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Fighting fit food and fashion,<br />

nutrition for active lifestyles,<br />

and an Eastern Cape safari<br />


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Good food<br />

Bibby’s quick butter bean mash with dill salsa<br />

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04 Heaps of fun with your family and friends<br />

06 Book Club ... plenty of thrilling reads and one great wine<br />

08 Wish List ... life’s luxuries ... because we like to spoil ourselves (and you!)<br />

10 Social ... beauty talk and a sumptuous lunch with Kate Sunley<br />

11 Social ... shopping and socialising at Kamers Makers Sandton<br />

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PEOPLE<br />

12 Mark Sham sheds a spotlight on South Africa’s small towns<br />

14 Intrepid travelers Anesu Mbizvo and Fez Mkhize uncover a world of wonder<br />

16 Goal junkie James Miller on a path to international glory<br />


18 On-trend skincare for the change-of-season<br />

20 Goodies and gear to keep you fighting fit<br />

22 How to power up for an active lifestyle<br />

FOOD<br />

<strong>24</strong> Fuss free & fast flavour<br />

25 Spekboom G&T and a quick butter bean dip. Yes please!<br />


26 A decor catch worth boasting about<br />

28 Sharpen up for Winter gardening<br />

TRAVEL<br />

32 Eastern Cape safari on the Kariega<br />

WIN<br />

08 An outdoor hamper from Wild Coolers<br />

09 Swish and Swank premium leather duffel<br />

21 A pair of Metaspeed Sky Paris shoes<br />

34 The <strong>North</strong> Face base camp duffel bag<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 megan@caxton.co.za<br />

A hot date!<br />

Food, fashion, fairytales and heaps of fun!<br />

02<br />

Paint, Sip & Sing your heart<br />

out! Let your creativity flow<br />

as you sip on cocktails, paint your<br />

chosen musical masterpiece with<br />

expert guidance and brave the stage<br />

for karaoke with a song inspired<br />

by your artwork. Paintaholics are<br />

teaming up with Karaoke Kong<br />

for a day of art, music, and fun!<br />

Painting session starts at 1pm.<br />

Karaoke Kong, 17th Street Melville<br />

on Sunday, <strong>June</strong> 2. R250 per person<br />

excluding food and drinks. Book<br />

through quicket.co.za<br />

07<br />

Get ready to revamp your<br />

winter wardrobe because<br />

sisters.SHOP-UP Winter edition<br />

is here. Shop everything from local<br />

fashion brands, accessories, gifting,<br />

decor items and beauty essentials<br />

as well as delightful eats and treats<br />

and wines from Wildekrans Wine<br />

Estate. Call on your girlfriends for<br />

a curated shop up experience<br />

at The Tryst in Woodlands Office<br />

Park on <strong>June</strong> 7 from 10am until<br />

6pm and <strong>June</strong> 8 from 8.30am until<br />

4pm. Free entrance. Details: Follow<br />

@sisters.shopup on Insta or reach out to<br />

Rentia on 082-929-6588.<br />

15<br />

The Sleeping Beauty, a<br />

timeless fairytale and Joburg<br />

Ballet’s next glittering show where<br />

through an evil spell, a princess<br />

pricks her finger and falls into<br />

a deep sleep from which she is<br />

awoken one hundred years later by<br />

a prince’s kiss. Set to Tchaikovsky’s<br />

sweepingly romantic music<br />

played live by the Johannesburg<br />

Philharmonic Orchestra, see how<br />

this story of love triumphant<br />

unfolds at the Joburg Theatre on<br />

<strong>June</strong> 28 to July 7. Tickets from R<strong>24</strong>0<br />

through www.webtickets.co.za.<br />

Details: www.joburgtheatre.com<br />

01<br />

Get outdoors and experience all things local at The Linden Market Winter<br />

Edition. More than 150 artisans, craft drinks and street food and live music to get<br />

the vibes going. Fur friends on a leash welcome. 9am until 4.30pm at The Botanical<br />

Gardens, Emmarentia on <strong>June</strong> 1 and 2. Tickets cost R50 through www.quicket.co.za<br />

or at the gate. Kids under 12 enter for free. Details: www.thelindenmarket.com<br />

We’re salivating at the thought<br />

15 16<br />

of the upcoming Mzansi Food<br />

& Drink Show. You’ll have access to<br />

Fire & Feast Festival, Fine Food & Wine<br />

Show, Mzansi Food Market, Bar &<br />

Good Spirits Showcase and Coffee &<br />

Chocolate Expo. A 5-in-1 experience<br />

all under one roof over the long<br />

weekend where we celebrate dads<br />

and youth. Expect food and drink<br />

tastings, cook-alongs, masterclasses,<br />

competitions, braai wars, cheese &<br />

wine routes and much more! Kyalami<br />

Convention Centre on <strong>June</strong> 15 and<br />

16 from 9am until 6pm and <strong>June</strong> 17<br />

from 9am until 5pm. Tickets from<br />

R230 through howler.co.za<br />

In celebration of Youth Day,<br />

Secret Sunrise <strong>JHB</strong>’s Super<br />

Sunrise event is encouraging you to<br />

embrace the hero within you. Groove<br />

for a thrilling hour of guided movement<br />

combining meditation, connection and<br />

dance. Dress in colourful costumes,<br />

bold accessories, and vibrant attire<br />

that reflects your unique superpowers.<br />

You will be given headsets on arrival<br />

and be guided by facilitators to dance,<br />

experience the joy of self-expression<br />

and share in the pop-up party. All ages<br />

and fitness levels are welcome. From<br />

9am until 10am at The Mall of Africa.<br />

R125 for children under 12, R150 for<br />

adults. Book through www.quicket.co.za<br />

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Keeping the kids happy this month...<br />

Who is stout and round and yellow and<br />

furry and will do anything to get his fat<br />

big paws into a delicious pot of honey?<br />

You guessed it… Disney’s Winnie The<br />

Pooh. Catch Pooh live on stage in a<br />

musical with his friends Christopher<br />

Robin, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo and<br />

Eeyore where they express their<br />

concern with the things that children<br />

are most interested in … friends, food,<br />

birthdays, tree houses and grand<br />

expeditions. Ignite young imaginations<br />

and instil valuable teachings through<br />

this Theatre In Education show at the<br />

Peoples Theatre on <strong>June</strong> 11 to July 28.<br />

Book via webtickets.co.za<br />

If you have a child<br />

who likes to mix things up<br />

in the kitchen, treat them to a<br />

Kiddies Baking and Decorating<br />

Class. Three hours of baking fun<br />

while taking instruction. Suitable for<br />

ages 4 to 12 years. Parents welcome<br />

too. R450 per child. 11.30am<br />

until 2.30pm at The Cooking<br />

Studio, 31 Church Street on<br />

Saturday, <strong>June</strong> 15. Book via<br />

quicket.co.za<br />

11<br />

Follow Riley, in her teenage years,<br />

encountering new emotions in<br />

Disney and Pixar’s new animation<br />

movie Inside Out 2. Inside the mind<br />

of teenager Riley, headquarters are<br />

undergoing a sudden demolition to<br />

make room for something entirely<br />

unexpected: new emotions. Joy,<br />

Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust,<br />

who’ve long been running a<br />

successful operation aren’t sure how<br />

to feel when Anxiety shows up. And it<br />

looks like she’s not alone. Releases in<br />

cinemas on <strong>June</strong> 14.<br />

Making a splash this month is the<br />

musical series Disney Jr.’s Ariel. Set in the<br />

Caribbean-inspired fairytale kingdom of<br />

Atlantica, the series follows young mermaid<br />

princess Ariel as she embarks on underwater<br />

adventures with her family and friends,<br />

including King Triton, Ursula, Flounder and<br />

mer-friends Fernie and Lucia. Each episode<br />

highlights themes of self-expression, curiosity<br />

and resourcefulness and celebrates the<br />

multicultural elements of the Caribbean<br />

through food, fashion, language and folklore.<br />

Releases on Disney Junior on <strong>June</strong> 29.<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<br />

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

cooler. Visit @get_it_joburg_north on Instagram and<br />

@GetItJoburg<strong>North</strong>Magazine on Facebook, find<br />

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 />

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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 />

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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 />

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

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Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

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Tables all set with a touch of pink, bubbly on ice and a buzzing kitchen<br />

as ladies arrive looking their best for an afternoon spoil. It was all beauty<br />

talk and a sumptuous lunch at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel. Heading up<br />

the conversation ... Kate Sunley who shared her story and touched on<br />

her range of beauty products. On the menu ... white bean salad to start,<br />

mascarpone & beetroot risotto or a duo of chicken and ending off with<br />

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Nod to local<br />

From fashion to footwear, jewellery to gin and the exciting edition of<br />

KM Art, it was just one great stall after another at the Kamers Makers<br />

Sandton at St David’s Marist Inanda. Think handmade soaps, kids makeup,<br />

leather bags, epic arts, seed paper gift tags, shimmer gin and more.<br />

We chatted to some of the makers who shared their inspiring stories,<br />

got to sample sauces and the most delicious macadamia espresso and<br />

chocolate spread, browsed beautiful artwork and left with a bag full of<br />

goodies to enjoy.<br />

Hettie Oberholzer, Thonel Rossouw, Fearika Heyns<br />

Victoria and Abby Abraham with George<br />

Heleen Rossouw, Loraine Louw<br />

Louise Cawood, Annelene Henning, Jeanine Venter<br />

Box of naartjies Box of avos Box of organic bananas 1.2 kg<br />

R 44.00 R 49.50 R 33.50

It’s the journey,<br />

not the destination<br />

Hands up if you never look beyond Ballito or Clifton when it’s time to plan your<br />

holiday? That’s okay – most of us don’t. Which is exactly why Mark Sham is shedding<br />

a spotlight on South Africa’s small towns with his latest venture, Like A Tourist.<br />

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Mark’s career as a speaker means that he is no stranger to airports<br />

around South Africa – and that, in turn, means that he has had ample<br />

opportunity to get acquainted with our major centres. But, while there’s<br />

a lot to be said for convenience and familiarity, he’s far more interested<br />

in what lies just behind the bend: What would you find if you venture<br />

outside Joburg? Who might you meet? And how might their experiences<br />

be different from your own?<br />

It's this aspect of travel – the opportunity to learn about how other people<br />

live – that has grasped Mark’s imagination since he was just 13. “I find it<br />

amazing that you can get on a plane in Joburg, take a nap and wake up<br />

hours later in a place where people speak differently, eat different food,<br />

think differently and behave differently,” he says. That’s why he considers<br />

travel to be a mind-altering form of education.<br />

But he also considers it a great pity that most of us don’t open ourselves to<br />

this type of learning until we find ourselves in a foreign country.

His own curiosity about South Africa exploded during the Covid<br />

pandemic, when he returned home after some time in London<br />

expecting to stay seven weeks – and never went back. “I’ve<br />

travelled my whole life, so I was desperate to scratch that itch<br />

during lockdown. As soon as our borders opened, I travelled<br />

South Africa flat.” He made his first video about an exploration<br />

of Knysna in 2022, after realizing that, as excited as he was to<br />

share his adventures, people simply couldn’t picture the beauty<br />

and magic he was experiencing. “When I told people about the<br />

towns I visited, they’d say, ‘Oh, sounds cool’. I knew that I had to<br />

show them instead.” His instincts were right. The Knysna video<br />

“exploded” – proving to him that there’s a real appetite to find out<br />

more about places that don’t need a passport.<br />

And Mark is only too happy to oblige. “It’s incredible for me to<br />

think that the Garden Route, with its breathtaking beauty, is in<br />

the same country as the strange and intriguing village of Nieu-<br />

Bethesda,” he enthuses.<br />

It’s in these little towns that you are going to find the real spirit of<br />

South Africa’s people, he says. “Trust me: South Africa is not the<br />

strollers on the prom in Sea Point or the people cursing in the<br />

traffic on William Nicol Drive. But you don’t understand that until<br />

you travel around.”<br />

That’s why there’s something sad about setting your Waze to the<br />

shortest route possible and getting to your destination as quickly<br />

as you can. Mark is all about that ‘sho’t left’. “My favorite way to<br />

travel is to allow myself time to just wander. We’ll see a road that<br />

looks interesting and head down it, have a drink wherever we<br />

wind up, chat to the people, and get to know what their lives are<br />

like.” Of course he’ll get where he’s going – he just doesn’t mind<br />

taking the long way around. In fact, he prefers it: “It really is all<br />

about the journey rather than the destination.”<br />

Of course, this doesn’t suit everyone. “Most of us lead intense<br />

lives, so it helps to have someone do the research for you; to<br />

give recommendations about where to eat, where to stay and<br />

what to do,” Mark says.<br />

With more and more content creators ready to spill their travel<br />

secrets, it’s become easier than ever to find those hidden gems.<br />

Facebook groups like “Small Towns South Africa” are showing<br />

off the charm of dorps from Wupperthal to Wakkerstroom, from<br />

Paternoster to Port Alfred. They all have something to offer,<br />

Mark insists. “Different places give us different things. I couldn’t<br />

single out just one town as my favorite, because each offers a<br />

completely different experience. The key is to approach them as<br />

you would a village overseas, looking for the things that might<br />

interest you and giving those out-of-the-way spots a chance,<br />

rather than sticking to the commercial enterprises that won’t<br />

surprise you in any way. In other words, you have to think like<br />

a tourist.”<br />

The best part? Since South Africa is such a mishmash of different<br />

landscapes, you’re certain to find something you love. Travel<br />

through our country for just one day, and you can go from<br />

the purple rain of a jacaranda-spangled Joburg summer to the<br />

moonscape of the Karoo and the lushness of the Garden Route.<br />

“Travelling has healed my broken relationship with this country,”<br />

Mark says. And he believes it can do the same for everyone else.<br />

“We’re still one of the cheapest places to travel. There’s no better<br />

time to pack your bags.”<br />

Details: Check out @likeatouristza on Instagram and Youtube.<br />

Start thinking like a tourist<br />

• Check out the socials for travel inspo.<br />

Content creators like @sunshinesimplicities and<br />

@campsbaygirl showcase incredible destinations.<br />

• If you’re looking for a unique experience, opt for<br />

the small, owner-operated restaurant rather than<br />

the name you know – they’ll make sure that the<br />

burger they’re making is the best one ever, because<br />

it’s their livelihood at stake.<br />

• Accept that you might have to venture out of your<br />

comfort zone to make amazing memories. Larger<br />

centres offer convenience and comfort, but small<br />

towns have soul.<br />

• Give yourself time to take that sh’ot left. Schedule<br />

a day with no activities so that you feel no pressure<br />

to reach a certain place on time, then allow<br />

yourself to wander where your curiosity takes you.<br />

Text: LISA WITEPSKI • Images: LIKE A TOURIST, likeatouristza on Insta.<br />

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Lights. Camera.<br />

EXPLORE!<br />

Anesu Mbizvo and Fez Mkhize, intrepid hosts of Top Travel,<br />

are uncovering a world of wonder.<br />

Text: LISA WITEPSKI. • Image: SUPPLIED.<br />

Anesu and Fez’s tips for surviving misadventures<br />

• Prepare yourself for the unexpected. Before travelling we like to take some<br />

time to set expectations for our trip. This often looks like running through<br />

the itinerary and checking the weather forecast, but we also like to prepare<br />

for the unexpected so we're not taken off guard when it happens. Visualising<br />

how you’ll react to a surprise is a great way to prepare yourself for it.<br />

• Have an attitude of gratitude. When something unexpected happens, we<br />

generally allow ourselves to feel the emotions of it and then, after a few deep<br />

breaths, we think of three things in that very moment that we are grateful for.<br />

Taking some time to reframe your perspective brings you back into a positive<br />

state of mind so you can reset and refocus!<br />

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ou’re travelling<br />

between<br />

Mpumalanga<br />

and Limpopo. The<br />

road is, shall we say,<br />

challenging, and at<br />

times it feels as if there<br />

are more potholes<br />

than actual tar. The<br />

car has already broken down more<br />

than once and, with the sun setting,<br />

you can’t wait to settle in at your next<br />

destination. Then it happens. The car<br />

breaks down once more, and this<br />

time it’s going to need a pair of expert<br />

hands to fix it.<br />

What do you do? If you’re Anesu<br />

Mbizvo, co-presenter of S3’s Top<br />

Travel, you wait until your sound<br />

engineer has rigged up his speaker,<br />

blare some hip hop and start dancing<br />

– oh, and you capture a few behindthe-scenes<br />

shots while you’re at it.<br />

“When you travel, you have to be<br />

open to new experiences – often,<br />

they’re opportunities to learn,” she<br />

says sunnily, adding that since the<br />

Top Travel team is just that – a tightly<br />

knit team – every misadventure is a<br />

chance to grow together.<br />

Fez Mkhize, her partner on the<br />

show -and in life - has an even more<br />

sanguine attitude. “I grew up as<br />

the child of a single mother in Port<br />

Shepstone. My dad passed away<br />

when I was very young, so I had<br />

anxiety around life shifting. I thought<br />

that getting on an aeroplane would<br />

be the biggest milestone in the<br />

world. My biggest dream was to<br />

visit Durban, so I think it’s crazy that<br />

I get to see what I’m seeing now. If<br />

a car breaks down, I think that’s a<br />

small price to pay for what we get<br />

to experience. You have to take the<br />

good with the bad, otherwise you<br />

don’t deserve the good.”<br />

If Fez came to travel incidentally,<br />

through his work as a television<br />

presenter, Anesu has been<br />

something of a nomad since<br />

childhood. Born to a Zimbabwean<br />

father and South African mother who<br />

loved exploring, she moved between<br />

countries while still very young. “That<br />

planted a seed,” she says. “It sparked<br />

my interest in seeing how other<br />

people lived and took away the fear<br />

of the new that can be inhibiting.”<br />

The love affair continued long after<br />

Anesu completed her medical studies<br />

at the University of Cape Town, where<br />

she met Fez – their mutual interest in<br />

healing a forerunner to their shared<br />

love of exploring. Travel is a great<br />

refresher, she explains. It keeps you<br />

curious and excited.<br />

This is the first time she has travelled<br />

with Fez, she continues – and it’s<br />

every bit as much fun as the couple<br />

expected. “If ever there was a<br />

person who deserved adventure, it’s<br />

Anesu. I love being able to do this<br />

with her,” Fez says. Not that Anesu<br />

welcomes every single adventure:<br />

She admits that while Fez likes to get<br />

his pulse racing, she’s happy to visit<br />

an unspoiled vista and soak up the<br />

magic in peace. “That said, there’s<br />

no denying that it can be thrilling<br />

when your adrenalin starts pumping.<br />

One of my favourite moments when<br />

shooting this series was cliff jumping<br />

off the Big Swing at Graskop Gorge<br />

in Mpumalanga. I was completely<br />

freaking out, and of course I had to<br />

talk through my fear so that I could<br />

bring viewers on the journey with<br />

me, which made it that much more<br />

scary. But afterwards, when you get<br />

to see that panoramic Mpumalanga<br />

view and you are completely at peace<br />

after the adrenalin has been coursing<br />

through your body, you feel really at<br />

peace. It’s as if you’ve gone through<br />

the range of human emotions and<br />

you can finally be still.”<br />

One of Fez’s most magical moments<br />

while shooting was spending time<br />

with the Maasai warriors in Kenya.<br />

“This is a culture that holds on to the<br />

traditions that have been in place for<br />

centuries – and I love that. There’s a<br />

beauty to the fact that the pragmatic<br />

elements of this culture are still<br />

being passed down at a time when<br />

expediency is everything. What I find<br />

even more amazing is the fact that<br />

this knowledge is shared by an elder<br />

whose job is to reveal everything he<br />

has learned throughout his life.”<br />

Visiting his hometown was another<br />

highlight for Fez – but it’s the<br />

Drakensberg amphitheatre that<br />

has his heart. “On the day we filmed<br />

there, I woke up to a landscape that<br />

was nothing but clouds. You could<br />

imagine pearly gates ... it was enough<br />

to make me want to write up my list<br />

of good deeds! But as the sun came<br />

up, the clouds slowly disappeared.”<br />

And Anesu’s favorite spot? “People<br />

always ask that – but I don’t think<br />

there can ever be a single answer<br />

to that question. It’s all about how<br />

you approach your travels. If you’re<br />

curious enough, every place has<br />

magical spots. It’s just about setting<br />

an intention to learn.”<br />

‘<br />

When you travel,<br />

you have to be<br />

open to new<br />

experiences –<br />

often, they’re<br />

opportunities<br />

to learn<br />

’<br />

So, what’s next on the itinerary for<br />

these two intrepid explorers? Anesu<br />

and Fez are both very excited for the<br />

upcoming episodes of the series.<br />

“We’ve been privileged to highlight<br />

everything that’s special about<br />

southern Africa, in Namibia, Botswana<br />

and of course South Africa, but I’m<br />

especially pleased to be shedding<br />

a spotlight in East Africa, with its<br />

unique Arab influence making for<br />

amazing food and architecture,”<br />

Anesu says. Fez, meanwhile, says that<br />

while it’s likely their schedules may<br />

keep them apart for some of the year,<br />

they’re not about to turn their backs<br />

on something that brings them<br />

joy. Time to get packing for some<br />

road trips!<br />

Details: Top Travel flights on S3<br />

every Saturday at 8.30pm. Follow<br />

@toptraveltv on Instagram.<br />

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

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Goal junkie on the move<br />

It’s only uphill from here on out for twenty-six-year-old trail runner<br />

James Miller, who is steadfast on a path to international glory.<br />

Young South African James Miller has his eyes<br />

firmly set on achieving international trail-running<br />

success after coming seventh in a six-day, 252km<br />

trail run billed as the ‘toughest footrace on earth’.<br />

The 26-year-old, who grew up in Johannesburg<br />

and studied at Stellenbosh University, competed<br />

in the gruelling Marathon Des Sables crossing<br />

Morocco’s Sahara Desert in April, beating more<br />

than 600 other men to earn his top 10 spot.<br />

“Knowing it was one of the hardest stage races<br />

in the world appealed to my competitive nature,<br />

and made me want to do it,” Miller said. Battling<br />

heat of up to 50 degrees, sandstorms, and dunes,<br />

while carrying his food, was a test of fortitude.<br />

On the 85km stage, Miller started to urinate<br />

blood and lost time while using the emergency<br />

tracker to contact the race medics. “I didn’t want<br />

to have medical assistance which would cost me<br />

a time penalty, so once they had examined me,<br />

I was able to continue.” It took him 9.5 hours to<br />

complete the stage which had a cut-off time of<br />

35 hours, and he walked the last four kilometres.<br />

“Another contestant overtook me, and that was<br />

probably the darkest part of my race.” He spent<br />

four hours in the medical tent after finishing,<br />

trying to reduce his body temperature in an<br />

ice bath and was able to rest the following day<br />

before the next stage.<br />

Passionate about all sports and encouraged by<br />

his father Andrew, who often competes in cycle<br />

and running events alongside his son, Miller<br />

only started to consider trail running and ultratrail<br />

events seriously in 2021 after winning the<br />

23km Ultra Trail Cape Town. “There were several<br />

favourites for the win, but when I crossed the<br />

finish line, no-one knew who I was,” Miller said of<br />

the race.<br />

Having lived in London for the past two<br />

years and working full-time as a business<br />

development manager has not been a boon<br />

to training – although he did achieve a top 200<br />

position in last year’s London Marathon. “London<br />

is much too flat, and often when I come back to<br />

South Africa for races, such as last year’s Otter<br />

African Trail Run, I am also seeing customers so<br />

my head isn’t in the game.”<br />

Despite this, Miller’s dedication to his training<br />

has seen some impressive results, such as<br />

winning the United Kingdom final of the<br />

Salomon Golden Trail World Series twice,<br />

clinching bragging rights to represent the<br />

country at the World final. “I competed in the<br />

Golden Trail World Series final in Madeira in<br />

October 2022, racing between 21km and 30km<br />

a day, with elevation of up to 2 900m, over<br />

five days, against some of the best runners in<br />

the world.” A month later, he achieved 12th<br />

position at the 55km Ultra Trail Cape Town. He<br />

was unable to take up the second Golden Trail<br />

opportunity in Italy due to a visa issue.<br />

“I’ve always been a runner, someone with a good<br />

cardio vascular engine, and academics always<br />

took a back seat to sport. I completed the Cape<br />

Town Marathon in a sub-three which is great -<br />

the more races I do and the better my times, the<br />

more I am encouraged to enter bigger, more<br />

serious events.”<br />

With an international ranking as an elite runner,<br />

Miller is often invited to attend and scores a free<br />

race entry, but as an unsponsored athlete, has<br />

to cover his own travel costs. “I’d love to turn<br />

running into a career but I need sponsorships,”<br />

he said.<br />

His goals for the remainder of the year are to<br />

focus mainly on shorter races of up to 30km<br />

where he can put his explosive power of youth<br />

to good use. “I plan to do the Golden Trail series<br />

again as this allows me to travel.”<br />

He has unfinished business with the Otter<br />

African Trail Run and will return in October to<br />

tackle the 42km race. “I’m looking for a top eight<br />

position this year after last year’s 16th position. I<br />

have something to prove,” Miller said.<br />

In the years to come, the young athlete aspires<br />

to compete at the prestigious UTMB which<br />

traverses 171km with 10 000m elevation through<br />

Italy, Switzerland, and France. Qualifying for the<br />

race itself is a challenge, but Miller hopes to one<br />

day place top 15 at the event which is viewed<br />

as the pinnacle of ultra-trail running, and be<br />

counted among the world’s best runners.<br />

Details: Follow @the.runningbean on Insta for<br />

updates on his training, races and micro adventures.<br />

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

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 />

weakens, ceramides step in to replenish and restore, leaving<br />

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 />

becomes a coveted ingredient. By drawing in moisture from<br />

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 />

powerhouse, Vitamin C not only helps to fend off<br />

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 />

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10<br />

For an easy, affordable beauty product for everyday use,<br />

look no further than petroleum jelly.<br />

Petroleum jelly<br />

beauty hacks<br />

In the realm of beauty and skincare, there exists a humble yet versatile hero.<br />

Petroleum jelly. This unassuming product holds a treasure trove of creative and<br />

unexpected uses for your beauty routine. “From nourishing lips to highlighting<br />

certain features, here are some hacks to make the most out of this classic staple,”<br />

explains Themba Ndlovu, Clere Petroleum Jelly brand manager.<br />


needs expensive highlighters when<br />

you have petroleum jelly on hand?<br />

Mix a small amount of your favourite<br />

shimmery eyeshadow or highlighter<br />

powder with petroleum jelly to create<br />

a customised cream highlighter. Dab<br />

it onto your cheekbones, brow bones,<br />

and the bridge of your nose for a<br />

natural, dewy glow that catches the<br />

light beautifully.<br />

MAKEUP REMOVER Stubborn<br />

makeup, meet your match.<br />

Petroleum jelly makes for an effective<br />

and gentle makeup remover,<br />

especially for waterproof mascara<br />

and long-lasting lipsticks. Simply<br />

apply a small amount onto a cotton<br />

pad and gently swipe away makeup.<br />

Not only does it dissolve makeup<br />

effortlessly, but it also hydrates the<br />

skin in the process.<br />

LIP STAIN Love the look of a natural lip stain? Create your own custom shade by<br />

mixing a small amount of petroleum jelly with a bit of powdered blush or lipstick.<br />

Apply this concoction to your lips for a subtle, flushed tint that lasts throughout the<br />

day. The petroleum jelly ensures your lips stay hydrated while adding a hint of colour.<br />

LIP CARE Dry, chapped lips are a<br />

common woe, especially during<br />

the change of seasons. Instead of<br />

constantly reapplying lip balm,<br />

consider slathering on a layer of<br />

petroleum jelly before bedtime.<br />

It creates a protective barrier that<br />

locks in moisture, leaving your lips<br />

soft and supple by morning. For a<br />

little extra TLC, mix a tiny amount of<br />

sugar with petroleum jelly to create<br />

a gentle lip scrub that exfoliates and<br />

hydrates simultaneously.<br />


Dry, rough elbows and knees can<br />

be a stubborn skincare challenge.<br />

Fortunately, petroleum jelly is up to<br />

the task. Regularly massage a thick<br />

layer of petroleum jelly onto these<br />

areas to soften rough skin and lock<br />

in moisture. For an added boost,<br />

consider mixing in a few drops of your<br />

favourite essential oil for a soothing<br />

and aromatic experience.<br />


who love a good at-home manicure,<br />

petroleum jelly can be a gamechanger.<br />

Before painting your nails,<br />

apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly<br />

around the edges of your nails. This<br />

acts as a barrier, preventing nail polish<br />

from staining your skin. Additionally,<br />

it helps to soften and moisturise<br />

your cuticles, keeping them looking<br />

healthy and neat.<br />

SOFT FEET Say goodbye to dry,<br />

cracked heels with this simple trick<br />

... before bed, massage a generous<br />

amount of petroleum jelly onto your<br />

feet, paying extra attention to rough<br />

areas. Slip on a pair of socks and let<br />

the petroleum jelly work its magic<br />

overnight. Wake up to noticeably<br />

softer and smoother feet.<br />


a small amount of petroleum jelly<br />

onto a clean mascara wand or an<br />

old, cleaned-up eyebrow brush,<br />

then brush it through unruly<br />

eyebrows and your lashes. This not<br />

only shapes and grooms them but<br />

also conditions them over time,<br />

promoting healthier growth.<br />

EYESHADOW INTENSIFIER Transform any powder eyeshadow into a rich,<br />

creamy formula with the help of petroleum jelly. Mix a small amount of petroleum<br />

jelly with your desired eyeshadow colour to create a vibrant, long-lasting cream<br />

eyeshadow. Not only does this intensify the colour, but it also helps the eyeshadow<br />

adhere better to your lids, preventing creasing throughout the day.<br />

PROTECTIVE BARRIER FOR HAIR DYE Before starting your home hair dye<br />

session, protect your skin from staining with petroleum jelly. Apply it along your<br />

hairline, ears, and neck to create a barrier that prevents hair dye from clinging to<br />

your skin. This simple step makes cleanup a breeze and ensures your hair is the<br />

only thing that gets a vibrant new colour.<br />

You’ll find affordable Clere Petroleum Jelly at stores including Clicks, Pick n Pay<br />

and Takealot. For more great beauty tips visit clere.co.za<br />

Text THEMBA NDLOVU • clere.co.za<br />

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

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<strong>June</strong> <strong>24</strong> Get It Magazine 21

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 really<br />

does glug. Use as a water<br />

jug, a wine decanter or a<br />

vase. R1200 for large, R1700<br />

for extra-large, from Kay.<br />

WhatsApp 073-156-8492.<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 />

Spoiland the<br />

The <strong>North</strong> Face ...<br />

icons of exploration<br />

Born way back in 1966, The <strong>North</strong> Face<br />

has served the needs of expeditions in the<br />

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

items have become icons ... taking on lives of<br />

their own. Harnessing cutting-edge technology,<br />

innovative design and athlete insights, they were<br />

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

used everywhere from city streets to mountain<br />

tops. These include the Himalayan Parka - this<br />

ultra-warm parka became the gold standard<br />

in high-altitude climbing and cold-weather<br />

survival. The Mountain Jacket - worn by the first<br />

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

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

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 be<br />

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

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 loads<br />

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 />

To enter our <strong>June</strong> Spoil,<br />

visit @get_it_joburg_north<br />

on Instagram or Facebook.<br />

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

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