last year.<br />

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‘I attended my first pageant in my<br />

career and won the title of Miss<br />

Alberton 2022.<br />

‘I am proud of all my achievements<br />

through the years, especially the opportunity<br />

that came along last year<br />

where I got the chance to walk as a<br />

model for a well-known designer at<br />

the SA Fashion Week,’ Shannon said.<br />

‘Going to castings and fittings every<br />

other day and being part of a big<br />

event with different brands and local<br />

designers was amazing.’<br />

Shannon says the best part of modelling<br />

is when the hard work pays off<br />

and you can be proud of yourself.<br />

She also enjoys booking jobs, doing<br />

photoshoots and going abroad.<br />

‘The hardest challenges in modelling<br />

are not always getting the job or not<br />

winning all the titles. In my opinion,<br />

that is how you learn to keep your<br />

head up, stay humble and work harder<br />

for the opportunities you want.<br />

‘You do not need to be perfect to be<br />

a successful model. Just be you.<br />

‘I have training every week, and<br />

some weeks you have jobs two to<br />

three times a week, going to fittings<br />

or doing presentations for clients. My<br />

schedule gets busy<br />

and sometimes<br />

I feel like I do not have enough hours<br />

in a day.’<br />

Charity work<br />

Shannon said that being a model<br />

also brought along charity work,<br />

something she fell in love with.<br />

‘My love for charity came from giving<br />

back to the animals. I always try to<br />

support the Alberton SPCA and other<br />

animal shelters.’<br />

When doing fundraisers she will ask<br />

for donations such as bedding, food,<br />

toys and second-hand clothes, which<br />

she donates to the SPCA to sell in<br />

their shop.<br />

‘Anyone can do charity work. It is not<br />

just if you are a model. Giving back to<br />

the community in your own way, if it<br />

is for children, the elderly or homeless<br />

people is something one has to<br />

consider.<br />

‘It’s important for me to give back<br />

to the animals because they also<br />

deserve loving homes and attention.<br />

Animals don’t have a voice and need<br />

people to look after them. People<br />

should realise that these shelters<br />

for stray or injured animals need as<br />

much help as they can from just<br />

about everyone.’<br />

Taking action with her gift<br />

‘I plan my future day-by-day, working<br />

to be an international model. My<br />

dreams are becoming a reality.’<br />

It is also one of her goals to study<br />

journalism and work in the industry.<br />

‘Modeling is something I want to<br />

pursue for my future. I want to be a<br />

part of different brands and be scouted<br />

by different agents. My ultimate<br />

dreams are to be a part of Victoria’s<br />

Secret fashion shows and take part<br />

in Paris, Milan and New York fashion<br />

week,’ said Shannon.<br />

She is preparing for the Project<br />

Aim Convention at the end of next<br />

month on the MSC cruise ship, where<br />

she will meet agents from abroad to<br />

sign modelling contracts.<br />

‘I have also been doing jobs for a<br />

client manufacturing the Kylie and<br />

Kendall Jenner Africa clothing brand.<br />

I have been showcasing the brand to<br />

different buyers in <strong>South</strong> Africa.’<br />

A message to others<br />

‘I want to show the world that you<br />

can achieve anything you put your<br />

mind to. Dream, and dream big. Be<br />

confident in what you do to prove to<br />

others and yourself that you can do<br />

what makes you happy.<br />

‘When life gives you challenges or<br />

doors close for you, remember that<br />

opportunities will come your way.’<br />


<strong>Mar</strong>ch 20<strong>23</strong> Get It Joburg <strong>South</strong> • Alberton • Bedfordview • Greenstone • Modderfontein 15

Matthew Evans takes food seriously, saying what you<br />

buy, how you cook and what you eat impacts way<br />

beyond your front door. The Real Food Companion<br />

is a heafty book - more than 550 pages with 200-plus<br />

recipes-the result of Matthew’s four decades as a chef,<br />

food writer, and farmer, and multiple years’ research.<br />

The information is extensive and enlightening - it’s like<br />

having the farmer, butcher, and baker in your kitchen;<br />

the produce-driven recipes are simple, delicious and<br />

unpretentious. And its core mission is teaching readers<br />

how to ethically source, cook and eat real food. And,<br />

says this food activist, if this book’s recipes, insights<br />

and observations influence your choices in even the<br />

smallest way, and if it brings joy to your table at the<br />

same time, his work is done! Murdoch Books, R800<br />

Eating well(ness)<br />

Plant based. It’s the new buzz word, and<br />

it’s not going away. Nor should it. More<br />

and more of us are choosing plant-based<br />

diets and whole foods. Plant-based.<br />

Vegetarian. Vegan. And even those who<br />

are not going all the way, most of us<br />

are cutting down on sugar, embracing<br />

Meat Free Mondays, trying dairy-free<br />

options, and cutting back on alcohol.<br />

And since lowering stress is also high up<br />

on our agenda, we’re all about taking the<br />

easy-healthy way out. No time to cook or<br />

prepare ... no excuse. The new Woolies<br />

Wellness range does it all for you. We’re<br />

talking healthy but delish breakfasts like<br />

Goji Berry and Beetroot Granola, quick<br />

no-cook lunches like Roasted Butternut<br />

and Beetroot Salad, and fast, air-fryerfriendly<br />

dinners like PlantLove crumbed<br />

soya ocean portions. We’re loving the<br />

black quinoa (crunchier and sweeter<br />

than the red and white quinoa, it’s a<br />

high protein-based grain with loads of<br />

fiber and less fat), and the gluten-free<br />

Yellow Lentil Pasta, which we tried with<br />

Creamy Cheese Style Sauce, made with<br />

vegan cheese. There are also you-won’ttaste-it’s-de-alcoholised<br />

wines, and some<br />

fabulous sugar free flavoured sparkling<br />

drinks ... we’re a little obsessed with<br />

the coconut and pineapple one. All at<br />

Woolies stores and online.<br />

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<strong>Mar</strong>ch on a plate<br />

We’re trying a plant-based diet. We’re pairing red wine<br />

with chicken. And we’re making good food, health and<br />

planet choices. And we’re finding it all jolly tasty!<br />

Spier Good Natured Organic Shiraz<br />

with Greek-style roast chicken salad<br />

If you were under the impression that<br />

red wine can’t play nice with poultry,<br />

the juicy Good Natured Organic<br />

Shiraz 2021 will make you reconsider.<br />

With intense mulberry and sweet<br />

spice leading to a soft, smooth finish,<br />

this certified organic Shiraz is the<br />

perfect partner to this Greek-inspired<br />

chicken salad ... crammed with<br />

roasted vegetables, feta and olives.<br />

The recipe serves four.<br />

You’ll need: 4 medium size chicken<br />

breasts, skin on (bones removed),<br />

olive oil for drizzling (plus extra),<br />

salt and pepper, 250g small mixed<br />

tomatoes (halved), 1 large red<br />

pepper (roughly chopped), about<br />

300g courgettes (sliced into bite-size<br />

chunks), 2 red onions (peeled and<br />

cut into wedges), 2 rounds of feta,<br />

sliced or kept whole, about half a cup<br />

of kalamata olives,a handful of fresh<br />

origanum leaves (or basil or mint), 1<br />

teaspoon dried origanum, some red<br />

wine vinegar, for drizzling (or fresh<br />

lemon juice), a handful of baby salad<br />

leaves (optional).<br />

To make: Preheat the oven to 200°C.<br />

On a large baking tray lined with<br />

baking paper, arrange the chicken<br />

skin side up next to the tomatoes,<br />

peppers, courgettes and red onions.<br />

Drizzle all over with olive oil, then<br />

season generously with salt and<br />

pepper. Roast for about 20 minutes<br />

until the chicken is just cooked<br />

through and the vegetables are<br />

slightly charred, then remove from<br />

the oven and leave to rest. Slice the<br />

chicken and get ready to plate.<br />

On a large platter, arrange the<br />

baby leaves, then top with the<br />

sliced chicken breast, the roasted<br />

vegetables, feta, olives and fresh<br />

origanum. Sprinkle with dried<br />

origanum, drizzle with more olive oil<br />

all over and add a touch of red wine<br />

vinegar, then serve at once (with<br />

some crusty bread on the side).<br />

Serve with Spier Good Natured<br />

Organic Shiraz which you can buy<br />

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

Compiled by : KYM ARGO<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch 20<strong>23</strong> Get It Joburg <strong>South</strong> • Alberton • Bedfordview • Greenstone • Modderfontein 17


Let’s toast to<br />

avos<br />

A celebration of the trendy and healthy avo<br />

Over the years, foodies and consumers have been ‘adding an avo’ to<br />

their meals. This year avos tick many of the boxes on the Everyday<br />

Health Top 10 Healthy Food Trends list for 20<strong>23</strong> as well!<br />

One of the listed trends, ‘plants in more places’, encourages new<br />

ways to eat fruits and veg. It cites an ‘upswing in the creative use<br />

of vegetables and fruits as people strive to hit that five-a-day<br />

recommendation. For example - using avocado in the place of butter.<br />

Other trends in the report, where the avo is right at home, include:<br />

‘more plant-based options’, ‘Mood-boosting foods’ and ‘food<br />

for your gut’. ‘More plant-based options’ speaks to the growing<br />

trend of people consciously choosing to eat less meat. As a result,<br />

interest in meat alternatives and interesting fruit and vegetable<br />

options is increasing across the globe. This is where avos come into<br />

their own as an incredibly versatile fruit.<br />

The ‘mood-boosting foods’ trend refers to feel-good foods that help<br />

ward against depression and support brain health. Foods higher<br />

in good fats may lower the risk of depression and anxiety and<br />

considering one avocado contains 13g of healthy monounsaturated<br />

fatty acids, there’s definitely a spot for them in that category!<br />

New research has also shown that eating avos may benefit healthy<br />

gut flora. This puts avos on the list as one of the good guys when it<br />

comes to the ‘food for your gut’ trend as well. As you can see, there<br />

are plenty reasons to ‘add an avo’ to your meals this year!<br />

Avocado Halves,<br />

White Bean and<br />

Sundried Tomato Salad<br />

Serves 4, preparation time: 20 minutes<br />

Ingredients:<br />

2 large ripe avocados, 30 ml (2 tbsp)<br />

avocado or olive oil, 125 ml (½ cup) spring<br />

onions (chopped), 30 ml (2 tbsp) salted<br />

capers (rinsed), Fresh basil leaves, to taste,<br />

120 g / 250 ml (1 cup) pitted green olives<br />

(finely chopped), 2 cloves garlic (grated),<br />

60 ml (¼ cup) red wine vinegar, 1 chilli<br />

diced (optional), 410 g can white beans<br />

(drained), 120 g / 250 ml (1 cup) marinated<br />

sundried tomato (chopped), 200 g cherry<br />

tomatoes (rinsed), microgreens to garnish<br />

Method:<br />

1. Cut the avocados in half and<br />

remove the stones.<br />

2. Place the oil, spring onions,<br />

capers, basil, olives, garlic,<br />

vinegar and chilli into a<br />

bowl and mix to combine.<br />

3. Mix the remaining<br />

ingredients in a separate<br />

bowl, and spoon into<br />

the avocado halves,<br />

drizzle with the olive<br />

mixture.<br />

4. Serve with<br />

crusty bread.<br />

For more info and recipes, visit avocado.co.za , like us on Facebook @iloveavocadoSA and follow us on Instagram @iloveavossa

Colourful<br />

We’re making sure our gardens<br />

look lovely and lively while<br />

prepping for seasonal change<br />

&calm<br />

Herb of the month<br />

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is a calming herb that’s<br />

also a delicious dessert herb, used for flavouring icecreams<br />

and sorbet or added to fruit dishes and drinks. It<br />

has a gentle lemon-mint fragrance and flavour that makes<br />

a delicious tea, for sipping after dinner as a digestive or for<br />

winding down after a busy day.<br />

Lemon balm can be sown in summer through to autumn<br />

and grows in sun or partial shade. The compact plants (30<br />

to 40cm high) are also suitable for window boxes and<br />

pots. It grows in ordinary garden soil, enriched with<br />

spadefuls of compost or in good quality potting<br />

soil. Feed pots monthly with a liquid fertiliser<br />

like <strong>Mar</strong>garet Roberts Organic Supercharger.<br />

Space plants 30cm apart and pick the leaves<br />

in the afternoon when its essential oils are the<br />

strongest. Regular picking will produce a bushier,<br />

leafier plant. It flowers in summer, producing small<br />

white blossoms with sweet nectar that attracts the<br />

bees, hence its scientific name. Melissa is Greek for<br />

honeybee. Water it well during hot, dry weather.<br />

Details: kirchhoffs.co.za<br />

Did you know that<br />

Melissa officinalis is a dog-friendly<br />

herb? A mild infusion in their drinking<br />

water helps dogs with digestive problems<br />

and helps to calm those with separation<br />

anxiety. It even reduces flatulence. Note: If<br />

used for medicinal purposes check with<br />

a reputable source for recipes<br />

and dosage.<br />

Garden tasks for <strong>Mar</strong>ch<br />

• Start sowing autumn and winter veggies.<br />

• This is the ideal month to sow sweet peas in well-prepared trenches 50cm deep. Those<br />

sown now will flower in June.<br />

• Other winter flowers that grow easily from seed are alyssum, African daisies (aka<br />

Namaqualand daisies), Bokbaaivygies (mesembryanthemums), Linaria, poppies,<br />

snapdragons, Virginian stocks, and indigenous winter colour mixes.<br />

• Fertilise shrubs with 5:1:5 or 8:1:5 to strengthen them for winter. Water camellias and<br />

azaleas regularly to encourage the development of spring buds.<br />

• Keep your lawn green during winter by fertilising now with Ludwig’s Vigorosa and<br />

water regularly.<br />

Indoor plant of the month<br />

Philodendron ‘Prince of Orange’ is a beautiful multi-coloured hybrid from <strong>South</strong><br />

America. The new leaves emerge as golden orange, mature to copper and finally<br />

turn green, with the three colours always present on the plant. It is relatively slow<br />

growing and compact (up to 60cm high) which makes it perfect for smaller<br />

spaces. To make the most of its colours, position it to receive plenty of bright,<br />

indirect light. It can also take some filtered morning sun. Like all philodendron,<br />

‘Prince of Orange’ likes moist but not wet soil. Water only after the top 3cm of<br />

soil has dried. Feed once a month with a liquid fertiliser to encourage large<br />

leaves. Rotate every now for a balanced plant. Details: lvgplant.co.za<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch 20<strong>23</strong> Get It Joburg <strong>South</strong> • Alberton • Bedfordview • Greenstone • Modderfontein 19<br />


#trending<br />

Last year we eased back into normalcy. And these trends dominated<br />

when it came to home decor ... ones that will continue to grow throughout 20<strong>23</strong><br />

Before we get wrapped up in the<br />

go, go, go of living, we should take<br />

some time to pause and reflect on<br />

some of the design and decor trends<br />

that shaped last year, trends that will<br />

strongly influence our decor decisions<br />

this year. After two and a half years of<br />

being masked up and locked down,<br />

2022 was the year of easing back into<br />

normalcy. We unmasked, and started<br />

to venture back to the office, shops<br />

and schools and even gathered again<br />

with family and friends. Despite things<br />

being business as usual, we are only<br />

now beginning to properly understand<br />

the real impact that the pandemic<br />

has had on our psyche and in turn,<br />

our design and decor choices. Interior<br />

designer, behaviour specialist, and<br />

owner of a design studio, Kim Williams<br />

explains how many of the design and<br />

decor trends have been influenced by<br />

our most recent experiences.<br />

Health and healing<br />

There has been a huge emphasis on mental health and wellness, with our<br />

homes acting as a tranquil sanctuary to escape from the chaos and confusion<br />

of the outside world. Our living space can have a dramatic impact on our wellbeing<br />

and energy, promoting a desire for not just peace and privacy but also<br />

grounding, healing, and spirituality. There has been a strong move towards warm<br />

and natural palettes that are soothing but also mystical and engaging, with the<br />

addition of comforting fabrics and textures to add layers of interest. We have also<br />

seen a lot of deepened healing – which focuses on balancing masculine and<br />

feminine tones to ensure that the interior space is meditatively balanced and<br />

promotes healing for all.<br />

Less is more<br />

After having had to wear masks for so long, it made sense that we had a greater<br />

desire to be heard and seen during 2022. And although we saw a greater emphasis<br />

on the embracing of different voices, cultures, and individual interests when it<br />

comes to decor choices, it is important to note that the minimalist movement is<br />

still very much in vogue. Less is always more, as is the yearning to shop for locally<br />

sourced materials, such as rattan, wood, stone, and weaves. Glass objects and<br />

translucent furniture also help reflect light and engage the eye.<br />

Looking ahead<br />

This is going to be the year for exploring depth, especially when it comes to<br />

deepened healing. These trends will continue, but with greater consideration of<br />

the impact they have on us and our surroundings. And after being cocooned<br />

in a grey world for so long, we should also look forward to the return of bright<br />

colours as the world bursts back to life.<br />

Details: kimwilliams.co.za or Facebook and Instagram @kim_williams_design.<br />

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The value of zoning<br />

Lots of us are still working from home this year, which has crafted a new<br />

appreciation for space, the privilege of having it and a deeper desire to connect<br />

better with it. Larger families especially require separate living areas to work and<br />

recharge, as well as a communal place to energise and socialise, and a dedicated<br />

corner to play. This dilemma has forced designers to look at zoning areas off<br />

to create better fluidity, energy, and balance. Both commercial and residential<br />

property owners are investing in ways to make their spaces flow and work better,<br />

not just because it creates a better user experience but because it is likely to<br />

increase property values.<br />

The return of the dining room<br />

A separate dining room that flows off either the living or kitchen area has made<br />

a huge comeback. During the pandemic, the dinner table was the centre of<br />

the home ... doubling up as a classroom, office desk and even a place for family<br />

entertainment. Now, it is a vehicle to bring loved ones together, especially during<br />

the summer entertaining season - a space that facilitates easy conversation and<br />

connection around a delicious meal. Well-designed dining rooms can create an<br />

ambiance and atmosphere that are both casual and formal depending on the<br />

occasion. The most engaging tables are rectangular or round with comfortable,<br />

simple-to-clean seating and enough space for easy movement. Lighting is<br />

functional, with elevated table scaping used to ramp up the mood and feel.<br />

Reconnecting<br />

with nature<br />

Our desire for sustainability and<br />

eco-conscious design has been<br />

huge and will probably continue<br />

well into 20<strong>23</strong>. It has been amazing<br />

to witness the massive move<br />

towards recycling and repurposing.<br />

A lot of the younger generation,<br />

especially, have been bringing old<br />

memories from past generations to<br />

life by adding their own stamp and<br />

aesthetic to create beautiful quilts<br />

and wall hangings, for example.<br />

Being conscious of our planet is<br />

not just about opting for greener<br />

materials in our decor choices but<br />

also bringing mindfulness into<br />

the entire design process. In these<br />

warmer summer months, the trend<br />

of opening the indoor and outdoor<br />

space is more apparent. Not only<br />

does this provide a wonderful<br />

connection to nature but it also<br />

extends our living space, adds more<br />

natural light, and allows for fresh air<br />

and the sounds of flowing water to<br />

breeze through the entire home.

Touchy<br />

feely<br />

It’s all about texture ...<br />

Natural,<br />

authentic and<br />

breathtakingly<br />

unique, this organic teak<br />

cheeseboard is part of range of<br />

really standout options to add to<br />

your kitchenware collection. Crafted<br />

out of natural hand-finished teak,<br />

there are also round plates and<br />

bowls. R495 from<br />

weylandts.co.za<br />

Made using<br />

porcelain with<br />

a matte finish, this<br />

snow cylindrical vase has<br />

a modern corrugated texture<br />

that adds a sculptural element<br />

to home decor. R899 from<br />

Country Road at Woolworths.<br />

Add texture to the dining room<br />

table with this exceptionally<br />

stylish range of artisanal glassware,<br />

mouth-blown in Thailand so<br />

each piece is one-of-a-kind. The<br />

Crestone tumblers are R795 for a<br />

set of six from weylandts.co.za<br />

A quiet nook<br />

for relaxing and<br />

reflection, with<br />

textured decor and<br />

homeware pieces<br />

from Woolworths<br />

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Compiled by : KYM ARGO

At the tender age of 15 she has a list of national and international dancing awards<br />

behind her name. She is also about to add another accolade - a scholarship at the<br />

Orlando Ballet Company and School in Florida, USA. Scarlett Schutte sure is<br />

taking the world of dancing by storm.<br />

Dancing has always been her passion,<br />

and devoting her afternoons<br />

to countless hours of dance training<br />

and discipline is one thing she loves<br />

dearly. Scarlett has been dancing<br />

since the age of eight, where she<br />

experimented with various genres<br />

throughout her journey. She started<br />

with freestyle but soon realised<br />

that performing arts is where her<br />

passion lies.<br />

We catch up with this teenager to<br />

find out where her drive for success<br />

comes from.<br />

On a personal note<br />

Scarlet Schutte grew up in Bedfordview,<br />

Johannesburg, as the eldest of<br />

two children in a loving and supportive<br />

family.<br />

‘I have a young sister called Seinna.<br />

She is a wonderful person on the<br />

inside and out, and I am grateful to<br />

have her as a sister. Fortunately, my<br />

father is one of those fathers who<br />

considers dancing a sport and fully<br />

supports me 1000%. Above all, my<br />

mum is my rock, my day one, and my<br />

best friend. She is the reason I never<br />

give up on my dreams and who I<br />

am today.’<br />

Her mother used to do Latin American<br />

dancing when she was younger<br />

and she was the one who got<br />

Scarlett into dancing.<br />

‘I just can’t imagine doing anything<br />

else.’<br />

International victory<br />

She holds numerous national and<br />

international awards. To name a few:<br />

World Champion - Dance Star Croatia<br />

2018 in the Open Section; IDO World<br />

passion<br />

Do it with<br />

or not at all<br />

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Championships Poland 2018 fifth<br />

place junior groups; IDO World<br />

Championships Slovenia 2022 - first<br />

place Junior Ballet Repetoire section<br />

and fourth place Junior Ballet Classical<br />

Section; National Junior winner<br />

KykNet’s Dans in Jou Taal 2021;<br />

scholarship recipient at New York<br />

City Dance Project; World Dance<br />

Movement second place jazz and<br />

lyrical. She also received automatic<br />

entry into the finals in Italy in July<br />

20<strong>23</strong>; Broadway Dance Centre New<br />

York Scholarship Recipient 2022, and<br />

Tanec Bez Hiranic Scholarship 2022.<br />

‘My first international victory makes<br />

me the proudest. In the Shakespeare<br />

Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon,<br />

England, I won the U10 lyrical solo<br />

section. I’m most proud of this one<br />

because it was my first world champion<br />

title and I did it in front of my<br />

entire family, which I’m sure made<br />

them proud as well! I also recently<br />

won the Ballet Repertoire section<br />

at the IDO World Championships in<br />

Slovenia in December 2022.<br />

In December 2021, she competed in a competition called California Dance<br />

Classics and she was also awarded a scholarship to Orlando Ballet Company<br />

and School for 2022.<br />

‘However, we were not able to secure my visa in time and the ballet school was<br />

so gracious to let the scholarship carry over till 20<strong>23</strong>.’<br />

Scarlett had to resubmit her scholarship video and was notified that she has<br />

been awarded her scholarship again for June 26 to July 28 and her visa is<br />

in place.<br />

Orlando Ballet Company and School is one of the Top 20 ballet schools in the<br />

USA and only dancers with a high degree of technical training get accepted.<br />

She is one of the first <strong>South</strong> African dancers to be afforded this opportunity.<br />

An opportunity like no other<br />

With her visa in hand, and almost time to jet off to Orlando Ballet Company and<br />

School in Florida, Scarlet is ready for this opportunity of a lifetime.<br />

‘I have a few years left of dancing before I decide to make a career out of it. I<br />

have to use it wisely. These opportunities are amazing and to be able to go and<br />

participate in them would be a dream come true. The friendships and networking<br />

will be priceless.’<br />

She hopes to learn more about ballet in general and to gather as much information<br />

as possible.<br />

‘To be able to be in the presence of an international choreographer/teacher is<br />

always something you must make the most of. And of course, you simply have<br />

to gain a lot of life experience!’<br />

Her trip’s impact on her normal day-to-day life in <strong>South</strong> Africa is under control<br />

because she believes her school, Helpmekaar Kollege, has a very good system<br />

in place for learners to take advantage of amazing opportunities abroad.<br />

‘They are extremely helpful, and all academic systems are in place for when<br />

I return.’<br />

Dancing and training six to seven days a week must present some challenges,<br />

as one may tend to avoid socialising, but for Scarlett, this is not a problem<br />

because she makes time to socialise with friends and family.<br />

‘Fortunately, because I attend a mainstream school, I get to see my classmates.<br />

I have dancing buddies. Outside of school and dancing, my friends will always<br />

make an effort to see me on weekends, preferably in the afternoon. After<br />

school and dancing, I spend time with my family. My teachers at Eborall Melville<br />

De Witt and Shablam Dance Academy are extremely encouraging!’<br />

Lend a helping hand<br />

She shares with us the details of her BackaBuddy campaign to help raise funds<br />

for her trip<br />

‘We decided to do a BackaBuddy campaign because of the large outlay to stay<br />

there for five weeks. Although my class tuition is covered by the scholarship, my<br />

housing and meals are not. Flights are also expensive. We decided to launch<br />

the BackaBuddy campaign because I have a lot of opportunities abroad and<br />

we, or rather my family, simply can’t keep up!<br />

‘I hope the community can help me achieve my goals! They can go to www.<br />

backabuddy.co.za and search for my campaign – Get Scarlett to Orlando Ballet.<br />

Donations in any way, shape or form will be appreciated.’<br />

What the future holds<br />

At 15, she has thought about her future many times but she changes her<br />

mind frequently.<br />

‘Now, the more I think, the closer I am leaning towards a decision, but would<br />

like to keep the arts in my future somehow.’<br />

Her ultimate goal as a dancer would be to join a ballet company. She is most<br />

interested in American businesses because she admires their work.<br />

‘If my dream does not come true, I hope to begin my studies in medicine and<br />

specialise as a paediatrician.’<br />

A message to teens<br />

‘When it starts getting extremely hard and you feel like giving up, never ever<br />

do so! Giving up on your dreams and goals is the biggest mistake you will ever<br />

make. It is super important to keep your eyes on the goal and never look back<br />

or doubt yourself!’<br />


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Clean. Kind. Ethical. We’re all over<br />

Eco Diva, a local, brand that’s<br />

all 100% natural plant-based<br />

ingredients. If you’re prone to<br />

breakouts, try the Acne Mini<br />

Solution Set - a 30-day starter kit<br />

that targets acne, breakouts and<br />

scarring through plant-based skin<br />

superfood formulations designed<br />

to balance skin pH and hormones.<br />

The set includes a natural face<br />

wash, an exfoliant skin polish, an<br />

hydrating masque, their Liquid<br />

Vitamin Hydra Mist, and The<br />

Ultimate Face Cream. R895 from<br />

ecodiva.co.za<br />

Gentle on your skin and kind to the environment.<br />

Win win. This Earthsap Tea Tree Face Wash is gentle<br />

and has pure natural tea tree which kills bacteria and<br />

helps to control breakouts, so a great choice for acneprone<br />

or oily skin. Follow with Earthsap Tea Tree Face<br />

Toner, which has real tea tree and aloe oils to nourish<br />

and protect, without drying out your skin, plus it’s been<br />

enriched with vitamin E to combat free radical damage<br />

and slow the signs of ageing. R94 each from Wellness<br />

Warehouse, health shops, faithful-to-nature.co.za, and<br />

selected Spars and Pick n Pays.<br />

The Sh’zen Natural Essence range<br />

is perfect for teen skins. Try the<br />

Purifying Cleansing Wash foaming<br />

cleanser with a natural antibacterial<br />

action (R349), the Skin Life Oil,<br />

with 100 per cent natural plant and<br />

essentials oils works to purify, repair,<br />

restore and rebalance skin - use<br />

whenever skin needs extra comfort<br />

(R465), and Natural Essence Clearing<br />

Lotion spot-control treatment which<br />

works fast and is exceptional for acneprone<br />

teenagers, drying up spots and<br />

helping prevent further eruptions.<br />

(R249). For stockists visit shzen.co.za<br />

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Teen beauty<br />

Apply a<br />

small tab<br />

of RITES<br />

Sweet<br />

Sidekick<br />

sugar lip<br />

scrub for<br />

smooth lips.<br />

R80 from<br />

rites.co.za<br />

Happi Eau De Parfum<br />

- a clean sparkling<br />

fragrance, delicately<br />

fragranced with the<br />

floral notes of lilies,<br />

peonies, violet leaves<br />

and patchouli.<br />

R539. For stockists<br />

visit shzen.co.za<br />

Keep one of these Gatineau<br />

Clear & Perfect SOS<br />

Spot Sticks in your bag.<br />

A self-sterilising rollerball<br />

applicator, it’s soothing antiinflammatory<br />

formula can be<br />

applied throughout the day<br />

to reduce redness, tighten<br />

pores and limit shine. R470<br />

from orleanscosmetics.co.za<br />

For Insta selfies and party confidence,<br />

try applying your foundation with this<br />

Bubble Makeup Sponge. Used wet,<br />

it’s mega soft and mimics skin pores to<br />

give you a natural, airbrushed look ... no<br />

special skills or IG filters required.<br />

R370 from Woolworths.co.za<br />

Girls just wanna have fun.<br />

Missguided Babe Heat<br />

fragrance has just launched ...<br />

and you’re going to love it!<br />

R699, only from Foschini<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch 20<strong>23</strong> Get It Joburg <strong>South</strong> • Alberton • Bedfordview • Greenstone • Modderfontein 27

Hey babe ...<br />

Help for new mums<br />

A new babe. Congrats. Such an exciting time. But for firsttime<br />

mums, often a little daunting. It’s a personal journey<br />

... to breastfeed or to share the feeding process with a<br />

partner, or a combination of the two. To offer a soother or<br />

not. So many decisions as you figure out the best way of<br />

doing things for you and your baby. Whichever you decide,<br />

there’s a gadget to help ... here are some of the best on the<br />

baby shelves.<br />

This Philips Avent Electric Breast Pump mimics a baby’s<br />

natural feeding movement for pumping that is simple, fast<br />

and gentle. Research shows that babies use a peristaltic<br />

movement, which is a special, wave-like tongue motion,<br />

to help release milk quickly when breastfeeding, a motion<br />

replicated by this pump, which uses a combination of<br />

suction and unique nipple stimulation to mimic a suckling<br />

motion, initiating milk let down for a comfortable and<br />

quicker milk flow. Loads of great features,<br />

including a personalised experience<br />

and memory function, one size soft<br />

and adaptive silicone cushion<br />

and express without<br />

leaning forward.<br />

R3900.<br />

When it’s<br />

time for<br />

baby’s next<br />

feed, the<br />

Phillips<br />

Avent Bottle<br />

Warmer<br />

gently warms<br />

their milk or<br />

food in three<br />

minutes,<br />

gradually and<br />

continuously to prevent hotspots. The easy to operate<br />

warmer also has a handy defrost setting (safer than<br />

defrosting in a microwave and more convenient than using<br />

water). R1580.50<br />

Sterilising. Bottles. Dummies. Toys. New mums are obsessed.<br />

So say hello to the Philips Avent Advanced Electric<br />

Sterilizer, with which you can sterilise up to six feeding<br />

bottles with accessories in just 10 minutes. It’s slim but<br />

roomy, fast and efficient, and kills 99.9 per cent of germs<br />

(phew .... sigh of relief from mum). It’s also easy to clean, is<br />

designed to reduce the chance of unpleasant odours and<br />

stays sterile for 24 hours. R3020.20<br />

Each to his own, but we’re firm believers in soothers. The<br />

Philips Avent Ultra Air collection has extra-large holes<br />

to keep skin dry. Its lightweight shield is designed for<br />

maximum airflow. It’s easy to find in the dark, respects the<br />

shape of palate, teeth, and gums, comes in fashionable<br />

colours and you can sterilse and store it in one handy<br />

case. For babes up to 18 months, R180.95 to R<strong>23</strong>2.60 for a<br />

two-pack.<br />

Fancy winning your fave gadget on the page? Pop over to<br />

getitnationalmagazines on Instagram, find the post and<br />

follow the prompts!<br />

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The importance of gut health<br />

Over the past decade, probiotics<br />

have become one of the fastest<br />

growing sectors of the natural health<br />

market. But why do we actually<br />

need them? And what benefits do<br />

they have for children? The team<br />

from Rawbiotics, one of SA’s leading<br />

liquid probiotic range of products<br />

who provide fermented, non-freezedried<br />

probiotics to families, explains<br />

why a healthy gut is arguably the<br />

most important factor in your child’s<br />

overall health.<br />

The bacteria in your bowels<br />

outnumber the cells in your body<br />

by 10 to one. This gut flora has<br />

incredible power over the immune<br />

system, meaning that the health<br />

of the body is largely tied into the<br />

health of the gut. Beneficial bacteria<br />

are responsible for the body’s ability<br />

to use the nutrition in food. They are<br />

responsible for the production of<br />

vitamins and fatty acids. They stop the<br />

build-up of disease-causing bacteria<br />

and harmful yeasts - such as Candida.<br />

And they produce natural antibiotics.<br />

In fact, one could say that no matter<br />

how good your diet is, or no matter<br />

what supplements you take, the<br />

ability of your body to use them is<br />

firstly dependent on the health of the<br />

bacteria in your gut.<br />

When it comes to your children,<br />

beneficial bacteria are vital in the<br />

formative years of the body, ensuring<br />

good nutrition, immunity and<br />

growth. But another vital (and often<br />

overlooked) factor is that the gut<br />

plays a major role in one’s emotions,<br />

concentration and judgement…so<br />

much so that it has been nicknamed<br />

the second brain. Emotional stress,<br />

poor concentration, poor sleeping<br />

habits and general unhappiness<br />

are all factors which can very often<br />

be linked to bacterial imbalances in<br />

the digestive tract, and which can<br />

often be resolved through fixing<br />

that imbalance.<br />

When choosing a probiotic for your<br />

children there are two general types<br />

of probiotic. Liquid (live fermented)<br />

probiotics are produced using a wide<br />

range of beneficial bacteria that are<br />

grown together, and compete among<br />

each other, to form the final product.<br />

They are the most natural form of<br />

bacteria since the conditions in which<br />

they are grown mirror the conditions<br />

inside the human body. Encapsulated<br />

(freeze-dried) probiotics are much<br />

easier to produce and store, however,<br />

and so make up most of the probiotic<br />

market. Encapsulated probiotics<br />

will also typically have high counts<br />

of Colony Forming Units (CFU’s) to<br />

ensure that enough bacteria reach<br />

the gut to be effective. With liquid<br />

probiotics, however, very high counts<br />

of CFU’s are usually not needed as<br />

the microbes have been grown in<br />

conditions similar to those in the<br />

body and are not killed off on their<br />

way through to the gut.<br />

Whichever you prefer, the fact remains<br />

that ensuring a balanced digestive<br />

tract, along with a good diets, are the<br />

first steps in ensuring that you have<br />

healthy and happy children.<br />

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

WIN ... To win a Rawbiotic Family<br />

Hamper worth R600, pop over to<br />

getitnationalmagazines on Instagram<br />

or Facebook before 25 <strong>Mar</strong>ch.<br />

With a selection of herbal extracts specially chosen for children to promote good<br />

health and growth - including peppermint, lemon balm, elderberry and<br />

chamomile - Kids Balance is a daily probiotic that provides natural bacteria<br />

needed for children’s health and growth. These essential bacteria improve the<br />

body’s ability to use nutrition, assisting with healthy growth and increasing the<br />

body’s ability to create natural vitamins and antibiotics. R93 from rawbiotics.co.za<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch 20<strong>23</strong> Get It Joburg <strong>South</strong> • Alberton • Bedfordview • Greenstone • Modderfontein 29



If you love all things nature-inspired, Summer is the best time to get your family involved<br />

in your downtime activities – from hikes, to cycling adventures and running trails.<br />

When planning your next outdoor<br />

activity with the family, the most<br />

important thing is to be organised<br />

and prepared, plus have the right gear<br />

to make things efficient and easy on<br />

the day. It won’t be long before you<br />

realise that bringing your kids along is<br />

one of the best ways to enjoy quality<br />

time together and explore the beauty<br />

of the outdoors.<br />

Thule has a range of premium<br />

products that allow you and your<br />

family to fully immerse yourselves in<br />

your favourite outdoor activity.<br />

Here’s a roundup of must-have gear<br />

for your next adventure:<br />

For the cyclists…<br />

Exploring the great outdoors on two<br />

wheels is fast becoming a popular<br />

choice among families, and whether<br />

you’re planning on taking in a coastline<br />

or cycling along the Garden Route,<br />

bike trailers and bike seats open up<br />

the possibilities for pedal powered<br />

adventures with the family.<br />

The smart, intuitive and award-winning<br />

designs of the Thule rear child bike<br />

seats and front-mounted baby bike<br />

seats include features like quick and<br />

secure mounting and dismounting –<br />

and will give you and your precious<br />

passenger a safe, easy, and enjoyable<br />

ride. As your child grows, you can also<br />

conveniently adjust the foot straps and<br />

foot rests.<br />

Thule bike trailers are perfect for family<br />

commutes or fun weekend bike trips,<br />

the Thule Courier even switches from a<br />

child bike trailer to a bike cargo trailer, or<br />

a dog bike trailer with an optional kit.<br />

Top Tip: Before you start cycling with<br />

your little one in a bike seat or trailer<br />

practise without them. Make sure you<br />

are confident on your bike, and get<br />

some miles under your belt.<br />

Details: thulestore.co.za<br />

For the hikers…<br />

If you prefer hiking, an innovative child carrier backpack that at once gives your<br />

little one a great view and a comfortable and secure ride is a must.<br />

The adjustable Thule Sapling Child Carrier features an ergonomic seat and<br />

distributes the child’s weight, while the back panel and hip belt are quick and easy<br />

to adjust and effortlessly transitions between parents – a lifesaver on longer hikes.<br />

Top Tip: For added peace of mind, you might want to consider a child carrier that<br />

comes with a mirror and allows you to keep an eye on your precious cargo, as well<br />

as a rain cover to ensure that your little one stays dry.<br />

For the trail runners…<br />

Running with your kids can be rewarding and challenging all in one. From<br />

adjusting to the new routine of changing your stride to figuring out how to hold<br />

the handlebar efficiently, to adding some weight as you push the pace uphill,<br />

there are lots of things to consider when beginning to jog with your child.<br />

Thule’s Urban Glide is high performance all-terrain jogging stroller with a sleek,<br />

lightweight design that is all about comfort for you and your little one. The front<br />

wheel swivels for easy manoeuverability, plus locks into place for jogging for<br />

increased stability, when moving at a fast pace.<br />

Top Tips: When it comes to buying your jogging stroller, safety is first. Don’t settle<br />

for anything less than the highest standards when it comes to design, flexibility,<br />

safety and quality. Look for features such as a 5-point safety harness and an<br />

integrated hand brake.<br />

Pack lots of water and snacks! A water bottle is a must for any bike ride. Even if<br />

riding in a bike trailer isn’t physically active, kids still need plenty of fluids to stay<br />

cool and to replace the water they lose through sweating.<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ch 20<strong>23</strong> Get It Joburg <strong>South</strong> • Alberton • Bedfordview • Greenstone • Modderfontein 31

African island<br />

paradise<br />

Nestled on the banks of the mighty Zambezi,<br />

we explore the beauty, tranquillity and luxury wilderness<br />

adventure that is Tsowa Safari Island.<br />

The sound of the birds and the rustle<br />

of our feet trampling on fallen leaves<br />

and branches seems to quieten as we<br />

turn the corner and come face-to-face<br />

with a majestic, hundreds-of-yearold<br />

baobab tree. It’s an extraordinary<br />

feeling, standing in front of one of<br />

these beauties for the first time in<br />

your life. Even more so when it’s on<br />

a little paradise island nestled on the<br />

banks of the mighty Zambezi River.<br />

Text: Leah Shone<br />


As we continued to walk, mesmerised,<br />

around the enormous trunk of this<br />

‘tree of life’, we were delighted to see<br />

a table set up with champagne and<br />

orange juice, especially for us, to toast<br />

this special occasion.<br />

This island bush walk was just one of<br />

the many activities we experienced<br />

while visiting Isibindi Africa Lodge’s<br />

remarkable Tsowa Safari Island near<br />

Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.<br />

True safari luxury, Tsowa is a little piece<br />

of heaven and by far one of the most<br />

carefully thought out and sustainably<br />

designed lodges we’ve ever visited.<br />

With eight, beautifully appointed luxury tents, Tsowa is the perfect retreat for<br />

modern day adventurers who enjoy immersing themselves in the surrounding<br />

wilderness.<br />

Our hosted group had arrived the day before after quick flights from Durban to<br />

Joburg and then Joburg to Victoria Falls airport, followed by a one-and-a-halfhour<br />

trip (including road transfer, a 4x4 game drive and a 10-minute boat ride).<br />

It didn’t take long for us to unwind and embrace the tranquillity and solitude this<br />

exclusive getaway offers and the intermittent cell phone signals soon started to<br />

feel like a blessing as we sipped our ice-cold sundowners alongside the Zambezi<br />

while watching a large bloat of hippo play and honk nearby.<br />

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After dinner on our first night, sitting under magnificent stars<br />

with the fire crackling and eerie sounds of leopard calling in the<br />

distance from the mainland just across the water, lodge manager<br />

Eric <strong>Mar</strong>uhwa shared a bit about Tsowa's interesting history.<br />

The true magic of this luxurious wilderness lodge, it seems, is the<br />

passion and heart that went into its design and creation. Isibindi<br />

Africa Lodges founders Brett and Paige Gehren took their time<br />

deciding where to place the lodge on this private uninhabited<br />

island, even 'bush camping' on various sites before deciding<br />

where each luxurious tent would be placed.<br />

Of utmost importance to them was that the property be built<br />

with respect to nature and that it blended in as much as possible<br />

with the natural environment. There are no cement foundations.<br />

The riverbank was not disturbed during construction and trees<br />

were built around, preserved and incorporated into the lodge's<br />

architecture. You really feel like you are engulfed in the heart of<br />

this natural habitat.<br />


Each incredibly comfortable (and sizable) tent is a luxurious<br />

safari haven hidden under the tree canopy with all the amenities<br />

you would expect from a lodge of this calibre. Think indoor and<br />

outdoor showers, bar fridges, stylish finishes and fabulous views.<br />

Absolute heaven.<br />

The packages are almost entirely 'all-inclusive', with delicious<br />

meals, snacks and drinks included. Every night we dined like<br />

kings … three-course meals (cooked in front of us), served with a<br />

selection of top <strong>South</strong> African wines.<br />

Because it is small and intimate, Tsowa also offers incredible<br />

flexibility in terms of meal times and activities … you can be as<br />

busy or as 'slow' as you would like to be. And alluring as lazing<br />

around the sparkling pool with a book sounds, the activities<br />

available are well worth exploring!<br />

Included in each stay are guided island bush walks, game drives,<br />

bird watching, river cruises and fishing. Additional charges apply<br />

for guided game walks and canoeing (no kids under 16 allowed),<br />

as well as day trips to Victoria Falls or Chobe National Park.<br />

We enjoyed a magnificent game drive in the Zambezi National<br />

Park, as well as a thrilling canoe adventure on the Zambezi<br />

(complete with crocs and hippo all around us!).<br />

The birdlife, both migratory and indigenous, is prolific and Tsowa<br />

has become a popular destination for birders who are looking to<br />

tick off some 'firsts' on their sightings list.<br />

After a few nights spent on this remarkable piece of paradise, the<br />

lovely staff waved us off as we jumped into the boat and sailed<br />

towards the mainland to catch our transfer back to the airport.<br />

Needless to say, it was hard to integrate back into the 'real world'<br />

after spending a few days on this exquisite, remote African island ...<br />

but that is all the more reason to start planning a trip back soon!<br />

Safari luxury at it’s absolute finest<br />

There are both indoor and outdoor<br />

showers in all of the luxury tents<br />

Things you need to know before you book your stay…<br />

Minimum stay of two nights (three-night stays include a trip<br />

to Vic Falls). No children under 12 years. Guests are transferred<br />

from the airport in closed, air-conditioned vehicles to a private<br />

entrance to the Zambezi National Park, and then in an open<br />

4x4 vehicle to the river’s edge, followed by a quick boat trip<br />

across to the island. Rates (which are around $485 - $580 US,<br />

per person, per night) exclude flights, road transfer, park fees<br />

and Isibindi Foundation levies. Details: res@isibindi.co.za, www.<br />

tsowasafariisland.co.za<br />

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