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Otmar Dresel heads downtown to visit the dice gambling casino in Bree Street
32 Photo Essay
Graham de Lacy dedicates hours of his time to produce evocative images of Buskaid performers and their relationship with their instruments
Joburg Style talks tattoos, the hippest spots to visit to be inked and the coolest artists in the â€™hood
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CONTENTS 15 GLIMPSE 16 The Male Box
53 EXPLORE 54 Dubai
18 Day Trips
Blogger Thami Masemola lists his favourite grooming and tech products IN4RIDE’s Editor, Thami Masemola, gives us an idea of what he does in his leisure time
Sharon Preston explores the Middle Eastern metropolis of Dubai on a 48-hour journey Gina Borthwick spends four glorious days discovering what the KZN Midlands has to offer
64 Cool District
AnnaBelle Durrant visits Cyrildene, Orange Grove and Norwood, three very different suburbs that offer a melting pot of different cultures
70 Cape Town
Celebrity stylist and travel fundi David Gillson offers an inside look at what’s hip and happening in the Mother City
81 EAT.DRINK 83 Food
It’s not all about salads! Leila Safarian offers bowl dishes that will keep you healthy in the coming cooler months
Edward Makwana, Manager of BMW SA Group Product Communications, discusses new vehicle releases for 2018 with Thami Masemola
Let’s talk cognac. Joburg Style shows you how to drink, pair, mix and choose this superior spirit
A selection of the best products to protect your skin as the weather gets cooler
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Verushka Ramasami, who writes the blog The Spice Goddess, takes us on a gastronomical tour of Durban
Unmissable festivals and events happening in the next few months
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107 THE LIST 113 Diary 119 Vintage clothing 122 We talk tailors 124 Kids’ stuff 126 Art galleries
76 Travel Snippets
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From the Publisher Ten years old. Who would have thought? A staunchly resolute team with a dream, looking back at a decade of disruptions, recessions, brainstorming sessions, the mighty around you falling. Who would have thought? The honest answer – entrepreneurial spirit – and, any BS aside, there were many times that I didn’t think we’d get here. The funny thing about not having any other option is that you find inspiration in the love for what you do; it drives you, passion displacing doubt, the purpose and dogged determination to prove to yourself (and the doubters, oh, definitely the doubters!) that you are meant to be. And this is far from philosophical; it is common sense, almost logical because there are mouths to feed, a mission to be achieved. Having been close to the production of each and every of the last 39 issues, this is a delightful occasion, one I share with my amazing partner, Gina,
without whom I would never even have been in this industry, let alone be celebrating this milestone. Thank you darling. You are an amazing woman. To the current team: Justine, Sharon, Clint, Anup, Mashudu, Khoma and Steve. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your tireless efforts, support and passion. We share this moment shoulder to shoulder. A special mention and thanks to the following people for their notable contributions over the last decade: Elsabe Booyens, Janine Borthwick, Tumi Sibambo, Clive van der Wagen, Elizabeth ‘Phlee’ Donaldson, Dion Viljoen, our families and our friends. Three years ago, a decision was made to put everything into our print product while developing a unique value proposition for the other channels. The result is a differentiated product that serves a special purpose in the Joburg context. The Joburg Style brand is stronger than ever before and perfectly poised for a run at the next 10 years. Who knows where
we’ll be then, and whether it will be me, or indeed a new custodian, addressing you. The ‘who’ is actually beside the point. If I have anything to do with it, it will be more about the how and what. As a media owner I owe our audience my best effort to produce something of unique quality in humble gratitude for the time you choose to spend with us. Thank you for inspiring us to greater heights this past decade and here’s to our journey ahead. To each and every one of our treasured clients: You had confidence in this brand from the onset and it has always meant the world to me. A sincere thank you for everything. I have enjoyed every minute of it, especially when our relationships emerge stronger from the odd wobbly here and there. A special mention to Mike, Jackie, Linda, Lisa, Richard, Tanya, Keagan, Kerri, Sibongile, Tshidi, Thomas, Zeenith, Diana, Jayne and Jen. Happy days and happy 10th birthday Joburg Style…
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GRAHAM DE LACY Photographer Graham’s photographs are featured in the Photo Essay and the Subculture story in this issue. The Photo Essay is a personal project. Both features in the magazine showcase his photographic talent at its best. He is a master of lighting, and captures the essence of each person whom he photographs.
ROSEMARY NALDEN Buskaid founder Rosemary, a viola player, was living in London when she found out about a Sowetan string orchestra made up of music students that was in need of funding. An initial charity drive led to her becoming caught up with the project and registering Buskaid as a charity in South Africa.
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ANNA-BELLE DURRANT Blogger and writer Anna-Belle’s blog ‘She Said’ is a popular go-to guide for the local hip community. She loves writing about “beautiful South African things”. In this issue, she explores three very different suburbs in Joburg for our Cool District.
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Thami Masemola may be known for his motoring blog, but he’s been involved in every type of journalism. He interviewed stars like Boom Shaka, Abashante and Alaska for an entertainment magazine, and edited Y-mag. Since then, he’s edited and published other online and print lifestyle publications. Thami runs motoring portal IN4RIDE, the oldest black-owned publication of its kind in the country.
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WHERE+WEAR THAMI MASEMOLA’S LIST OF HIS FAVOURITE TECH AND GROOMING PRODUCTS
Coach For Men is a fragrance inspired by rebels and mavericks, which is why it’s Thami’s choice. Top notes are green nashi pear, bergamot and kumquat; the heart of the fragrance is cardamom, coriander and geranium and the base is vetiver, suede and ambergis. The iconic midnight blue bottle features a distinctive hashtag charm, and the brand’s horse and carriage logo is engraved into the glass.
When he’s not wearing his ‘overalls and gumboots’ (Thami’s description of casual wear), you’ll always find him comfortably casual. His favourite shoes when travelling are these black Adidas Originals NMD men’s sneakers – perfect for the man on the go.
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Thami says he’s had his trusty Huawei P9 mobile for three years now, and it’s the best phone he’s ever had. Every single pic on his Insta and Facebook feeds was taken using the Huawei.
Yes, real men do wear moisturiser. Thami’s favourite, Dermalogica Daily Defense Block SPF15, is great as the finishing touch to a shaving routine. It’s soothing and also shields the skin against aging UV rays. The lightweight, nongreasy, non-chalky lotion both conditions and enhances the skin’s protective barrier. After shaving, he applies it to his face, ears and the front and back of his neck.
Great for grooming your hair at home, the Wahl Hair Clipper saves Thami from having to visit the barber regularly, as with his hectic schedule, this isn’t too easy. His hair clipper is easily rechargeable, making it easy for him to take it along on his numerous press trips and road testing excursions.
Big surprises come in small packages, and the Apple iPad Mini 4 is a perfect example. Thami’s Apple iPad is thinner and lighter than its predecessors, and its camera offers advanced optics. It’s made for great photos and videos, which is why it’s become Thami’s New Best Friend.
ALL ABOUT THAMI “Nokuthula and I have three children. We all lead busy lives, from school and extra mural activities to work and running different businesses. Family time happens almost daily as I’m the main school shuttle.” www.in4ride.net
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absolutely love an outing there. You can literally wake up on a lazy weekend morning and head on over there. For me it’s quite the journey, because we have to pack grass mats, towels and a picnic basket. Aside from the animals, the zoo seems to have morphed into a proper amusement/entertainment venue, with a restaurant and kiosks offering a variety of food. And now that two of the kids can read, it’s also an educational tour, not just a walk in the park. My choice for an afternoon? The old Orlando Power Station, aka Orlando Towers precinct, in Soweto is a great place to chill for a few hours. You can also get some serious, authentic shisa nyama from Chaf Pozi at the base of the cooling towers, with a variety of Mzansi’s favourite meats and tasty salads to feast on while working up the courage to do some bungee jumping nearby. I’m no bungee fan myself, but I am inspired by the do-all attitude of those who are. Entry to Chaf Pozi is absolutely free and these days there’s also a thriving beer garden that supports, among others, a local favourite called Soweto Gold Lager.
THAMI MASEMOLA GIVES US THE LOW-DOWN ON WHAT HE LIKES TO DO ON WEEKENDS. IT INVOLVES PLENTY OF FAMILY TIME WHILST EXPLORING HIS FAVOURITE JOBURG DESTINATIONS SOME BACKGROUND…
Having travelled to over 50 cities in five continents, I have to say that Joburg is undoubtedly my favourite. I don’t say that because I live here; it really is. My wife has suggested moving us to other places and I’ve refused. While Durban and Cape Town, for example, boast more picturesque settings and serve as arguably better holiday destinations, Joburg is electrifying, magnetic and energising. You need only look at the low traffic volumes over the December holidays to realise that residents need to get out of the city once in a while in order to catch their collective breaths and recuperate.
Clockwise from top left Nelson Mandela Bridge, Orlando Towers, Picnic at the Zoo, Chaf Pozi Facing page clockwise Apartheid Museum, The Blackanese, Codfather, Gold Reef City
DAY 1 There are, of course, plenty of places to play in this wonderful city, most of which are accessible to the general public. I enjoy starting off with a cycle that takes me over Nelson Mandela Bridge. Then it’s time to explore with the kids. An outsider would not quite expect this, but there are even places where you can see wild animals in Joburg. I’m talking about the Johannesburg Zoo – the kids 18 | www.joburgstyle.co.za
SOWETO GOLD GOLDEN LAGER Founded in 2012, Soweto Brewing Company brings the success of local brewing into a township environment; this world-class beer is truly Sowetan. Soweto Gold – Superior Golden Lager has been expertly brewed to achieve a smooth, rich taste. It embodies the spirit, pride, initiative and tenacity of Soweto, and of South Africa.
DIRECTORY Orlando Towers www.orlandotowers.co.za Chaf Pozi www.chafpozi.co.za Soweto Gold www.sowetogold.co.za The Lyric Theatre www.lyrictheatre.com Apartheid Museum apartheidmuseum.org The Blackanese www.theblackanese.co.za Johannesburg Zoo www.jhbzoo.org.za
neighbourly vibe it exudes. And, indeed, I have enjoyed one or two meals at the wonderful and innovative The Blackanese. But I’m also a creature of habit and sentiment. One of the places Nokuthula and I ‘discovered’ over a decade ago is The Codfather. With its relaxed, urban atmosphere, the place, which used to be on Rivonia Road, is now in smaller premises on Stan Road in Morningside. As the name suggests, it offers amazing seafood, which you can pick off the ‘shelf ’ and have it cooked your way. It’s like a buffet with raw fish, and you can choose delicacies such as sushi, lobster tail, Cape or Scottish salmon and Mozambican prawns. There is also a ‘normal’ menu for the less adventurous.
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ALSO CONSIDER ARTS ON MAIN The Maboneng Precinct is home to Arts on Main, a market held every Sunday, from 10am to 3pm. Located on the corner of Berea Road and Fox Street, it’s laid-back and full of interesting stalls showing off Joburg’s creativity. You’ll also find some excellent food here, making it a great place to visit for the whole family.
Photograph of Maboneng Channay Harvey
One of my best thrill parks is the Gold Reef City precinct. Based just a few clicks between the CBD and Soweto, it’s a haven for pretty much the entire family. Nokuthula and I particularly enjoy taking ourselves there on special occasions, partly as a reminder of our engagement. She was a Joburg newbie fresh out of Durban when I took her there for the first time, on the day I asked her to marry me. So it has sentimental value for us. I especially enjoy the terrifying Tower of Terror, the mesmerising Anaconda, nauseating UFO and the quick Golden Loop. They give me life and keep my inner child excited. Of course, right next door is the sobering Apartheid Museum, which can be really heartwrenching, especially for someone like me who’s old enough to remember apartheid quite vividly. While my experiences were not as horrific as those of older generations, when I visit there I am always reminded just how far we have come as a nation. Across the road are the Casino and The Lyric Theatre, where we often spend afternoons watching live comedy shows from some of the best performers in the country. After that I like to go find a place to eat. There’s something alluring about the bohemian attitude of Maboneng, the relaxed nature and
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TALKING CARS THAMI MASEMOLA CHATS TO EDWARD MAKWANA, MANAGER OF BMW SA GROUP PRODUCT COMMUNICATIONS, ABOUT THE LATEST VEHICLES IN THE STABLE, WHICH HE LAUNCHES TO THE MEDIA
talking about taking lessons in German, although I am conversant in the basics. Do you have to travel a lot for your job? Yes, I do travel a lot, both locally and internationally, for launches – we spend up to a week away from home for each event. Also, I often have to attend conferences in Munich regarding future products, etc. One of the more stressful parts of my job is when journalists expect you to to
“People might aspire to the brand, but as a company we strive to remain humble”
What is a typical work week like? Never a dull moment. There are lots of meetings and when there’s a launch, there is advance planning. What I love about the job is that no two days are the same. It’s also quite a challenge because we are constantly under pressure, running and juggling.
to know everything about a product. It’s almost impossible. We are constantly discovering new things about our products. Do you make time for exercise? I have taken up gym and have become quite serious about it. When you are in a stressful job, you need to be able to have some downtime. I try to go at least four times a week, but because of the job’s unpredictability, I often end up going only twice or three times. What about family time? As a father, family time is very important to me. I don’t like letting my wife help with the kids’ homework alone, all the time. I want to make sure that I am home at least two days during the week to contribute and bond with the kids. I also drop the kids off at school as often as possible. Then, if I come home late – which is often – at least they have spent some time with me that day.
What type of temperament do you need for a job like yours? This job requires you to be neutral, because it is a corporate environment and you deal with lots of different personalities and situations. EQ (emotional intelligence) is vital because you have to absorb quite a lot. Eight years into this job and I’m still
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“Always work as though someone out there is working 24 hours to take your job” Tell us about what it’s like driving BMWs and MINIs. It’s a privilege. People often say, “You have such a great job, you’re always driving nice cars,” but I never forget that it is a great privilege. I heard a great quote over December, which basically said, “Always work as though someone out there is working 24 hours to take your job.” What should we expect from your company in the future? The culture of BMW is ‘no arrogance’. People might aspire to the brand,
but as a company we strive to remain humble. Technology is changing so fast and BMW is one of the leaders. ‘Autonomous cars’, ‘car electrification’ and ‘car-sharing’ are the current buzzwords. We have to answer questions like, “Do young people of the future even want to drive, do they want to own cars?” Collaboration with competitors is also part of it. We are collaborating with Nissan SA regarding electric infrastructure and we also have a partnership with Audi and Mercedes-Benz on the HERE live
mapping system for future autonomous cars. What new cars can we expect to see in 2018? Our focus this year is on luxury. The BMW X2, the new sub-compact SAV, launches in March. Then we have the mighty BMW M5. The updated new electric
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i3 with an improved battery arrives in April. Then there’s the i8 Coupe and Roadster (slahla). The new X4 will be unveiled in Geneva in March, and the bigger X7 and 8 Series (M8 included) will arrive in South Africa before the end of 2018. As for MINI; they will release the updated hatch and a five-door.
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ROLL T E DICE Otmar Dresel heads downtown to find out about one of the city’s most popular forms of gambling – dice gambling, a tradition kept alive at Bree Street taxi rank Photographs Otmar Dresel
ust like blackjack, roulette or one-armed bandit, dice gambling is addictive. Most young black men in South Africa get introduced to dice in the ‘casi’ (location-township) and eventually, some end up as professional gamblers. The dice gambling ‘casino’ at the Bree Street taxi rank is one of the places where these professional gamblers can play dice. “Eh-tsa,” the skinny chap with the Kangol cap whispers and throws two tiny dice into the air. The dice roll next to a worn brakeshoe, weighing down a pile of notes in the middle of the table and the people gathered around get louder as the dice stops still – some curse and turn away, some grab money notes from other hands and do a little dance of joy... This is gambling hour in Newtown, Johannesburg’s cultural precinct. It was around 4.15pm in Johannesburg’s downtown district. Rush hour was well on its way and the traffic over the Mandela Bridge reflected the sun like a diamond necklace. I had to pace myself as I crossed the road so as not to get caught in the traffic flow, mainly to avoid getting hit by the criss-cross of taxis. I was on my way to see the dice gamblers who have set up a little ‘casino’ right here next to the Bree Street taxi rank in Newtown, Johannesburg. Places like this are the poor-man’s casinos of South Africa. They’ve been there ever since the city was built on the gold mines, after gold was discovered in the 19th century. Dice gambling in Newtown has been around for
the last 30 years. Before this, they used to play inside the Bree Street taxi rank building. And before that, they gambled around the corner from the taxi rank. Dice gambling is entrenched in black South African culture and although it is illegal, the gamblers are usually left alone by the law. There is a commotion coming from a crowd gathered tightly around a square table – roughly a metre by a metre and half. I take a peek. Moving in all directions, over, along and across a worn wooden table, are a lot of busy hands (similar to that intersection I tried to get across earlier). Some hands are poised on the edge of the table, others are squashing R100 notes... After three different explanations by three different people on how to play dice, it finally sinks in a little. The game is played something like this: Bets are first placed and the dice is thrown. (Any player can have a turn at throwing if they want.) If the player opens with a pop on his first throw (that is, a 7 or 11), he wins and collects all the cash on the table. Throwing a double-one (2), a 2:1 (3), or a double 6 (12), is never good – these are called craps and are best avoided throughout the whole game, because throwing these numbers makes you lose your money. Let’s say the player throws and misses a pop and a craps on his first throw,
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he would then open the game with a male. Male numbers are 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 (everything between pops and craps). So, throwing the male number he opened with, again, and without throwing a pops or a craps, would win him the money on the table. He will ‘catch him’, as they say. He wins. The game becomes more intricate when the ‘unders’ come into play. These are the numbers on the opposite side of the thrown number on the dice, for example underneath the 6 is a 1. “Don’t learn this game,” one of the players casually tells me. “It’s trouble.” “If my wife finds out…”, adds the punter with the baseball cap. Shortly afterwards at another table, two players get a little rowdy, pointing fingers at one another. It seemed to have something to do with R3,000 which hadn’t been paid up yet. Dice gambling can be addictive and lead to irrational behaviour. I’ve heard of men who have lost their entire month’s wages here in one afternoon.
At each table I notice that there is one person who just sits there. I start a conversation with one of these men as he is waving at three punters to place their bets on his table. “What do you do here?” I ask him. “I’m what they call the ‘knocks-man’,” he replies. “We are like the croupiers at a casino.” Meantime, the three gamblers have been convinced to play a round at his table. While handling their bets, he tells me about the gaming set-up. “Each table has a knocks-man. He sets up his own table for the day, he makes the game and gets the players. Sometimes he takes the role of ‘referee’ if there happens to be a need for it.” He pauses while he reaches in his pocket to pull out a wad of cash, folded in half. From it he removes R20 and places it together with the money already stacked on the table. “How do you make your money?” I ask, as he picks up the two dice from the table and rubs them vigorously between his palms. “I get a commission on the winnings,” he explains. “When a player wins three times in a row, the knocks-man automatically pockets 20 bucks. I also get a commission from each of the winnings.” He excuses himself to attend to two more players who have just laid money on the table. “Will you still be around here?” he asks me as he places their notes under the metal brake-shoe. “We can talk later. I’m just going to make R200 – quickly.” He laughs as he sets the dice rolling across the table. Dice is a game very much for the streetwise. It is a game most young men get introduced to at some time in the townships, where
HOW TO PLAY STREET DICE Dice games are seen as a way to make quick cash, says Stephanie Hodes in her feature, ‘The Downtown Gamble’, which is part of the Wits Journalism’s Jozi City Project. The most exciting of the dice games is a variation of craps, she explains, which generally involves rolling the dice to get a 7 or an 11 which is considered an automatic win. www.journalism.co.za
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THE LIFE OF A GAMBLER it is mostly played on pavements and street corners. Because it can be quite lucrative, some of these young men take up gambling for a living. The set-up of the approximately 12 tables in Bree Street – each uniformly placed at waist height – does, however, give the place a sense of structure. There are even canopies suspended over some of the tables for those wanting to play out of the hot sun. The Spaza shop alongside it provides a good breakfast and lunch, and at the end of the day, it’s only a short walk to get a taxi ride home. There are men from all walks of life. The youngest appears to be around 18, but he seems to have the confidence to try his hand against the older punters. The bets run high! One-hundred rand notes are piled on top of each other on some tables. Fingers on some hands are adorned with diamonds and gold. Some are dressed in tailor-made clothes. If this was Las Vegas, they wouldn’t be out of place. The hooting taxis taking people back home are a reminder that we are actually in Newtown. Some punters are so focused on the game, they don’t even notice the noise. Before I leave, I find a quiet table and gamble 10 bucks. Each time I try placing my bet down, I get handed my money back. “You are putting the money down too slow,” I am told. I try to keep up with the numbers being thrown and thrown again. I’m not having much luck. I realise I will need a lot more practice before I can play in these ranks, so I stand back and enjoy watching the game. And the game goes on. The dice keep rolling.
FINGERS ON SOME HANDS ARE ADORNED WITH DIAMONDS AND GOLD. SOME ARE DRESSED IN TAILOR-MADE CLOTHES. IF THIS WAS LAS VEGAS, THEY WOULDN’T BE OUT OF PLACE
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Thapelo spends most weekends gambling at the Bree Street taxi rank. Although he is only 20 years old, gambling is a part of his daily routine. He works at a factory in Langlaagte where he is paid weekly, but says that the money he earns isn’t enough to cover everything.“To gain extra cash I come to the Bree Street taxi rank to gamble,” he says. Thapelo usually plays dice with R300 and says he can make more money out of gambling than from his full-time job. “That R300 can last me the whole night. There’s a possibility I will leave without winning or losing, and there’s a possibility I can leave with maybe R3,000, which is more than I came here with. It’s a win or lose situation.” He says he gambles with a mindset expecting to lose, but hoping to win. “I just have to try my luck. I know it’s just a game, but I see it as a way to make cash because I am not getting paid the way I want to be.” Thapelo admits his gambling habits are a problem, but because he is still young, he says, his only responsibility is to himself. “Nobody looks after me and I don’t look after anybody, so what I do with my money is my choice.” He rents a room in Langlaagte but says he is often unable to pay his rent because of losing his money on dice. He resorts to borrowing money from loan sharks and having to pay this back with increased interest. “When I have to pay these guys back I get scared because I know they can kill me over R500, so I never gamble with their money,” he admits. While Thapelo confesses to have lost more money on gambling than he has made, he says he won’t give it up. “I can say I am a gambler because I can spend the whole weekend gambling without going home until Monday morning when I have to go back to work. “Sometimes I go to work happy because I have more money, and sometimes I go back to work stressed and looking for money so that I can go and gamble again. “This is the life of a gambler” – Excerpt from ‘The Downtown Gamble’ (edited) www.journalism.co.za
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SOME DAYS YOU LOOK PHOTOGRAPHER GRAHAM DE LACY HAS SPENT HIS FREE TIME CAPTURING BUSKAID PERFORMERSâ€™ SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEIR INSTRUMENTS
SOME DAYS YOU SEE
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he moving black and white portraits of the Buskaid Soweto String Project have won photographer Graham’s much acclaim. Many of his photographs have been snapped up by National Geographic magazine, including a black and white portrait taken in 2016 of a bass performer from Buskaid. De Lacy’s emotive images of the Buskaid performers are part of a project he has undertaken to assist this worthwhile charity. His exquisitely lit black and white photographs highlight the passion these young string players have for their musical instruments, and the difficulties they have overcome to be able to perform on a worldwide stage. For 20 years, Graham was an award-winning art director and creative director in the South African advertising industry. Then, in 2008, he picked up a camera and changed his focus. It was quite a natural transition, he says, as he’d spent so many years directing top local photographers who had, in turn, imparted their immense knowledge of lighting. 34 | www.joburgstyle.co.za
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In any event, Graham’s courageous change of focus was well-received. In 2009, he had an image published in National Geographic, and in the same year, he won the overall image of the year in the PiX Magazine Photographic Awards. Then he won a coveted Pica Award in 2012 as the photographer of the year. Graham has shot the Buskaid performers numerous times over the years, including on some of the many trips they have made to perform overseas. His words, “Some days you look, and some days you see,” sum up his transition to photography as well as his insight into the souls of his subjects. His impeccable lighting and the extraordinary depth found in every one of these images are indicative of his incredible talent. We have seen, Graham. And we cannot wait to see more. 36 | www.joburgstyle.co.za
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â€œHis impeccable lighting and the extraordinary depth found in every one of these images are indicative of his incredible talentâ€?
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ALL ABOUT BUSKAID
Rosemary Nalden was a freelance viola player in London when she happened to overhear a snippet on the radio about a string orchestra in Soweto, South Africa that needed funding. When the story was published in the UK’s Sunday Independent early the following year, she decided it was time to take action. “I showed it to my colleagues and asked if they would be interested in contributing,” she recalls. Out of this came a charity drive that involved busking in 16 British railway stations, most of them in London. This raised £6,000, which Rosemary spent mostly on music and instruments. At that time the orchestra, made up of school-going students, was being taught in a tiny room in a Diepkloof community hall. Rosemary visited a few times, and eventually became so caught up with the project that she registered a charity in South Africa and dedicated more of her time to working in Soweto. Her first main sponsor, French oil company Total South Africa, gave her an office in their building. She was also able to bring out 12 musician friends, including English conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Together with 12 of the students, they performed at the Linder Auditorium in 1997. An integral part of the team, cellist Sonja Bass joined shortly after, assisting Rosemary in the office and also teaching students. After a stint in the UK and Switzerland, she learned how to repair instruments, and now repairs all Buskaid’s instruments in a recycled container 38 | www.joburgstyle.co.za
One of the greatest achievements of this school, Rosemary says, is the culture of older students assisting the younger ones
in Diepkloof. The new project was initially based in a priest’s tiny office next to a church in Diepkloof. A year or so later, Rosemary identified a small church in the area with a small creche attached, and was able to get permission to build a school. Total provided legal advice, local architect Uwe Putlitz designed the building free of charge, and by 1999, the school was complete, with two teachers and 35 students. One of the greatest achievements of this school, Rosemary says, is the culture of older students assisting the younger ones. “We trained these older kids to assist and now we have eight fully trained assistant string teachers and a tier of children helping other children,” she explains. To date, Buskaid has performed locally and internationally; they have travelled overseas 26 times, including to England, Holland, Ireland, America, Brazil, Colombia, Syria, Germany and Botswana. Currently there are between 125 and 130 students, 12 teachers and six classrooms, but they are still very short of space. Buskaid is currently getting ready for a huge local performance that will take place on 29 September, with international pianist Melvyn Tan. Tan actually came out to rehearse with the students at the end of February. www.buskaid.org.za
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RETHINK IT'S NOT JUST FOR SAILORS EVERYBODY’S DOING IT, AND THEY’RE FLAUNTING IT ALL OVER SOCIAL MEDIA. BODY ART IS TAKING JOBURG BY STORM. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE ART OF TATTOOING AND THE HIPPEST SPOTS TO VISIT TO BE INKED Photographs Graham De Lacy
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oving your body is one thing. Adorning your body with tattoo masterpieces of your choice is another thing entirely. And that’s exactly what Joburg’s young and restless (not to mention celebrities, aspiring cool cats and the rest of us) are doing right now. High-tech tattoo parlours are popping up in all the right places, each one more stylishly put together than the last. The whiff of disinfectant is a welcome reminder that everything there is as hygienic as it can be, that the tattoo artists working at their stations are consummate professionals. A tattoo parlour in 2018 Joburg is a cross between an ad agency and a place where you go to get an artist to adorn your body. It oozes cool. The tattoo artist is even cooler, and the art displayed on his or her body, sometimes covering every visible part, is the artist’s walking advertisement of his or her prowess. This is body art in the 21st century. Not the stuff they used to decorate mummified bodies with in the pharoahs’ time. It’s another world entirely. The tattoo artist has gone beyond traditional tattooing styles to create his or her own genre. This is inking at its most beautiful, body art that is meticulously thought out, created and applied with incredible attention to detail.So let’s talk tatts. Rethink ink. We have to – tattoos have become as much a part of modern society as mobile phones. And the tattoo industry is growing exponentially.
“I’m involved in the Scar Project. Once a month I make a tattoo for free over a scar that has been a massively traumatic part of someone’s life”- Roxy Athletes, fashionistas and celebrities like Rihanna, David Beckham, not to mention Angelina Jolie, openly display their body art. It’s become a status symbol, the epitome of cool. Their fans are jumping on the bandwagon, wanting a taste of that evasive something that sets the famous apart from the rest of us. Tattoo artists themselves are becoming celebrities, and we have quite a few right here in Joburg. In our ’hood. Just itching to tell us about themselves and their passion for ink.
MAKING THEIR MARK
Modern tattoo artists offer a new set of skills. Aside from an artistic bent, which could include a stint at art school or a career in graphic arts, they’ve learned the art of tattooing by putting in the hours. They know everything there is to know about skin and the body, as they’ve studied both with the same attention to detail as a medical professional. Let us introduce you to a few of them… 42 | www.joburgstyle.co.za
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SAILOR JERRY’S LEGACY
ROXY – SALLY MUSTANG TATTOOS
Roxy Janke looks so demure it’s hard to believe she’s a tattoo artist. How did she get into tattooing? “Funny story that. Just over two years ago, I was selling paper to corporate companies. It sort of darkened my rainbows, so I resigned and decided to rather be broke and happy. I went to get a peacock tattooed on my thigh from a friend who was a junior artist at a nearby studio. The owner and I started doing crosswords together and he offered me an apprenticeship starting the following morning…” “I’ve always had a deep love for sketching and painting and making things with my hands, so this was my dream job. And this is where I am currently, loving every moment. Sally Mustang Tattoos is the most amazing space and I get to meet supersonic people daily.” What is her style of tattooing? “I’ve always drawn in a sketchy abstract way... I never thought people would like it until suddenly I was asked whether I could tattoo exactly what I had drawn. I guess my style is very chaotically controlled and playful with geometric elements and abstract shapes that form a visually stimulating result. I’m looking to branch out into other styles this year and push my limits.” What does she love most about tattooing? “It’s how honoured I feel with every piece I tattoo. I never thought people would want my drawings on them and it’s such a wonderful feeling! I am also part of the Scar Project, which is about creating art over hurt. Once a month, I make a tattoo for free over a scar that has been a massively traumatic part of someone’s life. Creating a piece of art over that initial pain and the joy and cathartic emotions after our session is a real experience for both myself and the person involved.” Roxy doesn’t see a particular trend in tattooing in Joburg. “More people are open to the idea of personal tattoos,” she admits. Her views on Sailor Jerry? “He’s an all-time influencer when it comes to tattooing. He pushed the boundaries of colours, design, single needle usage and hospital quality sterilisation. His biggest influence on me has been colour and design. As I’m so new to the business, I have adopted his foundations with respect and understanding and am constantly learning and growing from every tattoo I make.”
Sailor Jerry is an expertly crafted spiced navy rum; it’s also a celebration of the iconic tattoo artist that bears its name, who is regarded as one of the biggest influencers of the tattoo industry. Like the person it's named after, the rum is a celebration of being unconventional. Sailor Jerry was born Norman Collins in 1911. In an era when people bowed to convention, he defined himself on his own terms. Instead of completing school and pursuing a conventional career, Collins left home as a teenager and hitchhiked across the USA, taking on temporary jobs. Like other free spirits of that time, he developed an interest in tattooing. His first tools were primitive: a single needle and black ink. He learnt his craft by tattooing volunteers one painful poke at a time. Collins could have continued in this fashion and died in obscurity, but two events changed his path. The first was a chance meeting with Chicago tattoo legend, Gib ‘Tatts’ Thomas, who taught him how to use a tattoo machine. Collins became obsessed. He gained experience and developed his style, paying bums to be tattooed. Collins was always on the move, which led to the second important event in his life – he joined the navy. He travelled all over the world and eventually settled in Honolulu, Hawaii which was relatively under-developed. This changed when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour. Many sailors on shore leave headed for Honolulu’s Hotel Street, a seedy area lined with bars, brothels and tattoo parlors. That’s where the Sailor Jerry legacy began. To escape the horrors of war, sailors had a wild time on Hotel Street. They also received a tattoo as a war memento. Collins captured the zeitgeist with designs that were at once practical and elemental. His minimalist style was popular. This, along with his deft touch with the tattoo needle, soon made him famous, and his nickname, Sailor Jerry, was born. Sailor Jerry created his own style – iconic and artistic, irreverent and soulful, radical and beautiful. He was an iconic sight on the island, cruising around in his canary yellow Thunderbird or on his Harley Davidson. In 1973, at the age of 62, he suffered a heart attack while on the Harley. He somehow managed to get back on the bike and drive it home before he died.
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“Tattooing is kind of based on rebellion – it’s trying to be different”
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“I was never a jock or a geek or anything like that – I was just the odd one out,” says Jan ‘Munky’ Giebelmann. " It was the mid ’90s, the grunge scene, with influencers like Marylin Manson, Cold Chamber and guys like Machine Head. They all had piercings and tattoos. I think I was one of the first kids at our school who ever got a tongue piercing and funnily enough, when I was 16, I went to ask for a job at the local tattoo shop. I was told I was too young, which was kind of ironic – you wouldn’t have thought tattoo shops had a moral obligation to keep kids in school!” Munky tried other career options and admits that it never crossed his mind that he would land up being a tattoo artist. But as soon as he picked up a tattoo machine, it became an instant extension of his arm and he’s never looked back. Drawing from his mentors’ experience and direction, Munky developed his own creative style, somewhat traditional, but influenced by bold colours and artistic individuality. He describes his personal style as “a lot of bold line work with plenty of detail. I don’t do very much colour; I prefer the contrast between blacks and reds. I made my bread and butter on traditional work – bold lines. It may seem like a simple design, but at the same time, the lines have to be perfect because you know they’re going to be scrutinised. If the line is skew, you’ll see that from a mile away. That’s why traditional work is always a good basis from which to learn. It teaches you to be meticulous. It also teaches you that what looks simple isn’t really that simple to execute.” What Munky loves most about tattooing is the social environment. “It’s the people who I work with, the social support structure that we have here that I love the most,” he says. “I’d like to say it’s stress free, but it isn’t really. I think that with every freelance, commission-based work there’s quite a bit of stress.” What is trending in the Joburg tattoo scene? “I think they want that 3D-looking tattoo. I hate that term, but I think photo-realism, big black and grey pieces of work, has become quite a big trend. Funnily enough I don’t do that style at all.” How did the Sailor Jerry style of tattooing influence your personal style? “I honed my skills with that traditional style of tattooing, which is Sailor Jerry’s style – every tattoo style comes from that, has grown from that, whether it be traditional, new Americana traditional, or realism.” www.joburgstyle.co.za | 45
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Hendrik “One day I would love to have a legacy like Sailor Jerry”
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RISING DRAGON TATTOO
Hendrik Strydom began his tattoo journey at the age of 16, when he saw an image of a Sailor Jerry home-made tattoo gun. He built a tattoo gun of his own using pens, guitar strings, cable ties and a charged battery power source. As Hendrik believed he should define his own terms in life, and one had to be 18 to get tattooed, he decided to tattoo himself with his own creation. He officially started tattooing when he was ‘legal’ (19), focusing on traditional and neo-traditional styles; these have progressed to colour work as well as tattoos in black and grey. “What I enjoy most about tattooing is my clients – each one is very different and all of them come from various walks of life and have fascinating stories,” he says. Hendrik says that the current tattooing trend in Joburg is “realism, such as portraits of family members or realism themed landscape tattoos.” He says that Sailor Jerry inspired him “because of his pioneering nature and how he defined the industry. One day I would love to have a legacy like Sailor Jerry.” www.joburgstyle.co.za | 47
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“My motto in life is: ‘Get the tattoo!’”
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Ting Thorne has been fascinated with the art of tattooing since she was 19. “I later found myself in the right place at the right time and was offered an apprenticeship with Iron Fist Ink when I was 21. I started right at the bottom of the ladder and trained for two and a half years before I put needle to skin. “Needless to say, I was hooked. Tattooing is completely nerveracking, but terribly exciting at the same time! It requires an immense amount of concentration, trust, etiquette and confidence. It is not a very forgiving industry to be in and there certainly is no room for error! So, you have to keep grounded and focused, which can be difficult for a creative mind. “I’ve worked my way up through nearly a decade of hard work and patience, and I now proudly own my own shop in Blairgowrie, where I work alongside four other amazing artists. We seriously have the coolest and most rewarding job!” When it comes to her personal tattooing style, Ting loves “the finer, more intricate stuff. I really enjoy tattooing anything floral or illustrative,” she says. Every so often, she puts down her fine needles and “I whack out a bold colourful traditional tattoo. I like to change things up!” Ting loves her job. “The satisfaction you get after wrapping up a finished tattoo is amazing! So much goes into the whole process that it is such an empowering feeling. That person chose you to do their tattoo, that trust alone is a powerful thing.” Ting on Joburg trends: “I have noticed a few collaborations where two or more artists team up to work on a piece. The collision of styles usually results in a beautiful piece of artwork.” On Sailor Jerry: “He was the master, the innovator in the tattooing world, the king of the trade and an absolute inspiration. Although my style of tattooing is different to his, I am completely in love with his originality and oldschool way of doing tattoos, and I definitely feel that it fuels some of the tattoos I produce.” www.joburgstyle.co.za | 49
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â€œI love designing fantasy creatures or charactersâ€?
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Ryan Ansley has been involved in the tattoo industry since 2000; he became a professional in 2005 and qualified as a tattoo artist in 2011. “My family always told me that I could never make a living as an artist, so after studying fine arts and graphic design in college, I started working in a restaurant, which I did for a number of years. Then, when I was between jobs, a close friend, who had just qualified as a tattoo artist, asked me to work in her tattoo shop as her apprentice. “I loved the tattoo industry. It was so refreshing to be judged on my work ethic. When the shop got busy, I started helping with the designing process. Tie, owner of Empire Tattoos, noticed my talent and offered me an apprenticeship. I jumped at the opportunity and even though it was a really tough three years, I have never looked back.” When it comes to tattoo style, Ryan says he’s a good all-rounder “but the stuff I have the most fun with is fantasy art. Whether it’s new school, Japanese or non-realistic portraiture, I love designing fantasy creatures or characters.” What specific trends has he seen happening in the Joburg tattooing scene? “At the moment, we get quite a lot of requests for watercolour and geometric tattoos,” he says. How did Sailor Jerry influence your personal style? “Before I did my first Sailor Jerry design, I only wanted to do very fine and intricate black and grey work. After the first tattoo I did from Sailor Jerry’s flash book, I realised that doing simpler designs with bold lines and solid color had loads of impact as a tattoo. The tattoos are tough looking and usually very easy to read from a distance, and they look impressive. I now love and appreciate bold colour tattoos as much as the black and grey stuff.”
FLASH FACTS Every tattoo is a personal statement, but there are certain common meanings. We found out the meanings behind two of Sailor Jerry’s designs… The Anchor This is the most secure object in a sailor's life, the perfect representation of stability, which is why you'll often see anchor tattoos emblazoned with ‘Mom’ or the name of a sweetheart (the people who keep you grounded). They're popular within general tattoo culture, but the symbolism is the same, a reminder of what keeps you steady.
Pin-up girls Pin-up girls represent the ideal and extremes of femininity — from maidenly perfection to vixenish temptation. The woman inked on a sailor's arm would be the only feminine form he would see for months. Applying his bold, refined style, Sailor Jerry created what could be argued as the world's most iconic pin-up tattoos. www.sailorjerry.com
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Sharon Preston spends 48 hours exploring Dubai. Here are her suggestions of what to do if youâ€™re in this exceptional destination for two days
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es, it’s for real: this ultra-modern city in the midst of the desert with hundreds of skyscrapers soaring up to the skies, including the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa. Dubai is a high-tech oasis in the desert, a city with an ever-changing skyline. From the top of Burj Khalifa, you can see these new developments taking shape, shifting the skyline one silhouette at a time. Actually, from the top of Burj Khalifa, through the desert haze, you can see everything that makes Dubai so remarkable… so many tall beautiful buildings, all in the same beige/ silver/camel hue, stretching towards the coastline, sometimes even overtaking the coastline and being built into the sea. And the people? Dubai is a microcosm – you’ll literally find the world in this city. There are people from so many different nationalities working side by side, playing together, holidaying... The cuisine, the shopping, the sights are all modern, exciting and cosmopolitan. Here’s what to do if you have 48 hours to spare.
Spend your first day getting to know the culture of the United Arab Emirates, specifically the Muslim people. Start off with a visit to the souks in the old part of the city. Dubai’s Gold Souk is legendary for its amazing gold jewellery, and these tiny stores lining a few narrow streets are treasure troves full of every type of jewellery imaginable. Next door is the Spice Souk, where Arab men in spotless white tunics ply their wares. Purple, orange, pink, white, black, green and yellow are all juxtaposed to make up a kaleidoscope of Middle Eastern treasures for the kitchen and the medicine cabinet. Those pretty pink rocks are actually sugar, whilst the orange mass is saffron, the dried miniature rosebuds 56 | www.joburgstyle.co.za
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are for a tea to make a lover appear, the violet dried flowers for a tincture and those that look like candles are actually soaps for people who have sensitive skins. To get to the other side of the Dubai Canal, where the modern city centre is located, take a ride on a traditional boat called an abra. The trip is short and you get a different perspective of Dubai from the water. Once ashore, head to the Cultural Centre and explore the narrow winding streets of this part of Dubai, where the houses are all built on skinny walkways to keep them cool in the desperately hot summers. Have a traditional Arab lunch at the Dubai Cultural Centre, where you are seated on comfortable cushions and can learn all about the people of this clean, modern, well-run city, their cultures and traditions. Traditional Arab dining is a leisurely affair, especially when you are hosted with all sorts of treats, but finally it’s time to head out of the city in 4x4s for another experience altogether, a desert safari which takes you on a dunebashing roller coaster ride, followed by a much slower, more sedate camel ride. As the sun sets, it’s time for dinner and entertainment – there are falcons on display, shisha experiences, Arab garb to dress up in and henna painting. A traditional barbecue with plenty of Arab accompaniments follows before you enjoy some exotic belly dancing.
It’s time to enjoy the modern side of Dubai today, starting with a trip up the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. It’s best to get there early before the crowds so that you don’t have to stand in a queue. The ride upwards is a dramatic one, with music and pictures showing your ascent, which is incredibly fast. Before you know it you’re on the 124th floor, looking down at Dubai below you, a hazy cream-coloured mass of high buildings, many of which are still being built, with the sea an endless pool in the distance. You can spend as long as you like up there, but if
Clockwise from top left Desert fun, Arabic footwear, Burj Khalifa, Spices at the market, Burj al Arab, Abra ride on Dubai Creek, Traditional Arab coffee, Camel riding in the desert
you’re pressed for time, head back down again and through Dubai Mall, located at the bottom of this tall edifice, to the Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. An unexpected treasure in the midst of the mayhem of the busiest shopping mall in the world, the Aquarium takes you under the sea to another world entirely, where you are encircled by the magic of sea life. A walk through an underwater tunnel is your first experience of life under the sea; it’s quite eerie seeing sharks of all shapes and sizes gliding by, stopping to nibble at something on a seabed before heading onwards. The Aquarium and Underwater Zoo have all sorts of exciting adventures on offer, including scuba diving for the more adventurous. For the rest of us, there are all sorts of beautiful fish and sea creatures to see, all happily going about their business in a reproduction of their natural habitat. After coming into close contact with creatures that look as if they stepped right out of sci-fi movies and into the ocean, it’s time to head back to the real world – if you can call Dubai Mall ‘reality’. Pick up a mall guide from the numerous information centres, find a seat and read up on where you want to go and what you want to do. It should be lunchtime, so I suggest heading into the square first to see the beautiful Dubai Fountain come alive as you nibble on something delicious. The fountains are surrounded by every type of restaurant
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A FEW MORE REASONS TO VISIT DUBAI
Dubai is constantly transforming itself and evolving to become the world’s most desirable travel destination. We have already told you what to do there in 48 hours. Here we offer some other reasons to visit this exciting city
imaginable. We chose an international eatery so that some of us could carbo load on pasta for the shopping ahead, and others could eat dainty Asian dishes that taste sensational and do little to the waist and hips. Once you’re sufficiently sated, it’s time to tackle the stores. You will literally find every type of store imaginable here. For starters, there are department stores from every corner of the globe: Galeries Lafayette of Paris, Bloomingdales of New York, Debenhams of London. Whatever you want, you’ll find it, from designer fashion, watches and accessories to chocolates and confectionary, electronics and computers, sports and outdoor gear, jewellery, furniture and décor items… the list is as endless as the possibilities.There are chairs and even cushions on which to relax in some parts of the mall to rest your weary feet. If you prefer to skip the crowds, you can go ice-skating at the Dubai Ice Rink – there are even lessons for beginners. Dubai still has plenty of sights to see and places to go. It depends on how long you spend in the Mall Otherwise, I suggest grabbing a bite from one of the Mall’s fast food outlets and then slowly making your way back to the hotel after what can only be called an unprecedented experience. Joburg Style was hosted in Dubai by the Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM).
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NEW OPERA HOUSE www.dubaiopera.com LUXURY HOTELS Dubai’s luxury hotels abound. One of the newest is the Palazzo Versace Hotel, which features ceilings with gold handcrafted details, and a magnificent 10,800 square foot lobby with a marble mosaic floor. There’s the first ME by Melia Hotel in the Middle East, located inside the extraordinary 95m-high Opus building. It will be opening later this year (see pic below). The hotel’s interiors were designed by fashion designer Donatella Versace. Let’s not forget Burj al Arab Jumeirah, Bulgari Dubai... the list is endless.
SKIING IN THE DESERT Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East, an amazing mountain-themed winter setting where one can ski, snowboard, go tobogganing and play with snow penguins. Located in Dubai Mall, it features the Giant Ball run as well as a 10-foot ramp, tube slides… there’s even a chairlift. www.theplaymania.com
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EXPLORE | MIDLANDS
A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY GINA BORTHWICK SPENDS A WEEKEND IN THE HEART OF THE KZN MIDLANDS AT THE NEWLY REFURBISHED BRAHMAN HILLS
scaping the hustle and bustle of Joburg for a weekend is always a good idea. And when you’re invited to spend a weekend in the lush Midlands, that ups the ante even more. Located around two hours from King Shaka International Airport, or four hours’ drive from Joburg, the Midlands is a tranquil, scenic destination. My home for three nights, the newly renovated Brahman Hills, features hotel rooms and self-catering cottages, all excellent value for a four-star offering. Accommodation at the hotel is in a choice of 30 stylish, modern units, each with its own private garden and furnished with luxury amenities (including Charlotte Rhys bathroom products – who could ask for more?). The self-catering cottages overlook the scenic Blue Crane Nature Reserve, so wildlife is literally on your doorstep. Each cottage has its own Jacuzzi – perfect for taking in the spectacular views while sipping a G&T. Rooms are a combination of rustic and modern charm. The cottages are like a home away from home, with a lounge (complete with DSTV and fireplace), dining
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room and fully stocked kitchen. If you wish, the hotel will send a private chef to cook for you. Another option is The Midlands Kitchen, a stone’s throw away, which offers a choice of 15 different cuisines (conveniently all in one location) including Mexican, Mediterranean, burgers, chicken, pizza, Indian and vegan. The food is artisanal, fresh, authentic and tasty (my favourites were the Indian and vegan). Talking of food (which, I think, is one of the most important elements of a great getaway), you’ll find the Brahman Café in the main Barn at the hotel, featuring fabulous breakfasts, lunches and dinners. A highlight of eating here is the view of the rolling hills, plus the possibility of seeing a herd of Brahman cattle… the perfect backdrop to your dining experience. The restaurant in the wine cellar, called 89 on Copper, offers excellent fine dining. The highlight is the Chef ’s Selection Menu, a three-course set menu, which changes
nightly. Portion sizes are decent and have a touch of rustic fare. The bar in the wine cellar, called Copper, features drinks and a bar menu, making it the perfect spot to enjoy rugby and soccer on the weekend, with roaring fires to keep you cosy. There’s also the coffee lounge, Cappuccino, ideal for a mid-morning break. Pampering at the spa was a real treat. There are eight treatment rooms, as well as a dedicated room for manis and pedis, a Tranquillity Lounge and a Champagne, Coffee and Chocolate Bar. It offers a choice of treatments; I was treated to a full body exfoliation and massage, as well as a mani and pedi. A relaxing way to spend an afternoon! If you’re feeling active, the reserve offers a choice of routes for walking, running and even cycling – perfect if you need to work off all the delicious food at this stunning location.
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STROLLING ALONG There’s plenty to do in this spectacular location, including the famous Midlands Meander, which offers a selection of routes, fascinating local events, great restaurants, outdoor activities and adventure sports, historic landmarks, wildlife conservation, shopping, arts and crafts. There is an easy-to-use app you can download on your phone to help you plan your route. Make sure to include Nelson Mandela’s Capture Site and Museum on your itinerary.
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DINING OUT IN PATERNOSTER DAVID GILLSON TELLS US ABOUT A HIDDEN GEM IN THE WESTERN CAPE THAT IS HOME TO SOME OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE COUNTRY
ne of the Western Cape’s best kept secrets, Paternoster, is a charming little fishing village that offers a relaxed lifestyle and some of the best seafood you’ll taste in the country. Best of all, it’s just 145km from Cape Town, making it easily accessible for a getaway. This quaint fishing village is one of the oldest in the country and has become quite popular with those who are looking for a trendy seaside town to stay in that boasts restaurants offering fabulous food. Somehow, despite being on everybody’s radar, Paternoster has managed to retain its old-world style. You’ll find colourful fishing boats on the pretty beachfront and the whitewashed houses are a combination of refurbished original homes and more modern ones. A real highlight of visiting Paternoster is the range of world-class restaurants located there, offering gourmet fare and some of the best seafood available in the country, including fresh oysters from nearby Langebaan as well as abalone, crayfish and other delicacies. Here’s a list of some great restaurants to try there… Die Gaaitjie Restaurant Famous local chef Suzi Holtzhausen has embraced the
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village’s fabulous produce and stunning seafood, and her dishes resonate with a fresh, modern touch. Her charming little restaurant, located in an old fisherman’s house right on the rocks with the sea below, is the perfect setting for an unbeatable dining experience. Die Gaaitjie is renowned for its innovative food, excellent service and friendly, bustling atmosphere. Its daily specials always make things new and exciting, although the regular menu also has plenty to offer. www.saltcoast.co.za The Noisy Oyster This quirky, eclectic restaurant boasts hundreds of glittering fairy lights that light up its garden courtyard at night. Although it specialises in fresh oysters, the restaurant also boasts a varied menu with a stunning selection of seafood curries and great meat dishes. email@example.com
WHERE TO STAY Sugar Shack, Paternoster This beautifully refurbished fisherman’s cottage offers seclusion, comfort and plenty of style in an untouched paradise located two minutes from the beach.
Oep ve koep Set in the back of a town landmark, the old-fashioned trading store, this excellent restaurant is run by award-winning chef Kobus van de Merwe. He makes lots of use of the region’s delectable seafood – and if you enjoy Kobus’s fabulous food, pick up a copy of his cookbook, Strandveldfood, which offers a fresh look at South African cooking. www.facebook.com/oepvekoep Voorstrandt This authentic, century-old corrugated iron dwelling boasts an excellent position in the centre of Paternoster’s main beach. One of the village’s most popular restaurants, it’s ideally located near the local fish market – of course, it specialises in fresh local seafood! Book a table on the veranda to enjoy a casual, relaxed atmosphere… ideal for a long, lazy lunch. www.voorstrandt.com
Painted white in the traditional West Coast style, Sugar Shack is adorned with pretty candy pink shutters and furnished with whitewashed furniture and carefully chosen art pieces. This charming cottage boasts an open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge area with TV as well as an enclosed veranda with breathtaking ocean views. The kitchen is very well equipped so you can eat in if you wish, although Paternoster offers a selection of stunning restaurants offering traditional Cape fare and unbeatable seafood. The scenery here is quite spectacular, dotted with huge boulders and jagged cliffs and long unspoilt beaches just begging to be explored. www.sugarshackcollection.com
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WEST These very different suburbs make up a melting pot of different cultures, a taste of both Eastern and Western civilisations just a few kilometres apart. Anna-Belle Durrant visits Cyrildene, Orange Grove and Norwood Photographs Channay Harvey
aise your hand if you find yourself going to the same places all the time. It’s easy to get into a routine because no one makes coffee like your local does, and there’s no better feeling than walking into a restaurant where the waiter knows your name. But if you’re prepared to get out of your comfort zone, you’ll find Cyrildene and Norwood nestled between the busy suburbs of Bedfordview and Melrose, and while they might be a little rough around the edges and you’ll definitely find yourself saying, “What on earth is that?”, they offer a fresh perspective on Joburg and the different cultures that thrive within its borders.
Fisherman’s Plate is somewhat of an institution in Joburg’s Chinatown in Cyrildene. You can’t visit the area without at least stopping in for a snack. Don’t let the restaurant’s appearance sway you; this is some of the best Chinese food you’ll get in the city. What’s more, it doesn’t have a hefty price tag. Shun De offers a new take on Sunday lunch with its authentic yum cha. Yum cha translates directly as ‘drink tea’, and visiting this Cyrildene establishment on a Sunday involves feasting on baskets of dim sum and drinking traditional tea. Do try the deep fried rice dumplings. Did you know that the food in the north of China is vastly different from the south? No? Chinese Northern Foods, a family-run restaurant along Derrick Avenue, serves up a daily dose of jellyfish salad, flatbreads and braised eggplant. The menu is vast and it’s all delicious. While it might not be your usual, The Usual on Grant is a café-style eatery with great burgers and even better shakes. If you’re stopping in for coffee, it has its own blend that will leave any caffeine lover smiling. A fan of firm Joburg favourite Momo Baohaus and Momo Soko? Well, they’ve got a little sister called Momo &O in Norwood that serves ramen! It’s really no surprise that the Momo restaurants are popping up everywhere. Their take on Asian fusion food is a breath of fresh air! Baha Taco, also in Norwood, serves delicious authentic Mexican food. Baha’s food is quick, tasty and fresh; make sure to try the pineapple, gingerbread or mint tequila. One of Norwood’s hidden gems is Sumting Fresh; you won’t find anything quite like it elsewhere in Joburg. The staff ’s energy matches its incredible street-style type dishes. Ask for their ‘What Came First’ with extra watermelon. No one does Portuguese like Toninos in Orange Grove, and it’s been
Clockwise from top CJ Supermarket, Baha Taco, Momo &O, Herbs and spices supermarket, Fresh produce along Derrick Avenue
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ASIAN, ANYONE? Grant Avenue in Norwood is sushi heaven, with four great sushi restaurantsâ€Ś
For fresh sushi, great sashimi and legendary dim sum, Rainbow Sushi is the place to go, for take-outs or for a meal on the premises. Specialising in Japanese food and great sushi, Hokkaido has built a reputation for its sushi platters, dim sum and choice of Asian-inspired food. Real Sushi is known for its fresh sushi, quick service, and the option of eating in or taking out. The food is simple and delicious, and portions are generous.
Kung-Fu Kitchen has a sister store in Parktown North, and is famous for its sushi. It also offers great take-outs and Chinese dishes, especially the Crispy Beef and dim sum. Service is quick and efficient.
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Clockwise from top Norwood Antiques and Collectables, Baha Taco, The Tea Shop
doing it since 1933. The prego rolls are famous and you’ll find it packed on Friday afternoons.
Steeped in history, the Radium Beer Hall in Orange Grove is the oldest surviving pub in Joburg, and yes, it still has it! The bar is filled to bursting with memorabilia and good music. Follow it on social media for an updated list of gigs or visit on a Sunday for the weekly jazz days from 11am. Looking for a new place to watch the sun set over the city? Norwood’s Crafters is the place! One of the city’s hidden gems, it’s a mustsee. It’s located within The Factory on Grant.
Fresh produce along Derrick Avenue: Why not ditch the fluorescent-lit veggie aisles at your local supermarket and take a stroll along Cyrildene’s Derrick Avenue? The street-side stores are bursting with fresh vegetables that you won’t find anywhere else. And prices are excellent. You’ll find Norwood Antiques and Collectables, a haven for knick-knacks, in The Factory on Grant. Whether it’s vintage furniture, interesting dêcor pieces or you need a new lease on an old piece, it has it all. For something a little out of the ordinary, there’s another Norwood gem called The Lamp Post that has an eclectic collection of vintage clothes, furniture and art. The Tea Shop is a tea speciality store along Derrick Avenue with a massive selection of tea leaves and traditional tea sets. CJ Supermarket in Cyrildene has a mammoth selection of Eastern speciality items you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere in the city. 68 | www.joburgstyle.co.za
FYI Fisherman’s Plate 011 622 0480 Shun De 011 025 2979
The Lamp Post 011 728 6388 Chinese Northern Foods 011 056 6666 The Usual on Grant 011 483 0799 Momo &O www.momobaohaus.com Baha Taco @BahaTaco 076 694 7400 Toninos www.toninos.co.za Radium Beer Hall www.theradium.co.za Crafters Bar 011 483 1398 Norwood Antiques and Collectables www.norwoodantiques.co.za The Tea Shop 011 615 8235 CJ Super Market 011 615 4193 Sumting Fresh www.sumtingfresh.co.za Hokkaido Japanese Restaurant 011 728 7882 Rainbow Sushi 011 728 9298 Real Sushi 011 483 3296 Kung-Fu Kitchen www.kungfukitchen.co.za
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48 hours IN THE 021 IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE PLACES TO VISIT, TO SEE AND BE SEEN IN, AND TO ENJOY THE VERY BEST OF CAPE TOWN, YOU NEED TO ASK CELEBRITY HAIRSTYLIST DAVID GILLSON. SO WE DID… Unless you’re one of the lucky few to have a pied-à-terre in the Mother City, you need to stay in a hotel. My choices? The One&Only Cape Town, because it’s so luxurious and is close to the city’s best sights; and the iconic Silo Hotel, which opened in March 2017 and is located atop the brand new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), the largest museum of contemporary African art in the world. Whichever one you choose, you’ll be ideally situated to explore this itinerary…
9am You can’t miss breakfast at the One&Only Cape Town – it’s a veritable feast, with plenty of options to suit every taste, as well as all the classics, such as oysters and champagne, freshly baked bread, eggs every which way. Once you’ve had your fill, it’s time to start exploring the city. 10.30am Enjoy a drive along scenic Chapman’s Peak. I’ve travelled the world and this drive never fails to take 70 | www.joburgstyle.co.za
my breath away. Aside from the spectacular scenery, you might get lucky and spot a whale or two. There are viewpoints along the route so you can stop and enjoy the surrounding mountains, cliffs, and seascapes. 12 noon Drive to the tiny fishing village of Kalk Bay just the other side of Simon’s Town. It’s a charming place, so take time to explore and browse the fascinating little shops before heading for lunch. 1pm For lunch there’s the new Kalk Bay Market & Trading Co in the heart of the village, which offers everything from groceries and fresh produce to delicious food made by specialist cooks. Or visit the iconic Harbour House, an elegant, relaxed seafood eatery with stunning views 2.30pm Head back to Cape Town to
explore Zeitz MOCAA. Once you can tear your eyes away from this iconic museum’s spectacular architecture, you’ll be ready to view its various exhibitions. There are over 100 galleries just waiting to be explored. Note: If you want a relaxing visit, avoid going on a Wednesday, as entrance is free that day and it’s always packed. 6pm Enjoy sundowners on The Silo Rooftop with beautiful city views and some great-tasting cocktails. 8pm Head to Sea Point’s Duchess of Wisbeach for dinner. It’s like a Parisian café; the menu is classic (bloody Mary, avocado Ritz, roast chicken) and music plays softly in the background and the bar is always packed… you’ll get caught up in the party atmosphere.
8.30am Have breakfast at Truth Coffee Roasting in the city centre – it’s not called ‘The Best Coffee Shop in the World’ for nothing. Both coffee and food here are a culinary treat; the menu offers mouth-watering delights from the patisserie.
9.15am It’s time to drive out of town to Babylonstoren, a historic Cape Dutch farmstead just over an hour from Cape Town. I suggest you leave early so that you get to Babylonstoren by 10.30am to enjoy a tour of the estate’s magnificent gardens. Note: Booking is essential for the garden tour. 10.30am Explore Babylonstoren’s beautiful garden that was inspired by Cape Town’s historic Company’s Garden, which supplied the sailing ships of the Dutch East India Company with fresh produce when the Cape was a halfway station between Europe and Asia. 12 noon Spend some time in the Farm Shop and Bakery – the goods are sublime. You can also visit the hotel and spa on the premises.
1pm The ultimate dining experience at the restaurant Babel, housed in an old cowshed. The menu is farmto-fork, so the food is seasonal - a gourmet’s delight. But, if you can’t get a table here, lunch at the Greenhouse is also a joy. Set at the back of the garden, it offers delicious home-baked treats, as well as more substantial dishes. 4pm Once you get back to Cape Town, take a stroll along Sea Point Promenade. Or stroll around Die Waterkant and admire the eclectic houses, shops and restaurants. Alternatively, go shopping at the V&A Waterfront and enjoy coffee at one of the numerous restaurants. 6.30pm Head for La Parada in Constantia Nek for pre-dinner drinks, or spend the evening there, pairing your drinks with tapas. 8pm Another gourmet meal awaits at La Colombe in Constantia. One of the country’s most iconic restaurants, it’s always on the Top 10 list of restaurants in the world. You’re guaranteed an unforgettable dining experience there.
DAVID GILLSON David Gillson is a celebrity hairstylist as well as one of the most on-trend hair, fashion and beauty gurus in the industry. In Joburg he works in Hyde Park and Melrose Arch, but he also spends at least a week every month at his Constantia salon in Cape Town. In addition, he travels all over the world attending major hair and beauty fairs to gain insight into what’s hip and happening.
DIRECTORY One&Only Cape Town oneandonlyresorts.com The Silo www.theroyalportfolio.com Zeitz MOCAA zeitzmocaa.museum Kalk Bay Market & Trading Co 083 989 7226 Harbour House www.harbourhouse.co.za Duchess of Wisbeach duchessofwisbeach.co.za Truth Coffee Roasting truth.coffee Babylonstoren www.babylonstoren.com La Parada www.laparada.co.za La Colombe www.lacolombe.co.za
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EXPLORE | DURBAN
48 hours IN THE 031 FOOD AND TRAVEL BLOGGER VERUSHKA RAMASAMI, ALSO KNOWN AS THE SPICE GODDESS, TAKES US ON A GASTRONOMICAL TWO-DAY JOURNEY AROUND DURBAN Durban is well known as the home of curries, but the cuisine has evolved to include old favourites and new fusion dishes that reflect our Rainbow Nation. The best way to describe Durban’s food is to call it a buffet. I love exploring new places and trying out different types of food. Join me for the next 48 hours as I eat my way around Durban. As I have a typical Monday-to-Friday job, I end up having to run errands over the weekend and this often means that most of my weekend meals are eaten outside of the home. There are so many stunning eateries in Durban, so you are spoilt for choice in terms of taste, budget as well as location.
9AM Take an early morning stroll along Durban beachfront (or, if you prefer, you can always breathe in the sea air while riding a Segway). Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head for Westville’s Pavilion Shopping Mall. I like to get there early to avoid the crowds. My breakfast favourite is the newly revamped Woolworths Café – the new menu offers some
delicious options. I opt for pesto mushrooms on home-made bread with a side order of halloumi. I wash it down with an iced coffee – the perfect way to start the day. 1pm Shopping is hard work and I clock up some steps on my Fitbit. The Pavilion food court has several options; I’m drawn to the newly opened Turkish eatery, Sofra Istanbul. The sound of Turkish music playing in the background and the smell of divine food are exactly what I need. I decide on the traditional Aryan, which is a cold, yoghurt-based drink with water and salt; it’s so refreshing. I’d love to taste everything on the menu, but after chatting to the owner, I settle on the mixed grill meat platter that combines many of the dishes. Everything is freshly prepared and each dish has its own unique and distinctive flavour. It’s delicious, but a very
generous portion, so I take a doggy bag home. My mom, a vegetarian, had the lentil soup with some traditional bread. We end the meal with baklava and traditional Turkish coffee. 2pm We can’t resist Wicked Donuts next door, so we purchase a box of their delicious doughnuts to take home for afternoon tea. 6.30pm For dinner we wanted some light, nutritious, but very tasty food, so we decided to go to Simply Asia in the Galleria. I’m a big fan of the restaurant – I love the fact that literally every dish offers a choice of beef, chicken, tofu, soya or prawns. Also, dishes are made as hot as you can take it – I always go for mild. The menu is really cool, with numbers for each dish; mine is always a 514 and Mum loves the 409.
10am Sundays are days to relax, unwind and prepare for the week ahead. I believe in self-care and spending time with loved ones. Mum and I often head off to Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World to see a Bollywood movie. We tend to catch the first movie of the day, as Bollywood movies can be long, so there’s no time for breakfast. We snack on popcorn and chocolate instead.
12:30pm For lunch, we head to The Spice Emporium, which is heaven. Although it’s a spice shop, there’s also a little Indian-style café inside the store. The menu is based on Indian street food; it offers small snacks that are found on India’s bustling streets and are eaten on the go. The menu is purely vegetarian and it’s small. I’ve tried most of the dishes and have my favourites. I always order Limbu Pani, a refreshing drink made from fresh limes with a sprinkling of freshly ground black pepper. Mum and I end up sharing two or three dishes off the menu, which include Pav Bhaji, Bombay Potato Sandwich and Vada Pav. Aside from being delicious, these meals are very well priced, with nothing over R30. No visit to The Spice Emporium is complete without exploring every aisle and filling my trolley with products, spices and utensils, all imported from India.
2pm We head for the popular Florida Road strip, home to various eateries, pubs and coffee shops. First stop is for a java fix at the newly opened Starbucks. We order cold frappes and share a slice of cheesecake. 4pm We decide on a light dinner – there is no way I can visit Florida Road without my falafel fix from Falafel Fundi. It has a lovely story: The owner started his business at a weekend market stall, but he became so popular that he opened his own little spot. The menu is small, the food is freshly prepared and portions are large enough for two. I normally get a mezze platter, order a few extra falafel balls and a second wrap. It’s enough for both of us. The meal is served with a selection of salads, hummus, fried brinjal and pickled vegetables. Then we head for Wilson’s Wharf to watch people kayaking at sunset with Durban’s magnificent skyline in the distance.
VERUSHKA RAMASAMI Verushka’s blog, Spicegoddess, is a reflection of all the things she is passionate about, especially travel and food. By day she’s a travel and tourism lecturer at a local college, inspiring others with her passion for exploring, especially locally. After several years in London, she has fallen in love with Durban and South Africa since her return. She not only enjoys eating out, but also loves creating her own dishes. www.spicegoddess.co.za
DIRECTORY Sofra Istanbul www.thepav.co.za Wicked Donuts www.wickeddonuts.co.za Simply Asia www.simplyasia.co.za Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World www.tsogosun.com The Spice Emporium www.spiceemporium.co.za Falafel Fundi 083 783 6172
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www.afrikaburn.com The legendary Burning Man festival in the US has now entrenched itself in the Karoo at the Tankwa Karoo National Park in the form of AfrikaBurn. Already a popular event, the 2018 festival takes place from 23 to 29 April. Pack your bags for an exciting seven days filled with art, music, performances and creative expression in the Stonehenge Private Reserve. Like Burning Man, AfrikaBurn expects everybody who attends to express themselves, whether it’s through an extravagant costume, an incredible work of art or anything else. The only thing for sale at this exciting event is ice – the philosophy is of giving without expecting anything in return. Take a look at the website to understand AfrikaBurn’s principles and unlock the magic of this unique festival experience.
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SPLASHY FEN MUSIC FESTIVAL
KNYSNA SPEED FESTIVAL
From 29 March to 1 April, musiclovers will be heading to Underberg in the southern Drakensberg to enjoy the country’s oldest music festival. The 2018 event features new ideas, new acts and the signature atmosphere that has kept this festival going for 28 years. Held on a farm around 18km from Underberg, the festival is the perfect opportunity to unwind and enjoy the scenic surroundings. Tickets are available from Computicket and you can keep up to date with what’s expected and what’s happening at the festival on the website.
Head for the Garden Route to enjoy the Knysna Speed Festival from 3 to 6 May, a great getaway for speed-lovers who head here from all over the country to enjoy funfilled action for the whole family. Fast becoming one of the premier events on the national motorsport scene, the festival features the legendary Knysna Hillclimb race (sponsored by Jaguar this year) as well as numerous other events, such as the Knysna Motor Show, the Knysna Kart Grand Prix, Knysna Slot Car Challenge, a Soap Box Derby and a Charity Golf Day.
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music
CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
Photograph of Afrikaburn Jan Verboom | Photograph of South African International Tattoo Convention Jacobus Snyman
The largest event in sub-Saharan Africa, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) will take place on 23 and 24 March at the city’s International Convention Centre, complete with five stages, over 40 artists and more than 37,000 musiclovers. This is the 19th CTIFJ and, for 2018, eight more world-class jazz acts have been added to its starstudded line-up. New additions include acid jazz band Incognito from the UK, South African Simphiwe Dana, with her unique signature sound, and American artist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, who has paired with various legendary musicians, including Mary J Blige and Ray Charles. Let’s not forget Belgian artist N8N and local band, The Liberation Project.
CAPE TOWN WHISKY LIVE FESTIVAL 2018 www.whiskylive.co.za
The largest whisky and lifestyle event of its kind takes place from 12 to 14 April this year at the Lookout, Granger Bay Boulevard on Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. Whisky is popular in South Africa right now and the festival caters to this, with a wide range of whiskies to sample, from single malt Scotch to blends, Bourbon, Irish, American and Taiwanese, all presented by passionate whisky experts. The unforgettable whisky journey includes finding out first-hand about the origins, flavours and the history of various whiskies. The festival opens nightly at 6pm, and tickets cost between R110 and R200.
SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL TATTOO CONVENTION www.southafricantattooconvention.com
If you’re planning to be in Cape Town between 23 and 25 March, make sure to visit The Lookout at the V&A Waterfront, which will be hosting the annual South African International Tattoo Convention. You’ll find 80 tattoo artists from all over the world showcasing the very best of international tattoo art. Aside from meeting like-minded people from other countries, you’ll also have the opportunity to get a tattoo done by some of the world’s best tattoo artists. There’s a food and beer garden, and you can enjoy sunset drinks at the deck bar, overlooking the sea. Ticket prices vary if you want to visit for one day, but if you’re spending the weekend in tattoo heaven, the ticket is R590 and includes a collector’s pin.
THE RITZ, SEA POINT www.theritz.co.za This Cape Town landmark reopened in December after a major refurbishment. Its new iteration is a five-star hotel with contemporary design, decorated in a colour palette of black, gold and white. There are currently 114 rooms and suites open (the other 99 will be completed this year), all with panoramic sea views. The iconic revolving restaurant on the 23rd floor, Top of the Ritz, is fast becoming one of the city’s most sought-after dining destinations. A floor below is the Dom Perignon Champagne Lounge, one of only a handful in the world, and on the 21st floor there’s the Hennessy Cognac Cigar Lounge for after-dinner drinks and late-night cocktails. The CASA Restaurant & Cabanas offers all-day al fresco dining. Outside on a sun-splashed pool deck is the Veuve Clicquot Bar. Spend the day soaking up the sun at one of the exclusive poolside Ritz Cabanas.
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EXPLORE | TRAVEL SNIPPETS
FAIRMONT ZIMBALI RESORT
KARKLOOF CLASSIC MOUNTAIN BIKING www.karkloofmtb.co.za
Mountain-bikers, rejoice. The Sappi Karkloof Classic Mountain Biking event on 25, 26 and 27 May promises to be better than ever. One of the biggest cycling events in the country, the festival offers a weekend full of action; it includes a 20km night race on Friday evening, an endurance event on Saturday and a qualifying Rainbow Challenge Event, the Sappi Karkloof 60km Classic Marathon on Sunday. There’s also a choice of 40km, 20km and 10km mountain biking trails. The event is close to the popular Midlands Meander – see our feature on page 60.
www.fairmont.com Set in the magnificent Zimbali Coastal Resort and Estate, near Ballito and Durban’s international airport, this luxurious beachfront hotel offers unsurpassed luxury and privacy. There is a choice of 154 guest rooms and suites, including a penthouse and presidential suite, plus 18 Fairmont Heritage Place villas. All are exquisitely decorated in wooden tones, and the service at this luxury resort is legendary. Villas include ocean views from a private balcony and a butler service. The hotel offers superb cuisine, plush rooms with en suite bathrooms, the state-ofthe-art Willow Steam Spa that offers a choice of treatments, a health club and white sand beaches just waiting to be explored. Guests can also enjoy a round of golf at the Zimbali Country Club and a selection of facilities and amenities.
95 AT MORGENSTER 2018 www.morgenster.co.za
The iconic 95 at Morgenster at the magnificent Morgenster Estate in Somerset West reopened last November, offering contemporary Italian dishes with the estate’s signature quality wines and olive oil. The restaurant’s mixologist refreshed the summer cocktail menu, and master chef Giorgio Nava did not disappoint. The chef, whose original restaurant, 95 Keerom, is renowned for offering world-class Italian dining, opened a third restaurant in the 95 Collection, 95 at the Parks, in Constantia last year. This year, 95 at Morgenster’s minimalist interiors are welcoming guests with contemporary art, the sun-filled conservatory and one of the finest food and wine experiences in the Cape Winelands. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday as well as a glorious Sunday lunch. Don’t miss out.
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SA ECO FILM FESTIVAL
www.saecofilmfestival.co.za The fifth annual SA Eco Film Festival takes place in Cape Town from 22 to 30 March at the Labia Theatre. It highlights the best local and international eco documentaries, and challenging and intriguing film content, offering audiences worldclass, exquisitely filmed short and feature length movies that explore environmentally relevant topics. This year, the programme features 21 documentaries and films.
Specialising in fine dining, this new Parktown North eatery offers a great way to spend an evening. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink or cocktail at Lounge 55; gin infusions are a signature here, and thereâ€™s a vast selection. The menu features tasting-size portions for a sharing experience.
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Eating healthy takes bowls WE CAN’T SEEM TO GET ENOUGH OF HEALTH BOWLS! IN SUMMER, IT’S EASY TO INDULGE IN ALL THINGS GREEN. BUT, AS IT GETS COLDER, IT’S HARDER. LUCKILY, HEALTHY EATING ISN’T ONLY ABOUT SALADS! THESE HEALTH BOWLS ARE FULL OF GOODNESS Recipes, styling and copy Leila Saffarian | Photography Karl Rogers
Be sure to have these staples on hand. That way, you’ll have your health bowl prep ready in no time!
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Brown rice & pesto bowl with falafel & roasted baby carrots This one is a goodie and it’s packed with serious flavour! Best of all, it’s vegan, too as we used a vegan basil pesto What you will need Red pepper hummus Cooked brown rice Vegan basil pesto Roasted baby carrots (spiced with cumin and coriander) Roasted yellow peppers Roasted spring onions Store-bought falafel Olive oil How to do it 1. ‘Paint’ a bowl with red pepper hummus. 2. Mix cooked rice with a few tablespoons of pesto. Mix well and add to the bowl. 3. Top with roasted baby carrots, yellow peppers, spring onions and falafel. 4. Drizzle with olive oil before serving.
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Food | Eat.Drink No salad in sight… This wholewheat spaghetti is not only delicious, it’s vegetarian too and can easily be made vegan by omitting the feta cheese
Wholewheat spaghetti & red pepper hummus bowl
What you will need Cooked wholewheat spaghetti Olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Red pepper hummus Roasted vine tomatoes Danish feta cheese Toasted pumpkin seeds How to do it 1. Season with olive oil, sea salt and pepper. 2. ‘Paint’ a bowl with red pepper hummus. Add spaghetti and tomatoes. 3. Top with Danish feta and toasted pumpkin seeds. 4. Serve with additional red pepper hummus on the side.
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Spiced, roasted pumpkin, brown rice, brinjal & beetroot bowl
What you will need Two small cooked beetroots, thinly sliced Cooked brown rice Fresh lime, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and olive oil Roasted brinjal and pumpkin (spiced with paprika and cumin) Red pesto hummus Cooked beetroot, chopped Spring onion, sliced How to do it 1. Line a bowl with the sliced beetroot, add cooked brown rice. Season with fresh lime juice, sea salt, pepper and olive oil. 2. Top with spiced, roasted baby brinjal and pumpkin. 3. Top with red pesto hummus, chopped and cooked beetroot and sliced spring onions.
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Weâ€™re pretty sure that health bowls were created with this bowl in mindâ€Ś Thin slices of beetroot line the bowl and the spiced pumpkin is beyond delicious!
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Plum & oats pudding bowl
What you will need Oats Honey and cinnamon Plums, halved, roasted with honey, cinnamon and a touch of brown sugar Coconut cream Grilled clementine How to do it 1. Place half a cup of oats, a drizzle of honey and a pinch of cinnamon on a baking tray. Bake at 180°C for 20 minutes, or until toasted. 2. Place plums, 1 tbsp of honey, a pinch of cinnamon and ½ tsp of brown sugar on a baking tray and bake at 180°C for 15 minutes. 3. Add oat crumble to a bowl, followed by roasted plums. 4. Drizzle with coconut cream and serve with a grilled clementine (squeeze over) and additional honey.
Just because you’re sticking to a healthier lifestyle doesn’t mean you need to feel deprived… This plum and oats pudding bowl is the business!
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IT’S BASICALLY BRANDY… WELL… SORT OF. COGNAC IS A TYPE OF BRANDY, AS IT’S MADE BY DISTILLING WINE AND THEN AGING THE RESULTING ‘EAU DE VIE’ IN WOODEN BARRELS. BUT THAT’S ONLY THE BEGINNING OF THE STORY
“98 percent of cognac is imported to other parts of the world, South Africa included”
irst, let’s talk about brandy, which is basically any type of distilled spirit that is made from a fermented fruit juice. Usually, that fruit is grapes (hence the similarity between brandy and cognac), but there are some brandies that are made from apples, pears and other fruits. What sets cognac apart from brandy, pretty much like champagne, is the area in which it is produced and the strictly defined laws around its production. So to be called cognac, it has to be produced in France’s Cognac region, which is the area around the small riverside town of Cognac, 400km south-west of Paris. Cognac is double distilled, and if you visit France, you can go to one of the cognac houses such as Remy Martin, Martell and Hennessy and watch the spirit being produced. The very best cognacs are made from Grande and Petite Champagne white grapes – so the comparison to champagne isn’t
that far-fetched. You can tell how skilled the cellar master is by the way he blends various ‘eaux de vie’; so, in some instances, the grapes may actually come from places other than Champagne. As the British and the Irish were the main consumers of the spirit when it was first produced, the types of cognac are categorised in English, not French. The type of cognac is distinguished by how long it takes for the spirit to mature in oak barrels, as the longer the cognac matures, the smoother it becomes. So you’ll find VS (Very Special), VSOP (Very Superior, aged for at least four years) and XO (Extra Old) variations are aged for a minimum of six years. Some cognacs are aged for up to 20 years. The French aren’t big cognac drinkers. They categorise the spirit as a ‘digestif’ (an alcoholic drink to enjoy after a meal, to aid digestion). For this reason, over 98 percent of cognac is imported to other parts of the world, South Africa included.
HOW TO DRINK COGNAC 1. The smoother the cognac, the more depth and complexity. So, if it’s old, drink it straight. 2. Pour 25ml into your glass, then hold the glass in the palm of
your hand so that the heat of your body can warm the cognac. Doing this for eight to 10 minutes will intensify the aroma and elevate the flavours.
3. Remember to sip slowly. Savour the spirit. 4. Lower quality, younger cognacs are often used as mixers. (See cocktail recipes on page 92.)
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THE FASCINATING STORY OF TWO COGNACS ONE IS A MAJOR CONGLOMERATE, WHILST THE OTHER IS A FAMILY BUSINESS. HERE IS THE STORY OF TWO VERY DIFFERENT COGNAC HOUSES
cognac-growing regions in France. The skills of aging its ‘eau de vie’ have been practised for more than four centuries, resulting in a drink of the finest quality. Godet is the last cognac house to still have its cellars in La Rochelle. In fact, the Godet cellars hold some of the oldest cognacs available. Its close proximity to the sea gives this cognac a distinctive minerality
GODET The name resonates with cognac connoisseurs the world over, and this precious liquid is now available in South Africa. Godet Cognac is the oldest family-owned cognac house in France, dating back to 1550. To this day it is still owned
and managed by the Godet family. The cognac’s distinctive style of blends features a floral, fruity nose and palate. Based in La Rochelle in France, where cognac was born, Godet is one of very few cognac makers to produce its blends using grapes from all of the
BISQUIT Founded in the early 19th century when Napoleon Bonaparte rose to power, Bisquit Cognac is the brainchild of Alexandre Bisquit, hence its name. Located in the town of Jarnac in the heart of France’s Cognac region, Bisquit used his family’s legacy, craft and experience to create the House of Bisquit Cognacs. He was 20 years old. He travelled from Asia to Africa and through to America and Europe, making his cognac known around the globe, telling them about the longer distillation process he was using to make the cognac unique. In 1862, the House of Bisquit was granted an
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from exposure to the air that is brought inland by the ocean. This is Godet’s signature, often called ‘second terroir’. Godet’s cognacs boast rich, complex flavours. They include Godet VS Cuvee, Godet Antarctica Icy White (great for cocktails), God by Godet, Gastronome Fine Champage AOC, Godet XO Terre and Godet Extra.
Honorary Award for its exceptional quality at the London World’s Fair. Thirty years later, to celebrate the Franco-Russian Alliance, the House created ‘La France’, a rare cognac blend. Long after Bisquit’s demise, in 1951, the House was named ‘Official Supplier’ of his Majesty King George VI of England. Since 2012, Bisquit Cognac has won numerous awards. In fact, Bisquit is the first cognac brand to be granted an award for every single product in its range. Currently the most expensive of Bisquit’s cognac varieties is the Interlude Second Expression, which is valued at 1,000 euros. Only 1,000 bottles of this nectar are released annually around the world.
GLASS HALF FULL There’s a choice of glasses to use to enjoy cognac straight, including tulip glasses, balloon glasses and snifters. As you can see in the pictures below, you never fill a glass with cognac – it’s always half full!
COGNAC PAIRINGS No man (or woman) can live on cognac alone. So pair rich foods with this distinguished spirit. Cognac’s mellow, floral notes go really well with rich food, cutting the richness and bringing out the flavours. Food to choose: • Pasta with hearty tomatobased sauces • Pâté
• Roast chicken/beef/lamb/ duck • Cheeses (very popular with cheese platters comprising two or three cheeses, fruit, nuts, biscuits and cold meats). Cheeses to choose from include Roquefort, mascarpone, Cheddar, aged Gouda, Parmesan, etc.
1. Tulip glasses are long, bell-like wine glasses. Their shape lets the rich aromas settle at the top of the glass.
Expensive cognacs go well with fine cigars. Ideally, smoke the cigar between sips of your best cognac
2. Balloon glasses have a wide body and a short stem. Their shape lets the cognac warm evenly.
3. Wobble glasses resemble balloon glasses without stems.
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MIX IT UP GET YOUR MIX ON… SOME CLASSIC COCKTAILS THAT HAVE STOOD THE TEST OF TIME
SIDECAR 45ml cognac 22ml Cointreau 22ml lemon juice
APPLE AND CINNAMON
Method Fill large metal shaker with ice, add ingredients, shake about 10 seconds. Strain. Glass Martini glass Garnish Lemon wedge
50ml Godet VS Cognac 20ml nutmeg syrup 37.5ml coconut cream 3 dashes Bitters Method Shake all ingredients, then strain. Glass Elegant coupette glass Garnish Star anise and dusted nutmeg
30ml cognac 30ml Campari 1/4 of a teaspoon maple syrup 2 sprigs mint
74ml Hennessy VSOP Privilège 3.5ml Absinthe 15ml Simple syrup 5 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Method Muddle mint in the bottom of metal shaker. Fill with ice, then add ingredients. Shake then strain into glass. Glass Elegant martini glass Garnish Mint leaf
Method Add Hennessy, syrup and bitters to glass with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into glass that has been washed with Absinthe. Glass Rocks glass Garish Lemon twist
FRENCH CONNECTION 45ml cognac 30ml Amaretto Twist lemon rind Method Put both ingredients in a glass with ice cubes and a twist of lemon peel. Stir with a long spoon. Glass Short, old-fashioned Ice Few cubes Garish Twist lemon rind
BRANDY ALEXANDER WITH A TWIST 37.5ml Godet Gastronomic Cognac 20ml cinnamon syrup 37.5ml apple juice 25ml lemon juice 3 dashes Bitters Method Shake all ingredients, then strain. Glass Wide coupette glass Garnish Freshly sliced apple and a cinnamon stick
TESTING FOR QUALITY IT’S ALL ABOUT THE COLOUR Take a look at the surface of the cognac in the glass to identify the colour. If necessary, you can tilt the glass under a light to see if the colour changes at all. The more cognac you examine and the more you drink, the more easily you will be able to identify the spirit’s quality. Here are some tips on what to look for: • If the colour is light straw and one-dimensional, this indicates the cognac is young. • If the colour is dark and layered, and has notes of gold and amber in it, you’re looking at an older cognac. … AND IT’S ABOUT THE SMELL Before you try to distinguish a cognac’s quality by smell, make sure to swirl the glass gently to agitate the liquid. Then lift the glass to your nose and breathe in deeply. Try to identify the different notes you are smelling. With practice, you will be able to easily identify a high quality cognac just by smell. • Younger cognacs tend to have strong floral or fruity notes, often with a hint of spice. • Older cognacs have many different layers of smells. An expensive cognac might have a deep, spicy smell with
subtle notes of vanilla and nuttiness, for example. LET’S NOT FORGET TASTE… Take a small sip of cognac and hold it in your mouth. Move it around your mouth and try to identify the different flavours. Only once you’ve thoroughly tasted it do you swallow it. Drinking one sip at a time, examine the cognac’s flavours. Here’s what to look out for: • Younger, less expensive cognacs usually have strong fruity flavours (for example, raisin, apricot, orange, lemon). • Mid-range cognacs often have floral rose or clover notes. • Expensive cognacs have different flavours, particularly spiced notes such as nutmeg, cinnamon, or coffee. PARADISE FOUND Most renowned cognac houses have a special cellar where they keep their oldest and best vintages. These exclusive storehouses are called ‘Paradis’. If you’re lucky enough to visit one of these spaces, don’t expect much style and polish – they are usually packed with ancient barrels that are caked with decades of dust.
“Most famous cognac houses have a special cellar, called ‘Paradis’ where they keep their oldest and best vintages – these are usually packed with ancient barrels that are caked with decades of dust”
REMY MARTIN LOUIS X111 www.louisxiii-cognac.com
COURVOISIER X O www.courvoisier.com
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IL CONTADINO 010 900 1363
This is James Diack’s fourth restaurant – it’s close to The National in Parktown North, but it offers a completely different vibe and menu. It’s also distinctly Mediterranean – Il Contandino’s pasta, gnocchi and ravioli are all worth writing home about. There’s also a selection of delicious pizzas – and the osso buco is a feat in itself. Finish off with some home-made gelato, and you’ll be waxing lyrical in broken Italian. The other dishes are exciting, extraordinary and delicious additions, all celebrating fresh, natural flavours at their best.
www.prontoitalianrestaurant.co.za Some creative takes on the same old dishes make Pronto a great choice for an Italian meal. Whether you’re guzzling bruschetta topped with roasted aubergines and herbed ricotta before you order, or tucking into one of the restaurant’s legendary seafood pastas, you’re in for a memorable meal. The pizzas are huge and the mains are just as exciting. All in all, a great choice for an Italian night out, with a menu that leaves you spoilt for choice.
DANILO’S RISTORANTE 011 706 3767
Kid-friendly restaurants serving delicious authentic Italian dishes are like hen’s teeth, but we’ve found this Riverclub gem. Chef and partner Danilo serves hearty traditional fare, including his signature thin-based pizza and classic pasta dishes. Guests can sit indoors or enjoy the sunshine on the adjoining semi-enclosed patio and beer garden. Sunday lunches are very popular, with live music for those who love Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole.
Life is a combination of magic and pasta – Federico Fellini
When you find 18 different pasta dishes on the menu, you know you’re in heaven. Pomodoro is a slice of Italy in the middle of Morningside; it originally opened in Rivonia a decade ago, but moved a few years back. No matter – the food is as delicious as ever, the meals all authentically Italian with a choice of some excellent wines. The relaxed setting and diverse dishes on offer make a meal here a real treat.
@casamaranideli | 010 900 4717 You can’t beat a meal at this family-run deli, whose antipasto platters have become legendary in the short time it’s been open. Originally a tiny little store next to Nice in Parkhurst, it has just moved to a bigger space opposite the chemist in Fourth Avenue, with more tables and the same welcoming atmosphere. The platters, a choice of what you feel like eating from a vast mouthwatering selection, are as popular as ever, but the pasta dishes are equally sublime. As it’s a deli as well as a restaurant, you can take everything home, including fresh ciabatta and imported ingredients.
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For 30 glorious years, this authentic Italian fine dining restaurant in Muldersdrift has been creating memorable meals for people from all over town. Owned by Jenny De Luca, the restaurant has won many accolades, including ‘Best Sunday Lunch’ and ‘Most Romantic Restaurant’. The reason for its success? Superb, simple contemporary Italian food served in an intimate and welcoming atmosphere. Every meal here is an occasion. A great location for sharing special moments with those we love.
If you’re visiting Montecasino, enjoy an Italian feast at Donatella’s. A popular dining destination, Donatella’s extensive menu features delectable Mediterranean and Italian dishes for lunch and dinner. There are 16 different pizzas, including a Chef’s Special, and a wide choice of pasta dishes. Other mouthwatering Mediterranean delights include paella, chicken and meat dishes – and there’s a separate dessert menu.
Owner and chef Saverio has brought us delectable Italian fare in his Parkhurst eatery since it opened in June 2006. Serving regulars and residents from early in the morning until the last patron leaves at night, Saverio offers a constantly changing chalkboard menu that always delights. In true Italian style, the building next door is part of Saverio’s empire; Roma Paris is a traditional Italian barbershop with plasma TV screens so that clients don’t miss a second of the latest sports game. Of course, there are cigars, and whisky is served, too.
LA CUCINA DI CIRO www.lacucinadiciro.co.za
Long established on Seventh Avenue in Parktown North and run by the legendary Ciro Molinaro, La Cucina di Ciro is well worth a visit. The Mediterranean menu is small, but delicious – try the exotic quinoa salad with its blend of Middle Eastern spices, and the pasta dishes include great vegetarian options such as linguini with wild mushrooms, sage and roasted pine nuts. Ciro is a consummate host, and every meal here is a relaxed, warm-hearted, delectable experience.
JAMIE’S ITALIAN www.jamieoliver.com
One of Jamie Oliver’s ‘family’, as he calls the 60-odd restaurants he established together with his Italian mentor, chef Gennaro Contaldo, is happily ensconced in Joburg’s Melrose Arch. This glam eatery offers the celebrity chef’s legendary dishes from his books and TV shows in all their glory. Everything is prepared using seasonal produce and imported Italian ingredients. And, judging by the queues waiting to get in every night, the food more than lives up to expectations.
TRABELLA 011 442 0413
Illovo Junction at the start of Corlett Drive is packed with good restaurants, including Trabella, which has stood the test of time. What makes it so popular is its casual, welcoming atmosphere and a traditional Italian menu that offers everybody’s favourites – pastas and thin wood-fired pizzas that are as delicious as they are generous. You can get gluten-free pizza bases, too.
TORTELLINI D’ORO www.tortellino.co.za
A little slice of Italy in Oaklands, this family-run establishment has been around for 22 years, and has been popular since day one. For good reason. The food is authentic Italian at its very best, the gelato is to die for, the antipasto is so varied you don’t know where to start, and the pasta and mains are equally delicious. A meal here is always an occasion, an opportunity to pair excellent authentic food with good company. Whether you venture inside to buy freshly baked bread and pastries, to order an entire meal for a dinner party or spend an evening dining here, you’re in for a great time.
ASSAGGI, ILLOVO www.assaggi.co.za
Always bustling, filled with people, vibrant and electric, this authentically Italian restaurant in Illovo’s Post Office Centre is a favourite with regulars, fellow Italians and the rest of us. The food is consistently excellent, passionately prepared by Italian chef Luca Toni and his wife Tati, who create dishes that reflect their heritage and family history. A meal here is a true rustic Italian experience.
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eatbgr.com A little taste of the USA right in the middle of Rosebank’s Art Mile, BGR offers tasty burgers and cheeseburgers for meat-eaters, vegetarians (yes, there’s a veggie variety) and health-conscious eaters (with a lettuce bun). They are served with a wide choice of toppings, all free. The fries are traditional American and you can round off the meal with a cold drink or milkshake made with their signature custard ice cream, which is to die for. If you prefer, pile up a container with chocolate and vanilla custard ice cream and take it away for dessert.
NAMAK INDIAN RESTAURANT
www.francoforleo.co.za Since 1987, Franco’s has been a household name in Parkview, offering superb Italian cuisine and some of the tastiest pizza and pasta in town to regulars and fans from all over the city. Now, 31 years later, there are still queues waiting for takeouts and if you’re eating there, you have to book in advance. With a selection of 17 different pizzas, 11 pasta dishes, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Or take away one of the specials on the menu – you won’t be disappointed.
THE GOOD LUCK CLUB 065 860 2100
Located on Corlett Drive right next to Wolves, The Good Luck Club in Illovo offers a choice of delectable Asian specialities that you can take away or eat on the premises. The dim sum is legendary and the noodle mains are very popular. Try the Spiced Coconut Prawn, with coconut milk, chutney, garlic chilli and veg, or the Ginger Plum Chicken. And that’s just the start…
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Take it out
www.namakindian.com If you haven’t savoured takeouts from Namak Indian Restaurant & Take Away in Craighall and Blairgowrie, you haven’t lived. The menu is so vast, you’ll find something to suit everybody’s taste, even if they’re vegetarian. The bread menu alone is worth writing home about… a variety of eight different types of naan and three varieties of roti including Aloo Naan (stuffed with spicy potatoes), Peshwari Naan (stuffed with paneer and dried fruit) and Romali Roti (thinly rolled bread). Prepare for a treat.
ER BUCO 011 882 1318
The largest pizza ever made was at the Norwood Pick ‘n Pay Hypermarket in Johannesburg
Before it moved to Linksfield, Er Buco was a popular Orange Grove restaurant. It’s been around for decades, offering a taste of traditional Italian dishes, and the menu hasn’t changed. It’s as good as it gets when it comes to family fare. The pasta dishes are sublime (try the Tagliatelle all’Amatriciana prepared with pancetta and onions, or Papalina with cream, ham and mushrooms), and the takeout pizza is just as good. On a chilly day, take home some Pasta Fagioli – bean soup. You won’t be sorry.
@SoulSouvlaki | 072 300 0896 It was already a popular choice in Maboneng – and then a tiny little outlet opened in Craighall Park’s Shepherd’s Market, creating havoc along Jan Smuts Avenue for those who were fans of Soul Souvlaki’s authentic, delicious Greek specialities. The souvlaki, whether you choose chicken or lamb, is sublime and the bifteki is something to write home about. There’s a smattering of sweet stuff along with a choice of delights to take home and enjoy tapas-style. Definitely one of Joburg’s favourite choices when it comes to takeout.
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Just opened in Parkhurst, next to the ATM on Fourth Avenue near Vovo Telo, this tiny pizza takeaway offers a choice of 11 pizzas with a selection of extra toppings. There’s even Portuguese pizza on the menu, as well as focaccia, and if you prefer, order a gluten-free base. They use quality ingredients including home-made tomato paste and imported mozzarella.
Sandton City will never be the same again, not since Krunch moved in. Now all those who shop in the mall can enjoy healthy salads and smoothies – and those who work in the surrealistic office blocks in the vicinity can join the health revolution, too. What’s so great about Krunch is that the food is as delicious as it is healthy, and there’s lots of variety for vegans, picky eaters – and the rest of us. The poke bowls are exceptional, so give them a try.
@eatrosto | 011 888 0369 There are so many ways to enjoy a rotisserie chicken – take Rosto in Linden, for example. Its specialty is Italian-inspired, wood-roasted chicken that falls off the bone; the rest of the menu is great Italian street food that is begging to be taken home and devoured or eaten on the premises. Think six different variations of meatballs, spaghetti, classic Italian desserts and local craft beers. Everything you need for the perfect Italian meal – and it tastes great served at your own dining room table.
www.babag.co.za This tiny little rotisserie and deli recently popped up in Illovo’s Post Office Centre, offering a choice of extremely tasty Afro-Mediterranean rotisserie chickens (Herb & Salt is ‘nice & simple’, Middle Eastern is ‘fragrant & lemony’ and there’s a hot, spicy North African iteration, too). Take one home with freshly baked druze-style flatbreads, warm, soft pillow breads or lafa wraps with your choice of drizzles, dips, pickles and fresh fillings. The deli offers a selection of delicious, fresh, traditional North African salads.
076 694 7400 @BahaTaco Great Mexican takeaways are hard to find, but those in the know head for this popular Mexican takeout in Norwood, which offers a selection of traditional Mexican street foods. Every dish is prepared using locally grown, organic produce. Great nachos, churros, tortillas and much more are all prepared by culinary duo David and Kat Smale and their team. Their tortillas are handrolled using organic stone-ground flour and traditional methods. An excellent takeaway choice if you’re in the mood for salsa, guacamole, jalapeno peppers and other Mexican specialities.
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Trust Melville to come up with an eclectic little coffee shop cum gallery/bookstore that sells all sorts of great stuff such as vinyl records, hats and other must-have items for the cool set. No longer a best kept secret, this great little spot in Seventh Street is where to go to browse, chat and enjoy a good coffee. See you there.
www.laboqueria.co.za Ever since it opened its doors last year, this Parktown North restaurant has been packed to the rafters. Part of the reason is the unusual menu, which offers tapas, bruschetta, skillets, soul bowls and numerous other on-trend tastes that span the globe from Japan to Argentina, with Mexican and Italian delights thrown in for good measure. Washed down with a selection of boutique South African wines, they’re a treat. But it’s also the décor and the atmosphere of this fashionable restaurant and bar that sets it apart. It’s an exquisite space, offering an extraordinary dining and drinking experience.
ARBOUR CAFÉ AND COURTYARD 011 788 4111
One of Birdhaven’s best kept secrets, this intimate café/restaurant has a stunning outside area where you can dine al fresco, as well as a covered section. Located in the middle of a little block of flats now brimming with offices and shops, the Arbour Café offers superb contemporary Mediterranean dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s great for coffee and a catch up any time of the day, and the food is delicious, whether you’re after a snack or something more substantial.
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Located in a little courtyard under Kramerville’s legendary Katy’s Palace, Razor Charlie is a Latin American bar and grill offering great tasting burritos, tacos, quesadillas, salads and sandwiches. The perfect spot for a snack or a meal in the heart of Joburg’s design hub, it’s quirky, vibrant and energetic. Just what we need – a change of pace, a different menu and tequila on tap.
THE ROYALE 060 575 2471
Great Cuban dishes are only part of the reason this new eatery has become the place to visit; it’s also the coolest spot in town and has a secret speakeasy bar for only a select few. With Cuban-inspired music, great food and a laid-back atmosphere, the Royale has fast become the on-trend spot. The charming outdoor patio is great for lunchtime occasions.
MOMO &O 087 980 5843
Norwood has a new Asian-fusion eatery, and its poke bowls are to die for. Opened by the guys who brought us Momo Baohaus in Greenside, the new restaurant specialises in the same delicious Asian buns, bowls and sushi rolls that are currently trending in Joburg. The small plates are especially delicious, and the ramen noodles are becoming legendary.
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OK, so you can’t have a full-on meal here, but that great Naked Coffee and equally tantalising banana bread, not to mention healthy juices if that’s your poison, and the brand’s full selection of dreamy delights are all waiting to refresh you after a busy shopping session in Sandton City. The new branch serves that legendary coffee, and if you’re hot and bothered, the freezochino is one of the best in town. Hamleys’ choo-choo full of wide-eyed little ones is a welcome respite as the train goes past every half hour, and you can people watch for hours as you’re right next to the escalator.
Fab Café & Gelato in Parkhurst has a sibling – a brand new equivalent in Seventh Street, Linden, offering more of the fabulous ice cream we’ve all come to enjoy, with a variety of flavours that range from mango sorbet right through to decadent dark chocolate, nougat, stracciatella and more. Coffee is also on offer – that’s Fourth Avenue Roastery coffee for those who don’t know. There are snacks and salads, too, and don’t forget to try a milkshake. Service is, as ever, personalised.
It’s been around a while now, but Urbanologi at 1 Fox Street never ceases to delight. Located inside the iconic Mad Giant brewery, the restaurant constantly creates new additions to its Asian-inspired menu, including small plates of food so that you can share and sample many different taste sensations. The cuisine, called urban garde, is created by Head Chef Jack Coetzee, who enjoys experimenting with different street food techniques such as yakitori, teriyaki and kushiyaki. Sublime.
LEOPARD FOOD COMPANY
www.leopardfoodcompany.com The popular Melville restaurant has closed, but you’ll find the owners in their new deli and eatery at 44 Stanley. Aside from ready cooked dishes to take home, there’s also a wide selection of deli fare, including free-range meats as well as fresh haloumi, eggs, organic plum tomatoes and much more. Get there early for lunch as there are only two tables, but you can always take something away from the delicious hot lunch menu. Breakfasts are coming soon, so watch this space.
www.lbvcollection.co.za Cube Tasting Kitchen may be no more, but chefs Darren O’Donovan and Lisa de Beer have taken over Bryanston eatery LBV and are offering a la carte fine dining at its best. Having just returned from an extended world trip they have added zest and enthusiasm, evident in the delicious dishes on the restaurant’s seasonal menu. Yes, you will find the chefs’ signature tasting menus, but there are also Sunday lunches that are well worth booking for. Each few weeks bring another cuisine.
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@SaigonSuzyJHB 011 327 6596 Sister restaurant to The Connection in Parkwood, Saigon Suzy has taken Rosebank’s Art Mile by storm. And for good reason. This Asian barbecue rock ‘n’ roll bar is known for its delicious Asian fusion dishes, street food from Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan and Korea. And let’s not forget the Karaoke Bar, which, after a few of Saigon Suzy’s Asian-inspired cocktails, is where you go to blow off steam and let your inner rock star loose.
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CIAO – THE LITTLE EATERY 010 007 4646
Blink and you’ll miss it as you wander past The Venue in Melrose Arch. Actually, just look out for the hoard of eager beavers waiting to get their bubble waffles and you’ll know you’ve arrived. Ciao’s reputation proceeds it; the waffles are glorious, bubbles of delightful fluff served in a cone with your choice of ice cream, sweeties and other delights. Best to arrive hungry.
ROXY’S RUM EATERY www.roxannes.co.za
You won’t regret the schlep to Pineslopes Boulevard in Fourways to visit this stunning new restaurant. The food is delicious and the waffles are already legendary. We love the Black Waffle – an indulgent dark chocolate mixture cooked to perfection topped with black cream (that’s ice cream and cream mixed with activated charcoal). Bring a partner who doesn’t mind when your teeth change colour!
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MILKY LANE 011 678 9144
Head for Cresta for a taste of yesterday with Milky Lane’s wonderful waffles – they have stood the test of time, and are as delicious and fluffy as ever. Topped with soft serve and cream, they take you back to those halcyon days when your biggest worry wasn’t the size of your waistline. And did we mention they’re absolutely huge? Don’t share. Don’t care…
VON PICKARTZ BELGIUM WAFFLES www.vpbw.co.za
Located in The Sheds at 1 Fox, this little gem offers traditional liege waffles (they are made from an almost two-century old recipe, using a special brioche dough). This Belgian delight comes dusted with caramelised icing sugar, or you can add a little or lots of sweetness with fresh strawberries and cream, Nutella, seasonal fruit or butter and fresh cream.
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March 25 is National Waffle Day. People also celebrate National Waffle Day on 24 August, the date the first waffle iron was patented
This artisanal bakery and café in Parkhurst changed its menu last year, so the food is better than ever. It offers two scrumptious waffles – Very Berry, with warm berry coulis and honey mascarpone cream and vanilla ice cream, plus the Banoffee Waffle, with caramelised banana, pecan nuts, cream and ice cream, drizzled with salted caramel sauce.
JO BEAN COFFEE & WAFFLE HOUSE @jobeancoffee
Northcliff’s best-kept secret is a Belgian waffle house where the waffles are huge – 20cm by 3cm thick – and come with a choice of toppings. Unusual additions include banana split, fruit salad with granola and honey, banana or Peppermint Aero with Bar One sauce, chocolate mousse with ice cream/cream and Flake sprinkles, chai latte spice with white chocolate… or make up your own.
CAFÉ BRUEGEL 011 454 5325
Edenvale boasts some of the best waffles. Café Bruegel’s recipe is Belgian… waffles are huge, crisp and fluffy, and you can choose sweet or savoury. We love the fresh strawberry waffles with Italian gelato, and the Dutch apple cinnamon waffle. For a savoury treat, try the Cajun Chicken waffle.
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Named after the indigenous quiver tree, the Kokerboom Food and Wine Route stretches along the Gariep and includes towns like Upington, Kakamas, Keimoes, Augrabies, Marchand, Kanoneiland, Kenhardt and Riemvasmaak. The route will appeal to families as well as adventure and adrenaline seekers. Highlights include Augrabies Falls, Riemvasmaak hot springs, river rafting, fly fishing, kayaking and river cruises on the Orange River, numerous 4x4, hiking and MTB trails as well as excellent bird watching.
The Richtersveld is South Africa’s only mountain desert and the route travels along rugged gravel roads to quaint towns such as Eksteensfontein, Sendelingsdrift, Lekkersing, Kuboes and Sandrift. The more challenging 4x4 routes in the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park or in the Richtersveld World Heritage Area are best explored in a well-equipped SUV or bakkie. Pack comfortable hiking boots, extra water and guidebooks and set out along the 600 km Namaqua Eco 4x4 Route.
Foodies will appreciate the typical Northern Cape fare and produce available from coffee shops, road stalls and restaurants as well as wine tasting at cellars along the route. Accommodation ranges from luxurious guesthouses to farm and community stay-overs. Contact: +27 (0)84 244 4408, email: firstname.lastname@example.org KALAHARI RED DUNE ROUTE Discover the essence of the province in the heart of the Kalahari. Golden dunes, wide-open skies and flat-topped acacia trees epitomise the Kalahari Red Dune Route. Stretching from Upington right to the Namibian border, visitors traverse the villages of Ashkam, Groot and Klein Mier and Rietfontein. Adventure-loving families and adrenaline seekers can enjoy dune hikes at dawn, eagle- owl encounters, sand duning and surfing in the red sand, close encounters with meerkats and guided walks with the !Khomani San to rediscover the ancient wisdom, customs and folklore of this ancient tribe. Contact: +27 (0)82 492 3469, email: email@example.com
The Orange River presents a more leisurely pace with river rafting and the best wilderness fly-fishing in South Africa, while the entire Richtersveld is a mountain biker’s dream. Follow in the footsteps of a traditional goat herder and learn about the lives of the nomads. In the villages, the locals will entertain guests with storytelling and traditional Nama step dancing upon request. Contact +27 (0)78 874 1515, email: firstname.lastname@example.org NAMAQUA COASTAL ROUTE The route includes hidden gems like Garies, Kamieskroon, Hondeklip Bay, Koiingnaas and Kleinzee. Dozens of adventure and leisure options are available, including the Namaqua National Park, nature reserves, hidden coastal hamlets and some of the most remote hiking and 4x4 trails imaginable. Go succulent sleuthing with a botanical guide, hike the Springbok Klipkoppie for a dose of Anglo-Boer War history, enjoy stargazing, explore the countless shipwrecks along the coast line or visit Namastat, a traditional matjies-hut village. Breath-taking scenes of the Atlantic Ocean with sightings of dolphins and whales combined with great vistas of mountains
and veld with endemic wildlife makes travelling in this area remarkable. Contact: +27 (0)27 877 0028, email: coast. email@example.com KAROO HOOGLAND ROUTE This route covers the southern part of the province and the small Karoo towns of Nieuwoudtville, Calvinia, Williston, Sutherland, Fraserburg, Carnarvon, Loxton and Victoria West and forms the heart of the Great Karoo. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Karoo with its wide open plains dotted with koppies (hills). The area was named by the Khoi and San people, who left their legacy as art on the rocks. Explore many unique experiences such as stargazing at the world’s largest astronomical observatory at Sutherland, the SKA radio telescopes in Carnarvon, Karoo architecture and corbelled houses, AngloBoer War sites, rock art, ancient Palaeo Surfaces, farm stays and great Karoo cuisine and hospitality. Contact: +27 (0) 72 018 7288, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EX PLORE OUTDOOR
The perfect excuse to go outside. With all the fun activities and places to visit in Johannesburg, there is no reason to stay indoors. Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo offers fantastic options to explore, from fun family picnics in one of over 2000 parks, hiking in our nature reserves, diverse animals at the zoo to a vibrant plant life at the Johannesburg Botanical Garden. Explore Joburg and enjoy all its splendour.
HISTORY OF THE RAND SHOW
The Rand Show has been around for 124 years, and counting. It opened for the first time in 1894 on the old Wanderers Cricket Ground, as an agricultural exhibition, and has changed its focus to become a commercial event with numerous exciting activities and events. This picture was taken in 1969 and shows the cable cars that were installed for the Show for the first time.
2018 An estimated 180,000 people will visit the Show at Nasrec this Easter
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In 2015, Government announced an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Investment to oversee and streamline South Africa’s investment policies. Through the Department of Trade Industry, InvestSA was set up and tasked to create One Stop Shops in key provinces to aid investment facilitation. To date, the National One Stop Shop in Pretoria and InvestSA Western Cape, and Invest Kwazulu Natal are fully operational with InvestSA Sandton launching soon. The One Stop Shops will serve to show that government is committed to ensuring ease of investment in the country, and that South Africa is a business-friendly destination for investors. The One Stop Shops are set to play a major role in the growth of the country’s economy, with the government looking to attract quality investment that will assist in achieving the country’s economic goals.
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SOWETO WINE & LIFESTYLE FESTIVAL www.sowetowinefestival.co.za
Coordinated by Joburg Tourism, this annual festival, which will be held at the Main Hall on UJ’s Soweto Campus this year, has been running for a decade. Come and taste over 1,000 wines and enjoy fine food and soulful music brought to you by Soweto’s finest musicians and DJs. Visit a selection of travel and wine lounges and learn about pairing food and wine at Nederburg Wine and Robertson Herbs and Spices Taste Theatre. Visitors will receive a free limited edition 10th anniversary festival wine glass and bag on arrival.
Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it – Oprah Winfrey
JOBURG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA www.wits.ac.za
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GREEN BEER FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY www.worldofbeer.co.za
To celebrate St Patrick’s Day on 17 March, pubs and taverns worldwide will be creating traditional Irish green beer. SAB World of Beer in Newtown is hosting its annual beer tour to coincide with this and is offering a four-day traditional Irish St Patrick’s Day fest. Savour green Castle Draught in the Lion Bar (relax… it’s just food colouring, according to SAB World of Beer Manager, Felicia Mokoena). To keep with Irish tradition, wear something green. Open from 10am to 6pm, the cost of R125 per person over 18 includes two beers, a commemorative glass and a guided tour. Hearty Irish dishes will be served upstairs in the Tap Room. Booking is essential.
Get ready for some fun at the 2018 Hollard Daredevil Run, the eighth race with a difference that makes a difference. On Friday 16 March, a group of men join together and hit the streets in Speedos to fight against cancer. These daredevils racing through peak-hour traffic wearing nothing more than a tiny piece of purple fabric will be doing this to recognise those heroes who have survived a battle with cancer, a disease that affects so many people of every age, race and nationality. Proceeds from the race are donated to the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) and the Prostate Cancer Foundation for funding cancer awareness programmes and testing across the country. Please check online as at the time of going to print venues had not been confirmed.
The Joburg Philharmonic Orchestra offers four programmes this month, all held every Thursday at 8pm at the Linder Auditorium, which is part of Wits School of Education. Tickets are available for all of these performances, or for individual ones. The events are as follows: 1 March – Daniel Boico (conductor) and Daniel Rohn (violin). 8 March – Kwame Ryan (conductor) and Pallavi Mahidhara (piano). 15 March – Lykele Temmingh (conductor) and Liesl Stoltz (flute). 22 March – Arjan Tien (conductor), Max Baillie (violin) and Alexander Baillie (cello).
THE OLD MUTUAL OM DIE DAM HAARTEBEESPOORT ULTRA MARATHON www.omdiedamultra.co.za
Head for Harties’ Schoemansville Oewer Club to take part in this popular race. This is the largest inland ultra marathon in the country, attracting over 10,000 participants annually, many of them families, who run the 50km route or choose the 21km half marathon, a 10km route or a 5km fun run.
29 March – 2 April
www.emperorspalace.com Take the kids for an adventure at the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace to see cartoon character Peppa Pig brought to life through puppetry. The show, based on the popular and award-winning TV series of the same name, is designed to offer young fans a fabulous first-time theatre experience. The vibrant music production features a dozen songs plus an exciting interactive sing-along. Tickets vary in price.
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Without music, life would be a mistake – Friedrich Nietzsche
33RD ANNUAL GANDHI WALK
www.gandhiwalk.org.za This organised fundraiser by the Gandhi Walk Committee creates a great opportunity for a fun family day out. Aside from the walk, participants will also enjoy a programme full of entertainment at Gandhi Hall in Lenasia, including a variety show, dedicated Kids Zone and a Green Expo focusing on green living. There's also a Health Zone for free medical checks.
CARMEN – THE BALLET
www.joburgtheatre.com Balletomanes will be flocking to the Mandela Theatre in Braamfontein to watch this beautiful performance set to Bizet’s famous music. Stars of the Joburg Ballet, supported by the full company, will portray the Spanish story of passion and betrayal through dance. Shows are on at 11am on the Tuesday and Wednesday, 7.30pm on Friday and Saturday, and 3pm on Sunday.
THE RAND SHOW www.randshow.co.za
Enjoyed by generations of South African families. The Rand Show returns to Nasrec from Friday 30 March until Sunday 8 April. The show offers a fun day out, with exhibitions of products that focus on families' lifestyles, homes, interests etc. A new feature is the Kids Expo, for children of every age. A highlight is Toy Adventures, which showcases leading international names such as LEGO, Barbie, Fisher Price and more.
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SOUND OF MUSIC www.tsogosun.com
RED BULL MUSIC FESTIVAL
www.redbullmusicfestivaljhb.com Featuring a celebration of Mzanzi’s greatest sounds, including DJ Oskido, 340 Million, Audioboyz and more, Red Bull’s flagship festival offers an exhilarating experience. There’s a contingent of 80 local, pan-African and global acts offering an array of music genres including jazz soul sensation Langa Mavuso, West Coast hip hop-inspired electro DJ Egyptian Lover, reggae duo Admiral and Jahseed and Red Bull Culture Clash winner DJ Tira. New artists such as Moonchild Sannelly and Stiff Pap will also be highlighted. The event will be held across various venues such as Braamfontein, Newtown and Soweto. The festival also serves as a celebration of 20 years of the Red Bull Music Academy, music festivals and workshops that travel around the world.
PIETER DIRK UYS – WHEN IN DOUBT SAY DARLING www.pietertoerien.co.za
Evita Peron returns to Joburg when Pieter Dirk Uys stars in his latest comedic offering, When in Doubt say Darling, at the Studio Theatre’s Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino. Performances at 8pm Wednesdays to Saturdays, 4pm on Saturdays and 3pm on Sundays. 13 & 14
SANTANA DIVINATION TOUR www.bigconcerts.co.za
Latin music and rock band Santana returns to Cape Town on 11 April, and to Joburg's Ticketpro Dome on 13 and 14 April. Local greats Mango Groove will be special guests. Formed in 1966 by guitarist Carlos Santana, it's popular worldwide.
This month, the Teatro at Montecasino offers The Sound of Music. With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and the book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, this memorable musical is presented by Pieter Toerien, David Ian and The Really Useful Group. It originally premiered on Broadway in 1955 and has become iconic all over the world.
25 April – 1 May
LUSITO LAND FESTIVAL
www.lusitoassociation.org.za This popular annual festival, held in Alewynspoort (it used to be at Wemmer Pan), celebrates Portuguese tradition, cuisine and culture. Offering fun, great food and live music, the festival features performances from local bands, DJs, Afrikaans artists, Portuguese dancers and community artists. Funds go to Lusito School for the physically and mentally challenged.
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SA ON TAP CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL www.saontap.co.za/ johannesburg-festival
Head for Montecasino Boulevard to enjoy the country’s biggest Craft Beer and Music Festival, offering a glimpse into a world of stunning brews, ciders and craft distilleries. As tickets are limited, make sure you secure your booking early so you don’t miss this exciting music, food and craft brew affair.
12 & 13
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AUTOTRADER SOUTH AFRICA BIKE FESTIVAL www.southafricabikefestival.com
Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit is the place to be this May weekend to enjoy The AutoTrader SA Bike Festival, the largest annual motorcycle festival in the country. Visitors can expect a wide selection of everything related to biking, and will learn about all the latest trends from the world’s top brands. There’ll be plenty of live music, test rides and entertainment at this popular three-day event.
100 CYCLE CHALLENGE www.100cyclechallenge.co.za
This new road race takes place on the first Sunday of May at Germiston Lake in Ekurhuleni. It’s the first annual race and is open to both professional and amateur cyclists – in fact, anyone over the age of 15 who loves cycling can enter! It features one of the fastest routes over this distance. The race is powered by Jacaranda FM, hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni and partnered with Cycling South Africa (CSA). 8
MY FATHER’S COAT www.inheritsouthafrica.com
Inherit South Africa presents My Father’s Coat, the story of South Africa’s history by speaker Michael Charton, who explores the country’s past by climbing into the shoes of five interwoven characters spanning 200 turbulent years: Mzilikazi, Kruger, Rhodes, Smuts and Mandela. This refreshing approach to exploring our history opens one’s eyes to South Africa's history. Held at the SA National Museum of Military History, the show will return in June 2018 for those who can’t get tickets this month.
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9 May – 15 July
www.pietertoerien.co.za Presented at the Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino, Auto Q is an award-winning musical comedy that tells the story of recent college grad Princeton who moves into a shabby apartment in New York in what turns out to be a most extraordinary neighbourhood. The show touches on tough life lessons as well as once-taboo subjects such as racism and pornography. 11-13
The legendary NIROX Sculpture Foundation Park in Kromdraai in the Cradle of Humankind will be transformed into a contemporary art wonderland for the entire weekend, featuring larger-thanlife sculptures dotted across the landscape. Enjoy the spectacle as well as great food and wine. It’s the perfect excuse to get out of the city and enjoy one of Gauteng’s most spectacular outdoor venues.
Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it – Anonymous
DYNAMO – SEEING IS BELIEVING
DESIGN JOBURG: ROOMS ON VIEW
Award-winning British magician Dynamo brings his famous Seeing is Believing Tour to the Sun Arena, Time Square Casino in Pretoria. The magician, famous for walking on water across the Thames and walking down the outside of the LA Times building, is a global TV star, author and stage performer.
This popular exhibition returns to the Sandton Convention Centre for another exciting year, featuring a brand new set of stunning rooms on exhibition to browse through. This year’s event includes Kitchens on View, so don’t miss out on great inspiration and information about all the latest home décor trends.
Füri knives are made to be different. Füri thought of hands first – if a knife feels right in your hand, it’s right for your hand. Manufacturing with precision & quality are at the forefront of Füri. Knives have a revolutionary wedge-shaped handle, perfect weight & polished seamless finish. Blades are manufactured from high grade Japanese stainless steel. Dedication, quality & passion make a knife designed to last.
Taking its rich English heritage and modern sophistication of today, Stanley Rogers creates a timeless blend of traditional quality and modern appeal. Stanley Rogers understands the fine art of balancing tradition with modernity.
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Next time you’re in Newtown head to corner Bree and Miriam Makeba Streets to visit this fascinating little store that stocks all kinds of clothing for young men and women. It specialises in collecting and selling vintage items, and predicting future fashion trends. You can thank us afterwards.
www.vintageclothing.mahoonas.co.za Melville has always been a vintage clothing heaven, and thanks to longstanding Reminiscene in Seventh Avenue, it still is. This legendary vintage store offers unique vintage clothing and accessories, from exquisitely embroidered art deco evening bags to fur coats, beautiful jewellery, shoes, dresses… you name it. And that’s before you look at the menswear… bow ties, suits, cufflinks and old-fashioned suitcases abound. You’ll find bargains and treasures every time you visit… and did we mention that it’s a stone’s throw away from Pablo Eggs-Go-Bar?
Clothes produced before the 1920s are considered to be ‘antique’ and anything 10 years old or older is considered to be ‘vintage’
Bargains are hard to find these days, but Wizards Vintage, owned by Annabelle Desfontaines, has made sure we can still find them. Wizards Vintage is Annabelle’s second incarnation – from 1982 onwards she designed and imported exquisite fashion clothing. But since 2010 she has concentrated on offering shoppers treasured, gently worn designer wear at a fraction of what it cost brand new. Vintage clothing, Annabelle has found firsthand, is a great way to recycle. In her upmarket boutique stores, she used to help clients to revamp their wardrobes, and their leftovers became somebody else’s treasures at Wizards Vintage. The rest is history.
HOSPICE ORANGE GROVE www.hospicewits.co.za
Yes, we know there are Hospice stores all around Joburg, but this one is a real treat. Whether you’re looking for vintage clothing, kids’ stuff, bric-a-brac, books, vinyl or anything else you can imagine, you’ll find it here – in abundance. And you won’t be alone… dealers, collectors, bargain hunters and the rest of us will be there too, searching for that special little something that is just waiting to be snapped up at a ridiculously low price. Hospice is collecting money to support the terminally ill, so you’re also doing a good deed. And, by recycling, you’re saving the planet. We don’t think you need any other reasons to go there, do you?
www.theopc.co.za This Emmarentia store offers a stunning selection of premium clothing, costume jewellery and vintage household goods, not to mention great coffee and cake. They know you’re going to spend quite a while browsing, which is why they also offer refreshments. Makes perfect sense.
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GILLIAN ROSE NORWOOD
VINTIQUEEN, NEW DOORNFONTEIN 011 021 2328 @vintiqueen
The real secret to vintage wear’s popularity is that it’s always one-of-a-kind. Which is why owner Nosipho Mayosi had to open not one, but two, great stores in Joburg. The first is in New Doornfontein, and the second is in Commissioner Street in the CBD. Her offerings include sophisticated vintage clothing and accessories for both men and women. All items have been collected by Nosipho on her travels, and the stores are her way of “bringing back the sophistication of a bygone era”.
The 1920s was a big era in fashion. Coco Chanel designed the iconic flapper dress and both Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar first appeared on magazine stands
@gillianrosevintage 011 728 6388
This Norwood treasure trove is not your normal vintage store – it’s a combo of profit and nonprofit, so a portion of its profits go to the weekly stew kitchen at St Luke’s Church, as well as towards job and skill creation projects. Just another reason to visit and find some treasures – you’re doing it for a good cause. Most of the clothing and accessories are pre-owned, some boast exclusive fashion labels and others have been meticulously handmade.
Northcliff’s hidden gem was started by Vivien Hilton in Durban 20 years ago. She moved to London and had a vintage store, before returning to South Africa and opening up shop in Joburg. The store is filled with vintage furniture, art deco pieces, clothing and designer jewellery.
THE STUFF WE LOVE
www.thestuffwelove.com The stylish owners source gently worn or never worn pieces locally as well as in Europe’s legendary vintage stores. The result is a covetable collection of shoes, handbags and clothing that include hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered.
011 787 6011 Jan Smuts Avenue Craighall is home to two excellent vintage clothing stores, Rags & Lace (see below) and this equally stunning gem, which offers quality used clothing at great prices. You’re sure to find a bargain amongst the treasures inside the store. Because it’s very popular, it’s worth visiting regularly to see what new stock has arrived.
RAGS & LACE 011-787 2130
This veritable vintage haven in Craighall is huge, filled with garments and accessories. Owned by Mathilda Montanari for the past 27-odd years, the store has more than 4,000 people at a time supplying it with designer and regular clothing. For this reason, items are marked down regularly and after six months given to charity. Take your time browsing because you certainly won’t want to miss out. By the way – men aren’t permitted in the store. Probably because they get hidden under piles of discarded garments…
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THE LIST | TAILORS
CRAIGHALL TAILORS www.craighalltailors.co.za
Offers services you can expect from an expert tailor, and then some, including bespoke tailor-made suits, alterations, custom-designed formal and casual wear for men, women and children and the restyling of existing wardrobes.
ALEXANDER FINE ATTIRE
FRANK BESPOKE www.frankbespoke.co.za
Master tailor Grant van den Berg specialises in bespoke suits, offering the full service, including making up an entire wardrobe if need be. He can even arrange bespoke shoes and ties. Based in Parkhurst, his is the go-to spot for a unique experience, using quality fabrics and trimmings imported from Italy, France and the UK. The end result is as perfect as anything made in a European couture workshop.
www.alexandersuits.com German-born Phillip Dryer creates made-to-measure suits and shirts, customised to clients’ personal requirements. When he needed a suit for graduation, he found the pickings rare and the prices exorbitant, so he started his own custom made-to-measure business, creating a suit that is far better than those picked off the rack. The suits are always a perfect fit, and there are over 80 different linings and 200 fabrics from which to choose.
www.tailorme.co.za ‘Bespoke suits from the ground up’ is the way Tailor Me describes its offerings. Meticulous, personalised fittings result in a custom-made suit. The entire process takes between five and six weeks. This bespoke service is by appointment only and the finished products are delivered to your door. Creative modern tailoring at its best.
www.row-g.com Rahim Rawjee of Row-G has built a reputation for uncompromising dedication to quality and a timeless yet undeniably progressive style. His made-to-measure suits and shirts have been worn by the likes of Barack Obama, and are synonymous with fine craftsmanship. They are well known for their perfect fit, innovation and individual style. The Row-G made-tomeasure experience comprises four appointments and takes from four to six weeks from start to finish. Fabrics to choose from are all exceptional, sourced from the world’s best mills and wool merchants.
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Dress like you’re already famous
Yes, Tob’s does hire out suits, but they also do tailor-made suits for clients – as well as alterations and mending. The business, which has been running for over 20 years, has a reputation for its ‘made-to-order’ suits, shirts and dresses. Its name is a shortened version of ‘Tailor on Broadway’ – except, it’s not in the US, it is locally based, in Linden.
THE GRAND SCHEME OF THINKS
Situated in the heart of Sandton, The Maslow is Sun Internationalâ€™s 281-room specialist business hotel. Packed with state-of-the-art technology, giving you a glimpse into the future of the corporate world. The Maslow offers everything from business to leisure with the tempting Lacuna Urban Bistro to the productive Wayfarer business lounge, Wi-Fi and a rejuvenating spa. Whether youâ€™re looking for an intimate meeting place for 4 or a grand affair for 420, The Maslow can accommodate it all with 11 tech-savvy meeting rooms and a world-class conference centre. THE MASLOW HOTEL Corner Grayston Drive & Rivonia Road, Sandton, 2146 Central Reservations: +27 11 780 7770 Telephone: +27 10 226 4600 firstname.lastname@example.org suninternational.com/maslow
| SUSHI EAT.DRINK THE LIST | CHILDREN
www.elephantsanctuary.co.za Right next door to the Monkey Sanctuary in Haartebeespoort, the Elephant Sanctuary is home to a number of African elephants. Come and visit and interact with these intelligent animals. The programme, which is open seven days a week at 8am, 10am and 2pm, provides in-depth insight into elephants, where they sleep and how they interact with their handlers. Bring walking shoes as you’ll be walking with them and handling these gentle giants. Elephant-back riding is a separate activity.
ACROBRANCH ADVENTURE PARK www.acrobranch.co.za
This outdoor activity area in Huddle Park, Linksfield offers a selection of fun treetop adventures and zip lines for kids of all ages. There are four obstacle courses, including the Acro-twigs course for kids aged between three and six years old, featuring 11 obstacles and three zip lines. Monitored by expert staff, it offers children the opportunity to enjoy an unsurpassed outdoor adventure. Kids can also participate in the adult courses, especially the Beginners and Monkey Moves courses. There’s also the newly added Moderate course, featuring the Swinging Tarzan, with zip lines, bridges, monkey bridges and Tarzan jumps. Adults enjoy the High Flying advanced course.
www.tsogosun.com Laser-tag fun for all ages awaits at Laser Zone at The Magic Company, which offers an adrenalin-packed experience at Montecasino. Laser Zone takes up three levels and covers an enormous 450 square metres, filled with smoke machines, glow-in-the-dark paint and lasers flashing in every direction. It’s a completely different world, and it’s just around the corner in Fourways. Cost is R50 per person for a 15-minute game.
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There’s no better way to educate kids than to take them on an adventure, and that’s what they can enjoy at Monkey Sanctuary. It is one of several sanctuaries providing for orphaned and abused bushbabies and monkeys. Covering a vast seven hectares in the Magaliesberg in Hartebeespoort, it is home to various primates including squirrels, spider and Capuchin monkeys, who spend their days living in a wild world filled with waterfalls and mountain springs. Experience a guided tour of the sanctuary to see these animals in their natural habitat.
Would you like an adventure now, or would you like to have your tea first? – Peter Pan
Learning to ski and/or snowboard is not only great fun, it’s also an excellent form of exercise. Take the kids to enjoy lessons on the weekends from 8 to 10am. Skiers of all levels are catered for, and advanced skiers can enjoy the ski jumps. There are trained instructors for both skiing and snowboarding. You don’t need to have equipment as there is a large selection of snowboards, skis and boots to use during the lessons, which are either for groups or individuals.
GOLD REEF CITY www.tsogosun.com
HORSE & PONY RIDES
We all know how much kids love the fun-filled amusement park and the reconstructed mining town atmosphere at charming Gold Reef City. But next time you visit, make sure to take the kids on a tour of an underground mine. Gold Reef Shaft Number 14 was in operation from 1887 until 1971, and, at the time, it was the deepest mine in the world. Travel down the mineshaft in a lift, and then enjoy a guided walking tour. You’ll visit the manager’s office, and also watch what it’s like to pour molten gold into gleaming bars of bullion. Watch coins being pressed and explore the museum.
Located in Melville’s Bamboo Centre, Love Books is tiny but it’s literally filled with books of every imaginable type for adults and children alike. You’ll always find kids browsing in the great children’s corner, where there are plenty of books and cushions to curl up on and read. To instill a love of reading in children, the store hosts storytelling sessions every Saturday morning at 10am. These have become very popular so make sure to get there early.
Located next to Colourful Splendour Nursery on the Delta in Craighall Park, this little slice of heaven for kids is called Ranger Stables. It offers horse riding lessons for kids from the age of six upwards, as well as pony rides on a Saturday at the Stables, located inside REEA, corner Marlborough and Richmond Avenues. Pony rides cost R20 per child and are available from 8 to 10am and 3 to 4pm every Saturday. Pony Parties at the Stables can also be arranged.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
082 452 9321
www.emeraldcasino.co.za There are lots of opportunities for kids to have fun at Emerald Resort & Casino, and one of our favourites is the Aquadome, a climatecontrolled area with various warm-water pools that offers a splashing good time. Kids adore the waterslide and the shipwreck, and drifting along on the lazy river provides fun for all ages. As safety is a priority, there are experienced lifeguards on duty to make sure the kids are well looked after.
www.peoplestheatre.co.za From 5 March to 29 April, which includes the Easter holidays, don’t miss Alice in Wonderland, which is being brought to life at the People’s Theatre at the Joburg Theatre Complex, Braamfontein. Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice on her madcap adventures, which become stranger and stranger as she chases the White Rabbit. Meet Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, the Caterpillar and the Queen of Hearts as well as other crazy characters in this colourful, psychedelic world. Yes, it’s for kids, but every adult will love it, too.
MIKES KITCHEN www.mikeskitchen.co.za
One of Joburg’s legendary steakhouses, Mike’s Kitchen knows how to turn a meal out into an adventure. Especially for kids. To make sure that the children’s experiences are unmatched, Mike’s Kitchen offers special play areas with dedicated child minders. The kiddies’ menu is specifically centred around what kids love to eat, and, of course, the adults’ menu is legendary. Relax and enjoy yourselves while the kids are entertained – this is guaranteed fun for the whole family.
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Until 31 March
STANDARD BANK ART GALLERY
The gallery has collaborated with renowned artist and curator Usha Seejarim to present a thoughtprovoking and boldly curated exhibition entitled ‘I am because you are: A search for Ubuntu with permission to dream’. The exhibition comprises 52 works of art by leading contemporary and modern South African artists. It includes historic drawings by Dumile Feni, the striking work of Diane Victor, as well as a number of iconic works by William Kentridge. There are also poignant pictures taken by the late great Thami Mnyele, plus creations by the likes of Hasan and Husain Essop, along with works by Alan Crump and other great artists. The works are presented against the backdrop of the country’s current sociopolitical context, which includes 24 years of democracy as a nation and what would have been Nelson Mandela’s centenary – hence the inclusion of Johannes Segogela’s ‘Mandela’s Birthday Party’.
Until 20 April
ABSA GALLERY www.blog.absa.co.za
This is a selection of works by L’Atelier 2016 Award-winner Donald Wasswa. Waswad, as he is known, was chosen out of 100 African artists to receive this award, and his winning artwork will be on show, as well as other pieces he has done. The winning piece is an installation of glass, bones, metal and wood. The artist works in various media, including drawing, sculpture and mixed-media pieces. Waswad likes to work with organic materials, particularly African hardwood such as teak, ebony and muvule. The wood he chooses is always from damaged trees, sourced from all over the country. He also uses waste materials. His philosophy is to find the hidden beauty that lies in combining these various materials, giving them new life as works of art.
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Leonardo da Vinci was a vegetarian and animal rights activist; he would buy caged birds and set them free
17 March to 4 April
GOODMAN GALLERY www.goodman-gallery.com
Curated by Lara Koseff, ‘Speaking the Unspeakable’ is Grada Kilomba’s first major solo exhibition at the Goodman Gallery. It brings her interdisciplinary and singular practice of giving body, voice and image to her own texts using video and sound installation, staged reading, performance and text collage together all in one space. The title depicts the emergence of a speaker with a traumatic past who has been historically silenced. Kilomba manages to ‘speak the unspeakable’, intertwining stories of race, gender, sexuality and postcolonialism as a metaphor for trauma; the trauma of external violence, which manifests itself as a shock that separates one’s link to society, and to which one does not always have adequate words or symbols to respond. This exhibition features new bodies of work that combine various art forms.
3 to 31 May
HENRY GEORGE GALLERY www.henrygeorgegallery.co.za
This group ceramics exhibition features locally made pieces that explore “the zeitgeist and inclination towards returning inward and all that surrounds it”. The Joburg-based ceramicists whose work will be showcased include Retief van Wyk, Charleen Brunke, Dale Lambert, Michelle Legg, Claire Waters, Sandy Godwin, Lalage Hunter, Colleen Lehmkuhl and Caroline Schulz Vieira. The first night is open to the public, from 6pm onwards. There will be two ceramic workshop sessions on 9 and 22 May at the gallery hosted by ceramics mentor Michelle Legg, for all ceramicists, from novices to experienced.
13 April to 13 May
24 March to 4 May
Until 29 March
‘The Din of Daily Life’ is a solo exhibition by Arlene Amaler-Raviv, a dedicated teacher of the arts who has had numerous local and international exhibitions. “I try to give a voice to the voiceless, to translate the din of our daily lives through the painted mark,” she says. Included in the exhibition are six panels of postcards entitled ‘Africa meets Europe’, a collection of images taken over 40 years that document the artist’s journey as a painter. Joburg-born, AmalerRaviv has created numerous iconic projects, including an installation of 17 oil paintings on aluminium that she created for Vodacom in 2000. Many of her works are found in private collections around the world as well as in major art collections in South Africa. Her exhibition ran in Bloemfontein until 2 February before moving to the Melrose Gallery.
‘The Human Abstract’ is a solo exhibition of new paintings by Deborah Poynton. This body of work is named after a poem by William Blake, from his Songs of Experience, published in 1794. In her work, she combines detailed realism with loose brushwork and unpainted areas in her muscular compositions. Figures and objects are isolated, removed from their contexts, or subsumed within dense tangles and accumulations. The eye and mind are seduced by the illusionism of the image only to be led back to the surface of the painted canvas. Poynton creates paintings she longs for – “solid objects that are also in a state of impermanence, floating fragments, little beds, sheets pulled tight or rumpled, in which one can bury one’s head, follow paths that wind through the gaps between certainties, and allow the pain of joy”.
DAVID KRUT PROJECTS
An exhibition entitled ‘Survey of Risk’ by Cape Town-based contemporary artist Matthew Hindley showcases various processes that Hindley has explored throughout his artistic career. There will be a selection of prints on display from his series ‘Ruin Lust’, pieces that were created in collaboration with the David Krut Workshop (DKW) at Arts on Main in 2016. In addition, there will also be new works created specifically for this exhibition in the form of drawings and paintings involving techniques influenced by the artist’s time at the workshop. Hindley draws on a variety of low-resolution photographic images as references for his work. The images relate to drone and plane explosions happening in war-torn countries. Hindley expands on the fantastic painterly qualities of the imperfect image through his visual language. Printmaking has undoubtedly influenced him as a painter, resulting in the unique progression of his works.
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WITS ART MUSEUM www.wits.ac.za
UJ ART GALLERY www.uj.co.za
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What is moonshine? It’s traditionally an unaged grain spirit, basically white whiskey. Ours is made traditionally, from white and yellow corn, wheat and malted barley. We triple distill our Moonshine and believe it is as smooth, if not better, than the best in Kentucky and Tennessee in the US.
10 minutes WITH MOONSHINE MARK Founder and chief distiller at Silver Creek Craft Distillery, Mark Taverner specialises in making moonshine. After studying at Moonshine University in Kentucky, and two years of planning, he returned home to set up his own distillery in an old mining building in Randfontein. What sparked your interest in spirits? I have been in the hospitality industry for most of my life, running restaurants, bars,
What’s the difference between moonshine and spirits like grappa, gin or vodka? Moonshine differs from other white spirits because they are made from different ingredients. Grappa, for instance, is made from grape skins and husks, mampoer is made out of fruit, and Witzblitz is created from grapes. Vodka is a clear spirit made from several base products including potatoes, but it’s distilled differently, at a very high proof. In fact, most of vodka’s flavours are distilled right out of the spirit!
fast food establishments etc. I love creating new concepts and offerings. I did extensive research in the US – and also went on several Harley Davidson tours. On one of those tours, I experienced legal moonshine for the first time, while watching ZZ Top perform at the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota. I was fascinated, started to research and went to study in Kentucky. I decided to set up my own craft distillery back home – and so Silver Creek and its Southern Moonshine were born.
Isn’t moonshine illegal? Not anymore (see box below). If it’s produced by a licensed distillery that adheres to government stipulations, it’s perfectly legal, safe to drink and delicious. Tell us about your brewery’s new craft range of unaged American-style Southern moonshines. There’s the flagship, Clear Shine, a smooth, genuine, pure spirit that is 100 percent proof. It’s a complex, mercurial spirit, authentically American. The Charred Shine, also 100 percent proof, is similar in flavour to a good bourbon. It’s made from Clear Shine flavoured with an oak barrel essence. We also produce five flavoured ‘Shines made exclusively for us in the US. They include Apple Pie, Bon Fire (cinnamon), Margarita, Salted Caramel and Chocolate. How much do you produce? At present, the process takes approximately a week for cooking the mash, fermentation, distillation and final blending, bottling and labelling. This is all done by hand. We make about 1,000 bottles a month. What has been most rewarding about starting the distillery? It’s the journey of discovery and learning a new skill and craft – creating something out of nothing. Where can we purchase a bottle? Our moonshine is available in Gauteng, the Eastern and Western Cape, and we’re now rolling it out in KZN.
BACK IN THE DAY… Before the American Civil War, there was no stigma attached to the mountain people in Kentucky who made whiskey. By the end of the war, the US Congress had levied a $2 tax per gallon on alcohol production, making un-taxed whiskey illegal, and distillers became outlaws. They became known as ‘moonshiners’ and their product was called ‘moonshine’. www.silvercreekdistillery.com
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