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For the non techno junkies and junkies alike! What is new gadget wise

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11 high society social scene

Spotted out and about in Umhlanga 12 Top Gear festival 2013 16 Urban Park

Umhlanga’s Property Gem

20 The rookie mom

Parenting is not a profession

22 Remo’s Cafe 26 hair review Gerald Wells 28 Shelley Buckle

A young woman with an amazing story

32 Umhlanga Power Shot 34 Healthy business

The brawn and brain behind Flux Motion

38 Health Man vs Poison 40 Restaurant review

42 Simply Fun 44 health Review 48 Brandon celine

Photographers to look out for

52 Kids Corner

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58 Stuff you should know

Coffee the legal drug

plus all our regular features on health, property, lifestyle and much much more... Having a social scene? Give us a call to cover it and get the photo’s in the magazine

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umhlanga editor

editors note

PUBLISHER Lorinda Scott | lorinda@fabmags.co.za EDITOR Justin Scott | justin@fabmags.co.za GRAPHIC DESIGN Daniel Rambaly | daniel@fabmags.co.za

Is Umhlanga “Sandton by the Sea”? On occasion I’ve heard this comparison being made and I guess, if comparisons must be made, at least we are being compared to a thriving, growing metropolitan suburb that is considered to be the area in which the country’s biggest deals are made and the richest of the rich live... but that’s not how we see our piece of paradise, is it? There’s more “heart” in Umhlanga than in most other suburbs and cities — and the desire to find a balance between family, fun and work runs stronger and cuts deeper here than anywhere else I can think of. I haven’t lived in Sandton, but I’ve spent a lot of time working there — even though that season feels like a lifetime ago — and I can honestly say that Umhlanga wins hands-down when it comes to authenticity, connection of people through hearts and minds and of, course we have our own language, which is “sic”! Our business savvy shouldn’t be underestimated, either, even though we seem to do it differently and, dare I say, better? Two local businessmen who are inspiring others and rolling up their sleeves when it comes to establishing thriving businesses in Umhlanga are Shaun Temple and Vejan Pillay. Shaun has built a successful business based on our “coastal” desire to find a balance between work and health and he is changing the way we think about an active lifestyle, breaking the traditional gym mould. Vejan is an established businessman in this area who is held in high regard for his creative thinking when it comes to property. Speaking to him about his Urban Park development highlighted his feel for the market and how he draws inspiration from leading establishments around the world and brings that back to his development in Umhlanga. They’re great guys, doing great stuff and they’re not the only ones. I could go on about Renzo Scribante or Shelley Buckle and many of the other brilliant people that do their thing in and around Umhlanga every day, but I’d detract from their amazing stories in this edition (and from others in future issues). The point for me is simple. Umhlanga isn’t “Sandton by the Sea”... Umhlanga is just Umhlanga by the Sea, and it’s the place to be! Till the next edition God Bless Justin Scott PS: We’d love to stay in touch and hear from you in between editions of the magazine. “Like” our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/theumhlanga) or follow us on Twitter @theumhlanga and send us your pics, stories or comments.

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We believe that getting feedback from our readers is extremely valuable. Whether it’s about something we’ve written about or something you think we should cover, we’d like to hear about it. While we’ve been doing this a while we don’t think we know it all and always believe their is room to learn. Send an email to editor@fabmags.co.za or chat to us on twitter @theumhlanga. We’d love to hear from you!

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GADGETS

GIZMO’S

By Marc Forrest | www.marcforrest.com

Wahoo Fitness Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor

Sony Ericsson Xperia S With the annual Consumer Electronics Show having wrapped up in Las Vegas during the first two weeks of January, loads of new devices, gadgets and models have been launched. First up, the Sony Ericsson team announced a number of new mobile devices, one of which, the Sony Ericsson Xperia S, will soon be hitting South African shores. The Xperia S is the next generation model from the ever popular Xperia series launched in 2010. The new Xperia S is an Android smartphone that

delivers a stunning viewing experience with a high resolution screen, Sony HD experiences and a 12MP camera that takes pictures in just 1.5 seconds from standby. The Xperia S also comes with a powerful 1.5GHz dual-core processor for faster performance. The Xperia S was available to consumers globally from the first quarter of this year. Launching on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread), Xperia S will be upgraded to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter of 2013.

PowerMonkey Discovery Housed in a stylish full aluminum case, with six high-bright pinpoint LED lights, the PowerMonkey Discovery will recharge an iPhone twice, standard mobile phones three to four times, or give iPods / MP3 players up to an additional 120 hours of playtime. It is also compatible with e-readers, Sat Navs, handheld games consoles, portable GPS systems and more! Featuring a state-of-the-art 3500mAh lithium polymer battery, the sleek

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PowerMonkey Discovery offers users real power on the move. The Discovery has been optimized for weight, size and performance, measuring just 114 x 13 x 46mm and weighing 107g — approximately two thirds the size of the iPhone 4. The PowerMonkey Discovery was made available in South Africa in early February. For more information visit www.wintecsolutions.co.za

Wahoo Fitness, the leader in smartphone fitness technology, recently announced the awesome new Wahoo Fitness Blue HR, the world's first Bluetooth smart heart rate monitor. Using the latest in Bluetooth technology, the Blue HR (Heart Rate) will communicate directly with the iPhone 4S and other Bluetooth smart-ready devices, providing users with real-time heart rate readings on their smartphones. With Wahoo's Blue HR and the fitness app of your choice, you now have your heart rate data, music playlists, phone, GPS maps and more all in one place. The Wahoo Fitness Blue HR is available for purchase online at www. wahoofitness.com. We have ordered ours and will be giving a full review in an upcoming edition.


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umhlanga Bloggers profile

These days people who have something to share, blog it! In the next couple editions we will be featuring some of Umhlanga’s best bloggers who have something interesting to say and are well worth the read! Want to get your blog featured email storm@fabmags.co.za.

Get to know your bloggers! Pippa Rowney, 25, Social Media Marketer, Wife and Blogger. Tell us about your blog, what is it called, what do you write about? I write a blog inspired by my maiden name and my love of all things yummy www.coffeyandcake.blogspot.com. Coffey and Cake is a blog that started reviewing cafes and coffee shops but quickly became more of a space for me to share my favourite recipes, stories, opinions on good movies I’ve watched, and adventures I have been on… basically it’s a place where I can write about a few of my favourite things - Coffee, Cafes, Baking and Life! Why a blog? Coffey and Cake began while I was living in JHB, au pairing, and spent most weekends exploring the vastness of JHB and its many artisan coffee shops. I also

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had a lot of free time before I would have to collect the 2 girls from school during the week and so I started blogging. It was a creative outlet that I had wanted to explore for a while. Future of your blog? I really just want to be able to continue writing about the things I love and hope that more people, who may be interested in my blog’s content, will come to read it and find joy in the posts that I share. Blogs you love? My most recent favourite is “Unveiled Wife” (www.unveiledwife.com), I also really enjoy “A Foodie Lives Here” by Sarah Graham (www.afoodieliveshere. co.za), and “Simply Zesty” (www.simplyzesty.com)

Books on your bed side table? “Love and War” by John and Staci Eldridge, I haven’t started this yet but hear it is a great read. “Free Refill” by Mark Atterberry, which I have read before and have started reading again. Fave shops? Every Antique shop, Cotton On (yay for the new one in Pavillion), The Space, and good old Mr Price. Latest Obsession? Baking Cake Pops… and my husband loves it! Fave Destination? The Transkei. I love the honest beauty, the untouched landscapes and the wild heart of the ocean.


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ove the thrill of adrenalinepacked car stunts? Then Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium is where you should be from June 15-16, 2013 for the SA powered by Shell V-Power. Top Gear Presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May along with their infamous tame racing driver The Stig, will once again burn rubber on the tar tracks of Moses Mabhida Stadium, during Durban’s second Top Gear Festival. Having just wrapped up Top Gear Live in Moscow, and with events in Sydney, Amsterdam and Antwerp still to come before they hit the streets of Durban in June, the team is raring to put on yet another world-

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class Top Gear Festival of explosive motoring entertainment for South African fans. This year, Jeremy, James and The Stig will also be joined by two-time Formula 1 Champion MikaHäkkinen, along with a host of other celebrity guest drivers that will be joining the street circuit festivities in ‘the warmest place to be’. As always, South Africa ranks high on the list of Top Gear’s best territories to visit and Durban’s balmy weather last June has Clarkson and May excited about their impending return – check out what they have to say about this year’s Festival at www.topgearfestival.co.za - link. This year’s Festival will deliver another epic event featuring four sensational live stadium performances. Audiences can


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down to local celebs giving it their all in Star in a Car. Visitors to the show will also be treated to their favourite brands and merchandise at the extensive motoring expo in the People’s Park.

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Mark van Straaten, Pastor, Grace Family Church. “Surfing is more than a sport, it is a way of life. Every day you wake up you are either surfing, going surfing or wishing you were going surfing.”

1. New Pier – great break, easy access via the pier and perhaps one the best beach breaks within 15 minutes of where I live. All of Durban Hotshots, wanna be hotshots, used to be hotshots gather there. Sadly, sometimes they gather there all on the same day, which can make it crowded, and sometimes agro. But that’s what’s surfing is about. 2. Wedge – right next to New Pier and although a bit fluky and inconsistent, can be a great “left” and, because I am goofy, it makes it special.

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Urban Park

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he first of these is the Three Cities Square Boutique Hotel and Spa situated on the exclusive Umhlanga Ridge and the second — his latest pride and joy — is the real estate gem that is the Three Cities Urban Park, a mixedmode development. Its location in the centre of the ever-expanding Umhlanga precinct is perfect for this residential and commercial property which opened for business on 15 December, followed by the completion of the apartments in January. Having already launched one successful hotel in Umhlanga, the Three Cities Square Boutique Hotel, Vejan and his wife, Jenny, had a keen insight into to what the market in the area needed,

added to which they had the knowledge of what works and what doesn’t and the ability to create something completely different and unique. The idea of a mixed mode development is not unique, but the approach that Vejan and Jenny have taken in Umhlanga is in a league of its own. This entrepreneurial couple are seasoned travellers and they noticed that one common concept that KZN has not as yet tapped into is that of quality, self-service hotels — a place where businessmen and women can stay, with all the luxuries of a conventional hotel, but where, in addition, they also have their own amenities. This trend also allows holiday visitors to stay

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Initially the land was bought with the idea of opening a larger hotel, with the emphasis on the number of rooms but, after some research, Vejan and Jenny decided against this. “The market in Umhlanga is saturated with hotels that all offer the same thing and which never really reach full occupancy. So, instead of following the trend, we opted for self-

service rooms with open living spaces for long-term occupants that want a sort of home away from home,” explains Vejan. So far the hotel has played host to many influential businesses in need of longterm accommodation, including Ernst and Young, Unilever and others. When the property market went into a slump, Vejan knew that he had to develop something that would be different and benefit his clients. However, he and Jenny had already caught the hospitality bug and still wanted to build a hotel, so they finally


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decided on a mixed-use development that included a residential component plus a hotel, feeling that the two would work together and complement each other. They have introduced communal amenities that both hotel occupants and residents can use, such as an indoor pool, a 150-square metre gym, WiFi in the reception area, the great Vida e Cafe and the amazing Camelot Aqua Spa, which Jenny runs. The hotel caters for all sectors of the market, including family, business, leisure and corporate, and offers state-of-the-art conference rooms. By doing this, they have created a niche hotel that maintains a high occupancy rate throughout the year. With so many features — and more on the way, like a hair and makeup salon and a Pilate’s studio — Urban Park is becoming its own little community. As it is in the upper area of Umhlanga, the hotel offers guest’s shuttle services every hour on the hour to Gateway, the beach and the corporate park.

The residential side of the development is much like the hotel, with quality finishes and appliances and, for the amount you pay, the standard of living you acquire is unbelievable. Tenants are able to drive into the building, which is purely for residents, and park on the same the level as their apartment. With one entrance and one exit, both of which are access-controlled, and on-site security guards as well as CCTV, the safety aspect is unparalleled. Vejan says that affordability for their customers was key, but that at the same time they would not sacrifice the quality of the development, from finishes down to safety. What makes it work? You could say that it’s the amazing feeling that engulfs you as you walk into the hotel, or the 24/7 security, or it could be the plethora of amenities for both apartment-owners and hotel guests alike. On the other hand, it could be the four-star spa that offers pampering and relaxation like no other. For me though, it’s fact that when

you speak to Jenny and Vejan you see the passion they have for Urban Park — the couple have really invested a part of themselves in it, something which comes from being part of the building process from start to finish, drawing on their personal experiences in hotels around the world in their quest to create Umhlanga’s best mixed-mode property development. This really brings a charm to the place that you don’t often see in this industry. Chic and elegant don’t even begin to describe the calibre of this hotel and yet they have managed to keep it unpretentious. “We live and work in the area and we know what it needs. Vejan always has great ideas, so it’s easy to follow him into things because you know it’s going to be a winning mixture,” says Jenny. Whether you want to experience a stay in a truly stylish hotel, for business or simply for a relaxing break, make Three Cities Urban Park your destination of choice.

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umhlanga the rookie mom

Parenting is not a

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once heard a friend say this and it makes me laugh every time. If you're a parent, you'll know that having kids is hard work. You never know if you're getting it right and there always seems to be someone doing it better than you. Just when you have the little person in your life figured out, they go and change their strategy and you're back to Square One. I mean, you have to go through more training to serve cappuccinos at Vida than you do to produce offspring. If only there were some amazing set of skills that would guarantee that your little munchkins turned out to be well-adjusted, vegetable-loving human beings. But no matter how many books are read and

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written, most of us are still left wondering what the heck is going on.

that relationships are more about instincts and feeling than technique and strategy.

Ironically, I recently read a book that really helped me think differently about parenting. Gordon Neufeld, author of Hold Onto Your Kids: Why Parents Need To Matter More Than Peers, made this profound statement: “Parenting is not a profession. It's a relationship.”

Now, if parenting were a profession, I'd be the unpaid intern who does the filing — definitely not the CEO — I’m such a rookie mom. But thinking of parenting as a relationship is helping me to not freak out when I don't know what to do. It’s helped me to look at my kid as a person, not a project.

Parenting is about being in a relationship. And relationships are more about instincts and feeling than technique and strategy. Hear me out — I don't mean that we can't learn how to do this parent relationship well. Or that we can't get advice and wisdom from others. But I do think it means

Here are some of the things that I'm trying out to help me build a better relationship with my toddler. Put down your cell phone I’ve decided that for the hour between when


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Get a little bit silly and laugh with your child. Just a few minutes of this goes a long way you? This is apparently a normal response to separation and the best way to respond is to “collect” your child emotionally. Don’t let him push you away. Keep working for that moment until you’ve made eye contact or had a smile. It might mean turning off the radio on the drive home, or playing peek-a-boo with your toddler when you walk in the door. My husband takes our son for a 10-minute walk around our complex when he gets home and, by the time they’re back for dinner, they’ve bonded and reconnected after a long day apart.

we wake up and when we leave home in the morning, I’m not picking up my phone to check e-mails, Facebook or Twitter. That can wait for the office. Instead of standing next to the kettle checking statuses, I have a few minutes to sit on the kitchen floor and do a puzzle. Instead of reading e-mails while he’s eating breakfast, we read a book. Getting down on the floor means being part of my son’s little world and we start the day with a connection. “Collect” your child This is another one of Gordon Neufeld’s pieces of advice. Have you ever noticed that when you’ve been away from your child – daycare, school or even a nap – he punishes you for being away by ignoring

Laugh together Whether it’s with your spouse or your best friend, you’ll know that there’s something great about having a good laugh together. It’s the same with your child. Find something that makes him crack up, even if it’s a bit ridiculous for you. Maybe it’s when you pretend to miss the soccer ball, or when you toss him in the air, or when you chase him like crazy down the passage. Once you’ve found what makes him chuckle, do it for a little longer than usual. It’s amazing how much more cooperative my son is after we’ve piled the pillows on the bed and jumped on them together! Get a little bit silly and laugh with your child. Just a few minutes of this goes a long way. These may not translate directly to your family culture, kid's age or stage of life, but maybe the thinking behind them can help you a little. So, when you feel like you’re a terrible parent, remind yourself that parenting is a relationship, not a set of skills. You don’t need to be a pro, you just need a little time to connect, collect and laugh together. Every little bit helps!

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Have you ever imagined dining in a bustling bistro set on a cobblestoned road nestled in a picturesque little town in Europe? I have! But it’s not often that we have the luxury of being able to fly overseas to fulfil our fantasies and, luckily for us, we don’t need to go far for such a pleasure. Remo’s in the Umhlanga Village offers an Italian dining experience in a truly traditional European setting that you can’t help but fall in love with. The decor is gorgeous and the black-and-white family photos on the walls create a great sense of history and oldtime charm. It’s no surprise, then, that it has become the hottest spot in town, no matter what time of the day it is. We speak to owner, Renzo Scribante, and manager, Brett Wilson —the face of Remo’s and the man behind the Umhlanga Remo’s brand — about this little piece of Europe in the heart of the village.

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the bar, but I would say that my strength is as a restaurateur focusing on operations and management. Is there a difference between being the manager of a business and being the face of it? My role here is to not only grow the restaurant, making it a place where I know the people who come in by name and vice versa, but also to grow the team I work with. The big focus of Remo’s is to grow from within. Our staff are passionate and driven because they know that if they work hard enough and show initiative, one day they could be in my position.

Tell us a bit about your background how you got involved in this industry? I lived in Johannesburg for 10 years, where I started off working as a barman. I then went on to work in the kitchen for about three, years. I met Renzo and joined him at the Mount Edgecombe Remo’s, after which I was appointed manager of the new Remo’s at Protea Mall.

What would you say you love most about the industry? I love food... a LOT! And it has always been my passion to work in an Italian restaurant — there’s something about the close-knit, family vibe that appeals to me. Since day one I have thoroughly enjoyed this environment and what Renzo and Remo’s have created. I truly feel that I’m living the dream.

A guy with many hats! What would you say your best qualities are? I am quite capable in the kitchen and behind

You say you have gained a regular and loyal customer base. What has that involved? Every customer that walks through the door

is unique and I think that it’s very important that they feel welcome from the time they walk in until they leave. I like to break the ice in the beginning, getting to know them on a professional and personal level and make them feel comfortable and welcome. Once you’ve reeled them in and helped them see what Remo’s is about, there’s no doubt in my mind that we will see them regularly. What sort of a manager are you? I love to teach my staff and help them learn and grow, but I have very little tolerance for a bad attitude or pretentiousness — by all means be friendly and fun, but always have respect and be on top of your game as, no matter how good the food is, bad service can break you. As an experience, what would you say you offer? I think Renzo has tried to create — with great success — something new for Durban, so we’ve created an old-time European-type of escape. We have old-fashioned values, morals and history; this comes through in our food and — naturally, being an Italian restaurant — in our dress code and the decor and atmosphere of the restaurant.

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What can people expect in the food department? Everything is fresh and made on site as traditionally as possible, like our artisanal breads and pizzas which are made in wood-fired ovens. We recently won the I Love Durban Award for best pizza. We have the normal Italian cuisine and for the health-conscious we have a lot on the menu that caters for that market with our own Italian spin. We will be launching a new menu which will include a “Grill’ section as there is a great demand for more meat dishes, plus a fresh fish grill section. Coffee is a very important part of Remo’s and we pride ourselves in our great coffee. You are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, something you don’t see very often. What we’ve tried to create is a “grand cafe” so that you feel comfortable coming in at any time of the day. We tone down the dress during the morning and lunch and, as evening rolls around, we smarten it up and the music changes, so when the sun goes down and the lights go on, you really do see a noticeable change of vibe. What makes you guys different, or should I say authentic? Everything is freshly-made and authentically Italian. We feel strongly about using top-quality products. We import a lot of our products from Italy

and source from Johannesburg. We use the best ingredients in our kitchens and bakery along with real grana padano and extra virgin olive oil on our tables which you don’t see these days because it’s expensive. But we believe quality will always bring people back. We want to be here in 20 years still pleasing the people of Durban. What are your trading hours? We are ready to trade at 6:30 a.m. and the kitchen closes at 11 p.m. seven days’ a week, except Sunday night, when we have our meetings to keep on top of things. It’s a long day and week but it’s something that we feel is lacking in the market these days and, as a young business and team, you need to put in the hard work to get the rewards. What else does Remo’s offer? We do catering — which not many people know — and we have a bakery and a deli, which are doing phenomenally because we sell really quality freshly-made baked goods and home-cooked ready-made meals. We also do Private Functions at our home store and at people’s houses for special events. Tell us about the “no slops or sandals” rule after 6 p.m. We wanted to set a standard so that after 6 p.m. the cafe vibe turns into a smart restaurant. We believe in old values

which are lacking in society today and one of them was to dress appropriately. However with certain patrons with medical conditions and the diverse cultures we have in KZN, this rule has been difficult to implement, so we have slightly amended this rule to allow people to wear slops/ sandals, but still maintaining a very strict smart/casual policy after 6 p.m. No caps, baggies, vests, etc as we want to offer the community a smart place to enjoy a fine dining experience in a sophisticated, yet casual space. Why should someone choose Remo’s I don’t think it’s a question of don’t eat anywhere else. Come here and experience us and then go to other places, but we feel safe in saying that you will come back because of quality and service.— we have the whole package. Remo’s is home and it’s great to go on holiday, but it’s always great to come back home! Last words? Thanks to all our loyal customers for their support. Remo’s is a beautiful restaurant in the heart of Umhlanga village — it’s like a paradise that never disappoints. What more could one ask for! Call 031 561 7143 www.remos.co.za

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his is a busy salon but Gerald Wells himself took the time to do my hair (and he is fully-booked again today) — he only works on his clients twice a week now (Tuesdays and Thursdays) so you can imagine his diary! The salon is run like one with 30 years’ experience — smoothly and effortlessly — but with all the passion and personal touch of a new business! Gerald is super-energetic and passionate about the hair industry. This year he is focusing on the business side of the salon, with two dedicated client-days and three days for focusing on expanding and growing the business. There are many exciting plans in the pipeline and he will be an even busier man soon! Locally, Gerald has the North Coast covered with three salons — two in Gateway (Gerald Wells and an ethnic salon upstairs called Trend) and another in Umdloti, plus a hair products shop called Splush and another

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called Hair Hardware which focuses on salon-quality hardware products. With all this under one umbrella, you really have no excuse — your hair cannot look anything but great !

friendliness, with many clients walking in, exchanging hugs and kisses and a quick family catch-up before getting on to the all-important “What are we doing with the hair today?” question.

The salon is cleverly divided into a wash and colour area and with the cut and finish up front. With 12 stylists, seven apprentices and 10 other staff members, the salon is busy, but not frantic, except for the occasional Gerald-blur that is all over the place!

A blow dry and a final finishing cut later, I leave the salon feeling lighter, fresher and made-over! I also leave with a few of Gerald’s pearls of wisdom ringing in my ears… Your hair is your most important fashion accessory. You wear it every day and if it feels and looks good, so do you, so pay attention to it! Use the best products you can afford on your hair and the hardware you use to dry and flat iron with needs to be the best on the market. Don’t skimp here as that is what ensures or compromises the condition of your hair...

The standards in the salon are high; everyone knows their place and duty and gets on with it. My wash at the basin was done expertly and then Gerald did a textured cut. Next were my foils, with Yoland, who has been working with Gerald for 30 years, doing an excellent job. The fun and banter back and forth between the team is great to see! I really enjoyed the energy and sincere

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ou may remember this inspiring beauty from when she was crowned as Miss Deaf SA 2011. Since then the former beauty queen has been using her title and story to help those that don’t have a voice for themselves. 23-year-old Shelley Buckle was diagnosed as hearing-impaired at the age of two after her parents realised that she wasn’t responding to them or talking like most kids of her age. According to doctors, her mother had contracted a rare virus during her pregnancy which affected the hearing in both of Shelley’s ears, leaving her with only 40 percent hearing in her right ear. Despite the devastating diagnosis, Shelley’s parents rose to the occasion and handled their daughter’s problem with tenacity and courage. Shelley’s mom quit her job and became a stay-at-home mom so that she could help her daughter lead as normal a life as possible. They imported a hearing aid for their little girl that enhanced her hearing by up to 60 percent. This enabled her mom to teach her sounds. She also helped hone her lip-reading skills and even slowly got her to speak. Shelley says she will

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specializing in multimedia, before going on to work at East Coast Radio as a designer.

never cease to be thankful for her mom’s constant attention and care at such a critical time, something which has allowed her become who she is today. Shelley attended a hearing school where she faced many challenges, overcoming them through sheer persistence and hard work. Being teased at school by her peers for missing things the teacher had said in class gave her an even greater drive to succeed and prove them wrong. She began modelling at the age of 11 to boost her confidence and to show others that hearing-impaired people can accomplish anything they put their minds to. She completed school with good marks and went on to study at the Vega School of Brand Communication, a college that

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I know through experience demands a lot from its students — a school that separates the weak from the strong. During her last year she made the bold decision to enter the Miss Deaf South Africa contest, a beauty pageant that showcases the undiscovered talents in the deaf community in South Africa. With her stunning looks and astute brain, Shelley breezed through the competition, taking home the title of Miss Deaf S.A 2011. She was instrumental in raising the profile of the pageant during her reign through her involvement in numerous fundraisers and her exposure in the media. Despite all this going on, Shelley proved to be undefeatable and finished her studies with a degree in brand communications,

When asked what had motivated her to enter the pageant, her reply was that you can never know enough or have too many experiences. “Being involved with the hearing all my life, I wanted to meet and interact with people like me. It was such an eye-opener and made me extremely grateful for the work put in by my mom as well as for the little bit of hearing I have today — there are many who are less fortunate than me,” she said. With the crown on her head, Shelley’s work didn’t stop and she became involved in hosting free sound language workshops. She also became the face of Fashion for Charity in Durban and Reach for a Dream, all whilst holding down a full-time job. She cemented a platform for communities to come together by educating the hearing to understand the challenges deaf people face, bridging the gap between the hearing and the hearing-impaired. Shelley is a genuine and generous, quietnatured woman, with a confident side that shines brightly. She also dispels the myth that beauty queens have no personality. This outdoorsy KZN girl, with her likeable and generally easy-going personality, has made herself a success in every venture she undertakes and has become the perfect role model for the hearingimpaired community of South Africa. We wish Shelley good luck for her next pageant, Miss Deaf International.


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We’ll be profiling a photo that we believe captures the essence of Umhlanga, in every edition of the magazine. If you’d like to send us pics to use please forward them to editor@fabmags.co.za and who knows, you might have one of them published!

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Through the wave! If you’ve ever wondered what the view of Umhlanga is from the eyes of a surfer - take a look at this, one in a million epic photo shot, by Brandon Celine from Brandone Photography. Photo Credit – Brandon Celine Photography www.brandone.co.za


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Healthy Business

The brawn and brain behind Flux Motion

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he word on the street when it comes to the world of training these days is undeniably Flux Motion. Often followed by the use of the word “kettlebells�, this gym has created a fitness and all-round health regime like no other! Sean Temple, the owner and founder of Flux, has crafted a training model that draws top athletes who are looking to get the best results from their workouts. Since its inception, Flux has rapidly grown from strength to strength as a pioneer in the industry, thanks largely to the highly-driven and experienced Sean Temple, a man who seems to have tried every sport there is, both professionally and for fun, and who has an immense belief in the power of the kettlebells! We speak to Sean about how Flux has grown in the short time it’s been open, where it is today and some of the hardships faced along the way.

Tell us a bit about the idea behind Flux. Flux came into being through a gap that I saw between Globo Gyms and the hard core martial arts gyms. I had an idea for a group training gym, using a mix of good education, good training and the ethos of community, where there would be an emphasis of having fun but at the same time working at getting the best results. I spent years doing the necessary research and speaking to the top educators in the world for a recipe that would provide the sort of training that would enhance and improve the types of athletes we train and create a community that gets results. How did you get off the ground and make a name for yourself? The main thing at first was going to key people that we knew believed in us and the principles I stand by. We then invited them

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to come and train with us so that they could get to understand everything we do here. From there the word just spread! I also rely on electronic media and publications that we have a good relationship with, which we know will portray us in the right light. Why Umhlanga? We chose Umhlanga Ridge because of its position within the business parks. The clientele here is dependable, respectable, well-heeled and looking for results. I wanted a gym that guys could come into to talk about their day, their lives, their work and their family, somewhere where they could make deals and get fit whilst doing it. You introduced the idea of boot camp in KZN — how did that happen? I was living in Australia and it was huge over there. When I moved back, I noticed that people were either in coffee shops or in the ocean, leaving a whole stretch of coastline unused and begging for activity. At the time the company that I worked for was extremely good at allowing you to pursue your passion and, sport being in my background, I saw an opportunity to bring people in the corporate world closer to each other, get communication levels up and get people healthy at the same time by doing boot camp sessions on the beach. The demand grew and grew and started to take up more of my time, cementing the fact that the idea I had for Flux would be successful. You’ve recently brought an online element to your gym. Tell us about it. I have an online background and know the power it can have. Basically, if mum or dad can’t get a sitter for the kids and they can’t come to gym, they can go online and get the work-out of the day. If you’re a traveller and jumping from one hotel room to the next with no time to gym, you can go online and we will provide you with an exercise that utilises the basics found in a hotel bedroom. There are a few different categories and what I’ve done is to partner with the relevant people for each category — for example, Louis Ludik is helping me come up with a conditioning program for rugby so that a guy that plays rugby can train like the pro’s by just going online — so each category and each sport has its own professional athlete giving you the best possible training regime for your sport.

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With the good comes the bad, so tell us about some of your disappointments. I came up with a few concepts that didn’t work out, but I think that the biggest thing that I learnt was that you may know a lot, but you will never know everything. As a small business owner you naturally become janitor, floor cleaner, accountant, lawyer and bag packer, so you learn very quickly that you don’t know it all and you certainly can’t do it all — finding the right people to join you on your journey is important. What else is new? At the moment we are trying to introduce workshops on the softer skills of training, things like how you actually run a training business. Most people seem to think that a personal trainer is just a guy that just trains people but, at the end of the day, he’s actually a guy trying to run a business. We help them market themselves, retain clients and chase up on them and how to do it all online. We will also be putting in a chiropractor’s rooms at the gym; this will make us the only gym that offers chiropractic assessment before you start training. In your opinion, what is the biggest misconception these days about training? The level of coaching and youth management is nowhere near where it should be in this country. School teachers these days aren’t educated in the sports they teach or even passionate about them — they are just normal guys doing a job they’ve been told to do. Because they are not educated and don’t know what they are doing, they can’t tell you if you are doing things right, which I know from experience can lead to serious injuries, and will never have you reaching your full potential. You have some pretty influential people in the sports world training with you. Yes, it’s been really great. We have some of the Sharks players, including Louis Ludik, JP Pietersen, Lwazi Mvovo, as well as some ex-Shark and Sprinbok legends, including Stefan Terblanche, Mark Andrews, Pieter Muller and Eddie Coetzee, Riaan Schoeman and Neil Versfeldt. We also have Olympic swimmers Wade Paton, SA Hockey player Tim Drummond and Cindy Hack (Botha). Finally S.A’s Natural Bodybuilding champion Justin Thacker.


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ou will never catch me promoting the latest weight loss miracle or elaborating and commentating on the newest nutriment or supplement out there. Never mind the crash diet that my neighbours, best friends, daughters, school teacher lost 40kg over in two weeks and lived happily ever after. It’s fair to say I express straight up truths, no pink tea cosies and fluffing of the facts. I have been expressing a lot of concern on the realities of our beloved staple crops of late and thought it time I get it out there that eating foods from the earth could in fact sometimes be silently destroying you. A year ago I terminated wheat, gluten and soy from my diet where ever humanly possible. I am not obsessive in any sense, I am not afraid to admit that I too relax sometimes, I choose great options for the majority of my meals but I also like to keep things in perspective. I would much rather die one year earlier and savouring the small fine things in life than to eat everything that is 100% organic, raw, unprocessed, fallen from a tree or picked from the purest soils of the Amazon jungle whilst staying away from refined carbs and then get hit by a bus while jogging along the sidewalk with my healthy

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smile on. Everything in moderation, and pick your battles wisely. However I can identify what is quietly turning me into a bio hazard on the inside. I eat clean wherever possible and my body reaps the untold benefits of separating the sinful foods from the saints. For those who know no better, wheat is not what it was 50 years ago and has been genetically modified far beyond what is safe for human consumption. Wheat undergoes sterilisations that are toxic to humans. If you don't suffer from celiac disease or suffer intolerance towards this crop it should still be avoided. The trendy 'love handles' worn by 80% of our population is a clear cut result of love for the malt. This portent crop that we are adoringly shovelling daily leads to obesity. It’s that simple. Overweight? Suffer from IBS? Stomach pains? Acid reflux? Fatigue? It’s your best friend the burger bun. Do not think for a moment that replacing the bun at the drive through with a wrap is making any difference, wheat is wheat. Wheat increases your blood sugar more than any other food; it contains an appetite stimulant gliadin which spikes your sugar levels more than a chocolate bar would. Leaving you craving more of this vicious tripe, and causing a roller coaster ride of sugar highs and lows.


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The moment you go cold turkey on the wheat bar your blood pressure will reduce, improved cholesterol values have been shown, relief from arthritis, increased energy, increased sex drive and the all important weight loss. Replacing wheat, with wholewheat is as effective as smoking 15 cigarettes a day as opposed to 20. Utterly pointless. Put the wheat back on the shop shelf and notice how you snack less and crave less. Another "health" marvel that is taking the world for a ride is soy "the perfect food". Sorry society but you are being blind sighted by the "health experts” We are being told that soy has been used for thousands of years and its foods provide complete proteins. This in fact is a myth. It once was used in the 11th century by the Chinese who quickly discovered its radical compounds and gave it up for the rice paddies. Organic soy where fermentation takes place over a long period to reduce 'anti-nutrients' is the only soy the markets should be pushing, yet this somehow got confused with the 'soy' we all know so well punted across every cereal, nutriment, supplement and food on our shelves. Dive a little deeper and this unregenerate little phenomenon will leave you with not only a bad taste in your mouth but an inside that will despise the hand that feeds it. Simply read through the product ingredients of 90% of the foods you take in, and see how soy rears its ugly head in almost everything we consume. We all know soy contains phytoestrogens, if that were not enough to stop you from pulling the box off the shelf let me enlighten you. This plant compound decreases testosterone levels and increase oestrogen, causing 'moobs' in men (the infamous man boob) and literally kills sperm cells, whilst also reducing the assimilation of copper, calcium, iron and other important minerals.

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mhlanga Village welcomes the new 300 square metre Umhlanga Rocks TOPS in the newly revamped Umhlanga Centre. The state of the art upmarket store homes a 50m2 walk in chiller.

Mark Anderson, owner of Umhlanga Spar and TOPS has persisted for eight years to open a TOPS in Umhlanga Village. His objective was to allow the local community to the convenience of shopping in Umhlanga at competitive prices without being ‘ripped off’. “I am over the moon and very proud of our state of the art TOPS liquor store. I am so fortunate to have Eamonn Dowling as our Store Manager assisted by my son Travis,” says Mark. Eamonn is known to locals from the Buxton days and has a wealth of knowledge and advice on wines or whiskeys. Known as one of the best wine connoisseurs in the county. He has many certificates provided by the wine and spirit education trusts and has qualified in wine, malts, beer, spirits and liqueurs. “Our strategy is to own the convenience liquor trade in Umhlanga by being the best and not the biggest. Our focus is on range, customer service and consistency of product at competitive prices.” Tops invites you to join them for their wine and whiskey tasting evenings.

Soy’s dirty little secrets are being revealed daily, soy increases your vitamin D requirements whilst blocking the synthesis of thyroid function. Taking in all that extra protein whilst you are hitting the gym? Being someone who trains regularly, a hard gainer and someone who excitedly indulges in protein to keep my muscle happy, the biggest concern for me is that soy interferes with protein digestion and absorption. So downing that protein shake after training (made from soy) is as pointless as taking a bikini to a ski lodge. 99% of soy beans are genetically modified and the pesticides that are laden over the crops are packed with carcinogens. Would you like digestive distress with a side of thyroid dysfunction whilst we top that with cancer causing compounds? With all this information out there for the masses, and coaches, dieticians and nutritionists warning clientele on a daily basis why do we still choose to consume these diabolic foods. The perfect health food? How so?

Shop 2 Umhlanga Centre, 189 Ridge Road, Umhlanga rocks. 031 5616791 | 082 712 1237 umhlangaspar@telkomsa.net

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Vindaloo — which has a real bite but will have you going back for more if you love hot curry — and the smooth-textured Butter Chicken, you will be taken on an eating expedition that you simply must experience. Vegetarian options will delight, with Bean and Botie side-by-side with Vegetable Korma and Sugar-Bean Curry. The city’s famous Chicken and Prawn Curry and the Oyster Box’s signature Traditional Durban Lamb Curry remain firm favourites.

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taste as many dishes as you possibly can. The first is to start on one side and work your way through all of them — that way you can pick the best, if you have space for another round. Another great tip from the team is to go easy on the nan or roti and rather try to fit in more curry. The nan and roti is exceptional, but it’ll fill you up quickly and you want to leave as much space as you can to savour the delicious curry dishes From the delicate flavours of the Singapore Fish Curry, using the freshest fish of the day, to the hot and spicy Lamb

I was delighted by a special dish put together by the chef on duty — a roti wrap. It’s a Shredden Tandoori Chicken off-the-bone, with butter chick sauce and a few drops of Vindaloo with sambals and peanut and mint chutney. This is a simply delicious, fabulous flavour-filled combination. The yoghurt takes the edge off the Vindaloo sauce and even though you’ll wonder if you’ve got any space left to fit it in, it’s a brilliant end to a curry buffet delight. Unbelievably, the curry is made every day for both lunch and dinner, with all but one of the dishes made regularly — that one dish is the chef’s special for that sitting. The hotel also offers a vegetarian curry for those who are fasting on special days and is more creative towards the end of the week, offering special dishes. This curry experience has been rated as one of the best in Durban and it’s easy to see why. From the setting to the food, the Oyster Box dishes up a truly exceptional dining experience that simply must be on your list of places to dine in our amazing city.


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umhlanga health review

words Lizanne swart

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he city life can take its toll on you, especially when you have to battle with bumper-to-bumper traffic in the mornings, or when a day’s work starts to feel more like a month’s workload piling up on your desk. In the heart of the trendy Umhlanga Ridge lies a little bit of paradise for the overworked: Spa Royale. Hidden behind the main entrance of the Royal Palm Hotel in Palm Boulevard, Spa Royale is a haven for those looking to escape their busy daily routines and get rid of any tension in their muscles. With a strong emphasis on relaxation and a good experience, this is exactly what you will get at Spa Royale. You are greeted by birds chirping cheerfully as you enter the spa, and the unique stones that covers the walls evokes a sense of curiosity - you now know that you have left your daily life and stress behind. I was welcomed with a warm cup of Rooibos tea when I entered the spa. The reception room is surrounded by hundreds of top skin care products like Dermalogica, Mama Mio,

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Guinot and CMS, and the spa caters for eveyone even pregnant women. My therapist for the day, Ayanda Mcineka, treated me for two hours with one of Spa Royale’s signature experiences, “Changing seasons”. A fitting name for this special treatment indeed, as a change of seasons is precisely what your skin experiences in this heavenly 120 minutes. This treatment is designed to improve blood circulation and revitalize your skin. Ayanda started off with spring, where she gave me a full body exfoliation, using TheraNaka Marula and Sandalwood sugar body scrub. With each sugar grain that she rubs over my body, I could feel my skin becoming smoother, softer and renewed, with my blood circulation restored again. After the scrub, I entered a breath-taking shower that is the size of a small room. The big showerheads spray the water gently down your spine as small red and yellow lights shine down on you. Next, Ayanda gave me a unique summer body wrap. After she massaged the

soothing TheraNaka lotion into my skin, she wrapped my body with towels. This locks in the heat, with the warmth completely relaxing my muscles. Before it was time for my massage, I got a delicious fruit salad - with grapes, strawberries, watermelon, amongst the usual fruit salad ingredients - and mango fruit juice. It was unfortunately time for my final treatment, the TheraNaka African Nugget Massage, but my amazing time at Spa Royale definitely ended on a high. The massage was exactly the way you would want it: Ayanda focussed on the different pressure points in my feet, and stretched my arms and legs to get rid of any stiffness in my body. Spa Royale is a relaxing adventure to experience: leave your worries behind and let the warm and welcoming therapists take care of you for the day. Tel: 031 828 2828 Email: mobile@sparoyale.co.za


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umhlanga Car Review

words Richard Webb

Less is more

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perfect entry into the world of motoring starts with a small car!

Superminis are no longer sold on price competitiveness alone because they are so capable in key areas and buyers are increasingly downsizing them from bigger models. Larger cars are more practical, but these latest small cars make better use of their size. They are safe, too, having performed well in Euro NCAP crash tests. City cars and superminis really come into their own around town and many have impressive refinement at speed, with enough power to keep up with the traffic flow. CEO of Honda, Takanobu Ito reckons his Honda Brio helps expand the joy of owning vehicles to more customers by being affordable. “To accomplish this we have focused on creating an attractive package at an affordable price,” he says. Brio means ‘verve’ in Italian, and true to its name, this little Honda is extremely nimble in congested city traffic.
 A sprightly 1,2-litre i-VTEC engine offers 65 kW of power and 109 Nm of torque - good for 0-100 km/h in just over 12 seconds. The 5-speed manual returns a combined consumption of 5,6 litres/100 km.

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Inside, it’s overwhelmingly beige, but the high quality materials and trim is impressively well put together. The dashboard is simple, yet complete. Four adults in the car is a feasible proposition. Slightly bigger than the Brio is the Peugeot 208, the replacement for the unloved 207. It has fresh face and engine line-up, but it has the same platform that underpinned the 207, albeit much lighter and better handling than its predecessor. One of the most pleasing aspects of the new 208 is that it has a cheeky character, reminiscent of the Citroen 2cv and Renault 5. The all-new three-cylinder engine is spirited, if a little intrusive, when worked hard. There is plentiful room in the Peugeot 208 for four adults. Indeed, it is comfortably commodious by class standards. The new, ‘floating’ communications, audio and navigation screen on the centre console looks slick but takes some getting used to. The manual gear-change encourages a gentle driving style, which is rewarded by a claimed combined fuel consumption of 4.7 l/100km. Peugeot’s other ‘08’ models have real promise and to some extent the 208 continues the theme. It rides and steers very well and subdues cabin noise impressively.


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Suzuki is one of those brands that punches under its weight. A mass producer of SUVs, motorbikes and cars, it does not pierce our consciousness like its other Japanese rivals, notably Toyota, Honda, Nissan and even Subaru and Mitsubishi. The first Swift dates back to 1983 but this, the evolutionary Suzuki Swift Sport is surely the best ever-quicker, more efficient and cleaner too-with a well-sorted all-new, platform. The rev-happy motor produces an entertaining drive. The cabin offers decent passenger space, but the boot is small. The Swift Sport has real appeal and is more competitive than before. It’s a real hoot to drive, has a well-built interior and is competitively priced. It looks a little too similar to the standard Swift for some, but if you want MINI Cooper type handling and verve, this car deserves a serious look. Its blend of low mass, a powerful engine, sharp and direct handling makes it thoroughly entertaining. This car will put a smile on your face every time you drive it.

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umhlanga Photographer profile

photographers to look out for

Words Storm Catterick

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n the fourth installment of Photographers to look out for, in which we have been profiling the best of Umhlanga’s photographers — people who we think you should use when capturing that next special moment — we are featuring Brandon Celine, a designer with an indisputable eye for photography and all things creative. Brandon is known for his unquenchable energy and

enthusiasm when it comes to his craft and his uncanny ability to create stunning, matchless imagery. Specializing in ocean, wedding, portrait and fashion photography, Brandon Celine is this month’s photographer to look out for!

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Living life creatively and pushing the boundaries through experience, adventure and passion will only result in a good photograph

name in the wedding industry. He has taught and exposed me to so much that has helped the progression of my work. My focus now is more on fashion and weddings because this is the material that I enjoy most. Referencing other photographer’s work and studying their photos helps you to gain the knowledge to become a professional. How would you describe your style? I see my work as creative, fresh and inspiring. Cameras help me express, interpret and understand what I see. Living life creatively and pushing the boundaries through experience, adventure and passion can only result in a good photograph. What type of cameras do you shoot with? I shoot with a Canon Full-frame 5D for fashion, portraits and weddings. My second body is the Canon 7D which I use for surf photography and I also have a variety of lenses and lighting equipment.

Tell us a little bit about yourself? Growing up I was always artistic, with a huge enthusiasm for creativity. Photography and designing is my passion and the career path that I’ve chosen. Being fortunate enough to travel extensively from an early age, I’ve seen some amazing places in both South Africa and abroad. This experience has taught me much about different people and cultures. About halfway through my studies, I started developing a keen interest in photography and this has evolved into a passion to create unique imagery. How long have you been a photographer? About six years ago, I started experimenting with my father’s camera. Soon thereafter I purchased my first camera and since then I’ve been addicted. I started shooting in the surf and at social events and then moved towards fashion, portraits and now — slowly — into weddings. There is nothing better than capturing a unique moment and

sharing it with people. That’s why I am a photographer. What or who got you started in photography and did you study? I studied Creative Brand Communications, specializing in graphic design. I never really studied photography apart from a few beginners’ courses, but I gained a lot of knowledge from watching tutorials, as well as through trial and error. I find that inspiration is a huge part of photography and that helps you push the boundaries. I’m inspired by a photographer named Clark Little who captures images of the ocean shore break in Hawaii. Today his images still amaze me. What gives you ideas or inspires you to create such amazing imagery? What you see on a daily basis should inspire you to push your creative boundaries and further your work. I’ve been lucky enough to work with photographers like Brett Florens, a huge

How important is Photoshop in your final images? Photoshop is an important and beneficial tool, which I use on a daily basis as it helps remove imperfections and allows me to add creativity to my images. Overediting images is not ideal but Photoshop allows you to build creativity within your own work. What is the best/favourite photo you’ve taken? My most recent favourite image is an ocean shot that I took a few weeks ago. It’s an early morning photo from the inside of a breaking wave, looking out directly at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The colours and timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Describe the ideal conditions that help get a great photo? I enjoy shooting in the early mornings in natural light, with a little bit of cloud in the sky, as this is more dramatic and adds contrast to my images. Shooting with studio lights or small flashes has more of an artificial look — it doesn’t create the same effect as natural light, but can still be very effective and creative.

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Method: 1. Preheat oven to 150°C. 2. Line 24 hole patty pan with paper cases. 3. Melt butter, sugar and honey together in a saucepan until frothy. 4. Add Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and mix well. 5. Working quickly spoon into paper patty cases. 6. Bake in a slow oven 150°C for 10 minutes. 7. Cool.

Ingredients: • 90g butter or margarine • 1/3 cup sugar • 1 tablespoon honey • 4 cups Kellogg’s Corn Flakes

Notes d taste sprinkle For extra fun an peanuts over. a few crushed

These 15 words or names are all connected with the Wimpy Kid books. How many of them can you find? Words can run from side to side, up and down or diagonally. Good Luck!

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Colourful liquid What happens when you mix oil and water and then add some colour to it? What you’ll need 1. ¼ cup (60 ml) water 2. ¼ cup (60 ml) vegetable oil 3. a small glass 4. food colouring Instructions 1. First pour the water into the glass. Add a couple of drops of food colouring and mix. Next add the oil. What do you see? Which layer is on top?

2. Tightly cover the glass with plastic wrap or your hand. While holding the glass over a sink, shake the glass so that the two liquids are thoroughly mixed. Set the glass down and watch what happens. What's happening? The oil layer is on top of the water because of the difference in density of the two liquids. The density of a substance is the ratio of its mass (weight) to its volume. The oil is less dense than the water and so is on top.

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umhlanga STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW

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WHERE DID IT ALL START? • Legend has it that the first effects of caffeine were noticed when a heard of Ethiopian Sheppard’s saw their goats becoming frisky and starting to ‘dance’ after eating some coffee beans. • Originally coffee was eaten and not drunken. African tribes used to mix it with fat to make it more edible ‘YUM’ – Bleghhh.

FUN FACTS The popularity of coffee can directly be related to the rise of Islam, where the religion prohibited drinking alcohol but considered coffee to be an acceptable drink. In 1675, the king of England banned coffee houses, claiming that they were places people met to conspire against him. Coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth, oil being the first.

add up is what you put in with your coffee. Women state that they drink coffee to relax and men tend to say that coffee helps them get their work done. Studies show that when freezing coffee If it is stored next to fish or other smellier foods in the freezer, the coffee will adopt that taste.

The term Americano comes from America Gls during World War II. The soldiers would order espresso with water to dilute the strong flavour.

Coffee is the No. 1 source of antioxidants! New research has shown that coffee is a rich source of antioxidants, and contributes significantly to your daily total antioxidant intake.

Black coffee has no calories. That’s right! No calories! The way calories

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FUN STATS • 70% of the world consumes Arabica coffee, which is mild and aromatic. The remaining 30% drinks Robusta which is bitter tasting but has 50% more caffeine than Arabica. • Coffee generally grows on trees that are up to 30 feet tall but are now cultivated to be around 10 feet tall for easy picking. • A Belgium man by the name of George Washington who lived in Guatemala invented instant coffee 1906. • Thirty million people in the U.S. purchase specialty coffee drinks each day • The coffee industry makes approximately 60 billion dollars annually worldwide.

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