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omething’s up. The politicians have been unusually busy lately. Just turn on the state broadcaster to see how much they’re doing for the people. And how much the people love that. Hear how absolutely right they are. And how very much they’d like our vote. There’s one small problem: the ANC is the only party that can rule South Africa. So says its leader Jacob Zuma. Voting for anyone else is a waste of time because the ANC will win. Jesus and others have told him so. The build-up to these elections has shown, however, that if there’s one thing that can damage the ANC it’s the ANC itself. Meanwhile, across the ocean, another man not qualified to lead a country, believes he is also right, on every issue, all the time. It’s everyone else who is wrong. Trump and Zuma both say their opponents cannot be right. They’re wrong of course. But the bar has been set to new levels of low. If the situation appears murky, The Overwhelmed Man’s Guide may help you understand what the furore over municipal council seats is about. Hint: it’s got something to do with self-enrichment. I hesitate to bring up his name again, but in any piece on South African game changers it’s impossible to leave it out.

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Yes, it’s that Mars hitchhiker, Elon Musk, the patron saint of pioneers. He set the bar, raised it and started building electric cars, rockets and hyperloop trains before anyone could say ‘Earth’s most futureoriented person’. He’s in another league; and while political leaders sound like they’re living on another planet, Musk is actually going about getting to one. We’ve spoken to a few passionate men who are doing their damndest to lift this country’s game through audacious thinking and smart strategising. Their radical approach is helping to redefine our lives. Here’s to the game changers, you’ll find them on p87.

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SAVOURING A CAREER IN CUISINE Lentswe Bhengu’s recipe for success was to move from finance to fine dining Words by Bernd Fischer


t’s not every day that someone tells you getting fired was the biggest blessing in their life. But for Lentswe Bhengu, the man behind South Africa’s first web food series, Africa on a Plate, it was. ‘I didn’t see it at the time, but it taught me so much about myself and how much to treasure your work,’ he says. After five years of feeling unfulfilled in the investment finance industry, Bhengu finally took the leap and


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The hybrid coat Hybridity is one of the key elements of men’s fashion in the 21st century. Here, we have a raincoat style executed in a windbreaker fabric, but in place of a protective hood, this one offers a simple lapel detail. It’s trans-seasonal and fashion forward. This one is all about personal style.

While you could easily dress this coat up or down, the length gives you the option of playing with contrasting proportions, which makes it hip. Roll the sleeves up to mid-forearm for a crop that plays against the length of the hem line.

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FAKE IT – AND YOU’LL MAKE IT (JUST LIKE BILL) Nobody likes to be around the office loner Words by Brendan Jack Loners and introverts aren’t much fun to be around, and they’re terrible networkers. Bill Gates, Gandhi, JK Rowling, Einstein and Christina Aguilera are loners who did okay for themselves – but don’t risk it – you’re better off not being like them. If you’re a business recluse who doesn’t network, you might as well be a stuffed owl on a mantelpiece, looking all wise, but unnoticed or talked to by anyone. And you’re covered in dust, quietly thinking about stuff and hoping everyone leaves you alone. Come on, say something! Give a hoot! Put yourself out there, otherwise, let’s face it, you’re going to die a lonely financial death. If you’re an introverted freelancer, you’re especially fucked – running the risk of being the person it takes weeks to find, slumped over your laptop in front of the same news story repeating for the tenth time that hour. How do you go about avoiding this? Fake it until you make it. Even if faking it to expand your comfort zone makes you feel anxious and doesn’t really help life in the long run. You will make it. If you fake it. Here are some methods that may or may not have been used by Bill and Christina.

2. LURE THEM WITH SWEET TREATS Employing a tried and tested technique from fairy tales, lure colleagues to your desk (and into your life) with pastry or sugar. Even if you pretend to be listening to music on earphones when the loudmouths arrive to socialise and extrovert around your honey-potdesk, you can awkwardly point at free treats and half smile, knowing that you’re not just office wallpaper for a few excruciating moments. When someone brings birthday cake to the office, consider it a personal attack on your quiet turf. Be prepared with better quality pastries to outshine your nemesis. Passive aggression is an invaluable business tool for introverts. If you can’t out-pastry the oh-so fabulous social mavens, a sneaky dose of salt over their sweeties will dissuade anyone from ever trying that again.

1. SEND AN ALL-STAFF EMAIL Agree to do everyone’s taxes for free, or make yourself available to house sit. While they swan around with selfie sticks impressing their thousands of Instagram friends, you can get to know the contents of their internet history on their home desktop. You never know how this info might persuade them to help you at work or convince them to give you a salary increase.


3. HIGH FIVE PEOPLE WALKING INTO YOUR BUILDING OR STANDING IN BANK LINES While online banking is far more efficient, it isn’t going to get your invisible face noticed. Visit a branch near your workplace at lunchtime. Stand in line and offer reassuring smiles to colleagues each time you pass them in that roped-off maze. You don’t have to talk to them, but you’ll be seen by workmates who aren’t going anywhere for a while. Almost like being a mildly expressive banking court jester who doesn’t work at the bank.

4. CONSIDER PRISON It’s the ultimate definition of a captive audience, and offers a lot of time to yourself. Yes it’s a risk, and self-defence lessons before making the move are a must. But business nowadays is all about niche. Not everyone can be a player on Wall Street or a star of Chinese cinema, but pretty much everyone is capable of going to prison. Choose a crime suited to networking – white collar fraud.

5. INVITE YOURSELF TO CANTEEN LUNCHES Even if you keep excusing yourself to hyperventilate in a toilet stall, you made an effort. Good for you.

6. HAVE BUSINESS CARDS READY For when people forget your name, despite having worked with you for five years.

7. FAX HANDWRITTEN NOTES WITH MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES TO RANDOM FAX NUMBERS You’ll be surprised to find that every 100 random faxes will get you at least one response. And 1 per cent of those responses might turn into a hot business lead or a low maintenance friend you can meet after work. You don’t have to display George Clooney levels of charm, but you also don’t want to radiate office presence equivalent to vapour being sucked out of a vent. Good luck.


WATCH THIS SPACE Interior designer Liam Mooney has an apartment of note – go ahead, take a look – so we asked him for some tips on how to create an inspring space Words by Paul Sephton Photographs by Adam Letch GQ: How do you curate your place

over time while making sure that everything ties together?

the correct buy. Once again, the three materials is a good rule of thumb to make sure that you don’t go too crazy.

Liam Mooney: Constantly be on the look

out for things you love. It’s helpful to stick to a couple of rules, so the collection appears curated. One trick is to choose three materials and build a collection around them. GQ: Do you have a foolproof system

for buying decor?

GQ: What colour palettes are

infallible for a guy’s apartment? LM: Always neutrals. Colour can be added

if and when you want, but make sure the base colours of your apartment are neutrals like greys, blacks or whites. hen add small pops of colour in cheap and creative ways.

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or two before buying something. If you can’t stop thinking about it, it’s probably 30 GQ.CO.ZA AUGUST 2016

LM: I hate to prescribe any rules, but if you’re after an easily cohesive space, I wouldn’t choose more than three colours. Experimenting with hues of the same colour is a great way to add texture to your space. GQ: Should you plan a colour theme

throughout your rooms? GQ: How many colours should you

play with ideally?

LM: Planning of any sort before you start buying is always good. Most fabric and

hardware stores will allow you to take colour swatches. Lay them all out on a table and see if the vibe works. GQ: What purchases should you

not be skimping on and where can you take shortcuts? LM: You should always buy the best

quality you can aford, but never ever buy a cheap couch. But accessories like throws and pillows are a fun way to change up your space, and they’re afordable. GQ: If you could shop at three

places only, which would they be? LM: James Mudge, Créma Design and

GQ: If you were building a space from

GQ: What’s the most common mistake

the ground up, what would your purchasing priority list look like?

LM: Rugs too small for the space always irk

LM: I would start with painting the walls – a fresh coat of paint always makes a place feel new – then I’d add rugs and then lighting – many rental apartments’ light ittings can be changed. After that, make sure you get a great sofa.

you see in other homes?

me; a rug should always go slightly under the furniture, and never hover like an island in the middle. GQ: How can you future proof your

pad through your design choices? LM: By sticking to neutrals and the best

GQ: What’s a big misconception

quality you can aford.

around decorating a space? LM: Many people have this great desire for

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everything to match perfectly, which is so wrong. Spaces feel lived in, natural and layered when you mix materials, colours and textures.

the Milnerton Flea Market. GQ: How do you maintain a signature GQ: What’s your most cherished

item at home? LM: I don’t buy anything that I don’t

really love, but if I was forced to choose, I would say the dining room table that I inherited from my grandfather.

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style while working on different client briefs? LM: Whenever I work in a space it’ll always go through my own ilters, so generally there is a theme to the work I do. hat said, it’s always about the client and brief.

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ayde van Niekerk has run the 100m race in under 10 seconds, the 200m in under 20 seconds and dipped below the 44 second mark in the 400m sprint. This puts him in an elite bracket of one: the only man in the history of athletics to have achieved this. Astonishingly, the 23-year-old still has his best sprinting days ahead of him. Van Niekerk’s focus for now is on the 400m race at the Olympics in Rio this month. It’s his favourite event, and the one in which he is the current world champion. So what does this confident young man from Bloemfontein dream of doing? What legacy does he want to leave behind? His ambition is to open a barbershop, and then franchise it. One of the fastest men in the world, a man who dashes about town in his GTI 7, wants to cool his heels in the company of hair cutters and beard trimmers? ‘My dream started when I watched the Barbershop movies and I fell in love with the concept. I am definitely going to invest in a few of them – real, intimate, classic barbershops,’ he says from his home, ahead of one of the biggest sporting years of his life. ‘I love the relaxed vibe of a barbershop and the different characters from all walks of life that come to chill out and just be themselves there. There will be a chessboard for the dad to teach his son, 32 GQ.CO.ZA AUGUST 2016

and all these characters can come preach, talk nonsense, tell their stories and give wise advice... it’s just a place to slip away from society for a few hours,’ he says wistfully. Yet there’s no disguising the determination in his voice. That he plans to open his own barbershop or three speaks of his desire to be the best at whatever he does. The day after our interview Van Niekerk flew to Johannesburg to discuss endorsement deals with sponsors. By the time I had started writing this story a few days later, he had announced a new sponsor. ‘My other dream is to own a Bentley, and while I am still far away from [owning] that car, I will get there in time. I dream all the time, but I like to make those dreams come true,’ he says. But back to athletics, sort of. How does he keep his reflexes so sharp, a vital component of every sprinter’s training regime? ‘Working on your reflexes is one of a sprinter’s most important tasks, and I guess while mine come naturally, I play plenty of PlayStation – my girlfriend and I are really into Street Fighter and I also love FIFA – so that really keeps me sharp,’ he

says without irony. Speaking of girlfriends, if he could choose true love or an Olympic gold medal which would it be? ‘I have already found true love, so I’d like to get the medal as well.’ Here is a man who wants it all, and will probably get it. And he’s just so damn likeable to boot. He’s polite and humble, and has a wicked sense of humour. He’s ambitious yet grounded, and so engaging that I felt compelled to implore him to remain just as he is. He took my lecture in his stride: ‘Yes sir, thank you sir.’ I bet Usain Bolt never said anything like that when he was at the top. He’s grateful for the role his family has played in his upbringing, sending him to the Central University of Technology, where he studied marketing and brand management. His relationship with his stepdad, Steven Swarts, is important to him. ‘My dad played a huge role in my career, and my mum, Odessa, like all moms around the world, is the rock of the family. She’s always praying for me, looking after me, spoiling me.’ So why can’t a fella live up to his dream – and open a barbershop.

‘I love the relaxed vibe of a barbershop and the different characters there’


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Tip: You’re going to need a bigger camera and a few assistants Words by Pauline Bock Photograph by Michael Muller (courtesy of Taschen)

Assistants position the lights and prepare to swim at these blacktip sharks to distract them from the photographer



s a surfer (who had seen Jaws), Hollywood photographer Michael Muller used to be terrified of sharks. It took one dive to change his mind. ‘I wanted to get out of the cage and interact with them, to photograph a great white in a studio,’ he says. Big movie lights would scare the sharks away, so

Muller teamed up with surf photographer Erik Hjermstad to fabricate a 1 200W, Plexi-encased, seven-bulb lighting rig, powered by on-boat lithium batteries with 42-metre cables. Muller’s assistants, all certified rescue divers, held the lights and crawled the cables in his cage-free deep dive studio while he shot the sharks – who were nonplussed, he says.

‘But when they attack, they come like a missile from really deep, so you’re constantly checking at 360 degrees. You shoot, check, shoot.’ The most surreal thing, he says, is having to swim directly at a shark to counter an attack. ‘One came at me. My friend swam head-on to it, and turned it away.’ Mostly, he says, they would bump into him while trying to catch fish.

Over the course of a decade – and 27 expeditions in the Bahamas, Guadeloupe, Fiji and South Africa – Muller has photographed 19 shark species. The portraits are collected in his new book, Sharks (Taschen). For Muller, it’s his most personal project yet. ‘The animal has been completely misrepresented,’ he says. ‘They’re not after us.’


SEX in allowing your partner to explore his or her sexual boundaries within the trusting boundaries of your relationship – sort of like walking into a dark labyrinth with a roll of string tied to your ankle so you find a way out. Contrary to popular belief, swinging usually takes place in controlled environments with a protocol of formal behaviour. For instance, most adult socials are female led, with policies on personal space. No means no and there is no touching without permission. Another informal rule is that couples who arrive together must leave together. Swinger socials are usually invite-only occasions with a secret location and a dress

is time to socialise during which couples meet and engage people of interest. Sex is never an expectation and couples are encouraged to touch base with each other throughout the night to ensure that they are both enjoying the experience. This is not an orgy; there is never a point in the evening where everyone ends up in a twisted pile of limbs on the floor. Different spaces are allocated to specific types of interaction: rooms in which couples can enjoy one another’s company privately, voyeur booths where watching is considered a form of participation, or even rooms where group sex is optional. In every case, you are the architect of your sexual curiosities. Becoming a swinger and

code (smart-casual or perhaps something more exotic). RSVP is essential, as is a strict adherence to the arrival time. Once you leave you cannot return and anything that happens at the party stays at the party. No cameras or video devices are allowed. These events are usually open to couples only, although single women are often invited too, with exceptions being made for single men. There is usually a host and, like any other party, it is polite to bring him or her a gift, as well as your beverage of choice. That said, drunk or disorderly behaviour is not tolerated. These socials also have a screening process, which includes testing. You will never arrive at a party and just get straight into the nitty gritty. Like any other event, there

receiving an invite to your first social is a not as easy as you may think. Perhaps the best way is to drop hints about being open to the prospect of swinging in the company of close friends. Word of mouth gets around, particularly if you are an attractive couple. Once invited, use the opportunity to meet, greet and play with other couples, as that is the best way to network and get asked to more events. As part of the inner circle, you will find the world of unchartered sexual territories opening up to you. Pace yourself and enjoy. Just remember: swinging is a process. If it becomes uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to back out. Swinging is not for everyone, but you’ll never know until you’ve tried it.

SWING TICKET Words by Jason Alexander Basson

ou might think that swinging is a base form of sexual immorality. You may also think that swingers are unattractive social outcasts, driven by desperation to congregate like witches in the dead of night, practising sexual anarchy under the persuasion of Satan and fuelled by drugs. We can’t say for certain that any of the above doesn’t occur, but we can assure you that whatever the case, even this calibre of swinger is having more fun than you and I. Almost everything you’ve heard about swingers is a big, fat steaming pile of lies. So who are these swingers or sexual miscreants and where do we find them? Take a look around you. Chances are there is a swinger in your vicinity right now. It’s



probably the person you least expect – your neighbour or your kid’s nursery school teacher – everyday people. In fact, 89 per cent of swingers are happily married couples between the ages of 30 and 39. So why do people swing, if not to fill a sexual void? The biggest misconception about sexual sharing is that it is used to remedy dissatisfaction within a relationship, or to compensate for a dull sex life. It’s quite the opposite, really. Most people who swing only do so if and when they feel secure and comfortable in their relationships. Sexual sharing enhances those feelings, while heightening a sense of sexual autonomy or creative physical expression within the relationship. There is also a deep intimacy


Shut the front door. It’s time to take an informed look at the world of swinging and sexual sharing


The Royal Chundu Lodge occupies a private stretch of the Zambezi River

PEACE AND BEAUTY ON THE ZAMBEZI A stay at Zambia’s Royal Chundu Lodge is as wild as it is civilised


hree days into my quiet Zambian sojourn, walking through the tropical rainforest created by the constant spray from Victoria Falls, I encountered a troop of baboons on the path. here were 30 of the great apes blocking the way. I passed males, the size of leopards, at a crawling pace, while ahead, the rest of the troop gallivanted in the thick overgrowth centimetres above me. As I passed beneath them I felt a brush on my head and my Oakley sunglasses disappeared. I imagined the garbled glee as the next batch of tourists encountered a baboon looking as cool as a winter breeze wearing my shades: the thrill of the wild meets the comedy of civilisation. An hour later I was hanging of the edge of arguably the most viscerally impressive waterworks display in the world, trying to outreach a British adventurist and a Canadian hippy as to who would get closer to falling of the precipice of Angels Pool. he rush of water forced me to within a metre of a glorious death, and with it


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a sense of accomplishment at my own bravery-stupidity. he accompanying ranger from Royal Chundu Lodge told me that no one had fallen over the edge before, and I was not going to be the irst. Relais & Chateaux’s Royal Chundu Lodge is hardly a lodge. Rather, it is one of the most fashionable hotel experiences in Africa. Adventurer and TV personality Bear Grylls and his family have stayed here, a certain founder of a computer empire booked out the hotel for a week and one of the world’s richest men enjoyed the delights of the ive-star amenities. he Royal Chundu is tucked away from the touristy types who frequent Livingstone, with a private 15km stretch of the Zambezi River for the exclusive gratiication of its guests. I saw some incredible sights, was seduced by the aphrodisiacal vapour of insect repellent (one of the guests actually said she found it a real turn-on), and was bowled over by the warmth of the Zambian people. My hosts were, without a doubt, the friendliest,

Watch the game from the lodge deck

kindest and most accepting I have yet experienced on my travels. After a day of travelling I arrived a little world-weary, but within the irst 30 minutes, alone on my deck on the river lodge, having dispatched my cellphone to the closet, my laptop to the locker and my one pair of trousers to the bottom of my bag, I felt my third eye take over and the

Scared of heights? Angels Pool, on the edge of Victoria Falls, may not be for you. Right: Africaninspired decor


I felt a shift in my soul, a subtle nuance, a feeling of iconic history and languid luxury ripples of the water wash the world away. I felt a shift in my soul, a subtle nuance, a feeling of iconic history and languid luxury. I cannot tell you the joy of an air-conditioned room with a bed the size of a small lat, mosquito nets draped four poster style, en suite shower and a view that is the very atavistic essence of man. I had about an hour to enjoy my thoughts and surroundings before a sunset cruise on the Zambezi with elephants skinny dipping and tigerish snapping around the boat. My night was spent on the lodge deck, listening to the baboons as they fended of aggressive males and lurking leopards. My hunger was satiated by an exquisite meal, the menu of African and Michelin delights rolled into one lavourful pastry. he company was convivial, too, and the beer cold. By day two I was ready for more. Hotel managers Hessah Silwebbe and Aggie Maseko Banda organised a ishing rod for an early morning dash at the tigerish, followed by a full English breakfast and a morning river cruise. he time on the water was a prelude to a more rugged adventure: a three-hour canoe trip down the Zambezi, with crocodile and hippo on the banks, at times just metres from my vessel. And there was more to come. As I paddled around a bend in the river, my guide pointed to a hammock on the opposite bank, and a bar, and three tables groaning under succulent dishes, a waiter and a chef – all set up just for me and one other guest. he grandeur of the moment instantly eased my aching shoulders. hese are but a few sublime experiences the Royal Chundu has to ofer, an African experience that is as timeless as the Falls, as constant as the tide and as hauntingly beautiful as a sunset on the Zambezi.

Getting there Victoria Falls, or ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, is the world’s largest waterfall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT From February to May the Falls are at their fullest just after the rainy season. From July to September, or December to February the water flow drops, making the Falls easier to see. FOR GAME VIEWING From July to October the bush is dry and less dense after winter, and the animals tend to congregate at the waterholes. FOR BIRDWATCHING In the summer months the count swells with the arrival of migrant species.

The author paddles down the Zambezi River

FOR WHITE WATER RAFTING Any time from August to December is good. If you raft during the summer rainfall months you’ll only be able to do a half-day on the river as the water is too high to raft the first 10 rapids. This is a very different experience to rafting when the water level is lower, making the going calmer.



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With the busy schedule that I have, I have to drink cofee. It’s one of my saviours and deinitely keeps me inspired. I also love the taste though. I like it strong with hot milk in Spain they call it a Cortado.



I think it’s so important to keep it organic. Bouncing between being sure or unsure of who you are may make people uncomfortable. Whereas when you’re just yourself, people learn to accept you for who you are and they either identify with that and they gravitate towards you, or the complete opposite. You get to a point where you enjoy those who enjoy you and you don’t worry too much about those who don’t. I think that’s important so I really try to keep it real as much as I can.




Adversity inspires me. When people tell you you can’t do something, something inside you switches on and you almost want to show them that you can. That I ind has been the one thing that has driven me in my life. Instead of taking what could have been negative criticism and letting it break you down, it’s more a question of “What are you going to do with that?” I ind that if you use those as building blocks, you will create a powerful foundation.



That’s a good question. I think eventually one does gravitate towards a certain style. I enjoy watching what trends are out there and I draw inspiration from them, while also maintaining who I am and who I feel comfortable as. As an actor whatever you put on makes you feel a certain way - wardrobe is so important. It empowers you, it’s your armour and we’ve often heard that said. I really identify in that way. What I wear is very important and it afects how I feel.



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Rémy Martin’s cellar master Baptiste Loiseau

Water of life GQ chats to Rémy Martin’s cellar master Baptiste Loiseau to find out how a 36-year-old maintains the legacy of a cognac house with 290 years of history Words by Nkosiyati Khumalo


ith the exception of a few select moments in hip-hop history – Jay-Z drinking cognac straight out of one of his Grammy trophies, or any number of times Busta Rhymes asked Diddy to ‘Pass he Courvoisier’ – I didn’t know much about cognac when I arrived in the region the drink was named after, and even the connection to hip-hop wasn’t quite so apparent. In my mind, cognac conjured up images of leatherbound books and rich mahogany, cigars, and a discussion around why ‘it’s good to have land’ or determining where everyone ‘summers’. Appealing in its own way, cognac managed to feel inaccessible without some long-matured pedigree, and still felt a bit over my head – Downton Abbey in a glass. So you can imagine my surprise in discovering that Rémy Martin’s incredibly down-to-earth cellar master, who’s responsible for the products from the 290-year-old house, Baptiste Loiseau, is


just 36. ‘Most of the time you’d imagine a man in his 50s,’ says Loiseau. ‘I joined the company eight years ago and eventually become cellar master, so of course the key is in the transmission. You have to train your palate, and you have to be a scientist irst, a technician. I irst studied agronomy and winemaking. It was a good basis to understand the cognac world, but every house has a style, and it’s thanks to the previous cellar master, Pierette Trichet [the irst female cellar master of a major cognac house], that I understand why Rémy does things the way we do. We are the kings of ine Champagne cognac; my mission is to respect this title.’ Cognac is to brandy what Champagne is to MCC: it’s made in a similar fashion, but with many more restrictions around its bottling, creation and origin, which by law

must stem from the Cognac region, located about 405km southwest of Paris and 120km north of Bordeaux. he region is divided into six growth areas, and Rémy Martin sources its product from the grand Champagne and the petite Champagne areas, considered the two best in the region. As we walk through the vineyards, international brand ambassador, Patrick Mariuz, explains why the area is ideal for the house. ‘hese two growth regions are in the centre, well insulated from the inluence of the Atlantic Ocean from the west, and the continental climate from the east. Here we have a mild, balanced climate, a good mix of soil and also people who are specialists. We have generations of growers who have planted the vine in order to get the best of the sunlight and the

To me cognac felt inaccessible and conjured up images of leatherbound books and mahogany, a bit over my head – Downton Abbey in a glass

DOWN THE H AT CH by Christian Eedes

Rémy Martin’s Francis cellar, built by students of Gustave Eiffel

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climate. All these elements contribute to making the inest grapes.’ After the harvest in mid-September, the ugni blanc grapes are pressed and fermented, producing a thin and acidic white wine that’s then distilled twice in copper potstills to create the eaux-de-vie (‘water of life’), which is then aged in French oak barrels for at least two years and eventually blended to create cognac. It’s in the blending of the eaux-de-vie that the expertise of Loiseau, as cellar master, really shines. ‘I have about 20 people by my side to help me with the selection of the eaux-de-vie. Our decisions around which eaux-de-vie to use will be important, irst, for the wine grower, and secondly for the quality of the eaux-de-vie that I will transmit to the next generation of cellar master. Many of the decisions we make now will only have an efect that my successor will see,’ he says. While reining each year’s blend and drawing on various-aged eaux-de-vie to achieve the desired output, Loiseau regularly sets aside samples and barrels that will mature long after his time is up, as is the case with the brand’s most premium ofering, Louis XIII (commonly referred to as the king of cognacs, and after a midnight tasting, I can see why), whose youngest component has been aged for at

least 100 years. Touring the grounds and the original cellars, you get a strong sense of the passion and the history that previous generations poured into every barrel. But as much as those skills can be passed down, the in-the-moment journey you experience in your glass is just as important to a house such as Rémy Martin. All that Downton Abbey-esque imagery I had in mind is a contrast to how Rémy stays relevant. Says CEO Eric Vallat, ‘Heritage is very important of course – I don’t think that’s changing. his is what we are. But I think we would not have continued for close to 300 years if we had not changed and not been contemporary. We have this idea at Rémy Martin that we’ve been revealing talents – talents of nature, talents of our cellar master. Our logo, the centaur, is himself a multitalented person – he’s a god, he’s a man, he’s a healer, he’s a philosopher, and even our founders were multitalented people. Now we’ve seen the emergence of the slash generation, people who don’t want to be deined by one thing, but by many things. Everyone is a “slashie”. It’s very universal.’ he ‘slash’ campaign launched last year, ‘One Life / Live hem’, is echoed through the drink itself, and touches as much on who the drink is for as how it’s meant to be enjoyed. (Most producers have a live-andlet-drink approach to how you enjoy your cognac, though Loiseau advises against mixing it with Coke). ‘he cocktails we drink and even the drink itself is a “slasher;” cognac is a collection of eauxde-vie,’ says Vallat – and with that, the hip-hop tie-up, with its sampling of diferent eras and references, doesn’t seem quite so foreign. ‘So many diferent ingredients come together to make just one eaux-de-vie – and the process of selecting samples from one time period, and then another, to create magic.’

Decanting: myths and reality

Why decant? Firstly, the whole process of pouring wine out of its bottle and into a specially designed container adds a special flourish to a fine dining experience. Then, in the case of older red or unfiltered wine, there is a very valid reason, that being to separate it from any sediment formed in the bottle, which not only looks unappetising in the glass but usually tastes unpleasant. Where decanting becomes controversial is as a means of promoting aeration in the case of young wines, particularly reds. The perceived wisdom is that decanting will cause: 1) the wine’s bouquet to ‘open up’ and 2) the wine to become less austere in terms of structure. Unfortunately there is very little science to support this. Decanting the wine necessarily saturates the wine in oxygen but oxidation reactions (at play in wine maturation and which lead to fine wine becoming both smoother and more complex over time) take much longer than the usual hour or two between decanting and drinking. So why is aeration via decanting held to be so important by so many? The only substance other than grapes traditionally added to make wine is sulphur, used as both a preservative and disinfectant. Excess sulphur additions can obscure a wine’s fruit aromatics and leave it stinking of either sulfur dioxide (burnt match), hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg), or mercaptan (musk). In young wines, these stenches are often volatile and not chemically bound in solution, thus some aeration can alleviate the problem. Decanting to achieve aeration remains a personal choice, however, and there are many young reds that are so concentrated and tannic in youth that to lose some of their sensory impact might indeed be beneficial.

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The brotherhood Away Days tracks big moments from the Adidas skaters’ world tour Words by Nkosiyati Khumalo


atching Away Days, the first full-length feature film from Adidas Skateboarding, you’ll immediately see that skateboarding is as much a brotherhood as it is a sport.

It’s a phenomenon mirrored in the film’s name, which was inspired by football fans who travel to support their teams during away games. And like football, it transcends borders. Filmed over three years, Away Days tracks the journey of Adidas’s top global skaters as they toured the world. ‘The brotherhood of skateboarding remains the same no matter where you go, and you can see this coming through in the film,’ says Pieter Retief, the manager of Adidas’s South African skate team, now in its fifth year. While it hit more than 90 major cities famed for their skate communities, the Away Days tour hit off-the-skated-path spots where the riders could really push themselves. Skate careers are judged largely on video clips, and

in this case, the film showcases some of the biggest moments and tricks ever documented in a skate film. ‘I tried a nollie flip with all the Adidas dudes there one day, but couldn’t land it, so I had to go back,’ says NaKel Smith, a 22-year-old skater from LA. ‘When I did, there was a little kid skating. I wanted to land it, to make the day memorable for him while he was just starting out. It ended up being my pro ad; that was pretty sick.’ Adidas’s SA skate team gives local riders the same kind of worldwide traction – with skilled members like Yann-Xavier Horowitz having recently returned from touring in France, and Dlamini Dlamini appearing at the Street League competition in Barcelona. ‘We help team riders set up platforms that showcase who they are as skateboarders,’ says Retief. So will the SA team hit the big screen anytime soon? ‘We’re working on a team montage video. It is our responsibility to showcase what skateboarding is all about: team camaraderie, and ultimately having fun.

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CASTS WE KNOW Good vs evil rebooted Edited by Evert Lombaert

SUICIDE SQUAD Directed by David Ayer; with Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and Will Smith

Ayer has proved himself both a capable writer (Training Day, U-571) and director (End of Watch, Fury) and brings both talents to the fore here. While superhero films are arguably the safest bet at the box office, they are easily also the most divisive genre – there’s the old DC vs Marvel chestnut, the virtues of comic vs film vs TV imaginings and new vs old casting choices. Ayer’s ensemble piece will no doubt bring all the boys to the yard; and most boys, and girls, should leave said yard smiling. While this is indeed a jigsaw puzzle of numerous characters, the critical spotlight will be shining most brightly on Leto’s turn as The Joker. Leto clearly relishes the punk-rock business-marinated psycho clown king and shimmers. Despite the debates about the character’s look, there’s no doubting Leto’s skill after Requiem for a Dream and Dallas Buyers Club. Robbie’s funky and charismatic turn as shrink-turned-criminal Harley Quinn will undoubtedly be injected into cosplay and pop culture’s bloodstream. One of the year’s most refreshing superhero setups – a crew of unique criminals is forced to unite and fight for ‘good’. Mix in questions of morality, a pinch of state oppression, dollops of slick action and a killer cast and bring to the boil.

STAR TREK BEYOND Directed by Justin Lin; with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Idris Elba

It is hard to believe that Lin’s outing is the 13th film in the Star Trek film franchise. While JJ Abrams’ 2009 film introduced the USS Enterprise crew to a new generation and brought some much-needed peace

between longwarring Star Wars and Star Trek fans, the 2013 follow-up, Star Trek Into Darkness, didn’t provide as much cerebral punch as its predecessor. That’s not to say the film is horrible: the special effects are truly impressive, the lead cast is still charismatic and the action scenes have clearly benefitted from Lin having directed numerous

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra; with Blake Lively and Óscar Jaenada

Spanish helmer Collet-Serra, who has experience in horror (House of Wax and Orphan) and thrillers (Non-Stop and Run All Night), brings what is easily his most striking and tense film. The setup is genius in its simplicity – while surfing at a secluded slice of paradise, Nancy (Lively) is terrorised by a great white. Temporarily saved by a big rock, she contemplates survival and plans a way to reach the shore which is so

frustratingly near and yet so achingly far. With the tide rising and the hungry beast circling nearer… you get the picture. This one riffs on some of what made Spielberg’s Jaws so effective, yet also punches a stark minimalistic punch reminiscent of Chris Kentis’ extremely underrated shark tale Open Water. While this one will strike yet more cinematic damage to sharks’ PR, it will no doubt cause many producers to make a mental note of Collett-Sera’s name for future projects. Well worth a watch.

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Fast and Furious films. A thin plot, some questionable design choices (Krall resembles a Power Rangers villain) and the unshakeable feeling that all weren’t fully committed on either side of the lens, results in a piece that is less than the sum of its promising parts.

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ne would think that becoming a gaming journalist would aford you endless hours with your favourite games, and pay the bills. he truth is less glamorous, except, perhaps, for that rising breed of gamer, the gaming YouTuber. hey represent a colossal new medium, and are dictating trends in the way we watch, play and report on games. his new successful gamer prefers his content a little less straightforward. How less? Well, those who know the answer to that are sitting on multi-milliondollar net worths, like PewDiePie, who has over 45 million followers on YouTube– four times his home country of Sweden’s population. Here’s how to start your own gaming YouTube channel.

SHOW COMMITMENT If you’re doing this part time, you’re unlikely to make it big. Doing a gaming channel properly requires massive investments in time and money, and because it’s meant to supplement your income, you can treat it like other hobbies. To illustrate, don’t think of YouTube as a weekend cycling habit. Instead, think of it as a road to the Tour de France – and no one in the Tour de France cycles part time. Commitment also means consistency, which is the best thing you can do for your budding channel. KNOW HOW YOUTUBE WORKS When you’re a YouTuber, you’re a creative, even if you haven’t traditionally thought about yourself that way. And the way to be a good creator is to be a good consumer. So, consume. Watch other gaming YouTubers and vloggers more generally. See where their strengths and weaknesses are, so that you can apply their trial-by-error logic to your own work, minus the slow slug. You’ll also need to learn how to upload a video properly, do what you can to up your search engine optimisation (SEO), and you’ll want to make sure you know how to monetise your channel through pre-roll ads on your videos. Look up

YouTube’s own Creator Academy for more on this.

available at A good keyboard, mouse and set of headphones to make the capturing process

KNOW YOURSELF You don’t have to be funny on YouTube. You also don’t have to be hyper smart, or goodlooking. But you should be flying under some banner. Give yourself some time to explore and figure out what you’re good at and what you enjoy – often not the same thing. Some YouTubers, like Ali-A, stick to a single game (in his case Call of Duty), while others like KSI and PewDiePie have videos on a bigger variety. Once you’re happy with what you’re going to put out and the style it will happen under, you’ll find that you start to attract a following of like-minded fans.

that much easier, and more stylish. We’re fans of the Corsair Void Stereo headset and its hyper-efficient noise-cancelling abilities. Corsair is also a good option for your other paraphernalia needs. A game capture device to record your gameplay. Compulsory obviously. You can’t go wrong with an Elgato or Hauppauge. A beefy webcam to record yourself as you play. We’re eyeing the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920. If your PC isn’t powerful enough to process the footage, ditch the webcam for a camcorder. The footage will be a separate file that you can easily input into your editing programme, easing the burden on your PC. Try the Panasonic HC-X920. A camera. You already have the webcam or camcorder, but you’ll need a camera to shoot links if you plan on doing anything other than a Let’s Play – a move we recommend. You’ll come right with the

COLLABORATE When that crowd emerges, and it might take a while, it’s finally time to collaborate. Find out who’s who in your local scene, and approach YouTubers who are roughly the same size in terms of following, and only those with consistent uploads – keep in mind, the door swings both ways. Collaborations are a good way to draw audiences who might not have found you otherwise. Be gracious in your dealing with other YouTubers, because even in an industry growing at a rapid pace, you’re still living in a small world.

Canon 70D, or G7X if your budget is on the small side. Even smaller? Upgrade to a high-end smartphone and it can double-up for this purpose. Give the Huawei P9 a go – it was co-engineered with Leica, so it isn’t playing around, even if you’ll be.

SOFTWARE Besides the right equipment and a good place to shoot, you’ll need to look into some editing software. If you don’t have any editing experience, you’ll need plenty of time to play around. One way to ease growing pains is through some kick-ass editing tools. These are a good start: Adobe Premiere Pro (R500-R1 000 per month) and Sony Vegas (R6 000-R12 000 once-off).



INSPIRED PLACES Coffee table books give guests something to page through while you pour their drinks. But why not invest in volumes that’ll also inspire you to elevate your space? Here, three local lovers of design give their take on titles worth taking home Edited by Cayleigh Bright

Pieter Smedy Associate editor at House & Garden

Donald Nxumalo Interior designer at DNX Interiors

The Kinfolk Home by Nathan Williams (R585, Artisan Books) Under the same roof as GQ, Smedy writes and edits many of the stories that appear in our decor-centric sibling publication – so he knows a beautiful spot when he sees one. ‘Much like the pieces that make up your wardrobe or the ingredients you use in your cooking, decor and the way you interpret it in your space is a language that needs to be learned before you can really speak for yourself,’ he advises. ‘For Kinfolk co-founder Nathan Williams it’s all about slowing down and creating curated, considered spaces that reflect your own way of life, your aesthetics and your opinions. Personally, I’m a fan of the clean brevity of the Scandi-meets-Japanese tones that the Kinfolk brand has come to personify, and in this book the creators of the magazine take readers into the homes of 35 inspiring homeowners.’

Infinite Space by James Silverman and Robert Klanten (R765, Gestalten) Cultural influences have played a major role in Nxumalo’s design career – one which has seen him named on a host of ones-to-watch lists. ‘Travelling and trying new things has bettered my understanding of different cultures around the world,’ he says, and Infinite Space allows for a glimpse of stimulating living spaces around the world. ‘Great ideas can be found in this book. Unapologetically simple interiors and natural colours work so well, with natural materials like timbers and leather, and go to show that by spending more on timeless pieces we can achieve a room that is simple and full of character.’ Then again, there’s no place like home: ‘I have love for African style – there is something about it that appeals across time and continents. It gives a space the exotic and earthy feel that creates warmth. To me, colour is everything. Organic textures, rich colours and exotic patterns evoke that romantic African feel.’


Dylan Muhlenberg Editor at The Way of Us

Perfect Hideaways in South Africa by Paul Duncan and Helen Untiedt (Africa Press, R770) As editor of’s blog, Muhlenberg has showcased a good few enviable spaces himself. ‘By simply opening these pages you can be in a beach shack in Elands Bay one moment and a 100-year-old Karoo farmhouse the next. And while I had my reservations, wishing to read more about the people who inhabit these spaces, I soon realised that all these homes are available to rent on, which means you’re able to treat this tome like a large-format catalogue and visit all these places.’




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LOOK WHO’S BACK Just in time for the Boxster’s 20th birthday, Porsche ditched the naturally aspirated engine and got rid of two cylinders. We drove it to find out whether any of the old Boxster feel was still there Words by Dieter Losskarn


russels must be void of petrolheads. With one emission and low consumption law after the other, the last horsepower habitats are drying out. Vanishing. Even traditional sports car manufacturers are falling victim to this forced downsizing. Just look at Porsche: 20 years down the line, the third generation of this popular entry-level sports car has had its sixcylinder cut. Six out, four in, plus turbo. In a smart move, Porsche also changed the Boxster’s name, adding the number 718 to the title. he upcoming Cayman will also feature this nomenclature. he historical reference serves to remind the 54 GQ.CO.ZA AUGUST 2016

Zufenhausen fan base of the famous mid-engined four-cylinder Porsche 718 race car of the 1950s and ’60s (which won both the Targa Florio and the 24 Hours of Le Mans). So is the legend returning? I am at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi to ind out. My initial trepidation is quickly soothed. he new four-cylinder is not a souped-up Golf engine, but still a mid-engine Boxster. Hesitantly, I turn the ignition key. A four-cylinder turbo will deinitely sound diferent from a naturally

aspirated one with six pots. After an initial, faintly beetle-like sound, a snotty and deiant crackle becomes audible. he deep throaty roar is gone, replaced by something distinctly diferent, but still pleasing to the ears of petrolheads. It gets better on the track in Sport Plus mode. Unfortunately, the optional sport exhaust wasn’t available at the launch, but this additional button should do the rest. As in the new 911, the turbo feels like a naturally aspirated engine. When I ease

20 years down the line, the third generation of this popular entry-level sports car has had its six-cylinder cut to four, plus a turbo

My, how you’ve grown - the new Porsche 718 Boxster

of the accelerator, the throttle remains wide open, and only the fuel injection is interrupted. herefore the charge pressure does not drop completely and the engine reacts quickly – turbo lag-free – to another push of the accelerator. With the steering and chassis components borrowed from the 911 too, and together with the traditional midengined Boxster coniguration, the car feels clued to the track. he weight balance is perfect. On each lap I take the turns a little faster. I am having so much fun in the Sport Plus with a numbed ESP. I’m back in the pits for a car change. As with the old Boxster, once you’ve driven in ‘S’, there’s no going back. It’s absolutely worth the extra dough. And with a performance vehicle you have to know the Nürburgring time: it’s 7.42 minutes, 16 seconds faster than its predecessor. Similar to the new 911, the 718 now features a Sport Response button. Pushing it, both the engine and gearbox sharpen up for 20 seconds, allowing instant and swift overtaking. he Sport mode dial is now in the steering wheel, which looks more like a Volkswagen part than a Porsche piece. I reckon the design team could have crafted something more appetising here. hat said, they couldn’t have done a better job on the overall design. Parked in the pit lane, the 718 has presence and street cred. Only the boot lid, soft top and windscreen are identical to the previous model. Everything else is new and the car feels strongly masculine. he front fenders are a clear homage to its great-grandfather, the original racing 718. A highlight is the black strip with integrated ‘Porsche’ lettering at the rear. Having been in the driver’s seat, I can conirm that the 718 is still a Boxster – and a Porsche. Just some investment advice: now is the perfect time to buy an ‘old’ six-cylinder Boxster as they are sure to increase in price. Rally legend and brand ambassador Walter Röhrl did just that.

PORSCHE 718 BOXSTER POWER 2.0-l 4 cyl. 220kW and 380Nm

The deep throaty roar is gone, replaced by something different, but still pleasing to the ear

PERFORMANCE 0-100km/h in 5.1 seconds; top speed 275km/h

CLAIMED FUEL 7.4 l/100km

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When Dieter Losskarn immigrated to South Africa in the ’90s, the first car he bought was a Defender 110. Two decades later he said goodbye to the off-road legend on a 3 500km drive through Namibia

CHEERS, OLD MAN Photographs by Dieter Losskarn


rowing up in Germany, nothing symbolised adventure in Africa more than the square-edged Land Rover. I remember seeing him for the irst time on TV, in Hatari!, catching rhinos with John Wayne. And in he Gods Must Be Crazy when he pulled himself out of a river with his own winch! No wonder then that the irst car I bought upon arriving in South Africa in 1994 was a Land Rover Defender 110. It was equipped with roof tent, second battery, fridge, gas cooker – basically everything I’d need for proper safaris into the bush. But now, at the distinguished age of 68, this classic has been forcefully retired. Strict 56 GQ.CO.ZA AUGUST 2016

emission and pedestrian safety regulations made this sad decision necessary. It survived both BMW and Ford. And Tata – at least for three years, until the owners of Jaguar Land Rover announced that the Defender was obsolete. He was impossible to mollycoddle; he couldn’t be rendered efeminate. After having produced more than two million units in the original factory in Solihull, England, the Defender was oicially terminated in January this year. Sometimes for an icon to remain what it always was, it has to die. Luckily for fans, the Defender went out with a bang, in the shape of three celebration models: the hyper-luxurious Autobiography, the fully-equipped

Adventure and – my personal favourite – the Heritage. Both the Adventure (35 units) and Heritage (180 units) were brought to South Africa, which is how I found myself standing beside the classic Grasmere Green Metallic under a characteristic white roof. he grille badge inscription reads ‘19482015 Solihull, England’, in commemoration of its ancestral home. he vehicle’s unfussy beauty originated on a beach, quite literally as a drawing in the sand in Red Wharf Bay on the Welsh Island of Anglesey. Maurice Wilks made his famous sketch of a rather square utilitarian 4x4 in 1947. hus the Land Rover was born. he irst model, the Series I, was unveiled at the Amsterdam Motor Show in 1948. he


Series II followed in 1958 and the III in 1971. Subsequently, the legendary 4x4s were named after their wheelbase: 90 was the shorty and 110 the longer station wagon. In 1990, when Land Rover introduced a second model, the Discovery, the original was renamed the Defender – and it’s been defending primal driving ever since. he 2016 Heritage carries several style elements from the Series I, II and III, although the Defender name has been removed from the bonnet and it now sports silver bumpers and door hinges. I love the badge bearing of-road instructions behind the knobkerrie-sized gear lever. Most striking is the 1940s-style mesh front grille, painted in the same pale green as the car itself. Unfortunately it’s plastic. he headlamp and sturdy steel wheels evoke the early Series models, and the HUE 166 logo on the seats is a reference to the number plate of the irst Land Rover. Stepping onto the steel running board and climbing inside is like being in a time capsule. I forgot how narrow the driver’s seat is; my right leg is lush against the door. he steering wheel feels truck like, the seating position upright. Yes, I remember, the ignition lock is on the left, as the car started out as a right-hand drive. here are no electronic peeping sounds, no ear-piercing reminders to fasten your seat belt. In the Defender you make your own decisions. his is no honey-drenched SUV, it’s a tough of-road buddy – honest, reliable and conidence inducing. A distinctly analogue vehicle. If the Range Rover is broadband, the Defender is dial-up. he only thing clashing with the old-school style are the electric windows in front. he vibrating and shaking 2.2-litre diesel engine sounds just like I remember. It’s rough and loud and ridiculously underpowered. In 68 years the horsepower has doubled to 90kW. he top speed of 145km/h is only reached by crazies – hitting 110 feels like 160km/h in a normal car. And the 360Nm allows you to pass only slow trucks and lumbering tractors. But in the Landy it doesn’t matter – this beast was made for areas where there is no traic. Driving the Defender is hard work; the leaf springs’ reactions to rough terrain are relentless. Nevertheless, I enjoyed my 3 500km trip through Namibia in the Heritage. It was time travel, and it allowed me to give the legend a itting farewell. Judging by what Jaguar Land Rover has done over the past years, I am cautiously optimistic that the new Defender, currently being developed, won’t put his squareedged ancestor to shame.

LAND ROVER DEFENDER 110 HERITAGE POWER 2.2-l diesel 90kW and 360Nm

PERFORMANCE 0-100 km in 15.8 seconds; top speed 145km/h (feels like 200km/h)

CLAIMED FUEL 11.1 l/100km




FAMILY AFFAIR GQ gets together with the gang – at high speed on a private race track – to welcome the latest M into the fold Words by Paul Sephton


’ve never seen a car with tyres and exhaust tips so hot that they can start a ire. But seconds after exiting the track in an out of control 180 spin, the car in question – a BMW M3 – lights up the veld around it. Marshals run, BMW people fret, the track is quickly emptied and the ire doused. In the moment of calm that follows, I take stock of what’s in front of me: a private race track in the Franschhoek valley and every BMW M vehicle available locally. Imagine a line up of everything from M3s and M4s with M Performance Parts, convertible M6s and even the Pure Metal Edition M5 (one of 20 in SA), with keys in each, and enough tar to try whatever you please. As with most family gatherings, this instance is here to mark a very special occasion, as we welcome in the newest member, BMW’s freshest freak on a leash, the not-so-baby M2. he newborn that arrived with high pressure to truly capture the magic of our alphabet’s most powerful letter did not disappoint, punching above its weight and smiling its way around track corners. With a three-litre heart, the six in-line rocket 58 GQ.CO.ZA AUGUST 2016

swooshes forward with M TwinPower to growl its loudest at 272kW and 465Nm (500Nm if you hammer the overboost). You’re probably wondering where that stands next to its bigger brothers, the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupé. hose two use a 317kW straight six that could drive your neck back into your headrest with 550Nm. But despite the on-paper diferences, you’re still hitting the 100km/h pin in 4.3 seconds and more than that, this M2 is the most fun we’ve had behind a wheel of late. M Power is generally ridiculous and unusable in daily driving, but on street-legal tar and track, this high-performance compact just gives you so much to work with that you can’t help grinning at the way it reacts in every situation. I’m looking forward to more time with the vehicle, but my irst impression is that BMW has distilled the M badge back into something that puts the driver irst, with every piece of tech in it there to make sure the driver is doing one thing, and feeling everything. I drove home knowing that the future of the fast lane is in thrilling hands, as the M2 carries the torch for Bavaria’s latest brainchild of brilliance.

BMW M2 POWER 3.0-l 6-cyl. twin turbo 272kW and 465Nm

PERFORMANCE 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds; top speed 250km/h (limited)

CLAIMED FUEL 7.9 l/100km (M DCT gearbox)


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‘You need to show people that they can trust you, and that you trust them. The other element is consistency’ GQ: What are the main educational

points you try to convey to clients? JG: Clients have to understand what kind

of risks to take, and how to manage their risks by applying appropriate investment strategies. he key to achieving your investment objective involves blending and balancing risk, return and time. GQ: How has the diversifi cation strategy shifted in reaction to our economic downturn?

HOW TO WORK YOUR LIFE In the struggle for a work/life balance, investment manager Johan Gouws lets us in on a secret or two about making time for both Words by Paul Sephton


hese days it’s the norm to change jobs every couple of years, but for Johan Gouws, Head of Absa Asset Consultants for Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, working at Absa for 18 years has brought recognition, opportunities to study at Duke, Harvard and INSEAD and the freedom to do things his way. For him, getting things done has to do with acknowledging and developing people who will add value to his teams.

GQ: How much do short-term market

fluctuations affect your long-term investment strategies? Johan Gouws: Our biggest challenge is

helping our clients to manage their expectations and continuously educating them on how they should think about their investments. If at any point you have to make a fundamental change to your investment strategy, it wasn’t a good one from the word go.

JG: Retirement regulations in SA specify that maximum 25 per cent of a retirement fund’s assets is allowed to be invested ofshore. If you look at where you’ll get your best returns in the long run, it would probably tell you that at least half of your money should be invested ofshore. A lot of people think you invest ofshore because of the currency play, but you invest ofshore for diversiication and because the markets are bigger and more dynamic – there are industries we don’t have here. here are more opportunity sets ofshore to get decent returns without placing too big of a bet on one strategy. In terms of local dynamics, the debate has been active vs passive investment management. We’re saying that investing has changed – there are new technologies like enhanced passive and smart beta strategies that will give you slight tweaks around a standard index at a very low cost. he divide between active and passive is starting to blur. he National Treasury is driving to get retirement funds to use lower cost strategies. So how do we comply with that in the smartest way possible? We blend active management as the core of a robust portfolio with some enhanced passive strategies as satellite elements. GQ: Have you refi ned a recipe for the

culture in your workplace? JG: I would be very wary of saying that there is a speciic recipe, but it comes back to leadership. here’s a lot to be said for >> AUGUST 2016 GQ.CO.ZA 61

PROFILE being a born leader, but also about developing yourself as a leader. Every individual has his own unique style, but there are a few key elements that set leaders apart. Firstly, you need to show people that they can trust you, and that you trust them. he other element is consistency. People must know that 99 per cent of the time, if there’s an issue they can come to you, and your response will be consistent. If you can have that, the ideas start lowing. You get engaged individuals on your team because everybody wants to make a diference and get recognition. Today, people want more lexibility in their work, so I take the approach of ‘you know what to do and what quality I expect, how you do it is up to you’. We know the deadline, and I’m always here to help – with guidance, technology, development or training. GQ: What value do you place on

further study? JG: My personal life philosophy is never

take more than you give. I advocate continuous learning and development throughout your career, but you only get as much as you put in. If you haven’t got experience, the value you add to your class is limited no matter what post grad course you are studying. Early in your career, go for the technical stuf that will help you manage your environment and work relationships. Give yourself some time before you study something like an MBA.

‘I see myself as an intrepreneur – an entrepreneur inside an organisation, but I do know there are limitations. I have to work within the industry and organisation’s rules and regulations’ spiritual intelligence – the highest form of living. All those things are connected, so if you keep it, energy and conidence will follow, and that will play into your mental space so that you can make better decisions. hat will get you into a better emotional space and will allow you to move in that higher sphere of living.

GQ: How do you recognise talent

GQ: How do you remain cognizant of all this?

among the teams you manage?

JG: When I run out of mental or emotional

JG: I look for people who are inquisitive

capacity, and I can’t add any more value at a certain point in time, I know that I will get into a better space by being on my own, or reading, cycling or going to the gym. You get stuck and can’t move forward. You may think you are productive, but if you’re honest with yourself, things are taking twice as long than normal, and the quality just isn’t there. I’ve found that it often requires a small quality break to do what needs to be done with a new perspective to achieve a better outcome.

and not afraid to challenge decisions. If someone is willing to learn, to make mistakes and not take criticism personally, and if you are willing to ask questions and challenge the status quo, that gives me a lot to work with. If you bring me energy, it’s my job to channel it in the right direction. GQ: How do you balance work and life? JG: here’s a natural low that constantly has to happen. If you are in the right type of career, have built the right sets of skills on the team, and your relationships are strong enough, you have a lexible base to work with. If you have that lexibility, you can manage people’s expectations. You need to get to a point where you can diferentiate between what is important, and what is urgent. You achieve this by having good relationships, the right team, and the ability to be honest with yourself about where you are in terms of physical, emotional and mental energy. We have four spheres in our life: physical intelligence, emotional intelligence, IQ and 62 GQ.CO.ZA AUGUST 2016

GQ: How do you go about

implementing new ideas in a company the size of Absa? JG: I’m a irm believer in subcultures.

A company will have its culture and values, and that’s great. But inside this big organisation there are teams with their own subcultures. Culture is intangible, and it has to do with values and the reasons for doing things. First of all, create a culture in your own team, and that will start rubbing of on other teams. You can see it when people in an organisation are like, ‘wow, that team has got something, what is it?’

GQ: What strategies are important

when considering the contrast of risk-aversion in big companies with the push in South Africa for an entrepreneurial spirit? JG: It

all comes back to stakeholders who want to see certain returns within certain levels of risk taking. I see myself as an intrepreneur – an entrepreneur inside an organisation, but I do know there are limitations. I have to work within the industry and organisation’s rules and regulations. he answer is to always push the boundaries and look for marginal gains. Manage stakeholder’s expectations and create a compelling vision of what could be, without doing it all in one day.

GQ: What are you most excited about for 2016? JG: On the work side, I’m excited about

the fact that our business strategy and objectives are clear and that projects we’ve been working on are starting to pay of. On the personal side, it’s the USN Mountain Bike Cup Series. 2014 was the Absa Cape Epic, 2015 was the Transalp, and this year, my goal is to take a win in the veteran category at the USN Series. GQ: How do you deal with the challenge of endurance events? JG: he Epic was an overwhelming

experience. Every day was a struggle and I had to dig deep, but at the end it’s all about the mind and overcoming your self-imposed barriers.




In Cameroon, the CardioPad, an affordable tablet invented by Marc Arthur Zang to monitor and discover heart-related diseases, records the patient’s heart signals and transfers it ia mobile network to a remote station. Ecopost in Kenya uses 100 per cent recycled plastics to make atheistic, durable nd environmentally friendly plastic lumber to use in encing and landscaping. In Lagos, Nigeria, Wecyclers ollect recyclables – including plastic bottles, plastic bags and aluminium cans – from households, using lost-cost bicycle-powered collection vehicles.’



Founder and CEO, Obami (South Africa)

Founder, The Praekelt Foundation (South Africa, Nigeria, the UK and US)

Director, African Innovation Foundation (Switzerland)

Co-founder, She Leads Africa (South Africa and the US)

‘Technology startups have made basic services available to a large audience by making them more afordable. Kenyan startup M-KOPA ofers a pay-as-you-go stable solar infrastructure to deliver stable, afordable power of-grid across East Africa. South African startup Jumo aggregates mobile wallets, making it easier to grow businesses across the continent. Also in South Africa, the MomConnect platform uses SMS technology to improve the health of expectant mothers.’

‘he mobile industry has leapfrogged from mobile downloads and text messaging to innovations, healthcare and agribusiness. In Angola, the VerAgua water-monitoring system transmits real-time info about breakdowns and working taps via mobiles. In Kenya, Farm Capital Africa shortlists farmers with small holdings and helps them to attract investors. In Morocco, thanks to Adnane Remmal’s research, an alternative to livestock antibiotics has reduced health hazards to cattle and humans.’

‘OmoAlata, a Nigerian startup, creates stews for young professionals, primarily women. People traditionally shop for local food at local markets, but more families shop for imported produce at supermarkets. In the West, this resulted in unhealthy diets and the disappearance of small-scale farming. OmoAlata works directly with small-scale farmers to save good produce from being lost in ineicient supply chains and provides a source of income for rural farmers.’

‘he biggest game changer in Africa at the moment is BRCK, designed by Erik Hersman in Kenya. It’s a brick-shaped, selfpowered box that connects to the internet through mobile WiFi or 3G, no matter where you are. Given the struggles that Africa faces in last-mile connectivity (due to poor infrastructure, intermittent power, and hundreds of other reasons), this small device could bring about massive change in terms of reaching the millions of Africans that are yet to be connected to the web.’





GET IN EARLY ON THE NEXT GOOGLE How to make money in startups Words by Julia Greenberg

CHECK FOR CREDIBILITY Determine whether a reputable management team is running the portal you choose to use. Be critical. These portals are brand-new – the first batch only went live in May. LOOK FOR WHAT YOU KNOW AND LIKE Don’t have a clue about law? Steer clear of legal tech. Are you a world-class parent? You may have an advantage in identifying viable parenting upstarts. Products for people rather than businesses may also be a safer bet. CROWDFUNDING WORKS BEST WHEN PEOPLE INVEST IN WHAT THEY KNOW ‘For example, dentists investing 64 GQ.CO.ZA AUGUST 2016

in software for dentists,’ suggests Chris Dixon, a partner at US-based venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. THINK DIFFERENTLY Be open to ideas and people you wouldn’t expect to see in the tech world. As the platforms evolve, they may develop into the best way to fund things beyond startups, like scientific research or local franchises. INVESTIGATE THE FOUNDERS Why are they using an equity crowdfunding portal in the first place? Did they have trouble raising money elsewhere? Bad news. Did they tank their last company? Proceed with caution. Do they have a nontraditional background? Risky but okay. Have their friends and family contributed a lot already? Great! Privileged graduates from wealthy backgounds shouldn’t have much trouble raising money. ‘You have to wonder why they’re coming to crowdfunding,’ says Professor Ethan Mollick of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Crowdfunding works best when people invest in what they know... Be open to ideas and people you wouldn’t expect to see in the tech world

KNOW YOUR FELLOW INVESTORS If you want to invest in a biotech startup, make sure the existing funders aren’t just amateurs. But you don’t want all scientists either. Go with a mix of people.

DIVERSIFY YOUR INVESTMENTS If you’re hoping to make money – real talk, most of you won’t – invest in a wide array of people and ideas.

WATCH OUT FOR FRAUD Be sceptical if founders are cagey or if the community is quiet on the message boards. Find a platform with a record of taking quick action when there’s evidence of a scam.

‘DIVERSIFICATION HERE MEANS BEING INVESTED IN 60 OR 100 STARTUPS. Even the best VCs are betting on the outliers that really hit it out of the park,’ says Christian Catalini of MIT’s School of Management.

DON’T BE A DUMMY Learn the Securities and Exchange Commission rules, read the fine print for the portals, and scrutinise the startups’ filings. Know your rights as an investor and what will happen to your shares if more people contribute later. Remember the risks. Don’t invest money you can’t afford to lose. Tips to make your startup a success at



hen big startups go public and all those early investors become gazillionaires, it’s like: ‘Why can’t that be me?’ Now, with a bit of luck, it can be. You don’t have to make R200K a year or have a net worth of R1m to invest in a startup – you just need to have some cash. You’ll do your shopping on a new crop of so-called equity crowdfunding portals, with names like Crowdfunder and WeFunder. Instead of backing a project, as you would on Kickstarter, you’re now buying shares in a company. But don’t just throw your hard-earned savings at any new idea. We asked the experts what you need to know to make a smart investment choice.


Where there’s a will... you’ll want to be in it Death is a capital gains tax event – an estate needs to be sorted out beforehand Words by Bruce Cameron



rince Rogers Nelson died without a will, meaning his estate will go to his sibling and various half siblings, after a protracted legal wrangle that could take years to sort out. It is amazing how many people die without a will, or even fail to update their will when their circumstances change. his causes enormous problems and signiicant delays in the payment of money to your dependants, while other people, whom you may have had no intention of assisting, could beneit. When you die your estate is frozen and no one may withdraw funds from your bank account. To make things more diicult, if you are married in community, of property you and your partner’s assets are frozen. If you die without a valid will (known as intestate), your estate (what you own and what you owe) is divided according to the Intestate Succession Act. It is possible to die completely intestate or partially intestate in which it is impossible to fulil the terms of your will because it is not up-to-date, for example when you have left your all to someone who dies before you or you do not bequeath all your assets. It also means that you have not appointed an executor, who administers your will, and who can allow part payments to your dependants in need before your estate is inally wound up. No executor and the Master of the High Court appoints one after consulting relatives.

If you die intestate, your estate will be divided in various ways, depending on: * How you are married (in community of property, by Muslim or customary marriage). * Who is alive when you die. If you do not have a spouse at the time of death, your surviving descendants (note, not dependants) down to grandchildren are in line. If there are none, your parents if they are still alive and even siblings, including half brothers and sisters. If there is no one who will inherit your assets, they are converted to cash and placed in the

Guardian’s Fund, which is managed by the Master of the High Court, and after 30 years the case is forfeited to the state. At least if you had a will you could have left your money to some useful cause. It is important that you have a will to ensure that your dependents are not left financially stranded after your death, and to ensure that they get the full share of your estate. So don’t delay, you will not necessarily die at an advanced age. Get professional assistance Ask your lawyer, an accountant or trust company to do the job for you. Most banks and life insurance companies can help clients to draw up wills, and will also serve in the role of executor. As a further safety measure consider having more than one executor. A trusted relative is always useful to have as a joint executor to ensure that the real needs of your dependants are met, and to avoid trustees taking advantage through excessive charges. Wills can and should be reviewed and updated regularly, particularly when there is a change in your personal circumstances, such as having a child, or when there is a significant change in your asset structure, such as buying a business. Remember to revoke the earlier copy or both will be considered on your death. While you’re at it, compile a file with all your important financial information, including your will, details of your financial adviser, your bank accounts, any debt, life and short term insurance policies, your medical aid scheme, retirement funds and all investments. Taxes, like death, are inevitable Death is a capital gains tax event and estate duty can be payable. You need to allocate your assets so, for example, you can properly educate your children, and decide how taxes and costs will be met. Estate planning includes buying risk life insurance to cover any shortfall in what your dependants would need, as well as to pay any costs and tax.

Legal validity A will must meet certain legal conditions or it could be challenged (resulting in lengthy and expensive court cases) and set aside. Wills can be simple or complex. You could draw up a simple joint will with a partner leaving everything to each other and to one other person in case you die simultaneously. Complex wills can contain conditions, such as when a person may inherit (for example, on completing studies), or you may give someone the use but not ownership of an asset, such as a home.

Some famous wills DAVID BOWIE left the majority of his $100m estate to his wife and two children. Additionally, his will stipulated that he be cremated and his ashes scattered on Bali ‘in accordance with the Buddhist rituals’. MICHAEL JACKSON There is ongoing litigation between Jackson’s estate and the Internal Revenue Service over the value of the pop icon’s name and image. The Tax Court trial is scheduled for February 2017. AMY WINEHOUSE died without a valid will, so her estate, valued at $4.66m after debt and taxes, went to her parents. Her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, did not receive anything. JIMI HENDRIX also died without a will. His estate was managed by a lawyer for nearly 20 years before his father, Al, sued for rights to Hendrix’s music, which he won in 1995.




Champagne racer Hanging with Bieber, calling up Kanye, partying with Karlie. Fast cars, sleek yachts, and getting to it all in a private jet. This is the life of Lewis Hamilton Words by Paul Sephton Photographs by Marcel Hartmann


h look, there’s Lewis Hamilton on a yacht, with Karlie Kloss, Irina Shayk, Doutzen Kroes, Barbara Palvin and a handful of other women so beautiful that any ordinary man would struggle to be coherent around even just one of them. But Hamilton is having the time of his life in this beehive of the rich and famous. hing is, Hamilton always seems to be having the time of his life, no matter who he’s with. And, while most men would pay to be in his place, if you’re a three time F1 world champion, it works the other way round. So naturally, laughing with boyish amusement, he’s frank in his concession, ‘I laugh a little bit because most men would kill to be hanging out with all the girls from L’Oreal, and it doesn’t even feel like work for me; it’s just like a cool adventure.’ his was part of his Cannes excursion with the L’Oreal ambassadors, the kind of hop-skip Monaco commute for which Hamilton didn’t even need his jet. I’m pretty certain he would’ve been there one way or another, but he sounds particularly excited that it was under L’Oreal’s moniker this time around. ‘For me, grooming is an important thing, because I think it should be for every man. Basically, I grew up seeing L’Oreal on TV and using their products, so it’s great, particularly as I’m the only athlete, and one of two guys on the team – I feel quite privileged.’ Seeing Hamilton with supermodels has become a bit like seeing Kim Kardashian without clothes; with a friendship list that sees Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid in the pit lane at his races, Hamilton’s love for fashion and music has seeded a spider web of connections similar to a Met Gala guest

list. Fashion-wise, while James Corden was quick to point out that the man has a conidence that leaves no outit unsuitable, it’s actually pretty simple from his side. ‘I think a part of what you wear is how you carry it.’ If you think about it, Hamilton is one of the only athletes we see in front rows at most fashion weeks, and it’s blazingly obvious that this isn’t just the work of some stylist; Hamilton is mad about style. Dare to Google early career images, and you’ll see quite how far he’s come. ‘Fashion is something you have to work on. It’s not something that comes easily, because you have to ind out what your style is, what suits you and your personality and then own it.’ His passion for style is weighted by humility and insight at what those in the industry do; almost as a by-product of his own success and the knowledge of sacriices and perseverance taken, Hamilton has a deep respect for other professions and an appetite to understand their processes. ‘I deinitely look to see if I can schedule my work around the fashion weeks; they’re a real eye opener. To understand the fashion business it takes time to really witness and learn from the talented individuals who work so hard year-round for style. I’d love to have my own fashion range. It’s a hard world to be in, and I don’t take it for granted.’ While Hamilton takes on an F1 circuit with scalpel-like precision, creativity is like

a cancer in his body, proliferating across his life in one way or another. Considering that he has people like Pharrell Williams and Kanye West to call on, music is his creative avenue right now. Starkly contrasting the metrics behind an F1 victory, the vulnerability and judgement of releasing tracks is not something Hamilton has missed. ‘It’s always been a hobby and something I love doing, but it’s an incredibly vulnerable area. here are other artists who have come out with great stuf and everyone has diferent views and opinions on music. People can be very critical, some people can be very supportive, and I think what’s important is to stay true to what you love doing and hopefully people love it as much as you do. ‘he goal at the moment is to win the championship irst and foremost, but along the way I hope to be growing and learning and getting better in my music. At some stage I do want people to hear it, but I’m not rushing; when it’s done it’s done.’ A week later, Justin Bieber is the irst to congratulate Hamilton as he gets out of his car moments after his Monaco win. A week after that, they were sharing everything from water boarding to pool games and soccer matches on Instagram. In the same way that Hamilton has a passion for music, JB has one for cars; last year the Biebs rode shotgun around Beverly Hills, in Lewis’s new LaFerrari, his latest street-legal purchase. >>

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‘I haven’t sold a single car I have, except for my Nissan GT-R. When I buy a car I get very attached, and I know sometimes you shouldn’t get attached to things but I love my cars. I’m very careful about how I do it and which cars I buy.’ For the record, his collection includes a Pagani Zonda, a McLaren P1, a scattering of AMG Mercedes, and of course the LaFerrari. ‘he LaFerrari is probably the most exciting one to be honest. It’s probably the sexiest car around right now. he sound, the feeling, the movement, it’s just beautiful. I remember being in Oxford Street when I was younger and seeing Jamiroquai come by in his Enzo, and just thinking how sick that car looked. hat was before I was in F1, just walking down a street and saying to myself that one day I want that car. Now I’m cruising down the street and there’ll be another kid looking at me thinking the same thing. It’s very humbling and incredibly moving.’ And who would have thought, because when you look at what a mega impact one man has had on F1 over the past decade, you can’t shake the thought that this may be the next Schumacher. hough Hamilton manages himself, he’s backed by a team of 1 300 people at Mercedes, and is never one to forget that acknowledgment. But when it comes down to it, the man behind the wheel is the one who wins championships, and Hamilton’s training is relentless, despite the fact that he has a lot of freedom with it. ‘Any other sportsman or woman at the top of their game doesn’t really do anything else but their sport. But I like to do all sports. I love motorbikes, suring, wakeboarding, snowboarding, skydiving, water rafting, rock climbing and I try and do them all. It also gives you a bit of an appreciation for those who play those sports. I play tennis, squash and golf and I like to do it because it gives me a broader understanding about what Tiger’s done, or Serena’s done.’ Much as he might like to put himself in other people’s shoes, to be in his isn’t such a bad thing right now. Hamilton has to focus on what he’s doing, in coming back from a momentous uphill battle on the circuits. ‘Training, diet, energy levels and juggling a lot of other things in my life means that I’m just trying to meet my ultimate goal, to win each race. And while before, I was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, now I’m climbing Mount Everest, without oxygen.’ And while this is the rationale of a calculated man who knows what he’s doing, making it happen in style, with models, in a big red jet with JB by his side is only going to make the Champagne on the podiums taste sweeter. 68 GQ.CO.ZA AUGUST 2016




See Lewis get grilled while racing around a track at



‘It’s amazing, to be able to get an insider view on what an artist is thinking and how they approached a song. With Kanye, I always ask him that sort of thing’

She has a near perfect figure, but Kelly Rohrbach is much more than that, and is preparing to watch over the bay in her new role as CJ Parker in the remake of the ’90s series, Baywatch

Words by Fernando Carrillo Photographs by Dove Shore




After being nominated Rookie of the Year for Sports Illustrated last year, her name began to draw attention from all over the world, captivating millions with that smile and those curves of hers. Love Magazine couldn’t have picked a better nickname for the actress and model when they dubbed her Kelly ‘Cherry Pie’ Rohrbach, when she featured in the magazine’s ‘Rolling hunder’ clip with models Bella Hadid and Stella Maxwell last December. But there is no doubt that her biggest bet yet was to catch the attention of Hollywood’s most wanted bachelor, Leonardo DiCaprio, who, 23 years after his irst Academy Awards nomination, inally won the coveted Oscar for his role in he Revenant. his year Kelly is getting ready for her next big leap. After an intense 2015, when she was chosen by Woody Allen for his next project and after having reappeared on the pages of Sports Illustrated, she is ready to incarnate the character immortalised by Pamela Anderson in the ’90s cult series, Baywatch, on the big screen. A week after starting to shoot the ilm directed by Seth Gordon, we met up with Kelly to see how she does in swimwear and to chat a bit about everything – except DiCaprio. What we discovered is that nobody would look better in that iconic swimsuit than her, although this time we went for white. Kelly, originally from Greenwich, Connecticut, is the typical American bombshell: blonde locks, perfect smile, long legs, curves accentuated by her bikini, and a captivating sense of humour. ‘I love going to the beach. I like to believe I’m from California, and even though I’m not, Los Angeles is like home to me. I have a relationship with that city that really makes me happy,’ Kelly tells me during our drive back to Miami, and she says it so frankly that she could convince anyone she was born and raised in Malibu Colony. After observing how she behaves in front of a camera, how she teases the lens with her gaze and lets her sensuality overlow onto the sand, it is clear why she decided to leave the East Coast to become a real California Girl. here is much more to Kelly than bikinis, though. What could be sexier than a preppy girl in a swimsuit on the cover of GQ Mexico? Kelly is a Georgetown University drama graduate, and 74 GQ.CO.ZA AUGUST 2016


is also an avid golf player: she recently said that she would choose a Ladies Professional Golf Association prize over an Oscar. For many of these reasons, I would dare say Kelly is the perfect package, as she has it all: body, attitude, education, sense of humour and, loves good food. ‘I’m a foodie. I love food and I love not being concerned about what I eat,’ Kelly says. ‘My godmother was from Mexico, and I used to love visiting her at her home in

California in summer, eating fajitas and drinking margaritas.’ With James Vincent McMorrow’s ‘Higher Love’ providing the sound track to our drive, Kelly confesses, ‘I’m having a really good time at this stage of my life. I’m in a really good place and I’m enjoying it a lot. Fame is actually not something I’m after.’ Kelly Rohrbach is a name we’ll have to get used to hearing, and that won’t be diicult, because this is Ms Cherry Pie’s time.

Kelly shines on the pages of Sports Illustrated. See more at


Andrew Donaldson

It’s tough to know where to cus with so much bluster and onfusion out there. Well fret not dear voter, this Rough Guide of Sorts should make hings clearer. Or maybe not

JOBS. Not for the millions of unemployed South Africans, but for the country’s 8 500-odd councillors. Most are African National Congress (ANC) members, and for many of them, this is their only source of income. Councillors are paid in line with the buget and size of the municipalities on which they serve. It’s a part time job and earnings range from a paltry R150 000 to R500 000 a year. Losing a seat therefore really is a huge deal – a one-way ticket back to below the breadline from the comfort of the middle classes.



The issues to be ÁRJJHG The ruling party’s reliance on its ‘struggle record’ and ‘liberation movement credentials’ as an election ploy is fast reaching a sell-by date. Instead, it may well have to join the debates on its financial management or mismanagement of municipalities, corruption, service delivery, electricity crises, housing provision, public transport, education, university fees, skills training, youth employment schemes, food security, water shortages, inflation, cost of basic staples, and so on.

Then again, the ANC may just want to bang on about race and insist that the country’s problems were caused by the 2008 global economic crisis and were therefore not their fault. Or that whites own 80 per cent of the land. They do not. But that’s neither here nor there.


Of course they did. It is the sine qua non of our political life. The urgent matter about which we are constantly urged by the experts to urgently discuss in an urgent national conversation. You won’t forget it, because the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) – participating in the local elections for the first time – are likely to be all banzai here with regards to land redistribution and stealing the mines. Which are hardly town council issues. But no matter.

9RWHVKHGGLQJ ANC support is waning – even in the countryside, the party’s traditional stronghold. In 2014, the ANC won 62.14 per cent of the national vote. In the rural areas, it got 71.26 per cent of the vote, a drop of just 1 per cent compared to the 2009 election. In the urban areas, however, its support slid from 61.32 per cent to 55.76 per cent. In the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, it took just 49.17 per cent , compared to 69.39 per cent in 2009. By 2050 the United Nations projects that the country’s urban population will number almost 45 million people, while the rural population will have withered to less than 14 million. Which means that the ANC may not be around in 35 years or so. That’s just seven national and seven local elections from now.

When the ANC tweeted: ‘We will do what we are good at. Restore dignity of women. Create unemployment opportunities for young people.’

The country is blessed with an abundance of expert commentators and political analysts. They will be predicting all sorts of things about Julius Malema and the EFF. To put this into perspective, it’s worth recalling what they said in 2008 and 2009 about the Congress of the People (COPE), the ‘breakaway’ party formed by ex-ANC members and led by Mosiuoa Lekota.

Max du Preez: COPE could become the official opposition, and even get between 15 per cent and 20 per cent of the vote.

Steven Friedman: COPE would make ‘significant but not fatal dents’ in the ANC vote in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and ‘perhaps Limpopo’.

Prince Mashele: Between 10 per cent and 20 per cent. ‘But they might do better.’

Moeletsi Mbeki: ‘With the launch of the Congress of the People the black bloc is now broken and no longer wields the weight it once had. And no one can put that bloc back together again. My own guess is that we are now looking at between 48 per cent and 55 per cent of the vote for the ANC.’ In 2009, COPE won 7.42 per cent of the vote, or 30 seats in the National Assembly. In 2014, its support had dwindled to a tenth of that, and it now has just three seats. They say the same could happen to the EFF. But then again…


VOT I N G FODDER The ANC says it doesn’t need to buy votes with fried chicken. But, as George Orwell put it,

‘Four legs good two legs bad.’



Voting day, Wednesday 3 August, is a public holiday. The bottle stores will be open for business as usual.

‘There is nothing wrong with this country that a good election can’t fix,’ so said former US President Richard Nixon. Will the country be fixed after the local elections? No, obvz.

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Will the vote be fixed? Depends on who you’re asking. The Con Court declared the IEC’s compilation of the voters’ roll was ‘unlawful, inconsistent with the Constitution and therefore invalid’. But it suspended its order so the elections could go ahead. The EFF says, ‘The IEC got used to [rigging] elections. We’re warning you, they’ll never defeat the power of black nations.’

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The Local Government Municipal Electoral Act prohibits any form of intimidation in the run up to the election. It also prohibits any form of corruption of electoral officers. Not that anybody knows. WE’RE IN GOOD C O M PA N Y. Hang on, isn’t ther another election happening?

JACOB ZUMA To stay in power and out of prison for as long as he can.


Correct. In the US, from now through to November 8. There are some terrible politicians involved there as well. And one dangerous truth denier who’s the least qualified presidential candidate in that country’s recent history. Same same but different.


‘Ultimately, I want to be Number One’.


MMUSI MAIMANE To gain ground on the current Number One.

THE GUPTAS To hold on to what is theirs – South Africa – for as long as they can.

‘Political life in democratic South Africa has seldom been polite, orderly and restrained. It has always been loud, rowdy and fractious. That is no bad thing’ – statement by a Constitutional Court judge in a ruling following the 2014 election. AUGUST 2015 GQ.CO.ZA 79


From the sociopathic, hollowed-out scavenger of Nightcrawler to the desperate, bulked-up brawler in Southpaw, Jake Gyllenhaal has pushed his body and psyche to the brink, cementing his status as an Oscar front-runner and Hollywood’s most disciplined artist Words by Joe Levy Photographs by Mark Seliger






Neither movie fared well critically or commercially, and since then he’s been making what are referred to in Hollywood as ‘interesting choices’, chasing drug cartels (End of Watch, 2012), kidnappers (the disturbing 2013 abduction drama Prisoners), car accidents (Nightcrawler, 2014), and – in Denis Villeneuve’s strange and dreamy Enemy (2013) – himself through ilms that ofered little in the way of box-oice glory and plenty of chances to map out darkness. And if that weren’t enough artistic cred, Gyllenhaal also explored theatre, starring in two dramas by the British playwright Nick Payne, If here Is I Haven’t Found It Yet and Constellations, his Broadway debut. his account of his turn toward the bleak and unconventional is so much the accepted wisdom that before he collects me at my hotel for dinner, a friend in New York e-mails, ‘I hope he picks you up in a shitty Kia... just the latest in his bold, unexpected Hollywood choices.’ ‘People say, “You made all these changes in your life, and all your movies seem so diferent now. I really like the movies you’re making now,”’ Gyllenhaal says. ‘Which implies that they didn’t...’ here is a knowing smile and a low, mischievous chuckle. In truth, he’s been making dark, interesting movies for a long time, since Donnie Darko in 2001, and wrestling with masculine archetypes in many others: as a gay cowboy in Brokeback Mountain (2005), a marine sniper in Jarhead (2005), even the money-hungry ass man of Love & Other Drugs. It may be Gyllenhaal’s life, more than his movies, that has changed. ‘I was trying to igure out a lot of stuf,’ he says. He was in his twenties, unsure of 82 GQ.CO.ZA AUGUST 2016

his ‘place in things’. hat’s the way he puts it now. He put it more bluntly to David Ayer, the director of End of Watch, as Ayer recounted in a 2012 interview with the entertainmentnews website HitFix. ‘I’m sick of everything,’ he recalled Gyllenhaal telling him. ‘I’m sick of my life and I want to change it.’ At a distance, it feels less like a sickness than a search. ‘We’re all told we’re going to get to a place where those things will come together, where we’ll somehow be whole or happy or whatever it is,’ he says. ‘So I went searching.’ What Gyllenhaal hoped to ind was collaborative directors, stories that draw on the subconscious, and the chance to work out issues he was facing himself. In Enemy, he plays both the meek college professor and the man’s doppelgänger, a bearded, macho actor with the key to a sex club. he two opposing characters ofered him the chance to wrestle with the idea of reconciling intimacy and lust, and, more importantly, to stage an interesting confrontation with the self when that’s what he was doing in real life. ‘I was at a place in my life where I felt totally split,’ he

says. ‘I had just moved from Los Angeles to New York.’ His sister, actress Maggie, and her husband, Peter Sarsgaard, live in Brooklyn with their two young daughters. His mother, the screenwriter and director Naomi Foner, also settled in New York following her split from director Stephen Gyllenhaal in 2008 after three decades of marriage. ‘here’s a period of time in your life, in your twenties, when you’re listening to a lot of other people’s opinions,’ Gyllenhaal says. ‘You’re not sure about what you believe in, and you’re moving in a direction that you feel looks right to other people. And then you think, wait, what do I feel? What do I want? What moves me? It’s not always so pure and clear. It’s not like I have my agent on one shoulder and my pure artist on the other.’ IF IT’S THE PURE ARTIST WHO PICKS ME UP, HE’S DRIVING A VERY HOLLYWOOD CAR: a white BMW SUV.

(‘You can write about the car,’ he says jokingly, ‘but it doesn’t belong to me – it’s a friend’s.’) He wears the of-duty actor’s uniform: blue T-shirt, Levi’s and Nikes, with a blue baseball cap and tortoiseshell shades. During the short ride to the restaurant, we discover we are both grandchildren of doctors –both his grandmother and grandfather on his mother’s side were physicians – and that both of our grandfathers occasionally wondered when we might get a real job. Neither was exactly kidding. Gyllenhaal’s maternal grandfather, Sam Achs, was a surgeon who lived to 94, passing away in January 2014. He was an intensely disciplined man – forever on time, if not early, planning things out months in advance – who awoke at 4am every day. ‘My grandfather always wore a bow tie, particularly when he was working,’ Gyllenhaal says. ‘He was really slow in how he would speak, very careful. He saved a lot of lives that way, in that he never would overreact. I didn’t inherit that quality, but I did inherit the discipline.’ Gyllenhaal traces his disciplined work ethic to his father, Stephen, as well. When he was eight or nine, growing up in Los Angeles, Gyllenhaal would wake up early in the morning and go running with him before school. Stephen was athletic,

a top-ranked wrestler in high school in Pennsylvania, but also had an artistic side. ‘My dad played viola and was also on the football team,’ Gyllenhaal says. ‘ He grew up in a small town, very religious, Christian. When he brought a Jewish girl home, it was a very particular thing. But he was Swedish, and so always an adventurer. He’s the guy that says if you’re anywhere near an ocean and you don’t get in, you’re doing yourself a big disservice. And I always feel him. If a storm is about to come, he’s the guy who’s like, “Look how big the waves are – let’s get in them for a bit.”’ hat’s the side of Gyllenhaal that has led him to challenging roles requiring intense physical and emotional commitments, including playing the mountaineer Scott Fischer in director Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest, opening this September, based on the ill-fated 1996 expedition that claimed the lives of eight climbers. ‘Balt wanted to make >>

‘Your initial instinct is to lean out. It’s the instinct to lean in that took me five months. Hitting someone – I don’t have as much of a problem with that’




‘What else is there but the journey of trying to be a good person, or a good man?’

the movie in the real environments,’ he says. ‘I didn’t want to be sitting on a soundstage making some fake movie about Mount Everest, and he didn’t do that.’ hat’s putting it mildly. Kormákur shot in IMAX 3D, in Nepal as well as in the Dolomites of northeastern Italy. hat’s where Gyllenhaal joined the production in February 2014. ‘It hadn’t snowed that much in 60 years,’ Kormákur says. ‘here was an avalanche warning every day on the call sheet. It was gruelling.’ hey were ilming at elevations of 2 700 metres to 3 600 metres, in temperatures reaching -30°C. ‘Jake was tough. He went to the limit. It’s all real. His nose was frozen, his beard was frozen, and we were blowing more snow over him, but he wouldn’t give up. And then he wanted to improvise – improvise in minus 30!’ he director of Southpaw, Antoine Fuqua – himself a boxer since 14 – saw this fearlessness in Gyllenhaal as well. ‘He had the will to be in pain and go every day and get punched and train and spar,’ he says. For his character Billy Hope, who spends much of the ilm ‘learning that you can’t be a part-time father’, Fuqua knew he had to ind a young actor who was in the process of becoming a man. ‘I thought, shit, he’s Jake. And nobody else believed me.’ If others couldn’t see what Fuqua saw, it might be because they were looking at the Gyllenhaal of Nightcrawler. ‘Skinny dude’, weighing nothing, Fuqua says of their irst meeting. ‘I was shocked when I saw him.’ (Kormákur concurs: ‘When he came to rehearsals, he was only half the guy I had hired.’) Fuqua had to ind out whether Gyllenhaal could portray a boxer, so he sent him to meet his own trainer, Terry Claybon, at the LB4LB gym in Los Angeles. ‘Terry called me up and said, “Hell no, man. Are you sure you got the right guy?”’ Fuqua recalls. ‘I said, “I’m a 100 per cent sure. his guy is special.” When I told Jake to go train, it wasn’t that he was an amazing boxer. He just has desire to do it. He got gutted out. I said, “his guy’s got ire in him.” People just didn’t see it. hey’re starting to see it now. Jake is coming out of his shell as a man.’ Part man, part monster. Fuqua would climb into the ring with Gyllenhaal and challenge him toe-to-toe, and unlike World Boxing Association title bouts, their ight sequences didn’t end after 12 rounds. ‘He was ighting more than a champion boxer would,’ Gyllenhaal’s co-star Rachel McAdams says. ‘He was going hundreds of rounds a day to get the shot, day after day.’ When Gyllenhaal’s lungs were burning and his arms were heavy, Fuqua would ask, ‘Are you the guy that gives up and sits on the stool and 84 GQ.CO.ZA AUGUST 2016

throws in the towel, or are you the one that gets out there and is a fucking beast?’ ‘Antoine asked me to bring out my animal,’ Gyllenhaal says. But Southpaw also ofered Gyllenhaal a chance to weigh questions from his life. ‘[Billy Hope] is me in a lot of ways,’ he says. ‘here are things that I wanted to explore: the idea of what anger is, what it does, if it can be productive. It’s obviously destructive, but is there a way in which you can harness it without rage, so it can actually teach you?’ One thing Gyllenhaal learnt is how it felt to be hit, how to take a punch and keep going. ‘hey were always playing hardball – there was never any letting up,’ says Rachel, who watched Gyllenhaal get pummelled during ilming. ‘I was very worried for him, but I knew he had it under control.’ ‘I got hit pretty hard in the face,’ Gyllenhaal conirms. ‘All the producers ran [over]. I don’t think out of real worry for me, but just the fact that we were only two weeks into shooting.’ He laughs, then continues, ‘there is something jarring about being hit in the face. I don’t know how to explain it. It wakes me up.’ hese are lessons most people spend their lives avoiding, but ones that Gyllenhaal sought out. ‘Your initial instinct is to lean out,’ he says. ‘It’s the instinct to lean in that took me ive months. Hitting someone – I don’t have as much of a problem with that.’ here’s another low chuckle. ‘But I don’t like to get hit.’ NEAR THE END OF DINNER, VEGAN ICE CREAM ORDERED, our conversation

shifts to an earlier stop on Gyllenhaal’s path to manhood, one with presumably less punching: his bar mitzvah. hough he was raised in a secular household and studied Eastern religions at Columbia University, he celebrated the Jewish rite of passage at 13, albeit in an atypical way. Bar mitzvahs are often lavish afairs; his was not. His family invited his classmates and friends to volunteer at a homeless shelter. he idea, his mother said, was that ‘being a good man, if you were going to become a man, was the most important part of it’. When I bring up this well-circulated bit of Gyllenhaal family history, he delects. ‘What does she know?’ he says jokingly, then lashes a conspiratorial grin. he serious answer follows. ‘What else is there but the journey of trying to be a good person, or

a good man?’ Gyllenhaal asks. ‘In this incarnation, that seems to be my goal. It’s a complicated thing, because I think the idea of good doesn’t subtract complexities, doesn’t subtract darkness.’ On our way out of the restaurant, we briely join his sister at her table. he paparazzi have shown up to document the reunion, and with the help of the managers and staf, a departure reminiscent of the Goodfellas Copacabana tracking shot in reverse unfolds: we exit through the kitchen hoping to leave privately, to no avail. A cluster of Louis Bloom nightcrawlers await. As Maggie gets into her car and then, moments later, Gyllenhaal and I climb into the borrowed SUV, the air lights up with camera bursts, and one photographer sidles up to the driver’s side to ask what turns out to be the night’s last question. ‘Jake... do the ladies like the scruf, or do they prefer clean-shaven?’ Gyllenhaal turns to me, lashes a darker version of that conspiratorial grin, and steps on the gas.


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n 1886, William Grant quit his job in Duf town, Scotland – whisky’s spiritual home – to embark upon his very own dream of making the best dram in the valley. With the help of his family, he achieved that vision: ive generations later, Gleniddich (Gaelic for ‘valley of the deer’) is the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky and one of the only single malt distilleries to remain entirely family owned – a true relection of our founder’s innovative nature, passed down through the generations.

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The well-worn path to success isn’t always the best. Meet the quiet revolutionaries who are mastering the art of the extraordinary, whatever their field

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Words by Bernd Fischer and Nkosiyati Khumalo



ou probably use Facebook every day – but how much do you know about it? Are you aware it was inspired by an actual face-book? Incoming university students could order a printed guide of who’s-who in their year, with the most basic information collected – where you were from, what you were coming to study, and a hobby or two. A tradition that sought to take some of the strangeness out of meeting a whole new group of strangers with whom you’d live, work and play. It soon became a digital version – and the rest is further down your news feed history. Zuckerberg and company gave birth to an entirely new industry: social media, which continues to disrupt almost every other sphere of business and personal life. After the cellphone, it’s probably the one platform that’s influenced the greatest change in how we share ideas. The gentlemen here are cut from the same cloth. These are the guys who respond to every ‘We’ve always done it this way’ with a firm ‘Why?’ – and used that inquisitiveness to shape new visions and make them a reality. You can call them rebels, mavericks, innovators, pioneers – however you label them, these are the guys who are reformatting the playing field.


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ith a design footprint that keeps growing, Du Plessis’s firm, StudioA, is behind the look and feel of some of our favourite hangouts and restaurants, including Gemelli, Dakota Lee, Fuel Bistro and the Arque Champagne Crescent. Now, together with business partner Jonathon Meyer, Du Plessis is taking his knack for creating cool and creative spaces into the co-working world. Mesh, as it will be called, will be ‘common ground for uncommon people’, giving members access to an entrepreneur-friendly hub designed to foster collaboration between like-minded people, while offering amenities, craft classes and other experiences. The Rosebank location will be followed by a network of clubs across the country and later the subcontinent.

hy revolutionise just one industry when you can revolutionise four? That seems to be Musk’s MO, at least, considering just a sliver of his history of successful creations: PayPal, still the gold standard for web-based payments; Tesla, the one electric car brand that drivers actually want to buy; Powerwall and SolarCity, which both deliver electricity solutions; and SpaceX, the project that is leading the charge to colonise Mars and create a sustainable lifestyle there (including developing a stylish space suit). Still more are in development, including a high-speed public transport system and a developer-friendly artificial intelligence platform. There may be no one more focused on the future of life both on the earth and off it than Musk. ‘It’s important to ultimately be out there among the stars,’ Musk said recently at the Code Conference. ‘It’s the exciting, inspiring future that I think people want.’ In his vision, humans could be a ‘multi-planet species’ that extends to other star systems. ‘You need things like that to be happy when you wake up in the morning.’ @elonmusk

‘Life can’t be just about solving problems. There have to be things that are inspiring and exciting and make you glad to be alive’



t would have been easy for Cliff to keep riding the morning show wave. But easy is boring. Since he and Rina Broomberg founded CliffCentral in 2014, the channel has grown into a full infotainment hub, including podcasts, video and an app, which together form the leading digital radio outlet in Africa and set the standard for on-demand media. The platform’s focus on growing talent gives opportunities to mavericks like Justice Malala, Siya Sangweni-Fynn and Arye Kellman. Best of all, Cliff does it with humour and style.




n a developing country, micropayment systems are the most agile way of reaching unbanked people. These two cousins created Crowdcoin, an app which allows its users to pay using a currency almost everyone’s well versed in: airtime. ‘Most people almost always have airtime – why not use it to help pay for other things too?’ asks founder Ledwaba. That includes anything from transferring money to friends and family, settling bills, and paying for minibus taxi rides. What’s next for the pair who’ve amassed 8 000 subscribers so far? ‘We’re looking at getting seed funding and going back to the telcos to secure back-end integration.’


JAM E S CORDE N _____________________ SHOWMAN




I M U L A L O D OYOYO _____________ SCIENTIST


rofessor Doyoyo is an engineer, inventor, and alumni of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a researcher in applied mechanics, ultralight materials, renewable energy, and other fields of engineering. He has lectured in ocean engineering, civil and environmental engineering, and mechanical engineering. And he has also pioneered a solar-powered toilet that operates as a mini waste-treatment plant.

f you’re not given a seat at the table, make your own,’ says the affable late-night TV host who’s taking the ‘TV’ out of late-night television by mastering the art of a cross-platform entertainment hub. His Carpool Karaoke series is arguably more popular than the broadcast version of his show, and though there is a queue of guests waiting for their turn, Corden always manages to steal the show. ‘All you have is the work you’re doing now,’ he tells Mr Porter. ‘So don’t look ahead to the next thing. Just do your best in the moment. Be the best father, talk-show host or whatever, and you’ll always be a success.’ @JKCorden


pera’s been around long enough to be firmly entrenched in minds as a stuffy, exclusive institution. Which is why Mabija’s story of becoming a writer of librettos is so interesting. ‘There aren’t many of us writing opera,’ he says; ‘operas and musicals take a long time to write and perfect. But the rewards are wonderful.’ After studying musical theatre at TUT, he moved to New York in 2008 to study at the Tisch School of the Arts – a favourite of many in the entertainment industry – and had a few shows produced there. Now back in SA, he’s been creating new works, including a commission to co-adapt Athol Fugard’s Tsotsi into a musical. ‘Exploring stories and character and living in someone else’s shoes is a magnificent experience. And when you add the magic of music to it, it’s priceless.’ @zandileaka47






t’s called Yoco – short for Your Commerce – and it’s a payment-acceptance system that’s made a lot of small and medium sized businesses a lot more agile. Yoco combines smartphone/ tablet-friendly hardware with a point of sale app to create a completely mobile paymentaccepting solution – one that can be up and running in just four days. Cashless, here we come.

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ATA N G T S H I K A R E _____________________ ARTIST

A JUSTIN S TA N F O R D _______________ CO N N EC TO R


oregoing a high school finish, Stanford took the route of entrepreneur, and went on to co-found the investment management company 4Di Group to oversee his interests and investments in the global technology sector. ‘If you are capable of developing an independently arrived-at world view, and believe strongly enough in your view – and are willing to back yourself – game-changing moments can be born,’ he says. 90 GQ.CO.ZA AUGUST 2016

s the recipient of Southern Guild’s Future Found Award, Bloemfontein born Tshikare is already setting the precedent for global perceptions of African art and design, according to programmes director of 100% Design South Africa, Cathy O’Clery. ‘Atang’s work is redolent of a new dynamic urban dialogue that is emerging in the design consciousness of cities across Africa,’ and is one that challenges ‘all the clichés young Africans have to deal with.’



ith years of experience working in some of London’s finest restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Pétrus and Marcus, and stints with the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Manning decided to do his own Brexit on the UK and turn the fine dining experience on its head in Cape Town. One Ingredient is a social dinner experience in which a single ingredient is selected and incorporated into a five-course, wine-paired menu. In another offering, guests get direct interaction with the chef as he combines a cooking and plating demonstration with tips for the home. Cap that with a strong focus on local produce, and intimacy – just 20 guests per dinner – and you see why it’s a favourite of diners and big corporates.

an der Westhuizen is best known for his achievement of becoming the first South African chef to receive a Michelin star for his renowned eatery Restaurant JAN in Nice, France. Before finding success on the French Riviera, Van der Westhuizen did an advanced diploma in Culinary Arts and a master’s in Pastry, as well as receiving his

Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Design in Stellenbosch. The Middleburg-born chef has released two books: The French Affair – Tables of Love and his memoir 2016 JAN – A Breath of French Air. ‘Start with what you know and master it,’ he says. ‘Michelin loves something with a story, and food that speaks a story; I think everybody loves it.’





ew people have built their own distillery with their own bare hands. But that’s exactly how William Grant started changing the whisky game. Grant led his family of mavericks to writing their own rulebook – a bold move, considering that at the time blended whiskies where the norm. Instead, he relied on water, air and malted barley – a trinity expertly crafted to make a Glenfiddich whisky. In 1961, it inspired influential 20th-century designer Hans Schleger to create a radical design of the time: the distinctive and characteristic triangular bottle.

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amed SA’s Social Media Star of the year in 2014 for his platform that reports live sightings from the Kruger National Park, Ossendryver’s social media following has continued to grow – he holds the number one spot for the most watched YouTube channel in the country. Since its establishment in 2011, when Ossendryver was 15 years old, Latestsightings has created a community of over 500 000 members. The United Nations’ World Summit Awards named the website the most innovative culture and tourism app in the world. ‘We are educating the world about wildlife,’ Ossendryver says. ‘Whatever happens, we will be innovating all the way.’

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irBnB has rewritten the rules for accommodation – and estimates say it nets around $450m from the hotel industry per year. Co-founder Chesky says, ‘You can design a product, a company, a building, anything you want. Once you realise everything can be designed... you can reinvent everything.’

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G R EGORY M AQ O M A __________ __________ MA S TER O F M OVEM ENT


ward-winning choreographer, dancer, teacher and founder of the Vuyani Dance Theatre, Maqoma highlights social stories and creates job opportunities for those passionate about business in the arts. ‘A game changer is someone who capitalises on human talent to create sustainable change in an environment where such opportunity was impossible to imagine,’ he says. ‘That change should be able to inspire, innovate, reinvent ideas and change society for the better.’



ubeka is the founder and creative director of Indalo Décor, a Cape Town-based design studio specialising in contemporary lifestyle decor products and accessories that has also received critical acclaim on the international design scene. With a focus on making unique products out of wood and leather – including backpacks, clocks and lamps – Gubeka has showcased his work at premier events such as South African Menswear Week and Design Indaba. ‘Being a game changer means pioneering the field that you are in and having a unique way of doing things that sets you apart from the crowd,’ says Gubeka, who won the Glenfiddich Maverick campaign in 2015 and was honoured as the first African to have a premium single malt whisky named after him.

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he CEO and co-founder of the Awethu Project, an SMME investment incubator started in 2009, is a Harvard and Oxford graduate. The Entrepreneurial Business Incubator Programme has supported more than 1 000 entrepreneurs, and the company has received international recognition by Echoing Green and the Clinton Global Initiative, as well as local endorsements by Discovery and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.





t takes a man of vision to take a well-kept Scottish secret and turn it into a worldwide sensation, and that’s exactly what Sandy Grant Gordon (William Grant’s great-grandson) did in 1963 when he decided to bring the magic of Scottish single malt across the pond to the ‘city that never sleeps’. Consumers around the world, used to experiencing blended whiskies, were finally initiated to the delights of single malt – a move which forever changed the world of whisky.

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DAV I D A D J AY E _____________________ ARCHITECT


MO OUHTIT _________________ TA I L O R

E VA N S P I E G E L __________________


uhtit’s love affair with menswear began through his father. But not many would have gone on to a 20-year career working for hallowed names like Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna and Ozwald Boateng. In 2015 he joined local tailoring firm House of R&O to pioneer a new use of technology in a traditional craft. ‘Bespoke suiting is no longer a luxury but an absolute necessity,’ he says. R&O uses an innovative approach to taking clients’ measurements via a portable 3D scanner. ‘I have always believed in an honest product, one that is timeless. Adapt to your surroundings, but never try to be someone you are not.’




napchat’s co-founder is, at 25, the world’s youngest billionaire. The less demanding, far less ‘curated’ platform allows millennials to share content in the most authentic way possible – as and when it happens, and in a format the fits the device on which it’s used. And with such a captive audience, every business worth its balance sheet should find ways to communicate using the platform – and reach clients in a way that cuts through the clutter. ‘I’m not a great manager,’ Spiegel said to Recode. ‘I try to be a great leader. And for me that’s been going through a process of, not how to be a great CEO, but how to be a great Evan.’


s a content producer, Manqele worked on children’s TV brand YoTV and later on V Entertainment. In 2015, he launched Bar Leader, his own production house with clients including Kaya FM, Power FM and M-Net. His passion remains reaching South African youth through film and TV to create social change. @legendmancool


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he Ghanaian-British architect may well become this generation’s greatest architect. Indeed, much of the work of Adjaye Associates transcends brick and mortar to become monuments. Adjaye designed the US’s Museum of African American History and Culture and, together with Jonathan Liebmann’s Propertuity, has renovated Hallmark House in Jo’burg. ‘It takes you 20 years to rehearse before you can actually say that you know what you’re talking about,’ he said to Vogue. ‘I’ve made it through. I feel like now I’m at the height of my abilities.’



illiam Grant’s vision comes to life with the Gleniddich 12 Year Old, matured in the inest American bourbon and Spanish sherry oak casks, then united and mellowed in oak marrying tuns for complete harmony of aroma and lavour. As the family’s signature expression, it delivers fresh pear, creamy, subtle oak lavours and a long, smooth and rich inish – one which has led to more awards than any other single malt.* Of course, being a maverick and carving your own path doesn’t just stop at perfecting a signature style. Independent as ever, the family ensures that innovation continues to flourish. From the creation of the Solera vat, a pioneering process used to craft the 15 Year Old, to the rum-cask-matured 21 Year Old – Glenfiddich continues to push boundaries and change the way the world experiences whisky.

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Monday blues For the young up and coming businessman, pair slim cut modern blue suits with light blue shirts. Consider playing with subtle but lively micro print details, such as a polka dot shirt with a micro dot tie. It’s spunky, but still serious. From left Leonardo wears: Sand at Cloth & Label suit R13 995. Ben Sherman shirt R1 049. H&M tie R299. Tissot at Swatch Group Everytime watch R3 000. Aldo shoes R1 999 Dana wears: Zara shirt R529. Jigsaw flared trousers R2 999. Chopard Imperiale watch R77 180. Call it Spring heels R499. Apple iPhone 6S R15 999 Murray wears: Ben Sherman suit R8 399. Scotch & Soda shirt R1 999. Tiger of Sweden scarf R2 299. Tissot at Swatch Group Everytime watch R3 000. Crockett & Jones at Barker shoes R1 699. Louis Vuitton PM Damier Ebene briefcase R18 500



Dealing in the shadows Whether day or night, if intimidation and information is part of your trade, nothing says power and intrigue better than all black. hrow in some texture, like a woven tie or leather detail to lift the look. From left Murray wears: Versace Collection suit R12 750. Polo at shirt R899. H&M tie R299. Ben Sherman iPad case R1 099 Dana wears: Versace Collection leather jacket R20 500. Zara dress R629. Pringle of Scotland bag R5 199 AUGUST 2016 GQ.CO.ZA 99

Black & white For serious administrative or legislative environments, nothing helps you put on your game face quite like a black and white suit, shirt and tie combo. It’s sleek, smart and totally devoid of emotion. From left Dana wears: Pringle of Scotland suit dress R2 999. H&M blouse R349. Forever New clutch bag R399. Chopard Happy Sport watch R124 950 Leonardo wears: Calvin Klein blazer R7 199, shirt R2 699, trousers R2 699, tie R1 199. Police at CJR Gift Sales Driver watch R2 3955

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tyle Three piece here is no item more powerful in men’s suiting than the threepiece. Consider it a suit of armour. It fortiies the body, giving you a more robust shape and pronounced chest, which in turn commands respect. A deep red or other unconventional suiting colour is appropriate for more senior businessmen, while blue or grey works for men slightly lower in the pecking order. From left Dana wears: Zara dress R629. Mango heels R999 Murray wears: River Island suit R4 197, shirt R509. H&M tie R299. Timberland at CJR Gift Sales Mascoma watch R3 450

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Grey scale For a professional look that can transition from formal to casual, ofering both an approachable and rational demeanour, your best bet is grey. Play with varying tones and subtle print details either in the suit, shirt or tie, or all of the above. From left Murray wears: Tiger of Sweden suit R11 599. Burberry shirt R6 590. Gant tie R2 000. Tissot at Swatch Group Everytime watch R3 000 Dana wears: Pringle of Scotland coat R3 600 Leonardo wears: Tiger of Sweden coat R21 799. Jigsaw suit R6 798. Calvin Klein shirt R1 999. Ebel at Boutique Haute Horlogerie Classic Sport Quartz watch R31 200

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Tonal travels A berry tone suit ofers you the option of mixing up your blue and red shades for a look that is moody – appropriate for day to night afairs. Depending on your styling, they can go more formal or casual, and also make a great choice for travelling. From left Leonardo wears: Ben Sherman suit R8 399. Polo sweater R999. Sand at Cloth & Label shirt R2 595. Calvin Klein tie R1 199. Daniel Klein at CJR Gift Sales watch R1 495. Green Cross shoes R1 699 Dana wears: Jigsaw roll neck R1 699. Zara culottes R759, heels R1 399. Burberry bag R33 990

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Hide & Sleek Add a sense of levity to those heavy leathers of the past Words by Jason Alexander Basson Photographs by Coppi Barbieri

Split grain There’s a soft side to leather. It’s a few millimetres below the surface of the skin and is collectively referred to as split leather – the softer, slightly rougher category of leather, such as suede, which is exceptionally beautiful and has a lightness of being, particularly when paired with woven items, like a knit or even a woven leather piece. From left Hardy Amies jacket. Michael Kors jacket. Hermès jacket

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g Sherma jacket R12 990. Zara bag R1 999




Get the look Take note Formal details, like pockets and collars, instantly make those tougher leathers seem less like road kill and more like something a man would wear when he owns the roads. Laser cutting, cutouts and perforated details are a refreshing way to give those heavy items a lightweight look and feel. Coach jacket. Tod’s bag

Gucci bag R39 400. Mango Man at The House of Busby jacket R5 999

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Keep your cool Colour is an exceptionally creative way of making those dense materials come to life in an usual way. By opting for leathers dyed in cooler tones, like pale blue or grey, those leathery bits and pieces instantly become more modern and airy. Canali jacket. Daks bag

Get the look

Zara bag R999. Replay at Hydraulics jacket R12 600

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Wax on, wax off While a patent or waxy finish on leather certainly offers the illusion of a more lightweight style, when too many patent articles are worn together, the look seems hard or synthetic. The key is to contrast them with softer, more organic looking elements, like a knit or a suede article. From left Corneliani jacket. Kiton jacket

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tland leather jacket R9 750. Zara suede jacket R1 399. Tiger of Sweden bag R8 099

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French flair, British cuts

The Kooples are the new fashion cool kids on our block Words by Bernd Fischer


he French clothing chain, known for its rock ’n’ roll aesthetic and ad campaigns featuring ridiculously good-looking couples, opened its irst South African store in the Mall of Africa earlier this year. One of the three brotherfounders, Alexandre Elicha, told us what we can expect from its top-notch collections.

GQ: As a well-established European fashion label that’s new to the US, how does it feel to see the likes of Diplo, Beyoncé and Gigi Hadid wear your clothes? Alexandre Elicha: It feels great. As a rock ’n’ roll brand, we are very glad to see modern day rock stars wearing our styles. GQ: Any collaborations with high profile personalities in the works? AE: We did a collaboration with Pete Doherty from The Libertines. And a few surprises are on the way. GQ: Despite the The Kooples’ popularity among celebrities, your marketing campaign uses real couples as models. What’s the concept? AE: We wanted people to identify themselves with our brand through the campaigns. As long as it’s a real couple, we don’t mind if they are

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celebrities or not. For us, they are our celebs for that season. GQ: There is a recurring skull motif in your ad campaigns as well as in your clothing. What’s the significance? AE: The skull is a sign of life for us. It’s the rock ’n’ roll side of the brand, but at the same time, it’s a reminder that we should enjoy life. We are not here forever. GQ: How much influence did your designer parents have on you and the work you create for The Kooples? AE: They are the pioneers. We just bring the fresh point of view of our generation. GQ: How did you decide to work exclusively with British tailors on Savile Row? AE: My father and brothers went to Savile Row to get a bespoke suit and ended up in one of the best houses on the row, Norton & Sons. We

took the decision that our suit for The Kooples has to be cut there for that English finesse with our French touch. GQ: Are other patterns and designs also made there? AE: Most suits and shirts, but we have the Savile technician here at our HQ so most of our stuff is cut with that approach. GQ: The Kooples is said to be the perfect amalgamation of French and British fashion and culture. Would you say it’s an advantage? AE: I think it’s an advantage. When it comes to style, the British always inspire the world, from the English gentleman to the rock bands. And we French got the elegance and luxury from our DNA, so the mixture of both is what fashion is all about. GQ: Why open a store in SA? AE: We wanted to make sure that we are present on every continent. Today the world is so small – digitally, we wanted to get people to feel the brand from every end. It feels like we

can learn a lot from all these different countries. GQ: What unique quality and value can The Kooples bring to the South African market? AE: Authenticity, modernity, and rock ’n’ roll at its best – a range of timeless garments to fit your existing style. GQ: Does The Kooples consider itself a unisex brand despite the fact that stores are still divided into womenand menswear sections? AE: It’s not a unisex brand, but people are free to mix and match. You can go as far as saying it’s a his and her brand. GQ: Many have compared The Kooples to Sandro and Maje. Do you agree? AE: Well, those are all French brands so it’s logical, but aesthetically we are not the same at all. Our focus is really that Savile Row cut with a rock ’n’ roll touch. GQ: Who is today’s The Kooples couple? AE: I think I would say Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz.

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ugo Parisi stands on the edge of the Hermanus clifs and gazes out to the ocean, at the powerful waves smashing far below him. hen he jumps, a deliberate and forceful leap that catapults him from the ground. Rather than tumbling through the air towards the sea below, Parisi soars gracefully headirst and eventually


executes a somersault worthy of a perfect score. Soon after, he emerges from the ocean, reminiscent of Daniel Craig’s iconic Casino Royale scene. Parisi, a professional platform diver from Brazil who has competed at three consecutive Olympic Games, is one of three faces fronting the new campaign for Chanel Allure Homme Sport. Consisting of three ilms – directed by British photographer Jacob Sutton – the campaign features Parisi, actor and horse rider Luke Grimes and skateboarder Adam Crigler, as each takes on nature with boldness and prowess through his respective sport. What ties them together is the classic Chanel fragrance, easily considered a favourite among

gentlemen, and how each of these personal anecdotes captures the essence of the Chanel man: fearless in his pursuit and a master of his craft. Grimes looks like he was born atop a horse, charging through a vast landscape of fynbos and then through the shallow waters of a Western Cape beach, while Crigler throws powerslides around water-primed asphalt, dashing downhill on a never-ending road. he campaign takes the concept one step further by embracing what men now have available to them compared to almost 10 years ago when the scent was irst released, by, quite literally, putting you in charge of how you see the world. On Chanel’s website, you can own the experience by either horseback riding with Grimes or skateboarding with Crigler. he Allure Homme Sport cologne, created by perfumer Jacques Polge, is like huing on a citrus bouquet, with spicy, cedar and wood notes and a softness brought out by white musk.

Each of these personal anecdotes captures the essence of the Chanel man

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Why your skin looks terrible after a night of drinking No, it’s not just because you went to bed after sunrise Words by Stephen J Praetorius


ou know what a hangover feels like. Physically, you’ve got nausea, body pains, and an earth-shattering headache. Emotionally, you’ve got he Fear. hat is, the persistent nagging feeling in the back of your head that you did something inappropriate in your inebriated state. Yeah, you know the one. On top of all that, your skin can’t help but show the world exactly what you’re going through. Ever wonder why that is? Us too. So we sat down with dermatologist Dr Terrence Keaney to discuss what exactly is going on beneath the surface when you drink, to help you understand the efects that last shot of tequila might have on your visage in the morning. Before we get to the aftermath though, let’s talk about what booze does to your


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skin in the short term. he most obvious symptom: rosy cheeks. ‘Transient lushing is a common side efect of drinking,’ Dr Keaney explains, ‘due to acetaldehyde, alcohol’s main metabolite, which promotes the release of histamine. Histamine causes blood vessels to dilate, giving the red-face appearance.’ You may know histamine as the compound active in allergic reactions; it has the same efect here, causing irritation and swelling in the face. As for why some get it worse than others (see: Asian glow), Dr Keaney cites a mutation in a gene that afects the production of acetaldehyde dehydrogenase, the enzyme that converts acetaldehyde to acetic acid, leading to buildup in the skin. ‘his can happen with even minimal amounts of alcohol.’ Delightful.


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On to why you look like hell irst thing in the morning. You might think that it has to do with going to bed after the sun’s already risen. But while, yeah, that’s part of it, the other half is something called edema. Dr Keaney explains: ‘Since alcohol promotes the loss of water in urine, sodium and other electrolytes are retained in the body. To combat the dehydration, the body will compensate by retaining water, which results in enlarged blood vessels and bloating. he edema is often most visible on the face and around the eyes.’ So basically, the reason you look like crap when you wake up is that your body’s trying to make up for the 19 times you pissed the night before. So, now that you know what’s going on, what can you do to go about combating these less-than-ideal side efects? Once again, Dr Keaney’s got answers, though fair warning, you might not like them. ‘First of, minimise alcohol consumption,’ he advises. ‘No more than two drinks per day for men.’ hat number seem a little low? hen Dr Keaney’s got a few other precautions you can take. ‘You can supplement your alcohol intake by drinking water frequently to replace the water that will be lost in your urine. Also, you need to limit your intake of salt [see: late-night fries]. Excess salt/sodium will cause more profound dehydration, leading to further swelling.’ his goes for the morning, too, meaning it’s probably time you rethink your go-to hangover food. Of course, if you can’t manage that, then you can always turn to eye creams.


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Grease up me you used oil to your ad Words by Stephen J Praetorius


you the freshest look without stripping the skin’s natural oil balance. Lipidol Cleansing Face Oil 125ml R80

our bathroom’s probably already jam-packed. Between your all-natural deodorant and skin type-speciic sunscreen, your sweatresistant styling stuf and your non-hair spray hair spray (not to mention all those expired serums still lying around), it’s har to imagine that your medicine cabinet might be lacking anything at this point. But there is still one thing that, if you’re missing, you should seriously consider giving a shot this season: facial oil. Now, we understand that the word ‘oil’ might make you nervous; you may be war of smearing something seemingly shiny o your mug. But the truth is, facial oils may actually be your best defence against glos – and a whole range of other concerns. Designed to penetrate deeper than other skincare products, oils are able to balance moisture content, protect against the elements, ight wrinkles and more, without you having to use nearly as much as you would a daily lotion. And so, here are ive of the best options on the market, formulated to save your skin this season.

p y , g p and improve the texture of your exhausted mug. A dash of hazelnut oil prevents moisture loss and slows the signs of ageing. Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil 30ml R500

This lightweight champion utilises ginger root, sunflower and tamanu oils to replenish any lost moisture, while skin is strengthened and protected from any signs of fatigue. Kiehl’s Daily Reviving

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HUMPING IRON Tips, secrets and lessons to up your stamina levels and boost your prowess Photographs by Peter Yang

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ex is a decathlon waged on a 200-threadcount field. It requires both endurance and bursts of frenzied energy, raw strength and balletic grace, the fortitude to power through a wicked thigh cramp and the agility to balance on one elbow while maintaining a look of ecstasy. Basically, sex is freaking hard. As with any sporting endeavour, you need a regimen to attain peak prowess – and we’ve crafted one. It’ll unlock your betweenthe-sheets talents with helpful tips (hip strength is key) and useful secrets (Kegels aren’t Jewish pastries, but orgasm-improving exercises). Here’s how to get that solid workout.



Four simple sexercises for wheeze-free loving No exuberant pelvic thrusts in the weight room needed. Instead, try these routines to build the muscles you need to make wheeze-free love.






the motion in the ocean

Sunday morning sex

making a move





Interval sprints – you run balls-out

This’ll help to increase the power

This is a core-and-hip-flexor

These strengthen your back, hips,

(note: not literally), rest, then start

of your hip drive. More hip strength

stamina builder. It’s great when

and arms, letting you feel like

over again – provide all sorts of

and mobility means you can hit

you’re in those side positions.

a romance novel cover model as

fat-burning, metabolism-boosting

the right spots more often. She’ll

In other words: your core and hip

you scoop up your partner. Now

benefits, but the payoff here is that

swear she’s making love to a hairier

strength are proportional to how

you can shift positions without

they’ll help your endurance. You

Shakira. What woman doesn’t

long you can leisurely hump

ruining the mood.

don’t want to run out of breath

want that?

without having to call for a time-out.

before the finish line. DOING IT AND DOING IT

DOING IT AND DOING IT Set a barbell laden with 22kg on


This one’s actually quite


the floor. With your feet a bit wider

Hit a local running track, an open

complicated, and the best way to

Dangle from a pull-up bar with

than your hips, knees slightly bent,

field, or anywhere where you

start is to search ‘Hang Power

your arms fully extended, and raise

and back straight, bend over and

won’t have to dodge traffic.

Clean’ on YouTube to see the

your toes so they touch the bar.

pull the bar to your chest. You

Jog one minute at an easy pace,

movement and proper form. When

It’ll be hard. ‘Don’t bend your arms.

should feel it in your mid-back and

90 seconds at a quick run, then

you try it yourself, load 20kg onto

If you can’t get your toes to the

glutes, not the lower back. Don’t

30 seconds at an all-out sprint.

a barbell and use your hips and

bar, get them as far up as possible

hold the bar – it’s a quick pop and

Walk or jog for 60 seconds to

glutes to explode the bar upward.

to engage your lower abs and hips.’

return. Do three sets of eight reps.

recover. Repeat three times.

Do three sets of five reps.

Aim for three sets of 10 reps.

– Bill Bradley


If you work out only one muscle… ASK ANY UROLOGIST AND HE’LL TELL YOU, while awkwardly cupping your junk, that there are myriad benefits to strengthening your pelvic-floor muscles: a reduced risk of incontinence once you get into your geriatric years, say, and an ironclad fart command. But most relevant for our current purposes, Kegel exercises can lead to better sexual stamina and even an orgasm that goes to 11. These all sounded like net positives, so I dedicated myself to training my pelvic floor. The instructions were simple: sit upright on a firm chair and clench like I’m trying to stop peeing mid-stream. Hold five seconds (keeping my core and legs relaxed), release, rest, clench again. Do it 10 times, three times a day. It took a week or so before I could isolate my taint muscles. Then I needed a few more days before I could flex without my face twisting itself up. But within a month I noticed a payoff. My orgasms didn’t get stronger, per se, but they lasted an extra second or two – and those were beautiful, exultant, operatic seconds. – Benjy Hansen-Bundy AUGUST 2016 GQ.CO.ZA 117

Learn from a pro THE SECRETS OF A MALE PORN STAR Danny D has been at it, literally, for 10 years. Here’s what it takes to physically stay in the sex game all day long. LESSON ONE Eat, you know, whatever

‘Food’s important. But I’m like a child. I’ll eat Pop-Tarts. If I miss breakfast, I’ll go for a chocolate bar. Maybe a Red Bull. I hate that stuff, but when you must, you must.’ LESSON TWO Find your Zen space

‘I’ve seen guys on set do full pre-scene workouts – jumping jacks and stretching their legs. But to be honest, I smoke a joint before I go in.’ LESSON THREE Trust in Mother Nature’s lube

‘Best tip of the porno world right now is coconut oil. It’s a paste, but chuck it in the microwave for 10 seconds and it comes out liquid. It’s the most amazing stuff, and all-natural. Though obviously you look like a strange person if you have a big jar of coconut oil sitting in your bedroom.’ Schedule sex into your week? See why at

The gawky man’s path to being okay with your body THE WAY HE TELLS IT, TIMOTHY SIMONS has always been very odd-looking. ‘I’ve always been very odd-looking,’ says Timothy Simons, aka comedy series Veep’s universally loathed underling Jonah Ryan. ‘I’m the wrong shape. I have a heavy Cro-Magnon brow. And no matter how many times I’ve been to the gym, I’ve only become more wonky.’ As if that’s not enough, his job entails a constant barrage of insults about his – well, Jonah’s – looks. A brief selection of epithets from the show: scrotum pole, guyscraper, human scaffolding, skyscraper of shit. Oh, 118 GQ.CO.ZA AUGUST 2016

and this one: ‘You’re Frankenstein’s monster if his monster were made entirely of dead dicks.’ And yet Simons stays strong. Mostly. ‘I’m able to have a clinical detachment – like, this isn’t me, it’s the character they’re talking about,’ he says. ‘Except when they said Jonah has the face of a police sketch of a rapist. That’s just my face.’ The secret to making this kind of gawkiness work in the bedroom? Presentation. ‘Either no light, or the perfect lighting,’ Simons says. ‘Like, imagine the headlight of an approaching train in Kansas, so you can just see it from 30 miles away. That’s my best look.’ – Jon Wilde

LESSON FOUR Switch oftener, last longer

‘Repetition is the easiest way to go too early. You’re doing the same thing, you like it, then boom. What helped me when I was getting started was changing positions. If I’m home with my wife and stay in one position, I’m done in three minutes and apologising. I’m meant to be a porn star, and I’m like, sorry.’ LESSON FIVE Take care of your equipment

‘Do you know Sudocrem? It’s an antiseptic. After a shoot I literally paint my penis with it and sleep like that. It makes the skin smooth again – takes care of any little nicks, cuts, anything that you got throughout your day.’ – As told to Benjy Hansen-Bundy





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FIND YOUR FIGHT CLUB Engaging in the art of a new fighting technique is a great way to get fit, plus it boosts self-esteem and teaches self defence. Let GQ guide you on your path Words by Dominic Bliss




av Maga



T’ai Chi


A combination of

Using kicks, spins,

many martial arts,

and acrobatics, this

martial art, t’ai chi –

developed by the

Brazilian martial art

with its slow, rhythmic

Known as an internal

Israeli Defence

cum dance usually

arm and body

Forces. The focus is

stimulates combat.

movements – is more

on ending real life

about physical and

conflict quickly,

spiritual health.

efficiently, and




ALL OF THE ABOVE ches, knee elbow nd chops, , locks... karate uses them all

The dramatic Korean martial art that employs high jumps and spinning kicks.


to devastating It’s known as the

In the 150 years

art of eight limbs

since the Marquess

since you use fists,

of Queensberry

elbows, knees and

codified the rules,

shins to deliver

boxing has become

multiple blows in

the most significant




combat sport in


the world.


Brazilian jiu-jitsu

A hybrid based on

Combines just about

Lee’s philosophy,

every martial art you

a mix of fighting styles ranging from boxing and fencing to kung fu

Possibly the oldest

Translated as the

A combat sport, this

form of fighting,

‘gentle way’, this

focuses o

wrestling has evolved

martial art is about

your oppo the grou

into many forms from

manoeuvring your

Greco-Roman to

opponent for a throw,

then apply

lucha libre.

or pinning him to

or chokes

the ground.

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the fi

(with uddhism)

can imagine.






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