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I’m Not Done He’s come a long way, but ProVerb still has a lot to prove, as Julia Rice found out S’kop Photographer Mark Lewis captures the ugly truth behind Joburg’s underground butchers in this jawdropping photo essay Designed by Nature – Renewable by Design The Paper Manufacturers Association gives us the paper story lowdown Fine Italian Design Writer Sulaiman Philip delves into Joburg’s fascinating Italian culture Hitting the ground skating C-Max Roller Derby League is a growing subculture and sport in South Africa, Channay Harvey investigates


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Editor’s letter and contributors’ page Desirables Personality picks Fashion Celebrating fashion’s glitterati Cool District Going crazy for design in Kramerville Décor Showcasing Athol Place’s magnificent new Villa Food Resident foodie duo Graeme Wyllie and Leila Saffarian get crafty at CRAFT in Parkhurst Kitchen Cool Keeping your kitchen swanky and your gadget needs sorted JBar How bottle label design has evolved over the years Local Travel Linger longer in the Robertson Wine Valley Travel Snippets Where to go and what to do in the next three months

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Diary What you can look forward to in Joburg as winter approaches 72 Hours in Joburg Polo, ballet, school holidays and more Gauteng Day Trips Three exciting one-day journeys to explore Joburg’s surrounding areas Galleries Stores with a one-of-a-kind design Fine dining in the city Joburg’s top fantastic dive bars and restaurants On Stage Great courses and classes Kids The Back Page Nikki Temkin writes about being a stranger in a strange land

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in Joburg, your three-month Joburg Diary, fine dining spots, courses and classes, and the top uniquely designed stores in Joburg. That should keep you going for a while, until next time. Keep the generators running, the gas heaters full, and Eskom in your thoughts.

write to you from the chilly Highveld, with an immune booster next to me and orange juice on tap. Have you got your flu jab yet? It’s always very stressful this time of year, and I question whether I should get the flu vaccine or not. There are the ‘haves’ (those who got the flu injection) and the ‘have nots’ –and don’t tell a ‘have’ you’re a ‘have not’, as they won’t quite be able to quash that slight look of judgment. In other big news, I recently got married and my wedding day was absolutely wonderful, I couldn’t have asked for anything more magical. So, I’m now Mrs Rice. Yes, like Tastic. Which brings me to this beautiful issue of Joburg Style; welcome to all things design! It’s the second time we’ve done a design issue and it’s one of my favourites, mainly

because of all the creative people we celebrate. Starting with the cover: Sindiso Nyoni aka RIOT did an amazing blueprintinspired illustration. It helped that we had a fabulous cover star, ProVerb. What a genuine, fun-loving guy with absolutely no airs and graces about him. I chat to him about why he feels he isn’t ‘done’ yet and what he’d still like to achieve. Our photo essay S’kop might take you aback and will have you look twice, which is exactly the aim. The world of Joburg’s underground butchers is indeed a hard, survival-of-the-fittest, fight-everyday kind of world. Ever thought about how much more we could be doing with our paper? Or what happens when we throw our empty takeaway cartons in the bin? The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa gives us the paper story lowdown. We thought we’d go high-end fashion design and feature top brands Diesel and Prada in our fashion spread, along with the story behind the campaigns. Our new feature, Subculture, delves into the roller derby world – it’s incredibly fascinating! We take a trip to Robertson in Local Travel and focus on amazing label design in JBar. JList is again jam packed with Gauteng day trips, what to do if you have 72 hours




Writer and editor Pages 87 – 89 Sharon has more than 25 years’ experience in writing for, and editing, both lifestyle and women’s interest magazines. She has worked for several international titles and also spent more than a decade working for a travel company. She’s currently freelancing for numerous local and international publications. Sharon wrote our new feature Day Trips about what to do in Gauteng. 14 |

Photographer Pages 25 – 29 Mark started photographing professionally in the early ’80s in London, where he worked as a fashion photographer. He has worked in documentary, with a specific focus on the African continent, freelancing for publications. He has photographed workers in Swaziland, the city of Mogadishu and ship breakers in Bangladesh. His photo essay S’kop forms part of Wake Up, This is Joburg by Mark and Tanya Zack.

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Food stylist, writer, food editor and blogger Pages 59 – 62 Previous Food Editor for both Your Family & Food & Home Entertaining magazines, Leila now spends her days styling for both editorial and advertising shoots, cookbooks and saying lots of things related to food on her blog, Pass The Salt. A former Capetonian who is very proud to say she has been happily adopted by Joburg. She produced and styled our Getting Crafty food feature.

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Tebogo Thekiso, aka ProVerb, has come a long way since his childhood days in Kimberley. But his work is not yet done, not by a long shot. The hip hop artist, producer, presenter and entertainer sat down with Julia Rice to answer some tough questions about his past, present and future ow and where did you start out in the entertainment industry? Hip hop, rapping and battling interested my friends and me in high school. When I arrived in Joburg from Kimberley in 1999, I started entering competitions like Rap Activity Jam on Yfm, Rap A Lot Wednesdays on Metro FM and even Jam Alley. I was introduced to What do you consider your greatest achievement? Being a family the industry properly when I completed my sound engineering man, and realising what’s important before it’s too late. This is what I’m degree and started working for DJ Fresh as a technical producer. I most proud of – it trumps any accolade or possession. was featured on a song by Amu alongside Mr Welwyn in around Where would you say you are in your career at the moment and 2003 and the rest, as they say, is history. where would you like to be? Although I’ve just celebrated 10 years as Is it an industry you always wanted to be part of? Absolutely. a hip hop recording artist and 13 years in the entertainment business, But I never thought I would pursue it as a career. I always I consider myself only at the beginning. I still have plenty to learn and thought it would be something I’d do as a hobby or on the side in experience and this attitude has served me well. I still want to learn about my spare time. However, once I was bitten by the bug and learnt the business of entertainment and get into more ownership. I co-own a that I could make a career of it, I never looked back. It’s the best production company called SIC Entertainment that produces Idols, Miss South Africa, Face of Africa and a few others programmes, but I also need decision I’ve ever made and I’m so fulfilled doing what I love. to get into record company ownership, business ownership and diversify What has been the most defining moment in your career and my business portfolio a lot more. in your personal life? The one moment that really stands out for me in my career was when I participated in Survivor Santa What are you most proud of? I’m proud of who I am and who I’ve Carolina. It was the toughest thing I’d ever done in my life and grown to be, much more than I am proud of what I’ve achieved and what it changed my whole perspective on everything and had a big I have. I’m also especially proud of the South African hip hop industry impact on my priorities. Since then I have taken more, and bigger, and how much it’s not only grown, but taken over. I’m proud to have been chances. But I’ve also learnt to prioritise my family. Summiting a part of that growth. Mt Kilimanjaro remains the most defining moment to date in my personal life. From the experience I learnt that I’m capable of How much would you still like to achieve in your career? When do anything I put my mind to and that willpower and determination you think you’ll be able to say “Now I’ve arrived”? I’d like to leave a legacy and for my work to touch people in a positive way. The day I get can get you anywhere in life. to meet a youngster who’s been written off, given up on and, despite all What have you had to give up to get to where you are odds and challenges, was able to get motivated and inspired as a result of today? I’ve had to give up a lot of personal time, and even hearing my story, or from an exchange we may have had, or from one of family time – before I knew better, that is. I also squandered my songs, this will be the day I’ll say I’ve arrived. If what I do can spark opportunities as a youngster, including my studies, because I the light and ignite the fire in someone else, then this is what I’d like to was chasing this dream. Although I have no regrets, there are be remembered for. many things I know I could’ve done better. I’ve taken the steps to rectify my past mistakes, including studying and putting my When are you at your happiest? When I’m with those I love the most personal and family time before anything. My wife and kids and when I’m on stage doing what I love the most. I’m also very happy are now the centre of my universe and my career works around when I can engage with and exchange ideas with like-minded fellow forward thinkers.. them, not the other way around.

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Photographer Mark Lewis and urban planner Tanya Zack tell the story of entrepreneurship and survival in Joburg’s underground meat market, where a thriving commercial network of meat dealers operates

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ere is a story not just about an interesting and tough line of work, but about business connections and how to get things done, how to operate below the radar and how to make things work against fairly debilitating odds. In a disused parking garage within the heart of Joburg’s inner city, an informal and almost medieval trade in the flesh, bones and skins of cow heads is underway. Informal butchers in an environment consisting of smoke, darkness, blood and rats, undertake the fierce chopping of flesh. Heads arrive in shopping trolleys. They are bought at a nearby butchery and are sent by customers who will pay R10 per head for the cutting service. “On a good day I chop 60 heads,” a butcher says as he slams his axe repeatedly into one of the three flesh-covered skulls that are being stripped at the wooden industrial cable spool; the butchers’ block. The surface is barely large enough to accommodate these heads but three other butchers join and now four bare arms and four axes pummel flesh, fat and skin in a stampede of blows. As the meat is loosened, it’s tossed into gaping bags at the butchers’ feet. Occasionally a butcher pauses to talk to someone or to buy something from the vendor who wanders past with a tray of sweets and loose cigarettes. | 27

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Look at what you’re hoLding. think about how you started your day this morning. did you pour miLk into your coffee from a paper-based carton? read instructions on a medicine box? have a breakfast of Leftover boxed pizza? the paper manufacturers association of south africa gives us the paper story Lowdown


TODAY YOU WOULD HAVE CONNECTED WITH PAPER – THE EVERYDAY MATERIAL THAT IS OFTEN HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT – SEVERAL TIMES. WONDERFUL WOOD There’s something particularly special about paper. It’s made from trees. Trees are made up of wood. Wood is made up of lignin and cellulose, a long chain of linked sugar molecules that give it its remarkable strength. Although paper and wood have been around since time immemorial, scientists are still making fundamental discoveries on the uses of this high-tech fibre made from nature’s building block, cellulose. Believe it or not, more technology goes into paper than flying a Boeing. According to Fredrik Rosen, director for market strategy at Swedish research institute Innventia, there’s a clear trend towards cellulose composites and packaging made from cellulose-based materials. This includes going ‘beyond the box’ – traditionally made from cellulose or paper – towards investigating how nanocellulose could be used as an oxygen barrier instead of aluminium, making this morning’s milk carton easier to recycle. RENEWING OUR RESPECT FOR PAPER Paper is right up there as a renewable and recyclable resource. In South

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Africa, trees are farmed, harvested and replanted for the purposes of making pulp and paper products. These plantations absorb atmospheric ‘uglies’ like carbon dioxide (CO2) and release life-giving oxygen into the atmosphere. Although some CO2 is emitted in the papermaking process, absorption balances out emissions, making paper production at the very least carbon neutral. Carbon is locked in paper – from books to boxes – for as long as it’s recycled. This can be up to seven times. The renewability of paper is a message that organisations like the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) and its allies the world over are shouting ‘from the treetops’. “The South African paper industry plants around 260,000 trees a day. Only 9% of the total plantation is harvested annually and this is replanted within the same year,” says PAMSA executive director Jane Molony. “The fact that we continually replant saplings makes paper a completely renewable resource.” DESIGNING FOR A CIRCULAR ECONOMY Fibres from recovered paper are used to make new products – especially packaging products we see every day. In South Africa, around 64% of recoverable paper is collected and recycled. The goal is to reach 70% by 2020. Although this is higher than the global average of 58%, South Africa still faces a number of challenges when it comes to closing the

Big read gaps that exist in the ‘circular economy’. This is defined by WRAP UK as an alternative to the traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which “we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them while in use, and then recover and regenerate products and materials” at their end of life. In layman’s terms, this simply means recycling our ‘waste’. To the companies that PAmsA represents, waste paper is an extremely valuable raw material – which means it isn’t waste at all. According to the south African Department of science and Technology, R8.2 billion worth of resources are recovered and recycled back into the economy (based on 2012 data). This figure would rise to R25.2 billion if all recyclable material going to landfills were to be reclaimed. Jane adds, “Over 150,000 people are employed because we plant trees, make paper products and recover them for recycling.” Imagine the potential for our society and economy if we all recycled? If this practice has so many benefits, why do only 3.3% of urban households recycle household waste? “In some areas it’s just plain difficult to recycle due to the inconvenience factor or lack of municipal collection programmes,” Jane explains. Fortunately the City of Joburg, through Pikitup, is smoothing the way by supplying bags for recyclable materials. Then there’s the irritation of having to dismantle packaging before recycling. We’ve all bought a new toothbrush, but how many of us take the time to pull the plastic away from the paper backing?

ImagIne the potentIal for our socIety and economy If we all recycled?

Form meets Function Every problem has a solution. Every solution has a hurdle. Hurdles lead to innovation. This was the case for Ecologic Brands founder Julie Corbett who wanted to create a bottle comprising less plastic for better recyclability. Along came her new iPhone nestled on a smooth, robustly moulded paper-based tray. Cue in ‘lightbulb moment’. Julie designed a bottle comprising a sturdy outer moulded fibre shell made from cardboard boxes and old newspapers, with a thin inner plastic pouch and re-sealable cap. In 2008 she secured a patent for her technology. Another exciting example of moulded fibre packaging is Carlsberg’s project to develop the world’s first fully biodegradable wood-fibre bottle for beverages. All materials used in the ‘Green Fibre Bottle’, including the cap, will be developed using bio-based materials – primarily sustainably sourced wood-fibres – allowing the bottle to be responsibly degraded.

Just add innovation Fredrik Rosen, Innventia’s market strategy director, adds that sustainable packaging is not enough. “It has to be something that strikes the interest of consumers. If we’re able to go from a traditional paperboard to something with curved surfaces, then the opportunities for packaging innovation are endless.” A few years ago, Innventia and design studio Tomorrow machine were awarded the Dieline sustainable Packaging Award for the sustainable Expanding Bowl, a prototype developed by materials scientists and designers to demonstrate the possibilities of a new bio-based interactive material in food packaging. Before reaching the consumer, the package size is minimised, reducing air in the package and transport costs. Normally, this type of food packaging comprises as much as two-thirds air. Add hot water and the compact package grows, opening up for the contents to be consumed. The cardboard has active properties that respond to heat and moisture. There are countless examples of research into packaging solutions that

are stretchable and can be moulded into exciting shapes with barrier properties and protection against light and impurities – all made from paper. “Think inside the box,” Jane encourages, adding that the industry needs to work with packaging designers and marketing creatives to improve their knowledge of the recycling process and life cycle of packaging. What may stand out on the shelf might not be recycled efficiently in south Africa. Fancy foils, glues and coatings and even the material itself can often make the package non-recyclable, and destined for landfill – remember the linear economy? Packaging will always play an important role in the consumer purchasing decision – from function and product information to aesthetics and recyclability. We need to think in a circular fashion, using a material designed by nature, and designed for recycling. | | | | 33

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The gliTTeraTi What better way to celebrate our design issue than with the latest campaigns from two of the world’s best known, top end fashion houses, Prada and Diesel? Joburg Style chats to the teams behind these oneof-a-kind campaigns

DIESEL Diesel’s 2015 resolutions were as follows: rising above, tolerance, inclusiveness and love in the largest, most unconditional sense possible. “It’s elevating yourself. Elevating your spirit. Whatever it takes, however you do it and wherever you are,” explains Diesel’s creative director Nicola Formichetti. Nicola loved the name Diesel High for their latest campaign because it has a multitude of meanings and implications. It’s provocative; it pushes you to live life with intensity. It suggests immediacy – being in the moment, enjoying the present and living fully – as well as spontaneity, escaping from the everyday into something bigger, more immersive and more exciting. Today, as the world can feel mired in war, fear and illness, Diesel High is bright and optimistic; it’s a punk or subversive answer to the darkness around us. The Diesel High campaign is especially eye-catching as a contrast to serious premium fashion campaigns; it’s playful and happy. As Nicola says, “There are so many crazy things happening now that you don’t see people just having fun anymore. The challenge was to work with an avant-garde photographer, Nick Knight, and get him to do something he’s rarely done – which is shooting people smiling. It feels spontaneous, like they are ‘selfies’ and he’s just the one snapping the photo.” “We’re creating a powerful, positive new energy for the world with Diesel High.” | 35


PRADA Can a woman exude confidence, yet be relaxed; appear uninhibited and carefree, yet remain in control? These seemingly contradictory states are explored in the new campaign for Prada by Steven Meisel. Gemma Ward, Julia Nobis and Ine Neefs take centre stage. They’re all portrayed in a different mood: stoic, psychedelic and intimate. A black and white studio shot is strong and defiant. A graffiti pastel backdrop channels movement and a youthful attitude. Then we’re drawn in close, into a seductive bedroom scene. These diverse settings, contrasting moods and seemingly disconnected narratives form a dynamic backdrop for

the Spring/Summer collection. The clothes draw together this diverse series, with a distinctive blend of fabrics, colours and silhouettes. Still lifes suggest a free and fleeting moment, as if the wearer has just arranged them in a peculiar bedroom ritual. Within each image, the many facets of the Prada woman shift and overlap part of an interconnected and contradictory story. A spirit of confidence and optimism suggests there are many more stories to be told. For more pictures, visit | 37 : CarducciWomen

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There’s design, and then there’s Italian design. It’s special and appreciated the world over. It represents an abundance of history and culture, a cornucopia of art that’s immediately recognised. It’s about food, love and the way you live your life. Italian design is spirito della vita! Words Sulaiman Philip | Photographs Paul Westgate t’s the regard for small details, the perfection in production. The history of small family-owned design houses and their legacy. It’s amore. Or, as the Italians say, ‘out of the stomach’,” Robert Marengo begins by way of explanation. The owner of Hip Republic, a design and décor store in Greenside, is stumbling over his thoughts as he tries to explain the appeal of Italian design. It’s the buzz, the ‘huzza’, the love of life that arouses a need to create. “An Italian designer starts with a need for something, then creates to match that need. I’m German, I’m the opposite. I need a plan before I begin.” History and a sense of place allow designers influenced by Italy to create objects that tell a story, rather than just stand there and look pretty. The results tend to be something brand new yet classic and molto chic. Italian designers are moving away from the heavy wooden designs of old, Robert says. New young designers’ imaginations are being fired by the Italy they call home and not just the history they can call on. “Designers are working with engineers to create designs for homes that are smaller. A company like Flexform are creating incredibly stylish furniture

for smaller rooms. They’re using wood and metal and suede. Even in the small family-owned design houses that have existed for generations, designers are drawing on everything that went before to reimagine design.” Jewellery designer Lia Abrahamse speaks in slow, hushed tones. She seems to be thinking, designing even as she whispers. “Italian design is three things: It’s creative, free and organic. The outcomes are unexpected.” She spent four months studying at Alchimia, a school of contemporary jewellery in Florence, relearning how to make jewellery. “Contemporary jewellery,” she corrects me. “It’s a very Italian style of jewellery. Every piece is a work of art and it doesn’t have to be wearable.” Already a designer and goldsmith when she left for Florence, she was not allowed to use any gold in her work. “I had to use found objects, sponges, newspaper. The idea is to take your mind to another place where ideas develop and change.” From her experiences in Florence, Lia created a line of jewellery she called Mend. It began with a bangle made from candle wax. “I created a bangle using wire mesh and papier mâché. It changed the longer you wore it, it began to look like bone.” | 39


The essence of design is something stolen. A table will always have a top but when you design a new table, inspiration comes from something else. You have stolen inspiration from other things, other objects. Design is inspired by a piece of wood, by common objects around you. In the end, imagination, the ability to mix together and create something completely new, is design. Franco Forleo is a restauranteur, a photographer and furniture maker. His father was an Italian POW who settled in South Africa after the Second World War. Franco, dressed in a crisp shirt, says the Italian influence in South Africa can be traced to the 100,000 Italians who were housed at Zonderwater Prison. “(Sculptor) Edoardo Villa was one of the prisoners that stayed. There were artists, musicians and woodworkers housed at Zonderwater and some of them stayed. They opened restaurants and workshops; made music; influenced the world around them.” Close your eyes. Imagine Franco making furniture. It’s a step back, away from the rush of digital time into a slower, more precise age. He caresses the wood as if it were a living thing,

doctors the cuts with oil. It’s the workmanship and attention to detail that sets Italian design apart from the rest of the world. A teenage Franco was influenced by the sights and sounds and smells of Italy when he first went to visit. Like an entire generation, he was swayed by the fashion. The sharp-cut suits in ice cream shades and textiles used in women’s fashion. Franco puts on coffee. It’s easy to fall in love again with the traditional charm of his battered Bialetti stovetop pot. It takes practice but it makes a perfect cup of coffee. Pressurised water bubbles up through freshly ground beans. A strong espresso scent fills the air. “My second car was an Alfa 1600 Super. The sexiest car ever. Whatever Italian designers did, they did with sex in mind.” | 41


Getting to know Joburg’s Italian community: Whether it’s purchasing a magnificently crafted leather handbag at Campo Marzio or enjoying a delicious homemade Italian meal at Francos, the Italians know how to do it all.

Shayona is an Indo-Italian vegetarian restaurant with a broad menu of Indian classics with Italian touches that adds a fun element. The décor is a bit lacking and it has a take-it-or-go approach to service, but a visit will open your eyes to a new culinary adventure. 74 Church Street, Mayfair, Established in Rome in 1933, the Campo Marzio boutique in Hyde Park is a sensory delight for anyone whose heart begins to flutter at the thought of stationery. Blending craftsmanship, functionality and trendy design, it offers unique fountain pens, laptop bags and leather portfolios. It is a boutique, one that mixes the luxury of bespoke with everyday functionality. Hyde Park Corner, 011 325 4547

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If you’re looking for chic, then the downhome appeal of Renato’s is not for you. It is modest, unpretentious and has been creating honest and simple Italian food for years. Locals arrive early so there is usually a wait for a weeknight table. 39 Greenhill Road, Emmarentia, 011 646 9203 The Italian sculptor and member of the ‘Amadlozi’ (Zulu for ‘spirit of the ancestors’) art group has a number of his public works spread across the city. The best known is the Reclining Figure in Pieter Roos Park. Villa designed the work as a piece of play equipment for children to clamber over. Take a journey to the University of Pretoria and visit the Edoardo Villa Museum. 012 420 4017

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Sub Culture

-Max Roller Derby League was the first roller derby league to start in South Africa and was formed by Melinda Lotz and a few of her friends in 2010. It’s home to the Joburg All Stars, Thundering Hellcats, Raging Warmones, Slam Damsels and Zebricorns (the referees). Let’s rewind a little bit. Before I relay to you my time with these amazing athletes and their subsequent subculture, here’s a formal description about what the sport actually entails from the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. Flat Track Roller Derby is a fast-paced contact team sport that requires speed, strategy and athleticism. The flat track version of the sport evolved (and now also male) sport played on quad roller skates. The game consists of a series of twoin 2001 and has quickly grown to minute ‘jams’ where players skate around an elliptical track. There are five members from each encompass more than 400 leagues team on the track at one time. They are: The Jammer (the point scorer), three Blockers (defence/ worldwide. This is due to the ease of offensive players) and the Pivot (last line of defence and peacekeeper). The Jammers and Pivots setting up a flat track. It can be done are identified by their helmet covers; a strip for Pivots and a star on both sides for Jammers. Roller on any flat surface that’s suitable Derby is definitely not for the faint-hearted and there’s a substantial amount of training that goes for skating, such as skating rinks, into the sport. On average, it takes skaters about six months to a year to graduate. basketball courts, parking lots, and even airplane hangars. This greatly reduces the capital needed to start up a roller derby league, and allows The Pivots and Blockers form a pack at the start line and the two Jammers line up 10 feet behind small groups of people to get a the pack. The pack starts rolling on the referee’s first whistle and the Jammers sprint on the fledging league off the ground. The second whistle. The Jammers’ aim is to make it through the pack of skaters and skate a full lap DIY spirit that drives the sport allows to enter the pack again. Once they’ve re-entered the pack, they score a point for each opposing roller derby leagues to create their skater they pass illegally. The skaters in the pack do their utmost to stop the opposing Jammer own unique identities and adapt from passing them and scoring points, while at the same time they’re trying to help their own their structures to reflect their local Jammer pass their opposing players. They do this by landing heavy shoulder, or hip checks, on communities. It’s a full contact female the opposing players and shoving them out of the way or knocking them to the ground.

In the C-Max Roller Derby League’s first year of establishment, it consisted mainly of girls learning the game and how to skate, while at the same time recruiting as many people as they could. Now, five years later, it’s the biggest league in the country, with their team ZA All Stars recently attending the prestigious Blood & Thunder World Cup in Texas where they competed against international roller derby teams of the highest standard. Girls who start the sport are held together by dedication and commitment to their teams. It’s a sport that bonds people and brings women together from all walks of life, and it was a natural progression from simply a sport to a subculture. It’s the most open sport when it comes to body diversity and there’s a role for everyone on the track. It’s made girls, who would previously never have taken part in sport, into athletes and given them a place to express themselves freely without judgement. This year has seen C-Max face a huge challenge when they lost their venue to development. They’re currently on the hunt for the right place to train in. However, the 2015 Home Season Fight to the Finish has so far been a great success and there are many more games lined up for the rest of the year. They’ll also be holding boot camps with international skaters, as well as growing their teams internally. The Joburg All Stars travel team is heading to the UK in November to compete against top international teams, so training is in full swing. For more pictures, visit | 47

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KRAMERVILLE Joburg Style’s Cool District guru, Jo Buitendach, explores the best of local and international creativity in the city’s design hotspot


f you love first-class design, luxurious fabrics, gorgeous wallpaper and beautiful antiques, Kramerville is definitely worth a visit… or two, or three. Located just to the east of the Sandton CBD, this once industrial area is now an interior design and fabric mecca. Looking to redecorate your entire home, re-upholster a couch or searching for a statement piece? Then a trip to Kramerville is a must. Here are some of our favourite spots to get you started. Amatuli is the sparkling jewel in Kramerville’s crown. This treasure trove of a store sources its artefacts and antiques from all over the African continent, China, Indonesia and India. With three floors filled to the brim with curiosities, this is a unique shopping destination, where every item has a story just waiting to be discovered. Trying to pick a favourite item is near impossible, but look out for the selection of African fabrics, intricately beaded chairs, detailed wooden chests covered in Hindu deities, and vintage carved doors. The fun doesn’t stop at Amatuli; the location is also home to two trendy venues.

Fashionable and fun Katy’s Palace Bar offers fantastic views of Sandton. Although it can be hired for private functions, they offer a delicious Sunday lunch too with live music once a month and sunset yoga weekly. I’m a huge fan of the stylish yet slightly wacky Sir James van der Merwe, a small bar situated on site. The décor boasts a colonial vibe with a difference – think comfy leather sofas, black-and-white checkered floors, vintage photos, huge windows and a resident cat, Tequila. The venue is open on Wednesday evenings for drinks, so head there with friends after work. 6 Desmond Street, 011 440 5065,, Formally known as One on One Antiques, Gallery (011) has recently changed its focus to contemporary South African art. Set in a chic white space with lots of light, this is the perfect spot to peruse some incredible art, including work from top local talents William Kentridge and Sam Nhlengethwa. 4 Desmond Street, 011 262 2294 Melville and Moon is perfect for those looking to safari in style. Specialising in high-end safari gear, entering the store is like stepping back in time to the romance of a bygone era. Think a portable wooden cocktail cabinet, perfect to store and serve a G&T, or a vintage art-deco picnic set. And after shopping up a storm, why not head next door and enjoy a cup of Ceylon tea and a decadent slice of carrot cake with cream cheese icing and coconut shavings? Relaxing on the stoep at Fabled Foods will make you forget you’re in bustling Sandton. Melville and Moon, 4 Desmond Street, 011 262 5030, Fabled Foods, 4 Desmond Street, 011 262 3486 Norick Interiors specialises in classic furniture and interior décor items sourced carefully from across China. Words can’t do the magic of this retail space justice. It’s filled with intricately painted Chinese cabinets, blue and white ginger jars of every imaginable size, and detailed figurines. And don’t forget to visit the in-store tea house, where traditional tea ceremonies can be arranged. The delicately fragranced jasmine tea is highly recommended. 11 Kramer Road, 011 444 5606, A leading décor and furniture retailer nationally, Weylandts offers clients a memorable shopping experience. This impressive space has a large array of furniture and interesting statement pieces, all So much to do in Kramerville: From drinks and food with a view at Katy’s Palace and Sir James, to browsing and finding some fantastic gems to take home with you at Melville and Moon, Kramerville has something to offer creative fundis.

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with a luxurious finish. I particularly liked their stylish range of outdoor furniture. The cherry on top? If you’re feeling peckish, the in-store restaurant The Kitchen offers a simple yet appealing fusion menu. I tried the Bo-Kaap Burger and Tabouleh and Falafel Salad... Scrumptious! 12B Kramer Road, 011 262 4747, If you’re interested in local design then you must visit award-winning design company Tonic’s Kramerville showroom. Known for bespoke furniture, their team is on hand to help you with the creation of a onceoff piece. They also offer a complete interior design

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service, perfect for anyone wanting to revamp their home. 3 Desmond Street, 011 262 4513, Undoubtedly for many, the major drawcard of the Kramerville precinct is its fabric. The area is home to numerous fabric libraries offering the best in local and international textiles. I’ve handpicked some of my favourites to get you started. The Silk and Cotton Co specialises in natural and slightly eclectic textiles, including local talent Skinny laMinx’s retro inspired designs. St Leger & Viney is one of South Africa’s leading textile and wall-covering distributors. Representatives of numerous top international brands like Ralph Lauren and GP & J Baker, the shopping experience at their showroom is pure luxury. If you are on a budget, then head over to Exquisite Cuts, sellers of discounted designer upholstery and curtaining textiles. They also have a fun selection of accent cushions and an inhouse décor service. The Silk and Cotton Co, 11 Kramer Road, 011 448 2578, St Leger and Viney, 8 Kramer road, 011 444 6722, Exquisite Cuts, 3 Desmond Street, 011 262 6771,

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AtholPlace Hotel and the recently unveiled AtholPlace Villa are both works of art in their own right. Yet they come together seamlessly to create that contemporary, classic and elegant feel we’ve come to know

above: The exquisite Villa dining area where you can enjoy a delicious meal with your family or friends. Top right: Enjoy a glass of wine during winter in the welcoming outside boma at the Villa.

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here was many an ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ at the launch of the AtholPlace Villa, located next door to the AtholPlace Hotel. Exclusive and sophisticated, it’s a quiet haven that ensures the utmost privacy. “AtholPlace Hotel & Villa is chosen by professionals and families for an out-of-home experience with its ability to offer extraordinary personal service and attention to detail, offering you a temporary home in the amazing city of Johannesburg,” says Quintin Jansen van Vuuren, managing director for the owners, the Morukuru family. The pool, the garden, the boma and the vast amount of space are all spectacular, but the jewel in the crown, and what makes it stand out, is the décor. Owners Ed and Anka Zeeman invited Netherlands-based designer Janine Butter to make her mark on the Villa. “Janine makes chic but colourful interiors. South African designers, in general, go for more of a natural look interior and we wanted something bright and outspoken. As we’re city-based, Janine recommended the use of special wallpaper, and it makes the Villa really stand out,” Ed explains. The couple goes on to say stylishly uncomplicated with hints of texture. the Villa already existed when “The new owners of AtholPlace wanted to restore they bought AtholPlace Hotel. the hotel to its former glory. They didn’t want a However, it was abandoned and completely new look, but the rooms needed some hadn’t been used in five years. “We freshening up in the original tones of whites and decided the Villa would be a perfect greys, and the communal spaces needed a complete addition to the hotel, as a kind of overall,” explains Sumari. presidential suite. Furthermore, She created a new outdoor lounge and under-cover it would be a wonderful addition outdoor dining area. A new bar was incorporated for the clients of our Morukuru in the original library and the original formal Family brand that focuses on restaurant was completely renovated. “The brief was fully-serviced, exclusive-use villas to incorporate colour in the new communal spaces, so – homes away from home with all I tried to soften the layering by cladding the walls and the luxury facilities.” the ceiling of the restaurant in wood,” she adds. “At AtholPlace Villa every room breathes nature,” says designer Janine Butter. Sumari says that to make sure a design doesn’t “Every single angle of the Villa smells like nature, so I maintained this as much as date, she tries to achieve a sense of timelessness by I could, with a trendy twist.” Interior designer Sumari la Grange designed both the straddling contemporary and classic designs, mixing AtholPlace Hotel and the restaurant. Sumari originally designed the hotel six years old with new, layering contrasting materials and ago – her goal was to create a bespoke hotel experience for the discerning traveller, striving for harmony and balance. It’s contemporary. with an overall feel of understated elegance and layers of luxury. The bedrooms are It’s classic. It’s strong.

Clockwise from top: You’ll experience a meal like no other at the AtholPlace restaurant • Why not have a drink at the AtholPlace bar area before you sit down to dine? • One of the creatively decorated bedrooms in the Villa • What could be more romantic than bubbly in the Villa’s large tub?

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Food phases come and go. Design trends come and go. Every now and then, these two worlds merge and form something not only visually appealing but equally pleasurable on the palette Recipes & styling Leila Saffarian Photography Graeme Wyllie Each neighbourhood has it’s favourite eatery; a local, a place that exudes plenty of style but doesn’t lack on flavour. CRAFT feeds the masses some great grub and ensures fantastic looking design. From the copper-finished pizza oven and bar to the distressed leather aprons, we felt inspired by our favourite local eating joint. They showed us how they do it on the trendy streets of Parkhurst. We decided to have a go at some of the CRAFT favourites that we just can’t get enough of…


Remember, seafood LOVES flavour, herby, to be exact. Along with parsley, add a handful of chopped coriander, chives or tarragon, or even a combination of all.

Creamy mussels

Ingredients 1 tbsp (15ml) butter 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil 1 small leek, halved, thinly sliced (white and pale green parts only) 1.5kg mussels, scrubbed, debearded 1 cup (250ml) dry white wine ½ cup (125ml) fresh cream 4 tbsp (60ml) chopped fresh parsley Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Crusty bread, to serve method 1. Melt the butter with the olive oil in a large base, heavy pot over a medium heat. 2. Add the leek and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the mussels and the wine. 3. Cover and simmer until the mussels have opened (about 4 minutes – discard any that do not open). 4. Add the cream and parsley into the mussels. 5. Simmer uncovered for 3 minutes. Season the mussels and sauce with salt and pepper. 6. Serve with crusty bread.

Use this dough recipe to create quick bread sticks. Simply roll into sticks, place on a greased baking tray and scatter with sea salt, black pepper and fresh rosemary.

DESIGN-YOUROWN-PIZZA PIZZA Ingredients 2 cups (500ml) warm water 1 tbsp (15ml) dried yeast 1 tbsp (15ml) salt 5 cups flour, divided 4 tbsp (60ml) olive oil

Toppings *We were inspired by the Italian pizza at CRAFT* ½ cup (125ml) tomato pizza sauce 150g blue cheese 150g Parma ham 100g fresh asparagus spears 100g Rosa tomatoes, halved Fresh rocket, to serve Method 1. Mix the warm water and yeast in a small bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes until the yeast proofs. 2. Add 2 ½ cups flour with proofed yeast and mix well in food processor, using a dough hook (can be done by hand). 3. Add the remaining flour and salt and knead it until it’s smooth (about 5-10 minutes roughly). Cover the bowl with cling wrap and let the dough rest for 30 minutes. 4. Pour 2 tbsp (30ml) olive oil onto a baking sheet or pizza pan and evenly coat the bottom. 5. Divide the dough into two pieces. On a clean, floured surface, roll the dough out thinly. 6. Spread some pizza sauce onto the dough base, followed by blue cheese, Parma ham, asparagus and tomatoes. 7. Place in an oven at 220 degrees Celsius and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling. Scatter with fresh rocket just before serving. Shot on location at CRAFT restaurant, 33 4th Avenue, Parkhurst, Johannesburg. 011 788 7111 | 62 |


Still fancy something meaty but fancy a different kind of meat? Lamb mince works just as well and is packed with plenty of flavour.

GOURMET BEEF BURGER Ingredients 500g minced beef 1 large free-range egg Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp (15ml) Dijon mustard 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil Lettuce leaves, to serve 6 fresh burger buns

Method 1. In a large bowl, combine the mince, egg, salt, pepper and mustard. 2. Mix well and divide into 6 portions. Form into burger patties and place them in the refrigerator to firm up for 15 minutes. 3. Preheat a large griddle pan for 4 minutes on a high heat. Turn the heat down to medium. 4. Brush the burger patties with olive oil and place on the griddle. Cook to your liking for 4-5 minutes on each side. 5. Place a few lettuce leaves into each bun, add a burger patty and serve. 6. Optional: Add a slice (or two) of your favourite cheese – cheddar, blue or Stilton. Pickles add a great flavour and beef burgers love a ring or two of red onion. | 63



Keeping your kitchen swanky and your gadget and product needs sorted

Soup, anyone?

If it’s good enough for Paul Bocuse to be the company’s ambassador, then this revolutionary Soup Maker from Cuisinart is good enough for us. The range recently introduced a Soup Maker that creates delicious soups, sauces and chutneys. It comes with a built-in non-stick heater plate, offering the perfect surface to sauté ingredients, simmer or boil soups, and then, blend all the ingredients together.

StyliSh Steamer

The Fashion Master steam ironing system comes complete with its own ironing table. Not only does this ironing system look exquisite, but it also makes light work of ironing. The single, integrated unit offers a finely tuned ironing solution, an all-in-one steam ironing system that’s easy to use and works on even the most delicate garments. Storing away involves two sweeping movements. A built in fan extracts steam and inflates the table padding to secure garments in place.


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George Clooney’s ads about Nespresso have absolutely nothing to do with the reason so many women love these magic machines. Seriously… Nespresso just has an artistic bent that turns combining milk and coffee into a work of art. For example, there’s the beautiful Lattissima Pro, inspired by the quality offered by professional machines, but offering a high level of simplicity, making it possible to enjoy coffee with cachet in the comfort of your own home. 64 |

Wine and dine

Winter time calls for some fine red wine paired with a hot meal and a crackling fire. If there’s some wine left over, Carrol Boyes’ stylish and functional bottle stopper will keep the wine just as fine as the first time you opened it. Carrol transforms ordinary tools into extraordinary pieces of art. The elegant reclining figure design doubles up as a hand grip and is made from chromeplated alloy and stainless steel.

pizza perfect

There’s nothing better than a crispy, cheesy, hot pizza straight out of a woodfired oven. Now you can make your own at home. The ceramic Earthfire oven is small, travels well and whips up perfectly delicious pizzas quickly and easily. It includes a steel pizza peel for transferring cooked and uncooked pizzas to and from the hot stone without burning your hands.


What draws us to that thirst-quenching cold drink, an icecold beer or wine for a romantic night in? Don’t judge a book by its cover, but can we judge drinks by their labels? Here’s something to think about…

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Coca-Cola is one of the most recognisable brands the world over – an icon, some might say. It was 1899 when Coca-Cola was first bottled under contract in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Coca-Cola president Asa Candler sold the bottling rights for $1 and the bottles used at the time were straight-sided Hutchinson bottles with a metal stopper. 1906 Amber-coloured and clear straight-sided bottles with an embossed logo are used by bottlers across the US. In 1906, a diamond-shaped label is added to make the bottle stand out from competitors. 66 |

1915 The now famous Coca-Cola contour bottle is patented in 1915 by the Root Glass Company of Terre Haute, Indiana. The creative brief given to Root called for a bottle that could be recognised when it was broken on the ground or by touch in the dark. 1957 Coca-Cola contour bottles are printed with a white label featuring both trademarks, Coca-Cola and Coke. Previously the CocaCola trademark had been blown in glass lettering on the bottle. 1960 12-ounce aluminium Coca-Cola cans are introduced in the US. Early can graphics include an image of the Coca-Cola bottle so customers’ would recognise it as the same beverage they enjoy from a bottle. 1993 The 20-ounce PET contour bottle is introduced. The bottle helps distinguish Coca-Cola from other beverages, just as the glass contour bottle had in 1915. 2015 The Coca-Cola bottle turns 100. “The perfect liquid wrapper.” - Raymond Loewy. Information and images courtesy of The Coca-Cola Company


Castle Lager

What would a South African braai be without beer? The one complements the other. And, what could be more South African than Castle Lager? Castle has been an iconic local brand since 1895. When Charles Glass arrived in South Africa in the late 1800s during the Gold Rush, he discovered a slightly different kind of gold: the brewing recipe for a pale gold liquid. In 1884 Charles Glass started the company Glass & Co. Charles struggled to set up the brewery, plagued by shortages of proper building materials at the time. He had the further challenge of sourcing the hops, malt and the other ingredients necessary to brew the beer. The brewery was eventually completed and he started the work of producing a beer that would sell. The beer grew rapidly in popularity. It was named Castle Beer in 1884 and the brewery was named Castle Brewery. In 1895, the South African Breweries was founded, with its registered office being the Castle Brewery. Charles sold his Castle Beer recipe to SAB. Changes started happening with packaging in the 1950s, with Castle Lager becoming South Africa’s first canned lager in 1959. The first brand label to be used

launched in 1965, with the Castle Lager brand changing to red and gold. In 1975, Castle Lager introduced the original dumpy bottle, which has gone on to become a South African classic. In 1993/4 Consol marketing believed that the Dumpy design had outlived its time and the first moves were made to a more elegant, taller design. One of the negatives of this taller design was fairly major feedback from consumers – because the Dumpy was so established, refrigerator manufacturers actually designed fridge shelf space to fit the Dumpy but the taller bottle would not fit the shelf heights in the fridges. There was some success with the taller Ohlsson’s design but this 1975 led to the development of today’s much taller NRB bottle designs. The new long-neck NRB was introduced in 1997 and its success was immediate. Information and images courtesy of SAB


Black Elephant Vintners: Two Dogs, a Peacock & a Horse Not your typical wine producers, Black Elephant Vintners, located on the outskirts of Franschhoek, have introduced fun and an element of quirkiness not only into their wines, but into their label design too. No pomp and ceremony about them, one of their most eye-catching labels is the Two Dogs, a Peacock and a Horse. The name alone should pique your interest. “In essence, there are just too many labels with the Big 5 on them, as well as other overused recognisable South African elements, so we chose three random animals, just wanting to have a bit of fun. Also, Two Dogs, a Peacock and a Horse tells the story of Franschhoek,” says Kevin

Swart of Black Elephant Vintners. First came the Dutch: “If you lay the bottle on its side, neck on the left, you will see that the die-cut shows the Dutch Cape Gable and the cap is orange.” Then came the French Huguenots: “If you stand the bottle upright you will see the inverted Y, which represents the Eiffel Tower.” And lastly they all came to live in South Africa: “Turn the bottle on its side again, with the neck on the right, and you will see that now the Y represents the South African flag.”The labels capture and celebrate the character and personality of each blend, with each wine becoming a performance on its own. | 67

LINGER LONGER The Robertson Wine Valley offers the splendour of the beautiful Cape Winelands. Joburg Style indulges in all this beautiful valley of wine and roses has to offer

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or more than a century people from all over the world have been drawn to the Robertson Wine Valley to put down roots, cultivate and produce wines. Reminiscent of a bygone era – when the ebb and flow of the seasons gave purpose to our existence – nature and man still come together here to create magic. Thousands of people make the journey to the Valley year after year, whether it’s to indulge in the fruits of the earth at one of the 47 wineries in the area, to savour the local olive and cheese products, relax at the natural hot springs, enjoy the magnificence of nature on a quiet cruise down the Breede River or partake in one of the many outdoor activities on offer, including hiking, fishing, game drives or 4x4 routes. Of course they come for the festivities too. When the days are at their hottest, it’s harvest time, a time when long ago the whole community came together. Family, neighbours and friends gathered to work from dawn to dusk to bring in the crop. The sense of community may have changed, but it’s still a time for people, who are passionate about the potential within a humble bunch of grapes, to come together. Children still play in the vineyards while brothers or best friends compete to collect a better share and catch the eye of a pretty girl. There are refreshments aplenty and food for the soul as well. Sore muscles will be as pleasant a reminder of a day’s work well done as the heft of the grape is of the summer. Yet nothing is as special as the emptying of overflowing baskets into barrels and the rolling up of pants – there are grapes to be stomped on and fun to be had. This is the Hands-on Harvest Festival. While the vineyards are still decked out in the last vestiges of orange and yellow and late autumn starts to set in, it’s time to and wide and a buzz of excitement vibrates through the air. Select wineries from the Robertson Wine Valley take the Winelands to Gauteng during throw open the barn doors and invite the world to come and celebrate at the chilly Cape month of August to host a two-day festival at the Kievits Kroon Country Robertson’s Wacky Wine Weekend. Estate just outside Pretoria. Patrons are enthralled by the lush manicured lawns, beautiful rose Time has been the winemaker’s beds, landscaped gardens and Cape Dutch-style manor house so reminiscent of the Cape wine assistant and the first of the crop is estates – the perfect setting to enjoy the fine wines synonymous with the Valley and surrounds. Time slows down at the annual Robertson Slow. Fires are lit in hearths and stories told ready to drink. Throughout the valley, tents are put up and tables and chairs while drinking robust reds and soothing sweets. The gleam of candlelight on polished wood is dusted off. Musicians come from far as rich as the food eaten; the dancing flames as smooth as velvet. It’s the season of flavoursome

Explore some of our picks of the must-visit wine estates in the area curries and stews, honeyed pastries and pleasing pastas. Out of the cocoon of winter comes Wine on the River and the fresh and colourful palette of spring. This is the season of growth and renewal. Every year there are new shoots in the vineyards. The rays of the sun invite us to throw open the shutters, open windows to let in fresh air and dust off the garden furniture. It’s time to fall in love, reconnect with old friends, drink Chardonnay and Sauvignon and sway to the soothing sounds of jazz and blues. The season invites us. We can start afresh, make the most of our time, embrace the outdoors, tone down and become a better and lighter version of our indulgent winter selves. So bring out the picnic blankets, pack the baskets of fruit and wine and let’s spend some time on the river, away from it all.

Graham Beck Graham Beck’s Robertson estate, Madeba, focuses on minimal intervention, allowing instead the authentic essence of the fruit and terroir to shine through in the final wine. Their state-of-the-art Cap Classique cellar delivers Méthode Champenoise style wines worthy of their reputation as amongst the best in the world. In the vineyards, the team is doing a test run of an experimental trellising system, which could enhance fruit quality, while new plantings of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir promise great things for the bubblies of tomorrow. 023 626 1214 | Rietvallei Wine Estate 023 626 3596 | Weltevrede Estate 023 616 2141 | Arabella Wines 023 615 2256 | De Wetshof Estate 023 615 1853 | Robertson Winery 023 626 3059 | | 71

30 - 31 July 2016

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The mornings and evenings are cold, schools are out and there’s a public holiday or two, so there’s a lot for you to do in the upcoming winter months


From 4 to 6 July, the quaint town of Dullstroom will transform into a winter wonderland, giving visitors a truly unique experience. Entertainers and delicious food will warm you up all weekend long. On Saturday, enjoy the Concert in the Park with an amazing line-up including Naming James, Robin Auld, Crystal Park, Southern Gypsey Queen and Parlotones’ front man, Kahn. There’ll be a multitude of stalls selling food, drinks and crafts that truly make Dullstroom special. Stay at the Cherry Grove in town or at Dunkeld Country Estate a little further out.


It’s that time of year when the student town of Grahamstown opens its gates to the flood of South Africans, and foreigners, ready to soak up the cultural sights and sounds. It’s the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent and runs from 2 to 12 July. The festival programme comprises drama, dance, physical theatre, comedy, opera, music, jazz, visual art exhibitions, film, student theatre, street theatre, lectures, a craft fair, workshops, tours (of the city and surrounding historic places) and a children’s arts festival. There is also the well-known market, Village Green, where you’ll find everything you need and more. There are a number of places to stay, including Rhodes University and some of the schools in town. We recommend Graham Hotel and Evelyn House on the High Street and Oak Lodge Guest House on Bathurst Street.


Celebrate centuries-old French Huguenot heritage with a wonderful feast of food, wine and entertainment at the annual Bastille Festival. On the weekend of 11 and 12 July, indulge in this gastronomic affair in style, as chefs and winemakers showcase Franschhoek’s crème de la crème. The Bastille Food and Wine Marquee is the focal point where you’ll find fine wines, oysters, sushi, local and French cheeses, chocolates and salmon trout. When you’re full to the brim, browse the galleries, boutiques, craft shops and food emporiums. Make it a fun family weekend and stay at the Franschhoek Country House.


Why not take a trip a little further afield and escape the cold to LUX* Belle Mare on the east coast of Mauritius? Enjoy a breathtaking view of white beaches and the sparkling lagoon, stroll along winding pathways dotted with herbs fragrant flowers. There are a number of restaurants to try – each equally delectable as the other. A visit wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the ultra luxurious spa. Or, lie by one of the island’s biggest swimming pools and enjoy a delectable fresh icecream from the ‘ICI’ station. The resort reflects a beach house feel with its contemporary design of rooms and focus on neutral tones with splashes of bright tropical colours. Now, isn’t that enticing? | 73

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JBay Winterfest 2015

Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape is preparing for another JBay Winterfest, is set to run from 8 to 19 July. Along with the surfing contests there are also a number of other sporting events like the JBay Mountain Bike Open, the Core Sokkie Jol skate event and the Infood Blue Cold Water Swim Classic. The JBay X Trail Run is a unique and extreme event comprising 60 km of trail running in three races over two days, with all races starting exactly 12 hours apart. The JBay Winterfest Live music festival is also set to return, with some great acts lined up. Matthew Mole will be headlining, and other acts include the inimitable Jack Parow, Taxi Violence and PHFAT, among others. The highlight of the Winterfest is the JBay Open Of Surfing, event six of the Samsung Galaxy Championship. Stay at the beautiful Mandyville Hotel.


Get ready for three days of nonstop partying, singing, dancing, fun and a little bit of roughing it. OppiKoppi, from 7 to 9 August, takes place 13km outside of Northam in Limpopo. OppiKoppi is a colloquial abbreviation of the Afrikaans phrase ‘op die koppie’, which literally means ‘on the hill’. The camping area is at the foot of a hill, on top of which is a bar and the Sipho Gumede stage. This stage features hip hop and dance acts, while the main Oppikoppi stage features all of the big acts and most of the rock music. The festival has grown to attract in the region of 15,000 people. Stay in one of the tent hotels, some more luxurious than others.

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Plett MAD Festival – the Music, Arts and Drama Festival – is an unforgettable experience. A highlight, from 25 June to 11 July, is the second annual Plett Food Film Festival, presented by Plett Tourism and iKasi Media. The Food Network’s Reza ‘The Spice Prince’ hosts the  Food Film Festival Experience. Karen Dudley of The Kitchen shares her passion and food inspiration and actress, Lika Berning is the festival’s ambassador and host. Murray Pienaar, from Kyknet’s Koekedoor, will entertain families. Local fine dining chefs will pair dishes of local artisanal cheeses with award-winning Plett Winelands wine and bubbly. 74 |

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The annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, from 3 to 12 July, is one of the country’s most popular festivals. With more than 100 lifestyle and sporting events spread over 10 days, the festival offers a diverse programme of sport, gourmet offerings and family activities. The main attraction? Oysters. And there are plenty of those to go around, paired with fine wine and other delicious food. If you’re looking for a place to stay, a great option is the Protea Hotel Knysna Quays, right on the lagoon.

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19 June One Republic The band returns to the country with their latest world tour, entitled Native. One Republic’s Native tour is their largest to date, playing over 185 sold-out dates around the world. You don’t want to miss this hugely successful band rocking on the stage. See them live at the CocaCola Dome.


Trevor Noah’s Lost in Translation Having recently been announced as the new host of The Daily Show, the name Trevor Noah is on everyone’s lips at the moment. But he hasn’t forgotten his home audience. Lost in Translation is his first new one-man show since the sold-out It’s My Culture season in 2013. Don’t miss him at The Teatro, Montecasino.

12 June 9 Aug Little Shop of Horrors Pieter Toerien and KickstArt present this smash hit cult rock musical. The all-star local cast is headed by Alan Committie as Seymour, the would-be botanist, and the wonderful Candice van Lisenborgh as his ditzy love interest, Audrey. Michael Richard plays Mr Mushnik, Seymour’s employer. Showing at the Pieter Toerien Main Theatre.

26 June 12 July Disney on Ice Join this colossal party on ice with your favourite Disney friends at the Coca-Cola Dome. Disney on Ice – Let’s Celebrate is a family event that features popular Disney characters including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Disney princesses Cinderella, Ariel and Tiana, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear and many more.

18 June Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Public Tasting Don’t miss the public tasting of the 2015 Old Mutual Trophy wine winners. Wine lovers will get to sample the silver, gold and trophy wine winners from the 2015 Old Mutual Wine Show. Catch this wine tasting event at The Sandton Convention Centre. Tickets are available at Computicket.

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16 - 20 June Romeo & Juliet by Geneva Ballet The world-renowned Geneva Ballet, under the direction of Philippe Cohens, debuts in Joburg with Romeo & Juliet at The Joburg Theatre. During its Joburg season the company will celebrate the anniversary of the 100th performance of this ballet production.

20 June 8 Aug The Ice Age Exhibition This 3,000 m2 exhibition at The Sandton Convention Centre features animals such as the mammoth, sabre-toothed tiger, giant sloth and doedicurus – and is specifically designed to be respectful of scientific research while also celebrating the delightful, entertaining side of natural evolution. Fun for the whole family.



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Born to Perform Gala Concert The Born to Perform Gala Concert showcases some of Joburg’s most talented young children and teens in a musical and dance extravaganza. Starring well-known local celebs like Graeme Watkins, Nathan Ro, Cito, Daniel Baron and Lee Scott. Taking place at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City Casino.

Classic Car Show Car fanatics are set to enjoy a showcase of a variety of cars and activities. Over 3000 classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars and supercars will be on show. The expo will include beer gardens, flea markets, live entertainment, kids’ entertainment and helicopter rides. Catch this fun-filled event at the Nasrec Showgrounds.

4 July Nik Rabinowitz – What the EFF? It’s hard to live in South Africa for more than five minutes without looking around in wide-eyed bewilderment, and asking, “What the EFF?” Luckily for us, funny man Nik Rabinowitz is here to answer that question. Or maybe not answer it so much as shake it a bit, and see what falls out. Theatre of Marcellus, Emperor’s Palace.

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Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games A riveting performance that puts a spin on the traditional production by introducing new technological features to the stage production. Holo-gauze screen technology, holographic-effect projections and new choreography add to the original masterpiece.

10 - 11 July Joan Armatrading Get ready for a very special evening with Joan Armatrading at The Teatro, Montecasino. Her visit forms part of her last official world tour. Known as a true craftsman, her distinctive vocals and consummate musicianship, Joan has released over 20 acclaimed albums.

25 July South Africa vs New Zealand You don’t want to miss the greatest rugby rivals battle it out for The Rugby Championship Cup at Emirates Airline Park. As one of the most defining moments in the rugby calendar, it’s something that shouldn’t be missed.

15 July Wishbone Ash Influential rock guitar band Wishbone Ash is set to play four shows as part of the South African leg of their 2015 tour, Blue Horizon World Tour. For an undeniable concert experience, you can catch this legendary rock group live at the Barnyard Theatres. 80 |


August 1 Aug Street Food Festival The festival features not only a food market and conference but also a diverse range of industry speakers, such as culinary gurus Abigail Donnelly, Karen Dudley and Uno de Waal. Taking place at Hazard Gallery, Arts on Main, Maboneng.


22 - 23 Aug The Wedding Expo The Wedding Expo promises to live up to its reputation of being Africa’s favourite bridal event by showcasing all things bridal – from gorgeous designer gowns to beautiful flower arrangements to networking with wedding planners, professional photographers and caterers. The Wedding Expo is a must-see one-stop bridal destination.

3-9 Aug Fairtrade Coffee & Chocolate Week This year’s Fairtrade Coffee & Chocolate Week, themed ‘What’s your flavour?’, promises to take consumers on a chocolate-filled journey of the senses as the spotlight is on all things dark and decadent. With a range of different coffees and chocolates available in South Africa, experts are on hand to advise which of the dark duos pairs best, and what to look out for when you’re looking for quality.

6 - 10 Aug Decorex Joburg Decorex Joburg is an event that promises to deliver décor inspiration for interior design, home décor and lifestyle lovers. Following this year’s ‘Bliss’ theme, the event will exhibit all things décor from trendy household furniture to outdoor living essentials while providing a networking platform for exhibitors and traders.

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27 Aug Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Showcase The informal and interactive environment of this event gives you an opportunity to experience rare wines with a creative edge and a great diversity of styles. Wine lovers and enthusiasts will enjoy wine crafted exclusively for this event.

29 Aug Prince of Wales Polo Cup The 108th Prince of Wales Polo Cup tournament is Jozi’s premier polo event. The semi-finals of the tournament promise a thrilling sporting event that is not to be missed. Catch this polo event at the Waterfall Polo Estate.

Classic Broadway Written by song-writers Cole Portner, Leonard Bernstein and Kurt Weill and performed by one of South Africa’s most versatile and best-known cross-over ensembles, the Charl du Plessis Trio, this programme is filled with music that has stood the test of time. | 81

As always, Joburg is jam-packed with events ranging from leisure to business. Explore the city and see why it is a preferred destination for business, lifestyle, heritage, culture, arts, sports, nightlife and shopping.

A trip to Joburg is not complete if you haven’t ticked off our list of top ten places to visit: • Soweto

• Apartheid Museum

• Gold Reef

• Newtown Precinct

• Johannesburg Zoo

• Liliesleaf Farm

• Constitutional Hill

• Maboneng Precinct

• Sandton City

• Joburg Theatre

Johannesburg – Most visited City in Africa two years in a row (MasterCard Global Cities Index 2014) Johannesburg – 2nd Most inspiring City in the World (Annual Good City Index 2014)

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LIVING LA VIDA LOCAL From prestigious polo cups and amazing ballet to great spots for families to visit, there’s plenty to do in and out of the winter sun

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HE LAND ROVER AFRICA CUP From 14 to 16 August 2015 the Land Rover Africa Cup, a celebration of Continental Polo, will return to the renowned Inanda Club. The Land Rover Africa Cup promises a fiercely competitive tournament with 10 teams featuring world-class players at the top of their game. Successfully in the second year of a three-year partnership, Land Rover and Joburg’s quintessential African equestrian destination, the Inanda Club, are proud to reflect on the incredible success of the 2014 tournament. “Last year’s event was very exciting, with the atmosphere and the action on the field surpassing all expectations,” says Paul Oosthuizen, Inanda Club general manager. “At this year’s event we’ll be revealing our most powerful model to date, the Range Rover Sport SVR. Its performance will be showcased in a Horsepower vs Machine Power race, where it will

be pitted against one of Inanda’s finest thoroughbreds,” says Lisa Mallett, marketing and communications director, Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Often referred to as ‘the sport of kings’, polo is able to seamlessly marry skill, beauty and strength. “Development is always an important consideration for the Inanda Club,” Paul confirms. “While polo is a sport which generally requires considerable wealth to progress to a high level, there’s also a great opportunity to develop and assist young polo players in South Africa.” The Inanda Development Cup presented by Land Rover will be played during the last weekend in May, as part of the build up to August’s Land Rover Africa Cup crescendo. The objective of this tournament is to enable talented, underprivileged and aspirant polo players to participate in the sport and grow into professionals by giving them access to training and development. | 83

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JOBURG BALLET A trip to the ballet is the perfect place to experience amazing culture, watch some of the country’s top talent, and escape into the magic of it all. Established in July 2012, Joburg Ballet is the country’s largest and most prestigious professional ballet company. Here’s what you can look forward to in the next few months: Highlights Gala 10 and 11 July A package of fabulous ballet highlights danced by Joburg Ballet, as seen on their international tours to China, Botswana and Spain. Showing at the Roodepoort Theatre, Spring Season 28 August to 13 September Don Quixote One of the great 19th century ballet classics, the scintillating Don Quixote, set in bustling Barcelona, tells the story of beautiful, audacious Kitri and dashing but poor Basilio. Love conquers all in a cascade of classical ballet featuring celebrated showpieces, including the famous Don Quixote pas de deux.  Celebration 7 An intoxicating blend of the very best in classical ballet and contemporary dance featuring brilliant new additions to the repertoire, including the classical showpieces Paquita and La Vivandière. Both showing at the Joburg Theatre, 84 |

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SCHOOL HOLIDAYS Modderfontein Nature Reserve Zebra, wildebeest and birds are just some of the great sightings at the Modderfontein Nature Reserve. A relaxing time in the Joburg sunshine will be just what the doctor ordered. Gold Reef City Experience one of Africa’s greatest entertainment theme parks, created around an authentic 19th century goldmine. The theme park offers a wide range of features and the casino complex buzzes 24/7. A ride on the Anaconda rollercoaster is a given if you, or the kids, are into the adrenalin rush kind of thing. Montecasino Montecasino is best known for being Gauteng’s number one entertainment destination. Not a month, or week for that matter, goes by without an amazing production at the Teatro, there are countless restaurants and the Bird Garden is a mustvisit for kids and adults alike.

Johannesburg Zoo One of the most popular local and tourist attractions. Why not enjoy one of the many activities the zoo has to offer such as the Zoo Trot, breakfast with the lion keeper, the Vulture Walk, and a moonlit walk through the zoo. The Zoo now houses an aquarium and snake park too, so there’s even more reason to visit. It’s open to the public 365 days a year and is perfect for family outings. Join the Zoo Holiday Programme to keep updated on the latest activities. Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens It’s great for fun nature walks or to enjoy a picnic in the garden among the wonderful indigenous plants. The littlies will love the animals. Overall, the atmosphere is beautiful and tranquil. Planetarium The perfect place for the young ones to learn about the solar system in a fun and, of course, very educational way. Special children’s shows are on offer including the favourite: Travel with Thomas the Astronomer in his giant rocket to the game reserve, then on to the moon and beyond.

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre This fun and interactive science museum offers science and technology programmes that the kids will just lap up. It’s the largest science centre in southern Africa, offering over 300 science exhibits. From Lego pits and mini construction sites to understanding the principles of electromagnetism, the exhibits cater for curious minds of all ages. The Wilds Nature Reserve One of the city’s most beautiful parks. The walk takes you through 18 hectares of exclusive indigenous flora on the most northerly of the city’s several rocky ridges. There are also beautiful ponds and waterfalls to picnic at. Johannesburg Botanical Garden The 81-hectare Botanical Garden consists of large, grassy, open spaces scattered with trees and used by runners, picnickers and dog walkers. The gardens contain a mix of bunched indigenous and beautiful exotic plants surrounded by lawns, overlooking the 7,5-hectare Emmarentia Dam, popular with canoeists and boaters. There’s also a lovely tea pergola. | 85


TRIPPING We’ve come up with three exciting one-day journeys to explore Joburg’s surrounding areas


EXPLORING PRETORIA 7am: Make an early start – take a 7am Gautrain out of Joburg from Park Station, Rosebank or Sandton to Hatfield, a trendy area full of stunning restaurants, shops and coffee bars. 7.30am: Enjoy breakfast in Hatfield. • OM Books Coffee Shop, 1211 South Street – offers good coffee and baked goods at very reasonable prices plus a selection of books and magazines to read while you eat. • +27 Café, Shop 4, South on Duncan – quirky and charming, offers delicious choices for breakfast and tempting treats for any time of the day. Free WiFi and a garden area make this an excellent choice when the weather is good. • The Deli on Duncan, Duncan Yard on Duncan Street – Pretoria’s best-kept secret with sublime baked good and pastries. Baker’s table options change daily, so you’re sure of something delectable and fresh at anytime.

8.30am: Freedom Park This cultural institution includes a museum and memorial dedicated to those who contributed to the country’s liberation. Celebrate the country’s heritage at this fascinating centre of knowledge that offers a deeper understanding of South Africa’s past. Open 7 days a week, 8am to 4.30pm. OPTIONS • Pretoria Zoo – the largest zoo in South Africa, it’s also home to an aquarium and reptile park. Open 7 days a week, 8.30am to 4.30pm. • Irene Dairy Farm – This charming dairy farm is a historic, picturesque place. Step back in time to a bygone era when delicious dairy products were made by hand. Sample thick cream, fresh farm milk in gallon buckets and a selection of cheeses as well as baked goods in the shop. 12:30pm: Head to Menlyn Park to do some shopping and have a bite to eat. Stores offer books, fashion boutiques, décor, furniture | 87

Day Trips and much more. The mall also offers cinemas and restaurants. Our choices: • Baobab Café and Grill – a Pan African restaurant open for lunch and dinner in an African setting. • Dros or The Drostdy – a well-known landmark, a combination of wine cellar and restaurant offering good food and a warm ambience. Best known for their quality prime steaks and grills. • Parrots Coffee Shop – offers a range of delicious, fresh snacks and light meals. ALSO CONSIDER If you feel like a sweet treat, take a taxi to Arcadia for the best pancakes in town at Harrie’s Pancakes. A Pretoria landmark, Harrie’s has been offering customers a delightful selection of light, fluffy savoury and sweet pancakes for the past 18 years. 5pm: Time to head back to Johannesburg from either Hatfield or Pretoria on the Gautrain after a fun-filled day of unforgettable memories.


EKURHULENI FOR THE DAY 9am: The eastern part of the city has many surprises in store, but first head out to Bedfordview, home of the giant Eastgate Shopping Centre as well as the popular Bruma Fleamarket. Best bet for breakfast is either in Eastgate, at the Village View Shopping Centre or at trendy Bedford Square. Here are our choices: • Europa, Bedford Square – a stunning European deli offering continental pastries and coffee as well as a choice of breakfast options. • Tasha’s, Village View Shopping Centre – now a household name in South Africa, this was the original bistro where coffee and great food is a trademark, as are the stunning freshly baked goods on display. • Mugg & Bean, Eastgate – offers huge hearty meals and great coffee. Their breakfast muffins are legendary, as are their hefty portions. 11am: Once you’ve had your fill of food and great shopping, it’s time to head for a cultural experience in Benoni, where you can enjoy a glimpse into township theatre and dance at the Sibikwa Community in Benoni. You can also spend some time at the OR Tambo Museum, which highlights the area’s cultural diversity as well as important historical events that took place there. 1pm: Enjoy lunch at the lovely little restaurant at Uncle Tim’s Cabin on the outskirts of Benoni, home to a charming collection of Victorian buildings that boast various shops selling arts and crafts, wrought iron and antiques. The restaurant has a pretty, private garden with a fountain and there’s a specialist herb garden nursery on the premises too, which makes it the perfect setting for a bite to eat before doing some shopping. ALSO CONSIDER You could return to Joburg via Kempton Park, to visit the Mandela Freedom Museum, a museum located

at Emperor’s Palace Casino that honours the life and legacy of former South African President, Nelson Mandela. Emperor’s Palace itself is a haven of entertainment, with a choice of restaurants as well as worldclass gaming facilities. You could spend your afternoon here instead of at Uncle Tim’s Cabin. If you’re visiting Emperor’s Palace between 16 July and 9 August, you can enjoy Touch of Class, a glamorous song and dance extravaganza.


West Rand adventuRes 9am: Drive to Muldersdrift en route to Krugersdorp, and visit the Shepherd’s Fold Stables where you can enjoy fun, scenic trail horse rides through rivers, bushveld and bird sanctuaries. Both experienced and amateur riders are catered for and the trails are led by experienced instructors. Open from 9am till 5pm daily. Either en route to Muldersdrift or on your way to Krugersdorp after your horse riding experience, you can enjoy a stunning meal at a charming country

restaurant. Our choices: • Carnivore – one of the area’s most famous restaurants, Carnivore overlooks the Krugersdorp Hills and offers an unmatched dining experience where guests enjoy a choice of 15 different types of meat served on tribal spears, including crocodile, zebra, giraffe, ostrich and the more regular lamb, beef and chicken. • Casalinga – a stunning country location and equally delectable food make this restaurant a popular choice for Sunday lunch. It’s also open during the week and offers delicious Italian fare, including pizza and pasta. • Leafy Greens – Enjoy gourmet organic health food in a pretty farm setting right next to Casalinga. Farm-to-table fare includes sugar-, wheat- and gluten-free delicacies that you can also purchase in the deli/health store on the premises. 11am: Head off to Krugersdorp for an adrenalin-filled morning of your choice, at Bungee Mogale Site, the first bungee jumping facility to open in Gauteng, located in Krugersdorp’s Mogale City. It offers a range of exciting activities in addition to bungee

jumping 50m, such as such a Bridge Swing, and a 320m slide into the water, all operating from Kings Kloof Bridge. Visitors can also enjoy white water rafting and touch rugby here. Open 11am till 5pm for all the fun you can imagine. ALSo ConSidEr 9am: Drive to Hollybrook Farm in the scenic Magaliesberg area, on the banks of the Magalies River, just 40 minutes’ drive from Joburg and Pretoria. Aside from a magnificent bush setting, the farm offers guided horse trails along the river banks. Those who prefer exploring the area by quad bike can do so, and the more adventurous can enjoy a variety of fun activities, including archery, clay pigeon shooting and outdoor chess. You can also enjoy a hearty breakfast or lunch at the Coffee Shop. If you’re in South Africa in July, make sure not to miss the Premium Boutique Craft Fair in Muldersdrift on 11 July, 2015. It’s the first of its kind in the country and offers visitors a stunning mix of craft beer, gourmet food and entertainment. | 89




Until 20 June Hasan and Husain Essop have grown from art school graduates to internationally recognised and multiple award-winning artists. Their work has always been in the intersection of the local and the global – it engages with the local inflections of global conflicts. In the body of work collected in Unrest, their lenses are turned on Cape Town. The memory of forced displacement


Until 19 July Turiya derived the title Kaffersheet from the name of the traditional Xhosa cloth. She juxtaposes the kaffersheet cloth with prison uniforms and sheeting; she stretches, folds and stitches these materials together across wooden frames in abstract compositions. Kaffersheet takes an unfamiliar look at the state of prisons and brings into sharp focus the realities of present-day incarceration in South Africa. 011 725 3130

in District Six is counterpointed with the unfulfilled promise of freedom manifested in informal settlements like Mandela Park. The danger of cliché and stereotype is addressed by turns with pathos and with humour (in the unlikely conjunction of the Sea Point promenade with jihadist training). The result is an amazing set of images that are both earnest and playful, capturing complex narratives in the freeze-frame moment of a composite photograph.


Until 28 June A look at the work of Marcus Neustetter and Stephen Hobbs, based in Joburg, whose work has dealt with interventions in public space across Africa. The centrepiece of the exhibition is the 2013 commission from the Tate Modern at the Doual’Art Triennial in Cameroon, Bessengue B’Etouka. Marcus/Stephen will be mapping projections of the popup fashion show they convened on the streets of the periphery of Douala – involving local tailors, hairdressers and residents as models.


Until 20 July Working within the genres of painting, video and installation, Penny explores intimate narratives that speak of the convergence of personal and collective history, and the emotions of trauma, shame, love and loss. Whatever the medium, materiality is as important as the subject matter. The title Time & Again draws attention to the cyclical nature of time as reflected in the artist’s subject matter and working process. | 91



Until 27 June David Epstein has been called by some the greatest contemporary South African photographic artist. Black-and-white has been his traditional medium of choice for both film and digital, in recent years a hint of muted colour with occasions of pure digital creation adds a different perspective to an already accomplished body of work spanning over 20 years. “I like to experiment with different combinations of photographic media – the old in the form of silver halide and the new, which is, of course, digital. I experiment with different ink/paper combinations and the result is that no two images are exactly the same. There will be variances in texture, shadow and light, resulting in a print that is always unique,” David explains.


2 July – 3 August The aim of Art It Is, is to create a platform for up and coming artists, to get them heard of and spoken about, so that essentially they will be able to create their own sustainability through their art and what they love doing. The exhibition Jozi (PTY) Ltd aims to inspire and maintain a positive outlook. Art It Is wants to remind people of how fantastic this place is we live in and why we are proud to call it home. Focus will be shifted from the negative to the positive; words like: people, diverse, fun, colourful, opportunity, vibrant, cultures, forest, music come to mind and will be examples or the kind of words the artists will unpack when creating their works. It’s an exhibition of mixed mediums like concrete, wood, glass and numerous others. The feature artist is Lucas Thobejane and he will be joined by nine other sculptors. 011 880 6961

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On The Move

Happy Birthday Gautrain London’s got it, New York’s got it, and in 2010 the City of Gold got it. What are we talking about? First-class public transport. The Gautrain turns five in June, and every time we board the train or hop on the bus us Joburgers couldn’t be any prouder


t’s sleek, its fast (up to 160km per hour fast), its beautifully designed, its gold, and it gets people to and from work every day. The Gautrain and Gautrain buses have changed the way people commute in this world class African city. The Gautrain isn’t just a train. It symbolises so much more than that. It has brought us up to speed with some of the most advanced cities around the world; it’s brought freedom to people who previously had to wait hours for other transport, and it’s created thousands of new jobs. It was the year of the Fifa Football World Cup in South Africa and the country was abuzz, and then the Gautrain route from Sandton to OR Tambo opened and the excitement

about that was just as high. Hundreds of people journeyed to OR Tambo, not to catch a flight, but to experience the ride. Since then the Gautrain certainly hasn’t let us down, in fact it just gets better with age. Pretoria used to feel so far, not anymore. Meeting a friend in Hatfield? No problem, catch the train from a station of your choice. From Sandton it’s just 20 minutes! Gautrain has met and surpassed all expectations and has met the government’s objective which requires the active promotion of public transport while continuing to improve its customer service of comfort, convenience and value for money.


The Gautrain has delivered a 98% punctuality service. Africa time? What’s that?

An availability service of 99%.

50 million passenger trips.

300 000 train trips.

One and a half million bus trips.

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The city’s top beautifully designed stores


interior features a black-and-white concept, which includes a checkered floor, graffiti, as well as a unique wall mural of elements of the featured brands. The signage is inspired by the 1920s movie theatre era, which links into ‘The HERITAGE presents’ byline. Highend international brands include Ben Sherman, Palladium Boots, K-Swiss and Toe Porn. 011 339 1074

Photo: Kevin McLennan

The Scottish Group launched the first of The HERITAGE concept stores in vibrant Braamfontein. The concept is based on a multibrand offering of specifically selected products, targeted at city lovers, street-style creators and students. Everything, including the interior design to the position of the store, is in line with the city culture, student vibe and lifestyle in Braamfontein. The store


You’re in for a treat when you visit the newly refurbished store on Diamond Walk in Sandton City. It’s not only bigger and better, it’s also the brand’s flagship store in Africa, which makes it a one-of-akind designer dream, offering the superb craftsmanship Louis Vuitton is known for. We’re talking clothing, shoes and the handbags, not to mention a range of accessories that will have you beaming. 011 784 9854


Pairing the sassiness of a London townhouse with the soul of a luxurious yet comfortable home. “Our range will evolve constantly, yet our key identity will remain sophisticated and timeless,” says David Muirhead. Fine Living offers a variety of high-tech, flexible spaces. There’s The Westwood, clad in quirky Vivienne Westwood tartan, The Boardroom, The Ballroom, and a stunning courtyard in Parkmore.


The sheer drama of this store on Sandton City’s Diamond Walk takes one’s breath away – Dolce & Gabbana’s first retail offering in southern Africa is a dream come true for lovers of the brand, a treasure trove of exquisite garments, shoes and accessories that up until now Joburg residents have only been able to see, feel or touch when on an overseas trip. This is one of only three D&G stores in the world to offer a range of exclusive scents offered by the label. 011 326 7808 | 95

Photo: Jeanette Verster



This speciality store in Parkhurst is not a coffee shop in the South African sense of the word. Urban Roasters does indeed sell coffee – but they sell their freshly roasted beans for you to take home. They don’t sell the cups of coffee they produce, though. Those are produced by baristas-in-training. You can also pick up some of the most beautiful espresso, cappuccino and latte cups, colourful coffee pots and milk jugs, not to mention modernistic coffee machines. The coffee grinder takes centre stage. 076 135 7999


Shawn Janet, of True Religion fame, recently returned from Milan with designer delights. He’s filled his new men’s store in Melrose Arch with contemporary, urban Italian menswear lifestyle brands. Musthave items include Imperial Denim from Bologna and Happiness, a family-owned label of sweatshirts, sweat pants and zip hoodies. Shawn is also stocking jewellery by Kotton & Co. Premium V.N.T.G. is a masterpiece, following the global trend for a space that is more living room than retail store. 076 216 3645 96 |


It’s as if you’ve arrived slap bang in Alice’s Wonderland. Pink, mint green, Paris motifs and charming wooden floors, all that’s missing are the fluffy balls of candyfloss. The ‘Angels’ have created a sanctuary for you to relax, sip your tea served on a tray in a pink and blue teapot with a yummy biscuit on the side, or, if you’ve had a hard day, a glass of wine will appear in front you without you even having to ask. Sherbet Angel in Parkhurst is well known for their pregnancy treatments as well as their intricate, beautiful nail art.


Chocolate lovers will be celebrating this June, with the opening of Cadbury’s Marvellous Creations store in Sandton City. Aficionados will be able to create their own slab of milk chocolate with a choice of additions. Whether you want to savour a selection of different nuts in one slab, or go crazy with tiny little sweets and bites, you can make your dream concoction and take it home to enjoy. We’re not sure how many different tastes you can combine in a slab of Cadbury’s, but we plan to find out.


Joburg’s first designer department store may have been joined by a number of the finest international fashion names in Hyde Park, but Luminance is the spot to enjoy a variety of the best. Whether you’re lusting after Chloe, Repetto, Oscar de la Renta or a touch of The Row, you’ll find all of these exquisite labels in one spot. The dressing rooms are some of the most sumptuous in Jozi. You’ll find some of the best fragrances available in the country, exquisite candles, kiddies clothes and homeware.

Fine Dining

Indulge in our choice of the city’s top fine dining restaurants


DW Eleven-13 is one of Joburg’s most well-established fine dining restaurants. Led and owned by head chef Marthinus Ferreira, DW Eleven-13 is known for its adventurous, flavourfilled and tantalising dishes. Its creative styling and culinary innovation keeps its delightful menu abreast of new food trends.


Le Soufflé French Café and Brasserie is a French-style restaurant that specialises in diverse French cuisine. Founded by Irene and Marc Guébert, Le Soufflé offers a variety of delectable traditional French foods – from freshly made croissants to hearty bouillabaisse stews. In the true essence of its name, Le Soufflé specialises in light, sweet and savoury soufflés. It is indeed a “little corner of France in the centre of Fourways”. 98 |

The exceptional contemporary cuisine offers a combination of flavours and textures complemented by a great wine selection to enjoy with your meal. DW Eleven-13 aims to provide diners with more than a meal; it aims to give diners a memorable fine dining experience. 011 325 2843


For something a little more extravagant, but not too over the top, try Bellgables Country Restaurant in Muldersdrift. The delectable cuisine, meticulously prepared by patron chef Errol Gobey, is an indulgence one just has to experience. According to Bellgables, “Preparation of food is a fine art and should not be hurried.” We couldn’t agree more.


Dining excellence at its best. The countrystyle ambiance complements the contemporary cuisine. The restaurant takes culinary art to a new level with the plated artwork that fuses flavours, colours and textures. Offering delectable cuisine made from the freshest seasonal produce by professional gourmet chefs, the River Meadow Manor restaurant promises to take you on a delightful, palatable journey.

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When you are in the mood for modern, contemporary fine dining cuisine with a South African twist, look no further than Roots at the Forum Homini Hotel in the Cradle of Humankind. Using local, fresh, seasonal products, executive chef Adriaan Maree offers a fusion of taste, flavour, colour and texture in his exquisite dishes. Courses are matched with complementing wine teasers and the introduction of monthly rotational menus is set to get you excited for your next dining experience at Roots.


The impressive and exceptional seasonal menu is one that cannot go unnoticed. Crafted by the award-winning chef Chantell Dartnall, the menu reflects the creativity, simplicity and quality of the cuisine served at Mosaic. The romantic feel and intimate setting serve as the ideal background. From the art nouveauinspired décor to the elegant presentation on your plate, it offers a fine dining experience that will ignite all your senses. 100 |


The Clico Boutique Hotel restaurant is quaint with a modern twist on traditional cuisine. With an individually crafted fine dining tasting menu that’s ever-changing, the restaurant offers diners an exciting variety of seasonal dishes. The ‘open kitchen’ gives diners an opportunity to provide the chef with specific meal requirements and preferences to enhance their fine dining experience. The restaurant also hosts special wine evenings and themed lunches and dinners.


It boasts a dining experience that appeals to all five senses combining appetising cuisine, fine wine and art. Led by executive chef David Higgs, the chefs deliver divine gourmet food with simplicity and elegance. If you’re looking for a more private dining experience, Five Hundred offers the Ruinart experience in an intimate setting. Five Hundred’s menu displays culinary artistry that guarantees an exceptional experience.


The minimalist and simple interior creates a contrasting yet complementary feel to the experimental and adventurous cuisine served at the restaurant. Cube focuses on an ever-changing 10-course menu that boasts seasonal, local and fresh produce and displays a high standard of culinary creativity and variety. The intimate setting creates a great atmosphere to engage in conversation over food and wine.

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Fantastic dive bars, pubs and restaurants


A popular watering hole for many students and business people alike, the Jolly Roger draws in the local crowd weekly. Known for tasty wood-fired pizza (their chilli sauce is a killer accompaniment) and draft beer, this is the perfect place to

absorb the buzz of 4th Avenue, Parkhurst. If you’re looking for a basic, vibey and relaxed outing, definitely give the Jolly a go. Hint: Pizza is half price on Wednesdays and Sundays. Get there early as the crowds flock in for their delicious pizza. 011 442 3954


One of the oldest restaurants remaining in Old Chinatown in downtown Joburg, Swallows Inn is fabulous no-frills dining at its best. Not much to look at, but don’t let that deter you from sampling the scrumptious dishes. The portions are big and the prices very reasonable. Go with a group of friends and share the beef hot pot, pork and prawn noodles and crispy chicken in a sweet sauce. A pot of jasmine tea will complement the food perfectly. 011 838 2946 102 |


Located on Louis Botha Avenue, this legendary spot is said to be the oldest roadhouse in the city. Its authenticity still stands. The trays are metal and hook onto the window of your car (just like they did in the old days), and the strawberry milkshake, chunky chips and the ‘Blondie’ – a patty, steak, bacon and eggs stacked neatly between some toasties – get a double thumbs up. The toasted chicken mayo sarmie is also delicious, along with the thick banana milkshake. 011 786 4703

Joburg’s oldest pub, The Guildhall, can be found in the Joburg inner city. It opened in 1888 and has weathered the city’s many changes. This Joburg gem still manages to keep the early Joburg appeal and is filled with nods to our beginnings as a mining town. Mining claim maps are on the menus and vintage photography on the walls. It’s a great place to pick up yummy seafood, trinchado and prego rolls. Of course, any meal has to be washed down with an ice cold South African beer or glass of wine, or how about a shot of whisky in honour of early Johannesburg? 011 833 1770

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Their website says it all: “The sexiest bar in Joburg since 1906. Local pub by day and legendary parties at night.” Located in Braamfontein, Kitchener’s has been around for over 100 years, putting it right up there as one of the city’s oldest pubs. It’s a great Saturday daytime spot with drinks specials, student specials, an amazing line-up of local DJs and typical pub grub. During winter you simply must try their glühwein, it goes down a treat.


If you’re looking for tasty Mexican food, look no further than Café Mexicho in Melville. Start off with their legendary frozen margaritas – in fact, carry on drinking them through your entire meal, they’re that addictive. The authentic flavour of Mexico really comes through in all the dishes. Try the chilli poppers, easily the best in town, the moreish and cheesy nachos and the Beeg Burrito. You’ll certainly satisfy your cravings and then some. 074 775 9758


The Radium Beerhall on Louis Botha Avenue is the oldest surviving bar and grill in the city. The walls are covered with memorabilia, from photos of prewar soccer teams and jazzmen who have played there to vintage posters and press clippings that record the Radium’s history. The Beerhall features performances by different artists. Try one of their famous Muso Pizzas and a plate full of authentic Mozambican prawns. It really is a fantastic dive.

Catz Pyjamas in Melville turns 20 this year and continues to be a favourite among trendsetters, hipsters, old, young, punks, insomniacs and pretty much anyone really. Its open 24/7 and is the only restaurant in Joburg where you can enjoy a delicious meal at any time you choose, and the quality is consistent whether it is 3pm or 3am. Whether you choose to work, play or stay for hours on end at the Catz Pyjamas, there’ll always be something interesting happening to keep you entertained.


Located in Ferndale, Schwabinger Stuben is one of the best and most well-known German pubs and restaurants in Joburg. You’ll feel as if you’ve arrived in Germany from the moment you walk in. It’s a whole experience, from the food to the beer to their legendary parties. They offer a range of fabulous and generous authentic German dishes. You can’t go there without trying their famous Eisbein, voted the best in the city. | 103


On Stage



11 July Stand-up comedian Marc Lottering has been at the top of his game for almost two decades. Join Marc as he shares some of his favourite stories, as told over the years. Laugh till your stomach hurts at the Theatre of Marcellus, Emperors Palace.


19 June The biggest love conference in the world is hosted right next door to Vishnoo’s Karaoke Klub, so he sees an opportunity to attract people to his spot. Vishnoo concocts a Love Potion Cocktail as a marketing gimmick but drinks it and the consequences are hilarious. Featuring zany characters Nicky Maharaj, Guru Deepa, Willie Ray Virus, Bonga Dube, Deepak Shakur and more. Live at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City Casino.

14 August The king of croon himself, Luther Vandross, is celebrated by Timothy Moloi in this non-stop nostalgic journey of musical delight. Backed by some of the country’s best vocalists and musicians, the portrayal of the unforgettable hits performed by Timothy, including Superstar, Always and Forever, Power of Love/Love Power, Dance with my Father and many more, is simply flawless. A fabulous evening out at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City Casino.


10 July – 16 August Sister Act at The Joburg Theatre is set to be a celebration of South African talent. Based on the 1992 movie starring Whoopi Golberg, it tells the story of disco diva Deloris Van Cartier who witnesses a murder, and is put in protective custody in one place the cops are sure she won’t be found: a convent. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will stay with you long after it’s over.


4 – 23 August Stand-up comedy meets cabaret in this hilarious show as Morty takes us through stories and songs that demonstrate just what it is that makes the South African male tick. From testosterone to toilet time, this one-man adventure has it all. Morty is the perfect combination of talent, charisma and devilish naughtiness to provide the perfect evening of entertainment for guys and girls. Showing at The Joburg Theatre. | 105



2 – 27 June Auto & General Theatre on the Square presents Miss Dietrich Regrets starring Fiona Ramsay and Janna Ramos Violente. The legendary Marlene Dietrich was one of the most famous film stars and personalities – she was an icon, a symbol of glamour and she never seemed to grow old. The production is a revealing and poignant look at the aging Marlene, and her complex relationship with her daughter Maria, battling to retain her independence living alone in her Paris apartment.


3 June – 19 July The talented 10-piece cast represents some of the greatest sounds and voices, starting with evergreens from groups in the ’60s and ’70s such as The Eagles, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Diamond and Johnny Cash. Sing along to modern-day acoustic legends such as Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, James Blunt, Bruno Mars, Avicii, American Authors and our own home-grown acoustic music from artists such as Johnny Clegg and Matthew Mole. Women in acoustic rock are featured with tributes to Sheryl Crow, Eva Cassidy, Carole King and Taylor Swift. The Barnyard Theatre, Emperors Palace.


15 August The Annual South African Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards (Savanna CCAs) turns five this year on 15 August, and there’ll be an even longer yellow carpet rolled out at the Teatro, Montecasino to celebrate. Themed around a big 5th Birthday Bash, the Savanna CCAs is marking this incredible milestone as the country’s longest-running comedy awards show by throwing the funniest birthday party this year, with a few extras thrown in for good measure. Tickets include access to the exclusive after-party. 106 |


26 and 27 June Not your average, run-of-the-mill standup comedy show, it’s a theatrical comedy show featuring a plethora of South Africa’s top current comedy acts. Performing on the night are Roni Modimola (the comedy legend aka Side-Pocket), Mashabela Galane, Noko Moswete, Pastor A, Elton Mduduzi, The Nyaope Boys and surprise musical acts. Don’t miss it at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City Casino.


6 May – 12 July Ian Von Memerty and Vivienne Lawrence celebrate turning Fantastic 50 and share the story of how they overcame the huge challenge of their children’s illnesses, conquering the statistics, loving life, and continuing to hone their combined skills like never before. Their 25-year partnership is brought to life where the bling of the ballroom meets irreverent joie de vivre. Pieter Toerien Main Theatre, Montecasino.

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Design Quarter

Shop 64, Ground Floor, Design Quarter, Corner of Leslie Road & William Nicol Drive, Fourways, Johannesburg Tel: 011 465 4750

Shop LF25, Menlyn Shopping Centre, Corner of Atterbury and Lois Ave, Menlo Park, Pretoria Tel: 012 348 4888


Hyde Park

Shop 35, Middle Mall, Hyde Park Corner, Corner of William Nicol Drive & Jan Smuts Ave, Hyde Park, Sandton, Johannesburg Tel: 011 325 5993

Shop F158, Upper Level (Close to entrance 7), Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga Ridge, Kwazulu Natal Tel: 031 584 8788

Canal Walk


Shop 330, Third Floor, Mall of Rosebank, 50 Bath Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg Tel: 011 880 5948

Shop N78, Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Century Boulevard, Century City, Cape Town Tel: 021 551 0328


Shop 40, Upper Level, Brooklyn Design Square, Corner of Middle and Veale Str, Brooklyn, Pretoria Tel: 012 346 3196

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Joburg’s top 10 courses and classes


So you know your way around your braai stand, but you could use some ‘braaiing’ tips and new recipes from professionals. Then Weber Grill Academy is for you. Learn how to braai like a pro at one of the various Weber Grill Academies in Joburg. The

academy offers you a great grilling experience, teaches you how to make the most out of your Weber grill (if you have one) and gets you to enjoy the wonders of local braaiing as a fun filled cooking technique.


Get away from it all and join a yoga class at Yoga Warrior. You’ll be transported into a serene and tranquil space to channel your inner self. Yoga Warrior offers a variety of yoga classes that cater for beginner, intermediate and advanced yoga enthusiasts. Take your mind, body and soul to a new level by taking one of Yoga Warrior’s ‘imaginative and inspirational’ classes. 108 |


Mixed martial arts training is a great alternative to your normal fitness regimen. It’s a fabulous way to spice up your daily routine while burning calories and getting your workout done. Fight Fit Militia offers mixed martial arts training that combines art, sport and fitness.

If you have an eye for photography or you simply want to learn how to capture memorable moments, then The Photo Academy is the place you need to be. The academy offers one-day photography workshops and part-time photography courses that train you to view photography in a new light. The academy doesn’t leave room for excuses for beginners without the necessary equipment to complete their course as it also offers rental cameras to students.



Enjoy cooking classes at your home or a venue that’s convenient for you and allows you to experience a passage to India as the team tantalise’s your tastebuds with traditional cuisine. It’s a fun and interactive way to socialise with family and friends while learning a great new skill. I Heart Food will set up their equipment at your venue for groups of six or more, and provide all the ingredients to teach you the art of Indian cooking. Definitely worth a try.


Delve into a different kind of artistry by signing up for a make-up class. Ladies (and gents) can enjoy learning how to apply make-up for special occasions, day or night, at the Face to Face Beauty and Make-up Design School. Face to Face Beauty and Make-up Design School boasts 49 years of training in the make-up industry and offers a variety of courses from basic make-up application to courses for those who want to make make-up artistry a career.


Get out of your comfort zone and join the Open Adult Ballet Classes at the Joburg Ballet in Braamfontein. The country’s most prestigious ballet company offers beginner and advanced classes to adults who wish to try their hand at dance. The classes are taught by experienced professional ballet dancers and promise an exciting new experience that will break the mould of your daily routine.


Express your creativity and find the artist in you at the Creative Image Craft and Art painting studios. You don’t have to be a pro or have any artistic skills to take a class, which includes painting on items such as ceramics, material, wood and canvas. The studio provides all the tools necessary to let you run rampant on a creative spree. Add some colour to your life and sign up for lessons.


Asian cuisine is simplified and made easy in a demonstration class by SueYen Thornhill and Rachel Thomas at The Kitchen Space in Parkhurst. Founded by the dynamic duo, The Kitchen Space offers demo classes to diners who want to try their hand at making Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian or Korean dishes in an interactive and social space. The demos take place every Thursday and are a great place to delve into exotic cuisine and meet new people. | 109


Great spots for kids this winter


Kids and parents alike will enjoy creating their own chocolates at the Dipped and Dusted Chocolate workshops. Using melted chocolate in milk, dark, white, blue, pink and a variety of moulds, get creative and indulge in a unique chocolate experience. The Tiny Chocolatiers chocolate workshop caters for four- to six-year-olds, the Chocolatiers in Training chocolate workshop is suitable for seven- to 10-year-olds, while 11- to 18-year-olds can attend the Teenager’s Deluxe chocolate workshop.


Get your kids movin’ and shakin’ at Strictly Come Dancing’s Quinton Jansen’s dance studio. Dance Culture Studio specialises in ballroom, salsa, Latin America, hip hop, ballet and contemporary dance classes. Children from age four can learn how to bust a move from trained and experienced dance instructors, while having fun and enjoying dance as well as exercise. 110 |


Located in Randburg, Friendly Pets Farmyard is a great place for your kids to interact with animals in a safe environment as well as learn about how to care for pets properly. It’s a fabulous full-day outing where the little ones can feed the animals and enjoy some ‘touch and feel’ time. Bring some snacks along, enjoy the sunshine, and watch the children play in this truly special environment.

The little ones (and parents too, for that matter) will love painting ceramic items selected from the variety on offer manufactured by Pick-and-paint. No artistic skills are required. The friendly staff will teach kids various painting techniques and at the same time allow them to express their creativity freely.


The Lifestyle Garden Centre in Randpark Ridge offers a range of activities to keep kids busy in the warm winter sunshine. They have new children’s play areas, a rollercoaster and other fun rides. Younger kids can enjoy a free pony ride and Silver Birch and Primi Life restaurants make delicious meals, so you can definitely make a day of it. Food lovers will delight in the lovely range of food products at the Lifestyle Gourmet Market.

The Back Page



hen I was 21, I boarded a plane to the UK to study at Sheffield University. I had two suitcases, one full of clothes and another crammed with books and CDs. I carried a large, portable radio/CD player and a travel pouch filled with (among other things) detailed instructions from my mother. I still got lost in the snow before finally arriving at my res, Truro Works – a prison-like, red brick building located behind a steel factory (the grinding would begin at 5am). By the 1970s, many of Sheffield’s factories had closed and unemployment was rife. However, the large university flourished. I’d travelled numerous times to England, where my mom’s family come from and still live. However, I was shocked to discover that Sheffield, which used to be an industrial powerhouse of the North thanks to its steel production, was nothing like London and the Yorkshire folk (“Awright Duck?”), nothing like the savvy Southerners. So, I’d arrived in an intimidating and gloomy city, without knowing a soul. Before this, I’d resided in the same expansive house in suburban Johannesburg my whole life. I’d never really had to try hard to get people to know me or vice versa because I’d had the same friends since nursery school. Suddenly, I’d been thrust into a furnace of anonymity which, while I was burning with excitement, felt like a terrifying abyss. What’s more, I was forced to squash myself and my prodigious possessions into a tiny room with a kitchenette and a shared (gasp!) shower and toilet.

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There’s something about being anonymous in a big city that is scary but also delicious, says Sass & The City’s Nikki Temkin The first few weeks were very lonely (conversations with shop owners my only human contact) but as time went on, I realised the delight of being able to be without the judgement or knowledge of anyone who knew me. So, I remade myself somewhat, garnering a slight accent so that people could understand me when I spoke. I gravitated towards those who made an effort with me; insinuated myself into English culture. Some people turned out to be from such different backgrounds that it was fascinating just to be with them. A close friend from Liverpool had a hit-man for a father who was serving time in prison and she was putting herself through uni by selling drugs. Another best mate was a neurotic, talented Scotsman who closely resembled Sting. Together we partied, studied and partied some more. Although I could do and be whatever I wanted – a blessing as well as a curse – I was still judged by complete strangers for being a spoilt, sheltered and fairly naive South African (which I was). Big cities are not often kind to strangers— and I was nowhere close to being a poor refugee. As a privileged white South African, I can only imagine what victims of xenophobia suffer. No, I’m inexplicably lucky to be able to say that living elsewhere was an adventure, a gift to be able to stretch out to explore and discover a new world – and what that means, you discover within yourself. By the time I returned home a year or so later, I was much changed. However, my love for Joburg had only grown. I’m grateful for the experience of living elsewhere, partly because it affirmed that sometimes home is about being where everyone knows your name, and sometimes it’s just about where you choose to make it.

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Joburg Style Issue 29  

The June to August 2015 "Design" issue.

Joburg Style Issue 29  

The June to August 2015 "Design" issue.