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FEATURES 28 Cover Story

Discover the new age of personal branding and what it means for three talented women in Johannesburg.

34 Big Read

Learning the ropes in the world of South African Business. Joburg Style finds out what private tertiary institutions have to offer.

40 Photo Essay

A look at the people of Soweto and their stories by photographer Andile Bhala.


49 EXPLORE 50 Namibia

Andile Lekhuleni shares her natural beauty go-tos.

Sharon Preston explores a whole world only a short flight away.

21 Interview

64 Paris

Andile Lekhuleni gets deep about the SA music scene with The Essnce.

Paris in a flash; top spots you need to see in the city.

70 Cool District

Parktown North and Parkwood are brimming with places to explore.

76 Travel Snippets

Festivals and marathons. There’s something for everyone.

56 Luxury Hotels and Lodges


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81 EAT.DRINK 83 Food

18 24 Male Grooming Feel good, and look good doing it, like The Essnce.

26 Day Trips

Spend the perfect weekend in Joburg.


Linda Engelbrecht puts together some wholesome recipes to indulge in.

89 J.Bar White Wine A guide to drinking white wine.

93 J.Bar Gin

Discover the world of gin-making.

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113 THE LIST 117 Inner city walks 119 Salons 120 Kids 122 Galleries 125 Small stores REGULARS Editor’s letter & 14 128

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Date Thursday 19 September 2019 | Time 08:00-14:00 | Venue Vodacom World

PUBLISHER Eric Bornman | EDITOR Anna-Belle Mulder | CREATIVE DIRECTOR Steven Macbeth ART DIRECTOR Justine Kerr | DIGITAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Gina Borthwick | FOOD EDITOR Linda Engelbrecht COPY EDITING & PROOFREADING Lynne Yates & Loren Shirley-Carr


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When the emission of gases that caused global warming reached catastrophic levels, humanity decided to take steps away from systems that generated the crisis, towards those that prevented it, so that we may hand back a healthier and more prosperous planet to future generations. We found ways to reduce the risk that our quest for economic growth posed to the environment. And, we conceived new economic frameworks that sought to improve the well-being of all people, not just some. This fundamental change in the DNA of our economics is widely called the Green Transition. The Green Transition presents an opportunity for both the public and private sectors to offer solutions to key Sustainable Development Goals, as identified by the United Nations. TEDxJohannesburgSalon: Green Transition, takes place with the support of the Embassy of Denmark in South Africa. To learn more, visit

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From the editor By the time you read this, I really hope that winter is on its way out the door and we’re all starting to defrost a little. You’re probably wondering why you just saw my face on the cover. Well, this issue is a really special one; for our 44th issue the Joburg Style team decided to take a look at how a special group of women in the city are harnessing their personal brands to kick off careers, start their own businesses and build legacies. The #thecurrencyof ’you’ article looks beyond the concept of being an ‘influencer’ and looks at what it really takes to build a personal brand that goes deeper than the shining lights of Instagram. It’s a real honour to share the space with Kamogelo Mafokwane and Mi’chal Naidoo and to even be considered to be part of the feature by the

publishers of Joburg Style. We also visit one of our favourite areas in the city and rediscover the once sleepy suburbs of Parktown North and Parkwood, which now boast gourmet restaurants, gin bars and top-notch galleries. Keep an eye out for Est Est Alea, which has evolved from Cube Tasting Kitchen... the tasting menu will have your taste buds begging for more. Andile Lekhuleni joins us for our Glimpse feature and shares her favourite spots in Johannesburg, her beauty musthaves and interviews up-andcoming musician The Essnce, who gets real about what it feels like to be a young artist in South Africa. We really loved getting a different look at the industry. In Explore, I share some of my top experiences from my whirlwind trip to Paris and


contributor Sharon Preston shares the ultimate guide to breathtaking Namibia, taking a close look at some of the country’s top luxury hotels and lodges. With the rand strengthening, things are looking up, so why not spoil yourself and book a break to celebrate the start of spring? Don’t forget to check out our round-up of the best coffee shops to work in, inner city walks and restaurants that are worth taking a drive for, to name a few! We’d also love to hear from you, so don’t forget to share your best finds in the city and we could be featuring them in the next issue. Thanks to the Joburg Style team and to you, the reader, for another great issue. Anna-Belle Mulder

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Photographer Andile is a photographer based in Orlando West, Soweto. Andile’s knack for capturing his subjects in raw and thought-provoking ways has allowed him to share stories of everyday South Africans. Discover Andile’s work in this issue’s Photo Essay.

SHARON PRESTON Travel journalist and magazine editor Long-time member of the Joburg Style family, Sharon is well known in South African publishing circles and for good reason. Her descriptions transport readers to marketplaces, museums and destinations around the world. Read Sharon’s feature on Namibia if you’re planning a trip over the border to our neighbours.

SHEENA BAGSHAWE Stylist It’s impossible to box Sheena into just one category. With a history in publishing, styling and now teaching yoga, it’s safe to say everything Sheena touches turns to gold. Sheena is the stylist responsible for bringing together the team’s vision for this issue’s cover shoot.


If you really want to see a city, you need to see it through the eyes of its youth. In the spirit of celebrating women this issue, we caught up with model and creator Andile Lekhuleni. From expressing herself through photography to celebrating femininity and body positivity, we simply can’t get enough of her!

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How did you get started in the music business? My curiosity got me to the point of wanting to know more about how music is made. I taught myself how to make beats, and eventually I met up with some people who enjoyed making music too and we formed a group. As time went by, my passion for music had to be

emotion, reaction or thought process. I also want to leave the name open to interpretation; when people hear my music, I

“It’s heartfelt music! You’re getting to learn the corners of my soul through my music. A connection with the listener is what I am trying to accomplish through my songs.”

want them to draw their own conclusions about each song. What do you love most about the South African music scene? We have so much culture and, truthfully, our music could cater for a continent if we truly embraced it. This is not a jab, just a thought that was provoked by our differences. What’s the hardest thing about being a young artist in South Africa? There are so many challenges in this industry, especially when you’re young.

sidelined because of my studies. I’ve just made my first ‘comeback’ as a solo act with ‘Selfhelp’. How did you come up with your stage name? My stage name before The Essnce was Psycho and I just outgrew it. The name itself represents the essence of something, whether it’s an | 21


calling. The ability to shape a message that’s focused on self-help for the youth mentally is something I’ve harnessed. I just want to paint a picture through my eyes. You produce for The Colour Of Truth Podcast, tell us more about that? The Color of Truth is about getting young intellectuals together in one room, sharing truths about our

I can’t name them all, but for starters, it just seems as though being a young artist in hip hop has a stigma of being destructive or being a bad influence on society. It’s also hard to stay true to yourself in every instance; I’ve seen how easily artists get taken by the wind and end up in a box creatively. How would you describe the music you make and what inspires you? It’s heartfelt music! You’re getting to learn the corners of my soul through my music. A connection with the listener is what I am trying to accomplish through my songs, and what

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inspires me is real feelings; guard down, just truth, nothing more, nothing less. What do you love about visiting a city like Johannesburg? I’m not from JHB, but all the times I’m there I experience a culture shock of sorts. There are two sides to it, the opulent lifestyle that feels like it’s straight out of a movie and the rougher bits that humble you. Your single ‘Selfhelp’ is available on iTunes. What does it feel like to create a song for South Africa and the world to listen to? It almost feels like a

realities, but with focus on specific topics in our society. Anything else you would like to share? Spread love and peace, take care of your mind and then leave the rest behind.

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He led the Science department at Wendywood High School before moving to Beaulieu College in 2004. In 2005, he obtained a Bachelor of Science Honour’s degree and went on to complete a Master’s degree in Science in 2008 at the University of the Witwatersrand. Mark has held various leadership roles at the College, the most recent being the Deputy Head of Academics. After finishing the Leadership Development Programme at the Wits Business School, he decided to seek new challenges and broaden his experience in the field of education, hence his new role as Group Head of Academics, aimed at further strengthening the educational offering of the Kyalami Schools Group. Mark has a 12-year-old daughter, Hannah, who is at Beaulieu Preparatory in grade 7. She is very excited to start at Beaulieu College next year! Mark is extremely passionate about education and seeks to bring agility and innovation to the Kyalami Schools Group. His educational philosophy centers on the premise that children are innately curious, therefore it remains our collective responsibility to foster that spirit of creativity and curiosity, guided by a robust and dynamic curriculum. With a strong background in science, Mark favours an inquirybased learning approach and views the classroom as a ‘messy’ multicultural space where learning is lightly scripted but intentional, and where the teacher assumes the role of a skilled facilitator. The current educational landscape is in a state of flux and the dated schooling model is no longer effective and sustainable. Mark’s view is as follows: “It is said that millennials will make up 50% of our workforce by 2030. Millennials readily learn across platforms and geographies and their learning space is mostly informal. The workplace not only requires people who are employable, but those who can create employment, especially in the South African context where youth unemployment is at its highest. As educationists and parents, it is our responsibility to continually disrupt education and challenge the status quo - our children are certainly not afraid to!”




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Hotdogs and dancing, what’s not to love about Great Dane? After a chilled afternoon, there’s nothing better than ending off a Saturday at Great Dane in Braamfontein. The crowd is always creative and the vibe and music always leave me smiling. It can get really busy, so if you’re looking to get a table, book one in the courtyard or get there early.



If you’re looking for me, chances are you’ll find me in one of Joburg’s many restaurants and cafés. I love food and trying out new places, especially when they look great. Saturday mornings are always a bit of a slow start for me and I really like to make sure I spoil myself by going through my self-care routine. After making sure I look and feel my best, I usually head to Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream in Parkhurst. Paul’s is by far my favourite spot to indulge in ice cream in the city. Did you know that it has a birthday cake flavour and a new flavour every month?

Clockwise from top left Social Parkwood, Great Dane hotdogs and night out, Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream, Social Parkwood lamb shank


After trying a new flavour at Paul’s and a stroll around the streets of Parkhurst, I generally head to Social Parkwood. The artwork and décor are really stunning and the food is just as good. Social is an interesting mix of upmarket and shebeen, and the staff are always super friendly. The cocktail menu also allows me to pick what I feel like drinking depending on what I’m in the mood for; check the menu for the handy cocktail guide. 26 |

SOCIAL PARKWOOD COCKTAILS! The cocktail menu allows me to pick what I feel like drinking depending on what I’m in the mood for; check the menu for the handy cocktail guide.

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DAY 2 Self-care Sunday! Much like Saturday, I generally make sure I take it easy on Sunday first thing in the morning. Sundays are for taking it slow and easy, no matter what you’re up to. My favourite Sunday morning spot is Spilt Milk Social Café in Melville. It’s one of the newer spots along 7th and you’ll find it across from Pablo Eggs-Go-Bar. There’s a fireplace for those cold winter mornings and I love the chilled boho vibe. They make a mean cup of coffee and have vegan options too. You can thank me for discovering this spot later! AFTERNOON

After fuelling my body and exploring a few stores around Melville, I love walking to the Melville Koppies and getting some fresh air on one of the hiking trails. Melville Koppies is really underrated and is the perfect way to get in touch with nature without having to travel out of the city. Take a moment on the top of the koppie, look over the city and breathe deeply. What a beautiful city we live in. EVENING

My ideal way to end the weekend is at Montecasino. It’s one of the best locations to stroll around in the evening and it has so many restaurants to choose from, so I’m always trying something new. One of my top picks is The Raj, the food is full of flavour and it really does bring a slice of North India to South Africa. Try the multitude of vegetable dishes or the famous Prawn Malala and Butter Chicken.

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Anna-Belle started her blog, ‘She Said’, at the dawn of the ‘influencer age’ before blogs or content were monetized and paid for posts weren’t even a twinkle in the marketing world’s eyes. Anna-Belle has used her personal brand to carve out a space for herself in the world of advertising and publishing from her unique perspective of operating on both sides of the fence.


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Most people don’t set out to become an ‘influencer’. How did you end up in the space? I’ve always loved writing and initially my blog was just a space for me to share what I was thinking or feeling. At the time, I was also exploring Johannesburg, so I started writing about the city. From there, I moved into travel and fashion, and learnt how to take a decent photo. I never set out to be anything, although I definitely used the space to my advantage. I’m not too fond of the term ‘influencer’, I’m just a person who has shared a journey that people have resonated with. I’ve been at it for a while now, the mediums have changed, what’s cool has changed and I’m definitely not the same woman I was almost 10 years ago. Personal branding is a tool, not an Instagram handle; I’ve just managed to learn how to use it really well. How important do you think your personal brand is for your career and where you want to go in life? I use this example a lot. Loads of people can sing; what makes Beyoncé so breathtaking? It’s because she’s Beyoncé, right? One of the few things we have control over is our personal brands; it’s also the only thing that really differentiates us from the crowd. What would you say to people who don’t see how important personal branding is? I probably wouldn’t say much, perhaps just point them in the direction of Google. This isn’t a new thing; it just has a name now. Richard Branson was Richard Branson before Facebook or Instagram were invented; it’s just easier to get your name out there now. I guess the next step is to see what we do with the gift. How do you think the landscape has changed? Personal brands were not always as important,

but they have gained traction over the past years. What are your thoughts on this? Personal brands are more important than ever before because of the way we consume information. Consumers who once trusted brands have moved to trusting individuals; everything has its cycles, though. I don’t think the importance of personal brands for individual brands in the adverting space will ever disappear, people will just get smarter about how they spend their time; in fact, they have already. We’re all getting smarter about how we spend our time; that means the content will have to get smarter too.


with Anna-Belle on Instagram: @annabellemulder

What do you think about the term ‘influencer’? A rose by any other name… I understand why that term exists, the world had to call the change in the way it consumed advertising and media something, right? I’ve never considered myself an influencer; I make things, put them out into the world and every now and then, some people like the stuff I make, whether it’s in my personal or professional capacity. I’d be making things whether people cared or not, I guess I got lucky that they did and figured out how to use that to my benefit. How has growing a personal brand impacted your career path? The brand I’ve built has helped me to run my own agency, it has helped me get a seat at the table when there was no chair and it has afforded me experiences that I wouldn’t have otherwise had. In the world of business, personal brands aren’t everything, but they sure give you a better shot at the goals. There’s no difference in the way I treat my brand compared to any of my clients’. I have key performance indicators (KPIs), a strategy and some content to help me reach my objectives. Marketing 101, except I’m the client.

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After completing her degree, an Honours in Creative Direction, whilst living in London, Kamogelo decided to return to South Africa and use her brand to build a business. From working with fashion and beauty brands across the world to directing shoots and building the framework of a business (stu.duo) with a bright future, Kamogelo is a poster child for the power of personal branding.


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Oprah Winfrey, who has a successful brand because she believed that what she had to offer would make a difference. The same goes for bloggers and influencers. There are so many people who started off with a small personal brand, but were able to branch it off into something bigger than they could have ever imagined simply because they believed in their vision, so believe in your vision and run with it.

Most people don’t set out to become an ‘influencer’. How did you end up in the space? To be honest, it was more of an experimental thing when I first started. While I was in my first year of my degree, I met a photographer and we decided to collaborate because I needed more practice styling and she wanted to practise her photography more. I’d dress up and she’d take pictures of me. Once I started to understand the world of blogging, I realised that this was something I enjoyed and wanted to explore more. How important do you think your personal brand is for your career and where you want to go in life? My personal brand is extremely important for my career; it separates me from everyone else. My brand is something I have built and established over the years, and I’ll continue to grow it. I look at myself as a brand and so everything I do has to be in line with my brand cores, values and aesthetic. By building my brand, I have been able to create a portfolio of work that enabled me to branch out into other spheres in the fashion industry, such as creative direction or content creation for lifestyle, beauty and fashion brands, from behind the scenes. What would you say to someone who doesn’t believe in the importance of personal brands? You lose nothing when you try. I say give it a try if you’ve wanted to start a brand; something amazing might come from it, but you’ll only know if you try. The most important thing is to be consistent and remember that creating a brand doesn’t have to be expensive; use what you have to your full advantage. Think of someone like

How do you think the landscape has changed? Personal brands were not always as important, but they have gained traction over the past years. What are your thoughts on this? Personal brands have changed drastically over the years, but I also believe people are becoming a lot more open and confident about selfexpression. We live in a connected world; it’s easier than ever to find someone to relate to.

Connect with Kamogelo on Instagram: @willkatelady

KAMOGELO’S ‘CAN’T DO WITHOUTS’ Banchan for Korean food. The Big Mouth for sushi. JB’s Corner Sandton City for cake.

What do you think about the term ‘influencer’? I think so many people have bad connotations with the word, but I try not let that affect me. I think the term ‘influencer’ is a great way to describe what my work has the possibility of doing: influencing. Personally, I refer to myself as a content creator because that’s what I do. Do you think you would be where you are today if you hadn’t invested time and energy into your personal brand? I believe we always end where we are meant to end up. The investment of time and energy has furthered me, and I see a lot more benefits when I do put in the work, rather than when I don’t. Any success in life takes time and energy. | 31

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Mi’chal started her career in front of the camera at an early age when her mother would film home videos in which she was always the star of the show. Since then, things have changed quite a bit. From home videos to working with some of the world’s biggest brands while studying full time, Mi’chal’s ability to harness her personal brand as a stepping stone into the world of marketing and media is inspiring.


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Most people don’t set out to become an ‘influencer’. How did you end up in the space? I started blogging in 2012. I was in my matric year and only had Facebook at the time. My circle of friends was always interested in what I wore and where I got my clothes, so I blogged about how to wear hand-me-downs or new clothes in different ways that look trendy. A few years later, I found myself straight out of school and in the entertainment industry, and many people wanted advice on how to get into the industry like I did, so I started sharing tips. Instagram has given me the platform to share what I love doing. I have a little space on the internet where I’ve gathered up a following of people who I treat as friends and share parts of my life with while getting to work with brands I love.


Mi’chal on Instagram: @michal_naidoo

MICHAL’S MUST DOS Aroma Café for the eggs Benedict. The Wilds Nature Reserve for a breath of fresh air. Life Day Spa Fourways for a full body massage. Fireroom for sushi. Saint for the chocolate mousse pot.

How important do you think your personal brand is for your career and where you want to go in life? Extremely important! Finishing school and going straight into the media industry was a huge blessing and gave me lots of experience. Studying further has definitely given me an edge that I didn’t have before. My personal brand is one of the main reasons I decided to study and it’s probably the best thing I’ve done for myself and my career. Now that I am almost done with my degree, I couldn’t be prouder to see where I was and how far I’ve come. What would you say to people who don’t see how important personal branding is? Your personal brand is a reflection of who you are. Stay humble; it’s a blessing to turn something you enjoy into a full-time career and it all depends on how others see

your personal brand. How do you think the landscape has changed? Personal brands were not always as important, but they have gained traction over the past years. What are your thoughts on this? Whether we like to admit it or not, Instagram has changed the marketing game. Brands in South Africa are starting to recognise the importance of influencer marketing, and I truly believe that if your personal brand stands out and if you are chosen to work on a brand, that speaks volumes. It’s hard work putting hours into content creating, filming, editing, scheduling and uploading while still studying, as well as going to meetings and managing a healthy lifestyle all on your own. If you’re putting in the work, brands are going to see it! I always say let your work do the talking. What do you think about the term ‘influencer’? I don’t really like the term ‘influencer’, I prefer the term ‘role model’. It would mean the world to me if my nieces and cousins could one day say that I was their role model, not because of what I do, but because of who I am and what I stand for. How has your line of work impacted your studies, your work and the career you want to have? I love what I do and now that this is my full-time job, I couldn’t be more thankful. Working alongside brands has made me want to study more and allowed me to offer more value in my partnerships. It has broadened my knowledge of who I am as a brand, but also as a consumer. It has given me dreams to push myself further, learn more and start my own business. | 33

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e wanted to change the face of business education… in a country which is often as equally defined by its inequality as its recent deposed kleptocracy,” says Dean Jon FosterPedley of Henley Business School Africa. And that pretty much sums up what establishments of higher education in Joburg are currently doing to improve the status quo. South Africa is a unique beast. Our apartheid system and the abuse suffered by so many before the country became a democracy have created a corporate world where chaos, nepotism, unfairness and uncertainty reign supreme. There are those educationists who are trying to change this, such as Henley Business School Africa. There are others, too, including Johannesburg Business School, whose aim is “to help South Africans build sustainable businesses that create jobs”. Whatever they are doing, these bastions of higher learning are ensuring that change is nigh. And about time, too. Creating higher education programmes within a South African context, ones that are specifically aimed at South Africa and the African continent, is a very different ball game from studying at an institution that offers degrees and diplomas that have only been tried and tested overseas. Let’s also remember, the business world is a constantly evolving one, now extremely technologically charged. Companies operate in new and innovative ways, grappling with the reality that machines will soon will take over from humans to perform various tasks. This will create a new dynamic, where old jobs will disappear and new ones will be created. As things stand right now, upskilling yourself or your child in the 21st century involves being trained for careers and jobs that haven’t even been created yet. In the context of higher education in Joburg, a lot is happening. Let’s take a look… Henley Business School Africa is one of those establishments that has diversified to meet the ever-changing

business environment, accommodating both school leavers and those in established careers. “We had to do this to properly respond to South African and, indeed, African needs, where not everyone comes to business school after a conventional undergraduate degree and time in management,” explains the Dean, Jon Foster-Pedley. “On the contrary, many of our students had the requisite experience and ability, but never the opportunity. We had to create this through our unique academic pathway of learning, which can effectively take someone with a school leaver’s certificate all the way to Master’s level without leaving Henley or, even more importantly, their jobs.” Henley, which started in 2011 as a small locally accredited operation of an overseas business school with 30 students graduating that first year, is now a fully fledged business school with a total student body of 3,500. It is changing the face of business education through innovation, immersive learning and corporate activism. The school doesn’t only offer MBAs, which is what it started off doing; now it offers a selection of executive education programmes and a coaching programme as well as the MBA programme. In 2019, it had the highest number of MBA scholarships on the African continent – 30 in all. “Our students are 70 percent black – maybe more, 50 percent or more women, and the South African MBA students do as well or better than the British or the Germans (at sister Henley establishments),” Dean Foster-Pedley says proudly. At Henley, which is considered one of the best business schools in the country, students enjoy a holistic learning experience that combines theory with practice. In addition, the institution prides itself on being associated with numerous top blue-chip South African, African and international companies, offering students access to a world of opportunities. Johannesburg Business School ( JBS) is part of UJ’s (University of Johannesburg’s) College of Business and Economics. It focuses on assisting small to medium-sized businesses, helping to create jobs and expand the economy. JBS concentrates on an authentically African style of teaching, one

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that is designed to provide students with the relevant skills, knowledge and critical thinking capabilities suited to the challenges they will face in the country’s rapidly changing business environment. From 2020, JBS is implementing what it calls a “revolutionary new MBA”. Its website describes the MBA as being “specifically crafted for the African landscape to ensure that small to medium businesses will grow and flourish, while also developing a global consciousness.” If you’re wanting your child – or yourself – to study overseas, particularly in one of the most competitive universities in the world, then take a look at Crimson Education. This institution, which opened its doors in 2013, does not solely focus on business; it offers varied degrees and diplomas in fashion, medical sciences, law, philosophy and everything in-between. Apparently, this year alone, Crimson students have already secured 60 offers to Ivy League universities and 160 offers to other major learning institutions – and 2019 isn’t over yet. The school focuses on creating personalised experiences for its students, mentoring and supporting them every step of the way so that they can achieve their academic ambitions. It prides itself on its expansive network of advisors and tutors; there are more than 2,400 located around the world. Top universities accepting Crimson Education’s students include UCLA, King’s College in London, Parsons The School of Fashion in New 36 |

York, University College London as well as Stanford and Berkeley Universities in California. Milpark Business School (MBS) is blazing a trail towards Management Education 4.0 by equipping and empowering an emerging generation of leaders to thrive in industry 4.0.Leadership and management¹s new frontier ‹ where the human workforce, intelligent machines, and data converge. With the only AMBA-accredited MBA in Africa for both contact and online learning, we pride ourselves in our graduates: exemplary performers and agents of positive change. Our graduates are responsible leaders who project concern for humanity and the earth in the context of accountable business practice and have strong local business roots with a global vision, grounded in the core competencies of managing successful businesses in times of profound change. Of course, when one thinks of following a creative career, the AAA School of Advertising comes to mind. This well-known institution, which operates in both Joburg and Cape Town, offers courses and programmes in marketing and advertising for those it terms the ‘#BrilliantlyDifferent’. Triple A, as it is known, was established in 1990 by the Association of Advertising Agencies (AAA). It prides itself on being “the only tertiary institution created by and for the advertising profession”. Students work on proper advertising campaigns so that they integrate both theory and practice. With access to numerous experts in the industry whilst they are studying, many of them are offered employment before they graduate or whilst they’re serving mandatory internships. Triple A prides itself on keeping up to date with everything happening in the media and advertising fields. It constantly updates curricula to meet prospective employers’ expectations. Tertiary institution Open Window, which was founded in 1993, also focuses on the creative fields and prides itself on being known as one of the best creative educational institutions in Africa and the Middle East. It offers courses in design and digital sciences and uses cutting edge technology and innovative education techniques. It’s known for producing critical thinkers who are technically and dynamically skilled for the global creative workplace.

PRIVATE TERTIARY EDUCATION AAA School of Advertising Crimson Education Henley School of Business Africa Johannesburg Business School Milpark Business School Open Window


This spring, Joburg will groove to the rhythm of jazz unleashed as the city celebrates the 22nd Standard Bank Joy of Jazz. Africa’s premier jazz festival takes place from 26 to 28 September, and looks to connect people beyond age, gender and genres.

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orn and bred in Soweto, Johannesburg, Andile Bhala started taking photos on his cell phone, and fell in love with photography. Today, he cycles through Soweto armed with his camera with the aim of capturing everyday occurrences and moments he can learn from. “It could be a church goer, or a young girl on her way home from school, or friends sharing a drink,” says Bhala. No matter the subject, he’s challenged to question the beauty in his portraits and strives to highlight contrasts in every subject he photographs. “This is the allure of Soweto – to educate, create, learn and inspire. That’s why stories are important to me.” The process of picking his subjects is an intuitive one. To Bhala, it comes naturally. He truly engages with the space and his subjects. “The intimacy of taking a stranger’s photo requires sensitivity to allow reality and the photo to bind in a beautiful way. This is ubuntu, a principle I follow as I traverse the streets of Soweto’s suburbs. I try to capture ubuntu in a single shot,” explains Bhala. His goal? To inspire people to engage and learn about the people of Soweto and their stories. BHALA’S MANIFESTO

Photography has been a beacon in my life. The streets of Soweto, with their bustling life, noise, smiles and legends in the making, compel me to traverse this vast space in search of stories. My bicycle, music playlist, red backpack and lenses are my companions as I seek to see beyond the obvious, beyond the stereotypes. I document the truth with an unwavering belief in the power of the human spirit to overcome the mundane and the complex.

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I defend Soweto when it’s in deep slumber. I believe in people and the simple aspects of ubuntu in everyday life. Social documentary photography allows me to observe and document life in all aspects of grandeur, and the minutiae, tenderness and joys of being. Through the camera, I seek to find myself and continue to learn from the streets. I’m drawn to moments that tell stories of dualities and contrasts of life in Soweto. The rawness of the streets is integral to the work. I try not to manipulate the image – the reality in the image must not be lost. I challenge myself to see beyond the cacophony of the environment to capture its beauty. My subjects have a story to tell, some tender and some harsh. My goal is to share a slice of Soweto in a positive way. If I can inspire a young boy to choose photography instead of drugs, then my duty to Soweto will be meaningful. I want those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them, to discover the beauty in the most unlikely places.

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Clockwise from bottom left Habits, Sunset and goal, Zamile Fente, Stylish girls, Dust Lerwele

• Ubudoda: What does it mean to be a man? This question forms the backbone of Bhala’s project – My Soweto. Through the lens, he continues to observe men on the street of Soweto. In this project, he deliberately chooses not to focus on the sensational, but rather on masculinity on its own. The men in his images trust him to tell their stories through these pictures. Their voices challenge the veneer of our democracy that perpetuates long-held stereotypes and human conditioning. • Zamile Fente: Ubudoda is the way a man behaves around people and how he gets to treat other people. • Sibulelo Khanyile: Ubudoda is having good moral standards and great character values that help one construct a strong and stable home. • Dust Lerwele: Ubudoda is to protect and provide for one’s family. • Thamsanqa: The project is titled ‘iThamsanqa’ and focuses on Bhala immortalising and exploring his uncle’s social conditions after losing his leg. • Amanzi: Sunday people. This image explores religion and also the connection of people to water. • Sunset and goal: Bhala revisits his love for soccer and the local soccer grounds he played at when he was younger. • Habits: Its spaces and the poetry that’s in the black daily habits of having laundry on walls and lines, and how it has become a township thing, how colours pop up. • Umkhozi/mama: This image explores the power of women and how they will always go out their way to provide. • Self-love: Boitumelo Seatlholo, a 23-year-old from Moletsene, Soweto. A vintage collector who’s inspired by the Italian style. • Hope: Kgomotso and Boitumelo are vintage style lovers who have a dream of changing lives through modelling and fashion. • Biza: A portrait of hope. • A train traveller: From an upcoming photobook. • Stylish girls: From an upcoming photobook.

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NAMIBIA A mysterious landscape of untouched, other-worldly beauty, stretching along Africa’s western coastline from one desert to the next, Namibia is a wonderland for explorers, its wild heart beating in time with nature By Sharon Preston

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ne of Africa’s most enigmatic countries, both desolate and beautiful, Namibia’s plains beckon the explorer, the adventurer and the photographer, all keen to capture its soul. Whether you’re visiting for a bucket list experience, a romantic escape or just wishing to conquer its magic, there’s something for you here, a place where very few men dare to set down roots and wild animals reign supreme. The towns of Swakopmund and Lüderitz, not to mention the capital, Windhoek, all have their own special charm, but it’s the great outdoors, the no-man’s-lands of the Skeleton Coast – Kaokoland, Sossusvlei with its legendary dunes and Etosha, the third largest game reserve on the continent – that create a stir in the hearts of the wanderer. And it is in some of these places that three distinct lodges are putting Namibia centre stage.


Namibia defines itself by its unique and very different landscapes, sometimes great distances apart, each alluring and extraordinary, each boasting natural beauty that is rare and special. One of these areas is the Skeleton Coast, a deserted stretch of nothingness that is home to remnants of ships that lost their way at sea. This 1,570km stretch of coastline that fringes Namibia’s northern Atlantic coastline is the place where the desolate Namib Desert meets the sea. Keeping the shipwrecks in their mind’s eye, innovative hoteliers created Shipwreck Lodge, which opened a year ago. With a rugged, remote setting that is paradise for photogaphers, this luxury retreat offers an unmatched safari experience in one of Africa’s most remarkable locations. Uniquely designed around the legendary shipwrecks that are found on the coastline, the lodge is architecturally dramatic. It boasts an unrivalled setting in the hauntingly beautiful Skeleton Coast Concession Area, where towering sand dunes and windswept plains spread towards the horizon and the protection of rare wildlife species is of utmost importance. The only visible blip on this perfect radar is a lone bleached whale or seal bones and those wind-blown remains of over 1,000 ships. Shipwreck Lodge is a rarity, offering luxurious accommodation in this remote area, sheltered from the elements with wood burning stoves, thick fake fur blankets and hot water bottles to keep out the chill in the cold months. The only lodge of its kind in Africa, its sumptuous interiors offer a plush respite from the harsh landscape outside. At the centre of the camp is the restaurant and lounge with a wrap-around deck, offering uninterrupted views across the sand to the Atlantic Ocean. Don’t be fooled though, the Skeleton Coast is not completely remote. It is home to an irreplaceable and vulnerable wildlife habitat, including desert elephant, desert giraffe and the Hartmann’s mountain zebra, all of which are actively being conserved. This desolate area is also home to the only other viable lion population in the country outside of the Etosha National Park. So, what is there to do in this exclusive hideaway? Activities focus on the surrounding landscape – there are game drives amongst the desert and flora, allowing you to search for wildlife in its natural habitat, and excursions in 4x4 vehicles to the geographically remarkable Clay Castles and to discover the remnants of shipwrecks in mysterious Suiderkus and Karimona. Guests explore the Hoanib River Delta and the Mowe Bay seal colony. Alternatively, you can spend the day beachcombing for whale bones and debris from centuries of shipwrecks – and photographing them, of course. 52 |


If you’re heading for Namibia via Windhoek, and it’s very likely this will be your first port of call, there’s a new lodge worth visiting in the vicinity. Omaanda is a small, private and extremely luxurious lodge offering a taste of the wilds that is relatively unmatched in this otherworldly country, where deserted plains and simplicity are the norm and nature reigns supreme. Set right in the midst of the N/a’an ku sê private wildlife reserve, the lodge overlooks endless plains. There are luxury round thatched huts here, built in traditional Ovambo style, but offering every comfort while doing their utmost not to hurt the environment. The unique resort also offers a cosy bar, heated swimming pool overlooking the spectacular savannah, spa and a boutique. The main restaurant offers a selection of excellent dishes created with fresh local produce. Life at the lodge is relaxed and tranquil, making it a great getaway for couples, and the spa’s wellness and beauty treatments add another aspect to the peaceful surrounds. But, it’s the excursions to explore the surroundings where adventure awaits. Everything here is bespoke, including these experiences, and the staff is on hand to ensure that guests enjoy nature at its very best in this magnificent

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DON’T LEAVE NAMIBIA WITHOUT… Skydiving just outside Swakopmund. Windsurfing in Lüderitz. Taking a hot-air balloon flight over Sossusvlei. Sandboarding over the Sossusvlei dunes.


A wide assortment of German dishes and beers are served in the towns, and you can enjoy a variety of fresh seafood at the coast in Walvis Bay and Lüderitz.

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Fly into Windhoek and spread your wings over this beautiful, barren terrain. Alternatively, let Thompsons Holidays assist with your arrangements. Visit for more details.

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environment. This exceptional lodge was created by French hotelier Arnaud Zannier, who is renowned for his Cambodian resort, Phum Baitang, and stylish European hotels, including Le Chalet in the French ski resort of Megève. Zannier was told about Namibia by none other than Angelina Jolie, who spent five months in his Cambodian establishment while filming a movie and has also visited the wildlife reserve close to Omaanda, the N/a’an ku sê sanctuary run by conservationists Rudie and Marlice van Vuuren. With their assistance, Zannier bought the land adjoining the reserve in Namibia and built Omaanda there. Zanier has ensured that the sanctuary of N/a’an ku sê is an extension of his property and his mission – cheetah, leopard, lion, rhino, elephant, zebra and a pack of wild dogs live here. They were released into the wild by the sanctuary in the hope that one day they will be released into national parks.

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Kaokoland in north-west Namibia is a remote and wild area, known for its towering mountains, sand dunes and huge expanses of desert. It’s home to the nomadic Himba tribe, whose settlements are dotted here, as well as various forms of wildlife that have adapted to the desert

terrain, including elephants, lions and giraffes. It really is a no-man’sland, an area few will discover in their lifetime, which is what makes it so exciting. The Hoanib River bed in Kaokoland is one of Namibia’s few waterways – it floods once a year, resulting in a shock of lush greenery. This is where you’ll find Hoanib Valley Camp, set on a craggy hillside overlooking the plains. The lodge is located in the Sesfontein Conservancy, a partnership between local communities and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, the world’s only Africa-wide giraffe conservation organisation. It’s a really small place, with just six tents to stay in, created by Wilderness Safaris co-founder Colin Bell. You may be isolated here, but the personal touches make sure you’re comfortable, if not enrobed in luxe. The lodge offers a realistic safari experience. It’s definitely one for the adventurous traveller, who’s keen to experience life in the wilds without the trimmings, and whose idea of the finer things in life extends to the surroundings rather than mod cons. Guests here are immersed into the wilds and the accommodation offers a simple aesthetic that matches the rugged landscape. Days are spent tracking endangered rhino, elephant and giraffe that have adapted to the desert conditions, plus zebra, kudu and klipspringers. After a good meal, it’s time to retire to your private veranda to marvel at the magnitude of your surroundings with G&T in hand.

STAY OVER IN SWAKOPMUND This charming seaside town is just a short hop from the captivating Namib Desert and the gateway to the spectacular Skeleton Coast. It’s the ideal base from which to explore this fascinating area. Visit the spectacular dunes and enjoy quad biking and sandboarding, take photographs of the ever-changing colours of the sand in the morning light and go on safari to view the wild animals that have made this desolate area their home, including the Cape Cross seal colony, the largest breeding ground of seals in southern Africa. The best place to stay here is the Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre, built in and around the historic German Station building, built in 1901, which adds a touch of old-world charm to your Namibian adventure. The rooms are modern with every facility and overlook the pool area, where you can refresh yourself after the day’s activities. You may be close to the desert, but this luxury hotel ensures you enjoy all the mod cons, including a hair salon, spa, gym, restaurant and bar. The Entertainment Centre offers the excitement of a casino and two cinemas.

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the best of both worlds Explore the great Namib desert, quad bike in the sand dunes, enjoy a lazy catamaran trip to Seal Island, explore Walvis Bay and the Skeleton Coast. The Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre offers the perfect balance between charm, old-world tradition and the thrill and excitement of modern day entertainment. Mark this adventure off your bucket list!


OH SO LUXE! TIME TO TREAT YOURSELF. WE’VE ROUNDED UP THE BEST OF SOUTH AFRICA’S LUXURY LODGES AND HOTELS BABYLONSTOREN Babylonstoren is one of the Cape’s oldest farms, but that doesn’t mean it’s not on the cutting edge of hospitality, wellness and biodiversity. Babylonstoren does a stupendous job of balancing its historic Cape Dutch buildings with minimalist modern additions and décor. The farm offers various accommodation options to suit your needs. The newest addition, the Fynbos Cottages, are breathtakingly beautiful and open onto vineyards and orchards allowing guests easy access to explore the farm on a whim.

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IVORY LODGE Ivory Lodge combines the wild of the African bush with the luxuries of the modern world, and the result is a bush experience unlike any other. The lodge prides itself on offering a highly personalised experience, even down to stocking your favourite brand of champagne. Each of the lodge’s eight villas include private pools and a private lounge. Guests at the lodge can truly connect with the wild and sleep under the stars in one of the lodge’s treehouse experiences.

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Inspired by the treetops and lush gardens it overlooks, the spa at The Four Seasons is the city’s leading day spa, featuring nine treatment rooms, saunas, steam rooms and an infinity lap pool.

FOUR SEASONS JOHANNESBURG Once the iconic pink hotel on the hill, The Westcliff has seen a much-needed luxurious makeover during the past few years and has been taken under the wing of The Four Seasons brand, and, like any Four Seasons hotel, it lives up to the hype. The hotel and its restaurants offer unparalleled views of the city. johannesburg

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A cut above the rest

EMILY MOON RIVER LODGE Owned by Mark and Christine Valentine, Emily Moon is one of South Africa’s premier boutique hotels. Every corner of the hotel is filled with treasures found on the owners’ travels through Africa, Asia and Polynesia, giving it an eclectic air. There are 16 suites ranging in size, each with its own wooden viewing deck and unique décor.

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SINGITA LEBOMBO LODGE Set within a private concession neighbouring Mozambique, Singita is known for its lions and architecture. Only a three-hour drive from Hoedspruit or a 45-minute drive from the Satara airstrip, Singita balances accessibility with escape. The lodge is made up of 13 suites and one private villa, with a host of shared spaces, including a library, multi-media room, interactive kitchen, espresso bar, helpyourself deli and 25m lap pool. singita-lebombo-lodge


The Singita Community Culinary School is a unique programme that serves to fulfil a real need in the community around the lodge.

Luxury with a conscience

Graduates emerge with highly sought-after skills and strong employment prospects, while the kitchens at Singita lodges and those further afield benefit from a pool of expertly trained young chefs.

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MADIKWE HILLS PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE Set on 75,000 hectares of private land, Madikwe Hills is one of South Africa’s premier malaria-free lodges. The lodge is home to the Big Five and a host of other species, including wild dog, cheetah and over 300 migratory species of birds. Each suite is glass-fronted, offering uninterrupted private views of the bushveld. The Honeymoon Suite is undoubtedly the lodge’s best suite, complete with an outdoor claw-foot bathtub for bathing under the African skies.

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GROOTBOS PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE Few experiences can be likened to the magic of a stay at Grootbos. Overlooking Walker Bay and backing onto milkwood forests and rolling hills covered in fynbos, Grootbos is a luxury eco-reserve that places as much importance on the preservation of its environment as it does on the comfort of its guests. The reserve offers a wide range of activities in and around the property, with the most popular being the botanical 4x4 tour that allows guests to learn about the unique flora of the region.

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Grootbos is home to 100 endangered plant species, and six new species of plants have been discovered on the reserve.

A touch of magic

THE OYSTER BOX While The Oyster Box’s iconic lighthouse is the most memorable part of the hotel’s landscape, it’s far from the only thing you will be left dreaming about after visiting the hotel. The suites range between garden and sea facing options, and each room is individually decorated, ensuring that each stay is completely unique.


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Pastries, berets, Champagne, art. Paris is everything you’ve dreamed of and more! By Anna-Belle Mulder Photography by Channay Harvey and Anna-Belle Mulder

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hen planning my trip to Paris I had visions of myself acting out scenes from Gossip Girl (think Blair Waldorf post Chuck Bass breakup), An American in Paris and Moulin Rouge all at once. It turns out the City of Lights really is the stuff of dreams, albeit slightly smelly at times. While quaint and breathtakingly beautiful, Paris is by no means a small city. But, with careful planning, a good pair of walking shoes and Google Maps, you should be able to see most of the sights with enough time to put your feet up and enjoy the sunset from the foot of the SacréCœur, fresh baguette and a bottle of cold Champagne at hand.


Finding a place to stay in Paris is easy; finding an area that’s central, affordable and close to some of the city’s best bars and restaurants is a little trickier. 11th Arrondissement Filled to bursting with quality restaurants and street art, the 11th arrondissement is one of the city’s upand-coming areas that have yet to be discovered by masses of tourists. This means that if you’re looking for an authentic neighbourhood where you can feel at home and slip into the Parisian lifestyle, this one’s for you. 4th Arrondissement Probably the city’s most popular area for tourists to stay, this arrondissement includes the ever popular

Beaubourg, Marais and Ile St-Louis neighbourhoods. Close to Notre Dame Cathedral and the elegant Place des Vosges, it’s a dream for shopping local designers and exploring the historic side of Paris. 8th Arrondissement Looking for luxury? Located on the Right Bank of the River Seine, staying here will give you easy access to the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe.


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neighbourhood, this bar is inside a 600-square metre barn and filled to bursting with antique furniture, huge palms and souvenirs from around the world…not to mention an entire bar made to look like the helm of a ship. Bisou If you’re looking for a menu in Bisou, you won’t find one. The bartenders at this experiential bar make drinks based on what you like, or what they feel like making! All cocktails are made with local seasonal products, making it perfect for the eco-conscious traveller. Moonshiner Hidden inside a pizza parlour, this favourite amongst locals will take you back in time with its Art Deco feel, record players and cocktails with names like Money Time. If you’re planning on visiting the bar, get there early as it’s a small space and seating is limited. Moonshiner-390791131035525


Maria Luisa Known as the place where Parisians go for pizza, Maria Luisa is an unassuming restaurant in the 10th arrondissement that serves traditional Naples-style

DISTRICTS Paris is divided in to 20 arrondissements. These districts are arranged in the form of a clockwise spiral starting from the middle of the city.

NOTRE DAME A tragic fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral has destroyed parts of this historic building, resulting in it being closed to tourists and worshippers until further notice.

pizza fast and fresh. Another aspect that will keep you coming back for more is its incredible staff who you’ll find will often get involved in lengthy conversations with customers, creating the sense of a traditional Italian family restaurant. Luisa-10150155988895717 Clamato If you’re looking for some of the world’s best seafood, Clamato should be top of your list. All seafood served at the restaurant is fresh and delivered daily, and it is sustainably sourced using traditional French fishing techniques. The menu is built around tapas-style plates, making the ambience lively and friendly. Des Gâteaux et du Pain Des Gâteaux et du Pain is Claire Damon’s flagship bakery and lab. What does that mean for you? Well, it means you’ll be eating some of the world’s best pastries in an ultra-slick setting that might seem more like an expensive décor shop than a boulangerie.

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Eifel Tower It goes without saying, a trip to Paris is not complete without a visit to the world-famous Eifel Tower. The sheer magnanimity of the structure will leave you gazing up at it for hours. Skip the queues to go to the top by packing a picnic and enjoying the tower from a distance in the surrounding grassy will acquire a true understanding of its beauty. Centre Pompidou The Pompidou is a more modern and relaxed introduction to the arts when visiting Paris. Unlike its more famous counterpart, The Louvre, here crowds don’t mask the artworks so you’re able to enjoy Picasso, Matisse and Pollock in relative peace. The centre also has a beautiful view of the city from which you’re able to see the Eifel Tower and the Sacré-Cœur. Disneyland Paris Disneyland Paris is easy to access from the city centre and a must-visit if you’re in the city... after all, is there anything more entertaining than donning a pair of Mickey Mouse ears and exploring the stories and characters that you grew up with? Arrive at the gates early to beat the crowds.

MICKEY! Did you know? At any time, only a single Mickey and Minnie Mouse are present in the entire park, so that visitors really get the sense that the character exists and is unique.

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A WALK in the PARK…S

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ou may find yourself passing through Parktown North and Parkwood on your way to somewhere else; they really are ‘blink-and-you’ll-miss-‘em’ kinda places. Next time you’re in the area, slow things down, look around and you’ll discover beautiful heritage buildings, gourmet restaurants, galleries and small specialist stores. The best way to discover Parktown North and Parkwood is on foot. With quiet side streets and secure paring at Parktown Quarter, there really is no excuse, so park your car and really get to know the neighbourhood. It’s actually quite astounding just how many fantastic restaurants, cafés and bars are based in Parktown North and Parkwood. Fancy a spot of gin? Workshop 55 has you covered; choose a cushy dining space, and then choose from its even cushier cocktail menu. Workshop 55 is known for its tapasstyle fine dining featuring seasonal ingredients, and for creating experimental dishes with flavours from around the world. Is wine more your speed? Discover La Boqueria, a space dedicated to a love for Hispanic food from markets across the world. La Boqueria works closely with wine producers who are dedicated to sustainable farming with as little intervention as possible. What does that mean for us? Great food and incredible wine, of course. For an even more extensive wine list, Douglas + Hale, yet another creation from the wonderful mind of chef James Diack, has you covered with over 66 wines by the glass on offer. James, never one to disappoint, also owns Il Contadino just a few paces to the right of Douglas + Hale. It wouldn’t be one of James’s creations without a great wine list but Il Contadino is more about rustic Italian, Spanish and French food than a quick drink. The space is cosy and the kitchen is the heart of the restaurant, creating a rustic feeling we so long for as an escape from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg. The area’s coup de grace is renowned restaurant Est Est Alea - the evolution of Cube Tasting Kitchen. Chef Dario De Angeli is still the man behind the experimental tasting menu and there’s not a night that goes by where you won’t see him or one of his chefs chatting to customers and cooking up a storm in the newly renovated space.

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right, French toast and waffles in one! When one cuppa isn’t enough, head to Munch Café. Hidden in the corner of The Garden Shop along Jan Smuts, this café offers an escape from the sights and sounds of the city, plus who doesn’t love a sliver of freshly baked chocolate cake? Roast Republic is also a great option if you’re just passing through and looking for a quick muffin and a CAFÉS takeaway coffee (if you have more If we had a penny for every time time, chat to the staff about the coffee we’ve gushed about That Spot On 4th, Parktown North is one of the only suburbs in Johannesburg for school initiative). Much like Roast with its trusty menu of café food that that has numbered avenues only with no numbered streets. Republic, Motherland is also a great never seems to disappoint, we’d have It is not a grid and the avenues run in all directions. stop-in for a quick meeting or a drink quite a few pennies. It opens early, on the go. With quick service and making it an easy option for early morning meetings or post park run waffles on the weekend. We’re friendly staff who have been there for years, it’s guaranteed to get you particularly fond of the French toast waffles creation... yes, you heard caffeinated and fed in an instant.


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La Boqueria encourages its customers to try a different wine with each visit by categorising wine by style, making it easy and accessible for everyone to explore new wines.

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There is so much more to this area than just wining and dining; both of ‘the parks’ are home to an array of galleries and stores. Jeremy Stephen Antiques is known for its exceptional quality mid-century furniture, decorative glass and 20th century art. It’s a space for collectors to find unique pieces but well worth a browse if you’re in the neighbourhood.

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Gallery Momo is one of Johannesburg’s standout contemporary galleries, with its focus on African art. A visit to Momo is never dull as the space often features upcoming artists and experimental work. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday and often hosts talks, discussions and seminars that are open to the public. Only a short distance from Gallery Momo is Stevenson, yet another gallery dedicated to contemporary art from the African diaspora; make sure to take note of the artists you discover as chances are you’ll find them in international galleries sooner rather than later.

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FYI Workshop 55 La Boqueria Il Contadino IlContadinojhb Est Est Alea That Spot on 4th Munch Café Roast Republic Motherland Coffee Company Gallery Momo Jeremy Stephen Antiques www.jeremystephenantiques. Stevenson La Cucina Di Ciro

“66 WINES BY THE GLASS ON OFFER.” Douglas + Hale douglasandhale


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ROCKING THE DAISIES The best way to welcome summer, Rocking the Daisies, from 4 to 6 October at Kloof Wine Estate in Darling, is full-on outdoor fun with the magnificent Mother City as the backdrop. Join the massive outdoor party with live music and plenty of lifestyle events at this colourful fest with its iconic vibe. Stay on the campground to be close to the action, enjoy a choice of dishes at numerous food stalls and drink to the warmer months at a choice of bars. Of course, this is more than just a music festival, although the choice of music is sublime – for three whole days you can immerse yourself in a spectrum of epic experiences, including watching fire breathers, insane magicians, virtual reality adventures and much more.

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For the 6th consecutive year, from 31 August to 2 September, Side Street Studios in Cape Town will be hosting this fun foodie event that offers a selection of delicious proudly South African fare prepared by some of the country’s best street food vendors. Enjoy a great culinary experience.

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL Head to the charming town of George for the Strawberry Festival, held on 21 & 22 September at Redberry Farm to kickstart the school holidays. Enjoy picking and savouring the sweet fruit, plus take part in trail runs, live music, beer and wine tastings, pony rides, gokarting and other fun stuff.


KZN’s premier art festival and one of the country’s leading art festivals, the annual Hilton Arts Festival takes place in the Hilton College Theatre at Hilton College. The theatre is used by the school as well as for commercial ventures, and during the festival it showcases local talent from all over the province. Make your way there from 13 to 15 September for an uplifting experience.


This popular local arts festival, held from 24 to 29 September in Potchefstroom, promises to be packed with music, theatre performances, visual art exhibitions, live talks and lifestyle events, representing the country’s cultural diversity. Offering a slice of fun at the new Potch festival grounds, it’s well worth a visit. Tickets are available through Computicket.


For the 12th year in a row, Namaqualand’s three-day Flower Festival will enchant visitors from 6 to 8 September. The festival, held at Gifberg Resort in Vanrhynsdorp, features plenty of music from live bands and outdoor fun, including camping, trail running, yoga, Open Mic night and much more.


For Woman’s Month, Grande Provence in Franschhoek is pulling out the stops in August with a series of events. On 9 August, the wine estate will host Bubbles & High Tea, with the theme ‘A touch of white and bling’, and on 21 August, Grand Provence is hosting a pasta-making experience with head chef Marvin Robyn where visitors learn how to make pasta from scratch, followed by a delicious Italian harvest lunch. On 31 August, women can enjoy a make-up workshop with special guest, celebrity and star Minki van der Westhuizen. As an added treat, all female guests will enjoy discounts of 25 percent on food and wine purchases during August. Plus, the Gallery at Grande Provence celebrates Women in Art with an exhibition of paintings, sculpture, ceramics and photographs.


The DIFF is arguably the largest film festival in the country, bringing together around 400 filmmakers from all over the world who come to showcase their films that feature African or South African subject matter. The 12-day festival, held from 18 to 28 July, offers more than 180 screenings around Durban and also includes workshops and talks for aspiring filmmakers. This includes the participation of 20 filmmakers from all over Africa in Talents Durban, in partnership with the Berlin Film Festival and the Durban FilmMart, a film financing and co-production initiative that is organised in partnership with the Durban Film Office. Winners of the 2018 Best International Documentary and Best SA Documentary qualified for Oscar consideration in the 91st Academy Awards held this year.

KLEIN KAROO KLASSIQUE The quaint little ostrich town of Oudtshoorn comes alive from 8 to 11 August when it celebrates the Klein Karoo Klassique, a weekend fest filled with classical music, art and iconic Karoo cuisine paired with local wines. Visitors enjoy all sorts of food tastings (we’re talking olives, cheeses and chocolate), as well as wine pairings, painting workshops, pottery exhibitions plus plenty of music – orchestral concerts that showcase local up-andcoming talent. All this is set against the beautiful backdrop of the Swartberg mountains.



Visitors from the world over flock to Hermanus every winter to watch the southern right whales as they make their migration from the Antarctic to Walker Bay. Whale watching season peaks between August and October, and this year’s Festival will be held during peak whale watching season – 22 to 26 September – offering three days of live music, crafts, sports events and more.

CAPE TOWN MARATHON The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is one of the city’s major road races. People from all over the world come to participate as the city celebrates spring, with a choice of races including the 42.2km marathon and 22km, 12km, 10km and 5km races. Held on 14 and 15 September, the race is Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label status marathon.

FRANSCHHOEK AUGUST SPECIAL If you’re planning to take advantage of Grande Provence’s excellent offerings during August, you can also enjoy the estate’s special Girl’s Night Out accommodation offer, which includes accommodation for up to 10 guests in the luxuriously appointed Owner’s Cottage for R15,000 per night. For a more intimate Girls Night Out, the secluded La Provençale is available for up to four guests at R7,500 per night – this includes breakfast, a complimentary wine tasting at Grande Provence, dinner and tickets for the famous Franschhoek Wine Tram.    DARLING LITTLE PLACE Whether you’re looking to escape the mayhem of Rocking the Daisies or are yearning to get away from it all in a private reserve that’s home to numerous birds and wild animals, this charming spot is ideal. Located in Darling village, this historic little guest house, built in 1865, is set on 100 acres and offers just four spacious, comfy double rooms with en suite showers. Unpretentious and appealing, it’s the sort of place where you feel right at home, close to all that Darling has to offer, but with space to relax in nature. | 77



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ROASTED PEPPER, SUNDRIED TOMATO & CHORIZO SOUP Ingredients 5 whole red peppers 1.2kg tomatoes, cut into halves 1 cup sundried tomatoes 1 heaped tbsp paprika 1 tsp sumac 1 can coconut cream 2 tsp salt 150g chorizo, thinly sliced Small handful sage leaves Method Preheat the oven to 200ËšC. Spread the tomatoes out on a roasting tray. Roast in the oven for 40 minutes until soft and gooey. Grill the whole red peppers in the oven along with the tomatoes until slightly charred on the outside. Allow the tomatoes and peppers to cool slightly before blending. Blend the tomatoes, peppers, sundried tomatoes, spices and coconut cream together until smooth. Shallow fry the chorizo over a medium heat along with the sage leaves until crispy and cooked through. Top the soup with the chorizo and sage, a drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.


(with crispy kale, butter beans and glazed bacon bits) Ingredients 500g sweet potato 500g cauliflower (head or florets) 150g all-purpose flour (can substitute with cassava flour or gluten-free flour) 6 tbsp salt 125g bacon 1 tsp coconut sugar ½ can butter beans 4 kale leaves 1 tbsp nutritional yeast 1 tsp onion powder 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp cracked black pepper 6-10 tbsp olive oil Method Preheat the oven to 190˚C. To make the gnocchi, peel and chop the sweet potato into medium-sized chunks. Lay out on a baking tray and bake for 1-2 hours until completely soft and baked through. About halfway, add the cauliflower pieces to cook through as well. Alternatively, steam both the sweet potato and cauliflower until soft. Allow to cool slightly before mashing – if mashed when too warm, the sweet potato won’t be light enough. Mash together the sweet potato and cauliflower until very smooth, but still light. Once ready, work in the flour and 1 teaspoon of salt. Be careful not to overwork it otherwise the gnocchi will become stodgy. The mixture will look very wet. Flour a large, flat surface and scoop out about 3 heaped tablespoons of gnocchi dough at a time, carefully rolling and shaping the gnocchi into logs. Gently roll the logs into cylinders and cut 3-4 equally sized smaller gnocchi pillows from each log. Add more flour to logs if it’s too sticky to work with. Bring a medium-sized pot of water to the boil and add the remaining salt. Boil gnocchi in batches until they start to rise to the surface of the water. Scoop out the boiled gnocchi, drain and rinse under cold water. Set aside on a tray or plate and drizzle with olive oil until ready to fry. In a large pan, shallow fry the bacon with the coconut sugar until crispy and caramelised. Loosely break the kale leaves off the stalks and massage through the nutritional yeast, onion powder, lemon juice and pepper with your hands. Spread out on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and allow to crisp up in the oven for 5-10 minutes, just before serving. Add the gnocchi and butter beans to the bacon and shallow fry until the gnocchi turns golden brown in colour. Serve with a dash of salt and cracked pepper.

Veg Tray Bake Ingredients Pumpkin Butternut Hubbard squash Whole beetroots Parsnips Carrots Potatoes Thyme Cumin seeds Sea salt Cracked black pepper | 85

PUMPKIN COCONUT CRUMBLE PIE Ingredients Filling: 1kg pumpkin, peeled and chopped 1 tbsp coconut oil 1 tbsp honey/maple syrup 1 tsp fresh nutmeg (grated) ¼ tsp ground ginger 1 tsp ground cinnamon 80g coconut or soft brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla essence 2 eggs 30g cold coconut oil Crust: 1 cup rolled oats ¼ cup desiccated coconut ¼ cup sunflower seeds ¼ cup coconut oil 6 tbsp water 1 tbsp coconut or soft brown sugar Crumble: ⅓ cup rolled oats 3 tbsp sunflower seeds 2 tbsp coconut oil 3 tbsp honey/maple syrup Pinch of salt Pinch of cinnamon

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Cooking time 30 mins Servings 6

Caramel: ½ cup coconut cream ¼ cup coconut or soft brown sugar Pinch of salt Method Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Roast the pumpkin for 1 hour in coconut oil and honey until very soft. Allow to cool. In a food processor, combine all the crust ingredients. Press into a pie dish until evenly spread, about 5mm thick. Prick the bottom of the crust with a fork before baking. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Blend the cooled pumpkin with the remaining filling ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Bake the pie for 15-20 minutes until a firm crust starts to form. To make the crumble, lightly blend all the ingredients until they just come together. Spread out on a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes until golden brown. To serve, spread half a cup of coconut cream or plain double cream yoghurt over the pie, drizzle over some caramel and top with crumble.

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SWEET BLACK RICE RISOTTO (with charred kumquats and caramelised banana)

Ingredients 1 cup black rice (soaked overnight) 2 cups water 1 can coconut milk 2 tsp vanilla essence 3 tbsp coconut sugar 1 tbsp lemon juice Ÿ tsp ginger Topping 1 banana, sliced ½ cup whole kumquats, cut into halves 1 tsp coconut oil 1 tsp coconut sugar Handful flaked almonds/coconut flakes Method Soak the black rice overnight or for a minimum of 2 hours in hot water. Bring to a high simmer with the water, coconut milk, vanilla essence, lemon juice, sugar and ginger added. Stir continuously until thick and creamy. Add more water if it cooks too quickly or looks too dry. In a pan, add the kumquats, banana, coconut oil and sugar and fry until caramelised. Serve the black rice with caramelised fruit, toasted almond flakes and additional coconut milk if desired.

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We love good times with great people and incredible gins. As the biggest gin bar in Gauteng featuring a nearly 300-strong gin selection, you’ll definitely find 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 fresh, seasonal menus; so we’ve got the food to match, too.



made by Jan van Riebeeck in 1659 in an effort to curb scurvy and other diseases in sailors on long voyages. Years later, Cape Governor Simon van der Stel bought land and planted vineyards on the area that today is known as the world-

renowned Constantia wine estate. Van der Stel was also one of the first winemakers to import different grape varieties, including Chenin Blanc, Sémillon, Palomino and Muscat… the rest, as they say, is history!


“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.” – Paulo Coelho, Brida


ure, white wine isn’t exactly white, but that doesn’t mean it’s still not one of the world’s favourite drinks to sip on summer afternoons or enjoy with a light meal. Wine popped up in Mesopotamia and Egypt around 2500-2000 BC, where it was reserved for royals

and those with gold coins to spare. Over centuries, wine was made popular by the Greeks as they spread it through Europe and, eventually, after many, many years, winemaking made its way down to the tip of Africa. The first vineyard was planted in 1655 in Cape Town and the first wine was

WINE TASTING FOR DUMMIES First time trying your hand at wine tasting? Don’t worry, everyone has to start somewhere. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be a wine connoisseur in no time. 1. Inspect. Take a look at your glass of wine under neutral lighting. White wine should always be clear. 2. Give it a swirl. This allows the scent of the wine to be released. Try pinpoint flavours by breathing in through your nose. 3. Taste. Sip the wine and let it sit on top of your tongue. Try identifying the different flavours you’re experiencing. 4. Swallow. Tip your head back and let it run down your throat while you decide if you like it or not. | 89




1 bottle of your favourite wine 1 medium lemon (thinly sliced) 1 medium lime (thinly sliced) 8-10 mint leaves 2 tbsp sugar 2 tbsp water


The custom of bumping glasses with a “cheers” greeting came from old Rome.

A PILOT AND A SAILOR WALK INTO A BAR… Nothing says South African wine like Nederburg. Nederburg’s Heritage Heroes collection of individually named, handmade gourmet wines honours some of the legends who helped shaped Nederburg. This limited-edition series is a must-have for wine collectors.

Method Prepare a simple syrup by mixing sugar and water in a small dish and microwaving for 30-second increments until the sugar is dissolved. Once the syrup is ready, add 1 tablespoon to each wine glass. Then add mint leaves and stir/lightly muddle. Next, add several slices each of lemon and lime. Top off with wine and let set for a few minutes so the flavours can meld. Top with more wine and citrus as needed.

WHITE PEACH SANGRIA 1 bottle Pinot Grigio 1¼ cups Malibu Mango Rum 1¼ cups peach schnapps 1 lemon 1 lime 500ml orange juice 250ml soda water Garnish: white peach slices

Method In a punch bowl, add large pieces of ice to fill it just over halfway. Add the wine, mango rum, peach schnapps, all the citrus, juice and soda water. Serve in glasses garnished with slices of white peach.

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Method Pour wine, peach schnapps and cranberry juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a cherry

Method Fill a white wine or highball glass with ice. Pour in the wine. Top with club soda or mineral water. Garnish with a lemon wedge or orange peel. Serve and enjoy!

100ml rosé wine 30ml peach schnapps 15ml cranberry juice Garnish: maraschino cherry

100ml of your favourite wine 30ml club soda Garnish: lemon wedge

Nederburg is one of South Africa’s most awarded wineries, with a prize-winning pedigree that stems from a culture of innovation and disciplined attention to detail. The wines are richly fruited with bold flavours and structure, and range from exclusive, micro-edition offerings for the connoisseur to wines styled for everyday enjoyment. Multitalented cellar master Andrea Freeborough leads the Nederburg team of highly skilled winemakers who work closely under her direction.


KNOW YOUR CHARDONNAY FROM YOUR CHENIN Did you know that there are over 40 different types of white wine? Don’t worry, you don’t have to name every single one of them to really know what white is all about. Here are the eight most popular types of white wine in South Africa. CHENIN BLANC (She-na-blah). South African Chenin Blanc wines are amongst some of the world’s finest. In South Africa, Chenin Blanc is sometimes blended with Sémillon, Viognier and Marsanne to make a richer styled wine similar to an oaked

Chardonnay, but with a sweeter taste. Food pairings: ideal for pork dishes and seafood. CHARDONNAY (Shar-do-nay). Chardonnay is now the most widely planted white grape variety across the world and the wine is named after the green-skinned grapes that are used to make it. Food pairings: a good choice for fish and chicken dishes. SAUVIGNON BLANC (So-veen-yawn Blah). Sauvignon Blanc is South Africa’s most RIESLING (Rees-ling). Originally from the Rhine region in Germany, the Riesling grape is aromatic and sweet and its wine is often honey coloured. Food pairings: the crispness of a Riesling works very well with tuna and salmon.

SÉMILLON (Say-mee-yaw). Sémillon is a grape variety that was once grown on over 90 percent of the wine farms in South Africa. The grape is golden in colour and often partnered with Sauvignon Blanc, adding texture, acidity and body to the blend. Food pairings: ideal for seafood and hard or soft cheese.

popular white grape variety. With its fresh and crisp taste, this wine is an easy choice for any occasion. Food pairings: a versatile wine for seafood and salads. GEWÜRZTRAMINER (Gah-vurtz-tra-meener). The Gewürztraminer is often named as one of the most aromatic and darkly coloured out of all the white wine grapes. Food pairings: ideal for pork or Asian dishes. PINOT GRIGIO (Pee-no gree-zo). Also called

Pinot Gris, this grape produces richly textured wine that can vary in colour from copper to light shades of pink. Food pairings: ideal for spicy dishes and cuisine. VIOGNIER (Vee-o-nyei). The Viognier plant is extremely vulnerable, making it a little tougher to find than the other white wine variants. It’s high in alcohol, but without the bite, making it a sweeter white wine than most. Food pairings: ideal for vegetable and salad courses.

WORTH THE SWIRL Ever wonder why you're supposed to swirl wine before trying it out? Don't worry so have we. The best way to draw all the aromas from your glass of wine is to swirl it slowly, this motion also allows you to have a proper look at the colour of the wine and gauge the type and quality of the grape and the condition of the wine. New wine is often lighter than older wine. | 91



Did you know? Gin and tonic was first drunk in India. British citizens living in India in the th 19 century drank Indian tonic water to avoid malaria and gin was added to the tonic water to soothe the bitter taste, and so the gin and tonic was born!


in gets its name from the Dutch word for juniper, which is genever, and was originally consumed as a medicinal drink. Gin moved over to England in the late 1600s where it truly gained popularity and acquired

its name as we know it today. Gin was so popular in England at the time that historians estimate that a quarter of the households in London were making their own gin. This period is called ‘The Gin Craze’; yes, it was so poplar it earned its own name!

Alembic still for making gin

DIY Ready to try your hand at making gin? Why not get your very own at-home kit? Love Gin The Love Gin Kit contains everything you need to transform a bottle of unflavoured alcohol into your very own gin. Enjoy the journey of turning a simple bottle of spirits into your own bottle of home crafted

gin in only 36 hours. The Homemade Gin Kit This DIY Homemade Gin Kit helps you craft your own bottle of gin from start to finish and makes a stellar gift. This kit also includes a chalk painted 750ml flip-top bottle, juniper berry pack and 10 different botanicals. | 93



WORKSHOP 55 Workshop 55 focuses on serving gourmet tapas and expertly crafted gin and gin cocktails, with a never-ending stream of seasonal fruit to choose from to infuse your drink with. Learn more about Workshop 55 in this issue’s Cool District feature.

TONIC Tonic has one of the city’s widest ranges of gin, both local and international, and the cocktails are nothing short of colourful and spectacular. Tonic’s R100 special every Tuesday and Wednesday also means that you can treat yourself with either two signature G&Ts, or two loaded flatbreads, or one G&T and one flatbread. Get it while it’s hot!

THINKING INSIDE THE BOX Gin lovers can now get South Africa’s top craft gin delivered to them through Gin Box. Subscribers can choose between monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly deliveries. Each box includes a small batch craft gin with unique tonics and hand-picked gourmet food items that complement the taste journey of the month.

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30ml sweet vermouth 30ml Campari 30ml gin Garnish: orange slice or twist Method Pour the ingredients into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. Stir well and enjoy.

When life gives you lemons, make a gin and tonic

NEW ORLEANS FIZZ 45ml gin 15ml lime juice 15ml lemon juice 15ml simple syrup 60ml cream 1 small egg white 2 dashes fleurs d’orange 30ml club soda (more or less)

Method Pour the gin, lemon and lime juices, simple syrup, cream, egg white and fleurs d’orange into a cocktail shaker. Dry shake without ice. Fill the shaker with ice. Shake vigorously again. Strain into a chilled highball glass. Top with club soda.


GIN MARTINI 30ml gin 15ml dry vermouth Garnish: 3 olives

Method In a mixing glass filled with ice cubes, combine the gin and vermouth, pouring more or less vermouth to your taste. Stir. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with olives.

45ml gin 30ml Bénédictine 30ml lime juice 10ml simple syrup 60ml club soda 15ml cherry brandy Garnish: lemon slice and maraschino cherry

Method Pour the gin, Bénédictine, lime juice and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake and strain into a highball glass over fresh ice. Pour in the club soda and top with brandy. Garnish with the lemon slice and cherry. | 95



JUST TEDDY They’ll tell you they’re just a corner boulangerie, that they’ve brought some Middle Eastern flair to Parisian patisserie – and Just Teddy is all that, but it’s done much more since it opened its doors in Hyde Park Corner this year. It’s offered a journey into another world… fabulous flavours not really savoured here before, melt-in-the-mouth concoctions that taste of foreign shores – with rose water, dates, z’aatar and the prettiest eclairs in pastel pinks and greens. Just Teddy is a wonderland of experiences that gives patisserie a whole new meaning. You’ll find French flair, but there’s something else... ambrosial tastes that will have you coming back time and again for another adventure.

PATACHOU Luckily you can get Patachou pastries even if you don’t live in Rivonia, because they’re that good. They’re also available from Jackson’s Food Market in Bryanston. They are so pretty you won’t want to eat them – but will. They’re worth it. Just as tasty as they look, if not more so. A contemporary take on patisserie without losing any of the flavour. Make sure to take a few away as well – the macarons are legendary.

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Something sweet Dunkeld has never been the same since Glenda’s opened its doors, offering a portal into fabulous food and some of the most delectable pastries available in Joburg. The restaurant is particularly famous for its takeaway patisserie counter, called Dotty Choux, where Glenda Lederle’s choux pastries delight the senses in various shapes, colours and flavours. The cakes are also a dream – have one made to order, if you like. The most popular is the salted caramel popcorn cake – it’s a movie on a plate.


The original Patisserie, started by Glenda Lederle of Glenda’s fame, is still going strong in Illovo’s Post Office Centre. The colourful petit fours still take centre stage, though the offerings are varied – and enormous. You haven’t tasted a chocolate brownie like these, you haven’t savoured a generous slice of carrot cake like the one here either. Patisserie remains a stalwart when it comes to fine French fare with all the trimmings. An absolute delight.


It was not until about the mid-16th century that pastry recipes began appearing in various European countries.

Blairgowrie is the place to go for a genuine taste of Paris. Everything at this authentic patisserie and boulangerie is typically Parisian, created by French-trained pastry chef and baker Paul Zwick. In typical French style, he opened his store on Bastille Day in 2013, and hasn’t looked back. The store not only offers stunning pastries and cakes; it’s known for its fabulous baguettes and also offers a selection of French cheeses. Pick up some and take them home or enjoy in store with a coffee. Delicious.



A best-kept secret, this Dutch bakery with windmill is famous if you live near Edenvale, not so well-known if you don’t. But it’s well worth a trip to savour some of its delectable offerings, which include Dutch pastries of note and the best pancakes that side of Joburg. It’s a family business that started in 1963 and is still going strong, offering a taste of Dutch baking as well as a selection of imported items.

Northcliff’s take on great pastry and baked goods, Olivia’s has been charming its patrons since it opened in 2000. Everything here is moreish and tasty. Generous portions of breakfast, cakes and pastries keep customers satisfied and coming back for more, and the variety on the menu is another bonus. Olivia’s pastries are seasonal, artfully inventive and well worth sampling. She’s also known for her wheatless rye bread, quiches and hot buttered Chelsea buns.


An institution in Glenhazel, not only for its fabulous pastries, but also for its friendly atmosphere and varied menu, Frangelicas is the real kosher deal. Jewish pastries and cakes are always generous and mouthwatering, and Frangelicas is the best of the best. The store says it measures its happiness by its cupcakes, to give you an idea. Don’t expect a dainty pastry portion here – you’ll enjoy fabulous flavour and a huge piece. That’s one of the reasons Frangelicas is always busy. There’s so much to enjoy.

THE ARGENTINIAN There are plenty of pastries on display as well as The Argentinian’s famous croissants, and you’d do well to savour a few while you’re at it. This little slice of Argentina, based in Linden, is well worth a visit to enjoy a taste of another country washed down with some of the best coffee in the neighbourhood. The bakery goods are all as tasty as they are huge. Perfect for a relaxed, filling meal of every possible delectable thing.


This little Italian restaurant and pastry store in Craighall Park has gained a reputation for its delicious pasticceria as much as for its superb Italian dishes. Pastry chef Jackie Right-Boyd started creating her specialty delights in 2013 after honing her skills in a pastry shop in Italy. The results are well worth sampling – each as light as a feather, fragile as a butterfly’s wing and so, so scrumptious.

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The freshly baked goods at this little Melville eatery are as relaxed as the atmosphere, and decidedly moreish. Wash them down with a cup of coffee, some tea or a freshly squeezed juice for an extra treat. Popular for breakfast, lunch, a snack or just coffee and a chat, the experience at Café de la Crème is best enjoyed with something straight out of the oven. Well worth a visit next time you’re in the ‘hood. | 97




The Greenside Café is one of the city’s longest standing health stores and cafés, and for a good reason. The delicious menu incorporates a range of smoothies so wholesome and delicious you might find yourself wanting to skip your next meal. With winter nearly over, we recommend the Superfood Freeze packed with maca, goji, hemp, apricots, dates and ice to help boost your immune system in time for spring.


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Wellness Warehouse is the type of place you visit to pick up something small and come out with bags full of vitamins, healthy treats and organic instant oat pots that you didn’t know existed until five minutes ago. You’ll be able to find Wellness stores littered around the city, which is good news because they make a mean smoothie.

Juiced Co is run by husband and wife team Dylan and Joy Des Fountain, and stems from a need for better daily nutrition in their lives. Juiced Co keeps things simple by cutting through trends and fads and sticking to what’s good for your body. The smoothie range does just that and will give you enough energy to face your day.

Bliss Juicery produces 100 percent natural, cold-pressed juices, smoothies and wellness shots designed to feed your body with all the nutrients it needs to be healthy. The smoothies come in 350ml and 500ml variants. Feeling brave? Bliss also offers juice cleanses delivered straight to your door.

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We’re still the biggest fans of Lexi’s and, with a third store open in Rosebank, we’re more excited than ever that the menu filled with healthy options is going to be even more accessible. The smoothie menu at Lexi’s is one of the best in the city and they’re all made with non-dairy milk. Be sure to try the Chocaholic at least once.


If you can tear yourself away from the Fruits & Roots store for long enough to order a smoothie, you’re stronger willed than we’ll ever be. The café’s selection of smoothies is carefully curated and mostly plantbased. The Raw Jungle Protein Smoothie will fuel you right up or, if you’re looking for something a little sweeter, try the Mango Tango.



Not only does Fresh Earth serve fantastic smoothies in store, it also regularly shares smoothie recipes on its website, so if you’re not able to visit the store, be sure to check out the site for at-home smoothie creations. Be warned, though; once you try the Raw Cacao Bliss Smoothie, you’ll definitely be back for more.

PUREBERRY JUICE BAR Pureberry specialises in smoothies and juices that are guaranteed to leave a smile on your face. It prides itself on using only the freshest ingredients available, so your smoothie will always be fresh and delicious. If that’s not enough, the Brazilian Acai Smoothie Bowls topped with granola and honey contain enough goodness to keep you filled with happiness.



This Durban-based little slice of food heaven moved to Parkhurst to cater for its Gauteng fans – and we’re very thankful. A family-run business, it offers a choice of over 100 ready-made meals to stock up your freezer or entertain with if you’re in the mood. Kids are catered for with a selection of mini meals and We are Food also offers a selection of foods for special diets – gluten free, low carb, vegan, vegetarian and dairy free. The tasty dishes are also available at various outlets around Joburg and, if you prefer, you can order online.



Catering guru Karen Short of By Word of Mouth is now offering the brand’s delectable dishes frozen in order to heat up and enjoy at home, and there is a great selection to choose from. Whether you’re entertaining and don’t have time to cook, or just want something delicious to put on the table after a hard day at the office, they’ve got you covered. Mouth-watering options include everything from bredies and pastas to Mexican favourites. And the frozen dessert options are to die for. Available from various locations – there are dedicated stores in Dainfern Square and Coachman’s Crossing, an equally wide variety at Tyrone Fruiters in Parkview, outlets in Pretoria and Benoni as well as the Total 1 in Midrand.

LE CANARD AT HOME | @lecanardathome When Freda Appelbaum closed her famous restaurant, Le Canard, a few years ago, she set up her kitchen staff in business, creating the same cordon bleu meals for heating up and eating at home. These famous dishes, which include Freda and her staff’s fabulous duck dishes, are available from Jacksons Real Food Market in Bryanston and are well worth picking up and sampling even if you’ve never eaten at Le Canard. A real treat if you enjoy French fare at its very best.

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THE MARKET PLACE The ice creams are sublime, the soups hearty and moreish, and the frozen meals fill the gap whether you’re having a dinner party or need to heat up a meal after a day at the office. This Craighall deli has been delighting customers for over 20 years with its meals, cakes and deli products. Favourites include the cheese cake, lemon meringue ice cream and a wealth of pasta dishes, including tuna pasta bake, lasagne and a macaroni cheese.

Gourmet meals to enjoy at home are available from this popular Sunninghill establishment, all made from scratch by husband and wife team Michelene and Adam. These dedicated chefs are up early each day to prepare a variety of fresh and frozen meals for their customers, including their renowned lasagne, Taboulleh and cottage pie, all of which fly out the door. Heat and eat has never been so good… choose beef, chicken or lamb dishes, vegetarian and vegan plus familysize meals and delightful desserts.

PRONTO Those who have sampled the dishes at this Craighall Park eatery will attest that they are some of the best of their kind in the city. And those who are hooked can sample the dishes every day of the week, as Pronto offers frozen meals to heat up at home. The selection isn’t huge, but there’s enough to get a taste of what makes this restaurant so popular… sauces include meatballs and Napoletana, and a penne salsiccia that is worth writing home about. There’s also a traditional beef stew (spezzatino) and the restaurant’s famous minestrone.

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CHOCOLOZA Chocoloza is dedicated to bringing South Africa true chocolate craftsmanship and flavour, and all chocolate used in its products is imported from the masters of chocolate themselves – the Belgians. You’ll find Chocoloza at 44 Stanley, nestled under the trees of the inner courtyard. Its Chocolate Lounge is the ideal spot to bring a book, find a comfy seat and order from the large selection of hot chocolates on offer.

Some like it hot

Craft is known for its ‘freak shakes’, but did you know it serves an incredible cup of hot chocolate too? The hot chocolates are made with real chocolate and you’ll have a choice of seven different kinds, including the white hot chocolate made from Belgian chocolate topped with marshmallow fluff. We also hear that the rum, orange and dark chocolate recipe is a taste explosion.

MELT CHOCOLATERIE No matter what time of day, no matter the season, you’ll always find Melt buzzing with a selection of loyal clientele. It’s no wonder Melt is one of Joburg’s firm favourites; with its friendly staff and freshly baked goods, there’s good reason to keep coming back. Melt takes hot chocolate one step further with its indulgent chocolate shots served in chocolate cups.

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You don’t get any more chocolatey than Paul’s famous hot chocolate that consists of… well hot, melted, creamy chocolate, of course. The signature hot chocolate is not for the faint-hearted, or the lactose intolerant, as it only contains one ingredient: melted chocolate!

WALNUT GROVE AFRIKOA AFRIKOA is the first bean-to-bar company in South Africa to produce chocolate made from cocoa sourced directly from African farmers. This direct trading means that the café ensures its customers always get the freshest, finest quality cocoa beans while empowering farmers. You’ll find AFRIKOA in the heart of the Keyes Art Mile with it’s impossible-to-miss marble finishes and decadent velvet chairs. Choose from the café’s broad range of hot chocolate options and rest easy knowing that you’re directly impacting a cocoa farmer’s life for the better.

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I love days when my only problem is coffee or chocolate – Dirty Harry

Walnut Grove is one of Sandton City’s long-standing patrons, serving café food and, of course, out-of-this-world hot chocolate. Take a break from shopping, sit back in one of the comfy chairs and sip on a gourmet Nutella hot chocolate or better yet a Turkish delight hot chocolate infused with rose water syrup.


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Planning on dining at Medeo? You’ll find yourself surrounded by luxurious décor, the sound of classical music and the taste of some of the city’s best Mediterranean cuisine. Medeo also has a large selection of wine to keep you company while you dine, including many South African vintages.


LEVEL FOUR Sip champagne, take in the Joburg skyline and enjoy some of the city’s finest food. It doesn’t get much better than Level Four restaurant at 54 On Bath. Headed up by Executive Chef Matthew Foxon, Level Four’s menu combines contemporary influences with classic cuisine. Be sure to take a moment to chat with the restaurant’s sommelier for a true Level Four experience.

WOMBLES It’s no secret that Wombles serves one of the finest steaks in South Africa and has been doing so since 1984. Family owned and run, Wombles is a fine dining experience with a warm heart. Try the fillet on the bone with black pepper sauce, you won’t be disappointed.

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DW Eleven-13 is an experimental foodie’s dream. The restaurant changes what’s on offer with the season and the kitchen is constantly innovating to ensure patrons are surprised by flavours, textures and new spins on old favourites. The chefs at DW Eleven-13 also pride themselves on only using fresh and sustainable ingredients.

NCW NCW is set in a beautifully renovated Edwardian house in the arty suburb of Melville and serves some of our favourite fine dining plates. NCW is broken up into three areas, creating a sense of luxury and exclusivity; the main restaurant space seats 30 people, an inter-leading lounge area includes two private dining rooms and an enclosed patio is perfect for those lazy winter afternoons in the city.


First we eat, then we do everything else. – M. F. K. Fischer

Urbanologi mixes gourmet tapas with locally brewed beer to create one of the city’s most unique fine dining experiences. Follow the smell of brewing hops and you’ll happen upon a beautifully designed restaurant and even better food. Headed up by Chef Jack Coetzee, the restaurant’s menu focuses on sustainable dining aimed at challenging the customer’s palate.


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SERVICE STATION The coffice to rule all coffices. Service Station has been around since 1999 and remains one of the best spots to grab a snack, a great cup of coffee and get some work done. The café can get busy as customers make their way between the bookstore, deli and clothing store that adjoin it, so remember to take a set of headphones to drown out any distractions. If you’re looking for even more privacy, ask your waiter to show you to the Chef’s Table towards the back of the café.

HOME OF THE BEAN 076 597 3623

Home of the Bean was started by two doctors as a mobile coffee shop with the aim of opening a store, and that dream has come true for entrepreneurs Leroy Kgopa and Itumeleng Manamela with their new beautifully designed space in Maboneng. The service is great, the Wi-Fi is fast and the brews are consistently smooth.

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‘Coffice’: A combination of a coffee shop and office

Naked Coffee is nestled inside Morningside Shopping Centre and has long held a special place in our hearts as one of the best breakfast spots in the city. While the coffee and breakfasts are more than enough reason to visit, we also love that Naked Coffee is the perfect place to find a corner, log onto the café’s fast Wi-Fi and zone in to meet those deadlines.

STARBUCKS THE MARC Starbucks at The Marc has some of the country’s fastest Wi-Fi and Starbucks actively encourages customers to come in and try it out. The Marc is in the heart of Sandton’s business district, so you’ll be surrounded by professionals having a break or working, making it a great spot to get some work done with like-minded people.


Blink and you’ll miss it. The Dunkeld branch of Motherland is unassuming and not visible from the road, making it a great spot to knuckle down – after grabbing a coffee and one of the delicious salads, of course. The staff are always friendly and the internet always works. Make sure you arrive early as tables and working benches can fill up quickly around breakfast and lunch time.


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The Bootlegger chain of cafés is still relatively new on the Joburg scene, but we couldn’t be happier that they’re finally here. Bootlegger in the Rand Steam centre is brand new; the staff are on the ball and there are jars upon jars of giant cookies to give you the energy to push through. The space is beautifully decorated and its layout means you can plug in and get to work without much distraction.

Roast Republic is the ideal space for the ‘laptop club’. With various branches across the city, this chain of stores lives by its catchphrase #coffeewithaconscience. Roast Republic operates as a social enterprise, which means that 50 percent of its profits goes towards educational development programmes. Simply put, buying a cuppa at Roast Republic means you’re buying a child a day at school!

BLOOM Bloom is dedicated to great coffee and creating a space that encourages the coffice lifestyle. It’s a self-proclaimed third space and has been readily adopted by the city’s freelancers, entrepreneurs and office workers just looking for a break. Bloom’s menu is fuss free and even offers on-thego menus for busy professionals in a rush. The space is also home to a meeting room that can be booked for workshops, meetings or talks.

And the idea of just wandering off to a café with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss. – J. K. Rowling


Got meetings in the city? Cramer’s has you covered while you wait with its no-nonsense feel and dedication to good coffee that doesn’t take an age to prepare. During the warmer months grab a table on the sidewalk, an iced coffee and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Joburg CBD.


Overlooking the picturesque Newtown Mall square, Old School Coffee Company has loads of benches fit for sharing with other patrons who are also intent on getting some work done. Ask at the counter for the list of sweets and pastries delivered daily and be sure to get your hands on the blueberry cheesecake if you’re lucky enough to visit while it’s in stock.

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With its all-new location on 8th street in Linden, Yield has cemented its place in our hearts. With a little more space than its old location, Yield makes it easy to order a flat white, put your headphones on and get down to business.

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From Provence to Pretoria with love. The comfort of home cooking meets fine dining at Carbon Bistro in Brooklyn with its incredible menu consisting of nibbles and seasonal meals. A trip to Carbon Bistro wouldn’t be complete without the winter Venison Potjie served with rice or mashed potatoes.


Gone are the days when the best option for a decent meal in Hartbeespoort was a farmhouse breakfast across from the zoo. Silver Orange Bistro brings a relaxed yet gourmet offering to Harties. Dine amongst the citrus orchards or in the traditional manor house. The restaurant boasts a carefully curated menu made from local ingredients and an award-winning wine menu any connoisseur would be jealous of.

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Set on the banks of the beautiful Vaal River is the rolling Pont de Val estate made up of three rolling properties adjacent to one another, including a restaurant, winery and picnic venue. If you’re planning something romantic, you can book a Privé River Booth set on the river’s edge away from the main restaurant, which includes a bottle of wine, snacks and a cruise.

OPPIE PLAAS Once a tobacco shed, the Oppie Plaas coffee shop and nursery is quaint, cosy and ideal for lunch on a day trip from Johannesburg. The café offers breakfasts, light meals, a host of freshly baked cakes and other sweet delights, not to mention old-fashioned ginger beer. Oppie Plaas also has an adjoining nursery for those with green fingers as well as an animal farm for children.


Set inside the grounds of the chic Menlyn Boutique Hotel and offering one of the country’s widest wine selections, The Black Bamboo restaurant is well worth the trip any day of the week. Chef Dikeledi Sibanda heads up the kitchen and offers visitors a constant stream of experimental and ever-changing dishes.

CENTRAL An any time, all the time kind of café. Central is a beautifully designed space with friendly staff and relaxed meals that are well prepared and reasonably priced. Need a sugar fix? We simply can’t get enough of the Milktart Millefeuille. | 111


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Brunch is a stationery, illustration and knick-knack shop situated in the 44 Stanley centre. If you’re a lover of South African art and design, then Brunch will hit the spot for you. With regular exhibitions and a steady stream of beautiful designs on offer, the store is a must-see for anyone wanting to tap into the local art scene.

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DLALA NJE Operating out of the iconic Ponte Building, Dlala Nje (Just Play) is dedicated to showing off the colourful neighbourhoods of Hillbrow and Yeoville. Run by journalist Nickolaus Bauer and Mike Luptak, the company focuses on giving back to the community and its children. The Ponte City experience allows guests to challenge their perceptions of the iconic building and its inhabitants.


Discovering Johannesburg on foot allows you to see the city in a different light. Another tour group dedicated to showcasing the city and its people is Mainstreetwalks run by Bheki Dube, who also founded Curiocity Backpackers. The Picnic in the Sky Tour allows guests to stock a picnic basket with local goods from the Arts on Main Market and eat while viewing the city from the top of Carlton City, Johannesburg’s tallest building.

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From bargain shopping on Small Street to lunch in Vilakazi Street, Soweto, Jo Buitendach’s Past Experiences walking tours have something for everyone. One of our favourite tours is the Inner City Walking Tour with Bias, a talented local graffiti artist, perfect for photographers wanting to capture Joburg’s beautiful street art.

LEBO’S BACKPACKERS – SOWETO WALKING TOURS Discover Soweto on foot with the same team that started the wellknown Soweto bike riding tours. Explore Orlando, get to know the locals, learn some local slang and snack on some local food from street stalls.


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If you’re a fan of Johannesburg and its history, chances are you’ve heard of Gerald Garner. Author, tour guide and inner city activist, Garner was one of the first tour guides to showcase the city to tourists and locals alike in a way that was previously unheard of. Gerald’s Thunder Walker Destination Tour is a firm favourite and takes guests on a historical journey through one of the city’s oldest bank buildings. | 117




WYATT Run by owner and stylist Candice Wyatt-Minter, Wyatt is so much more than a hairdresser. Located in 44 Stanley, this beautifully decorated space is host to some of South Africa’s best stylists, all of whom are committed to using eco-conscious products. Looking to update your look? Ask for Gareth, he’s a wiz with colour.



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MA CHERIE macherienails Tired of your usual Gelish mani? Ma Cheri brings Korean nail art to Johannesburg. The studio has one of the largest colour selections we’ve seen, not to mention highly trained technicians who are able to create just about anything you can dream of when it comes to nail art.

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Polished Up offers kiddies’ manis and pedis, making it an ideal place for a mother-daughter outing. It also offers nail art ranging from flamingos to foil, and the technicians love the challenge of creating new art on their customers’ nails. Follow Polished Up on Facebook for regular specials. | 119




Adventure t ime!

Saddle Creek is nestled in the Hekpoort Valley at the foot of the majestic Magaliesberg mountain range. The staff at Saddle Creek Adventures are the best at what they do, which means parents can put their feet up in one of the lapas or enjoy a spa treatment while the kids (5-9 years) enjoy horseback trails or mini quad bike rides starting at R255 per child.

Experience boatless waterskiing and wakeboarding, an inflatable floating playground kitted with slides, swings and ramps and a chill zone to take a breath in. There’s no shortage of adventurous activities for the whole family at StokeCity. Kid’s party packages start at R1,900 with an array of activities.

CROC CITY Croc City offers kids and parents alike the chance to interact with snakes, crocodiles and even tarantulas. It is also dedicated to the conservation of South African reptiles and to educating children on the wonders of these slithery creatures. Join one of its guided daily tours from 9am-4:30pm, grab a bite to eat at the Croc City restaurant or fly over the croc enclosures on the zipline.

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BOOT CAMP SOUTH AFRICA Mix birthdays with getting out and about by taking the Boot Camp South Africa challenge. Choose between a military obstacle party where kids can experience what it’s like to leopard crawl, wade through mud-filled trenches and come up with war cries; or a sniper target shooting party where kids can shoot pellet guns at targets from forests, swamps and trenches.

CRY WOLF Get off-road and get dusty with Cry Wolf’s electric go-karts. They are suitable for children from three years of age and up and the course is designed to be as safe as possible, with tyres stacked along the tracks to protect any little daredevils from bumps and bruises.


Sure, give me an adventure and I’ll ride it. – Melissa Auf der Maur Explore the great outdoors with Life2Bike and their events or kiddies parties. Choose between orienteering on bikes or a skills clinic party, both aimed at educating children about bicycles and ensuring fun is had by all. Like2Bike is also dedicated to teaching children of all ages important bicycle skills.

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MELROSE GALLERY South Africa’s largest annual sculpture fair takes place this September in Melrose Arch, hosted by the Melrose Gallery. This will be the third sculpture fair to be held by Melrose Arch in collaboration with the gallery. The captivating sculpture-focused group exhibition will be displayed in the gallery as well as in outdoor spaces throughout Melrose Arch, including Daytona’s vast showroom, corporate offices, public spaces and hotels. Featured sculptors include Prof Pitika Ntuli, Gordon Froud, Noria Mabasa and Dr Willie Bester. The fair runs from 30 August until 30 September.

Until 31 August


IN TOTO GALLERY Now ensconced in a new space in Illovo Square, In Toto Gallery is running a group exhibition titled ‘Menagerie’, an adventure through the wilds, with artists exploring nature. Artists include Joachim Schönfeldt, John Moore, Kirsty May Hall and Sarel Petrus. Don’t miss out on this beautiful expression of nature at its best.

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The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. – Pablo Picasso

‘Leeto: A Sam Nhlengethwa Print Retrospective’ explores the print oeuvre of renowned artist Sam Nhlengethwa from 1978 to 2018. The underpinning theme of the exhibition is ‘jazz’ and the curation draws links between the fluid nature of jazz improvisation and the artist’s study of an ever-changing community. One of Joburg’s most renowned artists, Nhlengethwa’s first retrospective exhibition features a rich body of the artist’s print and lithographic works, and explores his ongoing artistic journey over 40 years, capturing the energy and lasting impact of cultural movements that have marked South Africa’s musical community. The artist’s brother was a jazz musician and Nhlengethwa started collecting jazz records at the age of 17. He has successfully exhibited all over the world, including Senegal, New York and Cologne.

Until 31 August

THAT PARTICULAR MORNING GOODMAN GALLERY UK-born Sue Williamson emigrated with her family to South Africa in 1948. Trained as a printmaker, she works in video, photography and installation. She became well-known in the ‘80s for a series of portraits of women involved in the country’s political struggle. Last year, she was the Goodman Gallery’s featured artist at the FNB Joburg Art Fair, where she displayed Messages from the Atlantic Passage, a largescale installation of shackled, suspended glass bottles engraved with profiles of 19th-century slavery victims. Williamson’s works feature in public collections around the world, including at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Tate Modern and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and many more. She lives and works in Cape Town.

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GEORGE BIZOS GALLERY Here’s just another reason to head for the Apartheid Museum this winter – the museum’s George Bizos Gallery is hosting a stunning photographic exhibition featuring a retrospective from two of the country’s most acclaimed photographers, David Goldblatt and Peter Magubane. Magubane worked as a photojournalist and activist during the apartheid era and was imprisoned and in solitary confinement for 586 days. His moving photographs document the time when South Africans were divided and afterwards, when South Africa became a democratic country. Goldblatt also documented the horrors of the apartheid era, but chose to focus more on dayto-day life, creating poignant and iconic black and white photographs that encapsulate South Africa during apartheid as well as in the time of change afterwards. Curator and photographer Paul Weinberg has used the gallery space to present the two photographers’ astute and distinct approaches to the times of brutality and then of change post 1994. Both photographers used different format cameras – Goldblatt used mostly medium and large formats, while Magubane created his images mainly from 35mm format cameras.


Bevan De Wet’s exhibition ‘The Other Landscape’ tells its story in part through the process of its production. The artist starts by revisiting old works, collecting test prints and other detritus from his studio. He then hand cuts, tears, sometimes paints with inks and dyes, folds and embeds these materials into hand-cast paper panels made from sisal fibres. The paper is cast as thin as possible, leaving it almost transparent. Within these newly formed panels, fragments from De Wet’s previous works are revealed. The panels are suspended, allowing visitors to move freely through the space. De Wet says the space speaks to the process of “finding a balance between lightness and weight, suffocation and letting go, vulnerability and illumination, while engaging with notions of displacement and belonging.”

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Inspired by bad building conditions, hospital trauma and the theatre of war, artist Stephen Hobbs reorientates his approach to sculpture, printmaking, video and installation in service of a gnawing uncertainty about the future of ‘things’. His exhibition ‘Body Parts’ runs parallel to his debut theatre piece Height, Weight and Age, which  opened at POPArt Theatre in Fox Street, Maboneng at the end of July.


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Don’t say we didn’t warn you! Step inside The Storer and you may well find yourself only emerging hours later. From cabinets filled with curiosities to garments sourced from across the world, The Storer is high up on our list of boutiques in the city. Most pieces in the store are unique, so if you see something you like, make sure to buy it on the spot.

COLOURBOX Amble along the avenues of Melrose Arch and stop in at Colourbox, a boutique dedicated to bringing top international and lifestyle brands under one roof. Find gems from Maaji and Aldo Martins in-store and online.

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RAIN Rain creates luxury handmade bath and body products made from African botanicals. From essential oils to scrubs and even baby products Rain promises to sell products that are made with indigenous products from across the continent that are guaranteed to soothe your skin from the harsh pollutants of city life. Rain is also the only southern African beauty and body product company accredited by both Fair Trade in Africa and the international Fair Trade body in Europe.

BIBI ROUGE Bibi Rouge is the brainchild of designer Sabrina Kennedy and specialises in quality garments that are made in Johannesburg and can often be made to order. Bibi Rouge is dedicated to no-waste patternmaking and uses local suppliers. Shop Bibi Rouge at the beautiful store in Benmore Gardens or online.

CONVOY Convoy brings together a host of South African designers and artists under one roof in Melville. Whether their craft is clothes, shoes or jewellery, each designer is unique with most dedicated to producing quality, sustainable products. A firm favourite amongst shoppers is Cape Town-based brand Merwe Salt.


Johannesburg is a melting pot of small boutiques, galleries and nooks that you won’t find anywhere else in South Africa. We round up some of our favourites As the owners of Gonk say, “Gonk is not a shop, it’s an experience.” You’ll find Gonk along Linden’s main strip (4th Avenue) in a collection of interesting stores. It is filled to the brim with interesting décor, gifts and antique finds. The owners vow to never sell anything that they wouldn’t have in their home, so each item is guaranteed to be special and unique. | 125




Work Shop New Town is not one but a whole collection of small stores and spaces joined together under one roof dedicated to African designers and entrepreneurs. It is housed in the historic Potato Sheds in Newtown.

Hello Africa Marketplace is the brainchild of a retailer, a marketer and an artist. The group brings together their love for African creations from across the continent. The store is filled to bursting with handcrafted gifts, ceramics, accessories and even a few body care products. If you’re looking for something authentically African, this is the store for you.


A slice of designer heaven right in the heart of Bryanston. The Secret Room offers a unique and limited range of international designer clothing, handbags and accessories sourced from around the world with a focus on ensuring that each piece is unique and a little unexpected. Not sure what you want? The store’s style consultant is on hand during operating hours to give style advice.

RIALHEIM Previously located in Linden, Rialheim has relocated to Rand Steam Shopping Centre. Its signature store is furnished with bespoke, locally made shop fittings, designer ceramic wall tiles and a full lighting collection. As always, you can find ceramics that are both functional and beautiful.



Hannah Lavery on 4th Avenue in Parkhurst is a considered and understated space ideal for high quality basics made with love by a talented group of South African women. Each piece is made to fit into your wardrobe and last a lifetime, making Lavery’s designs some of the best slow fashion finds we’ve seen.

126 | Started by Roxy Ferreira Athanasopoulos, Parooz has grown from a small boutique that started in the heart of Braamfontein to a prime spot on Parkhurst’s 4th Avenue. Parooz is young, fun and always fashionable, and promises to always bring the trendiest styles to its hoards of loyal customers.

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against all odds. There are three seasons and they can all be found on Showmax now. What does it take to create your own show? It takes a lot of hard work, planning, writing, generous and creative people, and persistence. I started making Chin Up five years ago and there have been many times where it felt impossible, but it has always been too important to me to tell my

What can we look forward to from you in the next few months? I’m very excited about writing at the moment and am constantly working on something. I have a couple of TV projects in the very early stages of development right now. Can you name four of your favourite movies or shows that our readers should watch? I love so many movies and TV shows! So, I’ll narrow it down to female driven

10 minutes WITH LARA LIPSCHITZ Who are you and what do you do? My name is Lara Lipschitz and I’m an actress and writer. I also produce and direct my own show called Chin Up. Acting isn’t the easiest career choice. What has your journey been like in the South African arts scene? Well, I got an agent when I was nine years old, started going for auditions and soon booked a job as one of the YoTV presenters back in 1998 to 2008, which gave me a really great introduction to the entertainment industry. I then went on to study drama at Wits University, which I loved. Since graduating, I have been lucky enough to land some really great roles in musicals like Cabaret and Emotional Creature, plays like Bad Jews and TV shows like Tali’s Wedding Diary. However, I haven’t had as many opportunities as I would have liked, which is the main reason I started writing and creating my own work.

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What advice would you give to someone wanting to go into acting? Make your own work, collaborate with creative friends and be persistent. Also, have a hobby or interest outside of acting that makes you happy when you’re not working. What’s your favourite part about being an actress? I love working with interesting people, being on set or on stage and actually doing the work. The worst part is the waiting and the rejection. We hear you’ve just sold your show Chin Up to Showmax? Congratulations! Tell us a little more about the show? Chin Up is a comedy about being an actress in spite of the drama. It’s based on my real life experiences of being an actress in South Africa today, going to castings, dealing with difficult people on set and persevering

“CHIN UP IS BASED ON MY REAL LIFE EXPERIENCES OF BEING AN ACTRESS IN SOUTH AFRICA TODAY, GOING TO CASTINGS, DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE ON SET AND PERSEVERING AGAINST ALL ODDS.” stories and create my own work. I have a lot of support from my amazing husband, Devin Toselli, and my sister, without whom I would not have been able to keep going.

and written shows that inspire me, such as The OA, Fleabag and Killing Eve, but I also adore Crashing – the one with Pete Holmes, and Barry. I love dark comedy.

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Joburg Style Issue 44  

August to November 2019 issue

Joburg Style Issue 44  

August to November 2019 issue