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We’re hooked on<br />

fin-tastic decor<br />

A guide to<br />

winterising<br />

your skin<br />

WIN<br />

The ultimate<br />

Wild Coolers<br />

hamper<br />


Explore with us ... spekboom G&T, wild luxuries and an Eastern Cape safari<br />


JUNE <strong>24</strong>


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04 Welcoming Winter in all the best ways<br />

06 Book Club ... have your pick of ten great books<br />

08 Wish List ... say hello to adventurous luxuries<br />

10 Social ... nourishing morning for the soul at Vroue met Vlerke<br />

PEOPLE<br />

12 Adele Mynhard’s venture into health and wellness<br />

14 Celeb Leon Gropp gives back to the community<br />


16 Looking after your skin with the right ingredients<br />

18 Fitness finds to keep you going<br />

20 The lowdown on the best nutrition for active lifestyles<br />

FOOD<br />

22 Adding flavour without the fuss<br />

23 More good food with Bibby<br />


<strong>24</strong> Gone fishing ... for decor that catches the eye<br />

26 Get your garden ready for the chill<br />

TRAVEL<br />

32 Reached by boat, Sibuya Game Reserve is one surprise after another<br />

23<br />

WIN<br />

08 A Wild Coolers hamper<br />

09 Desirable Swish and Swank duffel bag<br />

19 The all new Metaspeed Sky Paris shoes<br />

34 The North Face duffel worth R3599<br />


WILD Coolers<br />

JUNE <strong>24</strong><br />

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

A hot date!<br />

We’re welcoming Winter in all the best ways...<br />

01<br />

The Kleuterzone Kids Fest is back! Spoil your little ones with<br />

award-winning shows, delicious food, and fun shopping. Productions<br />

like Alice in Wonderland, Pumpkin finds her Kindness, Rondomtalie met Anna Davel<br />

and Liewe Heksie will be creating a world of wonder for toddlers and primary<br />

school kids. There will also be an open stage with a lineup of free children’s<br />

entertainment such as Lollos and Kristi Kat, an outdoor play area with jumping<br />

castles, face painters, balloon artists, stilt walkers and fantasy characters. R80<br />

per person from quicket.co.za. Theatre and music productions start at R120<br />

and include general access. May 31 to <strong>June</strong> 2 at Reddford House, The Hills.<br />

Details: quicket.co.za.<br />

01<br />

Grab your other half and get excited for a fun day out! Think Elandré<br />

… and all your fave rugby teams battling it out for the win. It’s going to<br />

be a showdown on the rugby field as the Stormers take on the Lions and the<br />

Sharks face off against the Bulls. And, when the final whistle blows, Elandré will<br />

be taking the stage. We mean what’s better than great music, mouth-watering<br />

food, and soaking up the vibrant atmosphere? No reservations … first come,<br />

first served. From 12.30pm at Kapstadt Brauhaus. R200 per person from quicket.<br />

co.za. No under 21s.<br />

08<br />

If soulful wellness and artsy vibes are your thing, you won’t want to miss Rewire<br />

Me … a holistic, creative and wellness session. Think of it as a sanctuary where<br />

you will be whisked away on a journey of rejuvenation and self-discovery. This<br />

unique sesh will ensure nourishment of mind, body and soul through different<br />

types of therapeutic activities. You will also make your own body scrub and<br />

blend with some pure essential oils. From 10am at Tea in the City. Tickets are<br />

R380 per person from quicket.co.za.<br />

02<br />

La Dolce Vita is here! If that<br />

rings a bell, you’re in for a<br />

treat! But even if you just adore pasta,<br />

this event’s got your name all over<br />

it. Get ready for the Italian Republic<br />

Day Festival … a day filled with all<br />

things Italy! From authentic Italian<br />

cuisine to some stunning wheels,<br />

it’s a celebration you won’t want to<br />

miss. There will also be a variety of<br />

stalls, great food, an Aperol Spritz<br />

garden, live performances and a kids<br />

area. From 9am to 5pm at 75 Totuis<br />

Street, Groenkloof. Tickets from R60<br />

per person from quicket.co.za. R80<br />

on the day.<br />

08<br />

Renowned German artist<br />

Thomas Anders, famed for<br />

his iconic contributions to Modern<br />

Talking, is set to embark on an<br />

exhilarating music tour in South<br />

Africa. With a career spanning over<br />

four decades and a remarkable<br />

legacy in the music industry, the<br />

talented artist will showcase his<br />

timeless hits with an exciting live<br />

performance featuring both Kurt<br />

Darren and Demi-Lee Moore. From<br />

R395 per person from webtickets.<br />

co.za. 6pm at the SunBet Arena,<br />

Time Square.<br />

13<br />

Go on over to the Poësie<br />

Apteek, where words are the<br />

remedy and poets are the healers. Join<br />

award-winning poet Jak J. Brits and<br />

the masterful wordsmith Kaalwoorde<br />

for an unforgettable evening. From<br />

heartfelt verses to thought-provoking<br />

stanzas, prepare to be enchanted by<br />

the power of language. So gather your<br />

fellow poem enthusiasts and prepare<br />

to be captivated by an evening of<br />

culture, creativity, and camaraderie.<br />

R100 per person from quicket.co.za.<br />

7pm at the Wilge Theatre (Inside<br />

Hoërskool Die Wilgers).<br />

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15<br />

Get ready for another<br />

unforgettable day at the Rooi<br />

Fijnwyn wine and food market!<br />

Indulge your senses with an array of<br />

exquisite wines and culinary delights,<br />

carefully selected to tantalise your<br />

taste buds. Set against the backdrop<br />

of the picturesque outdoors, this<br />

annual event is the perfect way to<br />

welcome the Autumn chill. So, get the<br />

girlfriends … sip, sample and immerse<br />

yourself in the moment. The best way<br />

to celebrate the best of South African<br />

wine and cuisine, if you ask us. <strong>June</strong> 15<br />

and <strong>June</strong> 16 from 10am to pm at the<br />

Shokran Events Venue. From R200 per<br />

person from itickets.co.za.<br />

15<br />

Get set to revamp your style<br />

at the Hannon Bothma<br />

Makeover Roadshow! Guests<br />

can expect a fab sesh filled with<br />

hairstyling, makeup hacks, fashion<br />

pointers, and loads more. There<br />

will also be some insider tips for a<br />

killer DIY makeover that’s quick and<br />

easy. Plus, snag something from his<br />

product line while you’re at it! His<br />

experienced team of make-over<br />

experts will be on hand to give you<br />

advice when you need it. From 10am<br />

to 12pm at the Wilge Theatre. Tickets<br />

are R100 from quicket.co.za.<br />

18<br />

Schalk Bezuidenhout is back<br />

and funnier than ever … is<br />

what it would say if this was this<br />

just any old regular stand-up show!<br />

Because this show is not old … in fact<br />

it’s brand new! And it certainly isn’t<br />

regular because if it was, you wouldn’t<br />

want to watch it … which you will. Or<br />

should at least! Go see Schalk perform<br />

entertaining stories in a humorous<br />

way. <strong>June</strong> 18 and 19 from 7pm at the<br />

Atterbury Theatre. R200 per person<br />

from atterburytheatre.co.za.<br />

23<br />

After four years, Jak de Priester<br />

is launching a new album,<br />

Hartkamer … and he wants you to<br />

join in the celebrations! Underneath<br />

his house in Somerset West, he has<br />

transformed his studio into an intimate,<br />

creative space where he writes his<br />

songs and regularly presents late-night<br />

gigs for an audience of 20 people.<br />

Hence the title, Hartkamer. And so, he’s<br />

excited to share some of his new music<br />

that can be found on the album. 3pm<br />

at the Atterbury Theatre. Tickets from<br />

R230 per person from seatme.co.za.<br />

Want to treat your dad in<br />

the spirit of Father’s Day?<br />

Why not head on over Bruno’s Bar at the Centurion Hotel? It’s perfect for an<br />

after-work catch-up sesh with dad, and a chilled setting to watch some sport<br />

over the weekend. A couple of beers and ciders while you cheer on your team<br />

... followed, if you’re peckish, with a meal at Bruno’s Sportsman’s Grill. From light<br />

lunches and seafood to mouth-watering premium cuts (the fillet an absolute<br />

must-try) and scrumptious burgers, they’ve got something for everyone.<br />

Particularly if you’ve a sweet tooth ... trust us, you don’t want to miss out on the<br />

indulgent desserts. Especially the pretty white chocolate mousse cake served<br />

with fresh whipped cream and strawberries. We mean, what’s not to love? Open<br />

daily from 6.30am to 9pm. Details: 012-643-3600.<br />

Get the popcorn ready…<br />


After learning that the death of his wife was not an accident, a former CIA Station<br />

Chief is forced back into the espionage underworld, teaming up with an adversary<br />

to unravel a conspiracy that challenges everything he thought he knew. Stars<br />

Aaron Eckhart, Olga Kurylenko and Alex Pettyfer. In cinemas from <strong>June</strong> 21.<br />

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Book club<br />

A good book. A glass of wine. All is fine with the world!<br />

Lesley Pearse’s autobiography, The Long<br />

and Winding Road, is as incredible as<br />

her bestselling fiction ... from being found<br />

playing coatless in the snow while her<br />

mum lay dead in the house to a teenage<br />

pregnancy ... and finally marriage and<br />

children and a career as bestselling<br />

author. Michael Joseph • In André Aciman’s<br />

The Gentleman From Peru, a group of<br />

college friends meet a fellow guest at<br />

the luxurious hotel on the Amalfi Coast,<br />

where they’re marooned. A stranger - in<br />

more ways than one! Faber • Is there<br />

anything better than a new Marian Keyes?<br />

Yes. When it’s a new MK about the Walsh<br />

family. This one centres around Anna, but<br />

with loads of catch-ups with Claire and<br />

Helen and Margaret, Rachel and Luke,<br />

Mammy Walsh (as dramatic as ever), even<br />

the Real Men (remember them). And the<br />

tortured but gorgeous Joey. It’s just pure<br />

MK joy ... when she wants to emphasise<br />

something she uses italics ... all the time,<br />

which is just wonderful. Loved, loved,<br />

loved My Favourte Mistake. Book of the<br />

month! Penguin<br />

Not much more<br />

fun than Three Men<br />

in a Tub with a Rubber<br />

Duck ... Black Elephant<br />

Vintners’ playful red. A<br />

blend of Cab Sauv, Merlot,<br />

and Mourvèdre. R112 from<br />

bevintners.co.za<br />

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Thrills and chills<br />

A black man accused of killing an elderly, wealthy<br />

white couple. In the tumultuous year of 1968 in<br />

southern Virginia, the odds are already against him,<br />

and his white lawyer. A courtroom, Civil Rights, a<br />

prosecution’s deliberate march towards a guilty<br />

verdict and the electric chair ... no one does this<br />

better than David Baldacci. Two murders, two<br />

suspects and A Calamity of Souls. Macmillan<br />

If most men say they’re one of the good guys,<br />

why are so many women afraid to walk alone at<br />

night? A husband whose wife has just left him, a<br />

reclusive artist living in a scary cottage, two young<br />

women who go missing ... One of the Good Guys<br />

is Araminta Hall’s novel about what happens when<br />

women have had enough! Macmillan<br />

Abigail Dean’s Girl A was superb, as is her second<br />

chilling, gripping thriller. From it’s devastating,<br />

heartbreaking opening, Day One keeps you racing<br />

along, ducking twists at every turn. A lie. A media<br />

frenzy. Conspiracy theories. A small community<br />

changed forever ... with families torn apart. The<br />

novel, explains the author, was inspired by her long<br />

fascination with conspiracy theories ... the people<br />

who believe them, the people who peddle them,<br />

and the people they destroy! Hemlock Press<br />

Wild reads<br />

The Hawks, SA’s elite crime-fighting force, have<br />

put scores of our worst criminals behind bars. In<br />

Hunting With The Hawks, investigative journalist<br />

Graham Coetzer gives a glimpse of the secretive<br />

world of this police unit. Tafelberg<br />

Pursuing a dream instilled by David Attenborough’s<br />

television adventurers, as a young man Larry<br />

Patterson is advised to become a veterinary surgeon<br />

- his first step towards a career working with wild<br />

animals in Africa. Aiming to Save tells his story of<br />

finding adventure in Botswana ... as a vet, ecologist,<br />

survey pilot, game capture operator, hunter and<br />

then passionate conservationist. Rockhopper Books<br />

Painting a Life In Africa is the story of Joan van<br />

Gogh - a direct descendant of artist Vincent - who<br />

has lived an unusual and adventurous life close to<br />

nature. Born in bedpan during a locust storm was<br />

just the start of it ... she explored some of the most<br />

remote and secretive spots in southern Africa. Warm<br />

and full of humour. Rockhopper Books<br />

For the CEO in hiking boots and the adventurer in<br />

a suit ... here’s one showing how to use adventure<br />

principles in business. Johan de Villiers flits between<br />

crocodile-infested waters and high-stakes corporate<br />

decision making in Overlanding Through the<br />

Boardroom, offering the thrill seekers, the sole<br />

entrepreneur and the season large corporation<br />

executives a philosophical compass to navigate<br />

the unpredictable wilderness and the complex<br />

corporate world. Rockhopper Books<br />

All books available at Exclusive Books.<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

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Wish list<br />

We’re all about life’s luxuries this <strong>June</strong>*<br />

*actually ... always!<br />

Where adventure meets chill! The chaps at Wild Coolers believe that<br />

every adventure should be accompanied by the perfect chill. Saying<br />

the brand is more than just about keeping things cool ... it’s about<br />

embodying the spirit of the wild and embracing the untamed<br />

beauty of the outdoors. It is the call of the wild. The thunder of<br />

migrating wildebeest. The splash of trout in a secret stream.<br />

Or the snap of an open fire and the stories of old mates.<br />

The range - think hard shell bush boxes and soft shell wine<br />

coolers, flasks and utility mugs, utility bags and packing<br />

pods - is all high performance, reliable, hardworking. Built<br />

to last, these are coolers you can pass down to the next<br />

generation of outdoor lovers. Details: wildcoolers.com.<br />

Celebrating life’s luxuries ... we have a magnificent<br />

hamper to give away. Valued at R11 745, it includes both<br />

hardshell and softshell coolers, a flask and a wine cooler.<br />

Visit @getitptamagazine on Instagram and Facebook,<br />

find the post and follow the prompts.<br />

The Connaught Bar - a gloriously sleek,<br />

silver-toned lounge with cosy chairs<br />

and a spectacular dark green bar - is<br />

one of the best bars in the world. And<br />

The Connaught Bar - Recipes and<br />

Iconic Creations, may well be one of<br />

the best cocktail books. With every<br />

cocktail tasted by Anistatia Miller - “one<br />

of the most pleasant tasks I have faced<br />

in my life” - it kicks off with essential<br />

bar tools, the correct glassware and<br />

mixing techniques, followed by how<br />

to make the perfect martini (four<br />

pages of instructions .. they take this<br />

drink suitably seriously), and 100<br />

Connaught Bar cocktails, with recipes,<br />

too, for homemade ingredients some<br />

of the cocktails call for. Sexy images of<br />

each cocktail, along with anecdotes<br />

and good humour ... an exceptional<br />

buy for the cocktail lover. Published<br />

by Phaidon, you’ll find it at Exclusive<br />

Books for R963.<br />

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We’ve long been fans of UGG boots and slippers ... and just love these<br />

new versatile platform clogs. Made from velvety suede, these are<br />

the perfect wear-with-everything shoes ... pair them<br />

with flowy dresses, a pair of jeans or chino shorts.<br />

But besides their aesthetic appeal, comfort<br />

comes first ... and these Ugg Goldenstar Clogs<br />

are nothing if not comfortable. A hot trend,<br />

clogs are practical and stylish, and these with<br />

their heel strap are available in a variety of<br />

shades - think Chestnut, Driftwood, Shaded<br />

Clover and Black. R2999 from trenton.co.za<br />

The Swish and Swank leather<br />

collection is not only hand crafted, but<br />

hand stitched too ... a thoughtfully<br />

created range, with leather and<br />

fittings sourced ethically within South<br />

Africa, that’s stylish, minimalistic,<br />

classic. There are exceptional<br />

lightweight duffel bags designed<br />

to fit in overhead airplane storage,<br />

handsome handbags and backpacks,<br />

toiletry bags and a wonderful range of<br />

leather and suede mules and sandals.<br />

Details: swish-swank.com.<br />

We have a massively desirable Swish<br />

and Swank Premium Leather Duffel to<br />

give away to a reader ... pop over to<br />

@getitptamagazine on Facebook or<br />

Instagram to enter.<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

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Lizette Leeuwner, Madelein van der Vyver<br />

Flying high!<br />

This year’s Vroue met Vlerke event soared to new<br />

heights! It was like a rainbow explosion of fun, food<br />

and great company… all for a good cause – the Uniek<br />

Remedierende Sentrum (URS) that’s dedicated to<br />

providing help to children faced with various obstacles.<br />

Every aspect of the event radiated finesse… from guest<br />

speaker, Susan Coetzer (who not only entertained the<br />

guests, but nourished their souls too) right through to<br />

the vibrant setup. And, what’s a lady’s morning without<br />

some retail therapy? Think an array of stalls filled with<br />

some lovely handmade goods. A special Saturday<br />

morning indeed!<br />

Jeannette Wessels, Alouise Louw, Christel van Vuuren<br />

Rouxlé Kriel, Yolandi Jonker<br />

Sulette Nel, Madeleen de Jongh, Mariska du Bruyn, Carlien Haasbroek<br />


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The lighter side...<br />

Text: ALANICKA LOTRIET. • Photographer: STEPHEN SEGAL. • Make-up & hair: ONEYOU. • Outfit: BELOVED. • Venue: ROYAL ELEPHANT HOTEL.<br />

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Dynamic has a new name. Adele Mynhardt. She’s worn<br />

many hats in industries ranging from fashion to construction,<br />

painting to marketing, but it’s her latest venture in health<br />

and wellness that feels like just the right fit.<br />

For Adele Mynhardt, it’s always been about taking risks and embracing change<br />

to fuel her entrepreneurial spirit, which she did for many years. But, something<br />

clicked when she worked as a practice manager for a doctor who specialised in<br />

medical weight loss. There was just something about being a part of someone’s<br />

transformative journey that kept her hooked.<br />

So she did what she did best. Hustled her way to opening up her very own<br />

health and wellness business.<br />

“The late Dr RJP Botha was like a father and mentor to me for two decades. He<br />

shared the formulation that inspired the creation of the ONEWeigh brand with<br />

me a few years ago. Starting this business was the natural next step for me.<br />

“It’s a sustainable, medically assisted programme that helps achieve effective<br />

fat loss..”<br />

But, it’s not just about shedding kilos … it’s a journey towards becoming a<br />

better you, with a dash of empathy and non-judgmental support. Because<br />

Adele believes true transformation starts from the inside. Since opening, she’s<br />

added flair with divisions offering various drip therapies, as well as a team of<br />

pro stylists who provide makeovers to celebrate milestones. And coming up is<br />

a child obesity programme, too.<br />

In a world buzzing with information overload, Adele prioritises simplicity …<br />

balancing body, mind, and spirit with the basics ... drinking enough water,<br />

having an attitude of gratitude, and staying active.<br />

At home, she also enjoys the simple things. Spending time with her children<br />

(22-year-old Dedryck and 21-year-old Delané … when they’re in SA, that is)<br />

and indulging in hobbies like golfing, padel, or unwinding with a good read or<br />

a podcast.<br />

Always on the move, Adele’s sneaker collection is as vibrant as her personality<br />

… and, very symbolic of her busy yet joyful life. Not only are they great for<br />

running around between the branches, but they’re perfect for busting a funky<br />

dance move every now and again.<br />

Despite her positive outlook on life, she’s the first to admit that it isn’t always<br />

sunshine and rainbows. One of the biggest hurdles in Adele’s life was<br />

navigating the grieving process after the heartbreaking loss of her fiancé only a<br />

few years ago.<br />

“It wasn’t just about saying goodbye to that person, it felt like bidding farewell<br />

to future plans, dreams, and a part of myself. But with the love and grace of<br />

God by my side, I found the strength to tackle one of the loneliest journeys I’ve<br />

ever faced.<br />

“Through the darkness of severe depression, anxiety, and burnout, I feel like<br />

the new me emerged victorious. Healing isn’t always a walk in the park …<br />

it demands deliberate effort and the courage to confront unbearable pain.<br />

There’s no magic formula for grieving; it’s a day-by-day, minute-by-minute<br />

battle, every single day. And through it all, I just learned to be kind to myself.”<br />

But in spite of where life takes her, Adele’s heart will always lay close to the<br />

community. Through initiatives like Live2Serve, she channels her passion into<br />

helping abused, neglected, and underprivileged children, spreading love and<br />

joy wherever she goes.<br />

As she continues to chase her business dreams and tackle her personal goals,<br />

one thing is clear … Adele is a force to be reckoned with, making waves of<br />

positivity wherever she treads.<br />

Details: Visit oneweigh.co.za or follow @OneWeigh on Facebook, @one_weigh on<br />

Insta and oneweigh_southafrica on Tiktok.<br />

Adele’s fave go-to<br />

midweek meal...<br />

Oven roasted pumpkin, cous-cous<br />

and biltong salad.<br />

You’ll need: 500g roast pumpkin, 1 cup<br />

cous-cous, 100g fat free feta cheese,<br />

100g spinach leaves, pumpkin seeds,<br />

pecan nuts, fat-free biltong, salt and<br />

pepper to taste, garlic flakes.<br />

To make: Mix ingredients in a big salad<br />

bowl. Season with salt, pepper and<br />

garlic flakes. Enjoy!<br />

Weight-loss myths debunked<br />

• All calories are created equal. Your<br />

body doesn’t metabolize all foods the<br />

same way. It also affects insulin levels,<br />

blood sugar spikes and fat storage.<br />

There’s a huge difference between<br />

100kcals cake and 100kcals carrots.<br />

• Eating later in the evening makes<br />

you gain weight. Eating late at night<br />

may make you gain weight only if you<br />

go over your daily calorie budget.<br />

• Juice cleanses help you lose<br />

weight. It may result in short term<br />

weight loss only due to a severe<br />

calorie deficit. Once you re-introduce<br />

solid foods, you’re likely to gain all<br />

weight that was lost.<br />

• Obesity is about willpower,<br />

not biology. Obesity is a very<br />

complex disorder with hundreds of<br />

contributing factors<br />

Remember ... if a weight loss method<br />

sounds too easy or too good to be<br />

true, it probably is<br />

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A zest for life!<br />

It’s always easier to cheer for a celeb who gives back to the community.<br />

We’re giving a massive hand to Leon Gropp, who’s taking the Jakaranda<br />

& Louis Botha Kinderhuis under his influential wings.<br />

Compiled by: ALANICKA LOTRIET. Image: SUBMITTED.<br />

Leon Gropp, our fave Ontbytsake co-host, and<br />

award-winning muso, isn’t just shining on screen<br />

but has also been lighting up lives off-camera<br />

too, for a while now. So when he was asked to be<br />

an official guardian for two of <strong>Pretoria</strong>’s biggest<br />

children’s homes, he agreed to it without a<br />

second thought. Which, Leon admits, is quite the<br />

rare response for an overthinker like himself.<br />

“As a father, it was a decision I didn’t need to<br />

overthink … or, think about at all, really. I get to<br />

be an ambassador for an amazing organisation<br />

that I’ve been supporting for years. I get to create<br />

awareness, attract donors and become a part of<br />

various projects. And I get to spend time with<br />

some amazing children.<br />

“Parents have such an immense responsibility to<br />

not only take care of their kids’ basic needs, but<br />

to be there for them on an emotional level. It<br />

breaks my heart to think there are kids who don’t<br />

have this support. We, as a society, owe it to them<br />

to create places of safety … for they are the most<br />

fragile and vulnerable among us. Plus, they didn’t<br />

ask to be here.”<br />

When it comes down to it, Leon is all about family<br />

… whether it’s his immediate fam (wife Martelize<br />

and their trio of kids - eight-year-old Kara-May,<br />

five-year-old Alaya and Loah, who’s three), the<br />

children’s homes, or his tight-knit crew in the<br />

entertainment biz. Although balancing the lot isn’t<br />

a walk in the park, Leon wouldn’t have it any other<br />

way, because following his heart is key.<br />

In fact, he’s always been fuelled by the desire<br />

to live authentically, even if it means dipping<br />

his toes into the world of children’s music<br />

and releasing a fun album for the kiddos with<br />

Christiaan Baartman. While he loved working on<br />

the project, he admits it wasn’t necessarily his<br />

thing. But, always up for something new, he’s<br />

happy to have gotten the t-shirt.<br />

“We’ve only got one life, right? Maggie Smith said<br />

in one of her poems “ The world is at least fifty<br />

percent terrible, and life is short. But there is always<br />

beauty, no matter how hopeless it may seem<br />

some days.” And that’s something I wish every<br />

child would know.<br />

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“I truly believe that simply showing up for a child<br />

already is half the battle won. One of my mentors<br />

is an old ballie called Jaco Boëttger. When we had<br />

our first-born, he told me that kids only need two<br />

things … love, and to feel safe and protected.<br />

It almost feels like such a small price to pay for<br />

everything we can learn from our little ones. The<br />

biggest lesson being curiosity. The world is a<br />

wonderful place, and they always remind me of it.”<br />

The recipe for making a difference in a kid’s life<br />

is quite simple. All it takes is a dash of creativity,<br />

a heap of kindness, and zero tolerance for<br />

injustice. And so Leon encourages anyone with<br />

a passion for children to get involved at the<br />

Jakaranda & Louis Botha Kinderhuis, because<br />

“they do such incredible work in that they really<br />

try to focus on the positive and beautiful and<br />

fun things as well.”<br />

When he’s not spending time with family,<br />

involved with the children’s homes, making<br />

music, or shooting on set, Leon is a pretty<br />

decent (but, very average, he admits) trail<br />

runner, who also loves to read!<br />

“My biggest life goal is to always be real and true<br />

to myself, especially in my music. I will always do<br />

what feels right, and so, cultivating happiness<br />

from within. Oh, and then world peace and<br />

all that…”<br />

So, if you’re a fan… you should look out for his<br />

new single and merch range called Moot tot die<br />

Dood, which he released recently.<br />

For Leon, life is about finding beauty in the<br />

chaos, showing up for others, and staying<br />

curious like a child. And if you ever need a<br />

motto to live by, just remember his words: “Dis<br />

lekker om lekker te wees as jy lekker is ... so wees<br />

net lekker.”<br />

If you ever need a reminder to stay true to<br />

your roots, and never stop dreaming, just look<br />

to Leon. After all, in a world that’s at least half<br />

terrible, we could all use a little more beauty<br />

and a lot more kindness.<br />

Details: Follow @leongropp on Insta, Facebook<br />

and Tiktok

Get involved...<br />

Looking for connection? Wanting<br />

to give something back? Getting<br />

involved in your community is a<br />

great way to do some good and get<br />

to know the people around you.<br />

Here are a few suggestions…<br />

• If your heart lies with the youngsters<br />

too, check out the Jakaranda &<br />

Louis Botha Kinderhuis. They look<br />

after children placed in their care by<br />

the Children’s Court and manage<br />

two premises in <strong>Pretoria</strong>, Jakaranda<br />

Kinderhuis in East Lynne and Louis<br />

Botha Kinderhuis in Queenswood.<br />

Their children are aged between three<br />

and 18 years and are provided with<br />

therapy, medical care and a home<br />

where they can feel safe and loved.<br />

Details: 012-800-4700 or 012-333-6184.<br />

• If you’re a dog person, why not<br />

consider supporting Dogtown SA?<br />

It’s remarkable sanctuary for dogs<br />

who have lost their families or have<br />

been rescued from dire situations.<br />

Every day the dedicated team provide<br />

individual care to each of these dogs<br />

in a peaceful, tranquil setting while<br />

they wait for their forever homes. Call<br />

076-044-1979 to find out how you can<br />

get involved.<br />

• If sports is more your thing,<br />

you might want to look into the<br />

Differently Abled Cricket Club. What<br />

started off as a program a few years<br />

back has evolved to a fully structured<br />

club. The need for the disabled to<br />

be accommodated in society is the<br />

organisation’s main priority and they<br />

do this by means of participation<br />

in sport; cricket specifically.<br />

Details: 082-998-4568.<br />

• Passionate about education? Get<br />

involved with Project Literacy. Their<br />

mission is to deliver a wide range<br />

of adult education and training<br />

programmes to educationally<br />

disadvantaged adults by way of<br />

adult education centres, teacher<br />

training, curriculum development and<br />

community outreach. Never too old,<br />

right? Call 012-323-3447 for more info.<br />

• Get involved at the SPCA in one<br />

of many ways. Their services include<br />

investigating animal cruelty cases,<br />

providing affordable veterinary<br />

medical care, maintaining a lost-andfound<br />

programme and looking after<br />

animals until they are adopted into<br />

loving homes. Details: 012-803-5219.<br />

<strong>June</strong> <strong>24</strong> Get It Magazine 15

On-trend skincare<br />

Your must-have skincare ingredients to include in your change-of-season regime<br />

The search for the perfect skincare regime often leads us<br />

to explore a plethora of ingredients promising radiant,<br />

healthy skin. This winter, as the chill sets in and our skin calls<br />

for extra care, the spotlight is on a handful of powerhouse<br />

elements that are not only trending but are also backed by<br />

science for their rejuvenating effects. ‘The key to surviving<br />

winter skin - redness, dryness, flakiness, irritation, itching,<br />

overall sensitivity - is to incorporate ingredients to help<br />

nourish, hydrate and protect the skin,’ explains marketing<br />

manager for Vitaderm Ruan Winter. Among the most<br />

sought-after are Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Ceramides, Hyaluronic<br />

Acid, and Vitamin C - each offering unique benefits to<br />

combat the harsh effects of the season.<br />

VITAMIN E The protective shield – Embraced for its potent<br />

antioxidant properties, Vitamin E emerges as a winter<br />

skincare hero. Its ability to neutralise free radical damage<br />

helps shield our skin from factors such as pollution, sun<br />

damage and certain foods we consume. Plus, it assists in<br />

protecting our skin from environmental aggressors like harsh<br />

winds and indoor heating which can strip away moisture<br />

and lead to dullness. It aids in strengthening the skin barrier,<br />

reducing water loss, and promoting a supple, nourished<br />

complexion - perfect for combating the dryness that often<br />

accompanies winter.<br />

VITAMIN A (RETINOL) The age-defying elixir – For more<br />

youthful, glowing skin, Vitamin A, especially in the form of<br />

retinol, remains an unbeatable ally. Renowned for its cell<br />

turnover prowess, retinol helps to diminish the appearance<br />

of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. In winter, when<br />

our skin's renewal process can slow down due to the colder,<br />

drier air, incorporating Vitamin A into our routines can<br />

revitalise and rejuvenate.<br />

CERAMIDES The moisture lockers – In the battle against<br />

winter dryness, ceramides come out on top as the ultimate<br />

moisture saviours. These lipid molecules are naturally found<br />

in the skin, forming a protective layer to prevent moisture<br />

loss. When temperatures drop, and our skin's barrier<br />

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the skin soft, smooth, and hydrated.<br />

HYALURONIC ACID The hydration magnet – Hyaluronic<br />

Acid, or HA, has long been celebrated for its exceptional<br />

ability to attract and retain moisture. In the winter months,<br />

when dry indoor heat can leave our skin parched, HA<br />

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the environment and deeper layers of the skin, it plumps up<br />

fine lines and restores a healthy, dewy complexion.<br />

VITAMIN C The brightening booster – The brightening<br />

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environmental stressors but also works wonders in<br />

combating dullness and uneven skin tone. As the colder<br />

months can leave our complexion looking lacklustre, Vitamin<br />

C swoops in to restore radiance and luminosity.<br />

Text RUAN WINTER • vitaderm.co.za<br />

<strong>June</strong> <strong>24</strong> Get It Magazine 17

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<strong>June</strong> <strong>24</strong> Get It Magazine 19

POWER UP!<br />

Active much? We get the lowdown on the best nutrition to<br />

power up active lifestyles from dietitian Kelly Scholtz<br />

With an abundance of good weather, scenic outdoor<br />

environments and a national culture infused with a love of<br />

sports, it’s not surprising that active lifestyles are important<br />

to many South Africans.<br />

Gym, walking and hiking, running, cycling and swimming,<br />

soccer, tennis and lately, padel are popular pastimes<br />

helping us to keep fit and offering welcome respite from<br />

the daily grind. If you’ve been a sports enthusiast all your<br />

life or are just starting to explore physical activities that you<br />

enjoy, it’s essential to understand the role that nutrition<br />

plays in an active lifestyle.<br />

ADSA spokesperson and registered dietitian Kelly Scholtz<br />

says ‘Whether you exercise routinely or play a favourite<br />

sport weekly or fit the definition of a lifestyle athlete<br />

who participates in competitive events, it’s important<br />

to recognise that you have somewhat different nutrient<br />

requirements than average.<br />

Your nutritional intake must be tailored to support<br />

the additional demand for energy, as well as for the<br />

micronutrients, protein and anti-inflammatory nutrients<br />

that are required for healthy recovery from exercise. As<br />

beneficial as it is, exercise does represent a form of stress<br />

to the body. Although this is a positive type of stress, your<br />

body still requires adequate nutritional support for optimal<br />

adaptation to your exercise routine. Paying attention to<br />

your nutrition boosts not just your performance in your<br />

favourite sport but plays a preventative health role that<br />

enhances your overall enjoyment of your active lifestyle.’<br />

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Start with a balanced diet<br />

Your nutritional choices before, during and after exercise<br />

influence both performance and recovery. However, this<br />

all rests on the foundation of having an overall healthy,<br />

balanced diet. People with active lifestyles start with<br />

supporting their health, well-being and performance<br />

with a general eating regime that prioritises fruit and<br />

vegetables, legumes, lean proteins, whole grains, low-fat<br />

dairy and healthy fats such as olive and avocado oils. It’s<br />

best to focus on meals made from whole foods versus<br />

those that are highly processed. Limit your alcohol intake<br />

and the use of tobacco or nicotine products. Kelly says,<br />

“During exercise, particularly higher intensity exercise, your<br />

body uses glucose as its preferred fuel. Glucose is usually<br />

readily available in your blood after a recent meal or is<br />

quickly delivered from your body’s stores of glycogen in<br />

the muscles and liver. In the case of lower intensity activity,<br />

your body is also able to tap into fat stores for energy. If you<br />

are training for less than or up to an hour there is probably<br />

no need to eat or drink any extra calories or carbohydrates<br />

during that session. Plain water for hydration will do. Your<br />

body can fuel a training session of that length provided<br />

you are eating a healthy diet, which enables your body to<br />

top up its glycogen stores.”<br />

Overlay your energy, macro and micronutrient needs<br />

For endurance activities lasting anywhere from an hour<br />

to up to two-and-a-half hours, refuelling during the<br />

session with 45 to 60g of carbohydrates per hour is<br />

generally recommended. There’s no need for expensive<br />

supplements or special branded products, as typical<br />

sports drinks, water and everyday foods like bananas,<br />

dates and peanut butter sandwiches can be effective<br />

during endurance activities. Kelly says, “The exact foods<br />

or drinks you consume can vary, and it’s a good idea to<br />

see what works for you during training rather than trying<br />

something new on race day. Individuals can have different<br />

reactions to different foods and drinks, and you don’t<br />

want to get a stomach-ache or worse at a critical time.<br />

So, if you are preparing for a sports event, then use your<br />

training sessions to test out the foods and drinks that<br />

work best for you.”<br />

Rehydrate and recharge post-workout<br />

After a high-energy sports or training session you can<br />

support your body’s recovery from the strain of exercise<br />

and promote muscle repair and adaptation with a snack or<br />

drink within 30 minutes. Optimal recovery snacks include<br />

a mix of protein and carbohydrates like milk with a banana,<br />

chocolate milk, an energy bar with lean biltong, or eggs or<br />

hummus on toast.<br />

Nutrition for elite athletes<br />

Each year, tens of thousands of South African sports<br />

enthusiasts enter a range of gruelling endurance<br />

competitions such as the upcoming Comrades Marathon<br />

as well as numerous trail, mountain biking and triathlon<br />

events over the course of a year. Performance is important<br />

to them with this year’s best-ever time representing a<br />

significant affirmation that they are living their best lives.<br />

At this level of focus, it is most likely that participants<br />

understand the nutritional basics and are searching for the<br />

‘magic bullet’.<br />

The nutritional needs of well-trained athletes may<br />

be different to the lifestyle athlete, and Kelly explains<br />

“Some well-trained or elite athletes participating in ultraendurance<br />

(more than two-and-a-half hours) events at high<br />

intensities may benefit from 90 to 120g carbohydrate per<br />

hour during the event, but in that case their gut would<br />

be well-adapted to this, having trained with specific mixes<br />

of carbohydrate-based products.” She therefore advises<br />

“Athletes who are serious about their events need to be<br />

thoughtful about the science of sports nutrition and tailor<br />

this to their unique requirements.”<br />

In terms of supplements, she says, “Worldwide, the<br />

sports nutrition supplement market is huge, and it’s no<br />

different in South Africa. There’s a dazzling array of athletic<br />

performance promises but too often, no evidence to back<br />

them up. As a nutrition expert with many years of sports<br />

nutrition experience and rooted in the latest science, I’m<br />

not linked to specific sports nutrition brands and products.<br />

At whatever level of athletic performance, amateur or<br />

professional, what works brilliantly for someone you<br />

compete against may fail you. The diet and supplements<br />

that power one athlete into the top ten, can sink another.<br />

My approach is food-first. From there, we can see what<br />

supplementation can boost your performance. The right<br />

sports nutritional supplements should be the cherry on<br />

top, not the meal.”<br />

One also needs to consider potential side effects of<br />

supplements, how and when to use them, and athletes<br />

need to be aware of banned substances that may be<br />

advertently or inadvertently included in nutritional<br />

supplements. Kelly concludes, “This is an industry buffeted<br />

by marketing trends. So, from time to time, you will see<br />

the market flooded with compelling content about the<br />

newest craze supplement. In response, the audience<br />

shifts focus and suddenly, we have athletes obsessed with<br />

the latest ‘magic pill’ or ‘salt’ which may not meet their<br />

specific requirement. Ultimately, this kind of blowing in the<br />

wind due to mercurial marketing forces falls far short of<br />

addressing the essential, complex and multi-dimensional<br />

needs of athletes, who must be focused on their<br />

individuality, their goals at a particular phase of training,<br />

the circumstances of their event, including their travelling<br />

and competition demands, the environment and access<br />

to food, and their nutritional preferences. The beauty of a<br />

dietitian-led, sports-specific and athlete-centred approach<br />

is that it can address this level of uniqueness.”<br />

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Fast<br />

flavour!<br />

Lamb chops ... without the braai!<br />

Feel like chops, but don’t want the fuss of a fire. Fret not. These air-fried<br />

chops are delicious ... and so easy. Perfectly cooked succulent lamb chops,<br />

flavoured with fragrant herbs and roasted to perfection in the Defy Airfryer.<br />

Served with lashings of herby garlic sauce, all in under half an hour.<br />

You’ll need: 8 lamb chops; 1 bulb garlic and 2 Tbsp olive oil; 1 Tbsp fresh<br />

oregano, finely chopped; 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped; sea salt<br />

and freshly ground black pepper to taste; another 2 Tbsp olive oil<br />

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

Thinly coat the garlic bulb with 2 Tbsp of olive oil and put in the basket, set<br />

the timer to 12 minutes and 180°C. Roast the garlic until done.<br />

In the meantime, make the herb oil by mixing the herbs with some sea salt,<br />

pepper, and 2 Tbsp olive oil.<br />

Thinly coat the lamb chops with half a tablespoon of herb oil in total and<br />

leave them for 5 minutes.<br />

Replace the garlic with four lamb chops in the basket. Set the timer to 5<br />

minutes and 180°C. Roast until nicely done - keep an eye on them through<br />

the glass viewing window to avoid opening the basket and losing heat.<br />

Inside they may still be red or pink. Keep them warm in a dish and roast the<br />

other lamb chops in the same way.<br />

Make the garlic sauce by squeezing the garlic cloves between thumb and<br />

index finger, then combine with the remaining herb oil.<br />

Serve the cooked lamb chops with the garlic sauce.<br />

You get an unami burst of flavour with each<br />

grind of this new Oryx Chilli Salt ... the latest<br />

flavour from Oryx Desert Salt. This hot new<br />

salt - with chilli-flakes making up 20 per cent of<br />

the volume of the grinder - comes as a result<br />

of a collaboration with Backyard Farms (BYF), a<br />

local, social-upliftment enterprise who’s created<br />

an innovative supply-chain business model,<br />

sourcing chillies from township-based, home<br />

and community gardeners. You’ll find it at<br />

premium Woolworths stores, Cape Union Mart,<br />

Pick ‘n Pay, Food Lovers Market, Dischem and<br />

Spar as well as most health shops and delis.<br />

This Defy AirFryer (model DAF 3376 DB) has a<br />

generous capacity … the extra, extra large<br />

7.6L cooking basket allows you to prepare<br />

larger meals for the whole family. Another<br />

plus we love is the convenient basket<br />

view window, so no more opening<br />

and shutting the fryer constantly<br />

to check on your meal. The touch<br />

control panel provides access to<br />

various cooking functions, and the<br />

air fryer can reach temperatures of<br />

up to 200°C. You’ll find it for R1499 at<br />

Takealot, Hirsch’s and Makro.<br />

Also look out for the new biodegradable<br />

paper-tube packaging, which is in line<br />

with Oryx Desert Salt’s #RefillNotLandfill<br />

philosophy ... you can find these smart refill<br />

boxes alongside the reusable glass grinders<br />

with long-lasting ceramic grinder heads.<br />

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Quick butter bean mash with dill salsa<br />

With a similar texture to hummus, this mash/dip is<br />

good with pita breads or sliced beef fillet. The dill salsa<br />

with briny capers and fresh herbs livens things up<br />

immensely. Serves 6 as a dip<br />

You’ll need for the mash: 2 x 400g tins butter beans, rinsed<br />

and drained; 30ml extra virgin olive oil; 30ml lemon<br />

juice; fine salt and freshly ground black pepper<br />

For the dill salsa: a generous handful each of fresh basil,<br />

dill and flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked; 30ml capers,<br />

rinsed and drained; 60ml extra virgin olive oil; 30ml<br />

lemon juice; fine salt and freshly ground black pepper<br />

To make: For the mash, place the butter beans, olive<br />

oil and lemon juice in a processor. Blitz until smooth<br />

and creamy. Season with salt and pepper, and pulse<br />

to combine.<br />

To make the dill salsa, bundle the herbs together and<br />

chop roughly. In a small bowl, combine the herbs,<br />

capers, olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and<br />

black pepper.<br />

Swirl the butter bean spread onto a plate<br />

and drizzle over the salsa.<br />

More good food<br />

with Bibby<br />

Spekboom Gin & Tonic<br />

A perfect elixir using local wonder-plant, Spekboom. Makes 1<br />

You’ll need: 60ml gin; 200ml tonic water; 30ml Spekboom Simple<br />

Syrup (place 125g white granulated sugar, 250ml water, 125ml<br />

spekboom stem, leaves plucked, one lemon with skin on, thinly<br />

sliced and 30ml lemon juice in a small saucepan; bring slowly to the<br />

boil and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve<br />

and discard the solids. Set aside to cool, pour into a sterilised bottle<br />

and seal (keeps well for 3 to 4 weeks, chilled). To serve: lime slice, ice<br />

and a sprig of spekboom.<br />

To make: Fill a highball glass with plenty of ice. Add the gin and<br />

spekboom syrup, and stir to combine. Top up with the tonic water<br />

and ‘lift’ with a drink stirrer to retain as much of the fizz as possible.<br />

Finish with lime slices and a botanical sprig.<br />

This butterbean mash, and spekboom G&T. Or pumpkin waffles with date syrup,<br />

and butternut and leek soup with browned chilli butter. Perhaps chicken and chorizo<br />

rigatoni. Bibby’s More Good Food is just page after delicious page of Dianne Bibby’s<br />

sensational but achievable recipes ... a book, she says, she hopes you’ll reach for<br />

whether planning an intimate dinner for two or hosting a dressed-in-full-feature dinner<br />

party. Breads and plant-rich salads, Indian, Moroccan and Italian feasts, salty bits and<br />

bobs and golden hour cocktails ... it is, as Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen writes in the<br />

foreword, ‘a symphony of flavours’. R480, Penguin Books<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

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We trolled ... and came<br />

up with a decor catch<br />

worth boasting about<br />

(it was THIS BIG!)<br />

Gone<br />

fishing<br />

Fish print from South Sea Fishes collection on<br />

Cabo Vintage Prints<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

Imagine a shoal of sardines<br />

swimming along your<br />

dining room wall. Rich in<br />

Portuguese heritage, these<br />

Bordalo Pinheiro’s Ceramic<br />

Sardines are extraordinary<br />

earthenware decorative<br />

pieces - and a striking<br />

talking point. Around 50<br />

designs, each handmade.<br />

R850 from vidabela.co.za<br />

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Wall art. This one from the South Sea<br />

Fishes collection under Marine Life<br />

on the Cabo Vintage Prints site. All<br />

the images, each more eye-catching<br />

than the one before, are printed<br />

using pigment-based archival inks,<br />

displaying true colour. They can be<br />

framed, with half a dozen options, or<br />

just buy the print and have framed<br />

yourself. Unframed from R265.<br />

Details: cabodesign.net<br />

The Gluggle Jug<br />

really does glug.<br />

Use as a water jug,<br />

a wine decanter or<br />

vase. R1690 from<br />

bespokehome.co.za<br />

We’ve fallen hook, line and sinker for this sardine and<br />

waves range of tableware. Dinner plates, side plates,<br />

platters, coco mugs ... such fun. From pret-a-pot.com,<br />

with a small range on Superalist, too.<br />

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Herbs to sow in Winter<br />

If you are longing for fresh greens, but<br />

it is too cold to sow anything outdoors,<br />

sow tasty herbs like chervil, mustard<br />

and chives in a window box on a sunny<br />

windowsill. If you make a mix of them,<br />

they can be harvested as cut and<br />

come again baby leaves for garnishes,<br />

salads and sandwiches. Fill the window<br />

box with a damp seedling mix, sprinkle<br />

the seed and cover with a fine layer of<br />

seedling mix, gently pressed down so<br />

that it makes contact with the seeds.<br />

Water lightly and keep the soil damp<br />

while the seeds germinate. Mimic a<br />

warm greenhouse by covering the<br />

window box with plastic clingwrap<br />

while the seeds are germinating.<br />

It keeps in the heat and moisture.<br />

Remove once the herbs have sprouted.<br />

Feed with a liquid fertiliser like Margaret<br />

Roberts Organic Supercharger at half<br />

strength once a week.<br />

Good to know: If the window<br />

boxes or trays are on the inside<br />

of the window, place them a few<br />

centimetres away from the glass.<br />

Because glass is a heat conductor, the<br />

trays might get very cold overnight<br />

and burn during the day as the<br />

sun shining through the glass gets<br />

magnified. Details: www.kirchhoffs.co.za<br />


We’re planting ...<br />

Primula Acaulis Bonnelli<br />

for the dazzling flowers that add<br />

pops of colour indoors and outdoors.<br />

These cold-hardy little primroses thrive as<br />

houseplants if placed in a position that gets<br />

bright light (but not direct sun) or as patio<br />

plants in hanging baskets or containers. Keep<br />

the potting mix moist but not soggy and feed<br />

once a month with a liquid fertiliser. Add a<br />

splash of colour to small gardens by planting<br />

Bonnelli as a border, in Winter sun or semi<br />

shade. Plant in fertile soil that drains<br />

well and keep the soil moist but<br />

don’t over water. Details:<br />

www.gropak.co.za<br />

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Time to protect young plants, prepare for Winter pruning<br />

and position your pots in bright light<br />

Indoor plant of the month<br />

Iron Cross begonia is a fancy leaf begonia that is grown as a decorative houseplant.<br />

Originally from China and Vietnam, this begonia gets its name from the dark chocolate<br />

centre marking on the leaves that resembles the Iron Cross used on shields during the<br />

Crusades. To bring out its bright green and brown colours, position this begonia where it<br />

receives bright filtered light. Keep the soil moist but not wet, and don’t get water on the<br />

leaves. When it goes into dormant mode, reduce watering so that the surface of the soil is<br />

almost dry before watering again. To provide a humid environment, especially in Winter,<br />

place the pot on a gravel-filled saucer that contains water. Details: www.lvgplant.co.za<br />

Garden tasks for <strong>June</strong><br />

• Water Winter annuals like<br />

pansies, violas, cineraria, and<br />

primulas once a week and<br />

feed every two weeks with a<br />

liquid fertiliser to boost their<br />

flowering ability.<br />

• Don’t let Spring flowering<br />

bulbs dry out. A rule of thumb<br />

is to water for 40 minutes every<br />

five days but this depends on<br />

the soil type and temperatures.<br />

• Fertilise and water Spring<br />

flowering shrubs.<br />

• This is the best time to move<br />

roses, shrubs and perennials<br />

that are in the wrong position.<br />

• Add colourful succulents<br />

to the garden as the cold<br />

intensifies their many<br />

different colours.<br />

• Protect young plants and<br />

newly planted shrubs and<br />

trees from frost with frost<br />

guard cloth. Plants lower<br />

to the ground are more<br />

vulnerable to frost.<br />

• Sharpen secateurs, long<br />

handled loppers, and hedge<br />

clippers in preparation for<br />

Winter pruning next month.<br />

Get the lawnmower serviced<br />

and the blades sharpened.<br />

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Safari<br />

on the<br />

Kariega<br />

Text KYM ARGO<br />

It’s always the unexpected that keeps travelling exciting.<br />

And for those who’ve been on safari in South Africa, and<br />

think they’ve experienced everything, Sibuya Game<br />

Reserve in the Eastern Cape offers up a few surprises.<br />

Yes ... it’s a fusion of luxury and environmental<br />

awareness. Yip ... it’s home to the Big Five. And with<br />

almost 400 different species in the area, it really is a bird<br />

lover’s paradise.<br />

But it’s the country’s only game reserve that is only<br />

reached by boat ... boarded at the Sibuya reception near<br />

the Kariega river mouth in Kenton on Sea, you’ll take a<br />

leisurely cruise up the Kariega River Estuary. Depending<br />

on what you discover, the gentle cruise takes anything<br />

from 45 minutes to a little over an hour ... spotting longlegged<br />

Black-winged Stilts and gorgeous Sacred Ibis and<br />

brightly coloured Kingfishers and impressive Fish Eagles.<br />

It’s a gorgeous, relaxing way to kick off your Sibuya safari,<br />

which is one of the Cape Country Routes South Africa<br />

privately owned destinations.<br />

More of the unexpected. You will be offered early<br />

morning and evening game drives a day, but there are<br />

other options too ... fishing on the Kariega is hugely<br />

popular, either from the bank or from one of the small<br />

boats, there’s canoeing on the river, and you can opt for<br />

a beach walk as well as one in the bush. Excluded from<br />

the rates, but possible to book, are deep sea fishing<br />

excursions, and beach and reserve horse riding outings.<br />

Accommodation wise, there are a trio of choices ... two<br />

luxurious tented camps and an exclusive lodge. We<br />

stayed at Forest Camp ... where each of the eight tents,<br />

connected by wooden walkways, are private and well<br />

concealed in the indigenous thicket. With king size beds<br />

and a surprisingly comfortable pull out sleeper divan, it’s<br />

a great option for those travelling with older children - no<br />

under 12s allowed. There’s also the River Camp, with four<br />

spacious tents, so great for a group of friends travelling<br />

together, and where younger children are welcome. Both<br />

camps are comfy, have fireplaces for chilly evenings, and<br />

have central living areas where guests gather for meals<br />

and game drives. The third option is the more luxurious<br />

thatched Bush Lodge, with four suites, personal viewing<br />

decks, indoor and outdoor showers and a swimming<br />

pool. Bush Lodge, unlike the other two camps, has<br />

electricity - and air-conditioning - in the rooms ... for Bush<br />

and River camps you rely on solar as they’re all about<br />

living off the grid and embracing sustainability.<br />

The area is lush, with Eastern Cape Valley bushveld,<br />

grasslands and coastal forests, so game is plentiful, and<br />

game drives thrilling with elephant, rhino, antelope,<br />

including the rare Bontebok and Oribi, and plenty of<br />

giraffe and zebra. On our visit the leopards lived up to<br />

their elusive title, but lion - in a separate, enclosed part of<br />

the reserve, were seen proudly strutting their king of the<br />

jungle stuff.<br />

Rates start at R4931 per person in low season, excluding<br />

Rhino Conservation Levies, including accommodation,<br />

all meals and local drinks, morning and evening game<br />

drives, boat transfers, fishing, canoeing and bush walking.<br />

Children under 2 stay free.<br />

Details: Sibuya on sibuya.co.za, Instagram @sibuya_game_<br />

reserve, Facebook SibuyaGameReserve. Cape Country Routes<br />

on capecountryroutes.com, Instagram @ capecountryroutes,<br />

Facebook @CapeCountryRoutes<br />

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<strong>June</strong><br />

The North Face ...<br />

and the icons of exploration<br />

SpoilBorn way<br />

To enter our<br />

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@getitptamagazine<br />

on Instagram or Facebook.<br />

Entries close <strong>June</strong> 25.<br />

back in 1966, The North Face has<br />

served the needs of expeditions in the<br />

harshest regions in the world. And a few of<br />

the items have become icons ... taking on<br />

lives of their own. Harnessing cuttingedge<br />

technology, innovative design<br />

and athlete insights, they were<br />

revolutionary. Now, they are iconic,<br />

worn and used everywhere from city<br />

streets to mountain tops. These include the<br />

Himalayan Parka - this ultra-warm parka became<br />

the gold standard in high-altitude climbing and<br />

cold-weather survival. The Mountain Jacket - worn by<br />

the first American team to scale the six classic north<br />

faces of the Alps in a single season. The Nuptse -<br />

one mile southwest of Everest, five miles up and<br />

bitterly cold, this jacket named after the Nuptse<br />

summit is famed for its game-changing warmth.<br />

The Denali - which made its debut on the backs<br />

of Todd Skinner and Paul Piana during their<br />

historic, 30-day free climb of Yosemite’s Salathé<br />

Wall, where it set a new standard for technical<br />

fleece. And The Duffel - if there could be just<br />

one bag to symbolise epic adventures, it’d<br />

be this. Made of burly fabrics, and built to<br />

be transported by porters, yaks and camels,<br />

these hard-wearing gear totes journey<br />

everywhere from expedition base camps to<br />

urban metropolises.<br />

All of these iconic items, plus so many more<br />

desirable garments for adventure or city wear,<br />

can be found on www.thenorthface.co.za<br />

We’re giving away a Base Camp Duffel Bag<br />

worth R3599 ... tough and practical, with<br />

loads of thought-through features - think zippedend<br />

pocket for dirty shoes and wet clothes,<br />

mesh pockets, detachable adjustable ergonomic<br />

shoulder straps. Use a duffel when in transit, or a<br />

backpack when you’re on the move. In a nutshell,<br />

it’s an explorer’s best friend.<br />

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