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FEATURES 26 Cover Story
Hugh Masekela’s story is far from over. He chats to Julia Rice about why the word ‘retirement’ doesn’t exist in his vocabulary and life’s happiest moments
30 Big Read
Why would anyone in their right mind found a city in the middle of nowhere? Neil Fraser writes about Joburg’s Gold Rush
34 Photo Essay
Photographer Michael Meyersfeld concentrates his lens on a society adjusting to democracy more than 20 years after the fact
Photograph Channay Harvey
The writing’s on the wall; when investment art gives meaning to the retail heartland
Battle cries, chain mail, jugglers, jesting and poison apples, this is a medieval fantasy land circa the Dark Ages in the middle of Kyalami
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CONTENTS 53 EXPLORE 56 Kenya
Sharon Preston experiences an adventure of a lifetime exploring the Kenyan wilds
Spend a weekend exploring the Robertson Wine Valley, stopping at the numerous wine farms in the area and staying in quaint, luxury spots
15 GLIMPSE 16 Beauty
Spring’s best body and beauty products
18 The Male Box
The Joburg Foodie’s grooming and pick-me-up tips
Dive into the Seychelles; the cream of the crop in island destinations
New exclusive bush retreat Becks Safari Lodge offers the quintessential luxury safari experience
68 Cool District
Braamfontein has evolved and is now best known for its diverse mix of visitors, residents and office workers, and as the headline-grabbing poster child for Joburg’s urban renewal, says Josef Talotta
74 Cape Town
Take a drive on the slow side with Gerald Schreiner, from Camps Bay to Hout Bay and Noordhoek
Clinton Moodley showcases a vibrant city just waiting to be explored
78 Travel Snippets Spring festivals and events
81 EAT.DRINK 83 Food
It’s a threesome! Weekends, the glory days of the week, created with three very specific things in mind: Pizza, beer and hotdogs
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20 20 Day Trips
Spend a weekend with Steve, The Joburg Foodie as he makes his way through the city’s hottest dining spots and checks into some undiscovered hidden gems
The Joburg Foodie spends a morning on chef James Diack’s family farm, Brightside, chatting all things fresh and free range
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It’s a spa daze. Gina Borthwick spends three days at Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort in Mozambique
Steampunk & gastropubs Craft beer spots The Americas Croissants Tea connoisseurs
107 THE LIST 111 Diary 117 Spaces 121 Sports events 123 Art 126 Children REGULARS Editor’s Letter & 12 128
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From the editor our bumper travel section. Sharon Preston reports back on her adventure trip to Kenya, couple Claudia and Terrence Pearce spent the weekend in Robertson and Gina Borthwick indulged in luxurious spa treatments in Mozambique, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. No travel feature would be complete without an island getaway and we’ve got that for you, or should I say the Seychelles have got that for you. Food Editor Leila Saffarian styles a food threesome; pizza, hotdogs and beer, and you really can’t go wrong with that combo. Neil Fraser talks hot commodity, gold, in our Big Read. Photographer Michael Meyersfeld’s Photo Essay, Adaptation, showcases a society adjusting to democracy more than 20 years on. Glimpse is all about Steve Steinfeld, the one and only Joburg Foodie. He takes us on a foodie weekend through Joburg and heads to Chef James Diack’s farm, Brightside, to talk and eat all things fresh and free range. I’ve also got all your spring skincare and beauty news in The It List. It’s not often I get nervous to meet our cover stars, but this one was a biggie, a real legend
and there was a butterfly (or 10,000) in my tummy when I met him. Mr Hugh Masekela graces this issue’s cover, a true jazz heavyweight; he is one of the greats. We spoke about his Heritage Foundation, something very close to his heart, meeting and becoming friends with his idols like Louis Armstrong and the fact that retirement is the farthest thing from his mind. Of course, we’ve got our very comprehensive List for you. This issue we’ve got new spaces for you to visit, upcoming sports events for you to diarise, art exhibitions, what to do with the kids and the diary of events. Another legend gracing the pages of this issue is John Robbie, who occupies The Back Page. This is also my last issue as editor of Joburg Style and I’m feeling quite emotional as I bid you adieu. It’s been over four years of too many laughs to count, many tears, late nights and lots of hard work, but I’ve loved every minute of it. I’m going to miss you and my team so much. Thanks for putting your trust in me. Till we meet again... Julia Rice
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MICHAEL MEYERSFELD Photographer The award-winning fine art photographer’s work is notable for its stark, sometimes sombre, lonely and edgy imagery that has a separateness from reality. His more recent work involves the staging of people in structured scenes portraying man’s emotional and behavioural patterns. His titles are deliberately obtuse, nudging the viewer to uncover what memory or emotion that particular image has stirred in them and respond in their own personal world. His emotive photo essay Adaptation graces the pages of this issue.
KAGISO MNISI Writer and digital content curator “I have a wide understanding of the media sector in general, and the breadth of my experience is particularly strong in the realms of urban culture and technology, where I am comfortable operating across cultural barriers that often hinder young South African content creators.” His writing has been used in a miscellany of corporate messaging, as well as published in publications such as TRUE Africa, Mail & Guardian, The Media Online, Africascountry, This Is Africa, Contemporary And (Berlin,Germany) and more. He wrote about art as an investment in this issue of Joburg Style.
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Sleep. Something I don’t get much of these days. Why? It’s got something to do with a sweet little cooing angel (in the day, that is). At night he turns into a little terror (still cute, though). So, I’m currently on a caffeine drip. Vitamin drips? Pah! I laugh in the face of those. Do you think I could invent a caffeine drip for tired moms? Hmm… maybe I should. But sleep is a strange thing; we don’t think the lack of it will affect us until it does. And when it does it comes crashing down on you like a ton of bricks. I often think if someone had to hear the way my husband and I talk to each other in those overtired wee hours in the middle of the night, they’d think ‘Shame, they’re not going to make it.’ Then in the morning it’s like the slate has been wiped clean and one of us will say, ‘Coffee, darling?’ And we start all over again. Groundhog Day, much? I wouldn’t trade it for anything though… seriously. So, back to sleep (I wish), in this issue it’s all about sleeping in beautiful, luxurious places with
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With close to 40,000 followers across his social media platforms, we couldn’t think of anyone better than Steve –The Joburg Foodie – to take over this issue of Glimpse and give his take on food, fun and what’s on trend in Joburg. He chats about his lifestyle essentials, favourite hang-outs and his ultimate passion, food, as he explores Chef James Diack’s Brightside farm.
Gourmet “The ins and outs of Joburg’s food scene” – @TheJoburgFoodie
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GLIMPSE | THE MALE BOX
WHERE+WEAR BEING OUT ALL DAY AND OFTEN LATE INTO THE NIGHT TAKES ITS TOLL ON THE BODY AND MIND. THE JOBURG FOODIE SHARES HIS GROOMING AND PICK-ME-UP TIPS AND ROUTINES
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GLIMPSE | DAY TRIPS
and then a hop over to Chocoloza for some artisanal, Belgian chocolates – my favourite are the pralines with a whiskey ganache. DRINKS
There’s no better place to go for sundowners than Marble restaurant and its beautiful bar area. Watch the sun set over the city with a glass of wine or one of their signature cocktails. Settle in for the night with some bar snacks or move over to the restaurant for an outstanding open flame dining experience. DINNER
SPEND A WEEKEND WITH THE JOBURG FOODIE AND YOU WON’T GO HUNGRY, OR THIRSTY FOR THAT MATTER, BECAUSE WINE AND COCKTAILS ARE ALWAYS ON THE AGENDA
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Saturday mornings often start early with a visit to the radio station. On the Saturday Breakfast with Sotho Meyer show I chat about what I’ve been up to during the week and my current favourite foodie finds. CHEESE GOURMET
Gemelli has mastered the fine art of risotto perfectly. Pair it with a great glass of wine and you’re good to go.
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This little cheese shop tucked away in Linden is without a doubt one of my favourite spots for a weekend visit. From Royal Ashton to Karoo Crumble and everything in-between you’re bound to find something to suit your taste. I stock up with a few favourites and add in one or two exciting new finds. COFFEE AND CHOCOLATE
44 Stanley is another place I love to visit. A stop past Bean There Coffee, where I did my barista training, for a double espresso
Few places do modern Italian quite like Gemelli. It’s the perfect place to spend an evening with a group of friends, enjoying some really great food and a bottle of wine or two. The menu features an array of Italian and Italian-fusion dishes, and while traditional dishes are available, I always tend to go with the specialties, whether it’s a seafood risotto or the delectable peppered beef fillet.
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Nothing says Sunday morning like a hearty brunch and a mimosa, and The Federal’s weekend special offers just that. Order one of the signature brunches – more often than not featuring the now legendary acorn-fed wild boar bacon – with a glass of bubbly (or a coffee or tea) for either R75 or R95, depending on the dish.
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Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream serves scoops on a cone like no other. The operative word being ‘scoops’, because one is never enough.
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A stroll down 4th Avenue Parkhurst and a stop at Fabb Café for some authentic Italian gelato is always a good idea. The Ferrero Rocher chocolate ice cream is an absolute winner. There are also dozens of other flavours to choose from but for the more health conscious it also serves up some interesting vegan friendly delights.
A visit to Joburg’s bustling Chinatown is where I love to go for an early Sunday night dinner. Fisherman’s Plate sits somewhere along the line of Taiwanese and Chinese fusion. The crispy beef is one of its signatures, as is the curried crab. However, you should definitely explore the menu for an array of interesting and unusual dishes.
The Joburg Foodie is a social media-based food blog which started when founder and creator Steve Steinfeld sought a creative outlet while studying. His passion for food and restaurants and his creative flare combined when, like many a millennial, he took a photo of his lunch. Over the course of three years and a few more food pictures later, The Joburg Foodie has grown into one of the largest, self-curated food Instagram accounts in the country. Instagram | @thejoburgfoodie Twitter | @thejoburgfoodie Facebook | @thejoburgfoodie
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A WALK ON THE ‘BRIGHTSIDE’ STEVE, THE JOBURG FOODIE, SPENT A MORNING WITH CHEF JAMES DIACK AT HIS FAMILY’S BRIGHTSIDE FARM TALKING SEASONALITY, PROVENANCE AND HAD A RUN IN WITH ONE OR TWO PESKY PIGS
We arrive at the farm, a sprawling wonderland of fruit trees, vegetable gardens and animal pens, and, after moseying through the gardens, we step into the stand-alone kitchen at the heart of the farm. We are greeted by James’ mother, Janet, whose loving hands tend to, and nurture,
t’s a chilly winter morning and we’re on our way to Magaliesburg to visit Brightside Farm. In essence, it’s the pantry that stocks James Diack’s three restaurants: Coobs, The National and The Federal. As a pioneer of provenance in South Africa’s food scene, he has constantly been
everything around us. Currently, she’s standing at the stove finishing off batches of freshly made halloumi and is about to start on the ricotta. Soon, she’ll be charging around the farm chasing down a rather large boar that escaped its pen and dared to venture into her vegetable garden. Such is farm life and, as Janet
upping the ante and now proudly boasts menus of which 95 percent of ingredients are sourced from the family farm. Taking things up a notch, he has also created a seasonality calendar which aims to educate consumers about the importance of eating seasonally and how much better the produce is for you, both in flavour and for your health.
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mentions some of the hilarious and at times harrowing happenings which seem to be a daily occurrence, it’s evident there’s never a dull moment. As entertaining as these stories are, they also make you realise the sheer magnitude of this undertaking and of the work, time and energy it’s taken to get to and maintain the position they’re in now. Carrying on our walk around the farm, we venture through beautifully tended rows of broad beans and brocolli – James asks for some to be picked as he has a new dish in mind for the Coobs menu. We come out on the other side and are greeted by a frenzy of piglets. They seem to be running amock in between their lazier, fully-grown counterparts; some chickens which roost nearby and a gaggle of geese which don’t seem too pleased to be disturbed. So
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“There’s honesty to this food I’ve never experienced before and the flavours are so full and fresh” ‘free-range’ are the animals that a trail of these little pink and black critters follows behind us as we make our way around the farm to visit the acorn-fed wild boar and the Suffolk lambs. These animals will all, for the most part, feed into James’ restaurants, but even with
that understanding, looking at them it’s clear they live the most wonderful life and you can’t help but think this is the way all produce should be treated. Heading back to the kitchen we sit down for a lunch of creamy cauliflower soup and freshly baked bread, served with the ricotta Janet had made earlier and a home-made jam of rose geranium – a bush of which is arm’s length from where I sit. We then move onto an organic, farm fresh roast
chicken with a simple yet delicious halloumi and brocolli salad. There’s honesty to this food I’ve never experienced before and the flavours are so full and fresh. Complemented by an authenticity that can only come from being in the centre of where all these ingredients are grown, reared and made, enjoying it together with the people who have tended to it, this is farm to table dining in the most literal sense and quite simply one of the best meals I’ve had.
EAT HERE Experience Chef James Diack’s seasonal, sustainable and organic offerings at Coobs | 38 4th Ave, Parkhurst | 011 447 0710 The National | corner 7th and 4th Ave, Parktown North | 011 327 3030 The Federal | The Federal, 6 7th St, Melville | 010 900 4876
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THIS IS WHAT LEGENDS ARE MADE OF HUGH MASEKELA’S STORY IS FAR FROM OVER. THE COOL, CHARISMATIC, KIND LEGEND, BRA HUGH, IS COMMITTED TO SPREADING THE WORD, THROUGH MUSIC AND THE ARTS, ABOUT HERITAGE RESTORATION IN AFRICA. HE CHATS TO JULIA RICE ABOUT WHY THE WORD ‘RETIREMENT’ DOESN’T EXIST IN HIS VOCABULARY AND LIFE’S HAPPIEST MOMENTS
Photographs Nick Boulton
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t’s not every day you get to be in the company of greatness, and Mr Masekela is one of the true greats. “I don’t take life so seriously and I’ve never looked at my life as professional because it’s what I do. I’ve done this since I was a kid. In fact, I screamed until I was seven months old and then I heard music and I have never stopped singing since then. So, I had to work very hard to get to where I am but it all came to me quite easily.” And that sets the tone for our interview. At 78 years old, Bra Hugh has been on a fast-moving train since the age of 14. “I don’t notice that I’m busy. Have you ever seen the cartoon Speedy Gonzales? That’s how I was as a kid. I’ve always been busy and restless. Busy, restless, curious.” And retirement? “Pff t! I don’t know what that means. I think you retire when you die, right? People who are retired just sit there, waiting to die. I grew up around a lot of musicians and I never heard them talk about retirement. It’s a concept that I just can’t conceive.” Bra Hugh recalls the late great piano player Eubie Blake. “He was 100 years old and still playing,” he says fondly. “I met him through Louis Armstrong, and when I was lucky enough to go backstage, I said to him, ‘Uncle Eubie, ain’t you tired yet? When you gonna stop?’ And he said, ‘Boy, you trying to kill me?’ He believed that if he stopped playing, he’d die. He died playing piano.” He says that’s the great thing about the arts. “Unlike soccer or tennis or track or rugby when you’re 31 you’re old; in the arts, you don’t get a chance to age. You’re always learning in this industry.” Mr Masekela is animated and his laugh is contagious. His face tells the story of a full life, ups and downs, twists and turns, happiness and sadness. But there are more stories to tell, many more. His music crosses cultures, ages and borders (literal and figurative) and is as relevant today as it was half a century ago. Want proof ? He’s collaborating with rapper Riky Rick at this year’s Standard Bank Joy of Jazz (28 to 30 September). “I’ve always been category
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proof. I grew up with all kinds of music. When I was a child, there were no musical categories. We knew all the songs from the movies, we knew all the songs from the musicals and we knew all the cowboy songs. There were no genres. Genres came about in the ‘70s. And there are so many genres now. When people ask me how I describe my music, I say ‘forest with a slight drizzle.’” Talking about collaborations… “Since I came back to South Africa 27 years ago, I think I’ve collaborated with more people than anyone else. I’m thinking of changing my name to ‘Collab’.” Black Coffee is another South African musician he’s collaborated with. “I’m always happy to make someone else happy and to make them successful is even better.” He tells me how the Riky Rick collab came about, “I’d been at a couple of festivals with Riky and I liked what he did. I liked his energy. And then we were also in a Woolworths shoot together. And he came with his beautiful little wife and children. And I just really got to like him.” Bra Hugh says one of his life’s greatest moments was when he was accepted abroad by the people he’d idolised for so long. “They became my peers and my friends.” However, probably the happiest time in his life was when he was able to return home in 1990. “I didn’t think I’d ever be able to come back. I didn’t think South Africa was ever going to change.” The musician had moved to Botswana in 1981 and stayed there until 1985. “Botswana was where I was going to settle if I couldn’t move back to South Africa because I figured if I couldn’t go home, at least I’d be next door.” It was during this time that Bra Hugh founded the Botswana International School of Music (still going today). Two Grammy nominations. Thirty years in exile. An African legend. What a man. A great man. *The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival takes place at the Elkah Stadium in Soweto on 4 November featuring the likes of Riky Rick, Oliver Mtukudzi and Penny Penny, among others. Follow our social media platforms for updates.
THE HUGH MASEKELA HERITAGE FOUNDATION The foundation’s mission is to unearth, preserve and promote Africa’s heritage and culture through arts and education and to restore Africa’s identity and share it with the world. Objectives • To reintroduce elements of heritage into the lives of African communities by way of entertainment and education. • To create structures through which the foundation can promote the restoration, revival, cultivation, development and establishment of learning institutions and enterprises. • To contribute to the restoration of Africa’s identity through the creation of cultural information facilities, the support and incubation of heritage arts and the dissemination of this information and cultural inheritance throughout the African diaspora and the world. The ultimate goal is to create a legacy for future generations, regardless of race, creed or political affiliation. It will be an alternative to the overwhelming existence of worshipping and imitating foreign cultures in the absence of an African heritage mirror through which the dilemma could be countered without abandoning the advantages to be gained from outside influences.
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IN THE BEGINNING WAS GOLD! TESTOSTERONE, BOOZE AND SEX FOLLOWED CLOSE BEHIND Words Neil Fraser
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old? Well there had to be something! Why else would anyone in their right mind found a city in the middle of nowhere? Not one redeeming feature. No sea nor lake, no major river, no mountains; in fact, no redeeming features of natural practicality or beauty. Just a massive savannah on which herds of game swarmed. Well, apart from the fact that deep below the grassy plains were bands of conglomerate forming a gold-bearing reef, which, very occasionally, formed small surface outcrops. So, whereas the establishment and growth of the great cities of the world sprang from local natural physical attributes, the development of Johannesburg was far more managed and manipulated, and was all about the exploitation of its unseen wealth and those needed to bring it to the surface.
Not only was the name of the ‘finder’ of the gold mired in conflicting accounts, so was the naming of the city. Some believe that the city was named after Johannes Meyer; others after the trio of Johann Friedrich Rissik, Christiaan Johannes Joubert and Stephanus Johannes Paulus Kruger (President Paul Kruger). More intriguing is the suggestion that Paul Kruger, awarded the King Johannes Knightly Order of the Immaculate Conception by Portugal, slyly returned the honour to King ‘Johannes’. Because of a restrictive treaty between Kruger and the British, Kruger ‘put out’ that the name was derived from Johann Rissik and Johannes Joubert. Whatever the name of the ‘finder’ or the source of the name, the initial diggers’ camp grew into a mining town and the mining town morphed into a city known affectionately to the colonialists as the ‘Jewel in the Crown of the Empire’. When Rissik and Joubert came to the Witwatersrand from Pretoria in 1886 to investigate the proclamation of the goldfields, they addressed a meeting of about 250 men, near Ferreira’s wagon. After the meeting, the audience moved on to Edgson’s canteen, one of the first pubs on the goldfields, and, it is said, after a toast to teetotaller President Kruger, continued drinking until they had cleared the pub of all stock. The first liquor license, issued in June 1886, actually preceded the September proclamation of the goldfields – forget about gold, this was a city founded on liquor. A young lady who arrived from England at the end of 1886, after trekking from Cape Town by mule wagon, described the trip as “one prolonged picnic and screaming fun”. A Mrs Venn, who arrived in 1887 with her family, brought with her a German maid, Matilda, who was ‘spirited’ away within weeks to work as a barmaid. Barmaids were employed essentially to attract the thirsty. 32 | www.joburgstyle.co.za
THE FINDERS The credit for first finding gold is mired in conflicting accounts and acrimony. The Struben brothers, the Australian George Harrison or the self-styled claimants George Walker, George Honeyball, JB Tayor (Lucky Jim), JG Bantjes, et al! Does it really matter who the finder was? The fact was that gold was present and in mineable quantities. The capitalists followed closely behind, particularly when it became clear that to truly extract maximum wealth, it was necessary to dig deep.
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“eGoli – the city of gold – remains and grows dynamically as the major economic hub of the country”
Clockwise from top left Fred Struben, Rissik Street, old mine shaft, Kruger Rands, Commissioner Street, Gold Rush, George Harrison, Harry Struben. Next page top Wagons on Rissik Street. Below Market on Harrison Street.
Huge quantities of cheap potato spirits poured in from Germany to form the base for the most popular drink of the day, raw potato spirit mixed with tobacco juice and pepper. The facets of ‘the jewel of the Empire’ were its buildings, collectively unique in that they reflected the cosmopolitan nature of the city, using imported styles from every other city in the world and every architectural period. The urban plan never followed those of other South African cities because of the perceived short-term nature of a ‘gold-rush’ city. Whatever urban plan existed has, however, been perverted by decades of colonial and apartheid segregationist policies. The social and economic fabric has been deformed by greed, opportunism and ego. Despite all this, and with the gold now long gone and the glitter tarnished, eGoli – the city of gold – remains and grows dynamically as the major economic hub of the country. It is a city truly unique in its people – the huge cosmopolitan melting pot of those descended from the peoples who were already here, about whom we know very little, those “from the four corners of the earth, crossing oceans and continents and the eternal veld” – about whom much is known, and, finally, those who came (and continue to come) temporarily and intermittently from all over their native Africa.
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JULIA RICE CHATTED TO GRANT CROSSE, FINANCIAL DIRECTOR OF METAL CONCENTRATORS SA (METCON), ABOUT THE CURRENT STATE OF LOCAL GOLD AND THEIR TOP-SELLERS while a sundial hovers above. In all the Spiral designs, the overall composition of the design is based on the number eight, which is the number of perfection and infinity.
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In late 1886, when the new mining town was visited by Bishop Brousfield, he recorded that of the 26 shanties erected, 16 were for “the sale of drinks”. Three years later, the 16 had become 127 saloons. In 1891, an enterprising newspaper editor organised a ‘Barmaids Referendum’; of a population of 30,000 men, women and children, 17,000 votes were cast using the then 288 bars as voting stations. At the final count, a Mrs Groth of Kimberley Bar was declared the winner by 2,000 votes – she was described as an “Aphrodite, amply blessed and with great personal charm”. The population of Johannesburg grew at breakneck speed, making this the fastest growing city in the world. Within 10 years of gold being discovered, the population had quadrupled to 102,500 and the number of bars to 552. By 1928, the population had quadrupled again to 442,000 and eight years later, at 620,000, exceeded the combined populations of the much older cities of Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban. The number of brothels in the city almost challenged the number of bars with gangster-pimps in New York bringing in continental and Russo-American prostitutes by the hundred.
What is it about gold that makes it so appealing to consumers? Gold has been money in one form or another for over 2,500 years. Our current printed fiat money has only been around for about 50 to 100 years. It has stood the test of time for longer than most other forms of money. In times of recession, like now, how does the precious metal industry (in particular, gold) fair? Increasingly, governments are manipulating currencies to suit their own objective, which is why people lose faith in their local currencies and then turn towards gold to preserve their wealth despite what the banks and governments do. So, overall, a recessionary environment is good for the precious metals industry. Please tell us about the Spiral series of minted bars that MetCon launched and why? The Spiral series captures the ethos of South Africa as the Cradle of Humankind in the first of the Spiral series, which features the ‘Spiral of Time’. The design emerges from the spiral found in the fossilised ammonite, which forms the basis of the entire series. There is reference to an astrological clock and three pendulums of a grandfather clock
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Are minted bars very popular as a way to own gold? The important thing to really understand with your question is that gold is gold. Its value can’t be anything else but what the price of gold is at that moment in the world markets. It is also important to buy from reputable sources and that is where the value of the product being minted comes into effect. Tell us about the Nguni bulls and cows… How did they come about? We came to the conclusion that the best representation of African wealth is cattle and the most recognised of wealth cattle is the Nguni bull and cow. We then contracted in a local South African artist, Lungisa Kala, who captured the true essence of the Nguni into clay figurines. This was then moulded and cast with the purest of our precious metals into miniature representations of Africa’s greatest wealth symbol. We’ve also seen great use of them as a form of labola to preserve the African practice of love and respect.
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ATION JOBURG-BASED PHOTOGRAPHER MICHAEL MEYERSFELD CONCENTRATES HIS LENS ON A SOCIETY ADJUSTING TO DEMOCRACY MORE THAN 20 YEARS AFTER THE FACT
uances are small, sometimes infinitesimal, and it is this that renowned photographer Michael Meyersfeld has emphasised when creating the 17 images entitled ‘Adaptation’ that he recently exhibited at the In Toto Gallery in Joburg. His extraordinary images are his interpretation of a social commentary, a glimpse, perhaps from the corner of one’s eye, subliminal impressions that he focuses on and draws attention to, to make us question our preconceived ideas. Often the viewer is reminded, through his eyes, of the beautiful, complex, crazy and resilient society we live in. Michael’s masterful eye is internationally acclaimed, as is his ability to capture a specific moment. Most of the photographs are presented on ‘Duratrans’, a transluscent-based film presented in light boxes that add a further cinematic dimension to his work. A number of the images were exhibited in light boxes – adding a sense of drama and transcending the traditional two-dimensional presentation of photographs. These images took on the allure of stills from a film sequence and served almost as sculptural installations. In her review of the pieces entitled ‘The Arts at Large’, arts writer and academic Robyn Sassen had this to say: “These photographs are brilliant
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â€œBlack and white, rich and poor, joyous and complicated, the characters are a litany of the many faces of South Africaâ€?
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technically even before you get to look properly at the images and the iconography – and the iconoclasm – they embody. “And then, you do look closer. And what do you see? For one thing, you see a microcosm of what it is to be a South African in a society replete with values that shift by the day. Some of these characters, such as the swimsuit-clad woman in what looks like the underside of the bridge in downtown Johannesburg, are like the unexpected gods of a place, the guardians of secret gateways into parallel universes.” “Black and white, rich and poor, joyous and complicated, the characters in this body of work are a litany of the many faces of South Africa.” “This body of work offers a kind of a stage set periscope into how Michael reflects on and composes an understanding of the sham and drudgery, the broken dreams and precious moments that comprise South Africa’s dark and contorted and sometimes surprisingly witty or beautiful social underbellies.” Michael has his own view. “I create my show. I find my story, my location, my models, and then put them together, but only up to the point where there is still enough room for the viewer to add, subtract or alter his or her interpretation at will,” he says of these works. 40 | www.joburgstyle.co.za
“His extraordinary images are his interpretation of a social commentary”
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When investment art gives meaning to the retail heartland Words Kagiso Mnisi
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s the bottom line in the South African retail sector hits a recessionary slump, malls are scrambling to deliver experiences that attract steady foot fall. At the Mall of Africa, one of the more interesting concepts is an art gallery showcasing work from the dynamic Joburg city scene, with the aim of introducing investment art to a market segment that is unlikely to otherwise come into contact with the world of fine art. Thanks to a new generation of emerging artists, South Africa’s fine art scene has become one of the most dynamic in the world; articles pop up repeatedly in the local press about art as a potentially important investment class. Though the global art market has more than tripled in value since 2003, it’s still a complex minefield to navigate for those interested. More often than not an investor will make purchase of a piece created by a well-profiled local artist with the hope of getting a decent return, only to be offered less when they try to sell the piece years later. According to investment specialist Chris Hock, “Investment grade art (if you can distinguish it from all other art) might be a good deal in a recession, but even in a strong economy, it requires specialised skill. Galleries and auctioneers can get away with very glib comments about an artwork being a ‘real investment piece’ without backing it up with rigorous facts. However, we are seeing insurers, such as Hiscox, excelling in art investment education in the mainstream.” Before opening the art investment institute at Mall of Africa, Julie Miller had a long stint in the financial services sector, where she sharpened the specialised skill Chris refers to. According to her, the biggest thing to understand is that the value of art as an asset class is defined by the auction market, and not gallery prices, since auction price data is freely available, while gallery prices and private deals are not. So, while art is www.joburgstyle.co.za | 43
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certainly an investment, it doesn’t quite sail along with stocks and bonds. “You need to know the difference between developing, emerging and established artists,” says Julie. In South Africa at the moment, Benon Lutaaya, Bevan De Wet, Phillemon Hlungwani, Mandy CoppesMartin and Robyn Field are all fast-emerging artists building up a loyal following. The buyer will pay in the several tens of thousands for their work, and because they’re relatively young and rising fast, the chances of significant appreciation are good. An emerging artist with a niche following, Robyn Field has a strong foundation in the South African art scene after many years of working to develop other artists’ careers. The potency of her current work resides in its unflinching political atmosphere. “As a creative I don’t want to get too locked into the money side of what I do. I concentrate on making the best work I can, and on making work that reflects who I am as an artist and a human,” she says, alluding to the complexity of the art auction market. Robyn belongs to a stable of emerging artists managed by the Julie Miller Investment Art Institute. So, is art investment as slippery as it sounds? “The same rules apply whether you’re looking at art, commodities or derivatives in terms of investment risk,” says Julie. “The bottom line is you need knowledge. You need to understand, in other words, the difference in asset value and risk profile between a Picasso and a Damien Hirst, or between a Kentridge and a Layziehound Coka.” In the case of Layziehound Coka, another artist Julie works with and represents, there’s considerable investor attention being paid to his work. Layziehound’s art possesses impressive compositional skill and a knack for strong polemic storytelling, including hip hop-styled lyrical content and poetic references. His theme in recent years has been the morality of ‘suits’ in South Africa. Often, buyers of his work will visit him directly at his studio at the August House in the inner city of Johannesburg. “I have found that the majority people who buy my work are educated in the value of art. They sometimes don’t fall in love with my work at first glance, meaning they would come back a second or third time after assessing the investment variables associated with the work.” A retail complex with hyper commercial activity, the mall might not typically be viewed as a bastion of soul-warming culture, but at the Mall of Africa, the Julie Miller Investment Art Institute is challenging this paradigm.
Mandy Coppes-Martin In 2012, she became a full-time artist producing work in paper and silk. Her works Trembling Giant and Virgin Pulp were awarded the runner-up prize in the 2012 Sasol New Signatures Competition. These two works are currently housed in the Sasol Collection. She has exhibited in numerous shows .
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Phillemon Hlungwani Known predominantly for his large-scale charcoal drawings depicting scenes from rural life and formal and informal settlements, Phillemon’s work is rooted deeply in a sense of community and the traditional values that endure there. Many of his recent drawings include proverbs in Xitsonga.
Bevan De Wet From 2011 to 2016, Bevan worked at the Artist Proof Studio as a professional print technician, collaborator and academic facilitator. During this time, he worked with artists such as Gerhard Marx, William Kentridge, Norman Catherine, Doris Bloom and the Handspring Puppet Company.
Benon Lutaaya Unable to afford proper art supplies when he started out, Benon improvised with recycled, found paper material gathered from streets. He moved to South Africa in 2011 on an international artist residency award by the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios in Joburg, where he still holds a studio.
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THE KNIGHTâ€™S WATCH BATTLE CRIES, CHAIN MAIL, JUGGLERS, JESTING AND POISON APPLES, NOT TO MENTION HEALTHY HELPINGS OF HAGGIS AND FABULOUS FEASTS... THIS IS A MEDIEVAL FANTASY LAND CIRCA THE DARK AGES IN THE MIDDLE OF KYALAMI. ARE WE SERIOUS? YOU BETCHA Photographs Paul Westgate & supplied
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t’s a blast from the past that is very much part of the 21st century, an opportunity to re-enact The Lord of the Rings or King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and every possible tale that includes buxom fair maidens and knights in shining armour. Get hale and hearty on mead and ale at a choice of two taverns, and fasten your chain mail. The Medieval Fayre, which takes place in Joburg every September, is not for the faint-hearted. People actually dress up in full armour and duel! There are those who throw axes, those who shoot arrows on horseback, live action mock battles and pie-eating contests. There are bread makers and pie makers and turkey legs, which is the dish of choice if you’re into medieval mode. And did we mention the costumes? Princesses and fairies, Viking warriors and knights, peasants and delightful damsels… come as you are or dress up to the nines. The Fayre awaits. The first Medieval Fayre in Joburg in 2011 drew 1,800 people. This year’s fair drew six times that. Who would have thought that stepping back to medieval times would have such a great following? But it does. The Medieval Fayre, which is held at Inanda Country Base in Kyalami, was the brainwave of Meryl Rosenberg and her boyfriend, Karl Smit, both of whom were definitely born in the wrong era. Meryl, who is responsible for putting together the Fayre, which is in its sixth iteration, says it all started because “I wanted to ride a big, black horse in a long, black dress”. Be that as it may, beau Karl was up to the challenge. He’s a sword fighter and current chairman of Battle Heritage SA, which represents the country in a relatively new sport called full contact medieval combat, a combination of mixed martial arts, re-enactment and rugby. They don armour made from the same material used in the 14th century (we’re talking the period from 1350 to 1405, he tells us). It’s specially handmade for them by skilled artisans who are also interested in the sport, and the Middle Ages. So there they are, at Kyalami Country Club between one and three times a week, including most Sunday afternoons, all kitted out in full period gear, which includes civilian medieval clothing – leather
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shoes without soles, baggy pants called brays and hosen, which are stockings. Not to mention aforesaid armour. They use a choice of three weapons – a long sword, sword and shield, or a pole arm, all weighing between 1.5 and 3kg, all handcrafted from proper steel. Do they get hurt, we ask? “Sure,” says Karl. “Fractured, broken fingers, dislocated knees and shoulders… we do take safety precautions, though.” The sport is so popular that is now regulated (which is why Battle Heritage SA came into being) and every year world tournaments are held. This year’s tournament, held in Denmark, involved real battles, true competitions based on medieval traditions with more than 20 countries from around the world competing. Battle Heritage SA sent a team that included three women (“That’s right, we’re not all men here,” says Karl with a grin). In fact, one third of those involved in the sport are women. So what kind of people are into this sport? “We’re all nerds. We all grew up with The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Arthur and the like. We have a steady and overwhelming desire to involve our love of fighting and history.” A very large part of the sport is what is known as ‘re-enactment’, 48 | www.joburgstyle.co.za
a form of bringing the past into the present. And this is where Karl’s and Meryl’s interests overlap, offering like-minded individuals the opportunity to display life as it was lived during medieval times. Aside from sword play, it also involves showcasing artisanal markets and fairs, feasts and banquets – a little bit of fantasy for when reality is quite tough. Of course, the sword fighting is one of the highlights of every Fayre. “We’ve been one of the main attractions for the past five years,” Karl admits. “We have a steady following who enjoy watching knights in shining armour fight each other steel versus steel. And how do we choose the winner? We ask the crowd who they think is the best fighter.” Of course, a Medieval Fayre is not just about fighting and eating your
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fill. There is all sorts of tomfoolery and entertainment on offer. You’ll find fire dancers and other musical and theatrical acts, a drum circle, a witches’ coven… you can even get married as there’s a licensed marriage officer. Stalls offer every possible type of medieval magic, including handcrafted leatherware, metal, trinkets and olde worlde snacks like pies and toffee apples. Of course, there’s a little bit of Hollywood fantasy thrown in for good measure, but the result is one big, fabulous festival set in another world at another time, before cities like Joburg existed. Before malls and modern music and mayhem, all there was, was magic. How wonderful is that?
RELIVING THE PAST From the second half of the 20th century, interest in the medieval was increasingly expressed through forms of re-enactment, including combat, i.e. recreating historical conflict, armour, arms and skill, as well as the recreation of the medieval social and cultural lifestyle, particularly when it comes to clothing, food and crafts. This movement has led to the creation of medieval markets and fairs, like the Medieval Fayre held every year in September in Joburg.
DIRECTORY Medieval Fayre www.medievalfayre.co.za Battle Heritage Association www.battleheritage.co.za Kyalami Country Club www.kyalamicc.co.za Medieval costumes sinderellacostumehire.co.za
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WELCOME TO KENYA’S MASAI MARA, WHERE A GAME DRIVE CAN FEATURE THE BIG FIVE TWICE OVER IN A DAY, AND THE MIGRATION IS IMMINENT… OR IS IT? SHARON PRESTON EXPLORES THE KENYAN WILDS
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he little plane taking us to this magnificent part of Kenya goes up into the sky and down again four times en route. Just like a taxi. It bumps along the airstrip preparing for take-off, weaves into the sky for a short while and then dips for another bumpy landing. Finally, we disembark into the stillness of the Mara plains, the heat rising from the ground, the breeze almost non-existent. The Masai Mara is like a full treasure chest spilling out all sorts of wild animals, sometimes all grazing together (zebra, giraffe, different buck) or sleeping peacefully in the sun (two lions with huge bellies full of wildebeest, a leopard up in a tree with his catch, his breath rising and falling and shaking the leaves). Karen Blixen Camp emerges, a surprise, an oasis we weren’t expecting. Our home for the next two nights is an eco-friendly luxury camp with a magnificent waterhole where a variety of animals come to drink. Our spacious tented accommodation (verandah with chairs, bedroom with huge double bed, a dressing room with loo and an outside shower-cum-dressing room) is comfortable and cosy. We find hot water bottles tucked into our beds at night and after a fourcourse meal (starters, soup, mains and dessert), we sleep like babies. There’s a river running in front of the tents and on the other side is the abundance of wildlife we’ve been watching at the waterhole. My neighbours for the first night are crocodiles, a noisy hippo disturbs my afternoon shower and the camp’s enormous but friendly eland is always on call. He belongs to Benjamin, the security guard, who calls him with a clucking sound to accompany him on his watch.
MASAI WARRIORS Being welcomed into the Masai village is a noisy, colourful, boisterous affair. Tall men in vibrant Masai blankets dance around us, singing, and then show their prowess by jumping higher than a giraffe. Masai men, they tell us, have many wives. The first is chosen by his family, the second by the first wife, the third by the first and second wife, and so on. It’s a man’s world in the Mara. The men guard the property and their wives do the work.
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Governors Camp This is the base from which the world-famous dawn hot-air balloon safaris take place. But that’s just one of the advantages of this luxury tented camp, renowned as one of the best of its kind in Africa. Aside from excellent game viewing, there are also walking safaris, visits to a Masai village and, if you visit in July, the opportunity to see the migration. www.governorscamp.com
The following day we travel towards the part of the Mara where the migration is taking place. July is migration month and we’re all under the impression from photographs we’ve seen that, like clockwork, thousands of wildebeest and other animals will appear, moving from the Serengeti in Tanzania across the Kenyan plains. But nature doesn’t follow rules, or timetables. That day, we see a group of around a hundred wildebeest grazing. We’ve envisioned it all morning, watching hundreds of animals noisily and ungracefully clamber down the riverbank, into the river and up the other side. We can’t wait for the noise, the turmoil, the excitement… We’re at the whim of a herd of wildebeest and they are nowhere in sight. As we return to the camp, we’re offered a small consolation, sightings of lots of animals going about their daily business in the bush. That very same fat leopard, lying on his back in the grass as the sun starts to set, snoring. That evening, over a candlelit bush dinner under the stars, we learn that we are going on a sunrise game drive. I’m not impressed. Come 3.30am and we’re sleepily drinking coffee. We arrive at Governor’s Camp and as we disembark, we see two colourful balloons lying in the grass. A little wary, we are briefed about our impending journey. “The landing is likely to be bumpy,” warns our pilot. “So make sure you do exactly what I tell you.” Then we’re soaring above the ground as the sun rises, golden light on the Mara River below us, animals quietly going about their business without a care in the world. Buffalo grazing below us, a solitary elephant taking a drink. Giraffe and hippo, buffalo and deer. I’ve seen the world from a different perspective, one usually only viewed by the underbelly of a bird. And it’s changed me. That’s what bucket list experiences do.
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EAT LIKE THE LOCALS DO Kenyan cuisine is fresh, tasty and healthy. Salads are crammed with flavourful ingredients like creamy goat’s cheese feta.
Joburg Style was flown to Kenya courtesy of Kenya Airways and travelled through the country on Safarilink’s fleet of small aeroplanes. We were hosted throughout by Kenya Tourism.
LITTLE BLACK BOOK Kenya Airways www.kenya-airways.com Safarilink www.flysafarilink.com Kenya Tourism www.magicalkenya.com Karen Blixen Camp www.karenblixencamp.com Hot-air balloon rides www.governorsballoonsafaris.com Masai village tour www.karenblixencamp.com
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SPA DAZE GINA BORTHWICK ENJOYS THREE DAYS OF PAMPERING IN STYLE AT ANANTARA BAZARUTO ISLAND RESORT IN MOZAMBIQUE
Anantara Signature Massage This 90-minute massage combines a mixture of eastern and western techniques in specifically designed movements using the spa’s signature oil blend. Excellent for stimulating circulation and relaxing muscles. Reflexology is also used to clear energy blockages and promote overall wellbeing. Clay Rhassoul For 45 minutes you’re cocooned in a choice of special therapeutic mud. The results: your body is purified and revitalised, and your skin feels flawlessly smooth. Great for all skin types. Choices of mud include red clay for normal to dry skin, which nourishes and rehydrates, white clay for softening and soothing (this one’s ideal for normal and sensitive skin) or green clay for detoxifying, tightening pores and balancing moisture – ideal for normal to oily skin types. Mozambique Sand Compress Massage A unique 90-minute treatment massage using an African massage oil blend and heated sand compress. It combines traditional Thai and oil massage techniques to relieve muscle tension, stiffness, pain and fatigue. It’s designed to stimulate blood circulation and the lymphatic system, while increasing energy levels. A warming effect promotes flexibility and deep relaxation. Traditional Thai Massage Passed down through generations, this unique and exotic 90-minute massage is known to many as ‘passive yoga’, as it offers the ultimate body workout. The expert therapist does all the work while you enjoy the benefits. Pressure point and stretching techniques effectively release tension, increase flexibility and boost vitality.
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A spa holiday is high on the bucket list of all those who know the value of a good pamper. So, an opportunity to enjoy three days of spa treatments at the five-star Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort in Africa’s best spa was a dream come true. The resort is situated on the island of Bazaruto, offering superb weather all year round. It’s quite close to Johannesburg (just shy of two hours by plane to Vilanculos). From Vilanculos, you can catch a ferry to Bazaruto. You can also reach the island on a charter flight, but then you miss out on seeing dolphins frolicking in the waves. The island is spectacular. The resort backs onto magnificent dunes, and the beach villas, where we stayed, are located on a beautiful stretch of white sand. Pampering starts in the spacious rooms with a soap menu – choose from an array of different scented soaps as well as a selection of bath salts to enjoy in the enormous sunken bath. There’s also an outdoor shower, which is a lovely addition to an already marvellous abode. You can literally roll out of bed onto the beach, where you’ll find a choice of loungers or hammocks waiting. The resort also boasts a state-of-the-art gym for the active. Dining at the resort is a hedonist’s delight. The chef is passionate about food, and locally sourced ingredients take centre stage. Of course, the getaway is all about the impressive spa on the property, with its breathtaking views and superlative facilities. The spa menu is comprehensive, the therapists are experienced
HOW TO GET THERE Joburg Style was flown to Mozambique by Airlink, the regional feeder airline, which offers a wide network of regional and domestic flights within southern Africa and operates as a franchisee to SAA. There are direct scheduled flights between Johannesburg and Vilanculos. From August 2017 onwards, you can also fly to Vilanculos from Nelspruit, offering a combination of a bush and beach experience. Airlink is a member of South African Airways’ Frequent Flyer Loyalty programme, Voyager. www.flyairlink.com | SAA Central Reservations 011 978 1111
and happy to tailor-make packages to suit guests’ requirements. Treatments include the Spa Clay Rasul, a relaxing steam session where your body is first exfoliated and then covered in a mud mask. During the Mozambique Sand Compress Massage, the therapist uses a heated sand compress with sand from the nearby dunes to relieve aches and pains. The African Beach Tradition is a deep exfoliating treatment performed on the beach. After the body scrub has been administered, you wash it off in the ocean before having aloe vera gel squeezed from the plant onto your skin – a revitalising experience. The
spa’s facilities are another win. There’s an ice pool and a heated Jacuzzi overlooking the bay and guests enjoy a healthy spa lunch washed down with cinnamoninfused tea. When you’re not being spoilt at the spa, there is so much to keep you busy, including numerous water sports, such as snorkelling. Enjoy a sundowner cruise on a traditional dhow, watching the sun set over the water. Or go horse riding on the beach… sheer bliss. Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort is the sort of place you want to return to time and again… Joburg Style will be back, we promise you. www.joburgstyle.co.za | 61
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CLAUDIA AND TERRENCE PEARCE SPENT THE WEEKEND EXPLORING ROBERTSON WINE VALLEY, STOPPING AT WINE FARMS IN THE AREA AND STAYING IN QUAINT, LUXURY SPOTS Photographs Claudia & Terrence Pearce
FRIDAY Terrence and I both love the outdoors and make a point of going for a hike every weekend. So, we left Cape Town early on Friday morning to hike in the area. The views over Robertson were exceptional and we were even lucky enough to spot a couple of fish eagles. In the late afternoon, we checked into Mimosa Lodge in Montagu. We were welcomed by our friendly host and shown to our spacious room overlooking the lush back garden and dramatic Montagu mountains. The lodge is known as a gourmet getaway in the Little Karoo, and that night the chef prepared us a highly original and well-thought-out, four-course vegan meal. For the entrÃ©e, we had cucumber wrapped asparagus followed by a rich, creamy and aromatic soup, divine curry for main and a coconut panacotta and sugar brittle for dessert. To say we were stuffed is an understatement! SATURDAY After a relaxing evening in our luxurious abode, we awoke to the delicious aromas coming from the kitchen. Breakfast was vegan, gluten-free flapjacks, yum! The chef was so attentive and inventive and
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my specific dietary requirements didn’t deter him in the least. The first stop on our wine tasting tour was De Wetshof Estate where we explored the wonders of Chardonnay and got to know about its interesting history with host Heinrich Bothman. Next, slightly off the beaten track and situated on the foothills of the Langeberg mountains, we arrived at Mont Blois where we received a warm welcome from Nina-Mari and Ernst Bruwer and their two children. While tasting Mont Blois’ fine offerings, we were treated to a rich and vivid history of the beautiful, sixth generation family-run farm. Peckish after wine tasting, we made our way to
The Robertson Wine Valley Association was formed in 1983 to cohesively improve the local wine industry, promote the valley as a tourism destination and uplift the community. Today, it represents over 50 wineries and tourism establishments. The valley is situated a two-hour scenic drive from Cape Town on the renowned Route 62 and sits between the Langeberg and Riviersonderend mountain ranges with the Breede River running through the valley. www.robertsonwinevalley.com
DIRECTORY Excelsior Estate. We enjoyed an al fresco lunch in the warm winter sun at Graze Deli surrounded by foraging horses and overlooking the dam. Then, something I was so looking forward to, we had the unique opportunity to blend, bottle and label our own wine. The last stop on our Saturday tasting tour led us to Zandvliet Estate where we where shown a vast history through images, old wine bottles and incredible art by local surrealist painter Pieter van Tonder. Our host guided us to the fireplace in the Kalkveld Lounge to taste a great selection of wines and citrus (ClemenGold). We were also treated to some Clemengold gin. The sun set and we made our way to the Swellendam part of the Robertson Wine Valley where we were met by the bubbly host of Jan Harmsgat Country House, owned by ex Miss South Africa Amy Kleinhans. Aged wooden floors, vintage furniture and underfloor heating in
the bathroom (a bonus for the chilly evening) welcomed us as we stepped into the magnificent and large cottage rooms. After exploring the vines and old country house on the property, we moved into the exquisite dining room to be welcomed by friendly staff and a homely three-course meal paired with their delicious wine offerings. Just before heading to bed, we stopped at the outdoor fireplace for a nightcap. SUNDAY The second last stop on our tour of the valley lead us to Graham Beck to master the art of MCC (bubbly tasting) with host Kato de Wet. We also had the opportunity to view his incredible and rather rare art collection, what a treat! Last but not least (we’ll definitely be back to the valley), we headed to the Bon Cap country farm, a family-run farm to enjoy a home-made buffet lunch with host Michelle du Preez.
Mimosa Lodge www.mimosa.co.za De Wetshof Estate www.dewetshof.com Mont Blois www.montblois.co.za Excelsior Wine Estate www.excelsior.co.za Zandvliet Wine Estate www.zandvliet.co.za Jan Harmsgat Country House www.janharmsgat.com Graham Beck grahambeckwines.co.za Bon Cap www.boncap.co.za
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FAST FACTS Best time to visit It’s always a good time to visit, although different times of year may be better suited to your particular interests. May to September is ideal for birdwatching; the best time for diving is between March and May and then September to November; conditions for fishing are ideal between October and April; while May to September are the best months for walking and hiking. Getting there Direct flights are available five times a week, departing OR Tambo International in Johannesburg, operated by Air Seychelles. Entry requirements South African passport holders do not require a visa for entry to the Seychelles; however, a passport is required valid on the date of entry to and exit from Seychelles. Currency The local currency is the Seychelles rupee (SCR), which is divided into 100 cents. Coins come in 5, 10, 25 cents, and 1 and 5 rupee denominations. Notes come in 10, 25, 50, 100 and 500 rupee denominations. Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Seychelles. When acquiring rupees by credit card, it is advisable to exchange only what is needed on a daily basis. Health requirements There is no yellow fever in Seychelles, and as a precaution a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age who come from or who have passed through a partly or wholly infected area within the preceding six days.
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WITH ITS NATURAL ATTRACTIONS, PRISTINE BEACHES, CULINARY OFFERING AND ITS ROMANTIC APPEAL, SEYCHELLES IS THE CREAM OF THE CROP IN ISLAND DESTINATIONS Having just been named the top island destination in Africa and the Middle East in the Travel + Leisure’s 2017 World’s Best Awards for the second consecutive year, Seychelles as a favourite island destination is topping the charts. Look past the obvious appeal of white sandy beaches and breathtaking scenery, and you’re likely to find a Mecca of culture, adventure, culinary delights, lively activity and friendly people. All you’ll have to do is sit back and take it all in. ONE OF A KIND Seychelles is truly unique in the sense that it is known to be the world’s only granite islands in midocean, it is also known to be the world’s oldest ocean islands and has the world’s largest raised coral atoll. In total, Seychelles comprises 115 granitic and coralline islands; however, since the islands remained undiscovered until the 16th century, a one-of-a-kind flora and fauna system evolved. Today, plants and wildlife found nowhere else on earth continue to thrive, such as the Seychelles scops owl and Aldabra rail, found only in Mahé. AUTHENTIC Seychelles is often considered to be paradise on earth, with British General Charles ‘Chinese’ Gordon even going as far as to declare the island of Praslin to be the Garden of Eden. Even more specifically, he found a species of tree specific to the islands, which he believed to be the actual Tree of Knowledge: the coco de mer. Travelling through the Morne Seychellois National Park’s tropical paradise, hikers can work their way to the base of Kopolia Peak, the scene of an incredibly diverse and unique ecosystem. Besides the lush vanilla orchards and myriad palm tree species, visitors can have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the very rare jellyfish tree and also the carnivorous pitcher plant. Beautiful to look at, but don’t get too close as you may be mistaken for an animal snack. On Moyenne Island, located within the Sainte Anne Marine
National Park off the north coast of Mahé, there are believed to be over 120 giant tortoises – the eldest (at an estimated 76 years of age) goes by the name of Desmond. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve offers everything you would expect on a tropical island. BON APPETITE! While the Seychelles is synonymous with brightly coloured fruits and vegetables and, of course, fresh seafood, there is quite a bit more to be found on the menu that you may not even have thought of considering. Breadfruit is somewhat of a staple food and quite popular in the Seychelles. While it may not look like much at first glance, its rather tough exterior and potato-like interior is enjoyed either as a side,
snack or as a dessert. And, to let you in on a little secret… legend has it that if you eat breadfruit at least once in the Seychelles, there is a great chance that you will one day visit the island paradise again. More adventurous eaters should try fruit bat or ‘flying fox’ as it is also known. It is served in many of the restaurants and can be prepared in a variety of ways. It is said to taste like venison, but apparently it is quite challenging to eat due to the many tiny bones you have to work around to get to the actual meat. You will find no shortage of delicious seafood to eat in the Seychelles, but if you are looking for something out of the norm, try some tec tec. The small white shellfish is collected from the beach and cooked with pumpkin for the makings of a delectable soup. Also known as palm wine, calou is fermented wine, sourced from the inflorescence of coconut trees, which tastes sweet or tart after fermentation. It is also used in a variety of dishes. Coco d’Amour is a tropical coconut liqueur. ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS Despite its small size, the island destination has actively been working to manage its tourism development with due regard to the environment. From reducing, reusing and the recycling of waste materials to actively promoting sustainable living to both residents and visitors, Seychelles government and environmental NGOs are doing their share to protect the environment. Perhaps one of the most publicised initiatives is that, effective July this year, Seychelles has become ‘plastic free’ through the implementation of a ban on the use and importation of items such plastic bags, cups, cutlery and Styrofoam packaging. In addition, thanks to enlightened attitudes of the government and locals, more than 50 percent of the land mass of Seychelles is set aside as nature reserves, National Parks and protected areas, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vallée de Mai in Praslin. This makes Seychelles the first nation on earth to officially protect more than half its total area.
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NO BEATING AROUND THE BUSH NEW EXCLUSIVE BUSH RETREAT BECKS SAFARI LODGE OFFERS THE QUINTESSENTIAL LUXURY SAFARI EXPERIENCE. GINA BORTHWICK EXPERIENCES ITS MAGIC So close and yet so far away… a few days in the bush at Becks in the Karongwe Reserve with its lush vegetation, numerous trees and more than 365 different species of bird is a far cry from life in vibrant Joburg. It’s a great treat to be away from the noise and the bustle, the traffic jams and honking hooters. Here, life goes at a much slower, gentler pace, even if you do have to get up at the crack of dawn to experience what it’s really like to live in the wilds. At 5am it’s quiet, a little chilly and very peaceful. After coffee and rusks, we head off into the true African bush on a game drive in an open safari vehicle. Our knowledgeable guide is ready to answer any questions we have about the animals we see as we amble along. Of course, we were all hoping to see the
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Big Five immediately, and even though we didn’t see everything on our first morning, our expectations were rewarded. A highlight was tracking leopard, which took us way off-road, but was worth every bump. We also got to watch lions mating, which was quite an experience. There’s no rush in the bush. Zebra, giraffe and numerous other animals go about their morning routine at a slow pace. Our base for two nights, the brand new and luxurious Becks Safari Lodge, lies in the exquisite Karongwe Game Reserve overlooking the Makhutswi River. It’s an intimate retreat with just 11 luxurious safari suites on the riverside, including two suites for families or couples. All offer breathtaking views of the river or a waterhole from a private deck. All of the accommodation, which sleeps up to 20 people in total, combines luxe living with a deep appreciation for the natural terrain. The living area features a large main deck as well as a sunken fire pit; both provide excellent opportunities to view game as they come to drink and to enjoy the natural setting. One thing I noticed from the moment I arrived at Becks is that the lodge is committed to conserving and protecting the environment in every way possible. Built from locally sourced materials and decorated with indigenous artworks, Becks strives to have a positive impact on the community and inspire social change. When we get back to the lodge at around 8.30am, there’s a hearty breakfast waiting. Then it’s time to
HOW TO GET THERE Joburg Style drove to Becks Safari Lodge and enjoyed the hospitality, courtesy of the Karongwe Portfolio. Travel time is five hours by car from Joburg, or a scheduled flight to Hoedspruit where guests are met on arrival and transferred to the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, where the safari begins. www.karongweportfolio.com
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WHAT TO DO Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Dedicated to the conservation of various endangered species as well as the rehabilitation of injured wildlife, this wildlife centre also runs a selection of successful breeding programmes. www.moholoholo.co.za Panorama Tour Spend a day exploring Mpumalanga with an experienced guide, visiting famous sights such as Pinnacle Rock and God’s Window. There’s also the scenic Blyde River Canyon. www.karongweportfolio.com Hot-air ballooning Enjoy a ride over Hoedspruit, floating over the exquisite Sabie River Valley near Hazyview at dawn, and travelling over the legendary Sabie River below. www.karongweportfolio.com
enjoy the various relaxing facilities on offer, such as the 20m infinity pool and a selection of pampering, rejuvenating treatments at the Thera Naka Spa where natural healing is the focus. A divine afternoon tea is served at 3pm, followed by a game drive at 4pm, another opportunity to see wild animals and enjoy a true bush experience. Sunset in the wild is best experienced on safari, with the late afternoon shadows adding a dramatic effect to the beauty of the bush. If you stay at the lodge instead of going on a game drive, you can enjoy sundowners on the main deck as the sun sets on another perfect day. I chose to go game viewing in the afternoons while there, and when we returned to the lodge at 7pm, we had time to freshen up and change before dinner. As it’s quite chilly in the evenings, there’s a fireplace inside in the lodge’s main area where we could relax after dinner and share stories of the various animals we’d seen on our game drive and the perfect photographic opportunities we’d had – or missed. All too soon it’s time to head home. I’m loath to leave my magnificent luxury suite, which is not only spacious but offers an inside/outside feel that is hard to beat and unsurpassed views of the surrounding terrain. Here, everything is modern and beautiful, including an en suite bathroom with every mod con. But sadly, it’s time to head back to the city.
Visit Becks with a 25 percent discount off the usual rates! Experience an unforgettable luxury getaway to Becks for just R4,875 per person per night. This incredible rate is valid until 31 December 2017 and includes: • Meals, teas, coffees, snacks • Accommodation • Safaris in open Land Rovers • Drinks on dusk safaris limited to one per person (local beer, wine or soft drink) • All local house wines and beers are now included at Becks Safari Lodge Excludes • Airport and road transfers, including chartered flights landing at Hoedspruit Civil Air Base • Mini bar, curio, telephone, Wi-Fi, spa and laundry expenses • Tourism levy of R14 per person per night applicable to all lodges on the reserve; this may only be billed back to the agent/operator • Karongwe Game Reserve gate entrance fee of R105 per person per stay • Premium and imported brands • Rhino levy of R40 per person per stay; must be settled direct on departure www.karongweportfolio.com Reservations: 011 817 5560
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Explore | Cool District
FLASHBACK: 1957. BRAAMFONTEIN WAS, AT THE TIME, ALMOST THE DE FACTO MELROSE ARCH OF JOBURG, AND ONE OF THE CITYâ€™S FIRST DECENTRALISED OFFICE NODES, HOME TO PRESTIGIOUS LAW FIRMS, LEADING ADVERTISING AGENCIES AND SWISH-SWANK BLUE-CHIP OFFICES Words Josef Talotta | Photographs Channay Harvey
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ndeed, by the 1980s, Braamfontein was home to some of Joburg’s leading see-and-be-seen-in restaurants, including Pot Luck, Linger Longer and Fat Frank’s Southern Diner. A lively theatre, nightclub and dinner scene was underscored by a heady counter-cultural scene, driven by the presence of Wits University, known by conservative suburbanites as ‘Kremlin On The Hill’. Fast forward to 1997, and increased decentralisation saw many corporates in lower Braamfontein beat a hasty retreat to the leafy suburbs, with support services and restaurants rapidly following suit. Fortunately, the district’s largest corporates – Liberty, Sappi, JD Group and South African Breweries – stayed on, perched on the ridge, albeit mentally focused northwards towards the suburbs. The millennium was not kind to Braamfontein, which had begun to develop a reputation as a no-go zone. By the early 2000s, forward thinking property developers like South Point and Adam Levy’s Play Braamfontein began snapping up underutilised and abandoned buildings, with eyes firmly on the future. The location of Wits University in the neighbourhood, the new Gautrain station at Park Station and the critical mass of remaining blue-chip corporates – when combined – promised a strong base from which to reimagine and rebuild the district. And rebuild they did – many of the projects coming to life just in time for the World Cup, with South Point launching a new hotel and Randlords and Play Braamfontein launching 70 Juta and the Neighbourgoods Market in 2011. The district has since evolved, best known for its diverse mix of visitors, residents and office workers, and as the headline grabbing poster child for Joburg’s urban renewal.
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Once celebrated as one of Joburg’s premiere dining destinations, Braamfontein’s food scene has been reinvigorated with a new generation of nosh spots. The Grove, a little public piazza on lower Melle Street, offers a trilogy of eateries including Velo (café style food) and 86 Public Clockwise from top Neighbourgood’s Market, street art, Father Coffee, paella at Neighbourgood’s Market, Daleahs
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JOBURG’S SNEAKER CAPITAL For the coolest and latest global trends, you can check out any of a half dozen sneaker galleries that are dotted across a few blocks.
Adidas Area3 Adidas concept store offering limited range apparel and footwear. 011 339 1348
(wood-fired pizza and big city sister to the Illovo branch). You can travel the culinary world within a few blocks: The Smokehouse (steaks, burgers); R Janas (curries, samosas); Love Food (fresh food graze table); Metanoia (Greek); Daleahs (café style) and Black Forest ( Joburg’s definitive German bakery). Coffee lovers will shake with caffeined delight at the number of high calibre options, all located within a few blocks: Doubleshot Coffee & Tea, Father Coffee, Post.
Anatomy Brands include Converse, Vans, Nike and more. 011 339 1314 Puma Select Limited edition, collaborative works with global designers. 011 403 3096 X Trend Limited range and design collabs from leading brands. 011 339 1078 Converse New flagship store, opening mid-September.
Forward thinking international and national brands have opened cutting edge concept stores, creating a stand-alone retail destination in the process, offering something for everyone. On the beauty front, MAC Cosmetics was joined by Clinique, which opened its first standalone store in South Africa. Culture vultures will love TOMS, Joburg’s legendary music destination store, which has recently undergone a multimillion rand renovation, and African Flavour, a pan-African celebration of books, music and film (long overdue as a cultural offering in a city that far too often forgets it’s located in Africa).
Braamfontein’s Neighbourgoods Market (Saturdays, 9am to 3pm) is one of Joburg’s top food and lifestyle markets, with scores of carefully curated traders, attracting thousands of visitors every week. By night, the streets come alive with the city’s youthquake flocking to Kitcheners ( Joburg’s second oldest pub), Great Dane, Republic of 94 and The Orbit, firmly established as Joburg’s definitive live jazz venue. www.joburgstyle.co.za | 71
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FYI 86 Public www.86public.co.za The Smokehouse www.thesmokehouseandgrill.co.za RJanas 011 403 9618 Love Food www.lovefoodkitchen.com Metanoia www.metanoia.joburg Daleahs www.daleahs.wordpress.com Black Forest 011 403 0065 Doubleshot Coffee & Tea www.doubleshot.co.za
A lively art scene is anchored by David Brodie’s Stevenson Gallery, the Kalashnikovv Gallery and Dokter And Misses by Joburg husband and wife design duo, Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin. The district is also known for its ever-changing pop-up gallery spaces as well its impressive public art, like Clive van den Berg’s famous Eland sculpture. The Wits Art Museum opened in 2012; its current exhibition, Warhol Unscreened, broke previous attendance records, attracting more than 5,000 visitors to its opening (the show is a must-see, and hangs until 8 October).
Clockwise from top Wits Art Museum, street scene, Neighbourgood’s Market
Father Coffee www.fathercoffee.co.za Post 072 248 2078 MAC Cosmetics www.maccosmetics.co.za Clinique www.clinique.co.za TOMS www.toms.co.za African Flavour www.africanflavourbooks.com Neighbourgoods Market www.neighbourgoodsmarket.co.za Kitcheners 011 403 0166 Great Dane 011 403 1136 Republic of 94 010 595 1094 The Orbit www.theorbit.co.za Stevenson Gallery www.stevenson.info Kalashnikovv Gallery www.kalashnikovv.co.za Dokter And Misses www.dokterandmisses.com Wits Art Museum www.wits.ac.za
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EXPLORE | CAPE TOWN
48 hours IN THE 021 TAKE A DRIVE ON THE SLOW SIDE WITH GERALD SCHREINER, FROM CAMPS BAY TO HOUT BAY AND NOORDHOEK, STOPPING AT CHAPMAN’S PEAK, LUXURY SLEEPOVER DESTINATIONS AND SCRUMPTIOUS DINING OPTIONS 9PM Perched on a hill in the Oudekraal Nature Reserve sits The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, where I checked in with my travel companion on Friday night. The hotel’s setting is ideal for visitors wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and Camps Bay. You can also enjoy whale watching from the deck of the restaurant or bar.
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rather fun, if you have the stomach for that windy road. 10:30AM We decided on a slow hike to digest breakfast along the path behind the hotel with the majestic Twelve Apostles hanging above us. As part of the Table Mountain National Park, this area offers the most diverse fynbos selection, and it is certainly one of the more scenic hikes you can do in Cape Town. 12PM A short Uber ride along the stunning Victoria Drive got us to the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay for some shopping and a sample of the tasty foods on sale. The market is a vibrant place with live music and, if you’re lucky, you might arrive on a day when they have one of their regular DJs playing. We grabbed something to eat from one of the stalls.
5PM We returned to the hotel for an afternoon massage and relaxation before dinner that evening. 8PM Cheyne’s restaurant in Hout Bay for dinner was intimate and warm and the staff, delightful. The selection of Asian tapas burst with flavour and this is fast becoming one of my favourite restaurants in Cape Town. The firecracker crayfish, Malaysian laksa and beetroot kimchy were my favourites and come highly recommended. 11PM We opted to conclude our day with a nightcap in the Leopard Bar at The Twelve Apostles Hotel. We sat outside on the terrace looking over the bejewelled ocean, coloured pretty by the moonlit sky while a jazz musician tickled beautiful piano keys inside the bar.
DUCKING & DIVING Hit these hidden gems in the Cape... Bertha’s Restaurant The restaurant buzzes with both locals and tourists sipping wine and tucking into fresh seafood. www.berthas.co.za
10AM After checkout the next day we drove to Hout Bay to check into the beautiful Tintswalo Atlantic hotel. Sitting quietly on the rocks below the iconic Chapman’s Peak Drive, this small boutique hotel exudes a sense of exclusivity. With just 12 rooms, you can tell they run a very smooth ship. Each room looks straight onto the Atlantic with a view of the Hout Bay Sentinel on the other side of the bay.
11:30AM In the late morning, we drove slowly (and nervously) along the steep Chapman’s Peak Drive, which deserves an article on its own. This scenic drive has been featured in many international advertisements, for obvious reasons. Dramatic cliffs plunge into the Atlantic Ocean far down below, seen when you stop along the many viewing points to take in the breathtaking beauty. At the highest viewing point, you really feel like you might well be on top of the world. 1:30PM Fish on The Rocks is a Hout Bay institution and serves, arguably, the best fish and chips in the area, if not in Cape Town. Served in newspaper, you
can either take away your meal and eat it on the nearby rocks overlooking the ocean, or eat it on the limited seating space provided. 3:30PM We decided on a whim to drive across to Constantia Nek to visit Buitenverwachting, one of the oldest wine farms in the country. We got there just in time for last service and managed to fit in a glass of Chardonnay. 5:30PM Sunset on the deck at Tintswalo was spectacular and signalled the end of an amazing weekend. The spectacular view as the sun started setting over the Hout Bay Sentinel made me wish I could capture that moment in a Consol glass bottle. 7PM Dinner that night was served on the deck under the stars. The food was delicious and is worth a try even if you’re not a guest. It was the perfect way to end an even more perfect weekend.
Olympia Cafe & Deli Over 20 years, old Olympia Café serves up delicious, fresh meals. www.olympiacafe.co.za Majestic Cafe Muizenberg’s oldest shop serves the best soft serve ice cream this side of the Peninsula. 021 788 1433
DIRECTORY The Twelve Apostles Hotel www.12apostleshotel.com Bay Harbour Market www.bayharbour.co.za Fish on the Rocks www.fishontherocks.com Cheyne’s www.cheynemorrisby.com Tintswalo Atlantic www.tintswalo.com Chapman’s Peak Drive chapmanspeakdrive.co.za Cape Point Vineyards www.cpv.co.za Buitenverwachting buitenverwachting.com
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48 hours IN THE 031 DURBAN TRAVEL WRITER CLINTON MOODLEY SHOWCASES A VIBRANT CITY JUST WAITING TO BE EXPLORED
7AM Morning jogs on the Durban beachfront are one of the most fun experiences you can have. Besides shedding some calories, the gorgeous views are a bonus. What I love about my jogs, usually 7kms, from Ushaka Beach to Suncoast, is that you see a diverse range of people. From tourists ‘Segwaying’ across the promenade to locals having a good laugh over ice cream or a cup of coffee, the people you see and meet are a true reflection of what Durban is really made of.
11AM After a nice shower, I’m off to tour a brewery. Robson’s Real Beer, situated at 72 Albert Terrace near Ushaka Marine World, recently launched a craft beer tour and I was looking forward to the experience. The chic new spot is ideal for travellers wanting to explore South African craft beer. The assortment of beer includes some funky names and variants such as Cherry Beer, Skhokho Lager, Miami Weiss, West Coast Ale, Vanilla Gorilla and 76 | www.joburgstyle.co.za
Hammer of Thor. The brewery is owned by Brian Stewart and his two sons, who opened their brewery in 2006 in Shongweni and moved to Durban last year. The tour is 90 minutes long and you can tuck into a good meal while there, too. Most of the food on the menu incorporates beer. 3PM After all the beer tasting, I head to the Durban Botanical Gardens to unwind with some family. Did you know the park is Durban’s oldest public institution and Africa’s oldest surviving botanical gardens? The gardens, filled with a range of flowers, are scenic and calming and the perfect place to pop by when you’ve had a long
week. We found a little spot near one of the flower gardens and indulged in some homemade snacks. 8PM I am a foodie, and Durban has so many great offerings. My favourite is the Greedy Buddha in Umhlanga. Situated opposite the busy Gateway Shopping Centre, the restaurant offers some of the finest Asian food and cocktails. My go-to cocktail is the Tom Yam Siam, a fusion of vodka, Malibu, litchi, lemongrass, lemon and chilli. The restaurant offers half price on all classic cocktails before 6pm. The menu itself is quite impressive. The soups and Cantonese style egg fried rice are winners. The prices are also reasonable.
CLINTON MOODLEY www.clintondean.co.za
8AM Umhlanga has a number of beautifully crafted eateries that showcase some of the world’s best cuisines. Breakfast at Old Town Italy is always a treat. This time I have a chocolate filled croissant and some vanilla bourbon tea. The menu has a large variety and is perfect for picky eaters.
11AM It’s time for a fashion shoot on Umhlanga Pier. There are some outstanding five-star hotels nearby that offer day services like spas and high teas. There are some wonderful views of the lighthouse and if you are lucky, you can spot some ships. This is the place you go to capture some fab pictures for Instagram that will make your friends green with envy. 2PM After a change of clothes, it’s time for a township tour. Township Tourism has been flourishing in Durban with international visitors taking in the
sights and tastes of a different Durban. The Inanda Heritage Route showcases some historical places including the Mahatma Gandhi Settlement. There is also the Ohlange Institute, the place where the ANC’s first president, John L. Dube, founded the movement in the early 1900s. The institute was the place where Nelson Mandela cast his vote in the first democratic elections in 1994. Other spots visited included the Matata Mountain and Mzinyathi Falls, a breathtaking waterfall surrounded by rural dwellings. Our last stop was Under The Moon to sample some township cuisine. I enjoyed the pap and chakalaka with a Greek salad. 7PM Nothing beats ending a day having a drink at the Lighthouse Bar at the Oyster Box Hotel. The intimate setting is great for catching up with some friends or a date night.
Clinton Moodley is a 20 something full-time travel writer for Independent Media and blogger of That South African Traveller. Growing up in Durban, Clinton loves long, lazy days on the beach, exploring the small towns in Durban and tucking into authentic Durban cuisine. “As a travel writer, your eyes are opened to the world and its customs. You learn to appreciate a country’s culture, rules and traditions, and at the same time appreciate your own. My overall aim is to draw travellers to South Africa by showcasing what it has to offer.”
DIRECTORY Robsons Real Beer www.robsonsrealbeer.com Durban Botanical Gardens 031 322 4000 Greedy Buddha www.greedybuddha.co.za Old Town Italy www.oldtown.co.za The Inanda Heritage Route www.durbanexperience.co.za The Oyster Box Hotel www.oysterboxhotel.com
ALSO CONSIDER Looking to add a bit of glam to your wardrobe? Atelier by Sabrina Maingard is a unique fashion boutique within Quarters Hotel, Florida Road in Durban. It is curated by the local style maven – Sabrina Maingard of Fashion Nanny. Her inspired vision paired with quality international fashion knowledge is brought together within Atelier, offering shoppers a luxurious experience with a touch of local glamour. www.fashionnanny.co.za
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Spring t ide
www.oppikoppi.co.za The 23rd installment of the famous Limpopo music fest takes place from 5 to 7 October in the mining town of Northam. The theme for 2017 is ‘Me now, the Mango Picker’. The festival is sharing its dates and headline acts with Rocking the Daisies. Although the festival started off focusing mostly on rock music, it now plays host to roughly 160 sets of international and South Afircan music and entertainment acts. This year’s main acts include Black Coffee, Two Door Cinema Club, Francois van Coke, the Naked and Famous, Flume (DJ set), Mafikizolo, Beatenberg and Snakehips. Ever-popular, the festival attracts thousands from all over the country. In fact, in 2016, around 20,000 flocked to attend the festival.
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LOERIE NAARTJIE FESTIVAL 042 287 0634
Head for the Eastern Cape on 30 September for a day of family fun at the Loerie Naartjie Festival, with plenty to eat, including pancakes, wors rolls, burgers, biltong, homemade jams – and naartjies, of course. Style Models will present the Mejevrou Nartjiefees competition, there’s a naartjie eating contest with great prizes and live entertainment from a selection of local stars such as David Fourie, Pieter Koen, Helene Bester and Mathys Roets.
WINE ON THE RIVER www.wineonriver.com
From 20 to 22 October, visit Goudmyn Farm in the Robertson Wine Valley to celebrate the 12th Wine on the River Festival. Every year, the farm fills to capacity with acclaimed winemakers, local chefs and wine fundis who offer visitors the opportunity to taste awardwinning wines from 30 different wineries. There’s also an array of delightful local dishes and great music. Entertainment includes boat cruises, horse and tractor rides, and a #TastetheLifestyle tent.
ROCKING THE DAISIES
www.rockingthedaisies.com Darling’s 12th annual music festival, Rocking the Daisies, takes place from 5 to 8 October. This ecofriendly music festival, at the Cloof Wine Estate, has plenty of lifestyle exhibitions and gourmet food included. More than 10,000 visitors attended in 2016. So, if you’re keen to ‘play hard and tread lightly’, make your way down south to enjoy excellent music and plenty of information on how to lead a greener lifestyle.
HERMANUS WHALE FESTIVAL www.hermanuswhalefestival.co.za
From 29 September to 1 October you can visit Hermanus for the annual spring Whale Festival, the only enviro-arts fest in the country, which celebrates the return of southern right whales to Walker Bay and heralds the start of spring. Hermanus is famous for being the best land-based whale watching destination in the world, so join the festivities in this beautiful seaside resort, go whale watching as well as enjoy a variety of nightly music, comedy, cabaret and African rhythms. Of course, the whales are the stars, but there’s a lot more to keep you busy in Hermanus.
ESSENCE FESTIVAL www.essence.com
Last year’s inaugural ESSENCE Festival Durban proved so popular that the series of concerts, workshops and seminars featuring performers, speakers and local artists is being held once again, from 21 September to 1 October. Partnered with the eThekwini Municipality, this exciting lifestyle festival offers a one-of-a-kind cultural experience.
SANI STAGGER ENDURANCE RACE www.sanistagger.co.za
To be held on 25 November at Sani Pass, the Sani Stagger endurance marathon starts and ends at the renowned Sani Pass Hotel. This tough run includes climbing to the summit of Sani Pass, a 1,300m climb that is covered in a tough 20+km. At the top, you’ll have reached the halfway mark. The race takes runners through a magnificent scenic route to the Lesotho border and back. It’s a rocky route, uneven and challenging; travelling through a World Heritage Site. The 42km race is equally challenging: runners are transported to the top of the pass and have to run down. One of the most unique athletic experiences on the continent, and well worth the challenge.
LEISURE ISLE FESTIVAL
www.visitknysna.co.za A visit to Knysna is a joy any time of the year. From 4 to 5 November you can head for the jewel of the Garden Route to enjoy the Leisure Isle Festival, when craftspeople and artists offer a fun, event-filled weekend. Visitors can savour homemade food and refreshments, from a variety of teas to beer in the beer garden. The stalls are filled with handmade items, and there’s a Fun Run (4km) and Fun Walk (1.2km), where all funds raised are donated to various charities. This year’s event features the Knysna Embroiderers’ Guild, offering visitors lessons and handcrafted items for sale.
SANI VALLEY LODGE www.sanivalley.co.za The closest luxury lodge to Sani Pass, this private nature retreat features a selection of luxury lodges on the lakeside where guests can enjoy self-catering or catered facilities as well as dining options, massage, a Jacuzzi and various activities. Located in one of the few nature reserves in the region, the lodge offers opportunities to enjoy game viewing in 4x4 vehicles or on horseback, fly fishing, game otter spotting by canoe, hiking and more. HARBOUR HOUSE HOTEL www.harbourhousehotel.co.za Hermanus offers numerous excellent places to stay, including this fabulous five-star hotel in the heart of the town’s Old Harbour, close to numerous famous attractions. It offers a choice of luxury accommodation including the historic thatched Manor House and the contemporary New Wing and Harbour Square. Selkirk’s restaurant features a menu full of local produce and fresh ingredients. DARLING LODGE www.darlinglodge.co.za If you’re heading for Darling, you can stay at this charming restored Victorian guesthouse in the heart of the village. Set in a lush garden, this tranquil oasis features a swimming pool, lounge, relaxing library and bespoke concierge service.
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CANNY SBUSISO ‘SBU’ MSONGELWA
For ‘Sbu’ Msongelwa, making dumplings is a fine art honed by hours of practice. Watching him is a Zen-like experience as he wraps little dollops of delicate filling in the thinnest sheaths of dough, turning each one into the most beautiful object ready for the steamer. These bite-sized portions are perfect warmers of the heart and soul, and the queues of fans at the Neighbourgoods Market on Saturdays are a clear indication of Sbu’s popularity.
Dumpling secret? Anyone can do fillings, but it’s a disaster if you can’t get the dough right.
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WEEKENDS, THE GLORY DAYS OF THE WEEK, CREATED WITH THREE VERY SPECIFIC THINGS IN MIND: PIZZA, BEER AND HOTDOGS…
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Create your very own food love triangle and pair it perfectly with a cold, crafty, local brew – you’ll thank us for it later.
PIZZA THREE WAYS When it comes to pizza, make sure you start with a good quality, store bought pizza base (we prefer one that’s been pre-baked in a wood-fired oven). We opted for the following three flavour combinations – feel free to mix and match, we just liked the way our beer paired with these flavours.
PAIRED WITH A WILD BEAST BREWERY BLONDE ALE
Buying some readymade bread dough and rolling it out really thinly also works a treat.
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Sun-dried tomato sauce
PAIRED WITH CBC RASPBERRY KRYSTAL WEISS
Camembert Fresh thyme
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HOTDOGS THREE WAYS Tips for making the best hotdogs? Always use great rolls that have been heated in the oven – the crunch factor is a must. Use good quality sausages – we stuck to frankfurters for all three and gave them a light grilling.
PAIRED WITH A CITIZEN PATRIOT LAGER
The best ketchup The best mustard Repeat the above
Basil pesto Rocket Feta
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PAIRED WITH A WILD BEAST BREWERY BLONDE ALE
Have plenty of napkins on hand, things can get really saucy around these parts.
Grilled corn JalapeĂąos & salsa
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Discover an extraordinary fleet of proudly South African blended and single malt whiskies crafted at The James Sedgwick Distillery.
BAINâ€™S CAPE MOUNTAIN WHISKY
THREE SHIPS IRISH WHISKY
THREE SHIPS IRISH WHISKY
15 yo Pinotage Cask Finish
THREE SHIPS IRISH WHISKY
THREE SHIPS IRISH WHISKY
THREE SHIPS IRISH WHISKY
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LUCK OF THE IRISH
ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR WHISKEYS SURELY HAS A LEPRECHAUN LURKING IN THE WINGS? WE ASKED IRISH WHISKEY AMBASSADOR, JOHN QUINN TO GIVE US THE LOWDOWN which is what sets it apart. The Irish whiskey industry is smaller than the Scottish and American ones. So, there’s a curiosity attached to it; people think it’s rare.
John Quinn has been Global Ambassador for Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey for the past six years. How long have you been in the whiskey business? Since 1974 – for 43 years – in various roles and departments. I was initially with Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, doing all sorts of things including production, sales management and international business development. The company sold the brand to C&C Group, and then, in 2010, William Grant bought it. I’ve been there all this time. Why the recent explosion in Irish whiskey? My own take is that it’s a great whiskey, with a great taste and tradition. The global interest is currently in craft food and beers, in understanding what makes one product different from another. Whiskey is a distilled spirit, and Irish whiskey is not mainstream,
What makes Irish whiskey different? The traditional way of producing whiskey, through distillation separation, has changed. Some Irish whiskeys are double distilled; some have more and newer additions and are triple distilled. But, there’s one difference: in the production of Irish whiskey we use unmalted barley, or, for instance, in pot still Irish whiskey, we use a combination of malted and unmalted barley. Scotland doesn’t do this – they use 100 percent malted barley. What makes one Irish whiskey different from another? Whiskeys are different due to variations of the blend: Tullamore Dew is quite unique. We produce three styles of whiskey: grain, malt and pot still. The three are blended together and triple distilled. We use three different types of cask in maturation – ex-bourbon, ex-Irish and-ex sherry. ‘The blend is the power of three’ – that’s a Tullamore Dew phrase.
consumes the most Irish and Scotch whiskey. Interestingly, more Scotch whiskey is consumed in France than in any other country. Irish whiskey is particularly popular in the Czech Republic and in Slovakia, but, all over the world, people drink it because they believe it’s special, because Ireland is a magical place. Do you think that the trend towards dropping the age statement on whiskeys will reach any significant momentum? Yes, and I have reasons for this – the younger whiskeys in Tullamore Dew, the 12-year-olds, 14-year-olds, 18-year-olds, are in such limited quality: they are only available to certain markets. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, the Scots produced a lot of whiskeys and the supply
exceeded demand, so it made sense to keep them and age them. Nowadays, it costs a lot of money to keep whiskeys, so producers are less inclined to keep them unless they can be sure of selling them. In terms of the super premium, and exceptionally valuable limited editions, is there still a market for this? Collectors do want very limited editions because of their value, because they’re exclusive and rare. What is your view on whiskey as an investment? I’m not interested in investing. Other people will have spreadsheets and forecasts telling them what is worth buying at what price. Certainly, whiskey is an investment, if you’re interested in that sort of thing.
What interesting whiskeys will be presented at Whiskey Live by Tullamore Dew? There are two very interesting single malts: one is a 14-year-old, the other an 18-year-old. I will probably also bring an interesting limited edition 15-year-old triple blend that’s not available elsewhere. In terms of consumers, which markets lead the way in the consumption of Scotch and Irish whiskey? The USA market
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HAPPY BIRHDAY JACK
FINDING THAT POT (OR BOTTLE) OF GOLD 1. Proof Proof is not your mainstream bottle store; it’s a trendy, artisanal space filled with individually sourced bespoke brands from all over the world. Seventeen top whiskey brands reign supreme on the shelves. Some of the brands they favour include Kavalan Whiskey (a Taiwanese malt) and legendary Scotch whiskey The Dalmore. proofliquor.com
2. Whiskey Brother Whiskey buffs wax lyrical about the extensive selection, including some fabulous Japanese whiskeys, as well as Taiwanese and Indian single malts. There are also some exclusive, limited editions, such as Highland Park 13-year-old and two from Japanese brewery Kavalan. Lesser known brands include American Sazerac Rye and Arran. whiskybrother.com
3. Norman Goodfellows The range on offer is extensive, stretching from Ireland and Scotland right across to Asia. Choices include single malts, such as Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and Balvenie. Look out for the Balvenie Doublewood 17-year-old and Kavalan Solist Sherry. Another favourite is a bottle of Lagavulin 16-year-old. ngf.co.za
This September, we celebrate the birthday of Jack Daniels, mysterious creator of the iconic American bourbon that bears his name. On his gravestone in the town cemetery, the date 1850 is inscribed, but locals believe he was born earlier than that, in 1848. Jack Daniels was a legend, an independent soul, which may have been why he kept his birthdate a secret. According to the folks of Lynchburg, he enjoyed the solitary nature of his trade, tucked away in the little hollow where his distillery was located. Making whiskey became Jack’s great passion in life and ultimately his life’s work. So here’s to the mysterious man who created one of America’s great bourbons.
IRISH, SCOTCH, LOCAL
Monkey Shoulder www.monkeyshoulder.com
Tullamore Dew www.tullamoredew.com
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The Dalmore www.thedalmore.com
Highland Park www.highlandparkwhisky.com
Three Ships www.threeshipswhisky.co.za
SHAKEN? NO, STIRRED
TRIED AND TESTED
THE OLD FASHIONED HOT TODDY Nobody knows how it got its name, but it’s been warming the cockles of Scottish hearts since the late 18th century. It became legendary as a miracle cure for various ailments. Made using a healthy slosh of a good whiskey and simmered with clove. What you’ll need 50ml Monkey Shoulder 2 bar spoons (5ml) sugar/honey 80ml boiling water One clove
Specially created for those with a modern outlook on life, this tall refresher enhances the whiskey’s notes with fiery ginger beer and the zing of fresh orange. Dedicated to Albert, the first NASA monkey to ever make a successful trip to space. He was ginger, too. Cheers, Albert!
This century-old cocktail has so many different iterations, it’s difficult to know which is the correct recipe. A blend of whiskey, vermouth and bitters, it dates back to the 1860s’ New York bar scene.
To make Add sugar or honey to heat-proof glass. Add boiling water and allow to infuse. Add Monkey Shoulder and stir until sugar/honey is dissolved and the clove infused. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
What you’ll need 50ml Monkey Shoulder triple blended malt Scotch whiskey 80ml dry ginger ale Fresh orange wedge To make Fill long glass with ice. Add ingredients into glass and stir gently. Garnish with an orange wedge.
What you’ll need 50ml whiskey 25ml vermouth 3 dashes Angostura bitters Branded cherries to garnish To make In a mixing glass, stir all the ingredients together with large pieces of cracked ice. Strain mixture into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and branded cherries.
One of the first cocktails ever invented. It was created in the late 19th century in the US and became the drink of choice in the bar of the prestigious hotel Waldorf Astoria. What you’ll need 2 sugar cubes 50ml bourbon or rye whiskey 3 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters To make In a mixing glass, muddle the sugar cubes and bitters with a little water until dissolved. Add ice and whiskey and stir to mix. Strain into a chilled glass with a single cube of ice. Garnish with an orange twist.
JAPANESE, TAIWANESE, THE USA
The Yamazaki www.theyamazaki.jp/en
King Car www.kingcar.com.tw/en
Sazerac Rye www.sazerac.com
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THE COUNTESS www.thecountess.co.za
The new trend is steampunk, which is, apparently, authentic smokehouse and The Countess is a brilliant example. Located in 27 Boxes in Melville, it offers fabulously fresh artisanal food. We’re talking about planks (literally) filled with delights from the starter menu, steaks and chicken wings and ribs and burgers, truffle or smoked brisket, beer battered fish and a vegetarian selection. The drinks menu is exciting, with a resident barista and mixologist.
STEAMWORKS GASTROPUB www.thesteamworks.co.za
OK, so it’s not quite a pub in the British sense of the word, because it’s also a restaurant. Steamworks in Fourways offers a creative take on this concept, with a distinctive Joburg touch, meaning delicious craft beers to wash down a menu chock-a-block with dynamic dishes. It offers 10 local craft and imported beers on tap as well as a smattering of everybody’s favourite bottled beers and some carefully chosen imported ones. The food is mainly salads, burgers and speciality pizzas, or you can build your own pizza if you prefer. The wine menu is extensive, too.
POTATO SHED 010 590 6133
Newtown’s Potato Shed, a luxury restaurant and craft brewery, is the brainchild of Maira and John Koutsoudakis of Life fame. It’s situated in a century-old building that evokes nostalgia for a bootlegger brewery-cumBBQ smokehouse. Dishes are great to look at and taste just as good, all prepared in fire pits, robata grills and wood-fired ovens. Wash down your perfectly smoky protein with an artisanal craft beer, barrel-brewed cocktail or excellent wine.
A true gastropub offers unique, creative and fresh dishes. Our food is thoughtful, original and cooked to order with love! The Griffin
Inspired by popular British gastropubs, The Griffin is a meeting place for those who enjoy a good beer. There are seven craft beers and a cider on tap, plus over 30 popular bottled beers, including imports. There’s always good music and the menu offers great food, too.
www.churchillsbar.co.za Styled on an elegant British pub with leather chairs, mahogany bookshelves and velvet ottomans, Churchills offers quality food and a selection of beers and wines. There’s also a cigar selection. It is popular with trendsetters and the party crowd. One half expects to see James Bond saunter in and order something ‘shaken, not stirred’.
GILES RESTAURANT www.gilesrez.co.za
It’s packed most nights, a popular meeting and drinking place in Craighall Park, an upmarket spot to watch a sports game or meet new people. But let’s not forget the food. Giles’s menu has changed over the years, but the favourites still remain, like the entire list of Grandma’s Burgers and Andy’s Fish n Chips. There are also nibbles, salads, grilled fish, steaks and pies.
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EAT.DRINK | CRAFT BEER SPOTS
www.degarve.co.za The first micro-brewery to open in Vanderbijlpark, De Garve’s beers even have a tasting room so you can find your favourite. After your beer tasting experience, you can order your choice of beer to take with you as you enjoy a tour of the brewery. A great experience.
www.madgiant.co.za Co-owner Eben Uys is a chemical engineer whose thorough understanding of beer and its make-up has been published in numerous scientific journals. The craft brewery in the 1 Fox Precinct is an industrial edifice adorned with playful, colourful light fittings and beer garden tables that resemble oversized Meccano sets. The concrete bar at the centre resembles a bottle top, and then, behind it is a vast steel cut-out of the Mad Giant. Enjoy a beertasting to educate yourself in the different styles of beer and then choose your tipple from the four beers on tap (a pilsner, Weiss beer, pale and amber ales). There are also seasonal and limited edition beers.
CRAFT BEER LIBRARY www.craftbeerlibrary.co.za
Linden’s answer to great craft beers is this unique setting, a beer boutique that offers creative brews to wash down some good food. Of course, the choice of beers is excellent and customers enjoy savouring different brews, fresh from the keg or the fridge. The menu includes tasty snacks and hearty mains such as ‘pap and vleis’ and Prego rolls. But it’s the craft beer that takes centre stage, and for good reason.
Art isanal brews
If at first you don’t succeed, try a bottle opener – it probably isn’t a twist top
www.beerhouse.co.za This Fourways pub offers a wide selection of craft beers, 99 in all, as well as 20 taps. Originally opened in Cape Town, it spread to our big city in 2014 and has been a popular choice ever since. Beerhouse not only boasts excellent beers, it also offers a wide range of events, from food and beer pairing to Quiz Night, live music and more. There’s even Beer School – we’re serious!
STANLEY BEER YARD www.stanleybeeryard.co.za
This is the sort of place where you’ll want to drink copious amounts of craft beer or tequila. Or wine if you prefer. Of course, it got its name because of its wide selection of beers, such as Sby or Stanley Lager, TSB Happy Swan Belgian Witbier, TSB Moose Oatmeal Stout, CBC Mandarina Bavaria, Striped Horse Pilsner and others with evocative names. Pair with delicious German food and you’re all set.
www.copperlake.co.za This mini brewery offers beer on tap plus featured guest brews and citrus coolers. As its name suggests, the Brewpub is both brewery and pub, offering an exceptional craft beer experience. The fun doesn’t stop there… patrons also enjoy the Adult’s Playground, which includes Beer Pong, Battle Shots, Ringing the Bull, Flippy Cup and Giant Jenga.
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THE TAPHOUSE www.thetaphouse.co.za
Pint-sized it may be, but it packs a punch when it comes to personality. Parkhurst’s newest pub and restaurant offers all sorts of drinks including craft beer, hence its name, plus tasty meals to accompany your favourite tipple. Being tiny makes it cosy, and ensures personalised service. ‘Small. Simple. Special’ sums them up perfectly.
One of the country’s original craft breweries, Gilroys in Krugersdorp features long wooden tables that are packed to capacity on weekends. Featuring all-round large screen TVs, lots of beer and huge helpings of food, Gilroys is always fun to visit. There are numerous events as well as what Gilroys calls ‘Beer Experiences’ on Saturdays from 11.30am, and on weekends there’s live music from 1 to 5pm. That’s what keeps the guests coming and the beers being poured.
A super place with a selection of craft beers, Anti Establishment celebrates art, music, current affairs and anything else you want to discuss when savouring a craft beer such as Touro Tripple Blonde or Crystal Weiss. It’s an intimate spot where likeminded people get together to enjoy a beer, good music and great company. Get up and dance if it gets too crowded to sit.
Drink beer, because no great story started with a salad
www.foundrycafe.co.za Thirst-quenching beers await at this popular Parktown North bar and restaurant, including some imported varieties to choose from as well as local favourites. If you intend eating from the contemporary menu as well as drinking, you’d better book a table inside in advance.
www.craftrestaurant.co.za Craft is synonymous with many things – great food, over-thetop milkshakes and craft beer. Lots of it. The establishment is always filled with people having a good time and with a craft beer in hand, you’re likely to become one of them. Tables spill out onto the pavement, but wherever you sit, the choice of beer is great, the ambience catchy and the conversation boisterous.
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BLACK HORSE BREWERY www.blackhorse.co.za
OK, so we mentioned it last issue. But the Black Horse Brewery is so good, it deserves another mention, especially if we’re talking craft beers. This brewery offers a selection of excellent beers on tap as well as delectable Ginger Berry alcoholic ginger beer. As it’s located in the Magaliesberg, it’s popular with both Joburg and Pretoria locals as well as those who live in the vicinity. So it’s best to book your spot or you won’t get in.
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help you to translate volume of water to use and the amount of money you pay. By saving water you can save money too! Become aware of how many times you ﬂush the toilet in a day. A single toilet ﬂush can use up to 12 litres! Put a timer in the shower to help reduce the amount of time and water spent showering. Learn how to group you plants in your garden according to their water needs. This is called hydrozoning and can help save the amount of water used in the garden.
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EAT.DRINK | THE AMERICAS
LENIN’S VODKA BAR 082 851 2863
It’s famous for offering every imaginable type of vodka as well as creative vodka cocktails, but the food at this contemporary Maboneng establishment is another delightful surprise. The menu includes a selection of fabulous flatbreads and snack platters, as well as a delicious bacon cheeseburger and a fillet steak sandwich, all making this place well worth a visit. Like Maboneng itself, the bar has an energy and attitude that is very hard to beat.
BROOKLYN BROTHERS www.brooklynbrothers.co.za
Yes, there’s a little slice of Brooklyn in Bedfordview, a modern, New York-inspired diner with lots of attitude and plenty of great buffalostyle chicken wings in a selection of flavours as well as a choice of great burgers. The drinks menu features all the latest craft beers to quench your thirst and the milkshakes… you’ll return for these time and again.
SMOKIN’ JOE’S RIB SHACK 081 509 9076
Casual, Southern-style home cooking is what’s on offer at Smokin’ Joes in Fourways. The menu is simple with daily changes. Ribs and smoked brisket are staples, with Chef Cleveland lending his Mississippi hand to the barbecuing of the meat. Choose between a half or full rack of beef or pork ribs, accompanied by the sides of the day. Cleveland and his smoker sit at the back of the guesthouse garden, along with a simmering pot filled with a meaty stock, ready to get the black beans going. For dessert, peach cobbler, sweet potato pie and Mississippi mud pie stick to the American theme and deliver on quality and quantity.
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One of the most traditional American diners in Joburg, Pitstop, located in Honeydew, offers a combination of expected dishes on the menu including lots of grills, hamburgers and footlong hotdogs, but also specialises in great Mediterranean fare – the shwarmas are apparently unreal. There’s live music on Sundays with ‘Elvis’ (yes, it’s really him, we think) and the restaurant’s summer parties are legendary. Oh, and did we mention that there’s a pinball machine and a jukebox, too.
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Be adventurous and don’t stick to the famous burgers, as Hudsons in Parkhurst offers so much on the menu... like the Poppers in the Starters section, although the Burger Roulette (find the badass slider with the chillis on the plate) is always a big hit. There’s a whole selection of sliders, tacos, grills and pizzas, not to mention a drinks menu that is to die for. As it says on the website, it’s much more than a burger joint. We agree. It’s an integral part of a trendsetting culture. Make sure you go early or it’s unlikely you’ll get a table.
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HARD ROCK CAFÉ
TJ BILLIE’S BBQ
If you head for Queens Street in Modderfontein, you can step into another world, old-time USA at Pop’s Diner. The restaurant features an old school soda fountain that offers the best soda floats in the city, a pinball machine and a jukebox that dates back to 1948 and plays vinyl records – seriously. The toasted sandwiches are sheer perfection, the ice cream tastes as good as it looks and the famous Crème Soda Float is pink, not green, just liked it’s served in the US of A. Yeah. Really.
Located in Nelson Mandela Square, the Hard Rock Café is a Joburg institution that offers a selection of freshly prepared American dishes that includes legendary hamburgers and handcrafted sandwiches. Its legendary menu extends to imaginative cocktails as well as signature entrées, but its winning formula is really the great atmosphere. The place is always filled with cool people having a good time and the live music is always excellent. Who could ask for more?
This is traditional barbecue fare all the way from the American South, from pancake stacks to three-cheese grilled sandwiches, sloppy Joes, po’ boys, bacon poppers and chilli bowls. BBQ specials include excellent ribs, chicken wings and burgers, so there’s something for everyone. Truly original food and a welcoming atmosphere make this Northcliff restaurant a must-visit.
084 284 6452
GREAT DANE 011 403 1136
This is another bar with a menu that’s so good it needs its own mention – we’re talking frankfurter hotdogs with names like Boerbul, Slumdog and American Pitbull, Big Mac and cheese and fried chicken like they make in the US of A. To get in free, you need a password – seriously. So hopefully you know one of the DJs who are playing because they’re the ones with the digits. Otherwise there’s a small R20 fee if there’s room for a few more.
CHE ARGENTINE GRILL www.cheargentinegrill.co.za
A little slice of South America in trendy Maboneng, Che Argentine Grill tells the story of two Argentines brought together by their love of authentic Argentinian cuisine and the happy-go-lucky spirit that comes with enjoying a hearty meal. Meat is cooked over flames for smokiness that’s paired well with the home-made chimichurri. Highlights include empanadas, roasted marrow on garlic bread, ribs, rump tail and divine crispy pork belly. The hasselback potatoes with wine, butter, sage and bacon are not to be missed. Finish on a sweet note with crème caramel and divine dulce de leche.
011 055 6440 It’s smoking in here, and for good reason. Grill’d in Norwood makes some of the best burgers in town, and the steaks aren’t half bad either. This is American-style meat done fabulously, with speciality milkshakes and a fully stocked bar as well as craft beers on tap for the thirsty. It also caters for vegetarians, and whatever you decide to order, you’re guaranteed a hearty portion.
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THE FEDERAL 010 900 4876
“Join us for brunch Saturdays and Sundays… because every weekend begins with a Mimosa,” says the Facebook page. And that pretty much sums up The Federal, the third restaurant to be launched by James Diack, renowned for popular restaurants Coobs and The National. This restaurant is based on the concept of a diner, offering ludicrously decadent hotdogs, pulled short ribs, fried chicken, pumpkin pie and other unpretentious, yet indulgent dishes. And Mimosas, of course.
EAT.DRINK | CROISSANTS
www.vovotelo.co.za Yes, there are a number of Vovo Telo’s around town, but the one at 44 Stanely stands out from the crowd, not only because it was the first one, but also because its baked goods are exceptional. There’s always something new on the shelf to try, whether it’s a new bread or pastry, and the croissants are legendary. For good reason. They’re soft, they melt in the mouth and they’re huge. Need we say more?
FOURTH AVENUE ROASTERS www.fourthavenuecoffee.co.za
Fourth Avenue Roasters is tiny and it’s cute and the coffee is exceptional – as are the croissants. Freshly baked daily, they melt in the mouth and are gone before you can blink. Served with lots of butter and homemade jam, they are the best reason to visit this little coffee shop in Fourth Avenue Parkhurst. And now that spring is upon us, there’s no excuse for staying indoors in the morning. Come and sit in the sunshine and enjoy a croissant or two.
www.junipas.co.za Stunning, old-fashioned bakery goods that are consistently delicious make Junipa’s in Bryanston stand out from the crowd. The croissants are a cut above the usual, always light and crisp, served alone or with fillings. Accompanied by the excellent, specially roasted coffee, you have a winning combination. It prides itself on what it calls ‘designer’ cakes and pastries, so you’ll be spoilt for choice any time of the day. The artisanal breads are also renowned.
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PATISSERIE DE PARIS
January 30th is National Croissant Day
Owner and founder Paul Zwick’s traditional French boulangerie in the middle of Blairgowrie serves a selection of superb traditional pastries and breads, including mouth-watering croissants. The selection includes traditional meltin-the-mouth buttery iterations as well as croissants with chocolate, cheese, and ham and cheese. Have them on their own or filled with a variety of continental choices.
BELLE’S PATISSERIE www.bellespatisserie
This was the first Belle’s to open. Found in Blubird Shopping Centre, it’s still as popular as ever, as it offers some of the best pastries in town, croissants included. In fact, the croissants are handmade daily, using French butter and the results are light as air, and Parisian as they come. Choose from plain, chocolate or almond. You’ll be back for more.
010 020 3002 Paul’s South African branch (the rest are found all over Europe, especially in France) offers great croissants. Crispy, tasty and with the French bakery’s traditional flair, it is well worth standing in line to get yours on weekends, or you can sit down and enjoy a welcoming cup of coffee any day of the week.
CAFÉ DE LA CRÈME www.cafedelacreme.co.za
If you can take your eyes off the colourful and varied display of cakes and pastries long enough to order, try a croissant at Melville’s landmark bakery on 4th Avenue. They are superb. But as you’re spoilt for choice, we understand if you give them a miss first time round and choose something a little more elaborate. Do try them, though – they’re as good as it gets.
The word ‘BICCCS’ is an acronym for ‘Bread, Ice Cream, Cake, Croissant, Coffee and Sandwich’. This perfectly sums up this Italian-style Waterkloof bakery, gelateria and coffee bar. The ice cream is superb, the bakery and patisserie offer a great variety and the croissants feature in the name of the place, so need we say more? Stretched out on the pavement are tables where you can sit and relax while you enjoy an excellent croissant or two with a good cup of coffee. Word has it that their Franschhoek bakery is proving just as popular as this original Pretoria one.
It started its chain in Durban, and proved so popular that it’s now in Joburg and Pretoria, too. The first of this popular patisserie to open in Joburg was the Illovo branch, but all five of them (including Cresta and Bryanston plus the ones in Menlyn and Glenfair in Pretoria) are famous for their superb pastries and cakes. The croissants are also legendary: choose from plain or almond, or have them filled with your choice of fillings for breakfast or lunch.
THE ARGENTINIAN 011 888 9759
You won’t believe the size of the croissants at this bakery and coffee shop, or the taste. They are quite exceptional. Not traditionally French, but certainly some of the most delicious we’ve tasted... crumbly, soft, delectable, more-ish. You will certainly be back for more, whether you choose to buy takeouts or to sit down and wolf them down.
THAT SPOT ON 4TH 010 900 3118
We’ve ordered croissants and had them freshly baked because it’s Tuesday and they’re closed on Monday. We’ve been there when it’s packed to capacity on a Saturday. We’ve basically had breakfast there every day of the week since this new little spot opened its doors in Parktown North, and we have only one thing to say… the croissants are exemplary. Make sure to sample the breakfast croissants, which are filled with scrambled eggs and bacon or smoked salmon and all sorts of other delicious fillings. Yum.
THE BREAD BASKET www.thebreadbasket.co.za
Top Billing presenter Lorna Maseko took over this Morningside branch at the beginning of 2017, and it has become the place to see and be seen. Her TV show, The Hostess with Lorna, is a major hit, and she has also developed her own line of cooking merchandise. Lorna’s croissants are delicious – just what you’d expect from someone who goes that extra mile with everything that she does.
www.patachou.co.za This Parktown North patisserie has become a favourite. It offers superlative French pastries and breads reminiscent of the best served in Paris. Enjoy coffee and a croissant or other pastries for R30 – you’ll definitely be back for more. The croissants are buttery and flavoursome, served with homemade jam or cheese, ham or other delicious ingredients of your choice.
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EAT.DRINK | TEA CONNOISSEURS
www.crabtree-evelyn.co.za Located within Crabtree & Evelyn’s flagship store in the Design Quarter, Fourways, this pretty little establishment offers a quintessential English tea. It’s a delightful venue for a special occasion or just to enjoy a cup of the real deal, imported English tea served with a selection of nibbles, from cupcakes and savoury tarts to sandwiches and decadent cakes. Because it’s so small and so very traditional, you do have to book. But tea here just off the Nicol Highway transports you to another very pukkah English world that is well worth the journey.
www.yswara.com Curators of African teas, Yswara tearoom in Maboneng offers an amazing collection of artisanal and African teas and infusions to purchase or to sample. There is a room that is basically the ‘menu’, displaying a selection of fragrant blends so that guests can choose the tea they wish to drink. The tearoom itself has a small seating area inside and there are some tables in a beautiful garden as well. Yswara was founded by Swaady Martin-Leke, and not only offers the ultimate African tea experience, but guests can also choose from all sorts of tea accessories, including teapots, tea warmers and fine gold teaspoons.
This charming Rivonia restaurant offers a wide variety of teas – 152 in all – plus sweet and savoury tidbits to accompany your choice. Great for a spoil, a high tea for a special occasion or to take home for a treat. There are some exotic teas, Chinese specialities that unfurl like flowers and tingle on the tongue, as well as more regular varieties such as Earl Grey and Masala Chai. They’re served in Asian glass teapots or pretty porcelain ones, to make the experience just that little bit more special. For those who prefer other beverages, the menu does include a choice. But you’re missing out on a unique experience if you don’t indulge in a proper cuppa.
www.enmasse.co.za Thai massage and tea drinking are combined in this unique Illovo spa, just as it’s done in Hong Kong. Whilst you enjoy a therapeutic massage, you also have access to a trendy tea lounge, where you complete the experience by enjoying a traditional tea ceremony. Enmasse produces its own range of loose leaf teas which are then blended to your personal taste. Sample Hot Cross Bun Chai tea and a ginger blend or the Cape Queen merged with peppermint and spearmint. An experience you’ll never forget.
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Tea refers to any drink made from the Camellia sinensis plant. White, green, oolong and black tea are all made from the same plant but processed differently
Tea connoisseurs will be happy to travel to Pretoria to savour this organic working farm-restaurant’s extraordinary tea experience. Here, loose leaf teas are brought to your table in glass tubes so that you can absorb the aromas before making a selection. Of course, tea aficionados prefer loose leaf varieties, and this organic, family-run farm produces just that. To accompany your tea, you’re served a choice of freshly prepared dishes to complement it. Who could ask for more?
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WHISKY AND SPIRITS LIVE Enjoy a tipple, or two (or three – we won’t tell!), from 8 to 10 November at the Sandton Convention Centre at the highly anticipated Whisky and Spirits Live. Showcased is the widest selection of whisky under one roof, as well as a range of other premium spirits including gin, vodka and cognac. From 5pm, visitors can view some stunning lifestyle products; the Tasting Hall opens an hour later and stays open till 10pm. Tickets include a tasting glass, 16 tasting vouchers and a bottle of Consol glass still water. www.whiskylive.co.za
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VIRTUAL SANTA SHOEBOX
www.santashoebox.org.za Launched on 1 September from the country’s best-loved kids’ charity, The Virtual Santa Shoebox has been established with convenience in mind. Donors can visit the website, listed above, to pledge for a child they select by name, age and gender. They can then choose eight items to fill the shoebox, which the SSB team packs and decorates, and write a personal message that is printed onto a card for the child. So, if you’d like to contribute to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children, but can’t get to a drop off point, here’s your opportunity. A virtual Santa Shoebox costs R400.
CAPSULE FEST www.capsulejhb.co.za
Hip hop artist A$AP Ferg and South African Nasty C will be the main attractions at the country’s first-ever Capsule Fest, a street culture festival popular with artists, designers, urban culture brands… you name it! These musicians will be supported by numerous local artists and DJs. Highlights will include a charity basketball tournament, skate park, art installations, pop-up stores, gaming area, food village and beer garden.
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www.emperorspalace.com From 24 August right through to 24 September, Nataniël’s brand new show, 30 years, 90 minutes, will be delighting audiences at the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperor’s Palace. The talented local musician and performer will entertain his fans while celebrating 30 years of stardom in this new spectacular. The show will include highlights of Nataniël’s extraordinary stage career as well as a selection of new songs and stories performed in both English and Afrikaans.
As part of their The Here, There & Everywhere South African Tour, The Parlotones will be performing at the Barnyard Theatre in Cresta. Don’t miss the chance to see one of the country’s favourite bands on stage for a funfilled evening of musical magic and chart-topping hits. Memories are made of this, so book soon while tickets are still available.
Good music doesn’t need an expiration date
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the annual Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, and the festival, which will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre, promises to be even more exciting than ever. Famous South African jazz musicians who will perform include Hugh Masekela, Branford Marsalis, Caiphus Semenya, Jonas Gwangwa, The Clayton Brothers, Christian McBride and the Joshua Redman Quartet.
MOVIE AT SUNDOWN www.oldparks.co.za
Enjoy a picnic and movie under the stars at Old Parktonian Sports Club in Randburg – a great evening out for the whole family. Start off the evening with a picnic and then enjoy a surprise movie. Sounds like great fun!
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HABITS TRUNK SHOW
A highlight on the music calendar is this live performance by Tennesse band Lady Antebellum at the Ticketpro Dome. With over 18 million album sales and seven Grammy awards, the band has also earned six platinum singles, nine chart-topping hits and numerous awards.
Joburg fashion aficionados eagerly await Habit’s biannual trunk shows to get their fix of the latest collections from this iconic Cape Town store. This year’s Spring/ Summer 2017/2018 Joburg Trunk Show takes place at The Wanderers Club in Illovo, so get your game face on and be there.
DSTV DELICIOUS FESTIVAL www.ticketpro.co.za
The fifth DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand features an incredible lineup of musicians paired with a choice of gourmet food. Performers include Black Coffee as well as Academy Award-winner and hip hop recording artist Common, British soul singer Omar and American R&B musician Alexander O’Neal. Last year, the festival was so popular that it’s been extended to two days instead of just one.
www.webtickets.co.za British rock band Bastille returns to South Africa for three live shows. If you’re in Joburg, head for Emmarentia Dam on the 7th to enjoy their music, which was so popular that all their shows were sold out last time. The performances are part of their Wild Wild World Tour, which coincides with the launch of their second album, Wild World.
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Pieter Toerien and David Ian present the iconic West End and Broadway musical Evita, originally created by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. This famous production is directed by legendary Broadway director Hal Prince. Set in Buenos Aires from 1934 to 1952, this magical musical follows the rags-to-riches tale of Argentina’s First Lady, Eva Duarte Perón. Featuring some of the bestloved songs in musical theatre, the show is a must-see.
Sample a selection of awardwinning wines at this year’s RMB WineX. Showcasing the best of over 150 different exhibitors representing some of the country’s biggest brands, boutique wineries, cheeses and charcuterie, olives, olive oils and much more. There will be several exciting new launches and pop-up wine tastings, so come and sample some of the best wines, fine brandies and Cape port as well as delicious food products.
NITRO CIRCUS LIVE
www.bigconcerts.co.za This summer, Nitro Circus Live returns to South Africa, starting off in Cape Town and Durban before heading to the City of Gold on the 28th at FNB Stadium. This global action sports phenomenom brings an all-new show, filled with unbelievable world firsts, spectacular tricks and mind-blowing stunts. In addition, action sports hero Travis Pastrana will join the show, riding in the country for the first time.
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ROCK OF AGES www.tsogosun.com
Head for The Lyric at Gold Reef City this month to enjoy the insanely funny, high energy, feel-good musical production Rock of Ages. The local premier of this multiToni award-nominated Broadway musical, which runs until 10 December, features 28 nostalgic rock anthems, including the music of superstars Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Poison, Styx, Twisted Sister and many more. The musical tells the story of two young people who travel to LA to chase their dreams of being a rock star. Until 30 December
www.joburgtheatre.com Janice Honeyman’s much-loved Pinocchio returns to Joburg’s Mandela Theatre to delight young audiences once again. Part of the 30th annual festive season pantomime production, the show stars legendary star Tobie Cronjé, who plays Gepetto, Kanyi Nokwe as Pinocchio and other well-known actors and singers. Pinocchio is a wooden puppet desperate to become a real boy. The play follows his journey of discovery and the characters he meets along the route.
SANSUI SUMMER CUP www.sansuisummercup.co.za
The all-new Gauteng Sansui Summer Cup – The People’s Race features a completely different horse racing experience with, they promise, “all the bells and whistles”. One of the most prestigious annual sporting events on the horse racing calendar and also part of the Summer in the City season at Turffontein Race Course (see our story online), the event is always filled with fine horse races and great entertainment. Kids love it as they get to admire the beautiful horses in the parade ring and enjoy a fun carnival with rides, face painting, buskers and fabulous food offerings.
PIRATES OF PENZANCE
www.symphonychoirofjohannesburg.co.za Enjoy a performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s famous comic opera in two acts at the Linder Auditorium for one day only in Johannesburg. The Symphony Choir performance is a concert, not a stage performance, conducted by Rickard Cock. 8&9
FAMILY FUN COLOUR FESTIVAL DAY www.computicket.com
Great for the whole family, this fun day-long event at the Sam Ntuli Sports Centre (Tokoza Stadium) was put together by the Ekurhuleni Municipality in collaboration with Cadillac Innovation and Keathori. The theme is ‘Strengthening Family Bonds through Activation of Family Fun Day’.
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YUSUF/CAT STEVENS www.onlineticketshop.com
If you’re a diehard Yusuf/Cat Stevens fan, head for the Ticketpro Dome to see the star perform as part of his ‘Peace Train Tour’ that commemorates the 50th anniversary of his first major single and debut album, Matthew & Son, which was released in 1967. This will be the musician’s first time in South Africa and he will sing many of his much-loved classics including 'Moonshadow', 'Wild World' and 'Morning Has Broken'.
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New on the block
Recently opened at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre in Pretoria and opening in Norwood in September, Miniso is an Asian store with branches all over the world – throughout Japan, China and the rest of Asia, Europe, North and South America and Australia. Specialising in household and consumer items such as stationery, kitchenware and toys in a variety of eye-catching colourways, Miniso is sure to be a welcome addition to the retail market. Items include novelty products such as elephant-shaped travel pillows, mugs in a kaleidoscope of colours, unusual notepads and pens, and much more.
New on the Parkhurst strip, these sneaker cleaners offer a niche service to those who have a sneakers passion and want to make sure their designer footwear keeps looking its best. Definitely innovative and certainly indulgent, this unique little store in Fourth Avenue, Parkhurst is worth a visit if you’re passionate about your sneaker swag.
www.mrvinyl.co.za Vinyl records have a certain cachet and a definitive following. In fact, that popularity has grown to the extent that the online store Mr Vinyl decided to open a walk-in record store at 44 Stanley in Milpark. Records here are bespoke and cover all music genres. The opening of the store follows the success of the precinct’s #VinylSundays Fair, which has been a permanent fixture for the past 12 years, run by Bret Dugmore, owner of Mr Vinyl. It currently takes place at The Stanley Beer Yard on the first Sunday of every month, offering a fine selection of new and pre-owned records, including rare and collectable items.
Science has shown that chocolate and shopping are more addictive than LSD and steroids
www.chocoloza.co.za For those with a predilection for chocolate, there’s a new kid on the block. Chocoloza in Milpark offers a selection of delicious handmade chocolates as well as decadent hot chocolate to drink there. Its tagline is ‘Seriously Belgian, naturally African’ and this about sums up the taste and the atmosphere. Pralines are all created with passion and craftsmanship, using pure Belgian chocolate and the best local ingredients, such as fruit and nuts. Watch these tasty tidbits being made in the workshop, which is part of the store, book an evening workshop or savour a decadent drink in the chocolate lounge. Don’t forget to take some of your favourites home.
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A new addition to Linden, Sherbet Angel is a boutique salon with a difference, concentrating on health and wellness while the therapists make you look beautiful. It is renowned for its nail art and indulgent massages as well as a great events offering – kitchen teas, baby showers and girls’ nights are all very popular.
New and novel in Alice Lane, Sandton, Frond & Filigree offers a wide selection of beautiful flowers and botanically inspired gifts. Parisian-styled, this boutique florist and gift store offers a range of scented candles and other gifts such as delicate jewellery and chic, covetable homeware items, all made locally.
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A great new work space for tech savvy start-ups and IT boffins, Hub@Goethe is a state-of-the-art library and creative hub created by the Goethe-Institut. It not only offers freelancers, developers and entrepreneurs a space to work, they also have access to equipment, meeting and presentation space, a community discussion table, lounge and high-speed Internet connection. What sets the Hub apart is the support offered, including an entrepreneur development programme, events and round table discussions. There’s a Gamebox, where those working on game development can test and showcase their games. Those with specific sustainable projects can apply for a free six-month residency. In addition, members can give back to the community by participating in eSkills Connect, a project that brings people together to share basic digital literary skills.
If you’re looking for different, iconic international fragrance, cosmetic and beauty brands to try, visit Sandton City’s latest niche store, where you can have a consultation and take home some samples to try. The brand aims to introduce customers to a whole new world of exciting products. A visit here is a voyage of discovery into 65 upmarket brands that are available internationally, including Atelier Cologne, By Kilian, Laura Mercier and rms Beauty.
London’s leading fashion footwear brand is available in South Africa from mid-August at a selection of locations around Johannesburg, including Sandton, Southgate and Eastgate. Men, women and children will be able to pick up great ranges of shoes of every description, from sneakers and boots to brogues and sandals.
While women embrace retail therapy, studies show that elderly men benefit the most from daily shopping
www.kolorkids.co.za If your kids have an artistic bent, or you do, you can all go wild at this new creative art space in Sixth Avenue, Parkhurst. It offers a series of educational art programmes for both children and adults. A great spot to while away an afternoon, Kolor Kids is an ideal venue for a party as well as a perfect place to relax and have fun. There’s a charming little coffee shop in the garden for snacks and drinks al fresco.
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www.perchoffices.co.za A brand new co-working space has opened up in Bath Avenue, Rosebank. Perch offers freelancers, creatives, professionals and business people a space to work in. This is the first of a series that will join a global network of co-working communities; it has been set up by Grapnel Property Group and offers a stunning co-working space that is tastefully designed and dynamic, and offers a collaborative working environment. So, whether you enjoy working in a different environment for a few days at a time, or are looking for somewhere permanent, go and take a look at what’s on offer. Facilities include private workspaces, meeting rooms with video conferencing and a coffee shop on the premises, called the Clipboard Society Café.
With an array of culinary excellence and delicious beverages, a year-end function at The Maslow promises to be the best meeting youâ€™ve had all year. Booking is essential. To book or to find out more, email email@example.com or call 010 226 4647.
THE LIST | SPORTS EVENTS
THE COLOR RUN JOZI www.thecolorrun.co.za
AVON JUSTINE ITHEMBA WALKATHON
Run Forrest Run
Get ready for the happiest 5km race on the planet, the Color Run’s Superhero Tour, where thousands will celebrate health, happiness, individuality and community. According to national event coordinator, Trevor Latimer, The Color Run is a platform for raising awareness for a good cause. If you’d like to participate in this untimed 5km fun-run, which takes off from Roosevelt High School in Emmarentia, be there at 9am. Race starts at 10. Wear white and finish plastered in coloured powders.
Walk 5km or 8km for a good cause with Avon and Justine this October at Marks Park from 8am. Join the crowd in the largest breast cancer awareness walk in the country, with an expected 29,000 participants. It’s a great opportunity to ‘walk with a purpose’ and stay on to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, great food and fun for kids as well as adults. Registration opened on 3 July. All walkers receive goodie bags with Avon and Justine products and various other items.
ADRIENNE HERSCH RANDBURG HARRIERS CHALLENGE www.randburgharriers.co.za
Discovery Vitality has joined forces with Randburg Harriers for a 5km, a 10km and a 21.1km challenge. Points will be awarded to Discovery Vitality members who complete one of the races, and a portion of the proceeds will be collected to provide relief from malnutrition and poverty in local communities. Races take place at Randburg Sports Centre and start at 7am.
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SOWETO MARATHON www.sowetomarathon.com
The Joburg Style team will be there in full force – will you? Sponsored by both adidas and Garmin, you can follow our team online as they prepare to participate in the 24th edition of what is known as ‘The People’s Race’ – the Old Mutual Soweto Marathon that starts and finishes at the iconic FNB Stadium in Soweto. The event includes a standard 42km marathon, as well as a half marathon (21km) and a 10km race. All entrants will receive a T-shirt with their entry as well as a commemorative medal if they complete the race. Hopefully you have already entered for your place in the particular race you will be participating in, as once a total number of 25,000 entries over the three races were received, the race entries were closed. Visit the website for any updated news on this exciting event. And watch out for photographs of the Joburg Style team online, as they strut their stuff.
PLAYING FOR PINK SPORTS POLO www.ticketprodome.co.za
The third annual Playing for Pink SA Ladies Invitational Polo will take place on 28 October 2017 in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Hosted by Edith Unlimited in partnership with Cell C. The event, which is being held at the Inanda Club, includes a fun polo match, fashion show by Nhlanhla Nciza’s NN Vintage and much more. The dress code is ‘Pink Glamour’ – see you there.
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THE LIST | ART
Until 5 November
A LABOUR OF LOVE JAG
www.friendsofjag.org The story of this exhibition can be traced back to 1986, when the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt on Main commissioned Hans Blum to buy works of contemporary South African art on its behalf. He acquired 600 works by black South African artists. The exhibition also integrates a contemporary perspective on this special collection through 10 new works produced by Gabi Ngcobo and four South African former students from the Wits School of Arts.
www.goodman-gallery.com Taken as a whole, this ambitious body of work disrupts what the artist refers to as ‘colonial futures’, creating ‘counter-memories’ within his images to contest dominant colonial narratives. The exhibition takes Mauritanian filmmaker Med Hondo’s critically acclaimed 1967 drama Soleil Ô as its starting point, responding, in particular, to the colonial mindset.
Until 25 September
Until 14 October
KUDZANAI CHIURAI/ WE LIVE IN SILENCE
HOME BY TREVOR STUURMAN
Until 8 October
WARHOL UNSCREENED: ARTWORKS FROM THE MERRILL LYNCH COLLECTION WITS ART MUSEUM www.wits.ac.za
This major exhibition of one of the 20th century’s most iconic and influential artists includes over 80 of the artist’s major screen prints including Flowers, Campbell’s Soup Cans, Muhammad Ali, Marilyn Monroe, Mickey Mouse and Superman. In addition, the artist’s celebrated Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers record album, a selection of Interview magazine covers and the renowned Birmingham Race Riot image are on exhibition.
HAZARD GALLERY www.hzrd.co.za
These photographs taken in Swakopmund, Namibia and KwaNdebele attempt to interrogate ideas of home through the exploration of ‘cultures/traditions’ that he has experienced of the Himba women and the Ndebele amasokana initiation ceremony. In juxtaposing the male and female form, the photographs look at how they occupy their ‘bodily homes’, the hyper sexualisation of the female form and through what gaze do we view the male body in relation to this.
Until 26 October
My idea of a good picture is one that’s in focus and of a famous person – Andy Warhol
MACHINE OF AN IMAGE: A SOLO EXHIBITION BY CRAIG MULLER IN TOTO GALLERY
www.intotogallery.co.za This exhibition is derived from a conceptual thought experiment, involving the interpretation of marks made. These lead to a possible device or method that could have created them. Conversely, the marks are also sometimes made by the artist (as device) programmed to randomly express within set parameters. The mediums overlap, coalesce and attempt to be spatial, while remaining two-dimensional; in the way a graph would use several values to determine a single property. This is not a premeditated body of work or an enunciation of a theme, but rather a development and evolution of the artist’s visual language.
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Until 30 September
LIBERTY BATTSON: TRUTH SLEUTH CIRCA GALLERY
www.circagallery.org Liberty Battson is inspired by modernism and, in particular, modernist theories around the role of abstraction in the pursuit of ‘truth’ and ‘true art’. The artist uses statistics as a numerical indicator of ‘the truth’. Statistics are not only the subject matter of her work, they also govern the abstraction, as the order of colours and lines in the work represent the search patterns on the Internet. Inspired by abstract expressionism theory on the physical effects of colour on the viewer, pioneered by artists such as Mark Rothko, James Kelly and Barnett Newman, Liberty challenges the viewer to stand before her work and feel the colours before them.
Until 7 October
PLURALITIES OF BEING BY TODD GRAY www.gallerymomo.com The exhibition disrupts and questions the role photography plays in the transmission of history and cultural identity. Further colliding with a new body of drawings, the artist reframes and reveals an intimate and collective post-colonial, the transatlantic memory.
DAVID KRUT PROJECTS davidkrutprojects.com
GOETHE-INSTITUT JOHANNESBURG www.goethe.de
UJ ART GALLERY www.uj.ac.za
ALICE ART GALLERY www.aliceart.co.za
HENRY GEORGE GALLERY
henrygeorgegallery.co.za Until 8 October
THE MELROSE GALLERY
Until 27 September
LIONEL SMIT: STATE EVERARD READ
www.everard-read.co.za Lionel Smit’s new body of work explores the reality of the different emotional states we inhabit. How do our surroundings morph our perceived reality? The artist is renowned for his monumental portraiture works in painting, sculpture, silkscreen, video and public installations. Smit has been a featured artist for sculptural installations at the Miami Art Fair 2014 and 2016 and on the cover of Christie’s catalogue in London 2009.
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SculptX consists of The SculptX Park and The SculptX Fair. The SculptX Park aims to add to the beauty of the Melrose Arch precinct while providing a valuable platform for sculptors to showcase their works and added value for those who work, live and play in Melrose Arch. The SculptX Fair will consist of various sculpture related activations and exhibitions in different venues throughout the Melrose Arch precinct. The inaugural SculptX Fair launches with a large group exhibition at The Melrose Gallery featuring works by more than 30 of South Africa’s most established and emerging sculptors and a few invited artists from other countries. One of the highlights of the SculptX Fair 2017 will be an exhibition of more than 30 artworks by Paul du Toit that will form part of the group exhibition and the Johannesburg release of his book, which will take place in The Melrose Gallery.
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www.childfriendlysa.co.za Child Friendly SA is a free app developed for busy parents on the go, offering easy access to thousands of local businesses that are kid-friendly. It gives you information on numerous events and activities, such as parties, movies, day trips, holiday programmes and more in the palm of your hand. Special features include in-app call, email, sharing, routing and Uber integration. Listings are presented based on what’s closest to you while you are on the move.
THE CHEETAH CENTRE www.dewildt.co.za
The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre is a breeding centre for cheetahs and other endangered animals located in Hartbeespoort, about an hour’s drive from Joburg. The centre has played an important role in preserving and protecting cheetahs and has bred more than 800 cheetah cubs, resulting in the cheetah being removed from the South African endangered species list. If you’re a family with kids over the age of six, you can bring the kids to learn about their wildlife heritage on a twohour Family Cheetah Tour. Tours available Tuesday to Sunday at 9.30am and 2.30pm.
www.moodycow.co.za This popular gelato and coffee bar in Clearwater Mall is a real treat, offering an assortment of mouthwatering sweet delights, including genuine handmade Italian gelato, prepared by a team that was trained by a gelato master… need we say more? The flavours are awesome and the selection unmatched, with a range of traditional sorbets as well as some unique South African delicacies, such as melktert, malva pudding and, dare we say it – biltong. Spoil the kids with a cookie sandwich filled with ice cream, waffle tacos and uber shakes. It doesn’t get much better than this!
PWC BIKE PARK www.bikepark.co.za
Located in the heart of Bryanston, this popular 20-hectare bike park and adventure playground features 13km of biking trails for mountain bikers, trail runners, beginners and more advanced cyclists – and kids. Yes, children are well catered for here, with jungle gyms, jumping castles, cycling and trails for little people. In fact, birthday parties are held here regularly. Bikes are available for hire, or bring your own.
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Cheetahs do not roar like lions or tigers. They let out a chirping noise when they feel threatened and they purr if they feel happy
This establishment is a mixture of sports bar, restaurant and play area, so families love it here. The enclosed family garden and play area is full of slides, swings, jungle gyms, a trampoline and a jumping castle. Great food is on offer at affordable prices. Ideal for kids’parties, family outings or an afternoon in the sun.
www.rollegoli.co.za Lots of active fun for kids of all ages awaits at this Bryanston roller-skating rink, which is an all-weather facility. Roller skates are available for kids aged four and up, or bring your own. There’s also a lovely kids’ play area in the garden with zip line, trampoline, picnic benches and a jungle gym as well as a café. For kids learning to skate and still unsteady on their feet, there’s a Skate Mate, who offers assistance.
www.jozix.co.za This Bryanston adventure centre offers an action-packed list of activities to keep kids happy for hours, from a 120m slip-and-slide to mountain boarding, a street park and Big Air Krush Kushion jump where they can learn tricks, flips, spins and rolls... you name it. It also features a tightrope, jungle swings, climbing ladder, stunt matt and a full size harness-free trapeze. Zorb Ball involves being harnessed to 3m inflatable balls and rolling down a 200m slope, harnessed to the walls. Big Wheel Trike Biking involves trike racing, drifting and jumping. All activities assist in skill development and hand-eye coordination. This is fun on steroids.
KIDDIES RAINBOW FESTIVAL
Enjoy a fun day out on 23 September, family, with lots of games and activities including live performances from local artists. The festival at Vosloorus Stadium is designed for kids, featuring powder painting, jumping castles and a variety of other exciting activities. Bring your own food, camping chairs and costumes – the theme for the day is white T-shirts.
This family friendly restaurant and entertainment facility in Melville offers state-of-the-art games and activities for kids. There’s a four-storey jungle gym, dress-up area, sand art, media room with a playstation... and kids’ movies are screened constantly. Aside from the great programmes (pottery, paper mosaic classes, face painting, puppet shows and a mobile zoo), the food is great.
KIDCHEN CONCEPTS www.kidchenconcepts.co.za
Future MasterChefs can learn the trade right here in Joburg, at Kidchen Concepts in Melville. This cooking school specialises in cooking classes for kids, and also teaches them a holistic programme combining cooking with gardening, dining and recycling activities. The school runs special two-hour cooking classes on Saturday mornings where children pick produce from the garden and then make two dishes with these ingredients under the guidance of experienced staff. Other activities include monthly kids’ workshops, programmes during the school holidays, classes for toddlers and birthday parties. Booking is essential.
THE NOISY ROOSTER www.noisyrooster.co.za
Keyes Avenue in Rosebank isn’t called the Art Mile for nothing – aside from the prestigious galleries, there’s also a stunning kids’ restaurant further down the block that offers a children’s play area and kid’s’ facilities that include art, of course. The owners live at Heversham Park Farm in Walkerville, and they have brought animals for the kids to play with, including two piglets, rabbits and goats. The food served is prepared using fresh produce from the farm and its neighbours, and they also cater for kids’ parties.
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outside my comfort zone, like panto and a comedy spot on Famous Last Words. I also love being almost free from Twitter trolls. However, I miss the daily interaction with my colleagues at 702 and also the listeners.
10 minutes WITH JOHN ROBBIE From international rugby player to talk radio host and soon-to-be pantomime actor, the legendary John Robbie chats about his next chapter after 30 years on air For years my old friend, Bernard Jay (executive producer of Janice Honeyman’s upcoming 2018 pantomime Snow White at Joburg Theatre), has been asking me to do the panto. I always said when I
30 YEARS ON AIR
retired from 702 I would. His was almost the first call I got after my announcement. We met and he assured me it was a real contract, not a guest appearance, which was my condition. I am scared but excited. I’m enjoying not having to wake up at 2.15am five days a week and also being free to do other stuff. The discipline of early radio can be cruel. I am enjoying stretching boundaries
BEST ON-AIR MOMENT? The last show. So many people called in, none were set up, it was all very spontaneous. When Pravin Gordhan, one of my heroes, called to wish me luck, it was amazing.
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Over the years on air I had many scary moments; from death threats to verbal abuse and, the most cowardly, anonymous letters. The ones that affected my family were the worst. At the TRC, Paul Erasmus, the former policeman, revealed there was a plot to have me shot. Eugene de Kock told me he was also approached. At a golf club in Pretoria my wife and I were threatened physically and bomb threats to the station were a part of life. It all seems so long ago now and reminds us that, for all the problems today, the South African transition was miraculous, but also very scary. I love the people of Joburg. In a way it’s like New York, ballsy and brash. On the other side, I hate the litter and crime. My first day off air wasn’t so bad; it was like your normal
Christmas holiday. However, that first day in January, when the line-up was full and didn’t include me, was emotional. That’s when it sank in that my amazing 702 career was over. Thanks to good planning I have taken an early pension, so I’m involved in things that excite me and make a difference. Together with Morne du Plessis, I am part of The Sport Exchange, a company empowering professional sports people to better manage themselves and their careers. I am an ambassador for Circa, the corporate and sports entertainments company. I do marketing work for Century Property Developments, which builds affordable housing and also retirement homes. I am back on SuperSport and am also doing speeches and MC work. Also, more golf and travel are planned. We are off to India soon. John is set to play the role of Major Dumb-Ou of the Royal Palace of Cool Cornucopia in Janice Honeyman’s 2018 pantomime Snow White at the Joburg Theatre.
“JOHN ROBBIE WON NINE CAPS FOR IRELAND AND PLAYED FOR THE 1980 BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS. HE WON 83 CAPS FOR TRANSVAAL AND WAS VOTED ONE OF THE FIVE SOUTH AFRICAN PLAYERS OF THE YEAR IN 1987”
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