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mama S o u t h A f r i c a ’ s P re m i u m Pa re n t i n g L i fe s t y l e M a g a z i n e

Paradise awaits See the BEST of CROATIA with the family

Love yourself



ECO MOM Going GREEN in 5 EASY steps


is in full bloom


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Contents SPRING 2018




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We love


What’s On

Our top picks for you, your family and your home


ates & events not to miss D for the coming months




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Kids Spring styles All the cutest looks from this

season’s fashion for children


Let’s talk Chiro


Eco-Mom to the rescue


Virtual safety

New books

Fab fresh reads for you and your little ones



Beauty Notes

rending beauty products T that work a charm!

Mama fashion

orgeous must-have dresses G and accessories to put a spring in your step

he importance of T chiropractic care during pregnancy and for the family

e show you how to green W your family

How to protect your young

ones from social media and the net


Au-pair 101

xpert advice on finding the E right caregiver

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Something desired


Let’s escape


Décor Trends


A family affair

omething different for your S little one’s bedroom

The latest décor for your home


Love yourself


Pragmatic treatment

Best spa’s to restore your soul

Say hello to better health with these natural remedies

Tamara Toti takes us on an adventure of our beautiful West Coast

The low down on travelling with the family to Croatia, one of Europe’s travel darlings


A satirical entry into our resident Dad’s diary


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mart fitness, real S nutrition

I t takes a village to raise a child


Co-founder of Barre Bodies SA, Jessica Munnell gives us the facts on this fusion of pilates, ballet barre work, light weights and cardio


Safety first

A taste of Durban


The New V-Class

Three wholesome, healthy recipes the entire family will enjoy

Car seat safety and the law in South Africa. We also uncover what there is to know about the ISOFIX

Luxury at its best, we look at the new Mercedes Benz V-Class

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Book reviews, page 87



mama fashion, page 22

Well, it’s finally here! Our much-awaited launch issue has, at last, arrived to awaken our spirits, refreshed and renewed, it’s spring again! The colourful flowers are finally in bloom, and the birds are singing their songs, a welcome treat after the cold and dreary winter we’ve had. We would like to introduce you to South Africa’s Premium Parenting Magazine, absolute mama. This is a magazine focussing on Mom and her little ones but not forgetting the Dads too. We aim to support parents in a natural approach by keeping them at the forefront of the latest advances in health & wellness, information and parenting advice. We also touch on the latest fashion & beauty trends, home décor and motoring releases. This issue showcases the top spas to restore your soul, we look at the health benefits of tea and get the low down on barre body fitness just in time to get back into shape. We have also compiled a comprehensive guide on choosing the perfect au pair and how to protect your children from the dangers online and more.

We love, page 14

Kids furniture, page 46

Beauty, page 20

“The earth laughs in flowers.” – E.E. Cummings



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Managing Editor: Anje Hill Sub Editor: Reta Robberts Design & Layout: Indio Design Contributors: Alasdair Cunningham, Mariza Halliday, Peggie Mars, Tamara Toti, Taryn Dekel


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R&R Baby and Kids Range contains natural ingredients that is best suited for your tots and toddlers delicate skin, free of any parabens, petrochemicals and other synthetic ingredients, including being gluten and animal cruelty free. The range consist of baby bum balm, body lotion and milk wash as well as Kids Body Wash & Shampoo, Conditioner and Bubble Bath. www.naturalsbeauty.co.za

Pink Ostrich

Unique and beautiful handmade baby items, toys and room décor, carefully crafted by a Mom-of-three. All Pink Ostrich dolls and soft toys are handmade with love and care and can be personalised just for you. www.mypinkostrich.com


Exquisite one-of-kind jewellery pieces, natural kids’ skincare range and waste free living are among our picks this Spring

Lavender royalty

Introducing the latest addition to their colour palette, Provence, a fresh interpretation of classic pale purple, elegant enough to stand alone yet easy to mix with all your other Le Creuset favourites. www.lecrueset.com

Crowning glory

Economical, naked and selfpreserving, what’s not to love about solid shampoo bars? They are concentrated, which make them long-lasting, a single bar lasts up to 80 washes. You create a smaller carbon footprint when washing with these compact latherers too. www.za.lush.com


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The new Thule Sleek stroller is flexible and stylish, with 14 different seating arrangements, it grows with your family. Add a sibling seat or a Glider Board and you can transport up to two children at a time. What an investment! www.thule.com/en/za

All about that print Two-way zips, comfortable fabrics, funky colours and designs. Opal Jay baby grows come in gorgeous prints and are perfect for Spring as they are light weight and breathable, perfect for going into the warmer days and nights. www.opaljay.co.za

Lustrous azure, aquamarine ecstasy and sapphire bliss

We love all her pieces but are totally smitten with her blue creations. Janine Binneman together with her team create exquisite one-of-a-kind precious stone pieces, from engagement rings to occasion jewellery and classic must-haves for men and women. www. jbjd.co.za

PLASTIC FREE. WASTE FREE A natural food storage alternative to plastic wrap, perfect for wrapping lunches, cheese, cut fruit and vegetables, herbs or cover a dish or bowl. Lulubee Reusable Beeswax Food & Bread Wraps are reusable, plantbased hand dyed and made from 100% cotton, beeswax and tree resin. www.lulubee.co.za Facebook: LulubeeSkinHealth

Great for little hands

An eco-friendly alternative to cheap and brittle plastic toys. The EverEarth Bamboo animal range are beautiful tactile toys for toddlers. Made from eco-friendly bamboo with a silky-smooth, rounded finish, topped with a coat of colourful non-toxic water-based paint. Facebook: EverEarthSA

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WHAT’S ON Fun filled events and activities for the whole family


The Sanlam Cape Marathon

23 September Granger Bay, Greenpoint - Cape Town One of the world’s must run marathons, attended by locals and internationals alike, and the only IAAF Gold Label-status marathon on the African continent. Including a 22km and 12km trail run, a 5km Fun Run/Walk and a 10km Run, it offers a beautiful route, highlighting the city’s natural splendour and top cultural attractions. Tickets range from R100 - R 1100

WHITE MOUNTAIN ACOUSTIC FESTIVAL 27 - 30 September Drakensberg Mountain Retreat - Durban Three days of live acoustic music in an awesome setting at the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat promises to be a fun filled festival for the whole family. Tickets range up to R750

Everything Kids Expo

28 – 30 September The Glen Shopping Mall, Oakdene – Johannesburg An amazing, awe-inspiring and memorable family weekend out. Featuring everything to do with pregnancy, babies, kids and families, including live shows, entertainment, food, markets and prizes. Tickets range from R30 - R60


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1 July – 30 September Nelson Mandela Gateway, V&A Waterfront – Cape Town Showcasing photojournalist Peter Magubane’s 100 best photographs of Mandela. Featuring images of Mandela’s life as an activist, presidential candidate and personal moments. Entrance free




Fri 12 Oct, 2018 19h00 Tickets: R100


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19-21 October V&A Waterfront – Cape Town Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Mother City, this premier boating and luxury lifestyle event brings together the world’s finest yachts, catamarans and exotic boats. Tickets range from R50 - R120 - Kids under 9 enter free

The Soil and Freshly Ground

‘Rise Up’ and fly at Africa’s biggest kite festival

7 October Witbank -Johannesburg All Afro-Fusion and Acapella Jazz loving fans take note of these two phenomenal groups performing live old school hits and recent music. A night of pure musical bliss. Ticket price R190 - The Ridge Rewards cardholders save from 10%

27-28 October Muizenberg – Cape Town Support Cape Mental Health - incredible kites flown by international kiters. Fresh-air fun for the whole family as well as the disabled. Tickets range from R15 - R40

GOSS & BALFE SAPPHIRE COAST MARATHON 28 October Hutchison Park Amanzimtoti - Durban A scenic run along the coastline, starting in Scottburgh with the end in Amanzimtoti. This event is a Comrades and Two Oceans qualifier. Medals to all finishers. Tickets range from R120 - R250

Top Shows to See

MATILDA THE MUSICAL 17 October -13 January ’19 Montecasino, Johannesburg; Artscape, Cape Town Award-winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by Roald Dahl’s book about a little girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. www.computicket.com


THE LITTLE PRINCE, A MINI MUSICAL 25 October-25 November Montecasino, Johannesburg The story of a Prince leaving his tiny planet, travelling the universe, learning the oddities of adult behaviour through extraordinary encounters told with Japanese Bunraku puppetry. www.computicket.com

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PAW PATROL LIVE! 27-28 October GrandWest Casino, Cape Town This show brings to the stage an action packed musical adventure based on the Nickelodeon TV series. www.pawpatrollive.com

JANICE HONEYMAN’S SNOW WHITE 3 November–23 December Nelson Mandela Theatre, Johannesburg Brought to life, the story of Snow White will be portrayed by South African actors with an original South African twist. www.joburgtheatre.com

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Workshops not to miss

1-11 November V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Cape Town Buskers Festival focuses on free street performances. A partnership between Buskers Festival and the Waterfront, it has become a great event for families and visitors to the City. Free

Mr Funny Guy Chris Tucker Live on Stage in Jozi 10 November Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg American comedian Chris Tucker is making his way to Mzansi, doing what he does best, making people laugh. Tickets range from R460 – R2495

A Christmas Carol at Montecasino

The secret life of bees

10 October Babylonstoren, Cape Town Discover the collection of different shaped bee-hives – from the traditional woven skep, the practical Langstroth with moveable. Learn more about the local indigenous Cape honeybee and the basics of beekeeping. Inspect the hives with us while we parade in our beekeeping suits. www.babylonstoren.com

28 November - 6 January ‘19 Montecasino - Johannesburg Crewworks brings A Christmas Carol to life as you have never seen it before. Charles Dickens’ timeless tale, portraying Scrooge, promises to be a sumptuous banquet for the eyes, ears and imagination. Perfect for the entire family, this outing is bound to become a family tradition! Tickets cost R130pp

JAMES: LIVING IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES TOUR 24 November Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town Multi-platinum UK indie rockers James return to South Africa after 18 years as part of their Living In Extraordinary Times tour. Entertaining their global fan base with over 20 UK Top 40 singles and millions in album sales worldwide. Their SA tour follows the release of their 15th studio album, Living In Extraordinary Times. Tickets cost R545

Growing Organic Salads

7 November Babylonstoren, Cape Town We take a walk through the vegetable garden, harvesting a variety of seasonal leaves and edible flowers whilst sharing growing tips. Our special focus for the day will be on Tia’s no-dig bed, everything from preparation to planting and ending the day on a practical note sowing seeds to grow some delicious summer salads to be enjoyed at home. www.babylonstoren.com

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beauty Indulge your skin with these beauty treats


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fashion & beauty | BEAUTY BUZZ

Hemporium Cosmetology Scrub R145

Hey Gorgeous Happily Ever After Anti-Ageing Moisturiser R220

This hemp and lemon grass facial scrub with micro beads gently exfoliates your skin, leaving it soft and smooth. Specifically designed for sensitive and problem skin. 67ml

Jojoba and shea richly nourish the skin without clogging pores and add essential hydration to keep your skin looking youthful and radiant. 100g

Hey Gorgeous Decadent Coconut Body Souffle R175

Our Gorgeously aromatic whipped Coconut Body Soufflé is an intensely moisturising body cream that melts into the skin on contact, leaving it soft, supple and wonderfully hydrated. Made with organic skin-loving oils and butters to instantly relieve dry, itchy skin making it ideal for eczema prone skins too. 200g

Skin Creamery Facial Cleansing Powder R310

Skin Creamery’s Facial Cleansing Powder, with all-natural herbs and minerals, cleanses and purifies from deep within pores without drying the skin. This magic dust can be used as a daily exfoliating cleanser or a restorative facemask – just add raw honey. 40g

Lulu & Marula Cleansing Bar R110

Enriched with French Green Clay and Green Tea leaves that detoxes and lightly exfoliates skin without drying it out, making you feel like you’ve been licked clean by kittens. This cleansing bar is gentle and moisturising enough to be used daily on both your face and body. 120g

Lulu & Marula Refreshing Tonic Mist R300

Skin Creamery Facial Hydrating Oil R365 An omega elixir, for dewy, radiant skin. The oil molecules break down when mixed with a little water, enabling them to simply melt into the skin. 60ml

ELEMIS Life Elixirs Sleep Bath & Shower Oil R 1230

Restore the mind and body with this deeply relaxing bath and shower elixir, formulated with 13 pure essential oils, including Elemi and Palmarosa, in a skin conditioning base of Amaranth and Bacuri oil. Leaves the skin beautifully scented and moisturized while the body feels well rested. 100ml

A soothing blend of Rose and Geranium waters, Cucumber, Aloe Vera, and brightening Gingko Biloba and Grape Seed extracts, leave skin feeling smoother, softer and totally refreshed. 100ml

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fashion & beauty | MAMA FASHION

Earrings, Colette R169.50

Leyla dress, Poetry R1299

V-Neck midi dress, Karen Millen R4300

Riviera earrings, Thomas Sabo R3225

Bag, Karen Millen R2500

Ankle bootie, Nicci Boutiques R799

Spring Queen

Gold strappy sandal, Karen Millen R3100

Put a spring in your step with these delightful dresses and gorgeous accessories

Handbag, Charles Keith R999

Sleeveless pencil dress, Karen Millen R4000

Drop earrings, Colette R199,50

Floral maxi dress, Karen Millen R6000 Heart black sandal, Steve Madden R1499


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Handbag, Charles & Keith R989.50

Friday sandal, Steve Madden R1399 Jazmin dress, Poetry R1299

Starfish pendant, Thomas Sabo R4475

Snake pendant, Thomas Sabo R8475 Amulet pendant, Thomas Sabo from R8475

Anri dress, Poetry R699

Marlee dress, Poetry R699

Drop earrings, Colette R249,50

Sandal, Charles & Keith R849 Snake bangle, Thomas Sabo from R9950

Floral pencil dress, Karen Millen R3800

Sleeveless pencil dress, Karen Millen R4500

Black dress, Karen Millen R3000

Tote, Charles & Keith R879,50

Bjoanne handbag, Steve Madden R999

Daisy classic pump, R1299

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t LC WAIKIKI we consider a parent’s needs and the safety of their children by refraining of the use of straps and gathered hems to prevent choking and suffocation, thus adhering to kids-wear safety regulations. LC WAIKIKI’s new-born range is made of organic cotton and inspired by soft, natural colours and consists of practical snap-crotch baby suits, snap suits, leggings, hats and more. LC WAIKIKI is a leading Turkish fashion retail company that puts safety above all else. LC WAIKIKI is also a proud participant of studies relating to products not harmful to human health and adheres to production within the framework of set standards. We care about your little one and their comfort as much as you do. We believe that every moment should be celebrated in style and without concern.

2018 CHILDREN’S COLLECTION The flower theme makes use of bright reds, crisp whites, blushing pinks and navy – perfectly paired with a touch of denim and cotton. This stylish range consists of dresses, t-shirts and bodysuits with utmost comfort in mind. Let little girls be the princesses they truly are with soft colours of anthracite, whites and pinks. Neon-printed fabrics with cute kitten graphics printed all over to convert ordinary baby girl’s underwear into something a little more fun and exciting. Black and white tulle, striped detailed cotton fabrics and animated prints - this rainbow of flowers and animals promises to capture any child’s imagination!


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For the boys LC WAIKIKI has used ‘Baby City’ as inspiration for this theme, reflecting a delightful city life in the designs with colourful cars and trucks. Rainbow colours provide little boys with a choice of items. Their underwear range comes in comic elements with minimal lines, animal figures and space themes on soft cotton fabric, definitely a collection to consider when buying for your little man. This 2018 collection is cheerful, stylish, adorably unique and most of all - safe. The safety of this product range was not compromised; these standards raise other suppliers’ standards by protecting human health and nature. By drawing attention to product safety, LC WAIKIKI is the pioneer with these studies in Turkey. LC WAIKIKI is the first Turkish brand issuing the “Ecological Product Handbook”. Their research is thoroughly conducted in laboratories in Turkey, China and Bangladesh. Now, it is time to raise these standards in South Africa.

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THE PASTEL PRINCESS AND THE BUDDING SPROUT Get your little one’s spring wardrobe abloom with these latest collections

Your Princess Old rose/hearts shirt dress, H&M R249

Appliqued sandals, H&M R279

Mint green mesh dress, H&M R429

Pink cat handbag, H&M R249

Huggie leggings, Cotton On R149

Scarlett chamber blouse, Polo Kids from R589

Natural white flamingo espadrilles, H&M R249 Alexis frilled dress, Polo Kids from R589

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Your Budding Sprout Jurassic World dark blue t-shirt, H&M R179

Austin classic golfer, Polo Kids R339

Denim shorts, H&M R279

Green Mesh Trainers, H&M R249

Natural straw hat, H&M R149 Grey twill shorts, H&M R249

Grey/Tiger Printed trainers, H&M R279

Phantom/paint splatter Emoji, Cotton On R199

Andrew chino short, Polo Kids from R639


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Chiropractic care during pregnancy Many women around the world are realising the benefits of regular chiropractic adjustments as they prepare for safer, easier birthing for both themselves and their babies. By Mariza Halliday


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he purpose of chiropractic care is not the treatment of conditions or disease; instead, it is the restoration of normal bodily function. Chiropractors work with the nervous system via gentle spinal adjustments. They decrease areas of tension or stress in the spine, which then affects the nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves), thereby enhancing overall bodily function. All the systems of the body — circulatory, digestive, eliminatory, hormonal, glandular, immunological, muscular, reproductive, respiratory and skeletal — depend on the optimal function of the nervous system. Many women choose to use chiropractic care to enhance and optimise their health and to ensure that the birthing process is as comfortable and complication-free as possible. Being pregnant is tough, the body goes through many changes and a well-functioning spine and nervous system is essential. While all licensed chiropractors receive training related to pregnancy,

some chiropractors specialise in prenatal care and further their training to specialise in their respective fields. “Not all chiropractors are the same, so finding the ‘right’ chiropractor for you and your family is important. There are chiropractors that have received additional training to work with pregnant women and children. I really recommend interviewing any potential chiropractors before making an appointment. Your mommy instinct will know right away if you have found the right practice for you and your

THE BENEFITS OF CHIROPRACTIC CARE DURING PREGNANCY INCLUDE: • Relief of pain and discomfort in the back, neck and joints • Reducing labour and delivery time • Reducing instances of breech position and the need for a Caesarean delivery • Reducing the risk caused by restricted space in the uterus due to a misaligned pelvis • Generally maintaining a healthier pregnancy • Reduces interference to the mother’s vital nerve system, which coordinates all body systems and functions


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family.” says Dr Chantel da Silva, registered Chiropractor MTech (Chiro) at Rise Chiropractic. Even once the baby has been born, chiropractic care can play a vital role in returning mothers to normal health. Properly aligning the spine, neck and back will give the central nervous system the kickstart it needs to bring mothers back to a more comfortable and normal state. Giving birth puts a lot of stress on the body and can misalign many areas. Correcting these issues helps mothers recover far better and faster after childbirth. Having the central nervous system back as it should be gives a mother the freedom to focus on her new child as opposed to the pain or discomfort she feels from her birthing experience. If you are an expectant mother, chiropractic care is something you should consider when thinking about the health of not only yourself but your baby too. Chiropractic treatment gives you and your baby the best way to come through the birthing process in the healthiest possible way.

parenthood | ECO MOM


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Eco mom

Top 5 tips TO HELP YOUR FAMILY GO GREEN By Mariza Halliday

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s parents, we always try and teach our children valuable lessons that will mould them into well-rounded adults. One of the most important lessons we can teach them is responsibility and compassion. Going green as a family not only teaches both these important lessons through leading by example but also have so many incredible benefits for your health and the environment. Learning how to go green may be as simple as using paper instead of plastic, cloth instead of disposable diapers and making your own eco-friendly cleaning products. Either way, it is never too late or too early to start. It might sound a little daunting,


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but you won’t believe how easy it really is – especially if you follow these 5 easy tips:

impact of your diet; going meat-free just one day per week will make a huge difference.

EAT LESS MEAT In South Africa, we raise more than one billion farm animals for food every year, and it is no secret that livestock accounts for most of the greenhouse gas emissions. Raising animals for food contributes to dangerous climate change, land environmental degradation, water pollution and water shortages. You don’t have to go full vegan to reduce the environmental

MINIMIZE WATER USAGE An estimated 50% of all household water usage is wasted. It goes down the drain while we wait for it to warm up or it disappears through leaky faucets and pipes. During a time when our fresh water supply is diminishing due to pollution and drought, it’s important to conserve all the water we can, as well as implement greywater recycling practices wherever possible.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that livestock production is responsible for 14.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, while other organisations have estimated it could be as much as 51 per cent. World scientists on the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) agree that we need to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by 80 per cent by 2050 to avoid catastrophic climate change.

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Our water supply is not infinite, and we must all make changes in our lifestyles to lower our impact on the environment. Some of these changes can be as simple as placing a bucket in the shower to catch water, taking shorter showers and turning off the water while brushing your teeth. USE NATURAL CLEANING PRODUCTS The harsh chemicals in many conventional cleaning products can wreak havoc on the environment, especially when they seep into the ocean, lakes and rivers. Rather choose cleaning products with natural and biodegradable ingredients. This is not only beneficial for the environment, but also for your health. USE LESS ELECTRICITY It is important to cut carbon emissions and lower your energy consumption as much as possible. This can be done by installing solar panels, turning the lights off when you leave a room, installing energy efficient light bulbs as well as insulating your home and purchasing eco-friendly and energy

saving washing machines, fridges and televisions. Not only will you save money on your electricity bill, but it also goes a long way towards a greener future. STOP USING SINGLE-USE PLASTIC Plastic pollution is a tremendous problem. Our oceans are brimming with plastic waste that never disappears but breaks down into micro-plastics, which are nearly impossible to get rid of and cause a myriad of significant ecological and health issues. According to Eco Watch, we currently dump the

equivalent of one garbage truck per day into the ocean every minute. It is predicted that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans. Stop using plastic and opt for recyclable glass instead. Say no to plastic straws, grocery bags, takeaway coffee cups and other items by bringing your own reusable items instead. Every moment of every day is a new opportunity to make a different decision and start cultivating a new habit. Starting a more eco-friendly practice in your home presents an excellent opportunity to start the conversation surrounding the importance of environmentalism.

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parenthood | VIRTUAL SAFETY

How to

protect your kids online Don’t avoid going online because of fear, follow these actionable tips from absolute mama to keep your kids safe online. Read more here. By Taryn Dekel


he online world is an amazing portal to entertainment and education, but it is also the gateway to predators, pornography and other bad influences. We look at how parents can become tech-savvy to protect their children, big or small, from the dangers online. As parents, you’ll do anything to protect your children, but before you delete your social media accounts and go offline completely, take a look at these online safety tips to see how you can protect your children from online child predators, inappropriate content, identity thieves and cyberbullies.


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parenthood | VIRTUAL SAFETY

EDUCATE YOURSELF The first step to protecting your children online is to educate yourself. While you might be used to calling on someone more tech savvy than yourself, you’ll have to do a little digging and become more knowledgeable about the ins and outs of internet settings to protect your family. Being proactive is one of the best ways to avoid uncomfortable and dangerous situations. While your children might be technologically advantaged, they often lack the emotional maturity to evaluate risk. SAFETY FOR TINY TOTS With younger children you have the advantage, you get to control their online activity completely by either limiting it or limiting their access. Choose between allowing usage with supervision only, restrict their access

or purchase a device specifically aimed at young children which automatically limits access. Downloading a toddler app with password control is another great way to control access, without the password the child stays in the app only until you disable it. SAFETY FOR TWEENS AND TEENAGERS Here’s where things get a little tricky. Very often our kids are smarter than us when it comes to technology, so we must think outside the box when trying to keep them safe from harm. Besides the curious nature of those wanting to discover their sexuality via pornography, we also must factor in online predators who are using fake identities to lure children in or to get hold of personal information. First and foremost, have an open

dialogue with your children about their activity online. You can put every measure in place, but if you do not have an open line of communication, this could lead to your child endangering their physical or emotional safety and being too afraid to talk to you about it. Children between the ages of 10 to 15 can make use of a ‘family computer’ set up in a public space where privacy is limited. While your child might argue for their right to privacy, stick to your guns for your peace of mind. For older teens, help them understand privacy. They can still participate actively on social media, but they should not treat it as an ‘online journal’. Show them how to be selective about the types of images and content they share online. Follow your child on social media and address any issues with them in private. Embarrassing them online with a ‘mom comment’ might just lead to them creating a duplicate profile that you’re unaware of. Avoid the ‘check-in’ option as these posts are public and can be used to track users online. Caution your children to delete or block anyone that ridicules them or makes them feel uncomfortable. The internet is a breeding ground for keyboard warriors and online trolls who can wreak havoc on self-esteem. Teaching strong self-confidence skills goes a long way with cyberbullies, who often just stir up trouble for a reaction or ‘likes’. REAP THE BENEFITS WITHOUT COMPROMISING ON SAFETY These tips and tricks will protect your children while allowing them to reap the benefits of technology. The internet is a great maze of useful resources for school research, learning, entertainment and staying connected to family and friends. You can safely do all of this without compromising on the safety of your family.


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parenthood | AU PAIR 101

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parenthood | AU PAIR 101


t is never easy entrusting your child’s wellbeing in the hands of someone else. There is so much to take into consideration when hiring an au pair, and if you are not prepared, it can turn into a full-time job quite quickly. While the search is not always easy, we’re sure you agree it’s worth it to find the ideal companion for your little ones. Here are some of the top tips to make sure you find the perfect au pair. ALWAYS CHECK REFERENCES, ESPECIALLY THE FAKE ONES When you call a reference, don’t reveal the au pair’s name from the start. Ask the person to give the name of the au pair who worked for them in the date range that was provided, if they say the correct name, ask them for more details like “How did you find her? How old were your kids back then? How long did this au pair stay with you? Why did she leave you?” Once you feel that the story checks


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out, start asking your questions about her capabilities, reliability, etc. Another thing you can do is go look the au pair up on Facebook, see if the listed references are friends with them on Facebook, what their relationship with them is (if they are). CHECK THEIR DRIVING RECORD & SKILLS If driving is required, make sure that you inquire about their driving record. Ask direct questions about practical experience and past accidents. You are placing the lives of your children into the hands of an au pair every time they step behind the wheel… make sure you feel comfortable with the person you choose. SAVE YOURSELF THE HASSLE AND USE AN AGENCY Use a reputable agency to source some good, reliable candidates. Try and avoid sourcing candidates using just the internet or a job-recruitment

website. Security comes first! A good agency will also complete any necessary background checks and be able to match you up with candidates that are best suited for you. A MOTHER’S INTUITION Our intuition is the most accurate and powerful tool we have in our arsenal. Moms, you just KNOW when something is not right. You are not going crazy, you are hearing your intuition, and nothing beats it. Don’t doubt yourself when you feel alarm bells ringing. When this happens, it’s done, close the book, don’t ask questions, the person wasn’t right, move on. Your intuition is right. Every. Single. Time. Even when all the reference and background checks are free of alarming incidences. Always remember that there are many good candidates out there and you should never have to settle. Rather be safe than sorry.



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home décor | KIDS

Habitat Pizazz

for your fawn’s humble abode Gorgeous high-quality Scandinavian style furniture and décor made with mom, baby and kids in mind.


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front runner in décor and design, Something Different specializes in pulling together creative concepts and designs, with a love for out-of-the-box creative thinking and an eye for exceptional details. They launched their custom-design décor business

in 2017 called Something Desired, offering clients unique pieces that suit their style and space and in 2018 they added to their repertoire with the launch of their high quality, value-for-money Kiddies range, MIA. Quality furniture that is both functional as well as useful and has longevity.


The nursery daybed, perfect for feeding your baby, firm enough so it’s easy to get in and out of with kids without waking them, but comfortable enough to doze off during night feeds when the need arises. Once baby outgrows it, it makes a wonderful addition to your living room.

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home décor | KIDS


An innovative design for new moms must be the all-in-1 compactum with an area to change your baby with additional storage for products and ensuring enough space for all your changing goodies at easy reach. A bonus is the bath unit, making it super convenient as you don’t need to move between your cold bathroom and baby’s warm room. Drainage from the bath with a bucket is all that’s required, making it a very water-wise solution.

cannot be part of your living space without seriously messing with your décor. This adorable little animal stool & table set is neutral and chic enough to fit into your living space, thus giving a fun place for them to chill. You choose between a deer, bunny or a fox stool, difficult I know, take one of each!



The basket light gives chic simplicity to any nursery or bedroom, with great patterns from the light, softness of the string and ball pendants - a great addition to any room to remove sterile overhead lighting, creating a perfect environment for your baby to fall asleep, dreaming.


Every little girl’s dream princess fairy bed - complete with drapes and twinkling lights! A practical single bed frame with soft drapes, twinkling fairy lights (mattress on request) and large drawer underneath for either another mattress or storage.


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Let your boy journey through all his dreams and adventures with this simple and custom single bed design with a drawer underneath for added storage. This cutesy teepee is great for either a boy or girl’s room and perfect for toddlers through to tweens!


We are all a bit fed up with the gaudy plastic tables and chairs that just

Let kids draw on these walls instead of your own with this large chalkboard house. Adding a bit of style to your play area with a large surface and fun shape for kids to doodle and design. When it comes to additional décor items, the Something Desired team has thought of literally everything. Continue your baby’s journey through the mountains by adding Something Desired’s effortlessly chic bookshelves for a unique finish. To add those final touches to a now perfect room, Something Desired also has custom designed cushion covers in any colour as well as their in-house print collection which is ever growing. Hop on over to www.somethingdesired.com to view the full range MIA Kiddies Range. Something Desired has branches in both Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Rated the number one aquarium in Africa by TripAdvisor, the Two Oceans Aquarium is the biggest family attraction at the V&A Waterfront and boasts both Indian and Atlantic Ocean species. All year, all-weather destination • Buy tickets online and save - www.aquarium.co.za

Open daily 09h30 - 18h00 • Dock Road, V&A Waterfront • Tel: +27 (0)21 418 3823


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home dĂŠcor | MUST-HAVES

A Spring Affair

Breath new life into your home with the latest best buys and chic items for your home

Tokyo sofa, Block & Chisel R22995

Frankie occasional chair, Block & Chisel R4995

Collingdale coffee table, Block & Chisel R6995

ENZO side table Ink, SHF R1500 Small metal spoon, Love Milo R70

Living wall frame, Love Milo R3500 Owen Merlot, SHF R12000


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EDITOR’S TOP PICKS Kelim Turkish towel grey, The Cotton Company R420

Elim Turkish towel sunflower yellow, The Cotton Company R365 ECS glass fronted sliding bookcase, Block & Chisel R26995

Vio stripe patio chair, SHF R1950

Wooden plates, Love Milo R150

Monroe table lamp, SHF R1750

Stairwell wall art, SHF R3250

Diamond geometric scatter, SHF R1500

Geometric vase, SHF R300

Essa sandcastle sofa, SHF R40000

Squared tortoise vase, SHF R200

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health & wellness | LOVE YOURSELF

Restore the soul

They say that motherhood in its purest form is unconditional love, it’s a career mother’s all over the world take seriously and that they sometimes forget to give themselves the same love. By Tamara Toti


The majestic Twelve Apostles mountain range is a display of nature’s powerful beauty, covered in wild fynbos and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and this beauty has within it a hidden secret - the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. With only the mountainand sea view and no buildings in sight, you’ll instantly be taken away on a dreamas you walk through the spa’s separate entrance and down the glass walkway tothe treatment rooms. Music from songbirds can be heard floating through passageways, with rock-like walls that hang over heated pools. www.12apostleshotel.com

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health & wellness | LOVE YOURSELF


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An hour’s drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria, this scenic destination is surrounded by a nature reserve which is home to abundant birdlife and diverse vegetation. This country lodge sits on the banks of the Magalies River, is close to the Cradle of Humankind and offers a great escape from the city life. The Valley Lodge & Spa creates an unforgettable experience for its guests at its world-class spa and hydra therapy centre. The spa is set in a gorgeous space with sensational design and gentle light music that’ll whisk you away. Prepare to be treated to a relaxing hot stone massage or a poolside pedicure; the spa is equipped to offer you what you need to centre yourself and fully relax. Choose from a mineral heated jacuzzi, steam rooms, Swedish saunas or something from the nail care station. www.valleylodge.co.za

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Camelot Spa is a quiet and calm sanctuary dotted across South Africa, designed to take you away on an unforgettable journey. Upon entering you’ll be taken away from the city and sent to a tranquil abyss where you’ll be treated and pampered with Camelot’s specialised treatments. Enjoy massage therapy, a skin treatment or body therapy in one of the five treatment rooms that’ll become your private haven. There’s a pedicure lounge and nail suite, a steam room and a relaxation room. Prepare to restore and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit. www.camelotspa.co.za


Whether set in the midst of sea views, lush greenery or wine farms on the Wild Coast, Elangeni, the Winelands or a Tsogo Sun resort Mangwanani African Spas offer guests the same welcoming supreme service. The Mangwanani brand offers a rare experience of true African indulgence that blesses the body, mind and soul through their specially formulated signature product range which promises restoration and relaxation. Indulge your body in one or more treatments on offer, choose from an African full body massage, a Korean scrub, revitalising facial treatment or a simple manicure or pedicure. www.mangwanani.co.za


Skin Sense Day Spa offers a comprehensive range of expert beauty treatments for women and men. It’s a space where every indulgent need can be fulfilled, be it a full body massage after a long hard day or a beautiful set of nails for a special occasion. This award-winning spa has a hair salon onsite as well as a restaurant making for a perfect full-day experience should your time allow it. www.skinsense.co.za


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health & wellness | LOVE YOURSELF


This beautiful retreat is quietly hidden away on a macadamia and litchi farm, 10 minutes from the Kruger National Park and on the Sabie River. This luxurious spa offers visitors an unusual experience with the smell of roasted macadamia nuts wafting through the air, and spa beds are decorated with roses, treatment decks have wooden walls and roofs giving you a view across the river. You’ll also hear the soft and soothing sounds of water over rocks as you are treated to a speciality of treatments that are sure to strengthen your inner being. Summerfields awardwinning spa has steam rooms, a Jacuzzi, swimming pool, a Vichy shower and visitors can also enjoy a hydro walk along the river. www.summerfields.co.za


Located beside Chintsa Bay, Prana Lodge is surrounded by lush forest and dunes. Upon entering the estate, you’ll get the sense of a pure and untouched environment. The spa believes in using the natural healing power of surroundings together with holistic treatments to help withered souls back to life. Guests should prepare their minds and bodies for healing and regeneration that’ll take you straight to cloud 9, with personalised and individual treatments that have been carefully crafted from herbs that can be found in the spa’s botanical garden. Whether you opt for a facial, a massage or body wrap, you’ll leave Parana Lodge with a reborn soul. www.pranalodge.co.za

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health & wellness | HOME REMEDIES


Tea to the rescue By Mariza Halliday


ea can be a delicious and calming beverage, no matter what season you are in. Tea can be enjoyed hot or cold, and its benefits go far beyond refreshment. There is plenty of research out there that shows that drinking certain kinds of tea can improve your health and wellbeing. Certain herbal teas are known for their medicinal values and can treat several ailments naturally. Here are some of the most common herbal teas, and what you should be using them for:


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health & wellness | HOME REMEDIES

Green Tea: One of the lesser

processed teas and very high in antioxidants. Green tea’s antioxidants may prevent the growth of certain cancers, prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce the risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce the risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels. One of the greatest benefits of green tea is its effects on healthy cell growth which have widespread advantages for our bodies, inside and out. It also has a relaxing effect on the body and mind.


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White tea: It has the highest

antioxidant properties. One study showed that white tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas, it is also anti-bacterial and very low in caffeine.


Antioxidants are compounds that inhibit oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals, thereby leading to chain reactions that may damage the cells of organisms.

Oolong tea: often the tea of

choice for weight management and is known to help alleviate skin conditions. A word of caution – oolong tea can be very high in caffeine, so if you are sensitive to caffeine, drink in moderation.

Chamomile tea: Chamomile is one of the world’s most popular teas


Good Health for Mums & Babies


Drinking Rooibos benefits mother and child Rooibos has a number of impressive health credentials. It is low in tannins, caffeine free and contains naturally occurring antioxidants. Rooibos has a soothing effect on babies suffering from colic, stomach cramps and restlessness. It also helps with nappy rash, relieving irritation when applied with every nappy change. Rooibos supplements the daily intake of calcium, manganese and fluoride needed by growing

children for strong teeth and bones. The lack of caffeine means a pregnant woman can drink Rooibos throughout the day without worsening some of pregnancy’s biggest discomforts - nausea, heartburn and insomnia.


For more information about Rooibos and its health benefits, visit www.rooibosltd.co.za

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health & wellness | HOME REMEDIES

when it comes to calming the body and relieving insomnia. Chamomile is also terrific for relieving cough and bronchitis symptoms, as well as improving the digestion. You can also use cooled tea as a gargle for sore throats or for mouth inflammation and it has excellent anti-bacterial properties too.

Hibiscus tea: In addition to

being refreshing, hibiscus also has properties that help lower blood pressure, especially for those with diabetes. Other reasons to drink hibiscus? It’s naturally high in vitamins, like vitamin C and acts as a natural diuretic.

Rooibos tea:

A South African herb that is fermented and naturally caffeine-free. This plant has been used for centuries. It has high levels of antioxidants and important minerals including zinc, magnesium, calcium and iron. This tea is well known for treating skin conditions and can really help those who suffer from acne. Rooibos tea can also promote feelings of relaxation and can help you fall asleep naturally, but it won’t leave you feeling sleepy during the day.


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Peppermint tea:

Perhaps one of the best teas you can drink when you are suffering from bloating, gas or general stomach cramps or pain. Peppermint relieves muscle spasms and is also great for nausea and vomiting. Peppermint will also warm up the body and make you sweat, so it’s good for removing toxins from the body. Peppermint tea is widely used as an appetite suppressant and acts as a decongestant.

Ginger Tea: Ginger has many

amazing healing properties. When it comes to allergies and colds, its natural antihistamine is unrivalled. Ginger’s anti-inflammatory abilities

can soothe the stomach, relieve sore muscles and lessen the strength of menstrual cramps. Going on a boat? Drink ginger tea to ease motion sickness. And of course, we are all familiar with ginger’s natural kick, which makes it a great flavour booster even in small amounts. Whether you are a tea-lover or novice, give these amazing teas a try and reap the benefits.

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food & fitness | BARRE BODIES

Barre Body


We had a Q & A session with the founder of Barre Body to discuss the facts and benefits about this new trendy work out style. By Taryn Dekel

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food & fitness | BARRE BODIES


bsolute Mama had the opportunity to sit down with Jessika Munnell, founder of Barre Body to discuss how this fitness trend took off and how it can benefit you at every stage of your fitness journey, from beginner to expert. If you, like me, have been living under a rock for the past while, then you’ll have missed out on one of the most effective and fun new ways to exercise and tone your body – Barre Body. Take a look at our interview with Jessika to find out more. Q

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Barre Body is a 60-minute workout fusion which blends pilates, Cardio, strength training, yoga and ballet strengthening. All these elements together encourage flexibility, alignment and toning.


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Barre Body targets the female body areas which are hard to target in other workouts such as the underarm area, thighs, stomachs and bum. It is a super-efficient fun and challenging short workout for women only.


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Absolutely no ballet experience is required to join. Our classes have no

Which areas of the body does the barre workout target? A

The Barre workout is great for your core, arms, legs, stomach and glutes. The classes are energetic, fast-paced and highly addictive. With studios in Claremont and Greenpoint in Cape Town and Rivonia in Joburg Barre Body was founded by husband and wife team Jessika Munnell and Andrew Gowans. They offer challenging Barre classes and superfood nutrition products. During their one-hour classes, you’ll make use of light weights, a ball and ballet barre to strengthen and tone your body. Go to your first class with an open mind and be prepared for a fun yet effective workout which shows results in as little as 10 sessions! Barre Body is a non-impact workout and therefore safe for all fitness levels. Pace yourself and speak to your instructor about any difficulties you may have. Pop in at one of the Barre Body studios today and transform your body and life with this unconventional fusion workout programme www.barrebody.co.za


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One of the greatest challenges for human wellbeing in the 21st century will be to focus on the advantage of having a healthy colon and therefore a good immune system – this is where probiotics can play a significant role. Probiotics are critical for normal digestion and for defence against infection. Bacteria in the gut are known to: • Stimulate the immune system • Enhance the mucosal barrier • Aid digestion and break down toxins • Inhibit adherence of pathogens

A good probiotic can be beneficial in the following ailments: • Diarrhoea or constipation • Bad breath, gas and bloating • Irritable bowel and lactose intolerance • Gastroenteritis and playschool diseases in young children

food & fitness | RECIPES

Durban delights Salmon steaks in mango and ginger sauce, accompanied by carrot salad and topped off with eggcelent, Pasteis de nata!

Carrot Salad

Carrot salad goes particularly well with a Bunny Chow or as an accompaniment to most curries. Ingredients • 1–2 medium carrots • ½ onion • 1 green chilli (optional) • 5 stalks fresh coriander • 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar • ¼ tsp salt Method 1. Grate or sliver the carrots using a potato peeler. 2. Finely chop the onion, chilli and coriander, then combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together well.

Tastes of Durban by David Bird and Deshnie Govender is a celebration of the rich, multicultural heritage reflected in the foods that are found throughout the city of Durban. We share some of our favourites, easy-to-make recipes and perfect for sharing with family and friends. Tastes of Durban by David Bird and Deshnie Govender is published by Struik Lifestyle, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Available at bookstores nationwide at the recommended retail price of R260.


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provides the perfect (serves 2) summer meal. ∏ Ingredients • 2 salmon steaks • 1 tsp lemon juice • 1 tsp crushed garlic • 1 tsp dried tarragon • ¼ tsp salt • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper • 2 small onions, coarsely chopped • 1 tomato, coarsely chopped • ½ cup fish stock • 1 ripe mango, peeled and flesh chopped • 1 Tbsp crushed ginger • 2 Tbsp butter Method 1. P lace the salmon steaks in a shallow dish and season with the lemon juice, garlic, tarragon, and salt and pepper. 2. S et aside in the fridge and allow to marinate for 1–2 hours. 3. P lace the onions, tomato, fish stock, mango and ginger in a food processor, blend thoroughly and set aside. 4. M elt the butter in a frying pan and sauté the salmon steaks for about 5 minutes each side. 5. A dd the mango purée to the pan and simmer for 10 minutes. (If you want the salmon slightly pinker inside, fry for 2 minutes a side and simmer in the sauce for 5–7 minutes.) 6. T ransfer the salmon to serving plates and pour the mango and ginger sauce over the top. Serve with chips, rice or a salad.

Salmon in Mango and Ginger sauce

Between December and April mangoes are plentiful in Durban, with vendors even selling them alongside the streets. Deep-sea fishing off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal often yields a plentiful supply of salmon, with sometimes three or four being hooked on one line. Combining the salmon with mango

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food & fitness | RECIPES

(makes about 12 tarts) Ingredients • 6 egg yolks • ¼ cup castor sugar • ½ tsp vanilla essense • ½ cup fresh double cream • ½ cup full-cream milk • 250 g frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed • Cake flour for rolling pastry

Pasteis de Nata (Egg Custard Tarts)

These tarts became popular around the world as Portuguese populations established themselves across the globe.


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Method 1. Preheat the oven to 200 °C and grease a mini muffin tin. 2. Place the egg yolks in a large bowl. Add the castor sugar and whisk well together. 3. Add the vanilla essence and whisk well to combine. 4. Add the cream and milk and whisk again to combine until the mixture is frothy. Strain the mixture through a sieve. 5. On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry into a tight log until about 3 cm in diameter. 6. Trim the ends and then cut the log into 12-mm-thick slices. 7. Using a rolling pin, roll one of the pastry rounds into a 60-mm circle. Place the pastry into a cavity of the mini muffin tin and press to flatten the dough against the bottom and sides of the cavity, extending slightly above the rim of the pan. Repeat with the remaining dough. 8. Pour the egg mixture into each pastry cup until it’s almost filled. 9. Place the tarts in the oven and bake for 20–25 minutes. The tarts should rise and form a very dark brown skin on the surface. 10. As you take the tarts from the oven, jiggle them a little. If the centre of the tarts look set, then they are done. If they look as if they still contain too much liquid, leave in the oven for a while longer.


food & fitness | BAKING

Hey there,

Cupcake! Get the kids baking with this great initiative!

Support National Cupcake Day 4 Kids with Cancer on the 29th of September at 79 malls across South Africa. A community driven project where volunteers, also known as Cupcake Angels bake and donate their homemade cupcakes to help raise funds for children with cancer.

Visit www.cupcakesofhope.org to find your nearest participating mall or email the co-ordinator Sandy at sandy@cupcakesofhope.org to make your pledge and get your delivery times. The only requirement for these cupcakes is that they need to be made with LOVE!

VANILLA CUPCAKES (Yield 24-26 Cupcakes) Ingredients • 2 1/2 cups (325g) cake flour • 2 cups (414g) sugar • 3 tsp baking powder • 1 tsp salt • 1 cup (240ml) milk • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil • 1 tbsp vanilla extract • 2 large eggs • 1 cup (240ml) water Method 1. P reheat oven to 180°C and prepare a cupcake pan with liners. 2. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a large mixing bowl and combine. Set aside. 3. A dd the milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and eggs to a medium sized bowl and combine. 4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat until well combined. 5. S lowly add the water to the batter and mix on low speed until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined. Please note that the batter will be very thin. 6. F ill the cupcake liners about half way and bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.


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7. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

VANILLA BUTTERCREAM ICING Ingredients • 3 cups icing sugar • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk Method 1. In a medium bowl, mix the icing sugar and butter with a spoon or electric mixer on low speed. Stir in vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the milk. 2. Gradually beat in just enough remaining milk to make the buttercream smooth and spreadable. If it is too thick, add in more milk, a few drops at a time. If the icing becomes too thin, beat in a small amount of icing sugar.

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West Coast


A 30 min drive out of Cape Town lies a beauty and diversity that cannot be compared to any place in South Africa, quaint towns and seaside villages with a rich cultural history. By Tamara Toti

local travel | WEST COAST

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local travel | WEST COAST


hether you’re looking for a day out, weekend getaway or a longer trip, this stretch of road offers the most amazing self-drive tours that’ll leave you in awe of nature’s splendour and beauty.


This is one of the largest and most beautiful fishing towns on the West Coast. It’s the hub of the fishing industry, a hotspot for water sports fanatics and great during whale watching season. The bay is home to the South African Military Academy which is surrounded by a nature reserve that becomes a floral wonderland in spring.


A beautiful unspoilt coastline with magnificent sea views and sparkling surf St Helena is a great holiday destination all year round. It’s the only town where you can see the sun rise over the sea with the granite hills and boulders making a striking backdrop. Its calm waters attract whales and dolphins. St Helena Bay is home to the Cape St. Martin Private Reserve which becomes a garden of beautiful wildflowers in spring.


Langebaan is the gemstone of the West Coast and a popular holiday destination. Blessed with all-yearround sunshine, this mild climate together with crystal clear waters is a great attractor to water sports

enthusiasts. There’s also a modern-day country club that offers holiday facilities and activities. There are two parks in the area to visit, namely the West Coast National Park and West Coast Fossil Park.


Sometimes referred to as the sleepy town, this charming town with Victorian styled houses and lanes of trees takes you back to historical times. This small town is home to writer Pieter Dirk-Uys, Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout and Evita se Perron an eccentric theatre with quirky shows and delicious dishes. In spring Darling becomes a tapestry of colour as every field blooms with wildflower splendour. The Darling Wildflower


Paternoster is one of the oldest fishing towns where residents still live the authentic West Coast lifestyle. Fishermen with traditional colourful fishing boats are a common sight on the beachfront. There are many charming restaurants with dishes prepared from the catch of the day to suit any pallet. This town is a firm favourite for snorkelers, kite surfers and flyers, hikers and kayakers; also great for whale and bird watching.

Show takes place every 3rd week of September, also pay a visit to the Darling Brew Tasteroom and Brewery for a tipple of some of the area’s best craft beverages. The West Coast can take you on a myriad of twists and turns through the countryside and along some of the Cape’s beautiful (sometimes hidden) beaches. Plan your next family holiday and indulge in what these little towns have to offer… activities for all family members guaranteed, young and old.


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Endless discovery Nicknamed the jewel of Eastern Europe Croatia’s extraordinary beauty, pebbled beaches with clear waters, and thick forests are what holiday fantasies are made of. By Tamara Toti


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he historic architecture and streets tell of wars fought and battles won. This gem is ideal for an unforgettable family getaway.


First things first, make sure that everyone has a valid South African passport and then apply for a Schengen Visa. Luckily no vaccinations are required. Now onto the exciting stuff, when is the best time to visit? If you’re not tied down by school


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holidays, between May and October is perfect. You’ll be treated to balmy summer weather, have up to 12 hours of warm sunshine for sunbathing and swimming, and most tourist facilities will be running with virtually no crowds in sight. Pack those cozzies, sun hats and sunscreen.


Croatia is a buzz of activity, and a super family-friendly destination, there are plenty of playgrounds and free parks for toddlers, teens and adults have a whole host of adventure parks to choose from too. There

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is a newly opened aqua park that offers rock climbing, zip lining and biking activities, to name a few. Consider a Jeep safari through the countryside or a boat ride to spot dolphins. If visiting between June and July make some space in your itinerary to visit the coastal city of Šibenik, they host an annual International Children’s Festival with craft shops, music and dance and so much more.


Croatia is peppered with familyfriendly resorts, most allow kids under three to stay for free and those under nine get a considerable discount. Resorts offer Wi-Fi, TV and almost all have a kids and teen club to keep the kids entertained. Nowadays, most hotels have an apartment or hotel room option available to families. Top resorts include Zaton Holiday Resort

in Nin, TUI Valamar Bellevue Resort in Rabac, Hotel Manora in Lošinj, Tamaris Aparthotel along the Makarska Riviera, Sol Garden Istra in Umag. Hotels will also be able to assist with getting around and recommend sightseeing tours.

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international travel | CROATIA CARE


Eating and sharing is a huge part of the Croatian culture, the dining scene is quite relaxed and many restaurants have child-friendly menus. It’s a common sight to see local families out with kids in tow at upmarket


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restaurants. Croatians love coffee so there’ll always be a café nearby for that ever-important caffeine fix.


There is so much to see and do that

you won’t know where to start and end. We recommend that you visit some of these regions for actionpacked activities and some muchneeded downtime: Dubrovnik and Southern Dalmatia are famous for their beaches. The kids will love Northern Dalmatia, they’ll be fascinated by the Zadar’s naturepowered sun salutation and the town of Šibenik is here too - remember the children’s festival. Istria is an explorer’s paradise with caves and dinosaur parks to explore. Foodies do indulge in some truffles and seafood pastas while in the area. Then Zagreb - take a hike up the Sljeme mountain and have fun at the museums. Croatia is affordable, fun-filled and family-orientated - the memories you’ll create with your family here will be everlasting and remembered forever.

EVERY DETAIL MAKES AN MSC CRUISE NOT JUST ANY CRUISE. Every detail on an MSC Cruise makes you live a unique experience. Like every piece of music selected and performed by our talented professional pianists, awakening the senses and emotions throughout the day. This is just one of many entertainment experiences we offer night and day. Another meticulously crafted touch of class developed with you in mind.

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essentials | BOOKS

Spring READS

Inspiring illustrations, amazing lost worlds and influential people feature in these best new reads VERY FIRST QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS: WHAT IS SLEEP?

EXPLORING THE SEASHORE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA MARGO BRANCH With this lively guide, young adventurers will discover the many treasures along southern Africa’s shores, learn all about the strange and beautiful creatures they can expect to see at the beach and where to find them, then try the fascinating activities and make their own first-hand discoveries.

Softcover | R130 Penguin Random House

USBORNE Why do I have to go to sleep? What happens when you sleep? Where do animals sleep? What are dreams? These curious questions are explored through delightful illustrations, intriguing flaps and simple words.

Hardcover | R170 Penguin Random House

Angry Owl and His Tree Kerryn Ponter

One morning our favourite owl woke up to discover that the lovely leaves on his tree were changing colour. He realised that it meant the onset of autumn and he felt sad. But gradually he noticed the fun other MY ENCYCLOPEDIA OF birds were having with the crunchy leaves. And so it happened through VERY IMPORTANT DINOSAURS each passing season that his tree kept DK changing. Not only did he come to This visually stunning dinosaur book is something that every young fossil hunter and accept it but, he understood dinosaur enthusiast will want to own. Easily accessible to young readers through a the value of the changes. balance of striking images and conversational, age-appropriate text, this dinosaur Softcover | R70 encyclopedia will tap into every child’s natural curiosity and answer all their biggest Penguin Random House questions about this amazing lost world. Hardcover | R320 Penguin Random House

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An Unquiet Place Clare Houston

Hannah Harrison escapes her stalled life in Cape Town for a small-town bookshop in the Free State. A concentration-camp journal from the South African War, found in a dusty box of old stock, reveals the life of Rachel Badenhorst, a young girl separated from her family and enduring the crushing hardship of war. Hannah becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Rachel.Coveting the young girl’s courage and endurance, she is compelled to uncover Rachel’s story, never thinking it will lead her to pick open the wounds of a local farmer and dig up old tragedies, unearthing grief that even the land has held on to for over a century. Soft cover | R260 Penguin Random House


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She didn’t have an enemy in the world... until she inherited a fortune. London 1948: Eve Forrester is trapped in a loveless marriage, in a gloomy house, in a grey suburb. Out of the blue, she received a solicitor’s letter. A wealthy stranger has left her a mystery inheritance but in order to find out more, she must travel to the glittering French Riviera. Eve discovers her legacy is an enchanting villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and suddenly, life could not be more glamorous. But while she rubs shoulders with film-stars and famous writers, under the heat of the golden sun, rivals to her unexplained fortune begin to emerge. Rivals who want her out of the way. Alone in paradise, Eve must unlock the story behind her surprise bequest - before events turn deadly...

Trade paperback | R290 Penguin Random House


Michelle Obama

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America – the first African-American to serve in that role - she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, whilst establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it – in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations – and whose story inspires us to do the same. Hardcover | R399 Penguin Random House

parenthood | DADDY DIARIES

It takes a village to

RAISE A CHILD By Alasdair Cunningham


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or as long as I remember my Dad worked shifts. The morning shifts were best as we had the afternoons to spend time together but when he worked the other two we’d just pass each other in the hallway. But that’s what you did back then, you worked whatever you were given to be able to provide for your family. I had it easier than most, some fathers worked in entirely different cities, coming home for a few weeks once every 6 months or so. This didn’t mean that I didn’t miss him, it just made the limited time we got to spend together much more precious. It also taught me some very valuable lessons, such as being an adult sometimes sucked as you had to work both nights and weekends and that time is the most precious commodity we have.

go crazy, we might just make it. However, I wasn’t giving up bringing home some bacon entirely, it’s just that I would be doing it from home for myself while raising our kids and swopping the obligatory khaki pants and blue shirts for jeans and vintage rock t-shirts. (Living the dream dudes, … living the dream). It’s been said that no man is an island and that it takes a village to raise a child (or an idiot). That is most definitely true because I don’t do this in isolation as my wife is very much part of the picture, as are the boys’ grandparents and even some extended family. Being able to spend valuable time with our two boys is priceless. So what if I do the shopping, or the laundry, or even the dishes, it doesn’t make me less of a man and no, I don’t keep my testicles in a jar by the door either. I

It’s more like the season finale of Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, it’s extremely messy with lots of tears and danger lurking around every corner With the advent of the internet and e-mails, we can be more flexible with how we work and where we work than say twenty, thirty years ago. That’s why as soon as my first-born arrived, I decided to become a house husband, telling my then boss and his associates to stick it where the….. I’m joking, you never burn bridges, no matter how tempting it may be. My resignation wasn’t a splitsecond decision, we did the calculations to see if it could be possible. We realised that it would be tight and if we kept our cool and didn’t

have them mounted on top of the fireplace for all to see, along with my signing carp (I love that guy! Take me to the river … what a hoot!) and the head of some random numbskull who condescendingly called me “Daddy Day Care”. Besides, it’s nothing like that movie, not in my house. It’s tough and scary and this is coming from someone who has been in the military and seen Slayer – twice! It’s more like the season finale of Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, it’s extremely messy with lots of tears and danger lurking

around every corner, like fields of unexploded Lego just waiting to pounce and bring a slew of muffled screams to the unlucky individual. Most days though, it’s like I’ve wandered into the middle of a Monty Python skit. The one with the parrot that is no more. Me: Right, so you want clouds (cauliflower) and trees (broccoli) with your dinner? Them: Yes please, Dad! Me: Ok, here you go. Them: What’s this? Me: It’s clouds and trees... just like you asked for. Them: No, we didn’t. Me: Yes, you did! Them: No, we didn’t. Me: Yes, you did! Believe me, this can go on for hours... the parrot is well and truly dead. One thing I never appreciated before is the amount of time Mums (and now a growing pool of Dads) spend behind the wheel. There’s the initial school run, followed by a shopping run, then home to do some work. Then there’s the afternoon pick-up followed by not one, but two extra-curricular runs as they both have different interests, then home to cook dinner before my wife comes home. I feel like one of those Ice Road Truckers, resplendent in a John Deere baseball cap and flannel. I wouldn’t give it up, not one single aspect of it. I learn far more from them than I think they ever will from me. Just their sheer exuberance and unbridled optimism is a tonic to my most cynical of hearts, and I love how completely binary they are, right or wrong, good or bad with absolutely zero shades of grey. I try and teach them what I think will be useful for them based on my years of knocking around this planet, which is not a lot to be honest, because as I’ve said before, it takes a village to raise an idiot, and that idiot is always me.

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motoring | SAFETY FIRST

CAR SEAT laws, regulations and best practice

Currently we are faced with a lot of confusion in the public space and on social media with regards to car seats. Lines easily blur between the law, what regulation stipulate and best practice. Let’s shed some light on this crucial topic for the safety of our most prized possessions, our children. By Peggie Mars


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A recent visual survey by the Automobile Association revealed that a staggering 93 percent of children are not strapped into the safety or booster seats they need to survive a crash.

In South Africa, the National Road Traffic Act stipulate that children under the age of 3 must be in a car seat. Children between the ages of 3-14 or 1.5 meters tall must be in a car seat if one is available. In the event you don’t have a car seat available your child needs to be strapped in with a seatbelt. The Act requires that all car seats be appropriate and correctly certified but doesn’t specify where the seat must be installed or whether a seat must be rear or forward facing. It is illegal to travel in a car REGULATIONS with a child under Car seat regulations set a minimum standard three years old that is to adhere to and in South Africa we adhere to not strapped into regulations ECE 44/04 and 129, or I-Size as an approved set out by the European Economic safety seat. Community. These documents address every aspect of the car seat including the size, width of the harness, the strength of the buckle, the material the seat is made of, the operators manual, the procedures of testing and much more. This sets the bar for all car seat manufacturers and they always issue an orange sticker on the seat to certify it has passed all their standards. Baby or infant seats can only be rear facing and with a weight limit of 13kg or an age limit of 15 months.


The driver is In best practice, we go above the Traffic legally responsible Act and the ECE Regulations in the for any child under interest of the safety of our children. It the age of 14 not is best to have your child rear facing for using a seatbelt as long as you can and there are some in his/her car. car seats which are certified to do this till 25kg. The safest place to install your seat is on the middle seat at the back but unfortunately there isn’t always a 3-point seatbelt available on that seat, second best option would be to put the littlest child behind the passenger seat. Car seats can be quite pricey and we aren’t always able to attain the best suited seat, but you can rear face your child till the upper weight, height and age limit. It is advised that children under the age of 14 ride at the back, but this isn’t practical most of the time. A child can be seated on the front passenger seat as long as their car seats are correctly installed, and the airbag is turned off. Between the Road Traffic Act, the ECE Regulations and best practice, we must find a happy and legal medium that works for us, for our children and our vehicles. The safest seat is the one that you can afford, that fits your vehicle and child and that you use correctly.

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All you need to know about the



The international standard for attachment points for child car seats as well as defining that standard attachment points be manufactured into cars, enabling easily and safely compliant seats.


An alternative to securing a child car seat with seat belts, usually indicated on a label near the ISOFIX bracket. Compliant car seats will have ISOFIX clamps that will attach to the ISOFIX in the vehicle. Clamps are usually at the bottom of the seat or on the base of

the baby seat. The ECE label will tell you that it is a Semi-Universal seat.


ISOFIX only provides 2 points of contact and a third point is required for a safe installation. The clamp on the bracket becomes a hinge during a crash and that is why the third point of contact is required.


The ISOFIX must be used in conjunction with a back tether strap, a load leg or a shield that braces against the backrest of your vehicle. Either one

THE ANCHORS Cars with ISOFIX have two anchor points (metal bars) found between the cushion and backrest of the seat. All cars manufactured since February 2013 must have this type of connecting point on at least two seats.




Check your vehicle manual to find out if it is equipped with ISOFIX. It is probable you will also find an ISOFIX logo or label.

The third anchor point for the ISOFIX system. A safety belt secures the lower part of the backrest of the CRS to the rear of the backrest of the car seat or even to the vehicle’s trunk. This upper anchor point is on the floor of the trunk or on the rear part of the vehicle’s bench seat. Once the car seat is installed, hook the Top Tether onto the third ISOFIX anchor point. Tighten and test the indicator to see if there is sufficient tension.

An ‘ISOFIX base’ is required for rear-facing child seats. This way, it avoids using the seat belt. First the base is clipped onto the ISOFIX anchors and then the child seat is secured to the base.

This is the alternative to the Top Tether. It is used with Group 0+ and 1 child seats, both in rear-facing and forward-facing versions. The leg extends until it rests on the floor of the vehicle. At the correct height. Next, check to ensure it is stable. A brace shield is sometimes used in rear facing seats. Check the vehicle manual to ensure it can be installed with no problems.

How do you secure a child with ISOFIX anchor points? Hook the rigid extensions or metal clips found on the lower part of the rear of the child seat to the vehicles two anchor bars. A ‘click’ and a green line indicates that it is correctly secured.




of these will diminish rebound during a crash and thus protect your child’s head and neck. In a crash, there is a benefit to a seat belt installation due to the slight movement of the seat. The slight movement absorbs crash force and prevents it from feeding through to your child. ISOFIX is considered safer than a seatbelt installation due to its ease of use, thereby eliminating incorrect installation issues. Check your car seat manual to confirm that your installation is correct. Make sure you double check the installation for firmness before each trip.


Another type of anchor that also prevents rotation. It is designed for rear-facing CRS. It does not have a specific anchor point. Slide the front seat forward until the runner is exposed. Next, pass the tether around the runner or around one of the seat legs. Repeat the process with the other tether on the other runner.



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Large as Life

ercedes-Benz is redefining the MultiPurpose Vehicle (MPV) segment with the new V-Class, setting new benchmarks in its segment with its design and host of innovations. With space for up to eight people, high-class appeal, comfort and efficient driving enjoyment this youngest and largest member of the Mercedes family is perfect for those who appreciates boundless space, style and comfort. With the three equipment lines: V-Class Standard, V-Class BlueTEC and V-Class BlueTEC AVANTGARDE, an


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Exterior Sports package and an Interior Design package, the new MPV can be individualised to suit any taste and requirement.

NOT JUST A FANCY VAN The innovative driver assistance systems are based on state-of-the-art radar, camera and ultrasound sensors, under the name “Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive�. Standard equipment includes Crosswind Assist which helps to stabilise the V-Class in strong crosswinds, and ATTENTION ASSIST which warns the driver of inattention


the automatic transmission. At the push of a button the driver can select from four driving modes: economical, comfortable, sporty and manual. The AGILITY CONTROL suspension with selective adjustment of the damping system to the road conditions and the latest generation of ADAPTIVE ESP® is a groundbreaking feature.


and drowsiness. Active Parking Assist is a standard, which makes parking of the new MPV as easy and convenient as parking a compact car. Further optional features are available, i.e. 360° camera, cruise control with COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, etc. To further enhance safety, the PRE-SAFE® system is available as standard on certain models, while it is an optional extra for the rest of the derivatives. When an accident threatens, PRE-SAFE® initiates protective measures to ensure that the belts and airbags offer optimum protection during a collision. To enhance personal driving pleasure, the V-Class offers the AGILITY SELECT function in conjunction with

Highlights of the interior of the V-Class include the free-standing central display, a multifunction steering wheel with 12 buttons and DIRECT SELECT lever with steering wheel shift paddles for automatic models. The innovative touchpad - a cutting-edge control, is available in conjunction with equipment starting from the Audio 20 CD or optional COMAND Online, combining all audio, telephone and navigation functions, also offering an internet browser. The optional Burmester® surround sound system with 16 high-performance loudspeakers, delivers perfect listening experience and provides exceptional surround sound. The V-Class is the only vehicle in the segment to offer optional 4-way lumbar support and active seat ventilation with reversing fans to ensure a consistent relative humidity at the contact area with the leather seat for driver and front passenger. The enhanced THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control system, which is available as an option in addition to the standard-fit TEMPMATIC system is unique with distinct settings for air flow and distribution. Passengers have the luxury of regulating the climate control in the rear of the vehicle as well. As standard, the MPV can be equipped with four individual luxury seats with armrests in two seat rows. Other configurations include the six, seven and eight seat layouts. As an option, a folding table can be installed between the single seats. For easy loading and unloading, the V-Class features a separately opening rear windscreen which can be opened and closed independently of the tailgate. The loading compartment even have two removable and collapsible shopping baskets. Priced from R695 981

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Sheer Driving Pleasure



Spacious volume Lightweight 25L capacity 1,75kg

Durable wheels

Easy to grab handles

2 point ďŹ xed lock

Shoulder strap