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AUGUST 2021 ISSUE 102

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South Coast Bike Trails Distributed to the communities of Everton, Gillitts, Hillcrest, Kloof, St Helier & Winston Park


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here is a special kind of unity in diversity. Based on a tolerance of each other’s physical, cultural, linguistic, social, religious, political, ideological and psychological differences, a sense of mutual understanding is created to form this special kind of unity. We have so much to learn from each other, which is

In Africa there is a concept known as ubuntu – the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we are to accomplish anything in this world it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievement of others.” – Nelson Mandela something we know all about and experience daily in our colourful Rainbow Nation. Embracing our differences makes us stronger, and this is when the spirit of ubuntu is more present than ever. There’s no doubt that the experiences of the past few weeks have been extremely stressful and even traumatising for many of us.

Unity in diversity Your Mental Health Our next issue will run a feature unpacking the need for counselling and guidance, for both young and old, after traumatic events – such as the experience we have just been through. This is a great opportunity for therapists and life coaches to be aligned with an editorial relevant to their field, reaching out to The Crest magazine’s readers with their services. For great advertising specials, email Annie on annie.domnick@ famouspublishing.co.za or call 066 254 0621.

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Some may feel that there’s uncertainty still bubbling under the surface, despite the fact that a sense of everyday normality has returned. But let’s try focus on that special kind of unity we saw during and after the events that rocked our community – how we all stood side by side protecting each other; our families, our neighbours, and our livelihoods. And let’s also focus on how we all came together to clean up the mess that riots and looting left behind – in no time at all. Shirley le Guern’s feature on page 14 takes a closer look at this, and proves that not only is there unity in diversity, but there’s also remarkable power in that unity. We are incredibly thankful for the loyal support of our advertisers; you have stood by our side despite having to tackle your own challenges.

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Without you we cannot send The Crest magazine to print – so thank you! We have also seen a few heartfelt and generous donations of advertising space by local businesses – reaching out to those affected by looting and closure with an open platform, enabling them to connect with our readers. Stress and trauma, from recent events on top of the endless months of an ongoing pandemic, has taken its toll. This can be detrimental to both our physical and emotional health, so seek professional help if you can – and don’t forget to take a proper break. Get out and about! Apart from a huge variety of fun and adventurous bike trails (page 10), the beautiful KZN South Coast offers lots of other activities fit for families needing a weekend away – including camping, fishing and golfing. Stay safe, and happy reading!

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“Healthy meals are not only important for weight loss and athletic performance, but also for a healthy mind. Constant fatigue, headaches and heartburn can all be related to a bad diet and can often be reduced by making better food choices. “It’s important to me that clients receive their meals fresh and not frozen, so that it is even more convenient and easy to enjoy a healthy meal,” says Almari. “At Nutrimental we offer freshly prepared, calorie controlled meals; breakfast, lunch and dinner options which are delivered/ collected fresh once a week.” FOR MORE INFO: order@nutrimentalsa.co.za

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Shevaughn Visser says growing up with brothers seemed to have been a no-brainer by which career path she would follow, as did having a grandfather who always had her by his side fixing up the house. “I grew up quite the ladylike tomboy, not afraid of any challenge life threw at me. I always said, ‘If a man can do it, I can do it better!’,” laughs Shevaughn. Graduating through Cambridge University homeschooling and working for her family business in engineering and hydraulics, then meeting her husband Derrick – a qualified builder – got Shevaughn into the trade. “Derrick inspired me to be the best I can be, and that if anything ever happened to him I would be able to see and fend for myself. “Fem Build shows women that we too can do it. There is no task too big or too small if you just put your heart and soul into it,” says Shevaugh. “It is not an easy trade to be in, and every day I am still learning. But having a woman on site really works – we see more detail and intricate finer details to give it that perfect finishing touch.” Fem Build offer many services – specialising in houses, granny-flats, roofing, waterproofing, tiling, plumbing, retaining walls and more. “We offer a hands-on service and will beat any written reputable quote. We are dedicated to maintaining professional standards and putting our clients first. We believe in nurturing our team members skills and providing growing levels of responsibility. It’s our people who are our foundation of success; our people bring unique skills, experience, expertise, energy and perspectives to our great team.” FOR MORE INFO: 071 427 7647; fembuild7@yahoo.com

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Waterfall Schools: PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE There is great excitement on the iThemba Campus, as Waterfall College staff and students has begun to use the muchanticipated STEAM Centre. Once complete, the centre will add six classrooms and two science laboratories to the school. The construction project was kick-started by the generosity of one donor, who recognised the potential of this facility to enhance the Waterfall Schools experience for the students who learn there, and signifies the continuation of a powerful partnership between Waterfall Schools and Focus on iThemba. As we have witnessed in recent years, learning is no longer confined to traditional classroom spaces and high school students are expected to be equipped with four key skill sets: Global Citizenship, Innovation and

Creativity, Technology, and Interpersonal skills. The centre will provide venues that promote active engagement, with spaces that can be used in various ways. The ground floor is being used for Mathematics, Commerce and IT subjects from the start of Term three, while the Science Labs, Art and EGD rooms will be fitted out with beautifully designed, bright and flexible furniture during the term. “The integration of Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths allows for real-life learning experiences in real-life contexts, encouraging creative thinking and a dynamic approach to the world, rooted in a South African context. This is the vision we have for our school,” says Deputy Principal Bryony Green. FOR MORE INFO: www.waterfallcollege.co.za

therapeutic. I’ve been healed by my quest for inner peace through soul searching, and I would like to share this amazing journey with the community around me.” Starlin works at Ray’s Kitchen, where his art can be viewed and bought. He would love the opportunity to study and broaden further in terms of experience and skill. REST MA C “I also dream helping younger children E discover and improve their talents. In many township I see children turning into the product of the environment, which doesn’t shape the community in the right way.”

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KEEPING YOU IN THE LOOP NEW EXCITING LINK HILLS PHARMACY AND CLINIC Looted... just 10 days after opening! Pauline Randles and her committed team were thrilled to open their doors on 28 June, inviting the community into a unique new apothecary style pharmacy full of warmth, memorabilia and wonderful displays ... only to face the horror of looters crashing through the window on 12 July. Says Pauline: “It was surreal watching the mob rush past our store with trolley loads of looted goods, screaming and singing. 27 cameras in store picked up the footage as stragglers entered the store late in the day, and returned – until the mall was secured two days later. They trashed equipment and randomly helped themselves to selected items, but sparing the main server and back-up – thank goodness!

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I felt so helpless and angry watching all this on my phone. I was resolute and decided to go back to the mall, which was still full of looters at 7am the next day. With the help of armed community men we looted our own drugs, so as to safeguard them at my home. We have a number of cancer patients who need morphine, and diabetics needing insulin. I will not allow civil unrest to interfere with our service to these patients. We dispensed emergency meds from my lounge, having loaded an ordering system on to my PC. Small miracles were evident, as we expected good to prevail over evil. A talented graffiti artist created a wonderful work of art on the boarded up window – we may just leave it there to keep us centred! We have to dig deep to pay the bills, but we are resilient and the staff have been amazingly positive against all odds. Thank you to the community, colleagues and friends who have lifted our spirits with flowers, treats and encouraging words. I cannot express my gratitude adequately enough.”

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This year Kloof Methodist Church, one of the three oldest churches in Kloof, turns 110 and celebrates with an exhibition of talented artists and crafters in the Upper Highway area – ranging from fine art and wildlife photography, to miniaturism, creation of classic motor cars from recycled parts and sugar art. The church hall will feature a stunning display of flowers supported by live music, a tea garden and boerewors and braai broodjies.  FOR MORE INFO: Saturday, September 4, from 9am; email: phillidaellis@gmail.com


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Butcher Block: ‘A Cut Above the Rest’- Winners of prestigious Haute Grandeur Global Awards The Butcher Block group of restaurants has announced its grand reopening of Butcher Block - Hillcrest which is located on the roof parking level of Hillcrest Corner. Completely revamped and in line with full Covid compliance this Grand restaurant is good to recapture its prestige dining status amongst residents of Hillcrest and surrounding areas. On receiving awards in 3 of The Haute Grandeur Global Awards™ categories, here’s what was said by Ryan Roberts(Wolf), General Manager of Butcher Block Hillcrest, “Considered one of the most anticipated awards in the hospitality industry calendar, Haute Grandeur is recognized as one of the world’s leading hospitality awards initiative, acknowledging the top notch in hospitality experiences across 7 continents and more than 60 countries. After being voted the Tramontina Best Steakhouse in KwaZulu Natal in 2019, by Eat Out, Butcher Block has won the 2020 Haute Grandeur Global award for the Best Grill and Cuisine in Africa. In addition, Butcher Block holds their title for the Best Luxury Family Restaurant in South Africa. It is therefore not surprising that this restaurant group keeps to its promise of being ‘A cut above the Rest’.” “The industry is highly competitive. Only those who constantly exceed attain prestige,” says Haute Grandeur Global Awards™ Founder and President, Marinique de Wet. “Healthy competition is essential to

inspire excellence because it ensures sustainability in an industry that globally create so many jobs. Association with Haute Grandeur guarantees participating establishment’s status and distinction. We are proud to contribute annually in raising the standards of excellence in hospitality worldwide.” “The Awards inspire even greater success in already remarkable hospitality establishments and set a new standard of excellence,” says De Wet. “The Haute Grandeur Global Awards™ is more than just a celebration of our dignitaries’ achievements. It honours the principles of hard work, commitment, determination, leadership and success. More than ever before, recognition helps teams to remain positive and goal driven.” “To win a Haute Grandeur Excellence Award an establishment must excel on all levels”, says De Wet. “Haute Grandeur Global Awards are recognised as a guaranteed golden stamp of excellence, with associated establishments perceived as the benchmark in the industry. By awarding only the most remarkable, Haute Grandeur Global Awards™ inspire already exceptional hotels, spas and restaurants to achieve even greater heights. Butcher Block Hillcrest is now a serious contender for the 2021 Award. For bookings call 0861 826 004 For more information, please visit www.butcherblock.co.za

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ith its variety of dense coastal forests, cliffs, gorges, valleys and farmlands, the KZN South Coast is the setting for the most incredible naturebased sporting activities, with mountain biking topping the list. There are many well-maintained trails traversing the natural landscape, providing entry-level options for novices and extending to the more demanding trails for professional competitors. Here are 10 of the best for you to explore.  Rocky Bay Resorts: This iconic South Coast location forms part of the sani2c and joberg2c competitions as cyclists pass through on the way to the coastal town of Scottburgh. The mountain biking trails include 9km, 12km, 19km and 40km courses, as well as the 4km, 6km, 8km and 10km running trails that are clearly marked. The trails are suited to cyclists of all levels.  Umdoni Park Trust Golf Club & Nature Reserve: This stunning nature reserve is home to a variety of trails that can take anywhere between 15 minutes and two hours, depending on the cyclists’ preference and endurance level. The trails wind around the Umdoni Park Golf Course and restaurant overlooking the ocean.  Burry Stander Bike Park: Established in memory of the South Coast’s olympic cyclist,

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Burry Stander, this Umtentweni-based bike park was opened in 2014 to both honour him and develop cycling among local youth. The bike park consists of a 2km cross-country track or a 5km farm track with an on-site Kiddies Zone and coffee shop.  Lake Eland Game Reserve: Lake Eland Game Reserve has a number of biking trails, ranging in length from 4km to 45km, crossing four distinct ecosystems. Among the African wildlife, cyclists can enjoy quality mountain biking trails that include gorge rides and climbs. Bikers can enjoy an easy cycle of wildlife viewing, through to the more strenuous Dunstone’s Pass.  ANEW Resort Ingeli Forest: Found inland near Harding is the beautiful Ingeli Forest, an indigenous forest that consists of a variety of mountain biking trails, from 18km to 30km.

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These cross forest streams and waterfalls for a truly invigorating cycle.  KwaNzimakwe Experience: Traversing the Mpenjati River Valley, the KwaNzimakwe multi-trails range from 4km to 22km, with incredible views as well as wildlife and birdlife. The trails are also suited to hiking, birdwatching and 4x4 excursions.  Beaver Creek Coffee Estate: This Port Edward-based biking destination is the southernmost coffee estate in the world, offering quality coffee to match its quality trails. For the children, there is the 400m Chocochino Route around the coffee shop, followed by the 2,5km Espresso Route through the Beaver Creek coffee fields. Finally, there’s the advanced 8,5km Stoney Creek Route through Beaver Creek and surrounding farms.  Clearwater Trail Centre: Just outside

Southbroom on the banks of Mtamvuna River is Clearwater Trails. There are five routes, beginning with the easy 2km green route trail and extending through to the 16km route. The bike trails end with the Coffee Bean Uphill and finish at Clearwater Cabins.  Red Desert Nature Reserve: Located in Port Edward is the world’s smallest desert, which is not only home to archaeological wonders, but also great mountain biking trails.  Umtamvuna Nature Reserve: This exquisite nature reserve – home to riverine forests and rocky cliffs – consists of a range of wellmaintained biking routes. The joberg2c and sani2c, plus the 5-stage South Coast Fever MTB series, all pass along this reserve.

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n January 2021 the Taxation Laws Amendment Act (TLAA) was signed into law. Effectively it does away with the distinction between residents and non-residents for exchange control purposes, and therefore, in essence, financial emigration. A main benefit of financial emigration was that if you were considered non-resident by SARB, you were able to access your retirement annuities before they matured and transfer them out of the country. Now, the government needs another way to determine whether a person has emigrated before they’re granted access to their retirement funds.

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The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has a range of criteria to determine your tax residency status and whether or not you should be paying tax in South Africa, even if you no longer live there. SARS looks at factors such as how much time you spend in South Africa and where your family and assets reside. Tax emigration involves informing SARS that your tax status has changed and that indicates how you should, or should not, be taxed in South Africa. The most important thing to note here is that, as a South African tax resident, you pay tax based on your worldwide income and your worldwide asset base. Whereas a non-tax resident only pays tax on their South African sourced income and South African sourced asset base.

taxes be due? The day before you become a non-resident for tax purposes, you will be deemed to dispose of your worldwide asset base at market value. This triggers a Capital Gains Tax (CGT) event – also known as an exit charge. CGT is part of income tax and comes into play when you make a profit from selling something you own (an asset). The tax is calculated on the profit you make and not the amount you sold it for. As such, on the day you are set to become a non-resident you’ll be deemed to buy your asset base back – all for tax purposes. However, any fixed property situated in South Africa is excluded from this equation as it is always subject to South African tax. When you change your tax

status, SARS will deem there to be an additional period of assessment due during the tax year. This will require a provisional tax return to be done if your taxable income exceeds R1-million in that tax year. If that is the case, your taxes will be due on the day you leave, even if the tax year hasn’t ended. If you fail to pay at this stage, and you do your return at a later time within the same period, SARS can go back to the date you left and claim a late penalty.  What happens when

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• On the day of the change, you may have to report and pay tax on your South African sourced income. After you become a non-resident, you are no longer required to submit a South African tax return, unless you still have assets left in the country that are generating streams of income. It is imperative to understand that changing your tax residency does not mean you automatically undergo financial emigration, and you may not even benefit from applying for financial emigration.  How to tax emigrate from South Africa

Changing your tax residency status is a laborious and adminintensive process. You need to deal with several different parties. There are also a number of complexities to be aware of in advance when making decisions to change your tax residency. As such, many people choose to rather engage professional services to take care of the process for them.

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n a year that desperately called for the unifying spirit of the “Father of the Nation”, the team from Hillcrestbased Marriott Investment Managers donated to local community organisations in celebration of Mandela Day on July 18. “Our country has been through so much these past few months and it really seemed that this year’s Mandela Day came at just the right time,” said Sally Anderson, Head of Marketing and Client Services. “Despite the turbulent times, our local non-profit organisations (NPOs) continue to do incredible work. Being in a fortunate position to make a difference, Marriott set about assisting these organisations where we could. We hope these donations go some way in helping them carry out their life-changing work.” The donations started with Durban & Kloof SPCA in Springfield Park, where staff remained on-site throughout the recent civil unrest, ensuring the animals were fed and cared for. The SPCA was in urgent need of funding to secure food for the animals, and the donation by Marriott will be used for bulk orders to meet this demand. Food for Life Africa, a non-sectarian NPO that distributes food to povertystricken South Africans, was the next worthwhile recipient. The financial donation from Marriott will assist them in securing and distributing around 15 000 plates of food per day nationally. Marriott also gave a donation to Nation Changers, an organisation that encompasses a variety of impactful projects. One of these is the innovative One Hand Can Feed Another permaculture project that requested funds towards planting seedlings and distributing food parcels on Mandela Day. Through this project a vegetable garden is being established at Isambulo College, which feeds children at the school as well as the local community. The devastation of the Covid-19 pandemic has left many in the live events’

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industry without employment. The Feed Our Crew initiative – which was the next stop on the Marriott donation drive – provides food, electricity and other supplies for those in the industry. Marriott, which has long supported The Hillcrest Government Hospital, received

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saw terrible things. Sometimes I wake up hearing the sounds of bullets going over my head,” says Matthew Laing, an insurance broker and responder with Hillcrest Park Neighbourhood Watch. He and fellow community members faced looters at Brackenhill on Sunday night, July 11. Throughout the next day they protected the Hillcrest CBD, standing up to a mob armed with guns, pangas, knobkerries and knives. Over eight days, he had around eight hours sleep. As panic rose over food and fuel shortages, some shops were persuaded to reopen and Matthew says their job switched from defending to protecting – while also helping the elderly and essential workers to get supplies. “This period brought out the best and the worst in people. I saw a lot of very, very brave people out there. A lot of community members need counselling. We set out not only to protect but to boost morale. People were terrified,” he says. Counselling, formulating a readiness plan, and getting sponsorship for equipment needed should violence flare up again are on Matthew’s to-do list. He is also helping with the return of looted goods. Tasha Sloan started a Facebook page entitled Rebuilding Upper Highway, all the way from Bloemfontein. She responded to her retired parents’ need for information

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and food, and realised many others faced the same fears. Tasha invited those needing help to post, as well as those wanting to volunteer. “We reached over 10 000 people in just three days. I have only had to delete three negative posts, which has been outstanding. It has been all about the community and the volunteers who stepped up and picked up brooms and spades. The outpouring of love, hope and support was the greatest achievement.

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People had given up, and this proved them wrong,” she says. The Facebook page was linked to WhatsApp groups who organised the clean-ups. It also spawned similar pages around Durban. Gabriella Tripepi Thomas, a mom of two and teacher at Ingane Yami Children’s Village in Shongweni, was one of those wielding a broom. Despite having had to evacuate her Waterfall home, she started two WhatsApp groups to keep people informed. Her first attempt to muster a clean-up crew for Brackenhill Road was touch and go, she says. “I didn’t know if people would pitch up. We asked them to bring shovels, brooms and black bags, and to wear »

St Mary’s Heart For The Community “The Westmead clean-up was an incredible representation of the power of unity. St Mary’s girls, both past and present, as well as their families and staff members, sacrificed their time to pick up rubbish on the streets,” says Erin Lombard, deputy head girl of St Mary’s and head of service at the school. The Westmead clean-up saw over 3 500 volunteers collect 25 000 bags of rubbish in the areas surrounding Goodwood Road. “Having a heart for the community is something that we as a school take very seriously, and our girls from Grades R to matric are very involved with charities and communities in and around the Upper Highway area. We applaud all the girls, staff and community who stepped up and, as a unified team, helped with the cleaning up operations,” says Nicole Taylor, teacher in charge.

Imifino Fills Empty Tummies By the time NGO Imifino responded to the food crisis in local communities, many children hadn’t eaten for three days. The local shop was burnt down, cutting off the food supply and again highlighting food insecurity in the area. “There was a desperate need for food. We immediately restarted cooking nutritious meals in our giant cast iron potjie pots, traditional style, over wood fires. People from the community contributed in so many ways, including dropping off vegetables and joining in on the chopping in the outdoor kitchen we created on Moontree Organics farm,” explains Imifino founder Kaz Wilson. So far, she estimates that over 1 800 meals have gone out, mostly to children and the elderly in our community. The generosity of locals in and around Assagay also helped Imifino reach out to the many mothers who had no nappies, baby food or formula for their infants.

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Bread And Milk Osman Hassim with supplies which were trucked up the M13 for distribution during the height of the violence. At least 20 different businesses, NGOs and NPOs – including Muslims for Humanity and the Natal Memon Jamaat Foundation (NMJ) – distributed over 60 000 loaves of bread and litres of milk to communities impacted by infrastructure and looted shops in the greater Durban area.

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white shirts to identify themselves,” says Gabi. About 50 people arrived and, watched over by community patrollers, cleaned most of Brackenhill Road in just a day. The looted Watercrest Mall was next on the list. On day two hundreds of people arrived, and the parking lot and lift atrium was clean by 9am. “We were picking up everything from rice and pasta, to clothes and jewellery. I can’t even describe the devastation. It was worse than cleaning the road, because we knew this was people’s livelihoods,” she says – and remembers how ward councillors offered support, DSW supplied gloves, black bags and brooms. Companies and communities provided refreshments. The team moved on to the top part of Brackenhill Road and then, the next day, began to help clean out factories and

distribution centres, followed by storage units the following day. Again DSW was on hand with black bags, while members of the valley community plucked up the courage to join their neighbours. Pastors joined in, and prayed with cleaners and those who had lost their businesses and belongings. By Friday that week a very tired Gabi was

back home with her family. “You have to look destruction in the face and choose what you are going to do. Restoration doesn’t stop at your front door. There is power in numbers. We can get more done together no matter what race, age, and gender. We were all one at that time, and we have to remember to keep that spirit of togetherness.”

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competition called Madras Masala, held at Sibaya Casino. “At that point I used to make lots of jokes in the office impersonating people. Colleagues kept telling me to leave journalism and pursue comedy,” he says. Carvin’s father took him to the competition, where he was the last person to go on stage. “It only took me about a minute to realise I was exactly where I needed to be – and that was that! I accepted my fate. “I spoke about myself, I spoke about my father who was a taxi driver. I spoke about living in Durban,” says Carvin, who feels that winning this comp was for him a sign. “Not so much the winning part, but the way I felt on stage,” he says. There wasn’t much happening in Durban comedy-wise back then, so in some ways the journey Carvin found himself on was all about creating opportunities as he went along. “I stayed in my job, pursuing this new part of my life on the side. I won a trip to England, but it involved committing to a contract, which I didn’t want to do. I wanted to do this on my own. And knew I would get

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children, 12-year-old Jakin and six-yearold Kara. Three years ago he met Carmen James, and they are getting married later this year. “I take inspiration from my kids and my partner,” he says. “My son is a particularly thoughtful human being with great EQ. Even though he’s only 12, he helps me be a better human. My daughter is highly confident and I find observing her in real time helps me work on my own selfconfidence. My partner Carmen is extremely intelligent, I love listening to her explain things. She’s a doctor and she definitely inspires me to learn more.” Outside comedy, apart from also offering MC and speaker services, what makes

to England one day, some other way.” Comedy has taken Carvin all around the world, doing shows in Asia, Australia, the Middle East and southern Africa and more. “The Comedy Lounge in Perth is the best comedy gig I’ve had outside SA. But there are also great comedy spaces across Asia, and Museum of Comedy in London is great,” he says. Carvin’s parents and sister moved to England in 2001, while he was still studying. “The last time I saw them was when I did a show in London, in 2019. It was the first time my parents sat next to each other watching me perform, it was wonderful. “Comedy is a subjective thing, so you explore your point of view with an audience happy to receive it. Your audience finds you, they see things the way you do. Basically you become a community based on your perspective on humour,” says Carvin – adding that the favourite part of his job is to bring comfort. “That’s why I do it these days. Laughs are a bonus.” Carvin lives in Hillcrest and has two

Comedy is a subjective thing, so you explore your point of view with an audience happy to receive it

Carvin’s Clean-up Crew After the destruction of recent looting and riots, Carvin used his platform – with over 81k followers on Facebook – to rope in people to help clean up between Springfield Park and Nandi Drive. “I got a few friends together from the UH area, and realised we needed brooms, packets, etc. So I did some lives on Facebook, calling for support. At that point it was still raw from the riots, it looked like Armageddon. The visuals were quite dramatic. People started coming out, and as the days rolled on many of those who saw my lives joined us to help. It was very empowering to turn things around.” Picture: Kierran Allen www.carvingoldstone.co.za

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Carvin tick is secondhand or auctioned items, architecture and real estate. “I spend hours on these hobbies,” he laughs. “If I wasn’t doing comedy, I’d probably do something within the lines of interior design or architecture, or maybe construction. That space for sure.” Carvin is happy with where his work has taken him and satisfied with where he is right now. “I’ve achieved more than I’d hoped, and received more than I deserve in this life,” he says. “But as far as the future goes, I’d love to find some rhythm post pandemic, so I can get back to live auctions.” Any advice to up and coming comedians? “Comedy is broad today. You don’t have to be on stage. We started on stages, because you couldn’t start on social media. So just leap, you’ll find your audience.”

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LEFT & ABOVE: Crowhurst in Kloof is the home to TWIMS, a manufacturing institute for graduates that is set in a historic manor house built at the turn of the last century and enhanced by various owners.

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offee enthusiast Dale grew up in the Upper Highway area and went to Kearsney College before attending university in New York City at Wagner College on a tennis and academics scholarship, graduating with an advanced BSc in Biopsychology in 2019. “While in NYC for four years my passion for coffee bloomed. I explored Manhattan or Brooklyn a couple of times a week, each time discovering a different, trendy coffee spot. It became my favourite hobby and ironically my tennis teammates used to always tease me saying ‘I don’t know why you even study. You should just open a coffee shop’,” laughs the 25-year-old. Returning home Dale was fortunately met by a commercial coffee machine in his family’s house. “Robin, my dad, was the owner of the Piggly Wiggly in Kloof and had the machine they used refurbished to use at home. Soon enough the pandemic hit, and with so much free time during lockdown I taught myself how to make good coffees and honed my barista skills. “My plan for 2020 was to return to the US to coach tennis, but with lockdown restrictions it was not possible. The idea of starting Crane Flower Coffee arose. The empty storage garage at Robyndale Centre in Kloof was the perfect lockdown business project. I wanted to create a unique aesthetic and atmosphere with elements from the many cafes I experienced in NYC,” says Dale. “Myself, my dad, and one of his employees spent a few weeks building, renovating, and styling the coffee shop. It was so satisfying and fulfilling to see my ideas come to life through our own hands.” Crane Flower is another name for the Strelitzia plant that most South Africans know and love. “I love that this plant is native to South Africa, is striking with bright colours and a unique shape, and has very positive symbolism including freedom,

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with a difference KATRINE ANKER-NILSSEN CHATS TO DALE SANDY OF CRANE FLOWER COFFEE

joy, and paradise. Given that I wanted to incorporate these traits into a coffee experience, Crane Flower Coffee seemed like a fitting name,” explains Dale. It’s very important to Dale to be unique and offer interesting, innovative coffee experiences. CFC is becoming well known for its novelty coffee options. “I make my own lavender, mint, and rose flavouring – which are used in floral cappuccinos and lattes. The taste is fresh and non-

artificial, and the colourful latte art is often what customers love most. I also offer a deconstructed cappuccino, which is such an intriguing experience for coffee lovers. Additionally, I am on the journey of roasting coffee myself, and offer a variety of my roasted beans to try here at CFC,” says Dale – who is constantly experimenting and trying new kinds of beans. The coffee shop has a quaintly unique atmosphere. “I’d love for CFC to become a household name and a local favourite in the Upper Highway area. The goal is for this ‘hidden gem’ to be a welcoming space where people know they can always have a coffee or experience that is as good as it looks,” says Dale – adding that sadly so many people drink sub-par coffee every day and do it mindlessly. “I want to inspire customers to develop an appreciation for quality coffee and to maximise their enjoyment by becoming mindful while drinking coffee. At the end of the day, apart from being financially successful, this should be the ultimate goal for any specialty coffee shop.”

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FOR MORE INFO 082 554 9868; daleraysandy@gmail.com; W @craneflowercoffee

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Alpine Volkswagen Hillcrest takes TOP HONOURS at Grand Prix Awards

Each year, the best of the best Volkswagen dealers and their achievements are recognised at the exclusive Grand Prix Awards ceremony. The annual awards ceremony recognises best performers in the different categories in the Volkswagen dealer network, and honours them for their contribution and steadfast loyalty in growing the Volkswagen Brand in South Africa.

PICTURED ARE OUR PROUD 2020 VOLKSWAGEN GRAND PRIX AWARD WINNERS (FROM LEFT): Dylan Rielly - Used Car Sales Manager Award Shane Govender - Workshop Manager Award Tyrone Tait - Dealer Principal / Club of Excellence Award Dineshin Odayar - New Car Sales Manager Award

THE ALPINE GROUP IS PROUD TO BE BACKED BY THIS AWARD-WINNING TEAM, AND TOGETHER WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE SOUTH AFRICA WITH THE SAME GREAT SERVICE OUR CUSTOMERS KNOW AND LOVE

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Staying

CONNECTED ALAN COOPER TAKES A LOOK AT THE LATEST TECH OPTIONS TO HELP YOU BEAT LOAD SHEDDING BLUES

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ith working from home and load shedding likely to be facts of life for many South Africans for the foreseeable future, staying productive, powered up and connected to the internet has never been as important, or as challenging, as it is today. The good news is that there’s now also more technology than ever before to help keep the lights on and the data flowing.

Beyond generators Petrol or diesel fuelled generators are the go-to option for people who want to keep multiple devices and appliances running during power outages. But they have their disadvantages – most notably, they’re noisy and can’t be run indoors. For home-based professionals who just need to keep their computers and internet routers running during shorter periods of downtime, solar, battery and inverter technology – or a combination of the three – may be a better solution.

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Elon to the rescue One of the slicker batterybased power options on the market is the Powerwall from Elon Musk-run electric power pioneer, Tesla. The latest model, the Powerwall 2, recently became available in South Africa. It comes with 13,5kWh of usable capacity, and a continuous power output of 5kW, or 7kW peak power output for short durations. According to local distributors Rubicon SA (Rubiconsa.com), this makes it suitable to provide power to the average South African household for almost 12 hours on its own when fully charged. The Powerwall can be connected to both the Eskom grid and solar panels to charge. Prices start at R159 000, which includes the Powerwall and an inverter, which converts battery (DC) electricity into wall (AC) electricity.

PC power options For those with more modest budgets or needs – like keeping a computer running during load shedding – an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) will probably suffice.

ABOVE: The Mecer Winner Pro 3000VA UPS – an ideal PC power option. RIGHT: The Tesla Powerwall 2. At its core, a UPS comprises a battery, charger for the battery and an inverter, and provides continuous power to devices that would normally plug into a wall outlet in the event of a power outage. You’ll want one with enough oomph to power a PC as well as a few extras like a monitor and desk lamp for several hours between charges. The Mecer Winner Pro 3000VA UPS fits the bill nicely and comes with a variety of features to protect equipment including an automatic volt regulator (AVR) to keep the voltage constant, monitoring software, and builtin surge protection. It is also

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compatible with generators. At the time of publishing, it’ll set you back R5 299 from wootware.co.za, or for more from other online sources. Another option, especially if you’re in the market for a new computer, is to buy a laptop, which unlike a desktop PC, comes with its own power cell. Do make sure, however, that this battery has plenty of capacity – eight to 10 hours at minimum. Do an internet search for the model and read reviews rather than trust the manufacturer’s claims. Also check that it has the processing power and storage


to meet your work requirements and that the screen and keyboard are big enough. If you’re buying a Windows (rather than Macintosh) device, make sure it’s compatible with Microsoft’s recently announced Windows 11 operating system.

Staying online Keeping your computer juiced up when the power is

down is one thing. Staying connected to the internet in an era of video conferencing and virtual workspaces can be just as important. If you access the web with a fixed line connection like ADSL or fibre, you’ll need to power your router. In the case of fibre, you’ll need a second power source for the optical network terminal (ONT) – that white plastic gizmo that connects the fibre box installed outside of

LEFT: A mini UPS from Vizia. RIGHT: A Mi-Fi device – also

known as a portable Wi-Fi router – will keep going for hours on a single charge.

your house to your modem. A mini-UPS, like one of several starting at around R650 from Vizia (viziatech. co.za), should meet your needs. Choose the one with the biggest battery capacity you can afford and if you’re on fibre, make sure it has the jacks to power at least two devices. If your primary internet connection is fixed LTE, which is delivered via a cellular network, you may still need a mini-UPS to power your router, although some models come with their own battery backup.

Go mobile Even if you have a batterypowered backup for your fixed line or LTE internet connection, a portable Wi-Fi router (also known as a Mi-Fi device) paired with a prepaid data Sim card is a prudent fallback option. Thanks to their built-in batteries, they don’t need to be plugged into a wall socket to run and most will keep going for hours on a single charge. Keep a portable power bank on hand to top it up if the power stays down for longer than expected. If all else fails, you can turn your smartphone into a Mi-Fi device by enabling the “personal hotspot” feature. Be warned, this could cost you a fortune unless you have a generous mobile data package.

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TOP: LED emergency bulb – a lifesaver for most families, and affordable too.

LED there be light Candles may be romantic the first few times the lights go out, but they quickly lose their charm when regular load shedding sets in. Apart from being less than ideal to work or cook by, they also pose a fire hazard. Wouldn’t it be great if regular lightbulbs came with their own battery packs, so they’d keep on working for hours after a power cut? Now they do, thanks to Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. Because LED bulbs draw significantly less power than old-fashioned incandescent bulbs – and even the florescent “energy saving” bulbs that largely replaced them – they’ve become increasingly popular in recent years. A new breed of lightbulbs with built-in, rechargeable batteries make LED’s an even better choice. The Lightworx brand is available from Makro from just over R100 a bulb. Alternatively, type “rechargeable emergency lightbulb” into your search engine for a variety of online options.

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illcrest will soon welcome a brand new 80-pupil preschool located at Emberton Estate. The Emberton Preschool will open its brightly coloured doors to a growing community in January 2022, with two enthusiastic and experienced owners at the helm. Tracy Smith, an educationalist, and Estelle van den Berg, previous owner of Clifton Hill Nursery School and a credit analyst, have exciting plans. With one partner well versed in hands-on education, and the other having been in both banking and school management, children and parents will certainly be in good hands. “We’ll both be involved in management. I’ll be involved in the administration and

Working parents will enjoy the benefits of a school which doesn’t close during school holidays

Big news for LITTLE ones

WITH A FOCUS ON EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING THROUGH PLAY, THE BRAND NEW EMBERTON PRESCHOOL WILL BE OPEN TO EVERYONE appeals to young children and responds to early childhood development needs. Together with Walker Smith Architects, Tracy, Estelle and their husbands, Andrew and Albert, rolled up their sleeves and added their experience and passion to the project. Tracy’s a qualified intermediate phase teacher (Grades 4 to 7) and has taught for 25 years. She’s also taught remedial programmes at two senior primary schools in the area, so she knows what’s needed. So, too, does Estelle – and together they’ve created a building which combines

curriculum planning, and Estelle will oversee teachers and the daily operations. We intend to appoint a head teacher to assist in establishing and maintaining a staff with the right balance of empathy, qualification and work ethic. We can’t wait to get going,” says Tracy. Emberton Preschool will be open to everyone in the Upper Highway area and beyond. Its location is super convenient – with great access from the M13 and Hillcrest’s Old Main Road. The school is situated just outside the main gate to Emberton Estate, making it easy for busy parents to drop off, pick up and head off to work, home or the shops. The design of a school is always of major importance, particularly in terms of creating a dynamic and exciting environment which

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OPPOSITE: Dynamic and experienced duo, Estelle (left) and Tracy.

LEFT & TOP: Emberton Preschool taking shape, ready to open its doors in January.

ABOVE: The school’s design will offer an

exciting environment with a focus on ECD.

practicality and play, with all the bright tools for fun and freedom. A huge bonus is that although Emberton Preschool will be a full-service school, not a playschool, working parents will enjoy the benefits of a school which doesn’t close its doors during school holidays.The preschool will only close for the usual few days over Easter, and for three weeks over Christmas. Estelle and Tracy understand the challenges working parents face, so they are structuring their hours to assist with this. “We also want to open early and close later, so that dropoff and pick-up isn’t such a tightrope for parents,” says Estelle. Another bonus is that school fees will

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be all-inclusive. No hidden costs, no extra fees for aftercare or holiday club. Only additional fees for children who opt for specific extramural activities like ballet, which will be arranged on site. The school aims to hold as many activities on site as possible to expose the children to a host of opportunities – but without having to transport them off the premises. Estelle and Tracy want the staff to fill parents’ shoes when they aren’t able to. “We know what sending a little one off to school can feel like. We want to create a welcoming environment where the kids can’t wait to get to school, and always feel loved, listened to, and cared for. We want the community to know that’s the goal here – we can’t wait to play a part in helping their kids develop into little human beings,” says Tracy. Tracy and Estelle are firm believers in that young children learn best through play, so playfulness will be a major tool. “The building blocks, staff and educational spine of the school will be Christian,” says Estelle. “And I want my teachers to not just be a diploma, degree or certification – I want them to love what they do. That’s who we’re looking for.” Estelle says that not only will they establish a warm, home-from-home environment, but they’ll make sure the children are at the right place in their development – so they can slip seamlessly into junior schools when they move on. “We’ll keep in close contact with other schools in the area to make sure we’re aligned with their standards and needs,” she explains. South Africa is increasingly recognising the vital importance of Early Childhood Development (ECD). So an enthusiastic new team of ECD qualified teachers in a brand new full-service preschool in the Upper Highway area, an area fast becoming one of the most popular belts in KZN to put down roots and raise a family, is very welcome indeed.

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FOR MORE INFO embertonpreschool.co.za; info@embertonpreschool.co.za

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e don’t just fit limbs, we fix lives, says Darryl Grobbelaar, founder of one of the country’s top orthotics and prosthetics practices. The Durban-based business, which started in a small office at the Kings Park Sports Medicine Centre, is now a high-end practice that compares with some of the best in London and New York. The difference, says Darryl, is that while those practices fit limbs that are reminiscent of science fiction robotics on a daily basis, their practice only supplies this once every four months. That’s because there’s a lack of funding for prosthetics in South Africa. “You battle to get the primary prosthesis funded. People are under the perception that medical aid will pay – but that’s not always the case. People also think you come in and buy a leg and you have it forever. What ends up happening is that the shape and volume of a residual limb constantly changes, and you have to adapt the prosthesis to ensure the fit remains right,” he says. Although the practice has fitted a number of sophisticated sporting blades, the practice has funded them all. This is in marked contrast with the US where military injuries have not only driven ultra-high tech advancements, but where amputees have access to these as a matter of course. One of the recipients was

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A PASSION FOR OFFERING LIFECHANGING SOLUTIONS TO HELP PATIENTS RESTORE THEIR LIVES IS WHAT DRIVES GROBBELAAR & CASS, WRITES SHIRLEY LE GUERN

INSPIRATION triathlete Mhlengi Gwala. Brutally attacked by men wielding a chainsaw while out cycling in 2018, he ultimately lost the bottom portion of his right leg. Darryl and his partner, Luvan Cass, have supplied limbs suited to running, cycling and training in the gym and are celebrating his successes as a talented para-athlete who is working towards qualifying for the Paralympics. “But we also have everyday heroes – a woman who has a disabled child and deals with an above-knee amputation. Her prosthetic limb enables her to plant food for her family at home. Another of our patients – who also cannot afford expensive prosthetics – just wants a hook on the end of his arm so he can plant food and do a bit of woodwork. That’s true inspiration. These are

the people who have almost nothing, but they just try to get on with life,” Luvan explains. Darryl continues: “It’s easy if you can drive here in your Mercedes and park in the disabled parking. But what about the guy who has to travel from more than 300km

People are under the perception that medical aid will pay – but that’s not always the case away? The taxi that was meant to depart at 5am is only full enough to leave at 9am and he arrives in the afternoon for his morning appointment. Then he has to walk all the way. His foot

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breaks and he’s walking on a pole by the time he gets here.” Often Darryl and Luvan help those patients sleep over at a local bed and breakfast rather than sending them home to be dropped off in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night. That’s because, they explain, theirs is more of a calling than a profession. It is about creating relationships and building trust with patients who are struggling with both the physical and psychological impacts of their injuries. Darryl’s own grandfather was an amputee and probably the reason why, after being a military diver for four years, he decided to study and then open his own one-man practice. He saw patients in the morning and manufactured prosthetics in his loft at home at night.


A year after setting up shop, his father-in-law – a respected businessman – stepped in to help him begin to grow the practice. Luvan, who has a passion for special needs children and amputees, joined the

ABOVE FAR LEFT: Darryl

Grobbelaar and Luvan Cass. ABOVE LEFT: In 2018 Mhlengi Gwala was attacked by a gang wielding a chainsaw – today he wears a sporting blade and is training for the Paralympics. ABOVE RIGHT: Shaping a limb so it fits just right.

practice eight years ago and recently became a partner. He handles day-to-day operations and is responsible for many innovations. “It’s a remarkable business. These are not shelf items. Patients can buy the exact

same components, but they may not have the same result. It’s how you treat people that matters,” they agree. Today, the practice includes highly skilled staff who manufacture prosthetics and assist with the rehabilitation as well as orthotics which includes upper and lower limb bracing, splint manufacturing, treatment of sports injuries and support innersoles for foot ailments as well as the assembly of mobility solutions, specialised cerebral palsy seating and manual and electronic wheelchairs.

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THE BRIGHT EYES CENTRE FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED RUNS ON PURE PASSION AND STUBBORN LOVE, WRITES KATRINE ANKER-NILSSEN

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stablished in 2009 to meet a critical need – caring for, educating and supporting visually impaired children and their carers in Durban – the Bright Eyes Centre has unique skills and philosophies. “With the assistance of our donors and supporters, we have achieved some amazing things and will continue to strive and push as hard as we can to change the world as we know it,” says Carron Strachan – who co-founded the NPO together with Cathryn Aylett. Cathryn is a qualified foundation phase teacher pursuing her honours in inclusive education, and always knew she wanted to help make education accessible for all. “I never dreamt I would be involved at grass roots level in a sector that is desperately in need of reform,” she says. Carron has over 20 years’ experience working with the visually impaired. “As a visually impaired person who navigated the mainstream school setting, I want to give each and every visually impaired child the best chance at success. “I know first-hand how it feels to be visually impaired in a world that is not designed for us, and I have made it my mission to pass on my life lessons to the parents and children we serve.” The NPO’s primary goal is to provide highly specialised and adapted intervention and foundational strategies to ensure the optimal

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and naturally healthy physical, cognitive and emotional development of visually impaired young children – all within a supportive and nurturing environment. The centre serves as a source of comfort, support and vital information for families and caregivers – encouraging children to explore the world they live in confidently and competently so that they never grow to internalise their disability and fall behind the expected standard of their peers. On average one in four children under five, and one in 20 children overall, has an undetected vision disorder. The Bheka Project, started in October last year, is a Bright Eyes drive to ensure that children in vulnerable communities receive essential early intervention services and vision screenings from as early as six months old. The earlier a vision disorder is detected, the more effectively it can be treated.

Signs for parents to look out for, for early intervention • Does your little one frequently bump into objects or trip and fall? • Do they squint their eyelids when focusing on an object? • Do they sit too close to the TV or hold their books to their nose? • Short attention span for their age, avoidance of detailed activities • Rubbing or covering of eyes

RIGHT: The Plusoptix Vision screener in action.

FAR RIGHT: Cathryn Aylett and Elmarie Grendele.

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“The pandemic highlighted the urgent need for us to extend our project, providing follow-up care to children in the form of offering an optometrist consultation for accurate decision making on further referral – including referral to ophthalmologists and providing assistive devices to those who have been identified as having vision disorders,” says Carron. Elmarie Grendele qualified as an optometrist in 2007 and is passionate about ensuring children have the best possible opportunities to learn and develop. “I have followed Bright Eyes for several years and am inspired by the amazing work they do. I got involved with The Bheka Project a year ago, assisting with mass screenings on children,” she explains. “We are reaching children who normally would never have been able to receive this care and are unaware that they have a problem. It is

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• 80% of all consciousness and functionality is obtained through your eyes • 1/3 of the mass of your brain is dedicated to vision • 95% of squints (strabismus) are also refractive errors • 59% of the general public wear glasses • 7% of people will have a blind eye because they weren’t prescribed glasses early, when their vision impairment was correctable and avoidable

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extremely rewarding to give them and their parents hope for a bright future.” Witnessing that moment when a mother and child connect for the first time is another hugely rewarding part of the work Carron and Cathryn do. “As a sighted person you don’t realise how much you depend on eye contact for communication in the baby years,” says Cathryn – adding that their biggest challenge is education. “Teaching parents and caregivers how to care for a visually impaired child is crucial.” Bright Eyes is desperately in need of further funding to keep the project going, and always welcome donations or occupational therapists, speech therapists, psychologists and physio therapists who are willing to donate an hour of their time weekly. FOR MORE INFO www.brighteyes.co.za

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oral health*

Look after your pearly

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ith September being National Oral Health Month, there’s no better time to pay extra attention to your dental routine, particularly as two of the world’s most common health problems affect the mouth – cavities and gum disease. Two Durban dentists offer their advice on oral health for the whole family. According to Hanno Enslin, who has dental practices in Pinetown and Hillcrest, you should ideally start taking your child to the dentist at around two years of age. A good idea is to take your child with you to your regular check-ups to familiarise them with the environment. “Your child needs to have regular oral health checks, as it facilitates in early detection of caries (cavities), tongue ties which affect feeding and speech, as well as orthodontic problems that may arise,” advises Hanno.

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There are many factors that contribute to poor dental health, but according to Tilesh Bhoola of The Tooth Doctor in Durban North, the main causes are unhealthy diets high in sugar, the use of tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption. To keep your teeth in top condition, Tilesh recommends these tips: • Maintain a balanced diet. • Drink more water. • Limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks. • Ensure you brush twice a day.

5 bad habits you need to kick to ensure healthy teeth • Both adults and children

should limit sugary and acidic drinks. • Adults should try to reduce smoking and alcohol consumption. • For toddlers avoid the prolonged use of baby bottles and pacifiers. • Discourage children from eating too many sticky sweets and drinking undiluted juice. • Don’t skip using a mouth guard and other parafunctional appliances as prescribed by your dentist.

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ABOVE: Hanno Enslin, who has dental practices in Pinetown and Hillcrest. ABOVE RIGHT: Tilesh Bhoola of The Tooth Doctor in Durban North.


• Add flossing to your daily routine. • Ensure you visit your dentist at least twice a year, allowing them to spot any issues and provide treatment solutions. “Common dental problems that present in the children we treat include tooth decay (from too much sugar and prolonged use of a baby bottle), orthodontic problems resulting from thumb sucking or the use of a pacifier, early extraction of deciduous teeth, and dental anxiety and phobias (due to a bad first experience or none at all),” says Tilesh. To avoid these dental health issues in your child, Tilesh and Hanno suggest these tips: • Start good oral habits from a young age – like brushing, flossing and using mouth wash. • Ensure children brush their teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste. • Follow a healthy diet as much as possible. • Rinse the mouth with water after meals to reduce the amount of acidity in the mouth, which causes caries to develop. • Ensure regular visits to the dentist for check-ups and

prevention of tooth decay. Flossing is as important as brushing says Tilesh. “Flossing once a day is not only good for removing food in between the teeth that the brush is unable to reach, but it also stimulates the gums, helps to reduce plaque and lowers inflammation in the area.” In addition, adds Hanno, “Flossing can be introduced as soon as the child allows you to floss for them, and then when they are able to floss on their own.” Should you be supervising your child’s tooth brushing, and until what age? According to Hanno, depending on the child’s personality and natural hygiene regime, it can vary a lot, but supervision is probably necessary until they are tweens. Last word? “It’s important for adults and children to have regular dental checkups every six months. In fact, it’s even more important for adults, as periodontal or gingival disease can be detected early to prevent tooth loss – as well as maintaining your tooth health! Sometimes people forget that one has to regularly maintain their teeth just as you would service your expensive car – otherwise you lose your warranty! Sadly, teeth are often neglected,” concludes Hanno.

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FOR MORE INFO Tilesh Bhoola: 031 5631420; www.facebook.com/ ToothDoctorDurbanNorth; Hanno Enslin: 031 701 6291/3; www.painfreedentistry.co.za

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t all started with a dream to come to Africa and build a company protecting people. Louisa Garland grew the now multi-award-winning company Imperial Armour from the ground up, armed only with passion, determination and belief in herself. Arriving in South Africa with her two young daughters in 2000, the plan was to work in the family business. But things took a turn, and there was no business when she arrived. She was faced with a difficult choice; to either return to Belgium, or to stay and build a future. She decided to stay. “I had never worked in the body armour industry, and I had no knowledge of manufacturing at the time. Little did I know that I would be standing here 21 years later, looking back on how far we have come,” says Louisa. Louisa was motivated to

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ABOVE: The farmers’ jacket – designed to protect our South African farmers. BELOW: A range of women’s body armour in pink.

through independent testing conducted in the U.S. Imperial Armour was the first company to bring out the hugely successful farmers’ jacket – designed to protect our farmers from targeted attacks. Lots of other fun designs have showed up along the way – such as their famous ballistic underwear, featured on CNN and used in Afghanistan, as well as the creation of a range of women’s body armour in pink. Imperial Armour was recently recognised at the Standard Bank KZN Top Business Awards in the Business Innovation category. A meaningful award which highlights their purpose; to protect those members of society that are actively protecting us every day – supporting the doctors, nurses, and hospitals by providing PPE. Unapologetically strong

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ABOVE: A few of the fabulous Imperial Armour team members, with Louisa in the middle.

women empower other women, and this is particularly true of Louisa. The company is female owned and 99% of the employees are female. The Imperial Armour family is a place where staff are valued, empowered and given the tools to succeed. Louisa has also created a Staff Trust for four factory staff who have stood by her for more than 12 years; this was done to honour their support and loyalty. “It is a passion to protect,” says Louisa. FOR MORE INFO www.imperial-armour.com


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to please WINTER IS JUST NOT WINTER WITHOUT A COUPLE OF FAVOURITE PUDS TO FINISH OFF A HEARTWARMING MEAL, WRITES ANT ELLIS

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t’s been decidedly fresher weather in my neck o’ the woods of late. Well, to be more honest, it’s been a bit less hot than usual – but I have seen a few co-workers, friends and family break out something long-sleeved and even have a little whine about it. For those readers up the hill, I know you’re a good few degrees cooler, and the fireplaces are set to nuclear – yup, that’s a Durban winter for ya. Speaking of, we live in a sub-tropical climate so let’s be super clear about one thing – it’s always balmy enough to eat ice-cream. But before we get there, let’s set the scene. Consciously or not, when it’s cooler we tend to change the way we eat. For many of us it’s out with the light and bright salads and in with the buttery mashed potatoes. Seasonal eating means hearty, rich and comforting stews, pies, curries and roasts, with carb-heavy sides that fill and satisfy. And it’s the same with dessert – you’ll be wanting something denser, richer and warming, but that still has a sweet bite. Instead of resorting to nasty microwaveable desserts that require 10 litres of custard per square inch to swallow, find 20 minutes to whip up something rocking. Then set it in the middle of the table and let the fisticuffs ensue. I’ve got a couple of goodies that are really easy, and really worth it. They’ll also make you look learned and experienced. Let’s go for it.

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ABOVE: Durban lover of good food, wine and company, Ant Ellis.

Philippa's Self-saucing Chocolate Pud KINDA LIKE THOSE TINY CHOCOLATE LAVA THINGS BUT WAY EASIER. Cake: • 1 cup plain flour • 2 tsps baking powder • ½ tsp salt • ¾ cup castor sugar • 2 tsps instant coffee powder • 5 tbsps cocoa powder • 30ml butter, melted • ½ cup milk • 1 tsp vanilla essence • ½ cup chopped nuts (optional) Mix together dry ingredients. Add butter, milk and vanilla essence, mix well. Add nuts if desired. Pour into a greased ovenproof tray or individual ovenproof serving ramekins or bowls. The mixture should be quite stiff – so don’t flap, this is correct. Sauce: • ¾ cup brown sugar • 300ml hot water • 2 tsps instant coffee powder • 2 tsps cocoa powder

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Mix together all ingredients, adding hot water last. Carefully pour over uncooked cake mixture. Bake at 180ºC for 30-40 minutes (slightly less if individual servings). The pudding/s should be soft and gooey with a slight crust. Cool slightly and dust with icing sugar. Serve warm with chocolate ice-cream, an extra sprinkling of nuts and fresh berries if desired.

Red Wine Poached Pears IF YOU THINK THIS SOUNDS A BIT OLD-FASHIONED AND SNOOTY, THINK AGAIN. SO AROMATIC, SO EASY AND A JOY TO EAT WITH AN ESPRESSO AFTER A WINTER’S DAY LUNCH. • 1 large, firm pear per person, peeled but with stalk remaining (any variety will work) • 750ml red wine (I’ve made this with shiraz and with cabernet sauvignon, both top notch, but avoid the boxed plonk if you can) • 1 cup water • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 2 cups sugar • 6 cloves

• 1 cinnamon stick • twist of orange peel • 1 star anise (optional) Mix together wine, water, vanilla extract, sugar, cloves, cinnamon, orange peel and star anise in a pot on the stove top. Bring to boil to dissolve sugar. Add pears, making sure the liquid covers the pears. Cover pot, lower heat and simmer until pears are soft and cooked through – about 2 hours – turning pears regularly to ensure even absorption of liquor. Serve as you like, warm with vanilla ice-cream, sweetened crème fraiche or mascarpone, and milk chocolate shavings. Until next time, nurture that winter sweet tooth. If you don’t think you need dessert every night (your kids might disagree), that’s cool – but when it’s time, make it count with something to remember. And if all else fails, remember that on the East Coast, ice-cream will do just fine.

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LEE RONDGANGER TAKES THE ALL-NEW JEEP WRANGLER FOR AN OFF-ROAD SPIN

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eep in the Valley of 1 000 Hills the sun has slowly crept up the horizon, bringing with every ascending inch some reprieve from the icy winter morning. But no one cares that the cold hand of winter is freezing our toes, noses and ears. Certainly not us in the 10 4x4 vehicles that were on the “Travis Duggan Experience” – winding along trails and terrains that bring out the true capabilities of the vehicles. I am driving the all-new Jeep Wrangler Sahara Edition from FMGH Jeep Hillcrest, it has just eaten up the gravel roads and steep terrain to get up to a

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vantage point for the sunrise. My wife and our two boys, along with 10 groups of other 4x4 enthusiasts, were up early on a recent Sunday morning to meet Travis in Shongweni for the trail. Travis is one of South Africa’s top 4x4 driver trainers and offers drivers, from novices who have just bought their first 4x4 to long time off-roaders, a range of courses and adventure experiences to test their vehicles’ capabilities. After watching the sun rise we tackle the trails again. Under Travis’s expert supervision, who makes sure we are always in the right gear to tackle the tough and tricky terrain to the Mqeku picnic area,

we hit the steep gradients, water crossings, side slopes and cross axle holes with a nail-biting adrenalin rush. We may be en route to a picnic, but the trails are no picnic. They push the 4x4s to the limit. But the Jeep Wrangler Sahara Edition takes it all in its stride. One of the first things you notice about the new Jeep Wrangler Sahara Edition is that it is unmistakably a Jeep. While the exterior is designed as a nod to a World War II-era military vehicle, the interior has all the luxuries of a modern vehicle – there’s touchscreen navigation with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Android Play, power steering, electric windows, USB and two-pin electrical points. Under the hood, Jeep Wrangler has an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard with its much-loved 3.6 V6 Pentastar V6 engine. The petrol vehicle has 209kW of power and a brilliant 347Nm of torque. And while all these features make it a helluva impressive vehicle, the true grit of the Jeep Wrangler comes through when it is on an off-road trail. While the vehicle may

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look comfortable in a suburban setting, it is built for adventure. It is currently the only off-road vehicle that offers an authentic open-air experience that gives the driver and their passengers the feeling of greater freedom. The fold down windshield gives the driver a clearer view of the trail ahead, the hard top can be taken off to “bring more of the outside in”, and the lightweight aluminium doors can all be removed as well. From

While the vehicle may look comfortable in a suburban setting, it is built for adventure

4x4 to buggy in an instant! To top this off, the all-new Jeep Wrangler has a 552-Watt Alpine All-Weather Premium Audio System with eight speakers. Everything about this vehicle screams “let’s go on an adventure”. For those who listen to that call and unleash their free spirit with this bold and rugged vehicle, the Valley of a 1 000 Hills is the perfect setting. The Jeep Wrangler is in its element on the off-road setting – going over boulders with ease, traversing side slopes, eating testing terrain like a maniac, and crossing rivers. There is nothing thrown at the Jeep that it can’t handle. As we made our way to the picnic site all of us who had experienced the thrill of the 4x4 had pure adrenalin coursing through our veins. Gone was the icy feeling in our toes, gone was the doubt of what this vehicle could do off-road. The adventure bug had bitten and our free spirits had been loosened. FOR MORE INFO To book a test drive, email info@fmgh.co.za  or call JEEP Hillcrest on 031 716 5050; www.fcahillcrest.co.za


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Edith is a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a greatgrandmother. She is a psychologist, an author and an Auschwitz survivor. She is an incredibly insightful woman who is testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of choice in our lives. She has combined her formal education in psychology and her own life challenges to help countless people heal and live full lives. Edith shares her story and strategies to heal in her books The Choice and The Gift, and can be found on social media platforms and podcasts. You’ll be inspired by her capacity to heal, to be positive, to build a beautiful life, despite trauma. As she says, “To celebrate the gift of life is to find the gift in everything that happens, even the parts that are difficult, that we’re not sure we can survive.” dreditheger.com; The Gift, R239, The Choice, R165, www.takealot.com

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Handbook, and her latest book Evolution Of Goddess – a fun and inspirational exploration of female divinity throughout history that will help you understand and celebrate your inner goddess. www.emmamildon.com; Evolution Of Goddess, R239, www.loot.co.za

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and mentor, and an activist for gender equality. In addition to her highly successful novels, Americanah and Purple Hibiscus, she can be found on TED Talks presenting We Should All Be Feminists which unearths the need to transform social beliefs and gender ideas that promote the inequality between men and women. www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_ngozi_adichie_ we_should_all_be_feminists; www.chimamanda. com; We Should All Be Feminists, R119, www.takealot.com

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philanthropist. She is a voice for the next generation of new thought spiritual thinkers. She educates and inspires people who are committed to taking balanced, conscious action towards global healing.  Emma is an international bestselling author with her first book The Soul Searcher’s

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In 200 Women, 200 women from a variety of backgrounds are asked the same five questions. Their answers are inspiring human stories of success and courage, love and pain, redemption and generosity. From well-known activists, artists, and innovators to everyday women whose lives are no less exceptional for that, each woman shares her unique replies to questions like, “What really matters to you?” and “What would you change in the world if you could?” The interviewees include US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actor and human rights activist Alfre Woodard, and Nobel laureate Jodi Williams, along with those who are making a difference behind the scenes around the world, such as Marian Wright Edelman, head of the Children’s Defence Fund. With responses ranging from uplifting to heart-breaking, these women offer gifts of empowerment and strength inviting us to bring positive change at a time when so many are fighting for basic freedom and equality. Local interviewees include Graca Machel, Caster Semenya, Zelda la Grange, Mpho Tutu van Furth, Hlubi Mboya, Sahm Venter, Joanne Fedler, Ingrid le Roux, Gillian Slovo and Zoleka Mandela, among others. A portion of the project’s revenue will be distributed to organisations devoted to protecting and advancing the rights of women. 200 Women, R206, Exclusive Books

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nline decor and furniture boutique, Palmy Living, boasts a carefully curated range of South African designed and manufactured furniture pieces to help you create a space worth escaping to. The name Palmy denotes

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flourishing – and it is exactly this idea of creating a glorious, intentional lifestyle that is central to the brand and its collections. Each product is designed to make a statement and to add a unique element to your home experience. Palmy products are durable and made from quality materials to ensure the pieces become legacy items to be passed down to generations to come. For their latest collections – Slow Life and Day in Africa – Palmy Living partnered with interior designer Ernani Conradi, illustrator Maria Magdalena Atelier and ceramic artist Corinne de Haas, to create a complete ensemble of memorable pieces. The Slow Life collection includes Palmy’s debut couch and lounger, and a low coffee table – all inspired by Scandinavian design; while the Day in Africa collection features two

Each product is designed to make a statement and to add a unique element to your home experience striking AfriScandi-inspired sculptural lamps, woven light shades and a statement server. The new pieces are all designed to make an understated statement on their own, while creating a beautifully curated home when put together. Each piece is designed with at-home moments in mind, with a design style that features neutral colours and shapes without artifice, making the pieces perfect complements to other designs and well-suited to any style of home. Palmy Living was founded in 2018 by Cape Town husband-and-wife duo, Johann and CaraAnn Potgieter. Cara-Ann says, “We believe that homemaking is a journey, not an outcome. We encourage you to be mindful and intentional about curating your space, and to take the time to enjoy the process of homemaking and finding the timeless pieces that will evolve with you.”

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IN THIS CRAZY STOP-START SCARY WORLD IN WHICH WE’RE LIVING, IS THERE REALLY SUCH A THING AS FASHION AND TRENDS? ACCORDING TO OUR LOCAL BRANDS, DESIGNERS AND THOSE IN THE KNOW, THERE SURELY IS, WRITES ANNE SCHAUFFER

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t’s hard to think fashion trends when your top level meeting features you in slouchy PJ bottoms, topped with a natty business shirt and full make-up. The Zoomattire trend was somewhat unexpected. Clearly Covid has had a strong impact on fashion and trends, not only because of our lockdown lethargy and Home Is Office/University/ School status, but wariness of spending on “luxury goods” when future incomes are precarious. Most are comfortable buying a standard tracksuit online, but haute couture, not so much, not so simple, and hey, when and where would we wear it? Kiara Gounder lectures at DUT’s Department of Fashion & Textiles. She talks the bigger picture: “Fashion is a cultural phenomenon – it’s only natural the pandemic would impact this industry. Consumer needs shifted, with an increased demand for work leisurewear (work-from-home attire) and loungewear. The ‘home’ has become the primary work

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location for many, and the fashion industry has tried to cater to the increased demand for ‘online and offline-wear’. Above-the-keyboard dressing remains a priority.” She added,

“Comfort is still key, even in post-lockdown nations. Consumers are prioritising functional, practical and comfortable clothing.” Yes, oversized has become

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a major trend, whether it’s for ease of movement, a coverup of Covid curves, or couch comfort, but, says Kiara, comfort isn’t everything. “High fashion items have not been entirely abandoned. Haute couture provides a sense of drama and escapism a lot of people yearn for. The culture and ‘ritual’ of dressing up is still something many people engage with from home. You don’t necessarily need to be going somewhere in order to dress up. There’s a psychology behind fashion and appearances – often it’s just the act of dressing up that makes us feel better. Some may need to dress up in order to be productive from home. What we wear, to a certain extent, affects our mood and productivity.” Few in the industry have escaped the Covid effect on fashion and trends, and for local designer Bianca Warren, who focuses largely on event and evening wear, Covid bit deep. But adaption is the key, and she did just that. Bianca saw the Covid writing on the wall and created an online range of leisurewear: “It was a huge trend,” she says, “and we had record sales.” Kiara touched on online shopping and your social media image: “Consumers are prioritising classic, core clothing items that are transseasonal and have a longer shelf life. With ‘Instagram’ and ‘flex culture’, many who used to ‘partake’ in fashion prior to


the pandemic are still, and even more so, following consumer fashion at an alarming rate. Online platforms are the new way of being ‘seen’ – this includes the pressure to engage with fashion trends and communicate them digitally through social media.” Cathy van Rooyen of Willow has always had her designing eye on trends, but won’t be a slave to them. Her ranges have mainly concentrated on loose comfort, so she was spot on: “We’re drawn to classic pieces with a touch of detail, with a play on trends. We love looser cuts and relaxed pieces that make women feel confident and elegant. We’re all about understated chic and pieces that suit our relaxed Durban lifestyle.” She describes her upcoming summer range as: “Inspired by the warmth, sunshine and vibrant colours of Provence – they remind us about what we love about our own country where nature and beautiful landscapes abound.” Athleisure is the big buzz word. “South Africans are having a love affair with athleisure at the moment,” she says. “All ages are enjoying the loungewear trend with sneakers – trendy loungewear and knits fly out of our stores.” What about dresses? “Durbanites love their dresses! Long flowy dresses are very popular; so too, short ones, but nothing too tight fitting – it’s definitely about tiers and layers that skim the figure. From soft

rayons in shifts and tier dresses, to beautiful cotton prints in loose fitting tunics and beautiful linen dresses, our customers can’t get enough,” says Cathy. Lisa Yuille of Lula Clothing

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sees spring dresses with some frills, wrap skirts with frills, and jumpsuits. “Trends

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are short or long frill dresses with three-quarter sleeves for spring and summer. No matter what size or shape you are, you look good in them.” She says oversized tops and jeans are also in: “Oversized tops hide a multitude of sins.” When it comes to colours, designs and fabrics, Cathy’s customers are in love with mustard and citron/chartreuse colours: “Green in various hues is also very popular. We’re seeing a lot of sage green and muted shades of pink too.” She adds, “We’re always drawn to botanicals. Animal prints are like the new black.” Kiara sees a surge in bright, bold and printed colour palettes: “This taps into a sense of postCovid positivity as more of the local population is vaccinated. That being said, the recent third wave of infections will cause a resurgence in cocooned silhouettes and protective wear.” Dutch-based brand Scotch & Soda’s Lisa Armitage adds that, “As far as fabrics are concerned, responsible design remains a focus. Swimwear is made from Econyl and recycled yarns.” The eco-trend is a driving factor for Laurie and Gary Holmes of South African brand Holmes Bros. As Laurie says, “We try hard to use cottons which are not as impactful on the environment. Our fabrics are knitted and woven in SA, and 85 percent of our merchandise is made locally. “At the moment, there’s a big technical trend led by Nike »

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and Adidas, so it’s utilitarian fashion. Brands which were exclusively about mountain climbing, hiking, running and outdoor action, have taken those elements into day wear. We’re seeing loads of zips, four-way stretch fabric that breathes, and hidden pockets.” He laughs, “People go to the mall and feel as if they’re climbing Mount Everest. “Covid has people dressing more casually. Previously guys felt they had to wear a button-up shirt and leather shoes to work, now they’ve taken it down a notch to chinos with a T-shirt.” Does all this mean we’ve pressed pause on high fashion? Most feel Yes, but not so according to Scotch & Soda: “If there’s no reason to dress up, it doesn’t mean you can’t keep it for when you can. We’ve seen our most fashionable items to be in high demand despite lockdown restrictions.” Lisa describes Scotch & Soda’s summer 2021 collection as “being defined by a free-spirited mood inspired by Simone Melchior, the trailblazing 1950s sea explorer. Drawing on her colourful life, the collection heroes an individual and personal approach to dressing built on an eclectic blend of colours, prints and classics. Standout prints are present in both collections, featuring sea life from neon starfish to lobsters, to hand-sketched scenes of farmhouses and florals.

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“Summer tailoring is recast in pastels mirroring colours of the sea, with unexpected strength and softness. The idea of season-less dressing is key, anchored in modern classics and denim influenced by the utilitarian practicality of ‘mariniere’ uniforms.” And oversized comes into play of course. “For women, a play on volume is explored in a multiplicity of silhouettes, from

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structured puff-sleeved dresses to fluid wide-leg cargo trousers – cropped shapes, high waists and full A-lines further experiment with proportions. The joyful colour palette takes on the hues of the countryside and sea: tones of sienna, sand, ecru and French blue with bursts of orchid pink, marigold, salmon and foam green.” And then … what about jeans? Baggy rules? Cathy feels: “Skinny jeans are always popular especially if they fit well. Dark blue always looks smart and is more slimming, and mom jeans are having a fashion moment.” Kiara’s take is, “Loose, straight leg in vintage light washes and fits, and jeans with cotton and elastane blends. Wide leg denims have also dropped in retail stores. The looser silhouettes echo the desire for the less restrictive athleisure and loungewear.” Laurie says they’re loosening up: “Overseas, really baggy trousers are coming through. People push it as far as they can in one direction, so skinny jeans … and now we’re getting looser again.” Little doubt that trends as well as spending and buying habits have been affected by the pandemic. Kiara summed it up: “Covid has greatly influenced how we make, sell and consume fashion.” But a trend is never forever – hopefully, neither is this pandemic – so we’ll be out of our elderly PJs and tired tracksuits before we know it?

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t the back of the Hillcrest Centre, overlooking the railway line, is a mixed martial arts (MMA) studio owned and run by professional MMA practitioner Warren “Wolverine” Richards. Warren is as humble as he is modest, and, as any clients of his would testify, is always a little cagy when meeting someone for the first time – a character trait of someone whose upbringing was as interesting as it was difficult. Warren was born in Durban in 1984, and spent most of his childhood in KZN’s North Coast town of Stanger. At the age of 16, the victim of a tragically unsettled household, Warren left home with nothing

participating in countless altercations which formed what most fighters would refer to as a “right of passage”, Warren realised that hand-to-hand combat could potentially present the opportunity to carve out a career path. Around the world, MMA was gaining enormous popularity through sporting affiliations such as UFC and EFC. Warren related to fighters like Rampage Jackson, whose difficult childhood in a dysfunctional family steered him in the direction of combat sports. Warren soon became a fan of Jackson’s ability to master several marital arts, and, before long, Warren’s humble gym on The Bluff – built up through donations by friends and associates, and popularised by the

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more than the bag he carried on his back. For the next two years, he did things the hard way. With no consistent roof over his head, and no real certainty as to where his next meal would come from, he found out what it was like to depend on no one but himself in a world of few mercies. At the age of 18, Warren was taken in by a friend whose son, recognising Warren’s naturally muscular physique, insisted that he learnt to defend himself – something to which Warren had already grown accustomed during his time spent “living rough”. It was at this time, whilst

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interest of several new clients – became the platform from which Warren launched his professional fighting career. At the age of 28, having “cut his teeth” in several backyard (bareknuckle and unsanctioned) events, Warren secured his first professional victory when he won his lightweight bout in local affiliation MFC. From there, he went on to hold dual-titles (lightweight and featherweight) for the MFC, while fighting in the international arena via the EFC – the professional affiliation in which he fights to this day. Warren is proud to be affiliated to the

EFC, and is proud to represent Africa – a continent that has produced three current UFC world champions. It goes without saying that Warren is passionate about MMA. He’s passionate about how it has transformed his life, how it has given him the chance to provide a secure household for his young family, and how it is helping him to transform the lives of his clients – many of whom now know how to defend themselves, some of whom now wish to pursue their own careers in combat sports, and all of whom are reaping the benefits of improved fitness, improved health, and holistic living.

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FOR MORE INFO 063 337 9617; wobs.richards@gmail.com; W Wolverine’s Warriors Fitness Gym Hillcrest

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iSimangaliso False Bay Park, or if you prefer, safari’s to Hluhluwe can be arranged to view the Big 5. The lodge can prepare a picnic lunch to enjoy on the safari. Anyone with an interest in indigenous trees will feel truly at home at Hluhluwe River Lodge, which is literally surrounded by some of the country’s most remarkable

Hluhluwe River Lodge – no better place to escape to when Covid blues is getting you down tree species. The “sand forest” is an extremely rare forest type containing many trees that are specific to the area. For those keen on walking, there is a wonderful walking trail that meanders through the 80-hectare conservancy, passing through the beautiful sand forest and palid sand veld. There are nyala, red duiker and impala to be seen at close range, and the shy suni – Africa’s second

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smallest antelope – also frequents the forest. A glimpse of this elusive and rare species is a highly soughtafter sighting. For the birdwatcher, the forest is an excellent place to spot the beautiful Narina Trogon, African Broadbill and in the high canopy Neergards Sunbird. Following a walk in the forest, a drive down and along the shoreline of the lake is a must to take in the awesome view across Lake St Lucia through Hell’s Gate and the eastern shore dune forests in the distance. The area offers excellent mountain biking trails literally from the doorstep of your chalet to suit the novice to experienced rider. These wonderfully scenic rides pass through beautiful lakeshore forests with fantastic scenery. Why not book a picnic lunch to end off your morning cycle or some refreshing sundowners before heading back for a gourmet dinner. Hluhluwe River Lodge – no better place to escape to when Covid blues is getting you down. FOR MORE INFO 035 562 0246; info@hluhluwe.co.za; www.hluhluwe.co.za

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was explaining to my partner why I don’t like online shopping. “It’s too impersonal,” I said. “I like to squeeze the fruit to see if it’s fresh. I don’t want my peaches to arrive all mushy.” “They wouldn’t be mushy if people like you didn’t go around squeezing them,” said my partner. “Anyway, don’t buy fruit online, if you don’t want. Buy the other stuff.” “No,” I said, stubborn as an old man in a checkout queue querying the price of a can of tuna. “I like to see what I’m buying.” “Do you honestly think it makes a difference to shake the washing powder? What do you think? Some boxes are lighter than others?” “You never know,” I said evasively. I don’t like it when she uses logic against me. “Anyway, living online is inhuman. One of

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the joys of shopping is interacting with other people.” She stared incredulously. “Since when do you interact with other people?” she demanded. “Swearing doesn’t count as interaction.” “If people don’t want to be sworn at, they shouldn’t just stop in the middle of the aisle,” I muttered under my breath. I’ll show her, I thought that afternoon, as I pushed my trolley into my local store. She doesn’t know me as well as she thinks she does. I breezed down the aisles, smiling like a preacher and dispensing “good afternoons” in every direction. It turns out this is an excellent way to clear space in a crowded store. People edged away; mothers pulled their children closer to their sides. This is

great, I thought. This is the best shopping experience I’ve ever had. I was in the aisle with the toilet rolls, reaching out my hand towards the merchandise, when I heard a hearty “Hello!” I froze. Of all people to bump into, casual acquaintances are the worst. You can ignore good friends and strangers, but casuals demand small-talk. As she jabbered, I felt her eyes lightly scan my trolley for clues to my personality. I brazened it out. There’s nothing you can know about me from three bars of chocolate and a packet of spaghetti. But then … “Don’t let me hold you up from your shopping,” she said. I looked at my hand, still frozen in mid-stretch for the toilet rolls. She waited expectantly. This was a dilemma. If I were to reach for the luxury quilted three-ply she’d think, What a princess! Who does he think he is? Is he stocking the bathrooms at Nkandla? Also, I don’t like three-ply. I think it’s over-rated and ineffective, and lacking in traction. In some situations it’s possible to have too much luxury. But I couldn’t reach for the one-ply either. One-ply isn’t toilet paper, it’s a cry for help. She would look at me with pity and contempt and think, Why doesn’t he love himself? If he doesn’t love himself, how can he expect anyone else to love him? But two-ply? How pedestrian! How middle of the road! I don’t want her to sit at her book clubs or dinner parties saying, “Oh, you know Darrel? I thought he was quite interesting but then I discovered he’s just a two-ply kind of guy.” I don’t want anyone to know I’m a twoply kind of guy. In fact, I don’t want anyone to know I use toilet paper at all! These are private matters! I arrived home and my partner looked in puzzlement at the packet containing three bars of chocolate and a packet of spaghetti. “Where’s all the rest of the shopping?” she said. “I’ll get it now,” I said, turning on the computer.

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