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Ballet … more<br />

than a dance<br />

Anti-ageing<br />

beauty buys<br />



Do away with guilt (eat the treats!)<br />

Drink the (affordable) wine.<br />

And travel to posh places.<br />

Enjoy <strong>July</strong>!<br />


JULY <strong>24</strong>

GET IT<br />

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contents<br />

what’s on<br />

04 We’re warming up with markets, shows and festivals<br />

10 Smink Emporium glam up the girls<br />

12 Happy, healthy and fit at Silverstar’s Health and Wellness Expo<br />

book club<br />

06 Kill lists. Romance gone wrong. Vampyr colonies. And plenty more!<br />


08 Beat the chill with our fave Winter buys<br />

win<br />

08 A case of Zandvliet Shiraz<br />

34 Tamnavulin Scotch Whisky<br />

People<br />

14 Ballet teacher, Carla Turner takes life one pliée at a time<br />

16 Meet Leon and Lyana Petzer ... the masterminds<br />

behind Step Out Gauteng<br />

healht & Beauty<br />

18 Smooth out wrinkles, plump up your skin<br />

& keep them guessing your age<br />

food & wine<br />

20 Treats without the guilt<br />

22 One chicken ... many marvellous meals<br />

gardening<br />

<strong>24</strong> Fresh and fragrant. Snap away the Winter blues<br />

travel<br />

30 We’re visiting the posh Mount Nelson<br />

32 Tintswalo Waterberg ... where luxury meets family<br />

Cover look<br />

Personality: Carla Turner<br />

Photographer: Hilda Mans<br />

Details: Facebook -<br />

@Hilda Mans Photography<br />

Make-up and hair artist:<br />

Heidie Fourie<br />

Details: Facebook -<br />

@LeChic Makeup by Heidie<br />

Venue: Usambara<br />

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A hot date!<br />

We’re warming up with markets, shows and festivals ... it’s a <strong>West</strong> Rand Winter wonderland<br />

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 />

06<br />

Think you know everything? Well go and prove it at the AlterEgos Quiz<br />

of Absolutely Everything! Grab your smartest friends, dress yourself<br />

up, and join quizmaster Dayle Robyn for a fun-tastic night of brain-teasing<br />

trivia. Your ticket includes entry to the quiz, a welcome drink, a pen and answer<br />

sheet and a quiz-night survival kit for your group. Plus, spot prizes for the best<br />

mascot, best-dressed team, best-decorated team table and more. R500 per<br />

table of up to six people from alteregos.co.za. From 6pm at Rusty Hook.<br />

06<br />

Keen for a fun road trip, and a crisp winter farmer’s market? Of course you are.<br />

The Tin Road Craft and Farmer’s Market is around the corner, and you don’t<br />

want to miss it. Think friendly neighbourhood vibes where you can buy or<br />

sell local, high-quality crafts, produce and some delish food. We mean, what’s<br />

better than an outdoorsy, community atmosphere? 9am to 3pm at the Syringa<br />

Café in Randburg. Free entry.<br />

13<br />

Get ready to glam up,<br />

because the talented Willem<br />

Botha is coming to town with his<br />

oh-so-popular Makeup Masterclass.<br />

Join in for a memorable morning<br />

filled with laughter, socialising, music<br />

and tons of the best makeup tips.<br />

Willem’s got all the tricks up his sleeve<br />

to make you look and feel like a<br />

superstar. So, grab your girlfriends<br />

and get ready to be transformed.<br />

From 10am at Silverstar Casino.<br />

Tickets are R500 per person from<br />

webtickets.co.za.<br />

14<br />

If running is your idea of fun,<br />

you might want to jot this one<br />

down. Introducing the Brooks Cradle<br />

Cracker … a 3 ‘road’ race series in which<br />

the route will be reversed for each<br />

race, promising a fresh challenge and<br />

a unique experience for every runner.<br />

Routes range from a breezy 5km to a<br />

heart-pumping 28km. You’ll want to tie<br />

up those shoelaces for a series that’s<br />

safe, fun and challenging. Registration<br />

starts at 6am at Jodev Farms, Teak Place<br />

Estate, Muldersdrift. From R100 per<br />

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

Fancy a good live performance?<br />

Head over to the Barnyard at<br />

Silverstar where they’ve got<br />

loads of exciting artists lined<br />

up! All tickets available from<br />

barnyardtheatre.co.za<br />

19<br />

Juanita du Plessis is back<br />

and ready to shake up the<br />

scene with some new music. If her<br />

first single, Liewe Jinne, can get<br />

an entire country on its feet, just<br />

imagine what the rest of her new<br />

music can do. She’s super excited to<br />

share loads of fresh tracks, so don’t<br />

miss out on this fun and energetic<br />

show. Go and experience the<br />

princess of Afrikaans music live …<br />

you won’t want to miss it. R200 per<br />

person. Show starts at 7pm.<br />

25<br />

The Emmy-nominated<br />

actor and Sama-nominated<br />

musician Neil Sandilands and<br />

his band - Schalk Joubert, Frank<br />

Freeman and Ronan Skillen - are<br />

hitting the road for a nationwide<br />

tour this winter. For 40 days and 40<br />

nights, they’ll be crisscrossing the<br />

country, bringing you the tunes<br />

from five of Neil’s famous albums,<br />

plus some brand new tracks never<br />

recorded before. Warm up the<br />

winter chill with an evening of good<br />

company and great music. Show<br />

starts at 7pm. R220 per person.<br />

28<br />

Renowned artists Ruhan du<br />

Toit and Corlea are back<br />

by popular demand with their<br />

powerhouse voices in the highly<br />

anticipated return of ‘About Time’.<br />

This performance promises a lovely<br />

evening as these two exceptional<br />

artists showcase their individual<br />

talents alongside some mesmerising<br />

collaborations. Don’t miss the chance<br />

to experience the magic as these<br />

two artists unite once again. From<br />

2pm. Tickets are R250 per person.<br />

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Get your movie on…<br />

Twisters<br />

Haunted by a devastating encounter<br />

with a tornado, Kate Cooper gets<br />

lured back to the open plains by her<br />

friend, Javi, to test a groundbreaking<br />

new tracking system. She soon<br />

crosses paths with Tyler, a charming<br />

but reckless social-media superstar<br />

who thrives on posting his stormchasing<br />

adventures. As storm season<br />

intensifies, Kate, Tyler and their<br />

competing teams find themselves<br />

in a fight for their lives as multiple<br />

systems converge over central<br />

Oklahoma. Stars Daisy Edgar-Jones,<br />

Glen Powel and Anthony Ramos.<br />

In cinemas <strong>July</strong> 19.<br />

Love all things gardening and landscaping? Or maybe you’re<br />

planning a wedding? Either way, you need to head to Garden<br />

World. There’s so much happening … you won’t want to miss it.<br />

If you’re about to say I do, you won’t want to miss Tweedehandse<br />

Bruidjie’s annual Wedding Expo! Get ready to dive into bridal bliss<br />

with a great lineup of wedding vendors. Think dreamy dresses and<br />

gorg flowers to venues and all the little extras that make your day<br />

unforgettable. Plus, you could even win your wedding. From 9am to<br />

4pm on <strong>July</strong> 13 and 9am to 1pm on <strong>July</strong> 14. Tickets from R50 per person<br />

from feeste.net. • Garden World is going ‘back to nature’ with this year’s<br />

Garden World Spring Festival. If you are looking for fresh ideas, plant<br />

combinations and beautiful designer gardens, this festival is just for you.<br />

Award-winning landscapers and designers have been specially selected<br />

to inspire you to enhance your own living space. Whether you have a<br />

balcony, townhouse or spacious garden, there will be some stunning<br />

ideas to take home. Think Tjhoko paint, edible planters and dream home<br />

design workshops. Plus, a range of promotional items at discounted prices<br />

for the duration of the festival. It’s a heck yes from us! Visit gardenworld.<br />

co.za for the full events programme. <strong>July</strong> 27 to September 8 at Garden<br />

World in Muldersdrift.<br />

Deadpool & Wolverine<br />

The Time Variance Authority (TVA),<br />

a bureaucratic organisation that<br />

exists outside of time and space and<br />

monitors the timeline, pulls Wade<br />

Wilson from his quiet life and sets<br />

him on a mission that will change<br />

the history of the Marvel Cinematic<br />

Universe. Stars Ryan Reynolds, Hugh<br />

Jackman, Emma Corrin and Morena<br />

Baccarin. In cinemas <strong>July</strong> 26.<br />

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Book club<br />

Kill lists and romance gone wrong and vampyr colonies and one fabulous<br />

romp in the English upper-crust countryside ... new releases for your <strong>July</strong> book club.<br />

The Finish Line<br />

by local author<br />

Gail Schimmel<br />

Friends from<br />

schooldays, through<br />

being the fastest girls<br />

in the athletics team<br />

and then marriage and<br />

parenthood ... until<br />

one becomes a threat<br />

to the other’s family.<br />

Resentment, darkness<br />

and envy take centre<br />

stage in this domestic<br />

drama, set in the rich<br />

suburbs of Joburg.<br />

Macmillan<br />

Wives Like Us by Plum Sykes<br />

Blend a grand English country house, one<br />

heartbroken American divorcée, three rich<br />

wives, two tycoons and a bereaved butler. Add a<br />

pig farmer moonlighting as a personal assistant,<br />

a male model moonlighting as a stablehand,<br />

a missing suite of diamonds and a collection<br />

of vintage Gucci loafers and you’ve got a<br />

marvellous and hilarious read. Bloomsbury<br />

The Honeymoon Affair by Sheila o’Flanagan<br />

A Caribbean honeymoon-that-isn’t (her fiancé<br />

broke her heart). A successful and hunky<br />

writer holidaying alone. Sparks fly. Add in an<br />

ex-girlfriend who thinks she may want to pick up<br />

off where she left off and you’ve a roller coaster<br />

of a love triangle. Warm, witty, so enjoyable.<br />

Deep ruby with exuberant mulberry, plum, pepper and modest oak spice, Franschhoek Cellar Baker<br />

Station Shiraz 2021 is a full bodied, generous wine .. a great match to spicy sausages, smoked meats,<br />

roast venison, duck confit, and mature cheddar or blue veined cheese. Around R110.<br />

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The Kill List by Nadine Matheson<br />

25 years ago a man was convicted of<br />

five murders - his kill list was found in<br />

his home. Now the convictions are<br />

overturned - with evidence implying<br />

the original investigation was corrupt.<br />

Add to that killings starting up again,<br />

and a new kill list and you’ve a cracker<br />

of a thriller. HQ<br />

The Stranger at the Wedding<br />

by AE Gauntlett<br />

A whirlwind romance, a gorgeous<br />

bride and handsome groom and a<br />

wedding. But not everyone gathered<br />

has come to toast the new couple.<br />

Full of twists and turns, this is a dark<br />

and thrilling story of control and<br />

obsession. Bloomsbury<br />

Act of Defiance by Tom Clancy<br />

The Russian Navy appears to be<br />

pouring money into a secret project.<br />

The youngest - particularly bright -<br />

daughter of the president is certain<br />

the Russians are about to launch a<br />

super missile submarine ... one that<br />

poses a threat to the US. Another<br />

thrilling Jack Ryan read. Sphere<br />

Charlotte Vassell’s The In Crowd<br />

A lovely afternoon garden party, all<br />

gossip and Pimm’s. But just a stone’s<br />

throw away the police are pulling a<br />

body out of the Thames. A pleasant<br />

evening at the theatre ... until a man<br />

is found dead in his seat. Mystery and<br />

murder abound! Faber<br />

The Gathering by CJ Tudor<br />

A boy found with his throat ripped<br />

out, the blood drained from his body.<br />

A brutal murder, and one that echoes<br />

one from 25 years ago. A vampyr<br />

colony. Lies and secrets. And then<br />

another missing boy ... and body parts<br />

are found. Scary stuff! Michael Joseph<br />

Robert Gold’s Ten Seconds<br />

To solve the mystery of his vanished<br />

boss, a journalist has to go back to<br />

the infamous murder case that made<br />

her career more than a decade earlier.<br />

Twisted and thrilling. Sphere<br />

All books available at Exclusive Books.<br />

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Compiled by: Kym Argo

Wish list<br />

Baby it’s cold outside.<br />

Warm up your decor with one of the muted shades in the collection<br />

of eight earthy tones, selected to celebrate South Africa’s crafts<br />

and culture, in Plascon’s new Origin colour palette. The collection<br />

embodies a sense of authenticity, representing the cultural<br />

heritage and artistry of the African continent with a<br />

warmth and style designed to infuse interiors with<br />

hope. Think glowing, golden Turkish Tart, the richly<br />

saturated earthen Ginger Biscuit and Spanish Gold<br />

which add heat, while the monochromatic duo Light<br />

Reflection and Ewa, a dark charcoal black, are ideal<br />

for kitchens and bathrooms. Details: plascon.co.za<br />

Win ... we’re giving away a<br />

case of Zandvliet Shiraz ...<br />

simply pop over to<br />

@getitnationalmagazines<br />

on Instagram or Facebook<br />

to enter.<br />

<strong>July</strong> 25 is Shiraz Day. So it would be<br />

rude not to raise a glass in celebration.<br />

Zandvliet Shiraz is all plums,<br />

blackcurrants and pepper with hints<br />

of spice on the nose ... with the deep<br />

flavours following through, along with<br />

a hint of dark chocolate. This wooded<br />

dry red is gorgeous with Boeuf<br />

Bourguignon. Around R160 a bottle.<br />

Details: zandvliet.co.za<br />

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Sunnies aren’t just for Summer. And with specks of amber,<br />

brown, and black, a perfect Winter choice is tortoiseshell -<br />

which has remained one of the most sought-after eyewear<br />

patterns since the 1930s. We’re loving these Swarovski<br />

sunglasses, R4030 from Sunglass Hut • Cold weather rule<br />

number one. Keep your head and feet warm. These<br />

ribbed beanies are woven for a snug fit ... great shades<br />

for him, too. R139 from Woolworths • And for your feet,<br />

faux fur ankle boots with flatform sole and round toe.<br />

Fashionable meets practical. R999 from zara.com<br />

Comfy, one hundred<br />

per cent cotton striped<br />

pyjamas with buttondown<br />

sleep shirt and<br />

matching pants with<br />

elasticated waistband.<br />

R699 from Woolworths.<br />

Nothing like a bit of adrenalin to<br />

warm things up. Tana French delivers,<br />

in spades, in The Hunter. Two men<br />

arrive in a small village in Ireland.<br />

They’re looking for gold. But what<br />

they bring is trouble. An ex Chicago<br />

detective. A half-wild teenager. And<br />

revenge! Penguin Random House, R380<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

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Pretty glam<br />

Smink Emporium hosted its first-ever makeup workshop<br />

in Krugersdorp, and it was absolutely delightful. The<br />

talented Elaine Boshoff shared some of her best techniques<br />

with more than 30 makeup enthusiasts. The day was filled<br />

with laughter, lively conversation, and before long, some<br />

very pretty faces. Guests also indulged in some delish treats<br />

and had the chance to snag some products afterwards.<br />

Some pretty Smink products<br />

Heidie Fourie, Janine Lategan<br />

Elaine Boshoff, Antoinette de Beer<br />

Cayla Vermeulen, Natasha Vorwerk<br />

Denise Mellett, Christel Pretorius<br />

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Luca Visser, Hannelie Burger, Belinda Scholtz<br />

Sonja van Nieuwenhuizen,<br />

Chanel Rautenbach<br />

Jackie Loots, Pauline Nel<br />

Marise Diedericks, Gizelle Kleynhans<br />

Marianca Coetzee, Nirica Duvenage, Jeanine Stiglingh, Christy Riekert<br />

Photos: Alanicka LotrieT<br />

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Some healthy treats<br />

Health + fit<br />

= happy<br />

Silverstar Casino was buzzing with energy as health fanatics<br />

gathered for their exciting two-day Health and Wellness Expo.<br />

The event was a paradise for anyone into health and wellness,<br />

with free health assessments, advice from dieticians, fitness<br />

classes and educational exhibitions. Plus, there were loads of<br />

booths from companies showcasing the latest health products.<br />

Foodies had a field day too with an array of stalls serving up the<br />

most delish and nutritious foods. To top it all off, the first 250<br />

visitors of each day snagged a lovely wellness goodie bag …<br />

Silverstar’s way of showing their appreciation for the community’s<br />

support. Happy and healthy indeed!<br />

Mutafela Phiri, Lenoy Lamola<br />

Matshepo Binda, Thando Nenzhelele<br />

Des Brits<br />

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Barbara and Rodney Thorne<br />

Dorea Jobse, Heleen Rancati<br />

Lucy Douglas<br />

Aletha van der <strong>West</strong>huizen, Chantel Sirling, Iria da Silva<br />

Suné Stevens, Nadia Smit<br />

Xolani Luthi, Zanda Isaacs<br />


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Life’s a dance!<br />

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For Carla Turner, it’s all about those<br />

magical moments when her students’<br />

faces light up after nailing a tricky<br />

move. It’s hearing that Monday is<br />

a kid’s favourite day because it’s<br />

ballet day. And there’s nothing quite<br />

like watching them transform into<br />

confident performers, ready to shine<br />

on stage.<br />

She first discovered her love for ballet<br />

when she watched her older sister’s<br />

classes, and then started taking classes<br />

too, continuing right through her teens.<br />

“Then, when I was 18, I was asked to<br />

teach the children at church to sing.<br />

It was part of their Sunday school<br />

attendance. So, think informal choir<br />

vibes. I remember how surprised I<br />

was at how much I loved it. And so, I<br />

decided to combine my love of dance<br />

with my love of teaching.<br />

“Before long I<br />

opened Dance<br />

Inc, starting out<br />

with five very<br />

cute and sweet<br />

little students, in<br />

Isabelle Krauss’<br />

art studio in<br />

Noordheuwel. During these years,<br />

while I was completing my classical<br />

ballet diploma, I also dipped my toes<br />

into the worlds of aromatherapy and<br />

reflexology.<br />

“Fun fact…” she laughs, “I’m a totally<br />

competent masseuse too!”<br />

Fast forward 27 years and a couple of<br />

studios, and you’ll find Carla teaching<br />

at her home in Silverfields. Hoping<br />

to change the narrative that ballet is<br />

only for the posh crowd, she teaches<br />

at a few schools in Krugersdorp and<br />

Soweto, too.<br />

But it’s not all about ballet in Carla’s<br />

studio. It’s about life, faith, hope and<br />

love. Over the years, she became<br />

known as the ballet coach who<br />

doesn’t just see life through rosecoloured<br />

glasses … but pirouettes<br />

through it with endless joy and<br />

inspiration. Which is exactly what she<br />

hopes to teach each student who<br />

walks through her doors.<br />

“Live your life … make it beautiful.<br />

Don’t just exist.” She likes to tell them.<br />

“Never stop dancing. Never stop<br />

learning. Never stop dreaming. Don’t<br />

spend too much time on people and<br />

things that don’t leave you feeling<br />

good. And try to focus more on<br />

bravery than perfection. And don’t<br />

forget to pray!”<br />

Her students, in turn, have taught<br />

her that together, they can make<br />

pure magic happen … regardless<br />

of age differences. All thanks to the<br />

universal love language that brings<br />

them together.<br />

If you’ve ever met Carla or stepped foot<br />

in her studio, you know her ultimate<br />

jam is ‘Better when I’m dancing’.<br />

Because dancing, she believes, isn’t just<br />

fun. It’s a way of life that brings people<br />

closer.<br />

Although she’s passionate about the<br />

studio, she absolutely loves the stage.<br />

In fact, Carla’s a seasoned theatre<br />

producer with a whopping 10 ballet<br />

productions under her belt.<br />

When she’s not with her ballet<br />

students, this versatile dancer just<br />

loves a good waltz and some ballroom<br />

elegance, and has a passion for<br />

Spanish dancing!<br />

“We really are better when we are<br />

dancing. My hope is that when the<br />

music is good, we dance! Many people<br />

don’t know that dancing is so powerful<br />

for brain and body development in<br />

children, and good brain and body<br />

health in adults. So, it’s quite simple.<br />

Just dance!”<br />

Carla isn’t just a dancing queen …<br />

she’s also been a Pilates practitioner<br />

for seven years now. For her, it’s like<br />

meditation in motion, the perfect way<br />

to stay strong as we age. Pilates, she<br />

says, fights off muscle loss and stiffness<br />

that come with age, keeping both the<br />

body and mind youthful and vibrant.<br />

Just ask her oldest client - 70 years<br />

young and thriving!<br />

When she’s not in studio, you’ll<br />

probably find her in her PJ’s, lounging<br />

in bed, and taking a well-deserved<br />

breather … especially in winter. There’s<br />

just something irresistible about<br />

watching brave souls renovate their<br />

chateaus on<br />

YouTube. And<br />

her ultimate<br />

guilty pleasure …<br />

binge-watching<br />

Grey’s Anatomy!<br />

She also loves<br />

spending time<br />

with her two children, 17-year-old<br />

Chad and 14-year-old Chloë …<br />

whether they’re shopping, going on<br />

a game drive or a road trip, soaking<br />

up nature, or exploring local markets.<br />

And you can bet theatre is always on<br />

the agenda. Especially if there’s a ballet<br />

production involved!<br />

Bottom line … she wishes everyone<br />

knew the transformative power of<br />

dance. It’s not just exercise. It’s a<br />

celebration of life for all ages. Whether<br />

she’s waltzing, teaching a little<br />

ballerina, or guiding a Pilates class,<br />

Carla is living proof that life truly is<br />

better when you’re dancing!<br />

Details: Follow @dance.incorporated on<br />

Insta, @Dance Inc. on Facebook and @<br />

Dance.inc.za on TikTok.<br />

‘‘Many people don’t know that dancing is so powerful for<br />

brain and body development in children, and good brain<br />

and body health in adults. So, it’s quite simple. Just dance!’’

Almost three decades and hundreds of students later,<br />

Carla Turner still does a happy dance every time she gets<br />

to share her love of ballet with a young dancer.<br />

5 Morning stretches<br />

to start your day<br />

Including some stretching in<br />

your daily morning routine can<br />

help energise you. It can really<br />

make a difference in how both<br />

your body and your mind start<br />

the day. Remember not to slam<br />

yourself into a stretch. Instead,<br />

slowly count to eight to start<br />

your stretch and get to your end<br />

position. Breathe deeply and<br />

slowly.<br />

1The plank. The plank is<br />

one of the best and when<br />

done correctly, safest core<br />

strengthening exercises<br />

you can do. A strong core will<br />

enable you to maintain good<br />

posture by strengthening your<br />

abdominals. Plus, it helps relieve<br />

back pain.<br />

2Reverse plank. Unlike<br />

bodyweight exercises like<br />

the regular plank, which<br />

targets the muscles on the<br />

front of your body, the reverse<br />

plank focuses on your posterior<br />

muscles like the hamstrings,<br />

glutes, and lower back muscles.<br />

3Quad stretch. Stretching<br />

the quadriceps muscles<br />

helps increase mobility,<br />

flexibility, and range of<br />

motion in the knee and hip joints.<br />

This stretch targets the muscles<br />

located at the front of the thigh.<br />

There are many ways you can<br />

modify a quad stretch to make it<br />

easier or more challenging.<br />

4Shoulder stretch. Stiff or<br />

tight shoulders can cause<br />

discomfort and limit a<br />

person’s range of motion. If<br />

the tightness goes unchecked, it<br />

can cause neck pain and tension<br />

headaches.<br />

5Inner thigh stretch. You<br />

use the muscles in your<br />

inner thigh and groin<br />

area more often than you<br />

might think. These stretches will<br />

improve flexibility and prevent<br />

injury.<br />

Text: ALANICKA LOTRIET. • Photographer: HILDA MANS. • Make-up & hair: HEIDIE FOURIE. • Venue: USAMBARA.<br />

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Step up<br />

step out<br />

&<br />

Ever wondered who’s pulling the strings behind the hilarious and delightful Facebook<br />

page Step Out Gauteng? Meet Leon and Lyana Petzer, the dynamic duo whose combined<br />

wit and humour could charm the pants off anyone (metaphorically, of course).<br />

Compiled by: ALANICKA LOTRIET<br />

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By day, they are your average nine-to-fivers. Leon Petzer crunching numbers as<br />

an accounts administrator. His wife Lyana an HR manager. But by night, they<br />

transform into the masterminds behind Step Out Gauteng … the unfiltered,<br />

laugh-out-loud page we’ve come to know and love.<br />

It all started when Leon used to post funny reviews on their local community<br />

Facebook group. People didn’t just like his posts … they like-liked them! It<br />

made him realise that people wanted - and needed - a little light-heartedness<br />

in their day to day. And, what better way to give the people what they want<br />

than launching a page dedicated to just general jolliness?<br />

It’s been five years, and the page is thriving. Think more than 50k followers<br />

and counting. What keeps the likes streaming in? After all, neither of them are<br />

pro-writers … they just say what they think in plain, relatable, funny posts and<br />

reviews. But they’ve been doing so well that they’ve expanded their team to<br />

eight witty writers.<br />

As for the haters, Leon says; “Facebook has this amazing little button that blocks<br />

people who think their opinion is the only one that matters. In my mind, I hear<br />

a toilet flush when I block them.”<br />

Leon is the chief clown and wordsmith, while Lyana is the spellchecker<br />

and post gatekeeper … often saving her husband from his wildest<br />

courtroom-worthy ideas!<br />

“We’ve come to love discovering hidden gems in the<br />

area. Despite being a small province, it’s bursting<br />

with things to do and see. One could even go on<br />

a mini-vacation without leaving the province and<br />

feel like you’re a million miles away. Some of our<br />

fave adventures include ziplining, white water<br />

rafting, clay pigeon shooting, and escape rooms.”<br />

At home, Leon and Lyana admit, they are nothing like their online personas.<br />

After work, they’re in PJs faster than you can say Netflix and chill. Leon, a selfproclaimed<br />

chef, loves whipping up dinner while Lyana entertains their hyper<br />

dachshunds, Moo and Mia.<br />

In their downtime, they like fixing up their home, because new homeowners<br />

know the work never ends. And, when Leon isn’t cooking, he gardens. In fact, he’s<br />

got the impressive ability to keep plants alive for at least a month after purchase<br />

(talk about having green thumbs). Lyana, on the other hand, loves baking and<br />

sharing her sweet creations with friends and family. “Oh, and both of us are<br />

equally talented in avoiding the gym and blocking spam calls.” Leon laughs.<br />

As for the <strong>West</strong> Rand … well, they deem it exceptionally diverse. “One could use<br />

words like bustling, secluded, vibrant, quaint, lush, exotic, sleek, historic and even<br />

mythical and yet your mind will still be able to link it to the <strong>West</strong> Rand and its<br />

people in some way or the other. And that’s what we love about it so much.”<br />

So, there you have it. A regular couple by day, online wits by night, and probably<br />

the most relatable couple you’ll ever virtually meet.<br />

Details: Follow @Step Out Gauteng on Facebook.<br />

Leon and Lyana’s must-visit list<br />

SILVERSTAR CASINO Us <strong>West</strong><br />

Randers take this venue for granted.<br />

They have excellent dining options as<br />

well as entertainment. It’s the perfect<br />

place for a date night which could<br />

include some great food, a show at<br />

Barnyard Theatre, arcade games and<br />

a movie. Yes, arcade games are even<br />

more fun as an adult.<br />


This is a hidden gem in the <strong>West</strong>.<br />

It features a garden centre, coffee<br />

shop, succulent nursery, thrift shop,<br />

art exhibitions and even a dam for a<br />

quick ‘catch and release’. It’s also great<br />

to host a party or a get-together with<br />

the family. Just an overall nice place to<br />

spend a morning or afternoon.<br />

The Donkey Dairy You get to<br />

interact with the cutest of animals<br />

… mini goats, mini donkeys, mini<br />

cows and basically mini-everythingelse<br />

which all adds up to big<br />

fun. The bottle feedings are an<br />

experience you and your kids will<br />

not soon forget. Make sure you<br />

have space on your phone because<br />

you will be snapping away all<br />

the time!<br />

LOCK, STOCK & BEER A new<br />

addition to the <strong>West</strong> Rand. If you<br />

are after a vibey, lively atmosphere<br />

with plenty of live music and events<br />

throughout the week, this is the place<br />

to be. Much more than just a watering<br />

hole … the food is exceptional, too.<br />


Ziplining, yet so much more. Sure, the<br />

experience of zipping over a canyon<br />

from side to side is exhilarating, but<br />

what struck us was the pristine beauty<br />

of the area, especially the gorge itself<br />

that hosts a stream with water so clear<br />

you can hardly see it.<br />

CRADLE GIN GARDEN We are not<br />

big drinkers by any stretch of the<br />

imagination, but the gin-tasting<br />

experience at Cradle Gin in Harties is<br />

absolutely worth the drive. Take our<br />

suggestion and do the gin tray for<br />

two and make sure to not leave with a<br />

bottle of the Wild Cucumber Gin. You<br />

can thank us later.<br />

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Your journey to radiant<br />

skin starts here with<br />

Brightening Vitamin C<br />

Wipes (R39.99) and<br />

Brightening Vitamin<br />

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wipes cleanse and<br />

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while the serum<br />

is infused with a<br />

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Looking fine!<br />

Smooth out wrinkles, plump up your skin<br />

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SKNLogic Hydrating<br />

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Reveal your skin’s natural radiance in just five nightly drops with<br />

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HADA LABO Anti-Aging Wrinkle Reducer Day Cream. R329<br />

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Restore luminosity, comfort and density<br />

with Eau Thermale Avène DermAbsolu<br />

Recontouring Mask (R595). For puffiness<br />

and dark circles, try DermAbsolu Youth Eye<br />

Cream (R485) and to firm up, DermAbsolu<br />

Recontouring Serum (R585) targets sagging<br />

skin. All available from Dis-Chem.<br />

If you want to tackle multiple signs<br />

of ageing, use Filorga Global-repair<br />

Advanced Cream as a daily care product<br />

after serum to aid with skin density,<br />

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luminosity and more. R1820 from<br />

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Pigment<br />

Controller,<br />

an intensive<br />

brightening<br />

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that targets<br />

pigment at source,<br />

diminishing the<br />

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A boosting balm to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Eco Diva Natural<br />

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multi-nutrient-rich nourishment for the skin. R495 for 30g from ecodiva.co.za<br />

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Natural Cakes by Giovanna Torrico celebrates a healthy diet,<br />

even for the sweetest things in life. Along with the almost 100<br />

recipes, there are pages and pages of tips ... like using apple purée<br />

or date paste instead of sugar, mashed banana or potato flour<br />

instead of eggs, coconut yoghurt or rice milk instead of dairy.<br />

Giovanna talks you through sweet flavour boosts like beet, flower<br />

water, avo, and gives options for natural colourings - pure raspberry<br />

juice and turmeric and activated charcoal powder. And there’s no<br />

holding back on flavour ... from the dark, rich, nutty carrot cake to<br />

the mango and coconut loaf cake to the traditional Italian Caprese<br />

flourless chocolate cake, it’s just one delicious treat after another.<br />

Hardie Grant, R475 from Exclusive Books<br />

TREATS<br />

without the guilt!<br />

Chocolate bars and cheese cakes and coconut<br />

cream and fudge frosting. No remorse!<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

Think indulgent chocolate bars. Zero<br />

guilt. Functional nutrition. Say hello to<br />

Fulfil Chocolate Protein Bars<br />

that have just upped the game for<br />

health-conscious snackers. Low sugar,<br />

high protein, nine essential vitamins,<br />

all wrapped up in an on-the-go<br />

bar. And they are delicious! We tried<br />

(and went back for seconds) all four<br />

flavours ... Salted Caramel, Peanut<br />

and Caramel, Hazelnut Whip, and<br />

Chocolate Brownie. You’ll find them at<br />

Clicks for R55 ... worth stocking up!<br />

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Get your daily cup of calm! We know about the long-term benefits of the<br />

SA-grown Rooibos tea. And lately CBD’s health benefits have been in the<br />

spotlight. Combine the two and you’ve got a tea with the caffeine-free,<br />

antioxidant-boosting benefits of Rooibos, along with the relaxing, calming,<br />

and sleep-enhancing benefits of CBD. There’s a Laager Plus CBD Rooibos<br />

Relax which is perfect for those feeling anxious and overwhelmed by<br />

the demands of daily life, who are looking to restore balance in their day,<br />

and Laager Plus CBD Rooibos Sleep with added chamomile, for those<br />

looking to shut down after a long day ... a nightcap with a difference!<br />

The tea is THC-free (so no psychoactive or high effect), and each teabag<br />

contains 2mg CBD - the recommended daily limit for CBD intake is 20mg,<br />

making it suitable to enjoy several cups a day. You’ll find it at supermarkets<br />

or on Takealot. Details: joekels.co.za<br />

Easiest, tastiest treat ever ... frozen peanut butter-stuffed, chocolatedipped<br />

dates. Simply pop the pips out of the dates and replace with a<br />

half a spoon or so of crunchy peanut butter - or any nut butter of your<br />

choice. Melt a slab of Beyers Sultry Dark Chocolate - it’s 57 per cent<br />

chocolate with cocoa nibs - in a double boiler, making sure the pan<br />

doesn’t touch the simmering water. Once melted, give a good stir and<br />

then pop in each date to cover. Put onto a baking tin, and put into the<br />

freezer until frozen. They keep in the freezer for ages, not that they’ll<br />

last very long! You’ll find Beyers chocolates at stores including Clicks,<br />

Checkers, Pick n Pay, Spar and Takealot.<br />

We’re loving these new Uju Pure<br />

Honey Gummies ... delish, chewy<br />

treats sweetened naturally with local<br />

honey. With a texture softer than a<br />

normal gummy, they’re free from<br />

cane sugar, gelatine, colourants,<br />

flavourants, preservatives, gluten and<br />

dairy. Full of healthy ingredients like<br />

fresh ginger root, chai spices, liquorice<br />

root, espresso and rose geranium<br />

(our local Fynbos that tastes just<br />

like Turkish Delight) ... ingredients<br />

selected for their health benefits, from<br />

reducing inflammation and aiding<br />

digestion to helping with stress relief<br />

and improving concentration. Perfect<br />

for those who’re lactose-intolerant,<br />

vegetarian, celiac, or just looking to<br />

try something with a little less of the<br />

nasties. R89.95. Find stockists or buy<br />

online from iloveuju.com<br />

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Take one chicken...<br />

And make bowl after bowl of comfort!<br />

Poached chicken and stock<br />

Start off with poaching your chicken, which you’ll use in the soups later,<br />

and which form the basis of your homemade stock.<br />

You’ll need: One large free-range chicken; five carrots; five celery stalks and<br />

leaves; three medium onions; three bay leaves; one bulb garlic; one large<br />

bunch parsley; sea salt and black peppercorns.<br />

To make: Roughly chop the carrots, celery and onions into large chunks,<br />

and halve the garlic bulb across the middle. Put all into a pan with a pinch<br />

of sea salt, add the chicken, the celery leaves, the parsley and a few black<br />

peppercorns (around four or five). Fill the pan with water to cover and<br />

bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer. You may find scum on the surface<br />

after a while, simply skim it off and discard. Simmer for an hour, then check<br />

if the chicken is cooked – the juices will run clear if you pierce the leg with<br />

a sharp knife.<br />

Take the chicken out the pot and when cool enough to handle, strip off<br />

all the meat. Shred and keep in fridge until ready to use. Put the bones<br />

and skin back into the pot, bring to the boil and keep at a rolling boil for<br />

another 45 minutes to an hour.<br />

Strain through a fine sieve and pour into a bottle, keep the stock in the<br />

fridge until you’re ready to use.<br />

Chicken and corn soup<br />

Chicken soup with sunny, tasty<br />

sweetcorn. Heaven!<br />

You’ll need: Four cups chicken stock; one<br />

cup shredded chicken; four tablespoons<br />

butter; five chopped spring onions; ¼ cup<br />

flour; ½ cup cream, one tin sweet corn<br />

kernels (drained).<br />

To make: Melt the butter in a large pan,<br />

add chopped spring onions and cook over<br />

low heat until the onions have softened.<br />

Add the flour, cook for one minute, stirring<br />

all the while. Slowly add the chicken stock,<br />

whisking to prevent lumps, and once all<br />

in, bring to the boil, then reduce heat and<br />

stir until thickened. Add the tinned corn<br />

kernels, shredded chicken and cream, and<br />

cook for another few minutes until the<br />

chicken warmed through. Season to taste,<br />

and serve in warmed soup bowls with<br />

some crusty bread.<br />

If you’re in a rush,<br />

you can make chicken<br />

stock with chicken wings.<br />

They’re inexpensive, and they<br />

have loads of connective tissue and<br />

cartilage, both of which are rich in<br />

collagen, which breaks downs into<br />

gelatine while cooking, making the<br />

stock rich in flavour. Using wings<br />

is perfect for when you need<br />

the chicken stock, but<br />

not the meat.<br />

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Italian style chicken soup with pasta<br />

This is the easiest of them all. It’s delicious, takes just minutes to make, and we’ve<br />

never met anyone who doesn’t love it.<br />

You’ll need: Six cups chicken stock; one to two cups shredded chicken; oneand-a-half<br />

cups small pasta shells (or pasta of your choice … farfalle, ditalini,<br />

Orecchiette, ravioli, even spaghetti, as long as you break up into short pieces); flat<br />

leaf parsley; parmesan (optional)<br />

To make: Bring your chicken stock to the boil, then add your pasta shells and<br />

boil until pasta is cooked (time depends on pasta, follow packet instructions).<br />

One minute before it’s cooked, add your shredded chicken to warm. Serve in<br />

warmed soup bowls with a sprinkling of chopped flat leaf parsley and, if using,<br />

a grating of parmesan.<br />

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup<br />

This traditional Greek soup is sharp with lemon, smooth with egg yolk, and<br />

utterly delicious. Orzo is a small pasta which resembles rice – you can, if you wish,<br />

use rice instead.<br />

You’ll need: Six cups chicken stock; left over shredded chicken from when you<br />

poached it for stock making; two egg yolks; juice of one lemon; one cup orzo;<br />

salt and black pepper to taste; flat leaf parsley to garnish.<br />

To make: Heat the chicken stock until just boiling, then add the orzo and cook<br />

for around 10 minutes until cooked. While this is cooking whisk your egg yolks<br />

with the lemon juice. Take a ladle of the hot soup, and add it to this mixture,<br />

whisking well, then pour back into the soup. Add the shredded chicken, and<br />

continue to simmer for five minutes. Season to taste, then ladle into warm soup<br />

bowls. Top with chopped parsley.<br />

Chicken side bites<br />

• Chicken is a lean protein, making it<br />

an excellent option for those trying to<br />

lose weight. In fact, one 85g serving<br />

of chicken has <strong>24</strong> grams of protein, no<br />

carbs, and just 122 calories, making it<br />

the perfect weight-loss option. That<br />

high protein is also ideal for bulking<br />

up and building muscle.<br />

• The dark chicken meat has more<br />

vitamins than the white<br />

• Chicken is jam packed with<br />

nutrients, so is a healthy option for<br />

adults and children.<br />

• Chicken is high in vitamin B6, so it<br />

improves heart health, and can help<br />

to prevent heart attacks<br />

• Chicken soup is known as the best<br />

home remedy for treating a cold<br />

and the flu. Eat it as hot as you can<br />

manage … the steam helps to clear<br />

throat and nasal congestion, and the<br />

soup is full of goodness, which helps<br />

boost immunity.<br />

• With the high levels of phosphorus<br />

and calcium in soup, it’s good for<br />

building, and keeping, healthy bones.<br />

It also contains selenium, which helps<br />

lower the risk of arthritis. In addition,<br />

it’s a source of alpha and betacarotene,<br />

retinol, and lycopene, which<br />

are essential for good vision.<br />

• Chicken soup for stress relief? Yes,<br />

really. Tryptophan and vitamin B5<br />

have calming effects on your body, so<br />

reduce stress.<br />

• It contains magnesium … good<br />

for sleep, and also helps relieve the<br />

symptoms of PMS. The vitamin B3<br />

(niacin) in chicken helps keep your<br />

nervous system functioning properly,<br />

and can also help to reduce tiredness.<br />

• Chicken is high in phosphorus, a<br />

mineral that helps with teeth and<br />

bones, kidney, liver and central<br />

nervous system.<br />

• Chicken is also rich in minerals.<br />

Potassium and sodium are electrolytes<br />

that can help with fluid balance, iron<br />

helps with haemoglobin formation,<br />

muscle activity, and the prevention of<br />

anaemia, while phosphorus is known<br />

to help with bone health, dental care,<br />

fatigue, and brain function.<br />

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Fresh & fragrant<br />

Snap away the Winter blues with fresh, flavoursome garden peas,<br />

bright Bumble Bee flowers and the fragrant aroma of lavender.<br />


Veggie of the month<br />

Add fresh spring flavour to<br />

your food by growing garden<br />

peas as microgreens. They can<br />

be grown all year round, even<br />

in Winter, in a warm, bright<br />

spot. The crunchy shoots, small<br />

leaves and tendrils have the<br />

same sweetness as peas, and<br />

they are just as nutritious. All<br />

you need is a warm, bright<br />

room, a damp growing<br />

medium in a container and<br />

Kirchhoffs bush pea ‘Greenfeast’<br />

or sugar snap ‘Sugar Charm’.<br />

Soak the peas in water for 12<br />

to <strong>24</strong> hours. Place them on the<br />

growing medium and cover<br />

to keep the peas out of the<br />

light for 3 to 5 days. Check<br />

daily and spritz the peas to<br />

keep them moist. Once the<br />

peas have sprouted, remove<br />

the cover and move them<br />

into bright light. Keep them<br />

moist until ready to harvest<br />

when the seedlings are about<br />

6cm tall. Harvest the first true<br />

leaves or let them grow on to<br />

form shoots and tendrils. Using<br />

scissors, cut the seedlings<br />

just above the ground,<br />

rinse and use immediately<br />

or store in the refrigerator.<br />

Garden pea micro greens are<br />

a delicious garnish, good in<br />

sandwiches, salads and stir fries.<br />

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

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

• Prune the roses from 20 <strong>July</strong> to 3<br />

August and dig fresh compost into<br />

the soil around the roses. • Feed<br />

Winter annuals, herbs and vegetables<br />

in pots with a liquid fertiliser. • Water<br />

spring bulbs for 40 minutes once<br />

a week. • Water the veggie garden<br />

once a week and protect frost-tender<br />

veggies with frost cloth. • Turn the<br />

compost and moisten if the heap is<br />

dry. • Put food and water out for the<br />

birds. • Service the lawnmower.<br />

We’re planting...<br />

Calibrachoa ‘Bumble Bee’ for<br />

its vibrant, dramatic flowers that<br />

bring spring just a little bit closer.<br />

This tough grower flowers under<br />

the lowest of light conditions,<br />

brightening end of Winter gardens,<br />

containers and hanging baskets. It<br />

also thrives in the heat, making it a<br />

long-lasting garden or patio plant.<br />

Plants grow 15 to 30cm high and<br />

can spread up to 60cm. As its name<br />

implies, it attracts bees, as well as<br />

butterflies. Grow it in a position that<br />

receives plenty of sun. Water garden<br />

plants once a week and containers<br />

or hanging baskets more often. Feed<br />

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

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

Indoor plant of the month<br />

Who can resist the fragrance of<br />

lavender. Feeling a little blue? Just rub<br />

some lavender leaves through your<br />

fingers and inhale their perfume. Pot<br />

lavender ‘Blue Magic’ is one of the<br />

earliest lavenders to flower and it likes<br />

a warm room or patio that receives<br />

morning sunlight. Let the soil dry out<br />

slightly before watering and nip off<br />

the dead flowers to encourage more.<br />

At the end of its flowering period,<br />

cut back and plant in full sun in the<br />

garden or in an outdoor container.<br />

Lavender leaves and flowers have<br />

many uses. Add sprigs to cupboards<br />

to freshen them up or sip a cup of<br />

soothing lavender tea before going to<br />

bed or put a sprig or two under your<br />

pillow. Details: www.lvgplant.co.za<br />

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The Nellie<br />

Mount Nelson dates back to 1899 and is unequivocally the grande dame of Cape Town.<br />

From the Prince of Wales gate, up the palm-lined driveway, to the impressive porticoed<br />

entrance, it’s all old-school glamour and luxury.<br />

Images: Kate Argo, Sean Gibson, Inge Prins<br />

Glam and luxury. Yes. Posh. Absolutely.<br />

Pretentious. Not in the slightest. In<br />

fact, behind those pretty pale pink<br />

walls you’ll find the most charming,<br />

affable, family-friendly welcome.<br />

It’s a romantic destination for<br />

honeymooners, yes, but also with<br />

multi-generational travellers high on<br />

the guest list .... a hotel where local<br />

and international guests return again<br />

and again - little wonder, as they’re<br />

remembered and welcomed with joy,<br />

all their favourites on-hand without<br />

them having to ask.<br />

With its prime location, extraordinary<br />

gardens and views of Table Mountain,<br />

the iconic Mount Nelson - A Belmond<br />

Hotel - truly is one of the Mother City’s<br />

most loved destinations. First painted<br />

pink to celebrate the coming of<br />

peace in 1918 - which proved to be so<br />

popular it’s remained so for more than<br />

a century, then, and now, the glorious<br />

hotel is so much more than a place to<br />

stay ... it’s an experience.<br />

Bucket list one ...<br />

the much celebrated high tea<br />

First bucket list experience is the<br />

well-known and much celebrated<br />

Afternoon Tea. Chef Vicky Gurovich<br />

goes OTT with scrumptious<br />

savoury and sweet treats, while<br />

Tea Sommelier Craig Cupido talks<br />

you through the choice of more<br />

than five dozen loose-tea options<br />

- his favourite is the strawberry and<br />

vanilla tea - a fine match for scones<br />

and cream. Insider tip: ask for the<br />

clotted cream, which is only served<br />

by request.<br />

Equally - maybe even more -<br />

desirable is the breakfast - with the<br />

health station, the seafood station,<br />

the crepes and waffle station and<br />

juice and smoothie bar and a bread<br />

station the size of a small bakery!<br />

followed by a dozen or so hot dishes<br />

like eggs bennie and grilled kippers<br />

and brioche French toast. Insider tip:<br />

breakfasts are open for day visitors,<br />

not just residents, so pop in even if<br />

you’re not staying over.<br />

For sundowners, order a Rose and<br />

Rose - a heady mix of Cape Town<br />

Pink Lady Gin, Aperol and Mount<br />

Nelson rose, lemon and spiced<br />

raspberry purée with a touch of<br />

white chocolate - in the Planet Bar<br />

... the achingly cool yet timelessly<br />

classic bar with a fireplace for chilly<br />

nights and a terrace for steamy<br />

evenings. Or choose one of barman<br />

Jono Makonga’s favourites - the Four<br />

Noble Truths with Aqua Zulu Cachaça,<br />

(made in Durban in small batches in<br />

the traditional Brazilian style), mixed<br />

with pineapple and roasted coconut<br />

purée and lime. Just the one, though!<br />

Insiders tip: Make time to stroll through<br />

the mixology garden, where 95 per<br />

cent of the botanicals used in the<br />

signature cocktails are grown.<br />

The Lord Nelson Room is moody ... all<br />

wooden panelling on deep red walls,<br />

where a roaring fire keeps things<br />

cosy and guests play pool and chess<br />

or one of the many board games ...<br />

we can’t think of a more perfect spot<br />

to spend a chilly evening. Insider tip:<br />

The vibe’s smooth, old-time jazz ...<br />

and you’ll find the Jazz Greatest Hits<br />

playlist they love on Spotify.<br />

The moody Lord Nelson Room<br />

It’s a dog’s life at the Pink Lady. Check<br />

into one of the hotel’s five ground<br />

floor, pet-friendly rooms ... where<br />

they’re as spoilt as you are. Think<br />

personalised welcome cards and<br />

treats on arrival, plush velvet beds<br />

and chilled rooibos tea to cool them<br />

down. They can join you for tea, where<br />

there’s a dedicated pet menu, and are<br />

welcome in most areas of the hotel<br />

and gardens. Insider tip: The dress<br />

code is Chommies ... and you can buy<br />

limited-edition Chommies accessories<br />

for Rufus. And ... a percentage of the<br />

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Passenger Posh Pooch!<br />

proceeds from the Mount Nelson<br />

Chommies collection goes to The<br />

Underdog Project, a registered Non-<br />

Profit and Public Benefit Organisation<br />

working with vulnerable children and<br />

dogs in Cape Town.<br />

Take a walking tour of the gardens.<br />

The style and layout can be traced<br />

back 170 years, when Hamilton Ross<br />

bought the estate by auction. His<br />

nephew, John, was a keen landscape<br />

gardener, and turned the farmland<br />

into a park with an orchard, vineyard,<br />

aviary ... with fountains and lion<br />

sculptures that are still in the gardens.<br />

The walking tour takes you past the<br />

driveway of palms - 80 of them were<br />

planted in honour of the royal visit<br />

of HRH Prince of Wales in 1925, and<br />

the Malay Banyan Fig and Australian<br />

Paperbark trees, European Oaks and<br />

the enormous Tree Aloes and so many<br />

more. A fascinating tour for gardeners.<br />

Insider gossip: When President Bill<br />

Clinton visited the Mount Nelson, his<br />

rather over-enthusiastic SWAT team<br />

asked for those palms to be cut down<br />

as a security measure. Obviously the<br />

hotel declined.<br />

For those wanting to explore outside<br />

the grounds, the Nellie is in walking<br />

distance of Kloof Street - all the<br />

coolest cocktail bars and chic little<br />

cafes. But staying within the grounds<br />

is a pleasure with all that’s on offer.<br />

Daily, and complimentary, activities<br />

include events such as coffee and<br />

chocolate tastings, a bootcamp with a<br />

fitness coach who’ll put you through<br />

your paces, a history and architecture<br />

tour through the hotel and gardens,<br />

early morning yoga out on the lawn.<br />

Insider gossip: John Lennon stayed at<br />

the hotel under the pseudonym Mr<br />

Greenwood and surprised guests by<br />

meditating in the gardens.<br />

It’s opulent. Extravagant. Lavish. The<br />

attention to detail is extraordinary,<br />

from the welcome notes to the<br />

toiletry bags, monogrammed with<br />

your initials, given on departure. From<br />

the pillow menu with a choice of<br />

half a dozen or so options to the fact<br />

that staff remember exactly where<br />

returning visitors (and there are<br />

many) like their loungers placed next<br />

to the pool, and what cocktail they<br />

enjoy before dinner. Insider gossip:<br />

The staff are obviously tight-lipped<br />

about guests, but The Nellie has seen<br />

everyone from Winston Churchill,<br />

who was stationed there as young<br />

war correspondent, to Sir Arthur<br />

Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock<br />

Holmes and a renowned spiritualist,<br />

who apparently outraged guests by<br />

holding seances in his hotel room, to<br />

the Dalai Lama, who addressed more<br />

than 500 visitors who sat cross-legged<br />

on the floor in the ballroom.<br />

If you’re visiting Cape Town but<br />

staying elsewhere, day visitors are<br />

welcome ... for breakfasts and teas,<br />

cocktails and dinners, a spa treatment<br />

or the popular Sunday At Oasis Jazz<br />

Brunch. Insider tip: Book for the Chef’s<br />

Table ... an intimate spot tucked<br />

away in the kitchen, where you can<br />

watch the chefs at work, enjoy their<br />

creations, and maybe pick up a cheffie<br />

tip or two while you’re there!<br />

Details: 76 Orange Street, Cape Town. belmond.com<br />

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Safari style<br />

Tintswalo Waterberg ... a multi-generational lodge, where luxury meets family.<br />

A bite-sized, slow-cooked lamb-filled,<br />

short crust pastry tart shouldn’t be the<br />

first thing that comes to mind when<br />

recalling a safari trip. But add to it a<br />

glass of extraordinarily good red wine,<br />

a walkway of glowing lanterns, and<br />

a caracal casually strolling past the<br />

fire, and you have the start of a jolly<br />

memorable first impression.<br />

The lodge, in the Welgevonden<br />

Game Reserve, is intimate ... just five<br />

free-standing units accommodating<br />

up to 16 guests ... all romantic<br />

mosquito nets, en-suite bathrooms<br />

and outdoor showers, fireplaces for<br />

chilly evenings and air-conditioning<br />

and ceiling fans for steamy Summers.<br />

What’s more, it’s one of the relatively<br />

few lodges which welcome - heck,<br />

encourage - children of all ages, and<br />

which has a couple of three-bedroom<br />

units, making it an obvious choice for<br />

multi-generational family trips.<br />

The lodge is set up to be family and<br />

group friendly ... with a communal<br />

lounge, open living areas, an<br />

expansive deck with comfy loungers.<br />

Meals - really delicious wholesome,<br />

slow-cooked, served shared familystyle<br />

- are eaten outdoors on the<br />

deck, or around the fire in the<br />

boma, where you’re bound to be<br />

entertained by the staff, who put on<br />

fun impromptu dances.<br />

Young explorers are well catered<br />

for with a spacious playroom and a<br />

children’s programme of appropriate<br />

educational activities.<br />

With around 36 000 hectares of<br />

bushveld, criss-crossed with streams<br />

and waterways, Welgevonden is<br />

ranked up there amongst South<br />

Africa’s largest private game reserves.<br />

And the game viewing is plentiful.<br />

With an incredibly successful antirhino<br />

poaching unit, there are rhino<br />

at every corner ... and it would be<br />

unusual to not spot hippo, antelope,<br />

dazzle after dazzle after dazzle of<br />

zebra, lion and ellies on one of<br />

the two open vehicle game drives<br />

offered each day. With more than 300<br />

species, great birding, too.<br />

There are options to book a twohour<br />

bush walk with a ranger,<br />

and the newly introduced late<br />

night game drive where you can<br />

search for nocturnal animals like<br />

the elusive pangolin and leopard,<br />

as well as porcupines, aardvarks<br />

and owls ... as well as some truly<br />

spectacular stargazing.<br />

The Tintswalo group is known for<br />

its incredible attention to detail,<br />

and for ensuring every visitor is well<br />

catered for. So lovely, but no surprise,<br />

that the lodge offers a fully Kosher<br />

safari option, with Kosher catering<br />

prepared on site in the dedicated<br />

Beth Din certified Kosher kitchen,<br />

supervised by a licensed Mashgiach.<br />

This kosher option is tailor-made<br />

for small family groups or exclusive<br />

group lodge take-overs.<br />

From first impression (those tarts!) to<br />

last ... the ones at Tintswalo Waterberg<br />

are exceptional ... as a family, it’s a<br />

destination you won’t forget.<br />

Compiled by: Kym Argo<br />

We never tire<br />

of a romantic,<br />

lantern-lit<br />

safari boma<br />

dinner ...<br />

where the<br />

meals celebrate<br />

local and<br />

are served<br />

shared<br />

family-style.<br />

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Sleeping out under the<br />

stars in the bush is the most<br />

incredibly exciting and romantic<br />

experience. And we can’t rave<br />

enough about the Tintswalo<br />

Waterberg’s Stargazing Sleepout<br />

Deck. You’ll be dropped<br />

off after dinner at this magical<br />

open-air deck for two ... with a<br />

luxurious king size bed draped<br />

in protective insect netting, lit<br />

by the warm glow of lanterns<br />

and the moon, it’s hidden in a<br />

secluded spot overlooking a<br />

waterhole, not scarily far from<br />

the lodge, and you can drift off<br />

listening to the sound of the<br />

nocturnal animals. And it’s within<br />

the electric fencing of the lodge,<br />

so perfectly safe. Bucket list stuff<br />

right here!<br />

Would you book a lodge because of the bathrooms? Probs not ...<br />

but these newly renovated, bush green and gold ones are simply<br />

spectacular! Sublime Africology products add to the luxurious feel.<br />

Many hours spent in the slipper bath!<br />

Lion? Yes. But it’s the rhino that<br />

impress ... thanks to the successful<br />

anti-poaching programme, there’s a<br />

crash on every corner.<br />

Stuff you need to know<br />

The area is malaria free, and the lodge does have WiFi. Rates are from R5920 per person sharing per night, which includes<br />

accommodation, full board, two safari activities per day, house drinks, well-stocked mini bar. It excludes premium branded<br />

alcohol, transfers, conservation fee, and daily reserve entry fee. Kosher kitchen is extra, as are the late night drives. The<br />

Stargazing Sleep-out Deck is comp for honeymooners, but for all other guests has an additional cost. Children of all ages<br />

welcome, those under 16 years must share with an adult. Children between 6 and 15 years are charged 50 per cent, no<br />

charge for younger. Only when exclusive use of the property is booked will children six years and younger be allowed on<br />

game drive. Details: www.tintswalo.com, Instagram @tintswalo_waterberg, Facebook @tintswalowaterberg<br />

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Spoil<br />

<strong>July</strong><br />

Cheers to Winter ... with a glass<br />

of Tamnavulin Scotch Whisky<br />

A sweet, mellow, smooth single malt.<br />

Rich, full-bodied, with a complex palate of<br />

sweet, fruity, and spicy notes ... think rich<br />

toffee, dried fruits and hints of nutmeg.<br />

Tamnavulin Double Cask is the ideal<br />

drink for these cool Winter months ...<br />

perfect for sharing with friends around<br />

the fire. A small group of skilled craftsmen<br />

and women began creating this signature<br />

Speyside malt more than half a century ago<br />

in a rural village in Scotland. Matured in<br />

American oak barrels and finished in sherry<br />

casks, it’s glorious neat, as is the equally<br />

desirable, newly released Tamnavulin<br />

Sherry Cask Edition, matured in<br />

American White Oak Barrels and enhanced<br />

by a finesse in three different Sherry casks.<br />

You’ll find it at cutlerdrinks.co.za for<br />

R529 for the Double Cask, and R549<br />

for the Sherry Cask.<br />

We’ve a bottle of each to give away. For a chance to win, pop over to @getitnationalmagzines on<br />

Instagram or Facebook where you’ll find our Tamnavulin Spoil and follow the prompts. Entries close <strong>July</strong> 23.<br />

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