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Lynmarie<br />

Griffioen<br />

All dressed up<br />

<strong>April</strong> is Autism<br />

Awareness Month<br />

A bottle of gorgeous<br />

floral musky<br />

gourmand fragrance<br />

... Signorina Libera is<br />

up for grabs<br />

Dining on<br />

a dime<br />

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

cascades &<br />

plunge pools<br />

Inspired Living<br />


APRIL 20<strong>24</strong>

Dining<br />

on a<br />

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GET IT<br />

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Editor<br />

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Photographers<br />

Tanya Erasmus 083 778 7725<br />

Belinda Erasmus 082 567 0596<br />

Layout<br />

Wessel Cöhrs 074 801 4477<br />

Subeditors<br />

Wahl Lessing<br />

Ida de Wet<br />

Annica Fourie<br />

Sales<br />

Colletha Noppé Rattray<br />

colletha@lowvelder.co.za 082 745 2387<br />


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National Sales<br />

Kym Argo<br />

kyma@caxton.co.za 082 785 9230<br />

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are not open to the sponsors or Caxton<br />

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

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winners, who will be contacted telephonically<br />

and need to collect their prizes from Get It<br />

<strong>Lowveld</strong> within 10 days or they will be forfeited.<br />

Prizewinners names are published on our<br />

Facebook page monthly.<br />

Why don’t you ...<br />

02 Awaken the artist within, win tickets to a wine show,<br />

or attend a cement-making workshop<br />

04 Raging storms, chills and thrills and a sublime Irish<br />

whiskey thrown in for luck<br />


06 Cheerful, invigorating and lively ... we’re<br />

loving all things yellow<br />

SOcial<br />

08 A day of pawsome fun at Pro-Life’s annual<br />

Smooch-a-Pooch and Cuddle-a-Cat<br />

08 A glimpse into the dazzling beauty of orchids<br />

09 Dr Jane Goodall’s inspiring message of hope<br />

people<br />

10 Fashion designer and dressmaker Lynmarie Griffioen<br />

is chock full of amazing energy<br />

14 We chat to mum Cindy Coetzee about autism<br />

ahead of Autism Awareness Month<br />

FOOD<br />

20 Smart spending tips for dining on a budget and getting<br />

more bang for our buck in the grocery aisles<br />


<strong>24</strong> A win for BUCO’s eastern region<br />

26 Developing the local community one brick at a time<br />

TRAVEL<br />

30 We visit a few magnificent <strong>Lowveld</strong> waterfalls<br />

Win<br />

03 Tickets to the value of R500 to the Unwined<br />

Local Food & Wine Show<br />

32 A bottle of gorgeous floral, musky gourmand<br />

fragrance ... Signorina Libera<br />


Lynmarie Griffioen.<br />

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

Make-up: Elsabé Steyn - Elsabé Steyn Styling Studio.<br />

Venue: The Blue Gate, Mbombela.<br />

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OPEN<br />

Thu | Fri | Sat: 5pm to 2am<br />

Sip on the scenery<br />

A hot date!<br />

Pencil these events into your <strong>April</strong> diary<br />

right now<br />

Not for Sale to Persons Under the Age of 18. Drink Responsibly<br />

RM-EMN0413NC<br />

emnotweni.co.za | 013 757 4300<br />

18-21<br />

Discover your inner artist at the Art Awakening Workshop in the<br />

picturesque historical village of Kaapsehoop. You will receive basic<br />

art materials, accommodation for the four-day workshop, meals,<br />

non-alcoholic drinks, a permit and excursions. Accommodation is in<br />

single rooms with private bathroom en suite. Not included: alcoholic<br />

beverages, meals and drinks ordered outside the allocated mealtimes,<br />

staff gratuity and additional outdoor activities. Meals for Saturday<br />

evening and Sunday morning are for your own account. Cost of the<br />

workshop is R5 000. Details: Andrea on 066 230 3383<br />

If you have a date for our diary, email the info at least a month in advance to mellissa@getitlowveld.co.za

Win!<br />

We are giving away two tickets to the value of R500 to Unwined,<br />

Your Local Food & Wine Show, held on May 4. To enter, simply<br />

pop over to our Facebook page (Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong>), find the Unwined<br />

post and follow the prompts. Good luck!<br />

Get creative with Mhaka Solutions<br />

13at their Beginner Cement<br />

Moulding Workshop. The cost of the<br />

workshop is R1 200 for the day, which<br />

includes all training materials, all your<br />

moulds, a training manual, certificate and<br />

welcome drink. A 50% deposit secures<br />

your spot. Details: 081 800 8043<br />

Book your tickets to enjoy another<br />

20outstanding performance by Riri<br />

Rouge and Aurora Crysis. The event<br />

takes place at Just Pink Café & Venue at<br />

Sonpark Shopping Centre and is sure to<br />

be a fabulous evening of glitz and glam!<br />

Tickets are available on www.howler.co.za/<br />

Justpinkdragshow. Details: 079 389 1717<br />

Grab the kids for a night out with<br />

27Appel when he performs at Blue<br />

Moon. Tickets will be on sale at the door,<br />

and a tuck shop and cash bar available (no<br />

‘bring your own’). Tickets cost R200, the<br />

gates open at 5 pm, and the show starts<br />

at 8 pm. Details: Monique on 071 890 2020<br />

(WhatsApp)<br />


Book club<br />

It’s all raging storms and missing guests and thrills and chills.<br />

With a chic-lit thrown in for those who don’t need the adrenalin rush.<br />

Alex Michaelides, author of The Private<br />

Patient, is all over social media talking<br />

about his latest novel, The Fury. A<br />

former movie star invites half a dozen<br />

guests to stay on a private Greek<br />

Island. Should be idyllic ... except one<br />

of the group is a killer. Told by Elliot<br />

Chase (is he good, is he bad?) it’s all<br />

love, obsession, murder ... and loads<br />

of twists. Penguin<br />

In Lisa Gardner’s Still See You Everywhere, missing persons<br />

specialist Frankie Elkin is on an isolated island off the coast<br />

of Hawaii. Her mission ... to find Lani, the missing sister of a<br />

Death Row serial killer known as The Beautiful Butcher.<br />

Lani is being held captive by her millionaire ex-boyfriend<br />

on the island and the only way to gain access is for Frankie<br />

to go undercover. But can Frankie really trust the word of<br />

a serial killer? It’s Lisa Gardner. You know it’s going to be a<br />

spectacular read. Penguin<br />

With a scare on each page, you’re going to need<br />

a stiff drink. And we’re loving The Pogues<br />

- the official whiskey of the legendary Celtic<br />

punk band, one which celebrates the poetic<br />

rebelliousness of the Irish. This blended Irish<br />

whiskey boasts distinctive notes of caramel,<br />

malt, dried dark fruit, spices, honey and a touch<br />

of vanilla. You can drink on the rocks, or with<br />

your fave mixer. There are no rules! Around R329<br />

from your local bottle store.<br />

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A week-long grief retreat on a<br />

beautiful country estate. A raging<br />

storm (there’s always a storm, isn’t<br />

there!). A missing guest. Many<br />

secrets. And a murderer. The Grief<br />

House by Rebecca Thorne may<br />

well be the most chilling book you<br />

read this year. Bloomsbury<br />

A group of friends reunite for<br />

a remote glamping holiday ...<br />

a relaxing long weekend. But<br />

before the weekend’s over, the<br />

20-year-long friendships start to<br />

crumble, there’s a storm (obvs),<br />

and one of the party is missing.<br />

No phone signal, no help, and<br />

a dead body. Twists, turns and<br />

chilling tension ... Hannah Richell’s<br />

The Search Party will keep you<br />

guessing. Simon and Schuster UK<br />

In this Michael Bennett thriller, a serial<br />

killer sniper is taking out impossible<br />

targets - all apparently unrelated - in<br />

New York. The profile ... great with a<br />

gun, probably ex-military. Which<br />

perfectly describes Bennett’s new<br />

partner - who’s quiet and secretive<br />

and often suspiciously absent from<br />

duty. Cross Hairs by James Patterson<br />

and James O’Born ... a really terrific<br />

read. Penguin<br />

A collage girl looking for a new start,<br />

away from her small town, her family,<br />

and the memories of her dead best<br />

friend, moves into a shared house<br />

with a trio of new friends. All’s well -<br />

even if one is a little strange ... until<br />

one of them disappears, and a boy<br />

in the frat house next door is found<br />

dead. Only If You’re Lucky by Stacy<br />

Willingham ... great plot and sinister<br />

read. HarperCollins UK<br />

And the chic lit option ... What if you<br />

could skip the boring parts. The dating.<br />

The lazy flatmates. The climbing up<br />

the work ladder. Skipping straight<br />

to married, two perfect children,<br />

a high-powered job. When this<br />

happens to 26-year-old (now suddenly<br />

40-something) Lucy, she discovers<br />

that along with the good parts, there<br />

are surprises too. Sophie Cousens’<br />

The Good Part. Hodder and Stoughton<br />

Compiled by: Kym Argo<br />

All books available at Exclusive Books and exclusivebooks.co.za<br />

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Wish list<br />

Cover me with sunshine<br />

Make a positive change ... and eat your bowl!<br />

These eco-friendly, wholesome, edible crisp<br />

Munch Bowls are perfect for picnics and<br />

functions ... they’re made of stone ground,<br />

unbleached wheat flour and digestive bran<br />

infused with rooibos tea for its antioxidant<br />

and preservative qualities. There are no<br />

nasties, they hold any food -<br />

even hot soup for up to three<br />

hours, are microwave and<br />

freezer friendly and come in<br />

a bowl and a saucer. And the best<br />

part ... once you’ve finished your<br />

food, you simply eat the bowl. They<br />

come in packs of between eight<br />

and twenty, and cost from<br />

around R4.35 a bowl. Details:<br />

marketing@munchinnovation.com<br />

or WhatsApp 061-934-9313.<br />

Frayed edge bucket<br />

hat with adjustable<br />

drawstring, R479<br />

from zara.com<br />

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Invigorating. Lively.<br />

Cheerful. Abercrombie &<br />

Fitch Authentic Self is all<br />

lemon zest, red currant,<br />

and juicy Pear, with<br />

jasmine petals, freesia and<br />

lily of the valley, finishing<br />

with absolute cedar<br />

wood, sandalwood, musk<br />

adrenaline. It’s a breath<br />

of fresh air, R1299 from<br />


Create a happy corner ...<br />

sunshine mini vase, R185<br />

from thehomequarter.co.za.<br />

And grow pansies!<br />

W Bath&Body Awake<br />

energising citrus blossom<br />

glycerine soap, R49.95,<br />

and everyday delights<br />

citrus body wash, R119<br />

from Woolworths.<br />

An armful of joy. We’re besotted with the exquisite<br />

bracelets and necklaces from Lemons and Grace Studio ...<br />

they’re one-off originals, are handmade and so affordable.<br />

These chartreuse porcelain beads with filigree silver (R400)<br />

and yellow Evil Eye and Czech crystal (R280) versions<br />

certainly meet the cover-me-with-sunshine brief. All deets<br />

and orders via Instagram on @lemonsandgracestudio<br />

Blondes have more fun!<br />

It’s time to bring playfulness back into<br />

the mix when it comes to drinking<br />

whisky. No more stuffy standards ...<br />

just the chance to let loose and make<br />

mixing whisky fun again. Bright and<br />

vibrant, Johnnie Walker Blonde is made<br />

from a blend of wheat whiskies and<br />

single malts predominantly matured<br />

in first-fill American oak casks, and<br />

has subtle fruit flavours with a gentle<br />

vanilla finish ... perfect for casual<br />

sipping on a sunny afternoon. Try it in a<br />

chilled, ice-filled glass with lemonade<br />

or tonic water and an orange slice<br />

garnish, or with cola and a lemon slice.<br />

@JohnnieWalker on Facebook and<br />

Instagram. #KeepWalkingSA<br />

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Compiled by: Kym Argo

Pawsome<br />

fun for all<br />

It was best paw forward and fun all<br />

around at the annual Smooch-a-Pooch<br />

and Cuddle-a-Cat held at Pro-Life Pet<br />

Rescue and Rehabilitation.<br />

Kimberley van Wyk<br />

and Erin Fitzgerald<br />

Sandra de Sousa Kim and Steve Salzwedel Jenny Nelson<br />

Orchids<br />

for Africa<br />

The recent Afri-Orchids open day<br />

offered visitors a glimpse into a dazzling<br />

display of these beautiful plants.<br />

Keana Loots and Romie Bowen<br />

Lienke, Alwyn and Anneline du Preez<br />

Chanté and Genél Mellet<br />

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Donna James, Kathleen Greeff,<br />

Blake Piché and Tracy Russell<br />

Emma and Johnathan Patterson<br />

Message of hope<br />

The world’s foremost chimpanzee expert, activist and conservationist<br />

Dr Jane Goodall DBE recently paid a visit to the <strong>Lowveld</strong> to share her<br />

conservation message.<br />

Dr Jane Goodall<br />

Farrah Cruse and Ty-Mason James<br />

Sue and Iain Garratt<br />

S i p | S a v o u r | u n w i n e d<br />

12H00 - 18H00<br />




4 May ‘<strong>24</strong><br />

un-wined.co.za<br />

RM_UNW0413M<br />




A FIT LIKE A<br />

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

With her splendidly extravagant creations and a live-wire personality to<br />

match, Lynmarie Griffioen is living life on her terms - and loving every<br />

minute of it.<br />

Originally from Mbombela, Lynmarie’s<br />

parents relocated to Cape Town as<br />

she went into Grade 11, a move not<br />

wholeheartedly appreciated by the<br />

young Lynmarie. “I put up quite a fuss<br />

about the move, oblivious to the fact<br />

that they were acting out of necessity<br />

rather than choice,” she smiles. “Every<br />

decision they made, they made with<br />

us in mind. My sister Chrizaan and I<br />

worked at the weekend markets to<br />

earn pocket money, a chapter in our<br />

Lukas, Lynmarie, Du Preez and Lika Griffioen<br />

lives that ultimately proved invaluable.<br />

Those experiences weren’t just to be<br />

able to afford nice stuff or to survive<br />

the teenage years; they equipped<br />

us with skills crucial for our future<br />

endeavours, particularly in business.”<br />

Lynmarie went on to study at the<br />

Elizabeth Galloway Academy of<br />

Fashion in Stellenbosch, and at<br />

the end of her first year, a friend<br />

suggested they go on holiday<br />

together. Lynmarie couldn’t think of<br />

a better way to spend her December<br />

- sipping cold R & R while soaking<br />

up the Mozambican sun. Little did<br />

she know that that December would<br />

shape the course of her life. “I left<br />

South Africa carefree and single, and<br />

came back completely and utterly<br />

over-the-top in love!” she laughs.<br />

“My parents always say when they<br />

picked me up at the airport, as soon<br />

as they saw me, they knew instantly I<br />

had found ‘the one’! We had actually<br />

crossed paths years earlier when I was<br />

only 10. Du Preez was an extremely<br />

shy blond boy who captured my<br />

attention right from the start. Being<br />

my friend’s cousin meant we spent a<br />

lot of time together, especially during<br />

family holidays when they invited me<br />

along. Although our romantic journey<br />

didn’t kick off until much later, deep<br />

down I knew that this man would be<br />

my husband.”<br />

Lynmarie’s fashion journey started<br />

with a love of visual arts. Drawn to it<br />

from an early age, she sees fashion<br />

as wearable art, a medium through<br />

which creativity can be expressed.<br />

After finishing high school, Lynmarie<br />

opted for two gap years to allow her<br />

parents time to save for her first year<br />

of studies. “Every single day that I<br />

wake up excited about what we are<br />

going to make and create today, I<br />

can’t help but think about my<br />

parents. They made this dream a<br />

reality, and I will always be grateful<br />

for that,” she says.<br />

During this period, Lynmarie<br />

continued working at markets<br />

while also venturing into the world<br />

of movie sets, fascinated at how<br />

clothing could transport you to a<br />

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Lynmarie Griffioen

different era entirely. “I didn’t have<br />

the privilege of growing up with a<br />

mother or grandmother proficient<br />

in sewing,” Lynmarie explains, adding<br />

that her mother couldn’t even sew<br />

on a button. “So stepping into my<br />

first patterns class was a daunting<br />

experience - I barely even knew what<br />

a pattern was. However, my passion for<br />

creation and my new-found fascination<br />

with patterns and textiles drove me<br />

forward. It was incredible to realise<br />

that with just paper, a ruler and some<br />

knowledge, one could craft something<br />

truly remarkable.”<br />

Lynmarie soon discovered that<br />

patterns and textiles were her forte.<br />

Falling in love with her now-husband<br />

in the middle of her studies did not<br />

set her back one bit. She completed<br />

her three-year course, while she<br />

and Du Preez had a long-distance<br />

relationship for two years. “He was<br />

doing his honours degree at Tuks while<br />

working part-time to save for me flying<br />

back and forth,” she says. “Although<br />

Cape Town is a fashion hub, my heart<br />

knew that wherever Du Preez goes,<br />

I would go, because that is home to<br />

me. I still remember the first birthday I<br />

spent with him; he gave me a sewing<br />

machine, something I desperately<br />

needed at that stage. That was when I<br />

realised this man supports my dreams,<br />

and I was right - to this day he is my<br />

number-one cheerleader.” The couple<br />

have come full circle. Following a<br />

career opportunity Du Preez was<br />

offered in the <strong>Lowveld</strong>, they relocated,<br />

and eight years later are living in (and<br />

loving) the <strong>Lowveld</strong>, where both grew<br />

up and now have the privilege to raise<br />

their children.<br />

Along with Dominique Ackermann, her<br />

right hand and co-worker, Lynmarie<br />

started her business making wedding<br />

and matric farewell gowns full-time on<br />

September 1, 2020, the first day of a<br />

dream coming true. She loves her work<br />

and wouldn’t change it for the world,<br />

but admits that it is a tough industry.<br />

“I get so excited when someone says<br />

they want to go into fashion, but at<br />

the same time I want to tell them that<br />

only the strongest barely survive; that<br />

you start out with 30 in your class, but<br />

only 10 will finish the studies,” she says.<br />

“This is one of the most competitive<br />

businesses in South Africa. I decided<br />

a long time ago that I am doing this<br />

for me, for my future. Not to compare<br />

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myself to anyone else, but to have the<br />

privilege to wake up every morning<br />

and do what I absolutely love. Not a lot<br />

of people get to say that in a lifetime.”<br />

Another lifelong dream came true two<br />

years ago when Lynmarie found out<br />

she was pregnant with twins. When<br />

she was a little girl, she used to tell<br />

her mother that someday she’d have<br />

twins, and her mother would laugh<br />

and say: ‘Well, find a man with twins in<br />

his genes, because we don’t have any!’<br />

At the beginning of my pregnancy,<br />

I was extremely sick, and I couldn’t<br />

understand why my jeans were already<br />

so tight. Every time Chrizaan and Du<br />

Preez saw me, they would ask: ‘How<br />

are our babies doing?’ The first time we<br />

saw our baby, at our eight-week sonar,<br />

we heard the most amazing sound - a<br />

tiny heartbeat. After taking a video<br />

of this special moment, my husband<br />

asked the doctor if she was sure there<br />

was only one. She said: ‘I’m sure, but I’ll<br />

look again.’ As she zoomed in, she cried:<br />

‘Julle, hier is wragtig twee!’ Bouncing,<br />

healthy babies Lukas and Lika were<br />

born at 38 weeks.<br />

Balancing work and twins is no easy<br />

feat, but they have amazing support.<br />

Lynmarie laughingly says that while<br />

it may take a village to raise a child, it<br />

takes a sister and bestie like hers to<br />

raise twins. “Chrizaan is a huge part<br />

of the success of raising our children<br />

and keeping the Griffioen household<br />

afloat. I would love a little more metime,<br />

but I aim to build the business<br />

up to the point where I can slip away<br />

for an hour to see my son’s first rugby<br />

game or to be at every ballet rehearsal.<br />

I don’t want to miss anything, but<br />

my business was and will always be<br />

my first baby. I’m so proud of where<br />

we are now. I always knew God had<br />

something special in mind for me.”<br />

She adds that someday she’d like to<br />

travel more, show the twins the world<br />

and be inspired by the textures and<br />

fabrics from various cultures. Her<br />

ideal day would be spent watching<br />

Formula1 with Du Preez, then Taylor<br />

Swift’s Eras Tour with her sister. Her<br />

perfect day would end on a wine<br />

farm, sipping wine with her parents,<br />

laughing and listening to 80s music.<br />

“For now, I’m enjoying every second<br />

of my twins.” she smiles. “But seriously,<br />

wouldn’t that be the most amazing<br />

day ever?”


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Life through an<br />

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Troyden’s diagnosis was followed<br />

with a very vague explanation about<br />

autism and how the family would<br />

face the future. “I started reading<br />

more about autism and researching<br />

how this happens, the causes, natural<br />

cures, effective teaching ways as<br />

well as behaviours, sensory overload,<br />

stimulation and nutrition, to name<br />

but a few,” says Cindy. “Thankfully, my<br />

husband Paul and I are gifted with<br />

a child that is physically sound and<br />

healthy in every other sense, and<br />

we are blessed to have a child that<br />

is happy most of the time when his<br />

anxiety is kept in check and we don’t<br />

upset routines too much.”<br />

Cindy describes their path as one of<br />

learning, loving and getting to be<br />

taught by her child, which in itself is<br />

a gift. It’s seeing life from a different<br />

angle and gaining a new perspective<br />

of what life is all about - like the stars,<br />

sun and moon all being aligned,<br />

and suddenly making sense of the<br />

universe. “Sure,” she smiles, “it isn’t the<br />

life we imagined. Troyden’s autism<br />

threw us a curveball. But it is a life we<br />

never could have imagined. Autism<br />

is a different aptitude in an imperfect<br />

world. It is known as a disability, but<br />

as parents, we looked at his abilities<br />

and at what we can learn through our<br />

child who was lent to us.”<br />

While researching what steps to take<br />

to better her son’s quality of life, Cindy<br />

found that parents worldwide were<br />

facing the same issues she did. “We<br />

soon realised that in our community,<br />

there is minimal immediate and<br />

future support for children on the<br />

autism spectrum. This also means<br />

that our child would have no place<br />

to reach his highest potential, just<br />

like other children on the spectrum<br />

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<strong>April</strong> is Autism Awareness Month, and Get it<br />

chatted to mum Cindy Coetzee, whose son<br />

Troyden was diagnosed with full-spectrum ASD<br />

(Autism Spectrum Disorder) in <strong>April</strong> 2016.<br />

Hayley Best of Let’s Talk Autism UK and Cindy Coetzee of Indigo Smiles<br />

Autism Foundation

in the <strong>Lowveld</strong>. One question kept<br />

raising itself continuously; what would<br />

happen if the caregivers of the person<br />

with ASD were no longer there to take<br />

care of them?” This is where Indigo<br />

Smiles Autism Foundation - Non-Profit<br />

Company comes in. It was started<br />

to ensure that every child or person<br />

living with autism and/or special needs<br />

with autistic traits can receive the lifechanging<br />

treatments and therapies<br />

they require to live self-sustaining,<br />

meaningful lives as well as reach their<br />

potential and be included as valuable<br />

members of their communities.<br />

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a<br />

neurological disorder and may<br />

improve with alternative education<br />

and healing methods as well as, and in<br />

conjunction with, specific therapies. It<br />

affects how a person communicates,<br />

behaves and interacts with others. It<br />

impacts their learning styles, auditory<br />

and sensory input and how they see<br />

the world around them. Autism is also<br />

known as a ‘spectrum’ disorder, as it<br />

refers to a range of conditions and<br />

wide variation in the type and severity<br />

of symptoms people experience.<br />

“These conditions include ADHD, ADD,<br />

OCD, Sensory Processing Disorder,<br />

auditory disorders, epilepsy, social<br />

difficulties and more,” Cindy explains.<br />

“Many autism families have no options<br />

or solutions available to them within<br />

our community. Some people can live<br />

relatively everyday lives; others will<br />

Troyden with his dad, Paul Coetzee<br />

require a lifetime of specialist support<br />

at different times in their lives and<br />

may need crisis intervention from<br />

time to time.” Inspired by Troy, Cindy<br />

developed House of Troy, an optimal<br />

wellness and nutritional programme<br />

for children on the autism spectrum.<br />

House of Troy offers insight into<br />

essential nutritional components to<br />

learn more as a family about healthier<br />

options available to parents.<br />

The constraints the current education<br />

system puts on certain individuals are<br />

somewhat counterintuitive to their<br />

ability to absorb information and<br />

What are some of the early signs and symptoms of<br />

autism that parents and caregivers can look for<br />

• No or limited eye contact • Little awareness of others around them and<br />

strong preference for personal space • No sense of fear or danger, which<br />

is very dangerous for a child • Have difficulties in social connections and<br />

interactions with others • Non-verbal, delayed and unusual speech patterns,<br />

making communication difficult • Difficulty understanding facial expressions<br />

and emotions of others • Difficulties in using or understanding gestures or<br />

having to wait for their turn • Repetitive speech and stimming • Self-injurious<br />

behaviour like head-banging, kicking, scratching or biting • Unusual habits<br />

like rocking, tippy toes and hand-flapping • Playing with toys in a different<br />

way than was intended, for instance, spinning wheels • Highly fixated on<br />

unusual objects • Struggling to follow directions or instructions • Abnormal<br />

sleeping patterns • Changes in routine or the environment may cause distress<br />

or anxiety • May not react to their name or have minimal reaction to verbal<br />

input, and may act as though they don’t hear • Sudden laughing or crying<br />

for no apparent reason • Uneven gross or fine motor skills • Feeding and<br />

nutritional challenges • Unusual sensitivity to senses of touch, taste, sight,<br />

hearing and/or smell.<br />

process knowledge. In other words,<br />

not all of us learn in the same way.<br />

Autism, though not a new diagnosis,<br />

is an incredibly diverse disability and<br />

is rapidly becoming more prevalent<br />

worldwide. “Children with autism and<br />

hyperactivity display symptoms of<br />

overactiveness, disruptive behaviours;<br />

they can’t relax and have a lack of<br />

focus and concentration, all of which<br />

affect a regular classroom setting. They<br />

also become too stressed to learn if<br />

overloaded with information and faced<br />

with choices, change and unsettled<br />

routines. This doesn’t create progress<br />

within a child; it creates regression,<br />

anxiety and other behaviour-related<br />

problems.”<br />

No one really knows what causes<br />

autism, but according to the World<br />

Health Organization, currently, one in<br />

160 children is diagnosed worldwide.<br />

“Sadly,” Cindy says, “in developing<br />

countries, the numbers are much<br />

higher at one in 50, and each year the<br />

statistics show an increase of children<br />

on the autism spectrum. This raises a<br />

lot of red flags, which we should be<br />

paying attention to. We believe that<br />

every child with autism is unique, and<br />

entitled to receive the correct support<br />

and therapies they require to cope<br />

with the world and develop the skills<br />

necessary to lead self-sustainable lives.”<br />

Details: www.isafoundation.org.za, www.<br />

houseoftroy.co.za or contact Cindy at<br />

chefcindy08@gmail.com<br />

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Eating on a budget is a common challenge that many families face in today’s fastpaced,<br />

cash-strapped world. Various factors such as economic pressures and lifestyle<br />

changes require us taking a closer look at our food expenditure, and how to get more<br />

bang for our buck.<br />

Making informed choices about<br />

what food you choose to purchase<br />

is a crucial step towards achieving<br />

a balanced and budget-conscious<br />

lifestyle. Thinking out of the box is<br />

key here - with rising living costs and<br />

economic uncertainties, maintaining<br />

a budget for essentials like food<br />

becomes imperative. But that doesn’t<br />

mean meals have to be boring or<br />

unappetising.<br />

20 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>April</strong> 20<strong>24</strong><br />

Eating on a budget also doesn’t<br />

have to mean sacrificing nutrition.<br />

It encourages individuals to make<br />

mindful food choices, often leading to<br />

healthier options and home-cooked<br />

meals. This can have long-term<br />

benefits for the overall well-being of<br />

the whole family, from spending<br />

more time together prepping, cooking<br />

or eating meals, to getting outside<br />

into the fresh air and doing a spot<br />

of gardening.<br />

Another advantage is that when on<br />

a budget, we tend to plan meals<br />

more efficiently, reducing the<br />

likelihood of food waste. This not only<br />

saves money, but also contributes<br />

to promoting environmental<br />

sustainability. The secret to successful<br />

budget shopping is to save money<br />

without compromising on nutrition<br />

or taste.

Here are a few ideas to help you eat well on a budget:<br />

Cook at home<br />

Dining out can quickly inflate food expenses. Cooking at home not only saves<br />

money, but also provides greater control over ingredients, ensuring healthier<br />

options and more personalised meals. And you know exactly what is going into<br />

your food, as opposed to processed and/or preservative-laden options.<br />

Consider no-name brands<br />

Generic or store-brand products often offer a more economical alternative to<br />

big name brands without compromising on quality. Comparing prices and<br />

trying different brands can uncover hidden gems that align with your budget<br />

constraints.<br />

Use frozen and canned foods<br />

Frozen fruits and vegetables and canned goods can be more affordable than<br />

fresh produce, and they have a longer shelf life. Not only do they retain their<br />

nutritional value, they also make meal preparation that much easier.<br />

Embrace seasonal produce<br />

Fruits and vegetables in season are not only fresher, but also more budgetfriendly.<br />

Local farmers markets are excellent places to find seasonal produce at<br />

reasonable prices, and the <strong>Lowveld</strong> is jam-packed with an amazing variety of fruit<br />

and veggies.<br />


Plan in advance<br />

Planning meals in advance is the<br />

foundation of budget-friendly<br />

eating. It allows you to create a<br />

shopping list based on needed<br />

ingredients, preventing impulse<br />

purchases and reducing the<br />

risk of overspending. Soups<br />

are usually budget-friendly,<br />

nutritious and easy to make,<br />

and often require essential store<br />

cupboard ingredients.<br />

Set grocery money aside<br />

Allocating a specific amount to<br />

groceries helps towards better<br />

financial planning and also helps you<br />

to avoid the previously mentioned<br />

impulse-buying and daily trips for<br />

‘milk and bread’ that invariably tend<br />

to be an assortment of other items<br />

as well.<br />

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Buy in bulk<br />

Purchasing staples like rice, pasta and legumes in bulk can lead to<br />

significant cost savings. Many stores offer discounts on bulk purchases,<br />

and these items have long shelf lives, minimising the risk of spoilage.<br />

Seeds and nuts can also be purchased in bulk.<br />

Pack lunches<br />

Bringing home-made lunches<br />

(and breakfast jars) to work or<br />

school is a simple yet effective way<br />

to save money. It also allows for<br />

healthier food choices compared<br />

to many restaurant options.<br />

Limit convenience foods<br />

Pre-packaged and convenience foods<br />

often come with a higher price tag.<br />

Opting for whole ingredients and<br />

preparing meals from scratch can be<br />

more economical in the long run, not<br />

to mention much better for you.<br />

Join rewards programmes<br />

Many grocery stores offer loyalty<br />

programmes that provide discounts or<br />

cash back on purchases. Joining these<br />

programmes can lead to substantial<br />

savings over time on top of monthly or<br />

weekly specials.<br />

Plan ahead<br />

Plan your meals ahead of time. This<br />

helps you to adapt recipes and plan<br />

according to your budget, family needs<br />

(for example specific diets such as<br />

diabetic, gluten or lactose intolerant or<br />

vegan) and tastes. Learn how to stretch<br />

recipes and substitute ingredients for<br />

more cost-effective options if possible.<br />

Shop with a list<br />

Taking a shopping list along when<br />

buying food is a good way to prevent<br />

you from succumbing to impulsebuying,<br />

as well as making sure you<br />

stock up on essentials instead of going<br />

back and forth to the shop every<br />

second day.<br />

Keep an eye out for sales<br />

and discount items<br />

Keeping an eye on sales,<br />

discounts and promotions is<br />

a savvy way to cut down on<br />

food expenses. Stocking up on<br />

non-perishable items can be<br />

particularly cost-effective.<br />

Eating on a budget is a practical and sustainable approach to managing<br />

household expenses, a necessity in today’s economic climate. By incorporating<br />

mindful practices like meal planning, bulk buying and embracing cost-effective<br />

alternatives, you can not only save money, but also make healthier choices and<br />

reduce your environmental impact.<br />

22 Get It <strong>Lowveld</strong> <strong>April</strong> 20<strong>24</strong><br />

Grow a garden!<br />

Growing your own fruits,<br />

vegetables and herbs isn’t as<br />

difficult as you think and is an<br />

excellent way to eat fresh, healthy<br />

produce and save money. If<br />

vegetable gardening is new to<br />

you, or if space is an issue, start<br />

small with a few herbs in pots<br />

on the windowsill. Get the kids<br />

involved too. It’s a wonderful<br />

experience for them to learn<br />

to grow their own and very<br />


Compiled by: Kym Argo<br />

Avocado toast with microgreens,<br />

pistachios, and parmesan<br />

The true origins of avocado toast may<br />

never be ascertained, but the nowubiquitous<br />

breakfast favourite appears to<br />

have started in Australia in 1993 when a<br />

Sydney chef put it on his menu. However,<br />

Southern Californians who grew up in<br />

the 1950s can attest to it being a part of<br />

their food world long before its global<br />

popularity. Today, the toast has gone<br />

well beyond the basic crushed avocado,<br />

salt, and pepper to just about anything a<br />

cook fancies. Pistachios, for one, make an<br />

excellent topping: colourful, flavourful, and<br />

crunchy. Some salty cheese and a sprinkle<br />

of microgreens are added here, but the<br />

only real limit is the creator’s imagination.<br />

You’ll need: 2 slices whole-grain bread;<br />

1 avocado; 1/4 tsp fine sea salt; 1/4 tsp<br />

freshly ground black pepper; 1/2 cup<br />

(15 g) microgreens; 1/3 cup (45 g)<br />

pistachios, coarsely chopped; 1/2 cup<br />

(55 g) shaved Parmesan cheese<br />

To make: Toast the bread slices in a toaster<br />

or toaster oven, then place each slice<br />

on a plate.<br />

With a sharp knife, cut the avocado in<br />

half. Carefully remove the pit, prying<br />

it away with the tip of the knife. With<br />

each avocado half still in its skin, cut it<br />

lengthwise into slices 12mm thick, being<br />

careful not to pierce the skin. Slide the<br />

knife between the flesh and the skin of<br />

an avocado half to remove the slices and<br />

arrange slices on a piece of toast. Repeat<br />

with the remaining avocado half, topping<br />

the second piece of toast.<br />

Sprinkle the avocado with the salt and<br />

pepper, followed by the microgreens and<br />

pistachios. Top with the cheese and serve.<br />

Variations:<br />

• Mashed avocado, pomegranate<br />

arils (seeds), crumbled feta cheese,<br />

chopped pistachios<br />

• Mashed avocado, smoked salmon slices,<br />

capers, goat cheese, fresh dill sprigs,<br />

chopped pistachios<br />

• Cubed avocado, chopped hardcooked<br />

egg, bay shrimp, radish slices,<br />

chopped pistachios<br />

• Cubed avocado, cherry tomato halves,<br />

crisp bacon crumbles or slices, fresh<br />

marjoram leaves, chopped pistachios<br />

• Sliced avocado, tomato slices,<br />

burrata cheese, fresh basil leaves,<br />

chopped pistachios<br />

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The BUCO heartbeat<br />

Well-known in the <strong>Lowveld</strong> for not only their quality building supplies, but their commitment to the<br />

community at large, BUCO is a group of stores in the <strong>Lowveld</strong> and Highveld regions of Mpumalanga<br />

and Limpopo.<br />

Steve du Toit , Pottie Potgieter and Wayne Opperman

Members of region 5<br />

BUCO’s history dates back 45 years,<br />

which is when the first parent store<br />

was opened. “We started building up<br />

this region from 1997,” explains Pottie<br />

Potgieter, the regional operations<br />

manager, “but the story actually<br />

goes back a lot further than that. We<br />

opened the first parent store in 1980,<br />

and over the years, the family grew to<br />

twelve. Currently, the stores belong to<br />

the Building Company, which in turn<br />

belongs to the Pepkor Group.”<br />

BUCO has come a long way since<br />

those early days. A one-stop shop<br />

for building supplies, the company’s<br />

role in the community has grown<br />

in a number of directions, from<br />

community-based initiatives to<br />

interior decor and gardening. In<br />

February 20<strong>24</strong>, the eastern regions’<br />

stores were named the best within the<br />

Building Company, an achievement<br />

calculated not only specifically in<br />

terms of nett profit, but also fixed<br />

assets and stocks. “The company’s aim<br />

is to always strive to be better - better<br />

than the opposition and better than<br />

yesterday,” he adds.<br />

Pottie goes on to say that the best part<br />

about it is that each store’s branch<br />

manager is an individual entrepreneur.<br />

“Most of them have fifteen or more<br />

years of experience in the industry. We<br />

believe the reason for the company’s<br />

success under the extremely difficult<br />

economic times we currently face<br />

is due to the incredible teamwork<br />

and camaraderie between these<br />

employees. In addition, we believe<br />

in turning each and every threat<br />

into an opportunity - and we firmly<br />

believe that no matter how big<br />

or how small, there is always an<br />

opportunity.”<br />

Staying humble in their convictions,<br />

Pottie maintains that BUCO’s eastern<br />

region will always give their absolute<br />

best, both for their employees and<br />

for their fellow man. “It is such a great<br />

honour to have been appointed as<br />

the best region within this remarkable<br />

company,” he smiles, “and it is an<br />

accolade we share with each and<br />

every one of our clients and suppliers.”

Making a difference,<br />


Bhuti Chester Themba is becoming a bit of a mover and shaker in<br />

local circles.<br />

The founder of Revived Generation<br />

NPC, a non-profit recently established<br />

to benefit local communities, Bhuti’s<br />

passion is to build a multipurpose<br />

centre in Phumlani/Msholozi Village<br />

in Rocky Drift, to offer support to the<br />

people of the local community. “The<br />

dream is that the facilities have a<br />

multipurpose aim, to accommodate<br />

community needs and enhance<br />

service delivery, offer library services,<br />

counselling, gender-based violence<br />

programmes and even a recording<br />

studio to showcase local talent,”<br />

Bhuti says.<br />

‘I have always<br />

had an innate<br />

calling to work<br />

with and help<br />

various people’<br />


Bhuti Chester Themba<br />

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“Other community event related<br />

projects in the pipeline include<br />

workshops, business seminars,<br />

rehearsal rooms and a social market<br />

facility to showcase locally produced<br />

arts and crafts to ultimately offer to<br />

the tourist market.”<br />

Bhuti obtained his honours degree<br />

in sociology of development at the<br />

University of Zululand, and completed<br />

coursework for his master’s in public<br />

management at TUT, focusing on the<br />

active participation of municipalities<br />

concerning service delivery. A true<br />

ambassador for local change, Bhuti<br />

has vast experience in the private and<br />

public sectors and has worked closely<br />

with community programmes that

primarily affect women, children and<br />

people with disabilities.<br />

The idea of creating a safe space for<br />

people goes hand in hand with Bhuti’s<br />

dream when he was growing up,<br />

which was to be a social worker. “I have<br />

always had an innate calling to work<br />

with and help various people at all<br />

levels,” he explains, “and this is the ideal<br />

way to make that dream a reality. There<br />

is a lot of hardship on ground level in<br />

the area. High levels of unemployment<br />

and poverty are prevalent in these<br />

communities, and we need to help<br />

wherever we can.” One of Bhuti’s recent<br />

success stories is a group of children<br />

he discovered while out walking in a<br />

section of Msholozi Village.<br />

“It was an extremely hot day, and the<br />

kids were swimming in the river. Not<br />

all of them can swim, and there were<br />

other dangers as well. On this occasion,<br />

one of the children spotted a snake<br />

in the riverbed, so they evacuated the<br />

water and ran away. I realised this was<br />

an opportunity for another project,<br />

one in which I could help the kids and<br />

get the community involved at the<br />

same time. I chatted to the owner of a<br />

The project construction site<br />

local private swimming pool and asked<br />

her if I could bring about 30 kids to<br />

the pool every month. We agreed on<br />

a rate, which I pay for, and I also found<br />

sponsors for food, sweets and snacks,<br />

so that the kids can spend the whole<br />

day playing and enjoying themselves.”<br />

The multipurpose centre project is<br />

currently under way and progressing<br />

nicely. “We have started with the<br />

building of the small meeting hall,<br />

which will cater for approximately 500<br />

people, as well as the two guardrooms,”<br />

he explains. “We are in the process<br />

of looking for sponsors for building<br />

cement to complete the first phase<br />

of the project, and the next phase is<br />

to build a wall around the premises.<br />

It is baby steps at the moment, but<br />

we will get there. Our core mission at<br />

the moment is to partner with various<br />

corporates regarding construction<br />

from the ground up. There is quite<br />

a lot we need to ultimately get the<br />

project off the ground, which is where<br />

corporate sponsorship will come in,<br />

especially in the line of bricks, cement,<br />

sound equipment, steel poles, roof<br />

sheeting, computer equipment, chairs,<br />

tables, etc.”<br />

At the end of the day, everyone needs<br />

to do their part in making the world a<br />

better place for the less fortunate, and<br />

as they say, it takes a village. Not only<br />

to raise a child, but to strengthen a<br />

community and make it a better place<br />

for everyone.<br />

Details: Bhuti Chester Themba on<br />

072 535 5288 or bhutomncaneprojects@<br />

mail.com<br />

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Making a splash<br />

If there is one thing we know for sure, it’s that<br />

Mpumalanga has no shortage of amazing<br />

scenery and world-class wonders.<br />


Blyde River Canyon<br />

Think of the Kruger Park, Blyde River<br />

Canyon, God’s Window, the Three<br />

Rondavels, the Echo Caves, the<br />

Sudwala Caves, the Panorama Route,<br />

the Genesis Route, Adam’s Calendar<br />

and the <strong>Lowveld</strong> National Botanical<br />

Gardens, to mention just a few.<br />

But don’t stop there. Another natural<br />

wonder that is a big drawcard to the<br />

area are the numerous captivating<br />

waterfalls, each one with a unique<br />

story to tell while showcasing the<br />

diverse and breathtaking landscape<br />

that defines our province. Hidden<br />

among lush greenery, Bridal Veil Falls<br />

is a picturesque cascade located<br />

near the town of Sabie. The falls<br />

derive their name from the delicate<br />

way the water drapes over the rocks,<br />

resembling a bride’s veil. The sound<br />

of the falling water and the cool mist<br />

create a serene atmosphere, making<br />

it a popular spot for nature lovers and<br />

photographers alike.<br />

Lisbon Falls is a spectacle not to be<br />

missed. Plummeting from a height of<br />

94m, it is one of the highest waterfalls<br />

in the region. The falls are surrounded<br />

by indigenous vegetation, providing<br />

a stunning contrast to the foamy<br />

white streams. Visitors can take in<br />

the panoramic views from a viewing<br />

platform near the top of the falls,<br />

or take a relatively gentle hike to<br />

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Lisbon Falls<br />

Bridal Veil Falls<br />

the base. Resident European miners<br />

named the falls after Portugal’s capital<br />

city during the gold rush.<br />

Adjacent to Lisbon Falls and also en<br />

route to the Blyde River Canyon, Berlin<br />

Falls offers another captivating display<br />

of nature’s beauty. With a similar height<br />

but a distinctive appearance, Berlin<br />

Falls cascades down in a tiered fashion.<br />

The name is derived from the fact<br />

that the falls are located near the old<br />

mining town of Berlin. The synergy<br />

of water, rocks and foliage creates an<br />

awe-inspiring scene, allowing visitors<br />

to connect with the raw power of<br />

nature.<br />

Lone Creek Falls are surrounded<br />

by lush vegetation, and gracefully<br />

descend from a rocky precipice,<br />

creating a mesmerising cascade<br />

that reflects the tranquillity of the<br />

surrounding forest. Adjacent to Lone<br />

Creek, the Horseshoe Falls plunge<br />

into a crystal-clear pool, the unique<br />

horseshoe-shaped formation adding<br />

to its allure.<br />

Named after the Scottish miners who<br />

sought their fortune during the 1870s’<br />

gold rush, Mac Mac Falls is a testament<br />

to the rich history of Mpumalanga.<br />

The falls consist of twin streams that<br />

converge, creating a mesmerising<br />

display as they plunge into a deep<br />

pool below. Surrounded by lush<br />

forests, Mac Mac Falls not only offers a<br />

refreshing retreat, but also a glimpse<br />

into the region’s gold mining heritage.<br />

Mac Mac Pools consist of a series of<br />

rock pools through which the Mac Mac<br />

River passes, many of which are deep<br />

enough to swim in. Visitors can enjoy a<br />

picnic nearby, or go on the nearby 3km<br />

circular Secretary Bird Hike.<br />

While not a traditional waterfall,<br />

Bourke’s Luck Potholes are a geological<br />

wonder resulting from centuries of<br />

swirling water. The confluence of<br />

the Blyde and Treur rivers has carved<br />

cylindrical potholes out of the bedrock,<br />

creating a unique and captivating<br />

landscape. Visitors can explore the<br />

intricate rock formations and marvel at<br />

the forces of erosion that have shaped<br />

this natural masterpiece over time.<br />

As one of the largest canyons in the<br />

world, the Blyde River Canyon is a<br />

breathtaking setting, and no visit to<br />

the waterfalls (or indeed the area) is<br />

complete without seeing this natural<br />

wonder. The canyon offers panoramic<br />

views of towering cliffs, lush vegetation<br />

and the winding Blyde River. While not<br />

a waterfall itself, the canyon enhances<br />

the overall appeal of the region,<br />

providing<br />

Berlin Falls<br />

a dramatic backdrop to the<br />

cascading waters.

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