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A N E A ST C OA ST WAY O F L I F E

KZN

Winter Air Tour

A dream wedding come true

Mr Price

Pro 2013

plus social scenes + Gadgets & Gizmos + reviews & more June - july 2013 {issue 8} Photo Credit: Pete Van Der Spek

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

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Stuff you should know Aviation

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High society social scene Spotted out and about in Umhlanga

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What’s hot A Winter Fiesta

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A Dream wedding Come True

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KZN Winter Air Tour

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Taste Of Durban

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Mr Price Pro 2013

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Umhlanga power shot

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Business Feature Vash Singh

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For Interests Sake What to pack on your next winter getaway

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Brannon Nelson-Esch Photographers to look out for

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The rookie mom Three tips on how to avoid exercise

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Kids Corner

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Health Taking back control

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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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editors note

PUBLISHER Lorinda Scott | lorinda@fabmags.co.za EDITOR Justin Scott | justin@fabmags.co.za

I remember listening to Anthony Robbins’ CDs in the car while battling Jo’burg traffic several years back. The fact that I found myself actually doing the spatial awareness exercises on the Graystone off-ramp whilst fellow-travellers looked on, chuckling to themselves, (thank goodness YouTube wasn’t as popular back then) isn’t the point — it was how each CD ended that was most powerful for me. They all ended with a call by Anthony Robbins to live life with passion. Simple — not complex — just a call to live life with passion. What does that mean, though? How exactly do we live a passionate life when our days have more menial tasks and challenges than moments that you can be inspired and motivated by? I sense that it’s a question that we all find ourselves asking from time to time. Passion is all about intense emotion, a compelling feeling, enthusiasm or burning desire for something. When we look at it like that, then Tony’s call doesn’t sound so complex because there are examples of living our lives with passion all around us — we’re just seeing that we’re already doing it. Our passionate lives are in the detail of living each day. Think about the last time you felt intense emotion. It doesn’t have to be a specific type of emotion — just intense. I realise that I experience this every time I see my kids do something extraordinary… and they do that often. I’ve never struggled with enthusiasm and mine builds like a wave every time someone shares a great idea that I think will change the world. (Well done to MySlips guys.) Writing this, I even realize that every time I travel and start heading home, I have a burning desire to see my childhood sweetheart and love of my life. Every one of my days is filled with passion. So maybe those CD’s worked. I’m not sure, but I can tell you that I’d like to think that I live my life with passion and I’m sure that you’ll be able to find your own gems each day if you just give it thought. Apart from the deeply personal things, think about where we live, work and play. How can you drive down Armstrong Drive and not feel passionate about Umhlanga and Durban? Such beauty has to motivate you! If you need inspiration to help you live with passion, we’ll help you out a little in this edition of the mag. The Durban Airshow is back in July and those pilots definitely live life with passion. Our business profile interviews an inspirational woman who is making her mark in the world and is really enthused by what she does. Then there are highlights of what’s going on these holidays, so go on and experience the amazing east coast! Enjoy and remember… live life with Passion! (Thanks, Tony!) 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

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By Marc Forrest | www.marcforrest.com

FLD Products Laptop & Tablet Bags

I recently came across this funky & stylish looking bag, while search for the perfect bag to cart my iPad Mini around in. When I stumbled across the awesome range of FLD products, I knew I had to get one of these ASAP. The bags are made from high quality, water resistant Nylon, with a soft felt finish inside the bag making them strong & durable. There are a number of pockets on both the inside & outside of the bags to ensure you have space for everything!

The FLD products range comes in a wide variety of options and colours, at really reasonable prices. The range offers an 11”, 13” and 15” Laptop bags as well as a 10” Tablet Bag. Prices start at R499 for the Tablet bags up to R899 for the 15” Laptop bag. To see full range and purchase one of these stylish bags, visit – http://www. geekshop.co.za

Incipio Atlas Waterproof case for iPhone 5

The Incipio Atlas case is the next musthave accessory for iPhone 5 users. This awesome case is made from an Ultra impact-resistant, shock-absorbent Flex material which provides advanced protection in any environments. The front glass is made from crystal-clear tempered glass which provides optical clarity and protection, although I did find that fingerprints were also fairly noticeable on the case. That said, the screen is super-responsive with the case on, and works 100%. Also included in the packaging is a headphone cable extender which allows you to plug in your earphones with the case on. The case has also been tested and met a number of number of international standards including the US Military 810 Standard which puts the devices through a number of tests, including submersion at 2 meters for 60 minutes, drop tests from 3 meters and Vibration & Dust tests. The case retails for a very reasonable R1,199 and can be purchased on http://www.geekshop.co.za

Geekshop Geekshop is an online store which offers you the opportunity to purchase all the accessories you see on these Gadgets & Gizmos pages, at very affordable prices. Delivery is free for orders over R350 and is offered nationwide with next day delivery. We offer the highest quality products and superior service. For more info email us on info@geekshop.co.za

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AUTO UMHLANGA

MANAGEMENT TEAM From left to right: Wayne Beadsworth, Brenton Cole, Kobus Louw, Jacqui Lochner, Daryl Hefer, Erich Tonsing, Brian Daniel.

The Management team of Auto Umhlanga invite you to experience our exceptional service. At Auto Umhlanga our aim is to build lasting, trusting and personal relationship with our customers.

ISSUE 19 | THE AIRPORT MAGAZINE

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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! Kelly Lubbee, 22, wife, Freelance Graphic Designer, Youth Leader, lifestyle and fashion blogger! Tell us about your blog — what is it called and what do you write about? Sunflowers & Spears is a creative outlet that started about two years ago. I chose the name for my blog from two things — a sunflower because this is my favourite flower and spears because my name, Kelly, means “a warrior”. I tend to write mostly about lifestyle, especially in and around Durban. I also love seeing new trends and spotting goodlooking fashion online so I share any new inspiration that I like. I have developed a habit of collecting business cards from the various markets I attend and then researching them when I get home, after which I blog about those small businesses as they often don’t get the exposure they deserve.

I have always dreamt of being a freelance designer. I knew that the time would come but I needed a starting point and it seemed to fit my lifestyle as I could blog during any free moment.

How often do you blog, on average? I try my hardest to blog at least three times a week, although I would like to be a bit more consistent. With new developments in my life, it has become a little more sporadic but I constantly jot down ideas for blog posts!

Blogs you love? I have always loved Nadia Van Der Mescht’s blog — she is a true inspiration to me as someone who just took the big leap and who has done so well for herself. Her blog is also always packed with tips and fun things!

Why a blog? As I said earlier, I started this blog as a creative outlet during a previous job as a marketing assistant. It was just a supereasy way of getting my name out there as

Books on your bedside table? I have a stack of magazines at my bedside but amongst those are Terry Pratchet’s Night Watch which was a gift. There is also a book called Ministering Cross-Culturally by

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Future of your blog? I am in the process of building a little website for my freelance design business, “Kelly Lubbee Graphic Design”, but I don’t see me breaking away from my blog because of that. I would still like my blog to be the more “personal” side of me and my business site to be more geared to business. My blog has always been my marketing tool and has brought me design work so I will keep it going!

Sherwood Lingenfelter that I have just read for a course that I am doing. Another book always by my bedside is a gift from my mom that is pure fun to read every now and then called The Great Big Glorious Book for Girls by Sarah Vine and Rosemary Davidson. Fave shops? Instead of shops I prefer to hit the markets. So many more interesting things to look at, as well as feeling great for supporting the locals who spend time and effort creating great, fresh items! Latest Obsession? DIYing. I like to make anything and everything possible. We’ve just made our own little pallet couch for our balcony and also a magazine side table. It is an awesome feeling! Fave Destination? In South Africa I haven’t been too far, but I love the little town of Kidd’s Beach in East London — we go there each year on a mission trip and it is such a simple yet stunning little place. My dream would be a trip to Greece!

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umhlanga STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW

1. The Boeing 747 (all versions) have travelled an estimated 35 billion statute miles, that is the equivalent of 75,000 trips to the moon and back. 2. It took 75,000 engineer drawings to build the first Boeing 747-100. 3. You can fit 45 mid size automobiles on only one wing of a Boeing 747-400. 4. There are approximately 200,000 flights every day around the world 5. One wind shield or window frame of the Boeing 747-400's cockpit cost as much as a BMW. 6. Only 5% of the world’s populations have ever been on an airplane. 7. There are over 14,000 commercial flights in the air at any one time. 8. There are over 3 million people in the air on planes at any one time

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• If you’re thinking about joining the mile high club it’s important for you to know that Airplane bathrooms can be unlocked and opened from the outside. All of them. Every pilot and flight attendant knows how, and probably a number of the passengers do, as well. • When taking off and landing at night, lights are turned off in the cabin to allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness. In the event of an evacuation, you’ll be able to see better. • Airline doors and windows are often inset a few millimetres from the fuselage so that they’ll expand to be flush with the fuselage during flight. • Even if you strapped on giant wings, you could never fly because the human heart can’t pump blood quick enough to satisfy the enormous strain of flapping. When flying, a sparrow’s heart pumps more than 450 times each minute. • The windows in an airport control tower must be tilted out at exactly 15 degrees from the vertical to minimise reflections from both inside and outside the control tower. • KLM is the world’s oldest airline established in 1919. • Steve Fossett was the first to fly solo around the world without re-fuelling. Steve completed the flight in March, 2005 on the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer. • Commercial airlines cruise at an altitude of about 38,000 ft above sea level. At that height, the atmosphere is about three times thinner than at sea level. • Pilots fly free on all domestic routes, regardless of airlines. All airlines have an agreement to lets each others' pilots occupy empty seats. • Each airline pilot flying the aircraft, eats a different meal to minimize the risk of all pilots on board being ill. • The main function of flight attendants are for the safety and security of their passengers, and passenger comfort is only secondary contrary to most people’s belief. • The first female flight attendants in 1930 were required to weigh less than 115 pounds. In addition, they had to be nurses and unmarried. • An air traveler can lose approximately 1.5 liters of water in the body during a three-hour flight.


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HIGH SociETY EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS ALONG THE UMHLANGA COAST

HAVING A LAUNCH, EVENT OR SOMETHING SOCIAL YOU WANT US TO COVER? EMAIL US AT EDITOR@FABMAGS.CO.ZA

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1. Lisa Praschma, Jonathan Shapiro & Linda Stonier 2. Julie Macleod Henderson, Matthew Nothard & Edden Kift 3. Nikki Moore, Thandeka Magudulela, Mary Ann MorbySmith & Tiffany McAdam 4. Trisha Seumenicht, Jonathan Shapiro & Jennifer Blyth 5. Richard Stonier, TC Chetty & Vim Gebers 6. Val & Morgan Pillay 7. Doug & Debbie Linden with Mervin & Belia Van Rensburg

the highlight South Africa is not actually a bad place to be economically in relation to the rest of the world’s problems... there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Cecil Nursery the party Opening Launch for the new range of plant couture by Francisco at Cecil Nursery Showroom

the people 8. Elnike Muller, Tracy Paterson & Hannah Evans 9. Sarah van rooyen & Ciska van wyk 10. Elsie Scott & Claudia de Carvalho 11. Ciska van Wyk & Donna Brooke 12. Lee Moon, Genevieve Miller & Jessica Woods 13. Sarah van Rooyen & Betsy Pieters 14. Fran Neal & Gail George 15. Ciska van rooyen & Anthony Bolton

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the highlight The highlight was definitely Francisco’s portfolio of plant couture and the amazing high tea spread, everything from cakes and mini milk tarts to quiche and chicken sosaties.

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Launching of their Next generation programme. Empowering and developing the next generation of woman to become leaders in Africa.

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the people 16. Silindile Mbongwa & Zinhle Ntshangasa 17. Brigitte KeirbySmith, Chantelle Durand Fuchs & Seshni Samuel 18. Gugu Lushaba & Nomkhosi Buthelezi 19. Noluthando Mchunu & Nobuhle Mpanza 20. Mandy Pakkiri & Elloise Coppola 21. Mr Zungu with colleague 22. Nokwanda Thango & Smah Mkhize 23. Kim Axford & Maryna Kopman

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the highlight The room full of young ladies and their mentors, preparing for this journey ahead to ensure woman of Africa are a part of the growth story. The presentation and facts of woman and leadership was also very interesting. “There is no tool for development more effective, than the education of girls�.

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Lexus Gateway The party The launch of the new F Sport Lexus. An impressive turnout of people. The food was fantastic, the drinks were flowing and the vibe amongst all that attended was festive.

The people 24. Dave White, Patrick Carroll & Donna McCulloch 25. Phindi Buthelezi & Ben Hadebe 26. Chris Geyer & Mlungisi Mgenge 27. Bob & Trish Voogt 28. Ebrahim Badat, Hassen Badat & Muhammad Badat 29. Prasha Hargovan & Anil Bhagwanjee 30. Prakash Jugnundan & Ruben Reddy 31. Lesleigh Booysen, Ivan Bruce & Jade Penery

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Dealer name here Lexus Gateway Dealer Address and 1 Wilton Crescent, Umhlanga Ridge, 4319 031 580 4100 www.gatewaylexus.co.za

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fego cafe the party A successful fine dining dinner at Fego Caffe together with a selection of wines by Meridian Wine Merchants.

the people 32. Tome & Claudia De Carvalho 33. Tracy & Maxine Logan 34. Lucille & Melissa Nagel 35. Marco & Jean-Mari Justino 36. Stavros & Anthi Lacovou. 37. Caron Martins & Schantell Dix. 38. Tome De Carvalho, Clayton Dix, Nelio Teixeira & Erik van Huyssteen.

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An exclusive VIP presentation by Project Runway winner Anya Ayoung – Chee with her “Carnival of Colour” collection presented for the first time ever in Durban including a silent auction of the limited edition pieces shown on the runway.

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the people 39. Jenny Pillay & Daphne Baitchu 40. Anya Ayoung-Chee & Kerusha Kisten 41. Zama Mtshali & Julia Petersen 42. Leigh Thompson & Cobus Zwennis 43. Mohammed Amod & Taskeen Limalia 44. Candace & Todd McMurtrey 45. Kevin Hsu & Ashrana Chanderanberg 46. Ntokozo Dludla & Zaba Simbine

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umhlanga What’s hot

What’s hot and happening on the coast! During winter, KZN is without a doubt THE place to be! The weather delivers clear days, bright sunshine and gentle breezes and the atmosphere is electric as we host some of the BIGGEST and BEST events in S.A. For young and old, KZN has got it all and more, so get your calendars out and sharpen your pencils because there are a lot of hot and happening events in the warmest place to be this winter!

Top Gear Festival Date: 15 - 16 June Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium About: The Top Gear Festival is returning to the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban from 15 - 16 June 2013 with an incredible line-up of cars and driving talent! What better way to treat dad for Father’s Day than with tickets to the biggest motoring extravaganza to hit Durban? This year promises to be better than ever, with a fresh, all-new Top Gear Live Stadium Show featuring Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May, Richard Hammond and, of course, the mysterious, adrenaline-fuelled petrol-head — the Stig. For more info visit: www.topgearfestival.co.za

Durban International Boat and Lifestyle Show Date: 28 – 30 June Venue: Durban Marina About: Celebrating its tenth year, Durban’s top winter aquatic attraction, the Durban International Boat and Lifestyle Show, promises a magnificent spectacle this year, taking place over three days, from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 June at the Durban Marina. The last decade has seen a number of show-stoppers moored at the show — boats from around the world displayed in their natural environment — and the organisers aim to make this year’s show the most exciting to date! The 2013 event boasts more exhibition space, with a wider range of exhibitor options for the public to explore — boats in and around the moorings, two marquees on the new grassed area across from the Cafe Fish, on-site catering along the boardwalk and a range of attractions for the whole family. For more info visit www.durbanboatshow.co.za

ECR House and Garden Show Date: 28 June – 7 July Venue: Durban Exhibition Centre About: It has come to that time of the year again for the annual East Coast Radio House & Garden Show. Having been taken place for more than 32 years, you can expect to find the best in lifestyle, home and outdoor options, from the latest furniture to appliances, antiques, plants and gadgets. Get new ideas, advice or the opportunity to shop until you drop all under one roof. You will also be able to take advantage of exclusive show specials and offers. Breathe new life into your home with the one of the most inspiring events of the year. For more info visit: www.housegardenshow.co.za

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Mr Price Pro 2013

Date: July 1- 7 Venue: Willards Beach, Ballito About: This winter the ASP prime-rated Mr Price Pro Ballito will notch up its fifth

season on the wave-rich Kwadukuza Coast, welcoming a host of the world’s finest surfers who will do battle in its world-class waves. The powerful, barrelling surf at Willard’s Beach has become a favourite stop for the touring professionals who make their annual pilgrimage from as far afield as the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan and Tahiti to test their skills in its spitting tubes and punchy beach break ramps. For the first time, the Mr Price Pro Ballito will incorporate a Food and Wine Festival from July 2- 4, bringing mouthwatering flavours to the beach and adding a new and exciting dynamic to this year’s festival. For more info visit: www.mrpricepro.com

Durban July Date: 6 July Venue: Greyville Racetrack, Durban About: Get ready for the annual outbreak of "July Fever" as Africa’s greatest horseracing event takes place on 6 July 2013. The excitement of the Vodacom Durban July Day surpasses that of any other horseracing event on the African continent and 56,000 people are expected at the Greyville Racecourse to witness South Africa's best thoroughbreds storm down the home straight to the finish of the R2 million, Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July. For more info visit: www.vodacomdurbanjuly.co.za

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Pick ’n Pay Taste of Durban

Date: 26 – 28 July Venue: Suncoast Casino, Durban About: The Pick ’n Pay Taste of Durban, held in association with Orbit Sugarfree Chewing Gum, is back from 26 – 28 July at the Suncoast Casino. Eight of Durban’s best restaurants will create special menus of starter-sized dishes for the occasion. Boutique exhibitors, artisan producers, premium drink brands and award-winning wineries will offer an abundance of the country’s finest food and drink to sample. With world-class restaurants, chefs and produce, Taste of Durban is a sumptuous, indulgent foodie day-out — definitely a must-attend event on Durban’s food and social calendar. For more info visit: www.tasteofdurban.co.za

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umhlanga sports Feature

er The Surf Lifesaval Media Manager Soci Ryan Brennan, g and Marketin ia ed M for Fetish “As : er av es ive surf lif and competit e th e m ver the sa a sport, it’s ne the ge throughout an ch conditions as ck lu h is as muc day and there sport ly on e th And it’s there is skill. u can e of where yo that I'm awar animal ild w lled by a actually be ki g.” while competin

Speedo, boardies or wetsuit? Haha! I know that most would say boardies but, honestly, I feel more comfortable in my Speedo on a beach than in baggies I grew up in Speedos on the beach, so it feels natural plus, with a swimming and waterpolo background, a Speedo is part of my everyday life. Achievements to date? I’ve been competing internationally since 2002 and been to five World Champs, two World Games and am

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a multiple medallist. I carried the flag for Team S.A at the opening ceremony at the World Games in Taiwan. I’m a member of the national team and also captain. Favourite conditions? The nastier the better! Big, messy, uncontrollable conditions are my fave. Just makes each and every race so unpredictable and interesting and it really tests you and makes you think about the line you’re choosing in the race. Surf Lifesaving Icon ? Shannon Eckstein, Australian Multiple and World Champion — he’s pretty much the god of our sport! His commitment to the sport and just the way he trains is inspiring. What’s next? Well, I've set myself the goal of going to the next World Champs in France in 2014, after which I’ll probably hang up my competitive Speedo. I've started to coach the Umhlanga

Rocks Surf Lifesaving Club juniors u/15 – u/19 and really enjoy it. I genuinely look forward to training every afternoon and seeing an athlete that I’ve trained do well and win — well, that feels as good as winning myself! Three Fave KZN Beaches? 1. North Beach — I grew up and learnt to surf there and it’s also where I got my first barrel. 2. Umhlanga Rocks Main beach — just a great beach! The water's generally cleaner and, with all the rocks, you can always do a bit of makeshift snorkelling, if you like. 3. Glen Ashley — when the surf is good most people flock to the town beaches and Glenashley is quiet but, that being said, it always feels super-sharky.


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*Terms & Conditions: Rates valid until 31 August 2013, subject to availability. A maximum of 2 adults per room will be allowed on this package. Blackout dates do apply. This offer is for new bookings and is applicable to leisure travellers only. Rates include 14% VAT and exclude 1% tourism levy. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with other promotional offers or contracted rates. This offer is only available to guests who have permanent residence in KwaZulu-Natal. Fairmont Zimbali Lodge and Fairmont Zimbali Resort reserves the right to request proof of residency.

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One of the best bridal fairs is the Rain Farm Game and Lodge Bridal Fair held during October. Each year the spectacular venue runs a competition in which a betrothed couple can win their dream wedding at the game lodge. The packages vary from year to year, but the grand prize will save the bride a huge amount of time searching for the perfect wedding venue and her parents a hefty chunk out of their wallet! Last year’s Rain Farm Game and Lodge Bridal Fair saw Michelle Eckhout and Richard Strydom win a fabulous dream wedding after a long search for the perfect venue with no luck at all! We spoke to Michelle to hear their story and what winning this competition has meant to her. Michelle and Richard, both Umhlanga locals, had been dating for three years before he popped the question in a truly romantic setting — at the Kruger National Park, lazing around a boma fire sipping Amarula. “He got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him and I said “yes”! With a shared love for the outdoors and a keen interest in keeping fit and in shape, Michelle believes they were destined to be together and says that for them it really was love at first sight! Planning for the wedding soon started, the hardest part of which was finding a venue. After countless trips to bridal fairs in many different parts of KZN, they stumbled across the Rain Farm Game Lodge Bridal Fair and immediately fell in love with the picturesque setting. At the entrance each bride-to-be was given a goodie bag and the chance to enter the competition — Michelle entered insouciantly, never in her wildest dreams expecting to win. So, when her name was drawn, you can just imagine the astonishment that coursed

through her veins! This was it! She had just been given her dream wedding!! “When they drew our name, I almost had a heart attack — we were so stunned and excited… definitely a dream come true.” Together with the unparalleled venue, they were also given an engagement party, as well as two photographers, a photo booth, wedding invitations, the food, the chapel, Richard’s wedding ring, the cake, flowers, candles, fairy lights, dancing lessons, and the hen’s party, plus, to top it off, the bridal suite at the Rain Farm Game Lodge! That month Michelle and Richard received another fantastic “prize” — they found out that Michelle was pregnant. They were overwhelmed with joy at this news as they had been told that they couldn't conceive children. Their beautiful son, Quade Daniel Strydom, was born on 17 Feb 2013.

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The second annual KZN Winter Air Tour is back with seven great airshows this June and July Words Lizanne SwarT

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ack the picnic baskets, bring your cameras and prepare to be thrilled. It is that time of the year again when the world’s most impressive aircraft will take off at Virginia Airport and set the Durban sky ablaze with mind-blowing manoeuvres. The Durban Airshow is always a highlight on the annual events calendar because of its rich history. The show has been running for more than 50 years now, which makes it the second oldest civilian airshow in the world and, for the second year, it is back as part of the KZN Winter Air Tour, which will also bring aviation to

the people in Newcastle, Mkuze, Ulundi, Richards Bay, Pietermaritzburg and Margate this June and July. This year’s KZN Winter Air Tour looks set to take aviation action to the sky and beyond. Nigel Hopkins and his Team Extreme in the MX2 sports aircraft, known for their nail-biting aerobatics, will make an appearance at this year’s airshows, as will Menno Parson’s magnificent P51 “Mustang Sally” warplane, the Eqstra Flying Lions and their famous waterskiing act, and the one-of-a-kind daring display by the Mazda Zoom-Zoom team. Spectators will also have the chance to see what it’s like in the cockpits of these


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Spectators will also have the chance to see what it’s like in the cockpits of these amazing aircraft as there will be a big screen with live camera footage at the Durban Airshow.

amazing aircraft as there will be a big screen with live camera footage at the Durban Airshow.

huge awareness campaign for pilots, engineers and other jobs associated in the ever-growing air travel industry.”

Legendary commentator, Brian Emmenis, will again entertain visitors at the airshows this winter. Emmenis, who is the owner of the international broadcast company, Capital Sounds, has been involved with every Durban Airshow — or, as he puts it, the “mecca for South African aviators” — since 1985 and he has commentated at events across Africa and various countries around the world.

The aviation industry contributes R74 billion to the country’s annual gross domestic product (GDP) and sustains around 230 000 jobs in the country, which makes it an ideal and significant industry for young people to become interested in.

However, airshows — and the Durban Airshow in particular — have changed tremendously over the years. “During the early years of the Durban Airshow, it was more about showing off the different aircraft — it was a “flat” show,” said John Neilon, event organiser and airside director of the KZN Winter Air Tour. “It is only relatively recently that the concept for airshows has changed to become a

The Virginia Airport will again host an epic finale to this year’s KZN Winter Air Tour, with a great deal of marketing and promotion going into the Durban Airshow. It is one of only a few airshows in the country that bring together top pilots to put on an airshow, and draws around 8000 to 9000 visitors to the grounds of the airport. “Flying at the Durban Airshow is somewhat daunting because there is always a large group of critical aviators from the Durban Wings Club watching the show,” jokes Emmenis.

Newcastle will kick off this year’s KZN Winter Air Tour on Saturday, June 1. The Mkuze Airport will host its very first airshow on June 8, which will be free to all who arrive on the day. The Ulundi Airshow will take place on June 15, Richards Bay on June 22 and Pietermaritzburg on June 29. Margate will host its airshow on July 6 and Durban will close this year’s air tour on July 13.

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TASTE OF DURBAN’ IS BACK…AND IT’S BIGGER & BETTER!

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he Pick n Pay Taste of Durban in association with Orbit Sugarfree Chewing Gum is back from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 July at Suncoast. For the occasion, chefs from seven of Durban’s best restaurants will create special menus of starter-sized dishes, including their signature dishes, designed to reflect their individual philosophies, whilst showcasing seasonal and premium ingredients. Following its enormous success in 2012, Taste of Durban promises to be the most exciting ‘foodie’ event of the year, on the Durban social calendar.

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Food 4 Thought, a restaurant revenuegenerating project, has been chosen as the official charity for this year’s event. ‘Food 4 Thought’ raises funds and awareness, for the expansion and work of Umthombo, a Durban-based organisation that empowers street children to be able to leave street life and take their place in the community as proud citizens. Lining up to show off their talents at the 2013 event, are chefs Marcelle Roberts from Café 1999 and Louise Potgieter from Havana Grill at Suncoast and Little

Havana and award-winning executive chef, Jackie Cameron, from Hartford House. Representing a selection of Umhlanga’s top eateries are BAR BA COA Argentinian Grill and Butcher Boys, as well as Elements at The Beverly Hills. Lucy Markewicz will be flying the colours for Freedom Café and popular Indian restaurant Amaravathi Palki, brings the total of participating restaurants to seven of Durban’s best.


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TASTE OF DURBAN 2013 – FAST FACTS What, Where, When, How… Festival times Friday 26 July: 18h30 - 22h30 Saturday 27 July: 13h00 - 17h00; 18h30- 22h30 Sunday 28 July: 12h00 - 17h00 Tickets Tickets are limited and booking is recommended – for further information and bookings visit ITickets on www.itickets.co.za or Pick n Pay tickets on www.pnptickets.co.za Standard tickets cost R80 (includes entry & a tasting glass) Premium Tickets cost R180 (includes entry, R100 worth of Festival Crowns and a tasting glass) Taste Club House presented by DStv tickets cost R685 – enjoy the comfort of a private lounge that serves as your base for the show. The ticket includes fast-track entry to the show, a complimentary bar (wine, malt and soft drinks) in a private clubhouse to use as your base for the show, a free tasting glass, R150’s worth of Festival Crowns (the official Festival currency) and a fabulous Taste of Durban gift. Taste of Durban Festival Crowns Crowns are the Festivals’ official “currency”, which can be purchased at the festival from the Taste Bank or Crown Sellers walking around the festival grounds. Visitors use these Crowns to purchase sample dishes and drinks from the various exhibiting restaurants, bars and exhibitors. Each Crown is worth R5. Change is offered in Crowns only.

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MR Price Pro 2013

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he prestigious Mr Price Pro is almost on our doorstep and once again it promises to be THE event on the KZN winter Calendar! Each year this top surfing event attracts thousands of eager beach-goers and, of course, some of the world’s top surfers to Ballito’s unblemished shores and the organisers are promising a jam-packed, entertainmentfilled week that will be bigger and better than ever before this year! Now in its fifth consecutive year in Ballito, The Mr Price Pro has gone from strength to strength, offering visitors the ultimate in surfing competitions and an ever-growing entertainment schedule that will keep both kids and adults entertained for the duration of the event. So what can one expect from this year’s event? Rather ask, what can’t one expect! So, from 1 to 7 July 2013, prepare to get bronzed and barefoot, because you won’t want to leave the beach. There is the exciting Beach Mania programme that offers beach sports and recreational activities for the whole family. A new addition to the entertainment calendar is the Food and Wine Exhibition, which will be hosted by La Montagne in partnership with First Resorts. This is a fantastic, not-to-be-missed addition that will showcase the hospitality and food industry of KwaDukuza and the North Coast. As we all know, local is always lekker, so join in the festivities and show your support. Included in the presentation will be a celebrity chef demonstration component, local produce stands and a variety of cookoffs. As usual, the festival area will be buzzing with all sorts of things to do and buy and, and, and… The Urban Rage Extreme Sports Programme will once more host awesome, adrenaline-fuelled demonstrations during the five-day period. The programme, activated and sponsored by Mr Price and Monster, include items such as BMX, freestyle-soccer, breakdance, wakeskate parkour, and much, much more and is definitely a must-see. As always, the entertainment stage will showcase some of our amazing local talent, of which there is no shortfall in our beautiful province. And finally (even though I’ve probably only touched the tip of the iceberg of what’s on offer) the ever-popular Mr Price Pro Music Concert kicks the weekend off and this year the weekend starts on Thursday, July 4! Yes, there will be not two, but three, nights to rock out under the stars at the 2013 Mr Price Pro. Whoever said that too much of a good thing is bad for you, hasn’t been to a concert under the stars with some of South Africa’s BIGGEST and BEST artists! To say it’s going to be one incredible party does not do it the justice it deserves! So, are you going to be a “Pro-goer” this year? I think it’s pretty safe to say that the question is not debatable!

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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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The Beverly Hills Hotel is perfectly positioned right on the Umhlanga shoreline open to the pristine unspoilt beaches and near perfect sub tropical weather, which as you can see makes for a spectacularly romantic setting


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umhlanga father’s day

Discovering

the origins of Father’s Day

Words Lizanne Swart

For years we have been surprising our dads on Father’s Day, but how did this tradition begin?

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t is that time of the year again where we warm our fathers’ hearts on a cold winter morning with a box of chocolates, a tight hug and gratitude for all of their love and care throughout the years. This June marks the 41st year since president Richard Nixon made Father’s Day a federal holiday in the United States, and today, children from all over the world honour their fathers with gifts and love on the third Sunday in June. The history of Father’s Day dates back to the early 1900’s in the United States, where it all began with Mother’s Day. After activist Ann Reeves Jarvis brought together mothers in a small West Virginia town to honour their role in society during the 1860’s, it was


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not until 1908 when Mother’s Day became a holiday. Jarvis’s daughter, Anna, wanted to honour her own mother by establishing Mother’s Day as a national holiday, and in 1914, president Woodrow Wilson recognised the second Sunday in May as the day where we celebrate our mothers. However, as word about this festive day for mothers spread, it quickly created some tension. While some groups called for a day to celebrate fathers as well, others argued that such a day would not produce the same commercial success as Mother’s Day. But in 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd, who was one of six children raised by a widower, called on the Washington State to recognise a special day for fathers. Although she originally wanted to honour fathers on June 5, her own father’s birthday, the celebration was ultimately moved to the third Sunday of June. The young Dodd succeeded in her application, and the Washington State celebrated the very first Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. The day only became more popular and widespread, and finally in 1972, president Nixon signed Father’s Day into law. Today, Father’s Day is one of the most popular holidays on the calendar and is celebrated across the globe.

Although Father’s Day is not a public holiday in South Africa, we keep in tradition to the United State’s celebration of the first Father’s Day and also honour our fathers on the third Sunday of June each year. Other countries like Australia and New Zealand celebrate Father’s Day on the first day of spring - the first Sunday of September - while Germany celebrate “Vatertag”, which somewhat differs to the traditional Father’s Day, on Ascension Day, a federal holiday in the country. Back on local shores, Father’s Day looks set to be a joyous day for our fathers. Various top restaurants and spas across the country have special packages for dads this Father’s Day. Father’s Day’s roots may date back more than a century ago in the Washington State, but the tradition of the day is very much alive throughout the world, including here in South Africa. Whether you have a homemade breakfast or an adventurous surprise in mind for your beloved dad, you have the opportunity to show your appreciation for him this Father’s Day.

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From taking a risk

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Success is living a life of gratitude in abundance.

La Lucia’s Vash Singh has boldly led her

her company, Izikhulu Bee Ratings,

from transport to construction, ICT,

BEE verification company from small

in 2007, when the industry was still

manufacturing and retail, and has

beginnings to become one of only a

young and just beginning to find its feet.

received full SANAS-accreditation. With

handful of women-owned accredited

Fast-forward five years, and today the

these remarkable accomplishments,

verification companies in the province.

company prides itself on being one of

Vash has been nominated for numerous

only a few with a Level 1, value-adding

awards for her groundbreaking work

A risk-taker with a vision and driven by

contributor status to Broad Based Black

in leading the company to become the

the prospect of success and endless

Economic Empowerment (BBBEE).

inspiration it is to other businesses

possibilities, one of La Lucia’s top

The company has provided verification

today.

businesswoman, Vash Singh, started

services to almost every sector, ranging

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retaining 80 percent of clients annually, what are some of the aspects that you personally think sets Izikhulu BEE Ratings apart from other businesses? Our unfailing focus on exceptional client experience is our key differentiator and this is underpinned by our highly competent staff, a dedicated client co-ordinator and varying packages aimed to suit our clients’ needs. Our clients are mainly sensitive to either their BEE level attained and/or turnaround times, so the effort we place on educating our clients, providing comprehensive feedback, expedited options and notifying them with large lead times regarding their certificate renewal are some of the ways we move our clients to a more pro-active approach in addressing BEE certification.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your background? I was born and bred in Durban, but I worked in Johannesburg and Secunda for about 10 years at the start of my career before relocating back to Durban. I have a chemical engineering background, which always surprises people because the BEE industry is so different. But a qualification gets you into a way of thinking that can be applied in any industry that you may find yourself in and, in my case, it is systems, processes and optimisation. I love animals, enjoy anything creative and I follow the Buddhist philosophy. When approaching life and business, what principles do you live by? Integrity is paramount, as the nature of our business has its foundation in ethics and impartiality — this is aligned with our team’s personal principles. Value creation is also embedded in our culture as this drives loyalty and reputation. Other core principles inherent to the business and to me are respect, responsibility, professionalism, confidentiality and transparency. What made you decide to choose La Lucia as the area from which to run your business? Many of our clients have offices in the

area and it is also the business hub of Durban. The stunning sea views also help! Your business, Izikhulu BEE Ratings, was started to help disadvantaged people to advance in the corporate world, but what do you think has helped you to become the successful businesswoman you are today? I believe that my experience with three blue-chip corporates gave me excellent exposure and a blueprint on which to base the development of a professional company. The first few years after starting a business really test a person’s tenacity and competence, so the individual traits of persistence and a successful mindset have really paid off. I am also surrounded by an amazing team, which makes organic growth easier to achieve and sustain. As the CEO of Izikhulu BEE Ratings, what does your role entail? I focus approximately 75 percent of my time on business development and client delivery. The remaining time is spread across the standard HR, finance, compliance and other administrative necessities. With many amazing accomplishments since you started in 2007, such as a client growth of 61 percent year-on-year and

Do you have any other businesses/hobbies on the side? I have a business concept aligned to BEE verification that is under development, so I’m looking forward to taking that to market in the mid-term! How do you balance work and family? This is one of my on-going challenges! With the current pace of life, it applies to most people and the most effective way to balance one’s life is to cut off from work once you leave the office and to immerse yourself totally in family life thereafter. And this includes not accessing e-mails on smartphones! If you could have dinner with three influential people, who would you choose? I would choose Richard Branson, Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama for their inspiration, business and spiritual wisdom. How would you classify success? Success is living a life of gratitude in abundance. You have achieved great success, with many prestigious award nominations to your name already, but is there anything else in life that you would love to still accomplish? Yes, there are great prospects in the BEE industry and we look forward to realising our vision of being the preferred verification agency in KZN. Personally, I am also looking forward to spending more time on my passion for travel and animal welfare.

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What to pack on your next winter getaway

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ave you felt the chill in the air? Winter is coming, that’s for sure. The season to dress up in layers of clothing, make huge pots of soup and spend as much time indoors as possible is upon us. Or maybe you are an extremist and winter is the time you gear up for hiking in the berg, camping out in caves or braving cold oceans along the Coast of our beautiful country. Either way, for interest sake, here are some ideas of what to pack on your next winter getaway. A good rain jacket Everyone needs a good rain jacket when they head out for a winter getaway. You never know when the heavens may open and you find yourself caught in the middle of the Karoo, marvelling Cacti, when you suddenly have to find refuge from a sheet of rain washing over the barren land. Dramatic, much? Well you never know. But on a serious note, invest in a good rain jacket. Go to Sportsman’s Warehouse if you are an active person or Cape Union Mart for a trendier look. A good

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rain jacket will keep you warm, dry and unnerved by wind or rain. More than one pair of socks According to medical studies if your head and feet are warm, your body temperature is more likely to stay warm. There is nothing worse than having cold feet, especially when you get into bed at night. Try running warm water over your feet, and then putting on a warm pair of socks, maybe you want to put socks on directly after a warm shower. Socks will insulate the warmth and make for a much more cosy evening. Winter getaway means wearing socks every day so pack a pair for each day, as you never know when you may need to wear two pairs at once. Comfort Food Cold weather is known to bring on the munchies. If your winter getaway entails car trips or walks in the crisp cold air, pack a couple snacks. Peanuts are great for energy, vegetable chips are a delicious afternoon snack, and of course what’s a holiday without chocolate.

This type of comfort food will sustain you in those moments of discomfort, as the chewing action gets the blood flowing around your face and keeps you warm. A flask Every winter getaway needs a flask of coffee or tea. I have many great memories of leaving in the dark for my grandparent’s farm in Mpumalanga, and without doubt there was a big flask of coffee for the car trip. A word of warning, let the coffee cool down a little bit before opening it in the car. Just saying. A bottle of Port My final suggestion of what to pack for your next winter getaway is of course a great bottle of Port. Nothing beats the warming sip of Port at the end of a long day, while the rain or snow falls outside and the fire is blazing next to you. So as the winter holidays draw closer, embrace the cold, and sip on a good cup of coffee or a little glass of Port.


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umhlanga Photographer profile

photographers to look out for

Brannon Nelson-Esch

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Words Storm Catterick

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n the fifth instalment 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 Brannon Nelson-Esch. When Brannon isn’t snapping away, he has a full-time job in sales and marketing for an injection company. He started doing

photography as a hobby, but enjoyed it so much that he was soon shooting professionally. He has a true passion for photography and hopes one day to be able to do what he loves full-time. Specialising in sports events, and with an enthusiastic eye for nature shots, Brannon Nelson-Esch is this month’s photographer to look out for!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself? I am a very down-toearth and spiritual kind of person. I love anything to do with the outdoors and fitness and am a very keen surfer. Photography has almost become a form of meditation for me. I use it to escape from everything stressful in my life. With a camera in my hand, I become very chilled and just let the creative juices flow. How long have you been a photographer? I have been a photographer for nearly two years now and am superpassionate about it. What or who got you started in photography and did you study? A good friend, Marius Coetzee (a world-renowned photographer), got me into it. I haven’t studied but have been super-fortunate in having the best coach and mentor anyone could ever ask for. What gives you ideas or inspires you to create such amazing imagery? Before I take any picture, I look at how I can tell a story through that photo and try to visualise this in my head. Then I look at what angle I can shoot from to make the shot unique. I aim to make the picture stand out in its own right and create my specific style. I look for scenery that appeals to me; sometimes this is triggered by where I am mentally and emotionally at that point in my life. I love to travel and find new and inspiring ideas and places to shoot. Favourite place to shoot? Umhlanga and definitely the Jeffreys Bay area through to Seal Point. (But I am always on the lookout for new locations!) What type of cameras do you shoot with? I shoot with a Cannon 7D. What is your favourite photography accessory? Definitely my 8-15mm L series Fish-eye Canon Lens — I have a lot of fun with it. How important is Photoshop in your final images? Not too important. I mainly use it to sharpen an image or to crop an image in size. What do you think makes a great photographer? Anyone can buy all the fancy gear and click a button but “Equipment do not maketh the man!” A good photographer makes every effort to try to capture something “different” and tries to tell their story through the picture. “Own” the picture and tell your story. By doing this, a photographer will stand out and eventually people will begin to appreciate and recognise the uniqueness of your style. Where would you like to see your photography business in five years? I would love to have my own studio and be shooting for advertising agencies and doing event work.

Email: Brannon_bne@hotmail.com Cell: 084 466 6040

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umhlanga Car Review

words Richard Webb

Mercedes CLS shooting brake

Cruella De Vil may not be able to accommodate many of the 101 Dalmatians in the back, but the fur loving evilina would surely do whatever it takes to get her hands on the CLS Shooting Brake.

And that, I suppose, puts her in the same league as just about everyone who’s seen the car in the metal. The car looks, well, kinda evil, but in a good way. The bluff nose gives way to a heavily raked windscreen, a single line over the windows and under the deviated angular roofline sweeps to the tailgate. The result is an aesthetically pleasing design worthy of any svelte character, whether they make coats from delightful puppies or not. She would immediately specify AMG 63 version with the ‘designo’ American cherry wood flooring in the boot for an extra R35,000. But what’s the ‘shooting brake business? Shooting-brake originated as an early 19th century British vehicle used to carry shooting parties and assorted equipment and the term was later synonymous with estate cars or station wagons. Closely based on the second-generation CLS four-door coupé, this ‘shooting brake’

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version is a clear indication of Mercedes’ increasing confidence. “The proportions are unique and inspirational with a long bonnet, narrow-look frameless side windows, and the dynamic roof sloping back towards the rear, says Carsten Ertelt the Project manager for the design of the CLS Shooting Brake. On the road, every single Mercedes driver looked visibly green with envy as my CLS swept theatrically by. South Africa gets the 350, 500 and AMG 63 models to start with. We will not see a four-wheel drive in righthand-drive form (the driveshaft to the front wheels comes out of the right-hand side of the engine, so the steering column gets in the way.) and we will have to wait until later for the 250 and 350 diesels to arrive I am not clear on who the Shooting Brake customer will be. It will tempt some SUV and saloon owners that want to be less conformist, but it is less practical and


Car Review umhlanga more expensive than the E-class. Mind you, Mercedes were not entirely sure who would buy their original CLS back in 2005 and history has shown that car has exceeded all expectations. Like that car, striking styling is in the Shooting Brake’s favour, and is so much nicer than Porsches’ ungainly looking Panamera. The rear arches intrude a little and the aperture through which the dalmations might leap is not much bigger than a decent supermini. But at 590 litres with the seats up, there’s easily as much space as the Audi A6 Avant. A press of a button sees the rear seats pitch almost flat to almost triple the capacity. The 350 delivers more than adequate turn of speed and the 500 is more than you’d ever need. Ah and then there’s the CLS 63 AMG. Completely barking mad. Barmy. Its cracking V8 bi-turbo hurtles its occupants at the horizon in joyful abandon every time you as much as think about touching the accelerator. Quite how Mercedes’ boffins have been able to get their ESP and control systems to contain this exuberance is beyond mere physics. It’s automotive alchemy. The Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake may not be a runaway best seller. Sure, it’s a ‘halo vehicle’ for the brand, but its much more than that. It is a ‘heart and mind’ car where functionality combines with fascination. It’s unmistakably a coupé yet with five doors and a roof extending right to the rear, creating a beguiling niche that other brands are frantically emulating as you read this.

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Ferrari’s FF and Volvo’s V40 will be followed by one from Jaguar very soon. The cabin is all first class hide, piano veneers and redolent with sumptuous well-being. The chairs are instantly comfortable, with handcrafting evident in many of the details. Switchgear is superb and the wand-like gear selector is augmented by the discreet paddles that lurk behind the steering wheel. Whilst it claims to be a 5 seater, it’s better for four adults, who would be supremely comfortable thanks to abundant head and leg room. The seven-speed automatic transmission is excellent, with ratios thoughtfully spaced and changes silky smooth. In the bends, you are reminded this is a large, heavy car, despite the worthy weight saving aluminium and frame-less doors used. To drive it well, one needs to work with the mass, rather than pretending it is an overt sports car. It’s a precision tool, with superbly weighted electronically assisted steering. As normal, low-speed ride is a little firm, but the semi-active air suspension option smoothes that out without drama. The four-vented disc brakes grab the discs powerfully and the pedal gives plenty of feels. An achingly pretty big touring Grand Turismo, this car has hatchback practicality with none of the stigma attached to conventional estates. Me? I’ll take the CLS 500 and use the saved cash to open a refuge for car-sick dalmations.

Like the CLS Shooting Brake? Try these rivals

Audi A6 Avant, The A6 may lacks the driving appeal of default premium German competition, but it handles well, is beautifully built and is spacious.

BMW 5-series GT More 7 than a 5, this BMW is not an attempt at shooting brake. Instead, it’s a strange hatch/saloon GT version of the 7 series. BMW X6 aside, the closest you’ll get to a shooting brake is a 5-series estate, sadly unavailable locally.

CLS 350 BlueEFFICIENCY Shooting Brake

CLS 500 BlueEFFICIENCY Shooting Brake

CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake

Displacement

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3498

4633

5461

Rated output

[kW]

225 - 6500

300 - 5000

386 [410] 5250 – 5750

Rated torque

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370 - 3500 - 5250

600 - 1600 - 4750

700 - 1750 – 5250

Fuel consumption,

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8,1

9.2

10.1

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188

214

235

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6.7

5.3

4.4 [4.3]

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R835 000

R1 044 000

R1 380 000

[800 at 2000 - 4500] combined CO2 emissions, combined Acceleration 0-100 km/h Top speed Price

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exercising. These are easy-to-remember, handy tips for avoiding exercise that will guarantee you won’t get sweaty, tired or healthy. Tip 1: Forget your gym pants at home. When you pack your gym bag, make sure that you have socks, shoes, a shirt to exercise in, a towel and a one of those trendy water bottles. These are the basics that any idiot should know. But what you may not realize is that if you forget your gym pants at home, you’re off scot-free! Not only will you avoid having to work out, but you can huff and puff and look around the change room exasperatedly, proving that you are in fact a good person who would totally exercise if you could… But you can’t...

Three tips on how to Words jess basson

avoid exercise “Oh, that Jess — she’s such a fitness fanatic. You should see her with exercise — she’s incredible!” said no one ever!!! I hate exercise. I don’t like being tired, I don’t like being sweaty and I don’t like being useless at something. When I was a teenager, I was quite good at swimming. I trained daily with a swimming club that had a real coach and a pool and everything. But I hated it. I would tell my mom when I woke up that my stomach was sore — in preparation for a major health complication I had planned for after school — so that my excuse to avoid swimming at 5pm would seem more legit. Admittedly, I’ve faked liking exercise. When I was dating my super-athletic-fitness-

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junkie husband, Tom, I went mountainbiking with him. On a mountain. With a bike! I even used to train with him in his homemade gym, and let him shout and count how many pull-ups I did and time me with the skipping rope. Ah, young love! But now I avoid it at all costs — you could say that I’m a pro. The problem with exercise is that it is just one of the many things on my “Be Better at Everything” list. I get overwhelmed and eat a pack of ham while watching reruns of 30 Rock. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again. So what do you do if, like me, you hate exercise? I have no idea. But what I can offer you are some truly phenomenal excuses for NOT

Tip 2: Ask someone to tell you about their Kettlebells workout. I’m fortunate enough to live with someone who does this to me at least three times a week and I can tell you that it works like a charm. Tom re-enacts all his workouts for me, using horrifying words like “Turkish get-ups” and “burpees.” This is a foolproof method for avoiding exercise. You will either hyperventilate at the thought of such exhaustion or fall asleep in boredom, thus succeeding in your goal of not exercising. Tip 3: Fall asleep. This is one of my personal favourites. If you truly want to avoid exercise, you will need to learn to fall asleep quite easily. Start off by sleeping late in the mornings and snoozing through the alarm that you set for the Regents run. Late-afternoon naps are especially useful if you were going to go to an evening Zumba class. My particular strategy involves checking the online timetable for spin classes and then actually having a quick doze right there at my desk. Brilliant! These tips have been tried and tested by yours truly. You may actually have some tips that will help with exercise and get you on your way to a fit and healthy lifestyle, in which case…I salute you — from the comfort of my couch.


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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.

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Ingredients • 1 butternut pumpkin, peeled de-seeded and cubed • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed • 1 large carrot, peeled and roughly chopped • 1 onion, diced • 2 tbsp olive oil • 4 tbsp Massel chicken flavoured stock powder • Salt and pepper

AIR ATMOSPHERE BAROMETER BLIZZARD CIRRUS CLIMATE CLOUDY CONDENSATION CUMULONIMBUS CYCLE ENERGY EVAPORATION FOGGY FORCE

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SMOG STORM STRATOSPHERE STRATUS SUNNY TEMPERATURE THERMOMETER THUNDER TROPOSPHERE VAPOR WATER WIND

Method 1. Heat oil in a pan and fry all vegetables until golden. 2. Add 2 L boiling water to the pan and stir in stock powder. 3. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes until all vegetables are soft. 4. Using a stick mixer liquefy all the soup until it’s nice and smooth. 5. Taste and season with salt and pepper accordingly.

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Q: Why did the picture go to jail? A: Because it was framed. Q: What do you get when you cross fish and an elephant? A: Swimming trunks Q: Who earns a living driving their customers away? A: A taxi driver

What goes up must come down right? Well try bending the rules a little with a cup of water that stays inside the glass when held upside down. What you’ll need • A glass filled right to the top with water • A piece of cardboard Instructions 1. Put the cardboard over the mouth of the glass, making sure that no air bubbles enter the glass as you hold onto the cardboard. 2. Turn the glass upside down (over a

sink or outside until you get good). 3. Take away your hand holding the cardboard. What’s happening? If all goes to plan then the cardboard and water should stay put. Even though the cup of water is upside down the water stays in place, defying gravity! So why is this happening? With no air inside the glass, the air pressure from outside the glass is greater than the pressure of the water inside the glass. The extra air pressure manages to hold the cardboard in place, keeping you dry and your water where it should be, inside the glass. w w w. fa b m a g s . c o . z a

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umhlanga Health

Taking bacK

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Here is my advice. Take back control of your life. Words lil Bianchi

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very day the familiar words: “I can’t” hasten to our lips based on the notion that something else is more important than our health. One hundred daily tasks make it to the top of our “to do” lists above taking care of ourselves as we fail to remember that, without our health, the trivial becomes obsolete. We seem to tie ourselves to impossibilities, restrictions and diminutive burdens, leaving us settling for average. We are quick to accept the mediocre as part of our lives. Fitness, strength and athleticism may not be the first priority for everyone, but surely health, vitality and well-being should be right up front — you cannot have one without the other. Overweight, tired, weak, unfit? Everyone wants to be in shape, but few are willing to work for it, or to act. Wake up, man-up, and take back your life. Nobody cares where you want to be if you not willing to commit to getting there.

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In this modern-day world so many seem to be “too busy” to take time out to exercise, too busy to whip up a healthy meal, and too busy to commit to anything, but never too busy to watch the next episode of Grey’s Anatomy, or too busy to stop at the drivethru window and pick up their 2000-calorie heart attack. Not only have you settled for less, but you have embraced it. Why is it so prevalent in our society to see a goal but not attack it? We give up before we have even started and without even acknowledging the limits we place on ourselves. The only thing standing in the way of achieving your goals is you — not your busy schedule, 2.5 children or old high school injury. These excuses are created and controlled only by you. You allow these rationalizations to justify your unfit, out-ofshape self. Do not be influenced by the world around you. You need to strive to influence the world, your world.

Own your shortfalls; there is no moving forward without accepting what has set you back. Do not cast blame, do not point fingers and do not allow excuses to control your journey. Take responsibility — your body is the one thing that you will always have, the one thing that is owned and piloted exclusively by you. Take care of it! Healthy eating is not rocket science. What you put in is what you get out. I can’t say that I have ever met anyone who chooses to be an oily, fatty, hyperactive alcoholic. Doing one million ab crunches, and grunting like a troll for two hours on the pec dec is not going to out-train your burger buns and sloppy joes. Train and eat as if your life depends on it, because it does. Muhammad Ali hated every minute of training but he said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion”.


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