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FEATURES 22 Cover Story

A moment on mentorship and what the future holds. Anna-Belle Durrant chats to Unathi Msengana

24 Big Read

The future is bright! Sinead Martin takes a look at how Joburg’s top schools are shaping the minds of future generations.

38 Photo Essay

Discover some of Africa’s most eclectic tribes through the photography of Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher.

46 Subculture

Joburg Style takes a look at the growing community of film photographers in Johannesburg.

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Linda Engelbrecht shares her take on cruelty-free beauty.

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Robyn Smith shares how small habits can make big changes.

55 EXPLORE 56 Bali

Anna-Belle Durrant explores the wondrous Indonesian island of Bali and all it has to offer.

64 Otter Trail

Ready for an adventure? Here’s what it takes to do the Otter Trail.

72 Cool District

A look at all Sandton has to offer.

78 Cape Town

How to spend 48 hours in the Mother City.

80 Durban

48 hours to see the city? Joburg Style has you covered.

82 Travel Snippets

Festivals and trail runs. There’s something for everyone.




Brr! Natalia Rosa embraces her inner Shackleton in Antarctica’s white wilderness.

14 20 Male Grooming

When conscious consumption isn’t just for the ladies.

85 EAT.DRINK 87 Food

Linda Engelbrecht shares her love for plant-based cooking.

93 J.Bar

South Africa is home to some fantastic sparkling wine. Discover the best SA has to offer.

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113 THE LIST 116 Hikes 119 Kid’s Fun 122 Art Galleries 125 Yoga Studios REGULARS Editor’s letter & 10 128

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From the editor Well, I guess I should start with a hello – that is, after all, how most conversations start. Hello to you and hello to Johannesburg, a city that I’ve been reintroduced to through the creation of this edition of Joburg Style. A city that is polarising in so many aspects, a city that’s easy to love, but also easy to dislike. A city that really just needs us to say hello to it and give it the time of day. Having lived in Johannesburg all my life, I’ve become accustomed to its streets heaving with culture from all around the continent. I’ve become dulled to the raw talent that streams from the city’s artists. I’ve become desensitised to the tastes of its chef ’s gastronomical creations. Creating this hard copy tribute to the city and its people has reminded me of Joburg’s true beauty and worth, and I hope it does the same for you.

We’ve taken a new look at Sandon’s streets in our Cool District feature, where the sidewalks were once reserved for stockbrokers and the like, but have seen an influx of new business, young professionals and even better, fantastic spots to grab a bite and drink a cocktail. We’ve taken a particular liking to Saint, Sandton’s newest fine dining experience, where you’ll have a hard time deciding whether you like the pizza or the décor more. From pizza to a plant-based way of life, we spotlight Lina Engelbrecht who is leading the front on conscious eating and living through her blog, The Honest Grazer. Linda also shares her plant-based creations in our food section – the bang-bang cauliflower bites are now a firm favourite of mine! Interested in learning more about conscious living? Let me know. Ready for the next big challenge? The travel section

GINA BORTHWICK has a detailed breakdown of what it takes to get through the Otter Trail, a truly exhilarating experience. Natalia Rosa also takes us on an expedition to Antarctica, where few have gone before. Or, if being a beach bum is more your thing, we travel to the Island of the Gods, aka Bali, for a culinary and spiritual experience. An issue of Joburg Style wouldn’t be complete without a whole host of activities for you to enjoy over the coming months. Whether it’s entertaining the kids during the holidays or keeping yourself busy at the Oyster, Bubbles and Blanc Festival, there’s truly something for everyone. Favourites this issue include incredible hiking spots around the city that will make you work up an appetite, and a list of new restaurants and bars to satiate that very appetite. So, take a beat, look around and say hello once again to Johannesburg

Publisher Gina graduated from Wits Drama school in 1995 and after dabbling in the world of acting for a few years, went into publishing in 1998. With a passion for magazines, she launched Ballyhoo Media in 2007, publishing the first issue of Joburg Style in April 2008.

ALEXI PORTOKALLIS Film Photographer Alexi is a Joburg-based photographer and film photography enthusiast. Alexi showcases his love for Johannesburg through his Instagram account @alexioso which is a true ode to the city and its people. Alexi shares his thoughts on film photography in our Subculture story on page 46.

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CHANNAY HARVEY Photographer There are few photographers who can capture the soul of a person or the essence of a place in a single picture. Channay has that gift. Her focus is on studio photography with the use of inventive lighting. Channay’s other passion is travel and lifestyle photography, which you can get a taste of in our Cool District feature on page 72.


When most of us think of eating healthily we imagine gnawing on celery sticks and saying goodbye to carbs. Linda, better known as The Honest Grazer, doesn’t prescribe to this way of thinking. She’s all about encouraging more conscious dietary choices through sharing her plant-based culinary pursuits and experiences. Linda is dedicated to helping people find a healthy, balanced and sustainable lifestyle – no diets or fads here! Advertising agency content creator by day and The Honest Grazer by night, we caught up with Linda to chat about her favourite plant-based spots, cruelty-free beauty must-haves and more. Follow Linda on Instagram here:

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ENTREPRENEUR, ECO WARRIOR AND ENVIRONMENTALIST ROBYN SMITH HAS SPENT THE LAST DECADE PLUS CURATING SOUTH AFRICA’S LARGEST ONLINE ORGANIC SHOP, FAITHFUL TO NATURE. ROBYN TOOK SOME TIME OUT TO TALK TO LINDA ENGELBRECHT ABOUT HOW SMALL CHANGES CAN HAVE LASTING IMPACT, AND SHARES SOME SIMPLE WAYS YOU CAN BECOME A CONSCIOUS CONSUMER Who is Robyn Smith? I am a mother of two boys, Cas and Kojo, and wife to Greg. We all live in Kommetjie with our two very busy Australian shepherds. I am passionate about our collective home, and believe that all the answers and keys lie in our

hearts. I lead a very active spiritual life alongside all my professional obligations. What led you to start your own business (Faithful to Nature)? I have always been passionate about all things natural and

What does being faithful to nature mean to you? Being faithful to nature means being faithful to your true essence. It means living in harmony with all other beings, as well as your truest self. What environmental issue/cause are you most passionate about? There are so many, but the issue of plastic on our beautiful planet has me most motivated. The earth is quite literally drowning in plastic, but, at the same time, compared to many other environmental disasters, this would be a reasonably simple one to correct.

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“I am not saying that you need to be vegan to have a massive impact, but by having one less meal a day or week with meat in it, you will make a massive impact.”

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Furthermore, when it comes to plastic and the ecological destruction caused by plastic, each and every one of us can potentially save a sea creature’s life every time we pick up a discarded piece of plastic, or choose to say no, especially to single-use plastic. In other words, every act to do with plastic has the potential to make a tremendous difference, unlike many other causes. What does conscious consumption mean to you? It means that we consume in balance

and with careful consideration of how our choices and actions affect all other beings on the planet. Do you have a favourite Faithful To Nature product? I have hundreds! But in terms of impact, the Goddess Cup is the product I am most proud to use. How has your relationship with food, movement and your body changed over the years? I started out being absolutely fanatical actually. Quite surprisingly, I have become less

concerned about labelling who I am in relation to food and lifestyle and rather focusing on balance, because I understand, with greater certainty as time passes, that our emotional and mental health is as important as our physical health.

through investing in reusables like steel straws, fabric shopping totes or coffee mugs, or making the choice to no longer buy plastic toys for your kids, or finding a more sustainable option (of which there are many) for dealing with your monthly ladies’ cycle.

What small change can consumers make to lower their impact right now? The two most inconvenient truths on our planet currently have to do with the consumption, or overconsumption, of meat and the use, or overuse, of plastic. I am not saying that you need to be vegan to have a massive impact, but I am saying that by incorporating one less meal a day or week with meat in it, you will make a massive impact. The same goes for plastic; choose one more area in which to use less plastic, whether it is

What are your three top tips for staying physically, emotionally and mentally healthy? 1. Do what you love as often as you can. 2. Get outdoors as often as you can. 3. Drink more water! (The filtered, plastic-free kind.) What advice can you give to aspiring entrepreneurs? If you choose any area on which to focus your self-development, let it be on believing and loving yourself more. Because when this foundation is strong, you will be unstoppable.

EASY STEPS TO A PLASTIC-FREE LIFE We know it can seem a little daunting, but here are some easy steps to cut out single-use plastic from your life. 1. Stop using plastic straws, there are great steel or glass options that can be reused over and over again 2. Stop buying plastic bottled water. Get yourself a reusable glass bottle, or if you’re on the go, buy mineral water in glass. 3. Carry reusable shopping bags. Most major stores now sell reusable shopping bags, making it easy for you to cut out the plastic options. 4. Buy fresh bread to avoid using the plastic prepackaged bread comes in.

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I’ve become more and more aware of the impact the fashion industry has on our ecosystem. I love the Responsibili-Tee because it’s made from 4.8 plastic bottles and 0.26 pounds of fabric scrap, and saves 63 gallons of water when compared to a conventional cotton T-shirt. What more could you want?




Is there anything better than a great cup of coffee in the morning? I love my Bialetti because it never fails to disappoint with the best cuppa in the city. All you need to do is fill the bottom with water, fill the filter basket with freshly ground coffee, put your moka pot on the stove and you’re good to go.


A man’s gotta shave! And there’s nothing worse than irritated skin after shaving. I love this shaving gel from The Body Shop. You will feel your skin smooth and soften instantly.


I love these Vans with UltraCush Lite 3D liner; they’re the perfect combination of comfort and the classic Vans style. They come in a range of colours and they’re made to last, so whether you’re working in an office or out and about, they won’t disappoint.



Swapping over to a bamboo toothbrush is a really easy way to cut down on plastic that ends up in landfills in South Africa each year. I love Simply Bamboo because they’re locally made and 100 percent biodegradable.

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FROM AFRICA TO THE WORLD Unathi speaks to Anna-Belle Durrant about her love for Africa, plans for the future and mentorship

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South Africa and the world know you as an incredible artist, but you’re a mentor and role model to so many, too. How do you feel about mentorships, particularly in the context of the youth of South Africa? To impart the knowledge that you have gained to others who seek it, be it formally or informally, is a vital part of ensuring the success of a growing nation. How important is mentorship to you? Mentorship is very important to me. It has helped me become the woman I am and I’ve also been able to pay it forward. There is a small group of young adults who I’ve mentored for about five years now. This year I will be launching two mentorship programmes, which will take shape in the form of workshops. One is based on wellness for scholars of all ages and the other is aimed at teenage girls to equip them with tools to succeed after school. Do you have any mentors? If so, what advice have they shared with you that has made an impact in your life? I’ve always been one to gravitate towards those who are older, wiser, more experienced and more worldly than I am. I receive mentorship from everyone around me, but I don’t have formal, official mentors. My parents, friends, business associates, industry colleagues, etc. all play a role in mentoring me somehow or other.  If you could share advice, what would it be? Follow your truth. It’s the only thing you have and it is so uniquely yours. 

power of Mother Nature so strongly as in that moment when I was drenched in the falling waters of the Zambezi River. I’ve stood at Africa’s ‘Door of No Return’ on Gorée Island in Senegal, so called as it is from this door that Africans boarded slave ships to America, never to return to their motherland, THE motherland. We are wealthy and can only enjoy our wealth and spread it amongst ourselves through unity. As the global ambassador to dotAfrica (.Africa), we strive to create that unity, wealth and economy digitally as we experience the Fourth Industrial Revolution. dotAfrica is a top-level domain, only the second to exist outside of Silicon Valley, which allows us to keep our digital wealth on the continent through content, job creation and ownership. You’ve also been known to speak out against cyberbullying. Why do you think this is more prolific than ever? Bad things happen when good people keep quiet. I think part of the problem is that people felt that they had to keep up with appearances in whichever way they had defined that to be. I believe people are now putting up more boundaries, being reprimanded more and abuse is being regulated a bit better. I am the child of a psychologist, so I have grown up understanding the patterns of mental illness and am very sensitive to mental hurt and scarring. That is why I simply won’t tolerate cyberbullying, whether it is directed at me or at others on my platforms. I won’t tolerate bullying of any form. I am conscious, though, that those very people are hurting. Hurt people hurt people. That is why I won’t attack the person back, but rather point the mirror back in their face or make it witty with a li’l spice. 

“Follow your truth – it’s the only thing you have”

You’re passionate about African unity. Tell us a little more about that. We are beautiful. Africa is magical. Africa is wealth. There are so many ways we can enjoy this wealth, but that needs unity. Not in the almost unattainable ‘kumbaya’ sense, but in the ‘I respect you’ way. Everyone is valuable. Let’s trade and make Africa the great powerhouse that it is on the global stage, and stop seeking validation from the rest of the world. I’ve done the most mind-blowing, once-in-a-lifetime things on our continent and I feel that it’s my responsibility to be a positive foundation for who and what we are. For our honeymoon, my husband and I visited Egypt. We crossed the Nile River, rode on Arabian horses across the desert, prayed in a pharoah’s tomb and rubbed our fingers on Cleopatra’s bathroom walls. We stood next to the mighty Sphinx before buying oils from the direct descendants of Nefertiti (my spirit animal goddess), which I still use nine years later. In neighbouring Tunisia, I rode on a camel on the beautiful white beaches and bought an original Persian rug whilst sipping on the sweetest, most delicious tea. Just this past year, I summited Mount Kilimanjaro, and returned to Tanzania in October to swim with dolphins in Zanzibar. I’ve experienced the Victoria Falls from both sides. In Zimbabwe, I walked with the apes against the backdrop of this natural wonder of the world’s glorious might, such a powerful site. In Zambia, I experienced the falls from inside them. I took a moment and prayed to God as I have never felt the

What is your favourite thing about Johannesburg? I’ve travelled the world and Joburg matches up. It’s vast in landscape, sound, look, language and feel. That is because no one can claim the city as theirs. That’s what makes it so unpredictable. So beautiful. Who are your favourite musicians from Johannesburg? Uncle Hugh Masekela, who lived in Alexandra township, as well as Ntate Caiphus and Mam’ Letta Mbulu. They’re my all-time favourite musicians. You’re ready to take it easy in the city; where are your favourite places to eat, drink and play? My favourite spot in the city is Northcliff Hill. It’s free, peaceful and one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in my life. I’m wild in that I love Johannesburg and all her extremes. I love Wombles in Bryanston as much as I love Sakhumzi on Vilakazi Street, Panyaza in Soweto and Workshop 55 on 7th in Parktown North for a great gin night with the girls. I’ll do a kota spot in Randburg and eat at The Westcliff simply for the view on a rainy Joburg evening.  I’ll go to Koi in Sandton, Salvation Cafe in 44 Stanley, and won’t forget uMama, who makes the best magwina and scones outside the SABC in Auckland Park. I love the Neighbourgoods Market and all of Braam, not to forget De Vette Mossel at Hartbeespoort Dam or Ragga Nights on Thursdays at Bassline. I simply LOVE Joburg!  

ON THE HORIZON but not least, Unathi year she also starts her she embarks on out for the music video 1. Look 2. herIn June, 3. This 4. Last, is once again a judge on ‘A Better U’ boot camps, second tour, BRAVE, of her song ‘Halo Sana Buya Mama’ with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, which is receiving great love from across the country.

TRUE and STRONG 2019, which will see her perform across southern Africa.

hosted mostly in Johannesburg. The workouts are aimed at inspiring healthy living for all.

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s St David’s executive headmaster Mike Thiel puts it, “Choosing a school and an educational model is a highly personal decision. The choice of school should be based on the needs, personality and interests of the child and also meet the expectations and circumstances of the family, which can be extremely varied. There should also be a strong values alignment.” As a parent you find yourself questioning a list of factors; will they thrive in more traditional schools? Or are they destined for free-thinking environments? And then there’s the rapid rate of technological growth to consider how can you be sure their education will even be relevant by the time they leave school?


“All independent schools operate in an exceptionally competitive environment, and so you would assume that being the best school would be our singular purpose... but it isn’t,” says Kyalami Schools CEO, Gary Botha. Instead, for the Kyalami Schools (NPC) it is considerably more important to produce “future citizens who are the best for the world rather than simply being the best in the world.” A rather refreshing approach that looks further down the line than simply Grade 12. “While the success of our pupils is, without question, a story of incredible personal achievement, we know that our matric results are only a part of the whole story,” Botha continues. “The academic success metric, as important as it is, has to remain secondary to the type of child who leaves our schools because a 100 percent pass rate is meaningless if our pupils are not equipped to be active, contributing members of the society in which they live.” Of course, the world that learners enter after school is constantly changing, and at a pretty rapid rate at that. Not only have curriculums had to be updated, but teaching methods and priorities have significantly evolved in schools over the past decade. Botha explains

that the “significant changes to the education landscape over the past 10 years [are attributed to] the advent of technology in the classroom and the proliferation of mobile, Internet-ready devices in our schools.” Most importantly, the group CEO stresses that it’s vital to understand the learners themselves. “We are also teaching a fundamentally different child now, who has the ability to inform their actions on an unprecedented level. It is incumbent on schools to develop robust communication skills that allow pupils to understand, assess and draw real value from the information that is presented to them.” And then there are theories like Moore’s Law to consider. Coined by Gordon Moore, one of the founders of Intel, the law states that computers will double in speed and halve in price every 18 months. Moore’s Law, however, is considered by many to be too conservative. A rough estimate indicates that computers will become about 1,000 times faster and more cost-effective over the next decade. This means that as we harness this power, automation will become dramatically more powerful. This makes Botha’s teaching approach so vital. “Schools should be preparing their children for a future world that is unlike the one we live in, and perhaps even beyond our current, collective imaginations,” he says. “The days of chalk-and-talk teaching and ultimate-authority educators have been replaced by a more collaborative and meaningful style of values-based teaching and learning, where the classroom is a space for skill development rather than content regurgitation.” After all, automation has the ability to advance so rapidly that the skills we develop at the beginning of our careers could be totally redunant within a few years. Thankfully, today’s pupil understands the value of diversity within their environment in a way that Millennials, Gen X and Baby Boomers are simply unable to, and this makes them significantly stronger as a generation. “There is a great isiZulu saying, umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu, meaning a ‘person is a person because of people’. I want our pupils to understand the value of this connection, as I am convinced that the ability to look around a room and tap into the diversity that exists therein is a recipe for personal success,” reveals Botha. And then there are the good oldfashioned life skills that we all seem to need every day. “Alongside the promotion of these human skill sets, we should teach children to read for deep understanding, we should help them develop fantastic mathematical ability and we should school them in the art of resilience for situations that require a multifaceted problem-solving approach. This will truly serve them well in their lives, no matter what it is that they choose to pursue.” This is where Botha seems to nail the balance. His Kyalami Schools Group is a self-funded, self-sustaining group of schools that deliver a broad and well-rounded set of skills to its pupils, allowing them to embark on a journey true to their motto of developing  global achievers.  As for being a not-for-profit company, the group has the advantageous benefit of reinvesting every surplus rand generated back into the development of the schools, thereby allowing the continual development of a world-class, forwardthinking education system. 

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“St David’s Marist Inanda has an ethos that is grounded in the Marist tradition of education. It’s a tradition that, at its heart, was the vision of a young priest, St Marcellin Champagnat, who challenged the status quo of French society over 200 years ago by highlighting the need for academic and spiritual education for those who were socially excluded from receiving it,” explains executive headmaster, Mike Thiel. “Marist education has as its core values humility, simplicity and modesty, and now spans 80 countries across five continents, including some of the most marginalised and disenfranchised communities.” Despite finding itself in the heart of the thriving Johannesburg business district of Sandton, Thiel assures that these core values still fundamentally guide and inform the school’s practice. But this is not to say that their teaching techniques are outdated or old-fashioned. In fact, Thiel reveals that the teachers of St David’s regularly attend conferences where research on boys’ education is presented and it’s this research from which the school’s teaching programme is designed. Furthermore, he presents the argument of “considerable research that shows that boys and girls learn differently and having an all-boys monastic environment allows us to design our teaching, social and extra-curricular programmes to facilitate both learning and enjoyment.” On this basis, it’s not surprising that headmaster Thiel describes the learner most likely to thrive at St David’s Marist Inanda as “the boy who wants to be here!” He continues to explain that “if a boy and his family are aligned to our values and philosophy and the boy is willing to submerge himself in all that we have to offer, then he will thrive. A boy’s school days are about trying new things, discovering passions, developing talents and not limiting himself.” Which brings religion to the forefront. St David’s Marist Inanda prides itself on unity with the Catholic religion, but does this make it exclusive for Catholic students? “We believe that being a faith-based school has a positive effect on our learners, and it is the reason that many parents, whether Catholic or not, choose St David’s for their boys. Our Catholic faith is fundamental to who we are. The school is owned by the Marist Brothers, a Catholic religious teaching order with an international presence, and being a Marist Catholic school informs our value system and our practice. Boys of all faiths are welcome at St David’s and attend weekly mass and religious education classes. We believe that it is important for all boys to have the opportunity to follow their own faith journey and participating in the school’s religious practices gives boys

time for reflection, builds community, respect and tolerance for all faiths.” Parents from families of other beliefs and faiths should not be discouraged by the Catholic grounding of this traditional school, explains Thiel. In fact he believes that a variety of learners benefits everyone in the long run. “We believe strongly that there is strength in diversity and having a diverse community of boys and families is important to us as a school and to the directive of the Marist Brothers. This diversity brings depth and breadth to our experiences and conversations, it challenges our perceptions and exposes us to new ideas and insights – all of which make us ‘more human’. It is in being more connected to humanity that our faith strengthens. There is much in diverse faiths that is common and in sharing our Catholic practices, these commonalities are often discovered, and barriers broken down.” Thiel continues to explain that the notion of religious grounding is discussed with families right from the admissions process. The expectations from the boys (attending weekly mass, for example) are laid out from the beginning should they enrol at St David’s. This admissions process, Thiel explains, allows the school the opportunity to discuss their philosophy with prospective parents. The headmaster strongly believes that it’s this unique philosophy around faith-based teaching that ultimately draws families to choose St David’s for their

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children. As is the strong endorsement of tradition within the school. St David’s can be proud of the traditions that it has held on to as these have gone through somewhat of a screening process to evaluate just how beneficial they are to the learners. “We discuss the value of traditions often,” Thiel says. “We believe that traditions that build belonging and self-worth are worth preserving, but traditions that divide, exclude and erode selfesteem should be let go of. The relevance of particular traditions needs to be constantly interrogated in the same way that the relevance of curriculum and school policies are reviewed. However, traditions are important in boys’ schools and traditions often give boys a sense of identity and ‘anchor’ them in a turbulent world.” It’s for this reason that Thiel says he believes the oldest traditions are not always necessarily the most important. “Traditions do not need to have existed for 50 years to be meaningful – and the boys are often more emotionally connected to newer traditions because they are relevant to them. Traditions also need to reflect our values and ethos, and the requirement of all boys to participate in outreach activities is an example of this.” While the notions of religion, faith and tradition may be somewhat unique to the school, there are still general issues that St David’s needs to address just like any other school in today’s times. Technological advancement is somewhat of a pressing issue for all parents right now with many studies and debates being held on whether young children should be exposed to television and computers, or whether keeping them away from it may ultimately leave them at a disadvantage later in life. When asked about the use of technology in school, Thiel said that they don’t shy away from it. “With regards to accessing information, we actively encourage the boys to cross-reference the reliability and credibility of any information with sources that are deemed to be both reliable and credible. Plagiarism is always of concern and we allow the boys to internalise and practise the correct forms of referencing. An important life skill that should really be implemented from as early an age as possible.” Another life lesson that Thiel says they teach their students is the notion of one’s digital footprint. St David’s promotes social media law expert Emma Sadleir’s advice, encouraging them to ask themselves one simple question

before posting anything online: Could this be shown to my parents? If the answer is no, then the content should simply not be posted. “At St David’s we actively engage with our boys around creating responsible digital footprints on the understanding that such footprints are permanent and can be life-damaging if unchecked.” Another extremely important offering for a private school like St David’s is the facilities that it can offer to both parents and pupils. In the past year, St David’s has reintroduced a boarding facility. This was on offer many years ago, but was unfortunately closed down in the early ‘70s. Currently, the boarding house is still fairly small with just 41 beds (boys, depending on their age, reside in dorms of two, three or four boys with matrics having single rooms), but Thiel explains that it is intended for this section of the school to continue growing as they are already experiencing a high demand for it. “We reintroduced weekly boarding to meet the demands of modern families, where more often than not there are two working parents, or a single parent needing the additional support of a ‘home away from home’ for their son(s),” he explains. “We are keeping our offering to weekly boarding as we see ourselves as a family-based school and think that it is important for our boys and families to have quality contact time over weekends and holidays, along with the convenience of boarding during the week.” Quizzing Thiel, you can really feel his passion for creating an environment in which his learners will flourish. “The most important thing needed for children to learn is for them to be happy!” he says. “We believe that we have a happy school, created by teachers who are passionate about teaching and ‘growing’ boys. We encourage boys to find their passions, to try new things, to fail and try again – and we provide a safe, but disciplined, environment within which this can take place.” Furthermore, St David’s is not a school that closes out parents. “We encourage parents to be involved in their boys’ lives and the life of the school – we are a family-orientated and community-minded school and think that our strength lies in the investments of time, energy, resources and prayer from our extended community. ‘Family spirit’ is a key characteristic of Marist education and our boys thrive within the security of this special Marist family.”

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“For young children, play is a full body experience that helps them to develop the skills they need later on in life,” says St Peter’s Boys Junior Prep head Kenda Melvill-Smith. “Not only does play develop gross and fine motor skills, but it also allows children to build their mental and emotional state.” University of Denver researchers, Elena Bodrova, Carrie Germeroth and Deborah Leong, found that children teach themselves to regulate their emotions and think before they act when they play. As a result, playing helps children to build their social skills and become the kind of adult who is able to thrive in a variety of environments. This is why Melvill-Smith and her team of educators believe in the importance of including play in the classroom to facilitate early childhood development. Melvill-Smith reveals the school’s core belief that teacher-initiated play allows for inquiry-based learning to develop within the schooling system. “Children do not realise how much learning is taking place in a play-filled classroom environment,” she says, “and at the same time they are also developing critical thinking skills, creating opportunities for increased language and vocabulary, expanding on their knowledge and increasing their social awareness.” “The aim of play within the classroom is to allow children to ask questions, express themselves, collaborate with others and take risks. At the same time, children maintain their natural curiosity and do not lose the excitement of learning.” Like many others who have completed research in the field, Melvill-Smith takes the belief that a classroom that demonstrates a play-based approach to learning is not only a joyful environment, but also one that allows for meaningful social interaction and thus children being actively engaged in their own learning. While there are numerous benefits to learning through play, MelvillSmith accredits three as the most notable. Firstly, play encourages communication as it “allows children the opportunity to develop speech and language skills, grow their vocabulary and encourage listening,” she explains. Secondly, play has been proven to improve cognitive development. “Children who play demonstrate more sophisticated levels of interaction with others,” outlines Melvill-Smith. Studies (Bergen, D 2002) have found a connection between cognitive ability and high quality pretend play. Children who are deprived of play are less able to solve problems, struggle with social interaction and more likely to have academic difficulties specifically in relation to literacy, maths and science. Lastly, play has been seen to encourage relationship building. “Children who play with their peers and adults learn how relationships work through these interactions,” says Melvill-Smith. Social skills are a

vital part of language development and, with the belief that language is so much more than the spoken word, emotional development takes place through play as children discover the importance of both selfregulation and expression. It’s for these reasons that Melvill-Smith and her team ensure that quality learning takes place by catering for playbased learning in the classroom environment throughout St Peter’s Prep School. Teachers need to know what play is, why it is important, as well as how to implement and assess a play-based programme. Furthermore, St Peter’s is an accredited Thinking School through Exeter University (UK) and as a result, a variety of thinking skills are promoted within the school. The curriculum is scaffolded from Gr 0-7 and includes David Hyerle’s Thinking Maps, De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats and CoRT Tools, Ron Ritchhart’s Thinking Routines and Bloom’s Taxonomy. Teachers at St Peter’s are encouraged to create a culture of thinking within their classrooms by using these thinking tools in an authentic manner. Ultimately, the objective is to increase the level of high order thinking from its students. Thinking skills at St Peter’s is driven by a committee, which ensures the consistent training of teachers and in which the sharing of ideas is encouraged. The belief here is that developing and preparing thinking skills within the curriculum is essential to ensure it is maintained within the classrooms. Ultimately, the cultures of thinking within the schools ensure that a group’s collective as well as an individual’s thinking is valued, visible and actively promoted as part of the day-to-day experience of all students.


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Although the curriculum and skills taught within single-sex (or monastic) schools may be similar, Melvill-Smith explains that the approach towards teaching is different. “The methodology used is geared towards an approach that suits either boys or girls and meets their developmental needs appropriately. The Units of Inquiry (Themes) are linked to the interests of either boys or girls and classroom practices rely on research with regards to how best to approach either boys or girls within their learning environment. This way, teachers are able to adapt their teaching to meet the physical, emotional and academic needs of the gender they are teaching.” However, Melvill-Smith stresses that despite a child’s gender, facilitating early development is of the utmost importance. “In our society today, many children are over-scheduled, both at school in the morning and at home in the afternoons. The ‘business’ of our day is worn as a symbol of pride, but the over-scheduled child is often stressed and anxious. They are unsure of how to use downtime effectively and, as a result, play becomes minimalised and ineffectual. To counteract these busy days, time for free play needs to be given and time outdoors encouraged.” Finally, she advises that “as adults involved in the education of our children, we need to be aware that play is not only special and fun, but one of the most important means by which our children learn. If play were to disappear from childhood, the lasting impact on a child’s development would be compromised. Physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually our children will be stunted. The development of imagination and creativity would be short-lived. The capacity for effective communication would be reduced. It is therefore time for us to invest in play.”


“St Martin’s is a family school in every sense of the word. People look out for each other – particularly when the chips are down. We don’t only value diversity, we celebrate it,” says Gillian O’Shaughnessy, head of marketing at St Martin’s School. “Arising from the traits of Martin of Tours (the school’s patron saint, St Martin) the school’s spiritual essence continues to be ‘the grace of obedience, compassion for others, zeal for the truth and a humble spirit’.” O’Shaughnessy aptly uses these words from the School Prayer to describe the expected behaviour of all staff and students. “And in the words of our school motto,” she continues, “‘Non recuso laborem’ - which means: I do not shirk work - has become a way of life for the St Martin’s School family. “People really work hard here,” she says. O’Shaughnessy attributes a favourable pupil-to-teacher ratio as the reason why students are able to interact with staff members confidently and “engage in meaningful conversations” that move beyond a “sometimes staid curriculum”, and explore new knowledge. She believes that learning really happens beyond the classroom – whether it is on the sports field “where strategy and skills are learned”, on stage, or even on tours both inside and outside our South African borders. “With 32 |

our highly experienced staff, lessons are not textbook-bound or dictated by content that needs to be examined… there is room to explore.” Furthermore, O’Shaughnessy truly believes in the benefits of Co-education. She says, “Co-education schools emulate the world our students are expected to interact in. [After school,] they are all going into a Co-ed future and the skills of negotiating and interacting with the other gender are part of the hidden curriculum.” As are the abounding traditions upheld at St Martin’s, explains O’Shaughnessy. “We have a rich tradition steeped in the history of our country, and traditions of hard work and looking beyond oneself are strong. We recently introduced rites of passage for the Form One students. With this, each student is handed a key at the beginning of the year and the Form One students are encouraged to unlock as many doors of possibility as they can while they are in high school - doors to new friendships, new opportunities or to a sport they have never played. Students are also at liberty to decide which doors may be locked for situations that are unsafe and potentially dangerous to them.” Traditional sports, such as rugby, soccer, swimming, hockey, netball, tennis, squash and touch rugby, are all on offer to the students of St Martin’s. Learners are encouraged to discover new sports as these offer life lessons as both an individual and a team player. However, St Martin’s also boasts a long list of cultural activities on offer for students. These include debating, art, music, creative writing, public speaking, a cappella choir and drama. “Our drama department is particularly strong,” O’Shaughnessy says proudly. “Just this past week (27 & 28 February 2019), Ashálin Singh, our high school drama teacher, performed an excellent one-act play of Salaam Stories at the school. The play was a wonderful discovery of the history of the Malay community in our country.” She continues, “The audience was captivated from start to finish as Ashálin added great humour to the story. It is a privilege for our school to have a teacher who works in the professional field of acting. This enables him to bring real life experiences to the drama department.” It’s this sense of pride in their own that resonates throughout the school of St Martin’s, a true community-focused environment, and which gets carried all the way through to the classroom. “Learning is not only about quadratic equations, continental drift, Shakespeare and iterations; most of that can be learnt off the Internet,” says O’Shaughnessy. “The things learnt in the hidden curriculum are what makes St Martin’s special. Grit, critical thinking, coherently arguing your point of view and having to deal with difficult classmates at times are a rich part of the learning that happens at our school and that prepares our pupils for life.” Finally, she adds, “We encourage young people to reach their full academic potential to gain the best advantage in their future lives. Our diverse community prepares our students to interact easily with those of different religions, cultures, races and economic backgrounds. Our beautiful campus is an oasis of education in Johannesburg that provides a secure and welcoming environment for all who attend the school.”


“Young people must take it upon themselves to ensure that they receive the highest education possible so that they can represent us well in future as future leaders” – Nelson Mandela

Education and mentoring consultancy Crimson Education has finally launched in South Africa. The New Zealand company, founded in 2013 by high schoolers Jamie Beaton and South Africanborn Sharndre Kushor, has since grown into a multi-million-dollar company, with offices in over 17 cities worldwide. “The top-ranked universities in the world are extremely competitive and most of them have acceptance rates under 10 percent. This means that the process of applying can be extremely daunting, especially to international students who are unfamiliar with the foreign educational processes,” says Kushor, who, together with Beaton, made the much-coveted Forbes Asia 30 under 30 list in 2017. Crimson Education’s business model is simple but effective. The company connects high school students to teams of mentors who have walked similar educational and career paths. The team will even coach students through launching a community project or small business, aligned with their interests and goals. “We provide hands-on support to our students across academics, leadership roles, extra-curricular activities and university admissions,” says Kushor. According to country manager for South Africa Duncan Parsons, South African students are significantly under-represented at the top universities in the world. Figures from EducationUSA show that only 0,1 percent of South African university applicants actually go on to study at US institutions after matric. “There is familiarity with applying for postgraduate studies abroad, but limited awareness of the huge value and opportunity that undergraduate programmes offer.” At first glance we may think that the overarching problem comes in the form of financial aid. After all, studying abroad comes with a hefty tuition fee, but Parsons explains that the issues arise even before the stages of tuition and other costs. “While funding is certainly a barrier to entry, many strong candidates are overwhelmed by the complexity and unfamiliarity of the application process before they even get to apply for 34 |

financial aid,” says Parsons. “The key to a strong application is to prepare well, understand what makes a great application and to demonstrate passion and initiative. Understanding what makes you unique will help you stand out.” The company employs strategy consultants, tutors and mentors, who are graduates and students from top-ranked universities, to help gear a student’s high school years towards landing a spot at their dream campus. Teenagers are well accustomed to curating their personal image on social media. They select what to share, who to tag and how to display their interests and activities in a single image, or 280 characters. The next step for Generation Z (those born after 1995) is to start curating their career. Whether preparing to apply for a competitive university programme or starting an entrepreneurial venture, there is great value in starting to think about how to express one’s professional interests from an early age. Since 2015, Crimson students around the world have collectively received 102 offers to Ivy League schools and 37 to Oxford and Cambridge universities. Parsons hopes to replicate these numbers in South Africa by starting to work with students from Grades 9 and 10 to build comprehensive and competitive applications to some of the top 50 universities in the world. More and more South Africans are setting their sights on an exclusive overseas education. The Internet has broken down many of the barriers to information that previous generations faced, while the desire for diverse student pools has made top-ranked campuses increasingly cosmopolitan. The trend is also in part due to the arrival in the country of educational mentoring companies such as Crimson Education, which assist high school students to navigate unfamiliar and rigorous applications processes successfully. “Gaining acceptance to top international universities is challenging and students need more than just good marks to succeed. Curating your extra-curricular activities during high school is important, as a well-rounded candidate with an engaging personal story stands out from the crowd,” says Parsons. Schools and parents can place too heavy an emphasis on academic success alone, when wellroundedness is becoming a crucial part of an applicant’s success. About 30 percent of an application to an American university is based on activities outside of academic curricula. “Colleges look for and fund students who demonstrate that they’ll use the university’s resources to the fullest – they want to see initiative and the potential to become a leader in your field,” he says. Growing up with access to vast amounts of information through the Internet, Generation Z is well poised to think creatively and disruptively about business, as well as social and environmental problems. “A great university education, at an institution with leading research groups, lecturers and students from around the world, is a very powerful starting point for future changemakers,” says Parsons. “Landing that opportunity is challenging, but not impossible, for driven South African students who apply their online curating skills to their careers.”

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Inspired by the creative disorder and decay of urban ecosystems, these Johannesburg favourites are launching their new solo show, ‘Practically Everywhere’, at Southern Guild, ending 8 May 2019. Consisting largely of sculptural cabinets in timber, steel and glass, this new body of work experiments with jagged shapes, odd proportions and stacked forms overlaid with textural surface treatments. Ever responsive to their local surroundings and Joburg’s inner city, the designers conceived this collection as an abstracted study of their immediate environment, which has adapted to and been overtaken by natural forces. The work’s radical aesthetic conveys this sense of entropy and evolution.


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Rarely do we come across a collection of work that spans 40 years, exudes a near inexplicable sense of love for unexplored cultures and lands and captures traditions long forgotten by a fastpaced modern world. African Twilight is the sum of American-born Carol Beckwith’s and Australian Angela Fisher’s work over the past 40 years and is the culmination of their love for the African continent. Carol’s and Angela’s ode to the Cradle of Humankind details the photographers’ journeys across Africa, seeking out remote communities, and crossing thousands of kilometres over often extremely inhospitable terrain to record the sacred ceremonies, powerful art forms and boundless creativity of the people living there today. Their work allows us to gain rare access to ceremonies usually closed to outsiders, including the Royal Igue Ceremony in the Palace of Benin in Nigeria, the royal masquerade dances for the Kuba King of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Famidhana biannual rewrapping of the dead in Madagascar, and the secret inner rites of the Voodoo sects of the Yoruba diaspora in Cuba. The collection of work documents fireside rituals around the grass huts of the Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert, to Sufi Moulid ceremonies in the neon-lit night-time streets of Cairo, from

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Left Pende ‘tall men walking’ stilt dancers, Gungu, DR Congo Top right Yoruba Voodoo Mask, Burkina Faso Bottom right Maasai bride, Kenya Bottom left Pende Kitenga Mask, Gungu, DR Congo

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young boys’ initiations into warriorhood in the forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the spectacular mask dancing festivals of Burkina Faso that draw crowds from all over West Africa, and from the Maasai tradition of lion hunting as a boy’s rite of passage into manhood, to the Maasai Olympics, which maintains these values by replacing the hunting of lions with the competition for athletic trophies. While some parts of the continent seem to remain rooted in ancient traditions, Carol and Angela remind us of the continent’s ever-changing façade, with over 40 percent of what has been recorded in this compendium no longer existing. | 43

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nstant coffee, instant connection… Instagram. There’s no doubt that we live in a time of instants; we’ve even replaced standing in queues with online shopping and instant purchase buttons. So why are a group of Johannesburg photographers so dedicated to the art of film photography? Alexi Portokallis is a photographer, marketing consultant and father who has dedicated much of his time over the past few years to capturing the streets of Joburg and the people who wander them. If you ask Alexi what his first love is, he’ll answer film photography every time. “Johannesburg has an incredible history with film,” explains Alexi. “It’s produced some brilliant film photographers, all with a rich history in our chaotic past.” Film holds such a special place in Johannesburg because it has a beautiful rawness to it and it forces photographers to step back and absorb their surroundings, and what could be rawer than our incredible city? Joburg is home to a host of film photographers dedicated to their art because of its timeless rawness… much like the city. “Film does this magic thing when capturing the essence of a person or a place,” muses Alexi.

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“No other photographic medium does the same job in absorbing that story to show the world. Film cameras are also smaller, making it easier and less intimidating when shooting people in the streets.” Alexi believes there’s been a return to the art of film because of our human instinct to romanticise the past and our love of nostalgia. In his eyes, Want to get your reel printed? Do it the right way by learning to do nothing takes us into the past it yourself at The Alternative Print Workshop (APW) run by Dennis da Silva and Janus Boshoff. The APW functions as a working and the way film does. “It brings learning space. It consists of a fully equipped and large print back the times that our parents workshop area, as well as two dedicated traditional darkrooms. and grandparents would pull out The space creates a workspace where they and other enthusiasts photo albums and show us old can produce work using beautiful, old and antiquated printing photos.” Film also pushes processes and stay inspired about film photography. photographers to think about each image and slow down. “It’s refreshing in the digital age and nothing beats the feeling of waiting for your first roll of film to develop. Seeing your work develop before your eyes is magic!”


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Alexi and his fellow film enthusiasts, Deen Schroeder, Brad Donald and Lee de Haas, run a film photography group on WhatsApp where they coordinate meet-ups and share tricks and tips. “The group has loads of experienced photographers and it’s fun to banter with them, too.” If WhatsApp isn’t your thing, there’s a locally run Facebook page called Analogue Republic and an international group called Negative Feedback. Both groups are dedicated to growing the film community and sharing work. You’ll find Alexi and his troupe out and about shooting in the Johannesburg CBD.

TIPS FOR FIRSTTIMERS • Choose the right gear. Gear doesn’t make the image, but you need to use a camera that suits your shooting style. • Choose the right film. When you’re starting off, it’s important to work with good quality film. Cheaper film won’t reflect the magic of film. Use Kodak Portra 400 for colour and Kodak Tri-x 400 for black and white. • Make friends with your lab. Tell them what you want and get a feel of how you want your images to be developed. • Take control of the film. Learn what pushing and pulling is. Experiment with what happens when you overexpose and underexpose your film. • Be patient. Shooting film takes time and it also takes time to get the results you want to achieve.

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The best in Joburg Anthony Bila @theexpressionist Anthony aka The Expressionist has been described as an urban phenomenon and has been featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

A word of warning to those looking for inspiration: “Unfortunately, the Johannesburg CBD has become a little more dangerous lately, so if you’re shooting downtown, go in larger groups and keep your wits about you.” When they’re not out shooting, the group of enthusiasts almost always operates in good coffee shops. “From Melville to Rosebank, there are so many places I love to hang out in… Father Coffee in Braamfontein and Rosebank, Bean There at 44 Stanley and Bertrams in Maboneng!” Next time you see a group of photographers in the city, be sure to pause and say “Cheese”!

Lee De Haas @iateazombie Lee’s first love has always been street photography and he loves creating images knowing that his art will live on long after he has moved on. Andile Buka @buka_andile Daring and driven by the need to create, Andile is a self-taught, Johannesburg-based film photographer. His distinct and honest documentation of street style has gained him local and international acclaim. Deen Schroeder @deenschroeder Deen is a Johannesburg-based photographer and Instagrammer who is passionate about finding the beauty and inspiration in the everyday. Ross Maxwell @rossmaxwelllives Ross is a photographer and cinematographer with a love for manipulating and experimenting with light. Mike Bell @mikebellphoto Mike is a photographer and cinematographer with a knack for beautiful portraiture. Pano Roller @panoroller Pano is a musician and film photography enthusiast; you’ll either catch him on stage or behind his camera snapping away.

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Island OF THE gods While the rest of the world seems to get exponentially more expensive for South Africans looking for a break, Bali remains one of the best destinations for value-for-money luxury travel. By Anna-Belle Durrant

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Don’t let its reputation for being a backpacker surfer haven fool you. Bali and its neighbouring islands offer luxury stays at a fraction of the price you’ll find elsewhere in the world, and if that’s not enough for you, there are endless sights, sandy beaches and surprising restaurants to keep you entertained.


The only bad news about Bali is that it’s halfway around the world. What does that mean for you? Well, there are no direct flights to Bali; however, the fastest way there is to hop on a plane to Singapore and after a short stopover you’ll be on your way to Denpasar. Once you land, the first thing to hit you will be the humidity, the second is the sheer hustle and bustle that you’ll find in Bali’s main tourist centres.


You haven’t experienced a beach until you’ve sunk your toes into the sandy beaches of Bali’s shores. With so much to choose from we’ve listed our

favourite, tried and tested spots to work on our tan and breathe in the sea air. For surfing: So, you’ve heard the stories about Bali’s famous waves and now it’s time to pick where to set down your board. Balian Beach is home to some of the island’s best waves; better yet, it’s off the beaten path so you won’t find yourself fighting to catch a wave. For sightseeing: Tucked away on Nusa Penida you’ll find the sparkling, palm tree lined waters of Crystal Bay. Hire a snorkelling mask from one of the local beach stalls, swim out a few metres and you’ll be greeted by a thriving coral reef befitting the next Finding Nemo sequel. For peace and quiet: You’ll find Secret Beach a short drive away from Nusa Ceningan’s main town. Follow the ramshackle signs from the yellow bridge and take a gander down some rather unkempt roads (watch out for potholes!). You’ll hit a dead end where you’ll have to hop off your scooter and trudge through the brush. The journey is worth it, though, as few beaches in Bali compare to Secret Beach if you’re looking for a moment for yourself. For cocktails: Okay, okay, we know The Lawn isn’t technically a beach, but why sit on the beach when you can drink fancy cocktails underneath a gypsyesque umbrella while looking at the beach? You won’t find a better place on the island for sundowners!


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Bali after a morning of bargaining at street markets or a day probing long-forgotten corners of ancient temples, we’ll love it even more! For the perfect Instagram snaps: Shady Shack, Canggu Eating fresh pastries while surrounded by barefooted surfers and local art your thing? Then Shady Shack is for you. It is the perfect balance between laid-back island life and a gourmet food experience.

For gourmet dining: Copper Kitchen, Ubud Rooftop dining takes on a whole new life when you’re surrounded by the sounds of crickets in the rice paddies and motorbikes whizzing past in the distance. Copper Kitchen’s food is authentic and inspired by the flavours of the island. Eating on Copper Kitchen’s rooftop is an experience you won’t soon forget. For a fun night out: La Pacha Mama, Ubud A plant-based Mexican restaurant in Bali? Yup, you heard right. You’ll find La Pacha Mama just off the busy Campuan Road, making it an ideal spot to stop off halfway through a day of sightseeing or, even better, to put your feet up at night while listening to live music. If you can tear yourself away from the décor long enough, be sure to order their take on buffalo wings.

SINGAPORE’S CHANGI AIRPORT is a destination in itself. With indoor orchid gardens to make your inner green thumb swoon and a butterfly garden equipped with 1,000 tropical butterflies, it’s much more than a simple stopover.

For traditional fusion food: Merah Putih, Seminyak Named after the colours of the Indonesian flag, Merah Putih does a stellar job of fusing modern dishes with traditional flavours that are hard matched anywhere on the island. It is also known for its sustainable design with roof columns designed to capture rainwater and channel it into the restaurant’s water-flow system while advanced UV filters purify and recycle it. | 59

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Once you’re done lazing about on the beach and eating to your heart’s content, you’ll want to get up and take in the sights. Bali is a relatively small island and it’s easy to get around and see the sights from most central tourist locations. We did our best to whittle down our favourite spots on the island, but don’t let this stop you exploring even further. For the perfect view: If you do a quick search of Bali in your browser, you’re guaranteed to have an image of the Tegalalang Rice Terraces pop up. While they’re smack bang in the middle of the well-beaten tourist path, there’s still no view quite like it. Wake up early, put on your trainers and head there for the sunrise, it’s impossible to be disappointed. For the avid shopper: If shopping is your thing, then there really is no reason to ever leave the narrow streets of Seminyak and Canggu. From exclusive local designers to rickety market stalls, you’ll find the dresses of your dreams and the bargains of a lifetime. For a spiritual experience: While Bali is filled to bursting with incredible experiences that will set your soul on fire, Tirta Empul is a location that stands out amongst the masses. For over 1,000 years Hindu worshippers have been flocking to the temple to bathe in its waters. Tourists are able to partake in this ancient ritual or at the very least take in the temple’s beautiful pools and structures.

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If you’re enthralled by Nusal Lembongan, then Nusa Ceningan will be sure to steal your heart. A short scooter ride across the famous Yellow Bridge will find you on the even sleepier Ceningan. Be sure to visit Secret Beach and make a pitstop or two at one of the quaint beach bars along the way.


You called it, Blue Lagoon is just that, but so much more. Perfect at sunset, you’ll probably find yourself staring at the crystalline waters for hours on end. We give it 10/10 for one of the best views on the island.


Only a 40-minute boat ride away from Bali lies the tropical paradise that dreams are made of. While Nusa Lembongan often takes backseat to its more popular neighbouring islands of the ‘Gillis’, you’ll find a sense of peace for your pocket and your mind on the island.


Mata ray snorkelling excursions on the island are more popular than a tasty nasi goreng. Depending on the weather, you’ll be able to swim with these majestic animals as they sail through the ocean. Ask your hotel or lodge to book a trip for you for a small fee and they’ll do all the legwork of finding the right boat and pickup locations.


While at first we weren’t quite sure if exploring a mangrove forest by boat would be particularly thrilling, after a few minutes surrounded by the thick brush and wildlife we were sold. There’s no need to book mangrove tours on Nusa Lembongan as they’re even more prolific than snorkelling expeditions. Just follow the swamps and pick a bar with canoes outside and you’ll be exploring in no time. 62 |


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paths surrounded by lush green pastures while birds nest around you. One thing’s for sure, it’s the adventure of a lifetime and you should book your trip right now!


561m total vertical: Climb 188m; Descent 373m First of all, day one did not take around two hours, it took closer to four. I was pumped up on nervous adrenaline and kept stopping at every second rock pool, formation and cave for some unashamed selfies. I also hadn’t taken into consideration how technical the trail would be. At home I can easily run 4.8km in a few minutes, so it really didn’t feel like it would be much of a challenge. What you quickly realise is that 4.8km at home is NOT the same as 4.8km on the Otter Trail. In terms of how challenging the trail is on day one, it’s a piece of cake compared to the rest of the days, but when you’re not used to your pack and a little daunted it can end up being quite challenging.


he thing about the Otter Trail is that it’s hard. Sure, it’s physically hard and sometimes your calves will feel like they’re about to explode as you’re making you way up from yet another river bed. It’s hard because chances are that if you’re not a seasoned adventurer, you’ll find yourself in the middle of nowhere, alone, sweating, with a grazed knee and you’ll wonder what on earth inspired you to walk the trail in the first place. Then, in an instant, you’ll find yourself watching the sun set and the moon rise over the ocean as bioluminescent creatures come to life and crash through the waves in a neon symphony. The Otter Trail is a walk of contrasts; you’ll find yourself on highs, you’ll find yourself on lows, quite literally and figurately. You’ll have to traverse hard, sharp black stone and you’ll be able to skip along flat

TIP I quickly learnt after lunch on day one that big meals are for the evenings; try carrying your pack’s weight around your waist with a full stomach, it’s not fun.

What to look out for Caves: Chances are you’ll still have loads of energy on the first day. Use it (and cherish it) to check out a couple of things along the way. About halfway through the hike on your right-hand side, just before you start to make your way off the rocky section, you’ll find a huge cave well worth exploring. Waterfalls: Just after the cave you’ll find a spectacular waterfall and if you’re feeling brave, there’s a beautiful, | 65


TIP Take the time to fit your backpack to your back properly – within the first few minutes you’ll know all about it if you haven’t paid it the attention that it needs. Most of your weight will be carried around your hips, so be prepared for your hips to be pretty bruised for the first few days. Don’t worry, though, by day three you won’t even notice it!

crystal clear pool at its base. Coastline: Your first glimpse of the type of coastline you’ll be exploring over the next four days will take your breath away.


1,480m total vertical: Climb 746m; Descent 734m It’s time to get used to not sleeping well. While the huts along the trail are comfortable, warm and clean, they’re not home and the beds tend to a little creaky, particularly if you’re on the top bunk. If you’re not used to carrying a big pack, swinging it onto your back before sunrise on day two will be tough, really tough. A large part of day two is spent walking in the forest and it’s a great way to get acclimatised to the hills on day three and four. With day two comes your first ‘real’ hill directly after the Kleinbos River crossing. These ups and downs make day two one of the hardest days as it takes a little while to accept that climbing hills, dodging roots and panting heavily is now your reality! Luckily, on day two I still had a fair amount of energy, so while it was challenging it wasn’t too difficult. I’d expect if you’re relatively fit, you’ll find the same. 66 |

What to look out for Rockpools, river crossing and otters: Day two will see you crossing your first river, just before the 4km mark. The Kleinbos River is a relatively simple crossing with boulders to help you skip across without getting wet. Some are pretty slippery and you might not be used to the weight of your pack yet, so be careful when choosing your footing. I stopped for lunch along the river and was lucky enough to catch sight of an otter! Bloubaai Beach: Bloubaai is a must while you’re on the trail. You’ll find a detour at the top of the hill after climbing up the ascent after Kleinbos. Chances are you’re going to feel exhausted after the hill and the idea of veering off the path to check out a beach isn’t going to sound very appealing. Do yourself a favour, put your pack down and take the path, because the beach at the bottom is one of the most beautiful beaches you’ll ever come across.


1,257 m total vertical: Climb 623m; Descent 634m Day three is not your friend. Day three is going to feel long; long and hard and never-ending, even though it’s shorter than the day before in terms of distance. It’s important to stay focused and just keep putting one foot in front of the next. There’s not much more to say about day three!

What to look out for River crossings: With day three comes your first two ‘proper’ river crossings. By proper, I mean you will probably be up to your waist in cold water. The first river crossing at Elandbos River is at the 2km marker. The path leads to a part of the river that’s really deep and requires you to put your pack in a waterproof bag. However, if you leave the path when you first see the river, you’ll be able to cross most of the river by walking over a sandbank and then only crossing a short distance in waist-high water. The second crossing at the Lottering River is right before the huts. You’ll be able to see them as you cross the river. The Lottering was one of the hardest crossings as you have to cross the river and then walk a little into the sea to get to the huts as they’re located on an outcrop. Be sure to check tide times for this as half our group, who were about an hour behind us, almost didn’t make it – the tide comes in hard and fast. Rock formations: To the right of the huts and a little way around the corner you’ll find a collection of beautiful rock formations. I’m no geologist, but they look ‘lavaesque’ and are arranged in beautiful swirls and patterns.


breathtaking. It’s like the trail is giving you one last reminder of just how beautiful it is. The huts also have a really beautiful outdoor shower and the view from the toilet is spectacular… especially at night.


Day five has a fair number of challenging hills, but the thought of a warm shower and hot food will make it a whole lot easier. The day starts off with a steep hill, but ends on top of a gorgeous and imposing cliff. I’d really recommend making your way to the top of this before sunrise so you can watch the sun turn the world gold and look back on how far you’ve come over the last few days. What to look out for Proteas and views: Once you’ve made it up the hill from the night’s accommodation, it’s relatively easy going if you’re in the right headspace. Take the time to stop at the two beautiful viewpoints and to look around and appreciate the fynbos that flanks the path for most of the day. The final cliff before the descent into Nature’s Valley is also worth stopping at for a break; you’ll be surprised how foreign civilisation looks after four days in the wild.

1,905m total vertical: Climb 945m; Descent 960m Day four is the longest of all the days, clocking in at 13.8km and has the much-talked-about Bloukrans River crossing. While the day covers the most distance, much of it is relatively flat and, in comparison to the previous days, quite easy to navigate, although once you’ve crossed the river, the hike does turn into a bit of a rock-climbing session. The main aim of the day is to get to Bloukrans crossing at the right time – you’ll have to check the tidal times in advance to plan your crossing. I arrived at the river well in advance of low tide and was able to explore the riverbed and enjoy the sunshine. What to look out for Bloukrans: Bloukrans is a mighty river and I’m sure it can be pretty terrifying, but if you time it right, it turns into a beautiful flat piece of land dotted with driftwood and deep pools that are hardly terrifying. André Hut and surrounds: The Otter Trail really does leave the best for last, and the huts on the last night are set on a pebble clad beach surrounded by huge cliffs that are truly

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he rather inauspicious prospect of ‘going south’ didn’t deter renowned polar explorer Ernest Shackleton from visiting “the region of ice and snow” at the end of the earth. Had he known the extent to which his ambitious expedition to Antarctica would head in that direction, he might have traded in his fur boots for a pair of comfortable slippers. Disaster struck in November 1915 when his

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ship, The Endurance, sank below the icy polar waters in the Weddell Sea after being trapped in the ice for months. “She’s gone boys,” said Shackleton, who was so upset about the incident he couldn’t even write about it in his diary. That was the beginning of one of the greatest survival stories ever told. Shackleton and his men would spend a total of 497 days trying to get back to land. They crossed more than 800 miles of punishing polar waters in a tiny boat and the island of South Georgia on foot to find help. The Irishman, whose family motto was ‘By endurance, we conquer’, wrote about this unbelievable journey in his book, aptly entitled South. More than a century on, South Africans can be proud to play a significant role in the second part of this epic tale with the news that the SA Agulhas II sailed to the icy depths of Antarctica on its own voyage, most notably to search for the wreck of The Endurance, “the little ship that had dared the challenge of the Antarctic”. There have been several prior attempts to locate the wreck, all of which have failed – in all likelihood the result of Antarctica’s wilful way of challenging the plans of every human lucky enough to set foot on her icy landscape.

IFS AND BUTS SHAPE YOUR JOURNEY One’s journey to Antarctica lies firmly in the hands of Mother Nature, we discovered on our own expedition with Hurtigruten*, the global leaders in exploration travel. Despite being more comfortable than Shackleton was when he crossed the swirling ocean in a lifeboat, the Drake Passage did its best to deter us from reaching the world’s last frontier. The Drake Shake took hold for a full day, the monotony of the grey ocean broken only by a giant iceberg, which must have been over 100m across, floating in the middle of nowhere, literally. We continued our journey, our course set for the South Shetland Islands. The grey horizon turned to blue and then white as puffy clouds began to congregate on the horizon. They seemed to rise straight out of the Southern Ocean like snowy domes floating in a sea of deep blue. Upon closer inspection however, we had finally reached land – the monotonous colour of the landscape and the clear air making it almost impossible to discern where the land ended and the sky began, or even how far away we still were. As Shackleton and his brave crew had found over a century ago, not much of what you plan in Antarctica comes to pass. Our plans to land on Half Moon Island were scuppered by the wind and ice, which seemed to descend with a quiet fury when you least expected it. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PENGUINS REALLY Also infinitely better prepared than Shackleton are the continent’s resident gentoo, Adélie and chinstrap penguins, which thrive in its frozen midst. For most visitors they are the stars of the show – their boundless | 69




curiosity and endearing human mannerisms inspiring many a traveller to march up the snowy penguin highways for a few soul-stirring moments in their company. When one considers that just over a hundred years ago penguins were thought to be the missing link between birds and dinosaurs, you’ll realise we’ve come a long way since those early days of polar exploration. In many respects however, little on Antarctica has changed. Another ill-fated expedition in 1911, to prove the origins of the penguins, almost claimed the lives of three men, members of Robert Scott’s doomed expedition to the South Pole. Their attempts to collect emperor penguin eggs in the middle of winter resulted in a journey that survivor Apsley Cherry-Garrard later described as “the worst way to have the best time of your life.” Said Cherry-Garrard of the expedition, “I am glad The Worst Journey is being published by Penguin; after all it is largely about penguins.” I have to agree. Despite the extreme isolation and harsh climate, Antarctica’s allure for adventurers, nature lovers and historians is unsurprisingly irresistible. We may not belong in the extremes of the world, but all other adventures seem insignificant when compared to this. You realise it would take so little to die; you’ll never ever feel so alive, and that feeling is truly addictive. *Hurtigruten is represented by Development Promotions in South Africa

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• Read Ernest Shackleton’s South and Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s The Worst Journey in the World before you visit Antarctica. • Attend the on-board lectures conducted by the on-board scientists and experts to learn about the history of polar exploration, biology, geology, etc. • Make sure your cruise tour operator is a member of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators. • Buy a map of Antarctica on board and mark where you’ve travelled to daily. • Take a camera, but do not spend all your time taking photos. Put the camera down and spend some time fully appreciating your surrounds. • Participate in as many of the activities – optional and free – that you can, such as kayaking, cruising, landings, snowshoeing and citizen science projects. • Pack comfortable shoes for use on board. Hurtigruten provides passengers with boots for landings, so there’s no need to buy bulky boots for the ship. • For passengers who experience seasickness, the tablets on board and acupuncture wristbands work well to stave off the nausea. • Travellers with dietary requirements are well catered for on board Hurtigruten’s MS Midnatsol and MS Fram, provided they are informed before your departure. • Treat yourself, do! Antarctica needs stewards to champion its existence. This once-in-alifetime journey will change you forever, but you will also see first-hand why it is so important that you become an ambassador for the world’s final frontier.

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nce only accessible to the cream of the crop, Sandton has seen an influx of young professionals filling the seats that were once reserved for C-suite regulars. With new, owner-run restaurants popping up and large-scale apartments at affordable rates, Sandton has become a space where old meets new, and we’ll be honest, it makes us love the area more than ever.


There’s no shortage of world-class restaurants, cafes and coffee shops in Sandton. The hard part is deciding where to go! Looking for a good brew? The Marc is home to Joburg’s first Bootlegger, already an establishment in Cape Town. Like its coastal counterpart, the Bootlegger in Sandton offers R18 coffee to patrons before 8.30am. Another local brand that we love to visit for our morning jet fuel is the fast-expanding Seattle Coffee Co. Seattle at The Marc is the ultimate location for an out-of-the-office meeting or for a quick stopover between clients. If you’re on your way in or out of Sandton, you have to pay Proof Café a visit. The café is located just to the left of the Sandton Gautrain Station entrance and is known for its incredible range of croissants. Expect to be welcomed by double baked hazelnut, lemon meringue and freshly prepared breakfast croissants. Once you’re in Sandton City itself, follow the smell of freshly baked bread to Knead, which focuses on simple slow processes that result in small batch artisanal breads and pastries served fresh throughout the day. If you’re visiting Sandton later in the day and feeling peckish, your first stop for a healthy brunch or lunch should be Krunch. Krunch in Alice Lane is the perfect pit stop for a work day lunch or a lazy weekend brunch. Check out the build-your-own

salad bar if you have special dietary requirements – there really is something for everybody. Not in a rush and in the mood for a decadent buffet brunch? Our go-to spot is Maximillien. It prides itself on its attention to detail and even has prosecco on tap; yes, we said on tap! We also can’t get enough of Saint. Saint has hit the holy trinity of what we look for in a restaurant, great décor, incredible food and a wine list that takes us more than a few minutes to read through. The kitchen is run by chef David Higgs and the food draws inspiration from Italy, as does the décor. A short drive away you’ll find the bright and friendly Lexi’s Healthy Eatery, where the food tastes so good you won’t mind eating a bowl of kale three times over. Lexi’s encourages a sustainable way of conscious eating that nourishes your body. We recommend the Glow Bowl for a light but filling lunch.

Clockwise from top left Bootlegger, Proof Café, Bootlegger, Tasha’s, Lexi’s Healthy Eatery, Saint, Tuk Tuk in Gwen Lane

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COLLECTORS TAKE NOTE! The Nelson Mandela Square plays host to a monthly antique and collectables fair. The fair takes place on the first Sunday of every month and showcases up to 60 stalls from the best exhibitors and collectors in South Africa. The Antique Fair has been running for the past 28 years and has maintained a sense of luxury with items not found elsewhere in the country. For more details, check out the Sandton Antique. For more details, check out

THE MAN, THE LEGEND Nelson Mandela Square is home to a large bronze sculpture of former president Nelson Mandela. The statue was sculpted by Kobus Hattingh and Jacob Maponyane, and erected on the 10th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic election | 75

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Sandton has a thriving nightlife with bars and nightclubs aplenty – we love being spoiled for choice. Get your weekend off to a great start with poolside cocktails at the DaVinci Hotel where you can soak in the sun and spend some time outside while remaining in the heart of Sandton. Parliament isn’t shy when it comes to expressing what it’s all about. It loves good wine, getting rowdy and fresh food prepared over fire. Find a corner on the balcony, grab a glass of pinot noir and tuck into one of the braai boards. Hotspot Alice & Fifth will keep you enchanted until the early hours of the morning with its underground avant-garde style punctuated with velvet furniture and heavy drapery. The venue hosts nightly live performances including jazz and comedy evenings. Dance floor calling your name? Sandton is home to a diverse range of upperclass clubs that regularly host local and international DJs. Booth has a state-of-the-art sound system and a host of VIP booths giving you a sense of privacy. Join the club and you’ll also get access to events, screenings and exclusive VIP nights. We’re also fans of Taboo, which caters to an older market and has been hosting memorable nights for the past 15 years. The club boasts multiple bars, a lounge area, dance floors and a stage.




When in Rome! Sandton is known for its great restaurants and nightlife, but chances are you won’t visit Sandton without doing a little bit of shopping. Sandton City and the Nelson Mandela Square are home to the world’s biggest brands and some of South Africa’s up-and-comers. Patek Philippe and Panerai are both go-to boutiques for luxury watches. Both stores offer one-on-one service and allow watch connoisseurs to peruse the collections in a luxurious setting. Arthur Kapaln also serves as a one-stop shop for his and her jewellery, and watches and can be found in the Sandton City shopping complex. Pal Zileri is known for being a mecca for beautiful handcrafted Italian suits and tailored pieces, and firm favourite Geri brings together some of the world’s most luxurious brands, including Aeronautica Militare, Xacus and more under one roof.


Want to discover more of Sandton? Head through on a Saturday when traffic is almost non-existent and many, if not all, of Sandton’s bars, restaurants and sights are open for business. Ditch your car and walk its streets to really take in the area’s energy.

Clockwise from top left Gwen Lane, Krunch, The Big Mouth, Sandton Library, DaVinci Hotel

“A READER LIVES A THOUSAND LIVES BEFORE HE DIES. THE MAN WHO NEVER READS LIVES ONLY ONE.” – GEORGE R.R. MARTIN Break away and find a moment of respite in the peaceful Sandton Library with over 92,000 books available over three floors. It’s a marvellous way to spend an afternoon.

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5.30AM TO 8AM Atlantic Lookout offers unrivalled views of Table Mountain, Lions Head and the Atlantic Seaboard coastline on its daily tours (weather dependent). Kayakers will often be greeted by whales and dolphins exploring the bay, so keep your eyes peeled!

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8AM TO 11.30AM You’ve probably worked up an appetite by now and a visit to Cape Town isn’t complete without a stop in at Scheckter’s Raw for a spot of breakfast. Get a seat in the window to people watch and once you’re done with breakfast, we highly recommend satisfying your sweet tooth with one of the freshly prepared doughnuts. 11.30AM TO 12.30PM The Lot has a whole host of beautiful pieces that

will have you browsing its rails and trying on more than one look. Catering for both men and women, the store stocks everything from evening wear to sunglasses and beachwear. 12.30PM TO 2PM Now that you’ve been bitten by the shopping bug, we recommend heading over to The Strangers Club to check out its retail space featuring local brands like Amy Scheepers, Lorne and Gold Bottom. Once you’re done, it’s time to eat again at the café. We love the salads, especially the parma ham and naartjie bowl.

2PM TO 5PM Magies vol, ogies toe. Shopped and eaten to your heart’s content? There’s nothing better than heading to the beach after a busy morning. We recommend Clifton 1st as it’s just as protected as the other Cliftons, but often less full as it’s a dog friendly beach.

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the morning’s haul. The Kalk Bay seals are also somewhat of an attraction and can be found playing in the water close by. Don’t get too close though, as while they might look cuddly, they aren’t quite man’s best friend. 8AM TO 9.30AM After an early start the day before, take it easy and have a lazy breakfast at The Haas Collective. Haas brings together coffee, advertising and art and design under one roof. It also has all-day breakfast, so don’t fret if you can’t make it first thing in the morning.

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9.30AM TO 10.30AM Take a slow drive over across the Peninsula from Cape Town’s CBD to Kalk Bay. There are loads of lookout points and interesting stops along the way, so don’t rush the journey. 10.30AM TO 12.30PM Everything seems to move a little slower in Kalk Bay and we love it! Take a moment to check out the Kalk Bay Harbour and its beautiful lighthouse. If you’re visiting during winter, be sure to keep an eye out for strong winds and large, cold waves that have been known to whip into the bay. While in the harbour, take in the colourful rustic boats and if fish is your thing, pick up some fresh fish from

12.30PM TO 2.30PM By now you’ve probably worked up a bit of an appetite and it’s time for Sunday lunch. Try out Kalk Bay favourite Lekker. Lekker is full of South African favourites and we swear by the bobotie pie. If pies aren’t your thing, Lekker can also whip up a burger in no time. 2.30PM TO 4.30PM Any visit to Kalk Bay without some antique shopping isn’t truly a visit at all. Stroll along the quaint seaside village roads and pay a visit to the Kalk Bay Trading Post, a collector’s dream! Book lovers will fall in love with Quagga’s Rare Books, which is a store filled with curiosities. Once you’re done exploring, you’ll find that the sleepy town will be winding down for the day and, let’s be honest, after a weekend of exploring you will be too!

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8.30AM TO 10.30AM Learning to surf in Durban is a good idea for two reasons. 1. The water is warm. 2. You’ll get to learn from the best at Xpression surf school. You’ll find Xpression along Addington Beach, the perfect location for beginners because it’s protected from big swells. The surf school provides all the equipment you’ll need, so all you need to do is arrive.

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10.30AM TO 11.30AM Now that you’ve learned to master the waves like a surfer, it’s time to eat like one at the Surf Riders Café. The café is right on the promenade and serves all-day breakfast. Not sure what to go for on the menu? Try out the tuna Benedict speciality. 11.30AM TO 3.30PM Take a walk and explore Durban on foot with

BeSet Durban. What began as an experiment has become a movement to show just how beautiful the city is. By taking to the city on foot you’re able to really engage with its history, spaces and people. 3.30PM TO 5PM Let’s take it back to the beach! You’ll soon find out that in Durban all roads lead to the beach. Head to Durban’s Golden Mile to wind down before you head out for the night. The promenade is one of the best in the country with plenty of space for walking and cycling. Take in the sea air, stop for an ice cream and embrace the slower side of life. 5PM TO 6PM If you thought gondola rides were just for Venice, well, you’d be wrong! Zulumoon Gondolas

is a locally run business that allows you to glide along Durban’s waterfront canals guided only by the moonlight. If you’re on a romantic getaway, Zulumoon offers live music while you’re on the water as an added extra. 6PM TILL LATE Finish off your day with a spot of fine dining at Chef ’s Table. The kitchen is run by the masterful Chef Kayla-Ann Osborn who prides herself on presenting seasonal, modern dishes. We love that the kitchen is the heart of the restaurant and we have no doubt you will, too.

IN THE KNOW Follow these Durbanites to find out what you should be doing on your next visit. Amanda Jingela @amandajingela We’ve enjoyed following mother-to-be Amanda’s journey over the past few years and can’t wait to see what side of Durban she explores when her little one comes along.

8AM TO 9.30AM You get a bagel, you get a bagel and you get a bagel! Everyone gets bagels at The Glenwood Bakery and you’ll be able to count yourself amongst the lucky few. The bread at Glenwood is hand formed, slow fermented and baked in a hearth oven; and if that wasn’t enough, the flour is 100 percent all stoneground and unbleached.

Day 2

9.30AM TO 12.30PM Next stop is the Durban Botanic Gardens and we hope you brought your walking shoes. Durban Botanic Gardens has been around for some time and is one of the continent’s longest surviving. The garden also houses one of the world’s top collections of “living fossil” plants: pre-dinosaur cycads that extend back 250 million years. 12.30AM TO 2PM Durban has a rich architectural heritage, one of our favourite buildings being the Durban City Hall. Grab a snack and a coffee to go, and take a seat on a park bench to take in the sights and sounds of the

“Count yourself amongst the lucky few to get a bagel at The Glenwood Bakery” city. Once you’re done, the beautiful building is also home to Durban’s Natural Science Museum, a public library and the Durban Art Gallery. 2PM TO 4PM By now, you’re probably looking for a place to rest your feet, and Unity is the place to do just that. Unity is serious about serving local liquor in all shapes and sizes, including a great craft beer collection and even some local vodka. Cheers!

Dane Forman @dane_forman Dane is a photographer and explorer who actively shares his passion for Durban on a daily basis. Meg Carrie @heymegcarrie Seeing Durban through Meg Carrie’s eyes will instantly make you fall in love with the dreamy coastal city.

DIRECTORY Xpression on the Beach 074 134 1232 Surf Riders Café SurfRidersDBN BeSet Durban Zulumoon Gondolas The Chefs’ Table The Glenwood Bakery Durban Botanic Gardens 031 322 4021 Durban City Hall 031 311 1111 Unity | 81


Desert dancing and oyster tast ing


The annual trek to the humbling expanse of the Karoo is near, with Afrika Burn taking place this year from 29 April to 5 May at Stonehenge Private Reserve in the Tankwa Karoo, Northern Cape. The community of participants comes together to create art, burning structures, costumes, performances, theme camps, music, mutant vehicles and much more. Afrika Burn’s aim is to be radically inclusive and accessible to anyone. The burner culture is centred around immediacy: experience before theory, moral relationships before politics, survival before services, roles before jobs, ritual before symbolism, work before vested interest and participant support before sponsorship.

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Explore the beautiful routes between fynbos valleys just outside Gansbaai in the Western Cape on 20 April, starting at Lomond Wine Estate. The Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy trails can be challenging, so make sure you’re well prepared. Entrants can choose between three mountain bike (15km, 32km and 52km) and three trail run (5km, 12km, 21km) options. For accommodation options contact Gansbaai Tourism.

Splash Fen is South Africa’s oldest and longest running music festival and there’s a reason it’s been around for so long. It’s more than just a music festival, it celebrates friends, families, art, love and laughter in the shadows of the Drakensberg Mountains. Dubbed ‘SA’s Friendliest Music Festival’, Splashy has welcomed in excess of 150,000 people through its gates over the years and provided a platform that has seen music careers blossom. Visit this year’s festival on 18 to 22 April. great-white-mtb-trail-run


BATHURST AGRICULTURAL SHOW What’s not to love about quaint Bathurst? We love heading down to the Eastern Cape and spending a few days exploring its dusty roads and somewhat unbelievable antique stores. Yet another reason to make the trip is the annual Bathurst Agricultural Show from 5 to 7 April. The show brings together 200 stand holders and 20,000 visitors to celebrate all things farming with live entertainment, beer gardens and a flea and food market.


Speed lovers, this one is for you! The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb in Knsyna is widely regarded as South Africa’s premier annual motoring and motorsport lifestyle event, delivering an unparalleled mix of high adrenaline action for the whole family. The action-packed weekend (2 to 5 May) starts off with Classic Car Friday, comprising a dazzling array of 64 iconic cars and drivers. On the Saturday and Sunday, the big guns come out to play, and fans can look forward to seeing 84 local and international competitors vying for the King of the Hill titles on the challenging 1.9km course in a variety of road cars, supercars and pure-bred racing machines.




Soul Singer Sam Smith and supporting act BONJ will touch down on South African soil in April as part of his ‘Thrill of it All’ Tour. Smith’s album has already sold 4 million copies and sees him once again working alongside long-term collaborator Jimmy Napes. Tickets are available for Johannesburg (13 & 14 April) and Cape Town (16, 17 & 18 April).


The popular South African Cheese Festival at Sandringham Estate in Stellenbosch celebrates its 18th anniversary in 2019. Festival goers can look forward to a truly unique experience of cheese and more during the threeday festival from 26 to 28 April. No tickets will be sold at the gates, tickets available at Computicket.


Formerly known as the Oyster and Champagne Festival, this year’s event, at Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville, Cape Town on 27 April, celebrates the best oyster producers in South Africa, local Cap Classique and sparkling wine producers, as well as a few favourites from the continent. Expect to be entertained by live music and celebrity chef demonstrations. The festival wouldn’t be complete without a host of freshly harvested oysters from the West Coast.

SOUTH COAST BIKE FEST The third annual South Coast Bike Fest, held in Margate from 26 to 28 April, will treat visitors to extreme motorbike displays, industry trade stands, food stalls and a stellar musical line-up with over 30 local artists booked to entertain festival crowds. Keep a lookout for buskers, dancers and even marching bands.

Situated on private ground within the malaria free ‘Big 5’ Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa’s North West province, the lodge caters for just 16 guests, ensuring personal attention and exclusivity. Madikwe is sanctuary to lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and black and white rhino. The lodge also offers the option of having a ‘sleep under the stars’ experience.

GROOTBOS PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE There’s something magical about Grootbos that we’ll never be able to put our finger on. Staying at Grootbos, between Stanford and Gansbaai less than two hours from Cape Town, means you’re in for a one-of-akind experience. Its carefully curated offerings give guests the chance to grow, learn and discover. Whether it’s spotting whales, learning how bees pollinate flowers or meeting passionate people changing the world, you’ll have your eyes and heart opened. | 83

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While Saint offers a range of Italian inspired dishes, the pizzas are by far our favourite items on the menu.

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Plant-based is a diet based on foods derived from plants, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes & fruits, but with few or no animal products.


RAW BUCKWHEAT BERRY BREAKFAST BOWLS Ingredients 1½ cups raw buckwheat (soaked overnight) ⅔ cup plant milk 6 whole Medjool dates* ½ cup frozen raspberries 1 tsp vanilla extract (essence works too!) 1 pinch salt Method Soak the buckwheat overnight in the fridge. Drain and rinse the following morning and blend with the remaining ingredients and only half the raspberries. Once blended smooth, pour the porridge into two serving bowls and serve with remaining raspberries and sweet cluster seed dukkha (see recipe on p89). *Can substitute with regular dates that have been softened in boiling water.

Leave some of the porridge in the blender and blend with the remaining raspberries and extra plant milk to make a bright pink raspberry swirl.

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SWEET CLUSTER SEED DUKKHA Ingredients 1 tbsp nut or seed butter 1 tbsp coconut oil 2 tbsp date syrup (or honey) 1 tbsp cinnamon 1 tsp turmeric 1 tsp ground cardamom ½ tsp ground ginger ½ tsp sea salt ½ cup sunflower seeds ½ cup pumpkin seeds ¼ cup sesame seeds ¼ cup flaxseeds 3 tbsp chia seeds Method Preheat the oven to 160ºC. Mix all the ingredients together, ensuring that the seeds are well coated. Spread out on a flat baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, checking every 5 minutes to make sure the seeds don’t burn. Once toasted, leave to cool and then break up into clusters. | 89

Cauliflower comes in

four different colours: white, orange, purple and green.

BANG-BANG CAULIFLOWER BITES Ingredients 4 tbsp date syrup (or honey) 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp paprika 1 heaped tbsp Dijon mustard 3 tbsp coconut oil 1.2 tsp cayenne pepper 1 tsp turmeric ½ tsp crushed or ground garlic 1 medium head cauliflower (or 2 cups frozen cauliflower) Method Preheat the oven or air fryer* to 190ºC. Break up the cauliflower into large, bite-size chunks or florets. Mix all the sauce ingredients in a bowl and add in the cauliflower. Coat the cauliflower thoroughly. Lay out the cauliflower on a flat oven tray and roast for 20 minutes or until tender on the inside and slightly crunchy on the outside. Serve immediately, seasoned with salt. You can also add a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds and sliced spring onion. *An air fryer works very well for this recipe.

Dip in some

life-changing tahini sauce for a creamy contrast.

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SUNSHINE SESAME SALAD SLAW Ingredients ½ red cabbage 1 carrot ½ cup fresh broccoli 1 cup or handful fresh mangetout/snap peas 4-5 sprigs red spring onion 2 cups salad greens 2 tbsp sesame seeds Juice from ½ fresh lemon or orange 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp diced pickled ginger (optional) Pinch of salt Method Grate or cut the cabbage, carrot, broccoli and mangetout into thin slivers. Mix the juice, oil, sesame seeds, salt and pickled ginger together and set aside. Break up the salad greens and assemble the leaves and slaw ingredients in a wide shallow bowl. Drizzle the dressing over the salad until lightly coated and mix through gently.

LIFE-CHANGING TAHINI DRESSING Ingredients 5 tbsp tahini 4 tbsp lemon juice 2 tsp coconut aminos (can substitute with soy sauce) 1 tbsp honey 1 tsp sea salt ½ tsp sumac (optional) Water Method Mix all the ingredients together until it forms a thick paste. Add water and mix again until desired consistency – more water results in a dressing, add less for a dipping sauce. | 91

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TOP OF THE POPS SANTÉ! FEW DRINKS SCREAM LUXURY MORE THAN CHAMPAGNE, BUT DID YOU KNOW IT HAD RATHER HUMBLE BEGINNINGS? from the force of the bubbles created by the fermentation process. Champagne can only be a true champagne if it is made from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier or Chardonnay grapes grown in the Champagne region of northeastern France and it requires the winemaker to follow an incredibly strict process to be considered a


hampagne was discovered entirely by accident when winemakers in the Champagne region of France were faced with extremely cold winters. The cold temperatures halted fermentation by freezing yeast cells, which only became active again when spring brought warmer weather to the area. This delayed fermentation caused the release of carbon

dioxide, putting bubbles into the wine. Contrary to popular belief, Dom Pérignon, a Benedictine French monk, was not the inventor of champagne as we know it, but rather a major contributor along the way in the creation of champagne as we know it today. His most notable contribution was the introduction of a stronger glass bottle to avoid bottles exploding

true champagne. While traditionally champagne has been drunk from a champagne flute or a more traditional coupe, new discoveries show that champagne is best enjoyed out of a glass with a wider bowl and a narrow top as it allows the drinker to enjoy the true aroma of their drink without allowing the bubbles to escape too quickly.

“I only drink champagne on two occasions, when I am in love and when I am not.” – Coco Chanel

CHAMPAGNE AND CAVIAR Trying out the finer things in life? Nothing quite compares to champagne and caviar. Caviar is rich and a delicacy all on it’s own; what makes champagne and caviar such a great pair is champagne’s ability to refresh the palate. When pairing caviar and a glass of bubbly, make sure the champagne is dry. It’s also important to make sure that your caviar is firm, smooth and a little moist to the touch, never sticky or wet. If the caviar smells a little fishy, steer clear, you should be looking for a fresh, nutty and creamy taste. Last but not least, don’t forget to check the sell-by date; while caviar is cured it’s best when consumed within the first few months of harvest. Bon appétit and nostrovia to you! | 93



to be a social one. While the name might say differently, Social Kitchen & Bar in Hyde Park is the perfect location to order a glass of fizz, grab a book and settle in for some ‘me time’. If you’re looking for something different, try the champagne punch, a delicious mixture of gin, sage, lemon, ginger syrup and MCC

54 On Bath restaurants-bars Sip a glass of bubbly while watching the sun set over the city at 54 on Bath’s lavish Perrier-Jouët Champagne Bar in Rosebank. Dress up, grab a glass and rub shoulders in the bar’s private rooftop garden. Pre View at Four Seasons As the name suggests, Pre View focuses on all the delectable things that come before the mains. While the kitchen focuses on small seasonal plates, the bar is all about champagne. The view of the city’s skyline and its leafy green suburbs to the north is one of the best. Sin + Tax If finding a dark corner and ‘loosening your tie’ while tapping away the night to swing music is your thing, well then, you'll bump Sin+Tax to the top of your favourite haunts in no time. Sin + Tax is a little harder to spot than your average bar, but it’s still one of our favourites. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a speakeasy? SAN Deck

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Rooftop and sundowners at their best. SAN Deck has been one of our favourite bars for years ,so it’s a bonus that it has a fantastic selection of champagne and sparkling wine. As things get a little colder, be sure to book a seat close to the open fire pits and wear your bubbly blanket!

Clico A hotel started by a champagne lover? Say no more! Clico was started by Jeanette Schwegman and the name was inspired by her (and one of our) favourite champagnes – Veuve Clicquot. Enjoy a well put together menu and bubbles on demand in a beautifully edited space; you can thank us later.

Mootee Bar Mootee is the furthest thing from your average bar, with a whole lab dedicated to infusing flavours, whipping up vapours and... drying out mopane worms. Mootee prides itself on being an unconventional interpretation of modern Africa. Try the Miss Molly Bubbly MCC, with hints of citrus and pineapples. Marble Marble is already synonymous with luxury. If you manage to steal yourself away from the restaurant’s main seating area and its enticing aromas, you’ll find Marble’s rather grand bar area with a champagne and sparkling wine list of which Dom himself would be envious.

Nineteen at Steyn City Fancy yourself as Joburg’s very own Tiger Woods? Mix golf and a spot of champagne at Steyn City’s Nineteen restaurant while taking in the sights and sounds of the Jukskei River and what seems like Steyn City’s everexpanding development. EB Social Kitchen & Bar Not every glass of champers has

“Marilyn Monroe took a bath in champagne. It took 350 bottles to fill up the tub”


Cool fact

A popping champagne cork can reach a speed of up to 64km/hour.



1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp sugar syrup 50ml gin Champagne

30ml Patrón Extra Añejo, 30ml Patrón Citrónge Orange 3 dashes of bitters 90ml champagne

Method Pour all ingredients except the champagne into a shaker and fill with ice. Shake well then strain into a glass. Top with a little champagne.

Method Add Patrón and bitters into a glass, top up with cold champagne and garnish with a twist of orange peel.

GRAND ROYAL ¾ parts Grand Marnier 4 parts champagne

Method Add Grand Marnier to a champagne flute, then top with champagne.


2 tbsp berry purée 170ml champagne 1 tbsp raspberry schnapps or liqueur Method Spoon berry purée into the bottom of a champagne glass. Add the liqueur. Top off with the champagne.

CHAMPAGNE VS MCC VS PROSECCO All champagne is sparkling wine but not all sparkling wine is champagne

Champagne is from France, the Champagne region to be exact! Champagne is costlier to make than the other variants and it uses Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. Champagne is aged for longer than both sparkling wine and Prosecco, meaning that its taste profile is a little stronger and pairs well with shellfish and pickled vegetables. MCC is as home-grown as it gets and is the closest thing South Africa has to actual champagne. South African sparkling wine is so great we’ve coined our own name: Méthode Cap Classique (MCC). Just because it doesn’t hold the name ‘champagne’ doesn’t mean it’s not some of the best quality in the world. South African MCC-makers take bubbles very seriously, with stringent aging processes, specific grape selections and no artificial carbonation. It’s safe to say we’re really lucky to have such great winemakers on our doorstep. Prosecco is from Italy and is made from… you guessed it, Prosecco grapes. It’s a little cheaper to make than champagne as it veers away from the more traditional methods used in France. Prosecco’s taste profile is fruity and lends itself to foods such as cured meats and fruit-driven appetisers. | 95





Made in The slopes of the Simonsberg mountains. Tasting notes Fresh and well-balanced with a very fine mousse and soft acidity to balance the almond skin and passion fruit tones.




Made in Franschhoek Tasting notes Hints of strawberry, raspberry and cherry.

Made in Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Tasting notes Strawberry, black cherry, raspberry with a hint of mint and rose water.

Made in Stellenbosch Tasting notes Velvety butter and citrus blend seamlessly with delicate bubbles.


Made in Breede River Valley Tasting notes Bright, ripe citrus notes are supported by nuances of apricots and green pears.

STEENBERG LADY R MCC Made in Tokai Tasting notes Refreshing acidity balanced by a richness of creamed honey and toasty brioche.


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Marilyn Monroe once took a bath in 350 bottles of champagne. In a single 750ml bottle of champagne, there are approximately 49 million bubbles. On 4 July 2015, the United Nations gave the Champagne region of France world heritage status. In 19th century England, high society dandies thought that the best way to polish their boots was with champagne. Champagne will stay more bubbly in a flute glass compared to a coupe glass.




The original of the Momos, we’re still firm favourites of this unassuming Greenside restaurant. Momo Baohaus does baos and it does them well. Try its famous Chairman Bao made from freshly steamed buns filled with pulled lamb, crushed peanuts, mayonnaise and toasted sesame seeds.

PRON It doesn’t get much more authentic than PRON, aka People’s Republic of Noodles. Emma Chen of Red Chamber fame opened PRON as an ode to her northern Chinese heritage, where her staple diet was noodles and not rice. A visit to PRON isn’t complete without a healthy helping of its Chinese bread.

SHUN DE 011 025 2979

If you’re looking for Joburg’s best yum cha offering, then Shun De is about to be your new favourite Chinese restaurant. Yum cha is the equivalent of our Sunday lunch and traditionally comes in the form of dim sum and traditional tea.

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Photograph Channay Harvey | @harvey_photo

We love taking in the smell of Thai spices while looking over Nelson Mandela Square. Wang Thai is the type of place you go to treat yourself, and the exceptionally crafted dishes and helpful staff will always ensure you have a great time. The Wang Thai is staffed by real Thai chefs ensuring that the flavours you experience are as authentic as you’ll get in the city. Once you’re done feasting we recommend a stroll in the square or snack on ice cream while you sit on the stairs looking down onto the Nelson Mandela statue.

Soup is widely known as a starter course. However, in Chinese cuisine, soup is eaten after the main course as it is seen to improve your digestion, particularly after eating a main of pork or duck

FISHERMAN’S PLATE 011 622 0480

You’ll find Fisherman’s Plate in the heart of Cyrildene. At face value it might not look like much, but as soon as your first dish hits your table, you’ll be smiling from ear to ear. Joburg Style favourites include the Three Cup Chicken and Sticky Pork Ribs.

YAMATO On the hunt for a full-flavoured plate of sushi? One of the city’s premier sushi restaurants since 1995, this family-run establishment offers a truly authentic Japanese experience. If sushi isn’t your thing, it offers a range of hot traditional dishes, mostly consisting of pork and fish.


The Great Eastern Food Bar, known as GE by regulars, is a collection of flavours from all over Asia fused with local ingredients. We love sitting on the balcony, drinking sake and snacking on a plate of Dokbokki – deep-fried rice balls in dragon sauce.



In the mood for great sushi? In the mood to get it fast? Yo Sushi remains one of Joburg’s long-standing ‘fast food’ style sushi restaurants that shows no sign of going anywhere having just undergone a recent revamp. Yo Sushi operates a conveyor belt style service for its sushi dishes with an option to order hot food from the kitchen. The restaurant also has a surprising collection of wine available so be sure to look past the food menu.

Vietnamese people consume the largest number of instant noodle in Asia, even more than Japan – the home country of this processed food


Real Thai made by real Thai chefs. Erawan is one of the few restaurants in the city that offers true Thai food that would rival many a Thai restaurant in Southeast Asia. The only challenge you’ll be faced with is deciding whether you love the staff or the Pad Thai more.


The benefit of finding a great authentic Asian chain restaurant is that you’re in for a treat no matter the branch you visit. Koi takes all the best things from lesser-known Asian restaurants and brings them together in one, chic, effortless environment. As the name might suggest its speciality is fish, which can be found in the form of sushi or a hot dish. In the mood to mix the two? Try the sesame crusted seared tuna.

While Joburg’s palate still acclimatises to Korean food, Banchan is leagues ahead with its authentic dishes that you will be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Banchan prides itself on making its own kimchi, tofu and sauces in house, there are even traditional Korean BBQ grills at each table. Who said playing with your food isn’t fun, particularly when this hidden gem is only a hop skip and a jump from the centre of Sandton?


Three things are guaranteed when visiting Red Chamber: spices, garlic and a good time. Set inside Hyde Park Corner, Red Chamber offers a range of authentic Mandarin dishes that are firm favourites on the city’s foodie scene. It encourages a tapas style of eating, so pull up a chair, order a few small plates and enjoy. | | +27 (82) 445 3525 Johannesburg +27 (11) 880 0655 | Pretoria by appointment We’d love to meet you

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You may have noticed that The National restaurant is no longer, but never fear, Chef James Diack isn’t going anywhere. Douglas + Hale is a departure from The National’s menu of fusion food and takes strides towards being an all-encompassing wine bar with over 66 wines available by the glass.



Photograph Channay Harvey | @harvey_photo

Taking sundowners in the city to a whole new level, A Streetbar Named Desire brings together Joburg’s art and design scene, great cocktails and an even better food menu. We love sitting at the plush bar stools, snacking on the bar snacks and sipping on a cocktail. You won’t find a bowl of peanuts in sight here!

BOTANIST ROTISSERIE You’ll find the Botanist along Parkhurst’s 4th Avenue serving healthy, delicious, home-made dishes from fresh farm-grown ingredients. The Botanist specialty is its free-range rotisserie chicken sourced from Viljoenkroon in the Free State. All rotisserie chicken is prepared for 24 hours in a secret blend of pastes, sauces, herbs and spices, then slowly cooked and finished on the rotisserie.

The new new Visit BOWL’D and you’ll find that the majority of your food is served in a bowl... of course! The restaurant offers a range of interesting dishes with inspiration drawn from African, Asian and Mediterranean cuisine. BOWL’D also offers private dining if you’re looking for a venue for an intimate celebration.

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Tucked away in the 1 Fox compound you’ll find The Little Fox, an unassuming cocktail bar that packs a punch. Visit The Little Fox on Tuesdays for two-forone gin cocktails between 6pm and 8pm. If that’s not enough to convince you, all cocktails at the bar were created by star mixologist Gareth Wainwright.

KAYLEE’S EATERY Just try new things. Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar, all right? – Michelle Obama kayleesbedfordview

Whether you’re a yoga-loving sort of girl or a run-in-the-parkwith-your-dog kind of guy, there is something that is good for your body, mind and for the planet at Kaylee’s. With a focus on fresh and seasonal ingredients, this eatery is guaranteed to become a firm favourite amongst Joburg’s wellness enthusiasts. | 101



Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure

The Artivist is a mixed-space venue that merges food, music, art and performance. Aimed at an older audience than many other venues in the area, the Artivist is perfect for after work drinks or a Friday night. The menu is filled with pan-African and Mediterranean dishes, all ethically sourced and prepared with a particular focus on environmentally conscious ingredients.


BRIK brikcaferosebank Hot off the press this trendy new space is located in the new Rosebank Fire Station development. From great vegan finds to creamy smoothies and freshly baked goods you won’t be disappointed when paying Brik a visit. Brik also focuses on sourcing its ingredients locally and wastefree cooking. La Parada has finally made its way inland and has settled at Waterfall Corner. This incredible tapas restaurant is inspired by traditional Spanish dishes specially curated for the South African palate.

KOLONAKI Meze, meze and more meze. Kolonaki is inspired by Greek and Mediterranean flavours and customs, and it’s homey feel and wholesome food will have you returning again and again. Everything, apart from the dolmades and taramasalata, is made on site, ensuring you’re always getting the best in authentic Greek food.

MOMO KURO momobaohaus The younger, fancier sibling of Momo Baohaus, Momo Kuro offers all the dishes we’ve come to know and love from the Momo chains, but with a better view. Found in the beautiful Keyes Art Mile development Momo Kuro is great for sundowners.

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Big Bad Wolf brings together great pizza and well-crafted cocktails for an all-round, great dining out experience. Try the blue cheese pizza with honey glazed figs and crispy streaky bacon with the Boozy Berry Spritz Cocktail for the perfect date night treat.

J.RABBIT If you’re in the mood for something a little different, J.Rabbit is the latest addition to Joburg’s speakeasy scene, with the entrance found inside an unassuming laundromat. J.Rabbit is a tequileria through and through, with many of the brands behind the bar not available elsewhere in South Africa.

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at carbon bistro, combining great food and drinks are no accident.

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g i n c i d ent As the biggest gin bar in Gauteng featuring a 240-strong gin selection, you’ll def initely f ind a new favourite with every visit. We’re also rated the EatOut Best Bistro in Gauteng for 2017, listed as a RASA Top 100 Restaurant in South Africa and armed with an all-new menu; so we’ve got the food to match, too.

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COALITION Coalition is one of very few places in Johannesburg that serves authentic Neapolitan pizza. What’s Neapolitan pizza, you ask? It’s an authentic Italian-style pizza that focuses on a creamy tomato base and dollops of proper Italian mozzarella. Set on the ever-buzzing corner of Bolton and Jan Smuts, Coalition’s menu is simple and to the point. It does pizza and it does it well.

Like a big pizza pie!


PRONTO Three words best describe one of Joburg’s longest standing Italian restaurants: Food.Wine.Love. Pronto has achieved the perfect balance between neighbourhood restaurant and gourmet, fresh Italian pizzas and pastas. The original owners of Pronto also run a cooking school and event space under their restaurant so be sure to ask how you can learn to recreate their pizzas in the comfort of your own home!

Dying to find out how Pronto does it? Book a cooking class at The Secret Jozi Chef aka Paul Maciel. Expect fun, interactive classes with loads of great wine and laughs. Don’t worry if pizza isn’t your thing, Paul hosts all types of themed classes.

With its origins in Braamfontein, Eighty Six Public now has restaurants in Illovo and Randburg, each with its own unique feel. While you’ll find trendy students sipping on cocktails in Braamfontein, you’ll find afterwork revellers enjoying the Illovo brand and sports fans catching the latest game at Randburg. One thing that remains the same is the restaurant’s gourmet pizza menu, with tasty and daring combinations like the Fig, Rocket, Prosciutto and Balsamic Glaze combo that’s a firm favourite amongst patrons.

Did you know that there is a technical term for ‘crust’? It is called cornicione or the ‘end crust’


You know you’re a local when you find yourself flocking to half-price pizza nights at the Jolly Roger every Wednesday and Sunday… since, well, forever! ‘Jolly’, as the regulars call it, is a sports bar through and through. But, beneath the worn down wooden bar and the sports memorabilia lies a beautiful pizza oven guaranteed to satisfy your pizza cravings. Try the Basil Mania with its famous chilli sauce.


Hello Tomato was conceived in Italy, inspired in New York and born in Joburg. It is a no-nonsense, fuss-free pizza and pasta joint that never fails to disappoint. By using authentic Italian flour, the pizzas always have a delicious crust while the base is kept thin. Now that’s the perfect balance if you ask us. | 105


NICE ON 4TH The ultimate Sunday morning breakfast spot for you and your dog! We love Nice because you’re guaranteed to get a great breakfast every time. Its signature dish is the egg basket, which includes toast filled with poached eggs, bacon and a spicy tomato relish. It’s so good there won’t be any leftovers for your hound!


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What do you get when you mix a bistro, patisserie and a fine dining restaurant together? You get Hemingway’s. All the dishes at the café are named after famous literary characters, so don’t be surprised when you see Anne of Green Gables on the dessert menu. Oh, and bring your pooch!


Where else can you get a tattoo, sip on fire whiskey and have your pet with you the entire time? Hell’s Kitchen was instrumental in the revival of Melville as a public space for Joburg’s residents looking for a good time, and remains at the centre of activities on 7th Street.


This place is an institution when it comes to lunching in the city, made even better by the fact that you can bring your furry friend along for the ride. Arbour Café’s showstopper is its beautiful courtyard at the back of the restaurant, perfect for lazy days spent eating the signature crêpes and sipping on champagne.

If there was a competition for the best hummus in Joburg, Eat Your Heart Out would be a strong contender for first place. Indulge in Israeli inspired dishes while your dog laps water from its very own water bowl. If out-of-this-world hummus isn’t enough to lure you, we love Eat Your Heart Out because it’s the perfect spot to sit back and watch the colourful personalities of Maboneng drift by without feeling like you’re too in the mix of things. Be sure to try the Israeli breakfast, it’s so good you won’t even want to share it with your doggo!

DOPPIO ZERO GREENSIDE Probably the most well-known of the Doppio Zero chains, the Greenside restaurant is set in a large, mostly open space, making it the perfect playground for your animals while you eat and people-watch. Be sure to get your paws on the freshly baked croissants on your next visit.

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But first, brunch!

The Flamingo Room is inspired by African glamour. With its art deco bar and plush pink velvet chairs, it’s the perfect spot to brunch and then indulge in a little retail therapy. We highly recommend trying the burrata, a beautiful concoction of burrata cheese, heirloom tomatoes and red wine vinaigrette with melba toast.


If you go down to Melville for brunch, you’re in for a big surprise! Pablo’s is a breakfast-all-day kinda place, which makes it one of our favourite brunch spots. Its Boozy Brunch is served every day from 10am, and we love nothing more than ordering a citrus mimosa with its famous deep-fried eggs breakfast.

Few brunch spots beat Salvation Café, with its dreamy, European café feel, memorable eggs Benedict and to-die-for breakfast burritos. We love nothing more than sitting back, brunching and people-watching at this 44 Stanley institution.

POST Post is one of Braamfontein’s original cafés, having stood its ground way before the suburb grew in popularity. It’s known for its simple, delicious breakfasts, live shows and a good cuppa joe. Follow Post on Instagram to stay up to date on the live shows hosted in the cafe’s courtyard.


Craving something decadent for brunch? That Spot’s hearty waffle menu has you sorted. Pick between favourites like the French toast waffles with berry compote or its famous hangover cure waffle stack. It also has a collection of board games that you can request to play!


Saturday mornings are for mimosas and brunch

Buitengeluk is so out of place in Fourways you’ll think you just stepped on to a Cape Wine farm. With its lush gardens and Cape Dutch architecture, we still can’t believe it’s only a few minutes drive from the highway. Its Glass House is perfect for small events or a special brunch and it can seat up to 18 people. Gardening isn’t all they are good at, however, and the menu won’t disappoint with favourites like creamy mushrooms and asparagus on rye holding a special place in our hearts.





This spot is all about good food, without the long wait, making it the perfect place for a quick business brunch. Its food is always good and the staff even more impressive.

Glenda’s is a firm favourite amongst businesspeople looking for a great brunch spot during the week, where you’ll find plates of eggs Benedict coming out in scores. The menu at Glenda’s is constantly changing according to what’s in season so we know we’re always in for fresh wholesome food. If that wasn’t enough Glenda’s is also home to Dotty Choux, its takeaway patisserie counter filled to the brim with choux pastries of all shapes and sizes.

Tucked away in a quiet suburb in Edenvale, Red Door is quaint, unassuming and it sure knows how to brunch. With options for everyone, including those with paleo and vegan diets, we love the simple diversity of Red Door. The cafe also has a cake stand and crates of home-made fresh bread, which finishes early on weekends, so arrive early to avoid missing out.

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Small-batch, hand roasted coffee, freshly prepared baked goods and Instagrammable décor. Once you’ve had brunch at Naked you’ll wonder why you ever ate anything other than its butternut and chocolate brownie for brunch. Naked also has a coffee bar in Sandton for a quick bite if you’re not in the market for a long-winded brunch, find it at the bottom of the escalators across from Tiger of Sweden.



There’s so much to love about The Whippet we wouldn’t even know where to begin and, with its recently refurbished store, we want to spend even more time there! The Whippet changes its menu seasonally, so get your hands on the sweet potato wake-up breakfast while you still can. It doesn’t take bookings and brunch can get a little busy, so be sure to get there early to avoid waiting in a line.

With 25 years of great food and even better cake under its belt, La Vie en Rose is one of our favourite brunch spots for a reason. You’ll find La Vie en Rose at the back of the Killarney Country Club looking out onto families playing tennis and golfers teeing off. We love the feeling of being part of the family as soon as we step foot into La Vie and its unpretentious homey feel is why we can’t stop going back... well, that and the champagne of course!


All brunch buffets are not created equal. Leafy Greens offers a buffet table worthy of a king every weekend. Grab a plate and take a moment to reflect under the shade of the organic orchards while chickens roam free at your feet pecking at crumbs.


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Cart is home to a hoard of knickknacks that would make your great grandmother gasp! With no shortage of bar carts, vintage cocktail shakers and locally crafted artworks, Cart is the ultimate shop to explore on lazy Saturday mornings. Cart often hosts plant sales so follow them on Instagram for great deals.

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Permits are a must if you’re venturing out to Klipkraal; the added effort will pay off as soon as you set foot on the beautiful grasslands that make up the Klipkraal trails. Choose between the Panorama Trail of 13km or the Kraal Trail of 11km, and be sure to pack lots of fluids as the area can get extremely hot during the warmer months.



Hennops is a favourite amongst Joburg residents for a quick weekend hike as it is only 40 minutes’ drive from the city, requires no bookings beforehand and is open to all levels of experience. It consists of three trails setting out from Hadeda Camp. At the beginning and end of the trails, the route meanders along the Hennops River before veering away into the surrounding mountains.


With a range of hikes and guided trails, Walter Sisulu is great for a day out, particularly if you’re planning on hiking with kids. Be sure to visit the Witpoortjie Waterfall, home to a pair of Verreaux’s eagles (black eagles).

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Take a hike

A mere 10km from the centre of Johannesburg, Kilpriviersberg is the largest nature reserve in the Johannesburg metropolitan area and is home to over 230 bird species. You might even catch sight of larger game such as zebra, red hartebeest, and black wildebeest. The reserve is open daily from sunrise to sunset and there are no entrance fees.

RUSTIG Rustig’s 13km overnight trail is a must do on any avid Johannesburg hiker’s bucket list. Booking is essential for this beautiful hike as a maximum of 12 people or one hiking party are allowed per night. The farm is situated near Hekpoort on the southern slopes of the Magaliesberg mountain range and offers views of large expanses of grasslands and mountains.


A walk in nature walks the soul back home. – Mary Davis

While some might argue the Smuts Trail is more of a serene stroll we simply love the easy 3km hike through the pristine grasslands surrounding the Smuts House Museum. The grasslands are a birdwatcher’s dream and ornithologists have identified no fewer than 300 bird species within a 7km radius.



Once the site of a dynamite factory, the Modderfontein reserve is now privately owned but remains open to the public. Hiking alone? Why not join the weekly 5km trail run that takes place every Saturday.

The perfect hike for a Saturday morning, you’ll discover the Bergheim hike enjoyable but expect to break a sweat due to a steep climb. The hike is a there-and-back trail, heading off into the Magaliesberg mountains from the campsite, where there is a swimming pool, ideal for cooling off afterwards.


Not only are the Melville Koppies beautiful to hike on, but they are home to a wealth of history dating back to a time before Johannesburg was even a twinkle in the gold rush’s eye. Stone tools found at the site show that early Stone Age man camped on the koppies as long as 500,000 years ago. The koppies are split into three regions with different access points: Melville Koppies Central: Only accessible via organised tours and hikes. Melville Koppies East: Open daily for walks. Dogs welcome. Melville Koppies West: Open daily but it is advisable to walk only on scheduled walks.

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One of Joburg’s harder hikes, the Uitkyk Hiking Trail falls within the border of the Magaliesberg Protected Natural Environment just above Schoemansville. It is a delight for hikers with stunning views over the Hartbeespoort Dam, the surrounding mountains and natural woodlands.


Suikerbosrand is the perfect combination of challenging assents and wildlife-spotting, with hikers often spotting zebra, black wildebeest, red hartebeest and even the odd brown hyena from a distance. The reserve has a staggering network of 66km of backpacking hiking trails, but don’t worry, if you’re looking for a quick city break, there are 4km, 10km and 17km options available for day visitors. | 117




When learning is fun!


Home to over 280 different types of birds, the Marievale Bird Sanctuary is one of Gauteng’s best kept secrets and a great day trip for families. The sanctuary has five bird hides overlooking the water plus braai and picnic facilities. There is no cover charge and it’s open from sunrise to sunset.

CRADLE OF HUMANKIND With a rich history of the world and activities created specifically for children, it’s no wonder that Maropeng is a favourite amongst families in Johannesburg. The Maropeng Visitor Centre is designed specifically for kids with everything from an underground boat ride to a beautiful fossil display aimed at educating children on their origins. Combined tickets that include a visit to the Sterkfontein Caves are available to families making it a worthwhile and affordable outing any time of the year.


Ideal for children aged between five and 16, Live Kaizen hosts coding and robotics courses that are hands-on and promote a ‘learn by doing’ mindset that encourages experimentation. Each aspect of the course has been designed through collaborations between psychologists, engineers and scientists. The classes are available as holiday programmes and as extramural activities.

Art Jamming’s Messy Play Classes are the ultimate holiday or Saturday morning activity for kids. Donning aprons and big smiles, kids between the age of eight months and three years can explore paint, textures and smells. Older children are also able to enjoy the space by creating their own artworks from a selection of 12 different sized canvases, easels and a large selection of non-toxic acrylic paints on tap. Don’t let the kids have all the fun! Adults are also able to join the classes and get creative.

‘All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind’ – Martin H. Fischer

Acrobranch is great fun for kids and adults alike. After a thorough safety briefing, young adventurers can be found swinging through trees, balancing on branches and whizzing past on zip lines. Each group has adult supervision every step of the way and all children are safely buckled into harnesses and hooked to secure lines throughout the experience. The treetop courses are open to kids from the age of three and start at R100. Find them at the bottom of James and Ethel Grey Park in Melrose. | 119




Close to Haarties is the tranquil Strawberry Farm where children can spend the day foraging and then feasting on fresh, organic strawberries. The farm also has a day spa for those parents looking for a bit of a break.

Tinker School is a true celebration of childhood. With activities like sculpting, painting, baking and drawing it’s sure to have your little one busy for hours. Tinker School’s aim is to create an environment where children feel safe and can express their creativity. All children from the age of two are welcome.

Located in the homey suburb of Emmarentia, Kinderspiel is an intimate children’s theatre experience. The Theatre has two shows per week, Tuesdays 3:30pm and Saturdays or public holidays at 10am. Children are entertained by puppet shows, shadow theatre, magicians and fun physical theatre.


Every Sunday at 10:30am in Kyalami catch the breathtaking South African Lipizzaners as they prance up and down their ring at their indoor arena in Kyalami. Children are able to feed the horses after the show and there’s an outside area with a jumping castle for tiny tots with extra energy. Kids under three are free and those between four and 12 pay R100.

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From training wheels to gravity defying tricks, PwC Bike Park is a great place for children of all ages. The Track has a special kiddies’ track suitable for children aged between two and six years old, preferably riding a balance bike or small bike with training wheels. The track features an introduction to mountain biking elements such as berms and rollers.



South Arica’s biggest water park can be found right here in Johannesburg! Happy Island Water World will keep children of all ages occupied for ages with the biggest wave pool in Africa, an adrenaline inspiring gravity loop and the mighty Behemoth Bowl. Happy Island caters for children of all ages and kids under two get in for free.


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13 March to 14 April

OUT OF THE FURNACE – WILLIE BESTER AND WOLF WERDIGIER THE MELROSE GALLERY This international collaboration between Cape Town artist Willie Bester and Austria’s Wolf Werdigier sets a bold tone that is both triumphant and challenging, topical and celebratory. Bester’s art speaks to the need to never forget or allow the dehumanisation and silencing of black South Africans that was experienced during apartheid, while Werdigier’s work retains the importance of continuing to remember and confront the historic injustices inflicted upon his Jewish ancestors. The artworks on display include sculpture, installation, painting and photography.

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20 March to 3 February 2020

CIRCAGALLERY Robert Slingsby’s exhibition is a nuanced, meditative requiem encapsulating the devastating consequences wrought by the construction of the dams in the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia. The funereal references to this remote region also serve as eulogies to the loss of species worldwide and the desecration of nature’s once-inviolable rights. Yet the installation is also infused with preternatural symbols of hope, regeneration and renewal. The exhibition comprises multiple components, including a concrete sarcophagus-shaped chest of drawers – a reference to ancient Egyptian tombs – and the structural components of dam building. Strewn on the gallery floor are sprigs of over a thousand hand-blown, yellow glass flowers, reminiscent of those in Slingsby’s photographs of the Omo Valley.

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Every artist was first an amateur – Ralph Waldo Emerson

IZWE: PLANT PRAXIS – MADEYOULOOK GOETHE INSTITUTE MADEYOULOOK is a Johannesburgbased interdisciplinary artist collaborative between Nare Mokgotho and Molemo Moiloa. The works of MADEYOULOOK often reference everyday practice; aspects of ordinary life that find simple solutions to ordinary challenges. MADEYOULOOK has been considering some of the broader questions of landedness; our relationships to natural life as a trigger or spark for undoing our assumed episteme, and reimagining from the perspective of everyday life. Consequently Izwe: Plant Praxis brings together practitioners working across the majority world to consider complex questions around land justice in its many manifestations. South Africa’s role in relation to the rest of the continent, our embracing of the neo-liberal order, and our relationships to solidarity movements across the world, all lie dormant in the soil.

22 February to 18 April

28 February to 27 April




In honour of his 90th birthday, Professor Revil Mason, one of Joburg’s leading archaeologists, presents a retrospective of some of his most iconic excavation sites at the Origins Centre. Among Mason’s excavation sites are important discoveries such as the remains of Stone Age and Iron Age settlements on Joburg’s Melville Koppies. Merging ‘then and now’, the exhibition also interrogates the finds of new excavations and their implications for what we know about our early ancestors.



The Standard Bank Gallery delves into the University of Fort Hare’s extensive art collection for the exhibition A Black Aesthetic: A View of South African Artists (19701990), shining a spotlight on the important but often overlooked art created by South Africa’s black modernists. This is the first time since 1992 that Fort Hare’s impressive collection (which is one of South Africa’s largest collections of black South African art) will be exhibited outside of the Eastern Cape. The exhibition features work produced between 1970 and 1990, one of the most turbulent periods in South African history.




DAVID KRUT PROJECTS 7 March to 18 April




A group exhibition by Joburg-based artists Lindo Zwane, Sizwe Khoza and Jan Tshikhuthula, Khensani takes its name from the Xitsonga word meaning ‘giving thanks’, with gratitude and appreciation for their backgrounds and home towns forming a central theme. The exhibition is a continuation of Zwane’s and Khoza’s ongoing tribute to the sacrifices of their mothers, while Tshikhuthula reminisces on the joys of his childhood in rural Venda.




14 March to 19 April


SMAC Gallery presents HOLDING STILL: Psychology and Portraiture, a group exhibition by various artists. Participating artists include: Albert Adams, Peter Clarke, Christo Coetzee, Kate Gottgens, Georgina Gratrix, Johann Louw, Mostaff Muchawaya, John Murray, Musa N Nxumalo, Gerard Sekoto, Marlene Steyn, Simon Stone and others. | 123



If you’re looking for a quality Bikram studio, look no further than yoga Experience in Illovo. Bikram yoga at the studio consists of a 90-minute, 26-posture class in a heated room with high humidity. Bikram yoga focuses on healing the body, cultivating strength, flexibility and balance.


Sivananda has been on the map in Joburg since 1956 and it’s only gotten better with time. The studio is affiliated to the Divine Life Society of India. The school offers Hatha yoga, Satsang, meditation and philosophy, and also serves as an ashram.

LIVING YOGA Living Yoga is one of the city’s most popular studios for a reason. The studio is seen as more than just a space, it is a sacred area for students to immerse themselves completely in yoga. Living Yoga is run by the wonderful Sarah Bentz, who is also a certified Jivamukti teacher and is always around to greet students with a smile or words of encouragement. Check out its website for regular masterclasses and guest speakers.

HOT POD YOGA – LINDEN We love the ability to completely disconnect from the world as soon as we enter the pod at Hot Pod Yoga in Linden. Each pod is heated, allowing you to breathe more deeply, stretch further and sweat harder. All pods allow 20 people per class and once the class starts the pod is closed, ensuring you’re completely disconnected from the world.


YOGA WORKS Want to do yoga and get outside? Yoga Works specialises in outdoor and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) yoga. Practising yoga on a paddleboard engages your core more and encourages a mindful and slower approach to the practice of yoga. SUP yoga takes place every Saturday (excluding winter) at the Dabulamanzi Canoe Club from 9.30am to 11am.


Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul – Amit Ray

With one of the most comprehensive yoga offerings in the city, we can’t not gravitate towards ISHTA. The studio offers Ashtanga, Kundalini, integral yoga, yogalates, preggie yoga, and children and teen yoga, just to name a few. ISHTA focuses on each individual student’s needs in the yoga practice and actively aims to reduce stress and anxiety in its student’s daily lives. | 125


account is a sense of fulfilling a civic duty in showing off our country and promoting South Africa to the world. Knowing that people decide to travel to South Africa because they were inspired by the pictures I share is huge. Then there’s also the side effect of exposing South African photographers to the world. It’s their photos that I feature and knowing they are also benefiting is such a bonus.

10 minutes WITH CRAIG RODNEY So you run the @SouthAfrica account on Instagram. How did that happen? Back in 2013, all the cool people on Instagram were doing ‘365 projects’ where you do one thing every day for year. So I decided to start an account that showed how amazing South Africa is using other people’s photos. A young American lady had registered the @southafrica username but I asked if I could have it and amazingly she said yes. So since 25 May 2013, I’ve featured at least one amazing photo of South Africa every day. 128 |

How do you feel Instagram has shaped your love for photography? We take if for granted now, but being able to follow some of the most amazing photographers on the planet is such a privilege, and it’s impossible not to be inspired by them. How do you curate the @southafrica feed? I often get asked what criteria I use to decide which photos get featured, and the answer is simple: if I like it, I’ll post it. Simple as that.I regularly check the photos I’m tagged in and I check the #ThisIsSouthAfrica tag to find the photos I like and want to feature. I then repost and credit the original photographer. What are the best parts about working on a project like this? The most consistent value I get from running the

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Craig Rodney, entrepreneur and lover of all things South African, is the man behind the @SouthAfrica Instagram account, where he has been posting daily images of our beautiful country for almost six years.

How do you think projects like this shape the view of South Africa to the world? The @southafrica account definitely inspires people to want to travel to South Africa by showing off how beautiful and diverse our

Any big plans for 2019? I’m currently working with South African Tourism to host a large group of international Instagrammers who will tour around the top 25 most Instagrammable locations and take those stories to a far wider audience than just my account. That tour will culminate in an Instameet open to all South Africans where as many people as possible will come together on Freedom Day to hang out, take photos and create inspiring content. Beyond the Instameet, I’ll also be launching a website this year that will create a map of South Africa’s most

“I DECIDED TO START AN ACCOUNT THAT SHOWED HOW AMAZING SOUTH AFRICA IS USING OTHER PEOPLE’S PHOTOS. ” country is. There are so many media outlets sharing the bad news and it needs some balance, and if I can play my part in providing that balance then it makes it all worth it.

incredible photo locations, and anyone wanting to explore the country can plan their trips and build itineraries based on the photos and locations that inspire them the most.

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Joburg Style Issue 43  

The April to July 2019 Issue of Joburg Style magazine

Joburg Style Issue 43  

The April to July 2019 Issue of Joburg Style magazine